Wrong forum Chris Gayle

first_imgWhat is the problem with Christopher Henry Gayle that is causing this continuous display of his manhood and sexuality in the public space?The T20 cricket batting superhero had another on-air amorous approach aimed at a female journalist conducting a post-performance interview during a game in the Australian Big Bash League (BBL).It was only last year, on Antigua home soil, that Big Chris committed what Foster’s Fairplay assessed then and still now, as a trend towards vulgarity.On that occasion, in a pre-game interview, the former West Indies captain was reported to have been asked by a female interviewer: “How does the pitch feel so far in terms of the training (and) the weather”?The response was: “Well, I haven’t touched yours yet, so I don’t know how it feels.”The question in this columnist’s view did not indicate cricket savvy, but Gayle put the query on a sexist plane.Following the story from Down Under, what is interesting is a comment by a Jamaican sports journalist considered, in this corner, to be ‘from the top drawer’.FOOT-IN-MOUTH DISEASENoted for his incisive analysis, after listening to excerpts from the recent interview with Gayle and the woman, he made the point: “I thought Gayle had learnt his lesson.”No such luck, Leighton. There is no stopping the loose talk coming from the swashbuckling opening batsman, as he seems to be stuck in the groove of ‘putting his foot in his mouth’ on these occasions.This time, his 41 off 15 balls was being recounted when what he chose to highlight was his attraction to the lady’s eyes and proceeded to issue an invitation on set for the woman to “have a drink” later.The “Do not blush, Baby” followed.Subsequently, the BBL boss, obviously and justifiably incensed, has issued sanctions against our boy, Chris. First up, he will no longer be featured in the coverage of the games. His wearing of on-field microphones to facilitate comments during the fast-paced spectacle is now denied. Added to this, the now-beleaguered entertainer has been docked US$7,200 (AUS$10,000.)In response to the many negative remarks from all over, there have been shouts of “Overkill!”, “Killing an ant with a hammer!” and the like. The view expressed there is that Gayle’s flirtatious foray did not deserve such adverse comment.In general, it is also the talk that the matter has been “blown out of proportion”. Some have responded to the most popular comment, which is that the approach was “inappropriate”.Another famed radio talk show host and academic has said that the measure of that description is dependent on how acceptable it was to the lady in question, Mel McLaughlin.Also, it has been mentioned that she was made to feel “uncomfortable”, while carrying out the requirements of her job.culture-dependent viewOn the matter of discomfort, the only opinion in the public space has not, to this columnist’s knowledge, come from the lady herself, but rather from what she was alleged to have said to her superior. Foster’s Fairplay is in total disagreement with the highly respected talk show host on the matter of the lady’s acceptability or not. That is immaterial in this corner. Depending on culture, socialisation, or plain lack of decency on the part of the target, the foulest language in requesting sexual attention can find favour in certain quarters but can be rejected, as it should be, in others.This columnist, in his youthful days, trying to adhere to lessons taught, lost many a battle, failing to land the booty, while the vulgar approach won the hand, and whatever else was on offer from the female. Unacceptability is a legitimate call, regardless of its source.As for the suggestion that the story has received an overabundance of mileage, this is how journalists eat, drink, and enjoy life’s blessings. Put a little one-Test medium pacer in the superstar’s position, the hue and cry would be considerably less – if heard at all.The so-called extra publicity comes from the elevated territory, and Gayle and his supporters must be aware of this as they line up in his support.Foster’s Fairplay sums up the varied arguments and counter arguments: It was the wrong forum for the comment.Take the thought elsewhere, Chris.last_img read more

Ross blames refs for free throw confusion: ‘They didn’t intervene’

first_imgNewsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak View comments LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Ginebra snaps 3-game slide, deals San Miguel its 1st loss Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net“That’s probably one of the craziest games I’ve every played in.”That’s how Chris Ross summed up a bizarre end to the game between Barangay Ginebra and San Miguel on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Ross said he knew Lanete was the designated free throw shooter, which baffled him when he was the one called by the referee to step into the charity stripe.“I knew Chico was supposed to take the free throw. I was watching the whole play. Chico was in there, he got fouled, and I thought Chico was going to the line, and they walked up to me to give me the ball, and the announcer said, ‘Chris Ross, shoot the free throw.’ So I shot the free throw. What else am I supposed to do, give the ball to Chico? I don’t know,” he said.“I was in a lose-lose situation. I don’t know what I was supposed to do. It’s obviously the refs’ fault, all three of them because they didn’t intervene and they put the blame on me by giving me a technical. So I mean, that’s the only explanation I can give. I don’t know about you guys, but my fair assessment of the play was, they tried to cover it up by giving me the technical, and all I did was do what they told me to do. So I don’t know, if I do something different, do I get a tech? Or do I do what they tell me to do, and I still get a tech?”SMB head coach Leo Austria came to the defense of Ross.“[The referees] made a mistake. Although any player will do anything to get an advantage, it’s human nature. [Ross] made a mistake for being proximate to the referee. The barker didn’t even say who was fouled.”Ross also wondered why he wasn’t ejected after incurring his second technical foul for delay of game after getting whistled with his first late in the second quarter for continuous complaining.“I don’t know why I wasn’t ejected. Y’all’s guess is just as good as mine. I don’t know what happened,” he said.As per league rules, the reason why Ross wasn’t tossed out of the game was that only technical fouls which are unsportsmanlike in nature, could merit an ejection. That is different from the technical foul for the delay of game, which was the second technical that was given to him, which meant his extended stay on the floor.Castro admitted there were also lapses in the referee’s judgment, which necessitates a further review from the league’s technical committee.“To be honest, the referees are also at fault on what happened. I won’t deny it. But again, the players know who the shooter is,” he said. “But with regards to any sanction for the referees, we’ll talk about it.” Following the showdown, PBA commissioner Willie Marcial brought in league deputy director for basketball operations Eric Castro to the press room to explain what happened.“(Referee) Noy Guevarra was trying to give the ball to Lanete. Then, Chris Ross, was the one to step in to take free throw,” shared Castro before reading a few excerpts from the revised league rule book.According to league rules, “a player who deliberately takes the place of the designated free throw shooter, shall be given a delay of game warning if the free throw has not been attempted. Any succeeding similar offense shall be result in an unsportsmanlike technical foul. If the free throw has been attempted by the wrong shooter the player shall be assessed an unsportsmanlike technical foul.”The Beermen, however, argued that Ross wasn’t the one who committed the mistake, but rather, the referee.“I didn’t get an explanation,” said the reigning two-time Defensive Player of the Year. “I stayed in my spot I was in the whole time, and I wasn’t nowhere close to the play, and the ref walks up to me and hands me the ball, and the announcer says, ‘Chris Ross at the free throw line.’ So I shoot the ball. What else am I supposed to do?”ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew With the Beermen trailing, 95-98, Chico Lanete secured an offensive rebound off a miss by Arwind Santos and was fouled by Sol Mercado with 4.5 seconds left.But somehow, Ross took the first of what was supposed to be two free throws instead of Lanete before San Miguel called for a timeout.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkDuring the timeout, referees slapped Ross with a technical foul for taking the free throw that led to LA Tenorio hitting the technical free throw to extend Ginebra’s lead to four, 99-95, before the officials eventually gave Lanete two shots at the line.After a wild finish, Ginebra won, 100-96, to deal San Miguel its first defeat in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup, but not without leaving many scratching their heads and wondering what had just transpired late. Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Ross knows there’s no point to cry over spilled milk with the game already over.“I mean, I don’t know, it was bizarre, to say the least,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Remembering Ambassador David A. Straz Jr. (A Tribute)

first_imgAmbassador David A. Straz Jr.Beginning this Sunday, November 24, and all through this week, the University of Liberia (UL) website will run a special feature on the life and legacy of Ambassador David A. Straz Jr, who died on Monday, November 18, while on a fishing expedition in the U.S. State of Florida.The death of Amb. Straz sent immediate shock waves across the United States and elsewhere in the world, but the waves it jolted hit particularly hard more than 8,000 miles away on all the campuses of the UL.The tributes, heartfelt messages of condolence, prayers and sense of shocking disbelief still continue to pour in endlessly.Upon hearing the news, dozens at the UL—faculty, staff, students, alumni—took to social media to express thoughts and prayers, inundating the UL social media platform and crowding the institution’s email domain expressing shock and incredulity, remembering Amb. Straz as one of the biggest, largest individual benefactors in the University’s post-Liberian civil war history, if not in the history of the UL.UL President Dr. Julius sarwolo Nelson Jr. officially communicated Amb. Straz’s death to the UL family.TributeIn a tribute to the late UL benefactor, Dr. Nelson stated: “It is with deep regrets that we officially announce the home-going of Dr. David A. Straz Jr., Ambassador-at-Large and Honorary Consul General for both the Republics of Liberia and Honduras.“His death has come as a shock to all, especially the University Family, as the Centennial Committee had invited him to the Centennial Commencement. The Committee had planned to honor him by unveiling the “Friendship Monument,” a statue of him and three elders of Sinje representing those that donated the land. The University will formally remember Ambassador Straz at Sinje on December 4 when the Arts and Craft opens the 2019 Centennial Commencement.” Amb. Straz donated US$1.5 million of his personal money to renovate and refurbish Sinje, and served as the first commencement speaker in 2017 of the David A. Straz-Sinje Technical and Vocational College, which is named in his honor.As such, we will feature many of the condolence messages sent, as well as special tributes written by past and present officials of the UL, present and former government officials, and others who knew him and had the opportunity to meet or work with him, as a mark of last respects to his legacy and life.So, we will open our archive to feature videos, pictures, speeches, as we try to relive and remember some of Amb/ Starz’s memorable time, and visits at the UL, just to show how close a friend he was. And if you would like to write a special tribute, please do so now and we will publish it on our website and in the local media.All entries should be emailed to tweahnl@ul.edu.lr . So, Let’s Begin! Below is an introduction of Ambassador David A. Straz, which was read verbatim by former UL President Dr. Ophelia Inez Weeks, when he served as the commencement speaker of the inaugural graduating class of the David A. Straz-Sinje Technical and Vocational College, in 2017.Ambassador Straz donated US$1.5 million dollars of his personal money to renovate and refurbish Sinje, and served as the first commencement speaker, in 2017, of the David A. Straz-Sinje Technical & Vocational College, which is named in his honor.“It is my pleasure to introduce to you a successful banking businessman who is extraordinary in his success, who enjoys the rugged outdoors, and the finer things in life like the fine arts and performing arts; a person who is internationally respected, and one who has a caring and considerate heart.”The Honorable David A. Straz Jr. is a graduate of Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, where he earned a degree in Finance. Two years after his graduation, at age 25, Amb. Straz bought his first bank.Over time, this single bank grew into 26 branches, under the name, First Bank Southeast, and all of this happened before his 40th birthday. Wisconsin, where he lived then, gets very cold in the winter you know, so after about 13 years of developing a banking empire in southeastern Wisconsin, Honorable Straz decided that he needed to move to some place much warmer.He moved to Tampa, Florida in 1980, and again bought a small bank, then another a few years, and in subsequent years consolidated many banks in the Tampa Bay area under Southern Exchange Bank that grew into 21 branches by the time he sold it.It now operates as the Florida Gulf Coast branches of Fifth Third Bank. Noteworthy is the fact that Honorable Straz also held on to his Wisconsin banks for 14 year after he left Wisconsin for Florida before he sold it.His Wisconsin holdings eventually became part of U. S. Bank. Honorable Straz has served, and continues to serve on many Boards, which include boards of: Marquette University, his alma mater, University of Tampa, where he served as its Chair; Lowry Park Zoo Foundation, Carthage College, Tampa General Hospital, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Mayo Clinic Foundation, Southern Exchange Bank, serving as Chairman, and the Bank of Nevis Ltd., among others.The philanthropic efforts of Honorable Straz are widespread. These efforts have earned him extensive respect and appreciation in the USA, South America and West Africa, and major buildings in these areas carry his name, as does our own Technical and Vocational College here in Sinje.He holds honorary doctorates from Carthage College, the Catholic University of Honduras, Polytechnic University of Honduras, and from our own University of Liberia. He received the 19th Carthage Flame, the highest honor bestowed by that College.Evidence of his appreciation can also be found in the number of notable recognition he has received in the Americas and West Africa: “Alumnus of the Year” at his alma mater, induction into the Tampa Bay Business Hall of Fame; “Philanthropist of the Year” by the Association of Fundraising Professionals; Keys to the City of Tampa and Hillsborough County, and to the City of Monrovia; being knighted into the Humane Order of African Redemption.In the USA, Straz is Ambassador at Large and Honorary Consul General for Liberia in Florida, and Honorary Consul General for Honduras. All work and no play is good for no one and Ambassador Straz relaxes by playing golf.As well, he is an avid fisherman, loves quail hunting, and is a sophisticated art collector. He was in his early 40’s, a few years after moving to the Tampa Bay area, during which time he was introduced to Catherine Lowry, who he later married. They have a daughter Keebler and reside in the South Tampa area of Florida.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Girls’ soccer: Spartans to play in first City final

first_imgAlthough battered, bruised, and, in some cases, bloodied, from their battle with visiting Granada Hills, nothing could wipe the smiles off the Spartans’ faces following the biggest win in program history. Second-seeded Sylmar scored twice in the first 30minutes, then withstood an own goal and a relentless second-half rally from the No. 6 Highlanders to advance to its first City final with a 2-1 win. “I thought we dominated the first half, but the second half got sloppy,” said Sylmar coach Jose Navarro, whose team will face top-seed El Camino Real of Woodland Hills (19-2-4) in Saturday’s title game at 7 p.m. at East L.A. College. “(Granada Hills) really came at us, but we just kept playing and when it came down to it, our girls wanted it more.” Granada Hills coach Lynda Fritsche only wished her team had been able to match Sylmar’s intensity from the opening whistle. After scoring 17goals in their first three playoff games, the Highlanders (13-6-5) managed only one shot on goal in the first half. “We didn’t come out like we needed to and that’s why we lost,” Fritsche said. “We dug ourselves a hole by not playing the ball and you can’t give a team like Sylmar those opportunities. They deserved to win.” Jennifer Alverez scored off an assist from Carol Martinez in the 22nd minute and Elizabeth Arias struck again six minutes later for Sylmar (30-2), which won its 27th in a row. “We proved to everybody that we deserved to be here,” Arias said. “I can’t explain how I feel. It’s unbelievable.” If only Sylmar had decided to use its scoreboard, the Spartans could have savored the memories even longer. But that didn’t stop the celebration from carrying on for nearly an hour following Wednesday’s City Section girls’ soccer semifinal match. center_img Senior goalkeeper Nicole Gonzalez didn’t let the own goal in the 47th minute shake her confidence. She came up with three saves in the final 12minutes – including a diving stop on Melissa Fernandez – to seal the victory. “This is something we’ve wanted since ninth grade. (Reaching the final) makes me very proud,” said Gonzalez, who celebrated her 18th birthday with eight saves. “This is an incredible feeling. I live for these games.” erik.boal@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Premier League Preview Show

first_imgTom Rennie is joined by the former USA Captain and Sirius XM presenter John Harkes to look ahead to the weekend’s action – including a big London derby between John’s former club West Ham and Tottenham.We also speak to Arsenal legend Ray Parlour about the title race, Adrian Clarke talks about the Gunners’ victory in the Community Shield, and Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany tells us they will bounce back from their Wembley disappointment.Every Premier League game is available outside the UK & Ireland on talkSPORT.com and on the Tune In Radio App – search for ‘talkSPORT’.”last_img

Wales full back: Current crop of players should be qualifying for major tournaments

first_imgWales left back Neil Taylor believes the calibre of players in the current national team means they should be qualifying for major international competitions.Chris Coleman’s men are on course to qualify for their first major tournament since 1958 after a 3-0 victory in Israel on Saturday helped them top their qualifying group for Euro 2016 after five games.The current crop is being described as a golden generation, and the Swansea full back insists they can put past disappointments behind them by progressing out of a tough Group B.“We should be qualifying with the players we’ve got. We have to try and produce this time, we’ve put ourselves in a good position so far,” said Taylor.Gareth Bale scored twice in the victory in Saturday’s victory in Haifa, including a stunning free kick, and Taylor has acknowledged a drive in the Real Madrid star to take Wales to the finals in France next summer.The 26-year-old said: “A player of his calibre, and we’ve got plenty at that level, wants to experience a major tournament.“He is producing every time he plays for us, he almost feels like the onus is on him and there is a real freedom when he plays. Players like him strike fear into opposition teams.”Taylor pointed to Bale’s match-winning display as testament to his ‘world class’ ability despite recent criticism for some of his performances for Madrid, and he can’t see the winger leaving the Spanish capital any time soon.“He is without doubt world class and people have seen that this weekend. He’s looked his normal self but it is massive pressure out there. The best players in the world, they all get it, they almost want perfect football,” said Taylor.“If you are at Real Madrid, where would you really want to go from there? He’s gone there and won trophies so I can’t see why he would want to leave.”last_img read more

Norwich City sign Northern Ireland’s Euro 2016 hero Michael McGovern

first_img1 Norwich City have signed Northern Ireland goalkeeper Michael McGovern on a free transfer.The 32-year-old has penned a three-year deal at Carrow Road, having left Hamilton Academical earlier this summer.McGovern played under Canaries boss Alex Neil when he was player-manager of the Scottish Premiership side.The experienced shot-stopper moves to Carrow Road on the back of a fine Euro 2016, in which he played a key role in Northern Ireland’s historic run to the last 16.Neil told Norwich’s official website: “Michael is a player that I’ve worked with before, so I know all about his qualities and his character.“He’s a fantastic professional, and he showed he’s capable of playing at the top level with his performances for Northern Ireland at the Euros.“He will come in and offer great competition to our current goalkeepers.”McGovern is the second summer arrival at Norwich, who were relegated from the Premier League last season.Young winger Sergio Canos was the first addition of this transfer window, with the 19-year-old joining from Liverpool last for an initial fee of £2.5m. Michael McGovern in action for Northern Ireland at Euro 2016 last_img read more


first_imgTHE Donegal LGFA has ratified county managers for 2016 at its AGM in Letterkenny last night.The Senior Ladies manager is Micheal Naughton who takes over from Davy McLaughlin. Micheal has vast experience in this role in the past.The Minor Ladies Manager next year is Termon’s Trevor Alcorn, a coach with vast club experience. The U16s management team was confirmed as Moville’s Liam Skelly and Termon’s Paddy McMenamin. Liam Skelly was one of the coaches of this year’s successful U14 county set-up whilst Paddy McMenamin has had huge success with his club.At U14s Greg Harkin from St Eunan’s returns for a second year in 2016 having led the county team to an Ulster championship title and an All-Ireland final this year.The development league U14 team will be managed by Sabrina White from Red Hughs.The AGM also saw hard-working chairman Hugh Devenney re-elected unopposed. Meanwhile tickets are selling fast for the Donegal LGFA Gala Banquet which is being held on Saturday, January 2, at the Clanree Hotel in Letterkenny. The Senior County players who won this year’s Ulster Championship will be honoured on the night. LADIES FOOTBALL: AGM RATIFIES APPOINTMENT OF COUNTY MANAGERS FOR 2016 was last modified: November 17th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AGMDonegal LGFAlast_img read more


first_imgWith hours left until hosts France take on Romania, there is still a chance to sign up to Donegal Daily’s fantasy football league using the code: 03034EBCTransfers are free until 9 tonight, which means you can change your team if your not satisfied. After tonight’s deadline transfers will cost you 4 points for every transfer. To be in with the best chance of winning the amazing prize of a brand new Kia Sportage for a year sponsored by Inishowen Motors, along with many other superb prizes like top hotel breaks and vouchers for Michael Murphy Sports.Follow these simple steps to sign up to Donegal Daily’s  Euro 2016 Fantasy Football league in conjunction with Inishowen Motors and Michael Murphy Sports.Simply click on this link which will take you to the UEFA Euro 2016 website and follow the on screen instructions http://eurofantasy.uefa.com . Take down the league code 03034EBC and enter this into join leagues to be eligible to win some of our amazing prizes.#COYBIG THE COUNTDOWN IS ON WITH ONLY HOURS LEFT TO JOIN DD’S EURO 2016 FANTASY FOOTBALL LEAGUE was last modified: June 10th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Euro 2016Fantasy FootballInishowen MotorsMichael Murphylast_img read more

Harrison to make return to ring

first_imgAudley Harrison is to return to boxing in a 10-rounder against Chelsea’s Ali Adams in Brentwood on 14 April.It will be the Wembley heavyweight’s first fight since losing a one-sided world title clash with David Haye in November 2010.Harrison, 40, was crowned Olympic champion in 2000 but has been much maligned during his professional career, and the third-round stoppage by Haye was his fifth defeat.“Anyone can lose but I didn’t lose with dignity. I was never going to retire after that performance,” said Harrison.“I’ll have too much for Ali Adams. I intend to show I still have a future in the game.”Adams, who was born in Iraq, is 10 years younger than Harrison and has a record of 13-3-1.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img