Sophia Care Centre gets Christmas cheer

first_img… Cricket all-rounder Chris Barnwell plays forwardFOR THE children of the Sophia Care Centre it was proof that Christmas cheer can be spread after Christmas Day when West Indies and Guyanese all-rounder Christopher Barnwell visited on Wednesday. The visit, however, was more than a social one and through his sporting and fitness apparel store ‘Leading Edge’, Barnwell partnered with the local Feed A Child for the Holidays Charity group and made a generous donation to the 90-plus children of the Sophia Care Centre.The donation included Leading Edge bags, water bottles, sneakers, cricket gear, football gear and sporting apparel. In addition to receiving sporting gifts, the children were treated to lunch and ice-cream.Administrator of the institution, Roxanne Blenman, expressed her sincere gratitude to the group for visiting the home for a second year. Blenman also expressed her appreciation for the donation and added that the children would most certain enjoy the items.According to Barnwell his motivation behind spreading cheer stemmed from Christmas being a time of giving and making others happy.“To spread joy to those who are less fortunate. To show them someone cares and thinks about them. It’s also fulfilling. I feel purposeful,” he stated. kudosThe local charity group, Feed A Child for the Holidays, also expressed its gratitude to Barnwell who is in his second straight year of partnering with the group. The Sticky Wicket Restaurant & Bar was also praised for contributing towards the initiative.last_img read more

Red Force repel late surge from Volcanoes to make winning start

first_imgMAN-of-the-Match Jason Mohammed and Evin Lewis stroked half-centuries but Trinidad and Tobago Red Force were made to repel a late surge from Windward Islands Volcanoes before making a winning start to their Regional Super50 title defence, with a nerve-jangling two-wicket victory on Friday night.Set 267 for victory at Coolidge Cricket Ground, Red Force seemed to be strolling towards a straightforward win at 217 for three in the 41st over.Earlier Windwards posted a stiff total of 266 for 7 with Darren Sammy providing a boost late by hitting an unbeaten 60 off 36 balls. Sunil Ambris had earlier struck his second straight half-century for Windwards by top scoring with 69 while Ravi Rampaul took 4 for 43 with the ball for Trinidad & Tobago.Evin Lewis got Red Force chase off to a terrific start, striking a half-century off just 32 balls as Trinidad & Tobago raced through the Powerplay before Lewis fell for 64 in the 11th to end a 94-run opening partnership with Kyle Hope.Mohammed entered soon after at No. 4 and steered the chase almost through to the end, making 80 until he was the sixth wicket to fall, edging Kyle Mayers behind to Ambris at the start of the 45th over with 22 needed to win.Mayers and Ambris teamed up for two more wickets to put Trinidad & Tobago on edge but Roshon Primus hit the winning runs with two overs to spare.VOLCANOESJ Charles b Rampaul 3D Smith c Primus b Gabriel 6T Theophile c wkp Ramdin b Rampaul 6A Fletcher b Gabriel 35+S Ambris b Emrit 69K Hodge c Lewis b Rampaul 18K Mayers c Khan b Rampaul 22D Sammy not out 60D Johnson not out 26Extras (b4, lb4, w13) 21TOTAL (7 wkts, 50 overs) 266Did not bat: *L Sebastien, M Matthew.Fall of wickets: 1-9, 2-13, 3-18, 4-78, 5-123, 6-150, 7-200.Bowling: Gabriel 10-0-53-2 (w1), Rampaul 10-2-43-4 (w3), Primus 10-1-62-0 (w2), Emrit 10-1-57-2 (w6), Imran Khan 10-0-43-0 (w1).RED FORCEK Hope lbw b Sebastien 36E Lewis c Theophile b Hodge 64K Ottley b Sebastien 1J Mohammed c wkp Ambris b Mayers 80*+D Ramdin run out 33N Alexis b Matthew 0I Khan c wkp Ambris b Mayers 30R Emrit c wkp Ambris b Mayers 0R Primus not out 10R Rampaul not out 1Extras (b6, lb2, w4) 12TOTAL (8 wkts, 48 overs) 267Did not bat: S Gabriel.Fall of wickets: 1-94, 2-97, 3-125, 4-217, 5-220, 6-245, 7-245, 8-262.Bowling: Johnson 9-0-71-0 (w1), Matthew 6-0-40-1, Mayers 9-0-59-3, Hodge 10-1-26-1, Sebastien 10-1-31-2 (w3), Theophile 2-0-16-0, Fletcher 2-0-16-0.Points: Red Force 4, Volcanoes 0.last_img read more

Cricket News England vs India 5th Test: India’s probable XI for Oval Test

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: India’s tour of England has been a fascinating contest between two of the best sides in world cricket. Apart from the Lord’s Test which the Joe Root-led English team won by an innings and 159 runs, every match has been a topsy-turvy ride with the momentum of the match shifting like a pendulum with each passing session. However, it was England who were determined enough to hold their nerves to seal the deal by pocketing the series by 3-1 with one Test to spare.Now the focus shifts to the Kennington Oval in London, where it will be a battle of pride for the Virat Kohli-led India who will fight tooth and nail to save the blushes of yet another embarrassing overseas Test series defeat and end the long series on a top note.ALSO READ: England vs India, 5th Test Preview: Battle of pride for Kohli and coLet’s take a look at how the Indian playing XI could shape up for the fifth Test match against England:Openers: Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi ShawThe opening combination for the Indian team during overseas tours have been a major issue for a long time now. Both KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan failed to tackle the English seamers, especially the likes of James Anderson and Stuart Broad, even Sam Curran and Chris Woakes along with Ben Stokes have constantly exposed the shaky technique of the Indian openers with the red cherry.In the fifth Test at the Kennington Oval, Indian batting prodigy and Under-19 World Cup winning skipper Prithvi Shaw is expected to be in the starting line-up and with his fearless attitude, India might find a way to end their opening woes. Meanwhile, Dhawan has also struggled against the new ball, but his good starts with aggressive intent might be enough to keep him in the XI for the final Test at least.ALSO READ: England vs India 5th Test: Hosts name 13-man squad for Oval TestMiddle-order: Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli (C), and Cheteshwar PujaraCheteshwar Pujara scored a brilliant century in the fourth Test and became the second batsman to do so in this series after a certain Virat Kohli. Pujara is assured of his No.3 position and his resilient attitude to stay at the crease for a longer period might work wonders this time for Virat Kohli and co.The number 4 belongs to Virat Kohli as he continues to carry the Indian batting order on his shoulders. Kohli has been excellent in this tour so far and has been able to put his nightmare of a 2014 tour back.Ajinkya Rahane has had a pretty good series so far. Big numbers might be missing from his statistics but his double-digit scores and ability to stick down the middle for longer periods have been crucial for India. Jinks will probably one of the first names in the playing XI for the fifth Test.ALSO READ: Asian Games: Bridge gold medallist duo yet to receive official blazerWicket-keeper: Rishabh PantAfter a decent debut in the Third Test, Pant failed to continue the momentum in the Southampton Test as he scored a duck and 18 runs in the first and second innings respectively. However, Pant is still an infant in the world of Test cricket and his intent to take on the bowlers during the second innings had impressed many. The southpaw needs stability to find his feet in the longest format of the game and Virat Kohli will probably give him a long run in the Test team.All-rounders: Hardik Pandya and Ravichandran AshwinHardik Pandya have had a torrid tour of England. Apart from that odd five-wicket haul in the third Test, his exploits have largely been worrysome for the fans and Virat Kohli. However, Pandya is at his best whenever the card seems to be against him and he is set to keep his place as he is currently the best option for the all-rounder spot.Ravichandran Ashwin has been brilliant so far in the Test series. Apart from the Southampton Test, he has constantly troubled the English middle order. His contribution with the bat has been decent too, hence he is more or less expected to keep his place in the playing XI for the final Test. However, he might be rested due to the fact that he is not completely fit. ALSO READ: Jose Mourinho behind my England call-up, says Luke ShawBowlers: Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, and Jasprit BumrahIndian pace department has been the clear winner in this Test series, with the trio of Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah using each other’s strength to take wickets. Ishant with 15 wickets under his belt and has been arguably the best performer for India with the ball, so it won’t be a surprise if he is rested for the upcoming tours’. However, he is likely to keep his spot in the XI.Shami, on the other hand, has been in and out of his usual top form during this series. The four-wicket haul in the second innings of Southampton Test was special from him and to keep his good momentum, he is expected to start in the fifth Test.Meanwhile, Jasprit Bumrah had a brilliant comeback to the Indian squad after missing the first two Tests due to an injury. His four wickets in the fourth Test was a positive for India and the pacer will keep his place in the XI. last_img read more

Other Sports Viswanathan Anand beats Hikaru Nakamura, wins dramatic Tata Steel Chess Blitz Championships

first_imgNew Delhi: Viswanathan Anand, the five-time world champion, had finished seventh in the Tata Steel Rapid Chess championships in Kolkata. Heading into the blitz leg of the tournament, the expectations were low from Anand, who is ranked No.11 in the format.However, the 48-year-old put up a flawless display as he clinched the Tata Steel Chess Blitz Championship with a stunning display on the final day. After securing 7.5 out of nine points on the final day, he was tied for the lead with Hikaru Nakamura, considered to be the best blitz player in the world currently. In the ensuing two-round play-off, which was faster than blitz in a reduced time format of a three-minute game, Anand secured a win with white pieces and drew the last game to clinch the title with a score of 1.5-0.5.Read More | Vishy Anand loses on final day of Tata Steel Rapid Chess tournamentSpeaking after the end of the tournament, Anand said the feeling to do well in Kolkata, where he was playing for the first time since the Goodricke Open in 1992, was magical. “I wanted to show the audience what is that I do in some other parts of the world all the time and it was nice to be able to do it here. I did not have any problem with motivation. It genuinely meant a lot to me to do well here,” Anand said.Final day dramaHeading into the last day of the tournament, Anand put up a flawless display. Placed fourth after the end of the first leg, the Chennai Grandmaster secured six wins and three draws in the nine rounds. On the other hand, Nakamura had a forgettable outing on the final leg where he managed to win four and drew four and suffered a defeat to Pentala Harikrishna in the 11th round.Read More | Athlete Palender Chaudhary commits suicide at hostel room in DelhiIn the last round, 13-year-old Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa did a huge favour to Anand in the last round when he held Nakamura. Playing with whites against the 13-year-old, Nakamura was on the verge of winning but Praggnanandhaa probably displayed the best defensive game of his life to manage a miraculous draw that forced a playoff.Read More | It won’t be easy for Mary Kom, says High Performance Director NievaSilencing the criticsWith this win, Anand has once again silenced his detractors who were saying that age was catching up with the five-time world champion and that he should quit. In 2017, following a barren run in the last couple of seasons where he failed to make an impact in the World Championship cycle or in the Chess World Cup, Anand bounced back in sensational style to clinch the World Rapid Chess Championship in Riyadh in December 2017.In 2018, Anand had some mixed results but the Blitz Championship win in Kolkata has once again silenced critics. After the play-off, Nakamura paid Anand the ultimate compliment. “To me, what Vishy has done… I am almost certain I won’t be playing chess at that age. So it’s really remarkable and I think especially if you compare (him) against Gary (Kasparov) for example. Gary kind of came out of retirement to play in St Lucia.  And I think Vishy did better than he did. It just shows what a truly amazing chess player he is,” Nakamura said.-With PTI inputs- For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Football News Manchester City aim to recover from Tottenham Hotspur knock-out punch in Premier League

first_imgLiverpool have played one game more than Manchester City and they lead by two points.Tottenham Hotspur will be determined to finish in the top four.Tottenham Hotspur denied Manchester City UEFA Champions League glory. Manchester: The third act of Manchester City and Tottenham’s trilogy has some living up to do after a Champions League classic saw Spurs prevail on away goals to reach the semi-finals. However, their Premier League meeting on Saturday has huge implications for both City’s bid to win the title and Spurs’ hopes of just qualifying for the Champions League again next season. Pep Guardiola’s men are five games away from becoming the first side in a decade to retain the Premier League. However, it is Liverpool who leads by two points as things stand having played a game more than their title rivals.     City was on course for an unprecedented quadruple until falling short in the most dramatic fashion in the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday. With the sides level at 4-4 on aggregate, Raheem Sterling scored the goal that would have sent City through in stoppage time, only for a VAR review to rule the goal out for offside. “We have to stand up, we have to react,” said Guardiola.RELATED     “We fought a lot in the last nine or 10 months for the Premier League. We are still there, it is in our hands. Of course, it is tough, but we have to do it until the end.”      City’s extra resources may have counted for little once more in Europe, but it could prove the difference with such a tight turnaround for both sides. Guardiola could afford the luxury of leaving Fernandinho, Leroy Sane, Riyad Mahrez, Gabriel Jesus, Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones on the bench in midweek. By contrast, Tottenham remains without Harry Kane and are now desperately short in midfield after Moussa Sissoko limped off midway through the first half on Wednesday.     And should they lose a fifth straight away league game, third-placed Spurs could easily find themselves outside the top four come to the end of the weekend.         Cardiff before Barcelona     Such was the drama at the Etihad that Liverpool’s serene progress to the Champions League semi-finals with a 4-1 win in Porto went largely unnoticed.     Jurgen Klopp’s men have now won eight consecutive games in all competitions and do not look likely to crumble under the pressure of delivering a first top-flight title for 29 years should City slip up. A Champions League semi-final with Barcelona awaits, but first, the Reds travel to Cardiff on Sunday.     Liverpool has on paper a much more comfortable run-in than City. However, Cardiff has plenty to play for themselves having beaten Brighton in midweek to haul themselves back to within two points of safety. “We play on Sunday against Cardiff — that’s in my mind and will be in my mind 100 percent when I wake up tomorrow and not how we play against Barcelona,” said Klopp.     “Cardiff is completely back in the race with that result so they will fight for it.”      Must win for Man Utd     In comparison to their Premier League rivals, Manchester United limped out of the Champions League with a whimper as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men were beaten 3-0 by Barcelona on Tuesday to complete a 4-0 aggregate defeat. United now face an uphill task just to make the Champions League next season as they trail Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea in the race for two remaining places in the top four.     The initial momentum garnered by Solskjaer’s appointment on a caretaker basis that landed the Norwegian the job permanently has gone amidst a run of five defeats in seven games.     That could get even worse if the rot is not stopped at Everton on Sunday as City and Chelsea visit Old Trafford next week.     “It’s a big week and we have to get ready for that week because (they are) three big games,” admitted Solskjaer.     Should Tottenham not shock City once more, Arsenal and Chelsea will be confident of edging ahead of their London rivals.     The Gunners can extend their excellent home record at home to Crystal Palace on Sunday, while Chelsea host Burnley on Monday.         Saturday     Manchester City v Tottenham, West Ham v Leicester, Wolves v Brighton, Bournemouth v Fulham, Huddersfield v Watford, Newcastle v Southampton     SundayEverton v Manchester United, Arsenal v Crystal Palace, Cardiff v Liverpool     MondayChelsea v Burnley highlightscenter_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Other Sports Kiren Rijiju, Sports Minister, says calls for 2022 Commonwealth Games boycott ‘too early’

first_imgShooting has been axed from the 2022 edition by Birmingham Organising Committee.Shooting has featured in every Commonwealth Games since 1966 with the exception of Edinburgh 1970.India’s shooters claimed 16 medals, including seven gold at last year’s Gold Coast Games. highlights New Delhi: Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju has played down the calls to boycott the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games over shooting’s exclusion, saying it is too early to take a decision of such magnitude. Shooting has been axed from the 2022 edition by Birmingham Organising Committee, citing logistical issues. The move triggered angry reactions from the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and the national shooting federation (NRAI). The IOA went to the extent of suggesting a boycott to protest the sport’s dropping.  “The officials of IOA met me and apprised me about the ongoing issues in the 2022 Commonwealth Games, where shooting has been dropped. The possibility of India’s boycott was also raised before me,” Rijiju told PTI in an interview. “I told them to speak to the Commonwealth Games Federation officials and the organising committee of the Birmingham Games and apprise them about our deep concerns. If it (the decision) is not reviewed, we will see but the call for boycott at this point of time is too early. Certainly, boycott is not the solution but I will not give an opinion till I get the final outcome from the meeting between IOA and CGF officials,” he added.  Shooting has featured in every Commonwealth Games since 1966 with the exception of Edinburgh 1970. But in its Executive Board meeting in June, the CGF recommended the inclusion of three new sports while dropping shooting.  The decision was a shock for India as the country’s shooters claimed 16 medals, including seven gold at last year’s Gold Coast Games. The country had finished third in the medals table with a tally of 66. On to the more immediate concerns, like the 2020 Olympic Games, the minister was hopeful that the athletes are going to  bring back a lot more than just the one silver and a bronze attained in the 2016 Rio Games.   Rijiju, however, said the 2024 and 2028 editions are his long-term goals. “I have just assumed sports ministry (charge) three months back and we are about 10 months away from 2020 Tokyo Olympics, so now we will have to go with the existing talent. In 10 months, we cannot produce new talents. We have identified existing talents and we have extended all technical resources and other support whatever is required,” he said.  “…we are expecting better results than previous Olympics. But it is difficult to predict number of medals because of the high standard of competition in Olympics. My long-term preparation is for 2024 Paris and 2028 Los Angeles Olympics,” the minister added.  Rijiju also said that the government is open to the idea of hosting multi-sport events despite the bad press India got for alleged corruption in the 2010 Commonwealth Games. “We are not averse to hosting any international event. Definitely it’s a matter of pride for any country to host the Olympics or Asian Games. We would be encouraging more international events because our dream is to host the Olympics someday. But before that we should be ready, we should be able to make the whole world understand that India is capable of hosting. It must be done at an appropriate time,” Rijiju asserted.  Asked about the contentious issue of bilateral sporting ties between India and Pakistan, Rijiju said that is completely dependent on the government’s position. “Without the government’s sanction, there cannot be any bilateral series between India and Pakistan. But when it comes to international multi-sport events, the government has no say on that,” Rijiju said.  Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the ‘Fit India Movement’, a nation-wide fitness programme to motivate citizens to take up at least one fitness activity on August 29 and Rijiju said fitness is key to the overall development of a country. “The basic philosophy of this movement is that every Indian should be fit,” he said. “If India has to become a powerful, prosperous nation, a resurgent India will be possible only if the Indians are fit. It will be a big movement in which all sections of the society will be associated,” he added. center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

La.-Monroe looks to end streak vs Troy

first_img Associated Press LEADING THE WAY: Troy’s Darian Adams has averaged 12.3 points and 4.5 rebounds while Ty Gordon has put up 12.2 points. For the Warhawks, Michael Ertel has averaged 16 points while Tyree White has put up 9.7 points and 5.6 rebounds.OFFENSIVE THREAT: Gordon has either made or assisted on 43 percent of all Troy field goals over the last three games. The junior guard has accounted for 17 field goals and 16 assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: Louisiana-Monroe is 0-13 when scoring fewer than 63 points and 6-4 when scoring at least 63.STREAK STATS: Louisiana-Monroe has scored 54.4 points per game and allowed 72.2 over its 10-game road losing streak.FOOT OFF THE GAS: Louisiana-Monroe’s defense has forced 11.7 turnovers per game this season, but is averaging 8.3 turnovers over its last three games. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLouisiana-Monroe (6-17, 2-12) vs. Troy (9-16, 5-9)Trojan Arena, Troy, Alabama; Thursday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Troy looks to extend Louisiana-Monroe’s conference losing streak to 11 games. Louisiana-Monroe’s last Sun Belt win came against the South Alabama Jaguars 69-49 on Jan. 4. Troy lost 70-66 to South Alabama on Friday. La.-Monroe looks to end streak vs Troycenter_img February 12, 2020 ___For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

A&M seeks revenge on Arkansas

first_img Associated Press ___For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, March 5, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditArkansas (19-11, 7-10) vs. Texas A&M (15-14, 9-8)Reed Arena, College Station, Texas; Saturday, 4:30 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Arkansas goes for the season sweep over Texas A&M after winning the previous matchup in Fayetteville. The teams last played on Jan. 4, when the Razorbacks forced 17 Texas A&M turnovers and turned the ball over just nine times on their way to a 10-point victory.center_img A&M seeks revenge on Arkansas TEAM LEADERSHIP: Texas A&M’s Josh Nebo has averaged 11.8 points and 5.9 rebounds while Savion Flagg has put up 10.6 points and 5.2 rebounds. For the Razorbacks, Mason Jones has averaged 21 points and 5.4 rebounds while Jimmy Whitt Jr. has put up 14.2 points and 5.1 rebounds.FACILITATING THE OFFENSE: Jones has either made or assisted on 49 percent of all Arkansas field goals over the last three games. Jones has accounted for 29 field goals and 11 assists in those games.UNBEATEN WHEN: Arkansas is a perfect 16-0 when it holds an opponent to 72 points or fewer. The Razorbacks are 3-11 when opponents score more than 72.COLD SPELL: Arkansas has lost its last four road games, scoring 72 points, while allowing 84.3 per game.BALL SECURITY: The diligent Arkansas offense has turned the ball over on 15.8 percent of its possessions, the 18th-best mark in Division I. 21.5 percent of all Texas A&M possessions have resulted in a turnover (the Aggies are ranked 316th, nationally).last_img read more

The Latest: Health official recommends no fans at NBA games

first_imgThe Latest: Health official recommends no fans at NBA games March 11, 2020 Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s affect on sports around the globe (all times EDT):1 p.m.The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases told a congressional committee Wednesday that he would recommend the NBA not allow fans at games in response to the coronavirus. That answer by Dr. Anthony Fauci came hours before NBA owners are scheduled to meet to discuss the next steps in responding to the growing concern about the virus.Fauci was responding to a question from Rep. Glenn Grothman, a Wisconsin Republican, during a meeting of the House Oversight Committee. Grothman asked, “Is the NBA underreacting or is the Ivy League overreacting?” He was referencing how the Ivy League recently canceled its basketball tournaments, instead of having them played without fans in attendance or keeping the status quo.“We would recommend that there not be large crowds,” Fauci said. “If that means not having any people in the audience when the NBA plays, so be it. But as a public health official, anything that has crowds is something that would give a risk to spread.”last_img read more

BREAKING: Sabrina Ionescu of Oregon headlines AP women’s basketball All-America team.

first_img Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — BREAKING: Sabrina Ionescu of Oregon headlines AP women’s basketball All-America team.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 March 19, 2020center_img BREAKING: Sabrina Ionescu of Oregon headlines AP women’s basketball All-America team.last_img