Victory by the young West Indies squad in the recently concluded ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup brought not only relief, but unmitigated joy to the West Indian cricket fan who has suffered day after day, series after series, quarrel after quarrel, as those representing us, either on the field or off the field, appear to strive valiantly to make the game of cricket relevant only to those who are interested in the scores in a match. The following day, therefore, the red carpet treatment arranged by grateful fans to the returning conquerors was welcomed. However, the joy of the real cricket fan was tempered by the bizarre rush to claim responsibility for the victory by the much pilloried president of the West Indies Cricket Board, Mr Dave Cameron. As is now usual, Mr Cameron congratulated himself and the board for the “preparation” of the team before they reached Bangladesh, conveniently forgetting that the successful coach of the team, on his arrival in Bangladesh, bemoaned the lack of match preparation of the team before their arrival in the venue of the World Cup. COACH’S COMPLAINT The veracity of the coach’s complaint was revealed by the fact that our young heroes lost their three warm-up games against the host nation and also lost their opening game against England. After a start like that and the ensuing media firestorm after the win against Zimbabwe, the resilience and character shown by the team, and to no small extent, the coach and the experienced staff that accompanied the team, is one of the reasons the West Indies triumphed. It has absolutely nothing to do with Mr Cameron and his fellow executives, who are determined to stay in charge of West Indies cricket against the wishes of some fans, some prime ministers, and some of the ordinary citizens of this region. That cut like a knife when his self congratulatory statement was heard. Every fan and student of the game now recognises the importance of keeping this group of cricketers together, while continuously exposing them to superior skills. The call to “do a South Africa” and include fast bowling sensation Alzarri Joseph into the senior squad in time for the June series of international matches – as was done by South Africa after their triumph in the last World Cup on the back of their fast bowler, Kagisi Rabada – has been initiated by Tony Cozier, a noted West Indian scribe and cricket guru. This call is reasonable and makes excellent cricketing sense, but the implementation of this suggestion has to be ratified by a group of men (the selectors). Previous groups of young West Indians have been neglected, and as a consequence, they are out of the sport. As long as this board remains in charge, I do fear that the same neglect will follow, no matter what the president says now.
Defending champions Lennon High will hunt their seventh title when they face Excelsior High in the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association schoolgirls football final at the Spanish Town Prison today, starting at 3 p.m.Denham Town High will play St Jago High in the third-place play-off at 1 p.m.Lennon’s coach, Sherlon Lennon, is oozing confidence ahead of the final.”It’s a very good feeling to reach the final. We played Excelsior last year in the final and beat them. We are looking forward to playing some good football and retaining the title,” Lennon said.Lennon will rely on Peta-Kay Green and Renae Gordon to achieve victory.Excelsior will look to avenge their last year’s 3-0 defeat.”The Excelsior team has exceeded my expectations, so I am happy to be in the final,” coach of Excelsior Xavier Gilbert said.Excelsior will rely heavily on their national Under-17 trio of captain Tarania Clarke, Tateyana Pitter, and Chevelle Henry.
Former Harbour View and Arnett Gardens striker, Errol Stevens, has been recalled to the national senior men’s team after being left on the sidelines for about four years. Stevens, who currently plays for Hai Phong in the Vietnam League One, has been included in the Reggae Boyz 20-man squad to face South Korea in a friendly international in that country on Tuesday. Six local players were also named to the squad. Stevens has scored 13 goals in 26 games for his Vietnamese team, helping them to sixth place in the 14-team standings. A powerful, skillful and pacy forward, Stevens came through the ranks at Harbour View before leaving on loan to Russian outfit FC Khimki in 2009. When he returned, he signed for Arnett Gardens in 2011 and was the rave of the Premier League until his departure to Saraburi in Thailand in 2013, from where he moved to Hai Phong at the start of this season. Stevens was last called up in September 2011 by Theodore Whitmore, and after an impressive debut against Colombia, his international career was expected to kick on. However, a series of injuries prevented him from participating in the 2014 World Cup Qualifiers and he went off the radar from there. Now, the 29-year-old has been rewarded by being included in the latest Reggae Boyz squad. Meanwhile, local players Rosario Harriott, Andre Clennon, Allan Ottey, Jermaine Woozencroft, Upston Edwards and Ricardo Morris have been included for the Asian trip. The other members of the squad are: Lee Williamson, Simon Dawkins, Michael Seaton, Deshorn Brown, Shaun Cummings, Ryan Thompson, Adrian Mariappa, Hughan Gray, Joel Grant, Andre Blake, Lance Laing, Giles Barnes and Darren Mattocks.
PORT ANTONIO:The Port Antonio Blue Marlin tournament takes a break this morning to make way for the one-day canoe competition, which has attracted approximately 70 local fishermen.After two gruelling days of competition, nine marlins have been tagged and released.Twenty-six fishing boats, including six overseas entries – three from Haiti, two from the Cayman Islands and one American – are competing in the marlin tournament.On Monday, the tournament was declared open by custos of Portland, Lincoln Thaxter, who urged the anglers to continue their friendly rivalry.The custos also lauded the organisers for their renewed commitment to the staging of the tournament, which continues to be a positive spin-off for local residents, who are employed for approximately two weeks.Today’s canoe tournament will see local fishermen vying for the prestigious Stone Ginger Wine Trophy and a cash prize.The marlin competition resumes tomorrow and will climax on Friday with a prize-giving ceremony.
The rumblings have once again started over the availability and access to the most precious commodity in Jamaican sports: grandstand tickets for the final day of Boys and Girls’ Championships. The discourse has now reached ridiculous proportions with the recent proposal by the past student bodies of top high schools – Calabar, Kingston College, and Jamaica College – launching a formal lobby for a bigger portion of the premium, final-day grandstand tickets to be made available to them. This, to my mind, is a most obnoxious, contentious, and unprincipled proposal. Equity and fairness have been thrown into the garbage, as KC, Calabar, and JC typically seek to feather their own selfish nests. The so-called ‘three the hard way’ are trying to make the case that they spend a combined total of over $40 million in preparing their teams for the marquee event, which, invariably, is won by one of the big three, thus their claim of entitlement for preferential treatment. The arrogance went up a notch with the sly reminder by the ‘cartel’ that Champs would not be the same without Calabar, KC, and JC – with no regard for the fundamental fact that Champs is still a national amateur high-school event. The situation is what it is as it relates to the overwhelming demand for grandstand final-day Champs tickets, and that situation will not change anytime soon. The capacity of the grandstand is less than 5,000, with approximately half of those seats allocated to sponsors, special guests, media, etc. So, in reality, there will be tens of thousands of people chasing less than 3,000 premier grandstand Super Saturday tickets. Certainly, allocating more of those limited tickets to ‘select schools’ cannot be the way to go for the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA). Outside of allowing the overwhelming demand to dictate the price of the grandstand tickets, which would probably push the price up to an exorbitant level, ISSA must remain cognisant of the fact that Champs remains a mere high-school event. Under the less-than-perfect circumstances, the limited tickets should continue to be allocated on a first-come first-serve basis. That is simply the fairest method of allocation. WHAT NEXT? Following the principle of the ‘three the hard way’ proposal to its logical conclusion, it would not be long before the suggestion comes that only past or current students of the top contenders and the big spenders and recent Champs, winners KC, Calabar, and JC will be welcome inside the grandstand and eventually inside the entire stadium. I suspect that the erudite and principled leadership of ISSA will pay very scant regard to the proposal of what must now be more appropriately known as ‘three the snobbish and arrogant way’. The sending of the right messages of fairness, justice, equality, and transparency must be of utmost importance as it relates to a high-school event. The principle must remain where no students or past students of any particular school should be more entitled to a seat in the grandstand on the final day of Champs than the students or past students of any other school. I sincerely hope that after burning in the fields for so long in order to build Boys and Girls’ Champs into an international spectacle of the highest reputation, that on this particular issue of principle, ISSA will neither fall nor yield.
PARIS (AP):Not so much the French Open as the French closed. For the first time in 16 years, unrelenting rain yesterday washed out a full day of play at the only Grand Slam tennis venue without a retractable roof over its show court, clogging the schedule with unfinished and postponed matches and prompting the frustrated tournament director to plead again for a roof as soon as possible.”Our roof is a necessity,” Guy Forget said as players were sent back to their hotels and thousands of would-be spectators told to apply for refunds for their unused tickets.”I’m a bit annoyed today, to say the least.”Chopped and changed plans to modernise Roland Garros now call for a retractable roof by 2020 over Court Philippe Chatrier as part of a modernisation of the cramped clay-court venue in the west of Paris. But opposition and legal action from local residents and environmental activists haVE slowed the ambitious project, which would expand Roland Garros into botanical gardens next door.Tournament organisers hope a ruling expected in September from the Council of State, France’s highest administrative authority, will allow work to proceed.HORRIBLE DAY”We knew today was going to be horrible and it went beyond what we had imagined. That’s why we sent back the players so early,” Forget said.The schedule for today now has top-ranked Novak Djokovic against 14th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut in the first match on Chatrier playing for a place in the quarter-finals.They will be followed by defending champion Serena Williams in her delayed fourth-round match against 18th-seeded Elina Svitolina. Venus Williams’ match against 2015 semi-finalist Timea Bacsinszky was supposed to have been played on Chatrier yesterday but was rescheduled as the third match today on Court Suzanne Lenglen.The first men’s quarter-finals are also scheduled: Second-seeded Andy Murray against Richard Gasquet is the third match on Chatrier, and defending champion Stan Wawrinka against Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain is scheduled last on Lenglen.For the tournament to have the singles finals over the weekend as planned, players could be asked to play on consecutive days, as opposed to every two days, which is usual when conditions are ideal. That should not be a huge problem in women’s singles, which play best-of-three sets, but could be tougher on men if their singles matches go to five sets. Forget didn’t rule out that the finals could also be postponed.”We are not that far back on schedule,” Forget said. “If they do have, eventually at one point, to play two matches, then I guess the fittest guy will be rewarded for it.”
View comments “I haven’t been playing in tournaments lately,” Lehnert told the Inquirer.Instead, she works full-time as a fitness instructor working in a gym and in private.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’The 5-foot-9 stunner strolled the Sunway Putra Mall after checking in with the Philippine delegation secretariat.Her last tournament was last March at Sharm El Sheik in Egypt, the same event she dominated four years ago. Lehnert was a bronze medalist in women’s singles in Singapore 2015, and a silver medalist in both women’s doubles with Denise Dy, and women’s team with Dy and Clarice Patrimonio.Tennis starts on Monday at National Tennis Center Sports Complex, Jalan Duta. Can marathon’s golden maiden bag maiden gold? Katharina Lehnert. Photo by Marc Anthony ReyesKUALA LUMPUR—Katharina Lehnert may not be as active in the pro circuit, but she’s in tip-top shape for the coming Southeast Asian Games tennis competitions.The 23-year-old Lehnert arrived here Friday from Hanover, Germany, ahead of the Philippine tennis team which is due early Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Teen gunned down in Masbate 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Art dela Cruz. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonFor a club as iconic as Ginebra, its new players are normally get thrown to the fire immediately.And for Art Dela Cruz, his Ginebra baptism of fire is to fill the shoes of injured Joe Devance in the PBA Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano “I’m thankful because Joe’s been here for like 10 years, and I’m really thankful because coach Tim saw that we have similarities,” said Dela Cruz in Filipino. “There’s pressure of course to be compared to Joe and I hope I can play that role, because this will be a long road for me.”Helping Dela Cruz get acclimated with the Ginebra system are veterans LA Tenorio and Mark Caguioa as the third-year forward acquaints himself with Cone’s triangle system.“It’s a process, my teammates are preparing me for the plays because my position changes every time,” said Dela Cruz. “Sometimes I play as the big man in the set but most of the time I’m tasked of bringing down the ball and execute plays. It’s a big opportunity for me because this is my first time playing like a point guard.”ADVERTISEMENT Dela Cruz missed much of the 2016-2017 season due to injury when he was still with Blackwater, and now that the third-year forward is well again, Tim Cone expects his new Gin King to play the spot that Devance has temporarily vacated.“We hope we can replace Joe a little bit with the addition of Art Dela Cruz, you know the things that he does,” said Cone Friday at Upper Deck Sports Center.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseCone banks on the versatility of the 6-foot-4 Dela Cruz to replicate Devance’s playmaking in the Ginebra frontcourt as the 10-year veteran is sidelined after having surgery on his foot.And as for Dela Cruz, he’s just thankful that he was given the opportunity to play in the same role as Devance’s. Olympic boxing greats Lomachenko, Rigondeaux fight as pros View comments Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson
OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson On Sunday, Nabong had one of his most impressive games for GlobalPort in a 107-88 win over his former team Meralco.“There’s always motivation playing against your former teammates and your former coach,” he said after posting 17 points and 17 rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBut the 29-year-old doesn’t want to put too much color in the tussle with winning as his only focus.“It was just like any other game. We always come into a game wanting to blow our opponents out. We always want to come in and make that a sure win. We don’t want to leave room for comebacks,” he said. “Meralco is a good team, don’t get me wrong. We just played better and it feels good to win against them.” Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA IMAGESFor the first time in a long time, Kelly Nabong is beaming.And he has every reason to do so. After all, he’s playing the best basketball in his six-year professional career.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending 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 Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Nabong was one of the reasons why the Batang Pier got the headstart over the Bolts. He connected on his first three shots as his side slowly built a 20-point lead, 36-16, in the second quarter that ballooned to as high as 29, 94-65, late in the game.Nabong cleared he doesn’t have an axe to grind against his former teammates, sharing that up to now, he shares a good relationship with a bunch of them despite being cut in the offseason.“I talk to all the players. I have no problems with the players. They’re all great guys over there, we still talk to this day,” he said. “It’s been water under the bridge the day after it happened. No hard feelings to nobody.”Nabong reiterated that he has moved on and would rather focus on his current run with the Batang Pier in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.“Everything happens for a reason. I’m just blessed to get another chance to play basketball with my other former team, GlobalPort, and I’m just really blessed to still be here. We’re really glad we got this win, but one win doesn’t stop here. We’re trying to get to the top,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track TY Tang to make comeback with Go For Gold Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases
View comments Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Happy Lady Eagles soar to victory But with the Elite teetering at the brink, Blackwater coach Leo Isaac has challenged his team to get the job done just two days after the 95-76 win over Kia.Fatigue remains a concern for Isaac, but the veteran mentor feels his team should have more than enough in its tank to overcome NLEX. Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Drawing firepower from reliables Marcio Lassiter, Chris Ross, June Mar Fajardo and Arwind Santos, San Miguel notched its seventh win against two losses, including a shock defeat to Blackwater last week, to keep top spot in the PBA Philippine Cup.The Beermen, who bucked the absence of the injured Alex Cabagnot, also bolstered their bid for a top two finish in the elimination round that comes with a twice-to-beat edge in the quarterfinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSantos came through with a dunk off an inbound pass from Ross that shove the Beermen ahead, 98-87, going to the last minute as they dealt the Aces a second straight loss in a 4-6 card.Meanwhile, Barangay Ginebra tries to stay in the hunt for a quarterfinal bonus as it tangles with Meralco in their first meeting since Game 7 of the Governors’ Cup finals at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In a tie with NLEX at fifth spot with a 5-4 record, the Gin Kings are looking to avoid complications in the quarterfinal race, even as the Bolts are hoping to keep their bid alive for a playoff spot.With their backs against the wall, the Bolts recovered in time to score a 92-90 win over the Phoenix Fuel Masters last Wednesday.The Gin Kings are seeking a follow up to their 99-84 drubbing of TNT Ka Tropa last week.Just like Ginebra, the Road Warriors are gunning for a sixth victory against a Blackwater team coming off a morale-boosting win just two days ago.Banking on the heroics of rookie Kiefer Ravena, the Road Warriors have put themselves in a strong position of punching their ticket to the quarterfinals with games to spare.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Chris Ross. PBA IMAGESOnce the San Miguel Beermen found their rhythm, the Alaska Aces couldn’t keep in step.The Beermen poured in 33 points while holding the Aces to 15 in the third quarter to overhaul a 15-point deficit and win, 109-96, on Saturday night in Batangas City.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours