Fletcher clobbers Sri Lanka bowling as Windies win World T20 clash

first_imgBANGALORE, India (CMC): Andre Fletcher plundered a career-best unbeaten half-century as West Indies extended their imperious form by beating reigning champions Sri Lanka by seven wickets, in their Group One game of the Twenty20 World Cup here yesterday. For the second time in five days, the Caribbean side produced a successful run chase, this time overhauling a paltry 123 with 10 balls to spare at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. Fletcher, included in the side at the expense of seamer Jerome Taylor and then promoted to the opening spot following a hamstring injury to superstar opener Chris Gayle, unfurled a superb unbeaten 84 off 64 deliveries to underpin the Windies run chase. The right-hander clobbered six fours and five sixes, dominating a 39-run first wicket stand with Johnson Charles (10), before adding a further 55 in an unbroken fourth wicket stand with Andre Russell, whose unbeaten 20 required just eight balls. “After Gayle went out I told (Dwayne) Bravo, there was something about me, I was just feeling very pumped up,” Fletcher told reporters. “When they told me I was going to open I told them I would be positive from ball one.” “I’m very, very happy,” Fletcher added. “I’ve been playing T20 and as soon I get to 50 I’ve been out. I told myself to try and bat as deep as possible and see if those guys can bat around me. I am so happy and proud of myself, people can see that I can bat through. “And I am happy that I can help my team to win. I hope I can continue the good form and also the team continue the good performance.” Left-arm spinner Milinda Siriwardana, who finished with two for 33 from his four overs, knocked over Marlon Samuels (3) and Denesh Ramdin (5) cheaply to create some nervousness for West Indies during the middle overs, but Man-of-the-Match Fletcher and Russell stayed calm to see their side to their second win. West Indies top Group One with four points as the only unbeaten team, while South Africa, Sri Lanka and England all have two points. Sent in, Sri Lanka struggled from the outset and it was left to Thisara Perera, batting at number seven, to rescue the innings with a cameo 40 from 29 deliveries. With his side tottering on 47 for five in the ninth over, he and captain Angelo Mathews, who made 20, propped up the innings in a 44-run, sixth wicket partnership. Mathews, who faced 32 balls and failed to find the boundary once, top-edged a high full toss from medium pacer Dwayne Bravo to wicketkeeper Ramdin in the 17th over and Sri Lanka could only gather 31 runs from the last four overs. The damage, however, was done up front by leg-spinner Samuel Badree, who claimed three for 12, while Bravo finished with two for 20. Left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn went wicketless but conceded just 12 runs from his four overs, to create massive pressure throughout the innings.last_img read more

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200 Staff of Defeated, Ex-Senators Jobless

first_imgThe inauguration of 12 Senators yesterday in the Chambers of the Liberian Senate was colorful and filled with good cheer, but for 200 support staffers of ousted lawmakers, it was a mournful event that formally marked their dismissal.These now jobless staffers of the 10 defeated Senators in last month’s Special Senatorial Elections and three (3) other Senators, who failed to contest, having quitted electorate politics are anxiously vying for positions with the incoming lawmakers.The defeated Senators whose staffers are hoping to be reemployed are Sen. Lahai G. Lansanah (Bomi); Sen. J.S.B. Theodore Momo, Jr. (Gbapolu); Sen. Gbehzohngar M. Findley (Grand Bassa) and Sen. Abel Massaley (Grand Cape Mount). Others are Sen. Sumo G. Kupee (Lofa); Sen. Clarice Jah (Margibi); Sen. John a. Ballout (Maryland); Sen. Joyce Musu Sumo-Freeman (Montserrado); Sen. J. Jonathan Banney (Rivercess) and Sen. Mobutu V. Nyenpan (Sinoe).Also in the hunt for work are the staffs of three Senators who did not contest the Special Senatorial Election namely Senator Cletus Wotorson (Grand Kru); Sen. Frederick Cherue (River Gee) and Sen. Isaac Nyenabo (Grand Gedeh).Each Senator is entitled to 15 staffers while the heads of the eight (8) Statutory Committees are statutorily entitled to a staff of 16. The same goes for the House of Representatives. The Speaker and the President Pro Tempore get at least 20 staffers each.Scores of saddened staffers were seen lingering in their to-be vacated offices looking depressed.  Some later moved into the courtyards and Rotunda of the Capitol Building in the frame of mind to do anything to be reemployed.“Most of us are here not really to help our (former) bosses to pack up; we are here to beg for inclusion,” Mr. Jasper Togbah said.“With the number of family I have, I can even work as a yard girl,” declared Madam Klubo Kerkulah. “I cannot bear it without a job.”The former Chief of Office Staff of out-going Grand Kru County Senator Cletus Wotorson, Mr. Jenkins Pelenah said he was blessed to be reemployed with Senator Dr. Peter Coleman.“We welcome the 12 Senators happily, but it’s painful to see over 200 of the support staffers in the hunt for reemployment,” Mr. Pelenah said. “And presumably, each of the more than 200 staffers, have at least five persons to feed, so it means about 1,000 persons have been added to the scourge of poverty.”“I feel very depressed,” Mr. Joe Saah sobbed. “It was a very depressing evening. I thought I would be included. What will become of us?” he wondered sadly.An expatriate who begged anonymity, said the dismissal of a huge number of people in the society has adverse effects. She stressed that unemployment and poverty are the two major challenges that are facing the world economy at present.Madam Roberts said unemployment leads to financial crisis, as well as underemployment which lie at the core of poverty.However, staffers of Senator Chief Jewel Howard Taylor (Bong) and Senator Prince Y. Johnson (Nimba) were in high spirits and comforted by the reelection of their bosses.It is believed that 95% of the employees of the new Senators will also be newcomers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Five WCup questions Germany must answer

first_img0Shares0000Germany’s midfielder Mesut Ozil reacts during a training session in Vatutinki, near Moscow, on June 13, 2018, ahead of the Russia 2018 World Cup football tournament.VATUTINKI, Russia, June 15 – Holders Germany start their World Cup campaign on Sunday against Mexico in Moscow having won just one of their six friendlies since qualifying for Russia 2018 with a perfect 10 wins.AFP looks at five questions the German team must answer if they are to become the first team for 56 years to successfully defend the World Cup: Can Ozil, Gundogan shake off scandal?Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan, who are German-born to Turkish parents, sparked controversy on the eve of the World Cup by posing for photographs with Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.Gundogan presented Erdogan with a signed shirt “to my president”.The Premier League midfielders were slammed in Germany for being “manipulated” by Erdogan as he canvasses support before snap elections on June 24, a suggestion the Turkish FA found “scandalous”.Gundogan denies the meeting was politically motivated, but Ozil has refused to comment.The pair were booed in Germany’s final two warm-up games in the last fortnight and Gundogan reportedly wept after being jeered after coming on as a substitute in the 2-1 warmup win over Saudi Arabia in Leverkusen last Friday.Ozil, who is likely to start against Mexico, has been told by the boss of the German FA that if he insists on staying silent, he must let his play do the talking.Is Manuel Neuer fit enough?Germany’s captain and first-choice goalkeeper has played just two games since returning from eight months sidelined by a foot fracture.The world-class stopper was a key component in their 2014 triumph, letting in just four goals in their seven games in Brazil.He leaked two goals when Germany’s second-string defence crumbled in their 2-1 defeat to Austria a fortnight ago on his return, but kept a clean sheet in his 45 minutes in the victory over the Saudis.“It’s fascinating to see his fitness and body language so strong after being out for eight months,” said Germany striker Mario Gomez.Can the senior players lead?Germany’s captain in 2014, Philipp Lahm, midfield maestro Bastian Schweinsteiger, defender Per Mertesacker and all-time record World Cup goal-scorer Miroslav Klose have all retired in the last four years.That means senior figures Mats Hummels, Thomas Mueller, Jerome Boateng, Toni Kroos and Sami Kehedira need to step up and impose their experience if things do not go Germany’s way, particularly in the opening match.Kroos criticised the team when they lost 1-0 to Brazil in Berlin last March, but can the Real Madrid star encourage and lead when the pressure is on?Can Werner provide the goals?Timo Werner left Russia last year with the golden boot when an inexperienced Germany squad won the 2017 Confederations Cup and scored three goals on his breakthrough, but this is a big step up for the 22-year-old.Klose retired after Brazil 2014 with the all-time record of 16 goals at World Cup finals and Werner is seen as his heir.With deadly goal predators Mueller and Marco Reus prowling the space behind him, Werner has the team-mates to help him impress, but this is his big test.“I’m hoping for a good World Cup for him and he’s very important for our game, because of his speed, strength and the way he runs,” said head coach Joachim Loew.Can Hummels, Boateng shore up the defence?Bayern’s World Cup winning centre-backs have rarely played together for Germany this season and Loew needs his burly first-choice pairing at their best.Loew often fielded a second-string defence in the six friendlies building up to Russia and central defenders Hummels and Boateng must be rock solid at the back with Neuer as the last line of defence.Hummels has looked sharp in training this week, but Boateng is yet to show his best after a groin injury and their Bayern team-mate Niklas Suele could force his way into contention.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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PATRICK DOES DONEGAL PROUD WITH FOUR MEDALS AT WORLD SPECIAL OLYMPICS

first_imgPatrick with proud dad Mick and Angela O’Donnell McGeePatrick Qunlivan might need a few more dollars to pay for the extra weight in his suitcase on the way home from the World Special Olympics Games in Los Angeles.After all, four medals do weigh a little more in the average suitcase.The  well-known 33-year-old Letterkenny man won bronze medals in the Male Rings, Male Parallel Bars, Male Vault and Male Horizontal Bar. He was also fourth in the male pommel horse and male floor exercise.Patrick, who works in the Aura Leisure Centre in Letterkenny, was in great form and was cheered on by his ever proud dad Mick.A huge welcome now awaits Patrick and the other Donegal athletes when they arrive back in Donegal later this week.   PATRICK DOES DONEGAL PROUD WITH FOUR MEDALS AT WORLD SPECIAL OLYMPICS was last modified: August 2nd, 2015 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)last_img read more

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ODHRÁN MACNIALLAIS: “MCGUINNESS CAN MANAGE CELTIC”

first_imgOdhrán MacNiallais believes former Donegal manager Jim McGuinness can one day manage Celtic FC.Donegal star Odhrán MacNiallais has claimed former Donegal supremo Jim McGuinness can one day manage Celtic FC.McGuinness is currently employed by the Glasgow giants as a performance consultant, since being appointed to the position in November 2012.He worked closely with the club’s youth structure in recent seasons, but following the appointment of Ronnie Delia, McGuinness now works predominantly with the club’s first-team. The success McGuinness had in four-years with Donegal, made him the county’s greatest ever coach, and there are those who believe the charismatic Glenties man has the abilities to be able to manage at a club like Celtic.MacNiallais said, “I don’t see why not, what he’s done to this Donegal team, when you look back to 2010 the state, the position this Donegal team were in, they were down and out and he turned that around completely.“I don’t see why he couldn’t manage Celtic.“Jim brings such a massive psychological side to it. It’s not just his tactics. That would be a big thing to have if you are going to manage a soccer team – you are dealing with a lot of people. “(It’s) probably tougher to deal with professional players than with us. We are just there doing it because we love it but them boys are all getting paid, however, I think it would suit Jim perfectly. He would settle in right away.MacNiallais also paid tribute to his former boss and admitted without his influence he probably wouldn’t have fulfilled his undoubted potential.“What he’s done for me personally is massive. Two or three years ago I was playing U21 for the county but I don’t think I would have had it to go and play senior only for him.“He kind of pushed me on massively. I always had the talent, boys from home would tell me that I had it, but I never kind of pushed myself.“He kind of pushed me on to become a senior footballer and I can’t thank him enough for that. It was massive for me. “It’ll be weird now not having him there but we’ll just have to get on with it. Hopefully he’ll be back.ODHRÁN MACNIALLAIS: “MCGUINNESS CAN MANAGE CELTIC” was last modified: October 23rd, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:donegalGAAJim McGuinnessnewsOdhran Mac NiallaisSportlast_img read more

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Red Bluff’s Sousa gets first place in skiing

first_imgMt. Shasta >> Red Bluff’s Connor Sousa took first place for boys skiing Monday at Mt. Shasta Ski Park, leading the Spartans boys to second overall during the third race of the season.Sousa’s win was backed up by a third place finish from Devon Treat and 9th, 10th, 11th place finishes by Brandon Bronze, Cole Bunting and Ryan Mueller respectively. Logan Carver took 13th out of 22 racers.The boys skiing was won by Mt. Shasta, in third was Shasta and fourth went to Foothill. Mariah Damante came …last_img

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Unlike Canton, Terrell Owens embracing 49ers Hall of Fame invite

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Terrell Owens is going into another Hall of Fame, this one belonging to the 49ers and this time with more graciousness.A year after shunning the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s enshrinement ceremony in Canton, Ohio, Owens is “very grateful” at being elected Wednesday into the Edward J. Debartolo Sr. 49ers Hall of Fame.“That’s where I started my career, so this is only right or fitting because I did great things in the Bay Area,” Owens said on a media conference call that covered …last_img

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Bane-Welker Equipment celebrates 50 years

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Bane-Welker Equipment, LLC is turning a half a century old this August. To mark the occasion, the company is planning many events, sales and offers, as well as introducing a special 50th anniversary commemorative logo which customers will see beginning later this month.“It is hard to believe we are turning 50 years old,” stated Phil Bane, CEO of Bane-Welker Equipment. “I can’t believe it was 50 years ago that my dad, Kenneth Bane, signed a contract that started this journey.”Kenneth Bane started Bane Equipment in 1967 when he answered the local newspaper ad from a representative for the JI Case Co., which was looking for a dealer in Montgomery County. By August of 1967, Kenneth and wife Patricia Bane, had signed the Case contract and the family business was born along with a commitment to superior products and service.“At that time, no one could have imagined that 50 years later, three generations of our family would still be going strong and growing the business like never before,” Bane said. “Dad left us a legacy none of us could’ve imagined.”Kenneth Bane passed away in 1999, but today, his widow Patricia, sons Phil and Jeff, and grandson Jason Bane continue the family business. Bane Equipment became Bane-Welker Equipment in 2013 when Norm Welker brought his expertise to the table. He owned North Central Agri-power and merged with Bane to form Bane-Welker Equipment, LLC.“I knew we would be able to offer our customers the very best if our two companies became one,” Welker said. “It was a no-brainer and our customers have benefitted since.”Through the years, the company has seen many changes, including great advances in technology. BWE has committed to being on the cutting edge of that new information to ensure the success of their customers. Bane-Welker Equipment also remains committed to superior products and service.“We have been through the ups and downs of the economy with our customers; we have felt both happiness and pain with them, and have stayed true to a commitment to be here when they need us,” Bane said. “Our customers are like family to us.  And if they don’t succeed, neither do we. We take great pride in the fact that we have been here so long and we look forward to another 50 years!”Follow Bane-Welker on Facebook or Twitter to stay up to date with everything related to the 50th anniversary.last_img read more

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USDA Hogs and Pigs Report Flash

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By DTN StaffOMAHA (DTN) — United States inventory of all hogs and pigs on March 1, 2019, was 74.3 million head. This was up 2% from March 1, 2018, but down slightly from Dec. 1, 2018, USDA reported on Thursday.Breeding inventory, at 6.35 million head, was up 2% from last year, and up slightly from the previous quarter.Market hog inventory, at 67.9 million head, was up 2% from last year, but down slightly from last quarter.The December-February 2019 pig crop, at 33.0 million head, was up 3% from 2018. Sows farrowing during this period totaled 3.08 million head, up 2% from 2018. The sows farrowed during this quarter represented 49% of the breeding herd. The average pigs saved per litter was a record high of 10.70 for the December-February period, compared to 10.58 last year.“Even though March 1 hog inventory was up from a year ago, total hog numbers slipped slightly from December levels,” said DTN Analyst Rick Kment. “Overall, hogs kept for breeding and marketing increased 2%, focusing on steady growth in all segments of production. This increase in itself is not likely to be a significant market mover, but the extreme volatility already in the complex could cause moderate-to-strong price pressure based on the emotional nature of the market. This could potentially lead to further drops in prices at the end of the month.”To view the full Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report, visit https://www.nass.usda.gov/…201920182019 aspercentof 2018(1,000 head)(1,000 head)(percent)All Hogs March 174,29672,748102Kept for Breeding6,3496,210102Kept for Marketing67,94866,538102WEIGHT BREAKDOWNUnder 50 lbs.21,45620,94210250-119 lbs.18,63918,212102120-179 lbs.15,26814,996102180 lbs. and over12,58512,387102FARROWINGS/INTENTIONS*Dec-Feb3,0843,034102Mar-May*3,1193,100101Jun-Aug*3,1913,200100Winter Pig Crop32,99932,101103(number)(number)(percent)Dec-Feb Pigs per Litter10.7010.58101(AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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FIFA World Cup 2014: Five key players from Nigeria

first_imgEmmanuel Emenike and Victor Moses will be crucial for Nigeria at the World CupPowered by forwards Emmanuel Emenike and Victor Moses, Nigeria won its first African Cup title in nearly two decades last year. The next step is to achieve something at the World Cup.Emenike was one of the African Cup’s top scorers and Moses won the Man of the Match award in the final.Alongside those two, central midfielder John Obi Mikel will likely play a pivotal role in Brazil when the team comes up against Argentina, Bosnia and Iran in Group F.Here are five players to watch:EMMANUEL EMENIKEThe difference between Nigeria with and Nigeria without Emmanuel Emenike is clear.In the latter stages of last year’s African Cup, the Super Eagles powered past Mali 4-1 in the semifinals with him, then sorely missed the injured striker in a tense 1-0 win over Burkina Faso in the final.The 26-year-old Fenerbache forward continued his good form with crucial goals in Nigeria’s World Cup qualifying campaign, scoring twice in Ethiopia for a 2-1 win in the playoffs.VICTOR MOSESStruggling for game time at Liverpool, Victor Moses plays a valuable role for Nigeria.His work out wide or as a second striker was an important factor in the success of Emmanuel Emenike as the pair combined well at the African Cup of Nations.Moses’ lack of action at Liverpool is a cause for concern for Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi, who views the powerful and pacey player as one of his best attacking threats.advertisementJOHN OBI MIKELLike Victor Moses, Jon Obi Mikel’s time on the bench in the Premier League with Chelsea raises worries for his readiness at the World Cup.With Mikel, Nigeria has the stability in central midfield that allows forwards Emmanuel Emenike and Victor Moses, and midfielders like Ahmed Musa and Sunday Mba, create and score goals.Still only 26, Mikel is one of Nigeria’s most experienced players.SUNDAY MBAFew players had a more successful African Cup than Sunday Mba, the attacking midfielder with a hard shot whose stunning long-range goal gave Nigeria a 2-1 win over favored Ivory Coast in the quarterfinals.Mba also scored the winner in the final with a goal worthy of winning a title. He controlled a bouncing ball, clipped it over a defender and volleyed into the net.His breakthrough tournament earned him a European contract.EFE AMBROSEA right back or central defender, Efe Ambrose gives Nigeria an extra attacking outlet on the right flank as well as defensive solidity in times of trouble.Ambrose was also a regular in the African Cup of Nations-winning team and has Champions League experience with Scottish club Celtic.last_img read more

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