first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (CMC):Both Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo failed to spark as Melbourne Renegades crashed to a comprehensive seven-wicket defeat to city rivals Melbourne Stars here yesterday.Playing at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Renegades reached 161 for seven off their 20 overs after they were sent in, with Cameron White top-scoring with 54 from 39 deliveries and captain Aaron Finch getting 36 from 29 balls.Gayle fell cheaply in the fourth over with the score on 17, scoring just four off 10 balls before giving a simple catch to Kevin Pietersen at mid-on off seamer John Hastings.Bravo, meanwhile, fell in the final over for just seven off eight balls, bowled by Hastings, who finished with four for 29.In reply, Stars got a superb unbeaten 109 off 63 balls from Englishman Luke Wright as they raced to their target off the first ball of the final over.He struck 11 fours and four sixes in a knock that held the innings together as wickets tumbled around him.Bravo finished with one for 28 from four overs of medium pace.last_img read more

first_imgPaul Young’s Waterhouse have their sights set on retaining the Locker Room Sports/Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Jackie Bell Knockout Trophy and will meet August Town in the opening game of a semi-final double-header at Harbour View Stadium today at 6 p.m.In the second match, five-time winners Arnett Gardens tackle neighbouring Boys’ Town in a Trench Town derby at 8 p.m.The winners of both games will contest the final scheduled for March 3 at a venue to be named.Despite struggling in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL), Waterhouse have won both games in this season’s Corporate Area knockout competition and are highly fancied to beat Super League contenders August Town on their way to the final.Waterhouse reached the last four by knocking out Cavalier 2-0 last Thursday night at the Constant Spring Complex. Arnett beat Harbour View 7-6 in a penalty shootout after both teams battled to a 0-0 scoreline at the completion of regular and extra time in the late game.”We are the defending champions and we treat each opponent the same way regardless of the league they compete in,” Young told the Sunday Gleaner.”Our aim has always been to retain the title and now we are two wins away from that objective,” he added. “My hope is that the team will continue to display good football, and score goals, and win the games,” Young concluded.To achieve victory, Waterhouse will look to veteran Kevin Lamey, new recruit Devon Hodges, as well as captain Hughan Gray and Nicholy Finlayson.Although it will be a big task for August Town, it is not impossible.”We want to give account of ourselves, and then live with the result,” coach of August Town Omar Stanley said.August Town will rely on Atapharoy Bygrave, who scored a wonderful goal in his team’s 1-0 win against Real Mona in the quarter-final match last Tuesday at Constant Spring.In the clash of the RSPL teams, Arnett Gardens and Boys’ Town should have a close contest.TIGHT ENCOUNTERAndrew Price, the coach of Boys’ Town, expects a tight encounter.”I’m looking forward to the game as once it is a Trench Town derby, we will come out motivated and hope to put Arnett under pressure,” he said.Boys’ Town’s leading players include Michily Waul, Daemion Benjamin, Kirk Porter and Shamar Nicholson.On the other hand, Jerome Waite of Arnett Gardens FC says it will be another interesting clash between the teams.”Well, Boys’ Town always come out with their ‘A’ game. It will be a competitive and physical game. It is a Trench Town derby. The Jackie Bell is very important, so we want to win the title,” Waite said.Arnett’s main players include captain Oneil ‘Bigga’ Thompson, Dicoy Williams, Vishinul Harris and Kemal ‘Tull’ Malcolm.last_img read more

first_imgThe outstanding season of Jamaica Scorpions left-arm spinner Nikita Miller continues.The left-armer, the leading wicket-taker in the WICB First-Class Championship this season, increased his tally to 48 victims after claiming seven for 69 against the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in seventh round action at Sabina Park yesterday.The 21st five-wicket collection of his 78-match first-class career, the haul was also instrumental in limiting Trinidad to 206 in their first innings on day two, 19 runs short of the Scorpions’ 225.Jamaica, batting a second time, closed on 13 without loss with new captain John Campbell not out on eight, and first innings standout Shacaya Thomas on five.”I had to come up trumps in this innings, as we did not put as many (first innings) runs on the board as we should have,” stated Miller after his display.”I didn’t start that well, as I got hit for consecutive boundaries early by Lewis, but I settled down afterwards and got the job. It is now for us to put on a good second-innings total,” he added.Resuming on 196 for six, Jamaica’s tail failed to wag as only wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton, 16, made any impression before he was last man out.Leg-spinner Imran Khan ended with four for 73 and off-spinner, Jon-Russ Jagessar, three for 53.ATTRACTIVE 87Trinidad opener Evin Lewis led the way for his team with an attractive 87, which included three sixes and five fours.The 33-year-old Miller, who last represented the West Indies at the one-day level in 2011, expressed satisfaction with his effort so far this season.”I know that I am someone that the team depends on to do a dual job of keeping things tight and getting wickets,” he outlined. “I have been doing both this season and I am happy.”IN ST THOMAS, US VIRGIN ISLANDS: Windward Islands Volcanoes, replying to Leeward Islands Hurricanes’ 327 all out, were 21 without loss at the close on the second day of their seventh round match.AT KENSINGTON OVAL: BRIDGETOWN: Barbados Pride, leading Guyana Jaguars by 84 runs on first innings, were 71 for one in their second innings at the close of the second day.Scores: Pride 274 and 71 for one; Jaguars 190.SCOREBOARDSCORPIONS 1st Innings(overnight 197 for six)+C. Walton c Lewis b Khan 16N. Miller lbw b Richards 2D. Jacobs c Cariah b Khan 4S. Cottrell c Ottley b Emrit 7M. Mindley not out 0Extras (lb3, w2) 5Total (all out, 101.3 overs) 225Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-111, 3-127, 4-129, 5-195, 6-196, 7-207, 8-212, 9-225, 10-225.Bowling: Emrit 17.3-5-39-1, Richards 20-7-31-2, Khan 36-11-73-4, Jagessar 21-3-53-3, Ottley 4-0-17-0, Mohammed 3-0-9-0.RED FORCE 1st InningsE. Lewis c Thomas b Jacobs 87J. Solozano c wkp Walton b Cottrell 16K. Hope b Thomas 0Y. Cariah c McCarthy b Miller 28*J. Mohammed c wkp Walton b Miller 8Y. Ottley c and b Miller 29+S. Katwaroo lbw b Miller 0R. Emrit c McCarthy b MillerImran Khan not out 22M. Richards lbw b Miller 6J. Jagessar c McCarthy b Miller 0Extras (b3, lb2, w1, nb3) 9Total (all out, 70 overs) 206Fall of wickets: 1-27, 2-28, 3-117, 4-131, 5-154, 6-155, 7-159, 8-192, 9-206, 10-206.Bowling: Cottrell 7-1-18-1, Mindley 9-0-28-0, Thomas 5-0-27-1 (w2, nb1), Miller 26-3-69-7, Campbell 8-1-27-0, Jacobs 15-5-32-1.last_img read more

first_imgRIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil: It is done. Usain Bolt will never run another individual race at the Olympic Games, after bowing out in style inside a packed Olympic Stadium, becoming the first man to win three consecutive gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m. The fans will miss his flair and his amazing performances. The history writers – not so much. Bolt, who stopped the clock at 19.78 seconds to win the 200m final by 24-hundredth of a second ahead of Canadian AndrÈ De Grasse, 20.02, and Christophe Lemaitre (France), 20.12 in third, was clear about how he wishes to be remembered. “I want to be remembered as one of the greatest. I have worked all my career, all my life, so hopefully they can read about me as one of the greatest ever in this sport,” said Bolt. STORYBOOK ENDING It’s a storybook ending to an Olympic individual career that started with a first-round elimination after a fifth-place finish at the Athens Olympics in 2004. It’s hard to remember that even happening now. “I definitely didn’t see this happening back then. In Athens, I just went there and all I wanted to do was run the 200m and be Olympic champion once, and to be this successful and have nine gold medals now – it’s just amazing, it’s a big deal, it’s shocking, but I have worked hard and pushed myself to be the best,” said Bolt. “I came here for this and I got it. I’m happy that I came out and executed and won, that’s the key thing. I wasn’t so pleased with the time, I wanted to run faster, my legs decided they weren’t having it,” he said of the 200m success. “I felt tired, but it’s just one of those things. But the key thing is that I won and the only thing that matters to me is the gold medal,” Bolt added. “It’s been mentally and physically challenging so to get over this hump is great.” It was his sixth straight individual gold and his 23rd straight win in the 200m at a major championship, lifting his overall gold medal tally to eight – a tally he later improved to nine – the same as American legend Carl Lewis – with another win in the men’s 4x100m final. Bolt, who had promised an assault on his 100m and 200m world records in Rio, noted that he has no regrets. “No, definitely not. I’m never disappointed in anything I do. I have proven myself to the world, I have done great things, I have come back from injury, I am not stressed,” said Bolt. “I still have the world records even though it’s been a long time. I am happy, I am an Olympic champion again, and that’s the main thing.” andre.lowe@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

first_img BETTER TURNOUT EXPECTED This year’s staging of the Gibson McCook Relays will see teams competing from across the Caribbean as organisers look to address the public’s requests for more overseas competition. Organising committee chairman, Professor Rainford Wilks, said the committee has got feedback from teams in the Cayman Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, and Barbados about their participation, but said he could not specifically name the teams that would be looking to take part in the meet on February 25 at the National Stadium. “The request has not filtered down to schools and institutions as yet,” Wilks said. “This is because we are not in touch with those. We’re in touch with the federations, so maybe by next week, we’ll get down to the schools, but we have had a request for a national team to come from Barbados and from Trinidad and Tobago and we are pretty sure we’re gonna get a high-school team from the Cayman Islands.” Wilks said that, so far, only the Cayman Islands have confirmed an entry, but added that entries will close on Saturday and he can only make more definitive statements about confirmations at that point. The committee is hoping for a larger turnout this time around as it believes that last year’s general election affected the build-up to the event, as well as the turnout. “We hope we don’t have any rain and we hope we don’t have a general election,” Wilks joked. “Both of those negatively affected the meet last year, but we feel that the meet is at an advanced stage and it’s pretty mature. However, we do have some constraints. We can’t add new events because of the time constraints. We have a full day so there’s not a lot of room for improving on the event. We can improve on quality and we can always improve on the smoothness of the running of the meet. We feel that we have done a good job so far but the public has always clamoured for some overseas participation and we are turning our eyes to the Caribbean, diligently trying to bring our Caribbean neighbours to the meet.” He continued that the standard of competition is expected to be of what he calls a “high quality”, as he said that he expects high-school athletes to be in good condition. He added that he expects the athletes he described as elites (those representing the various local and regional clubs) to give their best because they are alumni of the event. This year is the 41st staging of the meet and will see athletes from preparatory, primary, secondary schools, and tertiary institutions, as well as various track clubs, competing in 45 different events. rachid.parchment@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

first_imgMaverley-Hughenden’s goalscorer Phillip Peddie described his team’s win against Reno as a “big boost” in their quest to remain in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL). Peddie replaced Rodico Wellington in the 60th minute and fired home a free-kick 19 minutes later to hand Maverley-Hughenden a crucial 1-0 victory. The win pushed Maverley-Hughenden from last place to 11th on 31 points in the 12-team RSPL. They are only a point behind Boys’ Town, who are in 10th position on 32 points. Jamalco are at the bottom on 29 points. “We know that going forward, this is a good morale boost for the team, with two games remaining in the league,” Peddie, who was named man-of-the-match, told The Gleaner. “My team did the work today and came away with the three points. It is a good feeling to come on and score the winning goal. We will continue to play each game as a final,” he added. Reno had the better opportunities but was let down by faulty shooting. Maverley-Hughenden’s goalkeeper, George Brown, also made two wonderful saves. Byjeon Thomas, who took over as coach of Maverley-Hughenden following the sacking of Anthony Patrick last month, is fully aware that his team needs to win the remaining games to stay up. “We have two finals to play. The team played with a lot of fight today, and it paid off. I think the players believe in themselves more,” Thomas said. Meanwhile, Reno’s technical director, Wendell Downswell, says that his team will just honour the remaining fixtures as their chance of finishing in the top six ahead of Arnett Gardens is a difficult task. “It is difficult for us to qualify for the top six as Arnett are six points ahead of us and would have to lose their two games, and we would have to win our games. We missed too many chances, and Maverley wanted the game more than us,” he reasoned. GOOD FEELINGlast_img read more

first_img The Chairman of the JADCO board, Alexander Williams, said he was pleased by WADA’s assessment which, he says, confirms that JADCO was “well on track to be one of the best national anti-doping organisations in the world.” KINGSTON: Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange has said that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is pleased with the operations of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO). Minister Grange made her comments yesterday after meeting with a delegation from WADA. “WADA has given us a clean bill of health.  Of course, there are little areas that have to be tweaked.  There are some matters that need to be clarified as to the relationship between the Board (of JADCO) and the executive director as well as the Minister.   “It’s important that we observe best practises and I’m really happy that we were able to sit with WADA and to have a greater understanding and have WADA indicate that we are compliant,” she said in a release from her ministry. WADA’s Director of Standards and Harmonisation, Tim Ricketts, led the delegation that met with Minister Grange. “WADA’s is here in Jamaica to meet also with JADCO to look at the post-operations of the partnership that JADCO had with Canada.  And we’re very pleased with the outcomes of that partnership and where JADCO is in terms of delivering effective anti-doping programmes,” Ricketts said.last_img read more

first_img CAUGHT WITH NO RUNS The usually steady Brathwaite went caught at slip without scoring in the second over of the day. This then led to Younis Khan-captained Pakistan going on to claim another five wickets inside the first session. This left the West Indies in a precarious position of 71 for four at lunch and in need of someone to take charge. Up stepped Chase and Dowrich, who, in a partnership similar the one they posted against India last year at the same venue, which resulted in a surprising draw, lifted the West Indies to a respectful 143 for five at tea. On the resumption, however, the alliance was to be broken when Chase, who in the India contest posted a century, was stunningly caught off the bowling of leg-spinner Yasir Shah at deep mid-off by fast bowler Wahad Riaz, who after running back from mid-on executed a diving effort. Chase, who faced 151 balls, slammed seven fours and a six during his knock. Dowrich, who though a keeper, batted with the finesse and assurance of a top-order batsman with an array of well-timed cut shots and drives, also followed Chase to the pavilion a ball later when he was bowled by Shah. Dowrich hit seven fours during his innings. Facing the probability of crumbling for under 200 runs at 189 for seven, the West Indies were then boosted in late afternoon by a 55 runs night wicket stand between Holder and Bishoo. Impressive left-arm fast bowler Mohammad Amir, who played a central role in the West Indies top-order demise, has so far claimed a miserly three for 38 off 19 overs, while Shah has figures of two for 91. SCOREBOARD WEST INDIES 1st Innings K Brathwaite c Younis Khan b Mohammad Abbas 0 K Powell c Younis Khan b Mohammad Amir 33 S Hetmyer b Mohammad Amir 11 S Hope b Mohammad Amir 2 V Singh c Azhar Ali b Wahab Riaz 9 R Chase c Wahab Riaz b Yasir Shah 63 +S Dowrich b Yasir Shah 56 *J Holder not out 30 D Bishoo not out 23 Extras (lb17) 17 TOTAL (7 wkts, 81 overs) 244 To bat: A Joseph, S Gabriel Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Brathwaite), 2-24 (Hetmyer), 3-32 (Hope), 4-53 (Singh), 5-71 (Powell), 6-189 (Chase), 7-189 (Dowrich) Bowling: Mohammad Amir 19-9-28-3, Mohammad Abbas 17-4-42-1, Wahab Riaz 21-4-66-1, Yasir Shah 24-5-91-2 PAKISTAN – Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Azhar Ali, Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed, Mohammad Amir, Yasir Shah, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Abbas. Toss: Pakistan. Umpires: R Illingworth, R Kettleborough; TV – B Oxenford. Fellow Barbadian Dowrich has eight Test appearances to his credit. “We know each other batting style well and somewhat compliment each other, and tried to make best use of the scoring opportunities that were presented to us, as well as showed a good amount of defence.” Starting the day by leaving out hometown batsman Jermaine Blackwood and Barbadian fast bowler Miguel Cummins out of their starting eleven and handing debuts to young Guyanese batsmen Vishaul Singh and Shimron Hetmyer, the West Indies after losing the toss were asked to take first strike. This was on a slightly grassy and moist pitch, which offered fast bowlers assistance, and almost immediately, it turned out to be a wise decision with the dismissal of experienced opener Kraigg Brathwaite. Middle-order batsman Roston Chase says though compiling a half-century, he is somewhat disappointed at not carrying on to score a century for the West Indies against Pakistan in the on-going Brighto Paints-Q Mobile Cup first Test at Sabina Park. Entering the fray with the West Indies reeling at 53 for four, Chase, who scored 63, put on a valuable 118 for the fifth wicket with wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich, who made 56, which served as a basis for their total of 244 for seven at the end of day one. The batsmen, who are set to resume today at 9:55 a.m., are all-rounder and captain Jason Holder, who is on 30, and leg-spinner, Devendra Bishoo, on 23. “It was a good effort by myself and Shane, but it is disappointing that we did not go on to put the team in a better position,” said Chase, who was competing in his seventh Test.last_img read more

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first_imgIndian national gunned down in Camarines Sur MOST READ Steadily improving under renowned Ukranian coach Vitaly Petrov, Obiena is closing in on the 5.70m mark, the standard that he should accomplish to book a spot in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.Obiena hurdled the bar on his first attempt and wound up fourth behind gold-winner Menno Vloon of the Netherlands, silver medalist Shawn Barber of Canada and Belgium’s Arnaud Art.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“I believe all the hard work that we have put in is now slowly showing results,” said the 21-year-old Obiena, a cinch to win the gold in the coming Kuala Lumpur Southeast Asian Games.“I just hope I will be able to maintain or even improve on this level of performance at the SEA Games,” added the son of Filipino pole vault idol Emerson Obiena. McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Ernest John Obiena again flaunted his eagerness to play in the Olympics with another record-shattering feat in his pet event.The second generation pole vaulter cleared 5.61 meters Sunday at the Stabhochsprung Classic in Leberkusen, Germany to erase his own Philippine record of 5.55 meters.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Prior to Obiena’s milestone, he pocketed a bronze medal at the recently concluded Asian Athletics Championships in Bhubaneswar, India with a 5.50m performance.Athletics chief Philip Juico, meanwhile, is upbeat about the chances of the Philippines in the upcoming biennial games.“We are hoping to equal or surpass our medal harvest from the 2015 Singapore SEA Games. God willing and with the right strategy and discipline, we can do it,” said Juico.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Slaughter, Tenorio lead Ginebra rout of GlobalPort LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rocketslast_img read more