For the second year in succession, the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) has collaborated with the Ministry of Education through the Allied Arts Institute and the Child Care and Protection Agency to roll out another 17-and-under female T20 franchise. The launching was done at a simple ceremony on the top floor of the GCB, Regent Road where Territorial Development Officer (TDO) of the Board, Colin Stuart laid out the dynamics of the competition.Stuart explained that the competition will be played across three rounds, the first of which is today at Everest Cricket Club, Camp and Carifesta Avenue, Georgetown, and Young Warriors Ground, Cumberland, Berbice, with the two teams who achieved the most points clashing in a final.The TDO shared the board’s delight in once again being able to partner with the aforementioned bodies to promote the game as well as continue the fight to show that academics and sports go hand in hand and in fact, aid in the development of each other. Stuart noted that this competition will be used as a scouting programme to identify those who show potential to be selected for the national youth team or even move up to be included in the West Indies squad.The former West Indies fast bowler also namedropped Shemaine Campbelle, Shabika Gajnabi and Sheneta Grimmond who have been named in the West Indies Women’s side for India’s tour of the Caribbean as well as Cherry-Ann Fraser and Kaysia Schultz who have been regularly invited to the West Indies training camps.The TDO disclosed that it is the intention of the Board to provide an environment for the female players that is similar to the men’s while creating a structure that is non-discriminatory. Meanwhile, Unit of the Allied Arts Administrator, Lorraine Barker-King praised the GCB for yet another step towards the development of young athletes especially since the interest in cricket has been growing in the schools.Barker-King posited that she was pleased to see a woman-dominated head table for a change and labelled the female Guyanese players in West Indies as “role models” for those children who have chosen to embrace the sport.Georgetown Regional Administrative Officer of the Department of Education, Shenaine Christian-Henry reflected on her involvement in the game, reminiscing on her younger years where she was unable to comprehend what “15 runs for two wickets meant” but has over the years grown to love the sport. She most notably recalled the impact the staging of the female T20 World Cup in Guyana had on her. Senior Probation and Social Series Officer of the Child Care and Protection Agency, Sherry-Ann Vandeyar echoed Christian-Henry’s experience but reminded those in administration, that child care is everyone’s business and needs to be at the forefront.Vandeyar commended the GCB for their continued outreach to the Agency in an effort to provide their coaches and other key personnel with the foundation to perform in this area.The Officer further posited that this competition helps to empower women and serves as a “teardown” of the stereotypical gender barriers that often attach themselves to events of this nature.
MELBOURNE, (Reuters) – Defending champion Novak Djokovic set up a semi-final showdown with ‘Big Three’ rival Roger Federer at the Australian Open yesterday with a thumping 6-4 6-3 7-6(1) victory over Canada’s hapless Milos Raonic. Federer saved seven match points in a five-set thriller with American battler Tennys Sandgren only hours before but there was no luck of a second successive belter for the Rod Laver Arena fans, with Djokovic at his ruthless best.The crowd will hope for a better show tomorrow, when second seed Djokovic renews his Grand Slam rivalry with Federer, six months after fighting off match points to beat the Swiss in Wimbledon’s longest ever final.
Anthony Davis had 30 points and eight rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers snapped the host Los Angeles Clippers’ six-game winning streak with a 112-103 victory yesterday. LeBron James added 28 points, nine assists and seven boards for the Lakers, who won their fourth straight and 11th in 12 games. Avery Bradley scored a season-high 24 points, hitting 6-of-12 3-point attempts. Kyle Kuzma finished with a game-high 10 rebounds to go along with eight points.Paul George led the Clippers with 31 points and Kawhi Leonard had 27. Montrezl Harrell added 20 points for the Clippers, who lost for the first time to the Lakers in three contests this season.The Lakers went up by as much as 12 midway through the fourth quarter before the Clippers pulled to within 107-100 after a foul shot by Marcus Morris with 1:35 remaining. James converted a pair of free throws 22 seconds later for a nine-point Lakers’ cushion and added a three-point play with 40.8 seconds left to seal it. The Lakers took a 64-58 edge after Bradley’s 3-pointer with 6:45 left in the third quarter before the Clippers came back with a 10-1 surge for 66-65 lead after a 3-pointer by George at 5:31. However, the Lakers seized an 85-81 lead heading into the fourth quarter. They never trailed again. The Lakers led 27-25 after one quarter before the Clippers went up by as much as nine in the second. They used a 12-3 run for a 45-36 advantage after two free throws by Ivica Zubac with 5:15 remaining in the second quarter. However, the Lakers rallied and sliced the margin to 53-49 at the break.Defense dictated for much of the first half. The Clippers managed just 38.8 percent shooting from the field to 37.2 percent for the Lakers. Both clubs made only 2 of 14 3-pointers (14.3 percent).For the game, the Lakers made 44.8 percent of their shots to 39.5 percent for the Clippers. —Field Level Media
NEW DELHI, (Reuters) – Virat Kohli’s wide range of shots makes him one of the most versatile batsmen of his era and the India captain says it was a tweak to his stance that brought him a deluge of runs in recent years. Kohli made his India in 2008 as a flashy batsman but has since combined compact technique with elegant shotmaking.In a Facebook live chat with Bangladesh one-day captain Tamim Iqbal, he said ditching his earlier stance opened up scoring options for him.“I changed because I wanted to score all over the ground. The static position was limiting my shotmaking options,” said the 31-year-old, who goes back-and-across in his current stance. “It works for many, Sachin Tendulkar for instance. He had no issues because of his superior technique and hand-eye coordination.“I had to tweak it to suit my game. When someone first told me it could open up my options, I thought of giving it a try.“Luckily, it clicked and I immediately started executing shots which I never thought I could.” Kohli averages 50-plus in all three formats, has smashed 70 international centuries and boasts an exquisite cover drive.Among his contemporaries, Australian Steve Smith has an unorthodox but effective stance, standing open to the bowler and shuffling across the off-stump line, and Kohli said batsmen had to find out what worked for them.“I always feel you should be open to changes … You can’t stagnate, you have to keep learning,” he said. “If you keep playing in the same manner, opposition will figure out your game. You have to be ahead of the game.“So try it and drop it if it doesn’t work, but any batsman should be open to positive changes,” added Kohli.
(Reuters) – World Athletics President Sebastian Coe was elected as a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) yesterday, ending the sport’s five-year absence from the Olympic body. Coe, a double Olympic 1500 metres champion, was elected during an IOC session. He was nominated last month pending proof he had stepped down from an active role in a consultancy firm.The athletics body has not had any representation within the IOC since the departure of Coe’s predecessor Lamine Diack in 2015 amid a corruption scandal and subsequent trial. For decades, membership of the IOC for the head of athletics was almost automatic.The IOC, however, had denied membership to Coe, a federation vice-president under Diack and British sporting great, saying there was a potential conflict of interest with his consultancy post.
GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Jim MullenLadbrokes CEO Jim Mullen has expressed concern regarding the ongoing tense stand-off between UK Racing and the betting industry concerning the BHA’s ‘authorised betting partner’ (ABP) policy.Mullen states that the current scenario does not benefit any stakeholders, as both industries’ are mutually “intertwined”, hence there should be no need for “backdrop of scores, injustices – or perceived injustices – and beliefs in historic debts that have to be settled first.”Addressing a Racing & Bloodstock All Parliamentary group at the House of Commons on Tuesday night, Mullen stated that UK Racing’s stance will simply force bookmakers to choose between “flight or fight”, causing greater harm than good for the sport.Designed to promote “a fair and mutually sustainable funding relationship” between UK racing stakeholders and online betting operators, ABP status will be granted to bookmakers who agree to pay a percentage of online gross profits from bets placed on UK racing events in order to contribute funding for the sport.UK racetrack sponsorship approval has been used by the BHA as a key incentive to get bookmakers to join up to the scheme. To date BHA has confirmed operators Betfair, 32Red and bet365 as official ABP approved bookmakers.At present Ladbrokes has yet to commit to the ABP model, the bookmaker has stated that it will review its racing sponsorship policy in 2016.Mullen further noted that the terms of racing’s 55th levy scheme and its attached ABP status, had strained the relationship between both industries to its lowest ebb, hence there should be a need for better dialogue between both industries.“We need to look forward if peace and stability is to be achieved and grudges and niggles of past times have to be set aside.“It is my belief that we all have a duty as leaders to be very, very careful that we avoid such scenarios because they will be damaging, perhaps even more than we currently realise.” Submit UK Racing pushes for drastic levy reforms as deep recession looms August 25, 2020 FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Related Articles Share
‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure August 27, 2020 Top 50 clubs suffer €751m decline in brand value July 31, 2020 Submit Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Scoop6 bonus hunter Christopher Downes will guarantee himself a five-figure profit in his quest for a slice of Saturday’s near £1 million pound pot by laying off his selection on the Betfair Exchange. Downes is a keen punter whose previous biggest win was £3,400 on a placepot. He is said to be leaning towards picking the favourite, Blazer, as his selection in Saturday’s bonus race at Newbury, the £155,000 Betfair Hurdle.By picking the 7-2 favourite the lifelong Leicester City fan from Lincoln can then lay the same horse on Betfair and lock in a profit, regardless of the result.Downes said of his plan: “I will go for the shortest price so that I can win the most for my £30,000 liability. I have two once in a lifetime events happening simultaneously. I was born near Leicester and have been a lifelong supporter so for Leicester to have a chance of winning the Premier League and me to win the Scoop6 is just ridiculous.”He continued: “It was some day last Saturday, with us beating City and me landing £67,000, so presuming Leicester finish in the top four I will be using my winnings to watch the away legs of the Champions League next season but if I was lucky enough to win the bonus I will buy a racehorse and call it Vardyavinaparty.”Betfair Spokesman Barry Orr commented: “Mr Downes has shown how clever he is at picking winners and he is in extraordinary good shape to make sure he profits should his likely pick, Blazer, get beaten.”He added: “We regularly have customers who use the Exchange to lock in a profit when going for the Scoop6 bonus and we wish him the best of luck tomorrow and with Leicester for the remainder of the season.” Share Related Articles
Share RankTipsterWeekAverageTotalRankTipsterWeekAverageTotal 1Guests16.505.5955.90 2SBC News6.504.9149.06 3bettingexpert8.004.5445.43 4Timeform0.002.0220.22 ITV secures three-year British racing broadcast deal August 5, 2020 We will be taking on bettingexpert, Timeform and a rotation of guest tipsters every week, with the focus on a specific race meet every Wednesday.Throughout the year we will keep record of points won each week, points won on average and points won overall for each tipster.The guest tipsters will compete as one team, with their points added together as one leaderboard entry.The new tips will be published on Wednesday ahead of the race meet, and the results will be available from Thursday morning.For the purpose of the competition, we will assume that all selections are backed with 1 point.Lost tips will count as 0 and won bets will be added to the leaderboard at SP value.For example, if bettingexpert backs a winning horse at 8/1, they will get 8 points. SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 StumbleUpon The Guests took charge at the top of the Tipster Challenge leaderboard on a memorable day at the Cheltenham Festival.Ciaran O’Brien, Communications Director at William Hill ended the day with an incredible 16.5 points after race wins for Diego Du Charmil (13/2), Ballyandy (5/1) and an emotional Nico de Boinville on Sprinter Sacre (5/1).For the first time, bettingexpert have fallen more than 10 points behind in 3rd place. Stephen Harris did manage a nice 8/1 win on Blaklion, but failed to find a winner in the final five races.Unfortunately, it was a winless day of action for 4th placed Timeform, whilst pre-Cheltenham leaders SBC did manage to hold on to 2nd spot as a result of the victory for Diego Du Charmil in the 4:50.Race Winners at Cheltenham:Yorkhill – 5/1Blaklion – 8/1Diamond King – 12/1Sprinter Sacre – 5/1Any Currency – 11/1Diego Du Charmil – 13/2Ballyandy – 5/1Tipster Challenge Week 10 Leaderboard: Submit Share Related Articles
Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Swansea City drops gambling sponsor August 21, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season August 21, 2020 Share Submit Related Articles Home-field Advantage: Swansea City v Aston VillaKubanaBob is an experienced Premiere League tipster, having been featured here on SBC three times. This time he’s pitching Swansea to win at 67/100 (1.67) odds with Bet365. He’s very confident with this one, pointing back to Swansea’s persistent performance against Bournemouth.They lost that match, but were consistently fighting to get back whenever they were down. Comparatively, KubanaBob says that, based on their last couple of matches, Aston Villa aren’t up for the fight. Looking at their crumbling performance against Man City, Villa and their supporters seem to have given up on this campaign.Confidence Stake: 9/10Victory on the Road: Crystal Palace v LeicesterTipster alphabeta is betting on the Leicester Cinderella story to gain an away victory. Furthermore, Crystal Palace have lost 6 of their last home games, and haven’t had a win in their last 6 games either. Although Palace have taken down bigger competition, which is why the odds are quite lengthy at 153/100 (2.53) with Matchbook, the drive of Leicester compared to Palace’s record makes alphabeta (who currently has an impressive 75.00% win rate on bettingexpert) confident in his tip this week.Confidence Stake: 9/10The Value Angle: Newcastle United v SunderlandHere comes a riskier bet with a much higher reward. Tipster JosefBloch is predicting more than 3.50 goals to happen in this match at 5/2 (4.10) odds with BetVictor. JosefBloch is basing this tip on Newcastle now gunning for a victory in order to qualify.Likewise, Sunderland are in a position where they could be relegated based on this performance, so hopefully it will yield a goal fest of a match. With over 425 tips in this league, our tipster knows the lay of the land in the Premier League, but he admits that this could be a risk taking bet to make.Confidence Stake: 6/10For more tips on this weekend’s football matches, check out bettingexpert.com.
We’ve all watched movies or read books that depicted some sort of a time machine. A character would enter the time machine and get to experience a bunch of memories from the yesteryears, hoping and praying that they’d be able to fend off the incoming reality and stay in the past for the remainder of time.My memories of the Orioles early in my life have always stayed with me, but they’ve dimmed as I’ve gotten older. I remember my first day of Pre-K, my First Communion, my first day of middle school, my first baseball game as a little leaguer, etc. Fitting right in with those memories are memories of sitting in the left field stands with my mom in the mid 90s when we had to order our tickets at the beginning of the year to make sure we got good seats for the games we wanted to go to.I faintly remember sitting in left field watching B.J. Surhoff and Brady Anderson patrol the outfield as the fans were hanging on every single pitch. I remember when fans really associated with the players on the field, and welcomed them as part of their Baltimore family.But again, as time has passed and losing seasons have amassed, the details of those memories have faded.Until last night, when I entered into my own personal time machine as I walked into Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The ceremony was really special and something that I’ll probably always remember. It was evident from early on that this was going to be a special night. It wasn’t going to be a bunch of fans attending the game simply because they got free tickets or because they wanted to take home a bronze statue to put on E-bay. I knew last night would be different, but to what extent? I wasn’t sure…I started to get an idea of just how different this warm September night would be when Jason Hammel threw his first strike. The crowd erupted. Like, literally erupted. J.J. Hardy made two really nice plays to start the inning as Jason Hammel set down the first two Yankees he faced in his return from the disabled list.Then something really, well, crazy happened. Jason Hammel threw strike two to Robinson Cano. Fans started to stand. More fans got up. And more. And more…Every single person in the stadium was on their feet, urging Jason Hammel to strike out Robinson Cano. There wasn’t anything on the scoreboard urging the fans to stand up. There wasn’t any lame applause sound effect being played over the loud speaker. Rather, it was just a pure moment of baseball joy that engulfed the 46 thousand fans that packed the most beautiful sports stadium in the world. It was pretty special.Even more special was the bottom of the inning. J.J. Hardy singled with one out, as did Nate McLouth. Adam Jones brought Hardy home to give the O’s the 1-0 lead, and then Matt Wieters stepped to the plate.On the first pitch, Wieters, who in 2009 made the most anticipated rookie debut in recent Orioles history, once again penned his name into the Orioles history books as he tomahawked a three run home-run into the left field stands. With one swing, Matt Wieters and the rest of his Orioles teammates announced to the city, and to the world, something that I would have laughed at five months ago.