ST JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – Fast-bowling icon Courtney Walsh believes his previous association with West Indies women will help foster success in his new role as assistant coach. The 57-year-old, who holds the record for the most Test wickets by a West Indies player, joined the coaching staff headed by former teammate Gus Logie, ahead of Friday’s start of the one-day series against India here.“The ladies have been very warm and receptive and listened to what I’ve got to say. They are not afraid of trying and implementing what I’ve been telling them,” Walsh said.“I think one of the advantages I have is that I was involved in women’s cricket before as a selector and I was part of a couple of their training camps, so they know me and they’ve seen me around. “They know I want the best for them and they appreciate that, so for me it’s a plus coming back into the fold of the women’s team now.”Walsh is coming off a four-year stint as Bangladesh men’s coach, parting ways with the Asian side following the ICC World Cup in England last July.The Jamaican is part of an overhauled management group which sees Logie taking over from Hendy Springer and Betty Lewis replacing Anne Browne-John as team manager. Guyanese Rayon Griffith, a recent member of the senior West Indies men’s coaching staff, has also joined the women’s side. Walsh said he was looking forward to forming a strong partnership with Logie in helping to develop the women’s unit.“My function is to focus a lot more on the bowlers and the cricket in general to get the ladies together,” he pointed out.“I’m just happy to be able to work with Gus – we haven’t had a chance to be on the same team since we were players and we just want the women to play the type of cricket we know they can play.” Director of cricket Jimmy Adams said there were high expectations for the new management group.“I am confident that our entire support staff, under Gus’ leadership and direction, is capable of driving our women’s cricket forward whilst we begin the search for a permanent head coach,” he noted.“Gus has been involved with the programme for the past two years and both Rayon and Courtney bring with them a strong working knowledge of what it takes to be successful at the elite level.” The second ODI of the three-match series is carded for today at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground. West Indies lead the series after winning the opener by a single run at the same venue.
WELLINGTON, (Reuters) – New Zealand’s Ross Taylor will celebrate his 100th test in the series-opener against India this week and the veteran batsman says he has no intention of winding down his international career as he nears his 36th birthday. Taylor became New Zealand’s leading run-scorer in tests when he surpassed Stephen Fleming’s career tally of 7,172 against Australia in Sydney last month.In front of home fans in Wellington on Friday, he will become the nation’s fourth cricketer to play 100 tests after Fleming, Daniel Vettori and Brendon McCullum.He will also become the first cricketer to reach the milestone in all three major formats. Far from seeing the finish line for his career, Taylor said he had been urged to reset his goals in a congratulatory call from former New Zealand test opener and coach John Wright. “He said it was a nice time to relax, but at the same time nice to rejig those goals,” Taylor said in comments published by New Zealand’s Stuff media on Tuesday.“Give yourself something to chase … Goals aren’t everything but they’re a nice reminder when your mind is going in different directions, to bring you back on track and give you a focus.”Taylor said he was keen to be in the frame for New Zealand’s bid for a maiden T20 World Cup title when the men’s tournament kicks off in Australia in October. He would also not rule out the next one-day World Cup in India in 2023, having played in the heart-breaking defeat to hosts England in last year’s title-decider.“First and foremost I want to get to next year — the Twenty20 World Cup and then the home summer — and then I’ll have a good idea on how I’m placed at the end of next summer.“Whether there is still a drive, whether I’m good enough, whether I’m fit enough, and whether I deserve my spot in the side. If I can tick all those, then definitely 2023 is an option.” It will be a party atmosphere for Taylor at the Basin Reserve on Friday, with New Zealand Cricket offering dozens of free tickets for his extended family on the weekend of his sister’s wedding.“You always want to do well, and first and foremost the game is more important,” he said.“At the same time you can put extra pressure on yourself. “You’ve just got to go out and enjoy it and take it as another game. Hopefully I can contribute in any way I can.”
One of Guyana’s leading cyclists, Jamual John, recently departed to ply his trade in the United States of America with the intention of transferring his success onto the international circuit. John, who will be riding for Team Foundation in New York, told Stabroek Sport yesterday that his aim is to impress his new club by climbing the podium steps as many times as possible.The 23 year-old national cyclist stated that in “his first big break” his intention is to win as much races as possible.“I am looking to achieve at least five big wins before I return home,” said John who also disclosed that he may be returning home in July. John, who was crowned the national road race champion last year, pointed out that he will be receiving the race schedule for his sojourn on March 4 but he is already anticipating racing in the famed Tour of Somerville.The Tour of Somerville is an annual, three-day series of bicycle races held in and around Somerville, New Jersey during Memorial Day weekend. The feature Memorial Day event, the Kugler-Anderson 50-mile race for professional and elite cyclists is the oldest competitive bicycle race in the USA, having first been run in 1940.The event has become known as ‘The Kentucky Derby of Cycling’ and draws international Olympians and top cyclists from around the world. Meanwhile, John also disclosed that prior to departure, he received an endorsement from DeSinco Limited, through their distribution partnership with cosmetic giant Unilever.According to Brand Manager, Sarah Savory, the sponsorship will fall under the Degree Antiperspirant brand which was fitting, as the product targets a base of active, sport and fitness-driven consumers. “With Jamual being one of the most outstanding in Guyana’s cycling, we believe that he embodies the spirit of the brand,” she declared. “Degree believes in celebrating people who push themselves to do more and aim to improve. We’re happy that Jamual is taking this opportunity to improve his craft and that we can help him along the way. Degree will keep him protected from sweat and odor, which will allow him to stay focused on achieving his goals and improving himself,” she ended.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Keron Cottoy’s maiden first class hundred was in vain as Test seamer Kemar Roach snatched a six-wicket haul to spearhead Barbados Pride’s emphatic 127-run victory over Windward Islands Volcanoes. Resuming the final day at Kensington Oval on 73 for three, Volcanoes were dismissed for 271 in their second innings about 20 minutes before tea.
This was revealed by national coordinator Junior Hercules, who spoke to Stabroek Sport during an exclusive interview. Hercules disclosed, “The objective of this initiative is to increase the GABF 3×3 capacity with a long term view of moving Guyana’s international ranking from Men (138th) and Women (166th) to top 5 in four years. Once we have all the present and potential basketball players registered on https://play.fiba3x3.com/.” He revealed that the specific website which will be used for the signing up is https://play.fiba3x3.com/signup, adding that the process is very straightforward and simple and only requires the applicant to disclose information such as Name, Gender, Date of Birth, Nationality, Hometown, Email Address, Phone Number and Password via a form format. According to Hercules, the plan will take a duration of two years to develop and properly implement, with the overall aim of qualifying for international tournaments.Hercules further revealed that among the competitions that will be targeted for qualification following a successful implementation of the project include the FIBA 3×3 Universality Olympic Qualifying, FIBA 3×3 U18 World Cup and the FIBA 3×3 U23 World Cup. “We can start to strategically create targeted FIBA sanction tournaments with the categories Recognized by FIBA”, he added. He further posited, “We are hoping for a total of about 20 to 40 players in each category throughout this COVID-19 period. During this 3×3 registration drive, it will be my intention to strategically form 3×3 organizing teams to help with the tournament logistical requirement.”According to Hercules, the program will target both males and females in several categories such as U13, U15, U18, U23 and Open Divisions, with the primary focus on student athletes for the lower age group and reputable and registered club players for the Open section. The registration program will also be conducted on a national basis.He revealed that while the association is faced with several challenges in its attempt to promote this version, solutions can be realised and crafted through essential funding and consistent competitions. The GABF’s emphasis on the development of the 3×3 format also comes on the heels of the association inking a historic agreement to be a member of the inaugural ‘Caribe 3×3 Under 19 League Championship’, which is tentatively slated for Barbados in January 2021.It was revealed that pioneers of this movement are Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Lucia, St. Maarten and Guyana. The event is scheduled to be governed and coordinated by Barbadian group F1 Sports and Entertainment Caribbean under the auspices and guidance of CBC and FIBA.
Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) Head-coach Junior Hercules says that he has been tasked with formulating a coaches’ training manual and a syllabus specific to level one tacticians on behalf of the federation. This is was disclosed during an exclusive interview with Stabroek Sport yesterday. According to Hercules, the decision, “This project of a coach’s manual was conceptualized in 2014, my genesis into the national programme as Guyana team manager Caribbean championship held in the BVI. This tournament (Caribbean Championship) was arguably one of Guyana’s most eventful in turn happening on and off the court. Coupled with experience on the tour and my experience as Georgetown basketball President during that period I recognized a strong need for coaching structure at an elementary level.”Hercules admitted that while the GABF has a general coaching structure, it has faced difficulties in creating a structured and organized coaching template that can be utilized locally as a uniform mode of training. He added, “The Guyana Basketball Federation while having a general structure has always struggled to create a structural profile that can be standardized for coaches. This may or maybe be connected to the fact that the profession locally has limited mobility scope.”According to Hercules, the intention and overall expectation is to create a manuscript that considers all local factors affecting the sport and which can be eventually utilised and accessible to all levels inclusive of schools, clubs and aspiring coaches. Hercules added, “I hope to provide a working document that will be considerate of Guyana culture and resources. I hope to give both the GABF and aspiring coaches a foundation I never had before deciding on becoming a coach. This manual when completed I hope and I intend to be accessible to all primary, secondary, university, clubs aspiring, and current coaches. The current coaches’ clinics serve to reconnect the desire and urgency for a document of this nature.”Meanwhile, Hercules is currently engaged in week five of a World Association of Basketball Coaches (WABC) Clinic, with the most recent course occurring on May 28th and focused on ‘Cutthroat Defense Drill’ with Coach Brett Brown.The clinics are presented by Coaches with Olympic Games, FIBA Basketball World Cups, NBA, WNBA, Youth World Cups and NBA/FIBA Basketball without Borders coaching experience.
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OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Long before Ray Lewis became the future Hall of Fame linebacker who now holds an entire city in the palm of his hand, he was a wide-eyed 20-year-old having just been drafted by the novel Baltimore Ravens.Lewis was joining a new team — officially speaking, anyway — in a new city, but the former University of Miami product remembered fondly the man who embraced him from the moment he was selected as the 26th overall pick in the 1996 NFL draft. As Baltimore remembered the life of former Ravens owner Art Modell, who died of natural causes at age 87 early Thursday morning, even the iconic Lewis acknowledged he wouldn’t be where he is today without Modell’s leadership and vision.Modell and the organization entrusted Lewis with leading the defense even though many questioned if the Hurricanes linebacker was big enough to man the middle of the unit. Like countless others before him, Lewis instantly became a family member to Modell, who maintained his personal touch of doing business in the lucrative empire the NFL was becoming.Aside from football, Modell meant so much more to the linebacker who’s spent his entire 17-year career with the Ravens.“He respected you as a man, but me, he just grabbed me as a son from Day One and he never let me go,” Lewis said. “Everything, it didn’t matter what it was, whenever he saw me, he would always tell me how much he loved me and always tell me how much I meant to him.”Though it didn’t take long for Lewis to become the face of the infant franchise with his intimidating play and charisma on the field, Modell was initially the most recognizable figure associated with the new Ravens, if for no reason other than the manner in which he was demonized nationally for moving his franchise from football-crazy Cleveland.Lewis offered little in response to a question about Modell’s detractors, reminding everyone that the bond he now shares with the city of Baltimore wouldn’t have been possible if not for the difficult decision Modell made to uproot his franchise from the place he had called home for over 30 years.As the linebacker approaches the rare status held only by the likes of Johnny Unitas, Brooks Robinson, and Cal Ripken, it’s strange to think about a Baltimore without the Ravens and No. 52 after the way they’ve captivated the city over the last 17 years.“How would you be here if he wouldn’t have made the stand to build a franchise in Cleveland and then to say, ‘It’s time to do something else?’” Lewis said. “He made that change, and for him to make that change to come to Baltimore, to pick up his franchise and come to Baltimore, then that’s the only way Baltimore and Ray Lewis connected.”Though their lives took vastly different paths, Modell and Lewis enjoyed the same pinnacle of their respective careers as the Ravens won Super Bowl XXXV on Jan. 28, 2001.For many, the iconic image of that night was the image of the Super Bowl MVP Lewis embracing the aging owner, who was finally enjoying a title after 40 years in the NFL. The juxtaposition of Lewis, coming off the most trying time in his life that included double-murder chargers stemming from the events of a year earlier in Atlanta, and Modell, the man still vilified by many after breaking the hearts of the fans in Cleveland, in that single embrace was fascinating to witness as each man could now take satisfaction in what they’d accomplished and push their critics to the side.It was Modell who remained by Lewis’ side in the aftermath of what had transpired a year earlier, and Lewis helped repay that debt by being the best defensive player on the planet and leading one of the greatest defenses of all time to Super Bowl glory.Lewis said his fondest memory of Modell was telling the Ravens owner he would need to do the linebacker’s famous dance after the Ravens won the Super Bowl, a request Modell humorously fulfilled as Baltimore celebrated its first NFL championship in 30 years.“I think it capped off exactly the way it was supposed to end,” Lewis said. “Somebody had put in all of that work and now we were able to bring him what his true dream was, [which] was the Lombardi Trophy.”As news came that Modell’s condition was worsening at Johns Hopkins Hospital Wednesday evening, coach John Harbaugh invited Lewis to join him in bidding farewell to the owner. Teammates Ed Reed, Terrell Suggs, and Haloti Ngata tagged along as Lewis spoke words of encouragement and prayer to Modell in his final hours.Though it didn’t take place in the public forum of their bear-hug embrace in the final seconds of Super Bowl XXXV, hearing an emotional Lewis describe his goodbye to a man he admired so deeply — a man to which Baltimore football fans owe a great deal — was a lump-in-the-throat moment in an exhausting day for the organization.It would be the last of the many talks they enjoyed over the years with shared lunches, phone conversations, and warm embraces whenever they crossed paths.“The things that I shared with him in his ear, I will always keep that between me and him because it is a son talking to a father,” said Lewis as his voice trembled. “That’s the way I looked at it from the moment I started whispering in his ear because that’s what he always used to do to me.”With Lewis nearing the end of his career, you wonder if he’ll be able to reach the pinnacle of his profession yet again. As if the linebacker didn’t need any extra motivation as he prepares to take the field for another season at age 37, the memory of Modell will be on his mind as he tries to help lead the Ravens back to a Super Bowl.It wouldn’t top the first one or the warm embrace he enjoyed after it was over with the man he — and countless others — viewed as more than just the owner of the team, but it would be fitting as the Ravens memorialize the man responsible for their existence in Baltimore.“He’ll always be watching, and he’ll definitely be missed,” Lewis said. “This season, we will definitely dedicate to him and give it everything we’ve got. Hopefully, we can sit another Lombardi Trophy beside him.”
OWINGS MILLS, Md. — With a slew of injuries hampering a depleted Ravens defensive line, All-Pro defensive tackle Haloti Ngata has tried to play through two ailments of his own over the last month of the season.Listed as questionable on the final injury report in the Ravens’ last two games against the Texans and Browns, the seventh-year defensive lineman has played with knee and shoulder injuries, but his performance hasn’t lived up to his usual standards as one of the best defensive players in the NFL. Though stat sheets rarely tell the story in describing the effectiveness of a defensive tackle, Ngata has just one tackle over his last two games as he’s played in a reduced number of snaps.Ngata registered one tackle in the 43-13 loss to Houston two weeks ago as he played 48 of the Ravens’ 80 defensive snaps. In Cleveland on Sunday, the 28-year old increased his workload to 53 of 70 possible defensive reps, but he failed to record a tackle and appeared unable to control and beat blockers at the line of scrimmage in the way he typically does.“I thought he played solidly,” coach John Harbaugh said. “He’s not 100 percent — he’s got the shoulder and the knee a little bit — but he’s fighting through it. He’s playing well.”Harbaugh remained noncommittal in how the Ravens will handle his practice work as many are beginning to suggest the possibility of sitting down the Pro Bowl defensive tackle in hopes of improved health for the final stretch of the regular season. It doesn’t help that the Baltimore defensive line has struggled to find any play-makers to complement Ngata as younger players such as Terrence Cody, Pernell McPhee, and Arthur Jones have failed to step up.For now, the Ravens are likely to continue limiting his practice time, but they desperately need Ngata to regain the dominant form not seen since early last year when he was a Defensive Player of the Year candidate prior to sustaining a thigh injury that hampered him in the second half of the season.“I think you take that day by day and week by week,” Harbaugh said. “We’ll just have to see. We need to win every game. Every game the division championship’s on the line.”The only notable injuries suffered in Sunday’s game came along the offensive line as right guard Marshal Yanda tweaked his knee and ankle and was replaced by backup Jah Reid for five offensive plays while he received treatment. Right guard Bobbie Williams also suffered a mild ankle sprain, so the Ravens will closely monitor their practice time leading into this Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders.Yanda would figure to be ready to play, but it will be interesting to see how Williams responds after suffering a fractured ankle last season in his final weeks with the Cincinnati Bengals.“[Yanda’s] moving around. The MRIs were all positive, nothing there,” Harbaugh said. “Bobbie Williams had an ankle — nothing on the MRI — sprain, so we’ll see. We’ll probably give him some rest during the week sometime and try to get him to Sunday. Those were the only two things that were really anything that were significant injury-wise.”Should either player be deemed unfit to play, Reid would likely receive the first opportunity in the starting lineup after he was active for the first time all season against the Browns. He took nine offensive snaps, with five coming at left guard and the others as a blocking tight end in run-play situations.“Jah played well,” Harbaugh said. “He played 10 or 15 snaps at different positions in there, and he played well and did a nice job. First time of really taking any kind of extended time out there and he wasn’t overwhelmed at all. That’s kind of what you look for in a young guy.”Pees goes upstairsCONTINUE ON NEXT PAGE >>>
Orioles trade Jim Johnson (CP) and Jason Hammel (SP) to the Rangers for Mike Olt (3B/1B), Craig Gentry (OF) and Martin Perez (SP).Though Jim Johnson has been dominant the past two seasons, he is the Orioles biggest bargaining chip at this point. Baltimore’s deep bullpen could provide a number of options for an in-house replacement including: Pedro Strop, Tommy Hunter and Luis Ayala. Johnson is at his highest value now, and with the history of closers around the league, his reign in the ninth inning may have a dwindling shelf-life.Jason Hammel is the Opening Day starter, but is not an ace of the staff by all means. He is a solid pitcher, but after 4 straight seasons with over 170 innings, he began to wear down at the end of 2012. The Orioles have a good amount of pitching depth, as hopes are that Zack Britton or Brian Matusz can bounce back (and take his spot in the rotation). Hammel is also in the last year of his contract, and expendable in the future with Bundy and Gausman in waiting.The Rangers play in the best division in baseball, with some pretty good lineups, where pitching will be at a premium (just think what Oakland did last year). After failing to acquire a front of the line starter in the offseason, Hammel adds depth, while pitching in his more natural role, behind Yu Darvish and Matt Harrison. Johnson should shut down the back end of games for Texas, especially with Nefalti Feliz’s move to the rotation and Joe Nathan’s age (38) creeping up on his production.Olt is a top prospect but blocked at third base by Adrian Beltre. The move would also clear a spot for the top prospect in the MLB, Jurkison Profar, at second base, as Ian Kinsler could be moved to LF (in replace of Craig Gentry). Martin Perez recently broke his arm, an injury which may set him back to appearing in the big leagues on a regular basis.In return the Orioles get two young pieces to build upon, in Olt and Perez, and a solution to the starting left field spot, as well as a possible leadoff hitter, with Gentry. Olt is the prize of the trade, as he could be the future for Baltimore at third base, if the team inclines to move Manny Machado to shortstop. Olt also adds more power to the lineup and a sorely needed middle-of-the-order bat.Craig Gentry only had 240 at-bats in 2012 but did hit .304. He also had 13 stolen bases last season (and 18 in 2011) in limited action. He is a very good fielder, who can play all three outfield positions if need be. Adding Gentry allows Buck flexibility in the lineup and the field, as Nate McLouth becomes the fourth outfielder (a role he is more suited for). Adding Perez adds depth to a minor league system, which will see its top pitching prospects advance to the majors soon. Baltimore Orioles trade Jake Arrieta (SP) to the Miami Marlins for Placido Polanco (3B/2B) and Jake Realmuto (C).The Marlins are completely rebuilding, after failing on free agent spending spree in 2012. Arrieta has enough potential to find a spot in a rotation that is filled with young pitchers with question marks. This move also coincides with the Marlins cost cutting ways, as it clears over 5 million dollars off their payroll.Like Hammel, Arrieta is expendable, with the depth of the rotation for the Orioles. Though he has shown flashes of dominant stuff, his consistency makes him the odd man out for the near and distant future. Acquiring a right handed bat for the bench, along with a veteran player and adding depth at several infield positions, Polanco fits Buck’s model of role player.Baltimore also adds a catching prospect in Realmuto, who is defensively sound but needs time to develop at the plate. Talks have already started about how long will Wieters last at catcher; with the wear and tear behind the plate (not to mention his size). Realmuto (22) could be an eventual replacement for the catching duties for the Orioles, whenever they decide to move Wieters to another position (most likely first base or DH). As the season is upon us, the Orioles are poised to repeat their 2012 performance. But after a lackluster offseason by Dan Duquette, there are still several question marks on the Opening Day roster. Baltimore was tops in the league in one run and extra innings games last year, but cannot not rely on repeating such efforts this year.2012 also saw many roster moves, whether it being under-the-radar signings and trades or call-ups from the minors; something sure to be expected by the brain trust once again. Though this team will not make big splash moves, there are pieces to improve upon the roster in 2013. The following is a list of 4 moves the Orioles should make throughout the season. Baltimore Orioles call up Kevin Gausman (SP) and Jonathon Schoop (2B/SS).This move seems most likely with both players performing well in the minors last season, as well as 2013’s Spring Training. Gausman could take over a rotation spot by the All-Star break, if he continues to develop as expected. He may never be an ace of the staff, but is expected to be a really good No. 2 starter. With the previous moves, shipping off two starters, Gausman will be expected to fill the void by the end of the season.After finally moving on from Brian Roberts (and his contract), the Orioles will also have a roster spot for their second baseman of the future. The pressure to perform immediately will not be as demanding, with the presence of Ryan Flaherty and Alexi Cassilla already on the roster and the addition of Polanco. Schoop should take on the position full-time in 2014, with a revamped, younger infield.***After all these moves are complete, the Orioles not only have a deeper roster, but farm system as well. The additions create the versatile bench that Buck likes to utilize, as well as sets the starting rotation for the next several years. Baltimore will need to rely more heavily on their young players, but with a good mix of veteran backups, this team should develop into a consistent contender for years. Baltimore Orioles trade Brian Roberts to Detroit Tigers for Alex Burgos (LHP), Matt Hoffman (RHP) and Tyler Collins (OF)The Tigers are set to make another run at the World Series, and are willing to spend money to do so. Roberts is in the last year of his contract and few people expect him to be back in Baltimore in 2014. Omar Infante is currently the Tigers starting second baseman but may be better suited as a super utility player. Splitting time with Infante will also help the aging Roberts be more productive, when inserted into the lineup. This trade will be impendent on his health and what form he can return to, after the past two seasons spent mostly on the DL.The Orioles receive prospects back for a player at the end of his career, which will continue to develop a growing farm season. Burgos could become a fourth or fifth starter with some grooming, while Hoffman could make his way into the bullpen sooner than later, spending 2012 in Triple A. Collins adds a left handed prospect, which is solid defensively and adds speed to the minor leagues.