ENTERPRISE Secondary School failed to click with both bat and ball and were whipped by International Business Education (IBE) by 89 runs in the East Coast Demerara zone final when the 2016 edition of the Guyana Cricket Board National Secondary Schools Cricket League was completed yesterday at the Enterprise Community Centre ground.While the eventual winners were guilty of throwing away starts, the hosts never got going and eventually folded for 64, chasing 153 for victory.A disciplined bowling, with excellent fielding, ensured the dominant victory, with only Himnauth Dindyal (24) offering any fight for the hosts.Earlier, after they decided to bat first, opener Tameshwar Permaul hit a fluent fifty to lift the visitors to 152. Permaul was watchful at the start but switched gears after getting his eyes in.He shared a second-wicket stand of 87 in 90 balls, with Khemraj Pararam, after medium pacer Yogendra Samaroo provided the early breakthrough when he trapped Daniel Motoo (1), leg-before at 12-1.The partnership not only revived the innings, but put their team in a position of dominance. The pair were cautions at the start of their innings, but eventually batted with assurance as the innings progressed. Permaul in particular showed great composure in his 61.However, the visitors then lost their remaining batsmen for 53 runs as the hosts spin-twins, Suraj Dookram and Rafeek Azeez, shared seven wickets between them.The off-spinner Dookram finished with figures of 4-22, while leg-spinner Azeez ended with 3-33.Pararam made 22 while Teeran Rajcoomar (12) was the other batsman with double figures.In the run-chase, the hosts were never allowed to settle, as wickets fell on a regular basis.Mario Franklin (2-12) was the main destroyer. Permaul, Motoo, Nandalall, Sankar Raju and Nicolas Narine, all claimed a wicket.
NOT all of the sporting associations who are expected to cast their votes tomorrow believe that the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) elections process, which provides for candidates to be nominated literally up to the last minute when contesting posts, is the best way to go.With the GOA elections set to take place tomorrow afternoon at the GOA’s new headquarters in Liliendaal, some of the Association heads are surprised that they have not be approached by anyone seeking to be nominated for a post in the GOA executive.“That’s quite surprising that no one has contacted us, because you know there would always be persons who would be lobbying and things like that,” Guyana Boxing Association (GBA) president Steve Ninvalle said yesterday.President of the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) Aubrey Hutson, also noted that he has not been approached by any candidate seeking to be nominated.Ivan PersaudNot all of the 23 sporting Associations and Federations expected to participate were contacted yesterday. However, of those that were, they think that it would not be an altogether bad idea for the nominations deadline to be before the elections day.Such a process would allow for the nominees to be vetted.As it stands, any elector could nominate an eligible candidate at the elections, the nomination is then seconded and that candidate is considered among the others when voting begins.“I thought it would have been very nice to know beforehand who and who will be running. At least you get a chance to talk about it in your associations,” commented Guyana Amateur Swimming Association (GASA) president Ivan Persuad, who will be voting at a GOA election for the first time.“In swimming it’s very clear, one week before you have to send in your list of nominees so we can know how many persons are going up for president and so on, which I think is very clear and it gives people time to think about who they want to vote for.” He continued.Persaud did, however, commend the fact that electors cast their votes by secret ballot, which allows each person to vote without having their votes scrutinised and perhaps being discriminated against because of how they voted.As it pertains to this system of “on the floor nominations”, incumbent president K.A. Juman-Yassin said that if any Association so desired to have this system changed they can apply to do so. Yassin said as it is this is the system that he met when he took office and in all the years of elections no one has indicated that they would like it to change.Like the Olympics, elections for the GOA are held every four years. Yassin has been president since 1996 when he took over from now deceased Justice Rudolph Harper.On the issue of nominations, however, Yassin said that candidates have indeed been canvasing and he knows of several candidates seeking elections. He expressed that he preferred not to name the individuals.But for the position of the presidency he maintained that he knew of no one else looking to contest the position, but would however welcome any competition and leave the rest up to the democratic process ingrained in the GOA’s constitution.
FOLLOWING a meeting between the Linden Amateur Basketball Association (LABA) on Sunday and club affiliates, it was decided that Guyana’s lone International Basketball Federation (FIBA) recognised referee Sherwin Henry will hold a special meeting today involving the referees, table officials, game commissioners, coaches and captains, ahead of the LABA 2017 which tentatively bounces off on Saturday in Linden.Henry will brief the various officials on what is expected of them and the general rules that can influence the smooth running of matches and the roles played by these individuals.The referees will get special attention since they will be needed to conduct the games in a way that does not impede the flow of play while maintaining discipline.Clubs – Retrieve Raiders, Half Mile Bulls, Victory Valley Royals, Amelia’s Ward Jets, Bankers Trust Falcons, Kwakwani and Christianburg Pistons – are expected to send representatives in the different categories so that their clubs are aware of their expectations and how to conduct themselves.The Under-23 competition is expected to be the first competition and clubs are to submit their list of players by today and these players must be born on January 1, 1994 or after to be eligible to play in this competition.
New Delhi: Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore says India has the potential to play in the FIFA World Cup in near future but the country can reach that standard only if opportunities are created for the players. Rathore cited the beautiful game’s rising popularity even as India skipper Sunil Chhetri recently urged his fans to throng the stadiums to watch the national team play in the Intercontinental Cup in Mumbai.”Football’s popularity is rising in India. The number of people who turned up to watch FIFA U-17 World Cup was same as IPL matches. India hasn’t played in FIFA World Cup but we have potential. If the potential is linked to opportunities, India will start playing in FIFA World Cup very soon. Be it football, or any other sports, India has tremendous potential,” Rathore said.The minister was speaking at an inter-embassy football tournament, organised by the Russian Embassy.Rathore said the training opportunities and support for the players are much better now and also urged schools to focus on promoting sports and not just academics.He said in the next edition of Khelo India, the government will not only organise Under-17 Games but also Under -21 (College Games) events.Asked which team he will support as a fan in the FIFA World Cup, Rathore said, “I see with what commitment and passion the players play. Sometimes it’s Brazil and sometimes it’s Argentina but I am the biggest fan of India. We have to see when India plays at FIFA World Cup.” For all the Latest Sports News News, Fifa World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Indian cricket team faced a lot of ups and downs under the captaincy of both Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly, the two iconic batsmen of ‘Men in Blue’ after their legendary exploits on the field for over a decade, now share a special bond off-the-field too. In a special interview for Gaurav Kapur’s YouTube channel ‘Breakfast With Champions,’ the former Indian skipper revealed a lot of secrets from the dressing room and life the fans don’t get to know about. In one of the surprising revelations, ‘Dada’ disclosed that Sachin Tendulkar used to sleepwalk at night during tournaments.ALSO READ: Twitterati bows down to King Kohli after he smashes 22nd Test ton“During my early cricket days, we were touring England with Sachin as my room partner and I spotted him walking across the room one night, I thought he must have got up to use the washroom, so I turned around and slept and didn’t ask him anything the following day. But the same happened for a couple of days, so I asked him to stop doing that as he was scaring me. And in reply, Sachin said that he has this habit of sleepwalking at night,” revealed Sourav Ganguly. The president of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) also revealed that the ‘Master Blaster’ used to play with his bat whenever he was going through a bad patch of form.ALSO READ: Football Delhi to celebrate Sunil Chhetri’s birthday with exhibitionWhen asked whether the people of Kolkata are more proud of him as the former captain of Indian cricket team or the owner of a football club (Atletico de Kolkata), Sourav said, “Nothing comes close to being the captain of Indian cricket team, and no one can take cricket away from this country.”
For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Rajkot: West Indies coach Stuart Law is not reading much into India’s recent troubles in overseas Tests and says his fast-improving team faces a huge challenge against the world number one side in the two-Test series starting here on Thursday.“We have spoken a lot (ahead of the series). We played two good home series against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. At the same time, I don’t read too much into India’s form in England. I was there watching pretty closely. It was a lot closer than the 1-4 scoreline. England were just able to win the crucial moments,” Law said Tuesday.Also Read | Kisan Padyatra: Rahul Gandhi accuses BJP of ‘brutally beating up’ on non-violence day“India are the number one side, we are further down the ladder (at 8). We are playing in their own backyard, it is a huge task. Not many teams have come here and won. We understand that but on the flipside we are getting better and better,” said the Australian, who will join Middlesex after the tour of India and Bangladesh.The last time West Indies won a Test series against India was at home in 2002. The team has lost six straight series against India since then.Law, however, sounded confident going into the series opener.“We spent good eight days (in Dubai) before we came to India. It was 45 degrees during the day in Dubai so heat here won’t be an issue. Then we had a good couple of days in Baroda (only tour warm-up), the pitch was similar looking to what I see here today. Preparation has been good.“We have talked a lot but it is time now to stop talking. It is time the boys show what they have got on the field. Touring India has always been tough for teams, we have to show the world that we can play the game and grab hold of those opportunities,” said the 49-year-old cricketer-turned-coach.Read More | Tanushree Dutta denies receiving LEGAL NOTICE while Nana Patekar confirms; Who’s lying now?Indian openers struggled against the moving ball in England. Asked about the West Indies opening combination of Kraigg Brathwaite and Kieran Powell, Law said batting in the top-order is only getting tougher.“Look we are seeing a pattern arise that batting at the top three and four has become quite difficult. We are in a similar position. Kraigg and Kieran have opened the batting plenty of times together and they have been good so far here, they are in good head space.“We have got our plans obviously and the boys have to show it in front of fanatical crowds against the world number one team. Something we should enjoy and not fear,” he reiterated.Pace has been West Indies’ strength but Law is also relying on his spinners to trouble the Indian batsmen, like Moeen Ali did in England.“Moeen Ali really took to India in England, bowling into footholes. We got to use what is available. Roston Chase is a bit taller than Ali, bowls at similar pace. Devendra Bishoo and Jomel Warrican have got some good control as well. Pace has been our strong point but the spinners can also do the job.”Read More | Indonesia Tsunami: Desperation grows as death toll rises to 1,234Having said that, Law feels it will be tough bowling to Virat Kohli and Co.“He is great in other countries and not just in India. Kohli is a great batsman. Like I said it is not bowling to the name, it is about bowling to the batsman, then your job becomes a bit easier. And he is not the only one in the batting line up. You guys have got billions of people to choose from and the batters who are coming through are the best in the world.”Law joined the West Indies in February 2017. He got a tad emotional while talking about his time with the Caribbean unit.“It has been a fantastic two years. They are a great bunch of guys. I consider them as my sons if you like. They try, don’t shy away from hard work which we had to instil in them and it is beginning to show in results. But we would have liked far more positive results.“The result that I am actually seeing now is that we are preparing better and executing better. We have seen at U19 level that there is a lot of talent. It just has to be nurtured well back in the region,” he added.
Sunrisers Hyderabad won the 2016 IPL title by beating RCB.David Warner missed the 2018 edition of the IPL due to the ball-tampering scandal.Sunrisers Hyderabad lost in the 2018 final to Chennai Super Kings. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Sunrisers Hyderabad – a team that shows plenty of brilliance in the league stages only to fritter their advantage in the knock-out stages. The team, which is considered as the best bowling unit in the IPL, has had their moments but only one title in the last six editions is not an impressive resume for a team that has the potential to match the capabilities of top sides like Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders. Sunrisers did not have too much to ponder in the 2018 auction where they bought just three players in Martin Guptill, Jonny Bairstow and Wriddhiman Saha. However, the squad will see a welcome boost in David Warner, who missed the 2018 edition due to the ball-tampering scandal in the Newlands Test against South Africa.Warner’s addition to the side not only gives them power at the top but it also gives them a solid leadership potential, provided Sunrisers Hyderabad choose Warner. With Shikhar Dhawan going to the Delhi Capitals, Sunrisers need some solidity in their batting. The likes of Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey and Vijay Shankar give them depth along with Wriddhiman Saha. highlights If Sunrisers Hyderabad need to go the distance in the IPL, then they will have to bank on their bowlers. In the previous edition, the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Siddarth Kaul efficiently controlled the flow of runs in the death overs. The bowling though, is boosted by Afghanistan legspinner Rashid Khan, who is without doubt one of the best spinners in the Twenty20 format. His brilliance in the middle overs and also at the death makes him a valuable asset. It is this bowling composition which makes Sunrisers Hyderabad potent as compared to the other teams.Sunrisers Hyderabad squadMartin Guptill, Yusuf Pathan, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Sandeep Sharma, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Mohammad Nabi, T Natarajan, Kane Williamson, Abhishek Sharma, Siddarth Kaul, David Warner, Vijay Shankar, Khaleel Ahmed, Manish Pandey, Billy Stanlake, Deepak Hooda, Basil Thampi, Ricky Bhui, Sreevats Goswami (wk)Backroom staffHead coach: Tom MoodyMentor: VVS LaxmanBowling coach: Muttiah MuralitharanAssistant coach: Simon HelmotIndian players to watch out forManish Pandey: The right-hander has not played an ODI for India since September 2018 in the Asia Cup. Even in the Twenty20 against West Indies in October, he did not impress. A solid performance in the middle order in this edition could potentially see him go to England for the World Cup as the back-up to India’s No.4 conundrum.Siddarth Kaul: The Punjab pacer is an effective option in the death. In the tour of England, Kaul did not impress much but he can be a wonderful asset in the death in the company of Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Although the Indian bowling composition is settled for the World Cup, a good performance might boost his inclusion.International players to watch out forDavid Warner: He missed the 2018 IPL due to the sandpapergate scandal and now he is back. The Australian’s addition is a welcome boost to their batting fortunes. In addition to his leadership skills, Sunrisers will be banking on him to repeat his 2016 heroics.Martin Guptill: For most editions of the IPL, the New Zealand opener has been ignored during the auctions only to be included as a replacement for a player who is injured. A good performance in the IPL is the right boost for this aggressive player and he could be in the right frame of mind heading into the World Cup for New Zealand. Past record2013: Fourth (Eliminator)2014: Sixth2015: Sixth2016: Champions2017: Fourth (Eliminator)2018: Final
Barcelona: Lionel Messi left Liverpool needing a miracle to reach their second Champions League final in as many years as his brace helped Barcelona win a pulsating Champions League semi-final first leg 3-0 on Wednesday. Barca has one foot in next month’s final ahead of Tuesday’s second leg at Anfield after former Reds striker Luis Suarez gave Barca the lead during a breathless opening 45 minutes before Messi struck twice late on, the second a stunning free-kick and his 600th Barca goal. Jurgen Klopp could only smile after Messi’s curling shot nestled in the top corner but this result was harsh on his side. They matched Barcelona in the first half, dominated them early in the second and could still have left with an away goal after Messi’s deadly double, only for Mohamed Salah to hit the post. But Messi and Suarez did what they have done all season, their tallies now at 47 and 27 goals respectively in all competitions. It had been a breathtaking contest befitting two of Europe’s most exhilarating teams. The first half was electric, a reel of chances, breaks and blocks, while the second was tense, a tactical battle where Barca dared Liverpool to over-exert. The comeback will be even tougher for them given Barcelona, with La Liga wrapped up, will surely rest a host of players against Celta Vigo this weekend while Liverpool, a point behind Premier League leaders Manchester City, will have to be at full throttle again away at Newcastle on Saturday.RELATED Scintillating Messi was already fresh, after playing just over half the La Liga minutes he could have done in April, and he looked sharp early on, weaving through the centre while for Liverpool, the sensational Sadio Mane raced down the left. The attacks were scintillating but the defending was good too. Andy Robertson scrambled across to block Messi’s finish from six yards and moments later it was Sergi Roberto on the slide, preventing Mane from racing clear. Messi wanted a penalty when the ball jumped up on Joel Matip and Naby Keita went off injured in the 25th minute, replaced by Jordan Henderson. A minute later came the goal. Arturo Vidal sprayed the ball left to Philippe Coutinho, who cushioned back for Jordi Alba. Alba shaped to cross but instead curved a perfectly weighted pass to the near post, where Suarez nipped in. Liverpool came again. Mane scampered in behind then flicked the ball round Sergio Busquets. He should have scored too, Henderson’s cross finding him free from eight yards but the shot flew over. Barca took control just as Suarez began to lose it, irked by James Milner barging Messi into the sideboards after the Argentinian had danced past Robertson. But Liverpool was re-energised at the start of the second half. Marc-Andre ter Stegen pushed away shots from Milner and Mohamed Salah, then held a Milner drive. Then Messi took the wind out of Liverpool’s sails, striking twice in seven minutes. His own run started the first, setting Sergi free to square to Suarez. Off balance, Suarez could only volley against the crossbar but the ball came back for Messi, who chested and finished into an open net. Two was hard on Liverpool but Messi was not done. The free-kick was central, 30 yards out, and he whipped it over the wall and into the top corner. Barca was delirious but Liverpool almost grabbed an away goal when a clearance on the line fell kindly for Salah, who hammered against the post and left Liverpool with little hope of making the Madrid final. Lionel Messi scored his 600th goal for FC Barcelona.FC Barcelona recently won their eighth La Liga title in 11 years.Luis Suarez also scored for FC Barcelona. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights
Rafael Nadal won his 35th ATP Masters 1000 title.Novak Djokovic has won 33 ATP Masters 1000 title.Daniil Medvedev became the highest ranked Russian player. For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Montreal: Rafael Nadal completed a 6-3, 6-0 demolition of Russian Daniil Medvedev to win in Montreal on Sunday and extend his record haul of Masters 1000 titles. The world number two secured his 35th Masters crown, pulling clear by two in that category from Novak Djokovic, who has won 33 of the elite tournaments. Claycourt king Nadal successfully defended a hard court title for the first time in his career. “It was important to start the match in a good shape,” the 18-time Grand Slam winner said. “He came in playing so well, playing a lot of matches the last weeks,” Nadal added of Medvedev, who was runner-up to Nick Kyrgios in Washington last week.”Nadal, in contrast, had played just three hard court matches since starting his build up to the US Open this week — reaching the final on a walkover when injured Gael Monfils pulled out of their scheduled semi-final. “I played a solid match, my best of the week so far without a doubt,” Nadal said. “I did a lot of things well: changing directions, changing rhythm during the point. The slice worked well this afternoon. I think I played smart, I had a good feeling on the ball.”With all that going for him, Nadal needed just 70 minutes to subdue Medvedev, breaking the Russian four times. ‘Incredible’ Rafa The top seed, who now owns five Canadian title dating to 2005, swept the last seven games in the hardcourt blowout against his 23-year-old Russian opponent — who had never played Nadal before.”I’ve played Roger (Federer) two times, Novak (Djokovic) four times,” Medvedev said. “I knew how it was going to be, I was kind of ready for it. But I didn’t manage to probably show my best tennis. Rafa was incredible today. Congrats to him.” Despite the lopsided defeat, Medvedev was pleased with his time in Toronto. “I believe this was the best week ever,” said Medvedev, who will move up to a career high of eighth in the world on Monday, making him the highest-ranked Russian.”My level during all the matches was extremely good. I would have liked to do better today, but it happens. I will take experience from this match and try to do better next time.” For Nadal it was a third title of 2019, after clay court success at Rome and the French Open. He is due to complete his US Open preparations playing next week’s Cincinnati masters, where he’ll be seeded second behind Djokovic and ahead of No. 3 Federer. highlights
highlights England lost the first Test in Edgbaston by 251 runs.England were bowled out for 67 in the first innings, lowest since 1948.Australia are on the cusp of retaining the Ashes in England after 2001. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: England’s Ashes hopes hang by a thread after being bowled out for 67 in the first innings with Josh Hazlewood taking 5/30. In response, Australia were boosted by Marnus Labuschagne’s third consecutive fifty as they set England a target of 359 for a win. In response, Joe Root and Joe Denly smashed fifties and shared a 126-run stand to give England some hope as they look to come back level in the series. Speaking after the end of the day, Denly believed England have the belief after they were not in a good position in the first innings.”I still think we’re in very good position. It’s never ideal when you get bowled out for 67, it wasn’t good enough and we had to show a bit of fight and a bit of character in the second innings. It was never about a draw or losing, but all about winning — that belief has to be there. We understand there is a tricky period in the morning with the new ball coming up,” Denly said. Root overcame a rough patch to score his 43rd fifty and 11th against Australia and Denly said the England skipper and Ben Stokes held the key in their chase of 359, which would be the highest for England in Ashes contests here. “But we have Rooty and Stokesy. Any time Joe Root is scoring runs it puts belief in the side. We feed off that,” Denly said. England are currently trailing the series 0-1 after losing the first Test in Edgbaston by 251 runs. A win for Australia in Leeds would result in them retaining the Urn on England shores for the first time since 2001. In that series, Australia won 4-1 under Steve Waugh and Tim Paine would be hoping that his side replicates that effort as they aim to take seven wickets on day 4 of the Ashes Test.