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Scorpions suffer crushing defeat

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Barbados Pride needed just 54 minutes to wrap up an uncomplicated 10-wicket triumph over Jamaica Scorpions and make a strong start to their Regional First Class Championship campaign here yesterday.They picked up the last two Scorpions wickets for the addition of only 26 runs in just over half-hour, as the visitors were dismissed for 187 in their second innings, and then scored the required four runs to complete the victory at Kensington Oval.They secured 17 points for their efforts, while Scorpions walked away with a single point.Resuming the day on 161 for two, Scorpions would have entertained thoughts of saving the game after heavy rains here delayed the start by 11/2 hours.Once the skies cleared, however, fast-bowler Kemar Roach swiftly removed Jason Dawes (nine) and Marquino Mindley (13) to end the Scorpions’ innings.Pride then needed three overs to knock off the required runs. Captain Kraigg Brathwaite was voted Man of the Match for his first-innings score of 119.Jaguars stun WindwardsAT GUYANA NATIONAL STADIUM: Left-arm pacer Raymon Reifer and off-spinner Steven Jacobs shared eight wickets as defending champions Guyana Jaguars stunned Windward Islands Volcanoes to pull off an emphatic 104-run victory here yesterday.Requiring an uncomplicated 230 for victory on the final day, the Volcanoes folded meekly for 125. They were undermined by Jacobs, who claimed four for 35, and Reifer, who picked up four for 41, as the visitors slumped to 76 for seven at lunch.Miles Bascome top-scored with 38, and captain Liam Sebastien got 36, but were the only two batsmen to pass 15 and only two of four to get into double figures.AT WARNER PARK: Trinidad and Tobago Red Force crushed hapless Leeward Islands Hurricanes by an innings and 23 runs inside three days, to make a superb start to the Regional Four Day Championship here on Sunday. SCORES: T&T Red Force 325 all out (Steven Katwaroo 71, Evin Lewis 66, Narsingh Deonarine 55, Yannic Cariah 50; Rahkeem Cornwall 3-72, Gavin Tonge 2-53). HURRICANES 118 (Nkrumah Bonner 57 not out; Kavesh Kantasingh 4-29, Imran Khan 4-46) and 184 (Daron Cruickshank 26, Nkrumah Bonner 24, Steve Liburd 20; Narsingh Deonarine 3-32, Imran Khan 2-41, Kavesh Kantasingh 2-48).In the next round starting Friday, Pride host Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, while Scorpions entertain Windward Islands Volcanoes.last_img read more

Sarri uses Napoli formula to ignite Chelsea’s title bid

first_imgCarpio 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Raptors go west, Kawhi Leonard back to Oracle where so much changed No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom “We wanted to try with Eden because, for the first time, there was the possibility to play in counterattacks,” Sarri said. “Hazard, Pedro and Willian are really very suitable for this kind of playing, so I think it’s a normal choice. I think that it’s really a very good option.”Whether Sarri opts to use this approach against teams who, unlike City, sit back and defend remains to be seen. It seems ideal for away games — a trip to Brighton is next for Chelsea — and matches against big rivals at home.Giroud and Morata have alternated as the classic target man for Chelsea this season but neither striker has done enough to make the position their own. Morata, in particular, has struggled in his second season in England, with Sarri having said the Spain striker was mentally fragile.Two years ago, it was Conte’s switch to a three-man backline that was the catalyst for a 13-game winning run that blew away its rivals and saw the team cruise to the title.Chelsea is eight points behind first-place Liverpool ahead of a kind schedule of games over the busy festive period in England.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, right, and Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva fight for the ball during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge in London, Saturday Dec. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)A midseason tactical switch sparked Chelsea’s surge to the Premier League title two years ago under Antonio Conte.Could the same happen under his successor this season?ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img It was a tough weekend for strikers in general in the Premier League.City looked increasingly rudderless at Stamford Bridge without the injured Sergio Aguero and the dropped Gabriel Jesus as Pep Guardiola’s side fell to its first loss of the season. Tottenham went with winger Son Heung-min over the rested Harry Kane or his backup, Fernando Llorente, for its 2-0 win at Leicester. Wolverhampton Wanderers deployed a front three of attacking midfielders in their 2-1 victory at Newcastle.Then there was Liverpool, who started Mohamed Salah as the focal point of its attack against Bournemouth — as opposed to Roberto Firmino — and was rewarded with hat trick from the Egypt forward.The general trend in the English top flight has been for teams to play with one conventional striker up front in recent years but that is being ripped up in a bid for more fluidity and to better stretch defenses.LUKAKU RECOVERSOne of the few strikers to enjoy the weekend was Romelu Lukaku, who was among Manchester United’s scorers in a 4-1 win over Fulham.The Belgium international now has two goals in three league games as he looks to shrug off a slump in form that saw him go the previous 12 games without scoring for his club.Lukaku said he he’d had “good conversations” with United manager Jose Mourinho in recent days because he had not been playing with enough aggression or intensity. He attributed that to bulking up too much at the World Cup in Russia.“When you are in the Premier League, I cannot play with the same amount of muscle as international football here in the Prem(ier League),” Lukaku said. “That was something that when I came back I knew straightaway, ‘No, no, I cannot play in this style like this.’“I had to lose muscle basically, yes. So you just stay out of the gym, drink a lot of water, and a lot of vegetables and fish and it helps.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? For the first time in his debut season at Chelsea, Maurizio Sarri deployed a lineup without a genuine striker for the match against Manchester City on Saturday. The result? A 2-0 win over the previously unbeaten leaders that brought Chelsea back into contention for the title.Sarri has previous experience here.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissAt Napoli, he used diminutive winger Dries Mertens as a makeshift center forward, flanked by two small guys in Lorenzo Insigne and Jose Callejon in a fluid, mobile front three. Mertens responded with 46 goals in two seasons, Napoli was one of the most thrilling teams to watch in Europe, and Sarri’s side almost ended Juventus’ domination of Serie A.Against City, Sarri dropped Alvaro Morata from the squad, left fellow striker Olivier Giroud on the bench and started with Eden Hazard as the so-called “false nine” with Willian and Pedro Rodriguez on either side. Hazard struggled at first — he was seen throwing his arms out in despair at times — but grew into the role and finished the game with two assists. View commentslast_img read more