Aussies regain pride on day one of fifth Test

first_imgLONDON (AP):Australia set about regaining some dignity after relinquishing the Ashes by scoring 287 for three yesterday on the first day of the fifth Test against England, building a strong platform in their bid for a series-ending consolation victory.David Warner struck 85 and Steven Smith was unbeaten on 78 as normal service resumed after the chaos of the fourth Test, when England skittled Australia for 60 in the first morning to set up an Ashes-clinching win early on day three.Australia’s much-criticised batsmen showed sounder judgement after being put into bat under overcast skies and on a green-tinged pitch – reviving nightmares of Trent Bridge two weeks ago. Stuart Broad wreaked havoc on that occasion, returning figures of eight for 15 with his spell of a lifetime, but England’s bowling wasn’t quite as accurate at The Oval and the Australians prospered.Warner and Chris Rogers (43) put on 110 for the first wicket before Smith and Adam Voges (47) reached stumps on an unbroken 101-run partnership, further muting what had been a flat atmosphere from the start.”To come out and show what we are capable of is fantastic for the top order,” Warner said. “We are in a great position at the moment, but we have to capitalise tomorrow.”Between the two century stands, Michael Clarke – playing his last Test before retirement – was afforded a guard of honour by England’s players when he came out to bat. The Australia captain only scored 15 before edging behind off Ben Stokes, continuing his poor run of form this series.England have an insurmountable 3-1 lead in the series and are looking to win four Tests in a home Ashes series for the first time.For the first time in 23 Ashes Tests, the side batting first reached lunch without loss with Australia 82-0.Rogers didn’t last much deliveryPlaying in his last Test before quitting international cricket, Rogers was circumspect in the first session but chased a delivery from Mark Wood that had surprising bounce. Rogers’ edge flew straight to first slip, with England captain Alastair Cook juggling the ball before catching at thesecond attempt.Warner passed his half-century for the fifth successive Test this series, and had struck 11 fours before he departed by nicking a ball from offspinner Moeen Ali to Adam Lyth at slip. Warner fell short of his 13th Test century.Smith, already confirmed as Australia’s next captain, arrived at the crease looking to avoid registering a fifth straight single-figure score – after innings of 7, 8, 6 and 5 – and he did just that.He brought up Australia’s 200 with a cut for four off Steven Finn and drove Stokes to the boundary to register his 13th 50 in 33 Tests.last_img read more

Salary package driving WI players from Tests – Samuels

first_imgFront-line West Indies batsman, Marlon Samuels, said conditions relating to salary packages are driving senior players away from Test representation.The situation, he declared, is forcing him to retire from Tests.”The way how things are right now, it is forcing me to give it (Test cricket) up,” stated Samuels, who was Player of the Final in the just-concluded ICC WorldTwenty20 in India.”I would like to continue and play as long as possible, however, until things improve, I doubt it,” he offered, as this summer’s home series against India in the Caribbean loom large.He continued: “If you look at the system now, we have more young players playing when we should have more senior players and a couple of young players.”It means, therefore, that it could be said that we are not going in the right direction when it comes to the longer version.NO ENCOURAGEMENT”For example, a lot of players (are) playing only Twenty20 cricket, who I know have a lot of ability and could do well in the Test side. However, at the end of the day, they are not being encouraged, including financially, and as such, do what they have to do.”According to Samuels, one of the reasons for a lack of interest generally by senior players in Test cricket appears to be how they are treated by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) as it relates to financial matters.He said with a changing worldwide cricket landscape, their net worth is being recognised internationally, but regionally, there seems to be reluctance.This, he said, is evidenced by the new player payment scheme that was negotiated between the regional entity and the West Indies Players Association (WIPA).”Test cricket is the most important part of our West Indies heritage, but it is also a job for us,” commented Samuels.”I don’t think we are being paid particularly well at the moment, as we got a big pay cut recently with virtually little consent on our part.”Some of us as players agreed in principle for a pay cut with WIPA to help with the paying of first-class cricketers in the regional professional league, but none of us had signed off on the exact percentage.”WIPA then went literally behind our backs and signed off on close to a 75 per cent match-fee pay cut, and I can tell you none of the players are happy about it.”He added: “Situations like these do not motivate or encourage our senior players to want to play the longest version of the game.”Samuels, who made his Test debut in 2000, has an average of 33.53, including seven centuries and 22 half centuries.last_img read more

Parika boat worker granted bail for assaulting reputed wife

first_imgGraham James, of Retreat, Parika, East Bank Essequibo (EBE), was charged at the Wales Magistrate’s Court late last week for unlawfully assaulting his common-law wife, causing her actual bodily harm.The matter allegedly occurred on December 28, 2017 at the home the two shared.Graham JamesHowever, James entered a not-guilty plea when the charge was read to him by Magistrate Annette Singh on Thursday last.He told the court that the woman was his “child mother”. James, a boat worker, was released on $20,000 bail and was ordered to stay with his sister in another section of Parika. He was also ordered to stay 50 feet away from the Virtual Complainant for the duration of the matter, which was transferred to the Leonora Magistrate’s Court.The case will continue on February 14.last_img

David Granger, Basil Williams, George Norton re-elected to leadership

first_imgPNCR CongressThe delegates of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) have re-elected embattled Public Health Minister Dr George Norton as one of the two vice chairpersons of the party.Dr Norton secured the position when the party delegates voted for its leadership in the Central Executive Committee on Sunday.The minister has in recent days been taking flack for government over a deal it inked with Larry Singh’s Linden Holding Inc to pay $12.5 million monthly for a Sussex Street property to store government’s drugs and medical supplies.Dr Norton secured 227 votes. Colleague Minister, Volda Lawrence, was also re-elected as the PNCR’s other vice chairperson.Attorney James Bond, who had campaigned for the position on the platform of getting youths in the leadership of the party managed toPresident David Granger was re-elected PNCR leader unopposedsecure 148 votes.Clement Corlette, another of the challengers for the vice chairman position only managed to muster eight votes.Basil Williams was returned as PNCR Chairman unopposedDespite being embroiled in a multimillion-dollar drug bond scandal, Dr Norton was re-elected as one of the PNCR’s vice chairpersonsVolda Lawrence was also re-elected as a vice chairpersonParty Leader Brigadier David Granger was returned unopposed as was Party Chairman Basil Williams.The PNCR over the weekend held its 19th Biennial Congress at its Headquarters at Congress Place Sophia, Georgetown, which culminated with the elections of the party’s leadership.The Congress this year boasted participation of 625 delegates and 275 observers from 140 groups.During the first session which was chaired by Vice Chairman Dr George Norton, a moment of silence was observed in remembrance of party members who died over the last biennium.The General Secretary’s Report was delivered by Oscar Clarke who informed Congress on the state of the PNCR, the work of the Party’s Secretariat and the major activities during the review period.Addressing the signing of the Cummingsburg Accord which occurred on 14 February 2015 between the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance For Change (AFC), the General Secretary said “our decision was a correct one and indeed is the correct one for the future of our Party and….. In-spite of our differences our coalition administration has begun to work together to solve the myriad problems which we inherited…”General Secretary Clarke also informed Congress about plans for the 60th anniversary of the PNCR on 5 October 2017. He declared that a Special Congress will be the centre-piece of the celebrations along with other activities at the central and regional levels.The 19th Biennial Congress also approved a motion for the establishment of a resource centre for the preservation of works by former and future leaders of the PNCR.last_img read more

Tea for the Queen honours the longest reign in British History

first_imgAs of yesterday, September 9, 2015 Queen Elizabeth II is now the longest reigning monarch in British History.Her grandmother, Queen Victoria, was the previous title holder, at 63 years and 216 days. She reigned from June 20th, 1837, to January 22nd, 1901.To honour this milestone, a tea party was held at North Peace Seniors Housing Apartment, where Mayor Lori Ackerman served as MC.- Advertisement -Guest speaker Bill Stevenson remembered having great respect for the office of royalty as a member of the navy during the second world war.The walls of the ceremony were also covered with old newspaper clippings from the Fort St. John area of media coverage in the time of Queen Elizabeth II’s ascent to the throne.She started her reign on February 6th, 1952, but had her coronation on June 2nd, 1953.Advertisementlast_img read more

Benzema, Bale give Real victory ahead of Super Cup clash

first_imgBale restored Real’s lead with a powerful drive in first-half stoppage time before Borja Mayoral tucked away the third in injury time at the end of the match.Atletico Madrid warmed up for the Super Cup in Tallinn in Estonia with a 1-0 loss to Inter Milan at their Metropolitano stadium home.In a game played as part of the pre-season International Champions Cup, the Italians won thanks to a splendid 32nd-minute volley from Argentina’s Lautaro Martinez.Atletico’s Angel Correa had a goal ruled out by the VAR in the 43rd minute.Even the second-half introduction of French World Cup winners Antoine Griezmann and Lucas Hernandez was unable to turn the tide for the Spaniards.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Time to celebrate: Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale after scoring © AFP / EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZMADRID, Spain, Aug 12 – Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale were on target as European champions Real Madrid defeated AC Milan 3-1 in a friendly on Saturday just four days from their UEFA Super Cup clash with city rivals Atletico.French striker Benzema opened the scoring at the Bernabeu with a second-minute header before former Real star Gonzalo Higuain, signed from Juventus in the summer, pulled Milan level just two minutes later.last_img read more

‘Chelsea will need him to escape the Championship’ – reaction to transfer rumour

first_img Wayne Rooney has been linked with a transfer to Chelsea 1 In what was a surprising transfer rumour, Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney was linked with a move out of Old Trafford.As you can see, reigning English champions Chelsea are in the market for a new striker, and are favourites to sign Rooney in next summer’s transfer window.And, as can be imagined, there has been a considerable amount of reaction, with some convinced it could happen, while others are not so sure.Have a read of what Premier League fans had to say, on Twitter, below.last_img

Daniel Sturridge’s latest injury won’t affect Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool vision

first_imgJurgen Klopp will not mess around with a decision on Daniel Sturridge’s future at Liverpool.That’s the verdict of former Manchester United assistant manager Rene Meulensteen, who believes the England striker’s latest setback – a hamstring problem – in a long line of injuries could force the Reds’ boss into a decision.Meulensteen is certain Klopp has a concrete ideology of how his Liverpool team will evolve and progress that won’t be impacted by the 26-year-old’s persistent absences.“One thing to be sure is that Jurgen Klopp will not mess around in that respect because he has a clear vision where he wants to take Liverpool, with or without Sturridge,” Meulensteen told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“That’s how he [Klopp] will look at it. If he [Sturridge] is seen as important Liverpool will do everything they can to get him back to his best and back performing in every game.“But if he’s not I am 100 per cent sure that Klopp will make a decision to move on without him.”Sturridge has featured just three times under Klopp’s stewardship so far, twice in brief substitute cameos, but scored twice in the 6-1 League Cup win at Southampton as he showed signs of recovering from knee and foot injuries.But the latest concern is likely to see him miss the congested Christmas schedule, leaving Klopp with just Christian Benteke and Divock Origi at his disposal in an attacking sense.last_img read more


first_imgFour Masters G.A.A. ClubThe €50 winners in the Annual Lotto for Week 29 were Peter Dunnion, Clarlougheske and Peter Rooney, c/o Peter’s Manshop. The numbers drawn were 2, 3, 4 & 8 with the jackpot now standing at €1,400.The Club is hosting an Award 1 Coaching Course (Youth and Adults) over two weekends in early March. Probable times are 7.00 pm – 10.00 pm on Friday evenings and 9.30 am – 4.30 pm on Saturdays. Participants must have already achieved Foundation level. Expression of interests and queries please contact Paddy Muldoon 087-9213299 or Pauric Harvey 086-0523905 as soon as possible. The Under 14 Boys football have started back training on Mondays and Thursdays from 6.00 -7.30 pm on the All-Weather Training Pitch at Tir Conaill Park. Players are reminded to wear gumshields and bring €2.00 for training.Reminder to parents and players that following the G.A.A. Annual Congress in April 2012 a new rule was enacted that makes it mandatory to use a mouthguard in all Gaelic Football matches and training sessions from January 1st 2013 (for all age grades up to and including Minor) and at Under 21 and Adult level from January 1st 2014. GAA: FOUR MASTERS GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: January 29th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: FOUR MASTERS GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more

Burke completes transfer from West Ham to Hull

first_img Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade LIVING THE DREAM Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father RANKED heading off Euro expert explains why Liverpool should be so excited about Minamino Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Arsenal ace heading for January exit as German club ready bid for midfielder 1 Carroll explains why he wanted to fail Liverpool medical before £35m move Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland REAL DEAL Burke came through the academy at West Ham fear IN DEMAND three-way race Hull City have completed the signing of Reece Burke from West Ham United for an undisclosed fee.Burke, 22, is the club’s third signing of the summer and follows David Milinkovic and Eric Lichaj to the KCOM Stadium.“I’m over the moon to have signed for Hull City,” Burke told the club’s official website.Hull are in Portugal where the players are preapring for the new season and the defender has flown out to join up with the first team squad on the Algarve.“I enjoy playing football and I see this move as a big opportunity for me. I’ve had a good chat with the head coach and I know that the club were really keen to bring me here. That is a nice feeling to have.” TRANSFER LATEST Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star GOSSIP Man United ‘miss out’ on Minamino, West Ham scout Flamengo strikers, Auba wants out on his way Signing imminent? Man United target ‘on flight’ to England for talks with club ‘perfect fit” The East Londoner joined the club aged nine and played five Premier League appearances before being sent on loan to Wigan, Bolton and Bradford.The arrival of club-record signing Issa Diop for £24 million has pushed him further down the pecking order.last_img read more