Williams to captain Essequibo U-19 Inter-county squad

first_imgFORMER National Under-15 opening batsman Mark Williams has been appointed captain of the Essequibo Under-19 squad to contest this year’s inter-county tournament which is scheduled to start on Wednesday, May 17, in Georgetown.The squad also includes talented all-rounders Joshua Jones and Sheldon Charles, both having represented Guyana at the youth level.According to a release from the Essequibo Cricket Board, the squad was encamped at the ECB Hostel and was involved in three days of organised practice matches before their departure for the tournament, which will involve the three counties along with the national Under-17 team.The 15-man squad reads:- Mark Williams – captain, Sachin Persaud, Kurt Lovell, Adrian Campbell, Mark Ramsammy, Joshua Jones, Quinton Sampson, Beesham Moses, Leslie Allen, Sheldon Charles, Mahindra Persaud, Chanderpaul Mohabir, Kellen Davis, Joel Fortune and Azeem Habib.The manager is Loaknauth Persaud while Andy Ramnarine will serve as coach. (Elroy Stephney)last_img read more

Henry Schoonmaker emerges offensively to complement Nicky Galasso, Hakeem Lecky after slow start to season

first_img Published on March 17, 2015 at 12:14 am Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman While Nicky Galasso and Hakeem Lecky carried Syracuse’s first-line midfield offensively, Henry Schoonmaker lagged behind.Through Syracuse’s first four games, Galasso had 10 goals and two assists and Lecky five of each. Schoonmaker tallied just two goals and a lone helper as the other two were being credited for alleviating the defensive pressure put on SU’s starting attack.But since then, Schoonmaker has paced the unit, totaling five points in the last two games to complement the two other fifth-year seniors. He had two goals for No. 1 SU (6-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) in a comeback win over then-No. 16 Johns Hopkins on Saturday, and he’s begun to round out his defensive abilities as a midfielder with an emerging offensive prowess.“It’s great that he stepped up and made those shots today,” Orange head coach John Desko said on Saturday. “He’s been right on the edge and fortunately they dropped today for us.”With Syracuse trailing JHU by three in the second quarter, an open Schoonmaker received a pass from attack Dylan Donahue 15 yards away from the goal.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBlue Jays midfielder Michael Pellegrino stuck with Donahue and pointed for someone to guard Schoonmaker, but the SU midfielder took a crow-hop and unleashed a shot that found the left side of the net past diving goalie Eric Schneider.On the Orange’s next goal, Schoonmaker once again received the ball on a swing, but this time fed Randy Staats right outside the crease for an easy goal instead of shooting himself. The two goals were the start of a 7-0 run for the hosts.“I think it’s just teammates moving the ball well and the offense was starting to get in rhythm,” Schoonmaker said.Being the second fastest of SU’s first-line midfielders, Schoonmaker sometimes draws a long pole. It can hinder him at times since there’s less room to operate, and it’s created more chances for Galasso, who’s reaped the benefits of going against short-stick midfielders.On Saturday, though, Schoonmaker showed just how effective he can be when he is given the opportunity to attack against a short stick.With the Orange holding onto a one-goal lead against Hopkins in the fourth quarter, Schoonmaker cradled the ball with short-stick midfielder Phil Castronova defending him.He first juked left, faked right, then left Castronova in his tracks before bouncing the ball into the bottom-right corner as he leveled another defender in his tracks and looked down at him as the crowd erupted.“A lot of times the slide comes and then we’d pass to the backside and I’d be wide open to either dodge the guy or shoot,” Schoonmaker said. “The offense was getting in a flow, so that’s just the reason that I think I had a couple goals.”Schoonmaker may also be tasked with handling Duke midfielder Myles Jones on Sunday, and the Blue Devils’ All-American already has 45 points through eight games.But the defensive ability is something Schoonmaker already boasts, and now he’s starting to bring his repertoire full circle.Said Galasso: “Henry does a lot more than people know for us.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Former, current Badgers players react to Chryst’s hiring

first_imgFormer @BadgerFootball All-American and @dallascowboys lineman Travis Frederick on #badgers head coach Paul Chryst. pic.twitter.com/ltKTk1Lsfm— Wisconsin Badgers (@UWBadgers) December 18, 2014 Former @BadgerFootball and current @Packers quarterback Scott Tolzien on new #badgers head coach Paul Chryst. pic.twitter.com/sRpQt2UYCV— Wisconsin Badgers (@UWBadgers) December 18, 2014 Most people surrounding the Wisconsin football team knew that Paul Chryst would be named head coach Wednesday, but the news couldn’t be made official until Wednesday evening.When Athletic Director Barry Alvarez finally introduced Chryst at the news conference, the announcement drew high acclaim from former Badgers and current NFL players who played under Chryst. Among them were quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Scott Tolzien and offensive linemen Travis Frederick and Joe Thomas.Know who’s fired up to have Paul Chryst back with #Badgers? @DangeRussWilson http://t.co/pD1Jukb90n— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) December 18, 2014center_img Seven-time All-Pro Joe Thomas on new @BadgerFootball head coach Paul Chryst. #badgers pic.twitter.com/7dDl3T830F— Wisconsin Badgers (@UWBadgers) December 18, 2014Chryst, who coached at UW-Platteville and spent his high school football days playing for the Platteville Hillmen, also received a warm welcome from Bo Ryan, who coached at UW-Platteville before becoming the Wisconsin men’s basketball head coach.Welcome back Coach Chryst! pic.twitter.com/4FnHzyBXn0— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) December 18, 2014Several current UW football players were also on hand at the introductory news conference, including Corey Clement and Derek Watt and weighed in on the rollercoaster that has been the last seven days.“Everything happens for a reason I believe,” Clement said of Andersen’s decision to leave UW. “He came into my home and he was open-armed. I can’t really hate him, the decision he made. Everything happens, so I’m just going to move on from there. It’s all about prepping for next year.“It was kind of confusing, shocking just somewhat of a disappointment. Just the way coach [Andersen] talks to his players, you feel so close to him. It was sad to see him go. I’m a man of my own. I’m just going to move on. I know my team is right behind me as well.”Watt added how shocking the Andersen’s decision was when he told the team last Wednesday afternoon, although he said the team is “just worried about winning the next game.”“We were just kind of caught off guard,” Watt said. “No one really knew what was going on. I didn’t have a short list by any means. I could care less who they brought in. I just want to play for someone who wants to be here.”But although the last week put Clement, Watt and the other players in a difficult spot, the quick turnaround with naming a new coach in just seven days shifted the morale for the better.“It’s all great. I’m happy that coach Chryst is actually here, so it’s kind of cool. It’s all bringing back smiles to me,” Clement said. “I was in a down period, but once I got a chance to actually reconnect with him, it kind of felt good to actually know that, from what I heard, he likes to run a lot first and pass second.”Chryst’s demeanor during his press conference also left a strong first impression on Watt.“Some of the things he said, it really meant a lot just to know how much he really cares about the players,” Watt said. “Coming back home … he’s really excited about it, and I think he truly is, and I look forward to working with him.”last_img read more

PSG on cusp of French title after Lyon lose 3-0 at Caen

first_imgParis St Germain are almost certain to retain their Ligue 1 title after second-placed Olympique Lyonnais’ 3-0 loss at Caen on Saturday left them six points behind with two games left.PSG, who demolished En Avant Guingamp 6-0 on Friday, have 77 points and a better goal difference (+45 to +38) than Lyon who were physically overwhelmed by struggling Caen.The home side’s Nicolas Benezet scored twice in four minutes before the break and Sloan Privat rounded off a comfortable win five minutes from time.Laurent Blanc’s PSG, who need a point to guarantee a third straight title, travel to Montpellier and host Stade de Reims while Lyon welcome Girondins de Bordeaux and visit Stade Rennes in the last two rounds of matches.”We deserve nothing, tonight we were devoured by Caen,” Lyon midfielder Steed Malbranque told Canal Plus.”We started too timidly. For the title, it’s over, now we have to focus on retaining that second place,” he added with his side six points ahead of Monaco who play on Sunday. On Sunday, fourth-placed Olympique de Marseille, who have 60 points, take on third-placed Monaco, on 65, eyeing a Champions League qualifying spot.–Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmithlast_img read more

NBA Finals 2019: Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard praises team’s trust, load management

first_img Warriors’ Mark Stevens banned 1 year, fined $500K for shoving Kyle Lowry “It was good. When it got bad we ended up taking four or five games off,” Leonard told ESPN Friday. “If we didn’t do that, I wouldn’t be here right now for sure. I’m already favoring it. Yeah I mean, the way we laid out the schedule was good. I’m happy.” “If we didn’t do that, I wouldn’t be here right now for sure.”Kawhi Leonard tells @Rachel__Nichols that the Raptors’ load management plan for him helped in the long run. pic.twitter.com/KtyxtjBJi7— ESPN (@espn) June 7, 2019Leonard only played in 60 of the Raptors’ 82 games in 2018-19, but he’s arguably having his best playoff performance to date. Related News Warriors, Kevin Durant face reality he might not return in NBA Finalscenter_img Kawhi Leonard appreciates the confidence Toronto has had in him since it acquired him in a trade last year.The former Spurs star suffered a serious quad injury in the 2017 playoffs, which affected him throughout the following season. However once San Antonio traded Leonard to the Raptors last offseason, they trusted him enough to let him rest periodically throughout the year to avoid reaggravating the injury. He believes his load management in 2018-19 helped Toronto reach the NBA Finals. The 6-7 wing is averaging 30.9 points, 9.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists through 21 postseason games and has helped Toronto secure a 2-1 advantage over the two-time defending champion Warriors in the championship series.The Raptors traded away their franchise player in DeMar DeRozan to acquire Leonard. While this was a huge risk and many thought it would result in a short, one-year rental of Leonard, their trust in him may convince him to sign a long-term deal when he enters free agency this summer.last_img read more

2 drivers charged for causing death

first_imgTwo drivers who allegedly caused the death of a Diamond, East Bank Demerara woman were on Friday charged with causing death by dangerous driving.Keith Hollingsworth, 47, of Linden and Ron Walker were jointly charged for causing the death of Samsonisha Batterlamo by driving dangerously on August 21, 2017.It is alleged that they respectively drove motorcar PJJ 8918 and motor lorry GGG 9877 in a dangerous manner, thereby causing the woman’s death.Walker failed to appear in court on Friday, and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.In Hollingsworth’s presence, the court heard that the deceased had just left the Diamond Diagnostic Centre in a taxi when it collided with the two defendants’ vehicles, as they were said to be overtaking the car in which she was travelling.Hollingsworth has been placed on $200,000 bail, and is expected to report to the Ruimveldt Police Station on a weekly basis. His passport also has been lodged with the court.The case will continue on February 13.last_img read more

Spring runoff this Sunday

first_imgBy Energeticcity.ca staff The ‘Spring Runoff’ road race and walk is set for this Sunday.- Advertisement -The annual event features both competitive and recreational runs and walks, with all proceeds going to the Canadian Diabetes Foundation.Registration starts at 9 a.m., and the races start at 10 a.m.Check out the previous story for more information.last_img

Neymar set to return for Brazil v Colombia – Tite

first_img0Shares0000Brazil coach Tite says he expects Neymar to make his return from injury in Friday’s friendly against Colombia in Miami © AFP / Martin BUREAUMIAMI, United States, Sep 5 – Brazil coach Tite said Neymar will make a long-awaited return from injury when the South American champions take on Colombia in a friendly in Miami on Friday.Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar has not played since suffering an ankle injury in a friendly against Qatar in June which ruled him out of the Copa America. However Tite Thursday said the striker had been declared fit and ready to return against the Colombians in Friday’s game at the Hard Rock Stadium.“Clinically he has recovered from the injury that as everyone remembers removed him from the Copa America,” Tite said.“If he wasn’t fit, he wouldn’t be with the national team. We are not irresponsible to force a situation when it concerns the athlete’s health,” Tite added.“Me and the coaching staff will be very attentive to his development. He is ready, he is capable of doing what the team needs,” he added.Brazil went on to win the Copa America crown without Neymar in July, their first victory in the tournament since 2007.Since then Neymar has been embroiled in a protracted saga, which saw him fail in his attempts to engineer a move back to Barcelona from PSG.Tite meanwhile said he expects a demanding test of his team against Colombia, who were eliminated in the quarter-finals of this year’s Copa America.“It will be a strong confrontation. We all know the quality of the Colombian national team,” Tite said.While the game will mark the return of Neymar, Tite also plans to hand a debut to Real Madrid’s 19-year-old Vinicius Jr.“I’m happy to be here realising my dream,” Vinicius said. “It’s hard to believe that at 19 I’m here next to the best players, next to my idol (Neymar) and the players I’d always supported,” he told a press conference.Colombia meanwhile will be without star attackers Radamel Falcao and James Rodriguez.0Shares0000(Visited 36 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Manchester City star keen on Serie A switch

first_img Manchester City star Aleksandar Kolarov 1 Manchester City full-back Aleksandar Kolarov has admitted he would like to return to Italy.The Serbian previously spent three years in Serie A with Lazio, before joining City for £16m in July 2010.The 29-year-old has gone on to win two Premier League titles, the Capital One Cup and the FA Cup during his time in Manchester, while he also signed a contract extension until 2018 last summer.However, the defender has now revealed he would like to return to Italy and praised his form club Lazio.“I’d like to return to Italy, but it’s difficult,” Kolarov told Sky Italia.“I’m happy for [Sampdoria coach Sinisa] Mihajlovic, he’s doing very well, as are Lazio. They’re having a great season and I hope they can end it in third or even second place.”last_img read more

Ex-Atletico Madrid and current Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores excited for reunion with Manchester United’s David De Gea

first_img Ex-Atletico Madrid and current Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores excited for David De Gea reunion 1 Quique Sanchez Flores has revealed that he is looking forward to a reunion with Manchester United’s David De Gea, having given the goalkeeper his break.Watford host United in the Premier League on Saturday, seven seasons after Sanchez Flores promoted De Gea into Atletico Madrid’s first team, and his former manager, now in charge at Watford, believes he has matured into the world’s best.De Gea was Atletico’s third choice when Sanchez Flores was appointed manager in October 2009 but he ended the season in the first team and close to making Spain’s victorious squad for the 2010 World Cup.Since then he has proved himself a suitable successor to Edwin van der Sar at United and been the subject of intense interest from Real Madrid, but Sanchez Flores – who the goalkeeper grew so close to he bought him a pocket watch as a present – believes he should remain in the Premier League, and is convinced that his experience in England has been vital to his development.“I gave David his debut. He was the third-choice ‘keeper and after one month he was first choice,” Sanchez Flores said.“He was amazing. You just need to focus on the training and watch how he is taking the ball and handling it.“For me he is probably the best goalkeeper in the world. I got a present after two years when we separated, it was a clock.“The watch is an antique, golden on a chain. You wear it in your pocket. It is very English. I don’t remember but I think there was an inscription. I still have it. I won’t wear it, that’s too much.“(But) he has everything, he is more than a goalkeeper. He can control everything, the ball in the air. He is good in the goal and out of the goal. For me he is the top three best goalkeepers in the world.“It would be perfect for the Premier League for him to stay and perfect for him. He needed to come here to learn.“I’ve talked a lot about De Gea but with his confidence it will be very difficult to score past him.“I have (a special relationship with De Gea). (And) with (David) Silva and (Sergio) Aguero, I wanted to wait until after the game because I don’t like to speak to opponents before the game. I try to respect.“I don’t like my players to see me having a relationship with other players, hugging them. I will wait in my dressing room, for sure. After the game, of course, I will spend time with him.”United visit Watford after a period in which they have been labelled boring by their own fans, owing to their predictability and lack of goals.Flores, however, does not agree with that verdict, and believes that not only is their ball retention “amazing” but that United will improve further.“It is amazing ball possession,” he said. “This is a process. (Their manager Louis) Van Gaal is doing a bit to respect the style of play, to keep the ball and after with the idea to (score). It is not boring. At the moment they are doing their first objective – to keep the ball.“The other part of the process is to be offensive, aggressive in the last third. Maybe at the moment they are not so aggressive in the last third but they are efficient, because they are shooting three and put three in the goal. So it is a process.”last_img read more