LAUDERHILL, Fort Lauderdale (CMC):Head coach Phil Simmons says West Indies will be bracing for a backlash from India stemming from their triumph in the Twenty20 World Cup earlier this year but expects his proven unit of T20 stars to execute when the two-match series bowls off over the weekend here.West Indies take on India tomorrow at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium in the opening T20 before returning to the venue for the second match on Sunday.The last time the two teams met in a T20 contest was during the T20 World Cup semi-final at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai last March when the Caribbean side spectacularly chased down 193 to win in the last over.”We prepare for the two days here the same way we would have prepared before. It’s just that India’s team has been together for longer. We have a way of preparing and we’ll do that over the next two days,” Simmons told a media conference here yesterday.WINDIES CELEBRATE”We’re trying to prepare as best as we can. The thing about it is that India will be coming looking for revenge for the semi-final loss and we’ve got to make sure we’re ready for whatever they bring.”West Indies will be bracing for backlash from India following their semi-final triumph in the T20 World Cup last month.He added: “As in Mumbai, there’s more motivation just to beat India because I think that’s always going to be the team in the world to beat in T20 cricket because they’ve commanded the format for a long period, so winning against India is always going to be high on the agenda.”For the hastily arranged games here, West Indies have called up their leading T20 players with the likes of opener Chris Gayle, off-spinner Sunil Narine, and all-rounders Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, and AndrÈ Russell all expected to feature.with the exception of Pollard and Narine, all the leading players were present for the T20 World Cup when West Indies won an unprecedented second title.Simmons said having a full-strength squad made life easier for West Indies, as most of the players possessed vast experienced in the shortest format.”It’s always good to have all the senior guys back, and they make things easy for me because it’s a case of them doing all the work as they know about this format inside out, so it gives me a chance to just enjoy them freeing up themselves out there,” the Trinidadian pointed out.He added: “In this context, it’s a case where we are World champions and it (T20s) is something we have sort of made our own, similar to back in the 80s when we made Test cricket our own.”
PERTH, Australia (CMC):Former West Indies captain Brian Lara will headline Western Australia’s Festival of Cricket for a third straight year when he turns out in the Twenty20 exhibition match on December 13.The iconic left-hander will line up alongside several ex-stars like Australians Adam Gilchrist, Andrew Symonds and Ricky Ponting in the game against Perth Scorchers.Former South Africa stroke-maker Herschelle Gibbs is also expected to fly in for the event.”The Festival of Cricket presents the public and corporates with a unique opportunity to not only watch a high-quality T20 match in a relaxed, social environment, but also to mix and mingle with many current and past greats of the game,” Gilchrist said.”The chance to run around with a bunch of old mates and pit ourselves against the Scorchers is exciting and sure to be entertaining for all.”Lara has proven to be the star of the event in the two previous fixtures, showing he had lost little of his touch by carving out half-centuries on each occasion.He is regarded as one of the finest batsmen of his era, amassing 11,953 runs from 131 Tests to be the West Indies all-time leading run-scorer.The game, carded for Aquinas College Ground, also serves as a warm-up for Scorchers ahead of their Big Bash League campaign.
BOYS Class 3 100m Hurdles 1. Simon Roberts JC 15.15 secs. 2. Robert Graham JC 15.29 3. Nicholas Blossom JC 15.30 Class 2 110m hurdles 1. Trezequet James JC 14.60 secs 2. Tajimar Miller JC 15.20 3. Qwayne Johnson JC 15.66 Class 1 800m 1. Damon Boyd KC 1:59.12 2. Colin Rowe KC 1:59.80 3. Davarine Eauchope JC 2:00.00 Class 2 800m 1. Tarese Rhoden KC 2:02.39 2. Jaharie Taylor Wol 2:06.65 3. Christopher Humphrey EdA 2:08.18 GIRLS Class 1 discus 1. Gabrielle Bailey St Jago 44.25m 2. Avery Pryce Vere 43.97m 3. Shakera Stennett St Jago 41.70m KINGSTON College’s Aryamana Rodgers and Kevona Davis of Edwin Allen High produced the outstanding results on the track at yesterday’s 24th staging of the JC-Danny Williams Purewater Development meet at Jamaica College. Running in the second track event of the day, the boys’ open 5000 metres, Rodgers won in a very fast 15 minutes 25.96 seconds. His teammate, Shane Buchanan, clocked 15:33.04 for second while Jamaica College’s Dethroy Stewart was third in 17:06.72. Davis who took the sprint double in Class Three at last year’s ISSA Boys and Girls’ Championships, gave an early indication that she would be the one to beat once again with a fast 11.84 seconds to win her 100 metres heat. It was, overall, a good day for Edwin Allen’s girls. Tiana Clayton topped the Class Four 100m in 12.12 ahead of St Jago High’s Brianna Lyston, 12.27. Clayton’s teammate, Serena Cole, was third overall in 12.40. Edwin Allen’s Gabrielle McDonald had a double victory in Class One. She was fastest in the 100m in 11.78 and also topped the 100m hurdles with 14.37 seconds. Holmwood Technical’s Shaunette Allison, Michae Harriott, and Britney Campbell also had good wins. Allison won the Class Two 100m hurdles in an impressive 13.83 seconds. Harriot was best in Class Two 100m in 11.79, and Campbell led the way in the Class Two 800m in 2:18.60. Selected results
Also missing from the squad is experienced all-rounder Dwayne Bravo who played in the last series in the UAE. He was extremely critical of the WICB following the Windies’ 3-0 whitewash in the UAE, contending their abrupt firing of head coach Phil Simmons had demoralised the unit. The 33-year-old underwent surgery last January for a hamstring injury sustained in the Australia Big Bash and has been recovering since. West Indies face Pakistan in the first T20 on March 26 at Kensington Oval before clashing in the remaining games at Queen’s Park Oval from March 30 to April 2. SQUAD — Carlos Brathwaite (captain), Samuel Badree, Jonathan Carter, André Fletcher, Jason Holder, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Sunil Narine, Veerasammy Permaul, Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Jerome Taylor, Chadwick Walton, Keswick Williams. ST JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC — Batting superstar Chris Gayle will take no part in the four-match Twenty20 series against Pakistan starting later this month, after being left out of 16-man squad announced Saturday. The left-handed Gayle also did not play in the three-match series against the Pakistanis last September in the United Arab Emirates, after advising selectors he was unavailable for selection. However, the West Indies Cricket Board release on Saturday offered no explanation for Gayle’s omission from the squad which will be led again by all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite. Jamaican Gayle has been a key member of the West Indies T20 set-up and remains one of the world’s premier batsmen in the shortest format. He averages 35 from 50 T20 Internationals with two hundreds and has already plundered nearly 10,000 runs in T20s overall. Gayle last appeared for West Indies in the Twenty20 World Cup in India last April when he helped the Caribbean side win an unprecedented second title.
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC):West Indies captain Jason Holder has once again lamented the lack of an all-round team effort, following his side’s 2-1 series loss to Pakistan here yesterday.Chasing their first series win over the Pakistanis in nearly three decades, West Indies succumbed to a six-wicket defeat at the Guyana National Stadium, with only a few players coming to the fore.Shai Hope (71) and Jason Mohammed (59) got half-centuries, but just one other batsman passed 20 as the Windies were restricted to 233 for nine off their 50 overs.”We’ve got a few positives to shout about. Obviously, credit must go to [Jason Mohammed], I thought he played a really good series,”said Holder.”Shai Hope came in today and played a really good innings, but it is just about getting a collective effort going now.”I think we’ve come to a stage where we’ve got individual performances but not being able to get over the line, so I think that’s one of the things we have to work on going forward.”The trio of off-spinner Ashley Nurse, leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo, and left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul managed just one wicket in the 24 overs they sent down, and Holder noted that this lack of incisiveness had hurt the Windies at a key stage of the game.”We started well with the ball, got early wickets, put them under pressure but we didn’t get the wickets in the middle from the spinners,” Holder pointed out.”Credit must go to how Mohammad Hafeez played and also Shoaib Malik. They really set the platform for Pakistan, and they batted deep.”And though the pitch was a difficult one to score freely on, Holder said he could not blame the track for his side’s performance.”I can’t fault the pitch. I must say this is one of the better pitches I have seen here in Guyana for a very long time,” the Barbadian all-rounder said.”Credit must go to the ground staff here and I hope we can get pitches like this, going forward in the future, here in Guyana.”
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTAIPEI – Jong Uichico will call the shots for Gilas Pilipinas in the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur late next month, and knowing the country’s history, the multi-titled coach knows that there is pressure to deliver.“It’s the gold (medal) that matters,” Uichico said on Saturday while munching on a candy bar, moments before Gilas was to play its penultimate game in the Jones Cup Invitational here. “They (other countries) will surely be sending strong teams.”ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ McGregor completes community service for pre-fight fracas LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) LATEST STORIES ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur In Kuala Lumpur, Uichico will have Christian Standhardinger and young members of the Cadet program that counts amateur Kiefer Ravena, Bobby Ray Parks, Raymar Jose and Kobe Paras.Baser Amer, Mike Tolomia, Von Pessumal, Kevin Ferrer, Carl Cruz, Almond Vosotros and Troy Rosario are the other members of the team.The Philippines failed to win the gold medal just once, in 1989, also in Malaysia, interestingly enough.“We’ll give them a few days (off) after this tournament before going to work,” Uichico, who won the 2013 gold in Palembang, said.Jimmy Alapag, the Gilas shooting legend, will be Uichico’s assistant in Kuala Lumpur and Chot Reyes and son Josh will be calling the shots for the PBA superstars-composed National Five that will play in the Fiba Asia Championship in Lebanon the week before.ADVERTISEMENT Uichico feels that, while the Philippines sends its best teams in bigger regional events like the Asian Games and the Asian Championship, the country’s foes in Kuala Lumpur are concentrated on unseating the Filipinos for the longest time as kings of Southeast Asia.“Those countries believe that the SEAG is the tournament they have to concentrate on,” he said. “We sent our best team to the SEABA (Southeast Asian Basketball Association championship, the qualifier for the Fiba Asia) and I don’t think they (opponents) did.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Gilas was made up of multimillionaire PBA stars in the SEABA and it was reinforced by naturalized center Andray Blatche as the country didn’t take anything to chance.The result was a bamboozling of the field many thought to be overkill. McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans View comments
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OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Summer vacations are ending now. Coaches will all be grabbing their whistles in the next few days, starting with Golden State’s Steve Kerr and Minnesota’s Tom Thibodeau on Saturday when the Warriors and Timberwolves open training camp — those teams can start early because they’re going to China in the preseason.The other 28 teams start practice on Tuesday.“In team-building and pro sports, a lot of times the methodical long game is what’s necessary,” said Spoelstra, the second-longest-tenured coach in the league behind San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich. “But you’re seeing less and less of that. That’s why last year was such a pleasant surprise. I think it really was a celebration of stability and an acknowledgment of how complex this position can be.” DAY6 is for everybody Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Last season was the first since 1963-64 — and only the fourth in league history — where there were no in-season changes. The league was much smaller back then as well, with only nine coaches having to keep their bosses happy.It’s a 30-team league now, and a year ago at this time 10 of those clubs had a new coach.“From top to bottom, we have a very high quality level of coaching,” said Dallas coach Rick Carlisle, the president of the National Basketball Coaches Association. “This is as stable as our profession has been in decades. Contracts are strong, the league is constructed in a way now where coaching is extremely important and ownership understands the importance of the coaching process.”There hasn’t been a coaching hire since Jeff Hornacek was formally announced by the New York Knicks on June 2, 2016 — which might not sound that long ago, but in a field without any real job security that’s an eternity. So when coaches gathered last week for their annual preseason meeting, they celebrated the fact that there were no new faces in the room.“We’ve talked about the importance of supporting one another — and at the same time, the need to try to beat each others’ brains in,” Carlisle said. “It’s a conflicting sort of concept from afar, but internally we are the only ones that know all the challenges that head coaches in the NBA face. And because of that, there’s a real healthy respect for one another.”ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FILE – Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle reacts to a call during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Dallas. From the start of last season to the start of this season, not a single NBA team has changed coaches. That’s an unprecedented run of retention and an obvious source of pride for coaches across the league as the first practices of the season get set to occur this weekend. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)MIAMI — Dozens of NBA players found new homes this offseason. A few front offices dealt with hirings and firings. There’s a new arena in Detroit and an ownership change looms in Houston. The league’s logo was even tweaked.Change was everywhere.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson That is, except the coaches’ offices.Here’s a first for the NBA: Every coach is back. From the start of last season to the start of this season — barring something happening in training camps, anyway — not a single NBA team has changed coaches. That’s an unprecedented run of retention and an obvious source of pride for coaches across the league as the first practices of the season get set to occur this weekend.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“I think what people are seeing is what this league needs, what these players need more than anything, is stability and a consistent message,” said Miami coach Erik Spoelstra, who’s going into his 10th season. “Otherwise we’re just losing ground if you have to start all over every year. That’s a tough way to win in this business. That’s a tough way to build any sort of culture or consistency.”No one is starting over in the next few days, at least in the sense that a new staff is taking over a team. 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How to help the Taal evacuees Houston Rockets’ Chris Paul chases a basketball amid lighting and fog machines while he takes part in a promotional video shoot during an NBA basketball media day, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)HOUSTON — Chris Paul and James Harden have spent so much time together since he was traded from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Houston Rockets in June that he’s learned the most important facts — and some that aren’t as vital — about his fellow All-Star teammate.“He likes french fries just as much as I do, first and foremost,” Paul said with a laugh.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ 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 LATEST STORIES View comments It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Harden, who finished second to Russell Westbrook in MVP voting last season, is thrilled about the opportunity to pair with such a dynamic player. He believes Paul’s skillset will make things easier for him.“It’s a relief,” he said. “But it’s not just anybody that I’m getting off the ball giving it to. I’m giving the ball to somebody that can do the same thing I can do even better.”Paul is a nine-time All-Star who has averaged 18.7 points, 9.9 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 2.3 steals over his 12-year career, though he has been dogged with criticism in recent years for failing to help the Clippers get out of the second round of the playoffs. Los Angeles reached the postseason in each of Paul’s six seasons with the team, but the Clippers were eliminated in the first round three times and in theWestern Conference semifinals three other times.He readily admits that his only motivation for opting in for the last year of his contract so the Clippers could deal him was to chase a title.“I came here with one purpose, one goal in mind and that’s to win a championship,” he said. “And the cool part is being here with a guy like James that has those same aspirations.”ADVERTISEMENT Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up DAY6 is for everybody Then he got serious about why he’s so excited to join Harden and a Houston team that lost to the Spurs in the Western Conference semifinals last season.“He loves to hoop,” Paul said. “You got some guys that like and enjoy to play basketball, and he’s one of the guys who loves it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogAfter spending countless hours together on and off the court in the last few weeks, Paul and Harden can’t wait to see how their pairing will work as the Rockets open camp on Tuesday.“We did a lot of traveling, playing pickup games here and there and stuff like that, so you are antsy to actually get out there with the full crew and see what it looks like,” Paul said. MOST READ NBA: New Thunder recruits Anthony, George try to lure Wade to OKC OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Since the trade, some have questioned how the two point guards will coexist in Houston. General manager Daryl Morey has no worries about that and said he doesn’t have to see the pair in a game to know that he’s right.“They’ve been playing in gyms around the country and out of the country all summer,” he said. “Just from my watching it and coach (Mike D’Antoni) has watched it even more than me — we’re 100 percent certain it’s going to work.”D’Antoni, who enters his second season in Houston, said the three have had plenty of conversations about how they’ll play together and what it will look like. He knows there will be growing pains along the way, but he believes the fact that both players want it to work will go a long way.“We have little things to work out but, again, both of them are very willing to do whatever it takes to be the best that we can be,” D’Antoni said. “Now we’ve just got to figure out what that is and keep improving on it all year.”Harden ranked second in the league with 29.1 points per game and first with 11.2 assists. He had 64 double-doubles last year after combining for just 67 in the first seven seasons of his career, and he notched 22 triple-doubles after getting just nine total before last season.His brilliant season was marred by a poor performance in Game 6 of the conference semifinals when the Rockets were eliminated with a 39-point loss to the Spurs. Harden didn’t attempt a shot until halfway through the second quarter of the blowout and finished with 10 points to tie a season low.He denies that he paid any attention to the criticism he received after that loss, asking, “What did they say?” about the naysayers.But he doesn’t deny that he should have done more in that game and vows to do just that this season.“Obviously I played terrible,” he said. “It didn’t end in a championship so that’s frustrating. (I’ve) just got to get better. Won’t blame anybody but myself.” In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals MOST READ Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIn the company of the best basketball players in the country, Will Gozum was left in awe in the company of the best basketball players in the country on Monday at Meralco Gym.“I was starstruck,” Gozum said in Filipino after working out with the big names like Troy Rosario, Japeth Aguilar, Mac Belo, and Carl Bryan Cruz.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina NCAA football: Arellano books finals slot, San Beda stays alive LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ 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 “I’m still feeling my way with the plays, trying to figure it out because they already have a smooth transition. I’m just trying to keep up and it’s exhausting.”But the lone high school player to attend the resumption of the Gilas Pilipinas practices rightfully deserved his spot thanks to all of his efforts this past season.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 folkGozum, who was named NCAA Season 93 MVP after averaging 13.8 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.6 blocks for Mapua High School, has emerged as one of the most promising big men in the country. And that piqued the interest of coach Chot Reyes, who included the 18-year-old bruiser in his “23-for-23” list.Despite all of his efforts, Gozum admitted he was still caught by surprise with the call-up for a chance to represent the Philippines again after suiting up in the 2015 Fiba Asia Under-16 Championship in Indonesia. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I was so happy. I immediately told my parents that I’m back at Gilas and I won’t waste this chance. Coach Chot invited me to come here and that alone is already an honor for me. I just promise that I’ll give my best and hopefully, I get picked,” he said.Now comes the hard part for the 6-foot-6 center as he tests his mettle against Gilas mainstays like June Mar Fajardo, Calvin Abueva, and Raymond Almazan weekly — a challenge that he’s more than ready to face.“Coach Chot said that what Gilas needs are players with high basketball IQ. You can’t make the same mistakes over and over again, and I realized that I have to learn from the others who are doing it right,” he said.“As a high school player, I know that what I’m working on isn’t enough so I’m motivating myself to reach the same level as to that of my teammates here who are already in college.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments