Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The three biggest names in men’s pole vault will compete against each other in a rare sporting event during the coronavirus pandemic. And they’ll do it from their own backyards. World Athletics says it’s looking to hold Ultimate Garden Clash competitions in other events.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Associated Press The Latest: Pole vault stars organize backyard competition Video links will connect world record holder Armand Duplantis, world champion Sam Kendricks and former Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie.World Athletics calls it “The Ultimate Garden Clash” and will stream it on social media.Duplantis will be in Louisiana, Kendricks in Mississippi and Lavillenie in France.Their challenge is to clear the most 5-meter jumps within 30 minutes. The athletes agreed on the format because adjusting the bar is not practical without officials in place.Duplantis broke Lavillenie’s world record in February. He cleared 6.17 meters and then 6.18 on consecutive weekends. May 1, 2020
The Latest: Brazilian soccer club Corinthians giving out PPE The club says the players are feeling fine and remain in isolation.Four of the players have displayed symptoms of COVID-19 while one has shown no symptoms at all.The club says the five players did not attend the match against Proleter on Saturday when the Serbian league champions completed their season.About 20,000 fans attended a Serbian Cup semifinal match against Partizan Belgrade this month as the country lifted most of its COVID-19 restrictions.The match against Proleter was also attend by about 20,000 fans. Both gatherings have drawn criticism from the public as Serbia records dozens of new coronavirus cases each day. The São Paulo-based club said Sunday that 13 players are fully recovered, but eight will not be allowed to start training on July 1 because of the disease. Corinthians tested 190 people, including players, staffers and their families. The club did not name the players who tested positive. Brazil is Latin America’s hardest hit country by the new coronavirus, with more than 50,000 deaths and 1 million confirmed cases.___The National Hockey League has begun winnowing its possible locations to resume the season amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Those positive results came from the 117 athletes who participated in the school’s initial campus screening. The Wisconsin athletic department’s infection response team is monitoring the recovery of the athletes but didn’t specify which teams the two play for. Wisconsin plans to release the aggregate number of positive tests at regular intervals during the initial phase of athletes’ return to campus.___Boston College says its football players began returning to the school Monday as part of its COVID-19 operational plan to bring all its student-athletes back to campus.The school says its new protocols include limiting personnel at facilities, mandating face coverings be worn in common areas, as well as daily temperature checks for staff and athletes. Increased cleaning measures will also be in effect at all facilities. Associated Press Incoming freshmen players also were allowed on campus on Monday and they were tested and put in a separate dormitory. They will not be integrated with the rest of the team until they pass a second COVID-19 test.The workouts are voluntary and Schiano said some players have elected to skip them.___The ATP men’s tennis tour says it is continuing to “plan and adjust” its precautions and protocols related to the coronavirus pandemic with an eye to its planned Aug. 14 resumption of competition.The tour issued a statement Monday following word that two top-35 players tested positive for COVID-19 after participating in unsanctioned exhibition matches organized by No. 1 Novak Djokovic in Serbia and Croatia. The protocols are being done in accordance with all federal, state, medical and university guidelines to begin voluntary workouts.Regardless of home state, all athletes will be required to self-quarantine upon arriving on campus for a maximum of 14 days. Quarantine time may vary based on additional guidance from the state and the phase of reopening in Massachusetts.All athletes will be tested for COVID-19 on or about Day 8 of quarantine. Protocols are also in place for the quarantine and treatment of positive COVID-19 cases should they occur.___Two Rutgers football players have tested positive for the new coronavirus. Coach Greg Schiano discussed the test results Monday during a conference call. It was his first media availability since the team was allowed to return to campus last week for voluntary workouts.Schiano said players and coaches were tested before the team returned on June 15, either with mail-in tests or after being tested locally. One of the positive tests came from those samples and the player was not allowed to return to campus and is being isolated at home.The second positive test came from a sample taken when the players reported. That player was isolated and three players who had contact with him were placed in quarantine.The university has a protocol for allowing players who test positive to eventually return, which includes a non-positive test, Schiano said.Schiano said players and coaches underwent a third screening on Monday. June 22, 2020 Louisville football’s season opener against North Carolina State has been moved up a day to Wednesday, Sept. 2 to avoid conflicting with the rescheduled Kentucky Derby weekend at neighboring Churchill Downs.The Kentucky Oaks and Derby were postponed from May 1-2 to Sept. 4-5 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The preceding and highly attended Thursday race card known as “Thurby” was set for the same day as the Cardinals’ Atlantic Coast Conference matchup against the Wolfpack, but the schools announced Monday that they had agreed to the switch to avert logistical conflicts with parking and traffic.“We appreciate the NCAA, ACC and N.C. State honoring our request for a date change for the opening game,” Louisville athletic director Vince Tyra said in a news release. “We are trying to be thoughtful about the shared city resources needed to host a football game and Thurby at the same time.”___Serbian soccer club Red Star Belgrade says five players have tested positive for the coronavirus. There were no social distancing measures observed at the Adria Tour exhibitions.Three-time Grand Slam semifinalist Grigor Dimitrov, who is currently No. 19, and his opponent in Croatia on Saturday, No. 33 Borna Coric, both said they have COVID-19.The ATP said it “continues to urge strict adherence to responsible social distancing and health and safety guidelines to contain the spread of the virus.”Exhibition events have been staged in various places around the world while the ATP and WTA tours have been suspended since March because of the pandemic. The tours announced last week they plan to return in August.___ ___Croatian tennis player Borna Coric says he has tested positive for the coronavirus after taking part in an exhibition event.The 33rd-ranked Coric posted the news on Twitter.He says “I want to inform you that I am positive for Covid-19. Please everyone who has been in contact with me for the last few days gets tested!”He says he is feeling well and has no symptoms. Coric was among about 1,000 people who were tested for the virus after Grigor Dimitrov announced that he tested positive. That led to the cancellation of an exhibition event in Croatia where top-ranked Novak Djokovic was scheduled to play in the final.Coric played a match against Dimitrov in Zadar on Saturday in the second leg of the exhibition series.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Blue Jackets were informed Monday that Columbus will not be one of the NHL’s hub cities. Columbus was one of 10 finalists, including seven in the U.S.Las Vegas is now considered the U.S. favorite to host NHL playoff games, unless two Canadian cities are selected. Canada’s federal government last week said it would allow the league to quarantine internally, making Toronto, Vancouver and Edmonton realistic possibilities — if not the front-runners.The NHL has said it will select two hub cities — one for the Eastern Conference playoffs and one for the Western Conference. The Stanley Cup Final or “final four” would likely be in one of the two cities.___Wisconsin officials say that two Badgers’ athletes have tested positive for COVID-19 and are self-isolating. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Players of Brazilian soccer giant Corinthians visited the club on Monday to pick up personal protection equipment against COVID-19 after tests showed 21 out of its 27 players had contracted the disease.
August 16, 2020 MONTMELO, Spain (AP) — Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has secured a record-extending 92nd pole position at the Spanish Grand Prix. He nudged Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas into second place by just .059 seconds. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen qualified in third. Hamilton is looking to claim an 88th F1 victory that would move him within three of Michael Schumacher’s record. INDYCAR-INDY 500Marco Andretti leads Honda onslaught in Indy 500 qualifyingINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Marco Andretti led a top speed sweep for Andretti Autosport in qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 as the Honda-powered team claimed the first four spots on the leaderboard and eight of the top nine. The Bruins lead their first-round series two games to one after Jaroslav Halak (YAR’-oh-slav hah-LAHK’) stopped 29 shots in a 3-1 victory over the Hurricanes. Halak got the win hours after the team announced that Tuukka (TOO’-kah) Rask left to be with his wife and three children.Charlie Coyle opened the scoring with a power-play goal in the second period and added an assist. Sean Kuraly (kuh-RAH’-leez) made it 2-0 with a short-handed goal early in the third.Darcy Kuemper was sensational as the Coyotes earned a 4-2 win over the Avalanche to pull within two games to one in their first-round series. Darcy Kuemper made 20 of his 49 saves in the first period and stopped several tough attempts in the final 20 minutes to allow Arizona to stay ahead. Brad Richardson broke a 1-1 tie with 34 seconds left in the second period. It remained 2-1 until Taylor Hall scored the first of the Coyotes’ two empty-netters.In other Stanley Cup first-round action: Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNHL PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULEB’s, Coyotes winUNDATED (AP) — Goaltending was the story during the first two games of Saturday’s Stanley Cup Playoff schedule. The Boston Bruins managed to win after their top netminder opted out of the remainder of the playoffs, while the Arizona Coyotes received an outstanding performance from their goalie. CJ McCollum scored 14 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter, including a pair of big jumpers to lead the Blazers past the Grizzlies, 126-122. Damian Lillard dropped in 31 points for the Trail Blazers, who won their last four games in down-to-the-wire finishes.Jusuf Nurkic had 22 points and 21 rebounds for the winners, who got 21 points from Carmelo Anthony.Portland opens its Western Conference playoff schedule Tuesday against the top-seeded Lakers.NBA-NEWSPelicans fire coach UNDATED (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans have fired coach Alvin Gentry after the club missed the playoffs for the fourth time in his five seasons. The Pelicans went 30-42 this season. They finished with just two victories in their final eight games despite the presence of top overall draft choice Zion Williamson and first-time All-Star Brandon Ingram.New Orleans’ lone playoff appearance under Gentry came in the 2017-18 season.In other NBA news:— Portland’s Damian Lillard has been unanimously selected as the top player of the NBA’s seeding games at Walt Disney World. He averaged a league-best 37.6 points in the eight games. Phoenix’s Monty Williams led the Suns to a perfect 8-0 record in the bubble and was chosen as the top coach of the seeding-game schedule. — Shane Bieber is 4-0 with a 1.30 ERA after tossing three-hit ball while fanning 11 over seven shutout innings of the Indians’ 3-1 win over the Tigers. Jose Ramirez lined a two-run double and Carlos Santana added an RBI double in Cleveland’s club-record 19th consecutive win over Detroit.— Saturday’s game between the Reds and visiting Pirates was postponed after a Cincinnati player tested positive for COVID-19. The Reds are the third team to have a game postponed because someone on their roster tested positive, joining the Marlins and Cardinals. Major League Baseball also postponed Sunday’s game as it awaits further test results.— The Blue Jays had their game against the Rays suspended in the fourth inning because of rain, a hazard of playing in their temporary outdoor home in Buffalo. Play was called at Sahlen (SAY’-lihn) Field with the Blue Jays about to bat in the fourth inning and trailing 1-0. MLB-NEWSStrasburg lands on IL MLB-SCHEDULECards win in return from coronavirus outbreakUNDATED (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals finally got a chance to play meaningful baseball for the first time since July 29, sweeping a doubleheader from the White Sox.The Cardinals were in midseason form from the start as Dexter Fowler supplied a two-run single while St. Louis scored four times in the first inning to beat the White Sox, 5-1 in the opener of a doubleheader in Chicago.Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright pitched five innings of one-run ball in his second start of the year. Giovanny Gallegos then struck out the side in the sixth before John Gant finished the seven-inning game. — Brayden Point and Victor Hedman scored in the last six minutes of the second period to give the Lightning a 3-1 lead in a 3-2 win over Columbus. Alex Killorn also scored and Andrei Vasilevskiy (va-sih-LEHV’-skee) needed to make just 15 saves as Tampa Bay took a two-games-to-one lead in the series. Riley Nash had a goal and an assist for the Blue Jackets.— Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 26 shots and the Golden Knights held off the Blackhawks, 2-1 to take a three-games-to-none lead. William Karlsson and Patrick Brown scored for the Golden Knights, who are 6-0 in the postseason. Olli Maatta (OH’-lee MAH’-tah) scored in the third period and Corey Crawford had 24 saves for Chicago.NBA-BLAZERS-GRIZZLIESBlazers make playoffs, oust Grizzlies with 126-122 victoryLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers have advanced to the NBA playoffs by winning their play-in series against the Memphis Grizzlies. — Clint Frazier crushed a three-run homer and had five RBIs while starting in place of injured outfielder Aaron Judge to lead the Yankees to their fifth straight win over the Red Sox, 11-5. Gary Sánchez went long in his third straight game to help New York complete a victory after DJ LeMahieu left with a sprained left thumb in the sixth inning. — The Astros were 2-1 winners over the Mariners behind Cristian Javier, one tossed one-hit ball over six innings. Yuli Gurriel (YOO’-lee gur-ee-EHL’) homered among his two hits as Houston won its third in a row.— Derek Dietrich hit a two-out, three-run home run in the eighth as the Rangers rallied for their fourth consecutive win, 6-4 over the Rockies. Shin-Soo Choo had three hits and two RBIs to back Kyle Gibson, who pitched into the seventh inning for his first win with Texas.— Nelson Cruz hit a two-run homer and the Twins held on to beat the Royals, 4-2 in the first game of a doubleheader. Tyler Duffey earned the win with a perfect inning in relief of Jake Odorizzi. — The Royals earned a split of the twinbill as Whit Merrifield had three hits, including a three-run homer in a 4-2 decision over Minnesota. Duffy allowed one earned run and just two hits while striking out eight over five innings, helping Kansas City win for the sixth time in eight games. Andretti posted a four-lap average of 231.351 mph. The top nine drivers advance to a Sunday shootout that determines the first three starting rows for the Aug. 23 Indianapolis 500. Honda drivers claimed eight of those positions after all 33 cars had made a qualifying attempt. UNDATED (AP) — Nationals pitcher and 2019 World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg has been placed on the 10-day injured list. A recurring nerve issue in his throwing hand delayed his start to the season and limited his second appearance to 16 pitches on Friday. In other MLB news:— The White Sox have put reliever Ian Hamilton on the 10-day injured list because of a sore right shoulder. The team also transferred utilityman Leury (lay-UR’-ee) García to the 45-day injured list with a sprained thumb. PGA-WYNDHAM CHAMPIONSHIPKim shoots 62 for 2-shot lead after three rounds at Wyndham Bencic out of US OpenNEW YORK (AP) — Belinda Bencic (BEN’-chich) is the latest top tennis player to pull out of the U.S. Open. Her withdrawal means three of the four female semifinalists in 2019 will not be at the Grand Slam tournament this year. Bencic currently is ranked No. 8. Five of the WTA’s top eight players have announced they won’t play at Flushing Meadows amid the coronavirus pandemic. NASCAR-DILLONAustin Dillon out after positive COVID-19 test Paul Goldschmidt and Tyler O’Neill homered in the nightcap to power the Redbirds past the Pale Hose, 6-3. The Cards trailed 3-1 in the fifth until Goldschmidt hit an RBI single off Evan Marshall and O’Neill belted a tiebreaking drive to left later in the inning.St. Louis had been sidelined for 2 1/2 weeks after several players tested positive for the coronavirus, including All-Star catcher Yadier Molina (YAH’-dee-ehr moh-LEE’-nuh) and infielder Paul DeJong (deh-YUHNG’).Elsewhere in the majors:— Max Muncy’s third RBI of the night was a sacrifice fly in the top of the 10th to send the Dodgers past the Angels, 6-5. Mookie Betts homered again and had three RBIs for the Dodgers, while Mike Trout slammed his ninth home run of the season for the Angels.— The Cubs have their first losing streak of the season after Avisail (a-vih-sah-EEL’) Garcia doubled home the go-ahead run in the 10th inning to send the Brewers past Chicago, 6-5. Urías had three hits for Milwaukee, including an infield single that brought home a much-needed insurance run in the 10th. — The Diamondbacks were able to celebrate a 7-6 win over the Padres once speedster Jorge Mateo was thrown out trying to score from first on a two-out single in the ninth. San Diego phenom Fernando Tatis (tah-TEES’) Jr. banged out his ninth home run and hit a two-run double.— The Braves halted a four-game skid by topping the Marlins, 2-1 on Adam Duvall’s tiebreaking home run with one out in the ninth. Atlanta’s Max Fried (freed) pitched 6 1/3 shutout innings and was in line for his fourth victory until Monte Harrison hit his first major league homer leading off the eighth against Will Smith. — Slumping slugger Rhys Hoskins laced a three-run double and Jean Segura homered as the Phillies beat the Mets for the second straight day, 6-2. Winning pitcher Aaron Nola scattered three hits and struck out eight over seven shutout innings.— Light-hitting Andrew Velazquez had two hits, scored twice and drove in a run to help the Orioles win for the seventh time in eight games, 7-3 over the Nationals. Rio Ruiz homered off losing pitcher Patrick Corbin, who allowed five runs and eight hits with just two strikeouts in five innings.— Mark Canha (KAN’-ah) launched a go-ahead, three-run homer with two out in the ninth inning to lift the Athletics to their second straight comeback win over the Giants, 7-6. Marcus Semien hit a two-run homer and Matt Olson also connected in Oakland’s 12th victory in 14 games. AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Jerry Kelly remains the leader at the Senior Players Championship despite bogeys on two of his last four holes on Saturday.Kelly had to settle for an even-par 70 after being the only player at par or better after two days in the PGA Tour Champions’ first major of the season. He’s one stroke ahead of Woody Austin, Scott Parel and Colin Montgomerie.Austin and Parel each shot 67, while Montgomerie had a 68.NFL-PACKERS-CLARKPackers sign Clark to extension VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTSParents join players urging Big Ten to play; 9 Sooners positive for virusUNDATED (AP) — A group of Ohio State football players’ parents joined parents of players at Iowa in calling for the Big Ten to overturn its decision not to play this fall. Meanwhile, Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said nine Sooners tested positive for COVID-19 after he gave his players a week break from team activities. The Football Parents at Ohio State posted a letter to Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren, calling for the reinstatement of the 10-game schedule the conference unveiled six days before it postponed football until spring. TENNIS-US OPEN-WITHDRAWALS GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Kenny Clark has signed a four-year contract extension.Clark’s agent confirmed a ESPN report that the 2016 first-round draft pick from UCLA agreed to terms on a deal worth $70 million, with a $25 million signing bonus. Clark has emerged as the Packers’ top defensive lineman. In other NFL news:— Atlanta police say former four-time Cleveland Browns Pro Bowl linebacker Chip Banks is in serious condition following a shooting. Atlanta police spokeswoman Marla Rooker said the 60-year-old was in serious condition. Update on the latest sports Associated Press DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR driver Austin Dillon has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not compete in Sunday’s Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway’s road course. Richard Childress Racing says Dillon tested positive Saturday morning and is now self-quarantining away from the team. Kaz Grala will drive the No. 3 Chevrolet at Daytona.Dillon is the third Cup Series drive to test positive for the coronavirus, joining seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson and part-timer Brendan Gaughan. F1-SPANISH GPHamilton secures 92nd pole GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Si Woo Kim had a hole in one on the way to a 62 and a two-shot lead over Doc Redman and Rob Oppenheim through three rounds of the PGA’s Wyndham Championship.Kim is at 18-under after 54 holes. He made history three years ago when at 21 he became the youngest winner of The Players Championship. Now, he’s seeking his first victory since — and playing strongly wherever he tees it up. Redman had a 63, while Oppenheim set a career low on tour with a 62 in second at 16-under. PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS-SENIOR PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIPKelly still leads
August 25, 2020 The Latest: Tennessee restricts Neyland tickets to 25% The Volunteers’ first home game is Oct. 3 against Missouri and university officials say restrictions could change during the season based on statewide virus data and recommendations from public health officials. Tennessee asked fans statewide to wear masks in public.Athletic director Phillip Fulmer says he empathizes with the thousands of fans who won’t get to go to games in Neyland this fall. Fulmer says the circumstances are beyond the control of Tennessee officials and they will do their best to create the safest environment both inside and outside the stadium.Current students and active donors to the Tennessee Fund with season tickets get top priority for tickets and season tickets will be offered based on annual amount given and the order to the Tennessee Fund.The original prices for season tickets will not change with Tennessee set to host five Southeastern Conference opponents for the first time since 1959.Students can start requesting tickets issued on a game-by-game basis Sept. 23. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Tennessee will be selling tickets for approximately 25% of the seats at Neyland Stadium for this season. Associated Press ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech said his team had taken a step in the right direction by beating Birmingham in Roberto Di Matteo’s first match as interim boss.Di Matteo, placed in charge following the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas, called for his players to show passion and they did not disappoint.Goals from Juan Mata and Raul Meireles secured a 2-0 victory and an FA Cup quarter-final clash with Leicester.AdChoices广告“Today was the first step. We managed to take a step forward but this is not the end, this is the beginning,” Cech told ITV.“We had to fight because they are a Championship team – they are used to fighting for long balls and battling.“In the second half, once we scored the first goal, the game opened up. It was just a pity we didn’t score more goals because we had chances.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
YOUNG Berbician cyclist Romello Crawford once again was top of the podium, continuing his amazing run of form, this time capturing the feature Schoolboys & Invitational 35-lap race of the sixth Annual Star Party Rentals 11-race cycling meet.With the title up for grabs, as last year’s champion Hamzah Eastman is competing abroad, Crawford was head and shoulders above the other 20 starters. He crossed the finish line in one hour 17 minutes 21.18 seconds.He was followed by Christopher ‘Chicken Legs’ Griffith while Briton John was third, Paul Cho-Wee-Nam, Deeraj Garbarran and John Williams were fourth, fifth and sixth in that order.The sprint prizes were shared among Griffith and Crawford who had three each while Paul DeNobrega and Dwayne Gibbs Jr bagged one apiece.In the Veterans category, Warren ‘40’ McKay was triumphant in the Under-50 event while Junior Niles and Lear Nunes settled for second and third respectively. In the Over-50 race, Kennard Lovell was the victor ahead of second-placed Bochel Samaroo and Kevin Jeffrey.Meanwhile, Jonathan Ramsuchit was victorious on his return to cycling, copping the Juvenile event ahead of Sherwin Sampson and Steve Bhimsin who were second and third respectively.In the BMX Boys and Girls 12-14 race, Sampson was the winner while Bhimsin and Jaheme Henry finished second and third in that order.
(REUTERS) – European record holder Mo Farah has declined a chance to contest the marathon in the World Championships in Doha, increasing the possibility of a return to the track.Farah, a four-time Olympic champion over 5 000 metres and 10 000 metres, retired from track athletics to focus on marathon events in 2017.The 36-year-old has since broken the European record when winning the Chicago Marathon last October, but only finished fifth at the London Marathon last weekend, over three minutes behind Kenyan great Eliud Kipchoge.British Athletics yesterday announced their marathon participants for the World Championships in September – the men’s lineup consisting of Callum Hawkins and Dewi Griffiths – and Farah was the notable absentee.Earlier this year, the three-time 10 000m world champion Farah said watching Briton Laura Muir claim the European Indoor 1500m and 3 000m double made him realise how much he missed the track.“Having seen my fellow athletes, who I’ve competed against in the past, and watching the European Indoor Championships on TV, I was thinking ‘Oh man! I want to get back out there’,” he said in March.“That’s just me. If things are going well and I’ve got a chance to win a medal then I’d love to come back and run for my country.“Part of me when I watch track races I’m like, ‘can I still do it? I want to do it’. I do miss the track.”
COMPLETE RESULTS Senior Sportsman-of-the-Year: Stanton RoseSenior Sportswoman-of-the-Year: Chelsea EdghillJunior Sportsman-of-the-Year: Shomari WiltshireJunior Sportswoman-of-the-Year: Priyanna RamdhaniSports Association-of-the-Year: GFFMost Improved Association: GABFMale Coach-of-the-Year: Junior HerculesFemale Coach-of-the-Year: Shelly Daly-RamdyhanMale Sports Official: Franklin WilsonFemale Sports Official: Dr Karen PilgrimFemale Sports Personality: Mothers in Motor RacingSports Personality: Ramesh Sunich … Stanton Rose, Chelsea Edghill named sportsman- and sportswoman-of-the-yearSTANTON Rose, Guyana’s history-making Senior National Basketball team captain, carved his name deeper into the country’s archives when he was named the Senior Sportsman-of-the-Year last evening, when the National Sports Commission (NSC) hosted its annual National Sports Awards at the Pegasus Hotel. Rose is the first basketball player in the history of the sport, locally, to be named Sportsman-of-the-Year, and is also the first athlete from Kwakwani to win the prestigious accolade.The now 19-year-old Rose placed his named among players like Lugard Mohan, Auric Tappin, Stanislaus Hadmon, Lorenzo Withrite and Leon Christian (just to name a few) as some of the most talented to ever suit up for Guyana; but what separates him from the aforementioned great ‘ballers’ is that he was able to bring the ‘elusive’ Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) men’s Caribbean title back to Guyana.He is the youngest player (18 at the time) to ever captain Guyana at the CBC Championship, and left the 10-team tournament in Suriname as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) for his sensational performances, which also included a tournament-high 41 points performance that came in Guyana’s 104-102 double overtime win against St Vincent and the Grenadines.Rose, who led Guyana to an unbeaten run in the championship, totalled 106 points (third overall), led the tournament in steals, totalling 15 at an average of 2.5 per game, was third in points per game (17.7), third in assists per game, eighth in rebounds per game and was the fourth best efficient player.His performances did not go unnoticed in Suriname, with several scouts reaching out to the 6’2” guard. In the end, though, he accepted an offer to play for Jacksonville College and will compete on the National Junior College Athletics Association circuit.It was a big night for the sport of basketball, with the historic CBC-winning team copping the Sports Team-of-the-Year. Junior Hercules, the team’s head coach, was named Coach-of-the-Year, while the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) picked up the Most Improved Association award.SENIOR SPORTSWOMAN-OF-THE-YEARChelsea Edghill, who won gold for Guyana in the Under-21 category at the Senior Caribbean Table Tennis Championships in Jamaica, held in September 2018, walked away as the Senior Sportswoman-of-the-Year at the end of the evening.She won the College National Districts competition and placed second at College National Regional competition in the United States, along with being a quarterfinalist at the South American Games. These are just some of the other highlights of Edghill’s sensational run last year in the sport.While currently not based in Guyana due to being awarded a scholarship to Lindenwood University in the United States, where she studies chemistry, the 21 year-old was at the forefront during her time here,JUNIOR SPORTSMAN-OF-THE-YEARShomari Wiltshire will go down as one of the local legends within Guyana’s squash fraternity and is well deserving of the 2018 junior Sportsman-of-the-Year award.Wiltshire, on the local scene, has won a staggering four local titles. His success began in May 2018 when he captured the Woodpecker Products Junior National U-15, U-17 and U-19 squash titles to start the year well.The young man continued his form regionally where he clinched for the second year running the Junior Caribbean Under-15 title (gold) and was instrumental in leading Guyana to silver in the Team event which took place in Jamaica in July.JUNIOR SPORTSWOMAN-OF-THE-YEARPriyanna Ramdhani is a seriously talented young woman who in 2018, demonstrated the “show them what crazy can do” tag which encourages young girls to get involved in sports.The 17-year-old in 2018 was ranked the number one junior and senior female local squash player while also standing at the apex of the Caribbean ranking in Under-17 and senior charts. She was also ranked as one of the top South American female players.Her sustained hard work saw her lead Guyana to the 32nd ranked Junior Badminton Nationals after competing in the World Juniors in Canada.On the individual side, she dominated last year’s Caribbean Regional youth championships in Suriname by winning five gold medals (2 U-19 and 2 U-19) while also acquiring two silver and one bronze at the Caribbean International Senior Championships also held in Suriname.
THE Mackenzie Sports Club will tomorrow stage its Annual General Meeting and Elections from 17:00hrs at the MSC Lounge.Incumbents, president Avery Trim and general secretary Marlon Pearson are expected to deliver their reports to the membership while there will be no financial report in the absence of the treasurer John Trim who is overseas.The MSC remains the oldest club to be serving the community of Linden, since it was established in 1956 at the present location on Greenheart Street, Mackenzie.Membership of this club has dwindled due to the fortunes of the bauxite industry over the years but there is hope that this once live-wire centre for sports in Linden would again become the eye for sports in the mining town.Over the past two months the club’s Committee of Management has been clamouring for the members to pay up their monthly subscription dues, to ensure they are eligible for participation in the business of the meeting but the response has been slow.However, it is expected that the members will get involved. The important elections will take place after the meeting tomorrow.
THE best of the best in horse racing will leave the blocks tomorrow in chase of glory and cash prizes when the 13th edition of the Guyana Cup horse race meet gets going.Over $20M in cash and prizes will be up for grabs at the Rising Sun Turf Club in Rising Sun Village, West Coast Berbice.Thousands are expected at the venue which is located just 45 minutes from the capital city, Georgetown, and with nine anticipated races on the card, turfites are sure to be busy, come race day.It is anticipated that some 80 animals from Guyana, the Caribbean Region and North America will register for the meet, which is one of the marquee events for horseracing in the region,.Some of the top animals to be on show will include Just Call Me Boss, Crown the King (Jamaica), Doublin Fashion (USA), Chameli (Jamaica), Safara (Jamaica), Southern Express (T&T), Silver & Things (T&T), Sitarr (T&T), Kentucky Woman (T&T), Super Easy (T&T) and She’s a Princess.Apart from the foreign contingent of horses, several leading jockeys from overseas are expected to participate, which will add that international flavour to the day’s event.The top five finishers in all 10 races would receive cash incentives, with the total prize purse being increased from $15M to $20M. US$50 000 in cash will be handed out tomorrow.The details of the races and prize money are listed below:– C Class and Lower feature race over a distance of one mile, $2M– Three-year-old Guyana-bred, $1M– G3 and Lower, $400 000– L3 and Lower (open to non-winners from Trinidad & Tobago), $350 000– Two-year-old Guyana-bred ove, $300 000– J3 and Lower over seven furlongs, $300 000– L Class for Colts, $250 000– L Class Filly and Mare, $250 000