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first_img(Letter to the Sports Editor)… Who holds the Berbice Cricket Board shares in Guyana Cricket Inc.?DRUBAHADUR’S recent public announcement of his resignation as President of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) emphasises the magnitude of the ongoing crisis in this failed cricket administration.The number of previous resignations has effectively reduced the illegal GCB Executive to a veritable one-man show. During his tenure Drubahadur seemed powerless, without authority, but was expected to act the part. On his first appearance within the cricket administration, he was appointed Asst Secretary at the illegally-held 2011 Elections of the GCB.In 2013 when elections were again due, the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) did not attend and the Demerara Cricket Board Executives/officials were all under injunction; yet by some unknown mechanism he was promoted to the prestigious office of President of the GCB.As a professional accountant but with limited knowledge and experience in cricket administration, Drubahadur had placed himself at a terrible disadvantage thereby making his duties more ceremonial than executive. After all, he who pays the piper calls the tune. It certainly is not good enough for Drubahadur to just resign without properly accounting for his six (6) years stewardship by saying that he cannot precisely recall when he resigned and that his record speaks for itself. What record?Now, the Guyana Cricket Board’s constitution clearly states that the President of the GCB is the first choice to represent Guyana on the Directorship of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). Chetram Singh during his twenty-odd years enjoyed that privilege as did Ramsey Ali in his brief sojourn.Yet during Drubahadur’s purported tenure, Anand Sanasie and Anand Kalludeen were the two persons questionably selected to serve on the WICB Executive Body. Kalludeen of course never played nor administered cricket at any level before this surprising appointment to the GCB Executive and more so as Guyana’s representative to the WICB.Also, since the 2011 elections were illegally held basically for want of a quorum and the 2013 elections for the same reason was illegal (due to the non-attendance of the Berbice Cricket Board and the Demerara Cricket Board) and there has been no elections held in 2015 or 2017 (since the Cricket Administration Act 2014) Drubahadur must now tell the public:1. How, where, when and who voted for his election to the presidency of the GCB.2. Definitively when he resigned from the GCB and the real reason for so doing, especially since he seems so vague on this issue approximately two (2) months after it was supposed to have occurred.3. In clear terms what were his major contributions (lows and highs) during his term of office.4. What legal mechanism was utilised to transfer all the assets (conservatively valued at $2.5 billion) to the privately-owned group named Cricket Guyana Inc. Company No 6850, formerly named D.E.B Essentials Organisation Inc. Also, Drubahadur must explain who is holding the Berbice Cricket Board’s shares since the incorporation document shows that shares for the Essequibo Cricket Board are held in the name of Fizul Bacchus and for the Demerara Board in the name of Raj Singh.5. By what legal authority were Mr Chetram Singh and Mr Lionel Jaikarran empowered to effect such a transfer of the GCB assets to a private body.It is indeed sad, even sinful for our cricket to be relegated to this pitiful state, more so with the Essequibo Board president Fizul Bacchus, now the president of the GCB, things could get only worse. Just look at the state of Essequibo cricket! When one considers that the Essequibo Cricket Board has been the mainstay, the backbone of all the illegalities that have kept the so-called GCB in office and the state of their cricket is in shatters, and virtual disarray, there must be some sinister reason why that Board is still supporting the GCB.The fact that the current GCB is illegal and in violation of the Cricket Administration Act (which both Drubahadur and the erstwhile GCB Secretary claim they support) is extremely subversive to the Berbice Cricket Board, the Georgetown Cricket Association and the East Coast Cricket Board.he GCB has deliberately ostracised the Upper Demerara Cricket Association where immense talent exists. One is therefore left to ponder as to the delay by our Government in resolving the cricket crisis and bringing order, transparency and accountability as provided for in the Guyana Cricket Administration ActMr President, Mr Attorney General, Minister of Sport, the entire Government, the Opposition, the media and the public in general must act now; act decisively to resolve the illegality that prevails. It is our collective responsibility to our great national game failing which things will get only worse.last_img read more

first_imgThe Russia-based league shut down in March but didn’t immediately decide how the final standings would be determined. The league is widely considered to be the strongest outside the NHL.The KHL says the eight teams still in the playoffs at the time the season ended will be ruled as jointly finishing in the top eight positions.___Soccer clubs from Germany’s top two divisions will discuss setting a date to resume the suspended season amid the coronavirus pandemic. It could be as soon as next week.The German Football League’s board reportedly favors a start date of May 15 but some clubs want it later. He says “we’ll know if we’ve had it only once they test us before training.”Brescia president Massimo Cellino has also been a vociferous opponent to resuming the season but says it’s not because he wants his club to avoid relegation.The Italian government has not yet approved the resumption of the season.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The F1 season hasn’t started yet because of the coronavirus pandemic.___The Gibraltar soccer federation says it has declared the league season null and void with no champion.The top two teams in the league were Europa and St. Joseph’s when the coronavirus pandemic caused the season to be suspended. The federation says they were so close in the standings it could not declare a champion “in the interests of sporting integrity.”The federation said last week that on government advice the season could not be completed by a UEFA-set deadline for Gibraltar of July 20. The clay-court tournament at Roland Garros was initially slated to be held May 24-June 7 but has been rescheduled for Sept. 20-Oct. 4.The FFT says it “has taken the decision to cancel and refund all tickets purchased for the original dates of Roland Garros.”The FFT is also working closely with French authorities “to establish the necessary measures which will ensure the health and security of all guests attending the tournament.”Refunds will be received by end of May and a new ticketing procedure will be opened if the tournament goes ahead.___ Brescia captain Daniele Gastaldello says his entire squad opposes resuming the Serie A soccer season amid the coronavirus pandemic.Gastaldello tells Italian daily La Repubblica “we don’t feel safe. They’re asking us to resume training and to get back out onto the field right away … It’s putting all of the players’ safety on the line.”He says “I’m speaking for me and for my teammates” and adds it’s not worth it “if the price of resuming is us getting seriously injured.”Most clubs in the Italian league are resuming training on an individual basis this week but last-place Brescia is one of the holdouts.Brescia is one of areas hit hardest by the virus but Gastaldello says he was never tested. The Latest: French Open ticket buyers to get refunds May 7, 2020 Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas says on sports daily L’Equipe’s website “it might not be too late to imagine … something coherent on a political level.”He adds that “by adapting our methods we could probably have finished the league.”Aulas argued for a playoff system to end the league by late August and reserved the possibility to claim damages he estimated at tens of millions of euros (dollars).___The Kontinental Hockey League says it will not name a champion after it stopped the season part-way through the playoffs because of the coronavirus pandemic. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The French Tennis Federation says it will refund tickets purchased for the French Open because of uncertainty related to the coronavirus pandemic. Werder Bremen sporting director Frank Baumann backs a May 23 start to “reduce the injury risk” with more training and because some clubs were cleared to return to training earlier than others. Mainz wants two weeks to prepare.The league was given the go-ahead Wednesday to play in empty stadiums following a meeting between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and state governors.More teams are returning to full-team training instead of working in small groups. Borussia Mönchengladbach is resuming full training despite what it called “very weak positive” coronavirus tests for one player and one staff member. The club says the player has since tested negative twice and the staff member is isolating at home after one negative test.___ Formula One says Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero, Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and Barcelona midfielder Arthur will compete alongside drivers in this weekend’s virtual Spanish Grand Prix.Charles Leclerc, Lando Norris, Alex Albon, Antonio Giovinazzi, George Russell and Nicholas Latifi will be the F1 drivers in Sunday’s event.Aguero will race for Red Bull alongside Albon. Courtois will run for Alfa Romeo in his second virtual race. Arthur will be with Haas.Golfer Ian Poulter will make his third appearance with Renault.The virtual Spanish GP will take place during the same weekend the real race was scheduled to run at the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit. The race will consist of a qualifying session and a 33-lap race. Associated Press Europa will enter next season’s Champions League qualifying rounds. St. Joseph’s and third-place Lincoln Red Imps will enter the Europa League.___The president of French soccer club Lyon says he hopes the resumption of the German league can prompt a reversal of the decision to end the season in his own country.The top two leagues in Germany have been given the go-ahead to play in empty stadiums following a meeting between Chancellor Angela Merkel and state governors.The 10 remaining league matches in France were canceled last week. Paris Saint-Germain was declared champion and Lyon finished outside the European places in seventh.last_img read more

first_imgDefending champion, Real Madrid cruised into the Champions League quarterfinals with Cristiano Ronaldo’s second-half goal helping them to a 2-1 victory at Paris St Germain yesterday as the 12-time European champions went through 5-2 on aggregate.Ronaldo headed home seven minutes into the second half and Casemiro added a second 10 minutes from time against a toothless PSG, who were without their injured talisman Neymar and had Marco Verratti sent off for a second booking in the 66th minute.Ronaldo scored for the ninth Champions League game in a row, matching Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record in the competition, before PSG striker Edinson Cavani equalised with 19 minutes left, only for Casemiro to give Real victory at the Parc des Princes. In the other match of the night, Liverpool played out a goalless scoreline against FC Porto at Anfield but qualify 5-0 from the first leg resultZinedine Zidane’s side, who are 15 points adrift of arch-rivals Barcelona in La Liga, were solid throughout as the home side rarely threatened and fully deserved their win.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgKampala, Uganda | PL | All eyes will be on King Power Stadium as Man Utd and Leicester go head-to-head, while Chelsea seek one more pointThe race for a top-four finish is going down to the final day, with Manchester United, Chelsea and Leicester City vying for the two remaining places in next season’s UEFA Champions League.All three teams lie within a single point and a decisive duel is in store as Leicester host Man Utd.Chelsea also have a tough test as they play sixth-placed Wolverhampton Wanderers, who must hold on to that position to guarantee UEFA Europa League qualification.A draw for Man Utd at King Power Stadium would ensure they finish above their hosts Leicester and secure a top-four spot.They can take confidence from the fact they are unbeaten in 10 Premier League matches against the Foxes.Leicester must beat their visitors to leapfrog them. However, a draw would still secure a top-four finish if Chelsea lose, because Brendan Rodgers’ team have a better goal difference than Frank Lampard’s men.Leicester cannot afford a defeat but rarely lose their final league match of the season. They have earned at least a point in 11 of their last 12 Matchweek 38 fixtures.History bodes well for BluesChelsea need a draw against Wolves to be sure of a top-four finish but could get away with a defeat. If they lost at Stamford Bridge, they would require Man Utd to beat Leicester.Encouragingly for Lampard, Chelsea are unbeaten in all their five Premier League home matches against Wolves. And, when finishing their season at Stamford Bridge, they haven’t lost since 2001/02.Tammy Abraham could be a key figure for Chelsea, having scored in all three of his league matches against Wolves, netting six goals in total, including a hat-trick in this season’s reverse fixture, won by the Blues 5-2.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgSteve McNair was dozing on his sofa in his Nashville condo one weekend when his 20-year-old girlfriend shot him four times. McNair was married with four sons. Police say the woman, Sahel Kazemi, was “spinning out of control” and suspected McNair was seeing someone else. The carnage did not end there. Kazemi turned the semiautomatic pistol on herself.McNair was 36 and had left the NFL a year earlier. He spent 13 seasons in the league and was the heart of the Tennessee Titans. His closing drive in the 23-16 loss to St. Louis in the 2000 Super Bowl was one of the most riveting finishes in the history of the title game. He was a Pro Bowl player four times. He shared the MVP award in 2003. McNair was fierce on the field and generous off it.“I’m going to miss you, No. 9,” Titans coach Jeff Fisher said.Vernon Forrest grew up in Georgia and fought in the 1992 Olympics with Oscar De La Hoya. He became a three-time champion and was the first to beat Shane Mosley. His manager said he was at a gas station when approached for money. Atlanta police said the 38-year-old boxer exchanged gunfire with two robbery suspects and was shot several times in the back. In a sport where bravado rules, Forrest had been known for his modesty and keeping the volume low.“I viewed Vernon as a great competitor in the ring and an even greater man outside the ring,” De La Hoya said.Weeks earlier, Alexis Arguello was found dead at his home in Managua, the city where he was elected mayor a year earlier. Investigators said a single gunshot wound to the chest pointed to suicide. Arguello was dead at 57 after a career in which he galvanized boxing fans. He won titles in three divisions. His two bouts with Aaron Pryor in the early 1980s were pulsating, brawling tests of will.“Those were great fights we had,” Pryor said. “This was a great champion.”Boxing is brutal every year, but especially so this time. In July, former champion Arturo Gatti died at 37 at a Brazilian resort. Police initially suspected his wife but later determined Gatti hanged himself. Months later, in a grisly parallel, Darren Sutherland, who won a boxing bronze medal for Ireland at the Beijing Olympics, was found hanged at his home.The sport also lost Ingemar Johansson at 76. The Swede jolted boxing by knocking out Floyd Patterson to win the heavyweight title in 1959. Greg Page, another heavyweight champ, died at 50 of complications from a brain injury during a 2001 fight. Jose Torres, the inspirational light heavyweight champ from Puerto Rico who became a writer, died at 72.Chicago Bulls fans had a rough day on Feb. 26. They learned of the deaths of former coach and broadcaster Johnny Kerr at 76 and Norm Van Lier, 61, one of NBA’s best defensive players in the 1970s.Randy Smith, a blindingly fast guard, died at 60. Marvin Webster, the shot-blocking “Human Eraser,” was gone at 56. College basketball coach Kay Yow’s gallant fight with cancer was over at 66. The NBA said goodbye to two owners: Bill Davidson of the Pistons and Abe Pollin of the Wizards, whose name he changed from the Bullets because of the ties to violence.Wayman Tisdale, the former Oklahoma All-American who spent a dozen years in the NBA before shifting rhythms and becoming a jazz musician, died at 44.“He was the nicest man in the world with the biggest heart and an even bigger smile,” former Pacers teammate Reggie Miller said.In football, Jasper Howard and Chris Henry didn’t see old age. Howard, a 20-year-old cornerback for Connecticut, was stabbed during a fight outside a school dance. Henry, the Cincinnati Bengals receiver, died at 26 near the year’s end, falling from a pickup truck during what police said was a dispute with his fiancee. by Fred LiefAssociated Press Writer Sports in 2009 looked down the barrel of a gun.From Tennessee to Georgia to Nicaragua, gunfire crackled in July. The causes differed—a romance gone wrong, a robbery botched, a self-inflicted wound—but the outcome did not. A gun was the weapon of choice, and all were dead: a former star quarterback and two ex-boxing champions. Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair looks for a receiver during the Titans’ 22-16 playoff win over the Buffalo Bills in Nashville, Jan. 8. McNair, 36, was killed in July 2009, a year after he left the NFL. last_img read more

first_imgThe offensive strategy of the NFL has evolved drastically. It is pass happy, happier and happiest. There is nothing that makes quarterbacks smile more than an offensive coordinator that views running backs and tight ends as extra receivers or extra blockers protecting the quarterback so that he can have enough time to complete passes to his normal complement of wide-outs.The Steelers must develop a formidable pass rushing machine in order to remain at a high competitive level. If you are not getting adequate pressure on the QB in this day and age, I do not care if you have Hall-of-Fame corners, Rod Woodson on one side, Mel Blount on the other and have headhunters like ex-Steelers safeties Donnie Shell and Carnell Lake patrolling the demilitarized zone (across the middle), if you are not getting pressure and sacks on the quarterback the above mentioned defensive backs will get regularly beat like the favorite drum of Pocahontas.Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning have all proven that when a defense has prepared to stop the run, well let’s just say that you can slow down the pace of the game but you cannot ultimately win the battle with the scoreboard.The Steelers need a monster pass rush, post haste. They also need a strong safety that is going to spend more time roaming the middle than roaming the sidelines. Although he is one of my favorites, linebacker James Farrior should be used in emergency situations only. Folks keep saying; “Farrior is good on first and second down, (general running downs) but has become ineffective on third down. Do you think opposing teams are going to sleep that little bit of info and not try to isolate him with one of those warp speed running backs, tight ends or wide receivers on first and second down? Quit whining about the defensive secondary. If the Steelers do not develop a formidable pass rush, let’s just say that success will be on the back burner. Teams are getting geeked, juiced and hyped just waiting for the Steelers to line up to stop the run because that is when the bloodletting begins.There is another thing about Pittsburgh sports that concerns me. The fans love winning but a certain image has to accompany it. The Pittsburgh faithful seem to think that they have to relate to and be connected with the athletes that perform on the field. They use words like “blue collar,” “salt of the earth” and “humble” to describe how they perceive an athlete. I have never looked upon a man who makes 20 million dollars per year as “blue collar.” Do you wanna know why? What worker in any local steel mill, metal fabricating plant or other industrial gig, punches out at the end of a particularly grimy, dusty, lung killing day that rakes in one or two million a day just to pour the steel or manufacture any related products to it? The athletes that these poor, misguided souls are desperately attempting to identify with are performers that oftentimes buy meals that cost more than the average mortgage.There are times when athletes are not in the mood to engage the public. They may not feel up to signing an autograph for Johnny or Jenny. That does not make them stuck up, arrogant or “siditty.”As far as humble goes; how many of our neighbors instantly trip as soon as they get that new house, new car or that new pair of shoes? Us ordinary folk trip on far less but demand that athletes who entertain us be far more accessible and attuned with our demands simply because we indirectly help sustain the sports industry that pays their salaries.When beams of steel are manufactured and used to build structures all across the planet, the architects and builders pay the salaries of the men and women that manufacture the goods but they don’t expect them to come and take out the trash or shovel their snow. They have completed their task. Once an athlete leaves the basketball court, gridiron, or baseball diamond, their obligation to the public has been fulfilled. As long as they perform to the best of their ability, they should receive no “static” from me, you or anyone else. If an athlete or entertainer receives a DUI citation, well that is their problem. Little Joey should be observing your behavior and emulating you, not some sports and entertainment figure. If he is copying the behavior of anyone but you, could that be an indicator that maybe your parenting skills are lacking? As MJ might say, don’t look at anyone else; spend a little extra time gazing in the mirror.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@newpittsburghcourier.com or 412-583-6741.) There is talk around town about a pick ‘em issue when it comes to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Do you try to improve the defensive secondary or the defensive line? Well, well, well, it doesn’t make that much difference if you don’t have an improved performance from the secondary and the D-line. The negative perimeter issues are going to surface anyway.last_img read more