VS WEST BROMSwansea were held to a 0-0 draw by West Ham United on Sunday, ending a run of three straight defeats. However, the Welshmen have now gone seven games without a win, their longest spell since they failed to win in eight in the 2013-14 season.Swansea have won none of their last seven Premier League home games at Liberty Stadium, drawing four and losing three, while failing to score in five of those matches. VS WATFORDChelsea begin life (again) under caretaker Guus Hiddink. The former Dutch international manager had a previous spell as interim boss in 2009, when he lost only one of 22 league games and led Chelsea to success in the FA Cup. Chelsea are just three points clear of the relegation zone with only 18 points; last season they had 42.NEWCASTLE VS EVERTONNewcastle United are at home for only the second time in five Boxing Day fixtures while, in the previous 10 years, they have won just twice on this day. Everton are away for the first time on Boxing Day since 2011 and lost the last two, both 1-0 at Goodison Park. In 21 previous Premier League clashes between Newcastle and Everton at St James’ Park, Newcastle have won 12, drawn four and lost five.STOKE CITY VS MAN UNITEDLouis van Gaal is under pressure. The fans are turning against the Dutchman and some believe he has two games left to safe his job – this trip and the home game against Chelsea two days later. But United should be confident; in seven Premier League visits they have won four, drawn two and lost just once.SWANSEA BOURNEMOUTH VS CRYSTAL PALACEAFC Bournemouth are on a roll after winning three games in a row, while they are unbeaten in five games. The rapid rise of Bournemouth, in the top flight for the first time, can be measured by the fact that just two years ago, their Boxing Day opponents were Yeovil Town. By contrast, Crystal Palace have lost three of their last four games on Boxing Day.ASTON VILLA VS WEST HAMAston Villa are rooted to the foot of the Barclays Premier League. Traditionally, the team bottom at Christmas suffers relegation five months later, though Leicester, last season, and Sunderland in 2013-14, were bottom at Christmas and both survived. Traditionally, Villa struggle on Boxing Day; they have not won on this festive day since 2005, when they beat Everton 4-0 at Villa Park.CHELSEA
SYDNEY, Australia (CMC): Legendary former Australia Test captain Ian Chappell says he would support an international ban on West Indies batting star Chris Gayle for his controversial on-air flirtations with a female television reporter. Gayle has already been fined $10,000 (US$7,000) for the incident which took place during a Big Bash game in Hobart last Monday, but Chappell believes the punishment should go even further. “I wouldn’t have a problem if Cricket Australia said to the clubs, ‘He’s never to be contracted again in this country’,” Chappell said. “And I also wouldn’t have a problem if Cricket Australia said to the ICC, ‘What we’re doing should be worldwide’.” The 36-year-old Gayle found himself embroiled in a full-scale controversy after appearing to flirt with Channel Ten reporter Mel McLaughlin after a stroke-filled innings of 41 for Melbourne Renegades against Hobart Hurricanes at Bellerive. He told a visibly uncomfortable McLaughlin: “I just wanted to have an interview with you as well, that’s why I batted so well. “Your eyes are beautiful, hopefully we can win this game, and then we can have a drink after as well. Don’t blush, baby.” Gayle has since apologised for the comments amidst widespread criticism. Chappell said a strong message needed to be sent to Gayle that the behaviour was unacceptable. Chappell, 72, played 75 Tests for Australia between 1964 and 1980.
POS LP CLUB P W D L GF GA GD PTS1 (1) Leicester City 29 17 9 3 52 31 21 602 (2) Tottenham Hotspur 29 15 10 4 51 24 27 553 (3) Arsenal 29 15 7 7 46 30 16 524 (4) Manchester City 28 15 5 8 52 31 21 505 (5) West Ham United 29 13 10 6 45 33 12 496 (6) Manchester United 29 13 8 8 37 27 10 477 (9) Liverpool 28 12 8 8 43 37 6 448 (7) Stoke City 29 12 7 10 31 34 -3 439 (8) Southampton 29 11 8 10 36 29 7 4110 (10) Chelsea 29 10 10 9 43 39 4 4011 (13) West Brom Albion 29 10 9 10 30 36 -6 3912 (11) Everton 28 9 11 8 51 39 12 3813 (12) Watford 29 10 7 12 29 30 -1 3714 (14) Bournemouth 29 9 8 12 35 45 -10 3515 (15) Crystal Palace 29 9 6 14 32 39 -7 3316 (16) Swansea City 29 8 9 12 28 37 -9 3317 (17) Sunderland 29 6 7 16 35 54 -19 2518 (18) Norwich City 29 6 6 17 31 54 -23 2419 (19) Newcastle United 28 6 6 16 28 53 -25 2420 (20) Aston Villa 29 3 7 19 22 55 -33 16
ABU DHABI, UAE (CMC):Pakistan exposed West Indies’ weakness to spin bowling and large outfields by cantering to a comfortable eight-wicket win in their final match, to complete a 3-0 whitewash yesterday.West Indies lost three front line batsmen to the ordinary left-arm spin of Imad Wasim, before stumbling to 103 for five in their 20 overs at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.Shoaib Malik struck an unbeaten 43 to guide his side to victory with 29 balls remaining.Debutant fast bowler Kesrick Williams launched his international career by snatching, in one over, the only two Pakistan wickets to fall.Asked to bat after Pakistan won the toss, West Indies’ innings careened into disarray in the third over when Wasim picked up two wickets in two balls.Johnson Charles gifted his wicket when he attempted a heave over midwicket, but missed and lost his middle and leg stumps.Wasim’s next delivery kept low enough to hit the toe end of Chadwick Walton’s bat before crashing into the stumps.Two overs later, the World champions plunged to 17 for three when Andre Fletcher was run out for nine.Fletcher worked a ball towards square leg and took off without approval from Marlon Samuels, but Rumman Raees’ throw was pounced on by Sarfraz Ahmed, who whipped off the bails.LOOSE SHOTSA couple of partnerships in the middle of the innings attempted to repair the damaged caused primarily by West Indies’ failure to adapt, loose shots and bad running.Samuels and Nicholas Pooran stitched together 37 runs for the sixth wicket until Pooran attempted a shot that would have cleared most grounds, only to be caught by Malik on the deep mid-wicket boundary for 16.Samuels and Kieron Pollard, negotiating spinners that were constantly attacking the stumps – including Wasim who finished with three for 21 – then compiled 37 runs for the sixth wicket.Samuels finished unbeaten on 42 off 59 balls, while Pollard, in conditions not favouring big hitting, ended up not out on 16 off 17 balls without hitting a boundary or clearing the ropes.SCOREBOARDWest Indies inningsJ Charles b Imad Wasim 5ADS Fletcher+ run out (Rumman Raees/+Sarfraz Ahmed) 9CAK Walton b Imad Wasim 0MN Samuels not out 42DJ Bravo b Imad Wasim 11N Pooran c Shoaib Malik bMohammad Nawaz 16KA Pollard not out 16Extras (lb 3, w 1) 4Total (5 wickets; 20 overs) 103To batCR Brathwaite*, SP Narine, JE Taylor, KOK WilliamsFall of wickets 1-12 (Charles, 2.2 ov), 2-12 (Walton, 2.3 ov), 3-17 (Fletcher, 4.4 ov), 4-31 (Bravo, 8.1 ov), 5-66 (Pooran, 12.4 ov)Bowling: Wasim, 4-1-21-3, Tanvir 4-0-22-0, Nawaz 3-0-16-1 (1w), Amir 4-0-20-0, Malik 2-0-11-0, Raees 3-0-10-0.Pakistan inningsSharjeel Khan c +Fletcher b Williams 11Khalid Latif b Williams 21Babar Azam not out 27Shoaib Malik not out 43Extras (lb 4, w 2) 6Total (2 wickets; 15.1 overs) 108Did not bat: Umar Akmal, Sarfraz Ahmed*+, Mohammad Nawaz (3), Imad Wasim, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Amir, and Rumman Raees.Fall of wickets 1-36 (Sharjeel Khan, 5.1 ov), 2-40 (Khalid Latif, 5.6 ov)Bowling: Taylor 2-0-19-0,(1w), Williams 4-0-15-2,(1w),DJ Bravo 4-0-31-0,Narine 4-0-21-0,Brathwaite 1.1-0-18-0.Result: Pakistan won by eight wickets.Series: Pakistan won the three-match series 3-0.Man-of-the-Match: Imad Wasim.Toss: Pakistan.Umpires: Ahsan Raza and Shozab Raza; TV- Ahmed Shahab.
HEALTHY HEARTS High school and college athletes gearing up for the upcoming track and field season will test their preparation today as the 14th staging of the Wesley Powell Heart Institute of the Caribbean track and field meet gets under way this morning starting at 8:30 at the Excelsior High School ground on Mountain View Avenue. Meet organiser David Riley is pleased with the entries received for today’s staging and is expecting top-quality performances across all events. “We have received over 1,400 entries from some 38 institutions and, although this has not been the biggest entries ever, we expect a high-calibre meet as most of the top boys and girls high school teams have entered and we are anticipating good results all around,” said Riley, who is also president of the Jamaica Track and Field Coaches Association. Today’s event will be an over distance meet, where athletes will be competing in irregular events like the 150m, 300m, 600m, 1000m, 3000m, 5000m and 4x3000m relays. In the field there will be long jump, high jump, discus, shot put and javelin, and these events will be used as qualifiers for the 2017 ISSA Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships. Leading up to today’s meet, the Heart Institute of the Caribbean (HIC), which is the title sponsor, hosted a workshop at Excelsior High School for student athletes, coaches and parents on the topic, ‘Healthy Hearts and How To Know Your Heart is Healthy’. The attendees interacted with the HIC cardiologists during the session and learned about how they can get screened and some of the signs to look out for. Today’s meet is being staged on the only 9-lane 400 metres track in Jamaica and will see some 76 events for Open athletes as well in all classes for girls and boys contested at Champs.
Today’s results: Montego Bay United v Humble Lion Tomorrow’s Fixture: Red Stripe Premier League leaders UWI FC stretched their unbeaten run in the league to ten games after scoring a comfortable 1-0 win over Reno FC at the UWI Mona Bowl yesterday. Patrick Brown netted the only goal 11 minutes into the match, although the hosts had many other chances to add to the score. UWI assistant coach Andrew Peart says the aim is to continue winning through to the end of the preliminaries, as their intention is to finish as high as possible in the table. “It was a very efficient win,” he said. “We scored early, but we didn’t capitalise on the chances we got. This win is very good because we continue the momentum to try to secure as best as possible a finish, so from here on, it’s just to win games irrespective of who we play, whether it’s a top team or bottom team. The objective is to win, and we can win games with good performances, and today wasn’t such a bad game,” he said. EARLY DOMINANCE UWI has lost just once since the turn of the year and that was a 5-3 defeat to Arnett Gardens on the first match day in January. Since then, the Marcel Gayle-coached team has chalked up six wins and four draws and sit five points clear of Humble Lion and Tivoli, at the top of the standings with 54 points. They started the contest as the brighter team and capitalised on their early dominance when Brown latched on to a pass and fired past Dennis Taylor in goal. UWI continued to control the game and, minutes later, Anthony Greenland had a goal ruled offside. After the break, the home team continued to make in-roads into the Reno penalty area, but poor finishing from Greenland and Davion Garrison let them down. Reno had one real chance at goal midway the second half when Craig Foster eluded his marker and forced goalkeeper Amal Knight to go full stretch to parry his shot for a corner. But with Keammar Daley controlling the tempo and pulling the strings in midfield, UWI continued to create openings, but failed to add to their tally. Reno’s technical director Wendell Downswell said his team’s tactical application in offence let them down. UWI 1 0 Reno Jamalco 1 2 Boys Town Maverley-Hughenden 1- 1 Tivoli Waterhouse FC 0-1 Harbour View
Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Macaraya on loss to Lyceum: We gave them everything we got MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ The Batang Pier battled back from a 14-point halftime deficit and a 79-70 hole early in the fourth quarter.Pringle knotted the count at 96 with two free throws with 1:16 remaining, but GlobalPort failed to keep Rain or Shine’s big men off the boards in the waning seconds that led to Almazan’s winning freebies.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets “Our free throws saved us. We were struggling with our free throws but we made them when it counted,” said ROS head coach Caloy Garcia, whose squad went 18-of-34 from the free throw line.Almazan finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds while import James Weatherspoon also posted a double-double with 25 points and 15 rebounds.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’Romeo topscored with 28 points on 27 shots while Stanley Pringle added 21 points, nine rebounds and seven assists to carry much of the load for GlobalPort, which drew a forgetful PBA debut from Jabril Trawick.Trawick had three points, two assists and two turnovers in 16 minutes of action before fouling out with still 5:46 left. Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite LATEST STORIES Raymond Almazan sank the game-winning free throws and Rain or Shine held off GlobalPort, 98-96, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Friday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Almazan calmly made a pair of freebies with 5.2 seconds left before Terrence Romeo forced a wild shot against Gabe Norwood and Jericho Cruz, who were all over the Batang Pier guard as time ran out.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Fiba Asia Cup loss of ‘Gilas kuyas’ spurs SEAG-bound PH team on Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Tournament MVP Risa Shinnabe put up a game-high 19 points, going on 17-of-33 in spike attempts, to lead Japan while Mami Uchiseto added 18. Japan captain Nana Iwasaka and Yurie Nabeya also finished in double digits with 13 and 11 points, respectively. 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’Thailand had three players lead the team in scoring with Pimpichaya Kokram, Ajcharaporn Kongyot, and Chatchu-on Moksri each tallying 17 points. LATEST STORIES Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View comments CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—Japan overcame a two-set deficit and humbled Thailand, 26-28, 20-25, 25-16, 25-16, 15-7, to take the gold medal in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship Thursday at Alonte Sports Arena here. Koyomi Tominaga dealt the title-winning blow as it glanced off the block of Thailand and ended Japan’s 10-year championship drought. ADVERTISEMENT Teen gunned down in Masbate MOST READ
Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases 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 Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew FILE — Jerwin Ancajas. Photo by Mark GiongcoAt this stage, Jerwin Ancajas is supposed to be tapering down for his defense of the International Boxing Federation junior bantamweight crown against Mexican Israel Gonzalez on Feb. 3 in Corpus Christi, Texas.But since arriving in Los Angeles on Thursday (Friday in Manila), Ancajas has been very active, as always.ADVERTISEMENT Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak The Las Vegas-based Arum went to Los Angeles Friday to give Ancajas a quick tour of Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Gym, where Manny Pacquiao earned his US spurs, in Hollywood.Arum brought the media along and Ancajas was overwhelmed by the gesture.Jimenez told the Inquirer that Ancajas did not suffer from jet lag so they can have good training sessions to go over their fight plans for Gonzalez.As in his three successful title defenses, Ancajas is in no hurry to stop the Mexican.According to Jimenez, Ancajas will study Gonzalez first and will likely make his move by the third round.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Wozniacki beats Halep to win 1st major at Australian Open He and trainer Joven Jimenez, along with fellow Panabo City pride Mark Anthony Barriga, a 2012 London Olympian and unbeaten mini flyweight (8-0), have been running in the morning and putting in gym work twice a day.Ancajas, 28-1-1 with 19 knockouts, wants to be sure he’s in optimum form when he makes a fourth defense of the crown he wrested from Puerto Rican McJoe Arroyo in 2016.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 folkThe 26-year-old southpaw intends to use the fight, to be covered by ESPN, against Gonzales (21-1, 8 knockouts), as a showcase of his immense skills.Ancajas also wants to prove to his new promoter, Bob Arum, that he is worthy of the two-year, six-fight contract he inked with Top Rank. Team Ancajas will leave for Houston on Sunday, taking the connecting flight to Corpus Christi on the same day.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson
Marcio Lassiter saves the day for San Miguel. PBA IMAGESSan Miguel is one step away from clinching twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals after edging Kia, 108-106, in a thriller in the PBA Philippine Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The league-leading Beermen, who played without four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo, improved to 8-2 and are waiting for the result of the game between Rain or Shine and Alaska in the second to secure the incentive.ADVERTISEMENT UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings UAAP jrs: Sotto gets triple double as Ateneo overpowers NU in Game 1 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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Marcio and Chris saw an opportunity where they had an advantage, but if that didn’t happen it would’ve been a disaster us.”Arwind Santos took up the scoring cudgels for San Miguel with 27 points with 12 rebounds and five assists.Lassiter finished with 21 points for San Miguel while shooting 5-of-13 from deep.Glenn Khobuntin had 15 points to lead the Picanto.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES View comments MOST READ Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Although Kia sits at the bottom of standings with a 1-10 record, the Picanto held their ground late in the fourth with a 106-102 lead with 1:02 left in the game.Marcio Lassiter, however, shone in the clutch for San Miguel, first tying the game at 106-106 with 48 seconds left hitting a three-pointer.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 folkHe then drove for a layup for the Beermen’s 108-106 lead with just a second remaining.“That play was a creation between Marcio and Chris [Ross], it was an option they got and it was their basketball sense that made it work,” said San Miguel head coach Leo Austria in Filipino.