METEN-Meer-Zorg Masters have accepted the challenge thrown out by Everest Masters to a 25-overs per side cricket match, to celebrate the 50th birth anniversary of Ronald ‘Sticky’ Jaisingh today.Jaisingh, who is a longstanding member of Everest Cricket Club Masters team opted for a cricket celebration since most of his adult life is spent in cricket as a player and administrator, especially along the East Bank of Demerara.Everest Masters have been a dominant force on the local scene and have reached out to the Odyssey Transportation Services-sponsored Meten-Meer-Zorg (MMZ) Masters for the occasion and they have consented.In their most recent match, MMZ Masters edged the Media XI in a nail-biting finish and will be looking to continue their winning ways, while the hosts recently bounced back to their winning ways with a comprehensive victory over Bartica Masters, after losing four consecutive matches in and out of Guyana.The teams will wear coloured clothing and will play with the pink ball. The first ball is expected to be bowled at 12:30hrs.Teams will come from: Odyssey MMZ Masters; Troy Khan (captain), Muneshwar Balgobin, Mohan Chatram, Vinod Rajkumar, Jetendra Kishore, Hemandra Kowelsser, Sham Persaud, Gary Headley, Mohamed Willie, Zaheer Haniff, Chabiraj Ramcharran, Naiem Habib, Abid Haniff and Zamal Khan.Everest Masters; Rajesh Singh (captain), Sahadeo Hardaiow, Saheed Mohamed, Hemraj Garbarran, Azeemul Hanif, Basil Persaud, Imtiaz Sadik, Robert Pereira, Robin Bharat, Ucil Armstrong, John Ramsingh, Safraz Sheriffudeen, Ravi Narayan, Nadir Baksh and Ronald Jaisingh.
JEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoBLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Seventeen consecutive wins, a perfect conference record and a No. 2 ranking all came to an end Wednesday night, as the Wisconsin men’s basketball team fell to No. 25 Indiana at a rocking Assembly Hall. UW fell for the first time on the road and had to suffer the indignity and foreign feeling of watching Indiana fans storm the court after the victory.”It’s like watching your girlfriend go out with another guy right in front of you,” junior guard Michael Flowers said. “It hurts. It hurts the heart.” In front of a boisterous sell-out crowd of 17,283, the Badgers (21-2, 7-1 Big Ten) watched a three-point lead disappear during a 16-3 second-half run by the Hoosiers (16-5, 6-2), eventually falling behind 53-43. The run was keyed by Indiana guard A.J. Ratliff, who scored 18 second-half points — finishing with 20 — on 6-of-7 shooting and drained three trifectas during the IU surge.”He stepped up, he really stepped up when they needed plays, and he got hot,” said senior forward Alando Tucker, who led the Badgers with 23 points.”We knew he could do it,” senior guard Kammron Taylor said. “He caught fire against us, and that was just unfortunate for us.”Ratliff explained afterward that he believed that his team needed a boost and he was more than ready to provide it.”I felt somebody had to step up and make plays,” Ratliff said. “I was opening up and I had all the confidence in the world.”The suddenly hot perimeter shooting — the Hoosiers hit 5-of-6 3-pointers in the second half — was set up by D.J. White dominating inside early in the second stanza, scoring all 10 of his points in the half in the first 6:31.”Coach told me right after halftime to get more aggressive,” White said. “That’s what I tried to do.”The run whipped the crimson-and-cream-clad crowd into a frenzy and forced UW head coach Bo Ryan to call a timeout. After the breather, the Badgers responded, scoring eight straight points to cut the lead back down to two at 53-51, eventually tying the game at 59 with 4:53 remaining on a Taylor three-pointer.”Our guys did a heck of a job to come back, down 10 on the road like that,” Ryan said.But Wisconsin’s shooting went cold down the stretch, making only one of their final eight shots and the Badgers were unable to capitalize on four late missed free throws by the Hoosiers. “I liked some of our looks down the stretch,” Ryan said. “We were playing from behind, that’s part of it, we haven’t had a lot of experience with (that).”UW missed its final three shots, and before the final horn finished buzzing, the court was flooded with Indiana students.”I thought this was a tremendous college basketball game,” Indiana head coach Kelvin Sampson said. “Our crowd deserves as much credit as we do. They were great tonight; I mean, they were great.”In the end, both teams credited Ratliff with changing the complexion of the game with his perimeter marksmanship.”I hate to just say that it’s just them hitting those shots in that streak,” Ryan said. “Then again, you have to remember how Indiana’s been playing here and what they’re doing now. This is going to be a tough place for other people to come into.”In the first half, Wisconsin (nine) and Indiana (seven) combined for 16 turnovers, ensuring that the pace of the game was quick as the squads raced up and down the floor trying to capitalize off the giveaways.”You can always go back to those seven turnovers on the first 12 possessions,” Ryan said.Despite 14 first-half points from Tucker, the Badgers found themselves only tied with 18 seconds remaining in the stanza. Ryan called a timeout and maybe the least likely player to hit a basket — guard Jason Bohannon — drained a jumper off a curl to give Wisconsin 28-26 lead. The lead was short lived however, and the night would end with the Badgers watching the opposing team’s fans charge onto the court to celebrate the victory.”You know, we’d rather not have that happen,” Ryan said. “But since you take it on the chin, you take what comes with it.”
0Shares0000For a while last year, construction workers played football on the waste ground outside rather than work on building Samara’s World Cup stadium. © AFP / Mladen ANTONOVMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Mar 31 – The grass for Russia’s perpetually delayed World Cup stadium in the provincial city of Samara is still growing in Germany.The monumental structure’s fancy glass roof has been abandoned in favour of a more spartan metal version. And the December 2017 construction deadline has been pushed back for the umpteenth time.The troubles of Samara Arena have come to symbolise the pitfalls of bringing the June 14 to July 15 football showpiece to the sleepiest corners of Russia.“There is a huge amount of work to be done,” FIFA competitions chief Colin Smith said during a March 21 inspection.“Obviously we would expect further progress than this.”– ‘Stairway to the Cosmos’ –Few doubt that Russia can get its act together and have the Volga River stadium up and working by the time its first scheduled match between Costa Rica and Serbia rolls around on June 17.But how Samara ended up without a pitch to play on less than three months before kickoff is a murky business that cost the governor his job.The contract to build a space-themed arena that looked like a flying saucer was awarded to an established regional company a good four years ago.Organisers even came up with a lofty motto for the 45,000 seater: “A Stairway to the Cosmos”.The transparent dome was supposed to stetch down to the ground through an intricate mesh of beams that lit up the city skyline at night.It was a project the likes of which no small Russian city had seen — and one meant to fit the $225 million budget fixed for all stadiums.Samara authorities complicated matters further by packing money-spinning stores and real estate space into the design that made the arena 40 percent larger than needed.Workers had downed their tools by the time it became clear in mid-2016 that all this would cost at least $300 million.Less than half of the stadium was finished and FIFA began taking notice.How much the entire thing has cost now — and who is paying for it — is not entirely clear.The local news site 63.ru put the price at $315 million after the translucent dome was replaced with a metal one and other corners were cut.Delays caused by a new architectural plan and construction approval pushed back the completion date from December to March and then the end of April.The first test game is now scheduled for April 28 — if the pitch arrives in time.– ‘We need to wait’ –Russia’s agriculture ministry gave Samara special permission to buy the German grass to avoid the problems plaguing other Russian arenas.The pitch is ready but there is nowhere to lay it. The surface on which it is meant to be rolled out is not completed.Problems were only compounded when a massive flat hothouse designed to keep the soil warm collapsed in February under the weight of snow.The ground froze over for nearly a month.“We don’t yet have a pitch and obviously we need to wait for some warmer weather conditions in order to get this pitch installed,” FIFA’s Smith said.He was wearing a parka and standing in a field of snow outside the frozen stadium at the time.Temperatures are due to nudge a degree to two above freezing next week as one of Russia’s coldest winters in years begins to let up.Organisers want to stage two or three matches at each new stadium before the World Cup to see how it all holds up.“A lot depends on the weather,” Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Friday.“We want to hold our first test match on April 28. For the time being, we have no plans to postpone it.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)