Liam Smith beats domestic rival Liam Williams in controversial fashion at the Manchester Arena.Welshman Williams, 24, was withdrawn from the fight by his corner at the start of the 10th round with blood pouring from a severe cut to his eye.Williams had seemed in control of the contest and was one point ahead on all of the judges’ scorecards.It was unclear whether the cut occurred because of a clash of heads or following a punch.Liverpudlian Smith, however, was declared the winner and spoke of his disappointment after the fight following his failure to make the weight before the bout.It means the 28-year-old was not able to be crowned as the WBO’s interim world light-middleweight champion.Gary Lockett, who trains Williams, told BBC Wales Sport he felt he had “no option” other than to pull his fighter out.“The eye was damaged, it was a decision that had to be made,” he explained.“He said he couldn’t see. I can’t let him fight with that. It was only going to get worse. He couldn’t see out of it.”It later emerged that Williams had suffered a severe double laceration to his right eyelid and was immediately sent to see a plastic surgeon.Smith believes it was a fist, not a head, that did the damage, and both he and promoter Frank Warren made clear a rematch could well be set.“It’s a shame the winner is not coming away with a title. We’ll try and do it again for a title,” Warren said.Smith added: “I am the most genuine fighter you’ll come across, if Frank (Warren) offers the money I would do that again.”Williams made a tremendous start to the contest, culminating in a vicious right hand that cut Smith above the right eye.However, the Liverpool fighter was getting back into things in a tremendously entertaining fight before the decision at the start of round number 10.(BBC Sport)
THE GuyanaNRA paid a courtesy call on the Hon. Minister Dr George Norton, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport recently.The Honorary Secretary Ryan Sampson along with Fullbore captain Mahendra Persaud, paid the courtesy call on behalf of the GuyanaNRA and updated the new Sport Minister on the upcoming 150th Anniversary Shoot in October.The status of the preparations of the ranges, the arrival of participants and accommodation and the intensity of the team training were discussed.The minister was also told of the planned Kaieteur Falls tour that the participants have booked and will experience. This formed part of the sports tourism that the Association pushed when the participants were invited.The Honorary Secretary stated that this will contribute directly to the economic aspect of our country’s tourism community.Minister Norton has graciously accepted an invitation from Fullbore captain Mahendra Persaud, to be at the opening ceremony of the Championship, the presentation and the dinner ceremony that will follow.The minister was pleased with the update and further committed on assisting with transportation for the championship. The Fullbore contenders plan to test and train with the recently arrived Hornady ammunition today and tomorrow in preparation for the Championship.
DIGICEL Guyana will once again team up with Evolution Cycle Club to host their annual Breast Cancer Awareness cycling race on Sunday October 22.The event, now in its sixth year, has since grown to become one of cycling’s signature events in Guyana, and with Digicel investing over $900 000 during their third time partnering with Evolution Cycling Club, fireworks are expected when the country’s top riders compete.Ramesh Roopchand, Digicel’s Marketing Manager, said, “Last year was a great success. We’re basically urging everyone to come out, support these cyclists. It’s for a cause and basically the registration fee we get from that we’re going to match it as a company and make that contribution to the Cancer Institute of Guyana.”“The race is going to be held at the outer circuit of the National Park, where it basically heads north towards Carifesta Avenue, west towards Camp Street, south along Camp Street and then we turn east again unto Thomas Lands and back to Irving Street,” explained Keith Fernandes, president of the Evolution Cycling Club.“So the first race is going to start quite early; we’re going to start with the Digicel staff race and they will be going for bragging rights. For the second race, we have the Novices and Mountain Bikes to go for five laps. They will be racing together.Then the other race we’re going to have the seniors, the juniors, and they’re going to go for 35 laps and the Over-45 are going to go 20 laps,” said Fernandes.The event was given the usual blessings of the Cancer Institute of Guyana, represented by Dr Syed Ghazi at yesterday’s press conference at the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) ground pavilion.Dr Ghazi called the event “significant”, since it helps to bring awareness to a disease that is plaguing not only women in Guyana, but also globally.“I’m very thankful to Digicel, who for the last three years has been supporting the Cancer Institute. Look when I go to speak on cancers one thing which I tell people – how to decrease the risk factor is exercise. Good nutrition and exercise, and cycling is nothing but exercise so it’s a good combo,” Dr. Ghazi said.The organisers are expecting the country’s full complement of cyclists, and are urging the public to come out and support.
KGM Security and Jumbo Jet Auto Sales are two more companies that joined the party for next month’s Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club’s International Race of Champions.KGM Security and Jumbo Jet Auto Sales are the latest companies to sign onto the event which takes place on November 11 and 12 at the South Dakota Circuit.Both companies on Friday handed over sponsorship for the event with both expressing their delight at being involved in the event.KGM through Andre Peters, the company’s representative stated that, “We are happy to be on-board again with the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club. We think they are doing a good job in promoting motorsport and we had no issue supporting them.”Jumbo Jet through Irshad Mohamed, echoed the same sentiments but also added that, “We at Jumbo Jet are involved in racing and as such we had no issues about giving sponsorship. We enjoy the sport.”Jumbo Jet’s Irshad Mohamed hands over his company’s sponsorship for the GMR&SC Race of championsMeanwhile, a 27-race programme was unveiled last week, which will encompass racing on both Saturday and Sunday, according to the GMR&SC.The club has confirmed three professional drift cars from Trinidad & Tobago as well as four SR-3 Radicals from Barbados, in addition to the Caribbean Motor Racing Championship competitors that are expected to grace the shores of the “land of many waters”.Saturday will be treated as just a race day, with adults being charged $1,000 per entry and children over 12 being charged $500.On Sunday, Adults will be charged $2,000 and children over 12 years, $1,000.Qualification will also be held on Saturday morning from 10:00hrs with races beginning from 14:00hrs.Scrutineering will take place on Thursday and Friday and before qualification on Saturday.The club is currently organising weekend passes for patrons who would be desirous of viewing both days of action, as well as VIP passes
… Veteran Berbice Sports Personality Mortimer George unfairly vilified(Letter to the Sports Editor)AS a former executive and a life member of the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) from the late 1970s, I have never witnessed any elections of that Board conducted in such an unlawful manner as the one held on 8th October, 2017.The deliberate violation of the court order was alarming. And noticeably Mr Anand Sanasie and Mr Anand Kalladeen, directors of Cricket West Indies (CWI), were present at those elections and interfered with the process by conducting the illegal method as self-appointed officials of Berbice cricket.Is this the new dispensation of CWI or is it a part of Dave Cameron’s and CWI’s policy to keep them in power. I would agree that once there is a name change there may be amendments in some of the rules of the organisation but not to the extent of hijacking the domestic elections of Territorial Boards.Mr Drubahadur, sitting at the head table and illegally performing the duties of Returning Officer, should have known better than to embarrassingly impose himself on the proceedings. He seemed to be oblivious to the guidelines for the elections issued by the court. Or maybe Drubahadur was given instructions by those who used him to violate the court order on how the elections must be conducted. Is this the same Drubahadur who is the owner of a professional accounting business?I have read a number of damning letters in the press condemning the rigged elections of the Berbice Cricket Board. I know that former executives and supporters of the BCB have condemned the madness that went on at the Berbice elections.The system was illegal and could only have been adopted by persons who do not have basic fairness in their minds. Never in the 78-year history of the BCB have there been tainted elections.The Berbice Cricket Board up to this time was the best-run cricket board in Guyana and the region and has produced talented male and female cricketers for the county, Guyana and the West Indies.I am heartened that a stalwart of Berbice Cricket, Mr Mortimer George, has recorded his strong exception to the fraudulent BCB elections and has asked for a full investigation into that sordid matter.Mr George, from the age of 22 years, served the BCB as Asst Secretary, Treasurer, Chairman and Secretary of the Competitions Committee, Secretary, Representative to the Guyana Cricket Board, Selector and Cricket Manager. He has been honoured with the Hero Award and is a Life Member of the Berbice Cricket Board, the Young Warriors Cricket Club and the Bermine Community Sports Club.It is therefore extremely unkind and mischievous for letter-writer Persaud, in a clearly personal attack, to mention Mr George’s present ailment as part of his rebuff of Mr George’s critique of the BCB elections. Mr George, even though elderly, has an abiding affection for Berbice cricket on which he has written three books, a magazine and many articles. He continues to speak out and write on the chaos that has enveloped Guyana’s cricket and which has now reached and infected Berbice cricket.For Persaud or anyone else to personally vilify Mr Mortimer George because of the principled position he has taken on the illegal Berbice Board elections is most reprehensible.I conclude by expressing a hope that the illegality of the Berbice Board is arrested, that fair and legal elections are urgently held and that the people of Berbice be allowed to have their own elections without representatives of the GCB and CWI hijacking the process. The Berbice Board will then once again be a pivotal organisation in Guyana and West Indies cricket.
TRUE to a promise made by former National captain James Brusche and his brothers Mike and Clifton, who are also former national players and are all now residing in the United States of America, the second donation, consisting of two complete backboards, rings, nets and basketballs, was made yesterday in Linden.This time it was the Wismar Hill Primary School which benefited. At the simple handing-over ceremony were Mayor of Linden Carwyn Holland, Headteacher of the school Kemraj Dharamwattie, Dawn McCammon-Barker of the Brusches Basketball Foundation and Clyde Brusche, organiser of the basketball foundation.McCammon-Barker noted that this was the second such donation. The first was given in October this year.Mayor Holland thanked the Brusches Basketball Foundation, saying they were delivering on what they said they would do, as he reminded the pupils and teachers of the need to care the equipment and to ensure they serve the purpose for which they were donated.Headteacher Dharamwattie also was in high praise of the Brusches family and said that the school is not all of schoolwork and academics but wanted the children to be rounded individuals.He proudly reminded that Guyana’s South American gold medallist Deshanna Skeete was a product of that school as he urged that in a few years’ time the school will also produce basketball players at the national level.
But Walkes said there are a number of issues that must be addressed before such a plan could be approved.“The safety of everyone is first and foremost,” he said on a video conference call with Atlanta media. Details of the plan are still under consideration, but the league’s 26 teams and limited staff would likely be sheltered in a resort with games played without fans at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World. The league suspended play on March 12 after teams had played just two games.Meza said “the logistics of it will be challenging.”Walkes said he’s also concerned about the mental aspect of players being asked to essentially quarantine in one location — especially if it means being without families and friends for potentially several months. Turkish soccer club Besiktas says eight people have tested positive for the coronavirus and training has been suspended.The club says president Ahmet Nar Cebi and a player were among those who tested positive.Turkish teams have resumed limited training sessions following the federation’s decision to restart matches in empty stadiums on June 12.___The three leading women’s pole vaulters get their turn to compete on Saturday in the second edition of the Ultimate Garden Clash. Associated Press May 14, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Akron is dropping men’s golf and cross country and women’s tennis in cost-cutting moves due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Teams could head to Florida as early as June 1 for training camps. After such a long layoff, Walkes indicated it would likely take at least a month to get in proper playing shape to start up again.___The Austrian soccer league says it is investigating first-place club LASK Linz for breaking rules on training during the coronavirus pandemic.Clubs in Austria are only supposed to hold training for small groups of players under social distancing regulations before full training begins Friday.But the league says it was sent multiple videos showing “a regular team training session” which supposedly took place “recently.” LASK has been charged with a violation of fair-play principles. The team could be fined or have points deducted. Restrictions on travel and professional sports also forced Cricket Ireland to postpone hosting Pakistan in two T20s on July 12 and 14.The Netherlands legs of both tours by New Zealand and Pakistan had already been curtailed last month after the Dutch government banned all big sports events until Sept. 1.Pakistan is still scheduled to tour England for three tests and three T20s from July 30 to Sept. 2.Cricket Ireland says it is talking with England officials about possibly rescheduling their three ODIs in September in England.___ The school said the reduction will take effect at the end of the 2019-20 academic year. Akron will now have seven men’s sports and 10 women’s sports. The school will remain a member of the Mid-American Conference, which announced changes to several conference championships earlier this week.“These decisions are very difficult but they are important and necessary at this time,” athletic director Larry Williams said. “This action aligns us with our Mid-American Conference peers in the total number of sports and is part of the ongoing effort to redesign the University to ensure that UA continues to invest in high-demand, high-quality academic programs.”In a news release, the school said it considered factors including program cost, facilities, community impact and future funding.___Atlanta United players Anton Walkes and Fernando Meza say they’re open to the idea of resuming Major League Soccer with all teams playing in the Orlando, Florida, area. The Latest: Akron drops 3 sports to cut costs amid pandemic Udinese owner Gianpaolo Pozzo says it “wouldn’t make sense” to restart Serie A anytime soon.Pozzo says it’s better to wait until “we’ve passed the critical phase” before thinking about restarting.He says if a team is ordered into quarantine after playing two or three matches because a player tests positive and the season is stopped again “we’ll have made a huge mistake.”Udinese was three points above the relegation zone in 14th place before Serie A was suspended on March 9.___ The Italian soccer federation has set up a pool of inspectors to check that teams comply with new health protocols and government decrees issued during the coronavirus pandemic.Serie A teams were permitted to resume individual training on May 4 while full team training can restart Monday.Lazio has reportedly already been training in groups of three players. The federation says inspectors will verify that practices are held according to the rules.The league said on Wednesday that it hopes to resume playing games on June 13 but the government has not approved a restart yet.___ Salzburg commercial director Stephan Reiter says the second-place club is “shocked and stunned” at LASK’s conduct.Soccer is scheduled to resume in the country with the Austrian Cup final on May 29 before the league starts up again next month.___Ireland has postponed its limited-overs cricket matches against New Zealand and Pakistan in June and July because of the coronavirus pandemic.New Zealand Cricket informed Cricket Ireland this week it couldn’t travel and the latter has confirmed putting off the matches in Northern Ireland. The teams were to meet for three Twenty20s in Bready and three one-day internationals in Belfast from June 19 to July 2. Katerina Stefanidi of Greece, Katie Nageotte of the United States and Alysha Newman of Canada will participate in the event but won’t be competing in their backyards because they don’t have the equipment at home. They will instead be at nearby training facilities.The top men’s pole vaulters competed in the Ultimate Garden Clash at their homes in early May. Mondo Duplantis and Renaud Lavillenie shared the victory with more than 250,000 people watching a live stream.The winner on Saturday will be the vaulter who clears the bar at 4 meters the most times in 30 minutes.___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 federation’s executive committee will discuss the new measures and the specifics of the new calendar on Monday.The French government called off the country’s 2019-20 soccer season on April 28 as part of efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Dr. Thom Mayer told members of the NFLPA in a message Saturday that the risk of being stricken by the new coronavirus is too great to be staging those workouts. Mayer said staff was working on the best mitigation procedures at team facilities for both training camps and the upcoming season and advised “against any voluntary joint practices before training camp commences.”In recent days, members of the Buccaneers, Cowboys, 49ers and Texans organizations tested positive for COVID-19. The NFL has allowed team facilities to reopen on a limited basis, with no players except those rehabilitating injuries allowed on the premises. Training camps are scheduled to open in late July, with the first preseason contest the Hall of Fame game on Aug. 6 between Dallas and Pittsburgh. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The medical director of the NFL players’ union has recommended that all players stop private workouts together. Toronto is deferring to the NHL’s policy on handling test results, with the league providing updates on testing totals and positive tests without disclosing the identities of affected clubs or players. Judd Moldaver, Matthews’s agent, did not respond to requests for comment.According to the Sun, the 22-year-old Matthews has self-quarantined in his Arizona home and hopes to be ready to play if the NHL season resumes. The NHL hopes to open training camps next month, and finish off the 2019-20 season later this summer.Matthews had 47 goals and 33 assists in 70 games before the suspension of the season on March 12.Toronto goaltender Frederik Andersen stayed with Matthews in Arizona for the first stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, but according to the Toronto Sun he tested negative for the novel coronavirus and is no longer in Arizona. Team headquarters is remaining open under the first phase of the NFL’s reopening plan.Earlier this week, the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning closed their facility after three players and two staff members tested positive.___The Toronto Maple Leafs will not comment on reports that star player Auston Matthews has tested positive for the coronavirus.The Toronto Sun and The Toronto Star report that the center tested positive. The Leafs say a player’s medical information is private. June 20, 2020 The league has said it plans to play its season as scheduled, with the first game set for Sept. 10 at Kansas City.___Rio de Janeiro Mayor Marcelo Crivella has suspended all professional soccer matches in the city only three days after play restarted amid the coronavirus pandemic. Crivella issued a decree on Saturday arguing that time is needed to adapt safety protocols for all teams. The suspension is valid for five days. On Thursday night, Flamengo beat Bangu 3-0 at Maracanã Stadium in the first professional soccer match in South America in nearly three months. The game marked the return of Brazil’s state leagues, but at a field hospital near a stadium gate doctors said two COVID-19 patients had died. Since Atlanta United began individual player workouts on May 6, the club has followed MLS health and safety guidelines, including physical distancing and sanitizing during individual workouts, small group training sessions and full group training sessions. The club works in consultation with the CDC, local health authorities and MLS regarding testing and training guidelines.___Three members of the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers have tested positive for the- novel coronavirus at the team’s training facility, and the Bucs have closed affected areas of the building.The team said those areas will remain closed until extensive sanitizing is completed. All individuals who may have been exposed have been notified, the Bucs said in a statement, “and are following the established protocols, which include a 14-day quarantine period.” The team did not identify three people who tested positive. The Latest: NFLPA advises halt to private workouts together Arizona has seen a recent spike in COVID-19 cases. On Friday, the Arizona Department of Health Services reported 3,246 new positive cases of COVID-19, exceeding Thursday’s single-day high of 2,519 cases.The league said Friday that it has tested more than 200 players at club facilities during voluntary training since June 8, with 11 testing positive.___French soccer authorities are allowing fans back into stadiums from July 10, with an initial limit of 5,000.Noël Le Graët, president of the French Football Federation, says it is possible more spectators will be allowed into the French Cup final at the end of July and for the resumption of top-tier Ligue 1 play at the end of August. Associated Press ___Atlanta United confirmed a second positive result for a player following mandatory club testing on Friday. No additional positive results for players or staff were received Friday. The club announced its first positive result for a player on Thursday. The second player was asymptomatic and has been in isolation since Wednesday, adhering with MLS health and safety protocols that require at least two positive tests to ensure the first result was not a false positive. The team conducted non-contact, individual training sessions on Friday and Saturday and will continue non-contact training on Monday. Mandatory COVID-19 testing will take place again Monday. If negative test results for all players and staff are received, the team will resume full team training on Tuesday. So far, Rio state has counted more than 8,500 fatalities from the disease. Brazil officially topped 1 million cases of COVID-19 on Friday.___Kansas State has paused all voluntary workouts for football players for two weeks following the most recent COVID-19 test results.As of Friday, 14 athletes had tested positive for active COVID-19 following testing of more than 130 athletes. The school said those who have tested positive are being medically managed according to current guidelines. That includes self-isolation for 10 days and until the patient is without fever for 72 hours without medication, whichever takes longer. Athletics director Gene Taylor said the university felt that temporarily pausing all football workouts and access to facilities was the best decision for everyone.
MACKENZIE Sports Club will host a Special General Members Meeting today from 17:00hrs in an effort to get ready for its Annual General Meeting and Elections on June 30.General Secretary of the MSC, Marlon Pearson, in the absence of the president Avery Trim, who is out of the jurisdiction, has advised that all non-financial members put their house in order.The names of all members dating back from 2014 to present are posted for scrutiny on the Notice Board and those who are non-financial are advised to put themselves in order to have a say when the AGM and biennial elections are held at the end of next month.Apart from that, the meeting is called to deal with the Club’s outdated rules which are to be replaced with a proposed new Constitution, something that will help the club to move forward.All this comes as the club has been released from the scrutiny of the Linden bauxite firm which paid salaries for the MSC staff, among other things. The onus is now with the Club’s Management Committee.Being saddled with that and the general upkeep of the facilities, along with the fall-off of most financial members, meant the club could not properly meet the needs of uplifting its status accordingly.In light of this, regaining lost members and adding new ones, coupled with a new MSC Constitution to look into the current financial status and the many concerns persons have, will now have to be addressed.However, following a recent meeting with Minister within the Minister of Agriculture Ms Valarie Yearwood, the efforts by the current Management Committee is being noted and the will to make the club one of Guyana’s best seems possible.Persons who want to become new members of the MSC are encouraged also to uplift Membership Forms which ware available at the desk of the Club’s steward, Ms Keisha Quow, between 10:00hrs and 17:00hrs, Monday to Friday.
DPI, Guyana – Several Guyanese Olympians were given the recognition they deserve after representing Guyana on the biggest stage for sports. Through the hard work and dedication of these athletes, Guyana has been placed on the map in the area of sports.Some of those athletes participated in the Olympics as far back as 1976. The Olympians celebrated at the Pegasus Hotel last Friday evening.Those athletes honoured include some household names such as Michael Parris, Aliann Pompey, Winston George and James Wren-Gilkes. Some of the other Olympians were Aliyah Abrams, Jennifer Innis- Stephens, Adam Harris, Geoffrey Sankies, Jeremy Bascom, Gordon Carew, Evan Parris and Andrew Harry. Missing from last night’s event were Niall Roberts, Richard Jones and June Griffith.Sankies was present at the 1976 Olympics but did not participate due to a boycott of African Nations. He was slated to represent Guyana in the discipline of Judo where he was expected to do exceptionally well. Nevertheless, he said being there and carrying the Golden Arrowhead at the march-past was an unbelievable feeling.Sankies said the recognition is a good thing for all those who were forgotten. “I hope they can get the recognition and be held as role models for school children who can look up to them and learn from them.”Aliann Pompey has represented Guyana on several occasions at the prestigious games. However, she said it was always a proud moment to represent the ‘land of many waters’ on such a big stage. Pompey, who is a 400 sprinter, competed in the 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics. She said the pride felt when competing is wonderful but being recognised by her home country incomparable.“I am actually very emotional because nothing like this has ever happened for us as Olympians. There are 15 Olympians here and being able to share our stories, our glory days, I am very glad that this has happened.”The only Guyanese to have medalled in the Olympics is Michael Parris who copped a bronze medal in boxing at the 1980 Moscow Olympics. Parris said he took pride in what he did and being recognised was just the icing in the cake.Jennifer Innis-Stephens participated in the 100 metres sprint and long jump at the 1980 Olympics. Innis- Stephens noted that she was always confident of herself and while being at the Olympics “was a big deal”, she was not overwhelmed by the bright lights and large crowds. However, being recognised by her home country for her efforts is another ball game. “I appreciate being honoured and recognized after so many years of service as an athlete,” she stated.Aaliyah Abrams, a force to be reckoned with in the 400 metres was a part of the 2016 Olympic in games in Rio. While she did not medal, Abrams said she has much more to give and is excited to keep on going.“It feels good to be recognised. It is a lot of hard work and mentally taxing competing in sporting events. It is wonderful to have people who enjoy watching you compete, also celebrate you,” Abrams said.Minister of Social Cohesion, with responsibility for Culture, Youth and Sport, Dr. George Norton along with Director of Sport, Christopher Jones and President of the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) K.A. Juman Yassin was also at the event. They commended the athletes for their contribution to Guyana and assured them that the recognition will not be a one-off event.The Olympians received their certificates at the 4th Aliann Pompey Invitational at the National Track and Field Centre.