By Jonathan Liew: The TelegraphJOEL Garner has warned England that they underestimate the tourists at their peril. The legendary Bajan fast bowler, and now the West Indies team manager, believes that the first-ever day-night Test in England will be won by whichever team can adapt better to the pink ball and the unfamiliar conditions.The West Indies’ recent record in this country is abysmal. You have to go back to 1988 for their last series win in England, and 2000 for the last time they even won a Test.With key players such as Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Darren Bravo and Sunil Narine absent due to a board dispute and the Caribbean Premier League, few are offering them much hope this time.But crucially, they have played a day-night Test before – a narrow defeat to Pakistan in Dubai last October. And with a dangerous pace attack led by Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel, and a new coach in Stuart Law restoring fitness and discipline, Garner believes this series will be a good deal more competitive than many people think.“Not many people are giving us a lot of hope,” said Garner, who only ever lost one Test series in 10 years as a player. “I think the fellas have got talent. It’s who makes the greatest adjustment in the day-night game. Games between England and the West Indies are competitive. I wouldn’t completely write them off.“It’s going to be some interesting times. I think people are writing the West Indies off too early, and it could be at their own peril. Cricket is played in the middle at the end of the day and it’s who makes the fastest adjustment.”Nevertheless, Garner admitted that the absence of at least a dozen players who would easily have made the current squad was a significant loss. “It is what it is,” he said. “The players have made a decision that they want to play a shorter version of the game. They will have to make their mind up about whether they want to come back and play the longer version.“We will welcome them back because they are our better players, but at the present moment we are here to play cricket. We’ve got to work with what we’ve got.”And so this is a young, inexperienced West Indies side, only three of whom – Roach, Gabriel and Kieran Powell – have played Test cricket in England before. But Garner said that Law, who replaced Phil Simmons as coach in January, had instilled new standards of professionalism in a squad that had become a touch lazy over the years.“Some of our players have become accustomed to the CPL way of doing things,” Garner said. “Players are being encouraged to train harder and get fitter. We’ve always had players with ability, players with style and flair, but the lack of preparation at the top could have been part of the problem.”
Titus O’Neil on his Muhammad Ali Award nomination, addressing social issues in WWE and mission to give back
SN: It seems that many in this country who may have been against the idea of Colin Kaepernick kneeling, police brutality and Black Lives Matter have finally come around. One of those people is WWE Superstar Randy Orton who recently stated that all lives can’t matter until Black Lives Matter. Have you had conversations with him about this?TO: I have had conversations with Randy about this. He didn’t understand it because he looked at it through a different lens. He was in the military for a period of time so what that flag means to him is different. But it was never about the flag and I explained that to him and others in the locker room. We’ve had some very candid conversations and, to be honest with you, I love the fact that I can call him a friend. Over the last two years, I have seen him grow so much as a human being. He has been more open to listening and admitting that he didn’t get it at first. All lives DO matter, but the point I was trying to make is that I finally realized that until #BlackLivesMatters, they can’t. Get it? https://t.co/KSf6VkMINq— Randy Orton (@RandyOrton) May 29, 2020There are fans who have followed this industry for years and if any of them claim that systematic racism doesn’t exist, it would be a bald-faced lie. This business has had stereotypical characters and you can’t deny that. Now, I can say that this company has grown leaps and bounds with trying to be more aware of social issues in regards to race and to not perpetuate certain stereotypes. Randy Orton, Seth Rollins, The Bella Twins and others have taken a stand for what is right. When Randy Orton said that, there were so many Black and Brown people who understood that he’s not just standing with us, he’s getting a better understanding of what the movement is really about. That’s encouraging. “I was told I would be dead or in jail by the age of 16,” he recalls. “I was told that I would never be able to accomplish our members go to graduate high school or go to college.”However, he found a source of light during the five years he spent at the Florida Sheriffs Boys Ranch when the ranch’s former regional director Pat Montague told him that he loved and believed in him. O’Neil turned his life around with a renewed focus on school and sports. He also dedicated his life to giving back because he understood the significance of someone giving back to him. MORE: WWE pay-per-view schedule for 2020He overcame the odds, played college football as a Florida Gator and found his way into the wonderful world of pro wrestling in the WWE. And while those accomplishments on the field and in the ring were great, nothing could surpass what he’s done when there aren’t arenas filled with cheering fans. A tireless philanthropist who has a seemingly endless list of charity initiatives that he’s involved himself in, O’Neil’s purpose goes beyond entertaining from bell to bell. He’s an inspiration who has dedicated himself to helping improve the lives of those who are less fortunate. Among those initiatives is the “Love Walk” that will take place in Tampa, Florida on June 27 alongside former WWE superstar Dave Bautista. The pair will lead a march across Tampa’s Fortune Taylor Bridge that will bring together Tampa Bay business leaders, elected officials, and families in support of the peaceful protests against racism and police brutality. We will be joining @TitusONeilWWE @DaveBautista and more for the LOVE WALK next weekend! Visit FB for more information: https://t.co/JhLX6BbVPi pic.twitter.com/EBwCnNRRDs— WISE Tampa Bay (@WISETampaBay) June 18, 2020″I think everybody should be included in this change,” he said. “It’s not a one race issue, it’s a human race issue. Now we have the opportunity to walk in love and have this be a symbol that we are capable of great human beings.” The nomination is a culmination of the 43-year-old’s efforts and means the world to him considering that he looks at the late heavyweight champion as one of his heroes that he’s modeled himself after. Nelson CruzKevin LoveDevin & Jason McCourtyMaya MooreTitus O’NeilAll have made the world a better place. All are finalists for the Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award.( 📍 @DoveMenCare) pic.twitter.com/M17vgu17W7— ESPN (@espn) June 17, 2020“If I ever got the opportunity to be in a position to be like someone, it would be him,” he says. “He was very unapologetic about being a black man in America, very unapologetic about his faith and what he stood for. It’s an honor to be nominated for an award named after such a great individual.”The author of “There’s No Such Thing As A Bad Kid” spoke with Sporting News about his philanthropy, addressing social issues in the WWE locker room and using his platform to make a change. MORE: Dominique Wilkins wants to make a comeback — as an All Elite Wrestling managerSN: When did you realize that your biggest contribution in the WWE would not be what happens inside of the ring?Titus O’Neil: It was long before I got into WWE when I realized that what I do for a living is not who I am. There should always be a separation because, at some point, what you do for a living is going to change. But who you are as an individual defines what you can contribute to any company, organization or community for the rest of your life. It’s your legacy. WWE is just another platform for me to be who I am. Sometimes that’s not popular or people want to question whether or not you are genuine with your motives. But I have proven who I am. It’s not about a paycheck or fame. It’s about who I am. SN: We’re in a climate where people ask entertainers and celebrities to speak on social issues. Can you talk about the significance of using your platform from your point of view?TO: I’ve been around some of the wealthiest people in the world, and none of them knew how to dribble, run or shoot. I think their greatest appreciation is that I was able to get them to think outside of their comfort zone. They are accustomed to write a $100,000 check and say that they are doing great work. You can’t keep thinking that you can just throw money at an issue and it will solve it. It takes everybody involved in the process. You have to do more than write a check or post something on Instagram. Celebrities have a hand in influencing people to change. But, at the end of the day, the people have to see the work of influencers put into action. If you have a platform and want to make a change, put your boots on the ground and do something. I truly believe that when “me” becomes “we” amazing things happen. SN: Just like any other workplace, the WWE is made up of people from a variety of backgrounds and beliefs. Considering the current racial climate in America, have you had to have conversations with talent to explain the significance of Black Lives Matter and what’s currently happening to Black people in this country?TO: Yeah, I’ve had to have conversations with people prior to the George Floyd incident simply because they didn’t understand. When it comes to minorities and those who are oppressed, it’s always easier for those who are not oppressed to say to “get over it,” “that’s so long ago,” or turn “Black Lives Matter” into “All Lives Matter” or “Blue Lives Matter.” They don’t realize why Colin Kaepernick took a knee or that there are conversations that happen in Black homes (about race) that don’t happen in white homes.I am the father of two black sons and our conversations are different. They are about trying not to ruffle feathers or putting on the good hat. There is systematic racism in this country that needs to be dealt with. I don’t agree with a lot of things that Donald Trump says or does, but I will not put the full responsibility of where the country is today on him. Our country has been like this when Obama and Bush were president.Systemic racism has been an issue since the beginning of America and something needs to be done about it. I 100% agree with what Kaepernick took a knee for and I am happy that it’s not just Black people who are fighting against racism and bigotry today. Sometimes, people need to see what’s happening like they did with Martin Luther King Jr.’s second march in Selma. Had George Floyd’s death not been filmed, I don’t think the world would have been in any different place than it is today. WWE Superstar Titus O’Neil probably shouldn’t be here right now. Much less, be a finalist for the Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award that will be presented during ESPN’s annual Sports Humanitarian Awards show alongside Nelson Cruz (MLB), Kevin Love (NBA), Devin and Jason McCourty (NFL) and Maya Moore (WNBA).Born out of a sexual assault when his mother was raped as an 11-year-old, O’Neil had the proverbial deck stacked against him. Mad at the world for the circumstances he couldn’t control, O’Neil’s outlook on life was bleak.
Mamelani’s Youth Development programme looks to guide young people into adulthood become self-sufficient and develop their sense of self. (Image: Mamelani)Mamelani Projects, operating across Western Cape, is working to relieve the social pressures slowing the progress of the province’s poorer citizens. Through education programmes the organisation hopes to transform the lives of those they work with. They are making it easier for citizens to access medical care and help young people fulfil their potential.A lack of information can lead to poor health management, and bad decisions can lead to situations that could have been avoided had they been informed. Mamelani’s Community Health Programme aims to improve people’s understanding of health care, helping them make better decisions when it comes to improving and maintaining their health.The Youth Development programme builds skills, provides information and offers them help getting documents like passports and identity documents and drivers’ licences.YOUTH DEVELOPMENTMamelani’s youth development programme is aimed at children state care. The programme was developed to help them become self-sufficient and develop their sense of self outside of state care.The programme also helps them build healthy relationships and grow their resilience to help them on their journey to adulthood.Eighteen-year-olds who have been raised in youth care can find it difficult to make their own way in the world. The youthful participants are taught to live independent of the state and how to move on to being contributing members of society.The course builds skills, provides information and offers them help getting documents like passports and identity documents and drivers’ licences. To prepare them for the working world, participants are taught how to put together a CV and how best to enter the job market.The programme guides them through the process, offering help when needed but participants are expected to engage challenges and find solutions for themselves if they can.Through education programmes the organisation hopes to transform the lives of those they work with.GET INVOLVEDMamelani is always open to getting help from the public, local businesses and corporations in order to meet their operating costs and increase their reach.If you believe you can lend a hand, have a look at Mamelani’s get involved page on their website for details on how and where you can help.For more information you can also contact Mamelani on 021 448 2725 or via email on [email protected] YOUR PARTPlay Your Part urges you to share your story. If you or anyone you know has gone out of their way to brighten up the day for someone else, we want to know.If you have a story to tell, be it your own or that of an organisation or initiative dear to you, submit your story or video to our website and tell us how South Africa is playing a part to build a better life for all.
LATEST STORIES Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Going up against a double block, Rondina tried to squeeze the ball down the sideline but the space was too tight that she connected with the antenna giving the final point to Ateneo, which improved to 7-1.“I just had to laugh earlier because when I hit the ball it was over, I was the one that let my team lose because a lot would’ve happened if I scored that one,” said Rondina. “I’ll accept this loss with my heart as long as we’ve learned something from this.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201302:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss US figure skater Mariah Bell probed for reportedly injuring South Korean rival Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Google Philippines names new country director SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Cherry Rondina. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—There were a lot of missed chances for Cherry Rondina and University of Santo Tomas on Wednesday.The Tigresses had the chance to get shared ownership of the top spot, but Ateneo came back from a two-set deficit and stunned the Golden Tigresses, 19-25, 22-25, 27-25, 25-22, 15-11, despite Rondina’s historic performance.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Rondina finished with 35 points, the most a Golden Tigress has scored in a single game in the Final Four era, but she missed a chance to cap the historic performance with a win as UST settled for the third spot in the standings at 5-3.“We always say ‘what if’ but someone has to win,” said Rondina in Filipino. “Someone won, we just have to learn from what we did today. We fell short, that’s it, the kids still lack experience.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsRondina is on her fifth year and is no doubt one of the most experienced players in the league but her teammates like Eya Laure, Mafe Galanza, Rachelle Roldan, and Kecelyn Galdones—all of whom played in the fifth set—still has some learning to do especially in the collegiate level.Despite Rondina’s heroism, her final attempt was what ultimately doomed UST. Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments