‘Jason Holder begged them not to do it’ – BCA boss Riley lashes CWI for wholesale changes ahead of World Cup

first_imgOUTSPOKEN Cricket West Indies (CWI) director Conde Riley has claimed Windies captain Jason Holder pleaded with the then newly-appointed Ricky-Skerrit association not to change the regional team’s coaching staff ahead of the ICC World Cup.The administration has come in for some heavy criticism in some quarters after the new president sacked interim coach Richard Pybus and the selection panel only weeks ahead of the tournament.The move had proven to be particularly controversial as the team had put in a strong performance against England in an ODI tour of the Caribbean only a few weeks prior.Despite being president of the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) and a director of the CWI, Riley, who warned against the move, was understandably among the critics.“We ain’t win a match after the opening game against Pakistan because they fired everybody. Jason Holder, the captain, begged him not to do it, I begged him not to do it. I am hurt,” Riley told the Barbados Nation News.“I am angry. I said, what they did was wrong to fire every selector. We just beat England and they fired everybody. The ‘A’ team lick up, the ‘B’ team lick up, and the dressing room is in disarray.I say what I have to say, the BCA board of management can vote me out. I am a life member, but I can’t see something that is wrong and say that it is right.” (Sportsmax).last_img read more

Outright wins for Transport, Police in GCA Noble House Seafoods two-day cricket

first_imgTRANSPORT Sports Club (TSC) and Police Sports Club (PSC) registered outright wins last weekend when action continued in the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) Noble House Seafoods Two-Day Cricket Competition. At Eve Leary ground, the Lawmen were able to build from the in-form Andrew Lyght Jr, who slammed a magnificent 123 on the opening day to help team to 323-9 from 61.5 overs against the visiting Everest Cricket Club (ECC).The Police bowlers then delivered, to hand their side an innings and 117-run victory.Off-spinners Rocky Hutson and Pernell London took 14 of the 20 Everest wickets that fell.Sixteen-year-old Nabeel Ali, on debut, contributed towards TSC’s victoryAfter pegging back Everest at 61-5 off 27 overs after day one, Hutson would continue to tempt the visiting cricketers with his flighted deliveries to end with figures of 6-24 from 14.1 overs. London supported with 3-37 from 11 overs as Everest were restricted to 100 all out in 38.1 overs. When Police enforced the follow-on, the spinning duo were at it again. Hutson captured 3-10 from 6.3 overs, while London finished with 2-22 from four overs.Captain of the side Keston Harcourt, who opened the bowling, finished with 3-12, while fellow opening bowler Paul Tyndall nabbed 2-28 from nine overs to restrict Everest to 106 in 34 overs.  Denesh Mangal and Aaron Beharry were the only resistance. They finished with 34 and 31 runs respectively.At the Queen’s College ground, TSC were able to bowl out Bel Air Rubis II for 84 after they lost the toss. By the end of day one, they were ahead at 111-6 off 21 overs.Devaughn Nandan had scored 69 after belting a whopping nine sixes and two fours in quick time.On Sunday morning TSC were able to reach 219 (135 lead) before they were bowled out.Kevin Ross and debutant Nabeel Ali hit 38 and 36 runs respectively towards the end.Sixteen-year-old Ali, who batted at number 11, finished not out. Bel Air’s opening bowler Dillon led the attack with 4-32 from 10 overs. In their second innings Bel Air were restricted for 106 all out in 34.3 overs, which resulted in TSC winning by an innings and 29 runs.Pacer Mark Baptiste led the attack with 3-30 from 11 overs, while there were two wickets each for Rafael Singh, Kevin Ross and another debutant Ajay Gainda.  Meanwhile GDF also gained first-innings points over home team MYO. Batting first, GDF made 297 all out in 53.4 overs after Deamon Whitney finished with 84 not out (13×4, 1×6). Support came from Damian Waldron who scored 73 (10×4, 4×6) and Randy Lindore with 49 (10×4).Niran Bissu led the attack with 5-84 from 13 overs, while Kemraj Ramdeen and Rudolph Singh took two wickets each.Waldron then spun his way to 5-29 from 13 overs, which skittled out MYO for 130 all out in 36 overs.  Travis Marcellino and Jamal Chisholm supported with two wickets each while Bissu (25) and Avinash Rajkumar (24) finished with the most runs for the home team.After GDF enforced the follow-on, MYO were able to reach 136-6 in 34 overs, before both captains agreed to call off the encounter with one over remaining in the day’s play.Ramdeen led from the front with an unbeaten 61 (1×4).  Waldron was again in the mix. He and Marcellino finished with three wickets each. THIS WEEKEND’S FIXTURESGCA cricket continues this weekend with several New Building Society (NBS) Second Division 40-over matches.Diplomats will travel to Malteenoes Sports Club ground to take on the host team, while GYO and MYO will battle at the MYO ground.Third Class will meet GCC at Bourda, ECC will host Sophia and GNIC will challenge Ace Warriors at the QC ground. Also hosting will be Police, when they take on TSC and DCC when they meet Bel Air Rubis II.On Sunday, the competition continues with three matches. Police will play DCC at Eve Leary ground in a key clash while TSC will host Sophia. MYO and Diplomats will battle it out at the QC ground.last_img read more

Sylvester, Quadre Win Rainoil Tennis Open Championship

first_imgWinners for the men and women doubles got N250,00 and N200,000 respectively.Speaking on her victory, Oyinlomo said that hard work and dedication made it possible for her to overcome experienced Agugbom whom she praised for her fighting spirit just as she commended the sponsors for putting up the tournament.” My victory was due to hard work and dedication without which one can do nothing. I played against an experienced and formidable opponent who does not give up easily and am happy I won at the end of the day “It’s also important I give kudos to my opponent for her fighting spirit. She is an experienced player who must be respected at all time” I must also commend the sponsors for putting up the tournament because it help to keep players busy and we need more of such tournaments to enable our players be in top form”,noted Oyinlomo who says her next target is to improve her World ranking.Sponsor of the tournament who also doubles as Group Managing Director/ CEO of Rainoil, Gabriel Ogbechie while congratulating the players and Lagos Country Club for making their facilities available for the tournament, explained that the company decided to sponsor the tournament because of his passion for tennis, promising that they will continue with the sponsorship.He stated that as part of efforts to help Nigerian players achieve full potential in tennis, his company sent Sylvester Emmanuel to a tennis academy in Spain and have spent over $90,000 on him to aid his development with a promise they will soon go into discussion with Oyinlomo to know what help can be extended to her.Ogbechie appealed to other corporate organisations to sponsor more tennis tournaments as is capable of moving the players away from poverty.” I’m appealing to other corporate organisations to put their money in tennis so that we can have regular tournaments in the country.” Apart from having regular tournaments that will keep our players in top shape, it will also move them away from poverty. I believe that if great tennis players in the World today are making close to $100m a year, nothing stops our players from also making money for themselves but this could only be possible through regular competitions”, he concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria’s male and female number one players, Sylvester Emmanuel and Oyinlomo Quadre continued their dorminance of the local scene when they defeated all comers to be crowned winners of this year’s Rainoil tennis open championship which ended on Sunday.Held at the Clay Court of the Lagos Country Club, Ikeja Lagos, Sylvester defeated men’s singles defending champion, Joseph Imeh by two straight sets of 6/2, 6/3 to emerge winner and cart away the trophy and N500,000 at stake while Imeh got N250,000 for his efforts.In the women category, Oyinlomo wasted no time in beating old war horse, Christie Agugbom, 6-1, 3-0 (rtd) to take the title and N400,000 prize money while the runners- up got N200,000.The men’s doubles was won by Uche Oparaoji and Godgift Timibra just as Oyinlomo Quadre and Omolayo Bamidele won the women doubles event.last_img read more

Syracuse closes out regular season with 2-0 win at Penn State

first_img Published on February 25, 2017 at 4:56 pm Contact Jake: jafalk@syr.edu Syracuse (15-12-5, 14-4-2 College Hockey America) closed out its regular season with a 2-0 win against Penn State (9-20-5, 8-10-2) Saturday afternoon in University Park. It’s the Orange’s fourth straight win to end the season.With less than a minute left in the first period, Savannah Rennie scored her ninth of the season  She has a goal in three of the last four games and recorded at least one point in the last four. Neither team scored in the second period.With 55 seconds left in the game, Emily Costales sealed the win for the Orange with an empty netter, assisted by Rennie and Allie Munroe. Syracuse won four games this season against Penn State by a combined total of 14-3.Senior Jessica Sibley did not play for the second consecutive game. Senior Heather Schwarz returned to the lineup and finished plus-one on the day. With the 14 save shutout, Abbey Miller extended the Syracuse record for shutouts in a season to eight.After earning a first-round bye, Syracuse will play as a No. 2 seed Friday night at Buffalo’s Harbor Center in the semifinals of the CHA Tournament. SU will face the highest remaining seed left from the two quarterfinal games played on Thursday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Nigerian Fighters Shine as Monarch Promotions Make Bold Entry into English…

first_imgTwo Nigerian boxers retained their World Boxing Union (WBU) world titles as Monarch Events and Promotions made full entry into British boxing after co-hosting several shows.The sold out event tagged ‘The Homecoming’, took place at the historic, St George’s Hall in Bradford, hometown of Tasif Khan, who defended his World Boxing Union (WBU) Super Flyweight title in the main event.The iconic St George’s Hall was hosting a boxing event for the first time in its history and both King Davidson and Sule Olagbade did not disappoint. Sule ‘Tyson Kill’ Olagbade was sensational in his counter punching and his defence was virtually impenetrable as he achieved a unanimous decision victory over Nicaragua’s Arnoldo Solano after 12 fantastic rounds of boxing.Judges Jonathan Pasi and Kornelius Bernds both scored the contest 116-112 while Judge Thomas Hakenberg scored it 118-111 all in favour of Olagbade as he retained his World Boxing Union (WBU) Super Welterweight World title.Reigning World Boxing Union (WBU) Interim Middleweight World Champion, King ‘Hand of God’ Davidson knocked out highly mobile Mexican ‘El Huracan’ Fernando Castaneda with a devastating body shot in the fifth round of scheduled 12 rounds to retain the title he won in Lagos in December 2018.Scary Ghanaian cruiserweight, Braimah ‘Bukom Banku’ Kamoko fought Germany’s Rajhat Bilgetekin for the vacant World Boxing Union (WBU) International Cruiserweight Crown.Kamoko secured a TKO victory in the third round after working the German hard with big lefts and rights and ended it with a crushing blow that sent the German down cold.Bilgetekin was revived by the ringside doctor as Bukom Banku won his first ever international title.The Main event of the ‘Home Coming’ night saw homeboy and four-time, two division world champion Tasif Khan successfully defend his World Boxing Union (WBU) Super Flyweight world crown he won during ‘King of the Ring’ in December 2018 in Lagos.He TKOed Mexican banger Juan Lopez Martinez in the fifth round.The tough Mexican survived two knock downs in the fourth round but could not survive a massive body shot in the fifth round.In other bouts of the night, Rad Rashid knocked out Hasan Kurnaz in the first round in a battle of big German heavyweights.In the opening fight of the night, Germany’s Avni Selimi beat Lithuania’s Thomas Vaicickas via fourth round TKO.In all, it was a bold statement of an English debut made by Monarch Events and Promotions putting up a card of three World Championship fights, an International title fight and a pair of International Heavyweight contests.Recall that In 2018, Prince Stanley Williams the CEO of Monarch Events and Promotions staged big events, ‘Boxfest’ in April and ‘King of the Ring’ in December both in Lagos with as many as six World title fights and emerged World Boxing Union (WBU) promoter of the year.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Angels Notes: Mike Trout is ‘searching for some timing’

first_imgAsked how he’s feeling, Trout expanded toward the collective. Angels at Astros: Sunday game time, TV channel, starting pitchers On Saturday, Scioscia conceded that it might be an issue, but he’s not sure.“The spin rates and velocity, everything says the ball is coming out of his hand well,” Scioscia said. “But the command isn’t there. That could be an indicator (of fatigue). We’ll see. He could just be a little out of sync too. Some of that is going to be tough to measure.”ALSOA day after Ben Revere collected his fifth hit in his past eight pinch-hitting appearances, Scioscia said the Angels don’t really have a way to get him in the everyday lineup. He said Revere can only play left and center, positions manned by Justin Upton and Mike Trout. “As far as being creative, there aren’t many things we can do,” Scioscia said. “The guys who are out there are guys you want to get everyday at-bats for.” …Upton had the 16th multi-homer game of his career, his second with the Angels. Upton has hit .282 with a .400 on-base percentage and six homers since the Angels acquired him. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Playoff hopes fade for Angels as losing streak reaches 6 “It’s frustrating for sure, but we got to come in tomorrow, we’ve got eight games left, got to try to finish strong,” Trout said.Scioscia said he’s hoping that Trout can find the elusive timing again quickly: “Sometimes it just takes one foul ball or taking one pitch when you feel your timing, and now you’re locked in again.STRUGGLING PETITYusmeiro Petit has allowed three runs in each of his past two games, both times entering with the game tied. It’s been a dramatic shift for a pitcher who, up until this week, had been arguably the Angels’ most valuable reliever.Petit had a 2.09 ERA before the last two games, with much of his value because he is able to pitch multiple innings.The obvious, question, is whether Petit’s 86 innings – including a major-league leading 83⅔ as a reliever – have caught up to him. Asked after Wednesday’s game if he’s getting tired, Petit said no. HOUSTON — While a Mike Trout slump looks much different than a slump for most every other player in the majors – because he’s always going to draw enough walks to keep the lineup moving – the Angels star is nonetheless struggling at a time when his team can least afford it.“Mike is searching for some timing, no doubt about it,” Manger Mike Scioscia before Trout went hitless, with two called third strikes, on Saturday.Over his past 29 games, Trout has hit .218. His hard-hit rate, according to FanGraphs, was 29.3 percent in September, before Saturday’s game. That would be his lowest percentage for a month since April 2013.Related Articleslast_img read more

Fellaini shines as United crush Palace

first_imgCentre-back Mamadou Sakho headed over from a free-kick played in from the right by Yohan Cabaye after Ashley Young had brought down Ward near the corner flag, and United had to defend a series of corners after that.– Pressure –Bakary Sako, the winger pushed into service as a striker to replace Benteke, almost equalised as he ran in from the left on to Andros Townsend’s diagonal through ball, but goalkeeper David De Gea beat away the drive at his near post.United, though, rode out the pressure and added a second goal 10 minutes before half-time, with Young crossing from the left for Fellaini to volley in from close range at the far post. Watched from the stand by their former midfielder David Beckham, Jose Mourinho’s side kept the pressure on title rivals Manchester City, who were due to play at Chelsea in Saturday’s late game.Palace, meanwhile, remain without a point or a goal in the league this season, and rarely looked like ending either sequence against opponents who have now scored 31 times in a 10-match unbeaten run in all competitions.Mourinho made five changes to a team that had only arrived home from Russia in the early hours of Thursday morning following their midweek Champions League victory over CSKA Moscow.There was little sign of early sluggishness, though, as they scored in the third minute from their first attack thanks to two players left out of the starting line-up on Wednesday.Marcus Rashford showed clever footwork to deceive Palace full-back Joel Ward down the left, then pulled the ball back for the unmarked Mata to sweep in from 12 yards.That was a huge setback for a Palace team who had been beaten on each of their previous 10 league visits to Old Trafford, since a 2-1 victory in December 1989. Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Marouane Fellaini scored twice as Manchester United maintained their blistering start to the season with a 4-0 thrashing of lowly Crystal Palace on Saturday.Juan Mata, making his 200th Premier League appearance, gave United the lead after just three minutes, with Fellaini’s goals followed by a late tap in for Romelu Lukaku, who scored for the 11th time in 10 games. They had lost striker Christian Benteke before the game with a knee injury that is expected to keep him out for six weeks, but despite going behind so early, they started to cause more of a threat. Chris Smalling almost added a third, heading just wide from Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s corner, before Rashford’s shot was blocked at the near post by goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey.United’s third goal arrived in the fourth minute of the second half, shortly after Rashford had been denied by a Ward block.Rashford was involved in the goal and looked initially as if he might try to claim it as his free-kick, whipped in from the left, flew in at the far post.But television replays showed beyond doubt that Fellaini had flicked the ball with his forehead inside the six-yard box, and the Belgium midfielder claimed his second of the match.The match lost most of its momentum after that, with Sako volleying over a half-chance for Palace, before Lukaku steered wide at the other end when he looked certain to score.As United sought a fourth, Hennessey advanced from his line and spread himself to block Anthony Martial as the substitute ran into the penalty area on to Mkhitaryan’s pass.The fourth goal arrived in the final minutes, with Martial attacking down the left and crossing low for Lukaku to score from close in.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

England women’s boss Neville defends appointment

first_img“(Regarding) experience, I would have thought that not many candidates that applied for the job have the experience that I’ve got of coaching elite players,” he said.“I’ve coached the best players in the men’s game at the top level and I believe the players I’ll be coaching in the England women’s team are top-class professionals at the elite level.“I’ve done all my qualifications. I did my B-licence when I was 24, my A-licence when I was 28 and I’ve got my UEFA Pro-Licence. I cannot be more qualified for this job than what I have.”Old messages from Neville’s twitter handle @fizzer18 re-appeared shortly after he was appointed.They included a 2012 post that said: “U women of (sic) always wanted equality until it comes to paying the bills #hypocrites”.Neville appeared to delete his Twitter account after the comments were re-published and subsequently apologised while the Football Association said he would not be punished.Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | New England women’s head coach Phil Neville said on Monday he “cannot be more qualified” to take on the role, defending his appointment that was overshadowed by sexist tweets.The 41-year-old was named Lionesses boss last Tuesday, but has no past experience of working in the women’s game and lacks overall management experience.The former Manchester United, Everton and England defender succeeds Mark Sampson, who was sacked in September over allegations of misconduct in a previous role and amid a racism row that led to widespread criticism of senior FA figures.“I’ve done all of my qualifications, I cannot be more qualified for this job than what I am,” Neville told Sky Sports, saying that getting the job ranks high among his achievements.“We agreed that I was the right man for the job and I’ve got to say that it was probably one of the highlights of my career,” he said.“Take everything I’ve done on the football field and since then, it was a special moment because being manager of the national team is the ultimate honour and I’ve got that now.”After ending his playing career, Neville assisted David Moyes at Manchester United and then brother Gary at Valencia, roles he said had given him experience of working with elite players.last_img read more

Lewas gearing up to take on Scotland

first_imgThe match will start at 1:45pm (10:45am PNG time).In their practice matches this week, the Lewas lost by 5 wickets to the Combined XI but managed a seven run win over China in the second match.Eight countries are taking part in the tournament that will be held in Thailand.It will run from the 28th of November to the 5th of December.The Lewas are pooled alongside Bangladesh, Scotland and hosts Thailand.   The other pool is: Netherlands, Zimbabwe, Ireland and China.The top two teams of each pool after the preliminary stage will advance to the semi-finals.The winners of the semi-finals will not only move into the final, but also book their spots in the 2016 ICC Women’s World Twenty 20 in India.last_img read more

Prioritize Health Sector in Budget, Says Health Advocacy Group

first_imgA health advocacy group, National Health Advocacy Network of Liberia is calling on the government to correct mistakes that led to almost two weeks of strike from the nation’s health workers.The group came out with the request following two days of strategic planning held to identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.The call by the group—for government to give preference to the Health sector—raised the specter (ghost) of a strike action by health workers across the country that led to a serious health crisis last month.According to the group, low incentives for health workers is contributing to the increasing flight of experienced medical practitioners to other countries. They listed regular shortages of needed drugs, and poorly equipped medical facilities as other hurdles constantly faced in the health-care sector.In a statement, the health advocacy group called on government to respect the Abuja Declaration which, among other things, calls for commitment to the Health sector by increasing financial allotments in order to fight infant mortality.As June approaches for the passage of the fiscal budget, the NHANL is of the view that government remains aware of the plight of health workers and is investigating the causes of problems they face in order to address them.Briefing the Daily Observer on some of the plights of health workers, a representative of the group said that health workers have complained of low incentives, lack of social security benefits, and discrepancies in salaries for years.On the issue of salary discrepancy, the group noted that certain people are given preferential treatment by receiving salaries in US Dollars while others receive theirs in less valuable Liberian Dollars.In addition, the group noted that government only provides a single uniform for health workers when they should receive three sets per person.“A quality public health care system is critical for improving life expectancy and has numerous social and economic benefits; they include national savings on amounts that would otherwise be expended on expensive foreign health trips,” the group emphasized.The National Health Advocacy Network of Liberia is also planning a full documentary to map health challenges in Montserrado County.The research would focus on access to quality public health services and facilities in Montserrado County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more