Gayle credits Benn for inspiration in World T20 victory over England

first_imgMUMBAI, India (CMC): Chris Gayle says it was a remark from close teammate, Sulieman Benn, before the start of the West Indies innings, that inspired his scintillating hundred against England on Wednesday. “I was focused and I was a little bit pumped as well. Just before I went out to bat, Sulieman Benn said to me ‘Chris you’ve got to entertain me’,” Gayle said. “Sometimes when someone says such things like that, it kind of actually gives you a bit of buzz as well so Sulieman gave me that spark. I said ‘I’m going to entertain my teammate’. He’s my drinking partner as well so we’re going to have few beers … it’s good to get off on a winning note.” The left-handed Gayle was superb, smashing five fours and 11 massive sixes as he stormed to exactly 100 not out, in the Windies opening game of the Twenty20 World Cup. He needed just 47 balls to reach his landmark, to record the third fastest hundred in T20 Internationals. He put on 55 for the second wicket with Marlon Samuels, who hit a cameo 37, added a further 46 for the third wicket with Denesh Ramdin (12), before combining in a match-winning unbroken fifth wicket stand of 70 off 35 balls with Andre Russell, who finished with a run-a-ball 16 not out. “The preparation has been really, really good. There (were) a lot of throw downs with (coach) Stuart Williams and it has helped a lot,” the 36-year-old said. “It’s all about practicing your skills and then you can exploit them out there in the middle. It worked for me today, it’s a good wicket to bat on and we were chasing a decent total on that sort of wicket, but the dew played a part as well so it was good to get set and take it from there.” On 15 from 12 balls when Samuels fell, Gayle then opened up, racing to his half-century off another 15 balls and then using another 20 deliveries to get to three figures. Gayle said Samuels’s cameo had paved the way for him to play freely. “After facing (my first) over, it actually took a while to get back on strike, but I didn’t lose my composure,” Gayle recalled. “He (Samuels) was getting the boundaries as well so that was actually pretty good because then that kind of eased the pressure a bit and actually gave me a chance to pace my innings and then work out which bowler I was going to take down … and keep ahead of the run rate or keep within the run rate. “It was a fantastic innings and I am really happy to finish the game and not leave it for anyone.” Preparationlast_img read more

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England seek World Cup exorcism as Belgium expects

first_img0Shares0000England captain Harry Kane (L), who is yet to score a goal in a tournament, has vowed an aggressive approach against opponents expected to defend in numbers © AFP / PAUL ELLISVOLGOGRAD, Russian Federation, Jun 18 – England open their World Cup campaign on Monday with manager Gareth Southgate seeking to banish memories of dismal recent finals performances while Belgium’s “Golden Generation” kick off as dark horse challengers.England, winners on football’s biggest stage more than half a century ago, crashed out without a win four years in Brazil, and haven’t won a knock-out match in any tournament since 2006. Southgate’s young charges however come to Russia quietly confident after a solid qualifying campaign and encouraging friendly results against the likes of Brazil, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands.They play Tunisia in the historic city of Volgograd on Monday evening knowing anything other than a win would scatter pre-tournament plans, with Belgium looming later in Group G.Southgate’s lack of experience was much fretted over when appointed but the former Under 21s coach has cultivated an atmosphere of unity and a determination to bury past failures.Probable teams for the Group G match between Tunisia and England in the World Cup 2018 in Russia. © AFP / Laurence SAUBADU“This team shouldn’t be burdened with that because they’re a fresh group, most of them have very few international caps, so the future is all ahead of them,” Southgate told reporters at the Volgograd Arena on Sunday.England captain Harry Kane, who is yet to score a goal in a tournament, has vowed an aggressive approach against opponents expected to defend in numbers.“First and foremost we are going to want to attack the game, we feel like we are going to have a lot of possession of the ball,” the Tottenham forward said.– Hazard to shine: Martinez –Belgium, meanwhile, enter Russia on more familiar ground: a squad stuffed with stars but questions over their manager.Tunisia’s midfielder Ahmed Khalil (C) attends a training session at the Volgograd Arena on the eve of their World Cup Group G match against England © AFP / NICOLAS ASFOURISpaniard Roberto Martinez was a left-field choice to replace Marc Wilmots after Euro 2016 and the former Everton boss seems no nearer to solving the puzzle of getting Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne playing to their sky-high potentials in the same side.The boys from Brussels face Panama, Central America’s World Cup debutantes, in Sochi.Probable teams for the Belgium – Panama match in Group G of World Cup 2018. © AFP / Laurence SAUBADUMartinez on Sunday said Hazard was ready to light up a tournament in the same way as Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo did with his stunning hat-trick against Spain on Friday.“I think Eden is in a great moment of his career, look at his age, he is the captain, in terms of leadership — he never finds it difficult to show for the ball,” he said.Results under Martinez have been excellent — Belgium haven’t lost since he took over — but there is a sense that this tournament represents their best chance at World Cup glory.– Post-Zlatan Sweden –Monday’s early game sees Sweden take on South Korea in Nizhny Novgorod in a clash from a Group F that also contains holders Germany.Asian powerhouses South Korea are hoping to avoid a repeat of 2014, when their performance in Brazil was so dire that the team was pelted with toffees © AFP / Johannes EISELEThe Swedes come to Russia at the dawning of the “post-Zlatan” era, after their talismanic striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic retired from internationals after the last Euros.“We must focus on us, we are here now, the squad that has been selected is the one that will play,” captain Andreas Granqvist told AFP.Sweden beat France in qualifying, and finished ahead of the Netherlands who failed to make it to Russia. The Swedes later advanced by eliminating Italy in a play-off.Asian powerhouses South Korea meanwhile are hoping to avoid a repeat of 2014, when their performance in Brazil was so dire that the team was pelted with toffeesProbable teams for the Sweden – South Korea Group F match on Monday. © AFP / Laurence SAUBADUFour years ago, South Korea’s performance was so woeful that the players were pelted with toffees on their return to Seoul.They will need to summon the spirit of their 2002 home heroics in order to extricate themselves from what is arguably 2018’s toughest group.“I think we will have to beat Sweden if we want to get to the last 16,” said South Korea coach Shin Tae-yong.“We’ve waited a long time for this World Cup.”In snake-hipped Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-Min, the Koreans have a world-class player and potential match-winner.But in truth they are a shadow of the team who famously reached the semi-finals as 2002 World Cup co-hosts.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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PH, 11 others make round 2

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netA total of 12 teams from across the Americas, Asia and Europe have secured their passage to the second round of the Fiba World Cup 2019 Qualifiers.Australia, Brazil, Canada, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Iran, Kazakhstan, the Philippines, Serbia and Venezuela already have their places guaranteed in the second round consisting of three windows—September and November 2018 and February 2019.ADVERTISEMENT The third window (June 25-July 3, 2018) of the first round is still crucial as results of every game carries over to the second round.Three teams from each group will advance to the next phase, all aiming to secure one of 32 berths to the 18th World Cup slated in China on Aug. 31 to Sept. 15, 2019.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe previous World Cup was held in Spain in 2014 but the next men’s edition has been reset to 2019 to avoid conflict with the Fifa World Cup.In the Americas, the Dominican Republic dominated Virgin Islands, 113-85, to stay undefeated with a 4-0 record and was joined in the second round by Brazil, also at 4-0, after its 83-58 win over Chile at its Goiânia Arena packed with 10,550 spectators.Canada and Venezuela also advanced with wins that improved their records to 3-1.In the Asian Qualifiers, Australia is the only team so far to boast a 4-0 record, but the trio of Iran, Kazakhstan and the Philippines also joined them through to the next phase with 3-1 cards. Ceres seeks payback vs Singapore Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Andray Blatche joined hands with Calvin Abueva as Gilas Pilipinas bucked Japan’s rally for an 89-84 Group B triumph at its home court Mall of Asia Arena on Sunday.France, Germany and Greece all improved to unassailable 4-0 marks in their groups in the European Qualifiers, while getting to 3-1 in Group G was enough for 2014 World Cup runner-up and 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic silver medalist Serbia to lock its spot as well.United States, the defending champion, can assure its place in the second round Monday when it hosts Puerto Rico in Santa Cruz, California.No teams have clinched second round places in the African Qualifiers yet as they have so far played just three of their six first round games. —FIBA.COM, AP Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES AFP official booed out of forum Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa View commentslast_img read more

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Gov’t Allocates $5 Billion for CSJP III

first_imgApproximately $5 billion (US$50 million) is to be expended over the next four years on interventions in communities across Jamaica, as the Ministry of National Security launches the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) III.Portfolio Minister, Hon. Peter Bunting, who provided details during his recent Sectoral presentation, said this third phase of the crime and violence-prevention initiative will be much improved over the previous two segments.He informed that the programme will be funded by the Government through international partners such as the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the United Kingdom (UK) Department for International Development, and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).The present programme, which has been working with at-risk youth in some 50 volatile communities, will come to an end in December, 2013.[RELATED: JPs Encouraged to Get Involved in Restorative Justice]Mr. Bunting informed that the Ministry has commissioned an evaluation of the previous two phases to ensure that the initiative will build upon the successes, as well as ensure that the interventions will provide sustainable opportunities for the growth and development of the country’s citizens.He said that CSJP III will maintain the basic elements of the original programme, but will be redefined to include a national crime prevention focus. This, he said, will expand its reach beyond volatile inner-city areas, to address early signs of social dis-organisation in communities across the island.As such, the number of beneficiaries under the skills development and job placement component, being undertaken in collaboration with the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), will be widened to include vulnerable youth from rural communities islandwide.“The results include the transformation of the attitudes of these young people, who have been exposed to some of the best role models that our country has produced. CSJP III will incorporate a new element that will help to provide many of our youth with alternative options,” Mr. Bunting stated.Another major component of CSJP III will be a renewed focus on support for activities to change the socio-economic circumstances of high risk groups and communities, and to reduce the negative socialisation processes, which lead to crime, violence and disorder.To this end, the programme will provide additional support for business/entrepreneurial development that will enable community members to access critical resources designed to boost small community-based enterprise.In addition, CSJP III will strengthen support for inter-agency interventions in communities island-wide that have experienced extreme trauma caused by violence.“These interventions will be focused on rapid responses to counter the possibilities of wider episodes, reduce reprisals, promote restorative justice, and, thereby, rebuild a spirit of community,” Mr. Bunting said.He added that at the heart of the interventions will be an integrated approach that seeks to improve efficiencies by drawing upon the human, financial and other resources of state agencies that have responsibility for community safety, the private sector, and civil society groups.He further noted that to achieve improved programme coordination, CSJP will have greater coordination of programme services within the Ministries of Justice, Education, Youth and Culture, Sports, Health and Local Government and their departments and agencies.“Our approach will be rooted in the recognition that for community crime prevention to become transformative, the interventions to be undertaken in CSJP III must be sustainable. One of our key objectives will be to ensure that CSJP III programme activities will be incorporated into the corporate plans and budgets of relevant ministries departments and agencies over the next four years. This will ensure the continuation of the key elements of the programme well beyond the expiration of current funding,” Mr. Bunting said.Another component of the new CSJP will be an enhanced social marketing programme that will be focused on reversing the pervasive culture of violence.National messaging will be developed focusing on key behaviour changes at the individual and institutional levels.“We will begin to create a national coalition that involves every well-thinking Jamaican, in building a culture based on caring for each other and uplifting our communities. Therefore, we have begun to make adjustments to how the programme operates, to put greater emphasis on social marketing,” the Security Minister said.CSJP is a multi-faceted crime and violence prevention initiative of the Ministry of National Security, which focuses on building community safety and security.The programme provides crime and violence prevention services to vulnerable and volatile communities, and conducts institutional strengthening of the Ministry of National Security.Contact: Latonya Lintonlast_img read more

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