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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, July 6, 2016
When the Trinbago Knight Rid-
ers board their flight to Guyana
later this week, they will leave as
anxious men, knowing that after
three losses in four home matches,
they now need to win most if not
all of the last six to make the play-
offs in the Hero 2016 CPLT20 tour-
Two champions in the T20 format
Chris Gayle and Sunil Narine showed
their skills at the Queen's Park Oval
but the former left smiling with a
grin as broad as Kingston, as he
slapped a ferocious third CPL hun-
dred to lead the Jamaica Tallawahs
to a seven-wicket victory.
Hashim Amla 71, Colin Munroe
55 and Brendon McCullum 35 had
taken the Trinbago Knight Riders to
their best total in the tournament
this season 191 for four off 20 overs.
Gayle with three slices of luck on
his side rode like a champion and
hammered an unbeaten 108 off 54
balls with six fours and 11 sixes. Nar-
ine in all the mayhem bowled four
overs and took one wicket for nine
runs. The other bowlers in total sent
down 14.2 overs which cost a total
of 183 runs.
The defining moment in the chase
came when Gayle struck Sulieman
Benn for 30 runs in his only over.
He was able to take the required rate
down from 12.40 to under ten and
from there it kept moving in that
Earlier, Dwayne Bravo lost his
fourth toss in a row and had to advise
his men to pad up. He was soon
smiling however, as he got the best
start of the tournament from openers
Hashim Amla and Brendon McCul-
lum. The latter who has struggled
with just 13 runs in the series thus
far, rattled off boundary after bound-
ary and scored 35 from just 18 balls
with three sixes and three fours, in
an opening stand of 49. Knight Rid-
ers enjoyed their best power play'
of the tournament thus far, getting
Centurion in the last game Colin
tinued to bat well on a pitch where
the ball was coming on nicely unto
the bat. Amla was graceful for the
most part, while Munroe was bar-
baric. They added 103 runs in 11.3
overs at a run rate of 8.95 which
kept the crowd on numbering around
16,000 on their feet. Munroe struck
55 from 39 balls with five fours and
a six and left with the score on 152.
Amla who got 81 against the Tri-
dents in the second match of the
tournament was still there and play-
ing well. He batted deep and left in
the first ball of the final over, caught
behind for a well played 74, which-
consumed only 52 balls, six of which
went for fours and three sailed into
EUGENE---Usain Bolt's decision
to pull out of Jamaica's Senior
National Championships because
of injury has drawn mixed reactions
from his American sprint rivals
ahead of next month's summer
Olympics in Brazil.
"Crazy stuff always happens in
an Olympic year," said Bolt's main
challenger, Justin Gatlin.
"Like anyone else, you have to see
what's going to happen. But c'mon.
We're going to see his face in Rio
one way or another."
The World and Olympic champion
was forced to withdraw from the
National Championships with a
grade one tear of his left hamstring
on Friday night.
The 29-year-old won his semi-
final of the 100 metres on Friday
night but then pulled out of the final
with the injury in a shock develop-
ment at the National Stadium.
"I feel like it's a cop-out. He
should run like anybody else,"
declared Mike Rodgers, the 2009
US champion at 100 metres.
"But at the end of the day, he's
Bolt. He's the Olympic champ. He's
the World champ. Until someone
beats him, puts him in his place,
he's going to do what he wants to
Track and field rules in the United
States allow the top three finishers
in each event to qualify, with no
exceptions for injuries or past per-
However the rules are different in
Jamaica where Bolt can earn his spot
in the 100m and 200m by showing
he is fit enough.
"If I was Bolt in Jamaica, I'd prob-
ably pull out, too," said Shawn Craw-
ford, the 2004 Olympic gold medalist
at 200 metres.
"I know my training isn't up to
where I want it to be, so I'd let them
race and I'll just go home and train.
I know they're going to put me on
the team. You can't do that here. If
you could, I'm sure there'd be a lot
of people who'd pull out."
Bolt, who is seeking to win the
100 and 200 metres at a third
straight Olympics, said he had
requested an exemption from the
rest of the championships and would
now attempt to prove his fitness at
the London Anniversary Games on
The Rio Olympics are set to run
from August 7-21. (CMC)
BUENOS AIRES---Gerardo Mar-
tino has resigned as Argentina's
national team coach, just over a
week after the team lost in the
final of the Copa America.
The Argentine Football Associ-
ation announced his departure
yesterday. Martino took over in
August 2014 and his team lost two
finals to Chile in the Copa America
in 2015 and 2016.
The resignation is another major
blow to Argentina, which reached
the 2014 World Cup final before
losing against Germany.
Barcelona's Lionel Messi said
he was retiring from international
football following the loss to Chile,
and Argentina must now find a
coach quickly for the Rio de Janeiro
Olympics and upcoming World
As of now, Argentina has only
nine players in its Olympic squad,
and the president of the Argentine
Olympic committee has hinted he
may not send a team.
In addition, the Argentine fed-
eration is facing charges of finan-
cial corruption and mismanage-
AFA's statement said "the
coaching team was resigning"
because of the confusion sur-
rounding the governance of AFA,
and for the "serious problems
involved assembling a team to rep-
resent the country in the upcom-
ing Olympic Games."
Gerardo Werthein, president of
the Argentine Olympic committee,
said he was hopeful a team could
be assembled, despite some clubs
balking at releasing players.
"I have started talking with the
football leadership, some club
presidents," Werthein said. "The
clubs and the people who lead
them are more responsible (than
AFA). We have worked hand-in-
hand ... for Argentina to have a
Argentina is to open against
Portugal on August 4 in the men's
RIO DE JANEIRO---Joao Have-
lange, the Brazilian who ran FIFA
for two decades, has been
released from the Rio de Janeiro
hospital where he was being
treated for pneumonia.
The Samaritano Hospital said
the 100-year-old Havelange was
released yesterday. It provided no
Havelange presided over FIFA
from 1974 until 1998, and was
credited by many for expanding
football into a truly global game.
He was also a longtime member
of the International Olympic Com-
mittee until resigning in December
2011 amid allegations he took kick-
backs from a FIFA marketing part-
SYDNEY---West Indies middle
order batsman Marlon Samuels has
slapped former Australian fast
bowler Geoff Lawson with a lawsuit
for accusing him of being involved
with criminal gangs in Jamaica.
Lawson's comments, described in
Samuel's statement as "erroneous,
malicious and unjustifiable," were
made on a radio podcast a day after
the Jamaican led West Indies to their
second World T20 title in India.
Samuels was quoted as saying
Lawson's comments were not just
defamatory but also deeply offensive
and damaging to his character.
"Through this case, I intend not
only to defend my integrity and my
image as an international cricketer
but also the values I have defended
all my career," Samuels is quoted as
"I also wish to avoid any public
figure from making insulting or false
allegations against an athlete using
the media, without any evidence or
foundation and to go unpunished."
Samuels' law suit includes jour-
nalist James Matthey, who published
a news story on the website
news.com.au, also accusing him of
being involved with criminal gangs
The website and Big Sports Break-
fast, which aired the podcast, have
also been sued for defamation.
"Samuels has no criminal record
nor has been the subject of any
criminal investigations," the state-
"The comments were published
and aired with the absence of con-
ducting proper journalist research,
nor where Samuels contacted to give
his views on the damaging remarks
about his character". (CMC)
Gayle blows past Knight Riders
Chris Gayle....on the go during his boundary-filled 108 against the Trinbago
Knight Riders PHOTO COURTESY CPL
Samuels sues Lawson over
criminal gang comments
Bolt's injury draws mixed reactions from Americans
TKR vs Tallawahs
H Amla c Sangakkara b Williams . . .74
BMcCullum bImadWasim . . . . . . .35
C Munroe c Sangakkara b Steyn . . . .55
Total(for4wkts(20ovs). . . . . . . .191
Fall of wkts: 49, 152, 180, 191.
Bowling: I Wasim 3-0-18-1, S Al
Hasan 2-0-26-0, D Steyn 4-0-56-1, K
Williams 4-0-34-1, R Powell 4-0-27-0,
Jon Russ Jaggessar 3-0-26-0.
ARussellcMcCullumbBravo . . . . . .24
Totalfor3wkts(18.2ovs). . . . . . .192
Fall of wkts: 29, 69, 177.
Bowling: R Beaton 3.2-0-39-0, S
Narine 4-0-9-1, D Bravo 4-0-35-1, K
Cooper 4-0-43-0, S Benn 1-0-30-0, J
Result: Tallawahs won by 7 wkts.
Tallawahs 2 pts.
Man of the match: Chris Gayle.
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