ST JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – Director of cricket, Jimmy Adams, believes the West Indies Emerging Players squad’s inclusion in the Regional Super50 is a crucial development initiative. The former West Indies captain said the move provided young players the avenue to express themselves at a competitive domestic level, which served to further enhance their skills.“A young player may miss out on selection at their franchise if they are up against two or three internationals with similar skill-sets,” said Adams.“The Emerging Players squad aims to provide the platform for these players to perform and reward the hard work they have been putting in following their stints at the West Indies High Performance Centre.” The squad comprises the likes of exciting Barbadian all-rounder Justin Greaves, dashing stroke-maker Kimani Melius and promising fast bowler Jermaine Levy.Leg-spinning Trinidadian all-rounder Yannic Cariah will lead the side with Melius as his deputy, a move which chief selector Roger Harper said was based on experience.“Yannic Cariah is recommended as captain because his experience better positions him to lead and help guide this young team,” Harper explained. “Kimani Melius is recommended as vice-captain for succession planning purposes. He is the West Indies Under-19 captain and the intention for the exposure is to give him a greater opportunity for learning and growth.”Floyd Reifer, who up until last month served as head coach of the West Indies side, will take over the helm of the unit, and said he would be looking for improvement in every department.“[The main goal] would be seeing development of the players, seeing steady improvement as we make our way through the tournament,” he pointed out. “Improvement in fitness standards. Improvement in attitudes toward the game. Improvement in the understanding of the game. This is a squad of emerging talent, so it’s about bringing the players closer towards selection for their franchise, West Indies “A” and West Indies senior teams.”The side will have their hands full in Group B where they have been pitted against hosts Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, last year’s losing finalists, Guyana Jaguars, Windward Islands Volcanoes and United States.The tournament runs from November 6 to December 1.
Upper Demerara/ Kwakwani (District 10) better known simply as ‘Linden’ came, saw and conquered once again. The gold and black clad outfit retained the coveted ‘Champions of Champions’ Trophy when the 59th edition of ‘Nationals’ concluded last night at the National Track and Field Centre. During the six-day event, District 10 amassed 68 points to relegate former champions, District 11 (59 points) on the backs of several gold medal and record breaking performances by some of the nation’s best budding swimming, cycling and track stars. It was the District’s 18th overall win and fifth in a row. The host, District 3 (West Demerara) placed third overall close behind with 52 points.Nevertheless, despite not winning the overall title, North Georgetown once again made big splashes in the pool and emphatically won the Swimming Championships with 446 points. Autoplay Autoplay1 of 4
Houston’s Russell Westbrook scored 34 points in his return to Oklahoma City, but the Thunder controlled the game from early on to beat the Rockets 113-92 Thursday night. Westbrook starred 11 seasons for the Thunder, helping Oklahoma City to nine playoff appearances and one NBA Finals, before being traded to the Rockets in the offseason. He received a video tribute then a lengthy ovation from the Chesapeake Energy Arena fans after his pregame introduction.Danilo Gallinari led Oklahoma City with 23 points, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 20 and Chris Paul put in 18. All three were traded to the Thunder from the Los Angeles Clippers for Paul George.Westbrook was 14 of 26 from the floor but the Rockets’ other star, James Harden, was just 5 of 17 from the floor and 2 of 9 from behind the 3-point line to finish with a season-low 17 points. Philadelphia 76ers 109 – Boston Celtics 98Josh Richardson scored 29 points, Ben Simmons added 19 points and nine rebounds and host Philadelphia defeated Boston.Al Horford contributed 17 points and Tobias Harris had 16 for the Sixers, who played without All-Star center Joel Embiid. Earlier in the day, it was announced that Embiid will have surgery Friday for a torn ligament on the fourth metacarpal on his left hand and be re-evaluated in one to two weeks. The Sixers improved to 18-2 at home.Cleveland Cavaliers 115 – Detroit Pistons 112 (OT)Tristan Thompson poured in a career-high 35 points and grabbed 14 rebounds and Cleveland finished overtime on a 9-2 run to defeat host Detroit. Kevin Love scored 17 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer, and had nine rebounds as the Cavaliers avenged a two-point loss to the Pistons on Tuesday. Darius Garland had 20 points and Collin Sexton tossed in 19 for Cleveland.Andre Drummond racked up 28 points and 23 rebounds for Detroit. Derrick Rose scored 27 points off the bench and added seven rebounds and five assists. Bruce Brown finished with 17 points and eight assists.Minnesota Timberwolves 116 – Portland Trail Blazers 102 Andrew Wiggins scored 23 points and added a season-best eight assists as Minnesota rolled past Portland in Minneapolis despite missing star center Karl-Anthony Towns (knee) for the 12th straight game.Robert Covington added 15 points, and Gorgui Dieng recorded 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Timberwolves. Jeff Teague had 12 points and six assists, Jarrett Culver added 12 points and six rebounds, and Keita Bates-Diop had 11 points and eight rebounds as Minnesota improved to 5-3 since ending a season-long 11-game losing streak.Damian Lillard registered 20 points and eight assists for Portland, which lost for the seventh time in the past nine games. Hassan Whiteside added 15 points and 14 rebounds, CJ McCollum also had 15 points and Gary Trent Jr. tallied 13.—Field Level Media
HARARE, (Reuters) – Left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya took five wickets as Sri Lanka bowled out hosts Zimbabwe out for 358 on day two of the first test at the Harare Sports Club yesterday, but the home side will be pleased with their batting efforts on their return to test cricket. The tourists reached the close at 42 for one in their reply, a deficit of 316 runs that they will seek to wipe out on a slow pitch on day three in the first match of a two-test series.Captain Dimuth Karunaratne (12 not out) and Kusal Mendis (6 not out) are at the crease after Sri Lanka lost opener Oshada Fernando for 21, bowled by Donald Tiripano with the seamer’s first ball in the match.Zimbabwe had resumed on the second morning on 189 for two, but lost Brendan Taylor (21) early when he was trapped leg before by seamer Suranga Lakmal (3-53), who also accounted for top scorer Craig Ervine (85). Embuldeniya (5-115) then ate into the middle order, removing captain Sean Williams (18), the dangerous Sikandar Raza (41) and Regis Chakabva (8). He claimed his second five-wicket haul in tests when he bowled Kyle Jarvis for one.Zimbabwe batted for 148 overs for their 358, showing great patience at the crease as they made Sri Lanka toil for their wickets.The tour was hastily arranged, having only been announced on Jan. 8. Zimbabwe, returning to test cricket for the first time since their tour of Bangladesh in 2018, were briefly suspended by the International Cricket Council last year because of government interference in the sport, but were reinstated in October. The second test will also be played at the Harare Sports Club, starting on Jan. 27.
If you were going to tell the history of cricket in a handful of objects, the purple, wide-brimmed hat would be one of them There’s solace in the old clips, especially of cricket. It’s not that they’re all that comforting, as such – not if you followed England, anyway – more they carry you back to a time when your biggest worries were wondering when Mike Atherton’s back would give in, why the selectors insisted on making Alec Stewart keep wicket and whether Mark Ramprakash would ever make a Test century.Less the stress, this time around, of fretting. I was watching some the other day and there was Richie Richardson heaving Australia’s attack all around the Bourda. Lord, did anyone ever hit the ball through the off like Richardson? He went for the ball as if he caught it stealing from him. That was in the early 1990s, when he was in his prime. Viv Richards was on the way down, Brian Lara on the way up, and Richardson was the one you wanted to watch. “One of my all-time favourite batsmen,” says Mike Selvey, the Guardian’s former cricket correspondent. “One of the few batsmen worth forking out money to see.”The hat was part of it. Watching a man bat in a sun hat, the past never looked so much like another country. If you were going to tell the history of cricket in a handful of objects, Richardson’s hat would be one of them, the maroon one, with the broad brim. If you can remember Richardson, you’ll picture him wearing it. So it’s almost surprising to find he ever went without it. But he did. For the first few years of his career he batted in a cap, just like his captain Richards. It was in the late 1980s, during a one-day tournament in India, that one of the sponsors sent the team a box of maroon sun hats they’d made. “It didn’t look good, everybody just chucked them away,” Richardson said later. “I kept one and decided I was going to try something.” He asked the manufacturer to make him one with a wider brim and a deeper cup, so it would sit just right. Those were his best years: he took 122 and 106 off Australia in the winter of ’88, 194 and 156 off India in ’89, 104 and 182 off Australia in ’91, 104 and 121 in England that summer, and made another 109 against Australia in 1992-93. He loved playing Australia, making nine hundreds against them ;at the time only Jack Hobbs had scored more. And he did it all in that sun hat. They started selling replicas outside his home ground, the Antigua Recreation Ground, where Chickie’s disco would play his song. “Who is dat man, flashin’ blade in de han’, Beatin’ de ball like he playing pouchan, A livin’ nightmare for the opposition, Richie Rich, Richie Rich, Richie Richardson.”The hat became famous. In Australia The Late Show ran a skit about it. “Channel 9 ran a Richie Richardson hat competition for the crowd and it was won by five blokes,” Selvey recalled. “One who wore it and four who supported the brim on poles.”When Richardson signed for Yorkshire, in 1993, the papers were full of stories about whether they’d let him wear it. “We don’t allow floppy sun hats,” the club secretary said. “Our chief executive, Chris Hassell, has said he will take Richardson on one side when he arrives and suggest that the hat is not appropriate.” “The hat is part of me,” Richardson said then, “part of my image.” The hat, which offered no protection at all, was his armour.It wasn’t that you couldn’t hurt him. There’s another clip of him being hit on the jaw by Asantha de Mel in a one-day game against Sri Lanka. Richardson turns his back, takes five strides off the pitch, flags for a medic and spits out blood and broken teeth. It was that he wasn’t scared of being hurt. Richardson says helmets made him uncomfortable, “like trying to fight against someone without room to manoeuvre – it made me vulnerable”. Better, he reckoned, to trust his reflexes. The hat was a swagger and a symbol of proud defiance.Then, in March 1995, Australia went to the West Indies. It was hard cricket, maybe some of the hardest played. “It was strike or be struck down,” reported Wisden, “more like arm wrestling, white knuckles tilted back and forth until the strain told, the weaker man snapped.” Richardson was back as captain, after a year when he’d missed a lot of cricket because he’d been enduring mental fatigue. His mother had died and his son had been badly injured in a car crash. The captaincy was weighing heavy and his touch had gone. Australia won the first Test by 10 wickets in three days. Richardson made nought and 36.In the second, 25 years ago this week, Richardson was pushed up to open, at his home ground. That was where it happened. Late on the first day, for the first time in his life, Richardson walked out to bat in a Test wearing a helmet. He must have been one of the very last players to put one on. Selvey wrote: “One of the most charismatic cricketers has joined the responsible, lidded ranks of the anonymous.”They say the crowd booed him as he walked in. The game was a draw. But West Indies lost the next and the series with it. It was their first defeat in 15 years and a watershed between two eras of the game, the one West Indian, the next Australian. Richardson played eight more Tests, then retired at 33. As for that hat, it’s on a peg on his bedroom wall, a relic now, a symbol of something else: the way they used to play. (Reprinted from The Guardian)
SYDNEY, (Reuters) – Australia and Zimbabwe have agreed to postpone three one-day internationals in August because of the difficulty of putting on the series while the new coronavirus pandemic continues, Cricket Australia (CA) said yesterday. Zimbabwe were due to play the first match at a venue yet to be determined in the far north of Australia on Aug. 9 with a further clash three days later and a final fixture in Townsville on Aug. 15.CA said in a statement that the decision was mutually agreed and that they remained committed to playing the series on “alternative dates”.“While we are disappointed to postpone the series, CA and (Zimbabwe Cricket) agree that in the best interest of players, match officials, volunteers as well as our fans, this is the most practical and sensible decision,” said CA’s Nick Hockley. Australia last played an international match on March 13, when they beat New Zealand behind closed doors at the Sydney Cricket Ground just before the novel coronavirus outbreak forced the shutdown of all sport.England’s director of cricket Ashley Giles said last week that he was “quietly confident” Australia would agree to play a one-day series in Britain in September.
LONDON, (Reuters) – England will host Ireland in a three-match one-day international series starting on July 30 before taking on Pakistan in a packed summer calendar, the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced yesterday. The Ireland squad will arrive in England and set up their base at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton on July 18, before facing world champions England in three ODIs at the same venue.The second and third ODIs between the two sides will be on Aug. 1 and Aug. 4 respectively.Ireland, who last played an international against Afghanistan in March, have only beaten England once in their 10 ODI encounters. Visiting captain Andrew Balbirnie thanked the ECB for creating a bio-secure environment for the series, which represents Ireland’s first fixtures of the new World Cup Super League – the qualification process for the 2023 tournament.“… Playing international cricket is a huge honour – and not only do we have that to look forward to now, but we’ll be taking on the world champions in their own backyard. That is the ultimate challenge – and we’ll be ready,” he said.Pakistan, who arrived in England on June 28 to quarantine ahead of the bilateral series, will face the hosts in three tests and three Twenty20 internationals. The first test will be played from Aug. 5-9 at Old Trafford, before the teams head to Southampton for the second (Aug. 13-17) and then third test (Aug. 21-25).The three T20 matches will be played at Old Trafford, with the opening game scheduled for Aug. 28.England return to action following the COVID-19 stoppage with three tests against West Indies, with the first match scheduled to begin in Southampton tomorrow without fans in attendance. “It has taken significant effort and expertise to allow us to reach a position where cricket is now ready and able to return to the field of play from the elite level to recreational cricket,” ECB Chief Executive Tom Harrison said in a statement.“We owe a significant debt of gratitude to the players, staff and administrators of the Cricket West Indies, Cricket Ireland, and the Pakistan Cricket Board for their willingness and co-operation to get international cricket back up and running.”The ECB confirmed it was also exploring options to host England’s limited-overs series against Australia this summer.
(Trinidad Guardian) The office staff at the T&T Football Association has finally been paid after four months waiting. Guardian Media Sports was reliably informed yesterday that office staff members each received lumpsum payments for March, April, May and June last week, which accumulated to approximately $400,000 in total.Guardian Media Sports was also told that the FIFA-appointed Normalisation Committee which is being led by businessman Robert Hadad and includes retired banker Nigel Romano and attorney Judy Daniel, is expected to make another payment of an estimated $600,000 to all the national team coaches.However, the senior men’s team coach Terry Fenwick, will not be among the paysheet since his contract has been a subject of public scrutiny for various reasons. A TTFA staff member also spoke to us on condition of anonymity and confirmed the staff has been paid.Guardian Media Sports was also told that apart from coach Fenwick, both Shaun Fuentes, the TTFA’s Media Officer and Ramesh Ramdhan, the football association’s general secretary, were also not paid.The payments, it is understood, were wired directly to the accounts of the staff members via a special account from an unknown company. According to the source, the monies were made available from the FIFA payment of US$3.5 million which represents grant funding to Member Associations and an additional amount for the FIFA Relief Fund which was given to help member associations through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic which has severely affected sports all over the world since March to present. Guardian Media Sports attempted to reach Nigel Romano for a response but calls and messages to his phone went unanswered. The source told Guardian Media Sports: “It is uncertain why Fuentes was not paid, but there are concerns about Ramdhan’s two-year deal which have prevented him from being paid.”Since accepting the position as general secretary in December last year, the former T&T and FIFA referee, who also had a short employment stint with FIFA, the world governing body for the sport, has not been paid.Ramdhan could not be reached for comment yesterday. Guardian Media Sports understands that there are opposing views with regards the interpretation of article 39 of TTFA’s constitution between the Board of Directors of the T&TFA and the President, on whether the terms of the contract for the general secretary, should be determined by the president, or the board members.The board, on December 14, 2019, voted for Ramdhan’s contract on a one-year deal.However, in June through a media release the former president William Wallace, stated that his position allowed him ultimate power to decide on the contract of the general secretary. On June 17, Wallace was called to answer questions about the contracts of Fenwick, Ramdhan, Peter Miller, the football association’s marketing representative, and the Avec Sports sportswear deal which was set to cost a whopping $25 million.It is uncertain whether salaries will be forthcoming at the end of this month.The normalisation committee and the ousted TTFA executive which comprises vice presidents Clynt Taylor, Susan Joseph-Warrick, Joseph Sam Phillip and Wallace have been in a battle for ownership of the football association’s bank accounts held at First Citizens Bank, as well as the right to use the TTFA letterhead.First Citizens through its attorney Kendell Alexander told both the TTFA and the normalisation committee that it would hand over the accounts to any party that presents a legal document showing ownership.
The fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic continues as Confederation of Central America and the Caribbean (Concacaf) has opted to cancel the Caribbean Club Championship and the Caribbean Club Shield football competitions. “Concacaf is continuing to work with its stakeholders to plan for the resumption of its suspended competitions as soon as possible,” a release from the confederation stated.“In the cases of the 2020 Concacaf Caribbean Club Shield and 2020 Flow Concacaf Caribbean Club Championship, originally due to take place in April in Curacao and May in the Dominican Republic respectively, Concacaf unfortunately has no other choice but to cancel both events,” the release added.
BALTIMORE — The Ravens aim to move a step closer to the playoffs in welcoming the Jacksonville Jaguars to Baltimore for Week 15.Baltimore is assured of a postseason berth with three straight wins to conclude the regular season, and the 2-11 Jaguars wouldn’t figure to offer much resistance, especially with this week’s news of starting running back Denard Robinson being out for the rest of the season with a sprained foot. Veteran Toby Gerhart will start in Robinson’s place and has averaged just 2.9 yards per carry this season.Despite doubts earlier in the week about the availability of Torrey Smith after he was limited to just 15 snaps in last Sunday’s win over Miami, the fourth-year wide receiver is active and will start, continuing his streak of never missing a game in his NFL career — or his collegiate run at the University of Maryland. Smith suffered a sprained right knee in the loss to San Diego two weeks ago, but he appeared to be moving well in pre-game warmups.As expected, rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro was deactivated after missing practices all week with a sprained foot. The Ravens promoted rookie free agent Fitz Toussaint from the practice squad Saturday to give them a third healthy running back for Week 15. Taliaferro’s absence likely means a heavier workload for veteran backup Bernard Pierce, who rushed for 50 yards in the fourth quarter against the Dolphins last week.After being signed earlier this week, veteran cornerback Antoine Cason is inactive as the Ravens elected to activate young cornerback Rashaan Melvin instead. Baltimore lost veteran cornerback Danny Gorrer to a season-ending knee injury last week in Miami, but Asa Jackson is once again expected to start opposite veteran Lardarius Webb at cornerback.Rookie tight end Crockett Gillmore is active for Sunday’s game despite being limited with a back injury most of the week. It’s worth noting that No. 3 tight end Phillip Supernaw is also active in case Gillmore’s back is an issue.Neither Terrence Cody nor DeAngelo Tyson were activated for Sunday’s game, which shows how much confidence the Ravens have in rookie Timmy Jernigan filling in for the suspended Haloti Ngata. Veteran Lawrence Guy will serve as a primary backup in the defensive line rotation.Despite not being listed on the injury report this week, rookie wide receiver Michael Campanaro is once again inactive and hasn’t played in a game since injuring his hamstring against Cincinnati on Oct. 26. Joining Campanaro among the healthy inactives is second-year linebacker Arthur Brown as he’s only been active three times all season.Rookie safety Terrence Brooks is active after not playing against the Dolphins last week.The Ravens will be playing the Jaguars for the 18th time in franchise history and own a 7-10 record against their old AFC Central foe. The Jaguars won the last meeting between the teams, a 12-7 final in Jacksonville on Oct. 24, 2011. Jacksonville still seeks its first road win of the year while Baltimore looks to improve to 5-2 at M&T Bank Stadium.Sunday’s forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies with temperatures reaching 50 degrees and winds up to 11 miles per hour.The referee for Sunday’s game will be Tony Corrente.The Ravens will be wearing purple jerseys with black pants while Jacksonville dons its white tops with black pants.Below are Sunday’s inactives:BALTIMOREWR Michael CampanaroCB Antoine CasonRB Lorenzo TaliaferroLB Arthur BrownDT Terrence CodyOL Gino GradkowskiDL DeAngelo TysonJACKSONVILLERB Denard RobinsonCB Teddy WilliamsCB Jeremy HarrisLB A.J. EddsLB Khairi ForttG Tyler ShatleyDE Andre Branch