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Brathwaite new Windies T20 captain

6 Aug

Source: Guardian

Written by Vinode Mamchan

World T20 winning captain Darren Sammy has been replaced as captain of the West Indies T20 team by Barbadian Carlos Brathwaite.

The all rounder who smacked four sixes in the final over of the world T20 finals in India against England to lift the title is the man who has been recommended by the West Indies senior selection panel for the top job. The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) is more than likely to approve the choice of Brathwaite.

The right hander will have his first taste of action as leader when the West Indies tackle India in two T20 matches in Florida on August 27 and 28. The WICB and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) recently agreed on playing two T20 matches in America at the end of the four-Test series that is taking place in the region currently.

Sammy led the West Indies to the World T20 title but criticised the WICB at the post match conference and this did not go down too well with the WICB.

As a result he has been removed as captain and Brathwaite will now take over the mantle of leadership. The St Lucian Sammy who led the Zouks in at the 2016 CPL T20 can now consider his regional career over.

He made an exit with his team from the CPL on Thursday night as the Trinbago Knight Riders defeated them by five wickets in the play off in St Kitts.

Brathwaite has little or no experience as a leader and the WICB will hope that he can quickly learn the tricks of the trade with the next World T20 carded for 2018 in South Africa.

The West Indies is likely to be without many of the players who played at the World T20 in India for the upcoming two matches in Florida, as Guardian Media understands that the selectors want to build a new team with younger players, as they focus on defending their title in two years time.

 

 

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The Best Outfits And The Biggest Stars At The 2016 Olympic Opening Ceremony

6 Aug

Source: Huffington Post

The Olympics are always mired in controversy, and the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro are no different ― Brazil itself is in complete and utter turmoil, a lot of people are asking how these games are even happening this year.

Some of this controversy has focused on Team USA’s parade uniforms, designed by Polo Ralph Lauren, which total a whopping price tag of $1,512.50). As soon as the U.S. team’s parade uniforms were announced, the internet was quick to point out how parts of it resemble the stripes on the Russian flag.

But no one seemed worried about the controversy at the Opening Ceremony, instead celebrating their respective countries in style as they walked the Parade of Nations. Check out Canada’s blazing maple leaves, Croatia’s bold checkers, and Chile’s … well, bold choice.

See the best of the looks below:

Canada

Canada

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 05: Members of the Canada team take part in the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

 

Chile

Chile

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 05: Erika Olivera of Chile carries the flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Jamaica

Jamaica

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 05: Flag bearer Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica leads her team during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Croatia

Croatia

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 05: Members of Croatia pose for photographs while entering the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

South Africa

South Africa

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 05: Members of the South Africa team take part in the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

 

United States (Michael Phelps)

United States

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 05: Flag bearer Michael Phelps of the United States and Ibtihaj Muhammad lead the U.S. Olympic Team during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

Barbados

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2016 Rio Olympics – Opening Ceremony – Maracana – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – 05/08/2016. Athletes of Barbados take part in the opening ceremony REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.

Spain (Rafael Nadal)

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 05: Flag bearer Rafael Nadal of Spain leads his team during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Norway

Norway

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 05: Members of the Norway Olympic team take part in the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Great Britain (Andy Murray)

Great Britain

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 05: Andy Murray of Great Britain carries the flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Botswana

Botswana

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 05: Nijel Amos of Botswana carries the flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Colombia

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Yuri Alvear Orjuela carries the flag of Colombia during the opening ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Denmark (Caroline Wozniacki)

Denmark

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 05: Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark carries the flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

 

Australia

Australia

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 05: Members of the Australia team take part in the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Korea

Korea

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 05: Flag bearer Bongil Gu of the Republic of Korea leads his team during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 05: Members of the Puerto Rico Olympic Team take part in the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Sweden

Sweden.jpeg

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 05: Members of Sweden participate during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Tuvalu

Tuvalu

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 05: Flag bearer Etimoni Timuani of Tuvalu leads his team during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

Malaysia

Malaysia

Team Malaysia arrives during the opening ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

 

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Australia

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 05: Members of the Australia team take part in the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Best Outfits And The Biggest Stars At The 2016 Olympic Opening Ceremony

6 Aug

The Olympics are always mired in controversy, and the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro are no different ― Brazil itself is in complete and utter turmoil, a lot of people are asking how these games are even happening this year.

Some of this controversy has focused on Team USA’s parade uniforms, designed by Polo Ralph Lauren, which total a whopping price tag of $1,512.50). As soon as the U.S. team’s parade uniforms were announced, the internet was quick to point out how parts of it resemble the stripes on the Russian flag.

But no one seemed worried about the controversy at the Opening Ceremony, instead celebrating their respective countries in style as they walked the Parade of Nations. Check out Canada’s blazing maple leaves, Croatia’s bold checkers, and Chile’s … well, bold choice.

See the best of the looks below:

Members of the Canada team take part in the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Erika Olivera of Chile carries the flag during the Opening Ceremony.

Flag bearer Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica leads her team during the Opening Ceremony.

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Women’s 400m in Rio will be a magnificent spectacle

5 Aug

Source: Track Alerts

American record-holder Sanya Richards-Ross will not be defending her Olympic 400m title after failing to make the top three at the sudden-death-like US trials in July. Richards-Ross is the last woman to run sub 49 seconds in the one-lap event.

Her absence from the Rio Olympics has extended the waiting period for a female back-to-back 400m champion to 20 years. The last person to achieve that feat is French star Marie-Jose’ Perec who incidentally is also the last woman to win the 200m/400m double at an Olympic games.

Richards-Ross aside, this event is still packed with enough star power to make it a gripping encounter attracting millions of viewers worldwide.

World champion Allyson Felix will be seeking to add Olympic gold in this event to her already overcrowded closet of global championship medals. It will not come without a challenge though and Felix must prepare for a fight to the wire from a host of fiercely competitive rivals. She is the second fastest quarter-miler this season with her 49.68 victory at the US trials. Felix will be hoping to sign off her final Olympic campaign a lot better than how she started by bagging gold instead of silver. Felix is always an X-factor and usually rises to the challenge.

Although all competitors must be taken seriously, perhaps the most dangerous of them all is Bahamian superstar in the making Shaunae Miller. She has been having a sparkling season competing undefeated over Continue reading

UWI to award honorary degree to Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

4 Aug

Source: The Tropix
The University of the West Indies Mona is set to award Olympic sprint champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce a honorary degree at its upcoming graduation ceremonies.
The Jamaican sprint queen will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws degree at the ceremony scheduled for October 28-29.
Other honorary awardees will include renown American actor, producer and humanitarian, Daniel “Danny” Glover, and Jamaican writer and poet, Lorna Goodison.

Rio Olympic schedules for every sport

2 Aug

Source: NBC Sports

NBC Universal will air or live stream every event of the Rio Olympics, with competition starting Aug. 3, the Opening Ceremony on Aug. 5 and medal events beginning Aug. 6.

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Usain Bolt arrives in Rio ready for action

29 Jul

Source: Track Alerts

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt has landed in Rio de Janeiro more than a week before the Olympics opening ceremony to fine tune his preparations for his attempt at an unprecedented triple-triple of gold medals in the men’s sprints.

The wold record holder, who required a medical exemption after he pulled out of the Jamaican trials with a hamstring strain, proved his fitness last Friday by running 19.89 seconds to win the 200 metres at the London Diamond League meeting.

He will join the Jamaican pre-Olympic camp as he seeks to become the first man to win gold medals in the 100, 200 and 4×100 relay at three successive Games.

Bolt had been training and receiving medical treatment in Munich after he pulled out of the Jamaican trials with the hamstring injury.

The lanky sprinter is among 59 track and field athletes in Jamaica’s 63-member delegation.

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