Ruthless Toms retains title

first_imgNortholt’s Ryan Toms ruthlessly brushed aside Pat McAleese on Saturday night to retain his southern-area light-middleweight title.Toms, making his first defence, stopped McAleese in the fourth round of their bout on the undercard of the Tyson Fury-Dereck Chisora fight at Wembley Arena.The 29-year-old southpaw rocked McAleese in the third, before flooring him with a body shot early in the next round. He then followed up with a combination that forced the referee to call a halt.Toms, who was on QPR’s books as a teenager, is unbeaten in nine fights as a professional.last_img

Walter Moore, ‘Jackie Chan’ in Golden Jaguars squad to face Suriname tomorrow

first_imgFINLAND-based and long-serving Golden Jaguars defender Walter Moore, along with Gregory ‘Jackie Chan’ Richardson, was named in the Guyana Football Federation’s (GFF) 18-man squad that was announced yesterday.Golden Jaguars will play Suriname Senior Men’s National team tomorrow, as Guyana wrap up their training matches before their final CONCACAF Nation’s League Qualifier against Belize on March 23.Walter MooreThe squad, while predominantly Guyana-based, includes two international-based players – Sheldon Holder and Walter Moore. The latter arrived in Guyana last Monday.The squad consists of two goalkeepers, six defenders, six midfielders and four forwards.Guyana-based assistant coach Charles Pollard explained the criteria used to select the 18 shortlisted players: “Selection was down to hard work. Over the eight weeks, the players have demonstrated dedication, willpower and good attitude towards the programme.“Fitness was one of the key areas considered. They rose from an amateur level to an almost professional level in this regard. Tactical awareness was also another element considered, which is one of the areas where there is still some work to be done, but the players have been showing great improvement towards the playing philosophy.”Tomorrow’s match, scheduled for the Pierkhan Stadium, Nickerie, Suriname from 16:30hrs or 15:30hrs (local time), will see the team play a stronger opponent following previous training matches with Regional Member Associations teams and one from an elite club. Pollard said while the results are not the key focus, “an overall good performance will be required”.Among the technical squad are: head coach Michael Johnson; assistant coach Charles Pollard; goalkeeper coach Eon De Veira; team doctor, Dr Kojo Sandiford; physiotherapist Quacy Paddy; head of Sports Science, Wilson Toledo; head of Recruitment, Faizal Khan; Team Operations manager Rawle Adams; Equipment manager Trevor Burnett and assistant Equipment manager Levi Braithwaite.The training matches are part of the preparation for Guyana’s final CONCACAF Nations League qualifier against Belize at the National Track and Field Centre, Leonora.Tickets for the match are $1500 at the following locations: Andrew’s Supermarket – Aubrey Barker Road, South Ruimveldt, The Guinness Bar – D’Urban Street, GT; West Indian Sports Complex, Robb Street; Nice Restaurant, Status Hotel, Croal Street, GT; Pegasus Hotel Guyana; KFC Outlets – Regent Street & Mandela Avenue; Dad’s Fish Shop (Den Amstel), Patsy Food Court and Bar, Linden Soesdyke Junction and The Fashion Box, Vendors Arcade, Bartica.Fan jerseys are also available at GFF Secretariat and Guyana Pegasus at G$5 000.The squad: Akel Clarke and Alex Murray (GK). William Europe, Walter Moore, Quincy Adams, King Solomon Austin, Sherwin Skeete and Kevin Layne (defenders). Leo Lovell, Trayon Bobb, Vurlon Mills, Clive Nobrega, Kelsey Benjamin and Pernel Schultz (midfielders). Gregory Richardson, Delon Lanferman, Sheldon Holder and Delroy Fraser (forwards).last_img read more

Sarwan to mentor West Indies ahead of World Cup

first_imgFORMER West Indies batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan will mentor the West Indies side ahead of their next month’s tri-nation ODI series against Bangladesh and hosts Ireland, and the World Cup following it.Sarwan, who retired in 2016 after a 13-year long international career, has already joined the ongoing week-long training camp in Barbados ahead of next month’s trip to Ireland.Incidentally, Sarwan was not part of the support staff announced by Cricket West Indies (CWI) on Monday for the Ireland tour and the World Cup. However, Sarwan has been roped in specifically to work with the batsmen. It is not yet clear whether he will travel to the UK for the World Cup.Sarwan said the offer had come from former West Indies wicketkeeper Jimmy Adams, who is CWI’s director of cricket. Although it’s a short stint, Sarwan said he was “overwhelmed” by the assignment.“I am very excited to be here,” Sarwan said. “When I received the call from Jimmy, I was very overwhelmed at being asked to assist West Indies cricket again.“I have come here to act as kind of a mentor to the players and try my best to assist them in any technical ways and with any shortcomings where I think they can improve, and to offer as much help to the head coach, Floyd Reifer, and his coaching staff.”Following retirement, Sarwan has been residing in Florida. In an interview with ESPNcricinfo in 2016, Sarwan said the biggest thing in West Indies cricket was the absence of a good cricketing structure that would help young talent to grow.Now, Sarwan has been given the opportunity to do exactly that and he has already identified areas where he can contribute. He spent time on Tuesday with batsmen Darren Bravo and Shai Hope in the nets on the second day of the team’s training camp, currently underway at the Cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies.Sarwan pointed out that one of the key areas he wanted the batsmen to focus on was strike rotation and stated that it would take them time to improve it.“I know our batsmen have struggled in the past with rotating the strike, so I am trying to see how best we can get them to improve in this area,” he said. “It’s not an overnight fix, but it’s important to share ideas with them, so that they have something to build on.”Reifer, who was recently appointed as the interim coach following a review of West Indies’ coaching and selection policies, led by newly-elected president Ricky Skerritt, outlined the importance of having someone like Sarwan around the team ahead of the big tournament.“It was very important to have him here,” Reifer said. “Sarwan was a player that was outstanding for West Indies. A very good batsman. A very good ‘finisher’ in limited-overs matches. We thought that a guy like Sarwan, coming into the camp with us whilst planning for the World Cup, would bring a wealth of knowledge.“We are hoping he can help the batsmen get a better understanding of how to finish games, the mindset, how to approach batting first, how to approach batting last, so we thought that kind of knowledge was very important to share. He fitted in very well. He did a lot of talking and a lot of work with the batsmen.” (ESPN cricinfo)last_img read more

Lady Jags hunting three points against table-leaders St Lucia tonight

first_imgTHE ‘Lady Jags’ will go hunting tonight for three points when they face table-leaders St Lucia from 20:30hrs in a game that many fans are anxious to witness, as the CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship Qualifiers continue at the National Track and Field Centre.Suriname will face Antigua and Barbuda from 18:00hrs in a clash between two teams who are so far yet to secure a win, and should set the perfect tone for what is expected to be Group A’s biggest clash – Guyana vs St Lucia.The Dr Ivan Joseph-coached women had a few days to rest after taking back-to-back wins against Bermuda and Antigua, both victories coming by a 2-0 scoreline.After their win against the Antiguans, Dr Joseph said the three days’ rest would give the girls a chance to relax away from the game, while taking one day to prepare for tonight’s game against St Lucia, who he said have been “quite the scorer”.“They (St Lucia) get a lot of goals in, they’re fast, and they’re strong, so our job is to heal our injuries, look at the St Lucia tape and decide what the game plan is,” the Canadian-based coach said.St Lucia chalked up another impressive win on Wednesday evening, beating Antigua and Barbuda 3-1, thanks to a hat-trick from the tournament’s leading scorer Krysan St Louis. His goals which came in the 14th, 20th and 72nd minutes, took her tally to five in three outings.St Lucia’s Krysan St Louis (#7) in action during her hat-trick performance against Antigua and Barbuda. She is Group A’s leading goalscorer with five goals.Team captain Brianne Desa has been sensational for Guyana at the back, leading her charges to a clean sheet so far in the tournament, but Guyana’s head coach was adamant that with St Lucia showing that scoring goals is not a difficult task, it will certainly put the Lady Jags’ defence to the test.Contrary to how well the team looked on the pitch, Dr Joseph made it clear that the game against Bermuda was the side’s first time playing together, since the team had no time to prepare because they came from different parts of the world; mostly Guyana, USA and Canada.The coach who holds a PhD in Sport Psychology believes that his side have what it takes to top Group A, but with St Lucia standing in their way, he said the game between the two sides tonight will test Guyana’s readiness to play at the next level of the tournament.Tiandi Smith, Audrey Narine and Jenea Knight are so far showing that they can be problems for defenders in the region, while Kiana Khedoo is so far having an exceptional showing in the midfield.Meanwhile, Bermuda chalked up their first win in the tournament, with a dismantling display against Suriname on their way to a 6-1 win.The win puts them third, behind leaders St Lucia (nine points) and Guyana (six points).last_img read more

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

Nedd delighted with selection, credits WIEP for added success

first_imgGUYANESE spinner Ashmead Nedd credits the West Indies Emerging Players (WIEP) team for providing players with the foundation and adequate learning experiences required to play cricket at the highest level.Nedd, who  represented the West Indies at  the last  ICC U-19 World Cup was named in Monday’s 15-man squad for next year’s tournament in South Africa, again finding favour with the selectors after his excellent showing for the red-hot WIEP, who have been playing out of their skins in the ongoing Super50 tournament.Nedd, along with fellow countryman Kevlon Anderson, managed to make the final cut and the former Guyana U-19 player was adamant that going forward, the team will help to polish more and younger players who are on a senior path in their careers. “The WIEP is a good learning opportunity and it’s an opportunity for player to keep working on their skills,” Nedd said.Speaking to Chronicle Sport, the Windies spinner said he was spending some time with his WIEP teammates, when he got the news of his selection. “When I got the news of my selection I was overjoyed and happy. I was at the hotel with my teammates, I called home right away and told my father I got selected once again for the U-19  World Cup team and he congratulated me.”.Prior to the Cup, Windies will have their hands full when they tackle England and Sri Lanka U-19s in a West Indies Rising Stars U-19 Tri-Series set for Antigua next month.Some nine matches will be played between the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground and the Coolidge Cricket Ground from December 6 and Nedd was laser-focussed on helping the home team prevail.“I’m mostly looking to just contribute to winning; we are just looking at winning the Tri-Series. I’m not thinking too much about my personal performances as yet I just want to win,” the 18-year-old pointed out.In closing, Nedd credited his father, former Guyana spinner and national youth coach Garvin Nedd for being the mainstay throughout his cricket career. “My biggest inspiration in cricket is my father. Through my entire career both on and off of the field, he has been the one behind all the success.”Meanwhile, Windies U-19 team who will be looking to recapture the title, will travel to South Africa following the Christmas holiday season and resume preparations for the World Cup which bowls off January 17 and ends February 9. (Clifton Ross)last_img read more

GCA fast-bowling programme to end with 3-day fast-bowling clinic

first_imgTHE Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) will culminate their Youth Fast-bowling clinic, with a 3-Day camp for U-19 players, from Friday, December 27 to Sunday 29 at the National Gymnasium, Mandela Avenue.With the New Year just days away, the GCA will now ensure that the young crop of potential U-19 fast-bowlers enter 2020 with a bit of zest, following a few weeks of training.The concept was initiated a few months back when Guyana Jaguars head Physio/Strength and Condition coordinator Neil Barry Jr and his technical team from the University of Guyana’s Physio department, held daily classes for the young bowlers.Prior to his departure for the Regional Super50, Barry Jr managed to break out the speed gun as he held a few sessions at the Malteenoes Sports Club, which was well-attended.Continued emphasis will be placed on the important technical aspects of fast-bowling, which is geared towards bowling at faster speeds while sustaining the pace over a significant period.Additionally, the participants will have the opportunity to engage in power training while being taught to maintain their speeds. In addition to persons who were in the programme from its inception in October, new fast bowlers between ages 14 and 19 are invited and they are advised to come in training kits with indoor sneakers.Daily refreshments will be provided and moderate prizes given on the last day for commendable efforts from the participants.last_img read more

Ambode Wants Fun Parks at Access/Lagos City Marathon

first_imgGovernor Ambode charged the Marathon Organising Committee headed by Mr. Victor Etuokwu to workout modalities and look at the possibility of having about two fun parks for the 2017 edition at Falomo or Teslim Balogun Stadium.The parks will give Lagosians the opportunity to watch one of the top 100 marathons in the world in a relaxed atmosphere with food, drinks and entertainment by their favourite musicians.General Manager, Access Bank/ Lagos City Marathon, Yussuf Alli, praised Governor Ambode’s initiative of introducing fun parks as a means of taking the culture and marathons to the grassroot especially in the outskirts of Lagos.“The benefits of marathons and road races are immense, the health benefits of walking, jogging, and running are immense as they prevent and cure many illnesses and diseases especially diabetes, hypertension and even cancer.’’Alli said that unfortunately most Nigerians, don’t walk or even jog, “Okada is killing many Nigerians. Bikes will take them from the front of their houses and drop them at their destinations, we don’t exercise at all. Waste and sugar that could have been lost by walking, jogging or running are stored in the body causing serious damages and leading to terminal diseases’’.The General Manager said that Lagosians and Nigerians in general will benefit immensely if they embrace the culture of marathon that Ambode is building and make it a way of life,“ walking, jogging and running produce healthier citizens, thus less spending by individuals, family and government on healthcare, it is a win-win situation for everybody’’ said Alli.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram To ensure that Lagosians follow the 2017 edition of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, wants marathon fun parks in Lagos during the 2017 edition slated for February 11.The marathon fun parks will give Lagosians who cannot make it to the finish line or line the route to cheer the runners an opportunity to be part of the event in a relaxed environment that is fun and gives room for bonding.last_img read more

Edo-Osagie Emerges 2017 DOAMF Charity Golf Champion

first_imgEdo-Osage, with his win, carted away not only the much coveted winner’s trophy but also, an ArikAir business class return ticket to any international destination of his choice flown by the airline.“It is a great honour to win the event, as one of the most coveted titles at the Club, I am definitely glad to have achieved this. I give kudos to the team at DOAM Foundation for the quality of organisation and impact they are making with donations from this event.”In the ladies’ category, Funke Majekodunmi emerged the overall winner with a 68 nett score to beat Lynda Obieze, the runner–up, by four strokes. Meenakshi Kumar finished as the second runner-up. Majekodunmi, in addition to the ladies’ champion trophy, was rewarded with an Air France return ticket to any international destination of her choice flown by the airline.The event, which teed-off at 6:40 am on Saturday, February 4, 2017, featured a record 192 players in a strong show of support for the tournament.Other winners at the event included, Tim Ayomike who shot 78 to pick the best gross prize, beating Lanre Tanimowo and Uwem Udoh who finished in second and third places respectively. Sunday Areola scored 69 nett to win the veteran category and to beat Sebastian Owuama, who was the runner-up in that category. Ayomike was also, rewarded with a KLM return ticket to any international destination of his choice flown by the airline.Candy Agu and Taddy Dance were the ladies’ best gross players at the event, with Agu’s 89 gross score winning ahead of Dance’s 91. All winners went home with an array of prizes in addition to the high quality trophies.Coordinator, Organising Committee of DOAMF Charity Golf, Pat Bassey, said the event has grown to become the biggest show of support for the less privileged by the Nigerian golfing community.“The DOAM Foundation extended its reach in touching lives in 2016 through awards of scholarship, building of sickbays and partnering other health institutions in remote locations across the country.Proceeds from this year’s event will further empower the Foundation in its mission of touching lives. It was particularly touching for all present at the cocktail event to see two beneficiaries of the Foundation’s scholarship scheme, Miss Joy Adindu – BSc (First Class Honours) in Applied Microbiology/Brewing – and Mr Chigaemezu Edoziem – BSc Honours in Statistics, who came to show their appreciation to the Nigerian golfing community” he said.This year’s event was generously supported by PricewaterhouseCoopers, Diamond Bank Plc, ARM Pension Managers, Radial Circle Group, Zenith Bank, Air France-KLM, ExxonMobil Producing, Arik Air, SEPLAT Petroleum, Channels Television, Silverbird Television, Grand OAK, Cappa & D’Alberto, SPAR (Park N’ Shop), Southern Sun, Debonair Group, Mixta Africa, Heritage Bank, Four Points by Sheraton, Seven Up Bottling, Victoria Crown Plaza, Ikoyi Club 1938, and many more.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Iwinosa Edo-Osagie emerged the overall winner of the 2017 Daniel Ogechi Memorial Foundation Golf Tournament concluded last weekend at the Golf Section of Ikoyi Club 1938 in Lagos.Edo-Osagie, an 18-handicapper, returned a 69 nett score at the one-day tournament to beat the rest of the field on a day of scintillating golfing experience. Tokunboh Adebesin finished two strokes behind him to pick the runner-up spot. Kunle Ball, who also finished two strokes behind, was the second runner-up on count-back.last_img read more

Premier League: Chelsea Stunned, City Win, Liverpool Held

first_imgSam Vokes scored twice as Burnley torpedoed defending champions Chelsea 3-2 at Stamford Bridge yesterday in one of the most sensational opening-weekend results in English top-flight history. Chelsea had captain Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas sent off and Burnley took full advantage through Vokes’s brace and a superb Stephen Ward effort, with goals from Alvaro Morata and David Luiz coming in vain.Leicester City lost 2-1 at Hull City on the first day last season, but given the unexpected nature of their title win, this was the biggest opening-day shock since Manchester United’s 3-1 loss at Aston Villa in 1995. “It was a pity because our fight in the second half was very good,” said Chelsea manager Antonio Conte. “But our first half, we kept losing our heads. After the red card we lost our heads, conceded two goals and then it’s very difficult to change the final result.”Big-spending Manchester City won 2-0 at promoted Brighton and Hove Albion, while Huddersfield Town marked their top-flight return with a fine 3-0 win at Crystal Palace that sent them top of the table.Burnley’s win, their first at Chelsea since 1971, further blackened the mood around Stamford Bridge after a close season during which Conte has grown frustrated by his club’s lack of transfer activity. Conte was without the injured Eden Hazard and out-of-favour striker Diego Costa, while £58 million signing Morata started on the bench.Youth-team graduate Jeremie Boga made his debut, but was hauled off in the reshuffle that followed Cahill’s 14th-minute dismissal for a studs-up foul on Steven Defour. Ward doubled the visitors’ advantage in the 39th minute with a blistering left-foot strike from Jack Cork’s lofted pass and Vokes added a third before half-time, heading in Defour’s cross.Half-time substitute Morata and Luiz reduced the arrears in the second half, either side of Fabregas’s 81st-minute dismissal for a second yellow card, but Burnley hung on for a famous victory.“Did we expect this situation? No, if we’re honest,” said Burnley manager Sean Dyche. “It was a fantastic three points and the referee, I just want to say, was fantastic today.”Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola had some £150 million of new recruits on display at Brighton, but it took the pre-season favourites until the 70th minute to take the lead. David Silva fed Sergio Aguero to run through and beat goalkeeper Mathew Ryan and five minutes later Lewis Dunk headed Fernandinho’s cross into his own net.“We controlled the counter-attacks and we didn’t concede one chance,” Guardiola told BBC Sport. “I was very happy with the new players. I want to say thank you to the club. We have huge players with lots of talent. Big congratulations to all the people in Manchester City — we are a strong club.”Liverpool were denied a winning start as Miguel Britos claimed a contentious stoppage-time leveller to earn Watford a 3-3 draw at Vicarage Road.Watford twice went in front through Stefano Okaka and Abdoulaye Doucoure, but Liverpool equalised each time via Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, who then teed up new boy Mohamed Salah to put the visitors 3-2 up.In the third minute of injury time, a shot from Richarlison was pushed against the bar by Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and Britos, who appeared to be offside, nodded the ball over the line.“The equaliser was offside. It’s obvious because the linesman is on the line. He needs to see it,” said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.Frank de Boer made a losing start as Palace manager after a Joel Ward own goal and a Steve Mounie double earned Huddersfield a 3-0 win on their return to the top flight after an absence of 45 years.Mounie’s goals were the first repayments on his club-record £11.4 million transfer from Montpellier and sent the Yorkshire club to the top of the fledgling standings.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more