-cricket coach says training and staying fit crucial during forced off-season By Clifton RossEssequibo head coach Ryan Hercules is the latest local sports figure to endorse the fight against the covid19 pandemic, as fans and players eagerly await the return of cricket.Speaking with Guyana Chronicle on Saturday, Hercules said during these times of isolation, he maintains his condition by doing his own series of physical training.“Well I have been keeping myself in shape by working out every morning, doing a lot of short sprints, beep tests, squats and core workouts; while trying to eat healthy which is very important”, said the coach.With social distancing being a part of our daily lives due to the virus outbreak, Hercules revealed some of the advice he has been giving his players.“My advice first is basically keep safe, practice self-distancing, wear a mask if you go in public and follow all the guidelines by the ministry of health. In terms of training I let my players know how important it is to use whatever space they have at home to get some work done physically and even mentally”.He continued, “I tell them to reflect on your game from an individual point of view, work out strategies in your head on how you can better yourself. Most players are finding it hard cause we never went through a pandemic like this before where you have to train at home, but in the long run they know it’s the best thing to do at the moment till it goes away.(covid 19 coronavirus)”, said the Essequibo head coach.Cricket like many other sports have been shut down indefinitely with a number of tours and tournaments locally, regionally and internationally being called off. Regarding Guyana’s current state of lockdown, Hercules said despite missing cricket he is advocating for a longer lockdown period if needed.“I would agree with a longer lockdown if needed to make sure the safety of yourself and loved ones, this year’s CPL, Regional cricket or any cricket of the sort is now secondary when it comes to fighting the covid 19 coronavirus”.The former national youth player turned qualified coach, wrapped up his interview by adding that it is important for all to adhere to the guidelines as it will ensure the longevity of players, fans and the sport.“Yes, it can be disappointing for players to not play cricket for a few months or even a year, but at this point health and life is more important .There will be more CPL’s and Regional Cricket in the future, as for now we all have to do our part to fight this virus and stay safe”, he ended.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Paul was just 1 for 8 in the first half, then scored 14 points in the third quarter, perhaps fired up by the shot from Lopez.“Chris is a competitor, so if I’m going to turn a guy on it would probably not be him,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.Paul Pierce finished with 13 points as the Clippers rebounded from Thursday’s 115-102 loss in Cleveland to win for the 12th time in 14 games. Los Angeles shot 56.6 percent from the field.“A team that has a roster constructed like theirs, the way that they lost last night, tonight was their opportunity to right what happened last night,” Knicks coach Derek Fisher said. Carmelo Anthony scored 16 points, but shot just 4 for 12 for the Knicks (22-23), who were trying for a third straight win that would have moved them over .500. Kristaps Porzingis shot even worse, going 4 for 17 while finishing with 13 points and eight rebounds.The Knicks were within five points early in the second half before the Clippers blew it open during a third quarter that lasted more than a half hour, thanks to a lengthy video review preceding Lopez’s ejection, and a few intentional fouls of Jordan, who went 6 for 12 from the line.Los Angeles beat the Knicks for the seventh straight time, the longest active winning streak by any team against New York and the Clippers’ longest in franchise history.Jordan finished with eight rebounds, ending his career-best streak of double-doubles at 10. “I was just upset,” he said. “Chris is the smallest dude on the floor, you know what I’m saying? So we’ve got to protect him.”Doing so will cost Jordan $3,000, the penalty for his eighth technical of the season.Jordan joked he would ask for his reimbursement on the flight to Toronto, then thought better of it when realizing Paul might then stop throwing him those perfect lob passes.“If I’ve got to give up the lobs, then I’ll just take the fine,” Jordan said. The duo hooked up on a few alley-oops during the game as Jordan didn’t have to work hard to improve his NBA-leading field-goal percentage to 72.1 percent. NEW YORK >> DeAndre Jordan gets so many easy baskets thanks to Chris Paul, and now he wants something else from his point guard: money to pay his fine.Jordan scored 20 points on 7-for-7 shooting and picked up a technical foul defending his buddy as the Clippers routed the New York Knicks 116-88 on Friday night.Paul had 16 points, 13 assists, six rebounds and an apparent swollen lip after Knicks center Robin Lopez hit him in the face in the third quarter.Jordan responded by shoving Lopez from behind, they shoved again later, and Jordan was called for a technical foul.