EAST LONDON, South Africa (CMC):West Indies Women wasted two handsome partnerships as they crashed to a 35-run defeat to South Africa Women in the final one-day international of the three-match series here yesterday.Chasing 236 at Buffalo Park, the Caribbean side twice looked poised to pull off victory, but lost wickets in clusters to end on 200 for eight off their 50 overs.Former captain Merissa Aguilleira and opener Shaquana Quintyne both struck 40, while wicketkeeper Shemaine Campbelle stroked 27 and Deandra Dottin, 25.West Indies Women lost teenage opener Hayley Matthews for two in the third over of the innings with the score on nine, but were bolstered by a second-wicket stand of 57 between Quintyne and Kyshona Knight (18).Quintyne faced 68 balls and counted six fours, while Knight’s innings consumed 45 deliveries and included two fours.When Quintyne was bowled by leg-spinner Dane van Niekerk in the 19th over at 66 for two, it triggered a slide where another three wickets fell for 42 runs to leave West Indies Women on 118 for five in the 33rd over.Yet again, they benefited from another tidy partnership, this time between Aguilleira and Campbelle, who added 52 for the sixth wicket. The right-handed Aguilleira struck three fours off 65 balls while Campbelle’s innings was a breezy one, requiring just 32 balls and including three fours.Windies Women looked to be taking the advantage when both batsmen fell in the space of seven deliveries and when Anisa Mohammed went for one, three wickets had tumbled for seven runs.Stumbling at 177 for eight in the 46th over, West Indies Women had no momentum and their innings crawled to a tame end.Earlier, opener Trisha Chetty and van Niekerk both struck 55, while Mignon du Preez got 43 and Marizanne Kapp, 39, as South Africa Women eased to 235 for six after opting to bat first.The hosts benefited from handy partnerships throughout their innings, thanks to Chetty. She and Andrie Steyn (21) put on 39 for the first wicket before she combined with du Preez to add a further 72 for the second wicket. Chetty faced 83 balls counted four fours while du Preez struck seven fours in a 62-ball innings.When du Preez departed in the 25th over, Chetty anchored a third wicket stand of 41 with Kapp, to give the Proteas Women renewed momentum.Chetty and Lizelle Lee (6) perished in the space of 18 balls to leave South Africa Women on 163 for four in the 40th over, but van Niekerk masterminded a 64-run, sixth wicket partnership with Kapp, to give the innings a strong finish.West Indies Women won the series 2-1 after taking the first two games of the series.
KOLKATA, India (CMC):Stafanie Taylor, the captain of West Indies Women, who have just won the T20 World Cup for the first time, says a recruitment programme is needed as part of an elaborate plan to keep the sport alive in the region.Taylor, who was voted player of the tournament, is worried that women’s cricket in the region could suffer a significant decline if a proper system is not put in place for when the current crop of players retire.”We need to go into the schools and try to get girls to come out,” said Taylor.”I think we do have girls that are interested. It’s just that you don’t have anyone to push it, and I think that’s where we need to start, by going into the schools and getting these girls out.”In their impressive eight-wicket victory over Australia to win the ICC T20 World Cup on Sunday, the Caribbean side surpassed a challenging target of 149 with three deliveries remaining, following a rollicking opening stand of 120 between Taylor and teenager Hayley Matthews.PLAYER OF THE MATCH”I think we definitely need some infrastructure, whereas Australia and England they do have it. We need young girls coming up,” said Taylor, who scored 59 off 57 balls in the final, while Matthews earned the award for Player-of-the-Match by smashing 66 off 45 balls.”When you, look at our team, most of us are fairly young, and when these core players are gone, it’s going to deteriorate, and we need to start building young players coming up.”Taylor has also been effective as a bowler taking a total of eight wickets in the tournament, three of which came in the semi-final against New Zealand.Taylor says her dream is to play Test cricket which she feels will also help her colleagues improve.”That’s one of my dreams, to play Test cricket. The type of player I am I think it will definitely suit and build my game as time goes on, but I would definitely love to play Test cricket,” said Taylor.”I think it will definitely help some of the girls. Longer format of the game where they could build their game and I think it will definitely help us in playing in one day games.”
STOKE, England (AP):Harry Kane and Dele Alli both scored twice yesterday as Tottenham crushed Stoke 4-0 with a devastating attacking display to close the gap on Premier League leaders Leicester City to five points.Tottenham’s fearless performance was an emphatic response to Leicester dropping points in Sunday’s draw with West Ham with four games remaining.Either team winning the league would shake up the established order. Leicester have never won the top flight in their 132-year history and Tottenham’s only titles came in 1951 and 1961.”We’re not going anywhere we are on their tails,” Kane said of Leicester after taking his league-leading tally to 24 goals.The England striker curled in the opener in the ninth minute at Stoke, but Tottenham only burst into life in the second half.The 20-year-old Alli dinked the ball over 39-year-old goalkeeper Shay Given to double Tottenham’s lead in the 67th, but then missed an open goal.Kane did succeed in putting the ball into an unguarded net in the 71st and Alli arrowed a powerful volley into the net to complete the heaviest loss of the season for ninth-place Stoke.
Middleweight Contender 2015 champion Kemahl Russell will fight Mexican Hector Nava in Mexico City tonight. This will bring to an end a period of overseas training for Russell. The training was designed to prepare him for some serious fight challenges next year.Russell has been based in New York since late September, and told The Gleaner yesterday that he has had the benefit of working with some good trainers and sparring partners, and this has allowed him to sharpen his skills.”I have learnt a lot, and I am a much better fighter now than when I left Jamaica. I am feeling great and will be putting everything into this fight so that I can return to Jamaica next week with another victory on my record ” he continued.His manager, Leiza Keane, told The Gleaner that she is very pleased with the progress that Russell has made over these past several months, and she expects a good performance from him tonight.- L.B.
LEICESTER, England (AP):Leicester relinquished first place in the English Premier League heading into 2016 after drawing 0-0 with Manchester City in an entertaining stalemate yesterday.Arsenal lead Leicester – the surprise team of the season – on goal difference, with third-place City three points behind after half of the league campaign.Raheem Sterling, the Jamaica-born winger, was a danger in the first half for City at King Power Stadium, forcing Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel into three saves, while striker Jamie Vardy wasted the home side’s best chance by blazing over when clear on goal.City finally managed to keep a clean sheet without injured captain Vincent Kompany (calf) who was ruled out for up to four weeks by manager Manuel Pellegrini after the game but hasn’t won away in their last six attempts.”I don’t think in December that you’re going to win the title,” Pellegrini said. “At the end of January and the first week of February, maybe we can see more who are finally the teams which will be involved in the fight.”After a loss at Liverpool on Saturday, Leicester’s title credentials were questioned by some, especially as they were battling relegation all of last season. But Claudio Ranieri’s side silenced their doubters with another superb performance, holding their own against many pundits’ favourites for the championship.”This league is very crazy . nobody wants to win the league. It’s very strange,” Ranieri said. “We’re the basement and the other teams are a villa with a swimming pool. It’s not easy for us but we want to fight with everybody.”It’s a miracle what we’re doing.”
Price insists that Nicholson will only leave Boys’ Town for an overseas club. “We won’t lose him to any local club. Only overseas. I am the player’s coach and we have charted a way forward for him,” Price told The Gleaner yesterday. Price also disclosed that Nicholson’s agent, Kevon Cowan, is in agreement with the plan to get the player overseas. Nicholson made his debut for Boys’ Town’s senior team three years ago and has improved every season. Last year, he was voted the top junior player. He also represented Jamaica at the Under-17 and Under-20 levels. “I am not surprised by the player’s development. He has been progressing well. He has good height and good feet,” the veteran coach added. Technical director of Boys’ Town FC Andrew Price is highly confident that prolific goalscorer Shamar Nicholson will not leave the club for any local outfit. The 20-year-old Nicholson is creating waves in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL), scoring a competition-leading nine goals in 17 games so far. This despite the Collie Smith Drive-based team’s lowly position at the foot of the 12-team table. With the transfer window now open, there is growing fear among Boys’ Town supporters that the hitman will be tempted to move to stronger local team, but the administrator was bullish in his dismissal of that possibility. OVERSEAS STRUGGLING TO WIN Although Nicholson has been scoring consistently, Boys’ Town are struggling to win games in the nation’s top-flight competition. However, Price said that the team would improve this year. “We have some notable schoolboys coming in the team such as Chavanney Willis, who is returning, and Orlando Brown. Both players represented Manning Cup champions Jamaica College. We are awaiting international clearance for Jamiel Hardware, who is training with the club following a stint at St Louis FC in the USL,” Price informed. “We are confident that the club will climb out of relegation. We had a talk with the players and they are committed to the club. The club has been in this situation in the past, and we know what it takes to turn the tide around as there are 16 more games remaining in the preliminary stage,” the Boys’ Town boss concluded. Boys’ Town are currently on 12 points, three below Waterhouse in the relegation zone.
LONDON (AP):Manchester City swept aside West Ham 5-0 to reach the fourth round of the FA Cup yesterday, bringing an upbeat end to a testing week for coach Pep Guardiola.Midfielder Yaya Toure’s penalty, Norwegian defender Havard Nordtveit’s own goal and a strike from midfielder David Silva made it 3-0 by halftime. Top scorer Sergio Aguero and defender John Stones added goals after the break to give Guardiola the easiest of introductions to world football’s oldest knockout competition.As well as a handsome win, it was welcome relief for Guardiola the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach, who is still adapting to his first season in England.He has been facing criticism following some erratic recent performances in the Premier League. City scraped past a gritty Burnley side 2-1 at home on Monday, following on from a 1-0 defeat away to title rival Liverpool – City’s fourth league defeat of the campaign.This rout vindicated Guardiola’s decision to field a strong line-up, and he clearly showed he is taking the competition seriously by recalling two of his best players in Silva and Aguero.West Ham, by contrast, left star player Dimitri Payet on the bench and immediately found themselves under pressure against a City side, which is fourth in the Premier League, seven points behind leader Chelsea after 20 games.Silva’s early cut-back found Pablo Zabaleta, whose goalbound shot was blocked by Winston Reid, before Gael Clichy set up Silva only for his effort to be kept out by goalkeeper Adrian at the near post.MINIMAL CONTACTThe pressure was always going to tell, though, and in the 32nd minute Zabaleta tumbled to the floor under Angelo Ogbonna’s challenge.There was only minimal contact, but referee Michael Oliver quickly pointed to the spot and Toure converted the penalty.West Ham then collapsed at the Olympic Stadium.City doubled their lead in the 41st minute, as Raheem Sterling arrived at the far post and forced an own goal from Nordtveit trying to clear Bacary Sagna’s cross.It was all too easy for City as two minutes later Sterling took his turn to race down West Ham’s weak left flank. The winger laid the ball across goal to Silva, who from six metres out had time to take a touch and steady himself before slotting in.Five minutes into the second half, Toure rifled a shot through a crowded area and Aguero diverted the ball into the net.
Last August, the decision was taken to include surfing as an Olympic sport, adding it to the 2022 Games in Tokyo, Japan.According to Jamaica Surfing Association President Billy Wilmot, his association will push the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to certify one of their two international surf competitions as an Olympic qualifying event.Jamaica host two major surf competitions annually, the MAKKA PRO championship in St Thomas and the Palisadoes leg of the JSE Jamaica National Open series, and Wilmot is hoping to persuade the IOC to accept one of these competitions as an Olympic qualifier.”Surfing has been included in the Olympics for the first time … and since we have been hosting an international event for the past 10 years, we are hoping we can get our annual event to be considered as an Olympic qualifying event, even if it is for the first round of elimination,” he told The Gleaner.The format for elimination and qualification is still being considered by the IOC.MAJOR AMBITIONQualifying for the Games is also a major ambition of the long-serving president, who has almost single-handedly taken surfing from nothing to being a recognised sport locally.”We are looking at the necessary qualifications for a Jamaican team to see how far we can go,” added Wilmot.Being a part of the Olympic Movement now means the Jamaica Surfing Association has the chance to access even more funding, and Wilmot says they are taking advantage of these new opportunities.”The Olympics put us in a different position. Before we didn’t have access to IOC and, by extension, the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA), so we couldn’t access funding, although surfing is a sport the IOC recognised as an international sport; but it was not an Olympic sport.”As a result of this new development, there is an opportunity to access international and local Olympic funding. We are in the process of putting together a four-year development plan to approach the Olympic Solidarity Fund to get assistance for three or four top-tier surfers, to see how we can help develop their surfing potential,” he said.
Timely Tim: Tebow hits first pro walk-off HR for St. Lucie End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend GJ Ylagan paced Perpetual with 12 points and three rebounds, while Prince Eze registered a double-double with his 12 markers and 16 boards.The Altas fell down the cellar at 0-2 after their season-opening victory over St. Benilde on Tuesday was forfeited due to the squad wearing the wrong uniforms.The Scores:JRU 68 – Teodoro 26, Poutuouchi 13, Lasquety 11, Grospe 8, Mendoza 4, Castor 4, Abdulrazak 2, Dela Virgen 0, David 0.PERPETUAL 54 – Ylagan 12, Eze 12, Dagangon 9, Sadiwa 6, Pido 5, Coronel 3, Yuhico 3, Tamayo 3, Mangalino 1, Singontiko 0, Casas 0, Lucente 0, Clemente 0.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:58SEA Games 2019: Melcah Caballero wins another rowing gold for Philippines01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTey Teodoro caught fire in the fourth quarter as Jose Rizal University scored its first win with a 68-54 conquest of Perpetual Friday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The senior sniper piloted the Heavy Bombers’ huge run late as he uncorked eight of his 26 points in the payoff period before fouling out with 1:38 to play and JRU already up 66-52. He also had seven rebounds and three assists.ADVERTISEMENT Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Quarters: 15-18, 39-30, 50-40, 68-54. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ MOST READ “Maybe it’s a good sign, that we got our team back. I challenged them to think about what we were in the preseason, where we’re passing the ball, looking for mismatches especially on defense. And that’s really the way to play,” said coach Vergel Meneses. “This is the real JRU team that I wanted to see, which is really fighting every game.”Abdel Poutouochi chimed in 13 markers and seven boards, while Gio Lasquety fired 11 markers and four rebounds in the win.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’Despite the victory, Meneses said that there’s still a lot to be desired with the way JRU is playing this early in the season as he put the spotlight on his big men.“If Abdel and Abdul (Abdulrazak) really want to play, they have to be consistent. If you have a foreign player, you should be dominant. If they cannot play like this every game, we may not go far,” he said, dismayed that the Altas won the battle of the boards, 36-34. View comments
Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Game officials caught Standhardinger, who was promptly slapped with a deliberate foul resulting in his banishment with 4:55 left and the Philippines comfortably ahead, 73-58.Reyes did not consent both acts and benched Cruz after his caper before shouting at Standhardinger and sending him back to the locker room.“That’s not the way we play Gilas basketball,” Reyes said. “It’s a shame, because Carl was having a great game. But I will not tolerate such acts.”While Cruz said he was going to say sorry to Reyes, he also said that he deliberately timed that hit after the Iraqi had given him a wayward elbow during a rebound play several minutes before.“I will not take that kind of play sitting down,” Cruz explained. “Though I know it was a bad thing to do, I will never allow such plays to be done on me and my teammates. Yes, I waited for the right time to strike back.”ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation View comments MOST READ TAIPEI – Carl Bryan Cruz was having his best game in the Jones Cup on Thursday night.He finished the game watching his teammates polish off an 84-75 victory over Iraq. And he knows exactly why he ended up there.ADVERTISEMENT Batangas nears playoffs, ousts Racal from playoff race Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Cruz admitted to starting a series of technical fouls called on the Filipinos in the fourth quarter and said he was sorry for that one play that decked an Iraqi player and ignited a dirty finish to the game at Taipei Peace Basketball Hall here.“I know that it’s my fault and I am sorry,” Cruz said in a very apologetic tone in Filipino. “I know that it all started with me.”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’Cruz planted a forearm to the back of the head of Iraqi Navid Khajehzadeh after biting into the 7-foot center’s fake under the basket. The hit left Khajehzadeh on the floor for a while as referees tried to separate members of both teams.After several plays, Christian Standhardinger was the one who gave out a cheap shot on Dhulfiqar Al-hchaimi while both teams were going back to their respective benches for a TV timeout. ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube While the rest of the team was whooping it up inside the dugout waiting for Reyes to return after giving out an interview to the international media, Cruz and Standhardinger occupied different corners of the room sulking.The message was clear and Cruz, at least, has learned his lesson.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next