Caribbean

Wed
18
Oct

PCL: Denesh Ramdin set to lead T&T Red Force

Denesh Ramdin

Former Windies captain, Denesh Ramdin, will take over as skipper of the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force for the Cricket West Indies Professional Cricket League, set to begin October 26.

While Ramdin has fallen out of favour with Cricket West Indies and no longer forms part of their plans, he is still considered a fine wicketkeeper, probably the finest in the region, and a good leader, as he has shown when he led the Guyana Amazon Warriors to back-to-back Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) finals.

Ramdin’s opportunity has come because of the absence of a number of senior players, who have T20 commitments around the world.

The Red Force is set, in the not too distant future, to release the squad Ramdin will lead.

The twin-island republic will play a practice match at the Brian Lara Cricket Stadium in Tarouba tomorrow, running through ‘til Monday when the team leaves for Barbados.

Wed
18
Oct

RSPL Watch: McGregor free kick gives Tivoli 1-0 win over Harbour View

Red Stripe Premier League's fourth round featured a game between Tivoli Gardens and Harbour View at the Anthony Spauldings Sports Complex in Arnett Gardens. There, super sub Junior McGregor, earned a free kick before lodging a beautiful 88th-minute free kick to make the difference in the game. 

Wed
18
Oct

Bolt to ride with F1 star Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton and Usain Bolt

World’s fastest man Usain Bolt is no stranger to speed, but even he is likely to be impressed by a lap with Formula 1 leader Lewis Hamilton.

The F1 star is expected to take the decorated Olympic champion on a lap around the 3.4-mile Circuit of the Americas track in a Mercedes-AMG road car two hours before the start of Sunday’s US Grand Prix.  Bolt will in return play the role of official starter as he gives racer the go-ahead to begin their formation laps.  The race could see Hamilton seal his third championship in four years if he wins on Sunday, and rival Sebastian Vettel finishes sixth or lower.  With three races left in the season, the 32-year-old Hamilton is the odds-on favourite to take the checkered flag having triumphed in the US five times before.

Wed
18
Oct

Details of Windies, Pakistan T20 tour yet to be finalised

West Indies vs Pakistan

The details are yet to be finalised between Cricket West Indies and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) as it relates to a proposed tour of the Asian country next month.

The two teams are scheduled to face off in a T20 series in Lahore at the end of next month, which could mark the first time a major cricketing nation has toured the country since a 2009 attack on the Sri Lanka cricket team by armed militants.  The deal is, however, believed to not quite done with several issues yet to be ironed out with a little over a month to go.

According to recent reports, one major sticking point in negotiations so far revolves around the issue of reciprocity.  As part of the deal, the CWI has requested that Pakistan tour the West Indies next year.  A packed schedule, however, could see the team not available to do so until 2019, a date which CWI considers to be too late.

Wed
18
Oct

KC, Excelsior top SportsMax High School Ranking

Kingston College and Excelsior High have been crowned King and Queen of high school sports based on a new and innovative scoring metric recently unveiled by regional sporting authority, SportsMax.

The aptly called SportsMax High School Ranking, created a points system for the Nine disciplines the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) coordinates islandwide, coming up with a score for each school, separated by gender. The points were tallied, with additional marks allocated for being crowned all-island champions in any sport.

The disciplines tallied are Track & Field (6 competitions), Football (11 competitions), Cricket (9 competitions), Basketball (7), Netball (7), Volleyball (2), Swimming (1), Hockey (3) & Table Tennis (6). The Boys & Girls' Athletic Championships (Champs) are awarded additional points based on the number of entrants & the representation at all age levels. 

Wed
18
Oct

More to come from Mattocks insists Portland Timbers coach Porter

Darren Mattocks

Portland Timbers coach Caleb Porter is confident there is plenty more to come from Jamaica international Darren Mattocks despite several recent impressive performances.

Mattocks had another impressive showing for the Timbers in a 4-0 win over Dallas on Monday, which punched the team’s ticket to the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs.  The forward has scored just two goals and two assists in the club’s last nine games, but the statistics fall short of representing his true contribution in the team’s successful run.  Mattocks has been a terror for the opposition with his speed and determination in both defending and attacking proving more than a handful.   The front man’s fleet footedness has also led to the team earning several chances to score from the penalty spot and the Jamaican international earning a fourth spot kick this season late on against D.C.  Porter is convince that the player will get even more influential with continued time on the pitch.

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."

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