West Indies allrounder Andre Russell has defended his status as a T20 gun for hire, saying he should not be denied the right to secure financial gains from the game. Russell, a member of the Sydney Thunder in the Australian Big Bash, is considered one of the more active players on the international Twenty20 circuit. The Big Bash will be his fifth domestic Twenty20 competition after tournaments in India, Bangladesh, the Caribbean and elsewhere. “As a professional, you have to think about living after cricket,” said Russell, who has played one Test, but says he is no longer available because his knees cannot withstand the rigours of the longer format. “You can’t go into a supermarket and say … I used to play for West Indies, I had 10 half-centuries, 15 hundreds, you can’t get groceries like that – you have to live. You can’t be begging on the road, you can’t live off your stats.” The Jamaican cricketer says he is hurt by media criticism of the West Indies team following their innings and 212-run defeat to Australia in the opening Test. “I see terrible comments in the papers and it hurts,” said Russell. “As a West Indian, I didn’t feel I could leave the room, because I didn’t want anyone to see me or ask me about what’s happening because I may be rude and I’m not that type of person.” West Indies play Australia in the second Test match starting on Boxing Day, and Russell, while not optimistic, is hoping for a miraculous change of fortune for the Caribbean side. “It’s a funny game. We just have to wait and see what will happen on Boxing Day. I’m not saying the West Indies can’t beat Australia, but come on, we have to face the facts,” Russell said. “These guys know how to bowl and bat on their pitches. We still didn’t have to lose so bad. Even if we go down the next game, we’ll go down fighting.” – CMC
West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels said explaining to emerging Barbados all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite the importance of keeping his composure was key to the latter pulling off his last-over heroics against England during the final of the ICC World Twenty20 earlier this week.Brathwaite hit four sixes off the first four deliveries of the 20th over to surpass the total of 155 for nine set by the English, sending West Indies fans into wild celebrations.”I told him to keep his composure,” stated Samuels when asked to relive the moments leading up to the final over.”(Ben) Stokes is not a good bowler at the death, as he tends to bowl a lot of full tosses,” Samuels said.He added: : “I was, in the meantime, at the other end, pressuring Stokes and telling him a lot of stuff so that I could get into his head and try to break his concentration.”The 27-year-old Brathwaite, who had represented the Caribbean side in two Tests, seven one-dayers, and eight Twenty20s before the tournament, ended unbeaten on 34 off just 10 balls during the dramatic end.Jamaican Samuels finished unbeaten on 85 off 66 balls to claim the Player of the Match award returned home on Tuesday.”It was overwhelming and wonderful to be in the situation where I could remind him (Brathwaite) that if he wanted to make a name for himself this is the over,” continued Samuels.Brathwaite, who made his one day and Twenty20 debut at age 22, scored a quick-fire 59 on Test debut away to Australia in Melbourne late last year.He then followed up that with a near run-a-ball 69 in the second Test in Sydney.Recognising his pugnacious talent, he was earlier this year picked up for a surprising US$620,000 by Dehli Daredevils, 14 times his original base price, during the Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 player auction.The IPL is scheduled to start this weekend.
Title-holders St Catherine CC and surprise finalists, the University of The West Indies (UWI), will meet in the final of the 2015 Jamaica Cricket Association 50-over Championship at Sabina Park today.The showdown, which is scheduled to start at 2 p.m., will be a historic day-and-night encounter – the first for a local competitive match-up at the venue.St Catherine, now under the leadership of Danza Hyatt, as Tamar Lambert stepped down recently, will enter the showdown as slight favourites, despite having a less-impressive record than UWI.St Catherine registered six wins and a loss, with the Robert Samuels-coached UWI boasting an undefeated record after seven games.The ‘Saints’, however, have a stellar line-up, particularly as it relates to experience. Their batting, their greatest area of strength, includes West Indies batsmen, Barbadian Kirk Edwards and Hyatt, as well as opener Shacaya Thomas and the experienced Lambert.The quartet, with the exception of Edwards – who joined them in the semi-finals – has been in good form this season and is responsible for their progress thus far.Also in their squad is young opener Oraine Williams, who recently returned from League cricket in Ireland, and steady all-rounder, Wayne Morgan, who on their day can construct a good innings.Jamaica fast bowler Brian Buchanan, leg-spinners Odean Brown and Gavin Wallace and off-spinning all-rounder Pete Salmon represent their main bowling threat.”Firstly, the aim is to make it champions two years in a row,” said Hyatt, whose charges brushed aside the challenge of St James by eight wickets in the semi-final.”We have a lot of match-winners, both with the bat and with the ball, and if two or three players should put up their hand – we should stand a good chance of winning,” he stated.UWI, winners of their semi-final by four wickets – over former champions Kensington – will look to new Jamaica four-day captain, Paul Palmer Jr, promising all-rounder Rovman Powell and fast bowler Christopher Powell.The three, past representatives of the Combined Campuses and Colleges at the regional level, have been outstanding with either bat or ball all season and come today will hope to lead from the front.”UWI is a young team as apart from me, who is the oldest player at 23. The average age of the team is 20 years old,” Palmer explained.”We are also an all-round team and tend not to focus on any one player, and once we continue to display those characteristics, it should be a good game.”Palmer continued: “They (St Catherine) are a tough team. However, it is about sticking to our game plan and executing as best as we can.”UWI will also bank on Jamaica Under-19 representatives, batsmen Chrishna Graham, Oshane Walters and Nicholas Walters, wicketkeeper Romaine Morris and fast bowler Omar Samuels.
NEW DELHI (AP):Opener Jason Roy smashed a quick-fire 78 as England beat New Zealand by seven wickets yesterday to reach the final of the World Twenty20 in convincing style.Roy clobbered 11 fours and two sixes off 44 balls during his maiden T20 half-century, as England scored 159-3 in 17.1 overs after Ben Stokes (3-26) helped restrict New Zealand to 153-8.England, the champions in 2010, will face the winner of the other semi-final between India and the West Indies in Mumbai today.Roy, who had scored 42 against Sri Lanka and 43 against South Africa in earlier matches of the tournament, took the game away from a team that had won all their previous four games by defending totals.He set the tempo by smashing four fours off the opening over from left-arm pace bowler Corey Anderson and went on to exhibit some fine shots in front and square of the wicket.Roy lofted and pulled fluently to add 82 in only 8.1 overs for the opening stand with Alex Hales (20) and continued in the same vein as England reached 100-1 in only 10.2 overs.Roy was bowled by leg-spinner Ish Sodhi with England needing 44 off 48 deliveries.SEALING THE WINSodhi also trapped Eoin Morgan leg-before wicket off the next delivery, but Jos Buttler (32 not out) and Joe Root (27 not out) saw the team through with Buttler sealing the win with a six off spinner Mitchell Santner.”It was a chance to get off to a great start on a decent wicket,” Roy said. “I gave it a crack and it came off. I got a few boundaries early and kept going from there.”Earlier, England’s bowlers took charge after the mid overs and strangled New Zealand in the death overs.Put in to bat, New Zealand had kept a steady pace of runs with Colin Munro smashing three consecutive fours off Liam Plunkett to take the score to the 50-run mark in 5.4 overs while the 100 was reached in 12.2 overs.Munro boosted the score in the mid overs, adding 74 for the second wicket with captain Kane Williamson, who struck a 28-ball 32.New Zealand lost seven wickets for 62 runs following that partnership, the last 10 overs of the innings yielding only 64 runs in the face of some tight bowling from both the pace bowlers and the spinners.”I knew we were probably a touch short,” Williamson said. “The 180-mark was realistic and it would have been a closer game. We were beaten by a far better team. We weren’t able to stem the flow of runs – it was a fantastic knock by Jason Roy.”
Today’s games Group A Tarrant vs Greater Portmore Tivoli vs St George’s Group B STATHS vs Eltham High Group E Charlie Smith vs Clan Carthy Holy Trinity vs Mona Group F Edith Dalton vs KTHS Charlie Smith will go for their second straight win in the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/FLOW Manning Cup football competition this afternoon when they take on Clan Carthy in one of two Group B matches at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex, starting at 3:30 p.m. In the other group game, Holy Trinity entertain Mona at the Bell-Chung Oval. Charlie Smith kick-started their campaign with a 2-1 win over Mona on Monday and victory over Clan Carthy, who will be playing their first match of the season, would put them at the top of the standings with a maximum six points. “That is one of our objectives – to take the lead,” Charlie Smith’s head coach, Jerome Waite, told The Gleaner. “Not only to take the lead, but to stay ahead. It will be a tough season as the talent pool is not that great, but we are ready to take the lead,” he added. The 2014 beaten finalists were less than impressive in their opening fixture, but Waite promised a much-improved display this afternoon. “It (performance) will be a little bit better, the surface will be better, so I expect the players to rise above expectations,” he surmised. Last season’s beaten finalists, St George’s College, will open their season today when they travel to the Edward Seaga Sports Complex to play Tivoli in one of two Zone A matches. Tarrant will play Greater Portmore in the other Group A game. In the lone Group B match, St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) oppose Eltham High, while one game will be on in Group F, with Edith Dalton James hosting Kingston Technical High School. All games start at 3:30 p.m.
WHEN the 2017 high school track and field season gets underway on Saturday with the staging of the Pure Water JC Invitational and the First Chance meet at Herbert Morrison High in Montego Bay, most attention will be focused on Jamaica College.Three boys teams – St Jago High, Wolmer’s Boys and St George’s College – will be in the spotlight. All three have first-time head coaches.At the start of the New Year, the big question on the minds of many in track and field is, which of these coaches will make the biggest impact?Orville Byfield who not too long ago had a two-year stint at Kingston College as head coach will be the man in charge at St George’s. Danny Hawthorne will call the shots at Wolmer’s Boys while Rhansome Edwards will have his first stint at St Jago. He replaces Hawthorne.big differenceOf the three, Hawthorne is the most experienced and most successful. He has produced the likes of Olympians Yohan Blake, Nickel Ashmeade and Nathon Allen at St Jago and his presence should make a big difference at the Heroes Circle-based Wolmer’s. At their recent holiday camp they had as many as 80 boys in training.Hawthorne is looking forward to the new challenge with great optimism.”I am very pleased with the all round support so far from the institution as it has been a great reception from all angles and the boys are excited and enthusiastic and I am hoping to help to bring back the school at the top,” he said.For Edwards who had stints at Bridgeport High and Vere Technical in the past, the pressure is on. It will not be that easy to top or even equal Hawthorne’s work. He will be under the microscope but fortunately for him many of the young athletes Hawthorne brought to the fore are still in the programme.It will also be difficult for Byfield to do well at a school which is more friendly to football. St George’s has, however, produced several very good track and field athletes over the years and Byfield will surely not be under the same pressure he had at KC, from past students and others, to do well immediately.
But it was all Bayern for the second half, after Arsenal lost central defender Koscielny in the 49th minute. Robben and Philipp Lahm combined on the right ring, the latter producing an inviting cross for Lewandowski to rise above two defenders and head inside the right post in the 53rd. The Poland striker produced a brilliant back-heeled flick to send Thiago through to score another three minutes later. Bayern had a host of chances thereafter, first through Lewandowski, who struck the crossbar after rounding the ‘keeper, then through Robben, who was blocked by Kieran Gibbs, illegally according to the Bayern players, who demanded a penalty. The claims were forgotten when Thiago grabbed his second, minutes later, with a deflected shot after a corner, before Mueller completed the rout two minutes after he came on in the 86th. MUNICH, Germany (AP): Bayern Munich answered their critics with a comprehensive 5-1 rout of Arsenal in the first leg of their Champions League clash to put one foot in the quarter-finals yesterday. In the other game played yesterday, holders Real Madrid rallied to beat Napoli 3-1 in Spain to set up an interesting second leg in Naples. Thiago Alcantara struck twice in a superb performance for Bayern Munich, while Arjen Robben, Robert Lewandowski and substitute Thomas Mueller scored the other goals. Arsenal now face what seems a near-impossible task in the second leg of the Round of 16 on March 7, despite a first-half equaliser from Alexis Sanchez. Bayern had been unconvincing in their five games since the winter break, looking tired and lacking the dominance they displayed at the start of the season. But the home side soon took control of the game. There was little Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina could do to stop Robben from opening the scoring in the 11th minute. Given too much space, the Dutchman cut inside as he’s done so often before and let fly with a shot that went in off the underside of the bar. Bayern dominated and it looked only a matter of time before the home side would add to its tally. Instead, Arsenal were given a lifeline when Lewandowski took down Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny and the referee awarded the penalty before the half-hour mark. Amid deafening whistles from the home fans, Manuel Neuer saved Sanchez’ weak spot kick and Sanchez then missed the rebound but the Chilean cut the Bayern fans’ cheers short when he prodded in at the third attempt. Suddenly, the momentum was with Arsenal. Granit Xhaka should have scored when he shot straight at Neuer, and Mesut Ozil might have made it 2-1 at the break, only for Neuer to come to Bayern’s rescue again. SECOND HALF
787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano “It’s a lot of reward for a lot of hard work, a lot of years of sacrifice,” Ebden said. “It’s disappointing, but at the same time I have to be happy with my week.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Olympian Michael Phelps loses race against Great White Shark 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 “It’s hard to win a tournament,” Isner said. “It’s no small feat to come out here and be the last man standing. I’m very happy about that. It’s been two years since I won a tournament, so I had that weighing on my mind.”Isner became the second player to win an ATP title without facing a break point since records began in 1991. Tommy Haas also accomplished the feat in Memphis, Tennessee, in 2007.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’“I’m very happy with how I played all week,” Isner said. “It was a perfect week and I couldn’t ask for anything better.”Ebden was playing his first tour-level final. MOST READ FILE PHOTO – John Isner of the US returns to Croatia’s Marin Cilic during their men’s singles first round tennis match at the ATP Aegon Championships tennis tournament at Queen’s Club in west London on June 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRKNEWPORT, R.I. — Top-seeded John Isner beat Australian qualifier Matthew Ebden 6-3, 7-6 (4) on Sunday for his third Hall of Fame Open title.The hard-serving American also won the grass-court event in 2011 and 2012. He has 11th career titles, all at the ATP World Tour 250 level.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets
Teen gunned down in Masbate Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBaliPure knocked off top seed Creamline, 25-22, 27-25, 25-23, in a do-or-die for the lasr finals slot in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference Wednesday night at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Cool Smashers played without their superstar Alyssa Valdez for the sixth straight game but still, the absence of the former Ateneo spiker can’t take anything away from how the Water Defenders played.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her 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 Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend The Water Defenders, who forced a deciding Game 3 following a five-set win on Sunday, set up a best-of-three showdown with the Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors beginning on Saturday.The Lady Warriors rallied past the Air Force Lady Jet Spikers in the other sudden-death earlier.The Cool Smashers were 4-0 without Valdez and 8-0 overall entering Games 2 and 3 of their best-of-three semifinals showdown with the Water Defenders.“If Alyssa’s inside, that’s already a minimum of 20 points. If she’s playing good [she’ll score] 25, 29 [points]. We do not look at this as Alyssa’s not there. We just have to play to the best of our ability.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments “I didn’t expect that we’re going to win in three sets but of course, my expectation was we are going to win,” said BaliPure head coach Roger Gorayeb. “Regardless of how many sets, the important thing is to make the finals.”And it took a collective effort for the Water Defenders to reach the championship round anew with Jasmine Nabor orchestrating the offense with 44 excellent sets.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’Nabor’s playmaking distributed the scoring load to three spikers with Jerrili Malabanan, Grethcel Soltones and Aiko Urdas all finishing in double-digits.Malabanan wound up with 15 points while Soltones and Urdas had 13 and 12 points, respectively. Philippines stuns China to open 2017 Fiba Asia Cup bid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
MOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Blazing Teodoro carries JRU past San Sebastian National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal What’s in store for your animal sign this year 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 Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Alfau Jan Abad and Alhohaidib Abad of the Philippines perform during the Pencak Silat double final of the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Kuala Lumpur on August 24, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRYAlfau Jan Abad and Almohaidib Abad failed to make the podium in seni ganda (artistry men’s doubles) at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Thursday at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre in Malaysia.The Filipino duo only wound up sixth in seven teams that participated after wounding up with 529 points.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu LATEST STORIES Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Host Malaysia won the gold medal, Indonesia got the silver, and Singapore claimed the bronze in the event.Almohaidib Abad can still claim the Philippines a medal as he participates in seni tunggal (artistry men’s singles) on Saturday.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’ View comments