St ELIZABETH (CMC):Middle-order batsman Emmanuel Stewart scored a patient 43 to pull Windward Islands out of a slump on their way to a five-wicket win over Barbados in their fifth-round game of the Regional Under-19 Championship at St Elizabeth Technical High School yesterday.Stewart picked up four boundaries in a 78-ball stay at the crease to help the Windwards recover from a shaky position and seal a win following their narrow defeat against Leeward Islands on Monday.An impressive three-wicket haul by Windwards bowler Ryan John spearheaded a destructive attack in which three other bowlers picked up two wickets each to bowl out their opponents for 138 in 45 overs.early setbackChasing 139 for victory after Barbados won the toss and decided to bat, Windwards suffered an early setback, losing their first wicket in the first ball of the innings when Kyle Cabey lost his stumps to Keon Harding, who topped the bowling with two for 34.Windwards slipped further into dangerous territory after losing Gidron Pope for 27 and Josiah Hilton for three within the space of eight balls before Stewart arrived to stabilise the innings.Scores: Barbados 138 all out off 45 overs (Nicholas Kirton 26, Leniko Boucher 24; Ryan John 3-14, Othneil Lewis 2-19, Gidron Pole 2-46, Kyle Cabey 2-20).Windward Islands 139 for five off 36 overs (Emmanuel Stewart 43, Gidron Pope 27, Johnel Eugene 22 not out; Keon Harding 2-34).AT JAMALCO: Trinidad and Tobago beat Canada by 138 runs.Scores: Trinidad and Tobago 283 for nine off 45 overs (Cephas Cooper 67, Amir Jangoo 64, Anderson Phillip 44 not out, Bryan Boodram 31; Abdul Hadeeb 2-58, Shlok Patel 2-32, Harsh Thaker 2-32, Kurt Ramdath 2-66).Canada 145 all out off 43.3 overs (Abraash Khan 24; Anderson Phillip 3-29, Clevon Kalawan 2-32).
remarkable performance Natalie Neita-Headley, minister with responsibility of sport, has lauded the country’s Special Olympics movement as brand Jamaica contributors. The athletes returned home with 29 medals, admiration, and respect from the Special Olympics World Games 2015 in Los Angeles, the United States, which was hosted from July 25 to August 2. An official welcome celebration and press conference were held yesterday at the Pineapple Room at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston. “I pledge my continued support on behalf of the prime minister, the Honourable Portia Simpson Miller, and the people of Jamaica,” Neita-Headley said as she greeted the athletes. “We pledge to continue to give our unwavering support to the Special Olympics movement, and thank you for what you have done for Brand Jamaica. We love you very much,” Neita-Headley continued. “The input of the private sector in a partnership with Government is critical for the advancement of sport. Give Digicel a round of applause,” she said, while speaking to athletes, team members, and supporters present. The telecommunications company sponsored the team to the recently concluded Games, and its chief executive officer, Sean Latty, also paid tribute to the Jamaica representatives. “Congratulations to the entire Special Olympics Jamaica team on their remarkable performance at the World Games. Their determination to succeed is quite admirable. We hope that this is an inspiration to everyone, especially during this period of our Independence celebrations,” said Latty. “Digicel has been a proud sponsor of the Special Olympics team since 2001, and we remain committed to do everything we can to build awareness and show Jamaica just how extraordinary they are,” the Digicel CEO added. “We are, therefore, very proud to have been a part of their journey to the World Games and even more excited with their achievements and the haul of 29 medals.” Of the 69 members, Jamaica earned 29 medals from track and field, aquatics, basketball, badminton, volleyball, football, female futsal, and bocce. Track and field accounted for 13 medals. While proud of her team, Special Olympics of Jamaica president Lorna Bell said, “The medal haul is important, but for us in Special Olympics, it is not something that is really important.” She described the event as a life-changing experience for the athletes, who represented Jamaica in front of 80,000 people and other global audiences. “For the closing ceremony, we were excited to know that we (Jamaica) got the best seat in the house and that the Shriver family concentrated so much on Jamaica. That was really a tear jerker for us, and we were the envy of all the other countries, especially the Caribbean countries,” she told The Gleaner. Tim Shriver is president of Special Olympics’ world governing body.
Former national under-17 captain, Alex Marshall, seemed in a league of his own, bobbing and weaving his way to four superb goals, leading many time winners St George’s College (STGC) to a 6-0 win over Eltham in their Inter-Secondary School Sports Association (ISSA)/Flow Manning Cup competition at Winchester Park yesterday.Marshall, who had a hand in all six of STGC’s goals, scored himself in minutes; 13, 41, 51 and 55. He has scored seven times so far this season.Hakim Williams scored in the 32nd minute, while Akeem Prawl scored in the 44th.”I feel elated with my four goals because I listened to the coach’s instructions, and he said that we need to start kick from the 18 yard box, and inside the 18, so I went out there and executed,” Marshall told The Gleaner.”I thank God for my performance. My mother said I must start scoring goals now, and stop passing the ball when I can kick,” he underlined.Interestingly, Marshall said he is most looking forward to facing Wolmer’s Boys in the competition this season.”From I was a little boy, coming up from Pepsi (Colt under-16), they always knock me out of competitions, so I want to repay the favour this time,” he stressed.The George’s machine was no doubt up and running yesterday, as they bounced back from a shock 2-1 defeat to Innswood, earlier this week.Aside from a few chances which went wide of goal, or those which became regulation catches for goalkeeper Cyle Elliot, there was nothing in the game for Eltham.”Usually we don’t do as well in the first half, and today we were four nothing up at half-time. We came out much more relaxed in the second half, so it was a good performance, and we give thanks,” said STGC coach, Neville Bell.”We (St George’s College) still have some work to do, and we will continue working hard,” he stressed.Meanwhile, coach Glenville Holmes blasted his winless Eltham team.”So far, we have had a very poor season due mainly to indiscipline. The guys are not following instructions. They go out there and do what they think they should do and not what we as the coaching staff want them to do, and it is costing us dearly,” he bemoaned.YESTERDAY’S RESULTSGROUP AClan Carthy 0-1 St CatherineGROUP BHaile Selassie 1Hydel 4GROUP CDenham Town 2 Innswood 3St Georges College 6 Eltham 0GROUP FAscot 1 Norman Manley 3Vauxhall 2 Jonathan Grant 1Excelsior 3 Spanish Town 0TODAY’S GAMESGROUP ATivoli vs Jamaica CollegeGROUP DPenwood vs Holy TrinityCharlie Smith vs St Andrew TechnicalGROUP EKingston High vs Wolmer’sBridgeport vs MonaGROUP GJose Marti vs Kingston CollegeCampion vs Waterford
Brilliant save On the first opportunity, the giant of a man Barrett was quick off his line and spread himself quickly to block the effort of Marsh, who went for power as opposed to guile. “I was thinking of dribbling around him, but I saw the empty goal and decided to go for it and he made a brilliant save, and for that I have to commend him,” Marsh said of the first missed opportunity. Of the second one, he said: “I got tripped and was losing my balance. When I regained my balance, I overpushed the ball and it got too close to him, and with that I lost the opportunity,” added Marsh. The one point earned from the game prevented Cavalier from improving on their 10th place in the 12-team league, as they now sit two points behind the promoted UWI FC. That, for Marsh, is a difficult situation to be in. “Not getting the three points and not improving our standing is not a great feeling. I feel overwhelmed that we were not able to execute and get the desired results as the coaches really worked hard. “Scoring is our biggest problem and we just have to go back to the drawing board, and, hopefully, we will get better and better as the games go on. We have been getting the chances ‘enuh’, but we just have to make better decisions in front of goal,” he explained. Another area of disappointment for the ambitious player is that he did not send another message to the Reggae Boyz coaching staff about his readiness to go into battle with them. “The national team is a dream of mine and the only way to get in is to perform, and I did not show my best this evening. I will not stop though, as I am just putting in the work and being patient and hoping for the best. “I am feeling fit, I am happy, and I feel my time will come. I watched the last two Jamaica games and our performances were not the best, but the greatest thing is that we got the win against Haiti, which keeps our chances alive. Looking on, I said that the team really needs a player like me and we have other creative players here too, so I will keep working as the coach has been emphasising fitness,” Marsh observed. While he missed out on those two games, the presence of the local-based players only served to encourage him. “I am encouraged by the fact that both Kevaughn Frater and Junior Flemmings, who like me play locally, got chances the last time around. So it tells me that the coach is looking and my time will come,” he said optimistically. National hopeful Chevonne ‘Messi’ Marsh is hoping that with improved decision-making in the final third of the field and better composure he and his team, Cavalier Soccer Club, will achieve better results in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL). The gifted player saw his chances of becoming the hero in the RSPL game between Cavalier and visitors Montego Bay United being dashed by the absence of those factors on Monday night. His intelligence and hard work opened up spaces for him and presented him with the two best scoring opportunities of the night for one team to win the game. Goalkeeper Jacomeno Barrett was, instead, the hero as he pulled off two lovely saves. “It comes down to decision-making in the final third, and for me, personally, and the calibre of player that I am, I think I really should have executed and finished,” the spent and disappointed player told The Gleaner at the end of the game. “My team expects great things from me, so I really have myself to blame for not delivering and giving my team the three points this evening,” added the former Calabar High School player.
Rum-Bar national darts league The Rum-Bar National Darts League continued on Sunday at Big Guy’s Lawn, Priory, St Ann. Eight matches were contested, with Central Miners taking sole leadership in the standings with narrow 4-3 victories against MoBay Darters and Chelsea Precision, who were dropping their first point. Weekend Results: BOJ Gators 5, Portmore Stimulus 2; Dynasty MoBay 3, Central Miners 2; Guy’s Darters 3, Chelsea Precision 4; Shooting STARS 4, MoBay Darters 3; Central Miners 4, Chelsea Precision 3; MoBay Darters (MISSING), Dynasty MoBay 7; Portmore Contenders 3, Guy’s Darters 4; Portmore Stimulus Shooting STARS 3. Standings: Central Miners 4, Chelsea Precision 3, Guy’s Darters 3, Dynasty MoBay 2, Portmore Contenders 1, BOJ Gators 1, Portmore Stimulus 1, Shooting STARS 1, MoBay Darters 0. Serena SI’s Sportsperson of the Year NEW YORK (AP): Serena Williams is Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year – the first female athlete honoured on her own by the magazine in more than 30 years. Williams came within two matches of tennis’ first calendar-year Grand Slam since 1988, a bid that ended with a semi-final loss at the US Open. In all, the 34-year-old American went 53-3 during 2015 with five titles, including at the Australian Open, French Open, and Wimbledon. Williams was No. 1 in the WTA rankings all season. “She was the most deserving person for the award. She had an amazing year. The way she won her events; the fact that she’s done this for so many years at such a high level,” said Paul Fichtenbaum, editor of the Sports Illustrated Group. “She was a terrific candidate in a year of terrific candidates.” The cover photo of Williams – in high heels, sitting on a throne – was “her idea, intended … to express her own ideal of femininity, strength, power,” managing editor Christian Stone wrote on SI.com. Honduras ex-president headed to US for probe MEXICO CITY (AP): Honduras’ foreign minister says ex-President Rafael Callejas has left the country aboard a private plane with the intention of turning himself in to United States authorities investigating corruption and kickbacks in FIFA, soccer’s scandal-plagued governing body. Arturo Corrales said yesterday that Callejas had made the decision on advice from his lawyers but would not say exactly where or when the ex-president would turn himself in. The United States previously requested Callejas’ extradition. Callejas served as president from 1990-94 and is a current member of FIFA’s television and marketing committee. He was one of about 20 soccer officials indicted on charges with bribes and kickbacks in a 92-count indictment. Callejas was president of Honduras’ soccer federation from 2002 to 2015. Court drops tax fraud probe into Messi MADRID (AP): A Spanish court has dropped a tax fraud investigation into Lionel Messi and his foundation linked to six friendly matches. Spain’s Prosecutor had asked the court to investigate possible tax offences over games held between June 16, 2012, and July 6, 2013, in the United States, Mexico, Colombia, and Peru.
Russell shines again MELBOURNE, Australia (CMC): West Indies all-rounder once again proved his worth for Sydney Thunder as they produced another strong performance to edge Melbourne Stars by a single run off the last ball in an electrifying Big Bash League encounter yesterday. Sent in at the MCG, Thunder rallied to 178 for six off their 20 overs behind opener Usman Khawaja’s brilliant unbeaten 109 off 70 balls. Russell smashed 22 off 16 balls to be the only other batsman to pass 20 and one of only three to reach double figures. Thunder were going nowhere at 59 for three in the ninth over when Khawaja anchored a series of partnerships to spark a revival. It was his exhilarating 53-run fifth-wicket stand off 29 balls with Russell that gave the innings real momentum. While he pummelled 12 fours and three sixes, the right-handed Russell chipped in with four boundaries before perishing in the 18th over, brilliantly caught by a leaping James Faulkner at long on off seamer John Hastings. In reply, Stars were propelled by Kevin Pietersen’s superb 76 off 42 balls with five fours and six sixes, while Faulkner made 45 not out from 36 deliveries with two fours. The hosts were cruising at 48 without loss before pacer Russell, who finished with two for 28 from his four overs, struck twice in the sixth over to remove both openers Marcus Stoinis (27) and Luke Wright (18) and halt their progress. In Sydney, there was no such fortune for West Indies T20 captain Darren Sammy as his Hobart Hurricanes went down by 95 runs to Sydney Sixers. Sammy went wicketless in two overs, which cost 32 runs, as Sixers piled up 186 for seven and then made two from six deliveries as Hurricanes collapsed for 91. Taylor sparks, but Thunder lose BRISBANE, Australia (CMC): West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor extended her handsome run of form, but Sydney Thunder’s batting failed as they collapsed to a 14-run defeat to Brisbane Heat in the women’s Big Bash League here yesterday. Chasing 142 for victory at the Gabba, Thunder were held to 127 for nine off their 20 overs, with the right-handed Taylor top-scoring with 43 and Erin Osborne getting 31. Taylor faced 47 balls and struck three fours and a six, while Osborne counted two fours off 33 deliveries. Earlier, Jess Jonassen top-scored with 47 from 44 balls and captain Delissa Kimmince hit 29 from 27 balls, to help Heat up to 141 for eight off their 20 overs. Taylor proved economical with her off spin, taking one for 23 from her four overs.
Very much a part of the international display by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) when the regional team plays host in the Caribbean, Scotiabank’s grass-roots thrust, Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket, which has turned out an estimated 20 national/West Indies cricketers, will experience even more growth this year in Jamaica.At yesterday’s launch at the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) conference room, it was announced that the kiddies development programme will feature 84 new schools, increasing its overall total to 224.Scotia’s Kiddy Cricket first bowled off in the year 2000, a joint effort between the financial institution and the WICB to help foster skills and passion for the game among West Indian children.The showpiece has grown among 14 Caribbean countries, with more than 750,000 now participating.Shelley Sykes-Coley, Scotiabank’s manager, sponsorships, said her organisation remains committed to the growth and development of cricket regionally.foundation skills”We will continue to build on the foundation skills of our young cricketers with our Kiddy Cricket skills display, cricket camp, and Kiddy Cricket festival,” she said.”That boys and girls aged 7-12 not only learn to play the game, but acquire love for learning, while building leadership skills in the classroom and on the field.”Courtney Francis, chief executive officer, JCA, was also in attendance, while Phillip Service, WICB Kiddy Cricket Coordinator, distributed newly certified child-protection course certificates to coaches.Since last year, there has been a series of child-protection courses – mandatory for all youth cricket coaches – which hosted over 119 attendees. This course is being facilitated by the JCA and the Child Development Agency.Scotiabank and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) are in partnership with UNICEF on this project, and they will endeavour to complete another 12 to 14 workshops across 14 parishes in Jamaica, with the primary focus being 150 primary schools in the Kiddy Cricket programme.Preliminary matches among primary schools started just ahead of the press launch, with an exciting festival featuring Excelsior vs Rollington Town, and Mountain View vs Clan Carthy, at Sabina Park.
ST. JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC): Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister, Gaston Browne, said yesterday that he “categorically reject” the call for the dissolution of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), to pave the way for the emergence of a new governance structure. Speaking in his capacity as chairman of the Caricom Committee governing West Indies cricket, Prime Minister Browne predicted that the regional game would be plunged into “further chaos and confusion” if the WICB were to be dissolved. The Prime Minister was addressing an audience which included WICB President, Dave Cameron, during a function in St. John’s observing 90 years since the WICB became a full member of the International Cricket Council (ICC). “Today, I categorically reject the call for the dissolution of the West Indies Cricket Board and I do so in my capacity as chairman of the Caricom Cricket Committee governing West Indies cricket,” Prime Minister Browne said. “I believe firmly that to dissolve the West Indies Cricket Board would be to plunge West Indies cricket into further chaos and confusion.” The Antiguan leader’s public revelation puts him at odds with Grenada’s Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Mitchell, the current chairman of CARICOM’s Sub-committee on cricket governance. Dr. Mitchell has been at the forefront of spearheading efforts to effect the restructuring of the WICB and fully endorsed the recent Barriteau Report, which last year recommended “the immediate dissolution” of the embattled WICB. The Barriteau Report was commissioned by CARICOM with agreement from the WICB and authored by UWI Cave Hill Principal, Professor Eudine Barriteau, but the WICB rejected the findings. “In fact I reject the notion that the problems facing West Indies cricket could be exclusively as a result of governance,” Prime Minister Browne pointed out. “It does not matter the scholars who may have written the various reports, but any conclusions that the problems facing West Indies cricket is exclusive to governance is flawed.” Prime Minister Browne’s comments are also likely to undermine Prime Minister Mitchell’s efforts to foster unity among Caribbean leaders in bringing about changes to the WICB governance structure. Only last week in Barbados, Prime Minister Mitchell repeated calls for the WICB to reform itself while delivering the 19th Sir Frank Worrell Memorial lecture. But his Antiguan counterpart has argued that revamping the WICB governance structure is not necessary, although he accepts that there are weaknesses. Prime Minister Browne is recommending that the board and stakeholders strengthen the WICB governance structure by ensuring “greater transparency and accountability” and “a better dispute resolution process”. “Whenever these disputes end up in the public domain they are literally damaging the image of West Indies cricket,” he said. “So I therefore call on the board to take responsibility to ensure there is a better dispute resolution mechanism in resolving differences between the board and players going forward.”
SUPREME VENTURES Racing and Entertainment Limited stages its first midweek meet since taking over the Caymanas Park racing complex on March 7, the well supported 10-race programme featuring the inaugural running of the Monday Morning Trophy over 1400 metres to be contested by 15 native bred three-year-olds. Offering a total purse of $780,000, the race is being run in honour of the 1987 Horse of the Year and Triple Crown winner. MONDAY MORNING, who won the 2000 Guineas while he was conditioned by trainer Stanley Findlay and the derby and St Leger after he was transferred to the stables of Enos Brown by his owner. With a large field and good form present, keen competition is anticipated. However, I narrow it down to the quartet of RADICAL from the stables of leading champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, MALACHI with former champion Dane Nelson riding for trainer Gresford Smith, and the fillies EMPRESS HALL and LADY FAYE, who has finished second to some good horses in her last two races. With champion jockey Omar Walker and his guv’nor, Wayne DaCosta, enjoying a tremendous run in feature races this season, RADICAL could well start favourite and justify the support. The son of Fearless Vision – Nishtel’s Annette won easily over this trip in the good time of 1:26.3 on February 11 and subsequently finished 31/4 lengths fifth to stable-companion FEARLESS SAMURAI in the valuable Prince Consort Stakes over the distance on March 18. In the latter race, RADICAL was not the best away and unable to go the early pace as a result, But he stayed on from below the distance and was not disgraced in finishing fifth. With nothing of the calibre of FEARLESS SAMURAI present, RADICAL who has good pace, should race in touch of the expected leader EMPRESS HALL into the straight before gaining the upper hand. He should hold on grimly from the late-running grey colt MALACHI, who after winning decisively on his debut over 1300 metres some weeks ago, came back with a big effort in defeat when finishing 13/4 lengths second to DONTAE over 1500 metres on March 4. Other firm fancies on the card are BALAZO, who bolted off the track on his debut six months ago when having race one in the Front Runner series at his mercy, to romp the opening race for maiden three-year-olds; SIR LEYLAND HALL in the third, WILL IN CHARGE in the fifth as well as HOLOGRAM SHADOW in the sixth, BOUNCE in the seventh and CHACE THE GREAT in the overnight allowance sprint.
Lack of confidence Title favourites Kingston College (KC) failed to live up to their famous school motto “the brave may fall but never yield” by falling and eventually yielding in their unsuccessful bid to unseat defending champions Calabar at the 2017 ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships on the weekend. In one of the most epic Champs battles of all time, Calabar showed the poise and class in the critical moments that were worthy of champions on their way to securing a sixth straight hold on the Mortimer Geddes Trophy, but it was equally that Kingston College underperformed and wilted under the pressure after all the pundits agreed that it was their Champs to lose, and lose it they certainly did. The narrow three-point margin, and all the unpredictable variables, including the pivotal injuries to Kingston College star man and team leader Jhevaughn Matherson, as well as top Class Two man Wayne Pinnock, all played a part. However, in the end, it was as much the championship mettle of the Calabar coaching staff led by the guru Michael Clarke, alongside his battle-hardened group of athletes, that once again set the champions apart. This entire generation of Calabar athletes simply do not know what it is to lose this title. The feeling of champs defeat is foreign to this group, and they were willing to fight tooth and nail to avoid that feeling. Confidence and focus are also pivotal to sports performance. Calabar, at no point during this season’s twists and turns, took their eyes off the prize. Conversely, this Kingston College crop does not know what it is like to lift that trophy. With that uncertainty come doubts and a lack of confidence, which, in the end, cost KC another Champs they should have won. Clarke took the entire Kingston College staff to school with some super strategic and tactical moves that severed the head of the snake and totally shifted the balance of power midway the championships. Blistering pace That decision to have the two Calabar runners in the Class Two 1,500m put the race at such a blistering pace effectively took the popular Ugandan Aryamanya Rodgers out of his comfort zone. To score a decisive points and psychological victory over the purples sucked the energy and confidence out of their athletes. With that damage done, the pre-championship title favourites and their droves of fans were sent scampering for all the mathematical possibilities, which never added up in the end. It is difficult to do any kind of credible post-Champs analysis without factoring in the additional motivation that the Calabar team must have received from the fact that they had been written off by almost every single local pundit before a single race was run. This columnist went as far as to predict confidently a 70-to-100 point defeat of Calabar at the hands of Kingston College. These public pronouncements must have added an extra motivational pep or two in the step in every single Calabar athletes. The Rodgers controversy must have also fanned the Calabar flames significantly as the way the saga unfolded, with Calabar emerging as the villains that hated Kingston College and Rodgers. All that drama must have fired up the Red Hills Road team to emphatically show us all that we should never ever underestimate the heart of a champion. Additionally, it could be argued that poetic justice took its course as too much conjecture and too many unanswered questions abounded relating to the participation of Rodgers at Champs. In the end, “God was fully awake” as the famed Purples fell and yielded.