CWI issues new retainer contracts

first_img– Lewis denies white ball offerCricket West Indies (CWI) has confirmed that central contracts for Windies Men’s and Women’s players for the 2018/2019 year have been issued.The previous contracts expired on September 30th 2018, but the new contracts will be backdated to July 1st 2018 and run until June 30, 2019, as CWI aligns all players on the same contract period (Franchise contracts used to expire on July 31st and WINDIES contracts on September30th).Cricket West Indies’ Chief Executive Officer Johnny Grave says “All Windies and Franchise players are now contracted from the 1st of July to the 30th of June, with their performances assessed from the 1st of April to the 31st of March. This will allow for a more efficient process of reviewing, renewing, and awarded contracts within West Indies professional cricket, and give everyone at least three months to plan for the season ahead.“Our season will start each year with the Caribbean Premier League, followed by the Super50 Cup, and finish on the 4-Day competition.”The decision to offer all-format, red and white ball contracts, according to Chairman of Selectors Courtney Browne, “allows for the better management of players as it relates to their development. At the time of recommending contracts in June, some players would have developed in different formats after the process had finished, so their recent performances can’t be considered until the next contract cycle.”The full contracts list is:All Format Retainers – Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph and Kemar RoachRed Ball Retainers — Devendra Bishoo, Kraigg Brathwaite, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer and Kieran Powell.Development Retainers – Sunil Ambris, Keemo Paul and Raymon ReiferWhite Ball Retainers – Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse and Rovman PowellEvin Lewis was offered a white ball contract, but declined.New players on retainers are Kemar Roach, Sunil Ambris, Keemo Paul and Raymon ReiferWindies Women – Merissa Aguilleira, Raniece Boyce, Shemaine Campbelle, Shamilia Connell, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Hayley Matthews, Anisa Mohammed, Chedean Nation, Akeira Peters, Shakera Selman and Stafanie Taylorlast_img read more

Jackrabbits take the bite out of Bulldogs

first_imgJulie Heurung only scored nine points (11 rebounds), and her teammate Jessica Jameson had 12 points and seven boards for Buena. The Jackrabbits jumped out on the Bulldogs early in the first period, outscoring them 14-2 and eventually led 18-7 at the end of the first stanza. Dixon scored inside easily to lead the Jackrabbits (29-1) with eight points, as Poly led 29-16 at intermission. “The plan was to keep pressure on their guards,” Poly coach Carl Buggs said. “They like to come down and get set up. They are normally patient with their offense. We tried to disrupt that with constant pressure. … We felt if we kept up the pressure, they wouldn’t be able to stay with us for 32 minutes.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LONG BEACH – The Buena High girls basketball team fell into the trap of running with Poly in the first half and quickly found out why it has failed for 29 teams this season. Jasmine Dixon scored 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, and Candice Nichols added nine points as the host Jackrabbits stormed to a 52-31 victory in the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Division I-AA playoffs on Saturday night to advance to face Bishop Amat, which upset Lynwood in another quarterfinal matchup. center_img “We play every game like it’s our last,” Dixon said. “We accomplished what we needed to accomplish.” Poly’s defense held the Bulldogs to five points in the fourth quarter and forced 20 turnovers. last_img read more

Quinn is queen of the court in Westwood

first_imgYou’ve heard the knock. It’s a familiar refrain. It’s a below-the-rim game. There’s no “fun” in fundamentals. Who-hoo, look at that beautiful mid-range jumper! And yeah, that’s pretty true in about 90 percent of the women’s games you watch. But Los Angeles has been lucky these past four years. You get it all the time. Best not to sugarcoat it. In the hierarchy of beats you can be assigned as a sportswriter, women’s basketball isn’t exactly at the top of the ladder. This spring, the 6-foot-1 shooting guard is expected to be among the first five players picked in the WNBA Draft. But Quinn’s college career at UCLA will end this weekend unless the Bruins (13-17, 7-11) run off four straight wins at the Pacific-10 Conference tournament in San Jose. If they don’t pull it off, it’ll be a rather ignominious end for such a bright star. UCLA has made the NCAA Tournament just twice during Quinn’s career. The farthest the Bruins went was the second round. Last year’s team, with future WNBAers Lisa Willis (L.A. Sparks) and Nikki Blue (Washington Mystics) had the best shot, but the Bruins lost on the road to Purdue in the first round. This year, with Blue and Willis graduated, Quinn has spent the year fighting through double- and triple-teams and coaching UCLA’s youngsters on the court. She has also played out of position, taking over Blue’s spot as point guard and sacrificing some of her scoring to be the Bruins’ top ballhandler and playmaker. After scoring 14 points against Washington State on Friday in the Bruins’ 72-58 victory in the first round of the Pac-10 tournament, Quinn became the fifth Bruin to record over 1,800 points. She also has 792 career rebounds and needs eight more to become the second Pac-10 player, joining former Stanford star and current WNBA player Nicole Powell, to score 1,800 points, grab 800 rebounds and record at least 400 assists. She is the only player in UCLA history to finish with 1,700 points, 700 rebounds and 400 assists. But the lack of postseason success has kept Quinn relatively unknown to the average women’s basketball fan. But WNBA teams know her. National analysts know her. ESPN’s Nancy Lieberman even compared her to Kobe Bryant earlier this year. She was selected as a first-team all-Pac-10 pick by the conference coaches for the third time on Thursday. But to the average fan who follows Tennessee or Duke or Connecticut, or sportswriters on the East Coast, she might as well be Nicole Quinn. “I took a risk when I came here,” Quinn admits. “I knew that because we’re on the West Coast, we aren’t going to get the same publicity as the Dukes or the UConns of the world, but that wasn’t a care for me. I just wanted to come to a program where I could help build something up and stay close to home so my family could watch me play.” Not that the Dukes and UConns of the world didn’t try to change her mind five years ago as she was leading Bishop Montgomery High in Torrance to four straight state titles. “It was cool to have all these colleges calling you and sending you letters, but then it gets to be crunch time and they want you to make a decision,” she said. “And here was a point where everything was too much and I had to step back and say, `I’ve got to make this decision for myself.’ At the end of the day, I had to go with my heart.” Her best friend in the world is her mother, Golden Quinn. Noelle played three sports in high school, basketball, volleyball and track. Her mom never missed a game, so Noelle called UCLA coach Kathy Olivier and told her she was coming to play for the Bruins. Olivier cried. “She’s the best I’ve ever coached,” Olivier said. “I did not say that last year for several reasons. I’ve coached Olympians. I was fortunate enough to be an assistant when Cheryl Miller and the McGee twins were at ‘SC. Noelle does everything and then some on the court. She’s amazing. I could go on and on for a half hour about everything she does.” Quinn has even earned the respect of the UCLA men’s basketball team. Earlier this season, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and Alfred Aboya sat in on a women’s game. Asked about Quinn, Aboya said: “She’s the queen.” (818) 713-3617 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Well, at least for the 1,000 or so fans who regularly show up to women’s basketball games at UCLA. Because for the past four years, Noelle Quinn has been playing the game the way few women ever have. She has played with flair, with style, with grace and class. She has made no-look passes and dribbled through her legs. She has finished alley-oops off of backdoor cuts and toyed with overmatched defenders with a big grin on her face. Quinn grew up in Torrance, watching Magic Johnson and all the greats of the Showtime Lakers on her grandmother’s TV. Everything she saw sunk in deep. “Some people play basketball and some people are basketball players. Noelle is a basketball player,” said former USC great Rhonda Windham, who has scouted Quinn for the WNBA. “She plays the game with joy. And she just does everything well.” last_img

Kerr hoping to hold on to out-of-contract stars

first_img“I have already talked to them and told them to stay because unless it is South Africa or Europe, I don’t think they will find a bigger club than Gor Mahia. I am working hard to keep them but at the end of the day, it will be about what the club offers them,” Kerr told Capital Sport.Gor Mahia’s entire no-nonsense backline of skipper Musa Mohammed, Harun Shakava, Karim Nizigiyimana and Godfrey Walusimbi have their contracts ending in December, as does the deadly forward line of Rwandese strikers Meddie Kagere and Jacques Tuyisenge.All the six have been a core of the side this season and especially in Kerr’s formation since he took charge of the team and he will be forced to start a fresh building process if they leave.Mohammed has been a faithful servant of the club, playing for K’Ogalo since 2009 and skippering them to all their last four Premier League titles.Gor Mahia skipper Musa Mohammed vies for the ball with Nzoia forward Masita Masuta during a Kenyan Premier League clash at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on September 9, 2017. PHOTO/CourtesyAlready, sources close to Capital Sport intimate that clubs in Zambia are already enquiring about his services.Kagere and Tuyisenge who have scored 23 goals in the league between themselves this season are also being eyed by various clubs.Kerr’s ambition next season is to guide the team to the Group Stages of the CAF Champions League and he admits if he keeps the same squad and makes some minor additions, then he will be in line to achieve his target.“I think I have had a very good squad this season and I would like to keep it. We have done so much in the short time I have been here and it will be good to continue that work into the new season,” the British tactician added.Midfielder Kenneth Muguna is also another candidate primed for the exit. Shortly after Kerr’s arrival in July, former coach Jose Marcelo Ferreira attempted to snatch the midfielder to his new base in Albania with KF Tirana but Kerr stuck to him.On his continental ambitions, the tactician believes Gor Mahia has what it takes to ensure they perform well in the Champions League, having failed to get past the first round in their last attempt.Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr giving instructions. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAKerr, formerly coaching Simba SC in Tanzania is confident he is the ‘Joshua’ to take them into the Promised Land.“I have watched several African leagues and to be honest, Kenya has talent that can match some of the best. The Harambee Stars might not be doing well but the short period I have been here, I have seen how much talent there is,” the tactician offered.“It is possible to get to the group stages and that is our primary target at the moment then from there we see what else we can achieve. It is tough because there is a lot at stake and every team works hard to get there so it’s all about focus and mental toughness,” he added.Gor Mahia, winners of the Nelson Mandela Cup, then known as the CAF Cup Winners’ Cup in 1987 have not made it into the group stages of a continental assignment since 1993 when they reached the quarter finals of the CAF Cup.But even as Kerr looks on to performing well on the continent next season, his focus still remains on finishing the season strongly, targeting 12 points in the remaining four games.He has disclosed he will be giving a run-in to players who have not had much game time this season to prove their worth over those four games.Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards players during a past Mashemeji Derby. The two clubs will represent Kenya in next year’s Champions League and Confederations Cup tournaments. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya“To be honest, I am a bit excited that we won the title, but I will only feel full happiness once we have that trophy. The hunger does not change and in the last four games, we want to get all points. The good thing is that I will give an opportunity to the lads who have trained strongly but haven’t had much time on the pitch.”“I have a group of very passionate players but sad thing is I can only have 18 for a game and field a maximum of 14. Now, I have the chance to see if they can translate the work on the training ground to an actual match,” the tactician further said.Gor will be travelling to Western Kenya this weekend where they take on Kakamega Homeboyz on Sunday.Meanwhile, the British tactician has revealed he has received several plaudits from compatriots in Britain, including the English Professional Managers’ Association on picking his first ever league title as coach.Kerr’s twitter account has been flooded with congratulatory messages from his native Britain.“It has been overwhelming the last couple of days but again I say, it is not about me. It is about Gor Mahia and Kenyan football. This is a great way to sell Kenyan football out there,” the tactician said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr shares words with striker Meddie Kagere during a training session at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on September 7, 2017.Photo/TIMOTHY OLOULUNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 23 – Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr has urged the club to do everything within its means to ensure that a bulk of his first team players whose contracts end in December renew their commitment so they are part of the team next season.Kerr says he has personally talked to the players and told them of his desire to keep them and he hopes the management will meet its end of the bargain and see his wishes come true.last_img read more

Rodgers backs Leicester ‘resilience’ against Liverpool

first_img0Shares0000Rodgers hails Leicester’s ‘fantastic resilience’ © AFP / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 23 – Brendan Rodgers has insisted Leicester’s recent loss to Premier League champions Manchester City was just a “bump in the road” as they prepare for the visit of leaders Liverpool.Second-placed Leicester are 10 points adrift of Liverpool following a 3-1 defeat by City — their first loss since October. Liverpool, bidding for their first English title in 30 years, have yet to lose in the Premier League this season and will kick-off on the back of victory in the Club World Cup final.Leicester, however, pushed Liverpool all the way before going 2-1 at Anfield thanks to James Milner’s disputed late penalty and then went on to win their next eight games.“We have a fantastic resilience and we’ve shown that in a number of months but when you lose a game it’s always difficult,” said Leicester manager Rodgers.“It’s my job as the leader to ensure it doesn’t get the players too down. We’re a humble group, we want to be better and we understand part of that development is you are going to lose games.”The former Liverpool boss added: “That’ll happen, it’s a case of reflecting on it. We always believe in the process but when there’s a bump in the road we never get too down about it.Rodgers hails Leicester’s ‘fantastic resilience’ © AFP / Oli SCARFF“We’re thinking about bringing a performance to the game which can get us three points.“Our objectives are very much the same, we want to continue developing as a team and we still have a lot more to do to get to the level we want to be.”Meanwhile Rodgers played down suggestions Liverpool would be tired as a result of travelling back from Qatar, where they beat Flamengo 1-0 on Saturday to win a first Club World Cup title.“It is a fantastic achievement, it’s a great status to have so very well done to them,” said the Foxes boss.“We’re at home, we want to bring our true game — we know it’s going to be difficult but it’ll be a great test for us.“They will come back on a high and will continue with the work they’ve shown in the last couple of years.”0Shares0000(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Sunderland face competition for Man United’s Januzaj as Lazio consider swoop

first_imgLazio are considering a move for Manchester United midfielder Adnan Januzaj, who is a target for both Everton and Sunderland.The 21-year-old has requested to leave Manchester United, according to reports, after growing concerned about a lack of first-team opportunities under Jose Mourinho.Januzaj burst onto the scene in the 2013/14 season and ended the campaign having scored four goals in 27 Premier League outings.But his involvement has dwindled ever since and he was sent on loan to Borussia Dortmund last season with his chances in the first team more limited than ever. His time with the Bundesliga giants was cut short after half a season and just 12 appearances.Now, according to the Gazzetta dello Sport, Lazio are keeping tabs on the situation and could make their move once Antonio Candreva leaves the club.Lazio will be in the market for new options on the flanks and believe Januzaj could fit the bill.Everton and David Moyes’ Sunderland have both been linked with moves for the young Belgian but both Premier League clubs could now face stiff competition for his signature from Italy.READ MORE: Manchester United transfer news: The nine players reportedly told they can leave Old Trafford by Jose Mourinho Adnan Januzaj: The 21-year-old has reportedly requested to leave Old Trafford 1last_img read more

Teams forming for April’s MS walk

first_img There is no minimum pledge to participate, but last year the average was $240 per walker. Walking teams can register at, call the local field office at (661) 945-9111 or call 1-800-FIGHT-MS.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – Walking teams are forming to raise funds in the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s annual Antelope Valley MS Walk. The local walk will be on a Saturday, April 8, with the start and finish at the Lancaster Marketplace shopping center on Lancaster Boulevard at the Antelope Valley Freeway. People can walk either five kilometers – a little more than three miles – or 10 kilometers, with rest stops to supply orange slices, water and goodies. Two vehicles will be on the route to pick up tired walkers. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. with opening ceremonies at 8 a.m. featuring local dignitaries, drawings and entertainment. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Walkers will get a medal and a grilled hot dog or hamburger and soda served by the Lancaster Knights of Columbus. The walk is among 700 that will be held across the United States in March and April, events that are expected to draw about 250,000 participants. Proceeds will go to programs and services offered by the MS Society and to fund research into the disease. Walkers are often teams of relatives or friends of people with MS, an unpredictable, chronic, progressive and often-disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms can range from numbness or tingling in the limbs to blindness or paralysis. People are usually age 20 to 50 when they are diagnosed, with women twice as likely as men to have the disease. Five drugs have been developed to slow the progression of MS, but there is no known cause or cure, MS Society officials said. The society’s Southern California chapter serves about 12,500 people. last_img read more

‘I believe we are better this year’ – Brendan Rodgers speaks to talkSPORT

first_imgBrendan Rodgers has warned Celtic’s rivals: We’ll be even better this season!The Hoops went the entire domestic campaign unbeaten in the Northern Irishman’s first year at the helm, winning the Premiership, Scottish Cup and League Cup.And, speaking exclusively to talkSPORT on Thursday, Rodgers said the signings the club have made this summer and the increased confidence in the camp has him convinced even greater things are around the corner.Celtic kick off their 2017-18 season against Linfield on Friday in a Champions League qualification clash and Rodgers told Jim White ahead of the game: “I believe we are better this year.“I look back and I think of the year we had and we grew and became better and better as the season went on and now, as we approach our first qualification game in the Champions League, where we are at today in relation to where we were at last year, is a big difference.“Also, the confidence the players have and we have brought in a few signings so far that really fit the profile of how we work. I expect them to do very well and add to the already good squad that we have.“It is our job to always look to improve and always look to develop. We had a year working and defining a way of playing and an identity within the team that the supporters really enjoyed and now we want to grow and develop that over the next two or three seasons.“Every manager and coach coming in over pre-season will want to improve and want to be better and we are no different, even after our achievements of last season.”Last season saw Celtic make it to the group stage of the Champions League for the first time since 2013-14.Having been unable to make it through to the knockout stage, Rodgers admits he is eager to make a bigger impact in the competition this term.He said: “Obviously we have to qualify for the Champions League and then the progression for us this season will be to be in European football into 2018. That will be the aim for this season.”Listen to the full talkSPORT interview with Brendan Rodgers abovelast_img read more


first_imgWorld Open Water Swimming Champion Anne Marie Ward was one of the special guests at the launch of the next edition of Donegal Sports Partnership (DSP) Strategic Plan which was held in the Finn Valley Sports Centre last night.Anne Marie along with professional boxer Jason Quigley were part of the large gathering who came along to support the launch. This is the organisations fourth strategic plan, highlighting participation in sport and education and training in sport as their twin objectives.In his address, Chairman of Donegal Sports Partnership Colin McNulty welcomed everyone to the evening events which commenced with a practical showcase of some of the Sports Partnership’s current programmes including the Wheelchair Sports Programme, Men on the Move and Finn Harps FC Schools Programme.Colin highlighted the impact of sport on communities and the need to continue to implement the key actions of the plan.Coordinator of Donegal Sports Partnership, Myles Sweeney highlighted the key aspects of the plan and the need to encourage partnership in sport in order to encourage greater efficiency and effectiveness in sports delivery especially in bringing sport to those most marginalised. A video presentation showcased the impacts of some current programmes where participants outlined the life changing effects of being part of these sports programme had made to their lives.Sport Ireland were represented by Participation and Governance Manager, Emma Jane Clarke who highlighted the support of her organisation to Donegal Sports Partnership in delivering on the key objectives of the new strategic plan.She highlighted and commended the DSP for the ongoing commitment to current programmes being delivered under the Dormant Accounts funding including the Community Coaching Programme to support the unemployed, Community Sports Hubs and Sports Leadership Training.Anne Marie Ward, World Open Water Swimming Champion spoke of the positive influence that Donegal Sports Partnership has been to sport in Donegal having seen at first hand a number of its initiatives.She mentioned the impact that sport had made to her life having only taken up open water swimming in her mid-thirties, highlighting that in her eyes sport is for everyone regardless of age having seen people in their seventies competing in the world open water swimming championships.Copies of the Donegal Sports Partnership Strategic Plan are available by download through Further information from Donegal Sports Partnership 074 9116078 /16079 or via email info@activedonegal.comWORLD SWIM CHAMPION LAUNCHES NEW DONEGAL SPORTS PARTNERSHIP PROJECT was last modified: December 9th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:newsSportlast_img read more

Women’s Basketball Cruises Past Wichita State, 81-59

first_imgStory Links Box Score (HTML) Next Game: Box Score (PDF) Photo Gallery Photo Gallery center_img Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats ESPN 1350 The Valley On ESPN 3 Listen Live Watch Live Missouri State 2/7/2016 – 2:00 PM Full Schedule Roster DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team trailed for less than one minute Friday night as it cruised past Wichita State, 81-59, at the Knapp Center.Drake improved to 15-6 overall and 8-2 in the Missouri Valley Conference with Friday’s big win.The Bulldogs had four players, led by freshman Sara Rhine’s (Eldon, Mo.) game-high 16 points, score in double figures. Junior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) scored 15 points while freshmen Nicole Miller (Walker, Iowa) and Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.) finished with 13 and 10 points respectively. Miller added six rebounds and three steals while Bachrodt pulled down five rebounds.”It was great to be at home and start the game the way we did,” said Drake head coach Jennie Baranczyk. “I really like the way we ended the first and went into the second. Tonight almost every player got around 20 minutes of playing time, which is great because they each gained more valuable experience in that time.”As a team, the Bulldogs shot a blistering 56.6 percent (30-of-53) from the field while handing out 18 assists. Junior Caitlin Ingle (Runnells, Iowa) just missed a double-double with nine points and a game-high 10 assists to just one turnover. Sophomore Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) had nine points, six boards, four assists and two steals.Wichita State (5-16, 2-8 MVC) led for the final time by a score of 9-7 with 5:21 to play in the first quarter after Rangie Bessard made a jumper. The Bulldogs though answered as Paige Greiner (Williamsburg, Iowa) and Wendell each scored six points in the final two minutes of the opening quarter as the Bulldogs outscored the Shockers 12-4 during that span to lead 25-13 after one period.Another run, this one a 17-2 spurt, propelled Drake to a 48-23 halftime advantage. Seven different Bulldogs scored in the first two quarters, paced by Wendell with nine points. Greiner, Miller and Rhine each chipped in eight points as the Bulldogs finished at 61 percent on 17-of-28 shooting, including 6-of-13 from behind the arc. Ingle had five assists as the team recorded 11 assists.In the final two quarters, Drake led by as many as 34 points, as the Bulldogs cruised to its second win over the Shockers this season. It’s the first time since the 2008-09 season that Drake has beat Wichita State twice in one season.WSU was paced in scoring by Bessard and Diamond Lockhart who each finished with 15 points.Drake hosts Missouri State on Sunday at 2 p.m. in a battle between the co-leaders of the MVC. The game with the Lady Bears is the first of three remaining home games for the Bulldogs.”It’s so special to have the crowd behind us and I can’t believe we only have three home games left, Baranczyk said. I’m excited for our fans to be able to watch this team these final three home games in February.” Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more