LIVERPOOL, England, (Reuters) – Liverpool delivered a first-half masterclass to humiliate Everton at Anfield yesterday, surging into a 4-2 halftime lead and adding a late fifth to maintain their charge towards a first league title in 30 years. Rarely in that barren period, or even in the glory years that preceded it, could they have produced a better first half as exquisite passing and deadly finishing brought two goals for Divock Origi and one each for Xherdan Shaqiri and Sadio Mane.Everton replied through Michael Keane and Richarlison before a much calmer second half that brought only a late goal for Georginio Wijnaldum.The victory, coach Juergen Klopp’s 100th in the Premier League in the highest-scoring Merseyside derby for 86 years, made it a top-flight club record of 32 league matches unbeaten for Liverpool. It moved the European champions onto 43 points, eight ahead of Leicester City, who beat Watford earlier, and 11 clear of Manchester City.“All the goals were incredible, outstanding,” said Klopp. “Wonderful goals, sensational passes, super pieces of football. I loved it a lot.“We spoke before about the five changes (from Saturday’s match against Brighton). I speak a lot about the quality of the squad so have to show it. “What they made of it was incredible. Divock’s goals, Sadio’s passes, Shaqiri’s everything, (Adam) Lallana was everywhere. I’m really pleased for them.”For Everton, who have not won at Anfield since 1999, the defeat made it 20 derbies in all competitions without a victory home or away and dropped them into the Premier League’s bottom three, with the pressure piling up on manager Marco Silva.The Portuguese said he was not the person to ask about his future but added that his players were buckling under the pressure. “The type of mistakes we are making is because the players are playing under big pressure because of the position in the table,” he said.“They are making some mistakes that are not normal for the level we are.”After six minutes, Origi was the beneficiary of a wonderful pass by Mane, who curved the ball perfectly between the retreating Mason Holgate and advancing goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, allowing the Belgian to take a touch beyond both and knock it into the empty net. Trent Alexander-Arnold then delivered another stunning pass, drilled 40 yards cross-field into the path of Mane, who nonchalantly controlled it and put it on a plate for Shaqiri.Everton pulled one back four minutes later through Michael Keane but he and his defensive partners were exposed again soon after when a simple long ball by Dejan Lovren found the unmarked Origi, who cushioned the ball expertly before firing home.Liverpool then scored yet another brilliant goal, Mane breaking at pace from his own box, moving the ball to Alexander-Arnold, who fed the ball back to the galloping Senegalese striker to clip in a superb low shot from the edge of the box. Remarkably, there was still time for Richarlison to score via his shoulder to bring a memorable half to an end.After a much calmer second half saw Mane and Everton’s Moise Kean both miss late chances, Wijnaldum completed the rout in the highest-scoring Merseyside derby since Liverpool won 7-4 in 1933.
The decision by the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) to issue a notice for the holding of an Annual General Meeting (AGM) is a mockery of Guyana’s judicial system, according to attorney-at-law, Arudranauth Gossai. A notice in the Christmas Day edition of Kaieteur News stated that the Annual General Meeting of the GCB will be held at the La Bonne Intention (LBI) Community Center Ground, East Coast Demerara from 10.00 hours.The notice further added that there will be administrative and audited financial reports from members of the board as well as the executive committee report and the appointment of auditors.Most notably on the agenda is the elections of new office bearers. However, Gossai, who has been battling in the courts over the years to resolve the cricket impasse, yesterday told Stabroek Sport that the GCB should not be seeking to hold any AGM since it goes against a number of ongoing court matters. “There has to be a stop to this nonsense, it’s a complete travesty what’s going on and the court has to put a stop to this,” said Gossai, who is also the legal advisor of the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB).“It’s an extremely startling publication of the notice of an intended election by the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB),” said Gossai.He explained that there is an ongoing court case where the GCB, through its lawyers, challenged the constitutionality of the Cricket Administration Act which was held to be constitutional by Justice Navindra Singh. The GCB appealed the ruling of Justice Singh and was successful in getting Justice Dawn Gregory-Barnes to stay certain sections of the Act.Gossai, in response, filed a motion on behalf of his clients to the Court of Appeal to quash the order by Justice Gregory-Barnes.Arguments in that matter were completed on December 16 and the Court indicated that it is going into recess until January 13, 2020. Gossai said he finds it strange that while all that was unfolding, an AGM and elections are being called under the very Act that the GCB is challenging.“Assuming that they are going to say that the elections is not under the cricket act then it means that they are using the court in their frolic….. they are asking the court to suspend the cricket act while they go about administering cricket in Guyana,” the lawyer argued.Gossai has since advised his clients- the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) – not to comply with the notice. Additionally, there is also an advertisement for Demerara Cricket Board (DCB) elections on January 25. A notice was published in the Guyana Chronicle on the same day indicating the Annual General Meeting with elections of the Demerara Cricket Board to be held on January 25, one day before the GCB elections.According to the notice, that county board’s election will take place at the Wales Community Centre from 11.00 hours. The notice indicated a confirmation of representatives and the appointment of Returning Officer before election of office bearers.However the status of the DCB is unclear since it has not held elections in years.Additionally, there is also an ongoing court matter.
Young Stars of Agricola and Lack ah Scene will battle for the coveted ‘Let’s Bet Sports’ Mocha Village Cup Streetball Championship, after securing semifinal wins on Wednesday at the Mocha hardcourt tarmac. Young Stars downed Hillside 1-0. Unlikely hero Egbert Nedd fashioned the eventual winner in the 14th minute. It was a clinical strike as Nedd blasted the ball into the lower right corner after latching onto a pass on the right side of the field.Meanwhile, Lack ah Scene downed Family 2-0 on penalty kicks after regulation time ended scoreless. The penalty shootout started poorly for Family as they missed from the distance.Lack ah Scene capitalised on their opponent’s misfortune as Kester Alleyne scored to take a 1-0 lead. It went from bad to worse for Family as their second effort from the distance crashed into the left upright. Once again Lack ah Scene made no mistake from the distance as Omallo Williams scored to seal their place in the finale. The losers of the semifinal matches will contest the third place playoff.In the earlier quarterfinal section, Young Stars bested Ballers Empire 2-1. Ceon Samuels bagged a double in the second and 24th minute. For the loser, Dextroy Adams netted in the eighth minute.Also, Lack ah Scene defeated Hardball 2-0 on penalty kicks after regulation time ended scoreless. Meanwhile, Hillside downed Touches 2-0. Leon Cort and Adrian Douga scored in the third and 12th minute respectively.Family squeaked last Future Stars 1-0. Shamar Jones scored in the ninth minute.The winner of the event will pocket $200,000, with the second, third and fourth place finishers receiving $100,000, $50,000 and $25,000 respectively. Complete ResultsSemifinalGame 1 Young Stars-1 vs Hillside-0Egbert Nedd – 14thGame 2Family-0 vs Lack ah Scene-0 Lack ah Scene won 2-0 on penalty kicksQuarterfinalGame 1 Ballers Empire-1 vs Young Stars-2Young Stars scorerCeon Samuels – 2nd and 24th Ballers Empire scorerDextroy Adams – 8thGame 2 Lack ah Scene-0 vs Hardball-0Lack ah Scene won 2-0 on penalty kicks Game 3 Hillside-2 vs Touches-0Leon Cort – 3rdAdrian Douga – 12th Game 4Future Stars-0 vs Family-1Shamar Jones – 9th
Gudakesh Motie and Akshaya Persaud have been brought into the Guyana Jaguars side for the sixth round of the West Indies Championship against Jamaica Scorpions from today in Jamaica. Shimron Hetmyer has departed for West Indies duties while Devendra Bishoo is reportedly dropped. Motie, 24, is a left-arm orthodox bowler with 99 first-class wickets from 28 matches while Persaud is a 22-year-old left-arm batsman who also bowls left-arm orthodox.Persaud made his first-class debut against Scorpions back in 2018 and only played one more match but recently turned out for the Combined Colleges and Campuses in the Regional Super50 where he scored two half centuries and picked up four wickets. Autoplay Autoplay1 of 3
(Reuters) – The International Cricket Council (ICC) is discussing the possibility of introducing substitutes if a player tests positive for COVID-19 during a test match, England and Wales Cricket Board director of special projects Steve Elworthy said. Last year, the ICC approved “like for like” substitutes across all formats of international cricket to replace concussed players during matches and Elworthy said the same rule would have to be applied for COVID-19 substitutes.“COVID replacements are certainly something that the ICC are discussing,” Elworthy told Sky Sports https://www.skysports.com/cricket/news/12040/12000595/england-vs-west-indies-covid-19-substitutes-for-cricket-being-discussed.“I’ve seen communication about that and it’s certainly something we hope would be allowed — specifically for test matches, not necessarily ODIs (one-day internationals) or T20s (Twenty20). “That replacement would have to be a ‘like for like’ player… Our on-site COVID medical practitioner and Public Health England would be informed immediately and that player would then be put into isolation for a period of time.”England are set to host the West Indies in a three-test series next month, with the visitors flying in a 14-man squad plus 11 reserves who will train and quarantine together before the first test scheduled for July 8 in Southampton.“With the testing protocols of getting those players into that (bio-secure) bubble first, you would hope that wouldn’t be a scenario we’d have to deal with,” Elworthy added. “But clearly it’s something we are planning for.”
MANCHESTER, England, CMC – Captain Jason Holder said West Indies were committed to the global fight for racial justice, and will stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the upcoming series against England. The Caribbean side arrived here last Tuesday for their three-Test series tour which will be played against the backdrop of fervent protests across the world, in the wake of the killing of an unarmed black man George Floyd by a white police officer in Minneapolis, United States.Protests engulfed London and several other cities here last weekend while West Indies remained in quarantine at Old Trafford. “I must highlight that we Cricket West Indies is firmly behind the movement of Black Lives Matter,” Holder told Good Morning Britain hosted by Piers Morgan and Suzanna Reid here Monday.“There’s obviously a lot going around the world now with the protests and the whole movement as such and definitely the West Indies team will show their solidarity [with] the movement. “We as a team have had a few discussions around it and as to what exactly we’re going to do, and I think come July 8 and the first Test match we will show our support around the world towards our solidarity with the movement.”Global sporting icons such as Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton and heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua have already thrown their weight behind the Black Lives Matter movement, during the current protests. The English Premier League announced recently players would wear “Black Lives Matter” printed on the back of their shirts for the first 12 matches of the season which resumes next weekend following a break due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Holder, 28, who has led West Indies in 32 of his 40 Tests, said he believed the current environment provided the ideal climate for changes to take place in race relations but stressed that unity was critical in the process. “I think the most effective response is always unity. I’ve been following it quite closely and I’ve seen many opinions from people around the world and I think it is a perfect opportunity to inflict change,” said Holder, the Test cricket’s leading all-rounder.“The only solution is to unify so we need to unite and come together as one. There needs to be equality and Black people must feel as though they have a presence in this world. “I think at present it can be argued that Black people don’t feel as if we have a presence in the world and it’s a perfect opportunity for people to rise and for people to educate themselves on racism and try their best to eradicate racism and come together.” The Windies tour is also going ahead against the backdrop of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic which has already resulted in 297 000 infections and over 41 000 deaths.
(Reuters) – All-rounder Shoaib Malik has been allowed to join the Pakistan squad in England late after spending time with his immediate family, whom he has not met for five months due to the COVID-19 crisis, the country’s cricket board (PCB) said yesterday. Pakistan is scheduled to play three tests and as many Twenty20 Internationals in August-September in a bio-secure environment in England following the COVID-19 pandemic.A 29-member combined squad will depart on June 28 for Manchester, before travelling to Derbyshire for a 14-day quarantine period during which they will be allowed to train and practice as per the standard operating procedure for the series.Malik has been stuck in Pakistan while his wife, tennis player Sania Mirza, and one-year-old son Izhaan, have been in India due to the ban on international travel due to the pandemic. “Unlike the rest of us, Shoaib Malik has not seen his immediate family for nearly five months,” PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan said in a statement.“As travel restrictions are now slowly easing out and there is an opportunity for a family reunion, it is appropriate that at a human level we show compassion as part of our duty of care and respect Shoaib’s request.”The PCB said they have spoken to their counterparts, England and Wales Cricket Board, who have agreed to make an exception for Malik to enter the country on July 24. Former captain Malik, 38, retired from test cricket in 2015 and bowed out of the 50-over format last year after the World Cup in England. He has continued to play the shortest Twenty20 format for Pakistan.
American, Joshua Franco unanimously defeated Andrew Moloney on Wednesday night to lift the World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Flyweight world title. He was soon called out by Elton Dharry who also fought for the same title last November.The Brooklyn, USA based Dharry boasted that Franco’s style perfectly suits him to become Guyana’s next world champion.
(Reuters) – Former U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova has joined a growing list of players who have decided not to play in this year’s tournament due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. The Russian world number 32 on Monday announced her decision on Instagram where she also said she would skip the Western & Southern Open which is being held in New York this year instead of Cincinnati as a lead-up to the Aug. 31-Sept. 13 U.S. Open.“Due to an unfavourable situation caused by coronavirus, and therefore the inability get together all my team, I made a difficult decision to refuse to participate in Cincinnati and the U.S. Open,” said Kuznetsova.“I feel very sad, because I have been waiting for these tournaments so much, but the pandemic changes all plans. I hope the situation will be more positive by the next tournaments.” The 35-year-old Kuznetsova beat compatriot Elena Dementieva in the 2004 U.S. Open final to win the first of her two career Grand Slam titles.In her most recent New York appearance, Kuznetsova suffered a shock first-round defeat to teenage qualifier Kristie Ahn in 2019 after having struggled for much of the last year with a wrist injury.World number one Ash Barty, Elina Svitolina and Kiki Bertens are among the other leading players who have also decided to skip this year’s U.S. Open because of the virus.