Month: August 2020

Phil Simmons named as Head Coach of Windies Senior Men’s Team

first_img(CWI) ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Cricket West Indies (CWI) announces the appointment of former West Indies player, Phil Simmons as the Head Coach of the West Indies Senior Men’s Team for a period of four years, as well as the appointment of three new selection panels.  Phil Simmons was confirmed as the Head Coach during a meeting of the CWI Board of Directors today, following the conclusion of a short but intensive recruitment process.  The Board had made it clear prior to the start of the recruitment process in September that “persons without West Indian heritage need not apply.”  Simmons served previously for a short period as Head Coach of the West Indies Senior Men’s team, during which he coached the team to the 2016 ICC T20 World Cup title, following which he was controversially dismissed. He served since as the Head Coach of Afghanistan, who he helped qualify for the first time for the 2019 ICC ODI CWC. His tenure as head coach of Ireland, saw them improve their ICC rankings and qualify for all major ICC events. Simmons’ latest coaching success came just two days ago when he coached the Barbados Tridents to the 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League title with an impressive victory over the Guyana Amazon Warriors in Saturday’s Final. CWI President, Ricky Skerritt, shared his thoughts on the confirmation of Phil Simmons, “Bringing Phil Simmons back is not just righting a past wrong, but I am confident that CWI has chosen the right man for the job at the right time. I want to also thank the very talented Floyd Reifer for the hard work he put in while he was the interim coach.”  CWI’s Director of Cricket Jimmy Adams, “I am happy, after a very robust recruitment process at the appointment of Phil to the role of Head Coach. I have no doubt that Phil brings the requisite leadership skills and experience needed to drive improvement across our international squads and I look forward to supporting him in the role.”  CWI also announces the appointment of three new Men’s, Women’s and Girls’ Panel, and Boys’ Selection Panel following a recruitment process that ran parallel to the selection of the new coach. The recommendation of a new CWI selection structure and policy were the main outputs of the report of the Selection System Review Task Force, presented by Vice President Shallow at the September Board meeting in Tobago.  Eighteen (18) candidates were considered and evaluated for the five positions across the three Selection Panels. The CWI recruitment panel unanimously selected the following candidates who have now been confirmed: WI Men’s Panel Lead Selector: Roger HarperSelector: Miles Bascombe WI Women’s & Girls’ PanelLead Selector: Ann Browne-JohnSelector: Travis Dowlin WI Boys’ Panel Talent ID Manager: Robert Haynes The Head Coach of each team will complete the makeup of each of the respective panels.  CWI Vice President Kishore Shallow commented, “We have been delighted at the interest and quality of candidates who participated in the recruitment process to fill the roles for the Selection Panels. These roles are vital to execute the new selection policy to select squads for the West Indies teams at every level. We wish the selectors every success as they commence work immediately.” Commenting on the Selection Panels, Jimmy Adams said,  “After a comprehensive revamp of our selection system including the introduction of separate panels, I am confident that our ability to identify and manage talent will be enhanced. I have all confidence that the new system, along with the selectors chosen to the various panels will continue to help drive our game in this critical area. ”     The Selection Panels set to work immediately with the West Indies Men’s team preparing to play Afghanistan, in India, in November in three (3) T20 Internationals (T20Is), three (3) One Day Internationals (ODIs) and one (1) Test match. The Men’s team then stay in India to play three (3) T20Is and three (3) ODIs before returning home before Christmas.  The West Indies Women will host India Women for three (3) ODIs and five (5) T20Is starting on November 1. And the West Indies Under-19 team will host a triangular series with Sri Lanka and England Under-19s in December as they prepare for the ICC Under-19 World in January in South Africa. The Men’s Teams squads will be announced in a press conference at 11am at Queens Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad on Tuesday 16 November.last_img read more

Guyanese ITF expert here as part of regional consultation initiative

first_imgGuyanese International Tennis Federation (ITF) expert Bill Adams, who lives abroad, is currently here as part of an ITF regional consultative initiative aimed at building strong regional bodies for the development of the sport.   Adams arrived in Guyana on Wednesday following similar visits to St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Suriname. He immediately got on the ground to determine the local association’s pitfalls with a view of providing the necessary support to remedy those inadequacies. “We have some issues in the Caribbean about the development of tennis since we are geographically challenged and challenged in many other different areas,” Adams told media on Friday at the  National Racquet Centre. Proposing solutions, he added: “We need a lot of structure and organisation from the various tennis associations and things to motivate the kids. We have some issues where our youth reach into the teens and they are not motivated. We need to keep them around.”  Adams, who is on his third official visit to Guyana since leaving in 1969, further noted that he is specifically working with the Guyana Tennis Association on areas including player development and the  exposure of coaches. He is also hammering out details for the ITF to fund the construction of a home for tennis. He disclosed that the ITF is eager to support the local body regarding the latter. However, securing land has been the main issue over the years.  Adams is a certified professional coach who currently teaches tennis in the United States. He also worked in Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago, Germany, and Italy. He is widely known for coaching former world number one female player Naomi Osaka in her early years.last_img read more

Coronavirus: ECB and county bosses to discuss rescheduling cricket season

first_img(BBC) The England and Wales Cricket Board will discuss the possible rescheduling of the domestic season in response to the coronavirus outbreak tomorrow. Initial talks between counties and the ECB were to take place yesterday in a telephone conference.The ECB said last week all options were being looked at including postponements and playing games behind closed doors.Hampshire chairman Rod Bransgrove said one contingency may be “playing no cricket at all” this season. The 2020 County Championship is due to begin on 12 April.Prime Minister Boris Johnson advised on Monday against mass gatherings in the UK amid the coronavirus outbreak – effectively cancelling all remaining sporting events.Any proposals from the meeting tomorrow would need to be escalated to the ECB board, so no announcement of any concrete proposals is expected until the end of the week at the earliest. The season is scheduled to run until 25 September but a delayed finish, taking the season into October, is also on the agenda.Numerous counties have cancelled or cut short pre-season trips in the past few days, including Durham, Sussex, Worcestershire, Surrey and Somerset.Another of those was Hampshire, who had been due to visit La Manga in Spain. “It’s not fair for me to speculate as an individual, but I think most people acknowledge it’s unlikely the season will start in April,” chairman Rod Bransgrove told BBC Radio Solent.“We’re in completely uncharted water with an extraordinary series of circumstances that have led us to this position we’re in now, confronted with a pandemic the likes we’ve never seen.“It’s likely to get a lot worse before it will get better and I think our conclusion is we need to have plans for various different contingencies. “They include no cricket at all during the season, but hopefully that won’t be the one that prevails.“But paramount always will be the health and safety of our staff, members and supporters.”Yorkshire director of cricket Martyn Moxon said his team will have to do the best it can to respond to the fast-changing situation.“In an ideal world, we want to play the season as it stands,” he told BBC West Yorkshire Sport Daily. “But that may be taken out of our’s and the ECB’s hands, with how the government and Health England are looking to manage the spread of the virus. Clearly we’ll have to be guided by them.“If there is a disruption in the season, it will have financial implications, there’s no doubt about that, but this is part of the discussions that are ongoing at the moment.”last_img read more

Hall delays Bryant’s enshrinement ceremony due to COVID-19

first_img(Reuters) – The Naismith Basketball Memorial Hall of Fame said on Thursday the enshrinement ceremony for the Class of 2020, a group that includes the late Kobe Bryant, has been postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The enshrinement ceremony for the nine-member group, which includes Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett, was scheduled for Aug. 29 in Springfield, Massachusetts.“Given the unprecedented challenge of planning in the COVID-19 era, we are exploring several scenarios to accommodate the Class of 2020 ceremony, including postponing the festivities until October or early 2021,” John Doleva, the Hall of Fame’s chief executive, said in a news release.“In accordance with our original event planning timeline, the Hall of Fame will review all options and reserve its final decision to the week of June 15.” Bryant, one of the most dominant players in NBA history, was killed with his daughter and seven others in a January helicopter crash.Fourth all-time in NBA scoring, Bryant played for the Los Angeles Lakers during an illustrious 20-year career highlighted by five NBA championships, two NBA Finals MVPs and one league MVP.last_img read more

Hello Markets announces Hello Football launch

first_img Submit StumbleUpon Hello Markets have announced the launch of latest development, Hello Football.Established in 2010, Hello Markets’ is headquartered in Cyprus with offices in London and Hong Kong.As price discovery and index generation specialists, Hello Markets collect information through the broad processing of data and web crawling.The Hello Football index uses big data to create a real-time price valuation feed based on information about a player.The index determines a player’s value through the real-time monitoring and analysis of three different sets of data:FootballIn-game and season statisticsLocal and worldwide rankingsPersonal and team trophiesTeam performanceFinancePrevious or imminent transfersContract specificationsSponsorshipsAgent performanceFamePress mentionsSocial media statusOverall media performanceInformation is filtered based on the factors mentioned above, including the number of times the information has appeared, its validity, and much more.All of this information is then weighed against each other to determine the importance of each factor in relation to the next one, and how this ultimately affects the player’s market valuation.Jeremy Dahan, CEO of Hello Markets, said: “We are proud to officially announce the launch of our latest product, Hello Football. We strongly believe that the football industry as a whole is ripe for a revolution on how player valuation is determined.“As price discovery specialists, we are determined to introduce a new way of perfecting real-time football player valuations. As always, Hello Markets aims to stand at the forefront of innovation, and our latest product displays our commitment to new advances in technology.” Share Sharelast_img read more

Matchbook aims for punter intelligence with ‘Knowledge Base’ launch

first_imgShare Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Mark Brosnan ends Matchbook CEO tenure  May 19, 2020 UKGC lifts Matchbook suspension August 12, 2020 UKGC suspended Matchbook licence over AML & Risk assessment failures April 8, 2020 Submit Betting exchange has announced the launch of ‘Knowledge Base’ its microsite aimed at giving punters the best insight and knowledge on upcoming sports markets.Matchbook marketing detailed that Knowledge Base was designed to aid bettors of all levels of experience. The microsite will feature betting guides on sports written by betting experts, with the content written to engage with all types of punters in-mind.With a betting exchange as its core product, Matchbook stated that unlike traditional bookmakers its business model needs smarter punters in order to drive performance.Launching Knowledge Base Ian Noctor, Head of Communications for Matchbook, commented:“Matchbook are committed to giving our customers the means to make the most informed betting decisions,”“Put simply we want to make them better bettors. Our new Knowledge Base is packed with concise easy-to-follow betting guides, written by experts covering a wide range of topics.”Matchbook marketing further detailed that Knowledge Base would tutor punters on wagering strategies, betting best practices and understanding of data and market intricacies.last_img read more

Ovechkin’s 2013 Caps are a Special Team

first_img24-10-1.That’s what it takes to go from 2-8-1 and last in the NHL to clinching the Southeast Division for the fifth time in the last six years.Kudos to Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals for a run that, to me, is more remarkable than the one they made in 2007-08, although both have to be categorized as special.Special. That is a key word tonight and that is how this 2013 Caps team should be described.It takes a really special group to do what this hockey club did after a terrible start. They overcame some big time injuries and major doubts from the critics, many of whom chose to blast Ovechkin for all of Washington’s problems. They were buried many times this season. Yet they stuck together and proved that their General Manager George McPhee was absolutely right back in January and early February during the losing times when he said “I think we have a good team.”Credit the GM for standing up for the club he assembled, credit the head coach for putting the team in winning situations, and most importantly, credit the players for staying together and not quitting on a season that had the makings of a disaster at several points.It took resolve and hard work. This team continues to get better and better as the season progresses. Their captain once again looks like the two time MVP he was in 2008 and 2009, only this year he is a better player overall. His defensive skills have improved, look no further than the back check he made to cover teammate Mike Green after #52 got caught pinching at the Washington blue line in the first period of Tuesday night’s Southeast Division clinching victory. Ovechkin’s passing, often underrated, is as good as its ever been. He is seeing the ice extremely well and he has embraced the transition to right wing. Opposing defenses are on their heels against the Gr8 once again.Nicklas Backstrom is arguably playing at his highest career level and what a story Marcus Johansson has been being the guy to round out a top line that has been as good as any other in the NHL over the last month? Add in a second unit of Martin Erat, Mike Ribeiro, and Troy Brouwer and for the first time since 2008-09 the Caps are going into the post season with two legitimate scoring lines. Hard to believe that is possible given Brooks Laich’s injury but the Erat trade is exactly what Washington needed to compete in the post season.Of course this team is not special without forwards like Mathieu Perreault, Matt Hendricks, Eric Fehr, Joel Ward, Jay Beagle, and Jason Chimera finding ways to contribute. In this playoff clinching win, the bottom six forwards scored three of the four Capitals tallies when Winnipeg had Ondrej Pavelec in the cage.If you really want to pinpoint where the turnaround came from, it isn’t hard to figure out. The defense was a train wreck early on as Mike Green, John Erskine, and Jack Hillen were injured for long periods of time forcing the team to rely on players who don’t really belong in the NHL anymore. Once Oates and assistant coach Calle Johansson were able to put a solid defensive lineup on the ice, combined with the improved health of forwards Backstrom, Johansson, and Laich (for a 10 game stretch) then it became a challenge for opponents to match up with a club that could move the puck out of its zone quickly and up the ice where its skill could take over. Add in super goaltending from Braden Holtby and some great spot starts from Michal Neuvirth combined with the struggles of the rest of the division and what looked to be a season playing for a draft pick is now one where you can’t help but play “what if” as the Capitals prepare for the Stanley Cup playoffs.This team right now is better than the ones that entered the post season the last three years. The 2013 crew is a special group because they never gave up and stuck together to make an improbable run to the third seed in the Eastern Conference. They are a team that will be a tough out it in the playoffs and they have enormous potential to go deep in the postseason.The question is, can they stay healthy and keep it going?It’s a good question to ask, but for Tuesday night and the rest of the week, Caps fans should just enjoy this “special” team and not worry about the playoffs until Monday.Notes: Ovechkin notched his league leading 31st goal into the empty net to seal the victory…Green and Karl Alzner were downright dominant in this contest. Green logged 24:27 and had an assist while King Karl played 23:33. The two Western Canadian boys compliment each other well on the ice…Washington won the faceoff battle 39-31 and outshot the Jets 41-27. Shot attempts were 72-48 in favor of Washington despite the Jets getting three power plays to just one for the Caps…next up for the Capitals are the Ottawa Senators at the Verizon Center on Thursday night.PROGRAMMING NOTE: I’ll be on with Drew Forrester on WNST 1570AM Baltimore talking Caps hockey on Wednesday morning at 7:45am. Listen Live at WNST.NETlast_img read more

Ravens agree to four-year deal with rookie DT Brandon Williams

first_img(This blog brought to you by Atlantic Remodeling. Visit to learn about their Red Cent Guarantee!)The Ravens moved a step closer toward completing their contract work for their 10-player 2013 draft class by agreeing to terms on a four-year deal with third-round defensive tackle Brandon Williams on Friday.The Missouri Southern product is expected to compete for the starting nose tackle job with four-year defensive lineman Terrence Cody still sidelined after undergoing offseason hip surgery. At 6-foot-1 and 335 pounds, Williams has a rare combination of size and agility that prompted general manager Ozzie Newsome to draft the Division II product. The small-school defensive player put himself on the map with a strong Senior Bowl performance and wound up being selected by Baltimore with the 94th overall pick of April’s draft. Williams is the ninth of the Ravens’ 10 draft selections to sign a contract as first-round safety Matt Elam remains unsigned and has yet to hire an agent.last_img read more

Davis leaves Friday’s game with left oblique strain

first_imgBALTIMORE — On the same night that Manny Machado got off to an encouraging start in a minor league rehab assignment, the Orioles lost another All-Star infielder to injury when Chris Davis left Friday’s game with a strained left oblique.The first baseman was removed from the game in the top of the fifth inning by manager Buck Showalter before the Orioles announced that he would be evaluated further after the game. Davis appeared to be in discomfort while taking swings in his final at-bat of the evening when he flied out to right field in the bottom of the third inning.“When I started swinging, [I] felt good in the cage before the game, [but] a couple swings off of [Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura] just didn’t feel good,” said Davis, who acknowledged the oblique had been bothering him for a few days. “At that point, Buck kind of took it out of my hands. Something that we’re going to keep an eye on and hopefully not let it get too bad right now. It’s too early for that.“We’ll know more about it tomorrow. I’ve never had an oblique strain or whatever you want to call it, but it doesn’t feel so bad right now that I can’t move or anything like that, so I think right now, we’ll just take it one day at a time.”In Davis’ absence, the Orioles shifted third baseman Ryan Flaherty to first base, second baseman Jonathan Schoop to third, and inserted Steve Lombardozzi in the game at second base. Davis is hitting .250 with two home runs and 13 runs batted in through the first 22 games of the season after slugging a franchise single-season record of 53 homers a year ago.Machado tripled and doubled twice in his first three trips to the plate Friday as he began a rehab assignment with Single-A Frederick, making Davis’ injury a cruel twist as the Orioles have yet to play with their full starting infield this season. Typically, discomfort from an oblique injury lingers without proper rest, meaning it often results in a trip to the disabled list.“Until we can judge what stage it is, it’s a little premature because he’s a well-conditioned, strong guy,” Showalter said. “He’s a tough guy. He plays through a lot of things. You take the proper precautions and see where you are in the next couple of days. He’s worth waiting on.”last_img read more

Osemele, Monroe doubtful to play against Cleveland

first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — Playing in their first game without franchise quarterback Joe Flacco since 2007, the Ravens offensive line will be far less than 100 percent for Matt Schaub against Cleveland on Monday night.On the final injury report of the week, starting left guard Kelechi Osemele (knee) and starting left tackle Eugene Monroe (shoulder) were both listed as doubtful to play against the Browns. Though estimated as a limited participant on Thursday’s injury report — a day on which the Ravens didn’t practice due to the Thanksgiving holiday — Osemele did not take part in any practices this week after already missing last Sunday’s game against St. Louis.Monroe hasn’t taken part in practices all week after re-injuring his shoulder in the third quarter of the Rams game. The veteran offensive tackle has already missed four games and parts of three others in an injury-plagued 2015 campaign.“The guys who haven’t practiced, they have reps; they can play,” head coach John Harbaugh said. “We’ll just get them to Monday night — we have an extra day — and see how they’re doing, see where we’re at, and if they can play, they will. That’s the kind of guys they are, and if they can’t, the next guys are ready to play. It’s a cohesive group. I’m not too worried about the [offensive] line at all. It’s a cohesive group, we have depth, and no matter who is playing is going to play really well.”Should the pair not be able to play, the Ravens would start James Hurst at left tackle and Ryan Jensen at left guard. Of course, it was Hurst who rolled into Flacco’s left knee to cause a season-ending injury on the final drive of last week’s win over St. Louis.Baltimore would likely need to add another healthy offensive lineman to the 53-man roster, meaning guards Kaleb Johnson and Robert Myers could be candidates to promote from the practice squad. With Monroe and Osemele injury, the Ravens have just six healthy offensive linemen on the current roster.They listed No. 3 cornerback Shareece Wright as questionable after a back issue flared up on Friday. He did not take part in Saturday’s practice and would likely be replaced by veteran Kyle Arrington in the nickel package if he cannot play.A disappointing season continues for wide receiver Marlon Brown, who was listed as doubtful with a back injury after not practicing all week. The third-year wideout played a season-low four offensive snaps in Week 11 and has become a complete afterthought in the Ravens’ passing game after beginning the year as the No. 3 receiver.Rookie tight end Nick Boyle (foot) is probable to play against Cleveland after missing the first game of his NFL career last week.Tight end Chase Ford (shoulder) was also listed as doubtful for Monday’s game after failing to participate in Saturday’s practice.Meanwhile, the Browns officially ruled out Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden and wide receivers Taylor Gabriel and Andrew Hawkins with concussions. Veteran defensive end Randy Starks was also declared out with a knee injury.Below is the final full injury report of the week:BALTIMOREDOUBTFUL: WR Marlon Brown (back), TE Chase Ford (shoulder), T Eugene Monroe (shoulder), G Kelechi Osemele (knee)QUESTIONABLE: CB Shareece Wright (back)PROBABLE: TE Nick Boyle (foot)CLEVELANDOUT: WR Taylor Gabriel (concussion), CB Joe Haden (concussion), WR Andrew Hawkins (concussion), DE Randy Starks (knee)QUESTIONABLE: G Joel Bitonio (ankle), LB Nate Orchard (groin)PROBABLE: QB Johnny Manziel (right elbow), QB Josh McCown (ribs), S Donte Whitner (concussion)last_img read more