DURBAN, South Africa (AP):South Africa beat New Zealand by six wickets with 13 balls to spare in their first Twenty20 international at Kingsmead on Friday.Hashim Amla led South Africa’s chase with 48 from 41 balls as the home team reached 152-4 in 17.5 overs, surpassing New Zealand’s 151-8 with ease in the first game of the South African international season.AB de Villiers (33) and Rilee Rossouw (38) provided the attacking impetus with quick-fire knocks and Amla anchored the South African innings for a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.South Africa should have been chasing a much bigger target after New Zealand openers Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson both scored 42 and shared a 68-run first-wicket partnership.New Zealand was 102-1 with more than seven overs left but fell away as David Wiese, Kagiso Rabada and Aaron Phangiso each took two wickets.Playing a game in August, still the South African winter, the home side chose to field first in Durban. That was ultimately a good decision, although it didn’t appear that way at first.New Zealand captain Williamson hit 42 from 21 balls with eight fours and Guptill 42 from 37 as the visitors raced away early.
Dennis Coke, newly crowned All Jamaica badminton champion, is hoping his first major title will signal the beginning of a successful international career.The player was unseeded en route, turning back winning perennial challenger, many-time national champion – Gareth Henry in the quarter-finals.Though triumphing from that underdog position, the 24-year-old wants his career to take off this year.”Right now, I am working on being among the best in Jamaica, and looking internationally. I have a point to prove. I want to try and win a gold medal in the singles internationally,” he said.Coke, seemingly unfazed by his impressive win, notes that it is back to the drawing board.”I already went to the youth Olympic Games. My aim now is to go to the Olympics.”It’s just to go overseas and play more tournaments, and I hope to take my ranking to the sky,” the player said.He is currently ranked 550 in men’s singles, and 285 in the doubles competition.Up next for the champion is national training for upcoming tournaments including the Jamaica International Badminton tournament in March, to be followed by a challenge in Cuba.HARD WORK PAYING OFF”Well, I train hard over the years, and now I feel that my work is paying off. It was an overwhelming feeling knowing that I went into the tournament, and wasn’t fit enough, but I fought through the rounds, and to beat the top player (Gareth Henry) is a good feeling,” he added.In the recently concluded final, Coke lost the first set 15-21 to Samuel Ricketts, but there was no stopping him as he triumphed 21-17 and 21-15.He also teamed with Anthony McNee to win the men’s doubles over Kirk Francis and Garron Palmer.”I was the underdog for that tournament, but right now, I wouldn’t say I am at the top of my game. I would say I am about 75 percent,” Coke told The Gleaner.
LONDON (AP): The fight to avoid relegation from the English Premier League is as intense as the race at the top. With 14 matches and four months of the season to play, the bottom six sides are separated by just two points: Sunderland (19 points), Crystal Palace (19), Hull (20), Swansea (21), Leicester (21) and Middlesbrough (21). Bournemouth, on 26 points in 14th place but without a league win this year, could yet be dragged into the scrap. Reaching the 40-point mark is regarded as the target to ensure safety, although West Ham was relegated on 42 points in 2003. No team has ever got to 43 points and gone down. Sunderland finished one place above the relegation places in 2016 and 2013, on both occasions staying up with 39 points. In 2014, 36 points was enough for West Brom to stay up.
Edwards urges T&T to take ‘bull by the horns’ PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): Veteran winger Carlos Edwards has reiterated the importance of taking early initiative when Trinidad and Tobago meet Panama in the first of two crucial World Cup qualifiers starting next week. Currently one from bottom of the CONCACAF final round of qualifiers, Trinidad will attempt to launch a comeback against Panama and then against confederation giants Mexico four days later. “It is something where we need to take the bull by the horns. As players, we have to take responsibilities,” said the 38-year-old, a member of the historic 2008 side which qualified for the World Cup in Germany. “We know what is at hand, and we know what it takes to win a game. I can say that the guys know this. They will go out there and put their best foot forward when they cross that white line.” Mbappe gets first call up PARIS, France (AP): Teenage forward Kylian Mbappe has been rewarded for his scintillating club performances with Monaco with his first call up to France’s national team. The 18-year-old Mbappe, whose speed and skills have led to comparisons with France great Thierry Henry, was included yesterday in coach Didier Deschamp’s squad for a World Cup qualifier in Luxembourg and a friendly against Spain. Deschamps called up three other newcomers in his list of 24 players: Monaco defender Benjamin Mendy, Marseille winger Florian Thauvin, and highly-rated Lyon midfielder Corentin Tolisso. Mbappe made it 11 goals in 11 games when he scored in a 3-1 win on Wednesday as Monaco eliminated Manchester City on away goals to reach the Champions League quarter-finals. He had scored in the first leg and so far this season has netted 17 goals. Hayatou’s reign ends ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP): Issa Hayatou was voted out as president of the African soccer confederation yesterday after 29 years in charge, ending his tenure as FIFA senior vice-president. Hayatou’s 34-20 loss to Ahmad in a vote by the Confederation of African Football’s member countries delivered a seismic shake-up for soccer on the continent, which Hayatou had led since 1988. The 70-year-old from Cameroon left the congress room briefly without commenting when the result was announced, led away by the arm by one of his aides. He returned to conduct other business. New CAF president Ahmad, who is from Madagascar and goes by one name, was held aloft by officials.
GOOD CONDITION Sprint legend Usain Bolt says that one of his aims this year is to get back to clocking below 9.8 seconds before ending his career. Bolt, who will be retiring after the IAAF World Championships in London this August, said that he wants to do something special for his Jamaican fans when he takes part in the JN Racers Grand Prix at the National Stadium on June 10. This will be the 30 year-old’s final race in front of his home fans. “For me, it’s just to put down a really fast time. I haven’t really ran a fast time early in the season, so for me to run a 9.7 (seconds), that would be very good. I think that would be sufficient enough to say that’s a very special time because I haven’t run 9.7 in a while at the early part of the season. For me, that would definitely be something good.” Bolt believes himself to be in good enough condition to make it happen as competing in the Nitro Athletics Series in Melbourne, Australia two months ago forced him to get his season started earlier than normal. “I’m feeling good,” he said. “This is the first time I’ve ran in January for a very long time, so the fact that I got a few sprints in to come back to training, I’m feeling good. Coach is happy with the fluency I have, so that’s a good sign. So we should be fine – continuing, progressing at a nice rate, stay injury-free, and I should be fine.” Bolt’s coach, Glen Mills, said that he’s confident his athlete will be in peak condition when the time comes for him to compete. Bolt also reiterated that he will only be taking part in the 100m event, and not the 200m distance as well, at the World Championships this summer.
FINAL SAY Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) competitions director George Forbes said yesterday that Kingston College (KC) has no further room to appeal its decision to disqualify 800 metres runner Colin Rowe at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships earlier this month. The North Street-based institution had written a formal appeal to ISSA about Rowe’s disqualification after he was adjudged to be in breach of IAAF rule 163.2b, in his seventh-place finish in the Class One boys 800m. This rule outlaws jostling for position in the race, and obstruction. If he had not been disqualified, KC and Calabar High would have ended Champs equal on points, but the purple and whites would have won the championships based on number of events won overall. Forbes said that IAAF’s rules and guidelines have protected ISSA from further dealing with the matter, should KC decide to take it further. “It went through the jury of appeal, and the rules are quite clear: The jury of appeal has the final say. Not even the Court of Arbitration for Sport can overturn that appeal ruling,” Forbes told The Gleaner. He said that this also means KC cannot even go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland, but should the school decide to take the matter to court, he will not try to stop them. “KC can do whatever KC wants to do,” he said. “We can’t stop them from taking it to court. The rules are quite clear that it can’t be overturned. The IAAF website states this. The jury of appeal is the final arbiter on the matter.” The Gleaner visited the school to speak to officials, including principal Dave Myrie and track and field head coach Neil Harrison, but were told all relevant members of staff were absent from the premises at the time. Neither Myrie nor Harrison answered subsequent phone calls.
Mother’s Day was extra special for Stacy-Ann Facey.For the Sunshine Girl who is gearing up for this weekend’s three-Test series against Barbados, her son is everything. As it relates to her mom, no one compares.”My biggest motivation is my son. My mother is my hero,” declared Facey.”He gives me the drive whenever I feel like I need to quit or I need to give up. It’s like he’s like a vision. Whenever something goes wrong and I feel like it’s time, it’s like he’s there saying, ‘Mommy, you can’t give up’,” she declared of her five-year-old.”Whenever I feel I’m going down or I feel depressed, he’s there. I have to keep it strong for him,” she added.Facey reciprocates those feelings for her mother, Janet Reid.”She’s been there for me ever since,” she stated.”She’s the one who’s keeping my son right now,” said Facey, referring to the times when she is away training with the Sunshine Girls or studying at the G.C. Foster College.”She’s so supportive and she’s there. Mi just haffi love her!” Facey added.Her passion does not stop there as she pours a great deal of energy into the clear number-one sport for females in this country.”I had to choose between basketball and netball, and I chose netball,” she admitted, noting the importance of playing for Jamaica.”To be a Sunshine Girl is everything. To go and represent your country is such a wonderful feeling.”Already, the Kingston Hummingbirds and G.C. Foster College defender has been capped 17 times for Jamaica. A former Under-21 Jamaica representative, Facey’s experience also includes playing at the Netball World Cup, Commonwealth Games and a Test series against Barbados.For the May 19-22 series against Barbados, Facey, who plays the goalkeeper, goal defence and wing defence positions, is ready for action.LOOK FORWARD TO THE SERIES”I’m looking forward to the series,” she said. “We’re going out there to compete and we can’t let Barbados beat ‘wi’. Never! Because they’re beneath us and they should stay there, because we’re trying to be in the number-one spot right now, so we can’t let a lower team (beat us). No matter if half of our players aren’t here, we have to keep strong.”In terms of championing the world, Facey, who turns 24 in August, has strong belief in the Sunshine Girls’ capabilities.”I’ve a good feeling about it. We can do it, ‘enuh’. We just need good resources and good support and a strong foundation to move forward,” she observed.
Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer View comments The suited McGregor was the first to take the microphone, mocking Mayweather’s decision to show up wearing a tracksuit, suggesting it was linked to the American’s reported tax difficulties.READ: Mayweather seeks round extension vs taxman“He’s in a tracksuit, he can’t even afford a suit anymore!” McGregor declared to roars of laughter from the massed ranks of his green-shirted fans crammed into the lower tiers of the famous basketball arena.McGregor, who will start as an overwhelming underdog against one of the most accomplished defensive fighters in history, was bullish about his prospects of victory. “The 0 has got to go,” McGregor declared, referring to Mayweather’s perfect 49-0 record.“I’m going to knock him out inside four rounds, mark my words,” McGregor said, to more roars.ADVERTISEMENT IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer READ: Backlash from Mayweather-McGregor will last years, says DuvaThe two men are set to face each other in a boxing ring in Las Vegas on August 26 in what could be the richest fight in history after finally agreeing to climb into a boxing ring following a year-long guessing game over whether they would ever do battle.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Tuesday’s fiery face-off saw the swaggering, cocksure McGregor strut onto stage confidently in a three-piece suit featuring pinstripes made up of an offensive two-word insult.The immaculately tailored profanity set the tone for a spectacle shot through with an endless torrent of abuse from both fighters, no doubt delighting promoters as they attempt to sell a fight for which ringside tickets will go on sale at around $10,000. US Olympic gymnastics doctor pleads guilty to child porn charges Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LOS ANGELES, United States — Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor lit the touchpaper for their cross-combat superfight here Tuesday, turning the air blue in an expletive-laden face-to-face meeting to launch their global promotional tour for the bout.More than 11,000 fans crowded into Los Angeles’s Staples Center for a raucous first live showdown between former boxing world champion Mayweather and Irishman McGregor, one of the biggest stars of mixed martial arts.ADVERTISEMENT Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend A stony-faced Mayweather meanwhile bided his time before taking the microphone and unfurling his own cascade of expletives.“I’m going to knock this bitch out,” Mayweather said, to boos from the crowd. McGregor shot back: “You haven’t knocked anyone out for 20 years!”Mayweather meanwhile responded to the jibes about his finances — he recently filed for an extension to pay his 2015 tax bill — by producing an uncashed check for $100 million from an assistant’s rucksack.McGregor was again ready with a riposte: “Give it to the taxman!”Mayweather was unruffled however, vowing to administer a comprehensive victory over the 28-year-old Irishman despite being 40.“I’m not the same fighter I was 10 years ago. Or 5 years ago. Or 2 years ago,” Mayweather said.“But I’ve got enough to beat you. He can choose which way he wants to go. Either on his back or on his face.” CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade 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 Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’
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 IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation “It wasn’t like I was a million miles away from winning the match. Obviously the end was a bit of a struggle,” added Murray.“I almost found a way to get into the semis. I wasn’t that far away from doing that.”With the American hard-court season approaching and the US Open starting in just over six weeks’ time, Murray said he will seek out the best advice over his injury and schedule.Those discussions will start immediately and he admitted a break from the sport could be one solution to his problems.“I’ll get the best advice I can, then stick with that. If it means taking a few weeks’ rest, then so be it,” explained Murray.“If it means training and doing the right rehab and stuff, then I’ll do that.”Murray could lose his world number one ranking if Novak Djokovic goes on to claim a fourth Wimbledon title on Sunday.He admitted that losing top spot wouldn’t be a surprise as his form has fallen below his high standards this year.Murray was a shock fourth round loser at the Australian Open before an encouraging run to the last-four at Roland Garros.He has won just one title in 2017, in Dubai, and made one other final, losing to Djokovic in Qatar in January. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 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 Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ “I’m sure moving forward I’ll be able to get through it (the hip problem). I just need to do all of the right things and be even more diligent and professional than I have been recently,” he said.“I feel like I’ve done all of the right stuff, but I’ll try to do more, try to get myself in better shape. “Hopefully I’ll come through the other side of it a better player, a better athlete.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission LATEST STORIES Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Obviously as you get older, things are a little bit tougher to manage than they are when you’re younger. There’s a bit more wear and tear there.”Murray, who said he chose not to call the trainer onto court as “there was nothing much he could do” insisted there were no long-term risks to him playing the quarter-final.“I knew I wasn’t going to do any major damage by playing. So obviously wanted to try if possible to find a way at the end,” he said.Ironically, Murray, who was bidding to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals for the eighth time, could have wrapped up the quarter-final in straight sets.After cruising through the opening set he was a break up at 4-3 in the second before his afternoon dramatically unravelled, his movement and power seriously compromised.ADVERTISEMENT LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Murray had arrived at the All England Club feeling the effects of his right hip problem.The toll of playing five matches caught up with him as he limped to just his second loss in eight meetings with the giant American.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“I’m not going to go into all the details of exactly what my hip issues are,” said 30-year-old Murray.“The whole tournament I’ve been a little bit sore but I’ve been dealing with it for a very long time during my career. MOST READ Querrey sends hobbling Murray out of Wimbledon View comments Britain’s Andy Murray reacts as he loses a point to Sam Querrey of the United States during their Men’s Singles Quarterfinal Match on day nine at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Wednesday, July 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)Andy Murray refused to blame his long-standing hip problem for his five-set defeat to Sam Querrey at Wimbledon on Wednesday, but admitted taking a break was not out of the question.The defending champion and world number one slumped to a 3-6, 6-4, 6-7 (4/7), 6-1, 6-1 quarter-final defeat to the 28th-ranked American on a shellshocked Centre Court.ADVERTISEMENT
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