FIFA President Gianni Infantino has congratulated Guyana Football Federation (GFF) President Wayne Forde and his executive committee on their re-election following the entity’s Extraordinary Congress staged on November 9th at the Pegasus Hotel. According to an official letter, which was released by the GFF, Infantino said, “I would like to extend to you my sincere congratulations and best wishes on the occasion of your recent re-election as President of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) for the 2019-23 period at the GFF’s extraordinary congress on Saturday, 9 November.”He further added, “I would be grateful if you could also convey my congratulations to the Vice Presidents and all Executive Committee members elected and re-elected with you. I also seize the opportunity to thank you for all your efforts and for your contribution to the development of our sport and the promotion of its values in your country. I wish you and your team the best of luck for this second mandate and every success for all the challenges that lie ahead. I look forward to continuing to work with you and to witness Guyanese football’s steady growth in the years to come.”The incumbent was re-elected unopposed at the forum which saw the absence of the West Demerara, Beach, Futsal and Referees Association. The Beach, Futsal and Referees associations were deemed not in good standing. Meanwhile, the Georgetown Football Association attended simply as an observer. The new executive reads Forde [President], Bruce Lovell [1st Vice-President], Rawlston Adams [2nd Vice-President], Thandi McAllister [3rd Vice-President] and the five Executive Committee members Dion Innis, Ryan Farias, Terrence Mitchell, Carmel Williams and Magzene Stewart.Mitchell, the current Upper Demerara Football Association boss, replaced former Berbice Football Association President Keith O’Jeer, who was suspended in April 2018 for inappropriate behaviour.The aforementioned executive was nominated by East Bank Football Association President and former GFF Chief Franklyn Wilson. It was seconded by the Bartica Football Association. The other two major developments that occurred were the successful passing of the GFF’s 2020 budget and the Sexual Harassment Policy.
(ESPN) Rahkeem Cornwall picked up a career-best 7 for 75 as Afghanistan squandered a sound start to be dismissed for 187 on the first day of the inaugural Test at the Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow. In response, West Indies lost two early wickets before John Campbell and Shamarh Brooks took them to 68 for 2 at stumps, 119 behind Afghanistan’s first-innings total. With the surface offering sufficient help to the spinners, run-scoring may become even more difficult as the game progresses.On a turning track, the most difficult delivery to negotiate is the one that goes straight, and the newest entrants to Test cricket discovered it first-hand as Cornwall ran through them.Three of his wickets came off balls that spun little, while one turned significantly less than what the batsman expected. Cornwall showed great control over line and length during a 21-over spell, interrupted only by the lunch break. Having been 84 for 1 at one stage, Afghanistan lost six wickets for 27 runs and slipped to 111 for 7. Wicketkeeper-batsman Afsar Zazai and debutant Amir Hamza added 54 for the eighth wicket before Cornwall struck again, dismissing Zazai off the last ball before tea. He then picked up the final wicket after the interval.The collapse was triggered by Jomel Warrican, though. Having added 56 for the second wicket with Ihsanullah, Javed Ahmadi holed out to long-off off the left-arm spinner. After that, Cornwall was all over the opposition. In the last over before lunch, Ihsanullah tried to defend one from the offspinner but the ball went on straight and Shai Hope pouched the edge at first slip.After the break, Rahmat Shah fell to a sharp offbreak with Jason Holder taking his second catch at leg slip. Nasir Jamal, the other debutant, looked to work one on the leg side but the ball went with the arm and Hope pouched it at first slip. Lack of turn and extra bounce did for Asghar Afghan, who edged a cut to wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich to complete Cornwall’s maiden five-for. Holder got rid of Rashid Khan from the other end before Zazai and Hamza staged their brief recovery. The West Indies captain once again turned to Cornwall for the breakthrough and the offspinner didn’t disappoint. Zazai shouldered arms to one he expected to spin down the leg side only to be trapped in front of the stumps for 32.Hamza and Yamin Ahmadzai added 22 for the ninth wicket before the last two wickets fell on the same score. Afghanistan’s innings ended 30 minutes into the final session, and lasted 68.3 overs in all.Earlier, it had seemed like a mistake from Holder when he opted to bowl, citing moisture in the pitch, on a hazy morning in Lucknow. While a couple of deliveries did seam and bounce – especially from the captain himself – there was hardly any venom in them to trouble the Afghanistan openers. Having scored 21 and 87 on his Test debut against Bangladesh, Ibrahim Zadran once again showed the temperament of a proper Test opener. He was decisive in his footwork, whether defending on the front foot or back, or even while leaving balls outside off. And when the West Indies seamers pitched the ball up in search of movement, he drove them through the covers.With West Indies playing just two seamers, Holder was forced to bring Cornwall on as early as the ninth over, and the offspinner found turn straightaway with the red Kookaburra. In his second over, he got Javed Ahmadi to inside-edge one but the ball hit the pad on its way and went past wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich.He wasn’t to be denied for long, though. Ibrahim tried to sweep a sharp offbreak hard and was caught at leg slip, with Holder diving one-handed to his left. The batsman didn’t look happy with the decision and it wasn’t conclusive from replays either if there was any bat or glove involved. Ahmadi and Ihsanullah then took on Warrican, hitting mostly down the ground and towards midwicket. The two added 56 for the second wicket, a partnership that included Ahmadi lofting Cornwall for six and four off successive deliveries. In between, Ahmadi offered another chance off Cornwall, gloving one down the leg side, but Dowrich couldn’t reach it in time.The lofted shot that brought Ahmadi most of his runs also led to his dismissal, and proved to be the turning point of the day.
WELLINGTON (Reuters) – Pace bowler Kyle Jamieson made a dream start to his test career as he captured two wickets, including that of India captain Virat Kohli, as New Zealand capitalised on winning the toss and bowling on a green Basin Reserve pitch on Friday. The tourists were 79-3 at lunch on the first day of the first test with Mayank Agarwal on 29 and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane 19 not out.The 2.03-metre tall Jamieson, who has replaced Neil Wagner, used his height to extract steep bounce off a good length and got the ball to seam away from the right-handed heavy Indian lineup.Jamieson had Cheteshwar Pujara caught by wicketkeeper BJ Watling for 11 and then Kohli for two by test centurion Ross Taylor at first slip. Taylor became the first cricketer to play 100 matches in all three formats and just the fourth New Zealander to achieve the 100-game milestone in tests.Tim Southee had made the early breakthrough after Kane Williamson won the toss when he squared up Prithvi Shaw with a seaming delivery that smashed into his off stump.Jamieson was given his debut with Wagner withdrawing from the squad so he could attend the birth of his first child. New Zealand had considered taking five pace bowlers into the test with all-rounders Colin de Grandhomme and Daryl Mitchell providing support to Southee, Boult and Jamieson but opted for left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel with Mitchell missing out. India brought back wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant after he did not play any of the limited overs matches.The second test of the two-match series is in Christchurch from Feb. 29.
DHAKA, (Reuters) – Bangladesh crushed Zimbabwe by an innings and 106 runs in the one-off test yesterday to register their first victory in this five-day format in 15 months. Having bowled out Zimbabwe for 265 in their first innings, Bangladesh effectively batted the tourists out of the match when they declared on 560-6 with a handsome lead of 295 runs.Spinners Nayeem Hasan (5-82) and Taijul Islam (4-78) ran through the Zimbabwe lineup to skittle them out for 189 on the fourth day and give Mominul Haque his first victory as test captain.Mushfiqur Rahim was adjudged man-of-the-match for his unbeaten 203 but off-spinner Nayeem, who finished with a match haul of nine wickets, was equally impressive. “Obviously, we needed to win this match and I’m very happy the way we played,” Mominul, who scored 132, said at the presentation ceremony.“I try to score and help the team post big total.”Zimbabwe captain Craig Ervine, who struck a century in the first innings, was disappointed how his team mates failed to convert their starts into big innings. “It was nice to get some runs, but it was a disappointing game that we now need to put behind us and move forward,” he said.“There were quite a few starts, and we needed to kick on. We also needed to score more than 260 after winning the toss.”
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 32 points to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 133-86 home blowout of the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night. It was the Bucks’ third win of 40 or more points, tying the NBA record for most such games in a season. The margin narrowly missed being the largest in the NBA this season. The Los Angeles Clippers beat Atlanta by 49 earlier this season.The Bucks, who won their fifth straight game coming out of the All-Star break, hit 21 3-pointers, their most of the season. Both Wesley Matthews and Pat Connaughton hit four from behind the arc. They each finished with 14 points, as did Bucks teammate George Hill.Oklahoma City was without second-leading scorer Danilo Gallinari, who hasn’t played in the second night of a back-to-back since November. Chris Paul scored 18 points, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 11 for the Thunder, who had a five-game winning streak snapped. Los Angeles Clippers 132 – Denver Nuggets 103Paul George scored a game-high 24 points, and Los Angeles hammered visiting Denver.George, who struggled offensively in the previous two games with 11 and seven points, connected on 6 of 8 3-pointers and 9 of 15 overall from the floor, as the Clippers won their third straight game. Kawhi Leonard contributed 19 points, Montrezl Harrell had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Lou Williams finished with 17 points for Los Angeles, which had seven players score in double figures. Williams hit 5 of 7 shots from behind the arc.New Orleans Pelicans 116 – Cleveland Cavaliers 104Rookie Zion Williamson scored 24 points for his 10th consecutive game with at least 20, and host New Orleans routed Cleveland for its third win in four games since the All-Star break. Brandon Ingram scored 29, Jrue Holiday added 22 and E’Twaun Moore and Nicolo Melli had 10 each for the Pelicans, who were playing their first home game in 15 days and started a three-game homestand over five days.Collin Sexton tied his career-high with 31 points to lead the Cavaliers, who are just 17-42 but entered the game with a 3-1 record under coach J.B. Bickerstaff, who took over when John Beilein resigned during the All-Star break.Miami Heat 126 – Dallas Mavericks 118 Jimmy Butler scored 26 points, and Duncan Robinson added 24 to lead host Miami past Dallas and run its home record to 24-4.Dallas guard Seth Curry had a career-high 37 points. The younger brother of Warriors star Stephen Curry, he made 13 of 15 attempts from the floor, including 8 of 9 on 3-pointers, with the eight makes marking a career high.Miami got 16 points each from Goran Dragic and Kendrick Nunn, and Heat center Bam Adebayo had 14 points and 11 rebounds for his 35th double-double of the season. Kristaps Porzingis had 24 points and 13 rebounds for Dallas.Orlando Magic 136 – Minnesota Timberwolves 125 Terrence Ross scored 19 of his season-high 33 points in the fourth quarter as host Orlando handed Minnesota its 19th loss in 21 games.Ross made seven 3-pointers and Nikola Vucevic recorded his team-best 31st double-double (27 points, 10 assists) this season for the Magic, who have won five of six after losing eight of their previous nine. Aaron Gordon added his first career triple-double with 17 points, a career-high 12 assists and 11 rebounds.D’Angelo Russell scored 12 of his team-high 28 points in the first quarter, and Juan Hernangomez added 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Timberwolves. Sacramento Kings 104 – Memphis Grizzlies 101De’Aaron Fox returned from a one-game absence to score a team-high 25 points, and Sacramento survived a frantic finish to record a win over host Memphis.Playing the second night of a back-to-back, the Kings rallied from an early 12-point deficit to dominate a majority of the final three quarters to earn a second win in three tries against Memphis this season, clinching the season series. Despite getting a season-high 32 points from Dillon Brooks and a career-high 25 rebounds from Jonas Valanciunas, the injury-riddled Grizzlies lost their fifth straight. Utah Jazz 129 – Washington Wizards 119Donovan Mitchell scored 30 points, and host Utah held off Bradley Beal and Washington to end a four-game losing streak. Beal led all scorers with 42 points on 17-of-33 shooting and added 10 assists for Washington, which has lost four of five since the All-Star break. He notched his 10th 40-point game of the season and his 17th consecutive game with 25 of more points, tying the franchise record set by Walt Bellamy in 1961-62.Bojan Bogdanovic scored 21 points for Utah, and Jordan Clarkson added 20. Atlanta Hawks 141 – Brooklyn Nets 118John Collins totaled 33 points and 13 rebounds, and host Atlanta pushed Brooklyn into eighth place in the Eastern Conference with a victory.Collins recorded his ninth game with at least 30 points this season, and his game-high rebound total helped the Hawks to a commanding 52-38 edge on the boards. Rookie Cam Reddish scored 17 of his career-high 26 points in the third quarter. Trae Young collected 22 points and 14 assists for his 25th double. Spencer Dinwiddie collected 24 points and 13 assists but shot 6 of 16 from the floor as the Nets lost for the fourth time in five games since the All-Star break. Caris LeVert and Joe Harris added 18 points apiece for the Nets, who shot 45.7 percent and hit 18 3-pointers.Charlotte Hornets 99 – Toronto Raptors 96Terry Rozier made one free throw to break a tie with 2.1 seconds to play as Charlotte defeated host Toronto.Rozier finished with 18 points. Devonte’ Graham also scored 18 points for the Hornets, who have won two in a row. Miles Bridges had 17 points, P.J. Washington 15 and Bismack Biyombo 13 points and 11 rebounds.Pascal Siakam had 24 points — 14 in the third quarter — and nine rebounds for the Raptors, who have lost two in a row. Norman Powell, who had missed the previous nine games with a broken finger, scored 22. Kyle Lowry had 21 points and OG Anunoby had 16 points and nine rebounds.Pistons 113, Suns 111Derrick Rose poured in 31 points as visiting Detroit snapped a seven-game losing streak by edging Phoenix.The Pistons hadn’t won since Feb. 5, at home, also against Phoenix. Christian Wood supplied 19 points, nine rebounds, five assists and three steals, while Brandon Knight contributed 19 points off the bench. Svi Mykhailiuk tossed in 13 points and made four assists.Devin Booker led the Suns with 26 points, six rebounds and six assists, while DeAndre Ayton had 20 points and 10 rebounds. Ricky Rubio contributed 16 points, 13 assists and six rebounds, and Mikal Bridges added 13 points and five assists.—Field Level Media
(Reuters) – NASCAR has stepped up security around Bubba Wallace for the rain-delayed Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway yesterday after a noose was found in the driver’s garage. The only Black driver in NASCAR’s top series and a vocal supporter of Black Lives Matter, Wallace was the target of a racial attack on Sunday when a noose, a symbol connected to lynching and America’s slave history, was left in his team stall.NASCAR president Steve Phelps vowed to use all available resources to uncover the identity of the person responsible for the racist attack and have them banned from the sport for life.Earlier yesterday the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Northern District of Alabama said the FBI is reviewing the situation surrounding the noose to determine whether there are violations of federal law. “We are going to use every effort we can to determine who has done this, whether it’s a single person or multiple people,” Phelps said during a conference call yesterday.“I know that the director of the FBI has informed the Birmingham office to use all their resources to find it as well.“Unequivocally, they will be banned from this sport for life. There is no room for this at all and we won’t tolerate it. “I don’t care who they are, they will not be here.”The incident has put NASCAR on high alert for yesterday’s race which was already operating under tight security due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. Only 5000 fans were allowed into the sprawling superspeedway and access to the infield and pit areas was also restricted.CONFEDERATE FLAGS “We want to make sure that Bubba is safe and we have stepped up security,” confirmed Phelps, adding he had personally told Wallace about the noose on Sunday.“This is a family that needs to take care of one of its family members whose been attacked.“We will firmly support as an industry, as a family and a community to make sure Bubba and everyone else in this sport is safe.” Wallace was also one of the loudest voices in the push to have NASCAR remove the Confederate flag from its tracks.Since the May 25 death of George Floyd, an Africa-American man who died after a white policeman knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes, there have been calls to remove objects honoring the Confederacy, which defended slavery.While some in the South see the flag as a source of pride and a remembrance of its soldiers who died in the Civil War, many Americans see it as a symbol of oppression and of a dark chapter in American history.In the wake of the nationwide protests against racism, NASCAR announced earlier this month that Confederate flags would be prohibited from all events and properties. Despite NASCAR’s ruling, outside the Alabama track on Sunday there were still plenty of Confederate flags flying and merchandise for sale.Prior to the race, a small plane flew above the superspeedway with a banner of the Confederate flag trailing another that read “DEFUND NASCAR.”Alabama governor Kay Ivey on Monday condemned the act and apologized to Wallace, a native of Mobile, calling the 26-year-old “one of us”. “Racism and threats of this nature will not be condoned nor tolerated, and I commit to assisting in any way possible to ensure that the person responsible for this is caught and punished,” said Ivey in a statement.NASCAR was among the top-three trending topics on Twitter in the U.S. yesterday, with supporters of Wallace using the hashtag #IStandWithBubba.In a show of unity, the hashtag was painted on the infield at Talladega ahead of yesterday’s race.
Former West Indies cricketer, Philo Wallace, is calling for a critical assessment of the West Indies management team following their 2-1 defeat at the hands of England recently. Wallace was at the time speaking on the Barbados’ radio programme, Mason and Guests where he shared his views on the series defeat.“That’s a serious question, heads have rolled before, heads rolled before our winning and now after we’ve lost a big series that is,” said Wallace in answer to the question whether heads should roll.“A lot of effort, a lot of time, a lot of money has been put into this tour to make it a success as it was obviously, with the Covid-19 pandemic worldwide, particularly with the guys coming up to England and the guys being in a bubble for some 51, 52 days so it meant a lot.” The 50-year-old added: “Obviously the major concern for the chief selector when he was speaking was the batting. The batting stayed true to form and when you look at it we still could not get the batsmen to change their mode of dismissals.”He reasoned, “We had some 19 LBW dismissals and that is a lot and they have bat contracts, luckily for them you have bats and pads and gloves from the same sponsors but what I’m saying when you look at it a critical examination must be done of that management team.”Wallace suggested that head coach Phil Simmons needed to answer some questions. “I think head coach Phil Simmons has some questions, some serious questions to be asked of him when they come back and I think the Director of Cricket would be one and maybe the Chairman of the Cricket Committee. I’m just calling positions to have a meeting and debrief of what went on, an assessment of the fast bowlers, you have Roddy Estwick assistant coach, Floyd Reifer who has been giving the task or challenge as batting coach again has not been able to get his methods through because the batsmen struggled, his methods obviously seem not to have worked and he obviously will have questions to answer.”He added: “Obviously another question is fitness. We saw Shannon Gabriel limping through a couple test matches and a couple days as well. Is he 100 percent fit? All these questions need to be answered because England has shown if you rotate your players they can come through and England have also shown if you pick a squad they can go into their squad, rest men and pick men from that squad.”Wallace argued “We had 15 men, a batting unit that was struggling, we had one extra batsman in Nkrumah Bonner, we don’t want to consider Raymond Reifer a batsman, he is an all-rounder so we had one extra batsman and the selectors could not find a space for Nkrumah Bonner to play. Why? Is he not good enough to play at Test match level and if he is not good enough to play at test match level why have you selected him?” He continued: “Why were only two openers selected for that tour? Because when Shane Dowrich missed the ball and got struck on his face [Shai] Hope kept for a few and then Joshua DaSilva came out all these questions need to be answered,”Wallace recommended that West Indies needs to look deeper and be more strategic in their thinking while sometimes venturing outside the box to bring more diversity into the selection and the way it the game is played.
GG.Bet scores ESL Counter-Strike & Dota 2 global partnerships July 15, 2020 The very first Esports Industry Awards will take place at The Brewery in London on November 21st with big name hosts in the form of gaming industry presenter Julia Hardy and The Gadget Show’s Jason Bradbury.Jason BradburyMBN Events has teamed up with NewBay Media, owner of both MCV and Develop, to launch the Esports Industry Awards. This is a new event which aims to recognise and reward all of those who have contributed to the mesmerising growth of the industry worldwide over the past year.Both Gfinity and MCV have been already been announced as sponsors. Neville Upton, Gfinity CEO, commented: “Gfinity is delighted to be the broadcast partner and helping to raise the profile of esports within the UK while recognising the achievements of people throughout the industry.”Gfnity is an event organiser and it runs LAN gaming events out of its dedicated esports venue in Fulham Broadway’s Vue.Over 600 industry figures will attend the event which will see awards dished out in a total of 18 categories including: Team of the Year; Game of the Year; Esports Journalist of the Year, Esports Commercial Partner of the Year, Esports Personality of the Year and Best Live Event.Julia HardyJulia Hardy, who is a presenter of Radio 1’s Gaming Show, said: “I’m really honoured to be invited to help co-host the first ever UK awards dedicated solely to esports.”She added: “Esports are well and truly here to stay and I’m looking forward to congratulating the winners and the nominees on the night for all their hard work in such a passionate part of gaming.”Nominations are open now for each of the award categories and this will close on Friday May 6th. Winning Post: UK racing must put its best foot forward … July 20, 2020 Luckbox: How the return of live sport has affected esports betting July 10, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Share Related Articles Submit
StumbleUpon ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual August 20, 2020 Submit Share Share Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Related Articles SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Sporting Index has joined ESSA, the regulated betting industry’s integrity body. By joining with Sporting Index, ESSA has added sports spread betting to its existing coverage of traditional fixed odds and pool betting markets.ESSA now has 19 members, and represents many of the major regulated international sports betting operators: the ABB, Betclic, Bet-at-Home, Betsson, Bet365, BetVictor, Betway, bwinparty, Digibet, Expekt, Hong Kong Jockey Club, Interwetten, Ladbrokes, Paddy Power, Sky Bet, Sporting Index, Stanleybet, Unibet and William Hill.Khalid Ali, Secretary General of ESSA, stated: “I am delighted that Sporting Index has decided to join ESSA, bringing a major sports spread betting operator to the association. The inclusion of sports spread betting data will add a new facet to our operation, widening the scope of the ESSA alert and reporting systems, which will have important benefits for our members and all of our partners in sport.”Simon Trim, CEO of Sporting Index, stated: “Sport is at the core of our business and maintaining its integrity is paramount. Sporting Index wants to play its part in tackling match-fixing and joining ESSA is central to achieving that goal.”ESSA recently released its Q1 2016 integrity statistics, and is involved in a number of activities aimed at addressing betting related match-fixing in sport. These include a player education programme with EU Athletes and an international project, entitled ‘Keep Crime out of Sport’, led by the Council of Europe and funded by the European Commission.
DraftKings expands Sportradar partnership to launch mobile live streaming May 29, 2020 Share Submit Share StumbleUpon Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020 Related Articles DraftKings CBO – Industry ‘only just scratched the surface’ of US sports betting July 16, 2020 US tech news sources have reported that fierce daily fantasy sports (DFS) rivals FanDuel and DraftKings are heading towards an ‘imminent’ merger.Following a tough year of legal and regulatory battles for both operators, it has been reported this weekend that the leaderships of both firms are studying a potential merger to fully takeover the US DFS market.A FanDuel-DraftKings merger had hit international news headlines last June when industry insiders told Bloomberg News that investors and governances of the leading DFS operators were reviewing strategic options.The updated rumours of a FanDuel-DraftKings merger have been met with mixed reactions.This weekend US tech news source Recode.net pointed to the hostile relationship between FanDuel and DraftKings leaderships, stating that a combined enterprise would likely have issues appointing a Chief Executive, following years of market battle between the companies.Furthermore, the union of the DFS market number 1(FanDuel) and number 2 (DraftKings) firms, would likely face a tough probe by US anit-trust and competition regulators, as FanDuel-DraftKings would have an overwhelming market share.Despite progressing on legal and regulatory fronts, FanDuel and DraftKings still face a number of operational challenges. This October, the New York Attorney General’s office forced FanDuel and DraftKings to pay a combined $12 million fine for ‘deceptive advertising’ of services in the state of New York.The operators were further warned that they would have to undertake ‘sweeping reforms’ to their marketing operations.