The National Sports Commission (NSC) continues to support the development of sports in Guyana and recently sustained that mantra by donating to the Guyana Chess Federation (GCF). The federation received a cheque of two million dollars as a contribution towards their hosting of the Easter Weekend CARIFTA Junior chess championships.Seon Erskine – NSC’s Technical Development Officer presented the cheque to the federation’s members John Lee and Anand Raghunauth. The latter is responsible for the coordination of the Chess in Schools initiative. Meanwhile, speaking after the handing over ceremony, the federation members made a plea to the general public to come out and support Guyana’s preparation for the tournament and to share in the competition experience over the Easter Weekend at the Princess Ramada Hotel. Contact could be made with the President- Frankie Farley (670-3839) John Lee (623-0896) or Anand Raghunauth (681-8771) to aid the growth of the sport not only for this tournament but especially for the development of players and clubs at the level of schools.
Explosive opening batsman, Chandrapaul Hemraj, is eyeing a return to the West Indies side and is hopeful a positive season can lead to a recall. Hemraj played six One Day Internationals for the Caribbean side but has not played a match in maroon colours since December 2018. He told Stabroek Sport, “My main goal is getting back into the West Indies team. It’s all a process and I’m willing to do the work to get back there.”The Everest Cricket Club batsman recalled, “Playing for the West Indies is something I’ve always dreamt of and it goes to show that once you believe and work hard, you can achieve anything.”In the 2019 Caribbean Premier League (CPL), Hemraj finished with 299 runs at a strike rate of 121. He went on to feature in the Regional Super50 and was the only Guyanese to score a ton. The 26-year-old left-hander missed the remaining two matches of this year’s West Indies Championship but finished with an average of 36.55, the best by any Guyana Jaguars batman.Hemraj stroked three half-centuries with a best of 82 in his last innings against Jamaica Scorpions but suffered a side strain that ruled him out of rounds seven and eight.He informed this publication, “I’m fully recovered. I would have been available to play the last two games but unfortunately that was it for the tournament,” since the Coronavirus forced Cricket West Indies to cancel the final two rounds of the championship. While Hemraj has been putting in the work, the restrictions imposed due to the Coronavirus pandemic has affected on-field action but that has not dampened the spirit of the Strathavon resident. “There’s only so much you could do training wise but I’m still hitting some balls home with my family…also now is a good time for me to really reflect and assess my game,” Hemraj stated.The Guyana Amazon Warrior batsman admitted that he is not worried about the chatter off the field but is only concerned with going out and producing performances to warrant selection. He explained that he is not one to stress about not reaching targets but rather posited that the only thing is to keep improving and have a better season year after year.Hemraj added the CPL is one of the biggest cricket tournaments across the world and he is positive that a good season can enhance his chances of making it back into maroon colours. The opener related that with Guyana set to have its local limited overs league prior to the tournament, it would provide an excellent chance to groove back into competitive cricket.“That’s something I think will bring out fans to watch cricket. It would also, give players an opportunity to showcase their talent and improve in that format,” he reckoned.
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OWINGS MILLS, Md. — With the Cleveland Browns coming to Baltimore on Saturday, the Ravens have a new kicker in the mix after signing veteran Shayne Graham on Wednesday morning.Wearing No. 12, Graham was present and practicing as the Ravens took part in their second practice of the week. Regular kicker Billy Cundiff (left calf) was not present during the portion of practice open to the media, making it more likely that Graham handles kicking duties against the Browns.Defensive end Cory Redding (ankle) and wide receiver Anquan Boldin (undisclosed) were also absent during the portion of practice open to the media. Redding was not seen during the Ravens’ walk-through practice on Tuesday, though no official injury report was released. The veteran defensive lineman has been dealing with a sore ankle that forced him to miss two practices last week. The injury appeared to limit Redding at a couple different point during the Ravens’ 34-14 loss to San Diego last Sunday night.Boldin’s absence was more mysterious as it’s unclear whether Boldin is dealing with an injury or was simply given a day to rest. He was present during Tuesday’s practice that took place on the Ravens’ indoor field.Linebacker Ray Lewis (toe) and cornerback Lardarius Webb (toe) were both present and working during Wednesday’s practice.
(Updated: 5:35 p.m.)BALTIMORE — After giving one last shot at a rehab assignment with Single-A Aberdeen Saturday night, Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts has elected to undergo season-ending surgery on his injured hip.He played all nine innings for the Ironbirds on Saturday, going 0-for-4 with a walk, two strikeouts, and a run scored in a 7-2 loss and was slated to play again for Aberdeen on Sunday before announcing his decision to undergo surgery less than an hour before the Orioles’ series finale against Oakland.“It just hasn’t responded the way we were hoping it would,” said Roberts, who will undergo the same procedure that Ravens safety Ed Reed had two years ago.Having not played since July 1, Roberts has a torn labrum in his hip and was still experiencing pain despite receiving a cortisone shot and working out in Sarasota. The first doctor he saw recommended having surgery right away, but a second opinion offered the option of trying to play after rest and rehabilitation before ultimately making a decision on a surgical procedure.Roberts said the rehab process usually takes four to six months and he will undergo the surgery some time over the next week to 10 days.“I look at it as more of a positive, too,” manager Buck Showalter said after the Orioles’ 6-1 win on Sunday. “Hats off to Brian for trying to come back and help this club.”The 34-year-old infielder missed over a year of action due to concussion-related symptoms before returning to the Baltimore lineup on June 12. In 74 plate appearances this season, Roberts hit .182 with no home runs and five runs batted in before he was placed on the disabled list on July 3.“It’s been a long two years,” said Roberts, who revealed doctors have given him a 95 percent chance of making a full recovery and being back to his old self following surgery and rehab. “It certainly hasn’t gone the way I would’ve drawn it up.”Roberts has one year remaining on his four-year contract and will make $10 million in 2013.The silver lining for the infielder may be that his concussion-related symptoms have not resurfaced all season, which allows him to focus solely on getting his hip healthy for what he hopes will be a productive 2013 season.“The concussion part of it seems to be something that’s not on his mind anymore,” Showalter said.
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With their 2014 season officially in the books, the Ravens now know where they’ll be picking in the 2015 draft set to begin in Chicago on April 30.By advancing to the divisional round, Baltimore will now pick 26th overall in hopes of building on a 10-6 regular season. The Ravens are currently scheduled to have six draft picks, but that number will increase when compensatory choices are awarded later this offseason.General manager Ozzie Newsome will have his original choices in the first four rounds, but the Ravens traded their 2015 fifth-round pick to Tampa Bay in exchange for center Jeremy Zuttah last offseason and sent their sixth-round choice to Cleveland for the 2014 seventh-rounder spent on wide receiver Michael Campanaro.Baltimore will receive Dallas’ sixth-round pick in exchange for its original seventh-round choice as part of last summer’s Rolando McClain trade. The Ravens will also have the Miami Dolphins’ seventh-round pick as part of last year’s Bryant McKinnie trade.After losing unrestricted free agents Arthur Jones, Michael Oher, Corey Graham, and James Ihedigbo last offseason while only signing one notable unrestricted free agent — safety Darian Stewart — the Ravens are projected to receive three compensatory picks, which would bring their total to nine selections. Players who were cut or signed after being released elsewhere — such as wide receiver Steve Smith — do not impact the compensatory pick formula.This will mark the seventh consecutive year in which the Ravens will be picking in the bottom half of the first round. Inside linebacker C.J. Mosley was selected 17th overall in last May’s draft before going on to become the first rookie in franchise history to make the Pro Bowl.The only player to be selected 26th overall in franchise history was linebacker Ray Lewis in 1996.
It appears the Orioles will be without a second former All-Star selection for Opening Day as shortstop J.J. Hardy is likely to go to the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder injury.A magnetic resonance angiogram Monday showed a subscapularis strain that is expected to keep the 32-year-old sidelined from baseball activities for 10 days, according to manager Buck Showalter. However, the injury is not expected to keep the three-time Gold Glove winner out for long as he could return shortly after his first day of eligibility on April 11.The veteran infielder injured his left shoulder diving for a ground ball on Friday, but told reporters Monday morning that he was feeling much better and hoped to be ready for the season opener.Hardy is the second starting position player who won’t be ready for the start of the year as it remains unclear when catcher Matt Wieters will be ready to return to action after he was shut down with right elbow tendinitis on March 18.With Hardy unavailable for the start of the season, the Orioles will likely keep both Ryan Flaherty and Everth Cabrera on the 25-man roster as either would be an option to fill in at shortstop. It was previously believed that only one would have a spot on the roster to begin the season.In 30 at-bats this spring, Hardy was hitting .233 with two doubles and three runs batted in.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens will be without a starting offensive lineman and could be without one of their starting cornerbacks for Sunday’s much-anticipated meeting with New Orleans.Left guard Alex Lewis was officially ruled out after missing practices all week with the neck injury sustained at Tennessee, but an unexpected concern is the status of cornerback Marlon Humphrey, who was designated as questionable on the final injury report. The 2017 first-round pick suffered what’s being labeled a thigh injury during Thursday’s practice and did not take part in Friday’s walk-through session that was closed to reporters.Head coach John Harbaugh said Humphrey is receiving treatment and that the Ravens would “just see how it goes” in terms of whether he’ll be available to try to help slow Saints quarterback Drew Brees and the NFL’s top-ranked scoring offense. Of course, Baltimore would still have veteran cornerbacks Brandon Carr and Jimmy Smith to start on the outside with Tavon Young manning the nickel, but the luxury of rotating fresh players at every level has been a calling card for the league’s No. 1 scoring defense this season.You’d rather not have to test that depth against one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history and the league’s third-ranked passing offense.“We just don’t talk about that stuff,” Harbaugh said. “You just move on. If he’s there, he’s there. If he’s not, he’s not, and that’s how you do it. It’s not something you give too much thought to. That’s how the league works.”Defensive coordinator Wink Martindale has distributed snaps among his top three outside corners since Smith returned from a four-game suspension two weeks ago. Should Humphrey not be able to play against the Saints, the Ravens would be one injury away from having a problem on the outside as rookie cornerback Anthony Averett is just returning from a long-term hamstring injury and only practiced on a limited basis this week. The 5-foot-9 Young played extensively as an outside corner as a rookie two years ago, but both he and the recently-acquired Cyrus Jones are more ideal at the nickel.Pro Football Focus has graded Humphrey as the 18th-best cornerback in the NFL — and Baltimore’s best — so far this season.Lewis’ absence was expected after he was carted off the field on a stretcher early in the fourth quarter of the 21-0 win over the Titans and later diagnosed with a pinched nerve, according to Harbaugh. What remains to be seen is how the Ravens approach their offensive line for Week 7 with starting right tackle James Hurst likely playing a pivotal role. Since Hurst hadn’t practiced at left guard — where he started last season — all last week, the Ravens chose not to disrupt two different line positions and simply inserted rookie Bradley Bozeman at left guard in place of Lewis.With a full week to prepare, the Ravens may shift Hurst to left guard and start rookie third-round pick Orlando Brown Jr. at right tackle. Brown has played 37 offensive snaps this season and has occasionally served as a sixth offensive lineman in certain packages, but he played extensively as the first-team right tackle during the preseason and is considered the right tackle of the future.“We’re not showing our hand. On the other side of the coin, it’s really not a big deal,” said Harbaugh, who was pleased with how both Brown and Bozeman practiced this week. “It’s really not a big deal. Guys get hurt for both teams. Guys play, guys don’t play, guys come back. It’s just part of the process.“We’ve done well with injuries. We’ve been very blessed so far this year, and we’re not worried about that.”(Update: On Saturday, Hurst was added to the injury report with a questionable designation because of a back issue, but the Ravens did not promote an extra offensive lineman to the 53-man roster, making it likely the veteran lineman will at least be active on Sunday.)The Saints have placed wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. (knee) on injured reserve and ruled out starting left guard Andrus Peat with a head injury. Starting right guard Larry Warford was listed as questionable with a back injury.The Weather.com forecast for Sunday’s game in Baltimore calls for sunny skies and temperatures reaching the mid-50s, but winds 15 to 25 miles per hour could create problems for both passing games.Returning to M&T Bank Stadium after playing four of their first six games on the road, the 4-2 Ravens will now reap the benefits of playing four of their next five at home. However, the next three opponents — New Orleans, Carolina, and Pittsburgh — all made the playoffs last season while their first post-bye game will be against Cincinnati, who is tied with the Ravens for first place in the AFC North.“It’s a good place to be. The challenge is they’re all really good teams, and that’s how the NFL works,” Harbaugh said. “Wouldn’t rather have them anywhere else — that’s for sure — than with our fans and in our stadium here in Baltimore.”Below is the final injury report of the week:BALTIMOREOUT: G Alex Lewis (neck)QUESTIONABLE: CB Anthony Averett (hamstring), CB Marlon Humphrey (thigh), DB Anthony Levine (hamstring)NEW ORLEANSOUT: G Andrus Peat (head), DT Taylor Stallworth (ankle)QUESTIONABLE: OL Jermon Bushrod (non-injury), G Larry Warford (back)
The Ravens going from an electric prime-time home win over New England to a half-empty Paul Brown Stadium on a sleepy Sunday in November is the proverbial setup for a letdown.John Harbaugh’s team has emerged as a legitimate Super Bowl contender over the course of its four-game winning streak, but the NFL has a way of humbling you when you get too high, making it critical for the Ravens to be focused and energized against winless Cincinnati coming off its bye.It’s time to go on the record as these division foes face off for the 48th time in the all-time regular-season series with the Ravens owning a slight 24-23 advantage. However, Baltimore is just 1-6 in its last seven trips to Cincinnati and is seeking a season sweep for the first time since 2011.Below are five predictions for Sunday:1. Lamar Jackson will rush for 100 yards against the Bengals — again. I’ve often compared Jackson’s speed to that unique pitcher with a 100-mph fastball and a slider with impossible bite. You have no idea what you’re dealing with until you step in the box, and your chances are unlikely to improve until you see that pitcher a few times. The Bengals are familiar with Jackson’s speed by now, had an extra week to prepare, and won’t let him set a career high like he did with 152 rushing yards last month, but Carlos Dunlap being on the field this time around only goes so far for the NFL’s worst run defense.2. A long punt return will set up a score for Cincinnati. Much attention this week was on Cyrus Jones and his fumble that gave new life to the Patriots, but it was a kick return for a touchdown last month that kept the Bengals competitive in a game the Ravens totally dominated statistically. With Justin Bethel gone and Chris Moore dealing with a substantial thumb injury, the Ravens could be using two different gunners on the punt team than they used in that first meeting with the Bengals. That’s notable against a special-teams group rated first in the NFL in DVOA, according to Football Outsiders.3. The Ravens defense will register a season-high four sacks and an interception. The combined three sacks collected over the last two games don’t tell the story of a pass rush showing recent improvement as Baltimore hit Russell Wilson eight times in Week 7 and Tom Brady 10 times last Sunday night. That pressure has been dependent on blitzing, something you’d expect Wink Martindale to use even more against a rookie quarterback. Unlike Wilson and Brady, however, Ryan Finley will hold the ball longer against tight coverage, allowing the Ravens to take him down in the pocket.4. An up-tempo drive will lead to Finley’s first NFL touchdown pass to Tyler Boyd. The Patriots totaled 302 yards in the second and third quarters using a no-huddle attack that neutralized blitzes and prevented the Ravens from using their various sub packages, an approach likely to be copied in the coming weeks. Trusting Finley to operate without a huddle for the entire game would be too much to ask, but that strategy will help create some open throws. After being held to three catches for 10 yards in the first meeting, Boyd will have some modest success against Marlon Humphrey with a score.5. Baltimore will again play “keep away” in the fourth quarter to prevail 24-16. The Ravens haven’t won three straight games by multiple scores since 2011 and are playing on the road against a team with nothing to lose coming off its bye, factors that should make one pause — at least a second — before simply expecting an easy win against a poor opponent. That said, the Ravens will have the chance to put together a nine-minute drive in the fourth quarter for the fourth straight game, a remarkable feat that drains any semblance of life from an opponent. This one won’t be the prettiest, but part of being a great team is handling inferior teams even when you’re not at your best, especially on the road. This is the kind of game that’s given the Ravens problems in recent years, but there will be no letdown as they extend their winning streak to five in a row, their longest within a single season since 2006.