Spin bowler Nikita Miller is hopeful that another breakout season in the WICB First-Class League will be able to propel his career to another level. At present, the leading wicket-taker with 48 wickets after seven rounds of matches in the 10-round tournament, Miller is again on course to top the bowling charts, something he has been doing consistently for the past nine years. ONE OPPORTUNITY However, for all his regional dominance and subsequent WICB/WIPA Cricketer of the Year awards, the 33-year-old has only ever got one opportunity to prove himself for the West Indies at the Test level. That Test appearance came against Bangladesh when he was drafted among a group of replacement players following the withdrawal of senior players over payment contract disputes in 2009. In that match, he went wicketless for 67 runs off 22 overs, an economy rate of 3.04. Since then, left-arm bowler has only featured in one-day and Twenty20 Internationals. “I am not somebody who dwells on those things too much, as I can’t control it,” Miller outlined, after claiming seven for 69 against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in their first innings at Sabina Park. The haul was his 22nd five-wicket haul at the first-class level. “What I can control is what I do for Jamaica when I get the ball to do my thing. Whenever I go into a tournament, I look to get the most wickets everytime,” he declared. In 46 one-day internationals, Miller has taken 46 wickets at an average of 36.80 and an economy rate of 4.65. In Twenty20, he played nine matches for the Windies and claimed 11 wickets at an average of 20.36 and an economy rate of 7.07. But why have regional selectors not picked him for Test matches or even as a regular member of their one-day or Twenty20 outfits? REPRESENTING THE WEST INDIES “I am one of the few privileged players to have represented the West Indies, and it is always an honour to play for the team,” stated Miller, who has claimed 386 first-class wickets at an average of 16.93 and impressive economical rate of 1.96. Regarding claims that he should be selected, Miller said: “I have heard that, but I don’t want to comment. You just have to accept what the position is and what decisions are made.” He added: “I am one that believes that once a player is there, he should be given his opportunity to do what he is doing. “There is Warrican that is there now, and he should be given the opportunity to do what he has been doing. “If it doesn’t work out, then you can make your changes. But for now, I am comfortable performing for Jamaica, and wherever that takes me, I am happy.”
Chelsea won 2-1 at Southampton on Tuesday to extend their unbeaten run in the Barclays Premier League six wins and six draws to 12 games. But they have already lost four at home, a fifth would represent their most Stamford Bridge defeats since 1995-96. On Wednesday, Stoke beat Newcastle 1-0 with a late goal from Xherdan Shaqiri to move into seventh place.EVERTON VSWEST HAMEverton are unbeaten in their past eight Barclays Premier League away games but at Goodison Park they have won just four; they need to win three of their remaining five home games to avoid setting a new low for home successes. On Wednesday, West Ham beat Tottenham 1-0 with a Michail Antonio goal to move into sixth place.NEWCASTLE VSBOURNEMOUTH,Bournemouth beat English south-coast neighbours Southampton 2-0 at home on Tuesday with the Cherries keeping consecutive clean sheets for the first time this season. The Cherries have met Newcastle just three times in the league and lost all three. In their only previous visit to St James’ in the league, in September 1989, they lost 2-1 and when the teams met at Bournemouth earlier this season they lost 1-0.SOUTHAMPTON VSSUNDERLAND,Saints have won seven and lost five of their 14 home games. If they win each of their remaining five games at St Mary’s they will set a club record of 12 home Premier League victories. Their previous best was 11, set in 2000-01 and again last season. Sunderland have already conceded a massive 37 away goals in 14 away games, just two fewer than their record in the Premier League (39 conceded in the 1999-00 campaign).SWANSEA VSNORWICHThe Swans have won just four home games; their previous fewest home league wins is six (in 2012-13 and 2013-14) and they have just five games in which to avoid setting a new club record in the Premier League. Norwich, meanwhile, have lost 10 and drawn two of their 14 away games but when the teams met at Carrow Road in November, the home side won 1-0 with a goal from Jonny Howson.CRYSTAL PALACE VSLIVERPOOLCrystal Palace have now gone 11 games in the Barclays Premier League without a win; their last victory was in December at Stoke, while they last won at home against Southampton, also in the last month of last year. But Palace have won their last three league games, home and away, against Liverpool and are unbeaten in the last four.
John-Ross Campbell’s century has put Melbourne in pole position to beat the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) in their Jamaica Cricket Association Senior Cup quarter-final clash at Up Park Camp.Sent to bat, Melbourne capitalised on a flat wicket by posting 423 for seven before declaring early in the post-tea session on yesterday’s first day.The JDF, back-to-back defending champions, thereafter closed the day on 45 for one, 388 runs behind.The hard-hitting Campbell, batting in the unfamiliar position of number seven as a result of what coach Robert Samuels said was a team decision, scored an unbeaten 115. His knock included seven fours and a six.Fellow Jamaica batsman, Andre McCarthy, 67; Sadiki Bolt – the brother of sprint icon Usain Bolt – 63; and opener Trevon Griffith of Guyana, 46, also scored well for Melbourne.There was also 40 from United States batsman Steven Taylor, who was playing in his second game for Melbourne.RETURNINGFROMINJURYNational left-arm spinner Dennis Bulli, with four for 90, led the bowling for the army men, with Sheldon Cottrell, returning from a knee injury, ending with none for 51 off five overs.National opener Jermaine Harrison, 21, is the batsman to be dismissed so far for the soldiers.Joseph Palmer, 21, and Rasheed Outar, 12, will resume batting on today’s second and final day.”I think we are ahead in the game as we have a good amount of runs,” said Melbourne’s captain Nikita Miller. “But we can’t just sit back on our laurels. We need to go out there and get the balls in the right areas and get the required wickets.”JDF’s captain Damion Grey said they intend to put up a fight.”They have the upper hand as 400-odd runs is a lot of runs,” he said. “But we have a long batting and tend to bat deep, so the aim is to try and bat out the day and see if we can get the runs.”Meanwhile, at the Goodyear Oval, the other semi-final between St Thomas CA and St Ann CA had the latter leading on first innings.St Thomas first made 201, then St Ann replied with 226. Batting a second time, St Thomas closed on 19 for two.
PARIS (AP):Manchester United winger Angel Di Maria will join Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) on a four-year deal to become the second most expensive player in the French league history. A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press that Di Maria is expected in Paris later this week to sign the deal after undergoing a medical exam in Doha on Monday.He spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorised to speak publicly about the deal before it is official. Manchester United have agreed to sell the Argentina winger for a fee that is “in the region of €63 million (US$69 million)” the person said.At PSG, the versatile Di Maria will be teaming up with Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, who joined the Qatari-funded club for a reported fee of €64 million hen PSG broke the French transfer record in 2013. The former Real Madrid midfielder joined United for £59.7 million (US$99 million) last summer as the most expensive signing in the history of British football, but he had an inconsistent season at Old Trafford.Di Maria got off to a bright start early in the season then struggled to adapt to the Premier League.
While confirming receipt of a written letter of appeal from Wolmer’s Boys’ School, Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) competition’s officer George Forbes has highlighted inconsistencies in the Heroes’ Circle-based school’s case filed against Jamaica College (JC) for allegedly using an ineligible player in their quarter-final round Manning Cup match on November 11, which JC won 3-1.”The person who they said is ineligible, on Friday when it was first brought to our attention when we told them to put it in writing, when they formally appealed that is not the person they are appealing against now. Apparently they realised that person is okay,” Forbes told The Gleaner yesterday.”First it was (Jahvain) Russell. I was expecting an appeal about Russell, now they have decided that it’s not Russell again, but it’s (Ajeanie) Talbott.”They (Wolmer’s) have now decided that Russell is in fact eligible, now they are saying it is Talbott.”Legitimate under ISSA rulesForbes reasoned that the appeal is about a player who got a red card in the Manning Cup, then sat out the FLOW Super Cup, then featured in the following Manning Cup match, which, according to ISSA rules, would be legitimate.ISSA Football Rules and Guidelines Rule 6 (Revised 2015) states:”If a player receives a red card he automatically misses the next match in the competition or extension of said competition. For the purposes of the rule, Manning and Walker (Cups), on the other hand, and Dacosta and Ben Francis (Cups), on the other, are regarded as one competition. Olivier Shield is regarded as a separate competition.”Subsequent Gleaner checks of the match documents reveal that Talbott was sent off in the game against Vauxhall High on November 4, which JC won 2-0. He sat out the next game, which was the FLOW Super Cup match, in which JC beat Wolmer’s 2-0 on November 7, at Sabina Park.Talbott then played in the following match, in which JC hammered Wolmer’s 3-1 in their final group quarter-final match, ousting Wolmer’s at the Constant Spring Field.”If we were to meet, the latest we can meet is Thursday. When we meet now whatever decision we take, one way or another, JC has a right to appeal. When do you schedule the appeal?” he questioned, with semi-finals scheduled for Saturday.He pointed out that the earliest a meeting could be held is Thursday, adding that the semi-finals remain on course for Sabina Park on Saturday. Admission is $500.
ISLAMABAD (AP): Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt smashed a century and fast bowler Mohammad Asif took two wickets as the convicted spot-fixers made their first appearance yesterday in competitive cricket after being away for more than five years. Butt scored 135 off 143 balls with 14 fours while Asif took 2-22 as they led the Water and Power Development Authority to a convincing 141-run victory over Federally Administered Tribal Areas in a one-day cup match in Hyderabad. “I hope that this is the new beginning,” Butt said. “As long as I will get more matches, I will improve.” Rehabilitation Both players were eligible to compete from last September when their bans ended but first had to go through the Pakistan Cricket Board’s rehabilitation programme. Asif, Butt and fast bowler Mohammad Amir were banned for at least five years for deliberate no-balls at a 2010 Test match against England. Butt was captain of the team for the Lord’s Test. Amir pleaded guilty from the onset, which accelerated the left-arm fast bowler’s return to the national team, Butt and Asif went on to challenge the bans until their appeals were rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Responsibility accepted Both players ultimately accepted their responsibility before the ICC lifted their bans. The PCB agreed a six-month rehabilitation programme for the duo that included lectures to younger cricketers on anti-corruption before allowing them to compete in domestic matches. “I am very relaxed, the toughest phase of my life is over,” Asif said. “This one-day tournament will help me gauge where I stand … International cricket is my target but I have to do well in the domestic matches before I can hope (for) international cricket.” Pakistan coach Waqar Younis said last week that, if they perform well in domestic matches, both players deserve another chance in international cricket.
Michael Blygen’s hat-trick rescued Boys’ Town from embarrassment against lower leaguers Maxfield Park, in their Locker Room Sports KSAFA/Jackie Bell Knockout game at Collie Smith Complex yesterday.The home team surrendered a two-goal lead to the Major League outfit, which came back from two-nil down to level at 2-2. But two late goals from the former Tivoli Gardens striker saw the home team win 4-2.After a dour and goalless first half, Boys’ Town went in front just before the hour (59th) when Blygen flicked the ball over the Maxfield goalkeeper and it fell into the goal. Minutes later, Chavanney Willis made it 2-0 when he latched on to a through ball and slotted home.However, the visitors responded minutes later when Romaine Mullington was on the end of a good build-up to tap the ball past the Boys’ Town custodian. And before Boys’ Town realised what hit them, Nico Reynolds, Maxfield’s best player, equalised with a rasping shot from the edge of the box.Maxfield nearly went ahead in the 80th minute, but referee Carvel Banton adjudged that the ball had not crossed the goalline. Then on the counter, Boys’ Town went straight up field and Blygen capitalised on a loose ball to make it 3-2.The former Humble Lion and Rivoli player sealed the win two minutes from time when he broke away and calmly slotted home.Blygen spent the second-half of last season in the Dominican Republic, but missed most of that campaign through injury.”So far in the Premier League, things have been very disappointing. I hope this will be a stepping stone for me to get more playing time and deliver for my team and try to help them make the top four,” he said.”Last season, I joined Boys’ Town in January, then went on a trial overseas in Dominica Republic. I made the team and played three matches, but injury got the better of me. But this season I am back, so I am just taking it a step at a time and doing my best and see what happens.”So I hope this hat-trick gives coach more confidence in me because I have always worked hard, but the team has been up and down; we are not being consistent. So I hope that this is a stepping stone for me to get time on the pitch,” he reasoned.Coach Andrew Price is also hoping this is a turning point for his striker.”I hope that this will be a catalyst for him (Blygen) to assist us in the third round. Boys’ Town always play better football in the third round, and we are preparing ourselves assiduously to really make a good run and see where it leads us,” he declared.Yesterday’s resultsBarbican 1 UWI 0Waterhouse 2 Maverley/Hughenden 1Boys’ Town 4 Maxfield 2Today’s games3 p.m. August Town vs Bull Bay at UWI Mona Bowl3 p.m. Olympic Gardens vs Real Mona at Cling Cling Oval3 p.m. Rockfort vs Cavalier at Rockfort3 p.m. Cooreville Gardens vs Arnett Gardens at Duhaney Park7 p.m. Harbour View vs Tivoli Gardens at Harbour View Stadium
MUMBAI, India (CMC):Embattled West Indies will seek to enhance their qualification fortunes for the 2019 Cricket World Cup when they clash with powerhouses India in a five-match series starting in the Caribbean next month.The tour will run from June 23 to July 6, with the lone Twenty20 International scheduled for July 9, the Indian Cricket Board confirmed yesterday.West Indies are currently ranked ninth in the International Cricket Council’s one-day rankings and are in danger of missing out on automatic qualification for the World Cup.Hosts England and the other top seven sides in the rankings will book the automatic berths at the showpiece, with the remaining teams having to enter a qualifier to determine the two last slots.West Indies have done themselves no favours this year, whitewashed 3-0 by England last March and beaten 2-1 by Pakistan last month.The Caribbean side will open the tour against India with two ODIs at Queen’s Park Oval in Port-of-Spain on June 23 and 25 before heading to the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium for the third and fourth matches on June 30 and July 2.Sabina Park in Kingston will play host to the final ODI on July 6 and the only T20I three days later.India, ranked number three in the world, are currently preparing for the Champions Trophy in England, which runs from June 1-18.West Indies will be missing from the tournament for the first time since its inception after they were ranked outside the top eight in the world at the cut-off date for qualification.
LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Despite the victory margin, City needed some luck.Kevin De Bruyne’s opening goal in the 19th minute was followed by a contentiously awarded penalty when Nacho Monreal was adjudged to have bundled over Raheem Sterling. Sergio Aguero converted from the spot, then a third goal from Gabriel Jesus should have been ruled out for offside against David Silva in the build-up.“If … they have a decisions for them like that (third goal),” Wenger said, “they will be unstoppable.”Any hopes Arsenal had of a first title since 2004 are fading fast. Arsenal has lost four of six away games in the league for the first time since 1981 and Wenger’s team trails City by 12 points.City has scored 38 goals and won 10 out of 11 games so far. It achieved its latest win after a tough Champions League trip to Napoli where Guardiola’s side won 4-2.ADVERTISEMENT Son Heung-min took over from former Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-Sung as the highest-scoring Premier League player from Asia with his 20th goal for Tottenham.The South Korea forward pounced on a poor clearance to curl in a shot from just inside the area in the 64th minute at Wembley Stadium as a depleted Tottenham relied on a grittier performance to see off Palace after a slick win over Champions League holder Real Madrid.___EVERTON RECOVERYEverton was facing its sixth straight loss in all competitions — and fourth under caretaker manager David Unsworth — after goals by Richarlison and Christian Kabasele put Watford 2-0 ahead by the 64th minute.But three minutes later, Everton’s recovery began. Oumar Niasse pulled a goal back, substitute Dominic Calvert-Lewin headed home an equalizer in the 74th and Leighton Baines netted from the spot in stoppage time to complete a 3-2 victory. A first win in nine matches lifted Everton from 19th to 15th in the 20-team standings.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palestinian football officials get court date for FIFA case It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ There is still more than two-thirds of the season to go but City is looking a formidable attacking unit that’s proving hard to thwart. It’s the only unbeaten team in England, and with an enviable depth of talent on the field and on the bench.“Can anyone stop them? It will be difficult this season,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. “The way they have started, the way they are on a run, the quality they have. They’ll be difficult to stop but, you never know.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog___GOOD FORTUNE Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ “We were so, so tired in moments in the game,” Guardiola said, “but we were so strong mentally, mentally strong to keep going, doing it together.”___CHELSEA RECOVERSAll it took to lift some of the gloom around Stamford Bridge was the return of former manager Jose Mourinho, and a victory over his new club.Alvaro Morata scored the only goal 10 minutes into the second half, ending a six-game goal drought in all competitions. Morata peeled away from defender Eric Bailly and the striker was completely unmarked 12 yard (meters) from goal when he met Cesar Azpilicueta’s pinpoint cross with a powerful looping header.“We must be pleased for the performance of the team,” Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said. “I think we played with a great energy, a great passion, a great enthusiasm.”Unlike perhaps earlier in the week in the Italian capital when Chelsea lost 3-0 to Roma in the Champions League.“I think tonight I saw a lot of positive things,” Conte said, “not only under the tactical aspect but overall the desire, the desire of my players, the will to fight, the will to help each other.”___ASIAN RECORD OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, left, celebrates scoring his side’s second goal of the game during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Arsenal, at the Etihad Stadium, in Manchester, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP)LONDON — Manchester City is the team to catch in the Premier League, and it’s getting even more challenging.Pep Guardiola’s side moved eight points clear with a 3-1 victory over Arsenal on Sunday when second-place Manchester United lost 1-0 at Chelsea. Tottenham trails United on goal difference and is a point ahead of defending champion Chelsea after beating last-place Crystal Palace 1-0.ADVERTISEMENT
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines ended its elimination round campaign in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament with a 106-81 dumping of National University Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.But at 6-8, the Fighting Maroons would have to wait for the result of the game between Adamson and Far Eastern University to see if they can get a playoff game for the fourth seed.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson George scores 42 as Thunder beat Clippers to snap 4-game skid MOST READ 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 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ In the event of an FEU victory, though, UP will be eliminated from the Final Four and the Fighting Maroons would bid farewell to seniors Andrew Harris, Paolo Romero, Rob Ricafort, and Ibrahim Quattara.Paul Desiderio led all scorers with 30 points, tying his career-high, with seven rebounds for UP while Juan added 22 points and 13 rebounds.Javi also had a double-double of 17 points and 10 boards while Quattara finished with 12 points and 13 boards, 10 coming off the offensive glass.Issa Gaye had 25 points and 10 boards to lead NU while the graduating J-Jay Alejandro had 16 points and eight assists.The ScoresUP 106 – Desiderio 30, Gomez de Liano Ju 22, Gomez de Liano Ja 17, Manzo 14, Ouattara 12, Webb 3, Lim 2, Harris 2, Ricafort 2, Romero 2, Prado 0, Jaboneta 0NU 81 – Gaye 25, Alejandro 16, Joson 7, Salem 7, Tibayan 7, Mosqueda 4, Bartlett 4, Diputado 3, Cauilan 3, Aquino 3, Morido 2, Yu 0, Abatayo 0, Lastimosa 0, Flores 0, Rangel 0Quarters: 34-21, 58-45, 84-60, 106-81ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson LATEST STORIES Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ “I was telling them at the beginning that we need these kinds of games, the ball is not in our hands anymore but at least we gave ourselves a chance for a playoff,” said UP head coach Bo Perasol.UP established dominance between the third and fourth quarters, mounting a 19-6 run capped off with a breakaway dunk from rookie Juan Gomez de Liaño early in the final period to go up 86-63.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogNU tried to get back into the game with a 9-0 spurt that cut the deficit to 16, 88-72, but Javi Gomez de Liaño scored on back-to-back layups to help UP regain momentum and a 94-78 lead 2:32 left in the game.“I’m really proud with how they responded to the challenge, this is a game we can reckon for years to come,” said Perasol. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View comments