Vintage GCC takes Noble House Goals Galore title

first_imgEXPERIENCE was on show in full splendour last evening as the GCC Vintage side outshone the younger Bounty GCC side in the finals of the Noble House Goals Galore Indoor Hockey Championships at the National Gymnasium.The Vintage side had previously escaped elimination at the semi-final stage via a 1 goal margin after a tiring semi-final battle against the OFHC Warriors, but rallied to beat their more youthful opponents.According to Captain Damon Woodruff, while his side was not on par as It relates to the energy to run pound for pound with their opponents, they were able to use a few tricks en route to the title.“You’ve got to learn to pace yourself because we are much older and we used our knowledge and ability and experience to our advantage,” he said.He, however, praised the tournament, saying “they had some young teams which is good to see, there were some big handicaps, so we had to work hard to try and beat them, we lost one or two games but the final was just a lone goal difference and it was really hard fought.”Vintage started a goal up with a +6 handicap while their opponents had +5 and they immediately converted it to a two goal advantage through Devin Hooper two minutes after the opening whistle.Bounty responded four minutes later through Mark Sargeant, but Vintage rolled back the years with some aggressive play with Hooper scoring his second goal of the night and Edghill adding two of his own.The Bounty side was by no means about to surrender their title and dropped in two quick-fire penalty corner goals from the tournament’s highest goal-scorer, Kevin Spencer, but eventually ended short by two goals, leaving the scoreline 10-8.Meanwhile, the Pizza Hut GCC ladies completed the club’s domination of the competition with an easy win over Saints to win the female trophy.Pizza Hut captain Kerensa Fernandes said, “Im very happy because every year we have this tournament and GCC pizza hut ladies always have a difficult time because we always get zero handicap or a minus handicap, but (in)this tournament we did pretty well to win all our games.The young Saints team were able to hold on for their semifinal win against the much more experienced Woodpecker Hikers for a 13-9 victory.Saints started with a +12 goal handicap, leaving the Pizza hut ladies a task and a half to overcome that deficit especially against the eventual best goalkeeper of the tournament, Donyale Nurse who blocked more than her fair share of shots.However, the Pizza Hut ladies were still able to secure their win; Marzana Fiedtkou and Gabriella Xavier netting four each, with tournament’s topscorer, Sonia Jardine and Aliyah Gordon scoring hat-tricks and Fernandes topping it off with a double.last_img read more

Barbados Pride, Red Force first day hit by rain

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC) – Very little play was possible between Barbados Pride and Trinidad & Tobago Red Force in the Regional 4-Day Championship, due to wet conditions on Thursday here.Red Force reached nought without loss in their first innings at the close on the first day of their day/night, first round match at Kensington Oval before rain and soggy conditions curtailed the rest of play.The start had been delayed by an hour, due to wet patches on the outfield caused by rain in the island overnight and during the morning period.Justin Greaves was only able to four deliveries to left-handed Amir Jangoo in just two minutes of play before the rain interrupted.Umpires Leslie Reifer Jr and Jacqueline Williams made a number of inspections of the outfield after the rain stopped, but cloudy conditions, the gathering evening gloom and light winds failed to assist with the drying of the field.Play on the remaining days is scheduled to start at 1:30 pm local time.last_img read more

New Zealand name 12-man squad to face Windies in first Test

first_img…B J Watling a doubtful starterAUCKLAND, New Zealand, (CMC) – Wicketkeeper BJ Watling has been included in a 12-man squad to face West Indies in next month’s first Test but doubts remain over his fitness, as he continues to battle a hip injury.New Zealand Cricket said Tuesday while the 32-year-old was a part of the squad, he would be “monitored and evaluated over the coming week” as selectors continued to assess his recovery.The injury has forced Watling to miss the last two rounds of the domestic first class tournament for Northern Districts. He will, however, play as a batsman against Auckland this week and then also face Otago in the fifth round at month end, where selectors are hoping he will be able to take up wicket-keeping duties.He’s going well but he’s still a bit problematic with his hip. He’s been through the normal testing and is still feeling it just a bit,” said selector Gavin Larsen.“It’s precautionary at this stage; he’ll bat in this game [this week] and we’re very hopeful he can wear the gloves in the round five Plunket Shield game. He’ll need to keep, most importantly for his own peace of mind and confidence.”If Watlin fails to be ready for the opening Test, it is expected that the uncapped Tom Blundell, who has been named in the Black Caps A side to face West Indies in a three-day tour match later this month, will get the call-up.The 27-year-old has played a single Twenty20 International and 39 first class matches.“Clearly we’ll be having a really good look at him,” Larsen said.The remainder of the Test squad is predictable with regular captain Kane Williamson leading a side that includes the likes of Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Trent Boult and Neil Wagner, all of whom featured in the three-Test series against South Africa last March.They face a West Indies side whom they have not lost to at home in 22 years, and Larsen said it was important to start the series strongly.“Aside from a question mark over BJ, we have a fully fit squad who have all shown they have what it takes to perform at Test level,” Larsen noted.“We want to hit the ground running for that first match at the Basin Reserve. It’s a special place to play cricket and we’re determined to start the summer on a positive note.”One more player will be added to the squad following the A-side’s outing against West Indies.SQUAD – Kane Williamson (captain), Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Matt Henry, +BJ Watling, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Jeet Raval, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner.last_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_img Associated Press — The Pittsburgh Steelers have picked up the fifth-year option on All-Pro outside linebacker T.J. Watt. Watt, Pittsburgh’s first-round pick in the 2017 draft, is coming off a stellar 2019 in which he had 14 1/2 sacks and was selected to the Pro Bowl for the second time.— The Denver Broncos have agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent defensive lineman Christian Covington on a one-year contract. Covington played for the Dallas Cowboys last year after spending four seasons with the Houston Texans, who selected him in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL draft. Covington started a career-high six games for the Cowboys and had a personal-best 28 tackles. — The Chicago Bears signed defensive tackle John Jenkins. Jenkins appeared in 16 games and made five starts for Miami last season, getting one sack. He has also played for New Orleans, Seattle, Chicago and the New York Giants since he entered the league in 2013. — The 2021 NFL draft will be held in Cleveland from April 29 to May 1. The dates were announced following the completion of a unique, stay-at-home draft that went smoothly despite logistical obstacles due to the COVID-19 pandemic. TV ratings soared over the weekend as fans soaked in every moment. The NFL officially awarded Cleveland the 2021 NFL draft last year. The Browns will be celebrating their 75th anniversary next year. Details are still being finalized, but the draft will be held at locations around FirstEnergy Stadium and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-NASCARNASCAR race may take place in Charlotte without fansCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The governor of North Carolina says NASCAR can hold the Coca-Cola 600 without fans at Charlotte Motor Speedway at the end of May if health conditions do not deteriorate in the state. — The 2021 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course is delaying the start of ticket sales until August. Tickets were originally set to go on sale to those who registered online in May. Instead, PGA Championship tournament director Scott Reid said that with the world grappling with the coronavirus pandemic it was not appropriate to ask potential spectators to make purchasing decisions at this time.— The Atlantic Coast Conference will bring its men’s basketball tournament back to Greensboro, North Carolina in 2023 after this year’s tournament there was canceled near the midway point due to the coronavirus pandemic. The ACC is headquartered in Greensboro, which has hosted the tournament 27 times, the most of any location.MLB-ORIOLES-MANCINI CANCEROrioles 1B Mancini expects to miss season to treat cancerBALTIMORE (AP) — Orioles outfielder Trey Mancini is undergoing chemotherapy for stage 3 colon cancer and expects to miss the season if major leaguers return this summer. April 28, 2020 Update on the latest in sports: Colquitt posted a farewell on Instagram late Monday in which he said that “all things come to an end, sometimes sooner than you hoped, prayed and pleaded for them to.”A person familiar with the team’s decision confirmed it to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because it had not been announced.Colquitt stopped short of saying he was retiring. He turns 38 next month.In other NFL developments:— A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that free agent wide receiver Rashard Higgins has agreed to a one-year contract to stay with the Cleveland Browns. Higgins clashed with former Browns coach Freddie Kitchens last season. A fifth-round pick in 2016, Higgins had only four catches for 55 yards last season as he also dealt with a knee injury. In 2018, Higgins had 39 receptions for 572 yards and four touchdowns. Mancini had a malignant tumor removed shortly before turning 28 on March 18. Writing a first-person article for The Players Tribune, the 28-year-old says has been undergoing chemotherapy since April 13. He says the treatment will take six months and expects to make a full recovery.Mancini hit .291 with 35 homers and 97 RBIs for last-place Baltimore in 2019.NFL-CHIEFS-COLQUITTKANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs are releasing two-time Pro Bowl punter Dustin Colquitt.Colquitt’s 15-year career with the Chiefs allowed him to set numerous franchise records, including the most games played and most postseason appearances. Gov. Roy Cooper says he and state public health officials have had discussions with NASCAR and the speedway. Cooper says he believes the race can go forward on Memorial Day weekend for the 60th consecutive year.NASCAR, like other sports, has been shut down for weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic.In other virus-related developments:— Athletes in track and field can apply for money from a $500,000 fund to help them get through the coronavirus pandemic. World Athletics and the International Athletics Foundation have launched the fund to help athletes who have lost income because competitions are suspended.— Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt says the school will cut nearly $7 million from the athletic budget in the upcoming school year, including eliminating performance bonuses for himself and Red Raiders coaches. Hocutt told A-J Media in Lubbock, Texas that deeper cuts may be needed if college football can’t play a full season.last_img read more

The Latest: Goalie Lloris willing to play without fans

first_imgThe English Premier League hopes to re-start games by mid-June in empty stadiums amid the coronavirus pandemic.A World Cup winner with France, Lloris says “it’s important that soccer restarts, for today and tomorrow.”He adds that “if we have to play behind closed doors for a long period of time in order to save soccer, then we have to.”Lloris currently trains at his club every other day with “specific time slots” for each player, adding that “sometimes we pass each other, but from very far away.”In a newspaper interview with Nice-Matin, Lloris says that arriving at training already dressed in his kit reminds him“of when I started out and my grand-parents would drop me off at training.” The Latest: Goalie Lloris willing to play without fans Associated Press May 17, 2020center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is in favor playing without fans for a long time if it helps “save” soccer clubs amid financial uncertainty. ___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

The Latest: All Italian league refs test negative for virus

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___All referees in Italy’s top soccer league have tested negative for the coronavirus. ___The Swiss soccer league will restart several days earlier than planned to help Europa League contender Basel cope with a backlog of matches in August.The restart amid the coronavirus pandemic was set for June 19-21 in the top two divisions.The Swiss soccer federation now says Basel’s Swiss Cup quarterfinal match against Lausanne Sport will be played without fans on June 14 instead of the Aug. 5-6 dates for the other quarterfinal matches.Basel is scheduled to resume play in the Europa League in early August. It holds a 3-0 lead over Eintracht Frankfurt from the first leg of the round of 16. The Serie A referees and some from the second division were tested at the Italian federation’s training headquarters on the outskirts of Florence.They will remain there until June 10 to have further tests and continue training and preparing for the resumption of Serie A on June 20.___Premier League clubs have agreed to allow five substitutions in soccer matches.They will adopt the temporary law change when the league resumes on June 17 amid the coronavirus pandemic. Francis says “the true values of sport are particularly important to face this period of pandemic and especially the difficult restart.”The auctions will take place on the site starting Monday for two months. There will be a new one every week and each auction will last 10 days.All funds raised will go to the Papa Giovanni XXIII hospital in Bergamo and Fondazione Poliambulanza in Brescia.___German soccer club Schalke has apologized to fans for asking them to justify their refunds for games played in empty stadiums because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Latest: All Italian league refs test negative for virus All three championships were supposed to be tune-ups for the Tokyo Olympics but that event has been postponed to 2021.___Pope Francis is promoting a charity auction of sports items and experiences in support of two of the hospitals hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic in Italy.The “We Run Together” auction includes a personalized bicycle given to Francis by world champion Peter Sagan, a team jersey and captain’s armband signed by former Roma forward Francesco Totti and a swim suit and hat from Olympic champion Federica Pellegrini.There are also experiences such as training sessions and dinners with various athletes. Associated Press The European gymnastics championships have been moved to December after being postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.The men’s event will run from Dec. 9-13 and the women’s championships from Dec. 17-20 in Baku, Azerbaijan.Baku was originally supposed to host only the men’s championships but France couldn’t reschedule the women’s event after missing its planned dates in Paris in April and May.European Gymnastics president Farid Gayibov says the body will review the coronavirus situation and react accordingly “should the situation at a later date not be considered safe enough any more.”The European championships for rhythmic gymnastics will stay in Kyiv, Ukraine, but are now set for Nov. 26-29. That is six months later than originally planned. June 4, 2020 Basel also faces a potential clash with this season’s Europa League possibly overlapping with next season’s preliminary rounds.Basel is currently in third place in the Swiss league and the third-place team should enter the Europa League qualifying rounds in late July or early August.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Federation president Gabriele Gravina says “it’s an initiative which doesn’t have precedents and represents a great assumption of responsibility which the (federation) is taking in favor of the whole soccer system.”The fund consists of 21,700,000 euros ($24,500,000). It will give up to 5 million euros ($5.6 million) to each of the two divisions below Serie A as well as the same amount to support clubs from the amateur soccer league.It will also give up to 3 million euros ($3.4 million) to soccer players and the same amount to coaches and their staff.The fund will also provide 700,000 euros ($800,000) to help women’s soccer clubs that are set to complete the season.___ There can still only be three pauses to bring on substitutes.Premier League clubs have also agreed to temporarily increase the number of substitute players from seven to nine.___The Italian soccer federation is launching a fund of nearly $25 million to help clubs and their members following the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.The Save Soccer Foundation will need definitive approval at a federation meeting on Monday. Schalke had asked for evidence of financial hardship if fans wanted tickets refunded this year rather than waiting until 2022.Schalke says it used “impersonal formulations lacking empathy” and fans will no longer be asked to submit documentary evidence of their personal finances. But the club says the approach was legal under German law.The Bundesliga was suspended in March because of the coronavirus outbreak and spectators have not been allowed to attend any of the games since the league restarted on May 16.Schalke has been hit hard financially by the pandemic. Executive board member Alexander Jobst said in March the club faced an existential threat.The team has also struggled on the field and hasn’t won a league game since January.last_img read more

AAG boss gives thumbs up for `Mackenzie High versus Multi’ Track and Field clash

first_imgPRESIDENT of the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) Aubrey Hutson has endorsed the staging of the inaugural ‘Ole School Nu School’ ‘Mackenzie High versus Multi’ track and field championship saying it is the way to go as his governing body prepares to officiate in the Independence Day meet at the Mackenzie Sports Club (MSC) ground tomorrow.Speaking to Chronicle Sport on Thursday, Hutson said his personal view was that there was need for more championships like these, as he felt the time is coming when the rivalry should move from the Inter-District level and have the schools engaged in such competitions to further expose more athletes.He said he was prepared to shed light in this regard for the future of such meets as this is what the Jamaicans have been doing and one can see the results of such a programme.Hutson said he will be in Linden tomorrow to ensure the internationally recognised Fully Automatic Timing System (FATS) for athletics is implemented in Guyana for the first time on the grassy outfield at the MSC ground.The AAG had responded promptly earlier this year to the request for sanctioning of the meet and this first such meet, put on by former athlete of the Mackenzie High School (MHS) Erwin Shawn ‘Baldhead’ McNeil and past student of the Christianburg Wismar Secondary School (Multi), Floyd Cameron, (Team McNeil/Cameron), could be the starting of something big in athletics in the future.Among those big names who have given their backing for the staging of this championship are former national athletes of MHS, Marian Burnette and Bruce Butcher, who are based in the United States of America. (Joe Chapman)last_img read more

Felix wins twelfth world title

first_img(REUTERS) – ALLYSON Felix won her 12th world title, and her first since becoming a mother, as the United States claimed the inaugural world championship 4×400 metres mixed relay on Sunday.In doing so, Felix, who won her first gold in 2005, overhauled Usain Bolt’s record of 11 world titles.Felix ran the second leg as the U.S. team also featuring Wilbert London, Courtney Okolo and Michael Cherry won in three minutes 9.04 seconds — a world record for the new event — to finish ahead of Jamaica and Bahrain.The team draped themselves in U.S. flags as they celebrated their win but, with barely any spectators in the Khalifa Stadium, went straight down the tunnel instead of completing a lap of honour.Seven of the eight teams chose to run the first and fourth legs with men while Poland went for men in the first two legs and women in the last two.That meant the Poles finished the second leg with a healthy lead which was cut back in the third leg and obliterated within the first 100 metres of the fourth as Justyna Swiety-Ersetic was overtaken by Cherry. Poland eventually finished fifth.Felix, 33, has also won three world titles in the women’s 200 metres, one in the 400 metres, three in the women’s 4×100 metres relay and four in the women’s 4×400 metres relay.last_img read more

Root hits fluent 72 in England’s first warm-up match

first_imgENGLAND captain Joe Root scored an unbeaten 72 on day one of his side’s two-day warm-up match against a Cricket South Africa (CSA) Invitation XI in Benoni.Root, Joe Denly (60 not out) and opener Dom Sibley (58 not out) all retired after passing their half-centuries.Jonny Bairstow, playing as a specialist batsman, made only 13 on his return to red-ball cricket with England.Zak Crawley (28 not out) and Sam Curran (18 not out) guided the tourists to 309-4 at the close.England are set to spend today in the field and will hope that pace bowlers Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer are able to take part after both were affected by illness.James Anderson will bowl for England for the first time since the opening Test of the Ashes in August, after recovering from a calf problem.All-rounder Ben Stokes is missing the warm-up match after being named BBC Sports Personality-of-the-Year on Sunday but has now joined the touring party.England face South Africa in a four-Test series, with the first match at Centurion starting on December 26.“You can’t really beat time at the crease and there’s another three-day game coming up so there’ll be opportunities there as well,” said Sibley, who has made 38 runs in his three Test innings so far.“I’ve got to start getting some scores but hopefully Boxing Day will be my day, if I play.”After Rory Burns (16) fell top-edging a hook shot to fine leg, Sibley patiently ground his way to 58 off 140 balls.Denly hit 10 fours and one six in a fluent knock, while Root, who scored 226 against New Zealand in his last Test appearance, was again in fine touch, scoring freely in making 72 off 86 balls.Ollie Pope fell lbw to Matthew Arnold for 20, wicketkeeper Jos Buttler was caught in the slips for 15 and Bairstow, who was dropped for the Test tour of New Zealand, hit a full toss straight to mid-on.But Crawley, who made his debut in the second Test against New Zealand, and all-rounder Curran played out the final hour comfortably.(BBC Sport)last_img read more

Bonner spearheads Scorpions dominant day with unbeaten 131

first_imgST GEORGE’S, Grenada, (CMC) – Nkrumah Bonner’s third first class hundred underscored a dominant opening day for Jamaica Scorpions in their seventh round clash with Windward Islands Volcanoes.The 31-year-old right-hander hit an unbeaten 131 as Scorpions, opting to bat first, reached 285 for three at the close at the National Stadium here.Bonner’s hundred was his second of the season and second against Volcanoes, following his unbeaten 100 in Kingston in January.He faced 237 balls in just short of 5-¼ hours and struck a dozen fours and two sixes in an excellent career-best effort.Test batsman Jermaine Blackwood, meanwhile, struck his fourth half-century in as many matches with 68 while Paul Palmer returned to form with an unbeaten 65.Volcanoes appeared to have the upper hand when left-arm pacer Preston McSween (2-48) knocked over both openers cheaply in successive overs to leave Scorpions tottering on 16 for two in the morning’s eighth over.Skipper John Campbell (13) drove a full length delivery to mid-off in the sixth over before Alwyn Williams (1) dragged on a defensive stroke at a wide ball.Bonner then combined with Blackwood in a 112-run, third wicket stand which carried the visitors to lunch without further loss.Blackwood, with five previous half-centuries this season, counted 10 fours off 102 balls in a shade over two hours before falling caught and bowled by left-arm spinner Kavem Hodge in the second session.Any hopes of running through the Scorpions middle order were then dashed as Bonner and Palmer added a further 157 in an unbroken fourth wicket stand.Palmer has so far struck seven fours in a patient knock, spanning 160 balls in just over 3-¼ hours at the crease.Unbeaten on 74 at tea with Scorpions on 184 for three, Bonner reached his hundred in style deep in the final session, smashing leg-spinner Keron Cottoy to the mid-wicket boundary.last_img read more