Injured Parks regrets absence in Alab’s do-or-die game

first_imgDozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Ray Parks . Photo from Asean Basketball League Facebook pageBALIUAG — If Ray Parks had his way, he would have fought through the pain and played for Alab Pilipinas in their all-important Game 2 tiff on Friday.But the two-time UAAP Most Valuable Player was rendered helpless as he had to watch the Philippine squad suffer an 82-64 defeat at the hands of Singapore to bow out of the 2017 ASEAN Basketball League from the bench.ADVERTISEMENT “I hate that I was injured,” he said. “I wanted to play but I couldn’t. I can’t do anything.”Parks nursed a sprained ankle for the game while also dealing with a hip injury he has been playing through for almost half of the season. That rendered him inactive for the do-or-die affair at Baliwag Star Arena here, as Alab exited in the semifinals of its maiden season in the regional league.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThough defeated, Parks said that there’s a lot of positives the team can draw from this stint.Unfortunately, the same problems which haunted the squad from the start continued to hamper the team’s progress as the Singers swept them in the best-of-3 series.“It’s definitely not the ending we wanted, but we clawed and clawed. We showed flashes of what we could do. It’s just terrible that we’re up and down throughout the game. We showed that we could compete this team,” he said. Dream big: Tigresses aim for more than just Final 4 berth Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town View commentscenter_img Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos LATEST STORIES Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite With the ABL series now over, Parks shared that he is set to go back to the United States in May to recover from his injuries and continue honing his craft.“Right now, I’m just trying to get better. I’ll be training first with Tyrone Gordon again and see where that takes us, see what my agent in the States has for us. But I’m open minded to everything and we’ll see how everything goes,” he said. “It’s not just about having opportunities, it’s having the right opportunity.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska townlast_img read more

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Reyes, UST exit Final Four with heads held high

first_imgView comments Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out MOST READ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government “We’re making our exit proud of our players,” said Reyes Saturday after losing to the Lady Spikers 25-14, 25-20, 24-26, 15-13 in their first game back in the semifinals at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “I hope next year, this Final Four exit serves as a lesson.”“Of course, we’re not stopping on what we achieved this year, when we were down at the sixth spot we fought back, and that was a very difficult phase for us.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnUST finished with the third-best record in the league, 9-5, and that was a massive improvement from when the Golden Tigresses were the no. 6 team with a 5-9 record in Season 78.Reyes said their Season 79 ranking would now be there baseline as they hope to improve in the latter seasons. Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte “That team’s no joke, especially if you compare them to what they were a year ago,” said De Jesus. “UST improved, actually it’s one of those teams that I’m really scared of, and we’re lucky to get past them.”And Reyes is thankful that their opponents are starting to give them the respect that they are due.“The respect is there, and I’m thankful that they are giving it to us,” said Reyes. “We’re also trying to match up with them, they have quality players and that’s why they won. Again, I’m thankful because this was a good experience for our players.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town LATEST STORIES “We can’t say that we’ll settle for third place, that’s not the mindset we developed on our players,” said Reyes who took over the Golden Tigresses in Season 78. “We have to improve from this. We’re here, we’ll fight.”“We had a good run this season, we just came up short.”Gaining the respectReyes’ not only elevated UST back to relevance, though, he also injected a new life into the Golden Tigresses that even La Salle head coach Ramil De Jesus had to take note of.De Jesus was impressed of what UST has done, and he said that it will only take some time before the Golden Tigresses become a legitimate threat in the title race.ADVERTISEMENT Romeo-less GlobalPort obliterates Mahindra Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UST Tigresses. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt took University of Santo Tomas five years to return to the Final Four, in two hours De La Salle sent the Golden Tigresses packing.As painful as their exit may be, UST head coach Kung Fu Reyes knows they’ve done more than enough.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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#KicksStalker: Curry 3 shoe sales disappointing, says Under Armour

first_imgBut Plank said the 29-year-old guard’s shoe sales showing was a disappointment to the Baltimore-based firm.“Our success in basketball hasn’t been without its learning,” Plank said on the company’s earnings call, in which Under Armour reported its first quarterly loss as a public company.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“As we launched the Curry 3 late last year, our expectations continued to run high. And while the Three played very well on court for Stephen Curry and our athletes, a sluggish signature market and a warm consumer reception led to softer than expected results.”The Curry One shoe debuted in 2015 at $120 (110 Euro), with prices rising for subsequent versions advancing into the Curry Two ($130), Curry 2.5 ($135) and Curry 3 ($140) footwear. Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Knicks center Noah undergoes right shoulder surgery Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:13Almost 90 rogue cops dismissed under Gamboa’s watch01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot deadcenter_img Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar MOST READ But Under Armour has trimmed the Curry 3 to just under $100 and unveiled the Curry 3Zero for the current playoffs at $120.Plank said Under Armour will be sharper with future shoe launches “with respect to number of color offerings, scarcity, exclusive and cadence of launches to drive more consistent engagement and results.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos LATEST STORIES Curry 3. Photo from Under ArmourSales for the signature basketball shoe of NBA Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry have been below expectations, Under Armour chief executive officer Kevin Plank said Thursday.Curry, the NBA’s Most Valuable Player in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 campaigns, has the league’s top-selling jersey and has sparked the Warriors to an NBA crown in 2015 and a record 73-win season in 2015-16 before losing to Cleveland in the NBA Finals.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Dutertelast_img read more

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TNT sticks with Smith

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Jason Castro is the biggest local weapon of the Texters, and the fleet-footed guard showed that much by pumping in 38 points in Game 4 of the Ginebra series.But Castro was quick to downplay the role he will play in this series, insisting that individuality has no place in their team.“When we play together as a team, good things always happen,” Castro said. “It will not be Jason Castro against anyone in the San Miguel lineup, we will need total team effort to beat San Miguel.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next June Mar Fajardo and import Charles Rhodes will be the main concerns of the TNT defense, and once this duo dominates the inside, TNT could be in for a heap of trouble when they clog the lanes with Marcio Lassiter, Alex Cabagnot and a whole lot of others there to make the outside shot.If Smith comes out healthier than he did in the last two games of the Ginebra series, the Texters stand a good chance to upset the Beermen as he could more or less make life difficult for Fajardo because of his size and leave the locals to try and handle Rhodes.San Miguel has the hunger factor despite this being the Beermen’s fifth trip in the title series in the last eight conferences. The winningest team in the league has not won this tournament since 2000, a 17-year thirst the Beermen would want to quench.After winning the Philippine Cup in all of the last three seasons, the Beermen have been unlucky in this conference owing to import problems.They have none of that here, with Rhodes displaying utmost professionalism and jiving with the star-studded local roster.ADVERTISEMENT Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Team sources told the Inquirer on Tuesday afternoon that the local players had asked coaches, led by Nash Racela, to play Smith in the series opener, knowing that the entire team owes the 6-foot-9, 330-pound banger something for taking them past No. 1 ranked Barangay Ginebra in the Final Four.No one in authority confirmed this news, though, but it seems logical since TNT has opted not to tap standby import Mike Myers—at least for Game 1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundSan Miguel will be shooting for the second jewel of a coveted Triple Crown sweep and the Beermen have the roster that can pull it off.In their Final Four with sister team Star, the Beermen won the last three games with contributions coming from everywhere. For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ MOST READ Defense sorely lacking in Horn’s fight blueprint Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite LATEST STORIES With no movement as the deadline for player changes elapsed, TNT KaTropa will stick it out with the mammoth import that took the Texters this deep in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, as they try to turn the tables on the rock-solid, fancied San Miguel Beermen.TNT will come in as the underdog in the best-of-seven title series starting with the 7 p.m. opening contest at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday, and the Texters have embraced that tag even more so with Joshua Smith functioning on only one good foot and the Beermen looking as sharp as ever.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Clippers coach Rivers on Chris Paul trade: ‘I hate the way it ended’

first_img“Under the circumstances, I thought we did terrific,” he shared. “Getting Patrick Beverley and (Sam) Dekker and Montrezl (Harell) was very important for us.”Meanwhile, Rockets GM Daryl Morey said he brought Paul in to keep up with the “weapons race” in the league.“You’re either in the weapons race or on the sidelines,” he said during a press conference. “We felt like this is, with James Harden  in his prime and Chris Paul in his prime, this gives us a real shot to chase the juggernaut teams that are out there.”Aside from Paul, athletic forward Blake Griffin is expected to sign elsewhere as well, while DeAndre has also been the subject of multiple trade talks.  Khristian Ibarrola /ra“It’s a weapons race in the NBA. You’re either in the weapons race or on the sidelines.” –@dmorey on Chris Paul trade…ADVERTISEMENT Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The perennial All Star spent the last six seasons anchoring Doc Rivers’ offense and has certainly created a bond with the player-turned-coach.Shortly after the blockbuster trade went down, the Clippers’ head honcho spoke about the deal.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“I hate the way it ended,” Rivers told Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times. “I wish we could have ended it better, as far as winning. But as a franchise, we love where we’re at.”Although he certainly lost the cornerstone of the franchise, Rivers acknowledged some of the talented players he got in return. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite NBA: Paul goes from Clippers to Rockets in blockbuster deal Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers  APThe NBA’s surprisingly busy summer of blockbuster deals continue, as Chris Paul was sent packing from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Houston Rockets in exchange for seven players on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila).READ: NBA: Paul goes from Clippers to Rockets in blockbuster dealADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments 8 injured in foot bridge collapse in Negros Occidental MOST READcenter_img End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Marck Espejo shines in triumphant Thailand debut LATEST STORIES New Queen: Hallasgo dethrones Tabal in Milo Marathon Australian Open: A look at Serena, other things to know Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Magnitude 4.2 earthquake jolts Batangas Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ LIVE on NBA TV! pic.twitter.com/EmuCJbt2Z8— NBA TV (@NBATV) June 28, 2017last_img read more

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Heat, Waiters agree on new deal

first_imgNBA: Hayward had ghostwriter pen 3 posts for Utah, Miami, Boston Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Waiters averaged 15.8 points in 46 games last season for the Heat. He was a significant part of how Miami turned its season around after an 11-30 start, going 30-11 in the second half.The Heat were 27-19 when Waiters played, 14-22 when he did not. Last season was his first in Miami, coming in to essentially fill the role vacated when Dwyane Wade left for Chicago last summer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“Big Congrats to @dionwaiters3 on the new deal with The Heat,” Wade tweeted Wednesday. “It was only right bro!!!”Miami missed out on landing Gordon Hayward this week, when the All-Star forward decided that he will be signing with the Boston Celtics. So Plan B for Miami meant retaining its own free agents like Waiters and James Johnson. Miami is Waiters’ third team, after his career started with stops in Cleveland and Oklahoma City after he left Syracuse and turned pro. He’s averaged 13.2 points in 335 career games.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ The Heat are making progress toward a deal with Johnson, who has made no secret that he has wanted to be back in Miami.“We’re going to hopefully make the right selections,” Heat President Pat Riley said going into the offseason. “I hope that Dion and James and the rest of our free agents like it here enough that we’re going to be fair with them and they’re going to be fair with us.”The 25-year-old Waiters missed Miami’s last 13 games because of a badly sprained ankle, and the Heat wound up losing a tiebreaker for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot. He played for $2.9 million last season, saying he took a small deal in order to prove he was worthy of big dollars in the future.Waiters said after the regular season that his plan, and his hope, was to stay with the Heat.“We’re just getting started,” Waiters said in April. “It’s only the beginning. It’s only the beginning.”ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Miami Heat’s Dion Waiters shouts to the fans after shooting a basket in the final seconds of the game to secure the Heat’s victory over the Golden State Warriors during an NBA basketball game in Miami, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. (Charles Trainor Jr./Miami Herald via AP)MIAMI, FLORIDA—Dion Waiters bet on himself last season, and it paid off.Waiters and the Miami Heat have agreed on a four-year deal, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations. The deal is worth a maximum of $52 million, provided all incentives are met, said the person who spoke Wednesday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because nothing can be finalized until at least Thursday under league rules.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LSU title parade draws massive crowds LATEST STORIES Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos Trump invites Duterte again to visit US – this time for March summit View comments Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respitelast_img read more

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Ankle injury KOs Rutherford

first_imgReigning long jump champion Greg Rutherford has withdrawn from next month’s World Championships in London because of an ankle injury, the BBC sports website reported on Monday. Rutherford, who won Olympic gold at London 2012 before claiming the 2015 world title, told bbc.com/sport that he was “gutted”. Richard Kilty, who was selected for the 4x100m relay, has also pulled out of the event with a broken finger, BBC sports said. “With an incredible start to the year in training, and very promising early season form, I have had a difficult series of setbacks as the season progressed,” added Rutherford, who also won Commonwealth gold in 2014 and the European title in 2014 and 2016. “Most recently, a badly damaged ankle ligament and a sportsman’s hernia, really put paid to my plans. The injuries have taken longer to heal than we hoped, and I have been unable to even jump at all in training, let alone compete. “I am truly gutted. That stadium is such a special place for me, I am so devastated that I won’t be competing in front of the best fans in the world, in the stadium that changed my life.” “Greg is one of only a few British athletes to complete the ‘Grand Slam’ of medals, but that won’t make missing London any easier,” said Neil Black, performance director for British Athletics told BBC sports. “He desperately wanted to defend his world title in front of the home crowd, but unfortunately his injury hasn’t cleared up in time and the hard but sensible decision had to be made to withdraw.”last_img read more

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Big setback for ‘The Axeman’

first_img ‘REALLY CONCERNED’ Nicholas ‘The Axeman’ Walters, whose once spectacular boxing career is now on life support, has suffered another setback. His fight against Mexican Arturo Santos Reyes scheduled for tomorrow (Saturday) in Lincoln, Nebraska, has been cancelled because Walters reported sick over the weekend. Walters, who is the former World Boxing Association featherweight Super Champion, has not fought since his shocking loss to Vasyl Lomachenko last November 26. In that fight, which was for Lomachenko’s World Boxing Organisation super featherweight title, Walters was completely outclassed and retired in Round Seven. He received a lot of negative press for the way in which he performed that night, but vowed to return and fight the way he used to when he became a world champion. He has a great 26-1-1 record, but the way he lost that November night caused him to lose a lot of his fans. He is now on the comeback trail, and the fight that was scheduled for tomorrow was his first step up the redemption ladder. He has slipped once more, however, and the climb back is now that much more difficult. When he spoke with The Gleaner yesterday, he said that he was very disappointed that the fight had to be cancelled and that this was because he caught a bad cold last week and had a fever. “All plans were in place for me to leave Panama on Tuesday for Nebraska with my trainer, Celso Chavez, but unfortunately, I picked up something from my son, O’Brien, who became ill last week,” he told The Gleaner. “He had a bad cold, a fever, and was coughing a lot, so we had to take him to the doctor. I then picked up something. I, too, had a bad cold, was doing a lot of coughing too, and had to stop training. I was really concerned, as I was in the final stages of my training. I was unable to run for a few days, my gym work was curtailed, and I was therefore not in condition for such an important fight, so I called Top Rank and told them what was happening. After discussions, it was agreed that the fight would be cancelled.” It would without a doubt have been one of the most important fights of his career, he said, so the decision had to be taken to cancel for now, since he would not be 100 per cent fit. The hope is that he will be able to fight again in November or December, but this will depend on the schedule of his promoter Top Rank. The fight card on which he should have appeared was a television event, with a world title fight between WBO champion Terence Crawford and Julius Indongo as the feature. What it will also mean for Walters is that it will be at least a year between fights for him, and this is never a good thing for a boxer.last_img read more

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Tony Becca | A fighting Test series, at last

first_imgThe latest West Indies Test series in England was almost what the doctor ordered. In fact, it was almost a repeat of the West Indies in England in 1950, and it may once again be the beginning of better things to come. In 1950, the West Indies went to England unheralded, they lost the first Test, and then, in a performance of things to come, recovered to win the series. This time, the Windies went to England also unheralded, also lost the first Test, also won the second Test, but failed to continue and lost the series. The Windies did not win the series but they played well. They played with pride throughout, a pride that left West Indians, certainly here in Jamaica, almost happy once again and, according to reports, glued to the radio throughout the country. In the years immediately preceding this tour, you could hardly find a Jamaican, or a West Indian, interested in the score. Following the amazing victory at Headingley, however, the victory which brought the scores level after the disappointment at Edgbaston, the fans were in seventh heaven. Everybody knew the score. The team, they said, had “turned the corner”, and they started to serenade the players as they dreamed of things to come. Even after that, at Lord’s, where they lost again, and in the final analysis, easily at that, the fans seemed to have taken it on the chin. The feeling was that it was tough luck, and that the Windies will, shortly, come again. There is still work to do to iron out some flaws in the technique of many of the batsmen, especially when playing defensively, and to get the bowlers to bowl a consistent line and length so that can at least try to control the flow of runs in times of need. The fact of the matter is that, apart from the first Test match, the Windies played like tigers. They played like players who really wanted to do well, and if they continue to play like that, if the ‘peace’ continues between the board and the players, and if the board can convince the players to be more patriotic, they will undoubtedly come good again, if not as quickly as tomorrow. The Windies, after losing the first Test by an innings inside three days, and after losing 19 wickets in one day’s play, gave it everything, except in the field, in the remaining two Test matches, and in conditions foreign to them. In all my travels to England, we have never played in September, and I cannot recall it ever being so cold. The victory at Headingley may have been fortunate due to England’s second innings declaration, but to hunt down 322 in the last innings of a Test match, 317 on the last day, was simply amazing. Kraigg Brathwaite, 134 and 95; Shai Hope, 147 and 118 not out; Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel, and Jason Holder batted and bowled wonderfully, and the hope is that, apart from Gabriel and the no-balls, they will go on to serve Windies cricket for many years. Shai Hope went to England with an abundance of talent but with little to show for it. Following scores of 15, 4, 147 and 118 not out, 29, 62, he is now, however, the best batsman on the team. His batsmanship is first-class, and his driving, through the covers and through the mid-on and long-on areas, is out of the top drawer. FAILED TO PRODUCE To be honest, however, and although Kieron Powell ended the series on a fair note, most of the other players failed to produce. Brathwaite was good at Headingley, but Kyle Hope was a disappointment, so too was Roston Chase; Jermaine Blackwood, who is a brilliant fielder but needs to settle down as a batsman; Shane Dowrich, both as a wicketkeeper and as a batsman; and Alzarri Joseph, who nevertheless remains a promising fast bowler. With Brathwaite, Powell, Shai Hope, Chase, Blackwood, Holder, Gabriel, without the no-balls, and Roach continuing on the right path, with Dowrich doing justice to his early promise, with Darren Bravo expected back, and with the likes of batsmen Shimron Hetmyer, Brandon King, and Sunil Ambri in waiting, tomorrow appears bright if the players continue to show the passion and the fight of the past few weeks. It would be even brighter if the Windies could toughen up Devendra Bishoo, or if they could find one whose skills are as good and as varied as Shadab Khan or Rashid Khan. It was a tough summer for the Windies, what with the cold weather and playing a Test match in September. It was, however, a difficult series for captain Holder. The failure to take the second new ball, the pink ball, when it was due, under lights and in the cold of Edgbaston and with four paces at his disposal, was questionable, and so was his decision to bowl Bishoo for a few overs only after selecting him as the specialist spinner in the team for Headingley. Bishoo was also under-bowled at Lord’s, but in that case, Holder must have felt like a very unlucky captain. After selecting Bishoo again, after winning the toss in the London sunshine and deciding to bat, no doubt aiming for a victory which would have surprisingly and satisfyingly handed him the series, the weather suddenly changed, and in minutes, Lord’s was like Edgbaston and Headingley. He must have missed playing Joseph.last_img read more

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StGC, JC lock horns in Manning semis

first_img Familiar rivals St George’s College (STGC) head coach Neville ‘Bertis’ Bell, said based on their record against Jamaica College (JC) in recent times, he likes his chances going up against the defending champions in today’s ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup semi-final, scheduled for the National stadium at 6 p.m. The highly respected Bell added that despite the disappointment of their Champions Cup semi-final exit to Cornwall College on Friday, they will be motivated and refocus for today’s semi-final. “Since 2007, JC and StGC are the only teams to have won (Manning Cup). We have a good record against them. The last three finals we played, we won two and they won one. We were the only team to beat them, 2014, in the Walker Cup final. We beat them 2015 in the (Champions) Cup final and they came back to beat us in the Manning Cup final. So we have a good record against them. But they can say they have a good record against us also,” he said. “This is what we wanted. We wanted to win all titles. I want to play in big games, as it means you are in the competition for a while. So we look forward to this game and hope it works for us this time,” he continued. “We thank God we can win two titles. We can win the Manning Cup and if we win the Manning Cup, we can still win the Olivier Shield. Not many schools can say that. But if we don’t win (today), it will not be because we are not ready. If it’s God’s will, we’ll be ready. We are not going to make any excuses if anything happens (today) that we don’t like. These are young players and they know what’s at stake. So we certainly will give our best, but only God knows what will happen,” he added. His counterpart, Andrew Peart, said StGC’s loss on Friday will have little impact on the game and he expects a difficult time against the former winners. “Everybody plays their best game against JC, so you can’t even look at the fact that St George’s lost. They will be very tough, as they have proven throughout the season. One defeat does not make their season bad, but we will have to be prepared,” he said. “It will be different, a totally different challenge, so we expect another tough encounter. We are pleased with the performance this time of the season. But it’s about us repeating or bettering the performances and that is the challenge for us,” he added. JC will look to Friday’s hat-trick hero Aaron Elliot, Norman Campbell, Shadane Lopez, Tajay Smith and Javian Thompson, while StGC will depend on Chantomoi Taylor, Konato Campbell, Damani Harris and Emelio Rousseau. In the other game, KC will start favourites against STATHS. However, STATHS will be hoping they can repeat their victory over the Purples in last season’s semi-final. STATHS will rely on goalkeeper Jeadine White, defender Sekani Campbell, and striker Warner Brown, while KC’s hopes rest on Ari Rogers, Treyvon Reid, Renato Campbell and Jahmal Pusey.last_img read more

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