Comfortable win for Ireland

first_img Press Association Ireland maintained their 100 per cent start to their World T20 qualifying campaign by cruising to an eight-wicket victory over Nepal in Belfast. Ireland won the toss and inserted Nepal and although t he visitors made 18 from the first two overs, they began to lose regular wickets once Anil Mandal was the first man out having picked out Kevin O’Brien off Alex Cusack’s bowling. Only Sagar Pun and captain Paras Khadka, with 20 and 10 respectively, reached double figures for Nepal, who lost their final five wickets for only three runs as Kevin O’Brien and Thompson swept through the tail. The former, who was on a hat-trick at one point, returned three for eight from his four overs while Thompson’s trio of victims cost just 10 runs. After a rain-delayed resumption for their own innings, Ireland lost Niall O’Brien chopping on for three in the second over before Stirling and Porterfield briskly moved towards their target of 54. Like Niall O’Brien, Stirling was bowled by Sompal Kami with the scores level, but new batsman Kevin O’Brien struck the winning run to seal a comprehensive victory. center_img The Group A leaders made it three wins from three as they dismissed Nepal for just 53 inside 14.3 overs, with Stuart Thompson and Kevin O’Brien producing career-best figures in claiming three wickets apiece. The hosts then took just eight overs to reach their victory target as Paul Stirling weighed in with 29 while William Porterfield was 18 not out. last_img read more

Dick Advocaat: Sunderland squad not good enough for relegation battle

first_img Press Association Advocaat told Studio Voetbal: “I already made my decision last week, but the club asked me to do the match against West Ham and I really wanted to finish this in style. “The struggle against relegation is not my cup of tea. I think it was time for someone else to take over at Sunderland. I became negative and that didn’t feel like myself. “I don’t regret signing my new contract because it was a great experience. Our squad was simply not good enough. The club knew we had to strengthen ourselves, but the chairman [Ellis Short] never told me how much we could spend.” Speaking to De Telegraaf, he repeated his insistence that he had no regrets, adding: “Sunderland is in my view a very beautiful club. What I have seen no one can take away from me and I would not have missed this for anything. “Even on Saturday, there were three or four loud chants for me. The fans supported me until the last day, although they did not know I was leaving.” Advocaat’s departure has created a vacancy Sunderland need to fill as quickly as possible, with first team coach Paul Bracewell and senior professional development coach Robbie Stockdale currently looking after those players not away on international duty. The search for a replacement – which is perhaps further complicated by the fact that sporting director Lee Congerton is understood to be working his period of notice – is under way, although a definitive list of potential targets is yet to be drawn up. There have been mixed messages as to leading candidate Sam Allardyce’s readiness to return to the game over the last 24 hours, while Harry Redknapp has distanced himself from the vacancy and Patrick Vieira is not understood to be in the reckoning. The availability of Allardyce following his West Ham exit at the end of last season and former Leicester counterpart Nigel Pearson makes them attractive to the Black Cats, but Sean Dyche too is a man who is held in high regard on Wearside. However, no appointment is imminent as the club tries to avoid the mistakes of the recent past and find a man who can galvanise a squad Advocaat believes are inadequate, and one which cannot be strengthened further, even if the money is available, until January. Dick Advocaat has admitted his Sunderland squad were simply not good enough to avoid another scrap for Barclays Premier League survival. center_img The 68-year-old head coach parted company with the club on Sunday just eight games into the new league season having failed to lead them to victory in any of them. He left following Saturday’s 2-2 home draw with West Ham without asking for a penny in settlement and retaining a fondness for the Black Cats, but has since revealed his reasons for doing so. last_img read more

GBA hosts successful Mashramani tournament

first_imgAFTER attracting the country’s leading male and female badminton players, the Guyana Badminton Association last weekend completed the annual Mashramani Badminton tournament at the National Gymnasium.The tournament was played in two segments – Open for men and ladies and age group for juniors.The Open Ladies division was won by Priyanna Ramdhani, who beat Greer Jackson in the final.Jonathon Mangra won the Open Men’s singles after a win over Nicholas Ali.Kayla Jordon took top honours in the Under-11 Girls’ Singles, with Haily Choo-a-Fat placing second and Gianna Ramnarine third.Jonathan Debidin was the Under-11 Boys’ Singles champion, with Avinash Ramnarine taking the runner-up spot, and Jared Bird and Nikhil Sookraj sharing third.Lesha Singh took the Under-13 Girls’ Singles title from Sasha Singh, while third place was shared by Lathika Kandayel and Elese Sangster.Andrew Debidin was the top Under-13 Boys’ player, while Vikash Mootoo was second best and Matthew Beharry third.In the Under-15 Girls’ Singles, Crystal Permaul was the overall champion.The tournament was exclusively sponsored by the National Sports Commission (NSC).last_img read more

The Latest: Albanian soccer to resume in June

first_imgThe Latest: Albanian soccer to resume in June Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Albania’s soccer federation says league and other matches will resume in June but without fans in the stadiums, and the matches will follow a strict medical protocol. Lemaitre praised his players for their “spontaneous and unanimous” offer amid challenging economic times.He says it “further reinforces our motivation and our desire to meet the challenges of tomorrow.”The French league was canceled after the government called it off late last month. The semifinals of the Top 14 league will not be played.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 May 13, 2020 The club used government furloughs to reduce its labor costs during the pandemic. Players had their salaries and working hours reduced by 70%.Elche was sixth in the 22-team second-division standings when the competition was suspended after 31 matches.___The Portuguese soccer league says it will delay its restart until June 4.The league was expected to resume at the end of May but will wait another week so there is time to “rigorously inspect stadiums and conduct medical tests on all professionals involved” in the matches. Play has been suspended since mid-March following the country’s total lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak.The federation said Wednesday that 10 league matches and five Republic Cup matches will be staged from June 3 to July 29. The Albanian Cup final will be held Aug. 2.The federation says holding the matches will follow the strict sanitary protocol it earlier drafted in consultation with UEFA and FIFA.___Oaklawn plans to reopen its casino next to the racetrack in Hot Springs, Arkansas, on Monday. The FIVB world tour is currently on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic.___Ferrari says it has developed a ventilator for hospitals dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.The Formula One team says it created a device that is easy to use and assemble in conjunction with the Italian Institute of Technology. Ferrari says it was designed in only five weeks and can be produced using easily available materials at a lower cost than normal ventilators.The ventilator has been designed to meet the typical demands of medium intensive care and the technical specifications are available as an open source project. Associated Press center_img Rutgers is doing away with paper tickets to sports events in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.The State University of New Jersey announced Wednesday that mobile-only ticketing to sports events will start this fall with the football season.Rutgers said the new policy would enable contact-free entry into all venues and offer greater convenience and safety. The Big Ten Conference member said fans can access their ticket accounts through the Scarlet Knights’ app supported on Apple and Android devices.The policy would cover football tickets and parking passes, men’s basketball tickets, parking and hospitality, women’s basketball, men’s lacrosse tickets, and wrestling tickets. Rutgers also said fans will have the ability to transfer tickets electronically. There are 12 rounds remaining in Serie A along with four matches that were postponed from the 25th round. The Italian Cup is in the semifinal stage.___Beach volleyball teams will have an extra year to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.The system will otherwise remain the same.Most teams qualify by earning points on the international tour. The deadline for Tokyo had been this June but now it will be June 13, 2021. Additional spots in the Olympic tournament will be decided at continental tournaments that will be held until June 27 of next year. ___Players from Spanish soccer club Elche have not practiced as a protest against reduced salaries.The players for the second-division club were supposed to practice at the team’s stadium but decided to keep training at home to show their discontentment with the team’s decision not to lift the furloughs that had been put in place because of the coronavirus pandemic.Players want to resume earning full salaries now that they are back to training.The players practiced normally on Tuesday. The club says it is negotiating with them. General manager Wayne Smith says state and health officials have given the go-ahead to do so with new health and hygiene protocols in place.The casino will operate at 33% capacity, staff and visitors will have their temperatures checked upon entry and must wear masks, and guests must show ID in case contact tracing is needed.Inside the casino, gamblers will be limited to every other slot machine, there will be no more than three players per blackjack table, craps will be limited to three players per side of each table, and live roulette won’t be open.Oaklawn’s racing season ended May 2 without spectators because of the coronavirus pandemic.___ The league says it hopes to serve as an example of “good practices” for the rest of the Portuguese society during the coronavirus pandemic.The league was stopped with Porto leading Benfica by one point with 10 rounds to go.___The players at French rugby club Toulouse have offered to take a pay cut amid the coronavirus pandemic.The players at the 20-time French champions say they told club president Bernard Lemaitre they are willing to accept “a significant decrease” in earnings. They did not give any figures regarding the amount of the proposed decrease. The university will work with ticket holders at events should either their cell phone run out of power or they don’t have one.___The Italian soccer league is hoping to resume competition on June 13.The date was agreed to during a video conference with all 20 Serie A clubs. It is subject to approval by the Italian government.Full team training will restart on May 18 after a revised medical protocol was approved. The clubs have already resumed training on an individual basis.last_img read more

Warriors end Barbados Tridents CPL title defence

first_imgTHE Barbados Tridents’ stuttering defence of their Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) title finally ended last night as they again failed to make three figures against a well-balanced Guyana Amazon Warriors bowling attack.Early boundaries from Chandrapaul Hemraj meant Shimron Hetmyer and Ross Taylor could take the team home in cruise control, and the Amazon Warriors ended the league stage on a roll with four wins from four.(Scores: Guyana Amazon Warriors 90/4 (Hetmyer 32*, Hemraj 29, Taylor 16*; Holder 2/10, Reifer 1/16, Santner 1/25) beat Barbados Tridents 89/9 (Young 18, Santner 18, Charles 10; Tahir 3/12, Shepherd 3/22, Green 1/17, Sinclair 1/23) by 6 wicketsRomario Shepherd put paid to a promising start with two wickets in two balls. Charles chipped tamely to Taylor at point, but there was nothing tame about the dismissal of pinch-hitter Rashid Khan, as a fierce pull was brilliantly caught by Brandon King who ran 20 yards to his left from deep square leg and dived full-length.Greaves survived the hat-trick ball then closed the over with a four. Brooks hit a four off Imran Tahir but fell softly to Green, albeit with Taylor taking a good catch at short midwicket, and the Tridents reached the Powerplay at 28/3. That became 28/4 the very next ball when Tahir bowled Greaves, beating him all ends up with a googly.Kyle Mayers launched a straight Hero Maximum off Sinclair, but was undone by wrist-spin again, skying a Tahir googly to give Hemraj an easy catch at mid-off. The implosion continued as Tridents captain Jason Holder gifted Green a catch at midwicket off the second ball after the drinks break, Shepherd the bowler, and a second poor batting effort in a row by the Tridents against the Amazon Warriors left them 39/6 after 11 overs.Mitchell Santner and Nyeem Young milked Sinclair for eight, and while Naveen went for just one on his return, Young ended a 37 ball boundary drought with a classy Hero Maximum over off Green. Santner pulled Shepherd for four, and after 15 overs the Tridents were 65/6. Sinclair ended the mini-recovery, bowling Santner with a quicker ball and celebrating by adding an extra flip or two to his post-wicket routine.Young should have fallen to Naveen, King making good ground on the leg-side again but this time dropping the catch, but it mattered little as he soon missed a sweep off another Tahir googly and was bowled. Tahir ended his spell atop the Hero CPL wicket-takers table, and the Tridents ended the 18th over at 78/8.Raymon Reifer pulled a Naveen slower ball through midwicket, and although the young Afghan ended wicketless he will bowl far worse spells that look better on the scorecard. Shepherd once again showed off his effective slingy yorker in the 20th over that went for just five. The innings ended with a run-out, and for the third time in Hero CPL 2020 the Tridents had failed to make three figures as a team.Santner struck second ball of the chase, bowling King with an arm ball that in effect swung into the right-hander. A tight over from Holder ensured Hemraj started slowly, but got himself going with a powerful slog swept Hero Maximum and a whipped four off Santner. He should have fallen to the New Zealander, the usually faultless Hayden Walsh Jr dropping a catch, but he continued his attack off Rashid with two fours and a six. After four overs, the Amazon Warriors were 34/1 and the required run rate was just three and a half an over.Holder cleverly angled the ball across Hemraj, who couldn’t resist a pull shot and was well caught by Young at third man. Sherfane Rutherford, in for the rested Keemo Paul, got a promotion to four, but lasted only three balls before edging Holder to Ashley Nurse at slip. Holder took a heavy fall but completed a wicket-maiden, leaving the Amazon Warriors 40/3 after seven overs.Hetmyer started watchfully, his first boundary not coming till his 12th ball and that too off an edge past new keeper Charles. Pooran faced five dot balls and tried to get off the mark with a boundary, but toe-ended Reifer straight up in the air to give Brooks a simple catch at cover. Taylor joined Hetmyer with the score 49/4 and a brief to calm things down.Young started with a chest-high full-toss that was rightly called a no-ball, and was lucky not to be called for another with the free hit, Taylor pulling a suspiciously high delivery for four. Hetmyer again edged past the keeper, and he and Taylor nudged and guided the Amazon Warriors to 67/4 at halfway needing just 23 more to win.Holder could have ended his spell with a third wicket, but Taylor’s edge flew wide of slip, and Rashid was nudged for six off two overs to leave just 12 to win. Hetmyer finally hit his first boundary off Santner thanks to indifferent boundary fielding from the visibly injured Holder, Taylor had time to practice his forward defensive against his countryman, and Hetmyer for the second day in a row hit the winning runs.The Tridents now hold the unwanted record of being the first Hero CPL defending champions not to make the knockouts, and with the Amazon Warriors now guaranteed to avoid the Trinbago Knight Riders in the semi-finals, a sixth final is very much on the cards.(CPL).last_img read more

Mikel Reinstates His Super Eagles Commitment

first_imgNigeria captain John Obi Mikel has discussed his loyalty to his country ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals.The England-based midfielder is set to lead the Super Eagles at the continental tournament which will be hosted by Egypt.Mikel is the first and only player to represent Nigeria at the Under-17, Under-20 and senior World Cups, Olympic Games and Confederations Cup. The Middlesborough star explained that some young players end up not being committed to their national teams due to money at club level.‘’The commitment and love that I have for my country will never change until I stop playing,” Mikel said on All Nigeria Soccer.‘’Right now it will be difficult to find young players who will be able to do that for the national team because the agents make money from the clubs.’’ Mikel will be hoping to lead the Super Eagles to their maiden AFCON title since 2013.Nigeria are in Group B along with Guinea, Madagascar and Burundi.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Seton Hall confirms transfer of Taurean Thompson

first_imgUPDATED: Sept. 7, 2017 at 1:15 a.m.Former Syracuse forward Taurean Thompson has transferred to Seton Hall, SHU Athletics confirmed Tuesday afternoon.Jerry Carino of the Asbury Park Press reported that Thompson had transferred to SHU, one of SU’s former Big East foes, last Thursday. Per NCAA transfer regulations, Thompson will sit out the 2017-18 season as this season and will then have three years of eligibility remaining, beginning in 2018-19.“Taurean is a terrific addition for the Seton Hall men’s basketball program,” SHU head coach Kevin Willard said in a statement. “He is long and athletic with good post skills and the ability to step out and shoot. We will work with him during his sit-out year to further his development both on the court and in the classroom and expect him to be ready to compete for Seton Hall next season.”Last week, Syracuse.com broke the news that Thompson left the Syracuse program.“We have been informed that Taurean is taking a leave of absence from Syracuse University,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said in a statement to Syracuse.com. “My understanding is he wants to go to school closer to home due to some family health issues.”Thompson is a 6-foot-9 forward who nearly committed to SHU out of high school, per Carino, but chose Syracuse instead. As a freshman there he averaged 9.2 points and 3.8 rebounds in 18 minutes per game. He shot .546 from the field and .645 from the free-throw line.The top 100 recruit played his junior year of high school at St. Anthony (New Jersey) High School, less than 20 miles from Seton Hall’s campus. In high school, he was a consensus Top 100 recruit who played his junior year at St. Anthony, averaging 10.7 points per game and finished up at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire.At the forward position, SU has only Paschal Chukwu, the 7-foot-2 Providence transfer who missed most of last season after eye surgery, and Bourama Sidibe, an incoming 6-foot-10 freshman.The story has been updated for appropriate style. Comments Published on September 6, 2017 at 12:04 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Trask to pay for first 100 students to attend NCAA tourney match

first_imgWhen the Wisconsin soccer team faces UW-Milwaukee in its opening-round match of the NCAA men’s soccer tournament Thursday, it may be able to expect a much larger turnout from students than it has throughout the season.Head coach John Trask announced through uwbadgers.com Wednesday his intention to pay for the first 100 students to go pick up a student ticket to the game if they make the trip to the Wisconsin Athletic Ticket Office Thursday morning. Tickets are pegged to cost students $4 to see the game, which means the Wisconsin head coach will be paying $400 dollars out of pocket to see more student fans in attendance.In games at home since 2012, Wisconsin has posted an impressive undefeated record of 13 straight victories — the longest in the country — on its way to a 13-4-2 overall record this season and a second-place finish in the Big Ten conference season. No. 19 Wisconsin tied UWM 1-1 in an earlier matchup in Milwaukee this season that went to a second overtime.Wisconsin’s matchup against the Panthers is slated to kickoff at 7 p.m. Thursday.last_img read more

Usman Vows to Dethrone Tyron Woodley on Sunday in Las Vegas

first_imgUFC TITLE FIGHTFemi SolajaNigerian-born American Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) title contender, Kamaru Usman, has vowed to make a strong statement when he steps into the ring against Tyron Woodley, the welterweight champion. Usman (right) is eyeing Woodley’s belt to popularise UFC in Nigeria The Edo State born fighter, is scheduled for a shot at the title in the early hours of Sunday morning (4am Nigerian time) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.In a telephone interview with THISDAY on Wednesday night ahead of the crucial bout, Usman insisted that he has prepared for the fight he regards as the most important fight of his career.“I had a dream I became the Number 1 fighter in my sport. The time has come for me to make that dream a reality. I know the fight with Woodley won’t be easy but the time has come for me to grab this unique opportunity. I won’t allow it to slip off me,” the prized fighter remarked with optimism from his base in America.Usman will be going into the ring as Number 2 contender that he attained last year December.On record, he has won 14 bouts and only lost one fight while the champion has 19 wins, three draws and one lost bout.“This Saturday, if I win, it will be cheering news to millions of Nigerians back home and here in America. I want to use this step as a way to popularise the sport among youths back home.“Coming home with the belt is one ambition I have craved and all things been equal, I should be able to attain that glory after the bloody bout on Saturday,” he pointed out.Usman fondly referred to as The Nigerian Nightmare, left Nigeria with his parents when he was just eight years old.The Nigerian fighter revealed that he started a career in wrestling in high school but that it was former champion in UFC, Rashae Heaven who convinced him to make a switch to the mixed martial art where he hassince become a hit.“When I become the champion in the category on Saturday a lot of things will change. It will open doors to strong and energetic Nigerians who are willing to display their full potentials in the sport.“The same way I see Rashae Henven as my role model, I want to encourage other Nigerians to follow my foot step to reach the top with their potentials,” he pointed out.Going into the match, Usman recalled his last defeat six years ago to Jose Caceres and hoped that he has banished the ghost of that night when he comes up against the champion whom he knows will be a hard nut to crack.In Woodley, he will be facing a fighter making fifth title defence of his belt and rated among the best ‘pound-for-pound fighter in UFC.The bout will be broadcast live on DSTv and viewers can catch it up on SS6 including several under cards on the night.The Ultimate Fighting Championship is an American mixed martial arts promotion company based in Las Vegas, Nevada, that is owned and operated by parent company William Morris Endeavor. It is the largest MMA promotion company in the world and features the highest-level fighters on the roster.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Unibet expects big returns from chess revival

first_img StumbleUpon Share Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity  July 28, 2020 Share Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020 Related Articles Submit Kindred: Spelinspektionen has failed in its management of Swedish marketplace June 11, 2020 Richard Öström – Unibet NorwaySupporting its sponsorship of the FIDE World Chess Championship held at The College London (9-28 November), Unibet details that it will cater the most comprehensive chess markets inventory for its customers.This August, Unibet marketing confirmed that it had become the first betting operator to sponsor a FIDE championship as Norwegian chess master Magnus Carlsen faces American challenger Fabiano Caruana over a 12-round series in London.Magnus Carlsen, considered Norway’s leading sportsman carries a significant global following and is credited with reviving the sport of chess on a global level. Furthermore, tournament organiser FIDE is expecting the London event to surpass its viewership records to dateUpdating the market, Unibet details that its FIDE Championship markets, could generate ‘a turnover higher than some FIFA World Cup 2018 matches and comparable to the Champions League final’.Richard Öström, Country Manager for Unibet Norway says: “The interest in Chess is continuing to grow and as the leading online bookmaker in Europe, we want to be a part of and contribute to big sporting events. The odds in this highly competitive match will continue to fluctuate and this year’s World Championship showdown between Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana in London will continue to establish chess as a permanent fixture in betting.”Publishing its pre-market odds, Unibet gives Carlsen a 29/50 odds of winning the chess series with Caruana priced at 1/3.Ilya Merenzon – FIDE Backing Unibet’s sponsorship, Ilya Merenzon, the CEO of World Chess, says: “The odds from the World Chess betting partner Unibet shows just how exciting this championship will be. It’s great to see the betting community from across the globe, as well as six hundred million chess fans, come together, proving that the sport is continually becoming even more popular. The tournament is the highlight of the chess calendar and millions of fans around the world will follow every move.”last_img read more