Achiuwa turning proUNDATED (AP) — Memphis freshman Precious Achiuwa has announced he will enter the NBA draft, saying he has dreamed of “playing in the NBA since I picked up the game.” The 6-foot-9, 225-pound Nigerian-born star is projected as a likely first-rounder and possible lottery pick. Achiuwa became the first player in the American Athletic Conference named both player and freshman of the year, averaging 15.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per game after arriving as one of the nation’s top prospects.In other college basketball news:— Texas has landed top basketball recruit Greg Brown III, who had listed the G League as a possibility before decided to attend the college where his father played football. The 6-foot-9 forward from Austin is expected to play just one year in college before turning pro. He had long listed Texas among his top college choices but in the last few days had listed the G League as a possibility.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS Goff creates cap room for Rams to sign Floyd, RobinsonUNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams announced the signings of linebacker Leonard Floyd and defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson on Friday after quarterback Jared Goff restructured his contract to create salary cap room.Floyd and Robinson agreed to join the Rams as free agents several weeks ago, but the announcements of their deals were delayed because they hadn’t been able to complete their physical exams because of the pandemic.Goff agreed last year to a four-year contract extension with an NFL-record $110 million guaranteed. The extension doesn’t begin until the 2021 season, but Goff agreed to restructure the deal’s money distribution to create breathing room for the Rams.In other NFL news: — The Texans have agreed to a three-year, $66 million contract extension with left tackle Laremy Tunsil, according to a person familiar with the situation. He had one year left on his current contract that will pay him more than $10 million this season. Tunsil was named to his first Pro Bowl last season after being acquiring from Miami in August.— Patriots center David Andrews says he is ready to return after missing all of last season with blood clots in his lungs. He says he’s excited to have the opportunity to play again, whenever and however the NFL season begins. Andrews has played four seasons for New England. In 2018, he started every game and participated in 99% of the offensive snaps.— Tua Tagovailoa (TOO’-ah tuhng-ah-vy-LOH’-ah) now knows where he’ll play next, but he still doesn’t know when. The Dolphins selected him with the fifth overall pick in Thursday’s draft and are willing to wait until 2021 while Tugavailoa continues to recover from a major hip injury. Tugavailoa says doctors have indicated he’s on schedule for a return this year. General manager Chris Grier said the Dolphins are comfortable about Tagovailoa’s health, despite a long injury history.— The older brother of Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has died. Jace Prescott was 31. The Cowboys confirmed the older Prescott’s death yesterday in a brief statement. There was no information on how or where he died. Jace Prescott was an offensive lineman a decade ago at Northwestern State, where he played three years and started all 11 games in his final season.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWS PULLMAN, Wash. (AP)— The Whitman County coroner says acute intoxication was the cause of death for a Washington State football player last month.Coroner Annie Pillers said Friday that 22-year-old Bryce Beekman died after consuming a combination of fentanyl and promethazine. She ruled the death as accidental.The senior defensive back from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was found dead in his Pullman apartment March 23.Beekman started all 13 games last season for Washington State after transferring from Arizona Western College.UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-DOCTOR April 25, 2020 — The International Olympic Committee is allocating more than $25 million to cover extra athlete and team costs related to the one-year postponement of the Tokyo Games. The IOC says an extra $15 million will go to a program helping 1,600 athletes from 185 less well-funded countries prepare for the games in 2021. More than $10 million is available for national Olympic bodies to cover additional operational costs such as travel and accommodation for officials.— FIFA (FEE’-fuh) says advance payments of $500,000 are being sent to member associations to cover running costs during the coronavirus pandemic. Each of the 211 member associations is entitled to $6 million from FIFA spread over the four-year World Cup cycle. International soccer’s governing body says the next installment due in July will now be paid in the coming days along with other payments due from last year. FIFA president Gianni Infantino says the soccer body has a duty “to be there and support the ones that are facing acute needs.”— The German Cup soccer final has been postponed indefinitely and will likely take place without fans. The German soccer federation says the final will no longer be played on May 23 in Berlin as planned but it’s still sticking to a June 30 deadline to finish the season. There are no dates for the postponed semifinals, which were originally scheduled to be played this week.— A tropical island in the South Pacific is likely to be the only venue in the world hosting a competitive cricket final on Saturday, as most international sport remains shuttered around the globe. Vanuatu (vah-noo-AH’-too) Cricket Association chief executive Shane Deitz is inviting anyone missing live action to tune in to a live stream. Vanuatu went into lock down late last month as a precaution during the coranavirus pandemic and was then hit hit by a destructive cyclone on April 6. The lockdown and closed borders meant there were no reported cases of COVID-19 in Vanuatu.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE U. of Michigan facing more legal action over alleged abuseANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A legal team that says it represents more than 100 people who allege they were abused by a University of Michigan sports doctor on Friday announced the first step in filing a lawsuit against the school.The Anderson Survivors Legal Team said it has filed 20-plus notices of intent to sue the Ann Arbor school, its board and Dr. Robert Anderson’s estate. A lawsuit would be among a rising wave of legal action against the school, which is investigating allegations of decades of sexual abuse by Anderson.The university has acknowledged some campus employees were aware of accusations against Anderson before a 2018 complaint that led to a police investigation.The Anderson Survivors Legal Team says its clients include Robert Stone, the first to speak publicly about allegations of abuse against Anderson, and female accusers. NCAA OKs 28- or 29-game schedules for upcoming hoops seasonINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NCAA is giving teams new scheduling options for the 2020-21 season.The Division I Council has approved a proposal to give men’s basketball programs choices with 28- and 29-game schedules.The council vote still must be reviewed by the NCAA Board of Directors and won’t be considered final until the conclusion of its board meeting on Wednesday.The proposal will allow schools that schedule 28 regular-season game to participate in one multiple-team event of up to three games. Programs with 29-game regular-season schedules can participate in a multiple-team event with up to two games. Nationals manager expects a 2020 seasonUNDATED (AP) — Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo expects there will be a 2020 major league season. In a conference call Friday, Rizzo said: “I’m optimistic, as is the commissioner, that we’ll have baseball in 2020.”The GM said the team’s owners have committed to giving Nationals employees full salary and benefits through the end of May. Baseball has been on hold since last month because of the coronavirus pandemic.In other developments related to the pandemic:— The Cape Cod League executive committee has announced the cancellation of the 2020 season, saying the unanimous vote was based on the health concerns and safety needs of all involved. The 10-team league is the top summer competition for college baseball players and was scheduled to run from mid-June until August. The league was founded in 1885 and had not missed a season since 1945, the last year of World War II. A team that does not participate in a multiple-team event can have up to 29 regular-season games.MLB-DODGERS-LAWSUITDodgers sued over parking lot attackLOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers are being sued for negligence by a man who was attacked in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium and left with brain damage.Lawyers for Rafael Reyna and his wife announced the suit, which contends that the stadium lacked adequate security. — A Summer X Games stop in Minneapolis scheduled for July has been canceled due to the coronavirus. The action-sports event in Minneapolis was to be the fourth and final go-around in the city. The deal was originally for 2017 and ’18, but two more years were added after a successful first year. The X Games plans to bring regular and original programming through the World of X Games TV series and on digital and social channels. They will kick off an event called “Real Street” in May. It’s an all-video, all-street skateboarding competition shown on XGames.com.— The rest of the Dutch soccer league has been canceled without a champion declared. Ajax was level on points with second-placed AZ Alkmaar but ahead on goal difference when the league was suspended on March 12. The Dutch soccer federation added it will allocate Champions League and Europa League spots by the current standings. The federation’s decision sparked instant complaints from clubs who felt they had lost out.— Manchester United vice chairman Ed Woodward has told fans there will be reduced spending on players due to the financial consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. English Premier League games have not been played for more than six weeks and stadiums are due to be closed to fans when the season resumes in June at the earliest.— The U.S. Junior Amateur and the U.S. Girls’ Junior golf championships have been canceled. That makes six USGA championships that have been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Junior Amateur was to be played July 20-25 at Hazeltine National outside Minneapolis. The U.S. Girls’ Junior was scheduled for July 13-18 in Colorado Springs, Colo. The USGA says it wouldn’t be able to hold qualifying for its two premier junior championships because of health guidelines. State associations were to hold 100 qualifying events in 41 states between May and July.— Triathlon’s world series grand final in Edmonton, Alberta, in August has been canceled because of the pandemic. The decision was inevitable after the Canadian province’s chief medical officer extended the provincial ban on all gatherings of more than 15 people through summer. Edmonton’s triathlon was scheduled for Aug. 17-23. After having a record 15 of the 32 players in the first round of the draft come from the SEC, another 10 came off the board in Round 2.Seven more wide receivers went in the second round, one more than in Day 1. The wideouts included Florida’s Van Jefferson to the Rams and Baylor’s Denzel Mims to the Jets. With 13 receivers taken in the first two rounds, it breaks the record of 12 set in 2014.Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts was selected by the in the second round with the 53rd overall pick. He was the fifth QB selected in the draft, and the first in the second round.Round 2 was the running back round, with five high-profile players coming off the board. Green Bay used a second-round pick on running back A.J. Dillon, taking the Boston College workhorse with the 62nd overall selection.NFL-NEWS The first night of this week’s NFL draft averaged 15.6 million viewers on television, easily shattering the record set six years ago.The first round was aired on ABC, ESPN, the NFL Network and ESPN Deportes. Viewership peaked from 8:45-9 p.m. EDT when 19.6 million people tuned in, according to Nielsen. That is up 37% over last year’s 11.4 million.The previous high was 12.4 million in 2014, when the draft was held in early May.The draft was the first live U.S. sporting event since the coronavirus pandemic. The draft originally was to be held in Las Vegas but is taking place virtually.The draft resumed from with second- and third-round selections. BASEBALL-OBIT-DALKOWSKIFlame-thrower Dalkowski diesUNDATED (AP) — The hard-throwing, wild left-hander whose minor league career inspired the creation of Nuke LaLoosh in the movie “Bull Durham,” has died.Steve Dalkowski died Sunday at the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain. His sister, Patricia Cain, said Friday he had several pre-existing conditions that were complicated when he became infected with the new coronavirus. Dalkowski had been in assisted living for 26 years because of alcoholic dementia.Dalkowski never reached the major leagues but was said to have thrown well over 100 mph. According to “Bull Durham” director and writer Ron Shelton, Ted Williams told him Dalkowski was the fastest he ever saw after facing the southpaw during batting practice at spring training in 1963. Rafael Reyna was attacked while walking to his car shortly after midnight following a Dodgers game against Arizona on March 30, 2019. Reyna suffered a brain injury when his head hit the pavement.The suit says he spent days in a medically induced coma and still suffers effects of the injury.A team spokesman said the Dodgers had no comment on the suit.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-WASHINGTON STATE-PLAYER DEATHCoroner says Cougars player died of acute intoxication Update on the latest in sports: Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-DRAFTFirst night of NFL draft draws record 15.6 million viewersUNDATED (AP) — Housebound football fans gave the NFL a huge boost on Thursday.
___Beach volleyball teams will have an extra year to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.The system will otherwise remain the same.Most teams qualify by earning points on the international tour. The deadline for Tokyo had been this June but now it will be June 13, 2021. Additional spots in the Olympic tournament will be decided at continental tournaments that will be held until June 27 of next year.The FIVB world tour is currently on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic. Players from Spanish soccer club Elche have not practiced as a protest against reduced salaries.The players for the second-division club were supposed to practice at the team’s stadium but decided to keep training at home to show their discontentment with the team’s decision not to lift the furloughs that had been put in place because of the coronavirus pandemic.Players want to resume earning full salaries now that they are back to training.The players practiced normally on Tuesday. The club says it is negotiating with them.The club used government furloughs to reduce its labor costs during the pandemic. Players had their salaries and working hours reduced by 70%. Associated Press ___Ferrari says it has developed a ventilator for hospitals dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.The Formula One team says it created a device that is easy to use and assemble in conjunction with the Italian Institute of Technology. Ferrari says it was designed in only five weeks and can be produced using easily available materials at a lower cost than normal ventilators.The ventilator has been designed to meet the typical demands of medium intensive care and the technical specifications are available as an open source project.___ The Latest: Rutgers to get rid of paper tickets, cites virus Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Rutgers is doing away with paper tickets to sports events in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The league was stopped with Porto leading Benfica by one point with 10 rounds to go.___The players at French rugby club Toulouse have offered to take a pay cut amid the coronavirus pandemic.The players at the 20-time French champions say they told club president Bernard Lemaitre they are willing to accept “a significant decrease” in earnings. They did not give any figures regarding the amount of the proposed decrease.Lemaitre praised his players for their “spontaneous and unanimous” offer amid challenging economic times. May 13, 2020 The State University of New Jersey announced Wednesday that mobile-only ticketing to sports events will start this fall with the football season.Rutgers said the new policy would enable contact-free entry into all venues and offer greater convenience and safety. The Big Ten Conference member said fans can access their ticket accounts through the Scarlet Knights’ app supported on Apple and Android devices.The policy would cover football tickets and parking passes, men’s basketball tickets, parking and hospitality, women’s basketball, men’s lacrosse tickets, and wrestling tickets. Rutgers also said fans will have the ability to transfer tickets electronically.The university will work with ticket holders at events should either their cell phone run out of power or they don’t have one. Elche was sixth in the 22-team second-division standings when the competition was suspended after 31 matches.___The Portuguese soccer league says it will delay its restart until June 4.The league was expected to resume at the end of May but will wait another week so there is time to “rigorously inspect stadiums and conduct medical tests on all professionals involved” in the matches.The league says it hopes to serve as an example of “good practices” for the rest of the Portuguese society during the coronavirus pandemic. ___The Italian soccer league is hoping to resume competition on June 13.The date was agreed to during a video conference with all 20 Serie A clubs. It is subject to approval by the Italian government.Full team training will restart on May 18 after a revised medical protocol was approved. The clubs have already resumed training on an individual basis.There are 12 rounds remaining in Serie A along with four matches that were postponed from the 25th round. The Italian Cup is in the semifinal stage. He says it “further reinforces our motivation and our desire to meet the challenges of tomorrow.”The French league was canceled after the government called it off late last month. The semifinals of the Top 14 league will not be played.___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 Latest: Texas Rangers say several workers test positive Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Texas Rangers say several of their employees have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last few days. The team said anyone who had direct contact with those affected was sent home from Globe Life Field. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports PSG said in a statement that one player from the main women’s team and two players from the under-19 side returned positive results. The women’s senior team is set to resume training on Monday.Earlier this week, PSG said three players from the men’s side and one member of staff were infected by the virus during the lockdown when they were not in contact with each other. PSG said they are no longer contagious and can train as normal.___ The Rangers said no one will be allowed back inside without receiving a negative test for the coronavirus. The club is set to begin another round of training at the ballpark next week.The team said pandemic protocols are in place for front office employees at the new ballpark that’s set to open when the season begins.“These include temperature checks upon entering the building, mandatory wearing of face coverings and regular sanitation and cleaning of the Globe Life Field facilities,” the team said.___Paris Saint-Germain said on Saturday that three players from its women’s teams have tested positive for the coronavirus. Jason Day has asked to be tested for COVID-19 just before the third round of the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut. Officials have decided to have him play as a single Saturday as a precautionary measure. Two more players withdrew because of the coronavirus Friday — Denny McCarthy for a positive test, and Bud Cauley, who tested negative but decided to pull out after playing alongside McCarthy on Thursday. There have been seven COVID-19-related withdrawals from the Connecticut event.___ Associated Press June 27, 2020
FEMALE AIBA One Star Referee/Judge, Ramona Agard, is preparing to head out to Honduras following an appointment from the Americas Boxing Confederation (AMBC).Agard, one of a handful of female One Stars in the Caribbean, has been appointed by AMBC president, Osvaldo Bisbal, to officiate in the regional Continental Elite Women Championship to be held from June 4 to June 8 in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.The appointment is the second this year for the seasoned referee/judge who last month attended the National Championship in Haiti. In September 2017, Agard did duties at the South American Youth Championships in Chile.“I thank God and the president of the Guyana Boxing Association, Steve Ninvalle, for this opportunity,” Agard told this publication, when contacted on the appointment, “I think that other officials in Guyana and the Caribbean can look forward to more of such appointments as Mr. Ninvalle is working hard for the development of boxing across the Caribbean.I plan to do my best in Honduras which, hopefully, will open the door to my compatriots,” Guyana’s lone female One Star referee stated.Agard received her One Star credentials after being successful at an examination in Barbados in December 2016. She is the Chairperson of the GBA Referees/Judges Commission and is scheduled to write for her Two Star badge this year.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (Reuters) – Olympic 800 metres champion Caster Semenya will be officially awarded her gold medal from the 2011 world athletics championships at this year’s edition in Doha, but will not be there to receive it.Semenya was elevated to the gold medal position two years ago when Russian athlete Mariya Savinova, who sped past her on the final straight, was later disqualified for doping violations.The South African athlete had hoped to defend her 2017 world championship title in Doha starting on September 27, but was forced to withdraw with no verdict yet delivered in her appeal to the Swiss Federal Tribunal against testosterone regulations imposed on her. Semenya is appealing the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s (CAS) ruling that supported regulations introduced by the sport’s governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).These say that XY chromosome athletes with differences in sexual development (DSDs) can race in distances from 400m to a mile only if they take medication to reach a reduced testosterone level.Semenya has refused to be bound by these restrictions, placing a cloud over her future in athletics. Athletics South Africa (ASA) confirmed yesterday that Semenya would not be in Doha to receive the medal personally during an IAAF ceremony, but that a representative would collect it on her behalf.Sunette Viljoen, who has been elevated from bronze to silver in the javelin from the 2011 championships, will take part in the ceremony. Russian athlete Mariya Abakumova, the original gold medallist, was also later disqualified for doping violations. “Congratulations to our athletes for their achievements and for being honoured as clean athletes,” ASA president Aleck Skhosana said in a media statement.“We are happy that the IAAF now offers a chance to the rightful winners a podium celebration in front of a capacity stadium which the cheats had denied them at the original competition.”
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Veteran all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has backed the decision by selectors to drop his younger brother, Darren Bravo, for the upcoming Afghanistan series.Acknowledging Darren’s recent poor form, Dwayne said the time away would allow the left-hander to revisit his batting and come back even stronger for future West Indies duty.West Indies clash with the Afghans in a one-off Test, three One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20s, in a series running from November 5 to December 1 in India.Maybe it’s the right choice at this time,” Dwayne Bravo told CNC3 Television here.“This tour in India is one Test match (and) a few one-dayers. Darren hasn’t been the batsman that we all expect and want to see performance-wise. Sometimes you need that moment for yourself to go back into the basics.”Darren was West Indies’ leading batsman before an ill-advised tweet aimed at former Cricket West Indies (CWI) president, Dave Cameron, resulted in his being sent home from a tour in November, 2016 and subsequently sidelined from international and domestic duty for two years.He only returned to action 12 months ago but has since struggled to recapture his form across all formats and has averaged 13 from five Tests, 22 from 16 One-Day Internationals and 17 from eight T20 Internationals since.Dwayne, a former one-day captain, said Darren’s non-selection could also have a positive effect on his motivation.“Maybe not being selected will hurt him and he now will be more determined to come back (stronger) and the hunger is going to come back,” Dwayne explained.Darren Bravo’s axing is one of several changes to the Windies squad announced on Tuesday. As previously indicated, fellow Trinidadian Kieron Pollard has replaced all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite at the helm while Phil Simmons has taken over as head coach.Former Test off-spinner and Windies head coach, Roger Harper, is the new chief selector and will be joined by former Windward Islands batsman Miles Bascombe and Simmons.Dwayne praised the changes, noting Darren had an excellent relationship with Pollard, and expected them to work well together in the future.“They both have a very good professional relationship and that is what is needed in the cricket,” he said.“The selection panel is honest and looking to give everyone opportunities, not just saying this one no longer can play and this one can play.”Dwayne Bravo is currently recovering from an injury which kept him out of the just-concluded Caribbean Premier League.
(BBC) – The staging of England’s home Tests against West Indies in June is looking “less and less likely”, according to director of cricket Ashley Giles.There will be no professional cricket in the UK until at least May 28 because of the coronavirus crisis, while the first Test of the three-match series at The Oval is due to begin on June 4.“We have to look at alternatives,” said Giles.“We are looking at how far back into the summer we can push cricket.”Australia’s Test series in Bangladesh, scheduled to be played in June, was postponed yesterday.After the West Indies series, England are due to play limited-overs matches against Australia, Tests and Twenty20s against Pakistan, and three one-day internationals against Ireland.The last day of international cricket in the home summer is currently scheduled to be September 15.“We’ve got to look at trying to fulfil those current fixtures, just in a different place, if we can,” said former England spinner Giles.“We have really good relations with these boards and we’re doing whatever we can to look at scenarios where we can push our cricket back, which would give us the best chance of playing as much international cricket as possible.”The prospect of separate England Test and limited-overs teams has been raised, with wicketkeeper Jos Buttler saying it would be possible to field two different teams at the same time.Giles said it was “feasible”, but that it was more likely that matches of different formats would take place on consecutive days.“You could have a Test match running and play a T20 or an ODI the day before or the day after a Test match,” he said.The 47-year-old said England would look at all options for getting the players match-fit after the nationwide lockdown, including playing an intra-squad match, similar to how Australia warmed up for last summer’s Ashes series.Sussex chief executive Rob Andrew said county cricket would still be played in the final month of the season if that is the only time it is safe to do so.“It’s a blank piece of paper. Nothing is ruled in and nothing is ruled out,” he said.“We would love to be playing cricket June, July, August and September.“But even if we could only get September, we would still want to play some cricket this year. As ridiculous as that may sound, that is the situation we are faced with.”
Shanghai , China (AFP) — F ormer Chelsea attacking midfielder Oscar says he would be willing to ditch his Brazilian passport to play for China — if Fifa changed its rules.Oscar, who moved from the Premier League to Chinese Super League (CSL) side Shanghai SIPG for a still-Asian-record 60 million euros in January 2017, made the last of his 48 appearances for Brazil in 2015.Under current rules, the 28-year-old cannot switch to play for another country because he featured for Brazil in official competition, including the 2014 World Cup in his homeland.Asked by State broadcaster CGTN if he would consider playing for China if the naturalisation rules changed, Oscar replied: “I can think about it because, as I said, it’s difficult to go to the Brazilian national team now because I’m here.“But in China everyone sees how good I play so if in the end the China national team needs a good midfielder, I think I can help if they change.“I like China but the players now, if they change the nationality to go to China, they (the team) can do better.”As a quick fix to boost their Qatar 2022 World Cup hopes, China last year began naturalising a few players who had no family links to the world’s most populous country.The first was Brazilian-born striker Elkeson, 31, who is now known as Ai Kesen and has played four times for China, scoring three goals. At least two other Brazilians are believed to have been naturalised since.Oscar has been one of the top players in the Chinese Super League since arriving from Chelsea and topped the assists charts over the past two seasons.SIPG began their CSL campaign yesterday against Tianjin Teda at a neutral venue behind closed doors, part of measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus infections.
By Clifton RossCRICKET Guyana Inc. (CGI) executive Anand Sanasie said the next batch of Jaguars Academy players will be issued their contracts as soon as the conservatory is reopened, following the lifting of the current phase of lockdown.The CGI executive added that the new LBI facility is near to completion.The Cricket West Indies (CWI) director told Chronicle Sport yesterday that the annual issuing of contracts for the next generation of Jags players will happen when the Academy is able to reopen its doors in order to facilitate weekly full-time training and practice sessions.Some 15 contracts were awarded to the senior members of the Jaguars franchise team a few months ago. However, with the Academy’s heart and soul basically being able to train 5 days a week and putting in a number of practice simulations among other aspects of grooming for the big stage, the inability to do any of these activities has curtailed months of progress for the local fraternity.While Sanasie did not go into details about the next tier of players, he did confirm that some 8 to 10 rookie contracts will be awarded possibly as early as next month – should lockdown rules ease.Despite the hurdles the Academy has been forced to jump over the last 6 months, the CGI managerial earmarked August month-end as the next possible date to resume some semblance of cricket. He stated that these plans to restart live action will all be guided by the protocols of the Ministry of Public Health and its COVID-19 Task Force.As for now, both senior and junior players have been conducting their daily ZOOM fitness sessions, which have been an integral part of staying fit and keeping the camaraderie as they honour the social-distancing movement.All this, according to Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) secretary is being done to prepare the standards and pave the way for an emphatic return to live action on the local circuit whenever Guyana gets back up and running.Regarding the Academy’s new home of training, the LBI Indoor/Outdoor facility, Sanasie hinted that the venue’s first phase has already been completed. Phase 2, which is currently in progress could be finished within the next month and when finalised will allow for some live cricket under lights.From a positive perspective, should the pandemic ease over the next few weeks, September could be a great month for local cricket, as the highly-exciting/important Jaguars Franchise League 50 Overs and 3-Day tournaments have been tipped to bowl off, but under strict guidelines.With new contracts on the horizon, a new multi-purpose facility nearly completed and a number of refreshed, hungry players raring to get back to training; all hopes lie in the next phase of Guyana’s COVID-19 guidelines.Live sports will then return with the permission to reopen various facilities and grounds across the country.
Spainâ€™s Garbine Muguruza won her first Wimbledon title with a straight-set win over five-time champion Venus Williams saturday. The 23-year-old saved two set points and won the last nine games in a 7-5 6-0 victory under the Centre Court roof.Muguruza denied the 37-year-old a first major title for nine years, which would have made her the oldest female Grand Slam champion in the Open era. It is 14th seed Muguruzaâ€™s second Grand Slam title after her French Open triumph over Serena Williams in 2016.â€œI had the hardest match today against Venus,â€ said Muguruza. â€œSheâ€™s such an incredible player. I grew up watching her play – sorry,â€ she added, to the watching American. â€œI feel incredible to be able to play her here. Of course Iâ€™m nervous because I always dreamed about winning it, but I was composed.â€Having lost to Serena Williams in the 2015 final, Muguruza becomes the second Spanish woman to win the Wimbledon singles title after her coach, Conchita Martinez. She is also the first woman to beat both Williams sisters in Grand Slam finals.A close contest was forecast, and for 40 minutes it proved impossible to separate the two finalists as their impressive serves dominated. Williams had her chance to take control but failed to convert two set points at 5-4, and her challenge faded dramatically as the last nine games went to Muguruza.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram