With the tour of Sri Lanka beginning next month, he said he was already working on improving his batting with the aim of getting among the runs. “I have been doing some technical work in the nets,” he noted. “I know Sri Lanka is going to be a tough place to score runs with a lot of balls spinning and turning, and hopefully I can get a good start and cash in once I get a start.” Ramdin led the side for just over a year, during which time he faced tough series against the likes of England and Australia. West Indies managed to draw the three-match series against England after falling behind 1-0, but lost both Tests of a similar home series to Australia. Ramdin said despite the disappointment of losing the captaincy, he was in “a good place” in his life. “I was a little disappointed, but I looked back at it and I am really happy at this point in my life and I am not going to let anything stress me out,” he said. “I have a fantastic young boy coming up and everything is for him and my wife, so I think I am in a good place right now.” He added: “He (Holder) has handled himself quite nicely in the one-day series and in the World Cup, so hopefully he can take that over to the Test team. He is a very good guy to work with. “He will just have to learn from his experience and the senior guys around him will have to guide him.” IMPROVING HIS BATTING PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): Denesh Ramdin has admitted to being a “little disappointed” after being sacked as Test captain on Friday, but said he now plans to focus on his family, improving his batting, and providing as much support as he can to his replacement Jason Holder. The 30-year-old Ramdin assumed the captaincy 15 months ago after taking over from Darren Sammy, winning four Tests, losing seven and drawing two. In explaining the decision to replace Ramdin, chief selector Clive Lloyd said they wanted him to produce more with the bat. “When I look back at it, in addition to being captain, there were a lot of times I went in to bat with not a lot of runs on the board and a lot of wickets falling, and plus sometimes after keeping for a day and a half and then having to come in and bat after an hour,” the Trinidad Express newspaper quoted Ramdin as saying. “It is really tough, but I guess I will have a lot more time to relax more and to focus more on my side of things.” Ramdin experienced a poor run with the bat during his tenure as captain, managing just 472 runs at an average of 22, with two half-centuries.
Western Bureau:With the monkey finally off their backs, St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS) go in search of another victory in the ISSA/Flow daCosta Cup this afternoon against BB Coke in one of 17 scheduled matches.STETHS, who defeated Group E rivals Munro College 1-0 on Saturday, appear now to be hitting their strides, with a first win in three matches. They, however, still trail Lacovia High in the race for group honours. Lacovia lead with seven points after three matches.Surprise team of the group, Maggotty, and STETHS, have five points each, but Maggotty have a better goal difference. BB Coke have four points, with Newell and Munro on a single point each.A win for BB Coke today would leave a group which many pundits had earmarked for STETHS and Lacovia wide open.Other ties in the group pit Maggotty against Lacovia at the Appleton Sports Complex, while Munro host Newell in what could be the pivotal game for them if they are to entertain any hope of moving beyond the first round.Omar Wedderburn, the STETHS coach, said it comes as no surprise to him that other teams are showing real quality in group play.”Maggotty and BB Coke are proving very tough and Lacovia for the past three years or so have been very competitive. So for this game, it’s very important that we get three points,” said Wedderburn.”We are feeling good about our chances because we need to get back to the top of the group where we feel we really belong, and we will get there, but it’s a game at a time,” he added.
MELBOURNE, Australia (CMC):Under-fire Chris Gayle has apologised for comments made to a female reporter during a live television interview in Australia.Gayle has described his comments to Network Ten’s Mel McLaughlin as “a simple joke”, saying his intention was not to disrespect her.The flamboyant West Indies cricketer, who plays for Melbourne Renegades in Australia’s Big Bash League (BBL), has been fined AUS$10,000 (US$7,200) by the franchise.”If she felt that way, I’m really sorry for that. There wasn’t any harm meant in that particular way, to harm any particular person in any particular way like that,” Gayle told reporters at Melbourne Airport after touching down with his teammates.”It was a simple joke … . I don’t know how it reached this far, to be honest. It is one of those things.”During the interview with McLaughlin after his explosive 41, Gayle said: “Hopefully, we can win and go for a drink after. Don’t blush, baby.”His comments have been heavily criticised, with the BBL blasting them as “disrespectful and simply inappropriate”.Gayle said he has been unsuccessful in his efforts to contact McLaughlin to apologise to her.”It seemed to be blown out of proportion. There wasn’t anything at all meant to be disrespectful to Mel. It was a simple comment, a simple joke,” he insisted.”No, I didn’t get a chance to. I tried to reach out to her last night, but it didn’t happen.”
2-0 LEAD HIGH PRAISES Swaby entered the match in the 69th minute for Kemeel Wolfe and scored two minutes later to put his team 2-0 ahead. However, Portmore got a vital goal when Ricketts slotted home 15 minutes from the end. Humble Lion’s head coach, Vessel Reynolds, was elated for the win heading into the second-leg semi-final next Monday at the Anthony Spaulding Complex in Trench Town, starting at 6 p.m. “It was a good performance as Portmore are technically a very good team. We have been improving in our finishing and got two goals today,” Reynolds told The Gleaner. Looking ahead to the next game, the head coach said: “I am very confident as the team is peaking at the right time.” Swaby, who returned from injury and started on the bench, was full of praise for his team. “It feels good to come off the bench, and to score the second goal, but it was a team effort. We will focus on the next game against Portmore,” Swaby said. Jeffrey Hewitt, Portmore’s head coach, said the tie is far from over. “Humble Lion did well and gained the advantage, but we have everything to play for in the next game,” Hewitt said. The winners on aggregate will advance to the final. Montego Bay United will host defending champions Arnett Gardens at the Montego Bay Sports Complex tonight, starting at 8:40 o’clock in the second semi-final. At the Red Stripe Premier League press briefing last Thursday, Arnett’s coach Jerome Waite said his team was “fully recovered (from the recent Caribbean Club Championships) and ready for the semi-finals”. Montego Bay United director Lincoln White said: “We are ready to regain the title from Arnett Gardens. Coach Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis will field the strongest team.” Humble Lion made home advantage count yesterday when they edged Portmore United 2-1 at the Effortville Community Centre in their first-leg Red Stripe Premier League semi-final. Ricardo Cousins scored in the 59th minute and substitute Francois Swaby the 71, to put Portmore 2-0 up before Osani Ricketts pulled a goal back for Portmore in the 75th minute. Humble Lion started well and looked more purposeful as a result of good link-up play from captain Wolry Wolfe, Cousins and Andrew Vanzie in midfield. Portmore countered with captain Omar Daley, Ewan Grandison, and Ricardo Morris. The half ended 0-0. In the second half, Cousins sent the home crowd into wild celebrations when he sent a shot from inside the 18-yard box past Portmore’s goalkeeper Shaven-Sean Paul.
Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls went down 63-50 to hosts England in game two of their three test series in Manchester, England, yesterday.The series is now tied at 1-1 after the Sunshine Girls’ 66-49 victory in the opening match on Tuesday.Captain and Player of the Match Ama Agbeze led the way in defence for England while Joanne Harten and Kadeen Corbin were relentless in their shooting accuracy with 91 per cent .Harten and Corbin were ruthless under the posts as the Roses forged a 10-goal advantage to lead 27-17 at the end of the first quarter.Sunshine Girls shooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid could not repeat the dominance she showed in the opening match, with Agbeze giving her a tougher test inside the circle as England extended their lead to 32-20 at half time.The deciding game is set for Sunday.
Sancho: TTFA chief has questions to answer PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): Former Sports Minister Brent Sancho says the dramatic resignation of men’s head coach Tom Saintfiet has left Football Association president, David John-Williams, with plenty explaining to do. The 43-year-old Belgian quit the post on Tuesday after a mere five weeks in charge, citing a lack of support from the FA and also claiming that John-Williams had “double-guessed” his appointment from the very first day. “I think that is where he has some very strong questioning to face. I think the statements made by Mr Saintfiet contains some very serious allegations as it relates to staff selection and player selection,” Sancho contended. Outlaws keeping tabs on Russell LONDON (CMC): Nottinghamshire are weighing up another move for West Indies Twenty20 star Andre Russell, as they seek to strengthen for next summer’s T20 Blast. The 29-year-old impressed in three outings for the Outlaws last season and new head coach Peter Moores said the English County side was monitoring his availability with the hope of once again securing his services. “I would think Andre Russell is at the top of most people’s lists to sign. He’s very much someone who bowls with pace and he hits the ball as cleanly as anyone in the game,” said the former England head coach. Narine fails to stop record run chase MELBOURNE, Australia (CMC): A disruptive spell from West Indies Twenty20 star spinner Sunil Narine for Melbourne Renegades was upstaged by a maiden Twenty20 hundred from Ben McDermott that set up a thrilling, record two-wicket victory for the Hobart Hurricanes in a high-scoring Big Bash League match yesterday. Narine was the most successful bowler for the Renegades, grabbing three for 27 from four overs, but the 22-year-old McDermott smashed eight fours and nine sixes in 114 from 52 balls to put the Hurricanes firmly on course for a target of 223 at the Docklands Stadium and the highest successful run chase in the tournament’s history. Before Narine trapped him leg before wicket in the 16th over, McDermott shared 151 for the third wicket with Australia international George Bailey. Earlier, Australia international Aaron Finch hit the top score of 63 from 40 balls and Netherlands international Tom Cooper supported with an unbeaten 53 from 24 balls, as the Renegades posted 222 for four from their allocation of 20 overs.
Flyweight Ian Clark Bautista, light heavyweight John Marvin and light-flyweight Carlo Paalam are also expected to vie for the golds after Abap president Ricky Vargas had told the team that losing would definitely be unacceptable.“Our president said there’s no excuse for failure. We gave all the things that the boxers needed plus the sufficient exposure,’’ said Picson during the Philippine Sportswriters Association forum at the Golden Phoenix Hotel.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’Bautista and Fernandez captured gold medals in the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore.“We’re hoping that since everything is being done properly, our boxers and coaches will deliver,’’ said Picson. Some senators dismayed by WBO review of Pacquiao-Horn match Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade “Our counterparts are putting a lot of emphasis on this age-group because this is where it all begins as the boxers get to the youth championships (17-18 years) and then to the elite level,’’ said Picson.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Philippines’ Eumir Felix Marcial, right, celebrates winning the fight against Singapore’s Tay Jia Wei. Singapore SEA Games Organizing Committee /The Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines is sending a full deck of boxers built to sweep the gold medals in the 29th Southeast Asian Games.There are only six weight categories in the Kuala Lumpur SEAG next month and Abap executive director Ed Picson said they’re fielding in a complete lineup headed by lightwelter weight Charly Suarez, middleweight Eumir Felix Marcial and bantamweight Mario Fernandez.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) View comments MOST READ Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES He also explained in the weekly forum backed by Accel, Pagcor and San Miguel Corporation that the tight schedule of the SEA Games and the forthcoming Aiba World Championships in Hamburg, Germany forced them to make a tough choice among the boxers.Rio De Janeiro Olympian Rogen Ladon (light flyweight) and flyweight Daniel Maamo were chosen to compete in the world championships. Picson said Marcial also made it to the world championships but they felt Marcial would be better off in the SEAG.“It seems that the public is more aware and concerned with the SEA Games rather than the world championships,’’ said Picson. “We had to consider public perception.’’Prior to the KL Games (Aug. 19-30) and the world championships (Aug. 25-Sept.2), Filipino boxers will also figure in the Asian Junior Boxing Championships in Puerto Princesa, Palawan on Aug. 1-8.Around 20 to 30 Asian nations are expected to attend the junior continental meet reserved for boxers aged 15 to 16 years old.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano
“Once we get fully healthy, we’ll be a different team and right now, we’re still finding our way, but I’m proud of the team that we gave our full effort. We just need to focus on certain areas that we want and don’t fall on the same stuff in the next one.”But for the Fil-Am sniper, he doesn’t want San Miguel to fall on the trap of playing the waiting game, saying that his team must find a way to rectify its miscues this early than feel sorry in the future.“We just got to get better at the things that we make mistakes on and learn from them,” he said, highlighting the poor start that saw the Beermen trail by 15 early, 25-10.“Of course, you want to play the full 48 minutes and that’s the key. If we could play the full 48 minutes, we could set the tone and play our style of brand. We can’t play two quarters, two-and-a-half, three-and-a-half, we got to play four quarters. That’s the key of beating any team. We can’t to come out and be down. We got to play the full four quarters.”And it starts in practice as San Miguel eyes to bounce back against Alaska on Saturday in Angeles City in Pampanga.ADVERTISEMENT Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Hamilton wins Belgian GP to trim Vettel’s lead to 7 points Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SMB coach Leo Austria continued to thread the needle with prized big man June Mar Fajardo as the veteran mentor keeping the three-time PBA Most Valuable Player on minutes restriction to give him time to recover from his calf injury while also keeping him fresh for the bigger wars ahead.But with Fajardo out, San Miguel suffered another close shave, this time losing to surprise contender NLEX, 103-100, on Sunday.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’Lassiter, though, remains upbeat knowing that the Beermen have enough talent to win.“We got enough talent to beat teams, and every one from the bench can compete with anybody. We know we can compete at a high level so we just got to continue playing San Miguel ball and make sure that whoever’s out there, we’ll come out and play hard,” he said. Marcio Lassiter. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netMarcio Lassiter will be the first to admit that right now, San Miguel is not the same team that won the first two championships this season.“It’s just different for us right now. We’re not used to playing this type of lineup all the time,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT 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 MOST READ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments “I can’t think about the last five games we played. I’m thinking about the sixth game that’s coming up. That’s all I can think about. One game at a time. This loss hurts, but it is what it is and we got to bounce back,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Since the Jordan Brand is a Nike subsidiary and the namesake of the six-time NBA champion, the Hornets will be the only NBA team to wear the Jordan Brand “Jumpman” logo on their uniforms this season. That would appear to be a merchandising windfall.After the switch from Adidas, the other 29 NBA teams will wear the Nike “swoosh” on their uniforms.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogCharlotte’s All-Star point guard Kemba Walker loves the idea of the Hornets being a slightly unique — and knows it’s because of Jordan.“I mean, he’s the GOAT (Greatest of All Time),” Walker said. “Everybody loves MJ. Everybody loves the way he competed and the way he carries himself.” Especially off the court.There isn’t a player in the league who doesn’t want to emulate the NBA’s greatest pitchman.Though Jordan was not made available to be interviewed for this story, others praised his savvy and longevity.Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbook is a representative for the Jordan Brand, which sponsors 21 active NBA players. Westbrook is soaking up as much knowledge as he can working with Jordan.The reigning league MVP said he’s tried to use what Jordan has done with marketing skills as a model for his own success.“He set himself up, not just on the basketball court, but in business,” Westbrook said. “…. He set himself up tremendously — his kids, his family — by doing the right things on and off the court.”Jordan last soared through the air in the NBA in 2003. But even now, at 54, his marketability doesn’t seem to be tapering off.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson History indicates it should be a profitable connection.Williams said Jordan is more relevant now than ever.“Obviously people knew who he was when he played, but when you see a 5- or 6-year-old kid walking around with Jordans on, and know who Michael Jordan is, but have never seen him play,” Williams said. “I have teammates that have never seen him play but know about everything he has done. It speaks volumes not only to what he has done as a player in his career, but it speaks a ton to what he has done post-basketball as well.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Adamson stops UE’s win streak Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ View comments Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Forbes Magazine estimated last December that Jordan has made $1.7 billion since leaving the University of North Carolina in 1984 — more than any athlete ever.The vast majority of his wealth has come from marketing, since Jordan earned just $93 million during hisplaying career.It’s led all led to Jordan being able to call his own shots — like exclusive use of the Jumpman logo.“Well, he does own the team,” Westbook quipped. “He gets to pick that for sure.”Hornets forward Marvin Williams, who like Jordan played college basketball at North Carolina, said he knows the uniforms will be extremely popular with NBA fans simply because of the “international symbol” Jumpman has become. The logo features a silhouette of Jordan leaping through the air, his legs scissored with a basketball outstretched in one hand.“That symbol — I have seen people have it on their clothes, their cars, tattoos,” Williams said.Larry Miller, president of Jordan Brand, said the logo represents greatness “so it’s a natural fit to have it on the uniforms of MJ’s team.”“Aligning his team and his brand brings everyone in the Jordan family closer together,” Miller said in an email to The Associated Press, “and it’s a win for both organizations.”The Hornets recently opened an expanded team store at their downtown arena and are still receiving new Jumpman merchandise, but it’s not staying on the shelves very long.Hornets executive vice president and chief sales and marketing officer Pete Guelli said the team isexpecting a “substantial increase” in merchandise sales.“Being the only Jordan Brand team has a number of inherent advantages,” Guelli said. “It is also our first formal connection to our owner and allows us to explore additional extensions around that unique alignment.” Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — Michael Jordan is showing he still has the ability to score big — even though he hasn’t played The Michael Jordan “Jumpman” logo is shown on merchandise as a customer shops at the Charlotte Hornets’ NBA basketball fan store in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. The NBA’s new uniform contract with Nike could be a financial coup for Hornets owner Michael Jordan. Sports’ greatest pitchman will be reaping the benefits of the Hornets being the only NBA team to wear the famous Jordan Brand “Jumpman” logo on their jerseys this season. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)in nearly 15 years.The Hornets owner’s latest slam dunk off the court might come by way of the NBA’s new uniform contract with Nike.ADVERTISEMENT 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
View comments 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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours F2 completes comeback, wins PSL Grand Prix title at expense of Petron Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone MOST READ Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Photo from Asean Basketball LeagueAlab Pilipinas chalked up its first win in the Asean Basketball League after brushing off Formosa 78-61 Saturday at Changhua Stadium in Taiwan.The victory stopped Alab’s three-game skid as the team improved to 1-3, the same record the Dreamers hold.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Reggie Okosa powered Alab with 19 points, 19 rebounds, and two blocks while Bobby Ray Parks and Josh Urbiztondo added 12 points apiece.Alab erupted late in the third quarter and that momentum got carried early into the fourth with the Philippines going on a 19-7 run for a 68-51 lead with 4:41 left in the fourth that Okosa capped off with a dunk.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkLenny Daniel led the Dreamers with 19 points and eight rebounds as his team and Alab now sit at the fifth spot in the nine-team ladder. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense