Many-time winning Jamaica captaiN Tamar Lambert, has been omitted from the Jamaica Scorpions squad for their sixth-round WICB First-Class Tournament clash away to the Leeward Islands Hurricanes next weekend.Lambert, who was overlooked for Jamaica’s first two matches of the season, but was recalled following a series of poor batting performances, participated in the team’s third, fourth and fifth encounters.However, following equally low batting returns on his part, as well as subpar batting during the WICB Super50 one-day tournament in Trinidad and Tobago last month, the national selection panel has decided to look past the 34-year-old once more.The 13-member squad, which departs next week, includes seven specialist batsmen.This follows the return of young West Indies strokemaker, Jermaine Blackwood, and the recall of Kirk Edwards and Shacaya Thomas.Edwards, following average returns in the team’s first four outings, missed their fifth match due to injury, while Thomas, the tournament’s second highest runscorer two seasons ago and one of the outstanding batsmen at the preseason national trials, is yet to make an appearance this season.The Jamaica Scorpions, respective fourth- and fifth-place finishers for the past two seasons, are currently third in the six-team standings with five rounds of matches to go.With a record of three wins and two defeats, they have 53 points, 10 less that Barbados Pride, with runaway leaders and title-holders Guyana Jaguars on top with 85.Jamaica Scorpions squad: Paul Palmer Jr (captain), John Campbell, Kirk Edwards, Jermaine Blackwood, AndrÈ McCarthy, Devon Thomas, Carlton Baugh Jr, David Bernard Jr, Nikita Miller, Damion Jacobs, Sheldon Cottrell, Marquino Mindley, Shacaya Thomas.
BANGALORE, India (AP):India were comfortably placed at 80-0 at stumps yesterday after spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin helped skittle out South Africa for 214 on the opening day of the second cricket Test.At the close, Shikhar Dhawan was batting on 45 and Murali Vijay on 28 as India looked on track to gain the first-innings lead on a pitch aiding turn. India, which won the opening Test of the four-game series by 108 runs at Mohali, trailed by 134 runs.Left-hander Dhawan put behind him his pair of ducks in the opening Test as he struck seven fours. Vijay, who was dropped on 21 by Imran Tahir at square leg off Morne Morkel, had hit five fours.Earlier, the South African batsmen struggled against slow bowling as left-arm spinner Jadeja grabbed 4-50 and offspinner Ashwin 4-70.AB de Villiers led the resistance with 85, but failed to build partnerships.”There was not much for us in the pitch, but we bowled well,” Ashwin said. “AB de Villiers is a world-class batsman and played his strokes, but I thought he was a bit edgy today. We were in control, with wickets falling regularly at the other end.”Ashwin got the initial wickets to justify captain Virat Kohli’s decision to bowl, while Jadeja took charge later. Ashwin and Jadeja had finished with eight wickets each at Mohali and seemed to intimidate most of the batsmen from early on.The pace bowlers could not get early wickets, but Ashwin removed opener Stiaan van Zyl and Faf du Plessis in quick succession in the eighth over as South Africa tottered at 15-2. Ashwin also dismissed Jean-Paul Duminy and Morkel, both of whom returned for the match after missing the first Test due to injuries.Jadeja’s first wicket was that of Dean Elgar immediately after lunch as the left-hander went for a sweep, only to glove it on to the stumps after making a fighting 38. Jadeja also took a sharp return catch to dismiss Dane Vilas and then the key wicket of de Villiers, who was caught by a fine diving effort by wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha. Kagiso Rabada also fell to Jadeja, caught in the close cordon.”The pitch was fine, but we did not play well,” South Africa coach Russell Domingo said. “There were too many soft dismissals. At the moment, we are too far behind in the game, but 6-7 wickets can fall in a session here, and the game can change fast.”
FACTFormer Olympian Herb McKenley was one of the most prominent sportsmen to run for a seat in the House of Parliament. In 1972, he contested the St Andrew Northern constituency for the Jamaica Labour Party against the People’s National Party’s Allan St Aubyn Isaacs and Cecil A. Nelson of the Christian Democratic Party. Isaacs won with 10,610 votes, while McKenley got 2,822 votes. Nelson secured 49 ballots.
Scotiabank, who pride themselves as sponsors of the regional game, starting from the youth level, pumped a 25 per cent increase into this year’s Scotiabank/Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) Prep Schools Cricket competition yesterday.The increase will bring the sponsorship package to $5 million, along with MVP cash prizes of $50,000 for players in the counties of Cornwall, Middlesex and Surrey.”This increase in sponsorship is a testimony to our continued belief in the importance of investing in youth through developmental sports,” said Yanique Forbes-Patrick, vice-president, Scotiabank Marketing.”Always play your best game. Strive to be the best on your team. Be champions in your own right and make a difference in everything you do,” she implored the youngsters during yesterday’s launch at Lucas Cricket Club, after which defending champions Quest Prep and Richmond Prep played the competition’s opening game.BETTER CITIZENSCourtney Francis, CEO, Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA), lauded Scotiabank for ensuring that “cricket is part of the medium to make you all (players) better citizens, more responsible, understand and learn at this stage how to be part of a team and how to be able to contribute to society”.Quest were crowned national champions for the first time last year, after defeating Hydel Prep by 10 runs in the final at Lucas.Hydel, the most successful school with two national titles (2012, 2013) and four in Surrey, followed by St Peter and Paul, Monymusk, Mona, Lannaman, Belair Prep and Quest one each.In Cornwall, there are only two winners; Denis Tobin in 2005 and 2006, while St James have been unbeatable since 2007.Quest’s coach, Leonard Malcolm, told The Gleaner his team is missing about eight players from last year, “but we are a competitive school and we are going to compete to try and retain our crown”.The competition will run to June 12 and feature a total of 48 teams, with approximately 121 matches across three counties.The competition began in 2003 and has grown from 24 schools to 48; 24 from Kingston and St Andrew and St Catherine, 12 from Middlesex and 12 from Cornwall.Prep school standouts to come from the competition include Brandon King, who has represented Jamaica at all levels, Brad Barnes (2013), Raewin Senior (2014) and Kirk McKenzie last year.West Indies’ World T20 men and women’s champions, Marlon Samuels and Stafanie Taylor, respectively, also participated and signed bats and balls for the youngsters.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Michael Phelps won more medals than anyone else, again. And then he said farewell, also again. Usain Bolt kissed the finish line good-bye after enhancing his Olympic legacy. Simone Biles and Katie Ledecky delivered under the burden of enormous expectations. Two strangers went from rivals to forever linked by a display of kindness, an entire nation seemed to celebrate a tennis match, and a gold medallist scampered home to avoid legal issues after a robbery story unravelled. The Rio de Janeiro Olympics was not perfect. But there were moments — some great, some dreadful and some downright ugly — that will not, and should not, be forgotten. Here’s a look: MEDAL LEADERS The U.S. dominated the medal count, a rare romp in a non-boycotted games (there’s still more medals to win Sunday, but the margin of overall victory could be the most in a fully attended games in 68 years). Phelps won six medals, five of them gold, to increase his career haul to 23 Olympic titles and 28 medals overall. Ledecky and Biles each won five medals, Biles gets to carry the U.S. flag into the closing ceremony, and U.S. shooter Kim Rhode has now won a medal in six consecutive Olympiads — and might not be done, either. BIGGEST EMBARASSMENT Another easy pick, even in a games where an Egyptian was sent home after failing to shake an Israeli judo opponent’s hand. Ryan Lochte is a 12-time Olympic medalist, and the odds that he’ll have a chance to ever swim for a 13th are as murky as some of the pools were in these Rio Games. Lochte’s story that a robber put a gun to his head quickly unravelled, his three teammates who were companions that night all were left to answer legal questions after he scurried home, and more repercussions from the U.S. Olympic Committee are likely coming. “It’s traumatic to be out late with your friends in a foreign country — with a language barrier,” read part of the apology that Lochte released on social media Friday. Maybe so, but it bears noting that language barrier or no language barrier, the incident occurred after Lochte left a night out at … Club France. So it would seem like not all foreign atmospheres struck him as traumatic before now. BEST COACH Due respect to Mike Krzyzewski, Geno Auriemma, Martha Karolyi and the Japanese wrestling coach who found himself getting bodyslammed twice in celebration by women’s gold medalist Risako Kawai, this one goes to Ans Botha — the 74-year-old great-grandmother who guided South Africa’s Wayde Van Niekerk to Olympic gold and a world record in the men’s 400. Her style is simple. When the smile goes away and the voice gets stern, it’s time to get serious. In other words, sort of like most great-grandmothers. “She’s an amazing woman,” Van Niekerk said. “Her work … I think it speaks for itself.” BEST COUPLE Decathlon champion Ashton Eaton of the U.S. and his wife, heptathlon bronze medalist Brianne Thiesen-Eaton of Canada, would be a very easy selection here. But what Kate Richardson-Walsh and Helen Richardson-Walsh did was even more rare. They’re married, and played for the same gold-medal winning British women’s field hockey team. In a games that had more openly gay athletes than ever before, theirs was a moment that surely resonated with many around the world who don’t know the first thing about field hockey. “To win an Olympic medal is special. To win an Olympic medal with your wife standing next to you … we will cherish this for the rest of our lives,” Kate Richardson-Walsh said. BREAKOUT STAR We asked. You voted. Narrowing the list of potential candidates to four — Simone Manuel (four swimming medals), Joseph Schooling (beat Phelps for a gold in the pool), Monica Puig (whose tennis gold was Puerto Rico’s first Olympic title in any sport) and Ibtihaj Muhammad (the barrier-breaking fencing medalist) — AP asked its Twitter followers to have a say in deciding this one. The response was overwhelming, and one-sided: Puig is the breakout star of these games. Reduced to tears many times after draping the Puerto Rican flag across her body after the gold-medal match, Puig beat two of the world’s best five players to win the title. “To do this for my country is everything,” Puig said. The Olympic ideal, personified. BEST BACK-AND-FORTH When the U.S. women’s football team was ousted by Sweden (and former U.S. coach Pia Sundhage), American goalkeeper Hope Solo raised eyebrows with her assessment of the match. But her former coach had the perfect rebuttal. “We lost to a bunch of cowards,” Solo said. “It’s OK to be cowards if you win,” Sundhage countered. BEST FINISH Bolt kissing the finish line after his ninth and final Olympic gold — in nine final races — was a perfect ending. He ran the anchor leg of the 4×100-metre relay for Jamaica, won emphatically to become the third athlete ever with nine golds in track and field, and insists that this will be the end of his Olympic career. “Nothing left to prove,” Bolt said. He’s right. “I am the greatest,” he added. Right again. BEST ACT OF SPORTSMANSHIP An easy pick. In the women’s 5,000-metre heat, Abbey D’Agostino of the U.S. and New Zealand’s Nikki Hamblin — strangers before that day — were involved in a tumble. D’Agostino helped Hamblin up, encouraging her to finish the race. D’Agostino tore a knee ligament in the fall and obviously couldn’t finish. Hamblin wound up finishing last of 17 in the 5,000 final, so neither left with a medal. Instead, they got so much more. “That girl is the Olympic spirit right there,” Hamblin said of D’Agostino. “I’ve never met her before. Like I never met this girl before. And isn’t that just so amazing?” Yes, it is. BIGGEST OFF-FIELD STAR A tough category, especially after Leslie Jones of “Saturday Night Live” parlayed hilarious Twitter commentary into an invite to Rio. Matthew McConaughey hung out with everyone from the U.S. women’s rugby team to Phelps, and Gisele Bundchen’s catwalk in the opening ceremony was one not to forget. But the pick here is Zac Efron, who flew to Rio just to surprise the U.S. women’s gymnastics team — particularly Biles, who doesn’t hide her enormous crush on the actor. He also saw Bolt and the U.S. men’s basketball team, but let’s face it, no one is going to ignore invites to hang with Biles and the U.S. gymnasts right now. BEST SPIN No one might have been better at their job during the Olympics than Mario Andrada, the spokesman for the Rio Games organising committee. When something went wrong it was his job to explain it — and do so with the world watching and listening. He and International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams held daily hourlong briefings with reporters, and Andrada offered up some quote gems. So we’ll go ahead and award his head-scratching statements their own set of medals. The bronze: “Numbers mislead,” he said, as part of an answer about ticket sales and poor crowds. The silver: “Let’s give these kids a break,” he said of 32-year-old Ryan Lochte and his U.S. swimming teammates, after their incident. The gold: “Chemistry is not an exact science,” he said, talking about why the water at a diving pool went from blue to green. BEST BRAZILIAN MOMENT Stand up and cheer, City of God. One of your own is now an Olympic champion. Slums, or favelas, are everywhere in Rio — none more infamous than the City of God, which rose to fame through the 2002 movie of the same name that depicted life in the slum. Rafaela Silva grew up there, and she won gold in judo at these Rio Games. Now that’s a made-for-Hollywood story. And with that, it’s time to start thinking about PyeongChang and the 2018 Winter Games. When the cauldron in Rio goes out Sunday night, those games will be only 536 days away.
Any way you look at it, the recent news of 31 positive findings from retests of doping samples from the 2008 Olympic Games is irksome. It means that the ill deeds of those 31 escaped undetected. If they won medals in Beijing – the wondrous city of those Games – they have enjoyed elevated status under false pretences. The news broke at a time when a feather can break sport’s back. Sponsors are pulling away from athletics, one imagines, for fear that the troubles of that sport’s federation will contaminate their brands. To its credit, athletics is doing a comprehensive review of its procedure and is working to stamp out corruption. In the midst of all this misery is a surprising statistic. Those 31 positive findings come from a sample pool of 454 retests. In keeping with the WADA code, test samples are held for a decade and retested with more exact methods that were unavailable originally. If you flip the number, it indicates that 423 retest samples were clean. That’s over 93 per cent. It would be wonderful if a day would come when a figure like that could be taken as an index for honesty in sport. Of course, those tests only tell some of the story. The whole truth lies with retests of year-round out-of-competition doping samples, with catching those scoundrels who might still be technologically ahead of the tests and putting the cuffs on those who may have paid to have their doping results doctored. The other point of interest is whether most of those 31 positives fall heavily on one or just a few countries. That penny will drop shortly. While that matter brews, the question of whether Russians should be allowed to compete at the Olympic Games this year is contentious. In athletics, it could be reasoned that the increased scrutiny has already hurt the Russians. At the 2013 World Championships, held in Moscow, the home team topped the medal tables with 17. Seven of those medals were gold. By comparison, at last year’s World Championships, the Russians took home only four medals, two of those being gold medals won by Sergey Shubenkov in the 110 metres hurdles and Marina Kuchina in the women’s high jump. While doping wrongdoings have led to the dismantling of the once-dominant Russian walk programme and middle distance giants like 2008 Olympic 800-metre winner Mariya Savinova have been pinpointed, Shubenkov and Kucina have so far remained unmentioned in the scandal. They may claim that they should be allowed to go to the Games to compete. Their Olympic bids sit on a knife’s edge. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at trackside since 1980. ALREADY HURT
FLORENCE HALL, CMC – Shimron Hetmyer led a triumvirate of left-handed batsmen that collected half-centuries, as the WICB President’s XI made Pakistan toil in the field all day in their first-class tour match yesterday. Hetmyer led the way with a typically enterprising 97 (11×4, 2×6), fellow Guyana Jaguars batsman Vishaul Singh was unbeaten on 81 and resurgent Kieran Powell made 58, as the President’s XI reached 311 for five in their first innings at the close, after deciding to bat on a windy, but clear first day of the three-day contest at the Trelawny Multiplex. Hetmyer dominated the first half of the day and shared 148 for the second wicket with Powell to give a solid platform for the rest of the home team’s batting to flourish which Singh did to anchor two half-century stands with Jahmar Hamilton and left-handed Jaguars teammate Raymon Reifer to advance claims for higher duty. The day started bitterly for the President’s XI, when Kyle Hope, one of the contenders to open the batting with Kraigg Brathwaite in the forthcoming three-Test series against the Pakistanis, was caught at forward short leg for two from a sharply rising, second ball of the match from left-arm fast bowler Muhammad Amir.
ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC):ICC match referee Chris Broad has fined West Indies head coach Stuart Law for showing dissent during the final day of the decisive third Test against Pakistan, which ended here on Sunday.Upset over the dismissal of wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich in the second session, the Australian went to the umpire’s room and proceeded to question the third umpire over his ruling to confirm the on-field umpire’s initial decision to rule Dowrich out.According to the ICC, Law then left the room “while making an inappropriate comment”.He pleaded guilty to the charge of “showing dissent at an umpire’s decision during an international match” and was subsequently fined 25 per cent of his match fee.”In addition to the fine, one demerit point has been added to Law’s disciplinary record,” the ICC said.Dowrich was sixth out for two with the score on 93, adjudged caught at short leg off leg-spinner Yasir Shah. The batsman immediately reviewed the decision, but replays proved inconclusive, and the decision was upheld.West Indies went on to lose the contest by 101 runs in the day’s penultimate over to concede the three-match series 2-1.
Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Next up for Gilas is India at 1 p.m. on Saturday, and Reyes will continue to drive this squad with its core shooting to retain the Southeast Asian Games gold medal in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, late next month.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return View comments Lithuania hit 14-for-36 from beyond the arc, taking 10 more three-point attempts than it did twos. Despite that, after missing just six of 26 attempts from two-point zone, the Lithuanians still finished with a 54% clip from the floor in total.“That’s incredible,” Reyes said while talking to local reporters, astonished at his eagle-eyed foes.Eigirdas Zukauskas, a sleek, 6-foot-8 power forward with the gift of putting the ball on the floor, finished with 22 points on 2-for-4 shooting from three-point range, 4-for-6 from two-point zone and 8-for-8 from the stripe. Four others finished in twin digits for Lithuania.“He is the best player in the tournament, not just in the Lithuanian team,” Reyes saud of Zukauskas. “They are all a handful to any of our players. Some of them even play as imports in France and all over Europe.”Kiefer Ravena started out at the point yet again and finished with 14 points and five assists, with import Mike Myers also having 14 and seven rebounds and Matthee Wright and RR Pogoy shooting 13 each.ADVERTISEMENT ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans MOST READ “We battled and we battled them on even terms,” he said. “I am incredibly proud of our guys. We played a high-quality European team and I felt we gave them (Lithuanians) some concerns during the game. They had to come out and play really well (to beat us).”“Save for a bad stretch in the second quarter, and had we gotten little breaks here and there, it could have been a lot closer.”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’Not only did they have an enormous advantage in height and heft in every position on the Filipinos, the Lithuanians were deadly accurate from afar.Gilas closed out the first quarter with a 22-17 lead, before the Lithuanians unloaded seven triples in the second period to gain control and keep Gilas within arm’s length the rest of the way.The Filipinos dropped to 4-3, while Lithuania rose to 6-1, but could still end up losing the title to Canada 150, which beat them earlier. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/JIM CHOUTAIPEI – Getting a taste of Europe in the Jones Cup Invitational on Friday afternoon, Gilas Pilipinas played hard and gave it all it had and earned a consolation by making hulking Atletas All Stars Lithuania work hard for the win.“In my mind, this is the best team here,” Gilas coach Chot Reyes said with pride, moments after the Filipinos dragged the Lithuanians into a running, physical game before bowing, 91-80 that put them out of the running for a podium finish at Taipei Peace Basketball Hall here.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend JRU snaps two-game skid, downs Letran 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 LATEST STORIES
RR Pogoy scored 16 points in the fourth period, Jayson Castro and Ranidel de Ocampo knocked down crucial jumpers and the Texters rallied even with import Michael Craig leaving the game as TNT rose to 2-1.Alaska blew leads as large as 14 points and dropped to 0-4 this conference, its streak for futility now up to 12 games dating back to the last conference.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’The 13th game in that streak would be Blackwater on Aug. 23.“We knew all along that Alaska is becoming a very dangerous team [despite their losing streak],” TNT coach Nash Racela said. “Despite the situation they are in, I think it will just be a matter of time before they win again. I just didn’t want that to happen in this game.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trailing practically all of Friday night, TNT KaTropa did all the right things in the endgame on both ends and dealt Alaska another painful defeat, 107-106, in the PBA Governors’ Cup eliminations at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Fajardo still ready to play in Fiba Asia Cup if calf injury improves OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube 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 LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur 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 MOST READ McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Craig still went on to lead the Texters with 28 points, with Pogoy finishing with 25 after making a career-high seven triples.LeDontae Henton led the Aces with 42 points, but missed what would have been the game-winning running jumper near the buzzer.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments LATEST STORIES