GCA Cricket: Everest host Diplomats, UG and Bel Air to battle

first_imgCricket action in Georgetown continues from today with the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) organising two second-division two-day matches in the Noble House Seafoods tournament.  The headline fixture will see Everest Cricket Club (ECC) hosting Diplomats with Amir Khan, Richie Loonaught and Javed Rasheed looking to propel the hosts over the line while Bel Air Rubis will face off against the University of Guyana (UG) at the Queen’s College Ground.Both fixtures bowl off from 10:30hrs.last_img read more

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Bavuma hits out at double standards in transformation debate

first_imgCAPE TOWN, (Reuters) – Temba Bavuma hopes his eye-catching innings in South Africa’s seven-wicket victory over England in the first one-day international at Newlands on Tuesday will end the debate over whether he deserves his place in the side. Batting at number three, Bavuma’s excellent 98 comes after a difficult month in which he was temporarily dropped from the test side for a home series against England that South Africa lost 3-1.His axing stirred debate on social media about whether his place in the team was deserved or whether he was only being picked because of efforts to redress imbalances from the country’s apartheid era.Cricket South Africa targets the inclusion of two black African players and four from the mixed-race and Indian communities in each team, averaged through the year. “It has been hard. It’s not so much the dropping part, all players get dropped, everyone goes through slumps of not scoring well,” Bavuma told reporters.“The awkwardness and discomfort from my side is when you are thrown into talks of transformation.“Yes, I am black, that’s my skin. But I play cricket because I love it. “I’d like to think the reason I am in the team is because of performances I have put forward in my franchise side, and also for the national team, whenever I have been able to.”The 29-year-old, who has been a top performer across all formats in domestic cricket over the past few years, has hit out at what he saw as double standards in the transformation debate.“The one thing that irks me is when you are seen through the eyes of transformation,” he said. “When you do well, transformation is not spoken about but when you do badly transformation is thrown at the top of the agenda. I have a serious problem with that.  “We’ve got to be able to take the good with the bad. If transformation is bad when black African players are not doing well, then when we are doing well, let’s also recognise transformation for what it’s done.”The diminutive batsman said he is not taking his place in the team for granted.“I don’t think I have nailed my spot in the side. This was just my third game and I am just happy to be on the field,” he added. “I don’t know what’s going to happen after this series or next week. It’s just to enjoy the little moments I have.”last_img read more

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DaSilva leads Red Force fightback after Cornwall bags five

first_imgBASSETERRE, St Kitts, CMC – Joshua DaSilva was propping up Trinidad and Tobago Red Force following another batting collapse, as their sixth round encounter against Leeward Islands Hurricanes headed for an intriguing finish on today’s final day. At the close of the penultimate day at Warner Park, Red Force were struggling on 94 for six in their second innings – a lead of only 130 runs – after Test off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall threatened to destroy the innings with a lethal spell of five for 29.DaSilva was unbeaten on 45, an innings that has so far consumed 80 balls and nearly 1-¾ hours and included five fours and a six.With Red Force in dire straits on 28 for five, DaSilva combined with Imran Khan (29) to put on an invaluable 53 for the sixth wicket. Khan struck three fours in a 54-ball knock before succumbing in the fifth over before the close, which was taken early due to showers.Hurricanes had earlier been dismissed for 251 to concede a first innings lead of 36, after resuming from their overnight 147 for five.Left-hander Amir Jangoo, unbeaten on 72 overnight, fell for 90 while the tail wagged through Nino Henry’s 34 and Jeremiah Louis’s 29. Trinidadian Jangoo faced 238 balls in nearly five hours at the crease and struck eight fours and two sixes while Henry’s knock was a breezy one, containing five fours and a six and coming from 54 balls.Crucially, Jangoo extended his sixth wicket stand with Jaison Peters (21) to 63 before he was the last of three wickets to fall for 31 runs, holing out to mid-on off left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein (2-52) at 193 for eight.Henry and Louis then frustrated Red Force in a 53-run, ninth wicket stand before leg-spinner Imran Khan claimed both to finish with four for 67. Armed with a slender lead, Red Force were quickly undermined by Cornwall who removed Jeremy Solozano (5), captain Yannick Ottley (5) and Isaiah Rajah (7) all courtesy of lbw decisions, as the innings slumped to 19 for three.Cornwall then grabbed two wickets in one over with Red Force on 28, having Khary Pierre caught at short leg by Jangoo for three and then removing Jason Mohammed first ball to a catch at slip by Terrance Warde.last_img read more

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USGA eliminates qualifying for U.S. Open, citing health concerns

first_imgNEW YORK,  (Reuters) – The U.S. Open will be held without qualifying this year, the United States Golf Association announced yesterday, with the field “filled entirely through exemptions.” Golfers who are exempt from qualifying competitions include those who have won the U.S. Open tournament in the last decade and top-10 finishers from the tournament’s previous year, for example, or those who qualify through a special exemption set by the USGA.The tournament was postponed to Sept. 17-20 from its June date at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York, as the coronavirus outbreak rattled the world of professional sports and shredded the golf calendar.The USGA said that while the tournament was moving forward, qualifying was “not viable” due to safety concerns. “This was an incredibly difficult decision, as qualifying is a cornerstone of USGA championships,” said John Bodenhamer, senior managing director of championships for the USGA. “But this structure provides the best path forward for us to conduct these championships in 2020.”Live golf is slowly returning to action since the COVID-19 outbreak sent players and fans into lockdown, with the PGA Tour set to resume next month.A two-on-two charity skins match between world No. 1 Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff on Sunday provided a rare dose of normalcy for golfers and fans alike, with the more than four-hour-long broadcast raising upward of $5.5 million for COVID-19 relief.last_img read more

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Fitness critical as Simmons eyes England tour

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – West Indies head coach Phil Simmons has identified fitness as a key component during the ongoing lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and is hopeful the Test squad will be at an acceptable standard of readiness if the proposed tour of England goes ahead. According to Simmons, players had been undergoing fitness regimes – mostly at home – over the last month, and some had even stepped up outdoor preparation as their respective territories had eased curfew restrictions.“For the past four weeks or a little bit more than that, guys have been given different programmes and have been asked to even though they are locked away – because some territories had locked down very early – [to] find a room in their house or in their backyard to do work and keep themselves at a certain level of fitness,” the former West Indies player told i95FM Sport here.“As places have opened up, guys have been in some places been able to run on the beach and in other places go run outside but the training itself has been stepped up.  “And even now it (Caribbean) has opened up a little more, you have a few guys who can go out and bowl on a pitch somewhere just to get their rhythm back so that’s how you have to progress.”He continued: “I don’t think that at this stage they’re enough facilities open where you can go and practice but they’re a few grounds where bowlers themselves can go and bowl.“There are no batsmen, only spot bowling, and we hope that this develops and develops and by the time if the tour comes off and we’re ready to leave, everybody would’ve done something at home.” While the tour is yet to be confirmed, Cricket West Indies chief executive said recently negotiations were at an advanced stage and he was “increasingly confident” the three-Test series would be played in July.If the matches come off, they will be played under strict social distancing and medical protocols, and at venues considered “bio-secure” facilities.Further, arriving players will be subjected to a two-week quarantine before moving to secure stadia where they will have no contact with the public. And even though matches will also be played without spectators present, the England-based Simmons believes there will be high pubic anticipation surrounding the series.“I think a lot of sport for a while is going to go ahead in front closed doors and I think the expectancy here is high because I think people want some kind of sport to go on,” he explained.“Sport is a part of life in England and even in the [football] Premiership, there’s a lot of talk about if it’s going to start back soon or not. But people are looking forward to sport coming back because the one thing that you’re missing here on the TV everyday is [live sport].  “There’s a lot of old games being shown and people are enjoying that but they’re looking forward to live sport so there’s a lot of hope it happens but that depends on how things are put together.”The series will be the first international tour undertaken since world cricket was abruptly halted nearly three months ago due to the outbreak of the virus which has already caused nearly 5-½ million infections and 345 000 deaths globally.And despite the challenges facing the tour, Simmons said he was hopeful it could be played.“I’m hopeful it can happen but knowing the only way it can happen is if it’s properly safe for all the participants on both teams – players, coaches, umpires, commentators,” he stressed. “Everybody has to be safe and I think that’s the first thing they’re trying to make sure and that’s everyone is safe.”last_img read more

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Allen vows to come back stronger

first_imgA shattered Lennox ‘Too Sharp’ Allen has vowed to come back stronger after suffering a stunning first professional loss Saturday night. Allen, was defeated via unanimous decision at the hands of Cuban/American, Osvary David Morrell at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.The scorecards read (120-108), (119-109) and (118-110) all heavily in favour of Morrell who earned the interim version of the World Boxing Association (WBA) super middleweight title. Breaking his silence to Stabroek Sport, the Brooklyn, New York-based Guyanese declared yesterday: “It’s just a setback for a major comeback. I just spoke to my managers and promoters and we want to get back into the ring as soon as possible.” Allen’s career has been marred by inactivity and he blamed ring rust for the lopsided loss.“Ring rust was definitely a factor. It definitely caught up to me, I should have let my hands go some more” said the southpaw who had not fought since last February. With the loss to Morrell who is undefeated in his three career fights, Allen suffered the first blemish on his record which now reads 22-1-1 (14KOs).  The 35 year-old nicknamed ‘Too Sharp’ disclosed that he is “now more hungry than ever.”“I am going to take some time off, go on a vacation with my family and I will be back. I am now more hungry than ever before. I am more motivated now and I’m definitely going to be back in the ring before the end of the year.”Capturing a world title is still high on his agenda.  Allen concluded by thanking his friends, fans and family for their support prior to fight night.last_img read more

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StakeLogic secures content agreement with Unibet

first_img Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity  July 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Share StakeLogic, a wholly owned subsidiary of Greentube and part of Novomatic Interactive, has sealed a content agreement with Unibet, and will supply a selection of its premium content to launch on Unibet’s websites.The interactive unit of Greentube specialises in the development and sub licensing of 3D HTML5 casino games. They are in the business of developing and licensing software such as 3D slot games for both desktop and mobile, in addition to owning and controlling various game designs.As reported in iGaming Business, Unibet is able to significantly enhance its casino offering with StakeLogic’s innovative line of highly animated slot games. Through this new partnership, Unibet remains true to its corporate motto: ‘By players, for players’.Ruben Visse, CEO at StakeLogic, said: “StakeLogic strives be one of the best software providers, to help the market reach to an even higher level.”“We are aiming to deliver unique and high-end slot games for the online gaming market and are honoured to welcome Unibet, with whom we have a special and warm relationship, as our first partner.”David Craeghs, Unibet Product Manager, added: “Unibet is looking forward to launching the StakeLogic games on its sites. The high-quality graphics they stand for combined with the Novomatic maths look like a sure bet to us.” Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020 Share Submit Mobile Carrier Billing: Gambling operators could be losing up to 70% of revenues July 8, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

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Ladbrokes retail gains Beehive ‘sophisticated’ CRM tools

first_img GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Submit Share In a move to boost its cross-channel customer engagement capabilities, Ladbrokes has implemented industry marketing and CRM specialist Beehives tools’ across its retail estates.The FTSE-listed operator expands its current partnership with Beehive, who have delivered CRM solutions across Ladbrokes digital divisions in the past twelve months.Ladbrokes retail will be armed with Beehive’s ‘sophisticated CRM engine,’ allowing the division to segment better and profile its customer base. Furthermore, the division will be able to provide rewards to its loyal customers by targeting behavioural attributes.Confirming its Beehive partnership, Ladbrokes retail management stated that the added CRM functionalities would help it maximise marketing efficiencies throughout its retail portfolio, with the operator gaining new retail CRM capabilities over its competitors.Adi Dagan, the Founder and CEO of Beehive, was pleased to have extended his firms services for Ladbrokes.“In such a competitive industry in which the battle to acquire and retain customers is so fierce, I’m confident that our platform will give Ladbrokes an edge over its rivals.“It’s a real feather in our caps that they have chosen Beehive to boost their CRM capabilities, and I’m sure our proven technology will provide them with a quick and quantifiable return on investment.” Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Sharelast_img read more

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Ravens release running back Bernard Pierce after DUI arrest

first_imgRavens running back Bernard Pierce was arrested early Wednesday morning for driving under the influence of alcohol.He was released by the organization less than 24 hours later.Pierce was stopped by a Baltimore County police officer after he was allegedly driving 55 miles per hour in a 30 mph zone on Dulaney Valley Road. The 24-year-old was reportedly cooperative with police but was arrested after failing field sobriety tests.According to the police report, Pierce predicted his demise with the Ravens after being arrested.“Do you know what happened the last time a Ravens player got a DUI?” he allegedly said while riding to the precinct. “I’m getting cut tomorrow, not like you care.”The 2012 third-round pick is the third Ravens player to be arrested this offseason, joining defensive tackle Terrence Cody and cornerback Victor Hampton. All three players were released promptly after their legal troubles came to light.Baltimore is sending a clear message that off-field misconduct will not be tolerated, but Cody was already unlikely to be back as a free agent, Hampton was a long shot to make the roster, and Pierce had fallen to third on the depth chart by the end of last season. The Ravens hope they won’t need to face another arrest, but the real test would come if a star player finds himself in trouble with the law.Pierce entered the 2014 season as the starting running back in place of the suspended and eventually-released Ray Rice, but poor play resulted in him falling behind veteran Justin Forsett and even rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro at times. The Temple product averaged just 3.9 yards per carry last season after gaining a career-worst 2.9 yards per rushing attempt in 2013.Once considered the potential running back of the future in Baltimore, Pierce hadn’t come close to matching his impressive numbers as a rookie in 2012 when he averaged 4.9 yards per carry and rushed for 532 yards as Rice’s understudy. His struggles over the last two seasons had led many to wonder if he’d even make the 53-man roster in 2015.The Ravens issued a simple statement saying they were aware of the situation Wednesday morning before announcing Pierce’s release in the afternoon.At the end of the 2012 season, Rice and Pierce appeared to be forming one of the better running back duos in the NFL, but both are gone less than three years later. Pierce’s departure increases the likelihood of the Ravens taking a running back at some point during this spring’s draft.last_img read more

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Ravens-Eagles preseason primer: Five players to watch

first_imgA four-day trip to Philadelphia culminates with the Ravens’ second preseason game of the summer with the Eagles on Saturday night.Unlike last year’s three-day practice session with San Francisco that followed a preseason game, the Ravens should be very familiar with Chip Kelly’s team after two days of full workouts and Friday’s walk-through leading into their preseason contest. By most accounts, the trip was productive with only a few skirmishes that paled in comparison to fights that have taken place elsewhere between teams practicing together.“They treated us very well, and we had three really good practices with a good football team,” head coach John Harbaugh said. “We felt like we’ve improved. You see schemes you don’t normally see, the way routes are run or different types of plays on both sides of the ball that you don’t normally see. It’s great to get a chance to expose yourself to some different schemes.”After the starting offense put together a 16-play touchdown drive in its only action in the preseason opener, Harbaugh could push his starters to play the entire first quarter in the second game of the summer. As always, that will depend on the number of plays each drive consumes and the plan will be individualized with some starters being removed early and younger first-teamers playing a little bit more.Saturday marks the first time that Baltimore will play the Eagles in the preseason since 2011. The teams played in 10 out of the first 12 years of the Ravens’ existence, making the recent lull somewhat surprising given the geographic proximity between the teams.The Ravens are 7-4 against Philadephia in the all-time preseason series and 1-2-1 against them in their regular-season history. They are set to meet in the 2016 regular season, which will push back a joint-practice reunion until at least the following year.Unofficial (and largely speculative) injury reportThe Ravens are not required to release an injury report like they do for regular-season games, but I’ve offered my best guess on what the injury report would look like if one were to be released ahead of Saturday night’s game in Philadelphia.Most of the players ruled to be out will come as no surprise, but the status of a few will be in question. This list, of course, will not include any veterans who may be held out of the preseason opener due to the coaching staff’s preference.Again, this is not an official injury report released by the Ravens:OUT: WR Breshad Perriman (knee), CB Lardarius Webb (hamstring), TE Dennis Pitta (hip), S Matt Elam (biceps), DE Brent Urban (biceps), TE Allen Reisner (ankle)DOUBTFUL: G Kelechi Osemele (Achilles), OT Jah Reid (back), LB Steven Means (groin)QUESTIONABLE: OT Rick Wagner (foot), S Terrence Brooks (knee), G John Urschel (concussion), G Robert Myers (concussion), DE Kapron Lewis-Moore (undisclosed), OT Darryl Baldwin (undisclosed), OL Blaine Clausell (undisclosed)PROBABLE: DT Timmy Jernigan (foot), WR Marlon Brown (back), DE DeAngelo Tyson (elbow), CB Asa Jackson (knee)Five players to watch Saturday nightCB Rashaan MelvinThe absence of Lardarius Webb continues to create more opportunities for Melvin, who did a respectable job down the stretch last year until major struggles in the playoff loss to New England. Overall, the 6-foot-2 corner has practiced well this summer, impressing against the Eagles this week. With veteran Kyle Arrington better suited to play inside in the nickel package, the 25-year-old Melvin is an intriguing option for the future with Webb approaching 30 and not the player he was a few years ago. A strong performance by Melvin in the second preseason game could put some heat on the veteran once his hamstring is finally healthy.WR Darren WallerFew players have improved as much from the spring until now as the sixth-round pick from Georgia Tech, who is developing rapidly for a 6-foot-6 receiver with few opportunities in Paul Johnson’s triple-option attack. Despite being 245 pounds, Waller runs better routes than you’d expect and is sinking his hips better when trying to change directions. At the start of the summer, the practice squad appeared to be a realistic option for the tall wideout, but Waller looks more and more like a player who could help the Ravens inside the red zone while continuing to learn the finer points of the position. Baltimore has had plenty of tall receivers in the past, but he shows signs of a better skill set to go along with his height.OL Ryan JensenWith Osemele, Urschel, and Myers all recently dealing with health concerns, Jensen could draw a start at left guard against the Eagles after playing well this summer. A favorite of offensive line coach Juan Castillo, the Colorado State-Pueblo product is moving into position to earn a roster spot with the ability to play all three interior line positions, the kind of versatility that is valuable on game days. At 6-foor-4 and 310 pounds, Jensen will have his hands full with a very talented Philadelphia defensive line, but Saturday will be a good litmus test if he indeed plays in place of the hobbled Osemele.LB Albert McClellanThe veteran linebacker has been a mainstay on the roster, but the younger Zach Orr has emerged as not only a special-teams standout but a viable backup linebacker and it’s clear the Ravens would still like to salvage some value out of disappointing 2013 second-round pick Arthur Brown. These factors make you wonder if there will be room for all three on the 53-man roster. McClellan struggled at inside linebacker in the preseason opener, but he does have the ability to play all four linebacker spots in the Baltimore base defense, something that shouldn’t be overlooked when only a few reserve linebackers are active on game days. He’ll need to have a better showing against the Eagles to improve his roster standing.TE Nick BoyleSecond-round pick Maxx Williams clearly possesses more upside for the future, but Boyle is showing more ability as a receiver than many anticipated and had a strong showing practicing against the Eagles this week. He has had some issues with drops at times, but the Ravens liked his hands at Delaware and believe he can be a solid all-around player at the position. Crockett Gillmore is the clear No. 1 tight end at this point, but Boyle’s ability to block and catch a few passes might earn him a few more chances in certain formations than Williams. He could be a surprising contributor inside the red zone if he can show consistent ability to block as a rookie, which the Ravens will need behind Gillmore’s expanded role.last_img read more

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