first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end/special teams standout Lerentee McCray has opted out of the 2020 season because of the coronavirus pandemic. McCray is entering his seventh NFL season, the last three with Jacksonville. He also played with Denver and Buffalo.“With the health and safety of my family in mind, I have decided to opt out of the 2020 season during these trying times in ‘Our Nation,’” McCray said. “I was honored to be involved in our team’s social justice efforts during this offseason, and I look forward to continuing to support those affected in any way I can.”McCray is the second Jaguars player in as many days to opt out, following veteran defensive tackle Al Woods.Also Saturday, the Jaguars placed cornerback D.J. Hayden (knee) and tight end James O’Shaughnessy (knee) on the active/physically unable to perform list following physicals.___ The Latest: Jaguars’ McCray opts out of season Associated Press August 1, 2020 A tennis player entered for the Palermo Ladies Open has tested positive for the coronavirus and withdrawn from the tournament, organizers announced Saturday.They did not name the player.While noting that the player is asymptomatic, the WTA Tour said in a statement that she will remain in isolation “until cleared by a physician per the established protocols.”The women’s tour added that “all those who may have been in close contact with the individual are undergoing testing per WTA protocols.” It said the tournament “will continue as planned.” Local organizers said the player was admitted to a national health facility designated for asymptomatic patients with COVID-19.___More AP sports: and read more

first_imgQPR’s Hogan Ephraim has joined Charlton on loan until January.The League One leaders agreed a deal for Ephraim after two Championship clubs that had been considering taking him on loan opted to look elsewhere.Ephraim, 23, was made available after narrowly missing out on a place in Rangers boss Neil Warnock’s 25-man Premier League squad in September.AdChoices广告He is set to make his Addicks debut in Saturday’s London derby at Brentford.last_img

first_imgNorwich 2 QPR 1Grant Holt’s 73rd-minute goal gave Norwich victory at Carrow Road.The striker bundled home fellow substitute Wes Hoolahan’s right-wing cross only three minutes after the pair were brought on.AdChoices广告Norwich had taken the lead when Anton Ferdinand’s miscued clearance from Andrew Surman’s corner fell to Russell Martin, who smashed home.Ferdinand had earlier been rescued by Radek Cerny after the defender’s hesitation gave Steve Morison a sight of goal.Third-choice keeper Cerny played because Paddy Kenny, whose deputy Brian Murphy is sidelined, was himself ruled out with a muscle problem.Rangers were denied permission by the Premier League to sign a keeper on an emergency loan deal ahead of the game after learning that Kenny could be out for several weeks.Without Kenny and captain Joey Barton, who was suspended, the R’s battled spiritedly and equalised just after the hour mark, when Luke Young netted from the rebound after Jamie Mackie’s shot hit the post.But seconds after having a header blocked on the line by Shaun Derry, Holt was set up by Hoolahan for the winner.“I feel like we should have won that game,” said R’s boss Neil Warnock.“At half-time I said to the players I’d be disappointed if we drew, never mind lost. I feel robbed.“But then when you defend like we did, you probably don’t deserve to win. For the second goal we had chances to clear the ball.“The disappointing thing for me is that Norwich didn’t have to work for the goals – they were given them.”last_img read more

first_imgBAKERY giant Bakewell last week handed over a sizeable donation to Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club (RHTY&SC) Secretary/CEO Hilbert Foster as a thank-you gesture for the outstanding performance of the Bakewell Second Division over the last twelve months.In a release, the company said, “Bakewell is very proud and honoured to have RHTY&SC, MS as a partner in our promotional efforts. The Club and its Bakewell Under-17 and Second Division teams have been outstanding ambassadors of the company’s brand.“Together RHTY&SC and Bakewell have grown side-by-side to become the best in Guyana”. These were the words of Bakewell’s General Manager, Rajin Ganga, at a simple presentation ceremony to honour the RHTY&SC at the company’s head office at Triumph, East Coast, Demerara.”The team, under the leadership of Kevin Sinclair, won five tournaments while the Bakewell Under-17 team also won the Ramnaresh Sarwan BCB Under-17 tournament.The tournaments won by the Second Division team were Nasir Memorial, Rhonda Lewis Memorial 20/20, Raffik Construction 100 Balls, New Building Society 40-Overs and Magic Moments 20/20.Additionally, the two teams undertook dozens of personal developmental programmes under the name of the sponsor.The two teams also produced several National and Berbice players in 2018 and 2019 including Matthew Pottaya, Mahendra Gopilall, Jonathan Rampersaud, Kevin Sinclair, Kevlon Anderson, Junior Sinclair, Shemaine Campbelle, Erva Giddings, Chanderpaul Govindan, Jeremy Sandia, Christopher Deroop, Keith Simpson and Sylus Tyndall.Ganga noted that Bakewell is now a household name in Berbice because of the outstanding performance of the two teams over the last 19 years and he predicted that the very successful relationship would continue.Foster, who is also president of the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) stated that RHTY&SC is humble to be recognised by Bakewell as a good brand ambassador.The remarkable success of RHTY&SC MS over the years has been due to the reliable support of Bakewell.The members of the team would be specially honoured for their outstanding performances at the Club’s 29th Award Ceremony on Sunday May 12, 2019, at the St Francis Community Centre.The Award Ceremony was scheduled for April 28, 2019, but a fire in the Club’s storage bond forced a two-week postponement.Asst Secretary/CEO Simon Naidu expressed gratitude to Ganga, CEO Mrs Nasir and Secretary Natasha Bhikari for their continued confidence in the RHTY&SC and disclosed that all members of both teams felt privileged to represent the Bakewell brand.The Bakewell Second Division team in 2019 is being captained by Kevin Sinclair while Jonathan Rampersaud would lead the Under-17 team.last_img read more

first_imgPORT Mourant Training Centre (PMTC) ‘A’ team and Port Mourant female team were crowned champions of the Berbice Volleyball Association (BVA) ‘B’ Division last Sunday.Eight male teams (Number 52 Survivors, PMTC ‘A’, PMTC ‘B’, Rollers, Black Bush Polder Gemini,  D’Edward Three Doors Strikers, Number 47 Challengers and Castrol Strikers) and two female teams (Port Mourant and Castrol Strikers) took part in the one-day competition at the GUYSUCO Apprentice Hostel compound.In the final, PMTC ‘A’ male team edged past the Rollers 31-29, while in the female championship clash, Port Mourant defeated Castrol Strikers 30-21.Levi Nedd Junior was awarded the male MVP trophy, while Hannah Hicks of Port Mourant was presented with the female MVP trophy.Along with the B division games, the national U-21 male team also defeated Rollers 25-21 and 25-11 in a best-of-three clash as they warm up for next month’s Inter-Guianas Volleyball Tournament in French Guiana.last_img read more

first_imgWIVES and family members of Pakistan’s players at the World Cup will not be permitted to stay with them for the duration of the tournament in England. According to a new Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) policy, any cricketer’s family members who wish to travel along with the player will have to make their own arrangements throughout the event.ESPNcricinfo understands that the decision is intended to keep players focussed on the task at hand, without the distraction of families around them. Only Haris Sohail has been allowed special dispensation on personal grounds.The players’ wives and families were allowed to stay with them during the bilateral series against England, but the team manager has since informed the players about the new policy.This is a departure from standard operating procedure (SOP). Previously, Pakistan’s players insisted on having their wives during series abroad, and they were allowed to share hotel rooms.Pakistan are set to begin their campaign against West Indies in Nottingham on May 31 to kick off a World Cup that will see them play nine games across seven venues before the semi-finals.last_img read more

first_img… Keemo Paul to make debut for Montreal TigersBy Frederick HalleyTORONTO, Canada – All-rounder Sherfane Rutherford, who fashioned a masterclass unbeaten 134 to lead Cricket West Indies (CWI) B to an unlikely victory over pre-tournament favourites Vancouver Knights in the first qualifier of the inaugural Global T20 Canada, will be donning colours for Edmonton Royals when the 2019 version gets underway here on July 25.The draft for the second season was held yesterday in Mumbai, India and according to the organisers, defending champions Vancouver Knights will take on home team, Toronto Nationals, in what promises to be a thrilling opening encounter.Rutherford is joined by his fellow Guyanese and Delhi Capitals teammate Keemo Paul who will be making his debut for Montreal Tigers.Rutherford’s boundary-studded innings, which earned him the man-of-the-match award and heaps of praise from those who witnessed the superb knock, which included 10 sixes and 11 fours, almost singlehandedly swung the game CWI B’s way after early inroads from Vancouver Knights bowlers.Other Guyanese-based players drafted include Dilon Heyliger who has been retained by Montreal Tigers, Mark Montfort and Jeremy Gordon who will be turning out for Toronto Nationals and 17-year-old Mathew Nandu (Vancouver Knights), son of former Guyana Under-19 leg-spinner Arjune Nandu, reportedly the youngest player in the draft.With last year’s runners-up West Indies B opting out of this year’s tournament, their place has been taken by Brampton Wolves, whose mayor Patrick Brown recently boasted that the city has the biggest cricket fans in Canada.Keemo PaulThe tournament has been shifted from the Maple Leaf Cricket Club (MLCC) ground in Mississauga to a new venue in Brampton but the exact location is still to be determined.The inaugural draft had three rounds where each team’s retained marquee players were announced. Toronto Nationals, retained Brendon McCullum, India’s hard-hitting left-handed batsman Yuvraj Singh who recently announced his retirement from international cricket, and the aggressive West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard.Vancouver Knights retained the universally famous West Indies players, Chris Gayle and Andre Russell, along with former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik.Montreal Tigers have former Australian captain George Bailey, West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine and Sri Lanka’s Thisara Perera as its marquee players.Edmonton Royals continue with New Zealand’s Kane Williamson, current South African captain Faf du Plessis, and all-rounder Ben Cutting.Winnipeg Hawks retain Australian cricketer Chris Lynn, all-rounder Dwayne Bravo and off-spinner J.P. Duminy while Brampton Wolves have former WI captain Darren Sammy, Bangladesh’s all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and New Zealand’s Colin Munro.In addition to the players, the host also announced the coaches of the respective teams, integral to the players and the team. Toronto Nationals have Geoff Lawson, Donovan Miller for Vancouver Knights, Tom Moody for Montreal Tigers, Stephen Fleming for Edmonton Royals, Lalchand Rajput for Winnipeg Hawks, and Phil Simmons for Brampton Wolves.According to chairman and promoter of Global T20 Canada Gurmeet Singh, “The inaugural GT20 season received great appreciation from players and fans alike and we hope to make it an even better tournament this time around. We are bringing in even more exciting talent and it promises to be an awesome second season.”Defending champions Vancouver Knights, Toronto Nationals, Montreal Tigers, Edmonton Royals and Winnipeg Hawks are the other teams vying for the US$500 000 first prize.The tournament will comprise a total of 22 matches, including the three playoffs games. The final is scheduled for Sunday, August 11.last_img read more

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) – Captain Jason Holder said there was no “quick fix” to his side’s batting problems, after they collapsed in the second session on the fourth day to lose the decisive second Test by 257 runs here Monday.Set an improbable 468 for victory at Sabina Park, the home side were 145 for four at lunch, before losing their last six wickets for 65 runs to be all out for 210 in their second innings, half-hour before tea.West Indies were dismissed in their first innings for 117 and it followed their dismal showing in the second innings of the Antigua first Test when they were bundled out for 100 – their sixth lowest-ever total against India.“I don’t think it’s a quick fix. I think it’s a situation in the Caribbean where we are not really spoilt for choice in terms of batsmen coming through the region,” Holder said.“We have got to put things in place to make sure we keep developing players, make sure players are doing the right thing to be successful at this level.Experienced West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite (centre) … managed just 28 runs from four innings in the series.“There is still a lot more emphasis to be put on franchise level and first-class cricket, and that’s where we are going to build players. They’ve got experience and scenario-based experience, and when they come on to (play) Test cricket, it becomes a little bit easier.”There was a complete failure of the batting group throughout the series with none of the specialist batsman averaging over 18.Shamarh Brooks, in only his second Test after making his debut in the Antigua match, was the only West Indies batsman to get a half-century in the series when he made exactly 50 on Monday’s fourth day.Experienced opener Kraigg Brathwaite had an especially wretched series, scraping 28 runs from four innings. He averages 12 over his last nine Tests.Holder said it was important now that players took the time to examine their games during the next few months.“It’s a tough question and we don’t have any answers as yet (to the batting woes),” Holder noted.“I think it’s an individual thing and we need to pay special attention during this off period. We have a bit of time off and it’s up to the guys to take ownership of their individual games.”However, Holder was full of praise for the bowling group, especially the fast bowlers who shouldered the bulk of responsibility during the series.Seamer Kemar Roach was outstanding but bowled without much luck to grab nine wickets at 22 runs apiece while Holder finished with eight wickets, also at an average of 22.“Kemar has been outstanding. I said to him in the dressing room and generally that he is one of my motivating factors. To see the effort that he comes and gives it just really pushes me,” Holder pointed out.“Shannon (Gabriel) went off in this game and we had Miguel (Cummins) going off in the last game so it wasn’t an ideal situation for us as fast bowlers. We’ve been in the field every single day except for this day so it’s been a situation where it’s been a heavy workload on the fast bowlers.“But every single time I called on Kemar, every single time I called on Shannon they’ve never said no and for me that’s been motivating enough. Ideally, I wouldn’t have liked to bowl so many overs but that’s just how the game has gone.“Somebody has to bowl the overs. It’s a situation where we’ve got to put our heads together as a bowling unit and get the job done.”West Indies were completely outplayed in the series and have now gone 17 years without a single Test win over the powerful Indians.Holder said, though, the home side had reaped success in the recent past so, though the series result was disappointing, there should not be cause for despair.“I think in Test cricket we’ve done reasonably well over the last two or three years,” Holder contended.“This is a bad series for us obviously but we’ve had lots of success in Test cricket, not primarily winning series but we’ve won quite a few Test matches in the last two or three years, so I’m not too disheartened by the Test performance.“I think we’ve got enough in this Test group to encourage us to keep going. We’ve just got to put it together more often than not. We’ve got match-winners with the ball and we’ve been finding one or two bright spots with the bat but just not consistency.”last_img read more

first_imgFOUR players and one team official have been found guilty of breaching Cricket West Indies (CWI) Code of Conduct during the Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup.The four players are Jonathan Carter, Joshua da Silva, Keon Harding and Akeal Hosein; while Trinidad & Tobago Red Force head coach Mervyn Dillon was also found guilty of a breach.Four out of the five admitted to their offences and accepted the imposition of the proposed sanctions, so there was no need for formal hearings.In the case of Harding, he was charged with two breaches in the same game – a Level 1 to which he admitted and accepted the proposed sanction, and a Level 2, which he intends to appeal.On-field umpires Nigel Duguid and Lyndon Rajkumar, and reserve umpire Bernard Joseph reported Carter for a Level 1 breach of the Code of Conduct. The breach occurred during the match between Barbados Pride and Jamaica Scorpions on November 20 at the Conaree Cricket Centre in St. Kitts.The Pride captain was fined 10 per cent of his match fee by match referee Stewart Rawlins after he breached paragraph 2.3 of the Code of Conduct, relating to the abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings.Joseph and Rawlins reported hearing loud, crashing glass coming from the Pride dressing room and discovered that Carter was responsible for a broken glass window upon investigation.Da Silva was reported by on-field umpires Gregory Brathwaite and Leslie Reifer Jr, and reserve umpire Christopher Wright for a Level 1 breach of the Code of Conduct during the match between West Indies Emerging Players and the United States on November 19 at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Trinidad.The WI Emerging Players wicketkeeper/batsman was reprimanded by match referee Hayden Bruce after he breached paragraph 2.4 of the Code of Conduct by showing dissent at an umpire’s decision by action or verbal abuse.The umpires reported that Da Silva hung around for an extended period of time and pointed to his forearm before leaving the field after he was adjudged lbw to Noshthush Kenjige for 31.Dillon was reported by on-field umpires Gregory Brathwaite and Carl Tuckett, TV umpire Leslie Reifer Jr and reserve umpire Christopher Taylor for a Level 1 breach of the Code of Conduct during the match between Red Force and Guyana Jaguars on November 8 at Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad.The Red Force head coach was reprimanded and fined 20 per cent of the team official’s match fee by match referee Reon King after he breached paragraph 2.4 of the Code of Conduct when he failed to follow an umpire’s instruction during the match.The umpires reported that Dillon entered the field of play during the first refreshments break of the match and was seen having a discussion with the Red Force players, after he was specifically told at the pre-tournament meeting on November 5 that no coaches are allowed onto the field of play during the hours of play.Head coach of Trinidad and Tobago Red Force Mervyn DillonFirst, Harding was reported by on-field umpires Gregory Brathwaite and Christopher Wright, TV umpire Carl Tuckett and reserve umpire Jonathan Blades for a Level 1 breach of the Code of Conduct during the match between West Indies Emerging Players and the United States on November 19 at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Trinidad.The WI Emerging Players fast bowler was fined 10 per cent by match referee Hayden Bruce after he breached paragraph 2.3 of the Code of Conduct, relating to the abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings.The umpires reported that Harding struck a garbage bin near the entrance of the players’ enclosure with such strong force that it was heard on the field of play. This happened after he left the field of play following his dismissal lbw to Noshthush Kenjige for a duck.Coming out of the same incident, Harding was also reported for a Level 2 breach of the Code of Conduct and was fined 70 per cent by Bruce for breaching paragraph 3.2 of the Code for showing serious dissent at an umpire’s decision by action or verbal abuse.The umpires reported that Harding showed dissent immediately at the crease when he was dismissed, and also struck an advertising hoarding when he was leaving the field.At a hearing the following day attended by Harding, West Indies Emerging Players head coach Floyd Reifer and the umpires, the player admitted to showing dissent at the crease but not striking the advertising hoarding.Harding has until November 30 to appeal the imposition of the second fine.Hosein was reported by on-field umpires Gregory Brathwaite and Christopher Wright, TV umpire Carl Tuckett and reserve umpire Jonathan Blades for a Level 1 breach of the Code of Conduct during the match between Trinidad & Tobago Red Force and West Indies Emerging Players on November 13 at Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad.The Red Force spin bowler was reprimanded by match referee Michael Ragoonath after he breached paragraph 2.2 of the Code of Conduct when he failed to follow the instructions of the umpires.Hosein was instructed not to enter the field of play at the end of the 13th over by the on-field umpires and was further advised by the reserve umpire at the start of the 14th over that he was not allowed to enter the field of play at that time.The player, however, proceeded onto the field at the end of the 14th over in breach of the umpires’ instructions. 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first_imgSPARTA Boss will oppose Leopold Street while Bent Street tackle Rio All-Stars in the semi-final round of the inaugural Dragon Stout Street-ball ‘Community Cup’, following quarter-final wins on Thursday at the National Gymnasium, Mandela Avenue.According to a brief comment from the Dragon Stout Brand Manager Jamal Baird, “We have now arrived at the final stage of the competition. The four teams that have progressed to semi-final stage are undoubtedly the best exponents of the format at the moment. Sparta Boss, Bent Street and Leopold Street are traditional heavyweights while Rio All-Stars are an emerging force – which will set up an exciting narrative for the final night.”He further said, “The fans have witnessed exciting and thrilling action since the inception and I expect that trend to continue and be surpassed, as we aim to end 2019 on a monumental note by crowning the inaugural Dragon Stout Community Cup champions,”Sparta Boss bested Future Stars 4-2 in extra time. Ryan Hackett recorded a hat-trick in the 19th, 23rd and 36th minutes. Adding a goal in the 37th minute was Deon Alfred.For the losers, Selwyn Williams and Rondel Bowman scored in the third and 17th minutes respectively.Their impending opponents Leopold Street edged arch-rival Gold is Money 3-2 on penalty kicks after regulation and extra time ended 1-1.Prior to the penalty shootout, Stephon McLean handed Gold is Money the lead in the 16th minute while Okeene Fraser equalised in the 24th minute.On the other hand, Bent Street overcame Festival City 2-1. Daniel Wilson and Colin Nelson scored in the eighth and ninth minutes, respectively. For the losers, Simeon Moore scored in the second minute.Meanwhile, newcomers Rio All-Stars trampled Avocado Ballers 7-1. Trayon Bobb bagged a hat-trick in the 20th, 21st and 27th minutesAssisting with a double in the 13th and 25th was Kelsey Benjamin, while Jermin Junior and Andrew Murray scored goals in the 11th and 29th minutes.For the losers, Sherwin Caesar netted in the 12th minute.Winners of the tournament will pocket $300 000 and the championship trophy. On the other hand, the runners-up will collect $150 000.Meanwhile the third- and fourth-place finishers will receive $75 000 and $50 000 respectively and the corresponding accolade.last_img read more