Windies in semis after scrambled run chase

first_imgNAGPUR, India (CMC):West Indies nearly made a mess of a simple run chase, but recovered in time to pull off a nervy three-wicket win over South Africa with two balls to spare, and romp into the semi-finals of the Twenty20 World Cup here yesterday.In pursuit of an uncomplicated target of 123 on a slow pitch at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, West Indies were propelled by Man-of-the-Match Marlon Samuels who top-scored with a vital 43 from 44 deliveries while opener Johnson Charles stroked 32 from 35 balls.The Caribbean side were on top of the game at 66 for two in the 12th over, but lost five wickets for 47 runs in the space of 46 balls, to decline to 113 for seven in the penultimate over.Starting the final over with nine required for victory, West Indies were left sweating when Carlos Brathwaite (10 not out) was kept scoreless by 20-year-old seamer Kagiso Rabada off the first ball.However, Brathwaite cleared the ropes at wide long on with the second delivery before a wide and then a single ensured the scores were level with three balls remaining.Denesh Ramdin, batting at number nine, then steered the fourth delivery and his first to short third man where Hashim Amla dropped a sharp chance jumping high to his right, earning a single to take West Indies to their third straight win and keeping them unbeaten in the tournament.They sit top of Group One on six points, two clear of second-placed England, who face Sri Lanka – fourth on two points – on Saturday. Sri Lanka are third on two points and an England victory will eliminate them.INNINGS RESCUEDSent in earlier, South Africa were floundering at 47 for five in the ninth over before opener Quinton de Kock top-scored with 47 from 46 deliveries and David Wiese chipped in with 28 from 26 balls, to rescue the innings.Chris Gayle was the unlikeliest of bowling heroes with his off-spin, claiming two for 17 from his three overs, while seamers Dwayne Bravo (2-20) and Andre Russell (2-28) also chimed in with two wickets apiece.West Indies struck a key blow off the third ball of the game when Amla (1) gambled on an ill-advised single with de Kock, but failed to beat Russell’s throw from point to wicketkeeper Ramdin.In the next over, captain Faf du Plessis chipped Russell to Sulieman Benn at mid off to fall for nine at 13 for two and when Rilee Roussouw scooped Gayle to Russell at point in the third over to perish without scoring, the Proteas were stumbling badly at 20 for three.De Kock and de Villiers (10) offered temporary relief in a 26-run fourth wicket stand before Bravo got the breakthrough, bowling de Villiers with a slower ball in the eighth over at 46 for four.When the dangerous David Miller played back, completely misjudged a Gayle delivery that spun and was bowled, South Africa were tottering in the ninth.De Kock, who counted three fours and a six, rallied the innings by adding 50 for the sixth wicket with Wiese who benefited from a mis-stumping on three off left-arm spinner Benn in the 11th over, to strike two fours.The left-handed de Kock eventually perished when he made generous room for a heave through the leg-side and was bowled by Russell in the 16th over.last_img read more

Gilas ‘has to finish strong’ as PH faces Iran in Jones Cup closer

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTAIPEI – Out of the medal but already having gained a wealth of experience for his young players, coach Chot Reyes wants just one more thing as Gilas Pilipinas winds up its participation in the 39th Jones Cup Invitational.“We have to finish strong,” Reyes said as the Filipinos lock horns with an equally young Iran side in the second-to-last game that takes the curtains down on this 10-team, nine-nation event at Taipei Peace Basketballl Hall on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT “It was just a great testament to our players that they are ready despite not getting the minutes (in the past games),” Reyes said with pride. “That’s why we brought the kind of players we brought here – for depth.”Tolomia played 25 minutes and finished with eight points and five assists.The Scores:GILAS PILIPINAS 101 – Wright 19, Pessumal 14, Vosotros 14, Standhardinger 10, Cruz 9, Daquioag 8, Tolomia 8, Jalalon 7, Jose 4, Myers 4, Gotladera 2, Ravena 2.INDIA 70 – Gill 25, Pandi 14, Sivakumar 7, Poiyamoshi 5, Philip 5, G. Hafeez 5, Gill 4, Gowda 3, Reddy 2.Quarters: 27-24; 54-31; 80-55; 101-70. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Global Cebu forces draw on Meralco McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returncenter_img Team Philippines has all the momentum it needs coming into the game, having torn India to shreds, 101-70 on Saturday after getting its lesser lights to deliver.Almond Vosotros and Von Pessumal came off the bench to shoot 14 points each as Reyes was able to rest some of his starters. They four triples each in a combined 17 attempts that helped the Filipinos break away.“We wanted to give a lot of minutes to the guys (young players),” Reyes said. “One of our objectives for participating here was to prepare our SEAG (Southeast Asian Games lineup) and Von and Almond are integral parts of that lineup.”“We’re just thankful for the opportunity to play,” Pessumal, the former Eagle in the UAAP, said. “We knew our teammates were tired after seven straight games and we had the mindset of helping the team. We just stayed ready while waiting for the opportunity.”Mike Tolomia, Ed Daquioag and Fonzo Gotladera also saw major minutes, with Carl Cruz giving out his usual contributions. All of them will be in Kuala Lumpur eyeing the Philippines’ 18th gold medal in the biennial meet.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold00:50Trending Articles01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone01:40Filipinos 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 Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ “We want to make sure that we finish this tournament on a high note,” he added as his squad – regarded as the Philippines’ future national team – take on an Iranian team that also left its veterans and best players back home.“They have their upcoming players, just like us,” Reyes went on as the match takes place at 5 p.m. “It’s going to be a good test for both teams.”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’The Philippines will take a 5-3 card into the game, having lost to Canada 150, South Korea and Lithuania, teams that are really stronger than Gilas on paper with the Canadians parading an all-pro team, the Koreans represented by their national squad and the Lithuanians simply bigger and more talented.Iran left the likes of Hamed Haddadi, Mohammad Jamshidi, Mahdi Khamrani and Nikka Bahrami back home, trying to keep them fresh for the World Cup Qualifying starting in November. LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Aminata 4-Day Tennis Tourney Starts Wednesday

first_imgThe filthy dusts and rusts on the iron tennis court, due to the past embarrassing leadership crisis, coupled with the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), are expected to be wiped off and oiled, beginning Wednesday 17-20, in a four-day Aminata Annual Tennis Tournament.The tournament, sponsored by the Aminata & Sons Gas Station is valued at US$3,000.00. The maiden edition of the Aminata Annual Open will bring together 16 amateur male players from in and around Monrovia.According to the president of the Liberia Tennis Federation (LTF), Adolphus Wade, the preliminary stage will be played on Siaka Toure and Dr. Neal’s Tennis Courts in Tweh Town, Bushrod Island, where four games would be played in each court.The tennis boss said the appearance fee for the preliminary phase is US$50, while the second and third rounds are US$50 and US$75 respectively.“Besides players’ appearance fees, each player will receive US$5.00 as transportation and there will be water and food available,” Mr. Wade said. “According to the tournament’s rule eight players will drop in the first phase, while the 2nd and third places, four and two places will drop in that order.”The LTF boss added: “The first winner will get US$500, while the runner-up will receive US$25.00, and each of them will receive a trophy.”He said the LTF, under his leadership, would stage six different tournaments, mostly corporate tournaments, during the dry season of every year.He noted that the maiden edition of Aminata Open, “Is like a light in the tunnel,” and disclosed that in the 3rd week of January, in celebration of his wife’s birthday, there would be ‘The President’s Wife Open tournament.“We’ve engaged some business and concessions and hope that there would be favorable answers,” Mr. Wade said. “By the grace of God, a smiling child holding the racket to bat the ball will be on signboards of some of the companies.”Wade further said the essence of the tournament is to determine the strength of the players; promote competition, togetherness and unity them; to get royalties and support the training of kids, amongst others.Aminata & Sons Incorporated is one of the biggest indigenous Liberian petroleum businesses with over 14 filling stations in Montserrado County. It has three pumps, containing six electric fuel service pumps, according to a company spokesman.It is also the first Liberian owned gas station to introduce ‘Fuel Filtration Machine,’ with the capacity to carry out a thorough cleaning of vehicles’ fuel tanks.Its president and chief executive officer Siaka Toure is a former president of the Liberian Tennis Association.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Security guard charged for damaging car

first_imgA security guard attached to Pritipaul Singh Investments was on Wednesday granted bail for damaging private property when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Neville Haynes, 39, of Lot 419 Norton Street, Georgetown, pleaded not guilty to the offence.The charge alleged that on September 30, 2016 at North East La Penitence, Georgetown, he unlawfully and maliciously damaged motor car PVV 3625, property of Otis Khan, called “Clive”.Haynes was granted ,000 bail. He is expected to return to court on October 17, 2016.last_img read more

House Twists Self-appointed Taskforce’s Mandate

first_imgThe House’s leadership, comprising a 14-member Committee, has released the terms of reference (TOR) for the seven-man Special Investigative Committee, regarding the Global Witness damning report detailing allegations of bribery, to amend the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC) law in favor of Sable Mining Company for one of Liberia’s most coveted iron ore assets. After a leadership meeting on Monday, the Special Committee said it will probe the ‘2010 amended and restated public procurement concession commission act.” According to a statement issued by Chief Clerk, Mildred Sayon, the committee will establish through legislative formalities whether or not, standing procedures were followed leading to the restated PPCC Law as proposed by the Executive in 2010.The Committee would also investigate “to establish whether the origin of the amendments and subsequent adjustments passed as the PPCC Law is concerned; to establish what portion of the PPCC Law as approved by the Legislature were printed into Hand Bills by the Executive.”The Committee would also probe “to establish whether or not there exists additional instruments associated with the awarding of concessions outside of the PPCC and Mining Laws, and to establish whether other laws passed by the Legislature have been altered at the point of printing into Hand Bills.”The statement said, “The Committee has begun the collection of resource documents, and will shortly commence series of Legislative formalities and public engagements.”Members of the Committee are Maryland County District #1 Representative James P. Biney, Chairman of the House’s Special Investigative Committee. He is also the Chairman on the House’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, and former Chairman on the Public Accounts and Expenditure Committee.Other members include Bong County District # 4 Representative Lester M. Paye, Chairman on Committee of Youth and Sports; Nimba County District # 9 Representative, R. Matenokay Tingban, Chairman on Resettlement, Repatriation, Relief and Re-adjustment; Lofa County District# 4Representative, Mariamu B. Fofana, Co-Chair on Rules, Order and Administration; and River Gee County District #2 Representative, Christian S. Chea Sr., Chairman on Labor.The remaining members are Maryland County District #2 Representative, Dr. Bhofal Chambers, Chairman on National Defense; and Montserrado County District #16 Representative Dr. Edward S. Forh, Chairman of Public Works and Rural Development.In the corridors of Capitol Hill, reporters gathered that most of the Acts enacted into law from 2006 to present have not been printed into handbills, and are therefore subject to change as may possibly be the case in the amended 2010 PPCC Law.Meanwhile, the Committee would not investigate former and current members of the Legislature as was previously announced by the Senate President Pro Tempore, Armah Jallah.Unconfirmed reports said the Senate has failed to name its Committee to form part of the Joint special investigative committee owing to the “current court proceedings.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Troyer Toy Drive coming Dec 10 & 11

first_imgMoose FM has once again teamed up with Troyer Ventures and the Salvation Army to help collect toys this Christmas season.Friday Dec. 10 and Saturday Dec. 11, Moose FM, Troyer Ventures and The Salvation Army will be looking for your donations at Home Hardware Building Centre.- Advertisement -Moose FM will broadcast live from Home Hardware on December 10th from 12pm to 6pm and December 11th from 10am to 4pm.   You can stop by our location and make a donation of a new unwrapped toy or cash.  All of the donations will stay in Fort St. John to help kids in our area, and this year there is an even greater need than before.   The Salvation Army has already seen an increase in the need for toys this holiday season.  All donations are welcome, but toys for kids aged 10 and up are needed the most.Starting the week of Dec. 6, Santa’s Sleigh will be at Home Hardware for early donations.If you’re group, business or organization would like to collect toys for the Troyer Toy Drive, call Adam or Kelly at 250-787-7100.Advertisement The 7th Annual Troyer Toy Drive December 10th & 11th at Home Hardware Building Centre.last_img read more

Beharry supports GRFU ahead of RANs 7s

first_imgA familiar scene was played out in the Boardroom of the Beharry Group of Companies at Charlotte Street, Georgetown on Tuesday, when the Guyana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) received a handsome donation from the manufacturing conglomerate to aid in preparation for the upcoming Rugby Americas North (RAN) Sevens Championships.Present at the simple ceremony were Guyana’s Sevens Captain Dwayne Schroeder, the 15s Captain Ryan Gonsalves, President of the GRFU Peter Greene, and Monique Tiwary — Indi and Champion brands Manager.In remarks, Greene said, “As we know, annually, Beharry plays a part in the sponsorship of the men’s and women’s sevens teams, helping the team to offset its expenses. This year’s RAN Championships, in order for us to keep going, weGuyana 7s Captain Dwayne Schroeder (airborne) in action during a previous gameneed the support, because we have run up expenses to almost 7 million dollars.”Extending heartfelt gratitude to the company for the timely donation, Greene made known his deep appreciation for the assistance forthcoming from the Beharry Group of Companies, who have for many years been ardent supporters of rugby.In closing his remarks, Green reiterated the importance of the team representing Guyana consisting of young talent mixed with experience. He said that is the only way the team can move forward and play as a unit, bypassing the injuries of experienced players such as Godfrey Broomes.In response, Tiwary said, “We at the Edward B Beharry Group of Companies are proud to be sponsors of the Guyana Rugby Team. We are proud to contribute towards the nurturing of young rugby talent in Guyana, and this is our way of giving back.” And on behalf of the company, Tiwary wished the team the best of luck in the upcoming Caribbean Championships, scheduled for Barbados.last_img read more

Karate kick Evra suspended by Marseille, charged by UEFA

first_img0Shares0000Teammates try to calm down Marseille defender Patrice Evra (back L) as he tries to kick a supporter before the start of the UEFA Europa League game against Vitoria Guimaraes © AFP / MIGUEL RIOPAMARSEILLE, France, Nov 3 – Patrice Evra was handed an initial one-match ban by UEFA and suspended by his club Marseille on Friday after the veteran defender aimed a karate kick at the head of one of his team’s own supporters.The former Manchester United star was red-carded for the assault during the pre-match warm-up at Thursday’s Europa League clash at Guimaraes in Portugal. Marseille said that club president Jacques-Henri Eyraud had met the 36-year-old to inform him of the suspension and warned that he could face further “disciplinary action.”“Marseille also denounced the unacceptable behaviour of some fans who hurled hateful insults,” said a club statement.Earlier, European football governing body UEFA said Evra was banned for “violent conduct” and indicated that the former French international faced further sanctions at a disciplinary hearing next week.“Following his dismissal, the player is suspended for at least one match. The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body will decide on this case at its next meeting on 10 November,” UEFA said in a statementBoth Marseille and Guimaraes, who went on the win the tie 1-0, were also charged over their fans invading the pitch.Announcing their probe, Marseille said in a statement: “No matter what happens, a professional player must maintain self-control despite provocations and insults, no matter how unjustified they may be.”Evra was confronted by a group of supporters who had managed to get out of an area in the Afonso Henriques ground reserved for around 500 Marseille fans.– ‘Learn to keep cool’ –Stewards at the ground quickly intervened to break up the trouble, with Evra, who was originally listed as a substitute, ordered to return to the dressing room by the referee.“Pat has experience, and he must not react, it’s obvious,” said Marseille coach Rudi Garcia whose side lost the game 1-0 and also had Boubacar Kamara sent off three minutes from time.“Patrice is more than just an experienced player. You can’t respond, of course, to insults, as bad as they are and as incredible as they might be because they come from one of our supporters.“He must learn to keep his cool. That’s all I can say.”Garcia, however, blasted the fan who taunted the 81-times capped Evra at the compact Portuguese stadium.“He’s not a supporter of Marseille, because you can’t insult your own players, you have to be behind all of us.”The incident immediately brought back memories of another act of kung-fu kick madness by a French footballer.In January 1995, Eric Cantona, playing for Manchester United, launched a flying studs-first kick at a Crystal Palace supporter at Selhurst Park who had jeered him after he was sent off for kicking Eagles defender Richard Shaw.As he was walking towards the tunnel, Cantona launched himself feet first at Palace fan Matthew Simmons, who was shouting abuse at the enigmatic striker.Cantona, who was 28 at the time, was banned for eight months by the English Football Association whilst he was also stripped of the France captaincy by then-coach Aime Jacquet.He also faced a criminal charge of assault that led to an initial two-week prison sentence, commuted to 120 hours of community service on appeal.Evra has received heavy criticism for his performances this season and lost his place in the team to on-loan Aston Villa left-back Jordan Amavi.According to football statisticians Opta on Thursday: “Patrice Evra is the first player to be sent off before the start of a match in the history of the Europa League”.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Solskjaer confident that Pogba will stay at Man Utd

first_imgBoth manager Solskjaer and United’s board want their £89 million ($115 million) club-record signing to stay, although they have acknowledged that circumstances could change.“You can’t guarantee anything in football but yes I think Paul is going to be here,” Solskjaer told reporters on Friday. “I can assure you that he is very determined to be successful at United.”Pogba scored eight goals and provided five assists in his first 10 games following Solskjaer’s appointment but his performances have tailed off since, and it was a surprise to many observers that the French midfielder was named in the Professional Footballers’ Association’s team of the year on Thursday.Former Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane this week described Pogba as a “big problem” for the club, suggesting that he was not committed enough to the team.But Solskjaer said Pogba can cope with the scrutiny.“That’s just the standards he sets, because when he’s creating chances, scoring goals, doing loads of work… that’s just media, supporters, everyone looks to Paul. ‘Could you have done better?’“He’s done fantastic for us, he’s a human being as well and we’re all the same, we want him to do well.“He’s a leader in that dressing room and on the pitch for us. Back to if I can guarantee, I would say ‘yes, I can guarantee’ but in life you can never (know), but he will be here as far as I’m concerned.”Solskjaer, who won 14 of his first 17 matches after replacing Jose Mourinho, initially as caretaker manager, in December, is attempting to turn around an awful run of form, which has seen United’s players widely criticised.– United collapse –United have gone into freefall, losing seven of their past nine matches, a run that has seen them eliminated from both the Champions League and the FA Cup, and has significantly harmed their chances of finishing in the top four.United are sixth in the Premier League, three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, who visit Old Trafford on Sunday.Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is in the spotlight after a recent loss of form © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFSolskjaer has promised to stick by Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea for the Chelsea match despite a recent loss of form.De Gea has faced criticism after making a number of high-profile errors in recent matches, leading to goals in matches against Arsenal, Barcelona, Everton and Manchester City.The Spain international has not kept a clean sheet in his past 12 matches, and is the first United goalkeeper to concede 50 league goals in a season for 40 years.Former United goalkeeper Gary Bailey suggested this week that the time is right to rest De Gea, but Solskjaer says he has no intention of doing that.He said: “No, not at all. I trust David and he’s for me been the best player United have had for the last six or seven years.“He’s been absolutely outstanding and going through tough patches is part of a footballer’s career. David will be fine.”Solskjaer has also rejected suggestions that De Gea’s contract situation is partly to blame for the dip in form.The goalkeeper is out of contract in 2020, and there has been reported interest from Paris Saint-Germain.But Solskjaer said: “That’s something you have to deal with as a footballer. It’s a situation. David’s coming in every single day doing what he should be doing.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Apr 26 – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident that Paul Pogba will still be at Manchester United next season but admits he cannot guarantee the French World Cup winner will stay.Pogba fuelled speculation linking him with a move to Real Madrid last month, suggesting Real were “a dream club for any player”, although he declared at the time he was happy at Old Trafford.last_img read more

Zaha sends Ivory Coast to AFCON quarters

first_img0Shares0000Ivory Coast striker Wilfred Zaha celebrates his goal against Mali during their Africa Cup of Nations round of 16 tie in Suez in July 8, 2019. PHOTO/CAFSUEZ, Egypt, Jul 9 – Wilfried Zaha grabbed the only goal to settle a disappointing Africa Cup of Nations last-16 clash as Ivory Coast beat Mali 1-0 in Suez on Monday. Crystal Palace winger Zaha ensured the Ivorians remained unbeaten against Mali at the tournament as he squeezed home on 76 minutes to book a quarter-final showdown with Algeria. However, the 2015 champions will need to perform much better if they aspire to a second title in four years as Ivory Coast’s talented attack of Zaha, Nicolas Pepe and Jonathan Kodjia largely failed to fire.“We’re going to enjoy our victory, it wasn’t easy against a good Mali team,” said Ivory Coast boss Ibrahim Kamara.“We had a pretty difficult first half where we couldn’t get it going. We let the storm pass and were able to make the most of our key moments.”The in-demand Pepe returned for the Elephants after sitting out the 4-1 win over Namibia along with Kodjia, while Mali recalled a host of regulars having rested key players after qualifying from their group with a game to spare.Mali advanced as joint top scorers in the group stage with six goals alongside Algeria and had the Ivorians in trouble early here, although Lassana Coulibaly lost his footing after Moussa Marega attempted to square.Sylvain Gbohouo had a lucky escape when he flapped at a corner with Abdoulay Diaby stabbing over before the Ivory Coast goalkeeper tipped behind his curling free-kick.Mali were seeking a first victory over their fellow west Africans at the Cup of Nations after three losses and a draw, but Southampton recruit Moussa Djenepo stumbled as he bore in on goal at start of the second half.Kodjia was denied at the other end as Djigui Diarra turned the Aston Villa forward’s shot wide with his legs and an ineffective Pepe was withdrawn on 68 minutes.Zaha made the breakthrough with a quarter of an hour remaining when Gbohouo’s hopeful ball upfield skipped past a static Mali defence all the way through to the Arsenal target who snuck the ball past Diarra.Adama Traore created a late chance as Mali sought to send the game to extra time but his stinging drive was kept out by Gbohouo.“We managed the game perfectly and created loads of chances but lacked a finisher today,” rued Mali coach Mohamed Magassouba.“It was a bad day for us. The only chance they had they put it away. I wouldn’t even say it was chance, more an opportunist attacker.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more