Powerful GC Foster College in control at Intercol Champs

first_imgG.C. Foster College has made a strong statement following competition on day one of the NCB Intercollegiate Track and Field Championships at the National Stadium with their male and female teams taking the early lead.The male team sits on 93 points, ahead of the University of West Indies (UWI) on 61; University of Technology (UTech) 49 and Mico on 23. On the female side, G.C. Foster are on 83 points, ahead of Utech (63); UWI (61) and Mico (16).G.C. Foster College athletes dominated the 100m finals as Jura Levy and Oshane Bailey were victorious. Levy won the women’s event in 11.38 seconds, ahead of teammate Gayon Evans in 11.42, with Christania Williams of UTech getting third in 11.47.Bailey won the men’s event in 10.15 as Kevean Smith of UTech was second in 10.21, with third going to Colin King of G.C. Foster College in 10.36.TITLE KEPTDefending champion Janieve Russell (UTech) retained her title in the women’s 400m hurdles winning in 56.76. Rushelle Clayton (UWI) was second in 57.81, with Rhonda Whyte (G.C. Foster) coming third in 58.36 seconds.Making his season debut for UWI, World Junior champion Jaheel Hyde captured the men’s 400m hurdles in 50.57. Second went to Marsel Miller (G.C. Foster) in 52.13 seconds with Damar Murray (G.C. Foster) finishing third in 52.60.Mico’s Samantha James captured the women’s 800m in 2:11.30 as Danielle James (G.C. Foster) was second in 2:15.84 with third going to Roshea Burrell (G.C. Foster) in 2:18.90.Knox College’s Chadoye Dawson 1:52.67, got the better of G.C. Foster’s Kegan Campbell (1:52.72) in a close finish in the men’s 800m finals. Third went to Rory Rhoden (G.C. Foster) in 1:53.96.In the field events, Fredrick Dacres (UWI) led in the men’s shot put with a heave of 17.98m. Demar Gayle (G.C. Foster) finished second with 17.61m, with third going to Alec Vern Longmore (Utech) with 18.08m.The meet, which ends today, will begin at 1 p.m. with preliminary-round action in the women’s 200m. Some 22 finals will be contested.last_img read more

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DC United deny MBU historic first

first_imgDino Williams was left a broken man after Montego Bay United (MBU) allowed DC United a three-goal comeback to deny them their first-ever win in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League on Tuesday night at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.MBU’s left midfield player JermaineWoozencroft, fired them into the lead just after the midway point of the first half, and Williams struck either side of the half to give the hosts what appeared to be a comfortable 3-0 lead.In what head coach Timothy Hankinson described as the best first half of any side he has coached, his MBU suffered badly in the second half and imploded, as Michael Farfan, Kofi Opare and Jairo Arrieta all scored to earn DC United a share of the points.’we should have won'”It was a game we should have won. We wanted to win and reverse that loss in DC,” a teary-eyed Williams said.”It’s hard to take because we had them,” he continued.Had them indeed; as Woozencroft controlled a quickly taken free-kick midway the DC United half by Dwayne Ambusley to drill a low shot past the advancing Andrew Dykstra in the DC United goal for the lead in the 27th.Then in the 30th, the rampaging Donovan Carey’s speed took him beyond his defender and found the centre forward in a pocket of space and Williams let fly a thunderous shot to beat Dykstra.Williams converted from the penalty spot just after the half-time interval, when Carey was brought down inside the area.Pride was on the line for the host, having already been dumped from advancing to the quarter-final stage of the league with losses to both DC United and Arabe Unido previously, but no one saw what was about to unfold.the comebackUnited, which had already sealed a place in the quarter-final round and were merely playing for seeding, responded to their coach’s half-time speech. Arrieta gave them belief when he responded quickest to MBU goalkeeper Jacomeno Barrett’s initial block to score.On the 79th minute marker, Opare netted, to further dent the MBU lead at 3-2 with a diving header at the far post.The comeback was complete when defender Perry Kitchen’s wayward shot found Farfan and the midfielder curled his shot inside the far post, leaving the home crowd and the MBU players disappointed.”A draw is an improvement against DC for us, but we are disappointed. The first half was simply beautiful football from us, but I think we suffered in the second half because of the lack of concentration,” said MBU’s Hankinson.”Dino and Woozecroft had a great game and Carey did well. It’s not always about winning these tournaments; it’s about learning and getting that experience,” stated Hankinson.MBU will end their fixtures in the Champions League with the return leg against Arabe Unido on October 22.last_img read more

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Wretched West Indies against the ropes

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (CMC): Another wretched batting collapse left a deflated West Indies hanging by a string against Australia and staring another humiliating defeat in the face after only two days of the pivotal second Test. Under severe pressure after Australia piled up a daunting 551 for three declared in their first innings, the Windies displayed little character in reply, and their innings lay in ruins at 91 for six, on a chastening day at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. There were initial hopes the tourists would banish the nightmares of the Hobart first Test, when opener Rajindra Chandrika, who made 25, and partner Kraigg Brathwaite, who got 17, added 35 for the first wicket. But West Indies lost wickets in clusters. Three tumbled for 15 runs to leave them tottering on 50 for three, and after Jermaine Blackwood, who struck 28, and Darren Bravo (13 not out) put on 32 for the fourth wicket, the Caribbean side lost another three wickets for a single run in the space of 15 deliveries, to crumble again. The damage was done by left-arm spinner Nathan Lyon (2-18), along with fast bowlers Peter Siddle (2-19) and James Pattinson (2-36), all of whom picked up two wickets apiece to wreck the Windies innings. Left-hander Bravo, who has faced 75 balls in a defiant knock, will carry his side’s fight on the third day along with debutant all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite, who was unbeaten on three. Captain Steve Smith had earlier punched his sixth century of the year and 13th of his career with an unbeaten 134, while Adam Voges, at age 36, notched his fourth century of his debut year, as Australia built on their overnight 345 for three. The right-handed Smith, unbeaten on 32 at the start, struck eight fours in an innings lasting 177 balls, while Voges counted 12 fours off 166 deliveries, to follow up his brilliant unbeaten 269 in Hobart. Together, they posted 223 in an unbroken fourth-wicket partnership as the Aussies added a further 206 before declaring an hour before tea, with West Indies all but deflated. Fast bowler Jerome Taylor, who bowled just four overs on Sunday, finished with two for 97.last_img read more

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Chris Gayle was wrong, but …

first_imgYES! Chris Gayle was wrong to proposition Australian journalist Mel McLaughlin during the live-television interview.After all, the big Jamaican paid his US$7,000 fine and he apologised to Ms McIntosh, who duly accepted his apology, but somehow this issue just won’t go away.Some of us dare to opine that this issue has been massively blown out of proportion and that the “sin” of pursuing a woman, even though executed inappropriately and unprofessionally, in no way merits the level of vitriolic and fervent attacks and criticisms that have come the way of the swashbuckling left-handed batsman.That position is in some quarters being misconstrued to mean unequivocal support for Gayle.There appears to be an intolerant unwillingness to entertain any semblance of independence of thought on this issue, which has now ballooned beyond the point of the denouncement and condemnation of Gayle’s actions.There now appears to be much more than meets the eye swirling around Gayle’s awkward, almost embarrassing attempt at flirting with the Aussie journalist, with the introduction of agenda-laced terms such as sexual harassment, sexism, and misogyny, which forces one to wonder if the legitimate cries against Gayle’s actions have not now totally lost credibility.DOUBLE STANDARDThere is the glaring double standard and hypocrisy as it relates to tennis superstar Maria Sharapova’s equally unprofessional and inappropriate flirtation with a male journalist in the very same country, Australia. The disparity in how those moments were treated compared to how Gayle’s indiscretions have been treated locally and internationally stinks to the high heavens.Again, some of us dare to ask the question, why?When one prominent Australian commentator, Ian Chappell, the man who, incidentally, committed the far worse offence of dropping his pants in the middle of a domestic game in Australia while he was Australia’s captain, when such a compromised character comes out and advocates a worldwide ban for Chris Gayle, where else can the rational mind go but to a place that says a black man from the Caribbean is prohibited from setting his personal sights on such a symbol of white Australian beauty.Another instructive dynamic is the level of condemnation coming the way of Gayle from his fellow Jamaicans.While understanding the emotional rebuff to a prominent and successful Jamaican man choosing to pursue a foreign white woman, substantively ignoring his black Jamaican girls, outside of the understandable emotional backlash from that dynamic, there seems to be a wider, and more strident, conviction to get Chris Gayle from his very own people.Another stark reminder of our propensity as a people to tear down our own, I think Jamaicans are more expert at doing that than any other nationality in the world. We really do epitomise the ‘crab in barrell’ syndrome. If Chris Gayle was of any other nationality, he would absolutely get more support from his own people.As was the case when he strolled into the middle in the very next Big Bash game after the controversy erupted – where he was welcomed to rapturous applause by the Australian crowd – he was even hugged by an Australian woman. But with all of that healing and reconciliation taking place Down Under, here in Jamaica, the desperate hunt is on for even more of Chris Gayle’s blood. Gofigure!last_img read more

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Felix to miss Doha meet

first_imgDOHA, Qatar (AP):Organisers say Olympic 200 metres champion Allyson Felix has pulled out of the Diamond League meet in Doha next week because of a “minor” ankle injury she picked up in training.Felix was to open her season by running in the 100 metres in Qatar on May 6.In a statement released by organisers, Felix says, “My coach and I feel that it is best to be fully healthy before opening up.”Felix is also scheduled to run the 400 metres at the Prefontaine Classic at the end of May, part of her preparations before attempting a 200-400 double at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August.At the Prefontaine Classic, Felix is set to go up against Olympic 400 metres champion Sanya Richards-Ross at Hayward Field on May 27-28.last_img

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Administrators hold key to Trelawny’s RSPL goal

first_imgWestern Bureau: DESPITE being unimpressed with the overall standard of football in Trelawny, Linnel McLean, the parish’s top administrator and president of the Western Confederation, said he is hard-pressed to see a club there advancing to the Premier League, but is hoping that changes he is calling for will get at least one club there in the next two seasons. “Realistically, the future of football in the parish is bright, but at the moment, it is hard to identify a club that could return the parish to the Premier League,” McLean told The Gleaner after watching the National Rums of Jamaica/Trelawny Division One final between Granville FC and Invaders at the Elleston Wakeland Centre in Falmouth on Sunday. Former Premier League outfit, Invaders FC, won the Division One title with a 4-3 penalty shootout victory over Granville FC, while in the day’s other fixture, the Trelawny FA Monymusk Plantation Rum mid-season finale, a strike from second-half substitute Renaldo Scott in the 90th minute was enough for Rio Bueno to edge Bunkers Hill 1-0 for the bonus prize. Trelawny was home to Premier League outfits such as Conquers FC, Invaders FC and Village United (relegated in 2011-12), the last club to represent that parish in the nation’s top football league. McLean said the lack of forward thinking and the inability of some club administrators to rise above mediocrity contributed in a significant way to the clubs’ fall from grace. Newly crowned Division One champions, Invaders, are one of few exceptions, according to McLean. “There are others, but Invaders have a good young coach. They are taking the football seriously and are positioning themselves to benefit from whatever programme the parish association has in place,” McLean said. Invaders last played in the Premier League in the 2002-03 season, but were relegated the following year. In the eyes of McLean, they are on their way back. “It will take time,” he said. “Right now, I cannot say there is a team I think could make the Premier League. Invaders are now back in the Trelawny Major League and will have to perform twice as better there before even thinking about the next step. “Then there are Rio Bueno and Bunkers Hill FC for example in the Major League running. Baca Star FC also is initiating some real change. “These clubs are among a select few which could in the future be of such quality to stage a run on the Premier League. But much changes are still in order administratively to make that step,” McLean pointed out.last_img read more

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Guardiola no match for Messi – Barcelona beat City 4-0

first_img Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had put Arsenal up 3-0 before Ozil took over. Paris Saint-Germain also have seven points after their 3-0 home win over Basel, who are level on one point with Ludogorets. Angel Di Maria ended his goal drought at just the right moment and striker Edinson Cavani continued his scoring streak as PSG overcame a poor start at the Parc des Princes. Having gone 17 games without a goal for club and country, Di Maria pounced five minutes before half-time and Brazilian winger Lucas slotted in his seventh goal of the season in the 62nd before Cavani added a late penalty. In Group B, Vincent Aboubakar scored twice as Besiktas beat Napoli 3-2 to deny the Italian club a chance of advancing from the group stage in record time. It was the Turkish side’s first win in the competition since 2009. If Napoli had won, they would have become the first team in Champions League history to advance from the group after just three matches. THREE-GOAL WIN ROME, Italy (AP): After all the hype about Pep Guardiola returning to face his former club, Lionel Messi ensure that it was no contest. Messi scored a hat-trick to deal a humbling defeat to his former mentor yesterday, leading Barcelona to an emphatic 4-0 victory over Manchester City in the Champions League. Messi sped through City’s defence and around former Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo before giving the hosts the 17th-minute lead in a Group C match that both teams finished with 10 men. It only got worse for Bravo, who was sent off in the second half for using his hands to block a shot outside the area after his poor pass gifted the ball to Luis Suarez. Messi struck again in the 61st and 69th to take his total to 89 goals in Europe’s top club competition. The Argentina forward is second only to Cristiano Ronaldo’s 98. Barcelona’s substitute defender Jeremy Mathieu was sent off in the 73rd minute for a second yellow card. Neymar rounded off the win from a pass by Messi, moments after the Brazil striker had missed a penalty that Messi had earned. Barcelona lead Group C with a perfect nine points, City have four and Borussia Moenchengladbach three after their 2-0 win at last-place Celtic, who have one point. In Group A, Mesut Ozil fired a second-half hat trick as Arsenal took a big step toward the knockout stage with a 6-0 rout of Bulgarian champion Ludogorets. The north London side, which is now unbeaten since the opening game of the season two months ago, tops the group with seven points.last_img read more

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Gordon eyes good performance on Sunday

first_img LAST GAME Since bursting on the scene in the 2013-14 Red Stripe Premier League season, where he bagged a brace to back up Dino Williams’ hat-trick in Montego Bay United’s 5-2 win over Waterhouse in the final, Owayne ‘Turkle back’ Gordon has slowly captivated the hearts of local football fans. Many of those have always believed that the former Montego Bay United striker would be a valuable addition to the Reggae Boyz squad. Last season, his 20 goals laid the foundation for Montego Bay United to claim their second title in three years after he picked up the mantle following the temporary departure of Williams. However, he netted a brace before departing the island the day before the final in order to take up his contract with his new club, Indy Eleven. Gordon, who is on the verge of getting his third cap with the Reggae Boyz, told The Gleaner that he wants to justify the local fans’ calls for his selection “It’s a great feeling to be back in the system, and we just want to prove ourselves why we have been called up and why people have been requesting us to be in the team. They see the talent, the hard work and determination that can move this team forward, so I come to prove a point, and that is to go out and do my job,” he told The Gleaner following an impressive showing in a training session at the Stadium East field ahead of the team’s Caribbean Cup qualifier against Suriname this Sunday. Gordon, who helped Indy Eleven to the North American Soccer League (NASL) championship final with three goals this season, played ten minutes plus extra time in Jamaica’s last game against Guyana and he is looking to replicate that performance or even do better. “My focus is to come here and to put on a good performance. In Guyana, I came off the bench and put in a brilliant performance. Me and Dino Williams were a big game changer as we won the game 4-2, so I have no doubt that I will be in this game. “This will be my first game at the stadium (National Stadium) with the national team. I just hope to go out there and get the job done and make word come to pass, so I am most definitely looking to put on a good performance on Sunday,” he added.last_img read more

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‘Daggerman’ Holder on the hunt again

first_img TRENDING DOWNWARD “Things began to trend downwards from 2014 and people began noticing, some saying it was because of my attitude and lifestyle,” said the jockey, who stands 3′ 10″, the shortest ever to ride at Caymanas Park. “My last winner, in July 2015, was the outsider, NUH VEX, in the Grooms’ Association Trophy over the straight. Before that, I won aboard ARGENTINA for trainer Peter McMaster, but in the latter part of the year, it became difficult to get live rides with the new apprentices coming into the system. “Although I could ride as light as 48.0 kg, things were just not working out for me, so I decided to take a break from racing. I had some money to sustain me so I went back to the country, Accompong, St Elizabeth, to cool out and reflect on my career,” recalled the 26-year-old jockey, a past student of Maggotty High. “I returned to the saddle a month ago and, having curbed many of my old habits, I understand what is life and that career comes first. “I still love dancing, I still like Kartel music, but there is a time and place for everything and I am working hard to make it work, for I am strong and have the proven ability to get back among the winners,” he pointed out. A graduate of the Jockeys’ School, with batchmates Shamaree Muir, O’Brien White, Ruja Lahoe and Renaldo McNaughton, Holder made a sensational start to his career at the back end of 2012, riding his first winner, NO SMOKING, returning later in the afternoon to make it a double aboard the grey, SMOKIN MAN, over the straight. Despite his size, Holder quickly made a name for himself aboard horses such as MONEY HONEY, EASTWOOD, SONGS OF FREEDOM, OCHUN, TO THE WORLD and I’M THANKFUL, culminating in 2013 when finishing second to Muir (39 wins) in the apprentice championship. – O. C. JOCKEY Prince ‘Daggerman’ Holder was one of the most successful apprentices of the batch which graduated from the Jockeys’ School in 2012, but his embrace of the dancehall impacted negatively on a promising career. From a high of 34 winners and $17.2 million in stakes for seventh place in the jockeys’ championship in 2013, Holder experienced a significant slump in 2014, riding only two winners from 130 mounts to finish 36th in the standings. As the winners dried up, he could only muster four wins from 75 rides last year to finish 37th in the standings. The slide was not only attributed to Holder’s overindulgence in partying and having fun at the expense of his career, but it was felt by some trainers that he became brash, cocky and neglectful. However, he did well enough during his three years of apprenticeship to receive a substantial sum of money from the Jamaica Racing Commission, compulsory saving from purses earned during the period.last_img read more

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Morgan, Brown up for CONCACAF awards

first_imgReggae Boyz defender Wes Morgan, who signed an endorsement deal with rum company Captain Morgan, is one of two Jamaicans shortlisted for awards at the fourth annual CONCACAF Awards, after his performances for English Premier League champions Leicester City.Morgan, who skippered Leicester City to their first ever English Premier League title with an impressive showing in defence for the Foxes, in a nicely connected coming together given his own surname, has now partnered with the popular rum brand in its #CelebrateLikeTheCaptain promotional campaign.Fans around the world will be able to toast the Leicester City defender with a limited edition Captain Morgan bottle with his picture on the label.Morgan was a rock in defence for Leicester last season as he led the team to the English Premier League title by winning the competition 10 points ahead of second placed Arsenal.Morgan will be helping to promote and judge the #CelebrateLikeTheCaptain campaign, which calls on football teams to perform and upload goal celebrations to win monthly prizes, culminating in an end of season trip to Jamaica for the best team.Meanwhile, assistant referee Princess Brown is the other Jamaican nominated for a CONCACAF award. She is nominated for the Female Referee of the Year Award.Morgan faces stiff competition from Ryan Ruiz of Guatemala, Clint Dempsey of the United States, Javier Hernandez of Mexico, and Kaylor Navas of Costa Rica for the Player of the Year Award.The CONCACAF awards honour players and achievements in CONCACAF-sanctioned tournaments and competitions involving the confederation’s national teams at all levels.This includes FIFA World Cups and World Cup qualifying for both genders, in all age categories.robert.bailey@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

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