SYDNEY, Australia (CMC):West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor’s drought with the bat continued, but Sydney Thunder edged Melbourne Stars by six runs to end the preliminary round on top in the Women’s Big Bash.Playing at University Oval, Thunder produced a meek batting effort and were held to 104 for nine off their 20 overs.Captain Alex Blackwell got 31 from 39 deliveries, while Nicola Carey struck 20 from 24 balls. The pair added 29 for the fourth wicket, after Thunder slipped to 37 for three in the ninth over.One of the three wickets to fall was that of Taylor, who failed to score for the third time since the start of the year. She has now scraped together just 27 runs from her last seven outings.Left-armer Mornal Nielson finished with three for 26.In reply, Stars were restricted to 98 for eight off their 20 overs, thanks to fast bowler Rene Farrell, who was superb in taking four for 18 from her four overs.Wicketkeeper Emma Inglis top-scored with 32 from 34 deliveries.At Hurstville Oval, teenaged West Indies batter Hayley Matthews stroked an unbeaten 17 from 12 balls, but her Hobart Hurricanes went down to Sydney Sixers by two wickets.Batting first, Hurricanes reached 126 for four off 20 overs, with Amy Satterthwaite hitting a top score of 35 from 29 balls and opener and captain Heather Knight chipping in with 33 from 34 deliveries.Entering the contest in the 17th over, Matthews struck a six in her small cameo to help Hurricanes end strongly.However, Sara McGlashan then unfurled a superb, unbeaten 79 off 58 balls, with three fours and four sixes to propel Sixers to their target off the last ball of the innings.Despite the loss, Hurricanes qualified for the semi-finals by finishing second in the standings on 16 points, two behind Thunder.
Former top-class campaigner COMMANDING CHIEF should score a long overdue win in today’s competitive looking overnight allowance race over 1300 metres to be contested by 13 starters at Caymanas Park.COMMANDING CHIEF last won the grade one Prime Minister’s Stakes in a titanic tussle with PERFECT NEIGHBOUR over 2000 metres on Independence Day 2014 (August 6), and although yet to win another race since, has run some useful races in defeat, even though sparingly raced.When he last competed, in open allowance company on January 23 for new trainer Spencer Chung, the eight-year-old gelding by War Marshall out of She Knows Beau ran a decent race behind the progressive filly LONG RUNNING TRAIN and CAMPESINO over a mile, finishing six lengths sixth after racing prominently in second entering the straight.Having worked well in preparation for today’s encounter and stepping down to overnight company in the process, COMMANDING CHIEF has a glorious chance of reliving past glories.MOST ACCOMPLISHEDHe is easily the most accomplished in the field, following big-race wins in the St Leger and Gold Cup when trained by Everal Francis, and with three-time champion jockey Dane Nelson sticking with the ride, the hint should be taken.Still, it won’t be a walk in the park for the veteran campaigner as he faces some very fit opponents in SHINING LIGHT, MIRACLE STAR, RED FLAG, EDISON and HOVER CRAFT, all ideally suited to the distance.The Wayne DaCosta-trained HOVER CRAFT (Omar Walker up) not only won in grade one company last season, but was second to FRANFIELD in last November’s Superstakes, and with 1300 metres not too sharp for him, is a worthy opponent. The same can be said of the Gary Griffiths-trained SHINING LIGHT, a recent winner who will love every inch of this race.However, COMMANDING CHIEF has never had it this easy in years and thus gets the vote.Other firm fancies on the 10-race programme are SUPERTRONICS (knocking at the door) to go one better in the second race; stable-companion BIG GEORGE to repeat in the third; GOLDEN GLORY in the sixth; down-in-class BOLD AVIATOR in race seven; and the speedy OPTIMUS to finally deliver in the eighth race for maiden four-year-olds and up over 1000 metres round.
Renario Downswell netted his fourth goal in three games to earn Reno a valuable point against Harbour View in their battle against relegation in the Red Stripe Premier League.The result also had far- reaching effects for the Stars of the East as it severely dented their hopes of making the last four.The point put Reno (34) four clear of the relegation zone, with two games remaining. However, Harbour View (40) are now five points off the semi-final spot and, with only six points available, coach Ludlow Bernard has thrown in the towel.”It is highly improbable (qualify) and I am willing to concede,” he commented after the game.Humble Lion (44) remain in the hunt as their 1-0 win over Boys’ Town (38) kept them just a point adrift UWI FC (45), who are in pole position following their 1-0 win over Cavalier.Reno came into the Harbour View game hunting all three points, but, for Downswell, the point is welcome.”This match, we had to win as you can see that we are down in the relegation zone. But the team came out and played some good football and got a result,” the goalscorer said.The former St Elizabeth Technical High School player only returned to the team in recent weeks, due to reasons he chose not to disclose. However, his contribution is worth its weight in goals.”This is my third game and my fourth goal in three games. This is the back end of the season and we have to step up our performance. We’ve had a bit of ups and downs this season, but the coaching staff talked to us and got back the team together. But it’s a very young team and we believe we can do better,” he observed.”As a senior member of the team, when I look back, I see that I have to step up, so I just stepped forward and told the coach I am ready to lead the way,” he told The Gleaner.”We need to finish off this season and get ready for next season. It’s going to be hard, but we are going to push those two games and we are not going to ease back,” he said.
Melbourne Cricket Club are in a commanding position entering the second day of the 2016 Jamaica Cricket Association’s Senior Cup final after claiming first innings points from St Thomas yesterday. Led by a topscore of 63 from national batsman Andre McCarthy, and 55 from Guyanese opener Trevon Griffith, many-time champions Melbourne posted a modest 181 in their first innings on a pitch that was flat and good for batting. National fast bowler Keno Wallace, who bowled impressively in his second spell from the downhill northern end, claimed four for 39 for St Thomas with support coming from leg-spinner Kenroy Williams, with three for 36. Playing in their first final, St Thomas were bundled out for 111 in reply with left arm spinner Chris Lamont bagged five for 38 and Melbourne’s captain Nikita Miller, four for 21. Promising teenage pacer Oshane Thomas, who was recently picked up by the Jamaica Tallawahs for the upcoming Caribbean Premier League Twenty20, ended with one for 19. Williams, 28, was the top scorer for St Thomas. Jamaica Scorpions representatives, captain Carlton Baugh Jr and Devon Thomas, made nine and five, respectively. Batting a second time, Melbourne closed on 38 for two for an overall lead of 108. “Our batting was a bit disappointing,” said Melbourne’s assistant coach, Ray Stewart. “However, at the end of the day, our bowlers came back and did a fantastic job for us. “The aim now is to try and bat as long as possible, and, hopefully, bat them out of the game.” Baugh said his team will be hunting early wickets today. “We are down but not out,” he said. “We have come from behind after losing first innings before and the aim is to try and do that on the final day, weather permitting.” Griffith, 15 not out, and McCarthy, 11 not out, will resume batting for Melbourne at 10 a.m. today. The left-handed Brown has so far taken two for 22 for St Thomas. 108 LEAD
ATLANTA, Georgia (CMC):Panama’s head coach Hernan Dario Gomez has slammed his side’s controversial defeat to Mexico on Wednesday night as “utter robbery” and says the result has left a stain on football as a whole.Panama, playing a man down from the 25th minute, led Mexico 1-0 until the 88th through captain Roman Torres’ header before referee Mark Geiger awarded a controversial penalty, which tilted the balance of the CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-final at the Georgia Dome.Torres took a tumble in the box and fell on top of the ball and Geiger astonishingly pointed to the spot.”Logically, I hope that all the press understands that what I am experiencing right now is difficult and hard. The press, more than us, are aware that things did not function well, in the legal way. Panama made an outstanding effort with ten men,” a clearly dejected Gomez told a media conference.”I have been managing teams since 1987, and this is the first time that I experience this. With a team well worked, with athletes desiring to give their country another Gold Cup final, with a press that has accompanied and helped us out.”If it was up to me, I could say ‘I do not want to continue in football anymore’, because that was horrible. It was an utter robbery.”After an 11-minute stoppage, during which Panama protested the call, scuffles broke out and beverages were tossed on the field by spectators, Andres Guardado converted the spot kick to draw Mexico level.The Mexican Eindhoven forward then found the winner, also from the spot, in the first period of added extra time.Gomez said the refereeing decisions had ruined an excellent game and had ultimately hurt the sport.”There were two great teams on the pitch tonight, each team exhibiting good styles. The Mexican players or the team has nothing to do with what happened,” Gomez stressed.”You cannot damage a final like this. When you put a team with 10 players against a team with 11 players, it hurts the game.”However, I value more the capacity of the Panamanian players for they played a tactical game against an immense rival with good possession of the ball, that is Mexico. And Panama held their ground, and at times, it was able to attack, and then we are up 1-0.”And then, on 88th minute, the penalty happened. You cannot determine a final in that manner. You can’t be serious. This has damaged not only football in general but the upcoming Gold Cup final. It ruins the beauty of the tournament.”Geiger had earlier sent off Luis Tejada for a hand to the face of Francisco Rodriguez as the two battled for a ball. The call was another contentious one that resulted in vociferous protests from the Panamaian players.The defeat saw Panama miss out on their second successive Gold Cup final.
BRUSSELS, Belgium:O’Dayne Richards could have been excused if he had bounced through the mixed zone after his 21.37m second-place finish in the shot put at the AG Memorial Van Damme Diamond League meet in Brussels on Friday.It was his highest-ever finish at a Diamond League meet, his best distance outside of a championships, and it came just over two weeks after his historic bronze medal at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China.The thing is, Richards is not easily satisfied, and despite posting what was his fourth-best mark in his career following his two 21.69m national-record efforts first registered at the Pan American Games and again in Beijing, as well as last year’s Commonwealth Games-winning 21.61m mark, what he really wanted in Brussels was another milestone – a 22-metre throw.”I hold myself to high standards, and I think that is the cause of my improvements somewhat, and I am slightly disappointed that I have not yet hit the 22m mark, but there is one more meet for me, so, I have hopes, and I will give it my best,” said Richards, who is expecting to compete in Berlin shortly.It’s quite a coincidence, but just 22 men have thrown 22m or better in the long history of the event.Richards is desperate to add his name to the list and confirm himself as a true heavyweight in the event.”I kept missing the shot, not applying all the force on the shot, so it kept slipping and didn’t go as far as I wanted it to go, but it’s my best performance outside of a championships, so I’m happy for that,” added Richards. “If I could find the words to tell you what it would mean to me if I threw 22m, I would, but I can’t find the words. It’s more about improving on myself, though.”Still, the 26-year-old said he is happy with his season after what was a rough start, and is looking to do better in the coming year.”It was a rough season. We did some things which, in my opinion, we could have done better, but we cut our losses and tried to push forward just the same. I’m grateful for the medal and the personal best and, hopefully, I could get the gold medal,” said Richards. “I have the ability to throw far and to win medals at major championships and to perform well continuously, and I’m grateful for that. Hopefully, next year will be a lot better.”Every time you get to rumble with the big boys, it’s a test for the championships. So far, God has been good, and I have been able to cop a medal at the championships that I have competed in. Hopefully, I can turn that into a habit and improve – that’s what is most important to me,” Richards added.
Constant Spring, Nannyville in Masters League final tomorrowThe unbeaten Constant Spring will tomorrow oppose first-year entrants Nannyville Gardens, who are also unbeaten in league competition, in the KSAMA Masters League football final at Winchester Park, St George’s College, starting at 4:00 p.m.Both teams will feature a number of former national players, including the skilful Walter Boyd representing Nannyville and Durrent ‘Tatty’ Brown, who plays for Constant Spring. Both were members of Jamaica’s historic team which went to the FIFA World Cup Finals in France in 1998.Constant Spring, who recently defeated August Town 2-0 in the KO final, will parade a well-balanced team that has the knack for winning trophies. In addition to Durrent Brown, ‘Spring’ will look to former national players Oneil ‘Chippy’ McDonald, Lincoln Taffe, as well as Robert ‘Bunny’ Scott and Orville Mullings to pave the way for victory to complete a perfect season in the process. The team is coached by Carl Sewell.Nannyville, under the guidance of coach Omar Stanley, will counter with Walter Boyd, his brother Audley Boyd, Steve Green, Jahmiah Pettigrew, Roger Rodney and Everdean Scarlett in goal.The winning team will receive $50,000 and the League trophy.Couples Tower Isle are BH ‘Champion of Champions’St Ann Business House champions, Couples Tower Isle, won the all-island ‘Champion of Champions’ football clash last Saturday when they defeated Corporate Area champions Petrojam 4-2 at Drax Hall in St Ann last Saturday.Petrojam took an early lead through Boys’ Town Premier League player, Rafeik Thomas, in the 10th minute, but Couples found the equaliser when Mauricio Gordon netted in the 18th minute.Kemar Miller made it 2-1 for Couples in the 40th minute, but Petrojam’s Andrew Christie made it 2-2 on the stroke of half-time.After the interval, Gordon sent Couples ahead in the 54th minute with his second goal of the match, before Mitchell sealed the issue – with his second goal as well – in the 69th minute, to give the home team a comprehensive victory.BoJ on top in Chin Prep LeagueKyode Smith’s goal proved decisive as Belair shocked defending champions Mount St Joseph 1-0 in last week’s second round of the Howie Chin Memorial Cup for Preparatory Schools in Manchester.Belair have now moved to six points, following their opening round 3-0 shutout of Charagape. It was also a tough second round for Mount St Joseph in the female category, where they are also the defending champions. They were held to a 0-0 draw by Emmanuel, who were previously beaten 2-0 by Belair.In other boys matches, Knox completed a 3-1 win over El Instituto, while in a surprise result, Yabnel edged Sacred Heart 1-0 on a Ramone Henry strike.The most impressive scoreline of the second round came in the girl’s competition, when Timika Scarlett’s four-timer gave Belair a 4-1 win over Knox Prep. season to open Oct 29The 2015-16 Manchester Football Association (MFA) season will kick off on Thursday, October 29, with the Brumalia House Knock Out competition.The draw took place at the MFA offices at the RADA Complex earlier this week and 16 teams will compete. Defending champions Porus United will feature in the lone October 29 match against Old England.A date is yet to be finalised for the other seven opening round games. Those games are: Alligator Pond vs Plouden; Hillstars vs Star Zone; Downs vs NCU; Ricam Academy vs Villa United; Mile Gully vs Greenvale; Comfort vs Technical Strikers; and Georges Valley vs Land Settlement.The newcomers are NCU, Star Zone and Technical Strikers.Porus begins Peter Bunting defence with winPorus began their defence of the Central Manchester Sports Development Football League on a winning note last weekend, with a 6-2 victory against Top Coffee Grove Community team.The League, which is sponsored by Central Manchester Member of Parliament, Peter Bunting, kicked off with two games at Comfort Community Centre. The second game saw hosts Comfort defeating neighbours New Hall 5-1. Thirty teams are contesting the League. Top Coffee Grove number among four newcomers in this the third season. The others are Belair Strikers, Bombay and May Day.The opening round also saw Land Settlement scoring the highest margin of victory – a 10-0 shutout of Kendal. A summary of other results saw Albion outscoring Old England 4-2, Inverness stomping New Vision 5-0, Mandeville United welcoming Belair Strikers 3-0, and the Police team drawing 2-2 with Bonito Strikers.Matches will resume tomorrow with double-headers at five venues. Opening games kick off at 1:30 p.m., with the final games set for 3:30 p.m.Belair win in Howie In Your Neighbourhood Football LeagueJamaica Beverages, through their brand Chubby, will sponsor this year’s Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Chubby Portmore Primary Football League.”As you are very much aware, finding funding to run our annual competitions is oftentimes a mammoth task. In our bid to grow the League and improve service to you, the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) will be partnering with Jamaica Beverage Limited through their brand Chubby in staging the 2015 annual Primary School Football League,” a statement from INSPORTS read.Andrea Hanson, an INSPORTS Sports Officer for Portmore, said her organisation is in advanced negotiations with Jamaica Beverage Ltd with a view to sign a three-year partnership, which will see participating teams receiving bigger and better incentives.The League is set to commence in November, with defending champions Portsmouth tackling Independence City Primary and Waterford opposing Bridgeport, the previous winners.Spit Fyah leads sponsors INSPORTS Primary Schools JDCA LeagueMid-season champions, Spit Fyah, who have amassed 45 points thus far, lead the Jamaica Domino Council Association League after 12 rounds of matches.They are followed by Caribbean Classic (44), Eradication (39), Waterhouse United (38), Giants (38), Naggo Head (34), Right Stuff (30), Spring Village (27), Exceptional (26) and Tambrind Tree (26), which round off the top 10.In matches played last Sunday, Caribbean Classic crushed Memory Lane 300-143, Spit Fyah defeated Right Stuff 300 -251, Waterhouse United whipped Sour Sop Tree 300-206, Eradication outlasted Exceptional 300-294 (in a countdown), Giants trampled Ten To Ten 300-265, Naggo Head beat Feluchie 300-281, Spring Village downed Highlight Strikers 300 -269 and Tambrind Tree blunted Small Axe 300-250.Horizon Park Primary to host netball rallyHorizon Park Primary School, located in Spanish Town, will on Friday, November 27, host a netball rally on their school grounds, starting at 8 a.m.The organisers said that the event will be “unique, thanks to the special arrangements and efforts of their sponsors”. There will also be special awards for the most disciplined team and leading goalscorer.Teams wishing to enter should contact Vaswani Samuels at 981-8114 for assistance with registration. All entries must be received before the closing date of Friday, November 13. The cost of registration is $2,500.Manchester football inter-bank footballLeaders Bank of Jamaica (BoJ) defeated National Commercial Bank (NCB) 3-1 at Winchester Park, St George’s College, last Sunday in the third round of the Norman Goodison Western Sports/JNBS-sponsored inter-bank football league last Sunday.Thanks to goals from Dashan Meeks, Patrick Campbell and Andre Campbell, BoJ extended their lead to six points from three matches, two ahead of defending champions Scotiabank, who were held to a 1-1 draw by Sagicor in the second match at the venue.Jermaine Gardner sent Scotia ahead in the 37th minute, but this was cancelled out by a Paul Cunningham second-half goal. Scotia have four points from two matches.The competition takes a break tomorrow for the Heroes holiday weekend.Westmeade topple Garveymeade in dominoWestmeade Rising Stars toppled neighbours Garveymeade 250-215 in the 10th round of the South East St Catherine Constituency Domino League – which is sponsored by Member of Parliament Colin Fagan – at the Garveymeade Sports Club last Sunday.The win placed Westmeade in a three-way tie for second spot on 24 points from nine games. Also, on 24 points are Waterford which scored an important 250-226 win over fourth place Cumberland (21 points), and Ken’s Wildflower, which beat last place Portsmouth (three) 250-224.Runaway leaders Passagefort United (36) were idle this round.Games on tomorrow (home teams named first): Passagefort United vs Portsmouth, Cumberland vs Garveymeade and Ken’s Wildflower vs Waterford. All games are scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m.Jamaica Beverages
Local equestrians gearing up for the 2016 season started their preparation at the Kingston Polo Club, Caymanas Estates, over the weekend, with showjumpers in particular introduced to a new discipline – vaulting. Since last Friday, visiting FEI representative Emma Seely from California in the United States conducted a three-day workshop to familarise showjumpers with vaulting, one of seven disciplines in international competitions except the Olympics. Vaulting, she explained, is akin to gymnastics on horseback, but it requires intense training (initially on a barrell) to develop the skill. Seely said the workshop started last Friday with the older and more experienced showjumpers such as Jason Walter, Susan Wates, Lexie Wates, Denise Cole, Nabila Khouri, and Maelle Johnston, then moving to the children on Saturday and finally back with the older participants yesterday. “The response was good,” disclosed Seely. “Being introduced to vaulting for the first time, the participants were curious at first, but they soon got the hang of it, regarding basic movements on a horse, as well as get-fit exercises, and in the end they were quite keen and receptive,” added Seely, who has had vast experience in this area of the sport spanning 35 years. The sessions were conducted under the watchful eyes of national coach Betty Wates, who is also president of the Equestrian Federation of Jamaica. “Jamaicans being natural athletes, I believe we will adopt to vaulting pretty fast, and in a few years, could impact internationally in much the same way Samantha Albert did in showjumping and Alia Atkinson in swimming”, she said. Meanwhile, the polo players started their preparation over the weekend with practice matches on Saturday and yesterday ahead of the Doc Masterton Tournament on January 31 at the Caymanas Estates, traditionally the first polo match each season. According to Rachel Turner and Mitta Rousseau, two of the island’s top polo players, the action should increase this season following a lull in activities last year. Turner said the Doc Masterton will be followed by the Burger King Kids tournament on February 20, as well as the annual tour of the visiting team from Newport from March 3-6. They will play matches at the St Ann Polo Club at Drax Hall, Chukka Blue in Hanover and the Kingston Polo Club. Rousseau disclosed that later in the year there will be the club tournaments – the Hurlingham Cup and Senior Cup – for which Kingston Polo Club are defending champions, with players such as James Robertson, Paul Lalor, Mark Wates, Jorge Donovan, and Turner, as well as the Hi-Pro Family tournament, Dennis Lalor Polo tournament, and one of the big ones – the Scotia-sponsored tournament in mid-year.
The Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica (ASAJ) has named 25 swimmers to commence training ahead of the 31st Carifta, Water Polo, Open Water and Synchronised Swimming Championships, to be held in Martinique later this month.The championships will take place over four days, from March 22-26.At the Carifta Champs last year in Barbados, Jamaica picked up 25 medals – two gold, nine silver and 14 bronze – placing fifth overall with 458 points.The Jamaicans will be looking to improve last year’s tally and will have training sessions at the National Aquatic Centre on March 6, March 13, and March 19.The team will be under the supervision of coaches Gillian Millwood and Miguel Jonas; manager, Georgia Sinclair Dr Jacqueline James, and physiotherapist, Sophia Brown.The championships are a FINA-approved qualifier for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They also serve as the top junior amateur swim meet for the Caribbean.SQUAD: Boys 11-12 – Rajiv Redhi; Girls 11-12 – Emily MacDonald and Simone Vale.Boys 13-14: Chester Adams, Cameron Brown, Jordane Payne and Nicholas Vale. Girls 13-14: Gabrianna Banks, Naomi Eaton, Brittney Williams and Laura Lim Sang.Boys 15-17: Joseph Black, Mattheau Bonner, Keanan Dols, Sean-Douglas Gooden, Barak Goren, Jesse Marsh and Xavier Phillips.Girls 15-17: Anjuii Barrett, Kelsie Campbell, Shaun Johnson, Annabella Lyn, Bryanna Renuart and Angara Sinclair.The Open Water swimmers are Johnathan Lyn and Annabella Lyn.
BANGALORE, India (AP):Bangladesh slumped to a one-run defeat by India at the World Twenty20 yesterday after a collapse by their lower-order batsmen in the final over of a gripping Group Two match at Chinnaswamy Stadium.Needing 11 to win off the last over, bowled by Hardik Pandya, Mushfiqur Rahim slammed two consecutive boundaries as nine runs came off the first three deliveries to put Bangladesh in sight of victory in reply to India’s 146-7.But Mushfiqur holed out to midwicket. The next ball saw Mahmudullah do the same, and Shuvagata Hom missed the final ball and made a vain attempt to steal a single to level the scores. However, his partner, Mustafizur Rahman, was run out by India wicketkeeper and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni to leave Bangladesh beaten on 145-9.RUNS ADDED ONThe defeat followed a solid start by Tamim Iqbal (35) and Sabbir Rahman (26) – who did well to add 44 for the second wicket – and some useful contributions from Shakib Al Hasan (22) and Soumya Sarkar (21).Put into bat, India’s openers had earlier struggled to get going against some disciplined bowling. Both Rohit Sharma and Shikar Dhawan struggled to score at a run-a-ball, and the frustration that crept in resulted in both openers departing in quick succession. Rohit made a 16-ball 18 and Shikar had a 22-ball 23.With Virat Kohli being joined by Suresh Raina, India began to make progress. The pair added 50 runs for the third wicket before Kohli was bowled by Hom for 24.Raina showed a return to form by cracking a 23-ball 30. But two back-to-back wickets by Al-Amin Hossain, who had Raina and Pandya both caught, put India on the backfoot again.Dhoni then took charge, finishing unbeaten on 13. Along with Ravindra Jadeja, he added 20 runs for the seventh wicket before he and Ravichandran Ashwin put on nine more runs from five balls.