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Samuels makes million-dollar
donation to charity
KINGSTON---Veteran West Indies batsman Marlon
Samuels has donated JAM $1.5 million (US$11 700)
to the Jamaica Society for the Blind.
The move was announced at a media conference
here Tuesday where it was also revealed that Samuels,
through his Foundation, would also disburse a further
$350 000 to Garfield Mitchell, a 23-year-old visually
impaired student of the Church Teachers College.
"I started this foundation because I am always some-
body that gives back wherever I can," said Samuels, who
has played 71 Tests, 187 One-Day Internationals and 55
Twenty20s for West Indies.
"The first year I spent a million and asked Digicel
to help and they did, the second year I spent another
million and asked Lime (FLOW) and they helped me a
lot and the third year I did the party and asked everybody
to donate to the foundation."
He added: "So far it has been wonderful ... I am not
going to say it's easy, but I have often said playing cricket
for so many years is what makes a Marlon Samuels and
this is something that I am going to continue to do."
Samuels embarked on the partnership with the Ja-
maica Society for the Blind following an incident four
years ago in Australia when he was struck by a delivery
in the face and sustained a fractured eye socket.
He remained partially blind for two weeks before
undergoing surgery and afterwards pledged support
for the blind in Jamaica once recovered.
Tuesday's media conference was attended by West
Indies Cricket Board president, Dave Cameron, former
prime minister Portia Simpson-Miller, along with Sports
Minister Olivia Grange. (CMC)
It's another love
game for Serena Wil-
liams: She is preg-
nant---and, based on
the timeline she of-
fered, she already was
when she won the Aus-
A spokeswoman for
Williams, Kelly Bush
Novak, wrote in an email
to yesterday: "I'm happy
to confirm Serena is ex-
pecting a baby this Fall."
Earlier in the day, Wil-
liams posted a photo of herself on Snapchat with the
caption "20 weeks," sparking all sorts of speculation on
social media about whether she was, indeed, with child.
The 35-year-old Williams won her 23rd Grand Slam
singles title at the Australian Open in January --- a little
less than 12 weeks ago. She has not competed since, cit-
ing a knee injury when withdrawing from tournaments
at Indian Wells, California, and Key Biscayne, Florida.
She announced in late December that she was engaged
to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.
Williams would appear to be out for the rest of this
tennis season, a blow to a sport in which she is an unqual-
ified star---and, of course, something that makes major
titles easier to come by for other competitors. The next
major tournament is the French Open, which starts on
May 28. Wimbledon begins in early July, and the US Open
in late August.
There is recent precedent for tennis players to return
to action after becoming a mother. Kim Clijsters retired
briefly to start a family, then came back to action and
won Grand Slam titles. Another former No. 1 and major
champion, Victoria Azarenka, has announced she'll be
getting back on tour soon after having a baby.
Williams' 23 Grand Slam singles titles are a record for
the Open era, which began in 1968---she broke a tie with
Steffi Graf in Australia. Only one woman has won more:
Margaret Smith Court, who claimed part of her 24 during
the amateur era. (AP)
South Africa picks Maharaj,
Morkel for Champions Trophy
South Africa have recalled fast bowl-
er Morne Morkel and included the un-
capped spinner Keshav Maharaj in their
squad for the Champions Trophy. There
was, however, no place for Dale Steyn,
who will continue his recovery from
injury with South Africa A, or Vernon
AB de Villiers is fit to captain, despite
injuries disrupting his participation at the
IPL, while South Africa found room for a
quartet of bowling allrounders in Chris
Morris, Wayne Parnell, Andile Phehlukwayo
and Dwaine Pretorius. Dane Paterson and
Tabraiz Shamsi were the squad members to
miss out from South Africa's tour to New
Zealand in February.
Morkel has not played an ODI since June
2016 but made an encouraging return from
the back injury that had threatened his ca-
reer during the Tests against New Zealand,
taking 11 wickets at 26.72 during the three
matches. He will provide added experience
in a squad that will rely on Kagiso Rabada
as the attack spearhead.
Maharaj has won his maiden ODI call up,
edging out left-arm wristspinner Shamsi as
support for Imran Tahir, after impressing
with the Test side. He was the series lead-
ing wicket-taker, with 15, in New Zealand,
which included match figures of 8 for 87 to
set up victory in Wellington.
"We have been working with this group
of players for the last two seasons where
our key emphasis has been consitency in
selection," CSA convener of selector, Linda
Zondi, said. "That has shown in how this
group has performed over the last while,
which has resulted in winning three con-
secutive ODI series.
"We feel we have a squad that covers
every scenario that we could possibly be
faced with on the tour. Most importantly,
every player knows and understands their
role and value within the squad.
"Keshav has had an exceptional debut
season for the Test side and his inclusion
in the squad gives us a spinner with a dif-
ferent skills and extra batting depth. We
have seen how important it is to bat deep
in ODI cricket, this option will give us that
cover if needed."
South Africa's tour of England will begin
in May, with three ODIs leading into the
Champions Trophy. They are currently the
No. 1-ranked one-day side, having won 3-2
in New Zealand, and have the top-ranked
batsman and bowler in de Villiers and Tahir.
During the tour of New Zealand they
equaled their record for consecutive ODI
victories (12), having whitewashed Australia
and Sri Lanka 5-0 in successive home series.
They will arrive in England as one of the
form teams - although their only success in
global limited-overs competitions remains
the 1998 ICC Knockout (a precursor to the
Champions Trophy). (ESPNcricinfo)
Morne Morkel...recalled to South Africa's squad for ICC Champions Trophy.
Love game for tennis star
Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Faf du
Plessis, AB de Villiers (capt), JP Dumi-
ny, David Miller, Chris Morris, Wayne
Parnell, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso
Rabada, Imran Tahir, Keshav Maharaj,
Dwaine Pretorius, Farhaan Behardien,
SOUTH AFRICA ODI SQUAD
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