Ashwin sends Sri Lanka to new low

first_imgVISAKHAPATNAM, India (AP):Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin recorded the best bowling figures by an Indian in Twenty20 Internationals to help his side beat Sri Lanka by nine wickets yesterday and clinch the series 2-1.Ashwin ripped through the top order with 4-8, improving on his own best of 4-11 against Australia at the World Twenty20 two years ago as Sri Lanka were bowled out in only 18 overs for 82, their lowest T20 total.In reply, India reached 84-1 in only 13.5, overs with opener Shikhar Dhawan top-scoring in the third and final match with an unbeaten 46.Ashwin drew first blood with his third delivery as a vicious spinner beat left-handed opener Niroshan Dickwella (1) for Mahendra Singh Dhoni to complete an easy stumping. The spin bowler then trapped Tillakaratne Dilshan leg-before wicket off the last ball of the over to trigger a collapse.Captain Dinesh Chandimal (8) fell to the first delivery of Ashwin’s second over, caught on the off side while trying to clear the infield. Debutant Asela Gunaratne (4) was his fourth victim, caught at leg slip by Suresh Raina as Ashwin finished his three-over spell at 4-5 and the score at 20-4.”I want to keep the batsmen guessing and (getting) wickets makes me a different bowler,” Ashwin said. “I’ve the courage to go for runs. That’s why I’ve the courage to flight the ball.”last_img read more

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We’ll be coming to take the title – JC’s Wasome

first_imgHe might have been a youngster looking on when the ‘Dark Blues’ last won the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys’ Championships in 2011.Now that Obrien Wasome is Jamaica College (JC) team captain, the Class One star jumper is warning favourites Calabar High School and runner-up Kingston College (KC) that his team will reign supreme at the March 15-19 championship.The Old Hope Road institution had consecutive third-place finishes in 2014 and last year, where they accumulated 200 points, mainly from a very strong jumps and field events team.This year, the captain, who is hoping to lead from the front, says the team is more balanced with sprinting prowess and coming to win.”We last won Champs in 2011, and that is a big gap. As captain, what I am looking to do is just put inspiration into our team,” said Wasome.”We have a very good team, so we are just going all out for a Champs win, with determination and hard work. We will deliver on the track,” he told The Gleaner last Saturday following successful performances at the Gibson-McCook Relays inside the National Stadium.Wasome’s JC confidently captured the Class One Boys’ 4x100m in 40.01 ahead of St Jago, 40.44 and Cornwall College, 40.57.”We can’t be seen as underdogs. We have an all-round team and we will be coming to take the title. We will lead from the start and no one is going to catch us; no catching JC,” he warned.Wasome ran a superb starting leg to power JC to a sensational win, as their main challengers at the event, as well as next month’s championships, Calabar High and KC, fell, giving JC an even more comfortable win.”In the heats, I wasn’t satisfied with the start, but in the final, I got it and we got it right. It’s a good feeling knowing it’s my last Gibson Relays competing for Jamaica College and walking away with a gold and a silver. I am very happy for that,” he explained.Wasome also picked up silver in the men’s long jump with a leap of 7.21 metres behind Damar White, 7.37m, of the University of Technology. Laurel Gordon of G.C. Foster College was third at 7.17 metres.last_img read more

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ASAJ to recruit islandwide for water polo players

first_imgAmateur Swimming Association of Jamaica (ASAJ) vice-president, Lance Rochester, says the body will be looking to recruit talent islandwide, grow in numbers, and, ultimately, have full-scale representation at all levels so the country’s water polo fraternity can keep up with regional counterparts.The association is preparing to host the Union Americana de Natacion (UANA) Pan American Youth Men’s and Women’s Water Polo Championships from August 25 to September 4 at the National Aquatic Centre in Kingston.”We have never hosted anything like this, where aquatics is concerned. This is the biggest event that we (Jamaica) has ever held, Rochester told The Gleaner.”This is the Pan American region and this is the qualifier for the World Championships next year for juniors,” he added.Aiming for World ChampsAs hosts, Jamaica will bring together some of the best Junior Water Polo teams in the Pan American region. The top-10 countries from the region will be vying for four spots to next year’s World Champs.”The reality is that to be successful in the long term we have to spread ourselves in the rest of the country. Right now we are selecting from a very small section of our population. That is not good enough. We need to be right across … from Morant Point to Negril point,” he said.Jamaica bagged four bronze medals at the Central American and Caribbean Championships (CCCAN) in Puerto Rico recently but Rochester notes that a lot is demanded if they are to beat teams like Trinidad and Tobago and Puerto Rico.They finished third in 18 and under categories for male and female respectively, and the same among 15 and under male and female teams.last_img read more

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Campbell ready to test the waters

first_imgBEIJING, China: It took him being thrown into a 5K as a youngster at Bellefield High School for Kemoy Campbell to recognise his potential as a distance runner. Who would have thought that a few years later he would be preparing for his first appearance at the IAAF World Championships. “Honestly, I just got thrown into a 5K race at school, and the next thing I realised, I was pretty good at it, so I just continued,” Campbell smiled excitedly as he spoke about his delight as he gets set to compete in the 5000m inside the Birds Nest. “It feels pretty good making my first World Championships team,” said Campbell. “You can’t say that there’s a lot of Jamaican distance runners who have done this before, so I’m just trying to seize the moment and give my all. “I guess you have to start somewhere, and this is my start to see where I am compared to all the best in the world. I’m just going to go out there and put my all into it and see where that takes me,” added Campbell, whose 13:20.39 makes him the fastest ever Jamaican over the distance and a trailblazer at these championships for the Caribbean island. Campbell, who noted that his main focus is gaining experience ahead of next year’s Olympic Games in Rio, pointed to an increased mileage of 15 miles per day up from 12 and renewed focus as the main factors behind a season that has seen him establish himself as one of the top competitors on the collegiate scene. “This year there has been a lot of mileage and that has helped me a lot, and when I get back I am going to focus on speed and finishing my races faster because I have realised that’s also a great advantage being able to run fast at the end,” Campbell reasoned. “The Olympics is something I am definitely looking forward to. “I just need the experience for sure, I’ve never been to one of these events, and it will definitely be good experience for me to see where I fall short, how I can improve and try to get better as I compete with the best,” added Campbell, who has now completed his studies at the University of Arkansas and will be going full pro after the championships. “I look up to a lot of people, but I don’t want to think about it too much because my main thing is I don’t want to go into a race and be intimidated by anyone,” said Campbell, looking ahead to his competition here in Beijing. “I just want to go out and run as fast as I can. When you know people you tend to hold back because you know how good they are and I’m trying not to do that, I just want to push throughout the race.” – A.L.last_img read more

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Sports Briefs

first_imgBravo puts Dolphins in final DURBAN, South Africa (CMC): West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo produced a superb penultimate over under pressure to help propel Dolphins to a tense five-run victory over Cape Cobras and into the final of the Ram Slam T20 Challenge here on Wednesday. Chasing 179 for victory, Cape Cobras found themselves on the brink of victory at Kingsmead, requiring 13 runs from the last 12 balls of the semi-final contest. However, medium pacer Bravo came up big when it mattered most, conceding just four runs, while grabbing the wicket of Robin Peterson for three, caught at mid-on off a low full toss. He finished with one for 27 from his four overs. Emrit stars in Bangladesh MIRPUR, Bangladesh (CMC): Trinidad and Tobago’s Rayad Emrit struck a brilliant unbeaten half-century to follow up an incisive spell as he helped Barisal Bulls to an important morale-boosting two-wicket victory over Dhaka Dynamites in the final game of the Bangladesh Premier League preliminary round yesterday. In pursuit of 137 for victory at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Bulls got home with two balls to spare, thanks to Emrit’s splendid 54 not out off 28 deliveries with six fours and two sixes. While the game was of academic interest only because both teams had already qualified for the play-offs, the result was important from the perspective of confidence, with both teams clashing again tomorrow in the opening game of the next round.last_img read more

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Graham hopes Sharpe will fill Reno void in Red Stripe Premier League

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU:WITH the prospect of re-signing homegrown striker Craig Foster waning, Roshane Sharpe chose a fine time to remind the Reno coaching staff and faithful of his abilities when he scored an 80th-minute equaliser to save FC Reno another heartbreaking loss to Boys’ Town on Sunday.Lennox Cargill had given the travelling Boys’ Town a 17th-minute lead, but with the clock running down, Sharpe scored his fourth goal this season to force a crucial result, as Reno were facing a third loss in five matches.”This is still very much a work in progress,” admitted Graham. “Yes, we recognise that we need to fix some things. It’s not that the team is not playing according to how we want them. Against Boys’ Town, we played very well, but again failed to score the necessary goals to win the match.”He added: “I think we are going to get there shortly, because if we don’t have a ready-made centre forward, we have to make one, and that is why a player such as Roshane Sharpe is very important. I was happy to see him finally score again yesterday (Sunday).”SEASONALSTRUGGLEReno’s struggles appear to be seasonal, and yet again, the lack of inspiration, particularly up front, has returned to hurt them. It appears it will not get any better – at least in the short term – as it doesn’t appear they will secure the signature of Foster, the league’s top scorer last season.Foster left the club in the off-season for the United Soccer League’s Harrisburg City Islanders, and after a promising start to their season, in which he netted five goals in three matches – including a hat-trick – the centre forward was sidelined with a leg injury.A return to his boyhood club was seen as a light at the end of the tunnel for the management of FC Reno, who are mired in ninth place in the League table with 24 points, five more than the respective 11th- and 12th-placed Tivoli Gardens and Rivoli United, both of which currently occupy the relegation places.”We heard from a good source that Craig Foster may not, after all, rejoin the club as he is due to leave the country shortly,” Graham said.”We were hoping to pin him down in a new deal, but I cannot say what has really happened, except that that may not be happening as we had planned.”last_img read more

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Long Running Train set for smooth ride in Caymanas feature

first_imgHaving finished a fighting second to top stayer PERFECT NEIGHBOUR in the grade one Harry Jackson Memorial Cup over 2,400 metres on Boxing Day, the American filly LONG RUNNING TRAIN should go one better in the open allowance mile at Caymanas Park today.Trained by ‘most improved trainer’ nominee Harry Parsard, LONG RUNNING TRAIN returns down in class with only 50.0kg under former champion Wesley Henry, and with a mile more to her liking, is confidently expected to lead home old rivals CAMPESINO, the recent CTL Fan Appreciation Trophy winner ALL CORRECT, and former St Leger and Gold Cup winner COMMANDING CHIEF in a 10-strong field.Before the Harry Jackson Memorial, the 4-y-o filly by Flower Alley out of Cuz You Never Know finished a good third to PHINEAS and CAMPESINO in the fast-run Gladiator Trophy over 1,400 metres on December 19 but had won back-to-back races in October and November, the latter over 1,300 metres in overnight company with a bit in hand.Reporting in good nick for this race, LONG RUNNING TRAIN, given her fine turn of foot, should prove too strong for the front-running CAMPESINO, ALL CORRECT, and COMMANDING CHIEF (working well) in the closing stages.Also on the 11-race card are the 3-y-o maiden special Eight Thirty Sprint, to be run in two divisions over the straight-five course and the 3-y-o and up overnight allowance race over 1,400 for the Allan E. ‘Billy’ Williams Memorial Trophy, to be contested by 11 starters, including top contenders BRAWN and MOM’S STUDENT.Recent winner BRAWN (Aaron Chatrie) is tipped to repeat for trainer Gary Subratie in the ‘Billy’ Williams Memorial. The well-advanced debutante PINELOPE (Shane Ellis up), from the Dwight Chen stables, gets the nod over fellow debutante DANCING QUEEN in division one of the Eight Thirty Sprint, while it should be POISON GAS (Omar Walker) in division two following her promising debut behind GLOBAL recently.last_img read more

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Australia out as Kohli’s 82 puts India in semis

first_imgMOHALI, India (AP): Virat Kohli produced a sublime 82 not out off 51 balls yesterday to help India defeat Australia by six wickets in their World Twenty20 match and advance to the semi-finals. Kohli took charge at a crucial time in what was a virtual quarter-final, smashing nine fours and two sixes as India reached 161-4 off 19.1 overs in reply to Australia’s 160-6. The No. 3 batsman added 67 off only 31 deliveries with captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (18 not out) after a useful 45-run stand for the fourth wicket with Yuvraj Singh (21) as India scored 59 runs in the last 4.1 overs of the Group 2 game. Kohli, who had also guided India to a six-wicket win over Pakistan with 55 not out, remained calm during his 15th T20 half-century after Shikhar Dhawan (13), Rohit Sharma (12) and Suresh Raina (10) failed to get going with India struggling at 49-3 in the eighth over. 25,000 fans Kohli batted himself in with Yuvraj and then took the initiative, smashing 19 off the 18th over bowled by James Faulkner and 16 off the 19th from Nathan Coulter-Nile, to the delight of more than 25,000 fans. Dhoni hit Faulkner for a four down the ground to complete a memorable win that sets the 2007 champion against 2012 champion West Indies in the semi-finals in Mumbai on Thursday. “That was a pretty serious innings there, under pressure,” Australia captain Steven Smith said. “He hit it right out of the middle and he’s done it for a long time. Virat played an unbelievable knock … I think 160 was around par, it just took an unbelievable innings to get India over the line.” Earlier, Australia got off to a quick start as left-handed opener Usman Khawaja began the innings with a pulled four off Ashish Nehra and then took four fours off the following over from Jasprit Bumrah to finish with a 16-ball 26 comprising six fours. Australia raced to the 50-run mark in only 3.4 overs as Aaron Finch (43 off 34) smashed two consecutive sixes over long on off spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, but the scoring rate was checked as wickets fell at regular intervals. “It was a tough score, they got 60 runs in the first six overs,” Dhoni said. Australia reached the 100-run mark in 12.5 overs and 150 in 19.4. The opening stand was worth 54 and ended in the fifth over when Nehra induced an edge to dismiss danger man Khawaja. David Warner (6) and Smith (2) fell to spinners Ashwin and Yuvraj Singh, respectively, with Dhoni having a hand in both dismissals. Ashwin’s single wicket yesterday made him the first Indian to take 50 wickets in T20 internationals, while wicketkeeper Dhoni’s three victims brought him level on 60 with Pakistan’s Kamran Akmal for dismissals in T20 internationals. Glenn Maxwell chipped in with a useful 31 that included a reverse-sweep six off Yuvraj Singh. Shane Watson made an impressive exit from international cricket as he followed up his unbeaten 18 with 2-23 in four overs and a brilliant diving catch at cover to dismiss Yuvraj off Faulkner. fifth overlast_img read more

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Papine capture first Spalding Cup

first_imgPapine High’s cricket coach, Shane Brooks, has revealed that his team’s innings and 22-run Spalding Cup victory over St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS) was due to meticulous planning. “We expected to get the better of STETHS, they are not as experienced as former years, and with our experience and unity, we knew we would stop them,” he said. “We prepared meticulously. The Grace Shield is our first major cricket title, and to follow that up with the Spalding Cup is history for the school and a wonderful feeling,” he added. St Elizabeth’s Technical cricket coach, Clive Ledgister, said their dominance in schoolboy cricket will not end after their embarrassing defeat in two days but he described it as “disappointing”. “To lose by an innings when you’re Headley Cup champions and kingpins of schoolboy cricket was disappointing,” he said. “STETHS’ dominance of schoolboy cricket discouraged a lot of schools over the years, so what Papine has done will boost the confidence of others,” Ledgister added. Leg-spinner Rushawn Lee was the hero for Papine as he ended with match figures of nine for 55. He took five for 32 in the first innings when STETHS were dismissed for 71 then followed that up with four for 23 as the defending champions fell for a second innings 106. Papine had posted 199 in their only innings. – L.S.last_img read more

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Bombers try to keep distance vs Knights

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. A costly, catty dispute finally settled Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Break new ground 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. With a 6-4 record, JRU sits at third behind unbeaten Lyceum and San Beda. But a victory by the Knights, who hold an even 5-5 record, will forge a tie at third spot.The Generals tangle with the Mapua Cardinals at 4 p.m. with a win allowing them to move up to solo sixth spot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogTied with Arellano and Perpetual Help at 4-6, EAC hopes for an improved performance after losing to San Sebastian last week.The Bombers absorbed a 110-115 double overtime defeat to Arellano last Thursday in a game where Tey Teodoro exploded for 30 points. JRU, however, faded late in the game and saw its four-game winning run snapped. —CEDELF P. TUPAS LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJose Rizal U tries to tighten its grip on third spot as it clashes with Letran on Thursday, while Emilio Aguinaldo College seeks to boost its Final Four hopes in NCAA Season 93 basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Coming off overtime losses last week, the Heavy Bombers and Knights are gunning for victories that will give them the inside track in the race for Final Four berths.ADVERTISEMENT Winning start It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments A costly, catty dispute finally settled Busmen hope to chart return course toward AFC Cup MOST READ 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 awardlast_img read more

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