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South Africa knocked out of the World Cup with Pakistan defeat

first_imgSOUTH Africa’s hopes of reaching the World Cup semi-finals are over as their nightmare tournament continued with a 49-run defeat to Pakistan at Lord’s.The Proteas have failed to pass the group stages for just the second time and face two dead rubbers over the next two weeks.South Africa failed to reach the knockout rounds as hosts in 2003, but still won three of their six encounters.Head coach Ottis Gibson’s men have only beaten minnows Afghanistan at this tournament, and still have to face Sri Lanka and Australia.Even three wins in nine matches would not gloss a woeful campaign, but given the Proteas’ dire form the chance of consolation victories appears remote.Former England bowling coach Gibson’s contract expires after this tournament and is unlikely to be renewed.SA Cricket World Cup record• 1992 – Semi-finals• 1996 – Quarter-finals• 1999 – Semi-finals• 2003 – Group stage• 2007 – Semi-finals• 2011 – Quarter-finals• 2015 – Semi-finals• 2019 – Group stageFaf Du Plessis may well relinquish the captaincy too.Du Plessis hit 64 as South Africa managed just 259 for nine, failing to reach the 309 required for victory.The beleaguered 34-year-old has had to duck as many brickbats off the field as bouncers at the crease as the Proteas’ figurehead in England, and few would begrudge him having had enough.Quinton De Kock posted 47, while Hashim Amla and Aiden Markram both failed amid another miserable top-order return for South Africa.This latest comprehensive defeat came at the hands of an erratic Pakistan, who kept alive their own hopes of a semi-final but should not boast the quality or consistency to make it that far.Haris Sohail’s 89, including a 71-run partnership with Imad Wasim from just 40 balls, ultimately proved the difference between the sides.Pakistan’s 308 for seven proved more than sufficient, as Babar Azam posted 69 and openers Imam Ul Haq and Fakhar Zaman both notchedImran Tahir proved the pick of the Proteas’ bowlers, taking a smart two wickets for 41 runs.Lungi Ngidi ended on three for 64 but those figures were massaged by two soft dismissals at the death.Markram’s removal of Mohammed Hafeez raised questions as to whether South Africa should have put more faith in spin sooner in this tournament.If the Proteas’ injury-hit pace attack has proved problematic though, their batting has been little short of abject.Wahab Riaz plundered three for 46 and Mohammad Amir two for 49, but neither man had a particularly testing afternoon with the ball.Rarely has a South Africa side suffered for such a lack of top-order aggression, and that cost Du Plessis and company dearly once again.Caption.Haris Sohail returned to the Pakistan XI for the first time since their opening defeat by West Indies and smashed 89 off 59 balls in a man-of-the-match performance Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Peter CziborraPAKISTAN inningsImam-ul-Haq                    c & b Imran Tahir                                  44Fakhar Zaman                   c Amla b Imran Tahir                           44Babar Azam                     c Ngidi b Phehlukwayo                          69Mohammad Hafeez                 lbw b Markram                              20Haris Sohail                       c †de Kock b Ngidi                                 89Imad Wasim               c sub (JP Duminy) b Ngidi                           23Wahab Riaz                   b Ngidi                                                         4Sarfaraz Ahmed (c) †               not out                                            2Shadab Khan                             not out                                            1Extras:  12 (lb 6, nb 1, w 5)TOTAL:                                                                       308/7 (50 Overs, RR: 6.16)Did not bat: Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Shah AfridiBowling: K Rabada 10-0-65-0, L Ngidi      9-0-64-3, CH Morris 9-0-61-0, AL Phehlukwayo 8-0-49-1, Imran Tahir 10-0-41-2, AK Markram 4-0-22-1                            SOUTH AFRICA Innings )HM Amla                        lbw b Mohammad Amir                            2Q de Kock †         c Imam-ul-Haq b Shadab Khan                           47F du Plessis (c)   c †Sarfaraz Ahmed b Mohammad Amir             63AK Markram           b Shadab Khan                                                    7HE van der Dussen    c Mohammad Hafeez b Shadab Khan         36DA Miller                    b Shaheen Shah Afridi                                    31AL Phehlukwayo         not out                                                             46CH Morris                      b Wahab Riaz                                                16K Rabada                   b Wahab Riaz                                                      3L Ngidi                          b Wahab Riaz                                                    1Imran Tahir                         not out                                                      1Extras: 6 (lb 1, w 5)TOTAL:                                                                              259/9 (50 Overs, RR: 5.18)Bowling: Mohammad Hafeez 2-0-11-0, Mohammad Amir 10-1-49-2, Shaheen Shah Afridi 8-0-54-1, Imad Wasim 10-0-48-0, Wahab Riaz 10-0-46-3, Shadab Khan 10-1-50-3last_img read more

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Death Stalks Nigerian Sport, Claims MJ, Onyenwenwa

first_img  Falcons’ Coach, Omagbemi, loses son in swimming poolAnother pall of darkness enveloped the Nigerian sports scene yesterday following the deaths of the first Director of Professional Golfers Association of Nigeria (PGAN) Matthew Jacob and Lizzy Onyenwenwa, a former NFF Women Football Secretary. Head Coach of the Super Falcons, Florence Omagbemi also lost her 15 year-old son, Samson Omagbemi Atamako.Lizzy Onyenwenwa was reported to have passed on at the National Hospital in Abuja early hours of thursday.Until her death, she was an acting director of planning at the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports. Samson Omagbemi reportedly got drowned in a swimming pool at a hotel in Effurun, Delta State, where he along with classmates, had gone for an after their JSS 3 examination party.MJ, as the former PGAN director for fondly known, also died yesterday morning in Lagos after a brief illness, aged 74.Jacob will be remembered for shaping professional golf in Nigeria after receiving the baton from where Englishman, John Norsworthy, who established PGAN in 1968.Through hard work and consistency, he rose from being a caddy to become one of the best regarded administrators in Nigeria’s golf history.Some of the country’s professional golf icons including Peter Akakasiaka, Tony Uduimoh and Bello Seibidor were evidence of his administrative acumen.As the Director of PGAN, he presided over the organisation of several editions of the national golf championship, the Nigeria Open, until the last edition was held in 2001, after it was rested for five years (1995 -2000).He was ousted in 2002 as the director and replaced by Uduimoh in the wake of the crisis of leadership that split the ranks of the association and made many sponsors to back out from professional golf.He was also the first Resident Pro at Ikoyi Club 1938, where his pro-shop, named after him, stands as a legacy in his memory.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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New CEO Ashish Patel to guide next “growth phase” for SingleShot

first_img Delasport clients get access to Kiron’s BetMan RGS platform April 27, 2020 StumbleUpon Former Merrill Lynch Director Ashish Patel has joined SingleShot Entertainment (SSE) – the Nevada-registered entertainment content firm which counts former snooker world champion Neil Robertson amongst its board of directors, as the company’s new CEO.The appointment marks the start of an exciting period for SSE, as it prepares to roll out UpNdown Virtual Golf next month through a partnership with virtual games provider Kiron Interactive.Patel has extensive experience in corporate finance and spent a number of years working with companies on their growth trajectory. He started his career in Merrill Lynch’s investment banking group in 1995 in Los Angeles, while his final role before leaving the industry was Head of Financial Institutions Group for Merrill Lynch Australia.During his time at Merrill Lynch, Patel was in charge of structuring and organising transactions for companies in the billions of dollars across industries, sectors and the various capital markets.Meanwhile, Australian Lawyer Troy Houghton is another new addition to SSE, joining the board members alongside Robertson and Moshe Adir, the founder of Vegas Kings and golfweather.com.Commenting on the changes, SSE Vice Chairman Shawn Budd said: “The sports betting industry is going mainstream, and it takes quality people to help guide us through our next growth phase. Our former CEO Vinnie Calabrese, will now take up the role as COO. Vinnie did a wonderful job as CEO and we would not be in the position we are in today without all his efforts.“These are very exciting times at SSE, we have our first product – UpNdown Virtual Golf – being released the first week of December, while our Cue Sports offering, Neil Robertson 7BallRun, will be released early in 2019. UpNdown Virtual Golf has been created by Virtual game leader Kiron Interactive and will be available on their BetMan platform.At the recent Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas, SSE’s Golf offering – UpNdown Live, (due for release late in 2019) was recognised as one of the American Gaming Associations 10 most innovative products.Budd added: “UpNdown Live will allow bettors to wager on every shot in a professional Golf Tournament, giving sportsbooks the ability to offer their clients thousands of markets on each event in real time. It will be a game changer in the Live in Play sports betting space.” Sportradar supports snooker’s Championship League with data deal June 2, 2020 Submit Related Articles Share Digitain enhances virtuals offering with Kiron deal April 17, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

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AFCON 2017:Libya removed as hosts

first_imgLibya have been removed as hosts of the 2017 African Nations Cup finals as ongoing fighting in the country delays plans to build new stadiums for the 16-team tournament.The Confederation of African Football are inviting new bidders for the tournament, it said on its Twitter account on Saturday, Reuters reports.Countries wishing to host the tournament have until Sept. 30 to send in expressions of interest, it added.Libya has endured weeks of recent chaos as the government struggles to control former rebel fractions who helped topple former leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.Libya were originally scheduled to hold the Nations Cup in 2013 but because of the civil war swapped with 2017 hosts South Africa.The oil-rich north African country had been planning to build 11 stadiums at a cost of $314m, including a showpiece new 60,000-seater Austrian-built stadium on the site of a former military camp in Tripoli. Benghazi and Misrata were also due for major stadiums.Libya’s government said last year it hoped the hosting of the Nations Cup would allow it to demonstrate that life had returned to normal in the country and encourage investors.last_img read more

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Dr Jagan’s Global Human Order initiative overtaken by time

first_imgAPNU/AFC Govt to await SG report on way forward − VP GreenidgeThe New Global Human Order (NGHO) – an initiative spearheaded by the late Dr Cheddi Jagan – is on the agenda of the upcoming United Nations 71st General Assembly but according to Vice President Carl Greenidge, with the evolution of time, a number of critical aspects of the NGHO have been embedded in a number of other framework initiatives adopted by the UN, with the support of the global community.Greenidge was at the time responding to People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Chief Whip Gail Teixeira, who at the opening of Thursday’s sitting of the National Assembly, inquired of the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) Government’s approach to the NGHO, since it has been a matter championed by Guyana since 1994.Since the NGHO was initiated by Guyana under the stewardship of Dr Jagan, Teixeira inquired whether the current administration will continue to support the UN Resolution at its upcoming assembly.Dr Cheddi JaganIn response Greenidge told the House that since Dr Jagan successfully introduced NGHO to the agenda of UN, “a couple of things have happened and it is instructive to bear those in mind to understand where we can go.”He spoke to the fact that between 2001 and 2014, the United Nations has convened several confabs and over the years a number of other resolutions have come into being, which takes into account aspects of the NGHO such as the need to accelerate efforts to promote human wellbeing.He said too there are currently a number of agreements in place to shape the landscape up to 2030 which takes into account aspects of Dr Jagan’s NGHO. As such Dr Jagan’s resolution might have been overtaken by time since there are several new initiatives that, “overlap, concern, absorb, call it what you will, many of the areas that were raised by Dr Jagan.He said there had been no significant movement on the promotion of Dr Jagan’s NHGO, despite the fact that his party -the PPP/C – had been in office for over 20 years.Greenidge noted too that many of the areas dealt with by Dr Jagan, only received tacit support from many friendly countries but there has not been a complete “buy in.”The Vice President was also quick to point out that there is currently only limited space for competing proposals on the new political agenda.He suggested that to proceed with Dr Jagan’s NGHO at the UN General Assembly would be a “questionable approach.”Greenidge’s explanation however did not find favour with the Opposition Chief Whip who inquired whether components of the NGHO such as a focus on poverty alleviation, equality and justice were no longer considered important by the current administration.“I didn’t suggest that we would do nothing about it, nor did I suggest it’s not important,” said Greenidge, who further explained that matters such as reducing global inequalities now form part of separate agendas that have found consensus in the global community.He said there has been an inability on the part of the past administration to mobilise international support for issues contained in Dr Jagan’s NGHO.Greenidge suggested that the report of the UN Secretary General as it relates to the NHGO, will determine what path will be taken by the APNU/AFC Government in future.He suggested that there is no need to pursue a separate initiative, namely, Dr Jagan’s NGHO, since many of the issues contained in that resolution would have already gained international support but on separate agendas.Dr Jagan’s NGHO, according to Vice President Greenidge, has remained over the years without the capacity to sustain itself. He was adamant: “It is not as though we are neglecting a great initiative.”GECOM DatabaseMeanwhile the Opposition Chief Whip also used the opportunity at the beginning of Thursday’s sitting of the National Assembly to inquire of Social Protection Minister Volda Lawrence, the reasons for a request to the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) for a copy of its database.The PPP/C recently raised the matter of the request by the Government Ministry to GECOM and had accused the administration of seeking to ‘rig’ any upcoming General and Regional Elections.Minister Lawrence told the House in no uncertain terms that there was absolutely no ulterior motive behind the request to GECOM.In fact, Lawrence told the House that the request was made to GECOM for information which is already in the public domain.She pointed to GECOM’s website which houses a copy of the National List of Registrants as well as the numerous lists posted at public buildings across the country.Lawrence told the House that the request made to GECOM was for person’s 65 years of age and older and the information will be used by the Ministry of Social Protection, “to ensure that all our pensioners receive their pension.”The Social Protection Minister explained that the reason GECOM was approached was that the list could be disaggregated in order to extract the information for persons 65 and older.Teixeira had also inquired of Education Minister Dr Rupert Roopnaraine the reason behind that Ministry’s request but he was unable to provide an answer.Dr Roopnaraine informed the House that he was not in a position to provide any details since he was yet to be briefed by his technical team for the reasons for the request made to GECOM.last_img read more

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