‘Blushgate’ maybe good after all

first_imgIn the early days of the Chris Gayle “Blushgate” I agreed that his comments were unprofessional and cringe-worthy and supported the fine from his employers.Chris behaved similarly in the past and simply got away with it.The response of his employers this time ensures (in my mind) that he will refrain from making similar gaffes in the future.I really do believe that every human being, unless severely mentally retarded, works out the cost/benefit of his actions prior to committing them. Therefore, Chris WILL NOT make a similar gaffe again. More than a week later, I still have the same sentiments.However, on reflection, I took a look at the phenomenon known as T20 cricket, the format that has transformed this enthralling game, cricket, which originated in England and which was played mainly by Commonwealth countries until very recently.This form of the game has attracted sponsors, expanded television coverage, and most important, new fans. It features music, cash incentives for fans, dancing girls in form-fitting outfits (or skimpy outfits), and a liberal, consistent supply of alcohol.NO PLACE FOR weaknessThe game thrives on the raw power of the participants, and ‘mamby-pamby’ players who don’t understand the ‘formula’ are soon discarded and replaced by those who are prepared to bang the ball around the ground.Christopher Henry Gayle is by far the world’s best T20 player. His services are in demand worldwide. His presence ensures a massive gate for the promoters, and he wins matches and breaks records. Most importantly, he is rich and willbe richer every time he signs another contract.Media houses cannot wait to interview him, and prime ministers are prompted to ensure that he stays in the game and in the limelight. As a result, when he is not playing cricket, he is photographed and quoted at all the hot spots of the ‘glitterati’. Women can’t wait to be photographed with him, and he wears garments (T-shirts) that have recently portrayed an attitude to women that is acceptable to some and repugnant to most.With this background and his previous interview with a female reporter in Antigua being ‘pooh-poohed’ by the media and society at large, can we really blame Chris?Isn’t Christopher Henry Gayle rewarded (handsomely) for portraying the persona that revealed itself in a worldwide television interview?RAW POWERThe game of T20 encourages free-flowing alcohol, skimpily dressed women, and raw power on show. The players who hit the ball all over (and out of) the ground are hired to promote this triumvirate. This is, whether we like it or not, where the money is.”Blushgate’ has now escalated into calls for a lifetime ban from cricket for Gayle. That won’t happen. However, I do think that this is the time for us as a people to take a long, hard look at T20 cricket and how it is promoted to see if this form of the game, the saviour of the game of cricket, can continue its successful path without the free flow of alcohol and the portrayal of women as sex objects.That revolutionary move would minimise the possibility of similar occurrences, where women at the game are treated with the respect they deserve.The United States of America has pioneered and been very successful at promoting this triumvirate but now finds itself having to deal with the very backlash that we are seeing in cricket, where some of the participants – rich, handsome, and strong – are forced or encouraged to treat women with the respect that they deserve.’Blushgate’ may be the start of something good.last_img read more

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Scorpions hunt third win

first_imgCaptain of Jamaica Scorpions Paul Palmer says the team will not be taking the Leeward Islands Hurricanes lightly heading into their fourth-round WICB First-Class Championship clash at Sabina Park today.The Scorpions, with a two-win, one-loss record, are currently second in the six-team standings, while the Leewards, with three defeats from as many starts, are at the foot of the table.”We will be going to play hard, positive cricket and not take anything for granted,” stated Palmer.”They are at the bottom of the table and want points, however, we are keen to ensure that they don’t register a win at our expense.”SQUAD CHANGESThe Scorpions, coming off an impressive six-wicket win away to the previously unbeaten Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, will enter the contest with two changes to their 13-man squad.Out goes wicketkeeper-batsman Chadwick Walton and fast bowler Jason Dawes. They have been replaced by Carlton Baugh Jr and left-arm quick, Sheldon Cottrell.Walton has examinations at the University of the West Indies, while Dawes has been the least effective pacer in the squad so far.The Hurricanes, with Jamaican Nkrumah Bonner in their line-up, have also made two changes to their squad, which lost inside two days against the Windward Islands Volcanoes last time out.England-based batsman Chesney Hughes has been included, along with wicketkeeper-batsman Jahmar Hamilton.last_img read more

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Windies ready to overcome tough build-up

first_imgMUMBAI, India (AP): WITH one day to go before his team faces England at the World Twenty20, West Indies captain Darren Sammy is ready to overcome a difficult build-up which has served up doping and selection problems. Kieron Pollard and Lendl Simmons were both ruled out with injury while Sunil Narine withdrew, needing more time to work on the suspect action, which means he is banned from bowling in international matches. Earlier this month, Andre Russell was reported to have missed three doping tests in the space of 12 months, a violation of anti-doping rules which equates to a positive test. Russell was not provisionally suspended, with the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission referring the case to the Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel. A date has not been set for the hearing, clearing Russell to play in India. “We are a team which always has a setback and we thrive on things like that,” Sammy said yesterday. “We as a team have supported Russell and we are confident that he will be taking part in the full tournament.” Narine and Pollard are both highly experienced players. “It’s always difficult to replace somebody like Narine or Pollard who has so much experience playing here,” Sammy said. “Yes we will miss them, but it creates an opportunity for somebody else to step up and play.” In Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Russell and Sammy, West Indies have one of the most destructive Twenty20 batting line-ups, four years after they won the title in Sri Lanka. “Obviously we know Chris is a massive figure, we have Bravo, Russell, Sammy, Jason (Holder) and Carlos (Brathwaite) that’s a lot of power,” Sammy said. As well as England, West Indies face Sri Lanka, South Africa and Afghanistan in Group One. Of England, he said: “(Jos) Buttler, (Ben) Stokes and their captain Eoin Morgan are good players, we won’t take them for granted; but if we do what we could do then you are going to be victorious.” England have failed to make it past the second round since winning in 2010. But Morgan said his players had a positive mindset after winning warm-up matches against New Zealand and a Mumbai Cricket Association XI. “We are in a really good place mentally,” Morgan said. “As long as we execute our plans and go about our business the way we normally do I think we’ll be in a stable position.” England have struggled in recent times against quality spin bowling, but Morgan did not expect spin to play a major role in the first two matches against West Indies and South Africa, both at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. England’s next matches against Afghanistan and Sri Lanka will be staged in New Delhi. “It’s normally a good batting surface here,” Morgan said. “It’s another challenge for a bowler to try and emphasise taking wickets and holding momentum throughout the innings.” England defeated Pakistan in the Twenty20 series on slow wickets in the United Arab Emirates earlier this year, but arrived in India after losing both T20s against South Africa last month. Morgan said England’s batsmen have learnt from their mistakes in South Africa and hope they will play with more positive intent in India. “We learnt a lot, particularly about our batting which stuttered a bit in South Africa,” he said. “We are a young and developing side and we will gain experience by playing smarter cricket.”last_img read more

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Bolingbroke resigns as Inter CEO

first_imgMichael Bolingbroke has resigned as CEO of Inter Milan and been replaced by the Suning Sports group’s vice-president, Liu Jun, on an interim basis.Inter said yesterday that its board of directors accepted Bolingbroke’s resignation “with immediate effect”.A club statement says that Liu, who is Chinese, will be based at Inter’s Milan headquarters.Bolingbroke, an Englishman who formerly worked at Manchester United, came to Inter after the club was purchased by Indonesian entrepreneur Erick Thohir three years ago.Suning, the Chinese retail giant, took control of 70 percent of Inter in June, with Thohir retaining 30.Inter fired Manager Frank de Boer last week. Former Lazio coach Stefano Pioli is expected to be named as new coach.Inter is ninth in Serie A, 13 points behind leader Juventus.- APlast_img read more

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Exciting Hugo Chambers 5k expected tomorrow

first_imgALL roads will lead to Jamaica College tomorrow as the 29th staging of the National Hugo Chambers Memorial 5K road race and Fun Run will take place with activities set to start at 1:30p.m with the one-mile special Olympics and 12 & under kids.The two-mile race for athletes between the ages of 13-19 will follow at 2:30 p.m with the feature event, the 5K fun Run/Walk to climax things at 4:00 p.m.This year’s staging pays memory to the late Hugo Chambers, an outstanding student and headmaster of Jamaica College.He was a well-know sportsman and sports administrator who made a significant contribution to the development of sports in Jamaica.Race organiser Alan Beckford expects another big turnover for tomorrow’s 29th staging. “I am very pleased with the support from across the island so far, and we expect another big turnout – in the region of around 450-500 (participants),” said Beckford.BATTLE FOR THE TOPThe 5K event will start on Mona Road on the Jamaica College campus and will feature several of the country’s top middle-distance runners and several high school athletes from Vere Technical, Hydel, Edwin Allen, Mavis Bank, Holmwood Technical, Kingston College and St Jago High, who are expected to battle for the top male and female team awards.Lenford Adams is the defending male champion, while Samantha James took the top honour among the females last year.Today’s event should feature the rivalry between GC Foster College’s Oshane Archibald and Mavis Ban’sk Garfield Gordon, who turned the tables on Archibald at the CB UWI road race last Sunday after finishing behind his opponent at the Mico 5K and the Portmore Burger King 10 K events.The two-mile race involving the 13-19 age group, which was added to the programme in 2009, has become very popular among high school athletes as sprinters use the opportunity to prepare for the upcoming track season.Entry fee is $1200 per competitor, $500 for students, and the closing date for entries will be today.last_img read more

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Digicel Grand Prix | Spotlight on MoBay

first_imgKingston: All is set for tomorrow’s official start of the highly anticipated 2017 Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship, which gets out of the blocks with the Western Championship at the Montego Bay Sports Complex. The five-meet Digicel series has a prize package totalling $15 million in scholarships and prizes for top athletes and their schools. Stephen Smith, head of the County of Cornwall Athletics Association (COCAA), which is hosting the track and field event, says they are ready. “We’re actually 95 per cent finished. We’re on the ball for the start of the series. We’re only watching the rain at the eliminations and hope for the best weather at the finals,” said Smith. Qualifiers for the first meet in the 2017 Digicel Grand Prix ended yesterday with the girls’ eliminations at St Elizabeth Technical High School. Now all eyes will be on the much-sought-after finals, to be held in Montego Bay. Tomorrow, patrons will not only be seeing great performances on the track. They will also be entertained by dancehall stars Tanto Blacks, Chi Ching Ching and the Montego Bay Boys and Girls Club Marching Band. PRIZES GALORE For their efforts, the top male and female overall winners of the Western Champs will collect $250,000 each while the second and third-place winners will get $100,000 and $50,000, respectively. Individual athletes also stand a chance to win big as championship record breakers in the Grand Prix events will win $25,000 academic scholarships while shattering National junior records will see them earning $50,000 scholarships. “This is the type of investment that can lead to academic and athletic greatness, which is the balance that these young talents needs. We look forward to further contributing to the development of athletics right across Jamaica. Our mission is to support young athletes to make them grow from ‘grass roots to greatness’,” said Kamal Powell, senior sponsorship and development manager at Digicel. NEXT LEVEL Enforcing Powell’s position Smith says the region’s institutions are grateful for Digicel’s contribution through the 2017 Digicel Grand Prix Western Championships. “COCAA is an association that is geared towards development, and with the help of Digicel, we have been able to cater to athletes coming up from the primary level and those in high school looking to make it to the next level. We feel good to know that Digicel is helping our development.” Four other meets will follow: the Eastern Championships on February 28, the Anthrick Corporate Area Championships on March 2, Central Championships on March 8, and then the finals, the G.C. Foster Classic, on March 11. The championship events are the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, discus, long jump and high jump for Classes One and Two boys and girls, plus the 4x400m open relay.last_img read more

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Team GB shocked by Mason’s death

first_imgNASSAU, Bahamas:Stephen Maguire head coach of Great Britain’s track and field team at the IAAF World Relays, says they are deeply saddened by the tragic passing of Jamaica-born British athlete Germaine Mason.According to reports, at approximately 4:20 a.m on Thursday, Mason was travelling along the Norman Manley Highway when he reportedly lost control of the Honda CBR 600RR motor bike he was riding and crashed about 100 metres south of the Harbour View roundabout.DISAPPOINTED, SHOCKEDMaguire said while he has never personally met Mason, there has been obvious disappointment and shock among members of the British team since news surfaced of the Olympic silver medal-winning high jumper’s death.”It is very tragic,” said Maguire. “I have never met him (Mason) before, but anybody who has met him and guys in the team are visually upset and shocked by what happened.””All the athletes who knew him were just very visually shocked when they heard the news of his passing,” Maguire said.Maguire added that Mason’s death is a major loss not only to the British team, but also to international track and field.”It is a massive loss. I spoke to the coach who used to coach Germaine and he was very sad and very disappointed about his death,” Maguire said.”All the guys on the team are saying that he was such a nice guy and such a vibrant character. They said he was always brilliant around the team and so it is a very sad loss,” added Maguire.Mason matched his personal best of 2.34m to claim silver for Great Britain at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, after he had switched allegiance from Jamaica in 2006.He holds both the national junior and senior records in the high jump event, winning medals at the Carifta, CAC Junior Championships, Pan American Games, World Junior Championships and World Indoor Championships for Jamaica.- R.B.last_img read more

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Defiant JDF join UWI at top in Senior Cup

first_img The JDF, batting a second time, then closed day one on 10 for one, however, rain and a wet outfield on yesterday’s final day ensured that neither team was able to go for a victory. Elsewhere in the zone, rain also forced a draw in the fixture between St Elizabeth and St James at Manley Horne Park in St Elizabeth, while the match-up between Westmoreland and Hanover at Paradise Oval in Westmoreland ended in a no-result. At Manley Horne Park, St Elizabeth first made 164, with left-arm fast bowler Andrew Walker claiming five for 27 and Tyrone Johnson two for 21. This was against David Curtis, who hit 29. Westmoreland, in reply, then closed day one on 219 for three, with the experienced Myron Wilson not out on 110. Rain then had the final say on day two, where no play was possible. Over at Paradise Oval, rain left Hanover on their overnight total of 66 for four, in response to 301 for nine declared, made by Westmoreland. Recent West Indies Under-19 World Cup winning representative all-rounder Shahid Crooks, with an unbeaten 124, made the most runs for Westmoreland, with former national Under-19 player Javoy Spence providing support with 66. Gareth Dennis took five for 73. RAIN HALTED PLAY Former champions the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and title hopefuls the University of The West Indies (UWI) are now both tied on points at the top of Zone C following the second round of matches in the two-day Jamaica Cricket Association Senior Cup at the weekend. The duo, who battled at Up Park Camp in one of three matches in the zone, are now on seven points each, from two matches, after the JDF claimed first-innings points in their rain-affected drawn encounter. Batting first after winning the toss, the JDF scored 159, with national one-day opener Jermaine Harrison 35; out-of-favour West Indies fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell, 34; and the experienced Joseph Palmer, 29, making most runs. This was against off-spinners Akeem Frazer and Oshane Walters, who finished with four for 36, and three for 36, respectively. The UWI, in their response, were bowled out for 127, with national left-arm wrist spinner Dennis Bulli, five for 20, taking most wickets and left-arm orthodox spinner Shamari Brown taking three for 32.last_img read more

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Police arrest Spanish soccer federation president and son

first_imgLIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade LATEST STORIES Marinerong Pilipino stays alive in D-League playoff hunt The probe led the state prosecutor’s office to suspect that Angel Maria Villar “could have arranged matches of the Spanish national team with other national teams, thereby gaining in return contracts for services and other business ventures in benefit of his son.”The prosecutor’s office said they suspect that Padron and the secretary of the regional federation of Tenerfe “favored the contraction of business” for their personal benefit.Inigo Mendez de Vigo, Spain’s minister of education, culture and sport, told national television moments after the raids that “in Spain the laws are enforced, the laws are the same for all, and nobody, nobody is above the law.”UEFA said in a statement it is “aware of the reports regarding Mr. Villar Llona. We have no comment to make at this time.”The 67-year-old Villar has been the head of Spain’s soccer federation since 1988, overseeing its national team’s victories in the 2010 World Cup and the 2008 and 2012 European Championships.ADVERTISEMENT IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 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 The state prosecutor and Spanish police both said that Villar, his son Gorka Villar, and two other soccer officials were detained while raids were carried out at the federation headquarters and other properties.Police said the other two men who were arrested were Juan Padron, the federation’s vice president of economic affairs who is also the president of the regional federation for Tenerife, and the secretary of that regional federation. The four men were arrested on charges of improper management, misappropriation of funds, corruption and falsifying documents as part of a probe into the finances of the federations.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’As part of an operation called “Soule,” the Guardia Civil’s anti-corruption unit said it raided the national federation’s headquarters on the outskirts of the Spanish capital, the offices of the regional soccer federation on the island of Tenerife, and “headquarters of businesses and several private homes linked to the arrested individuals.”Police started the probe in early 2016 after a complaint was made by Spain’s Higher Council of Sport, the government’s sports authority. 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 IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation (FILES) This file photo taken on April 29, 2016 shows UEFA acting president Angel Maria Villar arriving to the Court of Arbitration for Sport for the appeal of Michel Platini’s against his six-year FIFA ban for ethics violations in Lausanne.The president of the Spanish Football Federation, Angel Maria Villar, was detained by police on July 18, 2017 as part of a corruption probe, a judicial source said. Villar, 67, a former Spanish international footballer, was being held on suspicion of abusing his position to embezzle funds from the federation, among other charges, the source said. / AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINIMADRID— Spanish Football Federation president Angel Maria Villar was arrested Tuesday along with his son and two more federation executives as part of an anti-corruption probe.The office of the state prosecutor in charge of anti-corruption said they suspect Villar, who is FIFA’s senior vice president and a UEFA vice president, of having arranged matches for Spain’s national team that led to business deals that benefited his son.ADVERTISEMENT Villar has also been at the heart of FIFA and UEFA politics since the 1990s, and has worked closely with several international soccer leaders who have since been indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice.His son, Gorka, worked in recent years for South American body CONMEBOL as legal director then as the CEO-like director general for three presidents who were implicated in the American federal investigation. Gorka Villar left CONMEBOL in July 2016.Angel Maria Villar was a tough midfielder for Athletic Bilbao and Spain before retiring to work as a lawyer and soccer administrator. He was elected to the UEFA executive committee 25 years ago, and to FIFA’s ruling committee 19 years ago. He has also been an influential figure in the legal and referees committees of both organizations.Increasingly seen as a polarizing figure with leadership ambitions, Villar decided against trying to succeed Michel Platini as UEFA president last year.Before joining CONMEBOL, Gorka Villar was a prominent sports lawyer in Madrid. He helped represent cyclist Alberto Contador in a failed appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport against losing the 2010 Tour de France title after a positive doping test.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer View commentslast_img read more

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Lyceum stays unbeaten at 3-0, holds down San Sebastian

first_imgMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLyceum had to fight until the final minute to keep its immaculate slate in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament as it turned back San Sebastian, 78-73, Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Jasper Ayaay delivered the dagger triple with 26 seconds left to give the Pirates a 77-70 lead which as enough cushion for Lyceum to rely on until the final buzzer.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View comments For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets The Pirates stretched it to seven but Michael Calisaan was able to salvage a triple for San Sebastian to cut the deficit to four, 77-73, with 17.9 seconds left, which proved too short for the Golden Stags to force a comeback.CJ Perez led the Pirates with 20 points and five rebounds while Ayaay added 17 points.Nzeusseu did much of the dirty work for the pirates with 10 points and 13 rebounds.Calisaan had a game-high 28 points to go along 10 rebounds to lead San Sebastian while Allyn Bulanadi added 16 points and grabbed nine boards.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READcenter_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 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 LATEST STORIES The Pirates improved to 3-0 while the Golden Stags slipped to 1-2.“I guess it’s the perseverance and grit, just not giving up, that was a tough game and they really gave us a run for our money,” said Pirates head coach Topex Robinson.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’“Again winning is the result of our vision, we want to make sure we inspire others and it’s a reminder to ourselves that we inspire others and give them hope. We want to inspire players from the province that they can play and it can be done.”Things were still tight between the two teams just heading into the final minute as Mike Nzeusseu tipped in Reymar Caduyac’s miss with 1:06 left in the game to give Lyceum a 74-70 lead. Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Belo has to get over mental hump regarding injury — Reyeslast_img read more

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