Scores CALIFORNIA, Trinidad (CMC): Jamaica qualified for tomorrow’s final against Barbados, after defeating Guyana by 86 runs in the fifth and final round of the Regional Women’s Super50 at Gilbert Park in California, Trinidad, here yesterday. The Jamaicans were led by a brilliant all-round performance from Stafanie Taylor. The West Indies opening batter slammed a top score of 63 in her team’s 210 for five. Taylor received solid support from Natasha McLean, who hammered 53, and Chinelle Henry, who hit an unbeaten 35. The versatile Taylor then returned to claim two for 21, as her team restricted the Guyanese to 114 for nine off 33.3 overs. JAMAICA 210 for five of 50 overs (Stafanie Taylor 63, Natasha McLean 53, Chinelle Henry 35 not out; Erva Giddings 2-57). GUYANA 114 for nine from 33.3 overs (Tremaine Smartt 33, Shemaine Campbell 27; Vanessa Watts 2-34, Stafanie Taylor 2-21, Roshana Outar 2-7). The result was perfect for Jamaica, as Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago played to a tie in their match at the National Cricket Centre in Couva, Trinidad. Barbados inched up to 18 points and topped the preliminaries, with Jamaica finishing second with 16 points, as Trinidad and Tobago slipped from second position as they finished on 14 points in third by virtue of the tied match against Barbados. Scores: BARBADOS 204 for six from 50 overs (Hayley Matthews 90, Deandra Dottin 58; Kirbyina Alexander 2-25); TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO 116 for seven from 20 overs (Stacy-Ann King 35, Britney Cooper 26;Deandra Dottin 2-25). Meanwhile, South Windwards defeated North Windwards by six wickets, in a match of academic interest. Victory lifted South Windwards to fourth position on 10 points, while Guyana remained on seven points to finish fifth, with North Windwards making up the rear on two points. Scores: NORTH WINDWARDS 174 for seven from 50 overs (Yasmine St Ange 52 not out; Cordel Jack 2-22). SOUTH WINDWARDS 122 for four from 27.1 overs (Stacy-Ann Adams 39 not out, Cordel Jack 23 not out; Swayline William 1-18, Nerissa Crafton 1-10, Yasmine St Ange 1-22).
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands: Jamaica’s men’s team trounced Trinidad and Tobago 4-1 to win the team competition for the first time in a decade as the 2015 Caribbean Area Squash Association’s (CASA) senior championships wrapped up on Saturday night. Fielding the strongest team in recent years, Jamaica went into the finals as the favourites and lived up their ranking. First to play was former Caribbean junior champion Ashante Smith, who went the distance to hold off Josh Pinard 7-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-9, 11-7 and put Jamaica ahead. All-Jamaica runner-up Lewis Walters followed to wear down Nku Patrick 7-11, 11-9, 7-11, 11-4, 11-3 and build on the lead. Facing elimination, the Trinidadians put up their number-one player Kale Wilson. But Jamaica fielded six-time national and Caribbean champion, Chris Binnie, and that was the end of the matter. Binnie spanked Wilson 11-9, 11-4, 11-3 and Jamaica had the regional team title for the first time since 2005. Although the overall result was decided, the teams played out the full five games and Bruce Burrowes lost to Don Lee, 7-11, 11-9, 8-11, 8-11, which allowed Trinidad to score at least one point. However, rising star Julian Morrison beat Trinidadian hotshot, Mandela Patrick, 13-15, 11-3, 9-11, 12-10, 11-7, in a brutal showdown to end the tournament on the right note for Jamaica. “Everything went according to plan in the men’s team competition,” said senior national team manager Douglas Beckford. “We came in with the strongest team and the players delivered.” Meanwhile, Chris Hind, CEO of JN General Insurance, the team’s major sponsor, weighed in on the victory. He said: “With Chris Binnie winning the men’s championship for the sixth time and the Jamaican men taking the team title, we couldn’t be more pleased with how the team performed at this year’s Caribbean Championships.” Both the Jamaican women and the veterans teams finished sixth in their respective competitions. Jamaica finished fourth overall at the tournament.
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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC): Out-of-favour West Indies batsman Kirk Edwards capitalised on familiar conditions to stroke an unbeaten half-century and lead a Jamaica Scorpions fightback against Barbados Pride on the second day of their opening round match in the Regional First Class Championship yesterday. Edwards, the 31-year-old Barbadian who was drafted by Scorpions to bolster their batting, was unbeaten on 51 as the visitors finished the day on 114 for two in response to the hosts’ 373 all out. A former Barbados captain, Edwards revelled in the familiar conditions at Kensington Oval, stroking six fours in an innings spanning 120 deliveries and 144 minutes. He put on 78 for the second wicket with opener John Campbell, who made 49, a partnership which pulled the Scorpions around from 10 for one – when captain Paul Palmer was leg before wicket to pacer Miguel Cummins first ball – in the second over of the innings. Campbell, unbeaten on 18 and Edwards, 12, carried Scorpions to tea at 31 for one before pushing on afterward to put precious runs on the board. The 22-year-old left-handed Campbell struck seven fours off 85 balls in two hours at the crease before nicking seamer Kevin Stoute behind as close of play beckoned. Edwards, meanwhile, survived a chance on 38 off West Indies left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican to reach his 26th first-class half-century. Earlier, Scorpions produced a disciplined effort to ensure Pride lost their last eight wickets for 111 runs to be bowled out just under an hour before tea. Resuming on 262 for two, Pride lost captain Kraigg Brathwaite, who added just eight to his overnight 111, before falling to a catch at the wicket off fast bowler Jason Dawes. His overnight partner, Shamarh Brooks, was first to perish, failing to add to his 49, as he went lbw in the day’s second over to Dawes, who finished with three for 51. Left-arm spinner Nikita Miller, however, was the main destroyer with four for 100 from 53 overs. He removed the dangerous Roston Chase, who hit 48 off 102 deliveries with five fours and added 64 for the sixth wicket with Stoute, whose 34 required 70 balls and included five fours. Chase’s dismissal sparked a collapse where five wickets fell for 11 runs. AT THE GUYANA NATIONAL STADIUM: Windward Islands Volcanoes, replying to Guyana Jaguars’ 362 all out, were 127 for two at the close on the second day. Scores: JAGUARS 362 all out (Rajindra Chandrika, 146; Vishaul Singh, 48; Shiv Chanderpaul, 34; Leon Johnson, 29; Shane Shillingford 6-107) vs VOLCANOES ( Tyrone Theophile, 46; Devon Smith, 35 not out; Christopher Barnwell, 1-23; Steven Jacobs, 1-28). FIRST TO PERISH
MANCHESTER, England (AP) Guus Hiddink’s arrival as Chelsea manager has sparked a drastic improvement in a number of the team’s attacking stars. Diego Costa, Oscar, Cesc Fabregas, even Pedro Rodriguez. All look different players now Jose Mourinho is no longer in charge at Stamford Bridge. So when is Eden Hazard going to come good? Because the slump in form of the Belgium winger is one of the mysteries of the season. Hazard was voted English football’s Player of the Year for the 2014-15 season by both his peers and writers, after scoring 19 goals and being arguably Chelsea’s standout player in their run to the Premier League and League Cup titles. Many felt he would make the step up to challenge Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the game’s top star. Fast forward to this season and Hazard is no longer assured of even being in the team heading into Sunday’s FA Cup match against Manchester City, which is the headline fixture of the fifth round. He has completed 90 minutes just once in 2016 and has scored only one club goal all season a sympathy penalty in a big win over MK Dons in the FA Cup fourth round. Already testing the patience of Chelsea fans with his performances, Hazard didn’t do himself any favours this week by telling French newspaper Le Parisien, ahead of a Champions League game against Paris Saint-German, that it would be ‘difficult to say no to’ PSG or any other team capable of winning the Champions League. Is he eyeing a big move for next season already? Hazard was substituted against PSG after another sub-standard display and may even lose his place to Oscar against City for the first high-profile match in the FA Cup this season. Chelsea are looking to win the world’s oldest club knockout competition for the fifth time in the last 10 years and is in better form than City, having lost only once 2-1 against PSG in 12 games since Hiddink took over. City, meanwhile, have lost their last two games, at home against title rivals in the Premier League, and have injury problems in midfield. Manager Manuel Pellegrini may also have one eye on next week, when City resumes their Champions League campaign with a trip to Dynamo Kiev in the last 16, and could play a weakened team at Stamford Bridge. There has been a shortage of shocks in this season’s FA Cup, meaning most of the country’s big teams are still involved. TAMED BY THE SHREWS? The biggest so-called ‘giant-killing could come when Manchester United heads to third-tier Shrewsbury on Monday. And it’s the last thing Louis van Gaal needs right now. The United manager has enough on his mind, with his team struggling to qualify for the Champions League through the Premier League and seeing captain and star striker Wayne Rooney joining an injury list that now contains 13 players. Rooney has a knee injury and British media are reporting he could be out for six to eight weeks. Shrewsbury, a market town from central England whose football team plays at a 9,875-capacity stadium, has already beaten two teams higher up the English pyramid second-tier Cardiff and Sheffield Wednesday and are in the fifth round for the first time since 1991. And they caused a big shock in 2003, winning 2-1 in the third round against an Everton side containing Rooney. In 19th place in the third tier, Shrewsbury are the lowest-ranked team left in the competition. REMATCH Arsenal are four victories away from winning the FA Cup for a third straight time. Next up for Arsene Wenger’s side is second-tier Hull, in a rematch of the 2014 final that Arsenal won 3-2 after extra time. There are two more all-Premier League matchups: Bournemouth vs Everton; and Tottenham vs Crystal Palace. In other games, Reading host West Bromwich Albion, West Ham visit Blackburn and Watford are at home to Leeds.
Sent in, West Indies lost wickets steadily to plummet to 48 for eight in the 12th over and looked in danger of being dismissed for under 100 at one stage. Most of their batsmen fell to injudicious strokes on a slow wicket and only all-rounder Dwayne Bravo with a top score of 55 off 54 balls, showed any character. Brathwaite defended his side’s aggressive approach but noted they had failed to execute properly. “We didn’t execute the way we wanted to but on another day, those same shots could have gone for boundaries and sixes and we would have been sitting 45, 50 for one after the first six [overs], setting a beautiful platform to then go on and score 140, 150, which looked like it would have been a winning total on the surface today,” said the all-rounder, in only his third game as skipper after taking over from the two-time World Cup-winning captain Darren Sammy, who was shockingly sacked last month. West Indies were undone by left-arm spinner Imad Wasim, who opened the bowling and finished with the superb figures of five for 14 from his four overs – the first five-wicket haul in T20 Internationals by a Pakistani spinner. The 27-year-old featured prominently for Jamaica Tallawahs in this year’s Caribbean Premier League, and Brathwaite said he had used his knowledge of the West Indies players well. Lost wickets steadily DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, (CMC): Captain Carlos Brathwaite said West Indies simply did not fire in the opening Twenty20 International of the three-match series against Pakistan yesterday. Playing at the Dubai International Stadium, West Indies were humbled by nine wickets, after being bundled out for a paltry 115 and then watching as Pakistan eased to their target with nearly five overs remaining. However, Brathwaite said West Indies were an attacking side and there were times when their brand of cricket would not pay dividends. “We are an aggressive, exciting team. Two games ago we scored 240-odd, and today we scored 115,” Brathwaite told reporters. “We have ebbs and flows, ups and downs. Today, it just didn’t come off for us. I don’t think we assessed the conditions quickly enough. A majority of the shots didn’t show situation awareness. “I don’t want to say we just didn’t bat well [because] credit must go to Imad Wasim. He bowled fantastically well. Anytime you get five for 14 in an international game, you must be doing something right.” He continued: “It’s a combination of good bowling, not as good execution on the batting front but these things happen. We’re an aggressive team as I said before, and I won’t tell any of the guys to lose their aggression. It’s just a matter of being more situation aware going into tomorrow’s (today) game and into the last one.”
For those who do not remember, this week marks the 45th anniversary of a magnificent deed by a gifted Jamaican. It marks Lawrence Rowe’s brilliant and historic entry into Test cricket. It was the first match in the first series against New Zealand in the West Indies in 1972 at Sabina Park, and the man known for his whistling while batting, popularly referred to as ‘Yagga Rowe’, and, respectfully, almost with reverence, called, ‘Lawrence of Jamaica’, was playing in his first Test match. And he covered himself in glory. With his most avid supporters willing him towards a half-a-century or a few more in his bid to more to impress the selectors and to retain his place in the team when he walked out to the crease on the opening morning, Rowe stroked a few deliveries back down the pitch, settled in, started to whistle, as usual, and proceeded to parade his brilliance for all to see. By the end of the match, he was the darling of not only of Jamaica, but also of the entire West Indies, as his name flashed around the world like wildfire after not only one, but two breath-taking performances and scores of 214 and 100 not out. When it comes to elegance and class and style, and ‘touch’ and artistry, he probably had no equal in the world of cricket. He was, probably, barring one or two, second to none. Years ago, Frank Woolley of England and Victor Trumper before that, are on record as two specially blessed and gifted stroke-makers, but of later generations of batsmen, only, and again probably, Frank Worrell of the famous ‘Three W’s’ from the West Indies, or Tom Graveney, or Peter May of England, could match strides with Rowe. His drives through the covers, on the front-foot or on the back-foot, or through mid-wicket, were strokes of beauty; his cuts, particularly off the back-foot, were precise and delicate and worthy of the efforts of a master surgeon; and his pulls and hooks were performed with the utmost ease and timing as the ball sped to the mid-wicket, the backward square-leg, or the long-leg boundary. And almost every stroke, accompanied by his soft, almost inaudible whistle, suggested that he enjoyed whatever he was doing – generously parading his gift for all to see and to enjoy. The best of Rowe was unfortunately limited to those flawless masterpieces at Sabina Park in 1972, to a memorable innings of 302 versus England at Kensington Oval in 1974, an innings described by men like Richie Benaud and Crawford White, among others, as possibly the best-ever played by a West Indian batsman in a Test match, and 107 versus Australia at Brisbane in 1975. There was also an innings of 175 for the West Indies in Kerry Packer’s World Series Cricket in Melbourne in 1978, and that was also an innings to remember, an innings out of the top drawer. My one regret of Rowe’s career was that during his time, he never doubled his scores. Not only would it have lifted his figures to enviable numbers, but it would have doubled the cricket world’s enjoyment of his batting. There were times when his batting bordered on the unbelievable, and for someone writing about its beauty, it was almost impossible, or difficult, so to do. HE HAD NO EQUAL Lawrence Rowe, in an epic performance, had surpassed all others, before and after and up to now, by becoming the only batsman to score separate hundreds in his first Test match, and in doing so, scored a double century and a century at that. Rowe was immediately rated next to George Headley as the second greatest batsman to come out of Jamaica. To some, however, while he justified the rating next to only the legendary Headley, and although it may seem blasphemous to say this when one looks at the performance of other batsmen, he is undoubtedly the best batsmen, bar none, ever produced, not only by Jamaica, but also by the West Indies. And the same can be said also of the whole wide world. When one compares a batsman like Everton Weekes, not to mention Garry Sobers, Viv Richards, and Brian Lara of the West Indies, or of men like Colin Cowdrey and Alastair Cook of England, or Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid of India, or of any other batsmen around the world, and their runs to Rowe and his runs, they dwarf Rowe’s by a fairly long way. Sobers, for instance, scored 8,032 runs and averaged 57.78 from 93 matches, Tendulkar scored 15,421 runs and averaged 53.78 from 200 matches, and Rowe scored only 2,047 runs and averaged 43.75 runs per innings from 30 matches. Batting is more than making runs, however. Batting is also an art, and when it comes to artistical satisfaction, it sometimes leaves one as fulfilled as music a connoisseur after listening to a collection of Bach’s or Beethoven’s most treasured music. Injury, however, too much for one man, especially one so talented and so gifted, affected his eyes and accounted for his short reign. Despite its hills and valleys, however, his career was short, glittering, and glorious, and his stay at the mountain top will forever be remembered. No one knows what really tempted his move, but a visit to apartheid South Africa in 1983 cut short his cricketing days in Jamaica when he became enemy number one, apparently never to be forgotten. Since 1983, however, many things have happened in South Africa. Indians, Coloureds, and Blacks have represented South Africa, to the point that they almost took over South African cricket, and apartheid is now just about only a memory in South Africa. Thirty-three years is a long time, and time heals. It is time for Jamaica, for Jamaicans and for the cricket especially to wave the ‘olive branch’, kill the ‘fatted calf’, and welcome home ‘Lawrence of Jamaica’. INJURY, TOO MUCH EPIC PERFORMANCE
Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It also helps that he’s playing for coach Norman Black, the same mentor he had briefly in 2014.Cañaleta’s explosion couldn’t have come at a right time, especially with the Bolts starting the new season without Ranidel de Ocampo and Cliff Hodge, both of whom are dealing with injuries.Still, the Tarlac native knows what he brings to the table for Meralco and he’s willing to hold the fort for his new squad as the Bolts go through this tough stretch without their usual starting forwards.“I’ve been in this league for so long and I know that I don’t need to rush anything. All you need to do is to be calm and control your emotions. It’s only then when you’ll be able to do what you need to do on the court,” he said. ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours After jittery start, Jose finds bearing for Blackwater Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netNiño Cañaleta admits that he was truly motivated when Meralco opened its 2018 PBA Philippine Cup campaign on Friday.That motivation, however, has noting to do with his new team facing his former club Blackwater.ADVERTISEMENT “Every game, you have to be motivated. It just so happened that we faced my former team. But there’s no revenge angle or whatever,” he reiterated in Filipino.Seeking redemption or not, the 35-year-old forward looked like a man on a mission when he took the court for the Bolts, punishing the Elite as he led the charge in a 103-98 victory.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 folkThe former UE stalwart torched the net as he went 5-of-8 from threes, with his gutsiest long bomb coming off the glass with 11.3 seconds remaining to put the game away for Meralco, 101-95. He finished with 25 points, eight rebounds and two assists in the win.But for Cañaleta, he attributed his good showing to his extensive plans coming to this season, saying, “We had a good preparation. I adjusted well with this new team and I didn’t have much difficulty because they were very supportive. They’ve been encouraging me to perform at my best and that’s the reason why I’m really confident playing for Meralco.” 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 View comments
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Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases “This fight was really important,” Ramirez said. “We have been training for a knockout and we got it. “I never felt frustrated. I kept moving forward at him and tried to hit the body.”Ramirez suffered a cut above his left eye in the third round from an accidental head butt. His corner did a good job of closing the wound so it didn’t bother him for the final three rounds.He came dangerously close to knocking Ahmed out in the fifth round, connecting on separate occasions with an overhand right, right hook and a driving right jab before the challenger was saved by the bell.Heading into the final round, Ramirez had landed a total of 90 punches to just 24 for the heavy underdog Ahmed, who was fighting for the first time out of his home country. ADVERTISEMENT Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson The bout was the feature fight on a card that also saw Filipino Jerwin Ancajas make an impressive American debut with a 10th round knockout of Israel Gonzalez to keep his IBF super flyweight belt.READ: Ancajas impresses in US debutFEATURED 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 folkThe southpaw Ramirez improved to 37-0 with 25 KOs as he defended his 76 kilogram (168 pound) title for the third time since winning it from Arthur Abraham in 2016.Ramirez said he was pleased to get his first win by a knockout in three years. LATEST STORIES Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak He was ranked fourth in the division despite almost 70 percent of his previous wins coming against boxers with losing records.Ramirez already holds the distinction of being the first fighter from Mexico to win a title in the 76kg division and now he’s setting his sights on unifying the different titles.“Next I would like to fight with another champion from Europe or England for a unification.“I want to be the best division pound for pound fighter.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Rondina admits UST lacked composure in 5-set loss to DLSU 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 Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track MOST READ FILE – CARSON, CA – APRIL 22: Gilberto Ramirez of Mexico poses for a photo with his belt after beating Max Bursak of Ukraine in a 12 round unanimous decision during the WBO Super Middleweight World Championship at StubHub Center on April 22, 2017 in Carson, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFPMexican champion Gilberto Ramirez easily retained his World Boxing Organization super middleweight title, dominating challenger Habib Ahmed in a one-sided main event on Saturday.Ahmed’s corner mercifully threw in the towel with 29 seconds left in the sixth round as their fighter was unable to fight back while being overwhelmed with body and head shots.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments