USA cricket body facing expulsion from ICC

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Dubai:

The United States of America Cricket Association (USACA) faces expulsion from the International Cricket Council (ICC) in June, the sport’s global governing body said on Monday.

USACA was suspended in 2015 with several reinstatement conditions after the ICC found that the organisation did not have widespread authority over the country’s cricket activities and lacked unity.

The ICC said USACA had failed to work with successfully with a group set up to help them rectify the position and had breached several other reinstatement conditions.

“Our focus throughout this two year process has been on the unification of the USA cricket community behind USACA to grow and develop the sport,” ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said in statement on Monday.

“USACA’s refusal to engage in the process … its apparent failure to put the ICC Board-approved constitution before its members without legitimate excuse undermines the all-important objective of uniting the sport.”

A resolution to expel USACA will be voted on at a meeting of the ICC Full Council in June.

 

US open is a big incentive for US cricketers, Says Shoaib Mohammad

By Ubaid Awan

Karachi: Pakistan’s former test opener Shoaib Mohammad praises Cricket Council USA to held another wonderful episode of US open cricket tournament from 24th to 27th November 2016 at Broward county stadium Fort Lauderhill, Florida, USA.

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Nepali Rhinos makes history in first 2xCricket USA cup

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PEARLAND: The Moosa stadium witnessed history in the making as the Nepali Rhinos overpowered the star-studded Houston Sparks to lift the first 2xCricket USA cup here on Sunday.

Sparks put Rhinos into bat, after winning the toss, and the Paras Khadka-led outfit managed 73 runs for 3 wickets. In reply the Sparks scored only one more run (74-3).

In the second innings the Rhinos cut loose and hammed 124 runs to give Houston Sparks a very stiff target of 124 runs. Shawn Findley and captain Paras Khatka stroked blistering knocks of 77 and 61 runs respectively. Asad Ali and Muhammad Khalil took 2 wickets apiece.

In the second innings, Houston Sparks failed to replicate their semi-final performance and bundled out with 55 more runs to get. Shahzeb Hassan topped the batting chart with 38 runs. Shawn Findlay took 3, Paras Khatka grabbed 2 wickets.

The winning captain Paras Khatka and runner-up skipper Kamran Akmal applauded the 2x format and expressed willingness to be part of this event next year as well.

In the end, the vice president of Mitsubishi motors for North American region, Don Swearingen presented trophy to the winning captain with a purse of $60, 250.

The runner-up team, Houston Sparks got $17,250.

The 8-team event began on November 9th and apart from the two finalists, Florida Underdogs and UAE falcons also qualified for the semi final games.

Montgomery sports management, Pak Punjab, Smart Choice and Somerset Cavaliers were the other teams participated in the tournament with a unique format of 4 innings in a T20 game.

Zeeshan Maqsood of UAE falcons, scored 265 runs with a century and 2 fifties, was declared the best batsman of the tournament while best bowler’s award went to Asad Ali of Houston Sparks who took 11 wickets in the competition. The most valuable player’s award was given to Shawn Findlay of the Nepali Rhinos who scored 193 runs and took 10 wickets during the course of the tournament.

Ind-WI series to boost cricket passion in USA: MAQ

Staff reporter

Fort Lauderhill, FLORIDA:  International cricket has returned to the USA, after a long time, with India and the reigning world Twenty20 champions, the West Indies are locking horns in a couple of Twenty20 games at the Central Broward Regional Park here on Saturday andSunday. Terming it a welcome development, the chairman of the Cricket Council of USA (CCUSA), M. A. Qureshi hopes that this series would give boost to the upcoming annual T20 event, the US Open 2016, adding that this step was need of hour for the progression of cricket in this region. “We need big matches like these to take place in the USA so that we could inspire kids to take on this game seriously. This is the only way we can build the sport”, said M. A. Qureshi.

 

M. A. Qureshi added that his annual cricket tournament, US Open has been a successful event not only in creating awareness about the game but also in encouraging hundreds of kids, who are now attending cricket camps and wanting to play the sport. “The CCUSA provided that impetus the game needed in America and it is great that now the International Cricket Council has taken interest in this region as well. These two games will go a long way in game’s development”, hoped M. A. Qureshi

 

“It will of course boost the upcoming US open as well which is to be held on the same venue”, added M. A. Qureshi

 

The US Open T20 cricket tournament will be held between November 24 and 27 this year at the Central Broward Regional Park in which a number of international stars will feature along with local players.

This year’s US open, M. A. Qureshi said, is different as it got the backing of the International Cricket Council too. “Preparations for this very popular domestic T20 tournament have been year round and this year is expected to be the best in terms of the organisation and the quality of the cricket to be played”, concluded M. A. Qureshi

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Mamammad Qureshi president of CCUSA (left) in the company of Mohammed Markatia (right) director of the board of CCUSA with Dr. M.V. Sridhar the operations manager of the Board of Control for cricket in India (BCCI) at the Central Broward regional Park, Florida.

 

 

Tri-California Events Returns to Host another Successful Triathlon at Alcatraz

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San Francisco, Calif – Saturday morning, on the warm sandy shores of Rio’s Copacabana Beach, triathlete Gwen Jorgenson set her focus on winning the first Gold Medal in triathlon for the United States. Which she did. Sunday morning, over 600 steely amateur triathletes battled the chilly 62 degree waters of San Francisco Bay in hopes of earning their own personal best in Tri-California’s San Francisco Triathlon at Alcatraz.

Before daylight, another Olympian, USA’s 2004 Triathlon Olympic Team member, Victor Plata, was welcoming athletes into both the transition area and eventually, across the finish line. Athletes from across the country prepared for one of triathlon’s most historic Olympic distance races by checking their bikes, positioning their gear, and slipping into their wetsuits for the 1.2-mile rough water swim. Once out of the water, racers biked a hilly 23-mile route, following it up with a 6.1-mile run along some of California’s most scenic coastal bluffs.

By sunrise, athletes found themselves at the rather unique start of this triathlon — on a barge heading out to the middle of San Francisco Bay where they then braved a 10 foot jump into this season’s unexpectedly icy waters. “This race is not for the faint of heart but it also takes some blood, sweat, and tears to pull it off,” says Tri-California Events Founder and CEO, Terry Davis. “We are very proud to be able to bring back, by popular demand, the original and most successful triathlons at Alcatraz,” said Davis, referring to Tri-California having to suspend future races after its inaugural race in 2010 due to The America’s Cup.
At the end of the day, it would be Pedro Gomez, 33, of Scottsdale, Ariz., who would take the gold for the Men’s Division with a time of 2:09:09. Second overall male was Jack Calhoun, 27, of San Francisco, Calif., with a 2:11:20 and a close third was John Dahlz, 32, of Daly City, Calif., with a 2:11:31.

For the women, Emily Cocks, 39, from Napa, Calif., topped the podium with a time of 2:29:36. Second overall would go to Tina Eakin, 46, of Elk Grove, Calif., and Cocks’ Freeplay teammate, Kelly O’Mara, 31, of San Rafael, Calif., grabbed third with 2:35:49.

The San Francisco Triathlon at Alcatraz provides athletes of all calibers the opportunity to test their grit on the challenging terrains of this race and to shake up the monotony of traditional races. “The swim was a washing machine, the bike was great — to have the breeze coming off the coast, and that run was the toughest part, ” said first time triathlete Travis Knight. “I can’t wait to come back and do it all over again”

Olympics-Dalilah Muhammad wins Olympic gold in women’s 400 hurdles

Dalilah Muhammad

RIO DE JANEIRO — American Dalilah Muhammad picked a good year to hit her peak in the 400-meter hurdles.

After two years of struggling with injuries and losing confidence over disappointing results, Muhammad won gold Thursday in 53.14 seconds, dominating the race despite a light rain that fell over Olympic Stadium.

Taking command early, Muhammad found herself all alone in the final 100 meters, cruising to the finish by a comfortable .42 seconds over Denmark’s Sara Slott Petersen. It’s the first time an American woman has won a gold medal in this event.

American Ashley Spencer, who was far back early, earned the bronze medal with a strong finishing kick while posting her personal best time of 53.72 seconds.

“It’s so exciting,” said Muhammad, the first American woman to win Olympic gold in the event. “This means so much; I’ve been working so hard for this. The last two years haven’t been the best but to finally be where I’m supposed to be at the right time, and I’m so happy about that.”

Muhammad’s performance at the U.S. Olympic trials foreshadowed her gold-medal run here. After making a coaching change in February and improving her fitness level, she posted the fastest time in the world this year and shaved nearly a second off her personal best.

“I just to remotivate myself to work harder,” she said. “I worked as hard as I ever did in this last year and being so much more disciplined played a huge factor.”

Though she didn’t run that fast in Rio, it was an impressive performance nonetheless for the former Southern Cal hurdler. Her game plan coming out of lane No. 3 was to hit the front as quickly as possible, and she didn’t disappoint. By hurdle No. 8, she had opened up on the field and was only going to get caught if she made a mistake.

U.S swimmer Ryan Lochte lied about robbery, Brazil police

Swimmer Ryan Lochte

Rio de Janeiro – American Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte fabricated a story about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro, a Brazilian police official told The Associated Press on Thursday.

The official, who has direct knowledge of the investigation, spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about an ongoing probe.

He said that around 6 a.m. on Sunday, Lochte, along with fellow swimmers Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz and Jimmy Feigen, stopped at a gas station in Barra da Tijuca, a suburb of Rio where many Olympic venues are located. One of the swimmers tried to open the door of an outside bathroom. It was locked.

The official said a few of the swimmers then pushed on the door and broke it. A security guard appeared and confronted them.

The guard was armed with a pistol, but he never took it out or pointed it at the swimmers, the official said.

According to the official, the gas station manager then arrived.

Using a customer to translate, the manager asked the swimmers to pay for the broken door. The official says after a discussion, they did pay him an unknown amount of money and left.

The news comes after two of those swimmers, Conger and Bentz, were yanked off a homebound flight Wednesday. The pair later told police that the robbery story had been fabricated, the Brazilian police official said.

Police have planned a Thursday afternoon news briefing on the incident. A message seeking comment was left with Lochte’s attorney.

“Let’s give these kids a break…they had fun, they made a mistake, life goes on,” a Rio Olympics spokesman told Reuters.

Feigen, who was not on the flight with Conger and Bentz, was ordered to stay in Brazil. He told USA Today that he’s cooperating with authorities. Lochte made it back to the U.S. before authorities could seize his passport.

Lochte said he was with Conger, Bentz and Feigen when they were robbed at gunpoint in a taxi by men with a police badge as they returned to the athletes’ village from a party, several hours after the final Olympic swimming events were held. Lochte claimed he had a gun pointed at his head.

NBC reported Wednesday night that Lochte backed off some of his earlier claims about the robbery. He now says the taxi wasn’t pulled over by men with a badge, but that they were robbed after stopping at a gas station, NBC reported. Lochte also said the assailant pointed a gun at him rather than putting it to his head.

But Lochte also said no one in law enforcement asked him to stay in the country for additional questioning and reportedly expressed surprise at the casual nature of authorities’ questioning.

Asked by Matt Lauer if he had made the robbery story up, Lochte denied the charge.

“He stopped me quickly and strongly denied that,” Lauer said. “He said, ‘That’s absolutely not the case. I wouldn’t make up a story like this, nor would the others. As a matter of fact, we all feel it makes us look bad. We’re victims in this and we’re happy that we’re safe.'”

But the group did not call police, authorities said, and officers began investigating once they saw media reports in which Lochte’s mother spoke about the robbery.

Police interviewed Lochte and one other swimmer, who said they had been intoxicated and could not remember what type and color of taxi they rode in or where the robbery happened, the police official said. The swimmers also could not say what time the events occurred.

Lochte described the alleged robbery to NBC’s “Today” show Sunday.

“We got pulled over, in the taxi, and these guys came out with a badge, a police badge, no lights, no nothing just a police badge and they pulled us over,” Lochte said. “They pulled out their guns, they told the other swimmers to get down on the ground — they got down on the ground. I refused, I was like we didn’t do anything wrong, so — I’m not getting down on the ground.

“And then the guy pulled out his gun, he cocked it, put it to my forehead and he said, ‘Get down,’ and I put my hands up, I was like ‘whatever.’ He took our money, he took my wallet — he left my cellphone, he left my credentials.”

Lochte told USA Today that he and his teammates didn’t initially tell the U.S. Olympic officials about the robbery “because we were afraid we’d get in trouble.”

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Two U.S. Swimmers Pulled Off Plane in Rio Amid Robbery Probe

 

Ryan Lochte to Matt Lauer on alleged robbery: ‘We wouldn’t make this up’

Two U.S. Olympic swimmers who say they were with Ryan Lochte when they were robbed in Rio de Janeiro were removed from a plane by Brazilian authorities late Wednesday.

Jeff Ostrow, a lawyer representing Lochte, and a spokesman for the U.S. Olympic Committee confirmed swimmers Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger were taken off the aircraft.

Detective Alexandre Braga, the chief of the city’s tourist police, said the pair had their passports “temporarily confiscated by a court order” through the Brazilian Sporting Events Court.

Bentz and Conger were released by authorities “with the understanding that they would continue their discussions about the incident on Thursday,” said USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky.

The two were seen leaving the airport police station early Thursday, when they were surrounded by media before getting into a black vehicle.

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On Wednesday, a Brazilian judge ordered Lochte and Olympian Jimmy Feigen to remain in Brazil as authorities investigated their account of being robbed at gunpoint in Rio early Sunday by assailants dressed as police officers.

Sandusky said in a statement Thursday that Bentz, Conger and Feigen were “cooperating with authorities” and determining a time and place to speak further with police.

“All are represented by counsel and being appropriately supported by the USOC and the U.S. Consulate in Rio,” he added.

Lochte’s lawyer said Conger and Bentz had not been specifically named by thejudge who had wanted Lochte’s and Feigen’s passports seized.

However, Lochte had already left Brazil and is in the United States. Feigen is still in Brazil and is cooperating with local authorities and “intends to make further statements” on Thursday, the USOC spokesman said.

Sources at Rio’s airport told NBC News that Feigen checked in for a flight online, but never showed up.

Brazilian judge Keyla Blanc de Cnop said Lochte and Feigen gave contradictory accounts of the robbery, according to the court’s statement. The men also said the robbery took place on the way home from a club, which they left at 4 a.m. But security video showed them leaving at a different time, the judge said.

De Cnop added that Lochte told police there was one robber, while Feigen said there were more, one of whom had a gun.

Lochte told TODAY’s Matt Lauer in a telephone interview Wednesday night that he returned from Rio earlier that day, and no one told him he should stay in Brazil. Lochte said he told authorities he would cooperate.

Lauer said he asked Lochte about skepticism that his story may have been fabricated but the swimmer balked at that suggestion.

“He strongly denied that, said it’s absolutely not the case,” Lauer said.

Two US swimmers pulled from plane in Brazil

“I wouldn’t make up a story like this nor would the others — as a matter of fact we all feel it makes us look bad,” Lauer said, quoting Lochte. “We’re victims in this and we’re happy that we’re safe.”

State Department spokesman John Kirby said the U.S. government was aware of the situation. “We have seen media reports that two U.S. citizen athletes were detained. We stand ready to provide all appropriate consular assistance,” Kirby said in a statement.

The swimmers are subject to questioning and potential charges if police believe they gave false or misleading statements to authorities, which can carry up to six months in jail.

But under Brazil’s constitution ratified in 1988, they have the right to remain silent.

Lochte repeated his story of what happened in large part, but a few details changed, Lauer said during NBC Sports coverage of the Olympics Wednesday night.

In an interview with TODAY’s Billy Bush on Sunday, just hours after the alleged robbery, Lochte had said the gun was put against his forehead — but said in Wednesday’s telephone conversation that the gun was pointed in his general direction but the weapon was cocked, Lauer reported.

Lochte did not repeat part of his story that their taxi was pulled over by the robbers, Lauer said.

Lochte said Wednesday they were at a gas station and got back in the taxi, the taxi driver did not move, and it was then that two robbers with guns and badges approached the car and ordered the swimmers out of the vehicle and onto the ground, Lauer said.

What might happen to US Olympic swimmers questioned over Rio robbery?

Ostrow, the lawyer, said Lochte gave police a statement as representatives from the U.S. State Department, United States Olympic Committee and the FBI observed. Lochte signed the statement to attest to its truthfulness, Ostrow added.

Police did not ask Lochte for more information, and they did not ask him to remain in Brazil, Ostrow said.

“They never said, ‘Stay around,'” Ostrow said. “Otherwise, I would have advised Ryan to stay.”

He accused Brazilian authorities of trying to “save face” after allowing the incident to become “a circus.”

Lochte said in the telephone interview that he initially didn’t want to tell the story of the armed robbery because they were worried they’d broken swim team rules, Lauer said.

Once he realized he hadn’t broken any rules by being out drinking because he was over 21, Lochte said he felt it was OK to tell the story, Lauer added.

FROM AUG. 14: U.S. Olympic Swimmer Ryan Lochte, Teammates Robbed At Gunpoint

Fred Funk and Kirk Triplett Withdraw From 2016 U.S. Senior Open Golf Championship

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FRED FUNK has withdrawn from the 2016 U.S. Senior Open Championship on Monday, August 15.

Funk, who withdrew prior to the fourth round, shot 71-73-81–225 through 54 holes. Funk won the 2009 U.S. Senior Open Championship, held at Crooked Stick Golf Club, in Carmel, Ind. He was one of seven past U.S. Senior Open champions to make the 36-hole cut this week.

Funk was scheduled to begin from the 10th tee at 1:04 p.m. EDT and was playing with Kiyoshi Murota. Murota will now play in a group of four with Mark Calcavecchia, Brian Mogg and Tom Watson at 12:54 p.m.

 

PLAYER WITHDRAWAL: Kirk Triplett, Scottsdale, Ariz.

KIRK TRIPLETT has withdrawn from the 2016 U.S. Senior Open Championship on Monday, August 15.

Triplett, who withdrew prior to the fourth round, shot 75-72-72—219 through 54 holes. Triplett was competing in his fifth U.S. Senior Open.

Triplett was scheduled to begin from the 10th tee at 11:51 a.m. EDT and was playing with Greg Kraft and Billy Andrade.

We are on-course to write history in USA cricket: MAQ

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Staff reporter

Fort Lauderhill, FLORIDA: The previous news item highlighted the fragmented cricket community in the USA which is believed to be one of the hindrances in the expansion of the game in the USA.

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On the other side the recent happening of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) games in Florida is seen as a ray of hope by local organisers.

  1. M. A. Qureshi, is one of the cricket organisers and the chairman of the Cricket Council USA, has been staging events in the USA for years now and claims to be the one who introduced the T20 format to the USA audience. “Cricket council USA has been promoting cricket in the USA for more than 16 years now and has invested millions of dollars into the efforts to promote the game in the country”, M. A. Qureshi said

“We introduced T20 cricket to the USA people way back in 1999 at the Dania Beach in Florida and since then staging tournaments across the country. In fact we have had over 100 tournaments since then”, Qureshi added

Mr. Qureshi, known as MAQ, is a Florida-based businessman and his passion for the game of cricket prompted him to establish an entity with the name of Cricket Council USA, under which he has organised number of cricket tournaments across the USA. MAQ recalled that about eight years back he staged a star-studded tournament in Fort Lauderhill, Florida in which former Indian, Pakistan and West Indian players took part. “On the memorial day weekend in 2008, the Cricket Council USA initiated a T20 event with the name of MAQ-T20 at the Broward stadium. We spent about  $1.4 million on the event in which former stalwarts like Javed Miandad, Muhammad Azharuddin, Richard Richardson along with a number of regional players participated”, MAQ recalled

“There was an opening ceremony of the tournament too which was also held at the BROWARD county cricket stadium”, MAQ said

“From the following year, the event was renamed to US Open Cricket and it’s a regular annual spectacle since then”, MAQ added

MAQ was of the view that recent interest of the ICC, in the region, would give impetus to the development of the game in the USA. “Recent matches of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) received overwhelming response. I believe the ICC’s measures are steps in the right direction for the betterment of cricket in this part of the world”, MAQ opined

MAQ also touched upon the upcoming edition of the US Open Cricket which, he said, has the backing of the ICC as well. “This year’s event will be held between November 24th and November 27th and a number of international stars will be featuring in the tournament.”, MAQ said

“I can’t share all the names at the moment but Herschelle Gibbs, Hassan Raza and a lot of other players will be in action this year”, MAQ added

“US Open offers the cash purse of $100,000 which is the highest prize-money in the history of the cricketing events in North America”, MAQ concluded