first_imgPARIS (Reuters) – Lionel Messi claimed a record sixth Ballon d’Or award yesterday, beating Liverpool’s leading nominees and Cristiano Ronaldo to lift soccer’s most prestigious individual trophy. The Argentine, who won the Liga title with Barcelona but only managed third place in the Copa America with his country, added to his 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015 trophies.He finished above Dutchman Virgil van Dijk and Portugal’s third-placed Ronaldo, who has won the award five times.“I am very lucky, I am blessed. I hope I will continue for a long time,” Messi told reporters. “I realize that I’m lucky even if one day it will be time to retire,” added the 32-year-old. “It will be tough but I still have some years ahead of me. Time flies so I will enjoy football and my family.”Senegal’s Sadio Mane, who along with runner-up Van Dijk and fellow Liverpool nominees Alisson Becker of Brazil and Egypt’s Mohamed Salah, helped the Merseyside club win the Champions League, came fourth in the poll of international journalists.“It was amazing,” said Van Dijk. “There are a couple of players like him (Messi) who are fantastic. I’m proud of what I’ve achieved with Liverpool and Holland. It’s going to be tough (to win the award) when these guys are around.” Messi, whose stellar career was rewarded with another trophy, and Ronaldo, had between them won 10 consecutive Ballon d’Or awards until Croatia’s Luka Modric prevailed in 2018.  Megan Rapinoe earlier won the women’s Ballon d’Or after leading the United States to a record-extending fourth World Cup title in France this year as they retained the trophy.The 34-year-old midfielder, the standout player at the June-July tournament, succeeded Norway’s Ada Hegerberg who did not take part in the World Cup.Rapinoe was not present at the ceremony in the Theatre du Chatelet, where the show ‘An American In Paris’ is on. “I’m so sad I can’t make it tonight. It’s absolutely incredible congrats to the other nominees. I can’t believe I’m the one winning in this field, it’s been an incredible year,” Rapinoe said in a recorded message.“I want to thank my team mates and the U.S. federation.”Dutchman Matthijs de Ligt, a key player in Ajax Amsterdam’s thrilling run to the Champions League semi-finals and now at Juventus, won the Kopa trophy for the best Under-21 male player. Alisson, one of the four Liverpool players in the top seven for the men’s Ballon d’Or, was awarded the new Yashin trophy for the best male goalkeeper of the year.There was, however, no trophy for the best female Under-21 player or keeper.last_img read more

first_img(Field Level Media) The Minnesota Timberwolves acquired guard D’Angelo Russell from the Golden State Warriors in a blockbuster trade yesterday that included forward Andrew Wiggins. The Timberwolves announced they also obtained forward Omari Spellman and guard Jacob Evans. In addition to Wiggins, they will send the Warriors their 2021 protected first-round draft pick and their 2021 second-round selection.Russell had flourished in his first season in Golden State since being traded by Brooklyn in the Kevin Durant deal in July. The 23-year-old is averaging a career-high 23.6 points per game to go along with 6.2 assists.Wiggins is averaging 22.4 points along with career-best totals in rebounds (5.2), assists (3.7) and blocks (0.9) in 42 games this season. The 24-year-old was the first overall pick of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2014 NBA Draft. He didn’t suit up for the club, however, as he was part of a trade that sent Kevin Love to the Cavaliers in August 2014. He was the 2014-15 NBA Rookie of the Year.Spellman, 22, is averaging 7.6 points and 4.5 rebounds in 49 games this season in Golden State.Evans, 22, is averaging 4.7 points and 1.5 rebounds in 27 games this season with the Warriors.last_img read more

first_imgNet-Rockers and Topp XX battled to a drawn affair while Botofago crushed Silver Shattas when the Jermin and Family sponsored and coordinated ‘Mash Cup’ continued on Wednesday at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground, Linden. Net-Rockers and Topp XX contested a 1-1 affair. Jamal Bentick opened the scoring in the 40th minute for Topp XX. It was a clinical header from Bentick, who directed his effort past the custodian after latching onto a cross inside the penalty area.Net-Rockers eventually equalised in the 90th+1 minute as Deshawn Joseph found the back of the net. Awarded a penalty following a handball infraction, the experienced Joseph made no mistake as he thumped his effort past the opposing shot-stopper.Topp XX scorer Jamal BentickMeanwhile, Botofago dismantled Silver Shattas 6-1. Second half braces from siblings Jamal and Shayne Haynes led the assault. Jamal etched his name on the scorer’s sheet in the 55th and 65th minute, while Shayne bagged his two strikes in the 66th and 78th minute. Adding goals in the 27th and 72nd minute respectively were Tevin Thompson and Antwoine Gill.Damion Williams scored in the 5th minute for Silver Shattas.The tournament resumes today at the same venue with another doubleheader. The opening match will pit Topp XX against Milerock. In the second match, Coomacka will match skills withNet-Rockers scorer Deshawn Joseph Hi-Stars from 21:00hrs.   The winner of the event will pocket $600,000 and the championship trophy while the second place side will pocket $300,000 and the respective accolade. Similarly, the third and fourth place teams will receive $200,000 and $100,000 respectively and a trophy.last_img read more

first_imgBASSETERRE, St Kitts, Feb 28, CMC – Trinidadian Amir Jangoo defied his countrymen with a compact, unbeaten half-century to lead a Leeward Islands Hurricanes fightback against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force. On the brink of total collapse on 60 for four, Hurricanes were revived by left-hander Jangoo’s unbeaten 72 to reach 147 for five at the close on the second day of their sixth round encounter at Warner Park here yesterday.The 22-year-old Jangoo, who made his first class debut for Red Force three season ago, has so far faced 152 balls in just short of three hours at the crease and struck seven fours and a couple of sixes.Terrance Warde chipped in with 22 in an otherwise ordinary Hurricanes effort, as Uthman Muhammad spearheaded the visitors’ attack with two for 33. Earlier, Terrance Hinds had blasted an unbeaten 89 from 111 deliveries as Red Force, resuming from their overnight 161 for seven, were dismissed for a respectable 287 in their first innings.Starting the day with a single run to his name, Hinds – already with a century this season – thumped 11 fours and two sixes to ensure Red Force’s tail wagged.Crucially, he put on an invaluable 106 for the eighth wicket with Khary Pierre who converted his overnight 15 into 35, made off 118 balls with four fours. In the end, Red Force lost their last three wickets for 27 runs in the last 49 deliveries before lunch, leaving Hurricanes to begin their reply in the second session. The hosts’ reply was a weak one though, with Uthman Muhammad striking twice in quick session to peg back the innings.Test opener Kieran Powell mis-directed a pull and was taken at mid-wicket for 13 with the score on 26 and new batsman Devon Thomas perished for two with four runs added, top-edging to long leg.One run later in the very next over, Montcin Hodge clipped fast bowler Anderson Phillip to Jason Mohammed at mid-wicket, as Hurricanes declined to 31 for three. Jangoo inspired the revival, putting on 29 for the fourth wicket with captain Jahmar Hamilton (9) before adding 39 for the fifth with Warde. Even then, Hurricanes were still struggling on 99 for five but Jangoo’s unbroken 48-run, fifth wicket stand with Jaison Peters (11 not out), saw them to the close without further loss.last_img read more

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) has fast-tracked the process of financial aid for member associations who need help during the COVID-19 pandemic, says president Victor Montagliani. The global spread of the virus has resulted in several sports, including football, being brought to a standstill, resulting in sporting associations being unable to host income-generating competitions.Saying that he acknowledged some member associations had financial obligations and might be anxious in the circumstances, Montagliani told the Jamaica Observer that the continental body has eased the requirements of accessing the One CONCACAF Development Fund, a financial assistance programme set up to help member associations boost their development portfolios.“For instance, before you could not use One CONCACAF for human resources, so what we have done is that during this period where there is no programming, we will allow it,” the vice-president of world football governing body FIFA told the newspaper. “At the end of the day, football is about people and everybody will be wanting to keep their staff on as much as possible, so we are allowing that funding to target that.”Additionally, Montagliani said, additional assistance is being crafted in conjunction with FIFA and other continental governing bodies.“We have already started bilateral discussions with all our members and stakeholders trying to take an inventory, as we are also working with FIFA, whose ultimate intention will be to help out world football,” he said. “We are working hand in glove with not only FIFA, but other confederations because I think it’s important it be done in a holistic and responsible way.”However, he stressed, FIFA had to be responsible in the use of its funds.“This can’t be like the Government bailing out the auto industry, because FIFA doesn’t have that kind of money. What’s important is for us to look to see what the real damage is, who is eligible, and how they are eligible, what’s the application process and all that kind of stuff,” Montagliani said. COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on the Caribbean football calendar, resulting in the suspension of the FLOW Caribbean Club Championship scheduled for May, along with the 2021 Gold Cup qualifiers scheduled for June.The CONCACAF Nations League Finals carded for June 4-7 in Texas has also been postponed.last_img read more

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – Former West Indies head coach, Floyd Reifer, is set to take over the top coaching role at the embattled Jamaica Tallawahs for this year’s Caribbean Premier League. According to the Gleaner newspaper here, Barbadian Reifer is one of several changes expected to take place at the Kingston-based franchise for the August 19 to September 26 campaign, following a dismal last season which saw them finish bottom of the standings and miss out on the playoffs.A former West Indies captain, Reifer oversaw the Windies disastrous World Cup campaign last year after replacing Englishman Richard Pybus.“When you have a team that came last in the competition, obviously there are going to be changes, it can’t be business as usual,” chief executive officer, Jeff Miller, said. Under head coach Donovan Miller, Tallawahs managed just two wins in 10 outings in their worst-ever showing in the seven-year-old Twenty20 domestic league.This was in spite of a star-studded lineup which included the likes of superstars Chris Gayle and Andre Russell, along with West Indies all-rounder Rovman Powell and New Zealander Glenn Phillips.Jamaican Miller, who was part of the successful Tallawahs unit of 2016 before moving to St Kitts and Nevis Patriots and then returning home last year, says he was yet to be informed about any changes at the franchise. However, he said he was already in talks with several other franchises and was confident of landing a key position for the upcoming tournament.“I haven’t spoken to CEO Jeff Miller since November of last year,” Miller said.“The last time we spoke, he had asked me to write a report on the team’s performance from last season, which I did and sent to him and the owners, and that was it.  “What I can tell you, though, is that I have been in talks with two to three other franchises, and I am almost 99 per cent sure, once we get the green light, that I will be coaching in the CPL this season.”Team manager Andrew Richardson is also expected to leave the Tallawahs, with reigning champions Barbados Tridents the likely destination.Tallawahs have won the CPL twice, in the inaugural year in 2013 and then again in 2016.last_img read more

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Former Cricket West Indies president, Ken Gordon, has endorsed the current regional governing body’s head, Ricky Skerritt, as “absolutely the right man” to lead the organisation and says he has brought a renewed optimism to West Indies cricket. The Trinidadian business magnate, who ran the then West Indies Cricket Board between 2005 and 2007, said while there were massive challenges facing West Indies cricket, Skerritt possessed the necessary leadership skills to confront those issues.“Ricky Skerritt is the reason why I’m more optimistic about cricket now than I’ve been for 10 years,” Gordon told i95 FM Sports.“I think we have absolutely the right man. Mistakes are going to be made given where we’ve come from but I think we’re very fortunate to have Ricky Skerritt at this time. He’s taking it one step at a time.” He added: “The reality is if you’ve got the right leader anything is possible. It’s not obvious and it’s not going to happen easily but if you can set standards and build an environment and keep doing the right thing, you’re going to get a lot of licks but that’s what makes the difference between ultimate success and failure.”Skerritt, a former St Kitts and Nevis cabinet minister, stunned three-term incumbent Dave Cameron in elections staged in Jamaica in March last year, to take over the helm of the governing body.However, Skerritt has found himself presiding over a cash-strapped CWI, and the situation was made even worse this year with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic which has forced the cessation of cricket across the globe. In the face of declining revenues, CWI announced last month it would slash staff and player salaries by 50 per cent starting from July, in an effort to stay afloat.Gordon, who oversaw the Caribbean’s hosting of the historic 2007 Cricket World Cup, said the issue of financing the organisation would be a “huge challenge” but believed Skerritt’s expertise would prove vital.“You don’t get anything that is important easily and you have to make hard decisions, and that’s why it is so important to have the right man in there now,” Gordon stressed. “How far the new president is going to be able to persuade people to face up to that, is a huge challenge but it’s a challenge that doesn’t lend itself to compromise because you can’t make the money. “I repeat, I’m more optimistic now than I’ve been for the last 10 years because I think for a change we have somebody who’s going to try to do the right thing.”He added: “I’m not suggesting to you he’s on a bed of roses at all but … I’m hearing good sounds from around him, some of the past players are now coming out to say he’s doing the right thing.  “Maybe all of that will swing public opinion. He has to make his own moves, he has to react to some of the openings that he gets, he has to be a diplomat, he has to be a financier and he has to pray.”Skerritt, along with new vice-president, Dr Kishore Shallow, have made several major changes since taking over the board, overhauling the selection structure and changing the management personnel of the representative teams.However, the performance of the senior men’s team has remained inconsistent and Gordon said it was an area Skerritt needed to address.“We have to solve the problem of our team. We’ve got one or two promising people but the reality is it is our consistency that is bringing us down and it’s because we’ve done so little development of the mind,” Gordon noted. “I think this is one of the things that Ricky will have to confront in a very serious way.”last_img read more

first_imgDavid Morrell Jr. didn’t need a developmental stage to prepare himself for the contender level. The former amateur star from Cuba put the super middleweight division on notice following a one-sided unanimous decision win over Brooklyn’s Lennox Allen. Judges Dr. Lou Moret (120-108), Fernando Villareal (119-109) and Steve Morrow (118-110) all scored the bout heavily in favor of Morrell in the Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on Fox televised opener Saturday evening at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.An interim version of the World Boxing Association (WBA) super middleweight title was at stake, putting Morrell in position to challenge for the real title seemingly at any point he so chooses in his promising future.Morrell—who defected from Cuba to Mexico in 2017 and now resides in Minneapolis—established in the opening round the reason for his advancing to the contender stage in the infancy in his career. The Cuban southpaw was able to get the better of most of the exchanges, twice pinning Allen—a Brooklyn-based Guyanese southpaw—on the ropes where he was able to slam home a left hook. Morrell didn’t pardon the body, landing with left hands downstairs. Allen was at his most effective when able to double up on his jab, following up with straight lefts. Allen let his hands go in round two, connecting with body shots and left hands upstairs. Morrell was still effective with his right hook but chose to be more economical with his punches after a quick start. Allen enjoyed his best moment of the fight midway through the round, connecting at close quarters with Morrell briefly losing his footing as the two became entangled.Action picked up in round three, the first time Morrell has been extended that far in his young pro career. The 22-year old super middleweight picked up the pace and continued to land more and at a higher percentage. However, it was Allen who enjoyed the best moment of the round, riding out an uppercut to connect with a right hook.The round also left Allen with a cut just over his right eyelid, caused by a clash of heads. It didn’t appear to affect his performance, although the brief momentum shift was convincing enough for Morrell to regroup and surge ahead in round. Morrell was able to mix in defense to considerably cut down the number of punches Allen was able to land. The shift carried over in round five, where Morrell dominated the action at center ring. Allen was thrown off rhythm, getting caught with a right hook and straight lefts upstairs. The trend continued in round six, with Morrell doubling up Allen in landed punches (88 to 43) by the end of the frame.It wasn’t all clean, however, as frequent headbutts on the inside prompted referee Jerry Cantu to warn both boxers prior to the start of round seven. Morrell continued to be the far busier of the two, mixing in his overhand left while never abandoning his right hook. Allen struggled to reestablish his jab, forced to play defense and reach with his punches which Morrell easily evaded.The bout never changed course from that point. Allen’s punch output dwindled as Morrell continued to ooze confidence. As the unbeaten contender was piling up rounds, there came the demand from head trainer Sankara Frazier to pick up the pace and close the show. Morrell went for it in round ten, rocking Allen with a right hook and continuing to score with straight lefts. Allen did his best to guard against the incoming, showing heart in taking the shots and remaining upright but also unable to position himself to land the type of punch that would change the tide.At least not until the championship rounds.Allen temporarily quieted Morrell, who opened round 11 by shuffling his feet but was forced to compose himself after taking a clean shot upstairs. It was Allen’s best punch since round three but also reduced to a singular moment. Morrell resumed control, landing in combination and driving Allen to the ropes toward the end of the frame. Morrell landed more than 200 punches on the night, though the only time he was able to take Allen off his feet was literally lifting him up early in round 12. An exchange left the two briefly tangled, prompting Morrell to drape Allen over his shoulder and hoist him in the air. Allen was able to connect with a couple of clean shots upstairs once action resumed, but the fight ending with Morrell landing the more telling blows and putting an exclamation point on a near-complete performance.The lopsided loss leaves Allen with a record of 22-1-1 (14KOs), suffering his first defeat in a pro career marred by inactivity.Morrell advances to 3-0 (2KOs) with the win, earning an interim version of a super middleweight title whose true claimant is England’s Callum Smith. With more performances like this one, there’s no reason to suggest that Morrell isn’t well on his way to one day joining the division’s elite level.The bout served in supporting capacity to a scheduled 12-round welterweight bout between Minneapolis’ Jamal James (26-1, 12KOs) and Puerto Rico’s Thomas Dulorme (25-3-1, 16KOs). Morrell and James both train together at Circle of Discipline Gym in Minneapolis. (Reprinted from Boxing Scene)last_img read more

first_img Related Articles Share CEOs to share post-COVID-19 vision at industry’s biggest online conference March 26, 2020 England Rugby’s James Haskell is the latest superstar confirmed for The BiG Sports Dinner. SBC Events has teamed up with the BiG Foundation to make the third annual sports dinner bigger and better than ever before, with a whole host of sporting icons such as Haskell appearing in London.Haskell’s stock is well and truly on the rise after a series of outstanding performances in Australia this summer. The Wasps flanker, capped 70 times by his country, was officially named as the Player of the Series, as England whitewashed the Wallabies 3-0 in their own back yard.The BiG Sports Dinner is just one of six events that make up Betting on Sports (Thursday 15th & Friday 16th September), the largest gathering of key personnel right across the sports betting industry.By combining The BiG Sports dinner with top class speaker sessions, an expo area, networking party and a pair of high level management events, we are literally bringing business, network and charity together under one roof. Over 600 delegates will be in attendance across an action packed two days.Elizabeth Blake, Event Director at SBC, said: “BiG and SBC Events would like to welcome Wasps and England rugby player James Haskell as a host for this year’s dinner. This year promises new faces and great entertainment for the 300 people in attendance, which includes representatives from over 40 operators and more than 30 of the world’s largest affiliates groups. It’s going to be an amazing night!” Submit SBC Summit Barcelona – Digital 2020 announces free ticket initiative July 21, 2020 Share StumbleUpon SBC Summit Barcelona – Digital unveils unrivalled speaker line-up August 19, 2020last_img read more

first_imgAfter taking high school players with their first-round selection in each of the last three amateur drafts, the Orioles selected right-handed pitcher Kevin Gausman from LSU with the fourth overall pick of the 2012 amateur draft.Gausman was the first pitcher selected after Stanford’s Mark Appel — the consensus top pick by most draft experts — slid down the draft board due to signability concerns. However, the Orioles were impressed with the 21-year-old’s tall stature at 6-feet-4 and high ceiling with an outstanding fastball consistently reaching the mid to upper-90s.“Kevin Gausman is one of the premier power pitchers in all of college baseball,” scouting director Gary Rajsich told reporters in a conference call. “He’s a power arm with a power arsenal that he commands, and we’re happy to have him as part of the Orioles organization.Having worked with former Orioles bullpen coach Alan Dunn at Louisiana State, Gausman possesses a good changeup and also throws a solid two-seamer, but his breaking stuff is underdeveloped at this point. He is expected to be on a fast track to the major leagues with scouts projecting him to be a middle-of-the-rotation starter with top-end potential if he can develop more consistency with a breaking pitch.Gausman weighs only 185 pounds, meaning he could potentially add a little more to his fastball as he gets stronger over the next couple years.A sixth-round pick of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2010 draft, Gausman did not sign and elected to play baseball for the Tigers, where he thrived against top-notch competition in the SEC. He was 11-1 with a 2.72 earned run average and 128 strikeouts in 115 2/3 innings (16 starts) this season as a draft-eligible sophomore. Gausman was 5-6 with a 3.51 ERA and 86 strikeouts in 89 2/3 innings in his freshman season in 2011.Nicknamed “Goose” and possessing a colorful personality, Gausman said in an MLB Network profile he eats four powdered mini-donuts between innings during his starts. The right-hander tries to model his game after Phillies ace Roy Halladay.While Appel was not expected to be available when the Orioles picked with the fourth selection, San Francisco pitcher Kyle Zimmer and high school southpaw Max Fried had also been mentioned as candidates Baltimore was considering in the first round.The Orioles last chose a college pitcher in the first round in 2008 when they selected left-hander Brian Matusz from San Diego. Gausman is the third LSU player to be drafted by the Orioles in the first round, joining 1989 first overall pick Ben McDonald and the 19th pick of the 2001 draft Mike Fontenot.last_img read more