Dinnanauth, Harry, Solomon win Wine Vault Golf tourney

first_imgMohanlall Dinnanauth, Ravindra Harry and Maurice Solomon emerged winners of their respective flights in the inaugural Wine Vault pre-Valentine golf tournament Saturday. At the Lusignan Golf Club with lush greenery, the 0-9 handicap ‘A’ Flight was dominated by Dinnanauth, who seemed motivated by the Ventisquero prize and produced the group’s best net of 66/6 and tournament best gross of 72. Former Club Captain, Patrick Prashad, was  second despite being close on Dinnanauth’s heels with 67/9 while Mike Mangal (75/8), Avinash Persaud (75/2) and Romick Cummings who netted 85 off a handicap of seven had commendable outings.In the highly competitive 10-18 ‘B’ Flight, where the bulk of the golfers play, Harry’s 59/15 had no close contender. Trailing him were former Guyana Open female champion Shanella London (66/13) and Parmanand ‘Max’ Persaud (67/13) respectively.Notably, nine golfers placed within five strokes of the podium with the likes of Aasrodeen Shaw (68/13), Lekhnarine Shivraj (68/15), Kalyan Tiwari (69/15), Patanjilee Persaud (71/14), George Bulkan (71/16), reigning Guyana Open female champion Christine Sukhram (72/12), Maxim Mangra (72/18), Rakesh Harry (73/14) and former Guyana Open female champion Dr Joaan Deo (73/16) in the mix. In the 19-36 ‘C’ Flight, the best net scores were returned by Solomon (63/26) who was followed by a tie between Troy Cadogan (67/26) and Nirmaldeo Sarwan (67/24). Other good performances in the Flight came from Brian Hackett (73/22), Rohan Albert (75/25), Bholawram Deo (77/19), Carlos Adams (79/26) and Eion Blue (79/28).President Aleem Hussain indicated that the Wine Vault had committed to sponsoring a tournament in support of golf at the Lusignan Golf Club for nearly a year and agreed that this special pre-Valentine time was ideal, especially with the introduction of the Ventisquero brand of wines.last_img read more

Is Shiv Chanderpaul Guyana’s best ever batsman?

first_imgIt is always a difficult task when comparing sportsmen across generations to determine who is the GOAT – The Greatest Of All Time.  But it is always an interesting discourse to have. In this instance, I beg to ask the question: who is Guyana’s greatest batting phoenix to date?Certainly, numbers don’t lie and it is a key determinant to inform the conclusion of the matter. But how important is the eye test, batsman-ship, swagger and craftiest of some of our greats?Clive LloydThe baseline used to articulate my arguments will be the game’s toughest form – Test cricket – simply because it’s the only format the previous and current generation would have both played in.  To begin with, the achievements of Shivnarine Chanderpaul –  the man from Unity Village – cannot be ignored. He stands atop Mount Roraima as far as this debate is concerned. Chanderpaul, popularly known as ‘Tiger’, whose international career spanned 21 years, clawed his way to 11,867 runs at an average better than 50 per innings and a staggering 30 centuries. His tally is only second to Brian Lara. He is also the most capped West Indian Test player which speaks to his durability and while he wore the notion of being a slothful batter, Chanderpaul occasionally departed from that mould; as a matter of fact, in 2003 he cracked what is now the sixth-fastest test century of all time. Carl Hooper Rohan Kanhai for his impact on the game isn’t too far behind the Tiger. After 79 test matches, Kanhai who is world-renowned for the famous falling hook shot, amassed 6,227 runs at an average of 47.53. As you peruse the archives, his 157 against England in 1973, 101 and 118 against Australia the year prior and his debut ton – 256- versus India seem to be best among his 15 centuries scored at the test level.As I veer away from the numbers and move more towards the ascetics of pure batsmanship, Carl Hooper comes into the fray. Alvin Kallicharran Famous for both underachieving and being pleasing on the eyes, Hopper was once dubbed the ‘Miss World’ of batting if the craft was considered a beauty contest. Although he only recorded 13 centuries after 102 test matches while scoring 5,762 runs, Hooper for me is right up there among the Guyanese greats. Clive Lloyd is giant among the lot as well. Considered a basher, Lloyd’s numbers aren’t too shabby. In fact, his tally of 7,515 runs from 110 test matches speaks to his tag of being a flamboyant destroyer of bowling during the former years of test match cricket. His career was decorated with 19 centuries.  Alvin Kallicharran and Ramnaresh Sarwan, though generations apart, both pose similar records and perhaps wavelength of influence. They are not considered top echelon on Guyanese batting greats but it would be a mistake to leave them out of the conversation.Rohan KanhaiKallicharran made 12 centuries from 66 matches while Sarwan put together 15 tons after 87 matches; both averaged over 40. The older folks would tell you that Basil Butcher and Roy Fredericks were icons of their time and although I didn’t see them play, it’s easy to understand why they are held in high regard.Butcher, who passed away recently, averaged 43 and reached the century landmark seven times while “Freddo” notched up eight tons during a career where he averaged 42.49. So, Is Chanderpaul, the greatest ever Guyanese batsman?You be the judge.last_img read more

Premier League clubs discuss options but left in limbo

first_imgMANCHESTER, England, (Reuters) – Premier League clubs yesterday discussed possible models for finishing the current season but did not consider a specific date for play to resume while U.K. government lockdown restrictions remain in place. Representatives of the 20 teams took part in a conference call to look at various possible options for restarting the season and remain committed to completing the fixtures rather than voiding the season.But after the government announced on Thursday that the lockdown would remain in place for at least another three weeks, all options remain hypothetical.A Premier League spokesperson said: “Today’s Shareholders’ Meeting provided an opportunity to discuss possible scheduling models. It remains our objective to complete the 2019-20 season but at this stage all dates are tentative while the impact of COVID-19 develops. “In common with other businesses and industries, the Premier League and our clubs are working through complex planning scenarios.“We are actively engaging with stakeholders, including broadcast partners, and our aim is to ensure we are in a position to resume playing when it is safe to do so and with the full support of the Government.“The health and wellbeing of players, coaches, managers, club staff and supporters are our priority and the League will only restart when medical guidance allows.” There was no discussion during the meeting of the possible complications that could be caused by the season running beyond June 30 — when some player and manager contracts run out.World soccer’s governing body FIFA has stated that contracts should be adjusted to reflect the actual end of the season. However, that issue could be open to challenge under English law.The Football League (EFL), which represents the three divisions below the Premier League, has said that teams should not return to training before May 16 “at the earliest”. Should teams be allowed to train it is expected they would need two-to-three weeks to get prepared for the return to action, making the earliest possible return in June.But with the ban on mass public gatherings likely to be one of the last restrictions to be removed, rescheduled games could well be held behind closed doors.last_img read more

CONCACAF unveils rejigged qualifying format for 2022 World Cup

first_img(Reuters) – CONCACAF has unveiled a new qualification format for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar after COVID-19 forced a rejig of the usual system, the governing body for soccer in North and Central America and the Caribbean said yesterday. The new format, which will feature all 35 of the region’s members, has been split into three rounds with the first being played in October and November with teams ranked from No. 6 to No. 35 in CONCACAF as of July 16 drawn into six groups of five.The second round, to be played in March 2021, will feature the six group winners from the first phase playing against each other in pre-drawn match-ups to determine which three teams advance to the third and final round.The second-round winners will join the top-five sides in the CONCACAF rankings — Mexico, the United States, Costa Rica, Jamaica and Honduras — in the eight-team final round where each team plays 14 matches, home and away, against the other seven. The top three teams from the final round, which will begin in June 2021, will qualify for the World Cup while the fourth-placed team will face an Intercontinental Playoff in June 2022. CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani said the new format has some fail-safes built in it, including rescheduling certain FIFA international match windows, should any novel coronavirus-related hurdles surface.“There are some mechanisms built in where we can pivot if we need to,” he said on a conference call. “But if ‘21 starts mimicking 2020 well then I think it’s not just CONCACAF that has to go back to the drawing board it’s the entire football world.”Under the usual format for CONCACAF’S final round of World Cup qualifying, known as the Hex, the top six countries in the region’s rankings battled for three World Cup places while the fourth-placed team advanced to a playoff.last_img read more

Below-strength Man United move into Europa League last eight

first_imgANCHESTER, England, (Reuters) – Former Europa League winners Manchester United booked a quarter-final spot in the tournament after their second-string side laboured to a 2-1 home win over LASK Linz yesterday to seal a 7-1 aggregate rout of the Austrian side. United’s reward is a clash with FC Copenhagen in Cologne on Monday after the Danish side beat Istanbul Basaksehir 3-0 at home earlier on Wednesday to wipe out a 1-0 first-leg deficit.United, who won Europe’s second-tier club competition in 2017, appeared to be going through the motions and fell behind to a spectacular Philipp Wiesinger goal in the 55th minute before Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial replied.Having been virtually assured of progress after a 5-0 win at LASK in March, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fielded a below-strength side at Old Trafford and they looked completely at sea for an hour. Solskjaer said the fringe players needed a run out to stay in shape for United’s trip to Germany, where the latter stages of the competiton will be played in a mini-tournament, as his side aim to end the season on a high note.“We learned that the players need to play to keep that sharpness,” the Norwegian told BT Sport.“Some of these lads haven’t played for a while and it showed. Some haven’t played since lockdown. For me, it was a good exercise. It’s job done, minutes under the belt and on to (face) Copenhagen.”  United found themselves under pressure early on as LASK defender Andres Andrade hit the bar in the 10th minute and Husein Balic fired just wide from the ensuing scramble before striker Marko Raguz twice came close in a one-sided first half. LASK took a deserved lead when United half cleared a corner and Wiesinger gave home goalkeeper Sergio Romero no chance with a screaming first-time shot from 25 metres into the top corner. Falling behind finally spurred United into action and Lingard equalised after a defence-splitting pass by Juan Mata left him with time and space to steer his shot past goalkeeper Alexander Schlager.Late substitute Martial completed United’s comeback on the night in the 88th minute when his close-range shot trickled over the line after squeezing through Schlager’s legs.Romero spared United more blushes when he kept out a Raguz back-heel from two metres with a superb reflex save deep into stoppage time. The last eight will be played in four German cities as part of the mini-tournament, with the final on Aug. 21 in Cologne.last_img read more

Gala Bingo & Playtech win top honours at WhichBingo Awards

first_img Retail closures have ‘severe’ impact on Playtech August 5, 2020 StumbleUpon Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 Submit Related Articles Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Share Share The third WhichBingo Awards hosted at London’s Madame Tussauds Museum, saw Gala Bingo and its software provider Playtech take home top industry honours.Voted by users of WhichBingo.com, Gala Bingo won its first ever ‘Best Online Bingo Site’ of the year award, taking the crown from two-time winner Jackpotjoy. The awards night would see further honours bestowed to the Gala Coral bingo brand, which would retain its title of ‘Best Online Bingo Experience’ and win ‘Best Playtech (network) Bingo Room’.Industry platform provider Playtech would secure the top online bingo tech honours winning both ‘Best Online Bingo Software’ and ‘Best Unique Bingo Game’ for Cash Cubes.Playtech would score extra recognition as Kerry Katona hosted online bingo room ‘Bingo With Kerry’ (powered by Playtech bingo) would win the award of ‘Best New Online Bingo Room’.Collecting Playtech’s multiple awards Daniel Phillips, Playtech VP UK Operations commented on the night“The WhichBingo Awards further showcase our dedication to innovation, driven by close partnerships with our licensees and placing the player at the heart of everything we do: to deliver an unrivalled online bingo offering and the ultimate gaming experience for every type of player no matter what channel or device they use.”“It is always a great pleasure for Playtech to be recognised and rewarded at the industry’s leading online bingo awards and many thanks to the organisers for a great evening.”WhichBingo Awards 2016 – Winners Listlast_img read more

Tony Plaskow joins Black Cow as commercial lead

first_img Related Articles Black Cow Technology appoints Baruzi as new product lead April 5, 2019 Share Share StumbleUpon SBC Charity Boxing Championship packs a punch for Oliver’s Wish Foundation January 20, 2020 Submit 6 of the Best – Pixiu Gaming’s Tony Plaskow January 17, 2019 Open gaming architecture (OGA) specialist Black Cow Technology (Black Cow) has announced the appointment of Tony Plaskow as its new Commercial Director.Plaskow a 15-year online betting and igaming veteran will be charged with leading Black Cow commercial initiatives as the young company looks to bring on board new software clients utilising its open-system tailored ‘game server construction kit’.Black Cow who have been operational since 2013, stated that it was pleased to bring on board an industry renowned commercial director, who has worked and consulted with some of the industry’s biggest names such as IGT, Bally Technologies, News UK etc..“I am delighted to welcome an executive of Tony’s calibre to our company,” said Max Francis, Black Cow’s Founder and Chief Executive. “He brings a wealth of experience, and is very highly regarded across the industry.“Tony will be key for Black Cow in driving our sales, business development and growth strategy. I consider this to be a strong acquisition for the business.”Plaskow commented on joining team Black Cow:“I am thrilled to be joining Black Cow. I’ve known Max for a long time and I firmly believe he has created the best game server software software in the industry. It is a company with immense potential, and I am looking forward to putting my focus towards its development. Black Cow offers something completely different to anything else currently in the market. OGA provides the type of flexibility and efficiency other software cannot match.”last_img read more

An orange video postcard from Citi Field

first_imgWe had another soldout WNST Orange Roadtrip this evening to Citi Field in Queens, N.Y. While the outcome wasn’t positive for the Orioles, we did have a hearty group rooting on Jake Arrieta and the Orioles.Here’s my video postcard of an evening at the site of the former Shea Stadium…last_img

With Saunders inked, would Orioles consider minor-league deal for Jim Johnson?

first_imgBALTIMORE — The Orioles added to their organizational pitching depth Friday by signing left-handed pitcher Joe Saunders to a minor-league deal, leading many to wonder whether former All-Star closer Jim Johnson could be the next former Baltimore pitcher to return to the organization.After beginning the season in the Rangers’ starting rotation, Saunders was released twice in the month of July and went 0-5 with a 6.13 ERA in eight starts for Texas this season. After being released by the Rangers on July 4, Saunders signed a minor-league deal with the Royals and was let go earlier this week after posting a 6.75 ERA in four starts for Triple-A Omaha.Of course, Saunders was acquired by the Orioles late in the 2012 season and went 3-3 with a 3.63 ERA in seven starts spanning 44 2/3 innings and was the winning pitcher in the inaugural American League Wild Card Game to send the Orioles to their first American League Division Series appearance since 1997. The 33-year-old went 11-16 with a 5.26 ERA in 32 starts for Seattle last season.Realistically speaking, Saunders provides little more than some injury insurance as well as an option to pitch in long relief if he can work out the issues that have plagued him all season and prompted two other organizations to give up on him in the last month alone.The more interesting question presented Friday came after the Oakland Athletics officially released Johnson, who pitched to a disastrous 7.14 ERA in 38 appearances and lost his closer job with his new — and now former — club at the beginning of the season. After Johnson collected a combined 101 saves for the Orioles in 2012 and 2013, executive vice president of baseball operations dealt him to Oakland for infielder Jemile Weeks and catcher David Freitas last winter.Needless to say, the deal was an utter failure for Oakland while the Orioles haven’t really benefited with their return beyond saving the $10 million the 2012 All-Star selection was set to earn through arbitration in 2014. It’s clear that Johnson needed a change of scenery and a mental break at the very least, but would the Orioles consider bringing back the 31-year-old on a minor-league deal?Manager Buck Showalter tried to dodge the question on Friday, but it’s no secret that Johnson was one of his favorites in Baltimore.“We like Jimmy. He pitched real well for us here.” Showalter said. “He’s on his way to Sarasota. I know [pitching rehabilitation coordinator] Scotty McGregor is real close to him. If he becomes completely available, I’m sure a lot of people would have interest in him — including us.”Showalter mentioning Johnson going to Sarasota was interesting considering it’s the club’s spring training home and the pitcher lives there, making it a compelling landing spot for him to clear his head and figure out his woes to get his career back on track.Of course, the Orioles just acquired left-handed reliever Andrew Miller to sure up the back end of the bullpen and don’t have a pressing need, but Johnson’s track record wouldn’t make it a terrible idea to see if the organization can fix his problems — he averaged 5.1 walks per nine innings and posted a 2.06 WHIP in Oakland — and make him a middle relief option later this year or even next. Prior to this season, Johnson had pitched to an ERA under 3.00 in three consecutive seasons and was an above-average reliever in the AL for a number of years.Just like the Saunders signing, a potential move to ink Johnson to a minor-league deal should be viewed with very little consequence and no serious expectations, but the familiar surroundings of the Orioles organization would seem to be a good fit if the reliever is to get his career back on track. Johnson was quite fond of his time in Baltimore and was quite emotional upon learning he had been traded last December.Above all, it’s the kind of reclamation project that has Duquette and the Orioles written all over it, which would make his return not the least bit surprising.last_img read more

Ravens lose rookie defensive end Kaufusi for season

first_img(Photo courtesy of BaltimoreRavens.com)OWINGS MILLS, Md. — A week into training camp, the Ravens have suffered their first season-ending injury of the summer as rookie defensive end Bronson Kaufusi broke his left ankle on Thursday.Kaufusi, 25, sustained the injury when another player fell into his lower leg during a “thud” drill in which players aren’t supposed to go to the ground. The third-round pick from Brigham Young could not put any weight on the leg and left the field on a cart midway through the morning session.“You do everything you can to keep players off the ground, but sometimes guys fall and that’s what happened with Bronson,” Harbaugh said. “I’m sure he’ll be out for the year.”The 6-foot-6, 285-pound defensive lineman was competing with veterans Lawrence Guy and Brent Urban for playing time at the 5-technique defensive end position after veteran Chris Canty was cut in the offseason. Kaufusi had been mostly working with the second and third defensive units over the first week of training camp.He missed spring workouts and June’s minicamp with a back injury.“It will be an opportunity for him to take the next year and go to work on his body, go to work and become a mature NFL football player physically,” Harbaugh said. “He’s young. He needs a lot of work on his lower body, strength-wise and flexibility-wise.“He was playing well, but he’s only going to be better next year.”Kaufusi’s absence will likely improves the roster chances of fourth-year defensive lineman Kapron Lewis-Moore, who has had a good start to the summer.This marks the third straight season in which the Ravens have dealt with at least one serious injury at the 5-technique spot during training camp. Urban suffered a torn ACL and Lewis-Moore tore his Achilles tendon in 2014, and the former tore his biceps last summer before eventually returning to action in November.In 50 career games at BYU, Kaufusi started 37 games and accumulated 26 1/2 sacks, five forced fumbles, and two interceptions.INJURY NOTES: Cornerback Will Davis (knee) and running back Kenneth Dixon (knee) both returned to the practice field on Thursday with the latter only working on a limited basis. … Safety Lardarius Webb and wide receiver Michael Campanaro received the day off. … Wide receivers Steve Smith (Achilles), Breshad Perriman (knee), and Chris Moore (foot), running back Lorenzo Taliaferro (foot), cornerback Maurice Canady, linebackers Terrell Suggs (Achilles) and Elvis Dumervil (foot), tight ends Crockett Gillmore (hamstring) and Dennis Pitta (finger), and defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan (ribs) remained out of practice.last_img read more