Johnson’s unbeaten 154 leads GCC to commanding position against UG

first_img… Bacchus, Andrews and Alimohamed also shineNATIONAL captain Leon Johnson delivered a masterful century as the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) placed themselves in a commanding position against the University of Guyana (UG) on the opening day of their 2019 GISE/Star Party Rentals and Trophy Stall First Division encounter, yesterday at the Bourda ground.Although Johnson dominated the clash with an unbeaten 154, there were a number of other standout performances, including a half-century from opener Robin Bacchus and quality bowling from fast bowler Ronaldo Alimohamed and teenage off-spinner Darrius Andrews.For UG, they were able to save face, led by a fightback from leg-spinner Omesh Danram and quality fielding, after they all but imploded earlier in the day.Their humiliating experience in the middle had left them all out for 47 in 21 overs. Former West Indies U-19 all-rounder Alimohamed dominated the top order with 3-7 from six overs, while Darrius Andrews on his first-division debut spun out the tail with 4-12 from five overs. Stephon Wilson supported with 2-5 from six overs.For UG, only one of their batsmen reached double figures, Persaud on 10.In their turn in the middle, former national cricketer, Bacchus, stormed his way to 86 after blasting six fours and seven sixes. For the opening wicket, the 30-year-old and Jeetendra Sookdeo 44 (3×6, 2×4) added 126 as the home team cruised early.GCC’s dominance continued as teenager Mavindra Dindyal and the skipper also batted well together, but Danram, who had taken the wicket of Sookdeo, broke the partnership when he had the youngster caught at point as he played an extravagant-looking shot.The leg-spinner, who bowled on both sides of the wicket, was able to nab two more scalps, but GCC did not need all that firepower, as Johnson took control of the innings. His stroke plays were crisp and spanking. He mixed aggression with smart shot selections, which his opponents could not defend.At the close of play GCC were 357-8 from 69 overs, with a lead of 310. Johnson was not out on 154 (12×4, 6×6) from 130 balls. At the other end, Andrews, who has so far faced 13 balls, is yet to get off the mark.last_img read more

Boeheim finds go-to group in win against Providence with young trio not yet ready

first_img Related Stories INSIDE OUT: Fair, Christmas make up for Syracuse’s poor shooting with dominant low-post play in win over ProvidenceCarter-Williams posts another stellar performance, steadily leads offense in win over ProvidenceDespite getting good looks, Syracuse’s shooters go cold from outsideSyracuse defense makes 2nd-half adjustments to shut down hot shooting Cotton Published on January 11, 2013 at 11:39 am Contact Michael: mjcohe02@syr.edu | @Michael_Cohen13 Facebook Twitter Google+center_img It took three tries, but Syracuse was finally tested in the closing moments of a Big East game. As Josh Fortune banked in a miraculous 3-pointer from the right wing with 40 seconds remaining, the Orange lead dwindled down to just four points.On the floor were its leaders, those battle-tested enough to make head coach Jim Boeheim feel comfortable. And it’s no coincidence that the group of Brandon Triche, C.J. Fair, James Southerland and Rakeem Christmas is the team’s most experienced. Toss in Michael Carter-Williams because of his supreme talent, and it appears Boeheim has found his crunch-time lineup.“It’s like do you want to win, or do you want to play those (younger) guys?” Boeheim said. “I always choose winning over the other. We wouldn’t have won if we had played those young guys tonight. We needed the other guys in there the whole time.”In its first down-to-the-wire conference test of the season on Wednesday, Syracuse rode its veterans to a 72-66 win in a hostile environment at Providence. It was a win that perhaps foreshadowed the annual shrinking of Boeheim’s rotation, and as Big East play continues, with Villanova up next on Saturday at noon, fans should expect to see less and less of SU’s trio of youngsters as their development continues in practice.The group of DaJuan Coleman, Jerami Grant and Trevor Cooney played a combined seven minutes against the Friars earlier this week, scoring a total of zero points and grabbing zero rebounds. And junior Baye Moussa Keita picked up three fouls in his two minutes of play.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe brunt of the task was saddled on the aforementioned five-man lineup, with each player logging an astounding 38 minutes or more. Only Christmas, who finished with a career-high 15 points and eight rebounds, came close to fouling out — he had four. The group played intelligent basketball showing resiliency on the road.“But I think the thing I like about my team is (Providence) made that shot, everybody got up, it was a one-point game and we came right down, attacked it and scored,” said Boeheim. “That’s pretty good.”Boehim was referring to a sequence in the second half where Carter-Williams hit a crucial 3-pointer as the shot clock wound down, only to have it answered immediately by Providence point guard Vincent Council on the other end. It cut the Syracuse lead to one with under 6 minutes remaining and ignited the crowd at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.But back came the Orange, going right to its most capable scorer on the night in Fair. He rebounded his own miss and put it back in to extend the lead right back to three points.And when the game was on the line in the final moments, the Syracuse veterans hit their free throws. SU finished the game a remarkable 17-for-18 from the free-throw line, and Fair made all six of his attempts in the last two minutes.“It was a tough contest today, but we stuck with it,” Fair said. “For us to beat good teams and win big games like this we need to knock down free throws. And we did that, so I think that made us not be able to be beat.”The Syracuse freshmen, by comparison, just weren’t ready for the moment in a game like this, evidenced by Boeheim’s frustration with Cooney. During his only action of the game in the first half, Cooney left Providence sharpshooter Bryce Cotton open — twice — for 3-pointers.The negligence irked Boeheim, especially after Cotton was the one player he and his staff identified during the week as dangerous from the outside. He can live with Cooney missing 3-pointers, and on Wednesday he went 0-for-2, but blowing a defensive assignment finds you a spot on the bench.“The reason Trevor came out, I don’t care if he misses shots, but he left Cotton open twice,” Boeheim said. “He needs to know that he can’t do that.”And though he wants to get his younger players more time on the court — he has called their development, especially that of Coleman, pivotal to an NCAA Tournament run — they just aren’t ready yet. So until then, the veterans bear the burden.“The (young guys) either understand it or call home and complain,” Boeheim said. “That’s what kids do. They all want to play. If they didn’t want to play and they weren’t unhappy about not playing, I wouldn’t want them on my team.’’ Commentslast_img read more

Women of Troy face off against San Diego State

first_imgThe Women of Troy won their first road game of the season on Tuesday against UC Santa Barbara 62-51, after splitting four home games to start the regular season. They will now travel to San Diego to take on the Aztecs  Friday night.Junior forward Cassie Harberts led USC (3-2) against the Gauchos with 17 points, five assists and four rebounds, scoring double digits for the first five games of the season, and freshman guard Jordan Adams finished with 12 points on 4 3-pointers. Harberts is averaging 17.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per game, leading USC in both categories.“I thought they were great,” associate head coach Daron Park said. “Anytime you go on the road and get a win, you gotta feel good about it. There’s still things we’re continuing to work on every day and there are things we definitely want to identify and get better, but what’s really encouraging about this group is that every game we’re making progress.”USC has outrebounded all five of its opponents this season, and has turned the ball over 12, 15 and 18 times in their last three games, respectively, after committing 24 turnovers in their first two games. The Aztecs present a different challenge for USC.“San Diego’s a little bit different than Santa Barbara,” said senior forward Christina Marinacci. “They’re a little more athletic, they have a 6’6” post … We have to really focus in on that and play up to their intensity. They’re gonna be super athletic so we just need to make sure that we do the little things, we box out, we talk on defense and it should handle the athleticism in itself.”The Aztecs (3-2) played a pair of games last week, beating Auburn 78-57 and losing to Colorado 67-53. They are led in scoring by Courtney Clements with 17.6 points per game, and led in rebounding by Erimma Amarikwa with 6.8 rebounds per game. They won the Mountain West Conference last season, finishing 26-7 and reaching the first round of the NCAA Championships.“San Diego State’s a really good ball club,” Park said, “They’re tremendously well-coached, they’re very physical, they’re aggressive, they love to try and disrupt you defensively with what they do. We’re working on still running our stuff, being strong with the basketball, being physical when we set screens, all of those tiny things just to ensure that we’re still gonna get good shots tomorrow night.”The last contest between the two teams was at the Women of Troy Basketball Classic at the Galen Center in 2010, which USC won 74-64 to win the tournament. Ashley Corral led the Women of Troy with 23 points in that game. USC is 28-7 against San Diego State all-time, including winning the past four meetings. The last Aztec win over USC was a 67-66 win in the 1995-96 season.USC finishes its stretch of road games on Wednesday, Dec. 5 against Fresno State before returning home to take on Texas A&M on Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Galen Center.last_img read more

Punjab Panthers cruise past NE Rhinos to set up title clash with Gujarat Giants

first_imgLast Updated: 21st December, 2019 08:57 IST Punjab Panthers Cruise Past NE Rhinos To Set Up Title Clash With Gujarat Giants Punjab Panthers on Friday registered an overwhelming 5-2 victory over NE Rhinos to set up a Big Bout Indian Boxing League summit clash against Gujarat Giants COMMENT WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 21st December, 2019 08:57 IST Press Trust Of India center_img Punjab Panthers on Friday registered an overwhelming 5-2 victory over NE Rhinos to set up a Big Bout Indian Boxing League summit clash against Gujarat Giants. The Panthers won four bouts in a row to overturn the 2-1 advantage that the NE Rhinos had got through Meenakshi and Francisco Veron after Sonia Lather drew first blood. Naveen Kumar used his extra height, reach and body weight to bring the Panthers back on track. The India Open silver medallist had ceded some ground to Ergashev Timur in the opening round of the 91kg bout but gradually took control of the bout. READ | Tony Khan Pays Stone Cold Steve Austin The Ultimate Tribute On AEW DynamiteWith the younger fighter from Uzbekistan getting tired and unable to sustain the onslaught, Naveen Kumar secured a unanimous verdict. Abdulmalik Khalakov showed quick glovework in the 57kg clash with Mohammed Etash Khan and PL Prasad did likewise against Laldin Mawia in the 52kg battle to ensure that the Panthers would book the berth in the final against Gujarat Giants. With personal pride to play for after the outcome of the match was known, the seasoned Manoj Kumar took time to warm up against the bustle of Muhammad Rahil in the 69kg bout. READ | UFC: Jose Aldo And Alexander Volkanovski Make Big Jumps In Latest Official RankingsHe conceded the first round to the boxer from Akola but attacked consistently to secure a unanimous win. The younger fighter, making his Big Bout debut, needed to sustain his effort but did not get the room. Earlier, Panthers’ Sonia Lather raised her game after trailing Pwilao Basumatary in the first round of the women’s 60kg bout. She was unruffled that a majority of judges had ruled in favour of her NE Rhinos rival and changed her tactics to swiftly swing the balance her way with a calm and sensible approach that called her to step up the aggression but cautiously. Indeed, Punjab Panthers were able to overcome the absence of their captain MC Mary Kom better than NE Rhinos papered over the cracks left by Nikhat Zareen (women’s 51kg) and an unwell Mandeep Jangra (69kg). READ | UFC Fight Night 165: Fight Card, Live Streaming, Preview And More DetailsThough Meenakshi stood in well for Nikhat Zareen, NE Rhinos knew that the Panthers would be a different challenge in the semifinals than in the climactic league match on Tuesday. The Rhinos were delighted that Meenakshi made light of a massive task of standing in for skipper Nikhat Zareen. She handled pressure with disdain as she beat Darshana Doot in the women’s 51kg bout. She backed her eagerness with good ringcraft, landing a combination of punches to run out a comfortable winner and level the match scores  at 1-1. They were strengthened by the return of Argentina’s Francisco Veron who claimed a win against debutant Mohit Khatana in the 75kg bout. In posting a unanimous verdict, Francisco Veron offered the Asian Junior Championships silver medallist insights into competing with more accomplished boxers.  The final will be held on Saturday. READ | Antonio Brown Throws Shade At Tom Brady With A WILD Proclamation On Twitter Written By LIVE TV FOLLOW USlast_img read more

For McCourty twins, Christmas is about family again

first_img LIVE TV Written By Last Updated: 25th December, 2019 12:44 IST For McCourty Twins, Christmas Is About Family Again Christmas has always been about tradition for Devin McCourty: Dressing the kids in matching onesies, letting them open one present on Christmas Eve, and preparing for the NFL playoffs. Christmas has always been about tradition for Devin McCourty: Dressing the kids in matching onesies, letting them open one present on Christmas Eve, and preparing for the NFL playoffs.The Patriots safety has had to balance family and football during his 10-year career, with New England winning the AFC East every year he’s been in the league. But since the team signed his twin brother, Jason, last year, that’s been a little bit easier.“Now we get to do it together,” Devin McCourty said on Tuesday, when the team practiced on the usual NFL off-day so it could take Christmas off.“Last year we took a family picture. It was brutal; we had kids crying. We’ll see if we can work on that this year, see if we can get everyone to smile. I highly doubt it,” he said. “But things like that, we didn’t get to do before. Christmas meant FaceTiming each other and letting the kids talk to each other. Now it’s a lot of fun just to be able to go to each other’s houses.”A two-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time Super Bowl champion, Devin McCourty has been a steady presence in the secondary and in the Patriots locker room, serving as a defensive captain for the last nine years. But the family/football balance changed two years ago, when the Patriots signed his brother.After playing together in high school and at Rutgers, they spend the first nine years of their pro careers apart. They now live across the street from each other and have lockers at Gillette Stadium two stalls apart.“It’s a lot of fun to be still doing this 10 years in, playing football,” Devin McCourty said. “You talk about the importance of family and being able to cherish some of the best moments — we haven’t really been able to do over the last nine years. To do that two years in a row now has really made playing football special in Year 9 and 10 just because of all of the memories we have that really have nothing to do with football, just being able to live out our dream.”The Patriots (12-3) beat Buffalo on Saturday to clinch their 11th straight AFC East championship. With a victory over Miami (4-11) on Sunday (or a Kansas City loss), New England would secure the No. 2 seed in the conference and a first-round bye.“I love this time of the year,” McCourty said. “You’re playing for something, you’re doing something that’s meaningful, but you’re also spending it with the people you love the most.”McCourty said he will take most of Wednesday off to be with his family. But when the kids take their naps, he might break out his iPad to study up on the Dolphins.“It’s a part of being a professional,” McCourty said. “You’ve got tomorrow to spend with your family, and make it special. Thursday and Friday, we’ve got to be locked in, laser-focused. Because it’s Christmas everywhere; the Dolphins are dealing with the same thing, of making sure you have a special Christmas with your family, but also being a professional and doing the job.”Jason McCourty left Saturday’s game against the Bills with a groin injury. There was no update on his condition, and he was not in the locker room during the media availability on Tuesday.Patriots safety Duron Harmon said the time off will be good for everyone.“It will be good to get away from it and spend time with your families,” he said. “But we know when we step in this building what it’s all about.”___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVEcenter_img First Published: 25th December, 2019 12:44 IST COMMENT Associated Press Television News FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Betting Gods launches esports betting tipster service

first_imgMalta-based tipster service Betting Gods has launched a new esports betting service; eSports Betting Tipster.The service will be subscription based and will offer daily odds and tips covering titles including League of Legends, Overwatch, Dota 2 and CS:GO. Jamie Lakin, Business Development Manager, Betting Gods said: “Entering the eSports market represents a significant move for us in terms of reaching a wider audience worldwide, plus we look forward to now serving a younger and emerging demographic under the BettingGods.com brand”.This move by Betting Gods is no great surprise with more and more betting operators offering esports in some way, shape and form. Just recently we’ve seen the emergence of new esports focused portals such as Rivalry.gg (with whom you can read an interview here), Pixelbet and Luckbox, whilst more traditional operators have been upping their stakes when it comes to offering esports markets too. Betting Gods Malta Ltd initially entered the esports betting market last year with its eSportsmaniacs brand. The company has now rolled out a tipster service on its core platform. As such esports joins the likes of football, tennis, boxing and horse racing. The esports betting tipster service provides 25 to 30 tips a month, it costs £20 per month or there is an annual fee option of £180. Betting Gods also offer a 30 day money back guarantee, and maintain that tips from it have averaged £340.58 since November 2017 with £10 bets. Betting Gods was previously UK based, a nation in which it’s a big year ahead for the esports industry. Come September, London will soon play host to the nation’s first CS:GO Major (hosted by FACEIT), whilst in May, ESL UK are running the largest esports tournament, by some margin, ever to be held in the country. Prior to this Major, we’ll be running a business conference called ESI London which will include a comprehensive Betting on Esports track as a part of SBC Global’s Betting on Sports Conference. You can read more about that here. A little further north in the UK, a Dota 2 Major, ESL One Birmingham, has already sold out tickets at Arena Birmingham. Big competitions such as these in a country such as the UK where regulated betting is prevalent and very much engrained in the culture is sure to give esports betting a boost. Recently, Paul ‘Redeye’ Chaloner became an ambassador for Luckbox and he detailed why he did so, and his (agreeable) views that there needs to be far more education in regards to esports betting. Esports Insider says: There is a definite need for more education around esports betting and initiatives like Betting Gods’ new esports focused tipster service are some proof that the appetite is there. The fact that this service is daily, and that it joins far more established markets such as football, boxing, tennis and horse racing, says a lot too. We’ll be very interested to see how many winners it delivers.last_img read more

Carabao Cup Semi-finals: Man City overwhelm Man United in 3-1 in first leg

first_img Source: BBC Holders Manchester City will take a commanding lead into the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final after outclassing neighbours Manchester United at Old Trafford.Marcus Rashford’s late reply will give United hope they can still turn this tie around in the return on Wednesday, 29 January, but it should not deflect from City’s overwhelming superiority for the vast majority of the game.Pep Guardiola’s side stunned the home fans with three first-half goals, and in truth they could have had many more before the break, such was the gulf between the two sides.City, who left Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus on the bench, started with a strikerless 4-4-2 system that saw Bernardo Silva and Kevin de Bruyne their furthest players forward.It was Bernardo who broke the deadlock, with a superb strike from the edge of the box that arrowed into the top corner of the net.Riyad Mahrez made it 2-0 when he ran on to Bernardo’s pass and rounded David de Gea, with the home side hopelessly exposed.By now, United were chasing shadows and it was soon 3-0, as a swift breakaway ended with De Bruyne twisting Phil Jones inside out before seeing his shot saved by De Gea but ricochet in off Andreas Pereira.United’s limp resistance and lack of threat saw them booed off by some supporters at the break but they at least showed some resolve when they emerged for the second half.City seemed content with their advantage, and United at last began to enjoy time on the ball, although they did not force Claudio Bravo into any meaningful action before Rashford’s goal.That came when the visitors, for once, gave the ball away cheaply and Mason Greenwood fed the England striker to run through and score.United never threatened to deny City a famous victory however, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are left with a huge task if they are to stop them reaching their third successive final, and their fourth in the past five years.last_img read more

Hearts MD expected in South Africa today to meet sponsors

first_imgHearts of Oak sources have disclosed to Sportscrusaderonline.com that the club’s Managing Director Neil Armstrong Mortagbe will be in South Africa today Wednesday 29th January 2014 to meet with interested sponsors.The Hearts MD will leave Ghana on Tonight and will hold a round table discussion with the purported sponsors who have expressed interest to sponsor Hearts of Oak.Sportscrusaderonline.com can confirm that the Hearts MD will meet with agents of the giant South African mining company on Wednesday evening.The South African mining company is said to have expressed interest to sponsor Hearts of Oak only days after Hearts had submitted a sponsorship request to the mining company.“Neil will fly to South Africa on Tuesday to hold meetings with a South African mining company. Hearts approached the mining company to sponsor the club and is hoping that the deal will through” a Hearts source said.Hearts has already held sponsorship discussions with Samsung and awaiting final response from the electronic company.last_img read more

David Fletcher’s injury clears the way for Sherman Johnson to finally reach majors with Angels

first_imgJohnson split this season between Triple-A and Double-A, hitting .251 with a .755 OPS.The Angels also could have called up Luis Rengifo, a 21-year-old who had a breakthrough season in which he’d climbed through three levels and hit a combined .299 with an .851 OPS. They preferred to give him the time off after his heaviest workload in any pro season.Fletcher’s rookie season will likely end with him hitting .275 with a .678 OPS in 80 games. Because of his strong defense, he still posted a WAR of 1.9, according to Baseball-Reference. That is strong production for half a season’s worth of playing time.“He showed us he’s not overwhelmed with anything that happens on a baseball field in the major leagues,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “He’s prepared. His skill set is better than a lot of folks give him credit for. I think he’s shown that he can help you win games. That’s the type of player you want out there.”UP NEXTAngels (RHP Felix Peña, 3-4, 3-75) at A’s (LHP Brett Anderson, 3-5, 4.35), Wednesday, 7 p.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM) OAKLAND — Sherman Johnson was relaxing at home in Tampa, playing video games late at night and not even thinking about the baseball season that, for him, ended two weeks earlier.Then he got the phone call he’d spent years waiting for.When Angels assistant general manager Jonathan Strangio told Johnson that he was headed to the big leagues, “I kind of didn’t believe him at first,” Johnson said.Johnson had a cross-country flight for it to sink in, and on Tuesday afternoon he was sitting in the Angels’ clubhouse, with a uniform bearing the No. 18 and his name hanging behind him. Related Articles Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros center_img “It’s awesome,” Johnson said. “It’s still kind of surreal.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.It’s been a familiar scene for the Angels, who this season have brought 16 players to the majors for the first time. The previous franchise record was 12.Johnson, 28, had spent parts of the past three seasons at Triple-A. He had never even been added to the 40-man roster, so it would have been natural for him to be disappointed at another season passing without a big league call.“You try not to let the frustration get to you,” Johnson said. “You keep playing, keep going, keep getting better every day. That’s all you can really focus on. It’s definitely a good feeling to be able to reflect.”Johnson, a utilityman who can play all four infield spots and the outfield, got the call because David Fletcher strained his left hamstring on Sunday. With only two weeks left in the season, Fletcher’s rookie year is likely over. He did not make the trip to Oakland. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield last_img read more

‘King of the jungle’ Khabib appears to mock Conor McGregor retirement

first_imgKhabib Nurmagomedov appeared to react to Conor McGregor’s retirement with a cryptic social media post Tuesday.McGregor had hinted at a return to the octagon once he had served his six-month ban for the brawl after his fight with Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 in October – which the Russian won — but announced his shocking decision on Monday. MORE: Q&A with Johnny Walker, the most exhilarating man in MMA”There can be only one king in the jungle,” he wrote.There can be only one king in the jungle.Only pic.twitter.com/BuqVNUkoR0— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) March 26, 2019Nurmagomedov is serving a nine-month ban for his role in the brawl between his team and McGregor. His suspension is set to end at the start of July. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a year”Hey guys quick announcement: I’ve decided to retire from the sport formally known as ‘Mixed Martial Art’ today,” he wrote on Twitter.The former two-weight UFC champion has a long-standing rivalry with Nurmagomedov, but the Russian did not appear to be concerned as their feud seemingly reached its conclusion.Uploading an image with the lightweight belt he defended against McGregor, Nurmagomedov posted a short message on his own Twitter page.last_img read more