After US Open loss, Kyrgios says: ‘Keep letting people down’

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “I don’t know, honestly. I’m not good enough for him,” Kyrgios responded. “You know, he’s very dedicated. He’s an unbelievable coach. You know, he probably deserves a player that is probably more dedicated to the game than I am. He deserves a better athlete than me.”When a reporter returned to that topic, asking Kyrgios to explain what he meant, he said: “I’m not dedicated to the game at all.”“I mean, you know what I mean: There are players out there that are more dedicated, that want to get better, that strive to get better every day. The ‘one-percenters.’ I’m not that guy.”Asked whether he envisions ever being “that guy,” Kyrgios answered: “I really don’t know. Probably not. Honestly not.”He then referenced his impressive run in Cincinnati and described his routine there.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ The 14th-seeded Kyrgios lamented the injured right shoulder that limited his effectiveness from the third set on during a 6-3, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1 exit against another Australian, 235th-ranked John Millman. Kyrgios called the series of health issues that have hampered him all year “diabolical.” He stated that he doesn’t care enough about working hard and, therefore, his coach should find someone else to work with.And he closed by covering his face while saying, “I keep letting people down.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutKyrgios is a supremely talented and temperamental 22-year-old who has reached two Grand Slam quarterfinals and just this month beat 15-time major champion Rafael Nadal en route to the final of the Cincinnati Masters. He is also someone who gets in trouble for his on-court actions, such as lobbing insults at his opponent or being accused of not giving his best effort.When Kyrgios was asked Wednesday whether he plans to continue being coached by former player Sebastien Grosjean, the reply was rather startling — or rather, would have been, coming from any other professional athlete. Read Next LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I was playing basketball … every day for two hours. Like, I played an hour of basketball before I played (2013 French Open runner-up) David Ferrer in the semifinal,” he said. “I was … getting a milk shake every day. I was less dedicated. And this week I was dedicated — and my shoulder starts hurting.”Against Millman, Kyrgios’ shoulder was massaged by a trainer during changeovers in the third set. During that set, Kyrgios also had an argument with chair umpire Carlos Ramos after being warned for using bad language.Kyrgios pleaded that he hadn’t said anything improper, but Ramos said a linesperson had reported him.“For obvious reasons,” Ramos said, “I cannot repeat what he said you said.”As for his body, Kyrgios stopped playing during Wimbledon because of a hip injury — part of a three-match run in which he retired each time.“I have had a diabolical year at these Slams. It doesn’t surprise me. It’s just the story of my career, really. I will have good weeks; I’ll have bad weeks,” he said. “It’s just a roller-coaster.” Stephon Marbury has emotional moment with Beijing fan at Q&A WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Nick Kyrgios of Australia returns a shot to John Millman of Australia during their first round Men’s Singles match on Day Three of the 2017 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 30, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Richard Heathcote/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — A post-loss news conference with Nick Kyrgios often feels more like a therapy session, and Wednesday at the U.S. Open was no exception.There was a lot to unpack afterward.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

De Ocampo goes to Meralco in three-team trade

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Racela on FEU loss to DLSU: ‘We’re far from Final Four contention’ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 2017 PLAY LIST 03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201703:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight The Fuel Masters, meanwhile, received Meralco’s 2017 first rounder together with TNT’s 2019 second round pick.The Office of the Commissioner approved the trade on Monday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDe Ocampo, 35, has been with the KaTropa since 2008 and helped the franchise win six championships in his tenure there.His entry will be a huge shot in the arm for the Bolts as he reunites with former coach Norman Black.center_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTNT beat the trade deadline and sent shockwaves on Monday as it dealt forward Ranidel de Ocampo to Meralco in a three-team trade.In a drive to get younger, the KaTropa received Norbert Torres, Justin Chua, and San Miguel’s 2017 first round pick from Phoenix.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Read Next View comments Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City De Ocampo is averaging 9.1 points on 33 percent shooting from three, 4.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists this conference.Torres and Chua, meanwhile, will fortify TNT’s young frontline which also has youngsters Mo Tautuaa and Troy Rosario and veterans Kelly Williams and Harvey Carey.Torres is averaging 3.8 points and 3.4 rebounds in just 12.6 minutes in his sophomore season with Phoenix, while Chua only netted 3.1 points, 1.9 rebounds in 9.7 minutes with Meralco in his fourth season.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarylast_img read more

MVP remains in full support of Gilas despite Chooks backing

first_imgLOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary “Even if Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas is a club team, we are still one in cheering for the, cheering Laban Pilipinas come tip off,” said SMART sports head Christopher “Epok” Quimpo.Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas will kick off its Champions Cup campaign against BC Astana on Friday in the tournament that will run from September 22 to 30. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad “We started the Gilas program back in 2008 to help achieve the Filipino dream of reaching the Olympics and the World Cup,” the executive said. “Years later, we have found a partner that can help expand the program in Chooks-to-Go. This is what sports does to us Filipinos, it brings us together.”Bounty has been bankrolling Gilas Pilipinas since their partnership started in December 2016. It is also the main sponsor for the team for 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup, an Asian club competition.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutChooks-to-Go Pilipinas is looking to make deep run in the 10-club tourney in Chenzhou, China, which is expected to give the players invaluable experience heading into the Fiba World Cup qualifiers in November.Even with the Filipino team carrying another brand for the club championships, SMART is still throwing its support behind Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View commentscenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Gilas Pilipinas members with SBP head Manny V. Pangilinan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTop sports patron Manny V. Pangilinan reaffirmed his full support for the Philippine national basketball team even with Chooks-to-go stepping up to sponsor Gilas Pilipinas.Bounty Agro Ventures Inc., the company that operates Chooks-to-Go, has been the main backer for nationals this past year and Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas chairman emeritus welcomed the company’s undying support for the program.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PBA: Meralco ties Ginebra atop standings, trips Globalport Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Nextlast_img read more

Pacquiao demands ‘closure’ from WBO on controversial ‘Battle of Brisbane’

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. All-star Hayward agrees to sign with Celtics China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong View comments Manny Pacquiao reacts after his loss to Jeff Horn of Australia, during their WBO World Welterweight title fight in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)Saying he does not want to see the boxing industry “dying,” Senator Manny Pacquiao has urged the World Boxing Organization (WBO) to act on the Games and Amusement Board’s (GAB) request to review the decision of his welterweight match with Australian Jeff Horn.READ: Horn stuns Pacquiao for unanimous decision winADVERTISEMENT On July 3, GAB chairman Abraham Mitra and two GAB commissioners wrote to WBO President Francisco Varcarcel asking for a thorough review of the entire Pacquiao-Horn bout in Brisbane, Australia last July 2.The GAB is the agency tasked to regulate and supervise professional sports in the country.GAB representatives said they are echoing “the stand of many boxing followers on the possible errors of the referee and the judges.”READ: NBA players, US celebrities upset over Horn win, say Pacquiao ‘robbed’“While we respect the decision, we are constrained to request for a thorough review by the WBO for possible miscalls of the referee where some deductions were not made and of the judges in their judging that have caused varying opinions on their objectivity,” the GAB said in its letter.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucenacenter_img MOST READ Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games GAB added: “We are making this request for a review, which many call for sanctions on the referee and the judges if so warranted, in furtherance of our mutual goal of protecting the integrity of the sport and even more improving the boxing industry that we all love.”Last Sunday, Horn won the WBO welterweight belt from Pacquiao. The unanimous decision of the judges drew criticisms from boxing fans across the world. JPVSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LATEST STORIES Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection “WBO should take appropriate action on the letter sent by the Games and Amusement Board so as not to erode the people’s interest in boxing,” Pacquiao said in a statement on Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“On my part, I had already accepted the decision but as a leader and, at the same time, fighter I have the moral obligation to uphold sportsmanship, truth and fairness in the eyes of the public,” he said.“I love boxing and I don’t want to see it dying because of unfair decision and officiating,” Pacquiao added.last_img read more

UFC strips Jones, reinstates Cormier as 205-pound champion

first_imgView comments Cormier lost the belt to Jones in a third-round stoppage at UFC 214 in Anaheim, California. Last month, USADA announced Jones had violated the UFC’s doping policy with a second positive test.The California commission made its no-contest ruling after Jones’ backup sample also failed a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency test for the same substance, the banned steroid Turinabol.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingCormier (19-1) has never lost to any opponent except Jones (22-1), the troubled UFC star. Cormier held the light heavyweight title for most of the previous two years while Jones was largely sidelined by disciplinary issues.The 30-year-old Jones could face a four-year suspension from the California commission for his second failed test, but his representatives have indicated he is expected to appeal the result by arguing that it resulted from a contaminated nutritional supplement, a defense that has worked in previous MMA doping cases. Jones has a lengthy history of misbehavior. After avoiding serious punishment in previous incidents involving cocaine use and a drunk-driving conviction, he was stripped of his title in 2015 after his involvement in a hit-and-run accident that left a pregnant woman with a broken arm.He returned to the octagon several months later and reclaimed an interim title while Cormier was injured, but Jones’ belt was stripped again in November 2016, four months after he was pulled from a rematch with Cormier at UFC 200 for failing a pre-fight doping test.Jones served a one-year suspension before returning in July, pronouncing himself wiser and more mature.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side 40-year-old Stephon Marbury ‘working on’ return to NBA FILE – In this Jan. 3, 2015, file photo, Jon Jones, right, kicks Daniel Cormier during their light heavyweight title mixed martial arts bout at UFC 182 in Las Vegas. Jones has threatened to show up at WWE’s SummerSlam event and scout potential rival Brock Lesnar. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)LOS ANGELES— The UFC has stripped its light heavyweight title from Jon Jones for a third time and reinstated Daniel Cormier as the 205-pound champion after Jones’ latest failed doping test.The mixed martial arts promotion announced its decision Wednesday after the California State Athletic Commission changed the result of Jones’ victory over Cormier on July 29 to a no-contest.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READlast_img read more

Michael Jordan’s advice to newly-acquired Dwight Howard: ‘Play determined’

first_imgDwight Howard (left). NOTE TO USER User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFPDwight Howard may no longer be the athletic specimen he once was, but NBA legend and Charlotte Hornets’ owner Michael Jordan believes he could still be effective in today’s fast-paced league.The Hornets acquired the services of the eight-time NBA All-Star this off-season, in hopes of rekindling his earlier dominance, where he averaged around 20 points and 14 rebounds per contest.ADVERTISEMENT Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. La Salle blows lead, holds off Adamson in Mbala’s return Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments MOST READ Although injuries have been a major concern for the 31-year-old center for the past seasons, Jordan believes that Howard’s struggles could also be attributed to his attitude and demeanor on the court.“Why are you so pissed off?” Jordan asked his new prized center in a phone call this off season, according to Sports Illustrated.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“When you’re pissed, you’re out of control, and you’re not focusing on your shots or your free throws or the right type of defense… Why play pissed when you can play determined?” the six-time NBA champion added.Since leaving the Magic in the 2012-2013 NBA season, Howard has regressed statistically and has struggled to develop new skills that will fit in the league’s new uptempo style.center_img No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups He has also been unable to find a steady home ever since, as Charlotte will be his fourth team in six seasons—with brief stops with the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets and Atlanta Hawks. Khristian Ibarrola/JBRELATED STORY:NBA: Dwight Howard looks to add 3-pointer to repertoire next seasonADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse chargeslast_img read more

The best this month

first_imgA quick roundup of what’s hot around the globe this month. Choose from the hottest events, shows and happenings in the world of music, art, cinema, literature, sport, fashion, wine and food.IndiaOct 03 TO 14The long wait is finally over and New Delhi is geared up to showcase the largest sporting spectacle India has ever hosted–the Commonwealth Games. About 6,000 athletes will compete in 17 sports, ranging from boxing and wrestling to hockey and badminton, to be held at the city’s renovated stadiums. Don’t miss these sporting events. Book tickets at www.tickets.cwgdelhi2010.orgGermanyOct 06 TO 10Attention book lovers, the Frankfurt Book Fair, which dates to the 15th century, is one thing you would not want to miss if you happen to be in the city. It has everything a bookworm could dream of; story reading sessions, discussions and, of course, millions of books. Each year a different country is invited as the guest of honour, and this time it is Argentina. For details visit www.buchmesse.deMalaysiaOct 08 TO 10If you are a biking enthusiast and happen to be in Sepang, don’t miss the 20th edition of Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix where you can watch the world’s best racers build up speed and compete with each other at these race tracks. Fans will also be able to see past champions make a special appearance. Make your bookings at www.sepangcircuit.comHungaryOct 08 TO 17It seems that the Hungarian capital is in love with the Autumn season as they have an entire festival dedicated to it. The Budapest Autumn Festival has everything you can expect from a city festival–musical performances, dance competitions, theatre shows, film screenings and lots of food. The city is a buzz with action these days so if you are here catch some of the shows. Select at www.btf.huIcelandOct 13 TO 17It’s hip, it’s very popular and it’s happening. The Iceland Airwaves Music Festival celebrates music in every form; from hip hop, pop, jazz to blues. With 200 bands performing in over nine venues across Reykjavik including bars, pubs and restaurants, the city is buzzing. If you are planning to watch one of the bands perform, book your tickets now at www.icelandairwaves.isUKOct 13 TO 28Go anywhere in London and chances are that you’ll hear movie buffs talking about UK’s biggest film festival, the London Film Festival, that takes places at various venues across the city. This year there is a line-up of 197 feature and 112 short films from across the world. Besides these you can even spot celebrities and filmmakers who come to promote their films. Visit www.bfi.org.uk for bookings.IndiaOct 17Public grounds across New Delhi are decked up as huge wooden effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakaran and Meghnath, stuffed with fireworks are set ablaze. Here Dussehra celebrations are incomplete without Ram Lila, a dance drama depicting the 10-day battle between Rama and Ravana which ended in Rama’s victory.IndiaOct 21 TO 25There is a nip in the air and the right weather for the Rajasthan International Folk Festival at Jodhpur. This time there is a line up of international artists and bands as well. The spectacular Mehrangarh Fort provides the perfect backdrop for the performances. Buy tickets at www.jodhpurfolkfestival.orgGreenlandOct 23If you enjoy running, try it on ice and snow this time. The Polar Circle Marathon, better known as ‘the coolest marathon on earth’, takes place in Kangerlussuaq where the temperature dips to -5oC. You’ll be given seven hours to complete the entire stretch, which is more than 35 km long. For details visit www.polar-circle-marathon.comadvertisementlast_img read more

Turning point from India vs Bangladesh WC opener

first_imgTurning point The turning point of the game was undoubtedly India opener Virender Sehwag’s spectacular 175 runs off 140 was the turning point of the game. His innings in a way set the pace of the things to come and eventually proved to be the largest pie in India’s total of 370.He equalled Kapil Dev’s record of 175 that the former India captain had scored against the Zimbabweans way back in 1983, when the team won the World Cup.Virat Kohli’s 100 off 83 balls too deserves recognition.Man-of-the-matchNo surprises here, it has to Virender Sehwag, who scored 175 on the day.last_img

WI vs Ire: Smith hits a ton as Windies beat Ireland by 44 runs

first_imgWindies opener Devon Smith scored a century as West Indies beat Ireland by 44 runs in their World Cup Group B match at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali on Friday. Score Put to bat, West Indies scored 275 all out in 50 overs even as the Irish bowlers applied the brakes on batsmen who were going hammer and tongs at one stage.The most devastating apart from Smith was Kiron Pollard, who put an impressive 94 off just 55 balls.In reply Ireland fell 44 runs short of the target left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn scalped four wickets on the day.Early in the Irish innings, West Indies left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn, who has been in form in the tournament, claimed opener Paul Stirling with his turner early in the game to reduce Ireland 6/1 in the second over of the innings. Then it was the turn of skipper William Porterfield to take a walk. And he did it in opposition captain Darren Sammy’s over, giving a catch at mid-on to substitute Ravi Rampaul. He fell for 12 and Ireland lost their second wicket on 42.Later, Ed Joyce, who was part of the England team during the 2007 World Cup, and Niall O’Brien decided to forge a partnership. Their partnership had amassed 44 runs when Benn struck again to despatch Niall O’Brien on 25. Ireland fell to 86/3 on the last ball of the 21st over.Then Joyce and Gary Wilson got on with a partnership. The two stayed at the crease for more than an hour putting 91 runs for the fourth wicket before a yorker from Andre Russell got the man the Windies wanted. Ed Joyce was completely beaten as the ball caved in mid-air from the off and wasted the batsman’s attempt to click it at last go. Before he could realise his stumps were gone. Joyce fell for 84 and Ireland to 177/4.advertisementMore celebrations followed as an over later West Indies skipper Darren Sammy despatched big game player Kevin O’Brien on five to reduce Ireland to 187/5. And slowly the West Indies got to the point where victory was in sight.Sammy then came back to send home Gary Wilson to seal any hopes that the Irish players had of a revival. Wilson fell for 61 and Ireland lost their sixth wicket on 199/6.Skipper Sammy ended his over and wisely put in left-arm spinner Benn and the result was there for all to see as the change of pace foxed Alex Cusack who fell on two.West Indies were now just three wicket away from victory and Andre Botha got run out in the next over to signal the Irish fall.Ireland could only manage to put 231 runs on board before getting out on the last ball of the 49th over.West Indies inningsIreland restricted West Indies to 275. The West Indies innings was dominated by opener Devon Smith and Kieron Pollard’s fine batting performances.While Smith completed his ton, Pollard missed his century by six runs. Among the Irish bowlers Kevin O’ Brien proved to be the destroyer-in-chief with four wickets despite the fact that he went for 71 runs in the nine overs that he bowled.Earlier, put to bat Shivnarine Chanderpaul, opening in place of regular opener Chris Gayle – rested owing to his abdominal strain, put on a fine 89-run for the first wicket with Devon Smith before Kevin O’Brien decided to break their stand. It turned out to be a soft dismissal with Chanderpaul edging a catch to skipper William Porterfield in the extra cover region. Chanderpaul scored 35.West Indies lost their first wicket on 89, but the second wicket too fell on the ssame score, with Kevin scalping Daren Bravo for a golden duck. He fell on very first ball that he played and Kevin ended with two wickets in the 25th over.In the 32nd over Ramnaresh Sarwan too fell. He attempted a big hit off George Dockrell, but ended up giving a catch to John Mooney at long-off. He fell for 11 and West Indies lost their third wicket on 130.But, opener Devon Smith was still at the crease and he was in form too. He continued to torment the Irish bowlers on way to his century. But as soon as Smith completed his ton he fell. A good one from Kevin caught him off guard and his stumps were uprooted. He fell on 107 and West Indies lost their fourth wicket on 218.Then Kevin went on to scalp skipper Darren Sammy cheaply to increase his victims tally to four. Late Boyd Rankin claimed Devon Thomas to reduce the Windies to 228/6 on the last ball of the 45th over.advertisementBut, Kieron Pollard wasn’t bothered, he went on a a charge right away and hammered a four and then followed it up with two massive over the fence shots in the 48th over of Kevin’s ball. However, it wasn’t Kevin who accounted for him but Mooney did that job with ease.On the first ball of the 49th over, Pollard went for a massive heave and ended up giving a catch to Rankin in the deep. He missed the ton by just six runs. His 94 came off just 55 balls and included eight fours and five sixes. With his wicket West Indies lost their seventh batsman on 267/7.Mooney then claimed Andre Russell on the very next ball but missed a hat-trick chance. Then Andre Botha claimed tail-ender Sulieman Benn on the second ball of the last over and then Kemar Roach on the last ball of the innings to restrict West Indies to 275.last_img read more

Lots of Luck

first_imgThe World Cup tickets for the knockout rounds will be available via an online lottery system because heavy load crashed the official ticketing website www.kyazoonga.com. This will be the first time that there will be an online lottery for a sports event held in the subcontinent. Kyazoonga says that it had suggested the lottery system at the start of the tournament but the idea had been rejected. The lottery is common at other global sporting events where there is a heavy demand for tickets. The lottery for the London Olympic Games in 2012 opens on March 15.In order to claim tickets, people will have to visit the website and record their names in an online ballot box. The lottery will take place once the period of registration is complete. Each winner will be restricted to two tickets. “This way at least more people will have a chance to get tickets,” says Ratnakar Shetty, tournament director. The organisers scrapped the online ticket booking system for the World Cup final as the website crashed within hours of business on February 21. “We will announce a date and time when people can apply and after a draw, those winning will be asked to buy the same online,” says Shetty.The World Cup final will be held at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai, which can accommodate 33,000 spectators. During initial bookings, 4,000 tickets were made available for the public out of which 1,000 tickets can be purchased online and the remaining 3,000 are reserved for people who queue up at the stadium counters. The rest of the tickets have been distributed among clubs associated with the Mumbai Cricket Association and the ICC.advertisementlast_img read more