By Nick MulvenneySYDNEY,(Reuters)-Pakistan’s failure to take 20 wickets in all three Tests was responsible for their series loss in Australia and the situation will not improve unless players get more exposure to conditions Down Under, captain Misbah-ul-Haq said on Saturday.Misbah’s team arrived in Australia with their hosts in disarray after a 2-1 home series loss to South Africa and the tourists were confident they could at least take one test in the series, if not emulate the Proteas.Despite the odd patch of competitiveness, Pakistan were largely outclassed and their demise was completed at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday when they crumbled to a 220-run defeat to lose the series 3-0.“Our bowling is always our strength but in this series I was a bit disappointed that we couldn’t take 20 wickets in any of the tests,” the 42-year-old Misbah told reporters.“That’s why we were so behind in every game, that’s important for you in Australian conditions.“It’s difficult for any Asian side to come here and take 20 wickets in a Test match. That’s an art and we could not do that and that mainly cost us the series.”If most of the Pakistan tour highlights came from batsman, the biggest disappointment was probably leg-spinner Yasir Shah, who arrived on his first tour Down Under with a big reputation but departed with eight wickets at a cost of 672 runs.He was not the first vaunted spinner from South Asia to struggle to adapt to the conditions.ALIEN CONDITIONSSaturday’s defeat was Pakistan’s 12th straight in Australia through four series sweeps since 1999 and Misbah said youngsters identified as test prospects had to be given a chance to taste the conditions earlier in their careers.“If we are not touring more often in Australia and South Africa, this could happen again and again,” he said.I’ve already suggested that some of our players should be sent to Australia on a regular basis to play games here… this is the only way we can improve.“If you are coming here after four or five or six years, seven or eight guys are coming here for the first time. We are going to struggle.”Pakistan’s bowling woes were not helped by the number of injuries with pace spearhead Mohammad Amir in the treatment room for much of the series.“To win in Australia, your fitness is vital, in any other country you can survive but in Australia you need supreme fitness,” Misbah added.Misbah, who has said he will return to Pakistan before deciding on his future, thought the manner of the defeat in the second Test in Melbourne, where the tourists were dismissed for 163 on the final day, had been another decisive factor.“The last day of the MCG was the biggest disappointment of the tour and we got demoralised from that and could not recover,” he said. “This is how it is. Australia is not an easy place.”
All sports federations involved in the Olympics signed off on the new dates.Casado says “I am absolutely confident that we will have magnificent games in Tokyo next summer, with the help and support of all of us involved in the preparations for hosting the event.”The International Olympic Committee previously moved the marathons and race walking events to Japan’s northern city of Sapporo and scheduled most of them to start early in the morning to avoid the heat in Tokyo.Triathlon has remained in the capital even though it includes running.___ The governing body of track and field says it supports the new dates for the Tokyo Olympics and is working with organizers in Eugene, Oregon, to move its world championships to 2022.World Athletics says “everyone needs to be flexible and compromise.”The 2021 track worlds were scheduled to be next year from Aug. 6-15.World Athletics says it will consult with the organizers of the Commonwealth Games and the European Athletics Championships. Those are other major track events scheduled to take place in 2022.___ Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo says the team has completely left its spring training facility, which is now being used for coronavirus testing. The Tokyo Olympics will open next year in the same time slot scheduled for this year’s games.Tokyo organizers say the opening ceremony will take place on July 23, 2021 — almost exactly one year after the games were due to start this year.The IOC and Japanese organizers last week postponed the Olympics until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.This year’s games were scheduled to open on July 24 and close on Aug. 9. But the near exact one-year delay will see the rescheduled closing ceremony on Aug. 8.There had been talk of switching the Olympics to spring, a move that would coincide with the blooming of Japan’s famous cherry blossoms. But it would also clash with European soccer and North American sports leagues. The National Guard is using parking lots and back fields to check members of the public at the complex the Nationals share with the Houston Astros in West Palm Beach, Florida.Rizzo also said on a conference call with reporters Monday that Nationals Park in Washington “is completely closed.”The GM said none of the World Series champions’ players has shown any symptoms of COVID-19, so none has been tested for the illness.___Augusta National is donating $2 million, split evenly to Augusta University to expand testing for the new coronavirus and to a local relief agency to help those affected financially by the pandemic. March 30, 2020 Four NHL players have tested positive for the new coronavirus: two on the Ottawa Senators and two on the Colorado Avalanche. NHL chief medical officer Winne Meeuwisse said last week he was “thankful” the numbers have been low.___The Irish Open has become the latest European Tour golf event to be postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The tournament was scheduled for May 28-31. There will now be no play on the tour until June at the earliest. The next possible tournament is the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco from June 4-7.The Irish Open is one of the high-profile events that make up the tour’s Rolex Series and had prize money of $7 million this year. It was due to be hosted by Graeme McDowell at the Mount Juliet Estate in County Kilkenny. “Stay safe and stay together — apart!” Smart wrote.Boston played the Utah Jazz on March 6. Five days later, Jazz All-Star Rudy Gobert announced he had tested positive for COVID-19, triggering rolling shutdowns of sports around the world.Smart tested positive on March 19. He had been in isolation since then and was being monitoring by Celtics medical staff. His teammates, coaches and staff members were also tested, but those tests have come back negative.___The British and Irish Lions and SA Rugby have delayed the ticket ballots in Europe and South Africa and the release of the supporters’ tour packages because of the coronavirus outbreak. FINA says knowing the Olympic dates “is very helpful to federations and athletes everywhere.”The governing body of track quickly committed to pushing back its world championships to 2022. But FINA has the added complication of the 2022 Commonwealth Games because many top swimmers compete in both events.___The governing body of triathlon says it wanted the rescheduled Olympics to be held earlier in the year to avoid the summer heat but has accepted the new dates.World Triathlon president Marisol Casado says “even though we would have preferred to move the games to earlier dates, where the impact of the heat was a bit lower, we agreed that these dates are the best solution.” MLS will likely schedule more midweek games and push back its MLS Cup championship game into mid-December in a bid to play a full season, according to Eales. He added that the playoffs could begin in mid-November — around the time MLS had been planning its title game.___General manager Brian MacLellan says no Washington Capitals players have tested positive for COVID-19 or shown any symptoms after using the same locker room as NBA players who later tested positive.MacLellan says the team hasn’t had any sickness complaints from players related to the coronavirus pandemic that suspended the NHL season. The Capitals followed the NBA’s Utah Jazz in the visiting locker room at Madison Square Garden in New York in early March. Two Jazz players tested positive.MacLellan said on a conference call Monday that “we’re pretty much daily checking in with players to see if they’re exhibiting any” symptoms. The CFL has postponed the start of training camps due to the coronavirus pandemic.League commissioner Randy Ambrosie says the pandemic has made it unsafe for players and coaches to gather as scheduled.The league has not given an indication of when camps might open.Postponing training camps increases the likelihood of the CFL delaying the start of its 2020 regular season.___ The Pac-12 Conference has extended its suspension of organized team activities through May 31 because of the new coronavirus.Virtual group activities, including film study, are allowed up to two hours per week in football and four hours per week in other sports. Coaches are allowed to recommend written, self-directed workout plans, and videos on workout plans are allowed to show proper form and technique.___Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart says he has been cleared by medical officials after testing positive for the new coronavirus earlier this month.In a message posted late Sunday on Twitter, Smart says he was informed of the news Friday by the Massachusetts Department of Health. He thanked everyone for their support. Regular tour events in Kenya, India, Malaysia, China, Spain, Portugal and Denmark have already been postponed or canceled.European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley says “we will continue to evaluate all aspects of our 2020 European Tour schedule, and discussions on the rescheduling of postponed events will remain ongoing until we have clarity on the global situation.” ___The governing body of swimming welcomed the new Tokyo Olympic dates without giving any detail of how to reschedule its own world championships in Japan next year.FINA’s biennial worlds were planned for July 16-Aug. 1, 2021, in Fukuoka. That slot is now taken by the Tokyo Olympics. Atlanta United President Darren Eales says Major League Soccer still intends to play a full 34-game schedule this season, even though the league will be shuttered for at least two months because of the new coronavirus.Eales says MLS is more fortunate than other leagues around the world that play the traditional fall-to-spring schedule and may have trouble completing their seasons in such a compressed time frame.MLS was just two weeks into its season when play was halted March 12 because of the pandemic. The league has set a tentative return date of May 10, though the growing death toll in the United States could force that date to be pushed back.Eales says everything is on the table, including the possibility of resuming league play in empty stadiums.“We’re fortunate that we had just started our season,” he said Monday during a teleconference with Atlanta media. “We have the whole calendar year to reschedule the games we missed. The emphasis is on playing all 34 games plus the playoffs.” The gift is in partnership with the Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA), the longtime charitable arm for the home of the Masters.Chairman Fred Ridley says the $1 million to Augusta University will help with telemedicine pre-screening, triple the number of drive-through testing lanes on campus and allow for more supplies and personnel to increase testing from 100 to 1,000 or more tests daily.The gift to the CSRA COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund goes directly to support relief efforts to those most vulnerable.“It is our hope these gifts will help address the many challenges brought about by the coronavirus throughout the city of Augusta and the greater region,” Ridley said. “We believe Augusta National has an important responsibility to support and protect the community who has so generously and consistently supported us for many years.”___ The Latest: Nationals spring facility used for virus testing ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Both were to be launched next month for the tour in July 2021.“Everyone’s priorities are in doing everything they can to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are no exception,” SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux said in a statement on Monday. “We ask our passionate rugby supporters to please bear with us during this difficult time.”The eight-match tour is going ahead as scheduled despite clashing with the postponed Tokyo Olympics.The tests are on July 24 — the day after the games open — July 31, and Aug. 7.___
By Frederick HalleyTORONTO, Canada – Our Own Sports Club became the first team to capture two Toronto Cup titles when they turned back the challenge of Canadian Legends in last Sunday’s Masters Over-40 final, played at the University of Toronto ground, Scarborough here.Set 106 for victory, after limiting their opponents to 105 for eight in their allotted 20 overs, Our Own reached 106 for seven in 18 overs.The tense three-wicket victory over their Canada-based counterparts was also reminiscent of their two-wicket triumph over the Guyana Floodlights Softball Cricket Association (GFSCA) in the inaugural final, played at the same venue in 2015.MVP Asif Ally receives his trophy and monetary award (personal donation from businessman Saheed Ali) in the presence of Toronto deputy mayor Michael Thompson.As in 2015, Our Own skipper Mahendranauth ‘Bobby’ Parasnauth opted to ask the opposition to take first strike and again his decision proved decisive and correct despite some anxious moments as victory approached.Canadian Legends huffed and puffed their way to what seemed an inadequate 105 for eight in the face of some damp conditions, occasioned by a wet playing surface and outfield.Ironically, Troy Gobin, former Guyana Under-19 batsman, who was the mainstay of Our Own’s batting with an undefeated 43 in 2015, led Canadian Legends this time around with a top score of 33, holding the top half of the batting together as wickets tumbled around him.Stuttering at 54 for six in the 11th over, Gobin, who struck a single boundary in his solid knock, received fine support from Shazam Baksh (15), the two adding 49 for the seventh wicket to bring some respectability to the total. Opener Richard Driffield with 16 (one four and a six) also contributed while extras were a healthy 23 (13 wides).The ever-green Aftab Shamsudeen, who made the early inroads, finished with two for 13, Anil Mahadeo two for 21, Anil Veerasammy one for seven, Parasnauth one for 12 and Imran Ali one for 18.Like Canadian Legends, Our Own also stuttered at the top, losing the key wickets of openers Hemnarine Chattergoon and Uniss Yusuf cheaply.It took the experience of New York-based Asif Ally who anchored the middle and lower-order brilliantly to take Our Own to a deserved victory. By the time Ally was dismissed for a top score of 36, which included four fours, the eventual winners only needed 14 runs to compete victory.The burly Jai Deonath, who caused the early damage, finished with the impressive figures of three for 16 in his four overs while Shazam Baksh supported with two for six in his lone over.Asif Ally copped the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award, earning a gold chain andPlayer-of-the-tournament Uniss Yusuf poses with his award.pendant, sponsored by Gologistics and engraved by Trophy Stall. Chien Gittems (Canadian Legends) took home prizes for registering the highest score (90) and the most runs (143) while Shamsudeen copped the prize for the best bowling figures – four for 19.Our Own’s Yusuf was voted the Player-of-the-Tournament after tallying 128 runs and claiming six wickets.Apart from capturing the winning trophy, Our Own were also the recipients of US$2500 while Canadian Legends collected US$200 and the runners-up trophy. Both teams were also the recipient of medals. The trophies and medals were sponsored by Trophy Stall (Guyana).The occasion was graced by the presence of Toronto’s deputy mayor Michael Thompson and councillor Jennifer McKelvie of Ward 25 – Scarborough Rouge Park.
One thing is for sure — there are no ifs, ands, or buts about it this time.Unlike last week, freshman Matt Barkley is certifiably the starting quarterback this Saturday, when the No. 12 Trojans (2-1) host struggling Washington State (1-2).Back in action · After a shoulder injury held freshman quarterback Matt Barkley out of the lineup last week in Seattle, Barkley is back behind center this Saturday looking to help the Trojans rebound. – Eric Wolfe | Daily TrojanThis comes in direct contrast to USC coach Pete Carroll’s method last week, when he declined to publicly name a starter with Barkley severely limited in practice and backup Aaron Corp tentative in practice.Corp, a redshirt sophomore, told reporters after the game — his first career start — that he was never officially told he would be the starter.Of course, the Trojans lost to Washington on the penultimate play of the game, 16-13.Since then, USC has dropped nine spots in the Associated Press Top-25 poll and the public’s approval of the team — and Carroll’s coaching — has noticeably decreased.Carroll took full responsibility in Seattle, pointing only to himself when asked who was to blame.Senior safety Taylor Mays has yet to take part in 11-on-11 drills since suffering a right knee sprain against Ohio State on Sept. 12. Starting junior weakside linebacker Malcolm Smith is likely out for the Washington State tilt with a high ankle sprain.But not all is gloomy in the land of Troy.Collectively, the USC defense, which Carroll called “really good” in his Tuesday press conference, ranks 12th among all Football Bowl Subdivision schools in yards allowed per game.And on offense, the Trojans have nearly doubled what their defense has allowed in yards.Sitting on the schedule after Washington State is a date with No. 6 Cal next weekend.But USC is adamant to not look past Saturday’s game first.“Washington State comes off a very dramatic and resounding and very exciting comeback win,” Carroll said. “It was really a great effort, and one that I know they’re excited about and have worked hard to deserve and all.”The Cougars outlasted Southern Methodist 30-27 last Saturday. They came back from trailing 27-13 in the fourth quarter to win on a 39-yard field goal by Nico Grasu in overtime.“This is an improved football team,” Carroll said. “They come into the Coliseum, hopefully we’ll play very well against them and make it very difficult on them to keep their positive stuff from happening.”Of course, the Cougars will be without the services of their leading rusher, junior James Montgomery, who suffered a severe leg injury in overtime of the win over Southern Methodist.Montgomery, a transfer from Cal who made his Washington State debut this season, was rushed to the emergency room early Sunday morning when it was learned he had acute compartment syndrome, which, if untreated, can lead to amputation and even death.Replacing him will be senior Dwight Tardy. The Walnut, Calif. native, has led the Cougars in rushing for each of the last three seasons but has averaged only 4.3 yards per carry.Redshirt sophomore Marshall Lobbestael will start at quarterback for the Cougars. He rotated with redshirt senior Kevin Lopina for the first two games but took over the job full-time last Saturday.Washington State second-year head coach Paul Wulff spoke highly of Lobbestael in his Tuesday press conference.“We just felt like we needed more of a spark in our game and I think that Marshall Lobbestael can do that for us and we wanted to give him an opportunity,” Wulff said. “He’s coming off an injury from a year ago that sidelined his season and he seems to be kind of slowly making it back and getting more and more comfortable.”Against SMU, Lobbestael completed 24-of-52 passes for 239 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.On defense, Washington State boasts two award-winners at linebacker. Senior Andy Mattingly, a former defensive end, was all All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention as a sophomore. Sophomore outside linebacker Louis Bland, a Phil Steele Freshman All-American Third-Team last season, is undersized at just 5-foot-10, 202 pounds but is known as a rising star in the Pac-10.That said, it’s likely that Washington State will be overmatched come Saturday.Last season’s matchup between these two teams saw USC win 69-0 on the road.“We’re facing a very, very talented football team,” Wulff said. “They’re well-coached and it’s going to be a heck of a challenge.”
After a 20-year absence, the Atlas Lions are set to roar on the world’s biggest stage once again. Morocco went unbeaten in their World Cup qualification group. Their stunning campaign included three wins and three draws. Herve Renard’s men scored 11 goals and went through all six games without conceding.Playing a brand of eye-catching attacking football combined with a well-drilled defence, let’s see what this Morocco side have to offer.System & StyleHervé Renard came in at just the right time for Moroccan football fans; two decades of frustration almost killed the football scene in the country. He arrived in 2016, a year after rewriting history on the continent – the Frenchman became the first coach to lift the African Cup of Nations with two different teams, Zambia in 2012 and Ivory Coast in 2015. Renard boasts one of the most impressive track records with African teams and it’s easy to see why the Moroccan FA took the chance to bring him on board. Renard prefers fluid attacking football in his teams. He likes his teams to have the ball, move it and create with it. Renard instructs his team to be very organized when not in possession. The frenchman often uses a 4-3-3 (although one of the three midfielders often occupies the #10 position when attacking). He isn’t afraid to make big tactical alterations against different opponents going with the 4-2-3-1 and 3-4-3 in some matches.Morocco play on the front foot; they press high up the field, look to get the ball in wide areas and stretch their opposition. They do possess well-drilled defence and have switched their game to a more counter-attacking approach when needed. The Moroccan midfield is key in this setup as they initiate attacks for the wide men and the striker.System StrengthsAttacking is Morocco’s greatest strength. In attack; the full-backs push high and wide, the wingers drift in to offer central options, the two advanced central midfielders make runs in and around the box and the center backs move into the opponents half. A very attack minded setup similar to that of Europe’s best teams. The Atlas Lions have the system and personnel to hurt any of the biggest sides at this World Cup. Morocco possess one of the best midfield trios at the tournament: El-Ahmadi is the holding midfielder, Boussoufa is the box-to-box engine and Belhanda is the creative playmaker.Together, these three are very potent. El-Ahmadi completed 157 tackles and interceptions combined in the Eredivisie last season. He also maintained an 89.6% pass success rate. Boussoufa contributed 3 goals and 6 assists from midfield for his club Al-Jazira and Belhanda contributed 8 assists and had 2.7 key passes per game, the second highest in the Turkish league.Upfront, their attack is very impressive. The main man is Hakim Ziyech of Ajax. He was Holland’s top assist provider, Ajax’s Player of the Year and he also won the Dutch Footballer of the Year award. Ziyech starts on the left wing alongside Khalid Boutaib, who was Morocco’s top scorer in qualifying, and Nordin Amrabat on the right. The two wingers have the ability to stretch any defense and stiker Boutaib is a handful in the air and on the ground. An underrated aspect of Morocco is their defense. Juventus star and Morocco captain Medhi Benatia marshalles the backline. Benatia is a key component in the setup as he is responsible for defensive organization and maintaining Morocco’s high defensive line. He is partnered by Wolves’ Romain Saiss. Together, the two form a very solid defensive partnership; Morocco have conceded 11 goals in Renard’s 26 games in charge, an average of 0.42 goals conceded per game. The team as a whole defends well and defends in numbersSystem Weaknesses Perhaps Morocco’s attacking football can be a weakness in itself. They like to push up and hold a high defensive line and control the game in their opponent’s half. When attacking they commit men forward; the full backs make overlapping runs and the advanced central midfielders push up to make runs into the box. This can leave scenarios where only the two center backs and defensive midfielder are left to defend. If teams counter attack and transition fast enough, they will find it easy to score when only three players are defending. They can easily be undone by long balls and through passes on the counter SummaryOne of the very best teams on the continent has a mountain to climb. In Group B with 2010 World Cup winners Spain, Euro 2016 holders Portugal and Iran, the Atlas Lions will need to pull one out of the hat. They have beaten the odds before, overcoming Ivory Coast,Gabon and Mali in qualifying. Morocco have a coach whose tactical acumen is a match for any opponent and they have the players to execute the tactics. Renard’s men are expected to breeze past Iran, but there is a sneaky feeling they can pull a win against Portugal. A very good attack and solid defensive displays will be enough to sneak into the round of 16.– Follow the World Cup with the Multimedia Group! With live English radio commentary on Joy 99.7 FM radio, Akan radio commentary on Asempa 94.7 FM and livestreaming on Myjoyonline.com, we’ve got you covered all-tournament long.–
A Champions League winner with Barcelona in 2009, Toure only started three games since returning to Greece as a free agent in September.Toure was one of Manchester City’s key signings that helped the club win three Premier League titles but was released at the end of last season.Toure has made 101 international appearances and scored 19 goals for the Ivory Coast.Share on: WhatsApp Piraeus, Greece | AFP | Former Manchester City and Barcelona midfielder Yaya Toure has left Olympiakos for a second time, after only playing five times, the Greek Super League club announced on Tuesday.Toure, 35, joined Olympiakos three months after originally making his mark in Europe with the Greek side during the 2005-2006 season.“Olympiacos FC and Yaya Toure would like to announce to the fans that they have mutually agreed to end their cooperation,” an announcement by the club said.“Yaya is leaving as a friend and the doors at Olympiacos will always be open for him,” the announcement added.
The Wray and Nephew Contender boxing series’ preliminary round was scheduled to end tonight with a fight that had all the ingredients for a classic battle between two experienced welterweights, Daniel Powell (11-0) and Miguel Antoine (17-4-1).However, a last-minute pullout by Antoine has changed the equation, as his replacement, Charwin Estwick, has a record of no wins and two losses.Powell and Estwick will fight for the final place in the quarter-finals tonight at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium, starting at 9:30.Powell, whose father is Jamaican and flaunts his Jamaican roots, is 31 years old and has been a professional boxer since February 4, 2012. He has won eight fights by technical knockout, one by knockout and two on decision, but has not really met a quality opponent.Tonight is not going to be much different. Estwick, who is 38, was on the Contender roster last year and clashed with Richard Holmes on April 22. That fight went the distance, with one judge giving all six rounds to Holmes and the other two giving Estwick two rounds.Guyanese Estwick, who lives in Barbados, has not had a fight since then, while Powell had his last fight in June last year, so both men have been inactive recently.DEFENSIVE SKILLSEstwick showed in his fight here last year that he has good defensive skills. Against Holmes, who was trying for a knockout from the first round, he managed to tie up his opponent, shortened his range and made it difficult for him to land a knockout punch.It could turn out to be an interesting fight, with Powell trying for a knockout and Estwick using his defensive skills to frustrate his opponent.The winner tonight will join previous winners Holmes, Demarcus Coley, Tsetsi Davis, Revlon Lake, Michael Gardener, Ramel Lewis and Rashid Stevens in the quarter-finals. Four boxers will be seeded and they will draw their opponents for the next round.The winner of the series will, in addition to the title and belt, take home $2 million, the runner-up $500,000, third $250,000 and fourth $200,000.The fight will be broadcast live on TVJ.
Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LaVar Ball made the comments in Lithuania, where Lonzo Ball’s two younger brothers — LiAngelo Ball, 19, and LaMelo Ball, 16 — are now part of a team called BC Prienu Vytautas. LiAngelo Ball left UCLA after getting suspended and arrested for shoplifting during the Bruins’ season-opening trip to China in November, and LaMelo Ball was removed from Chino Hills High in California so he could join the Lithuanian club.Calling out Walton is just the latest in an ongoing series of sagas.LaVar Ball has made headlines in the past for, among many other things, insisting that no other team should draft Lonzo Ball except the Lakers, placing a $495 price tag on the sneakers offered by his Big Baller Brand clothing line, saying he could beat Michael Jordan 1-on-1 and getting into a rift with President Donald Trump over how LiAngelo Ball was ultimately allowed to return to the U.S. following his shoplifting issue in China.LaVar Ball’s comments on Walton overshadowed many other storylines in the same piece, including his prediction that LiAngelo Ball will play for the Lakers next season — and that LeBron James will leave Cleveland and join them.“Get rid of everybody,” LaVar Ball told ESPN. “Give him LeBron and Gelo. You got a 2 and a 3. And it’s a win. It’s a wrap.”Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek, whose team was in Dallas to face the Mavericks and Carlisle on Sunday, suggested that LaVar Ball doesn’t know enough about the inner workings of NBA locker rooms to make conclusions on the coaching process.“Nobody’s with these guys every day and when they have comments on teams, chemistry, that kind of stuff, they don’t really know what’s going on in the overall picture,” Hornacek said. “Yeah, there probably shouldn’t be many comments from outside.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kawhi Leonard has partial tear in left shoulder Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carlisle, the National Basketball Coaches Association president, called the article “a disgrace” and LaVar Ball’s words an “ignorant distraction.”“ESPN is an NBA partner, and they’ve been a great one,” Carlisle said. “Part of that partnership is the coaches do a lot of things to help them with access, interviews, all those kinds of things, and in exchange for that, they should back up the coaches. Printing an article where the father of an NBA player has an opinion that’s printed as anything legitimate erodes trust. It erodes the trust that we built with ESPN, and our coaches are upset.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“Luke Walton does not deserve that,” Carlisle added.The Lakers were playing host to Atlanta on Sunday night, going into the game on a nine-game losing streak. At the team’s morning shootaround, Walton said he is certain that he has the support of the Lakers’ front office and that he was mostly concerned that Lonzo Ball could be adversely affected by his father’s comments. “It doesn’t bother me,” Walton said. “My only concern with any of it is for Zo. As long as Zo is fine with it and Zo can come in and play and it doesn’t affect mine and his relationship, then it doesn’t bother me at all.”Walton said before the game that some coaches have reached out to him after the comments.“They’re all on the same idea of it’s our job as coaches to coach our teams and not be concerned with parents and what other people outside the organization think,” Walton said. “A lot of them have shown their support as far as they know what it’s like coaching young teams and from what they see, how hard our group plays, just like I do.”Lonzo Ball did not seem affected one way or another.“He’s going to speak his mind,” Lonzo Ball said of his father. “He’s not going to change.”ADVERTISEMENT Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball dunks during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets, Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. 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View comments “I don’t think this has happened to this extreme. But also, I’ve never been ranked where I am,” Williams said Monday after her fourth straight-set victory of the fortnight. “Usually, I’m one of those few seeds left that’s still fighting and still in the tournament. Now that I’m not, it kind of happened.”Bidding for an eighth championship at the All England Club, Williams will be back on court Tuesday, but she is seeded only 25th, and that actually represents a big bump up from her ranking of No. 181. As she keeps reminding folks, this is just her fourth tournament since missing more than a year of action because she was pregnant and gave birth to a daughter last September.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I feel like I’m getting to where I want to be,” Williams said. “For me, there’s so much farther I want to go to get back where I was — and hopefully go beyond that.”That might sound a tad scary to opponents. The 36-year-old American, who has spent more than 300 weeks ranked No. 1, looks superb so far. Williams’ latest match required only 62 minutes and was not much of a contest, a 6-2, 6-2 win in which she compiled a 30-5 edge in winners against Evgeniya Rodina, a qualifier from Russia ranked 120th who was dealing with a bothersome left thigh. 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(AP Photo/Tim Ireland)LONDON — Serena Williams figures this statistic needs an asterisk: For the first time since Wimbledon started seeding players in the 1920s, none of the top 10 women reached the quarterfinals.It’s also the only Grand Slam tournament in the half-century professional era with zero top-10 seeds in the women’s final eight.ADVERTISEMENT Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Here’s a hint, Camila: Williams is now just three victories from a 24th Grand Slam title, which would add to her own professional-era record and equal Margaret Court’s all-time mark. Consider, too, that the other 15 women in fourth-round action Monday own a combined three major trophies: Angelique Kerber has two, Jelena Ostapenko the other.On Tuesday, No. 11 Kerber will play No. 14 Daria Kasatkina, and No. 12 Ostapenko faces 2014 Australian Open runner-up Dominika Cibulkova.No. 7 Karolina Pliskova’s wait for a major title will continue. She was the lone top-10 women’s seed still around at this upset-filled tournament, and now she’s also gone. Pliskova was beaten 6-3, 7-6 (1) by No. 20 Kiki Bertens, who eliminated Williams’ sister, Venus, last week.Bertens now faces No. 13 Julia Goerges, who beat Donna Vekic 6-3, 6-2.“I didn’t expect it, honestly,” said Goerges, who lost in the first round at the All England Club each of the past five years.Giorgi, Kasatkina, Bertens and Goerges will each be making her debut in the Wimbledon quarterfinals. It’s the first time making it to the final eight at any major for Giorgi and Goerges.Predictably, Pliskova was asked why there have been so many surprises.And, just as predictably, she was in no mood to provide an answer.“I don’t want to talk about this anymore. I answered this question, like, 10 times,” the 2016 U.S. Open runner-up said. “I don’t know why all the seeds are gone.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
…says work on access road should commence shortlyThe Timehri roundabout project, which has been featured prominently in the media last year after being flagged by the Audit Office of Guyana for construction delays, is nearing completion.The Timehri roundabout during its early stagesThis is according to Work Services Group (WSG) head Geoffrey Vaughn, who informed this publication in a recent interview that the project is not only nearing completion but work should also commence shortly on the access road component.“That is about 80 per cent completed,” Vaughn revealed when asked for an update on the project, adding that the contractor has been able to resolve the issues he encountered with utility infrastructure.“The access road, (the contract) should be awarded shortly. Work should commence either early in February or later down (in the year),” the Public Infrastructure Ministry Official added.In Auditor General Deodat Sharma’s 2017 report, it had been reported that the contractor was given advance payments totalling $30.8 million, with $628,568 being paid to the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) as withholding tax. The contractor, who was awarded the contract out of 11 bidders, was supposed to construct a single lane rural roundabout and bypass road.The AG had revealed that he examined payment vouchers, contract documents and even paid the site a physical visit a few months ago. Among his findings were that the works were incomplete and behind schedule.He had also found that while Gaico had mobilised on site, at the time only excavation and general earth work had started. And this was limited to two small sections of the existing roadway. The works were expected to be done at the existing two lane road coming from the Cheddi Jagan International Airport and the four lane highway.The AG had also revealed that the advance payment bond, meant to be a security in case the contractor defaulted after being paid up front, expired since December 4, 2017. As of August 2018, only 19.5 per cent of the advance payment had been recovered.In its response, the Public Infrastructure Ministry had explained that complications from removing utility connections in the area resulted in the delays on the project. The removal of these utilities, the Ministry had said, had cost over $8 million.Since that publication, Gaico Construction and General Services had come out to say that far from being responsible for delays to the Timehri roundabout project, the utility infrastructure impeded the project. However, the company is aiming to complete the project by this year end.During an interview with Guyana Times, Gaico’s Chief Executive Officer Komal Singh had noted that the state auditors did not take into account work done on the site in order to prepare for the project. According to the CEO, his company delivered approximately 2000 tons of crusher run within a week of the contract at a cost of almost $20 million.In addition, Singh said that Gaico demolished and rebuilt a fence; all part of preparatory work he said exceeded the mobilisation advances they received. He then alluded to the sub terrain lines and pipes the company encountered from utility companies like the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph (GTT).