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first_imgMUMBAI, India (CMC):West Indies go toe to toe with hosts and title favourites India in the second semi-final of the Twenty20 World Cup today in a game captain Darren Sammy has labelled a ‘David and Goliath’ battle.India, with the advantage of familiar conditions, the partisan home crowd and a convincing win over the Windies in the official pre-tournament warm-ups, enter the 7 p.m. (9:30 a.m. Eastern Caribbean time) contest at the Wankhede Stadium as heavy favourites.But West Indies, the 2012 champions, remain a huge threat, and Sammy said they were backing themselves to upset India.”The guys who predict the results say (the chances of winning) are 80-20 (in India’s favour), so it feels like a David and Goliath (battle), but people tend to forget David won the fight,” Sammy told reporters here yesterday.INDIAN LOVE”It’s something similar to that. We enjoy playing against India. A number of our players play here and we have a lot of respect for them. The camaraderie in the group in both teams is really good, so we’re looking forward to that, and what better place to play than here in Mumbai – one of the best wickets in India.”He added: “Once we believe among ourselves, it doesn’t matter what other people think. As a group, we believe in each other’s ability. We believe in the talent, and at the end of the day, cricket is played on the pitch.”You could talk all you want. I could talk a good game, but it’s the action on the pitch that really matters.”West Indies opened their Group One campaign with a convincing six-wicket victory over England before following up with positive results over Sri Lanka by seven wickets and South Africa by three wickets.Their only blemish came in the final game last Sunday against minnows Afghanistan, when they were stunned by six runs in Nagpur.West Indies lifted the T20 World Cup for the first time four years ago when they beat Sri Lanka in a thrilling final in Colombo. Two years later in Bangladesh, they went out in the semi-finals as Sri Lanka rebounded to win the title.HOPES FOR CLEAN SWEEPEarlier this year, West Indies Under-19s also won the ICC Youth World Cup in Bangladesh, and with West Indies Women also contesting their T20 World Cup semi-final against New Zealand Women today, Sammy said he was hoping for a clean sweep of titles for the Caribbean.”The Under-19 team started it in Bangladesh and both the men and the women’s teams took that as inspiration. Come tomorrow, we have two West Indian teams vying for a spot in the final,” he noted.”I really wish both the teams could go to the finals and win it, so 2016 could be the year where West Indies take home everything.”The guys in the dressing room are aware what is at stake. We came into the tournament and nobody gave us a chance. I said six steps to the World Cup. We have taken four … we have two more steps and tomorrow’s (today) step is against India. We are looking forward to it.”last_img read more

first_img BURNLEY 0, ARSENAL 1 The two minutes of injury time had almost elapsed at Turf Moor when Alexis Sanchez received a short corner and sent over a cross that Theo Walcott flicked on. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain appeared to get a touch to the ball, which reared up off the hand of Laurent Koscielny unintentionally and squeezed over the line. The match marked 20 years since Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger officially took charge of Arsenal and a fifth straight league win lifted his team to third place two points behind City. LEICESTER 0, SOUTHAMPTON 0 MANCHESTER, England (AP): Manchester City’s winning start to the English Premier League is over – and the title favourites might just have seen close up their biggest rivals for the trophy. Producing a clinic in high-octane pressing, Tottenham hounded City into submission in a 2-0 victory at White Hart Lane that consigned Pep Guardiola to his first loss in 12 games. Six of those matches had come in the Premier League and had been won at a canter. It was the kind of all-round performance that Spurs produced for large spells of last season under Mauricio Pochettino before collapsing late on in their pursuit of eventual champions Leicester. That was the first time Spurs contended for the league title in a generation and they are proving it wasn’t just a one-off. After seven games, second-placed Tottenham are the only unbeaten team in the Premier League, still haven’t conceded a goal in open play, and are now just one point behind City. In a dominant first-half display, Tottenham went ahead through Aleksandar Kolarov’s own goal in the ninth minute, before Dele Alli added a second as City’s defence was overwhelmed by the home team’s energy and movement. It could have been worse for City: Erik Lamela had a second-half penalty saved for Spurs in the second half. City’s much-lauded attack failed to score for the first time this season and their defence looked suspect, like it did in the 3-3 draw at Celtic in the Champions League on Wednesday. There are finally some cracks in City’s teams for their title rivals to cling to. Manchester United couldn’t take advantage, only drawing 1-1 at home to struggling Stoke, but Arsenal scraped a 1-0 win at Burnley, thanks to a scrambled goal with virtually the last touch of the game. It might all be about the Champions League for Leicester this season. This draw means Leicester have won just two of the opening seven games of their Premier League title defence. In their first-ever Champions League campaign, the Foxes have won both of their games the latest coming against two-time European champions Porto on Tuesday. Southampton created the better chances at King Power stadium, with in-form striker Charlie Austin hitting the post early on and wasting a one-on-one chance in the second half. MANCHESTER UNITED 1, STOKE 1 After opening with three straight victories, United have won only one of their last four games in the league and are already playing catchup. Joe Allen earned a point for Stoke, scoring an 82nd-minute equaliser following a rare mistake by David de Gea. The United goalkeeper fumbled a long-range shot. Jon Walters scooped the loose ball against the bar before it bounced down for Allen to smash home from close range. United took the lead in the 69th through Anthony Martial’s curling strike, two minutes after he came on as a substitute. United are sixth with 13 points, five behind City at the top. Stoke are still waiting for a first win of the season, but have ended their 13-game losing streak at Old Trafford, stretching back 36 years.last_img read more

first_imgThere were boos and cheers at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium on Wednesday night, as Tsetsi Davis, one of the favourites to win the 2017 version of the Wray and Nephew Contender title, was only able to gain a split-decision victory over underdog Canadian David Leblond. Judges Keith Brown 49-46 and Clifford Brown 48-47, voted for Davis, while the other judge, Canadian Benoit Roussel, voted 48-47 for Leblond. Davis has had a rocky passage in the series since its inception and has been to the finals twice and lost. He has declared 2017 to be his year, but it too has a rocky start. His troubles started at the weigh-in on Tuesday afternoon, when he failed to make the weight limit of 154 pounds, even after being allowed two hours to do so. The extra 2 1/2 pounds cost him his purse money for the fight. Contractually, it was agreed that failure to make the weight meant a US$500 payment to the opponent, and Leblond insisted on this clause being adhered to. Davis was stoic before the fight. “It was my fault and I had to pay. This is even more incentive now for me to win the $2-million first prize,” he said. Leblond was very confident before the fight and from the first bell he took the fight to Davis, who boasted a 16-5 record, and it was non-stop action until the final bell. The announcement of the decision brought cheers from the Davis camp and boos from spectators who supported the underdog. It was indeed a close fight and actually came down to the scores in round three. Judge Keith Brown, with a 49-46 scorecard, was off the mark, but judges Clifford Brown and Roussel had identical scores in rounds 1, 2, 4 and 5. In round three, Brown voted for Davis, while Roussel voted for Leblond, and that made the difference in the outcome of the fight, as Davis won 2-1. Both men told The Gleaner that they believed that they had won, and Leblond, who only speaks French, said through his trainer Patrice Trudeau that although he was disappointed, he will move on. Trudeau said he was pleased with how Leblond had performed. “Now you see why he cannot get fights in Canada. However, he has a fight in June, and tonight will do him a world of good. I would like him to fight Davis again, though. It would be another great match.” NON-STOP ACTIONlast_img read more

first_imgReport: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. F2 captures PSL invitational title, sweeps Petron MOST READ View comments Delos Santos knows the loss should not be treated as a setback, rather a lesson for them to move forward.“I told my players that there’s nothing to be ashamed of because all of the teams wanted to get here in the finals because it’s not that easy to get this far,” said Delos Santos in Filipino Saturday at Ynares Sports Center.“We got here because of our hard work and of course the players became more matured for our future games here.”Petron tried to make a comeback in the second set, erasing a nine-point deficit thanks to Cherry Rondina who scored the Blaze Spikers’ last five points in the set.That, however, was the only successful period for the Blaze Spikers as the Cargo Movers methodically kept the distance in the third and fourth sets.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Petron head coach Shaq Delos Santos looked on as two confetti canons positioned on opposite ends of the court showered the air with small pieces of white paper.ADVERTISEMENT He took it all in knowing that another conference in the Philippine Superliga officially came to an end, but the medal that hung below his neck wasn’t gold but silver.Delos Santos’ Blaze Spikers, who are the defending Grand Prix champions, lost to familiar rival F2 Logistics, 25-18, 23-25, 25-23, 25-18, in the second game of the Invitational Conference finals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’READ: F2 captures PSL invitational title, sweeps PetronThis title loss brings Delos Santos’ championship record with Cargo Movers head coach Ramil De Jesus to 2-2, but Petron’s mentor isn’t looking too much at the head-to-head. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “I always say that I have a ton of respect for F2, from the coaches to the players I know the quality of their game,” said Delos Santos. “But of course we won’t put ourselves down too hard because we also have our own skills.”“I just think that this was their time, kudos to them, but we will still face each other in the future.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to Westlast_img read more

first_imgThe funeral rite of former President of the Sports WritersAssociation of Liberia (SWAL), Nummenie P. Williams, is set on Thursday, April 7, at the Lady of Lebanon Parish, on Capitol Hill, Monrovia. He was 44 years old.According to a family source, the former sports journalist and member of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) will be taken from the Samuel Stryker Funeral Home at 8:30am to the Lady of Lebanon Parish at 11:00am.Afterwards the body will be taken back to the funeralhome and a silent wake keeping will be held at hissister’s house in the Rehab Community.On Friday, the body will be taken to his home town in Kokoyah, Bong County for burial.Accordingly, sympathizers and well-wishers are to pay L$2,000 for transportation. Williams died on Sunday, March 20 at 11:00pm, at the SOS Clinic in Congo Town.Medical report said he died from heart failure. Williams suffered from kidney disease and was recently treated in Ghana.Born on July 3, 1972 in Kokoyah, Bong County, he came to Monrovia 10 years later to seek education. He completed high school and graduated from the University of Liberia in 2009.He was considered “God son” to Malcolm Joseph, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Center for Media Studies and Peace Building (CEMESP) and Vice President for Technical Affairs of the Liberia National Olympics Committee.He worked at several newspapers, including The Monitor, SportsMax as well as the Liberia Media Center, the LiberiaBasketball Federation, LISCR FC, Cestos Mongars, among others.He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Joyceline Williams; sisters, brothers, and many relatives. He didn’t have a child.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgFirst Lady Sandra Granger has commended the Public Health Ministry’s Secondary School Health Club initiative, noting that it can serve as a method of informing teens about their sexual and reproductive health.First Lady Sandra GrangerThe School Health Club, according to the Department of Public Information (DPI), is an initiative designed with adolescents in mind, especially those in school. It engages a series of activities aimed at improving their health and wellness, and the environment.The national programme was launched on July 10 at Camp Wesleyan on the Linden-Soesdyke Highway. It focuses on capacity building for teachers and students, who will implement activities in the various secondary school health clubs. It was highlighted that training for teachers in Regions 3, 4 and 10 who would be involved in similar initiatives commenced earlier in the year.The First Lady observed that, in her “interaction with young people around this country and in the Caribbean as well, it is obvious that many are uninformed or misinformed about their sexual and reproductive health.”The First Lady is quoted by DPI as saying it is essential for parents, teachers and community leaders to address sexual and reproductive health, domestic violence, different forms of abuse, and mental health in a manner that is relatable to young people.Adolescent and Development Officer Jewel Crosse of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) explained that UNICEF sees the health club initiative as a vehicle that empowers adolescents to play an active role in deciding and implementing solutions to issues related to their health and wellbeing.“The [school health] clubs will also give the students the opportunity to become agents of change; and, as agents of change, you will be able to carry the information which you receive into your homes, communities, and the wider areas at large,” Crosse said.It has been added that the establishment of these clubs presents an excellent opportunity to equip adolescents with necessary life skills to prevent poor health and avoid poor choices.“Poor health and poor choice can impact negatively on growth and development, and can also affect a child’s ability to learn… We see the health clubs as being able to guide you to adopt positive behaviour,” Crosse said.The health club is required to gear discussions and activities around topics and issues that affect students as they transition from childhood to adulthood.At conclusion of a training exercise for teachers, earlier in the year, the Ministry’s School Health Officer, Dr Faqueeda Watson-Jones, noted that many concerned stakeholders are playing roles in the functioning of the health clubs. These range from PTAs (Parent Teachers Associations); persons from civil society in the school’s community; all government ministries, including the Ministry of Education and the Department of Social Cohesion.last_img read more

first_imgThe feud deepened this season when the United boss said he did not need to “act like a clown” on the touchline, a comment perceived to be aimed at the animated Conte, who responded by claiming Mourinho must have “demenza senile” — senile dementia.When Mourinho then appeared to allude to a suspension Conte served in relation to match-fixing, the Italian, who was later cleared of any wrongdoing on that issue, responded by accusing his rival of being “fake” and “a little man”.The recent row culminated in the pair saying they felt “contempt” for each other.But Conte would not be drawn on questions about his relationship with his predecessor as Chelsea boss at his press conference ahead of Sunday’s match.“In the past, both of us said things. For me, it’s OK,” said Conte. “I’m not interested to speak about this topic.”Asked if he intended to shake Mourinho’s hand this weekend, Conte replied: “I’m not interested in this. I’m not interested in this.”‘Don’t speak about it’: Jose Mourinho © AFP/File / JORGE GUERREROMourinho was also anxious to move on from the row.“I don’t want to speak about it,” he said. “I told you before I’m not going to speak about it. Not at all. That’s not the point. Very good manager, fantastic team and that’s what is important for me. Just that.”Sunday’s match could have a significant bearing on the race for Champions League football.Second-placed United are currently three points and two places above the Blues and Conte acknowledges that there is fierce competition to qualify for Europe.“We have to look at ourselves and understand that, from now until the end, every game is very important,” said the Italian.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000War of words: Chelsea coach Antonio Conte © AFP/File / Daniel LEAL-OLIVASLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 23 – Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho played down their bitter war of words on Friday ahead of Manchester United’s potentially feisty meeting with Chelsea at Old Trafford.Blues boss Conte has clashed numerous times with United manager Mourinho since arriving at Stamford Bridge in 2016.last_img read more

first_imgBut the Bulldogs served notice they were on the rise in a pair of close losses to the Apaches last year, and the mission was completed Thursday when they defeated the Apaches for the first time in school history, 2-1. Bulldogs forward Gilly Acedo scored the game-winner, running down the right side and beating Arcadia goalkeeper Jaclyn Weinstein with a right-footed floater over Weinstein’s head in the 67th minute to break a 1-1 tie. ARCADIA – For so many years the Pasadena High School girls soccer team was nothing more than a collection of AYSO hangers on. Just two years ago the Bulldogs were still suiting up to double-digit losses and were nothing more than a training session for area powers like Arcadia, which has won every Pacific League title since 1998 and lost its only league match in seven years to Crescenta Valley in last year’s league finale. Thursday’s game changed dramatically in the 63rd minute when PHS’ Brianna Joseph charged into Arcadia’s Lexi Eaton. Both had received yellow cards earlier, and had been challenging each other throughout the match. But on that foul the referee apparently had seen enough and red-carded both Joseph and Eaton, which was more of a blow to the Apaches, since Eaton was controlling the backline and was proving to be the Apaches’ only threat on counters, too. In fact, Eaton gave the Apaches a 1-0 lead when she crossed midfield and sent a pass out wide for Lani Laurila. Laurila took the pass and cut toward the goal and found Eaton streaking up the middle, and rewarded her with a square pass that Eaton finished in the 20th minute. But it was short-lived as Joseph tied the match in the 27th minute on a long driving shot that dipped underneath the crossbar to make it 1-1. Both teams had chances to take the lead in the second half, but after Eaton was ejected, the Bulldogs took control and finished it with Acedo’s game-winner. fred.robledo@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4485 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card“This is so amazing,” Acedo said. “All you ever hear is Arcadia this and Arcadia that. You just don’t think this is ever going to happen because they’re so good year in and year out. “But as soon as I saw that goal go in, I knew we were going to win it.” It was another bitter loss in a large collection of losses for the Apaches, who dropped to 4-10 overall, 3-1 in league play. The Apaches’ nonleague record was somewhat misleading because they had lost six one-goal games, and played by far the area’s toughest schedule. It appeared the Apaches were picking up where they left off in league play by routing their first three league opponents by a 30-0 margin, but with a loss to PHS (8-4-2, 3-1) and with a league match against rival Crescenta Valley (4-0 in league play) next week, Arcadia’s long line of league titles is in jeopardy. last_img read more

first_img 1 Liverpool’s protracted deal to sign Nabil Fekir is now in doubt, according to the Telegraph.The Lyon midfield maestro, 24, had been expected to seal his Anfield switch on Friday with a £53million fee agreed and personal terms wrapped up. Following his medical, though, the Reds appear to be doing some serious thinking over the signing.Fekir scored 18 goals and made eight assists in the 2017/18 Ligue 1 season, but having assessed the player physically Liverpool are now stalling on finalising the transfer.It could be just a minor hitch but rumours are circulating it could be due to the player’s injury record, with Fekir suffering a serious knee injury three years ago.More is likely to be known on the matter after France’s final World Cup warm-up game against the United States, which the attacking midfielder is set to play a part in.last_img read more

first_imgDonegal’s minor footballers lead Roscommon 0-05 to 0-04 in their All-Ireland quarter-final clash at Markievicz Park in Sligo.Gweedore’s Cian Mulligan put Donegal ahead in the opening minutes before Roscommon, playing with the breeze, hit back with two unanswered scores to lead 0-02 to 0-01 after eight minutes.Bundoran’s Jamie Brennan fired just wide of the post before Roscommon increase their lead to two points with a converted free. A Carroll score and a Campbell point from a free levelled scores before Mulligan put Donegal in front again on the scoreline of 0-04 to 0-03.However, Roscommon hit back with another equaliser before John Campbell had the last score of the half, putting the ball over the bar in the 29th minute to give Donegal a slender one point lead at half-time and all to play for in the second period.ALL-IRELAND MFC QUARTER-FINAL: DONEGAL LEAD ROSCOMMON BY A POINT AT HALF-TIME IN SLIGO was last modified: August 2nd, 2014 by johngerardShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:all-irelanddonegalMinorroscommonsemi-finallast_img read more