LONDON, CMC – Elegant West Indies strokemaker Shai Hope has moved into the top 10 of the ICC one-day batting rankings for the first time, following his heavy scoring in the recent series against India. In the latest rankings released yesterday, the 26-year-old opener had jumped five spots to ninth position, to be the highest placed West Indies batsman.His upward movement comes on the heels of the three-match series against India where he gathered 222 runs at an average of 111, to top the Caribbean side’s aggregates.The Barbadian struck an unbeaten 102 in the opening ODI in Chennai which West Indies won by eight wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the series. Overall, Hope has scored eight ODI hundreds and boasts a career average of 52.75. More instructively, he has scored four hundreds in 2019 at an average of 61.13 – the highest of any player who has featured in more than 20 matches.Hope was one of several West Indies players enjoying a rise in the ICC rankings. Left-hander Shimron Hetmyer, who finished the India series with 180 runs at an average of 60 – including a career-best 139 in Chennai – has jumped six places to 19th.And Nicholas Pooran, another exciting left-hander, enjoyed the biggest leap moving 33 places to 30th, following a series which saw him plunder two half-centuries en route to 193 runs at an average of 96.50. The trio are the only West Indies players in the top 50 of the rankings.In the bowling rankings, left-arm speedster Sheldon Cottrell leapt six spots to 30th after picking up five wickets while rookie seamer Keemo Paul catapulted 35 places to 104th after claiming six wickets in the series.India captain and master batsman Virat Kohli tops the batting rankings while teammate, seamer Jasprit Bumrah, continues at the top of the bowling rankings.
Following the conclusion of the group stage on Wednesday, the round of 16 section in the Lets Bet Sports-sponsored Mocha ‘Village Cup’ Streetball Championship commences this evening at the Mocha Primary School tarmac with four slated matches. In the opening match, Future Stars will lock horns with Unruly from 20:00hrs, with Smally battling Ballers Empire from 20:30hrs. In the third match, Family faceoff with Upsetters from 21:00hrs, while 2020 Winners engage Young Stars at 21:30hrs.The second night of action in the round of 16 section will occur on February 17th at the same venue.Meanwhile, defending champion One n Move, Young Stars, Smally, and Dream Chasers were amongst the winners on Wednesday in the final night of group play. One n Move edged Hardball 1-0. Recent recruit Adrian Aaron slammed home from the right side to seal the win in the 14th minute. Likewise, Young Stars upset Family 1-0. Bilaal Jabar found the back of the net in the 17th minute, slotting into the roof of the goal, after latching onto a right-sided pass.Meanwhile, Smally defeated Scheme Warriors 2-0. Edward Griffith and Roy Samuels scored in the 12th and 18th minute respectively. Also, Dream Chasers downed Nelson Street Warriors 2-0. Jared Cumberbatch and Joshua Liverpool scored in the 11th and 17th minute respectively.In other results, Touches edged Frontside 2-1 on penalty kicks after regulation time ended scoreless. Similarly, Lack ah Scene bested Future Stars 2-1 on penalty kicks after normal time ended 0-0. The winner of the event will pocket $200,000, with the second, third and fourth place finishers receiving $100,000, $50,000 and $25,000 respectively. Below features the fixtures for the round of 16 section.Round of 16 fixturesFriday 14th February 1. Future Stars vs Unruly2. ‘Smally’ vs Ballers Empire3. Family vs Upsetters 4. 2020 Winners vs Young StarsMonday, 17th February1. Touches vs Church Boys2. Dream Chasers vs ‘Lack ah Scene’ 3. Hardball vs Frontside4. Hillside vs ‘One n Move’
MELBOURNE, (Reuters) – Spin bowler Adam Zampa has joined calls for a review of Australia’s wickets, saying the country’s drop-in pitches are driving slow bowlers out of first class cricket. Short format specialist Zampa said he had rarely come across a genuine turning wicket in domestic Sheffield Shield matches, apart from the odd occasion at the Sydney Cricket Ground and when the Adelaide Oval’s drop-in pitch was “green and patchy”.Drop-in pitches are now used at most major cricket venues in Australia barring the SCG and the Gabba in Brisbane, and Zampa said they had changed the game “massively.”“It’s really hard to get a wicket now that’s a day four turner with any rough,” the 28-year-old legspinner told reporters in a video call yesterday. “(Spin has) basically been taken out of the game now except for maybe the SCG for example – sometimes – if the weather suits as well.“We’ve had to play a different role in first class cricket, that’s for sure.”Zampa’s comments come after Australia batsman and Queensland captain Usman Khawaja voiced similar concerns over the weekend, saying he was often reluctant to employ leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson given the lack of assistance from local pitches. Test spinner Steve O’Keefe retired from first-class cricket last month after failing to win another contract for New South Wales, despite being the most prolific wicket-taker among slow bowlers in Shield cricket.Zampa said administrators had helped batsmen improve their technique against swing bowling with the introduction of Dukes balls into the Shield, and now spinners needed help.“I don’t know if it has to be every wicket but I think there has to be some sort of emphasis in bringing spin bowlers back into the game, particularly on day four as well,” he said. Zampa has been a key player in Australia’s one-day and Twenty20 teams but is keen for more red ball cricket to boost his hopes of winning a test cap.He has been linked with a move to NSW from South Australia where he has been frustrated with his limited chances.With the finalisation of state contracts delayed due to the coronavirus, Zampa declined to comment on his domestic movements. He was more forthcoming about his test ambitions, though, saying he hoped to win a place for tours of the subcontinent in coming years, where selectors are more inclined to pick a second spinner along with incumbent Nathan Lyon.He conceded his modest bowling average of 48.26 in 38 first class matches had probably done him few favours at the selectors table but felt his short form performances showed his improvement in recent years.“Over the last few years it’s probably really easy for people to pinpoint me as a while-ball bowler,” he said.“I really want to change people’s perceptions.”
NEW YORK, (Reuters) – A pair of bogeys on the back nine and a rain delay were not enough to derail Dustin Johnson, who shot 19 under par to win the Travelers Championship by one stroke in Cromwell, Connecticut yesterday. The 2016 U.S. Open champion fended off fellow American Kevin Streelman after shooting a career-low 61 the day prior, claiming his 21st PGA title to mark his 13th consecutive season with at least one victory.“I’m definitely proud of myself for continuing the streak… it was a long time between wins though – hopefully it won’t be that long for the next one,” Johnson said in a televised interview.He narrowly avoided disaster on 15, when he was forced to remove his shoes and stand in a pond to hit his ball, which landed in the damp turf next to the water. He made par, only to bogey on the next hole, after rain forced a brief delay at the fanless tournament. “Even though there’s no fans here, you can still feel the pressure,” said the 36-year-old American. “The rain delay didn’t help very much because then I actually had time to think about everything.”American Will Gordon rocketed nine spots up the leaderboard to finish tied for third with Canadian Mackenzie Hughes.Johnson, who finished second at both the Masters and the PGA Championship in 2019, failed to make the cut earlier this month at the Charles Schwab Challenge when the tour resumed after the COVID-19 forced a three-month suspension of play. American Brendon Todd, who had been in the lead after a career low nine-under 61 in the third round, self-destructed on 12 with a triple bogey and failed to recover, ending the tournament tied for 11th.
(Reuters) – The return of professional cycle racing next month might be too soon and could lead to outbreaks of novel coronavirus, according to Deceuninck-Quick-Step boss Patrick Lefevere. The WorldTour is due to return on Aug. 1 with the Strade Bianche one-day event in Tuscany but racing will resume before that with Lefevere’s team involved in the inaugural Belgian Grote Prijs Vermac one-day race in Rotselaar on July 5.Several other leading teams will be involved but Lefevere has watched the debacle of Novak Djokovic’s Adria Tour tennis event after which he and several other players tested positive.He fears the same thing could happen in cycling — one of the first sports to be affected by the pandemic when the UAE Tour was shut down in February after some positive tests. “My worst nightmare is that the races in July — like in tennis — lead to infections,” Lefevere wrote in his column in Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad.“Let it be a lesson for all cycling races that will start again in July. Coronavirus clusters are now shooting up like mushrooms. I hope that enough attention is paid to prevention.“I have said it before, at races the attention to hygiene and the risk of contamination is a kind of second nature. In tennis — with the richest sponsors in the world — you may think that you are untouchable.” WorldTour teams are preparing for the restart of the season in various ways, with the Lotto-Soudal team in the Ardennes.Rider Jasper De Buyst says he believes it’s inevitable that there will be new coronavirus cases in the peloton, simply because of the nature of cycle racing.“In the race, you will think about the whole situation in the beginning,” he was quoted as saying by Cycling Weekly. “But in a peloton of 150 riders, it is impossible not to ride in each other’s snot. “If you think about that and you want to avoid it, you just have to not start.”
LONDON, (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has elevated to the House of Lords his younger brother, a cricket hero and some of his allies in the campaign to take Britain out of the European Union. Under an arcane system whose inner workings are not exposed to public scrutiny, British political leaders are entitled on certain occasions to nominate people to the upper chamber of parliament, where they can sit for life.Among 36 nominations announced yesterday was Jo Johnson, the prime minister’s younger brother, who quit as a junior minister last year because he disagreed with his boss and older sibling’s Brexit strategy.Jo Johnson supported remaining in the European Union in a 2016 referendum, in sharp contrast to Boris Johnson, who led the successful campaign for Britain to quit the bloc. In another apparent olive branch to heal Brexit divisions within his Conservative Party, the prime minister nominated former finance minister Philip Hammond, a prominent remainer who was long the target of vitriolic attacks by Brexit supporters.Other political nominations tilted more towards the Brexit camp, with peerages bestowed on former opposition Labour lawmakers Kate Hoey and Gisela Stuart, who as ardent Brexiteers became unlikely allies of Johnson during the referendum.He also nominated former England cricket captain Ian Botham, who in his heyday in the 1980s was regarded by many fans of the sport as one of its finest all-rounders. Botham was not recognised for his achievements on the field, however, but for his enthusiastic Brexit campaigning. Among other eye-catching nominations was that of Evgeny Lebedev, the British-Russian owner of the Evening Standard and Independent newspapers. He is the son of Alexander Lebedev, a former KGB agent who became an oligarch.Evgeny Lebedev, who has spent most of his life in Britain, is frequently seen in high society circles in London, where he is active as a charity campaigner and patron of the arts. He controversially appointed former Conservative finance minister George Osborne, who had no previous experience in journalism, as editor of the Evening Standard in 2017.The House of Lords has more than 800 members, and despite perennial complaints that the number is far too high and the nominations process opaque and prone to cronyism, prime ministers from all sides have enthusiastically added to its numbers.
National under-17 batsman, Matthew Nandu registered his third consecutive half-century to lead Kaieteur Cricket Club to a two-wicket victory over Canadian Eagles on Saturday. Playing in the Brampton Etobicoke District Cricket League (BEDCL) Premier Division, Eagles won the toss, opted to bat and were bundled out for 164 in 44 overs.In reply, Kaieteur held their nerve to reach 166 for eight in 42 overs.Nandu, who scored a blistering 146 and 84 in his last two matches piloted the chase at the top of the order with a 73-ball 51, decorated with five boundaries. The son of former West Indies Under-19 cricketer Arjune Nandu, gave his side a healthy start with fellow opener, Mahendra Jaipersaud who fell after making 19 from 27 balls. The top order got starts but failed to carry on with Kevin Singh (19), his older brother Marcus (18) and Abhidav Dikshit (15) reaching double figures.Extras accounted for 26 while Faisal Khan was the principal wicket-taker with three for 12. Kulwinder Dhillon and Ajay Cherooll supported with two wickets each for 25 and 26 runs respectively.Earlier, Eagles were stifled by Ashtan Deosammy who ripped through the batting line up to end with four for 31. He was aided by Theron Ramlal who bagged three for 37 while Matthew Nandu and Jonathan Singh grabbed one wicket each. Dhillon top scored with 29 from 23 balls which featured five fours. Khan (26), Malkeet Singh (25) and Khurram Anis (20) got going but could not convert their good starts.
Searching to fill the void left behind by the departure of Andrew Miller, the Orioles agreed to terms on a one-year deal with left-handed relief pitcher Wesley Wright on Tuesday.The 29-year-old went 0-3 with a 3.17 ERA in 48 1/3 innings with the Chicago Cubs last season. In seven major league seasons, Wright sports a 10-18 record with a 4.17 ERA, but the lefty has posted a 3.25 ERA in his last four seasons split among Chicago, Tampa Bay, and Houston.In 2014, left-handed hitters posted a .273 batting average and a .594 on-base plus slugging percentage and didn’t record an extra-base hit while right-handed bats sported a .255 mark with a .719 OPS. Wright wasn’t tendered a contract with the Cubs and is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2015 season.Wright’s addition gives manager Buck Showalter another left-hander to throw into the mix with closer Zach Britton, lefty specialist Brian Matusz, and long reliever T.J. McFarland. Matusz has been discussed in trade talks, but he remains with the organization for now.A seventh-round pick by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2003 draft, Wright made two appearances with the Rays in the 2013 American League Division Series, allowing a hit and a walk in two-thirds of an inning against Boston.
We at WNST are pleased to announce the start of another season of our purple player shows as the Ravens prepare for what is expected to be a very promising 2015 season. On Wednesday September 9th, we’ll be kicking off the season at a familiar spot as we’ll be hanging out with Ravens defensive tackle Brandon Williams at Greenmount Station in Hampstead at 730pm!Brandon will look ahead to the Ravens initial road test against the Denver Broncos, chat about his role in the Ravens defense, and talk about the great expectations ahead of the Ravens 2015 season.Brandon will be signing autographs and taking pictures, although we ask you to be respectful and limit your request to one per person.As we’re headed into yet another season of our Ravens player appearances and spreading purple cheer around the area, we’d like to take just a moment and thank the people and businesses that make these shows possible.First off, we want to thank Carl Delmont and our presenting sponsor Freedmont Mortgage for their continued support of our WNST live events. They’ve been supportive of us at WNST for a long time and we couldn’t be more appreciative. If you need to buy or refinance a home, don’t make a 30 year mistake by choosing the wrong lender. Visit Freedmont Mortgage or reach out to Carl and his team.We’d also like to thank our good friends Joe Enoch, Rick Donovan, and the entire crew at Enoch Office. They’re an original sponsor and a huge part of our WNST family. Also thanks to Planet Fitness, our partners who continue to open more and more gyms across the area.This will be our fourth year of shows at Greenmount Station in Hampstead. Our friend Chris and his crew continue to provide first class service and food, and the atmosphere in Carroll County is always warm and toasty. They continue to serve Carroll County’s best crab cakes as I’m sure Brandon will find out yet again on Wednesday night.Last but not least, we’d like to welcome the Maryland Lottery into the fold as a title sponsor this year. They’re back at it with their Ravens scratch-off and if you haven’t heard about the second chance prizes that they offer, you need to CHECK THEM OUT. You can win season tickets for 20 years, a trip to Miami WITH the Ravens, and so much more. We’ll be giving away some Lottery swag and scratch-offs at all of our events this year, so if you’re adept at Ravens trivia, you should come and prove it!We appreciate you taking the time to acknowledge and support our sponsors. They’ll all be out with us on Wednesday night (September 9th) at Greenmount Station with Brandon Williams. Kickoff is at 730pm. We hope to see you all there!
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