By Daniel HaynesThe final games of the Youth Basketball Guyana (YBG) National School Basketball Festival (NSBF) were everything that basketball fans could hope for,with almost every being a close cut encounter and in the finals it appeared as if each team that was there belong. The first game of the night,between Mackenzie High and Kwakwani Secondary U-14 tipped off the Festival in fine fashion. Mackenzie overcame a 15-point half time deficit to win by two points 37-35, coming down to two free-throws separating the victors. From the start Kwakwani showed their dominance, as was to be expected from the defending champions.They lead in the first quarter 13-1 and the half 22-7. However,a rally from Mackenzie, led by Stephan Duncan, inspired the comeback. It was multiple turnovers from Kwakwani which allowed Mackenzie to steal the game at the line after being tied 35-35 with 13 seconds left.Kobe Tappin stepped to the free-throw line and iced the game, breaking Kwakwani’s hearts. Duncan led all scores with 14 points and he was supported by Tappin and Shemar Savory who recorded 9 each. Kadeem Dover was the top scorer for Kwakwani with 9 points with David Conway following with 8. For the winners, Tappin walked away with Best Defense of the tournament, with Demarcus Adams coming away with Best Assist. It was Dover, however, who took home the tournament Most Valuable Player (MVP) honors along with Best Scorer.Nathan Saul takes it to the hoop for the score (Daniel Haynes Photo)In the U-16 finals, Mackenzie High walked away the champions after downing Marian Academy 36-17. Initially an even game, Mackenzie pulled away in the second quarter to finish the half 18-10. The game would stay with Mackenzie,who in the third quarter employed a swing the ball policy to kill the time on the clock. The fourth quarter was much of the same with Mackenzie putting the icing on a perfect cake with two trophies. For the winners, Shemar Anderson recorded 10 points with Yannick Tappin finishing with 8 points. Jahleel Young finished with 9 points for the losers. Tappin also carried home the Most Valuable Player (MVP)award, Best Scorer and Best Assists honours, with Anderson copping the Best Defense accoldade.In the female finals, Kwakwani girls avenged their male counterparts and withstood a barrage from Marian Academy to take home the gold 14-11. It was a closely contested encounter played with a high level of physicality. For Kwakwani, Kennesha Leacock registered 6 points and was backed up by Anansa Gladstone’s 4. Jada Mohan secured 9 points in the win and walked home with Best Assists and the Best Defense trophies. It was Kennesha Leacock who took home the MVP and Best Scorer awards.The U-19 match-up lived up to its hype with defending Champions Kwakwani going against GTI, in a highly physical and competitive game.The first quarter saw GTI taking an early lead 26-20, and holding that lead until the close of the first half, behind main point man Nathan Saul. In the second half,the rally started for Kwakwani, led by prolific guard Stanton Rose who knocked down a three with 7 minutes left in the third quarter to take the lead 31-28. From then Kwakwani would keep the lead with GTI only trailing by a maximum of 5 points. The closest the game came in the waning moments was when GTI cut the lead to 52-49 with 36.2 seconds left in the game. In the end,Kwakwani held their nerve to hold on to a 2 point victory 52-50,and in the process completed a 3-peat.Kwakwani’s triple threat of Stanton Rose, Damair Gladstone and Troy David ,who scored 11,16 and 10 respectively, led them home. For GTI, Sebastian Luke and Nathan Saul had 15 and 13 in the effort.According to coach Dave Causway “Thanks to Stanton Rose for leading this team to the three-peat and this win will do wonders for basketball in Kwakwani.”For Rose, it was a good tournament, walking away with the Best Assists, Best Defense and Most Valuable Player. For Nathan Saul,he went home with Best Scorer Honors.The tournament was sponsored by:The Beharry Group of Companies, Digicel and Banks DIH Limited.
For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. London: The world of cricket needs “larger than life characters” like Virat Kohli and Ben Stokes but it “equally needs” a Mahendra Singh Dhoni or a Rahul Dravid to “stay on the good side of the line”, feels ICC Chief Executive David Richardson.At the MCC’s 2018 Cowdrey Lecture, Richardson expressed his concerns about the amount of cheating and sledging in international cricket expecting more initiative from the players and coaches.“On the field the cricket needs its larger than life characters. Its Colin Milburns, Freddie Flintoffs, Shane Warnes, Virat Kohlis, Ben Stokes but we equally it needs its Frank Worrells, its Mahendra Singh Dhonis, its Rahul Dravids, its Colin Cowdreys to make sure that we all stay in the good side of that line,” Richardson said during his lecture. ALSO READ | Virat Kohli dethrones ‘disgraced’ Steve Smith to become world number one Test batsmanHowever, the former Proteas keeper-batsman agreed that ICC “do not have all the answers to the challenges” it faces but are “working collectively to solve them”.“Personal abuse, fielders giving send-offs to batsmen who have been dismissed, unnecessary physical contact, players threatening not to play in protest against an umpire’s decision and ball tampering; this isn’t the version of our sport that we want to project to the world,” he said.Richardson spoke about the steps taken by the ICC to penalise any kind of personal abuse with a six-Test or 12-match suspension in limited-overs cricket.He informed that ICC is working on “educating the players on what it means to play the game within the spirit.”Richardson also spoke about how a home team should maintain the principles of respect for the opposition during a bilateral series.The touring team should be treated as “honoured guests with the standard of practice facilities and other logistical arrangements exactly the same as the home team, if not better”.The ICC Chief Executive seemed a tad disappointed in the manner national team coaches have supported the boorish behaviour of their players. He cited the example of former South African all-rounder Mike Proctor, who during his time as national coach would ensure that an umpiring decision had “unqualified acceptance”.“Too many coaches or team managers of recent times are too quick to side with their players, blame the umpires for being biased against their team, storming off to the match referee’s room to complain,” he added.“Winning must obviously be the aim of any game but not at all costs, not when it means compromising the integrity of the game.”Richardson also found it hard to believe that players are not aware as to what amounts to ball tampering, terming it “disingenuous”. ALSO READ | Ishant credits Sussex stint for success in England“Over the last few months, I have read comments from players requesting guidance on what is allowed in relation to the ball. Asking if they can chew gum, wear sun screen or drink a sugary drink.“The laws are simple and straightforward? do not change the condition of the ball using an artificial substance and if you are caught, don’t complain. Saying others do it is not a defence. You are cheating.”
New Delhi: U Mumba, who have won one game and lost another in the Hyderabad leg of the Pro Kabaddi League, are keen to put up an improved show in the Mumbai leg of the event, which begins on July 27. The matches of the Mumbai leg of the PKL are to be held at the NSCI Dome in Worli.”We will have to play all the matches well, be it against Pune (Puneri Paltan) or any other team. We will have to make separate plans for each tea. May be there could be certain loopholes in our planning. We will try and rectify that,” said team coach Sanjeev Kumar Baliyan here on Thursday.”We will plan by taking into consideration the raiders and defenders of opposition teams,” he added at a media conference with skipper Iranian Fazel Sultan Attrachali and his deputy Sandeep Narwal sitting by his side.Baliyan said U Mumba were working on errors made by raiders and defenders in the Hyderabad leg.They are presently in the seventh spot having won one of their games and lost another.”Wins and losses are part of the game. We will try to be better. There will be home advantage as people will support us. We will look to win all four matches (in the Mumbai leg),” proclaimed Baliyan.According to the coach, the team’s defence is good but that did not click in the game which they lost.Fazal, on his part, said that the last season was difficult for him and this season too is challenging as he is leading the side.”For me, there is nothing different. The last season was difficult for me and so is this season. It is also challenging as a captain because you have more responsibilities for your team and if your raider is unsuccessful he would look at you, and so will the defender,” said Fazal.Fazal did not agree to the suggestion that adjusting with new players or coaches was difficult due to communication as he has picked up a fair bit of Hindi.”It is not different. A new season has new challenges. I am ready for everything new. When you are not ready it’s difficult.”I have spent more time with Indian coaches than Iranian. I talk with my players in Hindi during matches. I have spent time here, so I know a little Hindi,” he claimed. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
The 27-year-old Doctson had 81 receptions for 1,100 yards and eight touchdowns in three seasons with the Redskins before being one of the team’s final cuts last summer out of training camp. He signed with Minnesota and played just one game before being released in November, missing a huge portion of the schedule with a hamstring injury.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-NAVY-PLAYER DEATHStar Navy offensive lineman found dead in academy dormANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A star lineman for Navy’s record-breaking offense has been found dead in his dormitory. David Forney was 22.Academy officials said he was discovered unresponsive in Bancroft Hall on Thursday night. The cause of death was not disclosed. — Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot led eight Nets in double-figures with 21 points in a 115-86 dismantling of the Hornets. Garrett Temple added 15 points and 10 rebounds for Brooklyn, which outscored Charlotte, 33-13 to take a 30-point advantage.— The Suns knocked off the Bulls, 112-104 behind DeAndre Ayton’s 28 points and 19 rebounds. Devin Booker had 29 points for Phoenix, which ended the game on a 17-4 run to win for just the third time in 10 games.PGA-MEXICO CHAMPIONSHIPThomas leads Mexico Championship through 54MEXICO CITY (AP) — Justin Thomas ran off eight birdies in a 16-hole stretch to take a one-shot lead in the PGA’s Mexico Championship, one of the World Golf Championship events. Update on the latest sports Checking out Saturday’s other NBA action:— Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) had 31 points, 17 rebounds and eight assists in the Bucks’ 16th victory in 18 games, 119-98 over the 76ers. Khris Middleton scored 25 points and Milwaukee improved its NBA-best record to 48-8.— James Harden delivered 38 points and Russell Westbrook had 34 to catapult the Rockets to a 120-110 victory over the Jazz. Harden hit six 3-pointers and combined with Westbrook to shooting 27-for-49 from the field in Houston’s third consecutive win.— The Heat set a team record by scoring 82 points in the first half of a 124-105 trouncing of the Cavaliers. Rookie Kendrick Nunn led seven Miami players in double figures with 24 points, and he had eight assists as the Heat rolled on a night they retired Dwyane (dwayn) Wade’s jersey No. 3.— John Collins poured in 35 points and snared 17 rebounds as the Hawks rallied to beat the Mavericks, 111-107. Dallas played without Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chihch) and Kristaps Porzingis (KRIHS’-tahps pohr-ZIHN’-gihs) with the Mavs playing their second game in two nights. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditT25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULEKansas ends Baylor’s 23-game streak…SD State finally losesUNDATED (AP) — Kansas and Baylor played a game that lived up to its billing. The outcome gave the third-ranked Jayhawks a share of the Big 12 and will likely move the Jayhawks to the top of The Associated Press men’s basketball poll on Monday. Fourth-ranked San Diego State had been 26-0 until Elijah Mitrou-Long scored 19 points, including two free throws with 11.5 seconds left to push UNLV past the Aztecs, 66-63. San Diego State erased most of a 14-point deficit when it pulled to 64-63 on Malachi Flynn’s 3-pointer with 14.5 seconds left.Amauri Hardy scored 17 points and Bryce Hamilton added 11 with 10 rebounds for the Runnin’ Rebels.No. 2 Gonzaga also tasted defeat, giving Kansas a chance to climb to the top of the next AP poll.Yoeli Childs scored 28 points to help No. 23 BYU end the Bulldogs’ 19-game winning streak, 91-78. Jake Toolson added 17 points and T.J. Haws had 16 points for the Cougars, who never trailed in the second half of their eighth consecutive win.Killian Tillie scored 18 points and Corey Kispert added 16 to lead the Zags. In other top-25 games:— Obi Toppin (OH’-bee TAH’-pihn) delivered 28 points and fifth-ranked Dayton won its 16th straight by defeating Duquesne (doo-KAYN’), 80-70. Jalen Crutcher added 17 points and five assists as the 25-2 Flyers improved to 14-0 in the Atlantic 10.— Cassius Stanley drained a season-high five 3-poiners while scoring 21 points to send No. 6 Duke to an 88-64 romp over Virginia. Matthew Hurt added 16 points and a season-high 10 rebounds to help the Blue Devils move to 23-4 overall and 13-3 in the ACC.— Eighth-ranked Florida State pulled out a 67-61 win against North Carolina State as Patrick Williams had 12 points and eight rebounds for the Seminoles. M.J. Walker chipped in 12 points and Devin Vassell added 11 with six rebounds as FSU moved to 13-3 in the ACC.— Immanuel Quickley show 4-for-6 from 3-point range and furnished a career-high 26 points as No. 10 Kentucky got past Florida, 65-59. Tyrese Maxey had 13 points, seven rebounds and seven assists as the Wildcats picked up their sixth straight win and moved to 12-2 in the SEC. February 22, 2020 — Jordan Nwora (WOHR’-ah) scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season to lead No. 11 Louisville over North Carolina, 72-55. Malik Williams added 17 points and nine rebounds for the Cardinals, who will be an ACC-best 14-3 heading into Monday’s matchup with Florida State.— Saddiq Bey (sah-DEEK’ bay) dropped in 22 points and 12th-rated Villanova picked up its third straight road win by dumping Xavier, 64-55. Jermaine Samuels added 17 points for the Wildcats, who nailed 18 3-point attempts and never trailed in their 21st victory.— Samir Doughty scored 22 points and 13th-ranked Auburn went on an 18-0 run to rally from a 17-point deficit in the second half of a 73-66 triumph against Tennessee. The game was marred by an ugly incident involving a fan who was ejected from the game after directing a derogatory comment toward Tennessee’s Santiago Vescovi and will face a disciplinary hearing.— Payton Pritchard poured in a career-high 38 points and Shakur Juiston all nine of Oregon’s overtime points as the 14th-ranked Ducks rallied to beat No. 24 Arizona, 73-72. Juiston’s layup with 1.4 seconds left in OT was the difference.— Kevin Samuel scored six of his 19 points in overtime to carry TCU past No. 17 West Virginia, 67-60. Samuel made all seven of his shots and had eight rebounds as the Horned Frogs dealt the Mountaineers’ their fifth consecutive Big 12 road loss. UNDATED (AP) — Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH’-kihn) reached a major milestone Saturday afternoon, but he couldn’t give the Washington Capitals sole possession of the NHL’s Metropolitan Division lead.Ovechkin is the eighth player in league history to score 700 goals, doing it in a 3-2 loss at New Jersey. The left wing did it 4:50 into the third period, firing a shot from the right circle that glanced off the left post to tie the game. It was Ovechkin’s 42nd goal of the season.But the Devils came away with the victory when Damon Severson beat Ilya Samsonov (sam-SOH’-nahv) with 1:59 seconds remaining, sending the Capitals to their fourth consecutive loss and sixth in seven games.The Caps remain tied with Pittsburgh for the division lead with 80 points.The Penguins were 5-2 losers to Buffalo as Jack Eichel (EYE’-kul) delivered a pair of goals. Eichel, Zemgus Girgensons (ZEHM’-guhs GUR’-gehn-suhnz) and Sam Reinhart all beat Tristan Jarry during an early three-goal outburst. Connor Hutton turned away 41 shots as the Sabres earned just the second regulation victory in their last 20 meetings with Pittsburgh. Elsewhere on NHL ice:— Clayton Keller and Conor Garland each had two goals and an assist in leading the Coyotes to a 7-3 win over the Lightning. Arizona took control with four straight games and handed Tampa Bay its second straight loss since a team-record 11-game winning streak.— The Bruins’ five-game winning streak is over after Tyler Toffoli (tah-FOH’-lee), Troy Stecher (STEH’-chur) and J.T. Miller each collected three points in the Canucks’ 9-3 thrashing of Boston. Toffoli tallied twice and Stecher scored once against the Bruins, who settled for a 3-1 record on their four-game road trip. Boston still leads the Atlantic Division by five points over the Lightning after allowing nine goals for the first time in four years.— Toronto Marlies Zamboni driver Dave Ayres picked up a victory as an emergency netminder by stopping eight of 10 shots in the Hurricanes’ 6-3 decision over the Maple Leafs. Ayres was pressed into service after Petr Mrazek (muh-RA’-zehk) and James Reimer had to leave the game with injuries. Warren Foegele (FOH’-gul) scored twice for Carolina.— Scott Laughton scored twice and the Flyers pulled within three points of the Metropolitan Division co-leaders by earning their third straight win, 4-2 against the Jets. Sean Couturier (koo-TOOR’-ee-ay) and Tyler Pitlick also scored and Justin Braun had three assists to help Philly improve to 21-5-4 at home. Associated Press Thomas overcame bogeys on the first and last holes for a 6-under 65 that puts him one ahead of Patrick Reed and Erik Van Rooyen. Thomas was five shots behind in the middle of his front nine at Chapultepec Golf Club.John Rahm opened with six birdies in seven holes after entering the round 10 shots back. He broke the course record with a career-best 61 that puts him four off the pace.MLB-WHITE SOX MOVESWhite Sox agree to deals with Bummer, GarciaGLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Chicago White Sox have worked out contracts with reliever Aaron Bummer and infield Leury (lay-UR’-ee) Garcia. — Tyger Campbell tallied 15 points and 11 assists in UCLA’s 70-63 victory against 18th-rated Colorado. Cody Riley had 16 points in the Bruins’ fifth consecutive win.— Luwane Pipkins scored 24 points and David Duke had 15 to lead Providence to an 84-72 victory over No. 19 Marquette. The Friars overcame Markus Howard’s 38 points in winning their third in a row, all against ranked teams.— Precious Achiuwa scored 10 points, including the go-ahead free throw with 28.2 seconds left as Memphis beat No. 22 Houston, 60-59.NHL-CAPITALS-OVECHKIN’S 700THCaps lose again despite Ovie’s 700th Clippers drop third in rowUNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers have their first three-game losing streak of the season after falling to a state rival.Kent Bazemore scored a season-high 23 points and Bogdan Bogdanovic added 20 as the Kings beat the Clippers on the road for the second time in less than a month, 112-103. De’Aaron Fox had 20 points and eight assists for the surging Kings, who have won two straight out of the All-Star break and eight of 12 overall.Sacramento blew a 14-point lead in the second half before shutting out Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard and the Clips for more than five straight minutes down the stretch. The decisive 10-0 run was capped by Harry Giles’ percussive dunk with 58 seconds left.Leonard scored 31 points in his return from his MVP performance in Chicago. — Reilly Smith scored twice in the third period as the Golden Knights downed the Panthers, 5-3 to take a three-point lead in the Pacific Division. Max Pacioretty (pash-uh-REH’-tee) put Vegas ahead with his 29th goal of the season, scoring with 52 seconds left in the middle period.— Jesper Fast scored twice and Igor Shesterkin (shehs-TUR’-kihn) turned back 44 shots in the Rangers’ seventh win in eight games, 3-2 over the Sharks. Mika Zibanejad (MEE’-kuh zih-BAN’-eh-jad) also scored and Artemi Panarin (ahr-TEH’-mee pah-NAH-rihn) extended his point streak to eight games with two assists.— Rocco Grimaldi scored in the eighth round of the shootout to give the Predators a 4-3 verdict over the Blue Jackets. Colton Sissons, Ryan Johansen and Mikael Granlund each scored, and Filip Forsberg had two assists as Nashville pulled within one point of Winnipeg for the second Western Conference playoff slot.— Max Domi (DOH’-mee) supplied a pair of first-period goals to back Carey Price in the Canadiens’ 3-0 win against the Senators. Price stopped 30 shots in his fourth shutout of the season and 48th of his career.NBA-SCHEDULE Kansas also ended the Bears’ 23-game winning streak as Udoka Azubuike (oo-DOH’-kah a-zoo-BOO’-kay) had 23 points and a career-high 19 rebounds in the Jayhawks’ 64-61 victory at Baylor. Isaiah Moss added 11 points, including two free throws for Kansas with 7.9 seconds left before a timeout.The Bears had a chance to tie it until Jared Butler missed a 3-point attempt at the buzzer.The 24-3 Jayhawks have won 12 in a row since their first-ever home loss to Baylor on Jan. 11.Butler had a team-high 19 points for the Bears, who dropped to 24-2 overall and 13-1 in the conference.Meanwhile, the nation’s longest winning streak in men’s basketball is over. Bummer has received a five-year, $16 million package that includes two club options. The 26-year-old Bummer had a 2.13 ERA and 27 holds in 58 appearances with the White Sox last season.Garcia accepted a one-year, $3.5 million deal after hitting .279 with eight homers, 40 RBIs and a team-high 93 runs scored for the 2019 White Sox.NFL-JETS-DOCTSONJets sign free agent WR Josh DoctsonFLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets have signed free agent Josh Doctson to add depth to their wide receiver position. Forney was a senior and three-year letter winner, playing in 39 consecutive games over his final three seasons. He started all 13 games at guard in 2019 as part of an offensive line that set a school record with a nation-leading 360.5 yards rushing per game.
March 7, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-NETS-ATKINSON OUTKenny Atkinson out as Nets coach in surprise splitNEW YORK (AP) — Kenny Atkinson won’t have the chance to coach Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving together in Brooklyn. The Nets surprisingly split with their coach Saturday, even as they remain on track for a second consecutive playoff berth. In other virus-related developments:— Two people with knowledge of the situation say four major U.S. sports leagues are having discussions about whether to restrict access to locker rooms as a precaution to protect players from exposure to the coronavirus. The NBA, NHL, Major League Soccer and Major League Baseball, the leagues currently in season, are involved in the talks. No collective decisions have been made, according to the people who spoke to The Associated Press spoke on condition of anonymity because the talks are ongoing. The changes would not eliminate media interviews with players before and after games but would simply move them to a different location, possibly a news conference setting. — Baseball teams are taking extra precautions at spring training complexes amid the coronavirus outbreak. The Giants, Nationals, A’s and other teams are taking Major League Baseball’s recommendation and pre-signing cards and baseballs to hand out to fans, cutting down on interactions around the ballpark. At the Giants’ complex in Scottsdale, Arizona, stadium personnel disinfected railings shortly before fans arrived for an afternoon game against the White Sox, and the team is spending extra time sanitizing around the clubhouse and other facilities. Players say precautions haven’t had much effect yet on their plans and routines, but they’re aware the situation is changing quickly. — The women’s world hockey championships in Canada have been canceled because of the virus. International Ice Hockey Federation President René Fasel told The Associated Press the decision was made by conference call Saturday. The two-week tournament was set to open March 31, with venues in Halifax and Truro, Nova Scotia. It’s the second time the women’s worlds have been canceled. The 2003 tournament scheduled for Beijing was called off because of the SARS outbreak in China.GYMNASTICS-AMERICAN CUP — Vincent Trocheck scored 1:36 into overtime period to lift the Carolina Hurricanes to a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders. The Hurricanes stopped a four-game losing skid and sent the Islanders to their sixth loss in a row. The winning goal came with the Hurricanes on the power play. Trocheck was able to bat the puck out of the air and past Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss. The goal was confirmed after a lengthy review by the officials. VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNBA tells teams to plan for empty arenasUNDATED (AP) — The NBA wants its teams to prepare to play games without fans if necessary because of the coronavirus crisis. The league circulated a memo to its teams Friday telling them to prepare in case it becomes necessary to play games without fans or media, as sports leagues in Europe have already done. The memo detailed potential actions that teams might need to take “if it were to become necessary to play a game with only essential staff present.”The memo, obtained by The Associated Press, says teams should identify which team and arena people would be needed to conduct games, and be able to communicate quickly with non-essential staff, as well as ticket holders and corporate partners. T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULEWVU beats No. 4 Baylor, denies Bears chance at league titleUNDATED (AP) — West Virginia used a big second-half run to beat No. 4 Baylor 76-64, denying the Bears the chance to earn a tie for the Big 12 regular-season championship. Emmitt Matthews scored a season-high 18 points. Baylor went more than eight minutes without a field goal midway through the second half to take themselves out of contention and hand the championship to top-ranked Kansas.The sellout crowd in Morgantown stormed the court after the Mountaineers’ second straight win and just the third in nine games.In other top 25 games Saturday: Update on the latest sports Hurd, the 2017 all-around world champion, is seeking to earn her first Olympic berth this year after failing to make the six-woman world championship team in 2019 and becoming a non-traveling alternate instead.The men’s competition takes place later Saturday. A day after Atkinson guided the Nets to a 139-120 rout of San Antonio, the Nets announced the decision to part with the fourth-year coach. General manager Sean Marks says it was a mutual decision.Jacque Vaughn will serve as coach for the rest of the season.The Nets are in seventh place in the Eastern Conference. They had struggled since the All-Star break, with their victory Friday just their second in seven games.The Nets are missing the two superstars they signed last summer. Irving played in just 20 games before having season-ending shoulder surgery. Durant hasn’t played at all as he recovers from Achilles tendon surgery.Atkinson was 118-190 in 3 1/2 seasons of his first NBA head coaching job. Capitals strike early, thrash Penguins 7-2UNDATED (AP) — Nic Dowd scored twice for the first multi-goal game of his career and Braden Holtby stopped 26 shots as the Washington Capitals dominated the Penguins 5-2 in Pittsburgh.Nicklas Backstrom, Richard Panik and TJ Oshie (OH’-shee) also scored for the Capitals, who created a little breathing room over their longtime rivals in the scramble atop the Metropolitan Division. First-place Washington moved five points clear of third-place Pittsburgh with less than a month to go in the regular season.Sidney Crosby scored for the third straight game for Pittsburgh and Evgeni Malkin added his 22nd. Matt Murray finished with 21 saves for the Penguins. Pittsburgh has dropped 7 of 9 to fall a little off the pace in the NHL’s most competitive division.Elsewhere on NHL ice: Associated Press Hurd wins women’s all-around at American Cup gymnasticsMILWAUKEE (AP) — Morgan Hurd of the United States jump-started her rebound from a frustrating 2019 season by winning the women’s all-around title in the American Cup gymnastics competition Saturday.This marks the second time in three years that Hurd has won the all-around title at the American Cup, the first major international competition in the run-up to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.The 18-year-old from Middletown, Delaware, posted a total score of 55.832 to lead the 12 competitors. Kayla DiCello of the United States was second with 55.132. Hitomi Hatakeda of Japan was third with 53.799.This year’s competition didn’t include Russia, which skipped the trip to Milwaukee due to coronavirus concerns. — Nick Richards scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half and No. 6 Kentucky rallied from 18 points down to stun Florida 71-70 in Gainesville. The shorthanded Wildcats needed the comeback to avoid losing consecutive games for the first time in nearly three months. Kentucky played without point guard Ashton Hagans, who didn’t make the trip three days after arguing with coach John Calipari on the bench during a home loss to Tennessee. The Wildcats had already clinched the No. 1 seed in next week’s SEC Tournament in Nashville, Tennessee. Now the Gators have to wait and see their seeding. They could be as low as No. 5.— Jermaine Samuels had a 3-point play with 5.6 seconds left as No. 14 Villanova survived a late scare to defeat Georgetown 70-69. Samuels was fouled on a drive by Georgetown’s Jamorko Pickett and Qudus Wahab blocked the shot. After a video review, the basket counted and Samuels made the subsequent free throw to put the Wildcats up by one. Georgetown’s Terrell Allen got up a shot at the buzzer, but it clanged off the backboard. Saddiq Bey led Villanova with 18 points. Pickett led Georgetown with 20 points.— Samir Doughty made eight of 13 3-pointers and finished with 32 points as No. 17 Auburn beat Tennessee 85-63, snapping a two-game skid in the regular-season finale. Tennessee tried to rally from down 17 for a second straight game but came up far short. Auburn now heads to Nashville to defend its Southeastern Conference Tournament championship in winning fashion after the Tigers had lost four of their previous six. Auburn already had earned a double-bye to the quarterfinals after winning four games in four days last year to win the league tournament.— Nate Reuvers scored 17 points and No. 24 Wisconsin held Indiana to just one basket over the final 10 minutes, rallying for a 60-56 victory and clinching at least a share of the Big Ten regular-season title. Micah Potter added 14 points and 11 rebounds as Wisconsin won its eighth in a row. Now the Badgers must wait until Sunday to see if No. 9 Maryland and No. 15 Michigan State remain tied atop the conference standings. Devonte Green scored 16 points for Indiana, which has lost three of four.NHL-SCHEDULE
GUYANA for the first time will participate at this year’s World Jump Rope Championship and Camp, billed for July 1 – July 10, at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida.Shavin Green and Mackenzie High School student Adriell Wilson will be Guyana’s representatives, according to local skipping championship organiser Lindley Langhorne.Langhorne explained that at present, there’s no structure for skipping, but his effort through the ‘Skip to My Lou’ tournament held in Linden, was recognised by the World Jump Rope Federation and, as such, an invitation was extended.The National Sports Commission, according to Langhorne stepped up and sponsored the airfare for the two.Adriell WilsonLanghorne hailed the assistance given by Director of Sport Christopher Jones and the NSC, but, indicated that there’s still much ground that needs be covered financially in order to make the trip a success.World Jump Rope is an organisation that seeks to promote the growth and development of the sport of jump rope worldwide through workshops, camps, tournaments and coach training programmes.The competition is a five-day event, comprising all the disciplines of rope skipping, followed by a two-day World Camp. There will also be a Coaches Certification workshop and Judges training sessions.
… Lawrence stunner sinks defending champions MexicoJAMAICA went some way to avenging their 2015 Gold Cup final defeat to Mexico by stunning the defending champions 1-0.Jamaica gained some revenge for their loss to Mexico in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup final, by claiming a stunning 1-0 win over them.The Jamaicans advanced all the way to the final two years ago but were outclassed 3-1 by Mexico in the decider.However, Jamaica went some way to avenging that defeat thanks to Kemar Lawrence’s outstanding 88th-minute free-kick on Sunday.After Jamaica goalkeeper Andre Blake produced a masterclass to thwart Mexico throughout in Pasadena, California, Lawrence stepped up and curled a set-piece past Jose Corona.Jamaica will now meet hosts and five-time champions,, the United States, in the tournament final in Santa Clara tomorrow.Mexico – with suspended head coach Juan Carlos Osorio watching in the stands – have rotated throughout the tournament but they only made two changes to the team that beat Honduras 1-0 in the quarter-finals. Erick Torres and Erick Gutierrez came into the starting XI as Angel Sepulveda and Jesus Gallardo dropped out.There was just one change for Jamaica, who overcame Canada 2-1 in the last eight. Ladale Richie replaced Kevon Lambert.Mexico and Jamaica played out a dour goalless draw in the group stage but this was a far more eventful clash as Blake produced a stellar first half to keep the scores level.After a cagey opening, Blake pulled off a stunning double save to deny Jesus Duenas and Torres in the 12th minute.A low shot from Duenas, which took a wicked deflection, forced Blake into a fine block with his legs before stepping up to thwart Torres.As Jamaica struggled to create anything in attack, Blake was kept busy as the Philadelphia Union goalkeeper somehow stopped a Torres header from point-blank range.Mexico continued to dominate but Jamaica almost snatched the lead seven minutes before half-time. Jermaine Taylor’s audacious long-range free-kick almost found the back of the net but Corona fisted the ball away for a corner.Jamaica were much more threatening in the second half as Darren Mattocks almost weaved past three defenders en route to goal.The counter-attacking system that proved so effective against Canada almost put Jamaica ahead but Ricardo Morris’ effort was too tame and straight at Corona approaching the hour-mark.Blake made another save in the 65th minute, albeit routine to push away Gallardo’s free-kick.Jamaica had another opportunity to take the lead but Corona scrambled to palm away Damion Lowe’s goal-bound header with 13 minutes remaining.But Jamaica were not to be denied at the death, as Lawrence fired his team into a second successive Gold Cup.
Winfer Gardens defend title against fierce rivalry from North Georgetown PrimaryAFTER heavy competition from North Georgetown Primary School (NGPS), Winfer Gardens Primary almost found themselves dethroned, as the champions of the North Georgetown District 11’s Zone 4 Inter-School Track Championships.As the best of primary school athletes in the North Georgetown District took centre stage yesterday at the Police Sports Club ground, Eve Leary, NGPS’s Raydell Paris and Kaiya McCaulay were two standouts who almost ended it all for Winfer Gardens.Winfer Gardens finished the day with 166 points, just six points ahead of NGPS, who were initially thought to have been the winners before a follow-up tally of the points.St Agnes retained their third place position, with 150 points. However, last year’s second place finishers St Margaret’s Primary, this year saw their team relegated to fourth place after only tallying 131 points.St Angela’s Primary scored 89 points, while Marian Academy had 87 points, St Ambrose 83 points and School of the Nations ended with 30 points.Notwithstanding their young ages, it was a day of fierce rivalry. Expectations pushed some to their limit while others were tearful and disappointed.Seven-year-old Kaiya McCaulay from North Georgetown Primary tops the Girls’ Under-8 category. (Tamica Garnett photo)But young Raydell Parris was one who reaped nothing but success dominating the Boys’ Under-12 category throughout the day. The up-and-coming sprinter championed the 100m, 200m, and 400m events.However, Winfer Gardens were not far behind. Dequan James finished in second place behind Parris in both the 100m and 200m events. St Agnes’ Jamo Ross, who won the 1000m in the category, finished second in the 400m behind Parris.Parris later anchored his school to the win in the Boys’ open 4x100m.In the Girls’ Under-8 category, little Kaiya McCaulay was a lot of speed in a small package. The seven-year-old finished first in the 80m dash, as well as in the 150m sprint. However, Marian Academy’s Kaitlyn La Rose was just a little more than she could handle in the 400m, and had to settle for second place.Winfer Gardens, however, had their fair share of outstanding athletes, and Atalia Hinckson was one who hardly gave anyone a chance in the Girls’ Under-10 category, winning the 100m, 200m and 400m races.There was also Nathan Mayers in the Boys’ Under-8 category, taking second in the 80m, but ruling the roost in the longer 150m and 400m races.
By Peter StevensonNICOSIA (Reuters) – Holders Real Madrid sealed a place in the Champions League last 16 with a thumping 6-0 victory at APOEL Nicosia on Tuesday after doubles from Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo but will still finish runners-up to Tottenham Hotspur in Group H.\Ronaldo wrapped up Real’s biggest Champions League away win with two goals at the start of the second half. He now has 18 in the competition this year, extending his record from 16 and taking his overall Champions League scoring record to 113.Zinedine Zidane’s side, who have been inconsistent in La Liga this season, were already coasting thanks to first-half goals from Luka Modric, a Karim Benzema double and Nacho strike.Spurs’ 2-1 win at Borussia Dortmund means they have claimed top spot on 13 points, with a game to spare, ahead of Real on 10 points. APOEL will fight it out with Dortmund for third place and a Europa League spot, with both teams on two points.“We can’t do anything about finishing second now. Other teams will not want to face us in the next round and we will do our best to qualify (from the last 16),” said Zidane.“We know Ronaldo and Benzema are good players and they were going to score sooner rather than later. In a season you always have tough moments but we always thought they would improve.”Ronaldo added: “We knew before the game that we needed to win to go through to the next round. We played very well, we scored six times and the team played amazing football. We are very happy. The job was done.”EFENCE FREEZES Modric opened the scoring for Real in the 22nd minute with a bouncing volley from the edge of the penalty area after APOEL’s Vinicius failed to clear a Dani Carvajal cross from the right.Benzema doubled the lead in the 39th when he was put clean through by Toni Kroos, following neat interplay between the German, the Frenchman and Portuguese Ronaldo.APOEL’s defence appeared to freeze in the build-up after they thought the referee would blow for a foul on Ronaldo. Benzema made no mistake though ending his recent goal drought.In the 41st minute Real made it 3-0 when Nacho prodded home from close range, after his central defensive partner Raphael Varane knocked down Marco Asensio’s corner from the left.Real scored again when Benzema doubled his tally following a lightning break in first-half added time, Ronaldo unselfishly finding the Frenchman who passed the ball into an empty net.Ronaldo finally got on the scoresheet himself, scoring his 112th Champions League goal in the 48th with a simple header off Marcelo’s cross from the left. He then netted again in the 54th, firing home after Perez’ clearance struck the onrushing Benzema.“That Ronaldo and Benzema both scored twice makes us really happy. We’ve come away delighted, we did everything we wanted to do and we need to carry on like this. In the last three games we’ve scored goals and kept clean sheets,” added Zidane.
KINGSTON, Jamaica, (CMC) – Leg-spinner Damion Jacobs snatched a career-best 12-wicket haul as Jamaica Scorpions needed just an hour to dispose of Leeward Islands Hurricanes by 57 runs in their ninth round match in the Regional Four-Day Championship here Sunday.Chasing 262 for victory, Leewards resumed the final day at Sabina Park on 159 for six needing a further 103 runs but were dismissed for 204 on the stroke of the first hour of play.Jacobs, the West Indies A spinner, grabbed three of the four remaining Hurricanes wickets to end with five for 83 and post match figures of 12 for 157.Part-time off-spinner, John Campbell, whose three quick wickets late on Saturday’s penultimate day turned the game in Scorpions’ favour, added another scalp to his column to finish with four for 40.Only Jeremiah Louis, with an unbeaten 34, offered any resistance as the last four Hurricanes wickets tumbled for 45 runs.Louis, better known for his pace bowling, faced 67 balls and counted three fours and a six.Hurricanes’ retained slim chances of winning the match at the start but once their last remaining hope, West Indies A one-day skipper Jahmar Hamilton, was dismissed seven balls into the morning without adding to his overnight five, all hope vanished.Louis found an ally in Mervin Mathew (11) to add 25 for the eighth wicket but the partnership only served to delay the inevitable.The victory broke a two-match losing streak for Scorpions while Hurricanes slumped to their fourth defeat of the season.SCORPIONS 1st Innings 197Hurricanes 1st Innings 171Scorpions 2nd Innings 235Hurricanes 2nd Innings (target: 262 runs)(overnight 159 for six)M Hodge c Blackwood b Jacobs 45*K Powell c Green b Jacobs 16K Carty b Miller 2D Thomas c Blackwood b Campbell 52A Saunders c Green b Campbell 22+J Hamilton c Blackwood b Campbell 5S Burton hit wkt b Campbell 7J Louis not out 34M Mathew c Blackwood b Jacobs 11C Holder b Jacobs 2S Berridge c and b Jacobs 1Extras (b4, lb2, nb1) 7TOTAL (all out, 80.3 overs) 204Fall of wickets: 1-43, 2-52, 3-101, 4-134, 5-144, 6-154, 7-161, 8-186, 9-196, 10-204.Bowling: Green 4-1-8-0, Mindley 6-4-13-0, Jacobs 29.3-4-83-5, Miller 22-4-51-1, Campbell 18-3-40-4, Allen 1-0-3-0.