Sparta Boss eye another title in ‘Gold Rush’ Futsal tournament starting tonight

first_imgTHE proverbial ‘kings of futsal’ Sparta Boss, will begin their quest to claim another title when they play in the feature game on the opening night of the Xtreme Clean & Maintenance Co.GT Beer ‘Gold Rush’ Futsal Tournament.Devon MillingtonThe inaugural tournament kicks off tonight at the National Gymnasium, where 24 of the country’s top futsal teams will take aim at winning the $500 000 first place prize. Second-, third- and fourth-place finishers are set to collect $200 000, $100 000 and $50 000 respectively.With the likes of Gregory ‘Jackie Chan’ Richardson and Devon Millington in their side, Sparta Boss will have to get past West Back Road, since the tournament takes an unusual format, with the 24 teams playing a knockout round, and the top 12 (three groups of four) playing a round-robin.A Linden versus Georgetown clash will be the feature game of the evening, as Linden’s Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ champions Dave and Celena square off against Sophia from 19:30hrs, after the opening game between Agricola and Beterverwagting (BV)-A at 19:00hrs.These two communities have long battled one another for supremacy in sports and this encounter will no doubt be used to reinforce that contention.West Demerara Guinness champions Showstoppers will come up against Tiger Bay – a team searching to restore their reputation as being one of the best teams in the shorter format.All the matchups should give the tournament the ideal start, that is to entertain fans and put on display the customary skills and speed that are the main characteristics of the format.Meanwhile, according to the organisers, every night two lucky fans will have the opportunity to win one pennyweight of gold or its equivalent. There will be several other novelty events which will allow patrons to win prizes.Below are the fixtures for the first two nights.Tonight’s round of matches:Agricola vs BV-A – 19:00rsFestival City vs Albouystown – 19:30hrsSophia vs Dave and Celena All-Stars – 20:00hrsShowstoppers vs Tiger Bay – 20:30hrsBroad Street vs Kitty – 21:00hrsSparta Boss vs West Back Road – 21:30hrsTomorrow’s fixtures:Tucville vs Melanie – 19:00hrsPlaisance vs Alexander Village – 19:30hrsBent Street vs Campbellville – 20:00hrsNorth East La Penitence vs Future Stars – 20:30hrsWest Front Road ‘Gold is Money’ vs North Ruimveldt – 21:00hrsBack Circle vs Globe Yard – 21:30hrslast_img read more

Prolific Chase earns maiden ODI call-up to face Afghanistan

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC) – Roston’s Chase enterprise in the Test arena has earned him a call-up to the West Indies one-day side for the three-match series against minnows Afghanistan starting later next week.The 25-year-old right-hander is the only newcomer in a 13-man squad announced Sunday, which will be again captained by all-rounder Jason Holder and includes no surprises.Chase has come to the fore in recent times as the Caribbean side’s most dependable batsmen in the Test format, despite his limited experience of having played only 10 Tests.He struck back-to-back hundreds in the recent Test series against Pakistan en route to becoming the only batsman to top 400 runs and currently averages 48.Chase gathered only 214 runs at an average of 26 for Barbados Pride during this year’s Regional Super50 and averages only 25 in his List A career, but chief selector Courtney Browne said the player’s heavy scoring in Tests, coupled with his useful off-spin, would be an asset to the side“Roston Chase is the one new player in the squad. He was considered before for ODI selection, primarily because of his all-round ability,” Browne explained.“With his prolific run scoring in the last Test series and his continued steady all-round performances in the PCL we now feel it’s time to introduce him to ODI cricket. He was not among the leading runscorers in the Super50 tournament earlier this year, but we believe with his skill set and the way he has been playing he could be an asset.“His outstanding efforts with the bat could not be ignored any longer coupled with his useful bowling can only add value to our squad.”Chase will add to a spin attack which includes fellow Barbados off-spinner Ashley Nurse and front-line leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo.Selectors have persisted with the ineffective Bishoo despite the Guyanese’s single wicket in 26 overs in the three-match series against Pakistan in April.New ball bowlers Shannon Gabriel and Alzarri Joseph have been retained and headlines an attack that also includes seamers Holder and Miguel Cummins.“Our bowling attack remains the same with four seamers and two specialist spinners,” Browne noted.“With Roston now adding an additional spinning option for the captain, this offers further variety to the bowling attack. This gives the team the option of playing an additional fast bowler if required.”Chadwick Walton, who managed just 36 runs from three innings against Pakistan, has been dropped from the side.West Indies face Afghanistan in the first ODI starting Friday at the Darren Sammy National Stadium in Gros Islet, St Lucia.SQUAD – Jason Holder (captain), Devendra Bishoo, Jonathan Carter, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shannon Gabriel, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse, Kieran Powell, Rovman Powell.last_img read more

Mark Wood could return in third Test

first_imgMark Wood can provide the X Factor England need to beat South Africa in the third Test in Port Elizabeth, says assistant coach Paul Collingwood.James Anderson has been ruled out with a broken rib and Jofra Archer missed the second Test with an elbow injury.That leaves a potentially sizeable hole in the England attack with the series poised at 1-1.“Mark’s ready to come in and do a job,” said Collingwood.“You need those types of bowlers, especially on surfaces at Port Elizabeth where you might need a touch of X Factor; a 90mph-plus bowler that can get the batsmen jumping around.“Mark’s certainly the kind of guy who can do that, along with Jofra.”Wood, 30, has not played Test cricket for England since February 2019, when he produced career-best figures of 5-41 to clinch a 232-run victory against West Indies in St Lucia.He went on to play an integral part in England’s World Cup victory, but has not bowled in a competitive match since picking up a side strain in the final.Collingwood acknowledges the lack of match practice is far from ideal, but says he has seen enough from his former Durham team-mate in the nets to believe he is ready to re-enter the Test arena.“Ideally, you would like to have him playing cricket somewhere but with the international schedule the way it is that’s just not a viable option,” he said.“So from a coach’s point of view you have got to make sure they have got the overs under their belt and their workloads up. He looks really good in the nets.”England will recall at least one, possibly two, bowlers for Thursday’s third Test with Wood, Archer, Chris Woakes and Craig Overton all in contention, depending on whether they retain spinner Dom Bess in the starting XI.They will return to a team which bowled out South Africa twice to level the series in their last outing in Cape Town.“Cape Town was exceptional,” said Collingwood. “I thought our first-innings bowling performance was one of the best I have seen for many years and that’s kind of the blueprint for the future with the Kookaburra ball.”England will be led by Joe Root in the third Test of four, after the captain recovered from illness which saw him miss training earlier in the week.“It’s good to see him back,” added Collingwood. “He’s got a smile on his face and we’ve just got to make sure he doesn’t pass it on to anyone else.“He shouldn’t now, so all good on that front.”(BBC Sport)last_img read more

Football: Natrell Jamerson out ‘probably four to six weeks’ with leg injury

first_imgThe losses keep coming for the University of Wisconsin football team’s defense.A week after learning sophomore linebacker Chris Orr would be lost for the season with an ACL injury, UW head coach Paul Chryst said Monday junior cornerback Natrell Jamerson will be out approximately four to six weeks with a left leg injury.“I feel bad for [Jamerson],” Chryst said. “He’s a neat kid and fun to be around. Yesterday, talking to him, he’s got the right approach.”Jamerson injured his leg while making a tackle with 6:22 remaining in No. 9 Wisconsin’s 54-10 win over Akron Saturday. The training staff carted Jamerson off the field.Football: Badgers rout Zips in home-openerNo. 10 Wisconsin football had a routine day during its home opener against the Akron Zips Saturday afternoon. The Badgers Read…Jamerson served as the Badger’s nickel cornerback option, often matching up with opponent’s receivers in the slot. Now, junior Lubern Figaro is listed on the two-deep depth chart, with freshman Caesar Williams as the other backup.“There’s a lot of different guys that can step up for us,” fifth-year senior safety Leo Musso said. “It’s really just up to the coaches, who they want to put in, who they’re going to want at the nickel.”Jamerson’s absence not only hurts the defense, but the special teams as well. Since he plays on all four sides of special teams, Chryst said it will most likely take four players to replace each of his roles.Jamerson has served as Wisconsin’s primary kick returner and performed admirably in that role since he took responsibility of those duties last season. He averaged 22.3 yards per return in 2015, including a 98-yard touchdown at Maryland.Football: No. 10 Wisconsin rolls to 54-10 win over Akron behind career day from Jazz PeavyFor what feels like a long time, the University of Wisconsin football team has sought consistent production from its two Read…Senior running back Corey Clement is now listed as the primary return man, with freshman wideout A.J. Taylor behind him. Chryst said Clement is a viable option to take over those duties.last_img read more

Syracuse football reaches new low point with 58-27 loss to Boston College

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ The boos began sporadically in the second quarter, from pockets of fans in the stands who disagreed with Syracuse’s play call on a third and short. When Syracuse scored on the ensuing snap, sounds of disagreement still rained down from its fans. They didn’t even wait until the play was over on the next Syracuse possession when Trishton Jackson caught a third-down swing pass that went nowhere, booing their home team before they had a chance to run off the field.As the defensive woes got worse, the boos grew louder. Three Boston College drives in a row ended in scoring plays of 50 yards or more. Syracuse’s offense, which had started about as well as it could have, suddenly fizzled. As AJ Dillon and David Bailey gashed the Orange for big gains, all SU and its fans could do was turn and watch as the contest and their season slipped away for good, a feeling they know all too well. A strong first quarter by the Orange (3-6, 0-5 Atlantic Coast) quickly turned irrelevant when Boston College (5-4, 3-3) blew them up to the tune of 34 points in the second en route to a 58-27 win. The Eagles totaled 484 yards of offense by halftime, a number that spiked to 691 by the end. Syracuse’s early 17-10 lead turned into a 44-20 deficit by halftime, and whatever hope SU had of winning the game, and possibly making a bowl game, disappeared along with it. “It’s tough going into the halftime, score like that,” SU head coach Dino Babers said. “…There obviously came a point in the game where the game was over and you needed to get some guys out because you still have three more games to play.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTJ Shaw | Staff PhotographerEarlier in the week, Syracuse head coach Dino Babers repeatedly emphasized the importance of physicality in determining the outcome of Saturday’s game. By halftime, it was clear who the more physical team was. It was clear who the more confident team was, the more well-rounded team, the better team. It wasn’t Syracuse. And it hasn’t been all season. Syracuse wasn’t the better team when, on eerily-similar plays, safety Evan Foster crashed into the box and BC scored on deep touchdown passes. It wasn’t the better team when it went three-and-out on back-to-back drives and failed to score during the last nine minutes of the first half. And it definitely wasn’t the better team when it allowed the Eagles’ pair of running backs to scamper into the endzone untouched, without even a chance of being tackled. “We’re hurting right now,” SU tight end Aaron Hackett said after the game. “Everyone’s hurting. It’s been a tough season.”Considering this year’s iteration of Syracuse football is even more difficult when taking into account how good the team was last season. Ten wins for the first time in almost two decades, a bowl game win, a preseason ranking heading into this year. After peaking at No. 12 in the AP poll last year and beginning this year No. 22, many viewed this season as the second of many successful campaigns for the Orange. Sure, players like Eric Dungey, Dontae Strickland and Chris Slayton were gone. But in to replace their production came Tommy DeVito, Moe Neal and talented defensive ends. Babers had turned around the lowly Syracuse program from a perennial ACC bottomfeeder to a team that could contend with Clemson on a yearly basis.That’s why when the preseason win totals were released for every FBS team and Syracuse was expected five victories, some called it “laughably low” and bets on the over eventually raised the total to seven. All three of The Daily Orange’s beat writers picked the Orange to win nine or ten games. It wasn’t a matter of if Syracuse would surpass the expected five victories. It was a matter of if the Orange would double that. And yet, three-quarters through the season, SU now needs to win two of its last three games to even reach five wins. Syracuse won’t be making a New Year’s Six Bowl, like some expected. It won’t come close to the 10 wins it earned last season.No, this Syracuse team can’t be compared to that of last year. A more apt task would be to look at this year’s version of the Orange next to that of the 2016 and 2017 teams. Three years ago, during Babers’ first season as head coach, SU began the season 4-4 and finished it with four losses in a row. In 2017, after a 4-3 start, the Orange dropped their final five games. This year, Syracuse still hasn’t gotten to the lowly four-win mark that it has the prior five seasons. And it may not. Saturday’s game against Boston College served as SU’s most-likely victory over its final third of games. Up next are two road games and a matchup with No. 23 Wake Forest. Even as recently as a few weeks ago it appeared as though the Orange still had a shot to make a bowl game. Now, they’ll be lucky if they don’t lose the final seven games on its schedule and finish 3-9, a low untouched since 2014.  TJ Shaw | Staff PhotographerMake no mistake; of all of the low points of Syracuse’s season thus far — the 43-point loss to Maryland, the 35-point loss to Clemson, the blown opportunity at NC State — this is the lowest the Orange have been. Not just this year, but during the past four. No, this team may not be as bad as the 2016 or 2017 units. But after last year’s revitalization and this year’s expectations, the disappointment surrounding Syracuse football is as wide-spread as it’s been in a long time. “We feel the same heartache that (the fans) do, even worse,” Andrew Armstrong said. “No one likes to lose. We don’t like to lose.”At halftime, the Orange – who still haven’t defeated a Power 5 team – bowed their heads and looked away from the stands as they entered the locker room. But its fans, their boos as loud as ever, weren’t even watching them. They were headed for the exits. They’d seen enough. Of this game, of this team and of this lost season. Comments Published on November 2, 2019 at 3:26 pm Contact Eric: | @esblack34last_img read more

Syracuse’s 2020 football schedule released

first_img Published on January 22, 2020 at 10:48 am Contact Andrew: | @A_E_Graham The Atlantic Coast Conference released its 2020 schedule Wednesday morning, including Syracuse’s upcoming conference matchups.Along with nonconference opponents Rutgers, Liberty, Western Michigan and Colgate, the Orange will face ACC Atlantic foes Boston College, Clemson, Florida State, Louisville, Wake Forest and North Carolina State. Syracuse will also face two ACC coastal opponents: Georgia Tech and Pittsburgh.SU opens with back-to-back road games for the second-straight year. Syracuse opens the 2020 season on a Friday night in September at Boston College before traveling to face the Scarlet Knights in New Jersey a week later.A year after a week three primetime showdown, SU’s matchup with Clemson has moved back to October — the Orange will head to Death Valley on Oct. 24, facing a Tigers squad that will then be heading into an off week.Syracuse also faces Georgia Tech for just the second time since joining the ACC, hosting the Yellow Jackets for the first time as conference opponents. GT demolished the Orange, 56-0, when they last played in 2013.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHere is Syracuse’s full 2020 schedule. (Home games in bold.)Boston College, Friday, Sept. 4Rutgers, Saturday, Sept. 12Colgate, Saturday, Sept. 19Western Michigan, Sept. 26Louisville, Saturday, Oct. 3 Liberty, Saturday, Oct. 17Clemson, Saturday, Oct. 24Georgia Tech, Saturday, Oct. 31Wake Forest, Saturday, Nov. 7North Carolina State, Saturday, Nov. 14 Florida State, Thursday, Nov. 19Pittsburgh, Saturday, Nov. 28 Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

UKGC report finds gambling participation on the rise

first_imgShare UKGC gambling statistics highlight retail declines May 29, 2020 UKGC – Credit ban applies across all technology verticals June 10, 2020 Share Related Articles Submit Parliamentary report brands Gambling Commission as ‘toothless’ June 28, 2020 StumbleUpon A report released by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) looking into ‘Gambling participation in 2018: behaviour, awareness and attitudes’ has found that the number of people who have participated in gambling has increased since December 2017. The survey, carried out by telephone and online by independent market research company Populus, found that 46 per cent of respondents had participated in any form of gambling, up from 45 per cent in 2017.Mobile betting was also found to be on the rise, with 55 per cent of respondents stating that they had gambled using either a mobile phone or tablet in the last four weeks, an increase of four per cent. Participation in the national lottery continued to be the most popular gambling activity, closely followed by scratch cards and other lotteries. The UKGC report stated: “National Lottery draw players are much more likely to gamble to win in general (53 per cent) than to gamble for fun (20 per cent).“Conversely, machines in bookmakers (FOBTs) players are much more likely to gamble for fun (58 per cent) than to win (32 per cent).“Of those who brought tickets for a charity lottery or other lottery, 55 per cent reported gambling to support good causes. This compares to 15 per cent who brought tickets for the National Lottery draws, and 5 per cent of those who purchased scratchcardsWhile football and horseracing were the most betting activities, with 5.7 and 3.8 per cent respectively of participants having placed bets on the sports.Online betting on horseracing has seen a marked increase, with a growth of 10 per cent to 55 per cent. This is a significant increase from 2015, whereby 38 per cent of respondents had placed an online bet on horseracing. A spokesperson for the UKGC stated: “A key factor that influences where someone gambles is a company with a reputation for being fair and trustworthy. “Consequently, responsible gambling companies that deliver great customer service will be at an increasingly competitive advantage.“As the regulator, trust, safety and fairness are vital to us and we want everyone to focus on how we can make gambling fairer and safer for all. This includes operators, charities, researchers and treatment providers who have a role in working with us to build a stronger culture of innovation and evaluation to benefit consumers and reduce harm.”last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, June 24, 2014

first_imgWellington Police notes for Tuesday, June 24, 2014•10:47 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of a license plate in the 100 block E. 13th, Wellington.•10 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of pallets by an unknown suspect(s) in the 300 block S. Washington, Wellington.•11:30 a.m. Officers investigated a theft by an unknown suspect(s) in the 200 block W. Botkin, Wellington.•11:41 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of a debit card by a known suspect in the 1200 block S. C, Wellington.•11:41 a.m. Officers investigated criminal use of a financial card by a known suspect in the 100 block S. Washington, Wellington.•2:50 p.m. Officers investigated Identity theft of an unknown suspect(s) in the 1100 block N. Washington, Wellington.•9:55 p.m. Chelsea M. Overfelt, 20, Wellington was arrested and charged with driving while license is suspended and driving in the median.last_img read more

Albert Pujols’ chase for 700 home runs up in the air as MLB season pauses

first_imgCould Albert Pujols’ quest for 700 home runs be over?We’re in serious times, with serious effects, and the baseball season is obviously a byproduct of them. But of all the stories of all the players in all of MLB, to me, none were as intriguing as Albert Pujols’ chase for 700 home runs. Anyway, the other miracle is that Pujols finds the fountain of youth, takes a sip, turns back the clock and his age-40 body is rejuvenated, and he plays all (potential) 162 games and belts 30 home runs, instantly making the 2021 season must-watch in his chase.Chances are, neither of these things will happen. And that’s unfortunate, because with how people dig the long ball, baseball could use another home run milestone chase to excite fans in a homer-happy league. A-Rod’s quest for 600 wasn’t really sexy, given the steroid whispers beforehand, and that was the last big milestone chase we got.Saying Pujols’ chase for 700 is an “unfortunate casualty” is probably overstating it and insensitive given that, well, people are dying and the coronavirus is a serious, serious pandemic (reminder to practice safe, smart habits in accordance of CDC guidelines). But it’s still a little upsetting knowing that we likely won’t get to watch this chase gain momentum in 2020. With the start date of the 2020 season uncertain, it seems unlikely that Pujols will get a fair shake at it this year. He is under contract for one more season after 2020, but whether he gets to 700 relies on how big of an impact he’ll have on the 2020 season at the plate.MORE: 15 things we miss most about baseballBecause Pujols is buried on a largely mediocre team on the West Coast, people forget how good he was as a St. Louis Cardinal. He’s a surefire, first-ballot Hall of Famer. He’s been worth over 100 wins in his career, per Baseball Reference (100.8 bWAR). Since signing with the Angels, he’s been good, not great, compiling a 14.2 bWAR over eight seasons. The chances of Pujols getting to 700 were already pretty slim. The slugger will enter the 2020 season 44 home runs shy of the 700 mark, and to get to that milestone in 2021, he’d have to join some pretty elite company.In baseball history, there have only been 15 seasons (12 different players) in which a player age 40 or older has hit 20 or more home runs. If Pujols is going to reach 700, he’s going to have to do something pretty historic over his next two seasons, one which will likely be shortened by the coronavirus pandemic. Unless, of course, a few miracles come to pass.The first would be that the season gets underway sooner than expected and MLB is somehow able to squeak in 162 games. That’s a tough ask. As an aside, it’s also a dumb one, considering a season that stretches into December means that the offseason won’t be the offseason, the 2021 World Baseball Classic will likely be a victim of that, and players would still be fatigued from the length of the year, the doubleheaders and all that jazz.While players are seemingly open to that idea, it’s just ridiculous all the way around, with logical impasses all over. But that’s what makes a miracle a miracle, right?last_img read more

Brightline Expects to Double Ridership with Three New South Florida Stations

first_imgBrightline executive say they expect to more than double the system’s annual ridership in coming years with the addition of stations at Boca Raton, Aventura and PortMiami.According to the company’s recent financial filing, “We believe the three new stations … will contribute over 2 million incremental annual passengers once ridership at these stations ramps up and stabilizes.”The high-speed rail line, which is still being re-branded as Virgin Trains USA, considers the three new stations to be top priorities as it also builds a 170-mile rail extension to Orlando International Airport.Company spokesman Ben Porritt says Brightline determined the passenger figures from “independent and internal ridership studies in addition to traffic software and traffic patterns,” and also based on when the stations become operational and have established track records.Brightline currently has stations in downtown West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami.It is now pursuing marketing partnerships with cruise lines, as the financial filing states, “A large number of cruise passengers originate from points north of Miami and are potential customers for our new train-to-port product.”PortMiami’s cruise passenger traffic is projected to increase from 5.6 million in 2018 to more than 9 million within the next five years.The rail system carried 701,061 riders through last month, according to the filing. That number is more than double the 340,456 passengers from the same period last year.The company has reached preliminary agreements with Miami-Dade County for its new Aventura and PortMiami stations. In addition, the Boca Raton City Council voted unanimously last month to pursue an agreement with Brightline to build a station in the city’s business and shopping district. As part of that deal, the city would pay for a parking garage.Neither the company nor the city mentioned cost figures for the planned Boca Raton station.Brightline says Miami-Dade County will spend about $77 million to buy land and build the Aventura station.As for the PortMiami station, Brightline says it would build the facility on an acre of land for which the company would pay the county millions in rent, according to a memorandum from Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez to commissioners.last_img read more