by on April 16, 2018

The $70 million Central Broward Regional Park was purpose-built for cricket when it first opened, in 2008. Onitsuka Tiger Online Shop . It was US crickets crown jewel, an oasis in a land starved of turf-pitch stadium facilities.Before long, though, the venue took the shape of a white elephant, in the words of a hit piece in the areas major newspaper, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. After it hosted only two revenue-generating cricket events featuring Full Members in its first seven years, restlessness from Broward County management understandably set in, and as a result the facility has begun creeping towards repurposing itself for other sporting tenants, chiefly soccer.At the entrance to the park there are signs hawking sign-ups for FCB Escola, the summer soccer school run by FC Barcelona that has been the chief provider of rental revenue at the stadium for the last several years. Inside the pavilion there are no posters of cricketing icons who have graced the CBRP but framed images of Messi, Neymar, Iniesta and Suarez.Most recently the second-division soccer franchise Fort Lauderdale Strikers announced their relocation from Lockhart Stadium on the north side of Fort Lauderdale to the CBRP, which offers them a more central and upgraded location. They are the main tenant at the ground now. The cricket square was dug up in 2013 and moved 20 yards north to accommodate soccer, not the other way around. All signs point to the realisation that cricket is no longer what the facility is for.Much work had to be done on the pitch and outfield just to get it in shape to host cricket matches for the CPL this weekend. Auckland-based pitch consultant Mark Perham was brought in from Auckland to oversee the preparation of the pitch. A weed-filled outfield also needed to be worked on significantly after recent soccer use to get it back to looking green and clean.This weekend is an opportunity to show fans the CBRP has not been lost to soccer. CPL organisers have made it known that they want to play at the venue every year, and it will take a regular commitment such as that to deter a complete repurposing of the facility for soccer. CPL chief executive Damien ODonohoe has made it perfectly clear, though, that he wants a series of sell-out crowds to make return visits worthwhile.CPL administrators are also confident that the product theyre putting out will be better than that offered by last years Cricket All-Stars roadshow. The cheapest ticket in Lauderhill can be bought for US$23, with two-thirds of tickets priced at $30 or less. The cheapest Cricket All-Stars ticket was $50, though more than 75% of seats were priced at $100 or higher. Tom Moody, the CPLs international director of cricket, says not only is the event more affordable than the All-Stars, but it will be a better product.With all due respect to the Masters competition, youre really looking down memory lane and enjoying the spectacle but from a different position in the seat, Moody said. Youre sitting back and admiring some of the greats of the game that have played over the last couple of decades.You see one form where youre looking back and admiring some past greats in a different generation, played in a different gear. Over the next few days youre going to see the game played thats current, with the best players in the world, playing in overdrive. From an entertainment standpoint, youll be on the edge of your seat for the next week.Whether or not fans hold up their end of the bargain is to be determined. The overwhelming majority of ticket sales online have been purchased by out-of-towners. A ticket sales manager at the main Florida CPL box-office location at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center said a week out from the event that the word was about 100 walk-up tickets were sold in the month and a half since tickets went on sale.Yet there was more success achieved at other satellite sales locations, where tickets were offered by local West Indian expat merchants. Sheila Sawh Gowkaran, owner of Joys Roti Delight - a cult restaurant located across the street from the stadium - said she sold out of her batch of 500 tickets more than two weeks ago. I could have sold 1000 if they gave me that many, Gowkaran said.In terms of local competition from other sports, Miami Marlins are home at the moment and commence with a four-game series against St Louis Cardinals, which directly clashes with the CPL start times. However, CPL chairman Richard Bevan doesnt feel theyll be affected by traffic that could have gone to the CPL games had Marlins been away.I think were only in competition with ourselves in terms of putting on the very best product and making sure the cricket in Florida is played lighter and better, Bevan said. Well communicate that to a world audience over the next few days. Pulling out all the stops, Tridents part-owner Mark Wahlberg tweeted his support for the event, encouraging people to show up in Lauderhill.Barring a dramatic surge in walk-up sales, the expectation is that Thursday nights curtain-raiser may be played in front of a half-full stadium, which may be a disappointment to ODonohoe. The crowd is expected to be better on Friday night, while Saturday and Sunday are projected to be sold out, with few tickets remaining for both days. Time will tell if better success at the gate on the weekend double-header days outweighs less than optimal attendances at the start.The last obstacle is the temperamental Florida weather in the summertime, which is also tropical storm season. The weekend prior to the CPL saw heavy rains each day. Some training sessions for the early-arriving teams were cancelled. However, since Monday there has been glorious sunshine every day. Organisers have their fingers crossed the rain will hold off through the weekend, and the current forecast is for good weather on the first three days, with only Sunday in some doubt.If the scene in Lauderhill is anything like the last visit made by West Indies in 2012, the atmosphere should be thriving. Instead of having to wait four more years, good support in Lauderhill for the CPL might not only encourage the league to come back next year, but a visit by India and West Indies could be in store even sooner. Asics Gel Kayano 21 . Carey Price didnt, but he still came out on top against one of his rivals for the No. 1 job at the Sochi Games. The Anahim Lake, B.C., native was stellar in making 39 saves in his home province and Lars Eller got credit for a bizarre short-handed winner as the Canadiens defeated the Canucks 4-1. Gel Noosa Tri 8 . "I was fortunate to play many years at this level with a great organization and unbelievable teammates," said Hejduk in a statement. . Durant finished with 24 points and 13 rebounds, Jackson matched his career high with 23 points on 10-of-14 shooting and Lamb scored 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting, lifting the Thunder to a 94-88 win over San Antonio and snapping the Spurs 11-game winning streak. With Mondays release of the McLaren report (aka Sochi report) commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency, here are some frequently asked questions and quick takes on an unprecedented situation:Q: What is the McLaren report?A: An investigation ordered by the World Anti-Doping Agency in May, and led by Canadian law professor Richard McLaren, after WADA was backed into a corner following revelations by former Moscow lab director Grigory Rodchenkov in a May 2016 New York Times report.Q: What were the major findings of the McLaren report?A: To the shock and surprise of no one who has been paying attention over the past 18 months, the same government-supported Russian sports bureaucracy shown to have systematically undermined anti-doping efforts in track and field was shown to have done the same across multiple sports, summer and winter.Q: Isnt this a little late in the game?With all due respect to the investigators, who appear to have done a massive amount of work in a very compressed time frame, anyone interested in any semblance of fair play should be livid that this avalanche of information has emerged only 18 days before the start of the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. It creates enormous potential legal and political complications with little time to resolve them. WADA should have acted to expand the investigation right after Part I of the independent commission report was released in November -- something its own athlete committee urged.Q: What are some highlights in the findings of the McLaren report?A: The WADA-accredited Moscow lab, in McLarens words, operated for the protection of doped Russian athletes within a state-directed failsafe system using the disappearing positive [test] methodology. Positive samples from protected (i.e., medal-contender-quality) Russian athletes were screened and deleted from the records. The aptly named Center for Sports Preparation collected and stored clean urine to be swapped for dirty samples at the Sochi Olympics lab. Supposedly tamper-proof sample bottles were, in fact, messed with. Secret police (whose office in Sochi was steps away from the IOCs and WADAs) actively participated in the scam. The conspiracy was orchestrated by the Ministry of Sport and affected more than two dozen summer and winter Olympic sports. After the WADA independent commission investigation began, a pre-announced visit by investigators resulted in some 8,000 samples stored at the Moscow lab being destroyed. (Click here to read the full McLaren report.)Q: Hadnt we heard this before?A: Yes, just not in so much detail. WADA released a two-part independent commission report in November 2015 and January 2016, a probe commissioned after it was backed into a corner following revelations in an investigative documentary by the German television network ARD. The documentary included substantial evidence of organized doping, cover-ups and bribery within the Russian track and field federation, much of it gathered by Russian whistleblowers Yuliya and Vitaly Stepanov. The report mentioned that Rodchenkov had destroyed 1,400 samples of athletes from multiple sports and secret police were present in the Sochi lab. Because track and field is not a winter sport, the logical deduction was that the same corruption had permeated beyond that federation.Q: What does all this mean?A: Were about to find out whether the International Olympic Committee has the spine to eject a wealthy superpower from its festival tent -- a country that deliberately subverted anti-doping efforts for years, made a farce of the 2014 Winter Games and cheated some unknown number of clean athletes out of economic and psychological payoffs.Q: What will happen next?A: The IOC has called a teleconference for Tuesday to discuss possible sanctions. In recent months, through its actions and the statements of president Thomas Bach, the IOC showed a reluctance to issue wholesale bans, citing the rights of individual Russian athletes said to be clean, while failing to address the individual rights of other clean athletes denied fair results for years because of the Russian system. The IOC also could toss tthe eligibility question back into the laps of individual international sports federations (i. Asics Gel Kayano 20. e., FINA for swimming, FIFA for soccer, etc.) which have neither the time nor the investigative capability to determine one by one which nations or athletes should be permitted to compete in Rio 18 days from now.Q: What is the reaction so far?A: WADA has called for Russia to be barred from participating in the Rio Games. A leaked letter prepared by U.S. and Canadian anti-doping officials indicated those entities would jointly ask for the same. Members of the WADA athlete committee and IOC athletes commission are expected to issue their statement opposing Russian participation in Rio shortly. WADA athlete commission chair Beckie Scott, who called for an expanded investigation of Russian sport in November, reached out to other athlete and anti-doping groups to solicit support for a ban. Scott has specific moral authority on the subject, having been fleeced out of an Olympic gold medal by two doped Russian cross-country skiers 14 years ago.Q: Isnt the Russian track and field federation already suspended?A: Yes, but individual athlete eligibility became the focus of a tug-of-war between the IAAF, tracks world governing body, and the IOC. The IAAF wanted to grant only limited exceptions to the ban, for Russian athletes who had lived and/or been extensively tested outside the system, and to have those few athletes compete under a neutral flag. The IOC countered by saying it has sole authority over flags, which is vastly comforting to everyone watching the credibility of global sports governance and anti-doping systems collapse. The Court of Arbitration for Sport is expected to announce its rulings on Russian appeals this week. Its uncertain what would happen if CAS rules in favor of some individual athletes and the IOC (or individual international federations) ban Russia from Rio. Confused? So is everyone. This is uncharted territory being traversed unnecessarily late.Q: Hasnt Russia started some reform efforts?A: The country has indicated that is the case, but the McLaren report strongly implicated officials who continue to occupy key positions in the sports-government complex. In addition, anti-doping personnel from the United Kingdom assigned to carry out additional testing this year encountered substantial obstruction and obfuscation. Reforming a system and culture that took years to create and implement within a matter of months is a ludicrous proposition. Its also a slap in the face to athletes around the world who have competed cleanly or were punished for minor, inadvertent infractions.Q: Is Russia the only villain?A: No, its just the most apparent, front and center. Global anti-doping needs an overhaul and a critical, objective review of purpose via the efficacy of testing, intelligence and handling of whistleblowers. Theres a lot of blame to go around, including WADA, the IOC, numerous international federations, national Olympic committees and other alphabet soup associations where ignorance -- willful or not -- often trumped commonsense analysis. Journalists need to look in the mirror, as well. Investigative reporting played the most important role in bringing corruption to light in recent years. But for far too long, the anti-doping infrastructure did not receive sufficient media scrutiny. It is, and was, subject to the same corrosive forces of conflict of interest and geopolitics as the rest of the industry of international sport.Q: How could this affect the Rio Games overall?A: The actual sporting competition is perhaps the only aspect of the Rio Games anyone is looking forward to amid the myriad social, economic, infrastructure, security, environmental, ethical and public health issues threatening these Games. If Russia is allowed to compete, controversy rather than accomplishment will dominate any event involving a Russian athlete. Olympic officials would get the Games they deserve -- one that is compromised in every way. Cheap Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys 2018 Discount NFL Jerseys NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping China Jerseys Cheap Jerseys NFL Cheap ' ' '

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