Cricket News We are really confident moving with same squad in World Cup: Alex Carey

first_img New Delhi: After playing one of the best innings of his life in the fourth of five-match series against India, the Australian vice-captain is “really confident” of entering the ICC Cricket World with this squad. He says that the team is strong enough to confident to defend the World Cup title. “As a player in the Australian cricket side, we have been working hard in the last 12-18 months. Some success has started to come our way. We are really confident moving with the squad we take to the World Cup,” Clarey said on the eve of the series-deciding game here. Carey said it will only add to the strength of the side when Steve Smith and David Warner rejoin the side after serving out their bans. “Those are definitely some big names that might come back into the line. The guys that are in the side are performing well, so it’s only healthy for Australian cricket that the guys in the side are playing well and these guys that have done really well in the past have definitely put their hand up for selection when they are available.” highlights Alex Carey believes this Australian team can play in the World Cup. The final game of the series will be played at Feroz Shah Kotla on March 13. David Warner and Steve Smith likely to bein the set up once board lifts the ban.  He said he was not surprised by the way the Australian batsmen tackled India’s formidable spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, who have tormented batters with their guile in recent times.”There have probably been a fair bit of media (analysis) about Australia playing against spin in the past. We have worked really hard on playing spin bowling in the nets over 12-18 months. I guess to see some reward, again it’s no surprise, but the guys are doing so much hard work off the field,” said Carey.The match will be played on a Feroz Shah Kotla wicket which may assist slow bowlers. Carey, though, said they are capable of handling whatever is thrown at them.”We played some local Indian bowlers that we tried in the nets, so I guess it’s a really good experience. Guys getting out there in the middle to have the confidence to take on their spinners got to be a great confidence tomorrow.”He said the strength of the Australian team at the moment is that they have plenty of options.”We take a lot of confidence that we trust the batters to perform their role. When Ashton did that the other night he did really well. They (Indians) are world class bowlers and I am sure they want to bounce back and it’s up to our batters to have a game plan to negate that. We trust the players to perform their role and take on the best bowlers in the world and do a good job.”Meanwhile, the final game of the series is scheduled to be played at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi on March 13. As of now, the series between two promising sides if leveled and this remains to be seen if Australia, which was two down in the series can create history.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Chelsea Place 5m Euros Price Tag on Omeruo

first_imgChelsea valuation of Nigeria defender Kenneth Omeruo is five million Euros, but Turkish club Kasimpasa could not come up with such cash after the player’s loan spell there last season.Omeruo, 22, made 25 appearances for Istanbul club Kasimpasa as they finished seventh last season, but they could not afford the option to make the player’s transfer a permanent one.AfricanFootball.com learnt that Omeruo cost Chelsea about 600,000 Euros, when he signed for them in 2011 from Sunshine Stars. However, he has not made his debut for the London club, who have instead skipped him out on loan to several other clubs including Dutch club ADO Den Haag and Kasimpasa.He will now feature for another Turkish club, Besiktas, also on loan in the coming season.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Betsafe UK goes big for boxing this May

first_img Betsson named as the Official European Betting Partner of Alfa Romeo Racing May 10, 2019 Share Submit Related Articles StumbleUpon Betsafe UK, has announced that it will be the headline sponsor of two boxing world championship bouts this May as the online bookmaker goes ‘big for boxing’.Starting this Saturday 13 May, Betsafe, which currently holds a 3/5 performance rating on Bookmaker Ratings, will sponsor the WBA Super Flyweight fight between champion Khalid ‘Kal’ Yafai vs Japan’s Suguru Muranaka at Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena.The month May, will also see Betsafe sponsor the much anticipated IBF Welterweight showdown on 27 May between Kell ‘Special K’ Brook vs Errol ‘The Truth’ Spence, hosted at a sell-out Bramall Lane (Sheffield).Promoted by Matchroom Boxing, Yafai vs Muranaka will be shown on Sky Sports whilst the Kell Brook vs Errol Spence Jr match, will be aired on Sky Box Office.Confirming the sponsorship, Betsafe marketing stated that the firm was committed to raising its profile and coverage within boxing. This month the bookmaker appointed former Cruiserweight WBC world champion Tony Bellew as its new brand ambassador and boxing advisor.A delighted Betsafe Global Brand Manager, Neill Simpson, commented on the title sponsorships: “We’re excited and proud to announce our sponsorship of these two high-profile boxing events as we grow our sponsorship roster in the UK. Our association with Haye vs Bellew was an unforgettable experience and huge success for us, leading to Bellew signing a 12-month deal with Betsafe just last week.“Live experiences are a big part of the Betsafe brand, and we look forward to bringing boxing fans closer to the action, with exclusive comments and content.”Eddie Hearn, Managing Director of Matchroom Boxing, which is promoting the fights, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Betsafe as principal sponsors for our Birmingham and Sheffield events. Betsafe have been continuously backing our fights, most recently Haye v Bellew and have a strong passion for the sport, creating strong social content for the fans around the event. We look forward to a great month and a long future with Betsafe.” Andy McCue returns to betting with Betsson AB June 22, 2020 Betsson sees strong prospects in disrupted Kenya June 19, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Essien out of Madrid’s match at City

first_imgMichael Essien will be unavailable when Real Madrid take on Manchester City in Wednesday’s Champions League Group D match.The Ghanaian is out injured but coach Jose Mourinho not reveal the nature of the injury.“He has a physical problem and did not recover in time to travel,” Mourinho told a news conference without elaborating.After four of six matches, Real are second on seven points in what many consider the toughest group of Europe’s elite club competition, one behind German champions Borussia Dortmund.Ajax Amsterdam are third on four points and City have only a slim chance of making it through to the last 16 with two points in fourth and last place.last_img

Messi: I was targeted by doping control

first_imgLionel Messi has claimed he was subjected to more rigorous anti-doping controls than his Barcelona team-mates ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain.Officers from AETSAD (Spanish Agency for Protection of Health in Sport), who work in conjunction with Uefa, visited Barcelona and conducted tests on five players – Messi, Andres Iniesta, Ivan Rakitic, Claudio Bravo and Jordi Alba – prior to Monday morning’s training session.Afterwards Messi took to his Instagram account to reveal he came under particular scrutiny. “Doping control. Of the five chosen, I was the only one who had to give urine and blood samples… bit strange isn’t it?” he wrote.On Saturday, Messi grabbed another hat-trick – his 21st in La Liga – as Barca thrashed city rovals Espanyol 5-1. The Argentina forward has scored 13 goals in 14 La Liga appearances this term, while netting an additional seven goals in five Champions League appearances. On Wednesday, Barca have the chance to secure top spot in Champions League Group F by beating PSG at Camp Nou.last_img read more

Ask the Mayor — April 24, 2019 — Iowa Legislature talks about sports betting

first_imgThe “Ask the Mayor” program on April 24, 2019, offered a better insight to the debate in the Iowa Legislature about sports gambling. Listen back and/or download the program via the audio player below:last_img

Uganda table tennis association hunting for UGX 25M for regional championships

first_imgJaggwe has  welcomed the news, saying that he is hopeful that the association will get the funds before end of the week to make up for lost time. Also, amidst the delays in releasing the funds, Jaggwe says that the International Table Tennis Federation- ITTF has donated among other items, 8 new competition tables, 8 point counters, 6 umpire chairs and 400 lots of balls.About the Championships This is a singles competition, where every country will field 2 males and 2 females. Uganda, as hosts, will however field 4 females and 4 males at the championship.Winners will get US $400 (approximately Shillings 1.4 million), 2nd placed player will get US$200 (Around Shillings 760,000) while 3rd and 4th placed players will get $ 100 US Dollars (approximately Shillings 360,000).The winner of the championship in the men and women’s category will participate in the Olympic Qualifier to be held in Tunisia early 2020.*****URNShare on: WhatsApp (L-R) Uganda Female Players Ludia Natunga and Amina Lukaya played against Congo Brazzaville doubles team at the 2019 All Africa Games, Morocco.Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT  |  Uganda Table Tennis Association is hunting for Shillings 25 million to host the upcoming East Africa Regional Senior Championships slated for November 28-30th at Pope Paul Memorial Centre in Kampala.The Uganda Table Tennis Association President, Robert Jaggwe, says that 14 countries are expected to participate in the championships. They include among others Kenya, Tanzania, Eritrea, Somalia, Rwanda, Madagascar, Seychelles, Comoros, Sudan, South Sudan and the hosts Uganda among others.According to Jagwe, while the association submitted a funding request of Shillings 25 million to the National Council of Sports-NCS in September, they haven’t received the money. He says they reminded the NCS in early October, about their financial needs to ensure smooth organization for the championships. The funds are meant for booking Pope Paul Memorial Centre, buying equipment, paying umpires and referees, hotels and airport pickups among other activities. Dr. Bernard Patrick Ogwel, the General Secretary National Council of Sports referred Uganda Radio Network to Alex Kakooza, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education on the issue of funding.Kakooza confirmed the delayed release of funds to NCS over the past weeks due to the need to get approvals for certain reallocations from ministry of finance. He however, says the Education Ministry will release funds to NCS within the next two days so as to finance the 48 sports associations and federations including Uganda Table Tennis Association.He says the approval and payment process took two weeks. NCS has been allocated Shillings 26 billion for the 2019/2020 financial year of which Shillings 10 billion is for the Federation of Uganda Football Associations-FUFA. The Table Tennis Association expects to receive Shillings 50 million in total by the end of the 2019/2020 financial year. Half of this amount is budgeted for the Eastern Africa Championships. About the delayed release on the funds, the Director Budget at Ministry of Finance, Kenneth Mugambe, says the Education Ministry delayed to process its warrants of payments, which has taken about two months.  The delays have seen a number of sports federations and associations complain about delayed release of funds in the second quarter.Mugambe explains that while the finance ministry released funds for the second quarter of the 2019/2020 financial year on October 02, 2019, the Education Ministry and its agencies including National Council of Sports have not received funds to date due to pending payment approvals.   He says although the approval process took two months, money should be on the accounts of the Ministry and NCS by the end of Monday (yesterday).  So far, Shillings 13 billion out of of Shillings 26 billion has been released in the last two quarters to NCS. Apart from Jaggwe of the Table Tennis Association, other leaders including Lydia Dhamuzungu, the head of the Hockey Association told URN that they have not received any funds in the last two months. Mugambe says that the sports associations are right to complain because the process to approve the changes in the education ministry budget took close to two months.last_img read more

21st Century Cracks: Julen Guerrero shines in Madrid

first_imgGuerrero is a left-handed midfielder, although he also skillfully handles his right leg. He likes to play near the area, has an elegant stride, vision of the game and ease of reaching the area. This season he has 12 goals with Cadet A of Madrid in the 13 games he has played. An important figure in the case of a midfielder.Madrid is aware of the enormous projection of the footballer, that’s why he wants to pamper him as one of the jewels of his youth team. Many teams follow in his footsteps, especially Athletic, a club in which his father is a legend. Rafa Alkorta, Bilbao sports director, knows that having Julen’s son would be to close a circle that would dazzle San Mamés. However, at the moment Julen Jon Guerrero is happy in Valdebebas and in Madrid they will do everything possible so that in the medium term he ends up being a player of the first team … Julen Jon Guerrero (Bilbao, 2004) is one of the best projects that Real Madrid has in its youth team to become a first-team footballer in a few years. In addition to what he learns every day in Valdebebas, he has the best possible example at home: his father is Julen Guerrero, former player of Ahtletic and the Selection and current Spanish coach under-16. In fact, he has had the opportunity to train him because he has recently been called up with La Rojita.Julen started at the Málaga youth academy, where he was from 2011 to 2018. The change of residence of his father, who began his time within the Federation, caused him to move to Madrid and enter the white quarry. He had no problem, since his name was marked in red in the quarries of most Spanish clubs.last_img read more

The master of suspense

first_imgFoster’s Fairplay is frequently verbally attacked for what some deem to be a serious defect in telling its stories. The allegation is that this columnist, with disturbing regularity, leaves the audience high and dry. While accepting the criticism and providing there has not, to date, been any such complaint in activities elsewhere, the feeling is ‘mission accomplished’. The lead to whet the appetite of a reader, pending a full roll out at a later date, comes from early exposure to the cinema. It was a strategy used by the Hollywood film director and producer, Englishman Sir Alfred Hitchcock, and which earned him the title ‘The master of suspense’. With all that in mind, in addition to “cries for help” from Jamaica’s top performers in track and field, look out soon for the nation’s ‘best kept secret’ surrounding sporting activities. It could, and in due respect for support coming from elsewhere, turn a corner hitherto not even approached, much less negotiated. To refer to it as huge would be the understatement of the millennium. But, come the time, come the revelation. supremacy of black Jamaicans With all that roll out of excellent performances on a stage, previously limited to white Europeans and Americans of varied colour, there is a story never to be forgotten. It is a direct pointer to the supremacy of black Jamaicans, who have now interwoven themselves into the fabric of world track and field. Beijing 2015 was another extension of the five successive global event multi-medal scenario that has strutted with such elegance and Èlan across the frontiers of the sport. It had its genesis in the winning ways of Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Veronica Campbell-Brown at the 2008 Olympic Games, set in the same Chinese city. Now, the phenomenon has, for Jamaicans, scattered worldwide, caused pleasure, passion and the pride of belonging to something quite special. Next year, Rio de Janeiro and the XXXI Olympics beckon. It promises to be all that the extra special moment entails. The city remains the unquestionable mecca for a constantly migrating mass of magical footballers. That temporarily set aside, its people will take timeout from their single-minded focus on the beautiful game. They anxiously anticipate August 12 to 21, when the most prominent crowd-puller, athletics, will be hosted in the Joao Havelange Olympic Stadium. The fact that this most imposing site is named after an icon of world football adds to the stark truth – this is football country. Foster’s Fairplay, still mesmerised by Beijing 2015, is lustily singing the inspirational lyrics coming from the classic, Islands In The Stream. The song is written by Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees and sung by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers in 1983. “The message is clear, this could be the year for the real thing.” All you continually amazing athletes, let it happen for Brand Jamaica. lauriefoster2012@gmail.com. JA’s prominence on the global stage The recent IAAF World Championships was another wide awakener. At the 1948 London Olympics, Jamaica had kicked off what was soon to become its prominence on the global stage. Arthur Wint led the pack with gold (400m) and silver (800m). Herb McKenley had to be content (what a euphemism?) with a silver (400m), and the 4x400m relay team with George Rhoden and Leslie Laing added to that illustrious duo, faltered with a mid-race injury to Wint, seen later limping from the track in a whole lot more than mere physical pain. That quartet had set the stage for future glory and worldwide reverence, accorded our heroes. Quoting from the famous poem, Abou Ben Adhem by English essayist and poet, James Henry Leigh Hunt, “May their tribe increase.” Come Helsinki, four years later, there was more to be heard from the faltering foursome. Gold was their prize at a still well remembered Games. This was after Rhoden, running from the then-outside lane, number six, put it over an inspired McKenley to take gold over his chief rival’s repeat silver. The ‘Herb Mac’ upbeat had come from an ‘on the wire’ and highly disputed to this day – surprise silver that catapulted the winner, USA’s Lindy Remigino, into the pages of history. The legendary McKenley, even moreso later, as a coach, had only entered the shorter race to ‘stretch his legs’ for the 400m title assault.last_img read more

AG to brief Cabinet on findings

first_imgParking meter contractAt the upcoming meeting on Tuesday, Cabinet members will be briefed by Attorney General cum Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams on his findings from reviewing the controversial Parking Meter Project contract between the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) and Smart City Solutions Inc. Government spokesman Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman on Thursday at the post-Cabinet press briefing disclosed that the AG had completed his contract review: “The Attorney General has completed his review and will make his report at the next Cabinet meeting.”In light of mounting concerns over the controversial project, Cabinet had ordered last month that the contract be reviewed by the State.The Parking Meter Project will see solar-powered parking meters installed along selected streets in Georgetown.While Government was reviewing the contract to ensure that the document is in compliance with local laws, Smart City Solutions has gone ahead with the project conducting demonstration exercises on how the parking meter works throughout the city. Persons are also seen conducting assessments on various streets in the city.This is being done in spite of mounting concerns over the lack of transparency in the deal, which persons say appears to be a shady one aimed at exploiting the populace.However, Kamau Cush, who owns the company implementing the project, maintained that the project is a legitimate one. In fact he had told reporters last month that he is not bothered by the review being conducted by Government and assured Guyanese that nothing illegal will be found.“There is no fleecing going on… We have everything to lose, we will be responsible for all the overhead, for the software, for the hardware – everything. The City of Georgetown and Central Government will have no financial responsibility in the installation or the operation of the project,” he pointed out.Furthermore, a United States-based Guyanese businessman disclosed that the contract was actually signed between the Town Council and Smart City Solutions, and not National Parking Systems as previously stated. He added too that when the joint venture between the two companies was formed, NPS was absorbed into Smart City Solutions, which he now claims is owned by Mexican Company – Operadora de Estacionamientos Bicentenario, S.A. de C.V.“Smart City Solutions is a subsidiary of Operadora de Estacionamientos Bicentenario, this is the parent company that is headquartered in Mexico City… NPS is no longer an entity that’s operating this parking system. The City of Georgetown signed a contract with Smart City Solutions. NPS is a shareholder in Smart City Solutions; Smart City Solutions is a subsidiary of Operadora de Estacionamientos Bicentenario, which is based in Mexico,” Cush had related to the media.This information comes in light of mounting concerns over the authenticity of the two initial companies – NPS and Smart City Solutions. Since the signing of the contract for the Parking Meters Project, several City Councillors have expressed scepticism about the project.In fact, Deputy Mayor Sherod Duncan had stated that he could not find proper information about NPS, which was believed to be the substantive company handling the project. Duncan had stated that the address given by Cush for NPS led to an address in New York City which housed the Atlanta City Bank.However, Cush had explained that no information could have been found about the company in the United States because its operation is based in Mexico City.last_img read more