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  • Zlatan, Cavani give Chelsea the blues

    first_imgPARIS (AP):Struggling striker Edinson Cavani came off the bench to score the winner as Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) beat Chelsea 2-1 in a pulsating first leg in the last 16 of the Champions League yesterday.Cavani, who has lost his place in the side in recent weeks, latched on to a superb pass over Chelsea’s stretched defence from winger Angel Di Maria and slotted through the legs of goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois from a narrow angle in the 78th minute.”I’m happy for Eddy. I’ve said it often because people doubt his scoring abilities, but he’s always shown he can score goals,” PSG coach Laurent Blanc said. “He was going through a very difficult period and I hope that scoring this goal gives him his confidence back.”Zlatan Ibrahimovic put PSG ahead with a powerful free kick in the 39th minute, only for Chelsea to level on the stroke of half time with a rare goal from midfielder John Obi Mikel.Courtois made a string of saves to keep Chelsea in contention heading into the second leg, and Spanish winger Pedro almost spoiled the home celebrations in injury time with a rasping drive into the side netting.”This is a very strong PSG, so I think the performance of our players was very good,” Chelsea coach Guus Hiddink said. “But we could have been more lethal in the four or five counters that we made.”PSG are unbeaten in domestic competition since March and in all competitions since a 1-0 reverse away to Real Madrid in the group stage on November 3 – a run of 23 games.Still, Blanc’s side could regret a host of missed chances and Chelsea will fancy their chances at Stamford Bridge in three weeks’ time.”It’s up to us to go and score at Stamford Bridge. We will get chances, and we must take them,” Blanc said.In the night’s other match, Benfica beat Zenit St Petersburg 1-0 in Lisbon thanks to an injury-time goal from Brazilian striker Jonas.Chelsea knocked out PSG in the quarter-finals two years ago and PSG won when they met at the same stage last season with both ties settled on away goals.last_img read more

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  • Love breaks discus record at Penn Relays

    first_imgPHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania:Excelsior High’s Shanice Love fought off cool and rainy conditions on the opening day of the 2016 Penn Relays to break her own national junior record and the meet mark in the girls’ discus throw.The ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships Class One and Carifta Under 20 champion threw the discus 54.72 metres to erase the old meet record of 54.29 metres set by former Holmwood Technical thrower Gleneive Grange in 2013. Love’s throw also broke the national junior mark of 54.66m she set at the MVP track meet two weeks ago. Hydel High’s Devia Brown was third in the event with a throw of 48.34m.Love, who will move to Florida State University in September, was very excited with her throw.”I am feeling great right now and despite the fact that my sequence not that good, I used my last throw to go for it no matter what happened, win or lose,” she said.St Jago High’s Tissana Hickling also mined gold. She won the girls’ long jump with a best of 5.86 metres. Edwin Allen’s Annia Ashley was fifth with 5.46m.DIFFICULT TIMEHickling’s teammate, Jodyann Petrie, was second in the triple jump after a best of 11.97m while Samara Spencer of Hydel was fifth with 11.86m.It was clear from the first track event, the girls’ 400m hurdles, that the Jamaican athletes were going to have a difficult time in performing at their best at a cold Franklin Field stadium. Shannon Kalawan of Edwin Allen was second in the event to Anna Cockrell of Providence High, North Carolina. After a neck-and-neck battle to the penultimate hurdle, the American found extra to pull away for to in 57.38 seconds. Kallawan was second in 58.80.There was mixed fortune for the Jamaican high schools in the relays.Defending champions Holmwood and Edwin Allen were the only two schools to qualify for today’s 4x800m final following preliminary round action yesterday. Holmwood finished second in 9:15.15 behind Pennwood out of Philadelphia in 9:12.07. Edwin Allen were third in 9:12.65. Vere Technical, who won their heat in a pedestrian 9:19.89, and Spalding High did not advance.Five Jamaican schools are in the Championships of America 4x100m final set for 1:25 p.m. (Ja time) today. Holmwood have the fastest time, after winning their heat in 45.64.FAVOURITESDefending champions Edwin Allen are the next best with 45.79, while Excelsior (46.55), St Catherine High (47.08), and first time qualifiers Green Island (47.18) the other Jamaican teams in the final. One of the prerace favourites, St Jago High, had a major mishap on the first exchange between Kimone Shaw and Shaniel English and they failed to finish.There was also a big scare for favourites St. Elizabeth Technical in the girls’ 4×400 metres. They found themselves in early trouble, and anchor leg runner Junelle Bromfield, who got the baton in third place, kept her position and crossed the line in 3:50.19. They were the seventh fastest qualifiers for today’s final. Holmwood are the fastest qualifiers after winning their section in 3:46.58. Edwin Allen (3:48.07) are the other Jamaican team in the final.last_img read more

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  • Friendship, family theme embrace Bell-Ziadie Memorial

    first_imgFriendship and family was the unofficial theme at the launch of the 28th renewal of the annual Bell-Zaidie Football Memorial at Cuddy’z Sports Bar and Restaurant yesterday, with each speaker emphasising the strong relationships that exist between the supporters, participants, family and friends of the yearly football celebration of the lives and contribution of two the nation’s most influential football men, Winthorpe ‘Jackie’ Bell and Dennis Zaidie. Lorna Bell, the widow of Jackie, was the first to highlight the strong ties which exist between all those who support this well-loved event, which will be staged at St George’s College’s Winchester Park on Heroes Day, next week Monday. “For 29 years, Clive “Busy” Campbell, Vaughn “Bunny” Goodison and all the Bell-Zaidie committee members have stayed the duty to make this a reality and the only thing I can says is how important friendship is,” she emphasised. “Friendships are life-savers. But like anything precious you must pay attention to it and treat it with love, kindness and care,” she continued. “Jackie and Dennis believed in friendship, they even shared their football gear and they died together and that is why we are all here for another Bell-Zaidie Memorial,” she commented. Stephanie Chin See of long-time sponsors Western Sports, noted that it was more than a football event to them. “We are pleased to be a part of this event as it is much more than football, it’s family and it’s friendship,” she stated. Michael ‘Bedi’ Walker, a former St George’s College Manning Cup player, stated that they are all like family. “The Zaidie family is very grateful for carrying on Dennis’ name like that … but we are like family,” he said. Lorna Bell also encouraged patrons, participants and supporters to come out and foster even more long lasting relationships on the day. “Let us have fun and fellowship, let us forge friendships on Monday, October 19,” she added. Meanwhile, five football stalwarts will be honoured this year, including former national player and Jamaica Football Federation administrator, Howard “Juicy” Bell, former St George’s College player, Ossie Tai, former FIFA referee, Victor Stewart and Hector Pinnock, who formerly represented leading division one football club, Railway. Four teams, St George’s College Old Boys, Masters & Celebrities, Sponsors and Media and Jamaica’s senior national men’s cricketers,will be vying to be crowned Bell/Zaidie Memorial Trophy. These teams will boast some of the nation’s most recognisable figures such as Jaheel Hyde, Leford Green, Ricardo ‘Bibi’ Gardener, Aidonia, Wayne Marshall, Chris Martin, Rudolph Speid, Gregory Messam Snr, Kasai Hinds, Nicholas Zaidie, Omar Thomas, Shavar Thomas, Nikita Miller, Andre Russell, Andre McCarthy, Krishmar Santokie, Carlton Baugh Jnr and David Bernard Jnr, Wayne Walker, Ian Burnett and Audley Boyd.last_img read more

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  • Clarke expects high class meet

    first_imgCalabar High’s head coach, Michael Clarke, is promising a high-class performance at home when the school hosts the inaugural McKenley-Wint Invitational Track and Field meet tomorrow.”We are really excited about the meet tomorrow and the guys are upbeat after training on the new synthetic track last Tuesday. They really want to do something special,” said Clarke.Clarke, who has coached three high school teams to top Boys’ Championships, is very confident that with the new track, it will be even harder for any team to wrest the title from them this year.”Training on the school campus is a great plus for the team and the institution as the boys will not have to travel away from school, and also, it has cut down on transportation costs as this money can go somewhere else in the programme,” he said. “It will be a family affair as we expect many past students to be present,” he continued.Calabar is the first local high school to have its own synthetic running track. The opening and dedication of the new track will take place today at a ceremony starting at 1 p.m. Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller will be the main speaker at today’s function.last_img read more

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  • Arnett Gardens lift sixth Jackie Bell title

    first_imgArnett Gardens FC ended the local season on a high following a 2-1 win over Waterhouse FC to lift the Locker Room/Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Jackie Bell Knockout trophy at Sabina Park yesterday. The ‘Junglists’ gained their sixth hold on the Jackie Bell courtesy of a penalty by Jason Moore in the 12th minute and a goal by Newton Sterling in the 31st. Jermain ‘Tuffy’ Anderson netted for the losers in the 54th minute. Arnett started the game with more purpose and scored twice in the first half. Steve Clarke was cut down inside the 18-yard area by Waterhouse’s central defender, Carlos Wright. It gave Moore the chance to easily slotted his penalty kick past goalkeeper Rashaun Patterson. Sterling then slotted home after a cross from the left flank by former Waterhouse player Neicko Williams. In the second half, Waterhouse improved their play and pulled back a goal when Anderson netted past Peter Harrison in goal for Arnett. Waterhouse took control after their goal and missed several easy chances to at least send the match into extra time. Arnett missed out on the Red Stripe Premier League trophy but etched their name on the Jackie Bell for a sixth time. They also walked away with medals and $400,000 while Waterhouse earned $250,000. CONSOLATION VICTORY Arnett’s head coach, Jerome Waite, said the victory served as a consolation after missing out on the Red Stripe Premier League title this season. “It will be a consolation. A knockout trophy is always considered that way. We were not at full strength due to injuries,” said Waite, who admitted that Waterhouse was the better team in the second half. The veteran coach is now looking forward to the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) semi-finals on Friday and a match against Trinidad and Tobago’s W Connection in Haiti. “The victory will serve as a boost heading into the CFU Club Championship this weekend,” Waite informed. On the other hand, Waterhouse’s coach, Anthony Patrick, was disappointed. “I think that we started a little flat, but looked better in the second half,” Patrick said.last_img read more

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  • Estwick pulls off big Contender upset win

    first_imgGuyanese boxer Charwin Estwick pulled off the biggest upset of the Wray and Nephew 2016 Contender series on Wednesday night when he defeated American Daniel Powell by unanimous decision at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium.Judges Laurence Neufville and Lindell Allen scored the five round fight 49-46, while judge Eion Jardine had it 48-47.Because of his 11-0 record, which included nine victories by knockout or technical knockout, Powell was seen as the favourite to win, as Estwick went in with a record of only two previous fights, both of which he lost.At the weigh-in on Wednesday, however, Estwick, who had to take off weight to get to the 147-pound welterweight limit, declared, “I am not intimidated by his record because records do not win fights. Fighters do, and I am going to win this fight.”These words proved prophetic, as Estwick went on the attack from the opening bell, and his awkward southpaw stance clearly confused Powell, who never really got going. He was the better technical fighter, but it was Estwick who did the scoring, and the judges awarded him for his efforts.Estwick was busy right from the start, and threw a lot of punches to both the head and body. His work rate was impressive, but the cool, orthodox Powell gave the impression that it was just a matter of time before he took over. His jabs looked good and he scored primarily to the head, but it was Estwick who won the round.SUPERIOR WORKPowell was decisive at the start of the second round, and a good right hook to the head gave a glimpse of what he was capable of. He landed more punches in this round and took it comfortably, but Estwick came out blazing in the third round, and his superior work rate and quick flurries gave him the edge.Estwick also had a good fourth round, but in the fifth, he started to fade as Powell put pressure on him. Estwick suddenly seemed vulnerable, and it was at this stage of the fight that his defensive side was seen, and he was able to weather the storm to the final bell.With all the quarter-finalists in place, seeding of the top four boxers took place. American boxer Demarcus Coley was seeded at No. 1 and Caribbean boxers Tsetsi Davis, Richard Holmes and Ramel Lewis were seeded second, third and fourth, respectively. They then drew their opponents, and Lewis will meet Michael Gardener in the first quarter-final bout next week.In the two amateur bouts on the card, Sherine Williams from the St Thomas Boxing Club scored a technical knockout (injury) second-round victory over Nyoka Hewitt from the Stanley Couch gym. Hewitt injured her right knee and had to be assisted from the ring for medical attention. In the second bout, Fabian Tucker from Sugar Olympic gym scored a unanimous decision over Nico Yeyo from Stanley Couch gym.last_img read more

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  • The Wright View | Cause for concern

    first_imgJamaica’s Olympic Games preparation seem to be on track for the predicted record medal haul wished for by every Jamaican, whether a fan of sports or not. One noted track and field expert from the western end of the island has predicted a record haul, based on his assessment of the historic skill of Jamaican athletes and the pace of their preparation as August approaches. We have qualified locally based competitors as well as some ‘plastic’ Jamaicans, who will wear our colours, hopefully, with distinction, win or lose. But (and this is a big BUT) things do not seem to be going as planned/hoped. Track and field is the area of the Olympics where we expect to get most, if not all, of the medals projected. I am very worried about the pre-Olympic form of our two ‘certain’ gold medals, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and the real big man, Usain Bolt. History will remind us that our soon-to-be national heroes have mined gold in the past, despite less-than-ideal pre-Games form. But this year, my impression is that the rest of the world (read Americans) are showing better form than they have in previous Championship years. However, I am reminded that our coaches (track and field) are justifiably rated as the best in the world, so fret not. They should deliver (fingers crossed). The recent letter from 150 doctors requesting the organisers of the Rio Olympics to either postpone the Games or to change the venue, has stirred up the proverbial ‘ants nest’. The doctors worry about the prospect of having 500,000 people from every country in the world arriving in Brazil where Zika is endemic, keeping them there (exposed to the mosquito vectors) for two weeks, then sending them back to their home country where, in many cases, Zika is unknown. The 150 doctors also reminded the organisers of the danger to pregnant women caused by the now well-established association of microcephaly in children born to mothers who contracted Zika while pregnant. The twist to their warning comes, however, with the recently diagnosed Guillian Barre-type paralysis seen in some Zika sufferers. That new association is a real ‘attention grabber’ and downplaying its significance will not sit well with any athlete or fan who attends the Rio Olympics and ends up paralysed. The World Health Organization has pooh-poohed the call for a postponement of the Games or for a change in venue and their position has been bolstered by Britain’s leading expert on the Zika virus, Professor Jeremy Farrar, who has stated that “such a move would be disruptive and completely unnecessary”. Argument Done? I think not. I do believe that to ask athletes who have trained hard and sacrificed much in order to compete at this year’s Olympics is unfair and unrealistic. However, to expect half of a million supporters and fans to go to Rio where the disease is endemic, keep them there for two weeks then send them back to their country of origin without expecting an increase in Zika cases is ‘stretching it’. My advice to those non-athletes who had thought of going to Rio? Rethink. Arrange a comfortable television room and invite friends for a good time when your favourite event is on. The risk is just too great to justify a visit.last_img read more

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  • GG Stakes abandoned

    first_imgRacing fans have been denied the chance to see the crack four-year-old colt SEEKING MY DREAM in action on tomorrow’s racecard.The Wayne DaCosta-trained 2015 Cal’s Jamaica Derby winner was scheduled to contest the 2000 metres Governor General’s Stakes but the race was abandoned after only three horses – SEEKING MY DREAM, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR and FRANFIELD – were nominated.PERFECT NEIGHBOUR is also trained by DaCosta while Richard Azan conditions FRANFIELD.last_img

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  • Big Shot Invitational To Host Borel

    first_imgTwo-time Olympic shot put finalist Cleopatra Borel, of Trinidad and Tobago, will be the guest of honour at the Big Shot Invitational this Saturday at Excelsior High School. Borel, who has thrown her way into two World Championship finals, will arrive in Jamaica on Friday. Her presence will add gloss to a meet that will also include throwers from The Bahamas.Her other honours include a complete set of medals from the Pan-American Games.In a release from meet organiser Michael Vassell yesterday, it was revealed that in addition to local high schools including Kingston College, Jamaica College, Petersfield High, Wolmer’s, Munro, Edwin Allen Comprehensive, Holmwood Technical, and institutions including the G.C. Foster College for Physical Education and Sport, the University of Technology, and the University of the West Indies, the Big Shot Invitational will also host the Blue Chips Athletics Club from The Bahamas.This recently formed club is in the vanguard of developing young throwers in The Bahamas. Late in 2016, Blue Chip Athletics teammates Jordan Lewis and Laquell Harris produced 2017 CARIFTA Games qualifying distances. Lewis reached 45.81m in the under-20 boys’ discus, while Harris matched him with a mark of 41.31m in the under-20 girls’ discus.The athlete to watch may be Commonwealth Youth shot gold medal winner Kevin Nedrick. Last week at the Manchester High/Charlie Fuller Memorial, the Petersfield High School student-athlete won both the Class One boys discus and shot put events. In the latter, he triumphed in an exciting contest over reigning ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championship winner Kyle Mitchell of Calabar High School. Mitchell boomed his shot to a distance of 18.33m with his last throw, only to have Nedrick pass him with a powerful closer of 18.85m.- H.L.last_img read more

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  • Foster, Farr impressive at Isaac Henry meet

    first_imgHolmwood Technical’s Nicolee Foster and Wolmer’s Boys’ Jeremy Farr produced record runs in the 400 metres hurdles at yesterday’s third staging of the S.W. ‘Isaac’ Henry Invitational meet at the National Stadium. Foster, a third-place finisher in the event at last year’s Champs and a semi-finalist at last year’s IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Poland, looked flawless as she easily coasted to victory in 58.36 seconds to erase the old mark of 1:00.73. St Catherine High’s Johnelle Thomas was second in 1:01.47 with Holmwood’s Kwanda Knight taking third in 1:03.43. The Class Two boys 400m hurdles will be contested at Champs for the first time this year, and Farr blew away a strong field in winning the event in 54.81 seconds to record the fastest time for the age group so far this season. The previous number one and two in the event, Davion Williams of Kingston College and Calabar High’s Nicquaine Henry, fell at the fourth and 10th hurdles, respectively. Jamaica College’s Treziquet James won his heat in 56.64 for second overall, with third going to Andre Leslie of Calabar, 57.16. Calabar swept the top-three places in the Class One 400m hurdles. Akyeeme Francis led the way with 53.32, edging out Damaine Dixon, 53.33m, with Malik James-King ending third in 54.13. Holmwood’s girls continued their impressive form this season. They were first and second in the Class Three 400m. Danielle Deer won in a record of 56.44, with teammate Nattesha Palmer second in 57.24. Osheena Kerr took Class One in 55.73 ahead of Jezelle Shaw of Spalding High, 56.56. They also topped the 1500 metres and 2000m Steeplechase. Delverna Bromfield won the 1500m Open in 4:50.71 while Megan Thompson captured the Steeplechase event in 7:15.4. In field events, Kingston College were first and second in the Class Two long jump. Shaquille Lowe won with 6.87 metres ahead of Wayne Pinnock with 6.65m. Richard Campbell and Tyrell Johnson of Calabar tied for third with 6.39m. Calabar dominated in Class Three. Nicolloyd Brown won with 6.23m ahead of teammates Jordan Turner (6.03m) and Luke Brown, 5.95m. Calabar’s Kyle Mitchell outclassed his rivals in the Class One boys discus after winning with a throw of 49.87m. Howard Beckford of Jamaica College was second in 44.99m, with third going to his teammate BalVin Richards, 44.49m. Teammates Dawnalee Loney and Tiffany James of Mico University College dominated the women’s 200m. Loney clocked 24.47 to win her heat and James captured her event in 24.51. IMPRESSIVE FORMlast_img read more

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