Defending champions Annandale maintained their perfect record in the GuyOil/Tradewind Tankers Secondary Schools Football League, downing President’s College 6-4 on Friday at the Ministry of Education ground, Carifesta Avenue Omari Glasgow led the way with a hat-trick in the 19th, 45th and 66th minute, with Collin Henriques the next best scorer with a double in the 12th and 34th minute. Adding a goal in the 62nd minute was Rickey De Putron.For the losers, Allister Henry tallied a hat-trick in the fourth, fifth and 24th minute. Assisting with a 35th minute conversion was Kareem Samuel.Meanwhile, Charlestown defeated Saint Stanislaus 1-0. Isaiah Dowding recorded the only goal of the encounter with a 60th minute strike. Complete ResultsGame 1Charlestown-1 Vs Saint Stanislaus-0 Isaiah Dowding-60thGame 2Annandale-6 vs President College-3 Annandale scorersCollin Henriques-12th and 34thOmari Glasgow-19th, 45th and 66th Rickey De Putron-62ndPresident’s College scorers Allister Henry-4th, 5th and 24thKareem Samuel-35th
(Reuters) – Aryna Sabalenka claimed her sixth WTA title as she swept past two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 6-3 6-3 in the Qatar Open final yesterday. The Belarusian struck seven aces and 21 winners in an aggressive display as she proved too strong for Kvitova, who was unbeaten in her last 10 matches in Doha.Battling to stay in the match, Kvitova created five break point opportunities in the fourth game of the second set but Sabalenka was equal to the task.The 21-year-old clawed back with consecutive aces to clinch the game before producing a string of powerful groundstrokes to break Kvitova’s serve to love on her way to victory. It brings Sabalenka her third title over the last six months after winning in Wuhan and the WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai, and she will also move up to 11th in the WTA rankings tomorrow. Sabalenka dedicated her triumph to her father Sergey, who passed away in November at the age of 43.“I lost my dad in the pre-season and he was my great motivation,” she said. “I’m doing this for him.”
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Football’s world governing body, FIFA, has appointed a normalisation committee to run the affairs of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association, in an attempt to restore governance and financial stability to the beleaguered organisation. In a statement Tuesday, the Zurich-based institution said the decision had been taken following a joint assessment of the TTFA carried out by itself and continental governing body, CONCACAF, which found “extremely low overall financial management methods, combined with a massive debt”, leaving the local body “facing a very real risk of insolvency and illiquidity”.The TTFA board, led by the newly elected William Wallace, will be dismantled and fresh elections organised by the normalisation committee.“The Bureau of the FIFA Council has today decided to appoint a normalisation committee for the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association in accordance with art. 8 par. 2 of the FIFA Statutes,” a FIFA release said. “The decision follows the recent FIFA/CONCACAF fact-finding mission to Trinidad and Tobago to assess, together with an independent auditor, the financial situation of TTFA. The mission found that extremely low overall financial management methods, combined with a massive debt, have resulted in the TTFA facing a very real risk of insolvency and illiquidity. “Such a situation is putting at risk the organisation and development of football in the country and corrective measures need to be applied urgently.” The committee, the members of which are yet to be identified, will have a two-year span in which to carry out its work which also includes creating a debt repayment plan which the TTFA can implement, reviewing the local governing body’s statutes and ensuring their adherence to FIFA regulations.Most significantly, FIFA said the committee would oversee new elections for an executive committee to run the TTFA again.“The normalisation committee will be composed of an adequate number of members to be identified by the FIFA administration, in consultation with CONCACAF. In line with the FIFA Governance Regulations, all members of the normalisation committee will be subject to an eligibility check,” FIFA said. “The normalisation committee will act as an electoral committee, and none of its members will be eligible for any of the open positions in the TTFA elections under any circumstances. “The specified period of time during which the normalisation committee will perform its functions will expire as soon as it has fulfilled all of its assigned tasks, but no later than 24 months after its members have been officially appointed by FIFA.”The development comes less than five months after William Wallace defeated incumbent David John-Williams in elections last November, to assume the helm of the TTFA. In the buildup to elections, John-Williams appeared to have the support of FIFA president Gianni Infantino and CONCACAF president, Victor Montagliani, who visited the island for the grand opening of its Home of Football complex in Couva.The TTFA has been besieged by financial problems in recent time with Wallace claiming earlier this month that the body’s finances were in disarray.
Isaiah Layne has a very relaxed and unassuming demeanor but the southpaw talent certainly doesn’t lack ambition. The 15-year-old Saint Stanislaus College Table Tennis talent is one of Guyana’s promising junior players who is capable of forging a prolonged career. Most around the Table Tennis circuit are struck by his grace. His technique isn’t too shabby and according to coach Dwain Dick, Layne’s work ethics is good and he has all the right attributes. But there is one little matter Layne needs to iron out. He is probably too much of a nice guy which doesn’t work in his favour on the sparring table. Layne ramps with the best in his class. On many occasions, he tussled with the likes of Jonathan Van Lange, Kristian Sahadeo, Kaysan Ninvalle and Niran Bissu but his finishing touches and his will to win lets him down. Recognising that there is a kink in his mental armory, Layne said he is working on being more physiologically fit to realize more success. “Yes, I am [working on my mental game],” he told this publication recently. “I’ve noticed in some of my matches I would become lackadaisical and I have attended a mental toughness seminar last year where I was learning some strategies which can help me deal with those mental situations,” the young man added.Meanwhile, Dick said Layne, whose father Mikey is a former national footballer, has the tools but he just needs to use them. “He needs more self-confidence, self-assuredness and focus. He needs to trust himself to perform; the stars will then fade away. “Overall his technique is good, he has the tools… Just has to use them, believe and trust in the tools. “Whenever he opens up, its money, he just doesn’t do it frequently enough. His biggest assets are his serves and big forehand loop,” the coach further explained. In just a few years, Layne has represented Guyana on six different occasions. His most successful outing came in 2016 when he collected the runners up prize at the Pre-Cadet Caribbean Championships held in Jamaica – the same year Ninvalle won the under – 11 crown. Most recently, he captured top honours in the 2019 Boys Elite School’s Table Tennis Championships and has been a consistent feature and performer in the locally sanctioned Guyana Table Tennis Association (GTTA) junior tournaments.His most memorable moment on the table to date came in the very 2016 Pre-Cadet championship. He described the moment as a surreal battle against his Trinidadian opponent who to this day is a close friend of his.“That would be during the 2016 Pre-cadet Caribbean Championships where I had to play a Trinidad and Tobago player, Nicholas Lee, in the semi-finals. It was the most intense match I ever had but I was the victor and up to today we are still friends,” he said.Layne was able to log his journey quite precisely and remembers succinctly what drew him to the sport. “The thrill you get when playing against someone and it was exhilarating when I first started playing with my cousin and others so I got hooked on it.”The young athlete recalled how he was introduced to the sport.“Table Tennis was introduced to me by my older cousin, Kelvin Fletcher, and so it became the first sport I took a liking to. I decided to follow on with it when I was eight years old and began training with Mr. Gavin Lowe until I had joined Titans Table Tennis Club.” As his love for Table Tennis evolved so too did his understanding of the sporting landscape. Layne said one of his main reasons to maintain a high level of success is to attract scouts so as to attain a student/ athlete scholarship abroad. He has ambitions of becoming an Aeronautic Engineer while at the same time achieving player rating points.
(Trinidad Guardian) Former West Indies Team manager and current manager of the Guyana Amazon franchise Omar Khan said, two of his players who have opted out of the West Indies tour of England, should not have. Guyanese Shimron Hetmyer and Keemo Paul and Trinidad and Tobago’s Darren Bravo have opted not to tour England due to concerns over the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that is gripping the world of sports at the moment. The West Indies selectors have named a 25-man squad which will leave the Caribbean on June 8 bound for Manchester, England where they will go into quarantine before beginning the defence of their Wisden Trophy against England at the Ages Bowl in Southampton on July 8. Khan who managed the West Indies team from 2007 to 2010, told Guardian Media Sports yesterday that: “A situation like this is mentally taxing on the player. This is the first time that a series is being played under the present Covid-19 situation and hence the players are not sure how all will pan out. I could understand mentally that the players would want to be totally comfortable but in my personal view, I think Hetmeyer and Paul should have gone.“It is good that the CEO said that nothing will be held against them for not going but on the negative side for them, other players have come in the replace them and if they perform and cement a spot then it will be harder for them to break back into the team. They would have had to weigh all those options before making a decision. Once they are comfortable that is important.”Khan who has a glowing reputation as a successful cricket manager added that if he was in the manager’s position for this tour he would have made sure all the players had in writing the conditions that they will meet under the lockdown scenario. “I don’t know if it was done but I would have ensured that the players got in writing what is expected of them and that they signed off on it. You don’t want a situation where players are telling you that they didn’t know this and they didn’t know that. This is a tough tour for a manager because it is the first time that this scenario is being played out and hence the players will be tested.” President of the T&T Cricket Board (TTCB) Azim Bassarath also told Guardian Media Sports yesterday that if a player is not comfortable he should not tour. “The last thing is that you want players to go across to England and can’t focus on the job at hand. They must be comfortable so that they can do what they have been sent there to do, which is to defend the Wisden Trophy. I agree with those players who have decided not to go. It is a personal decision and one has to respect that. I agree with those who are going as well because as I said before it’s a personal decision and once they are comfortable then they should go and play their cricket.”
LONDON, (Reuters) – England batsmen must prepare well if they are to get the better of a “formidable” West Indies bowling attack in the three-test series next month, captain Joe Root has said. West Indies will be banking heavily on their pace attack in England to defend the Wisden Trophy which they won after triumphing 2-1 on home soil in the 2019 series.Root said England could not afford to lower their guard against an attack which featured three bowlers – Jason Holder, Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel – who are among the top 20 in official test rankings.“We are very aware of the skill West Indies have and what they will bring to this series,” Root told BBC Sport. “One thing that stood out was how formidable their bowling attack can be. It is really important we prepare well and we are ready for all of that.”Holder is also the top ranked test all-rounder, followed by England’s Ben Stokes, and West Indies head coach Phil Simmons has predicted their rivalry would light up the series.“Jase is one of the most well-respected guys in international cricket,” Root said. “He took the job at a young age and we are starting to see him at the peak of his career.“He comes across as a very good bloke. I am looking forward to chatting to him from a social distance.”Root has said he would miss the series opener in Southampton from July 8 should it clash with the birth of his second child with vice-captain Stokes taking the reins in his absence. Manchester hosts the last two tests of the series which will be played behind closed doors in a bio-secure environment.
BALTIMORE — The good news for the Orioles stemming from Wednesday’s rainout was the extra day of rest it provided a bullpen still feeling the effects of two extra-inning games in Boston last weekend.However, the thought of playing two games in the same day against an imposing Texas Rangers lineup that battered the Orioles for 24 runs in the first two games of the series is certainly a scary proposition. Manager Buck Showalter can only hope starting pitchers Wei-Yin Chen and Tommy Hunter are up to the task in containing the Rangers’ bats and preventing them from getting to the Baltimore bullpen too early.Hunter has been recalled from Triple-A Norfolk after being sent down on Monday. The 25-year-old will start the nightcap of Thursday’s doubleheader on only three days’ rest. Given the physical challenges Hunter had faced that contributed to his demotion earlier in the week, the risk involved with sending him to the mound on short rest was considered by Showalter.The Orioles manager pointed out Hunter had six days’ rest prior to his last start and only threw 82 pitches before being lifted in the sixth inning at Fenway Park on Sunday.“I actually think he should be in a real good spot physically,” Showalter said. “It’s certainly something I thought about, but he’s had a lost of rest. He should be fine.”Under normal circumstances, Hunter would not have been allowed to return to the big-league club for 10 days, but the Orioles have placed outfielder Endy Chavez on the 15-day disabled list as expected. Chavez has dealt with an intercostal injury since the Orioles’ three-game series in Anaheim last month.Chavez said he injured the ribcage area in a batting practice session, and he has gottenWith Chavez and Nolan Reimold both on the disabled list, the Orioles will rely on a combination of Rule-5 selection Ryan Flaherty, recently-recalled utility player Steve Tolleson, and veteran Wilson Betemit to handle duties in left field. It’s not exactly a comfortable spot for Showalter and the Orioles at a position that had plenty of question marks — even with Reimold and Chavez available — at the start of the season.“I never thought I’d be in this position,” said Chavez, who is hitting just .133 in 60 at-bats this season. “It’s kind of frustrating and disappointing. I want to help the team. It was something I wasn’t expecting.”Showalter is targeting Monday for Jason Hammel to make his next start. The right-hander’s sore right knee has responded favorably to treatment despite being forced to miss the start on Thursday. The Orioles are being cautious with his past history of knee soreness, and Showalter said Hammel probably could have made Thursday’s start if they really wanted to push the issue.As expected, Norfolk pitcher Dana Eveland will make Friday’s start. That means the Orioles will have made a roster move every day this week, which is quite a change from April when the only roster move made was Robert Andino going on paternity leave for two days in late April.Zach Britton threw 45 pitches over three innings of an extended spring training game in Sarasota on Friday. The southpaw allowed one hit while striking out one and walking one. Showalter wouldn’t reveal what Britton’s fastball velocity was, but he said it was a considerable improvement from his previous bullpen sessions.When asked for a projected return date for the young left-hander, Showalter admitted late May would likely be too ambitious and mentioned early June as a more realistic possibility.Here are the Game 1 lineups…Texas2B Ian KinslerSS Elvis AndrusLF Josh Hamilton3B Adrian BeltreDH Michael YoungRF Nelson CruzC Yorvit Torrealba1B Brandon SnyderCF Craig GentrySP Colby Lewis (3-1, 2.97 ERA)BaltimoreLF Ryan FlahertySS J.J. HardyRF Nick MarkakisCF Adam JonesC Matt Wieters3B Wilson BetemitDH Chris Davis1B Mark Reynolds2B Ryan AndinoSP Wei-Yin Chen (2-0, 2.76 ERA)Visit the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault to hear from Buck Showalter, Endy Chavez, and new utility player Steve Tolleson HERE.
Friday night looked like a good opportunity for the Orioles to get back on track to begin the second half of their season.Staff ace Jason Hammel was taking the hill against Detroit’s Doug Fister, who entered the night having surrendered 18 earned runs in his last 14 1/3 innings of work for the Tigers.Right fielder Nick Markakis was returning to the lineup for the first time since late May, assuming the leadoff spot for the first time in his big-league career in an effort to boost the club’s abysmal .246 on-base percentage in the top spot this season. Regaining one of its best hitters looked like the perfect tonic for an offense that scored only 61 runs in its final 22 games before the All-Star break.His return moved Chris Davis to left field for the first time in the major leagues, giving the club its optimal offense as the roster is presently constructed.It looked unconventional, but maybe that was exactly what the Orioles needed to climb out of a 6-13 rut and start the second half on a high note.Instead, the recent stretch turned even uglier with the sight of Hammel walking off the field with a right knee injury in the top of the fourth inning. The 29-year-old has dealt with soreness in that same knee for much of the season, but concern was apparent following the game in the quietest clubhouse reporters had witnessed all season.“It took a little air out of the game,” said manager Buck Showalter while trying to remain optimistic. “One of our better pitchers had to leave early on. We had gotten back into it at 2-1 and it looked like he was going to settle in and keep us in the game.”The Orioles (45-41) lost 7-2 to fall to just four games above the .500 mark for the first time since April 27, but a Saturday MRI on Hammel’s right knee will tell far more about the club’s second-half fate than a series-opening loss to the Tigers. Already having demoted three-fifths of the starting rotation to Triple-A Norfolk prior to the break, losing Hammel for an extended period would be a crippling blow to a club already desperate to add quality starting pitching.Offensively, Baltimore looked as anemic as it did in the final month of the first half, making Fister look like an ace over seven innings in which he allowed three hits and struck out eight. No player exemplifies the Orioles’ struggles at the plate more than shortstop J.J. Hardy, who is now hitless in his last 23 at-bats and 18-for-130 (a .129 average) since June 6.But Hardy is just one of many failing to get the job done at the plate.“You want to start off [the second half] with some momentum,” Davis said. “Being at home, these are games we have to win. If we want to be serious about being a playoff team, we’ve got to win games at home, especially when we have our ace on the mound. Obviously, he left early on, but we’ve got to do a better job scoring runs.”While Showalter waits for his offense to show signs of life — hopefully in a hurry — the Orioles will be on pins and needles waiting to hear Hammel’s fate. The pitcher did not have swelling in the knee after exiting and said through a team official he didn’t hear a pop or sound suggesting a tear when he injured himself delivering a 1-2 pitch to Brennan Boesch.The Orioles are still saying the right things about refraining from panic, but human nature suggests it’s an impossibility at this point.“Because of the way [Hammel’s] performed, I don’t want to throw dirt over him right now,” Showalter said. “We’re hoping that we hear something good. Our trainers and medical people have done a great job, along with Hamm. I see all the work he does between starts to keep it under control, and I’ll trust him. We’ll make a good decision, probably in the next day or so.”Hearing Showalter speak of the air coming out of the game after Hammel’s injury and following it up with a metaphor about not wanting to throw dirt on a coffin tells you the struggles and frustration are even weighing on his mind at this point. His expressed optimism wasn’t very convincing and understandably so.Are the Orioles now circling the drain with the potential loss of their best starting pitcher on top of the rotation struggles they were already experiencing?Maybe not, but it’s sure feeling that way.The Orioles need to reverse their fortunes in a hurry, but you wonder how they can if faced with a potential loss as crushing as this.
Here are this weekend’s picks as The Morning Reaction will pick every NFL game.Drew Forrester finished 8-6 last week while Luke Jones was 10-4 in Week 9. Forrester is 89-41 through nine weeks and Jones is 86-44 overall. Official standings are only kept based on the NFL picks.(Editor’s note: Drew correctly picked Indianapolis to beat Jacksonville on Thursday night while Luke was incorrect in picking the Jaguars.)To hear their full explanations, click HERE.Raiders at Ravens: Baltimore 37-20 (Drew), Baltimore 34-20 (Luke)Bills at Patriots: New England 34-24 (Drew), New England 31-17 (Luke)Giants at Bengals: Cincinnati 24-20 (Drew), New York 27-20 (Luke)Chargers at Buccaneers: Tampa Bay 24-10 (Drew), Tampa Bay 21-14 (Luke)Broncos at Panthers: Denver 33-19 (Drew), Denver 27-23 (Luke)Titans at Dolphins: Miami 17-10 (Drew), Miami 24-14 (Luke)Falcons at Saints: Atlanta 30-26 (Drew), New Orleans 28-27 (Luke)Lions at Vikings: Detroit 27-20 (Drew), Detroit 24-19 (Luke)Jets at Seahawks: Seattle 21-9 (Drew), Seattle 24-13 (Luke)Cowboys at Eagles: Dallas 24-14 (Drew), Dallas 23-16 (Luke)Rams at 49ers: San Francisco 30-10 (Drew), San Francisco 27-12 (Luke)Texans at Bears: Chicago 20-17 (Drew), Chicago 17-13 (Luke) Chiefs at Steelers: Pittsburgh 31-7 (Drew), Pittsburgh 27-3 (Luke)
2. Chris “Birdman” Anderson (Miami Heat Forward/Center)Anderson loves to change things up and has recently grown out a beard to compliment his look. This more of a representation of his whole look, with the tattoos and mohawk to go along with his facial hair. By: Brett Dickinson and Barry KamenAfter pictures have surfaced with Peyton Manning sporting a goatee and Brett Favre growing a MAN beard (looking eerily similar to a jacked version of Tim Allen in ‘The Santa Clause’), we decided to examine great facial hair in sports. Our only rules were that the person must be active in a sport and it must be their current state of their look (thankfully we did not have to add Brett Kiesel, since he recently shaved off his growth growing out of that ugly black and yellow helmet).BARRY:5. Bryan Stork (Former Florida State Center/NFL Draft prospect)The national champs sports a wily beard that bodes well in the mold of NFL lineman. He should fit in just fine in a professional locker room amongst the men. 3. James Harden (Houston Rockets Guard)There is little challenge to Harden’s beard in all sports, let alone the NBA. It has taken on a mind of its own, getting more sponsorships than the man that bears it. 1. Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans Forward/Center)The ultimate Cinderella story to make my list of facial hair. His uni-brow is a bold decision to not take the razor to it, as his brand has built because of it. 4. Tim Lincecum (San Francisco Giants Pitchers)Though nothing about his epic, he does sport it proudly. Those five or six hairs are really a bold move, and it takes some balls to sport it on a regular basis. 4. Brian Wilson (Los Angeles Dodgers Pitcher)As mentioned before, Wilson has the beard of beards. His pirate look recently is absolutely unique to baseball and all professional sports. 3. Jason Kelce (Philadelphia Eagles Center)Kelce has taken over the mantle as best beard in football, since Brett Kiesel decide he could not bear the pressure any more. His beard leaks out his helmet hiding his face almost completely. 2. James Harden (Guard Houston Rockets)Another repeat on both lists, but it is well deserved. NBA players should fear the beard just as much as his jumper. BRETT:5. Andy Reid (Kansas City Chiefs Coach) and Jeff Fisher (St. Louis Rams Coach)Both coaches have been throw backs to the 80’s with their staches. Keeping up the sheer grooming for over 20 years is definite dedication to facial hair. 1. Brian Wilson (Pitcher Los Angeles Dodgers)His beard has grown to another level, as he has to buy an extra seat for it on airplanes. Wilson delved in obscurity before growing it out, who is now a household name because of it.