POPULAR FIGURE In his time at Kent, Adams became a popular figure and club chairman, George Kennedy, hailed the former Test batsman’s contribution. “We thank Jimmy for his fine service of the club and wish him all the best for the future,” Kennedy said. “His commitment to developing Kentish cricket talent is shown by the core of homegrown players now at the heart of our professional squad.” Adams led West Indies in 15 Tests, winning four, losing eight and drawing three. As a left-hander, he made 3,012 runs at an average of 41, with six hundreds. LONDON (CMC): Jamaican Jimmy Adams has quit as head coach of English County Kent after five years in charge, further fuelling speculation he will take over the vacant role as West Indies head coach. Only last month, the 48-year-old former West Indies captain was linked to the post after Trinidadian Phil Simmons was suddenly sacked by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), on the eve of the ongoing tour of Pakistan. Simmons spent a turbulent 18 months in charge of the Caribbean side, during which time he oversaw the capture of the Twenty20 World Cup in India last April. Adams, who played 54 Tests for West Indies between 1992 and 2001, took over the reins at Kent ahead of the 2012 season and led them to a third place finish in Division Two that year. He enjoyed perhaps his best season in the south-east in the recently concluded campaign when Kent finished second, narrowly missing out promotion. “I’ve enjoyed my time at Kent, which has been a great learning experience for me. I wanted to be involved in a club that was seeking to grow, and I am fortunate to have found that here at Kent over the past five seasons,” Adams said. “It’s been a delight being involved with all our players as they have developed during the period, and especially watching the younger players who have made the step up to first class level.” He continued: “Working with the club to develop a stronger support team to back up our players has also been a highlight for me. “I’m extremely grateful for the members and supporters who have consistently backed me, the team and the club’s overall vision.”
Phil Mickelson finally showed signs of turning the corner Thursday. Nowhere near the leaderboard since his collapse at the U.S. Open last summer, Mickelson hit a 4-iron from 230 yards into 18 feet for eagle on his final hole at Poppy Hills for a 7-under 65 to share the lead with rookie John Mallinger and Nick Watney at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. He spent the past five days working on the short stick, and it paid off Thursday. “You’re not going to make them all,” Mickelson said. “But I started every putt on line with the right speed.” No International: The International is no longer on the PGA Tour schedule because Tiger Woods and key corporate sponsors stayed away from the majestic mountain course at the foothills of the Rockies in Denver. The cancellation leaves a hole in the PGA Tour schedule on July 5-8, but tour officials have been working on a contingency plan the last month and are expected to announce a replacement by April. The leading candidate is Washington, the largest U.S. market without a PGA Tour event. Also: England’s Robert Rock shot a 6-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. … South Korean Ahn Sun-ju shot an 8-under 64 that included 10 birdies to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the ANZ Australian Ladies Masters in Gold Coast, Australia. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I didn’t think it would take three tournaments to get to where I wanted to be,” said Mickelson, playing for the fourth straight week. “But each tournament, I saw progress.” Mickelson had not played since going 0-4-1 at the Ryder Cup, taking a three-month break and approaching this year feeling fresh. Instead, he looked rusty at the Bob Hope Classic and Buick Invitational, where he finished in the middle of the pack, and at the FBR Open last week outside Phoenix, where he missed the cut.