Sandals Royal Plantation will start as underdogs, but with Kirk Lyle, skipper Sheldon Ashpole and Jaquan Lindo in their line-up, they are quietly confident that they are up to the task to at least give the star-studded Couples team a run for their money. Jewels Runaway Bay started the competition like a house on fire, but were clipped 1-0 by a resurgent Police team earlier this week and will be looking to rebound. In matches played last week, Sandals Ochi held favourites Gran Bahai Principe to a 1-1 draw, while Sandals Royal Plantation slammed Jewels Dunn’s River 6-2. Police defeated Jewels Runaway Bay 1-0 and Sandals Royal Plantation dumped Beaches Ocho Rios 6-1. Sandals Regional Public Relations Manager Ian Spencer said he was pleased with the standard of play in the competition so far and was looking forward to the teams taking it to an even higher level in the matches to come. Defending champions Couples Tower Isle and high-riding Sandals Royal Plantation will clash today in a battle of the two highest-scoring teams in the Sandals St Ann Business House football competition at Drax Hall starting at 6 p.m. In the opening encounter at 4 p.m., Jewels Runaway Bay and C&J Enterprise will meet in another important showdown. Couples have been on fire since the start of the season, scoring 25 goals in three matches while conceding only two, while Sandals Royal Plantation have chalked up 13 goals in two matches. Couples Tower Isle have two of the most potent strikers in the competition in the duo of Mauracio Gordon and Gregory Tate. Gordon, the man they call ‘Shavar’, is the one that defences have been having a hard time containing. He hit a hat-trick in his last match and is fit and raring to go. Gordon kicks well with either feet and has wily dribbling skills. UNDERDOGS
Discarded West Indies wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh Jr continued his rich vein of form in the Jamaica Scorpions’ trial match series with an unbeaten hundred at Sabina Park yesterday.Representing John Campbell’s XI on the final day of the fifth and penultimate trial game, Baugh Jr hit seven fours and two sixes in an even 100.It was his third straight significant score in the trials, following knocks of 54 not out, in the fourth match, and 96 on Wednesday.Baugh’s century lifted Campbell’s XI to a second-innings total of 252 for four to go along with their first innings 363 for nine.Baugh Jr, in his over four hours stay at the crease, was supported by Cassius Burton (52) and Andre McCarthy who made 48.Left-arm pacer Gavon Brown, two for 44, and left-arm spinner Coi Thompson, two for 47, were the leading bowlers.Paul Palmer’s XI were dismissed for 268 in their first innings early yesterday. Tamar Lambert failed to add to his overnight 74. Palmer Jr and all-rounder Ravmon Powell, who made 45 and 36, respectively, on day two, and Jason Dawes, who ended unbeaten on 19 also got among the runs.Fast bowler Marquino Mindley took three for 46, The sixth and final trial match is slated to start next Tuesday at the same venue.
The PNP and JLP candidates for Eastern St Andrew, Fayval Williams and Andre Hylton have moved to bring the confrontation between their supporters at the Mountain View Primary School under control. “We understand that about 25 persons clad in orange showed up to vote but questions were raised about where they lived, but we went down and sorted out the situation and calmed tempers so that they could be allowed to vote in peace,” Williams told The Gleaner. For his part, Andre Hylton said that he has heard of the incident and that his team is on the ground managing the situation. “We heard of an incident at the Mountain View Primary but my team has gone down there to address the situation and to maintain calm,” he said. ST ANDREW EASTERN CANDIDATES JLP: Fayval Williams PNP: Andre Hylton
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, (CMC): Reigning World champions West Indies were humbled by Pakistan in the opening Twenty20 International here yesterday, after virtually condemning themselves with a feeble batting effort at the Dubai International Stadium. Sent in, they recovered from a shocking position of 48 for eight in the 12th over to stumble to 115 all out with a ball remaining in the innings, and Pakistan wasted little time in cruising to their target in the 15th over, to complete an uncomplicated nine-wicket victory and take a valuable 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Veteran all-rounder Dwayne Bravo was the only one to emerge from the encounter with any semblance of pride, striking a top score of 55 from 54 balls under pressure. Spinner destroys WI The damage was done by left-arm spinner Imad Wasim, who ripped through the innings with a Man-of-the-Match spell of five for 14 from his four overs. In reply, Pakistan never looked in danger of botching their run chase and Babar Azam made sure of this with a fluent unbeaten 55 off 37 deliveries. In only his second T20 International, the right-hander smashed six fours and two sixes and posted a match-winning, unbroken 88-run, second wicket stand with opener Khalid Latif who made a patient 34 not out from 32 balls. With the second T20 International scheduled for today at the same venue, West Indies were left with several problems to solve in a short space of time. Without the experience of axed captain Darren Sammy and the unavailable Chris Gayle and AndrÈ Russell, West Indies stumbled and stuttered from the outset. Imad became the first Pakistani spinner to take a five-wicket haul in T20s. When Sunil Narine (1) failed to beat Latif’s direct hit from mid-off on a badly judged quick single, West Indies were in a deep hole but Bravo bailed them out with a quality knock which included four fours and two sixes. He started slowly with his first 18 runs requiring 32 balls but accelerated to reach his fourth T20I half-century off 50 balls. He took 13 runs from the 15th over bowled by Tanvir and combined with Tylor to garner 19 from the following over from seamer Hasan Ali – the most expensive over of the innings. Bravo raised his half-century in the 19th over by clearing the ropes at cover with left-arm pacer Wahab Riaz but perished in the deep off the penultimate delivery of the innings, with West Indies desperately chasing runs. The Windies then needed an early breakthrough to remain in the game but none came, as Sharjeel Khan hammered three fours and a six in a 17-ball 22, to dominate an opening stand of 28 with Latif. And even when he bowled by leg-spinner Samuel Badree in the fourth over, Latif and Babar kept Pakistan on course with positive stroke-play.
The three-year-old campaign leading up to the 1000 and 2000 Guineas in April reaches a crucial stage at Caymanas Park today with the $1.3 million Thornbird Stakes for native-bred fillies and the Prince Consort Stakes for colts and geldings, both sponsored by Front Runner, sharing the spotlight over 1400 metres. The fillies, in particular, have been lighting up the campaign, and going into this their final prep, the 11 declared coming to ensure an intriguing contest. Among the principals are the hat-trick seekers RUNALLDAY from the Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes stables, BILINGUAL, who is also trained by Nunes, and Dwight Chen’s MARLENE MY LOVE, All three have looked potential classic winners but may need to show further improvement to stop the classy SHE’S A MANEATER, who has won four races from five carer starts, including a fast-time win over this trip in January. Trained by 16-time champion Wayne DaCosta for owner Winston Kong, the free-running bay filly by Natural Selection out of the 2009 ‘Horse of the Year’ Ahwhofah lost her only race on Boxing Day when caught and beaten by the grey colt SOTOMAYOR in the $4..25 million Supreme Ventures Jamaica 2-Y-O Stakes over a mile, a race in which she turned for home a clear leader. However, she showed in her last race that she had definitely trained on, winning impressively ahead of subsequent winner ANOTHER FURY in the good time of 1;25.3 with customary rider, reigning champion jockey Omar Walker aboard. She continues to look sharp at exercise, and having won twice over this trip, her proven class should ensure that nothing overhauls her in the closing stages. Three time winner DaCosta and Walker should complete the feature race double with recent winner FEARLESS SAMURAI in the Prince Consort Stakes to be contested by nine starters. The chestnut colt by Fearless Vision out of Sayuri has won three races from five starts, but really turned heads last time out when slamming MONEY MAGNET over 1100 metres, covering the distance in the smart time of 1:06.0. FEARLESS SAMURAI (working well) will be seen to even better advantage over this trip, and despite the strong claims of hat-trick seeker DON CHASSIS and recent winner DONTAE, he should take a lot of catching. A notable absentee from the line-up is the ‘Baba’ Nunes-trained SOTOMAYOR, who has bypassed the Prince Consort Stakes in preference for the 3-y-o and up overnight allowance mile, a race he should win ahead of the in-form IAN LINKS, now stepping up to a mile. Other firm fancies on the card are LAWS OF THE CODE in the first race, ZEPHYR in the third, BIG BLACK NATION in the fourth, TIZ A VIBE in the fifth and SUBBIE in the seventh.
Portmore United, last year’s Red Stripe Premier League’s beaten finalists, could have undermined their chances of going one better this year with their untimely separation from technical director Lenworth Hyde.Hyde, according to sources, was informed on Thursday last by Mrs Donna Ming, wife of Herman Ming, who founded the club under its original name, Hazard. Mrs Ming, the Sunday Gleaner was informed, brought Hyde on board in October to assist Coach Linval Dixon as two other members of last season’s coaching staff, Andre Waugh and Geoffrey Hewitt, were not re-engaged.In an attempt to get confirmation, Hyde was contacted, but he declined to shed any light on the matter. While not denying that there was a separation between himself and the club, Hyde said he had no comments to make.”I am neither in a position to comment on the situation nor do I wish to. You will have to speak with Mrs Ming or someone in the leadership of the club,” Hyde said tersely.Pressed further, Hyde again referred the Sunday Gleaner to Mrs Ming, expressed thanks for the call and said he had to go.The Sunday Gleaner called the phone of Mrs Ming no fewer than five times, but on each occasion, it rang and eventually went to voicemail.Hyde, one of the more successful coaches in the league, having led Tivoli Gardens, Portmore United and Harbour View to the title, was said to be very popular with the players and his departure has caused a division in the squad, the source also said.- N.W.
First-time urban area champions Papine High have taken the initiative against many-time rural area champions St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS)at the end of day one of their three-day ISSA National Spalding Cup clash at Melbourne Oval.STETHS who entered the contest as heavy-favourites, were first bowled out for a paltry 71 in their first innings after losing they lost the toss and were asked to take first strike.Papine, in reply, then posted 199 in their first innings for a lead of 128. Batting a second time STETHS were again in trouble at 56 for four, still needing 72 runs to make Papine bat again.undermined by spinSTETHS were undermined by leg-spinner Rushawn Lee in their first innings. Lee bagged five for 31 and pacers Andre Bailey Kishawn Graham picked up three for 28 and two for 21, respectively.National youth representative, Andre McCarthy, 18, and Nigel Palmer, 16, made most runs with recent West Indies Under-19 World Cup winning representative, Michael Frew, falling for one.Papine, in their response, were piloted by openers Raymond Hall 58 and Orande Pearson 45, who put on 109 for the first wicket. Romario Lynch, 24, and Bailey, 30, also got among the runs.Frew, bowling part-time off-spin snared three for 45, and fellow off-spinner Rodienlo Simpson, three for 43.-J.L.
NEW DELHI, India (CMC): Darren Sammy said he still cares about the game in the Caribbean, but he loses little sleep about a recall to the West Indies team. The former West Indies captain said he had little regret about publicly chiding the West Indies Cricket Board after winning last year’s Twenty20 World Cup final against England, which was the final time he played for the regional side. “It is sad that my last international was the World T20 final,” Sammy told the Press Trust of India news agency. “I am still available for selection in limited overs cricket, but I am not going to cry over non-selection. “I am still out there playing in the different leagues around the world, if selected I am available. But I am not crying over spilt milk.” The 33-year-old Sammy had modest returns in an international career for West Indies during which he played 38 Tests, 126 One-day and 66 Twenty20 Internationals between 2004 and last year. He was however, widely praised for his passionate leadership which inspired the team to win the T20 World Cup twice (2012 and last year) and perform creditably in the other two formats of the game, even rising to fifth in the Test rankings. But his outburst following the T20 World Cup final last year was dimly viewed by regional administrators and he subsequently lost the leadership of the T20 side to World Cup hero Carlos Brathwaite. “What I said on the podium after winning the final, I said it from my heart,” said Sammy. “I said what I had to. I expected things to happen. But I don’t lose sleep over it anymore. “God has blessed me tremendously. He is my selector. So I am not worried about what is going to happen. I still do care about West Indies cricket, but if I am not selected, I am not going to sulk over it.” Sammy is in India to as part of the Kings XI Punjab team playing in the Indian Premier League T20 tournament. It’s the latest of the T20 gigs of which he has been a part, as he continues to play the game around the world.
With four regular starters out due to injuries, Dooley tinkered with his lineup, giving JPV Marikina defender Sean Kane a surprise start at central defense, while Davao Aguilas’ Simone Rota returned from injury and Daisuke Sato regained his leftback spot.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We’re going to close the deal in Nepal,” vowed Azkals coach Thomas Dooley. “We came here to win, but at least we didn’t lose. We’re very happy with the point.”“The team didn’t deserve to go home with a loss. The spirit was great, the preparation was great for this game. I’m actually satisfied overall.”Tawfik Ali put Yemen ahead with an opportunistic strike in the 63rd minute after the Azkals failed to clear a corner.The Azkals quickly brought more men forward with little effect until substitute Junior Muñoz showed grit and determination as he marauded down the right and cut the ball back for Phil Younghusband, who took a touch for Mulders.Ott managed to stay onside before showing composure to finish as the Azkals found the equalizer right at the death.ADVERTISEMENT CIMB Classic: Pagunsan assured of P.65 million Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments LATEST STORIES FILE Photo by: Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer.netSummoning its old, fighting form, the Philippines moved within a whisker of an AFC Asian Cup spot after salvaging a 1-1 draw with Yemen Tuesday night at Al Wakrah Stadium in Doha, Qatar.For the second straight game, the Azkals needed a late goal to secure a point against the Yemenis as Mike Ott struck in the 89th minute to keep the Filipinos in pole position in Group F, where the top two sides will qualify for the tournament in the United Arab Emirates in 2019.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set 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 Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ The Azkals struggled to break down the Yemenis for most of the match until Ott, who plays for Angthong United in the Thai second division, got on the end of a clever ball from Paul Mulders and beat Mohammad Ayash at his near post for the equalizer.The result increased the Azkals’ tally to eight points, two ahead of Tajikistan and Yemen, which play against each other in November in Dushanbe.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe Azkals can seal qualification in the continent’s showpiece tournament with a victory over Nepal in Kathmandu on Nov. 14.With only a point to show from its first four matches, the Nepalese are virtually out of the running for an AFC Cup berth. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson
Keflezighi also won silver at the 2004 Athens Olympics, the first U.S. man since Frank Shorter in 1976 to win a medal in the marathon.“Meb is the premiere American distance runner of this generation,” said George Hirsch, who with Fred Lebow started the NYC Marathon in 1976 to celebrate the bicentennial. “We have to really go back a long way to Frank and Bill (Rodgers) and Joanie (Benoit Samuelson) and Alberto.“That was a golden age of American distance running when we literally had Olympic champions in the marathon and runners ranked No. 1 in the world.”Keflezighi says his parents and siblings could have stayed in Italy after escaping East Africa. But they traveled to the United States, settling in San Diego. Keflezighi arrived at 12 in 1987, trading a future as a child soldier in his native country for good grades, a track scholarship at UCLA and a transformation from miler to Olympic marathoner.His athletic journey began when junior high school gym teacher Dick Lord suggested students run a mile around the playground, and young Meb gave an eye-opening performance.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Messi donates money won in court case against newspaper Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene FILE – In this Nov. 1, 2009, file photo, Meb Keflezighi holds a U.S. flag after winning the men’s division of the New York City Marathon. Keflezighi is retiring after the New York City Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, capping a career as the only person to win an Olympic medal and New York and Boston titles. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)NEW YORK — He’ll wear the familiar “MEB” bib one final time at the New York City Marathon.Meb Keflezighi, the face of American long-distance running, wraps up his marathon career where it began in 2002 on the multicultural streets of New York. An immigrant of war-torn Eritrea who became a U.S. citizen in 1998, he’ll be cheered by thousands of spectators and some 70 relatives and friends.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “People give you confidence,” he said, mentioning college coach Don Larsen. “They kind of see something that you didn’t see. At end of the day, I squeezed everything there is to squeeze out of it.”In his NYC Marathon debut 15 years ago, Keflezighi thought he could win and made a move on First Avenue in 39-degree weather. He went from fourth place to ninth.“My Irish (runner) friend said to be patient,” Keflezighi said. “When you hit the wall, it’s hard to bounce back. My mom said ‘No more marathons for you, just 5K or 10K.’ My dad was massaging my legs to keep me warm (after the race).“I told my coach it’s my first and last marathon. I got my Ph.D. that day, what to do and what not to do.”His parents will be in New York again Sunday. He posted two photos on Twitter, showing his parents and several siblings upon their arrival in the U.S. in 1987 and a more recent photo of the group.The caption reads, “Where did your family immigrate from?”“This country is built on immigrants, unless you’re Native American,” Keflezighi said. “Whether it was 30 years ago like myself or 50 years ago or 100 years ago or someone who just came here last week.”His father cleaned floors, drove a taxi and helped them learn English while his mother raised 10 children.“That’s why my parents got here, by hard work and perseverance. We could have been in Italy forever, it was peace and tranquility,” he said. “But the land of opportunity lies in the United States.“All my brothers and sisters graduated from medical school, engineering, MBA or law. All those things because the great United States gave us opportunities. I maxed out my potential in terms of running. But all my siblings also reached great things to be a positive contributor to society.”Up next? He’ll spend more time with his wife, Yordanos, and three young daughters, run some half-marathons, coach and work with his MEB Foundation. It stands for “Maintaining Excellent Balance” and promotes healthy living and motivation for youth.NYC Marathon officials say they’ll retire the “MEB” bib, the last time a pro athlete wears a first name. Always an ambassador of the sport, Keflezighi plans to return to the finish line Sunday and greet the last stragglers in the dark at Central Park. View comments “They’re going to have tears in their eyes when he drops a medal around their necks,” Hirsch said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set He vowed to never run the grueling 26.2 miles again after going out fast and hitting the wall at mile 21 in his first NYC Marathon. But 26 marathons later, he’s retiring at age 42 after Sunday’s race, capping acareer as the only person to win an Olympic medal and New York and Boston titles.“It’s very emotional coming back,” Keflezighi said. “I’m excited, but at the same time it’s bittersweet. It will be a sigh of relief when I get to the finish line.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogIn 2009, Keflezighi became the first American man since Alberto Salazar in 1982 to win the NYC marathon. His most dramatic win came at the 2014 Boston Marathon, crossing the finish line with fist pumps in the air and the names of three victims of the bombings and a slain police officer written on his bib. As a spectator in 2013, he’d stood in Copley Plaza to greet finishers and left only a short time before the bomb attack injured hundreds.He kissed the pavement after a Boston Strong and personal-best time of 2 hours, 8 minutes, 37 seconds at age 38. 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