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10 member team to officiate Dutch colony table tennis championships

first_imgTen umpires who were recently accredited by the International table Tennis Federation (ITTF)departed Guyana on the 6th October 2016 overland for Suriname to officiate in the 1st Dutch Colony Table Tennis championships scheduled for the 7th -8th Oct. in Paramaribo Suriname.The team consists of:Ryan Narine, Shavin Greene, Debra Bacchus, Xenophiah, Maurice Cummings, Candace Mc Kenzie, Raynor Hilary Anderson, Waren Hackshaw and Leona KyteThe tournament will be played among teams from Suriname, Curacao, Aruba, and Bonaire in team singles, doubles and mix doubles events to determine who is the best among the former Dutch colonies.According to President of the Suriname Table Tennis Association,Mr. Desire Hooghart, the tournament will become an annual feature hosted on a rotational basis aimed at further developing the sport in the former Dutch colonies and with a view to making those countries competitive internationally.In an unprecedented first for Guyana, the 10 umpires who were recently certified under the ITTF basic Umpire and Referee training program conducted by Ms Silvia Garro,will form the nucleus of officials who will officiate in the competition.The tournament provides an opportunity for the umpires to further harness their skills moving along a path towards becoming International umpires , which will make them more eligible to officiate in international competitions around the world . The engagement will truly serve to enhance and improve the tournament coordination capacity in GuyanaFurther,the presence of theses umpires is key to Guyana presenting a good representation at this forum which is critical to paving the way for more umpires to be selected from Guyana for future international engagements by the ITTF.The GTTA identifies tournament coordination and umpiring as key pillars upon which the sport must be built and made representation to the ITTF to host a Umpires and referees workshop earlier this year , with a central view to increase the amount of persons with tournament coordination and umpiring skills and to raise the standard and profile of the sport.The Competition got underway yesterday morning and from all reports the Guyanese are doing a splendid jobLater in the year,the GTTA will be sending a few representatives to a Competition Manager program organized by the ITTF which will be conducted in Barbados.The program is scheduled for December 2016.last_img read more

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Boxing selection trials start today

first_imgTHE Guyana Boxing Association (GBA) will begin its selection trials for the upcoming Caribbean Development Tournament today.Starting at 05:30hrs in the National Park, boxers will face their first training session. The training will continue at 16:00hrs at the Andrew Lewis Gym.The GBA has released its list of boxers up for possible selection. The list includes three categories – Elites, Youths and Females. In the Elites category are Richard Subratte, Anil Chiatraj, Kevin Allicock, Julius Kesney, Claimont Gibson, Tefon Green, Joel Williamson, Rhondel Douglas, Colin Lewis, Aquancy Harvey, Joshua Joseph, Marley Ross, Dennis Thomas, Desmond Amsterdam, Markember Pierre, Aluko Bess, Jason Bakker, Bryan Leitch, Renee Lewis and Floyd Cato.In the Youths category, Keevin Alicock, Akiel Mounter, Christopher Moore and Stephon Smith have been selected. Meanwhile in the Female category Shonette McFarlane is the lone boxer.The GBA has also named its coaches in Terrence Poole, Sebert Blake, Steele Crawford, Adrian Thomas, Clifton Moore, Wincel Thomas and Gregory Cort.The Development Tournament will be held in Barbados and the boxers selected will also represent Guyana in Suriname at an international competition.last_img read more

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Cricket News Five runs needed off one ball – See this dramatic finish in Women’s Big Bash League

first_imghighlights Sydney: The Women’s Big Bash League semi-final clash between Brisbane Heat and Sydney Thunder at the Drummoyne Oval in Sydney witnessed an absolute thriller with the Heat sealing a tense game in style by four runs. However, the end was dramatic as it went down to the last ball. Brisbane Heat were boosted by an attacking 33 off 26 balls from Sammy Jo-Johnson and a blazing 32 from Laura Harris as they reached 140/7 in 20 overs. In response, Sydney Thunder were boosted by a fine 44 off 33 balls from Rachel Priest and at 57/1 in the seventh over, things were going all well for the Thunder.Johnson and Haidee Birkett bowled tight lines and the asking rate mounted. However, Alex Blackwell kept the Sydney Thunder in the game with a six and four off Delissa Kimmince but once she fell for 29, Nicola Carey kept their hopes alive by smashing a six off Jemma Barby. With 12 runs needed off the last over bowled by left-arm orthodox bowler Jess Jonassen, Carey smashed a four off the third ball and five runs were needed off the last ball. Jonassen bowled a flighted ball on leg stump and Carey unleashed the slog sweep to deep square leg. The ball was destined to go over the ropes which would have given Sydney Thunder an unbelievable win, but Haidee Birkett dives to her right and took the catch near the boundary to break Sydney Thunder hearts. Sydney Sixers have won two WBBL titlesThe first title was won by Sydney ThunderBrisbane Heat entered the final for first time For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. The four-win propelled the Brisbane Heat to their maiden Women’s Big Bash League final where they will meet two-time and defending champions Sydney Sixers, who also faced a dramatic entry into the final after their game against the Melbourne Renegades was tied and it needed super-over heroics from Ellyse Perry to help them get over the line.Sydney Sixers were boosted by fifties from Ellyse Perry (54*) and Dane van Niekerk (51*)  as they reached 131/4. In response, Melbourne Renegades’ Sophie Molineux smashed 55 off 54 balls and they received a vital contribution from Jessica Duffin as she smashed 41 off 34 balls.  However, with 13 needed off the last over, Molineux smashed a four off Ellyse Perry and with three needed off the last ball, Molineux ran two before she was run-out with the scores level.In the super over, Marizanne Kapp conceded just six runs for the Sydney Sixers and Perry, along with Alyssa Healy got the target in just four balls, with Perry ending the match in style with a big six. Sydney Sixers will be aiming to win the title for the third consecutive time while the Heat will be aiming to break the dominance of the Sydney franchises in the Big Bash League.last_img read more

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Cricket News Unbeaten Oman upstaged Hong Kong to seal ODI status

first_img New Delhi : April 23 will never be forgotten by cricket followers in Oman — on this day Oman has joined elite group of nations holding One-Day International status. Sitting strong on top of the table, Oman won its third successive game in ICC’s WCL Division Two in Windhoek, Namibia on Tuesday which ensures the Sultanate will be among the top four sides to have earned the much-coveted One-Day International status for the next two and a half years.Oman, and the other top three teams in the top four, will now join UAE, Scotland and Nepal in the new ICC Cricket World Cup League Two and play as many as 36 ODIs over a period of 30 months. Oman coach Duleep Mendis had said before leaving for Namibia that qualifying for the ODI status would be among their foremost goals in Namibia and they would be fighting hard to achieve that.Left-arm paceman Bilal Khan bowled superbly, taking four wickets, while Jatinder Singh batted sensibly against Hong Kong to make sure Oman secured its third successive win as the only unbeaten side in the six-nation tournament. highlights Unbeaten Oman upstaged Hong Kong to seal ODI status.Oman will now be a part of elite group of International ODI cricket. Oman now play second-placed Namibia today.  Bowling like a well-oiled machine, Oman attack kept Hong Kong on the back foot for much of its innings, dismissing it finally for 176 in 48 overs. Only Babar Hayat batted with some authority, scoring a solid 56.Apart from Bilal, leg- spinner Khawar Ali bowled well too, claiming 3 for 35. Requiring a win to make sure it reached its first goal of a top-four finish, Oman took a slow and steady route to victory, overhauling the total in the 48 th over for the loss of only three wickets. Jatinder was involved in a 79-run solid opening partnership with Khawar, laying the foundation for another successful chase. Muhammed Nadeem’s amazing form with the bat continued as he remained unbeaten on 31.“It was a great victory today. Restricting Hong Kong to a small total was the key to success. Our bowers are going into games all guns blazing. Even our batsmen are full of confidence. They are on a roll and I hope we are able to carry it on till the tournament ends,” said a delighted Mendis after the win over Hong Kong.In the day’s other games, USA defeated PNG by 10 wickets while Namibia thrashed Canada by 98 runs. Oman now play second-placed Namibia today in an important game for both sides.(With Inputs)  For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Other Sports Lewis Hamilton aims to sustain Mercedes dominance in French Grand Prix

first_imghighlights Le Castellet: Lewis Hamilton will seek to stretch his lead and extend Mercedes unbeaten run to 10 races with a victory unaided by fortune at this weekend’s French Grand Prix. The defending five-time drivers’ champion, a lucky winner in Canada two weeks ago when Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was controversially penalised, won at the remote sun-baked Le Castellet track last year and is hunting his sixth win this year and the 79th of his career. If he, or team-mate Valtteri Bottas, succeeds, it will mean the Silver Arrows have won all eight contests this year after finishing last season with two triumphs.     But after a testing weekend in Montreal, where four-time champion Vettel claimed pole position and finished the race first ‘on the road’, Hamilton and Mercedes are wary of any signs of complacency. Team chief Toto Wolff admitted: “Canada was something of a wake-up call for us.”After a run of very good reliability over the opening six races, we experienced a number of problems almost all of which were of our own making.” He said the team would learn from their problems and thanked Mercedes mechanics for their excellent work. “We expect another tough fight in France,” he added.      “The circuit features some similarities to Montreal and the long straights will present a challenge for us. But unlike Canada, the corner characteristics are spread across a range of speeds, which should play to our advantage. We’re looking forward to the chance to put a few things right again.”      Hamilton won from pole last year and is driving with more assurance and maturity than at any time in his career, leaving even a revitalised Bottas, in the same machinery, struggling to keep pace. The Finn has won twice this year. Ferrari showed clear signs of their own awakening in Montreal where the power-hungry nature of the circuit suited their engine power, but Mercedes hope to match them and draw level with McLaren’s run of 11 successive triumphs in 1988. Improved FerrariThe Italian team claimed victory and lodged a notice of an appeal against the outcome following the race in which a five-second penalty, for the manner in which Vettel rejoined after running off across a grass strip. They later withdrew that appeal notice, but have subsequently sought a review of the stewards’ decision, citing new evidence to follow.     Hamilton goes into the race with a 29-points lead over Bottas and 62 on Vettel who is due to arrive in France with an improved Ferrari.     “We will have a few small evolutions,” said team chief Mattia Binotto. “It won’t be a solution to our problems, but the feedback will be important for the future.”      Max Verstappen will aim to make sure his Red Bull is in the mix at the front after finishing second last year, following a collision involving Bottas and Vettel at the start. “I’m hoping we can be challenging them,” he said.     After last year’s traffic debacle around the circuit, which left thousands of fans grid-locked for more than five hours, the organisers have said they have a “good plan” to avoid any repeat. Former McLaren team chief Eric Boullier, an ambassador and adviser to the French event, said they had partnered with Swiss experts Citec to find a solution.     “They looked after the Ryder Cup in France last year, the 2016 UEFA European Championship and they are working with the Olympics for the 2024 Games in Paris. We have to fix the issues we had last year – that’s a given. And if we solve those problems and if we pass the second edition without mobility issues it will be forgotten.” Sebastian Vettel was controversially penalised in the Canadian Grand Prix.Lewis Hamilton will be seeking his sixth win in the 2019 F1 season.Lewis Hamilton will be gunning for his 79th career win in Formula One.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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The Latest: McLaren team member ‘recovering well’ from virus

first_img Associated Press McLaren says the team member who tested positive for coronavirus at the Australian Grand Prix “is recovering well” and that his “symptoms have gone.”The British team pulled out of the season-opening Formula One race on Thursday because of the positive test. The race was canceled on Friday.Fourteen members of the team were also placed in quarantine for 14 days after coming into close contact with the person who tested positive for the virus. McLaren chief executive Zak Brown says they are in “good spirits.”McLaren says the rest of the team has returned to Britain but will not go to the team’s headquarters for two weeks as a precaution.With the first four races postponed, the F1 season will not resume until May at the earliest. The committee canceled the remainder of the Olympic torch relay last week after crowds gathered in southern Greece to watch part of the torch relay in Sparta, where the torch was carried by actor Gerard Butler.Greek health authorities have warned people to stay home, and have shut down everything from restaurants, bars and cafes to public organized beaches, ski resorts, hair salons and movie theaters, in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.Greece currently has 331 confirmed cases and four deaths.___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 Latest: McLaren team member ‘recovering well’ from virus ___11 a.m.Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials say they are holding off on postponing the month of May activities that conclude with the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day weekend.The Indy 500 draws crowds in excess of 300,000.“We are aware of the CDC’s interim guidance suggesting the postponement of events involving more than 50 people over the next eight weeks,” the speedway said in a statement released before 6 a.m. local time. “Our priority is to do our part in protecting the public health while still conducting the 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge as scheduled on May 24. This continues to be a dynamic situation which we are monitoring constantly in coordination with federal, state, local and public health officials.”___10:10 a.m.A second team has withdrawn from the Kontinental Hockey League playoffs because of the coronavirus outbreak.The KHL is widely considered to be the strongest hockey league outside the NHL and is one of the few major sports organizations still operating in Europe.center_img ___9:55 a.m.The Greek Olympic committee says the Olympic flame handover ceremony for the Tokyo Games will take place without spectators in an effort to contain the coronavirus outbreak.The committee says the accreditation cards that had been issued for Thursday’s ceremony at the stadium in Athens where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896 would not be valid.The body’s headquarters will also remain closed from Monday until further notice. There are now six teams remaining in an eight-club conference semifinal bracket.Finnish club Jokerit withdrew Saturday citing concern for the health of its players and staff. Now Barys Astana says it is withdrawing after authorities in Kazakhstan banned sports events and restricted entry to the country.All six of the remaining teams are based in Russia, where various cities and regions have imposed their own restrictions. Spartak Moscow and Dynamo Moscow played in an empty arena on Wednesday.The KHL said Saturday it was “in consultation with clubs and all relevant authorities to diligently manage the impact” of the virus outbreak.The KHL has not commented on the withdrawals and its website still lists those teams as competing. The next scheduled games between teams which have not withdrawn are Wednesday. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLONDON (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):___11:10 a.m. March 16, 2020last_img read more

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Broncos needs help on offense and defense in free agency

first_imgBroncos needs help on offense and defense in free agency NEEDS: Broncos need to restock on both sides of ball. On offense that starts with line but they also have needs at wide receiver and running back, and could use another tight end. On defense, they’re looking at bolstering linebackers corps and line. They traded for CB A.J. Bouye, which leads Chris Harris Jr. to figure he’s as good as gone after nine stellar seasons in Denver, and they franchise-tagged Simmons.AVAILABLE SALARY CAP SPACE (approximately): $35 million. ___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Associated Press March 17, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditDENVER BRONCOS (7-9)UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: S Justin Simmons (franchise tagged), CB Chris Harris Jr., DE Derek Wolfe, G Ronald Leary, DT Shelby Harris, C Connor McGovern, S Will Parks, RB Theo Riddick, LS Casey Kreiter, DE Adam Gotsis, DE Billy Winn, CB Cyrus Jones, OLB Jeremiah Attaochu, ILB Corey Nelson, RB Devontae Booker, S Dymonte Thomas, RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: CB DeVante Bausby, RT Elijah Wilkinson, OLB Joe Jones, DE Mike Purcell, QB2 Brandon Allen, WR Tim Patrick, CB Davontae Harris, S Trey Marshall, WR-KR Diontae Spencer, T Jake Rodgers, last_img read more

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AP Sportlight

first_imgAP Sportlight March 291929 — The Boston Bruins win the Stanley Cup with a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers to complete a two-game sweep.1940 — Joe Louis knocks out Johnny Paychek in the second round at Madison Square Garden in New York to retain the world heavyweight title.1941 — Wisconsin, led by Gene Englund’s 13 points, wins the NCAA basketball championship with a 39-34 victory over Washington State.1952 — George Mikan of the Minneapolis Lakers scores an NBA playoff record 47 points in an 88-78 loss in Game 1 of the Western Division Finals against Rochester. 1999 — New York Rangers center Wayne Gretzky surpasses Gordie Howe as the leading goal scorer in pro hockey history in a 3-1 victory over the Islanders. Gretzky’s goal was the 1,072nd of his career — 20 NHL seasons and one season in the WHA.2003 — Michelle Kwan becomes the third American to win five World Figure Skating Championships. Kwan, a seven-time U.S. champion, ties Dick Button and Carol Heiss for most world crowns by an American.2007 — Michael Phelps sets his third world record in as many days, winning the 200-meter individual medley, at the world championships in Melbourne, Australia. His time of 1:54.98 betters his old mark of 1:55.84 set in August at the Pan Pacific championships.2008 — Curlin rolls to a record-setting 7 3/4-length victory in the $6 million Dubai World Cup, the world’s richest race. Curlin is the fourth horse to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic and then take the World Cup the following year.2011 — Maya Moore scores 28 points, including the 3,000th of her career, to lead top-seed Connecticut to a 75-40 win over Duke and another trip to the Final Four. 2006 — Oklahoma center Courtney Paris is the first freshman selected for The Associated Press All-America team in women’s basketball.2009 — Well Armed, ridden by Aaron Gryder, runs away with the $6 million Dubai World Cup by a record 14 lengths. The 6-year-old gelding turns the final race at Nad al Sheba into one to remember and claims the richest prize in horse racing. The winning margin nearly doubles the record of 7 3/4 lengths set by Curlin last year.2011 — Skylar Diggins scores 24 points and second-seeded Notre Dame upsets the top-seeded Lady Vols 73-59 to earn a spot in the Final Four. The Fighting Irish came in 0-20 all-time against the Lady Vols. Nnemkadi Ogwumike dominates the inside with 23 points and 11 rebounds, sister Chiney chips in with 18 points to lead Stanford to an 83-60 win over Gonzaga and reach its fourth straight Final Four.2012 — The NFL’s new rule for postseason overtime is expanded to cover the regular season on a 30-2 vote by the NFL owners. All games that go into overtime cannot end on a field goal on the first possession.2015 — Breanna Stewart has 31 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists to help UConn rout Texas 105-54, earning coach Geno Auriemma his 100th NCAA Tournament win. Auriemma is the second coach to reach the century mark, joining Pat Summitt, who finished with 112 victories in her career. 2011 — The Southwest regional is the first in NCAA men’s basketball history with three double-digit seeded teams in the semifinals. Virginia Commonwealth, an 11th seed, beats 10th seed Florida State 72-71 in overtime, and the top-seeded Kansas defeats No. 12 seed Richmond 77-57 in the region’s other semifinal.2012 — In the NBA’s first quadruple-overtime game since 1997, Joe Johnson scores 37 points and Josh Smith adds 22 to lead the Atlanta Hawks past Utah 139-133. The four overtimes tie for the third-longest game in NBA history.March 261944 — St. John’s, coached by Joe Lapchick, cruises by DePaul 47-39 to become the first back-to-back winner of the National Invitation Tournament.1946 — Hank Iba’s Oklahoma A&M Aggies beat North Carolina 43-40 for their second straight NCAA men’s basketball title. Bob Kurland scores 23 points, including the first two dunks in NCAA tournament history. 1990 — Pat Bradley becomes the first LPGA player to reach $3 million in career earnings with a one-stroke victory in the $500,000 Turquoise Classic. Bradley, with career earnings of $3,059,768, makes a 2-foot par putt on the final hole to beat Ayako Okamoto.1995 — Mike Tyson is released from a Plainfield, Ind., prison after serving three years for rape.2006 — Sixteen-year-old American Kimmie Meissner scores a big upset to capture figure skating’s world championships. U.S. champion Sasha Cohen falls apart again in the free skate, winding up third overall behind Japan’s Fumie Suguri.2007 — Cullen Jones becomes the rare black swimmer to claim a world championship, teaming with Michael Phelps, Neil Walker and Jason Lezak on a U.S. squad that wins the 400-meter freestyle relay at the world championships in Melbourne, Australia.2008 — Tennessee gives coach Pat Summitt her 100th NCAA tournament win, a 78-52 rout of host Purdue. The win sends the Lady Vols to the NCAA regional semifinals. 2015 — Belmont breaks three NCAA Division I records and tied a fourth during a 20-run sixth inning in a 34-10 victory over UT Martin.2017 — Russell Westbrook has 57 points — the most in a triple-double in NBA history — 13 rebounds and 11 assists to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 114-106 overtime win over the Orlando Magic. Westbrook leads the Thunder to their largest comeback in team history, rallying Oklahoma City from a 21-point deficit in the second half.END ADV,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 March 20, 2020 2010 — Gilbert Arenas is sentenced to 30 days in a halfway house for bringing guns into the Washington Wizards locker room. District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Robert E. Morin also adds a litany of conditions associated with the sentence — two years of probation, a $5,000 fine and 400 hours of community service.2011 — Victoire Pisa, one of three horses from Japan running in the Dubai World Cup, delivered some rare good news to the country by winning the $10 million Dubai World Cup. The winner edged another Japanese horse, Transcend, at the wire by a half length in the world’s richest horse race. Fans of Victoire Pisa were in tears as the national anthem played. Many of the Japanese teams wore black polo shirts with the word “hope” on the sleeve alongside Japan’s flag. On the back was the March 11 date of the earthquake and tsunami.2011 — Shelvin Mack scores 27 points, including five in overtime, as Butler returns to the Final Four with a 74-71 victory over Florida in the Southeast regional. Kemba Walker scores 20 points, freshman Jeremy Lamb adds 19 as Connecticut beats Arizona 65-63 to win the West regional.2012 — Jaime Alas scores in stoppage time and El Salvador forges a 3-3 tie that ousts the United States from Olympic qualifying. The Americans miss the Olympics for the second time since 1976.March 27 1987 — Tennessee routs Louisiana Tech 67-44 to win the NCAA women’s basketball championship.1990 — Houston’s Akeem Olajuwon is the third player in NBA history to achieve a quadruple double during a 120-94 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. He scores 18 points, 16 rebounds, 11 blocked shots and 10 assists.1992 — Dottie Mochrie birdies No. 18 to force a playoff and beats Juli Inkster with par on the first hole of sudden death in the Dinah Shore tournament.1992 — Olympic champion Kristi Yamaguchi becomes the first American woman to win consecutive world figure skating championships since Peggy Fleming in 1968.1996 — The Vancouver Grizzlies break the NBA record for consecutive losses in a season with their 21st in a 105-91 loss to the Utah Jazz. The 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers and the 1993-94 Dallas Mavericks lost 20 straight. Associated Press 1939 — Oregon beats Ohio State 46-33 in the NCAA’s first national basketball tournament.1942 — Joe Louis knocks out Abe Simon in the sixth round at Madison Square Garden to retain his world heavyweight title.1945 — Oklahoma A&M defeats New York University 49-45 for the NCAA basketball championship.1951 — Bill Spivey scores 22 points to lead Kentucky to a 68-58 win over Kansas State for the NCAA basketball title.1971 — UCLA beats Villanova 68-62 for its fifth NCAA basketball title. 1950 — CCNY beats Bradley 71-68 in the NCAA basketball final to become the only team to win the NIT and NCAA titles in the same year. CCNY beat Bradley 69-61 in the NIT on March 18.1977 — Marquette beats North Carolina 67-59 for the NCAA basketball title.1982 — Louisiana Tech beats Cheyney State 76-62 in the NCAA’s first women’s basketball championship. The tournament replaces the AIAW championship which had been held since 1972.1985 — The North American Soccer League, reduced to two surviving franchises, suspends operations.1989 — Southwestern Louisiana pitchers Cathy McAllister and Stefni Whitton pitch back-to-back perfect games against Southeastern Louisiana, a first in NCAA Division I softball history. McAllister strikes out 10 in a 5-0 victory and Whitton has 14 strikeouts in a 7-0 triumph. 2014 — The Philadelphia 76ers tie the NBA record for futility with their 26th straight loss, falling 120-98 to the Houston Rockets. Philadelphia match the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers for the NBA’s worst skid.March 281939 — The barnstorming Renaissance Five beat the NBL champion Oshkosh All-Stars, 34-25, to win the first annual World Professional Basketball Tournament in Chicago. Sports reporters of the day make no mention of the fact that all the Rens are black and the All-Stars are all white.1942 — Stanford beats Dartmouth 53-38 for the NCAA basketball championship.1944 — Arnold Ferrin’s 22 points leads Utah to a 42-40 victory over Dartmouth for the NCAA basket championship. 1949 — Alex Groza leads Kentucky to a 46-36 victory over Oklahoma State for the NCAA championship.1952 — Kansas’ Clyde Lovelette scores 33 points to lead the Jayhawks to a 80-63 win over St. John’s for the NCAA basketball title.1972 — The Los Angeles Lakers beat Seattle 124-98 to finish the season at 69-13, the best record in NBA history, until the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls finish at 72-10.1973 — Bill Walton scores 44 points to help UCLA win its record seventh NCAA basketball championship with an 87-66 triumph over Memphis State.1974 — George Foreman knocks out Ken Norton in the second round in Caracas, Venezuela, to retain the world heavyweight title. 2013 — Jaromir Jagr earns his 1,000th career NHL assist in the Dallas Stars to a 5-3 victory over Minnesota.2013 — Wesley Low Jr., at age 15, becomes the youngest bowler ever to win a PBA Regional title — breaking a 34-year-old record set by PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber in 1979. The two-handed competitor defeats Deeronn Booker 299-234, to win the PBA Non-Champion West tournament at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas. Low, a member of Junior Team USA who was 29 days shy of his 16th birthday, loses his bid for a perfect game in the title match when he leaves an 8 pin on his final shot.2014 — The Philadelphia 76ers snap their NBA record-tying, 26-game losing streak, routing the Detroit Pistons 123-98 to avoid establishing a new longest skid in U.S. major pro sports history.2014 — Serena Williams wins a record seventh Key Biscayne title when she overcames a slow start and a set point to beat Li Na 7-5, 6-1 at the Sony Open.2015 — Duke beats Gonzaga 66-52 to send coach Mike Krzyzewski to a 12th Final Four, matching coaching record by John Wooden. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMarch 251934 — Horton Smith wins the first Masters, beating Craig Wood by one stroke.1947 — Holy Cross, led by George Kaftan, defeats Oklahoma 58-47 in the NCAA basketball championship. 1958 — Sugar Ray Robinson regains the middleweight title for a record fifth time with a 15-round decision over Carmen Basilio.1961 — Cincinnati ends Ohio State’s 32-game winning streak with a 70-65 win in the NCAA basketball championship. In the third-place game, St. Joseph’s beats Utah 127-120 in quadruple-overtime.1967 — UCLA, led by sophomore Lew Alcindor’s 20 points, tops Dayton 79-64 for the NCAA basketball championship.1972 — Bill Walton scores 24 points to lead UCLA to an 81-76 victory over Florida State and the NCAA title. The Bruins finish with a 30-0 record and increase their winning streak to 45 straight.1972 — Maryland downs Niagara 100-69 in the NIT championship, becoming the first team to score 100 points in the tournament final. 2002 — Utah’s John Stockton turns 40, becoming the 10th player in NBA history to play at that age. Stockton scores 20 points in the Jazz’s 109-105 victory over Houston.2004 — Ian Crocker closes out his career at Texas by setting a world record in the 100-meter butterfly at the NCAA men’s swimming and diving championships, winning the event for the fourth straight year. Crocker wins in 49.07 seconds, joining Mark Spitz and Pablo Morales as the only swimmers to win the butterfly four times in NCAA championships history.2005 — In the NCAA men’s basketball regional finals, Louisville and Illinois make tremendous comebacks to force overtime and advance. Louisville, trailing by 20 to West Virginia, completes an amazing rally for a 93-85 win. Illinois, trailing by 15 with just four minutes to play, goes on a dazzling 20-5 run to send Arizona to a crushing 90-89 defeat.2006 — George Mason stuns No. 1 seed Connecticut 86-84 in overtime to become the first No. 11 seed to reach the men’s Final Four since LSU in 1986.2009 — Evan Lysacek becomes the first American in 13 years to win the World Figure Skating Championship thanks to a spectacular free skate. 2003 — Russia’s Evgeni Plushenko wins his second world figure skating title, edging American Tim Goebel.2005 — In the NCAA men’s basketball regional finals, Michigan State makes the most of its second overtime against Kentucky, pulling away 94-88. This is the first time in tournament history that three regional finals go to overtime. North Carolina beats Wisconsin 88-82 in regulation.2005 — Annika Sorenstam shoots a final-round 68 to finish at 15-under to win the Nabisco Championship by eight shots over Rosie Jones. It’s Sorenstam’s fifth win in a row over two seasons, tying a record set by Nancy Lopez in 1978. It’s also the 59th of the Swedish star’s LPGA Tour career — and her eighth major championship.2007 — Dallas beats New Orleans 105-89 for its 21st straight victory over the Hornets. The Hornets losing streak is the longest losing streak for one team against an opponent in the NBA, NFL, NHL or Major League Baseball. The Mavericks last loss in the series was Nov. 17, 1999, in Charlotte.2010 — Long shot Al Shemali wins the $5 million Dubai Duty Free, pulling away from a crowded field to pull off a surprisingly easy win in the Dubai World Cup. Al Shemali, at 40-1, starts slow then duels it out with Bankable before taking the lead for good. 1990 — Michael Jordan scores 69 points to help Chicago beat Cleveland 117-113 in overtime and clinch a playoff spot.1992 — Christian Laettner hits a 15-foot turnaround jumper at the buzzer to give defending champion Duke a 104-103 overtime victory over Kentucky and a fifth consecutive trip to the Final Four.1992 — Eric Forkel posts a 217-133 victory over Bob Vespi in the title match of the $300,000 PBA National Championship. Vespi’s 133 sets a record for the lowest in tournament final history.1993 — Teemu Selanne of the Winnipeg Jets scores his 69th and 70th goals of the season in a 3-3 tie with Los Angeles Kings. Selanne is the eighth player, and first rookie, to have a 70-goal NHL season.1995 — Boston’s Dominique Wilkins scored 19 points in a 126-115 win at Miami, moving past Jerry West and into eighth place on the NBAs all-time scoring list with 25,207 points. 2010 — Joe Mazzulla scores a career-high 17 points in his first start this season and West Virginia beat Kentucky 73-66 to advance to the Final Four for the first time since 1959. Butler, behind 22 points from Gordon Hayward, defeats Kansas State 63-56 in the West Regional final to advance to the Final Four.2011 — Jamie Skeen scores 26 points as Virginia Commonwealth delivers the biggest upset of the NCAA tournament, a 71-61 win over No. 1 seed Kansas in the Southwest Regional final. The Rams are the third 11th seed to make the Final Four. Brandon Knight scored 22 points and fourth-seeded Kentucky restores some order to the Final Four with a 76-69 win over second-seeded North Carolina in the East Regional final.2011 — Miami’s LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh accomplish something that hadn’t been done in more than 50 years. All have 30-10 nights — James with 33 points and 10 rebounds, Bosh with 31 points and 12 rebounds and Wade with 30 points and 11 boards — as the Heat beat the Houston Rockets 125-119. It’s the first time since February 1961 that three teammates finish with at least 30 points and 10 rebounds in a non-overtime game.2013 — The Miami Heat’s 27-game winning streak is snapped by the Chicago Bulls, 101-97, when a furious comeback by LeBron James and his teammates falls short. The Heat finishes six games short of the record held by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.2014 — The Detroit Tigers agree to pay Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera a baseball-record $292 million over the next 10 years. 1978 — Jack Givens scores 41 points to lead Kentucky to a 94-88 victory over Duke for the NCAA basketball title.1983 — Larry Holmes wins a unanimous 12-round decision over Lucien Rodriguez to retain his world heavyweight title in his hometown of Scranton, Pa.1991 — Kenny Ammann scores 22 points, including five 3-pointers, to help Stanford capture its first NIT title with a 78-72 victory over Oklahoma.1994 — Donna Andrews sinks a 6-foot birdie putt on the final hole to win the Dinah Shore by one stroke, her second straight victory and first LPGA major.1998 — Michael Jordan scores 34 points to lead the Chicago Bulls to an 89-74 victory over the Atlanta Hawks before 62,046 at the Georgia Dome — the largest crowd in NBA history. 1974 — Rick Barry of the Golden State Warriors scores 64 points in a 143-120 victory over Portland.1987 — Southern Mississippi defeats La Salle 84-80 in the championship of the 50th NIT.1992 — Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson is sentenced to six years in prison for rape.1995 — Nanci Bowen wins the Dinah Shore, her first LPGA victory, by one stroke over Susie Redman.1996 — Mario Lemieux scores five goals and two assists in his first head-to-head competition against Wayne Gretzky in more than three years to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to an 8-4 victory over the St. Louis Blues. 1960 — Boston’s Bill Russell pulls down an NBA Finals record 40 rebounds, as the Celtics lose to St. Louis, 113-103.1962 — Elgin Baylor (45) and Jerry West (41) of the Los Angeles Lakers become the first teammates to both score 40 or more points in an NBA Playoff game. It isn’t enough as the Lakers lose to Detroit, 118-117, in a Western Division Finals game.1981 — Louisiana Tech routs Tennessee 79-59 for the AIAW basketball title.1982 — Michael Jordan’s jump shot with 16 seconds remaining gives North Carolina a 63-62 victory over Georgetown for the NCAA men’s basketball championship.1984 — The NFL Colts leave the city of Baltimore in the early hours of the morning, headed for Indianapolis.last_img read more

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U.S. governing body facing expulsion from ICC

first_img(REUTERS) – The United States of America Cricket Association (USACA) faces expulsion from the International Cricket Council (ICC) in June, the sport’s global governing body said yesterday.USACA was suspended in 2015 with several reinstatement conditions after the ICC found that the organisation did not have widespread authority over the country’s cricket activities and lacked unity.The ICC said USACA had failed to work successfully with a group set up to help them rectify the position and had breached several other reinstatement conditions.“Our focus throughout this two-year process has been on the unification of the USA cricket community behind USACA to grow and develop the sport,” ICC chief executive David Richardson said in statement yesterday.“USACA’s refusal to engage in the process … its apparent failure to put the ICC Board-approved constitution before its members without legitimate excuse undermines the all-important objective of uniting the sport.”A resolution to expel USACA will be voted on at a meeting of the ICC Full Council in June.last_img read more

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Qatar says Gulf crisis has no impact on World Cup preparations

first_img(REUTERS) – Qatar said yesterday a rift with fellow Gulf Arab states that includes economic sanctions on Doha has not affected its preparations to host the 2022 World Cup, and alternative sources for construction materials had been secured.Soccer’s governing body FIFA said last week it was in “regular contact” with the 2022 World Cup organising committee of Qatar, after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, along with Egypt, severed ties with Doha over alleged ties to terrorism – charges the Gulf state denies.The 2022 World Cup is the centrepiece of a carefully crafted strategy to project Qatar onto the global stage via sport. The dispute could impact its preparations.In the run-up to the tournament, Qatar is scheduled to host multiple events across many different sports, aimed at improving infrastructure and expertise.“I can confirm to everybody that there is absolutely no impact on the progress of work in the Mondial facilities and that work is proceeding normally,” said Ghanim al-Kuwari, executive director at the Qatari committee overseeing preparations for the World Cup.In remarks carried by state news agency QNA, Kuwari said Qatar’s local World Cup organising committee had completed around 45 percent of the work in accordance with plans.Most of the construction materials needed for building World Cup stadiums had been coming by land through Saudi Arabia, a route now blocked, but Kuwari said alternative suppliers have been organised.“We have actually organised alternative sources from other areas in order that the work on the project is not impacted.”He said that while some goods had come by land, most materials were coming by sea, adding that some materials were being locally made.Separately yesterday, the International Olympic Committee said it hoped the diplomatic and economic boycott of Qatar by its Gulf neighbours would not affect sports development in the region.Hamad Port in Doha was bustling with activity this week, with ships bringing in food supplies as well as building materials for construction projects including World Cup stadiums and a metro line running alongside highways that stretch out of Doha.last_img read more

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