THE Guyana Chess Federation (GCF) hopes to establish a chess and scholastic centre as well as to implement programmes to increase female participation in the game. They shared these plans and more with the Minister of Sport Nicolette Henry, when they paid her a courtesy call last Tuesday.Representing the GCF were the president, Attorney at Law James Bond along with businessman Frankie Farley; Vice-president of Development, Attorney-at-Law Yolander Persaud; Vice-president of Sponsorship and Finance, and committee member Anthony Drayton.Top of the executives’ plans that they shared was their hopes of seeing the game more integrated in schools. For the Chess and Scholastic Centre, the GCF hopes to name this facility after former national and Caribbean chess champion Maurice Broomes.Naturally, Henry pledged her full support for the work of the Federation, noting that her Ministry has an open door for the GCF and any other sport discipline.She took particular interest on the Federation’s plans to focus on increasing female participation by hosting women’s tournaments and whipping up the interest of young girls across Guyana.Henry vowed her support to assist the Federation in acquiring a home for its activities and also making provision for other board games such as scrabble to have a permanent and conducive space.Expressing her vision for the modern and well-equipped facility, Minister Henry indicated that her ministry is in the process of building capacity amongst her staff to better manage such facilities. This will guarantee optimum involvement and use of such facilities.
Much of the afternoon belonged to the stellar play of junior right fielder Shirley Daniels but reminders that it was Senior Day at Syracuse University softball field abounded.Orange and blue streamers were wound around the bleacher railings, as color-coordinated balloons whipped in the wind. A white banner carrying the image of a softball diamond and the jersey numbers — 33, 7, 21, 16, 5 and 4 — of each graduating player superimposed onto their corresponding positions on the field, was draped along the left field fence.Sunday’s 9-4 win against Providence was captain Morgan Nandin’s last-ever game at Syracuse Softball Stadium. The win inched Syracuse into the Big East tournament and gave Syracuse the win it needed to claim the three-game weekend series against Providence.It was a bittersweet adieu for a player who has become a defensive stalwart and fixture of consistency at shortstop over four seasons.“I wish there was like eight years of eligibility,” Nandin said after the game. “I want to keep playing but we ended on a great note.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I’m really happy with the way I’m playing and it took like four years for me, mentally, to figure out this game. I’ve only figured out 20 percent of it but there’s no way you can figure out this whole game, Nandin said. “It’s tough that it’s coming to an end.”A pre-game ceremony honored each of the graduating players — Emily Thompson, Gabby Torzili, Stacy Kuwik, Ashley Dimon, Ronnie Grant and Nandin, who generated one of the crowd’s loudest responses. Over the press-box intercom, an announcer blared the impressive line of records Nandin accumulated during her time donning a Syracuse jersey — first all-time in games started, second all-time in double plays turned, among them.At the top of the third inning with one out, Nandin provided the home crowd one parting glimpse of the stealth acrobatics that’s become routine over the years. A Providence batter hit the ball between third baseman Corinne Ozanne and Nandin. Nandin dove to the left, ending up on her stomach and containing the ball from traveling any further. Nandin caught a glimpse of the batter, who was half-way to first and made a spot-on throw to first baseman Jasmine Watson for the out.Nandin picked herself up and dusted her dirt-covered knees, remaining straight faced as she resumed her post between second and third. In the rafters, the awestruck crowd wavered between silence and hushed murmurs, unsure of how to respond to the unlikely play.On the field, Nandin didn’t crack a smile — like all the times that came before it, she didn’t let on.“I try and pretend I do those plays all the time. On the inside, I’m like jumping up and down,” she said.Syracuse closed out Senior Day and the season on a high-note but the team knows there’s still work left unfinished. In a season that’s marked by growing pains and adjusting to the departure of key players from last season’s team, Syracuse looks to use the momentum they’ve generated in the last stretch of the season in post-season play.Center fielder Grant said, compared to the start of the regular season, the team’s managed to come together. Grant closed out the game by sliding to snag a fly ball for the Providence’s final seventh inning out — a fitting end for her final game at Syracuse’s softball stadium.“I wanted it … I knew that was a big hitter. I really wanted the ball,” she said, as a smile broke across her face. Comments Published on May 5, 2013 at 6:35 pm Contact Debbie: email@example.com | @debbietruong Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Daniels carries Syracuse into Big East tournament with standout Senior Day performance
Egypt head coach Hossam El Badry recalled Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah to his latest squad for November’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.El Badry agreed to rest Salah for the 1-0 friendly win over Botswana earlier this month.The Pharaohs begin their 2021 Nations Cup campaign against visiting Kenya on 14 November before travelling to face Comoros four days later. There is a also a recall for forward Mahmoud Abdul Monem ‘Kahraba’ for the first time since the 2018 World Cup in Russia.Kahraba is currently in Portugal playing for Aves and has managed one goal in four matches for them this season.The coach has also included four new faces from local teams – Al Ahly’s Mahmoud Wahed, Marwan Hamdi of Wadi Degla, Pyramids’ Mohamed Farouk and Ahmed ‘Zizo’ Sayed, who plays for Zamalek.Egypt Squad:Goalkeepers: Mohamed El Shenawy (Al Ahly), Mohamed Awad (Zamalek), Mohamed Bassam (Al Gaish).Defenders: Ahmed Fathi (Al Ahly), Ragab Bakar (Pyramids), Mohamed Hani (Al Ahly), Mohamed Hamdi (Pyramids), Mahmoud Alaa (Zamalek), Rami Rabia (Al Ahly), Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion, England) ,Baher Elmohamed (Al Ismaily), Ayman Asharf (Al Ahly), Abdullah Gomaa (Zamalek), Mahmoud Wahed (Al Ahly)Midfielders: Tarek Hamed (Zamalek), Amr Solyia (Al Ahly), Hamdi Fathi (Al Ahly), Omar Gaber (Pyramids), Mohamed El Neny (Beskitas, Turkey), Abdullah Al Saied (Pyramids), Mohamed Magdi Afsha (Pyramids), Hussien Al Shahat (Al Ahly), Ahmed ‘Zizo) Sayed Zezo (Zamalek), Mohamed Farouk (Pyramids), Islam Issa (Pyramids),Forwards: Hossam Hassan (Smouha), Marwan Hamdi (Wadi Degla), Ahmed Gomaa (Al Masry), Ahmed Hassan Kouka (SC. Braga, Portugal). Mahmoud Hassan Trezeguet (Aston Villa, England), Mahmoud Abdel Monem Kahraba (Aves, Portugal), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool, England)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
ARSENAL are one of four London clubs eyeing up Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren, according to reports.The Croat, 30, has one year left on his current deal and Jurgen Klopp is willing to let him leave when the transfer window reopens.1 Dejan Lovren is a reported transfer target for four London clubs including Arsenal and TottenhamCredit: AFP – GettyAccording to teamtalk.com, the Gunners are ready to make an offer for the centre-back.But Mikel Arteta already has David Luiz, Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis and Rob Holding – currently out injured – in his squad.Pablo Mari is on loan but expected to sign permanently in the summer with William Saliba returning from his loan at Saint-Etienne as well.Arsenal have also been linked with RB Leipzig sensation Dayot Upamecano who would undoubtedly walk into the starting XI at the Emirates.The North London club are also keen on Lille’s Gabriel Magalhaes, Samuel Umtiti of Barcelona and unsettled Bayern Munich man Jerome Boateng.However, should they make an attempt to sign Lovren they could face competition from rivals Tottenham as well as West Ham and Crystal Palace who are also understood to be interested.ARSENAL NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest Gunners newsIf Lovren does leave Liverpool in the summer, he would prefer to stay in England and London would be his destination of choice.However, the report also adds that teams in Italy, Spain, Germany and France have all made approaches.Liverpool are hoping to get £18million for the defender who joined from Southampton for £20m in 2014.Despite being a regular starter in his opening four seasons at Anfield, he has dropped down the pecking order in Klopp’s side.Joe Gomez is the first-choice partner for Virgil van Dijk at the back with Joel Matip also ahead of Lovren.This season he has featured just 14 times across all competitions.Latest transfer newsLive Blogblues newsChelsea news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeLive Blogunited newsMan Utd news LIVE – Latest updates from Old TraffordLive BlogGunners newsArsenal news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesGossipGOING DUTCHChelsea ‘to grab Mbuyamba on free deal’ with defender set to leave BarcelonaDEPAY CHARTMan Utd flop Memphis used computer data and analytics to quit Old TraffordLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea news LIVE: Latest updates and transfer gossip from Stamford BridgeGossipFIT IN HIS BELEArsenal turn attention to Lyon striker Dembele as Lacazette replacementGossipGUNNER MAKE A MOVEArsenal weighing up transfer move for Barcelona star RafinhaHis only Premier League appearance since December 7 came in the Reds’ sole Premier League defeat of the season, the 3-0 loss at Watford.After that shock result, Lovren admitted his side were “ashamed” for throwing away their Invincibles dreams.Liverpool are likely to try and bring in a replacement for Lovren should they find a suitable buyer for the former World Cup finalist.Best free transfer XI available to Premier League clubs this summer including Arsenal target Matty Longstaff