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Windies U-19 World Cup title defence ends with defeat to SA

first_img… 2016 Champions bow out in controversyMOUNT MAUNGANUI, New Zealand (CMC) – West Indies Under-19s title defence ended in shambles with a heavy 76-run defeat to South Africa Under-19s, but controversy accompanied their disappointing exit from the ICC Youth World Cup here yesterday.Asked to chase 283 at Bay Oval, the young Caribbean side collapsed from 177 for four in the 39th over to 206 all out in the 46th, to crash to their second straight defeat following their loss to hosts New Zealand Under-19s in their opener last Saturday.Alick Athanaze top-scored with 76 and Kirstan Kallicharan chipped in with 44 but fast bowler Hermann Rolfes rocked the Windies with four for 33 to put South Africa in command.The defeat left the reigning champions third in Group A without a point thus eliminating them from reaching the second round.To complicate matters, captain Emmanuel Stewart sparked a firestorm during the South Africa innings when he appealed for an obstructing-the-field dismissal and had batsman Jiveshan Pillay controversially given out.The left-handed Pillay had effortlessly cruised to 47 off 51 deliveries when he inside-edged a drive at fast bowler Jarion Hoyte and then watched carefully as the ball rolled to a stop next to his stumps.However, he subsequently picked up the ball and tossed it to Stewart who then appealed and after umpires consulted, Pillay was given out for obstruction under Law 37.4.Stewart’s actions drew heavy criticism from past and current players, reminiscent of the Mankad incident during the last Under-19 World Cup when West Indies also found themselves at the centre of controversy.The contentious decision also soured the contest and detracted from South Africa’s innings, highlighted by a superb, run-a-ball unbeaten 99 from wicketkeeper Wandile Makwetu.Gerald Coetzee chipped in with 29 and Kenan Smith, 22, as the South Africans got up to a challenging 282 for eight off their 50 overs after they were sent in.Pillay, who struck five fours and two sixes, put on 56 off 64 balls for the first wicket with Matthew Breetzke (18) before five wickets tumbled for 56 runs to leave the young Proteas tottering on 112 for five in the 27th over.The right-handed Makwetu, batting at number five, then stitched up the innings in a 58-run stamd for the sixth wicket with Smith before adding a further 31 for the seventh wicket with Jade de Klerk who made a cameo 21 from 16 balls.However, it was Makwetu’s 67-run, eighth-wicket stand with Coetzee which provided the late momentum as South Africa gathered a whopping 77 runs from the last five overs.Makwetu struck 12 fours and a six and combined with Coetzee to plunder 27 from the final over sent down by fast bowler Ronaldo Alimohamed.In reply, West Indies were given a sound start by openers Kimani Melius (24) and Keagan Simmons (20) who put on 38 off 42 deliveries for the first wicket.Once the left-handed Simmons was given out caught behind down the leg-side off seamer Coetzee (2-21), however, the Windies lost four wickets for 49 runs to decline to 87 for four at the end of the 21st over.Stewart was bowled for two in the 12th over needlessly giving Rolfes the charge, Melius nicked a push at left-arm pacer Akhona Mnyaka and was caught behind while Bhaskar Yadram (13) was also caught at the wicket by Makwetu, cutting at left-arm spinner de Klerk (2-40).With West Indies stuttering, the left-handed Athanaze combined with Kallicharan in a 90-run, fifth -icket stand which put the South Africans under pressure.Athanaze faced 100 balls and counted six fours and a six while Kallicharan stroked five fours and a six in a handsome 50-ball knock.Rolfes proved the trump card in the end, returning to trap Kallicharan lbw in the 39th over, triggering a dramatic slide which saw the last six wickets perish for 29 runs.Athanaze was the ninth batsman out, in the 45th over after smashing a return catch to the enterprising Rolfes.last_img read more

Messi Makes Young Afghan Boy’s Dream Come True in Qatar

first_imgOn December 13, that day arrived. Murtaza finally got the chance to hold his hero’s hand and got a giant hug from Messi on the morning of the ‘Match of Champions’ game between Barcelona and Al Ahli. As the Barcelona players walked past him on the way to a meeting room at the team hotel, Murtaza spotted Messi and reached out a hand, which the Argentina superstar held with a big smile.A few moments later, Murtaza received a large embrace from his hero, who held him in his arms as the Barcelona team gathered behind him.Speaking with, Murtaza said after his meeting with Messi: “I’m very happy to have met my hero. It is a dream for me. I can’t wait to see Messi at the game, it will be the first time for me in the stadium.”Yesterday evening, Murtaza was selected as one of the player escorts to walk out onto the pitch with his idol, providing another memory of a lifetime for him on his trip to Doha.An SC spokesperson said: “It was inspirational to meet Murtaza, and see him fulfill his dream. We were all kids once and had dreams, and in Qatar many of us still have them.“Murtaza’s dream was to meet his hero. We are in a fortunate position here that we were able to bring them together. It’s about a kid and his dream. That’s it. That pretty much sums up the power of football.“We were struck by his story from the beginning, and are delighted that we made the meeting happen. The story is symbolic of our belief that football can change lives for the better, and inspire youngsters from across our region and beyond.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram When Murtaza Ahmady stepped off the plane at Hamad International Airport following his journey from Afghanistan, the six-year-old boy asked his father Mohammed a single question: ‘Where is the house of Messi?’The football-crazy youngster had made the special journey to Qatar to meet his FC Barcelona hero. Images of him wearing a plastic bag of Argentinian national colours with Messi written on the back had gone viral on social media earlier this year. Subsequently, the ‘Albiceleste’ (white and sky blue) superstar had sent young Murtaza a signed jersey and football, and promised to meet him in person when the chance arose.The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) was inspired by the story of the small boy and his dream, and decided to try and find him to give him the chance of meeting his hero.last_img read more

Ramos Set to Dump Madrid if Mourinho Steps in

first_imgJose Mourinho’s return to Real Madrid will shatter an already splintered squad with several senior players saying privately they will leave in the summer if he arrives.Captain Sergio Ramos fought with Mourinho when he coached the club between 2010-2013 and has already taken on President Florentino Perez over plans to bring him back.Ramos will push for a move this summer when he will be one year from the end of his contract. Despite the fact that Mourinho courted Gareth Bale in 2017 when he was at Manchester United the Welshman is another believed not to welcome the managerial change.And two other veterans from Mourinho’s last spell in charge, Marcelo and Karim Benzema have also opposed the idea.However, Perez has told the players they will have no voice in the appointment.He is expected to meet with his club directors on Monday to take a final decision on putting Mourinho in charge of the team with immediate effect.The 56-year-old coach, and his staff, was paid £19.6m when he was sacked by Manchester United in December.His new Madrid contract would be a three-year deal worth £17m making him the second-highest paid coach in Spain behind Diego Simeone who earns £20m.As well as the animosity towards his appointment Mourinho would also be walking into an ugly battle between Spain captain Isco and Real Madrid.The club have opened a disciplinary procedure against the midfielder for refusing to attend a team meeting before the embarrassing Champions League defeat by Ajax last week and refusing to take the team bus to the stadium.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Jose Mourinholast_img read more

Vigen Badalyan takes BetConstruct leadership following Vahe Baloulian departure

first_img New Polish poker table in BetGames section for STS July 15, 2020 Submit Share Share Related Articles Nuno Gomes joins BetConstruct and FeedConstruct as brand ambassador June 18, 2020 StumbleUpon VBET agrees Armenian Premier League and Armenian Cup sponsorship August 13, 2020 Vahe Baloulian, BetConstructIndustry platform and systems provider BetConstruct has today announced that Vahe Baloulian is to step down as Chief Executive Officer of the company.Baloulian will transfer leadership of the firm to BetConstruct founder and current Executive Chairman Vigen Badalyan, who is expected to takeover CEO duties effective 1 November 2017.An executive of BetConstruct since 2011, Baloulian first joined the company as a strategic advisor, taking over corporate leadership in 2015.As leader of BetConstruct, Baloulian has led a number of technology-led initiatives focusing on optimising BetConstruct’s industry services, product portfolio and client delivery.Baloulian will remain with BetConstruct for a short leadership transition period. Once complete Baloulian will continue to advise BetConstruct governance as a new non-executive director.In its corporate statement, BetConstruct detailed that Baloulian wished to work on personal projects. As yet, the company has made no official comment on its change of leadership.last_img read more

Betsson places ‘responsibility & social commitments’ at forefront of its landmark SHL sponsorship

first_img Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020 GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Share Submit StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Betsson AB announces its ‘biggest sports sponsorship’ to date, confirming that it has become the ‘lead sponsor and exclusive betting partner’ of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL).  “Betsson is one of the leading gaming companies in the Nordics and its roots go as far back as 1963. As the main sponsor, Betsson, together with SHL, will add to the development of the league and ice hockey in general, mainly by financially supporting the clubs but also by increasing the engagement in hockey” the Stockholm-listed enterprise details in its corporate update.Updating the market, Peter Zäll Chief Strategy Officer at Betsson AB, stated that the firm’s SHL sponsorship would emphasise social responsibility, combined with a commitment to developing Swedish ice hockey public initiatives.“We want to support and develop Swedish hockey. The financial support to SHL, and thereby the 14 participating clubs, is the foundation of the partnership. We want to be the most engaged partner they’ve had so far – one who cares for Swedish hockey and its amazing history. We are very proud to be the main sponsor for Sweden’s platform for hockey,”Betsson marketing, detailed that it was pleased to secure its transformative sponsorship arrangement with the SHL, ahead of the Sweden re-regulating its online gambling market this January 2019.“We want to make it clear to the industry, customers and potential customers in Sweden which companies are serious and support Swedish sports.” Zäll further details.“Hockey is huge in Sweden, and SHL is one of the best leagues in the world. Supporting the teams financially is, of course, the main thing here, but we will also be an engaged sponsor and bring the hockey closer to our customers. That means meet-and-greet, podcasts, interviews, stats, best odds – to mention some examples.”Securing SHL’s biggest sponsorship ever Jörgen Lindgren, CEO of Swedish Hockey League backed Betsson’s commitments;“Betsson is a strong and safe partner and is also instrumental for our vision for SHL. We want to make Sweden’s best hockey reach many more, also outside of Sweden. With Betsson, we get an international partner that will give substantial financial support to the clubs, and also a partner that loves the sport and the excitement that comes with it.”last_img read more

Dodgers will be juggling agendas down the stretch

first_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies BALTIMORE — The champagne has been sprayed. The beer flowed. A seventh consecutive National League West title was secured and celebrated.So – now what?The Dodgers have been confronted with this challenge before. How do you juggle agendas over the season’s final 2-1/2 weeks? Rest front-line players enough to be ready for the postseason – but not too much. Line up the starting rotation, make decisions on the bullpen and bench. And, oh yeah, secure home-field advantage if you can.“I think it’s finding a balance between winning games and making sure guys are in the best position going into October,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said. “The good thing is our second line is also good. And that helps.” Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start The Dodgers went into Thursday night’s game three games up on the Atlanta Braves for the best record in the National League but trailing both the New York Yankees and Houston Astros for the best record overall.“Home-field (advantage) is huge,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “To try to obtain it at any cost, that’s a bigger discussion. But it’s at the forefront of all our minds to have home-field advantage, 100 percent.”How far will the Dodgers go to secure that for the postseason? “Just short of all-in,” Roberts said, backing away from an aggressively-phrased question.“I think it’s certainly very important considering how we’ve played at home,” he said, mindful of the Dodgers’ 56-20 record at home (second in the majors to the Astros’ 56-19 (going into their game Thursday). “But there’s still a cost in everything, and I think the main thing is keeping guys healthy, keeping guys sharp, and not trying to ‘red line’ just to win by any means necessary. If we play to our potential, that should take care of itself.”At the top of the agenda over the final 15 games, Roberts said, would be “structure and roles” in the bullpen.center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season The overall winner will be selected from the 30 team nominees by a panel including MLB commissioner Rob Manfred and a fan vote at Jansen will be recognized before the Dodgers’ game next Wednesday.ALSOLeft-hander Scott Alexander underwent nerve decompression surgery on his left forearm to address an issue that was causing numbness in his hand. Alexander has not pitched since June 5. In 28 appearances for the Dodgers this season, he was 3-2 with a 3.63 ERA. He is expected to be fully recovered for spring training next year. …In order to activate Rich Hill from the 60-day Injured List on Thursday, the Dodgers designated right-hander Jaime Schultz for assignment, clearing a 40-man roster spot. Schultz spent most of the season in Triple-A but made four appearances with the Dodgers, allowing four runs and six hits in five innings.UP NEXTDodgers (LHP Clayton Kershaw, 13-5, 3.06 ERA) at Mets (RHP Noah Syndergaard, 10-7, 4.06 ERA), Friday, 4:10 p.m. SportsNet LA (where available), 570 AM. “I’d say that’s probably at the top – how we’re going to use guys,” he said. “Now that Julio (Urias) is back on line, Kenta (Maeda) is back on line. Their two roles will be more defined as far as like a regular bullpen guy, not necessarily a long guy. Strip (Ross Stripling) will make a start on Tuesday but after that will kind of fall into the regular bullpen stream. Seeing Dustin (May) potentially come into an inning, not a clean inning. Tony (Gonsolin) is coming out of the bullpen tonight, but going forward we’ll see him in more of a regular bullpen role.“Those are things we need to see.”Roberts said those being considered for a bullpen role will need to pitch on back-to-back days, come in mid-inning – things that will be required during the postseason.“Not pitching four innings and being down four days. Those kinds of things – which plays more into a playoff situation,” he said.TURNER SPRAINThird baseman Justin Turner underwent an MRI on his injured left ankle Thursday which confirmed the diagnosis of a mild ankle sprain, according to Roberts.Turner has been sidelined since leaving Saturday’s game for a pinch-runner in the eighth inning. Roberts said Turner’s return to the lineup would be “per his tolerance” of the pain in his ankle.“He still has discomfort. So I guess it’s just a case of being day-to-day,” Roberts said. “Today I would say he’s unavailable and we’ll revisit it tomorrow.“With a sprain, time heals it. What that timeline is is to be determined.”Turner won’t be in the starting lineup on Friday, but Roberts would not rule him out of the entire series against the Mets.CLEMENTE AWARDCloser Kenley Jansen was named the Dodgers’ nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award this season.The Clemente Award recognizes a player on each team who “best represents the game of baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions both on and off the field.”Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

BiH expert Sead Hasanefendić is the new coach of German Minden

first_imgBiH handball expert Sead Hasanefendić is the new coach of HC ‘Minden’ from Germany who is struggling to remain in Bundesliga.Sead Hasanefendić won three European titles one EHF Cup and two Champions Cupswith his previous club ‘Gummersbach’ in the period 2009-2011 and in 2010 was named the coach of the year of Bundesliga.Minden is close to leaving Bundesliga because it’s the 15th team out of 18, and Hasanefendić will have a hard job keeping it in Bundesliga.last_img

Ken Griffey Jr., even at 50, still draws a crowd as The Kid

first_imgThis isn’t to say a similar thing wouldn’t have happened with other Hall of Famers, but I’m fairly certain the buzz that surrounded Griffey is reserved for a select few, for those who seem to be more than just baseball players — think Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Reggie Jackson. I don’t know for certain that I would’ve felt the need to take pictures and video that day had it been anyone else. But there was just something that clicked in my head that said, “Document this.” That’s just the special allure of Ken Griffey Jr.My favorite part of the whole encounter was when Harold Reynolds, Griffey’s ex-teammate with the Mariners, walked up behind him and playfully smacked him on the arm a couple of times to get his attention. Griffey turned around, saw Reynolds and, as a good teammate does, roasted him.”That’s the hardest thing you’ve hit in 30 years,” Griffey said with a smile. Still playful, still The Kid. (Jason Foster/SN) Somehow, Ken Griffey Jr. is 50 years old. This can’t possibly be true because I watched his debut as a 19-year-old just a few years ago. That was in 1989, which was, at most, 12 years ago and definitely not 30 years ago. Maybe it’s just fake news. Or maybe we’re all just getting old.But it’s also hard to believe that Griffey is halfway to 100 simply because he’s still such a big deal in baseball circles. His career as an athlete was one of the few that transcended sports and seeped into greater popular culture, and we still see the ripple effects. In some ways, he’s still the face of MLB, which, as I’ve written before, isn’t the best thing. But it also speaks to the presence he carries just by existing. (Jason Foster/SN) His generational talent aside, Griffey is not just another Hall of Famer whose picture fans might snap if they see him in public. His aura and his ever-present but matured swagger is still enough to draw a crowd when he shows up someplace. I saw this up close in July during All-Star festivities in Cleveland. MORE: Tracking Griffey’s rise to fame in the pages of The Sporting NewsI was standing near the visitors’ dugout at Progressive Field a few hours before the Futures Game, just taking everything in. There was nothing exciting happening, just media types, stadium workers and coaches milling around as the young Futures did warm-ups on the field. Then I turned to my left. There, just standing there and chatting, in a polo shirt and jeans, was Ken Griffey Jr. I did a mental double-take. Whoa. That’s Ken Griffey Jr. He must have just arrived on the field because the only person who seemed to have noticed was Sean Casey, Griffey’s former teammate on the Reds and a coach for the American Futures, who was chatting him up in front of the dugout. But it didn’t take long for everyone else to notice. One by one, as people realized The Kid was standing right there, the crowd grew. Photographers snapped pictures. TV cameras rolled. More coaches and former players came up for handshakes and hugs. Everybody wanted a piece. And, as usual, Griffey greeted it all with that youthful smile. MORE: When The Kid and his dad made history with back-to-back homersI never saw Griffey play in person and he was long retired by the time I got into sportswriting. As far as I know, that day in Cleveland is the only time I’ve been near him. I’ve seen other baseball legends in person through the years, and it’s always cool when it happens. But my brush with Griffey belongs in its own category. I, along with everyone else on the warning track dirt that day at Progressive Field, knew it was something special.That, nearly a decade after he played his last game, is what Ken Griffey Jr. still means to baseball.last_img read more

England high-fliers target Euro glory

first_img The new Amateur Champion, Harry Ellis, is included in an England line-up of high-fliers for the European men’s team championship in Austria next month. He’ll be joined by his immediate predecessor, 2016 Amateur Champion Scott Gregory, French amateur champion Josh Hilleard, St Andrews Links Trophy winner Matthew Jordan, Welsh open champion Gian-Marco Petrozzi and 2016 Lytham Trophy winner Alfie Plant. The championship will be played at Diamond Country Club from 11-15 July 2017. England have been European champions 11 times, most recently in 2013. The players: Harry Ellis, 21, (Meon Valley, Hampshire) won The Amateur at the weekend on the 38th hole, having been four down with five to play. At the age of 16 he became the youngest winner of the English amateur championship.(Image copyright Leaderboard Photography). Scott Gregory, 22, (Corhampton, Hampshire) was the 2016 Amateur champion and has since played in the Open, The Masters and the US Open. He is also the New South Wales champion. Josh Hilleard, 22, (Farrington Park, Somerset), won the French Open in a play-off and tied fourth in the Irish men’s open. Last season he had four wins in 22 days and was third in the English men’s order of merit. Matthew Jordan, 21, (Royal Liverpool, Cheshire) won the St Andrews Links Trophy having been runner-up in the Scottish open, tied fourth in the Irish open, fifth in the Brabazon Trophy and seventh in the Lytham Trophy. Gian-Marco Petrozzi, 20, (Trentham, Staffordshire) enjoyed a wire-to-wire win in the Welsh open, finishing nine shots clear of the field. He was fourth in the Portuguese amateur and eighth in the St Andrews Links Trophy. Alfie Plant, 24, (Sundridge Park, Kent) won the 2016 Lytham Trophy and holed the birdie putt to secure England’s silver medal at the World Team Championship for the Eisenhower Trophy. He was third individually. 27 Jun 2017 England high-fliers target Euro glory last_img read more

Prem chiefs explain why Alli’s handball ‘under pressure’ against Everton was NO pen

first_imgTHE Premier League has revealed why Dele Alli’s handball against Everton was not awarded as a penalty – claiming it was because he was “under pressure”.The game was halted for over THREE MINUTES as VAR Anthony Taylor examined the footage.2 Alli jumps up with Everton’s Yerry Mina – and the ball clearly strikes his handPL chiefs released a statement on the reasons why the spot-kick was not given despite the ball clearly hitting the Tottenham midfielder’s hand as he went up with Everton defender Yerry Mina.Taylor was criticised after initially backing ref Martin Atkinson’s decision not to give a penalty – but then stopping the game again when he was given new footage of the incident at a different angle.The result was the same decision as the penalty was not awarded in the 1-1 draw between the two struggling sides, marred by the horrific injury to the Toffees’ Portuguese midfielder Andre Gomes.Prem chiefs sought to clarify the situation on the Dele handball afterwards following huge criticism of VAR decisions this season.The statement said: “The VAR considered that both Alli and Mina were challenging for the ball in the air and Alli was under pressure from the attacker as the ball struck his hand.”In his view it was not a clear and obvious error.”Dele had given Tottenham a second-half lead.But the game was held up when Gomes was hurt after colliding with Son Hueng-min, suffering a broken ankle as his body hit the turf.Korean Son was sent off – although Spurs now look set to appeal – and the Toffees equalised through sub Cenk Tosun some seven minutes into 12 minutes of stoppage time.2Latest Tottenham newsHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’It was not the first time Dele has got away with a handball.His late goal in the 1-1 draw with Watford clearly struck his hand.However, VAR awarded the goal to give Spurs a point.Mauricio Pochettino brands Son’s sending off ‘unfair’ after referee Martin Atkinson changes his mind from yellow card to redlast_img read more