THE Windies have won their first Test match in 17 years against England, in England, but one Cricket West Indies (CWI) director is particularly concerned about the use of the side’s specialist spinner.Anand Sanasie, secretary of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) and CWI director for Guyana questioned the use of the Berbician Devendra Bishoo in the second Test which the West Indies won yesterday by five wickets.Speaking exclusively to Chronicle Sport yesterday, the CWI director said, “I’m worried that you play a specialist spinner and he doesn’t bowl as much as he is supposed to.”“I don’t know if he is carrying an injury or something but that should be the only thing that keeps him from bowling a full complement of overs for the Test match,” he said.West Indies captain Jason Holder’s use of Bishoo came into question by television commentators after the leg-break bowler only got the nod for six overs in the first innings and 25 in the second – a combined total of 31 for the entire second Test.The use of the 31-year-old was questioned by fans and analysts on social media with many not able to understand his underutilisation.Sanasie, however, was quick to point out that there were a host of positives out of the win, saying that the victory represented a rebirth of the Maroon side.“It’s a rebuilding process, it’s a bright young team and it can only move to better things from here. I hope when they move to Lord’s they can do the same,” Sanasie said.“As a director, it’s been tough but I think we are turning the corner with these kind of performances. I always say that as a director of the WICB and secretary of the Guyana Cricket Board that you have to win on the field of play and once you can do that then something good is happening.”
Zenit St Petersburg fans who want non-white and gay players excluded from the Russian team are “living in another century”, says Anzhi Makhachkala defender Christopher Samba.Landscrona, the Russian champions’ largest fans’ group, said black players are “forced down Zenit’s throat”.“I’m not surprised. Everybody knows Zenit supporters are no good and racist,” Samba told BBC Radio 5 live. “They are living in another century. It’s a sad day for Russian football.”He added: “In this time we have different communities and countries that constitute teams. If they can’t accept that then they are never going to progress.”Zenit were the only top-flight Russian team without a black player until the summer signings of Brazil striker Hulk and Belgian midfielder Axel Witsel. The club was fined by the Russian Football Union after one of their fans offered a banana to Anzhi Makhachkala left-back Roberto Carlos before a match between the two sides in March 2011.Black players in the Russian league have been the target of monkey chants and Samba also had a banana thrown at him by a Lokomotiv Moscow fan shortly after his move from Blackburn Rovers.However, the Congo-Brazzaville international insists there is no prospect of black players staging a protest by boycotting matches following Landscrona’s open letter.“Boycotting, why? Because fans make statement they don’t want black players. No. Black players should fight for the good ones – not the idiots,” he said.“It’s really sad. It’s slowing down the process of Russian football being a better league. I hope the Russian federation do the necessary to sanction it.” Raymond Verheijen, a former coach of Zenit, believes there are “serious issues” with racism in Russian football and says action needs to be taken by the sport’s governing body.“If the fans are asking for an all-white team, I’m actually quite shocked to be honest,” he said.“I know, based on my experience with Russian football and Zenit, there are serious issues about racism, so I was already familiar with the problem.“But if it’s true that the fans have asked for this policy then I think its time that the club and the Federation also took some action against these kind of things.”Russia is preparing to host the 2018 World Cup after being picked by governing body Fifa to stage the tournament for the first time. Samba, 28, believes Russia’s continuing problems surrounding racism are “not helping” the country’s preparations.He added: “The fact that a lot of players are going to Russia should be promoted. But if we’re not welcome then it would be very difficult to change the mentality ahead of the World Cup.”
The problems literally started right after the opening tip with Stephen Curry stealing the ball twice, leading to a pair of easy dunks. Rookie Patrick McCaw, who the Clippers passed on in the second round of this year’s draft, got a steal on the Clippers’ third possession, setting up Kevin Durant for two free throws.Down 6-0 before they even attempted a shot, the Clippers turned the ball over again. Luckily, the ball ended up in JaVale McGee’s hands and he promptly handed it back.Ten of the Clippers’ 15 turnovers happened in the first half. And it wasn’t so much that Draymond Green and Zaza Pachulia were out with injuries; it was that Durant, Klay Thompson and Curry weren’t.The Warriors’ top three offensive players commanded so much of the Clippers’ attention, and rightfully so, the other two players on the court almost didn’t matter. With eyes on the Warriors’ All-Stars, McGee was free for 11 easy points, McCaw stroked in a pair of early 3s and James Michael McAdoo scooped up 10 points and nine rebounds, most of which were uncontested.The Warriors feasted on the Clippers’ wandering focus, scoring 27 points off offensive rebounds, while the much bigger Clippers only had 15 second-chance points.And with the Warriors’ role players established, the stars began to operate with more freedom. Curry, a longtime thorn in the Clippers’ side, launched and drained a high-arcing 3 in front of the Clippers bench, giving them a celebratory shimmy before jogging back down the court.With Green sitting, Griffin went to work, scoring 31 points, including a vintage slam over Kevon Looney.And after being down 21 early in the fourth, Jamal Crawford (21 points) and Austin Rivers (18 points) got the Clippers to within seven. But Durant and Thompson hit back-to-back 3s, icing the Golden State win. LOS ANGELES >> It took all of three possessions for the Warriors to remind everyone who they are and why they keep beating the Clippers.The first three times the Clippers got the ball Thursday, Golden State simply took it; a pretty apt metaphor for what’s happened with these two teams over the past three seasons or so.Even without their starting power forward and their starting center, Golden State took another win from the Clippers, 133-120 at Staples Center.It’s the ninth consecutive time they’ve beaten the Clippers. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
LSU has a chance to win the national championship in its backyard, which it did in 2003 and 2007 (it lost its last appearance there to Alabama in 2011). The Superdome could host the last magical scene for Burrow, Orgeron and a team that piled up top-10 victories against Texas, Florida, Auburn, Alabama, Georgia and Oklahoma.Or, Clemson could forever silence all the criticisms of a weak schedule, win its 30th straight game and enter 2020 with a chance to win three in a row and four in five years under Swinney. Lawrence could lead the way, and that would be just as remarkable a story.We’re looking forward to all of it. Aren’t you? One way or the other, the Tigers will win the national championship (we promise that’s the only time we’ll use that).No. 1 LSU and No. 3 Clemson advanced to the College Football Playoff championship game with semifinal victories against Oklahoma and Ohio State, respectively, for a compelling title-game matchup. LSU routed No. 4 Oklahoma 63-28 in a game where Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow totaled eight touchdowns (seven passing, one rushing), while Clemson beat No. 2 Ohio State 29-23 in a controversial game where Trevor Lawrence led a thrilling four-play drive in the final two minutes for the go-ahead touchdown.SEMIFINAL TAKEAWAYS:Fiesta Bowl | Peach BowlNow, Clemson and LSU will meet in the College Football Playoff championship game on Jan. 13 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. It’s another ACC-vs.-SEC championship showdown, and there are twice as many Tigers as we’re used to seeing.Here are five title-game storylines to get the party started:Burrow vs. LawrenceLast year’s quarterback matchup between Lawrence and Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa was good. Could this one be better?The answer is yes. You’re looking at the quarterbacks who should be the No. 1 pick in the next two NFL Drafts, and their converging storylines should only build the hype. Burrow has 5,208 passing yards and 55 passing touchdowns — part of a record-breaking season in the SEC that might have no equal, if he’s able to pile a national championship on top of all of it.Then there’s Lawrence, who is 25-0 as a starter after leading the Tigers past the Buckeyes on Saturday. In three Playoff games, he has averaged 311 passing yards and eight touchdowns to zero interceptions.Great quarterback matchups tend to produce unforgettable games. This one is no exception.Coach O and Dabo pressersEd Orgeron has an unmistakable voice that will be the talk of New Orleans with LSU playing for a championship close to home. How tight will he play it this close to a championship game?Clemson coach Dabo Swinney, meanwhile, has shared the podium with Nick Saban on the championship stage twice. Does he get to defer the questions to Coach O now?Chances are both coaches will be quotable, and it will be interesting to see how they riff together. That alone will be worth seeing ahead of the game.Skill players in the SuperdomeYou’ll be able to win your fantasy football championship with a combination of these players in the near future.LSU should have a healthy Clyde Edwards-Helaire to go with the receiver combination of Ja’Marr Chase, Justin Jefferson and Terrace Marshall Jr. Clemson’s Travis Etienne took a while to get going against Ohio State, but he might find success sooner against LSU’s defense. The receiving trio of Tee Higgins, Justyn Ross and Amari Rodgers will be faster on the Superdome turf, too.This is going to be a high-scoring game.MORE: LSU exposes Oklahoma’s longstanding Playoff issuesHigh-priced defensive coordinatorsWhat will the defensive coordinators do to slow down? LSU’s Dave Aranda and Clemson’s Brent Venables are the two highest-paid assistant coaches in the FBS, and the $2 million question is, how will they slow these offenses down?LSU rattled Jalen Hurts in the Peach Bowl, but Lawrence’s is the best arm they will have seen in the last two seasons, including Tagovailoa. The chess match between Aranda and Clemson offensive coordinator Tony Elliott will be intriguing. Defensive backs Derek Stingley Jr. and Grant Delpit will need to play tight.Clemson bent — but didn’t break — against Ohio State, and Venables will have to pick his spots against an offensive designed by Steve Ensminger and passing game coordinator Joe Brady. Safety Tanner Muse and linebacker Isaiah Simmons will have a handful against those players.Another 15-0 seasonFor all the talk about SEC and ACC fatigue and the rekindling of the eight-team Playoff talk that is sure to come before Jan. 13, remember this:These are college football’s two best teams, and one of them will be 15-0. That won’t happen often in the four-team era, and it will be even rarer when the Playoff expands to eight teams.