Brathwaite’s wicket key for Scorpions – Campbell

first_imgJohn Campbell, captain of Jamaica Scorpions, believes the wicket of Barbados Pride opener Kraigg Brathwaite will be key if the Jamaica Scorpions is to make a comeback in their WICB Professional League encounter at Sabina Park.Brathwaite, the captain of the Pride, at the close was on 66 when his team closed on 103 for three on the first day.This was in reply to the Scorpions pedestrian first-innings total of 177 after they had won the toss and elected to bat.”His (Brathwaite’s) wicket will be key, and if we can come out and get his wicket, I think their batting will be under some pressure,” stated Campbell, who is leading the Scorpions for the second time.Coming off scores of 117, 30 and 34 since his return from Australia with the West Indies Test team, Brathwaite, in his usual accumulating style, has so far batted for close to two and, half hours and hit 11 fours.Of note, as well, was his duel with the tournament’s leading wicket-taker, left-arm spinner Nikita Miller.Closing with competitive figures of three for 22 off 14 overs, Miller got the ball to turn considerably, putting Brathwaite and others under pressure at times.”Miller put in a good spell,” conceded Brathwaite, who is eyeing a 16th first class in the process.”Once the spinners hit in the right areas, it is not easy scoring as the pitch is turning.”But its’ just about trusting my defence and staying positive when I see the ball to score and rotation of the strike.He continued: “I would like to score a hundred here at Sabina Park. The last couple of times, I scored two 90s.”I am working towards that, but, at the end of the day, I am looking to build a foundation with my team to get a big score.”With him at the close was the in-form Royston Chase, who has batted for 39 minutes and is nine not out.Earlier, the Jamaica Scorpions, hoping to break a string of three consecutive defeats, were led to their total by Andre McCarthy, 52, and opener Shacaya Thomas, 50.McCarthy, entering the fray with Jamaica at 42 for one, batted for one hour and 48 minutes and counted six fours and a six, while Thomas batted for an hour and 34 minutes on his way to hitting his second half century in as many matches.Former West Indies Under-19 fast bowler Justin Greaves with five for 41, his first five-wicket-haul in his third first-class encounter, was the pick of the bowlers.New West Indies left-arm spinning recruit Jomel Warrican ended with two for 43.”We did not get anywhere close to the runs that we wanted,” Campbell highlighted.”But, having said that, the total is already there and is a task for our bowlers to go and defend.”last_img read more

Arellano withstands San Beda, moves one win away from title

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nieza Viray and Daryl Raqraquin failed to communicate on a set piece and the two, sent Arellano to the 14-6 match point.And although Arellano showed its poise and composure in the final set, the same couldn’t be said for the third and fourth periods when the Lady Chiefs discombobulated under San Beda’s attack.“From what I saw, the players relaxed,” said Arellano head coach Obet Javier in Filipino. “Early on in the third set, I could already see that we weren’t playing well.”“Of course they still showed in the fifth set that they really want to win, and that’s what I want from them, which is the attitude that they always want to win.”Regine Arocha led Arellano’s attack with 14 points while Jovielyn Prado wasn’t far behind with 13 points.ADVERTISEMENT 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 The Lady Chiefs are eying their third title one in four years against a Lady Red Spikers side who are on their first title series in history.After trading shots early in the fifth set and getting into a 6-6 stalemate, the defending champions showed their pedigree and lambasted the challengers with a 9-0 run.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 folkSetter Sarah Verutiao faked a set that stopped the Lady Red Spikers on their tracks and got the ball over for Arellano’s match-winner.Necole Ebuen had a couple of aces during Arellano’s game-setting run that pushed the Lady Chiefs’ lead to 12-6. Blackwater stays in the playoff hunt, eliminates Kia MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Andrea Marzan added 11 points to the Lady Chiefs’ offense while Mary Ann Esguerra and Ebuen added 10 points apiece.Cesca Raqraquin led San Beda with 21 points while Viray and Trisha Paras had 14 and 11 points, respectively.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Arellano University is three sets away from its second straight title after overcoming San Beda, 25-15, 25-16, 15-25, 22-25, 15-6, in the opener of the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball Finals Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbedlast_img read more

A decentralisation of power

first_imgDear Editor,Now that the Local Government Elections have been completed I believe that many Guyanese are finally wising-up and recognising that the governing APNU/AFC and the opposition PPP/C does not singularly have the solutions to all of Guyana’s problems.I believe that there are many Guyanese who would like to see the Government and the main Opposition working closer together to chart a course for Guyana’s development.It is time for them to put aside their political differences and work together for the Guyanese nation, as opposed to the winner-takes-all politics of the past.How do we get two political parties, who have been fighting each other for 50 odd years, to end their fighting and work together? Do we need to await a new generation of political leaders who are not tainted by the politics of the past?Perhaps what is needed is a decentralisation of power, so that more power is vested in Local Authorities (which is what LGE is about).Yours faithfully,Sean Orilast_img read more

Red Light Market Riot Results in Hardship on Residents

first_imgEffects of the recent riot which involved motorcyclists and officers of the Liberian National Police (LNP) are being acutely felt by residents and marketers in the Paynesville Red Light area.The incident has created a severe shortage of commercial transport since the Pem-Pem riders were restricted to the outskirts of Paynesville.The suspension of the cyclists has created serious commuting problems as most communities they service are not accessible by motor vehicles.According to some of the affected residents, they have to get up early to walk long distances before reaching their destinations or the motor vehicle routes to their destinations.This situation, they claim, has exposed them to criminals who frequently lurk in most of the communities they have to pass through on their way to connect with commercial vehicles taking them to their destinations.Affected residents are appealing to the government and the authorities concerned to speed up the investigation into what led to the pem-pem riot so that normalcy can return to their daily routines.Madam Mary B. Thomas, in an interview, told the Daily Observer that one possible root cause of the recent incident could be the alleged extortion of money from motorcyclists by some of the LNP officers.“I think, many of the motorcyclists have become frustrated because of the way traffic police officers extort money from even the marketers as well as the cyclists,” Madam Thomas asserted.The constant seizure of street vendors’ goods could also be one of the reasons.This newspaper also learned that traffic police officers assigned in the disputed areas have over the years joined “daily savings clubs” where they are obligated to pay LD1000, and LD2000 per week.“We are responsible to pay their “daily susu,” Cyclist Tamba claimed.The LNP is yet to comment on this latest allegation, but a spokesman promised to investigate the allegations. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cotto showing star potential

first_img“Punching power could be the ability to take out an opponent with one punch, like Tyson had,” said Arum, who will promote Cotto’s title defense against Oktay Urkal next Saturday (on HBO) at Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, Puerto Rico. “Punching power could be based on an accumulation of punches, a relentless attack of hurting his opponent as he attacks him, and breaking him down. “And I think that Miguel will go down in boxing history in that second category as among the best that ever fought. He’s skilled, has fast hands, but it’s his relentless attack that never, never stops in hurting his opponent.” There is no question that Cotto is scary. He works the body as dynamically as he batters the head. He’s one of those fighters who can make even the most courageous opponent cringe while pondering the punishment that is sure to be forthcoming. But getting Cotto to brag a bit is about as difficult as weathering one of his tremendous left hooks. “I just do what I do,” Cotto, 26, said Wednesday from Puerto Rico. “I come to fight, I come to win. That’s what I think about, winning. Miguel Cotto was supposed to be facing a stern test when he took on fellow Puerto Rican Carlos Quintana last Dec. 2 in Atlantic City. Quintana was undefeated at 23-0. At 5-foot-9 1/2, he was 2 1/2 inches taller than Cotto. Quintana also had a five-inch reach advantage, was a southpaw and had been a welterweight his entire career. Cotto was moving up from junior welterweight. I leave it to the fans, to the press, to everyone that knows boxing, to decide what they think of my career.” This is just the attitude that Arum believes will help propel Cotto (28-0, 23 KOs) to the top of every respectable pound-for-pound poll. Not only is Cotto physically gifted, he’s humble. “He’s looked upon as one of the top fighters in boxing and rightly so and it is our hope that in the next year or so he will be recognized as the very best,” Arum said. “He is a very hard-working young man and he gives a lot to the sport. “But that’s so much a part of the battle today, to get a young man to not get ahead of himself and not start proclaiming that he is the best, that he can beat everybody, and just let it come. Like the great ones did, like (Marvin) Hagler and (Sugar Ray) Leonard. They didn’t claim to the rafters that they were the best, they proved that they were the best.” Provided Cotto gets past the 37-year-old Urkal (38-3, 12 KOs) – and that should not be a problem – he has already signed to defend his belt against former welterweight champion Zab Judah on June 9 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Judah, of Brooklyn, has not fought since last April 8 in Las Vegas when he lost his International Boxing Federation belt to Floyd Mayweather Jr. via a lopsided decision. Judah touched off a brawl during the 10th round of the fight when he fouled Mayweather with a low blow and a rabbit punch. Judah was fined and had his license revoked by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. It’s no surprise that Judah is already talking trash. He has predicted he will knock out Cotto in five rounds. “All I can tell you is that throughout his career, Zab Judah has always been a big talker,” Cotto said. “But if you see the actions in the ring, he has not always been able to back up those words.” Judah is 34-4 with 25 knockouts, but he has lost the two biggest fights of his career – against Mayweather and Kostya Tszyu (TKO, second round). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Quintana was decked twice in the fifth round and could not answer the bell for the sixth, having been taken apart by Cotto in vicious fashion. Cotto won the vacant World Boxing Association welterweight title, and the stoppage gave the former junior welterweight champion an 8-0 record with seven knockouts in championship fights. It also made a true believer out of his promoter, Bob Arum, who has 40 years in this game. Arum believes Cotto is one of the most damaging punchers the sport has seen. last_img read more

Klopp desperate to end Liverpool trophy drought

first_img0Shares0000Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp walks past the Champions League trophy after defeat to Real Madrid in the 2018 final © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 12 – Jurgen Klopp says he does not want to be remembered as the “fun” Liverpool manager who failed to win silverware as expectations rise that the club can break their long trophy drought.The German manager celebrated his three-year anniversary at Anfield this week but has not tasted success despite taking the club to three finals. He has lost his past six finals since winning his first with Borussia Dortmund in 2012.At his presentation as Reds boss in October 2015 he pledged to win a “title” within four years. But after three trophy near-misses, the last in May’s Champions League final against Real Madrid, he admits he does not know when that claim will come to fruition.Liverpool’s last major trophy was the League Cup in 2012 but they have not been English champions since 1990.“I have said it a few times: I have no idea when we will win something but I’m sure this club will win something,” he said in an interview with Premier League Productions.“I don’t know when so let’s have the best times of our lives until then.”Klopp added: “Nobody wants to look back in 10 or 20 years and say ‘So the best time we had without winning anything was when Klopp was here. It was so funny and all that stuff.”Liverpool have been touted as Manchester City’s closest challengers for the Premier League this season and are currently level with Pep Guardiola’s side and Chelsea on 18 points after eight matches, having yet to be defeated in the league.“If you think about it, we are maybe in the best moment for ages but a few other clubs are the same and they made the same steps so that makes it really hard,” Klopp said.“It looks like we are really on a good way and the only thing I can guarantee is that we constantly develop.”But he warned fans that he is not a miracle-worker.“As I said in my first press conference here, if anybody thinks that I can perform wonders then it could become really difficult in the future, because I can’t.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Russia thrash Saudi Arabia to launch World Cup in style

first_img0Shares0000Midfielder Denis Cheryshev celebrates after scoring Russia’s fourth goal against Saudi Arabia © AFP / Francisco LEONGMoscow, Russian Federation, Jun 13 – Russia kicked off their World Cup in style on Thursday, thumping Saudi Arabia 5-0 in front of an ecstatic crowd in Moscow as President Vladimir Putin basked in the glow.Putin declared the tournament open at the 80,000-capacity Luzhniki Stadium, saying football “unites the entire world” before watching his team overwhelm their hapless Group A opponents. In a performance beyond the wildest dreams of even the most ardent home fans, two goals from substitute Denis Cheryshev were the highlight as Russia ended a seven-match run without a win in style.Iury Gazinsky got the party started early, heading Russia in front in the 12th minute before Cheryshev rifled home a second shortly before half-time.Russian fans celebrate as they watch their team take on Saudi Arabia at the World Cup © AFP / Maxim ZMEYEVAnother substitute, Artem Dzyuba, made it 3-0 with about 20 minutes remaining before a delicious late goal from Cheryshev with the outside of his left boot and a fifth from Aleksandr Golovin sealed the rout.Victory for Russia, ranked a lowly 70th in the world — three places below Saudi Arabia — was vital for the home nation’s hopes of progressing, with tougher games against Egypt and Uruguay to come.“There are no words to express what I’m feeling right now. I’m happy we won and happy I could help my team,” said man-of-the match Cheryshev.“I felt very happy when I knew I would be here in the squad but I never dreamed of anything like this.”– Williams gesture –Earlier, British pop star Robbie Williams caused a stir during his performance at the opening ceremony by making an obscene gesture to a camera.The former Take That star raised his middle finger at the end of his performance at the Luzhniki after appearing to mouth the words “I did this for free”.Russia is spending more than $13 billion (11 billion euros) on hosting football’s showpiece, the most important event in the country since the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics.Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech before the opening match of the 2018 World Cup © AFP / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVThe buildup to the tournament has been dogged by controversy and diplomatic scandals and has shone a light on the challenges facing the country.On the day of the curtainraiser, Russia freed the main opposition figure to Putin, Alexei Navalny, from jail after he served a 30-day sentence for organising an illegal protest.But British gay rights activist Peter Tatchell was arrested for holding a one-man protest against the country’s record on gay rights, hours before kick-off.– Big guns –The World Cup favourites — Germany, Spain, France, Brazil — enter the fray from Friday onwards.Brazil and star striker Neymar are seeking a sixth global crown while Germany, who won their fourth World Cup in Brazil four years ago, are determined to draw level with the South Americans.France boast possibly the most talented squad while Lionel Messi is desperate to make amends for Argentina’s defeat in the 2014 final.The preparations of 2010 winners Spain were thrown into disarray after coach Julen Lopetegui was sacked just two days before their opening game on Friday against Portugal. He had angered his federation by accepting the job of Real Madrid manager.Sergio Ramos and new coach Fernando Hierro displayed a united front on Thursday, smiling for the cameras as Spain scrambled to get their campaign back on track.Almost 5,000 kilometres (3,100 miles) away, Lopetegui was being unveiled as the new Madrid coach, describing the day he was sacked as “the saddest day of my life since the death of my mother”.Neymar, the world’s most expensive player, has recovered from a broken bone in his foot in time for the tournament.Egypt’s coach said prolific striker Mohamed Salah is “almost 100 percent” to play in their opening match against Uruguay on Friday after he had intensive treatment on the shoulder injury he suffered playing for Liverpool against Real Madrid in the Champions League final.– Hearts and minds –The money lavished on the tournament will boost Putin’s already sky-high prestige at home by giving many of the 11 host cities their first facelifts in generations.The tournament also offers Putin a chance to project Russia as a global player that is accepted and respected even while being at odds with the United States.He is attempting to do so despite Russia being hit by international sanctions following its invasion of Ukraine’s Crimea in 2014.Moscow’s military backing of the Syrian regime and alleged meddling in the 2016 US election on President Donald Trump’s behalf only deepened its worst rift with the West since the Cold War.Putin hopes the most-watched event on the planet provides Russia with the “soft power” needed to capture a sceptical world’s hearts and minds.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Reports – West Ham and Aston Villa snubbed by Croatia hitman this summer

first_img1 Fiorentina striker Nikola Kalinic Former Blackburn hitman Nikola Kalinic snubbed both West Ham and Aston Villa in order to join Fiorentina this summer, according to reports in Italy.Both Premier League clubs were in the market for new strikers during the window and they were linked heavily to the then Dnipro forward Kalinic.And, according to the Gazzetta dello Sport, West Ham and Villa actually offered around £600,000 more than Fiorentina as they tried to tempt him back to English football.But the 27-year-old, who scored just seven goals in 44 Premier League outings for Blackburn between 2009 and 2011, had his heart set on a move to Fiorentina.And he has hit the ground running in Serie A, scoring four goals in six appearances, only three of which were starts.last_img read more

PICTURE SPECIAL: YOUR MESSAGE FROM AROUND THE GLOBE TO THE DONEGAL TEAM

first_imgWell done to Donegal from the shores of Lake Ontario, Webster NY from the Doherty’s. Thanks Esther DohertyTHANKS to everyone who sent in pictures yesterday from around the world.The great Donegal diaspora – many abroad through choice but many others because they have to be – got behind Jim McGuinness and the team before Sunday’s All-Ireland Final.And it’s only right that they now get the chance to say ‘Maith Sibh’. Thanks You.Aidan Mc Ginley, Annagry celebrating Donegal’s victory in New Delhi, India with a bit of help from a few localsGabriel Duffy spotted this Mayo fan after the game. Said Gabriel: “He was very gracious in defeat and said we deserved it. Fair play.”Congrats to Jim and the team from the Shevlins and Charlie Bans in the Beach Hotel DowningsCongratulations to Donegal from Down Under”Thanks Jim, Rory and the team. You made our year here in Sydney. Proud to be from Donegal”Up Donegal From Down Under – Congrats to Michael Murphy on Man of the MatchTHE AUSSIE LINE-UP FOR JIM – BRING SAM DOWN TO SEE US!Making sure the next generation are fed on Donegal: Thanks to Deirdre Poole for all the Sydney pix. Donegal Daily loves you Deirdre! In the mountains of North Carolina, our dog Guinness after the game, totally wrecked….just like us….!!!! Michael and Mary McCallion, and ‘Guinness’…. Donegal Stig in Western Australia John Gallagher from Glenties stands on top of his work mate, Ryan Mc Faddan’s car in Perth. Dún Na NGall Abu!!  Sharon Bradley managed to get this snap of the Qatar Donegal Supporters Club at Croker!  PICTURE SPECIAL: YOUR MESSAGE FROM AROUND THE GLOBE TO THE DONEGAL TEAM was last modified: September 24th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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)last_img read more

HOW NEWTOWNCUNNINGHAM COMMUNITY GIVES HOPE TO THE NORTH

first_imgThe Orange Hall in Newtowncunningham after it was badly damaged by fire.THE people of Newtowncunningham are being held up as the way it should be – north of the border.An offer from Naomh Colmcille GAA club to the Orange Order for the use of their club house for Orange meetings is making headlines.The offer, and its warm reception from the local Co Donegal lodge, was the subject of much debate on BBC Radio Ulster’s popular TalkBack programme, hosted by Wendy Austin. The Orange hall in Newtowncunningham was destroyed in an arson attack in September. It had been used as a community facility before it was targeted by arsonists.Newtowncunningham GAA club wrote to the local Orange lodge afterwards to offer them the use of their facilities.Orange Order members in the village said they were delighted by the offer and have pledged to invite the GAA club to the opening of their new hall when it is rebuilt.Lodge treasurer Stewart McClean told the BBC’s Talkback programme: “We received a letter from them offering use of their premises while our own hall’s being rebuilt, something we took great support out of. “We have been inundated with messages of support from the local community, from the parish hall from the local Gaelic club – even some of the local businesses are organising a dance for us to raise funds to help us rebuild again.”Former Donegal senior footballer Brendan Devenney said no-one would object to the offer.“There would be no issue at all with that from anybody in Newtowncunningham,” he told the BBC radio programme.“Growing up as a kid in Newtown, I remember being down in the Orange hall all the time, there used to be fundraisers and bazaars.“That [GAA] pavillion down there, it’s not really seen as some kind of hardcore nationalist GAA place, it’s seen as a place for people in the community.” Listeners to the programme responded warmly to the story – with many saying it’s how it should be north of the Border.HOW NEWTOWNCUNNINGHAM COMMUNITY GIVES HOPE TO THE NORTH was last modified: October 24th, 2014 by John2Share 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:GAA clubNewtowncunninghamOrange Orderlast_img read more