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All to play for as Scorpions edge ahead

first_imgNORTH SOUND, Antigua (CMC):Jamaica Scorpions narrowly stuck their noses in front, but opener Montcin Hodge then struck a second innings unbeaten half-century to ensure there was no Leeward Islands Hurricanes collapse, as the sixth-round first-class encounter remained open heading into today’s third day.Beginning the day on 54 for four in response to Hurricanes’ 155 all out on the Thursday’s opening day, Scorpions were on the verge of surrendering a healthy first-innings lead when they crashed to 103 for nine at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium.However, the last pair of Sheldon Cottrell and Damion Jacobs defied the Hurricanes attack to add an invaluable 55, to help Scorpions eke out a three-run first-innings lead.Cottrell was the more aggressive, striking the top score of 37 with a four and three sixes, while Jacobs finished on 15 not out.Off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall was the best bowler with five for 74, while seamers Jeremiah Louis (2-16) and Gavin Tonge (2-27) finished with two wickets apiece.Hodge then gathered an attractive 62 to carry Hurricanes to the close on 124 for three – a lead of 121 at the end of the second day.They started poorly, however, losing Sherwin Peters for six at 24 for one, but Hodge then anchored two stands to consolidate the innings.He put on 40 for the second wicket with Trinidadian import Daron Cruickshank, a partnership which took Hurricanes to tea at 54 for one.Cruikshank made 20 before perishing in the fourth over following the resumption.Hodge then joined Jamaican Nkrumah Bonner (18) to put on a further 47 for the third wicket before Bonner fell lbw to leg-spinner Jacobs near the close.last_img read more

MoBay City Run eyed as major sports tourism event

first_imgStill in its infancy with only two stagings, the MoBay City Run 5K and 10K walk/run is being viewed as a major sports tourism calendar event in the resort city of Montego Bay.With its growing popularity, the event has been attracting good corporate support and an increasing number of participants.MoBay City Run Three – which is set for May 1, on the 36th anniversary of Montego Bay being declared a city – was launched at the Holiday Inn Resort on March 8 with an impressive line-up of sponsors.Courts and two of its subsidiaries have committed $1 million in support, while Solo Jamaica has pledged $500,000 and the Montego Bay Chapter of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association gave its endorsement with a donation of $50,000. Also giving strong support to the event are Sandals, ATL, Holiday Inn and Jet Blue, among other sponsors.The Courts million-dollar sponsorship will include gifts of TV sets, exercise equipment and a Sony music system. And with some 3,000 participants expected for the MoBay City Run, JetBlue will be giving four airline tickets to the first male and female winners for both the 10k and 5K runs.Additionally, MoBay City Run will give $10,000 each to the male and female winners of the 10K race, while the respective winners of the 5K run will each collect $7,000 cash.The event targets corporate involvement and there is a trophy for the largest corporate team, plus prizes of JetBlue airline tickets, appliances, vacation at participating hotels and others.Delivering opening remarks at the launch, logistics coordinator, Nicole Allen, said: “The synergy that MoBay City Run engenders must continue the process of integrating all social classes in this powerful and strong growth corridor.”ASSISTING HUNDREDSShe described the two-year-old event as not just good and necessary because the proceeds assist hundreds of tertiary students with their education, “but it unifies us as Montegonians, breaking down the barriers of social class, station or political affiliation”.Noting that Montego Bay has been rated as the ninth most popular destination for American tourists over the last three years, Allen added: “MoBay City Run has become the calendar sporting event in the tourist landscape.”The 2015 staging saw the participation of many overseas runners, which is being encouraged with backing from the Jamaica Tourist Board.Allen said by 2020, the MoBay City Run aims to include on its calendar of events, a half marathon on par with Jamaica’s Reggae Marathon and those of Miami, Chicago or New York.”It is for that reason that MoBay City Run saw it fit and necessary to engage the professionalism of Mr Alfred ‘Frano’ Francis of Running Events Jamaica Ltd to help us achieve our mission,” she disclosed.last_img read more

Concern over arrivals – Bolt to join camp within two days, MVP athletes delayed by visa issues

first_img They were originally advised by the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) that they would be able to secure their Chinese visas from any Chinese embassy in the world. The group, which started arriving in Japan yesterday, will now receive their documents for China through the Japanese government. Fraser-Pryce is expected to arrive in Japan by tomorrow. “That issue had to do with some visa issues in Europe. Visas for China will now be obtained in Japan. MVP is, of course, based in Italy at this time of the year and they (Italian officials) wouldn’t issue visas to China for non-Italians there,” Watts explained. “The Japanese foreign ministry has made arrangements with the Chinese embassy so they can secure the visas within a day or two after arriving here.” MVP president Bruce James further explained. “The only reason why everyone isn’t already in Japan is because we thought we could get the Chinese visas from Italy. The JAAA advised us that we could get the visas for China there and again confirmed even after (Chinese Embassy in) Milan said no,” said James. “Once we got all the athletes, (MVP assistant manager) Aundre Edwards went twice (to the Chinese Embassy in Italy) and the second time that he went, they said they couldn’t do it for non-Italians, so the decision was to fly into Japan and get the visas there.” James also noted that the difficulty since then, has been to get earlier flights into Japan, which best accommodate the large group. O’Dayne Richards and Jonia McDonald are already in Japan, with several others expected to arrive in Japan early tomorrow (Japan time). “Getting in there is another challenge because, as you know, there are a lot of them – 15 athletes, coaches, managers, massage therapists – but everyone will be in Japan this week,” added James. “We speak every day to the JAAA and they know the schedule and are making arrangements to pick them up and so on, so it’s working well,” said James. Reason for the delay Sprint king Usain Bolt is expected to arrive in Tottori, Japan, within two days, while Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Kaliese Spencer, Elaine Thompson and the majority of the MVP Track Club athletes selected to represent Jamaica at the World Championships are also yet to arrive, due to visa issues. Speaking from the team’s hotel in the Japan prefecture of Tottori, where Jamaica’s athletes are staging a pre-World Championships training camp, team manager Ludlow Watts told Gleaner Athletics that he is expecting the triple world record holder Bolt to join the group within two days. Watts also admitted that not having all 53 athletes selected to represent the country in camp, some five days after they arrived in Japan, was somewhat of a concern for the technical staff. “I would have to say ‘Yes, it affects us’, because if you have everyone together, you would be able to do everything together, but if you don’t have everyone, it means that you would not get the maximum out of the whole plans for the camp,” said Watts. “Bolt? We expect him (to arrive in Japan) shortly. I cannot be sure (when exactly he will arrive), but he should be here within two days,” Watts said. The 15-strong MVP group, which also consists of experienced campaigner Nesta Carter, along with the likes of Janieve Russell, Stephenie-Ann McPherson, Julian Forte and Rusheen McDonald, were not able to travel to Japan because of difficulties in obtaining their visas for China, from their European base in Lignano, Italy.last_img read more

Coach Broderick calls for Vauxhall focus

first_imgVauxhall High school’s Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/Flow Manning Cup football coach, Keon Broderick remains buoyed by the East Kingston school’s gutsy performances so far this season, and believes that with focus and discipline a second-round berth is certain. The Vauxhall team has been no pushover so far, with their latest, and biggest win over Spanish Town High on Saturday (4-0), at the Vauxhall field, satisfying their loud supporters. “I am feeling very good. We base our team off getting clean sheets and being well organised defensively, and they did just that. Once the boys remain disciplined tactically, and also off the field, I am sure we will get enough points to reach the second round,” he told The Gleaner. The win took Vauxhall to a table-topping 16 points from seven games, while Jonathan Grant is a close 15 from their six matches. UNDERESTIMATING US “We feel very good. One thing for sure, that is what we want, we want people to underestimate us because we know exactly what we have and once you underestimate us you are going to come out sorry for us and, then they will see exactly what we have,” he outlined Saturday when asked if his team is a football minnow. Former champions Excelsior High also fell 2-0 to the current Group F front runners, in a game played at Vauxhall. Admitting his team is Group F underdogs, Broderick notes they will be looking to remain disciplined and try to peak at the right time. “We can get much better, because in the preparation phase of the season we lost about two weeks and so we are not at 100 per cent like we wanted to be. Definitely as the season goes along I am sure we will get better, ” he stressed.last_img read more

English Premier League Standings

first_imgP W D L GF GA GD Pts1 Leicester City 25 15 8 2 47 27 20 532 Tottenham Hotspur 25 13 9 3 45 19 26 483 Arsenal 25 14 6 5 39 22 17 484 Manchester City 25 14 5 6 47 26 21 475 Manchester United 25 11 8 6 32 22 10 416 West Ham United 25 10 9 6 38 29 9 397 Southampton 25 10 7 8 33 24 9 378 Everton 25 8 11 6 46 34 12 359 Liverpool 25 9 8 8 32 36 -4 3510 Watford 25 9 6 10 27 27 0 33 P W D L GF GA GD Pts11 Stoke City 25 9 6 10 24 31 -7 3312 Crystal Palace 25 9 5 11 26 30 -4 3213 Chelsea 25 7 9 9 33 35 -2 3014 West Brom Albion 25 7 8 10 23 32 -9 2915 Bournemouth 25 7 7 11 29 41 -12 2816 Swansea City 25 6 9 10 24 33 -9 2717 Newcastle United 25 6 6 13 26 44 -18 2418 Norwich City 25 6 5 14 28 48 -20 2319 Sunderland 25 5 5 15 30 49 -19 2020 Aston Villa 25 3 7 15 20 40 -20 16last_img read more

Johnson favoured to lift Liguanea title

first_img AMATEUR COMPETITION In the amateur competition, Jermaine Case beat Orville Mattherson 4-6, 6-4, 10-5. The open competition continued last evening with Johnson taking on Gregory Spencer, Miller matching skills against Stefan Wilson and Migoko up against Phillpots. In amateur action, Leighton Burton played Pawan Bhushan, Stephen Todd went head to head with Marlon Hosang and Scott Jones battled Sproul. The 2016 Liguanea Club Tennis Tournament will run straight through until Friday. In addition to Total and UHY Dawgen, tournament sponsors include Avis, Lifespan, KLAS ESPN Sports FM, Epic Technologies and Cari-Med. KINGSTON: Jamaica’s top-ranked tennis players are challenging for top honours in the 2016 Liguanea Club Tennis Tournament, which kicked off on Monday night at the Liguanea Club in New Kingston. Reigning national men’s champion and number one seed Damion Johnson is favoured to win the competition, in which 32 players are battling for top honours. However, the number two seed, Dwayne Pagon, also has a good chance of taking the title. Jeremy Miller and Yussuf Migoko, who are seeded third and fourth, respectively, are also in contention and either player could upset the pecking order. In the amateur competition, reigning national class two champion Leighton Burton, is tipped for the win, but Stephen Todd, Scott Jones and Rafael Romero are also strong contenders. For this year’s tournament, leading petroleum products dealers Total and UHY Dawgen Chartered Accountants have come on board as headline sponsors. “We have strong sponsorship support and very competitive draws in both the open and the amateur competitions, so we expect to have an excellent tournament and a week of exciting tennis,” said tournament director Llockett McGregor. In early-round action in the open draw on Monday night, Carlos Phillpots beat Myles Harrison 6-2, 6-3, Mivkel Riley defeated Alric Sproul 6-2, 6-1 and John Azar stopped Daniel Hill 6-3, 6-2.last_img read more

Bradley out to earn respect

first_imgSWANSEA, Wales (AP): Being a pioneer doesn’t sit comfortably with Bob Bradley. “The American stuff I can cover in 30 seconds,” Bradley said yesterday at his Swansea presentation as the first American to manage a Premier League club. “Then I can push that out the door.” After a long pause to gather his thoughts, the former United States coach continued his answer in a modest hotel in the south Wales city with a population of less than 250,000. “With football in the United States, we have always understood we have to earn respect,” said Bradley, who left French second-tier club Le Havre on Monday. “When I was with the national team, every time we got a chance to play in Europe, the players and I would understand, ‘Today is one more day where we can show what the game is like in our country,’ so in some ways, this helps. I am proud what I have been able to do. “This stuff about pioneer, I’m not an American manager. I’m a football manager.” And he is plunging himself straight into a scrap to prevent Swansea from being relegated, with Francesco Guidolin fired after winning only one of the first seven league games. “We have got to find a way to restore confidence,” Bradley said. But Bradley is determined to seize the opportunity. Throughout the arduous years, from working in dangerous conditions in Egypt to the edge of the Arctic Circle, Bradley always hoped to land a job in the top flight in a leading European league. The 58-year-old New Jersey native was linked to Premier League jobs in the media, but rarely came close. “You guys have written my name a few times,” Bradley said. “Most of the times, I never got on a shortlist, maybe once. In those kind of situations, the decision-makers may not know who I am.” What helped at Swansea was the club having American owners, just like at Le Havre. Steve Kaplan, a minority owner and executive vice-chairman of the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies, and Jason Levien, a part-owner of DC United, took control of Swansea in July. Bradley made his name as a coach internationally at the 2009 Confederations Cup, where the Americans beat European champion Spain en route to the final. The US team followed it up by reaching the second round at the 2010 World Cup, but he was fired in 2011 and is still aggrieved with the circumstances. At his first Swansea news conference, Bradley complained that Jurgen Klinsmann “was already jockeying for the job” while broadcasting at the 2010 World Cup. Bradley took a bold step by moving to the Middle East to coach Egypt through the Arab Spring uprising. The ‘American Pharaoh’ – as he became known – gained admiration there by staying through the violence but left after failing to qualify for the 2014 World Cup. Bradley moved to Stabaek, which he departed after securing qualification for the Europa League last year. He impressed in his next job, too, in France, where Le Havre only missed out on promotion to the top division in May on goal difference.last_img read more

Taylor shines with half-century at Big Bash

first_imgWest Indies captain Stafanie Taylor ended an otherwise disappointing Women’s Big Bash campaign on a high note when she stroked a half-century to see defending champions Sydney Thunder to a consolation five-wicket victory over Perth Scorchers yesterday.Entering the contest at Lilac Hill Park on a run of two consecutive ‘ducks’, the right-handed Taylor turned around her form with an enterprising 62 that anchored a Thunder run chase to overhaul a tricky target of 132.She lost opening partner Rachael Haynes for 22 off 17 balls at 27 for one in the fifth over, but then put on 57 for the second wicket with captain Alex Blackwell (26) and a further 36 for the third wicket with Indian star Harmanpreet Kaur (16 not out) as the visitors got home off the first ball of the final over.Jamaican Taylor faced 54 balls and counted seven fours and a six before perishing in the 18th over with Thunder in sight of victory.Earlier, Scorchers finished on 131 for four off their 20 overs, after opting to bat first.Opener Nicole Bolton struck 53 and captain Suzie Bates got 28, the pair posting 63 for the second wicket to keep the innings alive.Thunder finished three from bottom of the eight-team standings on 12 points to miss out on the play-offs while Scorchers finished second on 16 points to qualify.At Bellerive Oval in Hobart, Taylor’s Windies teammate Hayley Matthews played a crucial role in helping Hobart Hurricanes defeat Melbourne Stars by four wickets, and reach the final four of the tournament.Set 136 for victory, Hobart got home with a ball to spare, after gathering the 12 runs required off the final over.Captain Heather Knight top-scored with 35 off 26 deliveries, Amy Satterthwaite weighed in with 26 while the teenaged Matthews got 24, as they propelled Hobart’s run chase.Batting at number five, Matthews played a crucial role in adding 38 for the fourth wicket with Satterthwaite before going bowled by leg-spinner Kristen Beams (3-11).Earlier, Matthews grabbed two for 23 with from three overs of off-spin as Stars, opting to bat first, finished on 135 for eight off their 20 overs.- CMClast_img read more

Footballer regrets quitting school

first_img “I just want to tell all the youths that when they are in school and playing football, or doing any other sport, they should do their school work first,” he said. “I also believe it is important for parents and friends who know students who are good in sports to encourage them to stay in school and complete secondary or even tertiary education.” Palache captained May Pen FC to the semi-finals of the Clarendon Division One competition last year, qualifying them for the Major League. He, however, quit the team as he was not being paid and feared that if he got injured, he would have to foot his own medical bills. He has, however, not given up on his dream of playing professionally again and says if a team comes along that can at least help him if he gets an injury, he would be ready to pick up the sport again. Pamplona, SPAIN: SportsMax La Liga Experience winner Calvin Palache watched in awe as his football idol Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid defeated Osasuna on Saturday. Palache and his partner, Tishana Sharpe, were at the stadium to witness the win courtesy of SportsMax and La Liga, but the spectacle brought back memories of his own playing days. The 28-year-old was once playing at the highest level in Jamaica, having represented Humble Lion in the National Premier League, and he still has ambitions of getting back to the top locally and even playing abroad if possible. But to this day, the Clarendon native still regrets his decision to quit school and take up football full time – a mistake he does not want other talented youngsters to make. “I stopped going to school just after completing lower sixth,” Palache revealed. “I didn’t go back to sixth form as I started playing and earning money.” Palache, who was captain of Humble Lion’s under-21 team and who also made first team appearances, revealed that it was a constant struggle for his parents to afford to send him to school, so he was happy to have been able to earn money for himself. However, upon turning 22 and no longer being able to represent the under-21 team, there was a change of coach at the senior level, and he did not figure prominently in his plans. “I started playing fewer games, and instead of getting paid every month, I started getting paid like every three months,” Palache said. “And I got a daughter, so I couldn’t work with that and had to quit football and use my six CXC subjects to get a job as a security guard.” The 28-year-old, who has now fathered a second daughter, regrets not having finished upper sixth as he believes that he would have at least been able to secure a better job. MESSAGE TO YOUTHlast_img read more

McGregor completes community service for pre-fight fracas

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur The comments, which can be found online, are likely to be remembered — and possibly imitated — by children who see them, said Dorothy Espelage, a professor of psychology at the University of Florida and an expert on bullying.“He has to recognize that these kids look up to him, that they will imitate him, and he needs to check himself,” she said, referring to McGregor. “He was a wonderful opportunity to deliver a message, but he can’t be speaking out of both sides of his mouth.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Wizards’ Wall inks 4-year, $170 m extension OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Conor McGregor gestures during a news conference at Staples Center on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, in Los Angeles. McGregor is scheduled to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a boxing match in Las Vegas on Aug. 26. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LAS VEGAS — UFC star Conor McGregor has completed the 25 hours of community service imposed by Nevada officials following a profanity-laced, bottle-throwing fracas with a rival during a pre-fight news conference last year in Las Vegas.A document obtained by The Associated Press shows McGregor talked with children and teenagers in Dublin about physical, verbal and online bullying. But anti-bullying experts say his efforts may have been canceled out by the profanities he recently exchanged with his next opponent, Floyd Mayweather Jr., for which neither will be disciplined.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES View comments Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite “He has been showing up earlier to our kids and teens classes, to interact with them and instill values of loyalty, commitment and camaraderie,” according to a letter dated Thursday and signed by McGregor’s coach, John Kavanagh. “… He is undoubtedly the greatest role model for the kids in our gym, and for the people of Ireland of all ages.”The Nevada State Athletic Commission disciplined McGregor and Nate Diaz after the men and members of their groups yelled at each other and eventually hurled water bottles at an Aug. 17 press conference ahead of UFC 202. McGregor’s original penalties consisted of a $150,000 fine and 50 hours of community service. That was reduced in March to 25 hours and a $25,000 fine.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Last week, however, neither McGregor nor Mayweather held back on profanities and exchanged racially insensitive and homophobic remarks during a four-city promotional tour for their upcoming fight in Las Vegas.Mayweather at one point used a homophobic slur during a tirade against McGregor. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano McGregor twice told Mayweather “Dance for me, boy! Dance for me, son!” during the news conferences. That’s an insult to black men that dates back to slavery.Per regulations, the athletic commission may fine or discipline an individual licensed to fight in the state of Nevada if the person behaves “at any time or place in a manner which is deemed by the Commission to reflect discredit to unarmed combat.”Executive director Bob Bennett told The Associated Press on Friday that the athletic commission “in no way, shape or form condones homophobic, racist or inappropriate sexual comments,” but the board does not plan to take disciplinary action against Mayweather and McGregor “at this point.”He said the board would investigate and consider appropriate action if unsportsmanlike conduct that could physically hurt someone took place in Las Vegas, such as when bottles were thrown during the McGregor-Diaz press event.The remarks from Mayweather and McGregor were condemned on social media last week, including by LGBT activists and organizations.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more