Eagles resurgent

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. We are young Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Many attributed to luck the Eagles’ defeat of the defending champion Tamaraws almost two months back. Now, pundits say the Blue Eagles can’t be overlooked after tearing apart two of the best teams in the league in succession.“Again, it was a great team win,” said Ateneo pivotman Isaac Go. “FEU is the No. 2 rebounding team, and one way to beat them is through heart and effort. That’s what our team showed today.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentFor the second straight game, Go was a pillar of strength for Ateneo, fighting off FEU big men Prince Orizu and Raymar Jose in the shaded area, just as he made life difficult for La Salle’s Ben Mbala.“I guess we just came out to fight,” said Thirdy Ravena, whose knifing layup in the closing minutes energized the Eagles as they held off the Tams’ fightback in the closing minutes. “We knew we’re the underdogs and our game plan was to work hard for every possession.” The Falcons, whose semifinal appearance came in 2011 under coach Leo Austria, moved up to 7-5 and sent the Tigers reeling to their 10th defeat in 13 games.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH among economies most vulnerable to virus 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantinecenter_img Go tossed in a floater in the next sequence and Ateneo was safe again with a 13-point lead.With their fourth straight win, the Eagles caught the Tamaraws at second with an 8-4 record but could eventually wrest the No. 2 seeding should both teams end up tied entering the Final Four.Adamson completed the Final Four cast with a 76-61 triumph over the University of Santo Tomas Tigers in the other game.“Nobody expected us to be here in the Final Four,” said Adamson coach Franz Pumaren. “If this is a dream, I hope I don’t wake up.”While La Salle has already sealed the top ranking, Ateneo, FEU and Adamson are still in the race for the No. 2 berth, which offers a twice-to-beat privilege in the Final Four.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 View comments Pacman still big draw EDITORS’ PICK Ateneo Blue Eagles vs FEU Tamaraws in a UAAP Season 79 game. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBad news for Ateneo’s opponents: The resurgent Blue Eagles are playing with new-found confidence at the most crucial juncture of the season.Five days after their shock upset of the La Salle Green Archers, the Eagles thumped the Far Eastern U Tamaraws anew, 74-59, yesterday in the UAAP Season 79 men’s basketball tournament at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exerciselast_img read more

NLEX center Villanueva has MCL tear, likely out for rest of PH Cup

first_imgMainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 “He may be out for two months. Most likely, he’ll be returning in the second conference,” said the fiery mentor.The 36-year-old big man sustained the injury in the Road Warriors’ 99-97 victory over the Alaska Aces last Friday before he underwent surgery a week after.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliStill, Guiao believes that NLEX has enough manpower to cope with the loss of the veteran center with Asi Taulava, Bradwyn Guinto, Raul Soyud, Eric Camson, and rookie Fonzo Gotladera still at his disposal.“We’re not really making it as an excuse or looking at it as a big letdown,” he said. “It’s an opportunity for other bigs to play.” As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Senators to proceed with review of VFA Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND MOST READ Guiao also opted to look at the injury as a way to distribute the minutes to his young big men.“In a way, it’s a blessing because we can spread the minutes to these guys who we want to get more experience and get into the flow of the team.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH among economies most vulnerable to virus View comments We are young Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes NLEX big man Enrico Villanueva (14) challenges a shot by Alaska rookie Carl Bryan Cruz (21). PBA IMAGESEnrico Villanueva has been ruled out of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup after the veteran big man suffered an MCL tear on his left knee.NLEX team manager Ronald Dulatre bared the development, which was confirmed by coach Yeng Guiao.ADVERTISEMENT Compton proud of Aces reserves’ showing in close loss to SMB Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports EDITORS’ PICK Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantinelast_img read more

Game vs San Miguel real gauge of progress for Romeo, GlobalPort

first_imgLady Altas remain in Final 4 race Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint MOST READ Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite “I learned that in our last games, that if I’m playing well in the first half, the defense will be focused on me come the third and fourth. That’s why I was just spotting up and let the others perform.Romeo, however, said that if the Batang Pier needs him, he will have no second thoughts of taking over,“If I see that they need me, I’ll get the ball and make plays. I saw that they can sustain so the credit goes to our coaches and my teammates.”Sitting at solo third with a 5-3 card, Romeo doesn’t want GlobalPort to be satisfied with its standing with the chance to get into the top two, which comes with a twice-to-beat incentive in the quarterfinals, still up for grabs.“We have to forget that we won today. It’s not a disrespect to NLEX, but our goal has to be making it to number one or number two. We need to set a goal that we can beat San Miguel so our confidence will go higher and believe that we can beat all teams in the PBA.”ADVERTISEMENT GlobalPort face San Miguel next Saturday at Lapu-Lapu City in Cebu.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAs dominant as GlobalPort’s 110-96 win over NLEX was on Friday, Terrence Romeo believes the real gauge on how fan the Batang Pier will go is their out-of-town duel against San Miguel next Saturday in Cebu.“My basis will be our game against San Miguel because that’s the champion team. We can base there if we can fare with them or we don’t have a chance. At least against them, we can feel how a champion team plays. It’s an important game for me and for us,” Romeo said in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federer Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member So far, Romeo has made a good account of himself in trying to share the wealth with his fellow Batang Pier.READ: GlobalPort nails back-to-back wins behind Romeo’s 32FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThough he lit up for 22 huge points in the first half, the super scorer defrayed to his teammates in the next two quarters as Stanley Pringle, JR Quinahan, and Papot Paredes all took turns in eviscerating the Road Warriors.Romeo shared it was a conscious effort on his part, allowing his fellow Batang Pier to find their flow in hopes of improving their chances of winning. Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ LATEST STORIES 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac townlast_img read more

La Salle trumps UST, regains hold of top spot

first_imgMarcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR “It was a mild sprain and I hope she can play on Saturday,” said La Salle head coach Ramil De Jesus. “Actually, I was confident because the other players run the same practice drills.”Desiree Cheng led La Salle with 13 points while Dy had 12 points before leaving the game.Tin Tiamzon also finished in double figures for the defending champions as she put up 11 points.Rondina had 13 points to lead UST with EJ Laure and Dimdim Pacres combining for 21.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards The Golden Tigresses, who are still in contention for a spot in the Final Four, slipped to 7-5.UST skipper Cherry Rondina handed La Salle its fifth straight win when her final attack went out of bounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnLa Salle’s win, however, was met with a major hurdle.Talisman Kim Kianna Dy sprained her right ankle in the third set, with La Salle leading 6-4, and did not return to the game. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDe La Salle took back the top seed in the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament after taking down University of Santo Tomas, 25-23, 25-22, 25-21, Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Spikers improved to 10-2, the same record as Ateneo, but amassed 30 points as compared to the Lady Eagles’ 29.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu Pau Gasol giving Spurs everything they expected, and more Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home View commentslast_img read more

Recovering from knife attack, Petra Kvitova back at practice

first_imgAi-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ View comments In this file photo, Petra Kvitova, of the Czech Republic, watches her shot during her women’s singles match against Wang Yafan of China at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing. Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova is back at practice, less than six months after being attacked by a knife-wielding intruder. APTwo-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova is back at practice, less than six months after being attacked by a knife-wielding intruder.Kvitova posted a photo on Instagram on Tuesday (Wednesday Manila time) showing herself swinging a tennis racket .ADVERTISEMENT LIST: Jan. 20 class suspensions due to Taal Volcano eruption LATEST STORIES Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Chot Reyes already fed up with no-show Blatchecenter_img Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar She included the message: “I hope this picture makes you as happy as it makes me! I am in Monaco and guess what? I’m back on the tennis court, hitting with some proper balls.”Kvitova has missed all season so far while recovering from surgery on her left, racket-holding hand in December. She was injured during an attack at her home in the Czech Republic.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnShe said last month that she was signing up for the French Open, which begins May 28, in hopes of competing. But she wasn’t sure whether she would be ready.Kvitova was the Wimbledon champion in 2011 and 2014. She climbed as high as No. 2 in the WTA rankings.last_img read more

A lot going on for Murray as Wimbledon defense begins

first_imgTobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Britain’s Andy Murray rests between shots during a practice session ahead of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Sunday, July 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)LONDON — Based on Andy Murray’s body language alone, reporters’ questions can produce an inordinate amount of consternation.He’ll puff his cheeks, then let out a sigh. He’ll rub his forehead, then clutch his chin. When answers do arrive, some are preceded by a hesitant “Ummm.” Others begin with “No” or “I wouldn’t have thought so” — or both. “I don’t know” is a popular refrain.ADVERTISEMENT Truth is, given all that is going on at the moment, the No. 1-seeded Murray could be forgiven for having a lot on his mind as he prepares to start his title defense at the All England Club on Monday.There’s a second child on the way for Murray and his wife — happy news, of course, and on Sunday, he assured a reporter who asked about its potential effect on his tennis this fortnight, “It’s certainly not a distraction in the slightest.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’There’s his inconsistent season and the chance he could relinquish his spot atop the rankings to Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal or Stan Wawrinka two weeks from now.There’s the matter of figuring out how to deal with his unorthodox opponent in the grass-court Grand Slam tournament’s opening Centre Court match. They’ve never played each other, but Murray is somewhat familiar with Alexander Bublik, who is from Russia but represents Kazakhstan, just turned 20 and says he finds watching tennis boring: They had an off-court encounter for an ATP promotional video this year. Among other topics, Bublik discussed the “famous” Russian rappers he expects in his guest box on Monday; the tattoos on his right forearm (a map showing his hometown of St. Petersburg and a couple of quotations attributed to Eminem); and his disdain for following his own sport.“Even Rafa and Fed, you watch, the guys are putting everything in the court. It’s not interesting,” Bublik said with a mischievous grin. “I mean, it’s interesting to see the highlights … but when they’re rallying for 45 shots, you’re sitting and you’re feeling, ‘OK, can I quit tennis, please?’”Very little of Murray’s sort of hemming and hawing there.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation LATEST STORIES View comments Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte LSU title parade draws massive crowdscenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ Still, here was Roger Federer’s assessment of Murray’s chances at a place where in 2013 he became the first British man in 77 years to grab the trophy: “If he’s anything close to 100 percent physically, I consider him one of the big favorites to win the tournament. It’s that simple.”Murray did manage to reach the semifinals at the French Open, but since then he has played only one match — and lost.“I can take some anti-inflammatories if my hip flares up,” he said. “Hopefully that’s not the case.”Could be a lot of running required Monday, given the 134th-ranked Bublik’s penchant for sliced returns, drop shots, lobs and run-around forehands from midcourt.“My game is unpredictable. I don’t even know what I’m going to do,” Bublik said. “When the ball is coming to me, I decide right before I hit. So I don’t have a plan.”Murray is aware of all of that.“Some more sort of shots that guys may play in exhibitions, he tries when he’s out there,” Murray said. “That’s what I’ve heard.”Bublik acknowledges he’ll win more matches when he can “find a balance between making jokes and (being) a showoff.”He lost in the final round of qualifying last week, but made it into the main draw thanks to another player’s withdrawal.Bublik is known on tour for possessing, as Murray put it, “a big personality,” and that came through vividly during a session with a group of reporters at the All England Club. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ And there’s also the sore left hip that led one British tabloid to ask readers — at psychic Uri Geller’s prompting — to rub that part of Murray’s body in a front-page photo to heal him.“I’ve felt fairly calm the last few days, considering how I’ve been feeling,” Murray said.The hip forced Murray to skip exhibition matches on grass and a few days of training. But he said it’s feeling much better.“Obviously, this is an extremely important tournament, so you worry a little bit,” he said. “It’s a little bit stressful if you can’t practice for a few days. You really want to be preparing, training, as much as you can to get ready and make you feel better, especially when you hadn’t had any matches.”He is 21-9 so far in 2017, and his lone title came with the benefit of facing only one player ranked in the top 25.ADVERTISEMENT UFC fighter who pooped herself will be sponsored by butt-wipes company Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinoslast_img read more

Pocari eyes 2nd win, tests Perlas

first_imgAi-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation LSU title parade draws massive crowds Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Defending champion Pocari Sweat and two other teams gun for win No. 2 when the Premier Volleyball League resumes Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Pocari Sweat, which downed hard-fighting University of the Philippines last Sunday, will battle Perlas-BanKo, which is coming off a defeat at the hands of Air Force in the opener.ADVERTISEMENT Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos LATEST STORIES Trump invites Duterte again to visit US – this time for March summitcenter_img Hats off to Sen. Manny: Was he honestly beaten? Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs MOST READ View comments Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks Last conference’s finalist BaliPure and fan favorite Creamline will also attempt to notch a second victory as they lock horns in the other match.Pocari Sweat’s new coach, Rico de Guzman, said they still had many things to improve on, including service reception—which caused them trouble against the Lady Maroons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’But team captain Myla Pablo said she was confident her teammates would get around and summon the championship form that enabled them to win the league’s previous three titles.last_img read more

A work in progress – Wolmer’s take nothing for granted in second round

first_imgTechnical director of Wolmer’s Boys Rudolph Speid said that his team is growing in confidence as the ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup season progresses. This is after his team’s hard-fought 1-0 victory over Tivoli Gardens in their top-of-the-table clash in Group A at Heroes Circle yesterday.  Wolmer’s, who are last year’s beaten finalist, finished atop the group with 25 points, four ahead Tivoli.  Speid said that he is now very close to finding his best starting eleven, and his players have been improving in training, so he is expecting great things from them for the remainder of the season.   “We started the season with only three players returning from last year, so it was always going to be a work in progress,” said Speid.   “But we actually decided that we were going to prepare the team week in, week out, so today (Monday) as you can see, I think we’re actually close to starting our best team,” Speid said. “We missed a lot of opportunities. If we had scored these, then the scoreline would have been a lot different,” he said.   Speid added: “We are pretty confident going into the next round because we know that we might be playing one of the lesser teams based on our rankings. But as you know, you can’t take anything for granted, so what we are going to do is to ensure that we are more prepared than those teams and we should be okay.”   Akeem Virgo scored the lone goal for Wolmer’s in the 48th minute. Virgo, who missed number of clear opportunities in the first half, arrived at the back post to fire home a powerful volley past Tivoli goalkeeper Khail Simpson.   Tivoli Gardens’ coach Tommy Ricketts said that he was dissatisfied with his team’s efforts.   “Our performance was a bit low because we have a few players that were missing and our performance wasn’t all that perfect,” said Ricketts.   “We are still upbeat going into second round because we just have a few things that we need to get right,” he said.  Yesterday’s results Group A Wolmer’s 1-0 Tivoli Gardens  Group B Bridgeport 3-1 Mona Papine 0-1 Jamaica College Donald Quarrie 0-2 STATHS  Group C Camperdown 2-1 Waterford Hydel 7-1 Meadowbrook Group D Tarrant 3-0 KTHS St Catherine 4-0 Vauxhall Group E Excelsior 9-1 Spanish Town Kingston College 6-0 Greater Portmore  Ardenne 2-0 Norman Manley  Group F Jose Marti 1-4 Holy Trinity Ascot 0-2 Clan Carthy  Group G Jonathan Grant 6-0 Cedar Grove  Charlie Smith 3-2 Eltham Calabar 10-0 Campionlast_img read more

Bangladesh coach defends turning pitch

first_imgCHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (CMC):Bangladesh coach Steve Rhodes has defended the turning pitch in last week’s opening Test against the Windies, contending that the varying types of tracks around the world helped maintain the “intrigue” of Test cricket.Spinners grabbed 34 of the 40 wickets to fall at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium as the Windies plunged to a shock 64-run defeat inside three days – their first-ever loss on Bangladeshi soil.Set 204 to win, the Windies were bundled out for 139 in 35.2 overs, with left-arm spinner Taijul Islam snapping up six wickets.Rhodes said the first Test scenario was no different from the conditions Bangladesh faced on their tour of the Caribbean earlier this year, when they were bundled out for a record low 43 on the first day in seam-friendly conditions.”I think in the subcontinent, you come to expect turning wickets, so it is no surprise. It is a turning wicket in Colombo where a Test match is going on between England and Sri Lanka,” Rhodes pointed out, in reference to the third Test which ended Monday.”It is just a different type of wicket. I take you back to the Antigua Test, where we played on very alien conditions: green and bouncy, a swinging Duke ball, which nipped around a lot. It was very different.He added: “I think that’s the beauty of playing around the world. There’s lots of different ways of playing this wonderful game. Coming to Bangladesh and playing on different wickets did make [for] some intriguing cricket.”When you feel a little bit worried about getting out [on a turning pitch] , you tend to play in a manner that is a little bit counter-attacking.Pressure factor”Sometimes that looks like rash batting for Test cricket. But it is the pressure that you are being put under and you’re trying to make that bowler not bowl as well. You counterattack a little bit.”To further underscore his point, Rhodes was quick to praise 21-year-old Shimron Hetmyer, who was perhaps the best Windies batsman on show.The aggressive left-hander counter-attacked the Bangladesh spinners in both innings, smashing 63 from 47 balls in the first innings and 27 from 19 deliveries in the second.”I thought Hetmyer’s innings was very interesting. He counter-attacked us,” Rhodes noted. “I was so glad to see him gone in the second innings. He could have caused danger if he lasted an hour.”The Windies face Bangladesh in the second and final Test starting Friday in Dhaka with the prospect of another turner being prepared for the contest.last_img read more

Harbour View on a high after end of year wins

first_imgHarbour View have scored back-to-back victories for the first time this season and Fabian Taylor, the coach of the Red Stripe Premier League outfit, says his players are feeling much more confident about themselves as the new year approaches.The Stars of the East who have been struggling in the bottom half of the table all season, registered 3-0 and 2-0 wins over Montego Bay United and Mount Pleasant respectively, in their last two encounters.These victories have pushed Harbour View up from tenth to ninth in the standings on 19 points. Reno with 17, Montego Bay 16 and Dunbeholden 13, are the bottom three teams in the competition.Taylor, who recently took over the head coaching duties following the resignation of Ricardo Gardner, said the team has been playing much better over the past two games, but they still have a lot of work to do.”I am feeling a little better than before knowing that we have won two straight games with zero goals against,” said Taylor.Still work to do”We have been struggling to win games and to win two on the trot at the end of the year is very pleasing,” he said.”We still have a lot of work to do. We just have to keep our heads down and work a little harder,” Taylor said.He pointed out that his players have been working harder in training because they are a lot more committed and focused.He added that his club will be very active when the transfer window opens next week as they are set to lose a number of players.”We are probably going to lose some players, but I don’t want to mention their names as yet. So we are going to have to bring in players,” Taylor stated.The Premier League is set to resume on January 6.last_img read more