MAINTAINING momentum will be the order of the day when the defending champions Guyana Jaguars clash with the Leeward Islands Hurricanes today in round two of the Regional Four-Day Championships at Warner Park in St Kitts.The Jaguars are second on the points table, but will definitely start this round as firm favourites, taking into consideration their huge win in the opening round on Monday.They currently sit on 17.8 points, .2 behind leaders Trinidad and Tobago Red Force.However, complacency will be the only thing that Leon Johnson and company will have to resist, but the Jaguars have never given the impression that this is something which imbeds itself in the way they operate.Monday’s win against the Jamaica Scorpions was the 18th time the Guyanese have gone undefeated since the 2013/2014 season.However, the contest will still generate a lot of interest in both countries, since the hosts have displayed plenty of character in their opening encounter, where they drew the game against former champions Barbados Pride last Monday at the venue.Antigua & Barbuda’s Rahkeem Cornwall led the Hurricanes’ charge when he finished with match figures of nine for 218.After that game, coach of Leeward Islands Hurricanes, Reginald Benjamin, has hailed his team’s positive start, as encouraging.He told the Daily Observer newspaper that his charges look forward to their match against the defending champions, adding that he expects the team to improve as the competition progresses.On the other hand, the Jaguars’ batting and bowling departments have definitively clicked as a unit in round one. Four batsmen scored half-centuries, while the bowlers did their part, especially left-arm spinners Gudakesh Motie and Veerasammy Permaul, but their fielding remains a concern.Head coach Esaun Crandon has urged his side to improve in this area, in order to be a competitive force.Jaguars earned their points from a 181-run win over Jamaica while Red Force blew away Windward Islands Volcanoes by nine wickets at Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad.Hurricanes are on 8.8 points, Pride on 6, Scorpions 4.8 and Volcanoes 4.Teams earn 12 points for an outright victory while extra points for batting, spin bowling and pace bowling are also up for grabs.Meanwhile, in other second-round matches Scorpions take on Volcanoes at Sabina Park and Red Force play Pride at Queen’s Park Oval.
(REUTERS)-Trent Boult took career best one-day figures as New Zealand completed a tense 24-run win over Australia in Hamilton yesterday to regain the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy with a 2-0 series victory.Boult took 6-33 as Australia, who only needed to square the series to retain the trophy, were dismissed for 257 on the final ball of the 47th over as they chased New Zealand’s 281 for nine.The home side’s innings had been built on Ross Taylor’s 16th ODI century with Dean Brownlie adding his maiden half century in his first ODI innings in more than two years.Stand-in captain Aaron Finch (56) and Travis Head (53) had put Australia on track for victory but the visitors lost quick wickets after good partnerships before Boult returned to run through the tail.“I think the collective bowled really well and we managed to take wickets throughout and put pressure on them,” man-of-the-match Boult said.“It was a good series and great couple of games and we’re happy to have (the trophy) back.”New Zealand won the first game at Eden Park by six runs but the second in Napier on Thursday was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to an unsafe, wet outfield.Marcus Stoinis, whose 146 not out in the first game almost single-handedly clinched victory for Australia, looked like being the key wicket again on Sunday when he was well set on 42 with his side 198-6 in the 40th over.The 27-year-old, however, did not quite get hold of a flighted delivery from left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner and holed out to Jimmy Neesham at long on.Pat Cummins (27) and Mitchell Starc (29 not out) threatened to get the visitors home with a 51-run partnership in five overs before Boult struck with three wickets.“Australia showed why they are number one in the world,” New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said.“We felt like we had them under pressure but they kept coming at us. So credit to our guys to soaking up that pressure and taking the games deep and coming out the other side.”Earlier, Taylor’s 107 and Brownlie’s 63 laid the foundation for New Zealand’s innings but the latter’s dismissal sparked a middle order collapse and the hosts slumped to 209-6 in the 41st over.Santner then provided a valuable 38 runs including two fours and a six to end the 50th and final over, which started with Starc taking two wickets from the first two balls.“We felt that it was a target we could chase down,” Finch said. “While we had a couple of guys get 50s, they don’t win games at this level.”NEW ZEALAND InningsD. Brownlie c Handscomb b Faulkner 63T. Latham c Hazlewood b Starc 0K. Williamson c Handscomb b Cummins 37R. Taylor c Stoinis b Faulkner 107N. Broom c Handscomb b Faulkner 8C. Munro c Starc b Hazlewood 3J. Neesham b Hazlewood 1M. Santner not out 38T. Southee b Starc 10L. Ferguson b Starc 0T. Boult not out 1Extras (lb-5 nb-1 w-7) 13Total (for 9 wickets, 50 overs) 281Fall of wickets: 1-6 T. Latham,2-76 K. Williamson,3-176 D. Brownlie,4-198 N. Broom,5-205 C. Munro,6-209 J. Neesham,7-246 R. Taylor,8-265 T. Southee,9-265 L. FergusonBowling: M. Starc 10 – 1 – 63 – 3(nb-1 w-1,J. Hazlewood 10 – 0 – 44 – 2(w-1)M. Stoinis 4 – 0 – 22 – 0, P. Cummins 10 – 0 – 47 – 1(w-5),A. Zampa 7 – 0 – 41 – 0, J. Faulkner 9 – 0 – 59 – 3.AUSTRALIA InningsA. Finch c Boult b Williamson 56S. Marsh run out (Santner, Latham) 22P. Handscomb b Boult 0T. Head c Brownlie b Boult 53G. Maxwell c Latham b Santner 0M. Stoinis c Neesham b Santner 42J. Faulkner c Taylor b Boult 0P. Cummins c Santner b Boult 27M. Starc not out 29A. Zampa c Taylor b Boult 1J. Hazlewood b Boult 4Extras (lb-12 w-11) 23Total (all out, 47 overs) 257Fall of wickets: 1-44 S. Marsh,2-44 P. Handscomb,3-119 A. Finch,4-120 G. Maxwell,5-173 T. Head,6-174 J. Faulkner,7-198 M. Stoinis,8-249 P. Cummins,9-253 A. Zampa,10-257 J. HazlewoodBowling: T. Southee 8 – 0 – 39 – 0(w-2), T. Boult 10 – 1 – 33 – 6(w-1),L. Ferguson 9 – 1 – 62 – 0(w-2),J. Neesham 3 – 0 – 17 – 0(w-1),M. Santner 10 – 0 – 50 – 2, K. Williamson 7 – 0 – 44 – 1(w-1)
New Delhi: In the last decade of the Spanish La Liga, the ‘El Clasico’ contest between Real Madrid and Barcelona was a red-letter day for all football fans. It was the contest between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, two of the biggest names in football. The Messi vs Ronaldo contest enthralled fans from all over the world, uplifting the contest from the spectrum of Catalan vs Castillan.However, the ‘El Clasico’ contest, for the first time since December 2007, will lack that star power. Ronaldo has moved to Juventus from Real Madrid while Messi will not feature for Barcelona due to a broken arm. However, there is still plenty at stake for both teams, more so for Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui.Read More | CBI War: SC asks CVC to complete probe in two weeks; interim chief not to take policy decisionsLopategui, who took over the team four-and-half months ago, is struggling big time. The team has gone five games without a win, more than eight hours without a goal has been a sorry reflection for a team that recently won the UEFA Champions League. Real’s chaotic performance has weakened his position, not strengthened it and a win against Barcelona might reportedly not matter if club president Florentino Perez’s mind is already made up with regards to his position. According to some reports, Perez wanted to sack Lopetegui after their win over Viktoria Plzen but the club’s Director General Jose Angel Sanchez and other executives calmed him down. Confident of revivalDespite the slump, Real players are optimistic of a turnaround. Toni Kroos pointed out that it was not a confidence issue with the team.Read More | MeToo: Google fires 48 employees, Pichai says ‘dead serious’ about providing ‘safe and inclusive workplace’“We have many champions in the World Cup and the Champions League, and we have shown we can turn around tough situations. Remember that in the last few years, we have not only played good games, there have been bad ones too. We are creating, we are doing everything we can to get good results and that proves we are behind the coach. He is a very good coach in my opinion and I’m confident we can turn this around with him,” Kroos told AFP.Read More | Madhya Pradesh Elections: Kukshi ‘kursi’ – a musical chair for Congress, JAYSDespite Real Madrid’s poor form, Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde is not taking his opponents lightly. “Madrid will be even more dangerous. They will come here to demonstrate all the strength they have,” Valverde said. Barcelona currently top the La Liga standings with 18 points while Real Madrid are seventh with 14. A loss could not only signal Lopetegui’s end, but also open up a massive seven-point gap between the two arch-rivals. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The Indian cricket team got their Women’s World T20 2018 campaign off to a great start with a 34-run win over New Zealand in Providence, Guyana. Harmanpreet Kaur, the skipper, led from the front with a historic century and she will be buoyed to sustain the momentum against arch-rivals Pakistan in their next game.Kaur has acquired a reputation for her big knocks on the big stage. Once in the zone, no bowling attack in the world can stop her from clearing the ropes effortlessly. The Indian skipper was given great support by 18-year-old Jemimah Rodrigues and the middle order made up for the poor start given by the top order.Read More |India eye clean sweep in Twenty20s, West Indies aim to end positivelyIf there is one area of concern for the Indian batting, it is the openers with Smriti Mandhana and Taniya Bhatia. Mandhana, in particular, has endured a lean patch in Twenty20 Internationals, managing just three fifties in 15 innings. Kaur’s team will receive a major boost if Mandhana can repeat her heroics during the 2017 World Cup.Read More | We cannot get too carried away: Real Kashmir coachThe bowling is also in good shape, thanks to the exploits of legspinner Poonam Yadav and offspinner Dayalan Hemlatha. The slow and low nature of the Providence wicket was exploited brilliantly by the two bowlers, who ended up with three wickets apiece. These two bowlers will be the key in this campaign if India are to go all the way.Pakistan struggleOn the other hand, Pakistan has not had an ideal build-up to the World T20 competition. Just before this competition, they had a three-match series against Australia and they were blanked 3-0. The scores by Pakistan in the series were 131,101 and 97. Even in the opening game against the same opponents, they could manage just 113 to lose the encounter by 52 runs.Pakistan’s batting as well as their bowling has been a major concern. The bowlers, in fact, have bowled out oppositions only twice in the last 12 games while the batting has not seen too many big scores. However, against India, they will have an extra sense of motivation to turn their poor form around. In five games in the World T20, Pakistan have won twice and lost three games. Their last win came in 2016 when they won a rain-curtailed encounter at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi by two runs.A win for India will put them in a great position to enter the semi-final while Pakistan would be hoping to surprise Kaur’s side and throw the entire group wide open.
highlights Ben Stokes took a superb catch against South Africa.Chris Woakes catch sent back Imam-ul-Haq for 44.Pakistan lost their opening game against West Indies in Trent Bridge. New Delhi: The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is fast been dominated by England and their brilliant catching. Ben Stokes stole the show with what has been dubbed as the ‘catch of the tournament’ during the opening game of the tournament in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash against South Africa at The Oval. However, in England’s second game against Pakistan in Trent Bridge in Nottingham, Chris Woakes put up a similar effort as the hosts built pressure on Pakistan. The unlucky victim this time was Imam-ul-Haq, who was nearing a fifty and had put Pakistan on course for a big total. The incident took place on the first ball of the 20th over bowled by Moeen Ali.Moeen bowled a flighted delivery from round the wicket on off stump, Imam-ul-Haq danced down the track and made some room to loft the delivery inside out to wide long off. Chris Woakes ran to his right and kept his eyes on the ball, dived full length to his right and plucked a stunning catch with both hands. In the game against South Africa, Adil Rashid bowled a flighted delivery outside off and Andile Phehlukwayo dragged the slog sweep to deep midwicket. The left-hander had made good contact and it looked like the ball would sail over for a six. However, Stokes had other ideas. Perched near the boundary, jumped backwards and took a one-handed catch near the boundary to send Phehlukwayo back for 24. The cricketing world went berserk with Stokes’ catch and England made a big statement with a resounding 104-run win against South Africa.Pakistan started their campaign on a horrendous note with a big loss against the West Indies in Trent Bridge. The batsmen could not cope with the pace and bounce of the West Indies side and they were bundled out for 105. West Indies romped home to a seven-wicket win. England have been the red-hot favourites heading into the contest against Pakistan, having recently won a five-match ODI series against them 0-4, with one game being abandoned at The Oval due to a no-result. Pakistan have not secured a victory in their last 12 ODIs while England, while chasing in ODIs, have won 17 out of 20 games with two games getting abandoned due to a no-result and one match being tied. The tied match took place at Trent Bridge and it involved Sri Lanka with Woakes smashing 95 and Liam Plunkett hammering a last ball six off Nuwan Pradeep to reach 286. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Rafael Nadal can become the first player to win a Grand Slam 12 times.Roger Federer has never beaten Rafael Nadal in the French Open.Novak Djokovic is bidding to make history by winning all grand slams twice. highlights New Delhi: Rafael Nadal put on a masterclass against Roger Federer in the 2019 French Open semi-final as he thrashed the 20-time Grand Slam winner 6-3,6-4,6-2 to enter the final. Nadal has won the French Open a record 11 times and he is on course to make it a 12th French Open, cementing his legacy as the ultimate King of Clay. For Federer, he failed to beat Nadal in the French Open and his opportunity to win the French Open for the second time might be extinguished. Nadal will await the winner of the second semi-final between Dominic Thiem and Novak Djokovic. The Serb tennis player is chasing a calendar slam and is on course to become the second player in tennis history to win all four Grand Slams twice.The last time Djokovic made the semi-finals was 2016 when he went on to win the title. He has a 6-2 career lead over Thiem and beat the Austrian in the Rome semi-finals in the run-up to Paris. Friday’s clash between Nadal and Federer and the clash between Thiem and Djokovic is the first time the top four seeds have all reached the last four at a Grand Slam since the 2013 Australian Open.Federer has won 20 Grand Slams and has won titles on all surfaces. His mastery has never been in doubt, especially in the grass courts of Wimbledon where he is supreme. At age 37, Federer continues to push the bar and dishes out a lesson to every tennis player.Despite winning the career slam ahead of Nadal and Djokovic, there are plenty of fans who have doubted Federer’s ability on clay. The Swiss has never defeated Nadal in the French Open and his win in 2009 came against Robin Soderling, his opponent in the final who had managed to beat Nadal in the fourth round. Nadal has won six out of his 17 Grand Slam titles by defeating Federer when he was at his peak is staggering. The Spaniard left-hander is the only player to win the Golden slam, winning both the singles and doubles gold in 2008 Beijing and 2016 Rio Olympics.Djokovic is the only player to have a positive head-to-head record against Federer and Nadal. Djokovic has a 28-25 record against Nadal which is 10-10 in Grand Slams. Against Federer, he has a 25-22 record including 9-6 in Grand Slams. Djokovic is one of the elite few who have defeated Nadal in the French Open, something which Federer has been unable to do. In 2015, Djokovic did the unthinkable and registered a win against the Spaniard, that too in straight sets. His superior head-to-head record against both opponents probably puts him a notch higher. His success against Nadal and Federer in all surfaces makes him exceptional. For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Washington St. looks to sweep UCLA Associated Press SQUAD LEADERSHIP: UCLA’s Chris Smith has averaged 12.7 points and 5.3 rebounds while Jalen Hill has put up 9.4 points and 6.9 rebounds. For the Cougars, CJ Elleby has averaged 19 points and 7.3 rebounds while Isaac Bonton has put up 13.8 points.CREATING OFFENSE: Bonton has either made or assisted on 46 percent of all Washington State field goals over the last five games. Bonton has accounted for 27 field goals and 26 assists in those games.YET TO WIN: The Cougars are 0-5 when they score 62 points or fewer and 14-5 when they exceed 62 points. The Bruins are 0-11 when allowing 74 or more points and 13-0 when holding opponents below 74.STREAK STATS: Washington State has dropped its last four road games, scoring 62 points and allowing 78.8 points during those contests. UCLA has won its last three home games, scoring an average of 65 points while giving up 55.DID YOU KNOW: UCLA is ranked first among Pac-12 teams with an offensive rebound percentage of 35.1 percent. The Bruins have averaged 12.1 offensive boards per game. February 12, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWashington State (14-10, 5-6) vs. UCLA (13-11, 6-5)Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles; Thursday, 11 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Washington State goes for the season sweep over UCLA after winning the previous matchup in Pullman. The teams last met on Jan. 4, when UCLA made only 13 foul shots on 21 attempts while the Cougars went 23 for 32 en route to a 79-71 victory.
LONDON, England (Reuters) – Venus Williams became the oldest woman in 23 years to reach a Wimbledon final as she defied her age and a despondent home crowd to inflict a crushing defeat on British hope Johanna Konta yesterday.Eight years after her last Wimbledon final and more than two decades since Martina Navratilova became the last 37-year-old to reach the same stage, Williams produced the sort of attacking performance that led her to five titles in her heyday.Her 6-4, 6-2 semi-final win over the Briton was a clinical execution and set up a Saturday showdown with Garbine Muguruza, whose own ruthless demolition of Magdalena Rybarikova whetted the appetite for an intriguing final.It will be Williams’ ninth at Wimbledon and the stage for a potential eighth grand slam crown and, having defied the odds to reach this point, few would now bet against her.Konta was looking to become the first British woman to reach the Wimbledon final since Virginia Wade in 1977, but her hopes were crushed as Williams picked her off at crucial points.The American, who has dropped only one set all tournament, was too strong for her opponent from the baseline and was able to produce booming serves whenever Konta threatened.After initially going toe-to-toe with Williams, Konta was unable to generate any sort of sustained pressure and ended the contest a clear second-best, losing eight of the final 10 games.She saved two match points before Williams finally ended her resistance with a devilish forehand that flew past the Briton and left the American to twirl in celebration on Centre Court.“You can play this game for a while if you love it; you put in the work and stay healthy,” Williams, who was beaten by sister Serena in January’s Australian Open final, told reporters.“I’ve played some good tennis in different points of my life. I think it’s wonderful to have the opportunity to play well and to be strong and have experience. Experience can either work against you or for you. I like to think it’s working for me.”Konta’s one chance to upset Williams came in the ninth game of the first set when the Briton crafted two break points.It proved only a fleeting window of opportunity, however, as Williams saved the first with a backhand winner and launched a 106 mph second serve to snuff out the second.That was as good as it got for Konta, who was immediately broken in the next game to cede the opening set and then twice more in the second, as Williams wrapped up victory over her sixth-seeded opponent in an hour and 13 minutes.“She dictated the match from the very first ball till the very last one,” Konta said. “I think she just showed her true qualities and why she’s a five-time champion here, just a true champion that she is.”
… Guyana looking to reclaim RAN 15s title on July 29 THE Guyana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) is hoping that good weather prevails, as Guyana prepare to host USA (South) on July 29, in the finals of the Rugby Americas North (RAN) 15s Championship.According to information reaching Chronicle Sport, while the Rugby field at the National Park is the preferred venue and the one that’s currently being prepared for the historic match, should the country continue to see sporadic heavy rainfall, the GRFU could be forced to find an alternative venue.It was noted that the St Stanislaus College ground on Carifesta Avenue is that alternative venue – the same one used for Guyana’s 24-17 win over Trinidad and Tobago last month in the RAN South Zone final.The USA side will be making their maiden voyage to Guyana for the second meeting between the two countries and are scheduled to arrive on July 27.Two years ago, Guyana’s National Rugby team, popularly known as the ‘Green Machine’, etched their names in the history books after edging the mighty USA South to claim their maiden Rugby Americas North (RAN) (formerly North American and Caribbean Rugby Association) 15s title with a come-from-behind 30-27 win.Guyana will have a chance to not only reclaim the title that was won by Mexico last year, but also do something that several teams in RAN have never done; that is to beat the USA twice.The visit by the USA will be their second in the Caribbean after travelling to Trinidad and Tobago in 2013 where they left with the RAN 15s title, winning 26-18.The Americans will want to exact revenge for their 2014 defeat to Guyana in Atlanta Georgia in rather dramatic fashion.The good thing for Guyana is that their squad of players who had beaten the USA are still playing together and had improved in the 15s format.Guyana’s players are known for their dominance in the game’s shortest format (Sevens), but since their win against the USA in 2014, the GRFU had made a commitment to have their National side pay more emphasis on 15s Rugby.Since then, the Green Machine have won back-to-back South Zone titles, and missed out on winning a second overall RAN 15s title when they went down 32-3 against Mexico last year.
MORE than 20 international athletes are on the cards for the eighth annual Boyce and Jefford Track and Field Classic, which was officially launched yesterday morning, for the first time in Linden, at Chicken’s Stag Bar on Republic Avenue,The athletes will be coming from across eight different countries – the United States of America, Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, Bahamas, St Lucia, Martinique, and for the first time at the meet, Uganda and Barbados.The international athletes will compete against Guyana’s best on August 12-13 at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground, where over $2M in cash and prizes will be up for grabs at the inter-club meet.Present at yesterday’s launch was Director of Sport Christopher Jones, Mayor of Linden Carwyn Holland as well as chairmen of the Boyce and Jefford committee, Colin Boyce and Edison Jefford.The winning club will walk away with $1M while $500 000 will be for second- placers, $300 000 for third-placers and $200 000 for fourth-placers.In addition, the competition has six international events, namely the male and female 200m, male 800m, female 1500m and the male and female long jump.Each of the international events carries a US$500 purse with US$250 for the winner; US$150 to second place and US$100 for third. The male and female champion athletes will also cash in, running away with $50 000 each.Eight gate prizes will also be given away to lucky ticket-holders. Children’s tickets are available at ZSK Beverage Depot only for $500 while all other tickets will be $1 000 at the venue on the day.Movements Sound, DJ Winston, Father Moey and Determine Immortal Sound will be providing the Entertainment throughout the event.At yesterday’s launch, Jones lauded the meet and its organisers for continuing Guyana’s most longstanding lucrative meet. Jones also commended the organisers for staying true to their commitment to seeing the meet remain in Linden.“Boyce and Jefford, I want to commend you and ask that you ensure your Classic goes beyond eight years,” Jones said.Sentiments reiterated by Holland during his address, noting how elated he is to see such an outstanding event continue in his town, saying, “Speaking on behalf of the Linden community, we are heartened to have this event here again.”He believes that the continued effort of the organisers to remain steadfast with a “signature event” in Linden shows enormous commitment to the community of Linden.Holland pleaded with Lindeners to come out in numbers and show appreciation for the consistent confidence the organisers have shown in the community.