Orville Higgins | Windies ODI spots up for grabs

Posted On Jan 19 2020 by

first_img PACE BOWLERS With about eight months or so to go before the next staging of the 50-overs ICC World Cup, the West Indies selectors must be having sleepless nights pondering on a potential squad. There are still a few ODI matches to go between now and then, so there is still time, but as of right now, the selectors must be scratching their heads and wondering what their team should be like. The just completed ODI series against India, rather than helping them to settle on the core of the team, has, if anything, made the job of the selectors that much harder. Let us look at a potential batting order. Pencilled in at the top will be Chris Gayle. Gayle has shown that he still has something left in the tank. If he stays fit, his place is automatic. The first problem the selectors have is who opens with him. Kieran Powell averaged a mere 18.8 in the ODIs in India. His position cannot be considered safe. The youngster Chanderpaul Hemraj was tried at the top. He averaged only 17. He did little to enhance his claims. The decision to open with Rovman Powell in the last game must be seen as nothing more than a desperate coaching staff clutching at straws. That cannot be long term. So the first question that is plaguing the selectors is who will open with Gayle. The bowling spots are, for the most part, up for grabs. Holder and maybe Kemar Roach should be two of the three pace bowlers, but who else? Both Oshane Thomas and Obed McCoy were given their ODI debuts in India. Neither can say that they staked an obvious claim. McCoy got four wickets, but his economy rate was 7.79. Thomas’ economy rate was even higher, 8.92. Keemo. Paul was expensive too. He took one wicket in the two games he played, going at over nine an over. With people like Jerome Taylor looking to make a comeback and one or two younger pacers impressing in the just-completed super 50, none of those three can breathe easy. In the spin department, Ashley Nurse should feel fairly comfortable. His economy rate in India was under six. He took five wickets and showed that he can hit the ball effectively in the lower order. I hope the selectors realise that Devendra Bishoo is not the man for the job as the teams front line spinner, certainly not in one day cricket. So, all in all, there are only maybe half a dozen spots that can be called automatic selections for this West Indies team. The majority of the squad is still up for grabs. There are still a few games to go for people to put their hands up. I wouldn’t be surprised, though, if come World Cup selection time, Courtney Browne and company may have to resort to ‘eenie meenie miny moe’! THREE ‘H’s Shai Hope has solved the number three-problem. In fact the three H’s, Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, and captain Jason Holder, have ensured that three of the top six spots are cemented. Holder has batted at seven and eight, but those days should be over. He is too good to be batting below six in this fragile West Indies line-up. That leaves one spot in that middle order wide open. Under normal conditions, that should be Marlon Samuels. Samuels, however, had a very poor run in India, and the real question now is whether the selectors will persist with him. He didn’t score 30 or more in any innings and averaged only 12.8. On his, day he is a proven match-winner and a big match performer. That may still work in his favour, but … Shai Hope as the wicketkeeper and Holder as a genuine all-rounder batting in the top six should mean that the number seven spot should still go to a batsman, or at the very least, a batting all-rounder. Will Rovman Powell hold on to his spot, or will the selectors still be looking around for a possible replacement? He averaged a mere 12 in India. He can be a dangerous lower-order batsman. He is a brilliant fielder and a reasonable seamer, but his limitations to high-quality spin are well-documented. Fabian Allen was tried in the India series but really didn’t distinguish himself. He is one for the future, though. Here again the selectors job is cut out.last_img read more


Posted On Jan 14 2020 by

first_imgOn the other hand, the Voyageurs are winless in their last five contests, finishing the season in fourth place with a 16-7 record in the East. A pair of Voyageurs will have step up in the post season. Nelson Yengue finished the season averaging 15.5 points per game, while David Aromolaran had 14.2 points per contest. Should the Blues be victorious, they would travel to the nation’s capital to take on either the Carleton Ravens or Ottawa Gee-Gees in quarter-final action on Saturday.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics.   Story Links Toronto and Laurentian split their season series as the Blues dropped a 101-82 decision on Jan. 13 in Sudbury, before topping the Voyageurs 80-77 last Friday night at Goldring Centre. Veteran guards Sage Usher and Reilly Reid have led Toronto, averaging 13.0 and 14.0 points per contest, while rookie Evan Shadkami has hit a hot streak, posting 14.6 points per game in the last five games. The University of Toronto Varsity Blues men’s basketball team travels to Sudbury, Ont., to take on the Laurentian Voyageurs in OUA playoff action this Wednesday, February 21. The Blues enter the playoffs on a four-game winning streak having finished the regular season with a 13-10 record, in fifth place in the OUA East division. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m., and the game will be streamed live on OUA.tv. Laurentian’s Kadre Gray led the OUA in scoring with 24.4 points per game; however, suffered a season-ending injury two weeks ago.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Mata gives Man United’s top-four chase flight

Posted On Jan 11 2020 by

first_imgUnited’s teenage striker Marcus Rashford was unable to keep up the remarkable form that had brought him four goals in his first two games at senior level.But Louis van Gaal’s side still managed to grind out a victory that allowed them to close the gap on the Premier League’s top four, all of whom dropped points in the mid-week matches.Van Gaal stuck with Rashford in attack, with the fit-again Anthony Martial returning wide on the right.He gave another teenager a full debut at centre-back, as Tim Fosu-Mensah came in for Michael Carrick, with Chris Smalling still unavailable following a shoulder injury.United’s vigour caused Watford early concern, with a panicked Jose Holebas slicing Daley Blind’s left-wing cross towards his own goalkeeper, and Martial misdirecting a free header wide after Ander Herrera’s cross found him at the far post.Ighalo’s alertness provided a test for the home defence. Blind did well to deflect one effort past the post, and then was relieved to see the striker blast straight at goalkeeper David de Gea after giving the ball away 30 yards from goal.Morgan Schneiderlin volleyed inches wide for United from just outside the penalty area, having connected sweetly with Troy Deeney’s headed clearance from a Mata free-kick.In defence, Fosu-Mensah was having a testing time. One superb challenge on Ighalo was followed by a poor one on Etienne Capoue just outside the penalty area, for which the Dutch teenager was rightly booked.– Prodl goes close –Moments later, Deeney beat Fosu-Mensah to flick on Capoue’s cross and Ighalo’s shot on the turn rolled inches wide with De Gea beaten.By now, Watford should have been in front. Blind’s under-hit back-pass allowed Ighalo to run clear of Fosu-Mensah, and it was as well for the home side that De Gea stood up to make the block.United’s back line was fraying at the edges. De Gea saved them again when Blind allowed Guillermo Varela’s pass to run through to Ighalo, who still could not find a way to score.Watford have struggled for goals lately, but continued to threaten the home goal after half-time, with Capoue’s dipping shot from outside the penalty area just clearing the crossbar.Centre-back Sebastian Prodl went even closer moments later, flicking Ben Watson’s corner goalwards at the near post, but De Gea blocked.Fosu-Mensah was finding life tough against the quick feet of Ighalo, who latched on to another Deeney flick and turned inside the defender before steering a shot beyond the post.United, though, rode that spell of pressure and regained a foothold in the match, as Rashford’s energetic run ended in a collision that left visiting goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes needing treatment.Watford survived a couple of scares as Mata had two sights of goal after that, with one long-range shot beaten out theatrically by Gomes, while the Spain international steered another effort well wide from Herrera’s cut-back.Prodl dived in to head just wide from another Watson corner as the visitors chased victory, and that miss proved costly as Mata provided the late decisive strike.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United’s midfielder Juan Mata (L) takes a free kick to score the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Watford at Old Trafford.UNITED KINGDOM, March 2 – Juan Mata’s late free-kick earned Manchester United a 1-0 home win over Watford on Wednesday, a fourth successive victory that lifted their hopes of Champions League qualification.Mata struck seven minutes from the end against a Watford side who deserved at least a point and who missed a host of chances, with Odion Ighalo the biggest culprit.last_img read more

Aston Villa desperate to tie down Vlaar as Arsenal and Man United circle

Posted On Jan 6 2020 by

first_img1 Ron Vlaar in action for Aston Villa Aston Villa are working hard to renew the contract of Arsenal and Manchester United target Ron Vlaar, according to reports in Holland.The centre-back has been linked with a move away from Villa Park since starring in Holland’s run to third place in this summer’s World Cup.Arsenal and Manchester United are both reportedly weighing up January bids for the 29-year-old in an attempt to bolster their defensive options.However, according to Voetbal Primeur, Aston Villa are determined to hold onto their captain and are preparing to offer him a new contract.Vlaar’s current deal expires at the end of this season, meaning he would be available on a free next summer.Villa are hoping that a wage hike and an extended deal will persuade Vlaar that his future lies with the Midlands club.last_img read more

Celtic begin probe into leak of document allegedly revealing transfer plans

Posted On Dec 25 2019 by

first_img Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT tense shining Getty Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City talkSPORT cannot name anyone named in the document for legal reasons, with the club expected to treat the leak as a criminal matter.The document came from a meeting between chief executive Peter Lawwell, manager Neil Lennon and other coaching and recruitment staff about two months ago.Celtic said they were looking into the matter. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS huge blow LIVE ON talkSPORT Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ no dice Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Portugal vs Switzerland (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTNetherlands vs England (Thursday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTFrance vs South Korea (Friday, 8pm) – talkSPORTDenmark vs Republic of Ireland (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Croatia vs Wales (Saturday, 2pm) – talkSPORTEngland vs Scotland (Sunday, 5pm) – talkSPORT Celtic have launched an investigation into the leak of a confidential document thought to be revealing their transfer plans this summer.Leaked photographs of the report have appeared on social media which details their plans for some contracted Hoops players as well as potential targets in each position. He previously admitted his unhappiness about team selections being leaked, adding in April that “someone is letting us down”. LATEST 1 Lee Congerton has since left as head of recruitment but the club have yet to appoint a successor.Lennon spoke about trying to keep transfer business in-house on Friday when he was confirmed as the club’s manager after stepping in until the end of the season when Brendan Rodgers left in late February. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:28Loaded: 11.25%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:28 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… deals Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Celtic are expected to treat the case as a criminal matter REPLY gameday cracker Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Dean Saunders discusses which club is bigger between Chelsea and Aston Villalast_img read more

Panama climate talks ‘successful’

Posted On Dec 19 2019 by

first_img6 October 2011 International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has described this week’s climate talks in Panama, in preparation for the upcoming UN climate summit in Durban, as successful. Nkoana-Mashabane visited Panama in her capacity as incoming president of the 17th Conference of Parties (COP17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), taking place in Durban from 28 November to 9 December. She met with members of the Bureau of the UNFCCC and held consultations with representatives of the European Union, the Umbrella Group, Environmental Integrity Group, Africa Group, as well as the G77 and China. “I am really encouraged by the attitude of the parties and the groupings here in Panama,” Nkoana-Mashabane said. “They are saying to me … that they want Durban to be a success. “They also indicated to me that they have already started working on a draft text that would guide the negotiations in Durban,” the minister said, adding that her role as the incoming president of the COP was to encourage the parties to talk to each another to find common ground. Those who met with the minister expressed their appreciation to her as the incoming president of COP17, saying that reaching out to the parties would go a long way in encouraging open dialogue. While in Panama, Nkoana-Mashabane also signed the host country agreement with the UNFCCC secretariat for South Africa’s hosting of the Durban event. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

AMA to select 1st in 2017 PBA D-League Draft

Posted On Nov 28 2019 by

first_imgMalditas save PH from shutout Titans coach Mark Herrera will have the luxury of picking his guy from the 201-man pool as he seeks beef up his roster bannered by hard-nosed big man Andre Paras.This will be the second consecutive year that AMA will be selecting first, after nabbing Jeron Teng in the 2016 draft.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAside from Pasaol, some of the highly-touted players this year include Arvin Tolentino of Far Eastern U, Abu Tratter of La Salle, Javi Gomez de Liaño of University of the Philippines, and Robbie Manalang of Adamson.Wangs Basketball-Letran will pick at number two, while Batangas-EAC is at third. Thirteen teams are set to participate in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup, which tips off on January 18.Eleven of the 13 squads participating this year will be school-based teams as they make early preparations for their respective mother leagues, namely CEU, Zark’s Burgers-Lyceum, Gamboa Coffee-St. Clare, and JRU, and debuting teams Che’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian, Powerball-St. Benilde, Perpetual, and Akari-Adamson.Only returning Marinerong Pilipino and newcomer Mila’s Lechon are the teams that won’t be featuring varsity crews.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAlvin Pasaol, the super scorer out of University of the East, is tipped to be the top selection in the 2017 PBA D-League Rookie Draft set on Tuesday at PBA Cafe in Metrowalk, Pasig.AMA Online Education holds the rights to the No. 1 overall pick.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claimscenter_img LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Celtics get back at Pistons MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH View commentslast_img read more

Davis Cup: ‘Ashamed’ Shapovalov fined USD 7,000 for striking umpire

Posted On Nov 19 2019 by

first_imgCanada’s Denis Shapovalov was left mortified after joining tennis’s hall of infamy on Sunday, offering an apology and promising that he would learn from his momentary explosion of temper that left a Davis Cup umpire needing a visit to hospital.Shapovalov, one of the brightest young talents in the game at 17, was fined $7,000 on Monday for hitting chair umpire Arnaud Gabas with a ball he smashed away in anger during the Canada-Britain tie in Ottawa.The youngster said he was “ashamed” by his behaviour during the match against Kyle Edmund, which resulted in his immediate disqualification and the tie being handed to Britain.”After dropping serve in the third game of the third set, Denis Shapovalov hit the ball very hard, unintentionally striking chair umpire Arnaud Gabas in the left eye, causing him to need medical attention,” the International Tennis Federation said in a statement on Monday.The ITF confirmed later that the teenager had been fined a total of $7,000 for the incident – $2,000 for being defaulted and $5,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct.He escaped the maximum penalty of $12,000 because his action had not been intentional.The incident happened in the deciding rubber with the tie locked at 2-2 and Shapovalov, the Wimbledon boys champion, two sets and a break of serve down to Britain’s Kyle Edmund.The teenager was immediately defaulted for “unsportsmanlike conduct” and Britain were awarded a 3-2 victory.”Referee Brian Earley, who witnessed the incident, declared an immediate default of Mr Shapovalov for unsportsmanlike conduct. It was clear that Mr Shapovalov did not intend to hit Mr Gabas,” the ITF said.advertisementShapovalov sought out the umpire in the referee’s office and apologised. Gabas, who suffered bruising and swelling to the left eye was sent to hospital for a precautionary evaluation.Shapovalov issued an instant apology after the match, saying: “I feel incredibly ashamed and embarrassed and I just feel awful for letting my team down, for letting my country down, for acting in a way that I would never want to act.”I can promise that’s the last time I will do anything like that. I’m going to learn from this and try to move past it.”British captain Leon Smith said he could not help but feel sorry for the youngster. “I feel for the young lad. He’s a great talent and he has learned a harsh lesson,” said Smith.People still remember how the British player Tim Henman was defaulted in a Wimbledon doubles match in 1995 when he struck a ball which accidentally struck a ball girl.More recently, in the 2012 Queen’s final in London, Argentine David Nalbandian kicked out at an advertising hoarding at courtside in frustration, which bloodied a line judge’s shin. It cost him a 10,000 Euro ($10,700) fine.last_img read more


Posted On Nov 16 2019 by

first_imgA Thurston County man has been sentenced to federal prison on drug charges.The U.S. Attorney’s office says 36-year-old Easton Harlan was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.Harlan was also sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment concurrent to the possession charge for violating his supervised release on an earlier case.Prosecutors say Harlan was living on the Omaha Nation Indian Reservation and was found in possession of approximately thirteen grams of methamphetamine.He was previously convicted of a prior crime of violence and a prior controlled substance offense.last_img read more

The 12 Plays of Christmas

Posted On Nov 7 2019 by

first_imgOn the first day of Christmas, Touch Football Australia gave to me…some amazing passing by Dylan Hennessey!Now we could go on, however we believe the Touch Football Australia (TFA) YouTube channel will be self-explanatory over the next 12 days as we celebrate all that has made the last 12 months one of the most exciting on record for Touch Football. Whether it’s the passing mentioned above, or achievements or feats from throughout the year, the 12 Plays of Christmas are sure to entertain. Stay tuned to the TFA YouTube channel over the next 12 days and help us make our own song by suggesting a verse to match the famous Christmas Carol. To view the 12 Plays of Christmas as they happen daily, please visit the TFA YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus 12 Plays of Christmas #1 Dylan’s Display in Mudgeehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Fh95c8sXukU #2 Cherry and Caslick Combine http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Zicf3IBtJsc #3 Law Impresses on Debuthttp://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=–fL1lqy5XY #4 Scorpions’ NTL Victoryhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=740D_fOoTps&feature=player_embedded #5 Winchester Soars in Mudgeehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSwaZmlWYt8&list=UUNA2662hsW_18Wok5HHiMeg&index=7 #6 Touch Football in Slow Motionhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSwaZmlWYt8&list=UUNA2662hsW_18Wok5HHiMeg&index=7 #7 Cobras’ NTL Drop-off Victoryhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7j3xwPLXbgs&list=UUNA2662hsW_18Wok5HHiMeg&index=6 #8 Origin Returns to the Calendarhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z56ovTQCRDE&list=UUNA2662hsW_18Wok5HHiMeg&index=5 #9 Victorian’s Impress on and off the Fieldhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7oEM4aEbiE&list=UUNA2662hsW_18Wok5HHiMeg&index=4 #10 Australian Clinic in Mudgeehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pr-f-aDW88A&list=UUNA2662hsW_18Wok5HHiMeg&index=3 #11 Palau Entertainshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rhis2oiRlNg&list=UUNA2662hsW_18Wok5HHiMeg&index=2 #12 Winners Are Grinnershttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rU4xPUH5Kt0&list=UUNA2662hsW_18Wok5HHiMeg&index=1 Related Links12 Plays of Xmaslast_img read more