Samuels banned from bowling for one year by ICC

first_img The ICC said in a statement Samuels could ask for a re-assessment after the ban expired. “Samuels is entitled to appeal any procedural aspect of the independent assessment that has led to this automatic suspension,” the statement said. “However, only after the expiry of this one-year period will he be entitled to approach the ICC for a re-assessment of his bowling action.” The Jamaican, more known for his right-handed batting, was reported by umpires for a suspected illegal bowling action following the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle last month. He was allowed to continue bowling in the series until the assessment was carried out and the results known. The ban further compounds an already crisis-ridden tour of Australia for West Indies, who were crushed by an innings and 212 runs inside three days in the opening Test in Hobart. On Saturday, fast bowler Shannon Gabriel was forced out of the series with injury, after pulling up lame after bowling 10 overs of the Australia first innings. ENTITLED TO APPEAL BRISBANE, Australia (CMC): Off-spinner Marlon Samuels has been slapped with a one-year ban by the International Cricket Council (ICC) from bowling in international cricket. This follows independent testing of the 34-year-old’s action at the ICC’s accredited assessment centre here earlier this month, which revealed the player’s elbow extension was in contravention of the 15 degrees allowed under current regulations. Samuels was previously suspended from bowling his faster delivery back in 2013, and the second suspension coming within a two-year time frame has resulted in the immediate one-year ban.last_img read more

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In Rio to be the greatest! – Bolt

first_imgTo some, he might already be the greatest athlete, but six-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt says he won’t feel comfortable tagging that title to himself until he delivers another triple-gold performance at the Olympic Games.With the Rio Olympics just a matter of months away, Bolt, who added that he has been training well after recovering from an ankle bother, told The Gleaner that he has been pushing himself in an effort to ensure he’s in the best condition to do something special and remove any doubts about his spot on the totem pole of sporting greats.”This Olympics mean the world to me. This is the moment I personally can say I am the greatest athlete, so for me to go there and do well is also for some bragging rights for myself; for me to be comfortable in saying I am the greatest (athlete), to have accomplished what I have always wanted to accomplish, and that’s to win three Olympic gold medals three times over,” Bolt said.”It’s really hard, but I know what it takes to be a champion. I have to just push myself. This is my last Olympics, so I’m really focused. I really want it, so I’m just pushing myself, working hard, and hopefully, my coach will give me the go-ahead to compete soon,” added Bolt, the fastest man ever over 100m and 200m.gold medalsBolt won gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m at the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympic Games.”I am looking forward to it and I am determined to do great things, so I am putting in the work,” he added of his anticipation of competing in Rio.”All I’ll say is I’ll go out there and do my best. This is what I do, so as always, you can look out for the best from Usain Bolt,” said Bolt.The sprinter turned down the chance to add to comments made by American athlete Alysia Montano, who called for her compatriots Tyson Gay and Justin Gatlin, who have both failed drug tests, to be banned from competing at the Olympic Games in Rio.”I don’t try to get mixed up with these things. I don’t make the rules, I can’t make that call or these things, it will cause a different level of uproar when Usain Bolt speaks out to something like that. I don’t like drama, so I will leave this up to the people who make the rules and have them decide what’s best for the sport,” said Bolt.Bolt is expected to compete at the June 11 Racers Grand Prix meet in Kingston before making another appearance at the London Anniversary Games in July.last_img read more

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Sunshine Girls off to good start

first_imgJamaica’s Sunshine Girls will be hunting their second win in the 2015 Netball World Cup today following an impressive 90-44 thrashing of Samoa in Sydney, Australia, yesterday.The Sunshine Girls will face world No. 3 and perennial bronze-medal rivals England in their second Pool B match at the Allphones Arena.A win would put the Sunshine Girls in control of the group and in a position to avoid favourites Australia in the semi-finals.In yesterday’s match, star Sunshine Girls goal shooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid scored a game-high 39 goals after coming on in the third quarter for Romelda Aiken (29 goals).title contenders”I could have done better. I missed a few shots that I shouldn’t have missed,” said Fowler-Reid, who missed five goals from 44 attempts. “It will be too much against the bigger teams,” she was quoted saying on foxsports.com.Jamaica and England have constantly exchanged bronze medals at major netball championships, and are both keen to promote themselves as title contenders.Jamaica did not disappoint in their opener against Samoa, and their 90 goals acts as a reminder of the challenge their attacking unit will provide for any team.But more notable might be the goals they conceded (44), and this could hint towards an area where England will look to capitalise. So if there is a weakness in the Jamaicans, it will be in their defence.England defeated Scotland 60-19 in the other Pool B match.At last year’s Commonwealth Games, Jamaica defeated England 52-48 for the bronze, and today’s game will prove how far the two teams have come since then.Other opening-day results: Uganda, 74; Zambia, 38; England, 60; Scotland, 19; New Zealand, 73; Barbados, 28; Australia, 73; Trinidad and Tobago, 32.last_img read more

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English teams seek new inspiration as transfer window opens

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP): The January transfer window opens for business today, and rarely has so much been at stake for teams in the lucrative English Premier League. Lagging behind in the race for Champions League qualification, Chelsea, Manchester United, and Liverpool could be the most active of the country’s major powers as they look for a strong finish to arguably the most unpredictable season in the Premier League’s 24-year history. Then there’s the scramble to avoid the costliest-ever relegation from England’s top division. Next season ushers in the start of the Premier League’s new three-year TV deal worth a record $8 billion, and no club will want to miss out on a share of that bounty. So, count on England being the place where most deals are done over the next month, as usual. Last January, English clubs were easily the biggest spenders, splashing out about US$213 million to shatter the record for the season as a whole at US$1.25 billion. Top teams operating strategic transfer plans rarely do major deals in this period. Likely targets can be ruled out of the Champions League and managers can be scared off by inflated prices. This season could be different. Chelsea are in 14th place, three points above the relegation zone, in the most woeful title defence that the Premier League has seen. A top new signing by caretaker coach Guus Hiddink could inspire a revival, and the striker department needs refreshing. “The window is wide open,” Hiddink said Wednesday. Just as it will be at Man United, where Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney are the only two strikers at a club struggling to score goals. A world-class striker could make all the difference for underpressure United manager Louis van Gaal, who is likely to add to the US$375 million he has already spent in his 18 months in charge. “Our problem is not dominating the games, it’s to score,” Van Gaal said yesterday, adding that 2015 had been a “good year” for United apart from the last month. It is Juergen Klopp’s first transfer window since becoming Liverpool manager. Will he return to his old hunting ground of Germany to bolster Liverpool’s squad? It will also be interesting to see whether Leicester, remarkably in second place after half of the Premier League campaign, splashes out to stay in the title contention. And if the team manages to keep hold of striker Jamie Vardy. On Wednesday, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said it would be a “busy” month for his club, with a midfielder needed to solve an injury crisis.last_img read more

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Spain draw 1-1 with Italy in Euro 2016 warm-up

first_imgFOOTBALL: UDINE, Italy (AP): Two-time defending champions Spain began their preparations for this summer’s European Championship with a 1-1 draw against Italy in a friendly yesterday. Substitute Lorenzo Insigne fired Italy in front in the 68th minute, sliding in to meet Emanuele Giaccherini’s cross. It was the first goal Spain had conceded in nearly 700 minutes. Italy’s lead lasted just two minutes before Aritz Aduriz levelled with his first international goal, tapping in the rebound after Gianluigi Buffon parried a header by Alvaro Morata — who appeared to be offside. Italy were the more dangerous side and Spain — who beat the Azzurri 4-0 in the Euro 2012 final to successfully defend their title — did not have a shot on goal in the first half. Spain goalkeeper David de Gea pulled off several saves, including two to deny Insigne, who was a real threat after coming on for Eder in the 51st minute. Buffon was rarely challenged. There was a minute’s silence before the match to honour the victims of the Brussels attacks as well as the 13 exchange students — seven of them Italian — killed in a bus crash in Spain. Wales also drew 1-1 against Northern Ireland, thanks to a last-minute penalty from Simon Church, while the Czech Republic began their preparations with a 1-0 home defeat to Scotland. Iceland also lost to a team which failed to qualify for the tournament as two goals in four minutes from Nicolai Jorgensen helped Denmark win 2-1. Cenk Tosun scored twice to help Turkey to a 2-1 victory over Sweden, which rested Zlatan Ibrahimovic, while Ukraine beat Cyprus 1-0. Elsewhere, Malta’s match against Moldova and Estonia’s against Norway ended goalless. Greece beat Montenegro 2-1.last_img read more

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English Premier League Reviews

first_imgARSENAL 4ASTON VILLA 0GOALS: ARSENAL:GIROUD 5th, 78th, 80th; BUNN OG 90th.Olivier Giroud scored a hat-trick to guide Arsenal’s to second place, their best end-of-season finish for 11 years, thanks also to Tottenham’s 5-1 defeat at relegated Newcastle. The Gunners leapfrogged Spurs thanks to Giroud’s first Premier League hat-trick, starting in the fifth minute. Relegated Villa conceded two more goals in three late minutes, before substitute Mikel Arteta, in his last game for Arsenal, saw his shot go in off keeper Mark Bunn.CHELSEA 1 LEICESTER CITY 1GOALS:CHELSEAPEN 66th: FABREGAS.LEICESTER:DRINKWATER 81st.Barclays Premier League champions Leicester City finished their remarkable season with a 12-match unbeaten run after coming from behind to force a draw at former champions Chelsea. Cesc Fabregas opened the scoring from the penalty spot, before Danny Drinkwater’s brilliant equaliser from 30 yards out in the closing stages.EVERTON 3 NORWICH CITY 0GOALS: EVERTON:McCARTHY 19th; BAINES PEN 44th; MIRALLAS 48th.Managerless Everton strolled to a one-sided win over relegated Norwich City. Following the sacking of Roberto Martinez in midweek, Everton’s James McCarthy’s 20-yard finish following Kieran Dowell’s run put the Toffees ahead and Leighton Baines’ penalty made it 2-0 after Romelu Lukaku was fouled by Robbie Brady. Kevin Mirallas tapped home the third.NEWCASTLE UNITED 5TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 1GOALS: NEWCASTLE:WIJNALDUM 19th, PEN73rd; MITROVIC 39th; AARONS 85th; JANMAAT 86th. SPURS: LAMELA 60th.Ten-man Newcastle United prevented Tottenham Hotspur from recording their highest league finish since 1963 when a shock defeat, coupled with Arsenal’s 4-0 win over Aston Villa, meant the Gunners leapfrogged their rivals into second place. Georginio Wijnaldum fired in the opener and Aleksandar Mitrovic headed home for 2-0. Erik Lamela reduced the deficit before Mitrovic was shown a straight red for a nasty foul on Kyle Walker. Wijnaldum scored his second from the spot and Rolando Aarons and Daryl Janmaat wrapped up the scoring.SOUTHAMPTON 4CRYSTAL PALACE 1GOALS:- SOUTHAMPTON: MANE 43rd; PELLE 61st, BERTRAND PEN 75th; DAVIS 89th. PALACE: PUNCHEON 64th.Southampton ended the season with their highest Barclays Premier League points total with victory over Crystal Palace. Sadio Mane opened the scoring late in the first half following a mistake by Palace keeper Julian Speroni. Saints doubled the lead through substitute Graziano Pelle, but Palace pulled one back when Jason Puncheon struck. Ryan Bertrand scored a penalty, before Steve Davis sealed the win with an emphatic late goal.SWANSEA CITY 1MANCHESTER CITY 1GOALS:- SWANSEA:AYEW 45th. MAN CITY: IHEANACHO 6th.Manchester City are all but assured of a place in next season’s Champions League. They were denied a win as Andre Ayew’s deflected free-kick cancelled out Kelechi Iheanacho’s close-range opener. The draw leaves them three points ahead of Manchester United, whose game against Bournemouth was abandoned. City’s vastly superior goal difference means United would to win 19-0 when that game is played.STOKE CITY 2 WEST HAM UNITED 1GOALS:- STOKE: IMBULA 54th; DIOUFF 87th. WEST HAM: ANTONIO 23rd.West Ham must wait to see if they will secure European football next season as Mame Biram Diouf’s late header earned Stoke victory at the Britannia Stadium. Michail Antonio’s turn and shot gave Slaven Bilic’s side the lead as they totally dominated the first half. Giannelli Imbula equalised with a 20-yard effort, before substitute Diouf powered home a Charlie Adam corner.WATFORD 2 SUNDERLAND 2GOALS: WATFORD:PRODL 48th; DEENEY PEN 55th. SUNDERLAND: RODWELL 39th; LENS 51st.Quique Sanchez Flores’ final game as Watford manager was an entertaining draw with Sunderland at Vicarage Road. Sunderland led when Jack Rodwell turned in Jeremain Lens’ low cross. Sebastian Prodl’s header levelled for Watford, before Lens drove in three minutes later. Troy Deeney’s penalty equalised again, but the away side, who had two goals disallowed, held on for a point.WEST BROMWICHALBION 1 LIVERPOOL 1GOALS: WBA: RONDON 13th. LIVERPOOL:IBE 23rd.Liverpool must win the Europa League final to secure European football next season as a draw at West Bromwich Albion ensured an eighth-place league finish. West Brom led when teenager Jonathan Leko skipped free to tee up Salomon Rondon for an emphatic low finish. Liverpool responded soon after though Jordon Ibe’s fine run and shot.last_img read more

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Juventus grind out 2-1 win at Chievo

first_imgMILAN (AP):Title-winning teams often grind out results despite not playing well and that is precisely what Juventus are doing.Chievo Verona had won just one of their past six matches, but Juventus struggled to break them down before eventually winning 2-1 yesterday.Juventus moved four points clear of A Roma, which beat Bologna 3-0, with AC Milan a point further behind following their 2-1 away win over Palermo.Miralem Pjanic had struggled to fit in since transferring from Roma in the off-season, but he scored what was to prove the winner for Juventus in the 75th minute with a trademark free kick into the top right corner from just outside the area.”I won the free kick and I put it in. I’m happy, but what’s important, above all, is the three points,” Pjanic said. “I always do my utmost to fit in as best as possible, it’s obvious that I want to do more, but it’s a new system, it’s a different kind of football to where I was before, but I’m adapting.”I’m not worried, I know that there are always great expectations in a great club, that doesn’t worry me, I’m staying calm, I do my work as best as possible. So slowly but surely I’ll get there, I’m a new footballer here, but I’m happy to be here.”Mario Mandzukic broke the deadlock in the 53rd, controlling Juan Cuadrado’s through ball before driving across into the bottom left corner.Mandzukic almost scored a stunning goal in the first half, nodding on a long ball and flicking it over Nicolas Spolli before firing over the bar from six yards.Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was making his 600th Serie A appearance, becoming only the fourth player to reach that mark after Paolo Maldini (647), Javier Zanetti (615) – who are both retired – and Roma captain Francesco Totti (607).Buffon was decisive in the 64th to deny Lucas Castro from point-blank range, but could do nothing moments later as Sergio Pellissier converted a penalty after being tripped by Stephan Lichtsteiner.In other results, Empoli trashed Pescara 4-0, Inter Milan and Atalanta had 3-0 wins over Crotone and Sassuolo, while the Fiorentina – Sampdoria and Genoa – Udinese games ended 1-1.last_img read more

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Brathwaite helps Thunder to key win

first_imgHOBART, Australia, (CMC):West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite made an instant impact with a brace of wickets as reigning Big Bash champions Sydney Thunder continued their resurgence with an emphatic six-wicket win over Hobart Hurricanes here yesterday.Called up to replace injured Windies teammate, Andre Russell, the 28-year-old Brathwaite played a key role in his first game to help restrict Hurricanes to 161 for eight off their 20 overs at Bellerive Oval.In reply, Thunder cruised to their target with over three overs remaining, to collect their second win on the trot. They remained bottom of the standings but joined four other sides on four points, with Brisbane Heat top on eight points.HOSTS SLUMPEDSent in, Hobart were carried by George Bailey’s unbeaten 69 off 54 deliveries while Ben McDermott got 31 and Jonathan Wells, 26.The hosts slumped to 10 for two in the second over but Bailey led the recovery, adding 46 for the third wicket with McDermott and a further 49 for the fifth wicket with Wells.Seamer Brathwaite accounted for Daniel Christian for 16 in the 14th over at 90 for four, caught in the deep off a slower ball. He then stalled Hobart’s momentum by removing Wells to another slower ball in the 18th over, caught at square leg off a top-edged slog sweep at 139 for five.In reply, Thunder benefited from captain Shane Watson’s top score of 55 off 31 deliveries and opener James Vince’s 44 off 28 balls, as they easily overhauled their target.Vince and Kurtis Patterson (23) put on 62 off 38 balls for the first wicket before Watson anchored a 63-run, third wicket stand with Ben Rohrer who made an unbeaten 28.Batting at number five, Brathwaite made six before he was dismissed with the scores tied, caught in the deep attempting to end the game with a maximum.last_img read more

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‘Mini-Mourinho’ breathing new life into struggling Hull

first_img Transformation At his presentation as Hull’s third permanent coach in a six-month span, Silva said survival in the Premier League would be a “miracle”, but urged fans to believe in him. Somehow, though, he’s turning things around, just like he did in his first coaching job at Portuguese team Estoril, which he transformed from a second-tier club on the brink of financial ruin to Europa League qualifiers in two seasons. Silva has worked wonders in the transfer market and on the field. Operating under financial constraints, he saw key midfielders Robert Snodgrass and Jake Livermore sold from under his feet and reacted by making seven signings predominantly players on loan and rejects from bigger clubs. Striker Oumar Niasse, for example, arrived from Everton, where he had made five appearances and had not scored a single goal in the past year; winger Lazar Markovic (from Liverpool) and Omar Elabdellaoui (from Olympiakos) were among others looking to relaunch their careers. On the training ground, Silva worked hard on team shape and organisation, with defender Curtis Davies saying the coach literally dragged players into the positions he desired. Days off were cancelled. Silva was hard, but fair. His impact has been astonishing. Hull have won all four of their home matches under Silva, having failed to win any of their previous five at KCOM Stadium. Among the defeated teams were some stellar names, Manchester United in the League Cup and Liverpool in the league last weekend. Hull also ground out a 0-0 draw at United in the league and were regarded as unlucky to lose 2-0 at runaway leaders Chelsea, when midfielder Ryan Mason fractured his skull. Hull a team with an eclectic mix of youngsters, misfits and journeymen have climbed to 18th place and within a point of safety. A trip to Arsenal tomorrow suddenly holds no fear for Silva’s team, and why should it? The last time Silva was in the dug-out at Emirates Stadium, he was in charge of Olympiakos, and the Greek side stunned Arsenal 3-2 in the Champions League in September 2015. SLUMPING LEICESTER I am a worker Is there some hope for the chasing pack? Holding a nine-point lead with 14 games left, Chelsea heads to a team that has won nine of its last 10 homes games in all competitions. Burnley’s only loss at Turf Moor since early October was against Manchester City. MANCHESTER, England (AP): It seemed Marco Silva had taken on a near-impossible job when he was hired as manager of Hull at the start of January. The promoted club from northern England was up for sale, in last place in the Premier League, and was planning to sell some of its best players. Money was tight, fans were disgruntled and a squad short on big names had been struck by injuries in key areas. Silva, a 39-year-old Portuguese coach, labelled ‘Mini-Mourinho’ by some after his illustrious coaching compatriot, was new to the English game and was facing a tough and gruelling immediate run of matches across three competitions. CHASING CHELSEA “I am not a miracle worker,” Silva said, “but that is not important. I am a worker. I want to work and keep our goal in our minds always, but my feet always stay on the ground.” It’s a good time to be playing Arsenal, too. Almost inevitably, Arsene Wenger’s side is starting to implode at a key stage of the season, with back-to-back losses to Watford and Swansea dropping Arsenal to fourth place and virtually ruling it out of the Premier League title race. The annual debate over whether Wenger should stay or go at the end of the season has resumed and the atmosphere inside the Emirates could be toxic if Hull continue where they left off against Liverpool last week. “They didn’t have good results in their last two games,” Silva said Thursday, “and, of course, the last time I played there, it was a great result for us, for Olympiakos. But now it’s different. Different competition, different moment and different clubs.” Leicester, the struggling defending champions, have slumped to within one point of the relegation zone after a run of four straight losses. Only four teams stand between the champions and last place, and they play one of them on Sunday Swansea. Points standing ON THIS WEEKEND Tomorrow 7:30 a.m: 10 a.m: Man United vs Watford 10 a.m: Middlesbrough vs Everton 10 a.m: Stoke City vs Crystal Palace 10 a.m: Sunderland vs Southampton 10 a.m: West Ham vs West Brom 12:30 p.m: Liverpool vs Tottenham Sunday 8:30 a.m: Burnley vs Chelsea 11 a.m: Swansea vs Leicester Monday 3 p.m: Bournemouth vs Man Citylast_img read more

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Rookies added to Windies Women World Cup squad

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC): Uncapped Akeira Peters and Shawnisha Hector have been named in a 20-member training squad to prepare for the Women’s Cricket World Cup in June. The 23-year-old Peters is an all-rounder from Grenada who was part of the training set-up ahead of last year’s home series against England in Jamaica but failed to gain selection. She was also a member of the Windward Islands squad for the Women’s Regional Championship in Guyana last year. Seventeen-year-old Hector is a fast bowler who hails from Antigua and who captained Leeward Islands during the Regional Championship. The call-up represents her first to the West Indies set-up. The duo will join the likes of mainstays Stafanie Taylor, Deandra Dottin, and Merissa Aguilleira in the squad, which undergo camp from March 7-20 in Antigua. Later this year, West Indies Women will have a two-week camp in England to further prepare them for the Women’s World Cup, which is also being staged in England from June 24 to July 23. WINDIES GOOD ENOUGH At the last 50-overs World Cup in India four years ago, West Indies Women were good enough to reach the final before losing to Australia Women. West Indies Women are the reigning World Twenty20 champions following their triumph last April at the T20 World Cup in India. SQUAD: Merissa Aguilleira, Shemaine Campbelle, Shamilia Connell, Britney Cooper, Shanel Daley, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Erva Giddings, Shawnisha Hector, Chinelle Henry, Kycia Knight, Kyshona Knight, Hayley Matthews, Anisa Mohammed, Chedean Nation, Akeira Peters, Shaquana Quintyne, Tremayne Smartt, Shakera Selman, Stafanie Taylor.last_img read more

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