Confident Charles eyeing triple figures in final ODI

first_imgCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CMC):Opener Johnson Charles says he will be gunning for three figures in tomorrow’s final One-Day International (ODI) against Sri Lanka as he looks to build on his exciting half-century in the second game here Wednesday.The 26-year-old pummelled a stroke-filled 83 at the R. Premadasa Stadium, but it proved in vain as West Indies went down by eight wickets to concede the three-match series with a game remaining.Despite the loss, Charles said he felt good about the knock and would be looking for something bigger in the next game.”I think it was a controlled innings, but at the end, I couldn’t carry on, and that was a disappointment, but coming back [into the team], it was a good start, and I’m looking to build on it and get some bigger scores – a hundred, 150 – [in the] next match,” he said.Though West Indies crashed to 29 for two in the fifth over, the right-handed Charles backed himself and played his shots, hitting seven fours and four sixes to post his fourth ODI half-century. In the process, he powered a 70-run third-wicket stand with Darren Bravo (21) before adding a further 40 runs for the fourth wicket with stand-in captain Marlon Samuels, who made 63.Remaining positiveCharles said it was important for him to remain positive despite the loss of wickets and especially facing a new-ball bowler like Lasith Malinga.”My approach basically is to be as positive as possible. From the time I’ve known myself, that’s how I’ve batted,” he said. “If I’ve got to start the rebuilding process, I’ve got to do it my way, and that’s how I chose to do it.”He added: “I know Malinga has a very good slower ball and a very good [bouncer], so I just looked out for these two, not barring the fact he swings the ball away from me. It’s always a difficult task to start an innings, but you’ve just got to stick in there and do it how you know to do it.”After a three-hour rain break forced a reduction in overs to 38 per side, West Indies saw their innings tail away badly in the dying stages as they lost four wickets for three runs in the space of five deliveries – with all four wickets falling via the run-out route.Charles said this could have been the turning point of the contest, with the Caribbean side limited to 214 and setting Sri Lanka 225 under the Duckworth/Lewis method.”Having four run outs and having one of our set batsmen [getting out] out, you never know how much we could have gotten,” Charles pointed out.”With two overs to go, we could have gotten 15 to 30 runs, and that could have been a major difference. I think it hurt us a bit, and had we not lost those four wickets at a crucial time, I think we could have actually pulled it off.”last_img read more

Zharnel Hughes eyeing Rio

first_imgBritish sprinter Zharnel Hughes has come a long way since his first international experience at the 2010 Carifta Games. Fresh from a 2015 campaign highlighted by a fifth-place finish in the 200 metres at the World Championships, Hughes has his eyes on the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is quietly confident and is expecting his hard work to pay off. In 2010, at the Carifta Games in Grand Cayman, Hughes was timid. “I was always thinking I probably won’t medal,” he recalled. He placed eighth and last in the Under-17 100-metre final won by Jamaica’s Odean Skeen, now at Auburn University in Alabama. “I just went out there and I didn’t know what to do,” he reminisced. The 6’5″ native of Anguilla is far more confident these days. World ranked at number five in the 200 metres by respected US publication Track and Field News, he said: “I just go out there with a positive mindset each time instead of having to doubt myself.” He ended his days as a junior athlete with gold medals from Carifta, the CAC Junior and Pan-Am Junior Championships and the ISSA Boys’ Championships Class One 100-metre record of 10.12 seconds. He entered 2015 with a 200m personal best of 20.32 seconds – from his 2014 season at Kingston College – and cut and carved it down to 20.02 seconds. That time and his fifth-place finish in the World final came despite a minor injury that first surfaced in the semi. Third position “If you look back at the race, I was actually in third position and then my back flared up a bit on me.” With his deep baritone unwavering, he said: “There was nothing I could have done.” Informed of his Track and Field News ranking, he said: “I wasn’t expecting it but I put in the work, and it definitely did pay off for me.” Hughes and his Jamaican coach, Patrick Dawson, a highly regarded assistant to sprint guru Glen Mills at Racers Track Club, have reviewed his 2015 efforts and are cautiously looking forward to Rio and a place in the 200m final. “As to the medal”, said Dawson, “I’m not one of those who like to count my eggs before they hatch, but it would be great to see him on the medal rostrum.” Hughes has started his 2016 programme with a 400-metre personal best of 47.12 seconds. That’s part of an effort to make the sprinter stronger. The plan also includes 100-metre races. He did only one last season and achieved a clocking of 10.15 seconds. While he is confident of lowering his 100-metre best, he is sombre about breaking 20 seconds in the 200m. “Expectations are there,” he said diplomatically. “Work is definitely being put in right now”, he revealed, with the advice that he is expecting the work again to pay off. “It’s just for me to continue to work hard, and to trust my coach and to stay injury free and to continue to climb to the top,” he said, full of hope and determination. “So definitely, maybe one day I could be the world record holder. “You never know.”last_img read more

Mapua dominates on JRU’s homecourt in NCAA on Tour

first_imgReport: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West 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 RJ David led all scorers with 12 points. Ivan Ruiz L. SuingSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Mapua University picked up its first win in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament after turning back Jose Rizal University, 72-60, at JRU gym on Thursday.JRU were closing in, 65-60, after Jun Silvarez’s jumper with 4:06 to play when Mapua unleashed a seven-point spurt capped by Justin Serrano’s free throws with 39.5 ticks remaining to put the game away.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “What I like about this team is that everybody is ready to score. Everybody has to step up because we have no go-to-guy in our team this season,” Mapua head coach Atoy Co said.Mapua drew significant contributions from its bench, 41-25, and was able to score 12 easy points off the Heavy Bomber’s 16 turnovers.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’The Cardinals dominated in fastbreak points, 18-9.Laurenz Victoria led the Cardinals with 11 points and seven rebounds while rookie Warren Bonifacio flirted with a double-double with 10 markers and nine boards in his first NCAA senior’s game. Tokyo Olympic relay to start in disaster-hit Fukushima View commentslast_img read more

Manchester City star did NOT suffer broken cheekbone

first_img1 Manchester City have announced David Silva did NOT suffer a fractured cheekbone during the Premier League clash with West Ham.The Spaniard was stretched off the pitch during the 2-0 victory for Manuel Pellegrini’s side.The midfielder, 29, was caught in the face by Hammers star Cheikhou Kouyate’s right elbow.But it appears the injury is not as bad as first feared and the former Valencia schemer will be monitored this week. David Silva in action for Manchester City last_img

COUSINS JAILED AFTER ABUSING GARDAI

first_imgTwo cousins have been jailed after they threatened and verbally abused gardaí who were escorting an ambulance on its way to aid a man.Kevin McCahill (25) of 166 St. Mary’s Terrace, Rathmullan and Shane Patterson (23) of Aughnagaddy, Ramelton were sentenced to eight and nine months in prison respectively and after pleading guilty to public order incidents.Judge Paul Kelly said he “absolutely could not tolerate such behaviour” after he heard how gardaí had to use incapacitating spray on both men during a public order incident in Ramelton. Inspector David Kelly told the court that ambulance control had requested garda assistance after experience a large crowd when trying to come to the aid of an injured man in Ramelton on July 8th, 2012. Both defendants were aggressive to gardaí and shouted abuse and threatened them.Garda McManus feared he was going to be assaulted and drew his incapacitating spray and used it on Patton. Patton told the garda that he would “burn your f**king house down”. McCahill then lounged at Garda McManus and swung a punch at him. Gardaí also had to use incapacitating spray on McCahill. McCahill was arrested and Patton was apprehended after he ran from the scene.McCahill also pleaded guilty to drink driving at Meadowhill, Letterkenny in November, 2011 and public order offences outside the Golden grill nightclub in Letterkenny on March 18th last. His previous convictions included assault, criminal damage and dangerous driving.The court heard that Patton had 20 previous convictions that included public order offences.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said the two men were very sorry for their behaviour and apologised. He said both have been out of work for some time and alcohol has become a major part of their lives.Judge Kelly said both men had been before the court on a significant number of occasions for serious offences.He said it was not acceptable that emergency services trying to attend to someone in need should be confronted with such thuggery.He rejected an application from Mr. Gallagher to impose suspended sentences saying both men had enough chances.McCahill was imprisoned for a total of nine months, fined 850 euro and disqualified from diving for three years.Patterson, who had received four suspended sentences in the previous two years, was jailed for nine months and fined 200 euro.COUSINS JAILED AFTER ABUSING GARDAI was last modified: May 16th, 2013 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

Romer’s Band-Aids

first_imgThe ultimate answer is to give control over the schools to the community, to parents and teachers. And it may be that mayoral control is a stop along the way to breakup. Symbolic gestures are not.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Still, it’s a good sign. The educational establishment is scared to death of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and his takeover effort. But it will take more than symbolic gestures like this one to overcome the political capital the mayor has to spend fighting for control. Consider just how little Romer is proposing: A little money for a few schools to hire more teachers and counselors? Spending some bond funds for capital improvements at some neglected schools? Yawn. The teacher-counselor money is already in the pipeline, with Sacramento promising to repay old debts. And isn’t school construction and repair exactly what voters were promised when they picked up the tab for $19 billion in school bonds? All in all, Romer seems to be giving the public what it had every reason to think it was already getting. At best, he proposes that the district start doing what it should have been doing for years, while neglecting the fundamental question of governance that’s at the root of what’s broken. “AKIN to sending Band-Aids to Baghdad,” is how school board member David Tokofsky describes Superintendent Roy Romer’s plan for saving the LAUSD. This assessment seems generous at best. What Romer proposes is spending $36 million – out of a $6 billion budget – to rehabilitate and academically bolster 17 under-performing Los Angeles Unified School District high schools, none of them in the San Fernando Valley. Romer unveiled this vision on the same day it was learned that 14 percent of LAUSD seniors were unable to pass the high school exit exam. That rate is significantly worse than the 10 percent statewide rate, and would probably be a lot worse if a third to a half of the LAUSD’s students didn’t drop out of school altogether. Romer’s announcement coincides with the gathering movements to either break up the district or put it under the mayor’s control. No connection, he says, but it’s hard not to see one when he’s now as possessed by fending off reform as he used to be with new buildings. last_img read more

Neil McCann appointed Dundee manager after making U-turn

first_imgDundee have appointed Neil McCann as their new manager after a U-turn by the Sky Sports pundit.Three days ago the 42-year-old told the club he would not be making his interim position permanent having guided them to safety after taking over with five matches to go.However, having considered his position, McCann has changed his mind and accepted the club’s offer.“After completing my spell as interim manager I returned to Sky Sports fully committed to fulfilling my duties and continuing my career in broadcasting,” he said.“In the past few days however I have had time to think about the opportunity of being manager of Dundee FC full-time and decided it was too good for me to turn down.“I’m looking forward to being in charge for the new season and work has already begun on a number of fronts.“I’m excited about the future and can’t wait to get started.”The Taysiders had made McCann their first choice after he secured their Scottish Premiership future after taking over from the sacked Paul Hartley in April.McCann oversaw victories against Motherwell and Kilmarnock and a 1-1 draw with Ross County proved to be enough to keep Dundee in the top flight.“We’ve had discussions with a number of candidates but Neil has been our number-one choice since taking over as interim manager at the split,” said managing director John Nelms.“We were inundated with applications for the position over the past few weeks; however, the attributes Neil demonstrated are consistent with the qualities required to lead Dundee Football Club.“We are looking forward to success in the upcoming seasons with Neil at the helm.” 1 The Taysiders retained their top-flight status with McCann as interim boss last_img read more

Olivier Giroud header sees Chelsea reach Europa League knockout stage

first_img Eden Hazard played for 60 minutes after returning from his back injury 5 Chelsea should have finished the game off when Willian was played through late on Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? no dice Jorginho fed left-back Emerson Palmieri who, unlike Zappacosta, found his man with the cross.Giroud’s downward header at the near post had enough power to beat Denis Scherbitski, but the goalkeeper should have done better.If Chelsea thought their night would become more straightforward from that moment, it did not.A hefty touchline challenge by Maksim Skavysh sent Hazard into his own dugout, the Belgian rising gingerly.And then BATE struck the woodwork for a second time when Dragun’s shot was diverted on to the crossbar by Nikolai Signevich. The 2013 Europa League winners nearly conceded an equaliser in stoppage time Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury RANKED BATE, comfortably beaten last month in London, struck the woodwork three times and Eden Hazard’s services were required for longer than anticipated in Belarus.Seven changes were made to the side which last Sunday beat Crystal Palace 3-1, with Hazard starting for the first time since the draw with Manchester United on October 20.Blues head coach Maurizio Sarri left David Luiz, Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso and in-form striker Alvaro Morata at home, with one eye on Everton this Sunday, saying Hazard would feature for 45 or 50 minutes.Chelsea were 2-0 up after eight minutes two weeks ago, but BATE were a different proposition here, just a few days after wrapping up a 13th successive Belarusian league title. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move ADVICE Chelsea were more clinical than their Belarusian opponents REVEALED The Blues were far from their best Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Chelsea had plenty of possession, but too often poor crosses from Davide Zappacosta or one touch too many from Ruben Loftus-Cheek saw attacks end.As the game clicked into the 51st minute, Hazard was fouled and sent the resulting free-kick soaring out of play beyond the far post.It was indicative of a frustrating night for Chelsea; their playmaker had been due to be off by then, the result decided.Sarri was gesticulating wildly in his technical area, his sense of urgency building, and within moments Chelsea were in front. REVEALED center_img Latest Football News Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 5 Olivier Giroud put an end to his goalscoring drought of 794 minutes as Chelsea booked their place in the Europa League knockout stages with a 1-0 victory away to BATE Borisov.The result sees the Blues continue their 100 per cent start to the competition – securing three 1-0 wins – in a game that was played in difficult conditions and was memorable only for Giroud scoring his first Blues goal since May. BEST OF Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card The hosts came close to taking a 12th-minute lead. Dmitri Baga beat Kepa Arrizabalaga with a fine drive from 30 yards, which shook the goalkeeper’s left-hand post.A corner soon afterwards was headed on by Stanislav Dragun, with Kepa scrambling clear.Hazard, unsurprisingly, was involved in Chelsea’s best moves early on, but there were few chances of note.Giroud had an effort deflected wide after a neat turn from Ross Barkley’s pass and the France striker later headed wide with a difficult chance from a Hazard cross. 5 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions MONEY 5 huge blow Aleksei Rios blasted over soon afterwards, when more composure would have led to an equaliser.Hazard shot straight at Scherbitski, who next saved a Giroud header.Hazard had been withdrawn by then, seven minutes later than promised by Sarri.Barkley shot over and Jorginho off target and Evgeni Berezkin fired wide for the hosts, who strove for an equaliser until the end.Even Scherbitski came up for a stoppage time corner and in the ensuing scramble Baga hit the post. 5 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Chelsea were relieved to see the ball rebound clear as they held on to qualify with two matches to spare and extend their unbeaten run to 17 games, since August’s Community Shield loss to Manchester City.last_img read more

ORANGEMEN GATHER IN ROSSNOWLAGH FOR TWELVTH CELEBRATIONS

first_imgThe first of the major Twelfth of July celebrations takes place today in Rossnowlagh.There is a strong contingent of Orange Order members from Fermanagh accompanied by bands attending this traditional event which this year has been included as part of “The Gathering” to attract international visitors.Almost 50 lodges and bands from Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim and Monaghan as well as some visiting Orangemen from Dublin and Wicklow will be joined by a strong contingent from Northern Ireland. The parade began at St. John’s Church at noon to the demonstration field situated close to the beach where a religious service begins at 3pm conducted by the local minister, the Rev. Brian Russell.The address is being given by the Rev.Ron Johnston, a Grand Chaplain of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland.Among the senior brethren on parade will be County Donegal Grand Master, David Mahon.ORANGEMEN GATHER IN ROSSNOWLAGH FOR TWELVTH CELEBRATIONS was last modified: July 6th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Orange OrderRossnowlaghlast_img read more

Adoption rainbow

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake In this city of incredible, effortless and mostly harmonious diversity, it seems unbelievable that some children might still be denied placement in loving homes based on the color of their skin. Congress required adoption agencies to ignore race when placing children about a decade ago. Since then, interracial adoptions in Los Angeles County have increased appreciably, but not without some resistance. Despite colorblind laws, some suggest that there is still opposition within the adoption community to cross-racial and cross-cultural placements. In an ideal world, all children would live with their natural-born families and grow up learning their ancestral culture and heritage. The real world, however, is anything but ideal for many children who are left orphans or removed from grim households of violence and crime. These kids would surely would prefer a stable home of any culture over nothing. No family is perfect. But a home that is loving and stable, no matter what the cultural differences, should always trump a foster home or an institution. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more