August 2020

first_imgLAHORE (Reuters) – Pakistan’s rookie pace duo of Musa Khan and Naseem Shah have promised to rattle Australia with their speed when they travel Down Under next month for a two-test series and three Twenty20 Internationals. Seen as two of the fastest bowlers in Pakistan’s domestic circuit, 19-year-old Musa was included in both squads on Monday, while 16-year-old Naseem has been named in the test attack featuring a third teenager in Shaheen Afridi.“I am not thinking about bowling to the likes of David Warner or Steve Smith, rather I want to make an impression with my pace and penetration,” Musa said in a news release issued by the Pakistan Cricket Board  yesterday.“My strength is bowling fast. Waqar Younis and Shoaib Akhtar are my fast bowling idols and I want to replicate their performances and instil fear in batsmen like they did.” The inclusion of Naseem and Musa is seen as a bold move by head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq, who wants the team to play aggressive cricket under new test skipper Azhar Ali.  Naseem, who has already built a domestic reputation for his sharp bouncers, said that on his maiden call-up he also hopes to have an immediate impact.“I aim to make an impression with my speed and swing if given a chance in the tests against Australia,” he said.“The conditions in Australia help fast bowlers, my aim is to make maximum use of the conditions and give a tough time to the home side. Playing on hard and bouncy pitches will be a great experience and a learning curve for me.” Beginning on Nov. 3, Pakistan will play three Twenty20 Inter-nationals in Australia before the tests in Brisbane and Adelaide, the last being a day-night affair.last_img read more

first_imgA new champion will be crowned in the (EBFA)/Ralph Green Under-11 Football competition after Riddim Squad defeated defending champions Timehri Panthers 2-0 yesterday in the semi-finals at the National Training Centre, Providence. The tournament debutants secured the result following goals from Matthew ‘Pot Roast’ Murray and Jaheam Lewis. Murray opened the scoring with a 13th minute strike before Lewis applied the finishing touch in the 22nd minute.They will now meet fellow debutant Vurlon Mills Football Academy [VMFA] in the final, after they brushed aside Kuru-Kururu Warriors  5-0.Shaquille Dalrymple and Malcolm Hendricks scored in the seventh and eighth minute followed by three other conversions in the space of four minutes. Romario LaRose netted in the 19th minute  before Negus Frank scored two minutes later. The fixture ended as it commence with Dalrymple making his presence felt in the 22nd minute.The final will be staged at the same venue on Saturday with the third place playoff between the losing semi-finalists commencing at 9:00hrs. Replica trophies will be presented to the top two finishers, with the third and fourth place sides receiving medals.Individual prizes such as the Most Disciplined Player, Best Goal Keeper, Most Promising Player, Top Goal Scorer and Most Valuable Player alongside the Best Coach award will also be presented. Also, a team will also receive the Sportsmanship Award.last_img read more

first_img“TOKYO,  (Reuters) – If England were to complete the first “Southern Slam” by beating South Africa in Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final, it would be the greatest performance by any of the winners to date, former champion Lawrence Dallaglio says. Having dispatched Australia and New Zealand in the knockout stage, England need to take the third southern hemisphere scalp to lift the Webb Ellis Cup for the second time.Achieving that would give an extra sheen to an England victory.“If they were to beat Australia, New Zealand and South Africa I don’t think anyone could argue that that would be the greatest World Cup achievement ever,” Dallaglio told Reuters at an event staged by Rugby World Cup partner Land Rover. “You know you have to win seven games to win the tournament – normally two of them end up being quite tough but to have three back to back is another level. The only way to get respect from the people it’s hardest to get it from is to beat them.”England also beat the fourth Rugby Championship team and 2015 semi-finalists Argentina in the pool phase. Dallaglio was a key part of England’s back row when they triumphed in 2003 and he came off the bench in their 2007 final defeat by South Africa. The former captain said last Saturday’s performance was undoubtedly one of the best from his country.“It was very, very impressive,” he said. “One of the all-time great performances, especially when you factor in the occasion, what was at stake and the quality of the opposition. “The really impressive thing was there was a game plan that was clearly put together and it was executed by the players from minute one to the end.”Dallaglio said Saturday’s performance was not out of the blue but the culmination of the last three years of development. The team have a “core of serial winners” – used to success for England and for SaracensBut what they delivered in the semi-final was still of a “different dimension”, he said. “What was so wonderfully refreshing was the courage they played with,” he said. “They had the mindset of ‘we’re not going to just beat you, we are going to totally beat you’.”Much as he enthused about the performance, Dallaglio warned fans to temper their expectations of a repeat in Saturday’s final against a South African team who, as they showed in their semi-final victory over Wales, will bring a different threat.“Nobody should expect England to replicate that,” he said. “It won’t be easy and it won’t be pretty. South Africa are very proud, very strong and will be a tough nut to crack. They’re not easy on the eye but they don’t need to make an excuses for that.” Dallaglio said the Springboks stick to a tried and tested pattern when in their own half but allow themselves a little more freedom when on the offensive over the halfway line.“It works for them – it’s pragmatic – not pretty, but effective,” he said. “A lot of people predicted they would win the World Cup so it’s not a surprise they are still here – even the pool game they lost to the All Blacks was a lot closer than the score (23-13)suggested. “I think that game showed that to beat them you have to get out in front, then that structured approach in their own half gets challenged.”Dallaglio said that if England do triumph on Saturday he does not think there would be a repeat of the post-World Cup slump that overcame them in 2004 when they went from “best in the world to worst in the world”.“We planned for winning but not for success afterwards,” he said. “This group won’t have that as they are still very much on that journey. The All Blacks set the bar so high and that’s what motivated Eddie Jones and the players. Now it’s England’s turn to try to keep driving those standards.”last_img read more

first_img(Field Level media) Andre Drummond had 27 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists and Tony Snell made all nine of his shot attempts while scoring a season-high 24 points as the host Detroit Pistons cruised past the New York Knicks 122-102 yesterday. Markieff Morris supplied 22 points and five assists for the Pistons, who were once again without three of their top players. All-Star forward Blake Griffin remained sidelined due to hamstring and knee injuries. The team’s top point guards, Reggie Jackson (back) and Derrick Rose (hamstring), were also in street clothes.Their absence didn’t hurt the Pistons’ ball movement, as they racked up 37 assists and shot 55.7 percent from the field.Langston Galloway added 13 points off the bench, while Luke Kennard chipped in 12 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Bruce Brown, who started at point guard, tossed in nine points and added six assists. Julius Randle led the Knicks with 20 points. Marcus Morris contributed 18 points, while rookie RJ Barrett had 15 points, six rebounds and eight assists for New York, which has lost four straight and seven of eight to start the season. Kevin Knox added 14 points for the Knicks, who shot 44.8 percent from the field.Snell made six baskets in the first half as the Pistons grabbed a 64-59 halftime lead. Randle allowed the Knicks to stay close by scoring 17 points.With the game tied at 69, Markieff Morris drained a 3-pointer with 7:50 left in the third quarter. Randle was handed a flagrant 1 foul on the play and Morris made the free throw. Drummond and Brown then dropped in back-to-back layups and a Galloway basket finished off a 15-3 Pistons run to make it 84-72. The Pistons carried a 96-85 advantage into the fourth quarter.A Snell 3-pointer with 7:38 remaining increased Detroit’s lead to 17 at 106-89. A frustrated Marcus Morris spiked the ball with 6:26 left, resulting in a technical and a Galloway free throw for a 111-93 Pistons lead. The Pistons won all four meetings between the teams last season.last_img read more

first_imgPARIS, (Reuters) – French judges yesterday adjourned the trial of Lamine Diack, the disgraced former head of athletics’ governing body IAAF who faces charges of corruption and money laundering linked to a Russian doping scandal. Less than an hour after the hearing began, the trial was halted for procedural reasons and postponed until an unknown date.The trial’s opening came five years after prosecutors began their investigation into Diack, from Senegal, who now lives under house arrest in Paris. Investigators have described a web of corruption that was rife in world athletics, including bribes and extortion to cover up positive drug tests.Diack, 86, has denied wrongdoing. His lawyers said the accusations were baseless. “He is someone who dedicated almost his entire life to the public and to sport,” Diack lawyer Simon Ndiaye told Reuters.Diack’s co-accused include his son, Papa Massata, who worked as a marketing consultant for the IAAF, now known as World Athletics. Senegal has refused to extradite Papa Massata and he is being tried in absentia.The trial had been expected to last two weeks. But prosecutors sought the adjournment after receiving several “rather voluminous” documents on Monday from the Senegalese judiciary. They include the transcript from a November interrogation of Papa Massata and bank documents.Money laundering alone carries a jail term of up to 10 years in France.Diack, who led the IAAF from 1999-2015, was one of the most influential men in athletics. His arrest plunged the sport’s governing body into an unprecedented crisis. Prosecutors began their investigation after the IAAF’s ethics commission and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) uncovered evidence a Russian marathon runner paid 600,000 euros ($683,000) to cover up a positive drug test, allowing her to compete in the London 2012 Olympic Games.Prosecutors highlighted what they described as the “extremely complacent” attitude of the IAAF toward the Russian athletics federation.Diack acknowledges discussions with the Russians, but denies sanctions were waived in return for personal benefit, his lawyer said. In a separate case, French prosecutors are investigating alleged bribes related to the Olympics and World Athletics Championships. They suspect Tokyo’s bidding committee bribed the Diacks in 2013 to secure votes, which the committee has denied.Under scrutiny is the role of Dentsu Inc, Japan’s largest advertising agency, and its Swiss-based business partner, Athletics Management & Services AG (AMS).For nearly two decades, Dentsu has partnered with the IAAF to market media and sponsorship rights across most of the world, while delegating some regions and responsibilities to AMS. In 2014, Dentsu and the IAAF extended their rights agreement through 2029.Sebastian Coe, Diack’s successor, has undertaken to rebuild trust in athletics and introduced changes to the sport’s governance.last_img read more

first_imgGuyana Jaguars and Leeward Islands ended their seventh round West Indies Championship match in a draw on the final day at the Providence National Stadium ground yesterday. Hurricanes resumed on 355-7 but with Sheno Berridge out with a back injury, their final two wickets fell 30 minutes and 23 runs later. The hosts then responded with 228 for eight declared before Hurricanes closed the match at 33 for 1 chasing 112 for victory.Earlier, left arm seamer, Raymon Reifer (3-79) made the early breakthrough by removing Jeremiah Louis who slogged a catch down to  Gudakesh Motie after adding five to his overnight score of six.Anthony Bramble lifts his bat after reaching his fifty (Romario Samaroo photo)Rahkeem Cornwall, however, thumped the Jaguars bowlers a few times, including a drive that landed on the glass screen protecting the journalists on the top floor of the Players’ Pavilion end, echoing a loud explosion throughout the empty stadium. He ended on 19 not out from 36 balls and 40 minutes at the crease. Veerasammy Permaul picked up the final wicket to end with four for 102 from 45 overs. Cornwall, who ended with three for 97 from 32 overs, returned to put Jaguars on the back foot with a few quick strikes to reduce them to 72 for three at lunch.The West Indies test spinner removed Tevin Imlach for a first-ball duck, which was glanced to short leg in the first over. The off-spinner then removed Tagenarine Chanderpaul (04) and Vishaul Singh (17) within one run to see Jaguars in a spot of bother at 24 for three.However, Leon Johnson and Christopher Barnwell saw them to the interval. When the pair returned, the partnership blossomed into a 73-run stand until Barnwell slashed at a wide delivery outside off and into the wicketkeeper’s hand for 40. His 75-minute innings featured three boundaries while facing 61 balls. Johnson, with over three hours spent at the crease shifted gear on his way to 63 from 144 balls, decorated by 10 boundaries. The 32-year-old captain guided his side to 181 for four at tea with Anthony Bramble at the other end.The pair added 97 for the fifth wicket but Johnson fell three overs after the break, guiding a simple catch to Jahmar Hamilton behind the stumps.Bramble spent only 20 minutes more at the crease and pushed his score onto 69 from 105 balls, laced with eight boundaries but popped a conventional catch to short mid-wicket off of Keacy Carty. Carty also accounted for Kevin Sinclair (08) and Veerasammy Permaul (02) to end with three for 30 at the declaration.With an hour’s play left, Hurricanes lost Montcin Hodge for 10 after being trapped leg before wicket to Nial Smith while the Powell cousins, Keiran and Ross finished on 12 and five respectively.last_img read more

first_imgWest Indies head coach, Phil Simmons feels that the match yesterday against England was lost due to Stuart Broad’s performance with the new ball on day four. England leveled the three-Test series with a 113-run win in the second match and Simmons spoke to the media following the loss.He explained “I think through the five days we played some good cricket, for me we lost control over the game in five or six overs of the new ball yesterday evening when we were in a good position to bat through the day and then bat some of today and close off the game but the spell from Broad is where I think we lost the game and we lost our way there and couldn’t hold it back.”In that period, West Indies were in control at 227 for four heading into the final session but were bowled out for 287 in the session before England closed the day on 37 for two. England eventually pressed on to set the visitors 312 to win or survive around 85 overs. Simmons revealed the plan was to approach the game until Tea on the final day and then decide if to go for the win or play of the draw but the start did not go according to plan.“I think it is disappointing, I think the way we started chasing 300, if we batted normally between when we started batting and tea time then we could have seen what was happening, the plan was to see out Tea and see what we had left to chase and decide if we are going to go at it or bat out the day but the way we started the innings did not go well for us and we had to be fighting to save the game,” he stated.Reflecting on the match, Simmons posited that one of the areas that he believes could have made the difference is the batsmen carrying on to score centuries since five batsmen scored fifties. Looking at England’s approach, Ben Stokes (176) and Dom Sibley (120) forged a double century stand that propelled them to a massive first innings total. “The only thing I can see is we had five-six fifties and no one has converted to hundreds, I think that’s where things lie because had we continued from 200 and something for four yesterday and one of the guys in got a hundred, another hundred-run partnership because we had two or three 50-run partnerships so these are the little things that help you control the Test match and we had things under control up to that point,” he pointed out.last_img read more

first_img Related Articles Share Submit Share Intralot accelerates Nederlandse Loterij retail transformation July 29, 2020 Intralot strengthens U*BET offering with virtual sports addition August 6, 2020 Intralot enhances Malta games offering with E*SOCCER launch July 13, 2020 StumbleUpon Intralot has signed an extended contract with Nederlandse Staatsloterij and De Lotto, the Dutch lottery operators that officially merged earlier this month. The new deal will last until April 2019, with the option to extend for an additional year.Under the deal, Intralot will continue to supply its LOTOSTM O/S platform and related services, connected to its 5,000 proprietary terminals. The contract extension confirms the continuation of a six-year partnership between the companies, which was sealed in 2008 after a dual international tender conducted by both lotteries.Intralot will also provide a ‘Prime and Disaster Data Centre’, a call centre facility for players and retailers, as well as other product solutions and services offered that will continue to facilitate the operations of the new merged entity.De Nederlandse Staatsloterij and De Lotto currently offer a range of online and land-based games including a full Toto-branded sportsbook, numerical games and traditional lottery games such as Staatsloterij and Miljoenenspel.Nikos Nikolakopoulos, Chief Operating Officer of Intralot, said: “We are very pleased to continue our excellent cooperation with the two Dutch Lotteries, which are now entering a new era, as a new merged entity.“Intralot has managed to design and deliver unique solutions for one of the most technologically advanced projects of our sector worldwide.“We are happy to assist both long-term customers with novel gaming solutions in their combined new operation and we appreciate their trust in our capabilities underscored by this contract renewal.”last_img read more

first_img Submit StumbleUpon Related Articles GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Ladbrokes marketing has confirmed that it will sponsor amateur rugby league club ‘The Political Animals’.The rugby league side which comprises of politicians from all levels and all major political parties with Peers, MPs and Councillors amongst its team members.The sponsorship will see the Ladbrokes brand featured on The Political Animals jersey for its upcoming charitable fixtures.Ladbrokes has further confirmed that it will the first ever Parliamentary Touch tournament will take place on 7 September, and provide MPs and Peers with an opportunity to try a non-contact version of the game. A number of rugby league “legends” will also be on hand to offer Parliamentarians expert advice.Grainne Hurst, Director of Corporate Affairs at Ladbrokes, commented “Ladbrokes are delighted to support the Political Animals. Rugby league is a key sport for Ladbrokes, and one that is of great interest to many of our customers. As one of the UK’s largest bookmakers, Ladbrokes are proud of our contribution to communities and local economies, providing jobs, training opportunities and a commitment to responsible gambling.”Making the announcement was Club Captain and Member of Parliament for Leeds North West, Greg Mulholland MP commented“The Political Animals welcome Ladbrokes as our major sponsor. The support from Ladbrokes, who are already big supporters of rugby league, will allow us to do our bit to promote the sport as the UK’s politicians rugby league team.”“This support will allow is to better connect with even more politicians in the UK and abroad to spread our passion for rugby league, allowing more people to experience the game, and to see what the game does for communities across the country.” Share GVC hails SportsAid programme developing next generation of British athletes August 7, 2020 FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

first_imgNEW ORLEANS — A running diary was needed this week to track the comments of Ravens safety Ed Reed as he prepares to play in his first Super Bowl on Sunday.The 34-year-old started the week hinting that retiring teammate Ray Lewis might not be so serious about walking away from the game while also appearing to soften on his stance from last week stating he would play again next season. Reed also stated he felt former NFL linebacker Junior Seau had no regrets about playing football before committing suicide last spring.However, his comments about wanting to play for New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick created quite a stir on Wednesday with Reed scheduled to become a free agent this offseason. Many running with the story failed to acknowledge Reed also expressed a desire to remain in Baltimore during the same interview session.On Thursday, Reed clarified his remarks about Belichick while also scolding reporters who elected to pick and choose his words for their purposes.“The bad part about this is that you all ask the question, but don’t write down everything that someone says,” Reed said. “People only get a part of what the comment was. I don’t have to say much about that. My heart is in Baltimore.“The question is, ‘Would I play for Bill Belichick?’ Yes. What football player wouldn’t play for Coach Belichick? Will I be in New England? Most likely not. It’s just terrible that people get half of the story, and it’s even [worse] when you hear the comments that they make toward you, but it comes with it.”Reed has dug plenty of holes for himself from a media standpoint, but there was nothing wrong with what he said in simply complimenting a coach who has expressed an affinity for the free safety over the years. With the Ravens almost certain to allow Reed to test the free-agent market, the veteran would be doing a disservice to himself by dismissing any potential suitors — even if only for negotiating purposes.A return may not happen given the Ravens’ tight salary cap for the 2013 season and other priorities ahead of re-signing Reed, but anyone interpreting Reed’s initial comments about Belichick and the Patriots as anything more than an innocuous thought was reaching for a headline and nothing more. The reality is that Reed would — and should — be willing to play for a number of teams if he is unable to come to an agreement for a new deal in Baltimore.As Reed has said on several occasions over the last few years, it’s a business.“I always said when I came into the league and got drafted that I didn’t want to be one of those guys jumping from team to team,” Reed said on Wednesday. “If it was up to me, I would be right in Baltimore. If it happens to be somewhere else, I can play football on the moon.”With players very accessible over this four-day period in New Orleans and Reed always being a colorful interview, the fact that he’s created headlines this week should come as no surprise to anyone.last_img read more