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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Chelsea in relegation battle – Hiddink

first_imgLONDON (AP):Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink has mentioned a word never heard at Chelsea in the Premier League era: relegation.Asked yesterday if Chelsea are in a relegation battle, Hiddink said: “It’s (a) reality.”Chelsea, which fired Jose Mourinho last month, are six points above the relegation zone in 14th place, ahead of matches against Everton and Arsenal.Hiddink says when he replaced Mourinho “we were one point off the line, relegation line, and now we have (a) little bit more” breathing space.Chelsea were relegated in 1988 but instantly returned to the topflight. A team has never been relegated straight after winning the Premier League.Meanwhile, both Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion were charged by the English Football Association yesterday with failing to control their players in Wednesday’s 2-2 draw.last_img read more

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Dalling new CEO of Caymanas Track Ltd

first_imgShane Dalling, former councillor of the Westchester division of the Portmore municipality, was last Friday appointed CEO of Caymanas Track Limited at a meeting of the new board, replacing Cedric Stewart, whose contract was terminated. Dalling, who had previously served as a commissioner of the Jamaica Racing Commission up to 2012, was one of the eight members appointed to the new CTL board by finance minister Audley Shaw on April 17. Danville Walker, the former head of the Electoral Office of Jamaica and Jamaica Observer CEO, is chairman of the board, with Dalling as deputy chairman. Stewart, who was appointed CEO on March 1, 2013, still had a year left on his contract. However, the board of directors decided to part company with him, citing the $4 million award to Shane Ellis in his defamation suit against CTL, among other things. ‘EXIT CLAUSE’ Dalling said there was an “exit clause” provision in Stewart’s contract, which means that CTL is not obligated to pay him off for the remaining period of the contract. Friday’s meeting was the second convened by the full board, but Dalling disclosed that they had formed five working committees and had been having meetings with key members of staff and other stakeholders in just over a month. Although appointed for a period of three years by the minister, Dalling conceded that it will more than likely be an interim board that will prepare CTL for the privatisation of Caymanas Park by Supreme Ventures Limited, who some weeks ago was named the preferred bidder re the divestment process. Members of the new CTL board are: Danville Walker (chairman); Shane Dalling (deputy chairman), former Independence City Councillor, Keith Blake; veteran sports journalist, Ed Barnes; attorney-at-law, Andre Marriott-Blake; Councillor for the Bellevue division in the St Catherine Parish Council, Alvin Beckford, Ozane Bell; and Finance Ministry official, Robert Martin, who has been retained from the previous board.last_img read more

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DaCosta big five look to take charge

first_img ZONE FOUR WESTERN BUREAU: The big five teams in this year’s ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup, including the defending champions St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS), are all in good stead after one game in the inter-zone round of the competition, and will feature today in a schedule of gripping importance. STETHS, the first of the big five, will take the field against Lennon High in a match that could determine the fate of the champions with kick-off set for 3:30 p.m. in Santa Cruz. The top-of-the-table clash is a must-win for Omar Wedderburn and his charges if they are to keep their mission alive of defending the title, while at the same time secure a place in the lucrative FLOW Super Cup competition. Lennon lead Zone Three courtesy of a better goal difference over STETHS, after drubbing Mile Gully High 4-0 in midweek, while the champions masterminded a 1-0 result against Holmwood Technical, who will now turn their attention on Mile Gully High in the zone’s other fixture. STETHS will need a victory to avoid any disappointment. Yet the result is not as straight-forward as it may seem. Lennon, as usual, are an impressive unit this year and showed their title credentials with a stinging win over big five team Clarendon College in the preliminary round to sweep into the inter-zone along with the former champions. The champions are renowned for their spirited displays when it’s needed the most, and all things aside, should feel confident themselves when they take the field in front of their rabidly adoring supporters. Meanwhile, there will be real excitement in Zone One, with another top-of-the-table showdown between Petersfield High and the rampant Cornwall College, another of the title contenders. Both logged victories midweek and will be on the hunt for a win to solidify the claim of best in the zone. Green Island High and Cedric Titus High, on the other hand, are seeking their first points, after losing 1-2 and 0-3 to Petersfield and Cornwall College, respectively. Elsewhere, over in Zone Four, is another high-quality matchup, as Clarendon College look to put the brakes on Spalding. Both are on three points after opening second round wins, while Lacovia High and Manchester High seek to bounce back from losses when they take on each other. Things are interestingly poised in Zone 7, as all four teams are on a single point, but with everything on the line there should be significant change by the time the day is out. There, Glenmuir High meet Vere Technical, while Bog Walk High will tackle Seaforth High. In Zone 8, Little London High will seek to continue to surprise when they play Paul Bogle High. The ‘Londonders’ were impressive in a 3-2 victory over Garvey Maceo High on Thursday. The other game in the zone pits Kemps Hill High, 1-0 losers to Paul Bogle midweek, against the hurting Garvey Maceo. The other two big five teams are also in action. Dinthill Technical will play away to Steer Town High while Rusea’s High host St James High. Today’s matches Cornwall College vs Petersfield Green Island vs Cedric Titus Rusea’s vs St James Spot Valley vs Godfrey Stewart STETHS vs Lennon Mile Gully vs Holmwood Manchester vs Lacovia Spalding vs Clarendon College Ocho Rios vs Fair Prospect Alston vs St Mary Tech Port Antonio vs. Brimmervale Steer Town vs Dinthill Vere Tech vs Glenmuir Bog Walk vs Seaforth Little London vs Paul Bogle Kemps Hill vs Garvey Maceolast_img read more

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Marcelino twins get the job done against Salado

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Perlas Pilipinas falls to South Korea, faces China in QF LATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans 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 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcelino twins, Jaycee and Jayvee. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTwins Jaycee and Jayvee Marcelino take serious pride in their defense that both consider it as mission accomplished when they took turns defending Kent Salado on Tuesday.Tasked to pester the Arellano’s ace, the Lyceum brothers did their job to the best of their abilities to help the Pirates pull off the decisive 99-65 victory.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ MOST READ Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend And it was a job well done for the Marcelinos, who followed coach Topex Robinson’s instructions to a tee to preserve the Pirates’ 4-0 slate.“That’s our job; when we have an opponent who’s scoring, I’ll be the one to guard him,” said Jayvee in Filipino.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’Jaycee added: “Coach told us to guard (Salado) and not let him get away. We just put the effort on defense. We didn’t think about the points because we knew that they will come. Our job is really the defense.”Salado was limited to a season-low of 11 points, seven rebounds, and four assists, an obvious drop from his usual numbers of 21.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 5.0 assists this season. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. However, the Marcelinos won’t deny that stopping Salado was a challenge like no other, given the speed of the lead Chief.“It really was tough because it’s the first time we faced him. It was hard to stop him, but it was a challenge for us and we enjoyed defending a known player,” said Jayvee.Robinson was glad to see players like the Marcelinos step up to the task as he continues to challenge the rest of his crew.“I always challenge these players. They know that this is an opportunity for them to really showcase their talent,” he said. “We always try to remember where they were before, on what happened to them before they got to Lyceum. So we’re just making sure that they’re motivated, they want to really prove and try to win for the team.”Lyceum stakes its 4-0 record against Mapua on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Kamworor holds off fellow Kenyan Kipsang to win NYC Marathon

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny American running great and 2009 New York winner Meb Keflezighi completed his 26th and final marathon, collapsing as he crossed the finish.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog LATEST STORIES Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Runners move along 4th Avenue in the Brooklyn borough of New York during the New York City Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)NEW YORK — Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya has won the New York City Marathon, holding off countryman Wilson Kipsang by three seconds for his first major victory.Kamworor ran the race in 2 hours, 10 minutes, 53 seconds. He and Kipsang embraced just past the finish line to huge cheers.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’center_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Aussie coach, Reyes, Baldwin headline coaches conventionlast_img read more

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Djokovic returns from injury layoff with dominating win

first_imgFreshly confident, Djokovic will now head to Melbourne Park with the aim of replicating Roger Federer’s feat at last year’s Australian Open, when the Swiss star returned from his own six-month injury layoff and surprisingly won the title.“Luckily for me, I’m here,” Djokovic said. “So glad to be back and so nice to start in a country and a city where I have the greatest memories.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award He still traveled to Melbourne hoping to be fit to play in the Australian Open, where he’s won six of his 12 career Grand Slam titles. Despite playing pain-free on Wednesday, he said he’s still taking it “day by day.”“I don’t want to be over-confident,” he said. “Obviously, I’m very, very happy with the way it went today, but I don’t want to say it’s 100 percent. I’ll say that when I start a tournament and when I get to actually feel that it’s 100 percent. For now, I’m in the (Australian Open) and let’s hope with God’s grace that everything will be fine in the next five days.”Djokovic displayed few signs of rust after his lengthy time away from the game, hitting penetrating groundstrokes deep into the corners, moving extremely well and volleying with precision.He also unveiled a more compact service motion intended to put less pressure on his elbow that resulted in three aces in a single game against Thiem in the first set.Perhaps the biggest change was his more relaxed mood on the court — a major contrast to his demeanor during his recent slump from late 2016 to mid-2017 when struggled in the majors and lost his No. 1 ranking.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Wearing a compression sleeve on his right arm to protect his troublesome elbow, Djokovic dominated the fifth-ranked Thiem 6-1, 6-4 on Wednesday in an exhibition match at the Kooyong Classic, a key tune-up event for next week’s Australian Open.Still smiling afterward, Djokovic said he’d had doubts whether he’d be ready to play the first Grand Slam of the year, but the win over Thiem was a major confidence boost.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“Obviously, I was waiting for this moment for six months to get out on the court and play a match,” he said. “Also, I got a great opponent today, the No. 5 in the world, so it was a fantastic test for me to see where I am.”Djokovic, who had been sidelined with the elbow injury since a quarterfinal loss at Wimbledon last year, initially planned to play in an exhibition event in Abu Dhabi and then a tournament in Qatar to start the season, but withdrew from both due to lingering pain in his elbow. Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense FILE – In this July 12, 2017, file photo, Serbia’s Novak Djokovic returns to Czech Republic’s Tomas Berdych during their Men’s Singles Quarterfinal Match on day nine at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London. Djokovic is back after the longest injury layoff of his career and he’s clearly enjoying himself on the court again. Wearing a compression sleeve on his right arm to protect his troublesome elbow, Djokovic dominated the fifth-ranked Dominic Thiem 6-1, 6-4 on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, in an exhibition match at the Kooyong Classic, a key tune-up event for next week’s Australian Open. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)MELBOURNE, Australia — Novak Djokovic stopped quickly, abruptly changed directions and stabbed at a full-stretch volley that whizzed past Dominic Thiem for a winner.He then turned and beamed. Djokovic is back after the longest injury layoff of his career and he’s clearly enjoying himself on the court again.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Managing minutes a pain in the neck for Popovich, others Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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2 men from Rome arrested after attacking Liverpool fan

first_img‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Liverpool said it is “shocked and appalled” by the incident, which was described by UEFA as a “vile attack.”UEFA said “the perpetrators of this ignominious attack have no place in and around football and we trust they will be dealt with utmost severity by the authorities.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownLiverpool won the first leg 5-2. The second will be played in Rome next week. LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’center_img Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident People walk past the Albert pub on Walton Breck Road, Liverpool, England after the Champions League, semifinal first leg soccer match at Anfield, Tuesday April 24, 2018. Police say a man was attacked outside the Albert pub near Anfield before the Champions League game between Liverpool and Roma on Tuesday.(Peter Byrne/PA via AP)LIVERPOOL, England — Police say two men from Rome have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following an assault before a Champions League game that left a Liverpool fan in critical condition.The injured 53-year-old man is being treated in the hospital after being caught up in what Merseyside Police say was an “altercation” between Liverpool and Roma fans outside Anfield ahead of Tuesday’s match.ADVERTISEMENT MMA star ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone eyes record in Singapore Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames MOST READlast_img read more

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