DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC):Former West Indies captain Sir Viv Richards says a combination of outstanding bowling and short tempered batting are the reasons low totals are being produced in Test matches latelyRichards, considered one of the greatest batsmen of all time, also says batsmen’s failure to adjust their style from Twenty20 cricket to Test has also been a contributing factor.The Ashes series in England has been identified as a prime example with all four Tests finishing inside four days, the last two inside three.The Australians have been shot out for scores of 60 and 136 while the Englishmen too have been dismissed for 103.”You can point your finger at both (good bowling and poor batting). You have T20 and that also plays a part in some of the shots batsmen play. You see guys playing the same shots in T20s and Tests and are sometimes lucky to get away with it,” Richards told Sport360.”Guys are playing a lot of limited overs cricket and not making that adjustment when it comes to the longer version and pay a price for that”.So far this year, eight totals below 150 have been recorded in 23 Tests.While 17 matches this year have produced results, Richards argues that poor batting has played its part in determining those results.”If you take the West Indies or recently Australia, some matches have been short. Techniques have played a part in some of the shots played, making the same mistakes over and over again,” Richards pointed out.”At some point, individuals have to play according to the situation. Recently in Birmingham, the ball was swinging in the air, moving around. For some reason, we see batsmen not having the same technique to cope.”
CHELSEA (4-2-3-1)BEGOVIC, IVANOVIC, CAHILL, TERRY, AZPILICUETA, RAMIRES, FABREGAS, WILLIAN, OSCAR, HAZARD, COSTAVILLA (3-5-2)GESTEDE, SINCLAIR,AMAVI, GUEYE, WESTWOOD, VERETOUT, HUTTON, LESCOTT, RICHARDS, CRESPO,GUZANChelsea lost their last game at Stamford Bridge, beaten 3-1 by Southampton, and now face Aston Villa attempting to win for only the third time in nine games in the Barclays Premier League.The Blues have conceded at least two goals in seven of their eight Premier League games this season. And Chelsea have conceded seven goals in their last four home league games, as many as they had in their previous 17 at Stamford Bridge.And the eight points they have is their lowest total after eight games in a top-flight season since the 1978-79 campaign, when they had just four. Chelsea were relegated that season.Manager JosÈ Mourinho has insisted he will not resign, but his Villa counterpart, Tim Sherwood, is said to be under pressure and unless results improve in this game and the next, against Swansea, he could lose his job.Less than five months after leading Villa to the FA Cup final, Sherwood has lost six of his last seven Premier League and taken just one point from a possible 21. Former Spurs boss Sherwood has now lost 19 Premier League games, as many as he has won.
DENIES WRONGDOING PARIS (AP): The FIFA ethics committee has requested a life ban for Michel Platini, the Frenchman’s lawyer said yesterday, a move that would rule the UEFA president out of the race to succeed Sepp Blatter. Thibaut d’Ales told The Associated Press that the maximum sanction was asked for when the FIFA ethics committee investigations unit submitted its final case report. Blatter could also face expulsion from world soccer over a US$2 million payment of FIFA money he approved to Platini in 2011. Platini and Blatter face separate hearings before FIFA ethics judge Joachim Eckert in December. “The overreaching of the request really convinces us of this commission’s total lack of credibility,” D’Ales said in a telephone interview. “There is not a single tangible element in this case that can confirm the suspicions.” Platini is currently serving a 90-day ban over cash he got as backdated salary almost nine years after he stopped working as Blatter’s presidential adviser from 1998-2002. Platini denies wrongdoing and says he had a verbal contract with Blatter to receive the money. Blatter has argued that an oral agreement is valid under Swiss law. However, FIFA was also not legally required to pay Platini after five years passed. Eckert is expected to give his verdicts in the cases of Platini and Blatter in December. Any sanctions can be challenged at the FIFA appeals committee and Court of Arbitration for Sport. D’Ales said he was informed of the ethics committee’s request on Monday and decided to make it public after it leaked in the French press. He said FIFA’s aim is to prove that there was no contract between Platini and Blatter. “Obviously, we’ve got the proof that such a deal existed,” D’Ales said. “We will submit it to CAS, which will handle the case within a fairly short space of time.” A spokesman for the FIFA ethics prosecutors declined to confirm what sanction was requested last week. “We are entitled to comment, but we decided for reasons of personality rights and the presumption of innocence not to publish the request,” Andreas Bantel told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. “If Mr Platini wants to comment on the request he is entitled to do that.” Platini aims to clear his name and stand as a candidate in the FIFA presidential election on February 26 to succeed Blatter, who is stepping down. Blatter announced his exit plans on June 2 under pressure from American and Swiss federal investigations into bribery and corruption at FIFA. Switzerland’s attorney general has opened criminal proceedings against Blatter over the US$2 million payment as suspected criminal mismanagement of FIFA money.
After breaking John Mills All-Age and Junior High’s 19-year winning streak at the championship in 2014, Windward Road All-Age and Junior High have set their sights on a third successive hold on the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Junior High Athletics Championships title when the 38th renewal begins at the National Stadium this morning at 9 a.m.Nearly 30 schools will be participating, with the champions set to earn $500,000 worth of running spikes courtesy of hosts INSPORTS. Clarendon’s Osborne Store are the lone entrants from outside Kingston and St Catherine.The Oral Whilby-coached Windward Road defeated John Mills by 92 points to end the Ransford Spaulding-coached team’s dominance in 2014. Then in 2015, they amassed 520.5 to claim the championship by 70 points over their archrivals.Although not overly confident, Windward Road’s head coach, Whilby, expects his team to make it a three-peat.”We can make it three in a row. We have the team to do so and we are very mindful of the job at hand and are ready to defend this title,” he said.”This team is not as strong as last year, and we are not looking for that margin of victory (70 points) this time. If we do it by a single point, I will be happy, but it will be a keenly contested championshipsSpaulding expects his team to put up a strong challenge, but is not making any predictions.”My team is always ready, whether or not we have a good team. I am not a person to call results, but I can tell you we are going to give a good account of ourselves. Our deficiency was in the junior (primary) area (last year), and I believe we have made strides in that area and we have some top athletes in the senior section. so we are coming to do our best and to perform. I can’t say we are going to win, but our objective is to win,” he added.
KINGSTON: Jamaica’s junior squash team will test their skills on the international stage when they compete in the 2106 Pan American Junior Squash Championships, which started yesterday and ends on Sunday in Philadelphia, United States of America. The four-man team is headlined by rising stars Jonathan Walker, who finished second in the recent Caribbean Area Squash Association’s (CASA) Junior Championships and reigning All Jamaica Under-17 champion, Tahjia Lumley. They are joined by Adam Ardito and Stephan Morrison, who were also part of the squad which represented Jamaica at the Junior CASA. The youngsters will do battle with top Under-19 players from the USA, Canada, South America and the Caribbean. All four will contest the 52-man individual draw and the team competition, while Lumley and Walker will also play doubles. Jamaica’s coach, Karen Anderson said, “The Pan American Junior Squash Championships will provide a good indicator of how our juniors stack up against their peers in international squash. We are used to competing in the Caribbean, but to really make our mark in the sport we will have to prove ourselves on the world stage.” Again, JN General Insurance (JNGI) has stepped up to provide support to send the national squash team to an overseas tournament. Chris Hind, CEO of JNGI, said: “JN General Insurance recently sponsored the senior national team that went to CASA, where Chris Binnie won the men’s singles title for the seventh time. “If we want to continue that kind of dominance, we have to invest in our young squash players, and that’s what we’re doing by helping to send the junior team to an international tournament,” he added.
A confident Jamaica Scorpions squad left the island yesterday to compete in the WICB Super50 tournament.”This is one of our better teams in years, and, as such, I am really looking forward to us going there and representing ourselves,” said captain Nikita Miller.”It’s a lovely balance with several players having West Indies experience.”The Robert Samuels coached-unit, which numbers 14, is without top batsmen Chris Gayle, due to injury, and Marlon Samuels, who has been drafted by the Leeward Islands Hurricanes.However, in fast bowler Jerome Taylor, batsman Jermaine Blackwood and wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton, they have players who have played at the highest level for the West Indies.”I like our chances, as, although we have been drawn in a fairly competitive zone, I believe we have the players to pull us through,” said Samuels.The Scorpions are due to participate in Zone B of the tournament. The zone will be contested in Barbados and also features last year’s beaten finalists Barbados Pride, Guyana Jaguars, Combined Campuses Marooners and guest team, ICC Americas.Jamaica will open their campaign on Tuesday against the Marooners at 3 W’s Oval, Cave Hill Campus.Jamaica Scorpions: Nikita Miller (captain), Jermaine Blackwood, Gavon Brown, John Campbell, Andre McCarthy, Damion Jacobs, Brandon King, Reynard Leveridge, Rovman Powell, Damani Sewell, Jerome Taylor, Steven Taylor, Devon Thomas, Chadwick Walton. Robert Samuels is head coach.
THE CALABAR TEAM Despite all the spicy ingredients that continue to flavour the run into ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships 2017 (Champs), my prediction that Kingston College (KC) will win Boys’ Champs at a canter remains intact. Admittedly, my confidence in my prediction was jolted by the marauding display by Calabar High in the final leg of the Digicel Grand Prix. Many colleagues and friends keep warning that the margin of 70 to 100 points for the KC victory was excessive and premature, but despite the extra motivation for the defending champions, Calabar, fuelled by the still fuming Ari Rodgers controversy, as well as the several annoying pundits, myself included, who are guilty as charged of effectively underestimating the heart of the champions. KC, despite their rich Champs history, have not lifted the prestigious Mortimer Geddes trophy in eight years, which means very few of the current coaching staff, athletes, and the general student body even know what it takes or what it feels like to win Champs. Conversely, very few, if any of the Calabar athletes and general student body knows what it’s like to lose Champs. All that said, I remain resolute that all things considered, KC will score a much easier win than all the experts are saying. Outside of the predictive point-by-point, race-by-race, and event-by-event analysis and tabulation, I wish to add some invisible intangibles that I posit will help to propel the Purples to a spectacular victory. Intertwined in those obnoxious often irrational cultish characteristics exhibited by most of the KC faithful, especially at this time of the year, is an innate championship mettle, confidence and self-belief, qualities that are passed down to every KC athlete of every generation. This very same superior inflated impression of self, and innate confidence in their limitless abilities, are quite often what push even the average KC athlete to unfathomable heights of performances. Whenever there is that confidence and belief, backed up by real quality in a KC Champs campaign, they are near-impossible to beat. Calabar, for sure, has the bigger individual names, especially in Class One. The likes of the irrepressible Christopher Taylor, Michael Stephens, and Dejour Russell, are all showstoppers in their own right; but Champs is a numbers game and a points game. The meticulously deployed collection of smaller named athletes could conceivably scrape together more points than the relatively few big-performing stars, and that’s the exact formula that KC will employ to ensure my brave prediction is fulfilled. As for the girls, Edwin Allen will win comfortably. Indeed, the three-time defending girls’ champions will make it look very easy, much easier that many of the experts are predicting. For sure, Hydel, St Jago and the resurgent former champions Holmwood Technical and Vere Technical will all garner big points. However, as is the case with KC, the depth and quality of the Frankfield-based institution will prove way too hot to handle for all the other pretenders. Champs 2017 promises to be spectacular and historic, and before a single race is run, I wish to posit an equally spectacular and historic prediction. For the first time in the long and storied history of Champs, the boys’ champions, who I predict will be Kingston College, and the girls’ champions, who I predict will be Edwin Allen, will win their respective titles by the same points margin, within the range of 70-100 points. That will happen come the night of April 1, 2017, and when it happens, it certainly will not be an April Fool’s trick.
Top trainer Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes has high hopes for BILINGUAL in the 1000 Guineas for native bred three year old fillies over 1600 metres at Caymanas Park this Saturday. However, he is not as optimistic about the chances of his colt, last year’s champion two-year-old SOTOMAYOR in the 2000 Guineas but he is hoping the grey colt turns up in his best form for the season’s first classic, following a minor injury setback earlier in the year. Nunes says BILINGUAL (to be ridden by Robert Halledeen) will face tough challenges from the likes of SHE’S A MAN EATER, MARLENE MY LOVE and MONEY MAGNET but he believes his filly has what it takes to get the job done. “She’s a nice filly and I thought she ran very well in the trials (Thornbird Stakes on March 18) and I think she will give a very good account of herself,” Nunes said. BILINGUAL was a fast finishing third behind SHE’S A MANEATER, beaten by just over two lengths. He added: “It will be a competitive race. Her main rivals are SHE’S A MAN EATER, MARLENE MY LOVE and MONEY MAGNET. But I have more than one horse in all the races and I have faith in all of them.” Nunes also hopes SOTOMAYOR, to be ridden by apprentice Linton Steadman, can regain the form which saw him win the Supreme Ventures Jamaica 2-year-old Stakes last December but he is a bit cautious. “He has been working … but it shows that he hasn’t improved since he has turned three. He has been running against older horses (this season), so we will have to wait and see (what he will do) now that he is running against his own age group again,” Nunes said. SOTOMAYOR was scheduled to race in an overnight allowance event in February but was declared a late non-starter due to injury. He later made his season debut in the Ash Wednesday trophy but finished way off the pace in eighth. With the colt now fully recovered an improved run is expected on Saturday. “I have no explanation (why things turned that way for him), there is nothing physically wrong with him… So I am very disappointed in his development … But I am just hoping he turns up,” he continued. SOTOMAYOR’s main rivals in the 2000 Guineas will be Prince Consort Stakes winner FEARLESS SAMURAI, DON CHASSIS, MARKET FORCE. The draw for Saturday’s race meet took place at Caymanas Park yesterday. BILINGUAL is drawn at gate 12 and SOTOMAYOR at four.
How to help the Taal evacuees DAY6 is for everybody But Pasaol came six points short of the record held by now-Mapua assistant coach Ed Cordero.Cordero fired an eye-popping 54 points in his heyday with the then-UST Glowing Goldies to set the long-standing UAAP feat in 1979.Letran coach Jeff Napa, who owns the highest scoring output in the past two decades after firing 43 points for National U in 2002 in Season 65, meanwhile, sees this as an opportunity for Pasaol to make a difference for the 0-6 Red Warriors.“It’s a great motivation for him so that he can work harder in his career and help his team,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Meralco completes sweep of Star with OT win, returns to Finals LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlvin Pasaol set the Philippine basketball scene ablaze after his 49-point outburst on Wednesday.Former UAAP standouts were nonetheless impressed with the feat from University of the East forward even if it came with a 106-100 loss to La Salle.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up View comments In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Two-time UAAP MVP Kiefer Ravena, whose career-best was 38 points in Season 77 back in 2014, tweeted: “49 is already hard to do. But in 20/30 FG% and in 32 mins? Well I be damned.”Fellow two-time UAAP MVP Bobby Ray Parks, who only scored as high as 35 in Season 75 in 2012, hoped that the guard could have broken the half-century mark, as he tweeted: “Let Pasaol get his 50 piece!”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogPasaol’s 49 points on an efficient 20-of-30 shooting, that went with top of eight rebounds, is the most points scored by a Red Warrior since James Yap’s 36 in UAAP Season 65 in 2002.In terms of scoring, he also surpassed Paolo Mendoza, who had a 48-point performance for UP in 1999, the legendary duel of UE legend Allan Caidic, who had 46, and UST great Pido Jarencio, who answered with 48 markers, in Game 3 of the UAAP Season 47 Finals in 1984. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 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 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.