… Reifer, Joseph make returnFRONT-RUNNERS and defending champions Guyana Jaguars will look to extend their dominance when Cricket West Indies (CWI) Professional Cricket League Regional 4-Day Tournament resumes today.The Jaguars, who enjoyed home advantage for the past three rounds, will resume outside of their home territory against hosts Jamaican Scorpions at Sabina Park.Currently, the Jaguars sit on 118.0 points, 42.8 points ahead of second-placed Barbados Pride (75.2). Trinidad and Tobago Red Force (71.6), Jamaica Scorpions (71.4), Leeward Islands Hurricanes (61), and Windward Islands Volcanoes (52.2) complete the points table after seven rounds.Complacency will be the only thing that Leon Johnson and company will have to resist, but the Jaguars have never given the impression that this is something they have to guard against by the way they operate.Raymond ReiferThey have won five games in convincing fashion, drew against the Hurricanes and recorded a tied against the Windward Islands Volcanoes in round six.Recent history favours the Jaguars – the three-time reigning champions started their quest for a fourth-straight title in style when they crushed the Scorpions by 263 runs in round one last October.Meanwhile, the Jaguars have made two changes to their squad from the last game, with the inclusion of new West Indies recruit Raymon Reifer and West Indies A team fast bowler Keon Joseph.Reifer, the Barbados-born all-rounder returned from New Zealand where he made his Test debut in the second Test last December, while Joseph recovered from a slight injury.Anthony Adams and Sherfane Rutherford are the players making way. While Adams has not played a game this season, Rutherford has played in all seven rounds.Rutherford has chalked up 239 runs at an average of 29.88 and picked up 19 wickets at 20.26.Devendra Bishoo was not selected for this round, as he is still recovering from an injury.The Jaguars, three-time defending champions of the competition, are on course for a fourth consecutive title. They will play hosts Barbados Pride from January 11 to 14; and return home to face Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the final round January 18-21.Guyana Jaguars squad reads: Leon Johnson (captain), Vishaul Singh, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Keemo Paul, Akshaya Persaud, Raymon Reifer, Anthony Bramble (wicketkeeper), Gudakesh Motie, Veerasammy Permaul, Romario Shepherd and Keon Joseph.
Coach Mike Mutebi talks to his players in training yesterday. PHOTO KCCA MEDIATODAYMamelodi Sundowns v Kampala Capital City Authority 8pmSaturdayVipers (UGA) v Platinum Stars (RSA)Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | The four most successful clubs in African competitions enter the 2017 CAF Champions League this weekend expecting to build first-leg leads at home in last-32 ties.Record 19-time title winners Al Ahly of Egypt face South African league leaders Wits, who are playing in the elite African competition for the first time.TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo, second behind Ahly with 10 successes, meet unimpressive preliminary round winners CAPS United of Zimbabwe.Zamalek of Egypt, winners of nine continental competitions and 2016 Champions League runners-up, tackle Enugu Rangers of Nigeria in an attractive match-up.Etoile Sahel of Tunisia, the only club to win all five current and past CAF competitions, also boast nine titles ahead of a clash with AS Tanda of the Ivory Coast.The last-32 line-up includes eight winners of the Champions League, including title-holders Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa, who host Kampala Capital City Authority of Uganda. Share on: WhatsApp Esperance of Tunisia, V Club of DR Congo and Wydad Casablanca of Morocco complete the line-up of clubs who lifted the richest and most prized African trophy.Another five challengers, Leopards of Congo Brazzaville, FUS Rabat of Morocco, Horoya of Guinea, Al Merrikh of Sudan and Enugu, have won other CAF titles.A Nigerian club is overdue a good run, but an Enugu outfit that is struggling domestically will be underdogs against five-time champions Zamalek.It is the second tough pairing for the “Flying Antelopes” this season, having scraped past JS Saoura of Algeria on the away-goal rule.Bobby Clement scored in Algeria what ultimately proved the decisive goal and he believes better travel arrangements and tactics can foil Zamalek.“We needed three flights to reach Algeria whereas the squad are travelling direct to Cairo. That will be a big help,” he told reporters.“Our coaches are busy correcting the mistakes of recent matches in the national championship and coming up with a strategy to contain Zamalek.“Among our biggest problems recently has been sluggish starts to matches — it takes us too long to stamp our authority.”Enugu will not lack knowledge of the Cairo “White Knights”, who defeated another Nigerian club, Enyimba, home and away in the group phase last season.The other Nigerian contenders, Rivers United, host Merrikh full of confidence after a four-goal thrashing of Malian visitors Real Bamako last month.Ahly last won the Champions League in 2013, and six of the Egypt squad that finished Africa Cup of Nations runners-up last month came from the Cairo “Red Devils”.Mazembe will be watched closely to see what effect the departures of Christian Luyindama, Merveille Bope and Jonathan Bolingi to Standard Liege and Roger Assale to Young Boys Berne will have.
Really, it’s the start of summer.And the folks at Kootenays — Borderline Boaters are stoked to be presenting this year’s Kootenay Whitewater Festival this weekend on the Slocan River near Crescent Valley.The event, hosted at Endless Adventure, starts off with some meet and greet at the Endless Adventure campground and leads up to some exciting paddling Saturday and Sunday.This is an intermediate paddle fest with a variety of clinics for all skill levels, including beginners.The weekend starts off with a river run and clinics, followed by lunch, land games and more paddling in the afternoon. Dinner on your own then back in action for The Evening Entertainment — opening act Roy Has Fire, featuring Almanak and Wrapping up the evening with DJ ELF . Pilates Sunday morning with Live It Up Fitness, then a river run, Team Ball Race and Boater Cross for the rest of the afternoon. Finishing the weekend off with prizes and give-aways.Guided river runs on the some of the West Kootenays classics.The Kootenay Whitewater Festival is for intermediate paddler and the clinics are available for those that want to brush up on their skills. Endless Adventure is hosting a Playboating clinic on Saturday, a Creaking clinic on Sunday, and the Basic skills and rolling clinic both days. The clinic are an additional $30 each.Early registration is before Thursday for a discount of $10 at Endless Adventure, or register at Endless Adventure on Saturday $60 for the weekend which includes lunch both days, T-shirt, prize, Party, camping.Registration and sign up goes from 8:15 to 9 a.m.! For more info about the festival or other events, feel free to call Endless Adventure at 1-877-FUN-8181 or email [email protected] [email protected]
Dimestore Fishermen is an outdoor fishing TV show that focuses on more than just fishing.Show creator Jim Hoey brought his team to the Heritage City on the invitation of Kerry Reed of Reel Adventures Fishing Charters to bring to the rest of North America what Nelsonites have known for years.”We try to focus on the cultural, historical and recreational aspects of communities we visit as much as the actual fishing,” Hoey, in his 12th season as host of Dimestore Fisherman, said during an interview with The Nelson Daily in the fall.“So moving around Nelson, all of Nelson’s natural character came out. We had the opportunity to have a special guest on the water … Mayor John Dooley is a great ambassador of this community.” And several Nelsonites stepped up and gave the crew the character and the natural beauty of the city from people who have lived here their whole lives, added Hoey, the father of three wonderful children. The crew fished on Kootenay Lake for four days in late October, obtaining more than enough footage of the best of what Kootenay Lake has to offer in the way of great fish. All fish caught were released.“(Jim Hoey and) the crew were very impressed with what they saw and they were definitely treated to an amazing experience,” said Reed, who began courting Hoey in March. “I think we highlighted our community in a very positive way and it will reflect in the final product of the TV episode.” Nelson will be showcased once again on television, this time as part of the Dimestore Fishermen series appearing on the World Fishing Network (WFN) Friday.The episode shot on Kootenay Lake in the fall of 2011 is on Channel 152 on Shaw TV. Airtimes are Friday at 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. and Saturday 6 a.m. All ties PDT.
After a 2-2 draw against Great Britain in their opening game, India came out with a brilliant performance to beat New Zealand 3-0 in their second match at the 26th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia on Sunday.Mandeep Singh opened the scoring for India in the 23rd minute of the game midway through the second quarter with a desection. Defender Harmanpreet Singh then doubled the lead just before halftime with a powerful drag flick.He then scored another goal in the same fashion early in the fourth quarter (47th minute) to seal the win for the Men in Blue.Earlier on Saturday, India were held to a 2-2 draw by Great Britain in the opening match of the tournament.Akashdeep Singh (19th minute) and Mandeep Singh (48th minute) scored field goals to give India the lead twice in the match but only to see the Britons hit back through Tom Carson (25th) and Alan Forsyth (52nd).India will now take on defending champions Australia in their next encounter.