PARIS (AP): Zlatan Ibrahimovic headed home the winner as Paris Saint-Gemain started the defence of their French Cup title with a scrappy 1-0 win over fourth-tier side Wasquehal yesterday. Playing their first game of 2016 in the northern city of Lille, PSG were in control throughout and created multiple chances, but lacked a cutting edge until the Sweden international connected with Marco Verratti’s long ball on the hour mark. Having opened up a 19-point lead at the top of the French league standings in just 19 games, PSG are looking to reproduce the domestic treble Laurent Blanc’s side achieved last season when they won the league title, the League Cup and the Cup. Among the top-tier teams also advancing to the round of 32 were Lorient, Saint-Etienne, Bordeaux, Lyon, and Montpellier. Lyon’s new coach, Bruno Genesio, who replaced Hubert Fournier during the winter break, celebrated his first game in charge with a 7-0 thrashing of fifth-division Limoges, after Maxwell Cornet and Rachid Ghezzal each scored a brace. Montpellier, which also changed coaches during the festive period and appointed former player Pascal Baills following Rolland Courbis’ resignation, defeated fifth-tier Epernay 1-0. Bordeaux came close to suffering a shock exit at the hands of third-tier Frejus-Saint-Raphael, coming twice from behind, before Diego Rolan sealed a 3-2 win in added time with a fine volley. Nice will host Rennes today.
The administrators of West Indies cricket, once they assumed power, seem to have taken the view that once they assumed power “no guy can chat to me”. In fact, on one occasion the president of the board complained that he came in contact with players who didn’t even acknowledge him! This attitude, which has traits of the ‘baccra massa’ style, became the hallmark of every confrontation with the players and their representatives. This superior and condescending attitude appeared to have got stronger when the president’s friend and fellow Jamaican ex-Test cricketer became president of the Players’ union. Dispute after dispute with the players failed to reach any satisfactory conclusion until agreed arbitrators or the courts ruled in favour of the players. These so-called rulings were then followed by a slew of rule changes, which could be seen as being designed to render dissatisfaction by any player. Older and wiser heads in the Caribbean took note and encouraged the board to engage experts to review the state of West Indian cricket. But even after agreeing to the formation of different review boards, their conclusions were largely ignored, eventually reaching the ultimate insult of accusing a committee of prime ministers and other dignitaries that their considered opinion re the actions necessary to save West Indies cricket were faulty. ASSUMED POWER The West Indies cricketers have completed the ‘rolling triple’ by winning all three international competitions scheduled for 2016. The Under 19 cricketers are World champions, the women’s T20 are World champions and the men’s T20 are World champions … again, the only team in the world to have that distinction. To the fans and supporters who got up at 4 a.m. in Jamaica and at 5 a.m. in the rest of the Caribbean to watch both matches on television, congrats. Your support and dedication is the stuff of which legends are made. West Indies cricket has been suffering for years, as the best cricketers of the region were denied time and time again the opportunity to express themselves regarding their concept of right and wrong. PROPLEMS FACED The result was that the present World T20 champions played this year’s competition with what can be described as ‘the passion of the wronged’. The speech at the presentation ceremony by victorious captain Darren Sammy catalogued some of the problems the present team faced in the preparation for the tournament. Sammy praised those that contributed to their victory, including Rawle Lewis and coach Phil Simmons, for their work behind the scenes, as well as the support of the CARICOM Committee, for its support and words of encouragement which, as the captain pointed out, was conspicuously absent from the Board led by President Dave Cameron. As is now usual, the statement of the board after Sammy’s tirade promises to “look into his complaints”. How much longer will we the Caribbean cricket fans allow these men in suits to continue to lead cricket into oblivion, as the victorious captain has expressed doubt about whether any of these men’s World T20 heroes will be selected to represent the West Indies in upcoming competitions. Local cricket boss Billy Heaven has promised a suitable reception for the victorious Jamaicans on their return. When that will be is uncertain as international commitments will ensure that the men’s return will be fragmented. No such fragmentation is expected when the victorious members of the women’s team returns. An arrangement to host such a reception in the arena or the indoor sport centre must be mandatory. We have to show these cricketers (in real terms) what their victory means to us, Jamaicans and West Indians. We are champions!
West Indies Women innings Kycia A Knight c +Rabiya Shah b Sania Khan 16 HK Matthews c +Rabiya Shah b Anam Amin 14 SR Taylor* c Sana Mir b Bismah Maroof 27 DJS Dottin c & b Sana Mir 19 MR Aguilleira+ not out 67 Kyshona A Knight c Javeria Khan b Bismah Maroof 5 B Cooper c Bismah Maroof b Sania Khan 37 SACA King c Sania Khan b Nida Dar 20 A Mohammed c +Rabiya Shah b Anam Amin 0 TD Smartt c Javeria Khan b Nida Dar 2 SS Connell not out 3 Extras (b 1, lb 2, w 9) 12 Total (9 wickets) 222 Fall of wickets: 1-28 (Kycia A Knight), 2-38 (Matthews), 3-75 (Dottin), 4-83 (Taylor), 5-96 (Kyshona A Knight), 6-156 (Cooper), 7-205 (King), 8-205 (Mohammed) 9-211 (Smartt). Bowling: Asmavia Iqball 6-0-30-0, Sania Khan 10-0-37-2, Anam Amin 8-1-33-2, Aliya Riaz 1-0-8-0, Sana Mir 8-2-37-1, Bismah Maroof 10-1-40-2, Nida Dar 7-0-34-2. Pakistan Women innings Marina Iqbal b Dottin 23 Javeria Khan c Mohammed b King 90 Bismah Maroof b Matthews 21 Nain Abidi lbw b Dottin 31 Nida Dar not out 19 Sana Mir* not out 14 Extras (b 2, lb 1, w 14, nb 5, pen 5) 27 Total (4 wickets) 225 Did not bat Aliya Riaz, Asmavia Iqbal, Rabiya Shah+, Sania Khan, Anam Amin Fall of wickets: 1-54 (Marina Iqbal, 13.5 overs), 2-103 (Bismah Maroof, 27.6 overs), 3-182 (Javeria Khan, 40.5 overs), 4-193 (Nain Abidi, 41.6 overs) Bowling: Smart 6-1-20-0, Connell 4-1-18-0, Dottin 9-0-44-2, Mohammed 8.1-1-37-0, Matthews 9-0-46-1, Taylor 9-0-30-0, King 3-0-22-1. Position: West Indies lost by six wickets. Toss: Pakistan Umpires: JM Williams and JS Wilson. SCOREBOARD GROS-ISLET, St Lucia (CMC): Merissa Aguilleira, who led a recovery despite West Indies Women’s opening loss to Pakistan Women, is confident the Caribbean side will rebound for the remaining three one-day internationals (ODI). Aguilleira hit her fifth ODI half-century, but Javeria Khan topped it with her seventh to lead the Pakistani Women to a six-wicket victory over the Windies Women in the day/night contest at the Beausejour Cricket Ground on Friday night. “Thanks to God. Thanks to the coaches as well. I have been working pretty hard back in Trinidad. David Williams, he put in a lot of work with me,” said Aguilleira, who also keeps wicket for the regional side. “It’s all about going out there and applying myself. I have been training hard and I really want to give the team something, so that is exactly what I went out there and did.” Aguilleira led a recovery with an unbeaten 67 from 83 balls, propelling the home team to a respectable 222 for nine from their allocation of 50 overs after they were sent in to bat. Aguilleira struck five fours to revive the innings and with Britney Cooper, who scored 37, got Windies past 150. The home side was able to score 66 off the last 75 balls, to end on 222 for nine. “Coach told me I have a responsibility to go out there and bat long, and that is exactly what I tried to do. Sorry that the team fell short, but I believe that we are going to bounce back,” said the former skipper. “These are the things that happen and we really need to just go back to the drawing board and see where we went wrong. (The) 27 extras were a bit too much. We know that we have a very good team, but it just about going out there and applying ourselves. But hard luck.” The Windies Women now trail in the four-match series 0-1, but Aguilleira said they will be looking to bounce back in the second ODI today at the same venue in the first of the three matches in the series, with ICC Women’s Championship points on offer. “I truly believe that, with the potential of the girls, everything will come to hand. Even though we lost this one, we still have three to win, and you know its championship points,” said Aguilleira. “We just have to go out there and apply ourselves to what we are called to do and don’t give up hope.”
Opener John Campbell scored a half-century, but was the only batsman to offer any real resistance for Paul Palmer Jr XI on yesterday’s second day of Jamaica Scorpions’ four-day practice match at Kensington Park yesterday. Campbell, 18 not out overnight, went on to score 51, as Palmer Jr XI, responding to 234 made by David Bernard Jr XI on day one, were dismissed for 145. His overnight partner, Barbadian Kirk Edwards, with whom he put on 67 for the second wicket, was next best with a knock of 28.Left-arm spinner Nikita Miller, three for 26 and fast bowlers Jason Dawes and Marquino Mindley, two for 26 and two for 41, respectively, led the way for Bernard Jr XI.Bernard Jr XI, in their second turn at bat, also found the going rough before closing at 143 for eight. Opener Shacaya Thomas, who cracked a topscore of 95 in the first-innings, again led the way with 34.Fast bowler Leighton Leslie, four for 33, and Dennis Bulli, three for 35, have claimed most wickets thus far.
Western Bureau: Donovan Duckie, the head coach of Manchester High, was left bitterly disappointed after last week’s Ben Francis KO final loss to St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS), but he must now refocus his players for this afternoon’s daCosta Cup semi-final against Dinthill Technical. The game will be played at the Juici Field in Clarendon with kick-off set for 2:30 p.m., and this time, Duckie, along with his band of players, will want a more favourable result, one that will put them in the December 5 final against either STETHS or Lennon High, who meet tomorrow at the same venue. Manchester did not have the best of days in the knockout final and will want to put that right to reach the prestigious daCosta Cup final. But in order to get there, the likes of Duhaney Williams, the man who netted their only goal against STETHS in that final loss, must come to life. So, too, must Romaine Walsh and Jarious Mattis. DEFENSIVE LINE Their big centre half and team captain, Bobeto Stewart, along with his entire defence line, must be able to keep Dinthill’s attacking force at bay. Dinthill have Rodave Murray, a talented forward-minded midfielder, in their ranks. He is capable of creating serious problems for any defence. So, too, are Jahbari Ranger and Antoine Rhule. The Linstead-based school is keen on keeping their dream of lifting a first daCosta Cup for the first time since doing so in 1981, by getting the better of Duckie’s Manchester High in what is a high-stakes clash. The last time Manchester reached the championship game, they lost to STETHS, and that was back in 2013, but this time around, Manchester will be hoping to not only get past Dinthill but to win a first-ever daCosta Cup title.
JAGUARS 1st Innings 189 SCORPIONS 1st Innings (overnight 63 for four) A. McCarthy lbw b Permaul 27 T. Lambert lbw b Permaul 18 +C. Baugh Jr b Jacobs 5 R. Powell c Johnson b Permaul 13 N. Miller c Singh b Motie 7 S. Cottrell lbw b Jacobs 8 M. Mindley not out 6 Extras (lb4, w1, nb13) 18 TOTAL (all out, 67.5 overs) 146 Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-40, 3-59, 4-63, 5-89, 6-97, 7-118, 8-128, 9-135, 10-146. Bowling: Reifer 11-3-37-1 (nb2), Joseph 11-0-42-0 (nb11), Barnwell 5-1-10-1, Permaul 22.5-14-25-5 (w1), Motie 11-5-18-1, Jacobs 7-2-10-2. JAGUARS 2nd Innings T. Chanderpaul not out 39 A. Fudadin lbw b Mindley 9 *L. Johnson c wkp Baugh b Jacobs 42 V. Singh run out 17 R. Reifer not out 12 Extras (lb5, nb9) 14 TOTAL (3 wkts, 47 overs) 133 Fall of wickets: 1-17, 2-83, 3-111. Bowling: Cottrell 4-0-18-0 (nb1), Mindley 9-1-37-1 (nb7), Jacobs 12-2-25-1 (1), Miller 6-1-13-0, Campbell 8-3-16-0, Powell 8-0-19-0. Toss: Scorpions. Umpires: Jacqueline Williams, Peter Nero. SHAKY START Chanderpaul and captain Leon Johnson posted 66 for the second wicket as the Jaguars recovered from a shaky start. Johnson made 42 before he was caught behind by Carlton Baugh Jr off the bowling of leg-spinner Damion Jacobs. The other wicket to fall was that of Vishaul Singh, who was run out for 17. Young Chanderpaul, whose father is a substitute for the encounter, has so far batted for 189 minutes and has faced 149 balls. Play will resume today at 10 a.m. AT BEAUSEJOUR: WINDWARD ISLANDS VOLCANOES 306 (Shane Shillingford 64, Andre Fletcher 63, Mervyn Mathew 48 not out; Imran Khan 3-100, Narsingh Deonarine 2-29, Uthman Mohammed 2-51). TRINIDAD RED FORCE 153 for two (Yannic Cariah 58 not out, Narsingh Deonarine 58 not out; Kevin McClean 2-37). AT KENSINGTON OVAL: BARBADOS PRIDE 368 (Roston Chase 136 not out, Jonathan Carter 54, Kevin Stoute 41; Gavin Tonge 4-71, Sherwin Peters 3-36, Nelson Boland 2-82). LEEWARD ISLANDS HURRICANES 170 (Sherwin Peters 44; Ashley Nurse 5-65, Miguel Cummins 4-18). The Guyana Jaguars are in a strong position to force a victory over the Jamaica Scorpions in their top-of-the-table WICB First-Class Championship clash at Sabina Park. Guided by an undefeated knock of 39 from young opener Tagenarine Chanderpaul, the son of Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Guyana were 133 for three at the close of yesterday’s second day. They now have an overall lead of 176, having made 189 in their first innings. The Scorpions made 146 in their first innings. Resuming on 63 for four with Andre McCarthy, not out on eight, and former captain Tamar Lambert, yet to face a ball, Jamaica were undermined by spinner Veerasammy Permaul. The short left-hander, varying his spin and flight to telling effect, claimed an impressive five for 25 off 22.5 overs. Off-spinner Steven Jacobs, two for 10, was next best, while lanky 20-year-old left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie, playing in his first season, extended his leading wicket-taker tally to 29 with one for 18. McCarthy, whose alliance with Lambert yielded 26 runs before he was adjudged leg before wicket to Permaul, topscored for the Scorpions with 27. Lambert was also dismissed leg before wicket by Permaul after making a painstaking 18 off 109 balls in 129 minutes. Devon Thomas, with 30 on the first day, emerged as the innings’ highest scorer. SCOREBOARD
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago, (CMC) Fresh controversy appears to be brewing between the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the regional squad preparing to participate in the T20 World Cup in India, Media reports in Trinidad and Tobago suggest. The players, captained by all-rounder Darren Sammy, are objecting to a 75 percent pay cut imposed by the WICB ahead of the World Cup, set to begin on March 8, the Trinidad and Tobago-based radio station, I 95.5 FM, has reported. Sammy has reportedly written to the WICB requesting an urgent meeting as a February 14th Valentine’s Day deadline for the players to sign the contract looms. The I 95.5 FM report quoted from Sammy’s letter to the WICB: “We want to propose that we participate in the T20 world cup 2016 under the same conditions that we have represented the West Indies in previous tournaments”. Sammy has been quoted as saying that the West Indies players will each earn US$21,000 if they participate compared to US 135,000 received from the last tournament. WICB will receive US eight million for the team’s participation and more if they advance. Only one player on the West Indies team is said to be represented by the West Indies Players Association (WIPA). Eleven of the players on the squad were part of the West Indies team that won the T20 World Cup in 2012 in Sri Lanka. The fresh controversy between WICB and the T20 squad is brewing about a year and a half after the regional squad called off their tour of India abruptly over a longstanding payment structure dispute.
PALLEKELE, Sri Lanka (CMC):West Indies A produced another clinical performance to crush Sri Lanka A by a massive 333 runs on yesterday’s final day of the second four-day Test, and square their three-match series at 1-1.The Caribbean side bundled out the hosts for a meagre 147 in their second innings, an hour after lunch at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, to complete a dominant outing and make amends for their seven-wicket defeat in the first Test in Colombo last week.West Indies A were propelled by their trio of seamers as Delorn Johnson (2-13), Kemar Roach (2-24) and Keon Joseph (2-30) all picked up two wickets apiece while left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie-Kanhai claimed two for 33.Scores: West Indies A 509 for nine decl. and 216 for three decl; Sri Lanka A 245 and 147.
Di Maria scores twice for PSG PARIS, France (AP): Paris Saint-Germain struggled but prevailed against Angers 2-0 to keep the pressure on French league leader Monaco after Angel Di Maria scored twice yesterday. Di Maria’s stunning free kick gave the defending champions the lead in the first half, and the winger completed his team’s seventh consecutive away win on the break with five minutes left. The result lifted PSG level on points with Monaco. PSG have lost only one game in 2017 – a 6-1 humiliation at the hands of Barcelona in the Champions League – and are still on course to defend their domestic treble. PSG have already won the League Cup and remains involved in the French Cup. Today, Monaco host struggling Dijon, a team that has failed to produce a clean sheet in two months. Boosted by their 3-2 Champions League win at Borussia Dortmund midweek, Monaco are aiming for a sixth consecutive league win to restore a three-point lead over PSG. Athletic Bilbao rout Las Palmas 5-1 BILBAO, Spain (AP): Athletic Bilbao routed Las Palmas 5-1 in the Spanish league yesterday to move into sixth place and control of a Europa League berth. Iker Muniain and Aritz Aduriz scored twice each. Mikel San Jose opened the scoring early at San Mames Stadium, and two minutes later Muniain bent a free kick around the side of the barrier and inside the near post. Pedro Bigas quickly responded with a header, but Aritz scored from a counterattack led by Inaki Williams to make it 3-1 in the 18th minute. Bilbao could have scored on several occasions before Muniain fired in a long volley in the 58th. A minute later, Aduriz got his second when Bilbao’s pressure caused Las Palmas to lose its ball near its area, taking the striker’s tally to 14 league goals on the season. Lyon blames Turkish ‘hooligans’ for disorder PARIS, France (AP): Facing likely sanctions from UEFA after the crowd disorder that delayed the Europa League quarter-final against Besiktas, French club Lyon said yesterday it was the “victim” of visiting hooligans. Incidents inside Lyon’s stadium – which will host the final next season – followed fighting among French and Turkish fans earlier in the city on Thursday. About 20 minutes before the scheduled 9:05 p.m. kickoff, Lyon fans spilled on to the field for their own safety after fireworks were set off and missiles thrown from an upper section of the stadium housing Besiktas supporters. The game finally began 45 minutes late after police intervened in the stands.
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 Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Enjoying the game key to winning, says Valdez “We played lax. We controlled the first two sets, but in the third and fourth, we didn’t had our first ball. I keep on saying that if we get that first ball, we can set our plays well, and we can quickly kill the ball. But if we don’t, that’s when the game goes long and a rally happens and the ball dies on our court,” she said.Defeated, Maraño said she treasured the rare opportunity to team up anew with past La Salle standouts.“It’s like deja vu,” she said. “It reminded us of the moments which we went through in the UAAP, that when we score, we celebrate. The way we play, our intensity when we score, those feelings gave us flashbacks. Those memories really made me happy,”“Even though we lost, I’m just really happy. My mindset is to play and enjoy and experience this feeling again playing at MOA Arena.”ADVERTISEMENT IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend READ: Battle of the Rivals: Valdez, Ateneo best La Salle in 5 setsMaraño showed no letup and shared that even in a game that has no bearing, she still wants to play at her best.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’“I didn’t really show the swag because the game isn’t that intense, but I want to perform and do all the right thing,” she said.Maraño was in her usual relentless self but she admitted the team let its guard down after grabbing a 2-0 lead. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt may just be an exhibition game, but Aby Maraño kept her beast mode on.“I’m still on beast mode because I want to set that standard that wherever I’m playing, I’ll always play like that,” Maraño said in Filipino after La Salle surrendered a tough five-set defeat to Ateneo on Sunday in the Battle of the Rivals.ADVERTISEMENT