The Wright View: Super sporting spectacle

first_imgLast weekend provided a smorgasbord of sports that was just enough to make it the fantastic one the romantics promised. As I settled in front of the television, the English Premier League (EPL) set the tone on Saturday morning, with six games before noon and one game after. The 1-2 loss by Manchester United to Sunderland ensured that their manager/coach Louis van Gaal will definitely be looking for new employment later on this year. The afternoon game had a resurgent Chelsea Football Club, under the leadership of ‘super sub’ manager/coach Gus Hiddink, demolishing hapless Newcastle, whose players must now be looking at the possibility of life in the second tier of English football. Then, Saturday night served up two fantastic cricket matches, both one-day internationals (ODI). First, was the final of the ICC Under-19 World Cup, with the West Indians facing India, who were unbeaten in this tournament and had not lost an ODI since a defeat to England in the quarter-finals of the 2014 tournament. The ‘outsiders’ were the youngsters from the West Indies, who lost their three warm-up games against hosts Bangladesh, and who were beaten by England in the first game of the tournament. Later on that night, England and South Africa met in the final game of a five-match series, with both sides winning two games each, as South Africa rebounded from losses in the first two games. Then we came to ‘Super Sunday’ in the EPL, with third place Arsenal against leaders Leicester, and second place Tottenham against fourth place Manchester City. The supporters of Arsenal and Tottenham certainly felt the love permeating Valentine Sunday, as victories for both these clubs left them joint second in the League, with Tottenham ahead on goal difference. However, losing sleep to watch both cricket matches on Saturday night (which takes some doing) was well worth it, as the games were of an exceptionally high standard. In the England-South Africa game, the South Africans prevailed due in no small way to the batting of captain AB de Villiers and previous captain Hashim Amla. England lost the series mainly because after going two up, they formed the impression that South Africa were soft and changed their previously successful game plan to one of non-stop aggression. This was brilliantly exploited by the South Africans. The moral there – never count your chickens before they are hatched. In the Under-19 World Cup finals, the underdogs, the West Indies, triumphed because of (a) talent, (b) character and (c) a determination to relax and enjoy the game. After winning the toss and sending in the favourites to bat, the fast bowling duo of Alzarri Joseph and Chemar Holder ensured that India were always going to play catch up. They never batted out the allotted 50 overs and were dismissed for a paltry 145. The first wicket claimed by the West Indies appeared to be a ‘Mankad’, as I do not recall the wicketkeeper for the West Indies, Tevin Imlach, warning the Indian batsman, Rishabh Pant, that he had wandered out of his crease before removing the bails. The decision is recorded as a stumping as Pant was not attempting a run, but had in fact left his crease. According to the rules of the game he was OUT. Yet, not one murmur from those who condemned Keemo Paul for a similar dismissal in the match against Zimbabwe. I suppose that since it was the first wicket and India were supposed to win, that ‘Mankad’ was OK! Hmmm. Then in the run chase we saw a lesson in batting concentration from the young West Indian Keacy Carty, whose 152-ball 52 was instrumental in the victory, belying the fact that for the entire tournament, Carty had faced 132 balls and scored 60 runs. This victory validates my suggestion that the West Indies (senior team) withdraw from Tests and ODIs until this group of young men have two more years of experience playing international cricket. Then, and only then, should the West Indies return to international Test cricket and ODIs, thus ensuring that we have a legitimate chance of returning to a place in the top echelons of world cricket, instead of the present scenario where we are represented by people who don’t appear to care one iota for the West Indian fan! Well done young WI!last_img read more

Windies Women win first T20 World Cup

first_imgKOLKATA, India (CMC):Teenager Hayley Matthews and captain Stafanie Taylor fashioned half-centuries as West Indies Women produced a superb run chase to beat three-time defending champions Australia Women by eight wickets and lift their first-ever Twenty20 World Cup title here yesterday.Set 149 for victory at the historic Eden Gardens, West Indies Women reached their target with three balls to spare, with the 18-year-old Matthews top-scoring with 66 from 45 balls and the in-form Taylor getting 59 from 57 balls.The pair put on a magnificent 120 for the first wicket to take Australia Women out of the contest and even when Matthews fell in the 16th over, Deandra Dottin (18 not out) joined Taylor to add 24 for the second wicket to keep the Caribbean side on top.West Indies Women entered the final over requiring three to win and Dottin reduced the target even further with a single to cover off seamer Ellyse Perry.Britney Cooper, who finished on three not out, failed to score off the next delivery, but took off for a suicide single off the third ball. The fielder at short midwicket missed a direct hit at the bowler’s end that would have seen Cooper on her way and the resulting overthrow handed West Indies Women the crucial win.The result sparked scenes of jubilation across the outfield as the remainder of the women’s team, along with members of the men’s team, ran on to the ground to celebrate.ELATED TAYLOR”I am (on top of the world). I’ve been waiting for this for a long time,” an elated Taylor said afterwards.”I think it has actually come at the right time because we’ve played some fantastic cricket today. We didn’t get the start that we wanted with the ball, but I think the batting gave us the edge.”Matthews, who struck six fours and three sixes to post her maiden T20 International half-century, was voted Player of the Match, while Taylor was adjudged Player of the Tournament for her 246 runs overall.Earlier, Australia Women captain Meg Lanning and Elyse Villani both struck 52 to get the title favourites up to 148 for five off their 20 overs, after opting to bat first.Alyssa Healy fell cheaply for four at 15 for one in the second over when she tapped a low return catch to off-spinner Matthews, but Lanning and Villani put on 77 for the second wicket to rally the innings.Lanning faced 49 balls and gathered eight fours, while opener Villani counted nine fours in her 37-ball innings.”We probably did not get the result that we wanted, but congratulations to West Indies for the way they batted,” Lanning said. “We felt we were a little short, 160 would have been nice. But if we had bowled well we would have defended.”last_img read more

Sports Briefs

first_imgWarriors defendersays sorryNEW JERSEY, United States (CMC):Trinidad and Tobago defender Daniel Cyrus has apologised to teammates and his country for squandering a penalty that would have taken them into the semi-finals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.The Soca Warriors lost a dramatic penalty shootout against Panama in Sunday’s quarter-finals, on the hunt for their first Gold Cup semi-final berth in 15 years.Cyrus and Lester Peltier missed crucial spot kicks as Trinidad and Tobago tumbled out of the tournament.”I am sorry,” the Vietnam-based defender said.”I want to apologise to the nation and my team for that miss”.Panama prevailed 6-5 on penalties after the game remained deadlocked at 1-1 after full time and added extra time.Bairstow in for BallanceLONDON (AP):Gary Ballance has paid the price for England’s misfiring top order and will be replaced by Jonny Bairstow in the team to face Australia in the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston next week.Ballance, who has a career average of nearly 48, has averaged 16.75 in his last eight innings against Australia and New Zealand. He made 23 and 14 in the 405-run defeat in the second Ashes Test at Lord’s, which levelled the series at 1-1, and was the only change in the squad yesterday.Despite scoring more runs, 98 in the series so far, than Adam Lyth, 50, or Ian Bell, 73, the latter two were spared.The third Test begins on July 29.England: Alastair Cook (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Steven Finn, Adam Lyth, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Mark Wood.Sterling on target for CityMELBOURNE, Australia (AP):Raheem Sterling took less than three minutes to score his first goal in a Manchester City shirt as the English club beat Roma 5-4 on penalties after a 2-2 draw yesterday in a preseason friendly.Sterling, who moved from Liverpool to City last week in a £49 million ($76 million) deal that made him the most expensive English signing ever, scored after running on to a lofted pass from Kelechi Iheanacho.Roma equalised fiveminutes later when Miralem Pjanic scored with a powerful strike from outside the box at the end of a deft combination involving Daniele De Rossi, Francesco Totti and Gervinho.Iheanacho restored the lead for City six minutes into the second half when he swooped on a wayward Roma back pass by second-half substitute Ashley Cole and sent the ball into the top right of the net from thecentre of the box. But Romalevelled again in the 87th minute from a free kick by Adem Llajic after Seydou Doumbia was brought down by Yaya Toure at the edge of the box.last_img read more

Bailey sees positives at Tennis Jamaica

first_imgTennis Jamaica’s president John Bailey has urged members of his association to move forward in a positive way after he was re-elected unopposed at a rescheduled annual general meeting on Thursday evening at Campion College. “We really want to focus on moving forward and not looking back,” Bailey told The Gleaner yesterday. “We can spend a lot of time talking about what went on in the past, but it is not going to help us. It’s just time to move on.” At last November’s AGM, where Bailey was challenged by John Azar, a disparity in numbers between ballots and eligible voters forced the association to declare the elections null and void. Aswad Morgan was returned as first vice-president, Llockett McGregor; second vice-president and Marcus James, the third vice-president. The treasurer is Charles Pennicook, while Leroy Brown remains the secretary of the association. The regional directors are Pierre Battaglia and James Samson, while the directors are Micola Bicknell, Paula Harris, Charmaine Chin-Loy, Nigel Casserly, Yussuf Migoko, and Steven Shirley. Bailey also revealed that plans to develop the sport include a new playing facility in St Ann, which he hopes will get off the ground in a few months. “The exciting thing is that we are looking to open a new facility in St Ann, Drax Hall in particular, and hopefully, in the next few months, that will start,” he stated. Bailey, who is in his second term as president,, reiterated that the main players in the tennis fraternity are turning their attention to the development of the sport. “The mood in the fraternity is very positive. We will press on and continue to develop the sport and look to Jamaica being on top in the region again in the next few years. So we are back on track, absolutely,” he insisted.last_img read more

German company supports Treasure Beach 5K

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU:Chief organiser for the Women with a Purpose third annual 5K Treasure Hunt Run/Walk, Janette Kaloo, expressed delight that German bra manufacturers Anita have come on board as title sponsors for the October 15 event.Ms Kaloo says she is excited about the development, adding that Anita’s association will bring tremendous benefits to the event, which seeks to bring awareness to breast cancer victims and former victims who have beaten the odds and have managed to survive.The group is seeking to raise approximately $3 million from this year’s event, which will go towards their outreach services.”Anita joining is great for the event. They are a worldwide brand. They even have a line of bra for women who have had a mastectomy. This could not be any more significant,” Kaloo noted.Speaking at the event’s recent press launch at the Sunset Resort and Villas, Kaloo said indications are that this year’s staging will attract close to 1,000 participants to easily eclipse combined participation in the first two years.BIGGEST YEAR”We are already beginning to see registration numbers that suggest this year will be our biggest yet. I think the message is starting to get out there and people are now warming to the idea,” Kaloo said.Herself a cancer survivor, Kaloo serves as vice-president of the Treasure Beach Women’s Group (TBWG).”October is celebrated as Cancer Awareness Month, so we specifically choose this month for the race, which is dedicated to these women and their families who have suffered through the various stages of this deadly disease,” she stated.Joy Haizen, the Anita international representative, spoke of her company’s involvement, adding that it was for a worthy cause. Anita will provide female participants with free sports bra for the event.Jassette Bromfield is the defending male champion, having won the title in back-to-back years. He ran a time of 22:13 minutes last year with Kirk Roach second (22:55) and Larry Devimy third in 25:24 minutes.It is expected that Bromfield and last year’s female champion, Sarah Wiese, will return to defend their titles.The race is set to start at 7 a.m., with an after-race party at 6:30 p.m. in the evening.Sponsors include Sunset Resort and Villa, Anita International, Jakes Treasure Beach, Rainbow Tree Villa, Music 99 FM, Power 106 FM, GraceKennedy, Treasure Tours, BOJ-TV, the Treasure Beach Women’s Group, WATA, Yoplait, Nature Valley, Treasure Beach Hotel, CA Parchment and Sons and 2 Seasons Guest House.last_img read more

Follow The Trace | ‘Hustler’ football coaches?

first_img ALMIGHTY DOLLAR Veteran football coach, Geoffrey Maxwell, stunned the local football fraternity last week, by attempting the unthinkable. Indeed, the eccentric former national coach actually did the unthinkable when he conducted a full training session with Dinthill Technical High School team last week Tuesday, then proceed to instruct the team from the bench in their first game of the quarter-final round of the daCosta Cup a day later, after previously guiding Haile Selassie High to zonal honours and a place in the quarter-final round of the Manning Cup. Maxwell has in fact created history as the first man to have actually coached in the Manning Cup and the daCosta Cup competitions in the same season, while both teams are still actively engaged in the competitions. Technically, he was not the official coach of Dinthill High at the time, as he was still officially registered as the head coach of Haile Selassie and conversely not registered as the coach of Dinthill, as the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) rules prohibit the same individual being officially registered as the coach of two separate teams in the same season of schoolboy football. Beyond the technicality of Maxwell’s history-creating act though, this entire fiasco highlights a longstanding practice by top local football coaches of having multiple coaching jobs with different teams during the same season. Maxwell might have gone to the ridiculous extreme, but a number of Jamaica’s big reputation coaches such as Jerome Waite, Lenworth ‘Lenny’ Hyde, Ludlow Bernard, Donovan Duckie, Calvert Fitzgerald, Omar Edwards, just to name a few, have at some point simultaneously coached at least two teams. Some have coached three teams, from the national Premier League level, through the business house level and the schoolboy level during the same season. Logistically, it must take some doing as the football season in Jamaica is common to all levels and there must be issues of training session time clashes, match and game day preparation and execution clashes. There is no way a coach can be totally focused on the task at hand when he has two or three such tasks at hand, not in the area of football coaching. Montego Bay United owner, Orville Powell, was asked recently why he consistently opts for foreign coaches to guide the Premier League champions. He stated that most of the top coaches in Jamaica are engaged in coaching schoolboy teams, thus he goes for coaches who will be totally focused on Montego Bay United. The driving force behind this unique practice by local football coaches is obviously the pursuit of the ‘almighty dollar’ and, in a sense, it’s hard to blame the coaches. After all, they have their families to feed. But on the other hand, in looking at the wider picture, this practice could be at the expense of proper guidance and player development and helps to stagnate the positive evolution of the local coaches and ultimately the local players. It is quite reasonable to assume that some of these coaches are short-changing some of the teams and the players they are charged with guiding. In the case of Geoffrey Maxwell, the short changing apparently took place at both ends of the spectrum, with his situation turning out to be a classic case of the ‘greedy dog losing his bone’. The Maxwell saga, as it unfolded, might well have provided some good moments of drama and laughter across the local football fraternity, but even more important, it brings to light an almost hidden problem that has long existed in local football, a problem that has been getting worse in recent years: the advent of the non-committed, self-serving coaches who run the risk of being looked upon as ‘hustlers’.last_img read more

More Sports In Brief

first_imgMurray wins BBC award BIRMINGHAM, England (AP): Andy Murray has been voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year for a record third time after winning the Wimbledon and Olympic singles titles in 2016 and also finishing the season as the world’s top-ranked player. Murray won the domestic award in 2013 and 2015, too. The 29-year-old Murray capped the best season of his career by beating Novak Djokovic to win the ATP finals in London and claim a fifth straight title, earning him the year-end No. 1 ranking. He hasn’t lost since September 16. Two-time Olympic triathlon champion Alistair Brownlee was second in the voting and Olympic show-jumping gold medalist Nick Skelton came third at a ceremony in Birmingham, central England.last_img

Scorpions look for positive Super50 start

first_imgCaptain of Jamaica Scorpions Nikita Miller is hopeful of a positive start when the team takes on Combined Colleges and Campuses (CCC) Marooners in the opening game of the 2017 Regional Super50 Tournament at Three W’s Oval in Barbados. The contest, which is set to start 8 a.m. Jamaica time, is one of two scheduled on the opening day. The other match, the feature, is set to bowl off at 12:30 p.m., and will see last year’s beaten finalist Barbados Pride playing Guyana Jaguars in a day and night showdown at Kensington Oval. The match-ups are Zone B encounters with Zone A equivalents, which will be contested in Antigua and Barbuda, set to get under way tomorrow. “It’s always very good to start on the front-foot as you don’t want to be chasing in the competition,” stated Miller following the team’s final practice session yesterday. “The hope therefore is to try and start with a win and build from that.” Jamaica, which last won the title six years ago, will enter the game as favourites giving their cadre of West Indies and West Indies ‘A’ representatives. Topping the list is 32-year-old speedster Jerome Taylor, who after being dropped by the West Indies, is seeking to demonstrate that he still has what it takes to perform at a high level, and emerging batsman Jermaine Blackwood. The others with West Indies caps are spin bowler Miller, wicketkeeper-batsman Chadwick Walton and young all-rounder, Rovman Powell. The ‘A’ team representatives are batsmen John Campbell and Andre McCarthy, leg-spinner Damion Jacobs and fast bowler, Reynard Leveridge. Also a part of the squad, and who is expected to play a key role, is exciting young batsman Brandon King, who is coming off a recent quick-fire double century in the regional four-day tournament. RIGHT DIRECTION “Things are heading in the right direction,” asserted Miller, while pointing to the training sessions the team has had so far in Barbados. “We had two training sessions, and I think it was good, and I can say we are fully prepared for the game.” Miller also spoke of the challenge that he anticipates from the CCC, saying that they are generally a competitive unit. However, he believes the Scorpions are up for it. “I am not too familiar with the team, but I am sure one of our senior players, in Walton, who is a former captain of the CCC, can give us valuable info that will help us,” he said. This, Miller added, coupled with the ‘balance’ of the team is therefore a good combination that could lead to their success. Jamaica Scorpions: Nikita Miller (captain), Jermaine Blackwood, Gavon Brown, John Campbell, Andre McCarthy, Damion Jacobs, Brandon King, Reynard Leveridge, Rovman Powell, Damani Sewell, Jerome Taylor, Steven Taylor, Devon Thomas, Chadwick Walton; Robert Samuels (head coach). Combined Campuses & Colleges Marooners: Jamal Smith (captain), Cassius Burton Jr, Raymond Bynoe, Kyle Corbin, Mark Deyal, Larry Edward, Keon Harding, Nino Henry, Ryan Hinds, Amir Jangoo, Aaron Jones, Jermaine Levy, Vikash Mohan, Christopher Powell; Floyd Reifer (head coach).last_img read more

St Catherine CC, Kingston meet in 50 over finale

first_img However, if Kingston, coached by Terrence Corke, is to have a say in the outcome of the decider, St Catherine will have to show up as the men from the capital have been performing all season. Led by former national Under-19 batsman, Garth Garvey, Kingston has won all seven of their fixtures, including impressive quarter-final and semi-final wins over St Thomas and Kensington, respectively. These victories were spearheaded by West Indies Under-19 World Cup all-rounder Odean Smith, the tournament’s leading runs-scorer, opener Aaron Johnson, and left-arm spin duo, Patrick Harty Jr and Paul Harrison. There is also sidelined national all-rounder Derval Green and Garvey, who throughout the campaign have played leading roles, and according the latter this along with the confidence of the team makes them formidable contenders. “I think people might underestimate us based on the faces of the players but I prefer to go into this final as the underdog,” said Garvey. “People might look down on us and say that St Catherine has the better team, but we know what we can do, and we know what we are up against on Saturday (today).” “Our team is fairly young, but we have a few players who knows what it takes to win matches, and championships,” he added. CONSISTENCY REQUIRED Back-to-back defending champions St Catherine CC will seek to make it three in a row when they take on unbeaten Kingston CC in the final of the Jamaica Cricket Association All-Island 50-Overs Tournament at Chedwin Park today. The contest, scheduled to get under way at 9:30 a.m., will see St Catherine with a cadre of national players beginning the game as favourites against a fairly young but enterprising Kingston unit. Coached by Milton Thomas and boasting the likes of sidelined national players, batsmen Danza Hyatt and Shacaya Thomas, fast bowler Brian Buchanan and all-rounder Gavin Wallace, St Catherine has one of the strongest teams on paper . This is complimented by former national youth batsmen Oraine Williams and Peat Salmon as well as emerging leg-spinner, Stephan Casey. “All the guys are confident and ready to take the three in a row,” expressed St Catherine captain, Hyatt, who has guided his charges to six wins in seven matches. “The season has gone well for us outside of the game that we lost to St Thomas earlier on in the season, and we have playing together well as a team, and that is what I think will make it difficult to beat.”last_img read more

Sablan downplays UST’s potential 0-14 campaign, says others had winless seasons before

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Santo Tomas has one more game left in its schedule in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament, and yet, head coach Boy Sablan already looked resigned after his team suffered another defeat.“I wasn’t the first coach to have zero wins in the UAAP, other teams also had that record,” said Sablan in Filipino Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Sablan was right. He won’t be the first head coach to possibly end a season with zero wins after Luigi Trillo and Rey Madrid had 0-14 seasons with Adamson University and University of the Philippines, respectively“Look at the history of the league, I’m not the first coach who’ll end a year with zero wins,” said Sablan. “There are of course who didn’t win, not just me.”Sablan’s only hope of redemption, if it can be considered as such, is the Tigers’ last game against University of the East where UST can at least save face after a disastrous season. “Of course we want to win that final game, we will prepare for it,” said Sablan. “We’ll do what needs to be done.”ADVERTISEMENT 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 Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsoncenter_img Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ UST’s latest loss came against league-leader Ateneo, 102-83, in a game where the Growling Tigers showed a semblance of fight but only to write the same ending and falter.READ: Ateneo nears sweep, sends UST to 13th straight lossFEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe Growling Tigers stared at a 15-point deficit in the third, 72-57, but managed to claw back, 75-70, by the end of the period.The Blue Eagles (12-0), however, answered back in the fourth and mounted a 17-7 run with Thirdy Ravena capping it off with a vicious tomahawk with 2:22 left for a 92-77 lead. Thirdy Ravena shrugs off vicious dunk vs UST, wins bet with dad Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more