Indian Premier League World Cup distraction for IPL players: Mike Hussey

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. CSK batting coach Mike Hussey has meanwhile admitted that the workload of players who are set to play the WC has become a distraction. And also added that the high-pressure T20 league is also the right stage to acquire the right mindset for the WC.“I think it has been a challenge [to ensure the players are in the right frame of mind and body] throughout the tournament. A number of players had the World Cup in their mind. But we told them to concentrate as much as they can here and in due course of time, the World Cup will come around,” Sportstar quoted the former Australian player on the eve of the CSK’s home game against Mumbai Indians (MI) on Friday.Hussey advised people to be better charged up in the IPL than take things lightly. He felt a strong intensity in the IPL will see players changing gears for the WC more easily than if they don’t. “It can be a distraction at times, but we have to deal with it,” he said. highlights Chennai Super Kings will be up against Mumbai Indians on Friday. Mike Hussey believes World Cup is distraction for IPL playing players. Chennai is currently placed at number one spot in the points table.  New Delhi : The year 2019 proved to be the third instance when the premier franchise-based T20 Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament has preceded the ICC Cricket World Cup. Understandably, this has made teams worried over the fitness of their key players taking part in the World Cup. “Workload management” has been heard often this season for no team, including IPL hosts India, wants to lose an important member to injury ahead of the WC.Defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have an injury problem in hand and it involves none other than captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The 37-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman has had a back problem that made him miss a game in the tournament and he has even conceded that with the World Cup coming closer, he needs to be more careful about his back condition.last_img read more

Cricket News ‘Is MS Dhoni Retired. How Old Is He?’ Sarfaraz Ahmed’s Wife Lashes Out Over Retirement Reports

first_imgNew Delhi: Sarfaraz Ahmed’s sacking as Pakistan cricket team skipper for Tests and T20Is has opened up plenty of speculation as to whether he will announce his retirement. At 32 years, age is also not on the side of Sarfaraz. However, the retirement rumours have not impressed Sarfaraz’s wife Syeda Khusbakht. Syeda went one further by bringing up the age of former India captain MS Dhoni and whether he has retired or not. For the record, Dhoni is currently 38 years of age and there is no clarity on his future with the Indian cricket team. Speaking to the Deccan Chronicle, Syeda was blunt in her criticism of critics who speculated Sarfaraz’s retirement. “We knew this (sacking) three days ago. It is not the end of the road for him. He will be able to play burden-free now. Why should he retire now? He is only 32. How old is Dhoni? Has he retired at his current age?,” Syeda said.Sarfaraz took over the captaincy following the retirement of Misbah ul Haq and he led in 13 Tests, winning four but losing eight Tests. Sarfaraz’s high point came in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy when he led Pakistan to victory in the final against India but since then, he has endured a torrid time. Pakistan were whitewashed 3-0 in the Tests against South Africa and in the same series, Sarfaraz was banned for four games for a racist taunt against Andile Phehlukwayo. In a PCB release, Azhar Ali hailed Sarfaraz’s contribution. “Sarfaraz has done an excellent job in transforming raw talent into experienced players and I now look forward to inspiring those skillful players in our endeavours to collectively achieve our World Test Championship objectives and beyond,” Azhar said in a statement.Pakistan are currently ranked No.7 in the Test rankings and Sarfaraz’s own form in the past couple of years has been woeful. Barring the two Tests against Australia, Sarfaraz has had a highest average of 22 in the subsequent Test series. Even in ODIs, he has been inconsistent. In the England Vs Pakistan series before the World Cup, Sarfaraz managed an average of 93 but he struggled prior to that and even in the World Cup. In eight games, he scored 143 runs with just one fifty. Also Read | Sarfaraz Ahmed Sacked As Pakistan Test And T20I Skipper, Azhar Ali And Babar Azam New SkippersEhsan Mani, the chairman of the PCB, has approved of the changes. “It has been a difficult decision to drop Sarfaraz Ahmed, who has performed well as a player and a leader. But, his loss in form and confidence is visible and, in the best interest of the team, it has been decided to leave him out and provide him the opportunity to reflect and regroup himself and try to reclaim his form away from international cricket. Sarfaraz Ahmed’s contributions are second to none and being the gutsy cricketer and fighter that we all know he is, I have no doubts he will be back in Pakistan colours at some stage.” For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Washington faces Arizona in Pac-12 tourney

first_img March 9, 2020 EARLY RISERS: Each of these teams has relied heavily on their freshmen this year. . For Washington, Isaiah Stewart, Jaden McDaniels, Nahziah Carter and Hameir Wright have collectively accounted for 67 percent of all Washington scoring.CREATING OFFENSE: Nico Mannion has been directly responsible for 46 percent of all Arizona field goals over the last three games. Mannion has 17 field goals and 18 assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: Arizona is 0-7 this year when it scores 65 points or fewer and 20-4 when it scores at least 66.ASSIST RATIOS: The Wildcats have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Huskies. Arizona has 47 assists on 76 field goals (61.8 percent) over its past three contests while Washington has assists on 39 of 78 field goals (50 percent) during its past three games.GETTING DEFENSIVE: Washington has held opposing teams to 38.1 percent shooting from the field this year, the sixth-lowest percentage among all Division I teams. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Associated Press center_img Washington faces Arizona in Pac-12 tourney Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 12 seed Washington (15-16, 5-13) vs. No. 5 seed Arizona (20-11, 10-8)Pac-12 Conference Tournament First Round, T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas; Wednesday, 4:30 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: Washington is set to match up against Arizona in the opening round of the Pac-12 tournament. The teams split the regular season series at one win apiece. The teams last faced each other on March 7, when the Huskies shot 42.9 percent from the field while limiting Arizona’s shooters to just 35.1 percent on their way to the 69-63 victory.last_img read more

The Latest: Baylor’s Drew ‘sad’ about NCAA tourney fan ban

first_imgThe Overwatch League launched an ambitious home-and-away schedule for its 20 franchises in February but already had postponed all events in China and South Korea due to the outbreak. The league announced the latest cancellations in a statement Wednesday.The league’s players come from countries around the globe. OWL says it is “considering the various options available to esports.”Blizzard Entertainment, which operates the Overwatch and Call of Duty Leagues, said scheduling considerations also are being addressed for the latter.——4:10 p.m. The Latest: Baylor’s Drew ‘sad’ about NCAA tourney fan ban ——-4:40 p.m.NCAA President Mark Emmert says NCAA Division I basketball tournament games will be played without fans in the arenas because of concerns about the spread of coronavirus.Emmert said in a statement Wednesday he made the decision to conduct both the men’s and women’s tournaments, which begin next week, with only essential staff and limited family in attendance.___ The decision relates specifically to the conference regular-season and championship schedules. It does not discuss nonconference play.The NESCAC comprises 11 institutions. They are Bates, Bowdoin and Colby colleges in Maine; Amherst College, Tufts University and Williams College in Massachusetts; Trinity College, Connecticut College and Wesleyan University in Connecticut; Middlebury College in Vermont; and Hamilton College in New York.——3:20 p.m.Skiing officials have called off the last races of the women’s Alpine skiing World Cup because of public health concerns related to the spread of the coronavirus. 2:35 p.m.An exhibition baseball game in San Francisco between the Giants and Oakland Athletics has been canceled because of the virus outbreak. The Bay Area teams were set to play at Oracle Park on March 24. That was two days before the start of the regular season in Major League Baseball. The announcement came Wednesday after the San Francisco mayor banned gatherings of 1,000 or more people.___ Drew says it also will be an adjustment for coaches who now have to prepare for an environment similar to the scrimmages they conduct during the preseason. He notes that players won’t have the excuse that they can’t hear coaches’ instructions.Drew and some players spoke after No. 5 Baylor practiced Wednesday in preparation for the Big 12 tournament in Kansas City, Missouri, where teams learned of NCAA President Mark Emmert’s decision to restrict attendance of the NCAA postseason events. Emmert says only essential staff and limited family members will be permitted to attend the games. The decision applies to more than just men’s and women’s basketball. All NCAA-sponsored championships including hockey’s Frozen Four will be affected.Baylor guard Devonte Bandoo says it’s “shocking” and “really unfortunate” that fans will be barred from the NCAA Tournament. He calls it a “reality check.”Drew says he suspects playing in an empty arena will adequately address public health concerns and that he’s not concerned at this point about the possibility of games being canceled.— Reporting by Dave Skretta Roger Penske, readying for his first Indianapolis 500 as owner of the race, told The Associated Press by text message he’s approaching the scheduled May 24 race “day by day” while noting the 500 is nearly 90 days away.– Reporting by Jenna Fryer——4:25 p.m.A global esports league with teams in North America, Europe and Asia is canceling all matches through March and April because of the coronavirus pandemic. Seattle had been scheduled to open the season at Safeco Field with a four-game series against Texas from March 26-29, then host Minnesota in a three-game series from March 30 through April 1.The Mariners say they are working with the commissioner’s office on alternative plans.Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday announced a ban on all large gatherings in the three counties of the Seattle metro area through at least the end of March.That decision affects the Seattle Mariners’ first seven games of the season, when they host the Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins. It also applies to home games for the MLS Seattle Sounders, XFL Seattle Dragons and a pair of junior hockey teams in the area.The restrictions do not include Spokane, where NCAA Tournament games are scheduled to take place next week. The men’s first and second rounds are being played at the Spokane Arena, while early rounds of the women’s tournament could end up being played on campus at Gonzaga. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said he will be issuing an order regarding “mass gatherings” due to the coronavirus that will affect NCAA Tournament games in Cleveland and Dayton.DeWine says the order will include banning spectators from games and that he’ll be asking people to make “informed decisions.”During a news conference Wednesday, DeWine said he will issue an order in the next 24 to 36 hours. Dayton will host the NCAA’s First Four next week at Dayton Arena, and first- and second-round games will be held in Cleveland’s Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.“The order will be that there cannot be spectators there,” DeWine said. “There certainly will be people — there will be TV people, there can be radio people there, there can be sports writers, certainly can be the media there. But we’re not going to have the large crowd.”DeWine applauded the Mid-American Conference for closing its tournament games to the general public this week. The World Figure Skating Championships set for next week in Montreal have been canceled due to public health concerns related to the spread of the new coronavirus.Quebec Province Health Minister Danielle McCann made the announcement Wednesday.The event was scheduled to bring nearly 200 skaters from more than 50 countries to Montreal. It is the premier competition of the skating season in non-Olympic years. It is scheduled for Stockholm next year.On Saturday, the Women’s World Hockey Championships in Nova Scotia were called off.—— 2:30 p.m.San Francisco is banning all large gatherings of more than 1,000 people for the next two weeks and the Golden State Warriors intend to play at least one home game without fans.Mayor London Breed announced the ban Wednesday. She says she understands the order “is disruptive, but it is an important step to support public health.” She says the Warriors are in support of the efforts, and the team announced it would host the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night with no fans, making it the first NBA game set to be played in an empty arena.The Warriors’ next home game after that is March 25 against Atlanta.Golden State also said all events through March 21 would be canceled or postponed. The G League Santa Cruz Warriors were set to host the Austin Spurs on Saturday, but that will be moved to Santa Cruz. March 11, 2020 Connecticut has canceled the remainder of its winter sports seasons as well as state tournaments.Boys’ and girls’ basketball tournaments in New York and Pennsylvania have been disrupted because several schools have declined to host games, forcing them to be rescheduled.– Reporting by Eric Olson——3:45 p.m. — Reporting by Tom Withers——3:35 p.m.A Division III college athletic conference in the northeastern United States has canceled its conference schedule for the spring season.The New England Small College Athletic Conference says the decision comes as many NESCAC schools have told students to return home and to complete the semester remotely because of the spread of the coronavirus.center_img Associated Press 4:30 p.m.NASCAR and IndyCar plan to race as scheduled this weekend, with IndyCar continuing to move ahead with its season-opening race through the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.The three-day downtown street festival draws about 130,000 people. There will be additional hand-washing and sanitizing stations.NASCAR will race at Altanta Motor Speedway, but said officials Wednesday all driver interviews will be done with the drivers either on risers or with 6-foot buffers around them. The pre-race driver meeting will be held in open-air locations and attendance will be restricted to drivers, crew chiefs, team owners and select officials and dignitaries.The promoters of the Long Beach Grand Prix, scheduled for April outside of Los Angeles, said Wednesday the race is still planned. The Fed Cup serves as a qualifying event for the Olympics and the ITF said it “is working closely with the IOC to address any impact this may have on athlete eligibility” for the Tokyo Games. All playoff matches between lower-ranked teams, which were set to be played in eight locations around the world, were also postponed. ITF President David Haggerty said “we are extremely disappointed to have to make this decision, but we will not risk the safety and welfare of players, captains, event staff or spectators.” The Fed Cup finals features a new format this year with 12 teams competing in four groups before a knockout phase. The United States is set to play Spain and Slovakia in Group C.—— The decision to call off the three-day event in Are, Sweden, hands Federica Brignone of Italy the overall title and denies Mikaela Shiffrin a return to racing this season.Brignone becomes the first Italian women’s overall champion in the 53-year history of the World Cup.Shiffrin, the defending overall champion, had announced earlier Wednesday that she would compete at the event after taking a six-week break from the sport following the death of her father.During her absence, Shiffrin lost her lead in the overall standings to Brignone, who is 153 points ahead of the American. There would have been a total of 300 points up for grabs in the last three races.The International Ski Federation announced the cancellation less than 24 hours before the first race, Thursday’s parallel giant slalom. 4 p.m.Nebraska is the latest state to limit attendance or cancel a state high school championship tournament.The Nebraska boys’ basketball tournament will be played as scheduled Thursday through Saturday, but the only fans allowed into the venues will be participants’ immediate families.The Lincoln and Lancaster County Health Department recommended limiting spectators because of concern about the spread of coronavirus. Health officials announced this week that a Crofton High School student who attended the girls’ tournament in Lincoln last week was diagnosed with COVID-19.Ohio announced that only participants’ families and media will be allowed to attend winter sports postseason tournaments. Next week’s World Cup finals for both women and men in Cortina d’Ampezzo already had been canceled because of the virus outbreak in northern Italy.——2:45 p.m.The Fed Cup finals have been postponed indefinitely in response to concerns about the spread of the new coronavirus. The 12-team women’s tennis tournament was set to be played April 14-19 in Budapest, Hungary. The International Tennis Federation said it still hopes to stage the event in 2020, but did not announce a date. ___1:35 p.m.Stanford is still willing to host the NCAA women’s basketball tournament with a strict limit on spectators if selected to do so next week.The school in Northern California said Wednesday that all sporting events on campus will be closed to the public through May 15 or until further notice in response to the spread of the new coronavirus.Only participants, coaches, working staff, officials, credentialed media and a very limited number of family members, friends and guests of the competing teams will be allowed to attend. Santa Clara County announced a ban earlier this week of gatherings of more than 1,000 people. One of college basketball’s postseason invitational tournaments has been canceled.Organizers of the College Basketball Invitational, widely known as the CBI, say they’ve decided to cancel this year’s event because of the “uncertainty about the coronavirus and the impact it is having on college campuses across the country.”The tournament is played at campus sites for teams that aren’t invited to the NCAA Tournament or the NIT.The statement issued Wednesday says officials look forward to bringing back the CBI in 2021.___ Fans will receive refunds, the team said.— Reporting by Janie McCauley——2:05 p.m.The Mariners will move home games from Seattle through end of March following the state of Washington’s decision to ban large group events in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The seventh-ranked Cardinal were expected to be picked as a host for the tournament that starts March 20. The top 16 teams are picked as hosts of the opening two rounds.The NCAA didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.— Reporting by Josh Dubow___1:20 p.m. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s affect on sports around the globe (all times EDT):5:25 p.m.Baylor men’s basketball coach Scott Drew says it’s “sad” that college coaches and players in the NCAA Tournament won’t get to experience the excitement that a fan presence adds to the games. 1 p.m.The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases told a congressional committee Wednesday that he would recommend the NBA not allow fans at games in response to the coronavirus.That answer by Dr. Anthony Fauci came hours before NBA owners are scheduled to meet to discuss the next steps in responding to the growing concern about the virus.Fauci was responding to a question from Rep. Glenn Grothman, a Wisconsin Republican, during a meeting of the House Oversight Committee. Grothman asked, “Is the NBA underreacting or is the Ivy League overreacting?” He was referencing how the Ivy League recently canceled its basketball tournaments, instead of having them played without fans in attendance or keeping the status quo.“We would recommend that there not be large crowds,” Fauci said. “If that means not having any people in the audience when the NBA plays, so be it. But as a public health official, anything that has crowds is something that would give a risk to spread.”last_img read more

The Latest: 3 major 1-day cycling classics postponed

first_imgThe KHL is widely considered to be the strongest hockey league outside the NHL. It had previously said it would pause for a week to draw up a new playoff format. It’s been left with six Russian teams in an eight-team bracket after Finnish team Jokerit and Kazakh team Barys withdrew.___1:10 p.m.The Spanish soccer league has offered about 500 coronavirus tests for its clubs.The tests have been distributed prioritizing teams that traveled to risk areas or already have players infected. The date change still must be approved by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission at its meeting Thursday.___1:45 p.m.UK Athletics says all clubs and groups should not be training or taking part in competitive races amid the coronavirus outbreak.The guidance follows directives outlined by the British government about limiting social contact. Three major one-day classic bike races in France and Belgium have been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.Race organizer Amaury Sport Organisation says Paris-Roubaix, the Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege will be postponed.The cycling season has been turned upside down by the outbreak. Prestigious events like the Strade Bianche, Milan-San Remo and some early Belgian classics have been canceled or postponed. The Giro d’Italia also won’t start at its scheduled May date.ASO has yet to make a decision on the Tour de France. That race is scheduled to start in Nice on June 27.___ ___2:15 p.m.The Copa America has been postponed until 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak.South American soccer body CONMEBOL says the tournament in Colombia and Argentina will be played between June 11 and July 11.CONMEBOL President Alejandro Domínguez says “it is an extraordinary measure for an unexpected situation, and it answers the fundamental need to avoid an exponential development of the virus.” Fans made ironic references to the virus outbreak at games last week. Fans of Zenit chanted “we’re all going to die” on Saturday and CSKA supporters displayed a banner on Sunday with the club crest and the message: “This virus is inside me. I’m its carrier.”___10:35 a.m.Hertha Berlin’s players and coaching staff are going into quarantine for 14 days after one of the players tested positive for the coronavirus.The Bundesliga club doesn’t say which player was affected. noonThe Atlantic Coast Conference has canceled all athletics competition and practices through the rest of the 2019-20 academic year amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.The league announced the move Tuesday. The ACC had previously suspended those activities “until further notice.”The ACC’s statement said the cancellations came after a unanimous decision among league member schools, with Commissioner John Swofford saying league officials are “particularly disappointed for our student-athletes.” ___ Associated Press After consulting with sports bodies about the effects of the coronavirus outbreak, the IOC says “any speculation at this moment would be counter-productive.”The International Olympic Committee says financial interests will not dictate its decisions “thanks to its risk management policies and insurance.”The IOC says 43% of places at the games have yet to be confirmed.___2:25 p.m. ___10 a.m.The Kentucky Derby has been postponed from May to September because of the coronavirus pandemic.Churchill Downs officials said Tuesday the race will move from May 2 to Sept. 5, marking the first time in 75 years it won’t be run on the first Saturday in May.The last time the first leg of the Triple Crown wasn’t held on the first Saturday in May was in 1945, when the federal government issued a ban on horse racing because of World War II. The ban was lifted on May 8, and the Derby was held on June 9. The only other year the Derby wasn’t held in May was in 1901, when it was raced on April 29. ___9:55 a.m.The Diamond League has called off its first three track meets of the season.The Diamond League was scheduled to start in Qatar next month. Two meets in China in May were to follow. The Diamond League says travel restrictions and disrupted preparations caused by the coronavirus outbreak have made it impossible to stage those competitions on time.The season is now tentatively set to begin in Stockholm on May 24. This year’s European Championship has been postponed for one year.UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin says the spreading coronavirus “makes football and all life in Europe quite impossible.”UEFA plans to play the tournament next year from June 11 to July 11. The 24-team competition is being hosted in 12 different countries.The postponement clears space to give national leagues and the Champions League and Europa League a chance to finish their seasons by June 30.European soccer is in a shutdown and it is unclear when games can resume. 11:45 a.m.Soccer in Russia has been suspended until April 10.The Russian league was the best attended sports competition still operating in Europe last weekend with more than 33,000 fans at one of its games.The Russian Football Union says its board agreed to immediately suspend all competitions at a meeting Tuesday.That follows a wave of tighter restrictions on public gatherings and events across Russia and a decision by CSKA Moscow to cancel its upcoming game against Zenit St. Petersburg. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):___4:35 p.m. 1 p.m.The men’s and women’s European gymnastics championships have been canceled.The European Gymnastics Union says it tried to find ways to keep its events going despite the spread of the coronavirus but found it impossible because of government restrictions and travel bans.The events offered Olympic qualifying spots.The women’s championships were due to be held in Paris from April 30-May 3, and the men’s championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, from May 27-31. The Latest: 3 major 1-day cycling classics postponed The team had been due to return to training on Tuesday after three days of individual exercise.Hertha doctor Uli Schleicher says “the player complained about the usual symptoms and we immediately separated him from the group. A test then produced a positive result for the virus. All players in our squad must now stay at home for the next two weeks.”Hertha general manager Michael Preetz says “it was to be expected that the virus would reach the team sooner or later. The most important thing now is that everyone sticks to the rules.”___10:10 a.m. The Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne wasn’t canceled last week until teams and drivers forced it. A McLaren team member had tested positive and some drivers had already flown home, but F1 still waited to cancel until just before practices were scheduled to start.The following three races in Bahrain, Vietnam and China have all been postponed.In an open letter on the F1 website, Carey wrote: “We apologize to those fans affected by the cancellation in Australia, as well as the postponement of the other races to date. These decisions are being made … in rapidly changing and evolving circumstances, but we believe they are the right and necessary ones. We also want to extend our thoughts to those already affected, including those in the Formula 1 family.”On Monday, tire provider Pirelli said one of its staff tested positive for the virus and was undergoing treatment in Melbourne.___ Also called off are European rhythmic gymnastics championships in Ukraine and the European trampoline championship in Sweden, both in May.The UEG says it hopes the events can be rescheduled for the second half of the year.___12:10 p.m.Formula One CEO Chase Carey has apologized to fans for the early part of the series being called of by the coronavirus outbreak. Valencia defender Ezequiel Garay on Sunday became the first Spanish league player infected with the virus.The distribution of tests began last Thursday as part of the league’s actions to support its clubs during the pandemic. ___1:05 p.m.All horse racing in Britain will be suspended starting Wednesday. The Kosovo judo team has been self-isolating as it prepares for the Tokyo Olympics.Olympic champion Majlinda Kelmendi, four other judokas and five staff members have closed themselves in at a training center in Peja, 85 kilometers (50 miles) west of Pristina.Kelmendi is the first athlete from Kosovo to win an Olympic gold medal.Coach Driton Kuka is among the group. None of them has been infected by the virus.Kosovo has had 16 coronavirus cases. All sports and other entertainment or cultural activities have been suspended in the country and schools, cafes, restaurants, gyms and pools have been closed. 11:50 a.m.The French Open has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The French Tennis Federation announced Tuesday that the clay-court event will run from Sept. 20 to Oct. 4. It is the first Grand Slam tennis tournament affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Main-draw competition was supposed to start in Paris on May 24.___3:20 p.m.The IOC says there is “no need for any drastic decisions at this stage” about staging the Tokyo Olympics with more than four months until the opening ceremony. March 17, 2020 It was the last remaining major sport to be continuing in the country amid the coronavirus outbreak.But the British Horseracing Authority says the race meetings in Wetherby and Taunton — being staged without fans on Tuesday — will be last until the end of April.The BHA says the decision was taken “to protect essential emergency services and the health and welfare of staff working in the racing industry.”BHA chief executive Nick Rust says its “first duty is to the health of the public, our customers and to racing industry participants and staff,” while saying it will do its best to support those whose livelihoods depend on what Rust said is a “4 billion pound industry.”___ UKA said the suspension also applies to coaching and officiating.___1:40 p.m.The Kontinental Hockey League and the VTB United League in basketball have suspended play.Both leagues say they will stop until at least April 10. Only one of the three canceled meets has been rescheduled. The event in Shanghai is now set for Aug. 13. The meet in Qatar and the second Chinese meet have been postponed indefinitely but could be restaged after the Diamond League final in September.The 2020 season was supposed to see a shift in how the Diamond League is run with an extended 15-meet season and fewer events at each.China has already resumed a partial track and field schedule after the virus outbreak subsided. It was supposed to host the world indoor championships this month in Nanjing but that event was moved to 2021.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Holder praises Pride bowling unit for lifting Super 50 title

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC) – Captain Jason Holder has praised the Barbados Pride bowling unit, after they played a key role in helping the side lift the Regional Super50 title here Saturday night.Defending 272 at the Coolidge Cricket Ground, Pride held Jamaica Scorpions to 212 all out in the 45th over, to come away with a strong 59-run victory.Left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn spearheaded the attack with three for 33 from his 10 overs while seamers Holder (2-28), Carlos Brathwaite (2-43) and Kemar Roach (2-54) all claimed two wickets each.Off-spinner Ashley Nurse, who finished as the tournament’s leading wicket-taker with 26 scalps, managed just one wicket but was instrumental throughout.“Our bowlers were outstanding all tournament long, led by Ashley, I thought he was outstanding,” Holder said.He wasn’t at his best today but that’s what a good team does – they pick up the slack when one of the other teammates are down. I thought Sulieman had an outstanding game and bowled extremely well. He got three crucial wickets for us and that’s what he was in the team to do – take wickets.“Credit must be given to the entire bowling department and also our fielders. I thought we held our catches and out in a clinical effort.”Holder produced a superb attacking innings in helping to set up Pride’s win, hammering an explosive 47-ball 69 to propel his side to 271 for nine off their 50 overs.He put on a 127-run, sixth wicket stand with Shai Hope who carved out 101 from 98 deliveries, to post his second straight hundred following his 125 in the semi-final against Leeward Islands Hurricanes last Thursday.Pride were languishing at 138 for five in the 35th over when Holder and Hope joined forces, and the West Indies Test and one-day skipper said the partnership had been a crucial one in reviving the innings.“When I went in to bat with Shai, I thought it was important for us to get a partnership and I just needed to be positive as well,” he explained.“There was no point me going out there and trying to soak up balls and put pressure back on us. It was a period where I had to consolidate a bit but still had to remain positive and it was important that I kept instilling confidence in Shai and made it easier for him by rotating the strike.“I was able to do that and I was also able to launch. But again, Shai Hope was absolutely outstanding and must be given credit for the way he’s played in the this tournament. He didn’t have the best of starts but he finished the back end – the most important part of the tournament – really well.”Hope finished with 482 runs, Test opener Kraigg Brathwaite scored 484 while Holder gathered 213 runs and also picked up 18 wickets.Holder said Pride had been the best side throughout the tournament and deserved the success.“I thought the guys were very, very consistent all tournament long, we put in the performance needed to win this final and I don’t think a better team could have come up and won this final so congrats to the Barbados Pride team and everyone who would have contributed to this.”last_img read more

Pujara, Cummins shine on tense third day

first_imgBy Amlan ChakrabortyRANCHI, India(Reuters)-Top order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara compiled an industrious unbeaten century to keep India on course to match Australia’s first-innings total of 451 in the third test on Saturday.Australia paceman Pat Cummins made a successful return to Test cricket after five years in the wilderness, oozing hostility and claiming 4-59 on a placid track to help restrict the hosts to 360-6 on day three of the contest.Pujara was batting on 130 at stumps, the first century by an Indian batsman in the four-Ttest series, having spent nearly seven hours at the crease to consolidate his team’s position in the contest.Wriddhiman Saha was giving him company on 18 with India still 91 runs behind.Pujara is a steady accumulator of runs in an Indian line-up of mostly flamboyant stroke-makers and his solid defence stood him in great stead as his 11th Test century underlined the virtue of playing along the turf, minimising risks.The 29-year-old hit 17 boundaries in his composed knock, often threading the ball through gaps and letting the exceptionally fast outfield carry it across the rope.Australia bowling coach David Saker said the contest was interestingly poised after a hard-fought day.“It’s great Test-match cricket,” Saker, who was England’s bowling coach from 2010 to 2015, told reporters.“We really put them under a lot of pressure. They absorbed it, especially Pujara who played a fantastic innings.”“We’re still ahead of the game but they are getting closer every over… we’ll be coming out pretty strong tomorrow.”Resuming the day on 120 for one, Pujara and Murali Vijay raised their sixth century partnership of the season to lead India’s strong reply.Playing his 50th Test, Vijay, then on 58, survived a bat-pad catch when the inside edge went undetected and Australia could not challenge the not-out decision having exhausted their reviews.The opener did not make the most of the reprieve, however. In the final over before lunch, Vijay jumped out to a Steve O’Keefe delivery only to be stumped for 82, which included 10 boundaries and a six.Virat Kohli walked out after lunch to thunderous applause, having stayed away from the field since injuring his shoulder on Thursday, and there was silence as he departed after facing 23 balls that yielded six runs.Armed with the second new ball, Cummins induced Kohli into a loose drive and Australia skipper Steve Smith took a sharp catch at second slip.Ajinkya Rahane belied his reputation as a watchful batsman with a ramp shot more suited to limited-overs cricket, feathering a Cummins delivery to wicketkeeper Matthew Wade.Karun Nair lost his off-stump to Josh Hazlewood and Ravichandran Ashwin could only glove a Cummins snorter to Wade in the final session.Vijay dismissed suggestions that India had lost momentum towards the end.“Not really, I think the game is evenly poised,” the opener told reporters. “If we can get closer to the target and maybe if possible get a lead from there, it would be a good game in hand.”The four-Test series is level at 1-1 with Dharamsala hosting the final match from March 25.AUSTRALIA 1st innings 451 (S. Smith 178no, G. Maxwell 104; R. Jadeja 5-124)India 1st innings (Overnight: 120-1)L. Rahul c Wade b Cummins 67M. Vijay st Wade b O’Keefe 82C. Pujara not out 130V. Kohli c Smith b Cummins 6A. Rahane c Wade b Cummins 14K. Nair b Hazlewood 23R. Ashwin c Wade b Cummins 3W. Saha not out 18Extras (b-14 lb-3) 17Total (for 6 wickets, 130 overs) 360Fall of wickets: 1-91 L. Rahul,2-193 M. Vijay,3-225 V. Kohli,4-276 A. Rahane,5-320 K. Nair,6-328 R. AshwinTo bat: R. Jadeja, U. Yadav, I. SharmaBowling: J. Hazlewood 31 – 9 – 66 – 1, P. Cummins 25 – 8 – 59 – 4S. O’Keefe 43 – 11 – 117 – 1, N. Lyon 29 – 2 – 97 – 0G. Maxwell 2 – 0 – 4 – 0last_img read more

Berbice cricket in good hands – Somwaru

first_img– says injunction against him withdrawnAS Berbice cricket embarks on a new journey, acting president Dhieranidranauth SomwaruDhieranidranauth Somwarufeels the development of the game in the Ancient County is in good hands.Somwaru’s comments came days after Hilbert Foster, CEO of Guyana’s leading sports club, Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club (RHTY&SC), pointed out that Berbice cricket is in disarray due to the lust for power, both at the county and national levels.Foster made the statement during his address at the RHTY&SC’s 27th annual awards ceremony last Sunday,when he also mentioned that Berbice cricket is run by people who have no vision, no capacity to manage and are in charge, despite not being elected to do so.“Whatever this body is doing,is not for personal interest but for cricket, so I don’t understand Mr. Foster’s statement when he says Berbice cricket is in disarray due to the lust for power.“When he says we do not have no vision for the game, really I cannot understand what he means by that because for the past month and over we have been playing a number of cricket matches,because youth cricket takes precedence over the senior cricket,” Somwaru stated.He continued “In the first part of the year we played the youth tournaments – the Under-15, 17 and 19 , but we could not access funds that the Berbice Cricket Board had when we took over office. Therefore,we could not take out money to run any cricket, so when Mr. Foster is saying that we do not have vision, something is definitely wrong because we have a body that is functioning, but we need support.”The BCB has been thrown into turmoil a few months after the last election in December 2014,when an injunction significantly limited the work of the then Anil Beharry-led administration, of which Somwaru was the first vice-president.However, after the one-year term, according to what is stipulated in the Cricket Administration Bill, the BCB term expired in December 2015, and Beharry resigned from the post in January of this year.Following Beharry’s resignation, Somwaru assumed the responsibility of acting president, since according to him the injunction was subsequently withdrawn.“What happened, the two persons that filed the injunction, Mr. Allicock and Mr. David Black – they withdrew the injunction against me after Mr. Anil Beharry resigned as the president of the BCB, so giving me a chance to run as the president (acting), and that is what I did, but what happened is that certain people in the previous administration were not functioning effectively, so I rescinded some of those positions,” he stated.Somwaru further added, “another thing we asked the previous Secretary of the board,Ms. Angela Hannif to supply us with were two things – an assets register and the state of the competitions that were run under the previous administration;we could not get those, so even if we had wanted to run competitions or to continue those competitions, it could not be possible because the state of those competitions were unknown, but having said that the people are functioning – no selectors have been thrown out.”“We are functioning, I am the acting president, and I am functioning, and according to the constitution of the board, I could appoint people or nominate people to function officially on the board. We cannot hold elections because of the injunction and the Cricket Administration Bill,” he said.Somwaru,who is also the president of the Guyana Cricket Umpire Council (GCUC) is of the firm belief that a partnership with the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) is integral for the development of the game,both at the county and national level.Meanwhile, the Guyana Cricket Administration Act was passed in the National Assembly on May 15, 2014, and assented to by the then President on August 4, 2014.The aim of the Act is to bring about order in the administration of cricket and to improve its governance and financial accountability arrangements.However, the Act is yet to be implemented because of the then acting Chief Justice’s ruling of April 29, 2015, that restrains the holding of elections under the Act in respect of the Guyana Cricket Board and the county boards of Essequibo, Demerara and Berbice until the hearing and determination of the substantive action.last_img read more

FIRST TWENTY20 : Bairstow, Hales guide England to crushing win

first_img(REUTERS) – Jonny Bairstow struck a sublime unbeaten 60 to lead England to a dominant nine-wicket victory over South Africa in the first Twenty20 international in Southampton yesterday.South Africa chose to bat and laboured to 142 for three before Bairstow and Alex Hales shared a superb unbroken second-wicket partnership of 98 to guide the hosts to their target with 5.3 overs to spare.“I’m trying to progress all the time and I played a few shots I didn’t have a few months ago,” said man-of-the-match Bairstow.“I’m feeling good, I was really pleased. The lads bowled outstandingly well; to take wickets up front is what we wanted and then our spinners tied them down.”David Willey bowled JJ Smuts with the first ball of the match and South Africa quickly subsided to 32 for three.Captain AB de Villiers (65 not out) and Farhaan Behardien (64 not out) shared an unbroken stand of 110 but they never broke free from the shackles imposed by a disciplined England attack and the total always looked below-par.England openers Jason Roy and Hales plundered 45 off the first four overs before Roy, playing a risky reverse sweep, was trapped lbw by Andile Phehlukwayo for 28.But Hales (47 not out) and Bairstow looked completely untroubled by a toothless South Africa attack, hitting four sixes and nine fours between them to cruise to their target.Both teams were playing their first matches since the Champions Trophy in which hosts England lost to Pakistan in the semi-finals and top-ranked South Africa failed to advance from the group stage.“It is difficult to sum up the performance. The result doesn’t look good for us. We lost our way at the start, had to rebuild and we were 20-30 runs short in the end, which probably cost us,” de Villiers said.The second game of the three-match series is in Taunton tomorrow.last_img read more

Phillips, Caesar take sprint doubles as National Seniors C/ships concludes

first_imgUNSURPRISINGLY Guyana Defence Force’s Kenisha Phillips and Christianburg’s Compton Caesar wrapped up sprint doubles, while Samuel Lynch battled his way to the men’s 800m win, as juniors continued to rule at the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) National Seniors Championships, which concluded yesterday at the National Track and Field Centre in Leonora.Police’s Emmanuel Archibald was again relegated to second place when he faced off against Caesar in the men’s 200m finals. In a lineup that included men’s 400m champion Daniel Williams, Police’s Owen Adonis and Linton Mentis, 19-year-old Caesar was touted for the win from the beginning.After proving that he was still in fine form by winning the men’s 100m on Saturday, in a new personal best, he was not to be denied the 200m as well, and 21.28 seconds was all the time requiredArchibald, who already had to take silver in the 100m, finished the race just milliseconds behind the South American Juniors silver medallist, clocking 21.36s. Williams took third in 21.59 seconds.Sixteen-year-old Phillips consigned women’s 400m winner Alita Moore to second place in the 200m after she clocked 24.07 seconds for her win. Moore had a time of 24.55 seconds, while Linden’s Onasha Rogers was third, with 24.63 seconds.In the men’s 800m Lynch ran a tactical 800m against Police’s Quacy Morian. The South American Juniors silver medallist pushed hard and was rewarded, with a season-best 1:54.21s finish for his efforts.Morian took 1:54.42 seconds, and junior Anfernee Headecker was third (1:56.42s).In the newly introduced hurdles events, Christianburg’s Hosea Glen crossed the finish line in 18.23 seconds to take the win, his teammate Shimar Velloza was second, with 20.02 seconds.Police’s Joanna Archer ran down Claudrice McKoy to take the women’s 800m title, stopping the clock at 2:14.55 seconds. McKoy came in at 2:15.36s, and Police Kezra Murray took a bronze medal (2:22.45s)Running Brave’s Natrena Hooper and Upper Demerara’s Chantoba Bright grabbed the women’s high jump and triple jump wins respectively.Hooper just needed to clear 1.70m to take her win, while Bright, who already bagged the women’s long jump win on Saturday, won the triple jump with a best jump of 12.24m.Army’s Lloyd McCurdy won the men’s triple jump with a distance of 15.67m; and Running Brave’s Cleveland Thomas ruled the men’s 5 000m in a time of 16:24.44s.last_img read more

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