GALLE, Sri Lanka (CMC):West Indies captain, Jason Holder, has blamed sloppy fielding by his side for their innings defeat to Sri Lanka in their first cricket Test, which ended at the Galle International Stadium here yesterday.Holder’s men crashed to an innings and six-run defeat to Sri Lanka in the second session of the fourth day of the Test match.The West Indies effort was marred by several sloppy misfields, two missed run-out attempts and five shelled catches, including a sixth that was not attempted.”We created chances with the ball, but we just didn’t take them when we came,” lamented Holder.”If we had, their first innings total would have looked a lot different. If we had new batsmen in at crucial stages when our fast bowlers were fresh, we would have had a chance to have a good burst at them.”Jermaine Blackwood, in a gallant attempt to avert an innings defeat, fell eight runs shy of a century as West Indies were bowled out for 227 in their second innings.Apart from Blackwood the only other West Indian batsman to score a half-century in the match was Darren Bravo with an even 50 in the first innings.Several frontline batsmen again failed to capitalise on starts as the left arm spinner, Rangana Herath, took four second-innings wickets to finish the match with his fifth 10-wicket haul in Tests.”It’s important that we put up a first innings total that’s respectable,” said Holder, who played his first match as Test captain, in just his ninth Test overall.”We only scored 250-odd in the first innings and it set us back. We were pretty much behind the game from there. It was a track you could score runs on once you applied yourselves. Not much in it for the bowlers. Even Rangana Herath – I thought with the harder ball, he was more effective.”Devendra Bishoo grabbed four for 143 as Sri Lanka piled up a huge first-innings score of 484 all out. The 23-year-old skipper applauded the efforts of his bowlers.”I must commend our bowlers. They did really well in the first innings. To come back at the opposition and actually bowl them out was very, very commendable,” Holder said.”I thought our spinners bowled reasonably well and our part-timers in Marlon Samuels and Kraigg Brathwaite did a wonderful job for us. I thought the combination was good enough for this game. It was unfortunate that we didn’t hold our chances. I guess we paid for it.”The second Test will be played in Colombo starting next week Thursday.
MOST READ Though he is glad with how things are going for his team, Compton couldn’t help but feel bad for Dandan with the Picanto on a 16-game slide dating back to the 2017 Commissioner’s Cup.“Their guys are working hard. I don’t think any of us coaches ever feel really good about blowouts. He just took over early in the season so he’s trying to put his system in,” he said.And Compton is wishing Dandan nothing but the best as he hopes to see him succeed in the pro ranks.“I love coach Ricky, and he’s just in a tough position,” he said. “I know he’s got a great basketball mind, but he just stepped into a really difficult situation. He’s got a tough job, but I’m sure that he’ll get those guys playing because I know he’s a good coach.”ADVERTISEMENT Two decades later, the two once again crossed paths, this time, as coaches on opposing sides in the PBA.Compton beat his former mentor as Alaska dealt Dandan’s Kia a 102-65 mauling in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.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 folkThe 43-year-old Compton admitted it was hard to see his old coach suffer this ignominy given the history the two of them share.“Coach Ricky is a good friend, so it’s tough. It’s really tough,” said Compton, who served as an assistant for Dandan in his stops in Welcoat in the PBL and Powerade in the PBA. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Teng says he’s still adjusting despite another impressive showing in Aces win over Picanto Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone View comments Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBack in 1998, Alex Compton was just a scrawny 24-year-old looking for a big break in the Philippine basketball scene.Trying his luck in the now defunct-Metropolitan Basketball Association, the Philippine-born American found himself playing for the Manila Metrostars coached by Ricky Dandan.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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson
The political leader of the opposition Movement for Progressive Change (MPC), Mr. Simeon Freeman, says Liberia should be certified Ebola free by the World Health Organization (WHO) before the National Elections Commission (NEC) can conduct the Special Senatorial Elections.Speaking over the weekend in Monrovia, the MPC former standard bearer said it was a shame that the government decided to close schools and other activities because of the Ebola disease and then wants to conduct elections that would put more lives at risk. He stressed that the elections should only be held after WHO has declared Liberia Ebola free.Mr. Freeman, acknowledging that the disease has caused hardship for most Liberians, said he is worried that most children might not be able to get back to school immediately because many of the companies that their parents worked for folded and left the country due to the virus outbreak.“They have no certainty that even when schools open in February or March, paying tuition is going to be possible. They are victims of something they know nothing about and we need to be concerned about that as a country and people and not the holding of elections at this time,” he stated. “We share, care and have never been a country that while experiencing difficulties, we go about celebrating as we are trying to do in holding elections for a few people to be glorified. That is not Liberia and the type of political leadership that Liberia needs,” said Mr. Freeman.The MPC political leader said he would only spend his resources on a Liberia that he knows to have respect for the people.Mr. Freeman said it should be remembered that Liberians are still in tears due to the hardships and thousands of deaths caused by the Ebola virus and holding an election to satisfy a few individuals was a grave concern that needed to be discussed by people who are to benefit from the election. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Guyana Police Force (GPF) on Friday afternoon announced the appointment of Althea Padmore as acting Head of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU).Newly acting Head of SOCU Althea PadmoreThe Police, however, did not release the credentials and qualifications of Padmore, who was appointed to manage one of the most important unit within the force.When contacted, the Public Relations Office directed all questions in connection with the appointment to the Police Commissioner. However, calls to the Top Cop went unanswered. On Thursday, Commissioner Leslie James had promised that an appointment will be made before the end of the week.Padmore replaces Head of the Unit Sydney James, who is currently on administrative leave amidst allegations of mismanagement of funds at the unit.The decision to send him on leave came months after a special audit had unearthed several instances of mismanagement of funds and falsification of documents at the entity. The audit had also found some unaccounted-for expenditure which could not be verified by a paper trail.The audit was ordered by the Police Commissioner in February. Although the Top Cop has not commented on the findings of that audit, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan had described the revelations as “damning”.The probe into the operations of the white-collar crime-fighting Unit was triggered after the former British adviser, Dr Sam Sittlington, had made a number of allegations against the Unit.Following those allegations, James was questioned over allegations of improper spending. This is in light of the ongoing investigation and audit which was conducted after termination of the British adviser’s services.The Public Security Minister had confirmed that an investigation was ongoing into the matter and he had noted that there were allegations of monies not being spent properly and had said it is now within the jurisdiction of the investigators to understand the spending procedures at SOCU.After being fired amidst a conflict-of-interest scandal, Sittlington had revealed that SOCU had not been operating in the manner in which it should and he had said there are instances of improper spending.The parliamentary Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has maintained that SOCU, which was set up to fight money-laundering and other white-collar crimes, has become a political Unit under the APNU/AFC regime.The PPP had said that Sittlington was going beyond his advisory role and was taking on executive functions. It was pointed out that Sittlington was going on operations such as raids and arrests.Questions were previously raised about the Police investigating James and whether there could be any bias involved; however, the Public Security Minister had assured that the investigation was perfectly normal and that in addition to the Police’s own internal audits ongoing at SOCU, the Auditor General could come in and take control of the proceedings.He had said the Police auditors were seeking to better understand the systems which had been in place for spending at the agency.
Fernandes dominates…As many who have been following events over the past few days would know, Guyana has taken somewhat of a beating on Day Two of the ongoing Pan-American Games on August 31, 2018. The action is on at the Sound Squash Club in the Cayman Islands, as Guyana aims to qualify for participation in the Pan-American Games to be held in 2019 in Peru.Out of Guyana’s lonely depths of despair there emerged light at the end of the tunnel, as her leading squash player, Nicolette Fernandes, crafted a name for herself by dominating her opponents. Currently ranked 73rd in the world and 39th in the World Series, Fernandes is the recipient of a gold medal at the 2006 Central American and Caribbean Games, which is a major boost for Guyana. Everyone expected her to dominate when she arrived.In the first match of the day, Guyana’s ladies team slumped to a 1-2 defeat, as the lone winner of that match was Nicolette Fernandes, who defeated Catalina Pelaez (Ranked 72nd) 11-8, 11-6, 12-10, and made known why she is one of the best there is in the game of squash. Mary Fung-A-Fat and Ashley Khalil were not as lucky, losing to Laura Tovar and Maria Paula Tovar 4-11, 7-11, 4-11; and 7-11, 4-11, 2-11 respectively.The men’s team had similar misfortunes as their female counterparts, recording their second defeat of the tournament, this time to El Salvador 0-2. Sunil Seth lost to Israel Abrego 6-11, 3-11, 7-11; and Richard Chin lost to Ernesto Molina 11-6, 6-11, 9-11 and 7-11.Being so defeated on only Day Two of the Pan-American Games tournament, Guyana will have to get her act together and hit back if she aims to qualify.
Terry is given a guard-of-honour by his team-mates in his final match for Chelsea Chelsea will escape censure from the Premier League, despite the debacle which surrounded John Terry’s final game for Chelsea on Sunday. Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford booted the ball into touch in the 26th minute (Terry’s squad number), to allow Chelsea players to give Terry a guard of honour as he left the pitch. Alan Shearer said the game’s integrity had been damaged as Terry said his final farewell to the Bridge after 22 years at the club,It was discovered after the match that Blues boss Antonio Conte and Sunderland manager David Moyes had agreed to the stoppage in play before the match. The move had left Chelsea prone to sanctions due to gambling rules which forbid the generation of certain match scenarios for financial gain. But it appears that will now not happen, chiefly because bookmakers have revealed they would NOT pay out on a scenario as clearly pre-organised as the one at Stamford Bridge, according to the Daily Mail. Shearer wasn’t impressed with what he saw, despite conceding Terry deserved a huge farewell, given all he has achieved with the Blues. “First of all (Terry) has been an absolute giant of the Premier League, 717 appearances, 15 trophies, but I’m not sure about this,” the former England striker told Match of the Day. “Sunderland agreeing to kick the ball out on 26 minutes, I don’t think anything should be done that could undermine the integrity of the game. “I know it was done with good intentions and he deserves the guard of honour, but it should have been before or after the game or in the last minute.” 1
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RANKED Jose Mourinho has revealed that he didn’t make any substitutions during Manchester United’s defeat to Juventus due to a lack of attacking options on his bench.The Portuguese manager sat by without implementing any changes as his side were beaten 1-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday night at Old Trafford. Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January boost deals “You can’t expect a kid making his debut in a game like this to give you something like scoring a goal.“So that’s why I didn’t make any changes on the pitch.”As a result, the Old Lady saw out their win and claimed the three points thanks to Paulo Dybala’s first-half strike.It was the first time in almost seven years that Manchester United have completed a match without using any substitutions. 2 Latest Manchester United News Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? IN DEMAND 18-year-old Tahith Chong has impressed in United’s youth ranks United are now very unlikely to finish top of their group as a result and will probably have to battle it out with Valencia for a place in the last 16.When asked about his inaction, Mourinho explained: “Bear in mind Sanchez was in the stand. Lingard was in the stand. Fellaini may have been in the stand or at home as I didn’t see him.“The only really attacking option was a young 18-year-old lad [Tahith Chong] who has never played in the first team before.“Given the dynamic of the game, I didn’t feel it was appropriate to bring him on. Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested BIG PRESENTS UP TOP targets REVEALED FAREWELL gameday cracker 2 Jose Mourinho opted not to bring on Bailly, Pereira, Fred, Herrera, Darmian, Chong or Romero Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas
Finn Harps claimed their first home points of the new season after a seven goal thriller against Mervue at Finn Park.On a night when loyal servant an captain scored his 150th goal for the club, Harps made hard work of their victory despite leading 4-2 just two minutes after the restart.Despite being down to ten men following James Casserly’s sending off, Harps were forced to hold on when Mervue grabbed a goal back to make it 4-3 with just under fifteen minutes left. Played in front of more than 500 fans, Harps went ahead after just ten minutes through Adam Clarke.Mervue leveled matters through Molloy but McHugh put Harps ahead again from the penalty spot .Merue kept plugging away and were all square again when Nkololo latched onto a Molloy cross after 33 minutes.When McHugh and Thomas McGonagle grabbed another brace it looked like Harps were cruising to victory. But there were some nervous last moments when Jason Molloy pounced again on 77 minutes.Harps hung on and Peter Hutton will be delighted and hopeful of building on his team’s points tally. HARPS BEAT MERVUE IN SEVEN GOAL THRILLER was last modified: March 10th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:finn harpsMervue
Cillian Morrison believes he can make a big impact at The Brandywell.Derry City striker and Letterkenny native Cillian Morrison insists he doesn’t feel any added pressure despite the exit of star player Rory Patterson.Patterson was one of the leading marksmen in the League of Ireland for the last number of years and will be sorely missed by Derry City.However, manager Peter Hutton will be hoping Morrison can fill the void left by the departure of Patterson. Morrison signed for Derry City in December following a frustrating six-month spell at Cork City.Morrison had established himself as a player with plenty of potential by scoring regularly for UCD.Morrison insists he doesn’t feel any added pressure with Patterson leaving the club and is just focused on working hard and performing to the best of his ability.Morrison told The Irish Daily Mirror, “If you’re playing up front you have to score goals, that comes with the territory. “Rory was a great talent but I’m not going to read too much into it. I’m not here to fit into anyone else’s role or anyone else’s boots.“I’m going out every game to score goals and time will tell if I can do that, but I’d be fairly confident that I will .” CILLIAN MORRISON NOT FEELING ANY ADDED PRESSURE DESPITE PATTERSON EXIT was last modified: January 29th, 2015 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:Cillian Morrisonderry citynewssoccerSport