Anthony steals the march to win feature Degree 35-lap cycle race

first_imgTEAM Evolution’s Michael Anthony stole the march on his rivals to win the feature 35-lap event of the 16th Annual DeSinco Trading 11-race cycle programme,which was staged around the inner circuit of the National Park yesterday.The event was organized by cycling coach Hassan Mohamed.Anthony,who returned a winning time of one hour 17 minutes 38.49 seconds in winning the event, also won two of the eight prime prizes that were up for grabs.From the start of the race Anthony,and second place finisher Raphael Leung,along with Christopher Griffith, Raul Leal and Andrew Hicks,opened a lead but were caught by the chasing pack which included Andrew Hicks, last year’s winner Junior Niles, Shaquille Agard, Jaikarran Sukhai and Paul Cho-Wee-Nam. Anthony then jumped the pack but was chased by Leung, Paul DeNobrega, Christopher Griffith, Niles and Cho-Wee-Nam who all connected and from there they were never challenged.With three laps remaining, Anthony, Leung and DeNobrega opened a sizeable lead over Niles and Griffith.Anthony then started the sprint for the finish from the 125-metre mark and held on to the lead to win from Leung, DeNobrega, Griffith, Niles and Cho-Wee-Nam,in that order.Griffith,during the course of the event won four prime prizes,while Niles and DeNobrega won one each.While Niles was dethroned in the 35-lap race, he successfully defended his veterans’ under 50-years of age, five-lap title, winning in a time of 11 minutes 53 seconds,ahead of Keith Fernandes and Ian `Dumb Boy’ Jackson respectively.The junior/juvenile 10-lap race was won by Hicks in a time of 21 minutes 00.38 seconds. Leung placed second and Nigel Dugin third.Kennard Lovell won the five-lap race for veterans over 50 years of age. Second was Linden Blackman and finishing third was Courtney Hackett.Keon Thomas won the five-lap race for mountain bikers ahead of Jude Bentley and Shane Budhan respectively.The two-lap event for BMX boys 6-9 years old was won by John Niles. Second was Jared Barrington. Third was Shay Sue-Hang.Zab James won the three-lap race for BMX boys 12-14 years of age,ahead of Sue-Hang.For his sterling performances throughout the 2016 cycle season and even before, Sue-Han,who hails from Berbice, was presented with a BMX cycle, compliments of Ricks and Sari Agro Industries Limited.This gesture,according to race organizer Hassan Mohamed,has been something that the Ricks and Sari group has been doing for over a decade and,according to Mohamed, the company will continue to recognize the youngsters’ potential with similar incentives.last_img

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Nadal, Raonic, Dimitrov and Goffin into last eight

first_imgRAFAEL Nadal reached the Australian Open tennis quarter-finals yesterday with a hard-fought four-set victory over Gael Monfils.The 30-year-old Spaniard, who is seeded ninth and won the tournament in 2009, beat the Frenchman 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.Nadal will face third seed Milos Raonic – who beat Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut – in the last eight on Wednesday.Canadian Raonic, the highest seed left in the men’s singles, came through 7-6(8-6), 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 against Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut.Grigor Dimitrov beat injury-hit Denis Istomin to progress, and will face David Goffin, who overcame eighth seed Dominic Thiem.Nadal, who has struggled with injuries, is seeking his first major since claiming his 14th Grand Slam at the 2014 French Open.He had difficulty converting break points – six of 17 – but clinched victory over Monfils with his second match point, on the sixth seed’s serve.The Spaniard had cruised through the first two sets, but lost the third and was a break down in the fourth before sealing victory in two hours and 56 minutes.“Now I feel a little bit tired. But probably tomorrow (Tuesday) a bit better and hopefully after tomorrow perfect,” said Nadal, who is in his 30th major quarter-final, but first since Paris in 2015.Wimbledon finalist Raonic, 26, has reached the quarter-finals in Melbourne for the third consecutive year.Playing with a high fever, he rallied from 5-1 down in the first-set tie-breaker to win the opening set, but was then broken twice in the second.The 13th seed Bautista Agut then began to falter in the third set, when the roof at Hisense Arena was closed because of rain, and he later had to call for a trainer for a leg problem.Raonic duly took the third set and needed only 26 minutes to see out the fourth to win the match.“I was very fortunate to get through,” said Raonic, who hit 75 winners but also 55 unforced errors, including nine double faults.“There were moments when it wasn’t looking so good.”Bulgarian 15th seed Dimitrov, 25, came from behind to win 2-6, 7-6(7-2), 6-2, 6-1 as Novak Djokovic’s conqueror Istomin struggled with a leg problem.Istomin, the bespectacled world number 117 from Uzbekistan, showed the effects of a demanding tournament.“Denis deserves all the credit for an unbelievable tournament. He has been on fire and he was striking the ball so well early in the match,” said Dimitrov.Goffin had earlier become the first Belgian man to reach the Melbourne last eight by beating Austrian Thiem.The 26-year-old 11th seed won 5-7, 7-6(7-4), 6-2, 6-2 in soaring temperatures. (BBC Sport)last_img read more

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Hetmyer misses ton as Jaguars brush aside ICC Americas

first_imgCAVE HILL, Barbados (CMC) – Guyana Jaguars wrapped up a disappointing preliminary round campaign in the Regional Super50 by brushing aside ICC Americas by eight wickets, in their final Group B outing here yesterday.Already eliminated from advancing to the final four, Jaguars used the opportunity to notch their fourth win of the tournament by easily chasing down 171 at 3Ws Oval.Opener Shimron Hetmyer, returning to the lineup after missing the last two games, missed out on a maiden hundred with 94 while fellow left-hander Assad Fudadin hit 54 – his second half-century of the competition.The pair put on 142 for the first wicket to negate any chance of an upset, as ICC Americas slumped to their sixth defeat in seven outings.Hetmyer, the successful former West Indies Under-19s captain, hammered ten fours and four sixes in an aggressive 76-ball knock while Fudadin faced 66 deliveries and counted four fours and two sixes.Jaguars galloped to their 50 off just 48 balls and reached 100 in the 19th over, with Hetmyer undertaking the bulk of the scoring.In fact, he raised his half-century off 49 deliveries and then required another 27 deliveries to motor into the 90s before falling short of his landmark.He perished in the 26th over with the score on 158, 19 deliveries after Fudadin had departed.Earlier, ICC Americas were bowled out of 170 off 48.1 overs, after choosing to bat first.They were undermined by left-arm seamer Raymon Reifer (3-15) and leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo (3-28) both of whom finished with three wickets apiece.Nikhil Dutta top-scored with 38, Saad bin Zafar weighed in with 36 while Nitish Kumar got 31.Openers Akeem Dodson (2) and Kamau Leverock (5) both fell cheaply to leave ICC Americas struggling on 12 for two in the fifth over before Kumar and Alex Amsterdam, who made 25, put on 55 for the third wicket.Once they were separated, another slump ensued where ICC Americas lost four wickets for nine runs in the space of 24 balls and this time, Dutta and bin Zafar combined in a 67-run partnership, to rescue the innings.Dutta struck two fours off 77 balls while bin Zafar cracked a four and a six off 63 balls but the partnership though productive was a slow one and ICC Americas were only 136 for six in the 40th over.When left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul removed Dutta to a catch at the wicket in the 43rd over, the innings declined again, as the last four wickets fell for 27 runs.ICC AMERICAS inningsK. Leverock b Wintz 5A. Dodson c Hetmyer b Jacobs 2N. Kumar lbw b Bishoo 31A. Amsterdam c Johnson b Bishoo 25S. Wijeyeratne lbw b Bishoo 2N. Dutta c Permaul b Reifer 38T. Allen run-out 1S. bin Zafar c wkp. Bramble b Permaul 36T. Patel c Permaul b Reifer 7J. Singh not out 5C. Pervez b Reifer 2Extras: (w-13, nb-3) 16Total: (all out, 48.1 overs) 170Fall of wickets: 1-7, 2-12, 3-67, 4-73, 5-74, 6-76, 7-143, 8-162, 9-162.Bowling: Wintz 7-1-43-1 (w-6, nb-2), Jacobs 10-0-33-1 (w-1), Reifer 5.1-0-15-3 (w-3), Bishoo 10-1-28-3 (nb-1), Permaul 10-1-29-1 (w-2), Barnwell 6-0-22-0 (w-1).JAGUARS inningsA. Fudadin c Amsterdam b bin Zafar 54S. Hetmyer c bin Zafar b Dutta 94L. Johnson* not out 13C. Barnwell not out 3Extras: (lb-3, w-3, nb-1) 7Total: (2 wkts, 28.1 overs) 171Bowling: Jasdeep Singh 4.2-1-20-0 (w-1), Pervez 3-0-21-0 (w-1), Allen 3-0-32-0, Dutta 7.4-1-34-1, Kumar 2-0-13-0 (w-1), Patel 4-0-19-0, bin Zafar 4.1-0-29-1.Points: Jaguars 5, ICC Americas 0.last_img read more

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Cricket News India U-19s trounce Sri Lanka U-19s by six wickets

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Colombo: The India U-19 team produced a disciplined all-round performance to make a rampaging start to the five-match limited over series against Sri Lanka, thrashing the hosts by six wickets in a lop-sided first Youth ODI here on Monday.Skipper Nipun Dananjaya’s decision to bat backfired as the hosts failed to put up a fight against quality bowling by India, folding for a paltry 143 in 38.4 overs at the P Sara Oval.Ajay Dev Goud picked up three wickets, while Mohit Jangra (2/14), Yatin Mangwani (2/35) and Ayush Badoni (2/37) snapped two each. Siddharth Desai (1/25) accounted for one wicket.India then rode on a patient fifty by opener Anuj Rawat and some useful contributions from Aryan Juyal (20) and Sameer Choudhary (31 not out) to overhaul the target in 37.1 overs.ALSO READ | Be angry and challenge Kohli, Vaughan’s message to EnglandJuyal blasted five hits to the fence in his 85-ball 50.For Sri Lanka U-19s, Lakshitha Manasinghe (2/32) took two wickets, while Avishka Lakshan (1/40) and Sandun Mendis (1/15) scalped one each.Electing to bat, Sri Lanka failed to stitch together a fruitful partnership as only five batsman could reach double figures.Skipper Perera (33 off 45 balls) and Nipun Malinga (38 off 39 balls) emerged as the top scorers to take Sri Lanka close to the 150-mark.Brief Score:Sri Lanka U-19s: 143 allout in 38.4 overs (N Malinga 38; AD Goud 3/18) India U-19s: 144 for 4 in 37.1 overs (A Rawat 50; L Manasinghe 2/32).last_img read more

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Cricket News India Vs South Africa: Umesh Yadav Replaces Jasprit Bumrah In Test Squad

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Indian pacer Umesh Yadav replaces Jasprit Bumrah for the upcoming three-match Test series against South Africa. India’s premier pacer Jasprit Bumrah was on Tuesday ruled out due to stress fracture in his lower back.The three-match series will begin in Visakhapatnam from October 2.“The injury was detected during a routine radiological screening. He will now undergo rehabilitation at NCA and will be monitored by the BCCI Medical Team. The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Umesh Yadav as Bumrah’s replacement,” the BCCI said in a release.Bumrah was not part of the Twenty20 series which ended in a 1-1 draw.Meanwhile, Umesh Yadav was part of the India A squad that toured the West Indies last month but couldn’t make much of an impact.After the first Test in Visakhapatnam, the remaining two Tests of the India-South Africa series are scheduled to be held in Pune from October 10 to 14 and Ranchi from October 19 to 23.The revised Indian squad for the Test series including Virat Kohli (C), Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (VC), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma and Shubman Gill.last_img read more

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The Latest: Seyboth Wild says he is recovering from virus

first_imgMessi’s donation will be split between Barcelona’s Hospital Clinic and efforts in his native Argentina, according to Spanish newspaper AS.The Hospital Clinic said the donation will go toward treating patients as well as research seeking a cure for COVID-19.Spain is among the countries worst hit by the pandemic, with more than 2,600 deaths attributed to the virus.___The NHL is extending its recommendation for players and staff to self-isolate and stay away from team practice facilities until at least April 6. March 24, 2020 “When you do something on a grand scale, you want to do it right,” she told The Associated Press. “Give time for the world to heal. I can’t imagine the enthusiasm that’s going to be coming next year, with the whole world coming together to watch this. I know the Japanese people are going to make the best of this.”A three-time beach volleyball gold medalist, Walsh Jennings was in position to make the 2020 Games with new partner Brooke Sweat. They’re treating the coronavirus shutdown like an offseason, staying home with their families and working out on their own.California authorities have taken down the nets all along the Los Angeles-area beaches to discourage people from gathering. Walsh Jennings and her husband, beach volleyball pro Casey Jennings, put up a mini-net in their yard.Walsh Jennings says she understands why the IOC wanted to wait to make the decision.“Can you imagine making this decision after how many years and how much blood and sweat on a global level? People are having a problem calling off weddings, and calling off little tournaments, so imagine with all the billions of dollars that’s gone into this,” she said. “They have a grieving process to go through. They have so many moving parts to think about.” ___Churchill Downs has delayed reopening stables at its track and training center until April 14 because of public health concerns related to the coronavirus. A decision on postponing the scheduled April 25 spring meet opening will be made closer to that date.The storied track last week postponed the 146th Kentucky Derby from May 2 to Sept. 5, the first time the event won’t be run on the first Saturday in May since 1945. Churchill Downs’ stables have been closed since Dec. 31 for winter renovations, and many of the horses that would be there are at tracks including Fair Grounds in New Orleans and Gulfstream Park in Florida.“We understand how trying the impact of this decision is on our horsemen,” Churchill Downs president Kevin Flanery said in a statement.___ Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame officials have announced their scheduled June 13 induction ceremony has been postponed to June 12, 2021, at Knoxville, Tennessee, because of the pandemic.The induction class features Debbie Brock, Carol Callan, Swin Cash, Tamika Catchings, Sue Donohoe, Lauren Jackson and Carol Stiff. The 1980 U.S. Olympic women’s basketball team is to be honored as trailblazers of the game.___The U.S. Olympic track and field trials in Eugene, Oregon, will be rescheduled in the wake of the International Olympic Committee’s decision to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Games because of the spread of the coronavirus.TrackTown USA, the local organizing body, announced Tuesday that is working with USA Track & Field and the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee on rescheduling the event, which was originally set to start on June 19. The Paralympics are governed by the same contract as the Tokyo Olympics.IPC president Andrew Parsons says “by taking this decision now, everyone involved in the Paralympic Movement, including all Para athletes, can fully focus on their own health and well-being and staying safe during this unprecedented and difficult time.”___USA Cycling chief executive Rob DeMartini tells The Associated Press that athletes were surveyed over the weekend by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee and that the consensus was that postponing the Tokyo Games was the correct call.DeMartini says “training disruption and qualification challenges are too big to overcome even if the environment returns to a degree of normal by late summer.” The Latest: Seyboth Wild says he is recovering from virus Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment CEO Scott O’Neil announced the move in a letter posted on the Devils’ website.The cuts are scheduled to last for three months and will amount to roughly 6% of the employees’ yearly salary if the pandemic subsides.The Devils of the NHL and the Sixers of the NBA are owned by Josh Harris and David Blitzer, who are the founders of HBSE.___Modern pentathlon has canceled the remainder of its World Cup season and postponed the world championships from May to September or October. Co-owner Josh Harris says after listening to his staff and players, it’s clear that the pay cuts was the wrong decision.“This is an extraordinary time in our world — unlike any most of us have ever lived through before — and ordinary business decisions are not enough to meet the moment. To our staff and fans, I apologize for getting this wrong.”The teams did not say whether they plan to maintain a four-day work week, which was part of the cuts. Employees benefits were never changed and the teams plan on keeping their 1,500 hourly workers paid throughout the regular season. The NHL’s Devils and the NBA’s Sixers are owned by Harris and David Blitzer, who are the founders of Harris Blitzer Sports and Entertainment.___Five-time Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings says it was the “responsible choice” to postpone the Olympics. The 20-year-old Seyboth Wild, ranked No. 114, said on Twitter that he has been taking care of himself and following doctor’s instructions.Seyboth Wild recently won his first title at the Santiago Open earlier this month, defeating second-seeded Casper Ruud 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.Seyboth Wild last played in Brazil’s Davis Cup tie against Australia on March 7 in Adelaide. He lost to John Millman, 4-6, 7-6(0), 6-2.___North Carolina star freshman point guard Cole Anthony says he’s delaying any announcements about whether he’ll enter the NBA draft amid the spread of the coronavirus. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Brazilian tennis player Thiago Seyboth Wild said Tuesday he has the coronavirus and is recovering. The IOC says the games will be held “not later than summer 2021” but they will still be called the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.___Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says IOC President Thomas Bach has agreed “100%” to his proposal of postponing the Tokyo Olympics for about one year until 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak.Bach had previously said the IOC would make an announcement about postponing the 2020 Olympics in the next four weeks.___ Bach says the exact dates is a question for the Tokyo organizing committee and an International Olympic Committee panel overseeing the preparations.Swimming and track have their biennial world championships scheduled to start in July or August 2021.___IOC president Thomas Bach says “alarming figures” in the past few days about the coronavirus were key to deciding the Tokyo Olympics must be postponed.Bach cites the World Health Organization “saying in the last couple of hours that Africa has to prepare for the worst.” In a social media post Tuesday, Anthony said his family knows people in his hometown of New York who have been hospitalized and one who has died. Anthony says he is “trying to figure out how I can help during this crisis.”Considered a likely one-and-done prospect, Anthony averaged 18.5 points for the Tar Heels, though he missed 11 games due to knee surgery and UNC went just 14-19.___Barcelona star Lionel Messi and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola have donated 1 million euros ($1 million) each to help fight the spread of the coronavirus.Guardiola made his donation to the Barcelona Medical College, which said on Twitter the money would be used to buy medical supplies to treat coronavirus patients in the Spanish city. Guardiola is a Catalan native, and the former Barcelona coach. World Athletics says it is talking with organizers about “alternative dates, including dates in 2022.”The championships in Eugene are due to run from Aug. 6-15, 2021. That would conflict with the Olympics if the same July-August slot as originally planned for 2020 is used next year.World Athletics adds that it is looking at a new qualification system to account for the postponement and for the havoc wreaked on the 2020 schedule by the coronavirus outbreak.___The president of the International Paralympic Committee says postponing the Olympics and Paralympics to 2021 was “the only logical option.” The Cardinals are working with Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to launch an initiative that will help fund protective equipment for medical personnel, support nonprofits like food banks and homeless shelters, and provide disadvantaged students with technology to help with online learning.Cardinals President Michael Bidwell said in a statement that “this unprecedented crisis has us asking what we can do to help and what might have the greatest impact. We are grateful for the creation of this relief fund, are proud to support its critically important mission and hope that others throughout the community can join this effort in whatever way that they are able.”___Jacksonville’s Shad Khan is the latest NFL owner to donate money to help during the coronavirus pandemic.Khan committed $1 million to northeast Florida’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. Associated Press If an exact one-year postponement for the Tokyo Olympics is agreed upon, it would take place July 23-Aug. 8.FINA says talks with Japanese officials will “determine flexibility around the dates of the competition, if necessary and in agreement with the IOC.”The governing body cites priorities including “athlete wellbeing and maximizing opportunities for aquatics stars to compete at the highest level.”___The New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia 76ers have cut salaries for employees making more than $100,000 and put them on a four-day work week as the franchises deal with the impact of the coronavirus.center_img In a statement, the group said that while it commended the IOC for its decision, it also pressed the committee to engage with athletes while deciding on a new date for the Olympics.The statement said, “As shown over the past several weeks, no athletes, no Games.”___World swimming body FINA says it will talk to the Japanese organizers of the 2021 world championships about a possible schedule clash with the Tokyo Olympics.The championships are planned for July 16-Aug. 1 in Fukuoka. Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo and his agent Jorge Mendes are funding three intensive care units for coronavirus patients at hospitals in Portugal.A hospital in Porto said the contribution from the Juventus forward and his agent will pay for 15 intensive care beds fully equipped with ventilators and other necessary equipment. Another two units with 10 beds each will be set up in Lisbon.Media reports said Ronaldo and Mendes are contributing more than 1 million euros (dollars) for the three units.The Centro Hospitalar Universitario do Porto says the unit will be named after Ronaldo and Mendes and will be of “great use at a time when the country needs it the most.”___ Steffens says the program’s team-first approach made it easier for her to handle the announcement.“We are just a very, very small part of not just the water polo community, but of Team USA and then the greater team that’s being affected by all this, which is the world,” she told the AP. “So at the end of the day the health and safety of our world is the No. 1 priority and so because of that, I completely respect and understand this decision.”The U.S. women hold every major title in the sport right now. They are going for their third consecutive Olympic gold medal.But, like so many other Olympic athletes, their training had been disrupted by the new coronavirus. Gilchrist has been swimming in the bay near her house in Southern California to help keep up her fitness.“It’s been stressful, but with the postponement I hope we can all take a big sigh of relief and focus on staying healthy and then getting after it once the team gets back together,” she said in an email to the AP. He is giving Florida’s First Coast Relief Fund $400,000. He is giving $75,000 to Feeding Northeast Florida. He is giving $75,000 to The Clara White Mission to provide food and care for the city’s homeless. He is giving the Jacksonville Public Education Fund $50,000 to provide needed supplies and technology to students and teachers as they make the transition to digital home learning.He also is giving the local chapter of the American Red Cross $50,000 in support of Anheuser-Busch’s initiative to support the continuation of blood drives throughout the country.Additional allocations will be made as the pandemic evolves and its effects on Jacksonville and northeast Florida residents continue to be realized.___The New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia 76ers have done an about-face on cutting salaries for employees making more than $100,000. A day after announcing the temporary 20% pay cuts because of the economics effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the teams’ co-owners rescinded them. The four remaining World Cups — two in Sofia, Bulgaria, another in Budapest, Hungary, and the final in Seoul — had already been pushed to May and June but have now been officially canceled.The worlds, relocated from Xiamen, China, to Cancun, Mexico, and set for May 25-31, were rescheduled. The new dates were to be determined.Governing body UIPM says it welcomed the decision to postpone the Tokyo Olympics and will finalize plans to revise qualification.___The track world championships in Eugene, Oregon, could be moved from 2021 to 2022 after the Olympics were postponed. Two U.S. senators are pressing for transparency after the International Olympic Committee’s decision to postpone the Tokyo Games over concerns about the coronavirus.Senators Jerry Moran, a Kansas Republican, and Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat, are part of a subcommittee that handles issues related to the Olympics. In a joint statement, Moran, who’s the chairman, and Blumenthal, the ranking member, pushed for more clarity as the IOC decides when the games in Tokyo will be held in 2021.“Athletes deserve clear answers to when the games will be held and how their health will remain protected — not just at the Olympics themselves, but during the trials and training beforehand,” the statement read. “Clarity and transparency are vital steps to ensure the best possible outcome for the Tokyo Olympic Games.”Moran and Blumenthal sent a letter to IOC President Thomas Bach on March 11 to ask about the committee’s plan to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during the Tokyo Games. They also talked with U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee over health and safety of the athletes.___ Taiwan’s professional baseball league has set April 11 as the revised date for opening day.The start of the Taiwan-based Chinese Professional Baseball League’s season has been delayed twice this month because of the coronavirus pandemic.The CPBL’s website says the opening game would go ahead in a closed stadium but there could be up to 150 season ticket holders allowed entry under strict social distancing guidelines if the government approves.Sports leagues across Asia have been postponed or suspended because of the virus outbreak. The professional baseball and soccer leagues in Japan are aiming to start or resume their seasons in late April.___ Road race world champion Mads Pedersen of Denmark says he is happy the International Olympic Committee made the decision to postpone the Tokyo Games on Tuesday rather than wait weeks or even two months.Pedersen would have been among the favorites to win cycling gold this summer. He says he’s sorry for the athletes who had planned their seasons around the Olympics. But he ultimately calls it the right decision, saying that “it shows that we are thinking above the sport and making everyone’s health the priority.”The world cycling calendar has been suspended since the outbreak of the new coronavirus. Officials have not decided whether the Tour de France will carry on this July, but most of the events leading up to the Grand Tour race have been canceled or postponed.___The Montreal Canadiens are temporarily laying off 60% of employees while the National Hockey League season is suspended. NASCAR has ordered staff pay cuts across its entire company until the series returns to racing.NASCAR President Steve Phelps sent a memo to employees Tuesday saying all officers will have a 25% reduction in salary, while all other employees will have their salary reduced by 20%. Budget expenses also have been frozen, and employees are being encouraged to use vacation.NASCAR currently is suspended until May 9, a span costing the series seven of its elite Cup races. Phelps has vowed all will be rescheduled. NASCAR was four races into the season — the longest in sports at almost 11 months — when the coronavirus brought the series to a halt.___The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame’s newest class won’t get inducted until next year. Groupe CH, which owns hockey’s most storied club, says the layoffs go into effect March 30. Groupe CH also is establishing a $6 million assistance fund that will enhance employment insurance to make sure employees receive 80% of their salary for the following eight weeks and be available for loans to employees.Owner Geoff Molson says: “We are working extremely hard to limit the impact this situation will have on our employees.”___One of the key worldwide athlete groups that called for postponement of the Tokyo Games termed the IOC’s announcement a “bittersweet victory.”The group Global Athlete says it was appropriate for the International Olympic Committee to make the call Tuesday, instead of on a four-week timeline that it had suggested over the weekend. DeMartini says that he is a fan of a “soonest possible” reschedule but not until the situation is a bit more predictable. That could mean early in 2021 or an Olympics that is pushed into the fall of next year.DeMartini says “we just need to be sure everything is being done to protect their safety.”___IOC president Thomas Bach says he did not discuss new dates for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.One option would be July 23-Aug. 8. That is exactly one year from the now-postponed July 24-Aug. 9 dates. “Although it is not yet clear how long it may take to finalize a new date for the event, our Local Organizing Committee stands ready to welcome the best athletes in the country to the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field once a decision is reached,” TrackTown USA CEO Michael Reilly said in a statement.TrackTown USA is working on procedures for fans who already have purchased tickets to either retain them or apply for refunds.The Olympic trials were among the marquee events set to showcase the newly reconstructed Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus. Hayward Field has been expanded in anticipation of the 2021 world track and field championships.___The NFL’s Arizona Cardinals have made a $1 million donation to help those in the state affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The IOC has been advised by the WHO, which said Monday the pandemic is accelerating.Bach says the original health issue for hosting the Tokyo Olympics was “could Japan offer a safe welcome” and the IOC was confident it could.___The Tokyo Olympics have been officially postponed until 2021.The International Olympic Committee along with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and local organizers have decided that the Tokyo Games cannot go ahead as scheduled this year because of the coronavirus outbreak. ___Organizers of the 2024 Paris Olympics say the IOC and the Japanese government have ”chosen the best possible scenario” in postponing the Tokyo Games until next year.The Paris organizers said in a statement Tuesday that “postponing the world’s biggest sporting event is not an easy decision,” but that the IOC did the right thing in listening to “the concerns of the sports world.”The statement added that the ”postponement of the Tokyo Games will make it possible to offer the athletes optimal conditions for preparation and competition.”___ Multiple people with knowledge of the update say the NHL has recommended players and staff extend their self-quarantine 10 days beyond the original March 27 timeline, further pushing back the earliest date team facilities can reopen. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the NHL hadn’t formally announced the change in protocol.The league over the past two days has held conference calls with its Board of Governors and general managers to update them and take questions about the current situation. There is still no clarity on when the NHL might resume its season. Commissioner Gary Bettman said recently it would be a decision made in accordance with health officials and that the league is working on various scenarios about what a potential return to play could look like.— Reporting by Hockey Writers Stephen Whyno and John Wawrow___For U.S. women’s water polo players Maggie Steffens and Kaleigh Gilchrist, the decision to postpone the Tokyo Olympics made perfect sense. 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first_imgUNDATED (AP) — Ohio State star Kaleb Wesson plans to enter the NBA draft. Wesson announced in a tweet that he would forego his final year of eligibility and declare for the draft. Analysts have projected him as a second-round pick. Wesson can sign with an agent for exploratory purposes and still protect his final year of eligibility. He has until June 3 to make a decision.In other college basketball news:— Gonzaga and Michigan were the standouts in a study that seeded men’s and women’s NCAA Tournament brackets based on graduation rates, academic success and diversity in the head-coaching ranks. Gonzaga was a No. 1 seed in both brackets released today by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at Central Florida. Michigan was a 1-seed for the men and a 3-seed for the women. Arizona State was the only other school to appear in the top 16 of both brackets. The report focused primarily on each team’s Graduation Success Rate and Academic Progress Rate scores for seeding purposes.— North Carolina athletics director Bubba Cunningham is joining the Division I Men’s Basketball Committee that selects the field for the 68-team NCAA Tournament. Cunningham is UNC’s first-ever appointee. He begins a five-year term in September and replaces Duke athletics director Kevin White, whose term ends Aug. 31.MLB-OBIT-FARMER The 149th edition of the Open Championship is scheduled to take place July 16-19. The last time the Open wasn’t played was in 1945 because of World War II.The R&A released a short statement in response to media speculation about the staging of the event. Chief executive Martin Slumbers says the “process is taking some time to resolve” because of a range of external factors.On Wednesday, Wimbledon was canceled for the first time since World War II. The All England Club announced Wednesday after an emergency meeting that the oldest Grand Slam tournament in tennis will not be held in 2020.In other developments related to the pandemic:— The Senior PGA Championship in Michigan has been canceled. The PGA of America says it based its decision on Michigan’s stay-at-home order that was enacted March 23. The Senior PGA in Benton Harbor, Michigan, was to be played May 21-24. It will be held next year at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It will return to Benton Harbor the following year. Ed Farmer, White Sox broadcaster, former pitcher, dies at 70CHICAGO (AP) — Ed Farmer, an All-Star reliever who spent nearly three decades as a radio broadcaster for the Chicago White Sox, has died. He was 70.The White Sox said he died Wednesday night in Los Angeles following complications from an illness.A native of Evergreen Park, Illinois, and a graduate of St. Rita High on Chicago’s South Side, Farmer was 30-43 with a 4.30 ERA and 75 saves while pitching for eight teams over 11 seasons. He was an All-Star for the White Sox in 1980, when he saved 30 games — then a club record.Farmer joined Chicago’s radio booth on a part-time basis in 1991 and became a full-time analyst in 1992 alongside play-by-play announcer John Rooney. He assumed play-by-play duties in 2006 and completed his 29th season in 2019. — There will be a full week of the Masters on television, even though this year’s tournament has been postponed. ESPN and CBS Sports will broadcast the final rounds of some of the more significant Masters. ESPN starts it off at 3 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday with the final round from 1986. That’s arguably the most popular Masters of all, when Jack Nicklaus shot 30 on the back nine to win his sixth green jacket at age 46. On Sunday starting at 12:30 p.m., CBS will show the entire round from last year. That’s when Woods completed his comeback from back surgeries to win his fifth green jacket.— The Atlanta Braves are marking what would have been opening day at Truist Park with a virtual “At Home” opener. The team will host a 90-minute, online celebration Friday that features interviews with manager Brian Snitker, general manager Alex Anthopoulos and star first baseman Freddie Freeman as well as messages from other Braves players. The “At Home” opener will serve as a lead-in to Fox Sports South airing a replay of the Braves′ 2019 home opener against the Chicago Cubs.— Former baseball All-Star Jim Edmonds says he tested positive for the new coronavirus and for pneumonia. Edmonds says in a video posted on Instagram that he is symptom free now and doing “really well.” He thanked people for their well wishes. The 49-year-old played 17 major league seasons from 1993-2010, mostly for the California and Los Angeles Angels and St. Louis Cardinals. He hit 393 home runs.— The New England Patriots’ private team plane is returning to Boston from China carrying more than one million masks critical to health care providers fighting to control the spread of the coronavirus. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker secured the N95 masks but had no way of getting them to the U.S. Team owner Robert Kraft stepped in and offered the plane. The Boeing 767 painted in the team’s colors and logo is usually used to carry the team to and from NFL games.— A survey of more than 100 athletic directors across the country finds deep concern for academics and athletic department finances amid the pandemic. Some 75 percent say they are concerned about a drop in donations and nearly as many are worried about ticket sales and money that comes from games and other fan events. CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to two-year contract extensions with forward Matthew Highmore and goaltender Kevin Lankinen. The first year of each extension is a two-way deal. Highmore’s agreement has an average annual value of $725,000, and Lankinen’s extension carries an average annual value of $800,000.The 24-year-old Highmore has turned into a reliable depth forward for Chicago. He has two goals and four assists in a career-high 36 games this season. Lankinen is still looking for his NHL debut, but he could compete for the backup role with the Blackhawks next season.The Blackhawks also announced that forwards Evan Barratt and Andrei Altybarmakyan have agreed to entry-level contracts.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWSOhio State’s Wesson intends to enter NBA draft Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSBritish Open could be postponedUNDATED (AP) — British Open organizers say postponement is an option for this year’s tournament at Royal St. George’s. Associated Press Farmer called perfect games by Mark Buehrle (BUR’-lee) against Tampa Bay in 2009 and Phillip Humber at Seattle in 2012 as well as Hall of Famer Jim Thome’s (TOH’-meez) 500th homer.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Update on the latest sports Williams played regularly as a nickel back and also filled in at cornerback last season. He played in 14 regular season games and started eight. His highlights included an interception and a sack. Williams has spent his whole career with the Saints, who selected him in the third round of the 2015 NFL draft out of Florida State. He has four interceptions in 47 career games.In other NFL news:— The Green Bay Packers have signed wide receiver Devin Funchess as he tries to bounce back from an injury-shortened 2019 season. Funchess played for the Indianapolis Colts last year but went on injured reserve after breaking his collarbone in a season-opening 30-24 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. The 25-year-old spent his first four NFL seasons with the Carolina Panthers, who selected him out of Michigan in the second round of the 2015 draft. Funchess had his best season in 2017 with 63 catches for 840 yards and eight touchdowns.NHL-BLACKHAWS MOVESBlackhawks agree to extensions with Highmore, Lankinen — Iowa State coaches and other athletic department staff members are getting pay cuts for one year to help offset lost revenue from the coronavirus pandemic. Athletic director Jaime Pollard wrote on the Cyclones’ website that his department faces a $5 million shortfall this year because of the cancellation of the NCAA and Big 12 men’s basketball tournaments. The payroll cut will save more than $3 million. There also will be a temporary suspension of bonuses for coaches totaling another $1 million.— McLaren’s Formula One drivers Carlos Sainz Jr. and Lando Norris have agreed to take pay cuts as part of protective cost-cutting during the coronavirus pandemic. The team is furloughing other employees. McLaren said that both drivers and senior management all agreed to voluntary pay decreases. No figure was given but McLaren said the percentage of the cut is the same figure for all employees who are not furloughed.— The coronavirus pandemic has left rugby on its knees over the last two weeks and there is the prospect of more pain to come because of the uncertainty over whether leagues, tours and international competitions can resume or go ahead. USA Rugby has filed for bankruptcy and the Australians are facing a black hole of more than $70 million. English rugby leaders have drawn-up worst-case scenarios of an even bigger financial hit.— The CEO of World TeamTennis says the league has sent $1,000 each to about 60 players and coaches as a “gift” to help them deal with the financial hardships presented by the coronavirus pandemic. The nine-team league was founded by Billie Jean King in the 1970s. League CEO Carlos Silva says the payments were not an advance of salary. Rather, they are a way to say thank you and to be used for rent or groceries or anything else the players might need. All professional tennis events have been postponed or canceled until early July because of the COVID-19 outbreak.— World Sailing has canceled the World Cup Series Final in Enoshima, Japan, in June because of the coronavirus outbreak. The regatta was to give valuable competition for the Olympic classes just over a month before the start of the Tokyo Games. The Olympics have been postponed to 2021. April 2, 2020 — The Belgian soccer league has become the first major European competition to recommend ending its season with the current standings declared final. The league says Club Brugge would be awarded the title if the advice is confirmed at a general assembly meeting on April 15. The club would also qualify for next season’s Champions League.— The French Grand Prix scheduled for May 17 in Le Mans has been postponed, becoming the sixth MotoGP race to be called off because of the coronavirus outbreak. The motorcycling series has yet to start its season.NFL-NEWSSaints to bring back PJ WilliamsUNDATED (AP) — The New Orleans Saints have agreed to bring back free agent cornerback P.J. Williams. Terms of the new contract haven’t been released.last_img read more

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NFL will have 58 prospects participating remotely in draft

first_imgDespite the logistical challenges of operating a 255-pick draft remotely, teams will still have just 10 minutes between picks in the first round, seven for rounds 2 and 3 and five for rounds 4-7.The Cincinnati Bengals own the first overall pick.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL,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 StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow and Ohio State edge rusher Chase Young are among 58 prospects who will participate virtually in the NFL draft next week that will double as a telethon to raise money to fight the coronavirus crisis.Burrow is one of eight LSU players who will take part in the April 23-25 draft, one more than Alabama.Normally, top prospects would be invited to the draft itself, but this year’s festivities in Las Vegas were scuttled by the coronavirus outbreak and the draft will instead be conducted in a studio with the league’s 32 teams participating remotely from their hometowns. NFL will have 58 prospects participating remotely in draft April 9, 2020center_img The NFL also said that throughout the three-day draft it will host a “Draft-A-Thon” to benefit COVID-19 relief efforts and pay tribute to healthcare workers and others on the front lines of the pandemic.The virus has killed more than 12,000 people in the U.S. and fundamentally transformed American life while plunging the global economy into what is expected to be a major recession. More than one in 10 U.S. workers have lost their jobs in just the past three weeks to the pandemic. Worldwide, more than 1.5 million people have been confirmed infected and about 90,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. The SEC leads all conferences with 24 prospects confirmed to participate in the event, which will serve as a three-day virtual fundraiser benefiting six charities that are battling the virus and delivering relief to millions in need.Those charities are: the Salvation Army, the American Red Cross; CDC Foundation’s All of Us; and the COVID-19 response funds of Feeding America, Meals on Wheels America and United Way. Associated Press last_img read more

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IPL: From 2008 to 2016 – A look back at the star-studded, cash-rich T20 league

first_img(April 5 will mark 10 years of Indian Premier League (IPL) and the start of the ultimate star wars with players who have gone toe-to-toe throughout the year suddenly getting thrown in the mix as teammates).NO other cricket event is as openly embracing as the Indian Premier League (IPL), with the best of international cricketers in fray. Tough and thrilling, it is a veritable battle of wits where whoever blinks first ends up paying the price.Shane Warne-led Rajasthan Royals won the inaugural season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). ((Photo by Santosh Harhare/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)Today, April 5 marks 10 years of the tournament and the start of the ultimate star wars with players who have gone toe-to-toe throughout the year suddenly getting thrown in the mix as teammates. Within a week of a fiercely-contested Test series, Australia skipper Steve Smith and India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin will be plotting India skipper Virat Kohli’s downfall as a part of the Rising Pune Supergiants’ think tank.Australia vice-captain David Warner will be looking to defend Hyderabad’s crown with teammate Glenn Maxwell leading Punjab’s charge. Kohli and Rohit Sharma will be leading the lines for high-profile outfits Bangalore and Mumbai respectively.The beauty of it is that despite some of the biggest names in the game in the fray, the top performances have often come from little-known young domestic cricketers who have to cope with living in the blinding spotlight for two months.The ultimate multi-city ‘cricketainment’ is back for its 10th edition. HT will bring all the action to you:IPL rewind: A season-by-season look at the highlights of the Indian Premier League:David Warner’s inspiring leadership guided Sunrisers Hyderabad (IPL) to their maiden IPL glory last season. (Shaun Roy/IPL/SPORTZPICS)2008Born out of pressure from the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL), the Indian Premier League (IPL) could not have hoped for a better launch-pad than Brendon McCullum’s stunning 73-ball 158 in the tournament opener between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore.The spectacular assault on bowling made everyone sit up and take notice of the new T20 league. Though there was little cheer for KKR after the dramatic start, what added to the glow of the League was Rajasthan Royals’ titillating performance – the most underrated team going on to top the glamourous outfits. The Cinderella story of Royals was scripted by the charismatic Shane Warne.Captaining the franchise with the lowest budget, Warne led the team, mainly made of virtual unknowns, to glory. It got the Indian crowd hooked on to cricket’s latest showbiz.Controversies weren’t far away too, kicking off with Mumbai Indians’ Harbhajan Singh slapping Kings XI Punjab’s S. Sreesanth during the routine of post-match handshakes in Mohali.Manish Pandey’s blistering 50-ball 94 helped Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) clinch a thriller against Kings XI Punjab, and also their second IPL title.2009Buoyed by the unprecedented success of the first edition, nothing was going to stop a certain Lalit Modi, the IPL head honcho, from taking on all odds. When the Indian government expressed its helplessness to provide security due to the general elections, the flamboyant Modi shifted the entire tournament to South Africa in a month’s time.The Virender Sehwag-led Delhi Daredevils set the tone in the league stage, but the star-studded Deccan Chargers finally played to their potential to canter to victory, beating Royal Challengers Bangalore in the final. Captained by Adam Gilchrist, Chargers were well served by Andrew Symonds, Herschelle Gibbs and Rohit Sharma.2010Sachin Tendulkar finally decided to make a statement that he remained the boss across all formats. Powered by his blistering assaults at the top of the order, Mumbai Indians decimated opposition after opposition to coast into the final. From the other side, Chennai Super Kings gradually picked up momentum.Mahendra Singh Dhoni seemed to have perfected the T20 model. He was at the peak of his power as captain and finisher. In a fitting final, it was Tendulkar versus Dhoni. The latter used his spinners astutely and came up with his trademark, uncanny field placements to stump Mumbai.Mahendra Singh-led Chennai Super Kings retained their Indian Premier League (IPL) crown in a one-sided final against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in 2011. ((HT File Photo))2011The 2011 Cricket World Cup final ended splendidly for India but left its audience so emotionally exhausted that IPL 4 was played to vast tracts of empty stands and dipping TV ratings. The T20 league was on within six days of MS Dhoni & Co raising the Cup at the Wankhede Stadium on the night of April 2.It was a 10-team league with new entrants Kochi Tuskers Kerala and Pune Warriors India eventually finishing eighth and ninth. The season though belonged to Chris Gayle who led with 44 sixes in 608 runs at a strike rate of 183-plus in just 12 matches. But he failed in the most important game – the final where R Ashwin dismissed him for a duck. MS Dhoni, as a result, retained the IPL in front of a sea of yellow as Chennai produced a near-perfect game and mauled Royal Challengers Bangalore.2012The tournament was back to its full glory, topping the charts headlined by the Caribbean flavour thanks to Chris Gayle’s batting and Sunil Narine’s bowling. Regardless of a few scandals, there were huge crowds at stadiums, who got to enjoy an extraordinary number of close finishes.The IPL had a new champion in Kolkata Knight Riders at the end of the nine-team league (after Kochi Tuskers Kerala had been terminated).Captain Gautam Gambhir and Narine hogged the headlines of a successful campaign, with Gambhir’s passion trumping MS Dhoni’s cool in the title clash. Narine was the player-of-the-tournament with 24 wickets in 15 matches at an average of 13.50 and economy rate of 5.47.KKR had been among the poorest performing franchises, being the only constant in the bottom four in each of the first three seasons. So the title was a big relief for their actor co-owner Shah Rukh Khan.2013The most expensive franchise, Mumbai Indians, finally won their first IPL title, beating Chennai Super Kings by 23 runs in the final at Eden Gardens.However, the on-field action had been completely eclipsed by controversies by the time the final was played. S. Sreesanth and his Rajasthan Royals teammates Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila were arrested for alleged spot-fixing and were consequently suspended by the BCCI.Gurunath Meiyappan, son-in-law of then BCCI president N. Srinivasan and a top management official of the Chennai Super Kings, was arrested on charges of betting, fraud and forgery. Raj Kundra, co-owner of Rajasthan Royals, too confessed to betting. Srinivasan temporarily stepped aside as president at a BCCI working committee meeting in Chennai. Mumbai Indians won by 23 runs with Srinivasan being ultimately booed at the prize distribution ceremony.2014After a controversy-ridden edition the previous year, the organisers were relieved to go through an entire season without any scandal.Since the early part of tournament clashed with the dates of elections, the event had to be shifted to the UAE this time. It got off to a subdued start with the IPL opening ceremony being a closed-door affair. But the best teams played the final which was an endorsement for the format.Kings XI Punjab, powered by Glenn Maxwell’s all-round hitting, decimated all opposition, while Kolkata Knight Riders peaked at the right time. KKR won their second title and were easily the best side. Well served by Sunil Narine with his death-bowling, their batting revolved around Robin Uthappa, who had scored 10 successive 40-plus innings.2015It was the most closely contested IPL ever with almost six teams having a chance to qualify for the knockouts. The uncertainty over the top four teams prevailed till the final league game. Ultimately, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Rajasthan Royals, Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings made the cut.Mumbai Indians sensationally recovered from a poor start to clinch the title, beating hot favourites and table-toppers Chennai Super Kings. RCB and RR grabbed the third and fourth playoff spots.2016The outcome of the 2013 spot-fixing scandal put the BCCI in a fix with the Supreme Court ordering a two-year suspension for Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals from the IPL. New tenders were floated to ensure the IPL remains an eight-team tournament. Gujarat Lions and Rising Pune Supergiants were the new entrants. The top five players from CSK and RR were traded through a draft system by the two new teams while the rest of their players went into auction.This, however, wasn’t the end of the BCCI’s woes. The Bombay High Court, acting on a PIL, ordered the BCCI to shift the IPL games in May out of Maharashtra due to drought crisis. It put the whole IPL schedule in a tizzy with the BCCI facing a logistical nightmare.As far as action on the field was concerned, RCB skipper Virat Kohli was in the form of his life, accumulating 973 runs – the most in an IPL season ever. David Warner’s Sunrisers Hyderabad, who had replaced Deccan Chargers in 2013, enjoyed their best IPL performance to lift their maiden title after beating Royal Challengers Bangalore by eight runs in a thriller at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. (hindustanitimes)last_img read more

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Digicel encourages Guyanese to rally around the West Indies

first_imgSPONSOR Digicel is encouraging Guyanese to rally around the West Indies, as they take on Pakistan at the Guyana National Stadium in three One Day Internationals (ODIs).The two teams will face off on April 7, 9 and 11 and it’s Digicel hope that Providence facility will be filled with cricket-loving fans each day.To Digicel’s credit, the cellular service provider has several activities planned this week to ensure cricket fans win a chance to meet the West Indies team and be their special guest on match-days.Digicel’s Communications Manager Vidya Sanichara explained that cricket fans should stay tuned to their (Digicel) Facebook page for chances to win free tickets, adding. “We also have our fan-of-the-match award, just like we did in the CPL; so the more creative you are, the more chances you have to win.”last_img read more

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