ST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC0 — Batting superstar Chris Gayle will take no part in the four-match Twenty20 series against Pakistan starting later this month, after being left out of 16-man squad announced Saturday.The left-handed Gayle also did not play in the three-match series against the Pakistanis last September in the United Arab Emirates, after advising selectors he was unavailable for selection.However, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) release on Saturday offered no explanation for Gayle’s omission from the squad which will be led again by all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite.Jamaican Gayle has been a key member of the West Indies T20 set-up and remains one of the world’s premier batsmen in the shortest format.He averages 35 from 50 T20 Internationals with two hundreds and has already plundered nearly 10 000 runs in T20s overall.Gayle last appeared for West Indies in the Twenty20 World Cup in India last April when he helped the Caribbean side win an unprecedented second title.Also missing from the squad is experienced all-rounder Dwayne Bravo who played in the last series in the UAE.He was extremely critical of the WICB following the Windies’ 3-0 whitewash in the UAE, contending their abrupt firing of head coach Phil Simmons had demoralised the unit.The 33-year-old underwent surgery last January for a hamstring injury sustained in the Australia Big Bash and has been recovering since.Also missing from the Windies’ last outing are batsman Nicholas Pooran and Johnson Charles, while marquee all-rounder Andre Russell is unavailable due to a doping whereabouts suspension.Batsman Lendl Simmons, who missed the last series through medical reasons, has returned and joins other seasoned campaigners in off-spinner Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard and Marlon Samuels.Meanwhile, Jonathan Carter and Jason Mohammed have forced their way into the squad, presumably based on their form in the recent one-day series against England.They are two of three new faces with left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul a surprise inclusion after having not suited up for West Indies in two years.He oddly makes it into the squad ahead of fellow left-armer Sulieman Benn who snatched 18 wickets in the recent Regional Super50 but has once again been ignored by selectors.Impressive all-rounder Rovman Powell, yet to make his T20 debut, has retained his place in the squad.Test and one-day captain Jason Holder has also kept his place in the squad despite having not played a T20 in 16 months.West Indies face Pakistan in the first T20 on March 26 at Kensington Oval before clashing in the remaining games at Queen’s Park Oval from March 30 to April 2.SQUAD — Carlos Brathwaite (captain), Samuel Badree, Jonathan Carter, André Fletcher, Jason Holder, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Sunil Narine, Veerasammy Permaul, Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Jerome Taylor, Chadwick Walton, Keswick Williams.
After a win over crosstown rivals UCLA, the USC women’s tennis team is ready to leave for Ojai, Calif., to compete in the Pac-12 championships from Wednesday until Sunday. The Women of Troy are seeking their first Pac-12 title since 1985.The No. 19 Women of Troy are currently undefeated in the Pac-12 with a 7-0 record. Overall they are 12-4 on the season, with the last loss coming at the hands of UCLA on Feb. 25.The Trojans currently have three players in the singles rankings. At No. 24 is senior Giuliana Olmos. The senior has an 11-3 record on the season and has a perfect 5-0 record in conference matches, with all wins coming from the top spot. At No. 115 is freshman Rianna Valdes, followed by sophomore Madison Westby at No. 116.In the doubles field the Women of Troy are led by Olmos and her partner, sophomore Gabby Smith, who are ranked No. 7 in the country. They are followed by Westby and junior Zoe Katz, ranked No. 80 in the country.The Women of Troy will face No. 13 Stanford (13-5, 8-1) to decide the Pac-12 champion. It’s the first meeting between the two teams, as their previous match on March 11 was canceled due to weather conditions.Stanford upset Cal last week 4-3 to hand the top-ranked Golden Bears their first loss of the season and set up Wednesday’s title match.In singles, four players are ranked nationally. Junior Carol Zhao is currently at No. 33, followed by junior Taylor Davidson at No. 40. Junior Caroline Doyle is currently ranked at No. 82, followed by senior Krista Hardebeck at No. 93.In doubles, Doyle and Davidson and are currently ranked No. 5 in the nation. Hardebeck also enjoys a spot in the doubles ranking, currently at No. 67 with freshman Caroline Lampl.On Thursday, the singles action will start. The format consists of a 32-player draw, with three players from each of the top-10 schools and two players from the 11th-place team. The Women of Troy will be represented by Olmos, Westby and Katz. The last Trojan to win the singles title is Amanda Fink, who was crowned back in 2009.The doubles draw will start on Friday. The format is a 16-team draw. Each school will have its top pair, plus five additional pairs selected by the Draw Committee. USC will have both Olmos/Smith and Katz/Westby in the draw. Olmos won the doubles crown in 2014, when she partnered with former Trojan Kaitlyin Christian.
The Lakers are hoping to have a busy summer.Los Angeles, which enters the offseason after a disappointing 2018-19, will have max cap space as it pursues a second star to pair with LeBron James. The Lakers have already been linked to Kemba Walker and Kyrie Irving and they will also reportedly once again attempt to trade for Pelicans star Anthony Davis. Four Lakers options with the 2019 NBA Draft’s No. 4 pick:Darius Garland, guard, VanderbiltGarland has the highest upside of any player who will be available at No. 4 — assuming Zion Williamson, Ja Morant and RJ Barrett are off the board. The 6-2 guard, who tore his meniscus and was limited to just five games at Vanderbilt last season, projects to be a reliable scorer in the NBA. He should be able to create shots for himself as well as his teammates. But Garland is young, 19, and is a ball-dominant guard, and that has the potential to create problems with James’ style of play. Darius Garland is one of the draft’s shiftiest shot creators thanks to his pull-up game, handle and ability to change speeds/directions on a dime. Full Scouting Video: https://t.co/TWG6yKdaZ2 pic.twitter.com/SzO8msj7v6— Mike Schmitz (@Mike_Schmitz) June 1, 2019Jarrett Culver, wing, Texas TechCulver, the go-to scorer for the Red Raiders during their run to the national championship game, is arguably the most versatile wing in the draft. At 6-6, he can play with or without the ball, rebounds well for his position and is a willing passer. Yet Culver is an inconsistent shooter — he hit 30.4% of his 3-point attempts at Texas Tech in 2018-19 — which could be an issue at the next level.🎥 Jarrett Culver talks about his ability as a two-way player, and leading Texas Tech to the NCAA title game. pic.twitter.com/Tp40eSkkZZ— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) June 1, 2019De’Andre Hunter, wing, Virginia Lakers free agency rumors: Los Angeles among teams interested in Kemba Walker Kyrie Irving free agency rumors: Star is ‘more open’ to signing with Lakers NBA Draft 2019: Jarrett Culver says he can bring ‘elite’ skills to Lakers The Lakers plan to upgrade their roster will begin with the 2019 NBA Draft, where they hold the No. 4 pick after surprisingly jumping up during the lottery.The 2019 NBA Draft will take place June 20. Related News In theory, Hunter is a perfect player to slot in next to James. He’s a solid 3-point shooter who doesn’t need the ball in his hands and also excels defensively. The 6-7 wing could guard the opposition’s best scorer and, on the other end of the floor, spot up in the corners while James, or someone else, runs the offense. Hunter, however, has a lower ceiling than the other two players on this list and may end up being a reach at four. A athletic and versatile national champion on both sides of the ball that is 6’7″ with a 7’2″ wingspan 👀. De’Andre Hunter is built for the leagueTag the team you think De’Andre Hunter ends up on#Wahoowa⚔️ (@UVAMensHoops, @drehunter_) pic.twitter.com/wMP9cvTgT8— ACC Digital Network (@theACCDN) June 4, 2019Trade the pickThe Lakers are “active in trade talks and would be open to” dealing the selection for “an established veteran who would be more ready” to help them win immediately, according to ESPN, which cited unidentified league sources. This makes sense, as the team may be looking to acquire players who fit with James’ timeline, as opposed to a developmental prospect. The No. 4 pick could be an attractive asset in a package for Davis. Rockets guard Chris Paul and the Grizzlies’ Mike Conley reportedly will be available, as well.
MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Despite being a libero for the last three years, Bang Pineda is slowly finding her way back to the position she was once known for – an outside hitter.Pineda rose to the occasion when it was needed the most, scoring 10 of her 20 points in the last two sets in Generika-Ayala’s 25-23, 20-25, 21-25, 25-12, 15-13 win over Foton in the 2018 Chooks to Go PSL Invitational Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “Bang used variant attacks that’s why she was able to score over the towering defense of Foton,” said Lifesavers head coach Sherwin Meneses in Filipino. Ma. Angelica D. Garcia and Justin Robert ValenciaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 READ: PSL: Generika-Ayala squeaks past Foton“I had a hard time adjusting actually because shifting from the spiker to libero position was not that hard but the libero to spiker, it is a big adjustment. I had to double time to catch up with the other spikers,” said Pineda in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAgainst a taller Foton side, Pineda played smart by chalking up multiple off-speed hits and drop balls.The former Adamson Lady Falcon bared being a beach volleyball player helped her adjust easier. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Joshua ordered by WBA to fight Povetkin and ditch Wilder View comments