Windies seek Sri Lanka redemption in T20 series

first_imgKANDY, Sri Lanka, (CMC): Captain Darren Sammy believes the two-match Twenty20 International series which gets underway today (8:30am Jamaica time) represents West Indies’ best chance of securing a result on what has been a hugely disappointing tour of Sri Lanka. The Caribbean side were swept by handy margins in the two-Test series and suffered a 3-0 clean sweep in the rain-affected One-Day International series that followed, leaving them without success on the tour. However, Sammy said T20 represented a format in which West Indies were most comfortable and therefore was expecting the side to be successful. “I think we’re now playing a format which we enjoy, in a place where we have played it the best, and the last time we were here we had good memories so we’re looking forward to the tournament,” said Sammy. “It is a different format and one we’re pretty good at so we’re looking forward to the contest.” The former Test and one-day captain, Sammy was one of three players joining the limited overs squad already here, with the pair of Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard also arriving. And with the likes of Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels and Sunil Narine already in the line-up, West Indies are expected to be a handful for the hosts. Under Sammy, West Indies won the Twenty20 World Cup back in 2012 when they beat Sri Lanka in the final, and still have fond memories of the triumph. This year, however, they have not played a competitive series for several months but Sammy does not expect this to be a hindrance especially with several key players involved in a Twenty20 leagues across the globe this year. “The last international T20 we played was back in January in South Africa but after that we’ve played a few tournaments [as players],” Sammy explained. “Some of our guys are playing all over the world but we have put in some practice yesterday and today (Sunday), so hopefully the rest of the squad that has been here they should be acclimatised to the conditions and will be looking to bring their experience and play a format we enjoy playing.” Sri Lanka have selected a youthful squad for the series, with the likes of Binura Fernando and Jeffrey Vandersay and all-rounder Shehan Jayasuriya, included to face the Windies. Sammy said, however, West Indies would not be taking anything for granted as T20 came down to execution on the day and not personnel. “Whichever opposition we play we will pay them the full respect that they deserve, especially in T20 that narrows the gap between the number one and number eight side,” he pointed out. “Whoever executes on the day, the team that sticks to the basics and absorbs pressure the most or apply the pressure the most, normally end up victorious. It’s going to be good contest between bat and ball especially with Sri Lanka coming from winning the one-day and the Test series. “They are a good side playing at home and I believe we have a good side as well. We just hope on the day cricket is the winner, and also West Indies.” SQUAD – Darren Sammy (captain), Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Jonathan Carter, Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Jason Holder, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor.last_img read more

Nadal says it’s noisy under US Open roof, despite changes

first_imgSearch on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Rose talks fame, fatherhood, Cavs and redemption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Another player who spent some time under the roof in Ashe on Tuesday was French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, whose first-round victory was completed there after being shifted from Court 17 because of the rain.“For me, was fine, but I was there only, like, three games,” she said. “Probably not enough time to really hear that noise or realize something like that.”Nadal said the noise under the roof at Flushing Meadows is worse than when the covers atop arenas at Wimbledon and the Australian Open are closed.“I understand it’s a show, at the end of the day, and I enjoy that. I feel part of this, of course. But under the roof, we need to be a little bit more strict about the noise, in my opinion, no?” he said. “Because all the noise stays inside, and this is difficult, no?”Widmaier said the USTA expects things to be less problematic as the two-week tournament continues.“What we noticed last year is that during the first week of the competition, there was noticeable crowd noise, both with the roof open and closed. Of course, that’s exacerbated when the roof is closed. However, we also noticed that as the tournament progressed, and the matches became more compelling, the crowd noise reduced,” he said. “It is early in the tournament, and we expect that as the tournament goes on, there will be more of a hush in the seating.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Rafael Nadal, of Spain, returns a shot from Dusan Lajovic, of Serbia, during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK — It’s too loud under the U.S. Open roof for Rafael Nadal.Even though the U.S. Tennis Association tried to lessen the noise in Arthur Ashe Stadium after the retractable cover’s debut during last year’s tournament, there was still quite a bit of ambient sound when the top was shut because of rain Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone PLAY LIST 01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener01:56Boris Johnson ‘humbled’ after majority win, says Parliament ‘must change’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 Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal View comments “Too much noise, no?” the No. 1-seeded Nadal said after beating Dusan Lajovic 7-6 (6), 6-2, 6-2 in the first round. “I was not able to hear the ball when you are hitting, no?”Nadal, who counts two U.S. Open championships among his 15 Grand Slam titles, missed the tournament because of an injury in 2016, when the $150 million sliding cover made its debut atop the event’s main arena.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’Some players and spectators described the sounds last year as being similar to a rushing waterfall, a result of a combination of equipment in the stadium and 20,000-plus fans speaking.The USTA pledged a year ago to try to improve the situation and spokesman Chris Widmaier said Tuesday that steps had been taken: Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees MOST READ Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ —a cellphone tower above the stadium’s broadcast booths was moved;—old air conditioning equipment in the same spot was replaced with modern units that he said are much quieter;—sound-dampening material was placed above other AC units located outside of Ashe.Widmaier acknowledged that last year’s “background noise level … needed to be, at a minimum, reduced, if not eliminated.”Told of Nadal’s complaint Tuesday, Widmaier agreed “it was loud in there today, especially with the roof closed.” He said the USTA plans “to continue to work with sound experts” to see what else can be done.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Ramayya resigns again from AFC

first_img− says party turns blind eye to corruption, still to repay him MExecutive Member of the Alliance For Change (AFC), Dr Veerasammy Ramayya has resigned again from the party, citing pervasive corruption to which the party has turned a blind eye, in addition to being owed $15 million, which he claims was spent on the 2011 election campaign and for which he has not been repaid.He tendered his resignation on Tuesday with immediate effect, which was addressed to the AFC’s General Secretary David Patterson; Party Leader Khemraj Ramjattan; along with Executive Members Moses Nagamootoo, Raphael Trotman and Dominic Gaskin.The former AFC Executive, in tendering his resignation said his contributions and investments in the party did not resonate deeply. He said too his contributions over the past six years to the party have instead benefited others, adding “I have no remorse in exiting the party.”According to Dr Ramayya, the party has failed to deliver on its promises and pointed out that the party which politicised the issue of corruption in the 2015 campaign has instead turned a blind eye.The party’s former Executive Member who had been credited with helping the AFC secure two parliamentary seats representing Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), has also lamented the fact that the party is yet to repay him $15 million.According to Dr Ramayya, in the run-up to the 2011 election campaign, he sold a property and handed over the $15 million to the party to assist in funding its activities with a promise that he would be repaid.Dr Ramayya said to date; he is still to be repaid his money.This is the second time the AFC’s Executive Member has resigned from the party, citing internal differences. In August last year, he had tendered his resignation citing internal differences.This time, he accused the coalition A Partnership for National Unity, AFC (APNU/AFC) of disrespecting him. He had told Guyana Times, “They offer me $180,000 to sit in an office in Georgetown and take complaints from people and report to Khemraj. I want to work for the people of Berbice and serve them,” the politician said, noting that all he wanted to do was to serve the people of Berbice but the coalition is not allowing him to do so.“What I wanted to do is to be able to fix all of the sports grounds in Berbice and to clean up the hospital compounds, but I have to have the authority and power to be able to do so,” he asserted.He was later appointed Regional Executive Officer, but has since resigned from that position as well.At the time, Dr Ramayya had been openly critical for not being rewarded by the coalition Government saying, “I spent my money to organise meetings in Berbice during the campaign period. Now when I go to the office in Georgetown, the office is empty because all the boys get Minister jobs and big positions with some Ministry.”Ramayya was the only party executive who did not vote in favour of the coalition when it was proposed and had voiced his disappointment to both Ramjattan and Nagamootoo because they had earlier claimed that they will never coalesce with APNU.last_img read more

Huskies start three-game homestand against Jr. Canucks tonight

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies kick off a three-game homestand tonight against the Dawson Creek Jr. Canucks.The Huskies are coming off wins last week over Fairview and Beaverlodge, whom they outscored 16-3. The Pups currently find themselves atop the NWJHL standings with 26 points. Fort St. John is tied in points with the North Peace Navigators, but they have three games in hand.“It’s a big week with three home games prior to hitting the road to finish off 2017,” said General Manager Jeremy Clothier. “We just need to build off of what we have been doing which is working hard and moving our feet. If we can do that we will be in a position to get the results that we are looking for.”- Advertisement -Later this week the Huskies will welcome the Grande Prairie JDA County Kings and the Sexsmith Vipers to the North Peace Arena.Tonight’s game against the Jr. Canucks gets underway at 8:00 p.m.last_img read more

Dawson Creek deals with flooding after heavy rain

first_imgAs of Saturday morning only one street, 17th street, is currently closed because of heavy flooding. According to Dawson Creek Fire Chief Shorty Smith, most of the roads that were closed Friday night are now open again as the water has receded.- Advertisement -There are several reports of homes and businesses that have various degrees of flooding all over the community. Early Saturday morning, Tubby’s RV park was evacuated because of high water. All 85 sites were evacuated and everyone was able to leave the park safely.If you have any further information about flooding in Dawson Creek, email contact@mile0city.caFor more photos of the flooding, visit read more

KPL calendar to switch to August-May format

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia will be seeking to win a record 17th KPL title. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 30- The Kenyan Premier League (KPL) calendar is set to switch to the August-May format by 2023 under a directive from the Confederation of African Football (CAF), KPL Chief Executive Officer Jack Oguda has said.Consequently, as the country’s top league begins its journey to mirror the European leagues format and one practiced by a huge section in Africa, teams will have to bear the brunt of the switch beginning this season. There will be no usual June mid-season break with the final match of the league expected to be on October 6 while the 2018/2019 season will kick off in December, to run till September 2019.“This will carry on until the cycle completes itself to have the season starting in August and ending in may. For example, the 2019/2020 season begins in November, running until August, the following season will start in October until July and so on. This should fall in place by 2023,” Oguda explained to Capital Sport.“We were informed of this by Football Kenya Federation (FKF) last month and now we have to pay the price by sacrificing the June break. This is a CAF directive and they also said that the league winner must be announced by mid October so that’s why we end the season early,” Oguda further added.KPL CEO Jack OgudaHe also said; “We will have matches on weekends and midweek to cover this up. But we will only have the tough period this year.”Clubs will have to carry the weight of congested fixtures especially Gor Mahia who are playing in the CAF Confederations Cup group stages for the first time. The club will now seemingly get used to playing up to three matches per week in the midst of travels.Kenya has been running its league from February to November with a month-long break in June. Most coaches have had an issue with the calendar, pointing it out as one of the reasons Kenyan clubs struggle in CAF Competitions.They say that while Kenyan clubs begin their campaign just after pre-season, most other countries usually have their leagues going on and the players are usually fitter.In East Africa, Tanzania and Uganda already have their seasons following the European calendar and it has proved tough for Kenyan clubs to play pre-season friendly matches against their counterparts due to the difference.0Shares0000(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

SACKED! Former Man United boss Moyes’ Real Sociedad departure confirmed

first_imgDavid Moyes has been sacked as manager of Real Sociedad, the club have confirmed.The Scot has been shown the door almost a year to the day of his appointment at the San Sebastian club.He had enjoyed a promising start to his reign but the team have struggled this season, winning just two of their 11 La Liga games.Friday night’s defeat to lowly Las Palmas proved to be the final straw for Sociedad’s president Jokin Aperribay.Moyes discovered he was being axed on Sunday evening, according to Graham Hunter, while he was back in England for a short break.He returned to Spain on Monday and is understood to have met Aperribay for talks before his departure was officially confirmed.A Sociedad statement read: “Real Sociedad has taken the decision to rescind the contract of first team coach David Moyes. His assistant, Billy McKinlay, has also been relieved from his position at the club. “Real Sociedad would like to thank David Moyes and Billy McKinlay for the professional conduct, commitment and dedication which they showed during their roles in the running of the first team; at the same time, we would like to wish them all the best in their future ventures, both professional and personal.”Moyes had been hoping to rebuild his reputation at Real Sociedad after a disastrous spell in charge of Manchester United.The 52-year-old was axed by United in April 2014, just ten months into a six-year contract.He previously enjoyed 11 years at Everton, where he had established himself as one of the Premier League’s most respected bosses. 1 David Moyes last_img read more


first_imgTragic Conor Boyle’s mum has paid a loving tribute to her courageous son.Conor will be retweeting in heaven says his mum.Heartbroken Sheila Boyle posted a message on Facebook in which she thanked everyone for supporting her son and family over the past two weeks.Sheila said the 18 year old Loughanure teenager will be keeping in touch with everyone he has left behind in his own unique way. “He will be sitting in heaven this evening looking down to see how many likes he got on Facebook and how many re-tweets he got on Twitter,” she said.Sheila and husband Hugh have stayed beside Conor’s bedside in hospital since a car crash plunged him into a coma two weeks ago in London.Sheila said “Sadly this morning our precious son Conor Boyle lost the biggest battle of his life . From the bottom of our hearts we would like to thank everybody for their support and prayers over the last two weeks. We would also like to thank our family and friends who were with us at Addenbrokes hospital in Cambridge.”The mum of six boys paid a special thanks to Megan Greene from Maghery who is a staff nurse at the hospital saying Megan was their rock throughout these dark days. She said the family are astonished and overwhelmed the way the local community, county and beyond has pulled together to offer their support and well wishes through social media, phone calls and texts.Sheila said Conor excelled in every sport he participated in, mainly boxing , GAA and soccer.“He never bothered with basketball as he wasn’t the biggest man in the world but he had the biggest heart.”His loving mum said Conor was “caring, full of life, confident and funny.”And she recalled “In recent weeks he even had a 64 year old work colleague doing press-up for his own entertainment , which he recorded and posted on his Facebook page. “If you were lucky enough to have met Conor you would know why he was so well liked and left a lasting impression on everybody, young or old he would find something in common.”She admitted that they are now broken hearted and life will never be the same without their beloved son.“Conor’s favourite saying was “some man me” and that you were. From the proudest parents in the world. Hugh and Sheila.”TRAGIC CONOR’S MUM – HE’S IN HEAVEN COUNTING FACEBOOK LIKES AND RETWEETS was last modified: September 21st, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Conor BoylecrashdadFacebookHughmumSheilaTwitterlast_img read more

Failure to launch

first_imgNo disrespect to the Antelope Valley or future space travelers, but California has more pressing needs than building a space tourism complex at Mojave Airport. Legislators are wise to keep an eye on how they might help the region profit from future space travel. After Burt Rutan’s SpaceShipOne won the X Prize in October 2004, and he joined forces with Virgin Atlantic tycoon Richard Branson to form a space tourism company, it’s only a matter of time before people routinely lift off into the heavens. And they will probably do it from the High Desert. But politicians are jumping the gun by seeking an $11 million state loan to build a hangar complex and terminal in Mojave to serve Virgin Galactic and its profit-making business. Let’s make it more convenient to travel on the 405 Freeway before we consider investing money in a business that’s still on the drawing board. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Drunk woman gave Garda a “pizza” of her mind

first_imgA woman who threw a full pizza at a Garda has been fined in court.Amanda Murphy (26) of Oak Grove, Millfield in Buncrana admitted the offense that occurred on October 29 2017. Buncrana District Court was told that at 3.10am gardaí were in the process of arresting a male and Murphy was present and intervening.She was asked to get out of the way but continued and when the garda was getting into the car after arresting the man Murphy threw a full pizza at him covering his uniform and the car.Defence solicitor Mr. Ciaran MacLochlainn said that Murphy had been out socialising with her brother and they were walking home.A Garda car passed and the officers realized there was a warrant for the brother so they stopped to execute it.The solicitor said that Murphy had no idea about the warrant but should have stayed out of the incident but didn’t as she was drunk.Judge Deirdre Gearty said this was ‘absolutely appalling’ and ‘totally unacceptable’ she added ‘it is no excuse to say you were drunk and this does not justify what you were trying to do.’She went on ‘she is the very one who would expect the gardaí to come to her if something happened to her’.Murphy was ordered to pay €250 to the Garda Benevolent Fund and given until October 11 to do so.Drunk woman gave Garda a “pizza” of her mind was last modified: July 18th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncranadonegalGardaPizzalast_img read more