Aussie coach plans to scout for Big Bash talent on WI tour

first_imgBRISBANE, Australia (CMC):Stand-in Australia coach Justin Langer says he will be scouting for West Indian talent to recruit for the Big Bash League, during the upcoming Tri-Nation Series next month.The former Test batsman is the coach for the national side for the June 3-26 one-day series in place of regular head coach Darren Lehmann, who has been given a rest by Cricket Australia.”We’ve still got two positions [available]. David Willey was excellent last year, but he’s only available for a few games,” said Langer, who is also head coach of Perth Scorchers.”I’ve got my Scorchers hat on every day of the week, looking for the right people to bring across, whether it’s domestically or internationally. No doubt, I’ll have a look at a few of their players and see if they fit the bill back here.”Several West Indies players already campaign in the glitzy Twenty20 league Down Under, with the likes of Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Sammy, Samuel Badree, Lendl Simmons, Kieron Pollard and Andre Russell all having played in the competition before.Last January, Gayle found himself embroiled in a sexism scandal sparked by a controversial live interview with Channel TEN’s Mel McLaughlin when he appeared to openly flirt with the reporter.Melbourne Renegades announced this week they would not re-sign Gayle for the upcoming season, but in response to a reporter’s question yesterday, Langer seemed to leave that option open for Scorchers.”He [Gayle] won’t be playing this tournament (Tri-Nations), so I won’t get to see him in action, but you never know, we want to get the best combination for Scorchers cricket and for the club, so who knows?”The Tri-Nations will be played in Guyana, St Kitts and Barbados and involves West Indies and South Africa.last_img read more

The 10 things to know going into this NBA season

first_imgFILE – This Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016 file photo shows Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, left, and Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry battling for a loose ball in the second half of an NBA basketball game, in Cleveland. The Warriors and Cavaliers are being penciled in to meet in the NBA Finals once again. They’re going to drive most of the conversation this season, a fact that is not lost on the league or its TV partners. When the season tips off Tuesday, Cleveland will take the center stage first, followed by the Warriors. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)Happy New Year, NBA.The 72nd regular season starts Tuesday night, when Boston heads to Cleveland and Houston goes to Golden State. Fans in Cleveland will boo Kyrie Irving, fans in Oakland will cheer the Warriors’ latest championship banner, and the march toward April will finally be underway.ADVERTISEMENT The offseason was loaded with changes. Carmelo Anthony and Paul George went to Oklahoma City, Gordon Hayward and Irving went to Boston, Isaiah Thomas got sent to Cleveland, Jimmy Butler is now in Minnesota and Paul Millsap calls Denver home. That’s seven All-Stars who moved, a record for an NBA offseason.Every coach who started last season will start this season. That’s an NBA first.Here’s 10 things to know about the NBA season that is finally here:10. QUICK STARTERSFEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogSan Antonio, Toronto and Miami will likely start 1-0 — because under current management, San Antonio, Toronto and Miami almost always start 1-0. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is 18-2 on opening night, Raptors coach Dwane Casey is 7-1 and Heat coach Erik Spoelstra is 7-2. Spoelstra has started 1-0 in each of the last six seasons, the longest such run in the NBA. A coach in need of a 1-0 start? Try New Orleans’ Alvin Gentry. He’s dropped five straight openers and is 2-9 on opening night. Brooklyn, Orlando, Milwaukee and Utah have the league’s longest current opening-night losing streaks, starting 0-1 in each of the last four seasons.9. FROM DISTANCELast season was the third straight where the NBA’s team single-season 3-point record fell, starting with Houston (933 in 2014-15), Golden State (1,077 in 2015-16) and Houston again (1,181 from 2016-17). Between the Rockets, Cleveland, Boston and the Warriors, four of the five highest single-season 3-point totals inhistory came last season. Don’t expect the 3-ball to go away anytime soon, either. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Garcia heats up late as EAC caps off season with a win Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ 8. LEBRON’S MARKSLeBron James’ list of milestones is about to get longer. He comes into this season 1,213 points shy of becoming the seventh NBA player to reach 30,000, meaning it should happen by about the All-Star break barring any extended absence. He’s also on pace to eclipse the 8,000-rebound and 8,000-assist marks this season. The only other player in NBA history with 25,000 points, 6,000 rebounds and 6,000 assists is Kobe Bryant. James already has all those numbers, and counting.7. WHERE’S THE DEFENSE?In 2014-15, half the league — 15 teams — held opponents under 100 points per game. Two seasons later, San Antonio and Utah were the only teams that managed the feat. The league’s planned crackdown on traveling this season might help, but it’ll be interesting to see if defensive numbers improve in this era of 3-point-reliant, pace-and-space basketball.6. MAYBE MINNESOTAThink about this, with apologies to fans in the Pacific Northwest: There have been more NBA playoff games in Seattle over the last 13 years than in Minneapolis. This will finally be the year that changes. The Timberwolves, who last reached the postseason in 2004, should return this spring even in a loaded Western Conference with Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and new addition Jimmy Butler leading the way.5. SPURS CHASE HISTORYIf the Spurs win 41 games this season — a safe bet — it’ll be the 21st consecutive season where San Antonio finishes the regular season at .500 or better. That would tie the NBA mark in that department, matching the feat set by the Utah Jazz from 1983-84 to 2003-04. The Spurs set a record for consecutive winning seasons last year with their 20th. (Utah was 41-41 in 1984-85.)4. DIRK’S LONGEVITYDallas’ Dirk Nowitzki enters this season 31 games away from passing Kevin Willis for No. 6 on the NBA’s all-time list. At 48,673 minutes, he’s also within striking distance of No. 5 Elvin Hayes (50,000), No. 4 Jason Kidd (50,111) and No. 3 Kevin Garnett (50,418).ADVERTISEMENT 3. STEPH WATCHStephen Curry will have just turned 30 when this regular season ends. And by then, he legitimately could be No. 3 on the NBA’s all-time 3-point list. Curry starts this season No. 10, and at his current pace will pass Ray Allen for the top spot sometime in the 2019-2020 season.2. NEW DEADLINENo longer will the All-Star Game be overshadowed by talk of who’s getting moved where (like last year, when DeMarcus Cousins was traded to the Pelicans while players were still in locker rooms in New Orleans immediately after the game). The trade deadline will now be 10 days before the All-Star break, so this season that means Feb. 8.1. AND THE WINNER IS …How can anyone pick against Golden State right now? The Warriors will get their third title in four years, which is the easiest prediction possible. So we’ll finish this with some probably less-than-chalk picks: LeBron James is going to reclaim the MVP award, the Rockets will have a game where they connect 30 times from 3-point range and Charlotte’s Steve Clifford will be coach of the year.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? 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Teen killed in Albouystown accident

first_imgNineteen-year-old Ronaldo Jaundoo of Lot 589 West Ruimveldt, Georgetown met his demise in an accident that occurred at Barr and James Streets, Albouystown, Georgetown on Thursday at about 16:30h.Dead: Ronaldo JaundooAccording to reports, the young man was riding motor cycle CH 9086 heading east on James Street when he collided with motor pick-up GVV 8249 which was proceeding north on Barr Street.He fell off the bike and was picked up in an unconscious condition and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC), where he was pronounced dead on arrival.His body is currently at the GPHC Mortuary awaiting a post-mortem.The driver of the pick-up vehicle, a 47-year-old resident of Lot 2675 La Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara, was made to undergo a breathalyser test, but no trace of alcohol was found in his system. He was nevertheless taken into custody to assist with the investigations.The motorcycle Jaundoo was riding is reportedly registered to Michael Clarke of West Ruimveldt, Georgetown.last_img read more

Ramjattan can’t have his cake and eat it – Ram on dual citizenship

first_imgPolitical commentator and Attorney-at-Law Christopher Ram says the Guyana Government cannot ‘have its cake and eat it’ when it comes to the issue of dual citizens among Members of Parliament (MPs).Christopher Ram in discussion with AFC Chairman and Third Vice President Khemraj Ramjattan, and moderator, financial analyst Sase Singh during Globespan 24×7 live show in New YorkRam was at the time speaking during a teleconference on Globespan 24×7 live show in New York with Chairman of the Alliance For Change (AFC) and Third Vice President Khemraj Ramjattan. The show was moderated by financial analyst Sase Singh.Since the December 21, 2018 passage of the No-Confidence Motion, which saw former AFC MP Charrandas Persaud voting in favour of the Opposition-sponsored motion that went on to topple the Coalition Government, the ruling administration has sought to question the validity of Persaud’s vote, given the fact that he is also a citizen of Canada.In fact, this matter was taken to the court, and acting Chief Justice Roxane George ruled in January that it was unconstitutional to be a dual citizen and serve in the National Assembly.However, it was revealed since last year that there were other parliamentarians from both the Government and Opposition sides who are dual citizens. These include: Minister of State Joseph Harmon, Business Minister Dominic Gaskin, Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge; and Minister Rupert Roopnaraine as well as Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira and MPs Adrian Anamayah and Odinga Lumumba.During Saturday’s live Town Hall discussion, Ram said, “Ramjattan cannot have his cake or roti and eat it. You cannot say Charrandas’s vote is illicit but Greenidge’s vote is legitimate.”He was at the time responding to Ramjattan’s attempt to downplay the dual citizen status of Government parliamentarians in the National Assembly.“He is trying to protect Dominic Gaskin because he was born abroad… [Gaskin] has renewed his passport (thus pledging his allegiance to another country)… The matter was decided (in the High Court), and that is the position throughout the world,” Ram stated.This issue came up for discussion when the moderator, Financial Analyst Sase Singh, asked about the international, political and security implications for Guyana if, after March, Venezuela does not recognize Guyana’s Government, particularly Minister Greenidge – who has been Guyana’s point person in the ongoing border controversy and had even filed the case at the World Court last year. Greenidge, while being a Guyanese, is also a British citizen.Ram posited that there could be implications for Guyana regarding the ongoing border controversy with the neighbouring Spanish-speaking nation should the country go into a constitutional crisis after the March deadline.“The Venezuelans may very well use that (against us). What are we going to say? The De facto APNU/AFC ruling in Guyana… It’s ludicrous… It’s people like Ramjattan and (Prime Minister Moses) Nagamootoo who are the enablers of this lawlessness. (President David) Granger was quite prepared at one stage to accept the consequences. Even Nagamootoo was prepared to accept the consequences as well, but suddenly Nigel Hughes and his 34 majority has changed this,” the political commentator contended.But Ramjattan insisted that the Doctrine of Necessity and the De facto Doctrine allows the Coalition administration to remain in office until a new President is appointed.“…everyone in the world recognises the coalition government as the Government of Guyana… even after March… This concept of saying the President is not legitimate and is a squatter I think is very disrespectful… That president is duly elected and has not resigned, and even if you want to use Article 106 (6) to argue that he is resigned, the fact is that there is a provision to 10 (6), called 106 (7), that says notwithstanding that, he shall remain the President until next elections,” Ramjattan argued.Nevertheless, Ram believes that since the High Court’s ruling, both sides in the House should have immediately withdrawn their dual citizen members. In fact, last week Ram lodged a formal complaint with Police Commissioner Leslie James regarding possible violations of the law when it comes to parliamentarians holding dual citizenship, and he called for an investigation of the MPs.As such, during Saturday’s panel discussion, the political commentator said that within the coming days, he intends to follow-up with the Top Cop on the matter. According to Ram, if the Police Commissioner fails to act accordingly, then he would initiate legal action to “force him to do his work”.Moreover, Ram added that he would also file private criminal charges against these MPs for violating the laws.last_img read more

Navigators leave Huskies licking their wounds

first_imgThe Huskies will try to do everything to forget this one. The Peace River Navigators pummeled the Pups 11-2 on Saturday night in Peace River.The Navs led 2-1 after the first but it was a 5 goal outburst in the 2nd and a 4 goal effort in the 3rd that put the end to any chances for the FSJ Huskies. Apsassin and Giese were the goal scores for FSJ while Wiebe, Dixon, Smith and McNabb paced the Navs.The next Huskies broadcast will be Sunday, February 13th at 3:30 in Grande Prairie. The pre-game show with Mike Feeney gets started at 3:15 pm. Listen LIVE on 100.1 Moose FM and energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.com/moosefm- Advertisement –last_img read more

Astronaut charged in kidnap attempt

first_imgORLANDO, Fla. – Florida prosecutors charged an astronaut Friday with trying to kidnap a romantic rival, but they declined to file an attempted murder charge recommended by police. Lisa Nowak, 43, was formally charged almost a month after she was arrested at an Orlando airport parking lot. Police have said the mother of three had raced 900 miles in her car from Houston to Orlando on Feb. 5 to confront a woman she viewed as a rival for a space shuttle pilot’s affection. Nowak donned a wig and trench coat, then sprayed a chemical into the woman’s car when she wouldn’t let Nowak in, police said. Officers found a BB-gun, a new steel mallet, knife and rubber tubing in Nowak’s car, and recommended she be charged with attempted murder. Nowak pleaded not guilty last month on all counts that police recommended. Her attorney, Donald Lykkebak, said that she denies the charges filed Friday: attempted kidnapping with intent to inflict bodily harm, burglary with an assault using a weapon and battery. “The state attorney appears to recognize that the initial charges were overreaching,” Lykkebak said. “Unfortunately … the state’s current assessment still overstates the conduct.” Nowak believed Colleen Shipman was romantically involved with Navy Cmdr. William Oefelein, a pilot during space shuttle Discovery’s trip to the space station last December, according to police. After the confrontation, Shipman drove to a parking lot booth for help. Kepler Funk, Shipman’s attorney, said Shipman was pleased prosecutors talked to her before filing the new charges. Nowak flew on Discovery last summer and won praise for operating the shuttle’s robotic arm. NASA relieved her of all mission duties after her arrest and placed her on a 30-day leave, which is up next Thursday. She is free on bond with an ankle tracking device. Her arrest was a black eye for NASA, which had been basking in the success of three shuttle missions last year. After the arrest, the space agency began reviewing its psychological screening process for astronauts. She had been scheduled to be the ground communicator with the space shuttle Atlantis crew that is scheduled to launch on a mission to the international space station no earlier than late April.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Gor beat Homeboyz, now three wins from title

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia striker Francis Mustafa celebrates his goal against Kakamega Homeboyz during their Kenyan premier League clash at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on August 13, 2018. PHOTO/Gor Mahia FCNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 13 – Gor Mahia will clinch a historic 17th Kenyan Premier League title at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on August 25 when they play AFC Leopards, if they pick three points against their arch rivals, and, would have won their preceding two matches.The 16-time champions stretched their lead at the top of the standings with a well worked 3-1 win over Kakamega Homeboyz at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on Monday afternoon, which now means they are only nine points away from wrapping up the business. With seven games remaining before the season ends for the rest of the teams, a win for Gor over the next three games will see them establish an unassailable lead at the top as with four games remaining, only 12 points will be on offer.This, is making the assumption that the chasing pack of Bandari, AFC and Sofapaka also win all their three games. If they don’t and Gor wins, then the party might come earlier for K’Ogalo.Gor have faced a crazy month of August where they have had 10 matches lined up in the space of 29 days, including two CAF Confederations Cup matches.But even in the midst of the pile up, they have been unfazed and have only dropped points in two matches, a 2-2 draw against Nakumatt FC in Machakos and their first loss of the season, a 2-1 result away to Bandari FC in Mombasa.They won 3-0 against Kariobangi Sharks, 2-1 against Posta Rangers and Monday afternoon’s 2-0 result against Homeboyz, all matches played at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu.Gor Mahia midfielder Francis Kahata leaves Homeboyz’s Moses Mudavadi sprawling on the ground in a Kenyan Premier League match at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on August 13, 2018.On Monday, they needed two quickfire goals in the first half to see off the Kakamega based side.Head coach Dylan Kerr made some slight adjustments to his squad with Shabaan Odhoji stepping into goal for the injured Boniface Oluoch.Defender Karim Nizigiyimana made his first start for the club in almost a year starting at right back while Wellington Ochieng was tasked with manning the left side of defense in the absence of AWOL Godfrey Walusimbi who is said to be forcing a move to South African side Kaizer Chiefs.Jacques Tuyisenge was absent having been rested with a slight ankle knock and the attack was tasked to George ‘Blackberry’ Odshiambo and new signing Francis Mustafa.And Mustafa ensured he rose to the occasion scoring his first league goal for K’Ogalo in the 31st minute before Innocent Wafula doubled the tally just four minutes later.In the second half, Homeboyz came back stronger and they halved the deficit in the 72nd minute, Benjamin Oketch scoring from a freekick.Just like it happened against Posta last week, Gor were made to live nervously in the remaining 18 minutes of the game.They however eased that pressure when Kevin ‘Ade’ Omondi scored in the 89th minute to bag the vital win and inch closer to the title.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Watch: Robert Lewandowski catches Bayern Munich team-mate Bastian Schweinsteiger off guard

first_imgRobert Lewandowski seems like a cheepy chap.As the Bayern Munich team celebrated their 25th Bundesliga title following their final game of the season, the Polish striker took the opportunity to prank team-mate Bastian Schweinsteiger.last_img

Exclusive – Benteke backed to be Premier League’s top scorer

first_imgDarren Bent believes Christian Benteke could end his debut season at Liverpool as the Premier League’s top scorer.The Belgian striker became the Anfield club’s second biggest signing ever when he moved from Aston Villa earlier this summer for £32.5million, but Bent has no doubt it will prove to be money well spent.The Derby striker told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “I think Benteke will be really, really good [at Liverpool]. I reckon he could be the Premier League’s top scorer.“He did really well at Villa and he’s gone to Liverpool, which is a massive club. If he can stay fit he can score 20-plus goals quite comfortably this season.”last_img read more

TRUCKING HELL – NOW SWILLY WANT ARTIC DRIVERS!

first_imgThe Swilly Group are ‘driving’ Donegal workers to despair once again.The well-known Letterkenny-based driving school hit the headlines last month when it was asked to find dozens of bus drivers for Australian bus company Ventura.Now the company has been asked to assist in the recruitment of 20 Articulated Truck drivers for a major haulage company for work in Ireland. Drivers with an E+C licence, 2 driver CPC modules completed and a minimum of 2 years Artic driving experience are invited to apply for available driving positions.Successful applicants will be asked to complete a driving assessment in Dublin next week.For more information, Contact Susan at the Swilly Group offices on (074) 91 51212 or email your details to info@swillygroup.com.  TRUCKING HELL – NOW SWILLY WANT ARTIC DRIVERS! was last modified: May 4th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more