National cyclists dominate eighth Payless Variety 11-race programme

first_imgAn impressive showing by the senior Caribbean Championship-bound trio, Christopher Griffith, Michael Anthony and Jamaul John resulted in the National Park record being shattered when the eight annual Payless Variety Store 35-lap featured School boys and Invitational race ended yesterday. Some 28 riders took to the starting line under steaming conditions in the Hassan Mohamed-organized event and when it ended, only six were left standing, five of whom are set to represent Guyana next month.Team Evolution’s Griffith won in one hour, 14 minutes and 45 seconds, a time which according to the Guyana Cycling Federation (GCF) representatives was a new record.Christopher Griffith effortlessly crosses the finish-line (Orlando Charles photo)Anthony was second while John, who bagged four of the eight prime prizes, placed third. Anthony took the jump early on and by the sixth lap, a 30-second lead was established which led to the field being lapped by the 16th lap.. The approach from the pack was smartly fended off by the remaining two members of the national team, Curtis Dey and Paul DeNobrega, and the field was lapped again which led to a six-man finish.After the top three crossed the line, it took DeNobrega five minutes and 26 seconds to complete the race for fourth while Dey was fifth and Marcus Keiler, sixth. Both Racing Secretary, Malcolm Soonaram and executive, Enzo Matthews agreed that the event was successful due to the valuable preparation the national team would have gained.In the other events, Junior Niles retained his Veterans under-50 title after completing the five-lap race in 29 minutes and 28 seconds. Lear Nunes copped second while Kwame Ridley rounded off the podium.In the Veterans Over-50, Andrew Spencer stood above the rest with Ian Jackson and Kennard Lovell finishing second and third respectively. Sherwin Sampson won the Juveniles 10-lap ahead of Shamaul Young in second and Emmanuel Nedd in third.In the first Novices race, Nigel London stormed to victory after completing the five-lap event in 13 minutes and 47 seconds, beating Sampson and Young. Lennox Jackman won the BMX 6-9 years.last_img read more

Hamilton ends the F1 season in style in Abu Dhabi

first_imgABU DHABI (Reuters) – Six-times world champion Lewis Hamilton wrapped up the Formula One season in style yesterday by cruising unchallenged to a dominant victory in Abu Dhabi in his 250th grand prix. The 34-year-old Mercedes driver led every lap from pole position to chequered flag, banging in a fastest lap for good measure to emphasise his supremacy under the Yas Marina floodlights.Red Bull’s Dutch driver Max Verstappen was runner-up, 16.7 seconds behind the Briton, to cement third place in the championship.Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was third after a stewards’ enquiry into a fuel irregularity that could have led to his disqualification. Ferrari were fined 50,000 euros for the breach. Valtteri Bottas finished fourth for Mercedes after starting last on the grid due to engine penalties, with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel fifth.last_img read more

Charles, Russell shine but suffer contrasting fates

first_imgCHATTOGRAM, Bangladesh, CMC – Johnson Charles continued to press for a West Indies recall with another half-century in the Bangladesh Premier League as his Sylhet Thunder went down by eight wickets to Dhaka Platoon. Playing on Christmas Eve at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, the 30-year-old St Lucian smashed 73 off 45 balls as Thunder raised 174 for four after choosing to bat first.He belted three fours and eight sixes to notch his second straight half-century of the campaign following his 90 against Khulna Tigers five days ago.Charles, who has not represented West Indies in three years, dominated a 51-run second wicket stand with Abdul Mazid (8) after West Indies star Andre Fletcher fell to the first delivery of the match. The right-hander added a further 42 for the second wicket with Mohammad Mithun (49 not out) before perishing in the 11th over.Mithun, who belted a four and four sixes off 31 balls, then anchored an unbroken 65-run, fifth wicket stand with West Indies all-rounder Sherfane Rutherford who lashed three fours and a six in a 28-ball unbeaten 38.In reply, Rutherford and former West Indies seamer Krishmar Santokie went wicket-less as Platoon got home with nine balls to spare, with Tamim Iqbal (60 not out) and Mahedi Hasan (56) gathering half-centuries. In the other game of the doubleheader, Andre Russell continued to display his return to full fitness as his Rajshahi Royals beat Comilla Royals by seven wickets with 13 balls to spare.Russell claimed two for 26 with his right-arm pace as Warriors reached 170 for eight thanks to Englishman Dawid Malan’s unbeaten 100 off 54 deliveries.The 31-year-old Jamaican, given the task for leading the Royals, then smashed three fours and a six in a seven-ball unbeaten 20 to help see his side over the line. He put on 39 in an unbroken fourth wicket stand with Ravi Bopara who struck an unbeaten 41 from 23 balls.Afif Hossain had earlier blasted 76 off 53 deliveries in a 60-run opening stand with Liton Das (27) before adding a further 62 for the third wicket with Bopara.last_img read more

S/Africa mount rear-guard to save test after Sibley, Stokes show

first_imgCAPE TOWN, (Reuters) – Dom Sibley scored a maiden century to put England on top but South Africa have launched a rear-guard to keep the tourists’ victory charge at bay after going to the close of the fourth day of the second test on 126 for two yesterday. South Africa have been set 438 for victory at Newlands and will have to score a further 312 runs in 90 overs on the final day to achieve the highest run chase in test cricket history.It is much more likely, however, they will have to bat out the final three sessions to save the test. The current highest successful run chase in tests is 418 by West Indies against Australia in 2003.Debutant opener Pieter Malan is unbeaten on 63 and is at the crease with nightwatchman Keshav Maharaj (2 not out) on a wicket that has flattened considerably for the seamers, but is offering turn to the slow bowlers. Dean Elgar (34) and Zubayr Hamza (18) are the two players out, the latter in the penultimate over of the day when he edged James Anderson to wicketkeeper Jos Buttler.“We are going to have to work hard tomorrow,” Sibley told reporters. “Hopefully that crack outside the off-stump (at the Kelvin Grove end) opens up again.“Today and yesterday is the best the pitch has played, but hopefully it goes back to how it was on the first two days. “It’s always nice to contribute to a win, hopefully we can take the eight wickets we need tomorrow.”England set the stiff target after declaring their second innings on 391 for eight just after lunch, with opener Sibley unbeaten on a patient 133 to go with an explosive 72 from Ben Stokes.Sibley’s hundred was met by an almighty roar from the sizeable travelling English support, even if it took him 269 balls to get there. Stokes was providing plenty of entertainment at the other end as he took on the task of providing the quick runs England wanted to build a big enough lead and still have enough time to bowl South Africa out a second time.He smashed seven fours and three sixes in a 47-ball innings of 72, before being caught at mid-on by Rassie van der Dussen off spinner Keshav Maharaj.His blitz propelled England to 157 runs in 27 overs in the morning session and crucially sped up the game in their pursuit of victory. South Africa won the first test of the four-match series by 107 runs in Pretoria.last_img read more

Ramdhani siblings capture bronze in ACAC Badminton tournament

first_imgFemale national and Caribbean badminton champion Priyanna Ramdhani continued her impressive start to 2020 by copping another international medal while her brother Narayan was also a podium finisher following the duo’s participation in last weekend’s 2019/2020 ACAC Badminton tournament in Alberta, Canada.  Priyanna recently clinched silver in the women’s Open singles A-division category of the 2020 Honolulu Tournament held in Hawaii earlier in the year. She then returned to Canada and placed third in the women’s singles of the ACAC tournament held at King’s University. The young woman got a bye in the first round and qualified for the quarterfinals where she defeated Kaitlyn Gee of Nait 21-4, 21-7, however, the Guyanese was stopped in the semis by Johnna Rymes 21-9, 21-4 before downing Cecilia Wolski 21-11, 21-13 in the third-place match. Narayan, on the other hand, collected two third place medals in the men’s singles and doubles categories, respectively.  In the singles category, Narayan defeated Smit Patel 21-13, 21-16 in the third place to collect bronze; earlier, he went down to Raymond Kim 21-18, 21-17 in the semi-finals.He went on to team up with his King’s University teammate to win bronze in the doubles category.last_img read more

Du Plessis commits to play all three formats for South Africa

first_imgCAPE TOWN, (Reuters) – Former South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has committed to playing for his country in all three formats of the game in the 2020/21 season, a boost for a test side that lacks experience and depth in the batting lineup. The 35-year-old relinquished the captaincy in the limited overs formats to Quinton de Kock, and the team will also have a new test skipper for their tour of West Indies, which is still scheduled to start in late July.Du Plessis says the lack of cricket due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has seen the Indian Premier League postponed, has reignited his desire to stay in the international arena.He will make himself available for future One-Day International series having not featured in the 50-over format since the 2019 World Cup in England. “I still love playing for the Proteas. I still see myself adding huge value,” he said in an interview released by Cricket South Africa yesterday.“I am extremely motivated and keen to play in all three formats. This time away from the game has made sure that the hunger is still there for me and that is a big thing for players, to really still love what you do.”Du Plessis says he will miss the captaincy but is relishing a role as mentor for the new generation of leaders. “I love captaincy, it is a part of who I am. I have captained since the age of 13. I still look at myself as a leader before a player, so I enjoy that more than anything else.“I will always miss it, but I do think that the time has come for me to move on to a position of growing other leaders, something that I feel is lacking in our system.“I want to make sure I can create some sort of value towards that, helping guys with someone who is there to guide them and, if they want to, to have someone they can talk to within the team. “It is a great opportunity for five or six guys to come together and create a leadership group in the Proteas that will drive the culture for the next four or five years.”Du Plessis won 18 of his 36 tests as captain since taking over the role from AB de Villiers in 2016.last_img read more

Unlikely to have six injuries per team – CPL tournament director

first_imgOn the heels of the 2020 Caribbean Premier League (CPL), tournament director, Michael Hall is optimistic that the squads will be sufficient in light of the circumstances. Due to the Novel Coronavirus restrictions, the teams have been placed into a 14-day quarantine and will see the CPL for the first time played behind closed doors. The restrictions have forced squads to stick to their 17 members.Hall spoke to the media yesterday via Zoom and explained his views on the situation.“To answer the broader question about what would happen to a team if they were to lose players, everybody has a 17-man squad and here we are talking about cricket related injuries and while we have had a few in the previous years, I’m not thinking that it would be likely that six people would go down,” Hall stated. The tournament director affirmed that in addition to hopes of less injuries, “obviously there is a bigger situation we don’t want to contemplate and that is if someone was to return a positive test and we are certainly not anticipating that.”Hall indicated that some teams have been able to walk with extra players who have the benefit of calling on them to fill the shoes of injured players despite not being in the official squad. He namedropped Kieran Powell and Sheeno Berridge as two players who are labeled “practice players” for the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots.“The St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots do have officially a 16-man squad at the moment following the unfortunate incident with Fabian Allen but the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots brought along two players who they intended to be part of the squad as practice players and certainly in event and in the circumstances in the event something were to happen to St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots they are certainly one team that have two players they would be able to draw on and again in the circumstances the technical committee would have no objection to that,” the tournament director stated. He went on to say, “If I am to be honest they were brought along for that eventuality, I think they were brought along in the attempt by the St. Kitts and Nevis government to back the franchise and give as many of their nationals a chance to be around…”Hall stated, “I agree that it is not ideal but we have done the best we can in the circumstances and we certainly hope and pray the injuries will be minimal.” CPL is packed with double headers and will bowl off from August 18 with the final billed for September 10.last_img read more

‘Two positives’ coronavirus rule on Tour expected to be relaxed – team members

first_img(Reuters) – The rule stating that two riders or staff members testing positive for the coronavirus will lead to the exclusion of a team from the Tour de France is likely to be shelved, team members said yesterday. “The rule is expected to be relaxed,” a senior team staffer, who declined to be named because they are not free to discuss the matter, told Reuters.“We are expecting this to change in the coming days,” another one added.French media quoted International Cycling Union president David Lappartient as saying the rule was expected “to be relaxed” although his office could not confirm this when contacted by Reuters. ASO were not immediately available for comment.Last week, organisers Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) said that if two riders or staff members from the same outfit were to test positive or show strong COVID-19 symptoms, the team would be excluded from the Tour.Teams protested and had a virtual meeting with ASO to discuss the measure on Tuesday.last_img read more

From 1972 to present day: How eSports became a $2 billion industry

first_img ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Related Articles Share Vbet sponsors AS Monaco as Ligue 1 kicks off new season August 24, 2020 Share FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 A new infographic released from RightCasino.com maps the growth of eSports from the 1970s to a global $2 billion industry.The infographic charts the phenomenon’s rise from the Space Invaders contests of the 1970s, through the console games boom of the 1980s and the early gaming leagues of the the 1990s.“The history of eSports simply couldn’t be more compelling,” explained RightCasino.com editor Richard Luck. “To begin with, what was interesting were the personalities the phenomenon threw up; guys like Billy Mitchell, a hot sauce magnate with rock star hair who racked up six console game world record.“Then, once South-East Asia woke up to eSports, it was almost overnight that something whose appeal seemed limited to nerds and shut-ins was recognised as having the potential to capture the imagination of the entire world.”As the specially-commissioned infographic charts eSports’ illustrious past, Luck said so it also points the way towards a very exciting future: “Besides France and South Korea pushing for Olympic recognition. You have financial analysts suggesting that eSports revenues will be around $2 billion per annum by the end of the decade. It’s safe to say that eSports is yet further proof that the geek shall inherit the earth.”© 2014 RightCasino.comlast_img read more

Euro 2016 – Can Spain increase its impressive Euros shut-out?

first_img Melvin Ritsema: Staying true to Royal Panda’s sportsbook roots August 29, 2018 StumbleUpon Share Submit Related Articles Share With the Euro 2016 tournament in full swing, SBC brings some interesting bite-size facts about some of this week’s games, as provided by iSportGenius.Spain vs Czech Republic• At UEFA Euro 2012, after conceding in the 61st minute of its first match, Spain went the rest of the tournament (509 minutes) without allowing another goal• Spain is unbeaten in its four internationals against the Czech Republic, winning three of them• The Czech Republic has only scored one goal across its four internationals against SpainRepublic of Ireland vs Sweden• In its last 16 UEFA Euro matches, Sweden has scored just two first-half goals compared to 21 after the break• Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored in eight of Sweden’s last nine qualifying matches for this year’s UEFA Euro tournament• Including friendlies, across its last six internationals against the Republic of Ireland, Sweden has only scored one goal in the first halfBelgium vs Italy• Four of Italy’s last eight UEFA Euro Group Stage matches have resulted in a 1-1 draw• Eden Hazard scored one goal in each of Belgium’s last four UEFA Euro qualifying fixtures• Six red cards were awarded during Italy’s qualification matches for this year’s tournamentAustria vs Hungary• Marc Janko scored in five of Austria’s last six UEFA Euro qualifying matches• Including friendlies, Austria has only won two of its last 15 internationals against Hungary• Including friendlies, both teams scored in five of the last six internationals between Austria and HungaryPortugal vs Iceland• Each of Portugal’s last seven fixtures during UEFA Euro qualifying resulted in a one-goal win• Cristiano Ronaldo has scored each of Portugal’s last three goals at the UEFA Euro championships• Portugal has won both of its two previous international meetings with Iceland, scoring a combined eight goals in the process Johnny Avello lands key role at DraftKings October 3, 2018 iSport Genius steps up US expansion with DraftKings partnership September 14, 2018last_img read more