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Muhammad Ali, boxing legend, cultural icon dies at 74

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Muhammad Ali, the three-time heavyweight champion boxer whose electrifying prowess in the ring and controversial outspokenness outside of it made him one of the world’s most recognizable personalities of the 20th Century, died Friday after a battle with a respiratory illness. He was 74.

Ali, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s syndrome in 1984, died at a Phoenix hospital.

Ali family spokesperson Bob Gunnell said in a statement that Ali’s funeral will take place in his hometown of Louisville, Ky.

“The Ali family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers, and support and asks for privacy at this time.”

Reaction to Ali’s death immediately poured in on Twitter early Saturday from former boxing champions to celebrities and politicians.

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The feud between Marlon Samuels and Shane Warne

Women’s World T20: Maiden title for West Indies women – West Indies men join women team’s celebration dance after WT20 win

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The West Indies Women’s team ended three-time defending champions Australia’s domination by winning the World T20 title with an emphatic eight-wicket victory in the final at the Eden Gardens.The moment the West Indies reached the target courtesy an overthrow, the entire dugout jumped in joy as the team joined the two not out batswomen in the middle. What made the celebrations more special was the men’s team, led by captain Darren Sammy, bowling coach Curtley Ambrose and allrounder Andre Russell joined everyone in congratulating the girls.

Hayley Matthews and Stafanie Taylor fashion West Indies to their first World T20 triumph, Australia dethroned.

women's world t20, world t20, world t20 final, west indies vs australia, wi vs aus, australia vs west indies, aus vs wi, west indies cricket, cricket australia, wi vs aus final, cricket news, cricket score, cricket West Indies women celebrate after beating Australia in the final at Eden Gardens on Sunday. (Source: AP)The DJ had turned on the Calypso. ‘Champions, champions’ blared out of the sound system. The West Indies women began the merry dance. Stafanie Taylor, Hayley Matthews and Deandra Dottin all celebrated joyously. The Caribbean women had earned every bit of it, after their convincing eight-wicket win over Australia in the women’s World T20 final. A world record 120-run opening partnership between Matthews and Taylor set up the chase, which became pretty facile in the end. It was West Indies’ maiden title, dethroning three-time defending champions. “When we wake up in the morning it’s going to be like is it real Trophy? I will ask myself is this real? When we touch down at the Caribbean, that’s when it’s going to hit you. A lot of people with cameras and you will realise that you have won the World Cup,” Taylor beamed.

The West Indies captain was named the Player of the Tournament for her 246 runs and eight wickets. But it was her younger team-mate who shone brighter at the Eden Gardens on Sunday. Matthews is just 18 years old who played for Hobart Hurricanes in the last season’s Women’s Big Bash League. At 103.17, she had one of the better strike-rates in the tournament. Today, it was imperative that she kept calm after a slow start. Only nine runs had been scored in the first three overs during West Indies’ chase. Also, a victory target of 149 had never been gunned down in the Women’s World T20 final before.

 Matthews broke the shackles with a brace of fours off medium pacer Rene Farrell in the fourth over. It provided the launching-pad, for when Megan Schutt came in the next over, the West Indies opener tonked her for a big six over wide long-on. Her six off seamer Ellyse Perry was even bigger; about three rows back over the straight fence. Taylor joined the party with two fours off the same bowler. After 10 overs, the scores were level. Australia had 76/1, while West Indies got there without losing a wicket. The Aussies had slowed down thereafter, but West Indies built on the momentum.

Matthews got out after a scintillating 66 off 45 balls. But Taylor carried on before she was dismissed in the penultimate over, making a steady 59 off 57 deliveries. Back to back fours from Dottin earlier in that over had titled the balance in her side’s favour. Australia seemed to have given up. A superb yorker from Perry, however, made Britney Cooper a little nervy. She went for an improbable single in the next delivery but a clear run out opportunity was missed, a couple conceded, and the ‘Champion’ dance begun at the West Indies dug-out.

“We never discussed the total. It was good to keep wickets in hand. We wanted to do that; stay there and bat through,” Taylor said. Young Matthews spoke about the future. “Hope our women’s cricket grows from here on.”

Earlier, Australia won the toss and decided to bat on a very good surface. Alyssa Healy, Ian Healy’s niece, perished in the second over. But the team had been going strong, thanks to a 77-run second wicket partnership between Elyse Villani and skipper Meg Lanning. The former was brilliant for his 37-ball 52, but once she was dismissed in the 12th over, Australia started to lose tempo. Lanning tried to wrest the initiative by hitting three consecutive fours off Dottin, but as she departed, completing her half-century, the team started to struggle. Only one run was scored in the final over and two wickets fell as Australia finished about 15 short of the par score. “We needed 160-plus to set us up. We were heading into that. For such a good batting side, it was disappointing not to finish (the game),” Lanning admitted.

Coach Matt Morgan was gracious in defeat.””I”s a great advertisement for wome”s cricket (that big total has been chased). (We) would like to have 160, but being honest, it was a pretty comfortable chase in the end. They batted exceptionally well””

Brief Scores: Australia women 148 for 5 in 20 overs (Meg Lanning 52, Elyse Villani 52; Deandra Dottin 2/33) lost to West Indies women: 149 for 2 in 19.3 overs (Hayley Matthews 66, Staphnie Taylor 59; Kristen Beams 1/27) by eight wickets

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Victorious Windies T20

Cricket: West Indies win World T20 final in stunning fashion

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Victorious Windies T20

Victorious Windies T20

West Indies have won the World T20 final in stunning fashion with four straight sixes in the final over to beat England.

Carlos Brathwaite struck four straight sixes to overhaul England’s 155 to seal a dramatic four-wicket win.

West Indies needed 19 runs in the 20th and final over which Brathwaite (34 not out) provided in style by smashing Ben Stokes for sixes off the first four balls.

Brathwaite ensured that hard work put in by Marlon Samuels, who struck 85 not out off 66 balls with nine fours and two sixes, did not go to waste, with Stokes appearing inconsolable at the end of the game.

West Indies finished on 161-6 in 19.4 overs after restricting England to 155-9, when Brathwaite took 3-23.

West Indies’ players rushed on to the ground to celebrate and then broke into an impromptu jig after becoming the first team to win the World Twenty20 title on two occasions, after success in 2012.

“It’s something we’ll cherish for a long time,” West Indian captain Darren Sammy said.

“Every game somebody stepped up. It was good to see Carlos play like that in his debut World Cup. It shows the T20 depth we have in the Caribbean.”

Continued below.

It was a double delight for West Indies fans as their women’s team pulled off a surprise eight-wicket victory over Australia in the final played earlier.

Samuels, who had also starred with 78 in the 2012 final against Sri Lanka, was named man of the match for keeping the team in contention after they had been reduced to 11-3 in the third over.

Samuels added 75 runs off 69 balls for the fourth wicket with Dwayne Bravo (25) who also put up an allround effort having taken 3-37. For 2010 champion England, Joe Root produced an allround performance of 54 and 2-9, after being brought on to bowl at the beginning of the Windies’ innings.”We were certainly in the game, put ourselves in a position to win the game,” England captain Eoin Morgan said.

“We didn’t have enough runs on the board, it was a really good batting surface, maybe 180-90 would have been good.”


England’s Ben Stokes is consoled by his captain Eion Morgan. Photo / AP

Root grabbed two wickets in the space of three deliveries as he dismissed both openers in the second over of the innings. Johnson Charles (1) was caught at mid-off and Chris Gayle (4) holed out to long-off as the move to use Root’s part-time off spin with the new ball paid off.

With pace bowler David Willey trapping Lendl Simmons LBW off the first ball he faced, West Indies needed another special innings from Samuels to complete a memorable win.


West Indies players wave to the crowd as they celebrate their win over England. Photo / AP

Earlier, Root added 61 off 40 deliveries with Jos Buttler (36) for the fourth wicket for England. Legspinner Samuel Badree took two early wickets. He got opener Jason Roy LBW without scoring off the second ball of the innings and then induced an edge from Morgan off a googly for Gayle to take the catch at slip.

England were reduced to 23-3 with Andre Russell dismissing opener Alex Hales (1). Buttler’s dismissal led to another slump as Brathwaite and Bravo proved effective in the latter half of the innings.

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Match Summary

England

England v West Indies

West Indies win by 4 wickets

West Indies
Date:
3 April 2016
Match:
Final
Venue:
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Start time:
09:30
Umpires:
Handunnettige Dharmasena / Rodney Tucker
Toss:
West Indies won the toss and elected to bowl.

England:155 for 9 (20.0 overs)

Joe Root 54, Jos Buttler 36

Samuel Badree (4-1-16-2), Dwayne Bravo (4-0-37-3), Carlos Brathwaite (4-0-23-3)

West Indies:161 for 6 (19.4 overs)

Marlon Samuels 85*, Carlos Brathwaite 34*

David Willey (4-0-20-3), Joe Root (1-0-9-2)

Commentary

  • West Indies win by 4 wickets
  • Over 20. 24 runs. Bowler: Ben Stokes. West Indies: 161/6 (rr 8.05)
  • 19.4 SIX! Ben Stokes to Carlos Brathwaite. Half volley, down leg side backing away Slog, well timed in the air under control over deep mid wicket for 6 runs.

    Wow! What incredible hitting from Brathwaite to hit four sixes in four balls to win the game for the West Indies. Needing 19 to win off the last over England were looking to likely winners until Brathwaite opened his shoulders and dispatched the ball to all parts of the ground. Samuels held the innings together with his 85 not out to get West Indies into a winning position and he will take all the plaudits.

    David Willey bowled fantastically to get figures of 3-20 and the stroke of genius to open the bowling with Root payed off as he took two wicket including Gayle. England though could never get the big wicket of Samuels and the decision to bring him back after the catch was reversed was a huge turning point. West Indies have now been crowned men’s and women’s T20 champions in the same day.

  • 19.3 SIX! Ben Stokes to Carlos Brathwaite. Half volley, off stump backing away Slog, well timed in the air under control over long off for 6 runs. What hitting from Brathwaite. He has hit three sixes in a row and West Indies now only need 1 to win. Absolute game changing innings from the big West Indian.
  • 19.2 SIX! Ben Stokes to Carlos Brathwaite. Half volley, down leg side backing away Slog, well timed in the air under control over deep mid wicket for 6 runs. Stokes just misses his length and Brathwaite swings through the line for another six.
  • 19.1 SIX! Ben Stokes to Carlos Brathwaite. Length ball, down leg side backing away Slog, well timed in the air under control over fine leg for 6 runs. A huge six from Brathwaite. Could he do it?
  • Over 19. 8 runs. Bowler: Chris Jordan. West Indies: 137/6 (rr 7.21)
  • 18.6 Chris Jordan to Marlon Samuels. Yorker, outside off stump backing away Steer, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Buttler.
  • 18.5 Chris Jordan to Carlos Brathwaite. Half volley, outside off stump on the front foot driving, mis-timed in the air under control to deep cover for 1 run, fielded by Willey.
  • 18.4 Chris Jordan to Marlon Samuels. Half volley, outside off stump on the front foot Slog, to long on for 1 run, fielded by Stokes.
  • 18.3 Chris Jordan to Carlos Brathwaite. Half volley, outside off stump on the front foot driving, to extra cover for 1 run, fielded by Root.
  • 18.2 Chris Jordan to Marlon Samuels. Length ball, outside off stump backing away driving, to long off for 1 run, fielded by Root.
  • 18.1 FOUR! Chris Jordan to Marlon Samuels. Length ball, outside off stump backing away driving, well timed past long off for 4 runs. Samuels once again goes over the fielder at mid off to good effectiveness.
  • Over 18. 11 runs. Bowler: David Willey. West Indies: 129/6 (rr 7.17)
  • 17.6 FOUR! David Willey to Carlos Brathwaite. Full toss, to leg moves in front Scoop, well timed in the air under control past fine leg for 4 runs. Great improvisation from Brathwaite as he moves across and scoops the ball over fine leg.
  • 17.5 David Willey to Marlon Samuels. Yorker, down leg side on the front foot pushing, to cover for 1 run, fielded by Root.
  • 17.4 David Willey to Carlos Brathwaite. Length ball, down leg side on the front foot Slog, inside edge to short extra cover for 1 run, shy attempt by Willey.
  • 17.3 David Willey to Carlos Brathwaite. Full toss, outside off stump on the front foot driving, in the air under control to long off for 2 runs, fielded by Ali.
  • 17.2 David Willey to Marlon Samuels. Length ball, down leg side backing away Slog, hit pad to short extra cover for 1 run, fielded by Willey.
  • 17.1 David Willey to Marlon Samuels. Full toss, middle stump on the front foot driving, to long off for 2 runs, fielded by Ali.
  • Over 17. 7 runs. Bowler: Chris Jordan. West Indies: 118/6 (rr 6.94)
  • 16.6 Chris Jordan to Marlon Samuels. Full toss, down leg side backing away Slog, to mid wicket for 1 run, shy attempt by Hales.
  • 16.5 Chris Jordan to Marlon Samuels. Yorker, outside off stump backing away driving, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Buttler.
  • 16.4 Chris Jordan to Carlos Brathwaite. Half volley, outside off stump on the front foot driving, to cover for 1 run, run save by Morgan.
  • 16.3 Chris Jordan to Marlon Samuels. Half volley, middle stump backing away Slog, to long on for 1 run, fielded by Jordan.
  • 16.2 FOUR! Chris Jordan to Marlon Samuels. Length ball, outside off stump backing away driving, well timed in the air under control past long off for 4 runs. Brilliant batting from Samuels. He sees mid off up so he hits over the top.
  • 16.1 Chris Jordan to Marlon Samuels. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, to cover for no runs, fielded by Morgan.
  • Over 16. 7 runs. Bowler: David Willey. West Indies: 111/6 (rr 6.94)
  • 15.6 David Willey to Marlon Samuels. Off cutter length ball, down leg side on the back foot working, to square leg for 1 run, fielded by Rashid.
  • 15.6 Wide David Willey to Marlon Samuels. Off cutter length ball, down leg side on the back foot working, missed to wicketkeeper for 1 run, fielded by Buttler.
  • 15.5 David Willey to Marlon Samuels. Length ball, to leg on the back foot Late Cut, to deep backward point for 2 runs, run save by Hales, fielded by Root.
  • 15.4 David Willey to Marlon Samuels. Length ball, down leg side on the back foot Steer, to slips for no runs, shy attempt by Plunkett.
  • 15.3 OUT! Caught. David Willey to Darren Sammy. Length ball, middle stump on the front foot driving, mis-timed in the air uncontrolled to deep cover, by Hales. England have two wickets in the over. This time Sammy goes over cover but he manages to pick out Hales on the boundary who didn’t need to move.
  • 15.2 David Willey to Darren Sammy. Length ball, middle stump on the back foot cutting, to deep backward point for 2 runs, fielded by Hales.
  • 15.2 Wide David Willey to Darren Sammy. Length ball, down leg side on the front foot working, missed to wicketkeeper for 1 run, fielded by Buttler.
  • 15.1 OUT! Caught. David Willey to Andre Russell. Back of a length, to leg on the back foot pulling, well timed in the air under control to deep mid wicket, by Stokes. What a catch from Stokes on the boundary edge. He runs around and dives forward to get the vital wicket of Russell.
  • Over 15. 18 runs. Bowler: Liam Plunkett. West Indies: 104/4 (rr 6.93)
  • 14.6 SIX! Liam Plunkett to Marlon Samuels. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, well timed in the air under control over long off for 6 runs. Back to back sixes for Samuels. He gives himself a little bit of room and drills the ball back over the bowlers head.
  • 14.5 SIX! Liam Plunkett to Marlon Samuels. Half volley, middle stump backing away Slog, well timed in the air under control over deep mid wicket for 6 runs.
  • 14.4 Liam Plunkett to Andre Russell. Length ball, outside off stump on the back foot Steer, to backward point for 1 run, run save by Roy, shy attempt by Roy.
  • 14.3 Liam Plunkett to Andre Russell. Length ball, outside off stump on the back foot defending, back to bowler for no runs, fielded by Plunkett.
  • 14.2 Liam Plunkett to Marlon Samuels. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot Slog, to deep backward square leg for 1 run, fielded by Hales.
  • 14.1 FOUR! Liam Plunkett to Marlon Samuels. Short, outside off stump backing away pulling, well timed in the air under control past deep mid wicket for 4 runs.
  • Over 14. 10 runs. Bowler: Adil Rashid. West Indies: 86/4 (rr 6.14)
  • 13.6 OUT! Caught. Adil Rashid to Dwayne Bravo. Googly length ball, outside off stump on the back foot Slog, top edge in the air uncontrolled to gully, by Root. Just the breakthrough England were after. Bravo tries to smash the ball out of the stadium but he gets a top edge which loops into the air.
  • 13.5 Adil Rashid to Marlon Samuels. Leg spinner length ball, middle stump on the front foot pushing, to backward point for 1 run, fielded by Plunkett.
  • 13.4 Adil Rashid to Dwayne Bravo. Leg spinner length ball, middle stump on the front foot pushing, to short extra cover for 1 run, fielded by Buttler.
  • 13.3 SIX! Adil Rashid to Dwayne Bravo. Googly length ball, outside off stump on the front foot Slog, well timed in the air under control over deep mid wicket for 6 runs. Bravo picks the googly and dispatches the ball deep into the crowd.
  • 13.2 Adil Rashid to Marlon Samuels. Leg spinner half volley, off stump on the front foot driving, to deep extra cover for 1 run, fielded by Roy.
  • 13.1 Adil Rashid to Dwayne Bravo. Leg spinner length ball, middle stump down the track driving, mis-timed in the air uncontrolled to deep mid wicket for 1 run, fielded by Stokes.
  • Over 13. 9 runs. Bowler: Ben Stokes. West Indies: 75/3 (rr 5.77)
  • 12.6 Ben Stokes to Dwayne Bravo. Half volley, outside off stump on the front foot Slog, mis-timed to mid wicket for 1 run, shy attempt by Root.
  • 12.5 Ben Stokes to Marlon Samuels. Half volley, middle stump on the front foot Slog, to deep mid wicket for 1 run, fielded by Plunkett.
  • 12.4 Ben Stokes to Dwayne Bravo. Yorker, outside off stump on the front foot pushing, to cover for 1 run, fielded by Morgan.
  • 12.3 FOUR! Ben Stokes to Dwayne Bravo. Off cutter short, outside off stump on the back foot pulling, top edge in the air uncontrolled past deep backward square leg for 4 runs. Bravo is living on the edge as his misdirected pull shot goes for four thanks to a dropped catch from the sub on the boundary.
  • 12.2 Ben Stokes to Dwayne Bravo. Yorker, off stump on the front foot working, to mid on for no runs, fielded by Plunkett.
  • 12.2 Wide Ben Stokes to Dwayne Bravo. Length ball, wide outside off stump no foot movement, Left to wicketkeeper for 1 run, fielded by Buttler.
  • 12.1 Ben Stokes to Marlon Samuels. Off cutter short, wide outside off stump on the back foot cutting, to deep cover for 1 run, fielded by Willey.
  • Over 12. 5 runs. Bowler: Adil Rashid. West Indies: 67/3 (rr 5.58)
  • 11.6 Adil Rashid to Marlon Samuels. Leg spinner length ball, middle stump on the front foot driving, to extra cover for 1 run, shy attempt by Morgan.
  • 11.5 Adil Rashid to Dwayne Bravo. Leg spinner half volley, outside off stump on the front foot driving, mis-timed to long on for 1 run, fielded by Jordan.
  • 11.4 Adil Rashid to Marlon Samuels. Googly length ball, outside off stump on the back foot pulling, in the air under control to deep mid wicket for 1 run, fielded by Stokes.
  • 11.3 Adil Rashid to Marlon Samuels. Leg spinner length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, back to bowler for no runs, fielded by Rashid.
  • 11.2 Adil Rashid to Dwayne Bravo. Leg spinner length ball, outside off stump on the back foot cutting, to deep cover for 1 run, fielded by Hales.
  • 11.1 Adil Rashid to Marlon Samuels. Leg spinner yorker, down leg side on the front foot driving, to long on for 1 run, fielded by Jordan.
  • Over 11. 8 runs. Bowler: Ben Stokes. West Indies: 62/3 (rr 5.64)
  • 10.6 Ben Stokes to Marlon Samuels. Off cutter length ball, outside off stump no foot movement Steer, to backward point for 1 run, shy attempt by Roy.
  • 10.5 Ben Stokes to Marlon Samuels. Yorker, outside off stump no foot movement driving, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Buttler.
  • 10.4 Ben Stokes to Dwayne Bravo. Full toss, off stump on the front foot flick, to deep square leg for 1 run, fielded by Hales.
  • 10.3 Ben Stokes to Marlon Samuels. Leg cutter back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot pushing, to deep cover for 1 run, fielded by Willey.
  • 10.3 Wide Ben Stokes to Marlon Samuels. Short, outside off stump no foot movement, Left to wicketkeeper for 1 run, fielded by Buttler.
  • 10.2 Ben Stokes to Marlon Samuels. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot pushing, back to bowler for no runs, fielded by Stokes.
  • 10.1 FOUR! Ben Stokes to Marlon Samuels. Length ball, outside off stump on the back foot Late Cut, well timed past deep backward point for 4 runs. Just a bit of width from Stokes and Samuels opens up his body and carves the ball away.

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West Indies win

West Indies stun India to reach World T20 final

Thursday, March 31, 2016

West Indies win

West Indies’s Andre Russell celebrates after scoring the winning runs during the World T20 men’s semi-final match between India and West Indies at The Wankhede Cricket Stadium in Mumbai on March 31, 2016. (Photo: AFP) 

MUMBAI, India (AFP) — The West Indies clinched their place in the final of the World Twenty20 on Thursday with a stunning seven-wicket victory over the hosts India at Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium.

Lendl Simmons top-scored with an unbeaten 82 as the West Indies reached their target of 193 with two balls remaining.

They will now play England on Sunday in the final at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens, with both teams bidding to become the first sides to win the tournament twice.

Scoreboard from the World Twenty20 semi-final between India and West Indies at Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium on Thursday:

India

R. Sharma lbw b Badree 43

A. Rahane c Bravo b Russell 40

V. Kohli not out 89

MS. Dhoni not out 15

Extras (lb 1, w 2, nb 2) 5

Total (for 2 wickets, 20 overs) 192

Did not bat: S. Raina, M. Pandey, H. Pandya, R. Jadeja, R. Ashwin, J. Bumrah, A. Nehra

Fall of wickets: 1-62 (Sharma), 2-128 (Rahane)

Bowling: Russell 4-0-47-1, Badree 4-0-26-1, Brathwaite 4-0-38-0, Benn 4-0-36-0, Bravo 4-0-44-0

West Indies

J. Charles c Sharma b Kohli 52

C. Gayle b Bumrah 5

M. Samuels c Rahane b Nehra 8

L. Simmons not out 83

A. Russell not out 43

Extras (lb 3, nb 2) 5

Total (for 3 wickets, 19.4 overs) 196

Did not bat: D. Ramdin, D. Bravo, D. Sammy, C. Brathwaite, S. Badree, S. Benn

Fall of wickets: 1-6 (Gayle), 2-19 (Samuels), 3-116 (Charles)

Bowling: Nehra 4-0-25-1, Bumrah 4-0-42-1, Jadeja 4-0-48-0, Ashwin 2-0-20-0, Pandya 4-0-43-0, Kohli 1.4-0-15-1

Result: West Indies won by seven wickets

Toss: West Indies

Umpires: Ian Gould (ENG) and Richard Kettleborough (ENG)

TV umpire: Marais Erasmus (RSA)

Match referee: Chris Broad (ENG)

Reserve umpire: Michael Gough (ENG)

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Shivnarine Chanderpaul

WIPA congratulates Chanderpaul on illustrious career

 
KINGSTON, Jamaica — January 25, 2016 – The West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA) has congratulated Shivnarine Chanderpaul on a prosperous and illustrious international career that spanned more than two decades.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul

Shivnarine Chanderpaul

Former West Indies captain Chanderpaul is the only player of the modern game to represent the West Indies for over two decades. Presently, the 41-year-old is the highest ranked West Indian on the ICC Test Rankings. He also holds the record for batting the longest period without being dismissed in Test cricket.

During the almost 22 years of his career, he represented the West Indies 164 times in Test cricket, amassing 11,867 runs, with his highest score being 203 runs, at an average of 51.37. He represented the West Indies in 268 ODI matches scoring 8,778 runs, with a high score of 150, and an average of 41.60. In the shortest form of the game he played in 22 matches, scoring 343 runs at an average of 20.17.

Chanderpaul’s unorthodox batting style did not hinder his performances on the field of play, as he collected accolades throughout his career. Some of the awards he has received include being named one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year and ICC Player of the Year for 2008. He was also twice named West Indies Player of the Year, first in 2008 and then in 2014.

WIPA’s president and CEO Wavell Hinds, who played alongside Chanderpaul for the better part of a decade, said, “As a fan, to witness him play was to see a player of grit and determination. Having the honour of playing alongside him, I certainly saw a consummate professional who gave his all for West Indies cricket.”

He continued, “Shiv’s contribution to the game has been priceless and we wish him the utmost success in his future endeavours.”

 

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Blatter

FIFA president now under criminal investigation over deal with Jack Warner

Blatter

FIFA president Sepp Blatter

Switzerland, Friday Sept 25, 2015 – As the extradition process for former FIFA vice president and corruption accused Jack Warner remains in limbo, the head of football’s world governing body is under criminal investigation in connection with a TV rights deal that he signed with the Trinidad and Tobago football executive 10 years ago.

FIFA headquarters was raided, the office of President Sepp Blatter searched and data seized today.

And the attorney general subsequently announced that his office had opened criminal proceedings into Blatter, is due to step down from FIFA’s leadership next February, on suspicion of criminal mismanagement or, alternatively, misappropriation.

It is alleged that on September 12, 2005, Blatter signed a contract with the Caribbean Football Union, headed by Warner, which was “unfavorable for FIFA”.

“There is a suspicion that, in the implementation of this agreement, Blatter also violated his fiduciary duties and acted against the interest of FIFA and/or FIFA Marketing & TV AG,” a statement issued by the office of the Swiss attorney general said.

Additionally, Blatter is suspected of a “disloyal payment” of two million Swiss francs (US$2 million) to President of Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Michel Platini, at the expense of FIFA, which was allegedly made for work performed between January 1999 and June 2002. The payment was made in February 2011.

Blatter, 79, was interrogated today, following a meeting of the FIFA Executive Committee.

The attorney general’s statement said Platini was also heard “as a person asked to provide information”.

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Jeffrey Webb

Former FIFA Vice President pleads not guilty – under house arrest

Jeffrey Webb

Jeffrey Webb

NEW YORK, Jul. 19, CMC – Jeffrey Webb, the former head of CONCACAF, the region’s governing body for football, was granted bail amounting to US$10 million and placed under house arrest when he appeared in court here on Saturday.

Webb, also a former FIFA Vice President is accused of accepting bribes worth millions of dollars in connecting with the sale of marketing rights.

He was detained in Switzerland in May, along with six football officials before begin extradited to the US last week.

The New York judge who ordered to remain at home in a 20 mile radius of the court, also told the court that Webb’s movements will be monitored via and electronic tag.

He was also required to hand over his three passports.

According to court documents, the prosecutors allege that among the bribes Webb allegedly received was a US$ 1.1 million to award the marketing rights to a Miami based company for the 2012 CONCACAF Gold Cup and Champions league tournament.

Webb, 50, was banned by FIFA after he was indicted in May in the United States.

He entered a plea of not guilty to charges of money laundering, wire fraud and racketeering.

 

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US man rows across Atlantic, reaches Caribbean

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Victor Mooney

NEW YORK – An American rower who set out to cross the Atlantic Ocean in honor of his brother reached the Caribbean island of Saint Martin.

A spokeswoman for 48-year-old Victor Mooney said early Saturday the specially built oceangoing rowboat was towed about 20 miles to shore Friday while Mooney was aboard a search and rescue vessel. He has lost 80 pounds as he continues a 3,000-mile journey from the African coast to the British Virgin Islands, and then another 1,800-plus miles to New York.

Mooney was taken to a hospital for observation when he arrived, spokeswoman Lisa Samuels said in an email. She said that Mooney survived a shark attack that punctured his boat and will continue to the British Virgin Islands after getting “some needed rest.”

Victor-MooneyMooney set off Feb. 19 in a 24-foot boat from Maspolamas, Gran Canaria. His journey is being done in honor of a brother who died of AIDS in 1983. Mooney is hoping to encourage voluntary HIV testing.

Mooney has tried the same feat three other times, without success.

Mooney’s first trans-Atlantic attempt, in 2006, ended when a 24-foot, wooden rowboat he’d built himself sank off the West African coast just hours after he’d pushed off from a beach in Senegal.

Three years later, he tried again with an oceangoing rowboat boat built by a professional. Its drinking water systems failed after two weeks at sea and he had to be rescued.

In 2011, Mooney set off from the Cape Verde Islands in an even more sophisticated boat. But that vessel, dubbed the Never Give Up, had apparently been damaged in transit and sprang a leak shortly after he put to sea.

He escaped in a life raft then spent two weeks drifting 250 miles on the open ocean.

US man rows across Atlantic, reaches Caribbean

by Danica Coto
Associated Press

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – Three times, Victor Mooney tried to row across the Atlantic. Three times he failed. One boat sank. Another lost its freshwater system. A third sprang a leak and left him drifting on a life raft for two weeks. As he planned for a fourth attempt, his wife made it clear it would be the last.

“I’m going to give you all the support you need, but this is it. We have to close the book on this one,'” Mooney recalled her telling him.

Now the 48-year-old Brooklyn native has finally completed the roughly 3,000-mile (4,800 kilometer) journey.

Mooney was recovering Saturday in the Dutch Caribbean island of St. Maarten, a day after reaching shore and ending a 128-day ordeal during which he lost 80 pounds (36 kilograms).

The trip was fueled by his desire to bring attention to the need for HIV testing and to honor a brother who died of AIDS in 1983.

“Not everyone has to row across the Atlantic. You can wear a red ribbon,” he said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. “We all have a responsibility to do something.”

On Feb. 19, Mooney left the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa in high spirits. But those faded as big waves and violent currents began to toss his 24-foot (7-meter) boat around, alarming nearby boaters who radioed him.

“It was a tanker who said, ‘Do you know where you’re at? Are you OK? Are you in your right mind?'” Mooney recalled.

He paused, and the devout Roman Catholic, who had placed crucifixes all over his boat, reminded himself to be still.

The weather began to improve, and Mooney also received help from an oceanographer and meteorologist, among those he chatted with by radio while crossing the ocean, saying he never felt alone.

The African-American recalled that his journey took the path of the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

“I asked my ancestors also for help to push me along,” he said.

Mooney settled into a routine, awaking at 4 a.m., then rowing for about an hour at a time and taking 30-minute breaks until 7 p.m. But the ocean remained rough for most of the journey, often erasing his progress.

“Sometimes you can row 10 miles (16 kilometers), and then you wake up and you’re 15 miles (24 kilometers) behind,” Mooney said. “You get those days, and you’re like, ‘Oh, man.'”

He would devour several portions of freeze-dried food in one sitting and eventually ran out. He resorted to fishing until his tackle line broke, so he began to scoop fish up with nets or rely on flying fish jumping into his boat.

Then a shark attacked his boat and punctured it.

“I can remember like it was yesterday,” Mooney said. “They circle your boat. They go around, they go under, they go around.”

He felt the hit and scrambled to repair the damage while the shark chased fish milling underneath the barnacles attached to his boat. He reminded himself to be still again and prayed, thinking about his wife and other supporters.

“Sometimes just putting on deodorant, smelling that fresh deodorant was encouraging, inspirational,” he said.

As he neared the Dutch Caribbean island of St. Maarten, he had a final conversation with a nearby tanker.

“He said, ‘Mooney, I have a big ship, do you need a rescue?'” he recalled. “I said, ‘No, I don’t need a rescue, I want a burger. Do you have a burger for me?'”

Medical officials have not yet allowed Mooney to eat that burger, feeding him instead small portions of oatmeal and light sandwiches as he recovers.

“I haven’t weighed 140 pounds (64 kilograms) since 6th, 7th grade,” he said with a laugh.

In St. Maarten, he plans to eat well and replenish his energy with help from doctors and supporters, including a government team from Anguilla – his intended destination – who visited him on Saturday.

Once he gains back his strength, Mooney plans to row to the British Virgin Islands and then another 1,800-plus miles (2,900-plus kilometers) to New York and eventually home to Queens, where he runs a nonprofit South Africa arts organization. It’s a journey he said he never plans to do again, but he urged people to get tested for HIV and to keep fighting to find a cure for AIDS.

He recalled an audience that supporters arranged for him with Pope John Paul II in the early 2000s.

“When John Paul gave me his blessings on World Aids Day and said, ‘Row,’ that always stayed in my mind,’ he said.

 

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Angelica Morrone and Gary di de Silvestri of Dominica

CARIBBEAN ATHLETES TO PARTICIPATE IN WINTER OLYMPICS

Jamaican athletes

Jamaican athletes

A number of athletes representing the tropical Caribbean region will participate in the 22nd Winter Olympic Games in the Black Sea city of Sochi in South-Eastern Russia from February 7-23.

Among the featured athletes from the Caribbean are a five-member Bobsleigh delegation from Jamaica, a husband and wife team from Dominica and athletes from the US Virgin Islands (USVI), the Cayman Islands and Tortola in the British Virgin Islands (BVI).

Peter-Adam-Crook of the British virgin islands

Peter-Adam-Crook
of the British virgin islands

CEO of CANOC Broadcasting Inc. (CBI), Larry Romany said it’s another moment of pride for the Caribbean to have athletes representing their national countries at the Winter Olympics and vying for medals.
“Our Caribbean athletes have demonstrated that they have an unconquerable spirit and it is this undeniable perseverance and grit determination that has put them at the top of their field and also for many individuals, to achieve personal excellence.
Angelica Morrone and Gary di de Silvestri of Dominica

Angelica Morrone and Gary di de Silvestri of Dominica

“We know our Caribbean athletes in Sochi will make us proud and it will be another unifying period for our region to support these exceptional athletes who spent countless hours working hard to qualify for the Winter Olympics,” said Romany.

Jamaica’s five-member delegation to the games are pilot Winston Watts, brake-man Marvin Dixon, crew members Wayne Blackwood, alternate crew; Thomas Samuel, coach, and Nelson Christian Stokes, Chef de Mission.
The Jamaican Bobsleigh team gained international fame during their debut in the 1988 Winter Olympic Games in Calgary, Alberta as underdogs among the professional and was the inspiration for the major motion picture, Cool Runnings.
jamaican_bobsled_teaUnited States-based Gary di Silvestri and his Italian-born wife Angelica Morrone di Silvestri who have Dominican citizenship will represent the island at the Games. Di Silvestri will take part in the men’s 15-kilometre classical race and his wife in the women’s 10-kilometre classical race.
Jasmine Campbell, representing the USVI, Dow Travers, the Cayman Islands and Peter Adam Crook, the BVI said they were all looking forward to the Winter Olympic s and doing their personal best to represent their countries.
“I will be going to the Olympics trying to ski my personal fastest, my personal strongest, my personal best. That is all I can really hope to do. The Olympics are also about bringing the world together in a community of sport and human excellence. It’s a time to transcend beyond differences and divisiveness. I will consider my time at the Olympics a success by doing my own personal best, while connecting with this very special community of athletes,” said Campbell who feels honoured to represent the Virgin Islands.

Jasmine-Campbell of the US Virgin Islands

Jasmine-Campbell of the US Virgin Islands

Born and raised in the Grand Cayman, Travers, 26, competed for the island in the 2009 Val D’Isere Alpine World Championships and the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. The eldest of three talented athletic brothers, Travers who lives and works full time in the Cayman after graduating from Brown University with a degree in Geology-Biology said he’s fully prepared for the Winter Games.
“I believe I am prepared and as ready as I’ll ever be,” said Travers who has been training in Aspen with his brother Dean under Coach, former Olympic skier, Jake Zamansky and the Aspen Valley Ski Club
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Travers who will be competing in the Giant Slalom said he has been training during the week and racing as much as possible followed by strength training in the gym.
Crook who lives in Utah said he is “excited and a little nervous” about his first Winter Olympics and representing the small mountainous island of Tortola.
“When people hear I’m representing Tortola, they always ask me if I ski there! Is there snow there! And then I have to explain it all over again,” said Crook who started competing professionally four years ago.
“It’s a small island and the support for me from the people there is unreal. My biggest goal at the Olympic is to make it through the final round. You never know what can happen. I’d just like to make everyone proud,” he added.
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CANOC Broadcasting Inc. (CBI) is a company that has been formed by the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and Commonwealth Games Associations (CGAs) across the Caribbean to purchase, monetise and manage the broadcast rights for the Olympic Games and other sporting properties. CBI’s mission is to develop extensive Olympic broadcast coverage that maximises the public’s awareness of National Olympic Committees, Commonwealth Games Associations, Caribbean Athletes and the Olympic Movement, and create long‐term sustainable sources of funding for Caribbean NOCs and CGAs through the acquisition and sale of broadcast rights for sporting events.
For further information, please contact:
The CBI Media Relations Team: Donna Ramsammy and Linda Hutchinson
Tel: +1868 686 645 0368 or +1 868 472 4777
Email: Linda at hutchlin@gmail.com or donna@virtual-tt.com
Or contact VYTT/Virtual Editors at media@virtual-tt.com
January 30, 2014

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Costa Rica is the first stop that the official FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca- Cola plane will be used. It will now carry football’s most coveted trophy and the global trophy tour team all over the world.

The FIFA World Cup Trophy jets off in style on the Caribbean leg

Costa Rica is the first stop that the official FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca- Cola plane will be used. It will now carry football’s most coveted trophy and the global trophy tour team all over the world.

Costa Rica is the first stop that the official FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca- Cola plane will be used. It will now carry football’s most coveted trophy and the global trophy tour team all over the world.

Jamaica Observer (By FIFA.com) – After a successful launch at the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with a bird’s-eye view of the iconic Estádio do Maracanã, the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola jetted off to start its international tour by visiting Tahiti, Fiji and Vanuatu.

With three of 89 countries having already welcomed the trophy, it was now time to set off on the Caribbean leg of the tour.

In true superstar fashion, the most sought-after symbol of football had at its disposal its very own branded plane. This plane has started to carry world football’s most coveted trophy and the global trophy tour team all over the world, with the final destination set to be back in the FIFA World Cup host country to start its domestic tour.

The plane was first spotted when it landed in Costa Rica last Friday, where the trophy spent three days before heading off to an unprecedented 34 member associations from the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF).

Joining the tour in five of the upcoming stops is former Aston Villa, Manchester United and Trinidad & Tobago forward Dwight Yorke, a man who has great experience winning trophies, with UEFA Champions League, English Premier League, and FA Cup titles to his name. Yorke was also captain of the Trinidad and Tobago squad during the 2006 FIFA World Cup campaign. He will be accompanying the trophy in Haiti on the 25th to the 27th of October, Grenada on the 28th, Suriname on the 29th, Guyana on the 30th, and finally in his home country Trinidad and Tobago on the 31st of October.

“Having won almost every trophy there is in my career, this is still the one that got away,” joked Yorke. “It’s just as surreal for me to have the opportunity to be so close to the trophy as I’m sure it will be for all the people that get the chance to see it on this worldwide tour. It really is the ultimate prize for any football fan or player. It’s a great opportunity and a joy to have it brought over to a part of the world that doesn’t often get these opportunities. I can’t wait to join the tour,” added Yorke.

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