Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 7th 2016 Contents A30
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PHOENIX---Pitcher Jesse Chavez
defeated the Toronto Blue Jays in salary
arbitration, improving players to 3--0 this
year in cases that went to hearings.
Chavez was awarded a $4 million salary
yesterday by arbitrators Mark Irvings,
Steven Wolf and Edna Francis, who heard
the case a day earlier. The Blue Jays
argued the 32-year-old right-hander
should be paid $3.6 million.
Tampa Bay pitcher Drew Smyly ($3.75
million) and Cincinnati reliever JJ Hoover
($1.4 million) won the first two decisions
earlier this week.
Chavez was 7-15 with a 4.18 ERA and
one save in a career-high 26 starts and
four relief appearances last season for
Oakland, which traded him to Toronto on
November 20 for right-hander Liam
Hendriks. He received two runs of support
or fewer in 17 starts.
Chavez started the season in the
bullpen and moved into the rotation April
23. He season ended when the Athletics
put him on the disabled list September 15
because of a broken rib.
Over eight big league seasons, Chavez is
24--38 with a 4.55 ERA with Pittsburgh
(2008-09), Atlanta (2010), Kansas City
(2010-11), Toronto (2012) and Oakland
He earned $2.15 million last season and
can become a free agent after this year's
Chavez beats Blue Jays in arbitration, awarded $4m
Sir Garfield Sobers has described
as "simply amazing" a painting
of him which was sold on auction
and now being displayed at the
Cricket Legends of Barbados
headquarters, just outside historic
The five-by-five-foot piece is a
facial expression of the cricketing
great as he wears a straw hat and
sports designer sunglasses. It is
called Sir Garry On the Green and
is a tribute to his second sporting
It was painted by Barbadian
artist Jeena Chatrani who did it
using knives instead of paint
"I love it! It s a superb piece of
work and I want to congratulate
Jeena for doing such a fantastic
job. She is a very talented young
lady and she is very disciplined
and professional. Her work is very
good," Sir Garry said.
"I did not even know she was
doing a painting of me. I did not
even have to pose for it. She saw
a picture and took it from there.
When I saw the final work I was
"It goes to show we have some
very talented people here in various
endeavours and they need the
encouragement to go out there and
fulfill their dreams."
The piece was unveiled by Sir
Garry and Chatrani on Thursday
during a brief ceremony.
Also present were former Bar-
bados and West Indies legends Sir
Wes Hall, Desmond Haynes and
Chatrani noted: "He s turning
80 this year and he s our National
Hero, the only living National
Hero, so this was my tribute to
"Everyone knows Sir Garry from
his days as one of the greatest
cricketers of all time ... and the
people who know him from golf
know him with his hat, his shades
and that smile. So I figured I d try
to capture that in one."
Sir Garry, a former West Indies
captain, is widely considered the
greatest all-rounder cricketer to
have played the game.
He scored 8,032 runs from 93
Tests at an amazing average of 57,
took 235 wickets and claimed over
a hundred catches.
Eoin Morgan believes England proved they can
play "proper cricket" in their five-wicket win over
South Africa at Port Elizabeth.
Morgan s team, who have been a revelation with
their big-hitting exploits in limited-overs matches
since last winter s embarrassingly-early World Cup
exit, had to graft as they chased 262 for seven to take
a 2--0 lead in the five-match one-day international
To borrow from the captain s own words, there
was some "crash, bang, wallop" as Jos Buttler ensured
no tight finish with three sixes and four fours from
his 28 balls.
But before his unbeaten 48, in company with
Moeen Ali, it was man-of-the-match Alex Hales
who kept England on track only to fall a single short
of what would have been his second ODI century.
Reece Topley s career-best four for 50, and some
fine spin bowling from Moeen and Adil Rashid, had
restricted the hosts---as well as a brilliant outfield
catch from Chris Jordan to see the end of AB de
Villiers for 73 just when the South Africa captain
was threatening a late onslaught of his own.
After England s opening win in a Bloemfontein
run-fest three days earlier, their all-round performance
at St George s Park demonstrated very different and
New Delhi s Feroz Shah Kotla ground has three
more days to acquire the necessary paperwork
to retain hosting rights for matches at the World
Twenty20 tournament starting next month, the
Indian cricket board (BCCI) said on Friday.
The Delhi and District Cricket Association
(DDCA) failed to get the requisite clearances from
various civic authorities in order to host a T20
match between India and Sri Lanka on February
12, forcing the BCCI to transfer the contest to
Delhi is scheduled to host four matches in the
March 8 to April 3 tournament, including a semi-
final on March 30, but could lose out completely
due to an inability to abide by bureaucratic rou-
"We discussed it in the recent International
Cricket Council (ICC) meetings held in Dubai and
we said 30 days prior to the World Cup (we will
make a decision)," BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur
"So on February 8, we will make a final call on
DDCA. We have already decided on a plan if they
fail to get any NOCs (No Objection Certificates)
or court orders to host the matches.
"Ticket sales will start on the ninth."
T&T goal shoot
LACE scored 38 of 41
attempts to lead the
icks to a 60--39 win
over Celtic Dragons in
the Vitality National
Super Netball League
in England, last week-
"In today s interna-
tional climate if you
are not fully concen-
trated, you can easily
Soca Warriors head
HART says his team
needs to stay focused
throughout the World
Cup qualifying cam-
(Ext: 2069, 2071,
Sir Garry lauds
young painter for
Cricket legend and Barbados national hero Sir Garry Sobers poses with
Barbadian artist Jeena Chatrani in front of the painting.
India board to
rule on Delhi
England can play
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