Jamaica rekindle hopes in WICB Under-19 tourney

first_imgJamaica rekindled their hopes of making it to the final of the WICB Under-19 Championship with a 23 runs win over the Leewards Islands in their fifth and penultimate-round clash at Jamalco yesterday.Jamaica, having entered the contest in fourth position in the seven-team standings, first posted a competitive 267 for six off their allotted 50 overs.The Robert Samuels-coached Jamaicans then returned to restrict the Leewards to 244 with 13 balls remaining.Leading the way for Jamaica when they batted were Leonardo Friginette, opener Abijhai Mansingh, and captain Michael Frew, who all scored half centuries.Friginette, batting at number three, hit a top score of 60; Mansingh helped to lay a platform with 53; while Frew towards the end, chipped in with 56.Tyrone Williams, with four for 53, claimed the most wickets for the losers.Miguel Smith, four for 53Needing to win to keep any hopes of qualifying alive, Jamaica were then led in the field by Miguel Smith, four for 53, and front-line pacer Odean Smith, three for 47.This was against opener Alzarri Joseph, who got 97, and Kofi James, who chipped in with 33.In other matches, the marquee clash between Guyana and the Windward Islands saw the former coming out on top by 85 runs.Guyana first tallied 257 all out off 49.5 overs before returning to limit the Windwards for 172 off 39.3 overs.Meanwhile, at Manchester High, out-of-contention Barbados defeated Canada by 151 runs.Barbados netted 272 for four off the allotment of overs before returning to bowl out the Canadians for 121.The preliminary round of the tournament is set to come to an end today, with Jamaica playing Barbados at Chedwin Park being the feature.The other games will see front-runner Trinidad and Tobago tackling the Leewards at Ewarton, while Guyana and Canada will do battle at Manchester High.The final between the top two preliminary-round finishers will be played at Treasure Beach Sports Park, St Elizabeth.last_img read more

Ex-Angel Erstad feeling fine in Sox

first_imgWhen two reporters who cover the Angels showed up in White Sox camp Saturday morning, Pierzynski figured more attention was heading his way. Well sorry A.J., this year there is a different White Sox tie to the Angels. Erstad, who had surgery on his right ankle this off-season, is getting a chance to earn a starting spot in either center or left field. On Saturday he played in his third consecutive spring game and reported no discomfort. “I’m very happy with how I feel and just getting back into the flow of playing again,” Erstad said. “I missed a lot of time and I’m just trying to get used to being on the field.” For the past two years Erstad tried to grit his teeth and play through various injuries. It had an obvious impact on his game. “You have to find a way to make due with what you have and I did as best as I could and it wasn’t good enough,” Erstad said. “I’ll move on and go from there.” Erstad has heard about the small stir caused by a comment he made earlier this spring. While trying to let it be known that he is fully committed to the White Sox, he said the Angels were just another team and expressed his desire is to kick the stuffing so to speak out of them. TUCSON, Ariz. – Darin Erstad is doing just fine in Chicago White Sox spring camp, playing well and feeling healthy for the first time in over two years. He is even … GULP … getting along swimmingly with A.J. Pierzynski, who has a nearby locker. center_img “The Angels were a huge part of my career and I’ll have great memories but when you step on the field it’s time to win baseball games,” Erstad said, patiently taking the time for those who conveniently forgot about his competitive nature. “That’s how I feel against every team. It’s not just my personal vendetta against the Angels. It’s how I feel playing against anybody.” The White Sox and Angels will square off for the first time this spring April 17 in Tucson and again April 27 at Tempe. But the matchups Erstad is anticipating take place April 27-29 at Chicago and May 4-6 when the White Sox visit Angel Stadium. “Oh I might have a general idea of when the games are,” Erstad said with a smile when asked if has marked the dates on his calendar. Unlike Tim Salmon last year, Erstad was shut down at the end of the season, depriving him of one farewell appearance or at-bat to receive acknowledgment from the home fans. “I don’t need that for personal stuff,” he said. “Obviously I have a very close relationship with the fans and the respect is mutual. It’s going to be tough being there but when you strap it on you can throw all that out the window.” The Angels are still discussing how to properly celebrate a fan favorite who now is in the opposing dugout. A video tribute is likely, at the very least. The hard-nosed Erstad isn’t sure what to expect when he comes back to Orange County. “I’m not expecting anything and I don’t know what will happen,” Erstad said. “Like I said, I have a lot of things to worry about before we get to that point.” As for Pierzynski, Erstad was asked a tongue-in-cheek question about how he is getting along with his new teammate, who was sitting at his locker a few feet away. Pierzynski, of course, took the bait, chiming in from a distance about reporters causing trouble. Erstad said there has been no reason to talk about the 2005 American League Championship, joking or otherwise. Pierzynski, of course, advanced to first base in Game 2 on a perceived dropped third strike, opening the door for a White Sox victory. “Hey, you guys know me, once the year is over and down with you can close the book,” said Erstad, who only objected to Pierzynski’s University of Florida T-shirt. “That chapter is over. Things change and you just roll with it, just like I’ve said year after year. My focus was what was going on in that Angels locker room and now my focus is what’s going on here. Find a way to make the team win. I have one-track mind with these guys.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Suarez fires Barca nine clear in Sociedad fightback

first_img0Shares0000Barcelona’s forward Lionel Messi (L) is congratulated by teammate Luis Suarez after scoring against Real Sociedad on January 14, 2018 © AFP / ANDER GILLENEAMADRID, Spain, Jan 14 – Luis Suarez stole the show with a brace and an assist as Barcelona fought back from two goals down to win 4-2 at Real Sociedad on Sunday and restore their nine-point lead at the top of La Liga.Suarez struck in the 50th and 71st minutes, his first a delightful chip from just inside the area, after laying on Paulinho six minutes before the break to start the comeback from first-half goals from Sociedad’s Willian Jose and Juanmi. A stunning Lionel Messi free-kick five minutes from time completed the comeback, which puts Ernesto Valverde’s side on 51 points, well ahead of second-placed Atletico Madrid, 1-0 winners at Eibar on Saturday.“The goal we scored before the break really helped us,” said Valverde. “It seemed the curse was still there when we were 2-0 down, and yet we pushed and we believed we could turn it around and take the lead, and finally the goals came.”The win also moves Barca a full 19 points in front of arch-rivals Real Madrid, who are languishing in fourth and closer on points to the relegation zone than leaders Barca after Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat by Villarreal.Real’s embarrassment allowed third-placed Valencia to move eight points clear of Zinedine Zidane’s side with a 2-1 win at third-from-bottom Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday, which came thanks to goals from Goncalo Guedes and Rodrigo.Barca came into Sunday’s clash having not won at Sociedad since 2007 and with 34 minutes gone it looked like the hex was going to continue.Jose gave the hosts a shock lead after just 11 minutes when he headed home Xabi Prieto’s superb cross, and a shambolic looking Barca were deservedly two down 23 minutes later.Juanmi burst through the away side’s distracted backline to meet Sergio Canales’ excellent through ball, and the Spaniard saw his shot deflected off Sergi Roberto and creep inside Marc-Andre Ter Stegen’s near post.Suarez burst into life as the first half came to a close and gave the Catalans hope with a fine low cross that Paulinho just had to guide home to pull a goal back.The Uruguayan then scored a sensational equaliser in the 50th minute, striding towards Messi’s pass and clipping a looping shot over Sociedad stopper Geronimo Rulli, before putting his side into the lead 21 minutes later.Rulli’s long clearance was fired back with a powerful shot by Thomas Vermaelen that found Suarez clean through on and ready to crash home Barca’s third.Messi’s free-kick, a dipping curler that any goalkeeper would have struggled to save, was the icing on the cake for Barca and the Argentine, who overtook Gerd Muller to become the top scorer in the history of Europe’s top five leagues with his 366th La Liga strike.– Real respite –Real coach Zidane was given some respite from the fierce criticism he received following Villarreal’s first ever win at the Bernabeu, as Sevilla missed the chance to draw level on points in the race for Champions League qualification when they lost 1-0 at lowly Alaves on Sunday.Alaves’ midfielder Manu Garcia (L) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against Sevilla at the Mendizorrotza Stadium in Vitoria on January 14, 2018 © AFP / CESAR MANSOManu Garcia’s 52nd-minute strike pulled Alaves out of the relegation zone and left Sevilla sixth on 29 points, three behind fourth-placed Real.The defeat for Sevilla extends Vincenzo Montella’s losing start in La Liga, with the Italian guiding his new club to two straight league losses since replacing cancer-stricken Eduardo Berizzo, following last week’s 5-3 home Seville derby loss to Betis.Espanyol played out a 1-1 draw with Athletic Bilbao in Sunday’s other game, with Inaki Williams equalising for the Basques six minutes after Gerard Moreno’s 29th-minute opener.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Bruins hope to build on bowl win

first_img No more – at least for one year. When spring football starts in February, the Bruins can celebrate many things, one of which is a 50-38 comeback win over Northwestern in the Sun Bowl Friday. UCLA was down 22-0 and rallied to lead by halftime, then held on for the biggest comeback win in school history. The Bruins finished 10-2 and became just the seventh team in school history to post a 10-win season. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The future looks good. “This year we were so close to reaching that dream of playing in Pasadena, our home stadium,” freshman tailback Kahlil Bell said. “We lost to Arizona and USC, but I think a lot of the underclassmen realize what it takes to get over that hump. Hopefully, winning 10 games and going out on a positive note like we did, we can come out next year and hopefully, establish this program as a powerhouse, a true contender for that national championship. “That’s why everyone competes. We all compete to be the best and that’s hopefully what this program will be next year.” UCLA’s 12 seniors left the program in good shape. The losses of quarterback Drew Olson, tight end Marcedes Lewis and defenders Jarrad Page, Spencer Havner and Justin London will hurt. But heralded quarterback Ben Olson will start and tailback Maurice Drew might return for his senior season. Drew said last week he has not filed the paperwork to have his NFL Draft status evaluated, although he has until Jan. 15 to do so. UCLA loses several offensive linemen, but it just received a commitment from Nick Ekbatani, a junior-college transfer who will begin class this month and play spring football. EL PASO, Texas – Now that’s what everyone’s talking about. UCLA’s football team finally ended the season with a victory in a bowl game, and it’s hardly remarkable what a final-game victory will do for a team’s psyche. For the past two years, UCLA spent its offseason dealing with the ramifications of bowl losses to Wyoming and Fresno State. center_img “I love this team,” said London, who played his last collegiate game Friday. “The heart of this team is unmatched. I’m so proud of this team. The cool part is that we’re young. We’re losing a lot of key players, but we have a lot of key players returning. They’re set up to go up. I was just blessed to be a part of it. The seniors took it upon themselves to lead them in that direction.” That’s London, using the word “we” even though he can’t suit up next season. Underclassmen surely know that no game is over – no matter the deficit – and that should have a lasting impression. Against Washington State and Stanford this season, UCLA was down by 21 points and rallied to win. The comeback win against the Wildcats was even bigger. It’s not exactly a strategy coaches employ, but if UCLA learned one thing this year, it was how to play from behind and to never quit. It didn’t always work, as the Bruins were routed in losses to Arizona and USC. Winning the bowl game after the 66-19 clobbering by USC was big. “It’s something we talked about since the USC game, to finish our successful season on a positive note and using that as momentum going into 2006,” UCLA coach Karl Dorrell said. “We have a lot of young players in our program and they have something to shoot for and live up to. We’re 10-2 this year and now our goal is to try to keep those numbers the same or better each and every year and to be a contender in our own Pac-10 conference, and have the ability to compete and be a champion in that conference. “Next year, we know that we’ll build from this year. We’ll build from that experience of playing the top-caliber talent in our conference and be ready to play at a level that we probably weren’t ready to play at this year, but we’ll be ready to play it next year.”, Jill Painter, (818) 713-3615 jill.painter@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Dealer lauded for civic mission

first_imgEmard is a member of Honda Dealer 20 Group; president of Palmdale Sheriff Boosters; two-term chairman of the Palmdale Chamber of Commerce; member of the Children’s Center of the Antelope Valley governing board; past chairman for American Cancer Societies Relay for Life; founder of Thunder on the Lot charity car and motorcycle show; director on the Antelope Valley Board of Trade; founder of Dollars from Heaven annual holiday fundraiser; founder of the Kid’s Charities of the Antelope Valley; past chairman of Heart Sounds charity event, and United Way Telethon host and contributor.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – Robertson Palmdale Honda was honored with the 36th Assembly District’s Salute to Small Business award. Robertson Palmdale Honda managing partner Ron Emard received the award from Assemblywoman Sharon Runner, R-Lancaster, at a luncheon in the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento. “Ron Emard and Robertson Palmdale Honda exemplify the best tradition of entrepreneurial success and civic commitment,” Runner said. “Ron and his company have earned a reputation for leadership in starting and sustaining enormously successful charitable programs to benefit youth throughout the region. He is also a major contributor to the United Way, the Antelope Valley Fair and countless other worthwhile organizations.” Emard is also the owner of Harley Davidson of the Antelope Valley, located in Lancaster. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Emard has spent 40 years in the automotive industry. He began his career as a salesman for David Hamza Motors in Oxnard. In 1976 he was hired as general sales manager for Nesen Motor Car Co. He has been general manager at Robertson Honda in North Hollywood for 12 years and general managing partner at Robertson Palmdale Honda for 11 years. In 2004 he became the principal owner and partner of the Harley Davidson dealership in Lancaster. last_img read more

TWIN TOWNS BOXER DONNA SCOOPS GOLD IN INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

first_imgTwin Towns boxer Donna Barr has won an Irish Intermediate boxing championships in the National Stadium Dublin.Donna after she won her Intermediate titleDonna, who boxes at 50kg, defeated K. McCarthy of Golden Cobra B.C. Dublin by unanimous decision. The scores outpointed her opponent 40-36, 40-36, 39-37.She dominated all four rounds by working on the back foot and landing clean singular lefts and rights and every time her opponent came forward she picked her off. This is Donna’s third Irish National title for the Twin Towns Boxing Club.Her club mate Paul Kelly was also in action on Saturday in the semi-finals boxing at middle weight where he also won.He now boxes in the finals next Friday night in the National Stadium with the championships being televised live on TG4 next Friday night.TWIN TOWNS BOXER DONNA SCOOPS GOLD IN INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIPS was last modified: November 30th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:boxingdonegalDonna BarrTown Townslast_img read more

A Competitive Paranoia

first_imgAssume that your competitor has spent more time with your dream client than you have. Assume that they got there early. Assume that during that time, your competitor has developed deeper relationships with stakeholders at different levels within your dream client’s company. Assume your competitor has helped identify and collaborate with your dream client around their most strategic needs.Assume that all things being equal relationships win. Especially relationships of value.Assume that your competitor is really, really good at what they do. Assume that your competitor follows an excellent sales process that creates value for their prospects at every stage. Assume that they have built consensus around their solution. Assume they have executive sponsorship for their proposal. Assume they have the pole position.By making these assumptions, you inform some very important decisions as to how you are going to compete. Assuming you are behind in the race means you have to behave differently. You’ll work harder in the discovery phase to create value and to collaborate with your dream client contacts. You’ll believe that you need more relationships, and you will act with urgency to create them. You will believe that you are at risk of losing unless you can get to executive leadership and gain their commitment. All of these ideas are embedded in your sales process (or should be), and they will be front of mind and important to you.Instead of underestimating your competitor and losing, believe and behave as if you are already behind in every opportunity. Then hustle!QuestionsIf you knew your competitor did incredible discovery work, would you take half measures?If you knew your competitor had your dream client’s company wired would you act differently when it comes to developing relationships and building consensus?If you believe that your competitor had executive sponsorship for their solution, would you believe you could win without it?If you believe their process positioned them to win, would you ignore the process that allows you to win?last_img read more

Honda Cars sales down 23% at 13,020 units in February

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 1 (PTI) Honda Cars India today reported 22.96 per cent decline in domestic sales at 13,020 units in February.It had sold 16,902 units in the same month last year, Honda Cars India (HCIL) said in a statement.Last month, the company sold 399 units of small car Brio, 3,365 units of premium hatchback Jazz, 4,069 units of compact sedan Amaze, 226 units of MPV Mobilio and 4,880 units of the mid-sized sedan City.Besides, the company sold 81 units of sports utility vehicle CRV.In addition, it exported a total of 690 units during the month. PTI RKL MRlast_img read more

There lies no military solution to S China Sea problem: Kerry

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 31 (PTI) Holding that there lay no military solution to the South China Sea problem, US Secretary of State John Kerry today asked China and the Philippines to abide by the recent ruling of an international tribunal on the dispute.An enormous amount of energy has been spent in establishing the international order after the World War II and it should be respected, he said.Citing the resolution of maritime boundary dispute between Bangladesh and India, Kerry said the world can learn from India to abide by international tribunals orders.”Indias decision to accept an international tribunal judgement regarding its maritime border with Bangladesh actually stands apart. This is the model to help potentially dangerous disputes in different danger spots…These can be resolved peacefully, including the South China Sea (dispute),” he said at IIT Delhi.Kerry said that states should resolve disputes through peaceful means, and exercise self-restraint in the conduct of activities that could complicate or escalate disputes.China has been getting increasingly assertive in South China Sea notwithstanding the verdict of an arbitration court in The Hague that China had no historical title over the South China Sea.”The United States continues to call on China and the Philippines to abide by the tribunals recent decision which is final and legally binding on both parties,” Kerry said.China claims most of the South China Sea, through which more than USD 5 trillion of trade moves annually. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam have challenged Chinas claim.advertisementReplying to questions, Kerry said the US supported diplomatic efforts to resolve territorial disputes to which there was “no military solution”.”We are also interested in not fanning the flames of conflict but rather trying to encourage the parties to resolve their disputes and claims through the legal process and through diplomacy,” he said.He said even for an instant, one should not underestimate the importance of the world order.”We have spent enormous energy in the aftermath of World War 11 in order to (build it). It has served us well. It has helped us bring an end to the cold war and it has helped us set on a new course in the 21st century. So it is important to us to respect the international order, to show respect for international law and to support regional stability and prosperity,” Kerry said. PTI SAP SClast_img read more

Yankees Bust Chen, Orioles, 3-2

first_imgNEW YORK — Wei-Yin Chen’s 30th birthday party fizzled fast.Chen gave up two early runs and then a tie-breaking hit to Brendan Ryan in the sixth inning as the Baltimore Orioles lost 3-2 to the New York Yankees on Tuesday night in the opener of a series between AL East rivals.Alex Rodriguez had a sacrifice fly and Chase Headley an RBI double in the first two innings off Chen (4-6).“I wasn’t able to control the situation as I wanted to in the first couple innings,” he said through a translator. “I think that gave the team some burden and that’s why we lost the game today.”Chen allowed three runs and 10 hits in 6 1-3 innings. He had not allowed more than two earned runs in seven straight starts.Center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury made a running, over-the-shoulder catch with a runner on second in the seventh to preserve the win for Justin Wilson (3-0) in relief of Nathan Eovaldi.New York opened a five-game lead in the division over Baltimore, which lost for the 10th time in 14 games.Eovaldi held Baltimore hitless until Adam Jones singled under the glove of charging shortstop Didi Gregorius with two outs in the fourth.The right-hander reached 100 mph on his second and fourth pitches of the game and shut down the Orioles until he faded in the sixth, allowing a two-out RBI single to Matt Wieters.Wilson relieved and yielded a run-scoring hit to J.J. Hardy but Wieters was caught in a rundown between second and third, ending the inning with the score tied 2-all.“I thought, as hard as it was hit, I thought if he came up clean he was definitely going to try to get at him at the plate so I was trying,” Wieters said.“If it was going to be bang-bang there I would have rather have him try and cut it and get me at third so we could tie the game up there.”Dellin Betances relieved and struck out Manny Machado with a runner on third to end the seventh and preserve a one-run lead.Betances pitched the eighth and Andrew Miller got three outs against the team he helped win the East last season for his 21st save in 21 chances.In the bottom of the sixth, Gregorius singled off Chen with two outs and Ryan followed with a double down the third base line for the lead.Ryan, an oft-injured backup infielder, has made four starts this season and has an RBI in three of them.“I’m sure it meant a lot” to him, Manager Joe Girardi said. “It meant a lot to our club, too.”Ellsbury broke up Chen’s birthday party with a double to start the first. Brett Gardner bunted Ellsbury to third and A-Rod hit a fly to left for a run.A 15-minute rain delay pushed back the start of the bottom of the second. When play resumed, Brian McCann and Chris Young singled and Headley had a run-scoring double.The Yankees had second and third and none out but Chen settled down and retired the side. Gregorius and Ryan each made out in the second.(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more