HOBART, Australia (CMC):West Indies captain Jason Holder has defended the attitude and contribution of his senior players, following the side’s embarrassing innings defeat to Australia in the first Test yesterday, and believes a stronger collective effort is needed by the team in order to turn the series around.Australia media have been critical of the attitude of the West Indies senior players, in particular, batsman Marlon Samuels, who they accused of appearing indifferent in his approach throughout the contest at Bellerive Oval.However, Holder said the player had been showing the right attitude off the pitch.”I think there’s a lot of information shared in the dressing room,” Holder told a post-match media conference.COLLECTIVE EFFORT”Senior players pretty much get involved with players of the likes of Marlon Samuels – he has a lot of chats with most of the batsmen – and we have Jerome Taylor leading our attack having a lot of discussion with the fast bowlers, so I’ve been supported there by the fast bowlers and the senior batsmen.”It’s just about putting a strong collective effort together on the particular day – which we struggled with in the past. We need to correct it going forward in this series.”
The Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) is being challenged by one of its creditors, Edward Cooke, whose lawyer has filed on his behalf for compensation from the government agency for monies owed for his services.Attorney Davion L. Vassell served the notice yesterday on the agency largely responsible for grassroots sporting development. It seeks payment for services allegedly rendered between July and October 2, 2014, which amounted to $619,000 and was accompanied by six invoices.The letter was addressed to INSPORTS to the attention of its chairman, Don Anderson, “re payment of funds to Edward Cooke”, with administrative director Ian Andrews and Cooke also cited.”I act for Edward Cooke in the captioned matter,” it said. “I am instructed that Mr Cooke did work on several occasions for the Institute and to date has not been compensated for services rendered.”I am further instructed that despite several demands, the Institute has failed and/or refused to honour its obligation to Mr Cooke.”Further, it said: “We demand that this sum be paid in two weeks of the date of this letter (January 5, 2015), failing which we will explore other avenues available to Mr Cooke without further notice to you if the debt is not paid.”UNAWARE OF DEVELOPMENTWhen contacted, Anderson said he was oblivious to the development.”I am not aware of it. I am sitting in my office working now and I will continue for the rest of the day to work, no intention to investigate this,” he noted.”If it comes to me, fine, but right now, I have no idea of it. If it comes to me, I will consult my lawyer, but I know nothing about it, so I cannot answer any question,” he further stated.Further calls were made to INSPORTS, where a source, who requested anonymity, explained that the situation stems from a policy change in September 2015 by the new board of directors, which relieved Andrews of the authority to sign cheques. The source said that has resulted in a backlog of payments to its creditors.Andrews was also barred from his office and sent on leave at the time.However, the latter actions were reversed after union intervention, with the exception of Andrews’ signing power.ALLEGED BREACHThis authorisation of cheques is now facilitated with signatures by two board members, an action the source alleges constitutes a breach of government financial regulations on the grounds that the board functions in an advisory capacity and is only responsible for setting policies, as opposed to an executive capacity, which would make it responsible for the day-to-day running of the agency’s operations.In the meantime, Cooke’s attorney expressed hope in the letter that the matter against the government agency would be resolved soon.”We look forward to a prompt and positive response in light of the above,” said Vassell.
GRANT’S MOTHER Mariappa was enticed to play for Fiji and refused in order to represent Jamaica. Grant’s mother has returned to Jamaica since he was 15, setting up home in St Catherine, where she still resides with his younger sister and stepfather. Grant declared that his decision to represent Jamaica was made as an 11-year-old while on a visit to the country after watching a Reggae Boyz match at ‘the Office’. Walter Boyd and Theodore were his idols, he said. Dawkins’ now-deceased mother, the one who nurtured his dream of playing for ‘home’, Jamaica, and who made the trips to the country herself to ensure his citizenship was sorted out, insisted that her son travel to Jamaica to compete in the 2014 Caribbean Cup, while she battled an illness that ultimately took her life earlier this year. He continues to play for her and with her in his heart. McAnuff’s roots in Jamaica are solid. The former outstanding sprinter, Nicole Mitchell, is his cousin, and former parliamentarian, Phyllis Mitchell, his aunt. His father instilled in him a love for Jamaica, which he refers to as ‘home’. I travelled to Lamb’s River, Westmoreland, on an early Saturday morning to find an elder relative in the district to sign the declaration form for Barnes’ grandmother. The entire district was in a frenzy to know that Miss Cleghorn’s grandson would become a Reggae Boy. Perhaps we need to fully look at what makes a Jamaican a Jamaican. Until that time, one love! Roy Simpson Reggae Boyz manager Uncle Tony, your column also included the assumption that the bonus package agreed to by the players and the Federation was arrived at largely because of the demands made by these ‘foreigners’. “I wonder if a team of only local footballers would have gotten away with that kind of deal when, in fact, they were representing Jamaica, and when the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) deserved some of that money to help its development programmes or to assist in paying airfares, hotel bills, etcetera, for the players,” you wrote. The negotiations were led by the most senior players, including players who were locally raised and developed before moving to play overseas. They move as one, and have for some time been living the team motto: ‘All for one, one for all’. “That aside, however, from now on, even though the team was made up of mostly average players out of England, the Reggae Boyz will not be the same. The Reggae Boyz will not win, or draw, all the time, but probably they will never ever again be taken lightly wherever they may play,” is another statement of yours that requires review. As previously stated, eight (8) players born in the United Kingdom were engaged for the tournament. McAnuff, Mariappa (Watford & Crystal Palace), McCleary played in the 2013-14 EPL season for Reading FC – McAnuff was captain of the team. Morgan plays for Leicester City, Hector for Reading FC, Dawkins (Derby County), Grant (last played for Yeovil Town), and Barnes (Houston Dynamo – MLS). McCleary and Hector still play for Reading FC, now relegated to the Football League Championship (second-highest division in England). Mariappa and Wes Morgan currently play for Crystal Palace and Leicester City, respectively, in the EPL. Morgan has been captain of Leicester City since 2012, and was selected in ‘The Football Manager Team of the Decade’ in April. Dawkins has been a regular starter at Derby County, was pivotal in their third-place finish in the 2013-14 season where they lost in the final to Queens Park Rangers for promotion to the EPL. He also played for Tottenham Hotspur, Leyton Orient (loan), San Jose Earthquakes – MLS (loan) – and Aston Villa. Grant represented Jamaica at the Under-20 and Under-23, while Barnes played in England from 2005- 2012 for Derby County, making his debut as a 17-year-old, and was named Derby County’s Young Player of the Year for the 2006-07 season. He was pivotal in Derby’s promotion to the Premier League for the 2007-08 season. Injury kept him out for most of the season, but he returned to play for Fulham (on loan) in the 2008-2009 Premier League season, then at West Bromwich Albion (2010-11) and Doncaster Rovers (2011-12), before moving to the MLS. BONUS PACKAGE Dear ‘Uncle Tony’, Yes, I take the liberty of calling you ‘Uncle Tony’ because of how much you mean to me. As a sports-mad boy growing up, I took delight in reading your reports and columns, particularly on cricket, when West Indies cricket, at its pinnacle, defined us (the people of the Caribbean). The esteem in which I hold you remains. Having got that out of the way, Uncle Tony, I must say I almost fell off my chair two Sundays ago as I flipped through the sports pages of The Sunday Gleaner to devour your column with childish glee, only to be sobered up by the headline ‘Reggae Boyz, or who?’ and the contents within. Though you tried to be your usual balanced self, you lost your line and length in some of your pronouncements and conclusions. I will start by looking at the composition of the Gold Cup squad. A provisional list of 35 players was submitted to CONCACAF, from which 23 were selected for final submission. Ten of the original 35 were born outside of Jamaica, and the remaining 25 were born here (Jamaica). The provisional squad (with those born overseas highlighted in bold) is as follows: GK (4) – AndrÈ Blake (Philadelphia Union/USA); DuWayne Kerr (Sarpsborg 08/Norway); Dwayne Miller (Syrianska/Sweden); Ryan Thompson (Pittsburgh Riverhounds/USA). DF (12) – Shawn Cummings (Millwall/England); Daniel Gordon (Karlsruher SC/Germany); Hughan Gray (Waterhouse FC/Jamaica); Michael Hector (Reading/England); Lance Laing (FC Edmonton/Canada); Kemar Lawrence (New York Red Bulls/USA); Adrian Mariappa (Crystal Palace/England); Sean McFarlane (Florida International University/USA); Wes Morgan (Leicester City/England); Demar Phillips (Real Salt Lake/USA); Alvas Powell (Portland Timbers/USA); Jermaine Taylor (Houston Dynamo/USA). MF (10) – Rodolph Austin (unattached); Simon Dawkins (Derby County/England); Joel Grant (Yeovil Town/England); Omar Holness (University of North Carolina/USA); Christopher Humphrey (Preston North End/England); Renae Lloyd (Arnett Gardens/Jamaica); Joel McAnuff (Leyton Orient/England); Garath McCleary (Reading/England); Je-Vaughn Watson (FC Dallas/USA); Jermaine Woozencroft (Montego Bay United/Jamaica). F (9) – Giles Barnes (Houston Dynamo/USA); AndrÈ Clennon (Arnett Gardens/Jamaica); Jamar Loza (Norwich City/England); Darren Mattocks (Vancouver Whitecaps/Canada); Dever Orgill (IFK Marieham/Finland); Allan Ottey (Montego Bay United/Jamaica); Romeo Parkes (Isidro Metapan/El Salvador); Michael Seaton (Orebro/Sweden); Dino Williams (Montego Bay United/Jamaica). The final 23 (plus two) consisted of eight players born in the UK and 17 in Jamaica (Omar Holness and Sean McFarlane replaced Alvas Powel and Jermaine Taylor after the first round.) That certainly does not translate to: “The so-called Reggae Boyz, the team of mostly English-born-and-bred sons of Jamaican fathers and mothers, grandfathers and grandmothers residing in England … .”
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):After helping Guyana Jaguars to the first-class title last season, left-hander Narsingh Deonarine is now anxious to inspire Trinidad and Tobago Red Force to similar success in the upcoming WICB Professional Cricket League (PCL).The 32-year-old Deonarine was one of the Jaguars’ leading scorers with 514 runs at an average of 42 with two hundreds, a performance that saw the Georgetown-based franchise run away with the inaugural title.He will suit up for Red Force this year after switching allegiances and believes he can play a key role in helping his new side overcome last season’s nightmare run.”I think my role will be very important as one of the most senior batsmen in the team. When you look at the team, there are a lot of young players in the side, and it is a good challenge for me to help the other players and be a leader in the team along with Rayad (Emrit), (Kevon) Cooper, and Ravi (Rampaul),” said the out-of-favour West Indies batsman.”The youngsters look up to the senior players for help, so obviously, we are going to be there for them and try to do well for ourselves and the franchise. I am looking forward to the challenge, and I am sure we will end up on top of the table.”STRUGGLED FROM OUTSETWhile Jaguars dropped just one game in an excellent campaign, Red Force struggled from the outset, losing six of their 10 games and winning just two.At the heart of their struggles was poor batting, with only Jason Mohammed – with 587 runs – surpassing the 500-run mark.Deonarine said once Red Force could improve this area, they would be title contenders.”When you looked at the performance the Red Force had last year, it was definitely not up to standard,” he pointed out.The PCL bowls off next month.
GEELONG, Australia (CMC):In the wake of heavy losses in their only two fixtures on tour, West Indies will look to defy soaring temperatures and make the most of their two-day match against the Victoria XI as they continue their build-up to the second Test match against Australia starting Boxing Day.Skipper Jason Holder said the match, which bowls off today (last night Jamaica time), would give all the batsmen a chance to get some time in the middle while offering the bowlers an opportunity to get acclimatised to the relative heat of the mainland – significantly warmer than the conditions experienced in the first Test in chilly Tasmania.The weekend forecast in Geelong is for 408C but Holder said his players were prepared for the dry heat at the Simonds Stadium.Officials at the stadium have brought in special cooling fans, as well as scheduled extra drinks breaks.”It’s just a matter of adapting. We played in some cooler conditions (in Hobart) and now we face warmer conditions,” Holder told members of the media here.”Many of us have played in the subcontinent and we all know that it can be quite humid as well, so I don’t think it will be anything we haven’t experienced.GOOD PITCH”It’s two days but we have to make the most of it. It’s what’s on the schedule and what we have to work with. We will get a chance for the batsmen to get in on what appears to be a good pitch. We have to make the most of the opportunity here.”West Indies have made a nightmare start to their tour in Down Under and are under immense pressure to improve ahead of the Melbourne Test starting in just over a week’s time.They lost their opening four-day tour match to a Cricket Australia XI by 10 wickets and then were hammered inside three days by an innings and 212 runs in the opening Test in Hobart.Holder said the two-day match would also be key opportunity for his bowling staff to make the necessary changes ahead of the BoxingDay contest.”On the bowling side, we have done a lot of bowling in the nets, so this will serve as a chance to get a few things right in the middle,” the 24-year-old said. “We will look at the plans we have for the MCG Test, which is what we’re working towards.”
Wolmer’s Girls have been corporate area queens for the past eight years but come March 15-19 at the ISSA Boys and Girls Athletics Championships, the Michael Carr-coached team will be under severe pressure to continue their streak.The girls from Heroes Circle have consistently finished ahead of their corporate area rivals at the marquee event. However, the likes of Convent of Mercy (Alpha), Camperdown and Excelsior are eager to knock them off their perch this year.Coach Carr is wary of the fact that his team will be under tremendous pressure but is bracing for the challenge.”To make it nine in a row, it is going to be very challenging as the team does not really have any flag bearer, so to speak, like we did in the past when we had a Shauna Helps and Jonielle Smith, who were real motivators,” said Carr.Unlike former years, his girls have not been dominant at development meets but Carr is not perturbed.”I used these meets to see what we need to improve on going forward, and I am pleased with the progress, as these meets are very beneficial to the athletes,” he said.Asked about his points projections for Champs, his reply was, “I am not a person who thinks about points as, for me, performance is the key, and once they perform the points will come, and I do not believe in predictions.”Although not having a big squad, Carr singled out one athlete who he expects a lot from.”I am very pleased with the performances of our jumpers, especially Danielle Spence, who has been doing well in the triple jump so far.”Asked which teams he sees has threats to dethrone Wolmer’s as Corporate champions, he was philosophical in his reply.”A number of teams are doing well. Camperdown has done very well in recruiting, while Excelsior and Alpha have been doing well, so far, especially Excelsior, who has some great coaches. But, on the day, every team will start at zero points, and only two competitors can compete in an event and, despite all these teams being major threats, I am confident that my girls can rise to the occasion,” said Carr.Carr also stated that not having a playfield for the first four months of training affected his preparation.
LATEST STORIES “We just wanted to limit Blackwater to under 90 points. We tightened our defense in the second half,” said Star head coach Chito Victolero.“We can always depend on PJ. He stepped up when Blackwater was mounting a rally,” Victolero said in Filipino. “It was big for us when Simpson went out because he was really attacking basket, but it happens and this time, the breaks of the game went to us.”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 Elite kept the game within reach until Simpson got hurt with still 11:36 left and did not return.Blackwater was within five, 75-70, before Simpson was subbed out. Star went on a 24-9 run capped with Simpson rendered helpless on the bench. A 3-pointer by Allein Maliksi and back-to-back layups by Mark Barroca and Rome dela Rosa made it, 99-79, with 3:28 left.The Hotshots foiled JP Erram’s big night. The former Ateneo slotman shone on both ends and nearly had a triple-double with 11 points, 15 rebounds and seven blocks for the Elite, who dropped to 0-2.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube PBA IMAGESStar capitalized on the absence of opposing import Trevis Simpson in the fourth quarter to beat a hard-fighting Blackwater side, 103-86, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Veteran guard PJ Simon had a throwback performance with 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field as he and Ian Sangalang, who collected 14 points and five rebounds, gave the Hotshots a big lift off the bench.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ ‘Greek Freak’ working on improving shooting ahead of NBA season Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans View comments
Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ “We’re up there with Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand in terms of GDP,” said Carreon. “So we can do the same in sports, and we should really do that.”Carreon added their target for a gold medal haul is 50, a number that is more than double that of the 29 the Philippines won in Singapore.“I say around 50, but when I talked to all the athletes they promised me 63 but I just want to say 50,” said Carreon. “I feel we’re going to reach the target.”ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano View comments Gilas PH squad underdog no more “I think we’re tired of” said Carreon during the send off ceremonies at Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions in Pasay Thursday night.Carreon even correlated the gross domestic products of the Philippines’ Southeast Asian neighbors to its sporting success, saying the country should also be performing well in the sporting stage.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’As per the International Monetary Fund, the Philippine is the no. 4 country in the Southeast Asian region in terms of GDP per capita at $2,951.07 in 2016.The Philippines, however, finished sixth in the 2015 SEA Games behind Thailand, host Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Indonesia with a 29-36-66 gold, silver, bronze medal haul. 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings 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) Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Teen gunned down in Masbate Photo by Marc Reyes/INQUIRERThe Philippines is tired of being among the last placers in the region.Chef de mission to the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Cynthia Carrion said Thursday this year’s Philippine delegation is eager to climb up the ladder in the medal standings.ADVERTISEMENT
Castro, voted best point guard in Asia twice, hit five straight points inside the final 1:50 that extended a 70-66 lead to a safe margin as the Filipinos gathered some momentum heading into their second match in three days.The Filipinos plane back home Saturday and will have very little time to cool their heels as they take on Chinese Taipei Monday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneBlatche epitomized the Filipinos’ offensive struggles but still had the guts to take over at the crunch, hitting a big triple that opened up an eight-point lead halfway through the fourth before issuing two critical feeds the rest of the way.Even with Blatche finishing with just three points after the first two quarters, Team PH still took the half comfortably and looked very fluid until several dry spells in the third allowed Japan to take a 40-37 lead. 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 Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jayson Castro William. Photo from Fiba.comStruggling big time in the second half on Friday night, Gilas Pilipinas went to its two most reliable guns when the chips were down to score a 77-71 decision of Japan in the first window of their Fiba Asia 2019 World Cup Qualifying series at Komazawa Olympic gym in Tokyo.Jayson Castro and naturalized player Andray Blatche stepped up big and averted a collapse by the Filipinos, who bungled first half command with a lethargic third quarter and even trailed the under-rated Japanese twice before pulling this one out.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Castro finished with 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists, reprising his role as Gilas’ top go-to-guy, while the 6-foot-11 Blatche, who seemed to limp in the last four minutes, wound up with 13 points, 12 rebounds and five assists.The Philippine defense was also one of the biggest factors for the win, as it held the Japanese to an atrocious 28 percent clip in the first half before bottling up the enemy’s top guns when it needed to in the stretch.Matthew Wright and Gabe Norwood also finished in twin digits for the Philippines with a combined 22, although the Filipinos would want to forget how they shot from afar in this one. Gilas missed its first eight attempts from that distance, before Castro drilled in two straight late in the second quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Keys to victory: Ateneo-La Salle Finals series Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’
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