20 Sep

McIlroy talks up Masters chances

first_img But he bounced back to win his first major title by eight shots in the US Open two months later, before adding wins in the 2012 US PGA and both the Open and US PGA last year. “I think it was the most important day of my career,” he added. “If I hadn’t had the whole unravelling and say I just made a couple of bogeys coming down the stretch and lost by one, I might not have learnt as much. “But for it all to come apart how it did I learnt an awful lot. I learnt so much about myself and my game and what I needed to do differently the next time I was in that position. “Luckily it didn’t take me long to get into a position like that again where I was leading a major and we know how that one played out. I was able to get over the line pretty comfortably.” McIlroy’s extraordinary success last year came despite the distractions of calling off his wedding to Caroline Wozniacki and a legal dispute with his former management company which cost him millions of pounds when it was finally settled in February. And he hopes he can again use the golf course as his “sanctuary” from the pressure and hype surrounding Augusta. “The golf course was my sanctuary, it was where I could get away from everything and just not have to think about it for the four or five hours that I am out there and it helped. It really did,” he added. “I was looking forward to getting to the course and playing and practising and I think it will be the same at Augusta because there will be so much hype and build up and talk about what could happen. “I know I won’t be able to wait until Thursday morning or afternoon and just get on the golf course and play golf. There is only so much you can talk about it and then you have to go out and try and play.” Rory McIlroy believes it is “unthinkable” that he will not win the Masters at some point to complete the career grand slam. And the world number one has revealed how his final-round collapse at Augusta National in 2011 was the most important day of his career. McIlroy is looking to claim his first green jacket and become just the sixth player to win all four major titles after Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. “For me now it’s a career-long goal to win there to achieve something that only a handful of players have ever achieved,” the 25-year-old said in an interview with BBC Northern Ireland. “There’s something special I can achieve going into Augusta this year. You are a complete player if you can win every major because they are on different golf courses, different tests, different conditions. Not many guys have done it in history so to put my name there would be awesome. It would just be incredible. “You feel the sense of what can be achieved but I can’t think about that too much. I just have to think about trying to go out there and playing as best as I can and if I can do that hopefully my scores add up to a shot lower than anyone else’s.” McIlroy has just one top-10 finish to his name in six Masters appearances, finishing joint eighth last year despite the embarrassment of being outscored by his marker in the third round. But the 25-year-old cannot picture going through his career without slipping on at least one coveted green jacket. “During my career, yes it’s unthinkable,” he added. “If I don’t win it this year…either it’s not the right time or it isn’t your time. If I was to look back as a 60-year-old on my career and not have won a green jacket I’d obviously be very, very disappointed. “And not just one. I feel like it’s a course I can do very well at and a golf course I can hopefully win multiple times on. Obviously getting that first one is extra important and from there we can go on and maybe think about getting some others.” McIlroy held a four-shot lead going into the final round four years ago, only to collapse to a closing 80 and finish 10 shots behind the winner Charl Schwartzel. Press Associationlast_img read more

16 Sep

Clonmel team manager praises players ahead of MJC Final

first_imgThe Tipp club will look to retain the Munster Junior Cup this Sunday when they take on Shannon in Thomand Park. Having already secured the Munster Junior League Division 1 title and the Challenge Cup, Winston says his team are determined to bring all three trophies back to the club. That game on Sunday throws-in at five o’clock and Tipp FM will have full live coverage brought to you in association with Lodge Security, Tipperary.last_img

28 Aug

Fire guts restaurant owned by Hearts coach

first_imgHearts coach CK Akunnor had his restaurant in Tema razed down by fire last Tuesday.The ex-Ghana captain was preparing his side for the start of the Ghana Premier League when the news reached him.Reports say gas cookers in the pantry caught fire and that led to inflammatory bursts in the air.All ten female workers escaped unhurt and investigations has begun into the cause of the fire.Akunnor, ex Wolfsburg captain, is one of few retired Ghanaian footballers who own investments in the country.last_img read more

16 Aug

International boxing tournament – Mostar 2013 has ended

first_imgOn Saturday, the 13th International Boxing Tournament – Mostar 2013 has ended. Apart from boxers from BiH, teams from Russia, the Netherlands, Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, Norway, Macedonia, Slovenia, Scotland and Italy participated as well, reports sportsport.Adem Fetahović and Elvir Šendro won gold medals for BiH. Fetahović defeated Justin Kremer from the Netherlands in up to 60kg category, and Elvir Šendro defeated Robert Olah from Hungary.Adem Fetahović was also proclaimed the best technician of the tournament, while Enid Numanović from BiH was proclaimed the most promising boxer.(photo:fflfitness)last_img read more

3 Aug

Future hockey stars on display at B.C. Hockey U16 Camp

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsTwo players from the Nelson Leafs Bantam Rep squad were among the selections to the Kootenay squad following the weekend U16 B.C. Hockey High Performance Camp at the Nelson and District Community Complex.Defenceman Colton Dachwitz of Nakusp and South Slocan forward Brandon Sookro join 18 other selections that will head to Kamloops April 28-May 1 to participate in the B.C. Cup.The two Leaf players are joined by former minor hockey teammate Cole Arcuri, who spent the past season playing at a hockey academy in the Okanagan.The four-day jamboree is being held at the Interior Savings Centre and Valleyview Arena and features one practice session, five games, off-ice player and team development and a hockey futures presentation.The Male Under 16 Program was designed by B.C. Hockey to instruct and prepare high caliber players for future opportunities in the High Performance Program.  Open Zone Camps were held for players 15 years or younger.  From each zone, 20 players were selected to compete in the U16 B.C. Cup.  A jamboree style tournament is when the 20 players selected from each zone are mixed together to form the eight teams. Rounding out the selections to the team were Brandon Becker, Daniel Burgess, Matthew Sopkow, Jason Richter, Brayden Revie, Sebastien Barrette and Payton Lee of Cranbrook; Kyle Hope, Mitch Foyle, Nolan Hanley, Riley Brandt, Drake Poirier and Johnny Todd of Trail; Jake Maclachlan of Fernie, Stephen Hawes of Invermere and Chase Butula of Cranbrook.Other players from Nelson attending the camp included Tyler Podgorenko, Dylan Whiffen, Michael Viala and goaltender Brayden Pompu.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

31 May


first_imgSANTA ANITA HOSTS LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY EVENT SATURDAY 3rd CHIEFS OR 49ers? HORSEMEN AREN’T PUNTING TrainerSts 32% COME FOR THE RACES AND STAY FOR BIG GAME SUNDAY AT 11:30 AM VAN DYKE SCORES 23 POINTS AS SANTA ANITA JOCKEYS WIN 41-35 ITM% 12 29% 21% 1st ITM% Bob Baffert35 2nd Drayden Van Dyke61 9 Joel Rosario78 63% 18 12 31% DERBY FEVER? JON WHITE PICKS HIS WEEKLY TOP 10 16 Abel Cedillo119 Peter Miller35 $1,029,732 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS JockeyMts 4 Money Won RESTRAINEDVENGENCE TO BE TESTED IN SATURDAY’S SAN PASQUAL 11 Brian J. Koriner22 (Current Through Thursday, January 30, 2020 Inclusive) 13 47% 74% 9 3rd 15%center_img 16 4 1st 5 7 $717,474 CHAMPION’S MATE MAKES DIRT DEBUT IN GRADE III LEWISDon’t look now, but champion Storm the Court could soon have company on the Triple Crown trail in the form of stablemate Royal Act.Peter Eurton, who trains Storm the Court, winner of an Eclipse Award as outstanding two-year-old male of 2019, has entered Royal Act in Saturday’s Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes for three-year-olds at a mile and a sixteenth, the son of American Pharoah’s first start on dirt.The bay colt owned by C R K Stable, LLC has had only two races, both on turf, winning his debut at a mile last Nov. 10 at Del Mar, then returning in Santa Anita’s restricted Eddie Logan Stakes at a mile Dec. 29, finishing fifth but beaten only four lengths.“I thought he deserved a chance on dirt,” Eurton said. “I worked him three times on it and I’m pleased, so we’re going to give it a try. There are no other dirt races for three-year-olds other than stakes, so why the heck not? He’s doing very well.”As to Storm the Court not only winning the Eclipse Award but by such a surprisingly large margin (147-51 over runner-up Structor), Eurton was understandably proud and greatly relieved at Gulfstream Park’s 49th annual Eclipse Awards Dinner on Jan. 23.“I held my breath until they said his name,” Eurton admitted. “I wasn’t going to take anything for granted. I didn’t want to get too excited; that way I wouldn’t be disappointed. They don’t give you any hint in advance that you might win.“My daughter (Britney) has a lot of friends in racing who talk about these things and they thought it would be very, very close, but turns out it wasn’t and that was OK because the suspense made it more fun.”Storm the Court, meanwhile, is scheduled to make his three-year-old debut in the Grade II San Vicente Stakes at seven furlongs on Feb. 9.The Robert B. Lewis, race six on a nine-race card, offering 10 Kentucky Derby qualifying points to the winner: Encoder, (8-1) Mike Smith; Thousand Words, (4-5) Flavien Prat; Tizamagician, (3-1) Victor Espinoza; Royal Act, (15-1) Abel Cedillo; High Velocity, (3-1) Joel Rosario and Zimba Warrior, (15-1) Jose Valdivia, Jr.First post time Saturday is 12:30 p.m.RESTRAINEDVENCENCE SEEKS BIGGEST WIN IN SAN PASQUALRestrainedvengence gets the stiffest test of his career Saturday when he tackles the likes of Grade I Santa Anita Derby winner Roadster in the Grade II San Pasqual Stakes, a major steppingstone to the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap on March 7.Val Brinkerhoff feels the five-year-old gelded son of Hold Me Back is up to the task.“He’s been second in a Grade II (the City of Hope Mile on grass) and third in a Grade III (beaten a neck in the Longacres Mile on dirt),” points out Brinkerhoff, who trains the Kentucky-bred for his wife and valued assistant Kelly, and Bobby Joe Grayson Jr., son of Brinkerhoff’s late longtime friend and associate, owner/trainer Bobby Joe Grayson Sr., who died on Nov. 8.“His last race was his best, a fifth off the track record and Tyler (Baze) had him soft at the wire,” Brinkerhoff added, referring to a front-running 4 1/2-length romp over eight foes in the Zia Championship in New Mexico at the same mile and an eighth distance as the San Pasqual.Restrainedvenence gets a new rider for the race in Abel Cedillo, currently in a ding-dong battle with Joel Rosario for riding honors at Santa Anita’s Winter Meet.“I’m sure he’ll be forwardly placed but he doesn’t have to be on the lead,” said Brinkerhoff, 63, who has 25 head at Santa Anita “and 20 yearlings we’re breaking at my St. George (Utah) training center.”Five of the 19 career starts by Restrainedvengence have come on dirt, where he has won once, that being the aforementioned Zia Park race. He has won four of 14 on grass, earning $360,222 overall.Brinkerhoff is one of the hardest-working trainers in a game that requires unflagging focus 24/7, a former jockey who gallops his own horses be they at Santa Anita, Del Mar, Turf Paradise or his training center in Utah. It all began when he was 14 on a dot on the map called Fillmore, Utah, population circa 2,500.“My dad trained about 30 horses when we lived in Fillmore,” recalled Brinkerhoff, a third-generation horseman. “I was 5-10 and weighed 118 pounds, rode at the smaller venues mainly in Utah and Montana, where I was leading rider, and Wyoming and Fairplex Park (in Pomona).“I’ll never forget the day my dad took me to Pomona. I walked in the jocks’ room and immediately became aware of how tall I was. While in California, Bill Shoemaker gave me one of his whips, which I cherished. I rode many winners with it.“But ultimately, I couldn’t make the weight. I was already skinny and at 5-10 and 118 pounds, I didn’t have an ounce to lose.”The San Pasqual, race eight: Roadster, Joel Rosario (7-2); Route Sixty Six, Jose Valdivia, Jr. (20-1); Restrainedvengence, Abel Cedillo (4-1); King Abner, Flavien Prat (4-1); Midcourt, Victor Espinoza (3-1); Instagrand, Umberto Rispoli (12-1); California Street, Mike Smith (12-1); Two Thirty Five, Ruben Fuentes(8-1); Bold Endeavor, Mario Gutierrez (30-1); and Combatant, Drayden Van Dyke (10-1).JON WHITE’S KENTUCKY DERBY TOP 10Santa Anita morning line maker Jon White formulates a Kentucky Derby Top 10 each week, employing video review and monitoring the opinions of other respected racing observers nationwide.  The following is Jon’s most recent Derby Top 10, courtesy of Xpressbet:“Holding the No. 1 spot this week on my Top 10 is Storm the Court, who was voted a 2019 Eclipse Award as champion 2-year-old male. Trainer Peter Eurton continues to get the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner ready to make his return to equine combat in Santa Anita’s seven-furlong San Vicente Stakes on Feb. 9.“Where does Storm the Court rank on some other Kentucky Derby lists?“BloodHorse’s Steve Haskin has Storm the Court at No. 2 on his Derby Dozen behind only Dennis’ Moment.“As for the Top 20 rankings by Gary West (the respected journalist, not the owner of Maximum Security), Storm the Court is No. 10. West, like Haskin, has Dennis’ Moment in the top spot.“Jeremy Plonk, who puts together a weekly Top 20 for Countdown to the Crown, has Storm the Court all way down at No. 14. Plonk’s No. 1 is Honor A.P.“The future book odds released Monday by the William Hill Sports Book indicates just how wide open the 2020 Kentucky Derby appears to be at this point. William Hill’s 8-1 favorite is Tiz the Law. Next on Monday’s list of odds were Dennis’ Moment, Maxfield, Storm the Court and Thousand Words, all at 12-1.“Tiz the Law and Thousand Words both will be running Saturday. Tiz the Law is the 3-5 morning-line favorite in Gulfstream Park’s Holy Bull Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile race that has attracted a field seven. Thousand Words is the 4-5 morning-line favorite in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita. The Lewis, also a 1 1/16-mile affair, has drawn a field of six.“Trained by Barclay Tagg, Tiz the Law makes his 2020 debut after winning two of three starts as a 2-year-old. The Constitution colt won the Champagne Stakes by four lengths at Belmont Park in early October. Tiz the Law then finished a close third in Churchill Downs’ Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes when he experienced a troubled trip on a wet track in late November.“Thousand Words, a $1 million yearling acquisition, is two for two. After winning a maiden race at Santa Anita in late October for trainer Bob Baffert, Thousand Words won the Los Alamitos Futurity on a wet track in early December. Thousand Words’ sire is Pioneerof the Nile, whose son American Pharoah swept the Triple Crown in 2015. Baffert also trained American Pharoah.“High Velocity, who like Thousand Words hails from the powerful Baffert barn, also is entered in the Lewis. High Velocity, 3-1 on the morning line, finished third in the Los Al Futurity.“Also at 3-1 on the Lewis morning line is Tizamagician, who won a one-mile maiden race by 2 1/2 lengths at Santa Anita on New Year’s Day. A son of two-time Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Tiznow, Tizamagician had been winless in five starts prior to his Jan. 1 triumph. Keep in mind Omaha Beach was winless in his first four career starts, but then reeled off four straight victories. Can Tizamagician similarly go on a winning streak after finally leaving the maiden ranks?“The Holy Bull, Lewis and Aqueduct’s 1 1/8-mile Wither Stakes are the three races Saturday on the Road to the Kentucky Derby.“Topping the field of eight entered in the Withers is Shotski, who is the 2-1 morning-line favorite. He will be making his first start since winning the Remsen Stakes at the Big A in early December. Jeremiah O’Dwyer trains Shotski, whose sire, Blame, won the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Classic by a dramatic head to hand the great Zenyatta the only loss in her 20-race career.“Saturday’s seven-furlong Swale Stakes at Gulfstream does not offer any Kentucky Derby points. Nevertheless, it should be watched closely due primarily to the presence of Green Light Go and Untitled in the field of eight.“Green Light Go, trained by Jimmy Jerkens, will be competing for the first time since he finished second as the 6-5 favorite in the aforementioned Champagne won by Tiz the Law. A son of Hard Spun, Green Light Go won the Saratoga Special last summer.“Untitled, who is No. 10 on my Kentucky Derby rankings, was an 11-length winner at first asking in a six-furlong maiden race at Gulfstream on Dec. 14 for trainer Ralph Nicks. Mark Casse subsequently took over as trainer of the Khozan colt following a private sale in which Gary Barber is now the majority owner. Casse won last year’s Preakness Stakes with War of Will and Belmont Stakes with Sir Winston.“The only race on the Road to the Kentucky Derby last week was Oaklawn Park’s Smarty Jones Stakes, a race worth 10-4-2-1 Kentucky Derby points to the first four finishers. Gold Street won in a 10-1 upset. Three Technique ran second as the 2-1 favorite. Shoplifted and Silver Prospector finished third and fourth, respectively.“Trained by Steve Asmussen, Gold Street led all the way on a muddy track and won by 2 3/4 lengths. It was Gold Street’s third consecutive victory. The Street Boss colt still needs to prove he can succeed on a track that isn’t wet. He is three for three when racing on a wet track. He’s winless in three starts when running on a track that wasn’t wet.“In the Smarty Jones, Gold Street seemingly took advantage of a racing surface that was favorable to early speed. I thought that Three Technique did give a good account of himself to finish second while racing around two turns for the first time. Not only did Three Technique come home willingly, he galloped out strongly. I’m still not as high on Three Technique as some people, but I will be taking him more seriously going forward off his commendable effort in defeat last week.“Meanwhile, Daily Racing Form’s Marty McGee provided an update this week regarding the status of Maxfield. A son of 2007 Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense, Maxfield is No. 6 on my rankings.“McGree reported Wednesday that Maxfield recently returned to trainer Brendan Walsh’s barn at the Palm Meadows training center in Florida after undergoing rehabilitation at Bridlewood Farm in Ocala, Fla. The colt had a small ankle chip removed after being scratched from the Nov. 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Maxfield, who is two for two, rallied from ninth to win the Breeders’ Futurity by 5 1/2 widening lengths at Keeneland last October.“Walsh told McGee: ‘He’s back galloping at Palm Meadows and we’ll monitor him this week as to when he can start back working. But he’s done great physically and is moving great, too. We’re going to see how he does, let him tell us where we are with him. I’d say we’ll know a lot more in a month or so. I wouldn’t rule anything out, and I wouldn’t rule anything in. It will be a waiting game with him for a little while.’”The following is Jon White’s Kentucky Derby rankings for this week, courtesy of Xpressbet:1. Storm the Court2. Dennis’ Moment3. Nadal4. Honor A.P.5. Thousand Words6. Maxfield7. Tiz the Law8. Authentic9. Independence Hall10. UntitledBIG GAME SUNDAY AT SANTA ANITA STARTS AT 11:30 A.MCome for the races and stay for the Big Game.  That’s the plan this Sunday at Santa Anita, as racegoers will be treated to a seven-race program that gets underway at 11:30 a.m. with free General Admission, drink specials and a free $3,000 Football Contest.With the decision to go with a seven-race card, Santa Anita officials opted to move post time back 30 minutes, from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in order to accommodate those that intend to stay for the game which is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. PT.Fans are also encouraged to visit Santa Anita’s spacious Infield Area with free General Admission and parking offered each weekend via Gate 6 off of Colorado Place.For additional information regarding Big Game Sunday at Santa Anita, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.SUPER BOWL 54 IS HOT TOPIC AMONG HORSEMENIn racing terms, Sunday’s Super Bowl 54 is a classic match race between two evenly matched horses and the early wagering has been reflective of that.  Although the Kansas City Chiefs have held sway over the San Francisco 49ers over the past 10 days as a one or 1 ½ point favorite, there were reports out of Las Vegas this morning that the game had moved to “pick-em” for a brief time and then back to the Chiefs as a one point favorite.In what annually serves as a textbook definition of “casual money speaking,” here are some random selections garnered from horsemen this morning at Santa Anita:Brian Beach, agent–“CHIEFS, MAHOMES IS A GREAT QUARTERBACK.”Vann Belvoir, trainer–“CHIEFS.”Jack Carava, trainer–“CHIEFS.”Gary Stevens, HOF jockey–“KANSAS CITY.”Aaron Gryder, jockey–“KANSAS CITY.”Andrew Lerner, trainer–“I’LL GO NINERS.”Ben Cecil, trainer–“I LIKE THE 49ers.”Bruce Headley–“I DON’T KNOW.”Geovanni Franco, jockey–“49ers.”Neil Drysdale, HOF trainer–“NO COMMENT, BUT I GAVE FRANCO THE 49ers.”Keith Desormeaux, trainer–“49ers, EASY MONEY.”Bob Baffert, HOF trainer–“CHIEFS, MAHOMES BABY!”Paddy Gallagher, trainer–“CLIPPERS.”Larry Gilligan, Trakus technician–“I JUST WANT TO SEE A CLOSE, HARD-FOUGHT GAME.”Ron McAnally, HOF trainer–“CHIEFS, BUT I’M HOPING THE 49ers DO WELL.”Dan Landers, asst. trainer–“KANSAS CITY.”Brad Pegram, agent–“49ers BABY!”Ron Anderson, agent–“I’VE BEEN ON PATRICK MAHOMES ALL YEAR.”Craig O’Bryan, agent–“CHIEFS, ANDY REID AND MAHOMES.”Brandon O’Bryan, agent, via telephone–“MY SOURCES INDICATE KANSAS CITY.”More expert analysis to come in Saturday’s Stable Notes!SANTA ANITA HOSTS LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY EVENT SATURDAY     Santa Anita will host a fundraiser to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s fight against cancer in the East Paddock Gardens on Saturday.  Trainer Craig Dollase’s daughter, Alyssa, and her classmate Kimberly Cabral, are heading the effort as both are candidates for the Society’s Student of the Year program.Fans are encouraged to stop by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s tent tomorrow.  The first 500 fans to donate will each receive a free 2020 Santa Anita Park wall calendar.  For additional information, please visit santaanita.com/events.     FINISH LINES: … Golden Gate Fields is closed this weekend due to repairs of the track’s hot water system. As a result there will be no Stronach 5 today… Grade III Megahertz Stakes winner Caressa worked four furlongs this morning in 47.80 for John Sherriffs, who also sent out Zellda, a daughter of the great Zenyatta for a half mile drill in 50.80…Congrats to the Santa Anita Jockeys, who defeated a squad of Holy Angels Middle Schoolers 41-35 in last night’s annual charity basketball game.  Coach Craig O’Bryan reports that Drayden Van Dyke led the jocks with 23 points and “played tenacious defense.”…Santa Anita offers $2 beer and $6 specialty cocktails each Friday at designated locations throughout the track. Specialty cocktails include a Baldwin Buck, Margarita and other selected cocktails. There is also free Club House and General Admission each Friday . . . FIRST POST ON BIG GAME SUNDAY, FEB. 2., IS EARLY AT 11:30 A.M.  COME FOR THE RACES AND STAY FOR THE BIG GAME!LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES: XBTV Friday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on January 31st, 2020XBTV Saturday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on February 1st, 2020Quick Questions With Assistant Starter Huey BarnesWORKOUTS:Caressa (Sadler) 1-31-20Zucchera (Baltas) 1-31-20Collusion Illusion (Glatt) 1-31-20Authentic (Baffert) 1-30-20McKinzie (Outside) and McKale (Baffert) 1-30-20Roadster (Outside) and Heck Yeah (Baffert) 1-26-20Clivetty (Outside) and Instagrand (Chatlos) 1-25-20 Money Won 2nd Win% 7 $785,521 12 15% 19 3 $792,770 $833,612 Richard Baltas53 39% 11 10 CHAMPION’S MATE MAKES DIRT DEBUT IN LEWIS 51% $688,014 Win% 24% $1,142,374 16 Flavien Prat67 10 23% 48% 4 63% 18 1 55% $245,342last_img read more

11 Jan

National players off to good start in Jaguars league

first_imgThe first few rounds of the Guyana Cricket Board/Cricket Guyana Inc/Jaguars 50 Overs League have churned out some impressive performances from a few of Guyana’s senior and upcoming cricketers who will be gearing up for the upcoming regional season.Despite opening rounds one and two being washed out, franchises still continue to show determination, and have grabbed the playing time with both hands. Defending champs Georgetown have been playing well, but they will be happier with the form of skipper Leon Johnson.The West Indies Test player has been in fine touch to date, hitting back-to-back unbeaten fifties, both in match-winning efforts; while a few of his senior players, like Robin Bacchus, Raymon Pérez and all-rounder Chris Barnwell, have been hitting their straps. Barnwell has been good with the bat, smashing 80-odd, followed by 37, while picking up wickets.Johnson’s form will be important to the franchise. So, too, would Barnwell’s, as both players play crucial roles in the team. And with Guyana preparing for another regional 4-day title defence, it is good for cricket when the senior players find their touch early in the season.East Bank’s Vishaul Singh, another of Guyana’s senior players, contributed a solid 45 in the previous round versus Johnson’s men. The left-hander has been around the Windies Test and A teams as of recent, and his form will be key in the middle-order, regardless of the team.Another batsman who has been in tremendous form is opener Trevon Griffith, who, upon his return to Guyana, having played a few seasons for the Jamaica Scorpions, seems to be hungrier than before. The left-hander crunched 111 in the last game, to follow up his half-century, and could play bigger knocks, which might open a way back for him in the national team.Veterans Veerasammy Permaul, Gudakesh Motie, Ricardo Adams and Anthony Adams, the battery of left-arm spinners, have also been pressing their cases early up front, as they have been among the primary wicket-takers so far.Young Kemol Savory has shown his skill with the bat by racking up a century for Essequibo, to get his campaign underway; while U19 batsman Kevlon Anderson has continued his form exhibited during the regional tournaments by also getting some runs under his belt playing for his Berbice franchise.With a few more rounds to go and a number of talented players jostling for spots in Guyana’ senior team, it will be interesting to see how many of the players — both seasoned Jags players and upcoming stars — can cope with the competition ahead of the regional season.A Cricket West Indies (CWI) fitness team would also be in Guyana for a few days, to conduct a fitness test for the Guyanese players at the Lenora Synthetic Track from 8:00h on Saturday and Sunday.last_img read more

27 Dec

Businessman facing assault charge claimed victim is “discredited” Garda

first_imgA businessman charged with assaulting another man at his premises has claimed his alleged victim is a “discredited” member of An Garda Siochana.Gus O’Driscoll appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with assaulting a man at his premises at Wet & Wild at Ballyraine Retail Park on December 7th last year. The court was initially told by solicitor Ciaran Mac Lochlainn that he was withdrawing form representing O’Driscoll in the case.O’Driscoll then said he was representing himself and made the allegation about his alleged victim.Garda Inspector Michael Harrison told the court that the accused had “no right or authority” to discredit the individual involved.He then demanded that the defendant “apologise publicly” for his remarks.Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case until January 20th next.Businessman facing assault charge claimed victim is “discredited” Garda was last modified: December 22nd, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtdonegalletterkennyWet and Wildlast_img read more

22 Dec


first_imgWayne Rooney may return to Everton. Courtesy photo.BY AGENCIESJose Mourinho’s side Manchester United could complete a deal to sign Romelu Lukaku for 75m pounds from Everton. Lukaku will undergo medical check-up in the next couple of days and could join the team in their USA pre-season tour Sky Sports has revealed. However, Everton officials said there was no deal agreed to sell Lukaku to Manchester United who has also been linked with a return to Chelsea.United captain Wayne Rooney might return to his old club Everton after their interest in his services increased. Everton has not yet agreed on a deal with the 31-year-old striker who started his football career at the club before joining Manchester United’s side in 2004.Controversy still stands Lukaku’s move to Manchester United.Arsenal signs LacazetteArsenal FC signed France international Alexandre Lacazette for a club record 52 million pounds from Olympique Lyon. He signed a five-year deal with the Emirates side after scoring 28 goals last season for his former club Lyon last season. In an interview with the club’s official website, he said : “ I am delighted to join Arsenal which is a legendary club. I always dreamed of playing for this club so today that dream has been fulfilled.”He will join his new team mates in Australia for their pre-season tour. His signing shadows the 42.5 million pounds that Arsenal signed for German midfielder Mesut Ozil.Naby Keita is set to move to Liverpool from Red Bulls Leipzig.LIVERPOOL EYES NABY KEITAAfter signing Mohamed Salah at 34 million pounds and 19-year- old striker Dominic Solanke from Chelsea, Jurgen Klopp’s side is willing to make a record deal move for Naby Keita who wants to join the Anfield team from Red Bulls Leipzig.DIEGO COSTA SET TO RETURN TO ATLETICO MADRIDAtletico Madrid are set to make an offer to re-sign Diego Costa, according to Sky Sports. The Spanish team is still under a transfer ban till January from the court of arbitration for sport. Diego Costa fell out with Chelsea FC manager Conte and is willing to leave the club.Arsenal FC has signed France international Alexandre Lacazette for a club record 52 million pounds. Commentslast_img read more

22 Dec

Leipzig stand in Bayern’s path to 7th successive Bundesliga title

first_img Tags: German Bundesligatop The German Bundesliga has been dominated by Bayern in the recent past and if things stay the way they are, the Bavarians are poised to win it again this season.Going into Match-Day 33 of the 2018/19 season, Bayern hold a 4 point advantage at the top of the log and a win on Saturday, will see them crowned champions for the 29th time in history.In their way, however, stands a RB Leipzig side that has not lost a League game since January 19th.During that period, Ralf Rangnick’s side have won 10 of their 14 games and moved to within 9 points of the top of the table.With one of the best striking duos in German football at the moment, Timo Werner and Yussuf Poulsen, Leipzig have it in them to trouble even the best in the division.At the Red Bull Arena, where they will host Bayern, Leipzig have lost only one Bundesliga game this season, the 1-0 loss to Borussia Dortmund in January. It will take some beating to defeat them at home for a second time this campaign.For Bayern, they picked form at the right time and are currently marching towards the title on the back of a 9 match unbeaten run, winning 7 games along the way.Last weekend, they powered past Hannover 3-1 at the Allianz Arena, their 23rd victory of the season.Saturday’s game promises to be a thrilling encounter, one Bayern can lose but in the end, will most definitely win the League on last day.As Bayern are at Leipzig, second placed Dortmund will also have their hands full with the visit of Fortuna Dusseldorf.Dortmund have fallen 4 points behind Bayern all because of themselves. Tomas Tuchel’s side who at one point looked to be cruising to a first title since 2012, have not won in any of their last two games, losing 2-4 at home to Schalke 04 and then throwing away a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 at Werder Bremen.Dortmund drew 2-2 with Bremen last week. (Agency Photos)Still without the suspended Marco Rues and Marius Wolf, Dortmund will head into the game knowing defeat will hand Bayern the title.Dusseldorf on the other hand have nothing to play for in the season. Currently sitting 10th on the standings, Friedhelm Funkel’s side were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw away to 10 man Freigburg last week.With all that said, Dortmund are clear favourites for this one as they have not lost at home to Dusseldorf since 1986.With 8 of the 9 Match-Day 37 fixtures all kicking off at 4:30pm on Saturday, the other mouthwatering fixture to look out for will be Hoffenheim hosting Werder Bremen.Hoffenheim who sit 8th have endured a slip in form in the last two weeks, collecting only a single point out of a possible six. Consequently, they have dropped three points off the final Champions League spot and cannot afford any more slip ups.Saturday’s opponents Bremen also still have their sights set on European football as a string of favourable results can see them qualify for the Europa League.At the start of the day, Bremen sit 5 points of the final Europa League spot and with the sides above them exhibiting inconsistency, they cannot dare take the foot off the gas peddle.In the game that will be played on Sunday, Eintracht Frankfurt will be hoping to put their Europa League semifinal exit behind them and concentrate on securing the final available Champions League spot.Currently in 4th, level on points with fifth placed Bayer Leverkusen but with a superior goal difference, Frankfurt will be at home to Mainz at the Commerzbank Arena.Mainz have nothing to play for this season as they already secured their Bundesliga status but with French striker Jean Philippe Mateta leading their attack, they are very much capable of causing Frankfurt problems.The other Bundesliga fixtures to look out for this weekend will be Bayer Leverkusen at home to Schalke 04 and Nuremberg hosting Borussia Monchengladbach.The German Bundesliga fixtures this weekendSaturday, 11-05-2019 @4:30pm-RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich-Hoffenheim vs Werder Bremen-Dortmund vs Dusseldorf-Leverkusen vs Schalke 04-Stuttgart vs Wolfsburg-Augsburg vs Hertha Berlinn-Hannover vs Freiburg-Nuremberg vs GladbachSunday, 12-05-2019 @7pm-Frankfurt vs MainzComments last_img read more