___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Latest: Red Sox, Jays set for exhibition games at Fenway Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:The Red Sox and Blue Jays will play two exhibition games at Fenway Park before baseball’s delayed regular-season opener.Toronto will visit Boston on July 21 and 22 before heading down to Tampa Bay for its opener. The Red Sox are scheduled to open at home against the Baltimore Orioles on July 24. July 10, 2020
… Shemaine Campbelle’s 111 off 11 balls in vainLEADING from the front, Stafanie Taylor slammed a blistering hundred to help Jamaica to a comfortable six-wicket win over Guyana in round two of the Colonial Medical Insurance Women’s Super50 Cup yesterday at the Everest Cricket Club, ground.Taylor’s ferocious 118-ball 119, ensured the visitors overhauled the 242-run challenge from the Guyanese, with 20 balls to spare. Her knock was studded with 16 fours and a six.The win is the second for the tourists while the Guyanese remained winless from their two outings so far.Scores in the match: Guyana 242 all out in 49.5 overs; Jamaica 244-6 in 46.4 overs.Electing to bat, Guyanese captain Shemaine Campbelle played, inarguably, one of the finest innings in the history of Regional Women’s cricket, to lead the hosts to the impressive total.Leading from the front, Stafanie Taylor after reaching her hundred. (Adrian Narine photos)The all-rounder smashed her way to a magical 111 off 118 balls, leaving the visitors’ bowlers in a daze, after the hosts were 57-4, at one stage.The innings could well be termed as one of the best ever played at this level, taking into consideration how the innings unfolded. The Guyanese lost both openers Sheneta Grimmond (3), and Mandy Mangru (11), along with Lashuna Toussaint (0), and Akaze Thompson (2), to leave the hosts in a spot of trouble.However, Campbelle, who hails from the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club, remained firm at the other end, to add 48 runs for the fifth-wicket with Shebika Gajnabi (20). The home team then lost Gajnabi, Melanie Henry (0), and Cherry Ann Frazer (1), at 114-7.But an eighth-wicket stand of 98 runs, thereafter between Campbelle and Tremayne Smartt gave the home team the perfect finish.Smartt made an attractive 58 off 64 balls, inclusive of six boundaries. Taylor (3-44) was the best bowler on show for the tourists.The run-chase then started poorly for the visitors, losing Natasha McLean, bowled by Erva Giddings without scoring, but Taylor then partnered in two match-winning stands.First she shared 119 runs for the second wicket with Rashada Williams, who made 47 before she was run-out.The 27-year-old Taylor then accumulated 81 for the third-wicket with Chedean Nation (30). In the partnerships, both Williams and Nation were happy to take the backseat as Taylor, who had got her eyes in, hit the bowlers all over the ground.Barring Giddings (3-39), the rest of the Guyanese bowlers had no answers, as Taylor kept piercing the gaps. The home team’s shoulders dropped as the visitors breached the 200-run mark.Giddings, coming back for her second spell then removed both Nation and Taylor, but by then the victory target was well within reach for the visitors.Jodian Morgan and Chinelle Henry were unbeaten on 19 and 23 respectively. They ensured there were no further hiccups as they garnered the remaining runs with six wickets intact.Guyana’s next game is against the Leeward Islands tomorrow at Enmore while Jamaica clash with defending champions Barbados at GCC ground.
THE Guyana Football Federation (GFF) deemed its Extraordinary Congress a success, according to a press release. The Extraordinary Congress was hosted on Saturday last at the National Sports Resource Centre, Woolford Avenue.The Congress, GFF said, saw the circulation and approval of an unqualified or clean, audited financial report in accordance with the Constitutional timeline. “The GFF’s Executive Committee is committed to transparency and good governance and thus, in keeping with the Constitution, each member of the GFF was given the opportunity to honour their constitutional responsibility and obligation to scrutinise the Audited financial report and raise their concerns at the Congress,” said GFF president Wayne Forde, in an invited comment.The audited financial report will be published on the GFF’s website and will be shared with sponsors, partners, Government of Guyana and other key stakeholders.
THE second edition of the GUYOIL/Tradewind Tankers Schools U-18 Football tournament was yesterday launched at the Ministry of Education ground.Present at yesterday’s launch was Petra Organisation co-Director Troy Mendonca who contended that the 2019 edition of the tournament will commence on October 27.“I want to give a big congrats to GUYOIL and TradeWind Tankers,” he said, commending them for coming on board for a second year.Mendonca added, “We strongly believe that a league plays a major role in any foundation as it relates to football be it school level, our Pee Wee level or what have you.”He noted that the selection process of teams for the tournament was based on the Milo schools Football tournament as well as several other criteria.The 2019 edition will encompass Annandale, St Stanislaus College, St John’s College, President’s College, Berbice High School, Cummings Lodge Secondary, Marian Academy, Lodge Secondary, Queen’s College and Charlestown Secondary.Notably absent from the list are Linden ‘Multi’ Team who, according to Petra co-director Troy Mendonca, have budgetary constraints.Ministry of Education’s Lorraine Barker-King contended, that “the Ministry of Education is pleased to be associated with the tournament. The Ministry is a strong advocate of the arts.”Focussing on sport, the MoE representative said, “The sport teaches winning and losing. Ultimately it teaches about life.”Jorge Abukhalil, an executive of the Tradewind Tankers, reminded: “We strongly believe in sport and it’s a great opportunity for you guys to develop your talents and yourself as a team.”Echoing her sentiments, Marketing and Sales Manager Jacqueline James told the media, “What we recognised is that sport plays an important role in the development of the child. We recognise that you’re doing something you love and that you are doing something for your school.”The winners of the tournament along with runners-up will qualify for the end-of-year goodwill tournament to face one Trinidad team, a hinterland team and an all-star team.The winners will also pocked $200 000 towards a project for their school with second-place getting $100 000, third place getting $50 000 and fourth place $25 000.The tournament will be played on Sundays and Mondays and will end on December 8.
A HALF-century from Tydell Lovell spurred Soesdyke Secondary School to a comprehensive victory against Brickdam Secondary when action in the Forbes Burnham Foundation/National Sports Commission/Al Sport and Tour Promotions ‘Hit it for 50’ School Windball Cricket continued recently at the National Gymnasium.Soesdyke Secondary batted first and scored 135-1 with Tydell Lovell hitting a match-high 79 runs. Brickdam in reply were restricted to 67-2.Shekiera Williams smashed 56 for East Ruimveldt Secondary.In another male clash, an all-round performance from Laranzo Raganandan propelled St Joseph High School to victory against Camille’s Academy. Led by Rhan Jahman with 38, Camille’s Academy scored 85-5 batting first. Raganandan picked up 2-12 and then returned with the bat to score 40 to lead his school to 89-0.Meanwhile Cummings Lodge Secondary, led by Josh Alves, were able to register a win against the Business School in the other male battle.Business School were restricted to 60-4 with Josh Alves taking 3-10, while in reply, Cummings Lodge reached 63-0 with Alves hitting 37.FEMALE BATTLE In the female division, Camille’s Academy were able to beat Soesdyke Secondary in a high-scoring clash.Led by half-centuries from Shennon Baird (66) and Tenisha Hoyte (58) Soesdyke romped to 144-0. Tamica Simon and several of her other schoolmates played their part with the bat for Camille’s Academy who raced to 148-2. Simon finished with 44.East Ruimveldt Secondary defeated Charlestown Secondary in their battle. Charlestown batted first and scored 133-2. Donna Lowe led the attack with 64, while Marissa Brower added 45.East Ruimveldt in reply scored 136-1 with Shekiera Williams hitting 56 and Yosunda Hoppie 47.
… Locals/internationals will be judged on resumptionBy Clifton RossTHE global world of live sports is currently preparing to slowly reopen her gates and the forced downtime handed to athletes will reflect how many of the top sportsmen/women have been using their time wisely ahead of a possible return to normalcy.England all-rounder Ben Stokes does some solo training during his preparation for the upcoming home series versus the West Indies.It’s been close to 3 months since the stoppage of live sports worldwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Things have been at a stutter-start pace with regard to the normalisation of things, as leagues and associations globally have been on the path of returning to live action.Recently the National Basketball Association (NBA) identified July 31 as the potential restart to its post-season, having already outlined a number of changes in order to facilitate a successful, safe end to the 2020 season. Regionally, Cricket West Indies (CWI) was given the green light to go ahead with the tour of England, with the team already selected and en route to preparing for their first post-COVID-19 series.With the tectonic plates shifting once again in the world of sports, the bigger picture could be revealed once athletes end up back on the field or courts. The more than 2 months at home was a huge step for the world’s stars and upcoming talents to put in extra work without the use of facilities, coaching staff and teammates.Some major players in sports have been publicly documenting their downtime regimes; some are wealthy enough to have home gyms and trainers while others were forced to resort to improvised means of staying in shape and keeping form.As such, a lot will be reflected when play resumes as the slackers will be identified by their lacklustre performances or approach to their games. Others will be judged by their appearance because no top athlete should be looking out of shape regardless of lack of public gym use.It’s a queer situation that will be viewed from a number of perspectives due to the fact that some athletes may feel the need to take a break following a lengthy period of non-stop action.Others might see this as a chance to really put in some extra work and find new ways of staying fit should the reality after the pandemic be a world of restrictions and rules which forbid integration and public access at all levels.NBA potential Rookie-of-the-Year Ja Morant pushes in some crucial gym time ahead of July 31 restart to the post-season.The sad truth is that fans should brace themselves for mixed performances whenever play recommences, mainly because some athletes were dedicated to their training and fitness although factors hindered thorough routines.On the other hand, others may have been basking in the free off-time and have either been inconsistent in their regimens or neglected training entirely; or up until recently, when sports began to slowly resume.Either way, sportsmen should not be judged for the unavoidable circumstances which hampered not only sports but business, entertainment, tourism and other important sectors of the economy from properly functioning.In the next few weeks more will come to light about which local, regional or international stars in all brands of sport and as ambassadors dedicated themselves to staying fit in the crisis, in order to provide fans with the highest level of action.
Victor Osimhen snatched a later winner for Nigeria’s Flying Eagles to beat home team Sudan 2-1 yesterday in a 2017 Under-20 AFCON qualifier at the El Merriekh Stadium in Khartoum.Sudan’s Young Falcons held their own for most part of this clash against a Flying Eagles side, who paraded several stars from Nigeria’s FIFA Under-17 World Cup triumph last year including Osimhen, who is bound for German Bundesliga side Wolfsburg.The return leg will be played in Nigeria in a fortnight with the overall winners advancing to the U20 AFCON in Zambia in February.The hosts took the lead through striker Mohamed after 27 minutes against the run of play.However, Nigeria drew level in the 67th minute through Samuel Chukwueze.Four minutes from time, Osimhen rose to the occasion to deal a crushing blow on the Falcons.In stoppage time, the star striker then saw his effort saved at point-blank range.Chukwueze, whose move to Arsenal fell through, had earlier come close to giving the Flying Eagles the winning goal in the 74th minute.Sudan would have doubled their lead in the 56th minute, when Khalid was one-on-one with Flying Eagles goalkeeper Akpan Udoh only for him to fire off target.It was massive miss as Nigeria continued to chase the game before they were eventually rewarded .The Nigerians coped well with the boiling heat in Sudan and could have even gone ahead in the 22ndminute, but midfielder ‘Paul Scholes’ Gavi Thompson failed to beat the Sudan goalkeeper Adam after going clear of the defence.Two minutes later, danger man Victor Osimhen was denied by the outstanding Sudan goalkeeper, before his header in the 26th minute crashed against the crossbar.Defender Ejike Ikwu was booked in the 36th minute for a rough tackle.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Ghana FA President Kwesi Nyantakyi has called on the country’s football fans to give their full backing to the Black Stars ahead of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.Avram Grant’s team head to Gabon 2017 looking to end their long wait for a return to the top of the African game: Ghana won the last of their four AFCON titles back in 1982. They nearly claimed the trophy in 2015 but fell to a penalty shootout defeat to Ivory Coast in the final, with that near miss following on from their calamitous showing at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.The 2014 fiasco turned many fans away from Ghana’s senior team, but Nyantakyi believes the interest is coming back, especially with the AFCON on the horizon.“I did not get that impression that Ghanaians are still disappointed when I attended the team’s training sessions at the St. Thomas Aquinas Park. Well they were disappointed in 2014, 2015 or 2016 but I believe that Ghanaians have forgiven the team now,” Nyantakyi was quoted by the Ghana News Agency.“The interest is now coming back. I can see a renewed interest from Ghanaians and that was demonstrated by level of attendance at the training grounds and it shows that if the team does well, we will win back everybody, I can say convincingly that majority of Ghanaians will be back to support the Black Stars.“I will want to appeal to my fellow Ghanaians to forgive the team for the mistakes of Brazil 2014 and rally behind the team as we head to Gabon for AFCON 2017. It is the expectation of every Ghanaian that we will win this trophy but that will not happen with a divided front.“We all saw what happened in AFCON 2015, we were very close but unlucky to lose the cup. Now we have to work on the psychological build-up of the team, good preparation and motivation for the squad. We need to build a strong team to win the cup that’s the wish of every Ghanaian.“We need your support. We need the prayers of everyone regardless of where you come from, where you live or what you do. We need a united Ghana behind the team to win the Africa Cup of Nations.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Rafael Nadal must overcome the spectacular shot-making of Stan Wawrinka if he is to win a record 10th French Open title today. The Spaniard, 31, will become the first player in the open era to win a Grand Slam title 10 times if he wins.Swiss third seed Wawrinka hit 87 winners as he beat world number one Andy Murray in the semi-finals. â€œItâ€™s true that when he hits hard, he hits really hard. Stopping him can be difficult,â€ said Nadal. â€œI know heâ€™s dangerous when he plays aggressively, so I need to limit his possibilities. I will play very aggressively, and I donâ€™t want him to take control – easy to say, but it may not be that easy to do.â€ Nadal has yet to drop a set in Paris, reaching the final for the loss of just 29 games over six matches. His record at Roland Garros now stands at 78 match wins and two defeats since he won his first title in 2005.However, injury problems hampered his chances in recent years and he has not won a major title since his last French Open triumph in 2014.Victory would bring Nadal his 15th Grand Slam title, moving him above Pete Sampras into second on the all-time list, behind Roger Federer on 18.It would also deliver the French Open for the 10th time; only Margaret Court, with 11 Australian Open titles, has won one of the Grand Slam trophies more often. Nadal has been keen to talk down any pressure surrounding the possibility of a 10th triumph at the tournament, saying: â€œI think I donâ€™t make more history, itâ€™s enough. Nine are more than good.â€He can take confidence from a record of 15 wins from 18 meetings with Wawrinka, but the Swiss has won three of the last six, including his first Grand Slam win in the 2014 Australian Open final.â€œRevenge is not part of my vocab,â€ said Nadal. â€œI donâ€™t think it would be the right thing to do to see it as a revenge.â€Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Â What motivated you into running for the position?The main motivation is service, selfless service and two, I’ll say effective leadership. I’ve been part of the club, I’ve been an active member in terms of club activities, not politicking and even I can see where we are as against where some of us thought we ought to be and when in that kind of situation you need to look at why are we where we are now and what do we really need? At this point I believe, as a member of the club prior to the election that the club needs a kind of effective leadership, a leader who will be a team builder and I know I can provide that effectively.Â What are your goals and objectives for the club?The main objective is to accelerate the speed of development. As a club we have massive facility and infrastructure but they are deteriorating very fast in terms of maintenance or the lack of adequate maintenance, also we have a situation where we need to rebuild our brand reputation. It’s not as if the club when compared to other clubs isn’t up there, but at times we get complacent and we think we are there so before you know it others overtake you, so my goal first and foremost is to ensure that we take the club as it were back to its pre-eminent elitist position in terms of public perception. We want a situation where no matter the number of clubs you mention in Nigeria, Lagos Country Club will be ranked at the very top, so to achieve that, there are things we need to do. In this tenure there will be a complete overhaul of our physical infrastructure.Â So what do you think will be the key to achieving these goals?The first thing is a buy-in from them to share the vision. We have put this program across to them during the electioneering and I believe the vote is a reflection of how much people believe in that, but we will not stop at that, we will still sell this vision for people to be convinced because we need funds to achieve them, everything that is good comes at a cost, so we will be needing funds.Â Do you think the experience of serving as the chairman of the Table-Tennis section has put you in a better position to effect change?Definitely. When you serve as the chairman of any of the sections, because the same set up you have at the club is what is obtainable at the sections and even there you have closer interactions with the members. It is like we have in the country, a federal system where you have the state and the federal, a state governor has that experience when he comes to the national level on how to manage legislators and the rest. My experience as chairman of one of the sections is of course is an added advantage, I also believe that the level of achievement myself and the team there made might also be a contributing factor to the support I got, because when you are going into election you make promises but with the experiences weâ€™ve had it’s difficult to believe promises, you can only make references with promises that has been delivered. So having done that, people have seen the little that one was able to deliver which serves as a good reference point and I think it helped in bringing this massive support.How would you summarise your time as the chairman of the Table-Tennis section and what are the highlights during your tenure?There are so many. Even though it is not ideal to assess myself but I finished that assignment over two years ago and I’ve also had the opportunity to get feedbacks, when you leave people will talk. Generally and with all sense of modesty I want to term that as largely successful and in terms of the key moments, I’ll say for me there was no dull moments, in terms of membership interaction, sports, we were having tournaments virtually every month, the enthusiasm that was created was such that we had people willing to sponsor events and we were telling them our calendar was full.The changes in the physical infrastructure were so significant that you can still look back and see one signature there. I never did anything and put a plaque on it but up till now people can still look back and say “oh, that changing room was done during TJ’s tenure, that gallery was done, that lounge”, so they are there and those are reference points up till now, yes there has been improvements but when somebody has done something it will be stupid for you not to make your own contribution.What is your message to the club members?Well, to everybody I’ll say the support should not end with the election, the journey has just started. The election is just a means to an end, that is the starting point, so we need even a much bigger support and this time around it is not only those who supported during the election, we need everybody. As I said during my acceptance speech, whatever differences ends with the election it is now Lagos Country Club and the objective is the same, whether you belong to this camp or that camp our objective is to make Lagos Country Club greater than it is today and when one side gets the mandate everybody must collapse that support base into one for that ultimate objective. So we are together and let’s keep focus on our objective of making the club greater than what it is now so we must all work together as a team for a common goal, we cannot afford to work against each other. That’s my message to our members, we need more support, we need people to key into the vision to update the infrastructure not just to accept that we need to do this, whatever way anyone will contribute, either financially or in terms of influence that can benefit the club, every level of support will be greatly appreciated. By June 2018 we want to look back at June 2017 and say that we have travelled far.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Newly elected President of the Lagos Country Club, Tajudeen Akande has once again reiterated his pledge to take the club to the next level following his victory in their election held recently. Speaking during an interview in his office at the club, Akande promised a totally overhaul and upgrade of infrastructure at the club. Excerpts….How are you settling in into your new position?I’m just trying to get to grip with what is on ground. To be able to move smoothly it’s good to have a good understanding of what has happened, so the last couple of days has been to look at documentations and correspondences so that one can be on the same page with the career management people who are here to assist us with day to day operations.