Future Stars, Bent Street bracing for electric quarter-final clash

first_imgThe Georgetown Zone of the Guinness “Greatest of the Streets” is now down to the business end with the quarter-finals slated for tonight at the parking lot of the National Cultural Centre, none of the four quarter-final fixtures promises more fireworks than that of the Future Stars versus Bent Street clash.Tonight’s quarter-finals promises fireworks on the tarmac of the National Cultural CentreThe two sides are similar in their energetic high octane playing styles and will be sure to have their respective supporters on edge.The two teams who will face each other in the final match of the night progressed from the round of 16 in contrasting fashion as Bent Street scored a single goal against Ol Skool Ballers. If Bent Street’s win was hard earned, Future Stars made it look easy as they demolished a hapless Kingston by five goals to nil.Bent Street will look to Captain Okanie Fraser who has been their standout player time and again; if Bent Street is to go toe to toe with the Future Stars juggernaut they will need Fraser at his brilliant best.One factor that makes Future Stars the powerhouse that they are is that they have a team of players who can up the ante on any given night to dastardly effect. The likes of Jamal Cozier, Akeemo Anthony and Keron Solomon are all players who can upend a game on its head to the benefit of their team.Meanwhile defending champions Sparta Boss look to have an easy match against Queen Street Tigerbay but no team can be taken for granted at this stage.Two other exciting quarter-final matches on the night features Gold is Money taking on Rising Stars while Leopold Street will clash with newcomers California Square.The losers from the round of 16 will have a shot at redemption and $50,000 in the “Plate Section” of the tournament with Trap Squad taking on GTI Ballers, North East La Penitence facing Norton Street, Ol Skool Ballers versus Kingston and North Ruimveldt look to topple Upsetters. (Michelangelo Jacobus)Fixtures are as follows:Gold is Money vs Rising Stars-21:00hLeopold Street vs California Square-21:30hSparta Boss vs Queen Street Tigerbay 22:00hFuture Stars vs Bent Street-22:30hPlate SectionTrap Squad vs GTI Ballers-19:00hNorth East La Penitence vs Norton Street-19:30hOl Skool Ballers vs Kingston-20:00hNorth Ruimveldt vs Upsetters-20:30hlast_img read more

QPR v Derby player ratings

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Sharks coach says another Erik Karlsson setback is possible

first_imgSAN JOSE — Ken Campbell of the Hockey News gave it life and Pete DeBoer made sure it got one more spin through the rinse cycle. But Sharks fans are hoping that Erik Karlsson’s return signals the last “time is nigh” reference of the season.Karlsson will suit up for his first game since Feb. 26 when the Sharks close out the regular season with a bout against the Colorado Avalanche at SAP Center on Saturday. DeBoer announced Karlsson’s return by using the phrase that Campbell made indelible when …last_img read more

Corrupt Tennis Umpires Banned

first_imgLONDON, ENGLAND — Two tennis umpires have been banned and four others are under investigation for corruption, authorities said Tuesday.The sanctions were confirmed by the International Tennis Federation in response to a story published online by The Guardian.Kirill Parfenov of Kazakhstan was banned for life in February 2015 for using Facebook to contact another official in an “attempt to manipulate the scoring of matches,” the ITF said in a statement.Denis Pitner of Croatia was suspended for a year in August after passing on details on the “physical well-being of a player to a coach during a tournament and regularly logging on to a betting account from which bets were placed on tennis matches,” the ITF said.Four other unidentified officials were suspended while investigations continue into their conduct.“In order to ensure no prejudice of any future hearing we cannot publicly disclose the nature or detail of those investigations,” the ITF said. “Should any official be found guilty of an offense, it will be announced publicly.”The ITF code was changed in December to allow the public reporting of sanctions for officials, but the governing body could not explain why it only announced details following media questions. The ITF also declined to explain why it would not provide details on matches involved in the case.The Guardian said the offenses took place on the Futures Tour, the lowest rung of professional tennis. It said umpires allegedly took bribes from betting syndicates in exchange for manipulating live scores, allowing gamblers to place bets already knowing the outcome of the next point.The story follows BBC and BuzzFeed allegations about match-fixing at the top level of the sport that overshadowed the start of the Australian Open last month. Those reports led to the announcement of an independent review into tennis’ anti-corruption practices, which are overseen by the Tennis Integrity Unit.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more