THIRTY-seven-year old Veronica Cecil of Hampshire Village, Berbice and mom of two of the Ancient County’s upcoming talents, was elected Mother of the Year by the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB).The ancient county resident was honored last Saturday, on the eve of Mother’s Day 2020, by the BCB and Brian Ramphal. The delegation was headed by President Hilbert Foster and Public Relation Officer, Simon Naidu.Naidu presented a collection of gifts over to Mrs. Cecil along with a trophy and medal.The BCB Public Relations Officer stated that Mrs. Cecil was a dedicated parent of four children, two of whom are very active in playing cricket at the junior level.One of her sons, Leon Cecil, is a promising under-17 all-rounder, who bowls off spin and is a solid middle order batsman, while Damien Cecil is a very capable wicket keeper/ batsman.Both Cecils play for the vibrant Albion CC and represented Berbice in this year’s Guyana Cricket Board junior inter county tournament.Leon played at the under-17 level and took 6 for 17 in one game while Damien played two crucial innings at the Under-15 level to enable Berbice to clinch championship honors.Foster noted that the BCB fully understands the importance of parents in the development of Berbice Cricket as it is in the home that the virtue of discipline is first developed.Discipline, he stated, is the root of success and parents are the best role model that a child can have. The BCB President also noted that, in Berbice, most mothers are housewives and, as such, are the parent that are responsible for the upliftment of their children.He praised Mrs. Cecil for the role she is playing in the lives of her two sons, whom he described as disciplined, committed and passionate cricketers.The BCB is currently undertaking a series of activities off the cricket field during the coronavirus crisis, including providing food hampers to less fortunate families, donating scorebooks to clubs, handing out cleaning detergents to public institutions and obtaining important items for its daily operations.Mrs. Cecil expressed gratitude to the Berbice Cricket Board for honoring her and expressed her satisfaction at the current state of Berbice cricket. She pledged to continue playing a major role in her children’s cricketing career.
Liverpool maintained the pressure on Premier League leaders Manchester City by coming from behind to beat Burnley in tricky conditions at Anfield.The Clarets took a shock sixth-minute lead when Ashley Westwood scored direct from a corner, although it appeared Reds’ goalkeeper Alisson had been impeded by James Tarkowski.But the hosts were only behind for 13 minutes before Roberto Firmino tapped in after Tom Heaton had fumbled Mohamed Salah’s cross. In a first half played in strong wind and hailstorms, Liverpool took the lead when Sadio Mane curled a shot past Heaton.Firmino scored his second following Heaton’s poor clearance and Burnley pulled one back late on through Johann Berg Gudmundsson from six yards out.But there was no fightback as Mane then went around the Clarets’ keeper in injury time for his second and Liverpool’s fourth to seal the win, which leaves Jurgen Klopp’s side one point behind City with eight league games of the season remaining.Liverpool, aiming to become English champions for the first time since 1990, had faced questions over their character after a run of four draws in six league matches had seen them lose their lead at the top of the table.Raheem Sterling’s hat-trick for Manchester City on Saturday gave Pep Guardiola’s side a 3-1 win over Watford and left the defending champions with a four-point advantage.Guardiola said it would be “almost impossible” to win every remaining league match and all Liverpool can do is win their own games and hope for a slip-up from City.The hosts made the worst possible start, trailing early on, but Klopp’s team responded in fine fashion and showed their character to dig deep and overcome a hard-working and determined Burnley outfit.Firmino’s shot was deflected over after 13 minutes, but six minutes later he had his 10th league goal of the season, scoring from close range after a mistake from Heaton following fine play from Salah, who had played a one-two with Georginio Wijnaldum.The inclusion of Adam Lallana, making only his fifth start of the season, was met with doubt by many on social media – but he played a huge part in Liverpool’s second, sliding in to block a clearance, with Ben Mee’s subsequent challenge falling to Mane to curl past Heaton.A second error from Heaton, who gifted the ball to Salah, led to the Reds’ third, with Firmino finishing after Charlie Taylor’s challenge on the Egyptian fell straight to the Brazilian.An injury-time goal from Burnley substitute Gudmundsson threatened a dramatic finish, but Mane – who had earlier hit the crossbar – finished the job with a goal in the 93rd minute.For Burnley, it was a third successive defeat as they were overpowered by Liverpool, who recorded 23 shots to the visitors’ three, although the Clarets did manage to score from both of their attempts on target.Their lead, coming from Westwood’s left-wing corner, came in controversial circumstances as Alisson was sandwiched between Jack Cork and Tarkowski, with the latter having his arms on the shoulders of the Brazilian and holding him down as the ball sailed over his head and into the net.Burnley have not won at Anfield since September 1974 and boss Sean Dyche was unhappy with his side’s defending and “individual errors”.Two of Liverpool’s goals came from Heaton mistakes, with the goalkeeper hoping to be named in Gareth Southgate’s England squad on Wednesday for the European Championship qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Montenegro.However, one positive for Dyche and Burnley’s supporters came in the shape of 19-year-old left midfielder Dwight McNeil, who, according to his manager, produced an “absolutely outstanding” performance and was “running around Anfield like a kid in a sweet shop”. The Clarets’ fans even had brief hope of a shock and undeserved point when Gudmundsson scored after being set up by Matej Vydra.Burnley, in their third successive season in the top flight, are 17th in the table, only two points ahead of 18th-placed Cardiff City and face a four-game spell that is likely to be crucial to their hopes of staying in the Premier League.They play Leicester and Wolves at home, before games against Bournemouth and Cardiff City, and Dyche will be looking for a good points haul – especially as their final four fixtures see them playing Chelsea, Manchester City, Everton and Arsenal.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
The Washington Capitals played some entertaining hockey this season.It was creative, it was high-flying, it featured one of the game’s best players in Alexander Ovechkin and it produced a ton of goals. In the regular season that is.Last night the Montreal Canadiens, the worst playoff team in the NHL (based on points), beat those same Capitals in game seven of their first round series. The same Capitals who scored more than any other team in the league. The same Capitals who had the best power play during the regular season.Montreal 2, Washington 1. Welcome to playoff hockey everyone.There is nothing quite like the NHL’s second season. The 16 teams play on the same size rink, they use the same rubber pucks and composite sticks as in the regular season, but the playoffs are an entirely different breed.No one has an easy series in the NHL playoffs.The league enjoys tremendous parity, and the No. 1 seeds are never safe. Ovechkin’s broken English can tell you all about it now.When postseason play rolls around, the game becomes a defensive struggle. Goals are hardly flashy and often come from hard work in the corners or a fortunate rebound. Maybe even a lucky bounce or a scramble in the crease.Defensemen tone back their offensive aggressiveness, limiting the odd-man rushes and open ice we are used to seeing in the regular season. Each player knows the importance of blocking shooting lanes, even if it means using their chest or their face.But in the “new NHL” the top-seeded Capitals were supposed to tear through the East like they had done all season. New rules were put in place to amp up the offense, and for the uber-skilled Caps that should have played right into their hands.Well, apparently the more things change, the more they stay the same.Your stars have to show up, and if they don’t a hot goaltender will always win out, no matter how many rules you change and no matter how many goals you score during the regular season. That’s always been a winning formula and it always will be.So what went wrong with Washington and the once-electrifying Capitals?Critics will begin to pour the heat on Ovechkin, who was frustrated throughout the series, but it’s not all on him. The Canadiens prided themselves on shutting down the “Great 8,” and they executed that plan to near perfection. Ovechkin needed some help from the other elite players in the Caps’ lineup.Aside from Nicklas Backstrom, he didn’t get it.Where was sniper Alexander Semin? And where the hell was Mike Green?Semin, the 40-goal scorer, was shut out in the playoffs. You need your stars to play big no matter the sport, and Semin let his team down.But the most disappointing performance was turned in by Green, the Caps’ Norris Trophy candidate (award for top NHL defenseman), who proved he is officially worthless come playoff time.Green is an offensive defenseman in every sense. The problem is he was held scoreless in the series (he scored one playoff goal in 14 games last year), and with Green as the quarterback of the power play the Caps went 1-for-33 with the man advantage.This guy is supposed to be one of the best in the league?Plus, he is a liability defensively, and in the playoffs you don’t need goals from your blueliners, you just want them to be sound in their own end. Green struggled in that area as well.Green’s game revolves around his ability to take chances and look for offense, but that just doesn’t work in the playoffs. The space isn’t there, and the occasional turnover is intolerable in a tight series.But at the end of the day, the best team in the NHL was beaten by a goaltender who carried his team on his back.The Caps threw all they could at Montreal goaltender Jaraslov Halak, but he was just too good.Again, change the rules all you want. Make it so forwards can’t be touched; it doesn’t matter. A hot goaltender has the ability to win a series on his own, and Halak, with the help of some timely goals from his teammates, did just that.The guy stopped 94 pucks in two games. Washington created offense and had their chances, but that wasn’t enough to beat Halak. They couldn’t convert on the power play, while Montreal made the most of their opportunities.Next season, Washington will come back with the same firepower, and they’ll probably finish near the top of the East.But this team’s up and down offensive style needs to be reworked. Players like Green and Semin need to find a way to be productive in the playoffs, or this team will remain a fraud. Watch some tape of Detroit and Pittsburgh, and you’ll see the type of players who can play both ways and win playoff games.The “new NHL” and its bandwagon fans want Washington and Ovechkin to rise to the top.But the postseason game remains the same — play sound defensively, work for those grinder goals and capitalize on the power play.If Washington doesn’t come to grips with that, they’ll remain postseason spectators in the month of May.Max is a junior majoring in journalism. Disappointed by the performance of the Capitals in the postseason? Happy to see Ovechkin go? Let him know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also Read: MLB: Gio Gonzalez Adds To Chicago White Sox’s Rotation After Signing $5 Million Deal SUBSCRIBE TO US The details of the allegations are unclear as no police complaint was filed, but MLB found from their research that the accusations were credible enough to hand the player a suspension. According to the MLB, Domingo German will not appeal the ban and has agreed to contribute to “Sanctuary for Families” — a New York-area charity helping victims of domestic violence — in addition to serving the ban. Multiple reports suggest that the 81-game suspension is one of the most aggressive penalties levied against an MLB player in the competition’s history.Also Read: MLB’s Weirdest Trade Throwback To Two Top Yankees Pitchers Swapping Their Wives In 1972German domestic violence: Yankees’ release statement after Domingo German banThe New York Yankees released a statement after MLB announced their decision to suspend Domingo German. The New York franchise said that they appreciate MLB’s effort to take the lead in this grave social issue and will assist MLB in their stand. The Yankees announced that they understand Domingo German’s acceptance of his wrongdoing and hoped that they will see a meaningful and positive change in his conduct in the future. German’s suspension is retroactive, which means that since German missed 18 games for the alleged incident in 2019, he will only be required to sit out of the first 63 games of the upcoming season.Also Read: MLB Trade Rumours: Rangers Chase Ozuna, Braves Contemplate Donaldson Reunion WATCH US LIVE Written By LIVE TV First Published: 3rd January, 2020 22:56 IST COMMENT Sreehari Menon Last Updated: 3rd January, 2020 22:56 IST Yankees Pitcher Domingo German Banned For ’81’ Games After Committing Domestic Violence MLB has suspended New York Yankees pitcher Domingo Green for 81 games on grounds of domestic violence. The pitcher will miss 63 games of the new season. New York Yankees pitcher Domingo German has been hit with an 81-game suspension on the grounds of domestic violence. The MLB conducted thorough investigations and concluded that the allegations were true. German was earlier placed on administrative leave in September and the suspension comes as a massive blow to both the Yankees and the player.Also Read: MLB Trade Rumours: 5 Best Remaining Free Agents Who Are Likely To Fetch Big BucksYankees pitcher Domingo German suspended for 81 games FOLLOW US
Ireland’s World Cup hopes came to an embarrassing end last night.Despite taking an early lead through Shane Duffy, Ireland collapsed under the weight of a number of defensive errors.Christian Eriksen was the man to capitalise, scoring a hat-trick to help Denmark to a 5-1 win at the Aviva, and progress to Russia 2018 at Ireland’s expense.
Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president Amaju Pinnick has called on Nigerians to pray for the Super Eagles as the date for their all-important 2018 World Cup qualifying fixtures draw nearer.Nigeria, top of Group B with six points, play against Cameroon (two points) on September 1 in Uyo, and then travel to Yaounde for the reverse fixture at Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo on September 4.Speaking on Super Sports TV’s Soccer Africa, Amaju Pinnick affirmed that the NFF have done everything they need to do to put the Super Eagles in the right frame for the double-header.“We are ready (for Cameroon). After the South Africa loss, we regrouped immediately and looked at some of the challenges. The technical committee looked at the things we needed to do”“We have done everything we should do – plane tickets, hotels etc. All we are asking is that Nigerians should pray for us”, Amaju Pinnick said.Pinnick believes with every other important detail taken care of, prayers are what the Super Eagles need to overcome second placed Cameroon over two legs.Nigeria last played Cameroon in October 2015, beating the African champions 3-0 in an international friendly.Video Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/WhatsApp-Audio-2017-08-25-at-08.21.46.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Related
By Rick MalwitzRED BANK — Though the prime mover behind the creation of a community garden in the borough is not entirely pleased with the location, she allows how it is a good start.The site is being readied for planting, most likely for the spring planting season. Residents can now sign up for a plot to garden.The borough council selected a strip of land on Marion Street to be used as a community garden that would be open to residents to plant crops of their own.“It wasn’t our first or second or third choice, but it’s a start,” said Cindy Burnham, leader of the initiative to begin the community garden.“We would rather have a place that is more accessible, but this is a start,” Burnham said of the 30-by-50 strip of land where the soil has been tested and tilled.“Hopefully, we can develop more gardens like this in Red Bank,“ she said.The garden, which will be open from 8 a.m. to dusk, is located near East Side Park, one block from the borough’s border with Fair Haven.Residents can lease plots that are 4-by-10 and 4-by-15 feet and some that can be divided into smaller plots or combined for a larger growing space. The cost is $25, with an additional one-time $25 for start-up costs, including fencing.Those leasing the plots will have the opportunity to keep them for the following year. New gardeners will be picked by lottery.Burnham said the soil was tested by the Rutgers University soil-testing laboratory to determine the proper application of fertilizers.The garden is an initiative of the Red Bank Garden Club. Residents can secure use of a plot with a check for $50, made out to RBGC, and sent in care of Anne Jones, 62 Peters Place, Red Bank, NJ, 07701.Applications can be obtained at borough hall or by calling 732-241-9532.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP): Serena Williams put up both hands after sending a forehand long and high over the baseline in the first set. She wanted nothing to do with yet another unforced error in her Australian Open final against Angelique Kerber. For the second time in as many majors, Williams fell short of equalling Steffi Graf’s Open-era record of 22 Grand Slam singles titles. No. 7-seeded Kerber had never played in a major final and had lost five of her six previous career meetings with Williams, but she responded with a stunning 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 upset win over the six-time Australian Open champion. Williams had won the title every previous time she’d reached the final at Melbourne Park, and was overwhelming favourite to continue that streak against Kerber, who joked she was “one leg in the plane to Germany” when she faced match point in her first-round win over Misaki Doi. “I mean, every time I walk in this room, everyone expects me to win every single match, every single day of my life,” Williams said in her post-match news conference. “As much as I would like to be a robot, I’m not.” The 28-year-old Kerber used acute angles to keep Williams guessing, tossed in two drop shots for a crucial break in the long sixth game of the third set, and continually tried to pass the 21-time major winner or forced errors at the net. And she had five service breaks — two in the first, and three in third set — against the top-ranked Williams, who hadn’t dropped a set in the previous six rounds. “My whole life I was working really hard and now I’m here and I can say I’m a Grand Slam champion,” said Kerber, who had only reached the semi-finals twice at the majors and hadn’t been beyond the quarterfinals since Wimbledon in 2012. “It sounds really crazy and unbelievable.” She is the first German woman to win the Australian title since Graf in 1994, and is projected to rise to No. 2 in the rankings next week. It took her 33 majors to win the title — sixth on the list for longest waits that is topped by 2015 U.S. Open champion Flavia Pennetta’s 49. Williams admitted previously she became nervous and was stalled for a while trying to get to 18 major titles, to equal Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova’s career marks in second spot in the Open era. For three majors, Williams didn’t reach the quarterfinals, but when she finally won her 18th, it triggered a roll of four straight major titles. Now she’s on 21.
With the win, Gor not only earn their second consecutive title and a trophy but a chance to travel to Goodison Park in England to face English Premier League side Everton FC in a friendly match next month.Spurred on by a full to capacity Afraha Stadium roaring in deafening decibels, Gor Mahia couldn’t have asked for better push to win their second consecutive Super Cup.And they repaid the loyal fan-base with a goal just six minutes into the match when Kagere’s venomous strike from inside the box after controlling a Francis Kahata cross slipped through keeper Aishi Manula’s fingers and into the net.Gor, just as has been their norm controlled the game from the first whistle, the midfield base of Ernest Wendo and Humphrey Mieno giving the team the much stability it required.Simba’s first chance of the game fell on Rashid Juma in the 11th minute, the pint-sized winger trying his luck from distance but the effort went high.Gor Mahia’s Godfrey Walusimbi tracks down Simba SC’s Rashid Juma during the SportPesa Super Cup final at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on June 10, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluJuma once again asked questions for Simba in the 28th minute when he took on a run on the right before sighting some shooting space, sending in a low strike that was well handled by keeper Shabaan Odhoji.Gor continued to dominate the game with Simba doing all they can to tame the rhythm. The game became charged moment after moment, indicating the high octane nature of the tie.There was push and shove in the 35th minute when skipper Harun Shakava went in to charge at the Simba backline after Erasto Nyoni had strongly charged on Jacques Tuyisenge from the back, the Rwandese forward needing a stretcher to carry him off the pitch.From the resultant freekick, George Odhiambo’s effort went straight to Manula and the keeper almost made an error spilling the ball on the face of a rushing Kagere, but he managed to bounce back and pick the ball.Gor should have gone to the break two up when Godfrey Walusimbi picked out Kahata’s intelligent run into the box but the midfielder’s shot under pressure from Nyoni went inches wide wit keeper Manula well beaten.Gor Mahia’s Godfrey Walusimbi is challenged by Simba SC’s Erasto Nyoni during the SportPesa Super Cup final at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on June 10, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluIn the second half, Gor kept the pressure and were rewarded 10 minutes in when an unmarked Tuyisenge slid in to connect a cross from Mieno which found the Simba backline napping, Manula in goal left in no man’s land.Simba then made changes as they sought to go all out attack, Juma coming off for Marcel Kaheza while defender Mlipili Yusuf came on for Hussein Mohammed.Despite the attacking changes, Gor didn’t fluff their pre-match game plan and Tuyisenge almost caught Manula off with a cross from the right which was headed goalward but the ball rolled off the crossbar.Coach Dylan Kerr then made a tactical change, midfielder Humphrey Mieno coming off for Innocent Wafula. The change meant Philemon Otieno went into midfield while Wafula slotted straight at right back.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia players celebrate after winning the SportPesa Super Cup with a 2-0 result over Tanzania’s Simba in the final at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on June 10, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAKURU, Kenya, Jun 10- Hacked and battered by the entire Simba defense in the first half Rwandese forward Jacques Tuyisenge put the icing on the cake as Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia beat their Tanzanian counterparts Simba SC 2-0 at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on Sunday to retain their Sportpesa Super Cup title.Tuyisenge added on to compatriot Meddie Kagere’s first half goal as the record Kenyan champions made a statement as one of the best in the region with an assured display clinching the trophy with a flawless run after keeping a clean sheet in all their three matches.
Marcelo Brozovic Arsenal have reignited their interest in Marcelo Brozovic after being told Inter Milan are willing to sell.The midfielder was the subject of interest from the Emirates in January after some eye-catching performances in Serie A this season.The Croatia international is currently on loan from Dinamo Zagreb until the summer, when his move to the San Siro will be made permanent.But, according to Tuttosport, once that has taken place Inter are immediately ready to cash in on Brozovic.The previous loan deal meant the Italian club had to buy the 23-year-old permanently – but they are keen to ship him out to fund a move for Sampdoria star Roberto Soriano.Brozovic is likely to command a fee of around £15m and there is also interest from Juventus. 1