By Matt SmithEngland were 25 runs short of claiming an unlikely victory against Pakistan on the final day of the first Test on Saturday with the tourists ending on 74-4 as bad light meant the match ended in a draw.Spin duo Moeen Ali and debutant Adil Rashid (5-64) had helped reduce Pakistan to 173 all out from 139-4, which set England a target of 99 to win and about an hour’s batting remaining.Alastair Cook’s men went on the offensive in a rejigged batting order.Shoaib Malik trapped Jos Buttler (4) lbw and had Ben Stokes caught on two, while Moeen Ali (11) fell to Zulfiqar Babar as spin again proved lethal on what had been a lifeless Abu Dhabi pitch during the first four days’ play.Jonny Bairstow smashed 15 off 10 balls before being stumped by wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed, while Joe Root’s unbeaten 33 was nearly as brisk as England scored 74 off 11 overs.Pakistan declared on 523-8 on Wednesday, England then taking nearly three days to reach 598-9 in their first innings before skipper Alastair Cook called on the hosts to bat again mid-Saturday morning. Speaking after the match, Cook said: “We’d have liked another three or four overs at the end to be honest but that’s the way it goes. I can’t fault the guys for hanging in there on that wicket.“The pitch did deteriorate and spun more today which gave us hope, so it’s a bit of a bittersweet finish. We knew we had to put the pressure on Pakistan and then on the last day you never know. We played a good game and so did Pakistan. They were a bit sloppy today and we put them under pressure. That’s just the way it goes sometimes.“It’s always strange going into a final day when you can’t lose a game, and it was brilliant from Adil Rashid who I think got some unfair criticism after the first innings. We saw there he’s a very fine bowler.”Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq added: “We took the wrong options, especially me and Younis Khan. We could have easily been there for another 10 or 15 overs and the game would have been over. We made mistakes and ended up in a tough situation.”
Adams emphasised the point that this season will again be played on the return format, and, therefore, the players should up their production to match the opportunity of playing more matches. Back in the days of one round of matches when players used to appear in only four matches, the good batsmen used to score 500 and more runs per season, hit two or three centuries per season, and averaged anywhere from 80 to 100 runs per season. The pitches were good back then, and so were the bowlers – especially fast bowlers like Winston Davis, Courtney Walsh, Andy Roberts, Joel Garner, Uton Dowe, Colin Croft, Sylvester Clarke, Malcolm Marshall, Michael Holding, Anthony Gray, Wayne Daniel, Vanburn Holder, Ian Bishop, Patrick Patterson, Anthony Merrick, and George Ferris. Adams is asking the batsmen to go beyond reeling off a few good strokes, and having one or two good innings, and he is also asking the bowlers – especially the fast bowlers – to push themselves beyond the token few overs at the start of an innings, or when, and if, the second new-ball arrives. Adams’ plea is one for West Indies cricket. West Indies cricket needs batsmen who can bat, batsmen who can bat for long periods, batsmen who can bat ‘until the cows come home’, and batsmen who can make big scores, and more than once at that. West Indies cricket also needs bowlers – spin bowlers and fast bowlers, but mostly fast bowlers – those who, perhaps, with the stamina and skill, are able to bowl for long spells, as Wes Hall did for a day (rain-affected) at Lord’s in 1963. The plea goes out not only to the likes of Kraigg Brathwaite, Shai Hope, and Roston Chase, but to Kieron Powell, Jermaine Blackwood, Kyle Hope, Jason Mohammed, and Evin Lewis; also to others like Chadwick Walton, Shimron Hetmeyer, Sunil Ambris, Brandon King, Rajindra Chandrika, Andre McCarthy, Yanic Carriah, Jahmar Hamilton, Tangerine Chanderpaul, Anthony Alleyne, John Campbell, Fabian Allen, Iasiah Raja, and Paul Palmer, and all the other young, promising batsmen in the region. It also goes out to the young bowlers, and especially the young fast bowlers, to the likes of Alzaari Joseph, Ronsford Beaton, Oshane Thomas, Odean Smith, Reynard Leveridge, Delorn Johnson, Keon Joseph, and Marquino Mindley. Now is the time for young players to step up to the plate. The selectors are watching, or they should be watching. The regional four-day tournament gets going on Thursday, and for the next three months or so, it will be cricket and more cricket as the six first-class teams, playing return matches for a total of 10 matches each, vie for supremacy. The first round of matches – defending champions Guyana Jaguars hosting Jamaica Scorpions; Barbados Pride entertaining Trinidad and Tobago Red Force; and Windward Island Volcanoes at home to Leeward Island Hurricanes – should be close and exciting. The matches should be close and exciting if only because of the cricket organisers’ movement of players around, the move to split the sovereign territories into franchises, and the hope for better cricket following this move. As the teams begin battle, however, the main hope is that the pitches will be good and that the standard of play will be refreshingly good and generally of a high standard. A few weeks ago, the Windies director of cricket, the former West Indies captain Jimmy Adams, came out pleading, and in the plea, he called for the cricketers, especially the younger ones, to come out fighting, to stamp their class on the competition, and to show the quality they possess. And Adams should know what it means to show everybody and all concerned how good a cricketer one is by performing in the regional competition. As a schoolboy at Jamaica College, he was not looked upon as someone special, and as a young man representing Kingston Club and Jamaica, he was not looked upon as someone special until he made runs, and more runs, in the regional competition. Adams went on to become Jamaica’s captain, the West Indies captain, coach of Jamaica, coach of Kent, and now he is the director of cricket in the West Indies. As Ralston Otto, and others, found out, it does not follow that making runs will get anyone into the West Indies team. On the contrary, however, it is hardly likely, despite the promise one may display and what may have happened a few times, that anyone, or someone, will get into the West Indies team without making runs, and plenty of them, or otherwise performing. UP PRODUCTION
– more to be done before oil arrivesDespite the rhetoric from Government in regard to combating corruption, and notwithstanding the laws that have been passed empowering institutions like the State Assets Recovery Unit (SARU) to act, corruption still remains entrenched inFormer Speaker of the House, Ralph RamkarranGuyana.Much more needs to be done, according to former Speaker of the House, Ralph Ramkarran, SC, who in his latest missive has said Guyana is about to experience a massive increase in its resources — a reference to the burgeoning oil industry, which is expected to commence commercial production of oil in 2020 — but still retains an inexperienced regulatory environment, with corruption still existing.“Challenges (the country faces include) continued corruption and disquiet about the next elections,” Ramkarran stated in his column, Conversation Tree. “Despite the loud talk, new policing laws and institutions, no dent in corruption has been noticed. It is as pervasive as it was in the past, though less noticeable because there is less government spending.”He also spoke about the elections, and the continuing delay in appointing a chairman for the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to replace outgoing Chairman Dr Steve Surujbally.President David Granger, having rejected the first list submitted by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, has been furnished with a second list since May 2; but sources close to the People’s National Congress (PNC) have related that the President has in mind a favoured person whose name has not appeared on either list.Government has since denied this assertion, but Ramkarran has said that if the second list is rejected, serious questions would emerge.“On the elections’ front, the rejection by President Granger of the first list for Chair of the Elections Commission, submitted by Leader of the Opposition, was unexpected and surprising. If the rumours that the second list is also to be rejected prove to be true, serious questions will emerge as to whether the APNU+AFC coalition government wants an independent Chair; and if not, why not,” Ramkarran expressed.Ramkarran notes that it was against this backdrop and the continuing lack of social cohesion that the Carter Centre had called for constitutional reform. He has accordingly expressed his complete support for the position taken by the Carter Center.“It (the Carter Center) said that the anticipated influx of oil revenue has the potential to exacerbate ethnic and political conflicts. It recommends separate presidential elections, possibly with candidates ranked by voters in a preferred scale, with the person gaining the highest total votes being the winner,” Ramkarran explained.Last year, the United States Department of State had reported that corruption continues to be among the leading human rights problems facing Guyana. The Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2015, released by that department in 2016, had also chronicled other human rights violations.“There remained a widespread public perception of corruption involving officials at all levels, including the police and the judiciary,” the report said. It noted, however, that Government had responded to these reports, but it did not elaborate on that response.The report also stated that while the law requires public officials to declare their assets to an Integrity Commission, that commission has not yet been constituted.It added that the law sets out both criminal and administrative sanctions for public officials who do not disclose their assets to the commission, but said neither disclosure of assets nor conviction for nondisclosure of assets occurred during the year.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has called on the Government to have an international firm investigate whatever assets are held by both current and past Government officials, but this call that has gone unanswered by the Government.The latest U.S. State Department report on human rights in Guyana had also mentioned alleged Government corruption, including among police officials, as among Guyana’s continuing human rights problems.According to the Department’s annual report, which examines human rights conditions in countries throughout the world, the law provides for criminal penalties for corrupt officials, and Government generally implements the law effectively. However, it noted that “there were isolated reports of government corruption during the year, and administration officials responded to the reports.There remained a widespread public perception of corruption involving officials at all levels, including the police and the judiciary.”
However, prosecutors have appealed the decision with the case to be heard before a court in Versailles, outside Paris on March 4.“Above all it is a good thing for the French team. That is what I have always said and I repeat it,” Zidane said on Saturday.“I hope that this matter is fixed quickly and that is what is happening. I am happy above all for the French national team.”The French Football Federation (FFF) suspended Benzema from the national team after he was placed under formal investigation in November for alleged complicity in a blackmail attempt targeting Valbuena.If the judge’s decision to lift the restrictions is upheld, it could pave the way for Benzema to return to the national team in time for Euro 2016, which France is hosting.Benzema has denied any wrongdoing but could face a five-year jail term if found guilty.Zidane is a legend in France having won the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 with Les Bleus.However, his and Madrid’s continued support of Benzema has been in stark contrast to the treatment received by the 28-year-old in his homeland.Benzema has continued to play for Madrid and is enjoying his best ever goalscoring season having struck 23 times in 24 games.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane. — file photoMADRID, February 20 – Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane described the partial lifting legal restrictions on Real striker Karim Benzema as “a good thing” for the French team as hopes have been raised Benzema could now feature in the European Championships later this year.Restrictions prevented Benzema from seeing international teammate Mathieu Valbuena due to his alleged involvement in blackmailing Valbuena in a sextape case were lifted by a French judge on Thursday.
Andy Gray joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to deliver his verdict on a thrilling first weekend of Premier League action.The opening day began with a big shock as Swansea secured a 2-1 victory at Old Trafford to get Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United reign off to a losing start.After such a promising pre-season, United were hugely disappointing and, according to Gray, they are unlikely to finish in the top four, let alone win back the title, unless they strengthen considerably.“This Manchester United team and squad needs major surgery,” said the expert pundit and former Scotland international.“Bringing in Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw since the season ended way back in May is not going to be good enough to bridge the gap, certainly for the title, and it may not even be enough to bridge the gap to get them into the Champions League.“Another season with no Champions League football would be catastrophic for Manchester United.”
Because Golden West holds such a large number of adjustable-rate mortgages, Wachovia runs the risk of inheriting more losses if rising monthly payments cause more borrowers to default on their home loans. “There are quite a bit of misgivings about the timing of this deal,” said Thomas Burnett, director of research for Wall Street Access. “People are worried that Wachovia is buying into the peak of the mortgage market.” In a conference call with analysts Monday, Herb Sandler dismissed those worries as “a bunch of garbage.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsGolden West earned $1.5 billion last year, primarily from making the adjustable-rate mortgage loans that have been its bread and butter for decades. The Oakland-based company began to take shape 43 years ago when the husband-and-wife team of Herbert and Marion Sandler paid $4 million for a San Francisco Bay Area savings and loan with just $34 million in assets and 25 employees. Boasting $125 billion in assets and 11,600 employees today, Golden West now ranks as the nation’s second-largest savings and loan behind Washington Mutual Co. The Sandlers, now in their mid-70s, have remained Golden West’s co-chief executive officers in one of corporate America’s most unique partnerships. In a report issued Monday, CreditSights analyst David Hendler said the deal raises questions about whether a large bank like Wachovia will be able to retain the same personal touch that made Golden West such a success under the Sandlers. Although they refused to sign an employment agreement with Wachovia, the Sandlers have promised to remain on board as long as Wachovia Chairman Ken Thompson desires. SAN FRANCISCO – Wachovia Corp., the nation’s fourth-largest bank, is muscling into the West with a $24.2 billion deal to buy Golden West Financial Corp., a mom-and-pop shop that blossomed into a prized savings and loan. The stock-and-cash acquisition initially valued Golden West at $25.5 billion, or $81.07 per share – 15 percent above the company’s last price on the New York Stock Exchange before the takeover was announced late Sunday. But the proposed sale price dropped as Wachovia’s stock declined amid investor concerns about how the deal will affect the bank’s future earnings. Wachovia shares fell $3.97, or 6.7 percent, to close at $55.42 on the New York Stock Exchange, where Golden West shares rose $4.39, or 6.2 percent, to finish at $74.90. With the takeover, Charlotte, N.C.-based Wachovia would pick up a 285-branch network spanning 10 states that would fill a void in the company’s operations. Wachovia especially wants to raise its profile in California, where Golden West holds $32 billion in deposits and operates 123 branches under the World Savings Bank brand.
14 14 Francis Coquelin – 3 – Let Robben cut inside for the opening goal far too easily in what was another weak performance by the Frenchman. His place as a regular starter is sure to come under immediate scrutiny Alex Iwobi – 4 – A hugely disappointing performance by the youngster and is likely to test Arsene Wengers love of the Nigerian forward. Lazy defensively and provided no attacking threat Laurent Koscielny – 6 – Led his side by example when he was on the pitch and earned his side a penalty to level the scores. Unsurprisingly, the captain left the pitch injured and Arsenal simply collapsed 14 David Ospina – 8 – There was plenty of talk surrounding the Colombians likely inclusion but despite conceding five goals the goalkeeper produced an outstanding display 14 14 SUB – Theo Walcott – 5 – Lost his place to Alex Iwobi and will have been fuming considering how the Nigerian played. Given no chance to make a genuine impact as he trudged on with the Gunners 4-1 down SUB – Olivier Giroud – N/A – The Frenchman came on for a late cameo, but he probably wish he hadnt bothered. His biggest contribution was looking up to the sky in complete despair SUB – Gabriel – 4 – Replaced the injured Koscielny early in the second half and played a major part in his sides collapse after the half time interval. Not up to the required standard. Granit Xhaka – 6 – Looked impressive and was threatening to become a creative force in the Gunners midfield. However, as his sides standards nosedived so did his temper as the Swiss international lost his cool Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 6 – Provided plenty of energy in the Arsenal midfield as he once again provided a spark for the Gunners. His teammates lack of fight did not rub off on him 14 Mesut Ozil – 4 – Another largely anonymous performance by Arsenals disappearing man. Came close with a free-kick in the first half and should have put his side in front but produced a tame effort 14 14 14 14 14 14 Alexis Sanchez – 7 – Looked to have the better of Hummels and was a source of inspiration for the away side. Nobody would blame the Chilean for looking beyond the Emirates to satisfy his undoubted talent. 14 14 Arsenal were humiliated by Bayern Munich on Wednesday night as the Gunners were thrashed 5-1 at the Allianz Arena.It could easily have been more had it not been for the heroics of David Ospina, with the Colombian denying the Bavarian giants on a host of occasions.Alexis Sanchez’s equaliser seems all but a world away now for Arsene Wenger’s side.But how did we rate their individual performances? Click the right arrow above to find out…Have you got what it takes to be the best in Europe? Sign up to Dream Team’s new Fantasy Football game and you could win £100,000! Hector Bellerin – 5 – The speedy defender struggled to deal with the likes of Arjen Robben and failed to provide an attacking threat Kieran Gibbs – 5 – Enjoyed a good first half but saw his performance gradually slip towards disaster. Bayern enjoyed particular success down his flank Shkodran Mustafi – 4 – The German international was far too lax in his marking and has gradually become a figure of weakness in the Arsenal backline
14 14 Philippe Coutinho – 8 – A sublime free-kick helped fans remember the good times with their Brazilian playmaker. Also produced a wonderful cross for Salah to open the scoring. Alberto Moreno – 7 – The Spaniard, while accused of being defensively naïve, is always a threat going forward. Drew the foul for Coutinhos free-kick and made a positive habit of finding space on his flank. Mohamed Salah – 8 – A superb finish from the tightest of angles gave Liverpool and early lead. A constant threat and looks to be one of the signings of the summer already. 14 14 Roberto Firmino – 6 – Linked up nicely with Coutinho at times and looked in his element alongside his compatriot. Not the most lively performance on a whole, however. Georginio Wijnaldum – 5 – So often anonymous away from home, Wijnaldum drifted through proceedings at the King Power Stadium. Kept possession ticking over but did little else of note. SUB – Daniel Sturridge – 7 – Helped change the game for Liverpool in the attacking third and showed his quality with an inch-perfect pass for Henderson to score. 14 14 Simon Mignolet – 5 – A penalty save masked what was a shaky performance by the Belgian. Missed a punch to gift Leicester an opening goal before teeing up Vardy with a weak save to his right. SUB – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – N/A – Came on too late to make an impact. Joel Matip – 6 – To nobodys surprise, Matip looked the calmer of Liverpools defensive pairing. Guilty of making a mess of a few simple clearances when there was little to no pressure. 14 Dejan Lovren – 5 – A nervous showing by the Croatian. Struggled to keep the offside line when given the task of dealing with the trickery and pace of Mahrez. 14 14 14 14 14 SUB – James Milner – 6 – His experience proved invaluable to securing all three points as Leicester piled on the pressure. 14 Jordan Henderson – 8 – An all-round impressive performance by the Reds captain. Started the move which led to Coutinhos free-kick and got himself on the score-sheet with a well taken goal. Liverpool avenged their midweek Carabao Cup exit as the Reds edged past Leicester 3-2 at the King Power Stadium.Goals from Mohamed Salah, Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson ensured the Reds put their most recent defeat behind them against Craig Shakespeare’s side.Jurgen Klopp’s men move level on points with fourth placed Tottenham thanks to their win as they looks to keep in touch with those at the top.But how did the Reds perform at the King Power Stadium?Click the right arrow, above, to see talkSPORT’s Liverpool player ratings… Emre Can – 7 – It was the German midfielders searching pass which allowed Coutinho time and space to cross for Salah. Showed his leadership in the centre of the park. 14 Joe Gomez – 5 – Found it tough going to deal with the pace of Vardy and co. Too easily beaten on occasions and was unfortunate to get the touch to set up Okazaki for Leicesters first goal.
The number of Chinese tourists increased 41 percent in 2003-04 over the previous year. That number also grew by 26 percent in 2004-05 over 2003-04. Tourism is the second largest industry in Los Angeles, employing more than 260,000 area residents. In 2005, 24.9 million tourists visited Los Angeles, contributing $28.5 billion in total economic impact, including direct visitor spending, according to the Mayor’s Office. The mayor is set to visit Japan next week. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Los Angeles will open a tourism office in Beijing, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced Sunday during his 14-day trip through Asia to promote trade. Saying the tourism industry is critical to the economic health of Los Angeles, the mayor said the office would market the city to the Chinese as an attractive business and leisure destination. “With the opening of the new tourism office in Beijing, Los Angeles is putting down a permanent welcome mat for the tens of millions of Chinese tourists who will visit our great city in the coming years,” he said in a printed statement. “More tourism means more jobs and a healthier economy.” Of the $12.9 billion in direct visitor spending in Los Angeles in 2005, officials said $78 million was generated by visitors from China, and Chinese tourists were the fastest-growing foreign-visitor group.
1 Tammy Abraham’s brilliant debut season for Chelsea continued on Wednesday evening as he claimed his first ever Champions League goal.The Blues forward put his side ahead when he collected a pass from Fikayo Tomori and controlled the ball before firing home. And following his strike, a brilliant stat has emerged which has once again shown how well these young English stars are playing for Frank Lampard.Abraham’s goal was Chelsea’s first in the Champions League scored and assisted by two English players since March 2012, when Lampard himself set up John Terry against Napoli.Coincidentally, that was the year Chelsea went onto win their first ever Champions League title – so could this be a good omen for the west London side? Chelsea Twitter 1 – Tammy Abraham’s goal (assisted by Fikayo Tomori) was Chelsea’s first in the Champions League scored and assisted by two English players since March 2012, when Frank Lampard set up John Terry against Napoli. Lions. pic.twitter.com/GxQgJAAoIA— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 2, 2019Unfortunately for Chelsea, their lead didn’t last long as Lille were level with just over half an hour gone as their leading scorer Victor Osimhen rose highest to head home a corner.Jonathan Bamba’s flag-kick was converted by the Nigerian for his seventh goal of the season – another goal in which Chelsea have failed to deal with a set-piece.However, thankfully for Lampard, Willian struck late on to secured a crucial first three points for the Blues in Group H. Abraham netted the opener for Chelsea against Lille