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McCarthy,King half-centuries put Scorpions on top

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica, (CMC) – Andre McCarthy and Brandon King stroked half-centuries while leg-spinner Damion Jacobs struck twice late to put Jamaica Scorpions in control on the opening day of their Regional Four-Day Championship game against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force here yesterday.Opting to bat at Sabina Park in the fourth round contest, Scorpions rattled up 314 in their first innings with McCarthy top-scoring with 82 and King getting 78.Test batsman Jermaine Blackwood chipped in with 34 while opener John Campbell scored 33.Fast bowler Roshon Primus bowled superbly to finish with three for 32 while left-arm seamer Sheldon Cottrell (2-42) and leg-spinner Imran Khan (2-74) picked up two wickets apiece.In reply, Red Force seemed to be making a strong finish to the day at 35 without loss before they lost two wickets with no addition to the score.Jacobs removed opener left-hander Isaiah Rajah to a catch at the wicket for nine and then trapped nightwatchman Marlon Richards lbw first ball, to leave Red Force tottering.Earlier, West Indies A batsman McCarthy underpinned two partnerships that proved the bedrock of the innings.The right-hander put on 61 for the third wicket with Blackwood before adding a further 139 for the fourth wicket with King.All told, McCarthy faced 137 balls in just under 3-1/2 hours at the crease and counted five fours and six sixes in his fourth first class half-century while Blackwood struck two fours and a six in a 58-ball knock.King, meanwhile, notched his second first half half-century, hammering ten fours and three sixes off just 87 balls.Primus was excellent up front, accounting for both openers, before returning to claim Blackwood to a catch at the wicket.SCORPIONS 1st InningsJ Campbell c Hope b Primus 33S Thomas c wkp Katwaroo b Primus 11J Blackwood c wkpr Katwaroo b Primus 34A McCarthy lbw b Mohammed 82B King c Cariah b Cottrell 78+D Thomas c Ottley b Cottrell 7R Powell b Mohammed 1D Jacobs lbw b Imran Khan 25*N Miller c wkp Katwaroo b Imran Khan 11D Green c wkp Katwaroo b Richards 9R Leveridge not out 0Extras (b12, lb2, w2, nb7) 23TOTAL (all out, 78.4 overs) 314Fall of wickets: 1-31, 2-56, 3-117, 4-256, 5-265, 6-268, 7-269, 8-299, 9-310, 10-314.Bowling: Cottrell 13-4-42-2 (w1, nb1), Richards 11.4-2-47-1, Primus 9-3-32-3 (w1, nb3), Jagessar 9-0-64-0 (nb1), Imran Khan 22-5-74-2, Ottley 6-1-25-0, Mohammed 8-2-16-2.RED FORCE 1st inningsK Hope not out 15I Rajah c wkp Thomas b Jacobs 9M Richards lbw b Jacobs 0Extras (b4, nb2, pen5) 11TOTAL (2 wkts, 5.2 overs) 35To bat: J Mohammed, Y Cariah, *Y Ottley, +S Katwaroo, R Primus, Imran Khan, J Jagessar, S Cottrell.Fall of wickets: 1-35, 2-35.Bowling: Leveridge 2-0-4-0, Green 1-0-13-0, Jacobs 1.2-0-7-2, Miller 1-0-2-0.Position: Red Force trail by 279 runs with eight wickets intact.last_img read more

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MBB : Pittsburgh’s Gibbs chosen as Preseason Player of the Year

first_imgNEW YORK — Ashton Gibbs knows that being named the Big East Preseason Player of the Year is a major achievement. It took a lot of work both on and off the court to propel him to that status.But just hours after he was projected as the top player in the conference for the upcoming season, Pittsburgh’s senior guard was already putting the award behind him.‘I’m just trying to push it aside,’ Gibbs said. ‘It is what it is. It’s definitely a great accomplishment. I worked really hard for it. But at the same time, I really just want to win this year.’Gibbs became the fifth Panthers player to earn Preseason Player of the Year honors at Big East men’s basketball media day Wednesday at the New York Athletic Club. Syracuse and Connecticut took home the top team honors of the event as the rivals tied for first place in the Big East Preseason Coaches’ Poll. The other top individual honor of the day, Big East Preseason Rookie of the Year, went to Connecticut center Andre Drummond.Drummond did not attend media day, but his teammate Alex Oriakhi gushed about the freshman big man.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘He’s willing to learn,’ Oriakhi said. ‘That’s the thing I’m impressed about him most. He’s willing to listen and improve and get better. When you do that it helps. When you’re 277 pounds as well, it helps a lot. I think he’s going to be able to come in right away and help us from the start.’The idea of Drummond contributing this year seemed impossible as recently as August. The No. 2 overall recruit in the Class of 2012 was originally going to attend prep school for a year but surprisingly committed to UConn at the end of August.And from what Orakhi said, Drummond has lived up to the hype in the preseason.‘I’ve seen athleticism out of this world,’ the senior forward said. ‘He’s just a very athletic kid. Once he learns how to slow down a little bit and not do everything based off athleticism, it’s going to be scary.’Gibbs, on the other hand, has relied on his shooting to power him to the top of the conference. He shot 49 percent from 3-point range last year and enters the season ranked third on the Big East career list, shooting 45.4 percent from deep on his career.Gibbs said his biggest individual goal this year is to create for himself and for others. But while he’s happy with the preseason award, he made it clear that winning comes first.‘All the individual accolades will take care of themselves if we win games,’ Gibbs said. ‘I’m not really worried about preseason awards or individual awards as long as we win games.’Stealing the showWhile Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim shrugged off the multiple questions posed to him regarding the Orange’s upcoming move to the Atlantic Coast Conference, other coaches in the Big East did not hesitate to open up about conference realignment.And for Villanova head coach Jay Wright, who had remained mostly silent on the matter prior to Wednesday, it has been hard to keep up with all the changes.‘Every time I say I’m going to talk about it, I think I have a feel for what’s going on,’ Wright said. ‘But I swear by the time I go to talk, things change and then I know I don’t know what I’m talking about. That has really happened a lot.’But while simply keeping up with all the changes has been frustrating for some, the ongoing episode of conference realignment has been even more trying for the Big East. The conference has already lost Pittsburgh and SU to the ACC and a commitment to join the conference by Texas Christian. And many of the coaches voiced their opinions on the changes in college sports on Wednesday.‘To me, the No. 1 thing of significance in aligning any league is geography,’ Louisville head coach Rick Pitino said. ‘That’s what made the Big East run so smoothly. But now, when you talk about people flying from the Midwest to the East or vice versa, the athletes aren’t being taken into consideration.’Both Wright and Pitino said not a single recruit has asked questions about this conference shake-up. And while realignment may be taking over headlines now, both also agreed that once the games actually begin, it will fade to the back of people’s minds.‘Once you get into the actual playing, no one will talk about conference realignment,’ Pitino said. ‘I’m sure at every game, you’ll have signs about the schools that are leaving. I’m sure Georgetown’s going to have some nice signs about Syracuse. That will be, but once the season starts, nobody will talk about realignment.’[email protected]  Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 18, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Commentslast_img read more

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Bogaerts’ 3-run HR and bullpen carry Red Sox past Nats, 5-3

first_img First Published: 30th August, 2020 08:44 IST COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US Associated Press Television News LIVE TV Written Bycenter_img Last Updated: 30th August, 2020 08:44 IST Bogaerts’ 3-run HR And Bullpen Carry Red Sox Past Nats, 5-3 Xander Bogaerts hit an early three-run homer and Boston’s bullpen finished with 6 2/3 scoreless innings, lifting the Red Sox over the Washington Nationals 5-3 Saturday WATCH US LIVE Xander Bogaerts hit an early three-run homer and Boston’s bullpen finished with 6 2/3 scoreless innings, lifting the Red Sox over the Washington Nationals 5-3 Saturday.Kevin Pillar added a solo homer and triple for Boston, which had lost four of its last five.Trea Turner went 5 for 5 with two doubles to extend his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games for the Nationals. It was his third career five-hit game after he went 3 for 5 in a series-opening win on Friday.As the AL East-worst Red Sox approach a trade deadline that could lead to more changes, they combined decent pitching with a couple of key hits for just their 11th win in 33 games of this shortened season.The defending World Series champion Nationals, last in the NL East, have dropped four of five.Bogaerts homered off a back wall in deep left center int the first inning after Alex Verdugo singled and J.D. Martinez doubled off the Green Monster.Pillar tripled leading off the second and scored on Jackie Bradley Jr.’s slow roller to first.Ryan Brasier (1-0), the fifth of six relievers, was credited with the victory. Matt Barnes recorded the final three outs for his third save.Washington starter Aníbal Sánchez (1-4) labored through five-plus innings, giving up five runs on eight hits after holding the Miami Marlins to a run over seven in his last start.The Nationals sliced it to 4-3 against starter Chris Mazza in the third, with the first run scoring when the pitcher flipped the ball from his glove over first baseman Mitch Moreland’s head trying to get an out. Howie Kendrick and Adam Eaton each had RBI singles.Pillar homered over the Monster in the fourth, letting out a brief yell after the crack of the bat.Making his second career start after being recalled before the game, Mazza gave up three runs in 2 2/3 innings.SURPRISES HIM, TOOMartinez entered the game hitting just .205 with only three homers and 15 RBIs after putting up big numbers his first two seasons with the club.“It’s just hard because we’re just not used to seeing him doing that,” Boston manager Ron Roenicke said before the game.In his first two seasons since signing a $110 millon, five-year deal with the club, Martinez hit .330 and .304, respectively, with a combined 79 homers and 235 RBIs.Known for his extensive video work, he’s unable to retreat to the video room during games after MLB shut them down from players and coaches due to guidelines for coronavirus safety.NEW HIGHKurt Suzuki extended his hitting streak to a career-best 11 games.NEW HELPThe Nationals signed former Boston utility player Brock Holt to a one-year contract. The 32-year-old Holt played for the Red Sox for seven years but signed a free agent deal with Milwaukee during the offseason. He was released by the Brewers this week after hitting just .100 in 16 games.He struck out pinch hitting in the ninth after the Red Sox played his old walk-up song when he was announced.TRAINERS ROOMNationals: CF Victor Robles crashed hard into the wall, trying to make a leaping grab on Pillar’s triple, but got up quickly and retrieved the ball.Red Sox: Placed RHP Nathan Eovaldi on the 10-day injured list with what Roenicke called a “mild strain” of his calf. Roenicke also said that Eovaldi would have a bullpen on Sunday and Wednesday and be eligible to start next Saturday.UP NEXTRHP Austin Voth (0-3, 6.65 ERA) is slated to start for the Nationals in the series finale Sunday afternoon against Boston RHP Zack Godley (0-3. 7.29).Image credits: AP FOLLOW USlast_img read more

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Pochettino will lose £12.5m if he quits Spurs amid Man Utd and Real interest

first_imgMAURICIO POCHETTINO would kiss goodbye to £12.5million if he walks out on Tottenham.But it is looking like the best way for him to follow his dream of managing one of Europe’s top guns.2 Pochettino has overseen a disappointing start to the season at SpursCredit: AFP or licensorsBayern Munich, Real Madrid and Manchester United are all keen on Poch becoming their next boss and keeping their fingers crossed Spurs sack him so they do not have to pay the North Londoners more than £30m in compensation.But Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will only axe the Argentine as a last resort as he does not want to pay him the £12.5m he would be due for being given the boot.Spurs are 14th in the Prem after mustering just three top-flight wins.Pochettino has failed to win a trophy since taking over at Tottenham in May 2014, but remains highly-rated and in-demand after guiding them to four successive top-four finishes.He also led them to the Champions League final for the first time in their history last season when they were beaten 2-0 by Liverpool in Madrid.And, despite their poor start, Spurs are on the verge of qualifying for the group stage of Europe’s elite competition again this time.2LATEST TOTTENHAM NEWSHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothExclusivePASS THE TESTEngland’s NRL-based stars urge bosses to make room for a Test this yearPochettino, who signed a new five-year deal worth £8.5m in June 2018, had threatened to quit if Spurs had lifted the trophy.Jose Mourinho is believed to be one of the candidates to replace Poch if he goes.But if Pochettino wants to engineer his exit from N17 it seems he is going to have to either quit and forego his massive pay-off or negotiate a “mutual consent” departure. Tottenham would be crazy to sack Pochettino despite form slump, insists ex-boss Harry Redknapplast_img read more

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Contractors likely to be underpaid as $298M still owed

first_imgD’Urban Park controversy…Finance Minister tells them to “take it or leave it”Contractors are likely to be majorly underpaid for works done at the D’Urban Park complex and Finance Minister Winston Jordan told them they can either “take it or leave it.”Finance Minister Winston JordanThe Minister added that those contractors who are dissatisfied with their underpayment, are free to file lawsuits against the building company, Homestretch Development Inc (HDI) – which was clandestinely registered for the purpose of collecting monies for the D’Urban Park Project.Artist’s impression of the proposed D’Urban Park ProjectThe D’Urban ParkJordan told the yearend press briefing on Monday that the company still owes approximately $298 million to contractors but he noted that Government will not be releasing any more monies.Government on December 14 approved an additional $500 million to be paid out from the Consolidated Fund to a number of contractors and other persons owed varying amounts for works done on the controversial Jubilee Park Project.But the $500 million is inadequate to meet the debts of the company, which owes contractors some $798 million altogether.“Government indicated that it can only accommodate the $500 million as the full and final settlement. What that means is that HDI will have to pay some apportionment relative to the debts owed. This is a ‘take it or leave it’ situation. If you were owed $2 million by HDI, and it works out that you will only get paid $1.2 million, then you could either accept $1.2 million as the full and final settlement or you could sue HDI,” the Finance Minister explained.The Minister refused to expand on his proposal for the disgruntled contractors to file a lawsuit against the building company, shutting down further questions on the matter.“I don’t want to answer any more questions on this,” he expressed, noting that he will only disclose information relative to the financial aspect of the D’Urban Park scandal.It is assumed that the company does not generate its own revenue since it relied on monies from donations and from the public purse for the construction of D’Urban Park.President David Granger had described HDI as a “special purpose” company, setup with the sole purpose of overseeing the D’Urban Park development.It is therefore puzzling regarding the source of the finance for legal proceedings if HDI is sued for underpaying the contractors.Government already pumped $400 million into the D’Urban Park Project, which has been shrouded in secrecy since its inception in 2015.Only several weeks ago it was finally disclosed that a private company was registered in January to collect donations which were given since the previous year towards to D’Urban Park development.Questions still abound regarding which entity collected the monies that were donated before HDI was established. Concerns were also voiced about the absence of public tendering for a project that amounted to close to $1 billion.Education Minister Dr Rupert Roopnaraine is a director of HDI but Government never disclosed this information.Following a motion brought by Opposition parliamentarian Bishop Juan Edghill, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson finally announced to the National Assembly the list of those who sat as directors of the company.He failed to disclose that his cabinet colleague was a director, and the coalition Administration is yet to offer an explanation regarding why this information was withheld and what process was undertaken for the Education Minister to be sitting as a director.Other affiliates of the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government including Larry London is also a director of HDI.Patterson’s Ministry subsequently took over work of the D’Urban Park Project after Government realised that HDI had run out of resources to complete the arena in time for the country’s 50th Independence anniversary celebrations.Government also cited the shoddy works done as reasons for the Public Infrastructure Ministry to take over the project.Meanwhile, Minister Patterson had told the House that a total of $27.7 million was received in the form of donations from private individuals and entities, while another $37 million came about ‘in kind’. As it relates to the donations, the Minister provided a list to the House.The Opposition is calling on the Auditor General to conduct an immediate forensic audit into all revenues, expenditure and donations received. It contends that the coalition Government attempted propagate the impression that D’Urban Park was privately funded when only less than 10 per cent of the financing was from private individuals. (Devina Samaroo)last_img read more

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High tech’s vision for tomorrow

first_imgYou will be able to work more often on your time and your terms. Intelligent devices will help you gain customer insight and deliver your goods and services. These devices – equipped with computing, storage and sensing abilities – will monitor themselves, freeing business owners to take on other tasks. Future technologies for small business will be increasingly mobile. New smart phones or advanced computer-like cell phones will allow entrepreneurs the freedom to work from anywhere. Meanwhile, new projection display technologies will allow meetings or work to happen anywhere, as any surface – curved or flat, glossy or matte – becomes a high-resolution mobile computer screen. And increasingly pervasive high-speed, high-bandwidth wireless networks will keep entrepreneurs connected to their businesses and customers from anywhere. A new wave of analytic tools – including small business dashboards integrated with financial software such as QuickBooks – will increase productivity and make it easier to see how the business performs. The futurists predict that these technologies will help business owners make more-informed decisions, thus reducing the risks of owner a small business, and pushing “gut-instinct” management to the sidelines. “Information on demand” for both business owners and customers will change how businesses operate. Customers will order up a review of the restaurant they just walked by. And how about an instant inventory check of those shoes on display in the store window? These so-called “information annotations” of the physical world will soon be instant and available anywhere. Small businesses will no longer thrive merely on local ads and traditional word-of-mouth. Location-based consumer-generated reviews, offering virtual word-of-mouth advice and price-comparison data will create the most-influenced customers the world has ever seen. To get the entire Future of Small Business Report, visit www.intuit.com/futureofsmallbusiness. Daniel Kehrer ([email protected]) is editor of Business.com, the top business search engine, and Work.com, a “how-to” site for small business.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champSmall business marketing will shift from a “push” to a “pull” mindset. Rather than merely accepting what’s pitched to them (the “push”), customers will increasingly find the information they need to make purchasing decisions, and small business will need the right information in the right places to “pull” those customers in. The emphasis will be on providing customers and prospects with the right information in the right context at the right time. A small business’s online presence will be the key factor in finding and acquiring customers. So investing in a high-quality Web site, keeping up with search engine optimization (SEO), and search engine marketing (SEM) techniques will be critical. And according to the report, the most successful small businesses will increasingly market themselves via the connected world of cars and cell phones. As the sophistication of cell phone-based and automobile marketing rapidly improves, small businesses should look out for ways to take advantage. For example, mobile marketing via cell phones and connected cars will let restaurants and retailers send special offers to customers when they are in the area. High-tech will no longer be a high hurdle as costs and complexity fall, and more business applications become available. Small business relationships will become increasingly virtual as online social networks proliferate. In the connected world of the Internet, small businesses will expand their relationships with customers, partners and suppliers beyond local neighborhoods. Question: We are still in the startup stage, trying to build a business that will be leading edge in tech terms. For long-range planning, what are some of the trends ahead that will shape the technology we’ll be using a few years from now? – PLANNING AHEAD Answer: The most successful small businesses in coming years will likely be more tech-reliant than even the most tech-savvy entrepreneurs today. They’ll be more connected in a mobile world, market to customers in ways only hinted at right now, and will further blur the lines between the virtual and physical business worlds. At least that’s the vision of small business in the next 10 years from a fascinating new Future of Small Business Report sponsored by Intuit and the Institute for the Future. The study concludes that technology will revolutionize the very nature of what it means to run a small business. last_img read more