Windies coach Simmons courts controversy

first_imgWest Indies head coach Phil Simmons on Friday courted controversy when he slammed “interference from outside” as the reason for the omission of Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard from the one-day squad, for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka.The 52-year-old Simmons, who took charge of the squad back in March following the International Cricket Council’s Cricket World Cup, said he, chairman of selectors Clive Lloyd, and captain Jason Holder, were all in favour of the Trinidadian duo’s re-inclusion but “people” had used their “influence” to keep them out of the squad.In a candid interview with reporters on the final day of the West Indies camp at the 3Ws Oval, Simmons castigated such interference as “wrong” and said it had robbed the region of its best ODI squad.However, he did not say who the interference was coming from.”I think it’s disappointing from the fact that I haven’t got the best 50-over ODI squad that we can select in the Caribbean,” an irate Simmons said.EXCEPTIONAL SPEECH”The chairman, Mr Lloyd, he came and he gave an exceptional speech saying that he thinks it is time they are back in the squad and he gave exceptional reasons for them being back in the squad.”Unfortunately, when we went into the selection [meeting] we lost it 3-2. Him and myself – the captain doesn’t have a vote in this – but the captain also gave his views as to why they need to be back.””It is wrong and I don’t like it and that is my beef with the selection of the ODI team.”Bravo was sacked as captain, and along with Pollard, controversially axed for the ODI series in South Africa last January, and also overlooked for the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.- CMClast_img read more

Complete attendance as Lassiter, Thompson attend first PH team practice

first_imgJudy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ San Miguel’s Marcio Lassiter, left, and Ginebra’s Scottie Thompson during Philippine team practice at Meralco gym. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAll 16 players named by national team coach Yeng Guiao to be part of the pool showed up for the Philippine team’s first practice ahead of the fourth window of the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers this month.Scottie Thompson and Greg Slaughter of Barangay Ginebra, Marcio Lassiter and Alex Cabagnot of San Miguel Beer and Ian Sangalang of Magnolia were present along with Asian Games team members Christian Standhardinger, Stanley Pringle, Paul Lee, Asi Taulava, Beau Belga, Raymond Almazan, Gabe Norwood and JP Erram.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal View commentscenter_img Rounding out Monday night’s session are Allein Maliksi, Matthew Wright and Japeth Aguilar.Thompson and Slaughter attended despite playing for the Gin Kings on Sunday night in the PBA Governors’ Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The Philippines begins its campaign in the next window on the road against Iran on Sept. 13 in Tehran before hosting Qatar on Sept. 17 in a closed-door tiff at Smart Araneta Coliseum. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES UAAP Season 81: Racela says he’ll be ‘surprised’ if Ateneo loses a game in elims Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Peza offers relief to ecozone firmslast_img read more

Europe finishes off dominant week to win back Ryder Cup

first_imgAllen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. At roughly the same time, in two singles matches on two greens at Le Golf National separated by 150 yards of water, Francesco Molinari and Sergio Garcia each made par to secure at least a half-point, either one giving Europe the 14½ points it needed to regain the Ryder Cup from the Americans.As the celebration was just getting started, Molinari capped off the first 5-0 week at the Ryder Cup for a European.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 ChrissThree of those points came at the expense of Tiger Woods, who left France without contributing a point. Molinari won his singles match against Phil Mickelson, officially putting the winning point on the board for Europe and putting Mickelson in the record book for the most losses in Ryder Cup history.Then, Garcia won his match to set the record for the most career points in Ryder Cup history. The same couldn’t be said for Mickelson or Woods, two giants of their generation, both with losing records in the Ryder Cup.Mickelson didn’t even play on Saturday and lost his matches on Friday and Sunday. He started the week by setting a record with his 12th appearance in the Ryder Cup, and it ended with 22 losses, a record by either side. At 48, he might not get another chance.“I did not play well this year,” Mickelson said. “This could very well, realistically, be my last one.”Woods was 0-4, the first time in eight Ryder Cups that he failed to contribute a single point. This was one week after he capped a personal comeback following four back surgeries by winning the Tour Championship, the 80th of his PGA Tour career and first in more than five years.But he looked like he lacked energy on the course and certainly in his speech over the last two days.“It’s disappointing because I went 0-4, and that’s four points to the European team,” he said. “And I’m one of the contributing factors to why we lost the cup, and it’s not a lot of fun. It’s frustrating because I thought we were all playing pretty well, and I just didn’t perform at the level that I had been playing, and just got behind early in the matches and never got back.”But this was more about the Europeans as a team, and they were tougher than ever on a course they know well.Trailing 10-6 going into the final day of singles, the Americans needed to put red points on the board early to build momentum. It never happened. Justin Thomas won the leadoff match over Rory McIlroy but not until the 18th hole.Webb Simpson and Tony Finau, the lone bright spot among the wild-card picks for Furyk, won easily. Behind them, Woods was hanging tough against Jon Rahm and Dustin Johnson started to pull ahead of Ian Poulter.“There’s always a moment where it looks like a spark of light,” Furyk said. “When it was there for us, Europe played really well.” Europe team captain Thomas Bjorn kisses the cup as he celebrates with his players after the European team won the 2018 Ryder Cup golf tournament at Le Golf National in Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines, outside Paris, France, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France — Europe waited two long years for that one moment when the Ryder Cup was back in its hands.Exactly when it happened Sunday was unclear, making it all the better.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal KaTropa, Hotshots escape with fourth victories Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum That made it 17½-10½, the biggest Ryder Cup rout in 12 years.Two years after the Americans thought they had their Ryder Cup problems figured out, Europe reminded them Sunday which team practically has owned that shiny gold trophy for the last quarter-century.Europe now has won nine of the last 12. The Americans remain winless away from home since 1993.And there wasn’t much U.S. captain Jim Furyk could do about it.“They played some great golf this week, and I take my cap off,” Furyk said. “Thomas was a better captain and their team outplayed us. And there’s nothing else more you can say. They deserved to win.”Molinari was just as good on his own as he was with Tommy Fleetwood, and the best year of his golfing life somehow got better. Just over two months ago, he was posing with that silver claret jug at the British Open as Italy’s first major champion. This felt just as sweet because it was a trophy he shared with a team.“This team has been incredible from the start,” Molinari said. “We were determined to do the job. Nothing was going to stop us. And you saw it on the course.”It was the most lopsided victory since consecutive 18½-9½ victories by Europe more than a decade ago when the Americans looked utterly lost. They formed a Ryder Cup Task Force after the 2014 loss. The idea was to build continuity and momentum, and it seemed to work when the Americans won at Hazeltine in 2016.Now, maybe it’s back to the drawing board.“Let’s be honest — the European side played some exquisite golf,” Mickelson said. LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ It was like that all week.Europe produced stars old and new with a team that was as strong as ever.“We got it right this week,” European captain Thomas Bjorn said. “We never, ever looked toward their team about what they were about. We were about us as a team and what we do. … Everything that this Ryder Cup was is what I think the Ryder Cup should be about for a European team.”Mostly, it’s about winning.The final shot came from Alex Noren, who after conceding a short birdie putt to Bryson DeChambeau on the 18th hole, made a 40-foot birdie putt to win the match.ADVERTISEMENT It wasn’t there long.Rahm won two straight holes with pars to seize control. Johnson hit into the water on the 13th during a four-hole slide that took him from 1 up to 2 down, a match Poulter wound up winning.Thorbjorn Olesen, who had played only one match the previous two days, went 5 up at the turn over Jordan Spieth and won in 14 holes. Spieth is now 0-6 in singles matches in the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup.Garcia was in tears.He played so poorly this year that he failed to qualify for the PGA Tour’s postseason. Bjorn picked him anyway, saying he was the heart and soul of the European team, and Garcia responded by going 3-1. His victory over Rickie Fowler gave him 25½ points in a Ryder Cup career that began in 1999.“I think that a lot of people thought that the Ryder Cup was over before it was played,” Garcia said. “And I guess, unfortunately, they picked the wrong team.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

Neymar wins French player of the year prize

first_img0Shares0000Neymar shows off his French player of the year prize at Sunday’s ceremony in Paris © AFP / FRANCK FIFEPARIS, France, May 13 – Neymar was named as France’s player of the year at an awards ceremony in Paris on Sunday, and later brushed away questions over his future.The Paris Saint-Germain superstar took the prize despite missing the last three months of the season due to injury. The world’s most expensive player scored 19 goals in just 20 league games for PSG before suffering a foot injury in February that required surgery in his native Brazil.He has not played since, and only returned to France from his homeland at the start of this month, fuelling speculation that he could seek to leave the club after just one season.“I am very touched and very happy with our season. It is an honour. Without my teammates, I would never have received this award,” said the 26-year-old, who collected the prize from his illustrious compatriot Ronaldo.Neymar, who joined in PSG’s Ligue 1 title celebrations on Saturday night, refused to discuss his future after collecting his award.“We talk about these things every time the transfer window comes around. I don’t want to talk about anything at the moment,” he said.“Everyone knows why I came here, what my objectives are. Right now, my objective is the World Cup, not talking about transfers.“I spend my whole life, every transfer window, talking about it. It’s a bit annoying.”Neymar beat two of his PSG teammates to the prize, voted for by his fellow players — Edinson Cavani, Ligue 1’s leading scorer this season with 28 goals, and Kylian Mbappe were also nominees, along with Marseille winger Florian Thauvin.Neymar was signed from Barcelona for a world-record 222 million euros ($264 million) last August, and helped PSG on their way to a clean sweep of the domestic trophies.However, his injury appeared to cost Unai Emery’s team dear in their Champions League last-16 tie against Real Madrid — he was unable to play in the second leg, and PSG lost 5-2 on aggregate.– ‘2000 percent sure’ –He is hoping to be back to full fitness in time to lead Brazil at the World Cup in Russia, which starts in a month’s time.Club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi insisted on Saturday that there was no chance Neymar would be leaving.“I am 2000 percent sure he will stay,” Al-Khelaifi said, rejecting talk of a transfer to Real Madrid.“The Spanish media have been talking since October. I don’t respond to rumours, I don’t have the time. But I am sure he will be a Paris Saint-Germain player.”PSG’s dominance of the French game this season was reflected in the awards.Mbappe was named young player of the year, beating off competition from the Lyon duo of Houssem Aouar and Tanguy Ndombele, and Bordeaux’s Brazilian winger Malcom.“I have had a good season. I have changed universe. I had to adapt right away because at clubs like PSG you don’t get given the time,” said the 19-year-old Mbappe, who joined PSG from Monaco on a loan deal last August.That move is set to become permanent this summer for a fee of up to 180 million euros.Mbappe, who has scored 13 league goals, won the same award last year when he helped Monaco to the title, and so follows Eden Hazard in claiming the young player gong two seasons running.Now with Chelsea, Hazard won it in 2009 and 2010 when with Lille.Emery, who will leave PSG at the end of the season, won the coach of the year award.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

England latest: Rooney major doubt for Estonia clash after sitting out training

first_img England captain Wayne Rooney 1 England captain Wayne Rooney appears to be a major doubt for Friday’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Estonia after missing training with an ankle injury.The Manchester United striker suffered the knock in Sunday’s 3-0 defeat to Arsenal in the Premier League.Rooney played all 90 minutes at the Emirates Stadium, but was forced to sit out when the 25-man squad first met at St George’s Park on Tuesday and was missing again for the latest session on Wednesday morning.Despite his injury the Three Lions skipper will remain with the England squad this week, though it remains to be seen whether he will travel to Lithuania for the final qualifier of the campaign on MondayWhether he is in the match-day squad or not, Rooney is still expected to be in attendance at Wembley on Friday, where Sir Bobby Charlton will present the 29-year-old forward with a Golden Boot, to recognise his achievement of becoming England’s all-time leading goal scorer against Switzerland last month.Rooney broke Charlton’s own long-standing tally with a penalty against the Swiss, taking the nation’s record up to 50 goals, and the 1966 World Cup winner will present him with the boot before kick-off.As part of the celebrations, a huge flag adorned with a picture of Rooney will be passed over fans at Wembley on Friday. The background of the surfer flag will be made up of tweets sent in by England fans.The Football Association has also revealed a mural of the England captain will be unveiled in one of the concourses at Wembley before kick-off.last_img read more

Coley, Martel-Phillips lead respective teams to victory at H-DN No.3 cross country meet

first_imgMcKinleyville >> Some familiar faces perched atop the leaderboard at the Humboldt-Del Norte League’s third cross country meet of the season on Wednesday, with Arcata’s Riley Martel-Phillips and McKinlevyille’s Christian Coley leading their teams to victories at McKinleyville High School. In the girls race, Martel-Phillips set the pace early and extended her lead throughout the three-mile course. She posted a time of 19:10 to cruise to 75-second victory over McKinleyville’s Cecelia “CeCe” …last_img read more

How To Make a Hockey Stick Chart

first_imgThe hockey stick is a growth chart that shows some inflection point at which revenue goes up at an extremely high angle and continues in that direction forever.I’ve seen sales plans and projections that show a hockey stick for the future sales, even though there is no plan or data to support that kind of growth can be achieved, other than some data that points to the size of the market.When a company buys another company, they often buy a hockey stick chart that shows them how much revenue and profitability is going to grow, providing them with belief that their investment is going to grow, and showing them how they can very easily profit from their investment in a short period.But, the hockey stick eludes those who don’t understand what it takes to make revenue and profit grow. Reality intervenes, mocking them and their hockey stick chart. The chart in no way reflects what it really takes to produce those results.It is incredibly difficult to build a high-performing sales organization. Most people underestimate the amount of time, money, and energy required. Especially how much energy is required from leadership.Lots of companies lose focus because they get tied down in the day-to-day operational problems that plague every company. Their attention shifts away from client acquisition, order acquisition, and creating new revenue. Their energy is consumed by compliance, regulatory issues, and a list of other problems that have nothing to do with client acquisition and growth.The hockey stick chart comes only when you are firing on all cylinders, winning new clients, while retaining your existing clients and growing your wallet share. You have to get a lot of things right.Wanting growth isn’t the same as being motivated and driven to do what it takes to grow. You bring to life only what you focus on.If you bought the hockey stick chart, frame it and hang it on your wall. A picture is what you really bought. If you want results that look like a hockey stick, you are going to have to dig in and build a high-performing sales organization. Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Nowlast_img read more

Choosing the Infections that Make Up Your Sales Mindset

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now The sales pundit who tells you that there is no way to create value for your dream clients, that they prefer instead to buy without any help from a salesperson, has infected you with their belief, if you accept that statement as being true.The prognosticator who prematurely shouts that salespeople are going to lose jobs by the millions in the next few years has also installed a virus in your operating system, if you believe this is to be a fact and act on it.When someone puts forth the idea that one generation is not recognizable to previous generations and will not fall eventually into the patterns of the dominant culture they are a part of, they are sharing an opinion that doesn’t jive with the lessons of history.The idea that everything is going to collapse into being a simple transaction, regardless of industry, regardless of business, regardless of strategy, and regardless of any other fact is infecting you with their belief, even when this idea isn’t true.There are other beliefs, healthier beliefs, with which you might decide to be infected.You could choose to believe that you have the ability and the responsibility to create value for your dream clients, deciding that you can help them make better decisions because of what you know and how much you care.You can decide that while some sales jobs will disappear far into the future, that it won’t be yours. You might also look at the research and see for yourself that there is a massive shortage of salespeople now, and that it’s third on the list.You might also recognize that people of all generations share far more in common than their few differences. You can study history and realize that deep human needs don’t dominate behavior, even buying behaviors. Meet the new boss . . .Markets are changing, but they are not collapsing into being purely transactional. They are splitting into two different strategies. You can do as well in one as the other. You can choose to believe that you can choose to go the other direction and succeed.Some beliefs speak to your fears. These beliefs disempower you. Other beliefs speak to the better part of you, the part of you that is drive, purpose, and meaning. You can choose what you allow yourself to be infected with. Choose thoughtfully and carefully.last_img read more

How to Catch Up When You Fall Behind

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now Every task you scratch off your to-do list is only replaced by three more. Responding to an email only returns two more, both of which make some commitment on your time. There is never enough time to get everything done and, over time, you fall far enough behind that you need to start catching up.Here is a five-step plan for catching up and getting back on course.Preventative MeasuresThe first rule of getting out of a hole is to stop digging.Say No to Anything New: We all feel the need to be helpful to others and to be a team player. We agree to join this project or sit on this task group or lead this initiative, even though we agree to give it time we already can’t afford. It is both polite and professional to say no to requests for your time, especially when you are unable to give it the attention it deserves, and more so when that lack of time is going to make the project less than it might have been with someone passionate enough about it to give it their time.Renegotiate Your Commitments: If you have yes to something you should have said no to, do something about it now. The people you have made commitments to will forgive you if you ask them to allow you to bow out. They have their priorities, and they will almost invariably let you out when you explain that you need time for your most important tasks and projects. If you want to mitigate the fact that they need help, offer to introduce them to someone else who has the time and interest.Catching UpFocus on the few things that are most important and work until completed.Prioritize Your Work: Not all tasks and projects are equal in value to you, to your clients, or your business. Some of that you need to do is much more valuable, especially the ones required for the future results you need. You will never have an empty project or task list, but you can make good decisions about which few things deserve your time and focus. Starting with a simple list on a legal pad, write down what needs to be done first, as well as the next few tasks that should follow your biggest priority.Schedule Focus Blocks: Put two blocks of 90-minutes on your calendar for the most important outcome you need to produce. Put both of those blocks on the same day, one in the morning, and one in the afternoon. Block out all distractions, including the phone, email, and especially the internet. Give your full attention to your task for 90 minutes without interruption. Each of the two blocks will feel to you like a good half day’s work, and if you are like most people, you will get more work done than you thought possible.Work to Completion: Complete the most important thing you need to do before moving on to the next item on your list. Start on the next most important outcomes once you complete the first. Not completing work only creates a greater feeling that you are not getting anything done. Nothing is coming off your list, and it feels like running on a treadmill that speeds up the longer you run. The benefit in this approach is that your most important work gets your time and energy—and it gets done.If you have fallen behind, these five steps will help you catch up. If you want help, check out read more