Eagerly anticipated Magnum Futsal tourney kicks off this evening

first_imgThe eagerly anticipated third annual Magnum Tonic Wine Mashramani Cup Futsal tournament was officially launched yesterday at the Windjammer Hotel and Bar, Kitty and kicks into action today. The event, which will be held at the National Gymnasium, Mandela Avenue, features 24 teams, battling over the duration of nine playing dates. Divided into six groups of four, the top finishers from each pool alongside the four best third place teams, will progress to the knockout section. The other match-days are January 28th, January 30th, February 1st, February 4th, February 6th [Round of 16], February 8th [Quarterfinals] and February 15th [Semi-finals], with the final scheduled for February 22nd. The groups are Group-A: Back Circle, Sparta Boss, Ansa McAl All-Stars and Bad-A-Yard, Group-B: Rio All-Stars, Leopold Street, Spartacus and Melanie, Group-C: Future Stars, Alexander Village, Spot-7 and Mocha, Group-D: Bent Street, Showstoppers, North East La Penitence and Avocado Ballers, Group-E: Sophia, Broad Street, Kingston and Island All-Stars and Group-F: Gold is Money, Albouystown, Stabroek Ballers and Belfield Warriors.Winner of the event will pocket $$600,000 and the championship trophy, while the second place side will collect $400,000 and the respective accolade. On the other hand, the third and fourth place unit will receive $200,000 and $100,000 respectively and the corresponding trophy. Below features the complete fixtures for the opening rounds.Group Stage Fixtures  Day-1Bad-a-Yard vs Ansa McAl-19:00hrsAlex Village vs Spot-7-19:30hrs Showstoppers vs North East LaPenitence-20:00hrsMelanie vs Leopold St-20:30hrs Rio All-Stars vs Spartacus-21:00hrsBent St vs Avocado Ballers-21:30hrsBack Circle vs Sparta Boss-22:00hrsDay-2 Sophia vs Island All-Stars-19:00hrsBroad St vs Kingston-19:30hrsAlbouystown vs Belfield Warriors- 20:00hrs Mocha vs Future Stars-20:30hrsRio All-Stars vs Melanie-21:00hrsGold is Money vs Stabroek Ballers- 21:30hrs Back Circle vs Bad-a-Yard-22:00hrslast_img read more

GCB/Superbet senior female Inter-County competition bowls off today

first_imgThe Guyana Cricket Board/Superbet senior female Inter-County tournament is expected to bowl off today. Defending champions, Berbice will battle the Select Under-19s at Everest Cricket Club while Demerara will face Essequibo at the Enmore Community Centre ground.The 50-over tournament will see the second and final rounds played back-to-back. On Saturday, Berbice and Essequibo will go head-to-head at Enmore while the U19s will play Demerara at the Georgetown Cricket Club ground, Bourda.Shabika GajnabiMeanwhile, the following day will see Essequibo and the U19s playing at Enmore and Demerara tackling Berbice at GCC. Assistant Territorial Development Officer, Kavita Yadram will function as  player/manager for the Akaze Thompson-led Demerara side. Hard-hitting Afruica Gentle makes the cut while left-arm spinner, Kaysia Schultz and Mandy Mangru are also included. The team will be coached by Level Two certified, Ryan Hercules.Essequibo features a number of players who had participated in the pilot run of the GCB Female Franchise League, including, Roxane Hendricks, Divine Ross, Petra Hoppoe, Lavina Ragobeer, Navika Narine and Natisha Hendricks. Seasoned campaigner, Kumarie Persaud is expected to lead the side which is coached by Nandkishore Andrews.Afruica GentleBerbice on the other hand boosts a powerful side but will be without the services of Shemaine Campbelle and Sheneta Grimmond who are on West Indies duties. Nevertheless, former U19 skipper and West Indies all-rounder, Shabika Gajnabi, former West Indies player, Tremayne Smartt and national left-arm seamer, Erva Giddings are  in the side. For the Select U19s, Essequibo trio, Lisa Charles, Annalisa D’Aguiar and Niveena Ramnauth are in the side along with Sarah Amin.Select U19s: Sara Amin, Shemika Edwards, Niveena Ramnauth, Analisa D’Aguiar, Lisa Charles, Ashmini Munisar, Naomi Barkoye, Hemwantie Mohabir, Juliana Grimmond, Jamie Campbell, Tiae Isaace, Tilleya Madramotoo, Vinita Balkishun, Keshna Boodnall, Ariana BukhanBerbice: Mariam Samaroo, Erva Giddings, Tremayne Smartt, Shabika Gajnabi, Katana Mentore, Devona Frank, Dian Prahalad, Oma Matadin, Plaffina Millington, Sherika Campbelle, Trisha HArdat, Aleema Arokium, Kassie Mentore, Kimmone Thomas.Tremayne Smartt Essequibo: Kumarie Persaud, Divine Ross, Petra Hoppie, Roxanne Hendricks, Elyina Peterson, Teotia Feliz, Lavina Ragobeer, Nathaly Chaitram, Rhonda Jones, Navika Narine, Onica Stoby, Natisha Hendricks.Demerara: Akaze Thomson, Mandy Mangru, Lashuna Toussaint, Lotoya Smith, Heema Singh, Afruica Gentle, Kaysia Schultz, Keshia Frazer, Haseena Mohamed, Sangeeta Sawh, Temila Wilson Afifa Wickham, Jahavi Tularam, Letisha Jordon and Kavita Yadram.last_img read more

Corona cutback!

first_imgSYDNEY, (Reuters) – Former Australia captain Mark Taylor and wicket-keeping great Adam Gilchrist believe pay cuts are inevitable for the country’s cricketers as the sport gears up to deal with the expected financial crisis posed by the novel coronavirus. Cricket Australia (CA), the governing body of the sport, on Thursday announced plans to lay off almost 80% of its staff, putting them on 20% pay until June 30.Mark TaylorMedia reported on Saturday that CA Chief Executive Kevin Roberts has told staff a financial crisis was coming and the organisation would not have been able to pay its bills at the end of August without layoffs.Gilchrist, who retired in 2008 after a glittering career spanning almost 12 years, said the players were next. “Without being aware of any numbers and the financial side of it, I wouldn’t be surprised if we go back a decade or two to the level of payment that players get. Even maybe further for a while,” Gilchrist told ABC Grandstand yesterday.“It’s going to get stripped back, right back. Support staff numbers have to get dragged back.“The revenue is going to go down significantly, 50% they areAdam Gilchrist banking on at the moment and that’s an optimistic position, I believe. The players will take a whack.”The spread of the coronavirus has forced countries to close their borders and impose lockdowns. It has halted professional cricket, leaving most boards bracing for significant revenue falls.This year’s lucrative Indian Premier League, which offers big pay cheques for the players, has also been postponed indefinitely. “There will be haircuts, as we’ve seen from CA staff. Players will be next,” Taylor, a former member of the CA board, said on the Nine Network.“I also suspect that Cricket Australia and the ACA (Australian Cricketers’ Association) have been working together on this. I hope they get their heads together and sort out a good solution for the near future.”Cricket Australia would hope to earn significant revenue later this year when the country hosts the men’s Twenty20 World Cup in October and November before India’s tour for a widely anticipated four-test series around the New Year. “Six months is a long time. It may not be long enough in this pandemic, but it might be long enough to get some cricket in October which may save Cricket Australia and the players from taking too big a haircut,” Taylor said.“Cricket Australia are trying to be proactive and making a move early to hopefully save some pain later.”last_img read more

Cricket should be on back burner until COVID-19 situation improves: Wood

first_img(Reuters) – Cricket’s return should not be a priority while the country is fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, England fast bowler Mark Wood has said as he questioned whether everyone involved in a match would be safe. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) last month extended the suspension of the professional game until July 1 but England players will return to individual skills-based training next week in venues across the country.The government said elite sport can return in June without spectators in attendance and the ECB is looking at hosting a three-test series against West Indies in July, possibly at ‘bio-secure’ venues.“The nation wants to see sport and we want to play sport, but first and foremost it is safety first,” Wood told Reuters. “Are the players going to be safe, the overseas players, the management, caterers, cameramen, is everybody going to be alright?… Cricket sort of has to be on the back burner while everything else gets better.“As much as we would love to play sport and want sport back, I think it has to be about the nation and getting things back together and making sure people’s safety and key workers and the NHS (National Health Service) are looked after.”The United Kingdom has over 240,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus so far and it leads Europe with nearly 34,500 deaths. Social distancing protocols will prevent fans from attending matches at stadiums and Wood said their absence will be felt by the players who consider them like the 12th man.“Being a fast bowler, I would go to fine leg on the boundary edge and you are right next to the crowd there and they can give you a bit of motivation or inspiration,” Wood said.“They can make you feel like there is an extra guy in our side. That really does help and not to have that would be pretty weird. We’re just going to have to create our own atmosphere out in the middle. “It might just have to be a little more quiet on the stump cams, but you might get a better idea of what is being said. The only thing from my point of view is that I don’t want to hear that ball smacking off the bat too much.”last_img read more

CWI will get governments’ support but restructuring still needed, says PM Mitchell

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados,  CMC – Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell is confident regional governments will assist Cricket West Indies (CWI) whose financial woes have been exacerbated by the current COVID-19 pandemic, but insists restructuring is vital. Mitchell, who has served as chairman of CARICOM’s sub-committee on cricket, said while he was “not unhappy” with what CWI has done so far, “they still have some way to go”.“I think there are some initiatives which have been good.…. Generally speaking, so far, I must say they have been trying. It’s not a finished product yet, but I don’t expect you can dismantle everything overnight,” he said on the Mason & Guest cricket radio show here on Tuesday night.The Grenadian leader said a meeting with CWI leadership and Caribbean leaders is in the works, to discuss the way forward as far as the structure of the regional game is concerned. And given CWI’s financial situation which has worsened as a result of the inability to host revenue-generating matches during the COVID-19 pandemic, Mitchell said “the whole question of the finances of the board will clearly have to be looked at”.“I am confident that regional governments, despite the fact that they are all going through enough pressure, they know the value of West Indies cricket and the enormous potential it holds for economic activity,” he said.“So, I honestly believe that we will be prepared to help in whatever way we can. All that will be part of the discussion going forward – how can we help more in terms of the finances and what ideas do we have to aid the structure of Windies cricket going forward.” However, Mitchell believes CWI already has a foundation on which to build the required improved structured.He alluded to previous recommendations which he said should be acted on.“They have the genesis of a lot of information provided at a regional level, in terms of the structure of the board, and I think they should use a good bit of that in going forward,” he said, stressing that this should be done based not on personalities but on “the structure and the whole system that we set up that is going to determine the success or failure of West Indies cricket going forward”.Mitchell, an avid cricket fan, also pointed to the need for changes in the sport at the community and youth level in the regional cricketing territories. “I think the board has to look at what is happening with the Windward Islands, what’s happening with Grenada, St. Lucia, Dominica, and I think at each level of the various boards, I think some serious restructuring has to be done,” he said.“There is not enough information, there is not enough involvement of the players at all levels of the cricket. I think the youth level is an area of further opportunity and work that needs to be done in going forward.“The board has to make that change. The board is responsible for this. They have to restructure the board at different levels and make it more accountable to the people of the region,” Mitchell added.last_img read more

England on top despite Abid Ali half century for Pakistan

first_imgSOUTHAMPTON, England, (Reuters) – Pakistan opener Abid Ali scored a half-century but England’s seam bowlers used the muggy conditions to their advantage to restrict the tourists to 126 for five at the close of a rain-hit opening day of the second test at the Rose Bowl yesterday. The tourists chose to bat first and were fortunate not to lose more wickets as the bounce, movement off the seam and swing through the air in hot, overcast conditions was perfectly suited to England’s experienced seam attack.Babar Azam (25 not out) and Mohammad Rizwan (4 not out) will resume on the second morning, seeking to rescue the innings in their bid to rebound from a three-wicket loss in the first test.Abid (60) was twice dropped at second slip as he rode his luck, before finally being snatched by Rory Burns in that position off the bowling of left-arm seamer Sam Curran, who came into the England side in the place of Jofra Archer. Burns also caught visiting captain Azhar Ali (20) from the bowling of James Anderson (2-35), who had earlier trapped centurion from the first test, Shan Masood (1), leg before wicket.The slip-catching practice continued as Asad Shafiq (5) was well taken low down by Dom Sibley off Stuart Broad.Batsman Fawad Alam (0) had waited almost 11 years since his previous test innings, but lasted only four balls before Chris Woakes made it a return to forget with another lbw decision that was given on review by the television umpire. Pakistan were saved further loss of wickets with the conditions firmly in favour of the bowlers when the players left the field after more rain with only 45.4 overs bowled in the day.This time it was for good as lightening lit up the gloomy evening sky. England had earlier recalled batsman Zac Crawley for all-rounder Ben Stokes, who has withdrawn from the remainder of the three-match series for personal reasons.last_img read more

Key Accumulator Match – Bournemouth v Everton

first_imgBarcelona vs Real Sociedad4%4% Share StumbleUpon Share Brighton & Hove Albion vs Birmingham City4%4% AFC Bournemouth vs Everton9%8% Manchester City vs Southampton8%7% Bayern Munchen vs Hertha BSC4%4% Leicester City vs Manchester United4%4% MatchSelectionsSubscriptions What a tweet – FA investigating Harrogate’s Warren Burrell for accy post March 8, 2016 Coventry City vs Doncaster Rovers5%5% PSG vs Troyes3%4% Team FA’s Michael Whittle takes the Tipster Challenge at Ffos Las November 30, 2016center_img Timeform retains mid-table status with three wins at Ffos Las December 1, 2016 Aston Villa vs Watford4%4% Huddersfield Town vs Middlesbrough4%4% Sunderland vs Stoke City4%4% Submit Crystal Palace vs Newcastle United6%6% Related Articles Burton Albion vs Colchester United3%3% Northampton Town vs Yeovil Town4%4% Punters are expecting more south coast pain this weekend when Everton visit Premier League newcomers Bournemouth, according to data from Team FA’s AccaTracker app. The Cherries have not been getting the results of late, despite some impressive team performances, as the side’s long term casualty list is biting hard.In contrast Roberto Martinez has seen his side really play into some form, a fact that has not gone unnoticed by punters who are normally reticent to back a usually inconsistent Toffees side in any large numbers.Punters are lukewarm about most of Sunday’s Premier League matches. Coventry v Doncaster is more popular than the top of the table clash between leaders Leicester and Manchester United, and there are 5 non-PL matches more popular than Villa v Watford and Sunderland v Stoke City.Team FA Marketing Director Tim Pindar commented: “It’s an unusual week that sees Everton as a banker and punters prefer to put their money behind Coventry City than Manchester United, but it’s been that kind of season. Given United’s capitulation at the King Power Stadium last season when they lost 5-3 after being 3-1 up, our AccaTracker users would have probably been cautious over this fixture even if Leicester weren’t flying high.“The fact that we are starting to see foreign matches regularly in the top 10 shows how tough English football is to predict at the moment, and how regularly Barcelona, PSG and Bayern Munich are winning at home.”Matches selected by individual AccaTracker users and the percentage of accumulators that incorporate those matches ‘Accatracker has been downloaded over 750,000 times, and is the only UK betting app to be listed as a ‘Featured App Store Favourite’ Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Milton Keynes Dons3%3%last_img read more

German DSWV strengthens policy arm with Dr Bastian Scholz appointment

first_img Related Articles Dr Bastian ScholzGerman trade association for the sports betting industry Deutsche Sportwettenverband (DSWV) has strengthened its governance by appointing Dr Bastian Scholz to the new position of Policy Advisor.Scholz an expert in German national public policy has undertaken numerous research projects for political party Christian Democratic Union (CDU).  Scholz further holds a doctorate from specialist engineering university ’ Technische Chemnitz’ and has lectured on effective policy planning at FAU Erlangen Nurnberg.The DSWV seeks to strengthen its policy advisory as Wiesbaden Courts move to lift the Hesse cap on German sports betting licenses, with a view of aligning its industry framework with European Union business policy and fair competition practices.Joining DSWV as Policy Advisor, Scholz will aid the organisations senior management with regards to industry policy concerns, stakeholder representation, effective licensing and any potential legal roadblocks.In his new role, Scholz will report directly to DSWV Chief Executive Luca Andric. DSWV members include betting operators; Betfair, SkyBet, Tipico, bet-at-home and Interwetten StumbleUpon Submit Share 85% pause activity as esports tops the betting bill in Germany April 29, 2020 DSWV frustrated by sportsbook licensing suspension April 3, 2020 Tipico temporarily suspends affiliate programme  May 4, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Stuart Tilly of BetonBrazil takes the Tipster Challenge at Bath

first_img Share Esports Entertainment appoints Jeff Cohen as IR lead  July 28, 2020 StumbleUpon The CEO from Argyll Entertainment, the operator behind the new Alan Brazil branded sportsbook BetonBrazil, has stepped up to take the Tipster Challenge at Bath.Stuart Tilly has confessed to receiving a little help from Alan himself, and is quietly confident of helping the Guests maintain a lead at the top of the leaderboard.BetonBrazil.com is the latest gambling site to be launched by UK licensed operator, Argyll Entertainment, and features the name, face and voice of ex-Scottish International footballer turned award-winning broadcaster, Alan Brazil, as its brand ambassador.Tilly will be going against Tipster Challenge regulars from SBC News and Timeform, as well as Stephen Harris, the Horse Racing Guru from bettingexpert.____________________________________2:00SBC News: Nuclear PowerWent close at Chelmsford last time out, and boosted by the withdrawal of Ernststavroblofeld.bettingexpert: Nuclear PowerPosted a much improved effort last time out, and can make the most of the weight he receives from his main market rival.Timeform: Nuclear PowerImproved on his first start for William Muir at Chelmsford and looks the way to go here.BetonBrazil: Trump’s MagicExpensive newcomer. Other runners not shown much, so could be better than the others for his debut.____________________________________2:30SBC News: Edged OutRan well here a few weeks ago, and stands out amongst a field peppered with out-of-form horses.bettingexpert: Archie StevensHas a great draw to attack from stall one if his young rider can get him into an early lead on the rail.Timeform: Edged OutBounced back to form when third over shorter distance here 3 weeks ago, and in a race where a number have something to prove she gets the nod to resume winning ways.BetonBrazil: Dreams of GloryUnlucky last time out, but showed good form before that. Top apprentice jock on board.____________________________________3:00SBC News: LapilliThe starting price is a clear indication of the bookies confidence in a Lapilli win.bettingexpert: LapilliWon with a ton in hand last week and should be able to defy a penalty.Timeform: LapilliWas a comfortable winner on just his second start in handicaps at Yarmouth recently, travelling strongly and quickening clear in impressive fashion.BetonBrazil: Lapilli                                                               Comes in as the clear form pick, and may have something in hand on these.____________________________________3:30SBC News: ZaakhirDropped 3lb by the handicapper, and shorter trip is expected to suit after fading late at Salisbury.bettingexpert: ZaakhirTook a keen grip before failing to see out 1m 4f at Salisbury last time, and should be ideally suited to this shorter trip from a decent handicap mark.Timeform: CanonburyThe well-bred Canonbury looks a typical Sir Michael Stoute improver now having her attentions switched to handicaps, and is confidently selected to get off the mark.BetonBrazil: ZaakhirForm of previous runs working out well. Favourite form not so good, so is the pick of the prices.____________________________________4:00SBC News: Elle RebelleNot much form to go on, so we’ll side with the consistent Elle Rebelle.bettingexpert: Captain OatsHardly improving at the age of 13, but ran well on his latest start and is just the type Timmy Murphy might be able to kid home if the cards fall right.Timeform: Elle RebelleHas been holding her form well of late and looks one of the more solid runners in this field, so gets a tentative vote with Luke Morris back in the plate.BetonBrazil: Deftera LadWide open, close your eyes and pick a number.____________________________________4:30SBC News: Mia TesoroCompleted a hat-trick at Salisbury, and taken to hold off The Salmon Man despite a 7lb raise.bettingexpert: The Salmon ManComes from a yard in form, and has caught the eye on both recent runs at Epsom when particularly strong in the market.Timeform: The Salmon ManThe Salmon Man is best excused his latest run, and remains of interest, especially given the late withdrawal by Intrude.BetonBrazil: The Salmon ManComing down in class from some good races, so this one should set-up nicely for him to go close.____________________________________5:00SBC News: Lady HareMight be more of an each-way pick, but looks a decent market price in a wide open finale.bettingexpert: Cape SpiritYoung claimer ran really well one start back at Haydock, and a repeat of that form will see him go close here on suitably fast ground.Timeform: BallyfarsoonNot one to go overboard with, but he ran out a comfortable winner at Chelmsford last week with the visor back on, and he looks well-in turned out under a penalty if in the same form.BetonBrazil: Lady HareWide open race. Might get an easy lead and win from the front. Argyll orders full compliance makeover with TruNarrative  August 17, 2020 Related Articles Esports Entertainment Group to finalise Argyll acquisition by 31 July July 8, 2020 Submit Sharelast_img read more

Ravens looking as healthy as they’ve been all summer

first_img(Updated: 6:05 p.m.)OWINGS MILLS, Md. — As the Ravens completed their final official practice of training camp, they appear to be healthier than they’ve been at any point this summer.Left guard Bobbie Williams, safety Ed Reed, and wide receiver Jacoby Jones returned to the field on Wednesday, leaving the Ravens with only nine players absent for the opening portion of practice. There were no new absences as the Ravens saw their full allotment of offensive linemen and defensive backs working.Jones was believed to be away from the team for the birth of his child while Williams was given two practices off to rest his surgically-repaired right ankle, which was swollen after the weekend. Reed was presumably given Tuesday’s practice off.The news wasn’t as promising for wide receiver Torrey Smith who missed his second straight practice as he continues to deal with a sprained ankle. The second-year wideout worked on a limited basis on Sunday and Monday but appeared to be limited and was favoring his ankle toward the end of Monday’s practice.“I felt alright,” Smith said Sunday after returning to practice for the first time since the preseason opener. “Any time I’m walking, I’m not hurt, so you all aren’t going to get that out of me. It’s a little nick. It’s football. You have to deal with it; you have to learn to play with it. I’m fine.”His status for Friday’s preseason game against the Detroit Lions now appears to be in doubt.“We’ll see,” coach John Harbaugh said. “I don’t really want to mention anybody in particular right now.”Cornerback Jimmy Smith left the field midway through the afternoon practice, walking inside gingerly with a member of the training staff. The second-year cornerback had been dealing with a back issue before returning to practice on Saturday.Others not practicing included tight ends Dennis Pitta (hand) and Ed Dickson (shoulder), defensive lineman Ryan McBean (ankle), wide receivers Devin Goda and David Reed (knee), and linebackers Josh Bynes (back), Darryl Blackstock (groin), and Terrell Suggs (Achilles tendon).The Ravens will hold a walk-through on Thursday that’s closed to the media as they make final preparations for their second preseason game of the season on Friday.last_img read more