Windies arrive in Zimbabwe to kickstart World Cup qualification bid

first_imgHARARE, Zimbabwe, (CMC) – West Indies received a rousing welcome at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport here Sunday evening as they became the first team to arrive for the ICC World Cup Qualifiers starting next month.A traditional dance group put on a cultural extravaganza at the airport, with dozens of local cricket fans also on hand to greet the two-time former 50-overs World Cup champions.Members of the Local Organising Committee and government representatives also welcomed the Caribbean side.“We are really excited to be here. It’s a lovely place,” Windies captain Jason Holder said.The last time we came here we had great success and hopefully on this tour we’ll have success again and qualify for the 2019 World Cup.“We are well supported here . . . the fans here adore cricket, they are big cricket fans, they love us and we love them so we have come here to put on a really good show for them, entertain them and make them happy.”Another batch of Windies players and officials are expected to touch down on Monday.The Caribbean side are one of 10 teams down to do battle in the March 4-25 tournament, as they vie for the remaining two spots at the showpiece in England next year.West Indies open their campaign on March 6 against United Arab Emirates, who won the ICC World Cricket League Division 2 last week, to book their spot in the qualifiers.They, along with Ireland, the Netherlands and Papua New Guinea comprise Group A while Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, Scotland, Hong Kong and Nepal form Group B.The top three from each group will advance to the Super Sixes, where they will each play three matches against teams they did not meet in the preliminaries.The finalists will secure the final two berths at the ICC World Cup from May 30 to July 15 next year.Queens Sports Club and Bulawayo Athletic Club in Bulawayo, Harare Sports Club and Old Hararians Sports Club in Harare and Kwekwe Sports Club, Kwekwe, will share the 34 matches in the qualifying tournament, with Harare Sports Club staging the final.West Indies missed out on automatic qualification for the World Cup after finishing outside the top eight in the ICC one-day rankings at the September 30 cut-off date last year.last_img read more

Former NBA basketball player and “Youtube” star will go to the…

first_imgFormer National Basketball Association (NBA) player and fan dude Nate Robinson will meet in the duel just before the evening’s main fight, while his opponent will be “Youtube” star Jake Paul.Information about such a possible duel at rumor level was available before, but now the fight has been officially announced.“I’m happy to work with Thriller and go out in the ring to fight an elite athlete. But make no mistake, on September 12, Nate will fall quickly,” said the Youtube celebrity.Former NBA Slam dunk champion Robinson also commented on the upcoming fight: “It’s official. Go! Jake Pol, you’re better prepared. I wanted to show that I’m a world-class athlete. I played football in college, I played in the NBA for 11 years. and now I’m happy to start my way in boxing. Jake Pol, I’m ready for anything. “Robinson spent 11 seasons in the NBA during his career, averaging 11 points and three assists per game, and becoming a three-time NBA Slam dunk champion.This will not be the first time that the well-known “sensor”, which has more than 20 million followers on the Youtube platform, will be in the ring. In 2018, he beat another “feeler”, “Dance,” but earlier this year, “AnEsonGib” fell from Paul’s hand.last_img read more

Montague’s Buchberger could be chosen in MLB draft, following a great college season

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Bestseller × Bestseller Add Comments (Max 320 characters) $14.99$18.00 $0.00 Inappropriate / Offensive Not relevant Inappropriate / Offensive By Nate ThompsonLocalSportsJournal.comGRAND RAPIDS – After June 5, Jacob Buchberger may face one of the toughest decisions of his life.That’s the day the Major League Baseball first-year player draft wraps up, and Buchberger has a more than a decent chance at being selected during the three-day event that features 40 rounds and a handful of compensatory picks.Three years ago, the idea of the 2016 Montague graduate and current Davenport University junior being considered a pro prospect would have seemed like a fairy tale.But with one fortunate tryout in front of Davenport’s head baseball coach, Kevin Tidey, and hours of grueling work in the weight room and on the field, Buchberger is writing his own story.Now, fresh from turning in one of the best offensive seasons in Davenport history and being named the top player in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, Buchberger may have to decide whether to return to school for his senior season, or take a giant leap of faith into professional baseball.Jacob Buchberger. Photos courtesy of DavenportAs Coach Tidey said, it’s a nice problem for Buchberger to have. If he comes back to school, Buchberger will be a part of what is expected to be a stacked team at the Division 2 school that could contend for big things next season.But if Buchberger leaves, he’ll be pursuing an opportunity that thousands dream of, but few achieve.“It’s always been a dream of mine to get drafted and play pro ball,” said Buchberger, who is 6-foot-2, 225 pounds and has packed on more than 30 pounds of muscle since his days at Montague. “Right now, it’s really hard to say what I’ll do. I know I’ll be super happy, but I don’t want to let that emotion from getting drafted affect my decision. I’ll sit down and talk with my advisors, my coaches and my family, and then make a decision.”Buchberger will have his first chance to show his talents to big league scouts up close this Sunday when he participates in the Philadelphia Phillies pre-draft camp. Then on May 30, he’ll do the same with the Cincinnati Reds.He’ll get a chance to show off his unique combination of speed and power. They are traits that helped him bat a stellar .429 in 182 at-bats with the Panthers this spring, while scoring 54 runs, hitting eight home runs and knocking in 40 runs. He also stole 22 bases in 25 attempts, helping lead the Panthers to a 32-18 record and third-place finish in the GLIAC.“He’s a five-tool player,” Tidey said. “He’s a big kid now for us, and it’s amazing how much he’s progressed. He hits for power and average, he runs like a deer, and he fields his position as well as anyone.“He’s really a specimen (physically),” Tidey added. “We were a little worried at one point he was getting too big and it would affect his speed, but he keeps running faster and faster. Even in the field, he moves so well for a kid his size.”It’s hard to believe now, but just three years ago, Buchberger didn’t receive any college interest for baseball, likely because he was a three-sport standout at Montague and his main focus was pursuing a college football opportunity. He signed with the Davenport football squad and was listed as a wide receiver during his freshman season, but after a redshirt year, his heart led him in a different direction.“I knew of him a little bit,” Tidey said. “I played college ball with his dad (Montague varsity baseball coach Kevin Buchberger), so I knew what kind of family he was coming from. During one of his visits for football, we invited him to visit with us.”Tidey later invited Buchberger to a workout and was immediately impressed.“He ran well and he showed a lot of bat speed, so that really jumped out,” Tidey said. “And with all that athletic ability, we figured he could really develop down the road.”After his freshman season on the diamond, when he was primarily used as a pinch runner, Buchberger decided being a multi-sport athlete would be a thing of the past.“I just thought it would be better for my future to focus on one sport,” said Buchberger, who played baseball, football and basketball at Montague. “Baseball is a lot less taxing on your body, and in the end, I just followed by heart. It was more in baseball.”Being able to focus on baseball year-round has obviously done wonders. Tidey called Buchberger the team’s best hitter as a sophomore, and his performance this spring was off-the-charts, earning him league MVP honors. He said he got a leg up on the competition by facing quality pitching on a nightly basis while playing with a squad in Kokomo, Ind., in a summer prospect league.“The more you see (tough pitching) the more comfortable you get,” Buchberger said. “I saw the ball a lot better this spring. Still, nobody expects to hit .430 in college ball. But I’ve always held myself to a high standard.”Now on the cusp of achieving a lifelong dream, Buchberger can’t help but pinch himself, especially for a kid coming from a Division 6 high school. Tidey, however, said his star player deserves all the credit. He’s the one who put in the work to transform himself into a potential professional ball player.“It’s a pretty cool story,” Tidey said. “He’s a hard worker and just a good character kid. He deserves it.” FOX Sports: Stream live NFL, College Footbal… Other Report a problem This item is… Other Report a problem This item is… Mail Other DEAL OF THE DAY The League Share (2) Thank you! 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Flamengo Esports taps AMC Networks International to sell sponsorships

first_imgSimplicity Esports and Gaming Company has tapped AMC Networks International – Latin America (AMCNI-LA) to sell sponsorships.The deal will see AMCNI-LA aim to increase commercial opportunities for Simplicity Esports’ Brazilian brand Flamengo Esports. Photo credit: CBLoLRELATED: Simplicity Esports sets sights on NYSE American public offeringIn April, Simplicity Esports made an operational adjustment that saw Team oNe removed from management duties regarding Flamengo Esports. The move was made in an effort to ensure the brand was in a good position to be accepted into the long-term partnership model that will be implemented in the CBLoL. The model will be similar to that seen in the LCS, LEC, and LPL.Héctor Costa, Senior Vice President of Advertising Sales at AMCNI-LA, commented on the partnership in a release: “We are very pleased with this alliance with Simplicity Esports, to focus on monetizing sponsorships for Flamengo Esports, the prestigious Brazilian club. This agreement expands our great offering and contributes to the continued growth of AMCNI-LA in Brazil and potentially at the pan-regional level.”RELATED: Simplicity Esports receives $500,000 investment from Triton FundsOn June 9th, it was revealed that Simplicity Esports is intending on bringing in a Free Fire roster under the Flamengo banner, making it the second roster to represent the organisation alongside its League of Legends team.Jed Kaplan, CEO of Simplicity Esports, explained the reasoning behind this particular agreement: “We chose to partner with AMCNI-LA because of their deep relationships and extensive experience with advertising sales in Latin America. Hector and the rest of his team understand our strategy to grow the Flamengo Esports brand globally, as well as the value of corporate sponsorship activations that provide exposure to our loyal and engaged fanbase of over 1,600,000 followers on social media.”Esports Insider says: Given the extensive knowledge that AMCNI-LA possesses regarding the Brazilian scene, this deal makes a lot of sense. With Flamengo already sponsored by the likes of adidas and Samsung, it will be interesting to see what future deals can be acquired for the organisation. 10 Sec ESI London – Franchised leagues in esports. CARMAC vs lurppis NextStay ESI London – Franchised leagues in esports. CARMAC vs lurppisNOW PLAYINGThis year in esports- Investments, sponsorships and deals in 2019NOW PLAYINGTEAMS wins The Clutch DigitalNOW PLAYINGHector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez – ESI Hall of Fame Inductee 2019NOW PLAYINGESI Hall of Fame 2019 – #ESIHOFNOW PLAYINGMarcus ‘djWHEAT’ Graham – ESI Hall of Fame Inductee 2019NOW PLAYINGHeather ‘sapphiRe’ Garozzo – ESI Hall of Fame Inductee 2019NOW PLAYINGESI London 2019NOW PLAYINGThe best MMOs in 2020NOW PLAYING Arrow Left #1 Icon Created with Sketch. Arrow right #1 Icon Created with Sketch.last_img read more

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel practice social distancing atop a stunning snow-covered mountain

first_imgRodin Eckenroth/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel are taking social distancing very seriously and here’s the proof. In an Instagram post shared on Wednesday, the 39-year-old shared apicture of his Sinner producer wife in the middle of a bright white snow-covered landing lined with beautiful green trees cascading down the sides of a mountain. A few clouds hover in the bright blue sky behind her and a furry pup stands on all fours in front. “Out here social distancing with the fam,” the Man of the Woods crooner wrote. “I hope you guys are staying safe and healthy. We need to stick together and look out for each other during this crazy time.”Timberlake then directed his followers to take a gander at his Instagram stories for ways to support their local communities. “While there’s a lot of chaos and confusion right now, there’s also a lot of good and so many ways to help,” he added. “Spread the word.”The Grammy-Award winning musician and actor tagged four different organizations — The American Red Cross, Feeding America, Save the Children and World Central Kitchen — in both his post and to stories. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Elton John, Mariah Carey, Billie Eilish and others raise nearly $8 million on Fox’s ‘Living Room Concert for America’

first_imgFOX(LOS ANGELES) — Elton John, Mariah Carey, Billie Eilish and other major music stars gathered together for the Fox Presents the iHeart Living Room Concert for America on Sunday, and raised nearly $8 million to help fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and salute the strength and resilience of the U.S. people during the health crisis.Highlights included Demi Lovato performing her hit “Skyscaper”; Eilish and her brother Finneas teaming up for an acoustic rendition of “bad guy”; Camilla Cabello and Shawn Mendes joining forces for her song “My Oh My”; and Mariah belting out her hit, “Always Be My Baby.”Elton, who hostedthe event from his home, closed out the evening with a special performance of “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me.”Other performers included Backstreet Boys, Dave Grohl, Green Day’s Billie Jo Armstrong, Alicia Keys and Tim McGraw.The hour-long special drew more than 8.7 million viewers across multiple networks, who were encouraged to donate to two of the many charitable organizations that are helping COVID-19 victims and front line workers, such as health care professionals: Feeding America and First Responders Children’s Foundation.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Kraft leaves ‘young guns’ in his wake

first_imgWe had a slew of followers that tied for second on 36 points, namely Bill Thompson, Larry Emerson and Joe St. Laurent.  They were all going over the count-back until Paul put them in the back seat.  They still needed the second place winner so it didn’t go to waste.  Just behind the list at 36 was Sus Ige with 35 points.Monthly winner Paul Kraft, left, with Joe St. Laurent.At their gathering place at Caddy Shack II, plans were laid out for next week’s competition – a two men scramble will be held.  Teams were formed and as usual, the bragging rights began on who had the best team.  It will be interesting to see how it will turn out.  Entry fee will be 200 hundred baht and will be divided for 3 places.  Hope to see you all there. PSC golf from The Three Sisters BarAs the end of the month rolled around and with the holidays behind us, our numbers finally picked up.  The ‘oldster’ of the group rose to the top again to show the rest of us that it’s not age that counts but the way you play the game.  Paul Kraft shot a score that was half his age.  He came in with 38 points and could have easily come in with more. last_img read more

Durant delivers on both ends, Warriors beat Cavaliers 99-92

first_imgGolden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts after blocking a shot by Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif., Monday, Dec. 25, 2017. The Warriors won 99-92. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — LeBron James drove to the basket in the waning seconds and Kevin Durant swatted away any chance Cleveland had at a Christmas Day comeback.Durant pumped his fist again and again, emphatically shook his head and pounded his chest in delight. It looked a lot like the dominant Durant from the NBA Finals six months ago.Klay Thompson hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:33 left, Durant delivered on both ends of the floor, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Cavaliers 99-92 on Monday in a festive holiday rematch of the past three Finals.“There’s just so much joy in the arena today because it’s Christmas and we all feed off of that,” Durant said.Durant’s block against a driving James with 24.5 seconds left went out of bounds off James, who said he thought he was fouled on the play. Durant finished with 25 points, seven rebounds and five blocked shots.“He’s one of the leaders in shot blocks a game and obviously he had five tonight, so he’s been doing a heck of a job of first of all taking the individual matchup and protecting the rim, too,” James said.Kevin Love had 31 points and a season-best 18 rebounds, while James contributed 20 points, six rebounds and six assists in a rivalry missing one key piece: Warriors star Stephen Curry, who missed his eighth straight game with a sprained right ankle.Thompson scored 24 points and Draymond Green had a triple-double with 12 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists. It was Golden State’s 12th win in 13 games after its 11-game winning streak was snapped by Denver on Saturday night.Warriors rookie Jordan Bell traveled with 2:13 left and James tied it. Bell made up for that mistake with a key offensive rebound and pass to Thompson for his fourth 3.James’ 3-pointer with 10:39 left pulled Cleveland within one, but Green answered with a 3 and Andre Iguodala scored two of his nine points the next time down. In another key sequence, Durant blocked Tristan Thompson’s shot with 6:23 to go and dunked moments later.No surprise, the up-tempo, running rivals provided high entertainment once again. The Warriors last June captured a second championship in three years against James and the Cavaliers.“I forgot all about it,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said with a chuckle.The teams will see each other again soon, playing Jan. 15 in Cleveland.KD requested James for his defensive assignment, to which he explained simply, “I just like guarding my position.”The Cavs, having won six of seven and playing for the first time since Thursday, had their run of scoring at least 100 points end at 26 games.The Warriors were at nearly full strength again aside from Curry, who could return this week once he goes through some scrimmages at practice.Center Zaza Pachulia was available but didn’t play after sitting out seven consecutive games, while Shaun Livingston came back after missing four games with a sore right knee.Bell — who addressed the sellout crowd at midcourt moments before tipoff — started at center and had eight points and six rebounds.SHOOTING WOESThe Cavs’ 31.8-percent shooting was the lowest by a Warriors opponent in nearly four years, since Charlotte shot 31.2 percent from the field on Feb. 4, 2014.“We just didn’t make shots,” Lue said.A REAL RIVALRYSure, this one felt a little strange without Curry or Kyrie Irving, now in Boston.“Golden State-Cavaliers, that’s a big game, no matter who’s playing, who’s out,” Lue said.“It will be weird, without Steph, without Ky, especially the battles we’ve had over the last three years. So both teams look different.”Warriors coach Steve Kerr knows just the uniforms are enough to get everybody going — and this marked the third straight Christmas matchup between the franchises, alternating home floors based on who won the title.“It’s always great to play the Cavs, they’re an awesome team,” Kerr said. “LeBron is so amazing and it’s so fun to feel the energy in the building when the two teams get together. Neither team will look the same as we will even a month from now because Steph and Isaiah Thomas both should be back, hopefully they’ll both be back. … But it doesn’t even matter sometimes, just the two uniforms in the same building gets people going.”TIP-INSCavaliers: Lue isn’t yet ready to guess when Thomas will return following his right hip injury. “He is progressing very well,” Lue said. “The most important thing is that he is getting to practice and playing 5-on-5 and having a chance to experience feeling well after it and not having soreness.” … Cleveland is 19-3 since Nov. 11, including 8-3 on the road.Warriors: Durant averaged 32 points over his seven previous Christmas Day games. … Golden State played its fifth consecutive Christmas game and seventh in eight. … The Warriors were 10 of 37 on 3s after they went a dismal 3 for 27 from 3-point range in losing to the Nuggets. … Kerr began his pregame session by thanking all of the arena staff and Golden State employees for their service and for working on the holiday. … Thompson’s holiday sneakers might have stood out most: neon green on the left foot, neon pink on the right.UP NEXTCavaliers: Visit Kings on Wednesday as they play the middle contest of a three-game West trip.Warriors: Host Utah on Wednesday.___More AP NBA coverage: read more

Real Madrid looking to bring in Juan Mata to replace Isco

first_imgAdvertisement 2zikNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsb0wjWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eex2rh( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7hknWould you ever consider trying this?😱42vvCan your students do this? 🌚s5d3Roller skating! Powered by Firework Juan Mata’s contract at the United dressing room runs out next year. Reports from El Gol Digital claim that , Santiago Solari , the newest man in charge of Real Madrid wants the United playmaker at Santiago Bernabeu soon.Advertisement Mata recently had reached 50 goals and 50 assists milestone. “After the game, I was told that I had reached both 50 goals and 50 assists in the Premier League,” he wrote on his blog.Advertisement “It’s a great stat and something that I am obviously very proud of.“But I want more, so I am going to continue trying to improve on those numbers.Advertisement “I have already been playing for many years in England, and I have to say that I am very grateful to both Chelsea and Manchester United for allowing me to enjoy English football for so long.“I am spending a big part of my career in the Premier League and I want to thank both them and all of you, as it is a competition which I love.“It is a very special league for players on many levels and I feel very fortunate.”Mata and United are back in action on Wednesday evening against Valencia in the Champions League. Advertisementlast_img read more

What Allicock should have said at the UNPFII

first_imgDuringhis statement at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) on May 18, 2016, Minister of Indigenous Affairs, Sydney Allicock, issued a statement which did little to deflect from the rhetoric of speeches delivered in the past.Some of the points he raised resurface at each Forum as matters of prime importance to Amerindians, despite the level of progress achieved over the years. For instance, the issue of accessibility to quality health care continues to stand out as an area in which the Government has failed miserably to provide for indigenous peoples.The Minister is quoted as stating: “There also needs to be improvement in the provision of health care services, personnel and facilities for indigenous peoples, in particular indigenous women and girls. Provision must also be made for emergency and medical services for all remote communities”.Ironically, the Ministry that Allicock heads cannot even take proper care of the sick it houses at the Amerindian Hostel in Georgetown.The Amerindian Hostel has stood out like a sore in the management of the Ministry—and for years now. It was common knowledge in the past to hear of the lack of maintenance of the Hostel, or rather, of the incompetence of the staff stationed there who failed at maintaining the comfort of the patients it accommodated.Reports of mattresses without pillows and bed sheets, mattresses on the floor, unhygienic sanitary facilities and mismanagement of resources by Hostel staff were common. The measures implemented in the past were insufficient in countering the challenges faced at the Hostel.However, with the advent of a new administration which won the May 2015 election based on a manifesto tanked up on promises of betterment for Amerindians, one would have thought that Minister Allicock and his gang of advisors would have, more than a year later, been capable of providing quality services for Amerindians staying in Georgetown. Unsurprisingly, as anyone can imagine, the situation has deteriorated further into one of shame for the Government’s inaptitude.It is unfortunate that no one mentioned at the UNPFII that now, there are two patients per mattress at the Georgetown Amerindian Hostel, and that the Ministry remains uncooperative when it comes to funding travel expenses for patients to return home. Instead, it prefers to house in the most uncomfortable of situations, patients who want nothing more than to return to their abodes in the interior.It is now easier to understand why the Regional Executive Officer (REO) of Region 9, Carl Parker, has officially signed the interruption of fuel reimbursements for patients and school children in the Rupununi, when the very Minister of Indigenous Peoples Affairs is reluctant and subsequently incapable of providing for his own people.Allicock has his priorities mixed up and would rather disregard his manifesto promises, as he expends hundreds of thousands to eat, drink and sleep in Lethem for the Ministry staff during the big Rupununi Rodeo sport, while patients are being forced to sleep on the floor and share mattresses. But the Georgetown Hostel is not an isolated case.In terms of primary health care, there are communities which, because they are not eligible for title under the Amerindian Act no. 6 – 2006, or do not identify as Amerindian villages, do not benefit from a Health Centre. Many of these communities are located on the coastal strip, but fall under the governance of Neighbourhood Democratic Councils and not Village Councils. Yet, they are populated predominantly by Amerindians, in particular Arawaks, Caribs and Warrous.Strangely however, the presence of the Indigenous Affairs Ministry, and initiatives aimed at promoting Amerindian development are absent. For the Ministry, these communities are irrelevant.Consequently, it is baffling that the Minister can sit at the UNPFII and speak of the need to achieve better health care for Amerindians in Guyana, when he has fallen short of respecting his contractual obligations as the first leader of the First Peoples of Guyana.This is just another display of how hallow the words of Allicock remain, deprived of will and effort to fight for the advancement of Guyana’s indigenous peoples.last_img read more