Test stars Brathwaite, Chase to lead Windies A

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – Test batsmen Kraigg Brathwaite and Roston Chase will lead a star-studded West Indies A on India A’s tour of the Caribbean starting next month, in preparation for the senior series to follow in August. Brathwaite, the Test vice-captain, will be at the helm for the first two four-day “Tests” while Chase will take charge of the one-day squad for the five-match series.Shamarh Brooks, meanwhile, will lead Windies A for the final four-day “Test”.“As the incumbent vice-captain of the senior West Indies Test team, this will allow Kraigg to continue to get the opportunity to develop his leadership skills and he is best placed to galvanise the team during these vital games for our preparation,” interim chairman of selectors, Robert Haynes, said. “Shamarh has been captaining the ‘A’ team for some time now and as such it would be best for continuity that he gains more exposure in this role.”The “Test” squad will feature several members of the senior team including Chase, wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich, opener John Campbell, the recently discarded Jermaine Blackwood and fast bowler Miguel Cummins.Fringe players Sunil Ambris, Shermon Lewis, Raymon Reifer, Jomel Warrican have all been included for the “Tests”. “It was felt that the regular Test players who are available should play the first and second Four-Day matches of this series,” Haynes explained.“This would be part of their preparation for the upcoming senior team Tests against the Indian senior team, as they would have had limited red-ball match practice in recent times.”He added: “As such, the squad for the third Four-Day match will have five replacement players. This will allow the regular Test players to gain recovery time before they enter the preparation camp for the Tests against the Indian senior team.” Haynes also said the decision to appoint Chase captain of the one-day side was an attempt to further develop the leadership pool in West Indies cricket.“The discussion was based on our desire to expose leadership in order to be able to have a wider pool of players with such experience,” he indicated.“In our estimation, Roston is the right person to lead the team during this series as one of the players with significant international experience and we believe that the experience can be personally beneficial as well for his game.” Irrepressible off-spinning all-rounder, Rahkeem Cornwall, will feature in the one-day squad and the squad for the first two “Tests”.Dowrich, Campbell and Ambris will also line up in the one-day squad along with impressive rookie Test all-rounder, Keemo Paul.The tour opens with the first one-dayer at the Coolidge Cricket Ground here on July 11 with the next two matches scheduled for the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground on July 14 and 16.Coolidge will host the final two matches on July 19 and 21. The first “Test” bowls off three days later at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, with the second match carded for Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad starting July 31.The final “Test” is set for August 6 at the Brian Lara Academy also in Trinidad.SQUADS: ONE-DAY – Roston Chase (captain), Sunil Ambris, John Campbell, Jonathan Carter, Rahkeem Cornwall, Shane Dowrich, Akeem Jordan, Kjorn Ottley, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Rovman Powell, Raymon Reifer, Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd, Devon Thomas.1st & 2nd TEST – Kraigg Brathwaite (captain), Sunil Ambris, Jermaine Blackwood, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich, Chemar Holder, Shermon Lewis, Raymon Reifer, Jomel Warrican.3rd TEST – Shamarh Brooks (captain), Sunil Ambris, Jermaine Blackwood, Miguel Cummins, Akim Frazer, Jahmar Hamilton, Montcin Hodge, Chemar Holder, Brandon King, Shermon Lewis, Raymon Reifer, Jeremy Solozano, Jomel Warrican.last_img read more

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Los Angeles Rams release running back Todd Gurley

first_img Associated Press Television News FOLLOW US LIVE TV COMMENT Last Updated: 20th March, 2020 11:32 IST Los Angeles Rams Release Running Back Todd Gurley  The Los Angeles Rams have released Todd Gurley, their superstar running back with a massive contract and a troubling injury history. Written Bycenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 20th March, 2020 11:31 IST  The Los Angeles Rams have released Todd Gurley, their superstar running back with a massive contract and a troubling injury history.The Rams made the move Thursday, several minutes before roughly $10 million in the three-time Pro Bowl selection’s contract became fully guaranteed.Gurley will consume $20.15 million in dead salary cap space this season for the Rams, who signed the 2015 first-round pick to a four-year, $60 million contract with $45 million guaranteed in June 2018. Gurley was cut before even playing the first year of that contract extension, which made him the highest-paid running back in the NFL at the time.Gurley had phenomenal seasons during his first two years in coach Sean McVay’s offense, rushing for 1,305 yards in 2017 and 1,251 in 2018 as those Rams reached the Super Bowl. But Gurley had a persistent left knee injury that limited his effectiveness down the stretch in 2018, and those problems carried over to last season.He rushed for a career-low 857 yards last year while playing sparingly, although McVay never acknowledged it was because of Gurley’s knee issue. WATCH US LIVElast_img read more

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Clare on the double for Tipp hurlers

first_imgTipperary are looking to collect their first silverware of 2019 when they meet Clare in the Munster Hurling League final this weekend.The fixture details are expected to be published today.That’ll be swiftly followed by a second meeting between the sides in the National Hurling League opener at the end of January. Photo © Tipp FM Tipp FM Sports editor Stephen Gleeson says both games will be hotly contested.Sunday’s game will be broadcast live here on Tipp FM.last_img

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NFF Confirms Delay in Super Falcons Allowance

first_imgThe Nigeria Football Federation has confirmed that it still owes the Super Falcons their camping allowances for the first phase of preparations for the 2018 African Women’s Cup of Nations in Ghana.The defending champions began their campaign with a 1-0 loss to Banyana Banyana at the Cape Coast Stadium in their first Group B match on Sunday.However, just before the competition kicked off on Saturday, there were reports that the team were owed bonuses for the two-legged qualifying match against The Gambia in June. Each player is reportedly owed up to $6,000 for the 7-0 aggregate win over the hapless Gambians.There were also reports that the team were owed camping allowances for their preparation in Epe before they departed for the Sol Beni Academy in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, where they camped for the last leg of preparations for the tournament.Meanwhile, on Monday, the NFF in a statement said it had offset the camping allowances owed the team in Abidjan.The statement, however, did not state when the federation would pay the team their allowances for the Gambia match as well as the team’s camping in Epe, Lagos State.The statement sent by the NFF’s Communications Department, read, “Official confirmed on Monday that players and team officials have now been paid their daily allowances for the camping programme in Abidjan, Ivory Coast prior to the tournament, while money is being sourced to offset the allowances for camping in Epe, Lagos State.“Defeat by South Africa means the Falcons are not entitled to any match bonus yet in Ghana.”Meanwhile, Falcons coach Thomas Dennerby has expressed the belief that his team would bounce back from the defeat to South Africa.Relatedlast_img read more

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GameCo unveils esports betting brand, iGameCo

first_imgLas Vegas-based gambling company GameCo has announced the launch of iGameCo, a brand focusing on the company’s efforts in esports betting and skill-based iGaming.iGameCo will debut with three synergistic offerings: skill-based iGaming, freeplay gambling, and esports betting. The trinity of wagering products will be available for regulated mobile casinos and sportsbooks both domestically and internationally.Credit: GameCoRELATED: GRID & GameCo: Building an esports betting product for alliGameCo will arrive equipped with a full-service esports betting solution built specifically for the North American sports betting market. The application will combine an esports data platform developed by Berlin-based GRID with a desktop and mobile front-end offering odds and trading for regulated esports betting.Blaine Graboyes, CEO and Co-founder of GameCo, commented on the launch in a release: “iGameCo is the culmination of years of research and development in combining video games and esports for regulated casinos and we’re proud to bring our leadership in land-based Video Game Gambling to digital casinos and sportsbooks. We invented the first-ever skill-based games for retail casinos and now we’re expanding the category to bring this experience to regulated gaming markets worldwide, providing casinos with the products to attract and monetize the next generations of customers.”In March, GameCo and GRID partnered to deliver esports betting products in North America. The collaboration was designed to provide real-time feeds of official data and “unlock the potential of esports for casinos and sportsbooks.” 10 Sec ESI London – Franchised leagues in esports. CARMAC vs lurppis NextStay ESI London – Franchised leagues in esports. CARMAC vs lurppisNOW PLAYINGThis year in esports- Investments, sponsorships and deals in 2019NOW PLAYINGTEAMS wins The Clutch DigitalNOW PLAYINGHector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez – ESI Hall of Fame Inductee 2019NOW PLAYINGESI Hall of Fame 2019 – #ESIHOFNOW PLAYINGMarcus ‘djWHEAT’ Graham – ESI Hall of Fame Inductee 2019NOW PLAYINGHeather ‘sapphiRe’ Garozzo – ESI Hall of Fame Inductee 2019NOW PLAYINGESI London 2019NOW PLAYINGThe best MMOs in 2020NOW PLAYING Arrow Left #1 Icon Created with Sketch. Arrow right #1 Icon Created with Sketch. RELATED: ESI Gambling Report: Esports betting spike recedes, maintains flightThe premiere of iGameCo will be complemented by a Casino Service Industry Enterprise License granted to GameCo by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement last week. The license will enable the company to bring its diverse portfolio of offerings, including esports betting, to New Jersey casinos and sportsbooks.GameCo currently holds gaming licenses in over 25 jurisdictions across North America and Europe. The company will leverage its market share and industry expertise to prep the runway for iGameCo’s success in the iGaming and esports betting markets in the United States. The release noted iGameCo has several partnerships and programs which will be announced in the coming weeks.Esports Insider says: It’s been a red-letter week for GameCo who has now received approval from the New Jersey DGE and unveiled its esports-focused branch. Considering the increased awareness of esports betting globally, the time is ripe for iGameCo, and its partner GRID, to make an impression in the North American market.Subscribe to ESI on YouTubelast_img read more

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Fowles is tied for 2nd at AJGA Glenwild Junior

first_imgE-mail: sor@desnews.com PARK CITY — Except for a double bogey on the final hole when his second shot splashed into the water fronting the 18th green, Delta’s Jordan Fowles would be leading the field of the AJGA Glenwild Junior, featuring top golfers from all over the United States.Fowles, a 17-year-old who will be a senior at Delta High, fired a 2-over 73 Wednesday at the Glenwild Golf Club and stands at 147 after two rounds of the first-ever American Junior Golf Association event in Utah.First-day leader Tyler Smith of San Juan Capristrano, Calif., held on to the lead at 146, despite a second-round 75, following his 71 in the opening round. Peter Ahn, who drove down from British Columbia and led a group of nine qualifiers in Sunday’s qualifying tournament, is tied with Fowles at 147 after a second-round 74.Not only is this the first AJGA event to be played in Utah, it’s Fowles’ first appearance in an AJGA tourney, which only invites top junior players between the ages of 12 and 18 based on their performance in various junior tournaments. Most are from the West, but the field includes golfers from as far away as Massachusetts and Maryland.”I hit it solid (Wednesday), but didn’t make anything,” Fowles said. “(Tuesday) I made everything I looked at.”Fowles birdied the third and 13th holes and had birdie opportunities at 10, 11 and 12, but missed his putts. He had another birdie chance at No. 14, but after running his long putt 10 feet past the hole, he missed coming back to go back to even par.At both 15 and 17, Fowles left birdie putts less than six inches short, which was tough to do on the quick greens. “You have to be careful, because if you run them by, they can run forever,” he said.On the 479-yard par-4 final hole, Fowles hit an iron off the tee and had 205 yards to the front of the green. His 5-iron got too much turf and the ball just missed clearing the water.Although he was disappointed with his finishing double bogey, Fowles isn’t too upset to be starting the final round just one shot back.”It’s the best position to be in, I think,” said Fowles, who can play more aggressive, rather than trying to protect a lead.Smith also double bogeyed the final hole after making a triple bogey at No. 14.”I actually played better (Wednesday) than (Tuesday), but shot worse,” said Smith. “I hit the ball twice as good, but everything lipped out and I had some bad luck.”Most of the bad luck came on one bad bounce at the par-4 14th where his approach shot hit a grate just behind the green and bounded some 30 yards beyond the green under a tree. Smith also said he missed three 3-foot putts on the day.The 16-year-old Smith, who is playing in just his fourth AJGA event, was the medalist in the CIF championships in California, which his team won.Smith, Fowles and Ahn will tee off in the final group of the day at 9:57 a.m. today.Pleasant Grove’s Dan Jensen shot the best round of the day, an even-par 71 and is still in contention, in a group of four at 150.Among the other Utahns in the tournament, Park City’s Steele DeWald stands at 153, Midway’s Robert Shannon is at 154 and Orem’s Daniel Reid is another shot back at 155. Also, Draper’s Dustin Pimm has a 159 total, Park City’s Barrett DeWald stands 171 and Park City’s Danny Clark is 172.No local girls are playing in the girls division, which features just 20 golfers.First-round leader Shannon Yocum of Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., held on to the lead at 149 after shooting a 75 Wednesday. That’s two shots better than Brooke Todare, Paradise Valley, Ariz., who shot a 74 for a 151 total. Jeana Dahl of Fargo, N.D., is another shot back at 152, while Sara Gogolak of Phoenix stands at 154 after shooting a 75. last_img read more

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BYU women’s basketball notebook: Return to Chicago is all business

first_imgROSEMONT, Ill. — The BYU women thought they were probably going to West Lafayette, Indiana or College Station, Texas for the NCAA tournament, but were pleasantly surprised to be headed to Chicago, one of the great cities of the world, when their name came up Monday night.Since they flew in on Thursday, they must have been out sightseeing — riding to the top of the Willis (Sears) Tower, walking around Navy Pier, touring the Art Institute or taking an Architecture River Cruise, right?Nope, the only fun the Cougars hope to have on this trip is on the basketball floor.”We actually came to Chicago last year and did a lot of fun things,” said BYU guard Haley Steed of a tournament the Cougars played in over Thanksgiving weekend in 2010. “This trip is more about winning basketball. I’m sure we will eat at nice places and do fun things as a team, but we aren’t worried about seeing too much.”So the Cougars didn’t go downtown Friday morning before their mid-afternoon press conference and practice.”We come and enjoy the cities we visit, but these ladies are focused,” said coach Jeff Judkins.And don’t count on the Cougars going downtown Saturday to check out the Chicago River, which is dyed green every year for St. Patrick’s Day.WEATHER REPORT: There were no real garden spots among the various women’s NCAA sites, with the aforementioned West Lafayette and College Station, not to mention Ames, Iowa, and Norfolk, Va.But the Cougars may have gotten the best venue of all. The weather in the Chicago area has been outstanding with the temperature hitting 81 degrees Friday for the third day in a row. That broke a record for the most days in March with temperatures over 80 and nearly half of the month to come.COACHSPEAK: When asked about BYU, DePaul coach Doug Bruno said, “I really don’t think they are a team that has weaknesses” and then went on to talk about what a great point guard Haley Steed is and the inside presence of Kristen Riley.When told what Bruno said, BYU’s Judkins just laughed and said, “That sounds like a coach, doesn’t it.”Judkins had his own praise for DePaul and Bruno, saying, “DePaul is a very good team and very well-coached. (Bruno) has done a marvelous job for 26 years.”HOME EDGE: Unlike the men’s NCAA tournament, women are allowed to play games in their home arenas and hometowns for NCAA tournament games.While DePaul is not playing in its home gym, which is in downtown Chicago, the Blue Demons will have a home crowd advantage Saturday evening.”It’s nice to get to play in Chicago,” said DePaul forward Jasmine Perry. “We’re not playing at home, but we’re in Chicago, so we’ll get to have all of our home fans here, which will be fun and exciting.”However, coach Bruno downplayed any edge his team might have, saying the only one is that it didn’t have to fly to Chicago.”We haven’t played in this gym or shot in this gym more than anybody else,” he said. “This is as neutral for us as it is for Tennessee, Tennessee-Martin and Brigham Young. That’s just the way it works. If we were playing at McGrath-Phillips Arena, I would tell you that it’s a home-court advantage but since our players haven’t played here, it’s hard to call it home-court advantage.”email: sor@desnews.comlast_img read more

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Morrill’s career ends after Aggies’ close loss to Wyoming in MWC quarterfinals

first_img Related Utah State’s Stew Morrill coaches final game LAS VEGAS — As Stew Morrill watched Jalen Moore’s shot from 60 feet sail over the top of the backboard as the final buzzer sounded, he realized his long and storied basketball coaching career was over.Morrill’s Utah State Aggies had fought and scrapped just like they had all season and nearly came up with a miracle finish before falling 67-65 to Wyoming in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Conference Tournament Thursday afternoon at the Thomas & Mack Center.Morrill announced two months ago that this would be the final season of a highly successful 29-year coaching career, including the last 17 years at USU – all winning seasons — and that he hoped his team could progress through the MWC tournament while keeping his career going a little longer.Utah State played Wyoming even for most of the game and even led by as many as seven points in the second half, but runs of 12-0 and 7-0 by the Cowboys were too much for the young Aggies to overcome as they finished the season 18-13.“It’s kind of weird to be done,’’ Morrill said when asked about this being his last game. He said he obviously hoped to win three games and get an NCAA berth and said a pair of wins would have perhaps earned his team an NIT bid.But he quashed any possibility of his team playing in CBI or CIT tournaments, saying, “Our season is over. At this point, we just feel like it’s best for these kids to concentrate on their academics … and get ready for a new coach rather than play in other events like the CIT or CBI. We will not be pursuing those.’’When the Aggies broke away from a 26-26 halftime tie to lead 41-34 on a 3-pointer by Chris Smith at the 14:17 mark, things were looking good for the Ags. But the Pokes, who will meet Boise State in Friday’s semifinals, went on a 12-0 run as the Aggies failed to score on four straight possessions. That, according to Morrill, was the difference.“I think the difference was a stretch in the second half of about four or five possessions where they got just too good of shots,’’ he said. “They got layup opportunities driving the basketball. We couldn’t get them stopped during that stretch.’’Still, USU hung tough and came back to tie the game at 51 on an inside shot by Moore, but a couple of turnovers by Darius Perkins and a rushed shot by Smith, allowed the Cowboys to score seven straight and lead 58-51 with 3:45 left.In last year’s MWC quarterfinals, the Aggies overcame a nine-point deficit in the final 90 seconds to beat Colorado State, and they faced a similar deficit Thursday, trailing by nine with under two minutes left.The Aggies nearly pulled off another miracle after Perkins sank a 3-pointer, JoJo McGlaston hit a layup, Moore sank a 3-pointer and Perkins hit another three with four seconds left to cut the lead to two at 67-65 with 2.3 seconds left. The Aggies quickly fouled Charles Hankerson Jr., who missed both free throws.Moore, who sank a memorable half-court shot at the buzzer to give Sky View a win in the 4A state semifinals in 2013, had a chance to repeat the feat as he grabbed Hankerson Jr.’s miss, took a couple of dribbles and let one go from beyond halfcourt.“It was on target, just too far,’’ Moore said. “That’s a low‑percentage shot, a once‑in‑a‑lifetime kind of thing. It just didn’t fall this time.’’Moore led the Aggies with 17 points and seven rebounds, while David Collette scored 11 and Smith and Julion Pearre each scored 10. Pearre also had a team-high five assists.Josh Adams led the Cowboys with 19 points and six assists, while Hankerson Jr. scored 16, Larry Nance Jr. had 13 and Riley Grabau 11.Morrill called it a “tough way to end the season,’’ but he looks forward to his retirement and said he was touched by a pre-game presentation of a first-class trip for two to the Bahamas, provided by his fellow MWC coaches.“That will be fun,’’ he said. “I’m looking forward to new things and new challenges, mostly relaxing for a little while.’’center_img Utah State basketball analysis: Aggies get bounced from MW tournament by Cowboyslast_img read more

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Root ready for Ashes challenge

first_imgThe Yorkshire batsman, who took over as captain after Alastair Cook’s resignation last month, was dropped for the final Test during the miserable 5-0 whitewash defeat in 2013/14.He admitted the series Down Under felt as if he had walked straight into a “conservatory door”, after the string of defeats which led to Kevin Pietersen being sacked and Andy Flower resigning as coach.Root averaged under 28 in the series, compared with his current career mark of 52.80, which saw him dropped from the team for the defeat by 281 runs in Sydney. However, the new skipper insists it will be different when England face their arch rivals in November.”I won’t be caught cold,” Root said. “I know what to expect from what can be quite a hostile environment.”That first Test match, when I walked out to bat, I think it did hit me quite hard.”It was like I walked into a conservatory door, not aware at all that it was there … but I will be slightly more aware.”And Root believes he is still benefiting from the harsh experience of his maiden Ashes trip which saw England’s batsmen struggle to deal with the pace of Mitchell Johnson, who took 37 wickets in the series.”I think I’ve done all my learning from that tour already,” Root added. “For large periods of that trip, I was spending so much time and energy working on things that other people said I needed to work on – ‘getting forward, bigger stride, into the ball’.”In reality, they were bowling 95mph bouncers – so it was pointless.”I came back from it and thought ‘just strengthen all the things that have served you very well for long periods of time, and slowly but surely work on the rest of it’.”From that I gained a lot of confidence – and that was a really good way, from being in quite a difficult spot, of getting out of it and feeling good again.”England will battle it out the Champions Trophy in June followed by home series against South Africa and the West Indies, which are live on Sky Sports, before the Ashes.last_img read more

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M&CC consultations do not cater for regular working folks

first_imgDear Editor,I have noted many advertisements put out by the M&CC regarding  public consultations regarding the garbage situation.  While it good for the M&CC to do these consultations, I noticed that the consultations are at 10 am on the dates and also they are at City Hall.  I tried to get to one of the consultations for an area next to mine (my area was not included in the consultation list by the way), however, I had a work meeting clash that I could not get away from.  This is my point. How serious can M&CC be about talking with citizens if they put the meetings at a time that most cannot attend? Why not hold meetings after work hours or on weekends. Also why not have teams or the councilor representative for areas have meetings within the areas so you ensure a proper engagement. I hope that this can be considered by the council especially for engagements on other issues,  especially those that are directly community related, in the future.Kind regards,Dr Raquel Thomas-Caesarlast_img read more

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