Young Windies, SA tie warm-up match

first_imgFATULLAH, Bangladesh (CMC):Medium pacer Keemo Paul bowled a great last over to earn West Indies Under-19s a dramatic tie with South Africa Under-19s in their second official warm-up game in preparation for next week’s Under-19 Cricket World Cup.Defending 153 for nine in a game reduced to 35 overs at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium here on Sunday, the Caribbean side entered the last over with the young Proteas requiring just seven runs for victory.However, Paul produced a top over which leaked only six runs and yielded the wicket of Rivaldo Moonsamy for 11 off the fourth delivery, with four runs left to get.The result ensured that West Indies remained unbeaten in the official warm-ups ahead of their first outing in the main tournament against England in Chittagong next Friday.Sent in, West Indies were propelled by an enterprising top score of 45 form Keacy Carty, while number-ten Michael Frew slammed an unbeaten 33 and opener Tevin Imlach, 24.Fast bowler Conor Mckerr snapped up three for 30, while seamer Dayyaan Galiem claimed two for 30.South Africa then seemed to be cruising to an uncomplicated victory at 113 for one in the 25th over before the game turned on its head.Opener Liam Smith hit a patient 39 off 79 balls with five fours in a 68-run first-wicket stand with Kyle Verreynne, whose attacking 33 included two fours and two sixes and came from 31 deliveries.last_img read more

‘Insulting and disrespectful’ – Brown slams JFF for US$100-a-day offer

first_img POOR OFFER There will be no sixth time as national coach for Carl Brown. Sixty-five-year-old Brown, who was last week named as one of the men being eyed to replace German Winfried Schaefer as head coach of the men’s senior national football team for two Caribbean Cup matches on October 5 and 11, told The Gleaner yesterday that he will not take up the offer. “I am not available,” Brown told The Gleaner in response to a query about him accepting the offer to return as national coach on an interim basis, with another former national coach Theodore Whitmore as his deputy. The reason for rejecting the offer was the disrespect meted out to him by the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF). “I am very disappointed with the whole approach of the JFF. Captain (Horace Burrell) called me on the subject and I told him I would get back to him on the matter as I had to have a conversation with the people with whom I work. Following that discussion, I called him back three times and got no answer. Not only that, but I did not receive a return (call),” explained the man who captained Jamaica as a player and who played an integral part in Jamaica’s historic qualification for the 1998 France World Cup. “The following day, I received an email with what I can only call an insulting and disrespectful offer. It was really low and I did not know that I would see the day when the JFF would sink to this point,” said Brown. “The letter, which said it was following up on my discussion with Captain Burrell, only offered me US$100 per day for the duration of the agreement. There was nothing about how I would get to Jamaica, nothing about accommodation. Nothing!” A part of the letter, which appeared over the signature of general secretary Raymond Grant, read: “Dear Mr. Brown: This letter serves to confirm your discussion with the President of the Jamaica Football Federation, Captain Horace Burrell, to engage your services as head coach for the national senior men’s team, for the imminent two games of the 2016 CFU Men’s Caribbean Cup scheduled for October 5 and 11, 2016. In preparation for the two games mentioned above, most of the players are expected to arrive in the island on 3 October 2016 and will be available for the duration ending 12 October 2016. For the period of your engagement, you will receive: – One Hundred United States Dollars (US$100.00) per day – Access to office and meeting space at the JFF Secretariat…” “This is nothing but disrespect and a disgrace,” Brown fumed. Brown said that at his base in Florida, he would just need to work with just four children for an hour to exceed that amount. “It was not about the money. It is the level of disrespect. They would have never sent off an email like this to Rene Simoes or any other foreign coach they are seeking to engage. “Every time the Jamaica team is in a hole, I am the one they always send for and I have never failed. It has been about five times and I have never failed,” added Brown, who led Jamaica to their first-ever regional title with the 1991 Cup, then the Shell Cup and followed that up with a semi-final place in the 1993 Gold Cup. Brown, who worked with Brazilians Simoes and Sebastiao Lazaroni as coaches of the national team, as well as on his own at different points, said that a year ago he made an offer to work with a local-based Jamaica team for free. “About a year ago, I saw (Lincoln) Happy Sutherland at breakfast and I told him to speak to the powers that be for me to be given permission to assemble and prepare a local squad and I would do it for free, but nothing happened. This was because I saw what was happening with my country’s football and wanted to help. “But this is it for me and them. That email has taken everything out of me. I want to have nothing to do with them again. This is the lowest I have felt,” Brown vented.last_img read more

Bizarre own-goal dents Hydel hopes

first_imgDespite a sparkling third minute opener from Tray McKay, Hydel High conceded a bizarre stoppage-time equaliser to former champions Calabar High School, ending their ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup Group G encounter in a 2-2 draw at the Red Hills Road-based institution yesterday.McKay took the onus on himself, started a direct attack, dribbled into the penalty box and cleverly tucked away his opening strike inside three minutes.He has scored six goals so far this season and is looking forward to helping his team qualify for the second round.”I feel good to score, I really do as I was not at 100 percent fit as I had the flu, but I was just glad to go out there and play for my school,” he said.”I am going out there to give it my A game against St Jago and hope I can help us win the game,” the player told The Gleaner about their next match.The other scorer for Hydel was Brad Tulley, who tapped in an 88th minute finish, cleverly supplied by his captain Maleek Campbell.BIZARRE ENDINGIt was a bizarre ending for Hydel’s captain, Campbell, however, who brilliantly set up one goal, cleverly made a full stretch save in the first half, then saw an aerial ball take a cruel deflection off his head and an in for an own goal in stoppage time.He was inconsolable after the game, as he broke into tears.Calabar, who are out of contention for a spot in the second round, scored in the 73rd minute through Devaughn Gordon and equalised via the own goal in stoppage time (90+4 minutes).The result has halted Hydel’s progression to the second round, which leaves them with a must-win game against second place St Jago High, at the Spanish Town Prison Oval, tomorrow.The group’s automatic qualifiers are front-runners Bridgeport High. St Jago High follow with a 1-0 win over Cumberland on 19 points and Hydel 16, courtesy of yesterday’s draw.Calabar High’s coach, Lijyasu Simms, said: “I like the fight from my team, it was a really good fight and there are some positives we will take from this season.”Coach Donovan Duckie accused the referee for wrongfully deciding the outcome of the game by refusing him a late substitution.”The referee should be ashamed of himself,” he blasted.last_img read more

Russell fails to spark in Big Bash opener

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia (CMC): West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell made an under-whelming start to the latest edition of the Big Bash League as reigning champions Sydney Thunder crashed to a nine-wicket defeat in the curtain-raiser here yesterday. Playing at the Sydney Showground Stadium, Thunder rallied to 159 for eight off their 20 overs and then watched as their city rivals Sydney Sixers strolled to their target with two overs to spare. Last season, Thunder won the same opening fixture comfortably. Sent in, Thunder were lifted by debutant opener Ryan Gibson’s top score of 53 from 43 deliveries, while Pat Cummins, batting at number nine, smashed three sixes in a 20-ball 30. Gibson and Englishman Eoin Morgan (26) put on 55 for the second wicket to steer Thunder to 71 for one before five wickets tumbled for 15 runs, to leave the innings in tatters at 86 for six in the 12th over. Russell, coming in at number six, slammed two fours from nine balls before falling to a catch at the wicket off left-arm seamer Doug Bollinger off an under-edge in the 12th over. In reply, Sixers were powered by unbeaten half-centuries from captain Moises Henriques, who made 76, and opener Daniel Hughes, who made 54, as they easily chased their target. Henriques, who struck seven fours and four sixes, put on 45 for the first wicket with England’s Jason Roy (27) and then 115 with Hughes in an unbroken, second-wicket partnership. Russell took the only wicket to fall, drawing Roy into a false stroke off a slower delivery and having him caught at mid-on in the sixth over.last_img read more

Nadal sets up big final vs Federer

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (AP):Rafael Nadal took five sets and almost five hours to fend off ‘Baby Fed’ and revive a classic Grand Slam final against the one-and-only Roger Federer (3:30 a.m. Jamaica time Sunday.Nadal’s 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-4 win over Grigor Dimitrov in a gruelling 4-hour, 56-minute semi-final match sets up a championship weekend at the Australian Open like no other, with every singles finalist in their 30s.The all-Williams women’s final this morning features the record-chasing Serena against Venus the first decider between the sisters at a major since 2009. The Roger-Rafa final will be their first meeting in an Australian Open title match since Nadal won in 2009.The unexpected pairings have already generated hype that transcends the sport.”I feel that this rivalry is talked about outside the tennis world, and that is good for our sport,” Nadal said of his ninth Grand Slam final against the 17-time major champion.The 35-year-old Federer and the Williams sisters Serena is 35, a year younger than Venus had already clinched their finals spots on Throwback Thursday.Nadal completed the 30-plus quartet in a match that started in local prime time Friday and finished at 12:45 a.m. Dimitrov, who had only beaten Nadal once in eight previous matches and was in a Grand Slam semi-final for only the second time, played the match of his life.BOOMING BACKHANDHe had two break point chances in the eighth game of the fifth set, but Nadal’s experience of winning 14 major titles kicked in. He held, then converted his first break point of the set in the next game with a booming backhand winner down the line.After clinching the win on his third match point, the 30-year-old Nadal dropped to his knees, then onto his stomach and lay face down for several seconds before getting up and embracing Dimitrov at the net.Nadal held up his arms triumphantly, then pointed toward the 25-year-old Bulgarian, gesturing to the cheering crowd just as a conductor would to acknowledge his orchestra.last_img read more

Powell targets more runs

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC):Even after three fine hundreds in five innings in the ongoing Regional Super50, in-form left-hander Kieran Powell has still lamented his lack of “big scores”.The 26-year-old has been on an amazing run of form, hitting 105, 135 and 106 en route to a tournament-leading 429 runs for Leeward Islands Hurricanes but said he would not be totally satisfied until he began to notch more scores in excess of 150.”I need to get big scores. I got [three] centuries and two of them are just 105 and 106 so we’ve had talks in the team meetings where when you get in you need to kick on and obviously I got out with 14 overs left so I think I missed the chance to get 150-plus,” Powell said following Hurricanes’ 105-run victory over English County Kent here on Saturday night.”Nevertheless, the team managed to get to a respectable total and then the bowlers went and did the job so I’m happy with the overall team performance.”Powell’s 106 was the basis of the hosts’ 275 for nine at Coolidge Cricket Ground, and it helped them register their fourth win in five outings.The hundred emphasised the stylish batsman’s rich vein of form that has seen him also get 52 in a losing effort against reigning champions Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, and 31 against Kent in the Hurricanes’ opener two weeks ago.Powell, who is returning to regional cricket this season in earnest following a two-year break from the game, said he was still high motivated despite his abundance of runs so early in the tournament.”Personally, I wake up every day thinking I haven’t scored a run for the tournament yet so that’s why I go out and bat each game with a big appetite to try … and get some big runs on the board because I can’t rest on my laurels and think ‘I’ve got this amount of runs’ and be complacent at any point in time,” said Powell, who has played 21 Tests and 28 One-Day Internationals.Hurricanes top Group A here with 19 points, six clear of Red Force who lie second, with Kent lying third on nine points.last_img read more

St James hoping to become nursery for national netball

first_imgWestern Bureau:More players worthy of a national call-up will emerge over time form the St James Netball Leagues, says Gena Haughton, the St James Netball Association president.Pointing to national age group representative Carlalee Tingling and Shameera Sterling as examples of the potential that exists, Haughton said there are players of a similar ilk that could over time find their way into the national set up squarely on merit.”The future of netball in St James and also the quality of western Jamaica on a whole is looking great,” said Haughton, while taking stock of the recently concluded 2016-17 domestic netball season.Teachers were crowned champions of St James, outlasting Montego Bay Boys and Girls Club (MBGGC) 33-27 in overtime, after the teams were locked at 24-24 at the end of the fourth quarter.The talented Tingling and the versatile Sterling are both pursuing their degrees at the University of the West Indies, Mona.SPORT DEVELOPMENTHaughton is hoping for continued development of the sport through skillful coaches, organised competitions, good quality players and the support of sponsors.”There is a plan to put a competition in place that will have our youngsters in the high schools playing in this competition and this will significantly boost their visibility and gain them valuable experience,” Haughton said.”We are moving ahead with additional plans which the sponsors have taken up. We continue to bring through talent, such as Tingling and Sterling,” she added.She said the objective of the association is also to keep young ladies fully engaged in the sport by giving them the opportunity to be drafted by clubs, through the direct association with the leagues, something Haughton said has been a core function of her administration.”It remains a challenge to keep these young women active in the sport. There are countless other areas of life in which they may choose, but we have been doing well so far,” explained Haughton.last_img read more

More doping tests for tennis stars

first_img HIGH PROFILE DOPING CASES Andre Agassi Andre Agassi made the shocking revelation in his post-retirement autobiography that he failed a test in 1997 after taking crystal meth and then lied to tennis authorities to escape punishment. He told the ATP in a letter he had taken the drug accidentally.  Martina Hingis Martina Hingis returned to tennis two years after retiring in 2003 only for her comeback to be abruptly ended in 2007 by a positive test for a metabolite of cocaine at Wimbledon. She was suspended from tennis for two years but made another comeback in 2013. Marin Cilic The Croatian was given a nine-month ban in 2013 after the ITF discovered traces of nikethamide, a banned stimulant in a sample he gave at a tournament in Germany. Cilic claimed the failed test was a result of taking over-the-counter glucose tablets, and had his ban reduced to four months after taking his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). He won the US Open the following year. Viktor Troicki Viktor Troicki refused to take a blood test at a tournament in Monte Carlo in 2013. He argued that he was afraid of needles and that he was feelign ill at the time. He received an 18 months ban which was later reduced to 12 month by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Richard Gasquet Richard Gasquet tested positive for cocaine in 2009 and was banned for 12 months by the ITF. He was later cleared of any wrongdoing by CAS after arguing that he ingested the substance afer kissing a woman in a nightclub.  Greg Rusedski Greg Rusedski was one of several players to test positive for the steroid nandrolone in 2003. He was cleared of wrongdoing after a tribunal determined that he, along with the other players, had taken the drug inadvertently in contaminated pills handed out by ATP trainers. Wayne Odesnik In 2010, Wayne Odesnik pleaded guilty to importing human growth hormone into Australia and was suspended for two years. The ban was later reduced to one year after the ITF said he had fully cooperated with its investigations. He was later banned for 15 years after again testing positive for a number of banned substances. LONDON (AP): The International Tennis Federation says more doping tests will be carried out on professional players this year. In a joint initiative between the ITF, ATP, Grand Slam Board and WTA, the number of tests this year will increase to 8,000, from 4,899 in 2016. More samples will be placed into long-term storage. ITF President David Haggerty says “we welcome this strengthening of the sport’s anti-doping efforts.” Haggerty says: “Protecting the integrity of tennis is an ongoing priority of the governing bodies of tennis to ensure that tennis is and remains a clean sport, and these enhancements will make a positive contribution to achieving that priority.”last_img read more

‘Sharp’ Beermen get Grand Slam bid going with rout of Elite

first_imgAi-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ Blackwater import Trevis Simpson tried to play through a groin injury but could only do so much. He was pulled out after logging just less than 10 minutes and did not return.Simpson, who sustained the injury in a loss to Star on Friday, was scoreless after missing all of his three attempts from the field.JP Erram had another stellar performance with 14 points, 15 rebounds and two blocks as he and Mike DiGregorio carried the load for the Elite, who reeled to their third loss in as many games.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return View comments Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO — There wasn’t a hint of championship hangover and not a stain of rust.San Miguel Beer wasted no time in getting its Grand Slam bid rolling after pounding Blackwater from the get-go en route to a 118-93 thumping Saturday inn the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup at Ynares Center here.ADVERTISEMENT ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Vicente sees good things from PH volleybelles despite recent tune-up loss Marcio Lassiter set the tone, unleashing eight of his 19 points in the opening period, where the Beermen started to pull away.Wendell McKines fired 16 of his 19 points in the middle quarters, where San Miguel’s lead swelled to 37, 94-57.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“This is our best start after winning the championship. I’m proud of the players that despite the long and extended break, they were still sharp,” said SMB head coach Leo Austria. “They are self-motivated. At the back of their minds, they are thinking about the Grand Slam.”The 28-year-old McKines, who is in his third PBA duty after suiting up for Alaska in 2013 and Rain or Shine in 2015, also collected 12 rebounds and five assists in just 20 minutes and 53 seconds while the hot-shooting Lassiter converted 5-of-7 triples. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendlast_img read more

Rugby World Cup winner reveals heart surgery after tick bite

first_imgLATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her NCAA postpones Tuesday’s games MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas England’s Matt Dawson dives over the line to score a try against Wales during the Six Nations rugby match at Twickenham, southwest London 04 February 2006. England won the game 47-13. AFP PHOTO ADRIAN DENNIS / AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNISEngland’s 2003 Rugby World Cup-winning scrum-half Matt Dawson revealed Monday he has undergone heart surgery due to being bitten by a tick in a park in London last year.The 44-year-old — who won 77 caps for his country and played seven times for the British and Irish Lions — said he would never have thought he was running such a risk going for a walk in a London park with his children.ADVERTISEMENT 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings “This is not something that should be looked at like, ‘oh it’s only a tick, a tick is a bit like a flea, its fine!’.“These ticks carry some really quite potent, serious bacteria and they can cause you a lot of problems. Raising awareness of them is imperative,” added Dawson, who has used the experience to join up with the Big Tick Project, which looks to raise awareness about the dangers of ticks and tick-borne disease in the UK.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Teen gunned down in Masbate Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:35Orphan goes from sniffing ‘Rugby’ glue to playing for Philippines01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal “I had two days where I felt awful. Very feverish, on the sofa, crashed out,” Dawson, who was diagnosed with Lyme disease which is a bacterial infection caused by infected ticks, told the BBC.“It was a really scary time for me and my family. Such a tiny creature caused me to end up needing heart surgery.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Dawson no longer has the disease though it has taken several heart procedures and he still has to take medication. “I’m still on medication and its going to take a lot of time for the heart to fully recover,” he said. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more