Wins for Guyana’s Drayton and Khan as Chess Olympiad enters fifth round

first_imgWHEN Guyana men’s team took on a team from Guernsey in round five of the ongoing 42nd Chess Olympiad, Candidate Masters Taffin Khan and Anthony Drayton constructed their first wins, to end with 2.0 and 1.5 points respectively, yesterday, in Baku, Azerbaijan.Guyana’s Su Haifeng, rated 1800, ended his match against the higher-rated Candidate Master, Andrew Hale, 1940, in stalemate, picking up another 0.5 point to take his total up to 2.5 points and keep him in the lead of the men’s team.Khan (1877) is just behind Haifeng, picking up his last point when he triumphed over Peter Rowe (1966), who played the black pieces.All of the men found themselves pitted against higher-ranked players, with the Guernsey side boasting a full four-man team of CM, while Guyana had only three CM.Guyana’s other player for the team, Ronuel Greenidge, lost his fourth match in the competition, this time bowing out against Toby Brookfield. The men are scheduled to play a team from Malta tomorrow.Women Candidate Master (WCM) Maria Varona-Thomas continues to lead in points on the Guyana’s women’s team, where she has three points after five matches. In yesterday’s game, Varona-Thomas faced off against fellow WCM Aisha Al-khelaifi and played to a draw, as the Guyana women played Qatar.Sheriffa Ali was able to keep Kholoud Al-Khelaifi somewhat at bay and earn a draw in her match, taking her up to 2.5 points after four matches.Players Jessica Clementson (1233) and Yolander Persaud (1151) have one point each. Clementson failed to increase her points standing after losing against Fatima A. Al-khulaifi (1584), while WCM Alshaymaa Safar (1603) made the first move in her match where she conquered Guyana’s Julia Clementson. Julia is an unrated player.Julia has still failed to gain any points, losing both matches she has played thus far. Persaud did not play in this round of the competition, where only four out the team’s five players can play per round. The women’s battle continues when they come up against a team from Chinese Taipei, also set to take place tomorrow.last_img read more

Jamaica knocks off Guyana despite Rose, Welch combined 34 points

first_imgIN the inaugural Mega Mart / SDF JamRockerz basketbal Classics held in Jamaica on Friday night, it was the Jamaican national side that emerged victorious in their matchup against the youthful Guyana side 83-77.The matchup proved to be a tough one for the Jamaican national side, who managed to hold on in the final minute of the game for a 6 point win.Had it not been for crucial turnovers and missed free throws in the game’s waning moments, the Guyanese would have held on to win the game.In the first half, both teams got off to quick starts, getting their offense going. For Guyana it was young guns Terron Welch and Nikkolio Smith getting off to good starts with accurate shots to the basket. On the Jamaican side it was John Brandt who got off to a hot start to help the Jamaican’s lead 41-38 at the end of the half.In the second-half sixteen-year old Stanton Rose would come alive to help the Guyanese cause. Yet again Brandt showed up for Jamaica to help the home side finish the third quarter ,leading 61-54.In the final quarter it was a trading of baskets with the lead never falling below 2 points. For Jamaica, Brandt was supported by Kwame Lawrence who would finish on 14.For Guyana it was the main trio of Rose, Welch and Smith who helped narrow the lead to 2 points with a little over a minute to go.As fate would have it, crucial Guyanese turnovers and missed free throws left the door open for Jamaica to close out the win.In Jamaica’s winning effort Brandt turned in 22 points. For Guyana both Rose and Welch finished on 17 with Nikkoloi Smith finishing with 13 points and 9 rebounds.According to assistant coach Junior Hercules, “The youngsters in the team showed a lot of maturity and a lot of fight, had it not been for the missed free throws and key turnovers we would have won the game.”Hercules also commended the side on the effort put forward in the opening game with specific reference to the young team staying in the match and ultimately making the game a close one.In the other game of the night the Liberty-ville Vipers of the USA opened their account with a 80-74 win over the Jamaican under 21 team. Guyana’s second game was scheduled for last night; up to press time no score was available.last_img read more

Cricket News Ajay Rohera, MP batsman creates new world record on Ranji Trophy debut

first_imgNew Delhi: Ajay Rohera, the 21-year-old from Dewas, Madhya Pradesh created history in the Ranji Trophy clash against Hyderabad in Indore on Saturday. Rohera smashed 267 in his debut game and broke Amol Muzumdar’s 24-year record of 260 as Madhya Pradesh declared on 562/4, ahead by 438 runs. Muzumdar had achieved the score in his first game for Bombay against Haryana in Faridabad 1994. Rohera finished unbeaten on 267 and the knock included 21 fours and five sixes. The right-hander’s magnificent knock, combined with Avesh Khan’s brilliant spell of 7/24 which bowled Hyderabad out for 124, gave Madhya Pradesh the perfect opportunity to seal the game.In the history of First Class cricket, the highest score on debut was by Reginald ‘Tip’ Foster when he smashed 287 for Australia against England in 1903. It still remains the highest ever score on debut in Test or First-Class cricket. No cricketer has ever hit a Ranji Trophy triple century on debut. Rohera also missed the chance to become the first Ranji triple centurion in 2018, with the last one being smashed by Mayank Agarwal for Karnataka against Maharashtra at the MCA stadium in Pune.Read More | Gautam Gambhir smashes ton in final cricket gameRohera’s brilliant 267 was also the highest individual score by a Madhya Pradesh batsman in the Ranji Trophy, beating Jai Prakash Yadav’s mark of 265 which he achieved in 1999 in a clash against Railways at the Maharani Usharaje Trust Cricket Ground in Indore.Read More | Rishabh Pant matches MS Dhoni, enters elite keepers club in AdelaideIt was a day of records for the Ranji Trophy, for in the Delhi vs Andhra game at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Gautam Gambhir, playing in his final cricket game, scored a century in his last game. The left-hander was given a magnificent guard of honour by the Andhra players and one of the fans even ran on to the Kotla wicket to touch Gambhir’s feat. He started off aggressively on the second day and by the close, Delhi had built a good platform. Gambhir achieved his milestone at the beginning of day 3 and this will be another magnificent chapter in the life of this cricketer. However, Gambhir fell for a magnificent 112 as he edged Shoaib Mohammad Khan to wicketkeeper KS Bharath. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Badminton News Srikanth, Sai Praneeth shine as Bengaluru beat Delhi in PBL

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Badminton News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Ahmedabad: Skipper Kidambi Srikanth and B Sai Praneeth put up a strong show as Bengaluru Raptors defeated former champions Delhi Dashers in a Premier Badminton League Season 4 match here on Wednesday. With this, Srikanth continues his unbeaten streak this season, having won all three of his matches so far. In the first rubber of the game, Bengaluru’s Sai Praneeth met his Pullela Gopichand Academy training partner HS Prannoy, who represented the Delhi franchise.When the match started, it was evident that Prannoy, already hobbled by a right knee injury, wasn’t at his best. Facing breathing issues, the Indian national champion had a hard time stringing together points. Sai showed beautiful control of the shuttle to build a 6-2 lead.It was only after the mid-game break that Prannoy started showing signs of resurgence and drew level at 10-10 before Praneeth dashed his hopes with a 15-12 scoreline.Also Read | Well played sir, may you coach more wherever you are: Tendulkar pays tribute to AchrekarHaving gone down 8-10 in the second game, Prannoy found his second gear to explode to 13-10. With the score tied at 14-14, a struggling Prannoy dished out a wonderful drop shot to take the second game.Sai cut down on his errors to take an 8-6 lead in the decider and extended it to 12-8 with a superb round-the-head shot, and finally shut the match 15-12 14-15 15-13.Bengaluru Raptors began their mixed doubles on a grand note, racing away to 5-0 through Commonwealth Games silver medallists Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith.But a spirited fightback from Delhi’s Maneepong Jongjit and Evgeniya Kosetskaya saw the latter snatching the game to 15-13. Agile as ever, the Thai shuttler continued his brilliant show and carried the Dashers to 12-9 before adding the next three points as well to pocket a 15-13 15-9 win.Also Read | Sydney Test: Key numbers for Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team ahead of key gameRiding on his jump smashes, Bengaluru captain Srikanth went ahead to 6-2 against Delhi’s Tommy Sugiarto. Looking fully in control of the play, he was relentless as he kept the scoreboard ticking to move up to 12-6, and then grabbed the one-sided opener 15-6.The Indonesian showed real character to force an 8-3 turnaround in the next game. Srikanth went on a lull to allow Sugiarto to build a 13-8 advantage. A brief spark from the Indian couldn’t stop Sugiarto, who pocketed the game.The former world no. 1, however, managed to rebound strongly in the deciding game. Varying his shots, the aggressive Srikanth quickly went up to 8-4 as his opponent started looking more and more clueless.It was just a matter of time before the Raptors man wrapped up the rubber with a 15-6 12-15 15-10 victory.Bengaluru Raptors were leading 2-0 up after the fourth tie. last_img read more

Cricket News BCCI requests ICC to ban Pakistan from 2019 Cricket World Cup: Reports

first_imgChahal’s quote comes on the backdrop of Harbhajan Singh who had said India need not play Pakistan in the World Cup. “There is no need for any relations with Pakistan, let alone cricket. Don’t play the World Cup match with Pakistan on June 16 — country comes first for all of us and we are all standing with our forces. I don’t care about losing points,” Harbhajan had said earlier.Speaking on India TV’s cricket show, former India skipper Sourav Ganguly said the sentiment of people asking for the game against Pakistan in the World Cup should be respected. “I feel the government should take strong action on this issue. The aftereffect of this should be strong from India,” Ganguly said.India have played Pakistan in six World Cup encounters starting from 1992 and have never lost to them. In their recent ICC tournament encounter, Pakistan got the better of India by 180 runs in the final of the Champions Trophy played at The Oval.  highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. India will play Pakistan on June 16 in the ICC Cricket World Cup.Pulwama terror attack killed 40 CRPF jawans.BCCI will request ICC to ban Pakistan from World Cup in February 27 meeting in Dubai. New Delhi: The fall-out of the Pulwama terror attack continues. After 40 CRPF jawans were killed in the attacks on February 14, there has been outrage in India and it has come from cricketers. There are increased calls from many quarters for the Indian cricket team to boycott the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash against Pakistan which will be played in Manchester on June 16. Sources within The Board of Control for Cricket in India have stated that, “If the government at that point in time feels we shouldn’t play, it’s obvious that we won’t play.” However, the BCCI is trying in their own capacity to respect the sentiments of a vast portion of the Indian public who are calling for a boycott.According to reports, the BCCI is proposing sending an email requesting the ICC to remove Pakistan from the World Cup as it has provided support to terrorism against India. Another media report stated that the issue will be raised by BCCI CEO Rahul Johri when he meets with the Committee of Administrators on Friday.  However, according to BCCI sources, the meeting between the CoA and Johri will be to contemplate future course of action relating to the India vs Pakistan situation and no letter has been written yet. The ICC are scheduled to hold a meeting on February 27 and India are expected to raise this demand.The outrage over the Pulwama terror attack continued with India legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal calling for decisive action. “This should settle once and for all. We can’t tolerate it any longer,” Chahal told India Today. “Every three months we get to hear about our jawans losing their lives to terrorism and we can’t keep waiting for things to happen. It’s high time and we have to make things happen and we should settle this face to face, even if that means aar paar ki ladaai.”last_img read more

Football News Former Liverpool defender Enrique given all-clear from cancer

first_img Madrid: Former Liverpool and Newcastle defender Jose Enrique has been given the all-clear by doctors after he was diagnosed with a brain tumour last year. Enrique said in June 2018 that he had undergone an operation to remove the tumour and he has since been going through a series of radiotherapy sessions.”Hello guys, I just have some wonderful news today,” Enrique said on Tuesday, in a video message posted on Instagram. “I just got back the report from the MRI I had just a week and a half ago.” I just wanted to let you know, because the support from all of you has been amazing, that it’s all clear, all perfect.” For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Former Liverpool defender Enrique has given all-clear from cancer.He believes that he can look forward in life now and thanked all his fans. Jose played for Liverpool for nine years.  He added: “I can look forward now, not back anymore and just keep fighting. So it’s all clear and perfect. Thank you, guys.”The 33-year-old, who spent nine years in England playing for Liverpool and Newcastle, was told he could lose his sight as a result of the tumour. Enrique retired in 2017 after an injury-hit season with Real Zaragoza and had begun working as a football agent. highlightslast_img read more

Other Sports Kento Momota, Akane Yamaguchi give Japan hope in Badminton for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

first_img Tokyo: World number one Kento Momota said he was lifted by the crowd and can’t wait to return for the Tokyo Olympics after he sealed a home singles sweep at the Japan Open. Momota and Akane Yamaguchi gave Japan their first-ever sweep of the men’s and women’s singles titles on Sunday, raising Japanese hopes a year out from the 2020 Games. Momota, last year’s champion, has now won 10 matches in a row at the venue that will host the Olympic badminton tournament.    “I felt great as I heard a lot of applause and the court is great, too,” Japan’s Daily Sports quoted the world champion as saying. “I want to play (next year) to entertain them at this venue so that I can return the favour,” he said.    The win came after Momota made a second-round exit at the Indonesia Open in Jakarta as the top seed and defending champion. “I didn’t get good results last week and I wasn’t confident of a repeat,” Momota said, according to Kyodo news agency.    “But so many people were rooting for me, and thanks to all of you I was able to win. I hope to keep working hard knowing that I have that support.”    Momota clinched the men’s title after world number two Yamaguchi beat third-ranked Nozomi Okuhara in an all-Japanese women’s singles decider. The match lasted just 46 minutes, with 22-year-old Yamaguchi lifting her second straight trophy after last week’s Indonesia Open. “It’s the first time I’ve ever won two weeks in a row and there’s a feeling of accomplishment,” Kyodo quoted her as saying.    “I had a bad feeling when we started out with long rallies. But it was good I was able to regain control of the moment and play with perseverance.” highlights Kento Momota clinched the men’s title in the Japan Open.Akane Yamaguchi beat third-ranked Nozomi Okuhara in an all-Japanese women’s singles decider.Momota has now won 10 matches in a row in Tokyo.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

New Hampshire looks to sweep UMBC

first_img Associated Press February 13, 2020 New Hampshire looks to sweep UMBC DID YOU KNOW: New Hampshire is ranked second among America East teams with an offensive rebound percentage of 29.7 percent. The Wildcats have averaged 11.6 offensive boards per game.___For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comcenter_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNew Hampshire (11-12, 4-6) vs. Maryland-Baltimore County (11-14, 4-6)UMBC Event Center, Baltimore; Saturday, 1 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: New Hampshire goes for the season sweep over Maryland-Baltimore County after winning the previous matchup in Durham. The teams last played each other on Jan. 18, when the Wildcats shot 43.6 percent from the field on the way to a 65-60 victory. TEAM LEADERS: The versatile K.J. Jackson has averaged 12.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.8 assists to lead the way for the Retrievers. Brandon Horvath is also a primary contributor, accounting for 9.7 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. The Wildcats are led by Nick Guadarrama, who is averaging 13.5 points and 7.9 rebounds.DEFENSIVE IMPROVEMENTS: The Retrievers have given up only 66.7 points per game to conference opponents thus far, an improvement from the 72.2 per game they gave up to non-conference foes.SPARKING THE OFFENSE: Jackson has accounted for 45 percent of all Maryland-Baltimore County field goals over the last five games. The senior guard has 22 field goals and 31 assists in those games.UNDEFEATED WHEN: Maryland-Baltimore County is a perfect 10-0 when it holds an opponent to 61 points or fewer. The Retrievers are 1-14 when opponents score more than 61 points.PASSING FOR POINTS: The Wildcats have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Retrievers. Maryland-Baltimore County has an assist on 34 of 75 field goals (45.3 percent) over its past three contests while New Hampshire has assists on 37 of 75 field goals (49.3 percent) during its past three games.last_img read more

Valpo meets Missouri St. in MVC semis

first_img Associated Press SAVVY SENIORS: Valparaiso’s Javon Freeman-Liberty, John Kiser and Ryan Fazekas have collectively scored 40 percent of all Crusaders points this season, although that trio’s output has decreased to 28 percent over the last five games.JUMPING FOR JAVON: Freeman-Liberty has connected on 29.2 percent of the 168 3-pointers he’s attempted. He’s also made 75 percent of his foul shots this season.SLIPPING AT 71: Missouri State is 0-11 this year when it allows 71 points or more and 16-5 when holding opponents to fewer than 71.PASSING FOR POINTS: The Crusaders have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Bears. Missouri State has 33 assists on 84 field goals (39.3 percent) across its past three outings while Valparaiso has assists on 42 of 76 field goals (55.3 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Missouri State is ranked second among MVC teams with an offensive rebound percentage of 32 percent. The Bears have averaged 10.9 offensive boards per game and 13.8 per game over their last five games.___ For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, Valpo meets Missouri St. in MVC semiscenter_img March 7, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditValparaiso (18-15, 11-9) vs. Missouri State (16-16, 10-9)Missouri Valley Conference Tourney Semifinals, Enterprise Center, St. Louis; Saturday, 6 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Missouri State is ready to take on Valparaiso with a spot in the MVC championship game on the line. The teams split the regular season series at one win apiece. The teams last played each other on Feb. 25, when the Crusaders shot 58.6 percent from the field while holding Missouri State’s shooters to just 39.7 percent en route to an 89-74 victory.last_img read more

Head coach says Windies team need to play `smarter’ cricket

first_img(CMC) – West Indies head coach Stuart Law says the regional side will have to raise their game and play “smarter” cricket, if they are to get the better of Pakistan in the three-match one-day series starting on Friday at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.The hosts are coming off an emphatic 3-1 loss to Pakistan in the preceding four-match Twenty20 International series, and find themselves under pressure ahead of the one-day rubber.Law said it was important West Indies did not attempt to simply use “brute force” in the upcoming rubber, especially bearing in mind the venue.“Form is one thing but determination and the way these boys go about their cricket, we understand now it’s not going to be easy,” the Australian said here.“Pakistan are a quality unit so we’re going to have to train hard, put our thinking caps on and play smarter rather than use brute force.“The conditions here may suit, not suit the brute force style of play but once we have a look at the centre wicket, we can then go about accordingly – training accordingly, working out strategies and going forward that way.”West Indies have made two changes to the 13-man squad that suffered a 3-0 whitewash to England last month, bringing in Chadwick Walton and Miguel Cummins for Carlos Brathwaite and Kraigg Brathwaite.Carlos Brathwaite, the hero of last year’s T20 World Cup in India, was dropped for poor form while opener Kraigg Brathwaite was replaced because of his inability to score quickly at the top of the order.Law said he expected the new additions to the squad to display their skills throughout the series.“Miguel’s been part of our squad since I’ve been here. I like what he offers. He’s a good death-bowling option and he’s got a bit of extra zip as well; so it’s a great backup for guys like Shannon Gabriel and Alzarri Joseph,” he explained.“Chadwick Walton I saw him for the first time in the flesh during the T20 series. He had an outstanding 50-overs tournament (Regional Super50).“He scored a hundred against England in a warm-up match in St Kitts as well, so he comes in with form under his belt, runs that he has scored. I’m looking forward to seeing what he can provide in the top order.West Indies clash with Pakistan in the second ODI on Sunday and the third next Tuesday, all at the Guyana National Stadium.last_img read more