HOSTS Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) and the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) completed contrasting wins in the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA)-sponsored New Building Society (NBS) second division 40 overs cricket tournament yesterday.At DCC, the home team recorded a 21-run win over Transport Sports Club while GCC had the better over Malteenoes Sports Club by 15 runs. For DCC, number ten batsman Carlton Jacques Jr and West Indies Under-19 left-arm spinner Ashmead Nedd, were the main contributors.Winning the toss and deciding to bat first, DCC top and middle-order batsmen failed, with only Shamar Yearwood (17), and Jahron Byron (19), getting to double figures. However, Jacques Jr. then played an innings of great enterprise but also of great substance to lift his side to 178 all out at the end of the 39th over.Jacques Jr, batting at No. 10, eventually went for 89 with six sixes and three fours, but he and Dexter George (21), had, by then, demoralised the visiting team’s bowling attack, and lifted the momentum of the innings somewhat.For the visitors, left-arm spinner Joel Spooner (4-21) was the chief destroyer. He received support from Kevin Ross (2-35), Akeem Redman (2-28) and Morris Baptiste (1-13).The run chase always seemed a huge task, and in the end it proved to be so, with TSC being bowled out for 157 with more than six overs left.They lost openers Adrian Hinds (5), and Redman without scoring very early in the run chase to Qumar Torrington and Nkosi Beaton respectively, but Sunil Singh and Jamal Wilson engineered a superb recovery, which took the game away from the hosts.The duo added 88 runs for the third wicket with Singh the main donor to the scoreboard, hitting 69 with nine fours and a six before he went to Nedd, at 93-3. Ashmead NeddAt that point, Wilson was joined by Alvin Mohabir, and the pair took the total to 144. Wilson was trapped leg-before to Nedd for 40 (4×4, 2×6). Thereafter, the innings folded, with TSC losing their last six wickets for just 13 runs.Nedd eventually finished with figures of 4-27, while leg-spinner Steven Sankar had two wickets.At the Malteenoes Sports Club ground, the home team won the toss and decided to bowl first after the game was reduced to 27 overs-a-side due to an early morning shower.However, wayward bowling and some poor fielding saw the visiting side pose 184-8. GCC slipped to 54-3, at one point of the innings before Timothy McAlmont, who top-scored with 74 and Bernard Baily (21), joined forces.The pair then took the total to 116, a fourth-wicket stand which was dominated by the right-hander McAlmont, who struck seven fours and four sixes.Stephon Wilson contributed an attractive 30 towards the backend of the innings, with a four and three sixes. Nichosie Barker (2-31) and Akeem Critchlow (2-25) were the best bowlers for the hosts.The run chase was reduced to 30-3, but Jerimiah Scott then single-handedly took the game away from the visiting side with a 65-ball 97, which included ten sixes and three fours.At that point of the game, victory was well in sight for the hosts. However, Scott’s dismissal at 151 saw the innings fold for 169 all out in 26.5 overs.Shaquille Mosley (21), and Marcus Watkins (12), were the only two other batsmen to reach double digit. It was a complete bowling effort from the eventual winners with Duncan Clarke, Deonarine Seegobin and McAlmont, all claiming two wickets apiece while there was a wicket for Wilson and Krsan Singh.The tournament continues today.
Throw in at St. Brendan’s in Birr is at 2 o clock.Tipp ladies footballer Gillian O’Brien says they’ve a few things to work on following last weeks draw. Photo © @TippLadiesFB The big game this weekend sees Tipperary take on Wexford in the replay of the Division 3 Ladies Football League Final.Tipp narrowly missed out on a win two weeks ago, when Wexford captain Jennifer Rochford pointed a free in what was the last kick of the game to get the draw.Tipp had an unbeaten run in the league until this point, and are hoping to got back to winning ways on Sunday.
The Lakers’ leading scorer seemingly made every shot he took. He made countless baseline jumpers. He fooled opponents with his pump fakes to draw fouls. But it wasn’t enough as the Lakers fell, 117-113, to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday at Staples Center.The man was not Kobe Bryant. Instead, it was Lou Williams who posted a career-high 44 points by going 12 of 25 from the field, 5 of 14 from 3-point range and 15 of 15 from the foul line in 34 minutes.“I was just making shots,” Williams said. “Down the stretch, I made one, made two, get some free throws in and it snowballed from there.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error But it did not snowball into Williams taking the last shot. That still fell to Bryant, who went one-on-one against Thunder forward Kevin Durant. Though Bryant found space in the lane, his shot fell short with the Lakers trailing 115-113 with 3.2 seconds left. Afterwards, Lakers coach Byron Scott said it was up to Anthony Brown to inbound to either Bryant or Williams before adding he was “not mad either way.” Brown said he chose Bryant because he was open at the top of the key. And all of the Lakers believed Durant fouled Bryant before he even released the shot. “I did. It’s not a matter of opinion,” said Bryant, who posted 19 points on 8-of-20 shooting, six assists and four rebounds in 28 minutes. “You watch the play. [Durant] hit me right on the forearm at the end of the release. That’s why the ball went short.”Yet, Bryant clarified “it’s part of the game.” Williams thought the same thing about Bryant taking the last shot instead of him. After all, Williams took last-second shots in the Lakers’ season-opening loss to Minnesota and Thursday’s loss in Sacramento.“Obviously Kobe is going down as a Hall of Famer,” Williams said. “He has the confidence in me to take those shots. Some nights he’s going to take those shots. We live with the results either way.” Williams nearly gave the Lakers (8-30) the result they wanted instead of losing their third consecutive game amid Thunder point guard and former UCLA product Russell Westbrook dropping 36 points on 11-of-24 shooting. He scored 12 consecutive points to give the Lakers a 98-97 lead with 6:26 left. He made a 3-pointer that gave the Lakers a 102-101 edge at the 5:13 mark. He converted on a layup for a 104-101 cushion with 4:18 left. He made six consecutive foul shots by baiting Andre Roberson and Serge Ibaka to foul him along the perimeter. “It seems like every game, he gets somebody” Scott said. “I don’t care how you scout him. He’s going to get you some way or another.”So much that Bryant argued Williams draws fouls better than he does. “My game has changed and evolved over the years from when I first came into the league as I am now. I’m not as athletic as I used to be and I cant play above the rim like I once did when I first came into the league,” said Williams, who then noted an ACL injury he suffered in the 2012-13 season. “I wanted to learn how to draw fouls and how to create contact and use my reputation as a scorer to bait guys into getting those fouls.”Add it all up, and Williams scored 23 of the Lakers’ 28 fourth-quarter points. Not bad for a player who has earned the trust of Scott as the team’s starting shooting guard despite shooting 41 percent from the field all season. “He kept us in the game. He was on fire,” Scott said. “Guys did a real good job of setting screens for him where he can get to a sweet spot. Then when he didn’t make it or had opportunities to run, we were able to find him.”The timing could not have been better for Williams, considering Scott said he would reevaluate his lineup following Friday’s game against the Thunder. That also coincided with Lakers rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell posting two points on 1-of-3 shooting and two assists in eight minutes after nursing pain in his right ankle. That happened a night after posting a career-high 27 points. Williams’ theatrics became so pronounced that it initially overshadowed the matchup between Bryant and Durant, who posted 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting in 39 minutes. “It’s always fun. I keep messing with him,” Bryant said, smiling. “I know what plays they’re going to run. I just try to take him out of the play and deny him the ball and force them to figure something else out.”Both Bryant and Durant had their moments against each other. In the second quarter, Bryant tried to get Durant to bite on a pump fake. But Durant swiped the ball away from him. In the third quarter, Bryant went one-on-one against Durant before sinking a right hook shot over him. Later in that period, Bryant drove into the lane over Durant to cut the Thunder’s lead to 75-74 with 4:43 left. Bryant also threw a bounce pass between Durant’s legs to set up Roy Hibbert for n open jumper, something Bryant credited toward playing soccer as a child in Italy.“I learned all the little tricks. Every time I play against him, he picks up some of those things,” Bryant said of Durant. “I had the good fortunate of playing with old guys. I learned a lot of old tricks.”But Durant provided the best trick. But unlike as he has done so many times in the past, Bryant could not carry the Lakers when it mattered. “I just didn’t want him to shoot a 3,” Durant said. “I applied pressure to him and forced him to a tough shot.”And in the Lakers’ eyes, a foul. So much that Scott argued Bryant “was fouled before he even shot the ball.” Yet, after the Lakers lost by 40 points and 35 points earlier this season to the Thunder, Scott told his team he “was proud of the way they’ve been fighting.”“If we continue to play that hard with that type of passion, that type of effort and intensity,” Scott said, “the wins will come.”
How to get Calvin Johnson back in Lions family: ‘Put that money in my pocket’ While Detroit didn’t reveal the terms of the contract, ESPN reported that it’s a one-year deal worth $1.35 million that has a max of $2.3 million and a guarantee of $350,000.In a corresponding move, the Lions waived receiver Jordan Smallwood. Related News Now Kearse will be reunited with Bevell, who was fired by the Seahawks last season and recently hired by the Lions.He’s expected to serve as a sturdy backup for receivers Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay, who both have not fully practiced yet due to being in the rehab group.Danny Amendola was also was signed to the team this offseason and is expected to be the slot receiver. However, the Lions are thin when it comes to talent further down the depth chart. Lions’ Damon ‘Snacks’ Harrison, Darius Slay skipping minicamp in hopes of reworking contracts, report says Kearse, 29, went undrafted in 2012, but eventually was signed by the Seahawks, where he worked under offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.In five seasons with Seattle, he caught 153 passes for 11 touchdowns and 2,109 receiving yards.He remained in Seattle until 2017, when a trade sent him over to the Jets. In his first season with New York, he caught 65 passes for 810 yards and five touchdowns, marking one of his better seasons in the league.However, he struggled under rookie quarterback Sam Darnold last season, catching just 37 passes for 371 yards and one touchdown. It was one of his worst seasons in the league. Jermaine Kearse is heading to Detroit.The receiver signed a contract with the Lions, the team announced Wednesday. Le’Veon Bell says relationship with Jets coach Adam Gase ‘is great’