ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):Bowling legend Sir Curtly Ambrose says he is shocked by his sacking as West Indies bowling consultant and also claimed he was blindsighted by the decision.The 52-year-old, who has served in the role for the past three years, said he had only been informed of the decision by head coach Phil Simmons less than a week ago and also pointed out that he had already planned his schedule around next month’s Tri-Nations Series and the four-Test India series starting in July.”I only learnt about it from head coach Phil Simmons on Wednesday (last week), and when he told me, I said to him that I am very disappointed because I never expected it and I never saw it coming because he never gave me any indication he was going to let me go,” Sir Curtly told the Observer newspaper here.”So it came as a bit of a shock, basically, but I haven’t decided which direction I am going to take just yet. I’ll just pause and give it a little time to think about it and decide where I want to go after.”Last Friday, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) announced that the Antiguan would be replaced by former Barbados and West Indies A fast bowler, Roddy Estwick, who was recently bowling coach for Barbados Pride in the Regional four-day championship.MORE TECHNICALThe move came just three weeks prior to the start of the June 3-26 Tri-Nations Series involving Australia and South Africa and just over a month after Sir Curtly helped guide West Indies to their second capture of the Twenty20 World Cup in India.Sir Curtly said he had been told by Simmons that he required a bowling consultant who was “more technical”, hence the decision to go with Barbadian Estwick.”I spoke to head coach Phil Simmons and he told me that he wanted someone who is more technical to work with the fast bowlers,” Sir Curtly explained.”So, I said to him ‘Well, ‘if you knew I was doing a poor job then you should have told me’, He said no, I did a fantastic job because I brought a high level of discipline to the team and I have motivated the guys quite a bit.”He added: “I did wish him all the best and asked him to continue with the team and that we can get some positive results because I am not going to hold him in malice or hold it against him. It’s just disappointing.”
But the reigning champion’s cushion was enough to get him past the finish line by just a millisecond to claim his fourth gold in Cebu.Adrian Thomas Dionisio placed third at 38:58Meanwhile, Tara Borlain extended her dynasty in the girls’ 13-14 category, running away with the crown with a time of 41:34The 14-year-old slowly pulled away from the field, clocking 6:27 in the swim, 20:19 in the bike, before putting an exclamation with her 14:50 time in the run course.Tara Borlain stays on top of the girls! pic.twitter.com/3R3IFf5jsdADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ — Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) August 4, 2017Nicole Marie Del Rosario was distant second at 45:21, while Marielle Estreba was at third with a 45:46 clocking.Hyonde Keum topped the boys’ 11-12 category as he finished the race in 35:28. Following him are Glendwyn Giles Mariscotes (36:22) and Matthew Justine Hermosa (36:40).Moira Frances Erediano won the girls’ 11-12 category, clocking in 34:25 to lead the field. Sophia Psalm Belican placed second (34:32) and Jeanna Mariel Cañete third (35:03).Beboy Dolen bested the boys’ 9-10 category with his time of 24:29, with John Christian Pabuaya (27:21) and Juan Alessandro Suarez (27:22) chasing him.Kira Ellis remained on top in the girls’ 9-10 category with her 28:16 clocking, outlasting second-placer Alexei Gunhuran (28:41) and third-placer Franchezka Borlain (30:04).Rafael Jopson conquered the boys’ 6-8 category with his time of 17:38, followed by Van Wincy Pagnanawon (18:02) and Ryonde Kum (19:57).Kyle Enialle Toledana paced the girls’ 6-8 category as she clocked 21:18, as she was chased by Eleora Caelle Avanzado (22:50) and Mireille Dee (25:21).Team Cebu protected the home floor as they won the Relay for 10-14 category with their time of 23:24, followed by two teams from TLTG/Omega 1 (24:26) and TLTG/ Omega 2 (25:16). Photo finish for the boys! pic.twitter.com/UTmXTtnQX1— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) August 4, 2017FEATURED 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’ McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return 2 PH kids earn slots to Bayern Munich training camp Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Quirino closed in on Baniqued after falling behind by over a minute, making his chase in the run course with a time of 14:18. Juan Francisco Baniqued. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLAPU-LAPU CITY — Juan Francisco Baniqued and Tara Borlain capped off their careers in the youth circuit and once again topped the 2017 Alaska IronKids on Saturday morning at Shangri-La Mactan here.Baniqued edged Joseff Miguel Quirino in a photo finish in the boys’ 13-14 division as the two clocked an identical 38:50 to finish the swim-bike-run course.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant reacts to making a dunk against the Charlotte Hornets during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kevin Durant doesn’t often run the Warriors’ offense — certainly not with Stephen Curry on the floor.So when he got the opportunity on Wednesday night, he relished it.ADVERTISEMENT Kaminsky left the arena in a walking boot.“I don’t know,” Silas said of their status moving forward. “Hopefully those guys will be OK because we got some home games coming up and we’ll need them.”UP NEXTWarriors: Visit Pistons on Friday night.Hornets: Host Bulls on Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Durant set the tone, scoring 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting in the first quarter to help the Warriors build a 26-18 lead. The edge increased to 26 in the second quarter following back-to-back 3-pointers by Nick Young, who had 10 points.“Even without those other guys, they’re still pretty good,” said Hornets associate head coach Stephen Silas, who is leading the team while Steve Clifford is dealing with a health issue. “Obviously with Kevin Durant and Klay it was hard to stop those guys tonight.”Kemba Walker led the Hornets with 24 points, while Nic Batum added 15 and Dwight Howard 14.Charlotte cut the lead to 11 at the end of the third quarter behind 10 points from Batum but didn’t make a serious run at the lead thanks to a strong fourth quarter from Thompson.TIP INSWarriors: Golden State (20-6) had 24 fast-break points against a team that had been allowing the second-fewest fast-break points in the league at 7.5 per game. … Patrick McCaw did not play because of a bruised nose.Hornets: Charlotte attempted one free throw in the first half after attempting 40 on Monday night against the Orlando Magic.WHAT’S COOKING: Quinn Cook started at point guard for the Warriors and had eight points, three assists and three rebounds.Kerr said his play was fantastic.“I knew Quinn would play well,” Kerr said. “He’s played a lot of minutes for New Orleans last year and we have watched him in practice in the G league. … We have a lot of synergy between the franchises and we run the same stuff, so Quinn knows all of the plays.”INJURED HORNETS: Just when the Hornets finally got everyone back healthy, they lost two big men off the bench. Frank Kaminsky left the game in the first quarter with an ankle injury and Cody Zeller left in the fourth with a strained left knee. Neither returned to the game. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES 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 Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene He said Durant simply took over.“It wasn’t so much a vocal leadership role, but more of an ‘I got this’ type of thing,” Kerr said. “It was the way he carried himself. He was clearly the best player on the floor and the dominant player on the floor. Without Steph, he almost had a different bounce to his step, like ‘This one is mine, I got it.’”Klay Thompson scored seven of his 22 points in the fourth quarter for the Warriors, who have won five straight overall and seven in a row against the Hornets.Curry will be sidelined for about two weeks with a sprained ankle, while Green is nursing a sore shoulder.It hardly mattered.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron hits big 3, scores 32 as Cavaliers win 13th straight View comments Durant had 35 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, and Golden State beat the Charlotte Hornets 101-87 without Curry and Draymond Green.It was Durant’s first triple-double of the season and his second since joining the Warriors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense“It’s fun when you get to create and just be creative out there, whether it’s passing to JaVale (McGee) for a lob or shooting a pull-up jump shot,” Durant said. “Tonight it felt like I could go in my bag of tools, my bag of tricks, to pull some stuff out. 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– hunting suspectsPolice on Friday last conducted a drug eradication exercise which unearthed four cannabis cultivation fields in Berbice.According to information reaching Guyana Times the 12-hour long exercise at Gateroy, Upper Berbice River, unearthed four fields measuring eight acres.An estimated 10,000 plants measuring between 2 to 6 feet in height which amounted to approximately 21,000 kilograms, were being cultivated.However, after the discovery, the Police acted swiftly to destroy each field by fire. This was photographed and placed into evidence.An arrest is yet to be made but Police are working hard to find the owner/s. Investigations are continuing.
**Update the Ministry of Environment has issued an Air Quality Advisory for Taylor – Click Here for Details** There’s no fire in Taylor, despite a thick smoke covering the community this afternoon. Taylor Fire Chief Dan Leighton says the Ministry of Environment has told him the smoke is likely coming from a burning on a farm downriver, possibly as far away as the Alberta border.- Advertisement – [asset|aid=507|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=a4e95fe04bd7dcd4bceb24cbf6ec49e1-Leighton-thick_1_Pub.mp3] Chief Leighton says he’ll have to wait to hear back from the Ministry of Environment to know precisely what the smoke is from, and when it might stop coming.
1 You’re never too far away from a moment of magic when Bayern Munich are playing and it was no different when they took on Hannover.The Bundesliga champions are well on their way to retaining the title over Germany and even when things aren’t going their way they can produce the goods.Having gone a goal down to their opponents, Arjen Robben won a free-kick on the edge of the box and up stepped ex-Liverpool star Xabi Alonso to curl a superb shot beyond former Man United goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler.And you can check out the stunning strike below… Xabi Alonso in action for Bayern Munich
Carlos Bacca West Ham are still trying to bring in AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca – despite signing Andre Ayew from Swansea.The Hammers tied up a £20.5m deal for the Ghanian on Monday, making him the most expensive signing in the club’s history.West Ham have been searching for a new forward all summer and after landing Ayew it was thought their search was over.But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, the club are still working on a deal for Bacca which would break their transfer record again.West Ham have already reportedly agreed a fee of £25m with Milan, but the Colombian is stalling over personal terms.The 29-year-old is currently holding talks with his agent while on holiday and the Hammers are hopeful he will finally give the green light. 1
FROM NEIL DOHERTY IN GLASGOW: WE all knew this was coming, but when it actually happened today it sent shockwaves through Scottish football – Rangers will not play in the SPL next season.Ten of the 12 clubs – including Celtic – voted to exclude Rangers in the guise of a New Company from next season’s competition.Only Rangers voted for it, while Kilmarnock abstained. And tonight it appears Rangers bid to enter the Scottish Football League Division One is already hitting the rocks. At least 11 of the 30 SFL clubs have opposed that plan. Others have yet to take a decision.What this means for Celtic fans is this – there will be no Rangers game next year, and possibly for several years…unless there is a Cup game.Celtic FC admitted in a statement that there will be implications for the Scottish game but insisted once again that the Hoops are not dependent on having Rangers in the game.Celtic said in a statement tonight: “The decision to refuse access into the SPL was an overwhelming one and demonstrates the depth of feeling amongst everyone involved in Scottish football. “Whilst the financial implications of today’s vote for Celtic and for the Scottish game as a whole will be very significant, we have already stated that Celtic has a business plan and strategy independent of any other club.“In addition, we will be working with our other fellow SPL clubs in the days and weeks ahead to take all possible steps to maximise commercial returns, which remain crucial in these economically-challenging circumstances.”Rangers FC plc entered administration in February owing up to £134m to unsecured creditors. The company will eventually be liquidated and has been replaced by a new company run by Charles Green.It has emerged Rangers has been double-paying players through secret contracts for years, possibly 20 years. This allowed them to recruit big name players to the club. It has now left a serious question mark over its nine-in-a-row ‘success.’The newco has since seen 10 first team players refuse to transfer their contracts from the previous regime, including skipper Steven Davis and Scotland internationals Allan McGregor and Steven Whittaker. Steven Naismith signed for Everton today – and will be playing alongside Seamus Coleman in the EPL next season.Celtic’s statement in full is here:CELTIC Football Club today confirmed that it opposed re-admission to the Scottish Premier League by Rangers newco.Today´s decision to refuse access into the SPL was an overwhelming one and demonstrates the depth of feeling amongst everyone involved in Scottish football. Fundamentally, the Celtic Board has also been very mindful of the need to take what it believes to be the correct course of action in protecting the integrity of the game in ScotlandThe matter is now within the jurisdiction of the Scottish Football Association and it will be for the SFA to decide on the future of Rangers newco.Throughout the whole sequence of events leading up to today’s decision the Celtic Board has been of the singular view that the integrity of the game in Scotland is of paramount importance. Our only other consideration has been to protect the interests and right of the Club and our supporters.Whilst the financial implications of today’s vote for Celtic and for the Scottish game as a whole will be very significant, we have already stated that Celtic has a business plan and strategy independent of any other club.Our supporters can rest assured that we will continue to fight to protect Celtic’s best interests within the Scottish game.In addition, we will be working with our other fellow SPL clubs in the days and weeks ahead to take all possible steps to maximise commercial returns, which remain crucial in these economically-challenging circumstances. We will also play an active role in mapping the future of Scottish football.The fans are the lifeblood of the game and we know how strongly our supporters, and those of other clubs, felt about this issue.We are confident that Celtic’s fans, together with the supporters of all the SPL clubs, will now play a major role in rallying behind their clubs to ensure that Scottish football emerges stronger from this episode.During Celtic’s long and illustrious 125-year history, there have been periods of difficulty. At these times, our supporters have always stood shoulder to shoulder with the Club. We need our supporters to be with us now, more than ever.We know our own supporters will be acutely aware of the significant challenges that lie ahead. We enter next season as Champions of Scotland and look ahead to retaining our title and to making an impact in a European context. We know how difficult this will be and we call on our supporters to join us in tackling these challenges, to take their place at Celtic Park, to invest in the Club and to continue to give us the kind of support for which they are renowned.THE HOOPS REPORT: RANGERS BANNED FROM SPL – NO OLD FIRM GAME ‘FOR YEARS’ was last modified: July 4th, 2012 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:THE HOOPS REPORT: RANGERS BANNED FROM SPL – NO OLD FIRM GAME ‘FOR YEARS’
SOME people just know how to do Christmas – and one County Donegal hotel is hoping its superb line-up will give a seasonal tourism boost to the county. “This Christmas sees the Ballyliffin Lodge transform into Santa’s Lodge – Donegals very own Lapland,” said Breda McGonigle from the top Inishowen hotel.Guests over the next month will be greeted by Santa’s elves. And there will be an on-site Christmas show as well as Santa’s village, complete with story-telling.All washed down with hot chocolate, Christmas gifts and of course Santa, the hotel hopes the massive transformation will be a huge tourism boost for Ballyliffin and Inishowen.TOURISM BOOST HOPE AS HOTEL STAFF UNVEIL SANTA’S LODGE was last modified: November 24th, 2012 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:BALLYLIFFIN LODGE HOTELTOURISM BOOST HOPE AS HOTEL STAFF UNVEIL SANTA’S LODGE
Chelsea are set to table a bid for Everton star Jack Rodwell when the transfer window opens next month, according to the Daily Mirror.The promising midfielder is said to be rated at £20m by Everton, who are determined to keep him at Goodison Park.The Mirror also suggest that Chelsea duo Florent Malouda and Salomon Kalou are being offered big-money moves to Russia.Zamora’s future is in doubt.Malouda is said to be wanted by mega-rich club Anzhi Makhachkala while Kalou, whose contract expires at the end of the season, is believed to be a target for both Lokomotiv Moscow and billionaire-backed Anzhi, who would be willing to double his current wages.Metro say Bolton are ready to cash in on England defender Gary Cahill, who has been linked with Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal.And Bobby Zamora’s future at Fulham remains under scrutiny, with the Daily Mail reporting that the striker has been told to train with the reserves.This page is updated throughout the day. Monday’s Paper Talk: Local clubs linked with swoops