20 Jan

‘We can level the series’, says WI skipper Sammy

first_img The West Indies never recovered from 29 for two in the fifth over and failed to keep up with the required run rate of nearly 11 an over. The highlight of their batting was opener Andre Fletcher, who smashed 57 off 40 balls – his fourth T20I half-century, while and Kieron Pollard chipped in with 26 and Dwayne Bravo, 24. “I think from looking at the game we were under pressure from the first six overs. We tried to catch up them but they kept coming at us but we did not react, or respond well enough,” said Sammy. “But with that said, we backed ourselves to chase down the target and we looked at 30 runs that’s two big overs.” The second and final T20 international will be played today. NO RECOVERY KANDY, Sri Lanka (CMC): West Indies T20 captain, Darren Sammy, has described some of his teammates, including himself, as ‘rusty’ after they crashed to a 30-run defeat against Sri Lanka in the opening T20 International on Monday. West Indies were dismissed for 185 with one delivery remaining in the innings while chasing an imposing 216 at the Pallekele International Stadium. However, Sammy said he is confident that his side can level the series when the two teams play the second T20 in Colombo. “I think probably with better planning in the batting order we could have gotten closer, but we are playing the number one team in the world and they showed why they are number one,” said Sammy. “Some of us seem quite rusty. We have not played T20 for almost 10 months. Yes, but we are looking forward to Colombo and I believe we can come out and level the series.”last_img read more

19 Jan

On Basketball: Calls, or non-calls, overshadowing games

first_imgHouston Rockets’ James Harden (13) protests a call beside Boston Celtics’ Marcus Smart (36) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)None of this is good.It’s a bad look for James Harden, after a game where he took 15 free throws, to say he wasn’t getting favorable whistles. It’s counterproductive for the NBA to say there were three uncalled fouls against LeBron James in the waning moments of a Finals rematch. It’s troubling that referees are too often part of the postgame story.ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson This is Christmas week, an unofficial start date of the NBA season for casual fans who shift their focus from football to basketball.Those new eyeballs are not seeing the league at its best.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 folkReferees have been in the news plenty this season, especially this week. No one wants that. Fans pay to see triple-doubles, not double-technicals. The latest ref drama was Thursday night in Boston, where the Celtics rallied from 26 points down to beat Houston — but postgame talk was dominated by discussion of two late offensive foul calls against Harden.“You never want to see a game end like that,” Brooklyn’s Caris LeVert said. LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Holm aiming for upset of Justino, 2nd title belt at UFC 219 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Boston loved the calls and Houston hated them and everyone else is likely split down the middle. Thing is, fixating solely on those two whistles robs the league of a chance to revel in what should have been considered a great basketball game.The two calls against Harden came in the final 8 seconds, both pushoffs drawn by Boston’s Marcus Smart.It is undeniable that Smart is a very good defensive player.He also has a reputation among opponents for being a flopper.On the first of the two late fouls, Smart appeared to grab Harden — who tried to get his arms free. Smart is a tough, strong guy, but when Harden made contact with him he dropped like a rock.ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finalscenter_img SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew On the second, Harden pushed off and Smart fell again. This time, it seemed more believable. If Harden hadn’t extended his right arm so far, who knows if referee Tony Brothers (who made both calls) would have blown the whistle.The first one didn’t look like the right call. The second one did.Neither is why Houston lost. Houston lost because it wasted a 26-point lead. The Rockets might have had a chance to win in the last 8 seconds. But it should have never come down to officiating. And it had nothing to do with only two refs working the game; one of the three assigned sat out with a sore back.“First of all, how do you only have two officials on a national TV game? That is the first question,” Harden said. “A lot of grabbing, a lot of holding. How else am I supposed to get open? A guy has two arms wrapped around my whole body.”Harden also shot just 7 for 27 from the field.Fans just want the good stuff. They don’t want stories of bad calls and ref suspensions for getting physical with a player, like Courtney Kirkland did with Shaun Livingston. They probably don’t want to see what went on late in the Cleveland-Golden State marquee Christmas game, either.James got fouled three times by Kevin Durant in the final moments — with the Cavs down three. None of the three got called.James is 6-foot-8, 250 pounds, a problem to defend and a problem to officiate. He suffers from the same issue Shaquille O’Neal did; when you’re the strongest guy on the floor, opponents tend to be allowed to get away with more. He can get clobbered, but won’t always get the call.“For me, the worst thing is when I actually go over and talk to the ref and they say ‘it was nothing,’” James said.The NBA ultimately said James was right about his belief that Durant fouled him, confirming as much in the Last 2-Minute Report on Tuesday. The L2MR is a great tool, though meaningless. It’s probably safer for players and coaches to think they were the victims of a bad call instead of having those suspicions confirmed by the league, which isn’t going to change the outcomes anyway. (“Sorry, LeBron, you were right. KD did hit you. Our bad. You still lose.“) Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense It’s difficult to say if the report helps or hinders the player-ref relationship, which is somewhat tense at the moment.ESPN reported last week that the leadership from the players’ association and the referees’ union met with hopes of a better relationship between the sides. It’s a nice idea but disagreements are inevitable.Another issue: the referee corps is changing. Seasoned vets like Danny Crawford, Joey Crawford and most recently Monty McCutchen have all called their last games. Refs are getting younger, newer. Growing pains are happening.“You can’t deny that there’s a transition period right now,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.True, but no one would ever want to see a Finals game get decided by a late pushoff.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

30 Dec


first_imgSinn Féin TD for Donegal South West Pearse Doherty has hit out at Fine Gael’s refusal to guarantee that Údaras na Gaeltachta will retain it’s enterprise functions as recommended in the 20 Year Strategy for the Irish Language.After sustained questioning in the Dáil from Deputy Doherty, Minister Dinny McGinley refused to confirm whether or not these functions would be retained.Speaking from Leinster House Deputy Doherty said he was shocked that Minister McGinley  could not give him a guarantee on Udaras na Gaeltachta’s future enterprise role. “On average 1,000 new jobs are created in the Gaeltacht each year, contributing €1.5 billion to the local economy. Údaras na Gaeltachta plays a vital role in this creation of jobs.“The proposed Gaeltacht Bill which is currently being drafted will give affect to the new Údaras na Gaeilge agus Gaeltachta structure which will replace Údaras na Gaeltachta.“After sustained questioning from myself in the Dáil today, Minister for the Gaeltacht Dinny McGinley, in a clear breach of the 20 Year Strategy refused to confirm whether or not enterprise functions for the Gaeltacht will be retained with this new body.“I am extremely disappointed that Minister McGinley will not confirm that Údaras will retain their enterprise and job creation functions. “The removal of these functions, if this is the case, will come as a crushing blow to the Gaeltacht which is already under pressure from funding cuts and high unemployment.“After news yesterday that the Irish Speakers Scheme is to be scrapped is this another example of Fine Gael’s attitude to the Gaeltacht and the Irish language?“I would ask the Minister to state clearly and unequivocally – will the enterprise and job creation functions of Údaras na Gaeltachta be retained?”ENDSSINN FEIN SLAM MINISTER MCGINLEY’S REFUSAL TO GIVE GUARANTEE ON UDARAS’ FUTURE was last modified: April 14th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Fine GaelSinn FeinÚdarás na Gaeltachtalast_img read more