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Bravo misses out on century but puts Red Force in Super 50 semis

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC) – Darren Bravo passed 400 runs with his third straight half-century and fifth of the Regional Super50 Cup as Trinidad and Tobago Red Force dealt Guyana Jaguars’ semi-final hopes another blow with a six-wicket win here Saturday night.The left-hander, left out of the West Indies team due to poor international form, extended his heavy scoring with 98 as Red Force overcame an early blip to overhaul their target of 219 with nine balls to spare at Queen’s Park Oval, and confirm their spot in the final four.Red Force found themselves in a spot of bother at 51 for three in the 14th over after left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul (2-49) struck twice but Bravo put on 165 for the fourth wicket with Mohammed who stroked an unbeaten 71, to see Red Force comfortably over the line.Bravo, who struck an unbeaten 115 in Red Force’s opener, was in sight of his second century of the campaign when he perished with three runs required for victory.All told, the 30-year-old faced 119 deliveries and crunched four fours and seven sixes, to reach 447 runs for the tournament at an average of 111.Jonathan Foo pummel an unbeaten 97 off 92 balls for Guyana Jaguars.Jaguars, needing a win to enhance their semi-final bid, could only muster 218 for eight after a delayed start due to rain turned the contest into a 46-overs per side affair.Sent in, they were going nowhere fast at 78 for five in the 25th over before Jonathan Foo arrived to pummel a top score of 97 not out off 92 deliveries.However, while several other batsmen got starts but none carried on, leaving Jaguars’ bowlers with a tough task of defending a small total.Opener Chandrapaul Hemraj (8) and Chris Barnwell (6) fell cheaply with just 32 runs on the board in the 13th over and though Foo tried to rebuild, he continued to lose partners cheaply.With the innings lagging, he took matters into his own hands, blasting half-dozen fours and four sixes as he put on a crucial 71 for the sixth wicket with Ronaldo Alimohammed (27) and 50 for the eighth wicket with Permaul (22).Leg-spinning captain Imran Khan was the best bowler with three for 23 from 10 frugal overs.Permaul then removed both openers to set back Red Force, bowling Tion Webster for eight and then getting Kyle Hope to hole out to mid-off for 14, as the hosts stumbled to 26 for two in the seventh over.When Akeal Hosein followed for 16 in the 14th over, Red Force were in need of a rebuild and Bravo and Mohammed came to the fore to deny Jaguars.Red Force top Group B on 24 while Jaguars, in third on 16 points, and West Indies Emerging Players – second on 18 points – will do battle for the second semi-final spot.last_img read more

Serena  Williams comes from behind to beat sister Venus at Top Seed Open

first_imgFORMER world number one Serena Williams came from a set down to beat her sister Venus 3-6 6-3 6-4 and reach the quarter-finals of the Top Seed Open.Serena also trailed 4-2 in the deciding set but claimed four straight games to win a high-quality match in Kentucky.It was the 31st competitive singles match between the sisters, with Serena now having won 19 times to Venus’ 12.“I honestly don’t know how I was able to pull it out at the end,” said 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena.“I have been losing a lot of those tight sets so I said to myself that I really needed to win, just for my game and my confidence.”Top seed Serena broke seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus, 40, in the first game of the match but faded to lose the first set 6-3 in 41 minutes, before taking the second by the same score in 50 minutes.Serena, 38, broke first in the final set but Venus fought back and looked to be on course for victory at 4-2 up.However, Serena, who also had to come from behind against Bernarda Pera in her opening match, hit some crucial winners to reach the last eight of her first tournament in six months.She will face either fellow American Shelby Rogers or Canadian Leylah Annie Fernandez in the quarter-finals of the behind-closed-doors event.In Thursday’s first last-16 tie, Switzerland’s Jil Teichmann beat Ukrainian fifth seed Yulia Putintseva 6-2 6-2.“I didn’t come here to win for the first time in my career, I just came here to get some matches and see what happens,” added Serena, who is preparing to play in this year’s US Open, which starts on 31 August.Her chances of winning a 24th Grand Slam singles title in New York have been boosted by several top-20 players withdrawing from the event.Defending champion Bianca Andreescu, who beat Serena in last year’s final, became the latest to pull out of the tournament in New York on Thursday.(BBC Sport)last_img read more

Beat writers predict outcome of Syracuse-Wisconsin matchup

first_img Comments Syracuse (4-1) faces Wisconsin (5-2) in its sixth game of the season. The Orange dropped an overtime matchup with the Badgers at the Carrier Dome last year. This year, the teams face off in Madison, Wisconsin at 7:30 p.m.Check out how our beat writers think the game will unfold.Connor Grossman (4-1)Proving groundSyracuse 68, Wisconsin 65Make no mistake about it, the Badgers are good. They’re probably even better than Syracuse given that Wisconsin returned nearly its entire roster from last season. But SU can shoot it, and unlike its dismal offensive output against South Carolina, it’s going to show it on Tuesday night. The low post has been a miniature disaster for the Orange thus far, so it won’t be a surprise if Tyler Lydon plays several minutes at center. Less Dajuan Coleman and Paschal Chukwu would also allow more time for Taurean Thompson to play, and he’s shooting nearly 57 percent from the field through five games. Syracuse’s offense will steal the road victory while the defense holds off the Badgers just long enough.Matt Schneidman (4-1)BadgeredWisconsin 63, Syracuse 59AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGreg Gard’s squad is one of the best in the country at forcing the game to go at its own methodical tempo. Don’t expect this one to be an up-and-down affair like last year’s matchup between Syracuse and Wisconsin, when the Badgers won, 66-58, even with an overtime period. SU’s biggest flaw right now is that is doesn’t have a legitimate low-post threat, either on offense or defense. Jim Boeheim retains that Thompson is the team’s best low-post player, and he’s still getting his feet wet. The problem for Syracuse is that Wisconsin has one of the best power forwards in the country in Nigel Hayes.Paul Schwedelson (4-1)Moldy cheeseWisconsin 65, Syracuse 58Syracuse’s trip to Wisconsin will yield ugly results. The Orange was exposed against South Carolina as the Gamecocks extended its defense on the wings and dared SU to either have its bigs score or have its point guards drive. But Frank Howard and John Gillon struggled to take advantage and Syracuse hasn’t developed a reliable go-to scorer. Now that a way to stop the Orange is on tape, Wisconsin has an opportunity to turn SU’s loss into a streak. It’s hard to win on the road in college basketball. Don’t expect Syracuse to do it on Tuesday.MORE COVERAGE:Wisconsin’s use of Sterling basketballs reflects NCAA’s inconsistencyWhat to know about Wisconsin Published on November 28, 2016 at 11:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

British charity Oxfam apologizes to Haitian government

first_imgBritish charity Oxfam has apologized to the government of Haiti after its staff was accused of sexual misconduct during a mission following the devastating earthquake of 2010.“We communicated that to the minister, and are giving as best as we can, explanations as to what happened in 2011,” Oxfam’s regional director Simon Ticehurst told reporters on Monday after meeting with Haiti’s Minister of Planning and External Cooperation, Aviol Fleurant.Earlier this month, reports surfaced that Oxfam employees paid sex workers while on an aid mission to the country.Oxfam staff fired or resignedAccording to Oxfam, seven employees have left the organization based on an international probe carried out in 2011.It was also revealed that four members of staff were fired, and three others, including former country director Roland van Hauwermeiren, were allowed to resign over the allegations.During Monday’s briefing with reporters, Fleurant said his government was investigating a possible coverup. “Oxfam admits the use of prostitutes by their staff in 2011, they admitted with all the evidence,” he said.“They even used their offices for such activities. Now we are working to see if there was a cover-up, because their report never made it to the Haitian authorities,” he added.Reputation damagedThe scandal has dealt a devastating blow to the reputation of the organization and threatens to complicate the work of other charities.Oxfam’s funding in the UK is currently under review. On Tuesday, its executives were questioned by UK politicians over the charity’s handling of the allegations.Mark Goldring, the charity’s chief executive, said he was “sorry for the damage Oxfam has done both to the people of Haiti, but also to wider efforts for aid and development, by possibly undermining public support.”Goldring also said that the charity has received allegations of 26 new misconduct violations since the scandal broke out. He added that 16 relate to international programs.last_img read more

“I relax and do my job which is to score goals”- Inter Allies’ Victorien Adebayor

first_imgInter Allies’ captain and goal scoring machine, Victorien Adebayor, has downplayed the hype surrounding his exploits this season in the Ghana Premier League and has said that putting the ball into the net is his duty for the club and he is fulfilling his obligations.Adebayor’s sensational 2nd goal against Berekum Chelsea at the Golden City Park on Saturday in Week 10 of the Ghana Premier League has gripped the footballing community in Ghana and his stock has risen after reaching 10 goals in 10 matches this season.However, he was rather calm about things as spoke to StarTimes after the match.“Playing football and scoring goals is what I do. It is my work. Anytime that I am on the field, I feel comfortable and all I want to do is to score.On the second goal, I managed to play a one-two with my team mate. Once I got it back, I managed to steady himself, check back onto my left football, and I took a look at the goalie. Once I noticed his positioning, I went for the shot.”In addition to that wonderful strike, he scored from a free kick and also left the crowd spellbound as he pulled off an amazing piece of skill that saw him juggling the ball and proceeding to dribble it through the legs of Berekum Chelsea defender, Ahmed Adams.We can watch this over and over too 😎😊🔴⚪️🔵 #iafc #ElevenIsToOne pic.twitter.com/mfnT8E7OR4— Inter Allies FC (@InterAlliesFC) February 15, 2020“Uncontrollable” AdebayorBerekum Chelsea joined the likes of Legon Cities FC, Eleven Wonders, King Faisal, WAFA, Elmina Sharks, Karela and Bechem United as the teams Adebayor has scored against this season and they all could not stop him.Inter Allies technical director, Henrik Lehm, says that putting the brakes on Adebayor is an impossible especially if he has found a good rhythm.“The plan was to defend well against Chelsea but then, if you have Adebayor in that kind of mood, he is very difficult to control and handle.”What’s next for Adebayor and Inter Allies?They host Medeama in Week 11 of the Ghana Premier League in Accra on February 19.last_img read more

Tema Youth Coach threatens to quit coaching due to poor officiating

first_imgTema Youth head coach Edward Odoom says he will be forced to quit coaching if officiating in the Ghana Premier League does not improve.Odoom launched a scathing attack on referee Nuhu Liman in their 1-0 defeat at Medeama SC on Sunday to end the first half of the league.“I’m going to stop coaching because of poor officiating, we were not lacking composure but you could see the referee, any move we make is either a foul or an offside,’’ Odoom spoke to JOY Sports.“Infact it is a very shameful day for officiating in Ghana, we lost because of the referee’s performance, very bad bad officiating. I have been in this job for over 30 years and have never seen a referee like this and because of what he did I’m going to stop coaching.”Tema Youth finished just above the relegation mark with a better goal difference.last_img read more

UEFA describe transfer system as robbery

first_imgUEFA president Michel Platini has on Friday likened the current football transfer system to robbery and said he would like to see it overhauled.The former France captain believes the system makes players more like commodities and less human. Products-I think transfers are robbery, he told a media conference.-Today, the player is more a product than a player and that irks me because there is a whole lot of people trying to make this player make money in order to earn commissions, we should think about that and try to find something more healthy.Owned -Players are not free and are they don’t even belong to clubs, they belong to financial holdings, companies or people, whereas before you belonged to the club, now it’s a holding company or a financial company or one person.Platini feels it is not right and he has said the body is looking into ways by which such culture can be curtailed.last_img read more

Marcus Rashford to lead the line for England XI, but no place for Wayne Rooney

first_imgThere is no place for captain Wayne Rooney in England’s starting XI, but his 18-year-old Manchester United team-mate Marcus Rashford should start up front, according to BBC users.Readers were asked on Wednesday to select who they thought should start in a first-choice England XI.Despite not starting any of England’s first three World Cup qualifiers so far, 59% of users selected Rashford in their starting XI, compared to just 19% for Rooney. Tottenham’s Harry Kane was selected to play alongside Rashford.Manchester City centre-back John Stones did not make the starting XI when we asked readers to pick their first-choice XI in May – but he was the most popular choice this time with 78% of submitted formations including him.Interim manager Gareth Southgate made Jordan Henderson his captain after dropping Rooney for Tuesday’s goalless draw against Slovenia – but the Liverpool skipper did not make it into your team.Rashford’s selection as your number one forward above the likes of Tottenham’s Kane, Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy and Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge is a sign of the impact he has had for both club and country since his emergence earlier this year. The youngster was selected as a forward in 46% of teams, compared with Kane’s 39%, Vardy’s 27% – and Rooney’s 6%.Rooney, 30, said before the Slovenia match that he is in a “difficult period”.Rooney is his country’s top-scorer and has made the most outfield appearances with 53 goals in 118 games, was picked more often as a midfielder than a striker, but is still only the 18th most selected player overall. Back in May, Rooney did make the starting XI – selected as a midfielder.Before the European Championships in May you picked Chris Smalling and Gary Cahill as the number one partnership in the centre of defence, with John Stones struggling for form at Everton.However, with Stones now under Pep Guardiola’s tutelage at Manchester City, the 22-year-old not only finds himself in your team, but the most selected player overall. A massive 78% of you want him at the heart of your defence, with Smalling pulling in 61% and Cahill, who won his 50th cap on Tuesday, falling to 35%.he 29-year-old said he was “gutted” by a “difficult summer” that saw his place in the England team questioned after mistakes during Euro 2016.Things went from bad to worse for Hart when Guardiola arrived at the Etihad Stadium, with the Spaniard deciding he wanted something different in his goalkeeper, signing Claudio Bravo from Barcelona and making the Englishman available for loan.However, a switch to Serie A side Torino and a magnificent performance against Slovenia on Tuesday have persuaded you that he’s still the man for England, with 69% selecting him between the sticks.Stoke’s Jack Butland (15%) edged out Southampton’s Fraser Forster (14%) for second choice. My England XIWho do you think should be in the England team? Pick your XI – and then share it with your friends.last_img read more

Clippers learning to live, for now, without a ‘pure’ point guard

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime In the preseason, Rivers identified rookie Terance Mann as a point guard, even though the 23-year-old played the position sparingly at Florida State. But the 6-foot-5 Mann has spent the bulk of his time recently with the Agua Caliente Clippers, the team’s G League affiliate.Walton, who was signed to a non-guaranteed one-year minimum salary on the final day of training camp, has been solid in limited time. Through 19 games in his second NBA season, he’s averaging just 2.6 points and 1.1 assists per game but shooting 50 percent from the field and 45 percent from 3-point range.After he got his first NBA start and played 22 minutes in Saturday’s 140-114 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, finishing with three points, two assists and committing three fouls, Walton didn’t play at all in Sunday’s win against the New York Knicks.And so the point guard question remains for the Clippers – who reportedly are, along with the Lakers, a preferred landing spot for Darren Collison. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the veteran point guard from Southern California wants to return to the NBA after his abrupt retirement this summer.For now, “our system is definitely not a point guard system,” said Rivers, whose team is 26-12 that way. “But that is the one spot, if you have one, you absolutely know who the point guard is.” What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 center_img Leonard, a dynamic wing, and Lou Williams, a reserve guard known for his scoring, both are averaging career-highs in assists, with 5.1 and 6.3 per game, respectively. And George, a forward, is averaging 3.7 assists per game, the second-highest tally he’s had.But all three are averaging career-highs in turnovers too, with Leonard (3.3), Williams (3.2) and George (3.3) combining for almost 10 of the Clippers’ average 15.8 turnovers per game – 25th most in the NBA.“The turnover thing, going into the year without having a true point guard, I thought we may be a little higher in turnovers,” Rivers said. “That has happened. I don’t like turnovers. … I would take away the turnovers if we could, I just don’t know if we can.”Rivers said Sunday he was proud of Patrick Beverley’s development as an in-game manager, revealing that he’s started to give the fiery guard his play sheet – something he’s previously shared only with established point guards Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul.“He’s the one guy who knows what we want to run the most,” Rivers said, allowing, however, that Beverley is “not a pure point guard, but he’s doing his best.”Rivers appreciates Landry Shamet’s efforts as ball-handler, but he doesn’t think the second-year sharpshooter’s strengths are best served at point, despite his success playing the position at Wichita State.“Putting Sham at the point guard, that’s tough for him,” Rivers said. “But when we have so many guys out, you have to put him there and just hope that he can figure it out. We need him on the floor, we don’t have any other guard on the floor right now and that’s been very hard for him. (It’s) a little bit unfair for him, but I give him credit. He’s tried his best to do it, so from a coach, you like that.”Related Articles “What Doc does, he puts guys in position to succeed and play to their strengths. So what may, on the board, look like, ‘Oh, we lack this position,’ well, maybe he’s gonna make those adjustments and it won’t be there.”Harrell and Zubac have proved themselves offensively (the Clippers are getting 33.4 points per game from the center position, third-best in the NBA) and defensively (they’re allowing the ninth-fewest points in the paint in the league, at 45.4).But what about the other big question: Are the Clippers, even in this era of positionless basketball, missing an experienced point guard?The Clippers went ahead and fully guaranteed Derrick Walton Jr.’s one-year contract on Tuesday, according to a league source. In Rivers’ eyes, the 6-foot Walton is “one of the only guys on our team that you can actually call a point guard,” but he’s inexperienced and has played sparingly.Otherwise, the bulk of playmaking duties have gone to non-point guards. Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Shortly before the season, the Clippers toed the starting line projecting confidence about the race before them.Sure, there were questions. Would the Ivica Zubac-and-Montrezl Harrell combination be an effective enough deterrent in the post? Would a team with no true point guard be able to best exploit the franchise’s new super-talents?Even as they staked out a time-will-tell position, the Clippers were understandably optimistic about their roster of plucky returners-plus-Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.“Without ever having the benefit of seeing these guys play, (Coach) Doc (Rivers) does a ton of preparation with his staff,” Lawrence Frank said. “But we’re gonna learn a lot over the first two-and-a-half, three months of the season. You can look at a roster and say, ‘I think the holes are gonna be here or here,’ and you could be completely off.last_img read more

76ers’ Jimmy Butler on returning to Minnesota: ‘They’re going to boo me’

first_img76ers star Jimmy Butler is preparing to return to Minnesota on Saturday for the first time since his blockbuster trade in November, but the forward isn’t worried about any negative reactions he might receive.Instead, he’s expecting the worst. Timberwolves injury updates: Derrick Rose, Jeff Teague, Robert Covington out for rest of season Despite how Timberwolves fans may view Butler, the four-time All-Star said he isn’t too concerned about his image. “They’re going to boo me,” Butler told The New York Times. “I would boo me, too. I’m not going to lie to you. I would boo the heck out of myself. … I might actually join in on the boos.”Timberwolves fans watched as Butler forced his way out of Minnesota by demanding to be moved before the start of the season. Minnesota eventually traded him to the 76ers in exchange for a package centered around Robert Covington and Dario Saric. Related News “It’s okay. It’s fine. I don’t need everybody to like me,” Butler said. “I know who I am. I can’t say that enough. I know what I’m about. I know where my heart is. People will say, ‘He’s this way or he’s that way,’ but nobody knows except for the people around me every day. Ask them and they’ll tell you differently.”Butler faced the Timberwolves in January for the first time since his trade in Philadelphia, scoring 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting in the 149-107 victory. He has averaged 18.8 points while shooting 46.9 percent from the field in 51 games with the 76ers.Entering Saturday’s game, the 76ers are third in the Eastern Conference with a 47-27 record, while the Timberwolves are sitting in 10th with a 33-41 mark.last_img read more