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Gibson says he was fired by the WICB
KINGSTON, Jamaica, (CMC): Ottis Gibson says he was fired as West Indies head coach despite a statement from the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) suggesting otherwise.
Gibson's declaration three months after ending ties with the WICB contradicts a statement from the board which said the two had mutually agreed to end their association.
Gibson and WICB severed ties in August on the eve of a series against Bangladesh involving two test matches and one-day internationals (ODI).
He has been quoted in the regional media as saying he was shocked when WICB president Dave Cameron fired him during a telephone conversation.
He says Cameron told him that players had lost confidence in him.
Gibson's contract was renewed last year after taking up the post in January 2010.
His finest moment with the Windies came when he led them to victory in the ICC World Twenty20 tournament two years ago.
Husbands lands three rides at Breeders Cup
TORONTO, Canada, (CMC): Ace Barbadian jockey Patrick Husbands will have three chances to saddle his maiden Breeders Cup winner, when he heads to the prestigious series at Santa Anita Park in California next week.
The 41-year-old Husbands has emerged as one of the leading riders in North America over the last decade and perhaps the finest in Canada, but is yet to make his mark at the cash-rich Breeders Cup series.
Husbands will have the leg up on Conquest Typhoon in the US$1 million Juvenile Turf Stakes, Conquest Harlanate in the $1 million Juveniles Fillies Turf Stakes and Kaigun in the $2 million Mile Turf Sprint.
Husbands leads the Woodbine jockey colony in wins, earnings and added-money victories.