Gayle set for West Indies T20 return

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – Superstar opener Chris Gayle has been named in a West Indies 13-man squad to face India in the one-off Twenty20 International at Sabina Park on Sunday.The 37-year-old, the region’s most experienced player in the shortest format, has not suited up for West Indies since helping them to capture the T20 World Cup in India in April last year.He was picked in a squad to face the Indians in a two-match T20 series in Fort Lauderdale last August but never played because of fitness issues.Chief selector Courtney Browne said Gayle would further strengthen West Indies for the encounter.“We welcome Chris back to the T20 squad. He is the most prolific batsman in this format and will add value to our team at the top of the order,” Browne said.“He will get the chance to play on his home ground and against a top-quality Indian team.”Gayle has played 295 T20s and recently became the first batsman to crest 10 000 runs in the format. His form during the recent Indian Premier League was worrying, however, as he managed a mere 200 runs with a single half-century.For West Indies, he has plundered two centuries, the last coming during the T20 World Cup in the opening match against England.The big-hitting left-hander will join fellow T20 superstars Kieron Pollard, Marlon Samuels and Sunil Narine in the squad which will be again led by all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite.Gayle is the only change to the squad that swept Afghanistan last month, replacing Lendl Simmons who had scores of six, 17 and 15 in the three-match series.Test and one-day captain Jason Holder remains rested with the heavy workload of the England tour on the horizon while all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has not been included.“This squad has a good mix – experience within the batting and bowling – it is a well-balanced squad,” Browne said.“Again, this is an opportunity for the young players to showcase their talent and for the experienced players to perform and help nurture the young players.”The last time the two teams met in a T20, West Indies won a nail-biter in Fort Lauderdale by one run.However, the Windies have had a poor run of results in recent months with just four wins in their last 10 outings.SQUAD – Carlos Brathwaite (captain), Samuel Badree, Ronsford Beaton, Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor, Chadwick Walton, Kesrick Williams.last_img read more

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Human Rights Commission to Partner Akwa United FC

first_imgNational Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has expressed its willingness to partner Akwa United Football Club in sensitising players of the club on their rights as professional footballers.The Akwa Ibom State Coordinator of the Commission, Mr. Tony Iji, made this known when he led top staff of the commission on a courtesy visit to the management of Akwa United FC in Uyo.Mr. Iji said that it was the mandate of NHRC to educate Nigerians on their rights and also to ensure that citizen’s rights were not violated either by another individual or by organisations. The state coordinator said the partnership will offer the commission an opportunity to enlighten players of the club that as professionals, they should honour any contract they signed with clubs.He however stressed that it was necessary for footballers to know that any contract can be terminated by both parties through mutual consent.Mr Iji urged management of the club to ensure that they keep to contract terms entered into with players.In his response, the Chairman of Akwa United FC Paul Bassey commended NHRC for choosing to associate with the club.Bassey who is also the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Udom Emmanuel on sports informed that Akwa United is a professional club in which both the management and players are working together to achieve the dreams and aspirations of the government and good people of the state.According to him, under the sterling leadership of the sports friendly government of Governor Udom Emmanuel Akwa United has benefited immensely in terms of cooperation and unalloyed support.” The goodwill and support we receive from our governor Deacon Udom Emmanuel and the commitment of our teeming supporters has encouraged us to deliver at every opportunity”.Bassey encouraged NHRC to keep supporting the club in its quest to not only win laurels at the end of the season, but to also help in projecting the lofty sport ideals and professionalism of governor Udom led government.The club boss presented replica jerseys of Akwa United to the management staff of NHRC and also received the Commission’s memorabilia in return.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Munster Minor Hurling semi-final postponed

first_imgTipperary requested the change with opponents Clare immediately agreeing to switch the game from tomorrow night to Thursday night at 7.30 in Semple Stadium.Manager Liam Cahill has made three changes to the starting 15 from that which beat Waterford in the quarter-final.Garry Ryan, Tommy Nolan and Lyndon Fairbrother come into the attack. We’ll have regular live updates from Semple Stadium on Thursday night.last_img

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Lagos Fifth Chukker/ Access Bank Defeat Kaduna Keffi to Clinch Majekodunmi…

first_img2018 LAGOS POLO TOURNAMENT By Duro IkhazuagbeThe 2018 Lagos Polo International Tournament came to an exciting end yesterday with Lagos Fifth Chukker/ Access Bank winning the club’s most cherished Majekodunmi Cup after upstaging Kaduna Keffi Pony’s 9 – 6.The home teams had a great day as Lagos A Plus/DDSS also emerged champions of the Low Cup by edging Kano Hamdan 6 – 5 1/2 goals.Before the final game galloped off, the organisers of this edition added class and glamour by ensuring that the newly refurbished Majekodunmi Cup in London was delivered to the club President, Mr Ade Laoye, at the centre of the pitch by a Carveton helicopter.That singular action heighten the anxiety of polo aficionados who wanted to know which of the two teams will walk away with the silverware first donated to the club by Dr Moses Majekodunmi in 1962.The 11-day of high-class polo action, which has GTBank as main sponsor, climaxed with the clash between Lagos Fifth Chukker/ Access Bank and the KadunaKeffi Ponys.The visiting team went into the six-chukker tie with two goals advantage and that increased to three when team patron, Hon Ahmed Wadada tapped in a shot from about 20 yards early in the first chukker.The Ponys’ which also has Idris Badamasi (+3), Patricio Cieza (+6) and Juan Cruz (+7) were seeking to avoid another loss having fell in their earlier clash on Thursday but Julio Estrada kept Fifth Chukker in touch scoring a diagonal shot to end the opening chukka 3-1.Argentine seven-goaler, Estrada scored again at the start of second chukka to close the gap and the home team, which also has Babangida Hassan-Katsina (+3), team patron Adamu Attah (+3) and Augustine Canale (+6), drew level in the second chukka through Canale.However, Ponys kept their heads and scored two more goals in the early stage of the third chukka but Fifth Chukker won’t let go as team patron, Attah and Estrada scored to level scores 5-5 heading to the fourth chukker which eventually ended 6-5 with the Kaduna team in the lead as Cieza scored again.The final two chukkas, as expected, were fiercely contested, and in the end, it was the higher handicap team that triumphed scoring three more goals by Eatrada, Attah and Canale for a 9 – 6 final scoreline and winner of the Majekodunmi Cup.In the earlier match played three-goaler, Kwame Issa and Abdulrahman Mohammed (+2) starred as A plus, complete by Habu Jigunu (+1) and team patron, Luqman Adebayo (+1) puts behind them the disappointment of their Open Cup final loss a week earlier to end their campaign on a memorable note by winning the Arbico-sponsored medium-goal event.  Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Wellington Police Notes: Friday, July 15 – Sunday, July 17, 2016

first_imgWellington Police notes: Friday, July 15 – Sunday, July 17, 2016Friday, July 15, 2016:•9:20 a.m. Jeffrey A. Reida, 42, Harper, was issued a notice to appear for speeding 52 mph in a 40 mph zone.•9:35 a.m. Officers investigated violation of a protection order in the 2000 block E. 7th, Wellington by known suspect.•9:50 a.m. Coleton L. Hess, 22, Wichita, was issued a notice to appear for no proof of insurance, illegal registration/expired tag.•10:50 a.m. Jacob W. Jones, 24, Geuda Springs, was issued a notice to appear for defective trailer lights.•11:32 a.m. Officers investigated violation of protection order and criminal trespass in the 2000 block of E. 7th.•1:57 a.m. Jessie D. French, 38, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with violation of a protection order and criminal trespass.•12:19 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1400 block E 16th, Wellington.•12:40 p.m. Non-injury accident in the 900 block W. U.S. 160, Wellington involving vehicles operated by Alan L. Prince, 57, Wellington and Loren J. Demoss, 64, Wellington.•1 p.m. Alan L. Prince, 57, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for inattentive driving.•1:15 p.m. Officers took report of found debit card in the 800 block N. B, Wellington.•2:29 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of lawn mower/sheers in the 1200 block N Jefferson, Wellington.•3:40 p.m. Wade M. Kiser, 21, Blackwell, Okla. was issued a notice to appear for speeding 61 mph in a 45 mph zone.•7:54 p.m. Officers investigated criminal trespass by known suspect in the 800 block E. 4th, Wellington.•9:40 p.m. Caleb D. Stewart, 28, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for disobeyed stop sign.•9:46 p.m. Gary A. Cook II, 28, Wichita, was issued a notice to appear for no proof of insurance.Saturday, July 16, 2016•12:47 a.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to street sign in the 300 block S. Cherry, Wellington.•6:35 a.m. Officers investigated a burglary and criminal damage to property in the 700 block N. G, Wellington.•9:25 a.m. Officers investigated a burglary of air conditioner unit in the 200 block W. Botkin, Wellington.•11:52 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of tools in the 300 block S. Ash, Wellington.•12:55 p.m. Eric D. Cullens, 37, South Haven, was issued a notice to appear for defective trailer taillight and defective trailer brake light.•John Hernandez, 63, Wellington was served a summons to appear for theft.•8:04 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 800 block E. 16th, Wellington.•9:18 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of a bicycle in the 300 block E. 9th, Wellington.•9:54 p.m. Officer took a report of suspicious activity in the 1400 block Michigan Ct, Wellington.•11:10 p.m. Officers investigated a domestic battery in the 1400 block Michigan Ct, Wellington by known suspect.•11:50 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 800 block N. Woodlawn, Wellington.•11:52 p.m. Molly D. Smith, 22, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with domestic battery.Sunday, July 17, 2016•2:13 a.m. Officers investigated possession of a stimulant and interference with law enforcement officers in the 1700 block N. A, Wellington.•2:15 a.m. Robert J. Kimzey, 22, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with possession of stimulant and interference with law enforcement officers.•2:15 a.m. Robert J. Kimzey, 22, Wellington was arrested on a City of Wellington warrant for battery.•3:03 a.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to property and theft by known suspect in the 300 block W. 9th Wellington.•7:15 a.m. Anthony M. Banks, 34, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with criminal damage to property and theft.•12:35 a.m. Officers took a report of a dog at large in the 1400 block N. Park, Wellington.•12:42 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of a bicycle in the 400 block S. Washington, Wellington.•1:23 p.m. Officers took a report of a runaway in the 400 block N. Olive, Wellington.•1:40 p.m. Daniel R. Thompson Jr, 45, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for speeding 42 mph in a 30 mph zone.last_img read more

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Forecasts show corn & soybean harvests may be better than expected

first_imgDespite weather challenges, the latest U-S-D-A crop report shows farmers planted more acres than expected this year and corn and soybean harvests may end up being larger than earlier predictions. Still, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation economist Sam Funk says it’s too early to know just how well the corn planted late in the spring due to cold, rainy conditions will actually do at harvest time.Funk says, “If we have any sort of an estimate later on that rocks those yields lower, I think it would potentially move markets again.” The U-S-D-A’s August report, released on Monday, did not have good news on the demand side. Exports are expected to remain down and so is the amount of corn used for ethanol.Iowa State University ag economist Chad Hart says China is buying far fewer U-S soybeans than it used to, while Brazil and other South American countries are stepping in to fill the void.“The U.S. has now slid into that #2 spot when we look at country production,” Hart says. “Brazil has probably taken the top spot and will likely hang onto it for some time.” That could translate to a long-term loss for American farmers, many of whom are already struggling financially.last_img read more

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Abraham targets Euro glory after first England goal

first_imgAbraham’s game has gone to the next level this season, but he thinks he can get even better working alongside England captain Harry Kane.Kane took his tally to 31 goals for England with a hat-trick against Montenegro, moving the Tottenham forward above Alan Shearer, Nat Lofthouse and Tom Finney on his country’s all-time list.“It’s always been a dream for me to be on the same pitch as him. Every day, I watch him, learn off him,” Abraham said.“To be on the same pitch with him, training with him every day, it’s always nice to have that type of player to learn from.“Even in training practising, you can see his professionalism. He wants to be the best, to have someone like that to look up to is a dream.Share on: WhatsApp Tammy AbrahamLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Tammy Abraham has set his sights on firing England to Euro 2020 glory after the Chelsea striker scored his first senior international goal in the demolition of Montenegro.Abraham came off the bench to wrap up England’s 7-0 victory at Wembley on Thursday as Gareth Southgate’s side booked their place at Euro 2020.His maiden England goal continued a memorable 2019 for the 22-year-old after winning promotion to the Premier League while on loan with Aston Villa last season and scoring 11 goals in 18 games for Chelsea this term.With three group games and a possible semi-final and final at Wembley, Euro 2020 is almost a home tournament for England and Abraham is confident Southgate’s men can get their hands on the silverware.“Being at the Euros, winning it, top four or top two in the Premier League. Just believing! The sky’s the limit,” Abraham said of his dreams for 2020.“Hopefully, hopefully, I don’t want to jinx myself.”Asked if England can finally win their first major tournament since the 1966 World Cup, Abraham said: “I believe so.”last_img read more

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Andrew Gillum says he’s entering rehab

first_imgAfter being found unconscious in a hotel room, former Florida candidate for governor Andrew Gillum says he has opted to enter rehab.Gillum was found Sunday unconcious with two other males in a hotel room which contained several baggies of what authorities believed was crystal meth.Despite the report, Gillum says he consumed too much alcohol which caused him to vomit and pass out in the hotel room. He also claimed that he did not know that there were drugs in the room with him.Gillum was checked out by medical personnel at the scene and was allowed to go home.The 40-year-old has since told reporters that he developed a problem with alcohol after he lost the bid to become Florida’s next governor to Ron DeSantis.He was also not charged with any crime.Police:Andrew Gillum involved in apparent drug overdose in Miamilast_img read more

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Aurier appears to break social distancing rules AGAIN as he shows off haircut

first_imgBut the latest Instagram post comes less than a month after he and Moussa Sissoko were forced to apologise… for breaking lockdown rules.The Ivorian full-back shared a video of himself wearing a mask while training with fellow Tottenham man Sissoko on social media before swiftly deleting it.In a joint statement, the pair said: “We wish to apologise for not setting the right example here.”We recognise that as professional footballers we have a responsibility to be role models, particularly during this uncertain period that everyone around the world is facing.””We must all respect the government advice to minimise the number of lives lost during this pandemic.Latest Tottenham newsHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrong”We cannot thank NHS staff enough for their tireless work at this time and we shall both be making a financial donation to show our support for their efforts.”The incident with Sissoko was the second time Aurier had ignored safety measures as he filmed himself running with a friend two weeks earlier.On top of Aurier’s mindless antics, Spurs were also criticised after Jose Mourinho was pictured holding a training session in a park doing meanwhile Sanchez and Ryan Sessegnon went running together.5 The Spurs right-back tagged celebrity barber Justin Carr in the post on Tuesday eveningCredit: Instagram5 He was pictured appearing to wear the same Davinson Sanchez Colombia shirt on his way into training at Spurs earlier in the dayCredit: Reuters5José Mourinho slammed by Sadiq Khan for ‘endangering lives’ by taking Tottenham training session during coronavirus lockdownCORONAVIRUS CRISIS – STAY IN THE KNOWDon’t miss the latest news and figures – and essential advice for you and your family.To receive The Sun’s Coronavirus newsletter in your inbox every tea time, sign up here.To follow us on Facebook, simply ‘Like’ our Coronavirus page.Get Britain’s best-selling newspaper delivered to your smartphone or tablet each day – find out more. 5TOTTENHAM star Serge Aurier appeared to break social distancing rules AGAIN… this time getting a haircut.The right-back, 27, took to Instagram on Tuesday night to post a photo of his new lid – and fans were quick to question whether he had been ignoring government guidelines for a THIRD time.⚠️ Read our coronavirus in sport live blog for the latest news & updates5 Serge Aurier took to Instagram to show off his haircut – but may have broken social distancing rules againCredit: InstagramAurier, wearing his Spurs team-mate Davinson Sanchez’s Colombia shirt, posed on a seat with another man stood directly behind him.In the first photo, he has his hands together, then points to the camera and finally lowers his head to show off the very fresh fade and design in his hair.He captioned the post: “Yes Sir @justscuts #LeCoiffeurEstBon,” with the hashtag translating to “the hairdresser is good”.The tagged username is Justin Carr, a barber who has 31.4k Instagram followers and keeps plenty of top Premier League footballers’ lids in shape.Earlier on Tuesday, Aurier uploaded a video of him kicking a ball, seemingly at Spurs’ training ground – with the players returning for solo sessions for the first time.He wrote: “Resumption of work… it’s almost time.”last_img read more

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US$90M Required to Train Security

first_imgAs the drawdown and departure of peacekeepers with the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) looms, the urgency to train more security personnel has intensified.In the absence of the UN peace-keepers, the government is expected to train over 3000 officers of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN), soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), the Liberia National Police (LNP) and other security personnel in order to effectively man the country’s porous borders and decentralize security operations.To achieve this plan, according to Finance and Development Planning Minister Amara Konneh, the amount of US$20 million already allocated in the budget for security training was not nearly enough to meet the overall objective of security take-over from UNMIL.Minister Konneh, who is a core member of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s Economic Management Team, has disclosed that the funds required for the training will by all means be increased to US$90 million.The Minister made the disclosure on Saturday at a joint graduation program of over 300 BIN and LNFS personnel in Sinje, Garwula District, Grand Cape Mount County.The BIN plays an important role in generating substantial revenues for the government, Minister Konneh, said pointing out that of the 2005/2006 fiscal budget, the entity generated US$300,000, while in this year’s budget, the bureau has contributed US$3.9m thus making an average of 25 percent increment to the budget.He further remarked that the security sector is important to the economic growth of the country starting with the BIN.Minister Konneh urged the BIN to continue its contributions to the rebuilding process of post conflict Liberia.“Your job is not just to guard the borders, but also to ensure that the interests of the investors that are coming into the country to invest are protected, because they too are graciously contributing to the growth and development of the country through the budget,” he told the audience. The crowd became elated when Minister Konneh praised the BIN for their decent uniforms.In his remarks, Vice President Joseph Boakai lauded authorities of the BIN and LNFS for their farsightedness in planning the training exercises.Such training will reassure Liberians that the state security will provide total protection for the citizenry in the absence of UNMIL, said VP Boakai.He urged the graduates to use the lessons learnt by exhibiting a high level of professionalism in their assigned areas.“In case of anything like civil unrest, it will be you who will first step in. The military should be the last line of defense because it is very expensive to use the military. This is why you were included to benefit from the first course of training,” the Vice President told the graduates with reference to the BIN.The program brought together an array of government officials including the Minister of Education, George Werner, representatives of UNMIL, the African Union, Economic Community of West African States, among other partners. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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