The person spoke to The AP on condition of anonymity Tuesday night because the roster deadline had not been officially announced.The league and the players’ union are still working out many details of how often players will get paid and how much. Those negotiations largely depend on the length and start date of the season.Players who are waived over the next week won’t get paid, but they will receive benefits through June 30, the person told The AP. The WNBA offered rookies health benefits starting May 1. Veteran players receive year-round benefits.Teams usually have to cut their rosters down to 12 before the regular season begins, which would have been this past weekend. The league postponed the start of the season in early April because of the coronavirus pandemic.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NHL HORSE RACING-BELMONT STAKESBelmont to be run on June 20ELMONT, N.Y. (AP) — The Belmont Stakes will be run June 20 on Long Island in front of no fans as the first leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown.This is the first year the Belmont will take place before the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. The New York Racing Association unveiled the new Belmont date Tuesday morning. The Derby was moved to Sept. 5 and the Preakness to Oct. 3.The rescheduled Belmont will be contested at distance of a mile and an eighth instead of the race’s trademark mile and a half that has been in place since 1926. Former WWE pro Shad Gaspard missing in ocean off CaliforniaLOS ANGELES (AP) — Former World Wrestling Entertainment pro Shad Gaspard was still missing Tuesday after he was swept out to sea in Southern California last weekend while swimming with his young son.Gaspard’s 10-year-old son, Aryeh, was rescued and several other swimmers made it out of the water safely after they were caught in a rip current Sunday afternoon at Venice Beach in Los Angeles. A police statement says a lifeguard saw a wave crash over Gaspard and he was swept out to sea. Gaspard, who was 39, was about 50 yards (shore when he was last spotted.Gaspard gained prominence in the WWE as one half of the tag-team group Cryme Time, along with his partner, JTG.After retiring from the WWE in 2010, Gaspard has had small roles on TV and in movies, including the 2015 Kevin Hart comedy “Get Hard.” Associated Press Commissioner Roger Goodell gave the 32 clubs the go-ahead for limited reopenings on Tuesday as long as state and local municipalities allow them.Coaching staffs and all players except those undergoing injury rehabilitation are barred from the facilities in the first phase of the league’s plan.With such states as California, New York, New Jersey, Washington and Virginia still under heavy restrictions, that immediately leaves nine franchises unable to use their facilities. The Las Vegas Raiders still have their training complex in Alameda, California. In other NFL news:—Cleveland Browns center JC Tretter isn’t willing to guess what the NFL might look like when its back on the field. The new NFL Players Association president said he’s focused on player safety as the league cautiously heads toward normalcy in the COVID-19 pandemic. Tretter doesn’t know when players will be allowed to return to training facilities that began opening around the league. — The San Francisco 49ers are encouraged by how productive their virtual offseason has been amid the COVID-19 pandemic. But they are even more hopeful of getting back on the field for training camp in July after California Gov. Gavin Newsom said sports could resume under some restrictions if the state continues to make progress.—Changes designed to enhance opportunities for minorities to get executive, head coaching and coordinator positions were passed by NFL owners. They include addendums to the Rooney Rule, which has fallen short in its goal of increasing diversity in the league. All clubs will now be required to interview at least two minority candidates from outside the organization for head coach vacancies.NFL-BRADY WORKOUTBrady gathers new Bucs teammates for workout on prep fieldTAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tom Brady isn’t letting the coronavirus pandemic —or NFL rules against players working out at team facilities — keep him from preparing for a new season with his new Tampa Bay team. WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals will unveil their World Series championship rings during a “virtual” ceremony shown on television and online Sunday — an unprecedented approach brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.With the start of the Major League Baseball season on hold because of the COVID-19 outbreak, Nationals owner Mark Lerner said he hopes the plan to show off the team’s hardware would provide “a moment of joy in these uncertain times.”Teams typically unveil their title rings at a home stadium packed with fans. The ring ceremony will be shown on MASN, MLB Network and online.In other MLB developments:—The Los Angeles Angels will implement furloughs across their organization starting June 1. Furloughs will impact employees across the front office, scouting department and minor league system. The Angels had already pledged to pay their employees through May. Furloughed employees will keep their medical benefits for the rest of the year or until Oct. 31, depending on their contracts. Brady gathered some of his new Buccaneers teammates on a high school field for a throwing session early Tuesday. Brady wore a Buccaneers helmet and an orange jersey over his shoulder pads.The informal, players-only workout lasted two hours, according to The Tampa Bay Times.Because of the pandemic, any gathering of players is notable — especially one involving Brady. The six-time Super Bowl champion with the New England Patriots signed a two-year, $50 million contract with the Bucs in March.MLB-VIRUS OUTBREAK-NATIONALS RINGSAn unusual ring to it: Nats opt for virtual Series ceremony Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-REOPENING FACILITIESSome NFL teams reopening training facilitiesUNDATED (AP) — A limited number of NFL teams are reopening their training facilities, while many are prohibited by government restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic. Bogdanović was averaging 20.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists in his first season with the Jazz. He also was playing a career-best 33.1 minutes per game.The 31-year-old Bogdanović signed a four-year, $73 million contract with Utah last summer.WNBA-ROSTER SIZEAP source: WNBA teams to cut rosters down to 12 by May 26NEW YORK (AP) — WNBA teams will have to get their rosters down to 12 by May 26 so players can get paid starting June 1, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. SOCCER-PREMIER LEAGUE RESTARTSix virus infections found in Premier LeagueMANCHESTER, England (AP) — The English Premier League’s first wave of mass coronavirus testing of players and staff found six people infected at three of the 20 soccer teams.Socially distant training sessions can begin, without the involvement of the six people with COVID-19 who have to self-isolate for seven days.The league is not identifying whether players or coaches tested positive from the tests on 748 people on Sunday and Monday. Update on the latest in sports: UNDATED (AP) — The NHL is still more than a week away from determining a return-to-play format. That word comes from a person familiar with discussions.And what that plan resembles could be complicated further should the U.S. and Canada extend border restrictions to non-essential travel into July. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced border restrictions will stay in effect through June 21.NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly tells The Associated Press he’s hopeful the decision to close the border to non-essential travel for another month won’t “have a material impact” on the league’s discussions to restart its season.In a separate development, the NHL Players’ Association executive board voted to defer the final payment of players’ regular season salaries through the end of May. Players were owed their final checks on April 15.OCEAN SEARCH-MISSING WRESTLER —The Texas Rangers would prefer to stay home in their new ballpark whenever it is time to get back to spring training. They still haven’t played a game, or even had an organized workout, in their $1.2 billion stadium with a retractable roof. Spring training has been on hold more than two months ago because of the coronavirus pandemic. That has also delayed the start of the regular season. NBA-JAZZ-BOGDANOVIC SURGERYJazz forward Bojan Bogdanović undergoes right wrist surgerySALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Jazz have announced that forward Bojan Bogdanović underwent surgery to repair a ruptured ligament in his right wrist.The procedure was performed Tuesday by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Michelle Carlson at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. There’s no timetable for Bogdanović’s return. The team said in a release that he will begin rehabilitation “at the appropriate time.” The NBA season remains on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. Burmeister, who coached UTSA to NCAA tourney, dies at 72CHICAGO (AP) — Ken Burmeister, a college basketball coach for 21 seasons who took Texas-San Antonio to the NCAA Tournament and later guided Loyola of Chicago, died Tuesday. He was 72.Loyola said Burmeister died following a bout with cancer.Burmeister posted 72 wins at Texas-San Antonio from 1986-90. He led the Roadrunners to their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament, where they lost to Illinois in 1988.Burmeister took over at Loyola in 1994 after working as an assistant at nearby DePaul and went 40-71 over four seasons. He was the Ramblers’ coach when they moved into Gentile Arena on campus in 1996. May 19, 2020 In other sports-related coronavirus developments:—Major League Soccer’s All-Star Game has been canceled for the first time in its quarter-century history because of the coronavirus pandemic. MLS All-Stars had been scheduled to play counterparts from Mexico’s Liga MX on July 29 at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. MLS says the 2021 game will take place at Banc of California Stadium, most likely against All-Stars from Liga MX.— Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says the city is talking with the organizers of the Boston Marathon about what to do if the coronavirus pandemic hasn’t let up by the race’s proposed new date of Sept. 14. The mayor said on Tuesday that the decision to reschedule the marathon from April to September was made with the hope that the disease “would no longer be a significant public health risk.”— South Carolina’s highest paid head coaches are taking 10% salary cuts amid the coronavirus pandemic. Football coach Will Muschamp, men’s basketball coach Frank Martin and women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley are taking the cuts. The university also said Tuesday that school president Robert Caslen and athletic director Ray Tanner are among the top-level administrators taking the 10% cut.OBIT-BURMEISTER Following his time at Loyola, he went on to coach for a season at Trinity University in San Antonio and at Incarnate Word for 12 years.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSBristol is NASCAR’s next stopUNDATED (AP) — NASCAR’S next stop is Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee, where the Cup Series races Sunday for the fifth time in 14 days. NASCAR is trying to make up eight points races postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.The field was set by a random draw and Brad Keselowski has the pole. He’ll be starting first for the second time in five races. Joey Logano will start second and Ryan Blaney third.In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic: NFL-LITTLE-CANCERPro Football Hall of Famer Floyd Little fighting cancerSYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Pro Football Hall of Famer Floyd Little, who starred in the NFL for the Denver Broncos, has been diagnosed with cancer, according to a former Syracuse Orange teammate who has set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for treatment costs.Pat Killorin, a center for Syracuse in the mid-1960s, created the Friends of Floyd page last Sunday to help raise money for costs associated with curing what he calls “a treatable but aggressive form of cancer.” Little is 77.The three-time All-American at Syracuse from 1964-66 was selected sixth overall in the 1967 combined AFL-NFL draft by the Broncos. He spent his entire nine-year career with the franchise and rushed for 6,323 yards and 43 touchdowns. In 1971 he led the NFL in rushing yards with 1,133 and yards from scrimmage with 1,388. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010. — Former welterweight champion Tyron Woodley meets rising contender Gilbert Burns Saturday night in the main event of the UFC’s return to its hometown. There won’t be any fans in attendance at the UFC Apex arena on its expansive corporate complex in Las Vegas. It’s the first of several shows to be held at the mostly empty gym.— Robert Lewandowski scored twice as Bayern Munich took a confident step closer to an eighth straight German title with a 5-0 demolition of Fortuna Düsseldorf in an empty stadium. With five matches remaining Bayern has a 10-point lead over Borussia Dortmund, which has played a game less. Bayern has won 14 of its last 15 league games as it cruises toward the title. Schalke and U.S. national team midfielder Weston McKennie played wearing an armband referencing the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. McKennie had the handwritten message “Justice for George” on white tape around his left arm as Schalke played Werder Bremen.— The Ukrainian Premier League restarted Saturday but one game was called off when an unspecified number of soccer players and staff tested positive for the coronavirus. The league said players and staff from last-placed Karpaty Lviv had tested positive ahead of tomorrow’s match against Mariupol. The league is playing its first games since March 15, with Kolos and Desna kicking off the opening match. There are nine rounds left. The league is due to finish July 19 with a European qualification playoff following 10 days later.— The Spanish league says full team training sessions will resume Monday, ahead of the first match to be played following the coronavirus stoppage. La Liga said the government gave authorization on Saturday for squads to practice together. Until now, players had been limited to individual training before progressing to small groups. The league, which has been on hold since March 12, will restart on June 11 when Sevilla faces Real Betis without fans. The 11 rounds remaining are due to be played until July 19, according to the government. Barcelona leads Real Madrid by two points at the top of the table.— The English Premier League was given government approval on Saturday to press ahead with its June 17 restart, although players will have to stay apart during goal celebrations and disputes to maintain social distancing. Further details of the league’s plans for dealing with coronavirus cases have been disclosed with clubs likely to have to play even if they only have 15 fit squad members. The league says there have been no positive results in its latest round of COVID-19 testing. May 30, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-OBIT-ROOSEVELT TAYLORRoosevelt Taylor, 82, safety on Bears’ 1963 title team, diesUNDATED (AP) — Roosevelt Taylor, a star safety on the Chicago Bears’ 1963 NFL championship team, has died. He was 82. — Sporting events will be allowed to resume in England without spectators starting Monday, as long as they comply with the government’s coronavirus protocols. The new guidance for elite sports bodies paves the way for the planned June 17 return of the Premier League, the world’s richest soccer competition. The guidance includes a request that social distancing must be maintained in matches “during any disputes between players and referees or scoring celebrations.” Horse racing and snooker have already lined up events for Monday in anticipation of the end of an 11-week shutdown of sports.— France’s former sports minister says the government was too hasty in calling off soccer leagues this season. The French leagues were canceled after Prime Minister Édouard Philippe said in late April they could not resume because of the coronavirus pandemic. Patrick Kanner, sports minister from 2014-17, thinks the leagues were pressured into canceling. In a French radio interview Saturday, Kanner said “they were not given any choice” and that “maybe we could have resumed playing in June.” France is the only one of Europe’s five major soccer leagues to cancel its season.— The South African government says it’s maintaining a ban on all contact sports because of the coronavirus, meaning the country’s professional rugby teams and its world champion Springboks will remain out of action. The sports minister’s announcement Saturday came as South Africa prepares to further ease lockdown on Monday and open up most of its economy as part of a phased relaxation of restrictions. Professional non-contact sports competitions will be allowed in some regions. Rugby teams can resume training if protocols are in place, including mandatory screening. All teams have 14 days to submit detailed plans on their protocols for approval before they can train.— The Austrian Health Ministry has approved safety conditions for Austria to host two Formula One Grand Prix races in July. The first 10 races of the season have either been postponed or canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, but F1 could finally return with back-to-back races at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg on July 5 and 12. The double-header would have no spectators and only a limited number of people involved.— Four-year colleges facing budget shortfalls because of the coronavirus outbreak have eliminated nearly 100 sports programs. Critics say some of those sports might have survived if decision-makers had considered the benefits those sports brought to the schools as a whole. Former University of Idaho president Chuck Staben argues athletes in sports that award partial scholarships often pay more than the value of their scholarships for tuition. He says that’s especially important at a time when enrollment declines are accelerating because of the pandemic. The team said he died Friday but did not provide details.An All-Pro in 1963 when the Bears won the title, Taylor played his first nine NFL seasons with Chicago, 1961-69, appearing in every game. A ballhawk, he led the league in interceptions in 1963 with nine, also making the Pro Bowl.Chicago was 11-1-2 in that championship season, winning all eight games in which Taylor made an interception.He also made the Pro Bowl in 1968. The next year, he was dealt to San Francisco for guard Howard Mudd and spent 2 1/2 seasons with the 49ers, then was Washington’s free safety in 1972. The Redskins lost to Miami in the Super Bowl that season, with the Dolphins finishing off their perfect record.In all, Taylor had 32 interceptions, 23 with the Bears. He ran back three for touchdowns and also scored on a fumble return. — Major League Baseball wants to ban mascots if the sport resumes this season. But mascot guru Dave Raymond thinks that’s a bad idea. He says “every mascot should be essential because of its ability to connect and distract with fun.” Raymond was the first Phillie Phanatic and has since become a mascot consultant. He has helped create, brand and train the next generation of hundreds of stadium characters. Mascots were lumped in with other baseball traditions that would be weeded out under a 2020 proposal. The traditional exchange of lineup cards would be eliminated, along with high-fives, fist bumps and bat boys and girls.— The Pawtucket Red Sox have found something to do with McCoy Stadium while the minor league baseball season is on hold. Starting next weekend, the Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox will be serving ballpark fare on picnic tables that are spread out across the infield dirt. To follow Rhode Island state guidelines on dining, “Dining on the Diamond” is limited to 20 tables, with two seatings per night. The first four seatings sold out in 88 minutes.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 COLLEGE BASKETBALL-FLORIDA-NEMBHARDFlorida’s Nembhard withdraws from NBA draft, transfersGAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida point guard Andrew Nembhard is removing his name from the NBA draft and returning to school — just not in Gainesville. A team spokesman said Saturday that Nembhard plans to transfer and will have two years of college eligibility remaining. Stadium first reported Nembhard’s intentions.Nembhard entered the NBA draft last month. He hired NCAA-certified agent Jaafar Choufani so he could retain his college eligibility. He took a similar approach after his freshman year and eventually returned to Florida after not getting invited to the NBA scouting combine.As a sophomore, he averaged 11.2 points, 5.6 assists and 3.0 rebounds. With 173 assists and 80 turnovers in 2019-20, his assist-to-turnover ratio ranked 49th in the country. Associated Press Update on the latest sports
Haley Matthews produced a breathtaking allround performance with bat and ball to run riot over the Leeward Islands as Barbados claimed a seven-wicket victory in their first outing in the Colonial Medical Insurance Women’s Super50 Championship.Playing at the Everest Cricket Club ground, Barbados skittled out Leeward Islands before lunch and then needed just 13.1 overs to overhaul their target.Matthew’s had a career-best haul with the ball, claiming seven scalps for just 27 runs off her 8.4 overs, to bowl out Leeward Islands for just 88, while her opening knock of 23 from 18 balls (4×5) set the foundation for Barbados’ successful run chase.Only three Leeward Islands batters managed to reach double figures with the highest score being 25 while the other highest scores were 13 and 11.Three of Matthews’ victims were bowled while the rest were LBWs and catches; her support came from Shakira Selman who claimed one wicket from 5 overs, conceding just 8 runs.In their chase, Barbados were given a flying start from Matthews before she was out, caught for 23, Captain Deandra Dottin then marshalled her side home, ending unbeaten on 34 (4x4s, 2x6s) to help Barbados win by 7 wickets in just 13.1 overs.Barbados are the reigning champions of the tournament and their next opposition will be Windward Islands at the Providence National Stadium, while Guyana will face Jamaica at Everest and Leeward Islands will take on Trinidad and Tobago at Bourda.
(REUTERS) – The Kentucky Derby is the first step toward Triple Crown glory and this year’s ‘Run for the Roses’ is more wide open than it has been in years after race favourite Omaha Beach was scratched due to injury.The betting line for today’s race went through a big shake-up after Omaha Beach, who was installed as the early 4-1 favourite, was pulled from the event on Wednesday after developing a non-life-threatening breathing problem.The absence of Omaha Beach opens the door for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who is seeking to tie all-time trainer record for Kentucky Derby wins with six and now has the top three favourites in Game Winner, Roadster and Improbable. The top choice, at 9-2, is Game Winner, followed by Roadster and Improbable, who were both given 5-1 odds.But Baffert, who trained both American Pharoah and Justify to their Triple Crown wins in 2015 and 2018, respectively, is not getting ahead of himself going into the 1-1/2 mile race at Churchill Downs. “There are a lot of good horses in here,” said Baffert. “Unless we see something different on Derby Day, this is a nice evenly matched group of horses. I don’t see someone really popping off the screen.” Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, who rode Justify to a Triple Crown and was supposed to be aboard Omaha Beach today, was named yesterday as a late replacement for Corey Lanerie aboard 30-1 longshot Cutting Humor.Another horse to watch will be Maximum Security (10-1) as the Jason Servis-trained bay colt enters the Kentucky undefeated in his four starts. The Kentucky Derby field was reduced to 19 horses yesterday when longshot Haikal was scratched with an abscess on left hoof. As a result, the rail will remain empty as War of Will, who had drawn the No.1 post, will now break from the second gate.There is rain in the forecast today and while it may stop by the time the horses set off at 18:46hrs ET (2246 GMT) it is most certain they will contest the race on a wet track. Wet conditions will prove beneficial to some horses, perhaps none more so than War of Will (20-1), who last November raced on a muddy track at Churchill Downs in his first start on dirt and breezed to a five-length victory.But the Mark Casse-trained colt may need all the help he can get after an unfavourable draw has the son of hot Sire War Front starting from a post that has not produced a winner since 1978.
.. after suffering 2-1 Gold Cup defeat to HaitiSAN JOSE, Costa Rica ( CMC) – Bermuda captain Danté Leverock said his side had only themselves to blame after letting Haiti off the hook in the first half of their CONCACAF Gold Cup opener, which ended in a 2-1 defeat for the Gombey Warriors on Sunday.Debutants Bermuda, the lowest-ranked team in Group B, missed a hatful of chances in the first half before the six-foot, four-inch captain gave his side the lead on the stroke of halftime with a well-placed header.Leverock, 27, a defender who plays for Irish club Sligo Riovers, said afterwards that Bermuda should have gone into the break with more than a one-goal lead.Zeiko Lewis was the main culprit, missing two gilt-edged chances, while Nahki Wells and Lejuan Simmons both wasted good opportunities, before Bermuda faded in the second half,“In the first half, we were on top,” Leverock told Bermuda’s Royal Gazette newspaper.“We had our chances and at this level you have to take them. The attackers know they have to be scoring those types of chances, but we can’t fault them. They work hard and will win us games.“Some of the guys’ heads are down and it’s up to the leaders in the group to pick them up.”Leverock was pleased with his goal but defeat was a bitter pill to swallow.“To score for my country, in front of my family, is always a good feeling, but I’d rather not score and we win and keep a clean sheet,” he said.“Maybe I’ll look back in a couple of weeks and be proud of myself. Right now, I’m disappointed.”Haiti scored two second-half goals through Frantzdy Pierrot as Bermuda struggled to cope with the searing pace of substitute Derrick Etienne, who swung the momentum in his side’s favour.“They came out very strong and Etienne is a good player and his pace created problems for us,” Leverock added.“Maybe we sat back a bit too much and invited the pressure. Both goals were lapses in concentration.”Lewis, a former team-mate of Etienne’s at Major League Soccer side New York Red Bulls, echoed Leverock’s sentiments regarding Bermuda’s missed opportunities.“If we had taken our chances, we could have easily won this game,” Lewis said.“It’s always frustrating to miss chances, but we were all encouraging each other to stay positive for the second half.”Bermuda next take on group favourites Costa Rica, who beat Nicaragua 4-0 in their second game, in Frisco, Texas, romorrow.
…ahead of today’;s first World Cup semi-finalBy Amlan ChakrabortyMANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – New Zealand captain Kane Williamson encouraged his frontline batsmen to play with freedom in Today’s semi-finals against India to overcome their struggle for rhythm in the Cricket World Cup.Not surprisingly, Williamson is New Zealand’s leading scorer after the group stage with 481 runs from eight matches at a 96-plus average.The next Kiwi batsman in that list is veteran Ross Taylor, way down with 261 runs and an average of 37.28.Williamson said his fellow batsmen had struggled to adjust to diverse English conditions where a winning total can vary greatly according to the state of the pitch on the day. “We were certainly expecting that it would be tough. But what we didn’t quite expect coming into the tournament was the large variety of conditions that we faced,” Williamson told a news conference at Old Trafford.“That definitely made perhaps batting with any rhythm a real challenge for everybody, so being able to adapt with the bat and just trying to contribute … is certainly the most important thing.”“It’s just a great occasion to be a part of. I know the guys are really excited by the opportunity to go out and try and try and play with that freedom that when we do gives us the best chance.” Addressing a news conference before him, India captain Virat Kohli said the “special” Williamson controlled the team’s tempo and would naturally be a key wicket for the Indian bowlers.Williamson denied New Zealand were too reliant on him to give their bowlers a decent, defendable total.“No, I think there’s also been a number of other contributions that have been really important for us to get to where we are right now,” he said. “You never sort of put a number on it. That is why we all practice as hard as we can to try and make those contributions bigger and better.” That, however, would not be easy against India’s varied pace attack, led by Jasprit Bumrah, currently the top-ranked ODI bowler.Bumrah’s skills with both the new and old ball have been complemented by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, while Mohammed Shami has struck rich form after his delayed introduction, claiming 14 wickets from four matches, including the tournament’s first hat-trick. Besides, India have two wily wrist-spinners in Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal.“The Indian bowling attack is an outstanding bowling attack, with certainly a lot of world-class operators in there,” Williamson said. “As a side, they are very well-balanced with a lot of high-quality players.”New Zealand finished their group campaign with a hat-trick of defeats but still claimed the last semi-final berth.The 2015 finalists will hope to begin afresh on Tuesday, their captain said.“It all starts again where the day comes and anything can happen and all sides have beaten one another on a number of occasions throughout the last few years, so it is a really exciting opportunity for all teams.”
GUYANA swept the Under-15 and U-17 classes when the 2019 Caribbean Area Squash Association (CASA) championships concluded in Trinidad and Tobago yesterday.At the U-15 level, Guyana cleaned house with the rest of the Caribbean, both Nicholas Verwey and Micheal Alphonso making it to the final.Their paths were contrasting as Verwey had a five-set rattle (9-11, 8-11, 11-7, 13-11, 11-6) against Cayman Islands Jace Jervis while Alphonso hammered out Barbados’ Aiden Parris (12-10, 11-8, 11-5).in the eventual final, Alphonso stood tall with an 11-9, 11-9 11-6 win over his fellow Guyanese.On the Girls end, Kristen Gomes was made to work for her win against Barbados’ Sumairaa Suleman. She went down in the first two sets 4-11, 5-11, but dug deep to produce a comeback in the final three (11-8, 11-4, 11-8) much to the pleasure of the small but vocal crowd. In her earlier semi-final, she overcame Jamaica’s Savannah Thompson 11-0, 11-6, 11-5.The result was the same at the U-17 level with an all-Guyanese game between Abosaide Cadogan and Madison Fernandes. They both were able to make it to finals pretty easy, Cadogan steering clear of the hosts’ Chloe Walcott (11-5, 11-3,11-7) while Fernandes beat Bermuda’s Abigail Brewer 12-10, 11-7, 11-6).In the final, however, it was Cadogan who won in straight sets 11-7, 13-11, 11-4.In the male final, it was all Shomari Wiltshire who held through to his form with an 11-3, 11-8, 5-11, 11-2 win over Darien Benn of Barbados.Wiltshire had the first two sets in the bag but Benn came back strong in set three. Wiltshire was able to close him off early in the fourth set for the win.In the semi-final, Wiltshire got the better of Bermuda’s Matthew Elliot 11-4, 11-2, 11-1 while Guyana’s Samuel Ince-Carvalhal was beaten by Benn 11-6, 7-11, 14-12, 11-9. Ince Carvalhal won the third-place playoff by trouncing Elliot (11-9, 11-8, 11-8). Gianni Carpenter finished seventh.Guyana had no U-19 boys with Makeda Harding finishing 7th in the Girls U-19.In the Girls U-13, Beau Fernandes finished 5th with Safirah Sumner 9th while at the Boys level, Morhyan Baksh lost a hard final to Seth Thong (11-9, 6-11, 11-5, 2-11, 13-11). Baksh’s semi-final (11-8, 11-5, 11-4) win came against St Vincent’s Jaydon Williams. Louis DaSilva also finished fourth in this category after losing to Williams in the third place game (11-8, 11-9, 2-11, 11-5)In the Girls U-11 Barbados’ Phoebe Gittens won the round-robin fixture with three points ahead of Guyana’s Tiana Gomes and Christiana Fernandes while in the Boys division Grant Fernandes finished fifth with an 11-8, 11-4, 8-11, 10-12, 11-2 win over Zeviah Abrahams.
NATHAN Lyon’s journey from Adelaide Oval groundsman to world-class off-spinner continued Monday as the veteran reached another milestone by capturing his 350th Test wicket at Edgbaston.Lyon became just the fourth Australian to reach the mark after Shane Warne (708 Test wickets), Glenn McGrath (563) and Dennis Lillee (355).The 31-year-old picked up the seven wickets he needed to join the exclusive club in the first Ashes Test in Birmingham, capturing 3-112 in the first innings before spinning a web around England’s batsmen in the second innings with 6-49, his first five-wicket haul in England.It was a classic off-spinner’s dismissal that brought Lyon his 350th Test scalp – bowling around the wicket, he drew left-hander Ben Stokes forward, extracted his trademark turn and bounce out of the dry surface and took the outside edge of the bat on the way through to wicketkeeper Tim Paine.Lyon now has 14 five-wicket hauls and has taken 10 wickets in a match twice, while he was the leading wicket-taker in Tests in 2017 with 63 scalps.India pair, Ajinkya Rahane and Chesteshwar Pujara, have been his most popular victims, out nine times each, while England duo Alastair Cook and Moeen Ali have been dismissed by the tweaker on eight occasions.Moeen has been Lyon’s favourite victim of late, removing him eight times in his past 10 completed innings against Australia.Remarkably, all nine of Moeen’s dismissals have come in the last 11 innings the pair have played each other.So prolific has Lyon been that no bowler has taken more Test wickets than Lyon’s 350 since he debuted in August 2011 against Sri Lanka in Galle.Ahead of capturing his 300th wicket in South Africa last year, Lyon was asked to nominate his favourite Test wicket to date, and could not look past his brilliant delivery to the Little Master six years ago.“One that stands out was bowling Sachin Tendulkar through the gate,” Lyon told cricket.com.au in February 2018.“I think all the videos have been deleted off YouTube so I can’t watch them anymore, but I can tell you it was at Chennai (in 2013), a pretty good ball actually.“There have been a few that stand out, but it’s more about series wins for me at the moment.”
GRAEME Swann has warned England could break Jofra Archer if they continue to use the rapid bowler so frequently.The World Cup-winning paceman made his Test debut at Lord’s, where he put on an exhibit of ferocious bowling – including the delivery which left Steve Smith concussed.Archer picked up five wickets in that Test before claiming six in an innings at Leeds. After bowling 27 overs and going wicketless in the first innings at Old Trafford, he returned with a six-wicket haul at the Oval.The reduction in his pace led to fears he was being over-used and Swann echoed those comments.The former Ashes winner told Yahoo Sport UK: “They’ve got the luxury of a world class all-rounder in Ben Stokes who can bowl 15 overs a day.“Your spinner, you have to get more out of your spinner, but I’m not having a go at Jack Leach. You can’t have Archer bowling the overs when a team is 300-4, that’s when the spinner should be tying down one end with seamers rotating in short bursts at the other.“In the second innings, because we’re not bowling a team out with spin, the seamers are bowling more. There’s a game in two days’ time. If you lose the toss and bowl it’s like… he’ll snap in half.“But he’s genuine world class. He’s an exciting player. No one could bowl the amount of overs he’s now bowling and remain 93-94 mph.”In total, Archer was called upon to bowl 156 overs in four Tests of this Ashes series.The strike bowler, breathtaking at his best, was called in to replace James Anderson after his first Test injury ruled him out of the series.England’s inability to bowl out Australia cheaply – they were foiled repeatedly by Smith – was one of the key reasons they entered the final Test with a series draw the best attainable result.Looking to the future, though, Swann believes linking up Archer with Anderson – alongside Stuart Broad – provides a mouthwatering proposition.“If we could get that, get another couple more years of Jimmy out,that is a magnificent bowling attack,” he added. “Jimmy can bowl 25 overs a day at the same pace, day in, day out.“If it swings, he doesn’t need to – he bowls ten overs and bowls a team out. You need two bowlers who can do that 20 odd overs. Broady can do that as well.“Archer definitely should not be asked to do that, yet he will be bowled into the ground and be a blunt force in two years time.“The Aussies eventually realised with Mitchell Johnson, he wasn’t a 30 overs a day man. When he bowled ten overs a day he was blisteringly quick and a match winner.“Jofra Archer, that spell at Lord’s when it was gloomy, it was magnificent, and they kept bowling him. You cannot do it and remain effective for long.“Steve Harmison was the last genuine fast strike bowler we had and he ended up being used 24, 25 overs a day. It blunted his effectiveness, I hope they don’t do that to Jofra Archer.” (Yahoo Sport UK)
THE Guyana Football Federation’s Ordinary Congress, which is constitutionally due on or before May 31 every year, has been postponed due to the Corona Virus pandemic.This was communicated to the Regional Member Associations on May 5 by GFF’s General Secretary Ian Alves.In the correspondence, Alves informed the membership that alternative options and dates will be determined and guided by the dictates of the Government of Guyana and the Ministry of Public Heath, and will be shared to all of the Members of Congress in due time.