Portmore’s assistant coach, Jeffrey Hewitt, said Morris saw limited playing time while at Montego Bay United last season, and he was determined to prove himself, and he believes the work the 23-year-old put in the off season is bearing fruit. “Ricardo is a warrior, and he was really hellbent on proving his worth, so when he came back (from MoBay), he really worked hard during the preseason. He was very dedicated toward his preparation, and it showed today.” Anderson headed Waterhouse in front from a free kick, and they dominated play until Morris’ solo effort brought Portmore back on even terms. Waterhouse had some great chances to restore their lead, the best of the lot came on 65 minutes, but Shaven-Sean Paul denied Nicholy Findlayson from the spot after DeAndre Brown was cut down inside the area. Then 15 minutes from the end, Foster stole the show when he capitalised on a miskick by a defender and broke away to slot past McCallum for the winning goal. In the meantime, Waterhouuse coach Calvert Fitzgerald says finishing continues to let them down. “We should have put the game away from the first 30 minutes. We keep getting chance after chance and not finishing. That is the part of the team that let us down today, and we ended up paying for it,” he commented. Portmore United’s Ricardo Morris continues to take this season’s Red Stripe Premier League by storm. Yesterday, he netted his third goal in as many games to help Portmore come from behind to beat Waterhouse 2-1 at the Waterhouse Stadium. The former champions are now five points clear atop the table with maximum nine points from three games. The former national under-20 midfielder scored a brilliant equaliser on 35 minutes after Jermaine ‘Tuffy’ Anderson had headed the hosts in front after 26 minutes. The dynamic and tricky left-footer picked up the ball just inside the Waterhouse half and left his two markers on their heels, then beat a third defender at the top of the box before calmly slotting under goalkeeper Richard McCallum with the outside of the boot, while still under pressure from the tracking defenders. Substitute Maalique Foster scored the winning goal in the 79th minute. The midfielder’s pace, energy and delightful left foot posed constant problems for the Waterhouse defence, and McCallum had to pull off two outstanding saves to stop him from adding to his tally. ready to prove
VILLA (4-1-4-1)GUZAN, HUTTON, OKORE, LESCOTT, BACUNA, SANCHEZ,WESTWOOD, VERETOUT, GANA, SINCLAIR, AYEWLEICESTER (4-4-2)VARDY, OKAZAKI,MAHREZ, KING, KANTE, ALBRIGHTON,DE LAET, FUCHS, MORGAN, SIMPSON,SCHMEICHELLeicester City are now level at the top of the Barclays Premier League with Arsenal after beating Spurs 1-0 at White Hart Lane on Wednesday thanks to Robert Huth’s late winner at White Hart Lane.It ended their run of three games without a league win, while Huth’s goal was Leicester’s first in 374 minutes.On Tuesday, Aston Villa claimed their first win in the Barclays Premier League in 157 days when they beat Crystal Palace 1-0 thanks to a goal from central defender Joleon Lescott.It was also Villa’s first Premier League win in 20 attempts, having lost 14 of the previous 19.They remain at the foot of the table and face high-riding Leicester City next.The most common Premier League result between these teams at Villa Park is a draw. In nine clashes, four have been drawn while Villa have won three and Leicester two.When they met at the King Power Stadium in September it was a remarkable game. Villa led 2-0 but Leicester struck three times in the final 18 minutes, with Nathan Dyer stealing an 89th-minute winner.
With ambitions of successful representation and bringing home medals as soon as the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games, a memorandum of understanding between Table Tennis Jamaica (TTJ) and the Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA) was signed yesterday at the Sir John Golding Rehab Centre, located at Elleston Flats, St Andrew.A new chapter was written between local governing body for table tennis and the Paralympic community and signed by Godfrey Lothian and Christopher Samuda, the respective presidents.It will see TTJ provide coaching and training for Paralympic athletes with a view to seeing them transition to the international stage and, hopefully, win medals at the Paralympics in table tennis.Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) president Michael Fennell recalled that the city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, while hosting the Pan American Games in 2007, was the first host to introduce the ParaPan Games.”Tokyo 2020, which I think you have set as one of your benchmarks, will be another important benchmark,” said Fennell, who warned that while the Games are four years away, planning is needed.FORMAL AGREEMENT”We are here to celebrate the signing and formalising of the agreement between the Jamaica Table Tennis Association and the Paralympic Association, and for this to have the meaning from this formal document it requires participation,” Fennell urged.Meanwhile, this summer, Brazil will showcase the Olympic Games in August and the Paralympic Games in September.”I am sure it will be amazing for Jamaican athletes Olympics and Paralympics for the records and medals that you already have collected in this country,” said Brazilian Ambassador to Jamaica Carlos den Hartog.The JPA president, Samuda, said: “It is a partnership, ladies and gentlemen, that will, under the Road to Tokyo campaign, create a pathway for Paralympians to realise potential, fulfil their ambitions, and fuel their aspirations.”Samuda described the Sir John Golding Rehab Centre-based programme as a “centre of excellence”.The TTJ’s, president, Godfrey Lothian, said that “table tennis should be played anywhere and everywhere,” adding that “everybody should play table tennis”.”We will be putting some of our best coaches here because whenever you see people coming off the plane, it’s not just going to be our able-bodied athletes coming in with medals from athletics, but you’re going to see our Paralympians and others who will be mobilised across the country with table tennis medals,” he stated.
PUNE, India (CMC): Dashing West Indies opener Dwayne Smith stroked a high-class half-century in a Man-of-the-Match performance to help leaders Gujarat Lions beat Rising Pune Supergiants by three wickets off the last ball in their Indian Premier League contest here yesterday. Set an imposing 196 for victory at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Lions scrambled the nine runs needed from the last over to pull off their sixth win in seven outings to move four points clear at the top of the standings on 12 points. Smith pioneered the run chase with a superb 63 from 37 balls to record his second half-century in three days and extend his rich vein of form. The Barbadian right-hander counted nine fours and a six and put on 93 for the first wicket with New Zealander Brendon McCullum, whose 43 came from 22 balls and included five fours and two sixes. Captain Suresh Raina chipped in with 34 from 28 balls while wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik hit 33 from 20 deliveries. Australian stroke-maker Steve Smith had earlier pummelled his maiden T20 hundred to help fire Supergiants to 195 for three off their 20 overs after they were sent in. The classy right-hander carved out 101 off 54 deliveries with eight fours and five sixes, adding 111 for the second wicket with opener Ajinkya Rahane, who made 53 off 45 balls and a further 64 for the second wicket with captain MS Dhoni, who slammed an unbeaten 30 from 18 balls. West Indies medium pacer Dwayne Bravo accounted for Smith in the final over to finish with one for 40 from his four overs.
Usain Bolt registered his first sub-10 run for the season with a 9.98 seconds win in the 100m at the Golden Spike meeting in Ostrava a short while ago. Bolt, was sluggish out of the blocks but had soon covered the field before running by himself to the line in what was only his second sub-10 second time in the month of May since 2012. Bajan Ramon Gitten was second in 10.21 with Hassan Taftian taking third in 10.25. In the women’s 400m, Christine Day came out on top in a season’s best 51.09 seconds ahead of Cartine Muir, 51.84 and Jessica Beard, 51.881. The men’s equivalent was won by Javon Francis in 44.87 with Tony McQuay taking second place in 45.17 ahead of third placed Pavel Maslak, 45.46 Kaliese Spencer (55.43) had to settle for second place in the women’s 400m hurdles behind Joanna Linkiewicz, who ran a personal best 55.40 with Zuzana Hejnova finishing third in 55.69. Jaheel Hyde clipped the second to last hurdle before falling to the ground, while contesting the top spots in the men’s 400m hurdles. Hyde got up and finished the race in 65.98 with LJ van Zyl taking the win in 48.67 ahead of Johnny Dutch, 49.09 and Patryk Dobek, 49.51.
CASTRIES, St Lucia: Digicel and the National Basketball Association (NBA) announced yesterday that the Digicel NBA Jumpstart Basketball Clinics will return to the Caribbean for the second consecutive year. The clinics, which tipped off in Bermuda yesterday, has brought together more than 500 boys, local coaches and for the first time girls, from nine Caribbean countries. At the conclusion of the clinics, the top seven players in each market will be selected to attend the Digicel NBA Jumpstart Elite Camp in the British Virgin Islands, running from October 7 – 9. The clinics, which are run by NBA International Basketball Operations staff and focus on player development, will feature the top boys and girls born 1999-2001 from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and the Turks and Caicos Islands. The program will once again feature coaching development opportunities for local coaches who participate in the Jumpstart clinics in each country.Assistant NBA coaches Steven Silas (Charlotte Hornets), Matt Brase (Houston Rockets), Bob MacKinnon (Dallas Mavericks), Jim Moran (Portland Trailblazers), Tom Bialaszewski (Los Angeles Lakers) and Lloyd Pierce (Philadelphia 76ers) will be on hand to provide instruction at the camps. “It is truly encouraging to watch these kids develop their talents to reach their full potential,” said Digicel Group marketing director, Peter Lloyd. “Our partnership with the NBA is helping to make a big difference in our communities and we are committed to developing and preserving sports across the region through grassroots programmes like Jumpstart,” he added. Arnon de Mello, NBA Latin America vice president and managing director, said: “We are proud to partner with Digicel to bring grassroots basketball development to hundreds of young Caribbean players for the second straight year. “As a leading operator in the Caribbean and a strategic NBA partner, Digicel shares our commitment to growing basketball in the region and teaching the values of the game, including teamwork, respect and leadership.” Last year, Digicel NBA Jumpstart Basketball Clinics brought together more than 300 of the top male players ages 16 and under from across the Caribbean. The top eight players from the Elite Camp visited NBA headquarters in New York City and attended an NBA game in Brooklyn, where they watched Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors take on the Brooklyn Nets. Location Programme Dates Bermuda Aug. 26-28 British Virgin Islands Sept. 2-4 Grenada Sept. 2-4 Barbados Sept. 9-11 Turks and Caicos Islands Sept. 9-11 Antigua and Barbuda Sept. 16-18 Jamaica Sept. 16-18 Dominica Sept. 23-25 Trinidad and Tobago Sept. 23-25 British Virgin Islands – Elite Camp Oct. 7-9
ROSEAU, Dominica, (CMC): Kevin Stoute hit a half century and tried to set up a dramatic finish before the weather disrupted a match that promised much for the final time, forcing Barbados Pride to settle for a draw with Windward Islands Volcanoes in the WICB Regional 4-Day Tournament yesterday. Stoute struck four boundaries in an even, unbeaten 50 from 63 balls in around 11/2 hours of batting before the Pride declared on 200 for eight in their first innings, which was badly disrupted by the weather over the first three days of this fifth-round match at Windsor Park, in a bid to gain a few valuable bowling points. Hometown boy Tyrone Theophile, not out on 27, and veteran left-hander Devon Smith, not out on 11, defied the Barbadians for 11 overs in close to an hour after the rescheduled tea break to reach 42 without loss before the weather interrupted once more, bringing the match to an anti-climactic conclusion. The result meant that the Volcanoes earned 6.4 points from the contest, moving to fourth in the standings on 41.6 points, and the Pride collected just four points, keeping them in third on 47.2 points, a long way behind front-running Jamaica Scorpions and Guyana Jaguars, winners in this round of matches. The Volcanoes and Pride – like the rest of the teams around the League – will endure the long break in the tournament for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, plus the Regional Super50 Tournament before picking things back up in March next year. The start on the final day was delayed, following more rain in the Dominica capital overnight and into the early morning hours, but the weather and ground conditions changed so dramatically when umpires Joel Wilson and Jonathan Blades inspected about an hour after the regularly scheduled start that it heightened the prospects of play. When play started four hours later than regularly scheduled, the Pride, resuming from their overnight total of 137 for six, seemed willing to choose discretion, rather than adventure as the best part of valour. But the wickets of left-hander Jonathan Carter, caught behind off Kenroy Peters for 22, and Kenroy Williams, caught at third slip off Mervin Matthew for one, seemed to prompt a change in tactics from Stoute, whose 50 arrived from 63 balls, when he flicked Kyle Mayers to mid-wicket for a single. Kemar Roach chipped a delivery the same bowler into the vacant deep mid-off region next ball to take the visitors to the 200-run threshold, prompting the declaration. Matthew was the pick of the Windwards bowlers with 4-52 from 18 overs and Peters took 2-42 from 11 overs. Tea was immediately taken and, try as they may, the Pride opening attack of Roach and Stoute failed to make the breakthrough in a dash for a couple of bowling points to ease the deficit. Theophile and Smith held firm in between a few lusty blows to ensure there was no drama before the close. DELAYED START
There is no three ways about it, Westmoreland-based Three Miles River FC is aiming to become the dominant club in the west, and that means that they must first unseat the overwhelming parish standard-bearers Reno FC and the undoubted best club in local football, Montego Bay United (MBU).It’s a lofty bit of ambition posited by the upstart club, but it is a dream that their coach Carl ‘Longlife’ Palmer believes can happen with time and careful planning.”We are a little-known club with great ambition. Being champions of Westmoreland gives us some amount of inner belief for a very long journey, and I think we have the stomach to last,” Palmer said.Three Miles River has risen through the ranks of Westmoreland’s domestic leagues to be crowed champions of the parish in 2016, with a controversial win over Roaring River in the final, to now be plying their trade in the Charley’s JB Rum Western Confederation Super League.Currently third in Zone One on six points from five matches, Three Miles River have a long way to go before challenging for the Super League title, but it’s not far-fetched to see them growing in stature to one day be competing on the same level as MBU-FC and Reno FC.”It is strange that Westmoreland as a parish that produce, so many talented young players has not seen more than one club at a time in the Premier League,” said Palmer, “and we intend to help change that.”On Sunday, Three Miles River displayed their best form with a comprehensive 3-0 win over defending champions Granville FC with goals from St Elizabeth Technical High School central defender Clifton Woodbine in the 8th minute. Then, Chevon Morris and an Akeem Edwards’ own goal in the 22nd and 87th minutes, respectively, sealed a fine victory.”The club is on the right path. There is a settled management system in place and we have our own field, and with determination and serious planning, I am sure not long from now, we will be in the Premier League alongside the best from the west,” noted Palmer.On Saturday, they welcome Clarks Town FC (10 points) to their den in the hope of replicating Sunday’s stellar performance against the Trelawny-based club in a 3:00 p.m. clash.
Fisher robbed LOS ANGELES (AP): Los Angeles police say burglars got away with more than US$300,000 worth of jewellery from the home of former Lakers guard Derek Fisher. Officer Drake Madison says the burglary happened Monday morning at the house in the Tarzana neighbourhood. The home was unoccupied at the time. Madison says he doesn’t know if the suspects got away with any of Fisher’s NBA championship rings. Fisher won five titles with the Lakers. He coached the New York Knicks from 2014-2016. Russian bobsledder banned MOSCOW (AP): Russian bobsledder who won a gold medal at the 2014 Olympics has been banned for four years for doping. Dmitry Trunenkov, who won the four-man bobsled at the Sochi Games, tested positive last year and has been banned by the Russian Bobsled Federation, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency said. The ban won’t affect his Olympic gold medal. Trunenkov said the banned anabolic steroid stanozolol was found in his sample, but denied doping, and said he would consult lawyers about a possible appeal. He also suggested the test was faked to discredit Russian sports. Stars to miss Fed Cup first round WHITE PLAINS, NY (AP): Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Angelique Kerber will sit out the first-round Fed Cup matches between the United States and Germany. New US captain Kathy Rinaldi announced her roster yesterday for the best-of-five series on February 11-12 in Maui, Hawaii. The Williams sisters met in the Australian Open final, with Serena winning her 23rd Grand Slam title. Serena also replaced Kerber, who was the Australian Open defending champion, at No. 1 in the WTA rankings this week.
The Michael Dyke coached Edwin Allen team will be seeking to make it three wins in a row, and despite not making it to the finals in the 4x400m, the team from Frankfield, Clarendon, which joins Excelsior with ten individual qualifiers each (the most among females), should come out on top once more, based on the quality of their athletes qualifying. These include the outstanding Kevona Davis in the Under 17 200m, who blazed to a blistering 23.56 seconds in a negative 4.5m per second head wind, in winning at the Central Championships. Other outstanding athletes from that institution include Cemore Donald and Rushana Dwyer in the Under 17 800m, Fiona Richards in the Girl’s Under 20 Discus, Janique Burgher in the Under 17 high jump and Annia Ashley in the Girl’s Under 20 Long jump. After success last year, St. Jago High School, with a new coach, Rhansome Edwards has the most qualifiers among the male teams. They have 15 individuals along with the relay, and will definitely start favourites for success. Their bid will be led by Under 20 high jumper, Lushane Wilson, the Under 17 high jump duo of Damar Marshall and Vanderleer Palmer, as well as Under 20 half miler Leon Clarke. AFTER dominating the Digicel Central AthleticsChampionships which ended three days ago, Edwin Allen Girl’s and St. Jago Boy’s are in prime positions to walk away with the Grand prize of $1M each, awarded to the top female and male teams, as the Digicel Grand Prix comes to an end today inside the National Stadium. This is with the staging of the GC Foster Classics starting at 8:30am, with the 2000m Steeplechase for High School Girls. However, the Grand Prix events will start at 12:05pm for field events, while on the track action will get underway at 5:20 p.m. After the four Regional meets: Western , Eastern, Corporate Area and Central Championships, the eight best individual athletes, along with the 4x400m relay teams, have advanced to the big party and fans are in for a treat as some $15M are down to be shared among the top teams and individuals. The top two teams will walk away with a million dollars each, the second place teams will receive $500,000 while third will get $250,000. There will be other prizes at the meet as all athletes who qualified for today’s Grand Prix finals will see their institutions getting $25,000 for each qualifier, while record holders in today’s Championships events will receive $25,000, and those who break national records will get $50,000. The coaches will not be left out, as the coach of the top male and female teams will receive $50,000 each. Unlike previous years when points were carried over from previous meets, this time around, all teams will start from scratch. Because of this, it definitely has brought more interest among the teams, as athletes will not want to put a foot wrong with so much at stake. Digicel Senior Sponsorship and Development Manager, Kamal Powell, put things into perspective just after the Central Championships recently. “I know all coaches will be crunching the numbers based on finishes across the regions, and I will call it the World Championships for high school track and field,” Powell said. Three wins Favourites While St. Jago High will start favourite to win, they cannot be comfortable as Corporate Area kingpins. Calabar, with 11 individuals and a relay team, and Kingston College, with 10 individuals could surprise. The outstanding Christopher Taylor is expected to win the Under 20 200m for Calabar, while teammate Michael Stevens could also do likewise in the Under 20 100m. On the other hand, Kingston College is expected to score strongly in the field through captain Carey McLeod, in the Under 20 long jump, and with the Under 17 long jump duo of Wayne Pinnock and Shaquille Lowe. The final outcome could come down to the 4x400m, which could hurt Kingston College, who failed to advance to today’s meet. Some of the country’s elite athletes who are preparing for the World Relays in the Bahamas next month, will also be on show today as well. There will be some events for them, which will be contested during the Grand Prix events. These include the 400m for both males and females. It could come down to the final event, the 4x400m relay, which could hurt the North Street team which failed to field a strong team at the Corporate Area meet and failed to qualify.