GEELONG, Australia (CMC): West Indies head coach, Phil Simmons, has promised a fightback from his team when they face off against Australia in the second Test match bowling off Boxing Day in Melbourne. The Windies lost the series-opener by a huge margin but have regrouped and will be looking to make amends in the second match, as they try to make up for their huge disappointing showing in Hobart last week. Simmons told reporters the Windies had reflected, analysed where they had gone wrong and were now anxious to show their quality. “The guys sat down and they know exactly what they have to do and they know that they’re capable of doing it. It’s not like it’s out of their league,” Simmons said. “I’m looking forward to this next one. You saw the way how Darren Bravo played in the first innings, with a well-compiled century and the way how Kraigg Brathwaite played in the second innings, he was solid and played strokes all around the wicket. That’s what we need more of – that kind of determination.” He was speaking at the Simonds Stadium in Geelong as West Indies held a training session yesterday afternoon, ahead of their two-day tour match against the Cricket Victoria XI starting Saturday. From here, they will take the one-hour drive to Melbourne to start preparation for the Boxing Day contest. Simmons said that both the batting and bowling departments needed to prove their worth. “The bowlers have been good in the last four or five Test matches – they weren’t good in the last one – and the batting has let us down quite a bit,” Simmons noted. “The batting is at the point that we need to prove that we are as good as we’re made out to be. They’re good players, we know they can play at this level and it’s up to them to come out now and show everybody that they’re back in good nick.”
PERTH, Australia (AP):Serena Williams withdrew from the Hopman Cup yesterday because of inflammation in her left knee, a setback in her preparations for the Australian Open.Williams has been replaced by Vicky Duval in the US team for the last Group A match against the Czech Republic today. Williams withdrew ahead of her season-opening match against Ukraine on Monday, with Duval filling in for her and retired in the second set against Australia’s Jarmila Wolfe on Tuesday.Hopman Cup organisers confirmed Williams’ withdrawal yesterday. The US team is 0-2 and cannot reach the final of the international mixed team competition at Perth Arena.Williams, who won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon and got within two victories of a season Grand Slam in 2015 before losing in the US Open semi-finals, had initially been confident of returning to action in Perth.”It’s not even a bump – just a really minor thing in the road and I’ll fly over it,” Williams said after retiring against Wolfe. “I just have some inflammation that’s been going away very slowly – it’s going away but it needs a little more time.”Mainly I was afraid to move and I need to get in the space where I’m not afraid to move. Maybe a day off or two will really make the world of difference.”Williams is expected to travel to Melbourne to continue preparations for the Australian Open, which begins on January 18.- AP
Excelsior High School’s Shanice Love has been dominant at the regional level.Now, she is celebrating her first title at the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Associ-ation (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, after a record-breaking performance in the Class One girls discus event.The dominant Love landed the disc an amazing 52.73 metres to erase Tara-Sue Barnett’s 2013 mark of 51.16m.Davia Brown (Hydel High), 42.76m, was second, with St Jago’s Tracey-Ann Simms, 41.52m, taking third.”This is my last Champs and I really wanted to make my mark, and I did,” beamed Love.So with two events scored, Excelsior are out in front of the girls’ race with 15 points, one more than Hydel High (14), followed by St Jago (10), Wolmer’s (nine), Holmwood (seven), Vere Technical (seven), and Buff Bay High (six).Three finals are on for today’s third day of competition among the girls.Defending champion Natalliah Whyte has been a spectator for much of the season as she struggled with a prolonged injury. She was good enough for second place in her Class One 200m heat yesterday, clocking 24.18 to finish behind Holmwood’s Shanta Deer, 24.11.Holmwood’s Ashley Williams, 23.80, was quickest to the line in the heats, with Edwin Allen’s Patrice Moody joining her as the only two athletes to dip below 24 seconds, with a 23.82 win in her heat.St Jago’s Shaniel English was most impressive in the Class Two girls 200m heats, stopping the clock at 24.07 to win her heat with little trouble. Manchester’s Dazsay Freeman clocked 24.18 to win her heat, with Edwin Allen’s Kashieka Cameron also posting the same time in her heat.CLASSOFTHE FIELDHydel’s Gabrielle Matthews, 24.95, was the class of the field in the girls Class Four 200m heats, registering the fastest time as she advanced to today’s semi-final. Edwin Allen’s Bethany Bridge had the second-fastest time – 25.09; with her teammate, Salieci Myles, 25.34; Shantae Williams (St Jago), 25.42; RenÈe-Ashley Jackson, 25.71, also of St Jago; and Hydel’s Omelia Stanley, 25.97, also looked good in qualifying, with the winner expected to come from that bunch.Joanna Reid, the 200m-400m double champion from Class Four last year, was comfortable in winning her Class Four 200m heat, stopping the clock at 24.79. But she will be hard-pressed to win this event with the likes of Kevona Davis (Edwin Allen), who also booked her spot in the next round with a 24.61 win in her heat. Britany Anderson (Vere), 24.40, and Hydel’s Ashanti Moore, 24.72, also made progress.Excelsior’s Ackera Nugent, 24.97, is another one to watch in this event.Edwin Allen’s Cemore Donald has already gone 2:10.09 in the 800m and the defending champion was authoritative in winning her heat and topping all qualifiers into today’s Class Three girls 800m semi-final with a fine 2:16.91 clocking.Her schoolmate, Kayan Green, was also the best in her heat, winning in 2:19.17 with Holmwood’s Delverna Bromfield, 2:20.48 completing the top three qualifiers. Medal favourite Britney Brown (Manchester), 2:24.14 also booked safe passage with a comfortable win in her heat.In Class 2, Chrissani May (Holmwood), who had to play bridesmaid in both the 800m and 1500m at last year’s championships – with two silver medals to her name – was keen to show her intentions at the first chance, posting the fastest time 2:15.31, in yesterday’s 800m qualifiers. Hydel’s Shanique Masters (2:15.60) finish second in the heat and was also the second fastest qualifier, with Vere’s Britnie Dixon, May’s main rival for the gold, also winning her heat comfortably in 2:17.51.Other impressive qualifiers included another Holmwood girl, Brittney Campbell, 2:17.90, Spalding’s Kimone Campbell, 2:18.15, Kelly-Ann Downer (St Andrew), 2:16.76 and Albert Town’s Tasinia Mothersill, 2:17.59.Janell Fullerton, a bronze medal winner for Edwin Allen last year, is safely through to the final of the girls Class One shot put event. Fullerton, who now defends the colours of St Jago, posted 12.12m to lead all qualifiers in her preliminary flight. But it was Immaculate Conception High’s Kadian Clarke who was most impressive, with a 12.31m mark in her flight.Medal contender Latifah Smith (XLCR), barely made it through to the final with a 10.55m effort, while Holmwood’s Georgetta Samuels, 11.89m; STETHS’ Sahjay Stevens, 11.82m and Rashida Elliott, also from Holmwood, 11.50m, where the other impressive qualifiers.Jordan Temple’s (Immaculate), 4.95m, is the best distance among qualifiers to the Class Four girls long jump event, while St Andrew’s Davia Nichol registered 4.92m on her first attempt, with Zourie Smith, also from St Andrew High and another Immaculate student, Shantay Kellyman, both going into the finals with 4.85m efforts.
The 2015-16 Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) resumes today with four mid-week games.Leaders Portmore United will look to keep ahead of their rivals by getting past Cavalier in the their 5 p.m. clash at the Stadium east field.The St Catherine-based club lead the way with 31 points. They should get the better of a struggling Cavalier team, which finds itself in the relegation zone on 14 points.Cavalier, who lost 1-0 to Rivoli on Sunday, could surprise the leaders as they have reserved their best displays for the top teams this season.
ST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC):Veteran left-hander Shiv Chanderpaul has called time on his illustrious international career, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) announced late yesterday.In a release, the WICB said the 41-year-old Guyanese had given notification via email that he was no longer available for selection.Chanderpaul played a record 164 Tests, amassing 11,867 runs at an average of 51. He is second on the all-time West Indies list of run-scorers to Brian Lara who scored 11 953 runs.He also played 268 one-day internationals and 22 Twenty20 internationals.Chanderpaul was axed last May by West Indies selectors following a run of low scores but said at the time he was focused on regaining his place in the side.He represented Guyana Jaguars in the ongoing Regional Super50 in Trinidad and Tobago.
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CARDIFF, Wales (AP):A former English Premier League player was found not guilty of rape yesterday following a retrial, ending a five-year case.Ched Evans, a Wales international who has played for Manchester City and Sheffield United, wept and hugged his fiancee after the verdict was given at Cardiff Crown Court.The 27-year-old Evans admitted to having sex with a teenager in a hotel in north Wales in May 2011 but always insisted it was consensual. He was convicted of rape in April 2012 and released from prison after serving half of his five-year sentence.The rape conviction was overturned in April following an appeal.A jury of seven women and five men found Evans not guilty following three hours of deliberations after the eight-day trial.Evans and his partner stood outside court with supporters as his solicitor read a statement on behalf of Evans.”That incident did not involve the commission of a criminal offence,” the statement said, “and today, I am overwhelmed with relief that the jury agreed.”Thanks go, too, to my friends and family,” it added, “most notably my fiancee, Natasha, who chose, perhaps incredibly, to support me in my darkest hour. Whilst my innocence has now been established, I wish to make it clear that I wholeheartedly apologise to anyone who might have been affected by the events of the night in question.”Evans plays for third-tier club Chesterfield, who signed him in June despite a public outcry when he attempted to return to professional football with other clubs while his appeal was being heard.
DHAKA, Bangladesh, (CMC): All-rounder Darren Sammy’s cameo failed to save Rajshahi Kings as they slumped to heart-breaking three-run defeat to Khulna Titans in the Bangladesh Premier League here yesterday. Chasing 134 for victory at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Kings came up short on 130 all out off their 20 overs, to lose their opening game of the tournament. The right-handed Sammy, who is leading the Kings this season, slammed an unbeaten 31 off 23 deliveries but it was not enough to get his side over the line. His three sixes came down the stretch and kept Kings in the hunt but he perished at the start of the 18th over, bowled by seamer Shafiul Islam. They needed seven runs off the last over but lost three wickets to see their challenge fizzle. Sammy was one of just three players in double figures with opener Mominul Haque stroking a top score of 64 off 57 deliveries. Opting to bat first earlier, Titans reached 133 for eight off their 20 overs, with West Indies Twenty20 batsman Nicholas Pooran getting only 14. Captain Mahmudullah and Riki Wessels both top-scored with 32. In the other game at the venue, former Barbados and West Indies batsman Dwayne Smith failed with 10 as his Chittagong Vikings went down to Rangpur Riders by nine wickets.
Jamaican winger Leon Bailey came on as a second half substitute on his debut for Bayer Leverkusen during their 1-0 defeat to Hamburg in the German Bundesliga today. The 19-year-old Bailey entered the field in the 82nd minute when he replaced follow winger Admir Mehmedi. Bailey signed a five-year deal with Bayer Leverkusen from Belgian side Genk for 11.5 million pounds last week. The 19-year-old impressed during his time at the Belgian Club scoring 15 goals and providing 21 assists in 77 league games. He also slammed in seven goals and three assists in 12 European outings for Genk. Hamburg’s goal was scored by Kyriakos Papadopoulos in the 76th minute.
Chris Paul smiles during news conference to introduce him as the newest member of the Houston Rockets Friday, July 14, 2017, in Houston. The nine-time All-Star was traded from the Los Angeles Clippers late last month. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON — Chris Paul didn’t talk about his legacy, and never uttered the word “championship” on Friday when he was officially introduced as the newest member of the Houston Rockets.Still, Paul’s motivation for opting into the last year of his contract so the Los Angeles Clippers could orchestrate his trade to Houston was clear. He and the Rockets believe that adding him to a team headlined by James Harden gives both parties a much better shot to chase a title.ADVERTISEMENT Undrafted Dylan Ennis drops 35 for Warriors in Vegas IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES Paul had not one, but two comical responses to those worried about how they’ll share the ball. The first one came unprompted when he was asked what he and Harden have talked about since he joined the team.“There was a basketball in the room and we was fighting over it,” he said before cracking up.Later, he was specifically asked how he thinks the pairing will work out.“It’s definitely going to be an adjustment,” he said. “But I’m excited about it. I’m truly excited about it.”Then, after a short pause, he turned to D’Antoni and said: “That’s coach’s problem.”In a room that contained not only his wife and two children, but also numerous members of his extended family and several friends, he talked about how he has already been embraced by the team and said that he’s been with Trevor Ariza and Bobby Brown every day.And then he finally put aside the jokes and got down to the meat of his conversations with Harden.“We talked about the ultimate goal and that’s winning. Neither one of us have had the opportunity to do that,” Paul said. “We talked about how good that would feel, and that’s probably what I’m most excited about is to be on this journey with somebody else that wants it as bad as I do.” End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ “It’s not just about me coming here to help him,” Paul said. “He’s going to help me. We’re going to help each other, and we’re going to help this team hopefully get to where we want to be at.”READ: NBA: Paul believes blockbuster trade will benefit both Rockets, ClippersFEATURED 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’The Rockets haven’t won a championship since winning back-to-back titles in 1994-95, and knew they had to add another superstar to this team which was ousted by the Spurs in the second round last season to have any chance to get another one.“This is a moment that our whole organization has been working toward to get ourselves back to a championship,” general manager Daryl Morey said. “We really do think this is a historic pairing with Chris Paul and James Harden and the great players we have around them … that really gives us an unbelievable chance at getting back and getting our third championship.” Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission “I’m ultra-competitive,” he said. “There’s no reason in playing unless you’re playing to win … we have one goal here and it’s to win.”READ: NBA: Clippers stars Griffin, Paul opt for free agencyHouston coach Mike D’Antoni looked absolutely giddy, smiling broadly almost the entire time he sat next to Paul as the nine-time All-Star discussed joining the team.“You hate to play against him,” D’Antoni said. “But I’ve been on his side and I’ve been against him and it’s much better to be on his side. He brings a special type of competitiveness. He’ll be on my butt, too. We’ll all get better with him.”Paul, who said he once thought he’d never leave Los Angeles, feels rejuvenated since the trade and expressed his excitement at not only playing for the Rockets, but also all the work that he’ll have to put in before a game is ever played.READ: Ex-NBA exec denies having hand in botched 2011 Chris Paul trade“I haven’t been this excited about basketball in a while to tell you the truth,” Paul said.He’s been one of the top point guards in the NBA over the last decade, averaging 18.7 points, 9.9 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 2.3 steals over his career. His role could evolve a bit in Houston after Harden took over as the team’s point guard with great success in D’Antoni’s first year with the Rockets last season.How these two point guards will work together next season has been a major point of discussion since Paul was acquired for seven players, including Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams.READ: NBA: Thumb surgery to sideline Chris Paul six to eight weeks OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 Not only has Paul never won a title in his 12-year career, he’s been widely criticized for his inability to advance past the second round of the playoffs. In the past when that fact was brought up, it would invariably elicit a prickly response from Paul.READ: NBA: Paul goes from Clippers to Rockets in blockbuster dealThat wasn’t the case on Friday when Paul smiled and joked throughout a news conference that preceded a party where thousands of fans including “Modern Family” star Rico Rodriguez welcomed him to the team.“Really? I didn’t know,” he deadpanned when his playoff shortcomings were broached by a reporter.Then he got serious.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade View comments