Bravo, McCullum fire Knight Riders to sensational victory

first_imgGROS ISLET, St Lucia (CMC): Darren Bravo and Brendon McCullum produced one of the greatest displays of power hitting in the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) to lead the Trinbago Knight Riders to a shocking win over the St Lucia Stars here Thursday night. Bravo belted an unbeaten 94 from just 36 balls – laced with six boundaries and 10 sixes – and McCullum smashed 68 from 42 balls during a fourth-wicket stand of 137 to help the Knight Riders snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, overhauling the Stars’ challenging total of 212 for two, to reach 218 for five in 19.5 overs. The result left fans at the Darren Sammy Stadium in disbelief, as their team’s losing streak increased to 15, dating back to 2017. After Rahkeem Cornwall had struck twice in successive overs to leave the Knight Riders on 20-2, a Stars victory seemed on the cards. And even when Bravo joined the hard-hitting McCullum at 71-3, few believed there was any hope for the Knight Riders, including St Lucia’s Prime Minister Allan Chastanet, who was in the stands. Heading into the final five overs they required 85 runs for a seemingly impossible victory. But in the ensuing over, Bravo took his fellow countryman Pollard to the cleaners, smashing him for five huge sixes in an over which yielded 32 – the most expensive ever in the history of the CPL. Two sixes McCullum then joined in on the act, hitting Obed McCoy for two sixes and a four in the next over which went for 21, as the Stars’ bowlers suddenly began to lose their composures. By the time Mitchell McClenaghan returned to account for the wickets of McCullum and Javon Searles within three balls of each other in the 19th over to leave the score on 209-5, the damage had already been done. Denesh Ramdin hammered the final nail with a six, the 34th of the match, off the penultimate ball that, not only sealed the win but also equalled the record for most sixes in a Twenty20 match. Earlier, half-centuries by David Warner, Rahkeem Cornwall and Pollard had pushed the Stars to their highest ever total overs and given them a real chance of picking up their first win in the competition in over a year. It was the first time in CPL history that three batsmen had scored half-centuries. Following the dismissal of Andre Fletcher for 17, and the score on 49 in the sixth over, Pollard made the bold decision to promote Cornwall. That immediately paid dividends as he pummelled Fawad Ahmed over midwicket for six and soon after hit fast bowler Shannon Gabriel out of the ground twice. He quickly raced to the third-fastest 50 in this year’s competition, off just 25 balls, before losing his wicket soon after. That brought Pollard to the crease and together with Warner, belted 80 runs from the last five overs. Pollard’s 50 came from just 18 balls, the joint-fastest ever in the CPL’s history, as he finished unbeaten on 64 off 23 balls, inclusive of one boundary and seven sixes. Warner was much more patient, his unbeaten 72 requiring 55 balls and containing four boundaries and three sixes. In the end though it wasn’t enough, as the Knight Riders claimed their second win of the competition while handing the Stars their fourth loss.last_img read more

Aces gun down Road Warriors

first_img“Sonny’s been awesome this conference. He’s invigorated. He’s turned back the clock this conference,” he said of his old reliable. “I think when his legs are fresh and playing strong like that, he’s a tough matchup for any big man in the league.”Simon Enciso and Carl Bryan Cruz pumped in 16 points each as Alaska avenged a 70-91 loss in their only elimination round clash.“It has been a tough conference for the both of us. I think NLEX is better than the conference they’ve had. But sometimes the cards are dealt in a certain way,” Compton said.The scores:Alaska 88—Thoss 21, Enciso 16, Cruz 16, Casio 13, Banchero 4, Baclao 4, Ayaay 4, Racal 3, Exciminiano 3, Teng 2, Potts 2, Pascual 0.NLEX 80—Ighalo 16, Galanza 14, Quinahan 13, Erram 10, Paniamogan 8, Magat 7, Rios 5, Baguio 3, Paredes 2, Tiongson 2, Taulava 0, Soyud 0, Tallo 0, Lao 0.Quarters: 23-17, 44-25, 73-50, 88-80Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Final four-defining matches up for 3 teams Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The Aces did just that, dominating the Road Warriors, 88-80, to complete the PBA Philippine Cup’s quarterfinal cast Friday night at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.“I think the guys battled [well],” Compton said. “I am so proud of the guys’ effort. All you ask is a chance, we had a chance, we took advantage of it, and now we have one more chance.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsAlaska held NLEX to just eight points in the second period and to a total of 25 for the first half, basically winning it there as the Aces advanced as the eighth seed and will play No. 1 Phoenix Pulse in the quarterfinals.Sonny Thoss finished with 21 points and five rebounds in one of his worthiest games of late. Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart “Our defense was fantastic in the first half. Obviously we’re fortunate to get them after playing Magnolia last Wednesday, so we had fresher legs,” Compton noted.The Aces hurdled their first KO game of the conference and will enter two more in order to make the Final Four. They would have to beat the Fuel Masters two straight times to advance.The quarterfinals start Saturday with San Miguel Beer clashing with TNT KaTropa at 4:30 p.m. and Barangay Ginebra and Magnolia slugging it out at 6:45 at Mall of Asia Arena.Both series are best-of-three.“It’s a steeper, higher mountain,” said Compton of the task ahead as he faces his former deputy, Louie Alas, who has done a marvelous job at Phoenix.ADVERTISEMENT P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US Alaska coach Alex Compton rhapsodized about having been given a chance to even compete for a spot in the playoffs, and said he looked to honor the game when they played NLEX.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart View comments LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Hamilton rains on Vettel title parade in Texas

first_img0Shares0000AUSTIN, Texas, November 18 – Lewis Hamilton upset Sebastian Vettel’s hopes of clinching the drivers world championship in his 100th race on Sunday when he produced a dazzling drive for McLaren to win a thrilling United States Grand Prix.For Vettel, finishing second from pole was a personal disappointment, but not enough to prevent his Red Bull team from winning the constructors title for the third successive season. Fernando Alonso of Ferrari finished third after starting seventh on the grid — thanks to his team’s pragmatic decision to break the gearbox seal on teammate Felipe Massa’s car.That podium finish ensured that the title battle will go down to the wire at next weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix in Sao Paulo.Vettel goes to Interlagos with a lead of 13 points. Vettel has 273 points and Alonso 260.Hamilton, who started second on the grid, made the most of his superior outright speed to pass Vettel on lap 42 of the 56-laps race and claim the 21st victory of his career.The 27-year-old Briton, who leaves McLaren for Mercedes next year, was intent on delivering another win for the team before his departure and did so with elan as he seized his fourth win this year.Massa, who was demoted five places to 11th on the grid because of Ferrari’s strategic move which elevated Alonso one place to the clean part of the grid, finished a superb fourth ahead of Jenson Button in the second McLaren.Kimi Raikkonen, winner of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix two weeks ago, came home sixth ahead of Lotus team-mate Romain Grosjean, Nico Hulkenberg of Force India, Pastor Maldonado and his Williams team-mate Bruno Senna.LEADING RESULTS1. Lewis Hamilton (GBR/McLaren) 1hr 35min 55.269sec2. Sebastian Vettel (GER/Red Bull) at 0.6753. Fernando Alonso (ESP/Ferrari) 39.2294. Felipe Massa (BRA/Ferrari) 46.0135. Jenson Button (GBR/McLaren) 56.4326. Kimi Raikkonen (FIN/Lotus) 1:04.4257. Romain Grosjean (FRA/Lotus) 1:10.3138. Nico Hülkenberg (GER/Force India) 1:13.7929. Pastor Maldonado (VEN/Williams) 1:14.52510. Bruno Senna (BRA/Williams) 1:15.1330Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

FIFA tells Qatar to respect human rights

first_img0Shares0000Geneva, Switzerland November 19 – FIFA insisted Monday that human rights were the bedrock of football and must be respected by all tournament organisers, as Amnesty International slammed the situation in 2022 World Cup host Qatar.“FIFA has made very clear in previous official statements and in communication with human rights organisations in the past that it upholds the respect for human rights and the application of international norms of behaviour as a principle and part of all our activities,” the world football governing body said in a statement. It said that it understood and shared Amnesty International’s efforts to ensure social justice and respect for human rights, adding that such concerns were “very much anchored” in FIFA’s own goals.“FIFA also expects that the hosts of its competitions fully respect these,” it added.In a 169-page report Monday, Amnesty said migrant workers were being treated like “animals” and urged FIFA to press Qatar to improve the conditions of foreign labourers, most of whom are from south or southeast Asia.The Gulf emirate, which rejects claims of slavery-style conditions on its construction sites in the world’s wealthiest nation per capita, said it would include the report’s findings in an inquiry it has already launched.FIFA underlined that its president, Sepp Blatter, visited Qatar on November 9 and received a “firm commitment” on the issue from its emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.“The state of Qatar is aware of various issues and has already started to react,” FIFA said.It said that Qatari authorities had informed it that emirate’s labour were being amended, and that government inspectors would receive more powers to enforce the legislation.“FIFA firmly believes in the positive power that the FIFA World Cup can have in Qatar and in the Middle East as a great opportunity for the region to discover football as a platform for positive social change, including an improvement of labour rights and conditions for migrant workers,” it added.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Aston Villa boss Sherwood enjoys ‘satisfying’ win on return to Tottenham

first_imgTim Sherwood was left to reflect on another “satisfying” triumph Aston Villa manager on Saturday, but getting one over former side Tottenham was not the reason why.The ex-Spurs boss – where he was axed as head coach at the end of last season – saw his team run out 1-0 winners at White Hart Lane thanks to Christian Benteke’s fifth goal in three games.After three wins in eight games under their new coach, the Villans – who were in real danger of the drop – now find themselves six points clear of the bottom three.And while Sherwood was rightfully pleased with taking another step closer to safety, he admits Aston Villa still have work to do to make their Premier League status certain.When asked if he enjoyed the victory, Sherwood replied: “Yes, but I didn’t enjoy it while it was still going on.“If we hadn’t won here today, I wouldn’t have enjoyed it [coming back] but it is most satisfying because it is the most important stage of the season.“It’s obviously satisfying for me, but for Aston Villa first and foremost it’s another three points which we vitally need.“There is still a lot of hard to be done, but this is a massive step towards survival for the club.“There were some heroic performances out there today and we’ll need more of them from now until the end of the season.”On Benteke’s timely return to form, Sherwood added: “He’s done well.“For the whole to team score just 12 goals in 25 games before I came in, there was something wrong. Something wrong with the team behind him, not creating chances. It wasn’t good enough for the strike force we have.“Benteke – he’s prolific. If you give him a chance he will score.“We are playing it to him a lot earlier, and [Gabriel] Agbonlahor. Keeping them in the game I think is key. It stretches the opposition and I think we saw that today, the Tottenham defence could not settle.”Tottenham lined up with five academy graduates brought through the ranks under Sherwood’s watch at the north London club, including star forward Harry Kane.He may have been sacked as manager in the summer, but Sherwood revealed he still has a good relationship with key figures at Tottenham, and insists he would not be Villa manager now were it not for the faith put in him by the side.“This football club has been very good to me, I spent a lot of years here,” he added.“I respect their decision to let me go and have to thank them because without Tottenham Hotspur, if they hadn’t have let me go, I wouldn’t be Aston Villa manager now.“I was overwhelmed by the number of well wishes I received from people involved with the club, as well as fans, this week.“So I think that if they could have lost any game I think it would have been to me today.”last_img read more

Barcelona plan to hijack Man United’s pursuit of Valencia star Andre Gomes

first_img It could cost a top club around £40m to make Valencia part with star Andre Gomes 1 Barcelona are planning to muscle in on Manchester United’s pursuit of Valencia star Andre Gomes.The Portuguese international is considered as one of the hottest young prospects in European football right now and United tracked his progress closely throughout last season.New United boss Jose Mourinho is eager to bring Gomes to Old Trafford this summer but Barcelona have now firmed up their interest as they look to add another creative midfielder to their ranks.According to El Mundo Deportivo, Barca technical secretary Robert Fernandez has been in contact with Gomes’ representatives and was in the stands for Portugal’s final Euro 2016 friendly against Estonia this week.United, however, are still favourites to land Gomes, who is attracted by the prospect of playing under Mourinho next season, and a deal of around £42m could be completed during the Euros.last_img read more

Theater students share the `Love’

first_img“They’re really doing two shows,” she said, referring to the on-stage performance and the maneuvering behind the scenes. “They have to choreograph every moment.” Fowler said he hopes the show will change the way people think of musical theater, which is sometimes perceived as less serious than plays. “There’s a difference between entertainment and art,” Fowler said. “With entertainment, people go home and forget about it and continue with their lives. I want to affect people.” “Seasons of Love” is being held in memory of Brian Jay Alschuler, a Los Angeles native who performed in Broadway plays and died from AIDS in 1995 at age 34. There will be be performances at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. . Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors, and $10 pre-sale for LACHSA students. They are available at LACHSA theater office or at the door. For more information, call (323) 343-6579. Saturday (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4586160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN GABRIEL – Broadway comes to Gabrielino High School’s Goodson Theatre this weekend. The Los Angeles County High School for the Arts musical revue, “Seasons of Love,” will be performed Saturday at the theater, featuring a cast from the county school, and a lighting and sound crew from Gabrielino High. About 30 LACHSA students will dance and sing their way through some 28 Broadway songs, all threaded together by the common theme of love, said director Zoe Bright. That includes love gone awry, as in “Six Merry Murderesses” from “Chicago,” to love among friends, as in “Seasons of Love” from “Rent,” the number from which the revue draws its title. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurantBecause there’s no plot and no central characters – each song tells a self-contained story – keeping the audience engaged presents challenges, said Altadena resident James Fowler, 17. Fowler will play Tom Collins from “Rent” and Joseph from “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” among other roles. Transitions between songs sometimes take place on stage, and actors have to be quick on their feet when switching between characters. “You can’t leave the audience behind,” Fowler said. “You have to change in the moment, right there.” Dances are choreographed to reflect the diverse eras the revue represents, said choreographer Nancy Evans Doede. And the pace of the revue means there is little room for missteps, said Doede, a Sierra Madre resident. last_img read more

A.V. Fair officials searching for a ‘flowery’ theme

first_imgLANCASTER – Antelope Valley Fair officials are asking people to submit suggestions for the 2007 fair theme, centered on the idea of flowers. Fair officials are particularly looking for themes that lend themselves to bright and colorful graphic representation. “Given how much the Antelope Valley and our fairgrounds has `blossomed,’ we feel a theme that can be demonstrated with flowers makes sense,” fairgrounds spokeswoman Wendy Bozigian said. Entries should be five words or less and are not required to rhyme or include the word “flower.” Multiple theme ideas can be submitted per entry. 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 MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The deadline for theme entries is Oct. 16. Entry forms can be downloaded at Entries not on a form can be mailed, faxed, e-mailed or dropped off at the fair administration offices. In addition to the theme, all entries must include a name, phone number and e-mail address (if applicable). Entries can be sent to 2551 W. Ave. H, Suite 102, Lancaster, CA 93536, Attn: Denise. The fax is (661) 942-2135, and the e-mail is Fairgrounds directors will select the winning entry and announce the winning theme Oct. 30. The theme will be used for the entire year at the fairgrounds, rather than just during the 11-day fair. The theme winner will ride in the annual fair parade, receive a parking pass and two tickets to all concerts and arena entertainment and be invited to the annual kick-off dinner held in August. Additionally, the winner also receives passes to the Bridal Show in January and the Home Show in March.last_img

‘We need to be brave’ – Some Spurs fans think a big change could happen

first_img Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars REVEALED Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino may be forced into a tough decision by Paulo Gazzaniga. REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won RANKED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Paulo Gazzaniga’s matches for Tottenham I think the Gazzaniga > Lloris calls are premature, *but* it’s lovely to have a viable second keeper since… Lloris was briefly our second keeper?— Chris Miller (@WindyCOYS) January 8, 2019 Gazzaniga > lloris I cant lie— Jack (@jackwenlock1) January 8, 2019 3 no dice BEST OF Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Said the other day players should be playing on merit. Appreciate what Lloris has done for us over the years, but surely can’t be long until Gazzaniga is our number one? Nine games, nine wins, five conceded. Clean sheets v Arsenal & Chelsea. Feel comfortable having him in goal.— Noz Ahmed (@NozAhmed) January 9, 2019 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury huge blow Paulo Gazzaniga put on a fine display against Chelsea Prior to this season, Paulo Gazzaniga was regarded as a basic No.3 goalkeeper, someone capable in case of emergencies – as he proved against Crystal Palace in 2017, keeping a clean sheet in a shaky 1-0 win at Wembley.He looked a bag of nerves, despite going on to win the Man of the Match award for keeping the Eagles at bay. When are we going to properly consider Gazzaniga starting over Lloris? #thfc— Hotspur Edition (@HotspurEdition) January 8, 2019 Over the course of the matches he’s been able to display all the relevant attributes too, saving two penalties in the Carabao Cup against Watford, holding his nerve in a make-or-break Champions League tie with PSV Eindhoven, subduing world class strikers in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette and showing his ball-playing ability across all the matches.Against Chelsea his poise, composure, and confidence shown as Spurs rolled the ball around their defence at Wembley attempting to lure his opponents with the help of Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez. shining Gazzaniga is 26 years old. If we’re to get him at his peak we need to be brave and make him number 1 now. Lloris has been a loyal servant to the jersey but I feel his time is up. #COYS #gazzaniga #Tottenham— For the love of Spurs (@LoveofSpurs) January 9, 2019 3 Gazzaniga gives something Hugo never has, release of pressure with an accurate long ball. Not every time, but certainly better with his feet than Lloris. #thfc #COYS— Adam Hooper (@Spur81) January 8, 2019 ADVICE Gazzaniga 8cms taller than Lloris. Lloris would have not made that amazing deflected shot save due to his lack of height. Gazza has very sticky fingers and is an overall better footballer than Lloris. He also oozes confidence. Loving Gazza!— Mike Clark (@mikeyycee) January 9, 2019 Now, though, he’s usurped the at-points calamitous Michel Vorm into the No.2 slot and is running Lloris close after another fine display between the sticks.Tottenham have now won all nine matches he’s started and he’s managed to keep clean sheets against Arsenal and Chelsea – allaying fears about how he would fair against top class opposition. Hugo Lloris now has some serious pressure on his role at Spurs. Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is used to selection headaches but this one might be the biggest during his tenure so far.Hugo Lloris might be a World Cup winner following his Russian excursion with France last summer but he now faces a real battle to retain his No.1 jersey with Spurs. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade This ball-playing element has previously been an issue with Lloris, who lacks the calmness and the skill to perform this role.The Frenchman proved it on the biggest stage of all thanks to his comical error against Croatia in the World Cup 2018 final and, after costly errors against PSV Eindhoven and Barcelona in the Champions League, his displays are certainly under scrutiny.He will remain No.1 in the Premier League while Gazzaniga gets cup contests to showcase his abilities and supporters, like the ones below, will continue to ponder the future of the goalkeeping position in north London. Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Crystal PalaceBrighton & Hove Albion 1-2 Tottenham HotspurTottenham Hotspur 2-2 Watford (won 4-2 on penalties)Huddersfield 0-2 Tottenham HotspurWest Ham United 1-3 Tottenham HotspurTottenham Hotspur 2-1 PSV EindhovenArsenal 0-2 Tottenham HotspurTranmere 0-7 Tottenham HotspurTottenham Hotspur 1-0 Chelsea Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions When do we start seriously asking the question about Gazzaniga and Lloris?— The Tottenham Way (@TheTottenhamWay) January 8, 2019 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REPLY Really starting to think Lloris needs to move aside for Gazzaniga. He’s been outstanding as of late while Hugo’s clangers seem to be coming more often— Joe Hunt (@JoeyWinkle) January 8, 2019 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card MONEY Latest Football Stories Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 3last_img read more

St Johnstone duo win first monthly awards of 2017/18

first_imgSt Johnstone sit third in the table, trailing only Aberdeen who have two more points and Celtic, who are equal on points but have a stronger goal difference. They looked to be on course to end Celtic’s 52-game unbeaten run in domestic competition when they led 1-0 at the end of August before conceding with 11 minutes remaining.Next up for the Saints is a visit from Hibernian after the international break. St Johnstone duo Michael O’Halloran and Tommy Wright have won the Ladbrokes’ August Player and Manager of the Month awards, respectively. O’Halloran has enjoyed a blistering return to the McDiarmid Park side since joining on loan from Rangers in the summer transfer window. He has scored four goals in five games including two winning strikes against Kilmarnock and Partick Thistle in the Scottish Premiership.O’Halloran’s goals have helped contribute to Wright’s excellent start to the season, with his side going undefeated in the first four games.last_img read more