Victory at last for West Indies on Sri Lanka tour

first_imgCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP):Seam bowlers Dwayne Bravo and Ravi Rampaul shared seven wickets to propel West Indies to a 23-run victory over Sri Lanka in their second Twenty20 international on Wednesday and draw the two-match series 1-1.West Indies won the toss and elected to bat first, posting 162 for six in their 20 overs. Denesh Ramdin made 34 not out, while Johnson Charles was out for 34.Lasith Malinga and Milinda Siriwardana took two wickets each for Sri Lanka.In reply, Sri Lanka was bowled out for 139 in the last ball of the match. Tillakaratne Dilshan made a second straight half-century and was out for 52.Bravo returned career-best bowling figures with 4-28, surpassing his 4-38 against India six years ago. Rampaul had 3-20.It was West Indies’ only win on this tour, after losing every match in the Test and one-day international series.AGGRESSIVEBATTINGSri Lanka started their batting aggressively – at nearly 10 runs an over – until fast bowler Jerome Taylor removed Kusal Perera for 12, caught by Bravo with the score on 23.The wicket was followed by the best partnership of the innings, with 70 runs off 60 balls between Dilshan and Shehan Jayasuriya.It took a stunning effort by Andre Russell, who ran across to long-on to take a low catch by diving to his left, to break the partnership. It was Bravo’s first wicket and it proved to be the turning point in the game.Jayasuriya scored 30 off 32 balls, including a six and three boundaries, but Dinesh Chandimal was dismissed for one.52 OFF 38 DELIVERIESDilshan, who looked in imperious form, played a well-timed switch-hit to deep square leg – only to find substitute fielder Jason Holder positioned there to take a high catch.Dilshan made 52 off 38 deliveries, hitting five boundaries, having scored 56 in the first match in Pallekele on Monday.Dilshan’s wicket left Sri Lanka four down for 102 and Angelo Mathews (5), Siriwardana (15), Chamara Kapugedera (2), Sachithra Senanayake (3) were all dismissed cheaply.Earlier, West Indies batsman Ramdin top-scored with an unbeaten 34 off 22 balls to lift his team’s total after a midway slump. Charles also made 34, including three sixes and a boundary, while Bravo added 31.Malinga returned two for 16 in four overs, while Siriwardana had two for 17 in three overs.Bravo was named Man of the Match, while Dilshan was named Man of the Series.SCOREBOARDWest IndiesAndre Fletcher lbw b Siriwardana 23Johnson Charles lbw b Siriwardana 34Marlon Samuels run out 1Dwayne Bravo c Mathews b Malinga 31Andre Russell c Chandimal b Chameera 9Denesh Ramdin not out 34Kieron Pollard b Malinga 5Darren Sammy not out 1 2Extras: (6lb, 7w) 13Total: (for 6 wickets) 162Overs: 20Fall of wickets: 1-62, 2-65, 3-75, 4-97, 5-138, 6-147.Did not bat: Sunil Narine, Jerome Taylor, Ravi Rampaul.Bowling: Lasith Malinga 4-0-16-2 (1w), Nuwan Kulasekara 4-0-22-0 (1w), Sachithra Senanayake 3-0-38-0, Dushmantha Chameera 3-0-36-1 (3w), Milinda Siriwardana 3-0-17-2 (2w), Shehan Jayasuriya 3-0-27-0.Sri LankaKusal Perera c Bravo b Taylor 12Tillakaratne Dilshan c Sub. Jason Holder b Rampaul 52Shehan Jayasuriya c Russell b Bravo 30Dinesh Chandimal c Sub. Jonathan Carter b Rampaul 1Angelo Mathews c Sub. Carter b Bravo 5Milinda Siriwardana st. Ramdin b Narine 15Chamara Kapugedara c Charles b Pollard 2Sachithra Senanayake c Pollard b Bravo 3Nuwan Kulasekara c Narine b Bravo 4Lasith Malinga b Rampaul 2Dushmantha Chameera not out 3Extras: (1b, 4lb, 2nb, 3w) 1 0Total: (all out) 139Overs: 20.Fall of wickets: 1-23, 2-93, 3-94, 4-102, 5-117, 6-126, 7-129, 8-133, 9-135, 10-139.Bowling: Sunil Narine 4-0-24-1 (1w), Ravi Rampaul 4-0-20-3, Jerome Taylor 2-0-22-1 (1w), Kieron Pollard 4-0-23-1 (1w), Darren Sammy 2-0-17-0, Dwayne Bravo 4-0-28-4 (2nb).Toss: Won by West Indies.Result: West Indies win by 23 runs.Series: Two-match series drawn 1-1.Umpires: Ranmore Martinesz and Raveendra Wimalasiri, Sri Lanka.Third Umpire: Ruchira Palliyaguruge, Sri Lanka. Match referee: David Boon, Australia.last_img read more

Federer hails Chung as future top 10 player

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. The 21-year-old sent 12-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic packing in the fourth round, although the Serb was carrying an injury and not at his best.But he also accounted for fourth seed Alexander Zverev in his best Grand Slam showing so far.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 folkIn 20 years at the top, Federer has seen plenty of players come and go and only had praise for the youngster.“I think he is already a great player, but we are talking next level excellence and I think he will achieve that,” said Federer, who is into his 30th Grand Slam final as he chases a 20th major title. “We will see much more of him. Top 10 for sure.”He added that he did not want to put too much pressure and expectation on Chung as “I don’t think it’s fair”.But he said: “I think he’s going to have a lot of success. At what stage, how much, we will see.”Chung’s unexpected run to be the first South Korean in a Grand Slam semi-final has drawn new fans to the sport in his homeland where tennis lags far behind golf and baseball in the popularity stakes.It also sparked top television ratings and a spike in sales of tennis gear, with Chung set to return home far more famous, and richer, than when he left.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES One of his key takeaways was the confidence it had given him.“A lot of confidence. I played a lot of good players in the last two weeks. I can play, like, more comfortable on the court with the great players like Roger.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 MOST READ Switzerland’s Roger Federer makes a forehand return to South Korea’s Hyeon Chung during their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)MELBOURNE, Australia — Roger Federer hailed Chung Hyeon as a future top 10 player Friday after the South Korean’s Australian Open came to a painful end at the hands of the Swiss maestro.The defending champion was leading 6-1, 5-2 and in full control when Chung retired with foot blisters, bringing the curtain down on a breakout tournament in which he announced himself as a future star in the making.ADVERTISEMENT View commentscenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Red rawMany Koreans were glued to their televisions watching him on Friday, with fan Park Meing-Cheon brought to tears in Seoul.“Unfortunately, with the blister wounds on his toes, I couldn’t help crying earlier on,” she said.Yoon Ji-Su, from Anyang City, forecast great things from him moving forward.“Although the injury is a pity, I hope he recovers well, and I believe there will be great results in the next French Open, Wimbledon, and US Open,” he said.Nicknamed “The Professor” due to his trademark thick white-rimmed glasses, Chung said he retired because his blisters were “red raw”.Despite the anti-climax, he said it was great experience and he was “really honoured” to be on the same court as Federer.“I enjoyed the two weeks, on court and off court. I’m just really happy,” he said.“For sure, I played really good in the last two weeks. I made first round of 16, quarters and play Sascha (Zverev), Novak, Roger. I had a really good experience.“I think I can play better and better in the future.” Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Halep and Wozniacki aim for Australian Open firstlast_img read more

Blatter says he is going to World Cup at Putin’s invitation

first_imgA Kremlin spokesman said Russia will “be happy to see (Blatter) in Moscow”.“You know that Putin and Blatter have for a long time been, you could say, friends”, Dmitri Peskov told reporters. “The World Cup is a great celebration of football and everyone who is invited will be welcome, and old friends will also be welcome,” the Kremlin spokesman further said. Blatter told AFP that Michel Platini, the ex-UEFA president who is banned from football over corruption, had also been invited to the tournament by Putin.But according to one of his close allies Platini “hasn’t received an invitation from Putin to go to the World Cup and doesn’t know what he will be doing next summer”.Blatter, who led world football’s governing body for 17 years, was thrown out of the sport in 2015 at the height of a massive corruption scandal. FIFA’s ethics committee has suspended him from all football-related activities for six years after finding him guilty of accepting an improper 2 million Swiss franc ($2.1 million, 1.8 million euros) payment from then-UEFA chief Platini.Sepp Blatter, who led world football’s governing body FIFA for 17 years, was thrown out of the sport in 2015 at the height of a massive corruption scandal © AFP/File / Fadel SENNA– No plans to miss World Cup –But the ever-defiant Blatter said he had no plans to miss the World Cup, an event he has habitually attended since going to work at FIFA in the 1970s. “I don’t know how long I will go for, whether I will be there for the opening match or the final,” he said during the interview in Zurich. “Because I can’t work in football and I don’t have an assignment to do, maybe I will only make a short visit.” Blatter is also the target of an investigation by Swiss prosecutors over alleged criminal mismanagement at FIFA and the infamous Platini payment. Switzerland has ongoing probes into the 2018 World Cup, including possible bribery and corruption that may have led to Russia winning hosting rights. “I’m sure that World Cup 2018 will be a great World Cup. Russia has to show that it can welcome the whole world. It’s a big challenge,” Blatter said. It was not immediately clear how the FIFA ban would impact Blatter’s attendance at matches or events. Platini, banned from football for four years, was allowed to attend Euro 2016 matches in his native France, provided he played no official role. burs/bs/lp0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Zurich, Switzerland, Oct 20 – FIFA’s disgraced ex-president Sepp Blatter has told AFP he will go to next year’s World Cup in Russia at the invitation of President Vladimir Putin, despite being banned from football.“I will go to the World Cup in Russia. I received an invitation from President Putin,” the 81-year-old said in an interview.last_img read more

Bomb wounds dozen foreign tourists at Maldives park

first_imgHe said it was too early to say whether the bomb targeted the tourism industry or determining whether an Islamic Jihadist organization was involved. Some Western diplomats have expressed concern about the potential for violence in this Sunni Muslim country. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – A homemade bomb exploded Saturday outside a crowded city park in the Maldives, wounding at least 12 people, all of them foreign tourists, a government official said. Officials in the Indian Ocean archipelago, renowned for its exclusive tourist resorts, said they did not know who was behind the afternoon attack that hit the crowded Sultan Park in the capital, Male. “The Maldives has never had something like this before. We are taking this very seriously because tourism is our life blood,” government spokesman Mohamed Shareef said. The injured included two Britons, eight Chinese and two Japanese, all with burns, Shareef said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

‘This is the best Tottenham team since the Bill Nicholson days’, says Graeme Souness

first_imgGraeme Souness believes something special could be brewing at Tottenham.The Scot was an apprentice at White Hart Lane during Bill Nicholson’s illustrious reign, which included a historic league and FA Cup double.And Souness, who went on to become a Rangers and Liverpool legend, believes the current Spurs squad under Mauricio Pochettino is the best he has seen since the Nicholson era.Pochettino’s men are currently fourth in the Premier League, just five points adrift of top spot, and are being billed as serious title challengers by many.Speaking on the Hawksbee and Jacobs show, Souness said of Tottenham: “They don’t look flimsy.“They look like a team that will withstand disappointment. I watched them lose to Newcastle and they bounced back from that.“I like Tottenham. They look like a team – from the goalkeeper [Hugo Lloris], who I think is outstanding, to Harry Kane up front. In between they have got strength in depth.“I think this might be the best Tottenham [team] since the Bill Nicholson days.”last_img read more

Audit finds questionable spending by state official

first_imgSACRAMENTO – Auditors found questionable spending by state Education Secretary Alan Bersin when he was superintendent of schools in San Diego. The audit, conducted for the San Diego Unified School District by a law firm, Loeb & Loeb, looked at Bersin’s handling of more than $630,000 in tax-deductible donations made by individuals and corporations to an education innovation fund. The audit said Bersin spent the money as he wanted, often reimbursing himself for personal and business expenses. There were also undocumented reimbursements and possible double-billings, auditors said. School district officials have forwarded the audit to the state attorney general, Fair Political Practices Commission and Internal Revenue Service to determine whether any laws were broken. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event Bersin said the audit was a waste of taxpayer’s money and an attempt by his critics to derail his nomination to the state Board of Education. There was no improper spending, he added. “I’ve said all along, it’s a waste of taxpayer funds in pursuit of a political vendetta,” Bersin told the Sacramento Bee. “I’m confident the review of records will establish there’s nothing to it. This is a witch hunt.” But Dick Van Der Laan, a spokesman for the San Diego school district, said the audit dealt with “serious questions” about Bersin’s handling of the fund and wasn’t motivated by politics. “With all the scandals that have erupted in public and private sectors in recent years, we realize great care must be taken that funds are spent wisely and in adherence to state and federal reporting requirements,” Van Der Laan said. The audit found instances in which Bersin charged the fund and the school district for meals at the same restaurant on the same day. He also charged the fund twice for meals in San Diego when travel documents indicated he was on the East Coast, according to the audit. Auditors also said that Bersin paid $42,500 to consultants and other people from the fund “without details or scope of the work performed.” Bersin spent seven years as San Diego’s superintendent until Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed him state education secretary last year. The governor has also appointed Bersin to the state Board of Education. A Senate confirmation hearing on the Board of Education appointment is scheduled April 19.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Bruins sweep, stay on roll

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! For four consecutive seasons now, the Wilson High girls volleyball team has found itself determining the pace in the Moore League. The Bruins beat Jordan 25-13, 25-20, 25-19 Wednesday at home to continue a Moore League win streak that dates back two seasons, and while she knows this is only the midway point of the league slate, coach Susan Pescar seemed happy with where the Bruins stand. “Right now, we have only lost to teams that prepvolleyball.com has ranked in the top 25,” Pescar said, referring to setbacks against Assumption, Mira Costa and Campolindo. “We have to earn (recognition). And you know what, there’s nothing wrong with that.” Wilson (11-3, 6-0) controlled most of the match Wednesday against a Panthers team that has seen a resurgence this season. Last week, Jordan (14-7, 3-3) defeated Millikan for the first time in a decade, which also coincided with the program’s last CIF Southern Section playoff appearance. Second-year Panthers coach Andrew Clifton noted that his team is young and will return most players next season, including junior outside hitter Jazmine Samoa. “The year, all in all, has been good … I have a lot of young girls that are learning how to win,” Clifton said. “Everybody we play, the coaches tell me afterward, ?You have a great team, it’s just a matter of time.’ It’s getting tough for me, because I’m waiting for that time to come.” The Bruins were led Wednesday by senior right-side hitter Stephanie Barry, who had 16 kills, while middle blockers Elise Hendrickson (nine kills, three blocks) and Kelsi Bennett (six blocks) also made major contributions. Today, the Bruins face Compton on the road, while Jordan will begin the second half hosting Lakewood. “We know we’re capable of making the playoffs, it’s just a matter of us taking care of us,” Clifton said. “Our focus is just on us, and getting better every day. Whoever we play, we are really trying our best to believe we can win, and whatever the results are, then we get back to the drawing board and keep working.” last_img read more

LaBarbera strong again in Kings victory

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “You would prefer that they respond without us saying anything,” Murray said. “If it was that simple, you’d do it all the time. I think our players realize on their own what their deficiencies are.” Cammalleri was a healthy scratch in two of the Kings’ first three games, and Frolov drew extra duty in practice Saturday because of a lack of offensive production in recent games. Both responded well. Frolov recorded four shots on goal and put one in the net, in the second period, to give the Kings a 3-0 lead, and Cammalleri also took four shots and scored a power-play goal, one of two for the Kings. So for the Kings, the good news wasn’t just who scored the goals, but how they were scored. Mired in a power-play slump, the Kings put extra emphasis on that unit in the previous two days and it paid off. Of course, the Blue Jackets helped, as they took six penalties in the first period. LOS ANGELES — Kings goaltender Jason LaBarbera wanted a shutout, but forward Michael Cammalleri needed a goal. But perhaps not as badly as Alexander Frolov did. The woeful Columbus Blue Jackets came close to giving everyone what they desired Sunday night. LaBarbera came within one save of his first career shutout and turned in another solid effort, and Cammalleri and Frolov each scored goals in the Kings’ 3-1 victory in front of 17,156 at Staples Center. This hasn’t been the easiest month for Frolov and Cammalleri, both of whom were penciled into the Kings’ top scoring line when training camp opened but ended up in coach Andy Murray’s doghouse. center_img “When you’re killing penalties all the time, it puts too much (pressure) on the team and they can’t be expected to catch up,” Columbus coach Gerard Gallant said. Columbus, with star forward Rick Nash out of the lineup with an ankle injury, put up little resistance and seemed finished when Derek Armstrong and Cammalleri scored the first-period, power-play goals. “There was an emphasis on shooting and getting to the net, and for the majority of the night I think we did that,” said Murray, whose team converted two of nine chances with a man advantage. Frolov then gave the Kings some breathing room when, stationed in front of the net seconds after the end of a power play, he took a centering pass from Sean Avery, settled the puck with his skate and beat Columbus goaltender Marc Denis with 6:26 remaining in the second period. It was the second goal of the season for Frolov, who had 24 goals in 77 games in 2003-04. “I didn’t feel like my game was working out (recently), so I needed to work harder,” Frolov said. “I was working hard, but something wasn’t working for me. “That’s normal; it’s what happens in hockey. It’s a long season.” The way things are going for LaBarbera, it’s shaping up to be a long and successful season. LaBarbera stopped 19 of 20 shots but rarely was tested. He has won all three of his starts in Murray’s rotating-goaltender system and has stopped 69 of 73 shots this season. Columbus’ only goal came nine minutes into the third period, when Francois Beauchemin took a slap shot from inside the blue line and Nikolai Zherdev tipped the rebound past LaBarbera. “Whenever I have success, I can gradually get more confident,” LaBarbera said. “I want to keep it going because I’ve got a good feeling right now.” Rich Hammond can be reached at (818) 713-3607. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

DONEGAL FARMERS CHARGED €500K IN SINGLE FARM PAYMENT PENALTIES

first_imgFianna Fáil’s Seanad Spokesperson on Agriculture, Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill, has revealed that farmers in Co Donegal were forced to pay out nearly €500,000 in penalties under the Single Farm Payment scheme in 2013.Senator O’DomhnaillIn reply to questions from Fianna Fáil, the Department of Agriculture has said admitted that more than €5m was taken in penalties from farm payments last year.Farmers in Co Donegal were hit with among the highest level of penalties in the country, totalling an extortionate €499,118. Senator Ó Domhnaill said the hefty fines are causing real hardship to farmers across Co Donegal.“These fines are extremely harsh and totally unnecessary in most cases. Many of the penalties imposed are for innocent errors made because the process is overly complicated and bureaucratic,” said Senator Ó Domhnaill.“I know many smaller farmers across Donegal who are already struggling with cuts to supports and increased operating costs. On top of all of this, they are being hit with hefty fines for errors mainly caused by the unreasonable level of red tape they must go through to receive their Single Farm Payment.“It’s disgraceful that in Minister Coveney continues to allow Donegal farmers to pay the highest price when it comes to cuts and penalties. It’s further evidence of the Minister’s failure to stand up for the smaller farmers across the North West who are crippled by cuts to supports and unnecessary bills.” The Donegal Senator said many local farmers are becoming increasingly distressed about the high level of bureaucracy, penalties and inspections for extremely trivial issues.He added that many are choosing not to apply for supports because of the enormous amount of paperwork and procedures involved. Others are fearful of being hit with a penalty because of a minor mistake.“This penalty system is a blunt instrument that makes no consideration of innocent errors and why they occurred. I am appealing to Minister Coveney to immediately review the scale of these penalties with a view to cancelling them or reducing them dramatically.“I am also calling on the Minister to ensure that where innocent errors were made that were not the fault of the farmers themselves, the money taken from them be repaid in full,” said Senator Ó Domhnaill. DONEGAL FARMERS CHARGED €500K IN SINGLE FARM PAYMENT PENALTIES was last modified: June 6th, 2014 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:donegalSENATOR BRIAN O DOMHNAILLsingle farm paymentslast_img read more

FORKLIFT TRUCK DRIVER SUFFERS SERIOUS INJURIES IN CRASH

first_imgA FORKLIFT truck driver is being treated in hospital for multiple injuries after a crash this afternoon.The vehicle he was driving fell on top of him as he was working in Ballyloskey in Carndonagh.Gardaí closed the road where the incident took place as ambulance and fire crews worked to remove the man from under the forklift truck. It’s understood the driver suffered several injuries in the incident including a number of broken limbs.Cllr Albert Doherty said there was “huge relief” that the man had not suffered life-threatening injuries.“It was a serious incident and the man has suffered several injuries but he is going to be ok,” said Cllr Doherty.Gardaí are investigating how the accident happened. There were long delays during the operation to recover the driver from under the vehicle.Earlier the main Letterkenny to Lifford Road was closed after a crash in which no-one was seriously hurt. FORKLIFT TRUCK DRIVER SUFFERS SERIOUS INJURIES IN CRASH was last modified: June 16th, 2014 by John2Share 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:BallyloskeyCarndonaghcrashGaraGardalast_img read more