Explosive McCullum leads Knight Riders to another win

first_imgA brilliant 91 from Brendon McCullum and a composed bowling performance from the Trinbago Knight Riders set up a 36-run victory over Jamaica Tallawahs in Match 24 of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) on Saturday night. .McCullum’s explosive 91 helped the Knight Riders equal the highest score this season of 208 – a total that proved too many for the Tallawahs despite a good batting pitch.After being put into bat the Knight Riders innings got off to the worst possible start when Sunil Narine picked out mid-off from the first ball of the innings, bowled by Krishmar Santokie.This season the Knight Riders have not allowed early wickets to inhibit their stroke-play and here was no different. Through a mixture of poor bowling and excellent batting McCullum and Colin Munro hit four boundaries each in the PowerPlay, taking the Knight Riders to 58 for 1 after six overs.The end of the field restrictions did not slow the Knight Riders who took 34 off the three overs immediately after the PowerPlay, hitting one boundary an over and running proactively.A partnership of 92 was ended off the last ball of the ninth over when Munro mis-timed Rovman Powell to long-on. Darren Bravo hit the last ball of the tenth over for six to take the Knight Riders to 100 for 2 at the halfway stage.The second half of the innings brought no letup in the scoring rate. A single on the off side took McCullum to his fifty off 35 balls. His next scoring shot was an outrageous ramp shot off Odean Smith that went for six.An explosive cameo from Darren Bravo of 28 off 13 balls propelled the Knight Riders through the late middle overs. After 15 overs they were 156 for 3.The powerful Robbie Frylink only made 15 off 10 before holing out to long-on. With McCullum approaching his century he was starved of the strike before eventually falling for 91 as he picked out long off against Williams. A frenetic finish saw the Knight Riders blitz 17 off the last seven balls to end with 208.In pursuit of 209 the Tallawahs innings got off to a disastrous start when Glenn Phillips was expertly stumped by Dinesh Ramdin after Nikita Miller’s second ball slid down the leg side.Kumar Sangakkara responded to the loss of the early wicket in emphatic fashion hitting four fours in his first ten balls followed by an audacious inside out drive over cover off Narine for six. Two tight overs followed but a critical sixth over was taken for 19 by Lendl Simmons, leaving the Tallawahs 61-1 after six overs and well and truly in the chase.Sangakkara was lucky to be dropped three times—one only a half chance—early on in his innings, but he still had to capitalise on his good fortune. A second six off the last ball of Narine’s second over took the Tallawahs to 80-1 after 8 overs and a swivel four took Sangakkara to his fifty. An attempted ramp off Frylink was one shot too many and he was bowled for a superb 53. The very next ball Simmons edged a leg cutter from Javon Searles through to Ramdin and the Knight Riders were in command once more.A sparky cameo of 21 off 12 balls from Andre McCarthy rekindled Tallawahs hopes but they needed more than just cameos. 33 came from the four overs between 12 and 16 leaving the Tallawahs requiring an unlikely 60 from 24 balls.It was then that two wickets in two balls from Searles, Mahmudullah caught for a painstaking 6 off 11 and then the key man of Powell caught behind, all but ended the match.Defeat for the Tallawahs means that they have still not qualified for the Play Off stage with Barbados Tridents and Guyana Amazon Warriors in pursuit.Upcoming Fixtures:Tuesday – Barbados Tridents v Guyana Amazon Warriors, Bridgetown, 6.00pmWednesday – Jamaica Tallawahs v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, Kingston, 6.00pmlast_img read more

WWE: Here are draft predictions for SmackDown Live and RAW for 2019

first_img WATCH US LIVE Written By Last Updated: 3rd October, 2019 18:24 IST WWE: Here Are Draft Predictions For SmackDown Live And RAW For 2019 The World Wrestling Entertainment draft is all set to take place on October 11, 2019, for SmackDown and October 14, 2019, for Raw. Here is a prediction about it FOLLOW US COMMENT First Published: 3rd October, 2019 18:24 ISTcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) draft is all set to take place on October 11, 2019, for SmackDown and October 14, 2019, for Raw. The most significant prediction is that Becky Lynch is probably going move to SmackDown Live in the WWE Draft 2019. The draft is going to take place after the Hell in a Cell PPV, Becky Lynch will be defending Raw Women’s Championship against Sasha Banks. She is likely to lose the title at the PPV, freeing herself to be selected by SmackDown. Plus, Fox is advertising Becky for WWE SmackDown, which draws us to this conclusion. Read | WWE Hell in a Cell: Date, time and where to watch the WWE PPVAnother draft to be predicted is of Finn Balor. The biggest reason behind the move is because it would set him up to join the O.C faction. He has been a babyface since he joined WWE, and it would be engaging with them to change his directions. His move to Raw will probably see him with AJ Styles, Luke Gallows, and Karl Anderson.Read | WWE Hell in a Cell: Match details and predictions for the upcoming PPVWWE news: Splitting of Asuka and Kairi SaneBoth Asuka and Kairi Sane have the potential and talent to be top singles, and their tag team is just hurting their won images. This would lead to a lot of exciting feuds like Asuka vs Sasha Banks and Asuka vs Becky Lynch II. Also, Kairi Sane vs every single member of the Four Horsewomen will be another thrilling clash. WWE will probably plan this split of Kabuki Warriors in this draft for their good. Read | WWE Hell In A Cell: Everything you need to know about the Pay-per-ViewWWE news: Superstars going undraftedAnother thing to be predicted is that a Superstar from SmackDown will go undrafted. Someone like Apollo Crews has a chance to be undrafted as he acts as a heel and he doesn’t have a face in WWE. After this, he will be probably shifted to NXT and NXT UK over the next few months. He will have to work his way up to SmackDown or Raw.Read | WWE Raw: Best from the current roster including Braun Strowman Akhil Nambiar last_img read more

DeAndre Jordan, Blake Griffin lead Clippers past Detroit Pistons

first_img“We didn’t put up a resistance,” Smith said. “They had transition 3s, open looks at 3s and they were getting layups in transition and throwing lobs and we just let them have everything. I don’t know what happened.”Jordan made his first seven shots. Blake Griffin added 25 points and Jamal Crawford scored 26 for the Clippers, who are now 6-2 since losing star point guard Chris Paul to a shoulder injury.J.J. Redick added 20 points for Los Angeles, including two four-point plays when the Pistons fouled him beyond the arc.Rodney Stuckey scored 29 points for Detroit and Smith added 24, but the Pistons got almost nothing from their starting backcourt. Brandon Jennings went scoreless and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored only six points.Jordan dunked four times in the first quarter alone. The Clippers led 64-53 at halftime after shooting 66 percent from the field. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “They’ve got to be able to step up with J.J., Jamal, Matt (Barnes), guys like that,” Jordan said. “So I was open a lot at the rim early.”Jordan has six double-doubles in the last seven games, and his most impressive dunk of the day was probably a one-handed alley-oop from Redick in the third quarter. Jordan’s eyes were around rim level on that one, which gave Los Angeles an 82-67 lead.“That’s the way they play. They pound the ball inside, and they are always looking for the lob,” Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks said. “They don’t usually get as many of them as they did tonight, but that’s what they do.”Redick bounced back after a 4-for-17 showing against Indiana on Saturday. His first four-point play put the Clippers up 38-33 in the second quarter. His second came in the third, after the Pistons had cut the lead to six and looked ready for a potential run.“That’s my job — to knock down some shots,” Redick said. “I think we played really well in that second quarter, and then in that third quarter we had another good stretch.”The last player with two four-point plays in one game was Crawford, who did it for Golden State against Denver on March 28, 2009, according to STATS.“I figured he’d probably done it before,” Redick said. “He’s the master.”Once the Clippers pulled away, about the only fun moment for most of the crowd came when a fan seated courtside was drenched by a drink after the ball went sailing out of bounds right at him. He seemed to take the mishap in good spirits, and the game was delayed briefly while the floor in front of him was cleaned.Detroit trailed by as many as 20 points in the fourth. The Pistons cut the deficit to nine late in the game, but Jordan punctuated a terrific day with yet another alley-oop dunk.“It was a good performance. It wasn’t a great performance,” Griffin said. “I thought we relaxed too much at certain times. In the fourth quarter, we should have done a better job.”NOTES: Caldwell-Pope fouled Redick on both four-point plays. … Jordan finished 8 of 11 from the field and 0 for 6 on free throws. … Jennings missed all seven of his shots from the field, going scoreless for only the second time in 330 career games. It also happened in March, when he was with Milwaukee. … The Pistons dropped to 7-14 at home this season. They are 10-10 on the road.center_img AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — There’s something about the Detroit Pistons that seems to bring out DeAndre Jordan’s best dunks.Jordan had 16 points and 21 rebounds — dunking seven times with a layup — and the Los Angeles Clippers breezed to a 112-103 victory over the Pistons on Monday. Jordan threw down a memorable dunk on Detroit’s Brandon Knight last March. Knight is no longer on the Pistons, but Jordan put on another highlight show in this meeting against Detroit big men Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe.“We knew we had to bring it,” Jordan said.Detroit’s Josh Smith had his own explanation.last_img read more

Saudi Visa Suspension ‘Saddens’ Muslim Council

first_imgThe Chairman of the National Muslim Council of Liberia, Sheik Karfumba Konneh, has described the suspension of visas by Saudi Arabia to three West African countries as ‘sad.’The Saudi Arabian government Tuesday, March 25, decided to “suspend visa issuance” to Liberian Muslims, following reports of the deadly Ebola virus outbreak in the Mano River Union (MRU) sub-region; which includes Guinea, where the disease has had its worst toll.According to the Chairperson of the National Muslim Council, Liberian Muslims are not the only ones being affected by the Saudi’s action. He revealed that Muslims from Guinea, Gambia and Sierra Leone have been restricted as well.Speaking in an interview with the Daily Observer Thursday, April 3, Sheik Kafumba Konneh said they had faith in Almighty Allah that before the time for the main pilgrimage reaches, Allah would have passed the Ebola plague over Liberia and Muslims would go to Mecca for their “once in a lifetime” experience.He said the Founder—Prophet Mohammed—of the Islamic Religion, had mandated every Muslim to visit Mecca, which include adhering to one of the five pillars of Islam.The Liberian Islamic scholar spoke with the Observer at his Clay Street resident on Thursday, April 3.He stated that while the Saudi’s action saddens the National Muslim Council, their (the Saudi government’s) decision was “understandable.” According to him, 1,500 years ago, the Prophet Mohammed said, “When there is epidemic (contagious virus), Muslims should restrict their movement and even those in the safe areas should not come into the place that is affected with the virus.”“We want the government of Liberia, Africa and the World Health Organization (WHO) to rise up and ensure this Ebola virus does not spread further. If that is done, Muslims will be able to travel to any of the holy places.”The Islamic cleric explained that they were aware of the situation of the deadly Ebola virus and were trusting in Allah that before the hajj, it would be over and Muslims allowed to fulfill one of the pillars of Islam.He further explained that the issue of traveling to the holy land of Mecca, Jerusalem and Medina was important for each Muslim as it was a once in a life time experience as many life changing things occur at the land of Mohammed.“We must go there once as a Muslim because it allows us to visit historical sites, including the place where Prophet Adam and his wife Hawa [Eve] lived on Mount Arafat. Muslims also see the graves of Prophet Mohammed and his wives and children.”He said Prophet Mohammed once said there is no sickness on earth without cure; something that Muslim people believe strongly. This is why they have faith the threat of Ebola will soon be over.He called on Muslims to be prayerful and trust that Allah will solve the situation and they would be able to visit those holy sites.He disclosed that the Muslim Council in Liberia has asked the Saudi authorities responsible for the hajj to allocate at least 1,000 slots for Liberian Muslims.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more