LONDON (AP):Arsenal manager ArsÈne Wenger says midfielder Jack Wilshere has fractured his left fibula and will face “a few weeks out”.Wilshere sustained the injury after a training-ground collision last week, but the extent of the damage was only revealed yesterday.Wenger said: “I had a bad surprise because it is a hairline crack in his fibula … there is minimal damage apart from bone damage.”The 23-year-old Wilshere, an England international, has had frequent injury problems throughout his career.He missed five months oflast season after surgery on a left ankle injury sustained against Manchester United in November.
NAGPUR, India (AP): New Zealand’s spinners inflicted a shock 47-run defeat on tournament favourites India in the first game of the Super 10 stage at the ICC World Twenty20 yesterday. Left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner grabbed 4-11, leg-spinner Ish Sodhi took 3-18 and off-spinner Nathan McCullum added 2-15 on a helpful pitch as India were bowled out for 79 in 18.1 overs. New Zealand had earlier reached 126-7 in the Group Two match. Captain Kane Williamson’s decision to go in with three spinners paid off as India, which came into the tournament with 10 wins in 11 previous T20 games, failed to come to terms with the slow pitch. New Zealand have now beaten India in all five T20 games between the two teams, including two times at the World Twenty20. India had beaten South Africa inside three days in a Test here last year, but the turn on offer this time proved detrimental. Sodhi struck first ball as the in-form Virat Kohli (23) edged one to the wicketkeeper, at which stage India were 39-5. Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni tried to rally his team, but his knock of 30 was of little use. “It was a low-scoring wicket,” Dhoni said. “I thought we restricted them to a good total, but the batting let us down. The shot selection kept putting pressure on the batsmen coming in. “They bowled well and exploited the conditions, but we lacked adaptability. We could have applied ourselves more.” Earlier, India restricted New Zealand to a moderate total with left-hander Corey Anderson holding the innings together. He scored 34 before being dismissed by pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah while trying to scoop the ball towards fine leg. Luke Ronchi got an unbeaten 21 off 11 balls down the order. “It was a tough surface,” Williamson said. “Any score was going to be tough here, but we would have liked to have a few more. We went in with this bowling attack after we had a look at the conditions.”
WITH last year’s winners eliminated, a new champion is set to be crowned as the semi-finals for both the League and Knockout competitions in the 2015-16 Bull Investment Limited-Cable Pro Data Services-sponsored Golden League football competition will be played today at the National Water Commission playing field, Mona.At 3:30 p.m., Harbour View will tackle Kush and Park Rovers will face Nautica in the knockout competition, and at 5 p.m., Kings will play Real Mona and Santos battle Dunn’s All Stars in the league.This competition is for players over 45 years and a few former national players will be competing. The Jermaine Johnson-coached Harbour View will be looking to Ian McNaughton, Neil Stewart, Paul Aiken, Donovan Green and Corey Rowe to get them in the final, while Kush will be looking to player-coach Vincent McGowan, Lance Craig, Mario Hackett, Omar McDermott and Lennox Broderick.Park Rovers, who were the league champions for 2014 and 2015, will be trying to win their first knockout title and will be looking to Woodrow Coleman, Garfield Cooke, Jerome Wilson, Jeffrey James and Donald Broderick. Nautica will look to player-coach Lenworth ‘Teacher’ Hyde, Donovan Lofters, Patrick Williams, Devon Hardware, and Barrington Washington.Santos are favourites to win their fourth Golden League title as they are the only unbeaten team in the competition. All four semi-finalists are from the same preliminary zone, which Santos won by 10 points. Their defence is very mean and has only conceded one goal in 13 matches this season.Coach Lyndon Dawes is expecting them to go all the way and will look to Trevor ‘TC’ Campbell, Bryan Leon, Joseph Henry, Jeffrey Dillion, Clint Reid, and Ian Burnett for victory.Dunn’s All Stars is the only team to defeat Santos as they stopped them 2-0 in the knockout competition in January.However, Santos returned the favour, winning 1-0 in the league’s preliminary round.CONFIDENTCOACHCoach Norris Grant is confident Dunn’s will win again and is looking to former Arnett Gardens striker Denton Shedden, Michael McQueen, Delroy Dixon, Raymond Williams, and Steve Dunn.The other semi-final will see Kings playing Real Mona. Kings’ player-coach David Williams will be looking to Nicholas Ziadie, Gary Peryer, Robert Murray, and Chris Denny, while the Ian Bond-coached Real Mona will look to Christopher Williams, Roger Bishop, Crafton Walker, Chris Green, and the prolific Mark Miller, who still plays for the Jamaica Defence Force in the KSAFA Major League football competition.
ASSESSMENTS ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (CMC): Manager of the West Indies team on tour of the United Arab Emirates, Joel Garner, has strongly rejected as “misleading” claims of disorganisation in the regional side from veteran all-rounder Dwayne Bravo. Garner released a statement on Monday saying the team management is “disappointed but not surprised” by Bravo’s comments during an interview on i95.5 FM in Trinidad. The charges and countercharges between Bravo and Garner came on the heels of ordinary performances by West Indies, which have resulted in them losing all five limited-overs games played so far against Pakistan. “The management of the West Indies team in Dubai is disappointed but not surprised by the comments made in the press by Dwayne Bravo,” the statement said. “Mr Bravo, with prior permission, by the former head coach, turned up on the day before the first Twenty20 match. His suggestion of disorganisation in the team’s plans and preparation is, therefore, false and misleading.” Apart from suffering a whitewash in the three-match T20 series, West Indies have already lost two of the three one-day international (ODI) matches and are in danger of losing the final one today. “I was there in Dubai and basically, players were lost, the management team looked lost … we were looking like school kids again,” Bravo had said. “The team meetings had no sort of positive input or anything like that. It was like we were just there.” But Garner, the former West Indies pacer, said the team was “well prepared” to play Pakistan. He said part of the preparation included a session on September 10 and 11 in Barbados for physical screening and fitness assessments. Garner also pointed to a seven-day build-up to the first T20 match against Pakistan, which included a warm-up match. “This team was well prepared to engage Pakistan considering the conditions and the adjustments that were necessary to bring meaningful benefits to this team. While change is difficult to manage, none of the players were neglected by the coaching and support staff in the execution of their duties,” said Garner. “The team’s preparation consisted of acclimatisation, recovery sessions, strength and conditioning, nets and skill sets, and management-planning meeting, which were supported by video footage of the opposition, bullet point reminders and input from our experienced coaching staff and inclusive of the T20 and ODI captains and the players.” Bravo also pointed out that the West Indies Cricket Board’s decision to sack head coach Phil Simmons on the day of the squad’s departure for Dubai had left the Caribbean side demoralised. But Garner did not react to those comments.
Buchanan’s strike condemned St George’s College to only their third loss at Winchester Park since 2007. A fired-up Buchanan, who was one of the former champions’ standout performers on the day and also this season, due to his powerful dribbling skills and ability to play on both sides of the field, said he was anticipating a good performance against the St George’s team. “Well, it’s a great feeling scoring against St George’s College. Anytime scoring against STGC, it’s a great feeling. I am very happy,” Buchanan added. Excelsior High will welcome Tivoli Gardens today in a game that should bring a comfortable win for Buchanan and his teammates. THIRD LOSS Influential Excelsior High school footballer Thorne Buchanan says he is ready to lead his Mountain View-based outfit to success in this season’s ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup competition after another solid outing in his last game. The skillful attacking player scored a clever 17th-minute penalty strike against many-time champions St George’s College in a spirited contest, which saw his school slide one point ahead of the ‘light blues’ in the race for group honours. The result was an important one in what seems destined to be a hard-fought Group A, with the teams scheduled to replay a match, which was called off on September 20, due to the sudden death of Dominic James – St George’s former captain. Buchanan described the win as a special one and said that he was also looking forward to their next coming together. “Yes, playing George’s again, hard work again, next victory. We are looking forward to it. I am motivated for this game, especially,” Buchanan stressed. “This can be a big year for me. I just need to continue putting in the work and performing. I am looking forward to scoring at least 12 goals, but I am heading for more,” he told The Gleaner in reference to what was his fifth goal of the season, last week.
National netballer Nicole Aiken-Pinnock says that she is suffering from fatigue because of inactivity after her Clarendon Gators’ 55-22 loss to the St Catherine Racers in the Berger Elite Netball League at the Leila Robinson Courts on Saturday night.Aiken-Pinnock played at goal defence during the game and says that she is not yet where she needs to be physically.”I haven’t played netball in a very long while, from Fast5 (Netball World Series), I actually just started back my personal training this week so it’s gonna take a lot of work to get me back to fitness.”Aiken-Pinnock says that she hopes she can quickly get back to where she needs to be physically, in order to gel, as she describes it, with her teammates.MORE PRACTICE NEEDED”We need more practice time together,” she says. “We just have to work on some strategies and some techniques that can help us to win games.”The Gators, who are the defending champions, have lost both their matches played to date and Aiken-Pinnock says that the team’s performance is not acceptable for the Elite league.”For an attacking team, we have to get it together and we have to shoot,” she says. “At the end of the day, goals win matches and not just defensive work. We have to get the movement correct, we have to get the passes correct, and we just have to keep working at it and I’m sure that if we work on it, we’ll get it right.”Saturday’s fixtures also saw National Under-21 player Simone Gordon score twenty eight of thirty five goal attempts as the Under-21 Suns beat the Under-21 Shiners 45-36 to get their first win of the season.Former national player Simone Forbes registered twenty one of 29 attempts as the St Ann Orchids kept their 100 percent record going, with a 43-35 win over the Kingston [email protected]
CHANGE THE STRUCTURE Three Hills Club were the toast of the St Mary cricket fraternity when they claimed the championship trophy at the Maurice Clarke 20/20 Big Bash awards ceremony held at the Port Maria Police Station on Thursday. Jack’s River were the runners-up. Richard Francis, the Three Hills star batsman, who cracked a memorable century in the final, was also named the competition’s Most Valuable Player, while the Most Disciplined Team Award went to the Beaches-Sandals aggregation. Guest speaker at the awards, Jamaica Cricket Board president Billy Heaven, called on the parish associations to change the way they managed cricket in their areas, urging them to develop a more businesslike and professional approach to the sport. “We need to change the mindset in all the associations and parishes,” Heaven noted. “And to this end my association will be looking at the structures and enhancing them.” He added that the JCA was set to change the structure of the local top league, the Senior Cup, in order for Jamaica to be competitive at the regional level and produce players for West Indies and international duties. The JCA president announced plans for the formation of a 6-team Super League made up of the top teams across the island, with a view to having the best players competing against each other. He, however, pointed out that the senior Cup would still be maintained to allow exposure to a large number of players. Also speaking at the event was Leston Pinnock, president of the St Mary Cricket Association who spoke of the growth of the sport in the parishes and the number of competitions taking place. He also used the occasion to launch the 2017 Big Bash which begins on Sunday, February 19, at Days Mountain. In the opening match Oxford will oppose Trinity Land at 9:30 a.m. while Wilderness and Days Mountain clash in the feature. The 2017 Big Bash competition is sponsored by Costley Construction, LP Martin Funeral Supplies, Braham’s Texaco, Scotiabank, Total Tools and Beaches Ocho Rios.
View comments WATCH: Runner finishes race while accidentally flashing genitalsWhat to do post-run to maximize your resultsSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next #atletical’azzurro Eyob Fanielconquista la #Venicemarathonin 2h12:16#record personale miglioratodi oltre tre minuti pic.twitter.com/mXF47Uo2qx— Atletica Italiana (@atleticaitalia) October 22, 2017His coach Ruggero Pertile said they aim to make him qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games. He just has to make sure that Gebrehiwet is on the right track. JBRELATED STORIES:ADVERTISEMENT Austria mum on reported SMB-Kia trade Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set 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 Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson INQUIRER.net stock photoMuch has been said about there being no one road to success.But in the case of the Venice Marathon, there is only one route to the finish line — and a group of runners went the wrong way, reports the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ An Italian of Eritrean origin, Eyob Gebrehiwet, capitalized on this blunder and finished in 2:12:16, beating his personal best by over three minutes.The lead pack of elite runners followed a motorcycle that took a wrong turn 25 kilometers into the race. This led them to be delayed despite having a one-minute lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogRunner-up Muhammed Mussa followed two minutes after Gebrehiwet’s bizarre win.This is only the Italian’s second marathon; his first was in Florence. Injuries had prevented him from joining the Venice race in 2015 and 2016. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set
MOST READ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny View comments Sumgong has also won the Rotterdam and Las Vegas Marathons and finished runner-up in the Boston, Chicago and New York races.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The panel ruling on her case said the 32-year-old Sumgong’s hospital story was “inconsistent at best.”“We might go so far as to state that the athlete’s attempt to explain how the substance entered her bodybordered on an attempt to deceive the panel,” the ruling said.Sumgong became the first Kenyan woman to win Olympic gold in the marathon when she triumphed at last year’s Rio de Janeiro Games. She failed an out-of-competition test on Feb. 28 and was banned for four years fromApril 3, the date her provisional suspension was announced.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogIt makes her ineligible for the 2019 world championships and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Sumgong is the highest-profile athlete on a long list of Kenyans to be banned for doping in recent years.Her case follows that of Rita Jeptoo, who was the top women’s marathon runner in the world when she also tested positive for EPO in an out-of-competition test in Kenya in 2014. Jeptoo also received a four-year ban. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ FILE – This is a Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016 file photo of Kenya’s Jemima Sumgong as she celebrates winning the women’s marathon during the Summer Olympics athletics event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong of Kenya on Tuesday Nov. 7, 2017 was banned four years for using the banned blood-booster EPO. Sumgong’s ban was announced by the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya. The agency ruled her ineligible from April 3 this year. The gold medalist at the Rio de Janeiro Games failed an out-of-competition doping test on Feb. 28. (Johannes Eisele/Pool Photo via AP)Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong was banned for four years after a doping tribunal rejected her explanation that blood-boosting hormone EPO was in her system from being treated at a hospital in Kenya days before her failed test.The tribunal found no legitimate record of the hospital visit and treatment for an ectopic pregnancy claimed by Sumgong, it said Tuesday in a decision released by the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next PLAY LIST 01:24Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Here come the Lions Sumgong waived her right to have her backup “B” sample tested and said she had taken EPO unintentionally after visiting Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi six days before her doping test to be treated for an ectopic pregnancy. She claimed she was suffering from severe abdominal pain and was given a blood transfusion and unidentified medication by an unnamed doctor.The Olympic champion couldn’t provide the name of the doctor who supposedly treated her or reliable documents showing she was admitted to the hospital, the tribunal said. It said documents she provided were denounced as fake by the hospital.The hospital visit was not disclosed by Sumgong at the time of the doping test. She said that was because of the “taboo” surrounding ectopic pregnancies and she wanted to hide it from her husband, who is also her manager.The only record the hospital had of a visit by Sumgong was in April, when she inquired about treatment for ectopic pregnancies.The Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya said it believed Sumgong was taking EPO ahead of the defense of her London Marathon title in April.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set
“It could be a disadvantage that we may be out of our rhythm because of the long gap, but we’re looking at it as our chance to rest and prepare well for Rain or Shine,” he said.Thompson also isn’t putting too much on the Gin Kings’ failure to live up to everyone’s expectations as one of this conference’s top contenders.“Everyone has their opinion on the teams. They might think that we’re contenders, but for us, every team can contend. We don’t think that we’re higher than them. All we want is to work hard and make it to the quarterfinals,” he said.“Again, we have our eyes set on Rain or Shine. Our target is to make it to the top six so that we’ll be in a best-of-three series.”ADVERTISEMENT Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “We really needed this game. This would have assured us in the playoffs, but because of what happened, we need to work harder in our next game,” he said in Filipino.The do-it-all guard gave his all as always, and his efforts were mirrored in the stat sheets with 17 points, 13 rebounds, and five assists.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 folkDespite his gaudy numbers, Thompson couldn’t get his mind off of his missed floater which would have swung the lead back to the crowd favorites in the final 20 seconds of the game.Still, the Digos City native would rather keep his eye on the positives with Ginebra, at 5-5, has the luxury of rest before going plunging back into action Rain or Shine for its final assignment on March 2. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Caram provides spark to revive Bolts’ playoff bid GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA IMAGESBOCAUE — Scottie Thompson would have wanted Ginebra to have formalized its entry to the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals with a victory over Meralco at the cavernous Philippine Arena on Sunday.Instead, the Bolts claimed the rematch of last year’s finals, 84-82, to stay alive in the playoff race and complicate matters for the Gin Kings.ADVERTISEMENT 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 LATEST STORIES UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano View comments