An analytical look at Guyana’s Gold Cup opponents

first_imgWith less than five days remaining before the Golden Jaguars make their debut in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, Stabroek Sport takes an analytical look at the competing sides in group-D and their current form heading to the prestigious event. Guyana’s historic campaign in the event pits them against three of the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifiers hexagonal sides, the only group that features such a combination in the event.United States of AmericaAs Guyana’s first assignment in the event on June 18th in St. Paul, Minnesota, defending champion United States of America [USA] will be the first team under the microscope. Ranked 24th on the international circuit, the Americans possess a record of three wins, two losses and a draw in their previous six matches. Further examination of this period indicate that USA are winless in their three most recent clashes with a record of two losses and a draw.The first three matches during their six game stretch, provided a 3-0 win against 71st ranked Panama [January 27th 2019], a 2-0 victory against 36th ranked Costa Rica [February 2nd 2019] and 1-0 success over 58th ranked Ecuador [March 21st 2019].However, this was followed by a 1-1 draw with 13th ranked Chile [March 26th 2019], a 0-1 loss to 56th rated Jamaica [June 5th 2019] and a 0-3 defeat to 29th ranked Venezuela [June 9th 2019]. Overall, USA has tallied seven goals while conceding five times during the period. Their squad which contains 17 Major League Soccer [MLS] based players, consists of Goalkeepers Zack Steffen, Sean Johnson, Tyler Miller, Defenders Nick Lima, Omar Gonzalez, Walker Zimmerman, Tim Ream, Reggie Cannon, Daniel Lovitz, Matt Miazga, Aaron Long, Midfielders Michael Bradley, Will Trapp, Weston McKennie, Christian Pulisic, Cristian Roldan, Duane Holmes and Forwards Paul Arriola, Gyasi Zardes, Jordan Morris, Jozy Altidore, Jonathan Lewis and Tyler Boyd.PanamaNext on the list is 74th ranked Panama, who will take the field against the Golden Jaguars on June 22nd in Cleveland, Ohio. The Central Americans enter the tournament winless from their six most recent matches. This is highlighted by four losses and two draws. A 1-2 defeat to 57th ranked Ecuador [20th November 2018] was followed by a 0-3 loss to 24th ranked United States of America [27th January 2019] and 1-1 stalemate with 3rd ranked Brazil [23rd March 2019].This was followed by a 0-0 draw with Basque Country (Non-FIFA-Affiliate) [29th May 2019], a 0-3 defeat to 12th ranked Colombia [June 3rd 2019] and a 0-3 setback to 6th ranked Uruguay [7th June 2019].Panama’s numbers during this period makes for abysmal reading with only two goals scored and a disappointing 12 allowed. The squad that will be tasked with qualifying for the knockout round reads Goalkeepers Jose Calderon, Luis Mejia, Orlando Moaquera, Defenders Harold Cummings, Eric Davis, Fidel Escobar, Kevin Galvan, Adolfo Machado, Michael Murillo, Francisco Palacios, Roman Torres, Midfielders Abdiel Arroyo, Edgar Barcenas, Armando Cooper Anibal Goday, Valentin Pimentel, Alberto Quintero, Jose Luis Rodrigues, Marcos Sanchez and Forwards Rolando Blackburn, Omar Browne, Jose Fajardo and Gabriel Torres.Trinidad and TobagoLastly, traditional rival Trinidad and Tobago will complete Guyana’s group stage campaign on June 26th in Kansas City, Missouri.The 93rd ranked ‘Soca Warriors’ arrive at the Biennial Championship with a disappointing record of one win, four losses and a draw. An impressive 2-0 win over 77th ranked United Arab Emirates [September 6th 2018] was quickly followed by a disappointing 0-1 defeat to 122nd ranked Thailand [14th October 2018], a 0-1 loss to 30th ranked Iran [November 15th 2018] and a 0-1 setback to 19th ranked Wales [20th March 2019].A 0-0 draw with 26th ranked Japan [June 5th 2019] and 0-2 loss to 78th ranked Canada [10th June 2019] concludes this period, which is highlighted by two goals scored and five conceded.Trinidad and Tobago’s squad, which features seven locally based players, comprises Goalkeepers Marvin Phillips, Adrian Foncette, Greg Ranjitsingh, Defenders Daniel Cyrus, Carlyle Mitchell, Curtis Gonzales, Mekeil Williams, Alwin Jones, Leland Archer, Midfielders Khaleem Hyland, Joevin Jones, Kevin Molino, Kevan George, Cordell Cato, Nathan Lewis, Leston Paul, Levi Garcia, Jomal Williams, Neveal Hacksaw, Akeem Humphrey, Duane Muckette and Forwards Lester Peltier and Shahdon Winchester. (Compiled by Duncan Saul)last_img read more

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U.S. Open 2019: Serena Williams calms fear over ankle injury

first_img U.S. Open 2019: Ashleigh Barty falls to Wang Qiang, misses quarter-final with Serena Williams NEW YORK ⁠— Serena Williams and her coach Patrick Mouratoglou moved to allay fears over her right ankle after she turned it during her U.S. Open win over Petra Martic.Williams moved into the last eight, where she will face Wang Qiang, with a 6-3, 6-4 defeat of the 22nd seed at Arthur Ashe Stadium. U.S. Open 2019: Novak Djokovic comes through Denis Kudla test amid continued shoulder questions Though she won in relatively comfortable fashion, there was significant concern in the second set as Williams called for the trainer after rolling her ankle when going to the net for a volley. Asked how she felt in a post-match media conference, Williams replied: “Ankle, I usually know if it’s horrible early on. I mean, I had a really bad ankle sprain in January. Related Newscenter_img “I definitely wanted to have a better plan. I probably should have seen a trainer in Australia,” she added.”I definitely thought about that, because I was, like I said, the first thing was I’m finally healthy. The last thing I want is to have another bad ankle sprain.”So I just wanted to get some compression on it and tape it even stronger and that way I can at least try to finish the match.” “I was like, instantly, ‘No, this can’t happen. I’m finally healthy’.”But I’ll see tomorrow. So far I’m good. I have been managing it. We’ll see tomorrow (Monday).”Mouratoglou echoed Williams’ assessment of the injury, though he also indicated they will have to wait to have a full understanding of her condition.Stellar SerenaThe six-time singles champion defeats Martic in straight sets and scores her 99th career victory in Flushing [email protected] | #USOpen pic.twitter.com/9wTdfvAOJT— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 1, 2019He said: “There is the video, but what is more important is how she feels and how the ankle looks.”The ankle looks okay. She doesn’t feel much pain. It’s acceptable. And we will know tomorrow when it’s going to be cold.”Williams did not call for the trainer when she injured her ankle in the final set of her Australian Open loss to Karolina Pliskova and was quizzed on whether that influenced a more cautious approach this time around.last_img read more

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Ficci welcomes Lodha panel suggestion to legalize betting

first_imgNew Delhi, Jan 5 (PTI) Industry body Ficci today welcomed the suggestion to legalize betting in India mooted by a panel headed by Justice (Retd) R M Lodha, asserting that the revenue earned from betting can be utilized to augment infrastructure for other sports and enhance tourist facilities.”The revenue earned from betting can be utilized to augment infrastructure for other sports and enhance tourist facilities. Globally, sports betting and gambling are being employed to generate funds for good causes and promotion of sports.”In countries like the UK and China, the funds from sports betting are used for financing elite sports and training athletes,” Ficci said in a statement.The Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Committee has recommended sweeping reforms for the controversy-ridden BCCI, suggesting a bar on ministers from occupying positions, putting a cap on the age and tenure of the office-bearers and legalising betting.Among the most sensational recommendation by Lodha panel was the suggestion to legalize betting. The panel felt that the move would help curb corruption in the game and recommended that except for players and officials, people should be allowed to place bets on registered sites.”Sports betting and frauds have been affecting the credibility of sports in the country. After frequent incidents of sports fraud around sports betting, in 2012, Ficci had launched the debate on regulating sports betting in India. Much has happened since then in illegal sports betting area,” the industry body said.It added that the issue should be discussed with the stakeholders in the sports sector before tabling any Bill in Parliament for debate.advertisementAs per a report of The International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS), illegal gross betting and gambling market in India is estimated at USD 150 billion, Ficci said. PTI RSN STSlast_img read more

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