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WEST Indies cricket legend Sir Wes Hall will this evening at the Guyana Pegasus deliver the keynote address at the Rotary Club of Georgetown’s commemoration of ‘World Understanding Month’, under the theme: ‘Lessons learnt from the noble game of cricket’.World Understanding includes the anniversary of the first meeting of Rotary held on February 23, 1905, and as a chance for every Rotary club to pause, plan and promote the Fourth Avenue of Service – Rotary’s continued quest for goodwill, peace and understanding among peoples of the world.Rotary Club of Georgetown’s Foundation Director and former West Indies player and coach, Roger Harper, told Chronicle Sport that the theme of the dinner fits perfectly into the gentleman, the former Barbados Senator.“I thought that someone like Wes Hall is perfect for this occasion because of who he is; being an example to so many people, especially our young generation,” Harper said.Harper, who played 25 Test matches for the West Indies in his 10-year career in the ‘gentleman’s game’, said, “Wes is an accomplished man of the game, both on and off the field, a director in a number of companies around the Caribbean, he’s a Minister, so he’ll be sharing, like the title said, his lessons learnt from the noble game.”For over a decade Wes Hall terrified batsmen the world over. Muscular and tall with a classical action, Hall presented a fearsome sight. A long, lithe approach ended with a fast and well-aimed delivery.He started his cricket career as a wicketkeeper-batsman but converted to a bowler when the regular opener for his club side failed to turn up. He took the new ball, six wickets, and never looked back.He toured England in 1957 with only one first-class game to his name, but he struggled for form and with his run-up and looked unimpressive.Called into the side to tour India and Pakistan in 1958-59, he took 46 wickets in eight Tests, and he was a regular thereafter. In the classic Tied Test on 1961 at Brisbane he took 9 for 203, and bowled the last over with six runs needed for victory with three wickets left.Hall took one wicket, dropped a crucial catch, and there were two run-outs. Against India in 1961-62 he grabbed 27 wickets at 15.74 and in 1963, partnered by Charlie Griffith, he blasted England to defeat.At Lord’s, in another epic finish, he bowled unchanged for three-and-a-half hours and took 4 for 93 (as well as breaking Colin Cowdrey’s arm).In 1964-65 his 16 wickets were instrumental in guiding West Indies to their first series win over Australia, but by the time he toured England in 1966 the signs were there that he was on the wane.Hall retired, along with his partner Griffith, at the end of the tour of Australia and New Zealand in 1968-69. An immensely popular man, he played two seasons for Queensland and the bulk of his career with Barbados (although that amounted to 13 matches in 15 seasons) with a few appearances for Trinidad in his twilight years.In retirement he became an ordained minister as well as a Minister of Tourism and Sport in the Barbados government. He also managed West Indies touring sides and in 2001 took over as president of the West Indies Cricket Board.
Danish tournament organiser BLAST has completed a funding round, raising a total of €12.5 million (£11.1 million).The round was led by Johan Gedda, CEO and Co-founder of Rocket Software, and Danish investment fund Vækstfonden. Photo credit: BLASTRELATED: Esports agency META raises €1M for continued growthEuropean venture capital firms Creandum, Heartcore, and Maki – existing investors in the company – rounded out the funding with further investment.Gedda spoke on the decision to invest in a release: “The opportunity to combine and create a deeper technology stack that will evolve the future of esports is one of the reasons I am pleased to partner with BLAST. I am impressed by their plans and look forward to leveraging my experience in the technology space to help grow this exciting and fast-moving business.”RELATED: Raven raises $1.4 million in seed funding roundThe circumstances created by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic haven’t stopped BLAST from continuing to serve the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive community, devising online tournament BLAST Rising in April. The company announced its entry into Dota 2 earlier this month through BLAST Bounty Hunt, an online tournament with the involvement of multiple prominent teams.Erik Balck Sørensen, Partner of Vækstfonden, also commented: “We have watched the leadership position taken by BLAST across the esports industry in Europe and beyond, and we are proud to support a European growth company as it moves to its next stage.”Esports Insider says: BLAST has seemingly gone from strength to strength following its parting with Astralis Group, where both companies were housed under RFRSH Entertainment. It has done a great job in creating new events and original content programming during tough circumstances, so we’re intrigued to see what’s next, especially with significant backing such as this.Read The Esports Journal
Like us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter https://twitter.com/NewPghCourier BILL NEAL:10—Of course this is not a shoutout to the likes of Hosea Champine, Norm Nixon, John Marshall, Kirk Bruce, Ron Carter, Sam Clancy, Myron Brown, Bobby Franklin, B.B. Flenory, Magic Mike Williams, Kenny Durrett, Bobby Byrd or Billy Varner…your legend was already in place! No, this is “a call to arms for the other 5,060 or so players that played in the nationally-recognized, top 10-rated Connie Hawkins Summer League that more than likely may have never been recognized beyond your last glorified high school game. On Saturday, May 5, we will honor and memorialize the late great Connie Hawkins. Do the right thing man and come pay your respects to the man that put you on the map!:09—Sooooo, while I have your attention, here’s your info for the next to last time. Friday, May 4, “Live” at The Savoy Restaurant (2623 Penn Avenue, zip code 15222). Come one, come all to welcome home the 1968 ABA World Champion Pittsburgh Pipers. 6 p.m. until, $5 cover, free parking, cash bar, cash kitchen, dress to impress. Saturday, May 5, noon press conference at the Marriott Hotel City Center, Downtown Pittsburgh. Then at 2 p.m., the Pittsburgh Bullets ABA team will showcase a tribute exhibition game and clinic for kids at the Thelma Lovette YMCA (2114 Centre Avenue, zip code 15219) in honor of the champions. Then at 6 p.m., cocktail reception for the event at the Marriott. Then at 7 p.m., dinner and awards presentation honoring the Pipers, Connie Hawkins and the 2018 Connie Hawkins Hall of Fame Inductees. Special guest speakers include the legendary Billy Knight, former L.A. Laker Ron Carter and former Boston Celtic B.B. Flenory. $50 in advance, $75 at the door, not formal. Dress to impress. Parking at cost. For additional information, please call Achieving Greatness Inc. at 412-628-4856, Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.:08—Hey, while I am shouting out stuff, let’s have a shoutout for all the people that helped make this historic night possible. Major Mark Whited. The Mark Cuban Foundation. The New Pittsburgh Courier. The Phoenix Suns. The Pittsburgh Penguins. State Representative Austin Davis. City Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle. Chuck Sanders Charities. Gary White. Frank B. Fuhrer Wholesale Co. Attorney Glenn Mahone. Attorney William Goodrich. Attorney Jack Goodrich. J.T. Thomas. The Tribune Review. Larry Richert of KDKA Radio.:07—Lord, please don’t let Kevin Cameron be right about the Pittsburgh Pirates, but if the pitchin’ don’t hold up, the bats don’t mean jack. Now that’s teamwork.:06—Yeah, I know the NFL draft is on Thursday, April 26, but I won’t be watching. Call me when we’ve made our selection, then you got my attention.:05—But if you really want to know who, what, when, where and why, tune into Soul Take—Champions Live Sports Talk Show every Wednesday…go to urbanmediatoday.com and get reminded of how much you don’t know, but you think you know. Brought to you by Urban Media Today, the New Pittsburgh Courier and Cameron Professional Management. Starring Kevin Cameron, Bill Neal and a cast of the greatest sports minds in the business. To get on board – firstname.lastname@example.org or call Achieving Greatness Inc. at 412-628- 4856.:04—Man, you know the Black Panther is all that if it’s still playing at theaters and at prime time slots. It’s been over a month. They used to call that “Black Power!!!”:03—BTW, if you still have doubts about me proclaiming Jim Thorpe the greatest athlete of all time, just pull up or rent the movie Jim Thorpe—All American. You – Will – Be – Amazed. Look, the man and one other Native American beat an entire track team by themselves . . . just Google it.:02—To the world, and to my good friend, and the family and close friends of the late great “Super Champion” Bruno Sammartino, farewell to a true legend!!! (FYI – he sold out Madison Square Garden 108 times . . . C’mon man!)Dexter Westbrook driving against “The Hawk”:01—In continuing to showcase the members of the Pittsburgh Pipers World Champions, pictured here are Dexter Westbrook driving against “The Hawk” before getting traded to the Pipers weeks later, and sharp shooter Barry Leibowitz.Barry Leibowitz:00—GAME OVER.
A nervous outing to Templemore ended with a ultimately comfortable seven points win against a competitive home side who gave the visitors much to think about before two goals in as many minutes decided the contest.Fielding a sizable number of players from last years Sigerson campaign NUIGalway exchanged early blows with the Garda college managed by long time former Clare senior goalkeeper Joe Hayes. Indeed for an early season foray both sides were intent on securing the league points that would defer relegation fears.A sizable attendance in the Templemore grounds had to wait until the fourth minute for NUIGalway centre forward Owen Gallagher to open the scoring. Kildare’s Jack Robinson added to this opener before Headford’s Enda Tierney (2) and Patrick O Donnell left the winners (0-5) to (0-2) clear as Galway starlet Paul Mannion was impressive for the Garda College.Aaron Brady in the NUI Galway goal was quick off his line to deny Paul Mannion just before Kevin Quinn was also stopped from hitting the game’s first goal at the other end. Mannion added two scores and with seven minutes left in the first half the sides were level.Both sides were guilty of errors in front of goal more so Maurice Sheridan’s men. Indeed a scoretaker of renown Sheridan would have worried more for NUIGalway in this aspect as they hit 18 wides over the duration of the outing. Kieran Molloy even though named at 15 was sweeping all over the well prepared Tipperary venue.Enda Tierney edged his side a point clear before three scores from Garda sent them into the lead. This was as good as it got for the trainee’s as Tierney (2) and Kevin Quinn were on the mark to leave NUI Galway ahead by the odd score in 17 at the interval.Two early second half scores by Garda left them ahead by the minimum and indeed NUI Galway were under the cosh before Kevin Quinn with two scores and one response from Garda left the sides deadlocked at (0-11) apiece and one feeling the NUI Galway had retaken the initiative in the contest. The result was effectively decided between the 41st and 45th minute with NUI Galway hitting (2-1) opposed to a solitary score from Garda. Patrick O’Donnell and Owen Gallagher were the goalscorers as Jack Robinson added the minor.The final quarter saw (1-2) more from NUI Galwayy as Garda kept plugging away with Fionan O Laoi the scorer from the penalty sport after he won the free. NUI Galway move onto Round 2 to play IT Sligo at 6pm in IT Sligo next Wednesday evening.NUI Galway: Aaron Brady, Stephen Brennan, Sean Mulkerrins, Ciaran McCloskey, Patrick O’Donnell (1-1), Ruairi Greene, Nathan Mullen, Cian Darcy, Kevin McDonnell, Donal Shanley, Owen Gallagher (1-1), Enda Tierney (0-4), Jack Robinson(0-4), Kevin Quinn (0-3), Kieran Molloy.Subs: Fionan O’Laoi (1-1). By Michael O Connor NUIGalway GPO NUI Galway 3-14 Garda College 0-16 print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email