Month: August 2020

Construction firm sponsoring Annai Secondary for KFC football championship

Guyana Coema Construction Services Inc (GCCS) has officially joined the list of sponsors for the second edition of the KFC Goodwill Secondary School Football Championship, inking a partnership pact yesterday during a simple ceremony at the Ministry of Education ground, Carifesta Avenue. The company, which is based in Region Nine, will be sponsoring the Annai Secondary School for the duration of the event.Derrick Melville, GCCS Operations Manager, said that the company is happy to be afforded the opportunity to be a part of the event. He added that sports and community development is one of the major priorities of the company and said that the firm is looking forward to maintaining the partnership between the entities.Meanwhile, Petra Organisation Co-Director Troy Mendonca thanked the company for accepting their proposal. He said that corporate support is required in developing sports and individuals which is important to the overall development of the nation. The event runs from December 14th-22nd and will feature six teams along with two international institutions, USL Montjoly Academy of French Guiana and defending champion Shiva Boys’ Hindu College of Trinidad & Tobago.The Desrey Fox Secondary School (Waramadong) of Region 7 and the top two teams from the GuyOil Schools’ Football League, which is set to start shortly, will also be included. The teams will be divided into two groups of three. At the conclusion of the group stage, the top two finishers will advance to the knockout round. read more

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Test skipper Holder urges fans to stay “patient and safe”

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados,  CMC – West Indies players took to social media on Monday to brighten the spirits of regional fans and also reassure them of their commitment amidst the challenges posed by the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic.  Test captain Jason Holder told followers on popular social network, Instagram, that it was important to stay “patient and safe”, as cricket across the globe has ground to a halt.“I can see light at the end of the tunnel. Let’s all stay patient and safe. I miss the game so much and cannot wait to put on these colours once more,” said the Barbadian.The post was accompanied by a close-up photo of him batting in the training nets in West Indies gear with his eyes fixed firmly on the ball. Holder, the 28-year-old six-footer, is the leading all-rounder in Test cricket having occupied the number spot for over a year. West Indies’ last Test was against Afghanistan in India late last year and they will be hopeful of resuming the longest format in England this summer as they aim to retain the Wisden Trophy as part of the ICC World Test Championship.However, like many series across the globe, the three-match tour is under threat, with the host board having postponed all professional cricket until May 28. All-rounder Rovman Powell, a white-ball specialist, also offered messages of goodwill to fans on Instagram.“This pandemic shows us that jobs that are never celebrated are absolutely important to keep our society going. The cleaners, the supermarket shelf packers, the delivery drivers let us start (to) value people for the contribution they make,” the Jamaican wrote.“After this crisis, let the society be defined by compassion and love rather than insecurity, fear and inequality.” Earlier on Monday, Cricket West Indies President, Ricky Skerritt called on the players to stay at the ready for when play resumes. In a message from his office to cricket lovers he noted: “To our players, who represent us so proudly on the field of play, I remind you that you are the true custodians of the game. Please do your best to be fit, healthy, and ready when you get the green light to return to play.”Skerritt added: “I strongly believe that in the midst of the unprecedented stressful challenges that we are now facing, we can find opportunities to fine-tune and refocus our own attitudes towards cricket, our livelihoods, our relationships, and our lives.”last_img read more

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AIBA seminar for coaches next month

first_imgChairman of the Caribbean Steering Committee for Boxing, Steve Ninvalle has organized a third virtual seminar for coaches to be conducted on September 20.  The seminar will be conducted by respected chairman of the AIBA Referees/Judges Commission, American Ray Silvas.Ninvalle explained that Silvas will work with Caribbean coaches to update them on what Referees and Judges look for during fights.“We think it is important for our coaches to be equipped with the knowledge of how judges score fights and what are considered infringements by the referee. Many coaches are not fully aware of some of these rules which can result in an “unconscious” defeat of our boxers,” Ninvalle said. This is the third such seminar to be organized by Ninvalle in a short span of time.Just last weekend Silvas completed a two-day seminar for Referee/Judges from the English-speaking Caribbean, Haiti, Curacao and Suriname. In excess of 150 officials participated in the event which historically marked the largest ever gathering of Caribbean referees and judges.  Last month, Ninvalle, President of the local boxing association and Vice President of the 43-nation Americas Boxing Confederation, organized a virtual seminar for coaches in the English Speaking Caribbean which was conducted by Puerto Rican Jose Lauren. Eighty officials from the Caribbean participated.last_img read more

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Horse Racing Tipster Results – January 20th Lingfield

first_imgShare ‘Better for Bettors’: Better Collective’s formalised approach to sustainable development June 15, 2020 We will be taking on Betting Expert, Timeform and a rotation of guest tipsters every week, with the focus on a specific race meet every Wednesday!Throughout the year we will keep record of points won each week, points won on average and points won overall for each tipster. The guest tipsters will compete as one team, with their points added together as one leaderboard entry. The new tips will be published first thing Wednesday morning ahead of the race meet, and the results will be available from Thursday morning. For the purpose of the competition, we will assume that all selections are backed with 1 point.Lost tips will count as 0 and won bets will be added to the leaderboard at SP value.For example if Betting Expert backs a winning horse at 8/1, they will get 8 points. Click here to see the pre-race tips made by each of our expertsThank you to McBookie for providing the guest picks this weekSee the latest Horse Racing Tipster leaderboard below 1SBC News3.679.8319.67 2BettingExpert3.674.338.67 3Timeform3.671.833.67 4Guest3.671.833.67 RankTipsterWeek PointsAverage PointsTotal Points Related Articles Paul Petrie, McBookieTeam SBC kept the lead after round two of our Horse Racing Tipster, on a week where all four tipsters correctly predicted the same two races at Lingfield (AW).SBC, BettingExpert, Timeform and McBookie all picked Byron Flyer in the 1:00 and hot favourite Exhalted in the final race at 3.55.Seven exciting races, including two photo finishes, brought the following winners at varying prices:Belle Mare Plage – 6/4Byron Flyer – 3/1Fleckerl – 20/1Percella – 6/1Kadrizzi – 2/1Charlies Mate – 4/1Exalted – 4/6 Paris tracks face second shutdown as government changes coronavirus policy May 20, 2020 FansUnite accelerates wagering ambitions by acquiring McBookie for $2m  May 20, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more

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Suggs facing reality of difficult road back to field for 2012 season

first_imgTypically this time of year is one linebacker Terrell Suggs doesn’t enjoy as the Ravens conclude another off-season program.Like many veterans, Suggs could do without the formality of organized team activities and mandatory minicamps at the team’s Owings Mills facility weeks before the start of training camp in late July. However, everything changed for the five-time Pro Bowl defender after suffering a partially-torn Achilles tendon in late April.Now, he wishes he could experience the monotony of taking the field for workouts geared more toward rookies and younger players than a 10th-year linebacker coming off the best season of his career.“This is a very unfamiliar feeling for me,” Suggs said. “I used to dread this. I’d be like, ‘Oh my God, I’ve got minicamp.’ Ease us all back and go out in the sun. But now, I’ve never appreciated it so much, because I’ve never had to sit and watch my brothers go to battle without me.”Instead of thinking about traditional two-a-days and lining up with the likes of Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, and Haloti Ngata this summer, Suggs has his own version of training camp. The 29-year-old rehabs every day by working out, rehabbing his foot, resting and icing his foot, and then repeating the process.Boldly proclaiming on the day his injury become public knowledge on May 3 he planned to return by November at the latest, Suggs must settle for baby steps now. Earlier this week, he longer required the use of crutches as he can now move around with a walking boot on his right foot.Asked once again on Thursday if he still targeted November at the latest as his time to return to the field for the Ravens, Suggs offered a more measured perspective while still reinforcing the notion that he’ll do what many think he can’t in 2012.“I am not a doctor, so [November was] just a guess,” Suggs said. “It feels good now, I guess. We’ll know in my progression when I will actually be able to come back. But like I said before when I first got injured, I will be in a Baltimore Ravens uniform in 2012. The only question is when.”One of the biggest challenges in recovering from such a devastating injury is following the advice of the doctors and training staff and adhering to the schedule put in place. For a player like Suggs who enters this season having missed only three games in the first nine seasons of his NFL player, it’s only natural to want to push the issue when feeling good in the rehabilitation process.While the rest of the Ravens organization has expressed cautious optimism and support for Suggs’ claim that he’ll return to play this season, they also understand how challenging that task will be and do not want the talented linebacker to put the rest of his career in jeopardy by pushing too far too fast.“You work hard, but you do it within the boundaries of what you are able to do at the time,” coach John Harbaugh said. “We have a lot of people who are professional at that. Nothing really needs to be said other than to get back as soon as we can, and part of that is no setback. Professionals take care of that.”One thing Suggs won’t have to worry about is the organization trying to withhold his base salary this season with him suffering a non-football injury away from the Ravens’ training facility. Suggs once again dismissed reports of him suffering the injury while playing basketball when asked about it on Thursday.The 6-foot-3 linebacker explained his relationship with the organization was too strong to expect it to go after his 2012 salary, a sentiment shared by Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti in comments made last week.“They’ve always been behind me no matter what was going on or what was happening in my life,” Suggs said. “We’ve got an understanding. I consider this organization my family.”Suggs’ first public comments about the Achilles injury confirmed once again that no one — including the Ravens’ all-time sacks lead — really knows if he will see the field at some point this fall. But that uncertainty isn’t going to prevent Suggs from trying to do what many consider to be nearly impossible.For now, he can’t worry about moving past a left tackle or getting to the quarterback as quickly as he can.The battle is against himself.“You’ve got to know your body,” Suggs said. “They constantly keep trying to tell me, ‘Rehab and rest. Work as hard as you can.’ Right now, rehab is my football field and until I master it, I won’t be out there. So, I’m definitely trying to become All-Pro at that [as soon as possible].”Visit the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault to hear the entire Terrell Suggs press conference HERE.last_img read more

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Pain plaguing Ravens offense starts with running game

first_img(This blog brought to you by Atlantic Remodeling. Visit www.atlanticremodeling.com to learn about their Red Cent Guarantee!)To see the Ravens offense struggle through the first three weeks of the 2013 season isn’t surprising — or at least it shouldn’t have been.There’s no underselling the losses of tight end Dennis Pitta and wide receiver Anquan Boldin — the pillars on which quarterback Joe Flacco relied last season — and how they would impact the passing game in the early stages of the season. Growing pains were expected as Flacco is still developing chemistry with every pass-catching target not named Torrey Smith, but the Ravens figured they could rely on their running game more heavily, especially in the early stages of the season.But the results haven’t been there. In fact, the Ravens have one of the worst running games in the NFL through the first three weeks of the season in averaging just 2.6 yards per carry, ranking 31st in the league and only ahead of 0-3 Jacksonville. With Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice, highly-regarded backup Bernard Pierce, and Pro Bowl fullback Vonta Leach in tow, there’s simply no excuse for the overall lack of production.“It’s going to be important, and we have the people to do it,” coach John Harbaugh said. “We’ve got some big, strong, tough offensive lineman, and we have really good backs. Our fullback [Vonta Leach] is the best blocking fullback in the league. The run game is something that has to happen for us.”But it hasn’t and there have been a number of factors working against the Ravens through the early stages of the season. It would be unfair to overlook the fronts the Ravens have played as Denver, Cleveland, and Houston all rank in the top 5 in rushing yards per attempt surrendered. Expecting Baltimore to be gashing opponents in the running game would be unreasonable, but it still doesn’t excuse such an ineffective ground attack.The absence of reliable targets in the passing game has prompted opposing defense to often play an extra defender in the box, creating problems when it comes to the simple number of blockers against defenders. Whether attempting to run to set up the pass or to throw to open up the running game, the Ravens have been spinning their wheels more often than not with an offense ranking 30th in total yards and 20th in passing yards. It’s the old chicken-or-the-egg question in which the Ravens are trying to figure out whether their passing game can breathe life into the running game or vice versa.The Ravens are working with a new center in second-year lineman Gino Gradkowski, who replaced the retired Matt Birk and is responsible for making the calls for blocking assignments at the line of scrimmage. Besides the void in leadership, the Ravens have also been challenged up the middle by beefier defensive linemen against the undersized Gradkowski.And Baltimore is even dealing with a new voice on the coaching staff as run-game coordinator Juan Castillo is running the show for the offensive line and the implementation of his inside zone blocking schemes appears to be a mixed bag at best thus far.But the Ravens’ problems in the running game run deeper than the aforementioned variables as even reliable run blockers such as Pro Bowl right guard Marshal Yanda and right tackle Michael Oher have struggled more than you’d typically expect so far.“We do feel like we understand it and we’re working on it,” Harbaugh said. “There’s no doubt in my mind that it can be corrected. We’re not getting the production from the run game that we should, but we also feel like we’re on our way to getting that done. We just have to do it; you just have to go out there and get it done.”A look back at the Ravens’ performance in the running game against Houston makes it difficult to pinpoint one specific problem above the rest. All five starting linemen missed assignments at different points, Pierce missed several running lanes, the Texans stacked eight men in the box on occasion, and backside pursuit was even a problem as defenders dragged down ball carriers from behind on a few occasions. Whether it was running to the strong side or the weak side of the line, it didn’t seem to matter as Pierce’s run off right tackle for 25 yards to end the third quarter was the only real bright spot for the ground attack.Again, the Ravens have played talented defenses this season, but the sum of their talented parts hasn’t added up to even marginal success in most cases. Even in the fourth quarter when many credited the Ravens for wearing down Houston, they managed only 28 yards on 13 carries and needed to rely on Flacco’s arm for third-down conversions.“One guy here, one miss there, one bad target in another place, each time that’s what holds you back,” Harbaugh said. “Their safeties do a great job of tackling, so they limit you from the big runs. Our run game is not where it needs to be. We’re going to go to work on that — we have been working on it. We’ll continue to do so, and we need to make that important. One thing we’ve seen that, philosophically, we’re going to stick with it.”Of all the factors working against the Ravens in the running game, perhaps the most surprising has been the play of the left side of the offensive line. While veteran left tackle Bryant McKinnie has never been known as a strong run blocker, left guard Kelechi Osemele has looked nothing like the blocker we saw in last year’s postseason when many thought he had the potential to be a Pro Bowl lineman.Harbaugh wasn’t willing to place blame on any one player or unit in explaining the running game struggles Monday, but it’s apparent the offensive line hasn’t been on the same page. And even when it has been, running backs haven’t made the proper zone reads.“All of our guys are going to point the finger right back at themselves,” Harbaugh said. “That’s the kind of guys we have. I would characterize it more of being in sync, more in terms of working together more efficiently – combination blocks going to the right guy with the right technique at the right time. Those things – it’s not just a matter of just one-on-one knocking somebody off the ball. That’s not the way it works. It’s way more complicated than that up front.“There’s a precision to the run game, too. It’s something that we don’t quite have ironed out yet against good fronts, and we’ve got to get there. That’s what we’re working on.”Whether it’s a matter of still adjusting to Castillo or simply getting used to Gradkowski over the veteran Birk, the Ravens must improve with their ground attack to alleviate the pressure on Flacco and an undermanned passing game. On paper, the personnel is simply too good to be so unproductive — even against talented front sevens.The real gauge for how severe the run problems are will come on Sunday when the Ravens travel to Buffalo to take on a Bills defense that’s surrendering 4.3 yards per carry and 155 yards per game on the ground. Even if Rice misses his second straight game with a left hip flexor strain, there’s no excuse for the Ravens not to make substantial progress with their running game against an underwhelming opponent.To their credit, the Ravens haven’t abandoned their commitment to run — their 88 rushing attempts rank 10th in the league — but that only goes so far when you’re gaining minimal yardage on first and second down and putting Flacco and the passing game in difficult third-down situations. They know it needs to be an important part of their identity in 2013, but the production on the field hasn’t backed that up.“It’s something that we think is important,” Harbaugh said. “We’re going to be able to run the ball here. It is a part of our DNA, and it is part of who we are as a football team.”And it’s a side of the Ravens they need to start showing if their offense is to make strides as the season progresses.last_img read more

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Hope Solo Signifies Interest To Run For US Soccer Federation Presidential Post

first_imgWorld Cup-winning American goalkeeper Hope Solo has revealed that she is running for the president of the US Soccer Federation.Hope Solo, 36, won two Olympic gold medals and the 2015 Women’s World Cup in a national team career spanning 17 years.The 202-cap goalkeeper has not played for the United States since the Rio Olympics, after getting a six-month ban for calling rivals Sweden “a bunch of cowards”.She announced her intention to run for president via her Facebook pageIn her words, she said: “I know exactly what US Soccer needs to do, I know exactly how to do it, and I possess the fortitude to get it done.”“I have always been willing to sacrifice for what I believe in and I believe there is no greater sacrifice then fighting for equal opportunity, integrity and honesty, especially in an organisation like the USSF that could give so much more to our communities across the nation.” she added.[tps_header][/tps_header]RelatedWRESTLING: My Love For Igali Makes Me Turn Down Foreign Offers – Adekuoroye (AUDIO)February 19, 2019In “Wrestling”Former FIFA President Accused Of Sexual HarassmentNovember 11, 2017In “FIFA”Africa’s Badminton Queen Sets Sight on The Olympics (Audio)December 19, 2018In “Sports”last_img read more

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Serie A Review: Top Two Teams Maintain Title Push With Respective Wins

first_imgThe top two teams namely Napoli and Juventus continued their bid towards the Italian Serie A title with straightforward victories in their respective Matchday 23 clashes on Sunday.League leaders Napoli won 2-0 at bottom club Benevento to retain top spot courtesy goals from Dries Mertens and Marek Hamsik either side of halftime after Juventus had gone to the summit through the 7-0 annihilation of Sassuolo at the Juventus Stadium.Alex Sandro, Sami Khedira (2), Miralem Pjanic and Gonzalo Higuain got the goals for the Italian champions.Matchday 23 Results (Sunday)Hellas Verona 0-1 AS RomaAtalanta 1-0 Chievo VeronaBologna 1-2 FiorentinaCagliari 2-0 SPAL 2013Juventus 7-0 SassuoloUdinese 1-1 AC MilanBenevento 0-2 NapoliStandings (Top 6 via Points):1. Napoli 602. Juventus 593. Lazio 464. Inter Milan 455. AS Roma 446. Sampdoria 38RelatedSerie A Review: Juventus Extend Lead With Sampdoria Win As Rome Derby Ends In Goalless DrawApril 16, 2018In “Europe”Serie A Review: Juventus Open Four-Point Lead With Big Win Over AC Milan As Napoli Slip UpApril 1, 2018In “Europe”Italian Serie A Review: The Big Teams Show SuperiorityOctober 26, 2017In “Europe”last_img read more

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Serie A Review: Juventus Fail To Go Seven Points Clear After Barren Draw

first_imgItalian Serie A leaders Juventus missed out on the chance to go seven points clear of title rivals Napoli following the disappointing goalless draw at relegation battlers SPAL 2013 in what was a Matchday 29 clash played on Saturday night.The Old Lady dominated proceedings but could not break down their hosts who are currently battling to retain their top flight status at the first time of asking.With the draw, Juventus (75 points) move five points clear of Napoli (70 points) while SPAL 2013 (25 points) move out of the relegation (18th spot) into 17th position.The home side are now one point and one place above Crotone who occupy the last relegation place on the Italian Serie A table.Matchday 29 Results (Saturday):Udinese 1-2 SassuoloSPAL 2013 0-0 JuventusStandings (Top 6 via Points):1. Juventus 752. Napoli 703. AS Roma 564. Inter Milan 535. Lazio 526. AC Milan 47RelatedSerie A Review: Juventus Open Four-Point Lead With Big Win Over AC Milan As Napoli Slip UpApril 1, 2018In “Europe”Serie A Review: Juventus Extend Lead With Sampdoria Win As Rome Derby Ends In Goalless DrawApril 16, 2018In “Europe”Serie A Review: Benevento Stun Milan As Roma Strengthen UCL Hopes With Big WinApril 22, 2018In “Europe”last_img read more

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Crowd Trouble Taints Heartland, Plateau United NPFL Clash (Photos)

first_imgRelated Crowd trouble has been a big problem on the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) scene and it reared its ugly head again during Monday’s match between hosts Heartland and Plateau United.The game ended 1-1 apiece with Tosin Omoyele’s late goal for the Nigerian champions canceling out Abiodun Thompson’s opener.The disappointing scoreline from the Heartland fans’ end ignited the crowd trouble as they descended on both the match officials and the Plateau United contingent in what could best be described as a show of shame.last_img read more

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