Bayliss wants attacking Buttler in all formats

first_imgTREVOR Bayliss has told Jos Buttler not to change his attacking style if he is recalled to England’s team for the third Test with India.Buttler is in the frame to come into England’s side as a batsman in place of the struggling Ben Duckett, with wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow retaining the gloves.The 26-year-old has not played in the longest form of the game since October 2015 when he was dropped during England’s series against Pakistan in United Arab Emirates.He could feature in Mohali, though, after Duckett continued to struggle in Visakhapatnam, making just five runs across the two innings.And, should he be given the nod, head coach Bayliss wants to see Buttler playing in the destructive way he does in limited-overs cricket.“The one thing with Jos, if he plays the same way as he does in one-day cricket, I think that’s the way ahead for him, red ball or white ball,” he is quoted as saying by Sky Sports News.“I think he’s starting to get his head around that fact.“He’s in the top echelon of destructive batters when it comes to white-ball cricket, and there’s no reason – if he can get his head around playing against a red ball – that he can’t do the same and put the pressure back on the opposition.“If someone like Jos is able to do that, it would take a bit of pressure off the rest of the guys.”Duckett’s struggles come as a blow to England who were hoping he could become a mainstay in the top order, but Bayliss remains confident the 22-year-old has the talent to play Test cricket.He added: “Ben’s working harder than anyone in the nets to try to fix things up, getting himself into a position that he is confident enough in to score runs.“I think he’s got a special talent. Whether he plays the next match or not, I think he’ll play a lot more for England.”( read more

Reifer says Barbadian Jofra Archer holds no terrors for Windies

first_imgSOUTHAMPTON, England, (CMC) – England’s Barbadian fast-bowling sensation, Jofra Archer, has already set the ICC World Cup alight with his fearsome pace but West Indies coach Floyd Reifer said Monday he held no terrors for the Caribbean side as they prepared to face the tournament hosts in the next fixture on Friday.A last minute call-up to the England side after playing just three One-Day Internationals, Archer topped speeds of 95 miles per hour in the 108-run victory over Bangladesh in Cardiff last Saturday and he picked up three wickets to move his tally in three matches to six.In fact, he was recorded as bowling the fastest-ever opening spell by an England bowler in an ODI after averaging nearly 91 mph on a helpful wicket.Reifer, though, said West Indies were not rattled by the prospect of facing Archer.“To be honest, we knew Jofra for a long time. He is from Barbados, where we are from. We knew him from the Under-15, Under-17, Under-19 [level] so he is not new to us,” Reifer told media here.“Yes, he’s bowling quickly, but there’s nothing that we are not accustomed to. We are looking forward to the challenge so we will see how it goes on Friday.”The 24-year-old Archer could have easily represented West Indies but after playing a handful of matches for the Windies Under-19s and then being snubbed for the 2014 Youth World Cup, he turned his attention to representing England.He was born and raised in Barbados but always held a British passport through his father who is a UK citizen.Archer initially faced a wait up until 2022 to turn out for England but saw his dreams fast-tracked earlier this year when the England and Wales Cricket Board reduced the eligibility criteria from seven years to three.He debuted last month against Ireland and was subsequently fast-tracked into the England side.Describing Archer as a “tremendous talent”, Reifer said his development had not been surprising as he had been always blessed with pace.“I knew him from the Under-17, Under-19 days. I actually played club cricket against him as a young guy,” Reifer explained.“So Jofra is a tremendous talent, we all know that. Like I said, we are looking forward to the game on Friday.”He added: “He obviously had the pace. He had a few injuries as a young guy but I’m guessing though he’s fully over those injuries and he is bowling very well for England.”Archer, in partnership with fellow speedster Mark Wood, has added a new dimension to England’s pace attack, making the hosts a feared side.And with West Indies fortunes having fluctuated over the past two decades, there is no doubt Archer would have been an asset to the regional side.But Reifer reiterated that the issue of Archer’s allegiance was no longer up for discussion.“He made his choice,” the former West Indies captain smiled.last_img read more

SMT  Volvo Global Fetes Golfers at Sagamu Golf Club

first_imgMore than 120 golfers have been scheduled to tee-off at the SMT Volvo sponsored  Golf Tournament scheduled for Children’s Day weekend of May, 27th and 28th, 2017 at Sagamu Golf Club, in Ogun State.According to the Co-ordinator of the tournament. Kome Brown, the event would be preceded by an auto rally cross, cocktail dinner, on the evening before the tournament’s tee-off on Sunday 28th.“The golf event and Auto Rally Cross  is part of a work and play project that we are presently nursing to maturity and the concept is basically to create a platform for busy corporate individuals to connect in a social atmosphere. Golf is a key tool for achieving that for us” she said. She added that players are drawn from different walks of life and the goal of the event apart from helping to promote physical fitness would also be realized with the many layers of interactive opportunities both with individuals and brands the event.The golf event would be  competed for over 18 holes and would reward players in gross and net categories.Captain of the Club, Mr Lanre Opakunle, believes that the club has one of the best golf facilities in South-west part of the country and is strategically situated where golfers from different golfing communities in Ogun, Oyo, Edo and Lagos states can access it.“We pride ourselves  as the centre of golf in southern Nigeria, where all golfers from key locations need only an hour drive to access our beautifully laid out facility,” he said.The SMT  Golf Tournament is also being staged as a concluding event to Rally Cross and children carnival  also co-sponsored by SMT Global.The event would concluded with a prize-giving gala at the end of the day.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

St. Peter’s House Retains St. Gregory’s College Sports Title

first_imgAs St Gregory’s College marked her 76th Annual Inter-house sports sponsored by Chikki Instant Noodles, St Peter House defended the title won last year by clinching first position. The event took place at the college’s athletics ground last Friday in Lagos.Chairman of the day, Mr Francis Bolaji Medessou, who is an old boy of the college declared the event open.He said this year’s event was in honour of the 1967-1971 set who also marked their 50th Anniversary by donating three new trophies to the school and a cash donation of N20,000 to the winning house.In his speech, he stated that it was a thing of joy to participate in competitions and competitors should be prepared to accept defeat as result can go both ways.The event commenced with a military parade under the command of Men of the Nigerian Army instead of the regular march past.At the end of the competition, St Peter House spotting colour red came out tops with 17gold, 11 Silver and 11bronze medals to beat St Francis, (Blue house) which had 11 gold, 13Silver and Eight bronze medals to second place.St Augustine’s House, (Colour Green) came third with 10 gold, 11 silver and 16  bronze medals ahead of fourth place. St Benedict’s (colour purple) with Eight Gold, 11 Silver and 11 bronze medals. Arogundade David of St Peter House was decorated as the overall best senior athlete of the sports meet while Onu Chukwuemeka also of St Peter’S House was adjudged the best athlete Intermediate category and Mecha Chukwuemeka of St Francis House was voted best athlete, Junior category.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Late Equaliser Sends Falconets into Q’final

first_imgA stoppage time own goal by Jiaxing Dou earned Nigeria a highly-dramatic 1-1 draw against China PR in Dinan-Lehon, France yesterday as Falconets claimed a spot in the quarter-finals of the ongoing FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup.Needing an outright victory to leapfrog Falconets to the runners-up spot of Group D, China was the more adventurous side in the first half at the Stade du Clos Gastel.Zhang Linyan gave China the breakthrough they needed with a 41st minute goal, and they were on their way to the last eight before the own goal that ensured the Falconets finished Group D in second place on goals balance from the Asians, though on same number of points (four).Mengyu Shen had the first chance of the match on 25 minutes when she hit the Nigeria crossbar. A few minutes later, captain Linlin Wang headed over the target from close range.China’s breakthrough came four minutes before half-time, as the diminutive Zhang turned her Nigerian marker in the box and stroked the ball past a diving Chiamaka Nnadozie to give the Asians the lead at the break.The Super Falconets pushed hard in search of an equaliser in the second half, but found the China backline and goalkeeper Huan Xu in resilient form until the end of the contest.With seconds left to play, substitute Aishat Bello’s byline cross from the right saw captain Rashdeedat Ajibade challenge for the ball with China right-back Jiaxing Dou. Bello’s cross struck the Chinese defender before nestling in the back of the net and sparking emotional celebrations from the Falconets at the full-time whistle.The Falconets will now have to battle impressive Spain on Thursday for place in the last-four. Kick-off time on Thursday is 2pm. Spain topped Group C with seven points in a group that also had the USA and Paraguay.They have so far scored seven goals and let in three goals.General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, praised the ladies for their effort: “The Falconets deserve commendation for the way they fought all the way to the end and got the important goal.“The NFF is proud of their dedication, discipline and commitment, and we believe they have what it takes to overcome Spain in the quarter finals,” observed the NFF scribe.In the other match of the group, Germany finished the group stage with a maximum nine points after a 3-2 victory against Haiti at Vannes’s Stade de la Rabine.Laura Freigang opened the scoring from close range, before Kristin Kogel doubled the lead shortly after the break.Klara Buhl made it three for Germany on the hour-mark, while Haiti captain Nerilia Mondesir netted a second-half brace to put pressure on the Germans. After making it three wins from three, Maren Meinert’s team will now face Japan – who finished second in Group C – in France 2018’s quarter-finals.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram UNDER-20 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP*Nigeria to play Spain for a place in the Last FourDuro Ikhazuagbe with agency reportlast_img read more

Germany coach Loew to lead team to Euro 2016

first_imgGermany World Cup-winning coach Joachim Loew remains committed to leading the side through to the European Championship in 2016, the 54-year-old said on Wednesday.Loew was contracted to the German football federation (DFB) until July 2016, but said he had needed to take some time following his side’s 1-0 World Cup final victory over Argentina 10 days ago.In an interview on the DFB website he said he could think of nothing better than leading the side to the tournament in France, and was as motivated as he was on his first day on the job.Loew took over the national team after the 2006 World Cup having previously been assistant to Juergen Klinsmann.As well as Germany’s fourth World Cup triumph, he also led the side to the final at Euro 2008 and the semi-finals of the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012.Germany captain Philipp Lahm retired from international football last week. (Reporting by Josh Reich, editing by Ed Osmond)last_img read more

LA Clippers make their pitch to free agent Kevin Durant, leave with cautious optimism

first_imgThe meeting lasted more than two-and-a-half hours, some reports saying as many as four, with the team making a basketball-centric pitch, highlighting how the Clippers would use the four-time scoring champion and 2014 league MVP in their pursuit of the team’s first championship. Ballmer, Rivers, Griffin and Jordan were joined by other basketball operations executives, including Lawrence Frank. All-Star point guard Chris Paul was invited to the meeting, but he was unable to get to New York in time from a family vacation in Spain. Paul has been in contact with Durant, though. The meeting went well enough that the Clippers left with some cautious optimism after leaving a strong impression on Durant. Jordan and Durant are longtime friends who have vacationed together.The Clippers could sign Durant in a number of different ways, namely by stripping their entire roster to pair him with their “Big Three” and a slew of minimum contracts or creating space by trading one of their stars to open salary cap space. Durant is expected to meet with San Antonio, Boston and Miami (and the Thunder a second time) this weekend. The Clippers’ meeting could also act as a primer for free agency in 2017 when Durant, if he signs a one-year deal with a player option, can re-enter the market when the salary cap increases again and his earning power has increased after another season in the league. While the Clippers were busy wooing Durant, their primary fallback plan at small forward, Jeff Green, agreed to a one-year, $15 million deal with the Orlando Magic. Green, who met with members of the Clippers’ brass Thursday in Miami, was acquired at the trade deadline last season for Lance Stephenson and a protected future first-round pick.Green, 29, played 33 games for the Clippers. While the Clippers await word from Durant on his decision, other teams are free to pounce on their top free agents, Jamal Crawford and Austin Rivers. On Friday, Crawford fielded calls from Orlando, Dallas and Philadelphia. Austin Rivers was scheduled to speak with representatives from the New York Knicks. Both players are expected to earn significant raises, no matter who they sign with. The Clippers, for their part, have been relatively silent outside of their meeting with Durant, though their interest in Luol Deng was reported. Otherwise, the Clippers, like every team in the Durant sweepstakes, waited and hoped for the best.The Clippers took their shot Friday, and soon, they’ll know if they connected. Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, Coach Doc Rivers, forward Blake Griffin and center DeAndre Jordan were in the room Friday night in the Hamptons on Long Island, N.Y., helping try and pitch the NBA’s top free agent on a notion that would have been ridiculous a decade ago.“Come to the Clippers. It’s good here. The future will be better.”The fact they were able to share this message, in a way, was a victory for an organization that’s historically been defined by its failures. The incumbent Oklahoma City Thunder got their chance Thursday night when the negotiating window opened. Friday morning belonged to the 73-win Golden State Warriors. Then, captured by the paparazzi with Starbucks beverages in hand on their way in, the Clippers got their shot. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

De Bruyne is my Man City blueprint – Guardiola

first_imgManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Pep Guardiola said Kevin De Bruyne incarnated Manchester City’s future after the Belgian’s sublime display inspired his side to an emphatic 4-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur.De Bruyne smashed in City’s second goal on Saturday and had a hand in their third, scored by Raheem Sterling, who went on to complete a brace as City registered a record-extending 16th successive Premier League win. “And of course that’s happened because I was with three amazing clubs: Barcelona, Bayern Munich and this one. All three clubs supported me, all the decisions we believe in and they provide me with outstanding players.“Without good players and the club supporting your ideas, it’s impossible to achieve this kind of thing.”– Hotheaded Alli –Ilkay Gundogan put City ahead in the 14th minute, ghosting in unmarked to head Leroy Sane’s corner past Hugo Lloris.After Spurs rallied in the second half, De Bruyne carried the game beyond them, rifling home a left-foot shot in the 70th minute and sparking the move that culminated in Sane teeing up Sterling for a tap-in.Sterling added another, smuggling his way past Lloris and walking the ball in, before Christian Eriksen claimed a stoppage-time consolation.De Bruyne’s goal — his seventh of the season — occurred moments after he had been left in a heap by an ugly ankle-high challenge from Dele Alli, who escaped with only a booking.Harry Kane, too, was shown only a yellow card for an untidy foul on Sterling, but although Guardiola felt both tackles were “dangerous”, he refused to criticise referee Craig Pawson.Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino was reluctant to discuss the hotheaded Alli and instead urged his team to take inspiration from City’s display.“Look, I’m not going to talk about individual names today because it’s not fair,” said the Argentinian, whose team slipped from fourth to seventh.“The most important thing is our collective performance wasn’t how we expect and I think we were poor. Not only poor — the way we conceded the first goal was a massive mistake for us.“When you play against teams like Manchester City, if you concede a goal like this after 15 minutes, come on. We can’t assess individual performances.“We need to learn from this situation. Today was a very good example of a team that believe, that have quality and is in very good form. They deserved the victory completely.”Share on: WhatsApp Guardiola has matched his best winning run with Barcelona from their all-conquering 2010-11 season and stands three wins short of his own record for Europe’s five major leagues, which he set at Bayern Munich in 2013-14. De Bruyne’s hurtful passing repeatedly tore holes in the Spurs defence and Guardiola said that ability on the ball, allied to his exemplary work-rate, made him a figurehead for the club’s young players.“Kevin is one of the most talented players and you see how he runs without the ball,” said the City manager.“You cannot imagine how good he plays with the ball, but he runs like a player in the Conference (semi-professional) league.“It’s a good example for the young players, for our academy, for Phil Foden, for Brahim (Diaz). They know how good Kevin De Bruyne is. And when they see how he runs and he fights without the ball, that is the best example.“He helps us to be a better club, a better institution for the future. Because that is what we want to do. His performance today, I have no words.”The one-sided win at a misty Etihad Stadium gave City a provisional 14-point lead at the top of the table, ahead of second-place Manchester United’s trip to West Bromwich Albion on Sunday. “Of course I’m proud,” said Guardiola.“I don’t want to be humble right now. I’m proud with my staff to achieve that with three teams, every day being there. We work a lot and the players know that.last_img read more

Manu García renews for Alavés until 2021

first_imgLast summer it was published that Manu García would automatically renew if he played a minimum of 25 games this season. According to the data that was handled then, he was required to appear for 45 minutes per crash to compute that calculation.In a public appearance, the Vitorian midfielder assured that these data were not exact. Who else who least questioned the issue of the 25 games but, in fact, it was. What was not rigorous was saying the half game. Just jumping onto the field was enough. So last Friday, against Valencia and when he played the last minutes due to Fejsa’s injury, the circle was closed. 25 games in 27 days, 20 as a starter and 5 as a substitute but jumping onto the pitch. Therefore, renewal.One of the captain’s dreams was arrive with the blue albiazul to 2021, the entity’s centenary year. And that circumstance has already occurred for what Manu García will continue to be captain, except for unexpected decisions, in the next season.last_img read more

Plenty of ideas presented for Angel’s Gate Park

first_imgJuli Wolfgram, chairwoman of the master plan steering committee, gave a brief history of the park and explained the planning process. She noted that master plans have been attempted before but failed to be adopted or implemented. “It is my full intent to make sure we move forward,” Wolfgram said of the current planning. The first presentation was by Kimberly Foley of Peninsula Dog Parks, Inc., which is looking for a new home for its off-leash dog park. She suggested that Joan Milke Flores Park, located within Angel’s Gate, would be a great spot, particularly due to its ample space, shade and parking. Bob Armstrong of the Angel’s Gate Hi-Railers Model Railroad Club and Bill Costly of the Belmont Shores Model Railroad Club talked about the history of their respective organizations, which are housed at the park. Both said they have members of all ages and help the community by building or fixing models and teaching kids about railroad safety. Eric Lokke advocated for an ecology, music and history center. He suggested locating the proposed LAUSD high school at Angel’s Gate instead of at the old Navy housing site and said it could make use of the park’s existing programs and buildings. Recreational facilities were the focus of a presentation by Bruce Horton, the chairman of the recreation and parks committee for the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council. He said surveys suggest that students want a skateboard or bike facility, as well as a public pool. Horton also said horseshoe pits, shuffleboard and lawn bowling would draw large crowds to the park. Aekyong “Aggie” Slator proposed a Palace of the Seven Gardens, a public facility with gardens, cuisine, entertainment and events from southeast Asian countries. Slator suggested the palace would be a place to renew the mind, body and spirit, as well as experience different cultures. Cindi Alvitre discussed the idea of a boat house project for ti’atem, plank canoes used by the Tongva community. Alvitre said it would honor the area’s original inhabitants, as well as educate future generations. The project would include a building area, a performance and classroom space, and community outreach. Last to present was Nathan Birnbaum, the executive director of Angel’s Gate Cultural Center. He suggested creating a non-profit center at the park, to include all the organizations and clubs. He said this would help streamline fundraising and marketing and ultimately bring in more users and funding. There is one more public forum on Sept. 29, after which the steering committee will review suggestions and submit a recommendation to the city. Wolfgram said the goal is to have the recommendation in by the end of 2007. rachel.jones@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Rachel Jones STAFF WRITER There is no shortage of ideas about what to do with Angel’s Gate Park, now in the middle of a master planning process to determine its future. On Sept. 8, a public forum was held to allow organizations and residents to share their visions for the park. Seven presenters revealed their plans or hopes, and attendees learned more about the next phase of planning. last_img read more