August 2020

Sydney smoke: Conditions like ‘smoking 80 cigarettes a day’ at SCG in Sheffield Shield

first_img(BBC) The “toxic” conditions at the Sydney Cricket Ground, caused by bushfires, left players feeling like they have “smoked 80 cigarettes”, says Australia spinner Steve O’Keefe. Players said it was “hard to breathe” and visibility was reduced during New South Wales’ Sheffield Shield match with Queensland yesterday.Smoke from the continuing fire crisis in Australia has caused chaos in Sydney, bringing dangerous air quality.“It’s not healthy,” said O’Keefe. “It’s toxic. That was shocking.”The Australia international added: “I don’t have kids, but if I did they’d be locked up inside, and if I was at home I wouldn’t be training or playing.“For someone like me who smokes 40 a day, it’s now like smoking 80 cigarettes a day.” Sydney has endured air quality surpassing “hazardous” levels for weeks, as about 100 blazes continue to rage throughout New South Wales (NSW).Last week, players at golf’s Australian Open complained of stinging eyes as smoke affected the opening round.The SCG is one of the most iconic cricket grounds in the world The haze yesterday has been described as the thickest to cover the city during the crisis.NSW Health urged young children and the elderly to stay indoors with windows shut and postpone outdoor activities, however play continued on the fourth day at the SCG with O’Keefe taking 3-28 as NSW beat Queensland by nine wickets.Air Quality Index ratings were monitored throughout the day but readings were never high enough to stop play. Queensland captain and Australia batsman Usman Khawaja, who made 54, said it was “hard to breathe” but was “not unplayable”.“If it got really bad, we probably would have come off,” Khawaja said.“I’ve never played in anything like that in Australia.“It was bad but it wasn’t unplayable. I wasn’t going to use that as an excuse to come off and make a fuss about it, or say it’s unsafe.”last_img read more

Boxing extravaganza on today at National Gymnasium

first_imgThe Guyana Boxing Association (GBA) will be hosting a boxing extravaganza today on the tarmac of the National Gymnasium.  It will be the first outdoor boxing event hosted by the GBA in over five years. Bell time is 18:00hrsAccording to AIBA Three Star Coach, Sebert Blake,  the event will mark the return of Jason ‘AK47’ Barker. Barker will be taking to the ring for the first time since being paroled. Blake disclosed that the fixture is scheduled to attract the cream of the nation’s amateur pugilists fighting for bragging rights and hardware.He further noted that boxers from gyms all across Guyana are eager to lace up the gloves and enter the ring.last_img read more

Skipper Holder focussed on Test legacy

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – West Indies Test captain Jason Holder says he hopes to leave a legacy of being one of the greats in the longest format, but is cognizant of the need to sustain very high standards if he is to achieve that goal. Already, the 28-year-old has become one of the contemporary faces of the Test format, and is currently the number one all-rounder in the International Cricket Council rankings.And though pointing out he enjoyed all three formats, Holder said he placed considerable emphasis on Test cricket which remained the measure of all cricketers.“Test cricket is the ultimate game for me,” Holder told TalkSport’s Cricket Collective. “Growing up there was only Test cricket and 50-over cricket to be fair, and you always were marked and critiqued on your performance in Test cricket – you became a legend of the game through Test cricket. “I don’t think many people would stand out as being legends of the game via the one-day route but obviously with the advent of T20 cricket, there is a debate now with white ball versus red ball cricket but still I think red ball cricket would take precedence, and I just want to be remembered for being a great Test match cricketer and not only a great Test match cricketer per se but a great cricketer. “In order to do that, you’ve got to be consistent and more than likely every time you step on the park, you’re being scrutinised and marked. So for me it’s about keeping my standards high and making sure I’m doing everything in my power to win cricket games for whoever I’m representing.” Holder shot to stardom last year when he struck a monumental unbeaten 202 to propel West Indies to a crushing victory over England in the opening Test at Kensington Oval last January.In reaching triple figures for the third time in his career, he became the first West Indies number eight to score a double century in Tests and the first Windies captain since Brian Lara in 2004, to notch a double against England.Only the previous year, fast bowler Holder had captured 33 wickets at an average of 12.39 – the best average in a calendar for nearly a century. He currently averages 32 with the bat from 40 Tests and 26 with the ball. Though Holder averaged 49 with the bat and took 20 wickets at 17 apiece in Tests last year, he believes there was still much improvement needed.“I think if I look at it from an holistic point of view of all three formats, I don’t think it was my best year,” he explained.“I try to mark myself pretty hard and try to set pretty high standards as well. So coming off of 2018 where I felt I had the best year of my cricketing career, I think I probably fell back a little in 2019 but it’s a new year in 2020 – 2019 is behind us and for me it’s just getting myself attuned back to playing international cricket.  “Hopefully we can get some Test cricket going again. I think Test cricket is the best way to get some cricket under your belt – you get some overs under your belt, you get time to spend in the middle and it’s not rushed. That puts my cricket in good stead.”last_img read more

ICC recommends ban on using saliva to shine balls

first_img(Reuters) – The age-old trick of using saliva to shine a cricket ball could be a thing of the past when cricket resumes, with the International Cricket Council (ICC) yesterday recommending a change to the sport’s laws in the wake of the novel coronavirus. The committee, chaired by former Indian spinner Anil Kumble, unanimously agreed to recommend a ban on saliva although players will still be allowed to use their own sweat to try and achieve the fabled ‘reverse swing’.Cricketers have long used saliva and sweat to shine one side of the ball while allowing the other to become increasingly scuffed over the course of an innings.The technique alters the aerodynamics of the ball, allowing pace bowlers to generate movement in the air. “We are living through extraordinary times and the recommendations the committee have made today are interim measures to enable us to safely resume cricket in a way that preserves the essence of our game,” Kumble said.   The committee saw no need to prohibit the use of sweat as it is unlikely the virus can be transmitted that way, the ICC said, adding that the recommendations would be presented to its Chief Executives’ Committee for approval in early June.Shane Warne previously suggested using weighted balls to help pace bowlers generate swing without risking health, while Australian cricket-ball manufacturer Kookaburra says it is developing a wax applicator to enhance shine and aid swing.Cricket has been suspended since March due to the pandemic which has killed over 318,000 people globally.last_img read more

Athletes will be running brave

first_imgThe athletes of Running Brave, Guyana’s premier track and field club will be out in their numbers to compete in meets planned for later this year providing that certain objectives are met to guarantee their safety. This is according to head coach of the club, Julian Edmonds.With other sporting disciplines around the globe already returning to action after the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, World Athletics, earlier this month released health and safety guidelines to assist competition organisers to minimise the risk of spreading the coronavirus when staging in-stadium outdoor events during the COVID-19 pandemic.Julian EdmondsEdmonds said he was confident that the Athletic Association of Guyana (AAG), will observe all the necessary protocols for the safety of the local athletes.  Said President of the AAG, Aubrey Hutson recently “Our plan is to comply with the guidelines set out by World Athletics and our local health ministry. The AAG will source the necessary protective gears for our officials and observe all other protocols in preparation for local competition. We must do this to protect our athletes and officials.”Hutson recently told this publication that the AAG is preparing to restart its season sometime next month.The AAG head noted that the association received a correspondence from the governing body, World Athletics indicating that August 8 and 9 are the two dates reserved for National Federations around the world to host their National Seniors Championships. He then stated that if it was up to him, the AAG will host warm up events to get the competitive juices of the athletics flowing while also taking consideration of the COVID-19 restrictions.The relaxation of some of the COVID-19 restrictions signals a step in the right direction to normalcy and ultimately the return of competitive sport.The reopening of the National Park is good news for athletes who were unable to utilize the venue since April.last_img read more

Alleyne says switch to police will provide a new challenge

first_imgGolden Jaguar International and long-serving Fruta Conquerors talisman Eon ‘Beckham’ Alleyne, says that his unexpected move to GFF Elite League rival, the Guyana Police Force (GPF), was instigated to secure a new challenge in his football career. He stated this during an exclusive interview with Stabroek Sport yesterday. According to Allen, 28, the switch to the lawmen during the ongoing transfer period, was a decision rooted in securing a change of scenery and facing a different challenge following 12 years at the Tucville giants.Alleyne, who has been capped 11 times at the senior national level, revealed, “I think it’s time that I try something different. It’s not anything personal against the club, I just felt that I needed to try something else. It was a hard decision to move, but sometimes you have to try something different especially when something is not working for you. I just think I should do something different at the moment.”   Asked why he opted to transfer to GPF, Allen, who has featured at every youth level (U15-U23) for the national programme, said that the team boasts several quality players who are personally familiar with and that the adaptation and acclimatization process will be much easier.Alleyne stated, “I think at the Police I will be fully at home because I am going to play with many players that I had played with before, players like Jermin Junior and Pernell Schultz who are my personal friends. I don’t think it would be anything much different because I know them. They are players at the team that I am accustomed to, players like Trevon Lythcott and Dwayne Lindie. Other teams had approached me to play with them but I decided to play with the Police.” He disclosed that the expectations for his new club will be to win the championship, adding, “It’s the same thing which is to go out and win championships and trophies. That’s all that I care about which is winning. Any team that I go to there is always one motive and that is to win and not lose. It’s all that I care about.”According to Alleyne, the expected first meeting of his new club and old team will not be an emotional affair, as his move was not dictated by personal grievances or issues. He stated that his approach will remain professional and with his energies and abilities laser-focused on securing the victory for the lawmen.He added, “It’s not really my intention or am I anxious to play against them. Honestly I don’t care because I have nothing against them, when I play them I want to win. It’s not like it’s personal but I want to win and if they come up against me, it’s the same thing for them. They will have to be cautious of me because I want to win.” He revealed that despite the Covid-19 pandemic, a fixed training schedule with several teammates has been sustained in an attempt to maintain his physical condition ahead of football’s return. He added, “We train four times a week and we do a lot of endurance and physical training.”last_img read more

Scientific Games appoints Michael Quartieri as CFO & Corporate Secretary

first_img Submit Caixa chairman seeks to offload Brazil lottery assets by 2021 July 27, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Scientific Games bolsters virtuals portfolio with Legends Racing addition July 29, 2020 SG OpenMarket approval sees SportCaller expand FTP distribution capacity August 18, 2020 Related Articles Share Scientific Games has announced the promotion of Michael Quartieri to Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Quartieri will further serve as corporate secretary succeeding Scott Schweinfurth.Quartieri a nine year Las Vegas Sands Corp leadership veteran joined Scientific Games in November as Corporate Controller.Having served an introductory period assesing Scientific Games Corporation’s operations, Quartieri will now be tasked with leading the financial initiatives and full corporate auditing capabilities of the technology provider.Quartieri will be based in Scientific Games’ Las Vegas, Nevada global headquarters. Quartieri’s promotion will be effective after the Company files its 2015 Form 10-K and will report directly to the board alongside CEO Gavin IsaacsGavin Isaacs, Scientific Games’ President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “Michael has a proven track record of achieving results by partnering with operations to drive growth and cash flow, while implementing significant strategic, financial, and operational improvements. He has quickly become a key member of our leadership team, and we look forward to Michael’s many contributions in the years ahead.”last_img read more

New football app Gloryhunter signs deal with Betfred

first_img Betfred boosts US racing coverage with XB Net deal renewal August 10, 2020 StumbleUpon Betfred extends World Snooker Championship deal until 2022 August 17, 2020 Share Gloryhunter, the company behind a new football app described as the ‘most original, real-time football game since fantasy football’, has signed an exclusive partnership deal with Betfred.Gloryhunter players can now view updated odds from Betfred for every match and win monthly points and prizes from both Betfred and Nike, another listed partner. At the end of the 2016/17 season, there will be a prize draw where one player will win a week-long VIP trip to Las Vegas for them and three friends.The app was created by Manchester-based Richard Hague, 41, after he identified that people find it hard to maintain a Fantasy Football team across an entire season. On Gloryhunter, players can select any team in the English League and play with friends and fans across the world.Gloryhunter was introduced to Betfred by another Manchester-based entrepreneur Warren Jacobs, who is MD of digital marketing company ActiveWin Media, a firm backed by the Betfred owner.Fred Done, Betfred Founder, said: “Gloryhunter is something that true football fans will enjoy this season and it really stood out to me as a digital game that is going to soar in popularity. It is based on real-life action on the pitch – and exciting live sport and fans is what Betfred is all about. It seemed like a natural fit to join forces and support such an ambitious new digital start-up.”Richard Hague, Gloryhunter creator, said: “Having one of UK’s most trusted and experienced gaming brands behind us is incredible. We have big plans for growth this upcoming season and Betfred’s backing will allow us to achieve this.”The Gloryhunter team is comprised of creator Hague, alongside co-creators Stuart Kay and Richard Blake, and business development manager Christian Single. Submit Share Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

Tipster Challenge – A bad day for BetonBrazil in Bath

first_img Esports Entertainment Group to finalise Argyll acquisition by 31 July July 8, 2020 Argyll orders full compliance makeover with TruNarrative  August 17, 2020 Related Articles We will be taking on bettingexpert, Timeform and a rotation of guests, with the focus on a specific Wednesday race meet.Throughout the year we will keep record of points won each week, points won on average and points won overall for each.The guest tipsters will compete as one team, with their points added together as one leaderboard entry.The new tips will be published on Wednesday ahead of the race meet, and the results will be available on Thursday.For the purpose of the competition, we will assume that all selections are backed with 1 point.Lost tips will count as 0 and won bets will be added to the leaderboard at SP value.For example, if bettingexpert backs a winning horse at 8/1, they will get 8 points. StumbleUpon Esports Entertainment appoints Jeff Cohen as IR lead  July 28, 2020 Sharecenter_img 1Guests0.535.35171.21 2bettingexpert1.334.64148.51 3SBC News3.834.46142.60 4Timeform1.333.31105.92 Submit RankTipsterWeekAverageTotalRankTipsterWeekAverageTotal Share It was a tough day for Stuart Tilly in the Tipster Challenge at Bath, as he returned just 0.53 points from big favourite Lapilli (8/15). The CEO from Argyll Entertainment, the operator behind the new Alan Brazil branded sportsbook BetonBrazil, will perhaps regret taking some pointers from Alan himself.Elsewhere, both Timeform and Stephen Harris, Horse Racing Guru at bettingexpert, collected 1.33 points from Lapilli and Nuclear Power (4/5). SBC News managed to find a third winner in Mia Tesoro (5/2), but remain almost 6 points behind bettingexpert in third place.Next week’s Guest will take over the reins with a 22.70-point lead at the top of the leaderboard. If you want to be that guest, get in touch with us on Twitter via @SBCGAMINGNEWS.Race Winners at Bath:Nuclear Power – 4/5Silverrica – 11/2Lapilli – 8/15Sunscape – 11/2Eugenic – 9/2Mia Tesoro – 5/2Captain George – 12/1Tipster Challenge Week 32 Leaderboard:last_img read more

Hardy to undergo MRI in Baltimore on Tuesday

first_imgDealing with a lingering back issue for over a week, Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy will fly back to Baltimore to undergo a magnetic resonance imaging exam on Tuesday morning.The 32-year-old was not in Monday’s lineup for the opener of a three-game set against the Boston Red Sox and hasn’t played since Friday’s contest against the Tampa Bay Rays. Hardy originally left last Monday’s game against the Minnesota Twins due to a lower back spasm and has played in only one game since then.Hardy told reporters in Boston that he is still dealing with soreness despite not experiencing further spasms. He added that he would likely try to play under different circumstances, alluding to the Orioles enjoying a 9 1/2 game lead in the American League East entering Monday.The veteran took part in some baseball activities earlier in the day in Boston before discussing the idea of undergoing an MRI with manager Buck Showalter. The Orioles remain hopeful that he’ll return to the lineup for Friday’s doubleheader against the New York Yankees at Camden Yards.last_img read more