Zimbabwe into Tri-Nations final after rain wipes out Windies

first_imgBULAWAYO, Zimbabwe (CMC) – West Indies were dumped from the Tri-Nations Series here yesterday after rain, combined with careless cricket, condemned them to a shocking five-run loss to Zimbabwe under Duckworth/Lewis in a must-win contest.Chasing a modest 219 at Queens Sports Club for a place in Sunday’s final against Sri Lanka, West Indies slumped to 93 for five in the 23rd over, as they failed to cope with left-arm spinners Sean Williams (2-18) and Tendai Chisoro (2-23).When the rains finally arrived midway the 28th over, West Indies were 124 for five but unfortunately short of the 130 runs required under the Duckworth/Lewis system.Left-hander Jonathan Carter was unbeaten on 43 and captain Jason Holder, 22, while opener Kraigg Brathwaite had chipped in with 24 earlier.The Caribbean side’s sloppiness had earlier cost them dearly when they allowed the hosts to recover from 127 for eight in the 37th over, to reach 218 for eight off their allotted 49 overs.Off-spinner Ashley Nurse claimed three for 27 in a brilliant 10-over spell and leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo picked up three for 30 in his first game, to wreck the innings after Zimbabwe opted to bat.But Sikandar Raza produced a superb unbeaten 76 and found an ally in Chisoro, who struck a career-best 42 not out as they defied the Windies in a fabulous, record 91-run, unbroken stand for the ninth wicket.Hamilton Masakadza, who made 20, joined the pair as the only three batsmen to get into the 20s.The result meant Zimbabwe finished second in the standings on eight points, just one ahead of the Windies who will rue the narrow results in their two last outings when they tied with the Zimbabweans last Saturday and then lost by one run to Sri Lanka four days later.West Indies were on top from as early as the fourth over when Chamu Chibhabha, in his 100th One-Day International, played across a full-length delivery from seamer Holder and was comprehensively bowled for nine with the score on 18.Masakadza and opener Brian Chari (19) put on 30 for the second wicket to steady the innings but the promising stand was broken in the first over following a near hour-long break for rain when Bishoo bowled Masakadza with a Yorker-length delivery.Nurse and Bishoo then scythed through the innings accounting for the next five wickets to fall for 30 runs, as Zimbabwe tumbled to 89 for seven in the 26th over.Under pressure, Sikandar anchored the first of two key stands to give Zimbabwe hope, putting on 38 for the eighth wicket with Donald Tiripano who made 15.When Tiripano top-edged a short one from Holder to wicketkeeper Shai Hope in the 37th over, West Indies would have fancied their chances of bundling Zimbabwe out for under 150 but Chisoro arrived to dash such hopes.Sikander faced 103 deliveries and counted three fours while the left-handed Chisoro, in only his 11th ODI, delivered a stinging cameo off just 35 balls with two fours and two sixes, in a partnership which was the country’s highest for the ninth wicket in ODIs.With Nurse and Bishoo bowled out, Zimbabwe cashed in on the Windies seamers, to pummel 75 runs from the last ten overs.Still confident of chasing their smallest target of the tournament, West Indies were set back in the opening over when out-of-form Johnson Charles chipped a simple return catch to Chisoro off the first ball he faced, to depart with just one run on the board.His opening partner Evin Lewis, a century-maker in the last game against Sri Lanka, followed in the next over lbw to Chisoro for nine, playing back, and when Shai Hope (14) edged a drive at a wide delivery from Williams to Masakadza at slip, West Indies were stumbling badly at 35 for three in the 10th over.Carter and Brathwaite combined in a 30-run, fourth-wicket partnership which seemed to put West Indies run-chase back on track.While Carter faced 56 balls and counted four boundaries, Brathwaite faced 45 deliveries and struck two fours in a measured stand.It ended disastrously, however, when Craig Ervine at cover conjured up a direct hit at the striker’s end to find Brathwaite well short of his ground as the batsman gambled on a quick single with Carter in the 18th over.Carter, let off on 32 by wicketkeeper Peter Moor of Williams in the 23rd over, kept the scoreboard ticking over with boundaries off leg-spinner Graeme Cremer and Sikander’s off-spin, but Rovman Powell struggled to get going and eventually holed out in the deep off Williams for six at 93 for five.Understandably, Holder entered with a sense of urgency and gathered three boundaries off seamer Chris Mpofu’s second over which leaked 12 runs before clearing the ropes back overhead in the bowler’s next over.But West Indies could only garner seven runs off the last nine deliveries of the game before rain shattered their hopes of a berth in the championship contest.ZIMBABWE inningsB. Chari b Bishoo 19C. Chibhabha b Holder 9H. Masakadza b Bishoo 20C. Ervine lbw b Nurse 7Sikandar Raza not out 76S. Williams c wkp. Hope b Nurse 0P. Moor b Nurse 13G. Cremer b Bishoo 1D. Tiripano c wkp. Hope b Holder 15T. Chisoro not out 42Extras: (lb-4, w-9, nb-3) 16Total: (8 wkts, 49 overs) 218Fall of wickets: 1-18, 2-48, 3-59, 4-63, 5-63, 6-86, 7-89, 8-127.Bowling: Cummins 10-1-40-0 (w-3, nb-3), Holder 10-0-58-2 (w-2), Bishoo 10-1-30-3 (w-1), Nurse 10-0-27-3, Brathwaite 8-0-52-0 (w-2), Carter 1-0-7-0 (w-1).WEST INDIES inningsE Lewis lbw b Chisoro 9J Charles c & b Chisoro 0K Brathwaite run-out 24S Hope c Masakadza b Williams 14J Carter not out 43R Powell c Ervine b Williams 6*J Holder not out 22Extras (b4, lb1, w1) 6Total: (5 wkts, 27.3 overs) 124Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-12, 3-35, 4-70, 5-93.Bowling: Chisoro 6-1-23-2, Sikandar Raza 6-1-26-0, Williams 7-1-18-2, Cremer 5.3-0-28-0, Mpofu 3-0-24-0.Points: Zimbabwe 4, West Indies 0.last_img read more

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English FA approves retrospective bans for diving

first_img(REUTERS) – Players will face a two-match retrospective ban for diving from the start of next season after the English Football Association (FA) approved a new rule to combat simulation in an annual general meeting yesterday.Under the new regulations, incidents involving players who deceive a match official into awarding their team a penalty or sending off an opponent can be reviewed by a three-man independent panel.“This process would be similar to the one used now for a red card offence (violent conduct/serious foul play/spitting at an opponent) which was not seen at the time by the match officials but caught on camera,” the FA said in a statement.The FA will only be able to impose the ban if the panel’s decision is unanimous. The panel will consist of one ex-match official, one ex-manager and one ex-player.“Should a charge of ‘Successful Deception of a Match Official’ be admitted or found proven, the Independent Regulatory Commission will have the power to rescind the caution or dismissal received by the opposing player as a result of the simulation if it chooses to do so.last_img read more

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USC hires father of top recruits to replace Bland

first_imgOn Saturday, USC officially filled a basketball assistant coaching vacancy left by Tony Bland’s firing in January. Head coach Andy Enfield announced the hiring of Eric Mobley on the USC athletics website. Mobley previously coached on the local Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) circuit. “We are excited to add Eric to our coaching staff,” Enfield said in an official statement. “He brings to our program a wealth of playing and coaching experience at a variety of levels. He is an outstanding coach and a terrific person.” Mobley will replace Bland, who was arrested by the FBI on charges of bribery in September 2017. Mobley’s hire, however, did not come without its fair share of controversy. His two sons, Isaiah and Evan, are both high-profile recruits at Rancho Christian High School in Temecula, Calif. 247Sports lists Isaiah as a four-star prospect and Evan as a five-star. Many on social media regard the hire as a way to ensure both sons end up playing for USC.The hire mirrors Missouri’s decision to bring on Michael Porter Sr. as an assistant coach before the 2017 season, and subsequently sign his son, five-star recruit Michael Porter Jr. Porter Jr. declared for the NBA Draft on Monday. This past season, Mobley coached Evan on the Compton Magic AAU 16U team, while Isaiah competed on the U17 team. According to USC, Mobley has coached AAU programs for over a decade. In Bland’s absence, Director of Scouting Martin Bahar served as interim assistant coach for the entirety of the 2017-18 season. Bahar will return to his previous role next season.last_img read more

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Zenith Bank Hails Ikoyi Club Swimmers after Swimfest Win

first_imgIt was another feather to the wings of the Ikoyi Club 1938 Swimming section after emerging winner of this year’s Neptun-Nehein Swimfest in Arnsberg Germany.The young swimmers from the club, most of which emerged from this year’s Zenith Bank/Ikoyi Club 1938 Inter-school Swimming Gala, amassed 42 gold, 48 silver and 27 bronze medals to beat other swimmers from 11 countries to the number one position.Group Managing Director of Zenith Bank, Ebenezer Onyeagwu, said it was great to see how the investment of the organisation has worked wonders. “We are proud of the swimmers and we believe very soon, they will also be representing Nigeria at global events,” the Zenith Bank boss said.The Chairman of the swimming section of the club, Oloyede Obatoyinbo, expressed his satisfaction with the performance of the swimmers while also saying that they need to work more as they can do better than what they have done.While also applauding the sponsor of the club’s swimming competition, Zenith Bank, for investing so much in developing the young minds, he called on others to emulate them and invest in different sports within the club.“I am happy we came first again but I know we can do better,” he said.“Some of the events we won silver and bronze, it would have been gold, but for me it was a good outing generally and I want to applaud all the swimmers for their performance.“It is a joy for them winning the title and for us as a club and we will continue to do our best to expose all these young talents to more championships especially against top swimmers from around the world.“We are looking forward to having some of them winning medals at the Commonwealth Games, the Olympic Games and also World Championships.“I really want to praise Zenith Bank for their support and hope others can come out and do same thing, not only for swimming, but for other sports too,” concludes Obatoyinbo.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Betsoft Gaming announces partnership with Betaland

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Italian bookmakers face cruel summer as ADM sanctions shop closures July 27, 2020 Share Share CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 Submit TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Betsoft Gaming has announced the signing of a new partnership with Italian operator Betaland. The deal marks the expansion of Betaland’s overall offering on its popular sites betaland.it and enjoybet.it. The terms of the partnership will allow the two sites to feature Betsoft’s robust AAMS-certified collection of Slots3™ videoslots, including FIRE & STEEL, GIOVANNI’S GEMS and THE ANGLER.Michele Sprovieri, Managing Director of Betaland said: “I am truly satisfied to add Betsoft’s games to our casino offering, with this acquisition of top quality, AAMS-approved videoslots, we now offer one of the largest online casino experiences to our players. I am confident that these wonderful games from Betsoft will greatly improve our site and please our players in the Italian market.”Betsoft already has a strong presence in Italy, as it also recently partnered with Italian operator Betflag, to supply its Slots3 range of games to the country, as the first company to operate as a licensee of the Italian Government, Sisal took on the range of slots that had been approved by regulator AAMS. Further emphasising the strength of Betsoft’s portfolio, it also recently signed a partnership deal with Eurobet. Francesca Raniolo, Sales Executive with Betsoft Gaming commented: “Betaland is a relatively young operation, but already they are considered to be a prominent and respected force in the Italian iGaming market. We are excited to be working with Betaland, who, after six months online, made it into the Top Ten of Italian online operators. That feat is impressive, and shows that Betaland is on a sure path to success.”Over 40 Betsoft games are currently available for play on desktop and mobile through Betaland sites: enjoybet.it and betaland.it.last_img read more

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‘Barca should talk about football, not referees’ – Mourinho

first_imgReal Madrid coach Jose Mourinho believes Barcelona should focus on football rather than talking about the referees ahead of the second-leg Copa del Rey clash at the Camp Nou.Barcelona interim coach Jordi Roura voiced his reservations over the appointment of Alberto Undiano Mallecano as the referee for the Clasico, and the Blancos trainer feels they should concentrate on the game itself.“I prefer to stay with the lessons we have received in the past from Barcelona. Lessons in sportsmanship, how to be in football. Not talking about the referees, not the surroundings,” he sarcastically told reporters.“And, of course, giving lessons on how to play football, they do that very well. They would be well advised if they humbly followed that line.”The former Chelsea boss is looking forward to the encounter as his side look to rescue their season with a Copa triumph.“These are the games we like to play and I like going into with the players. We prefer games this dimension and this difficulty.” Brazilian star Kaka starred in Madrid’s 2-1 victory at Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday, but Mourinho is not sure yet if the former AC Milan star will make an appearance.“I do not know. Not that I would not want to say it. I have not thought of it. Normally I do not say it. This time I do not know. ”last_img read more

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Wellington Street Musicians picking and grinning for charity

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Thank you for your input. +11 Vote up Vote down Brenda · 231 weeks ago This is fantastic, we need something like this in Wellington, I believe it makes it a little more enjoyable to shop downtown. Report Reply 0 replies · active 231 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Lanny Taylot · 230 weeks ago Nice article Amanda, thanks Report Reply 0 replies · active 230 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Janice · 230 weeks ago Great idea and shows what a few people can do to enhance a community. Wellington is lucky to have you guys!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 230 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Sherry · 230 weeks ago Great Article, Amber! They are really fun to listen to, too!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 230 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Group meets during monthly art work.by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — It started out as a couple of guys who loved playing music. Now, during the First Friday Art Walk every month, the Wellington Street Musicians Association plays outside downtown, or inside, during inclement weather.“We open a guitar case, and any tips collected, we donate to someone who needs the money,” said Lanny Taylor, a member of the group.About three years ago, Jim Bales, local musician and member of Kitty Hawk Krash, decided to start playing his guitar downtown during the monthly art walk.“I thought it would be fun to play on the street corner,” Bales said. “Lonnie Cooper started coming too, and we put out a guitar case for tips, and would donate to anyone in need.”One year, Bales said, they raised money for the Memorial Auditorium air conditioning project. The Chisholm Trail Museum and Day Funeral Home fund have also received donations from this group. Families in need and other charitable organizations have also benefited from the group’s generosity.“We’re a loose organization of guys who like music and like to play music,” Bales said. “There are guys with musical talents that are buried, and this is a non-intimidating atmosphere. If we can help people, that’s great too.”Taylor said that the group’s name, the Wellington Street Musicians Association, stuck when Bales made a comment about it a couple of weeks ago.“I joined the group about eight months ago,” Taylor said. “There was a Guns and Guitars display at the museum, and I have both. I visited with Jim Bales and he and Lonnie Cooper were playing guitar, and I asked if I could join.”Other guys who usually play with them include Mark Green, Kevin Dodds, George Black, Lonnie Cooper, James Freel and John Whitecrow.“If you can play an instrument or sing, you’re welcome to join, the more the merrier,” Taylor said.Taylor plays baritone ukele and acoustic guitar, Bales plays a 12 string acoustic guitar, Whitecrow plays the flute and acoustic guitar, Freel plays a mountain dulcimer, the other guys play acoustic guitar, and a couple of ladies sometimes come and sing.“We all get together and play for a couple of hours, and anyone can come along and request a song,” Taylor said.Currently, the group is looking for a fiddle player and banjo player, or anyone who wants to sing, just bring a chair, and your instrument or voice downtown the first Friday of each month from 5-7 p.m.“We’re going to play regardless, if we can give donations to someone, we’d be more than happy to do that,” Taylor said. “It was set up to have fun, but if we can help someone, we’re more than happy to do that.”Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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Diamond, Uitvlugt, Sheet Anchor Water Treatment Plants for November completion

first_imgHundreds of residents residing in Sheet Anchor, East Coast Berbice, Diamond, East Bank Demerara and Uitvlugt, West Coast Demerara will benefit from improved access to potable water supply, with the completion of three new water treatment plants by November this year.Managing Director of The Guyana Water Inc (GWI), Dr Richard Van West-Charles told the Department of Public Information (DPI) that major works have advanced the projects which are on schedule for a November 2019 completion date.The new water treatment plant being constructed at Uitvlugt will serve residents from Cornelia Ida to De Kinderen, supplying 10 million litres of treated water per day once completed.Diamond’s new water treatment plant will service some 23,266 people fromConstruction of sedimentation tank at UitvlugtHerstelling to Great Diamond with 12 million litres of treated water per day.The water treatment plants are components of a larger project for which a more than $6 billion (US$31.6 million) loan was signed in 2014 by the Government of Guyana and the IDB for a Water Supply and Sanitation Infrastructure Improvement Programme.The four components of the overall project are the construction of new water treatment plants at Sheet Anchor, Diamond and Uitvlugt and rehabilitation and expansion of the Shelter Belt water treatment plant; reducing non-revenue water loss through metering and establishment of district meter zones in the programme areas; institutional strengthening of GWI and conversion of existing pit latrines to septic tanks for 1,000 beneficiaries.last_img read more

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McIlroy eyes Masters at Pebble Beach Pro-Am

first_img0Shares0000Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays a shot during the Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club on January 28, 2018 © AFP/File / GIUSEPPE CACACESAN FRANCISCO, United States, Feb 8 – Former world number one Rory McIlroy is hoping to build on recent near-misses in Abu Dhabi and Dubai as he steps up his Masters preparation on Thursday at the PGA Tour’s Pebble Beach Pro-Am.The Northern Irish star has enjoyed a solid start to the year, finishing in a tie for third at the Abu Dhabi Championship last month before a second place at the Dubai Desert Classic. McIlroy, who returned to the top 10 last month after failing to win an event last year for the first time in nearly a decade, said he had taken positives from recent results.His runner-up spot in Dubai came after he blew a two-shot lead down the stretch to give China’s Li Haotong the biggest win of his career.However McIlroy said simply being in position to win had been encouraging.“I had two chances to win golf tournaments and I didn’t,” McIlroy said of his performances in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.“But great building blocks. I don’t want to dwell on them too much — I take them for what they are, which are good performances in a couple of pretty solid golf tournaments.“They were two good confidence builders going into this part of the season,” the four-time Major winner added.“I feel like the best way to prepare you for a big week like the Masters is to be in contention, feeling those nerves down the stretch. I feel like the more I play, the more chance I’m going to give myself to be in that position,” added McIlroy, who is playing this week’s tournament in California for the first time.Another former world number one, Australia’s Jason Day, is also satisfied with his form ahead of Pebble Beach.Day returned to the top 10 in the world rankings last month after defeating Alex Noren in a play-off at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. It was the Australian’s first title since the 2016 Players Championship.Day told reporters Wednesday he was eager to add to his career tally of 11 PGA Tour wins and one major.“Every mindset that I take into every tournament should be like, ‘This could be my last tournament,’” Day said.“Because I don’t know what’s happening around the corner. My back could be gone, and I may not be able to pick up a golf club again.“I need to go and try and win every single event, because who knows what’s going to happen around the corner.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Chelsea target plays down talk of Roma exit: ‘I know nothing’

first_img1 Antonio Rudiger only joined Italian giants Roma last week Roma defender Antonio Rudiger has palmed off questions over his future – amid talk of a £20m bid from Chelsea.New Blues boss Antonio Conte is a huge admirer of the centre-back, 23, and he will put him high on his list of transfer targets when he takes charge at Stamford Bridge after Italy’s Euro 2016 campaign.Rudiger is currently on international duty with Germany and insists his focus is solely on Euro 2016 rather than where he will be playing next season. “I know nothing about my future right now,” he told Sportitalia.“At the moment I am only focusing on the European Championship with Germany.”last_img read more

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