Ambrose seeking to fire-up underdogs WI

first_imgHOBART, Australia (CMC):Fast-bowling legend Sir Curtly Ambrose is seeking to fire up underdogs West Indies who face top-ranked Australia in the first of three Test matches from this evening (Caribbean time).Ambrose, the bowling consultant, is insisting that the West Indies have the manpower to challenge the home side in the three-match rubber following their humiliating 10-wicket loss to an inexperienced Cricket Australia X1.Australia defeated West Indies 2-0 in their last series played in the Caribbean earlier this year.”Even though we lost 2-0, there were moments or periods when we had them on the back foot and had their backs against the wall. And we never really finished them off,” recalled Ambrose.”So we believe we can compete, and not only compete, but we believe we can beat them, and that’s our focus: to beat Australia. Not just to compete but to win and, being the underdogs, sometimes it’s good to be that way.”The Caribbean side was able to avoid an innings defeat against the young Cricket Australia’s X1 on the strength of a stubborn partnership between Jason Holder and Kemar Roach.But their defeat has forced former players and commentators to question their confidence going into the opening Test at Hobart.However, the former fast bowler is insisting that given the expectation of the Australian public, the home side is the one under pressure to perform.”We have nothing to lose. As far as we are concerned, Australia is the one under pressure. They have to beat us because Australians expect them to steamroll us. So they are the ones under pressure, not us,” he said.”We’re here to do a job and we’re going to make a good job of it. We’re not going to worry about what has been said about us not being a good team or not going to compete and games being over in three days and all that kind of stuff.”Jason Holder’s men arrived in Australia not having won an overseas tour of note in 20 years and are ranked above only Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.Ambrose has described in-form batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner as the main threat in the Australian batting line-up, but contends that their middle order is vulnerable.”They are in some good form at the moment, and there are two good batsmen and, yes, they will be key. If we can get them out early for not too many runs, I still believe that the middle order of Australia is not that solid at the moment,” Ambrose pointed out.”I think Warner and Smith will be key, and once we get them out early, that could give us some leeway to really test them.”Ambrose has identified the bowling attack as the Windies’ strength and expressed confidence in Jerome Taylor’s ability to lead an attack capable of taking 20 Australian wickets.”Since I joined the team, it took me a little while to get them to buy into my concept because they are accustomed to certain things and, of course, it would not change overnight,” said Ambrose, who took up his consultancy role in February 2014.The first Test will be played at the Blundstone Arena, from Thursday to Monday. First ball is 10:30 a.m. (Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Jamaica time).last_img read more

GPF urges community effort in fighting crime

first_imgAs crime continues to be a major concern, the Guyana Police Force’s A Division (Georgetown-East Bank), in partnership with the Central Georgetown Police Youth Group, on Saturday held a health walk to strengthen law enforcement’s ties with the public.A Division Commander Clifton Hicken reiterated the calls for a more broad-based approach to be taken in fighting crime, particularly encouraging youth-focused strategiesUnder the theme “Moulding and Fusing the Youth for a Healthier and Brighter Future”, Police ranks along with youths and parents assembled at the Square of the Revolution to commence the walk, which ended at Police Headquarters, Eve Leary.During a separate ceremony at the East La Penitence Primary School, the gathering was reminded how crucial it was to work along with the Force to reduce crime and improve society by extension.This message was relayed by Superintendent Anthony Vanderhyden, who further encouraged the gathering to be aware of the positive impact they could make in curbing crime in their communities. Vanderhyden pointed out that they should also engage in nation-building activities that would be effective in reforming Guyana as whole.In his address, A Division Commander Clifton Hicken reiterated the calls for a more broad-based approach to be taken in fighting crime.He pointed out that the first step should be taken in the community and consequently expand across the country. Since the community approach would be effective in its cause, the formation of youth groups within these districts were promoted.The A Division Commander noted that adolescence was a “vulnerable period”. For this reason, he pledged the support of the Force in making resources available which would aid in the development of youths as they refocus their energies positively. The involvement of stakeholders was also described as vital in a number of aspects.A new community group was introduced at the forum, the East La Penitence Police Youth Group, the 14th group of its kind to be established under the social crime prevention initiative by the Guyana Police Force. – establishes newest Police youth grouplast_img read more

Dortmund go top as Alcacer brace seals stunning fight-back

first_img0Shares0000Match-winner Paco Alcacer (R) is congratulated by Danish forward Jacob Bruun Larsen (L) as Borussia Dortmund came back from two goals down to win 3-2 at Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday and knock Bayern Munich from top spot in the Bundesliga. © dpa/AFP / Federico GambariniBERLIN, Germany, Sep 29 – New signing Paco Alcacer came off the bench to score two late goals and seal Borussia Dortmund’s stunning 4-2 win as they fought back from two goals down at Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday to knock Bayern Munich from top spot in the Bundesliga.Alcacer, on loan from Barcelona until June, came on after 63 minutes with his team 2-0 down, but tucked away goals on 85 and 94 minutes to cap the fight back after Dortmund had drawn level. “It was very emotional at the end. It’s nice to go top, it’s a good start to the season,” said relieved Dortmund head coach Lucien Favre,After Bayern crashed to a shock 2-0 defeat at Hertha Berlin on Friday, Dortmund left it late to top the table in dramatic style.Hosts Leverkusen went ahead after just nine minutes when midfielder Mitchell Weiser hit the net with a spectacular shot from outside the area, then burly defender Jonathan Tah doubled the lead just before the break.“It was clear we had to show a response,” Dortmund captain Marco Reus said after his side drew level with two goals in four minutes.Danish midfielder Jacob Bruun Larsen, 20, drilled home the first on 64 minutes.England junior international Jadon Sancho came off the bench and a minute later provided the final pass for Reus to smash home a second on 68 minutes.– Zieler howler –Dortmund went ahead for the first time on 85 minutes when Alcacer lunged to guide a cross by defender Achraf Hakimi, on loan from Real Madrid, into the Leverkusen net.Alcacer completed the Roy of the Rovers-style finish on 94 minutes, tapping into an empty net after Dortmund counter-attacked from their own box with Leverkusen goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky well out of his own penalty area.Stuttgart’s Germany goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler is left dumbfounded after his own goal in his side’s 2-1 win at home to Werder Bremen on Saturday. © dpa/AFP / Deniz CalaganDortmund are the only unbeaten team in Germany’s top flight after Werder Bremen earlier blew their chance to overtake Bayern by losing 2-1 at Stuttgart, even though the host’s goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler conceded a howler of an own goal.Bremen made a bad start when Greece striker Anastasios Donis dribbled through the visitors’ defence and chipped into an open net on 19 minutes.Then Bremen had key defender Milos Veljkovic sent off eight minutes from half time for pulling back Daniel Didavi, his second foul on the Stuttgart striker.But then Zieler’s blunder gave Werder an equaliser.The 29-year-old, a 2014 World Cup winner, took his eye off the ball when defender Borna Sosa aimed a throw-in his way and, after he got a faint touch, watched in horror as the ball rolled into his net on 68 minutes.“You can’t stop what you can’t see,” said Zieler, who insisted he saw the throw in too late, but Gonzalo Castro spared his blushed with the winning goal 15 minutes from time.Bremen had chances as midfielder Maximilian Eggestein and veteran striker Claudio Pizarro, who turns 40 on Wednesday and made his 450th Bundesliga appearance, hit the post.– Hoffenheim lose Man City warm-up –RB Leipzig’s Denmark forward Yussuf Poulsen scored twice in their 2-1 win at Hoffenheim on Saturday as the hosts lost their final match before hosting Manchester City on Tuesday in the Champions League. © AFP / Daniel ROLANDElsewhere, Julian Nagelsmann’s Hoffenheim, who host Manchester City in the Champions League on Tuesday, suffered a 2-1 home defeat to RB Leipzig, who Nagelsmann will coach next season.Denmark forward Yussuf Poulsen scored both of Leipzig’s goals before Andrej Kramaric netted a late Hoffenheim penalty.Borussia Moenchengladbach went fourth despite being held to a 2-2 draw at Wolfsburg, where they have not won for 15 years, as goals by Gladbach’s Alassane Plea and Thorgan Hazard were cancelled out by Wolfsburg’s Renato Steffen and Wout Weghorst.Schalke, last season’s runners up, climbed off the bottom of the table with a 1-0 win at Mainz when Austria midfielder Alessandro Schoepf headed the only goal after only 11 minutes.The home win eases the pressure on head coach Domenico Tedesco as Schalke ended their run of five straight defeats to lift them to 17th, but they can drop down again if Hanover win at Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday.Nuremberg won the battle of the teams promoted last season when they romped to a 3-0 win over Fortuna Duesseldorf thanks to goals by Hanno Behrens, Mikael Ishak and Federico Palacios.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more