Samuels signs multi-million dollar bat deal

first_imgWest Indies Batsman Marlon Samuels has signed a two-year endorsement deal with renowned bat makers C-A Sports.The lucrative, multimillion-dollar partnership will see Samuels using the top of the range CA Plus 15000 Elite Player Edition bat, plus the CA Sports thigh pads and gloves until January 2019.Samuels, an elegant middle-order batsman, will start using the bat during England’s One Day International tour of The West Indies from March 3 to March 9.Danny Arshad, Head of CA Player recruitment, says he is pleased to have Marlon Samuels as the newest ambassador for CA Sports.EXPLOSIVE CRICKET”We are delighted that the West Indies’ Top ODI batsman will be joining forces with the one of the world’s top manufacturers of cricket equipment to bring explosive cricket to fans everywhere.”Samuels is also pleased to represent CA Sports and the opportunities it presents him for helping to develop younger players.”What I like most about my CA bat deal is that it allows me to select two youngsters, who will also benefit directly by receiving bats from CA Sports. This ensures that while I benefit at present, I am also helping to build those who will inherit West Indies cricket after me,” Samuels said.Samuels joins a list of notable West Indian ambassadors, who have used the CA Sports bats, including Chris Gayle and Brian Lara.last_img read more

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  • Wilder wants to get rid of Stiverne, then unify heavyweights

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  • Arsenal beats Chelsea 2-1 to seal League Cup final with City

    first_imgAlmazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours For once, it’s not the FA Cup providing cover for Wenger. Arsenal’s defense of the more prestigious domestic cup ended at the first hurdle in an embarrassing loss to Nottingham Forest earlier this month. But a first trip to the League Cup final since 2011 gives Wenger a chance on Feb. 25 to add the only piece of domestic silverware missing in more than 21 years at Arsenal.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chelsea raced into a seventh-minute lead through Eden Hazard but Arsenal quickly fought back. Nacho Monreal’s free header from a corner ricocheted off the heads of Chelsea duo Marcos Alonso and Ruediger before flying into the net in the 12th minute.Arsenal took the lead on the hour when Alexandre Lacazette’s cross was inadvertently diverted by Ruediger into the path of Granit Xhaka, who poked the ball past goalkeeper Willy Caballero.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 folk“In the first half we gave them too much respect, maybe, and we suffered from that,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. “In the second half we rectified that.”In part thanks to Wenger’s shift to a three-man defense in the second half. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi controls the ball during the English League Cup semifinal second leg soccer match between Chelsea and Arsenal at the Emirates stadium in London, Wednesday, Jan.24, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)LONDON — Two fortuitous goals helped Arsenal beat Chelsea 2-1 on Wednesday and seal a League Cup final meeting with Manchester City, providing a glimmer of joy in a gloomy domestic campaign.Both Arsenal goals received a helping hand from Chelsea defender Antonio Ruediger as the semifinal meeting of London rivals came to life after a sterile, scoreless first leg two weeks ago.ADVERTISEMENT Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Antetokounmpo says Kidd helped him grow into dominant player Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 View comments MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “We might have got our formation wrong … but we came back into it and showed great character,” Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere. “We showed our quality going forward.”Unlike Chelsea. A recovery rarely looked on the cards from Antonio Conte’s disjointed side in a derby that exposed the visitors’ shortages in the squad.Chelsea’s attacking threat was sapped by the loss of Willian in the first half with a hamstring problem, and Conte was forced to bring on Ross Barkley for his debut.The new recruit from Everton was lacking sharpness in his first match since being injured May. But Conte was forced to deploy the midfielder as a “false nine” at times. It was little wonder the goal threat was so lacking from a side that won the Premier League last season.Chelsea’s hopes of defending that title faded long ago, with Man City 15 points ahead of the third-place champions. Arsenal is languishing in sixth place but Wenger is still through to a fourth domestic final in five seasons.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more