Bravo leads WI resistance with classy unbeaten 94

first_imgHOBAR, Australia (CMC):Darren Bravo is on the verge of a century, leading a courageous fight-back against Australia, who inflicted more misery on West Indies on the second day of their first Test here yesterday.Bravo played with class to be undefeated on 94 as West Indies stumbled to 207 for six after Australia declared their first innings on 583 for four at Bellerive Oval.After another dreadful performance in the field, the visitors put on a woeful batting display, capitulating to 89 for five before a sixth- wicket stand between Bravo and captain Jason Holder carried them past 100.At the close, Kemar Roach on 31 with three fours was providing solid support to Bravo and their stubborn seventh-wicket stand is nine runs shy of a century.Adam Voges and Shaun Marsh put on 449, the highest fourth-wicket stand in Test history after Australia resumed from their overnight score of 438 for three.Voges, who resumed on 174, finished unbeaten on 269 after Steven Smith declared the innings closed during the lunch break.He scored 33 fours, no sixes, and ended the day with a Test batting average of 76.83, second only to Australian legend Sir Donald Bradman.Jomel Warrican broke thestand by removing Marsh to finish with three wickets for 158runs.Marsh, 139 overnight, was caught by Bravo for 182 after sweeping to deep midwicket.West Indies endured a disastrous start to their first innings, losing four wickets in their first session after Josh Hazlewood trapped Kraigg Brathwaite, who scored 2 from 26 deliveries.Nathan Lyon claimed three for 43, including six maidens, with his spin attack to undermine the West Indies middle order, while Hazlewood picked up two for 43.SCOREBOARDAUSTRALIA 1st inningsA. Voges not out 269S. Marsh c Bravo b Warrican 182M. Marsh not out 1Extras (b4, lb3, w3, nb14) 24Total (4 wkts, 114 overs) 538Did not bat: +P Nevill, P Siddle, J Pattinson, J Hazlewood, N Lyon.Fall of wickets: 1-75 (Burns), 2-104 (Smith), 3-121 (Warner), 4-570 (S March)Bowling: Taylor 17-0-108-0 (w1, nb2), Roach 16-1-99-0 (w1, nb4), Gabriel 10-1-59-1 (nb4), Holder 24-3-75-0 (1w, nb4), Warrican 28-1-158-3, Brathwaite 13-0-52-0, Blackwood 6-0-25-0.WEST INDIES 1st inningsK. Brathwaite lbw Hazlewood 2R. Chandrika c Smith b Lyon 25D.M. Bravo not out 94M. Samuels c&b Lyon 9J. Blackwood c Burns b Lyon 0D. Ramdin b Hazlewood 8J. Holder lbw b Siddle 15K. Roach not out 31Extras: (b7, lb10, w1, nb5) 23Total: (6 wickets; 65 overs) 207To Bat: J Taylor, J Warrican, S GabrielFall of wickets: 1-17(Brathwaite),2-58(Chandrika),3-78(Samuels),4-78 (Blackwood), 5-89 (Ramdin), 6-116 (Holder)Bowling: Hazlewood 16-4-43-2,Pattinson 15-0-68-0, Siddle 12-5-22-1,Lyon 19-6-43-3, Marsh 3-1-14-0.Toss: Australia.last_img read more

Who do you think will top tonight’s RJR National Sportsman and Sportswoman Awards?

first_imgWho do you think will top tonight’s RJR National Sportsman and Sportswoman awards? Lenroy Stewart:Usain Bolt for sure. It’s a given that Bolt will win, he is the best always. Swimmer Alia Atkinson will win the Sportswoman of the Year for me. She has been making waves in her sport.Oshane Green:I would definitely give it to Usain (Bolt). Alia Atkinson did a great job but Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has been consistently delivering. I would give the Sportswoman title to Shelly.Clive Carr:No doubt in my mind, Usain Bolt is the greatest. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is the big lady for me. She always rises to the occasion.Vanessa Madden:Usain Bolt will win the Sportsman of the Year title because he is the best. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is my pick for female sportswoman of the year because she always wins her races.Lisa Hall:I pick Usain Bolt because he has done things which have never been done before at the World Championships. For the women’s award I will pick Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, as she is a champion.Heather Frampton:Usain Bolt deserves it, as he has performed well. For the women I think Shelly-Ann Fraser- Pryce will win. She is the clear leader.last_img read more

Williams powers JC to hockey title

first_imgJamaica College hockey star Jahmar Williams did not have the best start to the season as he struggled to find his form in the preliminary round.However, the youngster rose to the occasion when it mattered most, scoring both goals in their 2-0 semi-final win over Munro on Wednesday, which booked his team’s spot in the ISSA/Jamaica Hockey Federation under-19 schoolboys hockey final.Then in yesterday’s decider at the Mona Astro Turf, the forward netted the game’s only goal – two minutes from the end (58th), to help the Old Hope Road school win the championship for the third year in succession with a 1-0 win over Campion College.”It’s a good feeling (to score winning goal in final). Coach always tell us what we do in training, we are going to do in the match. He told me to stand at the back line and when the ball comes, I should give it my all and that’s what I did,” Williams told The Gleaner after the game.Williams’ start to the season was not the most eye-catching but as the competition wore on, he got better and better and in the play-offs he turned up trumps for his school.”I started (season) on a low but I got in the groove, and as a result, I scored four goals (for the season). I could have played better (in final), but I got the winning goal and that’s all the team needed,” he said.GREAT GOALKEEPINGThe champions had the better of the game from the start, but inspired goalkeeping from Sean-Paul McPherson kept the game scoreless. Campion also had their chances, but could not capitalise. With the game heading for penalties, Williams combined with Chevaun Stanley before guiding his shot past McPherson in the Campion goal”We tried really hard in the first-half, but the Campion goalkeeper made some brilliant saves, but at JC, we never doubt ourselves we say just believe and you will achieve,” added the player, who has two more seasons with the team.Winning coach Kemar Mitchell said he expected a tough match.”Coming in the tournament Campion was one of the strongest teams. We tried to score early, but I told the guys to just wait patiently and the goal will come,” he said.last_img read more

Start Pick-6 with Unbreakable

first_img (2) UNBREAKABLE (3) DWAYNE STAR/ ACTION MAN (4) WARTIME/RUBY ROSE (5) PRINCESS STATISTICS/LEILANI (6) DYSFUNCTIONAL/ SEEKING THE DAWN (7) UNGENUINE ARTICLE/QUEEN OF THE TOWN FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES With female apprentice Andree Powell having scored a stunning upset aboard the 99-1 outsider SAMORA in the seventh race at Caymanas Park on Wednesday, both the pick-9 and twilight Super-6 offer carryovers. The first Super-6 from race two to seven looks tailored for the down-in-class UNBREAKABLE, who failed in his bid to win his fourth consecutive race recently on a $550,000 claiming tag. Reporting under new management, having been claimed by trainer Neive Graham for top owner O’Shaun Connection recently, UNBREAKABLE, with in-form claiming apprentice Linton Steadman aboard, is confidently expected to resume winning ways ahead of recent winner FLYING MIRACLE. DWAYNE STAR, who just failed to catch SHINING LIGHT in the recent Easter Sprint Cup over 1100 metres, should again have the measure of the speedy ACTION MAN, who was third in that race, over the straight five course, to be contested by eight overnight allowance horses. Three-time champion jockey Dane Nelson will now ride DWAYNE STAR for in-form trainer Patrick Lynch. WARTIME, the mount of the improving apprentice Jerome Innis, caught the eye in running last time out and should win the fourth race over 14000 metres for maiden three-year-olds, this for female trainer Margaret Parchment. Briefly, the next three races should be won by PRINCESS STATISTIC (Steadman up); DIYFUNCTTIONAL (Omar Walker up); and GENUINE ARTICLE (Wesley Henry) in the seventh.last_img read more

Nelson off to Canada

first_imgThree-time champion jockey Dane Nelson left the island yesterday to ride in Canada for an extended period for the second consecutive year. The 32-year-old, who is the leading jockey with 26 winners so far this season, will ride at Assiniboia Downs, Northlands, and Canada’s premier racetrack, Woodbine in Toronto. Nelson, popularly called the ‘Warrior Chief’, was champion jockey for three consecutive years from 2012 to 2014. Having ridden the brilliant 3-y-o filly to victory in the recent Post to Post Guineas over a mile, Nelson will miss the ride in the April 30 Jamaica Oaks. He has, however, disclosed that he will return home to ride her in the June 25 Jamaica Derby over 2400 metres. Meanwhile, the filly’s trainer, Gary Subratie, said reigning champion Shane Ellis is likely to ride her in the Oaks. Nelson, who rode 46 winners on his first visit to Canada last year, joins fellow jockeys Paul ‘Country” Francis, Richard Mairs, and Shamaree Muir, who all left the island in recent weeks to ride in Canada. – O.C.last_img read more

51-y-o ‘Razor’ Ruddock to fight for Canadian title

first_imgDonovan ‘Razor’ Ruddock, once regarded as one of the best heavyweight boxers in the world, created waves in boxing circles earlier this year, when he returned to the ring after a 10-year break, at age 51.He is in the news again, as he is scheduled to fight champion Dillon Carman, for the Canadian heavyweight title, in Toronto on September 11.Not many people believed Ruddock when he announced his comeback earlier this year, after not fighting since October 12, 2001. He has, however, had two fights, one in March and the other in May, won them both, and has been given the go-ahead to challenge for the Canadian title that he once held.The present title holder is 29 years old and has a 8-2 record. He won the vacant Canadian title on October 25, 2014 by defeating Eric Bahaoeli, and will be making his first title defence. He has been a professional boxer for only four years, so he does not have much experience.momentum gainedRuddock prides himself on his physical fitness and has stated that there is no doubt in his mind that he will regain the title that he once held. His two fights earlier this year have given him the momentum that he needs he said, and his camp is confident that his many years of experience will serve him in good stead this time around.Ruddock has a very impressive 40-5-1 record, and when one recalls that the men who have beaten him are top-class fighters, it has to be accepted that he has had a remarkable career. He lost to Mike Tyson twice in two very exciting fights, to Lennox Lewis and to Tommy Morrison, all exceptional fighters.The only question to be answered now is, how his body will respond to this ring challenge at age 51.The fight is scheduled for 10 rounds, which is unusual, as these title fights are usually over 12 rounds, and the shorter distance will definitely be better for him. He showed in his two fights this year that he still has power in both hands, so it could be a very interesting fight.last_img read more

FIFA stops funding to T&T

first_imgPORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Football’s world governing body, FIFA, has confirmed that it has halted funding to the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) over its failure to produce audited statements.TTFA receives an annual subvention of US$250,000 every year in four instalments but payments have not been wired to the association’s account, officials have said.”Financial assistance and approval of new programmes to the TTFA are currently on hold awaiting full compliance,” said a FIFA spokesman in an email response to Wired868.”In accordance with the General Regulations for FIFA Development Programmes, all member associations including the TTFA have to comply with certain standard procedures, such as internal financial audits in order to receive funds corresponding to the Financial Assistance Programme (FAP) and other FIFA development programmes”.TTFA auditThe TTFA audit, according to FIFA, should have been up to December 2014 and ought to have landed in Zurich by March 31, 2015.However, up until May 22, 2015, the football body had only done audited statements up until 2008.”Yes, we have not been able to pay the staff for July because our funding has not come through from FIFA as yet,” said Sheldon Phillips, general secretary of the TTFA.”Also we were forced to spend $650,000 that we had not budgeted for”.FIFA’s decision to withhold funding to Trinidad comes amid a war of words between president Raymond Tim Kee and Sports Minister Brent Sancho over the TTFA’s failure to supply audited reports to the ministry as well as account for their expenditure.last_img read more

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New focus for HPC as player development shifts to PCL

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Emphasis will shift from the Barbados-based High Performance Centre (HPC) and onto the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Professional Cricket League for the development of regional players.The WICB said yesterday while the HPC had served the region well in producing a number of well-established Test players, the institution would no longer function as it did in the past by enrolling a set of players on a year-round basis.Rather, the HPC will now serve to provide the “finishing touches to elite players” coming out of the regional competitions.”We need to differentiate between the High Performance Centre and High Performance Programme. The staff is still based in Barbados, but we no longer have a cohort because we are now looking to the franchises to develop the talent,” said the WICB’s Director of Cricket, Richard Pybus.”The financial investment is into the establishment of a sustainable professional cricket system in the region, not only as a standalone professional product in the sporting marketplace, but also with the specific goal to produce players for the West Indies.”It is now the responsibility of the territorial boards in their development programmes and the franchises with first-class cricket to ensure the player pipeline to West Indies teams is well-stocked with international standard players.”The WICB moved last year to institute the PCL, comprising six franchises from the traditional cricketing territories, and competing for the first time under a full professional system.Meanwhile, the last intake of cricketers at the HPC was in 2013, with Pybus pointing out the need now for a second tier, franchise tournament and a regional academy programme.”The tournament will serve a number of playing and development purposes, expanding and accelerating the work the WICB is currently doing of preparing players for the highest levels of the game,” he said.”The academy would bring in the best elite emerging players to the HPC for three months in the off-season and they be groomed for international cricket.”Right now, we are seeking sponsorship to operate both programmes in a meaningful way.”The second edition of the PCL is set to bowl off next month.last_img read more

Whitmore happy with Gold Cup draw

first_imgShayne Fairman, Gleaner Writer Theodore Whitmore remains optimistic about the Reggae Boyz chances to advance from the CONCACAF Gold Cup first round, noting his charges will give their all in Group C of the upcoming tournament. The tournament’s 14th renewal will see last year’s beaten finalists, Jamaica, open their campaign July 9 against minnows Curacao at the Qualcomm stadium, in San Diego, California. In what is expected to be two testy encounters, the Jamaicans will lock horns with reigning champions Mexico on July 13 at the Sports Authority Field in Denver, Colorado (USA), before wrapping up the group stage against El Salvador at the Alamodome, in San Antonio, Texas on July 16. “With the draw, yes definitely (happy). As I said before, it doesn’t really matter, we have to play someone, the teams must be doing something to be here,” Whitmore told members of the media, following Tuesday’s draw at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara. “We don’t want to take anybody lightly because they must have been doing something to be here in the tournament.” Whitmore underlined that the plan is to get his players up and running for the crucial games. Meanwhile, president of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Captain Horace Burrell tipped his coach to get the job done, in what he described as a “fairly good draw.” “It’s in coach Whitmore’s hands, I think he has embarked on a new role, on a new initiative, it’s been paying dividends and we will continue to support him; full stop,” said Burrell.last_img read more

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