Wade, Butler call out Bulls teammates, Rondo unimpressed

first_imgPalace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Cavs slump sparks drama for NBA champions 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 Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dwyane Wade #3 and Jimmy Butler #21 of the Chicago Bulls react near the end of a game against the Atlanta Hawks at the United Center on January 25, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The Hawks defeated the Bulls 119-114. Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFPChicago Bulls stars Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler blasted their teammates in the wake of an embarrassing home loss this week, but their criticism provoked a strong response Thursday from backup guard Rajon Rondo.Butler scored 40 points and Wade added 33 in a 119-114 loss to Atlanta on Wednesday in which the Hawks erased a 10-point deficit in the waning minutes.ADVERTISEMENT “We weren’t guarding anybody, doing whatever we wanted to do, and we lost,” Butler said after his fifth game with at least 40 points this season. “Story of our year. Over and over. Same thing. It’s not the first time we’ve seen this. It’s not the first time we’ve done it.”Rondo, who won an NBA title with the Boston Celtics in 2010 and joined the Bulls prior to this season, responded via an Instagram post.“My vets would never go to the media,” Rondo said in a post that included a picture of himself with former Celtics teammates Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. “When we lost, they wouldn’t blame us. They took responsibility and got in the gym. They showed the young guys what it meant to work.”ADVERTISEMENT “I don’t know if I see enough guys who really want it,” said Wade, who won three NBA championships with the Miami Heat before joining Chicago as a free agent prior to this season.“Losses like this, it has to hurt them. I’m 35 years old, man. I got three championships. It shouldn’t hurt me more than it hurts these young guys. They have to want it.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“I wish that I could say that everyone in here is going to go home and not eat tonight,” Wade said. “I can’t say that. I wish I could, but I don’t know if it hurts. Games like this are supposed to hurt you. You’re not supposed to sleep. You don’t want to go up and talk to nobody. These games are supposed to hurt. I don’t know if it’s in the guys in this locker room.”Butler, 27, was no less scathing after the game. View comments Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member LATEST STORIES Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal MOST READ Rondo said it was unfair to blame the team’s less experienced players.“The young guys work,” he wrote. “They show up. They don’t deserve blame. If anything is questionable, it’s the leadership.”The Bulls, winners of six NBA titles in the 1990s era of league legend Michael Jordan, have not made it past the second round of the playoffs since 2011.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Tolomia gets turn, gives ROS big lift with career-game

first_img“My confidence remains the same. I told myself that if I play, I’ll be aggressive. I won’t change my game at all.”Tolomia said the Painters’ biggest motivation against the Beermen is they lost to them in overtime during the elimination round last month.“Our loss to them is definitely a motivation for us. We were only a one possession to secure for us to win. I think, that will be valuable for us for that game on Sunday.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ PBA IMAGESMike Tolomia waited for his turn and his patience paid off on Friday.After playing sparingly in Rain or Shine’s last four games, the rookie stepped out of the veterans’ shadows and unleashed a career-best 14 points, all of which came in the second half, to help the Elasto Painters blast the Blackwater Elite in a playoff for the last quarterfinals slot.ADVERTISEMENT “Coach always reminds me to be ready. He tells me in practice to do extra shooting because he don’t know when he will pull me from the bench. Now, he gave me a chance to play and I believe I was ready,” Tolomia said.Tolomia averaged 6.7 points in 13 minutes in Rain or Shine’s first seven games before Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia decided to use him sparingly in the team’s next four games, all of which ended in losses.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnHe scored nine points in only 13 minutes through that stretch, and didn’t even hit the court in the E-Painters’ losses to Meralco and Alaska.But despite his lack of playing time, Tolomia never felt discouraged. 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 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte LATEST STORIES 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Miami Heat extend winning streak to 10 games Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcoslast_img read more

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Great expectations: Indians eye World Series title after ’16 run

first_img98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG The Indians have some unfinished business.One swing away from beating the Chicago Cubs in an epic World Series last year, the Indians, who pumped up their payroll to nearly $130 million by winning baseball’s offseason with the surprise signing of free-agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion this winter, have their sights set on a return to the postseason — and this time winning it all.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“Everyone is very proud of what we accomplished last year, but everybody wants that one more run,” Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis said Sunday. “Everybody wants to get back. We finally got a taste of that fruit, and we want to be there and we want to stay there.”With one of baseball’s best starting rotations, deepest bullpens and a lineup counting on the return of All-Star Michael Brantley from injury, the Indians, who lost 94 games in 2012, are positioned to make another run at ending a World Series title drought stretching to 1948 — now the majors’ longest. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Cleveland has vaulted from powderpuff to powerhouse.The Indians are determined to erase the memory of last year’s Series when they gave away a 3-1 lead to the Cubs, who completed their comeback by winning an unforgettable Game 7 on Nov. 2 in extra innings. Chicago’s victory not only triggered a celebration on the soggy grass in Progressive Field, but a national outpouring of affection for the lovable Cubbies and their fans, who waited 108 years to sip championship champagne.There was obvious heartache in Cleveland. But also hope.By going so far in the postseason despite not having Brantley, missing starters Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar and losing starter Trevor Bauer in the AL Championship Series when he sliced open his right pinkie while repairing a drone at home, the Indians showed resiliency, confidence and a glimpse of their potential.They were one step away, and this year the Indians are better prepared to take it.ADVERTISEMENT Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte 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 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown As rain showers move through the area, Cleveland Indians pitchers Perci Garner, left, Shawn Morimando, second from left, TIm Cooney, second from right, and Adam Plutko, right, run through their exercises at the Indians baseball spring training facility, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Above the small cactuses and flowering plants dotting the concrete-blocked plaza outside the doorway to Cleveland’s training complex is a new sign that serves as both a reminder and motivator.“American League Champions 2016,” it says.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Record All-Star: Davis scores 52, West tops East 192-182 center_img Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View comments Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study Kipnis pointed to the Kansas City Royals, who bounced back from losing Game 7 of the World Series in 2014 to winning it the following year, as a model for the Indians.“They knew they wanted to be right back there,” he said. “They knew what it might take or fill in the hole from what they were missing the year before and they went out and did it. We’re kind of hoping to follow that path and there are guys who now know what it takes and what they need to work on and what they need to kind of fix to get back there. It gives you that past experience that now you don’t have to ask any questions. You have that experience yourself.”With a light rain falling and the nearby Estrella Mountains shrouded in low clouds, manager Terry Francona laid out his expectations during a team meeting on Sunday. Francona said he spent the past week stressing over how to deliver the proper message — “cutting and pasting the old-fashioned way, erasing” — as he felt he owed his players a clear outlook for 2017.Francona wants his players to be proud of what they accomplished, but not to dwell upon the success or be satisfied. He reminded them not to cut corners or to take anything for granted.As great as it was, last season is over.“Our players have with their talent, and with the way they have played, people think they have a chance of doing some pretty good things,” he said. “Now you gotta go out and do it and there’s a way to do it. … if you got rewarded for last year, we would do it. Like if (baseball) said, ‘Hey, man, you went to the World Series last year, you get five extra wins.’ We’d take them. But that’s not how it’s going to be.”The Indians were attentive while Francona spoke, and Kipnis said without being disrespectful, most off the players knew the message already.“Guys were almost not like, ‘We know,’” he said. “But was like, ‘Hey, we know. Let’s get-this-going-kind-of-thing.’ It wasn’t like we’re too good for it by any means. It was we’re right there with you, and let’s get back to work — right now. You could get that sense around the room, and I think it’s a real good thing.”NOTES: Francona isn’t ready to name ace Corey Kluber his opening-day starter, and said the club is “slowing” the right-hander down early in camp. Kluber pitched 215 innings during the regular season and another 34 1/3 in the postseason, making three starts on short rest. “If he’s not ready for Game 1, we can adjust,” Francona said. “We’re more than willing to, because there’s a lot at stake over the course of the year. We know opening day is a big deal, but we want him to position himself where he’s ready to log as many innings as we need.” The Indians open at Texas on April 3.last_img read more

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Nakamura debuts at SmackDown after Mania

first_imgShinsuke Nakamura made his long awaited debut on SmackDown Live after WrestleMania. Photo by WWE.comThe King of Strong Style has finally made his leap to the main roster.Shinsuke Nakamura’s long awaited debut finally came on Tuesday (Wednesday Manila time) as he shocked the Smackdown Live crowd at Amway Center in Orlando.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town View comments Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Adamson ends season with first win, downs UE On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town MOST READ Flanked by violinist Lee England, the two-time NXT Champion came out to loud cheers as he made a surprise appearance just when The Miz and Maryse were about to leave after their post-Mania tirade against rivals John Cena and Nikki Bella.The blue brand didn’t want to be outdone on the aftermath of the biggest show of the year as it also had its own share of surprises, especially with the main roster debut of Tye Dillinger.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThe Perfect 10 answered the open challenge of Curt Hawkins, hitting the latter with the Tye-Breaker to score the three-count.New WWE Champion Randy Orton also found an unlikely tag team partner in Luke Harper as they defeated the team of Bray Wyatt and the returning Erick Rowan. 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 SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Naomi also successfully defended her SmackDown Live Women’s Championship after submitting dethroned titlist Alexa Bliss, who invoked her rematch clause.Baron Corbin exacted revenge over Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose in a WrestleMania rematch, topping him in their non-title street fight.WrestleMania opponents AJ Styles and SmackDown Live commissioner Shane McMahon surprised everyone as they found a common ground less than a week before the Superstar Shake-Up on next Monday’s Raw.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Tanduay catches fire in the 3rd quarter, racks 3rd straight win

first_imgQuarters: 21-20, 34-37, 87-49, 113-71.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lester Alvarez. PBA IMAGESTanduay had a blazing third quarter as it clobbered Gamboa Coffee Mix, 113-71, for its third win in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The Rhum Masters started off hot and went on a 23-0 blast to start the third frame as it unleashed 53 points in the period, the most points in a quarter in PBA D-League history, on a scorching 21-of-26 shooting from the field to turn a 37-34 halftime deficit to a decisive 87-49 lead.ADVERTISEMENT Paul Varilla unloaded all of his 15 points in that killer third quarter, while also added two rebounds and two assists for the game.Lester Alvarez also poured 10 of his game-high 17 markers in the third canto, to go with 11 assists and three boards, while Von Tambeling came out strong in the period to drop 13 points, three rebounds, and two dimes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“I really laud Von Tambeling. I didn’t play him in the first half, but he was our spark in that third quarter,” said coach Lawrence Chongson, as Tanduay bucked its sluggish start and came out firing after the halftime break.“The energy that was missing in the first half, I eventually saw it. They only needed some reminders and I’m glad that they responded,” he said. Pacquiao going big, or going bust in the Battle of Brisbane Emil Palma also added 17 markers and eight assists, Adrian Santos got 15 points and eight boards, and Paul Sanga got 13 for the Rhum Masters, which led by as much as 44 late in the game.Former Rhum Master Ken Acibar led the way for Gamboa (1-4) with 16 points and seven rebounds, while Mike Parala had 12 markers and seven boards in the loss.The Scores:TANDUAY 113 – Alvarez 17, Palma 17, Santos 15, Varilla 15, Sanga 13, Tambeling 13, Sollano 6, Taganas 4, Terso 4, Acidre 3, Gaco 2, Vigil 2, Villamor 2, Eguilos 0.GAMBOA COFFEE MIX 71 – Acibar 16, Parala 12, Avenido 11, Acuña 8, Montuano 7, Padilla 6, Jumao-as 5, Riva 4, Vidal 2, Arellano 0, Dadjilul 0, David 0, Knuttel 0.ADVERTISEMENT Australian Open: A look at Serena, other things to know 8 injured in foot bridge collapse in Negros Occidental LATEST STORIES Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Magnitude 4.2 earthquake jolts Batangas New Queen: Hallasgo dethrones Tabal in Milo Marathon 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 Marck Espejo shines in triumphant Thailand debut MOST READ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Repair or replace? – Summerbell Jr to make decision about his Evolution VIII

first_imgDavid Summerbell Jr is currently weighing the options of repairing or replacing his modified Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII race car, which was seriously mangled after colliding with Doug Gore two Sundays ago at the Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC) at the Jamwest Motor Speedway in Westmoreland. Summerbell wants to return in time to contest the Jamaica Race Driver’s Club’s Thunder Sport 2 championship. He also revealed that he and his team have a meeting planned with their sponsors this week. He said that any decision they take will be geared towards getting him back on the circuit with enough time to challenge the top contenders. “We really want to try and stay in the championship this year,” he said. “Whether it’s changing a car or making repairs, the time frame is also important. But all of this would have to be cleared with our sponsors as to what they would like, as they are a very important part of the team and their opinion counts. “The next two races are at Dover, so that is better for me as that track is more suited for my Evolution, if we are able to use that car. But it’s early and we have some meetings to plan as to where we go. But there is a lot of research going on at this point,” he told The Gleaner. However, assessment of the vehicle is still ongoing and Summerbell said that has to be done before they can decide how to move forward. “It’s still early because we haven’t pulled it down to a point to actually know. The body of the car is good, but the brakes are damaged, the rims and the axle are all damaged, and other stuff as well. We are trying to get prices on all those items before we can have a definite figure. Later in the week, we should be able to give out a little about where we are going,” he said. Summerbell described the regional championship as secondary and said he would only participate if his projections are on target. “It (CMRC) is (still an objective), but it’s secondary. Local racing is the priority, but if everything is on target, then we would want to take part overseas,” he added.last_img read more

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Tallawahs bow out

first_imgA hat-trick from Rashid Khan and a rapid half-century by Luke Ronchi propelled the Guyana Amazon Warriors to victory in the 2017 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Eliminator against Jamaica Tallawahs on Wednesday night. After Rashid’s hat-trick derailed the Tallawahs innings – restricting them to 168 for eight – Ronchi raced to 50 off just 20 balls to lead the Amazon Warriors chase, which was sealed with 11 balls to spare. Ronchi ended with 70 off 33 balls. Amazon Warriors opener Sohail Tanvir struggled to time the ball in his brief innings and eventually picked out Rovman Powell in the deep off Krishmar Santokie. However, Chadwick Walton (39) and Ronchi struck regular boundaries in the Powerplay to lift the Amazon Warriors to 53 for one. Bright start Earlier in the evening, the Tallawahs got most of their runs from captain Kumar Sangakkara scoring an unbeaten 57 and Lendl Simmons, 34. They were put into bat by the Amazon Warriors, and with a new opening partnership of Simmons and Kennar Lewis, they got off to a bright start. The first wicket fell in the fifth over when Lewis took on a short ball from Rayad Emrit and picked out deep square leg. Regular boundaries from Simmons helped the Tallawahs to 55 for one after six overs, their third best six-over score of the season. The Tallawahs’ good start was derailed in the seventh over when Simmons and Mahmudullah fell to the bowling of Steven Jacobs, slapping a wide ball to cover and picking out a leg side boundary-rider. The Tallawahs reshuffled batting order meant that at four down for 98, they still had Sangakkara, Andre McCarthy, Jonathan Foo, and Powell to bat. In one single over, that strong lower order was gutted by Rashid. Three consecutive googlies turned back through the gate of three loose drives to bring Rashid the first hat-trick in Hero CPL history, removing McCarthy, Foo, and Powell and changing the complexion of the match in less than five minutes.last_img read more

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Wickets tumble as WI share honours

first_img BAD LIGHT LONDON, England (CMC): Seamer Ben Stokes exploited ideal swing conditions to rout West Indies with a six-wicket haul, but the Caribbean side hit back to rock England, as 14 wickets fell on the opening day of the decisive Lord’s Test yesterday. Choosing to bat first, the Windies were bundled out for 123 in their first innings, with left-handed opener Kieran Powell top-scoring with 39 and second Test hero Shai Hope getting 29. However, they were the only two to pass 20 as West Indies collapsed from a promising position of 78 for two after lunch, losing their last eight wickets for 45 runs. Stokes finished with career-best figures of six for 22, while fellow seamers Jimmy Anderson (2-31) and Toby Roland-Jones (2-32) claimed two wickets apiece in support. England’s hopes of establishing a foothold in the game were then dashed as pacers Jason Holder (2-18) and Kemar Roach (2-21) produced key strikes to leave the hosts reeling at 46 for four – 77 runs behind on first innings. Stokes and Dawid Malan, both unbeaten on 13, were propping up the innings in a fledgling 22-run fifth wicket stand when bad light ended play prematurely. Entering the contest on the back of their stunning Headingley triumph, West Indies were left to rue their decision to bat once the murky weather rolled in to replace the sunshine, leaving their batsmen at the mercy of the England seamers in familiar conditions. Rain intervened after nearly an hour to rob the session of almost 40 minutes, with the Windies losing a wicket on either side of the break courtesy of Anderson on both occasions. Opener Kraigg Brathwaite, dropped on three at first slip by Alastair Cook off Anderson in the day’s third over, added just seven before nicking a catch to wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow with the score on 18. And Kyle Hope’s difficult series continued when he perished without scoring in the third over following the rain break, trying to leave alone a wide one but edging a catch behind at 22 for two. Powell and Shai Hope then combined in a solid 56-run, third wicket stand which carried the Windies to lunch on 35 for two and kept them afloat for an hour afterwards. Powell faced 98 balls in a shade under two and a half hours at the crease and struck six fours, while the right-handed Hope lasted 79 minutes and faced 57 deliveries. He struck seven fours – mostly sweetly timed offside drives. Hope was looking increasingly dangerous when he got one from Roland-Jones that bounced, and stabbed a catch to Cook at first slip nearing the hour mark. His dismissal triggered the slide and in the next over, Powell followed, driving a return catch to Stokes in the next over without a run added at 78 for four. Sixteen balls later, Jermaine Blackwood missed a wild swing at Roland-Jones and was bowled for one, and Roston Chase spent 36 balls over 18 and struck four fours before he was turned inside out by a Stokes leg-cutter and bowled off stump. When wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich nicked a push at Stokes and was taken at first slip by Cook for one, the Windies were hanging by a thread at 101 for seven, and they managed to limp to tea with no further loss at 119. West Indies also made the most of the dreary conditions and made early inroads into the England innings.last_img read more

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Bishoo hails WI chemistry

first_imgBULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, (CMC):Devendra Bishoo yesterday pointed to strong team chemistry after West Indies beat Zimbabwe by 117 runs in the opening Test, to claim their third Test win in seven matches.Bishoo, who ended with a nine-wicket haul match-haul at the spin-friendly Queens Sports Club, said each member of the current unit was hungry for success as well as focussed on moving the team forward.”Our first plan is to win Test matches. If we can’t win them, we try to draw them, and I don’t think in any way we are just going about just playing … we want to win,” Bishoo told reporters following the West Indies victory.He added: “I knew we had the capability. We have Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope, who had good series in England; Roston Chase, he’s been among the runs for the last year; and everybody believes in one another – that is one of the most important things about this group of cricketers.”The team togetherness is really good. Everybody helps one another, they are very comfortable with each other.”West Indies produced a clinical performance on the fourth day to bowl Zimbabwe out for 316, after the hosts were set an improbable 434 for victory.Leg-spinner Bishoo finished with a Man-of-the-Match nine-wicket match haul after taking four wickets on Tuesday, as Zimbabwe collapsed from 99 without loss after lunch.The 31-year-old, who had a difficult recent tour of England where he managed just three wickets in two Tests, said he had been aware that his role would have been crucial in this Test.”After the first day, when I saw how Zimbabwe were bowling, I knew I had to play a big part in this Test match. I knew I would just have to be patient,” he stressed.The victory came on the heels of the success against Pakistan in Barbados last May and the stunning triumph at Leeds in August.West Indies face Zimbabwe again in the second Test starting Sunday at the same venue.last_img read more

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Brilliant Bale! – Real Madrid capture third straight CL title

first_img SLOPPY ROLLOUT KIEV, Ukraine (AP): Gareth Bale’s eye-catching scissor-kick helped Real Madrid to a third successive Champions League (CL) title yesterday with a 3-1 victory over a Liverpool side thwarted by a pair of goalkeeping blunders and Mohamed Salah being forced off injured. Making an explosive impact as a second-half substitute, Bale showcased athleticism and technique of the highest quality by sending Madrid in front with only his fourth touch of the game in the 64th minute. “I need to be playing,” Bale said, “and I need to be starting.” Confounding his doubters, including coach Zinedine Zidane, Bale sealed Madrid’s record-extending 13th European title with his second goal – a long-range strike that owed much to Loris Karius’ second calamity of the game in Kiev’s Olympic Stadium. The Liverpool goalkeeper allowed Bale’s shot to squirm through his hands into the net in the 83rd. Six minutes into the second half, Karius’ sloppy rollout had been seized on by Karim Benzema to put the Spanish side in front. Liverpool struck back through Sadio Mane, but the five-time European champions were only fleetingly back in the game. Having lost Salah – scorer of 44 goals this season – to a suspected dislocated shoulder in the first half, Liverpool lacked the firepower to find a way past the aristocrats of European football. After leaving the pitch in tears, the Egypt forward will be fearing the worst for his hopes of going to a first World Cup next month. For Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp, this was a sixth successive loss in a final, including a 2013 Champions League loss to Bayern Munich while Borussia Dortmund coach. For Zidane, victory in Ukraine puts the former France great in an elite field alongside Carlo Ancelotti and Bob Paisley as a three-time European Cup winner. But no one has achieved the feat faster – with each of his three seasons in charge ending by winning the game’s biggest club prize.last_img read more

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