Head Coach hails Windies victory as just one step on a long road back

first_imgNORTH SOUND, Antigua, (CMC) – West Indies head coach Stuart Law has hailed Sunday’s sensational win over India but cautioned it was just one step on a long road back for the embattled Caribbean side.The Windies looked down down and out when they stumbled to 189 for nine off their 50 overs batting first in the fourth One-Day International but rallied to bundle out the Indians for 178, and clinch an amazing 11-run victory.“I believe in these boys. I believe they have got the skill,” the Australian told reporters following the result at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium.“We beat Pakistan a couple of weeks ago chasing down 300 and now we’ve defended a reasonably small total against India – two of the best teams in the world we’ve gone on to beat.“I believe they’ve got the skill, I believe they’ve got the talent. If we just improve their work ethic and they’ve got to play a different game than they’re used to. As soon as we start realising that and start working towards that, I think we can start making progress.”He added: “Today is one step and it’s a big ladder for us but today is one step closer to where we want to end up. It’s a lot of hard work and we are working hard, believe me.“The people of the Caribbean probably don’t see us working as hard as we are and I just want to let them know that we are very pleased that we’ve put a win on the board today for everybody in the region.”Entering the contest down 2-0 in the five-match series and trying to avoid yet another series defeat, West Indies produced yet another limp effort with the bat as their batsmen succumbed to a series of soft dismissals.Openers Kyle Hope and Evin Lewis top-scored with 35 but no other batsman passed 30, as the Windies innings declined dramatically from a decent position of 121 for two.Law said while it was evident the batting still needed work, he was thrilled by the way the team had rallied especially defending such a small target.“We showed tremedous fight with the ball in hand out there today,” Law pointed out.“Once again our batting [was not up to scratch]. We got off to a good start but we didn’t quite capitalise. We desperately need one of the top six or couple of the top six to go on and get big scores to alleviate the pressure that we had at the end there.“If we had 240, 250 on the board it would have made our job a lot easier but credit to the boys. The way they fought in the field. I thought the fielding was outstanding, the pressure catching towards the end was great.“I’m very happy, very proud but we’ve still got plenty of work to do but we’re definitely going to enjoy this one.”The final match of the series is set for Sabina Park in Jamiaca on Thursday.last_img read more

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GNPC congratulates Black Stars for defeating Zambia

first_imgThe Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) headline sponsor of the senior national football team, the Black Stars, has commended the team for their 2-1 victory over the Chipolopolo of Zambia, to emerge tops in their Group D qualifiers on Friday at the Baba Yara Stadium. “We recognize that qualifying for the 2014 World Cup is not an easy task, and therefore appreciate the professionalism, teamwork, dedication and resilience that you have demonstrated so far,” Nana Boakye Asafu- Adjaye, CEO of GNPC stated.Continuing he said: “We at GNPC appreciate your efforts in chalking this important and critical victory and believe that you will continue to be a dependable partner as we both aspire to succeed at the global level.”To the players, the technical team, management, the many supporters unions and teeming Ghanaians who supported from far and near.“We congratulate and salute you and hope that united as one, this partnership will continue as the Black Stars enter the final playoff towards the Brazil 2014 World Cup, which beckons.”Finally, he assured the team of GNPC’s continued support to lift the Stars to the skies where they belong. Ghana is among the ten countries to have sealed their places in Africa’s final qualifying round for the 2014 World Cup.last_img read more

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Beckham to receive UEFA President’s award

first_img0Shares0000David Beckham won the Champions League with Manchester United in 1999 © AFP / RHONA WISEPARIS, France, Aug 21 – Former England captain David Beckham is to receive the 2018 UEFA President’s Award in honour of his achievements in the game and his work since retiring as a player, European football’s governing body said on Tuesday.The ex-Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder, who is now 43, will receive the award in Monaco later this year. “I have chosen David Beckham as the recipient of this year’s award because he has been a global ambassador for football, promoting the game and all its values in every corner of the planet,” said UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin.“His tireless humanitarian efforts, which have helped the lives of many children around the world, should also be celebrated. Beckham is a true football icon of his generation.”Beckham won the Champions League with United in 1999 and later played for Los Angeles Galaxy, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain after leaving Madrid.He hung up his boots in 2013 and earlier this year was awarded an MLS franchise in Miami.“During my career I always gave 100 percent and tried to uphold the values of teamwork and fair play and I am proud to join the illustrious list of players who have previously won this award,” said Beckham, who is now involved in charity work with UNICEF, the UN Children’s Fund.“Many of the unforgettable moments I had on the pitch came in the UEFA Champions League such as that magic night in Barcelona in 1999 when we beat Bayern Munich in such dramatic fashion.”Last year’s UEFA President’s Award was given to former Italy star Francesco Totti. Other recent winners include Franz Beckenbauer and the late Johan Cruyff.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Enevold Gets A Double-Double In Men’s Basketball’s Loss At Nevada

first_imgStory Links RENO, Nev. – Drake junior Jacob Enevold (Lunderskov, Denmark) played big in the ‘The Biggest Little City In the World’ with 13 points and 11 rebounds in a 79-71 loss at Nevada, Saturday afternoon.Enevold’s fifth career double-double came primarily via free throws on 9-of-11 shooting from the line. “Jacob has brought it the last two games with his energy,” said Drake head coach Ray Giacoletti. “He gave us an inside presence tonight and we need more of that.”That inside presence was needed against a Nevada (7-3) team that leads the Mountain West Conference in rebounding and the nation in blocked shots. Despite Enevold’s 11 rebounds, the Wolf Pack held a 38-34 advantage on the glass to make the Drake (4-6) the 10th-straight opponent it has outrebounded.Nevada was led by five players in double-figures with Marqueze Coleman’s 19 points on 18 shots leading the way while Tyron Chriswell added 10 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. “You can’t be successful giving up 79 points and 15 offensive rebounds,” Giacoletti said. “We don’t have enough to overcome and survive those situations. Collectively we have to be able to defend.”Offensively, Drake scored 71 points against a defense that ranked eighth in the nation in field goal percentage defense. Reed Timmer (New Berlin, Wis.) led the Bulldogs with 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting while Kale Abrahamson (West Des Moines, Iowa) was 4-of-6 from three-point range for 16 points. Point guard Graham Woodward (Edina, Minn.) struggled with his shot, but got points for others with a career-high nine assists.Nevada led nearly the entire contest and opened the game with an eight point lead before back-to-back three-pointers from Abrahamson tied the game at 17-17 with 7:30 left in the first half. The Wolf Pack ran that lead back out to 10, 32-22, later in the half before Drake closed the half with five straight points to trim the deficit to 32-27 at halftime.However, Drake was unable to keep that pace in the second half as a 12-4 Nevada run opened up the Wolf Pack’s biggest lead of the night at 17 points, 63-46, with 10 minutes left. Drake would get no closer than 10 for the remainder of the game until Timmer’s three-pointer with four seconds left accounted for the final margin.The Bulldogs will have a week off from competition for final exams on campus before taking on Iowa, Saturday, Dec. 19 as part of the Hy-Vee Big Four Classic. Tipoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN3.Print Friendly Version Next Game: Box Score (HTML) Live Stats ESPN 1350 ESPN3 Listen Live Watch Live vs. Iowa 12/19/2015 – 3:30 PM Box Score (PDF) Full Schedule Roster Previewlast_img read more

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