POTCHEFSTROOM, South Africa (AP):Martin Guptill’s unbeaten century led New Zealand to an easy eight-wicket win over South Africa yesterday to level their one-day international series 1-1.Guptill was 103 not out as New Zealand cruised to 207-2 in 44.3 overs after bowling South Africa out for 204 at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom.Doug Bracewell earlier took one-day international (ODI) career-best figures of 3-31 for New Zealand to help restrict the South Africans. He was backed up by fellow seamer Adam Milne, who collected 2-39.Guptill then clobbered nine fours and three sixes for a ninth ODI hundred, sharing an opening stand of 126 with Tom Latham, who made 64.Despite the loss of captain Kane Williamson soon after Latham went, George Worker, on his ODI debut, made 20 not out to help see New Zealand home alongside Guptill.The Black Caps’ big win sends the series to a deciding game in Durban next week and continues the see-saw nature of their limited-overs tour. The teams drew the Twenty20 series 1-1, with South Africa taking the first game and New Zealand coming back to win the second.On his recall after missing out on the first one-dayer, Bracewell removed Rilee Rossouw, big-hitting David Miller and top-scorer Farhaan Behardien for his three wickets.Behardien made 70 for South Africa, with tail-ender Vernon Philander providing some support with his 30 not out.Already struggling at 188-7 when Behardien went, South Africa lost their last three batsmen to run outs, with Dale Steyn going in bizarre fashion as he got his bat stuck in the pitch and dropped it as he reached out to make his ground.While the South African batsmen struggled on the slow pitch, Guptill made it look easy to bat through the innings.
Hector was born in London, but qualifies to represent Jamaica through his father, whose family hails from Kingston. The East Ham-born player has been described as a boyhood Chelsea fan and tweeted late yesterday, “can’t believe today”. Hector made 49 appearances in all competitions for Reading last season, while scoring three goals, in what was a breakout season. He was called up for Jamaica’s Copa America campaign and started all three matches against Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. Hector also featured in Jamaica’s successful run in the CONCACAF Gold Cup in July, when the country became the first Caribbean side to reach the final, before losing to Mexico. breakout season LONDON, England (CMC): English Premier League mega club Chelsea have completed the signing of Jamaica international defender Michael Hector for £4,000,000. The 23-year-old, who represents Reading in the League Championship, made his international debut three months ago and has since has been capped six times by the Reggae Boyz. Hector underwent a medical at Chelsea’s Cobham Training Centre yesterday before signing off on the contract hours before the 6 p.m. (1 p.m. Eastern Caribbean time) transfer deadline. The player, however, will remain at Reading on loan for the remainder of the season. “Chelsea Football Club have today completed the signing of Michael Hector from Reading,” Chelsea confirmed on their website. “The 23-year-old centre-back, who has signed a five-year-contract, will return to Reading and spend the remainder of this season on loan at the Madejski Stadium.”
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Yesterday’s results Western Bureau: Champions Clarendon College kept their unbeaten streak alive but dropped points in a 0-0 draw with Edwin Allen High in yesterday’s Group H game in the 2015 ISSA/Flow daCosta Cup. The result was surprising as it was felt another lopsided victory was on the cards for the champions, but Edwin Allen played a stubborn defensive game to leave with a point. Clarendon still lead the group with 14 points, while Lennon are next on 10. They still need a point to secure group honours and a place in the inter-zone round of the competition. But the feature game was the Group B clash between Rusea’s and Green Island, where national age-group representative Deshane Beckford was at his imperious best for the ‘Russians’, who came away with a deserved 3-0 win. Beckford was on target in the 40th and 79th minutes with the other goal coming from Kristoff Young in the 70th minute. It was win number four from as many matches for Rusea’s and coach Aaron Lawrence, who hailed the quality of his team. “It was a pleasing victory. I thought we executed the game to perfection as we knew Green Island would come at us hard in the first half, which they did, but true quality shone through,” said Lawrence. The brace was Beckford’s ninth goal so far, and he told The Gleaner there was plenty more to come. “I clearly want more goals. The more I score, the more the team benefits, so I am happy. (In) today’s game, we played really well, in particular, in the second half, and it showed in the scoreline,” stated Beckford. Rusea’s 3 Green Island 0 Edwin Allen 0 Clarendon College 0 Spalding 2 Alston 2 Kellits 1 Thompson Town 1 Green Pond 0 Cornwall College 5 Knox 1 Christiana 1 Port Antonio 0 Fair Prospect 1 Holmwood 3 Bellefield 0 Happy Grove 1 Titchfield 2
Andy Murray will leave the Australian Open early if his wife goes into labour prematurely.Kim Sears isn’t expecting until mid-February, but Murray told the Daily Mail newspaper that he’s prepared to withdraw from the first major of the year if she goes into labour early.”I’d go home. For sure, yes,” Murray said in yesterday’s edition. “I want to make sure at the beginning I am there as much as I can be to try and help out, just be there for whatever is really required of me.”The Australian Open, where Murray has reached the final four times but never won, runs from January 18-31.Regardless of his result, Murray said he’s taking off all of February and won’t play again until the first round of the Davis Cup in early March at home against Japan. Britain will be defending the trophy that Murray led them to last month.The second-ranked Murray said he is looking forward to becoming a father.”I am excited about that,” he said. “People have asked me, ‘Do you think it will be a distraction?’ It might be a distraction, but it’s a good distraction.”It’s actually not good to all the time be just concentrating on tennis and your training all of the time. It is important … when you finish on the practice court, be able to just go away and be with your friends and your family.”Murray also reunited with coach Amelie Mauresmo and her first child Aaron in Dubai this week. Mauresmo gave birth in August and Murray hadn’t seen her since Wimbledon in July.”I really enjoy working with her,” he said. “The last six months not seeing her, it’s just nice to have her back as part of the team, and get that continuity going again.”
Jamaica were whipped 9-3 by Guadeloupe in their opening match of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Futsal championship at the Sala Polivalente Kid Chocolate Complex in Cuba on Friday evening.The eight-team tourney will see the top three teams advancing to the CONCACAF championship scheduled for March 8-15 in Costa Rica.Jamaica were scheduled to close the preliminary stage against hosts Cuba last night. The Jamaica team is under the guidance of former Reggae Boy and national senior coach Theodore Whitmore.Other results from Friday: Trinidad and Tobago 7 Antigua and Barbuda 1; Curacao 5 Guyana 2; Cuba 5 St Maarten 0.
MOST READ BaliPure sweeps Pocari Sweat for first PVL crown Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) “There are some glitches here and there, we are taking care of that now,” Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin told reporters, adding that overall the picture was “so far so good”.Khairy, who himself will compete in polo at the multi-sport event, earlier offered assurances that all venues for the August 19-30 games would be ready on time despite the problems, the Malay Mail reported. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Events taking place at the convention centre include judo, karate, taekwondo and snooker.Large crowds flocked to watch the Malaysia-Brunei game Monday, which Malaysia won 2-1, but some fans with tickets could get in, with media reports blaming poor organization. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Hosts Malaysia won the first gold of the games Wednesday in sepak takraw, a sport native to Southeast Asia that combines elements of football and volleyball. They beat the Philippines and Brunei in the “chinlone” category of the sport to win.Malaysia is targeting 111 gold medals at the SEA Games, which brings together thousands of athletes from across the region.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Thailand’s Chaiyawat Buran (L) fights for the ball with Indonesia’s Gavin Kwan during their men’s football Group B round match of the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) at Shah Alam Stadium, outside Kuala Lumpur on August 15, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Manan VATSYAYANAMalaysia’s sports minister admitted Wednesday there were “glitches” with preparations for the Southeast Asian Games after a report said a key venue was not ready and fans had trouble getting into a football game.The Malay Mail Online reported that the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre needed a lot of work as it was only handed over to organizers two days ago, while spectators faced problems getting into Monday’s Malaysia-Brunei match.ADVERTISEMENT Teen gunned down in Masbate 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View comments Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’
SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 MOST READ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Amer’s shot, however, wasn’t his to take as the play was originally designed for Allen Durham to try to get two points in the interior after Black called the timeout with 1:32 remaining.Durham, though, was hounded inside and he found the open Amer who had no defender within five of him.And Amer was ready to bail out Meralco in whatever way he can.“When I entered the floor off the timeout, coach Jimmy [Alapag] and coach Ronnie [Magsanoc] told me to just shoot it if I find myself open, and it just happened,” said Amer.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBaser Amer walked into Smart Araneta Coliseum Friday carrying a proverbial blank sheet.His 0-of-6 shooting night in Game 3 was a thorn in his side and he knew he had to start making his attempts if he hoped to help Meralco tie the series at 2-2.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Durham proud of ‘game-changer’ Hugnatan, Amer He ended up contributing 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting to help the Bolts take an 85-83 win against Ginebra in Game 4 of the PBA Governors’ Cup finals.“The coaches are there, my teammates are there to help me,” said Amer in Filipino. “They were there for me the last three games and they’re always motivating me to help bring back my game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogAnd of Amer’s 11 points, none was bigger than the three he put up with 1:18 remaining in the game that gave Meralco an 81-80 lead, a shot head coach Norman Black essentially called as the “game-winner.”“That was a big shot by Baser from the corner, actually you can say that was the game-winner,” said Black. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny
MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Canaleta hit 19 of his team-high 25 points in the final two frames and the Bolts finished with just enough spunk to hold off the Elite, who led by as many as 12 points early in the second only to sputter in the third.“I think we have a better team, but it’s not playoff or bust for us [in this conference],” said Black, who was without veteran Ranidel de Ocampo and do-it-all forward Cliff Hodge.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 folk“This is a good start for us, and it’s nice to get off to a good start [in this conference],” Black went on. “But we have [defending champion] San Miguel [Beer] next, and that will be a big challenge.”Meralco won a total of just four games in the last two Philippine Cups. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals With a better team than what it had the previous two years, Meralco forged its finest Philippine Cup start under Norman Black—but the multititled coach isn’t about to pressure his boys into achieving what they have failed to since 2016.New acquisition KG Canaleta rifled five straight points when the game was on the line in the dying minutes and helped preserve a 103-98 win over Blackwater Friday night, as Meralco, aside from missing the playoffs here the last two seasons, finally won its tournament opener.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew But after trading for De Ocampo and signing free agents Canaleta, Jason Ballesteros, Mac Baracael and Nico Salva, the Bolts look more formidable this time.In the second game, Rain or Shine held off TNT KaTropa, 82-79.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Eligibility questioned, Mbala takes talents to Mexico OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments
Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Serena Williams clenches her fist while playing Zarina Diyas during the first round of the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament in Indian Wells, Calif., Thursday, March 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Crystal Chatham)INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Walking on court for the first match of her latest comeback, Serena Williams allowed herself a rare smile. This time, tennis is different for the 23-time major winner.What didn’t change is Williams winning.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Williams has been away since winning the 2017 Australian Open early in her pregnancy. She gave birth to Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. six months ago.Williams is playing at Indian Wells under a protected ranking of 22nd. She hasn’t been unseeded at a tournament since 2011 in Cincinnati.“I’m playing with nothing to lose, I only can gain,” she said. “For me, it’s a real joy to be out here.”The half-full stadium warmly greeted Williams, with many fans giving her a standing ovation as she entered.Williams served a love game capped by a 100-mph ace in her first service game. She had break points in the first and fifth games but couldn’t convert. She started hitting harder and her familiar grunting returned when she tied the set 5-all.ADVERTISEMENT Diyas and Williams traded service breaks early in the second set. Williams then broke her opponent again en route to winning the final five games in front of the half-full stadium. She smiled as she walked to the net, and her family gave her a standing ovation.“It definitely wasn’t easy,” Williams said on court. “We always have a couple tight sets. It was good. I’m a little rusty, but it doesn’t matter. I’m just out here on this journey and doing the best I can.”Also in Williams’ box were her mother Oracene, sisters Lyndrea and Isha, her agent, and her coach Patrick Mouratoglou. Older sister Venus watched from a balcony seat in an upper-level box on a 68-degree night in the Southern California desert.Ohanian bought four billboards along Interstate 10 outside Palm Springs in tribute to his wife. The fourth billboard shows a photo of Williams and their daughter with the phrase “G.M.O.A.T” — greatest mother of all time — and is signed by Alexis Sr. and Jr.Now she’s traveling the tour with her baby and sometimes her husband, when he isn’t off working.“I’ve never done this before,” she said. “I know I’ll make mistakes and I’m OK with that.”Williams’ only competitive appearances since the birth came in December at an exhibition in Abu Dhabi, a Fed Cup doubles match with sister Venus last month and an exhibition in New York on Monday.Another new mother, Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, won her first-round match over Heather Watson 6-4, 6-2.The two-time winner of the desert tournament needed a wild card to get in because she has been off the tour since Wimbledon. Azarenka, who gave birth to son Leo in December 2016, has been in a custody fight that limited her travel.In other first-round matches, CiCi Bellis overpowered qualifier Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-0, 6-3. View comments 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 Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano The 18-year-old American, who spurned a full scholarship from Stanford to turn pro last August, had her serve broken just once by the Spaniard in the 65-minute match. Bellis earned a second-round matchup with defending champion Elena Vesnina of Russia.Bellis led five Americans into the second round. She was joined by wild card Danielle Collins and Jennifer Brady, who both got stretched to three sets. Taylor Fritz needed three sets to advance in the men’s draw as did Mitchell Krueger and Jared Donaldson.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson She beat Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan 7-5, 6-3 in the first round of the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday night after a 14-month layoff for the birth of her first daughter.“I almost cried before the match,” Williams said. “I texted Alexis, I was like, is it normal that I want to cry? I really missed her, but playing at night really helped because I know she goes to bed and she goes to sleep. I can’t like play with her right now.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkWith new husband and Reddit co-found Alexis Ohanian looking on, Williams played from behind until breaking Diyas in the 11th game of the first set. Diyas netted a forehand and Williams yelled, “Come on!” as the crowd cheered.“Right now, for this particular tournament, I’m really just trying to take it easy and not put so much pressure or stress or expectation on myself,” she said. “I feel like it’s one of the few times I’ve been able to do that.” Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Ayo gets key pieces as Cansino stays, NCAA Jrs stars join UST GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew