WI looking to build on win over Pakistan … Regional team gears up for Tri-Nations with preparation camp

first_img “A lot of the players [from the Test squad] are going to Zimbabwe as well, so that’s very important that they know they can compete with the best teams in the world, but what we are going to do is continue to work hard.” West Indies will enter the Tri-Nations Series ranked ninth in the world, with Sri Lanka in sixth place and Zimbabwe down in 11th. The last time the Windies met Sri Lanka in an ODI series a year ago, they suffered a bruising 3-0 drubbing in the series, on what was a difficult tour of the subcontinent. However, Estwick said with the confidence gained from the recent victory over Pakistan, coupled with hard work in preparation, West Indies would be a potent force in the upcoming series. “All the best teams get success through hard work, discipline, dedication, and that’s something we are really trying to get the players to buy into, and this win will go a long way in trying to help that and get the belief and confidence,” the former first-class cricketer said. “And once we can get the momentum, we know we can compete. Now we know we can stay five days with all the teams in the world because our fitness has improved and that’s a very, very important thing for us.” West Indies open their Tri-Nations Series campaign against Sri Lanka on November 16. POTCHEFSTROOM, South Africa, (CMC): West Indies will kick off a preparation camp here over the coming week as they gear up for the imminent Tri-Nations Series in Zimbabwe, involving the hosts and Sri Lanka. The one-day international (ODI) squad assembled here this weekend, with the eight players who were part of the Test series against Pakistan arriving from the United Arab Emirates. Captain Jason Holder leads the 15-man unit for the tournament which runs from November 14-27. West Indies will undergo training at the High Performance Centre here as they sharpen their skills for the 50-overs format under the guidance of assistant coach Hendy Springer, batting coach Toby Radford, and bowling coach Roddy Estwick. Last Thursday, West Indies beat Pakistan for their first Test win in 19 months and first on foreign soil in four years, and Estwick said the victory would be a huge boost for the side as they prepared for the Tri-Nations Series. “I’m a great believer in momentum and I believe this win is going to be important. We’ve still got the Tri-Nations Series to play against Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe, so this win will give us some kind of confidence,” Estwick said. WORK HARDlast_img read more

Wolfowitz negotiating resignation

first_imgIt was not clear whether the bank’s 24-member board would accept Wolfowitz’s terms. It is up to the board to decide what action should be taken in the matter. Pressure on Wolfowitz to resign has grown since the bank panel report, released Monday, regarding his handling of the 2005 pay package of bank employee Shaha Riza. Wolfowitz has maintained that he acted in good faith. WASHINGTON – Embattled World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz is negotiating an agreement to resign, according to an official familiar with the talks. His departure would include an acknowledgment from the bank that he doesn’t bear sole responsibility for the controversy surrounding a generous pay package for his girlfriend, the official said. The negotiations took place as the bank’s board deliberated Wolfowitz’s fate Wednesday afternoon. The official said Wolfowitz wanted the bank to accept some responsibility for conflicts of interest cited against him by a special bank panel. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the delicate state of negotiations at the bank, which uses loans and grants to fight poverty around the world. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Roy Keane slams ‘mind-boggling’ football transfer frenzy

first_img0Shares0000Roy Keane broke the British transfer record when he joined Manchester United from Nottingham Forest for £3.75 million in 1993LONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 29 – Former Manchester United star Roy Keane has slammed the “mind-boggling” spending of clubs paying huge fees for “average” players in a historically frenzied transfer window.Keane, who now works as assistant to Republic of Ireland coach Martin O’Neill, has been shocked by some of the sums paid by Europe’s top clubs since the end of last season. French giants Paris Saint-Germain have led the way, forking out a staggering £200 million (222mn euros, $263.5mn) for Neymar and preparing to invest heavily once again in Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe.In the Premier League, the spree has set a new record for a single window as the 20 top tier clubs splashed out over £1.18 billion.Manchester City splurged over £200 million, while 12 teams broke their transfer records.Keane is astonished that players he regards as mediocre are being given lavish contracts after making big-money moves.“It’s mind-boggling, the figures that are out there – especially for the average players. If ever there was a time to be a professional player it’s now. Average players are going for £35 million. My goodness,” Keane said on Tuesday.“I don’t really analyse it too much, but that’s the market place at the moment. There aren’t many top players out there. The really big players are going for big money and it’s filtering down now.“When average players are going for £30-40million, it does make you scratch your head. But if the clubs are prepared to pay that, then it’s not the players’ fault.”Keane played alongside stars like David Beckham Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Ruud van Nistelrooy, as well as Cristiano Ronaldo, who cost Real Madrid £80 million when he left Old Trafford eight years ago.Asked what Van Nistelrooy would cost now, the 46-year-old replied: “Ruud would certainly be worth in the market now probably a billion.”“David Beckham?”. “A billion.” “Ryan Giggs?” “Two billion.”Asked further how much he himself might cost nowadays, Keane was more modest and referenced the then British record fee United boss Alex Ferguson paid to sign him from Nottingham Forest in 1993.“£3.75 million, I think,” he said with a smile.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Valley liftoff

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event It’s important for city officials to continue to roll out the red carpet to companies that could bring good jobs to Angelenos. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Despite occasional comments to the contrary, the news isn’t always about bad things. Just to prove that point, we note the possibility that one of the world’s most important aircraft manufacturers, Airbus, might be bringing some of its jobs to the San Fernando Valley. The European company reportedly contacted Valley representatives because it’s interested in expanding its presence in Los Angeles. City officials responded with appropriate enthusiasm, meeting with executives and offering to help where they could. They ought to; this is a big deal for the city. Aerospace jobs are much more significant to the city’s economic well-being than service-industry jobs. As well, the city can’t afford to keep losing good-paying jobs, as it did earlier this year when the Washington Mutual center in Chatsworth cut a total of 1,600 jobs, shipping many of them to Costa Rica and Texas. At the time city officials did little to try to keep the jobs local. last_img read more

Gerhart gets county record

first_imgTUSTIN – The Riverside County record is Toby Gerhart’s. The state mark is within his reach. But after pushing his career rushing yardage to 7,436 with a 235-yard, four-touchdown effort in a 49-21 win over Tustin on Thursday, the Norco senior running back had one number on his mind. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 That, too, is entirely attainable. Norco, ranked No. 1 in CIF-Southern Section Division V, ran its nonleague record to 5-0 with a rout of Tustin (1-4) that proved the Cougars were about a lot more than the Gerhart show. Josh Adams rumbled for 43 yards and a touchdown and the defense – which hassled the Tillers into a third-down punt in the first half – held Tustin to 183 yards on 38 carries, a lot of that coming in “garbage time.” “I thought the defense played well,” Norco coach Todd Gerhart said. “You never see that team lose yards.” The Tillers did that on four plays and completed two of nine passes for 110 yards – all in the second half. Norco, on the other hand, had forward progress all game long, and most of it had to do with Toby Gerhart. The 6-foo-1 senior finished off the Cougars’ first drive with a 48-yard run, then after Tommy Martin returned a punt 55 yards for a touchdown, he looked for the record and got much, much more. Needing six yards to break the record after Norco’s opening drive, Gerhart took a handoff from quarterback Coury Brown and dashed up-field off the left tackle. When he ran out of room along the left hash mark, he cut back toward the right sideline and raced 72 yards for a touchdown that gave Norco a 22-0 lead. The announcer alerted the crowd – the majority of which was Norco followers – of the feat. Referees sent the ball toward the Norco sideline. Play paused for a photographer to take an on-field picture with Gerhart and his offense. “It felt good,” said Gerhart, who has 1,010 yards rushing and stands 1,074 yards away from the state’s rushing record with five regular season games left. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Fourteen – not the 4,000 yards he originally set his sights on for the 2005 season. “The state record can happen,” said Gerhart, who had 12 carries before leaving after a 37-yard touchdown run gave Norco a 43-0 lead with 7:24 left in the third quarter. “But 4,000? I don’t know. It’s tough only getting 10 to 15 carries a game. But the only number that matters is getting that 14th win, like I’ve said all along.” last_img read more

`Superman’ does it all for Chargers

first_imgDrew Brees might need to feel threatened about his job security. It’s not first-round pick Philip Rivers breathing down his neck, it’s star running back LaDainian Tomlinson. Tomlinson threw his second touchdown pass of the season and added scores running and catching the ball in a performance for the record books, leading the San Diego Chargers to a 27-14 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. “In the celebration in the end zone I said, ‘Superman, you can do it all,” ‘ Brees said. “He can do a lot of things. Obviously, he had a big game today.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Marty hates the Raiders. I don’t know why,” safety Terrence Kiel said. “He told us that last night. It’s something personal.” The Raiders, who had been competitive in their first three losses, regressed coming out of the bye week and struggled after losing Randy Moss with bruised ribs and a strained groin in the first quarter. Tomlinson who tied Lenny Moore’s NFL record by scoring a touchdown in his 18th straight game showed off his all-around skills with 140 yards rushing and 39 yards receiving. Jaguars 23, Steelers 17 (OT) If Pittsburgh didn’t realize the value of Ben Roethlisberger before, they do now. Tomlinson delivered another big performance against the Raiders (1-4) he has 620 yards rushing in the last four meetings to help San Diego (3-3) dominate this rivalry in a way they haven’t since Al Davis was on the Chargers’ side. They have won four straight over the Raiders for the first time since taking the first six meetings from 1960-62, when Davis was their defensive ends coach. Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer improved to 24-7 in his career against the Raiders. center_img Rashean Mathis scored on a 41-yard return of a Tommy Maddox interception in overtime and Jacksonville (4-2) took advantage of four Maddox turnovers against the injury-thinned Steelers (3-2), who lost their second straight at home. Bengals 31, Titans 23 QB Carson Palmer tossed a 15-yard touchdown pass to Chad Johnson with 4:19 left and Cincinnati bounced back from its first loss of the season. The Titans (2-4) had won nine of the last 10 in this series between old AFC Central rivals, but Cincinnati (5-1) won for the first time since the 2001 season finale. It now leads the AFC North by 1 ½ games following Pittsburgh’s loss. The Bengals play host to the Steelers next week. Ravens 16, Browns 3 Baltimore forced three turnovers and sacked former teammate Trent Dilfer four times in a victory over Cleveland (2-3). Todd Heap scored the only touchdown for the Ravens (2-3), who bounced back from their worst start in franchise history after being penalized 21 times last week in a defeat at Detroit. Broncos 28, Patriots 20 Jake Plummer hit a couple of long passing plays, and Tatum Bell had a 68-yard run and finished with 114 yards to surpass 100 yards for the second straight week, as Denver (5-1) won its fifth straight. New England (3-3) fell behind by 25 early in the third quarter. With Tom Brady picking on the young Denver secondary, the Patriots pulled within eight and had the ball late. But Brady threw three straight incompletions and after a punt, the Denver offense ran the final 3 ½ minutes off the clock. Bills 27, Jets 17 QB Kelly Holcomb threw two touchdown passes in winning his second straight start as Buffalo topped New York. Willis McGahee had a career-high 143 yards rushing and a score, while receivers Eric Moulds and Jonathan Smith also scored touchdowns for Buffalo (3-3). The Bills’ defense had five sacks and forced three turnovers, including Terrence McGee’s interception in the end zone with 3 minutes remaining. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Hurricanes Katrina, Rita batter Northrop’s Q3 earnings

first_imgCOLLEGE PARK, Md. – Hurricane damage to Gulf of Mexico shipyards battered Northrop Grumman’s third-quarter earnings, the company reported Tuesday, while fellow defense contractor Lockheed Martin said it had higher quarterly profits across its space, information technology and aircraft divisions. Despite the mixed sector results, the companies said their earnings were helped by business segments outside of big military hardware – such as fighter jets and aircraft carriers – for which they are perhaps best known. Government IT and electronics sales, for example, rose for both. “We are not heavily dependent on one contract to achieve and deliver strong results,” said Christopher Kubasik, chief financial officer of Bethesda-based Lockheed Corp., the nation’s largest defense contractor. Despite the broad results, both companies are warily watching the Pentagon for indications on how big spending programs will fare in future defense budgets. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Some of Lockheed’s largest programs, such as the $200 billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, are at risk for cuts to save money. Kubasik said the company expects modest growth in defense spending and doesn’t foresee major cuts, but Lockheed forecasts flat revenue for several airplane programs next year, including the F-35. Ronald Sugar, chief executive officer of Los Angeles-based Northrop Grumman Corp. said the military’s new focus on areas such as intelligence and surveillance can help the company, which makes equipment that includes unmanned spy planes. But programs like the DD(X) destroyer face reductions, and he said it is difficult to read the messages sent by the Pentagon. “There will be a lot of twists and turns,” Sugar said in an investor conference call about Pentagon discussions of budget cuts. Northrop reported net income of $293 million, or 81 cents per share, up from $278 million, or 76 cents per share, in 2004. Revenue was flat in the latest quarter at $7.4 billion. The company also said Tuesday that it plans to buy back $1.5 billion worth of its stock. Earnings were hammered by hurricanes Katrina and Rita, which damaged Northrop’s shipyards in New Orleans, Pascagoula, Miss., and Gulfport, Miss. The company, the world’s largest ship builder, said it could take up to a year to fully recover. In the meantime, it plans to house as many as 1,000 workers in temporary homes as it rebuilds. The storms reduced the operating margin of its shipbuilding unit by $165 million, or the equivalent of 30 cents per share. Northrop’s sale of 2.1 million shares of Endwave Corp. helped to offset the impact by adding $81 million, it said. Despite the ship building losses, the company showed growth across all its other business units, including its missile sales, information technology, electronic warfare and space program. It’s the third-largest defense contractor in the U.S. after Boeing. “They are doing well in everything else,” said Paul Nisbet, an analyst for JSA Research. Lockheed reported earnings of $427 million, or 96 cents per share, up from $307 million, or 69 cents per share, in the 2004 third quarter. The company had $9.2 billion in sales compared to $8.4 billion a year earlier. The company raised its guidance for 2005, predicting that it would earn between $3.85 and $3.95 per share, up from previous estimates of $3.60 to $3.75 per share made in July. For 2006, it expects earnings between $4 and $4.25 per share on between $38 billion and $39.5 billion in sales. While defense contracts still account for the majority of Lockheed’s business, the company has beefed up its other business units, such as information technology. About 40 percent of the company’s sales now come from outside the Pentagon, Kubasik said. Lockheed shares fell $1.12, or 1.8 percent, to close at $61.23 on the New York Stock Exchange. Northrop’s stock fell 98 cents to close at $52.92. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Promises, promises

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was elected, in part, because he promised to be all things to all Angelenos. He would be the education mayor, the law and order mayor, the Valley’s mayor, the Eastside’s mayor, the mayor of labor and of business. That works well for a campaign, but it’s a dangerous position for Villaraigosa to find himself in five months into his first term, when all those promise are starting to put him in difficult positions. That was made clear last week when one promise to the extremist animal advocates to fire the head of the city’s Animal Services Department head, Guerdon Stuckey, drew some heat. The animal group, which takes its demonstrations directly to the homes of politicians and city workers, called on Villaraigosa to make good on his promise immediately. The mayor said no. “I did make that promise,” Villaraigosa conceded later. “But I never said when I would do that.” Excuses based on technicalities don’t earn much political capital, despite their veracity. Indeed, Villaraigosa is correct to want to give Stuckey a chance to implement a low-kill policy in the city’s animal shelters before he cans him. Especially because after the harassment the city’s previous animal services director endured – protests at his home, vandalization of his house, threats, etc. – the city might have a hard time replacing him. This isn’t the only case that’s brought Villaraigosa grief. When he was running for a City Council seat, he promised voters he wasn’t going to run for mayor. Then he did, and said he changed his mind. During the mayoral campaign, Villaraigosa made many promises, including ending city dumping at Sunshine Canyon. He hasn’t broken than promise yet, but he sure has bent it. We’re encouraging the mayor to stop giving his word out so freely. It’s admirable that he wants to help everyone, but that’s not realistic. Politics is, at its core, a balancing act of various interests. He must only promise what he knows he can deliver, or he will leave a legacy of disappointment and betrayal. In the end, political leaders are not judged on the promises they make, but the ones they break.last_img read more


first_imgGlenswilly hung on to nudge out Kilcar in the first of today’s quarter finals in the senior championships.In a tightly-contested game, the men form the Glen won by the narrowest of margins 0-8 to 0-7.Malin, Killybegs and Glenswilly are now all through to the Semi Finals of the RTE Raidió na Gaeltachta Senior Football Championship. The last Quarter Final between Gaoth Dobhair and Ardara will be in O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny, at 6.15pm today, with the draw for the Semi Finals straight after the game.GAA NEWS – GLENSWILLY JOIN KILLYBEGS AND MALIN IN SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINALS was last modified: September 15th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GenswillykilcarKillybegsMalinSenior championshiplast_img read more

Blunt Crested Cranes dumped out of Olympic qualifiers

first_imgHasifah Nassuna (right) in action against Ethiopia on Saturday. (FUFA Photos)Tokyo 2020 CAF Women’s Olympics qualifiers-Preliminary Round 2nd LegCrested Cranes 0-1 Ethiopia (2-4Agg)StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo Saturday, 06-06-2019LUGOGO – The first time is always not easy. The statement proved 100% true on Saturday as the Crested Cranes were dumped out of the 2020 CAF Women’s Olympics qualifiers.In their maiden appearance in the qualifiers, Faridah Bulega’s side went into the second leg trailing 3-2 but could not live up to the billing as they lost 1-0 to their Ethiopian counterparts at Lugogo.Loza Abera scored the all important goal on a hot afternoon at Lugogo, to see Ethiopia march onto the next round where they will face Cameroon, 4-2 on aggregate.The Crested Cranes had a promising start which saw Fazila Ikwaput and Hassifa Nasuna trouble the visitors.The early pressure also saw Bulega’s side hit the cross bar through Ikwaput after a mistake by the Ethiopia goalkeeper.Despite the home side asking most of the questions in the first half, they just couldn’t break down a resolute Ethiopian back-line hence going into the break locked at 0-0.Bulega who made four changes to the side that started in Ethiopia by starting with Hasifa Nasuna, Resty Nanziri, Fausiah Najjemba and Captain Tracy Jones Akiror, called for the first substitution with Lillian Mutuuzo coming on in place of Nanziri.Tracy Jones was handed a start on Saturday despite not starting in the first leg.Riticia Nabbosa and Sandra Nabweteme were also later brought on for Yudaya Nakayenze and Fauzia Najjemba respectively.Despite the subs and more relentless pressure, it was Ethiopia who scored on 68 minutes through Lazo Abera to leave the Crested Cranes with a mountain to climb.The mountain proved so high to overcome as the match ended 1-0 in Ethiopia’s favour, meaning that they had qualified for the next round of the qualifiers.Crested Cranes starting XI vs Ethiopia:Ruth Aturo (G.K), Viola Namuddu, Grace Aluka, Aisha Namukisa, Shadia Nankya, Yudaya Nakayenze (65’ Riticia Nabbosa), Resty Nanziri (46’ Lillian Mutuuzo), Tracy Jones Akiror, Fazila Ikwaput, Hassifah Nassuna, Fauzia Najjemba (70’ Sandra Nabweteme).The Crested Cranes XI that started in the 1-0 loss to Ethiopia on Saturday.Un used Subs:Daisy Nakaziro (G.K), Juliet Nalukenge, Phiona Nabbumba, Shamirah Nalugya, Marion Amangat.Comments Tags: crested cranesfaridah bulegaTokyo 2020 CAF Women’s Olympics qualifiertoplast_img read more