Irving puts up 39 as Nets topple Pelicans

first_img(Field Level Media) Kyrie Irving totaled 39 points and nine assists while leading six Brooklyn players in double figures as the Nets nearly blew all of a 20-point lead but recorded for a 135-125 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans last night in New York. Irving scored at least 20 points for the seventh straight game, matching Brook Lopez for the most in Nets history since the franchise moved from New Jersey in 2012. He posted his third 30-point game and scored 24 of his points after halftime while shooting 13 of 21 from the floor overall and hitting all 11 of his free-throw attempts.The Nets rebounded from blowing a 14-point lead at Detroit on Saturday and headed into a five-game road trip at 3-4. They withstood a career-high 40 points from New Orleans forward Brandon Ingram and survived allowing 48 points in the third quarter.Caris LeVert added 23 for the Nets, who shot 53.3 percent and survived committing 23 turnovers. Joe Harris contributed 19 points, and Jarrett Allen collected 18 points and 10 rebounds as the Nets produced their highest point total of the season. Reserve Garrett Temple added 13 while Taurean Prince contributed 12 points and 11 boards for Brooklyn.Ingram produced his first career 40-point game after missing the second half of New Orleans’ Saturday loss at Oklahoma City with a head injury. Jrue Holiday and Lonzo Ball added 15 apiece for the Pelicans, who fell to 1-6.New Orleans shot 49.5 percent overall and set a franchise record for points in a quarter but also allowed 32 points off 21 turnovers. Brooklyn took its second 20-point lead at 78-58 on three free throws by Irving with 8:47 left in the third. The Pelicans significantly chipped away and outscored the Nets 40-26 the rest of the quarter to get within 104-98 entering the fourth.The Pelicans kept coming and were within 121-119 when Jaxson Hayes stole Spencer Dinwiddie’s pass and passed to Josh Hart, who converted the running layup with 4:43 remaining.After a Brooklyn timeout, Allen boxed out Ingram for a put-back dunk, and Irving followed with a turnaround jumper over Holiday for a 125-119 lead with 3:50 remaining. The Nets took a 128-121 lead when Irving passed out of a double team in the low post to LeVert, who buried an uncontested 3-pointer from the left side with 3:07 left. The Nets clinched the win when Hlast_img read more

Teenager Verma, Mandhana hurt Windies

first_imgGROS ISLET, St Lucia,  CMC – Fifteen-year-old Shafali Verma and opening partner Smriti Mandhana pummelled enterprising half-centuries to condemn a listless West Indies Women to an 84-run defeat in the opening Twenty20 International here Saturday night. Player-of-the-Match Verma smashed a scintillating 73 from 49 balls while the classy Mandhana carved out 67 from 46 deliveries, innings that propelled the visitors up a challenging 185 for four off their 20 overs.West Indies never threatened in their run chase and timidly subsided to 101 for nine off their 20 overs with Shemaine Campbelle the only batsman to show resistance with 33.With the defeat, the Windies fell 1-0 behind in the five-match series. Verma and Mandhana snatched the game away from West Indies early when they dominated in a stroke-filled 143-run opening stand.The right-handed Verma belted six fours and four sixes, racing to her maiden T20 half-century off 30 balls in the 10th over, while the left-handed Mandhana raised her landmark off 31 balls in the next over with a paddle sweep for four off leg-spinner Afy Fletcher.Together, they raised the hundred off just 61 balls and West Indies had run out of ideas when Verma skied fast bowler Shakera Selman (2-36) to Kyshona Knight at cover point in the 16th over. Mandhana, dropped on 39 at long off by Natasha McLean off Fletcher in the ninth over, finally holed out to long off with off-spinner and stand-in captain Anisa Mohammed (2-35) in the following over.However, captain Harmanpreet Kaur belted a 13-ball 21 not out as India gathered precious runs towards the end.In reply, West Indies lost Hayley Matthews cheaply in the second over after she hammered three fours in an eight-ball 13, bowled by one from seamer Shikha Pandey (2-22) which nipped back. And when McLean picked out Kaur at mid-off with left-arm spinner Radha Yadav’s (2-10) first ball, West Indies were 13 for two in the third over.Chedean Nation struck a six – a clean blow over mid-wicket off Pandey – in a run-a-ball 10 but then drove the next ball to mid-off where Kaur took a running catch in the sixth over.Campbelle, who counted two fours and a six in a busy 34-ball knock, then put on 21 with Kyshona Knight (12) for the fourth wicket and a further 24 for the fifth wicket with Stacy-Ann King (13), to keep the innings afloat. However, at 61 for four at the half-way stage, the required run rate of over 12.5 an over proved to much for the Windies and they managed only 40 runs over the last 10 overs.last_img read more

Pegasus pumps one million dollars into GFF Super 16 Cup

first_imgManaging Director of the Le Meridien Pegasus Hotel,  Robert Badal, has presented a cheque for one million dollars to president of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) for the 2019/2020 edition of the GFF Super 16 Cup, year-end tournament. Set to be a very competitive tournament with the top eight GFF Elite League clubs battling the top clubs in eight of the Regional Members Associations (RMA), Badal, in handing over the cheque to GFF President, Wayne Forde, said that himself and company were more than pleased to be supporting the development of the sport and communities in Guyana.“Pegasus has always been contributing to the community and we are happy that we can make a contribution to football which engages hundreds of our youths, it empowers our youths, it develops communities, it prevents crime and like cricket and other sports, puts Guyana on the map,” said Badal.He also noted that the game elevates the nation when the team does well while recognizing that more can be done for the game and sports, nationally. “It’s a perennial problem that we have never addressed the needs of sports in the sense that we ensure that it is properly financed and therefore we can’t develop our youths and Guyana to its full potential without funding sports development, coaching and other activities that train our youths and ensure that they achieve their fullest.So this is our way of contributing to youth development and empowerment as well as development of communities.Forde commended Badal and Pegasus for coming on board for the biggest local knockout tournament. “We are delighted to have the support of the Pegasus Hotel which is an official partner of the GFF. This timely contribution by Mr. Badal will certainly go a far way in helping us to put on a fantastic football show for the nation.I would therefore like to say a deep thank you on behalf of the more than 400 young men that will be given an opportunity to showcase their God given talent by providing entertainment for thousands of fans throughout the festive season.This year’s GFF Super 16 Cup will kick off December 15 at the Police Sports Club Ground, Eve Leary. The team emerging the winner on January 1st, 2020 will be rewarded with two million dollars, the losing finalist will pocket one million while the third and fourth place finishers will receive $500, 000 and #250,000 dollars, respectively.last_img read more

Hero CPL to broadcast classic matches with new live commentary

first_imgWith no live sport currently available, the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) has partnered with cloud video production platform Grabyo to create a unique and innovative content experience for cricket fans to enjoy. From next week, CPL will be broadcasting classic matches from the last seven years of the tournament, but with a twist. According to a release, the organization will broadcast as if they are live, with the first game going “live” around the globe via CPL’s Facebook and YouTube channels on Tuesday 31st March!Tom Moody “In an industry first, rather than airing the original commentary, CPL has enlisted its world-class broadcasting team, including Tom Moody, Danny Morrison, Ian Bishop, Daren Ganga and Alex Jordan to commentate live on the action. To make each match as realistic as possible, CPL will not give any of the match information to the commentary team before the game starts. Their reactions and comments will be as if they are watching the games live for the first time- providing unparalleled levels of authenticity,” the release stated.It added:”The CPL digital team will also be covering these matches as if they are live, providing match clips, graphics and behind the scenes content to replicate the CPL experience.  Opening the CPL vault has served as a reminder of the classic, high impact CPL games there has been. Now fans can re-live the best matches with an up to the minute twist, thanks to CPL’s brilliant commentary team.  “The CPL has also featured some of the greatest T20 cricketers of all time, and fans will be able to enjoy some of their amazing performances as if they are watching them for the first time, with the commentators calling the game as if it was live. “These matches will be broadcast using Grabyo’s state of the art live streaming software, which will allow the commentators to broadcast remotely. The commentary team will be based in Australia, Trinidad and Barbados,” stated the release. Tom Moody, CPL Director, International Cricket and commentator said: “Thinking of everyone around the world during this challenging time. I’m thrilled to be involved with CPL’s initiative to revisit some of the best matches since 2013. Some of the best players in the world in action showing their class and we’ll be calling it, without knowing what game we have in advance! I hope that the biggest party in sport brings some comfort and a smile.”  Pete Russell, CPL Chief Operating Officer, said: “The thoughts of everyone involved in CPL are with those who have had their lives impacted by this crisis and we have been spent a good deal of time thinking how we can provide sports fans with something different and exciting for them to enjoy as we get through this Pandemic. We all miss live sport, and we wanted this experience to be as immersive as possible. So we hope that cricket fans around the world enjoy this unique interactive experience with some of the best cricket commentators in the world and some of the best T20 cricket on the planet. I would also like to thank Grabyo who have helped make this happen. Their incredibly talented team have highlighted how creativity and innovation will get us all through this challenging and worrying time.”Gareth Capon, Grabyo CEO, added: “The time has come for sports federations to go the extra mile to engage with fans in this trying time. CPL is leading the way and showing everyone how to be truly fan-first.  We are excited to play our part in this series and create unique experiences for cricket fans all over the world, delivering joy to those who need it now more than ever.  We can’t wait to get started!”last_img read more

South Africa confirm postponement of Sri Lanka tour

first_imgCAPE TOWN, (Reuters) – South Africa’s limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka that was scheduled to take place in June has been postponed due the coronavirus pandemic, officials said yesterday. The teams were due to play three one-day internationals and three Twenty20 games, with the 50-over matches South Africa’s first in the International Cricket Council’s new ODI league.“It is very sad that we have been forced to take this step and we will re-schedule the tour as soon as cricket returns to a sense of normality and our international fixture list allows,” Cricket South Africa acting chief executive Jacques Faul said in a statement.“Our Proteas would not have been able to prepare properly taking our own lockdown situation into account and, more importantly, health considerations for our players, which are always paramount, were the over-riding factor.”South Africa’s next scheduled tour is to the West Indies for two tests and five Twenty20 matches in late July and August, the latter forming part of the country’s build-up to the 20-over World Cup in Australia starting in October.last_img read more

Healthy Gronkowski says Brady ‘icing on the cake’ of NFL return

first_img(Reuters) – Rob Gronkowski is feeling healthy again and has rediscovered his love of the sport he walked away from after mounting injuries zapped his desire to ever play in the NFL again. Gronkowski, 31, announced his retirement in March 2019 after nine season and three championships with the New England Patriots, saying he had no interest in returning given the sport’s physical and mental toll.But now he says the fire is back.“I needed to let my body heal,” he told Reuters. “I’ve spent the last year focusing on my health, making sure I’m eating right, hydrating properly, working on my pliability, getting my mind right, and doing everything I can to not only heal my body but improve it,” he said.“Now, I’ve regained my juice and I feel like I have that passion back and I’m excited to play again.”The tight end said the stars aligned for him to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this offseason when he learned that former team mate Tom Brady was heading there to help revive the struggling franchise. “Tom was the icing on the cake,” he said of the six-time Super Bowl champion.“It’s a rare opportunity to be able to start fresh and also play with a quarterback you’ve built chemistry with for nine years,” he said.“So all the factors lined up. And on top of that, it was an awesome opportunity to be near my mom who lives in Florida.” GRONK IN QUARANTINEThe fun-loving and gregarious Gronkowski, also known simply as “Gronk,” said he has made the most of his time in quarantine due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.Unable to travel, he spends his downtime playing make-believe on the basketball court, dunking on an imaginary LeBron James. More traditional pursuits such as bike-riding, trampoline-jumping, and even amateur juggling are also on the menu.With gyms closed, he’s also become a personal trainer to others stuck at home.He leads workout sessions on Fitplan, an app on Samsung Smart TVs as part of Samsung Health that tracks the user’s fitness progress across their smart devices in real-time.“My workout sessions involve a lot of functional strength training, band work, and core movements,” he said. “You’ll be dripping sweat at the end but you’ll have fun.”Looking ahead to next season, Gronkowski and Brady will have the opportunity to do something that’s never been done before in NFL history – win a Super Bowl on their home field.February’s championship game will be held at Tampa Bay’s Raymond James Stadium, but he said he isn’t getting ahead of himself. “My ultimate goal is to win games and in order to do that, you have to focus on one game at a time,” he said.“I’m so thankful for the three Super Bowls that I won with the Patriots and I’m looking forward to potentially being able to play and have the chance to win a Super Bowl on my home field with my new team this season,” he said.“That would be epic.”last_img read more

ICC launches Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League

first_imgThe International Cricket Council (ICC) yesterday officially launched the inaugural ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League. Getting underway on 30th July  in Southampton, the Super League will begin with a series between world champions England and Ireland. Introduced to bring context to One Day International (ODI) cricket, the Super League will determine qualification for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 with the top seven teams automatically booking their spot at the event in India.Featuring 13 teams, the 12 ICC Full Members and the Netherlands, who qualified by winning the ICC World Cricket Super League 2015-17, the Super League will see each side play four home and four away three match series.Commenting on the launch, Geoff Allardice, ICC General Manager – Cricket Operations said, “We are delighted to get the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League underway with world cup winners England against Ireland. “The league will bring relevance and context to ODI cricket over the next three years, as qualification for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 is at stake. The Super League gives cricket fans around the world even more reasons to watch as the drama of league cricket unfolds.”“The decision last week to move the World Cup back to late 2023 gives us more time to schedule any games lost due to COVID-19 and preserve the integrity of the qualification process, meaning it will be decided on the field of play, which is important.”Eoin Morgan, Captain England said: “We’re looking forward to playing cricket again and to the ICC Men’s World Cup Super League. Given the situation, it will be quite different to the last time we played at home, when we lifted the World Cup at Lord’s, but it’s nice to be starting our journey for the next edition of the tournament.  “I’m sure cricket fans all over the world will be excited to see white-ball cricket resume and we’re looking forward to the challenge.“Ireland are a talented team who have shown over the years that they can beat the best on their day. We look forward to what promises to be an interesting series.”Andrew Balbirnie, Captain Ireland said: “It’s a privilege to be playing in the inaugural series of the ICC Men’s World Cup Super League. It is obviously going to be a huge challenge taking on the team that won the World Cup just a year ago but we have prepared well and have taken confidence from our form over the early months of 2020.” “What is important is that we are getting back on the field. I hope international cricket’s return is steady during these challenging times.“I look forward to the Irish side putting on a good performance in the upcoming series as we start our campaign for World Cup qualification.”Further updates on the Super League and its fixtures will be shared in due course, after a discussion with ICC Member Boards.last_img read more

MYO pledges support to President Ali, calls on him to ‘mend’ the country

first_imgThe Muslim Youth Organization (MYO) which participates in the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) competitions, has extended congratulatory sentiments to Guyana’s newly elected President His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali.  The organization in a press release said: “The Muslim Youth Organization of Guyana believes that the bruising encounter over the past five months which culminated on Sunday (August 2) with the swearing-in, may be considered a manifest victory.” It added: “Indeed Dr. Ali has triumphed against all odds in becoming the President but triumphalist he must not become. Guyana is much fractured and his (Dr. Ali) first call of duty should be to mend our country.” The organization pledged its support to Dr. Ali and the new government to ensure that Guyana moves forward to “fully realize its potential.”  The MYO is well known for its numerous initiatives that involve youth. Only recently, it was involved in a countrywide hamper distribution effort to assist persons who were affected by the ongoing COVID – 19 pandemic. The MYO is one of the few sport bodies to have issued congratulatory sentiments to the President thus far.last_img read more

IWG to service Mecca instant win games suite

first_img StumbleUpon Share Rank Group bingo subsidiary Mecca has moved to strengthen its online games portfolio by confirming a partnership with IWG, a specialist developer of instant win games content.Agreeing on partnership terms, IWG will exclusively service Mecca’s entire online instant win suite, with popular titles including Slingo and Cashbuster.Instant win specialist IWG has provided a full online instant win service to lotteries for over 15 years, producing more than 250 high-quality instant win games. It is now offering this service to commercial brands and platforms in the wider online gaming industry.Rhydian Fisher, CEO at IWG, was pleased to announce his firm’s partnership with Mecca stating ;  “Online instant win content is a hot topic at the moment and Mecca realise the importance of providing this type of game to their customers. We all know how successful this content is in the lottery space, but the dominance of mobile as a channel means now is the perfect time to bring instant win content to the commercial sector.”“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Mecca to create this entirely new tab. They’re a huge brand and have some really exciting plans for the future. They are also extremely well placed, both in terms of players and experience, to ensure this is the huge success they expect it to be.”Colin Cole-Johnson, Director of Digital & Cross Channel Services at Rank Group, added: “This is an exciting new development for Mecca’s players. Scratch cards have been around for years, but they haven’t really changed and IWG’s online instant win content is far more immersive and engaging.“We’re going to be promoting this new suite heavily and I’m sure that our players will love the range of games that we’ll be launching shortly.” Rank Group extends support for Carers Trust July 28, 2020 Government denies casinos a July reopening July 10, 2020 Related Articles John O’Reilly – Erratic orders have placed UK casinos on life support August 4, 2020 Submit Sharelast_img read more

D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Local Sports Figures to Watch in 2014

first_imgIn honor of the first Tuesday Top 7 of 2014, Drew Forrester and Luke Jones of The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction selected their top seven local sports figures to watch in 2014.Some of the names are predictable while others may just be establishing themselves on the local sports scene, but each is worth following closely in 2014 for different reasons.To listen to Jones’ full explanation for his list, click HERE. Forrester’s breakdown of his seven names can be found HERE.Luke Jones’ Top 7 Local Sports Figures to Watch in 2014 …7. Towson running back and NFL Draft prospect Terrance WestSkinny: Not only will the FCS record-breaking back be drafted, but it will be fun to watch his progress and to see how his skills translate to the next level.6. Maryland wide receiver Stefon DiggsSkinny: Questions will linger about the Terps’ ability to compete in the Big Ten, but a breakout 2014 campaign would likely have the offensive playmaker thinking carefully about the NFL. 5. Orioles pitcher Kevin GausmanSkinny: Assuming the Orioles’ offseason continues at its current pace, the 23-year-old right-hander’s development will be critical in determining whether the club remains in contention. 4. Ravens linebacker Terrell SuggsSkinny: The 2011 Defensive Player of the Year may have already played his final game in Baltimore if he’s not willing to adjust his $12.4 million salary cap number for the 2014 season. 3. Orioles third baseman Manny MachadoSkinny: Coming off knee surgery and entering just his second full season in the majors, the 21-year-old will be counted on to not only be healthy but to take his already-impressive game to the next level. 2. Ravens quarterback Joe FlaccoSkinny: The spotlight on the Super Bowl XLVII Most Valuable Player will be brighter than ever after a disappointing 2013 season and considering his cap number balloons to $14.8 million in 2014. 1. Orioles manager Buck ShowalterSkinny: After two poor offseasons in a row, does the Baltimore skipper reach his breaking point with an organization lacking the commitment to build on its recent success?CONTINUE FOR DREW FORRESTER’S TOP 7 LOCAL SPORTS FIGURES TO WATCH IN 2014 >>>>>last_img read more