Gayle, Russell named in Windies T20 squad

first_img TOP PLAYERS BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC): Batting sensation Chris Gayle and all-rounder Andre Russell have both been included in the 15-man West Indies squad for the Twenty20 World Cup in India. Some media reports yesterday announced the squad without Gayle and Russell, sparking some speculation on social media, but CMC Sports understands that the Jamaican pair is definitely part of the Windies campaign for the March 8 to April 3 tournament. The squad, which is yet to be named officially by the West Indies Cricket Board, includes embattled off-spinner Sunil Narine, who is currently banned from bowling internationally. However, Narine is expected to undergo testing on his action at Loughborough University in England next month, before confirming his spot on the side. All eyes will be on Gayle, however, especially after he sparked controversy during the recent Australia Big Bash with his now infamous ‘Don’t blush, baby’ live television interview, where he appeared to openly flirt with Channel Ten’s Mel McLaughlin. The 36-year-old left-hander has played in every T20 World Cup since the inaugural tournament in South Africa eight years ago, when he announced himself in the format with a stunning hundred against the hosts in Johannesburg. He has since become arguably the most valued commodity on the global T20 circuit, and his presence will ensure West Indies will be installed as one of the early favourites. Only recently, he blasted a 12-ball half-century in the Big Bash to equal the record for the fastest ever fifty in T20s. Russell, meanwhile, has become one of the most sought-after T20 players and last year plied his trade in the Indian Premier League, South Africa’s Ram Slam, the Caribbean Premier League, the Bangladesh Premier League, and the Big Bash. He emerged as one of the leading players for Sydney Thunder as they wrapped up the BBL title last week, scoring 185 runs at a strike rate of 186 while taking 16 wickets with his pace bowling. The Windies squad also sees the return of combative left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn, who has not played for West Indies since last April after being dropped following England’s Test tour of the Caribbean. Benn, 34, had an outstanding campaign with the ball in the Regional Super50 which wrapped up on Sunday in Trinidad and Tobago, taking 15 wickets to be the tournament’s leading bowler. All-rounder Darren Sammy, who led West Indies to the T20 World Cup title four years go in Sri Lanka and into the semi-finals in Bangladesh in 2014, has been re-appointed skipper. West Indies are set to play in Group One alongside reigning champions Sri Lanka, South Africa, England and yet-to-be determined qualifier. WEST INDIES – Darren Sammy (captain), Lendl Simmons, Chris Gayle, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Keiron Pollard, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin, Samuel Badree, Sulieman Benn, Sunil Narine, Andre Fletcher, Jason Holder, Jerome Taylor, Andre Russell.last_img read more

Sarfraz Ahmed : Sharjeel’s absence a blow for Pakistan

first_img Pakistan take on West Indies in a full tour which runs from March 26 to May 14. The tour will include four Twenty20 Internationals, three One-Day Internationals and three Tests. In the limited overs squad named this week, selectors included the likes of veterans Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez, both of whom Sarfraz said a lot would be expected from. “The presence of senior players like Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik is very important for the team. We will leverage the capabilities of those players who are in form,” Sarfraz stressed. LAHORE, Pakistan (CMC): Opener Sharjeel Khan’s absence from Pakistan’s limited overs tour of West Indies later this month will be a big loss for the side, captain Sarfraz Ahmed has said. Sharjeel was provisionally suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board over his alleged role in a spot-fixing scandal during the first week of the just concluded Pakistan Super League. The 27-year-old has emerged as a potent force in recent months and was the side’s leading batsman on the one-day tour of Australia in January. “It’s saddening when you lose some players who are perfect for the setup. Sharjeel was the type of player who we needed as he was perfect for the contemporary run-and-gun style of cricket,” said Sarfraz following a training session in preparation for the upcoming series. “He isn’t with us anymore so of course it will affect us but I have full faith in the newcomers and they will translate their domestic form at international level.” He added: “The West Indies tour holds immense importance for the team. Sharjeel’s absence will make a difference, but hopefully the other openers will step up and not let us feel his absence.” FULL TOURlast_img read more

Curry’s effect on Warriors even more apparent since injury

first_imgView comments MOST READ Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone “Every game’s not going to be pretty. I love being held to that high standard. That’s what kind of keeps me motivated,” he said. “When you can look at that line and find things that I can do better, which nobody needs to tell me that I already know.”The good news is Curry’s footwork hasn’t been hampered by the ankle injury. It’s something David West and Green respect in particular, even if it’s not the showiest talent for the shoot-from-anywhere point guard.“I think people get caught up in the flashy stuff, but his footwork is incredible,” West said. “I think that’s the one thing that kind of gets lost in it. If you’re a basketball person you understand that footwork is sort of the foundation. I don’t think we’ve seen the type of footwork he has. He gets his feet set on every single shot, he’s never out of range.”Curry works hard on that footwork in the offseason. It’s what allows him to have such a quick release, even if he’s catching the ball on the move or with his body facing half-court.“If you’ve got slow feet or shaky balance, it throws your rhythm off and your consistency,” he said. “I wouldn’t say I have like wide-receiver feet, where they’ve got the quick jabs and they can change direction up like that. I just feel like I’m always in balance, and that’s what helps me get my shot off quick and stay in a solid rhythm through my shot and be able to handle the ball and try to be creative.”Curry will try to dazzle again Wednesday night for the Warriors, who look to extend their winning streak to six games.“He’s fast with the ball but he’s not the fastest guy in the world. He’s pretty strong but he’s not the strongest guy in the world, but his footwork is so good that for what speed he may not have, it makes him way faster because of how good his footwork is,” Green said. “He’s probably faster than someone that may be faster than him because he kind of dances. He should go on Dancing with the Stars.”Curry chuckled about that idea. Alas, he loves his day job, and his first choice for a second career would be as part owner for his hometown Carolina Panthers.“I will not take Draymond’s advice and go on Dancing with the Stars,” he said. “I’ll just keep shooting jump shots.” Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, right, shoots against Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic (15) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. Golden State won, 124-114. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry pumped his fists and flexed his biceps. He dangled that signature mouthpiece from his teeth in sheer delight.Oh, and he knocked down some of those familiar way-back 3-pointers, too.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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He’s gone over 30 points in six of those seven games and 12 times overall this season.He’s been practically unstoppable since returning from injury, averaging 35.2 points over that span as well as 5.6 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 1.4 steals in 32.4 minutes. Curry also has four or more 3-pointers in seven straight games.The Warriors have needed his steady hand with playmaking sidekick and Finals MVP Kevin Durant sitting out the past three games with a strained right calf. Durant is expected back for Wednesday’s home game against the Clippers.Curry also had six turnovers Monday night, so coach Steve Kerr hardly considered it one of his star’s best games.That’s fine with Curry.ADVERTISEMENT Yes, Golden State’s sharp-shooting star is feeling it again, and he’s proud to be, in his words, “that presence that kind of gets us going.”In a 32-point, nine-assist performance against Denver on Monday, Curry wound up 9 for 17 overall while making 5 of 10 3-pointers. But he’s a menace for opposing defenses even without his best shot.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 folkCurry’s mere existence on the court makes every Warrior better. Teammate Draymond Green shot 42.1 percent from the field while Curry missed 11 games with a sprained right ankle. In the five games since Curry’s return, Green has hit 55.6 percent. Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala have also shot better since Curry came back.“That’s why he’s a two-time MVP in this league, that’s why we have two championships,” Green said. “He’s become the superstar that he has even on a night where it wasn’t quite his night, he filled the stat sheet up like that and impacted the game. Even if he didn’t have 32 points and nine assists, what he brings to our offense and all the attention that he draws that gets me open shots … he creates a lot of mismatches on the floor for the defense.” OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinalast_img read more

The hypocrisy of the AFC

first_imgDear Editor,It is no secret that the Alliance For Change (AFC) continues to suffer political losses across the country, especially in the Berbice area. The Whim fiasco was just the tip of the iceberg which demonstrated the party’s desperation to unearth any semblance of relevance.During the 2015 election campaign, the AFC boasted of its support in Berbice and which it probably had to an extent. Capitalising on that, it used those opportunities to make numerous promises, particularly to sugar workers and rice farmers.They were relentless in their efforts to convince of tripling the price for paddy and denied that it would collude with the People’s National Congress – disguised as the A Partnership for National Unity – to close some sugar estates there. They made it appear that they possessed all the answers to what many Berbicians might have been facing.Some fell for the trap and voted for the AFC with the expectation of the promises made being fulfilled. Three and a half years after, not one of those promises has been fulfilled and the AFC itself is fast slipping into oblivion.The reality is that rice farmers never got any of the increases promised and sugar estates were closed putting thousands out of jobs making it extremely difficult for them to provide for their families.As a matter of fact, many sugar workers are still to receive their entitled severance despite numerous protest actions. It is only because of those actions, which brought shame, that the Government was forced recently to allocate money for the payments which, by the way, are still to be made. The fact is, the AFC is largely responsible for the economic hardships and sufferings that were inflicted on Berbicians since May 2015.The AFC, without shame and any regard to the falsehoods it peddled especially in Berbice during 2015, came back to campaign for the 2018 Local Government Elections. That is not only blatant hypocrisy on the part of the AFC, but complete disregard and wanton disrespect for Berbicians.All of their meetings suffered from extremely poor turnouts as people show that they will not be taken for granted by the AFC that not only failed to deliver any of its promises, but one which has no semblance of authority within the Government and which has now become irrelevant. That is why they resorted to actions like they did in Whim having realised that they have been rejected.All for yourconsideration,Baldeo Mathuralast_img read more

Woman lands in court over ‘workplace brawl’

first_imgAn employee of a clothing store appeared at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court on Monday charged with unlawfully wounding her colleague.Elizabeth Abraham, 31, pleaded not guilty to the offence when it was read to her by Magistrate Annette Singh.It is alleged that Abraham of James Street, Albouystown, Georgetown, on June 26 unlawfully and maliciously wounded Selena Pooranlall with intent to cause actual bodily harm.According to the defendant’s Attorney Paul Fung-a-Fat, Pooranlall and his client work at the same place.He alleged that on the day in question, Pooranlall first attacked the defendant who was at the time holding a scissors.He said that the scissors accidently cut Pooranlall on her belly area. The wound she sustained is 4cm deep.He made a successful application for bail on the grounds that the defendant has three children and is currently caring for her husband, who has a broken leg.Bail was granted at $25,000, with the case set to continue on 25 July.last_img read more

Court denies stay on parking project

first_imgParking meter burden…penalties continue from todayThe High Court has denied the application for a stay of execution filed by Attorney-at-law Kamal Ramkarran in representation of Mohendra Arjune, the civilian who has challenged the legality of the parking meter project.  This now clears the way for paid parking to continue in the city pending the outcome of the matter.At Monday’s hearing, Justice Brassington Reynolds explained that while the proceedings could act as a ‘stay’, it did not extend to the executive order of the parking meter contract. The stay was intended to put a pause on the parking meter contract. This would have allowed for motorists to park without having to pay.The court heard last week that in the case pertaining to the challenge brought on behalf of Arjune against the legality of the parking meter project, Attorney Ramkarran attempted to have paid parking placed on hold while the project is under judicial review. Ramkarran explained that the Order Nisi granted by then acting Chief Justice Yonnette Cummings-Edwards had stated that the project be halted unless the Mayor or Town Clerk presents a reason stating otherwise.However, Attorney Roger Yearwood, representing City Council and the Town Clerk, contended that the Order Nisi does not facilitate interim or interlocutory relief, because the case was crown-side proceedings and not civil proceedings.At Monday’s session, Justice Reynolds said the Order Nisi which was granted did not extend or operate as a ‘stay’ of the operations of the Mayor and City Council. The case against the Parking Meter Project will continue on March 20. However, until the case is resolved, complainant Mohendra Arjune will be exempted from paid parking in Georgetown.Justice Reynolds ruled last week that the court has jurisdiction to rule over prerogative writs. The Order Nisi as granted by then acting Chief Justice Yonnette Cummings-Edwards on February 16 had stated that the project must be halted until the Mayor or Town Clerk provide the requisite response. The order also revoked “the decision of the Mayor and councillors and anyone acting by or through them, or under their directions or instructions, or on their behalf, to exempt persons or categories of persons from paying fees for parking in the City of Georgetown and being subject to penalties for parking in Georgetown.”However, parking meter operatives continue to boot the motor vehicles of some operators who opt against paying the parking meter fees. Hours before Thursday’s protest, some 60 parking meter attendants were sworn in before the Town Clerk.Some legal minds had contended that if the City continues to boot vehicles, this would be contempt of court. However, Attorney for City Council has argued that City Council must not be given less than 30 days prior to the institution of proceedings.Meanwhile, a series of protests have erupted since the project’s implementation in late January. The demonstrators are calling for City Hall to rescind the contract, which has attracted widespread criticism for its signing and rollout process. (Shemuel Fanfair)last_img read more

Geoff McDonald wins “Race of the Fallen Leaves”

first_imgKevin Shaw finished second after winning last year’s race. Shaw completed the 50 kilometre course in 1:30:11, and was followed by Matt Davenport for third. Davenport completed his race in 1:30:35.Fourth went to Matt Gilmore with his time of 1:31:25, fifth was Chris Haugan in 1:32:23, sixth went to Tyler Stadek as he finished his ride in 1:32:52, while seventh was George Gamble in 1:36:57.Roger St. Jean’s time of 1:37:16 was good enough for eighth, ninth was Pat Ferris in 1:54:10, and rounding out the top ten was Dawit Feyissa. – Advertisement -Next for the Blizzard Bike Club is a mountain bike race Wednesday evening at 7 p.m.last_img


first_imgSinn Fein Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has accused the government of implementing “the failed banking policy of the previous government” following this week’s approval by the European Commission of the Eligible Liabilities Guarantee (ELG).The ELG makes the taxpayer liable for any losses of the €110.6 billion in liabilities held by the six banks covered by the scheme.Deputy Doherty said: “This week the European Commission approved the extension of the Eligible Liabilities Guarantee for the next six months. “This is the blanket guarantee that makes the taxpayer liable for any losses to the €110.6 billion of liabilities held by the 6 covered banks, including Anglo Irish Bank and Irish Nationwide.“Minister for Finance Michael Noonan described the extension as necessary to facilitate the restructuring of the banking system.“What the Minister failed to say is that this guarantee was the primary reason why interest rates on Irish government bonds spiralled out of control last year, as the markets were increasingly concerned about the States ability to honour the guarantee. It is also the principle reason why the Government remains dependant on the diktats of the EU, ECB and IMF.“The only way the government can return to the international bond markets is by ending the blanket guarantee and return the toxic debts of the developers back to the banks.” Mr Doherty claimed that the when the European Commission approved the extension of the Guarantee in June 2010 the then Labour Finance spokesperson Joan Burton attacked the decision and criticised the Government for having ‘no exit strategy’.The Donegal South West TD added: “In a week of Labour party U-Turns this is clearly the most damming. Not only have the Government no exit-strategy from this disastrous guarantee, but they are clearly committed to implementing the failed banking policy of the previous government.”TD ACCUSES GOVERNMENT OF HAVING NO EXIT STRATEGY ON BANK CRISIS was last modified: June 2nd, 2011 by gregShare 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


first_imgThe walkers who set off from Donegal three weeks ago have tonight given protesters around the country a voice.Joe Murphy and four other members of Donegal Action Against Austerity took the Late Late Show by storm as they explained their reasons why they have undertaken the marathon walk.All five members who appeared on the show explained their reasons why they have put their lives on hold to walk more than 300 miles from Malin Head to Sligo and on to Dublin. was there when the walkers set off from a very windy and lonely Malin Head on March 9th.And despite all their trials and tribulations, the group remianded good to their word as they arrived in Dublin earlier today.Joe Murphy, an unemployed builder from Culdaff spoke for millions when he said “I just want the Government to listen for the good of the Irish people and not for the good of Germany.”Their promise to remain together was even challenged by RTE when Late Late Show producers asked for just four members of the group to appear on the show. But even the national broadcaster eventually caved in and agreed to put five seats on set for the interview with Ryan Tubridy.Tomorrow the team begin their final walk to the National Convention Centre where they will stage a silent protest outside the Fine Gael Ard Fheis.They are encouraging protesters to join them on their final leg with a number of buses from Donegal already confirmed. DONEGAL’S PROTEST WALKERS TAKE LATE LATE SHOW BY STORM was last modified: March 31st, 2012 by StephenShare 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:Donegal Action Against AusterityLate Late Showlast_img read more


first_imgA man was remanded on bail today following an incident in which a woman was attacked and hospitalised.Marcus Spratt, 29, was accused of attacking his former partner at their home at Aras Ui Domhnaill in Milford, Co Donegal in the early hours of Sunday morning last.No details of the alleged attack were given in court. Spratt was also accused of assaulting two men close to his home around the same time.Letterkenny District Court judge Paul Kelly was also told that there had been an outstanding bench warrant for Spratt’s arrest.The accused man, wearing a grey striped jumper and jeans, smiled when he was given bail with a number of conditions.He was ordered to sign on at Milford Garda Station three times a week and to observe a curfew between 9pm and 9am.He was also warned not to make any contact with the two men he is alleged to have assaulted or with his ex-partner.He was given permission to have telephone contact with the woman but only to discuss access to his children.Judge Kelly adjourned until September.Meanwhile on Sunday a woman was rushed to Letterkenny General Hospital after she had allegedly been doused in petrol and threatened.The woman’s condition is not believed to be life-threatening.MAN RELEASED ON BAIL AFTER WOMAN HOSPITALISED FOLLOWING ASSAULT was last modified: July 9th, 2012 by StephenShare 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