Reifer expected for Scorpions showdown

first_imgBarbados all-rounder, Raymon Reifer is set to rejoin Guyana Jaguars ahead of round four in the West Indies Championships. This is according to head coach, Esaun Crandon. “Reif [Reifer] had a concussion in Barbados and he should be ok for the next game so most likely we will have him playing for us in the next game,” Crandon said.The 28-year-old missed Jaguars’ third round home game against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force which they won by 219 runs and was under treatment and observation since being struck.Reifer has played 72 First Class matches and scored 2753 runs with one century and 14 fifties. He has also taken 163 wickets with his left arm seam. Jaguars, the five-time defending champions are currently at the top of the table with 44.6 points while Barbados Pride trail on 44.4 points. Windward Islands Volcanoes sit in third on 32.8 points as Red Force rank fourth with 32.6 points. Leeward Islands Hurricanes are in fifth with 26.6 points and Jamaica Scorpions round off the table with 21.2 points.When the tournament resumes on February 6 in round four, Jaguars will be hosting Scorpions, Pride travel to St. Kitts to face Hurricanes and Volcanoes take on Red Force in Dominica.last_img read more

Johnson leads Jaguars fightback with unbeaten fifty

first_imgST GEORGE’S, Grenada, CMC – Guyana Jaguars skipper Leon Johnson made a welcome return to form with a half-century which pulled the five-time reigning champions out of trouble on yesterday’s second day of their fifth round contest against Windward Islands Volcanoes. With his side struggling on 25 for two in reply to the hosts’ first innings of 318 at the National Stadium here, Johnson struck a composed unbeaten 65 to steer the innings to the relative safety of 145 for three at the close.The 32-year-old, who made a half-century in his first innings of the season only to gather a mere 77 runs from his last six outings, has struck 11 fours in a knock spanning 122 balls and a shade over 2-½ hours.Crucially, he put on 74 for the third wicket with Test let-hander Shimron Hetmyer who made 32 in his second regional first class appearance in two seasons before gifting his wicket, before adding a further 46 in an unbroken fourth wicket stand with all-rounder Chris Barnwell (28 not out). Keron Cottoy (56) and Shane Shillingford (53) had earlier struck half-centuries as Volca-noes flourished after resuming the day on 212 for six.Unbeaten overnight on 37, Cottoy stretched his seventh wicket stand with Shillingford to 36, hitting 10 fours off 85 balls in just over 1-¾ hours in posting his maiden first class half-century.Once Cottoy perished, Shillingford took responsibility for the innings by anchoring a 57-run, eighth wicket partnership with Sherman Lewis who made 24. All told, Shillingford faced 86 balls in two hours and counted four fours and a six.Left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul led Jaguars’ attack with four for 59 while leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo supported with three for 73.Left-arm seamer Preston McSween (2-43) gave the hosts an excellent start when he removed Chandrapaul Hemraj without scoring with a single run on the board in the fifth over. And when new-ball partner Ray Jordan dislodged Tagenarine Chanderpaul for 11 to a catch at the wicket, Jaguars were collapsing yet again.But Johnson steadied the innings, combining with Hetmyer who lashed four fours in a 39-ball knock before top-edging a pull at McSween and was caught at short mid-wicket.last_img read more

Ramdin disappointed by TKR release but excited to be among Patriots

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Though disappointed that his home franchise chose not to retain him for the 2020 Caribbean Premier League (CPL) season, wicketkeeper-batsman Denesh Ramdin is looking forward to proving his worth to his new squad, the St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots. Earlier this week, it was announced that the 35-year-old who has played in the CPL tournament since its inception in 2013, helping the Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) to the title in 2017 and 2018, was released by the franchise and subsequently signed by Patriots.“I was very disappointed but it was beyond my control; it’s sport. I had lots of fun memories with them on and off the field, winning two trophies,” the Trinidadian, who scored 190 runs with a top score of 50 in the 2019 CPL, told Sportsmax.However, he added: “I am happy to join a new team. It’s all about business and nothing else.” The former West Indies captain added that Patriots would benefit from his experience and ability to adapt to any situation during this year’s CPL which is tentatively still set for August 19 – September 26, even as organisers keep a close eye on the COVID-19 pandemic that has halted sporting activity across the world.Over his six seasons playing in the CPL for the Guyana Amazon Warriors and TKR, Ramdin amassed more than 1 000 runs.Of those, 619 of them were made at TKR, making him one of four players to have scored 500-plus runs for the franchise which he spent four years with. In an Instagram post on Tuesday after it was announced he had not been retained, he thanked fans for supporting him during his stint with the two-time CPL champions.“Now it’s time to move on,” he added.Ramdin was the only new Caribbean player signed by Patriots. The team members retained by the franchise were: Rayad Emrit, Evin Lewis, Sheldon Cottrell, Fabian Allen, Alzarri Joseph, and West Indies emerging player Dominic Drakes. Over a career that has spanned more than a decade and more, Ramdin scored over 2 000 runs in both Tests and ODIs. His tally of 188 dismissals as a wicketkeeper is the third highest for any Windies keeper.last_img read more

Nathoo pleased with Guyana’s showing at online Chess Olympiad

first_imgGuyana’s national chess captain Loris Nathoo said he is quite pleased with Guyana’s showing at the just concluded 2020 FIDE Online Olympiad.  The Guyanese contingent competed in division four – Pool E – alongside nine other contesting teams and placed sixth in that category when the curtains came down Sunday evening.“It was a praiseworthy performance given that we were placed in the same pool with some of the powerhouses in the region,” said Nathoo.Loris Nathoo“In our pool, we had Nicaragua, Honduras, Jamaica, and Trinidad & Tobago so our pool had those four teams and it was tough ask to start with but we performed quite commendably,” Nathoo told Stabroek Sport. He explained that the locals won three matches, drew two but lost to the four top teams. However, the Guyanese finished on eight points along with Aruba but were placed behind them as a result of the tie-break calculation and so they ended the tournament in sixth place. Quizzed about the experience of playing via the online format, a first in many regards due to the ongoing global pandemic, Nathoo said it was a tough experience and one that will take some getting used to. “This has been the first online tournament that I think has been held with all the nations. It was the first Olympiad so to speak and the time it was announced for the tournament to start was just about a month, so really, we didn’t get much time to prepare and there were some challenges in terms of connection issues and in addition there were other requirements to prevent cheating like getting cameras. There some other technological challenges but we managed to overcome those.”  Guyana’s top performer was Candidate Master Wendell Meusa who won all six of his games. His performance was described as brilliant.“Quite brilliantly, we have to mention him. He deserved special mention,” the Guyanese leader said. Other top performers were Ethan Lee who won three of four games and Jessica Callender who won two out of three games. The Guyana Chess Federation is now set to host frequent online tournaments to better prepare the locals for future international online events.last_img read more

Australia’s Vlaeminck out, Perry a doubt for New Zealand series

first_imgSYDNEY,  (Reuters) – Fast bowler Tayla Vlaeminck has been ruled out of Australia’s limited overs series against New Zealand by injury, while all-rounder Ellyse Perry was named in the squad yesterday but subject to fitness. Vlaeminck suffered a stress fracture to her foot on the eve of the Women’s Twenty20 World Cup in February and will miss the series and the Women’s Big Bash League after a setback in her recuperation.Twice ICC women’s cricketer of the year, Perry is recovering from surgery on a hamstring injury she sustained during the T20 World Cup, which Australia won in front of 86,174 fans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in early March.“Ellyse is progressing well from a significant hamstring injury and we want to give her every chance to be available for selection,” head selector Shawn Flegler said in a news release. Vlaeminck’s absence offers an opportunity to uncapped bowler Maitlan Brown and her fellow quick Belinda Vakarewa, who both missed the T20 World Cup but were named in Friday’s 18-woman squad.Australia will face the White Ferns in three T20s and three one-dayers starting in late September but the schedule has yet to be firmly fixed because of uncertainties caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic.“The schedule for the series has matches in both New South Wales and Queensland but, given the current COVID situation, changes may be required,” Cricket Australia said in a statement.last_img read more

Dutch lottery operator Nederlandse Loterij appoints Niels Onkenhout as CEO

first_img TOTO offers ‘sleeve support’ for distressed Eredivisie clubs  July 29, 2020 Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Submit Intralot accelerates Nederlandse Loterij retail transformation July 29, 2020 Share SG ramps up digital expansion with Nederlandse Loterij deal August 24, 2020 Newly merged Dutch national lottery operator Nederlandse Loterij, has confirmed the appointment of Niels Onkenhout as its new Chief Executive Officer.Onkenhout takes over the leadership of the Nederlandse Loterij operations, the new enterprise formed following this year’s merger of Dutch state lottery operators Staatsloterij and De Lotto.Updating the market, Nederlandse Loterij governance confirmed that Onkenhout had joined the company on 1 September, following a transitional period he is to succeed current CEO Frans van Steenis who is set to retire.  Nederlandse Loterij governance stated that it had found the ‘right man’ to lead its operations, detailing that Onkenhout had prior experience in manging merger processes having served as Chief Executive of Dutch supermarket C1000.Following a government review of state-owned gambling enterprises Nederlandse Loterij was formed with a view of enhancing consumer choice for Dutch state lottery services by forming one unified enterprise.A Dutch leisure and retail expert, Onkenhout will be tasked with merging Staatsloterij and De Lotto assets, delivering the new enterprises digital operations and services, and growing consumer awareness of its new lottery products.last_img read more

Report: Former Ravens defensive coordinator and Colts head coach Pagano has leukemia

first_imgFormer Ravens defensive coordinator and Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano has been hospitalized with leukemia, according to multiple reports Monday morning. The illness is considered “very treatable’ as Pagano will be hospitalized for the next six weeks while undergoing treatment, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen. The Colts had a bye in Week 4, but Indianapolis Star columnist Bob Kravitz reports Pagano had been complaining of unusual fatigue and went for blood workup during the bye week.Indianapolis offensive coordinator Bruce Arians will serve as interim coach while Pagano focuses on treatment and recovery. The Colts have called a 10:30 a.m. press conference to offer more information about Acute promyelocytic leukemia, the form with which Pagano has been diagnosed.In 2011, Pagano guided the league’s third-ranked defense in his only season as the defensive coordinator in Baltimore. Prior to that, the 51-year-old served three years as the Ravens secondary coach under John Harbaugh. Wildly popular with his defensive players, Pagano often drew comparisons to former Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan during his tenure in Baltimore.last_img read more

Ravens-Patriots: Inactives and pre-game notes

first_imgBALTIMORE — The Ravens are no strangers to big games with the New England Patriots as the teams meet Sunday for the first time since last January’s AFC Championship with high postseason stakes once again involved.New England entered Sunday needing only a win or a Miami loss to clinch its fifth straight AFC East division title while the Ravens can punch their ticket to the postseason for the sixth consecutive year with a win and losses by both Miami and San Diego. Of course, the Ravens still have visions for an AFC North championship but need a win or a Cincinnati loss in Week 16 to set up next week’s showdown with the Bengals as a division title game.Watchful eyes will be on quarterback Joe Flacco and running back Ray Rice as both are active but were limited in practices this week. During pre-game warmups, Flacco was moving around fairly well while sporting a brace on his left knee and throwing to tight end Dennis Pitta and wide receiver Jacoby Jones.Rice is dealing with a mild quadriceps injury that forced him out of Wednesday’s practice, but the sixth-year running back downplayed the significance of the ailment earlier in the week. The Patriots are 31st in the NFL in rush defense, so this matchup sets up nicely for Rice and backup Bernard Pierce to have productive days.Linebacker Elvis Dumervil is active and will play despite being a late addition to the injury report on Friday. Like Flacco and Rice, he was listed as questionable, but the rush specialist will play against the Patriots after being limited in Friday’s practice with a lingering ankle injury.Tight end Dallas Clark is inactive for the second time in three weeks despite being listed as probable on the final injury report with an illness. He was active against Detroit in Week 15, but the veteran did not play a snap.The Patriots will be without left tackle Nate Solder (concussion) today after he was downgraded to out Saturday night. As a result, New England is expected to shift veteran left guard Logan Mankins to left tackle as they did last week when Solder suffered his second concussion in as many weeks.New England wideout Aaron Dobson is active and will provide a 6-foot-3 target in the red zone for a Patriots offense that struggled in that capacity last week in Miami. Including the playoffs, Sunday marks the seventh time these teams have met in the John Harbaugh era with the Ravens and Patriots splitting the series. Despite Baltimore’s postseason success against quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick, New England is 6-1 all-time in the regular season against the Ravens.Unseasonably warm temperatures reaching the low 70s and a 60-percent chance of rain — with the possibility of a thunderstorm — are in the forecast with winds up to 11 miles per hour for the 4:25 p.m. kickoff.The referee for Sunday’s game will be Ron Winter.The Ravens will wear purple jerseys with black pants while New England sports white jerseys with dark blue pants.Here are Sunday’s inactives:BALTIMORECB Asa JacksonS Omar BrownLB Albert McClellanC Ryan JensenWR Deonte ThompsonTE Dallas ClarkDT Brandon WilliamsNEW ENGLANDLT Nate SolderTE D.J. WilliamsLB Dane FletcherWR Josh BoyceWR Kenbrell ThompkinsDT Isaac SopoagaDE Jake BequetteFollow WNST on Twitter throughout the afternoon for updates and analysis as Drew Forrester, Nestor Aparicio, and I bring live coverage from M&T Bank Stadium.last_img read more

Ravens position battles to watch this summer

first_imgThe Ravens possess one of the deepest rosters in the NFL entering the 2015 season, but a number of key position battles will headline the summer as they seek their seventh trip to the postseason in eight years.After losing the likes of Haloti Ngata, Torrey Smith, Owen Daniels, and Pernell McPhee, general manager Ozzie Newsome has done a remarkable job reloading, but several questions must be answered before the season begins in Denver on Sept. 13.Below is an early look at each competition with the first full-squad workout of the summer set for July 30:Starting wide receiver The candidates: Breshad Perriman, Kamar Aiken, Marlon Brown Why to be optimistic: The 26th overall pick in the draft, Perriman was projected to go in the middle of the first round by some and is a faster and bigger version of Torrey Smith on paper while Aiken and Brown are still developing and contributed a season ago. Why to be concerned: Beyond the 13,000-plus receiving yards from 15-year veteran Steve Smith, the Ravens’ other returning wide receivers made a combined 55 catches last year, making you pray that Perriman is ready to contribute immediately. The favorite: Aiken is the leader in the clubhouse following minicamp and has developed an impressive rapport with Joe Flacco, but Perriman’s skills are too enticing to pass on him as the favorite to start.Starting tight end The candidates: Crockett Gillmore, Maxx Williams, Dennis PittaWhy to be optimistic: Even if we assume Pitta will not be cleared to play in 2015, the Ravens invested a 2014 third-round pick in Gillmore and a second-round pick in Williams this spring for a reason. Why to be concerned: Gillmore caught just 10 passes as a rookie while Williams did not stand out during spring practices and is still trying to adjust to Marc Trestman’s offensive system. The favorite: After showing improvement late in his rookie year, Gillmore was a surprise of the spring with a better physique and improved ability to make catches in traffic while Williams was very quiet.Starting defensive endThe candidates: Chris Canty, Lawrence Guy, Brent UrbanWhy to be optimistic: Canty and Guy were effective holding down the 5-technique position a year ago despite Urban’s knee injury that derailed his anticipated role in the rotation as a rookie. Why to be concerned: Canty is entering his 11th year and the Ravens deemed him expendable before bringing him back at a cheaper rate while Urban has been unable to shake injuries going back to his collegiate days. The favorite: Urban was very active during spring practices and could push the veteran starter, but it’s too tough to pick against Canty, who has started 119 games in his NFL career.Starting safeties The candidates: Will Hill, Kendrick Lewis, Matt Elam, Terrence Brooks Why to be optimistic: Hill proved capable in handling a starting job in the second half of 2014 while Lewis was signed for his ability to play deep center, something the Ravens lacked in coverage a year ago. Why to be concerned: Elam was a clear disappointment in his first two seasons while Brooks is still recovering from a torn ACL, creating legitimate depth concerns going into training camp. The favorites: The Ravens gave Elam some reps with the starting defense this spring, but it would take substantial improvement for the 2013 first-round pick to overtake Hill or Lewis for starting spots.Return specialistThe candidates: Michael Campanaro, DeAndre Carter, Asa Jackson, Fitz Toussaint, Lardarius Webb, Steve Smith Why to be optimistic: Campanaro and Jackson have shown flashes in the return game in very limited opportunities while Webb and Smith bring experience to the equation. Why to be concerned: It’s difficult to buy either Webb or Smith as a serious candidate to handle the job because of their importance, leaving the real competition to players lacking experience or facing questions about their durability. The favorite: There isn’t one as this competition lacks candidates to really feel good about at this point, making you wonder if the man to handle the job is even on the current roster.Backup running backThe candidates: Lorenzo Taliaferro, Buck Allen Why to be optimistic: The Ravens feel very good about Justin Forsett in a starting role for a second straight year and have invested fourth-round picks in running backs in each of the last two drafts. Why to be concerned: Taliaferro and Allen have a combined 68 carries in the NFL and are the primary backups behind a 29-year-old back who has one year of experience as a full-time back since college. The favorite: Last month, Allen would have been my choice because of the versatility he showed in college, but a slimmed-down Taliaferro moved well this spring and has an experience edge for now.last_img read more

Orioles free agents Chen, Parra find new teams

first_imgAfter months of waiting, the Orioles have finally lost their first free agents of the offseason.Though his departure was always expected, starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen agreed to a five-year, $80 million contract with Miami, according to multiple reports. Represented by Scott Boras, the Taiwanese lefty will have an opt-out clause after two years and a vesting sixth-year option worth an additional $16 million.Outfielder Gerardo Parra also agreed to a three-year deal, $27.5 million deal with the Colorado Rockies, per MLB Network.The loss of Chen is clearly the more damaging blow after the 30-year-old served as the steadiest member of the Baltimore starting rotation over the last four years. Originally signed to a three-year contract with a club option prior to the 2012 season, Chen went 46-32 with a 3.72 ERA over 117 starts while earning a total of $15.466 million, less than the average annual value of his new contract with the Marlins.Though the Orioles saw their starter ERA fall to 14th in the American League at 4.53, Chen remained the bright spot in 2015 as he posted a career-best 3.34 ERA in 191 1/3 innings. Executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette never expressed optimism at the prospects of re-signing Chen, but he did say at the start of the offseason that he wanted to acquire a starter for the top half of the rotation, something he has yet to accomplish with spring training roughly a month away.Because they made Chen a qualifying offer at the beginning of the offseason, the Orioles will receive a compensatory pick at the conclusion of the first round of June’s amateur draft.The Orioles currently have a starting rotation consisting of Chris Tillman, Kevin Gausman, Miguel Gonzalez, and Ubaldo Jimenez with the fifth spot appearing wide open. Veteran newcomer Vance Worley, Mike Wright, and Tyler Wilson would appear to be the top candidates for the No. 5 job if no additions are made.Acquired from Milwaukee at last July’s trade deadline in exchange for minor-league pitcher Zach Davies, Parra was a disappointment in his two months with the Orioles, batting just .237 with five home runs, 20 RBIs, and a .625 on-base plus slugging percentage and struggling in the field. The 28-year-old was worth -1.1 wins above replacement with the Orioles, according to Baseball Reference.With the Parra signing, the Rockies immediately appeared to have a surplus of outfielders and the Orioles have been linked to two-time All-Star Carlos Gonzalez in past trade talks. However, a limited farm system would appear to make a high-impact trade a difficult chore.According to FOX Sports, the Orioles were having “ongoing trade talks” with the Rockies immediately after news of the Parra signing broke.last_img read more