COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP):Shahid Afridi then Anwar Ali lifted Pakistan from nowhere to beat Sri Lanka by one wicket with four balls left and sweep their two-match Twenty20 series yesterday.After winning the toss, Sri Lanka put up a formidable 172-7, helped by a career-best 48 not out from Chamara Kapugedera. On debut, Shehan Jayasuriya scored 40.Pakistan succumbed to 40-5 in the eighth over and appeared to be as good as buried, but Afridi and Mohammad Rizwan fought back with a 61-run stand in 37 balls. Afridi made 45 off 22 balls, including four sixes and a boundary.Rizwan was out for 17, and six runs later, Afridi was bowled by Jayasuriya, as Sri Lanka were lifted back on top. But Ali and Imad Wasim combined for 58 runs off 27 deliveries for the eighth wicket to bring Pakistan in sight of victory.Ali weighed in with 46 off 17 deliveries, including four sixes and three boundaries. He was out at 165-8 with eight balls left. Sohail Tanvir was then run out in the same over going for a second run, leaving Pakistan needing six off the last over.
The general secretary, laughable as his reaction was, definitely does not suggest that there is. This, in the best interest of Jamaica’s youth who choose sports as their pathway to a better life, cannot be allowed to continue. How can an athlete, who has already been to the highest level, bringing honour to country and self with a scintillating performance, be guided in the way he is now being steered? As a winner at the recent Beijing trials, should he not be asked to occupy a legitimate stage on the professional circuit, honing skills and getting sharp for the stern tests in the Bird’s Nest? Instead, what is being heard is “no races planned”. All that is scheduled is training, training, training. The suggestion of saving him from long flights (to Europe) falls on its face, with the Pan Am Games and all that it offers a four-hour aircraft flight away. Come on people, track and field supporters are among the brightest. Certainly, they are not fools. The plot thickens, when it is considered that the AR, blessed with stewardship over this athlete, was herself a most talented participant in the same event. Do not take Foster’s Fairplay’s word. Check the year 1993. Then, she won the USA collegiate title and, days later, the national crown as well. It made her the world leader of those entered for the event at the World Championships in Stuttgart that year. Her coach at the time, prescribed “no races in the interim”. This columnist, new to the sport then, was her agent. She entered Stuttgart, unexposed to any of the Americans and Russians who were to be her opponents there. Her performance at the big show was dismal. Jamaica’s head coach expressed his opinion to this columnist, there in a radio station coverage, in words unprintable. Efforts to contact her were not successful. Is this where arguably Jamaica’s greatest young talent is being led? – For feedback, email: [email protected] Foster’s Fairplay recently ignored a self-generated story. The reason: it was seen as more important to ease pressures on an alleged guilty party. As a follower of truth, this columnist was later to regret the decision. The said matter was broadcast elsewhere with much of what was involved, denied public knowledge. This was simply because the commentator was restricted in his knowledge of the matter. Having said all that, there is deep concern with how some of the country’s most talented athletes are being handled. Should it not be within the scope of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) to have some controlling oversight, concerning who comes out and says, “I am his or her agent”? Is such a declaration, despite having registered as an athlete representative (AR), enough to satisfy that the charges are being properly managed? UNSOLICITED ADVICE THIS CAN’T CONTINUE Some time ago, this columnist gave some free and unsolicited advice to the parents of an extremely gifted local high-school athlete. They were urged to seek someone with the requisite experience and expertise to see to the affairs of their son. There was no compulsion to follow that counsel, but things do not seem to be working out as planned. This has led to a halt to his season, in which so many opportunities for top-class exposure were on offer. Pity the unfortunate and uninformed parents wanting the best, but now other thoughts must arise. In a recent interview with the general secretary of the JAAA, Garth Gayle, a question, in the present context, was posed. The high-school principal was requested to “speak to any attempts to guide athletes on agent choices or is that not a concern of your association?” The query to Mr Gayle was against the background that “younger and unexposed ones (athletes) are entering that arena”. The need for “a fulsome response” was mentioned. This journalist will spare both readers and the administrator himself the nature of the reply. Suffice to say, it was embarrassing, not the least of which, to this columnist. Foster’s Fairplay is making the case for a closer look at who is given the privilege of being AR to Jamaica’s best talents. This assumes that there currently is any level of scrutiny by the governing body, which seems doubtful.
The grey colt, SILVER CLOUD, running as the 8-5 second favourite with in-form Robert Halledeen aboard, turned the tables on the 2-5 favourite, REGALY BOLD, to win the Restricted Allowance II race for three-year-olds (non-winners of two) in fine style at Caymanas Park yesterday.Presented in immaculate condition by champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, SILVER CLOUD chased early leader MARKOFAPRINCE (27-1) from soon after the start, went through at the halfway stage, and cruised home by 41/2 lengths.REGALLY BOLD, however, did not have the best of luck in running. She failed to go the early pace after stumbling, and was hindered by MARKOFAPRINCE on the rails when getting into top gear approaching the distance, forcing jockey Wesley Henry to check his mount and switch to the outside. By then, all was lost.Halledeen, who is a serious contender for the 2015 jockeys’ title, had a second winner on the card in HOLIDAYWEEKEND (7-2) in the fourth race over a mile, getting up on the line to catch Omar Walker aboard 5-2 chance NO MONEY FRIEND by a nose.Halledeen pushed his season’s tally to 58 – still four behind leader Shane Ellis, who rode two winners as well. Ellis won the Winnie Anglin Memorial Cup co-feature for two-year-olds aboard 7-1 chance MESMERIZE, who made all convincingly.
Despite being reduced to nine men, a resilient Hydel High refused to surrender Group I leadership to their rivals and are still occupying pole position with four points, courtesy of a fighting come-from-behind 2-2 draw with former champions Camperdown High at the Constant Spring Field yesterday.Hydel’s main goalscorer, Nicholas Nelson (11 goals), fired low and hard at goal, which Stephen Barnett followed up and hit home in the 41st minute for his 10th goal of the season.Barnett was again pivotal in the 86th minute. His free kick, which dipped and swerved from goalkeeper Kristoffe Samuels, rebounded to Rodari Edwards, who spanked home in the 86th minute.Camperdown’s scorer was Kevin Clarke, who netted in the 46th and 80th minutes, as captain Tevin Shaw missed a 64th-minute penalty which could have won the game for his team.Hydel’s captain, Kurt Thomas, was sent off after picking up a second yellow, and Kevin Wright also followed, for hard tackling. The two-man difference gave Camperdown ample space to do damage and score, but they just couldn’t.In the earlier contest, Denham Town leapt into second position, edging Innswood High 1-0 at the same venue.Substitute Orlando Brown received an aerial ball, wrestled past his marker and struck home his first goal of the season in minute 77.The result leaves the Ferry-based school on four points for the time being, one ahead of Denham Town.Meanwhile, Denham Town are banking on the hope that Hydel will lose three points gained from them, following their 3-0 loss last Tuesday.It is being challenged that Hydel used an ineligible player, Howard Morris, who was given a red card in the FLOW Super Cup game against Clarendon College, but started for Hydel.A boardroom meeting with ISSA will rule on the matter tomorrow as to whether Hydel will keep or lose three invaluable points.”I am confident it will go in our favour, because based on all the rules we have seen and based on FIFA rules and ISSA rules, we are safe,” Hydel’s coach, Geoffrey Maxwell, told The Gleaner.”No, we were not wrong,” he continued. “There is nothing wrong in what we did.”Meanwhile, Denham Town’s Omar Edwards said: “Who knows what will happen on Friday. We are very optimistic. We have Camperdown to play, and I believe that we are in a good stead going forward. Our intention is to go all the way.”Hydel will play Innswood – who are without a win – in their final game.Yesterday’s ResultsGroup IDenham Town 1 Innswood High 0Hydel 2 Camperdown 2Today’s gamesGroup H1:00 p.m. Vauxhall vs Jamaica College3:00 p.m. Holy Trinity vs Wolmer’sBoth matches will be played at Constant Spring Field
LOS ANGELES (AP):NBA star Kobe Bryant has decided to retire after this season, ending his 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers.The 37-year-old Bryant made the announcement in a post on The Players’ Tribune yesterday. The third-leading scorer in NBA history wrote a poem entitled ‘Dear Basketball’ to announce his decision.”My heart can take the pounding. My mind can handle the grind. But my body knows it’s time to say goodbye,” Bryant wrote. “And that’s OK. I’m ready to let you go. I want you to know now. So we both can savour every moment we have left together. The good and the bad. We have given each other all that we have.”Bryant scored 81 points against Toronto on Jan. 22, 2006, the second highest-scoring performance in NBA history behind Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game.Bryant went straight from high school in suburban Philadelphia to the Lakers in 1996, and he earned five championship rings and 17 All-Star selections during two decades with the franchise – the longest tenure with one team in NBA history. Bryant also won two Olympic gold medals.But Bryant’s last three seasons have ended early due to injuries, and he played in only 41 games over the previous two years. He has struggled mightily in the first 15 games of this season, with mostly young teammates on a rebuilding roster, making a career-worst 32 percent of his shots and dealing with pain and exhaustion every day.In recent months, Bryant repeatedly said he didn’t know whether he would play another season, clearly hoping for a rebound in his health and the Lakers’ fortunes.Neither has happened, and the ever-impatient Bryant didn’t wait any longer to decide his future.
Wavell Hinds, president of the West Indies Players Association (WIPA), has described as surprising, claims by West Indies Twenty20 captain, Darren Sammy, that the organisation has not represented their best interest as it relates to contracts for ICC Twenty20 World Cup in India next month.Sammy, in a recent letter to the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), claimed that a reduction in payments for players to participate in the tournament, has ran contrary to their expectations, and, as a result, members squad, are seeking a renegotiation.However, Hinds, whose entity has been at loggerheads with several of its senior playing members, especially since their aborted tour of India in October 2014, has defended negotiated contracts between WIPA and the WICB, saying that what has been arrived at represents the “best interest” of all players in the region.”I am surprised that they (World Twenty20 squad players) are behaving this way, as the information (based on new payments) would have been disseminated to them nine months ago,” stated Hinds.”I was present at all the meetings, and Darren Sammy was not, so I think he is speaking on information he has gotten.”[However], as far as I am concerned the team that I lead, and the executive that I lead, and the members of the (WIPA) negotiating team, did all the best that they could to get the best.”He continued: “This was not just for a selected group of players, but for all the players of the region, including first-class players.”Currently serving his fourth year as president, Hinds explained that the contracts were negotiated based on new payment conditions stipulated by the WICB, as a result of changes at the International Cricket Council (ICC) level.This, he continued, has subsequently resulted in players being offered less money as compared to the Twenty20 World Cup in 2012.LESS MONEY”In February 2014, the International Cricket Council (ICC) agreed to have a new payment scale for its members, and this took effect January 2016,” said Hinds.”The new (players’) remuneration package is therefore based on current commercial revenues available to the WICB, and not that of commercial revenue that obtained in 2012 when the West Indies won the tournament.”There is no specific fees for Twenty20 World Cups anymore. Its ICC Events payments,” he stressed.Hinds also expressed that the disbursement of monies from the ICC has also change with payments now being collectively issued twice per year over a new four- and eight-year period, in comparison, to it’s prior one-off payment regimes.Hinds, in further explaining the new payment structure, also said that player match fees for Twenty20 World Cup has been increased from US$1,750 to US$6,900.This is in addition to an incentive 80 per cent of prize money won, and 50 per cent of sponsorship fees, should there be any.
REALLY HAPPY “It (silver medal) means the world to me. The focus was to qualify for the Olympic Games. I never expected that to translate to a World silver medal, so I’m really happy about that,” Knight-Wisdom told The Gleaner from Brazil yesterday. Knight-Wisdom returned to log 459.25 points in the final, to finish behind gold-medal winner Rommel Pacheco (Mexico), who scored 504.40 points, with the United States’ Kristian Ipsen tallying 362.05 points. “The qualifying spot was what I was aiming for, and once that was over, I was a lot more relaxed and so everything after that was a bonus. I was very relaxed going into the semi-finals and even more so in the final,” said Knight-Wisdom. Still, the youngster isn’t getting ahead of himself and is expecting the competition to be far tougher when the Olympics begin. He is, however, also hoping for improvement as he prepares to take on the world in Rio. “At the Olympic Games everyone will be at their peak and it will of course feature other divers that didn’t compete in this event, so it will probably be a harder competition. But I am also looking forward to getting even better as well,” Knight-Wisdom said. The Leeds-born diver booked his spot at the Olympic Games after finishing 17th in the preliminary round with a score of 397.90 points. [email protected] Jamaica’s Olympics-bound diver Yona Knight-Wisdom says winning the three-metre springboard silver medal at the FINA Diving World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was a welcome bonus after his historic qualification to the Olympic Games. Knight-Wisdom scored 427.40 points in Monday’s semi-final to finish 11th in the 18-man field, before surprising the competition in the medal round of the competition, which was being used as a Rio 2016 test event at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Center. The 20-year-old Britain-born diver pointed to his approach in the later rounds, noting that he was much more relaxed going into the semi-finals and final after already meeting his main objective of becoming Jamaica’s first Olympic qualifier in a diving event.
KINGSTON:The sixth staging of the Everyone’s a Winner Best Dressed Chicken race series will run off tomorrow at 6:30 a.m. inside the picturesque Hope Gardens.The two-part series will culminate with the second running on Sunday, June 19.Tomorrow’s event will feature a 5K Run, Walk and Stroller categories, as well as an 8K Run, while the June 19 event will have a 5K Run, Walk and Stroller categories, together with a 9K Run. The event is being organised by Running Events in partnership with Best Dressed Chicken.According to Alfred ‘Frano’ Francis, race director of Running Events, this year’s staging will be another exciting time for participants and sponsors.”We will have more MyLaps chip timing, more entertainment, more awards, more refreshments, more runner care and more fun,” he said.Francis added that an exciting and innovative feature is that the first 1,000 participants will receive a medal at each event. The special commemorative medal is split in two half of which will be presented at Sunday’s running and the other on June 19.DIABETIC STATIONIn addition, Francis outlined that participants state their diabetic status on the entry form as Best Dressed Chicken will have a special station for diabetics at both events. The Diabetes Association of Jamaica is the charity partner of the 2016 race series. All runners and walkers are being encouraged to get screened before participating, at the Heart Foundation of Jamaica.In keeping with the theme of encouraging healthy lifestyle practices, there will be post-race massages by Bella Oasis Day Spa, blood pressure and basic health checks by the Heart Foundation and a post-race misting tent for participants, which will be solar-powered by Lumitech.Best Dressed Chicken will provide breakfast sampling on Sunday, with other sampling from various other companies, including Jablum and Dairy Industries – the latter featuring Really Great Yogurt.
When I heard Darren Sammy’s impassioned outburst at the closing ceremony for the World T20 tournament in April, it seemed clear it would be his last act not only as captain but also as a West Indies player. No sport federation would allow such an airing of dirty linen to the world without dire consequence, whether the statements were true or not. A recent tweet by Darren Bravo falls into the same category. Like Sammy at the World T20, Bravo seemed to be angry when he wrote the Twitter statement directed at West Indies Cricket Board President Dave Cameron. Hurt by a critical performance review and a commensurate pay cut, Bravo lashed out. Sammy’s heart was full. Bravo, like many would have been, was bristling at the double impact announced by the WICB president. Even if he had complied with the order to apologise and to remove the offending Twitter statement, the damage would have been done. Speech is instant and there’s no way to re-wind and erase words once they hit the airwaves. Internet networking sites like Facebook and Twitter catapult information around the globe at breakneck speed. The traditional media and the Internet often work together to accelerate that movement of information. An impassioned plea or an angry tweet is front-page news in no time flat. Once you hit the ‘send’ button, there’s no turning back. That’s why many institutions have stipulations in employee contracts that are designed to punish those who use the Internet or the media hastily or with hurtful intent. At the same time, we love those gregarious personalities who tell it like it is. They add colour to tepid public discourse and behaviour that has been tailored by publicity agents. The out-turn in this case is that Bravo has jump-started a process that places his international cricket career in jeopardy. Whether you think his statements were true or not, the style and content of his references to Cameron are strictly prohibited by contract. Unless something dramatic happens, his West Indies day are over. It might all be different if his tweet had just said, ‘Disappointed’. You never know. Sammy is 32 and still young for a cricketer. However, if he never plays for the West Indies again, he has many good memories of playing for the region. He probably has done enough to be attractive to those who organise franchise-based T20 tournaments around the cricket world. At home, in St Lucia, there is a cricket stadium named after him. Bravo is only 27 and may not be quite so marketable. For cricket fans, developments in the Bravo case will be as interesting as the recent US presidential campaign. In the meantime, young sportsmen and women can learn from what has happened. Things will happen in sport that make you mad enough to respond angrily on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat or any other mechanism you prefer. The best advice is to calm down. Wait until your pulse stops racing and when you stop seeing red. Don’t you dare to press that ‘send’ button when you’re mad. Take a deep breath. Cool down. Count to 10 and if that doesn’t work, count to 100. By then, you’ll be calm enough to beat the urge to tantrum-tweet. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at trackside since 1980. NO TURNING BACK
SCOREBOARD There was also a brief downpour shortly after the scheduled lunch break, which further delayed the start until 2 10 p.m. When play started, the West Indies virtually picked up where they left off on day one with Holder and his overnight partner, Devendra Bishoo, adding another 20 runs to their overnight partnership of 55. Bishoo, in eyeing his first half-century in Test, or even bettering his highest score of 45 from 21 appearances, failed to achieve either after he was caught behind off the bowling of the superbly impressive, fast bowler Mohammad Amir, for 28. Holder was then joined by young fast bowler Alzarri Joseph. He, however, after facing six balls, was dismissed without scoring, bowled by a well-directed in-swinger from Amir. Fast bowler Shannon Gabriel, who is not out four, joined Holder and together they navigated 1.4 overs before the rains returned at 3 30 p.m. to effectively end the day’s play. Play, which was being assisted by the use of flood lights, was eventually officially called off at 4 30 p.m. Holder, who brought up his 50 with an elegant straight hit for six off the bowling of fast bowler Mohammad Abbas, has so far slammed seven fours and two sixes. Amir, 25, who served a ban from international cricket for match-fixing in a Test match in 2010, ended the day with five for 41 off 24.3 overs – his first five-wicket haul since returning to the game last year. West Indies 1st Innings (overnight 244 for seven) *J. Holder not out 55 D. Bishoo c wk Sarfraz Ahmed b Mohammed Amir 28 A. Joseph b Mohammed Amir 0 S. Gabriel not out 4 Extras (lb17) 17 Total (9 wkts, 92.3 overs) 278 Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Brathwaite), 2-24 (Hetmyer), 3-32 (Hope), 4-53 (Singh), 5-71 (Powell), 6-189 (Chase), 7-189 (Dowrich), 8-264 (Bishoo), 9-274 (Joseph). Bowling: Mohammad Amir 24.3-11-41-5, Mohammad Abbas 22-4-63-1, Wahab Riaz 22-5-66-1, Yasir Shah 24-5-91-2. PAKISTAN – Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Azhar Ali, Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed, Mohammad Amir, Yasir Shah, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Abbas. Toss: Pakistan. Umpires: R Illingworth, R Kettleborough; TV – B Oxenford. Solid batting from West Indies captain and all-rounder Jason Holder has given the West Indies a realistic shot of posting over 300 runs in the first innings of their Brighto Paints-Q Mobile Cup first Test against Pakistan at Sabina Park. Resuming on 30 not out yesterday and eyeing his fifth half-century to go along with his sole ton in 21 Tests, Holder ended unbeaten on 55, as the West Indies, who ended with 244 for seven on day one, closed day two on 278 for nine. A wet pitch caused by seepage under the covers delayed the game until well after lunch. It is unclear as to what may have caused the water seepage. However, the grounds staff did what they could to dry what turned out to be a wet patch on the pitch, including the burning of charcoal on a sheet of zinc. BRIEF DOWNPOUR