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Taylor is anticipating another
good showing when the West
Indies takes on Bangladesh in the
first Dhaka Bank Test at Arnos
Vale Cricket Ground in St Vin-
The Jamaican will be playing his
second Test series since making a
comeback from injury, which kept
him out of the longer format of the
game for close to five years.
In his comeback series against
New Zealand in June, Taylor took
11 wickets at an average of 25.54 to
finish as the region s second-best
New ball partner Kemar Roach
with 15 wickets, and left-arm spin-
ner Sulieman Benn, with 14, were
the other West Indians to finish
ahead of Taylor.
Among Taylor s capture in the
series was a match haul of six for
107 in the second Test in T&T,
which helped the West Indies level
the three match series 1-1.
New Zealand eventually won the
series 2-1 after victories in Jamaica
"There is a lot more work left to
be done, and going into this series,
I intend to put in the work again,"
"We have a couple of tours com-
ing up before the end of against
India and South Africa, and it
would be good to be in top shape
The 30-year-old, who is expect-
ed to spearhead the pace bowling
attack with Barbadian Kemar
Roach, is also hopeful that the West
Indies will turn up in two Tests
against the Bangladeshis.
"Against New Zealand we
showed glimpses of our potential,
but not enough to get a positive
result in the end," he said.
"This time around we will be
looking to change that and deliver
a much-needed home series win."
The second Test will be held in
St Lucia at the Beausejour Cricket
Pacer Taylor looking to keep improving
ST JOHN'S---Leeward Islands wicket-
keeper batsman and Antigua Hawksbills
Devon "Booby" Thomas is out of hospital
and recovering well following a one-car
smash-up late Thursday afternoon.
The former West Indies player was slat-
ed to undergo final scans at a private clinic
on Friday after his white Honda Integra
careened off the road and into a ditch just
outside of Pares Village.
During an interview with Daily Observer,
Thomas said he lost control of the vehicle
while attempting to maneuver around
"I was driving up the road, going at
good speed. I tried to overtake and think
I steered away a bit too hard and I slid
across the road just above Pares. They
(doctors) say they are going to check first
and then they can adjust but at the
of cricket and for how long," he said.
Thomas was reportedly thrown several
feet from the car as a result of the acci-
President of the Antigua & Barbuda
Cricket Association (ABCA), Zorol Barth-
ley, said he had been in contact with the
player following the accident which hap-
pened sometime after 4 pm on Thurs-
Barthley said the player should recover
quickly as his injuries did not appear life-
The cricket boss wished the all-rounder
a speedy recovery. (Windiescricket.com)
NEW YORK---Even as Manny
Pacquiao prepares for undefeated
junior welterweight champion
Chris Algieri, the name Floyd
Mayweather is never far away.
Pacquiao will defend his WBO
welterweight crown on No. 22 in
Macau, the 64th bout of a career
that includes titles in eight divi-
sions. None of those has been
against the undefeated Mayweath-
er.Pacquiao told The Associated
Press on Friday that a matchup
with Mayweather "is the fight fans
want in their hearts" and that he
is always ready to step into the ring
with Mayweather. The Filipino star
and congressman could be closer
to such a fight because promoter
Bob Arum says the two cable TV
networks involved, HBO and
Showtime, have reached an agree-
ment to make it happen.
Now it s up to Mayweather to
agree, Arum says.
"If that fight happens, fine," the
35-year-old Pacquiao said. "If not,
fine---what I have done in my box-
ing career already has satisfied me.
What I will be disappointed if that
does not happen is because that
is what the fans want. My concern
is the concern of the fans, and the
fans want that fight."
While Arum said positive steps
have been taken in the direction
of a Pacquiao--Mayweather bout,
he is leery about Mayweather giv-
ing approval. After all, the fight
hasn t happened over a span of
about a decade.
"Floyd is scared to lose the zero,"
Arum said of Mayweather s 46-0
record. "Believe me, if he lost the
zero, he d be on the plane (the next
day) to make the fight, no ques-
Pacquiao isn t and won t think
about that potentially huge payday,
particularly with an opponent such
as Algieri ahead of him. Algieri,
from Huntington, New York, is
hardly the stereotypical pugilist.
He holds a master s degree in clin-
ical nutrition, and aspires to attend
medical school. He s also a terrific
boxer with a 20-0 record and eight
That is not in the realm of Pac-
quiao s 56 wins, 38 by knockouts,
and standing as one of the great
fighters of his era. But it s strong
enough to impress Pacman.
"He is undefeated and a world
champion," Pacquiao said, adding
with a sly smile, "I love to fight
undefeated guys. I want them to
experience that first (defeat)."
Algieri won his belt in June by
beating powerful Ruslan Provod-
nikov. That was almost a home
bout, held in Brooklyn, about one
hour s drive from Algieri s Long
This one is in Macau, and he
can t wait to show his stuff there,
especially against Pacquiao.
"I grew up looking up to other
fighters," the 30-year-old Algieri
said, mentioning specifically Oscar
De La Hoya---who was stopped by
Pacquiao in eight rounds in 2008.
"Manny is a classy champion, a
gentleman and a warrior. I kind of
walk in those shoes. Professionals
who show class as has Manny are
a testament to the sport."
A victory would catapult Algieri
to the elite level of the sport. A
win for Pacquiao would further
distance him from losses to Tim-
othy Bradley and Juan Marquez in
Pacquiao won a decision over
Brandon Rios in Macau in 2013,
then avenged the loss to Bradley
with a unanimous decision last
What keeps Pacquiao going in
the ring? Considering all of his
other ventures, from politics to
entrepreneurship to dabbling in
basketball---the Philippines most
popular sport, he said---why not
walk away with his health?
"I continue because boxing is
my passion," he said. "You can see
it in my face every time I fight.
You see I am smiling when I walk
into the ring. It s that excitement."
Pacquiao takes on Algieri next
Former West Indies player Devon Thomas
Melissa Joseph battled against much bigger
opponents recently to capture gold in the taek-
wondo Olympic sparring black belt division at
the ESPN Martial Arts tournament, held at Dis-
ney s Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida.
Joseph, born to T&T parents, was slated to fight
in the featherweight division but because of prob-
lems in her weight class she fought in the heavy-
weight division. Joseph fought against an individual
from Puerto Rico, who was much bigger than her
and had a distinct weight advantage.
Joseph was down 5-0 in the early stages, as her
Puerto Rican opponent was using her weight to
her advantage to push Joseph around. However,
Joseph s coach told her to stay inside against the
much bigger opponent. The T&T athlete expressed
to the coach it would be a daunting task because
she literally had to support the Puerto Rican s
Joseph hung in there, stayed inside and got off
the mat and battled back to tie the score 8-8, by
scoring with combinations of different kicks, rocking
her opponent at times. It was in the third and final
round that Joseph scored with a scintillating head
kick to the opponent to clinch the win in exciting
and epic fashion. The T&T fighter showed heart,
spirit and determination to battle back after such
a deficit, where it was easy to give in having to
fight almost four weight divisions up.
Joseph is currently a medical student studying
at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida.
Between studies and training, it is a possibility for
her to represent T&T in the upcoming Central
American and Caribbean Games (CAC) in Mexi-
Joseph battles her way to taekwondo gold
Melissa Joseph celebrates with her family after winning taekwondo gold in Florida.
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