LAHORE, Pakistan (CMC):Pakistan’s cricket authorities want West Indies to play a day-night Test during their tour in October as they prepare for their historic pink-ball Test against Australia in December.West Indies are set to play two Tests, five one-day internationals, and two Twenty20 Internationals during the series set for the United Arab Emirates, and media reports here say the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has sent a proposal to the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to play one of the Tests under lights.Former Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq, an adviser to the PCB’s cricket committee, said it was important that the national team had practised with the pink ball before taking on Australia.”If you don’t have match practice, it will become difficult to play at Test level. It was one of the things discussed in the cricket committee’s previous meeting,” said Misbah.”The bowlers are at (an) advantage in the evening session, and it becomes very difficult for batsmen under lights. That is one reason the cricketers from other countries are also reluctant to play Tests under lights.”He added: “One more reason is the lack of match practice with the pink ball. The players have hardly played any cricket under these conditions at the domestic levels. They need more match practice before playing it at international level.”Even if the proposal is rejected by the WICB, the PCB plans to stage matches under lights during the first-class competition in order to prepare players.International games have not been played in Pakistan in over seven years because of the volatile security situation here.Earlier this month, the WICB rejected a proposal from the PCB to play limited-overs matches during the upcoming series on Pakistan soil.
PARIS (AP):Three weeks before the World Championships, athletics was thrown into turmoil by new accusations of widespread doping and experts denouncing an anti-doping system compromised by leniency.The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) responded to the “wild allegations” made by two European media outlets of suspicious drug tests in athletics by asking an independent body to investigate.WADA president Craig Reedie said yesterday he was surprised by the scale of the allegations, including that one-third of medals in endurance races at the Olympics and World Championships over a 10-year period were won by athletes who recorded suspicious doping tests.German broadcaster ARD and The Sunday Times newspaper in Britain said they obtained access to the results of 12,000 blood tests from 5,000 athletes. The files came from the database of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and were leaked by a whistleblower, according to the reports.Anti-doping scientist Robin Parisotto, who reviewed the data from the period covering 2001 to 2012 with blood-doping expert Michael Ashenden, was critical of the federation, saying many athletes appeared to “have doped with impunity, and it is damning that the IAAF appears to have idly sat by and let this happen”.Reedie said the material from the new ARD programme and The Sunday Times would be turned over immediately to WADA’s independent commission for investigation.”These are wild allegations, wide allegations, and we’ll have to check them out, and we’ll have done that by the commission as quickly as possible,” Reedie said in Kuala Lumpur, where he was attending International Olympic Committee meetings.
Ahead of defending his coveted 100m title at this summer’s Rio Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, six-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt says he is not concerned with arch-rival Justin Gatlin. Instead, the Jamaican considers the American, whom he beat over successive IAAF World Championships and Olympic Games, third in a line of sprinters he considers a major 100m threat. Gatlin, the outspoken American sprinter, recently declared that he’s “finally found out how to beat him (Bolt)”. Gatlin added that he and his American charges are confident of taking back the 100m title for the United States, once considered the sprint capital of the world. “I’m going to win. We are bringing it (gold medal) back to the USA,” Gatlin declared. But, Bolt, speaking at the launch of telecommunications giant Digicel’s Bring the Beat campaign at the Terra Nova All-Suites Hotel in New Kingston yesterday, countered: “How long has he (Gatlin) been saying that now? “Every year he says that, so we will see, and we just have to wait. “It’s just something that he says every year, and we will see,” stressed an ominous-sounding Bolt. Bolt, who is seeking to be the first man in history to win the 100 and 200m titles at three consecutive Olympics, did reveal, however, that he considers Gatlin among his main threats. “The record shows that it will be my fellow countrymen, Yohan Blake or Asafa Powell, and the United States sprinter Justin Gatlin, so either of the top three,” he reasoned. Meanwhile, the 29-year-old Bolt said everything is going fine, and he still remains confident of breaking his pet 200m record. “I have said over the years that I would love to get the 200m record in Rio, so that’s something I will be working towards,” he noted. “It’s my favourite event, it’s something that I’ve wanted to do over the years and run sub-19 and it’s one of my goals … so let’s see what happens,” stressed the iconic Jamaican sprinter. Bolt recently opened his season with a quiet 10.05 seconds at the Cayman Invitational and 9.98 seconds at the Ostrava Golden Spike meeting less than two weeks ago. He says he is not disappointed with the times, noting that with more races, he will get faster. “No, not disappointed, just that my execution wasn’t perfect, and I am never satisfied when I feel that my execution is not perfect. I feel that I could have run better and I didn’t execute well, so I am just disappointed with myself,” he underlined. Otherwise, he said preparations are going well. “Everything is going on well, I can’t complain. All I need is more races and I will get them leading up to the trials. After the trials, I will be in better shape, what I need now is a lot more races to help me to get ready,” Bolt assured.
CAREER BEST OAKLAND, California (AP): Golden State had a franchise-record 47 assists and used super-accurate shooting to blast past the Los Angeles Lakers 149-106 on Wednesday, led by Stephen Curry, who had 31 points with seven 3-pointers and nine assists. The Warriors’ 47 assists – on 53 baskets – are the most in the NBA this season and two more than their previous record, set in 1994. While a team record fell in Oakland, a personal mark was topped in Cleveland as Kevin Love scored an NBA-best 34 points in the first quarter as the Cavaliers beat Portland in a high-scoring encounter. Among other key results, San Antonio extended their winning streak to seven games by downing Charlotte, and Toronto retained a share of the Atlantic Division lead by defeating Houston. Golden State’s Kevin Durant scored 28 as the Warriors found an astonishing first-half offensive flow to run away from undermanned Los Angeles. Golden State had 26 assists on 29 baskets before the break, as in sync as the Warriors have been since adding Durant during the offseason and far better than when they took a 20-point beating at Los Angeles less than three weeks ago. Rookie No. 2 overall draft pick Brandon Ingram scored a career-best 16 points in his first start for the Lakers, who had no answers defensively as Golden State shot 61.6 per cent with 19 3-pointers. Cleveland’s 137-125 win against Portland was set up by Love’s extraordinary first quarter and a triple double from LeBron James. Love, who fell three points shy of the league record of 37 for points in any quarter set by Golden State’s Klay Thompson two seasons back, made 11 of 14 field goal attempts, including 8 of 10 on 3-pointers in the first quarter. He finished with 40 points. James had 31 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists for his second triple-double this season. His 44 career triple-doubles moved him past Guy Rodgers for 17th place on the career assist list. Cleveland also set a franchise record with 20 3-pointers. Damian Lillard scored 40 points for Portland, including 25 in the second half. San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard scored 30 points to lead the Spurs to a 119-114 win at Houston. LaMarcus Aldridge added 23 points to help the Spurs improve to 8-0 on the road this season. Kemba Walker led the Hornets with 26 points. Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan scored 21 of his 24 points in the third quarter to propel the Raptors to a 115-102 win at Houston. Other results: Atlanta Hawks 96 Indiana Pacers 85; Los Angeles Clippers 124 Dallas Mavericks 104; Sacramento Kings 116 Oklahoma City Thunder 101; Memphis Grizzles 104 Philadelphia 76ers 99; Utah Jazz 108 Denver Nuggets 83; Detroit Pistons 101 Miami Heat 84; Phoenix Suns 92 Orlando magic 87. New Orleans’ Anthony Davis had 45 points in his third 40-plus game of the season, leading the Pelicans over Minnesota 117-96.
Competitions Director at the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) George Forbes notes that the organisation does not have a position on student-athletes bleaching their skin and insists that it is the schools who have to address the issue. “We cannot tell a student he cannot represent his school because of bleaching. The schools have to set that in their guidelines, so if they bleach, they can’t represent the school. We at ISSA can’t say we are not allowing someone to play because they are bleaching. We can’t do that. Individual schools have to take responsibility,” he said. Forbes said although he personally does not like the act, the association has not received any complaints from sponsors or the public with regard to it having a negative impact. “It all depends because everything in life is image. Some people see this bleaching phenomenon as OK, while others see it as horrendous. ISSA don’t have a problem with it, but we don’t endorse it. We are limited in what we can do. We just invite schools to participate in ISSA sports. “I don’t think we are going to reach the stage where we un-invite a school because they have students who bleach. It’s a societal problem that the schools will have to monitor for themselves,” he added. “Some schools allow star players to bleach with no attempt to stop them, while some schools will not allow anybody to represent the school while bleaching, so it’s individual,” Forbes said.
Jamaican middleweight Kemahl ‘The Hitman’ Russell will face the sternest test of his three-year-old career on February 25, when he goes up against American Caleb ‘Sweet Hands’ Plant at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama, USA. This will be one of the preliminary bouts on a boxing card that features the World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight title fight between champion Deontay Wilder and Andrzej Wawrzyk, which will be televised worldwide. Plant, who will be the toughest opponent that Russell has faced, has a 14-0 record with 10 knockouts, a 71 per cent knockout ratio. Russell’s record is 10-0 with seven knockouts, a 80 per cent knockout ratio. Russell had two fights last year, scoring a technical knockout victory over Denny Dalton in July, and a knockout victory over Henry Mercer in October. DANGEROUS OPPONENT Plant also had two fights in 2016 and, like Russell, one ended by technical knockout and the other by knockout. Speaking with The Gleaner yesterday, Russell’s manager, Lisa-May Keane, said that they are aware that Plant is a dangerous opponent, but the feeling in the camp is that Russell has to take on hard fights if he is to make the progress needed. “We know that this is a dangerous opponent and we gave it a lot of thought before accepting the offer. We have to step up the quality of fighters that he meets now if he is to get to the top, which is our goal. Kemahl and I and his trainer, Stephen Frank, looked at Plant’s record, had a long discussion, and we are comfortable with the decision,” Keane said. Russell concurred: “If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best to get there. This is the challenge that I need now, and I am going to be well prepared for this fight. I have not fought since October last year and I am really anxious to get into the ring. This is a big stage, and I am ready to perform on it.”
Calabar High School could become the most successful high school 4×400 metres team in the history of the Penn Relays this week. Led by the outstanding Christopher Taylor, Calabar will bid for a record eighth Penn 4×400 metres when the Relays begin on April 27. Calabar go into battle with the fastest time of all entrants. Upset last year by Jamaica College, Calabar won at Boys and Girls’ Championships in 3.8:76 seconds ahead of a strong STETHS team that also went under 3.10 at 3 .9..97 seconds. The Calabar effort could have been faster as Taylor, who has run 45.41 for the flat 400m this season, cruised his anchor leg in 46.6 seconds. By contrast, the 2015 World Under 18 winner geared up to 45.1 seconds when he finished Jamaica’s bronze medal run at last year’s World Under-20 Championships. In-form Anthony Carpenter, the runner-up to Taylor at Champs in 46.53, 400m hurdlers Aykeeme Francis and Malik James-King and Brandon Heath are part of coach Michael Clarke’s deep squad. Should they succeed, Calabar would break their seven-win tie with Bishop Loughlin High School from Brooklyn. With the legendary Herb McKenley at the controls, Calabar finished first in 1976, 1986, 1988, 1989 and 1990. Clarke was in charge and directed wins in 2013 and 2015. St Jago were third at Champs and will reassemble their fastest team after lending Anthony Cox to medley relay duty there. A win for St Jago would bring the Monk Street school level with Calabar and Bishop Loughlin with seven Penn 4×400 victories. However, the most likely upsetters are STETHS with the Champs Class One 800m 1-2 finishers Rayon Butler and Javauney James.
787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We’ll find a way to matchup with them. We’re excited right now, we’re excited that we made it to the semis right away, but we’ll try to find ways to win against Marinero,” the veteran mentor said.Skippers coach Koy Banal, meanwhile, is firm in his belief that the Skippers’ miracle run, which now stretches to seven games, could still continue in the semifinals.In the other series, unbeaten top-seed Flying V wants nothing but to extend its 10-game winning streak against Centro Escolar University at 3 p.m.However, Thunder coach Eric Altamirano acknowledges that the elimination sweep will be moot if his team doesn’t get the job done.ADVERTISEMENT 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos 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 “If you look at it, we’re the underdog. We lost to Marinero twice: one practice game, one in the eliminations,” he said, recounting the Hawkeyes’ 66-65 defeat to the Skippers on June 8.Add to that the arrival of key figures like Robbie Herndon and Renzo Subido to the opposition and we may just be bracing for an upset. “They have a totally different line up from when we faced them,” said Fernandez.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’But Cignal has no other choice but to take this challenge head-on as Game 1 of the semifinals begins on Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Fernandez will be counting on Raymar Jose, Jason Perkins and Pamboy Raymundo to stop the tidal wave of Marinerong Pilipino in their 5 p.m. tussle. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Teen gunned down in Masbate View comments Gilas shatters Great Wall 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ Despite coming in as the No. 2 seed, Cignal HD coach Boyet Fernandez believes that his side is at a disadvantage against Marinerong Pilipino in their best-of-three semifinals series in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her
Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor. AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOLAS VEGAS — Floyd Mayweather Jr. says it was the first punch of the fight. His promoter thinks it came during the second round.One shot to the head, and suddenly Manny Pacquiao decided his night might better be spent fighting on the outside.ADVERTISEMENT Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay McGregor doesn’t believe that, of course and predicted again Wednesday that the fight would end early with Mayweather on his back.“I believe one or two rounds, with 8-ounce gloves I don’t see him surviving,” McGregor said. “I’m starting to think I’ll toy with him once he goes down.”The two fighters got together for the final pre-fight press conference to further hype a fight built on hype. In contrast to the bombastic tone of earlier appearances it was a relatively subdued affair at the MGM Grand.They posed together and didn’t come close to exchanging blows. They did both manage to get in a few final words, though.“It’s not going to be easy Conor,” Mayweather told his opponent. “I’ve got a great chin but remember this: The same way you give it you gotta be able to take it.”ADVERTISEMENT Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Though ticket sales have been tepid — largely because of astronomical prices — the pay-per-view is expected to be watched by some 50 million people in the United States alone and millions more worldwide.It’s half-fight, half-spectacle, a bout that matches a UFC star who has never boxed against a masterful ring technician with a record of 49-0. Born of internet hype, it has captured the curiosity of even those outside both sports and could end up being the richest fight ever.And it’s a bout Mayweather says he is taking very seriously, despite training at odd hours and holding meet-and-greets every night before the fight with fans who come to his strip club.“I’m taking a gamble,” said Mayweather, who is coming off a two-year layoff. “But it’s worth it.”Mayweather’s fight with Pacquiao ended up going 12 long rounds, and turning a lot of people off from boxing. But while Mayweather hasn’t really knocked out anyone in a decade, he says the streak will come to an end in what he insists is his final fight.Oddsmakers in this gambling town hope it’s not McGregor stopping Mayweather early as he claims. McGregor fans have placed thousands of small bets at long-shot odds of their man knocking Mayweather out in the early rounds, and sports books could suffer their worst loss ever in what is expected to be the most heavily fight ever.McGregor also believes that’s exactly what is going to happen.. He said his years in the octagon and his varied skillset will translate well into the boxing ring, especially after a three-month camp where he used a former referee to help him adjust to boxing rules.What he didn’t bring in was any boxing trainer to teach him more about the sport, insisting that the team he has always been with knows him so well that it wouldn’t have made a difference.“We added what is useful and discarded what is not,” he said. “As the final sparring session approached all the unnecessary was gone. It was a cleaner product, just the perfect product.”He was dismissive of Mayweather to the end, telling those attending the final press conference that Mayweather is not only a one dimensional fighter but more than likely not the sports bettor he claims to be when posting his winning tickets online. View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal MOST READ “I let him know it’s not what you think it is,” Mayweather said. “You’re not just going to run in there. He felt a strength he didn’t expect.”The knock on Mayweather — and the reason some people give Conor McGregor a chance Saturday night — is that he doesn’t knock out people. Pacquiao never went down either, but Mayweather showed there are other ways to change a fight than putting a fighter on the canvas.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’McGregor may find that out early if he goes after Mayweather at the opening bell as expected. The prevailing theory is that McGregor wins the power battle, but there’s more than one fighter with power in this, the most unusual of fights.“When he gets hit he’s going to find out it’s totally different,” Mayweather said. “The brittle hands, they keep saying that, but when I come across his head he’ll find out that it’s totally different.” What’s in store for your animal sign this year Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Saving the day Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu LATEST STORIES Perhaps, he said, that’s the reason Mayweather still owes the IRS $22.2 million in back taxes.“I think he has a big-time gambling problem,” McGregor said. “He always shows his winning bets but never his losers. Maybe that’s why he’s in the position he is and had to take this fight.”
Kirstie Elaine Alora of the Philippines (red) competes against Sorn Seavmey of Cambodia (blue) in the finals of the women’s -73 kg category of the 29th Southeast Asian Games competition Tuesday at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. Alora lost, 6-13. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR—Kirstie Elaine Alora has one more passion outside of taekwondo: Playing the popular video game Dota or Defense of the Ancient.An all-time favorite among Filipino youth, the computer game has been added as a demonstration sport in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (Aimag) next month in Turkmenistan.ADVERTISEMENT Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Perez leads Heroes side, Bolick heads Saints roster in NCAA All-Stars Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Alora, if her schedule permits, just might wear two hats for Team Philippines in the Aimag, fighting in the taekwondo mat and at the same time slugging it out on the keyboard.The 27-year-old-old Alora said playing Dota relaxes her from the grind of taekwondo training.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 enjoy playing it,” said Alora, who, in 2005 as a 15-year-old SEA Games rookie, rocked the competition after she captured the gold medal. View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’