Martin’s brutal 80 ensures Kaisoca dethrone SuperstarsBy Frederick HalleyTORONTO, Canada — Chuntell Martin saved the best for last, producing an innings of immense quality to help Kaisoca Cricket Club women’s team dethrone defending champions Superstars in Sunday’s final of the Scarborough Cricket Association (SCA) tournament which climaxed at the Ashtonbee ground here.Lorraine Kenton of Superstars collects her MVP prize from Cricket Canada Development Officer Zubin Surkari.In a brutal display, and displaying the form that had eluded her during the preliminary round matches, Martin blasted a stroke-filled 80 as Kaisoca upstaged favourites Superstars in the second edition of the tournament before a bumper Sunday afternoon crowd to claim the Caribbean Wave-sponsored winners’ trophy. Her innings, which also earned her the Most Valuable Player award for her team, included 10 fours and five towering sixes.Set a challenging 131 for victory, after limiting their opponents to 130 for seven in the 20-over affair, Kaisoca raced to their required total in 13.2 overs, losing two wickets in the process, with skipper Mahwish Khan fittingly ending the game with two successive fours off medium pacer Lorraine Kenton.But the day belonged to opener Martin, who along with Saniyah Zia, laid a solid platform for their team with a brilliant opening stand of 116. By the time they were dismissed in the 11th over, both via lbw to Amanjit Virk, victory was almost secured and was duly achieved two overs later.The opening partnership between the more burly and aggressive Martin and the pint-sized Zia seemed to have taken the fight out of the Superstars’ attack and a few dropped chances did little to help their cause. While Martin was belligerent, treating all the bowlers with disdain, Zia was prepared to play second fiddle but also attacked when it merited in her 35 which contained four fours. Virk ended with two for 23 in two overs.Kaisoca’s MVP Chuntell Martin receives her award from Cricket Canada general manager Ingleton Liburd.Earlier, Superstars innings was centred on contrasting knocks of 25 and 24 respectively from MVP Lorraine Kenton and Megan Yougnauth the former hitting three fours and a six and the latter two fours. The defending champions, however, suffered a severe blow when star player Nicole Samuel (16) went caught behind when looking well set.Skipper Khan took two for 17 and Zia (nicknamed Shortie), who generated a fair amount of pace, two for 31.Cricket Canada general manager Ingleton Liburd, its Cricket Development officer Zubin Surkari, Cricket Council of Ontario (CCO) Chief Executive Office Praim Persaud, along with executives of the SCA were among those witnessing the final.Obviously impressed with the proceedings, Liburd disclosed that he was surprised with several of the performances and also lauded the input of the spectators, pointing out that the numbers were greater than those normally in attendance at a Toronto & District Cricket final.Zurkari also showered praises on the SCA for taking the initiative in establishing a women’s division and spoke highly of the great atmosphere the tournament emanated. The inclusion of a 12-year-old in the winning side was also noted.The record partnership for women’s cricket in the SCA, was witnessed by among others, Canada Cricket manager Ingleton Liburd,CCO president Persaud called on all parties to work together for the continued improvement of women’s cricket in the interest of Canada while cautioning the coaches to place greater emphasis on fielding while SCA president Shiv Persaud pointed out that despite there being winners and losers, the real winners were women’s cricket.The SCA president expressed thanks to Deo Samaroo and Vish Jadunauth for their roles as coordinator and assistant coordinator respectively and to the sponsors which included Caribbean Wave and Kim Sue of Norman Sue Bakery.
Fitness Express, Trophy Stall on boardFITNESS Express and Trophy Stall have stepped in to show their support for the GAPLF’s Raw Nationals set for tomorrow at Critchlow Labour College. For almost a decade Jamie McDonald and Fitness Express have played a pivotal role in the development of powerlifting by sponsoring individual athletes and competitions hosted by the GAPLFFitness Express’ Jamie McDonald commits his bit to this weekend’s GAPLF 2016 Raw national championships.throughout its calendar year.Trophy Stall has also renewed its relationship with the GAPLF, that was forged several years ago, through its contributions to 2 competitions so far in 2016; Trophy Stall looks forward to continue working closely with the federation as it grows from strength to strength.Tomorrow’s competition was anticipated to be the largest the federation will host for some time and has proved to be exactly that with a total of 45 lifters, of which 8 females are registered.Athletes will be competing Unequipped in various categories such as Male and Female Sub Junior, Male and Female Junior, Male and Female Open and Male and Female Masters.Several seasoned national lifters have put aside their knee wraps and squat suits to test their might in this more modest form of lifting.Spectators will be treated to an exciting day of lifting as ‘Big’ John Edwards returns to the platform after 3 years out of competition and will be challenged by Berbice strongmen Farouk Abdool and Roshan Ali.There will also be other keenly contested divisions as Romario Gonsalves of Life Gym seeks to hold dominion over the 59kg Open and Junior categories.He will be rivalled in the Open division by seasoned campaigners the likes of Kevin Bridglall, Sohail Hussain and Navendra Tamasar. This will be the most keenly contested weight class with a total of 9 lifters in the Open Division.Vijai Rahim will seek to make his mark on this class of powerlifting as he has achieved total dominance over the past years of the Equipped Division.The 74kg division will see national athlete Osmond Mack coming up against junior lifters Donnel Perry and the 2015 Senior Nationals 74kg champion Demetri Chan who will also be contesting in the Junior category. The 83kg class will feature 2015 Senior Nationals Best Lifter Hardat Tarson who will be making his Raw debut against the likes of Paul Adams, Phillip Romalho and Dike Utoh.Carlos Peterson of the 93kg Junior and Open Division will be seeking to dominate the Raw Division as he has done thus far for 2016 but he will first need to dispatch Errol ‘Rugged’ Henry and other seasoned Raw athletes in his bid for supremacy.There will be a Masters Division which will see a clash of the mature lifters when the likes of Errol ‘Rugged’ Henry, Big John Edwards, Joseph Stoll, Jagdesh Budhram, Farouk Abdool, Martin Webster and a few others take to the platform to show what athletes 40 years and above are capable of doing.Nadina Taharally will be seeking to establish dominance once again, as she did at the Intermediate/Masters competition in June 2016 against other seasoned lifters like Nessa Bhagwandin, Jackelyn Toney, Chittra Ramlochan, Lisa Oudit and youngsters Tineisha Toney and Britny Mack who will also be contesting against each other in the Sub Junior Division.Overall, Sunday promises to be a very exciting day of powerlifting and the GAPLF encourages all powerlifting enthusiasts to come out in their numbers to support the federation and the athletes.
New Delhi: Mahendra Singh Dhoni left the national selection committee red-faced after he refused to play Vijay Hazare Trophy quarter-finals for Jharkhand despite Chief Selector MSK Prasad announcing his availability a couple of days back. The current scenario is based on the fact that there is no communication between selectors and the senior players, who decide their own schedule.Dhoni, who is struggling to find his form since the last two years, was expected to play the Vijay Hazare Trophy quarter-finals for Jharkhand against Maharashtra.ALSO READ: England win rain-hit ODI against Sri Lanka under Duckworth-LewisOn Saturday, Jharkhand chief coach Rajiv Kumar said that Dhoni has refused to participate in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, contrary to what MSK Prasad had earlier said.”Dhoni feels that it would not be fair for him to join us at this stage, given that the team has done so well and reached the quarter-final stage in his absence. He does not want to upset the team balance,” Jharkhand coach Kumar said. ALSO READ: Parupalli Kashyap loses passport in Amsterdam; seeks Swaraj’s helpEarlier, when MSK Prasad was asked about the availability of Dhoni and Ambati Rayudu, he said, “Dhoni is playing the knock-outs. About Rayudu, I will check and get back. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
highlights He was all praise for young Shubman Gill, who, he thought, will play across formats for India.”I am sure pretty soon he will be permanently in the Indian setup. He obviously has got talent and had a fantastic IPL last year.”The former Australia left-handed batsman was happy that the team had a great limited-overs series in India.”Losing to India in Australia was tough for Australians to take. Full credit for the way they played. They deserved to win,” said Katich. He was all praise for the top order.”The top order was outstanding especially Khawaja, Ashton Turner was great too. Ahead of World Cup, important decisions are there for the selectors to take. Having Smith and Warner back before the World Cup gives us more confidence.”The Australian team is peaking at the right time, felt Katich.”Their form hasn’t been brilliant in the last few months but World Cup cricket is all about playing six weeks brilliantly,” said Katich, who was an integral part of both Tests and ODI side during his playing days.”It doesn’t matter what happened previously. It’s all about performing under pressure situations in a knockout style. Smith and Warner will be hungry.”They are hurt by the experience. What happened has happened. They will come back hungry and if they come back firing and rest of the boys are in form, then it will be good,” he concluded. Simon Katich is confident that their captain Dinesh Karthik will once again excel in the International circuit. Kolkata Knight Riders will be seen in action against Sunrisers Hyderabad on 24th March. Australia will be up against Pakistan in their last International assignment before the World Cup. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Kolkata Knight Riders assistant coach Simon Katich is confident that their captain Dinesh Karthik will once again excel in his designated finisher’s role, making a case for his selection in India’s World Cup squad. Karthik, who didn’t play the one-dayers against Australia, is back in the mix after Rishabh Pant’s failure to grab the chance. Asked about his batting position, Katich dropped a hint that the KKR skipper would use the Indian Premier League to showcase his skill set in pressure games.”I think what Dinesh brings in his experience (in crunch situations).He has played that role very well for India and for us. You know what you will get from him down the innings. He is hard to bowl to,” Katich told reporters on Thursday.”So he will be in the mix for the World Cup. It will give the Indian selectors a tough job to pick with so much talent around,” he added.
Ranchi: Rohit Sharma feels his maiden double hundred in Test cricket on Sunday against South Africa was by far the “most challenging one” in his new role as an opener. Rohit has had scores of 176, 127 in the first Test against the Proteas and now has hit his maiden double hundred to emulate Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag as players to score 200 across two formats. “Speaking of this particular knock, I would say it was most challenging. I have not played much. I played only 30 Tests. In terms of what was thrown at me, I would definitely say it was probably the most challenging one,” the talented Mumbaikar said at the end of day’s play.He always knew that he had to make best use of the opportunities in his new role as a Test opener or else “a lot could have happened” as far as his stint in the longest format is concerned. “Kafi kuch hone wala thaa naahin toh kaafi kuch aap likh dete mere barein mein (A lot could have happened had I not performed and you guys (media) would have written a lot about me,” a satisfied Sharma said while taking a slight dig at the media.”So it was about making most of the opportunities I got. I knew I had to make full use of it, otherwise media would have written against me. Now I know everyone will write good things about me,” he added. Rohit has amassed 529 runs from four innings thus becoming the only fifth Indian opener to score 500-plus runs in a Test series.”It was a good opportunity for me to open the batting. As I said during the Vizag Test, the communication between me and my team management was happening for a long time about opening the batting. So mentally, I was ready for it. I knew it could come at anytime.”Also Read | Rohit Sharma 212, Ajinkya Rahane 115 Flatten South Africa As India Tighten Grip In Ranchi TestHis double century came after India were left reeling at 39/3 in the first morning as he along with Ajinkya Rahane (115) staged a remarkable turnaround with a mammoth 267-run fourth wickekt partnership, the highest versus South Africa.While he has had a blockbuster start to his career as a Test opener, Rohit himself acknowledged that he has a long way to go. “In Tests, it has it’s challenges. Having played only three Tests as an opener, I know I have long way to go. I am not reading too much into these three Tests. Of course, I will take a lot of positives but I am not reading too much into it.”Talking about the challenge of opening the batting, he said,”Opening the batting is a different challenge to batting at Nos 6-7. It’s just about how you prepare yourself, what you talk to yourself in your mind about what do you want to go out there and achieve. “Playing the first ball of the match, compared to facing a delivery after 30-40 overs is a different ball game altogether. There’s nothing in particular that I’ve done in terms of technique.”The 32-year-old is now eyeing to replicate the success overseas when the tour New Zealand next year. “Wherever you play the new ball, you have to have some understanding of the basics of the game. Which ball you have to play and leave. In certain aspects of the game you have to be mindful of.“I was allowing myself to take time rather than going after the ball straightway. It’s not a good idea with a new ball. You got to play with a little lower backlift. In overseas, of course, it’s a different ball game. That’s a challenge and I am awaiting.” He was all praise for Ajinkya Rahane, whose attacking strokeplay in the post-lunch session on the first day turned the tide.“Once we went there after lunch (first day), it was Ajinkya, who started taking that momentum. It was he, who actually gave the team the momentum. If I am not wrong, he was batting on 40 off 43 balls just around the first drinks break after lunch which means he capitalised on the loose balls, we got those singles as well,” Rohit praised his partner, with whom he shared 267-run stand. Asked whether he’s keeping a tab of the slew of records, he said: “When you bat, you are not aware of the records. I will see these records only after I stop playing.” For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
February 6, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-NEWSRussell to Wolves, Drummond to CavaliersUNDATED (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves and Cleveland Cavaliers have little hope of making the NBA playoffs this spring. That didn’t stop either team from landing a major talent before Thursday’s trade deadline. — MLB owners are 2-0 in arbitration this winter after the Minnesota Twins beat pitcher José Berríos (beh-REE’-ohs). The 25-year-old right-hander will be paid just over $4 million rather than his request for $4.4 million. Berríos made $620,000 last year while going 14-8 with a 3.68 ERA in 32 starts for the AL Central champions last season, striking out 195 and walking 51.— Commissioner Rob Manfred says talks have ended over the proposed sale of a controlling share of the Mets from the families of Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz to hedge fund manager Steven Cohen. The Mets said in December that the contemplated deal between Sterling Partners and Cohen would allow 83-year-old Fred Wilpon to remain as controlling owner and chief executive officer for five years.— Former pitcher Chris Young will replace Joe Torre as the person who decides suspensions and fines for on-field matters. Young’s jurisdiction includes intentionally hitting batters, charging the mound and fights. Torre is shifting to a role as special assistant to the commissioner.NFL-NEWSWeddle hanging ‘em up Blackhawks’ Seabrook undergoes right hip surgeryCHICAGO (AP) — Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook is expected to be ready for the start of next season after he had right hip surgery. The 34-year-old Seabrook also had right shoulder surgery in December and left hip surgery last month. Team physician Michael Terry said Seabrook will be ready to return in five to six months. Seabrook is under contract through the 2023-24 season at an average annual value of $6,875,000.PGA-PEBBLE BEACHTaylor leads Pebble Beach Pro-AmPEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Nick Taylor opened with an eagle and closed with two birdies in an 8-under 63 at Monterey Peninsula, giving him the first-round lead at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. The Timberwolves have acquired D’Angelo Russell in a deal that sends Andrew Wiggins to the Warriors. The Wolves also received guard Jacob Evans and forward Omari Spellman for a pair of draft picks, including a first-rounder either in 2021 or 2022.Russell was averaging a career-high 23.6 points for the injury-wrecked Warriors, while Wiggins was scoring 22.4 points a game.The Cavaliers have agreed to acquire two-time All-Star center Andre Drummond from the Pistons, according to a person familiar with the deal. The person told The Associated Press the Cavs will send forward John Henson, guard Brandon Knight and one of their two second-round picks in 2023 to the Pistons.The 6-foot-11 Drummond leads the league with 15.8 rebounds per game and is averaging 17.8 points and 1.7 blocks.In other NBA news: Update on the latest sports UNDATED (AP) — Six-time Pro Bowl safety Eric Weddle says he is leaving the NFL after 13 seasons.Weddle made his long-expected retirement announcement on Twitter, although the hard-hitting safety with the big beard didn’t use the specific word.Weddle played nine seasons for the San Diego Chargers and three more for the Baltimore Ravens before spending last season with the Los Angeles Rams. He said in December that he didn’t expect to return for the second season of his contract with the club.The 35-year-old Weddle became one of the NFL’s toughest and most durable safeties after San Diego drafted him out of Utah in the second round in 2007. Weddle was a Pro Bowl selection in 2011, 2013 and 2014 for the Chargers. He joined Baltimore in 2016 and earned three straight Pro Bowl selections.NHL-BLACKHAWKS-SEABROOK MLB-NEWSMax Muncy, Dodgers work out 3-year pactUNDATED (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Max Muncy has avoided salary arbitration by accepting a three-year, $26 million contract.The package includes a $13 million team option for 2023, with a $1.5 million buyout. Muncy made $575,000 while batting .251 with 35 home runs and 98 RBIs in 141 games for Los Angeles last season, missing a large chunk of the final month with a broken wrist.In other baseball news: — The Memphis Grizzlies have dealt Andre Iguodala (ihg-ah-DAH’-lah), Jae Crowder and Solomon Hill to the Miami Heat for three players who’ve combined to score a mere 254 points this season. The trade ends the Grizzlies’ impasse with Iguodala, who refused to play for them and asked to be traded or have his contract bought out. The Grizzlies get Justise Winslow, James Johnson and Dion Waiters.— The Knicks were part of a three-team swap that sends Marcus Morris from New York to the Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers also get Isaiah Thomas from the Wizards, who come away with Jerome Robinson. The Knicks received Maurice Harkless, Issuf Sanon, the Clippers’ first-round pick this year and a second-rounder in 2021.— Dewayne Dedmon is returning to the Hawks in a trade that sends center Alex Len and forward Jabari Parker to the Kings. Atlanta also requested waivers on center Nenê (neh-NAY’), one day after he was acquired from Houston as part of a four-team trade.— The 76ers have snared Glenn Robinson and Alec Burks from the Warriors in exchange for one second-round pick in each of the next three drafts. The Sixers made room at the deadline when they traded James Ennis III to the Orlando Magic for a future second-round pick.— A person with knowledge of the details says a public memorial service for Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others killed in a helicopter crash is planned for Feb. 24 at Staples Center. The date corresponds with the jersey numbers he and 13-year-old daughter Gianna wore — 24 for him and 2 for her. The Staples Center has played host to other memorials, including for Michael Jackson. Associated Press Taylor is two shots ahead of Patrick Cantlay and Chase Seiffert, each of whom fired 66s on par-72 courses. Cantlay played Spyglass Hill and Seiffert was at Pebble Beach.Most of the interest over three courses in the rotation was at Spyglass Hill, which featured Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson, along with five NFL quarterbacks that included Peyton Manning and his recently retired brother, Eli.
The Latest: New York ski resorts suspending operation Gremio players and coaching staff arrived at the Rio Grande do Sul state championship game wearing the masks. Authorities in Brazil have not ordered the cancellation or postponement of sporting events because of the corona pandemic but recommended that games are held without fans. Grêmio beat tiny São José 3-2 with no fans present.___5:15 p.m. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):2:50 p.m.The New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority says all of the ski areas and venues that it manages will suspend operation at the close of business Sunday. Closures include all Nordic and Alpine ski resorts including Mt. Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid, Belleayre Mountain Ski Resort in the Catskills, Gore Mountain in North Creek and Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington, near Lake Placid. All Lake Placid Olympic sites will also be closing, including the Olympic Jumping Complex, Olympic Sports Complex, The Olympic Oval and the Olympic Center including its museum and retail shops.___6:45 p.m.Soccer players at Brazilian club Gremio have staged a protest of their own by wearing face masks on the field before the start of their game against São José on Sunday. Valencia’s Argentine defender Ezequiel Garay says that he has tested positive for the coronavirus, making him the first Spanish league player to become infected. “I have tested positive for the coronavirus,” Garay wrote on a social media account Sunday. “I feel well and now the only thing to do is to follow the instructions of health officials to remain confined.” Valencia added in a statement that a total of five members of its staff and team have the new virus, without specifying if Garay is the only player. It says that all are in good health and confined at their homes.Garay, who is recovering from surgery after tearing a ligament in February, said in a message posted on Instagram that “it’s clear that 2020 is starting on the wrong foot.”On Saturday, fellow Spanish club Alavés said that two members of its coaching staff had the virus. It said they are in good health. March 15, 2020 Serie A is currently suspended until April 3, along with all other sports in Italy, the European epicenter of the virus outbreak.UEFA has a meeting planned on Tuesday to discuss the calendar. The virus outbreak has also tested the limits of soccer’s World Cup schedule.___1:15 p.m. The Italian soccer federation is planning to ask UEFA to postpone the European Championship.Federation president Gabriele Gravina tells Mediaset TV that Italian officials want Serie A to be completed by June 30.The Stadio Olimpico in Rome is slated to host the opening match of Euro 2020 on June 12, plus three other games of the tournament.Gravina says, “The hope is to finish by June 30. … And we’ll need to insert the Champions League and Europa League also. The deadline is June 30, then we’ll eventually see if we need to exceed that.”He adds, “We’ll propose to UEFA that they postpone the Euros.” The Spanish league has suspended play due to the pandemic. Most people quickly recover from the global virus after experiencing only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
___The president of the Spanish soccer league says he is not contemplating returning to action before the end of May.The country is expected to remain under lockdown until April 26.Javier Tebas says other scenarios are also being studied. They include having the European competitions restarting only by the end of June and not conflicting with the domestic leagues.Tebas says it is very likely the league will restart with games in empty stadiums and that matches in venues with reduced capacity will also eventually be an option. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Churchill Downs has delayed reopening stables at the track and training center to April 28 and postponed its spring meet that was scheduled to open April 25. Associated Press The league president says it has been “impossible” to reach a deal with players on the salary reductions needed to reduce the financial impact of the crisis but he expects the majority of the clubs to reach agreements with players.___South Korea’s professional baseball league says it hopes to start practice games between teams on April 21 before possibly opening the season in early May.The Korea Baseball Organization says the plans are contingent on the country’s coronavirus caseload continuing to slow.The KBO will advise players to wear face masks in locker rooms and require them to download smartphone apps to report their daily health status to league officials. ___The Italian and Catalan MotoGP races have been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The motorcycling series has yet to start its season. Eight MotoGP races have now been called off because of the virus.The Italian Grand Prix was scheduled for May 31 at the Mugello Circuit and would have been followed the next weekend by the race at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona.Organizers say new dates for those races “cannot be confirmed until it becomes clearer when exactly it will be possible to hold the events.” The Jockey Club says the Guineas Festival at Newmarket on May 2-3 and the English Derby Festival at Epsom on June 5-6 will not be staged on those dates.Organizers are looking at alternative dates for the meetings “given the importance of (them) to the careers of that generation of horses, and the racing and bloodstock industries as a whole.”The Derby is the most prestigious flat race in Britain, while the 1,000 and 2,000 Guineas take place at the Newmarket meeting in early May.The Jockey Club said a decision needed to be made on postponing the meetings as trainers wanted to know whether to step up preparations for the races.Racing has officially been suspended until the end of April, and the British Horseracing Authority was hoping for a resumption on May 1. April 7, 2020 The track last month postponed the 146th Kentucky Derby from May 2 to Sept. 5, the first time since 1945 the race will not be run on the first Saturday in May.Churchill Downs’ stables have been closed since Dec. 31 for winter renovations and were originally scheduled to open March 17 before being delayed in response to executive orders from Gov. Andy Beshear to contain and limit the spread of COVID-19.Track president Kevin Flanery said in a statement that Churchill Downs is following the lead of the governor and public health officials and added, “Our team will be ready to open under the relevant guidance we are given when the time is right.”___Two of the biggest meetings in the British horse racing calendar have been postponed amid the coronavirus outbreak, despite previous hopes that the sport could return by the start of May. The Latest: Churchill Downs delays reopening stables South Korea reported 47 new cases for the second consecutive day as infections continued to wane in the worst-hit city of Daegu. Those are the smallest daily jumps since Feb. 20. The country was reporting about 500 new cases per day in early March.But there’s still concern over infections linked to passengers arriving from overseas.The KBO announced last month that it was postponing the start of its season but that it still hoped to maintain a 144-game regular-season schedule. It then said it could ban spectators from games when infection risks were high.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
WITH the GCB/Igloo Ice-cream Under-17 Inter-County tournament set to bowl off on Tuesday, the local governing body for the sport has invited the national Under-15 20-man squad for an encampment period, commencing tomorrow.The players shortlisted are asked to be at the Chetram Singh Centre of Excellence (GCB) Hostel in La Bonne Intention from 16:00hrs, with their original birth certificate or a valid passport.The squad will participate in the Under-17 Inter-County tournament, which will be used as part of their preparation for the upcoming WICB Regional Under-15 tournament, billed for July 24 to August 3 in Barbados.The national Under-15 20-man squad reads: Shoaib Shaw, Ricardo Ramdeholl, Daniel Dharamdat, Marvan Prashad, Sheldon Charles, Andre Seepersaud, Saif Omai, Mark Ramanand, Akash Heerlall, Gaurav Ramesh, Shamar Yearwood, Romel Retemiah, Devendra Kamraj, Trevor Charles, Anthony Williams, Movindra Dindyal, Chanderpaul Ramjat, Abdul Ramsammy, Ranaldo Monamed and Daniel Mootoo.
MUMBAI Indians pulled off a well-timed chase to move back to the top of the IPL points table and eliminate Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) from play-off contention.RCB were finally put out of their misery as a five-wicket defeat to Mumbai Indians ended their play-off hopes in the Indian Premier League.Mumbai chased down 163 with a ball to spare at the Wankhede Stadium, thanks chiefly to Rohit Sharma’s impressive 56 not out – AB de Villiers (43) having top-scored in RCB’s 162-8 after the visitors won the toss and opted to bat.Having moved back to the top of the table, Mumbai are eight points clear of the fifth-placed Kings XI Punjab with four games to play and look a shoo-in for their seventh trip to the play-offs.Virat Kohli, however, will go back to the drawing board after an eighth defeat of the season that has seen his Bangalore side twice dismissed for less than 100 – including an IPL-record low 49 all out.Things looked ominous for RCB when Kohli (20) picked out Rohit at midwicket off Mitchell McClenaghan to leave them 40-2 yesterday, but Travis Head (12 off 15) played a neat supporting role as de Villiers teed off to spark hopes of a repeat of his mesmeric 133 not out on this ground in 2015.After hitting three fours and as many sixes, the South Africa international perished when he top-edged Krunal Pandya to fine-leg, but Pawan Negi (35) and Kedar Jadhav (28) steadied the ship and RCB may have been happy to just offer something defendable.They could not have asked for a better start to the second dig, as Parthiv Patel fell first ball, but Jos Buttler (33) and Nitish Rana (27) quickly got Mumbai back up to the required rate.Replays showed that Buttler had been fortunate on 17 when he gloved a bouncer through to the keeper, but appeals were not forthcoming and the umpires did not spot it.The England international’s luck was out when he half-heartedly chipped to extra cover, but that brought Rohit to the crease and he swiftly got into his rhythm.Negi (2-17) bowled brilliantly to keep RCB in the game, and Shane Watson’s typically economical efforts in the 17th over left Mumbai needing 30 from their last 18 balls.Hardik Pandya (14 not out) tilted the momentum Mumbai’s way, blasting the last ball of the 18th over for six before he and Rohit took it to the last to seal victory and move back to the top of the pile.