Some major players in local basketball have expressed grave disappointment in Mark Broomfield’s administration after a year in office.Urban Knights’ Gordon Porter and Pete Matthews of Runnin Rebels say basketball is in its worst state in 10 years and that there is no confidence in the administration and its president to attract sponsorship or support of any kind.Porter and Matthews highlighted declines in the sport and the implications of not having a top-flight tournament. The National Basketball League (NBL) will have been out of commission for three seasons this August.Both agreed there is no faith in the administration and its leadership but are willing to give Broomfield time before they consider a no-confidence vote, though they insist that something needs to happen fast.”The major problem the association faces is negative perception. Corporate Jamaica has no confidence in the leadership, and it’s pertaining to what happened in the previous administration, so the present administration is having a hard time convincing the corporate sector to come on board.”As a consequence, the NBL has not restarted, and it is causing other problems because top players are not able to compete at the highest level. Players have not played in two years, others are playing in the lower leagues, and it’s creating all sorts of issues as it’s filtering over to other competitions and it has serious implications for basketball,” he reasoned.The general lack of sponsorship and a flagship tournament are having a dire impact on the sport’s development, said Matthews, who believes that they might have to revamp from the grass-roots level.NO SPONSORSHIP”There is absolutely no sponsorship, and the present administration cannot garner any money, so we don’t know what is going to happen. I can wholeheartedly say I have no confidence in the administration.”We have players sitting down three years, getting fat, players who were coming along, and now there is no top-level league for them to compete in because corporate Jamaica has no confidence in the association, so we are wondering what is going to happen to basketball,” he insisted.Broomfield said that the accusations are not entirely true and insisted that they are slowly trying to rebuild corporate Jamaica’s confidence, but it’s taking time.”How do you gain confidence? To rebuild a sport that has sustained certain damage requires more than a sponsor. I am one hundred per cent sure the corporate community doesn’t question my integrity. Our annual financial statements for 2013-2014 are out and our books are open for those who want to look. That is the only way we can regain confidence. We have to rebrand what we have in this tight economic space, and it requires sacrifice,” he said.
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The India-England Test series is poised beautifully. Both teams have won a match each in the three games played in the 5-game series till now. The first match of the series ended in a draw. At Lord’s, India defeated England with pace and bounce, whereas at Southampton England’s spinner Moeen Ali bamboozled Indian batsmen with a six-wicket haul to give them the game. Live ScoreIndia have never won a Test match at Old Trafford. The last time they played there was a drawn game in 1990, in which Sachin Tendulkar made his first Test 100 and saved India from defeat. Experts are saying that this will be the quickest turf in the series with lots of bounce and pace.Saw the pitch yesterday …Hard …quite grassy for Old Trafford .. Should be quickest pitch we have seen David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd (@BumbleCricket) August 6, 2014Old Trafford is considered England’s fortress. Last year, the pitch played well and had some venom for pace bowlers when Australia played the home team. That game, marred by rain, ended in a draw. But this was the same venue where Shane Warne bowled his ball of the century in 1993.The last three games witnessed perfect weather, but there will be rain around Manchester during this Test match.The squads:England: AN Cook (c), MM Ali, JM Anderson, GS Ballance, IR Bell, SCJ Broad, JC Buttler (wk), ST Finn, CJ Jordan, SD Robson, JE Root, BA Stokes, CR WoakesIndia: MS Dhoni (c, wk), VR Aaron, R Ashwin, STR Binny, S Dhawan, G Gambhir, RA Jadeja, V Kohli, B Kumar, Mohammed Shami, NV Ojha, IC Pandey, Pankaj Singh, CA Pujara, AM Rahane, I Sharma, RG Sharma, M Vijayadvertisement
LIMA, Peru – Canada was told in advance that the U.S., Britain and France were planning to launch airstrikes against Syria, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Saturday — but was not asked to participate.“We were apprised in advance of the operation,” Trudeau told reporters at the end of a three-day visit to Peru. “We were very supportive. And there was no request for Canada to join as part of that operation.”The comments came as the international community was still grappling with the aftermath of the Friday’s airstrikes against the Syrian government in retaliation for a suspected chemical-weapons attack that killed dozens of people.U.S. officials have said the strikes hit three chemical-weapons facilities, including one in Damascus and two in Homs. U.S. President Donald Trump hailed the attacks on Twitter as “perfectly executed,” adding: “Mission Accomplished!”Syria has denied launching any chemical-weapons attacks, including one on April 7 in the rebel-held enclave of Douma that killed at least 43 people and injured hundreds more and was the catalyst for Friday’s airstrikes.Russia, which has emerged as Syrian President Bashar Assad’s strongest supporter, previously suggested Israel and Britain were behind the Douma attack and expressed outrage Saturday over the airstrikes.The U.S., Canada and their allies have largely dismissed Damascus’s denials and said the strikes were necessary, but have not said how they know that the Syrian government was responsible for the chemical-weapon attacks.The joint airstrikes occurred as Trudeau was attending the Summit of the Americas, which brings together leaders from across the Western Hemisphere every four years, and which was largely overshadowed by the Syria crisis.Earlier in the day, U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence thanked Canada for backing the strikes and explicitly singled Trudeau out for praise during his address to summit participants.For his part, Trudeau described the airstrikes as “unfortunate, but necessary” to stop the Syrian government from launching further chemical-weapons attacks against civilians.“This is something we cannot accept, the use of chemical weapons on civilians,” he said, “and the international community needs to continue to stand extremely strongly as we continue to hold Syria accountable.”The prime minister also had some tough words for Russia, not only for its support to the Syrian government, but also its actions in Ukraine and the poisoning of a former Russian spy. Moscow has denied responsibility for the poisoning.“These are things that have demonstrated that Russia is not interested in being a positive actor in the global rules-based order and the rest of the international community needs to stand firmly united,” Trudeau said.