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  • St Jago, Edwin Allen take control at Central Champs

    first_imgEDWIN Allen’s Shannon Kallawan and St Jago’s Timor Barrett stole the show on yesterday’s opening day of the Digicel-sponsored Central Championships at GC Foster College of Physical Education and Sports, as both recorded lifetime bests in winning the Open 400m hurdles event. After producing two sub-60-second clockings in her two races so far this season, Kallawan was in devastating form in the second section of the girls’ Open 400m hurdles final. In a very competitive race, which included four athletes who have gone sub 60 seconds so far this season, Kallawan, despite pressure most of the way from Vere’s 15-year-old Sanique Walker found extra gear over the final hurdle to record an impressive 57.20-second win. It was also a career best for Walker, as she clocked 58.93 for second, with Shian Salmon (Hydel), who won Section One, third overall in 1:01.30. Barrett clocked his second sub-53-second time this season as he made a late surge in the final 100m to get by early leader Ryan Holmes (Edwin Allen) to clock 52.26 seconds. Holmes ran a personal best of 52.70 seconds for the runner-up spot, with third going to Manchester High’s Nicholas Alexander, who won heat two in 55.19 seconds. “I am very pleased with my time today as I was following the instructions of my coach to execute well,” said Barrett, who stated that he is looking forward to the remainder of the season. There were also some good results in the field with Vere’s Class Three athlete Brittany Anderson leading the way in the long jump. Despite competing in a strong headwind, she produced 5.75m to win the event ahead of the Edwin Allen duo of Lotiva Brown, 5.59m, and Danae Bailey, 5.39m. It was one-two for Hydel in the girls’ triple jump open as Britney Kerr won with 12.25m ahead of teammate Samara Spencer (12.08m), with third going to Cathilee Mullings (Holmwood), 11.92m. St Jago’s Romario Douglas captured the Class One high jump with 2.05m ahead of Old Harbour’s Ryan Brown, with 1.95m, with third going to Tony Haughton, also of St Jago, with 1.85m. At press time last night, defending girls’ champion Edwin Allen were in front with 101 points, followed by Hydel (57), Vere Technical (45), Holmwood (35.5) and St Jago (26). On the male side, former champions St Jago (90 points) had a commanding lead. Edwin Allen (33), Clarendon College (25), Old Harbour (14) and Glenmuir (14) completed the top five. The championships will come to an end today. GOODRESULTSlast_img read more

  • WI Women hoping to break semi-final jinx

    first_imgMUMBAI, India (CMC):West Indies Women are determined to break their semi-final jinx when they clash with New Zealand Women in the second semi-final of the Twenty20 World Cup at Wankhede Stadium here today.The Caribbean side have never reached a T20 World Cup final, having fallen at the final four at each of the last three events, and captain Stafanie Taylor believes her side is poised to finally get over this mental hurdle.Taylor, meanwhile, has been the most consistent batsman with scores of 40, 40, 35 and 47 at the top of the order, while those around her have struggled.”Today in training, I actually said at the meeting that I think this is the fourth time that we will be in the semi-finals, and this time around it’s not actually against Australia, so I think maybe that’s a plus for us,” Taylor told a media conference here yesterday.”But we definitely want to cross this barrier. We’ve been here too many times not to know how to approach it, and today, at training, the vibes there was fantastic, and that’s what I want to see going into tomorrow’s game, so we just hope we can put our best foot forward and go out there hard.”UNDER-19 SUCCESSThis time around, the Windies Women have a special belief which has been further bolstered by the success of the Under-19 West Indies team at the ICC Youth World Cup in Bangladesh earlier this year.”We’ve been talking about since the time the Under-19s won the tournament. It’s more like an inspiration for us,” Taylor noted.”We know that we came close in the past and this is like more drive to actually go out there and do the job and to see that both men or in the semi-final, and playing at the same ground I think that’s fantastic. We definitely just want to go out there and do our best.”She added: “On Twitter and Facebook, it’s just blowing up to know that both of us are actually in the semi-finals. Everybody is just behind us a hundred per cent and giving us good feedback.”It’s about us going out there and actually doing it. I think it’s a mental thing tomorrow … they say 75 per cent of the game is played there (mind) and I think it’s on that day who is actually more composed. If we try to do that, we can pull this off.”last_img read more

  • BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE REVIEWS

    first_imgSATURDAY, APRIL 23BOURNEMOUTH 1CHELSEA 4GOALS: BOURNEMOUTH: ELPHICK 36. CHELSEA: PEDRO 5; HAZARD 34, 90; WILLIAN 71.Last season’s Footballer of the Year, Eden Hazard, scored his first Barclays Premier League goals of the season at Bournemouth. Cesc Fabregas assisted in the first three goals, with Pedro and Hazard giving Chelsea a two-goal lead. Tommy Elphick’s header gave the Cherries hope but Fabregas set up Willian for the Blues before Hazard, who scored 19 goals last season, added his second.LIVERPOOL 2NEWCASTLE UNITED 2GOALS: LIVERPOOL: STURRIDGE 2; LALLANA 30. NEWCASTLE: CISSE 48; COLBACK 66.Newcastle boosted their hopes of avoiding relegation from the Barclays Premier League by coming back from 2-0 down to claim a point at in-form Liverpool. Daniel Sturridge’s goal after 76 seconds and Adam Lallana’s finish meant the Reds were cruising at the break. But Papiss Cisse headed United back into contention early inthe second half before Jack Colback pulled them level with a deflected shot.MANCHESTER CITY 4STOKE CITY 0GOALS: MAN CITY: FERNANDO 35; AG¸ERO PEN 43; IHEANACHO 64, 74.Manchester City prepared for their Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid with an impressive win over shabby Stoke. Fernando headed the hosts in front from a corner before a Sergio Ag¸ero penalty, awarded for Ryan Shawcross’s foul on Kelechi Iheanacho,doubled the lead. Iheanacho, just 19, added the third from close range, then the teenager added his second.ASTON VILLA 2SOUTHAMPTON 4GOALS: VILLA: WESTWOOD 45, 85. SOUTHAMPTON: LONG 15; TADIC 39, 71; MANE 90.Dusan Tadic scored twiceas Southampton eased past relegated Aston Villa to keep alive their faint hopes of European football. Shane Long headed Saints’ opener before Tadicdoubled the lead. Ashley Westwood pulled one back for Villa, before Long again set up Tadic for the third. Westwood swept in his second before Sadio Mane headed in in injury time.SUNDAY, 24 APRILLEICESTER CITY 4SWANSEA 0GOALS: LEICESTER: MAHREZ 10; ULLOA 30, 60; ALBRIGHTON 85.Leicester registered their best win of the Barclays Premier League to extend their lead at the top of the table to eight points. Second-place Spurs face WBA at home on Monday night; if they don’t win, Leicester can win the title at Manchester United next weekend. Leonardo Ulloa, in for suspended Jamie Vardy, headed in after Riyad Mahrez’s near-post finish before poking home. Marc Albrighton wrapped up the win by driving in a fourth.SUNDERLAND 0ARSENAL 0Sunderland climbed out of the relegation zone with a deserved point against an uninspiring Arsenal. Both sides had penalty appeals for handball denied and Patrick van Aanholt struck Arsenal’s post with a free kick. Sunderland keeper Vito Mannone had to be sharp to keep out Mesut Ozil’s free kick and Alex Iwobi’s follow-up.last_img read more

  • Longevity made ’98 team better, says Oral Tracey

    first_img FLAWED PREMISE Comparisons between the current Reggae Boyz, who finished second in the CONCACAF Gold Cup and the 1998 team that qualified for the World Cup Finals in France continue to crave the indulgence of local football fans. It is always difficult, if not impossible, to credibly compare sports teams across eras. But I would easily rate the 1998 World Cup qualifying team as better because it performed at a high level over a longer period of time, since consistency is such a crucial index of true quality. This 2015 team basically won the Caribbean Cup, played in the Copa America, and then had a dream run in this year’s Gold Cup, all within a one-year stretch. They were hardly outstanding before then and we don’t know what they will do going forward. We must also never lose sight of the fact that the 1998 bunch actually qualified for the World Cup finals and went on to beat Japan at the showpiece event. The case that the current team is better than the 1998 team is hinged on the claim that more players in the 2015 team are playing or have played at a higher level than the players in the 1998 team. That is a flawed premise for the simple reason that a better group of players does not necessarily translate into a better team. It is much more about how effectively and efficiently each group functions as a unit and not about which player played at which club, or in which league. So the fact that Adrian Mariappa, Wes Morgan and Michael Hector currently play in the EPL or in League One in England, while Ian ‘Pepe’ Goodison, Durrent ‘Tatty’ Brown and Linval ‘Rudi’ Dixon played for local clubs does not mean they were superior as a functional unit. The consensus seems to be that the two teams, at their best, pretty much cancel out each other in terms of defensive organisation and tenacity but, again, in terms of formation and structure the 1998 team was more difficult to breach in that they played with a sweeper in ‘Tatty’ Brown and a ultra-defensive central-defensive midfielder in Peter Cargill. The 2015 team plays a flat back four, with a central-defensive midfielder in Rodolph Austin, who ventures into attack much more that the average central midfielder. Therefore, comparing both teams in their area of strength, defence, the 1998 team was a better functional unit. I think the idea of comparing goals conceded between the two eras would also be subject to ridicule because, again, all things do not remain constant and equal. The 1998 team had to contend with playing in the Azteca stadium in Mexico City not once, but twice in the campaign, where it was not unusual to concede upwards of five and six goals per game. This team never had to visit the Azteca and a rampant Mexico team during this their dream run. With the midfielders basically cancelling out each other and let’s say, team unity and camaraderie are equal between both teams, there are two big differences that make the 1998 team better. One is the presence of X-factor players such as Walter Boyd and Andy Williams, and even Deon Burton, who all provided game-changing moments of individual brilliance along the campaign, which, when combined, eventually propelled the team to the World Cup Finals. The current squad, by comparison, is lacking in X-factor players. The other big difference between the teams is leadership. Austin is the clear leader of the team and even with Morgan, who is the captain of an EPL team, the 2015 team is thin in leadership. The 1998 team was blessed with strong leaders throughout. Warren Barrett was the official captain but, in ‘Pepe’ Goodison, ‘Tatty’ Brown, ‘Rudi’ Dixon, Fitzroy Simpson and Cargill, were all extraordinary leaders of men. That 1998 team was basically a team of leaders. When all is said and done, I think nine times out of 10, the 2015 team would not score on the 1998 defensive unit. While the 1998 offensive unit with the skill and brilliance of Boyd, in tandem with the tenacity of Burton and Paul Hall, I think the World Cup qualifying team of ’98 would find a way to score when it mattered most and win against the 2015 team. In such a case, the better team would have won.last_img read more

  • Five of the best men in Beijing

    first_img YEGO’S 92.72 WINNING THROW Approximately 800 men went to Beijing to seek gold medals at the 2015 World Championships last month. Only 22 of them succeeded. An even smaller group of five – Ashton Eaton of America, his compatriot Christian Taylor, Kenyan Julius Yego, Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa and Jamaica’s incomparable Usain Bolt – produced performances so compelling that they were set apart from the rest. Bolt spared the sport’s blushes with a 0.01 second victory over American Justin Gatlin in the much-anticipated 100 metres. With the 100 competition greasing his wheels, the tall man won the 200-metres more easily with a world-leading run of 19.55 seconds. That’s ho-hum for him, but no one but Bolt has ever run faster in World Championships history. South African van Niekerk arrived in Beijing undefeated at 400 metres and left with the gold medal. Flying through the 200-metre mark in a reported time of 20.7 seconds, he kept going to clock 43.48, with former champions Lashawn Merritt and Kirani James making the final the first race ever with three men under 44 seconds. The American trio of Michael Johnson, Butch Reynolds and Jeremy Wariner are the only men with faster 400-metre times than van Niekerk. Yego, a stocky Kenyan, launched his javelin further than all but two others in the history of the sport. His winning throw of 92.72 metres missed the meet record by just eight centimetres and gave Kenya their first medal in a World Championships throwing event. The Finland-based Yego is now a superhero at home. While van Niekerk and Yego were winning World titles for the first time, Taylor regained the triple-jump title he first won in 2011. He did it in style with a towering jump of 18.21 metres. That missed the 20-year-old world and World Championships record of 18.29 by Great Briton Jonathan Edwards by the length of your little finger. As good as Bolt, van Niekerk, Yego and Taylor were, they all were put in the Beijing shade by Eaton. The American retained his decathlon title with a world record of 9,045 points. Miraculously, it was only the third time the 9,000-point threshold had been broken and Eaton has now done it twice, with two world records. The high point of Eaton’s two-day, 10-event display was a decathlon world best of 45 seconds flat in the 400 metres. That came at the end of a day in which he ran the 100, long jumped, putt the shot and high jumped. It makes you wonder. Maybe he can run 44-flat if he is fresh.last_img read more

  • More sports in brief

    first_imgRafinha out for six months BARCELONA, Spain (AP): Barcelona says midfielder Rafinha will be sidelined for six months after having surgery on torn ligaments in his right knee. Rafinha injured his leg during last Wednesday’s 1-1 draw at Roma in the Champions League. Cowboys’ Romo likely to sit out two months with broken collarbone IRVING, Texas (AP): Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is expected to miss about two months with a broken left collarbone. The loss of Romo in Sunday’s 20-10 victory at Philadelphia means the defending NFC East champions Cowboys (2-0) will be without their starting quarterback and All-Pro wide receiver Dez Bryant possibly through October. Coach Jason Garrett said Monday that tests revealed no ligament damage for Romo after the second broken collarbone of his career. The other was in 2010, and he missed the final 10 games of the season. 2 Aussie rugby players hospitalised SYDNEY, Australia (AP): Two players in Australia’s National Rugby League were hospitalised early yesterday following an overdose of painkilling medication. The players, Aaron Gray and Dylan Walker, had taken too many of the painkillers they were prescribed after undergoing operations last week following the end of their season, said John Lee, chief executive of their club, the South Sydney Rabbitohs. He said there was no evidence of illegal drug use by either player.center_img Gabriel’s ban withdrawn LONDON, England (AP): Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista has had a three-match ban for violent conduct withdrawn by the English Football Association following a successful appeal by the club after his red card against Chelsea. But the FA said Tuesday that the 24-year-old Brazilian still faces a separate charge of improper conduct as he did not leave the pitch immediately after being shown the red card by referee Mike Dean on Saturday.last_img read more

  • MBU close to hiring new coach

    first_imgMontego Bay United (MBU) are close to acquiring the services of a new coach following the recent departure of American Tim Hankinson, who guided them to the top of the Red Stripe Premier League table. Hankinson was in charge as MBU climbed to a 10-game unbeaten run to close out the first round of the national domestic league. The Gleaner understands that the club is currently scouting three coaches, one from the United States, one from South America and the other from here in Jamaica. It is also understood that the club could make a decision soon. “We had a scout checking overseas for a new coach,” confirmed club manager Sandra Christie. Montego Bay United have hired two coaches from overseas since Donovan Duckie departed the club two seasons ago. Carlos Garcia took over from interim coach Dean Weatherly, but was then fired by the club in April this year. The Brazilian has since taken up a position with the national programme. Hankinson was hired in August, and he guided the team through the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League competition, with the former national champions impressing under his leadership. That success carried over into the Red Stripe Premier League where, after losing their season opener 0-2 to newly promoted Portmore United, the club went on an unbeaten streak that included seven wins and three draws to top the league table with 24 points. During the first round, they scored 25 goals and conceded only nine. Meantime, the 60-year-old American is still in contact with the club. He had a recent meeting with the players and makes frequent check-ins on their training sessions. Orville Powell, the club’s owner, has indicated that the club is looking to build upon the foundation set by the American. Montego Bay United have been among the league’s most successful clubs over the past three seasons. They are 2013-2014 champions, and last season made it to the final where they were beaten by Arnett Gardens.last_img read more

  • Danielle Williams – Athletics

    first_imgFor her achievement in taking the gold medal in the 100 metres hurdles at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China in a personal best 12.57 seconds. The 22-year-old also won gold in the sprint hurdles at the World University Games in South Korea, clocking 12.78 seconds.last_img

  • Williams beaten at Miami Open

    first_imgKEY BISCAYNE, Florida (AP):Serena Williams had been eliminated from the tournament for less than 20 minutes when she climbed into her white Mini Cooper with the chequerboard top and pulled out of the players’ parking lot, fastening her seat belt as she drove.A hasty departure, for sure.Williams’ 20-match winning streak at Key Biscayne ended yesterday with a 6-7 (3), 6-1, 6-2 loss to Svetlana Kuznetsova in the fourth round of the Miami Open.Williams was bidding for her ninth title in the event and her fourth in a row. But after a gruelling first set that lasted nearly an hour, the 21-time Grand Slam champion faded on a sweltering afternoon.This is the first time she hasn’t reached the Key Biscayne quarter-finals since 2000, when she lost in the fourth round to Jennifer Capriati.”I did the best I could,” she said during a postmatch news conference that lasted less than three minutes before she cut it off. “I can’t win every match. These players come out and play me like they’ve never played before in their lives. I have to be 300 per cent every day.”Williams, 34, will retain the No. 1 ranking, but she hasn’t won a tournament since earning her 69th title at Cincinnati last August.”She’s still No. 1, and she still plays great,” Kuznetsova said. “I don’t see much to be depressed about.”The No. 15-seeded Kuznetsova won with defence, extending points until Williams would make a mistake. The Russian finished with only 18 unforced errors to 55 for Williams.In addition, Williams’ serve was uncharacteristically unreliable. She hit 13 aces but also had nine double faults and was broken six times.PHYSICALLY FINEWilliams said the 91?F temperature – a record for the date – didn’t faze her.”Physically, I’m fine,” she said. “I don’t know, I guess I didn’t move today. Maybe that was one of the things that didn’t work out for me.”Kuznetsova, 30, won Key Biscayne 10 years ago and is into the quarter-finals for the first time since 2009.”I’m too old,” she told the crowd. “I’ve been many times on this court. I love being back here, and I’m really happy with my performance.”Also sidelined were No. 3-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska and No. 4 Garbine Muguruza. Two-time champion Victoria Azarenka, seeded 13th, committed only 12 unforced errors and defeated Muguruza7-6 (6), 7-6 (4). No. 19 Timea Bacsinszky eliminated Radwanska 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.In men’s play, No. 6 Kei Nishikori beat No. 27 Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-2, 6-2.Williams lives 90 minutes from Key Biscayne and has long considered the event her home tournament. But the stadium was two-thirds empty for her match, partly because of weather so uncomfortable some spectators draped towels over their heads seeking refuge from the sweltering sun.last_img read more

  • Jamaican footballers celebrate with Leicester City

    first_imgWes Morgan just made history as the first Jamaican international to win the English Premier League football title as captain of winning team Leicester City. However, he isn’t the only person of Jamaican heritage to have played for the new English top-flight champions. A year before Morgan was born in 1984, Robert ‘Bob’ Hazell played for Leicester City while they were still in the English first division. Hazell was born in Kingston in 1959 and later migrated to the United Kingdom. He joined Leicester City in 1983 and played for the team for three years from 1983 to 1986. He helped the East Midlands club to a 15th-place finish in the 1984-85, season before being loaned out to Wolverhampton Wanderers for a short spell. During his period with Leicester, he made 41 appearances and scored two goals. Hazell never played for Jamaica, but he did represent the England Under-21 squad, playing one game in 1978. Frank Sinclair, who helped Jamaica qualify for the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France, also played for Leicester City. Sinclair played for dethroned English champions Chelsea from 1990-1998, playing for a season with West Bromwich Albion from 1991-1992 on loan and then moved to Leicester City from 1998 until 2004, making 164 appearances for the club and scoring three goals in his time there. Most recently, Jermaine Beckford, who joined the Reggae Boyz set-up in early 2013, played for Leicester between 2011 and 2013. Beckford made 43 appearances for the Foxes, scoring nine goals in total.last_img read more