Caribbean

Wed
18
Oct

Cooper aggression will boost Windies Women for T20 - Browne

Britney Cooper

Cricket West Indies chairman of selectors Courtney Browne believes the aggression of recently recalled batsman Britney Cooper could play a vital role in the team continuing its dominance over Sri Lanka in the ongoing tour series.

Cooper, who replaced 20-year-old Reniece Boyce, was the only change in a squad that conquered Sri Lanka 3-0 in the One Day International series.  The Trinidadian last featured for the regional squad in a win over India in a T20 international last year.

"Britney was brought into the T20 squad, as she has shown in the past that she can be aggressive with the bat and increase the scoring rate when needed at times. She was part of our T20 World Cup-winning squad and played her part in that memorable victory,” Browne told Espncricinfo.

Cooper shone in the T20 World Cup semi-finals against New Zealand with a 48-ball 61 which lay the foundation for the team’s win and eventual triumph in the final.

Wed
18
Oct

Kerr laments Green injury after Warriors lose season opener

Draymond Green's fourth-quarter absence was behind Golden State Warriors' loss to the Houston Rockets, says head coach Steve Kerr.

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr lamented the loss of Draymond Green in Tuesday's season-opening defeat to the Houston Rockets.

The Warriors started the defence of their NBA championship with a 122-121 reverse at Oracle Arena, despite having led by 17 points at one stage.

With Andre Iguodala (strained back) having missed the game, the Warriors were dealt a further blow when influential forward Green sat out the fourth quarter, in which the Rockets outscored their hosts 34-20, due to a left knee strain.

Green later told reporters that he was fine, but Kerr felt his absence proved costly.

"We deserved to lose" he said.

"We didn't have energy from most of our group.

"Draymond's injury changed everything for us.

Wed
18
Oct

Rockets stun Warriors, Hayward suffers gruesome injury in Celtics loss

Golden State were beaten 122-121 by Houston, who rallied 34-20 in the fourth quarter of Tuesday's NBA season opener.

The Golden State Warriors' title defence got off to a losing start against the Houston Rockets, while the Boston Celtics went down to the Cleveland Cavaliers and lost Gordon Hayward to a serious injury.

Golden State were beaten 122-121 by Houston, who rallied 34-20 in the fourth quarter of Tuesday's NBA season opener.

NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant had a chance to win it on the buzzer and he actually hit a shot to give the Warriors a 123-122 lead, but after further review, the ball was still on the Warriors star's fingertips when time ran out giving James Harden and the Rockets victory.

Hayward suffered a horrific leg injury in Boston's 102-99 defeat against LeBron James and the Cavaliers.

James and the Cavs spoiled Kyrie Irving's return to Cleveland on a sombre night at Quicken Loans Arena.

 

Wed
18
Oct

Aldridge praises Popovich after Spurs renewal

San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge had nothing but praise for Gregg Popovich following his new deal.

Fresh from signing a contract extension with the San Antonio Spurs, LaMarcus Aldridge heaped praise on head coach Gregg Popovich.

Spurs forward Aldridge – a five-time NBA All-Star – penned a renewal on Monday, a deal reportedly worth $72.3million

The 32-year-old was prised away from the Portland Trail Blazers in 2015 and when asked what went into his decision to sign an extension, Aldridge – averaging 17.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.16 blocks since joining the Spurs – said: "I just went off of how I feel. I feel like Pop's been great.

"I feel like this preseason has made me feel so much more comfortable out there. I've been myself, and I feel like I'm going to help us win. I went off how I felt, and just in the moment, I did it."

Wed
18
Oct

Irving and LeBron shaken by Hayward injury

Boston Celtics star Kyrie Irving said Gordon Hayward's fractured ankle brought back memories of Paul George's serious injury in 2014.

Kyrie Irving said Gordon Hayward's sickening injury on debut for the Boston Celtics is one of the worst he has seen as Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James sent his well-wishes.

Hayward, 27, fractured his left ankle early in Boston's NBA season-opening 102-99 loss to the Cavs on Tuesday.

The All-Star was making his bow for the Celtics after arriving from the Utah Jazz amid much fanfare but it ended it agony after coming down on his ankle as he jumped in an effort to catch a pass during the first quarter.

Celtics and Cavs players turned away in horror as Hayward grimaced in pain at Quicken Loans Arena, and fellow Celtics debutant Irving – facing his former team – was immediately reminded of Paul George's gruesome leg injury for Team USA in 2014.

Tue
17
Oct

Bulls' Mirotic out indefinitely after fight with team-mate

Nikola Mirotic will be sidelined indefinitely after a fight with Chicago Bulls team-mate Bobby Portis.

Chicago Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic is out indefinitely after getting into a fight with a team-mate during practice, the team said on Tuesday.

Mirotic, 26, suffered a concussion and facial fractures after a physical altercation with fellow forward Bobby Portis.

The Bulls, who open their season against the Toronto Raptors on Thursday, confirmed the incident in a widely reported statement.

"Chicago Bulls forwards Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic had a physical altercation during today's practice," the statement read.

"As a result of the incident, Mirotic suffered a concussion and maxillary fractures. Surgery is likely required. Mirotic is out indefinitely.

"The Bulls are evaluating disciplinary action. An update will be provided when applicable."

Mirotic signed a two-year, $27million contract to return to the team in the offseason.

Tue
17
Oct

SSFL Watch: Sharkeel Louison wants first place for Fyzabad

Fyzabad midfielder Sharkeel Louison talks about his short and long-term ambitions.

Tue
17
Oct

Money woes force GCF to withdraw from Caribbean Road Racing Championships

Claire Fraser

The Guyana Cycling Federation (GCF) has been forced to withdraw a team to the Caribbean Elite Road Racing Championships citing financial restrictions as the primary cause.

According to GCF Assistant Joseph Britton the association has been put in a precarious position following the failure of the country’s corporate community to support the venture.  Five cyclists Geron Williams, Jermaine Burrowes, Paul DeNobrega, Jamal John and Shaquel Agard, an alternate, were originally slated to represent the team.  The list was, however, revised with the GCF omitting Williams and Burrowes and including Agard and Alonzo Ambrose another rider Clair Fraser-Green on the team.

Tue
17
Oct

Lack of funds grounds fighter for World Para-Taekwondo Championships

Shauna-Kay Hines

Jamaica para-athlete Shauna-kay Hines is lamenting not being able to represent her country at the World Para-Taekwondo Championships, in London, from October 19-22. She finds herself in this predicament despite winning silver medals at her last two competitions.

Why? Because of a lack of funding.

“I am writing this post with a grieving heart,” she posted on her Facebook page on the weekend.

“After representing my country in two Para-Taekwondo competitions, earning a historic silver medal at the US Open in February, and again silver at the 18th Aruba Taekwondo International tournament in May, I formed the view that Jamaica would rally and support the Jamaica Paralympic Association going forward.

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