NAGPUR, India (CMC):West Indies nearly made a mess of a simple run chase, but recovered in time to pull off a nervy three-wicket win over South Africa with two balls to spare, and romp into the semi-finals of the Twenty20 World Cup here yesterday.In pursuit of an uncomplicated target of 123 on a slow pitch at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, West Indies were propelled by Man-of-the-Match Marlon Samuels who top-scored with a vital 43 from 44 deliveries while opener Johnson Charles stroked 32 from 35 balls.The Caribbean side were on top of the game at 66 for two in the 12th over, but lost five wickets for 47 runs in the space of 46 balls, to decline to 113 for seven in the penultimate over.Starting the final over with nine required for victory, West Indies were left sweating when Carlos Brathwaite (10 not out) was kept scoreless by 20-year-old seamer Kagiso Rabada off the first ball.However, Brathwaite cleared the ropes at wide long on with the second delivery before a wide and then a single ensured the scores were level with three balls remaining.Denesh Ramdin, batting at number nine, then steered the fourth delivery and his first to short third man where Hashim Amla dropped a sharp chance jumping high to his right, earning a single to take West Indies to their third straight win and keeping them unbeaten in the tournament.They sit top of Group One on six points, two clear of second-placed England, who face Sri Lanka – fourth on two points – on Saturday. Sri Lanka are third on two points and an England victory will eliminate them.INNINGS RESCUEDSent in earlier, South Africa were floundering at 47 for five in the ninth over before opener Quinton de Kock top-scored with 47 from 46 deliveries and David Wiese chipped in with 28 from 26 balls, to rescue the innings.Chris Gayle was the unlikeliest of bowling heroes with his off-spin, claiming two for 17 from his three overs, while seamers Dwayne Bravo (2-20) and Andre Russell (2-28) also chimed in with two wickets apiece.West Indies struck a key blow off the third ball of the game when Amla (1) gambled on an ill-advised single with de Kock, but failed to beat Russell’s throw from point to wicketkeeper Ramdin.In the next over, captain Faf du Plessis chipped Russell to Sulieman Benn at mid off to fall for nine at 13 for two and when Rilee Roussouw scooped Gayle to Russell at point in the third over to perish without scoring, the Proteas were stumbling badly at 20 for three.De Kock and de Villiers (10) offered temporary relief in a 26-run fourth wicket stand before Bravo got the breakthrough, bowling de Villiers with a slower ball in the eighth over at 46 for four.When the dangerous David Miller played back, completely misjudged a Gayle delivery that spun and was bowled, South Africa were tottering in the ninth.De Kock, who counted three fours and a six, rallied the innings by adding 50 for the sixth wicket with Wiese who benefited from a mis-stumping on three off left-arm spinner Benn in the 11th over, to strike two fours.The left-handed de Kock eventually perished when he made generous room for a heave through the leg-side and was bowled by Russell in the 16th over.
Jamaican basketball player Kimani Ffriend was once again found guilty of vehicular manslaughter in a Serbian Court yesterday. Ffriend, now 36, was being retried on the charge of being responsible for the death of Nevena Dragutinovic, a 30-year-old account executive, on November 3, 2012. He was first found guilty of the charge in September 2014 for the woman’s death and sentenced to serve three years in prison. However, an appeals court ordered a retrial, citing several mistakes made by the presiding judge. Ffriend, who has five months left on his sentence, will once again appeal the verdict, and this time, the appellate court’s decision will be the final verdict in the case. He will remain free until the appellate court makes its decision. FINAL APPEAL A date for the final appeal will be determined once the judge submits a written verdict explaining her latest decision, including why she chose to ignore the court-appointed expert’s testimony that, having reconstructed the scene of the incident, that the Jamaican’s explanation was plausible and that it was possible that he was not guilty. The judge had based her initial guilty verdict on the expert witness’ testimony, but this time chose to ignore it. “It’s just sad, man. It feels like somebody just took the air out of me,” said Ffriend in reaction to the verdict. However, he remains hopeful, as his lawyers have said that they now have a stronger case to take to the appeals court. During the first appeal, the court ruled that there were six mistakes that needed to be addressed during the retrial, and even suggested that the scene of the incident be reconstructed. During the retrial, the scene of the incident was reconstructed, during which Ffriend testified about what occurred on that fateful night three years ago. The court-appointed expert testified on his new findings, which corroborated with the Jamaican’s testimony, but the judge chose to ignore the new information he provided to the court. She claimed that she would not accept the verdict of the expert, as he had changed portions of his testimony from the first trial and that she was not obligated to accept his findings. In her opinion, Ffriend was guilty. – Leighton Levy
BRISBANE, Australia, (CMC): West Indies opener Lendl Simmons emerged from his slump to stroke a small cameo as Brisbane Heat chased down a challenging total to beat Andre Russell’s Sydney Thunder by six wickets in the Big Bash League here yesterday. In pursuit of 187 for victory at the Gabba, Heat reached their target with three deliveries to spare, with the right-handed Simmons carving out 34 off 25 balls. Simmons, who failed to score in his two previous innings, struck two fours and two sixes, putting on 72 off 55 balls for the first wicket with Jimmy Peirson, whose 40 came from 36 balls with six fours. Simmons was first to fall, caught at third man by Clint McKay off seamer Shane Watson. His dismissal paved the way for captain Chris Lynn, who slammed 75 off 32 deliveries with six fours and six sixes. Lynn put on a swift 62 off 24 balls with Ben Cutting (22 not out) for the fourth wicket, before becoming one of Russell’s two wickets. The right-handed Russell had earlier belted two fours and a six in scoring 20 off nine deliveries as Thunder reached 186 for five off 20 overs, after being sent in. Captain Mike Hussey stroked 56 from 43 balls with two fours and two sixes, while Watson hammered 46 from 31 balls with five sixes. West Indies leg-spinner Samuel Badree finished with one for 26 from his four overs.
IT BECAME EASIER Williams admitted that his strike was not intentional but says his ability to get goals from central defence has become ‘natural’, and he is hoping that with more international opportunities, he can hold down a regular spot in the Jamaica senior men’s national team. “My main focus is always to defend first, but to know I could help the team score a goal to take them to extra-time was a tremendous feeling,” Williams told The Gleaner. “Scoring a goal in the 88th minute was a good feeling for me personally, and as a central defender, goals seem to be coming naturally for me,” he added. “It wasn’t a shot I intended, but things happen, and luck was on my side and the ball went in. It was a cross from me and it went in, but that gave the guys the belief, and from there, the Guyanese team was no match for us,” he explained. The 30-year-old, who was handed his first cap by Theodore Whitmore in 2009 against Ecuador, started slowly but grew in confidence and he now believes that with consistent playing time, he can became a vital member of the Reggae Boyz team. “Being out of the international stage for a while it was expected that I would have a bit of a shaky moment, but as the game went on, I started feeling like I’m at an international level again and it became easier. “The game was good for me, and with the experience I have I tried to manoeuvre all that,” he noted. “The coach (Whitmore) gave me my first call-up and he chose to call me back, so he believes in me and I believe in him, so I don’t see why I can’t be a regular in the set-up right now. It’s just to get myself ready,” said the player who lost his place in the national team after picking up an injury in a CONCACAF Gold Cup match in the United States in June 2011. The injury also affected Williams’ professional career as he could not play for a while and was eventually cut from the Toronto FC roster in the Major League Soccer. “When I’m in I am not going to let go of my chance. I don’t make many mistakes and don’t lose the ball a lot, and I’m adding to my game by scoring goals, so it’s going to be much easier than before when I just got called up,” he said. Over the last two seasons, Arnett Gardens’ central defender, Dicoy Williams, has been finding the net with some regularity. Last season, the defender, who had previously left Arnett for Harbour View, before returning home, netted four goals, and so far, he has added one to his name in the Red Stripe Premier League this season. His ability to push forward and get goals paid dividends in the Reggae Boyz Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Caribbean Cup qualifier, away to Guyana, on Tuesday night. Trailing 0-2 at the break, Jamaica pulled one back through senior midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson before missing a penalty through Shaun Francis. As the Boyz hunted the equaliser desperately, Williams joined the attack, and his intended cross caught the Guyanese goalkeeper off his line and scored into the open goal, tying the game at 2-2 and sending the match into extra-time. This goal came at the 88th minute and rescued Jamaica from a delicate situation, which could have seen them eliminated, thus losing the chance to defend their title.
GEORGETOWN, Guyana, (CMC): There was little festive cheer for Trinidad and Tobago Red Force as they crashed to their second straight defeat and third in four outings in the Regional Four-Day Championship here yesterday. In yet another dismal showing, the visitors went down by 10 wickets to two-time reigning champions, Guyana Jaguars in the fifth-round encounter at the National Stadium here, a defeat which effectively left their campaign in crisis. Red Force entered the contest – the final one before the Christmas break – rock bottom and will remain last in the six-team standings after managing 3.2 points to move to 35.6. Jaguars, meanwhile, collected 20.6 points to move to 67.4 points, clinching their first victory since the opening round when they crushed Jamaica Scorpions. Resuming the final day on 96 for two with a big task of saving the game, Red Force were dismissed for 235 in their second innings. Opener Kyle Hope, unbeaten on 20 overnight, made 40 while Jason Mohammed got 36, captain Yannick Ottley, 31, and Yannic Cariah, 27. Left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul was once again at the heart of the attack, claiming five for 53 to end with match figures of nine for 93, while fast bowler Keon Joseph (2-38) and left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie (2-92) finished with two wickets apiece. Set 20 for victory, Jaguars needed only 16 deliveries to get home, with Shimron Hetmyer stroking an unbeaten 17 from 15 balls with two fours and a six. Still requiring a further 120 runs at the start of the day to make Jaguars bat again, Red Force were in early trouble when they lost nightwatchman Khary Pierre (5) in the fifth over of the day at 112 for three. Hope and Mohammed then added 35 to repair the damage, raising hopes of Red Force getting something from the game. While Hope faced 185 balls and struck three fours and a six, Mohammed counted four fours and a six in a fluent 66-ball knock. Hope was eventually caught, hooking at Joseph at 147 for four to leave Red Force on 151 for four at the interval. Unbeaten on 26 at lunch, Mohammed perished following a delayed resumption because of rain, caught at the wicket off left-arm seamer Raymon Reifer. Stuttering again at 169 for five, Cariah and Ottley made a last ditch effort to rescue the game in a stand of 39 for the sixth wicket. However, once Cariah was lbw to Permaul, Red Force lost their last five wickets for 27 runs. RED FORCE DISMISSED
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP):Real Madrid’s transfer ban was cut yesterday, allowing the club to sign new players sooner than expected.The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) partially upheld Madrid’s appeal against FIFA, keeping the team barred from registering new players only in the January trading period. But Madrid can now sign new players in the off-season transfer period starting in June.FIFA had imposed a one-year transfer ban in January. Its appeal panel confirmed the sanction to take effect for 2017.Madrid must also pay FIFA a fine of 240,000 Swiss francs, reduced from 360,000 Swiss francs by the single judge who heard the case.”Considering that the infractions committed by Real Madrid were less serious and less numerous than argued by the FIFA judiciary bodies, the (judge) ruled that the sanctions imposed on Real Madrid had to be reduced,” the court said in a statement.UNJUST BANStill, the club which on Sunday added the Club World Cup trophy to its Champions League title complained about the verdict.”The decision highlights the injustice of the original ban imposed by FIFA, although the club regrets that the CAS lacked the courage to revoke the ruling entirely,” Madrid said in a statement.The court gave an urgent ruling yesterday and is expected to publish its full reasons in several weeks.Madrid denied wrongdoing in signing young players from outside Spain who played in games since 2005.The case involved the sons of current coach Zinedine Zidane.Madrid’s signings were registered by the Spanish football federation, which has repeatedly allowed clubs to break FIFA rules designed to prevent trafficking of minors. FIFA previously fined the federation 220,000 Swiss francs.Barcelona served a one-year signing embargo in 2015, and Atletico Madrid are currently appealing their one-year ban at CAS.Atletico have accepted not to sign players in January and have reached an agreement with CAS to reach a verdict by June.
Former champions Holmwood Technical and defending champion St Jago were the early leaders in the girls and boys’ categories following competition on yesterday’s first day of the two-day Central Athletics Champion-ships, which forms part of the Digicel Grand Prix.It was close going among the top two girls’ outfits as Holmwood led with 83.50 points, just ahead of defending champions, Edwin Allen (81). Closing out the top five are St Jago High and Hydel, who both ended the day on 49 points and Vere Technical (46.50).St Jago’s boys look safe for another title after building a big lead over their rivals. They are on 120 points with Edwin Allen well behind on 35 points in second position. Holmwood (26), Christiana High (21) and Charlemont (17) closing out the top five after yesterday’s opening day.Vere Technical’s Britney Dixon and Holmwood’s Chrissani May continued their fierce rivalry in the Class One 1500m with both battled all the way before May found extra in the final 50m to win in 4:38.71. Dixon clocked 4:40.00 for the silver with Edwin Allen’s Kara Grant taking third in 4:42.17.In the Class Two event, Edwin Allen’s outstanding Cemore Donald won in 4:40.84 ahead of teammate Kayann Green, 4:43.58 with third going to Holmwood’s Brittney Campbell in 4:45.67.The Boys Class Three 1500m went to St Jago’s Corlando Chambers in 4:37.98, with Davion Gray of Spalding winning in Class Two in 4:18.13.GOOD FORMSt Jago’s Jody-Ann Petrie took the Girls Open 400m hurdles in 1:00.32, while Christania’s Shamara Brown was also a winner after crossing the line first in the Class Two boys event in 56.11 seconds. Coy Spence (St Jago) won in Class One in a time of 54.77 seconds.St Jago High thrower Gabrielle Bailey continued her good form in the Class One discus as she got the better of Edwin Allen’s Fiona Richards (45.97m) after an impressive throw of 49.11m. Hydel’s Devia Brown was third in 45.77m.Holmwood’s Shaday Hudson remained unbeaten after winning the Girls Class Two discus after a 13.99m heave, which relegated Vere’s Marie Brown to second place with 13.54m with Hydel’s Keneisha Thompson (13.43m) finishing in third place.St Jago dominated the throwing events among the males with Roje Stona leading the way after a big throw of 54.97m to take the Class One discus. His teammate, Howard Beckford, threw 43.10m to beat Everton Finley (41.97m) to second place.The boys from Monk Street in Spanish Town also enjoyed one-two finishes in the Class One and Class Two High Jump. In Class One, Lushane Wilson (2.05m) won ahead of Tony Haughton (1.95m). In Class Two, it was Danar Marshall with a winning clearance of 1.85m, who got the top spot over Vanderleer Palmer (1.80m).The meet will come to an end today with finals in all events including those in the Digicel Grand Prix series where the top two in these events will advance to Saturday’s Grand finale at the GC Foster Classic inside the National Stadium. Some 60 finals will be contested with 48 on the track and 12 in the field. The first final will be the 2000m steeplechase for girls at 9:30 a.m .
It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Aiko Urdas delivered a pair of clutch hits for NU and FEU committed a couple of costly errors from Heather Guinoo and Celine Domingo to end Game 1.Sato added 12 points while Jasmine Nabor had 46 excellent sets. Urdas finished with eight points and 16 digs.Czarina Carandang paced the Lady Tamaraws, who were without team captain Bernadeth Pons and Kyla Atienza, with 17 points.Pons and Atienza are focused on playing for FEU in the UAAP beach volleyball tournament and likely to miss Game 2 as well.ADVERTISEMENT After frustrating him in NCAA, Thompson looks to turn tables on Amer in PBA Santiago, who averaged 26 points per game in the semifinals, picked up where she left off with 23 points, including four blocks and four service aces. “The game was a bit tight but I give it to the evolution of the team,” said NU coach Babes Castillo. “They played a bit relaxed under pressure, though, they have yet to find the balance between being relaxed and assertive.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“We will try our best to win. Hopefully, very, very convincingly. We have to limit our errors, we want to be more intelligent and organized,” Castillo said.The Lady Bulldogs blew a big lead twice. The last instance was in the fourth set where the Lady Tamaraws rose from six points down, 21-15, to tie the match at 22 after Risa Sato’s attempt went out. LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener02:14Carpio 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 Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNational University kept its record unblemished but not after overcoming a gritty stand by Far Eastern University, 25-22, 21-25, 25-18, 26-24, in Game 1 of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Finals Wednesday night at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Jaja Santiago dominated anew for the Lady Bulldogs, who shoot for a finals sweep and a perfect season in Game 2 on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT
MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set June Mar Fajardo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Miguel may have failed on its Grand Slam bid, but June Mar Fajardo and company can still make history in the 2017 Leo Awards.The Cebuano giant is poised to take home his fourth Most Valuable Player award, tying legends Ramon Fernandez and Alvin Patrimonio for the record of most MVP plums, but will be the first to achieve the feat in consecutive seasons.ADVERTISEMENT San Sebastian stays in Final Four race with humbling of Mapua Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments Fajardo amassed 38.58 SPs to unsurprisingly top the overall statistical points race released at the end of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals. His continued dominance helped the Beermen achieve championships in this season’s Philippine Cup and Commissioner’s Cup.Fajardo has already earned his part in history, tying his mentor Danny Ildefonso for most Best Player of the Conference plums at five after bagging the highest individual honor in the last 2017 Philippine Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogBut it’s not all Fajardo, as his fellow San Miguel players are also poised to nab spots in the Mythical Teams.Alex Cabagnot is running second in the MVP race with his 32.96 SPs, Arwind Santos is the top forward in the chase as he sits at fifth with his 30.97 SPs, and Marcio Lassiter sits ath 10th with his 29.55 SPs. Chris Ross is also likely to land a spot in the Mythical Teams after winning the BPC award in the Commissioner’s Cup as he is at eighth with his 30.40 SPs. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson As much as three of San Miguel’s players could make it to the Mythical First Team, a feat that hasn’t been done since Purefoods’ James Yap, Kerby Raymundo, and Roger Yap made it in the 2005-06 season.Other players have also made a case in the Mythical Team selection, with GlobalPort scorer Terrence Romeo at third with 32.01 SPs, TNT slasher Jayson Castro at fourth with 31.52 SPs, Japeth Aguilar of Ginebra at six (30.85 SPs), Stanley Pringle of GlobalPort at seven (30.63 SPs), and Calvin Abueva of Alaska at nine (30.11 SPs).Meanwhile, the Rookie of the Year award race remains as a three-man chase.Phoenix shooter Matthew Wright is still the top rookie with 26.07 SPs, but failing to help his team advance to the semifinals may hurt his candidacy.Closely pursuing him are TNT swingman Roger Pogoy, who amassed 22.29 SPs, and Star playmaker Jio Jalalon, who had 21.50 SPs.ADVERTISEMENT Landing at number four is Ginebra defender Kevin Ferrer, who has 15.64 SPs, and Kia guard Reden Celda, who netted 13.99 SPs.The 2017 Leo Awards is set before Game 4 of the Ginebra-Meralco Finals series next Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:42Despite decorated career, June Mar Fajardo is not yet done: ‘I don’t want to be stagnant’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 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’