first_imgThe Alliance-McKay Security Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Under-20 competition, which was won by Waterhouse FC last year, is set to get under way tomorrow.Alliance Finance, which has been supporting KSAFA since 1996, handed over a cheque worth $1 million as title sponsor.The other title sponsor, McKay Security, contributed $600,000. Western Sports will contribute a set of gear to each participating team for an overall value of $825,000.Also, former Reggae Boyz striker Khari Stephenson, whose father, Stewart, is the head of KSAFA, has donated three pairs of boots to be presented to the Most Valuable Player, Leading Goalscorer, and Best Defender at the completion of the competition.RJR Group and KLAS-ESPN Sports Radio will broadcast the games from the quarter-final stage.Stewart Stephenson said he is grateful to the sponsors for their support.”This cannot cover the cost of what the clubs need to prepare for competition, but we have done our best,” Stephenson said.Both title sponsors say they are committed to the development of the sport.”Due to the success last year, we are pleased to continue sponsorship of the Under-20 competition in KSAFA,” Arnie Francis, Alliance Finance’s general manager, disclosed.”This competition provides an avenue for the players in their development. We are very passionate about what we do. This is a very good competition,” Francis added.Rodney McPherson, McKay Security’s special projects manager, said: “It is good to be associated with this competition for another year. Our contribution is also part of our outreach programme.”KSAFA Competitions Chairman Marc Williams said the competition – whose first-round fixtures were not confirmed at the press conference – serves as a critical part in the development of players.”To have registered 31 of 33 clubs from KSAFA is a testimony of its importance,” Williams shared.The teams will play in four zones based on their geography. At the completion of the group stage, the top two teams from each zone will advance to the knockout stage.The champion team will receive $50,000 and the trophy; the beaten finalist is guaranteed $40,000, while the third- and fourth-place teams will earn $30,000 and $20,000, respectively.last_img read more


first_imgIt’s no surprise that Calabar High and Edwin Allen High held on to their team titles at the recently held ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships. Both schools used great depth as a launch pad to victory at the March 15 to 19 championships. However, Kingston College and Hydel High, the respective runners-up, both have reasons for optimism.Led by coach Michael Clarke’s magnificent crew of Class 2 sprinters, Calabar increased their winning margin from 16.5 points last year to 27.5 this year. Christopher Taylor, Dejour Russell, Michael Stephens and Brandon Health chipped in with one-two finishes in the 100, 200 and 400 metres and one-three in the hurdles to lead the green-and-blacks to score 118 points in Class 2.outgoing seniorThose same boys gathered a Champs all-classes record of 116 when they were in Class 3.Even though Calabar were predictably modest in Class 3, one-two results in the 110 hurdles, led by outgoing senior Seanie Selvin and Kyle Mitchell in the shot, the Class 1 team added 88 points. The corresponding numbers for KC are 50 and 46.In part, because of illness to Kevroy Venson, Calabar managed only 38.5 points in Class 3. Venson, the favourite for both the 800 and 1500 metres, was eliminated in the first round of the shorter event, but recovered to win the longer event.The 2015 Calabar Class 3 unit took 35 points home.That’s the bright side for Kingston College and Jamaica College and any others who entertain hopes of winning anytime soon. The repeated absence of a high point Class 3 squad suggests that Calabar won’t be able to replace Taylor and company when they go up to Class 1 next year.Still Kingston College have much to work on with a meagre seven-point haul from the throws – a key area for attention. With Zico Campbell joining 2015 double Class 2 champion Rasheeda Downer in Class 1, the purples should be fortified.Not even the triple disaster of a lane violation for Class 1 200m prospect Patrice Moody, an injury-hit campaign for captain Shellece Clarke, and a baton drop for the Class 4 4x100m favourites could stop the Michael Dyke-coached Edwin Allen team. Clarke lost her sprint-win streak to Kimone Shaw of St Jago, who burned the Class 2 100m record to 11.40 seconds, but that was just one battle. Edwin Allen retained the big prize by scoring almost as freely as predicted. The champion school’s gold-medal winners included sprinters like Moody, who recovered to take the Class 1 100m, and Kevona Davis, who won both the 100m and 200m in Class 3, to Cemore Donald, who copped the 800/1500 Class 3 double to steeplechase champion Teresha Jacobs.possible challengerAnna Ashley continued her phenomenal Champs career with twin wins in the Class 2 high and long jumps.The best of all of those gold medals went to Shannon Kalawan, who flitted through the 400 metre hurdles in 56.41 seconds, the second fastest time in Champs history.Only 61 points of Edwin Allen’s 337.5 total were won in Class 1.Nevertheless, Hydel have emerged as a possible challenger in the future. Attention has clearly been paid to the middle and long distances and has added to Hydel’s core areas of sprints, jumps and hurdles. Coached by Corey Bennett, Hydel amassed 263 points.That’s a Hydel scoring record. Coach Bennett will lose reliable Samara Spencer, the Class 1 long and triple jump winner, to graduation after a fine Champs career, but he and his team have found a winning formula. Time will tell if it is quite enough to close in on Edwin Allen at Boys and Girls’ Championships 2017.For now, it’s time for Calabar and Edwin Allen to celebrate.• HUBERT LAWRENCE has attended Champs since 1980.last_img read more


first_img NO PENALTY AWARDED Before that, Reno were left counting their lucky stars when referee Karl Tyrell turned down a penalty shout from Humble Lion, when a defender obstructed the forward run of Kirk Duckworth into the area. The draw kept Humble Lion fourth in the 12-team points table on 40 points, while Reno are doing their best to avoid the relegation battle. They have 31 points, two places above the red zone. “I am not altogether disappointed. Today (yesterday), I thought we played a good game. We were a little unlucky, but that’s part of the game,” said Michael Graham, the FC Reno coach. “We still aren’t putting away our chances and that is hurting us, but we are confident that we will survive the scrap heap this time around,” added Graham. WESTERN BUREAU: Injury-prone Levaughn Williams scored as Humble Lion FC earned a hard-fought 1-1 draw with FC Reno at Frome Sports Complex in yesterday’s round of matches of the Red Stripe Premier League. Williams told The Gleaner after the drawn encounter that his team was in the right frame of mind to hold on to a semi-final spot. “It was a difficult game. Reno played us hard as they are battling relegation and we are seeking to hold on to fourth or climb as high as we can in the table with the semi-finals around the corner,” the attacking midfielder said. The former national representative scored in the 53rd minute to cancel out Roshane Sharpe’s 16th minute strike for the hosts. FC Reno’s goalie Joel Johnson raced off his line to collect a through pass into the area, but Williams poked the ball around Johnson before slamming the ball home for the equaliser. Williams said he was delighted to have scored, but felt Humble Lion deserved the three points. “This is just us building towards our end of season goal, which is to become Red Stripe Premier League champions for the first time. But that will not happen until we hold our position in the top four and then move from there and, of course, win the final should we get there,” Williams said. The game was there for the taking for either team, and in stoppage time, FC Reno came close when right-back Shamar Bernard struck a fierce shot but found the firm hands of Humble Lion goalkeeper Kadeem Davis.last_img read more


first_img DAY OF JOY Granville FC crowned themselves in glory by winning their first ever Western Confederation Super League title 3-2 in a dramatic penalty shoot-out win over Sandals Whitehouse at Jarrett Park on Saturday. It ended a trophyless 16-year wait for the Tracey Reid-coached team and gives them a shot at qualifying for the Red Stripe Premier League when the playoffs get under way. Reid become the first female coach to win the Western Confederation Super League title and could break new ground if she qualifies her team for the 2016-2017 Red Stripe Premier League season in a month’s time. MAIDEN TITLE “Words cannot explain what I am feeling right now,” said an emotional Reid, after watching her team eke out the win. “I just knew that today would be a day of joy for us; I woke up and felt it that we would win, and although it went to penalties, I was confident that we would have won it,” Reid said. The final was decided by penalties after both teams played out a dour regulation and extra time in which there was hardly a telling shot on target. Granville looked the hungrier of the teams and went about their business, but wayward shooting and the lack of intent in the final third made sure they didn’t score. Sandals Whitehouse were also guilty of not playing to their strength and suffered in the latter part of the match from fatigue, although their best player on the day, Leonard Rankine, a former daCosta Cup star player for The Manning’s School, tried his best to ignite their attack. With the score locked at 0-0 after extra time, it was down to five players from each side to bring home what was essentially a maiden title and it began really well for both, with David Gillard scoring the first spot kick for Granville and Delroy Davis for Sandals Whitehouse. Andrew Allen then made it 2-1 in favour of Granville and Rankine had his penalty well saved by Granville’s goalkeeper. The dreadlocked Jason Rose would score to make it 3-1 Granville. Dervin Campbell netted for Sandals to trim the lead at 3-2 before Granville’s Odane Snow’s rasping kick struck the crossbar. It ended when Orane Warren fired wide of the target to send the Granville players and supporters into wild celebrations. “This is big, not just for the club but Granville, the community. Our focus now is on the Premier League playoffs and, ultimately, when we get there, we hope to represent Montego Bay and the Western Confed well,” Reid said.last_img read more


first_img LEGAL ACTION ST.JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC): The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has defended its decision to impose a 20 percent levy on the contract fees of its T20 stars playing in overseas domestic tournaments, saying revenue raised will be used to aid the development of players in the territories. A statement from the WICB released yesterday says some of the funds will be disbursed as an incentive for territories to “expose new cricket talent”. The unprecedented move by the WICB proposed to take 20 percent of T20 players’ contract fees in exchange for a no-objection certificate (NOC) to compete in overseas T20 tournaments. “A portion of these funds derived from these release fees will also go back to the clubs and franchises/territories in recognition of the role they played in developing the player and as an incentive for them to continuously expose new cricket talent,” the statement said. “The WICB earlier this year distributed player production fees to all the territories/franchises and clubs from which players came from.” The WICB says it has communicated its new policy to the CEOs and Presidents of all ICC full members. The Statement says that so far India and Bangladesh have agreed to release the fees. However, there are reports that WICB’s new policy has been rejected by Cricket South Africa, and there has been no response yet from the Pakistan Cricket Board and Cricket Australia. “The WICB is in the process of discussions with the various full members as to the other boards’ acceptance of that position. The dialogue is ongoing and we wait on official word,” said the statement. “In addition to India, Bangladesh has also agreed to the release fees. The practice is also used in other jurisdictions like England”. The Federation of International Players’ Association (FICA) has condemned the move and has threatened legal action against the WICB. Insignia Sports, who manages all-rounders Kieron Pollard, Darren Sammy, Dwayne Bravo and Chris Gayle among others, also plans to challenge the WICB move. “WICB understands that this policy decision may result in reciprocal agreements from other full member boards for obtaining NOCs for their players,” said the WICB statement. “We view this approach as necessary to preserve the best interests of West Indies cricket at both domestic and international levels”.last_img read more


first_imgFlorida (AP): California Chrome and Arrogate will meet once more on the track. Before that, an off-track race will be settled. California Chrome and Arrogate were among the finalists announced yesterday for Horse of the Year, the top prize that will be awarded at the Eclipse Awards. Those trophies will be presented on January 21 – one week before California Chrome races for the final time, facing Arrogate again in the inaugural running of the $12 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park. California Chrome won seven of his eight starts last year. The lone loss was to Arrogate in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. “He’s obviously going to be missed,” Alan Sherman, the son of California Chrome trainer Art Sherman, said this week. “You can’t replace a horse like him. He’s a once-in-a-lifetime horse. We’re proud of everything he’s done, but all good things come to an end, I guess. We’re just going to enjoy it and have fun. I think he’s going to put on a really good show at Gulfstream.” Songbird is the other finalist for Horse of the Year. Javier Castellano is aiming for his fourth straight Eclipse as best jockey, with Jose Ortiz and Mike Smith the other finalists. Smith is a two-time winner, the last of those trophies coming in 1994. Bob Baffert is one of three finalists for the trainer Eclipse, last year’s winner joined there by Chad Brown and Mark Casse. If Baffert wins, he would be the third five-time winner of the Eclipse in that division, joining only Bobby Frankel and seven-time winner Todd Pletcher.last_img read more


first_imgOlympic champion hurdler Brianna Rollins of the United States received a one-year suspension on Thursday for repeated failures to disclose her whereabouts to anti-doping officials – a ban she says was caused by a mix-up in a computer programme.Rollins’ suspension is retroactive to September 27, 2016, the date of her last missed whereabouts report.Her gold medal, part of a medals sweep by US 100m hurdlers at the Rio Games last year, will not be stripped.The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and other governing bodies in sports consider out-of-competition testing critical to clean competition, and all Olympic athletes in the United States and many other countries are required to submit their locations so they can be tested anywhere without advance notice.Rollins underwent eight out-of-competition tests last year and “at least” 16 tests overall, according to her attorneys, and never tested positive.RACES WILL BE MISSEDStill, she will miss the 2017 outdoor season, including a chance to compete at World Championships later this year.”I accept full responsibility for the mistakes that have led to my suspension and am disappointed that I will have to miss this coming outdoor season as a result of my confusion over how the whereabouts programme worked,” Rollins said.In a news release, her attorneys said the computer programme listed her location on certain dates as both her home and a track meet where she was competing. She missed three tests, on April 27, September 13, and September 27. A third missed test results in an anti-doping violation.After USADA’s initial ruling, Rollins took her case to an arbitration panel, which delivered what her attorneys called the minimum penalty allowable.In its decision, the panel acknowledged it was “a difficult case because it involves the imposition of a serious penalty on a brilliant athlete who is not charged or suspected of using banned substances of any kind.”last_img read more


first_imgDaniel Azar was very elated after winning his first major regional title at the Central American and Caribbean Tennis Confederation (COTECC) championship that ended earlier this month. The All Jamaica 12-and-under champion dominated the recently concluded COTECC 12 and Under Junior Invitational Championships held in Antigua and Barbuda April 29-May 1 by capturing both the singles and doubles titles. Azar did not lose a set throughout the four-day tournament, defeating players from St Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda, the United States of America, and the British Virgin Islands on his way to capturing his first major singles and doubles titles on the COTECC calendar. “The competition was tough but I had prepared well and am super happy. After a few days off, I will get back to work and I am looking forward to even bigger and better things,” Azar said. In the semi-finals, Azar defeated St Lucia’s Arden Rosemond 4-2, 4-1, before going on to defeat Jaiden Julien of the USA 4-2, 5-4 in a keenly contested final. Azar then teamed with Trinidadian Tim Pasea to win the doubles title defeating the pair Trinidad and Tobago pair Daniel Jeary and Beckham Sylvester 4-1, 4-1. Azar attends Campion College and is coached by former national representative Matthew Rodriquez and current national champion Damion Johnson. Azar dedicated his victories to his former coach and uncle, former national champion Eddie Smatt, who died last year while en route to the same tournament. Equally dominant in the girls’ division was Antiguan Sybley Charles who won both the singles and doubles titles. The tournament, which was being held for the fifth consecutive year, attracted 30 players from nine countries.last_img read more


first_imgBishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay MOST READ Angelique Kerber, of Germany, returns a shot from Naomi Osaka, of Japan, during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK — The question was rather simple after Angelique Kerber became only the second defending U.S. Open champion in the professional era to lose in the first round.The surprisingly lopsided 6-3, 6-1 loss to 45th-ranked Naomi Osaka of Japan under the closed roof in Arthur Ashe Stadium at a rainy Flushing Meadows on Tuesday was former No. 1 Kerber’s latest in a long list of disappointing performances in 2017, so she was asked what she thinks went wrong this season.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles “I know that I’m strong and I know that I will come back stronger, for sure. I know that I will not (be) giving up,” said Kerber, the first defending champion to lose in the U.S. Open’s first round since Svetlana Kuznetsova in 2005.Showers showed up before noon Tuesday and led to the postponements of dozens of matches. The only court used in the afternoon and evening was Ashe, thanks to the retractable cover constructed ahead of last year’s tournament.Pliskova, who is seeded No. 1, easily advanced by beating Magda Linette 6-2, 6-1, French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko got past Lara Arruabarrena 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 in a match that started on Court 17 then was moved indoors at Ashe, and No. 23 Barbora Strycova defeated Misaki Doi 6-1, 6-3. Yet another seeded woman was eliminated when No. 28 Lesia Tsurenko lost to Yanina Wickmayer 6-3, 6-1.At night in Ashe, No. 15 Madison Keys was to face Elise Mertens of Belgium.The only men’s matches completed were at Ashe, where No. 1 Rafael Nadal overcame a first-set hiccup before overpowering Dusan Lajovic of Serbia 7-6 (6), 6-2, 6-2. Nadal’s possible semifinal foe and chief rival for the title, Roger Federer, was to face 19-year-old American Frances Tiafoe at night.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img She sighed, shrugged her shoulders and began to answer: “I don’t know.”Moments later, her eyes darting around the room, she added, “This year is a completely different year.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Talk about an understatement. In 2016, Kerber broke through to the top of tennis in a spectacular way. A player with only one previous Grand Slam semifinal appearance reached the first three major title matches of her career, winning two of them: She stunned Serena Williams in the Australian Open final, lost to Williams in the Wimbledon final, and then beat Karolina Pliskova in the U.S. Open final to rise atop the WTA rankings for the first time.Her follow-up has been quite a flop. Kerber, a 29-year-old German, hasn’t won any title of any sort this season. She is only 25-18 overall, 0-9 against opponents ranked in the top 20, and Monday’s loss assured her of falling out of the top 10 for the first time since October 2015. At Grand Slam tournaments she is 6-4, including another first-round loss in May at the French Open, where she became that tournament’s first No. 1 seed to lose so early. 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Three of the top seven seeded women were gone before dinnertime on Day 2, with No. 6 Kerber joining Monday’s losers, No. 2 Simona Halep — beaten by Maria Sharapova in her first Grand Slam match since a 15-month doping suspension — and No. 7 Johanna Konta.While Kerber’s quick departure was stunning in and of itself, that Osaka would be the one to do it might not be quite so remarkable, even if she is just 19 and never won before against a top-10 woman.Osaka is comfortable around the grounds at Flushing Meadows, where she has been spending time, and even occasionally practicing, since she was a kid: She was born in Osaka, Japan, so represents that country, but moved to the U.S. when she was 3, has dual citizenship, and used to live on Long Island.“The site,” Osaka said, “feels really familiar to me.”She nearly upended Keys in the U.S. Open’s third round last year, leading 5-1 in the third set before losing in a tiebreaker, a collapse on her mind in the latter stages Tuesday.This time, Osaka held steady, using her powerful baseline game to bully Kerber.Osaka accumulated a 22-9 edge in winners, broke in half of Kerber’s eight service games and saved all four break points she faced.“It was not my day,” Kerber summed up. “Completely not my day.”Hasn’t been her year, either. 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first_imgSBC’s top hitter Cesca Racraquin challenges St. Benildes’ Dianne Ventura as Marites Pablo tries to provide help during their PVL Collegiate Conference clash at the Filoil Flying V Center. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOSan Beda warded off St. Benilde’s late charge for a 25-21, 25-20, 17-25, 25-19 victory t in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at Filoil Flying V Center Wednesday.Cesca Racraquin took charge with 15 points for the Red Spikers, who notched survived the Lady Blazers’ fightback to notch their second win.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend A costly, catty dispute finally settled Winning start A costly, catty dispute finally settled OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsoncenter_img Break new ground MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. San Beda bounced back from its shutout loss to Arellano to tie the Lady Chiefs at second behind Adamson’s 2-0 mark.The Lady Blazers struck back from two sets down with a convincing win in third but lost steam after battling the Red Spikers in a fierce duel majority of the fourth. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThey slid to 0-2 and are in danger of missing the semifinals.St. Benilde came through with 15 blocks, including eight from Ranya Musa. Nieza Viray backed Racraquin with 12 points. Ateneo Blue Babble protests CHR budget, EJKs at halftime performance Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ View commentslast_img read more