Front-line West Indies batsman, Marlon Samuels, said conditions relating to salary packages are driving senior players away from Test representation.The situation, he declared, is forcing him to retire from Tests.”The way how things are right now, it is forcing me to give it (Test cricket) up,” stated Samuels, who was Player of the Final in the just-concluded ICC WorldTwenty20 in India.”I would like to continue and play as long as possible, however, until things improve, I doubt it,” he offered, as this summer’s home series against India in the Caribbean loom large.He continued: “If you look at the system now, we have more young players playing when we should have more senior players and a couple of young players.”It means, therefore, that it could be said that we are not going in the right direction when it comes to the longer version.NO ENCOURAGEMENT”For example, a lot of players (are) playing only Twenty20 cricket, who I know have a lot of ability and could do well in the Test side. However, at the end of the day, they are not being encouraged, including financially, and as such, do what they have to do.”According to Samuels, one of the reasons for a lack of interest generally by senior players in Test cricket appears to be how they are treated by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) as it relates to financial matters.He said with a changing worldwide cricket landscape, their net worth is being recognised internationally, but regionally, there seems to be reluctance.This, he said, is evidenced by the new player payment scheme that was negotiated between the regional entity and the West Indies Players Association (WIPA).”Test cricket is the most important part of our West Indies heritage, but it is also a job for us,” commented Samuels.”I don’t think we are being paid particularly well at the moment, as we got a big pay cut recently with virtually little consent on our part.”Some of us as players agreed in principle for a pay cut with WIPA to help with the paying of first-class cricketers in the regional professional league, but none of us had signed off on the exact percentage.”WIPA then went literally behind our backs and signed off on close to a 75 per cent match-fee pay cut, and I can tell you none of the players are happy about it.”He added: “Situations like these do not motivate or encourage our senior players to want to play the longest version of the game.”Samuels, who made his Test debut in 2000, has an average of 33.53, including seven centuries and 22 half centuries.
More than 450 participants are expected to compete in tomorrow’s National Hugo Chambers Memorial 5K, Two-mile and One-mile runs.The event, now in its 28th year, is run in memory of the late Hugo Chambers, outstanding old boy and headmaster of Jamaica College. He was a well known sportsman and sports administrator who made a significant contribution to the development of sports in Jamaica.The 5K race will start on Mona Road and finish at Jamaica College. The race will feature Jamaica’s top middle distance runners. Last year’s winners were Chadoye Dawkins and Britnie Dixon. The one-mile race for Special Olympic athletes and children aged 12 and under will begin at 1.30 p.m.As many as 250 runners, male and female, are expected to line up for the two-mile race which starts at 2:30 p.m. This event is open to 13 to 19-year-old runners. The male and female races will be run separately.Organisers of the event, the Jamaica College Sports Development Committee, will also have a wheelchair category in the 5K for male and female athletes. Title sponsors for the run are Continental Bakery under its National brand.
High Mountain Coffee Road Race 10K champion Dayne Graham said he had been plotting and training to defeat last year’s winner, Andrew Brodeur, for the last two years.Graham watched the American walk away with the top prize for two consecutive years.”For the last two years, I have been training and telling myself that I am going to come for that white guy big and serious, and I know that I was going to beat him because I need it. I know I was going to beat him because I have the energy, and everything and I did. I beat him today,” said Graham.”Nobody expected me to win, but I was confident in myself to know that I was going to win this race, no ifs, no buts. I know my feet are working and I am fit and in very good condition. That’s why I won this race,” he said.St Jago youngster Phaleetio Green led most of the journey up the hill, closely pursued by Broduer, who eventually passed him at the top of the hill and was eventually joined by Graham for the downhill trek.Graham and Brodeur stayed together for another two kilometres before Graham started making distance between them. By the time they left Kendal, Graham was almost 100m ahead of the defending champion, with about two kilometres to go.The St Mary native, showing remarkable energy and stamina, maintained his pace to finish in 32.28 minutes, 15 seconds, ahead of Kirk Brown (32.43), who overtook Broduer (32.44) on the final stretch to claim second.ALWAYS IN CONTROLGraham, who was third in 2015 and fourth in 2014, said that the American never gave him the challenge he expected and that he was always in control of the race.”I stayed with him; I had him. At one time, I had to give him some water because he didn’t have any water. I even ‘buss’ (opened) the water for him. I just had the race my way because I need it. I stayed beside him like I was tracking (jogging), and I had him from there as I saw that I could give a strong finish and take it.”Up on the hill, I saw I could handle him. When I was going downhill to the flat, I knew I would get him there because I am good there, and that is where I conquered him,” he said.Graham also had a lot of encouragement from the locals, especially females, on his way to victory.”The policeman (race guide) helped me a lot and I respect that,” he noted.Graham has been racing on the circuit for the last three years. His first success came in the 2015 Reggae Marathon, and Sunday’s win was the biggest of the 29-year-old’s career.”I have been doing it for three years. Never went to any big high school, but I just run same way. Then I linked up with Andrew Gutzmore, and he made me run some 5Ks until I got perfect, and right now, I am fit like a fiddle, so I won’t stop,” he said.Broduer, who flew in the day before, offered no excuses.”It was a little more pressure going in, winning the last couple of years. But it’s anybody’s race on any day,” he said.”They were just better. They had a lot better strategy going in and they executed perfectly. They did awesome,” Brodeur continued. “Usually, I have a little more spring in my step at about five or six K as that is where a winner makes his move, but all that room between me (and Graham) and I just had nothing to respond with. I was surprised to be in that position as I thought I was in much better shape.”
Last week, the best kept secret in horse racing in Jamaica was officially exposed. There was a statement from the Government that Supreme Ventures was now the preferred bidder in the much ballyhooed divestment of Caymanas Park, the only racetrack in the island. Although everybody at the track knew that Supreme Ventures had won months before, the comments from the vice president of the trainers’ association and the president of the Jamaica Racehorse Owners Association (JROA) reflected sentiments at the track that racing NEEDED divestment. Some of the older (and wiser?) fans and punters at the track were very wary of the announcement, however, as they remembered that there were two previous ‘preferred bidders’ in the planned divestment of racing out of the hands of Government and into the hands of private individuals (or companies) with the knowledge and the money that is so vital in the successful promotion of racing, as the Danny Melville-led Board showed some year s ago. Both bids came to nought. So after the collective sigh of relief from the representatives of the stakeholders in racing, came the return to reality by statements from Paul Hoo, a representative of Supreme Ventures and from lawyers representing the present champion jockey at the track, Shane Ellis. TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES Betting terminals at Off Track betting stations are turned on up to one hour late on race days because of “technical difficulties”, which on investigation revealed that crucial operatives “came to work late”. Horses are withdrawn from races because of lameness or illness the day before racing are not declared as late non-starters until a few minutes before the scheduled start of the race, playing havoc with the important exotic wagers of punters whose selection is now transferred to the ‘on time favourite’, which in some case have very little or no chance of winning and therefore depriving the knowledgeable punter from choosing another horse with a more realistic winning chance. I could go on and on. Racing cannot continue like this. The Chinese ambassador has praised the present Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, for his penchant for making “quick decisions”. Racing people are now calling for a swift decision by his Government to try to correct the present promotion of racing. First, Mr Hoo reminded all of us in racing that the title ‘preferred bidder’ only means that negotiations for the divestment will now begin in earnest and the lawyers for Mr Ellis obtained an injunction in the courts that restrained the planned divestment until the promoting company, Caymanas Track Limited (CTL), settled a lawsuit brought by Mr Ellis against the CEO of the track, who made comments (deemed derogatory by Mr Ellis and his lawyers). Those comments were made after Mr Ellis fell from a horse during a race some years ago. So for at least the next 9-12 months the status quo at the track remains – no Board in place and management that has become decidedly worse after the ‘preferred bidder’ official statement. For example, ‘technical difficulties’ is now the official response to queries about race day incidents that reek of incompetence. Last Saturday, a race was held up for at least 15 minutes because of ‘technical difficulties’ at the starting gate. It turned out that the gates “malfunctioned” because of a “lack of power”. This was quickly remedied by the frantic call for an electrician – obviously transported in a van racing from the starting gate to the grandstand area over and over again – to correct a problem that scheduled and regular maintenance checks could have prevented. The first race, on more than one occasion, has been delayed by “technical difficulties” when investigations revealed that a crucial member of the management team was “late” coming to work. NEGOTIATIONS
LAHORE, Pakistan (CMC):Pakistan’s cricket authorities want West Indies to play a day-night Test during their tour in October as they prepare for their historic pink-ball Test against Australia in December.West Indies are set to play two Tests, five one-day internationals, and two Twenty20 Internationals during the series set for the United Arab Emirates, and media reports here say the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has sent a proposal to the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to play one of the Tests under lights.Former Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq, an adviser to the PCB’s cricket committee, said it was important that the national team had practised with the pink ball before taking on Australia.”If you don’t have match practice, it will become difficult to play at Test level. It was one of the things discussed in the cricket committee’s previous meeting,” said Misbah.”The bowlers are at (an) advantage in the evening session, and it becomes very difficult for batsmen under lights. That is one reason the cricketers from other countries are also reluctant to play Tests under lights.”He added: “One more reason is the lack of match practice with the pink ball. The players have hardly played any cricket under these conditions at the domestic levels. They need more match practice before playing it at international level.”Even if the proposal is rejected by the WICB, the PCB plans to stage matches under lights during the first-class competition in order to prepare players.International games have not been played in Pakistan in over seven years because of the volatile security situation here.Earlier this month, the WICB rejected a proposal from the PCB to play limited-overs matches during the upcoming series on Pakistan soil.
APOLOGIES TO ALL “I want to apologise to the fans and the Red Bulls II Organisation, as well as Karl Ouimette, for what transpired at the game last night,” Shallenberger stated in an interview with the Washington Post. “Romeo’s actions are not representative of what our organisation and its academy stand for in regards to helping promote and grow this sport in not only the Greater Allegheny area, but also nationwide. “We understand the severity of this situation and made it a point to respond as quickly as possible within our power.” Pittsburgh’s head coach, Mark Steffens, reflected Shallenberger’s sentiments. “As I stated last night, this is an unfortunate situation and one that was embarrassing for not only myself, but also the staff and the organisation.” Steffens said. “The discipline being handed out is one that we, as a staff, consider to be fair and completely justified. The actions were not representative of what this team stands for as a whole.” Parkes tweeted an apology yesterday. “To the fans, my teams, the city of PGH, NY Red Bulls 2 and the USL, I recognised that my action was wrong and inappropriate and I sincerely apologise and regret my actions,” he said. “Despite the continuous altercation throughout the game, my further action after I was carded was unwarranted and I ask for my fans, the league and my teammates, as well as the New York Red Bulls to accept my sincere apology.” The 26-year-old Parkes scored five goals in six appearances for Pittsburgh Riverhounds since joining three months ago. He had spent the previous two years with A D Isidro Metap·n in El Salvador. In 2014, Parkes helped the team win the Apertura Championship and reach the 2015-16 CONCACAF Champion League. He also represented St George’s FC, Highgate United, Tivoli Gardens FC, and Boys’ Town FC locally. He was part of the Jamaica team at the Copa AmÈrica tournament in Chile last year and was named in a 40-man provisional squad for the historic Copa Centennial, which takes place in the United States from June 3-26. The Pittsburgh Riverhounds have terminated the contract of Romeo Parkes as he stomped an opponent after being shown the red card, in Saturday’s United Soccer League (USL) football match against the New York Red Bulls II. Parkes kicked Red Bulls defender Karl Ouimette in the back late in the second half as frustrations boiled over as the Hounds were poised for another loss at home, with the score 1-3. Parked had scored the lone goal for his team, while his Jamaican counterpart, Junior Flemmings, provided an assist for New York Red Bulls. The ugly reaction to a red card left Ouimette on a stretcher and Parkes facing a lengthy ban and possibly even more. Yesterday, the team decision was announced by owner Tuffy Shallenberger, who cited conduct detrimental to the team and the USL.
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NEW CHAIRMAN Bennett, instead, is now the new chairman of selectors, with returning selector Ephraim McLeod, Samuels, and a yet-to-be-named captain completing the panel. “The squad has experienced several changes in players and leadership over the years, so one of the things that I want to do is get a team out there playing together as one unit,” stated Samuels. “The next goal after that is to then move from our current fifth position and take our time and regain the number-one spot. “We had the position up until recently, but as in everything else, life is a cycle, so we will have to work hard to get to the top,” added the for West Indies opener. Jamaica last won the regional four-day first-class title four seasons ago. This was after copping five straight titles under the leadership of Tamar Lambert; however, after three seasons of no titles, Lambert was replaced as captain by young batsman Paul Palmer Jr last season. Jamaica are set to open their 2016-2017 season away to defending champions Guyana. Recently appointed Jamaica Scorpions coach Robert Samuels has listed building team unity and chemistry, as well as emerging from the bottom of the standings as his primary focus heading into the new regional first-class season, which gets under way next month. Once a leading powerhouse in regional first-class cricket, Jamaica has, for the past two seasons, languished towards the bottom end of the standings. They finished fourth in the 2014 to 2015 season, and last year, in one of their worst-ever placings, ended fifth in the six-team championship. This has ushered in a change at the management level of the team, with the previously Wavell Hinds-led national selection panel and longstanding head coach Junior Bennett being replaced.
Last year, Jaheel Hyde accomplished two of his main objectives by defending his IAAF World Under-20 400 meters hurdles title and making the Jamaica Olympic team to Rio, Brazil. However, for the year 2017, the former Wolmer’s Boys’ athlete is aiming to take his career a step further.”(In) 2016, I set some goals and I went out and achieved them, so I am pleased with myself. I won at World Juniors, I defended my title; and I went to the Olympics. I made the Olympic team, so those were two pluses for me.”I didn’t go to the Olympics and win. I said I wanted to make the team as a learning experience. I am still young, and there are a lot more Olympics for me. That’s what I am aiming towards,” he said.The 19-year-old noted that the World Championships in London this year will be at the top of his agenda; however, he intends to make the team before setting himself a target at the championships.”The plan this year to take it one step further. We are still taking it one step at a time, but the aim is to go one step further, and that’s what we are working towards. I want to PB (personal best). Each time I run, I want to personal best, so it’s just to grow in the sport and become the best,” he said.”But my main goal this year is to make the team (to the IAAF World Championships in London, England) and take it from there,” he added.
And, it was also to see how Paul Lee was supposed to take NLEX super tyro Kiefer Ravena to school.In the end, Magnolia showed that it really belongs in the company of the elite with a 105-94 victory, clearly exposing where NLEX is weakest—in the middle.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 folkLee, and even Hotshots coach Chito Victolero, ended up praising the 6-foot Ravena.Magnolia wielded command all night, with Lee the main man who doused cold water on several NLEX rallies in the second half with timely triples that stung the Road Warriors on the way to 21 points in 24 minutes.Ravena finished with 31 points and was chiefly responsible for keeping the Road Warriors in the game as coach Yeng Guiao played him close to 33 error-free minutes.“We tried everything to stop him,” Victolero said after Ravena’s career game. “But he just kept finding ways to score. It was a good thing that we were able to limit the others (Ravena’s support cast).”Magnolia thus improved to 3-1 to trail solo leader San Miguel Beer by just half-a-game, while the Road Warriors dropped to 2-2 and are left to pick up the pieces after a second straight defeat. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson MOST READ LATEST STORIES Galedo nabs PH team slot Magnolia versus NLEX in the PBA Philippine Cup on Sunday night was not just about the Hotshots and the Road Warriors colliding for solo second place in the elimination round.It was also to see how ready the Hotshots are to challenge the big guns in the tournament, and also to see if the Road Warriors, considering that they were clashing with a heavyweight for the first time, were worthy of their pre-tournament tag as title threats.ADVERTISEMENT “Napakagaling na bata (He’s a really outstanding kid),” Lee later said of Ravena. “He really has the talent and he did that (31 points) even with our defense trained on him the entire game.”Guiao saw the enormous talent in Ravena, who came out of college as a swingman but has made the transition to the point with ease.“Kiefer played a great [offensive] game, but that’s not our style of play,” Guiao said. “We don’t want one player taking over offensively and carry us on his shoulders.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments