Month: August 2020

first_imgAhead of two very important encounters in four days in the CONCACAF Nations League, Head Coach of the Golden Jaguars, Márcio Máximo, has released the names of players making up his 22-man squad that takes on Antigua and Barbuda tomorrow at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium and on Monday here at the Leonora National Track & Field Centre. Boasting a balance of local and overseas-based players, the Golden Jaguars will be aiming for back-to-back wins in their quest to further consolidate their current second place in Group C of League B.The Golden Jaguars are on three points, the same as their opponent but with a superior goal difference of three to Antigua and Barbuda’s five.The local players have been going through their paces with Head of Sports Science Wilson Toledo and Head Coach Máximo ever since Guyana’s 0-4 loss to Jamaica, in order to be fit and ready to claim full points in both matches. The players and staff, who would be sporting the new official uniform, apparel and equipment from the recently signed deal with Capelli Sports, arrived in the Land of the ‘Benna Boys’ on Tuesday.  Head Coach Máximo said they already had a session on Tuesday afternoon and are prepared for a physical encounter against the host.“For me the team is coming good; after we arrived we had a good session with the players on Tuesday and we also trained on Wednesday and I think that they have all held well so far and are focused on the task.  They understand our tactical approach for this game.  Antigua is a very physical team and we should be smart to use our strategy well to win the game. We are very optimistic as we look forward to our international players blending well with the local players to do us well; I think we can take a win on Friday,” said the Head Coach.Recalled to the team are Goalkeeper Sese Norville, Defenders Kadell Daniel and Kevin Dundas, Midfielder Elliot Bonds along with Forwards Trayon Bobb and Emery Welshman.  Guyana will face the home team from 17:00hrs tomorrow at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium and return to these shores on Saturday ahead on Monday’s return match against the Antiguans at the Leonora National Track & Field Center from 20:00hrs.last_img read more

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first_imgGuyana Amazon Warriors will have their fifth shot to win their first Caribbean Premier League Title when they battle Barbados Tridents in the final today at the Brian Lara Stadium from 17.00 hours. Tridents, who defeated Warriors to lift the title back in 2014 have clicked at the right time in their campaign but have not beaten the Warriors this season despite three attempts.In the group stages, Warriors, who are on a winning streak of 11 wins, defeated Tridents by 47 and 12 runs respectively while handing them a 30-run loss in the first qualifier.Guyana Amazon Warriors’ Brandon King scored a monstrous 132 not out the last time these two sides metTridents will still be haunted from the brutal assault they faced at the hands of Brandon King who made the highest score in CPL history, an unbeaten 132 to book his team’s spot in the final. He also scored 51 and one in the other two encounters. King’s season has seen him scoring 453 runs at a strike rate of over 150. He has also smashed the most sixes so far, 31. Meanwhile, his opening partner, Chandrapaul Hemraj has given Warriors positive starts with scores of 20, 27 and 63. The left-handed batsman sits in the top 10 leading run getters with 298 runs.Together the pair has been the most promising opening duo with five half century stands this season and averaged 36 for the opening partnership, the highest among the six franchises.It is this foundation that has allowed Warriors to press on to massive totals and effortlessly chase down targets. Their middle order is composed with their captain, Shoaib Malik leading from the front in their undefeated campaign.Malik has stabilized the middle order consistently. With an average of over 78, the captain has scored 313 runs and unbeaten in seven of his 11 innings.Meanwhile, their bowlers have done the job to keep the opposition in check. Leading the way is 40-year-old leg spinner, Imran Tahir who has taken 15 wickets at a remarkable economy rate of under six.But it is the compliment of bowlers that has made the Warriors a threat to any opposition.Off spinner, Chris Green has bagged 13 wickets at an economy rate of 6.2 while seamers, Romario Shepherd and Keemo Paul have taken 12 and 10 wickets respectively. At the press conference prior to the final, the captain said the team was in good spirits and plays each match as a final, acknowledging the collective efforts and brotherhood of the team in the face of wearing the “chokers tag.”“I guess we are all professionals and we have the responsibility of giving our best shotHayden Walsh Jr., has taken 21 scalps for the Tridentsno matter what game you are playing, every game is like a final, that is how we have played and it is just how you prepare yourself,” Malik said. The former Trident also acknowledged the good cricket that Barbados has played and congratulated them on reaching the final while wishing them the best.Trident’s captain, Jason Holder shared similar sentiments on the Warriors performance thus far. Holder’s side, like the Warriors have gotten off to decent starts mainly due to the exploits of Johnson Charles at the top of the order. Charles has smashed three half centuries and chalked up 376 runs so far but has been uncharacteristically slow with a strike rate of 136.Holder noted that the team has clicked at the right time and will treat the final as any other match despite the magnitude.“The campaign has been good, we had some really good success at the back end one game left, it’s just for us to go out and play the game not focusing on the final and the magnitude,” he said. Key among the Trident’s success is Jean-Paul Duminy who has scored 291 runs at a strike rate of 136 but after suffering an injury in their last match, the captain believes it doesn’t look good for him.Ashley Nurse has been doing more damage with the bat than ball so far and has proved vital in the team’s back end of an innings where he clocked in 169 runs at a strike rate of 144.The bowling department has also done well with leg spinner, Hayden Walsh Jr. leading the charts with 21 scalps. He is well supported by the skipper himself with 14 wickets and Harry Gurney with 11 wickets as well as Raymon Reifer with 10 scalps.last_img read more

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first_imgThe annual Hamilton Green Birthday Anniversary Inter-Ward football commences today at the Den Amstel Community Centre ground. The event which is being played utilizing a 9-Aside elimination format, will commemorate the 85th Birth Anniversary of the former Georgetown Mayor.Winner of the event will collect $200,000, with the second, third and fourth place finishers copping $100,000, $60,000 and $40,000 respectively.Among the sponsors on board are: BK Tiwari Inc., National Sports Commission, Gafoors Ltd, Ministry of Natural Resources, Ministry of Communities, Ministry of Legal Affairs, New Thriving, Guyana Police Force, Techno Mills, Ready Mix Cement, Guyoil and AH&L Kissoon. Below is the complete list of scheduled matches. FixturesSara Lodge vs Kuru-KururuGoed Fortuin vs Plaisance Wales vs TimehriBagotville vs SoesdykeBourda Blues vs Durban Backlands Charlestown vs GazaCasa Coima FC vs Hurry ATEGT Kanaimas vs Crane Agricola vs Lima DamSophia vs Farm FCMahaica vs StanleytownMahaicony vs Den Amstel Kings Uitvlugt vs Vreed-en-HoopPouderoyen vs DeKinderenDen Amstel vs South Ruimveldt West Side Spartans vs Stewartvillelast_img read more

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first_imgFormer Demerara Cricket Board executive and renowned coach, Harold Dhanraj or “Doc” as he was popularly known, passed away November 24. Dhanraj, who was known for his easy going persona, had been a pillar of cricket knowledge. Throughout his time he served as vice-president of the Demerara Cricket Board and Club Captain and President of the Georgetown Cricket Club.He will however, be most notably remembered for his role as a coach and bowler.Stabroek Sport caught up with a few members of the cricket fraternity who shared their views and experiences with the late Harold ‘Doc’ Dhanraj. Ramnaresh SarwanFormer GCC, Guyana and West Indies captain“A father figure, since I joined GCC when I was nine years old, I was fortunate to meet him during the Saturday morning sessions. He was always teaching us discipline, the basic stuff that you would learn at home like tuck in your shirt, good morning, good afternoon, aunty and uncle. Most important for me was that he was very open, even when I went on to play international cricket he would talk to me from time and would always be there for me. There were so many good memories I had with him, especially throughout my second and third-division life he was there and he has impacted who I am today. On hearing his passing, it was very sad, I knew he was sick for a while and one of the things that hurt the most was that. I don’t know how to explain how it feels but it hurts. You know a lot of times people like him don’t get a lot of recognition for their work because it was at the youth level but he was a great father figure.” Colin StuartGCB TDO, former Guyana and West Indies fast bowler“I would say Harold was a people’s person who was clearly interested in the well-being and cricketing development of youths. Obviously, discipline was big on his agenda, punctuality, manners, dressing and commitment to the game. Transferring practice knowledge into games was a key element of his development process. If you think about the old school way, then you will get an idea of Harold. He facilitated the coaching process and would at times used talented players like Garfield Charles who always shared his knowledge with me. Having played for Malteenoes, my cricketing interaction with him is a bit limited but he was clearly a friendly and compassionate person to all youths. Vishaul SinghGCC, Guyana and West Indies batsman“For me, `Skip’ as he was known by most was a disciplinarian…as a youngster coming up in the GCC nursery, he taught you about discipline from a young age and all aspects of the word too from punctuality to etiquette to personal hygiene and the list goes on. He was someone who was very passionate about the game and willing to pass on every bit of knowledge he had to his students…he liked me and my style so he never really punished me.” Jailall RamnauthGCC barman since 1988“What I remember of Mr. Dhanraj as a long-standing member of GCC, when he came to the bar he would have a Banks beer to start and then he said after that let me get a Courvoisier and coke. Everyone around the bar would start to laugh because you don’t drink that liquor with coke, you drink it straight…he was a very dedicated coach, cricketer and friend especially when we played against Everest and DCC. He was always serious with the XI that was picked and he ensured they played the game for GCC to win and he loved to bowl.”Richard Jodah GCC Club Captain and  former player“Doc has always being a role model for most of the youths of GCC. He was very unselfish. He helped a lot of youths assisting them with finances, gear, medicine, he was very disciplined guy. He had a great personality when dealing with kids, although he would rough them up they were up under him. He had a special chemistry with kids, his service will be missed…I recall playing in a second-division game and I didn’t know he was a serious guy when it comes to his bowling and if you don’t take a catch for him he wouldn’t talk until the game finished and if you misfielded, you’d get the silent treatment, although he was big, he took the game serious and at the end of the day he would call you and buy a round for everyone. He was a keen bowler and I also remember one day the decided to bowl and the fast bowler marked his run up and he started stretch and Doc said the pitch going to take spin so I’m going to open the bowling and the fast bowler got mad and only bowled in the afternoon but he was a real character, he made a lot of jokes and you were comfortable around him. He loved to bowl and was very serious with hygiene and manners.Leon Johnson GCC, Guyana captain and West Indies batsman“Skip was a very influential figure in my upbringing in the sport. When I first joined GCC he was in charge of the juniors and recommended to the manager then, Ivor Mendonca that I start training with the bigger boys and the rest is history really…he would have coached a fleet of players who went on to play for Guyana and the West Indies, He was a disciplinarian, his methods of coaching were straight out of the ‘old’ school but were very effective. He also captained us in a lot of second-division games and once famously told a player he will move the Sun the next time so he could see the ball and catch it. He left a legacy at GCC and was surely missed when he left due to illness and will be missed even more now.”last_img

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first_imgKingston officially earned the moniker of dark horse after they sent defending champions Sparta Boss packing 3-1 in the Magnum Tonic Wine Mashramani Cup Futsal Championship Thursday at the National Gymnasium, Mandela Avenue. The result is the biggest upset in local futsal history and Kingston earned their place in the quarterfinal round and a date with newcomer Spartacus at the same venue. Stephon Reynolds was a one-man army in the round of 16 clash as he recorded an impressive first half hat-trick in the third, sixth and 10th minute. On target in the loss was Gregory Richardson in the eighth minute.Kingston’s opponent Spartacus, sealed their place in the quarterfinal section following a 6-1 thrashing of Street 6-1. Simeon Moore tallied a hat-trick in the ninth, 11th and 16th minute, with Mark Carrega adding a double in the fifth and 18th minute. Assisting with a goal in the 14th minute was Osric Barrow. For the loser, Omar Sinclair netted in the seventh minute. Meanwhile, former champion Bent Street brushed aside Mocha 5-0 led by a hat-trick from Sheldon Holder in the fourth, fifth and seventh minute. Contributing goals were Colin Nelson and Jermaine Beckles in the ninth and 17th minute respectively. Their quarterfinal foe Sophia battled past Ansa McAl All-Stars 3-2 on penalty kicks following a 3-3 score at the end of normal time. Gerald Grittens netted a brace in the fifth and seventh minute for Sophia while Joshua Kamal scored in the ninth minute.For Ansa McAl, Shamar Fraser scored twice in the 12th and 18th minute while Akin Curry found the back of the net in the fourth minute. Gold is Money and Leopold Street will face-off in another chapter of their storied rivalry.Leopold Street downed Avocado Ballers 2-0 through conversions from Omallo Williams and Darren Benjamin in the eighth and 10th minute apiece. Gold is Money edged Alexander Village 2-1 led by goals from Randolph Wagner and Andrew Murray in the seventh and 18th minute each. For the loser, Shem Porter scored in the sixth minute.  Meanwhile, Back Circle and Rio All-Stars will  battle in the final quarterfinal matchup. Back Circle defeated Albouystown 2-0. Donovan Francis and Selwyn Williams etched their name on the scorer’s sheet in the 17th and 18th minute respectively while Rio All-Stars squeaked past Future Stars 1-0. Jermaine Junior scored in the 12th minute. The winner of the respective quarterfinal matches will progress to the semifinal round on February 15th.last_img read more

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first_imgMANCHESTER, England,  (Reuters) – England captain Eoin Morgan has urged his players to seize their chance against a dangerous Pakistan side in the three-match Twenty20 international series that provides an early audition for next year’s World Cup. The teams meet at Old Trafford today with England much changed from what would be considered their first-choice squad as players who featured in the recent test series against Pakistan are rested.Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer and Mark Wood are all missing, while Jason Roy is absent through injury, handing opportunities to the likes of Tom Banton, Dawid Malan and Lewis Gregory.“It gives guys the chance to stake their claim to be in that final 15-man squad for the World Cup next year,” Morgan told reporters on Thursday. “Given the circumstances surrounding COVID and the restrictions we have selection-wise, this is an opportunity for guys who would potentially sit outside that 15 to try and present their best case for the upcoming winter tours and the World Cup.“Opportunities like this don’t come around all that often when we have our squad at full strength.”Morgan knows that with the likelihood of a crammed calendar across all formats in 2021, opportunities to field what he would consider England’s best Twenty20 lineup on a regular basis will be slim ahead of the October-November World Cup in India. “One of the challenges between now and then is going to be getting our strongest team on the park as often as we can to define their roles,” he said.Pakistan will present an excellent challenge for England, who have not played in the format since a 2-1 away series win over South Africa in February.“Pakistan are a very dangerous T20 team and you forget the depth that they have across domestic cricket. “For us they are always a difficult side to play against because they always have all bases covered.”last_img read more

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first_img Related Articles UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 Share The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has moved to temporarily suspend the operating license of interactive TV gambling operator Smart Live Gaming (www.smartlivegaming.com).Issuing a market update on Friday 8 August, the UKGC declared that it was undertaking a review of parent company Smart TV Broadcasting Limited.Acting under section 116 of the UK Gambling Act, the regulator stated that it believed SmartLive Gaming were at present “unsuitable to carry on licensed activities and considers it appropriate to suspend the licenses with immediate effect pending the conclusion of the review”.For an interim period Smart Live Gaming will now have its UK remote operating license suspended awaiting its UKGC review.In order to comply with the review process, the commission has requested that Smart Live Gaming moves to settle any outstanding customer balances on its related products. The commission acknowledged that it was aware that “there are currently customers who have outstanding balances in their accounts with the operator. Regrettably, at this point we have no further information on the position of customer funds.”The UKGC further informed that consumers and the industry would  be updated with regards to its review of Smart TV Broadcasting StumbleUpon UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Share Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

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first_img StumbleUpon EFL urges government to rethink gambling sponsorship ban July 3, 2020 BGC: Charities win big as bookies take beating in Britannia Stakes June 19, 2020 Related Articles PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 Share Ted Moss – Sky BetSeeking to optimise its player management systems, UK online bookmaker Sky Bet has partnered with data management and customer analytics software provider Cloudera.Utilising Cloudera Enterprise software, Sky Bet will aim to better personalise its product base benefitting customers with faster rewards and better-refined user engagement.The use of Cloudera systems will see Sky Bet move away from its current shared data warehouse, using Cloudera data management and user analytics tracking.Confirming Cloudera as new data partners, Sky Bet management stated that the company was looking to increase its real-time capabilities adjusting to player trends and habits on its product portfolio.Ted Moss, Sports Betting Director at Sky Bet, commented to European Tech business news source TechWeekEurope.co.uk: “In terms of the opportunities it’s provided us with, we’ve already seen some significant improvements in three areas: analytics, front-end differentiation of personalisation, and fulfilment speeds of promotions.“We were using our own warehouse before, which hampered us in all those three areas just mentioned. It’s been a huge breath of fresh air having Cloudera in close. The processing power is completely transformed.” Submit Sharelast_img read more

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first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — Replacing a legend isn’t easy, but new Ravens safety Michael Huff is looking to carve out his own niche in the tradition of great Baltimore defense.The 30-year-old met with the local media for the first time Thursday after passing his physical and officially signing a three-year, $6 million contract and didn’t shy away from recognizing the crater left behind by future Hall of Fame safety Ed Reed, who signed a three-year, $15 million deal to join the Houston Texans last week. In fact, Huff has kept in contact with Reed via text messages in a symbolic passing of the torch.Huff knows he can’t truly replace the nine-time Pro Bowl safety, but the 2005 Jim Thorpe Award winner and seventh overall pick of the 2006 draft is eager to maintain the level of strong play found in the Ravens secondary for over a decade. And it may provide the opportunity for Huff to break free from the black cloud of the Raiders organization after never experience a winning season in seven campaigns in the AFC West.“It means a lot,” Huff said. “He’s one of the greatest — if not the greatest — free safety to ever play the game. I talked to him last night. I told him I’d carry on his legacy and carry on the tradition of great safeties in Baltimore. I’m definitely going to go out there and hold up my end.”He may not have fulfilled the great promised he once showed as a star for the Longhorns, but Huff is happy to be in Baltimore seven years after general manager Ozzie Newsome and the Ravens showed interest in him leading up to the 2006 draft.Huff is expected to start at free safety, but the University of Texas product views himself as a Swiss army knife in the secondary, evident last season when he made 14 starts at cornerback due to a high number of injuries in the Oakland secondary. It’s a valuable asset to have on game day when a team is limited to just 46 active players and is only an injury or two away from having a major predicament at any given position on the field.“I’m going to go out there and play free safety, play strong safety, play corner if they need me to, to play nickel if they need me to,” Huff said. “I’m going to do whatever I can to help the defense and help us win.”Joining a group of safeties with only one other veteran — 29-year-old James Ihedigbo — Huff said Thursday that he won’t shy away from mentoring younger players such as Christian Thompson, Omar Brown, Emanuel Cook, and Anthony Levine. Linked by their respective collegiate careers at Texas, Huff and cornerback Chykie Brown train together during the offseason.It follows a predictable offseason script as Huff joins defensive ends Chris Canty and Marcus Spears and linebacker Elvis Dumervil as free-agent additions who will also bring positive veteran presences to a Ravens locker room that lost several leaders following the Super Bowl XLVII win.“He fits us really well, both football-wise and technique-wise, the type of person he is, the type of family man he is,” coach John Harbaugh said. “He’s going to enable us to keep doing the things on defense that we have been doing and even build on those things.”Moving beyond the iconic status of Reed after 11 years of the ball-hawking safety roaming the secondary for the Ravens, Huff might prove to be an upgrade over Reed as the 2004 NFL Defensive Player of the Year turns 35 at the beginning of the 2013 season. Reed’s tackling issues aren’t a secret after a nerve impingement has taken its toll on his neck and shoulder and the 2002 first-round pick admitted himself that his range had declined in recent years.The cheaper price tag for a younger player also didn’t hurt in easing the pain of Reed’s decision to join the Texans.“I think the thing that stands out is you look at a guy in the back end who has a lot of range,” secondary coach Teryl Austin said. “He is a good tackler coming out of the back end, and he’s durable. He has played a lot.”Having missed only four games in his professional career, Huff adds a dependable piece to the back end of a defense that lost Reed and strong safety Bernard Pollard earlier this month.Huff won’t be confused with having the big-play ability that Reed displayed in his time with the Ravens, but his steady and safe style might just be what the defense needs after the pass rush was boosted with the signing of the three-time Pro Bowl selection Dumervil. The new safety is far more interested in continuing a winning tradition — one he never experienced in the abyss of Oakland — than personal stats or another big contract.“It’s defense and just winning,” Huff said. “At this point in my career, it’s not chasing money. It’s not chasing things like that. It’s chasing that Super Bowl ring. I don’t think there’s any better place than to come here. Baltimore is that place. If you want to come here and win a Super Bowl, then this is where you want to be.”last_img read more

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first_imgThe last second Hail Mary, tipped by James Ihedigbo, to fall into the hands of A.J. Green and send the game into overtime, could’ve been a crushing blow to the Ravens Safety.  Jimmy Smith screaming at him on the sideline could’ve forced him to lose all his confidence in himself and his teammates.  Yet Ihedigbo finished the game just as strong as he started, making the key tackle on 4th down, for a turnover on downs in overtime.James Ihedigbo is in his first year starting for the Ravens (he started for the Jets and Patriots in the past), and is finally coming into his own.  This season has been somewhat of a revelation for the journeyman safety; performing admirably in replacement of departed Bernard Pollard.  The transition has been seamless; with his on field performance very comparable to Pollard’s in 2012’s Super Bowl run.  Ihedigbo now has 55 total tackles, 2 Interceptions, 7 passes defended and a forced fumble; numbers eerily similar to Pollard’s in Tennessee for the season. Add in the fact that Ihedigbo has not been a vocal headache for the organization, coaching staff and players, and Ozzie proved again why he is the “Wizard” of talent evaluation.He also had the task of filling in for a former Pro-Bowler, while tutoring (and playing alongside) a rookie, in Matt Elam.  All that instead of playing with future Hall of Famer by his side (you know that guy Ed Reed), like Pollard was privileged with for his stint with the Ravens.The Baltimore Safety may have officially turned the corner; after his great game against the Bengals (except for that one play and all), with two interceptions and key tackles throughout the game, especially the last one for the Ravens defense, on 4th and 2 in overtime. Performances like that, from unsung players, will keep the the defense amongst the league’s best.  With great pass-rushers up front, taking up a lot of opposing offenses attention, Ihedigbo should have the time to continue to make difference-making plays.Can he continue to improve after he is about to turn 30? Maybe. Can he be that defensive leader that fans have been clamoring for? Possibly.  Can he be a playmaker in the defensive backfield? Absolutely.  With the skill set to make plays in the backfield and in pass coverage, Ihedigbo has proven to be a well-rounded safety. With more games like the one against the Bengals, he will prove to be a star…at least for a couple years.last_img read more

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