WESTERN BUREAU: Director of Sports at the University of Technology (UTech), Anthony Davis, says Jamaica’s long-term success in track and field and that of the wider sporting disciplines at the international level depends heavily on the development of a good collegiate system. Davis, who heads one of Jamaica’s most prestigious college sports programmes at UTech, was the keynote speaker at yesterday’s launch of the third staging of the Montego Bay City Run, at the Holiday Inn Resort. “Once upon a time we never had a vibrant collegiate system, but now it’s been growing exponentially and because of the direct link we now have genuine track and field stars on the rise in our universities and colleges,” Davis said. “This can only mean a sustained presence of high quality athletes at the national and international levels for Jamaica,” he noted. Davis has witnessed the rise of many local track and field stars to have benefited from attending US colleges and universities through various scholarships. He believes the system has improved for young stars to be schooled and trained locally. “I have nothing against a student wishing to access higher education and training elsewhere, but we have seen a dramatic drop in the numbers opting to do so. Instead, we see them getting into local universities and colleges, train locally and are now at the top of the world in respective events,” Davis said. “It shows we are on the right path and are doing the right things to educate and elevate our student athletes,” cited Davis. According to Davis, the approximately 21 universities and colleges across Jamaica have been making great investments to upgrade coaches and facilities to meet the growing local demand. “Before this we depended on our talents being developed overseas, primarily in US colleges and while that served its purpose and still does, I am of the view that we have been more than holding our own with the rise, development and upkeep of our own stars. And that is always good for Jamaica,” he stated. Davis is also a committee member of the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The MoBay City Run is set for May 1, 2016 and projected to attract more than 2,000 local and international marathon runners. It seeks to raise $5 million for tertiary level students in western Jamaica.
Gayle fell BANGALORE, India, (CMC): Superstar Chris Gayle’s slump continued as Royal Challengers Bangalore suffered at the hands of a quick-fire hundred by South African opener Quinton de Kock, crashing to a seven-wicket defeat to Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League here yesterday. Sent in at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, RCB rallied to an imposing 191 for five off their 20 overs, behind captain Virat Kohli’s 79 and South African star AB de Villiers’ 55, with seamer Mohammed Shami taking two for 34. In reply, de Kock plundered 108 and Karun Nair, an unbeaten 54, as Delhi roared to victory with five balls to spare. Australian all-rounder Shane Watson claimed two for 25 with his four overs of medium pace. The victory was Delhi’s second in three outings, while RCB have won one of two. RCB were early trouble when Gayle fell to the third ball of the game without a run on the board, caught at first slip by JP Duminy off a tentative push at an out-swinger from left-arm seamer Zaheer Khan. Since his blistering hundred against England in the opening game of the Twenty20 World Cup last month, Gayle has struggled with scores of of 4, 5, 4, 1 and 0. Kohli, who struck seven fours and three sixes off 48 deliveries, put on 107 for the second wicket with de Villiers and another 63 with Watson, who made 33, to rebuild the innings. West Indies seamer Carlos Brathwaite took one for 18 from two overs. De Kock then took the game away from RCB with an innings that required 51 balls and included 15 fours and three sixes. At 50 for two in the sixth over, the game was still open, but de Kock and Nair put an end to RCB’s hopes in a 134-run third-wicket stand.
ATLANTA (AP):Atlanta and San Antonio took imposing 2-0 leads in their opening-round playoff series with emphatic victories over Boston and Memphis on Tuesday night.The Hawks held the Celtics to the lowest-scoring first quarter in the playoffs since the NBA went to the shot clock, building a 21-point lead and holding on despite an ugly shooting performance of their own for an 89-72 victory and a strong hold on their Eastern Conference series.Al Horford and Kyle Korver led Atlanta with 17 points apiece, but this game was essentially decided in the first 12 minutes.The Hawks started nine of 13 from the field, knocking down six from beyond the three-point arc. Korver made four from long range, a big turnaround from a one-of-10 performance in Game One that didn’t include any threes. Atlanta led 24-3 just 6 1/2 minutes into the game.Even after failing to score the rest of the period, the Hawks still led 24-7 heading to the second.Shaking off a dismal performance in the playoff opener, Korver swished four three-pointers in the opening minutes to propel Atlanta to a stunning 21-point lead before many fans had settled into their seats. There wasn’t much doubt after that.MISSED SHOTS”We all have pride, right?” said Korver, who went one of 10 on Saturday and missed all seven of his three-point attempts. “I wanted to come out and play better the second game.”As good as Korver and the Hawks were in the early going, this one will be remembered more for the Celtics’ grisly start.”I don’t know what it is,” said Boston’s Jae Crowder, looking a bit shell-shocked after scoring just two points on one-of-nine shooting. “But we’ve got to change something.”Crowder had plenty of company in his shooting misery.Boston star Isaiah Thomas was held to 16 points on four-of-15 shooting, going one of six beyond the arc. Marcus Smart stepped in for the injured Avery Bradley and went one of 11, also making just one of six from three-point range. The Celtics finished at 32 per cent overall (28 of 88), five of 28 from long range.Game Three is tomorrow night in Boston.San Antonio were even more impressive than the Hawks in beating the Grizzlies 94-68. Patty Mills had 16 points, Kawhi Leonard added 13 and San Antonio never trailed in sweeping the first two games.
FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES A notable upset by OFFICIAL REPORT at 13-1 in the eventful seventh race at Caymanas Park last Saturday ensured a Pick-9 carrryover to tomorrow’s meet. OFFICIAL REPORT actually passed the post second, but was awarded first place on the disqualification of 4-1 chance WOMAN IS BOSS with embattled jockey Aaron Chatrie aboard. Both Super-6s start anew with guaranteed minimums of $750,000. The Wayne DaCosta-trained FUTURE KING, who chased home stable companion DREAMLINER at a respectable distance on his August 1 debut over the round five course, should go one better in the opening maiden two-year-old race over 1100 metres. Highly fancied when apprentice-ridden on his debut, FUTURE KING proved no match for his more fancied stable-companion DREAMLINER, who won again over 1100 metres last Saturday. Having trained well and fully focused (figure eight on) for this race with stable jockey Robert Halledeen now slated, FUTURE KING should have the measure of the well-advanced first time runner SORRENTINO’S STAR (working fairly well) under Paul Francis and STUNNER (Wesley Henry up), who showed promise on her debut in June. TARANIS, who is proving somewhat expensive to follow, gets a glorious opportunity to deliver the goods in the second race for three-year-olds (non winners of two) over 1820 metres. Trained by Richard Azan, TARANIS was installed a 4-5 favourite to win over a mile on August 22, only to be beaten in a driving finish by the front running WAHEED NAJMAH in the fairly good time of 1:40.4. Working well and with leading jockey Shane Ellis retaining the ride in an eight-horse field, TARANIS is a firm fancy. FORCE DE JOUR, an American-bred 4-y-o colt who scored decisively over 1100 metres as the 1-5 favourite on a $450,000 claiming tag last Saturday, should bring fitness into play and repeat over the straight in the third race to be contested by seven high claiming horses. Claimed from trainer Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes by Winston Morris out of Saturday’s race, FORCE DE JOUR is on top of his game and despite the presence of proven campaigner SUNLIGHT EXPRESS (Halledeen up), who has good speed and enjoys the straight, FORCE DE JOUR ought to be followed with four-time champion Omar Walker taking over the reins from Shane Ellis. The sparingly raced 4-y-o colt STAN BOY, who returns from a lengthy layoff (18 months) with Shamaree Muir riding for trainer Spencer Chung, has kept better company in his short career and on the move at exercise in preparation for the fourth race over the straight, his class could make the difference. BATTLE SONG, MAGIC CITY and COURT CALL, all fit horses, should ensure that STAN BOY is extended in the last furlong. The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by consistent ROYAL VIBES (Halledeen up), one of seven starters declared for the Kenneth Mattis O.D. Memorial Cup (overnight allowance) over 2000 metres, and down in class INFANTRY OFFICER in the sixth for $180,000 claimers over the straight. Their respective dangers are BOLD AVIATOR and WINESHA. Great opportunity ahead (1) FUTURE KING/SORRENTINO’S STAR (2) TARANIS (3) FORCE DE JOUR/SUNLIGHT EXPRESS (4) STAN BOY/BATTLE SONG (5) ROYAL VIBES/BOLD AVIATOR (6) INFANTRY OFFICER/ WINESHA
first goal of the season WESTERN BUREAU: St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) missed one penalty, but made amends by scoring another to edge Group E rivals Munro College 1-0 in their ‘St Bess’ derby at Alpart Sports Club yesterday in the ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup football competition. The win took them second behind Lacovia High (seven points), who were also in the winner’s circle following another good outing to defeat BB Coke High 2-0. Surprise team Maggotty High kept their positive season going, although playing to a nil-all scoreline with BB Coke and kept alive hopes of advancing beyond the first round for the first time in the school’s history. STETHS secured victory when second-half substitute Travar McCulloch stepped up to score from the penalty spot in the 72nd minute, this after a moment of madness from Munro’s Nicholas Collins, who dived goalkeeper-style to save a certain goal with his hands. Collins was issued a straight red card for his action and left his team a mountain to climb, with STETHS looking ominous with each attack. McCulloch said the win meant that they will be able to play with more freedom and that it brings confidence to the team moving forward. “It’s my first goal of the season, but more important, we got the win,” McCulloch stated. “We expected a very hard game from Munro. The win gives us more confidence because we weren’t winning as we should,” said the STETHS central midfielder. STETHS, who lost in the final last year, were quick out of the blocks and should have taken the lead from the sixth minute when forward Michael Kerr failed to hit the target, after getting the better of Munro goalkeeper Onandi McKenzie. Munro gradually settled and also provided some dangerous moments for STETHS, but lacked the cutting edge on the final play to dent their opponents. At Jarrett Park, the game between St James High and Group A leaders Cornwall College ended in a 1-1 draw. Defending champions Clarendon College were held to a 1-1 draw by Lennon in Group H to still lead on seven points. Lennon and Thompson Town are next, with Kellits at the foot of the standings. Elsewhere, there were wins for Denbigh High over Porus 1-0, Central High and Foga Road High ended 0-0. Manchester High moved further away from the field with a 4-0 whipping of Mile Gully in Group F, while Dinthill Technical and Bog Walk drew 1-1. Former winners Rusea’s High made it two wins in two starts with a battling 1-0 victory over Group B rivals Frome Technical, while 2005 champions Godfrey Stewart High thumped Little London 3-0 in Group D.
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Ramgeet wins twin feature at Turf Paradise PHOENIX, Arizona (CMC): Jamaican jockey Andrew Ramgeet made all the headlines here on Saturday when he won both feature races on the day’s eight-race card at Turf Paradise. Ramgeet captured the US$35,000 Queen of the Green Stakes with 22-1 outsider Hip Ninety Three in race three, before returning to steal victory in the Walter R Cluer Memorial Stakes, also worth $35,000, with favourite Az Ridge, in race seven. The victory aboard Az Ridge was made even more memorable after the rider survived two moments of misfortune to battle to the wire and beat the three-year-olds and upward by a neck in a tight three-horse finish. Going off as the punters’ 7-5 choice in a mile trip, Ramgeet and the six-year-old bay gelding stumbled at the start to trail the field as 20-1 outsider Bourbon Sense posted the early fractions while chased by Ride Hard Kowboy. However, Az Ridge made good progress and entered the stretch in contention with the front three. Ramgeet then rallied the gelding and despite losing his whip at the sixteenth pole, still managed to outlast his rivals. Rosberg wins season-ender ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (CMC): Lewis Hamilton trailed home Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg for the third straight time, as the German controlled the race from start to finish to win the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix yesterday. Starting on pole, Rosberg made no mistakes at Yas Marina to coast to his sixth win of the season and finish second in the overall championship with 322 points. Hamilton had wrapped up the title with three races to go when he captured the United States Grand Prix in Texas back in October, to clinch his third World title and second consecutive. The Brit, whose paternal grandparents are Grenadian, finished on 381 points and said afterward he was glad the season was finally over. “It’s been a good year. I’m happy. I’m happy it’s over, for sure. So now we can really enjoy,” Hamilton told media. “I really have to take my hat off to this team who once again did an amazing job in building this car.” Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was third, while his teammate, former World champion Sebatien Vettel, clinched third spot overall in the championship with 278 points.
Today is a massive raceday at Caymanas Park. Millions of dollars are up for grabs – for trainers, owners and other stakeholders at the track.Punters will not want to be left out. Many will be seeking their ‘Christmas money’. With so much at stake, there will be surprises and several ‘value bets’ will be lurking under the radar.Here are three which we think will be worth your while and may even ensure a merry Christmas, 20 days before the big day.Race 1CRUCIAL VALOR: This Carl Anderson-trained three-year-old gelding ran his best race on October 31 when finishing four lengths behind recent upset winner SIR BUDGET over 1000 metres straight.That race appears to have been just a warm-up for today’s big day. On Wednesday, CRUCIAL VALOR showed he is in fine condition by beating stable companion TWILIGHT CITIZEN by a length (35.4 to 36.0) at exercise. TWILIGHT CITIZEN, on September 12, slammed maidens by six lengths and with just 51kg on his back CRUCIAL VALOR is the one to be on in the day’s opener at 10:10 a.m.Race 4BLACK BOY: AWESOME CAT is all the rage in the fourth race, but BLACK BOY will be tough. The latter got off the mark over today’s distance on June 13 and was a winner less than a month later going 1400 metres. He has found the going tough among non-winners of three but today’s distance is just what the doctor ordered.Main rival, AWESOME CAT, was slammed by 13 lengths by SPORTING CLAY on October 31. On November 7, BLACK BOY was just seven lengths behind SPORTING CLAY and with a clear run today should reward backers at a good price.RACE 14CLASSICAL TRAIN: This is the one to be on in the last race. Forget her last two runs in the higher claiming group. The last time she was this low, and over this same distance, she won by a city block behind splits of 23.2×46.3. Nothing in this race can go that fast. Jockey Robert Halledeen rides the highly fancied PERFECT NEIGHBOUR in the Diamond Mile (Race 13) and he should be celebrating a fine double.
Second-half substitute Horace Sharpe scored four minutes from time to salvage a point for Humble Lion, who played to a 1-1 draw with UWI in the opening Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) games of 2016 on Sunday.At the UWI Bowl, Girvon Brown fired the home team in front from the penalty spot after 23 minutes, after picking himself up from a foul inside the box.Sharpe, a former Arnett and Tivoli Gardens midfielder, has seen limited playing time since moving to the Clarendon outfit two seasons ago.But the 29-year-old believes the goal, which was his first goal of the season, should give the coaches a small reminder of his ability to find the net.”It’s always a great feeling to score, but I have not been playing much. So I told myself that if I get a run today (yesterday), I am going to do my best (to score). So it means a lot to me (to score), as this show the coaches that I can score goals. They just need to give me more opportunities and I can do more of this,” he told The Gleaner after the game.trying to buildThe former St Jago high player is now looking to build on what he did yesterday, so that he can demand more game time as the season progresses.”I want to continue on from this and score some goals, so I can get even more playing time as we move closer to the play-offs,” he added.Humble Lion controlled the tempo for the first half and should have equalised just past the half hour mark, but Francois Swaby’s overhead kick came off the post before being cleared.UWI looked dangerous through the first period, but wasted their chances to add to their tally.However, after the break, it was all Humble Lion.The visitors pinned their opponents in defence for the first 20-plus minutes, but squandered chance after chance to draw level, with Michael Moreland, Swaby, Jermaine Christian, and Sharpe, who came on as a second-half substitute, all missing good opportunities.UWI themselves had a great chance to kill the game off on 83 minutes after Brown left the Humble Lion defence for dead and crossed to Anthony Greenland, who mis-kicked, but the ball fell kindly to Jerondy Henry, who blasted over from eight yards.Minutes later, Humble Lion ventured down field, and when the ball came into the area, the lively Sharpe was on hand to help the ball past a desperate Leighton Donaldson in goal.Christian then had two great chances to give Humble Lion three points at the death. First he placed his shot wide of the target with only Donaldson to beat on 90 minutes, then in added time, the ball got stuck under his boot five yards out with Donaldson at his mercy.Both coaches thought it was a fair result.”We ended the game well. We took too long to get going. We really stepped up the tempo in the last 25 minutes and looked how we wanted to. It was just a pity we couldn’t get the winning goal in the end,” Humble Lion’s coach Vassell Reynolds surmised.UWI’s Marcel Gayle commented: “It ended up being a fair result and a fair game. We dominated the first half; they took over the second-half. But we stood up and could have taken three points.”Humble Lion stayed fourth with 23 points, while the point put UWI level with seventh-place Reno on 23 points.Meanwhile, Portmore reclaimed sole leadership of the standings after Javon East’s brace led them to a 5-1 beating of Reno at Juici Patties field. Portmore have 37 points, three clear of Montego Bay United, who play against Tivoli in the Monday night game.Cavalier returned to winning ways with a 3-0 win over Boys’ Town, and Harbour View and Rivoli drew 0-0 in the other games played yesterday.- Livingston Scott
NEW YORK (CMM):As part of ongoing preparations for the annual Penn Relays, Team Jamaica Bickle (TJB) recently launched its 2016 season at a private reception held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston last Monday.A 20-member team travelled to the island to the annual ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, which took place from March 15-19 at the National Stadium.Minister of Education, Youth and Information Ruel Reid spoke of his admiration for the organisation, and wished for its continued success.Stephen Drummond, a special guest of TJB, presented a cheque for US$10,000 to the organisation and announced a major financial boost by his law firm, Drummond & Squillace, PLLC, to Herbert Morrison (of which he’s an alumnus) to provide free lunch for one year to the entire student body.Dervan Malcolm, a host on Power 106 FM and the extremely popular ‘Diaspora Live’ programme, was presented with the TJB Award for using that platform to give the diaspora a greater voice.Now in its 22nd year, TJB has over the years formed numerous strategic partnerships to support not only Jamaican athletes, but the schools from which many ofthem hail.Support for athletes at the annual Penn Relays Carnival, held at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, includes meals, transportation, booking and coordinating hotel accommodation and chiropractic care.Having had the distinction of being the first Jamaican/Caribbean sponsor at the Penn Relays, TJB opened the doors and, consequently, the very lucrative Diaspora and mainstream markets to mega brands such as Grace Foods (now title sponsor), Jamaica Tourist Board, VMBS, LIME, Digicel, Jamaica National, Western Union/GKRS Money Services, Caribbean Food Delights, Golden Krust, Tower Isles and others, who now participate or have participated in the three-day carnival, gaining exposure to the over 115,000 spectators on hand and millions more through the NBC Saturday national broadcast.This year, the organisation welcomed on board Philadelphia International Medicine, which will provide two sports medicine physicians to assist with the care of the athletes at the Penn Relays on Saturday, April 30.The Penn Relays will be held on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, from April 28-30.