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first_imgNO. 72 Cut and Load and Skeldon recorded contrasting wins when play in the TWINS (Bayo) Beer Garden/Upper Corentyne Cricket Association Under-19 cricket competition continued recently for teams in the Upper Corentyne area.At No. 72 ground: No. 72 Cut and Load defeated Scottsburg by 175 runs. Batting first, No. 72 Cut and Load scored 293 in 35.3 overs, with Ritesh Bhagratti 57, Rickey Persaud 57, Davanand Chatterpaul 42, Akeshwar Jagroop 41 and Zameer Shaw 39, being the top scorers.Abdur AjibAbdur AjibBowling for Scottsburg, Kelvon Johnson took 3-24, while Stefon Mangal and Aeron Jamaludeen had two wickets apiece.In reply, Scottsburg were bowled out for 118 in 26.3 overs. Stefon Mangal 28 and Kevin Gobin 23 were the chief contributors. Bowling for No. 72 Cut and Load, Abdur Ajib took 5-18 off 5.3 overs. He received support from Akeshwar Jagroop and Vickram Laljit, with two wickets each.At Skeldon: Skeldon defeated Scottsburg by 45 runs. Skeldon after deciding to bat first were bowled out for 140 runs in 37 overs. Afseer Hussain made a fighting 39.Bowling for Scottsburg, Alex Burnett took 5-26 and Chandar Budram 4-19. In reply, Scottsburg were bowled out for 95 off 23 overs. Samuel Jordon 24 and Stefon Mangal 14 were the only batsmen to reached double figures.Bowling for Skeldon, Mahendra Chaitnarine took 5-18 and was supported by Antonio February with 3-17This competition is being sponsored by Bodhnarine Ramlakhan, proprietor of TWINS (Bayo) Beer Garden of Corriverton and is being organised by the Upper Corentyne Cricket Association.last_img read more

first_imgNovak-Djokovic World number ones Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka will seek to defend their titles at a US Open that Britain’s Andy Murray has chosen to miss.The Scot, who had hip surgery in January, had planned to play doubles but is focusing on singles elsewhere.In his absence, the country’s number ones Johanna Konta and Kyle Edmund will carry British hopes in New York starting from today. Roger Federer and Serena Williams will again be chasing records at the final Grand Slam tournament of the year.Swiss great Federer, 38, is seeking a record sixth men’s US Open singles title that would also make him the oldest men’s Grand Slam singles champion in the Open era.Meanwhile, 37-year-old American Williams – whose defeat by Osaka in last year’s final was marred by her angry outbursts at the umpire – is hoping to equal the all-time record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles.The tournament at Flushing Meadows, where singles winners take home $3,850,000, features day and night sessions for most of the rounds.However, the question of who can challenge the ‘big three’ remains before every Grand Slam and the one the next generation have so far been unable to answer with any conviction.Germany’s Alexander Zverev and Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas are among the players in their early twenties who are in the top 10 but have lost momentum in their bid to challenge the ‘big three’.Since beating Djokovic to win the prestigious ATP Finals last November, Zverev has reached just one Grand Slam quarter-final, while Tsitsipas followed up his Australian Open semi-final in January with a first-round exit at Wimbledon.Russian 23-year-old Daniil Medvedev, who has risen to a career-high number five in the world rankings after his Cincinnati triumph, is the in-form player having reached three successive finals this month and could be one to watch.Meanwhile, the spotlight will also be on Australian 24-year-old Nick Kyrgios, who oscillates between the talent that won him the Washington title this month and the behaviour that cost him $113,000 (£93,254) in fines less than a fortnight later.World number one Djokovic is the overwhelming favourite to defend his title and win a 17th Grand Slam crown, which would leave him just one behind Rafael Nadal and three behind leader Federer on the all-time list of men’s champions.The 32-year-old Serb has won four of the past five Grand Slams and, after reaching the Cincinnati semi-finals, said: “I like my chances (at the US Open). I feel good. I love playing in those conditions there on Centre Court.”He will hope that conditions are less humid than last year when a series of players were forced to retire in the opening days because of heat-related issues and Djokovic himself said he had “struggled”.The big three of Federer, Nadal and Djokovic have won the past 11 Grand Slam titles and it is hard to see beyond them once again at Flushing Meadows.Time is, however, increasingly against Federer. The Swiss great turned 38 earlier this month and the most recent of his five US Open titles was 11 years ago. He was also surprisingly beaten in straight sets by 21-year-old Russian qualifier Andrey Rublev in the third round at Cincinnati this month.But having held two championship points against Djokovic at Wimbledon just six weeks ago, he may feel he has some unfinished Grand Slam business.“The way I played at Wimbledon is going to give me some extra confidence,” Federer said. “This is probably the best I’ve felt in years coming into the US Open, which is encouraging.”Nadal, meanwhile, has warmed up by defending his Rogers Cup title – the first time he has retained a non-clay title.The key for the 33-year-old Spanish world number two will be staying fit, having retired from his semi-final in New York a year ago with a knee problem that has caused him problems throughout his career. He withdrew from Cincinnati two weeks ago because of fatigue.Last year’s runner-up Juan Martin del Potro is absent, having re-fractured his kneecap during Queen’s in June.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgThe fifth inning brought up a two-out, none-on situation, and Matt Kemp blasted an 88 mph pitch into the left-field gap and against the wall. He scored when Yangervis Solarte hit a wicked single down down the left-field line.That preceded another episode of Yasiel Puig Live (YPL), in which the rightfielder admired Alex Dickerson’s savage liner until it sailed over his head. Puig followed it up with one of his throws to nowhere, and the Dodgers trailed 6-0 when manager Dave Roberts brought the hook for Ryu.“His velocity started dropping right there, but I think it was just fatigue,” Roberts said of Ryu. “We’d hoped for more and better from him, but to see him out there was great. We’ll know more when he comes out of this, and then the day after that.” Ryu had thrown 4 2/3 innings and 89 pitches, few of which fooled the opposition.Roberts called it “a victory in itself,” and Ellis also preferred the long view.“We’re excited to see what he did today, but also the rest of the year,” Ellis said. “He came out firing, and it was great to see. He had a good heater and showed it from the get-go. Regardless of the outcome, it was so much fun to see him out there. The fastball and changeup were very similar to what he was, or what it is.”“But to expect him to come out and do what McCarthy did, that’s a high expectation,” Roberts warned.It was, but the Dodgers brought it on themselves, using Ryu the night after their nine-pitcher, 14-inning nightmare against Baltimore Wednesday. Roberts confronted this game with only three position players on his bench.Put it this way: This was not July 31, come early. The Dodgers were hoping Ryu’s return would be like a bountiful trade in which they gave up nothing. Instead, Ryu became the ninth Dodger pitcher to start a game in a 14-day span.Ryu’s exile has been an underrated problem for L.A. He had given the Dodgers two solid years, with 41 quality starts in 56 games and a 17-8 road record. In that last game, Ryu left Game 3 in St. Louis tied after six innings, 1-1, before Dodger bullpen follies took over.“He proved he was a big-game pitcher, a No. 2 or No. 3 starter,” Ellis said. “We’ve missed him. But suddenly we have a lot of guys coming back to our rotation who are savvy guys. They can add quality depth.”Not to plow up old ground, but the Dodgers knew for at least a year that Zack Greinke’s departure was a possibility. They did not land Cole Hamels, with his ridiculously favorable contract and his devastating changeup, from Philadelphia and they let Johnny Cueto take a direct free-agent flight to San Francisco, where he might well win the Cy Young Award.The real July 31 trade deadline still looms. But any Dodgers improvement will require something more than free. LOS ANGELES >> A.J. Ellis said the mere sight of Hyun-jin Ryu was a pick-me-up bouquet for all the Dodgers Thursday night.Sullen fans at Dodger Stadium were more concerned with the sound.Ryu’s first game since the 2014 Divisional Playoff might have been an inspiration, but it was also a 6-0 loss to San Diego,It was diffcult to anticipate that the left-hander would be wild-card ready. He was coming off labrum surgery … but Dodgers fans had swallowed a dose of hope on Sunday when Brandon McCarthy had thrown six two-hit innings in his first post-rehab start. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img If Ryu could pitch just as strongly and if Clayton Kershaw could overcome his back problems and if Brett Anderson could return and if Kenta Maeda and Scott Kazmir could keep hanging on, maybe the Dodgers could patch together a rotation that could hold off the Mets, Cardinals, Mattinglys and Pirates …Warning: Never trust a paragraph with so many “ifs” and “coulds.”Ryu’s first pitch to Melvin Upton Jr. was an 89-mph ball. His sixth pitch was 92 mph coming in and 102 mph going out, a home run into the right-center pavilion, and a 1-0 lead for San Diego.The second inning was slower and more painful for Ryu. He walked catcher Derek Norris because he couldn’t place his fastball, and he gave up a base hit to Alexi Ramirez. With two outs he allowed pitcher Drew Pomeranz to send a grass-riding single through the middle.The fourth inning featured a 3-0 count to Norris and an eventual base hit, and Norris went to second on Corey Seager’s imprecise throw. Then Ramirez whaled a double off a 91-mph fastball, and the Padres led 3-0 after four innings.last_img read more

first_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals And the 26-year-old Romanian, who currently has no clothing sponsor, confirmed she would wear the same “lucky” red dress in Australia that she used while registering a dominant victory at the Shenzhen Open a fortnight ago.She found the outfit on the internet and hoped it would bring the same results in Australia.“Was a (web)site, in China actually, and one of my managers helped me, and in 24 hours I had the outfit, and it was perfect. I was lucky,” she said.But lucky dress or not, she will need to overcome her poor record at Melbourne Park where she has lost in the first round in both of the past two years when she opens on Tuesday against Australian wildcard Destinee Aiava.Former number one Wozniacki is riding high in the rankings again after reaching eight finals in 2017, with victories in Tokyo in September and at the season-ending Tour Championship. ADVERTISEMENT “I think I’ve improved everything,” said Wozniacki ahead of a first-round clash Monday with Romania’s Mihaela Buzarnescu.She lost in the Auckland Classic final last week to Germany’s Julia Goerges, but said the rain-disrupted tournament had been tough, ideal preparation.“It was a good start to the year,” said Wozniacki.Dangerous floaterIn-form Svitolina last week won the Brisbane International after picking up five WTA Tour titles last year, more than any other woman.The Ukrainian believes hard work in the off-season is paying dividends. “I’ve started to play more consistently,” she said. “I’m stronger physically. I have a different look to my game.”World number six Karolina Pliskova lost to Svitolina in the Brisbane semi-final but also will be a contender for a maiden Slam behind one of the biggest serves on tour.Britain’s world number nine Johanna Konta could figure despite a stuttering start to the season.She reached the at least the last eight in both of her Australian Open appearances to date, but slumped out of the Sydney International in the first round and faces a tricky opener against competitive American Madison Brengle.The most dangerous floater is 2008 champion Maria Sharapova, who is back in the world’s top 50 for the first time since returning from a 15-month doping ban and will open against unseeded German Maria Tatjana. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. With the 36-year-old Williams not ready yet to return, the tournament could be there for the taking by a host of players yet to win a Grand Slam led by top seed Halep, Wozniacki and fourth-ranked Elina Svitolina.Last year there were two first-time major-winners while Serena was on maternity leave — Jelena Ostapenko at the French Open and Sloane Stephens at the US Open.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBut their chances in Melbourne look slim: Stephens hasn’t won a match since her Flushing Meadows triumph, and Ostapenko was far from her attacking best in first-round defeats in Shenzhen and Sydney recently.Wimbledon champion and world number three Garbine Muguruza is battling injury problems which could further aid Halep’s hopes.  View comments Simona Halep of Romania reacts during her women’s singles quarter-final match against Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus at the WTA Shenzhen Open tennis tournament in Shenzhen in China’s southern Guangdong province on January 4, 2018. AFP PHOTOSimona Halep will sport her “lucky” red dress and Caroline Wozniacki says she is playing better than ever as both aim for a first Grand Slam victory when the Australian Open starts on Monday.The world’s two top-ranked players will spearhead the charge to succeed Serena Williams at year’s first major left wide open by the withdrawal of the defending champion and new mum.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourscenter_img Fun-loving Federer having a ball at 36 Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Former champions aiming to go deep into the tournament include evergreen 37-year-old Venus Williams, who last won a Slam in 2008 but last year reached two finals — in Melbourne and Wimbledon — to get back to world number five, and Angelique Kerber.The German won in Sydney at the weekend and will hope to recreate her stunning run to the championship in Melbourne two years ago after a poor 2017 which saw her drop outside the world’s top 20.Victory for Venus would see her eclipse Ken Rosewall as the oldest player ever to win a major.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more