Kingston College (KC) continue to go about their business in a workmanlike manner; Calabar High had another so-so day; Christopher Taylor is at it again; and the Edwin Allen machine is cranking into high gear. The ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championships had its fair share of high points yesterday, and with today’s penultimate day of competition promising major excitement with the 100m finals and key hurdles and field events battles, it’s the KC faithful who are happiest at this stage. The boys from North Street lead the way with 37 points, with Jamaica College (JC) keeping them company with 33.5. Petersfield High’s team has impressed all week and they are currently third on 28 points, with St Jago as next best on 24, and defending champions Calabar in fifth with 23.5 points. Edwin Allen have been hitting the right keys so far, hardly putting a foot wrong since the opening day of competition. They are on course to defend their Girls’ title with 47 points after six events, 14 ahead of Hydel, with Excelsior in third place on 26 points. Holmwood (24) and St Jago (23) round out the top five. CLASS TWO’S DEJOUR RUSSELL Calabar will have to work deep into Saturday night if they are to retain their title, but they certainly have the tools to do so. “I am not perturbed. We still have enough depth to go on and win,” said Calabar’s head coach Michael Clarke. Taylor, who already helped himself to the 400m record on Tuesday, was clearly not satisfied as he powered through the line in his Class Two Boys’ 200m semi-final, stopping the clock at 20.80, which betters another Calabar man – Ramone McKenzie’s 20.89 run in 2007. His schoolmate, Dejour Russell, followed up that run with an impressive one of his own, clocking 21.08 to win his semi-final, knowing very well that the defending champions will be banking heavily on maximising points in this event in tomorrow’s final. Herbert Morrison scored an unlikely one-two in the Boys’ Class Three high jump final, pushing with gold-medal winner Antonio Hanson and his teammate, Javeir Hall, both clearing 1.85m, in the process pushing pre-Champs favourite Lamar Reid (Calabar), 1.75m into third place. Edwin Allen High’s Janique Burgher won the Class Three girl’s high jump event after clearing 1.70m ahead of Shauntia Davidson (Hydel), 1.65m, and Excelsior’s Kaliah Jones, who also cleared 1.65m. In a closely contested girls Class Four long jump final, St Jago’ Dayshanae Hall took home the gold with a 5.17m leap, finishing ahead of Edwin Allen’s Paula-Ann Chambers, 5.14m, and Excelsior’s Samoya Neil, 5.13m. Petersfield’s Sanjae Lawrence took gold in the Class One Boys’ discus event with a 53.90m heave to get the better of Excelsior’s Phillip Barnett, 53.78m, and Calabar’s Warren Barrett, who would have been disappointed with his 52.88m bronze-medal mark. The Boys’ Class Two shot put title was won by Petersfield’s Daniel Cope, with a distance of 16.81m. Second place went to Meadowbrook’s Cobe Graham, 16.22m, with another Petersfield athlete, Courtney Lawrence, 15.62m, taking third. Michael Campbell (JC), who clocked 10.83, and Jhevaughn Matherson (KC), 10.95, both dipped below 11 seconds despite a strong headwind in the Class One Boys’ 100m, with other podium contenders Raheem Chambers (St Jago), 11.02, and Nigel Ellis (St Elizabeth), 11.04, also looking comfortable in qualifying to today’s semi-finals. With Tyreke Wilson missing due to injury, his Calabar teammate Dejour Russell seems to have little to be worried about where the Class Two Boys 100m gold medal is concerned. Russell followed Wilson to the line in a Calabar one-two at last year’s championships, but he is expected to boss the event this time around. He was certainly commanding in winning his heat yesterday afternoon, stopping the clock at 11.49 with little effort. He was still making his way back to the Stadium East area when Munro College’s AndrÈ Edwards posted 10.95 to win his heat and perhaps give the Calabar man something to think about, with JC’s Chislon Gordon, 11.06, and Gary Gordon (St Jago), 11.28, also advancing impressively. Top-billed Jamaica College (JC) pair of defending Class One triple jump champion, O’Brien Wasome, who already won gold in the Class One Boys’ long jump on Wednesday, and record holder Clayton Brown will take their rivalry into today’s final after both booked safe passage from yesterday’s preliminary round. Wasome won his section with a 14.61m effort ahead of Calabar man Javier Lowe, 14.38m, and Old Harbour’s Ryan Brown, 14.15m. Brown was third in his section with a mark of 14.47m, but there is a lot more in the tank. Jordan Scott (Campion), 15.04m, led all qualifiers, with Calabar’s Gabriel Allen, 14.49m, also doing well to qualify. St Jago’s Keenan Lawrence is the form athlete in the Class Two Boys’ 1500m, with many expecting him to seriously test Kemoy Campbell’s record of 3:58.06 set in 2007 He was comfortable in qualifying for the final, winning his heat in 4:12.98 ahead of Calabar’s Kimar Farquharson, who posted 4:13.40 for second place. St Elizabeth Technical’s Dwight Mason was, however, the fastest among the qualifiers, stopping the clock at 4:12.89. The Class One equivalent saw Rusea’s athlete Akeem Colley, who won his heat in a season’s best 4:05.40, registering the quickest time going into the final, with gold-medal favourite and defending champion Shevan Parkes finishing second in a time of 4:06.01. Samara Spencer of Hydel High leads all qualifiers into tomorrow’s final of the Class One long jump – set for 4:53 p.m. – after registering a huge season best of 6.04 metres during yesterday’s prelims. Excelsior will seek to continue their fine showing at this year’s championships in the Class Four high jump final as their duo of Shantae Foreman and Daniel Harris both cleared 1.55m, with gold-medal favourite Foreman doing so on her first attempt. Amelia Davis of Wolmer’s Girl led six others who cleared 1.50m. RETAIN TITLE
WESTERN BUREAU: Edwin Allen entered their opening ISSA-FLOW daCosta Cup Group H football match against defending champions Clarendon College feeling pretty good about their chances. Their got one consolation – a successful penalty kick that was scored by Khimani Orr in the 26th minute. Joel Sterling left them travelling home feeling blue as he netted a hat-trick to lead Clarendon College to a 6-1 win. It began as expected. The champions were in a no-nonsense mood and quickly began to make their presence felt. In the sixth minute, Sterling fired home his first goal to give Clarendon College the lead. His second came in minute 69, and his third on the 77th-minute mark. Before then, Orr was asked to take a penalty awarded by the referee after a defender was adjudged to have committed a foul inside the area. He converted to make things a little more interesting. Thereafter, it was a matter of how many more goals the Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis-coached Clarendon College would score. That question was answered in emphatic style when forward Seigle Knight fired into the back of the net to make it 2-1 in the 27th minute, then at minute 35, as Roger Russell added his name to the scoresheet when his shot beat Edwin Allen’s Kajay Johnson in goal. Clarendon came out in the second half looking for more and they got it in the 63rd minute when Knight blasted home his second, and his team’s fourth, against an Edwin Allen team that looked dazed, due to the ease at which Clarendon carved through their defence. Thereafter, it was Sterling’s show. The sure-footed forward was dangerous in every attack and managed to close out his hat-trick with a lot of time left on the clock. “There is more to come from me this season,” said Sterling. “I am working hard. The team is working hard and we need to defend the title. “Scoring three goals in any match is a great feeling, so right now, I am enjoying it. But we will refocus for our next game against Kellits on Wednesday,” Sterling added. Davis was full of praise for his young striker, calling the result an outstanding one on which to build the season. “We won with a big margin, but it wasn’t as easy as it seemed. Every game in this group is like a derby, so it requires a special sort of attention from us. Today, the boys did well and now that we have bagged our first win, we are going to keep rolling,” said Davis. Sterling’s show
After a season where injuries forced his hand, Jamaica-trained British sprinter, Delano Williams, is keeping his options open.The former Munro College champion sprinter set a personal best over 400 metres in 2015 and was consistently fast for Great Britain’s 4×400 metre team. He hasn’t, however, turned his back on the event in which he was World Junior champion, the 200 metres.The Turks and Caicos native set a new 400m lifetime best of 45.42 seconds in the B race at the Jamaica Invitational and clicked off relay legs timed in 44.3 and 44.5 for Great Britain. However, his efforts at 200 metres were hampered by niggling hamstring trouble. It caused him to stop while running for the University of the West Indies at the Jamaica Inter-collegiate Championships in March. Quizzed on his event choices in 2015 and in the future, he said, “It shows where my strengths are, I guess, and when my quarters are fast, my 200m are fast.”With regard to the niggles that kept him from racing at the British World Championships trials at 200 metres, he explained: “This year was kind of up and down for me but, nevertheless, the 400 metres was the right way to go for this year.”Though his portfolio includes 100/200 sprint doubles for Munro at ISSA Boys and Girls’ Championships, Williams has always been a whiz in the 4x400m. He was a key man in victories by Munro at Champs and the Penn Relays until his sojourn there ended in 2013.Looking forwardReunited with his former Munro coach Neil Harrison for the 2015 campaign, Williams is optimistic about the upcoming Olympic year.”Every year when I train with coach Harrison, I PB”, he said using track lingo to denote the establishment of a new personal best, “and I know next season will be better.”His confidence is boosted by help he has received from UK Athletics, the British track and field federation, with his troublesome hamstring.He was especially pleased to win a bronze in the World Championship 4x400m relay.”We have a great squad”, he said, “when we put the right four guys we’ll get a medal.”He extends that thought to the 4x100m. In a reference to his World Championship room-mate, 200m finalist Zharnel Hughes, and European 200 champion Adam Gemili, he postulated, “You have Adam Gemili, me, him …, you put us on a 4x100m one day and you never know what can happen.”As far as individual events are concerned, he is keeping his options open. Asked about his dream for the 2016 season, he said, “Rio 200m final, I’d love to make that.” Then he added, “If not, the 400m final. Who knows?”
Under-17 female football team captain, Rachel Walters, says with minor improvements, this national squad has the potential to qualify for the World Cup Finals in Jordan next year.The young Reggae Girlz beat Haiti 2-1 to lift the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Under-17 Women’s Championship in Haiti recently, and Walters, one ofthe team’s standout players at the tournament, says this group knows what is at stake and she wants to be the first captain to lead the country into a FIFA women’s championship.”I am very confident in this set of players. We know what is at stake and what we can do to make it to the World Cup,” she told The Gleaner upon the team’s arrival at the Norman Manley International Airport yesterday.”We need to improve both our defensive and attacking, but we have more overseas players coming in and I think the team will be better. Plus we will have more camps, and that will help with the chemistry, and when we have chemistry we play better,” Walters stated.The 17-year-old St Jago High School student who plays in defence said the team had to fight hard for success in Haiti and believes she played her role in motivating her team as captain.”I feel very elated; the team went out strong believing in ourselves and that we could do the job. The final was very competitive, but we got an early goal and we dug deep to come out victorious,” said Walters.”I thought I did a fairly good job as captain. I went out knowing what we had at stake and I had to stay focused and motivate my teammates and ensure that the job was done.”I really believe the team can reach the World Cup, and I would love to be the captain who does it,” she added.
BOURNEMOUTH VS WEST BROMDespite losing five of their last six games in the Barclays Premier League, Bournemouth can plan for a second season in the top flight thanks, mainly to three straight wins in early March. Albion have lost five and drawn two of their last seven league outings. They last won in early March against Manchester United while their most recent win on the road came at Everton in February.ASTON VILLA VSNEWCASTLE UNITEDAston Villa are down and Newcastle United couldfollow them if they lose this game. Last weekend’s 1-0 home win over Crystal Palace took the Magpies out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone, a point above Sunderland and two clear of Norwich. Villa have lost their last 11 league games, equalling a club record, and will set a new low with another defeat.CRYSTAL PALACE VS STOKE CITYGoals have been Palace’s problem. They have netted just 36 in 36 games. Only Norwich (35), West Bromwich Albion (32) and Aston Villa (27) have fewer this season. However, their record fewest is the 33 they netted in the 2013-14 campaign. Stoke have gone five league games without a win and have lost twice to Palace already this season, in the league and FA Cup.SUNDERLAND VS CHELSEASunderland have lost only one of their last eight games in the Barclays Premier League but they have also won just one while drawing six. Chelsea have won only one of their last four league games though, on Monday, Guus Hiddink’s men ended Tottenham’s hopes had of winning the league with a 2-2 draw.WEST HAM VS SWANSEA CITYWest Ham have lost only twice at home this season, while winning eight and drawing seven. The old stadium has been treated to 50 goals in 17 games, 30 by West Ham and 20 from the visitors. Swansea, meanwhile, are safe for another season after winning five of their last nine Barclays Premier League games.LIVERPOOL VSWATFORDLiverpool’s record at home to Watford is impressive. In eight home Barclays Premier League games the Reds have won seven and lost just once, in August 1999. Yet in December Watford profited from Liverpool’s dreadful opening at Vicarage Road to continue their remarkable rise with a fourth consecutive Premier League win.
WESTERN BUREAU:Rusea’s High on Saturday joined St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), Clarendon College, and their old nemesis, Cornwall College, as rural area schools to make the quarter-final round of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)-FLOW Super Cup after a commanding 3-0 win over Haile Selassie High in the feature game of the Montego Bay Sports Complex double-header.In the early fixture, STETHS had to come from behind three separate times to put away a spirited Holy Trinity 4-3 to advance.A Rusea’s versus Cornwall College game has been on the lips of diehard schoolboy football fans this side of the island for some time now. It has been over a decade since the last time these two most successful rural area schools met.STETHS, meanwhile, will be looking to stave off Bridgeport High in their quarter-final clash, while Clarendon College tackle high-flying Excelsior High and Kingston College meet Wolmer’s Boys’ in the other matchups for a place in the semis.Rusea’s made a blistering start against Haile Selassie, scoring the opening goal 40 seconds into the action when Leonardo Fogarty thrashed a right-footed shot into the roof of the net.Not long after, they doubled the score when Nazime Matahie netted in the 17th minute, with the ‘Russians’ looking ominous with each ensuing attack.It got worse for Haile Selassie on the 37th minute mark as referee Danian Parchment pointed to the spot when a defender brought down Rusea’s midfielder Daniel Reid inside the area for Ronaldo Thompson to slot home to make the scoreline 3-0, effectively slamming the door shut on the Geoffrey Maxwell-coached unit.AHEAD BY HALF-TIME”We just had to protect the lead. By half-time, we had the game won, so there was no need to play high-octane football through to the end. I wanted to give rest to our players,” said Rusea’s coach Aaron Lawrence.”I honestly expected a lot more from Haile Selassie, but even then, I thought we played a brilliant first half to move on,” he said.Haile Selassie barely had a shot on goal as Rusea’s tactics to close them down early paid off.However, Coach Maxwell placed the blame for his team’s loss on what he said was interference from others in how the team was made up.”When you have too many people having a say in how the team is made up and who plays as against who does not, then it will affect the chemistry and the mindset of the players,” Maxwell said.”Tonight we saw that. We lost because the players in my mind have lost the belief. But aside from that, we have done well to get where we are in spite of the issues I mentioned,” he noted.
Track and field is expected to again dominate tonight’s RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards ceremony as the island’s sporting standouts are recognised.Rio de Janeiro 2016 multiple gold medallists Usain Bolt and Elaine Thompson are the overwhelming favourites for the top honours at the gala event, which takes place at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel at 7:00 this evening.If all goes according to the script, it will continue the sport’s dominance of the awards.Bolt was nominated for his dominance at the Rio Olympics, winning gold in the 100 and 200 metres and the 4x100m relay, taking his overall total of Olympic gold medals to nine.Sprint hurdler Omar McLeod won gold in the 110m hurdles event in Rio, the first Jamaican to triumph in the event at the Games. He also became the first Jamaican men’s 60m hurdles champion at the World Indoor Games held in Portland, Oregon, last February.West Indies cricketer Marlon Samuels is the third and final in the men’s section, and this is for his top score of 85 not out to guide the West Indies to the ICC World Twenty20 title last April.OLYMPIC DOUBLEElaine Thompson became the first woman to win double Olympic gold in the 100 and 200m sprints since 1988 and took a silver medal as part of Jamaica’s 4x100m relay team in Rio. She also equalled the national record of 10.70 in the women’s 100m sprint at the JAAA’s National Championships in June and also won the Diamond for the women’s 100m in the IAAF Diamond League in 2016.Last year’s winner, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, had a creditable 2016 after taking bronze in the 100m sprint and silver in the 4x100m at the Olympics, while carrying a toe injury.Alia Atkinson is also nominated for breaking the 50m short-course breaststroke world record in a time of 28.64 seconds at the FINA Swimming World Cup in Tokyo, Japan last October.Shericka Jackson is also nominated for her 400m bronze at the Rio Games, while cricketer Stafanie Taylor has been nominated for leading the West Indies Women’s team to victory in the ICC Women’s World Cup in India in April.The People’s Choice Award allows the public to vote for its favourite performance of 2016 and it includes five entries: Atkinson’s world record swim; Thompson’s 200m Olympic Final gold medal run; Calabar High’s Christopher Taylor’s brilliant anchor leg, which swept his team to victory in the 4x400m relay final at the 2016 Grace Kennedy ISSA Boys’ Championships; Michael Binns’ spectacular goal from 35 yards for Portmore United against Montego Bay United in the Red Stripe Premier League Final; and Yona Knight-Wisdom’s series of dives to qualify for the 3m springboard semi-final at the Olympics.The Victoria Mutual Building Society Youth Award is a new category, and here, nominees will be those considered “new talent”, under 21 years old, and not professional.
With just three weeks of training, newcomer Shauna-Kay Hines made history by becoming Jamaica’s first contestant and medallist in a World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) event, having walked away with a silver medal in the US Open Para Taekwondo Championships in Las Vegas last Wednesday. “She missed the gold by one point!” her coach Conrad Jenkins said. In preparation to compete in the WTF Para Taekwondo in the 2020 Tokyo Para Olympic Games, Hines will have to now compete at the international level to add to the six points she gained in the world ranking system. Twenty athletes from seven countries – USA, Canada, France, India, Mexico, Japan and Jamaica – competed in the US Open Para Taekwondo Championships. Coach Jenkins said Hines was selected to represent Jamaica through an assessment and interview process, by meeting the minimum impairment criteria by the WTF Para Taekwondo Department Classifiers, as well as training and fighting with male black belt holders in Jamaica. “She had no previous experience in Taekwondo, but was a long-distance track athlete,” Coach Jenkins said.
Over at Biñan Football Stadium, Stallion Laguna striker Jess Melliza continued his scoring run as he fired the only goal that lifted Laguna past JPV Marikina.The fleet-footed lefty from La Paz, Iloilo, beat JPV goalkeeper Nelson Gasic from a tight angle in the 77th minute to push Stallion closer to JPV with 26 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogChristiaens found Fernando Rodriguez at the far post for a close-range strike in 19th minute, before punctuating the win with a clinical goal off the counterattack three minutes from time.Spanish midfielder Bienvenido Marañon was also on the scoresheet, firing home from just inside the box in the 50th minute. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend A costly, catty dispute finally settled View comments It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Defender Jeffrey Christiaens scored a goal and assisted on another as AFC Cup Asean zone champion Ceres-Negros kept the retooled Davao Aguilas winless with a 3-1 victory on Saturday in the Philippines Football League at Rizal Memorial Stadium.Returning to PFL action just four days after their elimination in the interzone semifinals of the AFC Cup, the Busmen played with verve and urgency as they collected their ninth win of the season to hike their tally to 28 points for fourth spot.ADVERTISEMENT 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 In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene How to help the Taal evacuees Davao got a late consolation goal from Harry Sawyer in the first minute of second half stoppage time as the Aguilas lost for the ninth time this season.Despite acquiring veterans Phil and James Younghusband, Simone Rota, Matthew Hartmann and Jason De Jong during the transfer window, victory has remained elusive for the Aguilas, who only have six points from 15 matches.The Busmen have played six games less than Meralco Manila, which was held to a goalless draw by Global Cebu also on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES DAY6 is for everybody Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Arellano, TIP collide
LeBron James recently showed how big of a difference a year makes, as he posed for a photo with his new-look Cleveland Cavaliers squad.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogWith the 2017-2018 NBA regular season less than a month away, “The King” took some time to get acquainted with his new teammates by hosting a workout session at the University of California-Santa Barbara.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. As seen in a photo in his Instagram account, the three-time NBA Champion huddled around familiar faces from the Cavs organization, including Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson, J.R. Smith, Kyle Korver, Richard Jefferson, Iman Shumpert and Channing Frye. Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up DAY6 is for everybody In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next How to help the Taal evacuees 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 NLEX-SCTEX goes winless in Merlion Cup OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ “Great few days of mini camp with the squad!! Made each other better every single sec/min/hour we were on the floor! It’s the beginning of a long journey and we’ll be ready for the Process that comes with it!,” he captioned the photo, which has been liked over 500,000 times.Notable newcomers Derrick Rose, Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and Jeff Green were present as well, including veteran Kendrick Perkins, who will reportedly be invited to be on the training camp roster, as per Cleveland.com.This is the second straight off season that James invited his teammates to work out in California, where he resides in the off season.He also posted a similar photo after the team’s workout last year. /ra