Hero CPL confirms Trinidad & Tobago as venue for 2020

first_imgTHE Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and the government of Trinidad & Tobago have come to an agreement for the whole of the 2020 season to be played in that country.The tournament will run from Tuesday, August 18 to Thursday, September 10.The CPL will have a full season and will feature overseas and Caribbean players with the standard higher than it has ever been with the likes of Rashid Khan, Chris Lynn, Carlos Brathwaite, Dwayne Bravo, Alex Hales and Kieron Pollard all set to take part.Last year’s CPL had a combined broadcast and digital viewership of 312 million and with the tournament being the first franchise T20 event to take place in several months there will be more interest than ever.The CPL have worked with the Trinidad & Tobago Ministry of Health and CPL’s own board of medical advisors to create protocols which minimise risk of transmission of the COVID-19 virus to the population of Trinidad and amongst those who will be travelling to Trinidad & Tobago from overseas.All teams and officials will be housed in one hotel and everyone will be subject to strict quarantine protocols for the first two weeks they are in the country. Everyone travelling from overseas will be tested for COVID-19, before departure and then again on arrival in Trinidad.Teams and officials will be put into “households” where social distancing will need to be in place. There will be smaller clusters within each household where these measures can be relaxed.However, if any member of this cluster displays signs of COVID-19 at any time during the tournament all members of that cluster will be expected to self-isolate for a period of 14 days from the time that a member of that group first shows symptoms.All members of the CPL party will be subject to regular temperature checks and will be re-tested for the virus throughout their stay in Trinidad and again before departure.Pete Russell, COO of Hero CPL, said: “We would like to express our gratitude and thanks to The Hon. Dr Keith Rowley, Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago, The Hon. Shamfa Cudjoe, Minister for Sport and Youth Affairs, The Hon. Terrence Deyalsingh, Minister for Health, Dr Roshan Parasram, Chief Medical Officer for Trinidad & Tobago, Douglas Camacho, Chairman of Sport TT and their respective ministries and organisations for their support and guidance in making this all possible.“We are really excited to bring high class cricket to the Caribbean and to the rest of the world. The standard of players involved in this year’s tournament will be higher than ever and we can’t wait to get the tournament under way.”last_img read more

BORDER BATTLE: UW to take on Golden Gophers

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoWith hopes to solidify its NCAA Tournament r?sum? and avenge a home loss to their longtime rivals, the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team heads to Minnesota to take on the Golden Gophers at The Barn tonight.The teams’ last match turned from a Badger blowout to a classic Border Battle contest, as the Golden Gophers came back from a 14-point second half deficit to beat the Badgers at the Kohl Center in overtime, 78-74.At that time, Minnesota was the 17th-ranked team in the country , sitting at 16-1, an unprecedented start for a program UM head coach Tubby Smith has overturned over the past two seasons.“It was a very tough loss for us,” UW guard Jason Bohannon said. “Looking back on it, we had a [nine]-point lead or something with a couple minutes to go and you know, anytime we let a team get on a run like that and get back in the game with that much time remaining, it’s tough.”Now, however, the two teams have switched positions. The first match Jan. 15 was the second of six straight losses for the Badgers. But with a big 60-55 win over Michigan on Sunday, the Badgers have picked up their game to win six of their last seven contests.“Obviously, we learned from it,” Wisconsin forward Joe Krabbenhoft said. “We know how Minnesota wants to play and figured out Tubby Smith defensively, and we learned how we need to take care of the ball. They came from [14 points] down with a couple minutes to go; we just got to take care of the ball.”In that game, Minnesota’s Lawrence Westbrook picked apart the Wisconsin defense, scoring 29 points, including a game-tying 3-pointer that sent the game into overtime. While the Badgers will need to focus on Westbrook, the Gophers also have several other players capable of having big games.“They’ve got a lot of weapons,” UW assistant coach Gary Close said. “I mean [Westbrook] was the one that night, but they’ve got a lot of different weapons — that’s why they’re good. He was the guy the other night, but that’s not to say it couldn’t be someone else; there are a lot of guys we’ve got to guard.”“He had a big stretch those last couple of minutes and overtime,” Bohannon added. “He’s another player out there; we’re not going to treat him any different from what we do, our same principles and stuff, and we just got to contain him like we do with every single player on the floor.”The Badgers have good reason to be confident with their defense as of late. Against Michigan, they held the Big Ten’s leading scorer — Manny Harris — to 5-of-14 shooting and only 1-for-6 from 3-point range.“It’s going to be the same principles we use against Manny,” Krabbenhoft said. “Just go out there and stick to him. It usually works when we stick to him and do things the right way. The players are going to make plays — that’s just part of the game. You just keep playing and try to get it back on the other end of the court.”Now, though, while much of the focus is placed on both teams hoping to receive NCAA Tournament bids, the players are not so concerned with the Border Battle mentality. Instead, they are looking to take the rivalry and motivate it to boost their tournament r?sum?.“We’re just taking it one game at a time, trying to build our r?sum?,” Bohannon said. “We got to go in there and get a win; it’s going to be a tough environment. Each possession is going to matter. We can’t take one possession off because that could mean the game. That one possession made the difference last game.”Furthermore, the team continues to downplay the rivalry, especially with such a tough schedule. While they know the Gophers will come out particularly amped for the Border Battle, according to Bohannon, the Badgers are trying to think of it as just another tough conference match.“It’s a great rivalry, but you know it’s another game, another Big Ten game,” Bohannon said. “They just happen to be next on our schedule. We’ve got to come ready to play, it should be a good game for us.”As for playing in The Barn, the players are not too concerned with how to react to the Gopher fans. Regardless, they are expecting the worst, especially in a rivalry game.“That’s a terrific home environment, but hopefully we’ll do the things we need to do to keep our advantage, but any time you go on the road that could be a factor,” Close said.“The crowd’s going to sound a little different, the arena’s going to look a little different, but we just go out there and play,” Krabbenhoft added. “We’re just going to treat it like we have the others and go out there and play the same ball we’ve been playing.”last_img read more

Maintenance worker wins over students

first_img“Cool.” “Chill.” “Easy to talk to.” These were all words various student workers at Webb and Fluor Towers used to describe charismatic maintenance worker Oziel “Ozzy” Albarran. Despite being much older than most of the students he meets, Albarran is beloved by residents for his easygoing demeanor and genuine desire to connect.100-watt smile · Oziel Albarran flashes a grin for the camera. Albarran has been working at USC’s Flour and Webb towers for the past seven years. – Photo courtesy of Oziel Albarran“He feels just like another student. It’s just easy to talk to him,” said Gina Ibrahim, a junior double majoring in psychology and cognitive science.Albarran, 30, frequently chats with student workers at Fluor and Webb Towers when he is not busy with work. From helping students get haircuts to giving out life advice, many students have a story to tell about Albarran and how he has helped them through rough patches, or simply made their day a little more entertaining.Albarran has been especially influential to junior Rubi Garcia, an American studies major. Albarran helped Garcia realize how fortunate she was to be studying abroad, even though she will be going to Chile instead of her first choice, Brazil. This happened one day by accident when Garcia was on her way to work at the check-in desk at Webb Tower, and Albarran ran into her and realized something was on her mind.“Even though what he said was common sense, at the moment I guess just hearing how right he was, that basically just made my whole day,” Garcia said. “He really does know the students, like he automatically picked up that something was wrong with me.”Adrian Johnson, a sophomore majoring in business administration who also works at Fluor and Webb Towers, said Albarran once gave him dating advice. On another occasion, Albarran even helped Johnson with his hair.“My hair was real bad; it was real nappy. He took me down to his barber shop on Central Avenue, and his barber hooked me up. It was a good time,” Johnson said.Albarran, has been a custodian at Fluor and Webb Towers for the entire seven years he has worked at USC, starting when he was 23 years old. Albarran said he chose to work at USC because they offer employees tuition benefits, but he truly enjoys the college atmosphere and being surrounded by so many young people all the time.Albarran once helped junior Raul Alcantar, a cinema and television production major who is a student supervisor at Fluor and Webb Towers, complete an assignment on how immigrants assimilate into America. Albarran was born in Mexico and came to the United States when he was eight months old.“So I did an interview on him, how he came to the U.S. He actually sat down and opened up about his whole experience,” Alcantar said.Family has also been an important aspect of Albarran’s life. He is currently raising two sons who both attend school in Los Angeles. Albarran is working hard to make sure they will have the financial means to go wherever they want for college.“If I graduated from here it would be awesome if my two kids graduated from here, just to keep it going,” Albarran said.Albarran has been going to college for a year and a half. Currently, he attends night classes at Santa Monica College. Though he chose to major in accounting because it has a relatively high level of job security, Albarran said he originally considered industrial design.In the future, Albarran plans to transfer to USC, where he aims to focus specifically on his core accounting courses. He hopes to be done with school by the time he is 35.“My oldest son would be about 12, and my little guy would be 10. They’ll be old enough where, even if I have to work like a billion hours, they won’t really miss me,” Albarran said.Seeing student life at USC when he first started working is what Albarran said actually inspired him to go back to school. Through his job, he was able to witness the fun side of college and realized that it was not all studying. Speaking with students also altered Albarran’s perception that college is only for “super geniuses.” He realized that if the people he met here could earn college degrees, then so could he.Albarran said he feels grateful to his family members for being his support network and allowing him to easily juggle work, family and school. Though he has a lot on his plate, Albarran said he does not usually feel overwhelmed because he always tries to look at the bigger picture.“Life is pretty easy,” Albarran said. “We just choose to make it difficult.” Follow us on Twitter @dailytrojanlast_img read more

Oshae Brissett settles in, other notes from Syracuse’s 71-62 win over Iona

first_img Published on November 14, 2017 at 10:59 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+ During a timeout, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim told freshman forward Oshae Brissett a screen would come his way from the weak side.“OK, coach,” Boeheim recalled Brissett saying in the team huddle.“He ran right into the screen,” Boeheim said later. “He said, ‘Well, I tried.’ I said it’s not good enough to try. You have to go around the screen and be there. But that’s what happens when you have freshmen. They’re not going to be able to do some of those things.”Brissett, Syracuse’s 6-foot-8 freshman forward represents the youth of SU this season, Boeheim said. Brissett has said he is nervous in the beginning of games, which contributes to why many of his first shots are too strong. In Syracuse’s (2-0) 71-62 victory over Iona (0-2) Tuesday night inside the Carrier Dome, Brissett did not work around the screen Boeheim warned about, nor did he knock down any of his first three shots.“Still learning,” Brissett said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe progressed in the game, hitting on four of his next six shots for 12 points across 37 minutes on the floor. Given that redshirt freshman forward Matthew Moyer has not contributed much offensively — he scored zero points in 18 minutes Tuesday — Brissett provides the bulk of Syracuse’s scoring at the forward position.Boeheim said Brissett’s next step is attacking the basket with more effectiveness and crashing the boards. He lost possession of the ball on his first drive attempt of the second half, going left on the baseline. A few possessions later, he knocked down a pull-up jumper around the free-throw line. He finished with two assists and three rebounds.Marek Dolezaj’s weight not an issueDolezaj, a 6-foot-9, 180-pound forward, played 22 minutes off the bench. He scored seven points on 3-for-5 shooting and grabbed six rebounds. He entered the game about six and half minutes in.He allowed Iona forward TK Edogi behind him on the left side of the zone, and Edogi delivered. He caught an alley-oop over Dolezaj and dunked the ball despite a foul. Later, Dolezaj traveled on his first catch near the rim, but he picked up a steal and hustled on a transition play to receive a feed from Tyus Battle and score two points.“Dolezaj goes after the ball, he really hustles,” Boeheim said. “His shooting … it’s a long ways away. Everybody talks about strength. (Syracuse 2005 first-round NBA Draft pick) Hakim Warrick weighed 160 pounds when he came in here as a freshman. He was pretty good. Never weighed more than 180. Everybody talks about weight and they want to be negative. That has nothing to do with it. He’ll be fine. He’s thin so he can move faster.”Battle, Howard play bulk of minutes at guardBattle and Howard played 35 and 40 minutes, respectively, as fellow guard Howard Washington did not play. Graduate transfer Geno Thorpe played only eight minutes because “he was terrible,” Boeheim said. Thorpe had one turnover and shot 1-for-3.Battle scored a career-high 28 points and Howard added a career-high in points of his own, 15, to go along with four rebounds and three assists.“Frank got to the basket,” Boeheim said. “I thought he had a few places where he could have played up. He never really played the point in high school … it will take him a little while to get used to it. Tonight was a good step, really good step.”Fast break defenseIona scored 10 fast-break points. The up-tempo-minded Gaels beat SU up the floor several other times but did not convert. Boeheim said after the game that SU needs to get back quicker to prevent transition baskets, which came from both long rebounds and made baskets.“Their forwards leaked out right when we got a basket,” Syracuse junior center Paschal Chukwu said. “So the centers, when we went for rebounds, they were leaking out. We just need to recognize that and definitely try and get back.” Commentslast_img read more

Top two face off in Premier League

first_imgThe Foxes are currently three points clear of the side that many regard as favourites to lift the title in May.Should the hosts fail to win, Tottenham would overtake City by beating Watford.There’s also a big game at the other end of the table, as bottom side Aston Villa host relegation-threatened Norwich.last_img

Scotbet Chairman criticises over-regulation of high street bookmakers

first_img StumbleUpon YGAM focuses on BAME community engagement with CVR link-up August 21, 2020 Share GambleAware: Engage those with lived experience of gambling harms August 28, 2020 Submit Share Related Articles Marc Etches to step down as CEO of GambleAware in 2021 August 14, 2020 John Heaton, ScotbetJohn Heaton, Chairman of Scotbet, has called upon the Scottish government to ‘strike a balance that respects the right of punters to spend their leisure time and money as they choose, while protecting the small number who get into difficulty’.Writing a column in The Scotsman, he cited the perceived problem of gambling addiction as a major reason for the increased regulation, higher taxes and introduction of full business rates that has forced over 300 high street betting shops to close in the UK over the last two years, which includes 25 for Scotbet.Heaton also suggested that new measures introduced to tackle problem gambling across the industry, which includes the introduction of GambleAware Week, new alerts on gaming machines, restrictions on advertising and a nationwide multi-operator self-exclusion scheme, has moved high street bookies to the ‘forefront of responsible gambling’.“Judging by the tone of some political debate, you might imagine that Scotland has a growing problem with gambling addiction. It doesn’t. The Scottish Government’s own figures show that problem gambling fell to 0.7 per cent in 2015 and is now lower than in 2012. That’s lower than the international average, and much lower than comparative figures for alcohol misuse (26%) and adult obesity (29%).“Our industry supports more than 5,000 jobs in Scotland, many of them women and older people. At a time when the high street is struggling, we continue to invest in our town centres, contributing more than £110 million in taxes and business rates – an average of £112,000 for every shop.”Finally, Heaton responded to the ‘myth’ that Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) have fuelled gambling addiction in the UK, by saying that the level of problem gambling has remained consistent at around 1% for the 15 years that they have been present in betting shops. The average loss on a FOBT in a single session is around £6 and an average session lasts under 9 minutes.last_img read more

Lions Coach asked to step aside

first_imgHeart of Lions have asked head coach Sarfo Castro to step aside till the season comes to an end.The Kpando-based team has been struggling in the second round of the league as they are just above the relegation zone with 29 points with six games remaining.Castro, who joined the club at the start of the season, according to the club has failed to inspire them as relegation is looming.“Coach Castro started well with us but now situations have changed and management realize the best thing to do is to ask him to step aside for some few games and then we can bring him back,” Heart of Lions team manager Yashin Laryea told Joy sports“He needs to refresh his mind because there is a lot on him and that’s why we have relieved him of the post for the sake of the team and his career as a coach as well.”In his absence assistant coach Seth Hofmann will take charge till the season comes to an end.last_img read more

Australian Paralympian robbed at gunpoint in Rio

first_imgAn Australian athlete who has competed in six Paralympic Games has been robbed at gunpoint in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro.Liesl Tesch said a man brandishing a gun pushed her off her bicycle and stole it on Sunday.Australian Paralympic team physiotherapist Sarah Ross also lost her bicycle in the attack.The Australian Olympic Committee has said Rio must improve security in the city in the aftermath of the robbery.Chef de Mission Kitty Chiller said: “We’re demanding that the level of security forces, which number about 100,000, is reviewed and also we are also asking that they are deployed earlier prior to Games time, especially around training and competition venues.”It’s not an isolated incident. It’s got to a point now that steps and measures are taken to ensure that all our team members who go to Rio for the Olympic Games next month are safe.” ‘Horrific’Tesch, who has won medals in wheelchair basketball and sailing, said athletes needed to be on their guard.The 47-year-old, who described the incident as “absolutely horrific”, said the two men who robbed her and Ms Ross initially demanded money.When Tesch she told the gunman that she didn’t have any money, “he just pushed me on the shoulder with his bare hand and I just fell down on the cobblestones,” she told Australia’s Seven Network.Rio is expecting about 300,000 visitors to come to the city during the Olympic and Paralympic games in August The two women were training near Flamengo Beach. Tesch said several people saw the incident but no-one came to their aid.Brazilian authorities insist that the Olympic and Paralympic Games in August will be safe for athletes and tourists, with 85,000 soldiers and police officers deployed in Rio.But recent reports have indicated an upswing in crime. Three members of the Spanish Olympics sailing team were robbed at gunpoint while walking through the city in May.Rio State Security Secretary José Beltrame told the Washington Post that a recession and police funding problem had contributed to the issue.Mr Beltrame said the funding issues were being solved and insisted that Rio was ready to host the Olympics. Concerns over the Zika virus have also weighed heavily on Rio’s Olympic preparations, but authorities insist proper precautions are in place.last_img read more

Dynamite debut for Lukaku!

first_imgAnd former Italy boss Conte’s first game was against his hometown club Lecce, the team where he started his playing career, and who are back in Serie A after seven years.The sideshow surrounding former Inter captain Mauro Icardi continued with the Argentine not named on the bench.Inter director Giuseppe Marotta insisted there was no room in the club for the forward, with the transfer window closing on September 2.Icardi has rejected moves away from the San Siro despite being frozen out of the team and stripped of the captain’s armband last season amid a protracted contract dispute.Icardi’s wife Wanda Nara, who is also his agent, said he wants to remain at Inter and had been told to stay by senior club bosses.“We greeted Wanda Nara’s comments with a bit of irritation, both for the timing and the method,” Marotta told sports broadcaster DAZN before Monday’s game.“I absolutely deny that any of the club management, and in particular (president) Steven Zhang, have invited Icardi to stay.”Share on: WhatsApp – Icardi ‘irritates’ –Conte’s arrival at Chinese-owned Inter has raised expectations of a first Serie A title since 2010.The former Juventus and Chelsea boss took over from Luciano Spalletti who secured Champions League football with a fourth-place finish last season.The 50-year-old’s coaching credentials include three Serie A titles with Juventus from 2012 to 2014, and the Premier League with Chelsea in 2017. Lukaku scores as Conte’s Inter reign starts in styleMilan, Italy | AFP | Belgian forward Romelu Lukaku scored on his Inter Milan debut as new coach Antonio Conte’s reign got off to a perfect start with a 4-0 win over promoted Lecce on Monday.“There was a spark, but now we must become dynamite,” said Conte as he begins his campaign to topple eight-time holders Juventus.Lukaku — a 65 million euros ($73 million) summer signing from Manchester United — scored the third goal on the hour mark at the San Siro.A blunder by Lecce goalkeeper Gabriel parried the ball into the path of Lautaro Martinez allowing Lukaku to finish off.The 26-year-old turned and took a bow in front of the jubilant Inter fans among the 65,000 crowd.“Lukaku entered the world of Inter in the best way, with great humility,” said Conte.“He’s a gentle giant, a giant with a smile. He is ready to work for the team. But not only Romelu, Lautaro also played very well.”Croatian Marcelo Brozovic had opened the scoring after 21 minutes with a powerful strike for his 15th goal in his sixth season with Inter.But another new signing Stefano Sensi, a summer loan from Sassuolo, also found a way through three minutes later.Lecce played the last quarter of an hour a man down after Brazilian Diego Farias saw red in his first game for a studs on tackle on his former Cagliari teammate Nicolo Barella.Antonio Candreva blasted in the fourth goal on 84 minutes, allowing Inter to match champions Juventus and runners-up Napoli who both won their opening league matches at the weekend.Juventus beat Parma 1-0, with Napoli edging a seven-goal thriller at Fiorentina 4-3.“We started off well with the right intensity and desire, respecting the idea of what I wanted,” said Conte.“Then at 2-0 I didn’t like what I saw from the lads. Too relaxed, losing intensity under pressure.“We need to improve both mentally and physically but I am very happy and satisfied, I like working with these guys who have always shown great commitment.“Let’s celebrate until midnight, from tomorrow we think of Cagliari, it will be a difficult trip,” he added of next weekend’s game in Sardinia.last_img read more

Miami-Dade mayor to allow gyms, fitness studios to remain open

first_imgGimenez said that he came to a compromise on the matter and that people heading to the gyms will be required to wear masks the entire time they are inside the gym.Ballrooms, banquet facilities, party venues, short-term rentals and indoor dining rooms at restaurants will still be forced to close. Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez will allow gyms to remain open in the county.The announcement comes after he initially ordered gyms to shut down.Miami-Dade mayor Carlos Gimenez to close restaurant dining rooms, fitness centers, gyms & morelast_img read more