Sammy disappointed by contract snub but committed to Windies

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Twenty20 captain Darren Sammy has spoken of his disappointment at not being offered a retainer contract by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).The former Test captain was chopped from the 15-man list announced recently by the WICB for the period running from October 1 last year to September 30, 2016.”It’s the first time in the last seven or eight years that I’ve not been given a retainer by the WICB. It’s quite disappointing, but cricket has not been about Darren Sammy, it’s for the West Indian people,” Sammy was quoted as telling a Pakistan cricket website.”I am disappointed that I never received a contract from the WICB, but it’s not my decision. I’ve played the two limited-overs formats for West Indies on a regular basis and performed the role I was asked. It’s very disappointing, particularly as I am the Twenty20 captain, but life goes on.”Sammy has been a key figure in West Indies cricket over the last five years and played a significant role in leading the Caribbean side to the capture of the Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka four years ago.He also captained the side in 30 of his 38 Tests before retiring two years ago after being sacked in favour of Denesh Ramdin.Sammy has continued to play the shorter formats, however, and was part of the one-day squad for the Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand last February.The 32-year-old, who now campaigns extensively in the various domestic T20 leagues across the globe, said that he remained committed to representing West Indies in the shorter formats.”I guess they (WICB) are more focused on Test cricket, which I’ve retired from, but I’m fully committed to the one-day and Twenty20 format for West Indies if selected,” Sammy said.”Looking back, when I was growing up, I only dreamed of playing for West Indies, but now I can travel the world and play for so many different franchise teams.”He added: “I’ve had some fantastic times playing for West Indies. I enjoy playing for West Indies and it is still my number-one priority.last_img read more

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Willett wins Masters after Spieth’s collapse

first_imgAUGUSTA, Georgia (AP):Danny Willett in a green jacket was hard to believe, considering he wasn’t even sure he could play the Masters two weeks ago.No one was more stunned than Jordan Spieth.Nine holes away from another wire-to-wire victory, the defending Masters champion threw it away yesterday with a collapse that was shocking even by Augusta National standards. With a five-shot lead heading to the 10th tee, he dropped six shots in three holes and could never catch up.”It was a really tough 30 minutes for me that, hopefully, I never experience again,” Spieth said.Willett always had Sunday, April 10, circled on his calendar – the due date of his first child. He wasn’t planning to be at Augusta National until his wife gave birth to their son, Zachariah James, on March 30, and sent the 28-year-old Englishman on an improbable path to becoming a major champion.It was a comeback that ranks among the most surprising at the Masters.Five shots behind with six holes to play, Willett birdied three of his last six holes to polish off a round that might not get its due because of the unforgettable images of Spieth’s meltdown. Willett closed with a five-under 67, with no bogeys on his card, to match the best score of the weekend.He won by three shots at five-under 283, the highest winning score at the Masters in nine years.Top finishers: 1. Danny Willett (England) -5, 2. Lee Westwood (England) -2, 2. Jordan Spieth (US) -2, 4. Paul Casey (England) -1, 4. John Holmes (US) -1 and 4. Dustin Johnson (US)-1.last_img read more

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Golden State Warriors show depth in NBA playoffs win without Curry

first_imgOAKLAND, California (AP):As Stephen Curry emphatically waved his arms to ignite the crowd and coached from the bench when he could do little else, Klay Thompson and the Golden State Warriors’ supporting cast proved they can win on the playoff stage without their NBA most valuable player.They would rather have him, of course, but the defending champions have believed in their depth all along. Golden State played short-handed down the stretch of the regular season on the way to a record 73 wins.”We’ve relied on our depth all year, not just when Steph’s out,” Draymond Green said. “I think we’re the deepest team in the NBA.”Thompson scored 34 points and dished out five assists as the Warriors held off the Houston Rockets 115-106 on Monday night to take a 2-0 lead in their playoff series despite no Curry, sidelined because of an injured right ankle.EDGED THUNDERThe Mavericks levelled their Western Conference play-off series 1-1 by edging the Thunder 85-84, with a putback at the buzzer by Oklahoma City’s Steven Adams that would have won the game was disallowed upon review.In the Eastern Conference playoffs, Toronto ended their postseason losing streak at seven games with a 98-87 win over the Pacers to level their series 1-1.At Oakland, Curry cut short his pre-game warm-up routine after appearing to be in discomfort as he was shooting while putting little pressure on the tender ankle.”Ahh, it’s so much easier without him out there,” Thompson said. “I think we showed it’s hard to fill that void. No one’s going to do it by themselves.”Andre Iguodala, last year’s Finals MVP, added 18 points with four three-pointers and Green had 12 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists. He didn’t commit a turnover in 39 minutes, his longest stretch without one in the regular season or play-offs.Now, Curry has until tomorrow’s Game Three in Houston to get healthy. But the Warriors aren’t going to push it.”We want to make sure Steph is right and that his foot is fine and healthy,” coach Steve Kerr said.James Harden had 28 points and 11 assists to lead the Rockets, losers of six straight and 14 of 15 to Golden State. He made 13 of 15 free throws after not attempting one in the opener.Harden considered it a missed opportunity.”Yeah, for sure. We just didn’t do enough to get a win,” he said.last_img read more

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