Guyana Primer Softball Cup billed for October

first_imgDUBBED the ‘Prime Minister’s Cup’, the Guyana Primer Softball Cup is billed for October 27, 28 and 29, according to information received from the organising committee.It was also revealed that the three-day tournament is being held in collaboration with the Georgetown Softball Cricket League (GSCL), the National Sports Commission (NSC) and the Department of Culture, Youth and Sport.Aimed at attracting 16 teams, eight each in the Masters and All Stars categories, a member of the organising committee informed Chronicle Sport that the first 16 teams to register will participate in the tournament.Players must be over the age of 45 in order to play in the Masters category, while the All Stars format is open to all ages.It was also disclosed that at least two teams from the United States of America have already confirmed their participation.Prime Minister Moses NagamootooThe Over-45 category will make the champions $500 000 richer while in the All Stars category the winning team will collect $600 000.The proposed venues are the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC), Everest Cricket Club, Gandhi Youth Organisation (GYO), Police and GNIC.Teams registering for the Over-45 category must submit photo identification, preferably valid passports for every member of their 15-man squad.Registration will be done through Samuel Kingston on 619-5103.The official launch of the tournament is set for August 25. … 3-day tournament dubbed ‘Prime Minister’s Cup’last_img read more

Grave says no pressure on players to play England series

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad  (CMC) – No West Indies player will be forced to travel on the tour of England if they feel uncomfortable with arrangements, Cricket West Indies (CWI) chief executive Johnny Grave has said.“We definitely will respect any player’s decision who for whatever reason doesn’t want to tour,” Grave said last weekend.“There will be absolutely no victimisation whatsoever. Clearly if a player doesn’t tour then it creates an opportunity for someone else to come in and represent the West Indies, and they would have their chance to play England in three Test matches and cement their place in the side.”A 25-man side is expected to be announced this week for the tour of England which will see the Caribbean playing three Tests starting July 8.The tour has been overshadowed by the coronavirus pandemic which has already resulted in nearly 278 000 infections and nearly 40 000 deaths across the United Kingdom.For the first time, a cricket series will be played at bio-secure facilities with strict, quarantine, social-distancing and sanitisation protocols employed throughout.Grave said players had been included in the ongoing discussions with the England and Wales Cricket Board, and their input had been invaluable.“The players have had lots of questions and rightly so about trying to understand what is completely new to sport and completely new to them as cricketers, in terms of what the environment will be like,” Grave explained.“Obviously seven weeks is a relatively long tour … and they wanted to know exactly where they were going to be, how they were going to be tested, what there would be at the hotel in terms of facilities and amenities and also for some downtime, and what they could do outside of just training and playing cricket and what facilities and entertainment options would be available to them in the hotel.“(They also wanted to know) what happens if one of them gets, not necessarily ill from COVID-19, but if they get sick or injured and what are the options. There’s an enormous amount of detailed work that has gone into this tour, not just by the England and Wales Cricket Board but by our medical practitioners here in the Caribbean.”The tour was initially scheduled for May but had to be postponed with the UK hard hit by COVID-19 and the ECB forced to delay its entire domestic programme.But anxious to avoid a cricket blackout of cricket during the summer, ECB has managed to convince West Indies, along with Pakistan, to follow through on previously planned tours.While critics have said the tour involves too many risks and little reward, Grave said it was important to CWI from a playing and commercial branding standpoint.“This is a big tour for England financially but it’s still an important tour for us and an important tour for our number one sponsors and huge supporters in Sandals Resorts, so it’s not fair to say there’s nothing in it for Cricket West Indies,” he stressed.“And for the players, they’re desperate to get back playing and get back training so it’s an opportunity for them to go and defend the Wisden Trophy they did so well to win back in 2019.”West Indies are scheduled to leave the Caribbean next Tuesday.last_img read more

MBB : Second time around: Coming off freshman campaigns, SU’s sophomores bring experience to roster

first_img Published on October 16, 2011 at 12:00 pm Comments Scoop Jardine can understand the expectations placed on the Syracuse basketball team heading into the new season. He gets why the experts are so high on the Orange in spite of a disappointing second-round NCAA Tournament exit last year.And while the fifth-year senior and his fellow upperclassmen, Kris Joseph and Brandon Triche, are major factors in the preseason hype, Jardine pointed out a different group that could be the key for SU this season.‘We’ve only lost one guy,’ Jardine said at SU men’s basketball media day Oct. 14. ‘That’s why a lot of people are saying we’re Final Four caliber. We’ve got everybody back. We’ve got our freshmen, now sophomores, knowing what it takes to win in the Big East and knowing what it takes to finish games. It’s going to be huge for those guys.’The one player SU lost was senior big man Rick Jackson, who averaged a double-double and was arguably the best inside presence in the Big East. And the sophomore class features four players who shined at times last year, but served more as role players during their freshman seasons.Entering the 2011-12 season, though, Syracuse will look to rely heavily on sophomore centers Fab Melo and Baye Moussa Keita to fill the void created by Jackson’s graduation. Their classmates, forward C.J. Fair and guard Dion Waiters, will also look to build on solid freshman seasons and increase their roles with a year under their belts.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘I think the key with these four guys is they all got to play last year,’ head coach Jim Boeheim said Oct. 14. ‘They all contributed. Obviously, Ricky Jackson is the biggest hole we have to replace, and that’s where the two big guys come in. They have to step up and do what Ricky did for us last year. C.J. and Dion played well last year, and you’d expect them to build on that.’After entering Syracuse as one of the top centers in his class and being named the Preseason Big East Rookie of the Year, Melo failed to meet expectations in his first season. He started 24 games but only scored 2.3 points and pulled in 1.9 rebounds per contest.Keita, on the other hand, largely surpassed expectations in his freshman season, even without major contributions on the offensive end of the floor. He averaged more minutes per game than Melo, grabbed 3.7 rebounds per game and finished second on the team with 43 blocks.The job of replacing Jackson appears likely to fall directly on the shoulders of the two sophomore centers. Rakeem Christmas, a 6-foot-9 freshman, could provide some help on the inside, but Boeheim expects his two sophomores to carry the load.Especially considering Jackson played a lot of minutes at center last year, with Melo and Keita adjusting to play at the collegiate level.‘In my experience, centers from freshman to sophomore years take big jumps,’ Boeheim said. ‘I think our centers will take big jumps this year and be much more effective. I think last year was a good learning experience, the fact that they got to play so much as freshmen.’For the Orange, the biggest question could be whether one of those two centers develops into a low-post scoring option. Jackson was a go-to scorer down low and ranked second on the team with 13.1 points per contest. He showed a knack for being able to create his own shot with moves on the inside.Neither Keita nor Melo showed much of an offensive skill set in the post last season. With Jardine, Joseph and Triche running the perimeter offense for Syracuse, adding a scoring option on the blocks would add another dimension for the Orange.‘I’ve been working on my offense and my defense,’ Keita said. ‘Everybody thinks I’m a defensive player. Yeah, I love playing defense but offense, too. Whatever coach (Boeheim) needs me to do, I will do it.’As for Fair and Waiters, their roles are expected to increase since their freshman year. Both served as a spark off the bench last year, with Fair primarily bringing a defensive presence and Waiters showing the ability to score the ball.Fair ranked third on the team with 3.8 rebounds per game, and he averaged the most playing time aside from the Orange’s top four options of Triche, Jardine, Joseph and Jackson. Fair also had a huge game with 16 points and nine rebounds against Pittsburgh, and he scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds in a standout performance against Rutgers.Waiters, on the other hand, scored double figures in seven different games off the bench, including a career-best 18 points in SU’s NCAA Tournament loss to Marquette. His ability to slash to the basket added an element that complemented the outside shooting of Triche and Jardine.In all, the four sophomores must provide reliable backup to the three-headed attack of Joseph, Jardine and Triche that will lead Syracuse this season. With their support, the team could be ‘Final Four caliber,’ as Jardine said. But without them, another short postseason run is certainly possible.But they seem confident and ready for the challenge in 2011-12. And Waiters’ attitude entering this season summed up the expectations for himself and the rest of his classmates.‘I got a year under my belt,’ Waiters said. ‘I matured more. I still have maturing to do, but at the end of the day, I just feel like I could have gotten out there and done more. I feel like my opportunities were shorter than what I expected, but this year, it’s a different me, it’s a different team. And we’re just trying to do it.’zjbrown@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Full Rigor Podcast: Frostproof Triple murder and Broward Sheriff Shuffle

first_imgThis week on Full Rigor, Florida True Crime Podcast the triple murder of three friendly fishermen who were gunned down in Frostproof, Florida over a stolen truck engine, according to Sheriff Grady Judd.Also, the sheriff shuffle in Broward County. Hear from both Sheriff Gregory Tony and former Broward Sheriff Scott Israel as they brace for the August 18th primary election.Listen to Full Rigor Podcast Episode 66 here.last_img