Yuvraj Singh walks down memory lane to reveal one of his favourite shots

first_imgCHANDIGARH: Amid the ongoing coronavirus lockdown, former Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has gone down the memory lane to reveal one of the favourite shots he played in his stellar career.On Thursday, Yuvraj shared a throwback video of his Indian Premier League (IPL) days wherein he could be seen dispatching the ball over covers for a handsome six. “This has to be one of my favourite shots in my career I have played ! A very difficult shot to hit for a six over covers to a fast bowler,” the World Cup-winning all-rounder captioned the post. In the video, Yuvraj, while playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad, can be seen hitting a Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) pacer for a six over the covers boundary. Yuvraj retired from international cricket in 2019 after representing India in 40 Tests, 304 ODIs and 58 T20Is. He was part of the India squad which won the 2007 World T20 as well as the 2011 50-over World Cup. IANS Also Read: Mushfiqur Rahim believes Bangladesh can enter top-six in Tests Also watch: Himanta BIswa Sarma visited the Sarusojai stadium as the new headquarters for fight against COVID19last_img read more

Cricket News On This Day – MS Dhoni erases 28 years of World Cup pain with a six

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. India won the World Cup for the first time since the 1983 edition of the tournament.MS Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir hit 91 and 97 respectively.India defeated Australia for the first time in 24 years. highlights New Delhi: Nuwan Kulasekara was about to bowl the second ball of the 49th over. MS Dhoni was on strike. In the Wankhede stadium, emotions were going overboard. The team was preparing for something special. Kulasekara bowled a length ball outside off, Dhoni unleashed the helicopter shot and sent the ball soaring into the stands at long on. The moment had arrived. The nation of a billion erupted in joy. Players like Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh shed uninhibited tears of joy. With one glorious hit, Dhoni sealed the final against Sri Lanka by six wickets and gave India their first World Cup title in 28 years. The joy and emotion of the Indian cricket team was shared by a billion who celebrated into the long hours of the night. April 2, 2011 was etched as one of the golden days of Indian cricket, to go with June 25, 1983 where Kapil Dev’s team had put the nation on the cricketing map by beating the mighty West Indies in Lord’s. The 2011 World Cup was a journey filled with plenty of emotions, twists and turns. For close to one year, India had put in solid performances in home and away tours. Heading into the World Cup, India were the favorites considering that they were playing at home. However, till then, no nation had won the World Cup in their own conditions. In the first match against Bangladesh at the Sher-e-Bangla in Mirpur, Virender Sehwag set the tone with a brilliant 175. Virat Kohli contributed with a 83-ball hundred as India started the campaign on a great note with an 87-run win.  Sachin Tendulkar showed his genius in the clash against England at the M Chinnaswamy stadium with a brilliant 120 as India reached 338 all out. However, Andrew Strauss produced a great knock of 158 to put England on course. Zaheer Khan took three wickets and Munaf Patel, Piyush Chawla took two wickets apiece as the match ended in a dramatic tie. India won comfortably against Ireland and Netherlands, with Yuvraj Singh taking five wickets against the Irish. Tendulkar scored his 99th international ton by hammering 111 and was backed up by fifties from Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir. However, India suffered a collapse of nine wickets for 29 runs as they were restricted to 296 all out. Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers and Jacques Kallis hit fifties and it took an aggressive 18 off 7 balls from Robin Peterson to help South Africa win by three wickets. In the last league game against West Indies in Chennai, Yuvraj Singh’s 113 and Zaheer Khan’s three wickets gave India momentum heading into the quarterfinals, where they were going to face reigning world champions Australia. India gain momentum In an emotionally charged encounter against the mighty Australians, Indian fans were waiting with anticipated breath as to when will India break their 24-year-jinx against Australia in this marquee event. Ricky Ponting put Australia in a good position with a magnificent century but Yuvraj took 2/44 as Australia posted 260/6. Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir put India in the hunt with brilliant fifties but once they fell, the pressure was on India. However, having contributed with the ball, Yuvraj slammed 57 and Suresh Raina hit a vital 34. When Yuvraj cracked a full ball from Brett Lee through extra cover for a boundary, India had finally won against Australia in a World Cup after 24 years. The image of Yuvraj sinking to his knees and roaring in joy by waving the bat became one an iconic image in the World Cup.The semi-final was against arch-rivals Pakistan. The tension was palpable. Tendulkar survived four dropped chances and an LBW appeal from Saeed Ajmal as he scored 85. Raina chipped in with 36 but Wahab Riaz was the star with 5/46. Misbah-ul-Haq scored a fifty but India’s bowlers worked as a unit, with Zaheer, Ashish Nehra, Munaf, Harbhajan and Yuvraj taking two wickets apiece as India prolonged Pakistan’s pain in the World Cup. Crescendo of momentum in final The toss for the final resulted in some confusion but in the end, Sri Lanka batted first and they were boosted by a brilliant knock of 103 from Mahela Jayawardene. Some late hitting from Kulasekara and Thisara Perera helped Sri Lanka reach a formidable 274/7. In response, Lasith Malinga removed Sehwag and Tendulkar cheaply and the hearts of the Indian cricket fans sank. It took some brilliance from Gautam Gambhir to steady the ship. Gambhir shared a 83-run stand for the third wicket with Virat Kohli and despite Kohli falling caught and bowled for 35, Gambhir still held firm and he found valuable support in Dhoni, who promoted himself up the order. Gambhir and Dhoni started to turn the tide. Every over, Gambhir and Dhoni ensured that India were never out of the game. Gambhir’s aggression and Dhoni’s calmness gave India hope. The left-hander did not bother about his milestone as he pushed India towards victory but he missed his century when Thisara Perera bowled him for 97. Yuvraj joined Dhoni and the partnership guided India over the line in grand style. Following the celebrations, the entire team carried Sachin Tendulkar on the shoulders and did a victory parade in the entire Wankhede stadium. Virat Kohli said a defining moment which highlighted that the change of guard from the old to the new was underway. “He has carried the burden of the nation for 21 years on his shoulders and it is about time that we carried him on our shoulders,” Kohli said. The celebrations and the joy for the Indian cricket team and the fans lasted for many days and months. April 2, 2011 was indeed a golden day in more ways than one.  last_img read more

Sainz poised for Ferrari seat; Ricciardo could go to Mclaren

first_img(BBC) – CARLOS Sainz is poised to replace Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari with Daniel Ricciardo set to take the Spaniard’s seat at McLaren.Talks to seal the two moves are ongoing and no final agreements have been reached, but they are expected to be concluded and announced this week.McLaren have been chasing Ricciardo for some time and his signing is a coup.But they must release Sainz from his contractual obligations before signing the Australian.Sainz had been in negotiations to stay with McLaren beyond 2020 but the appeal of joining a top team has convinced him to move.The teams and drivers have been in negotiations for some time and talks are understood to be in their final stages.The domino effect in the driver market was triggered when negotiations over a new contract between Ferrari and Vettel failed.Ferrari announced on Tuesday that the German four-time world champion would be leaving the team at the end of the season, which is currently on ice as a result of the coronavirus crisis.Ferrari have identified Sainz as the ideal support driver for Charles Leclerc, whose starring performances in his first season with the team last year undermined Vettel’s status and precipitated his departure when he was not prepared to accept diminished contractual terms.Ferrari will envisage Sainz in the type of back-up role Valtteri Bottas plays to Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes – quick enough to be close to him and engage in battle with other front-runners but not the team leader.Sainz, who previously drove for Toro Rosso and Renault before moving to McLaren last year, is likely to view the move as an opportunity to prove himself as a top-line driver.He excelled in his first season with McLaren last year and his strong race performances have earned him the call-up from Ferrari.What about Ricciardo?Signing Ricciardo is a major boost for McLaren, who last year made impressive progress back to fourth in the championship after a dismal few years falling down the grid.The Australian came close to joining them in 2019 when he left Red Bull, but in the end chose Renault because they were more competitive at the time.But the two teams’ fortunes diverged last year, with McLaren jumping up the grid and Renault’s progress back towards the top stalling; in fact they fell behind McLaren to finish fifth in the championship.Ricciardo has now decided that McLaren are a better bet for the future – a decision partly influenced by their switch to Mercedes engines for the 2021 season.That is one of a number of significant decisions made by their new team principal Andreas Seidl, who has impressed with his no-nonsense approach since joining the team in May last year.Who will replace Ricciardo?Ricciardo’s departure leaves a space at Renault alongside Frenchman Esteban Ocon, assuming the car manufacturer stays in F1 next year.Renault are said to be keen to promote one of their young drivers to the role but Vettel and double world champion Fernando Alonso have been mentioned as possible contenders.Alonso said at the end of last year that he would consider a comeback to F1 after two years out, but he will have to weigh up whether he believes Renault will give him the competitive car he says he wants.But he has fond memories of the team, having won both his world titles with them in 2005-6. He also returned there for a two-year period in 2008-9 after his move to McLaren turned sour in a tumultuous year alongside Lewis Hamilton in 2007 and before moving to Ferrari.last_img read more

Holt: Newton, Longoria, BCS

first_imgLet’s play a game of “what if.”I’ve already done it once today; I saw that Eva Longoria Parker is soon to be just Eva Longoria again. That got the old imagination running wild, and next thing you know I’m sipping on a maitai with a Desperate Housewife on a Miami beach.I know, I’m a dreamer. And if you’re going to dream, dream big.So let’s make this more relevant to you.Auburn quarterback Cam Newton is mired in a controversy surrounding whether his dad, or someone representing his dad, asked prospective schools for wheelbarrows of money in exchange for Cam’s services. It’s a big enough deal that the FBI is investigating the thing.There are a lot of requirements that would have to be met, and nothing would be done by the NCAA until said investigation is done with, so Newton is probably safe. The only thing that seems a realistic threat to the quarterback is if Auburn itself decides to suspend him. And with a No. 2 ranking in the BCS and the bitter taste of 2004 still in the Tigers’ mouths, don’t expect that to happen.But we’re playing “what if.”So let’s say the week before the SEC championship, the FBI uncovers evidence that allegations the Newton family was represented by somebody looking for cash turn out to be true. Don’t worry about the details, but the bottom line is the NCAA strips Newton of his eligibility.Really, forget about the details. “What if” doesn’t concern itself with details; I’m not even crazy enough to come up with details regarding how I could end up dating Ms. Longoria.So Newton is no longer a factor for the Tigers. Let’s say they still win the SEC Championship over South Carolina and in this assumption, they beat Alabama in the Iron Bowl as well. So Auburn is 13-0 and either No. 1 or No. 2 in the BCS standings and bound for the national title game.Or are they?If word comes out that Newton is ineligible, Auburn is no longer Auburn. I don’t think anybody would argue he’s the sole reason the Tigers have had the success they have; he’s been simply unstoppable this season. Lord knows it’s not the defense doing the heavy lifting.Regardless of the win over the Gamecocks, the coaches and Harris Poll voters know Auburn is not a national title-caliber team without Newton taking the snaps. Do they now drop the Tigers below Boise State and TCU?Before you say no, there’s evidence it happens. Just look at NCAA basketball seeding. Cincinnati lost Kenyon Martin in 2000 and dropped its seeding from what was expected. Just a couple of years ago, St. Mary’s’ Patty Mills was hurt for a good chunk of the end of the season. The Gaels were a great team with Mills, and because he didn’t look great in returning for the WCC tournament, St. Mary’s watched March Madness from home. Losing your star players affects the perception of your team.And if both the BCS-impacting polls decide to drop Auburn, does that give Boise State enough of a push to get that No. 2 ranking? The Broncos will have beaten a 6-3 Fresno State team and gone on to beat No. 18 Nevada on the road by that time, which no doubt will have helped their computer assessments.All of a sudden, we have Oregon playing Boise State in the BCS national championship. The country would be ringing with the combined sounds of outrage and celebration.You’d have to imagine the proponents of the BCS would be giddy. The system works! Utah and its antitrust suit can go to hell! And there’s no worry about ratings or attendance; this isn’t as much of a reach as the 2007 Fiesta Bowl. Anybody with a pulse and access to a TV would watch the game; it’s David and Goliath, but this time for all the marbles.Of course, there’s the whole camp that hates Boise’s blue turf and strength of schedule and thinks it’s a travesty this could happen. The complaints would be unbearable to hear.And heaven forbid the Broncos win. Then there’s nothing flawed with the system and if a team’s really good enough and deserving, it will make the title game.Maybe it’s a blow to any backers of an FBS playoff system. Maybe it’s not. But Boise State playing for and potentially winning the national title would change everything.And from then on, Cam Newton would be known as “The Man Who Saved the BCS.” I also imagine Auburn disbands its football program due to Charlie Brown-like luck when national titles are concerned.Alas, as it is, that scenario happening ranks somewhere in between me finding a job after graduation and me becoming Eva’s trophy husband: there are ways it could happen, but it’s really just a pipe dream.On the other hand, I got to meet Erin Andrews and Michelle Beadle this fall. So if you dream enough, eventually something has to give.That’s the fun of playing, “What if”?Adam is a senior majoring in journalism and hypothetical situations. Think Newton could be the in Boise State needs to win a title? Email him at aholt@badgerherald.com or Tweet @adamjsholt.last_img read more

Moycarkey Borris take Mid Intermediate Football title

first_imgPhoto © Tipp FM In the Mid Intermediate football championship final Moycarkey Borris went up against Moyne Templetuohy in Holycross.The first half was a low scoring affair, with Moycarkey leading 4 points to 2.They pushed on in the second half, and the full time score there was Moycarkey Borris 2-6 Moyne Templetuohy 0-9. Afterwards, John Kelly mentor with Moycarkey Borris said they were delighted with the win.last_img

Manchester City confident of Lionel Messi deal

first_imgManchester City believe they have a chance of signing Lionel Messi after the forward told Barcelona he wants to leave.Pep Guardiola was Messi’s manager at Barcelona for four hugely successful seasons from 2008-12 and would love to be reunited with the 33-year-old Argentinian. He had never anticipated Messi leaving the Camp Nou but City, whose chief executive Ferran Soriano and director of football Txiki Begiristain also worked at Barcelona, will try to secure a deal.It is understood City are banking on being able to get Messi on a free or for a relatively minimal fee, and a legal battle may determine that. Messi’s camp believe he can walk away for nothing. Barcelona, by contrast, insist that he is still bound by a €700m (£629m) buy-out clause.A clause in Messi’s contract allows him to leave for no fee provided he communicates that decision, which he did on Tuesday by burofax – in effect a recorded letter to ensure Barcelona are legally considered to have been informed. But there is disagreement over whether the window for that has closed.Barcelona maintain Messi’s chance to walk away ended on 10 June, a date understood to be set by the principle that the player had 10 days after the end of the season. But in the event, the season did not end until 23 August.The dispute suggests the wording does not specify a date but expresses it in more vague terms relating to the end of the season. That is reinforced by Barcelona’s belief that a season refers to a typical season. Messi’s camp will argue that it refers to the season in question and that he cannot be expected to communicate a decision such as that with games ongoing and Barcelona competing for the Champions League.City will not be alone in trying to sign Messi, with clubs helped by the relaxation of Uefa’s financial fair play rules. Paris Saint-Germain are expected to be among other interested clubs but it is understood Manchester United will not attempt to get him. Source: The Guardianlast_img read more

XFL odds, picks, predictions for Week 2: Defenders, Roughnecks remain undefeated

first_imgThe first week of the XFL came and went, and what a week it was. This is the second matchup of the week between undefeated teams. The BattleHawks grounded and pounded their way to a win in Week 1. Running back Matt Jones led all rushers with 85 yards on 21 carries, and quarterback Jordan Ta’amu was third among all rushers with 77 yards on nine carries. Even backup RB Keith Ford had a solid 4-26-1 outing for St. Louis. Meanwhile, the BattleHawks’ defense allowed no touchdowns against title-favorite Dallas in Week 1. A tough defense combined with an offense dominating the play clock is a dangerous combo.The Roughnecks came away from Week 1 as the new title favorites. Houston’s offense lists four receivers as starters on offense with no tight ends on the roster. This strategy worked in their favor as quarterback P.J. Walker finished with four touchdowns on 272 yards passing. This will be a battle between two very different offenses, and it should be a fun game to close out the second week of the XFL.Prediction: Roughnecks 24, BattleHawks 16 (XFL) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/fc/b3/cardale-jones-pep-hamilton-xfl-ftr_kl97lb41schy1ppwsecnjhlg3.png?t=883665344&w=500&quality=80 XFL week ONE had:Multiple F-Bombs on national televisionOn-field projectile vomitingReplay officials using x-box controllersFans in the stands eating rally cheeseA drunk streakerPost-game shotguns of hard seltzerTHAT DOESNT EVEN INCLUDE THE FOOTBALL! #XFLfootball— Jessi Davin (@jessithebuckeye) February 10, 2020MORE: Get the latest XFL odds & betting trends at Sports Insidercenter_img The East Division came away the strongest with three teams starting 1-0, while the West Division has three teams at 0-1. The Houston Roughnecks had the best looking offense, scoring five touchdowns, and quarterback P.J. Walker emerged as the early league MVP favorite with his four-TD performance.The Dallas Renegades were a huge letdown. As early-season favorites to win it all, they struggled against the St. Louis Battlehawks. Dallas entered the game as a 9.5-point favorite and didn’t even score that many points.We went 2-2 with our Week 1 picks, going 2-0 on Saturday and getting both Sunday games wrong. We’ll try to improve with our selections in Week 2.All odds are courtesy of BetOnline.ag via Sports Insider.MORE XFL: Rules | Schedule | Uniforms | RostersXFL odds, picks, predictions for Week 2New York Guardians at D.C. DefendersSpread: Guardians +5 (-110), Defenders -5 (-110)This is one of two games this week between undefeated clubs. The Defenders looked strong at home in Week 1 as Cardale Jones delivered the best PFF grade (90.8) among all QBs. He  went 16-of-26 (62 percent) passing for 235 yards with 2 touchdowns and no turnovers. D.C. also made a number of plays on defense, as Rahim Moore and Bradley Sylve came up with interceptions (Sylve returned his for a touchdown), and the special teams returned a blocked punt for a touchdown.Despite the big plays, D.C. gave up three touchdowns to Seattle, so the defense isn’t quite as strong as we thought it would be.New York delivered one of the league’s most well-rounded wins last week, scoring three touchdowns while allowing none. The Guardians’ offense wasn’t too impressive, as Matt McGloin had the fewest passing yards among all starting QBs and running back Darius Victor finished with just 32 yards on the ground. We’ll see if the defense can be dominant again this week or if it just played against a bad offense in Week 1. It will certainly be a tougher test with Jones at QB.This should be a close game, and a fun one to watch. We have the Defenders starting the season 2-0.Prediction: Defenders 26, Guardians 22 Tampa Bay Vipers at Seattle DragonsSpread: Vipers -2.5 (-115), Dragons +2.5 (-105)The Vipers and Dragons both started the season with a loss, although one game was a lot closer than the other. Seattle may not have won, but the Dragons looked good against the Defenders, scoring three touchdowns while only allowing two scores on defense. (They gave up four total, but one was a pick-six and the other was a blocked punt.) What cost Seattle was its three turnovers (two interceptions, one fumble), four if you include the blocked punt returned for a touchdown. If the Dragons would have cleaned up their sloppy play, they might have pulled off an upset in Week 1.The Vipers had an ugly overall game last week. They were one of just two teams that failed to score any points, and they allowed three touchdowns. Quarterback Aaron Murray struggled, finishing with no scores and two interceptions for a 45.1 QB rating, the lowest among starters on opening weekend. Tampa Bay turned to backup QB Quinton Flowers, who is also listed on the roster as a running back. The team seemed to move the ball with him at quarterback, but the Vipers still kept going back to Murray.The broadcast team of Kevin Burkhardt and Greg Olsen are dragging the @XFLVipers for not playing Quinton Flowers as much as Tampa Twitter is. pic.twitter.com/xK7xPd2W56— Collin Sherwin (@CollinSherwin) February 9, 2020This is the closest spread (2.5 points) of all the games this week, which makes sense. But Seattle looked much better than Tampa Bay in the first week, and it’s hard to see a team committing so many turnovers again. We expect the Dragons to bounce back with a win at home.Prediction: Dragons 18, Vipers 6Dallas Renegades at L.A. WildcatsSpread: Renegades -4.5 (-110), Wildcats +4.5 (-110)This will be an interesting matchup between two teams coming off ugly losses. The Renegades disappointed in Week 1, as they were unable to score a touchdown and finished with three field goals (9 points). It wasn’t all bad, though, as Dallas only gave up two touchdowns. Despite not scoring a TD, the Renegades only lost 15-9. Dallas was without star quarterback Landry Jones in Week 1, so if he’s able to start in Week 2, expect the offense to move the ball and score some points.The Wildcats also played their opener without their starting quarterback, Josh Johnson. LA’s problems, though, fell more on defense. The Wildcats gave up five touchdowns, the most among all teams in Week 1, and then fired defensive coordinator Pepper Johnson. We expect them to play better in Week 2, as Johnson should be active, but the defensive issues are worrying.Jones was active for Dallas last week despite not starting, so he should be on pace to play in Week 2. Assuming he starts, we like Dallas to bounce back and pick up its first win of the season. Prediction: Renegades 22, Wildcats 18St. Louis BattleHawks at Houston RoughnecksSpread: BattleHawks +7.5 (-105), Roughnecks -7.5 (-115)last_img read more

Dr. Deborah Birx’s Scarves Have Their Own Instagram Account

first_imgBefore the President decreed silk scarves are an acceptable alternative to face masks, Dr. Deborah Birx, the response coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force, donned a different drape around her shoulders at the administration’s nightly press briefings.Since her appointment on February 26, Dr. Birx has been setting a silky fashion trend as part of the 22-person team that makes up the Coronavirus Task Force.Since her appointment on February 26, Dr. Birx has become the fashion favorite of the COVID task force and American’s can’t wait to see her “scarf du jour” artfully knotted around her shoulders.Just last month, Washington Post fashion critic Robin Givhan wrote a story in praise of her lovely foulards. And more recently, an Instagram account has appeared chronicling each of the pretty silk squares.The scarf account was created by Victoria Strout, a fashion-obsessed music marketing executive from Fort Worth.The account known as @deborahbirxscarves has a simple format. Each post is populated with a slideshow offering various vantage points onto one of the doctor’s many scarves. The captions are straightforward, providing the date of the scarf’s appearance and, if known, its label. “Me and a couple of friends would watch each press conference and talk about Dr. Birx’s latest scarf,” says Strout.“So one Sunday afternoon I thought, You know what, I’m just going to compile all the screenshots I’ve taken on Instagram.”So why does this all matter? Perhaps it’s because Dr. Birx’s affinity for scarves speaks to a collective nostalgia.FLOTUS Jackie Kennedy sported her babushka-style head wrappings on weekends in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. A typical Dr. Birx look consists of a prim dress, hosiery, and a waist-cinching belt; she ties the whole look together with a literal bow via her silken scarf which elegantly gives a nod to history.last_img read more

NRL blue print outlined

first_imgThe plan, drawn up by the Head of Game Strategy and Development, Shane Richardson, is designed to improve player welfare and pathways, upgrade and strengthen the second tier and assist in protecting elite players from burnout.The strategy will reduce costs for clubs, further grow the game outside the current reach and provide a new level of awareness regarding player welfare as they progress through the elite pathways.Mr Richardson said Rugby League has an opportunity to extend its reach beyond its current footholds to country Australia, Affiliated States, New Zealand, Pacifica and ultimately internationally.He said the strategy takes a “whole of game” approach to the challenges of the future.The key recommendations include:- Increasing the size of NRL squads to 36 players – including six rookies- Restricting players from making their NRL debuts until the year they turn 19. No player to be signed with an agent until he is 17 – and contracts for these players should be for a maximum three-year term- Restructuring the National Youth Competition into a state-based under-20 competition- Introducing rookie contracts for the start of the 2018 season with each club allowed to sign three rookies each year on two-year contracts- Revamping and upgrading the State League into a Platinum League to spread the footprint of the competition into all the areas that play Rugby League- Easing player welfare by considering additional leave, creating a formal International window over an eight-year period and reducing the number of five-day turnaroundsMr Richardson said the phasing out of the NYC and payments for under-18 players – along with a new business model for the second tier – would result in a $20 million saving for the NRL clubs.There would be a significant increase in expenditure in the pathways and in particular the second tier by the NRL.”We are looking to improve and extend the pathways not detract from them,” Mr Richardson said.Mr Richardson said a committee representing the State bodies would help determine the teams which take part in the Platinum League.He said the models being shown during consultation for 11 teams in NSW competition were only examples to demonstrate how far the game could reach if the new League was established. But no determination had been made on the final makeup of the League. “We want to give everyone the opportunity to play in the NRL – whether they come from the country, New Zealand, the Affiliated States, Pacifica or anywhere else in the world of Rugby League,” Mr Richardson said.”This strategy is not intended to squeeze anyone out of the game – it is designed to include more participants than ever before.”Mr Richardson rubbished suggestions that there had not been sufficient consultation on the blueprint.He said meetings had been held with all stakeholders and that consultation was on-going.”Further consultation with the RLPA and other interested parties will be held before any final decisions are made,” he said.”This is an exciting time for the game…we have an opportunity with the new broadcast rights deal to stretch our vision and allow the game to break out from some of the restraints of the past.”Most importantly, we have started a discussion about the way forward and that has to be a positive start for the game.”last_img read more

JAAA plans to resume weekend youth camps

first_imgJamaica Athletics Administrative Association president, Dr Warren Blake, said that the body is in the process of resuming weekend training camps for youth athletes as they prepare for the IAAF World Under-18 Championships and the Commonwealth Youth Games in July.Blake, in his bid for re-election to the role of president last year, centred his campaign manifesto on a return to regular training camps for youth athletes as he was concerned about Jamaica’s performance at the World Youth Championships in 2015, where the country only earned one medal. However, there were no camps held in 2016. Back then, Blake had told The Gleaner that what he described as the “unavailability” of the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport had prevented any training in 2015.Blake went on to say that there would definitely be camps in 2016.’NOEXCUSE'”We will really have no excuse not to have a camp at G.C. Foster this year,” he said in January last year.However, with the passing of that year, there were still no camps held.Blake gave a similar reason on Wednesday for the inactivity over 2016.”It was about getting the people together, and getting somewhere suitable, because for quite a while in the past, we had used G.C. Foster,” he said. “For some time, G.C. Foster’s track wasn’t functional, but now that the track is back up and running and the place has been fixed up a bit, we are going to be looking at having our camps.”We want to start it as soon as possible, but right now, some of the kids are tied up in exams. So we’d have to see who we want to invite to the camps, how their exam schedules are – because they must be allowed the time to do their exams and get some studying done, but at the same time, we want them to keep active so that we can get an improved performance at these games.”The Gleaner reached out to officials at the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport to see if talks between both parties did occur. They confirmed this, saying that they did speak with Blake and there were plans proposed for this month and next, but exams are taking place at the moment, so it would not be wise. They said that a date will, however, be confirmed in the near future.- R.P.last_img read more