Sports Briefs

first_imgAnderson to missfourth TestBIRMINGHAM, England (AP):England fast bowler James Anderson will miss the rest of the third Ashes Test and all of the fourth at Trent Bridge with a left-side strain.The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) made the announcement yesterday, a day after England’s all-time leading Test wicket-taker walked off the pitch hurt in mid-over at Edgbaston in the last session of the second day.The ECB statement adds “his availability for the final Test in the series will be determined in due course.” The fifth Test starts on August, 20 at The Oval.Anderson took 6-47 in Australia’s first innings at Edgbaston, and has 413 Test wickets overall.Pakistan win T20COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP):Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 29 runs in the first Twenty20 at R. Premadasa Stadium yesterday:Pakistan 175-5 in 20 overs (Shoaib Malik 46 not out, Ahmed Shehzad 46, Umar Akmal 46; Thisara Perera 2-30), defeated Sri Lanka 146-7 in 20 overs (Milinda Siriwardana 35, Dhananjaya de Silva 31; Sohail Tanvir 3-29, Anwar Ali 2-27) by 29 runs.Nadal in Hamburg semisHAMBURG, Germany (AP):Top-seeded Rafael Nadal advanced to the semi-finals of the Hamburg Open by beating fifth-seeded Pablo Cuevas 6-3, 6-2 yesterday.Nadal’s semi-final opponent will be Andreas Seppi, who reached the last four without having to play. His opponent, Simone Bolleli, withdrew with a stomach ailment.Nadal is looking to extend his streak of having won at least one European clay-court title every year since 2004. The former top-ranked player has dropped to No. 10 in the world.Qualifier Lucas Pouille upset Benoit Paire 6-3, 6-2 to set up a semi-final encounter against eighth-seeded and 2013 Hamburg winner Fabio Fognini, who beat Aljaz Bedene 6-4, 7-5.Pouille reached his second semi-final of the year by ending Paire’s seven-match winning run that included his maiden title in Bastad, Sweden.Pavlyuchenkova, Knapp in Baku semisBAKU, Azerbaijan (AP):To take their seeded place in the Baku Cup final, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia and Karin Knapp of Italy will have to beat two first-time semi-finalists on the WTA tour.No. 1-seeded Pavlyuchenkova defeated Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium 6-1, 6-3 in the quarter-finals yesterday, saving all four break chances she faced, while No. 2-seeded Knapp beat Alexandra Panova of Russia 6-2, 7-6 (4) to even their head-to-head at 2-2.Pavlyuchenkova will meet Patricia Maria Tig of Romania, who stymied the only break chance Donna Vekic had, and beat the Croatian 6-3, 6-2.Knapp faces Margarita Gasparyan, who won an all-Russian quarter-final with Evgeniya Rodina 6-3, 6-2. Gasparyan is one of Russia’s biggest hopes, and has come on this year with four ITF circuit titles in France, Russia, and Slovakia, and qualified for her first French Open and Wimbledon.last_img read more

PACE Management and O’Hara the right fit

first_imgTop international athlete management firm, PACE Sports Management, has revealed that new recruit, Jamaica’s Michael O’Hara, fits well into their philosophy of working with the best current and upcoming athletes, and tipped the ace youth sprinter to go on to become a world beater. PACE’s confirmation follows last Wednesday’s announcement that the teen had signed a professional long-term contract with German sports apparel manufacturer, Puma, and PACE Sports Management, respectively. PACE is headed by Ricky Simms and Marion Steininger. It currently works with some of track and field’s biggest names, including six-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt. The firm has been instrumental in developing the iconic Jamaican into a global superstar, on and off the track. “PACE Sports Management likes to work with the top talents in track and field, and Michael (O’Hara) is certainly one of the world’s top young sprint talents,” Simms told The Sunday Gleaner. “We will now aim to help him make the transition to professional over the next few years,” he added, while noting that no pressure will be on the teenager to prove his worth too quickly. golden boy O’Hara is a recent ISSA/ GraceKennedy Boys Championships golden boy, with four gold medals from this year’s staging. He is also a 2013 World Youth 200 metres champion. He will be working alongside legendary sprint coach Glen Mills and Bolt’s personal manager, Nugent Walker. “He (O’Hara) will be under no immediate pressure. The next few years are about his progression and build-up to peak at the 2020 and 2024 Olympic Games,” Simms stressed. Simms, also a worldwide commercial and competition agent, added: “We are happy to welcome Michael to PACE Sports Management. He has been very successful so far in his career at the school, youth and junior levels.” O’Hara said he does not know how soon he will begin working with Racers Track Club. “I can’t say how soon I will start working with Racers, but I am very elated. I mean, it is a dream come true, so I am happy,” he underlined, while referring other questions to his management team. Other Olympic and World Champions stars from PACE include Britain’s Mo Farah, Christine Ohuruogu and Phillips Idowu, and Kenya’s Vivian Cheruiyot.last_img read more

More sports in brief

first_img Costa Rica coach Wanchope in stadium fist fight PANAMA CITY (AP): Costa Rica soccer coach Paulo Wanchope landed in a fist fight while watching his country’s Under-23 team play in Panama. Video of the altercation shows Wanchope trying to enter the field through a gate in the stands. He appears to push a youth guarding the gate and then clashes with a man who punches and kicks him before police intervene. Local news reports indicate Wanchope was irritated at refereeing during Tuesday night’s pre-Olympic match, which ended 0-0. Wanchope took over Costa Rica’s team last year after a career as one of Central America’s most famous forwards. He played for several years in the English Premier League and was a star on the national team. Mexico, last month, fired its national team coach Miguel Herrera for allegedly punching a television broadcaster. Costa Rica’s soccer federation said in a statement that it was waiting to compile all the information available before commenting on the incident. Messi, Suarez, Ronaldo in running for UEFA Best Player award NYON, Switzerland (AP): Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez of Champions League winner Barcelona will compete with Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo for UEFA’s Best Player in Europe award for last season. UEFA says the three stars topped a Europe-wide poll of journalists who chose from a 10-player shortlist. The same 54-member panel picks a winner on August 27 at the Champions League group draw in Monaco. Messi and Ronaldo had a season-long duel for the Champions League scoring record and resume this season tied on 77 goals. Suarez is nominated despite starting his season in late October after serving a FIFA fan for biting at the World Cup. The Uruguay forward scored the decisive goal in Barcelona’s 3-1 win over Juventus in the Champions League final. Five Juventus players were shortlisted.last_img read more

Jamaica’s men lament hurtful 4x400m loss

first_imgBEIJING, China:When Sanjay Ayre slipped from the silver-medal spot to fourth place in the men’s 4x400m final in the space of a few metres at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, Japan, it hurt.Not even that colossal anchor leg failure could have given as much grief as Jamaica’s agonising fourth-place finish on the final day of the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, yesterday.The team of Peter Matthews, Ricardo Chambers, Rusheen McDonald, and Javon Francis clocked 2:58.51, the same time as bronze-medal winners Great Britain and Northern Ireland, with the USA running away with the gold medal in 2:57.82 and Trinidad and Tobago getting the silver in 2:58.20.The Jamaicans were in a good position up to the third leg, when McDonald slipped to almost sixth, before handing over the baton to Francis.FAst moveFrancis wasted little time in moving to the front of the pack, showing his 20.58 200-metre speed at the first opportunity. It looked familiar, as his 44.00 split from the Moscow 2013 World Championships, which dragged Jamaica from fifth to second in the event, looked like it was about to repeat itself.As brave as he was, Francis faded towards the end and was caught on the 100m stretch. Clinging for dear life to the bronze medal now, the Jamaican stepped across the line as Great Britain and Northern Ireland’s Martyn Rooney clipped him for third, despite both times being rounded up to reflect 2:58.51, as was confirmed by the photo-finish camera.It was a heart-crushing defeat. Francis was devastated.”From I have been losing races, this is one of the most hurtful losses I have ever experienced,” lamented Chambers. “But we came out here as a team, and we fought as a team, but today we didn’t have enough to win.”We got the same time as Great Britain, but we just have to accept the result and move on to next year and different targets,” added Chambers.disappointedThe Jamaican team management didn’t readily accept the result, as they had the tape reviewed to see if they could have gotten a share of the bronze medal.”To be honest, I am really disappointed that we didn’t make the podium, but we are thankful at the same time,” said Peter Matthews. “I am really feeling hurt, and I’m sure the other fellows are as well; we really wanted this.”Matthews is hoping that the team can stay together and believes that the capability is there for a medal at next year’s Olympic Games.”With everyone, healthy next year, we have a good chance of even winning the 4x400m in Rio. We had a good side this year, but the competition was also very good, too,” Matthews said.last_img read more

In Your Neighbourhood

first_img Veteran club Caribbean Classic warmed up for the semi-final of the Jamaica Domino Council Association (JDCA) League with a comprehensive 300-247 win over Exceptional International last Sunday. It was Classic’s ninth win of the season. Caribbean Classic will clash tomorrow with arch-rivals, Spit Fyah – a team formed a couple of seasons ago – at Caymanas Park Limited. Spit Fyah will come out firing, but Classic have the ammunition to nullify any attack from their opponents. Spit Fyah also warmed up for the clash by beating Spring Village 300-281 in their matchup. In other games, Eradication cut down Small Axe 300-259; Ten To Ten outlasted Highlight Strikers 300-298 in a countdown; Memory Lane stopped Naggo Head 300-283; Giants surprised Waterhouse United 300-291; Right Stuff beat Tamarind Tree 300-261; and Feluchie stopped Sour Sop Tree 300-261. The JDCA had this to say: “We are appealing to all domino enthusiasts, players, spectators and supporters to come out and support this thrilling encounter as we strive to bring the sport of domino to a higher level.” Passagefort on a roll Defending champions Passagefort United reeled off their seventh consecutive win as they turned back the challenge of a spirited Westmeade Rising Stars 250-242 in the latest round of the South East St Catherine Constituency Domino League – sponsored by Member of Parliament Colin Fagan, in Westmeade last Sunday. The win left Passagefort cruising at the top with maximum 28 points, 10 clear of Waterford (18), which beat Garveymeade 250-226; and Ken’s Wildflower (18), which defeated Cumberland 250-242. Garveymeade (17 points) have dropped to fourth place, while Cumberland lie fifth with 17 points, Westmeade sixth with 11 points and Portsmouth, in last position on two points. The competition takes a break tomorrow and returns on Sunday, September 27. INSPORTS Portmore Primary football, netball in October Schools in Portmore are gearing up for the 2015 season of the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Portmore Primary football and netball leagues. The deadline for entries to be submitted for both competitions is September 30. The football League will commence on Thursday, October 8, at the Portsmouth Primary football field, with an opening ceremony and two matches. Defending champions Portsmouth will play Independence City at 10 a.m. and Waterford take on Bridgeport Primary at 12 p.m. Chubby will sponsor the League, to the tune of $100,000 and also donate products. The Netball League will commence at Kensington Primary School at 10 a.m., with an opening ceremony and two matches. Host school, Kensington Primary, will play Belmont Park at 10 a.m., while defending champions Portsmouth will tackle Waterford at noon. Member of Parliament for East Central St Catherine, Arnaldo Brown, will cover the expenses for the preliminary round of the league. Portsmouth Primary football rally Portsmouth Primary School, in association with the Institute of Sports, once again stage their one-day football rally on Friday, October 2, on the school grounds. Registration is at 9 a.m. and matches are slated to begin at 9:30 a.m. Entry fee is $3,000 and must be paid by Thursday, October 1. The main aim of the competition is to promote and develop football within the schools and build the confidence of young players while providing the experience needed for upcoming competitions. The competition is open to both primary and preparatory schools in Jamaica. The event was last contested in 2013, where McAuley Primary from Spanish Town won. They defeated the host school 3-2. JBA to host all-Island ‘Baseball Roll-out’ The Jamaica Baseball Association (JBA), headed by President Uel Gordon, will be embarking on an all-island project to spread the game of baseball through the length and breadth of Jamaica, through an initiative called ‘Baseball Roll-out’. Errol Matthias, the coordinator of the project, said this initiative will commence in Portmore on Saturday, October 17, at 10 a.m., tentatively set for the Urban Development Corporation playing field, which is located across from the Portmore Mall. There about 230 children – aged nine-12 – from primary and preparatory schools will be taught the dynamics of the game. The theme for the project is ‘pitch it, hit it, field it, catch it’. On a broader scale, the JBA will target players from nine years to 19 years in primary, prep, junior high and high schools across the island. BH football finals at Barbican today The divisional finals of the KSAFA/Western Sports Business House competition will be played at Barbican today, with KO champions Petrojam taking on the unbeaten GraceKennedy, starting at 3 p.m., and the unbeaten Peak Bottling vs Sagicor at 1 p.m. Last Saturday, the Lenworth Hyde-coached Petrojam clipped defending champions Metrodade 1-0 in the semi-final, courtesy of a late goal from captain Jothan Watson, to advance. Grace Kennedy defeated Scotiabank 2-0 in the other semi-final, with goals from Karat HoSang and Michael Spence in the 54th and 89th minutes, respectively. In division two semi-finals, Peak Bottling beat NCB 3-2 on penalty kicks after both played to a 4-4 tie in regulation and extra time, while Sagicor clipped ATL 2-1 in the other semi-final. Classic warm up for midseasonlast_img read more

Custos hails Bruising gym founder

first_imgBruising Gym founder and head coach Carl Grant was praised for his foresight in setting up the gym and congratulated for the work he is doing in the Stony Hill area by Custos of St Andrew Donna Parchment Brown at the gym’s seventh anniversary celebrations at the Stony Hill Primary and Junior School last Saturday night.Parchment-Brown said that it was noteworthy that Grant was taking time to nurture and train his boxers, who, she noted, were doing well both locally and overseas. She urged him to continue doing so as it was a well needed service to his community.Parchment-Brown also presented Grant with his AIBA 3-Star Certificate, for which he qualified last year. This is the highest qualification in amateur boxing and is awarded by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) after the recipient receives special training and passes the relevant examinations. He is the only Jamaican currently holding this certificate.Grant told The Gleaner afterwards that he was encouraged by the words of the custos and that this provided him with the incentive he needed to continue working with the young people in the area.At the presentation ceremony, boxers Felice Groves, Kestna Davis, Michael Gardener, and Omar Campbell were awarded plaques for being the representatives from the gym who have been selected to represent Jamaica in international competition. They received their awards from Winston Chung, a sales representative of Diamond Paints, one of the gym’s sponsors.Outstanding graduatesSakima Mullings and Richard Holmes were recognised for being outstanding graduates of the gym’s amateur programme. Mullings was crowned Wray and Nephew Contender champion in 2014 and Holmes was runner-up in the same competition this year. These awards were presented by Wray and Nephew Contender champion 2015 Kemahl Russell.Three individuals who have made substantial contributions to the gym’s growth, and to boxing in Jamaica, were also honoured. They were William Tavares-Finson, who was president of the Jamaica Boxing Board of Control when the gym was founded; Leroy Brown, also a former president and now general secretary of the board; and Robert Forbes, owner of the Olympia Crown Hotel. These awards were presented by Everoy Chin, who is the consul general in Jamaica for the Republic of the Phillipines and a member of the Jamaica Boxing Board.last_img read more

UWI FC moving up

first_imgUniversity of the West Indies (UWI) FC moved off the foot of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) football competition, following a 2-1 win against 10-man Boys’ Town at the UWI Bowl, Mona, yesterday. The league’s newcomers notched their second win of the season courtesy of goals by Girvon Brown in the 23rd minute and Anthony Greenland (45th). Adrian King pulled back a goal for Boys’ Town in the 75th minute. Shamar Nicholson of Boys’ Town was sent off by referee Dwight Royal in the 59th minute after a dangerous tackle. UWI moved to seven points and 11th place in the standings after the win. Boys’ Town (6) dropped to last place in the 12-team league. UWI’s assistant coach, Andrew Peart, was very satisfied with the three points. “Well, for a change, we were 2-0 up, but time management was not the best. However, we are grateful for the three points that pushed us ahead of Boys’ Town,” Peart told The Gleaner. On the other hand, Boys’ Town’s coach, Andrew Price, indicated that he intended to search for new players. “The team played lethargic. We just have to find players who want to do a job. I don’t think the heart and desire was there today,” Price said.last_img read more

Remembering ‘Shotgun’ Williams

first_img SPARKLING BOUNDARIES His name was Basil Williams – or to be more precise, Alvadon Basil Williams – but to Jamaicans and other West Indians, he was simply ‘Shotgun’. He was a cricketer, an opening batsman, and as the sobriquet suggests, he was a no-nonsense, attacking and aggressive batsman who feared no one. He went in firing, all guns blazing, and, most times, he also went out firing. He never ran for cover, regardless of the situation. He was, however, not a born cavalier. As a young man, playing cricket for Jamaica Youths and Senior Cup cricket for St Catherine Cricket Club, he was a middle-order batsman, an elegant batsman, fluent and clean, and many saw him as one for the mountain top. As a young man, he seemed destined to accompany his good friend, Lawrence ‘Yagga’ Rowe, possibly into the West Indies team, and another good friend, Lynden ‘Muddy’ Wright into the Jamaica team, but with runs hard to come by, that seemed a forlorn dream. On his debut performance in 1970, batting at number six, he was disappointing, and he had to wait until 1977 for his second chance. With Rowe as the Jamaica captain, Basil Williams was called to trials one more time. After batting in the middle and failing to make use of the opportunity on that occasion, he opened the innings in the last match, went at the bowling from ball one, and selected himself. Williams made no mistake. He went out, and from the moment he took guard, he sent the fielders scattering with booming drives, some of which ended up one bounce to the third-man boundary. That was indeed that. Williams, in a dashing performance, made a good score, and when the selectors met, with Rowe in his corner, he was in the team – this time as an opening batsman. And he embraced his new-found swashbuckling style with delight. In that year of 1977, Williams went from strength to strength, reeling off shot after shot, and scoring 43 and 88, against Barbados and Wayne Daniel, Vanburn Holder, Joel Garner, Albert Padmore, and David Holford; 34 against Trinidad and Tobago and Bernard Julien, Inshan Ali, Imtiaz Alia, and Raphick Jumadeen; 27 against Andy Roberts of the Combined Islands; and 123 against Guyana and Colin Croft, and Sew Shivnarine. And in 1978, he reeled off 96 against Guyana, Croft, and Shivnarine; 28 and 83 against Jumadeen, Inshan Ali, and Ranjie Nanan; and 78 and 54 not out against Holder, Clarke, and Malcolm Marshall, before joining the new-look West Indies against the Bob Simpson-led Australia. DASHING DISPLAY That was the West Indies without their Kerry Packer players against Australia without their Kerry Packer players, and ‘Shotgun’ enjoyed himself smashing 100 runs off 110 deliveries with 19 sparkling boundaries at Bourda in his first Test match. Among the bowlers who beat a hasty retreat that day was Australia’s speed merchant, the ‘Blonde Bombshell’ Jeff Thomson, arguably – according to many, including myself – the fastest bowler of all time. And that was not all. At Queen’s Park Oval, in the following Test, Shotgun swatted the bowlers like flies, hitting 87 laced with 14 boundaries. Basil Williams’ sojourn in Test cricket lasted for only seven Test matches, all while the Packer players were absent. Before he went, however, he gave the fans something to remember him for – a beautiful, stroke-filled innings of 111 at Calcutta’s Eden Gardens, against the best of India and Kapil Dev, Karson Ghavri, Bishen Bedi, and Srinivasan Venkataraghavan. Shotgun Williams lasted for only a short while, probably because of the presence of Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes. It was, however, short and spicy. Apart from his Senior Cup exploits at Kensington CC, however, his batting continued to be glorious and brilliant as he went for the bowlers, both pace and spin. It was a time to remember – a time when batsmen were bold, asking for no quarter and giving none in return. Editor’s Note: Basil Williams died in Atlanta, Georgia, on Sunday at age 65.last_img read more

Sports Briefs

first_imgWebb removed GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Island (CMC): Jeffrey Webb, the disgraced former president of CONCACAF, has finally been removed as president of the Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA). CIFA made the announcement in a statement issued after an emergency meeting of its executive Monday night which followed Webb’s guilty plea in a probe into corruption in international football. Webb initially pleaded not guilty to the charges but US Department of Justice officials revealed last week that he has switched his plea and agreed to forfeit more than US$6 million of ill-gotten gains. Putin moves to end WCup 2018 delays MOSCOW (AP): President Vladimir Putin has demanded delays in construction of 2018 World Cup projects be quickly overcome. After chairing a meeting on Russia’s preparations yesterday, Putin says there have been “certain difficulties” at various facilities, and he highlighted the Baltic port of Kaliningrad, where “delays there should be fixed as quickly as possible.”last_img read more

Venues will be OK – administrators

first_imgLocal stakeholders have expressed confidence that the island’s top sports facilities will stave off, and quickly recover from, the expected onslaught of torrential rains and extreme weather associated with Hurricane Matthew. Speaking with The Gleaner yesterday, Major Desmon Brown, general manager of Independence Park Limited, operators of the National Stadium, the National Indoor Sports Centre, Leila Robinson Courts, basketball courts, National Aquatic Centre and the National Arena, said the facility is ready to ride out the storm. Brown’s organisation also oversees operations for the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium, and said that venue will be safe as well. “We have put through a plan, and one of the major things we did was to remove all objects that can fly around and we have covered the stuff. Unfortunately, at Trelawny, we have a lot of glass there, and we can’t do much about that, so we just have to do what we can do,” he said. The Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium is hosting the West Indies women, and Brown has backed all government facilities to reopen soon after the storm. “Both the Indoor [Centre] and the National Arena are built to withstand hurricanes. The Indoor Centre was built in 2004, The National Arena withstood Hurricane Gilbert, so I don’t see why it wouldn’t withstand anything else,” he stressed. Brown added that all venues will be ready in a week following the departure of persons using the National Arena as a hurricane shelter. “The Arena is being used as a shelter, so we can’t plan anything until all the persons move out. For the National Stadium, we expect that within a week, it will be ready to host all events,” he noted. Over on the western side of the island, Orville Powell, president of reigning Red Stripe Premier League champions Montego Bay United, said those venues won’t be seriously affected because of “proper drainage”. “We have proper drainage here at Montego Bay United, (located at Wespow Park), Catherine Hall, and I can speak for Reno FC also,” Powell said. “I don’t think we will have an issue with water, and Jarrett Park is the same thing. Rain will fall on to the pitches but they will be okay,” he said, adding that MoBay United stopped training as early as Friday last week. Powell said preparations for the hurricane have included taking down billboards. Meanwhile, George Forbes, Inter-Secondary School Sports Association competition officer said, for the Manning and daCosta Cup competitions decisions will be made to resume action following the storm. “It all depends on the damage that would be done to the fields. It’s the whole island that will be affected, so we can’t make a decision until we know where is affected,” he reasoned. “As soon as we get the go-ahead after Matthew, we will make a decision. We are not going to rush anything, we have to wait and see what happens,” he added.” Forbes hinted that select venues could be used, if school playing fields are damaged. “Yes we could do that but we prefer to wait until the passage of Matthew before we can make a decision,” Forbes revealed. One such venue could be the Sabina Park cricket ground in Kingston. Calls to Sabina Park and Jamaica Cricket Association Chief Executive Officer Courtney Francis’ phone went unanswered yesterday. Decisions after stormlast_img read more