KINGSTON:The West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA) has expressed sadness at the passing of former Jamaica and West Indies cricketer Basil ‘Shotgun’ Williams.Williams died on Sunday in Atlanta in the United States after suffering a heart attack. He was 65.In a release, WIPA said it “is saddened by the passing of former West Indies and Jamaican cricketer Basil ‘Shotgun’ Williams.”WIPA would like to extend our sincerest condolences to the family, friends and the greater cricketing community across the Caribbean.”It added: “Alvadon Basil Williams was one of the elite few players to score a century on debut. He had a healthy Test average of 39.08 and an average of 36.02 in the regional first-class game.”WIPA’s President and CEO Wavell Hinds, on learning of Williams’ passing, said: “I am deeply saddened by the passing of Mr Williams. I wish to send my sincerest condolences to his family and friends and to the Jamaican and West Indian cricket community.”
WESTERN BUREAU:Struggling FC Reno will have to find a way to avoid relegation, says the club’s head coach, Michael Graham, after watching his team give up a one-goal lead to title chasing Humble Lion in Sunday’s 1-1 draw in the Red Stripe Premier League.”I am a little disappointed because at 1-0 up and playing well in the first half, we came out flat in the second-half and allowed Humble Lion too much time on the ball and a goal we were dreading happened,” stated Graham.Reno are precariously perched just above the relegation zone with 31 points in 10th place, but have breathing room between themselves and red zone teams Rivoli United (23) and Waterhouse FC (22).That, however, is no comfort to the ambitious Graham, who believes winning a paltry seven matches out of 27 is not good enough for the three-time League winners.According to Graham, the club’s rich history and the passionate diehard supporters demand more from their players.”We know where we are letting down the fans. We have an all-round decent squad of players, but for some reason, we cannot get the ball into the net. We tend to create plenty chances in match situations and score few.”That is why we are not doing as well as we would like, and it’s hurting the club’s prospects going forward,” reasoned Graham.Roshane Sharpe has taken on the club’s goal-getter role, netting his sixth goal of the season in Sunday’s match against Humble Lion at Frome Sports Complex.biggest headacheHowever, it’s in defence that Graham has the biggest headache. Reno have conceded 40 goals in all this season, making them the league’s second-worst defensive team behind ninth-placed Boys’ Town FC (43).”We realised that we are not doing a good job in defence, even though we have who I consider good players in there. We are not scoring enough, and on the other hand, we are conceding too many,” Graham said.”That is a recipe for disaster, and the club can do without that at the moment. However, we still have some critical matches ahead of us, so we must give our all to put ourselves at least mid-pack at the end of season,” added Graham.
OAKLAND, California (AP):Stephen Curry scored 31 points, raising his arms in the early moments to awaken Golden State’s raucous crowd as the defending champion Warriors staved off elimination with a 120-111 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals.The MVP made a slick lay-up late and dished out six assists, while Klay Thompson added 27 points as Golden State sent the best the best-of-seven series back to Oklahoma City for Game 6 tonight. Golden State trail 3-2 and are trying to become just the 10th team to rally from a 3-1 deficit.”We ain’t going home! We’re not going home!” Curry yelled at the top of his lungs in the waning moments.For all the speculation about the current state of Curry’s beat-up body – that troublesome ankle, sore knee or tender elbow – he did it all.”I thought he looked like 91 per cent,” coach Steve Kerr cracked. “He came out and played a really good game. That’s all I can tell you. He’s going to compete every night. He had an excellent night and helped us get it done.”Led by Curry, the Warriors looked like their old winning selves again.Kevin Durant scored 40 points and Russell Westbrook added 31 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and five steals for the Thunder, trying for the fifth NBA Finals appearance in franchise history and first championship since moving from Seattle.The record-setting, 73-win Warriors, coming off their first back-to-back defeats all season, had been blown out in two losses at Oklahoma City by a combined 52 points.
CAGEY START CAUGHT AND BOWLED Winning the toss and electing to take first strike, the West Indies made a cagey start when they lost the wicket of out-of-form opener, Hayley Matthews, for eight with score on 12 in the fourth over. However, unlike the previous match, which was also played at the same venue, there was not to be a steady fall of wickets. This was due largely to Taylor, who shepherded three key partnerships, the first of which was between herself and opener Shaquana Quintyne. The two put on stroke-filled stand of 69 for the second wicket, before Quintyne was caught for 41 in the 24th over. This brought together Taylor and hard-hitting Deandra Dottin, who put on 36 for the third wicket before the latter was run out for 18. The third alliance, between Taylor and former captain, wicketkeeper Merissa Aguilleira, put on 45 for the fourth wicket, with Aguilleira going on to hit a series-high 32 off 33 deliveries. Set the highest total of the series to win, England got a brilliant start before falling away mid-way their innings. It is all square heading into the final game of the one-day international (ODI) series between West Indies Women and England Women. The five-match series is currently tied at 2-2 after the West Indies recorded a 42-run win over their opponents in game four at Sabina Park yesterday. The victory, which also provided two World Cup qualifying points for the hosts, was engineered by Player-of-the-Match and captain, Stafanie Taylor. The multiple-time West Indies Women’s Cricketer of the Year first put in a brilliant batting display of 85 to pilot the home team to 223 for six, before returning to claim three for 22 to help bowl out England Women for 181. ”After losing the third game there was a lot of introspection and we asked the girls to show a bit more fight going forward,” explained Taylor. ”It was therefore pleasing to see that happened today and we hope it will continue on Wednesday in the final game.” Their opening pair of Lauren Winfield and Tammy Beaumont put on 95 for the first wicket, before the latter was caught and bowled by Taylor in the 20thover for 51. This then brought to crease captain Heather Knight and together with Windfield they put on 38 for the second wicket, taking the score to a threatening 133 for one. However, after Winfield was run out for 51, the visitors collapsed and only Knight, 36, and last Laura Marsh, 13, who was the last player dismissed, passed double figures. Part-time off-spinner Matthews took two for 25. ”We did not take our chances when we were in the field and the West Indies capitalised,” declared England’s Knight. ”However, having said that, credit must go to the West Indies how they kept us out of the game and we now look forward to the final fixture,” she added.
THE Mico University College launched its first 5K Run/Walk last Friday at the college campus on Marescaux Road, Cross Roads.Set for Sunday, October 30, the event will start at 7 a.m. at the gates of the Mico campus on Marescaux Road. Funds from the event will go to the Pre-University Men’s Programme (PUMP).At Friday’s launch, President of the Mico University College Dr Asburn Pinnock spoke about the importance of the PUMP programme which started in 2008.”Recently, a University of the West Indies researcher revealed that more than 76 per cent of the teachers in the classrooms are females, and this has since rekindled the discussion regarding male marginalisation in our education system. We aim to balance this equation by providing opportunities for more men to be qualified as teachers”, said Pinnock. “While our PUMP programme is geared mainly to matriculate students to access teacher-education programmes here at Mico I believe we can also expand to include certification in music, physical education, art , animation , entrepreneurial and other professional development courses,” stated Pinnock.RACING ROUTEChairman of the organising committee for the event, Ian Forbes of Sherwin Williams, spoke about the route which will see the runners starting at the college gate on Marescaux Road then up on to Caledonia Avenue, left Tom Redcam Drive, straight across Oxford Road, right on to Knutsford Road, down Tom Redcam Drive, right on to Caledonia Avenue, then back to Marescaux Road, ending at the campus gate.There will be prizes for the top-three male and female finishers and several other categories including males and females ages 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60 and over. Entry fees will see students with IDs paying $500, and $800 for Groups of 20, while it will be $1,000 for other individuals.PUMA sportswear will be the major sponsors of the event. The company was represented by Juliet Campbell.
Character and fight Captain of the Jamaica Scorpions Nikita Miller is expressing satisfaction with the state of the team heading into their return-leg matches in the WICB Regional Super50 Tournament in Barbados. The Scorpions are second in Group B on nine points behind leaders Barbados Pride, who are on 19 points. This is after recording two wins and two defeats in their four matches so far. Tomorrow they will play Combined Campuses and Colleges, who they lost to in the first-leg at Kensington Oval. “I was very, very pleased with our returns in our last two games,” said Miller. “We lost against Barbados by one wicket, but I was pleased with the character and fight we showed,” said Miller. “We then took that momentum into the game against ICC Americas where post a good total, and defended it well.” The Scorpions against the Americas batted first and posted 251 for five with all-rounder Roman Powell hitting 56 not out and out-of-form opener John Campbell, who was demoted to the middle order, getting 66 not out. Middle-order batsman Andre McCarthy, who was left out the team in the opening two games, also chipped in with 63. ICC Americas were then held to 187 with leg-spinner Damion Jacobs claiming five for 24. “It’s always good when you win a game as it gives the team a lot of confidence,” Miller emphasised. “Coming against CCC we need to repeat such a performance including whatever overs we are allotted we have to use all, and, once we do that I believe we will be OK.” The group contains five teams, including the Guyana Jaguars, with the top two down to progress to the semi-finals.
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC): Close to 140,000 children from across the Caribbean will be recipients of cricket coaching aids and clinics as part of this year’s Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket programme. The year-round activity, now in its 18th season, is managed by the West Indies Cricket Board and administered by the various territorial boards across the region. It is now being played in more than 800 schools in 20 countries, with most of the participants coming from Trinidad, Jamaica, Barbados and Guyana. SKILLS DEMO This year’s activities started on Sunday in Guyana with an on-field skills demonstration by 100 local children during the second one-day international between West Indies and Pakistan at the National Stadium. According to K.J. Singh, the WICB’s senior project officer, the board was pleased with the outreach activities. “The Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket Programme continues to see significant growth,” he noted. “We have close to 140,000 young boys and girls from over 800 schools participating in the programme across the West Indies. This number will grow even more this year as we continue to promote the game both on and off the field.” He continued: “We are not just coaching future cricketers, but we are moulding lives for the future development in the region.” The programme has been responsible for feeding several players into the international squads, with the likes of Test and one-day captain Jason Holder and Test opener Kraigg Brathwaite having benefitted from the thrust.
Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ateneo escapes FEU in OT, faces La Salle in UAAP Finals rematch View comments Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene “La Salle, what else would I be thinking about?” said Baldwin after Ateneo pulled off an 88-84 win Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena. “We have to move on. I think the coaching staff has to set the tone and we got to come down the cloud pretty quick.”READ: Ateneo escapes FEU in OT, faces DLSU in UAAP Finals rematchFEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throne“We have to put our focus on the next game because we didn’t play this season just to win in the semis. We played this season to go as far as this team is capable of going.”La Salle is already in the championship round after scoring a controversial 82-75 win over Adamson University that saw the three referees, who officiated the game get suspended for four games. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo head coach Tab Baldwin doesn’t have time to ponder over the Blue Eagles’ hard-fought Final Four duel against Far Eastern University.After overcoming the Tamaraws in overtime in their do-or-die, Baldwin said he immediately turned his attention to the defending champions, whom the Eagles will face in a best-of-three finals for the second straight time.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Baldwin is raring to get back at La Salle after it swept Ateneo last year.“We’re a better team [this season],” said Baldwin after his Blue Eagles topped the elimination round with a 13-1 card. “We’ve proven we’re a better team all year long.”
Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City 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 UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The two sides played in an intense toe-to-toe battle from the get-go until the decisive set where Adamson even managed to take the match point, 14-13, on a point from Mylene PaatBut Diana Carlos came up in the clutch for the Lady Maroons, scoring two straight points to give the Lady Maroons a 15-14 lead before Ayel Estrañero finished off the Lady Falcons with an off speed kill that Jema Galanza couldn’t get a hold of.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkLady Maroons head coach Godfrey Okumu said their win all boiled down to the winners’ mentality and desire to avenge their first round loss to the Lady Falcons.“As we were fighting we didn’t want to lose against the same team twice,” said Okumu, whose Lady Maroons lost in straight sets against Adamson in the first round. Okumu added that he is aware that they could not afford to let one game slip away at this point in the tournament.“We just have to win every game… the teams we will play against are very good teams and we have to keep fighting.”Carlos finished with a game-high 22 points while spike partner Isa Molde had 18 points with Marian Buitre pitching in 12.Galanza led Adamson with 19 points while Chiara Permentilla and Paat had 17 and 14 points, respectively.RELATED VIDEOADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Clippers easily defeat James, Cavaliers It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UP Lady Fighting Maroons. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines set out for its second round campaign on a positive strut after withstanding Adamson, 25-18, 14-25, 25-19, 21-25-16-14, in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Maroons have now won two of their last three games and moved up to 3-5 while the Lady Falcons dropped to the same record after two straight setbacks since their upset of La Salle.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES View comments
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