Month: August 2020

Hammie Green football to conclude tomorrow

first_imgThe annual Hamilton Green Birthday Anniversary Inter-Ward football tournament will conclude tomorrow  at the National Track and Field Centre, Leonora. In the opening match at 17:00hrs, Den Amstel Kings will oppose Soesdyke while Wales will oppose Uitvlugt from 17:30hrs. West Side Spartans will then battle Stewartville at 18:00hrs while in the fourth match, Den Amstel will engage Pouderoyen at 18:30hrs.The respective winners will advance to the semi-final stage and eventual grand finale. The event, which is being played utilizing a 9-a-side elimination format, will commemorate the 85th Birth Anniversary of the former Georgetown Mayor. The first prize is $200,000, with the second, third and fourth place finishers copping $100,000, $60,000 and $40,000 respectively.Among the sponsors on board are: BK Tiwari Inc., National Sports Commission, NAMILCO, Gafoors Ltd, Ministry of Natural Resources, Ministry of Communities, Ministry of Legal Affairs, New Thriving, Guyana Police Force, Techno Mills, Ready Mix Cement, GuyOil and AH&L Kissoon.last_img read more

Barnwell takes hat-trick, slams ton as DCC pummels UG

first_imgGuyana Jaguars all-rounder Christopher Barnwell displayed his perpetual best yesterday, grabbing 6-16 and stroked a flowing century to hand the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) first day honours over the University of Guyana (UG) in the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA), GISE, Star Party Rental and Trophy Stall first-division, two-day competition at DCC. DCC after bundling out UG for 94 just before lunch, made 301 when the 10th wicket fell moments before stumps. UG, batting a second time, ended the day on 0-0, trailing by 207 runs heading into the second day. Barnwell, who was the focal point of the day, was in full flow as he smacked 134 with 11 fours and 10 maximums in his flourishing century before he was dismissed by Pavendra Persaud (3-11). Christopher Barnwell created misery for UG’s batsmen on the opening day with a hat-trick en route to a six wicket haul. (Royston Alkins photo) The burly right-hander dispatched anything within his range to once again stamp his authority against UG.   This century was his third consecutive ton against the students. Meanwhile, first-class player Tevin Imlach, who was flawless before his demise, grafted well for his 73, a knock which included eight fours and a six. He was dismissed by seamer Devon Paul. Derwin Christian (31) was the other batsman to register a major contribution as left-arm spinner Damien Vantull ended as UG’s most threatening bowler with 3-74. Earlier in the day, UG were sent in and experienced a torrid time, being bundled out for 94 in the 31st over. Only Pavendra Persaud (39) made any score of worth as Barnwell ran riot by snapping up 6-16 from eight overs during a spell which included a hat trick. Carlton Jacques (3-12) supported Barnwell’s effort.   Day two begins at 9:30hrs.last_img read more

Bolt in self-imposed quarantine as he awaits official COVID-19 test results

first_imgUsain Bolt says he has not confirmed that he has COVID-19 but is in self-imposed quarantine until his test results are back. Nationwide News reported yesterday that the eight-time Olympic gold medallist had tested positive for the Coronavirus. The news, NNN said, triggered a host of his associates and friends including football players Raheem Sterling, Leon Bailey and recording artiste Chris Martin being tested for the virus as they were in attendance at his birthday party last Friday, August 21. However, in a 50-second video posted on Twitter, Bolt said he heard the news regarding his positive test like everybody else; on social media despite reports that indicate that he was notified by health officials on Sunday.“I did a test on Saturday to leave because I have work,” he said. “Trying to be responsible so I am going to stay in and stay away from my friends and also, having no symptoms, going to quarantine myself and wait on the confirmation to see what is the protocol and how I should go about quarantining myself from Ministry of Health.”Meantime, he is encouraging those who might have come into contact with him to be safe and enter quarantine.More than 1500 Jamaicans have been confirmed to be infected by the virus. 116 Jamaicans were confirmed over a  24-hour period between Saturday and Sunday. (SportsMax)last_img read more

UKGC – Betfred to pay over £800,000 following licence review

first_img Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Share Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Share Related Articles The UK Gambling Commission has informed the market that Betfred will pay more than £800,000 in compensation and in contribution towards socially responsible causes as part of a regulatory settlement following a licence review.This payment follows failures by the operator in its anti-money laundering and social responsibility policies.The Gambling Commission’s investigation follows a court case that resulted in a Betfred customer being jailed for three years and four months after admitting to stealing from his employer. A significant proportion of the stolen money was spent with Betfred.Under the terms of the settlement, £443,000 will be paid to the victims of the criminal activities.A further £344,500 will be paid, in lieu of a financial penalty, to socially responsible causes, agreed with the Commission. Betfred will also meet the Commission’s investigation costs.In addition, under the settlement, Betfred must conduct an independent third party review and audit of its anti-money laundering and social responsibility policies and procedures. This will include customer due diligence, enhanced due diligence and on-going monitoring practices.Richard Watson, Programme Director at the Commission, said: “We identified a number of weaknesses in the anti-money laundering and social responsibility controls used by Betfred. The penalty package of over £800,000 reflects these failures.“The Commission has now concluded a wide range of cases over the last 10 months leading to around £3.75million in penalty packages. The outcomes and findings in these cases provide a clear signal to operators of the need to learn the lessons from these for social responsibility and money laundering controls, or risk facing tougher sanctions.”last_img read more

Ravens re-sign return specialist De’Anthony Thomas

first_imgThe Ravens re-signed wide receiver and return specialist De’Anthony Thomas to a one-year deal to presumably compete for a spot in what they hope will be an improved return game for the 2020 season.Signed to the 53-man roster in early November, the former Kansas City Chief appeared in eight regular-season games, averaging 7.2 yards per punt return and 16.6 yards per kick return. The Ravens envisioned Thomas being an upgrade to previous punt returner Cyrus Jones and kick returner Justice Hill, but he posted worse averages as Baltimore would finish 30th in the NFL in team kick return average and eighth in team punt return average. The 27-year-old drew criticism in the playoff loss to Tennessee for an unnecessary roughness penalty that pushed the Ravens back to their own 5-yard line late in the first half, a foul that preceded a 91-yard drive resulting in only a field goal.Thomas played only three offensive snaps for the Ravens last season, carrying the ball one time in the regular-season finale against Pittsburgh. In six seasons with the Chiefs, the 5-foot-8, 176-pound receiver caught 65 passes for 509 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 190 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries.Despite their overall success on special teams in the John Harbaugh era, the Ravens have struggled to find explosiveness in the return game since the days of Jacoby Jones, featuring a revolving door of return men over the last five seasons.last_img read more

Ravens regular-season moment No. 13: The Kick-6

first_imgLining up on the field goal block team was 6-foot-7 defensive end Brent Urban, who was finally making his NFL debut that night after sustaining two serious injuries over his first two seasons. The 2014 fourth-round pick got a good push off the line of scrimmage and deflected the kick with his left arm. The ball bounced right to safety Will Hill, who had been responsible for the coverage breakdown on Benjamin’s game-tying score.A couple key blocks helped Hill to tightrope the sideline for the remarkable 64-yard touchdown to snatch a 33-27 victory from the jaws of defeat before a stunned FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was just the second “walk-off” blocked field goal return for a touchdown in NFL history.Crazy. “The ball bounced the right way.”The game meant nothing, but its outcome illustrated the contrast between the two organizations. The injury-depleted and mistake-prone Ravens still managed to find a way while Cleveland self-destructed even more in a way that was all too “Browns.” “I was locked in on something else and made the wrong play,” said Hill about his earlier mistake. “But I was praying. I said, ‘If we get a block and it bounced my way, I’m going to take it to the end zone.’ Luckily, it did.center_img Check out the No. 14 regular-season moment in Ravens history HERE.Both teams were bad and facing off on Monday Night Football in late November.A 1-6 start and season-ending injuries to the likes of Terrell Suggs, Joe Flacco, Steve Smith, and Justin Forsett had already sunk the 2015 Ravens, easily the worst team of the John Harbaugh era that ultimately finished 5-11. In Cleveland, the Browns were, well, the Browns and hadn’t won a game since knocking off the Ravens in Baltimore in Week 5. An injury-ravaged 3-7 team taking on the 2-8 doormat of the AFC North wasn’t what ESPN had in mind for a national audience, but the game that had been a punchline all week proved to be very entertaining — even if not aesthetically pleasing.The 34-year-old Matt Schaub was making his first start for the Ravens in place of Flacco — who had torn his ACL the previous week — and played how you’d expect an aging backup to play, throwing an interception returned for a touchdown early in the second half. But Schaub also threw touchdown passes to Buck Allen and Kamar Aiken as the Ravens led 27-20 late in the fourth quarter.Having replaced the injured Josh McCown earlier in the period, backup quarterback Austin Davis moved the Browns and found a wide-open Travis Benjamin down the seam for the game-tying 42-yard touchdown with 1:47 remaining. It was the kind of coverage breakdown the defense had suffered in a number of close losses throughout that season, and the Ravens were now in danger of being swept by the lowly Browns for the first time since 2007 and only the third time in their history.The Baltimore offense went three-and-out on the ensuing series and the Browns did the same as both teams seemingly limped to the end of regulation. However, Schaub then tried to force a pass to Aiken from his own territory and was picked off by Tramon Williams, giving Cleveland the ball at the Baltimore 46 with 50 seconds remaining.The Browns moved the ball 13 yards on three plays — displaying some questionable clock management in the process — to set up a 51-yard try by Travis Coons to win the game. The comedy of errors late in the contest prompted one snarky reporter to opine how the game might end between two teams going nowhere that season.last_img read more

Twelve Ravens thoughts following Day 4 of open training camp

first_imgWith the Ravens wrapping up their fourth day of full-team practice on Friday, I’ve offered a dozen thoughts, each in 50 words or less:1. Tempers boiled over toward the end of practice when Earl Thomas and Chuck Clark needed to be separated in a confrontation that resulted in Clark leaving the field. John Harbaugh said he wasn’t sure what prompted the conflict, but he was unhappy about it cutting into practice time.2. That skirmish followed one between Justin Ellis and Patrick Mekari with the defensive tackle taking exception to how Mekari was grabbing him in what was a shells-and-shorts practice. You expect guys on opposite sides of the ball to mix it up occasionally, but your starting safeties? Not so much.3. After a superb first three practices, Lamar Jackson was a little out of sync early, but the play of the day was his gorgeous deep touchdown to Marquise Brown as the quarterback escaped pressure and threw on the run. Brown got behind Marcus Peters and the rest of the secondary.4. I don’t recall many training camps where the defense hasn’t intercepted a pass in an 11-on-11 or 7-on-7 drill through the first four open practices, but Friday brought close calls with Geno Stone almost picking off a throw intended for Mark Andrews and Terrell Bonds nearly intercepting Robert Griffin III.5. Baltimore continues to bring Matt Skura along slowly as he was again limited to individual work, which feels a bit more notable after the off-day. With the opener a little over three weeks away, you’d assume his participation level must increase soon to be ready to start Week 1. 6. Jaylon Ferguson was back at practice Friday and is the presumed favorite to start at rush linebacker opposite Matthew Judon. However, he’ll face stiff competition from Pernell McPhee, Jihad Ward, and Tyus Bowser, who have all flashed this week and bring different skills to the rotation.7. The speed of Patrick Queen is a big reason why he was a first-round pick, but how does it measure against Jackson in practice? Queen said he could “probably” hold his own before conceding, “It’s exciting to be in the position that I ain’t gotta play against him!” Rookie honesty. 8. Anthony Averett had a good practice with Devin Duvernay taking the brunt of it. In a 1-on-1 rep, Averett all but ran the rookie’s end-zone corner route for him to force an incompletion. The third-year cornerback later broke up a pass intended for Duvernay in an 11-on-11 period.9. Friday brought no additional clarity on where Dez Bryant stands after his tryout, but you’d think the Ravens would have wanted to get him on the practice field as soon as possible to start building chemistry with Jackson if he was in their plans. Things can always change, of course.10. Miles Boykin took a question about Bryant’s tryout in stride by saying it “has nothing to do with me,” but he’s held his own against Marlon Humphrey and Peters this week. As Boykin quipped, going up against Pro Bowl corners in practice should make the games easier.11. Kenjon Barner left the field early in practice with what appeared to be a left knee injury after a collision during a punt return drill. The veteran is on the roster bubble, but he’s a rare experienced return specialist candidate.12. You’re used to seeing Harbaugh bring the team together for a huddle to offer a few remarks and conclude practice, but players and coaches keep a little more distance and just raise their hands in the air for the usual “Ravens!” break. That’s football in the midst of a pandemic.last_img read more

Akwa United Set to Officially Unveil New Signings

first_imgAkwa United FC will officially unveil her newly signed players to the media community, fans and supporters of the club on Friday 4th January 2019.The unveiling ceremony is scheduled to take place at the Nest of Champions. The event will also feature the official presentation and rendition of the Club’s Anthem — GOD’S STRENGTH WE POSSESS TO STRIKEAt the end of the 2017/2018 season, the two-time Federation Cup Champions released some players and have now contracted top quality players from within and outside the country to strengthen the team for the new NPFL season.Last season, the Promise Keepers finished in second position two points behind Lobi Stars. Akwa United will begin their quest for a maiden NPFL title with a home fixture against El Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri on Sunday 13th January, 2019.In a related development, team Akwa United will on Sunday 6th January, 2019  worship at The Apostolic Church in Ukana Onuk in Essien Udim Local Government Area for a special Thanksgiving /Dedication Service.The club will use the occasion to thank God for the 2018 NPFL season and also dedicate the 2019 season to GOD in prayer.RelatedAkwa United Resume Training After Christmas BreakDecember 31, 2018In “NPFl”Akwa United Unveil New Squad Ahead of 2018/19 NPFL SeasonJanuary 4, 2019In “NPFl”Dakkada Vs Akwa United: Qua-Iboe Derby Tears Uyo Fans ApartDecember 22, 2019In “NPFl”last_img read more

INSIDE AFCON 2019: Ahmed Musa Clears Air on Super Eagles’ Unpaid Wages (AUDIO)

first_imgALEXANDRIA – Super Eagles vice-captain Ahmed Musa says the team is yet to receive their outstanding allowances and bonuses as promised by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and also said African governments should be more proactive in planning for teams attending international competitions in order to prevent incessant embarrassments caused by money problems.Speaking at the pre-match press conference ahead of Nigeria’s last game in Group B at the ongoing 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, the forward revealed that despite media reports to the contrary, the players were yet to have their entitlements settled despite the federation having set Friday (yesterday) as the deadline for meeting the players’ demands.The Super Eagles had boycotted their last pre-match conference before the game against Guinea over the row over pay and were only placated after the NFF promised to offset all outstanding financial issues by Friday. The team then went on to beat Guinea and secured progress to the knockout stage and Musa who said he had no idea what the federation’s plans were, pointed to that performance as evidence that the players have resolved to focus on issues on the pitch rather than pecuniary concerns.Download audio“Yeah, I think we heard something about that but we haven’t seen anything maybe before I go back something will happen but we have talked to ourselves that we have to keep that aside and concentrate on what we are here for.“I know that we have some issues but we stand amongst ourselves and said we don’t have to make that issue to be our problem in the camp so as you can see, we came out in the last game and proved to ourselves that we can do it.  So, saying that there is something coming up, we don’t know maybe there is something we just talked to ourselves that we would have to just keep on going when the FA is ready, they are ready.”Addressing the penchant of African teams always protesting about financial problems at international events, Musa said that African governments must do more to forestall the issue of teams always portraying the nations in bad light at international tournaments because of money issues.Download audio“I think it’s not only in Nigeria, all Africans we have the same issue each time we have tournaments. So I think the government has to think about this, it is not always we keep on embarrassing our own country in every tournament, so I think all over Africa we have to look into this, anytime we go into tournaments we see some teams saying that they are not coming because of money.”On the match against Madagascar, Musa who recalled making his debut for the national team against Madagascar in 2010 said although he expects a tough match against The Barea come Sunday.Download audio“I know how important this game is, I think my first game for the Super Eagles was against Madagascar in Calabar in 2010. I have played against them and they are very good but we’ll see who is going to carry the day tomorrow.“We know that it is a very tough game, Madagascar play very good and have very good quality players but we are not afraid of any country, we are just coming there tomorrow and after ninety minutes, we’ll know who is the best team.”RelatedINSIDE AFCON 2019: Rohr to Ring Changes Against Madagascar, Musa Says Super Eagles Yet to be PaidJune 29, 2019In “AFCON”INSIDE AFCON 2019: NFF Meets Payment Deadline for Super Eagles, Pays Super Falcons, Promises Flying EaglesJune 29, 2019In “AFCON”INSIDE AFCON 2019: D Day as Super Eagles Await Payment of BonusesJune 28, 2019In “AFCON”last_img read more

Ideye’s Aris Thessaloniki Robbed Of 250k Euros Of Europa League Profits

first_imgSuper Eagles striker Brown Ideye and his club Aris Thessaloniki will be nursing a second wound after being knocked out of the UEFA Europa League qualifiers on Thursday by Norwegian club Molde FK.Aris revealed that they had lost the proceeds from the match after the club’s treasurer Theodoros Karipidis was robbed at his residence on Friday, with the suspects making away with about €246,000 in cash all gotten from the sold-out fixture at the Kleanthis Vikelidis Stadium including some of the family’s personal effects, Vanguard says.Reports from Greece indicate that the treasurer, Karipidis who is the cousin to the owner of the club Theodoros Karipidis – both share the same name – with his wife and his little child were all asleep when the robbers broke in. However, they used a sedative on the family to ensure they remained asleep while they carried out the operation.Meanwhile, police in Thessaloniki have begun investigations into the robbery with forensic analysis from the crime scene.Ideye, who joined Aris barely two weeks ago after being a free agent for almost a year, featured in the win but was substituted in extra time. The Gods of War missed the chance to feature in the 2019/20 UEFA Europa League after Molde qualified on goals aggregate.RelatedSuper Eagles Forward Brown Ideye Makes Bold Move to Revive Career with Aris Thessaloniki ContractJune 21, 2019In “Nigeria”Brown Ideye Enjoying Life At Greek Side Aris ….Open To Contract Extension (AUDIO)September 24, 2019In “Nigeria”Ideye Focused On New Club, Not Keen On Eagles Return (AUDIO)August 12, 2019In “National Team”last_img read more