Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka in T20 for first time

first_imgDHAKA, Bangladesh (AP):Sabbir Rahman hit a career-best 80 as Bangladesh secured their first-ever Twenty20 victory over Sri Lanka with a 23-run win in the Asia Cup yesterday.Bangladesh won the toss and chose to bat, only to be reduced to a precarious 2-2 before Rahman steered the hosts to a challenging total of 147-7.Shakib Al Hasan scored 32 to give Rahman useful support as they combined for an 82-run stand for the fourth wicket. Mahmudullah was unbeaten on 23.Bangladesh’s bowlers then did their job, restricting Sri Lanka to 124-8 with fast-bowler Al-Amin Hossain claiming 3-34. Al Hasan, a left-arm spinner, had 2-21.Sri Lanka opener Dinesh Chandimal, reprieved on 0, went on to score 37 and Shehan Jayasuriya added 26.Rahman survived a close call when on 46, Chamara Kapugedara failed to hold on to a catch on the boundary rope. Instead, the ball went for six to give Rahman his third T20 half-century. He was then in full control until fast-bowler Dushmantha Chameera (3-30) got him with a slower delivery. Rahman cracked 10 boundaries and three sixes in his 54-ball knock.Chameera also took the wicket of Al Hasan as he tried to keep the momentum going. Mahmudullah then hit two fours and one six in his undefeated 23.Sri Lanka could have lost Chandimal in the second ball of the chase, but Soumya Sarkar missed a regulation catch in second slip off fast-bowler Taskin Ahmed.Al-Amin Hossain made the breakthrough by dismissing Tillakaratne Dilshan for 12, but Chandimal and Shehan Jayasuriya replied with a stand of 56 runs for the second wicket.Bangladesh bowlers clawed back with four wickets in just 16 runs, including the scalps of Chandimal and Jayasuirya, to turn the match.Fast-bowlers Mustafizur Rahman and Mashrafe Mortaza, and off-spinner Mahmudullah, chipped in with one wicket apiece to help steer the hosts to victory.last_img read more

Shelly shines in Zurich

first_imgAS EXPECTED it was a rapturous reception for the three-time World 100-metre champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in Zurich as the sprinter took the winner’s spot on a chilly night in Switzerland.The diminutive sprinter led from gun to tape and never looked in danger of losing.Smiling as always, the 28-year-old told The Gleaner it was nice to compete but found it difficult to get herself in the zone which may have seen her register a personal best.”I just wanted to come out here and put a race together, it’s always the hardest race of the year after a major championships. To be honest, I wasn’t in a similar zone to where I was in the World Championships. I was still focused when I got to the warm-up area, and focused on what I had to do, but it was different.”ASATISFIEDSHELLYShe added: “There is no more to ask for; I won the World Championships and the Diamond race. I am glad I finished first here. Each time I come here, I want to do my best.”I have one more race to go on Sunday, unless my coach changes things.”Veronica Campbell-Brown and Natasha Morrison finished sixth and seventh, respectively. Campbell-Brown told The Gleaner that she wasn’t going to give herself a hard time without reviewing the race, but was understandably underwhelmed by her placing sixth and at a time of 11.22.She said: “My season started rough, but it turned around and wasn’t too bad. I am grateful. I have a couple of years left, I’ll see what happens and what God has in store. Taking it season by season.”Jason Morgan, national record holder in the discus, struggling with injury and a lack of financial support, demonstrated why the country is getting excited by the possibilities of what could be in Rio de Janeiro at the Olympic Games next year.Morgan’s season came off the rails when he was injured prior to the World Championships in Beijing where the big man finished 22nd.SLIPPERYCONDITIONSSlippery conditions in Zurich meant he was unable to get near his season’s best throw of 68.19m. But having set the bar high this year, all bodes well for 2016.Another athlete who has surprised a few is Rasheed Dwyer. His 200m second placing confirmed, along with the likes of Elaine Thompson, that Jamaican sprinting has depth and is always progressing.Thompson looked imperious in the non-Diamond League 100m race, beating her fellow compatriots Sherone Simpson and Kerron Stewart in the process.The bittersweet feeling of having run so fast in Beijing yet finishing second behind Dafne Schippers will no doubt add fuel to the fire for Thompson. A training partner of Fraser-Pryce, the standard of the deuce is about to go through the roof and the 23-year-old is widely tipped to be the person to take it there.Her 11.06 win in Switzerland was a world away from her personal best time of 10.84 which she set earlier this season. But her strength is omnipresent and she will no doubt be one of the women to beat come next season.If there was a performance which warranted cause for concern, it would have been Veronica Campbell-Brown, who finished sixth in the 100m.The seasoned campaigner that she is, Campbell-Brown refused to read too much into her race, preferring instead to go away and assess once the emotion of the day had dissipated. She’s far from finished, but one gets the sense that things are getting harder with each season.One man who knew he hadn’t performed but still left the track on a positive note was Nickel Ashmeade.His 20.35 fourth-place finish in the 200m was far from a let-down, but the stalwart has been suffering with injury all season and hadn’t managed to find form when it mattered most.last_img read more

Chelsea thrash Man City 5-1 in FA Cup

first_imgLONDON (AP):Chelsea reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with a 5-1 victory against an under-strength Manchester City side yesterday, while London rivals Crystal Palace and West Ham also advanced.Palace defeated Tottenham 1-0 and West Ham came from behind to thrash second-tier Blackburn 5-1.At Stamford Bridge, City manager Manuel Pellegrini showed that the focus was on his side’s Champions League last 16 first-leg match against Dynamo Kiev on Wednesday – handing five players their debut.”I have 13 (fit) players. I cannot take the risk to have one more player injured” Pellegrini said, when asked if he had devalued the FA Cup by fielding a weakened team. “I think we did the correct thing.”Defeat ended City’s chance of an unlikely quadruple, while Chelsea head for a quarter-final against Everton – the team they beat in the 2009 FA Cup final, during Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink’s first spell in charge.When Chelsea took the lead after 35 minutes, it was two of Pellegrini’s senior players – rather than the youngsters – who were at fault.Diego Costa was allowed space on the six-yard box between Aleksandar Kolarov and Martin Demichelis and, when Eden Hazard hooked the ball across goal, Costa had as much time as he liked to stoop and head powerfully past Willy Caballero.The lead only lasted two minutes. City forward Kelechi Iheanacho received a pass on the right and spread the ball into Chelsea’s six-yard area. Cesar Azpilicueta tried to clear, but David Faupala stretched out a leg in anticipation and scored a debut goal.COINS THROWNAs he celebrated with teammates in the corner of the pitch, coins were thrown at the City players from the stand where Chelsea fans sat.”There were coins thrown to the Man City players in their celebration,” Hiddink said. “We condemn it. I condemn it strongly. Those people, they should not come into stadiums.”Faupala’s goal marked an encouraging first half for City’s youngsters, but Chelsea’s experience proved too much after the break.Hazard, whose movement and passing resembled the player who propelled Chelsea to the Premier League title last season, threaded in Willian in the 48th and he finished ruthlessly, lashing the ball fiercely past Caballero and into the far corner.Five minutes later, Chelsea added a third when Fernandinho made a feeble attempt to clear Willian’s corner, and Gary Cahill fired in from the edge of the area.Hazard then marked his impressive display with a goal, whipping a free kick low past Caballero in the 67th, before substitute Bertrand Traore scored with a header in the 89th.It could have been a heavier defeat for City, but Caballero saved a 75th minute penalty from Oscar.”It is a boost in the confidence for the players. We are making steps (forward),” Hiddink said. “There is not much left in the league for Chelsea, to be honest, so we focus on the games in the FA Cup.”Elsewhere, Crystal Palace dumped London rival Tottenham out of the competition.Martin Kelly hit the decisive goal for Palace at White Hart Lane just before half-time, controlling a pass from Wilfried Zaha before firing past Michel Vorm.Tottenham came close to equalising in the second half, through Christian Eriksen, who was denied by a smart save from Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, and Alan Pardew’s side held on for a narrow victory.”It wasn’t our day,” Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli said. “There are a lot of disappointed lads in the dressing room, but we will move on.”West Ham avoided a fifth-round upset with a 5-1 comeback victory at Blackburn.Ben Marshall put the hosts ahead with a low, left-footed strike after 20 minutes, but Victor Moses equalised six minutes later.Dimitri Payet then put West Ham ahead with a free kick, and Emmanuel Emenike struck twice in the second half, before Payet got his second in stoppage time.Chris Taylor was sent off for Blackburn and Cheikhou Kouyate for West Ham, both in the second half.”After the first 20 minutes, we played fantastic,” West Ham manager Slaven Bilic said. “We played really great football and it looked easy.”Crystal Palace are away to Reading after yesterday’s quarter-final draw, while West Ham will play the winner of today’s tie between Manchester United and third-tier Shrewsbury.last_img read more

Bromfield a special talent

first_imgJunelle Bromfield of St Elizabeth Technical High is a very special talent.     Yesterday the middle distance star completed one of the most difficult feats at the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships with gold medals in the 400m, 800m and 1500m events.    After taking the 1500 metres in 4:40.77 on Friday, the St Elizabeth star returned to take the 400m in early afternoon yesterday in 51.74. Two hours later she dismantled the 800 metres field clocking 2.09.70 to bring the National Stadium crowd to its feet. A modest Bromfield said her accomplishment was not as difficult as it appeared.    “It wasn’t that difficult because I paced myself throughout the rounds and I kept my composure in all my races and that is how I was able was deliver in all of them,” she said. “I feel very proud, because I am being strongly motivated by my mother and father and my coach is always there pushing me and that is how I was able to accomplish what I did,” she added. The middle distant sensation was also touched by the reception the stadium crowd gave her in the final 100 metres of the 800m. “It was heart warming because I know that STETHS do not have many supporters, it’s mainly KC and Calabar and all those schools, so for all of them (spectators) to be supporting me I really appreciate it,” she said.last_img read more

WI Women hoping to break semi-final jinx

first_imgMUMBAI, India (CMC):West Indies Women are determined to break their semi-final jinx when they clash with New Zealand Women in the second semi-final of the Twenty20 World Cup at Wankhede Stadium here today.The Caribbean side have never reached a T20 World Cup final, having fallen at the final four at each of the last three events, and captain Stafanie Taylor believes her side is poised to finally get over this mental hurdle.Taylor, meanwhile, has been the most consistent batsman with scores of 40, 40, 35 and 47 at the top of the order, while those around her have struggled.”Today in training, I actually said at the meeting that I think this is the fourth time that we will be in the semi-finals, and this time around it’s not actually against Australia, so I think maybe that’s a plus for us,” Taylor told a media conference here yesterday.”But we definitely want to cross this barrier. We’ve been here too many times not to know how to approach it, and today, at training, the vibes there was fantastic, and that’s what I want to see going into tomorrow’s game, so we just hope we can put our best foot forward and go out there hard.”UNDER-19 SUCCESSThis time around, the Windies Women have a special belief which has been further bolstered by the success of the Under-19 West Indies team at the ICC Youth World Cup in Bangladesh earlier this year.”We’ve been talking about since the time the Under-19s won the tournament. It’s more like an inspiration for us,” Taylor noted.”We know that we came close in the past and this is like more drive to actually go out there and do the job and to see that both men or in the semi-final, and playing at the same ground I think that’s fantastic. We definitely just want to go out there and do our best.”She added: “On Twitter and Facebook, it’s just blowing up to know that both of us are actually in the semi-finals. Everybody is just behind us a hundred per cent and giving us good feedback.”It’s about us going out there and actually doing it. I think it’s a mental thing tomorrow … they say 75 per cent of the game is played there (mind) and I think it’s on that day who is actually more composed. If we try to do that, we can pull this off.”last_img read more

Powell spreads love to KPH

first_img “We started a relationship here with the hospital, and we’ve been searching for a few places that the foundation would want to take under our wings, and I think KPH is one now and it’s the start of a new relationship, and, hopefully, it can be a yearly thing,” Powell said. Powell was partly inspired by a personal experience to give back to KPH after his brother (Ricardo) received medical care there. “It’s not only about helping my brother because he is no longer here. I mean this is where all of Jamaica comes when they are sick, so I am trying to help Jamaica and trying to give back to Jamaica through this process,” he stressed. Ruel Rainford, deputy chief executive officer at KPH, said: “Well, Asafa wishes for it to be spent on linen. We are gonna have an initiative to purchase some well-needed linen and have them installed on our wards.” He added: “There is a great need for bed linen due to constant leakages in the system … . Any support in that area is always good and needed.” KPH will celebrate its 240th anniversary on December 14. Dr Natalie Whylie, senior medical officer, expressed gratitude to Powell on behalf of the administrative, medical, nursing, paramedics staff as well as patients, describing his gift as “timely”. START OF A RELATIONSHIP Sprinting superstar Asafa Powell took time to show his humanitarian side yesterday, donating $560,000 to help the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) purchase much-needed bed sheets. There has been a reported need for more than 6,000 sheets between the KPH and Victoria Jubilee Hospital, with officials from the institutions noting that more than 2,000 sets are in dire condition. The contribution was made through former 100m world record holder’s Asafa Powell Foundation (APF), with Powell himself handing over the $560,000 raised via an online #SpreadABed4KPH crowd-funding initiative. Funds were raised via Indiegogo, while Powell contributed part of his personal funds from his participation in the last Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. “I am really happy for the opportunity to show my support and give back to my country. We started a Spread A Bed funding for the hospital and I said I would match whatever donations were made. Some came out of my pocket and some were donated from the public,” Powell told the media before adding that he would continue his efforts to raise funds for the KPH and other charitable causes. “The reception I got from people was really tremendous. I think we cut it off a bit early or else it would be even more,” he continued.last_img read more

Wolves shock Liverpool

first_imgLONDON (AP) – Liverpool’s season continues to implode after second-tier side Wolverhampton Wanderers inflicted the latest setback in the FA Cup yesterday.Wolves won 2-1 at Anfield to cap a week of misery for Juergen Klopp. The English Premier League title challenge faltered further by losing to Swansea, and the League Cup run ended in a semi-final defeat to Southampton.Another Premier League challenger came close to a greater humiliation in the FA Cup but Tottenham managed to fight back against fourth-tier side Wycombe Wanderers. Son Heung-min pounced in the seventh minute of stoppage time to recover Tottenham’s 4-3 victory.Results: Liverpool 1 Wolves 2; Tottenham 4 Wycombe 3; Crystal Palace 0 Manchester City 3; Chelsea 4 Brentford 0; Southampton 0 Arsenal 5; Burnley 2 Bristol City 0; Oxford 3 Newcastle 0.last_img read more

‘Focus on young swimmers’ techniques’

first_imgFormer first vice-president at the Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica (ASAJ) Allan Roy Marsh says young local swimmers are struggling to make a transition from age-group swimming to competing at the senior level because of misplaced priorities in coaching them. Marsh, who represented Jamaica at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984, says too much focus is being placed on young swimmers winning at meets rather than them learning to get their techniques right. “I think one of the first things we should look at, in terms of our programme, is that we should spend a lot more time focusing On the early years of the swimmers’ development, particularly in the period before 10 years old, on technique and developing the mastery of strokes of all the different components of swimming,” he says. “The different strokes, turns, dives and streamlines so that as they get older, with the correct technique, it becomes second nature and is instinctive to them. As they get older, they’ll be able to get stronger and more efficient when they swim.” Marsh says that the problem stems from improper coaching principles at some of the local swimming clubs, as he says it comes down to a combination of some coaches not giving enough focus to technical development, while others just do not know better. “Some coaches do know better and are, in fact, focusing on those areas, but there’s also the pressure for success,” Marsh said. “That is a very challenging balance sometimes because the pressure might be there and everyone wants their child to be number one, but it could come at the expense of them not developing properly.” Marsh says that a part of the reason for a lack of transition is that many young swimmers gain scholarships at preparatory (private) schools in the United States and never return to represent the country after. He says that a way to address this is by offering scholarships at local tertiary institutions and attempting to create more swimming events at this level locally, although he admits that there would be a difficulty given the small number of tertiary schools in the island. Former ASAJ president Martin Lyn agrees with Marsh about offering scholarships, but says that the Government also has a role to play. “The problem with Jamaica is that we really concentrate on athletics, which I understand as it has put us on the map,” Lyn said. “As I’ve always maintained, there are so many other sports that Jamaicans can excel at and it gets no support either from sponsors. Sometimes, even the government is reluctant to put funds or infrastructure into other sports. “We don’t lack talent in Jamaica. I’ve said that on every podium I stand on. “One of the main drawbacks is that once the athlete goes to university or college, it becomes a little difficult to finance training, so it really comes down to sponsorship.” OFFER SCHOLARSHIPSlast_img read more

Rising sprint star seeks success at World Relays

first_imgReigning inter-collegiate sprint champion, Sashalee Forbes, is looking forward to competing in her first IAAF World Relays.   The 21-year-old Forbes made a bright start to her career when she helped the country to capture the silver medal at last year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was her first senior team outing.   Now Forbes said she is aiming for more success at this year’s April 22-23 meet in Nassau, Bahamas. She plans to do her best to help Jamaica win medals at the championships.“I see the World Relays as a big deal. Everybody is talking about it so I just can’t wait to get there. “I am looking forward to playing my part and helping Jamaica to win the gold in the 4×100 metres,” she added.  Jamaica finished second in the sprint relay, behind the United States, at the last championships in 2015.She added: “I know that we can finish with the gold this year. We just have to concentrate and just go out there and do our best. Forbes, a student at G.C. Foster College, has a personal best of 11.17 seconds in the 100m and 22.72 in the 200m and she noted that her progress so far has made her very happy.  “I am overwhelmed with how things have gone in my career.  I didn’t think I would have reached this far so quickly,” she said. Forbes stated that her performance in Rio de Janeiro last year has helped to boost her career. “It motivates me a lot. I went up against some of the greatest athletes in the world and so whenever I step out on the track I now want to do very well,” she said.last_img read more

Irving’s 33 lifts Celtics past Nuggets

first_imgFIRST STEPWednesday marked a milestone in Gordon Hayward’s recovery process from his broken left ankle. He out of the walking booth he’s been using since his surgery in October. He will continue to wear a protective brace. It’s a promising step in is rehab, Stevens said, but he cautioned it’s just the next one in an ongoing process.“It’s another box to check. There’s a big difference in getting out of the boot and playing in an NBA game,” Stevens said. “He’s got a long way to go. But it’s good that he has these things as goals. He keeps checking them off and he’s working really diligently at it.”UP NEXTNuggets: Host Pelicans on Friday.Celtics: Play their fourth game in six days when they host the Jazz on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kyrie Irving had 33 points and the Boston Celtics held on for a 124-118 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night.Irving added seven assists. It was his eighth game this season with 30 or more points. Jaylen Brown finished with 26 points and five rebounds. The Celtics improved to 13-2 at home this season.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 folk“We had to be resilient practically the whole night, and kind of weather their storms,” Irving said. “They kept coming and kept coming. We had to outscore them at some point.”The 124 points was a season-high for Boston. The Celtics shot a season-high 60 percent from the field. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) gestures after hitting a basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. Irving scored 33 as the Celtics defeated the Nuggets 124-118. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON — The Celtics expected to have their hands full with a Nuggets team that has had no trouble putting the ball in the basket this season.Boston countered by having its best shooting night of the season.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games 2019: PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 02:51SEA Games 2019: PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 There were eight ties and six lead changes, but Boston never surrendered the lead in the second half.“That was the only way we were going to win tonight — the way we were guarding and rebounding,” coach Brad Stevens said. “Our guys distributed it well. We did cut and space well. I thought we played with good purpose and authority on offense.”Gary Harris led the Nuggets with a career-high 36 points and six assists. Jamal Murray added 28 points and 10 assists.The Nuggets went on a 13-2 run to tie the game at 85 in the third quarter. Boston responded in the fourth, using a 9-0 run to open a 106-94 lead.Denver’s Nikola Jokic sat out his seventh straight game with a left ankle sprain.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img LeBron praises Lonzo Ball’s humility, shares rookie year comparison Celtics forward Al Horford had the night off to rest a right knee bruise.TIP-INSNuggets: Will Barton sat out with a lower back bruise. … Denver connected on their first seven field goal attempts.Celtics: Shane Larkin had 14 points off the bench. … Denver’s 118 points was an opponent season-high. … Boston has made 10 or more 3-pointers in 11 straight games. … Marcus Morris sat out for the fourth time in five games rehabbing his left knee.QUOTABLE“We came out short-handed — back-to-back, but that’s not an excuse — and had great energy. That’s all you can ask. It’s been a long road trip and now we can go back and defend home court.” — Harris.BYE-BYE GOGGLESFor now, Brown is done with his goggles.He wore contacts Wednesday for the first time since accidentally scratching his cornea. He had been playing with protective goggles for three games.But he said the two versions he’d been using both had issues. One pair was fogging up too easily. The other started to become a hindrance and fit too tightly on his face, obstructing his peripheral vision.“It’s just uncomfortable with them. So I decided I was better off without them,” he said.Doctors say he can wear his contacts for a few hours the next couple of days. The change even brought about a postgame joke from Stevens.“We had some laughs in retrospect about that. ‘Retro-spec’ about that,” Stevens said. “I said ‘retro-spec’. I’ve been thinking about that all week.” MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more