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.
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.”
Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Throughout the PBA Philippine Cup, Kelly Nabong served as Globalport’s main anchor in the frontcourt, having to deal with rebounding and playing defense against the league’s bigger centers and forwards.ADVERTISEMENT “Mo’s a very good rebounder, he can stretch the floor, shoot the three, he can defend imports and that takes a hell of a load off from me because I usually guard the import,” said Nabong Thursday at the team’s practice facility in Green Meadows.“It’ll give me a little break when he comes in get some fresh in there, it’d be pretty good. I’m actually excited when we got him for the team.”Tautuaa, during in the 11 games he played with TNT in Philippine Cup eliminations, averaged 8.64 points and 7.82 rebounds.Although Tautuaa brought additional depth to the Batang Pier’s frontcourt that also includes Bradwyn Guinto and Joseph Gabayni, Nabong said he won’t be taking a step back.“I’m still going to do what I’m going to do and I’m still going to stay active and do everything to help this team win,” said Nabong. “I know Mo brings the same kind of energy, same kind of talent, same kind of everything to help the team win.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Standing at just 6’5”, Nabong is short compared to the likes of 6’9” Japeth Aguilar, 7’0” Greg Slaughter, and the four-time MVP 6’10” June Mar Fajardo.Despite his stature, Nabong used his might and strength to average 13.45 points, 11 rebounds, and 1.45 blocks per game in the Philippine Cup eliminations.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownNabong, however, will now have a vital frontcourt partner as Globalport acquired Moala Tautuaa from TNT after sending away Terrence Romeo and Yousef Taha.Tautuaa came to the Batang Pier’s camp on Tuesday along with two future draft picks, and Nabong is already giddying up for his potential partnership with the 2015 top overall pick. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina 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 Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism D-League: Akari-Adamson snares top spot, escapes JRU In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims MOST READ View comments
MOST READ View comments Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan “The tickets being sold out means we can’t lose,” Huang said.Andray Blatche, Jayson Castro and reigning four-time Philippine Basketball Association Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo will again lead Gilas, which scored a 90-83 win over the Taiwanese November last year at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Kiefer Ravena, banned by the Fiba for doping until August next year, and the injured Kevin Alas are two players from that November team who won’t be around this time.As always, coach Chot Reyes has stayed away from interviews leading to the match, which is also crucial for Gilas since win-loss records will be carried over to the next round.“We just want to ask the country to keep on praying and supporting our team,” Reyes said in a television interview recently.ADVERTISEMENT Like the Philippines, Taipei is enamored with basketball and its national team. Even though Overseas Filipino Workers are aplenty there, tickets for home games—especially against Filipinos—have reportedly been kept out from foreign buyers to assure full support for the hosts.Team Philippines is already assured of advancing together with powerhouse Australia in Group B, and the fight has been narrowed down to Taipei and Japan for the third and last slot in their bracket.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownTaiwanese superstar Huang Tsung-Han has already declared victory for the home team, quite a hard statement considering that Gilas has had the Taiwanese’s number for the last five years.“This is my house,” the 23-year-old Huang told Fiba.com recently as tickets have been sold out. “In home games, the whole country will cheer for the players, and it will stimulate the players more. It will strengthen our desire to achieve victory. Carrying the prayers of an entire nation, Gilas Pilipinas flies out for Chinese Taipei Monday morning to start its third window in the Fiba World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers where the Filipinos will be met by a hostile crowd come game time.The Taiwanese will host the Filipinos in the 7 p.m. match on Friday at Taipei Heping Gym, needing no less than a win to stay in range of advancing to the second round against a Gilas side they haven’t beaten since the Fiba Asia Championship in Manila in 2012.ADVERTISEMENT Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial LATEST STORIES 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Taipei has also recalled some of its stars in the China Basketball Association for Friday’s game.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Kaya-Iloilo nips Davao, creeps closer to Ceres
Montserrado County Senator Geraldine Doe-Sherif is warning her colleague Legislators that unless they start to adequately capacitate their staffers through empowerment and build their human resource capacity, the Legislature is doomed to failure.Senator Doe-Sherif, who chairs the Senate’s Committee on Transport, was speaking Monday at program marking the launch of the Legislative Information Service (LIS) Electronic/E-Newsletter and official Facebook for the purpose of disseminating critical information to Members of the Legislature and the public on the work of LIS; as well capturing and lifting ‘cutting edge’ activities at the Legislature.The launch of the program according to LIS, spotlighted what it called “Effective Service Delivery in the Public Sector in General and the Legislature in Particular.”Senator Doe-Sherif emphasized the need for the LIS staff and others working for the Legislature to be capacitated and supported in the manner and form to be compared to none.“When we are elected as Senators or Representatives we do not have all the technical knowhow or the knowledge to run our offices effectively; that is why we hire people to form part of our staff to help us run our offices. But if we as Senators and Representatives do not capacitate these people; empower them, build their human resource capacity, I think we are doomed to failure.“It is incumbent upon all of us that we support you financially, morally and physically, through individual means and take it through the different Chambers and then the leaderships,” Sen. Doe Sherif said about LIS staff.She assured LIS of support from the Legislature and promised to champion their cause.“Maybe this initiative will help to reduce the amount of failure we have around here. And so I want to be the first person to give you a laptop to support the LIS and also a cash donation of US$500.”Speaking earlier, the Director of LIS McCarthy Weh asserted that Liberia as a country is undertaking its transformation program called “The Agenda for Transformation,” and that for that transformation to be very successful there is a need to embark on critical reforms.“We think individual institutions in Liberia must embark on critical reforms, and we think the Legislature must take the lead in this critical reform. Meaningful national transformation requires critical institutional reform,” Director Weh emphasized.“We are saying that the Legislature must make it mandatory for both Chambers to run an electronic voting system; we think by now there is no reason why constituents of lawmakers who are outside of Monrovia cannot know how a particular member votes on a particular issue.”Director Weh challenged the legislature on the need to do more: “There is something in strategic management called competitive advantage. If there is need for competitive advantage between and among the three branches of Government of the staffers let us do it. If the Executive thinks that their staffers can work, let the Legislators too show that their staffers can work; for you to do that, you have to support your department.”The LIS boss regretted the absence of House Speaker Alex Tyler and Senate Pro Tempore Gbehzohngar Findley, who according to the program sheet, were expected to make special remarks.“This is why I wanted the Speaker and the Pro Tempore to be present, your department needs your support; we are qualified, competent and have all the requisite qualifications that our colleagues at the executive branch of Government have; your Chief of Staff that run your offices are qualified people, so let us support them,” he asserted.Before the close of the program, Senator Doe-Sherif officially launched a newsletter titled “REFORM 2 TRANSFORM” with the click of a laptop “send” button.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Secondary School’s Basketball teams were busy over the weekend.The Junior and Senior Boy’s and Girl’s from FSJ were in action versus teams from the Dawson Creek Secondary School. Each team played two games over the weekend in preparation for the upcoming North Zones. The NPSS teams finished the head-to-head play with a 4-1 record.Meanwhile, the Girls Curling team prepares for the BC Curling Provincials in Langley at the end of February.- Advertisement –
…makes U-turn to CJIA…passengers describe “horrifying” experience as plane loses cabin pressure mid-airJust days after an American Airlines flight had to be diverted because of runway issues at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), another flight had to abort its transit after encountering technical difficulties in mid-air.This publication understands that the American Airlines (AA) flight left CJIA on Friday at about midnight on its way to Miami. However, the flight experienced a drop in cabin pressure, leaving some passengers severely affected.One passenger, who spoke to this publication on the condition of anonymity, described the experience as a horrifying one.“When the cabin pressure issue developed, the pilot advised us that we’re going to travel to Trinidad and that (Piarco) is large enough to accommodate an easy landing with the amount of fuel we had,” the passenger explained.According to the passenger, when that information was communicated to dispatch, they said he should return to Georgetown. “But in his effort to get back here, he calculated that he would not have been able to burn enough fuel, so we were in the air for a while. It was extremely hot while in there. They offered water and ice, but it was a very horrifying experience. Lots of prayers were said”.Meanwhile, another passenger interviewed by this newspaper related that the airplane’s cabin started to really heat up at approximately 10,000 feet in the air. She noted that the original plan was to divert from their direct pathway to Miami, to Trinidad.“From the time it took off, I knew something was wrong. As we started ascending and we reached 10,000 feet, it started getting hot. The pilot said we’re going to go to Trinidad and get it fixed. I looked at my map and realised that we were turning back and coming back to Guyana”.“But we didn’t just come back to Guyana. We had to burn the fuel. To land with all that weight and bags, we had to burn the fuel. So we were circling and circling for two hours. For me, I’m happy we got safely on the ground”.In cases of emergencies, this publication understands that fuel can be jettisoned from the aircraft or a pilot will simply circle a given area, in order to get rid of fuel, reduce the weight of the plane and facilitate a smooth landing.IssuesIt was only on Thursday that another American Airlines flight was forced to divert from originally landing at CJIA, going all the way to Trinidad to land. According to reports, CJIA’s lighting system for its runway experienced a failure, forcing the airport to deploy temporary lights.A senior airport official had explained to Guyana Times that the runway light cables are usually ran underground but because of the ongoing extension works, temporary cables are being used. These, it was noted, were run to the extreme ends of the runway.“That is just a temporary arrangement but when the runway is extended fully, (the cables) will go back down underground as it would normally be. The temporary cable got loose, it got slack and that caused the lights to go off physically and we had to use the portable lights,” the official said.Nevertheless, the airport management assured in the missive on Friday that the portable runway lights that were used complied with International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standards.This allowed for the departure of the Suriname Airways flight shortly after midnight and the arrival of Caribbean Airlines flight BW 605 from Port of Spain around 02:12h on Friday.However, Thursday night’s incoming American Airlines flight was diverted to Trinidad, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded in Piarco International Airport in Port-of-Spain and at the airport in Guyana.Passengers who were on the diverted flight complained of being left at the Trinidad airport for hours with little to no word from the flight crew or airline representatives. The same plights were experienced by passengers scheduled to depart Guyana with that same flight.“I can’t comment on the decision taken by American Airlines (to divert) but our runway was operational,” the official contended.CJIA has since assured that the main runway lighting system has since been repaired for operations. According to the official, measures were also put in place to prevent a reoccurrence of Thursday’s incident.Meanwhile, efforts by this newspaper to obtain a comment from American Airlines on the issues with their aircraft were futile.
“Both halves were tricky,” Lopetegui told Spanish TV station Movistar.“Girona have a good collective game, they started well got an early goal and could have had another,” said Lopetegui.“Then we got two penalties. We deserved them because we were playing to win and had a hatful of chances,” said the former Spain manager, sacked on the eve of Russia 2018 after his deal with Madrid was revealed.“We kept calm under pressure and played well enough in the second half to deserve the victory. We were flying forwards too quickly in the first half, we were too keen to attack,” he said.“We were calm and clear and had plenty of space. When we have that this team gets going, it works and the goals start to flow,” he said.“This time it was Gareth, Karim and Sergio, but we don’t mind who gets them as long as we get them,” he said.Real Madrid have yet to sign a direct replacement for the Portuguese superstar Ronaldo, who switched to Juventus in July after scoring 450 goals in 438 games over nine seasons at the club.Lopetegui left World Cup final stars Luka Modric and Rafael Varane on the bench, and also stunned observers by pulling off veteran left-back Marcelo on the hour.Spanish daily Marca said Lopetegui “Proved he was in charge” and was not “afraid to make unpopular decisions for the best of the team.There was no start either for Thibaut Courtois who joined the club from Chelsea, Real’s major summer signing had to watch the popular Costa Rican Keylor Navas turn in a solid game in goal.“We have tried to explain it but it isn’t easy, that much is clear,” said the new coach. “I have two great goalkeepers. Three if you count Kiko Casilla.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema scored twice Sunday as Real Madrid get used to life without Ronaldo © AFP / Pau BarrenaMADRID, Spain, Aug 27 – Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui insisted after a come from behind 4-1 win at Girona that a “keep calm under pressure” attitude would deliver the goals previously scored by the prolific but now departed Cristiano Ronaldo.Seeking their second win of the new La Liga season the European champions fell behind before a brace from Karim Benzema and further goals from Sergio Ramos and Welsh star Gareth Bale saw Madrid eventually cruise to three precious points.
Reigning Ulster Óg Sport Gael (U15) Champions, St. Eunan’s qualified for this year’s Ulster finals when they defeated Kilcar in the County Finals hosted by Letterkenny Gaels on Saturday.St. Eunan’s were drawn in Group 1 with Buncrana and Ardara and Kilcar were in Group 2 with hosts Letterkenny Gaels and Seán MacCumhaills.In their opening game the St. Eunan’s lads defeated Buncrana by 5-05 to 0-02 before taking on Ardara who had also beaten the Inishowen men with the winner moving on to the final. The Southern Area runners-up, Ardara took a narrow lead into the half-time break 0-05 to 0-04 before two second half goals from Matthew McGovern and Aaron Deeney opened up a lead for the Cathedral Town team and after some good defending and goalkeeping from Ronan McGeehin they kept Ardara from getting the goals they needed and ran out winners by 2-08 to 0-08.In Group 2 Kilcar got the better of the hosting Gaels in their opening match and MacCumhaills then also beat the Gaels to set up a semi-final showdown with Kilcar. In a very close game that could have gone either way, the Kilcar men ran out 4 point winners and set up a final meeting with St. Eunan’s.St. Eunan’s got a good start to the Final with an early Éoin McGeehin point before Jerome Atuahene and Donal Farren combined to set up Matthew McGovern for the game’s opening goal. Another McGeehin point saw the Eunan’s team turn around leading 1-02 to 0-01 with the Kilcar lads kicking a few wides that could have left the half-time score much closer.Early in the second period Donal Farren and Ryan Hilferty combined to set up Matthew McGovern again and he rounded the Kilcar net minder to blast into an empty net for his second goal. Moments later Aaron Deeney netted after a neat inter change with McGovern to put clear daylight between the sides and while Kilcar applied some pressure they found the Eunan’s rear-guard in fine form with Deeney, Farren, Alex Tinney, Ryan Hilferty, Jerome Atuahene and goalkeeper Ronan McGeehin proving impossible to breach so they had to settle for a few points before Éoin McGeehin kicked the final score for St. Eunan’s who won by 3-03 to 0-05.St. Eunan’s managed to go through their 3 games without conceding a single goal, a great achievement in 7-a-side football.The St. Eunan’s team will be hoping to emulate last year’s squad that defeated Clann Eireann from Armagh in the Ulster final to take the title to Donegal for the first ever time. O’Donnell Park will host the Ulster Finals in just two weeks’ time on Saturday, September 6th. The St. Eunan’s squad was: Ronan McGeehin, Aaron Deeney, Donal Farren, Ryan Hilferty, Jerome Angel Atuahene, Éoin McGeehin, Matthew McGovern, Shaun Curran, Alex Tinney and Darragh Morrison. ST EUNAN’S BOYS CROWNED DONEGAL ÓG SPORT CHAMPS was last modified: August 24th, 2014 by John2Share 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:ArdaraChampionsDonegal Og SportGaelkilcarLetterkenny GaelsSt Eunansu15.
Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade targets targets Latest Transfer News The Colombian enjoyed a productive 2017/18 campaign at the Allianz Arena as Bayern coasted to their sixth Bundesliga title in a row.Real also enjoyed success last season – winning their third Champions League on the trot.However, Marca claims the player is wanted by new Los Blancos boss Julen Lopetegui and talks are ongoing with Bayern about bringing Rodriguez back.Rodriguez is currently contracted at Real until 2021 and an emotional return could be on the cards now that Zidane is no longer in charge. RANKED Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Rodriguez in action for Bayern against his parent club in last season’s Champions League Real Madrid could recall James Rodriguez from his loan spell at Bayern Munich.Rodriguez agreed a two-year loan switch to the German club last summer after the 27-year-old grew frustrated at a lack of first team football under Zinedine Zidane. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ The no.10 admitted he would be open to a move back to the Bernabeu when he faced them with Bayern in the Champions League in April.“Return to Madrid?” Rodriguez said.“I don’t know, nobody knows what will happen in the future but currently I am with Bayern.“I’m in a good phase of form at the minute and I am good here, I am happy.” Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father 1 Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer REVEALED LATEST The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star LIVING THE DREAM moving on IN DEMAND Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti