WI hunt T20 double – Confidence is high, says men’s skipper Sammy

first_img “We came here after winning [the] tournament in 2012. A hail storm knocked us out in Bangladesh [in 2014]. It’s a format we’ve been consistent in, but nobody gives us a chance,” Sammy pointed out. “We just wanted to take six steps. It’s a six-step process to the Cup. We have taken five steps. We took a big one against India. We had a bit of a skid on the way [against Afghanistan], which kind of knocked us off, but we got up. We are left with one more step. “We have improved, we believe in each other. We enjoy each other’s success. Just thinking about lifting that Cup tomorrow, I could almost foresee what’s going to happen after. We have a cricket game to play first.” Sammy has been lucky enough to win the toss in every game to date, opting to chase on each occasion. And while they uncharacteristically struggled against the Afghans, they have been dominant in their pursuit of targets, especially packing a battery of big hitters like Gayle, Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher and Andre Russell. He warned that West Indies were not only a chasing team and would bat well regardless of if they were asked to bat first or second. And with criticism that West Indies’ batting was one-dimensional with all power-hitters, Sammy said the side would continue to play to their strengths. “Whatever we do, we just have to do it well. I’ve been lucky enough to win all five tosses that I’ve taken, but in case England win [the toss], we’ve just got to bat well, bowl well or defend when that time comes. It’s a final and whatever each team does, we just have to do it well,” he outlined. Note: The match starts at 8:30 a.m. (Jamaica time) on ESPN. Strong belief Consistent KOLKATA, India, CMC: Confident West Indies will rely on their unshakable self-belief and devastating power hitting when they clash with an inform England in today’s final of the Twenty20 World Cup in a quest for their second title in five years. Ranked as outsiders before the start of the tournament, the Darren Sammy-led unit has torn up the form books and silenced critics, topping their group in the preliminaries, with just one defeat, before stunning title favourites India in last Thursday’s semi-final, to reach the championship game. While acknowledging the threat posed by a strong England side, Sammy told reporters there was strong belief in the squad that they could defeat whatever opposition was placed in front of them. “I feel very excited. We left the Caribbean with one goal on that journey, which was to win the Cup, and both our men’s and women’s teams have created that opportunity to do that and, as a group, we are really excited,” Sammy said. “The confidence in the group and the belief in the group are really high and really good, and we’re looking forward again to playing England. They are a very good side. It’s not going to be easy, but it’s a step we’re willing to take.” West Indies will carry into the final the confidence of having beaten England already in the tournament. In their opening game in Mumbai, the Caribbean side chased down England’s 183 to win with 11 balls to spare, with superstar opener Chris Gayle lashing an unbeaten hundred. Since then, they defeated Sri Lanka by seven wickets in Bangalore, edged South Africa by three wickets in Nagpur before suffering their only defeat days later at the same venue with a shock six-run loss to minnows Afghanistan. They remarkably chased down 193 to beat the Indians in Mumbai last Thursday, and Sammy said everyone was aware they were on the brink of their ultimate goal.last_img read more

PVL: FEU tramples San Sebastian in straight sets

first_imgSan Sebastian, which went to two straight NCAA finals, will now make do without the lethal Grethcel Soltones, who carried the Lady Stags for the past couple of seasons.“So far so good, and I told them to we have to start this tournament on a good note so we can end this on the same level,” said new FEU head coach George Pascua, who replaced Shaq Delos Santos. “They have to release their maximum potential in the games.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“Of course our goal is the championship because it’s still a different when you win a championship, that’s the objective of the team.”Nikka Dalisay led the Lady Stags with 10 points. Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles With the All-Star Game over, CJ Perez quickly shifts focus on 2nd round Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees FILE PHOTO – FEU’s Bernadeth Pons (2) celebrates with her teammates. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University gored through rebuilding San Sebastian in three sets, 25-17, 25-21, 25-14, in its first match in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Team captain Bernadeth Pons led the Lady Tamaraws with 13 points while Toni Rose Basas added 11.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Children enjoy free sample of sports within community

first_imgPacificSport Northern B.C. runs programs throughout the entire year at various locations across the province, and for a more complete list of those programs and where they will be taking place, visit the organization’s official website. The program also offered a chance for kids to try a sport prior to committing to registering, a luxury many kids and their parents don’t have when considering enrolling in a new sport. Gutknecht says it’s that luxury that makes the program quite appealing to kids and their parents.”It’s a great opportunity for kids to try sports they might not be sure they like or not, but because its free, there is no cost so they can try and see if they like it, and if they do, hopefully they sign up with a local sport group and it’s also good for parents to get connected with those local sports groups.”According to Gutknecht, the feedback has been great: every session he attended was full, if not close to max capacity, which he says is a great feeling for organizers when they see their programs packed with enthusiastic participants.”It’s great. It really just shows that people are excited to try out these sports, and just get involved, be active and get excited to be active. It’s very rewarding.”Advertisement It’s a program in conjunction with CBC’s Sports Day in Canada, that provides kids with a unique opportunity to try out a variety of sports available within the community for free.The hundreds of participating kids got to sample five separate sports activities throughout the day, each held in one hour sessions at various venues around Fort St. John.Activities ranged from hockey, to soccer, curling, speed skating, and even a new program in wheelchair basketball.- Advertisement -The goal of the program is a simple one: introduce children to the good times provided by athletics, as well as the importance of getting active at young age.Steve Gutknecht, finance and business development officer for PacificSport Nothern B.C., says the program came up to the Peace Region with one intention in mind.”Just to provide a free opportunity for kids to try various sports that they normally wouldn’t have the opportunity to try. Hoping to generate excitement around physical activity and healthy living and start those healthy habits early at a young age.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Lone Wolf holding club championship this weekend

first_imgLone Wolf Golf Club is holding their club championship this weekend. The event is open to members only with registration closing on Friday.Forty players are expected to tee off starting on Saturday, competing in five different flights.Trophies and prizes will be handed out Sunday at the conclusion of the tournament. The cost to take part is $40.- Advertisement –last_img

Weekly MP Report from Jay Hill

first_imgThe funding is part of the Communities Component of the Building Canada Fund, which specifically funds roads, bridges, water and sewer projects in smaller municipalities.  This is just one local project funded in the current round of the program.  More local announcements will follow soon. And under Budget 2009, our Conservative Government has made an additional $500-million investment in the program to ensure further construction to stimulate local economies and to meet the infrastructure needs of BC’s smaller towns. The federal and provincial governments invested $11-million each in the project and I find it personally rewarding to witness the airport celebrate this milestone.  I’m confident it’s the first of many achievements we can expect from the Prince George Airport in the coming years. International trade disruptions would only blunt the benefit of economic development initiatives and new projects planned for our region in the coming weeks and months.  And while Ottawa prepared for Obama, my federal, provincial and municipal counterparts and I were busy this week helping to get some of these projects underway. This project will provide after-school programming, a “Saturday Club” and peer mentoring opportunities for local children and youth with disabilities, aged 6-19. The Life Skills Centre was an ideal fit for the EAF program which supports community-based projects that improve accessibility, reduce barriers and enable Canadians, regardless of physical ability, to participate in, and contribute, to their community and the economy.Advertisement Senator Richard Neufeld and I joined Fort St. John Mayor Bruce Lantz on Thursday to announce (also on behalf of Peace River South MLA Minister Blair Lekstrom) a federal, provincial and city partnership that will invest $2.5-million towards upgrading the city’s Wastewater Treatment Plant.Advertisement MP Report by Jay Hill, M.P.“Welcome News for our Riding”center_img The final local project the federal and provincial governments were helping to “get off the ground” this week, is the Prince George Airport Runway Expansion. The Grand Opening of the extended runway brings with it tremendous hope and economic potential to the Prince George region by ensuring we can take full advantage of the Asia-Pacific Gateway. Ottawa is abuzz this week over the arrival of United States President Barack Obama.  Meanwhile, there’s a different kind of excitement here in Prince George-Peace River as a number of new projects generate hope for a boost in economic activity.- Advertisement – President Obama’s first foreign trip since his inauguration is a working visit with little pomp and ceremony.  The economy will be the primary focus of discussions between President Obama and Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Each of these local initiatives mean new money, new jobs, new economic activity and new opportunities right here in our communities.  And in these tough times, that’s welcome news. Fortunately, in the days leading up to his Canadian visit, the President clearly indicated the significance and value he places upon trade between Canada and the United States.  This has allayed fears that U.S. protectionism will inflict further damage upon the economies of both our nations. Later that day, Senator Neufeld and I were at the Child Development Centre in Fort St. John to celebrate a federal Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) grant of $47,200 to help build the new Life Skills Centre.last_img read more

Arsenal fans react to Olivier Giroud’s performance v Besiktas

first_img1 Arsenal made it out of Turkey without conceding a goal in their Champions League play-off first leg.They will be without key man Aaron Ramsey for the return match in North London, though, after the Welshman was sent off in the 0-0 draw with Besiktas.Arsenal fans, it seems, would rather striker Olivier Giroud was the man missing from the second leg at the Emirates.His display had some Gooners knocking him on Twitter, with one claiming Arsenal will not win the Premier League title if the Frenchman starts 85 per cent of the Gunners’ games. This is something echoed by former England and Manchester City star, Rodney Marsh.Let us know if you agree or disagree with the criticism Giroud is suffering by leaving a comment below. Olivier Giroud playing for Arsenal against Besiktas last_img read more

Bin Laden aims jihad at Musharraf

first_imgPAKISTAN: Al-Qaida chief says alliance with U.S. makes president’s removal “obligatory.” By Lee Keath THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CAIRO, Egypt – Osama bin Laden called on Pakistanis to wage holy war on their president Thursday, saying in a new recording that it was their religious duty to overthrow Gen. Pervez Musharraf for his alliance with the U.S. against Islamic militants. The message was the third from bin Laden this month after a long lull, coming in a flurry of al-Qaida propaganda marking the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks on the United States. Joining in, bin Laden’s chief deputy, Ayman al-Zawahri, issued a video Thursday seeking to galvanize Islamic fighters from North Africa to Afghanistan. Al-Zawahri, who is seen by some counterterrorism experts to be al-Qaida’s operational chief rather than bin Laden, said the United States is losing wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. “What they claim to be the strongest power in the history of mankind is today being defeated in front of the Muslim vanguards of jihad (holy war) six years after the two raids on New York and Washington,” he said. The string of video and audio messages around the anniversary has shown an increased sense of triumphalism in al-Qaida’s tone at a time when U.S. intelligence reports say its core leadership appears to have regrouped in the Afghan-Pakistani border region. “You can actually see the increase in the number of videos tie in with recent U.S. assessments that al-Qaida is resurgent, that it is much stronger,” said Michael Jacobson, a former FBI terrorism expert now at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. “They’re feeling more stable, feeling much more secure, so it’s not a surprise that they’re able to put out more videos,” he added. Many of the messages have hammered on U.S. struggles in Iraq to push the claim that Islamic militants are winning, and bin Laden’s video against Musharraf signaled that al-Qaida wants to turn its guns on one of the United States’ most important allies in fighting the terror network. Al-Zawahri and another top al-Qaida figure, Abu Yahia al-Libi, already called for Pakistanis to rise up against Musharraf in recent messages. But the tape from bin Laden, al-Qaida’s most symbolic and charismatic figure, adds weight to the declaration of jihad against the Pakistani leader. In a 23-minute video showing previously released footage of bin Laden, the al-Qaida leader’s voice delivered a call to jihad in Arabic with English subtitles, but the message also was released in versions dubbed in Urdu and Pashtu – languages widely used in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Bin Laden branded Musharraf an infidel because of the siege of the Red Mosque, a militant stronghold in the Pakistani capital overrun by commandos in July. The battle killed more than 100 people, including one of the militants’ leaders, Abdul Rashid Ghazi. The siege “demonstrated Musharraf’s insistence on continuing his loyalty, submissiveness and aid to America against the Muslims,” bin Laden said. “It is obligatory on the Muslims in Pakistan to carry out jihad and fighting to remove Pervez, his government, his army and those who help him.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Six superb goalkeepers who could replace wantaway Chelsea stopper Courtois

first_img 6 6 6 2. Marc-André ter Stegen (Barcelona) – It’s been a frustrating campaign for the German having been limited to Champions League and Copa del Rey appearances for Barca. His reputation has grown over the past two seasons considerably, and it would be a waste of his talent if he doesn’t soon become a club’s no.1. Liverpool are also said to be interested in the 24-year-old. 4. Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen) – Leno is one of four top goalkeepers struggling to contend with Manuel Neuer for Germany’s no.1 spot and is possibly the closest to rivalling the Bayern Munich stopper. The 24-year-old has been in commanding form for his club this season and has attracted interest from Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur. His release clause of £12.5m expired at the end of April, The Sun reported, so he now won’t come cheap. Thibaut Courtois reportedly wants out of Chelsea.The Belgium international’s long-term future has been into question on numerous occasions over the past season, and it’s been claimed that he has had a row with goalkeeping coach Christophe Lollichon.Courtois, according to the Daily Mail, has grown unhappy with Lollichon’s methods this term and could now be prepared to listen to offers away from Stamford Bridge in the summer.Antonio Conte could therefore have a major no.1 problem to resolve when he arrives in July, so we’ve taken a look at six goalkeepers the Italian could target – check them out by viewing the slideshow above. 3. Jack Butland (Stoke City) – Butland has earned many a new admirer this season, including England manager Roy Hodgson, making his season-ending ankle injury ahead of the 2016 European Championship finals all the more frustrating. He is perhaps the most exciting young goalkeeper in the Premier League and Chelsea may be interested. It would take a major offer, though, for the Potters to consider selling. 5. Keylor Navas (Real Madrid) – With Real Madrid said to be interested in signing Courtois having failed in their bid to sign David De Gea from Manchester United, Chelsea could use this to their advantage. The Belgian would likely only agree a move to the Santiago Bernabeu if he is assured of becoming first choice, leaving Navas in a difficult situation. A possible swap deal, therefore, could suit all involved. 6 1. Fraser Forster (Southampton) – read all about it below, then take a look at five other possible Courtois replacements by clicking the arrow above, right – Forster recently emerged as a surprise target for the Blues and given his authoritative performances for Southampton, few would be against his arrival in south west London. He missed the first half of the campaign through a serious knee injury, but has been ever present for the Saints since his return mid-January. What’s more, with John Terry set to leave in the summer, the number of home-grown players at Stamford Bridge has started to worryingly thin, making Forster even more appealing. 6 6 6. Jasper Cillessen (Ajax) – Cillessen was widely tipped to join Manchester United last summer, replacing Real Madrid-bound David De Gea before the deal collapsed. Their interest has subsided since the latter penned a contract extension, but the Netherlands international may still be keen on a big-money move. Reports have claimed he could cost around £10m. With his experience limited to the Netherlands, he could be a gamble, however.last_img read more

It will be interesting to see what ‘special’ Rashford can do at Euros – Hodgson

first_imgRoy Hodgson has been blown away by Marcus Rashford’s attitude since making his rapid rise from academy football to England’s Euro 2016 squad.Just 13 weeks after making his debut for Manchester United, the 18-year-old striker is set to travel to France as a part of Hodgson’s 23-man Three Lions squad.Rashford scored eight goals in 16 games for United at the tail end of this season, and it took him just three minutes to net in his international debut against Australia last Friday.And Hodgson is now looking forward to seeing more from him in an England shirt.Speaking at a press conference ahead of Thursday’s last warm-up game against Portugal, boss Hodgson said: “Rashford’s had that fantastic end to the season and he’s a very, very interesting player.“He has special qualities and I think that’s been recognised by everybody – and it will be very interesting to see in a squad of 23 whether or not he can bring those qualities to bear at an even higher level.”United team-mate and England captain Wayne Rooney has also hailed the youngster’s professionalism, both at club and international level, and insists the striker can make a positive impact at the tournament.The Three Lions skipper said: “I think the way he took to coming into the Manchester United team and the way he’s performed from when he’s come in until the end of the season has been incredible really.“He’s certainly showed what he can do in his first game for England, getting his first goal in the first couple of minutes.“I think what’s pleasing about him is his attitude. It’s first class and that’s shown around the hotel and on the training pitch and he deserves it.“He could be a real positive for us.”last_img read more


first_imgNeil Gallagher says he has no intention of retiring from inter-county football.Donegal midfielder Neil Gallagher has dispelled rumours he’s set to retire from inter-county football by declaring himself available for selection for next season.While a successor to McGuinness has yet to be appointed, it will no doubt give candidates hoping to get the job a massive boost as they plan for next season.It had been suggested that Gallagher may hang up the boots following the departure of McGuinness, but the Glenswilly man says he’s not ready to walk away just yet. The midfield powerhouse enjoyed a fantastic year for Donegal, and was earlier today named as an All-Star nomination for 2014.He’s almost guaranteed to get an All-Star alongside Kerry’s David Moran at midfield.Gallagher told Donegal TV, “It has been some journey over these last four years.“I can only speak for myself at the minute, but I’ll be battering away anyway and playing out the club championship. “If the new manager wants to pick me, the grand. There are a lot of us around the 31 or 32 bracket.“You saw Christy Toye there, who missed a year out and came back and had a great year. He’s the same age as myself and there plenty of football still there.The news will be a great boost to Donegal fans who are in desperate need of a lift following the departure of McGuinness last Friday evening.NEIL GALLAGHER WILL REMAIN ON AS A DONEGAL PLAYER FOR 2015 CAMPAIGN was last modified: October 8th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:donegalGAAInter-countyNeil GallaghernewsPredecessorretirementSportlast_img read more