Caribbean

Sun
22
Oct

'Too many soft dismissals'- Klusener bemoans Zimbabwe batting collapse

Brendan Taylor

Zimbabwe batting coach Lance Klusener was discouraged by what he believes was a number of soft dismissals as the team surrendered the advantage to the Windies in the first Test at Bulywaro.

The hosts seemed to be in a strong position to make an opening innings statement after dismissing the Windies for 219.  However, on the back of a 5 for 79 bowling performance from Devendra Bishoo and two wickets each from Jason Holder and Kemar Roach, Zimbabwe were reduced to 159 all out.  Hamilton Masakadza was the innings top scorer with 42 and Craig Ervine had 39, but for the most part, the African team saw most of its batsmen go for their shots and fail to occupy the crease.

"There were about eight soft dismissals in our innings," Klusener said.

"Way too many soft dismissals and the boys are upset with themselves. That wasn't how we wanted to play,” he added.

Sun
22
Oct

'I thought I was going to die'- Bolt wasn't ready for Formula 1 lap with Hamilton

Usain Bolt

World’s fastest man Usain Bolt is no stranger to careening down the track at high speeds but even he was taken aback to how fast Formula 1 star Lewis Hamilton does it.

Bolt joined Hamilton for a lap around the track on Sunday as the recently retired athlete joined festivities ahead of the world-renowned race series, which continued with the US Grand Prix.  

”I genuinely was not ready for that,” Bolt told Foxsports.com.

“That was really stressful. He took the traction control off. I thought I was going to die.”

And Hamilton was the first to admit he was eager to show the sprinter a new level of speed    "It was so good. I pushed the car to the max because I wanted to scare him to death,” Hamilton said.  The Brit could claim a fourth world title if things go his way at the Austin, Texas meet.

Sun
22
Oct

MLS Review: Portland top west, Earthquakes reach play-offs

San Jose Earthquakes reached the MLS play-offs as Portland Timbers finished top of the west.

Portland Timbers were crowned Western Conference winners as San Jose Earthquakes claimed a play-off spot in MLS on Sunday.

On Decision Day, the Timbers came from behind to beat Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 and climb to the top of the west.

A second Western Conference success appeared unlikely for the Timbers when they fell behind to a Kendall Waston header just before the half-hour mark.

However, Liam Ridgewell levelled for Caleb Porter's Portland just three minutes later, putting away a rebound to make it 1-1.

Darren Mattocks side-footed in what proved to be the winner in the 48th minute as Portland finished top.

Reigning MLS Cup champions Seattle Sounders finished second, although Clint Dempsey saw red in their 3-0 victory over Colorado Rapids.

Sun
22
Oct

Windies bowling demolition job no surprise - claims Windies coach Estick

Devendra Bishoo

Windies bowling coach Roddy Estwick insists he was not surprised by the sensational effort which restricted hosts Zimbabwe to 159 on Sunday, based on the fact that the bowling unit has put in sensational performances all year.

Led by an impressive 5 for 79 from spinner Devendra Bishoo the Windies restricted Zimbabwe to claim first innings honours after scoring 219 in their turn at the crease.  The spinner, who had struggled to take wickets in different conditions one month ago in England, accounted for the majority of Zimbabwe’s top order and earned the second fourth five-wicket haul of his career.  Pacer Kemar Roach and captain Jason Holder provided solid support after claiming two wickets each.

"Over the last year the bowling department has been functioning well, so I'm not surprised that we were able to bowl them out under our score," Estwick said.

Sun
22
Oct

Let's get ready to rumble! Buffer and Bolt set the stage for US GP

Michael Buffer's voice is hugely familiar to many, but the veteran MC took on a new role at the United States GP.

The Circuit of the Americas played host to a memorable spectacle before Sunday's United States Grand Prix had even begun as Michael Buffer and Usain Bolt contributed to outlandish pre-race scenes in Austin.

Iconic MC Buffer, renowned for introducing boxers to the ring in theatrical fashion, was responsible for presenting the various drivers to the crowd shortly before the race.

As a result, the likes of Fernando Alonso, Max Verstappen, Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton - who can win a fourth world title this weekend - heard their names read out like never before.

Further star quality was then provided by retired athletics superstar Bolt, who was duly responsible for getting the formation lap under way following Buffer's typically flamboyant performance.

Sun
22
Oct

Bishoo snares five as Windies turn tables on Zimbabwe

West Indies dominated day two in Bulawayo, dismissing Zimbabwe for just 159 before building significantly on a first-innings lead of 60.

Zimbabwe were unable to capitalise on their encouraging opening day in Bulawayo as Devendra Bishoo helped West Indies fight back to seize command of the first Test.

On Saturday, a home side strengthened by the returns of Brendan Taylor and Kyle Jarvis restricted the Windies to 219 all out, despite Shai Hope's unbeaten 90, before closing on 19 without loss in reply.

However, Zimbabwe could only muster a paltry total of 159 in reply on day two, losing nine wickets for 68 following a promising start as Bishoo (5-79) took centre stage.

The Windies duly hammered home their advantage in the evening session, an unbroken partnership of 63 between Kraigg Brathwaite (38 not out) and Kyle Hope (32 not out) carrying them to 88-1 and a lead of 148 at stumps.

Sun
22
Oct

‘Bolt was my inspiration during drug ban’ - Gatlin

Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin

Reigning 100m World Champion Justin Gatlin has credited recently retired double world record holder Usain Bolt as an inspiration to return to track and field after serving an extended period out of the sport due to a drug suspension.

The 35-year-old American was banned from the sport for eight years in 2006 after failing a positive test for the second time in his career.  The sprinter saw the term reduced to four years after launching an appeal and returned to the track in 2010.  During that time Bolt, a man he had beaten in the 200m final at the 2005 World Championships, had gone on to become the sport’s new standard bearer after winning two Olympic gold medals, three World Championships titles and two remarkable world records.  Gatlin was watching.

“I respect him as an athlete.  Actually, he has inspired me to come back and be the strongest person I can be on and off the track,” the American told The Post Game.

Sat
21
Oct

Manning Cup Highlights: KC held 1-1 by Calabar

Kingston College come into the Manning Cup quarterfinals with big reputations and a goal inside two minutes against Calabar suggested that reputation preceded them. However, there was to be no more and Calabar pulled one back to make for an interesting round of games on Tuesday. Watch the highlights.

Sat
21
Oct

Manning Cup Highlights: JC beats Bridgeport 2-0

Jamaica College, defending Manning Cup champions have begun the quarter final round of the competition on the right note, comfortably beating a dangerous Bridgeport side. Watch the highlights.

Sat
21
Oct

SSFL Highlights: Fatima decimate rivals CIC

Fatima College and St Mary's College are bitter rivals who hate losing to each other more than anything else. On Saturday Fatima went to St Mary's College where they came away big 5-1 winners. Watch the highlights.

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