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Acting Prime Minister clears the air on country’s debt to Venezuela

first_img Sharing is caring! 112 Views   3 comments Hon. Ambrose GeorgeActing Prime Minister Ambrose George has sought to clear the air on Dominica’s indebtedness to Venezuela.The Minister was asked by an Opposition member in Parliament on Friday about Dominica’s debt to Venezuela.George explained that Dominica has received petroleum products from Venezuela costing in excess of over $176 million dollars under the Petro Caribe Agreement.Petro Caribe provides for participating governments to receive fuel products from the government of Venezuela to be sold in the receiving countries. “They are required to pay between 40 and 60% of the value of the products within ninety days of receipt. The percentage varies depending on the current selling price of the product. The balance is retained by the receiving government and to date Dominica has received products valued at $176, 277, 177.00. However invoices for products valued at $149, 187, 246.00 have been reconciled. Payment received for the sale of products locally amount to $100, 358, 925. 00. On that basis, the amount of $46, 996, 240. 00 has been paid to Venezuela,” he said.According to George Dominica do not consider the balance owed to Venezuela a debt and the term technical arrears has been used since there is the authority under the agreement to retain the funds. “The amount becomes debt if utilized by government,” he further explained.Dominica Vibes News Tweet LocalNews Acting Prime Minister clears the air on country’s debt to Venezuela by: – February 17, 2012center_img Share Share Sharelast_img read more

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Wenger: Gunners must graft

first_imgArsenal manager Arsene Wenger maintains the gap between his side and the Barclays Premier League champions is “nothing” and can be bridged with hard work rather than just big-money signings. City passed 100 Premier League goals when they eventually swept aside Aston Villa on Wednesday night to put themselves firmly on course for a second league title in three seasons. Liverpool too will hit treble figures should their potent strike force get on the scoresheet again at Anfield against Newcastle this weekend. Wenger concedes admiration for the way the top two have gone about their business, giving his own team food for thought. “To be completely honest, a team like City scored 100 goals so you have to say their offensive potential has been absolutely brutal and fantastic, Liverpool as well,” the Arsenal manager said. “We have scored 66 at the moment, that is where we have room for improvement.” Arsenal head into the final match of the season spared from a battle to secure a top-four finish after pulling clear of Everton following Manchester City’s timely win at Goodison Park. Midfielder Aaron Ramsey hopes that will allow a sense of freedom at Carrow Road – where only a massive 18-goal swing over West Brom, who host Stoke and would have to lose – would save the Canaries from the drop. “It was important because we want to be testing ourselves against the best teams in Europe in these fantastic stadiums, so to secure fourth was a relief and hopefully now we can go into the last game before the FA Cup final without any pressure,” Ramsey said on Arsenal Player. The Gunners head to Sky Bet Championship-bound Norwich on Sunday looking to maintain momentum ahead of the FA Cup final against Hull at Wembley, when they will aim to end the club’s long trophy drought. Arsenal led the top flight for 128 days following a fine opening half to the campaign, only to then see their championship challenge fall away in the wake of heavy defeats at rivals Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea as the squad was depleted by injuries to key men. Nevertheless, for all their shortcomings, Wenger’s side could end the season just seven points behind champions-elect City – or even fewer should the most unpredictable of seasons take another dramatic twist on the final day. It is a margin Wenger believes can be clawed back when the action kicks off again in August. “You know, seven points is nothing. It is two games,” said Wenger, who could have England midfielder Jack Wilshere back from a fractured foot. “But on the other hand, every team of the top four will be frustrated because you will think, ‘Ah, we could have got this point and if we had done it, we would win the league’. If you look at Chelsea or Liverpool, they will say the same. “We have to continue to develop as a team. We have bridged a big gap (from 2012/13) and we want to be better next season. “How can we do that? We have hard work in the summer to achieve that.” Wenger added: “My team has shown a remarkable mental stamina and consistency in their attitude and I am very proud of the way they responded. “We are looking at some aspects where we can improve internally and we will work very hard during the summer to do that.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Swans on verge of signing Tabanou

first_img The former France Under-21 international is having a medical at the Barclays Premier League club on Thursday and should become Swansea’s second signing of the summer. It is understood Swansea will pay around £3.5million for the 26-year-old who will provide competition for Wales left-back Neil Taylor. Swansea attempted to sign Tabanou last January but the former Toulouse defender chose to stay at St Etienne and helped them finish fifth in Ligue 1. Tabanou’s agent Philippe Lamboley previously told BBC Wales: “He has chosen Swansea, he has told me he is not interested in any other offers from any other clubs.” Swansea manager Garry Monk wants to strengthen a squad which finished eighth in the Premier League last season and he has already picked up Ghana forward Andre Ayew on a free transfer from Marseille. Monk is on the look-out for a goalkeeper following the departures of Gerhard Tremmel and David Cornell with Heerenveen’s Swedish stopper Kristoffer Nordfeldt reported to be on Swansea’s radar while another striker is also being targeted. Swansea expect to complete the signing of St Etienne defender Franck Tabanou in the next 24 hours.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Broward Firefighter Accused of Attempted Murder

first_imgA lieutenant with the Margate-Coconut Creek Fire Rescue Department was arrested Thursday morning on an attempted murder charge.Lorne Brown allegedly fired a gun into a car, hitting a man at a neighborhood block party in Cooper City last weekend. Authorities say the man who was shot, 22-year-old Simeon Brown, survived.At about 7:15 p.m. Sunday, Simeon Brown drove through a neighborhood near Southwest 91st Terrace and Southwest 52nd Court. He then turned down a road that was blocked with cones, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office. Brown’s friend was following in another car, and they both drove around the cones through the block party, the Sheriff’s Office says.An argument ensued between neighbors in the street and the men in the cars. One of the neighbors kicked one of the cars as they started driving away, according to the Sheriff’s Office.Simeon Brown and his friend later returned to the block party, where the neighbors and fire lieutenant Brown had their firearms drawn.The people in the street ordered the men to get out of the car, the Sheriff’s Office says. Shortly thereafter, Lorne Brown shot into the car, striking Simeon Brown in the arm.Despite being hit, the victim continued driving through the block party, hit a few cars, and then stopped in a yard. The Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue took him to a hospital.Lorne Brown was processed into the Broward Main Jail on Thursday morning. He is facing charges of premeditated attempted first-degree murder, shooting into a vehicle and aggravated assault with a firearm.Records show that Margate’s commission recognized Lorne Brown last summer for his 15 years of service with the agency.He has been suspended with pay from the fire department.last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_img Associated Press Longtime executive John Paxson is expected to move into an advisory role. The futures of general manager Gar Forman and coach Jim Boylen are unclear.NHL-HURRICANES-HAMILTONHamilton could be back this seasonRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Carolina Hurricanes president and general manager Don Waddell said All-Star defenseman Dougie Hamilton would be ready to play if the season resumes.Hamilton needed surgery to repair a broken left leg suffered in January and had been listed as out indefinitely before the season was suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic. Waddell said Hamilton’s rehab has gone well and that he would soon start work on the ice. The Yankees’ YES Network broadcasts Forbes “SportsMoney” television show.The Boston Red Sox are third at $3.3 billion, Forbes said Thursday, followed by the Chicago Cubs, San Francisco, the New York Mets, St. Louis and Philadelphia. Each of those teams are worth $2 billion.Miami was last at $980 million, a drop of $20 million.Forbes estimates the MLB average team value rose 4% from last year to $1.85 billion, the smallest annual appreciation since a 2% rise in 2010.FIFA INVESTIGATION Update on the latest sports The league and the National Basketball Players Association have been in talks for weeks about the status of salaries during the game’s shutdown.The last NBA games were played March 11, the day that Utah center Rudy Gobert (goh-BEHR’) became the first player in the league to test positive for the coronavirus. The pandemic will lead to the delay of at least 259 regular-season games through April 15, what would have been the end of the regular season.In other developments related to the coronavirus:— The Los Angeles Clippers are getting together for workouts while the NBA season is suspended — via video conference calls. Up to 10 players at a time tune in to do workouts led by the team’s performance staff since the league shut down practice facilities because of the coronavirus pandemic. They’ve also been using workout equipment tailored for each player and provided by the team. Coach Doc Rivers says that’s led to trash talking while watching each other work out.— Louisville athletic director Vince Tyra said head coaches and senior department staffers will take 10% salary cuts. The reductions are expected to save about $15 million to offset anticipated revenue shortfalls because of event cancellations due to the coronavirus pandemic. Approximately $10 million of that estimated savings comes from salary reductions for men’s basketball coach Chris Mack, football coach Scott Satterfield, women’s basketball coach Jeff Walz and baseball coach Dan McDonnell. The all-or-nothing free swinger hit at least 30 homers four times and led the majors in strikeouts three times while compiling a .236 batting average. He hit .260 in 2009 and set career highs 44 homers and what is still a big league-record 223 strikeouts.NBA-BULLS-KARNISOVASBulls hire KarnisovasCHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls have a new leader.A person familiar with the situation says the struggling franchise has hired Denver Nuggets general manager Arturas Karnisovas to run their basketball operation. The 48-year-old Karnisovas had big roles in Denver, taking two-time All-Star center Nikola Jokic (NEE’-koh-lah YOH’-kich) in the second round of the 2014 draft. He also picked up recent lottery selections Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. Tagovailoa injured his hip on Nov. 15 and had season-ending surgery two days later. He is expected to be among the top five picks in the NFL draft later this month.MLB-REYNOLDS-RETIREMENTBasher Reynolds retiresPHOENIX (AP) — Slugger Mark Reynolds is retiring after hitting 298 homers over 13 seasons with eight teams. The 36-year-old made the announcement Thursday on SiriusXM Radio, saying he’s moved beyond baseball. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNBA players to get paid next weekUNDATED (AP) — The NBA says players will receive their full checks when the next payday for most of them arrives on April 15 despite no games having been played for more than a month at that point. While Cooks hasn’t matched Hopkins’ superstar play during his six-year career, he is a fast, steady deep threat who has five 50-reception seasons for three franchises. Cooks had 42 receptions for 583 yards and two touchdowns for Los Angeles last season.NFL-CHIEFS-BREELANDAP source: Chiefs bring back CB Breeland on 1-year dealKANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs are bringing back cornerback Bashaud Breeland on a one-year deal that could be worth up to $4.5 million, a person familiar with the contract told The Associated Press, helping to alleviate one of the Super Bowl champions’ biggest concerns ahead of the NFL draft.The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Thursday because the deal had not been announced. ESPN.com first reported it.center_img — UFC 249 has been canceled after ESPN and parent company Disney stopped UFC President Dana White’s plan to keep fighting amid the coronavirus pandemic. UFC 249 was scheduled for April 18, and White planned to follow it with weekly fight cards from Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino on tribal land in California’s Central Valley.— Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano is back in New York after completing his quarantine period following a positive test for the coronavirus. Castellano tested positive for COVID-19 last month as part of a physical mandated by Gulfstream Park to determine if he could be cleared to ride in the Florida Derby on March 28. He quarantined in Florida and said he was largely asymptomatic throughout his time with the virus.— Australia’s rugby league championship plans to restart on May 28, more than two months after it was suspended. The governing ARL Commission also says it intends to play a full three-game State of Origin series. Commissioner Wayne Pearce says they wanted to set a date and then work on finalizing a competition. Pearce says “a date is to give certainty to players and their schedules, clubs and thousands of people who are out of work through clubs and millions of fans.”— The World Curling Federation has canceled its championships this year. The men’s, women’s, mixed doubles and senior championships will not be held in 2020. The WCF has adjusted its qualifying for the 2021 world championships and the 2022 Winter Olympics to compensate for the missing tournaments.— The International Tennis Federation is putting about half of its staff on furlough and cutting other employees’ salaries because of the coronavirus pandemic. The move includes a 30% pay drop in 2020 for ITF President David Haggerty and reductions of 10% or 20% for others. Cave’s wife, Emily, said the family is no longer allowed to be in the hospital because of COVID-19 rules. She said they have no idea when they will be allowed to see him again.MLB-FRANCHISE VALUESYanks most valuable in MLB at $5 billion, Forbes estimatesNEW YORK (AP) — Forbes estimates the New York Yankees are baseball’s most valuable franchise at $5 billion, up 9% over last year and 47% more than the No. 2 Los Angeles Dodgers at $3.4 billion.The Yankees are second among all sports in Forbes’ evaluations to the Dallas Cowboys, listed at $5.5 billion in the last NFL ranking. — The Kentucky Derby Museum is looking to unload all merchandise for the 146th Derby dated May 2. The race has been postponed from that date to Sept. 5 because of the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, over 300 Derby 146 items with the old date will be available for online sale from April 15 to May 3. The museum will donate 20% of sales proceeds to two funds that help those affected by COVID-19.NFL-RAMS/TEXANS TRADETexans get Cooks from RamsLOS ANGELES (AP) — The Houston Texans have picked up receiving help after sending DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals last month.A person familiar with the deal says the Texans have acquired Brandin Cooks from the Los Angeles Rams. The NFL Network reported the Rams will get a second-round pick while sending a future fourth-rounder to Houston. Hamilton was on pace to shatter career highs for goals, assists, points and plus/minus. He was a plus-30 with 14 goals, 26 assists and 40 points in 47 games before the injury.NHL-OILERS-CAVEOilers say Colby Cave remains in medically induced comaTORONTO (AP) — Edmonton Oilers forward Colby Cave remains in a medically induced coma in a Toronto hospital after suffering a brain bleed earlier in the week.The 25-year-old was airlifted Tuesday to Sunnybrook Hospital and underwent emergency surgery. Doctors removed a colloid cyst that was causing pressure on his brain. Breeland started 15 of 16 games for the Chiefs last season, which he played on a one-year prove-it deal after an injury-shortened season in Green Bay. He also started all three playoff games and was instrumental in helping the Chiefs beat the San Francisco 49ers for their first championship in five decades.NFL DRAFT-TAGOVAILOAAgent says Tua is healthyUNDATED (AP) — Tua Tagovailoa’s (TOO’-uh tuhng-ah-vy-LOH’-ah) agent says the quarterback is healthy and will be ready for training camp.The former Alabama signal-caller held a virtual pro day with former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer Thursday after his personal pro day was canceled because of the coronavirus outbreak. April 9, 2020 Former Fox execs stay free on $15M bond each in soccer caseNEW YORK (AP) — Two former 21st Century Fox Inc. executives remain free on $15 million appearance bonds, three days after they were indicted as part of the U.S. government’s investigation of soccer corruption.Hernan Lopez and Carlos Martinez were arraigned Thursday on wire fraud and money laundering charges in connection with alleged payments to officials of the South American governing body CONMEBOL. The indictment, unsealed Monday, also contended they made illegal payments to win broadcast rights for Fox to the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.Lopez and Martinez pleaded not guilty, as did the sports marketing company Full Play Group SA, which also is charged with racketeering. Judge Pamela Chen of U.S. District Court in Brooklyn ordered both to surrender their passports and imposed 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfews. Lopez is in Los Angeles, and Martinez is in Miami.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

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Bishoo snares five for 79 as Windies turn tables on Zimbabwe

first_imgWEST INDIES 1st innings 219Zimbabwet innings(overnight 19 without loss)H Masakadza c wkp Dowrich b Bishoo 42S Mire c Brathwaite b Roach 27C Ervine lbw b Bishoo 39B Taylor c Blackwood b Bishoo 1S Williams c wkp Dowrich b Roach 7Sikandar Raza c Gabriel b Bishoo 6M Waller b Holder 11+R Chakabva c Chase b Bishoo 12*A Cremer b Holder 0K Jarvis not out 2C Mpofu c wkp Dowrich b Gabriel 10Extras (lb2) 2TOTAL (all out, 61.3 overs) 159Fall of wickets: 1-44, 2-91, 3-93, 4-110, 5-123, 6-133, 7-139, 8-147, 9-147, 10-159.Bowling: Gabriel 11.3-4-24-1, Holder 14-5-25-2, Bishoo 24-4-79-5, Chase 1-0-6-0, Roach 11-5-23-2.WEST INDIES 2nd inningsK Brathwaite not out 35K Powell b Cremer 17K Hope not out 32Extras (b1) 1TOTAL (1 wkt, 33 overs) 88Fall of wicket: 1-25.Bowling: Jarvis 5-1-6-0, Mpofu 3-0-12-0, Williams 10-2-19-0, Cremer 9-1-36-1, Sikandar Raza 6-1-14-0.Position: West Indies lead by 148 runs with nine second innings wickets intact. BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, (CMC) – Leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo’s fourth five-wicket haul in Tests handed West Indies a precious 60-run first innings lead, and the Caribbean side then batted themselves into control of the opening Test against Zimbabwe on the second day here Sunday.Exploiting the turning pitch at Queens Sports Club, the 31-year-old picked up five for 79 as Zimbabwe, responding to West Indies’ disappointing 219, were restricted to a paltry 159 in their first innings.Pacers Kemar Roach (2-23) and Jason Holder (2-25) both supported with two wickets apiece to ensure there was no revival by the hosts.Opener Hamilton Masakadza top-scored with 42, Craig Ervine got 39 and Solomon Mire chipped in with 27, but the hosts lost their way from their lunch time position of 101 three – their last seven wickets tumbling for a mere 58 runs.Left-hander Kieran Powell then fell cheaply for 17 as West Indies stumbled slightly at the start but opener Kraigg Brathwaite, who ended 38 not out and Kyle Hope, unbeaten on 32, guided the visitors to the close on 88 for one, courtesy of an unbroken 63-run, second wicket partnership.Brathwaite has so far consumed 99 deliveries and struck a four and a six while Hope has counted four boundaries in a 65-ball innings.The partnership was crucial as it takes West Indies into the third day of the fast-moving Test, 148 runs to the good.Having endured the worst of the exchanges on Saturday’s day one, the Windies were keen on finding early breakthroughs and managed one in the first hour, after Zimbabwe resumed on 19 without loss.Masakadza put on 44 for the first wicket with debutant Mire who faced 36 balls and counted four fours and a six before gifting his wicket by tugging Roach to Brathwaite at mid-wicket, half-hour into the day’s play.Zimbabwe consolidated well as Masakadza and Ervine staged a 47-run, second wicket partnership which denied the Windies any further immediate succcess.The right-handed Masakadza faced 78 balls and struck four fours and a six while the left-handed Ervine gathered five boundaries in an 89-ball knock.Masakadza was positive from the outset, with a couple of boundaries off Roach and pacer Shannon Gabriel early in the day, and greeted the introduction of Bishoo with a heave over the ropes at long-on.But with lunch beckoning, he feathered a defensive push at Bishoo through to wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich to depart at 91 for two.West Indies then made a key strike 14 balls later when new batsman Brendan Taylor (1) bungled a reverse sweep at Bishoo and was taken by Jermaine Blackwood moving around at slip, leaving Zimbabwe stuttering at the interval.Much depended on Ervine – unbeaten on 27 at lunch – and he managed to survive the first hour afterwards before falling to the first ball following the drinks break, missing a sweep at Bishoo and going lbw.He was the third wicket to fall in the session with Sean Williams, on two at the break, adding five before being caught at the wicket off Roach and Sikandar Raza (6) holing out to deep mid-off off Bishoo.Tottering on 133 for six, there was no way back for the hosts as they lost their last four wickets for 20 runs in quick time.Malcolm Waller was bowled for 11 after missing a defensive prod at Holder and losing his middle stump, and wicketkeeper Regis Chakabva (12) gave Bishoo his fifth wicket when he got into a tangle, attempting to pull out of a cut, and offered a simple catch to Roston Chase at point.Captain Graeme Cremer played on to Holder without scoring and Gabriel disposed of last man Chris Mpofu for 10, to end the innings at tea.Left with a session to navigate, the Windies’ only setback came when Powell missed one from Cremer and lost his off-stump at 25 for one, after striking a four and a six off 34 balls.Hope survived a chance to short leg off Cremer before he had scored but then got off the mark with a rasping drive through mid-on off in the bowler’s next over, en route to his highest Test score in eight innings.last_img read more

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Cornwall, Holder shine but Windies A in shambles

first_imgS Dube c Holder b Shepherd 79K Gowtham c Hodge b Shepherd 18M Markande c wkp Dowrich b Shepherd 7Mohammed Siraj c Cornwall b Holder 9S Warrier not out 0Extras (lb4, w4) 8TOTAL (all out, 46.5 overs) 190Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-11, 3-11, 4-11, 5-20, 6-144, 7-172, 8-180, 9-185, 10-190.Bowling: Holder 13-4-54-5, Shepherd 10-4-29-3, Reifer 12-3-42-2, Blackwood 2-0-10-0, Warrican 5-1-27-0, Cornwall 5-0-24-0.WEST INDIES A 2nd Innings*K Brathwaite c wkp Bharat b Warrier 10M Hodge c Panchal b Mohammed Siraj 0S Brooks c Panchal b Warrier 0J Warrican c Esawaran b Warrier 0S Ambris not out 0J Blackwood not out 0Extras (lb1, nb1) 2TOTAL (4 wkts, 7 overs) 12Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-12, 3-12, 4-12.Bowling: Siraj 4-2-8-1, Warrier 3-1-3-3.Position: West Indies A lead by 140 runs with six second innings wickets intact. BOWLERS SHINEWEST INDIES A 1st Innings(overnight 243 for five)*K Brathwaite b Warrier 36M Hodge b Mohammed Siraj 65S Brooks c & b Dube 53S Ambris lbw b Gowtham 12J Blackwood c Vihari b Markande 20+S Dowrich b Markande 36R Reifer lbw b Mohammed Siraj 27R Cornwall not out 56R Shepherd c Agarwal b Warrier 2J Warrican lbw b Markande 0C Holder b Mohammed Siraj 0Extras (b5, w2, nb4) 11TOTAL (all out, 113 overs) 318Fall of wickets: 1-87, 2-149, 3-166, 4-188, 5-196, 6-247, 7-268, 8-300, 9-301, 10-318.Bowling: Mohammed Siraj 27-8-63-3, Warrier 24-4-77-2, Dube 19-7-40-1, Gowtham 19-3-49-1, Panchal 4-1-5-0, Markande 20-2-79-3.INDIA A 1st InningsP Panchal c Cornwall b Reifer 58M Agarwal c wkp Dowrich b Holder 4A Esawaran c Warrican b Holder 0*H Vihari lbw b Holder 0Anmolpreet Singh c Warrican b Holder 0+KS Bharat c Blackwood b Reifer 7 PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC) – Raheem Cornwall pressed his case with a half-century while fast bowler Chemar Holder impressed with a stunning five-wicket haul but West Indies A lay in shambles after 19 wickets fell on a turbulent second day of the second four-day “Test” here Thursday.Resuming from their overnight 243 for five at Queen’s Park Oval, the hosts rallied to 318 all out in their first innings with Cornwall lashing a robust unbeaten 56 from 66 balls.In reply, India A were undermined by Holder whose five for 54 sent the tourists tumbling to 190 all out. They were slumping at 20 for five at one stage before Shivam Dube, batting at number seven, top-scored with 79 and opener Priyank Panchal chipped in with 58, to rescue the innings.Armed with a lead of 128, West Indies A were quickly blown away by seamer Sandeep Warrier who ripped through their second innings to leave them tottering on 12 for four at the close.Captain and Test opener Brathwaite flirted with a wide ball from Warrier and edged behind for 10 with the score on 12 in the fourth over and three balls later in the same over with no addition to the score, Shamarh Brooks’s attempted flick ended up in the hands of Panchal at third slip.Off the first ball of the next over, Montcin Hodge edged a drive at seamer Mohammed Siraj low to Panchal at gully without scoring before nightwatchman Jomel Warrican was taken at third slip in Warrier’s next over, also without scoring.The day had started in a similar vein for West Indies A when they lost Raymon Reifer without adding to his overnight 27, lbw playing around a straight one from Siraj (3-63) with four runs added to the overnight total.Wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich, unbeaten overnight on 24, made 36 before he was bowled playing back to a googly from Mayank Markande (3-79), and Romario Shepherd (2) added 32 for the eighth wicket with Cornwall before going caught at first slip by Mayank Agarwal off Warrier (2-77).Cornwall, batting at number eight, ensured the tail wagged, slamming six fours and three sixes to push West Indies A’s total past the 300-run mark.India then lost Agarwal without scoring to the fifth ball of the only over before lunch, caught behind off a superb delivery from Holder which bounced and seamed away.In the second over following the resumption, Holder had Abhimanyu Esawaran caught at point off the first ball he faced with the score on 11 and the next two wickets then fell with no addition to the score.Captain Hanuma Vihari was trapped lbw on the crease by Holder by one that nipped back while Anmolpreet Singh was caught low down at the second of two gullies by Warrican.And West Indies A were truly on top when KS Bharat (7) edged left-arm seamer Raymon Reifer (2-42) to Jermaine Blackwood at second slip with the score on 20.However, Dube and Panchal staged a recovery courtesy of a 124-run sixth wicket stand which lifted India A out of their mire.While Dube counter-attacked striking 11 fours and a pair of sixes off 85 deliveries, Panchal was content with the anchor role, notching eight fours off 125 balls in 2-¾ hours at the crease.Reifer eventually broke the stand when he had Panchal caught at first slip by Cornwall, and his dismissal triggered the final slide where five wickets fell for 46 runs.Fast bowler Romario Shepherd supported with three for 29.last_img read more

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O’Shea to be Italy’s new coach

first_imgO’Shea will be joined on the coaching ticket by former England star Mike Catt. The former Ireland full-back will take over in the summer after he completes the season with Harlequins.The 45-year-old played 35 times for his country before going into coaching with London Irish and then Harlequins with spells at the RFU and English institute for sport in between.The Azzuri failed to make it past the pool stages at last years World cup and lost all their games in this Six Nations. last_img

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Lakers’ Byron Scott appreciates Brandon Bass’ growth in NBA

first_imgThe sporadic playing time led Brandon Bass down a path where he became unsure if Byron Scott would ever trust him.Through his first two NBA seasons in New Orleans, where he averaged only 8.45 minutes through 50 total games, Bass apparently pleaded with Scott to extend his leash.“‘I just need a couple of minutes a game, Coach,’” Scott recalled Bass saying. “I said, ‘When I do put you in, you look like you don’t belong.’ He said, ‘That’s because I’m nervous.’ Well I said, ‘When you get to the point where you’re not nervous, then you’re ready.’”Nearly 10 years later, Bass maintained, “I don’t remember that.” “I remember him telling me in one conversation he would have to send me to the D-League for one game,” Bass said. “It was like a breakup with your high school sweetheart. Those situations mold and shape who you are.”Since then, Bass has shaped himself into a dependable NBA veteran through stops in Dallas (2007-09), Orlando (2009-2011) and Boston (2011-2015), where he’s collected endless rebounds, loose balls and defensive stops. He signed with the Lakers this offseason to a two-year, $6.1 million deal to offer them the same thing. With Bass averaging 5.3 points and three rebounds through six preseason appearances, Scott talked about his backup power forward drastically different than when he coached him in New Orleans.“You know what you’ll get when you put him in the game,” Scott said of Bass. “He’s not backing down to people. He’s one of those tough kids that will bring it every single night.” Bass credited that consistency partly because of the sporadic playing time Scott granted him in New Orleans. Then, Scott called Bass “a deer in the headlights” and that “he really had no idea how to really play.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “After my situation with the Hornets, it really made me focus and zero in,” Bass said. “If it went any other way, who knows if I still would’ve been here in the NBA.”Instead, Bass is here with the Lakers, where he could potentially play numerous roles. The 6-foot-8, 250-pound Bass has occasionally played at the center spot, both because of the NBA’s shift toward small ball and the Lakers’ lack of options at backup center. Though he is currently playing behind second-year forward Julius Randle, Bass could accelerate Randle’s development as he also competes with him for minutes. “The better I am, the better he will be,” Bass said of Randle. “He’ll bring his best effort and I’ll bring my best effort.” Both Scott and Bass stressed he appears eager to do more than just mentor from the sidelines.“He’s a team player no matter what,” Scott said of Bass. “He wants to play like all these guys. But he’ll accept his role. He also knows when his opportunity comes, he has to be ready.”This time, Scott believes Bass will be. Making the cutThe Lakers waived undrafted rookie forward Jonathan Holmes, a longshot to make the team’s roster. He averaged two points and three rebounds in 7.5 minutes through two exhibition games. The Lakers must trim their 16-player roster at least down to 15 by their season opener against Minnesota on Wednesday. But the move will likely take place either Sunday or Monday so that players have time to clear waivers. It appears likely veteran forward Metta World Peace and second-year guard Jabari Brown will compete for the Lakers’ final roster spot. last_img read more

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Windies go four from four in T20 warm-up

first_imgDUBAI (CMC): OPENER Johnson Charles extended his good form while captain Darren Sammy and Ashley Nurse blasted cameos as West Indies completed their unofficial warm-ups with a three-wicket win over English County Warwickshire here yesterday. Chasing a competitive 159 at the Dubai International Stadium, West Indies romped to their target with seven balls to spare, with Charles stroking 48 off 26 balls, Sammy getting 34 off 18 deliveries, and Nurse carving out an unbeaten 25 off just nine balls. The victory ensured West Indies made a clean sweep of the preparation T20 fixtures, after twice beating Zimbabwe in Sharjah last week and also winning the first game against Warwickshire on Friday. Winning the toss and opting to bat, Warwickshire rallied to 157 for five off their 20 overs, with opener Sam Hain top-scoring with 85 off 57 balls, with nine fours and three sixes. Tim Ambrose struck 29 not out from 20 deliveries with two fours and a six, while former international batsman Jonathan Trott chipped in with 28 from 24 balls. West Indies slow bowlers did the damage with leg-spinner Samuel Badree claiming two for 17 and off-spinner Ashley Nurse, two for 28. Warwickshire lost Jonathon Webb for one in the second over with the score on two, but were hauled back into the contest courtesy of a 60-run, second-wicket stand between Hain and Trott. When three wickets fell for 12 runs in the space of two overs, Hain and Ambrose ensured a Warwickshire recovery with a 78-run, fifth-wicket stand off just 44 deliveries. In reply, West Indies flourished thanks to a 49-run first-wicket stand between Charles and Andre Fletcher, who made just six. Both fell in the space of five deliveries in the sixth over, but Marlon Samuels (18) and Dwayne Bravo (13) put on 30 to revive the innings. Bravo’s demise in the 11th over triggered a slide where West Indies lost four wickets for 13 runs in the space of 23 deliveries. Once again, the Caribbean side were bailed out by their pugnacious lower order as Sammy and Nurse dominated the Warwickshire attack in an up-tempo 55-run partnership off 23 balls. Sammy struck four fours and one six, while Nurse gathered three fours and a six. West Indies will fly to Kolkata today for their two official warm-up games of the Twenty20 World Cup against Australia and India.last_img read more

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