Reifer is new West Indies head coach

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC):New Cricket West Indies president Ricky Skerritt has announced that Floyd Reifer has been appointed the new Head Coach of the West Indies Men’s team on interim basis until the conclusion of the ICC Cricket World Cup England & Wales 2019.Reifer replaces Richard Pybus.last_img

Olympic Cyclist Oli Beckingsale Launches 2016 Break The Cycle Kit

first_imgFormer Team GB athlete Beckingsale – who competed at the Olympic Games in 2000, 2004 and 2008, and the Commonwealth Games in 2002 and 2006 – was at Ashton Gate’s Sports Bar & Grill on Thursday, June 9th for the launch event, as an ambassador of Break The Cycle.He said: “Good kit is incredibly important to a cyclist, especially when you have 110 miles to cover. “This year’s Break The Cycle kit has been designed to a high specification providing the ultimate in comfort and style. It was great working with the team at Bristol Sport to come up with the finished product.”Now in its sixth year, Break The Cycle is run by Bristol Rugby Community Foundation and raises vital funds to support the charity’s work with young people in and around Bristol.Ben Breeze, chief community officer at the Bristol Sport Foundation, said: “We are expecting over 200 cyclists to take part in this year’s Break The Cycle and I can’t wait to see them all pedalling along wearing the Break The Cycle rainbow colours.”Break The Cycle is a joint initiative with Gloucester Rugby Club and sees cyclists tackle a gruelling 110-mile course through Bristol, Bath and Gloucester.For more information or to place your order for the new Break The Cycle kit, please contact Sally Mabbutt at Bristol Rugby Community Foundation; smabbutt@bristolrugby.co.uklast_img read more

Ex-Cat Holmes searches for another surge

first_imgJ.B. Holmes reacts after a birdie on the 10th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015, at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wis. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)J.B. Holmes reacts after a birdie on the 10th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015, at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wis. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) J.B. Holmes hits to the 16th hole during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wis. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)J.B. Holmes hits to the 16th hole during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wis. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)KOHLER, Wisconsin – J.B. Holmes tied his best showing in a PGA Championship with a 24th place finish Sunday at Whistling Straits Golf Course.After a week that saw the former University of Kentucky golfer within two shots of the lead after Thursday’s first round, Holmes says he’s finding something positive with his game right now.“This week is the best I’ve hit it in a while, I just had some Jekyll & Hyde nines,” Holmes said. “I had some rust a little bit, then I’d find it a little bit, so it’s getting better. It’s a big improvement from this week versus last week. So we’ve got to get it going and start peaking in the (FedEx Cup) Playoffs.”Indeed this is a crucial stretch in the Tour season, as those playoffs begin August 27 at The Barclays outside of New York.But the four-time PGA Tour winner, ranked 15th in the season-long FedEx standings, is choosing to take a broader perspective as the season concludes.“It’s been a big year, a great year for me,” Holmes said. “I’ve had a lot of success and hopefully here at the end I can start playing well and a few more good finishes as we go into the playoffs.”Local Justin Thomas cracks top 20 at PGAHolmes has eight top 25s and a win (Shell Houston) thus far this season, including a remarkable four-tournament stretch in February and March where he lost in a playoff, finished solo second, tied for 10th, and tied for 22nd.“Early in the year I was playing exactly as I wanted to, just comfortable out there, and it’s good to get up there and get in the lead, take on some challenges to win some tournaments,” Holmes said. “I won one, but would like to win a few more, but the year’s not over yet, so hopefully I’ll get one in the playoffs or something.”The 33-year-old has never made it all the way to the playoffs’ final round, The Tour Championship in Atlanta. Only the final 30 of the Playoffs’ initial 125 get that distinction. Holmes has yet to finish better than 34th in the rankings.Off the course, the Kentucky grad has high hopes for his Wildcats basketball team this season as well.“Hopefully they’ll be strong again this year,” Holmes said. “It will be tough to be as good as they were last year but they’ve got some good players in and hopefully it will be a strong team.”Holmes is also interested by the power combo of former Wildcats Willie Cauley-Stein, now an NBA rookie, and offensive force DeMarcus Cousins on the Sacramento Kings.The two bigs figure to make life harder for the other front courts around the league.“We’ll see,” Holmes said. “Cauley has a lot of upside so hopefully he’ll be able to play well. DeMarcus is a great player so maybe they can start dominating on the inside.”Come next week’s playoffs, Holmes will be hoping for similar success on his court —the golf course.Garrett Johnston is a sports journalist who covers the NBA, NFL, and golf. Follow him on Twitter @johnstongarrett.last_img read more

Missouri promotes defensive coordinator Barry Odom to head coach

first_imgMissouri promoted defensive coordinator and former player Barry Odom to head coach, opting for continuity over the unknown. The school announced the move on Thursday and will introduce him at a news conference Friday.Odom, 39, led a defense that was ranked in the top 10 nationally this season and was a bright spot in Missouri’s otherwise disappointing 5-7 season. He returned to Missouri last year after spending three seasons as Justin Fuente’s defensive coordinator Memphis.Odom was considered the leading candidate to replace Fuente but was also firmly in the mix all along to replace Gary Pinkel. Missouri interviewed several other candidates earlier this week but settled on Odom, who is considered a rising star in the profession. .oembed-asset-link { background: #fff; border-bottom: 1px solid #e1e1e1; }.oembed-link-anchor { display: block; clear: both; }.oembed-link-thumbnail{ float: left; padding: 14px; }.oembed-link-thumbnail img { max-width: 78px; max-height: 60px; display: block; }p.oembed-link-title { font-size: 75%; color: #009BFF; margin: 0 14px; padding-top: 12px; font-weight:normal; text-align: left; line-height: 120%; }p.oembed-link-desc { font-size: 100%; color: #666; font-weight: normal; margin: 0 14px 14px 14px; font-family: ‘Futura Today Light’; text-align: left; line-height: 120%; } USA TODAY SPORTS WIREBowl projections: Oklahoma solidifies playoff spot; three others still in playcenter_img Odom will be a popular choice with current and former players and also understands the dynamics on campus that led to the team joining campus-wide protests over the administration’s response to racial tensions. The football team essentially went on strike, bringing national attention to the school and ultimately leading to the resignation of both the president and chancellor.Pinkel, who went 118-73 at Missouri, announced he was stepping down a few days later to battle lymphoma. PHOTOS: College football coaching carousellast_img read more

How should Millennials respond to market decline?

first_imgLAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – Edward Jones Financial Advisor Zach Sheets (above) said, “The coronavirus crisis has unsettled every age group, as we are all worried about our health and that of our families and communities. And if you’re in the millennial generation, generally defined as anyone born between 1981 and 1996, you might also be concerned about your financial future, given the sharp decline in investment prices.”  How should you respond to what’s been happening?Your view of the current situation will depend somewhat on your age. If you’re an older millennial, you had probably been investing for a few years when we went through the financial crisis in 2007-2008. And you then experienced 11 years of a record bull market, so you’ve seen both the extremes and the resilience of the investment world. But if you’re a younger millennial, you might not have really started investing until the past few years, if you’ve started at all, so you’ve only seen a steadily climbing market. Consequently, you may find the current situation particularly discouraging, but this is also a lesson in the reality of investing: Markets go down as well as up.But no matter where you are within the millennial age cohort, you might help yourself by taking these steps:Enjoy the benefit of having time on your side. If you’re one of the younger millennials, you’ve got about four decades left until you’re close to retiring. Even if you’re in the older millennial group, you’ve probably got at least 25 years until you stop working. With so many years ahead, you have the opportunity to overcome the periodic drops in investment prices, and your investments have time to grow. And, of course, you’ll be able to add more money into those investments, too.Invest systematically. The value of your investments will always fluctuate. You can’t control these price movements, but you may be able to take advantage of them through what’s known as systematic investing. By putting the same amount of money at regular intervals into the same investments, you’ll buy more shares when the share price is lower – in other words, you’ll be “buying low,” which is one of the first rules of investing – and you’ll buy fewer shares when the price rises. Over time, this strategy can help you reduce the impact of volatility on your portfolio, although it can’t ensure a profit or protect against loss. Plus, systematic investing can give you a sense of discipline, though you’ll need to consider the ability to keep investing when share prices are declining.Focus on the future. You’re never really investing for today – you’re doing it to reach goals in the future, sometimes just a few years away, but usually much further out. That’s why it’s so important not to panic when you view those scary headlines announcing big drops in the financial markets, or even when you see negative results in your investment statements. By creating an investment strategy that’s appropriate for your risk tolerance and time horizon, and by focusing on your long-term goals, you can develop the discipline to avoid making hasty, ill-advised decisions during times of stress.As a millennial, you’ve got a long road ahead of you as you navigate the financial markets. But by following the suggestions above, you may find that journey a little less stressful.Zach Sheets can be reached at:Phone numbers: 423-566-4010 Office   865-242-6208 CellEmail: zach.sheets@edwardjones.comOr send us a secure message if you have Online AccessIf you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 04/22/2020-6AM)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Blues U21 skipper joins Gillingham on loan

first_imgSee also:Chelsea’s Houghton rejoins Doncaster in loan moveChelsea prospect used psychologist to help him cope with injury Chelsea Under-21 captain Jordan Houghton has joined Gillingham on loan.The 19-year-old, who can play in the centre of defence or midfield, will be with the League One club until 3 January.An England Under-20 international, Houghton has played in the NextGen Series and Uefa Youth League and was part of the Blues squad that played post-season friendlies in Thailand and Australia.AdChoices广告He is currently under contract at Stamford Bridge until 2017. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Current Levy level unsustainable for LBOs

first_img UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 Horseracing and the government has been warned that the current level of Horseracing Levy being paid by betting shops is unsustainable and will need to be lowered if the sport is going to thrive in betting shops.Speaking at the Association of British Bookmakers AGM in London yesterday, Paul Darling QC underlined the fact that betting shop operators are paying record amounts of money to the racing industry, via both the Levy and media rights, and that the government’s proposed future funding mechanism need to recognise the fact.Darling, the ABB chairman, said that the debate around funding needed to be on an intellectual level and evidenced based. He declared: “Betting has nothing to fear from the truth.”Gambling Commission CEO Sarah Harrison took the opportunity to tell the AGM that the regulator is keen on raising standards and that the best way to achieve this is through leadership and culture. She also said that the industry needed to learn from the public dressing downs it has given some operators, most recently Paddy Power.She said: “Our objective is to achieve credible deterrence and we will look to use our powers to the full, and build on current enforcement policy, to achieve this objective.“So I urge you to take responsibility. To look to the public statements that have been made and importantly consider how you manage similar risks in your own businesses. Although Aspers, Coral, Bet 365, William Hill, Ladbrokes, Rank, Caesar’s and Paddy Power have all been the subject of scrutiny and public statements over the past few years, it is not just the large operators that should be learning lessons.“These are applicable across the industry and you – whether large, medium-sized, small or independent – have to respond and take ownership for your own compliance. For example, on-course bookmakers have not fared well of late in terms of underage testing. We will not tolerate non-compliance and this is a challenge which operators individually and collectively need to act on. This couldn’t be a more relevant message for independents at the start of Cheltenham week.”Harrison had another message for independent bookmakers – that the regulator considers them a key part of the industry and appealed for them to communicate their needs with the Commission. She also said that the change in licensing fees to a GGY approach would help reduce barriers to entry both in retail and online. Related Articles Share Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share Submit StumbleUpon SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020last_img read more

Ghana FA dares sports minister

first_imgThe Ghana Football Association (GFA) has brushed aside the country’s new sports minister, warning him that any attempt to reconstitute the various committees within the federation will not be tolerated.Minister Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak recently met the top hierarchy of the GFA to demand the inclusion of government representatives on the committees, a Ghanasoccernet investigation has revealed.This was confirmed by the government’s sports transitional team report which demanded the inclusion of government experts within the GFA, contrary to Fifa laws prohibiting government interference in the sport.But in a latest blow to his fast waning authority, the GFA has brushed aside Mubarak’s demands insisting that the football governing body is the only body that can appoint members to its committee.“We wish to remind the public that the power and authority to appoint, review, and dissolve its committees rests exclusively with the Ghana Football Association, and for that matter no individual, group of individuals, or institution can purport to exercise such a right,” the GFA said in a statement.“Membership of these committees has been based solely on merit and has no bearing whatsoever on an individual’s gender, creed, political affiliation, or ethnicity. “As per the spirit of FIFA’s Statutes and those of the GFA, footballing consideration has always guided the selection of members to offer their services as volunteers on these committees.“It is therefore erroneous for any individual or agency to purport to exercise such a right and we therefore urge the general public to disregard the news item and treat it with the contempt it deserves.”The statement by the GFA is a severe blow to the authority of Mubarak just two weeks after Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari publicly and angrily dared him to reduce the bonuses of the Black Stars.The minister has been threading a dangerous path since he was confirmed by President John Evans Atta Mills but Mubarak’s forays into matters of football administration has only confirmed him as a greenhorn in the sport.The latest development is set to ignite tensions within the administration of football in Ghana, with the GFA aware that it has Fifa’s backing on the issue. Kwadwo Twum-Boafo, Tony Baffoe, Jones Alhassan-Abu and Kobina Andoh were speculated to be in line to join the Black Stars management committee.Source: Ghanasoccernetlast_img read more

Essien expected back in six months

first_imgMichael Essien is expected to be back in action in six months after a successful surgery on his right knee, his club, Chelsea FC confirmed today.The Ghana international Monday underwent surgery on his right knee to repair a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus.Essien suffered the injury last week in training with Chelsea.The Ghana Football Association has in a message of sympathy extended to him wished him “a full and speedy recovery”.Source: GFA.orglast_img

Endgame for ‘Game of Thrones’ starts in “first half” of 2019, says HBO

first_imgHBO/Helen Sloane(LOS ANGELES) — HBO has given us a better idea of when Game of Thrones‘ eighth and final season will air, according to execs at the Television Critics Association gathering in Los Angeles. After announcing a while back that the final six episodes would air “sometime in 2019,” HBO’s programming president Casey Bloys narrowed it down to the “first half” of 2019.The final episodes have been shot, it was also confirmed, with multiple endings filmed to prevent spoilers.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img