Arsenal are bidding to become the first team since Blackburn in 1884-86 to win the FA Cup in three straight years, and to extend its record-setting haul of FA Cup titles to 13. With his team having its best chance in years to win the Premier League, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger must decide whether to rotate his squad. Wenger said Thursday that Alexis Sanchez is not yet ready to return from a hamstring injury, but midfielder Mikel Arteta is available. Liverpool are in the middle of a gruelling schedule – it will be the team’s sixth game in 19 days – that is taking its toll on the squad. Manager Jurgen Klopp is without a senior centre back for the match, as Mamadou Sakho, Dejan Lovren, Martin Skrtel and Kolo Toure are all hurt, while attackers Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho are also injured. The match comes three days after a League Cup semi-final match at Stoke, and five days before a Premier League game against first-place Arsenal. Klopp could even make 11 changes to the team. “It will be a team that hasn’t played too often together,” Klopp said. “If this is a chance for Exeter, then they have to take it.” This will all be music to the ears of Exeter’s players, whose team is 16th in the 24-team League Two – a gap of 76 places to Liverpool in the English ladder. The last time Exeter reached this stage was in 2005, when they took Manchester United to a replay after a goalless draw at Old Trafford. MANCHESTER, England (AP): It’s a match that has all the ingredients of a classic FA Cup upset. An injury-hit, inconsistent and potentially jaded Premier League heavyweight making a 500-mile round trip to a team in the lower reaches of the fourth tier with a small ground, poor field, and a recent history of shocking a top side. Exeter’s home game against Liverpool today is the pick of the games in the third round of the FA Cup, when the giants of the Premier League join the teams from the lower leagues and non-league in the world’s oldest club knockout competition. As always, the search is on for a huge shock on one of the most exciting weekends in the English calendar and it could come at the 8,500-capacity St James’ Park, which – located in the south-west corner of England – is one of the most remote grounds in the country. THREE-PEAT GRUELLING SCHEDULE
The victory was a welcome boost for Scorpions following their disappointing defeat to title-holders Trinidad and Tobago Red Force on Thursday, while ICC Americas slid to their second straight defeat, on the heels of their opening-round loss to Barbados Pride. The right-handed McCarthy held the Scorpions’ innings together after it threatened to stall at 61 for three in the 16th over when they lost captain John Campbell (3), fellow opener Trevon Griffith (15) and Devon Thomas (19) cheaply. He counted 11 fours and four sixes and shared a 105-run fourth-wicket stand with Lambert, whose 28 came from 51 balls and included two fours. McCarthy added a further 49 for the sixth wicket with Aldaine Thomas (15), before he was seventh out via the run-out route. In reply, ICC Americas lost captain Ruvindu Gunasekara to the first ball of the innings, but climbed back into the contest through a 42-run stand between Kumar and Steven Taylor (12). Once the stand was broken, however, the last nine Americas wickets tumbled for 34 runs as Jacobs scythed through the innings. AT QUEEN’S PARK OVAL: Trinidad and Tobago Red Force beat Barbados Pride by nine wickets. Scores: Barbados Pride 161 all out off 49.3 overs (Roston Chase 50; Jon Ross Jagessar 3-24). T&T Red Force 163 for one off 35.5 overs (Kjorn Ottley 80 not out, Kyle Hope 70 not out). WELCOME BOOST ST AUGUSTINE, Trinidad (CMC): Andre McCarthy struck his maiden regional one-day hundred and leg-spinner Damien Jacobs claimed a five-wicket haul as Jamaica Scorpions rebounded from their opening-round loss to crush ICC Americas by 184 runs here yesterday. Playing at the Frank Worrell Memorial Ground at the UWI Sport & Physical Education Centre, Scorpions piled up 260 for eight off their 50 overs, with the 28-year-old McCarthy hammering 118 from 119 deliveries. The only other frontline batsman to make it past 20, however, was former captain Tamar Lambert with 28, while Sheldon Cottrell chipped in with a cameo 29 batting at number seven. Fastman Jeremy Gordon was the best bowler with three for 32, while Muhammad Khan claimed two for 63. In their turn at the crease, the Americas never posed a serious challenge and slumped to 76 all out off 26.4 overs. Nitish Kumar top-scored with 42, but was the only batsman to pass 15, and only one of two to reach double figures, as Jacobs destroyed the innings with five for 22. Fast bowler Nicholas Gordon picked up two for 17.
Cottrell’s all-round heroics help Scorpions sting PridePORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Tail-ender Sheldon Cottrell smashed a brace of sixes at the death as Jamaica Scorpions escaped with a nervy two-wicket win over hapless Barbados Pride to post their second victory of the Regional Super50 here yesterday.With the game still very much an open contest with Scorpions tottering on 118 for eight at the start of the 33rd over in pursuit of 139 for victory, Cottrell twice cleared the ropes at the expense of debutant left-arm spinner Dane Currency, to ease the tension at Queen’s Park Oval.Man of the Match Cottrell, who ended on 16 not out, and Nikita Miller, seven not out, then calmly gathered the remaining nine runs in singles to clinch victory at the end of the 38th over.Cottrell had earlier claimed three for 18 with his left-arm pace, and leg-spinner Damien Jacobs, three for 38, as Pride were bundled out for 138 off 45.5 overs after opting to bat first.Captain Kevin Stoute hit 39 from 74 balls, but wicketkeeper Mario Rampersaud was the only other batsman to reach the 20s with exactly 20.In-form AndrÈ McCarthy then laid the foundation for the successful run chase with a top score of 49 from 76 balls, while Antiguan Devon Thomas chipped in with 33 from 65 deliveries.With the pair involved in a comfortable 84-run, third-wicket stand and Pride seemingly out of ideas, Scorpions appeared to be romping to an easy win.But experienced left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn turned the game on its head in a second spell which accounted for both batsmen and yielded four for 28 from 10 overs overall.His spell triggered a slide which saw six wickets fall for just 13 runs in the space of 42 balls, to give Pride a scent of an unlikely victory.Wickets continued to tumble until Cottrell arrived to strike two key blows and rescue the innings.AT ST PAUL’S SPORTS COMPLEX: Guyana Jaguars defeated Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners by six wickets in their Group B, third-round game in the Regional Super50 at St Paul’s Sports Complex here yesterday.Scores: MAROONERS 149 all out off 48.3 overs (Ryan Hinds 47; Veerasammy Permaul 4-22, Paul Wintz 3-21). JAGUARS 153 for four off 35 overs (Assad Fudadin 71; Vikash Mohan 2-25).SCOREBOARDPRIDE INNINGSD Smith c D Thomas b Gordon 1K Corbin lbw b Cottrell 0*K Stoute lbw b Campbell 39S Brooks st A Thomas b Miller 19J Carter c King b Campbell 18R Chase b Jacobs 2J Greaves b Jacobs 3+M Rampersaud b Cottrell 20A Nurse lbw b Jacobs 9S Benn not out 18D Currency b Cottrell 0Extras (lb4, w5) 9TOTAL (all out, 45.5 overs) 138Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-9, 3-36, 4-80, 5-82, 6-86, 7-89, 8-99, 9-138, 10-138.Bowling: Cottrell 4.5-1-18-3, Gordon 4-1-12-1, Miller 8-1-20-1, Jacobs 10-1-38-3 (w2), Campbell 10-0-32-2 (w3), Lambert 6-0-14-0.SCORPIONS’ INNINGST Griffith c Brooks b Nurse 4*J Campbell c Benn b Nurse 8D Thomas c wkp Rampersaud b Benn 33A McCarthy c Smith b Benn 49T Lambert c Smith b Benn 0B King lbw b Currency 8+A Thomas lbw b Benn 0N Miller not out 7D Jacobs run out 0S Cottrell not out 16Extras (w12, nb2) 14TOTAL (8 wkts, 38 overs) 139Did not bat: N GordonFall of wickets: 1-9, 2-21, 3-105, 4-107, 5-116, 6-116, 7-117, 8-118.Bowling: Nurse 6-0-35-2 (w8, nb2), Greaves 2-0-13-0 (w1), Currency 4-1-24-1 (w1), Benn 10-1-28-4 (w1), Chase 2-0-10-0 (w1), Smith 6-0-14-0, Carter 8-1-15-0.Result: Scorpions won by to wickets.Points: Scorpions 5, Pride 0.Man-of-the-Match: Sheldon Cottrell.Toss: Pride.Umpires: N Duguid, P Nero.
Local full-service communications company Flow announced in a release yesterday that it is a designated international broadcaster for the 2016 National Football League (NFL) Super Bowl. Flow Sports network will give local fans a special access to reports and updates from Super Bowl Week, including coverage of all the exciting events surrounding one of the biggest sporting events in the world. The Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers will compete in this year’s Super Bowl, which is set to take place in Santa Clara, California, on Sunday and will mark the 50th anniversary of the professional American football championship. “It is a great privilege to have an opportunity to participate in the biggest annual American sporting event,” said John Reid, president of Cable and Wireless’ consumer group. Our production team is thrilled to be on location, and it’s going to be a fun week for our customers, who will enjoy an in-depth and behind-the-scene Super Bowl experience,” said Reid. Cable and Wireless is the parent company for Flow. Presenter Syreeta Stracey and the Flow Sports team have been spending the entire week covering the build-up events, including Super Bowl opening media night; Super Bowl City; NFL Experience; and Party with A Purpose/Taste of The NFL. Viewers will also have access to interviews, insights, predictions, analysis, breaking news, plus a front-row seat to some of the host city’s most sizzling events leading up to the epic kick off.
“It’s a special victory. Justin (Gatlin) has been going great throughout the season, I have been struggling, and for me to come here and it comes together at the right time like this, is a special thing,” said Bolt, after clocking 9.79 – the third-fastest time in a World 100m final – to beat Gatlin (USA), 9.80, and 20-year-olds Trayvon Bromell (USA) and AndrÈ De Grasse (Canada), who both clocked 9.92 to share the bronze medal. Asafa Powell, 10.00 was seventh. “I have been through a lot this season and a lot of people really counted me out, so for me to come here and win is a big deal,” added Bolt, who became the third man to win three World 100m titles. He now becomes the most successful man at the World Championships, with nine gold and two silver, as well as the man with the most gold medals at the championships. “If I want to continue my legacy, I had to win, so that was all the pressure I needed.” Richards continues to fly the flag as the island’s leading competitor in the field, taking his stocks even higher with a bronze-medal performance in the shot put, equalling his NR of 21.69 metres to finish behind Joe Kovacs (USA), 21.93m, and David Storl (Germany), 21.74m. Richards became the first Jamaican to win a medal in the event, following up on his success at the Commonwealth Games last year and the Pan American Games recently. All three Jamaicans are through to the men’s 400m, but it was McDonald who was most impressive. The MVP man clocked 43.93 – the same time as Saudi Arabia’s Yousef Masrahi as the two enter the next round with the fastest time. Peter Mathews, 44.69, posted a personal best to book his space after a fourth-place finish in his heat, with Javon Francis, 44.83, also booking his spot after a second-place job in his heat. Both Annsert Whyte and Leford Green failed to advance to the final of the men’s 400m hurdles. Whyte finished his semi-final in seventh place in 48.90, while Green took sixth place in his semi-final in 49.59. In the heats of the women’s 400m hurdles, medal favourite Kaliese Spencer, 55.03, and Janieve Russell, 55.09, won their heats. However, Shevon Stoddart clocked 56.60 for fifth and Ristananna Tracey clocked 57.60 for seventh place in her heat and were both eliminated. Fraser-Pryce is the huge favourite to retain her 100m title, and she enters today’s semi-final round as the joint fastest qualifier, along with American Torie Bowie, who, like her, clocked 10.88 in the heats. Veronica Campbell-Brown, 11.04, Natasha Morrison, 11.08, and Sherone Simpson, 11.22, will all join her in the semi-finals. Tuesday morning’s session (Monday night) will see the running of the semi-finals of the women’s 400m, with Damar Forbes expected to line up in the long jump and Usain Bolt leading the team of Nickel Ashmeade, Warren Weir, and Julian Forte in the heats of the men’s 200m. BEIJING, China: He saved his 100 metres world title, he saved his legacy, and perhaps he even saved track and field. Usain Bolt’s 100m gold- medal run highlighted a hugely productive day for Jamaica at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, with O’Dayne Richards capturing a historic bronze in the shot put event and Rusheen McDonald dropping a 43.96 bomb in 400-metre qualifying to batter the old national record. But with sprint queen Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce eager to strap on her jet pack, with the women’s 100m semi-finals and final on today’s schedule; and a pair of Jamaicans lining up in the women’s triple jump medal round, the island’s two-medal tally looks likely to increase by the end of today’s action. It was almost as if everyone had stepped inside a time warp and it was the 2008 Olympic Games again. The Bird’s Nest sure felt like home for the Jamaicans yesterday. Jamaican flags waved vigorously from the stands; Bob Marley tunes flowed from the loud speakers; and locals, young and old, sported their Jamaican garb. Bolt, far from his best throughout the season, described the win as one of his most “special” yet given the issues he has had to overcome this year. great timing Most impressive
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):All-rounder Ashley Nurse is hoping that the immense show of power he demonstrated on Wednesday night will serve him well in the upcoming Tri-Nation One-Day International Series.The 26-year-old stole the spotlight in the West Indies winnings with a courageous 50 off 31 balls, though the effort failed to save West Indies blushes, as they lost to a Barbados Select XI by 50 runs in a day/night fixture at Kensington Oval.”I played naturally. I always play naturally. It was a case of assessing the situation and doing what was required,” Nurse said.”We were way off the pace at one stage, so I had to settle in before looking to play my shots. Once I got in, it then became a case of looking to win the match.”For me, this is a solid build-up. I have been working hard in the nets with my batting, bowling and fielding, and I’m feeling quite ready for what we have coming up in the Tri-Series.”In terms of my bowling, the ball is coming out the way I want it to. I got a few wickets here as well, so, overall, it’s a good feeling going into the series.”ADDING ON RUNSKnown more for his off-spin bowling than his batting, Nurse played a rearguard knock which brought the Windies from the danger of 143 for six in the 31st over to 240 all out in the 48th over.He added 66 for the seventh wicket with Jamaican Rovman Powell, who top-scored with a composed 58 off 71 balls.Nurse was a member of the West Indies team which won the T20 World Cup in India last month and said that was a huge fillip for his game.”I was absolutely thrilled to be part of the team which won the tournament and brought such glory to the people of the West Indies,” Nurse said.”Being part of that squad gave me a lot of confidence, and I just want to continue that momentum. We will be playing at home, the first time since we won on India so there will be a lot of expectation and we anticipate a lot of support from the fans.”The team morale is really good, with everyone being his brother’s keeper. Our team is balanced and we can cope with the conditions, and we will do well against the Aussies and the South Africans.”The Tri-Nations, involving Australia and South Africa, runs from June 3-26 in Guyana, St Kitts and Nevis and Barbados.SQUAD: Jason Holder (captain), Sulieman Benn, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Jonathan Carter, Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Shannon Gabriel, Sunil Narine, Ashley Nurse, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor.
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): Trinidad and Tobago were left with an uphill task of reaching the CONCACAF Gold Cup after slumping to a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Suriname in the opening game of the Caribbean Football Union qualifying series here Wednesday night. Following a goalless first half at the Ato Boldon Stadium, the hosts fell behind in the 76th minute through a Guno Kwasie strike but equalised five minutes later, thanks to a Tyrone Charles bombshell. With all to play for in added time, Ivanildo Rozenblad netted in the first period to break Trinidad’s hearts and leave their qualification hanging by a thread. NO EASY GAMES “We knew it would not have been an easy game. In football, there are no easy games,” head coach Tom Saintfiet told a post-game media conference. T&T suffered a blow prior to kick-off when striker Cornell Glen was injured during warm-up and ruled out of the contest. T&T clash with French Caribbean side Haiti in the final game of the series on Sunday at the same venue. The winners of the qualifying series will face the fifth-placed side from Central America in another play-off which will determine the final place at this July’s CONCACAF Gold Cup in United States.
LONDON (CMC):Former West Indies head coach, Phil Simmons, has been appointed technical consultant to the Afghanistan national side.The 53-year-old, who played 26 Tests and 143 One-Day Internationals for West Indies, will assist current head coach Lalchand Rajput.”Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) management considers Simmons’ appointment a valuable step in players’ capacity development,” an ACB statement said. “His appointment will have a great impact on team performance.”Simmons was sacked as West Indies coach last September, five months after overseeing the side’s capture of an unprecedented second Twenty20 World Cup in India.He is a former Ireland head coach and spent six years in the role before leaving in 2015 to take charge of West Indies.The first assignment for Trinidadian Simmons will be to help oversee Afghanistan’s preparation for a series against Ireland in Greater Noida comprising five One-Day Internationals, three Twenty20s and a four-day ICC Intercontinental Cup fixture.Simmons will then face another of his former teams when the Afghans take on West Indies in five ODIs and three T20s in June in the Caribbean.
LONDON (AP): Claudio Ranieri was fired as the manager of English champion Leicester yesterday, nine months after guiding the club to the most improbable title triumph in Premier League history. Leicester’s Thai owners took the drastic measure with the team just a point above the relegation zone having 13 games remaining in a dreadful title defence. “We are duty-bound to put the club’s long-term interests above all sense of personal sentiment,” Leicester vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said, “no matter how strong that might be.” Leicester, with a team of journeymen, cast-offs and previously unheralded players, won the Premier League last season at odds of 5,000-1, a feat generally viewed as one of the greatest in all sports. Ranieri was last month voted as FIFA coach of the year. However, the Italian manager has come under heavy pressure in recent weeks as Leicester slipped closer to the bottom three in the Premier League and reportedly fell out with some of his players.
Lee finished with a game-high 20 points to lead UST while Steve Akomo had 15 points, 14 rebounds, and four blocks before fouling out late. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Break new ground Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. University of the Philippines guard Paul Desiderio shoots a jumper against University of Santo Tomas in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPaul Desiderio hit the game-winning triple and University of the Philippines escaped University of Santo Tomas, 74-73, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena. Desiderio drained the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds left as the Fighting Maroons salvaged the victory to start their campaign on an emphatic note.ADVERTISEMENT Marvin Lee almost gave UST the victory as he calmly hit a couple of free throws that gave the Growling Tigers a 73-71 lead with 5.3 seconds remaining.“Our objective for this season, exactly, is to generate excitement because the UP community is very passive when it comes to the basketball team,” said Maroons head coach Bo Perasol in Filipino. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“And we got to complete that objective and what a way to generate that excitement, especially with that last-second shot. I don’t know how Paul does that but during the huddle he called it, ‘we’re going to win, this shot will go in.’”Desiderio was off the mark all game long, going 1-of-10 from deep before his clutch basket, but he made it when it mattered most. He finished with a team-high 17 points while also grabbing nine boards. Carlos Yulo caps off SEA Games stint with 3 silvers PLAY LIST 05:04Carlos Yulo caps off SEA Games stint with 3 silvers01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST05:05SEA Games 2019: Rubilen Amit finally beats Chezka Centeno for 9-ball gold (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 End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Srisaket KOs Gonzalez in fourth to retain WBC title MOST READ Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ LATEST STORIES Winning start Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ A costly, catty dispute finally settled View comments