WI suffer innings defeat in first test against Sri Lanka

first_imgGALLE, Sri Lanka (CMC):West Indies crumbled to a pathetic innings and six-run defeat to Sri Lanka inside four days in their opening Test at the Galle International Stadium here yesterday.Jermaine Blackwood fell eight runs shy of a century in a brave effort to avert the innings defeat, but the West Indies, who were asked to bat a second time, were bowled out for 227 in their second innings in the second session.Just like in the first innings, several frontline batsmen failed to capitalise on starts as the left-arm spinner Rangana Herath returned to haunt the Caribbean side with a four-wicket haul to finish the match with his fifth 10-wicket haul in Tests.West Indies, resuming the day on 67 for two, facing a deficit of 166, failed to make full use of an over reliance on Herath and lost their final eight wickets for just 160 runs on a slow Galle pitch.Marlon Samuels, one of Herath’s victims, was dismissed for a first ball duck, staying on the back foot to a ball he should have been playing to on the front foot.The Caribbean side were tottering on 88 for five, after losing opener Kraigg Brathwaite for 34 and Darren Bravo for 31, when Blackwood arrived to launch an enterprising attempt to salvage Windies pride.The diminutive Jamaican hit 10 fours and three sixes in his 169-minute occupation of the crease, while confirming his status as a promising West Indies investment.For the most part, he batted freely, using his feet to get down the track to launch Tharindu Kaushal over mid-on for six and drive Milinda Siriwardana for four while running out of partners.Blackwood carved out a 48-run sixth-wicket stand with Denesh Ramdin, which ended when the partnership was giving West Indies a glimmer of hope.Ramdin went for 11, driving loosely at Siriwardana and edged to second slip, while Blackwood almost followed in the next over with an edge, spilled by Angelo Mathews of Kusal Perera’s glove.Blackwood reached his half-century just after lunch with support from captain Jason Holder, who hung around long enough to add 36 with him for the seventh.However, Holder was run out for 18 in unfortunate circumstances as he played across a ball from Herath, which deflected off his pad to Mathews at slip.Mathews, spotting Holder out of his crease, threw down the stumps with a direct hit.Kemar Roach was removed in similar fashion to his first innings dismissal to become only the fifth West Indian to get stumped in both innings of a Test match.When Jerome Taylor departed, lbw to Prasad for five, West Indies were nine down with 44 wickets, still needing to avoid an innings defeat.Blackwood had no option but to farm the strike to push his side as close as possible and succeeded in rattling Herath, hitting him for two fours and two sixes in the space of nine balls.But the pressure mounted on Blackwood on 92, with nine fielders on the boundary as he ran down the track, only to pick out the cover boundary, leaving Shannon Gabriel not out on seven.SCOREBOARDSRI LANKA 1st innings 484WEST INDIES 1st Innings 251West Indies 2nd innings 227 (67-2 overnight)KC Brathwaite lbw b Herath 34SD Hope b Siriwardana 6DM Bravo c +Perera b Pradeep 31D Bishoo c Mathews b Herath 10MN Samuels lbw b Herath 0J Blackwood c Silva b Prasad 92D Ramdin+ c Silva b Siriwardana 11JO Holder* run out (Mathews) 18KAJ Roach st +Perera b Herath 5JE Taylor lbw b Prasad 5ST Gabriel not out 7Extras: (lb 3, w 2, nb 3) 8Total (all out) 227Fall of wickets: 1-18 (Hope), 2-60 (Brathwaite), 3-74 (Bishoo), 4-74 (Samuels), 5-88 (Bravo), 6-136 (Ramdin), 7-172 (Holder), 8-178 (Roach), 9-189 (Taylor), 10-227 (Blackwood).Bowling: Prasad 9.3-3-28-2, Herath 22-5-79-4, Pradeep 14-1-28-1, Siriwardana12-1-60-2, Kaushal 11-3-29-0.Position: West Indies lost by an innings and six runs.Toss: Sri LankaUmpires: Marais Erasmus, Richard Illingworth; TV – Simon Frylast_img read more

Remembering Munich … History-making Jamaican Olympic diver looks back at German memories

first_img It will become the scene of both her most fulfilling and horrific experiences, but for the Olympian, it was the moment that defined her for the rest of her life. “That one was the pinnacle, because once you are an Olympian, you will always be an Olympian. That is something no one can ever take away from you. I was proud to represent my country,” said Sharpe during a recent chat with The Gleaner. A great accomplishment for a bright-eyed 16 year-old; still, the Munich Olympics, which were ironically marketed as ‘The Happy Games’, will be mostly remembered for the killing of 11 Israeli athletes and coaches by a group of Palestinian terrorists who had taken them hostage. Sharpe reminisced on the scenes in the Athletes Village and how that incident not only changed the mood of the Games, but also her own perspective. “I remember probably more than I want to remember from it. We could see the terrorist standing outside on the balcony with his gun because of the way the village was set out,” she shared. “The mood of the Games changed. The last time it was held in Germany, it was held in Berlin, and the whole thing with Jesse Owens and (Adolf) Hitler, and so Germany was going out of their way to try and make this a comfortable, friendly games, and that’s how we felt about it.” The extra security detail and the jubilant reactions to the false news that the hostages had been freed are all still fresh in her mind. “I was going through the line at breakfast and I had a smile on my face and the lady that was serving me breakfast she said ‘You don’t know do you? Nobody knows.’ “And I said, ‘Know what?’ And she said, ‘They were all killed.” What didn’t die for Sharpe, is the resolve that she developed from that experience. “Its not something that I usually tell people. I don’t believe in tooting my own horn from that point of view. There is something inside of me that no one can take away from me; I know what my accomplishments are, I just feel like I can hold myself up so high from the experience of being an Olympian, and I always have that self confidence and that’s what reaching that level of sports gives you – you know who you are,” she beamed. This summer, she will have company in the chronicles of Jamaican diving history with Yona Knight-Wisdom set to carve his name beside hers as Jamaican diving Olympian after his qualification to the Rio Olympic Games. MUNICH 1972 In 1966, a Gleaner article declared: “Jamaicans are naturally athletic and agile people, and we could produce divers of world class if more attention was paid to this aspect of swimming.” This bold proclamation was made just after 10 year-old Betsy Sullivan had represented Jamaica in 3m diving competition at the 1966 Commonwealth Games held in Kingston. ” … at that age you kind of know no fear. Whatever is there to do you just do it. Life is just for living at that age, you’re enjoying yourself and having a great time, totally oblivious to the fact I had qualified to a games at age 10 and the magnitude of what that meant. I was just an average 10 year-old playing with my friends, having a good time,” she remembered. “I wasn’t there to win, I didn’t have any expectations at that age, it was just a good experience and I really enjoyed it.” Six years down the road, the then – teenager, Sullivan – now Betsy Sharpe, became the first Jamaican to qualify for the Olympics in the diving event.last_img read more

As 2014 Special Senatorial Election Results Finally Emerge Ellen Loses ‘Majority’ in Senate

first_imgThe final results of the just ended Special Senatorial Election seem to foreshadow a steep journey ahead for President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, as many of her fellow partisans who fought unsuccessfully to maintain their incumbency in the Senate will no longer be around.Among the 12 senators that stood for reelection, only two return, causing the Executive Mansion to lose about seven strong confidants from the team which was considered “the engine of Madam Sirleaf’s legislative success story” on Capitol Hill.Even though senators Isaac W. Nyenabo, Frederick D.Cherue and Cletus S. Wortoson of Grand Gedeh, River Gee and Grand Kru counties, respectively, did not seek reelection, their absence from the Senate clearly indicates the difficult circumstances the President has to struggle with while trying to make new friends in an effort to replace them.Particularly for Senator Isaac Nyenabo, who now leads Liberia’s agenda at the level of Ambassador to the European Union (EU) and Brussels, Madam Sirleaf will certainly miss his skillfull navigation of the Legislature and ability to lobby to manipulate and achieve the interest of the President.Losing the three influential personalities may not pain the presidency so much as losing a stalwart and “diehard” supporter like Gbehzohngar M. Findley of Grand Bassa County.  Senator Findley, who served for the past several years as President Pro-Tempore of the Senate, collected 10,306 votes amounting to 36.3% from behind leader, Jonathan L. Kaipay who got 16,296 or 57.4%.  This could spell real “danger” for President Sirleaf’s legislative agenda, something which is greatly needed in order to revive an already staggering legacy before the end of her second and final term in 2017.Kaipay comes from the Liberty Party, an organization believed to share a ‘mutual window’ with the Unity Party regime; and with that, many believe that winning him to the President’s side may just be a matter of time.With the arrival of pretty ‘unfamiliar’ but critical faces in the Liberian Senate for the third sitting of the 53rd Legislature, Madam Sirleaf is struggling to establish herself amongst the new senators-elect before they take seats in January 2015. According to reliable sources, the President’s Office has been engaged with placing calls to  few senators-elect and having lengthy discussions, while the National Elections Commission (NEC) has been chased for contact details of other senators-elect with whom the President does not have close interaction.Lofa County Senator Sumo G. Kupee, formerly of Unity Party, was reportedly ill-treated by UP, forcing him to seek refuge in the People’s Unification Party (PUP).  He lost to Stephen J. H. Zargo, 6,288 to 12,797.As for Maryland County John A. Ballout, one of the President’s closest confidants, who could not retain his seat, went down to former Superintendent Gbleh-bo Brown 877 to 5,192 votes. Even though UP could not give him their support, but the former UP Senator Jonathan J. Banney, a friend of Madam Sirleaf, could not stop Representative Francis Paye of National Democratic Congress (NDC) from clinching victory with 1,959 votes of the 9,176 votes cast.Margibi Senator Clarice Jah couldn’t do much to showcase her dominance as the Liberty Party seat was surrendered to new comer, Womba J. Tornonlah 7,893 to 1,967. Senator Jah chaired the Senate Executive Committee, a position she used to get closer to Madam Sirleaf.However, the Executive Committee position might likely return to presidential control with the arrival of Daniel Naatehn, who beat incumbent Theodore Momo 3,962 to 1,431 of votes cast.Interestingly, UP chairman Varney G. Sherman secured victory in Grand Cape Mount County with 13,651 votes, thereby placing him in a comfortable position to lead the Senate as President Pro-Tempore.The charisma is there, but old senators are skeptical of his alignment with Madam Sirleaf and believe offering him the job might be a replica of Findley, who was many times threatened with removal based on his ties with the Chief Executive.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bassa LFA Suspends, Fines Players, Coach

first_imgThe Grand Bassa County Sub-Association of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) has suspended and fined seven 3rd Division players and a coach.According to a communication signed by Secretary Moses D. Hayes, Sr. and approved by Chairman Jeremiah B. Johnson, the players are from Gbehzohn PRO FC in Lower Harlandsville Township outside Buchanan City.The players have been suspended for one year for attacking center referee Emmanuel Gaye during a match between their team and Fairplay FC at the Doris Williams Sports Stadium recently.The players are Reuben B. Frank, Emmanuel Tarley, Philip Roberts, Junior Gibson and Leroy Simpson.The club is also fined $10,000LD for bringing the match to a standstill, and it is responsible to pay for missing and damaged items.The items included 2 fox forty whistles at the cost of $30 USD, a set of referee’s cards at the cost of $15 USD, Medical bills for Referee Gaye at the cost of $1,500LD and window glasses broken by Player Junior Gibson from the VIP which cost $40 USD. Gibson has denied the charge. Also two players of Western Lion F.C of Lower Harlandsville Township, Daniel Kpehe and Sequence Freeman were also suspended for one year. They attacked center referee Sylvester S. Sayon during a match between Fashion FC and Western Lion FC. In another development, Coach Abraham Harrington of Fashion F.C. was suspended for six months for insulting center referee Sylvester S. Sayon during a match between Fashion FC and Western Lion, recently.The action exhibited by the suspended players and the coach as well as their clubs contravenes LFA’s Rules and Regulations, chapter 18, Article 1, Section 1.5a and Section 1.7 respectively. Accordingly, section 1.5a states that any official who shall assault a match official or LFA Official before, during and after a match shall be suspended for one year for the first offense and pay all expenses incurred by the match official or LFA official and 18 months for the second offense.Section 1.7 also states that a club player, officials or member of a club who shall encourage or authorize the team to abandon a match or bring a match to a standstill shall be fined $10,00LD and be suspended for not less than one year and not exceeding two years.The suspension of the seven players and coach started September 28, 2015 and will expire September 28, 2016.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GECOM to move election materials to LAAs this week

first_imgLGE 2018The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) will begin moving election materials during this week, with six days to go before Local Government Elections (LGE) on November 12.GECOM Registration Officer Clairmont Mingo said the Commission would begin moving ballot boxes and other materials to the 80 Local Authority Areas (LAAs) in the coming week.GECOM, in collaboration with the Guyana Press Association (GPA), facilitated an interactive voter education session with the media fraternity on Saturday.“All these materials will be checked at the locations to ensure that they are correct, efficient and that they are also adequate,” Mingo is quoted by the Department of Public Information (DPI) as saying.Mingo added that an elaborate and comprehensive training programme for all categories of workers was conducted, including ongoing training of polling day staff. “All are expected to discharge these duties with the highest degree of impartiality, honesty, transparency and accuracy,” Mingo said.GECOM Public Relations Officer Yolanda Ward reiterated that the Commission would be declaring official results from the LGE one day after the November 12 poll closed.Ward said preliminary results were expected to be announced three hours after the close of polls. She added that results would be disseminated live on television stations in LAAs as well as GECOM’s social media pages.Ward said final results for smaller LAAs were anticipated by midnight, November 12 and the following day, November 13, for larger LAAs.This year, candidates from 80 LAAs consisting of 595 constituencies will be contesting the LGE through a mixed electoral system of proportional representation and first past the post.last_img read more

Student nurse on $80,000 bail for unlawful wounding

first_imgHot water incidentA student nurse attached to the Charles Roza School of Nursing in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) who is accused of throwing hot water on a woman was on Monday released on $80,000 bail when she appeared at the Linden Magistrate’s Court.Denauda Williams, 20, of Lot 129 Wismar Housing Scheme, Linden, denied the charge of unlawful wounding when she appeared before Magistrate Wanda Fortune. The charge stated that on January 3, 2019, she unlawfully wounded 19-year-old Shanyce Bynoe, at Wisroc Housing Scheme, Wismar, Linden.Defence Attorney Yondessa Welcome, in a bail application, told the court that her client has no previous incidents with the law.Reports are Williams and her boyfriend were conversing at his home at Wisroc Housing Scheme, Wismar, when Bynoe, who is allegedly also in a relationship with the young man, went to his home.The young man reportedly went to speak with the Virtual Complainant and Williams, who was said to be cooking at the time, allegedly became angered. She then reportedly took the hot water from the stove and threw it on the VC. The teen was rushed to the Linden Hospital, where she was treated for second-degree burns to her hands and chest.The case will continue on January 22, 2019.last_img read more

Killbillies take Rated PG to double overtime

first_imgStephanie Woodwark, AKA Francis Break’em, is one of the players on the team. She says the game was the team’s strongest effort yet, and gave Prince George all they could handle.“It was a really good game for us. Even though we lost, it was our best game ever,” she says. “Normally Prince George win by 100 to 150 points, and when we came to the end of the game we were tied at 181, so that was a huge accomplishment there.”The game ended up going into double overtime to settle things. One overtime period by itself is uncommon in the sport.- Advertisement -“We went into an overtime, which is extremely rare in roller derby, then we tied again at 186 and went into a second overtime which apparently nobody had ever seen. We didn’t feel like we lost at the end; we felt pretty good at it. They are the best team that we ever play.” The Killbillies are off for a while before their home opener at the North Peace Arena against Quesnel on June 15. The doors for the event will open at 6 p.m. The game will have an opening bout for rookies at 6:30 p.m, with the main event getting underway at 7 p.m.last_img read more

SOCCER NEWS: LAGAN U16 LADIES GO GOAL CRAZY AS THEY BEAT GREENCASTLE 9-0

first_imgLagan Harps FCOur girls teams were busy last week.Our u/14’s lost 1-0 to Kilmacrennan. Our u/16’s had a 9-0 win over Greencastle with Amy Boyd(2), Ciana Brogan, Zoe Mc Glynn(2), Amanda Callaghan and Caoimhe Walsh scoring. Our ladies 2nd team drew 1-1 with Fanad Utd with Erin Coll scoring.Next week they take part in the Foylde cup along with our u/10 boys side.In our weekly lotto the numbers drawn were 1,6,8 and 17.Fourteen people had two numbers with Phyllis Hamlyn drawn out and winning E50. SOCCER NEWS: LAGAN U16 LADIES GO GOAL CRAZY AS THEY BEAT GREENCASTLE 9-0 was last modified: July 14th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Lagan Harps FCNoticesSportlast_img read more

Leeds want Man City starlet and Birmingham ace as Bielsa targets new keeper

first_img Bielsa was named Leeds boss earlier this month 3 The Argentine arrived at Leeds’ Thorpe Arch training ground on Monday for his first day in charge, and he admitted in his first press conference that he was not planning on making too many signings this summer.“For the moment we are not intending to bring too many new faces in,” Bielsa said. “From my point of view the club have plenty of players on the books who I believe we should keep. The club generally have 15 players more than we need and we still have four or five different positions where we need to strengthen.” 3 RESULTS BRAGGING RIGHTS Gunn is held in high-regard at parent club Manchester City Haaland signs Man United kit amid £76m rumours… and posts Leeds pic too Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Leeds have just two goalkeepers on their books right now, Andy Lonergan and youngster Bailey Peacock-Farrell, as Felix Wiedwald left Elland Road for Eintracht Frankfurt of the Bundesliga earlier this month. WHITE KNIGHT SOMETHING’S RON Chelsea have watched Leeds ace ‘perfect for Premier League football’ regularly However, a new goalkeeper is believed to be one of Bielsa’s priorities, and a report in the Yorkshire Evening Post says Leeds are courting Angus Gunn, the Manchester City glovesman, and David Stockdale of Birmingham City.Stockdale, 32, made 39 appearances for Birmingham last season, having moved to St Andrew’s on a free transfer from Brighton in summer 2017. How Ronaldinho ‘tricked’ Brazil teammate into joining Man United over Leeds round up Jansson explains why he prefers Brentford boss Frank to ‘mental’ Bielsa center_img compared impact England Under-21 international Gunn is currently contracted to Manchester City, but he spent 2017/18 on loan at Leeds’ Championship rivals Norwich, with whom he kept 15 clean sheets in 46 league matches. Leeds back on top: What happened in the Championship on Tuesday night? Stockdale helped Brighton win promotion to the Premier League before leaving for Birmingham last summer Leeds United are interested in signing Angus Gunn and David Stockdale this summer, as Marcelo Bielsa plans to bring a new goalkeeper to Elland Road.Bielsa was recently appointed manager of the Yorkshire club, succeeding Paul Heckingbottom after his sacking at the end of last season. coming soon? Leeds lose at Fulham, West Brom held, Charlton’s winless run continues Leeds go top of Championship with win over Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield Bristol City beat Fulham, QPR win for first time since October, Leeds go top Ljungberg ‘feels sorry’ for on-loan Arsenal man over lack of game time ROUND-UP 3 Latest Leeds news PLAY HIM last_img read more

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson defends Wilfried Zaha

first_imgGary Lineker said that he should take the intense attention he receives as a “compliment”, but the incident was the latest in which he appears to have been targeted. Watford’s Etienne Capoue had already been accused by Graeme Souness of trying to “nail” Zaha in a fixture earlier this season.That he has already been fouled 11 times since it began has contributed to concerns about the treatment he receives, but Palace will regardless resist contacting Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) to demand greater protection for their most influential player.“People are entitled to say what they think, if it is heartfelt and honest,” said Hodgson. “It is the person making the comment who has to stand for that, and I don’t think it is for others to chip in and make comments about it. Zaha feels he is treated unfairly Hodgson defended his star man 2 2 Roy Hodgson has supported Wilfried Zaha in his pursuit of greater protection – but Crystal Palace have no intention of making an official complaint to help his cause.After last week’s 1-0 victory at Huddersfield, in which he scored but was again fouled, this time by Mathias Jorgensen, Zaha said: “I’d have to get my leg broken for anyone to get a card. That’s why I lose my head. Why am I getting different treatment from other players?” “He said what he had to say and he has no reason to apologise for that. We want to move on from there. Let’s hope that he will survive the coming matches in the way he wants to. Our chances are better with him in the team.“After every game, clubs are asked to comment and send in a report on the game. I’m pretty certain we did that, as we do after every game. But there’s been no specific contact with the Premier League or Mike Riley and his people at all. I see no reason for that. We’ve not made any overtures to the Premier League or the PGMOL.”The 25-year-old Zaha is expected to again be prominent when Palace host Newcastle in the Premier League on Saturday.last_img read more