MISERABLE START LONDON (AP): Manchester clubs traded places at the top of the Premier League yesterday after a buoyant United beat Sunderland 3-0, and early pacesetters City slipped to second after being thrashed 4-1 at Tottenham. Dutch signing Memphis Depay scored his first ever Premier League goal, and Wayne Rooney notched his first league goal of the season as United eased to a comfortable victory at Old Trafford. Juan Mata added a late third as United went top for the first time since August 2013. With 16 points from seven games, Louis van Gaal’s United are one point ahead of a City side whose flying start with five straight wins has now come to an abrupt stop. A second consecutive league defeat for the club made it three losses in four matches in all competitions. However, City are not the only big-spending club going through a rough patch. Chelsea’s title defence continued to misfire yesterday, with Jose Mourinho’s champions needing two late goals to scramble a 2-2 draw away to a Newcastle side that is already a candidate for relegation. West Ham remain third after drawing 2-2 with Norwich, while Alexis Sanchez scored a hat-trick as Arsenal rose to fourth after coming from behind to hammer Leicester 5-2. Elsewhere, the pressure on Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers eased after England striker Daniel Sturridge scored his first goal since March in a 3-2 win over Aston Villa. Southampton beat Swansea 3-1 and Stoke edged Bournemouth 2-1. A gleeful Stretford End was chanting “We are top of the league” after United took full advantage of City’s miserable start to the day. Depay, who joined United from PSV Eindhoven for £31 million (then US$48 million) in June, slotted home in the fourth minute of first-half stoppage time after a deft cutback by Mata. Just after the restart, Rooney moved level with Denis Law as United’s joint-third leading league scorer with 171 goals, after a pass from Anthony Martial struck the captain’s knee and went in. Mata rounded off the scoring by driving home Ashley Young’s cross in the final minute. In the Tottenham-City encounter, the latter dominated the first half and took a deserved lead through Kevin De Bruyne in the 25th minute. But Eric Dier rifled in a long-distance equaliser on the stroke of half-time and Erik Lamela curled over a free kick for Toby Alderweireld to head home five minutes after the restart. Kane, who had scored 31 times for Spurs last season, ended his drought in the 61st and Lamela was rewarded for a fine performance with a goal on the break in the 79th. Arsenal had managed just five goals in their first six league games but matched that total during an entertaining afternoon at Leicester. Sanchez’s hat-trick was his first goals of the season for the Gunners, while Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud also netted as Arsene Wenger’s side built on its midweek League Cup win over Tottenham.
ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):Jamaican Jacqueline Williams has been named to stand in the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 qualifiers, which bowl off on Saturday in Thailand.The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) said yesterday’s decision had been made to fast-track the 39-year-old in order to get her named to the umpires panel for the 2017 Women’s World Cup.Williams recently made her international debut, when she officiated in the first games of the one-day international and Twenty20 International series on Pakistan Women’s recent tour of the Caribbean.”This along with her historic appointment to stand in the WICB Professional Cricket League Regional Four-Day tournament and involvement in the international women’s matches against Pakistan are all a part of her preparation and training,” said Roland Holder, the WICB’s cricket operations manager.”The WICB has also assigned Peter Nero from its International Panel of umpires to assist Jacqueline with the preparation process and in her development as an umpire.”Williams is yet to stand in a regional first class game, but is poised to become the first woman to do so on her return from the qualifiers, which wrap up on December 5.Eight teams, divided into two groups, will contest the Women’s World Twenty20 qualifiers, with the two top teams qualifying for the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 in India next year.Zimbabwe, Scotland, Papua New Guinea, the Netherlands, Ireland, China and Bangladesh will join hosts Thailand in the tournament.- CMC
MANCHESTER, England (AP): First it was criticism of Manchester United’s playing style. Then came the team’s limp exit at the Champions League group stage. Yesterday, it was a loss to tiny Bournemouth in one of the Premier League’s biggest-ever mismatches. The problems are stacking up for under-pressure United manager Louis van Gaal in his second season in charge of England’s biggest club. United – depleted by a wretched run of injuries to senior players – conceded directly from a corner in the second minute on their way to a humbling 2-1 loss at Bournemouth, the latest shock result in a season of surprises in the Premier League. Earlier yesterday, Manchester City had needed a huge deflected goal just to get a 2-1 home win over Swansea, who are without a manager and on one of the worst run of results in the league. City went top on goal difference, for one day at least. Bournemouth’s first season in the top flight is starting to get better and better. The little coastal club that almost dropped out of the country’s professional leagues six years ago beat Chelsea 1-0 away last weekend for what ranked as the biggest win in its 116-year history. Other results: Norwich 1 Everon 1; Crystal Palace 1 Southampton 0; Sunderland 0 Watford 1; West Ham 0 Stoke City 0. IMPROVING SEASON
TORONTO (AP):Toronto extended their winning streak to a season-high eight straight by beating the Los Angeles (LA) Clippers 112-94 on Sunday, creating a bit of franchise history by sweeping both LA teams in the same season for the first time.The Raptors completed a season double over the Clippers – as they also did last year – to add to the earlier sweep of the Lakers.Elsewhere, Houston used a spurt of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to pull away and beat state and division rivals Dallas.Toronto’s Kyle Lowry scored 21 points and Jonas Valanciunas had 20 for the Raptors, while Terrence Ross had five 3-pointers en route to his fourth straight game in double figures off the bench.The eight-game streak is one short of the team record set in 2001-02.Chris Paul had 23 points and 11 assists for the Clippers.Houston’s James Harden had a triple double of 23 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the Rockets past Dallas 115-104.SEASONHIGHTrevor Ariza scored a season-high 29 for the Rockets, who trailed by one entering the fourth quarter, but hit four 3-pointers in a 14-4 run to take a 98-89 lead with about nine minutes left.After a Dallas basket, Houston then added five points to effectively end the contest.Chandler Parsons had a season-high 31 points for the Mavericks.Brooklyn’s Brook Lopez scored a season-high 31 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Nets beat Oklahoma City 116-106, halting the Thunder’s run of wins at seven.Boston won 112-92 at struggling Philadelphia in a game delayed a day by the wintry weather enveloping the eastern United States.
Call me a snob – an intellectual snob, if you please- but there’s nothing I enjoy better than hearing a young person, be it student, athlete, or otherwise speaking in what in my day was called “The Queen’s English.” I had the pleasure of speaking in an interview to national 400m champion Javon Francis recently, and while there were phrases in which he used the vernacular, for the most part, he spoke in complete sentences, using the English language. It was evident that this was a young man who wished to represent himself well, and the way to do that, for him, was to speak in standard English. Admittedly there are some things that are just easier to say in patois, and I use it often. However, it is grating to the ears to listen to some of our young students speak, and it is clear that they speak that way, not because they find it easier to express themselves in patois, but because they can do no better. And I’m not talking about speaking with a faux-accent either. Children as young as three and four, at a time when language is just being formed and it is imperative to speak to them in grammatical sentences, churning out words which I don’t even use in my living room. Is it then any wonder that when we hear them as 14, 15, or 16-year-olds doing interviews with the media that they can barely conduct themselves? The formative years when they should have been getting the practice needed by holding developmentally-appropriate conversations with their parents and other caregivers, their speech was being totally neglected. I have had this discussion many times with friends of mine. It’s just not something you would hear from say an American athlete at the same age. I spoke with World Youth 100m and 200m champion, Candace Hill, in Cali, Colombia last year, and although she was only 17, the young lady was able to express herself perfectly. She was leaps and bounds ahead of many of her Jamaican counterparts. I know many of us came from a generation when “children should be seen and not heard”, and self-expression is a practical skill. It is through the holding of conversations that one learns to converse. Some would say reading is important because it helps also to build a vocabulary, but I’ve heard many an adult use words which it was clear they had only ever encountered on a page.
Spin bowler Nikita Miller is hopeful that another breakout season in the WICB First-Class League will be able to propel his career to another level. At present, the leading wicket-taker with 48 wickets after seven rounds of matches in the 10-round tournament, Miller is again on course to top the bowling charts, something he has been doing consistently for the past nine years. ONE OPPORTUNITY However, for all his regional dominance and subsequent WICB/WIPA Cricketer of the Year awards, the 33-year-old has only ever got one opportunity to prove himself for the West Indies at the Test level. That Test appearance came against Bangladesh when he was drafted among a group of replacement players following the withdrawal of senior players over payment contract disputes in 2009. In that match, he went wicketless for 67 runs off 22 overs, an economy rate of 3.04. Since then, left-arm bowler has only featured in one-day and Twenty20 Internationals. “I am not somebody who dwells on those things too much, as I can’t control it,” Miller outlined, after claiming seven for 69 against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in their first innings at Sabina Park. The haul was his 22nd five-wicket haul at the first-class level. “What I can control is what I do for Jamaica when I get the ball to do my thing. Whenever I go into a tournament, I look to get the most wickets everytime,” he declared. In 46 one-day internationals, Miller has taken 46 wickets at an average of 36.80 and an economy rate of 4.65. In Twenty20, he played nine matches for the Windies and claimed 11 wickets at an average of 20.36 and an economy rate of 7.07. But why have regional selectors not picked him for Test matches or even as a regular member of their one-day or Twenty20 outfits? REPRESENTING THE WEST INDIES “I am one of the few privileged players to have represented the West Indies, and it is always an honour to play for the team,” stated Miller, who has claimed 386 first-class wickets at an average of 16.93 and impressive economical rate of 1.96. Regarding claims that he should be selected, Miller said: “I have heard that, but I don’t want to comment. You just have to accept what the position is and what decisions are made.” He added: “I am one that believes that once a player is there, he should be given his opportunity to do what he is doing. “There is Warrican that is there now, and he should be given the opportunity to do what he has been doing. “If it doesn’t work out, then you can make your changes. But for now, I am comfortable performing for Jamaica, and wherever that takes me, I am happy.”
UWI FC held Tivoli Gardens to a 0-0 draw in their Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) football match at the Edward Seaga Complex yesterday. The result lifted the university team to 39 points, while Tivoli inched up to 33. The home team was more dangerous throughout the contest, but resolute defending from the visitors kept their chances at a minimum. Their best opportunity fell midway the half when Andre McFarlane’s corner landed between a host of Tivoli players in the area, but no one could capitalise on the loose ball. UWI’s head coach Marcel Gayle thought his team showed character to get a hard earned point. “We are more mature in the league now. We will not always get a good game for 90 minutes, so today, we had to grind out a point. We went down a man early in the second-half and we showed courage and determination,” he said. “But we are coming off a loss on the road and we are still on the road and it’s wonderful to come to Tivoli and get a point. Going forward, these are the games we want to play, where we grind out victories and grind out a point, so this is a feather in UWI’s hat,” he added. Tivoli’s assistant coach Damion Gordon thought there was a lack of cutting edge from his team. “We should have won the game, but it’s football and we didn’t play with much urgency and we lacked the killer instinct. Tivoli, over years, had that killer instinct and we need to get it back,” said the former Tivoli captain. In another early game, Portmore (54) missed a great opportunity to go back atop the league after they were held to a 2-2 draw by relegation-threatened Reno (32) at Frome Complex. Reno took the lead twice through Renario Downswell (33rd, 84th). Portmore secured a point with strikes from Tremaine Stewart (70th) and Ricardo Morris (90th). Montego Bay United lead with 55 points. Yesterday’s Results Tivoli Gardens 0 UWI FC 0 Reno FC 2 Portmore United 2 Humble Lion 1. Harbour View 1. Waterhouse 2. Rivoli 1 Today’s game 8:40 p.m. Arnett Gardens vs Boys’ Town at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex
Jamaica’s 2018 World Cup hopes were left hanging by a thread last night after the Reggae Boyz were battered 3-0 by hosts Costa Rica in San Jose. The defeat left Jamaica a poor third in CONCACAF semi-final round Group B. The Boyz are on four points, six behind early final round qualifiers Costa Rica and three short of Panama in second. In last night’s second match in the group Panama clipped Haiti 1-0. The Haitians have already been eliminated. They are at the bottom of the group with one point. Unlike last Friday’s clash between the two countries, Costa Rica started very fast and dominated the action in last night’s match. They went ahead as early as the seventh minute when Celso Borges sent a powerful header past Jamaica’s goalkeeper Andre Blake. Captain Bryan Ruiz made it 2-0 eight minutes before the break after he pounced on a rebound following a brilliant block by Blake. The hosts completed the scoring after a lightning attack down the right. Blake was in position to block the first shot but was helpless to prevent Johan Venegas from slotting home under his despairing dive in the 78th minute. With two goals for and six against – a goal difference of minus four – Jamaica’s Boyz will need big wins in their final two matches to have any hope of getting to the final round. Only the top two from each semi-final round group will advance to the final round of qualifying. Jamaica will travel to Panama for their next match on September 2 and anything but three points will see the Boyz crashing out of contention. The Reggae Boyz’s final match is against Haiti at the National Stadium on September 6.
When first I saw Virat Kohli at bat, I thought he had everything to become a really top class batsman. When next I saw him, on the television screen, I realised he had become one of the best, probably the best batsmen of his time. Recently, however, I noted that, as the captain of India, he had also developed into a strong, knowledgeable, and confident leader, confident enough to say what he thinks, and especially about the intricacies of the game. Umpiring, and its decisions, especially whenever a team loses, has long been the talk of cricketers and the ridicule of players for a long time, to the point that the International Cricket Council (ICC) went from two home umpires to sometimes one home umpire, to one home umpire, to two ‘neutral’ umpires, and finally to two ‘neutral’ umpires and the Decision Review System (DRS) which calls for the use of the television in close and ‘challenged’ situations. Some of the countries did not fully trust the television to see it right every time but despite that they agreed to its use. There was, and still is one, however, who refused to use it in any Test match, at home or abroad, in which it is involved. And that team is India, the big, rich, and bad India. They have, time and time again, rejected the idea of using it, especially for leg before wicket (LBW) decisions, for the simple that they not believe in the path the ball travels, according to the television, after it hits the pad on the way to the stumps. They also have no confidence in the television’s judgement as to the bounce of the ball in relation to it hitting the stumps after hitting the pads. And their captains, all of them, including the much celebrated Mahendra Singh Dhoni, agreed with India every step of the way, even on those occasions when it appeared that the decision of the umpire on the field went against them. Recently, however, during the recent India/New Zealand series in India, Kohli stepped up, stepped out of line, and spoke about the need to further discuss the issue because it obviously is hurting India. In giving India’s strongest view that it will start using the DRS system soon, Kohli said recently, ‘we will certainly look to probably introduce it (DRS) in future’. Kohli may be thinking this way because during his short time as captain India have lost a few matches which the DRS may have saved, and this obviously convinced him of the merits of a review system. “Having opposed the DRS system, however, to say that the umpires made an error and it is going against us, is not logical,” said Kohli. “These are the things we have discussed. These are the things we have been meeting on because we felt that these areas can be debated, especially where it concerns the ball-tracking and Hawkeye. “Once DRS is up and running for us as well, then you can sit and think what are the grey areas. We want to definitely think about it,” said the Indian captain. That is well said. India is a part of the cricket family, and an important at that. As probably the world’s strongest team at the moment, as the home of the richest cricket league in the world, the Indian Premier League, and as the country responsible for some 75 percent of the world’s cricket revenue, it is undoubtedly cricket’s most valuable member. It is, to me at least, very strange that India has not fallen in line with the other countries in respect to the use of the DRS. The DRS has its short-comings, but the problems are nothing that round-table talks cannot solve, or could not solve. India should not have been allowed to get away with doing its own thing when it has been a part of cricket, and a big part at that. If Kohli’s wishes come true, cricket will be the better for it, and so will India. The DRS is an expensive exercise, and that is the reason why Zimbabwe is the only other country which no longer uses it in Test matches, which are seen as bilateral arrangements. In ICC-controlled tournaments, such as 50-over tournaments, however, every country, including India, is forced to use DRS, and that is good. Thanks to Kohli, it appears that every team is now singing from the same hymn book, or intends to do so, and in the interest of good cricket and fair play, that must be good for cricket, at least until the whole DRS situation, and certainly as its concerns LBW decisions, is cleared up the satisfaction of all.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC):Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners raised the curtain on the 2017 Regional Super50 in style when they stunned Jamaica Scorpions by 75 runs in the opening game here yesterday.Fired by teenage opener Amir Jangoo’s measured 64, Marooners raised a modest 214 for eight off their 50 overs at 3Ws Oval.However, Scorpions were then undermined by off-spinner Mark Deyal (3-22) and fast bowler Keon Harding (3-30), who claimed three wickets apiece, as they tumbled to a disappointing 140 all out off 35 overs.Only Brandon King with a top score of 48 showed any enterprise as Scorpions failed to mount any meaningful partnerships and lost wickets steadily.Sent in in the Zone B encounter, Marooners lost captain Jamal Smith cheaply for 13 at 27 for one in the seventh over but Jangoo revived the innings with support from veteran all-rounder Ryan Hinds who got an unbeaten 39 and Cassius Burton who made 32.SMALL PARTNERSHIPSLeft-hander Jangoo faced 114 balls and struck four fours and a six, and anchored a string of small partnerships, which prevented the innings from collapse.He put on 32 for the second wicket with Kyle Corbin (12), 38 for the third wicket with Vikash Mohan (20) and another 38 for the fourth wicket with Burton.When Jangoo was lbw to leg-spinner Damion Jacobs (2-22) in the 38th over, former West Indies left-hander Hinds arrived to smash two fours and two sixes in his 34-ball knock, to rally the innings.He put on 29 for the fifth wicket with Burton and 28 off 22 balls for the eighth wicket with Nino Henry, who made just six.The target seemed a straightforward one until Harding bowled openers Chadwick Walton (15) and John Campbell (1) in successive overs to leave the Scorpions in strife at 22 for two in the fifth over.Test batsman Jermaine Blackwood threatened briefly, banging four boundaries in 19 off 14 deliveries but Harding ended the cameo by removing the right-hander to a catch at the wicket.Deyal further hurt the innings by sending back Devon Thomas (5) and Rovman Powell (2) in successive overs as Scorpions stumbled to 64 for five in the 13th over.King inspired the best stand of the innings when he put on 39 for the sixth wicket with debutant Damani Sewell (10), raising hopes of a late order revival.But King’s dismissal, lbw to left-arm spinner Larry Edward in the 25th over, sparked a slide, which saw four wickets tumble for the addition of just 20 runs and there was no further recovery for the visitors.ScoreboardMAROONERS*+J Smith lbw b Miller 13A Jangoo lbw b Jacobs 64K Corbin c R Powell b Sewell 12V Mohan lbw b Jacobs 20C Burton run out 32R Hinds not out 39M Deyal lbw b Taylor 5L Edward run out 2N Henry run out 6K Harding not out 2Extras (lb3, w17) 20TOTAL (8 wkts, 50 overs) 215Fall of wickets: 1-27, 2-59, 3-97, 4-135, 5-164,6-174, 7-181, 8-209.Bowling: Leveridge 10-0-47-0, Taylor 8-0-45-1, Miller 10-2-36-1, Sewell 7-0-38-1, Jacobs 10-1-22-2, Powell 5-0-24-0.SCORPIONS+C Walton b Harding 15J Campbell b Harding 1J Blackwood c Smith b Harding 19B King lbw b Edward 48D Thomas lbw b Deyal 5R Powell c and b Deyal 2D Sewell run out 10D Jacobs c Levy b Deyal 6J Taylor c Smith b Edward 3*N Miller not out 25R Leveridge run out 0Extras (lb1, w4, nb1) 6TOTAL (all out, 35 overs) 140Fall of wickets: 1-17, 2-22, 3-44, 4-62, 5-64, 6-103, 7-111, 8-112, 9-123, 10-140.Bowling: Harding 5-0-30-3, Hinds 8-2-23-0, Levy 3-0-18-0, Deyal 9-1-22-3, Henry 2-0-17-0, Mohan2-0-8-0, Edward 6-1-21-2.Result: Marooners won by 75 runs.Man of the Match: Amir Jangoo.