Newly appointed Jamaica Scorpions one-day captain, opener John Campbell, says his intention is to grab the opportunity with both hands. The former West Indies Under-19 vice-captain is scheduled to lead Jamaica for the first time when the WICB NAGICO Insurance Super50 tournament bowls off early next month. “I’m really happy and elated to be leading my country at the highest level,” said Campbell, who replaces spinner Nikita Miller as leader of the unit. “It’s not really a surprise to me as I am the vice-captain of the four-day team. “I therefore knew that the selectors were looking at me, and now that I have been presented with the opportunity, I hope to grab it both hands.” Campbell, one of the brighter batting prospects locally, is set to lead Jamaica in a tough Group A. The group includes the co-hosts and title holders, Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, last year’s runners-up Barbados Pride, and invited team, ICC Americas. Each team is slated to play each other twice at the group stage with the top two advancing to the semi-finals, set for January 20 and 21. The final will be played on Sunday, January 23. “It’s a tough tournament and a tough group, but we have a good, balanced squad,” stated Campbell. “I am therefore looking forward to us going over there and representing the country well, and hopefully bring home the trophy.” Meanwhile, 23-year-old Campbell, who boasts a one-day average of 33 from eight games, said he is hoping to improve his overall statistics. “I have been doing fairly well in one-day cricket, and heading into this tournament, I am looking to score my first one-day century,” he said. “That would be good for me, and for the team.” The third staging of the Super50 is set to bowl off on Thursday, January 7 at Queen’s Park Oval with the Scorpions facing the Red Force in a day-night encounter. St Kitts and Nevis are the other co-hosts and will feature Guyana Jaguars, Windward Islands Volcanoes, Leeward Islands Hurricanes, and Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners.
Reggae Boyz forward Darren Mattocks wants the team to give local fans a treat and replicate their Gold Cup and Copa America performances in their opening World Cup qualifier against Nicaragua on Friday. Another Reggae Boy, midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson, says nothing but a victory will be satisfactory. The pair, who arrived at the Norman Manley International Airport yesterday afternoon, along with Demar Phillips, will make-up the squad for their opening World Cup qualifier. The match is the opening leg of a home and away series, which will see the winner advancing and the loser eliminated. The second-leg takes place in Nicaragua on Tuesday, September 8. Mattocks and Watson admitted not knowing the opponent, but insisted they will not underestimate the Central Americans. “We are up for the challenge,” Mattocks told The Gleaner. “There is a lot of confidence in the team and we are playing well, so it is something to look forward to. “We have put the Gold Cup behind us as are entering a new phase and a new challenge and we are ready for it,” he assured. “I don’t even know how much they (Nicaragua) are ranked, but that is how serious we are. It doesn’t matter who we play and if they are ranked in the 100s or outside the 100s. We approach all games the same with discipline and hard work, so we are not going to take no team for granted because in football you have upsets and we don’t want that, so we are going to approach that game like it’s USA in the semi-finals (Gold Cup),” Mattocks stated. Watson had similar views in his assessment. good results “We know nothing about them, but they might know how we are doing based on (performance) the Gold Cup. But no matter who, we always respect our opponent. We have to play our style of football because the coach Schafer (Winfried) has been doing a good job and we are getting good results,” said Watson. Mattocks scored two goals in the Gold Cup, one in the semi-final against hosts USA and the Vancouver Whitecaps striker is hoping the team can treat local fans to some of the good football they only got to witness on television, live at the National Stadium on Friday. “Most our overseas fans came to watch us (Gold Cup) and were really pleased. But the real die hard fans are in Jamaica, so what we did in the Gold Cup and Copa America we want to bring back home. We expect a big turn out and we are hoping to deliver on these two games,” Mattocks said. “So I just want all the fans to come out, we want it to be a sold out game and we want to treat the Jamaican fans to a good performance,” the striker added. FC Dallas midfielder Watson says the World Cup is what the team has been preparing for and the players have nothing but victory on their mind. “World Cup qualifiers is the bigger picture, every game is important, you want to win every game and we are going to do whatever we have to do to make sure we come out victorious,” said Watson. “It’s going to be a tough task, but we just have to go out there with a lot of confidence and make sure we score goals. We are playing at home and there is no way we want to tie or lose the game,” he said.
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC):Superstar Chris Gayle further enhanced his status as the world’s premier Twenty20 batsman with a whirlwind 100 in the Unity Cricket game here Saturday.The Jamaican left-hander blasted 101 from a mere 48 balls as his Legacy All Star XI chased down 177 to trounce 007 Warriors by three wickets with 19 balls to spare at the National Stadium at Providence.Gayle pummelled four fours and 11 sixes as he raced to his half-century off 34 balls and then required only a further 13 deliveries to reach three figures in an amazing innings.In the 14th over of the innings from leg-spinner Samuel Badree, which gushed 31 runs, Gayle smashed five consecutive sixes.Gayle, who put on 50 off 32 deliveries for the first wicket with AndrÈ Fletcher (18) eventually retired at 150 for one, with the All Stars well on their way to victory.Former West Indies stroke-maker Ramnaresh Sarwan weighed in with 24, while Windies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo struck 22.Earlier, West Indies limited overs opener Lendl Simmons stroked 50 off 38 balls with five fours and two sixes to help 007 Warriors up to 176 for eight off their 20 overs.West Indies Test captain Jason Holder managed just 13, while T20 skipper Darren Sammy got 12. T20 star Dwayne Smith failed with seven.Bravo claimed two for 23 with his medium pace.The game was a private venture staged to contribute to Guyana’s 50th Independence Anniversary celebrations.
Craig Foster has scored three goals and provided one assist in four Red Stripe Premier League matches for Reno FC since his return in January.This has been a key factor in pushing the Westmoreland-based club to a three-game unbeaten run, which leave them three points outside the top six and importantly seven clear of the relegation places.At this stage last season, Reno were in eight position and looking like a club heading into the relegation battles.However, with a completely new-look unit to include Foster plus a couple young players such as the current STETHS midfielder-turn-striker Demar James and Michael ‘Diddy’ Kerr, Reno are beginning to look like a refreshing unit under technical director Wendell Downswell.Their come-from-behind 1-1 draw on Sunday at home against a powerful Portmore United team came on the back of a gutsy performance, with the game-tying goal coming in added time from a thunderous Afiba Chambers header.The draw keeps them five clear of Maverley-Hughenden (20 Pts) in the chase of sixth place Arnett Gardens FC, who suffered a surprising 3-0 defeat to relegation candidate Waterhouse FC on Sunday, but gave Downswell and his team additional confidence moving forward.BIG DEAL”Three games without a loss in our situation is a big deal. I fail to remember the last time we have gone three games unbeaten and this is because of the work we had put in during the Christmas break and the players we have added in the transfer window,” explained Downswell.”The huge part of this really is that we got Craig Foster back with us for the rest of the campaign and his goal scoring acumen is well known. It’s that sort of threat up front that we missed and he has returned with a bang. We are delighted with that,” Downswell added.In praising Foster, Downswell noted that he has added dynamism to his game, from his experience playing for the Harrisburg City Islanders in the USL.Foster could miss the next league match for Reno as a precaution, however, after picking up a knee injury midway the first half against Portmore.
Embattled INSPORTS administrative director Ian Andrews has accused the agency’s board of directors of victimising him for adhering to the organisation’s guidelines and protocols and has called on Sports Minister Olivia Grange to intervene after he was suspended on allegations of misconduct. In a memo to staff members yesterday, which was obtained by The Gleaner, Andrews defended his position and underlined several issues with the Lloyd Pommells-chaired board, ranging from accusations of governance and protocol breaches to what he described as the undermining of his role. The rehiring of retirees Ann-Marie Heron and Cloyfeld Thomas-Davis has been one of the main sources of contention for Andrews in this, his latest run-in with the INSPORTS Board. However, he added that the board not only undermined his authority, but deliberately hindered the process to access resources, which resulted in the agency not meeting its obligation to creditors. “I honestly believe I am being victimised simply because I did not follow the inappropriate instruction of the board to hire two retirees without the requisite approval from the Ministry of Finance and Public Service,” Andrews’ letter read. “The board not only put a lot of effort in undermining my authority at the agency, but also deliberately hindered the process in accessing resources payable to INSPORTS, which resulted in the agency not being able to meet its obligation to its creditors. “I will seek Minister (Olivia) Grange’s intervention in having the matter of the board’s inappropriate behaviour rectified.” Andrews, in his letter, noted that in 2007, he was instructed to hire 18 individuals off budget, and this led to a significant shortfall in salaries, which affected pension contributions and resulted in pensions not being paid. ALLEGED UNAUTHORISED PROMOTION In 2013, Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis reported that INSPORTS did not conduct annual performance staff appraisals and that Andrews took a decision to reclassify 13 of 14 appraised staff members to higher positions. This resulted in unauthorised payments of J$24.6 million for June 2007 to June 2011. In 2015, the previous Don Anderson-led board removed Andrews’ signing authority and sent him on administrative leave. But he was returned with signing privileges after a Ministry of Finance directive. Andrews wrote to the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports on February 3, 2017, listing concerns about the governance of the INSPORTS Board of Directors. Among other things, the letter pointed to the retirees issues, accused the board of attempts to coerce Andrews to disregard the agency’s policy and governance framework, as well as its refusal to sign off on documents for the accessing of funds payable to INSPORTS.
MADRID (AP):Gareth Bale will return to Real Madrid’s squad this weekend, almost three months after surgery on his injured right ankle.The 27-year-old Wales winger hurt his ankle on November 22 in a match against Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League.Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says “the idea is that (Bale) will play some minutes” against Espanyol on Saturday.Prior to his injury, Bale had scored seven goals in 16 appearances for Madrid this season.Madrid, which leads the Spanish league, will be without defender Sergio Ramos for Saturday’s match as he recovers from a right leg injury.
After around another minute a banana arrived and Vandeweghe, who said she hadn’t been able to practise for four days, was hit with a code violation for delaying the match.It couldn’t give her an energy boost as the world number nine, who is coached by former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash, made 28 unforced errors in slumping to defeat.Babos now faces Spain’s world number 39 Carla Suarez Navarro for a place in the third round.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Joining her on the sidelines were seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams, who lost to Belinda Bencic, and US Open Champion Sloane Stephens, who was defeated by Zhang Shuai of China.Vandeweghe told reporters it had been touch and go whether she would even make it to Melbourne Park for her match. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I’ve had the flu since about Sunday,” she said, almost losing her voice as she struggled to speak. “(Today) was the first time I’ve been up in like four days,” she added. “I did the best that I could … that’s all I can ask for. She played really well.” FILE – United States’ Coco Vandeweghe celebrates after defeating Germany’s Angelique Kerber during their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. APLast year’s semi-finalist CoCo Vandeweghe revealed Monday she had been confined to bed for four days with flu after being sent packing from the Australian Open in the first round.The American, who also made the last four at the US Open in 2017, was knocked out by Hungary’s Timea Babos 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 on a horror day for three of America’s star women on day one of the year’s opening Grand Slam.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:04Despite flu, BuCor chief Faeldon attends Senate hearing on GCTA law02:14Carpio 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 Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone MOST READ Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson ONE: Eustaquio hopes his sacrifices pay off in rematch vs Akhmetov Vandeweghe said that she had asked organisers to move her early match to later to give her more recovery time but the request had been refused. “I’ve seen the doctor. She’s given me some medication. I have no idea what it is, but it’s not working all that well.”World number 51 Babos took just an hour and 46 minutes to oust an understandably tetchy Vandeweghe, who complained to the umpire about a lack of bananas on the Hisense Arena court after dropping the first set.And to her woe the American was then reprimanded while waiting for the fruit to arrive when umpire Fergus Murphy called time but Vandeweghe remained in her chair.“I’m waiting for the bananas,” she told Murphy when asked why she wasn’t ready to play. “Why should I feel uncomfortable because the court is ill-prepared?” ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES
Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Zark’s-Lyceum rises back from the dead, stuns CEU to earn semis ticket Folayang will fight in the the ONE: Unstoppable Dreams main card on May 18 at Singapore Indoor Stadium.The Lee siblings Angela and Christian, meanwhile, headline two of the three title fights in the card with the ONE Super Series Muay Thai Flyweight World title fight between Sam-A Gaiyanghadao and Sergio Wielzen being the third championship bout.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAngela (8-0) will defend her ONE World strawweight belt against Mei Yamaguchi (17-10) in the main event while younger brother Christian, who is two years younger than his 21-year-old sister, will challenge Nguyen for the World featherweight belt.Nguyen’s lightweight strap, the same title he won against Folayang, won’t be defended in Singapore. LATEST STORIES 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 Shinya Aoki (39-8), the same man whom Folayang defeated in 2016 for the lightweight belt, will look to snap his two-fight skid when he faces Russian Rasul Yakhyaev (11-6).Yodsanklai Fairtex, who was a former WBC World super welterweight muay thai champion, will debut in the ONE Super Series against Chris Ngimbi, who is a former SUPERKOMBAT Middleweight champion.Kicking off the main card is the debut of Singaporean lightweight Amir Khan (9-3) against Korea’s Sung Jong Lee (2-1).ADVERTISEMENT Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ ONE Championship: Kings of Destiny at Mall of Asia Arena last April 21. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEduard Folayang is set to take his return to ONE Championship ring, almost half a year after he lost his World featherweight title to Martin Nguyen last November.The Landslide, who holds an 18-6 record, will face ONE debutante Kharun Atlangeriev, who is unbeaten in 11 professional fights.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jeff Chan is one of the most prolific shooters in PBA history, but that won’t immediately turn him into a perfect system player just one day after getting traded from Phoenix to Barangay Ginebra.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial The former Gilas sniper evidently had difficulties playing for coach Tim Cone in a team he’s been with for less than two days and struggled to find his rhythm in the Gin Kings’ 134-107 win over Columbian.READ: Ginebra gets Jeff Chan in time for playoff pushFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I still have to learn coach Tim’s system because, of course, I’ve only practiced with them for one day and I’m just trying to find my spots,” said Chan in Filipino.The two-time champion and one-time Finals MVP finished with four points, all on free throws, while missing all three of his shot attempts from the field. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina READ: Chan excited to learn from Cone, reunite with TenorioHis other contributions were three rebounds, two assists, and a steal.“I think I did okay in my first game although my teammates were shouting from the bench pointing to where I should be on the floor because, again, I still don’t have a mastery of the system,” said Chan.“Coach Tim was still forgiving because he knows this is my first game.”ADVERTISEMENT Ronaldo scores in Portugal’s 1-0 win, Morocco eliminated View comments
“The good thing about this team is that everybody steps up. I can score 50 or 40 points per game, but if they’re not involved, we’re not going to be No. 1.”In the second game, Barangay Ginebra walloped Alaska, 105-86, to climb to a share of sixth place with GlobalPort (5-5) and within reach of sister team San Miguel Beer (5-4).Justin Brownlee finished with 28 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for the Kings, who led by as many as 33 points.The Aces absorbed their second straight loss for a 7-3 card, tied with TNT KaTropa in second place, going into the nine-day break as the league gives way to the Fiba World Cup qualifiers.While Johnson won his matchup with Arinze Onuaku in the paint, Maverick Ahanmisi was also nothing short of spectacular, his game-long brilliance of 20 points, eight rebounds and six assists crucial in weathering the ferocious Meralco comeback.ADVERTISEMENT Daquioag’s triple capped a hot-shooting night for the Elasto Painters, who knocked down 17 threes on their way to sealing the No. 1 spot and the twice-to-beat leverage going into the eight-team quarterfinal round.“This is special for us, because we know that if we close this out tonight, we don’t have to worry about next week,” said import Reggie Johnson after controlling the boards for Rain or Shine that helped them race to an 18-point lead early on.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownNow carrying a pacesetting 9-1 record, the Elasto Painters will face the TNT KaTropa on their final elimination round game on July 7 without pressure.“We can gear out to the playoffs and find out who we gonna play,” said Johnson. Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Meralco found out the hard way that if it leaves Ed Daquioag open, he could zap the Bolts.With nobody to challenge him, Daquioag hit a wide-open, game-clinching three with 12.7 seconds left in overtime to lift the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters past the Bolts, 106-99, on Sunday night in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “Winning a game like this shows our character,” said Ahanmisi, referring to Rain or Shine’s 3-0 record in overtime this conference.Still, the Bolts are assured of a quarterfinal spot despite a second straight defeat in a 7-4 record.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Alyssa, Jia shift focus to PH squad Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 View comments