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17
Oct

LeBron to play in Cavs' opener against Celtics

The Cleveland Cavaliers will have star forward LeBron James for their NBA opener against the Boston Celtics.

Cavaliers forward LeBron James is going to play in Cleveland's season opener against the Boston Celtics.

Head coach Tyronn Lue announced prior to Tuesday's game that the team's best player would be in the starting lineup.

James sprained his ankle on September 27 and was held to one preseason game because of the injury.

He was listed as questionable prior to the start of the game.

Tue
17
Oct

Iguodala out of Warriors' season opener against Rockets

The Golden State Warriors confirmed Andre Iguodala's absence, with the two-time champion still recovering from a back strain.

Reigning NBA champions the Golden State Warriors will be without Andre Iguodala for their season opener against the Houston Rockets on Tuesday.

The Warriors confirmed Iguodala's absence prior to tip-off, with the two-time champion still recovering from a back strain.

Iguodala averaged 7.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 3.4 assists for the Warriors during the regular season in 2016-17.

In the playoffs as the Warriors trumped the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, the 33-year-old averaged 7.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists.

Meanwhile, the Warriors also announced that forward Omri Casspi is available to play despite a mild ankle sprain.

Tue
17
Oct

Ambris urges team to stick to plan to win series against Sri Lanka 'A'

Sunil Ambris

 Sunil Ambris urged his Windies “A” teammates to stick to the plan when they face Sri Lanka “A” in the second “Test”, starting on Wednesday at the Trelawny Multiplex Stadium in Jamaica.

Ambris hit his fourth first-class century (106) which was the foundation for the Windies “A” first innings total of 364 for eight declared that paved the way for an innings-and-13-run victory in the weather-affected first “Test” which ended last Saturday.

“We stuck to the task very well and we played as a team in the first ‘Test. The guys were very focused all the way through and it was a total team effort. We just need do the same thing in this game, as we did in the previous match,” said Ambris on the eve of the second Test.

Tue
17
Oct

Jamaican umpire Joseph Clarke to create history at Hong Kong badminton tourney

Joseph Clarke

Jamaican badminton umpire Joseph Clarke, the country’s highest-ranked official, will create history next month by being the first Jamaican to Umpire to officiate at the 2017 Yonex Sunrise Hong Kong Open Badminton Tournament.

 The tournament, which is part of the BWF Super Series, will be staged in Hong Kong from November 21-26, 2017 and offers a cash prize of US$400,000.

Clarke said he is excited at the opportunity as it again allows a Jamaican to officiate at a major international event. He said that being the first Jamaican to officiate at the prestigious tournament, is always added pressure as good performances can open doors for other Jamaicans.

Tue
17
Oct

Rangpur boosted by additional games for Gayle

Chris Gayle

Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Rangpur Riders are expected to be boosted by additional games for Windies batting star Chris Gayle ahead of the new season.

Gayle, who played for the Chittagong Vikings in the BPL last season, was expected to be available for the Riders for only four games at the end of this campaign, due to a busy schedule and other commitments.  Following the cancellation of the South Africa Global T20 league, however, the player will now be able to take part in the full season, which gets under way next month.

 The big left-hander has been one of the BPL’s most outstanding players in recent seasons, holding the distinction of making the most centuries in the competition with three already under his belt.  The batsman also has a half-century to his name. 

Tue
17
Oct

Tallawahs wish Nixon well, begin hunt for new coach

Paul Nixon

The Jamaica Tallawahs will begin the hunt for a new head coach following the departure of Paul Nixon who has been named head coach of Leicestershire in English County Cricket.

Nixon was in charge of the Tallawahs in 2013 and 2016 when they won Hero CPL titles. The Tallawahs were eliminated in the playoffs in 2017.

Jay Madhu, the CEO of the Tallawahs, lauded the now-former coach, who replaced South African Micky Arthur after the 2015 season, for his second stint with the franchise.

“Coach Nixon has very much been an asset to the team. While we will miss him, we wish him much success,” Madhu said.

“We look forward to seeing bigger and better things in his career.”

He added that the search for a new coach will now begin.

“As far as the future, yes, we will actively be looking for his successor,” he told SportsMax.tv.

 

Tue
17
Oct

T&T must improve to compete at Women's World Championship - coach Cruz

Francisco Cruz

Trinidad and Tobago national volleyball women’s coach Francisco Cruz has insisted that there is plenty of work to be done if the team is to be competitive ahead of next year’s FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship in Japan.

The twin-island republic became the first English speaking team to qualify for the indoor event after defeating Costa Rica in the NORCECA Continental semifinals at the National Cycling Centre, in Couva on Sunday night.  The team, however, failed to end the tournament on a high note after suffering defeat to Mexico in the final.

Cruz has, however, already started thinking about the team’s ability to compete at the tournament in September 2018 and listed concerns regarding its overall depth.

Tue
17
Oct

NBA Preview: Five key storylines entering the 2017-18 season

With the new NBA season on the horizon, we have taken a look at some of the key storylines ahead of the new campaign.

The 2017-18 NBA season begins on Tuesday, with Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving making a quick return to Cleveland and Houston on the road against defending champions the Golden State Warriors.

Irving's trade request and subsequent move to Boston was one of many high-profile switches during the close-season and while the Eastern Conference was a little more subdued than the West, there was still plenty of intrigue.

Here are five NBA storylines entering the season:

Tue
17
Oct

Taylor, Jarvis to lead new-look Zimbabwe against Windies

Brendan Taylor

Brendan Taylor and Kyle Jarvis have expectedly returned to the Zimbabwe line-up ahead of the Test series against the Windies scheduled to get under way in Bulawayo on Saturday.

Taylor, who played county cricket for Nottinghamshire, retired from the national side in 2015 citing issues with the sport’s administration.  Jarvis, who has represented Lancashire, left Zimbabwe cricket for England in 2013.  With the country set to host next year’s 2019 ICC World Cup qualifiers and the recent win over Sri Lanka, along with structural changes, there is renewed optimism surrounding the program.  Fast bowler Solomon Mire, one of the country’s biggest talents, is also in line to make his Test debut.  Mire only recently returned to the squad having turned down previous invitations to represent the national team, instead focusing on his career in Australia. 

Tue
17
Oct

Bolt to start off Formula 1 United States Grand Prix

Usain Bolt

Recently retired track and field superstar Usain Bolt is expected to play the role of official starter ahead of Sunday’s Formula One United States Grand Prix.

The eight-time Olympic champion and double world record holder will add to a list of celebrities scheduled for the weekend event, a ploy of the single-seat auto racing global competition to expand its overall reach and appeal.  Other celebrities joining Bolt for Sunday’s 56-lap race, which will be held at the Circuit of The Americas, in Austin, Texas, are legendary recording artist Stevie Wonder, who will perform at the event and ring announcer Michael Buffer who will introduce the drivers as they move on to the track.  

"The USA is, without a doubt, the country where sports events are seen as entertainment that goes above and beyond the purely sporting contest," F1 commercial chief Sean Bratches told planetF1.

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