First-time Red Stripe Premier League campaigners UWI FC will continue their march towards a top four position and a place in the semi-final round when they host last year’s beaten finalists and current leaders, Montego Bay United, in one of four matches today.Last week, the university boys improved their chances with a handsome 5-1 win over Boys’ Town, but will find Montego Bay United – a team which has been in the final for the past two years – tough nuts to crack. Not only are the opponents historically strong, but are in good form with Owayne Gordon and Allan Ottey handling the goalscoring responsibility since the departure of Dino Williams.Ronaldo Rodney has also been in good form as has been Jermaine Woozencroft. The issue with Woozencroft is that the opposition has been using rough play to stop him and he has been biting the bait.UWI’S MAIN MANGirvon Brown has been the main man on the offensive front for UWI FC, with good support from Anthony Greenland and Anthony Grant, and goalkeeper Amal Knight leading the defensive line. Montego Bay United are nothing like Boys’ Town and will be a much tougher unit to break down.In addition to the win that UWI FC will need, they will also need Humble Lion FC, the team currently occupying the fourth spot, to lose. The form book would suggest that a loss for Humble Lion is wishful thinking as their opponents, Reno FC, are well below their best and will be expected to drop points even though they are playing at home.At Stadium East, seventh-placed Cavalier FC will be hoping to capitalise on a slip-up by UWI FC and close the gap on them with a positive result over the slumping Boys’ Town.Tivoli Gardens still cannot consider themselves safe from the drop despite being six points clear of the battling Rivoli FC, who play away to Harbour View on Monday. With that being the situation, a positive result for Tivoli Gardens would be a fantastic result for Glendon ‘Admiral’ Bailey and his charges. Their opponents, Portmore United, are not in danger of falling out of the top four, but would be eager to regain the form which saw them top the table. Anything but the best from Portmore United could see them falter in the semi-final round and make the job easier for their opponents.Today’s Games• 5 p.m.: Cavalier vs Boys’ Town – Stadium East• 3 p.m.: FC Reno vs Humble Lion – Frome Complex• 3 p.m.: Tivoli Gardens FC vs Portmore United FC – Edward Seaga Complex• 3 p.m.: UWI FC vs Montego Bay United – UWI Bowl, MonaTomorrow’s game• 8:40 p.m.: Harbour View FC vs Rivoli United FC Harbour View StadiumPOINTS STANDING P W D L GF GA GD PtsMoBay United 27 15 9 3 45 15 30 54Arnett 26 15 5 6 42 20 22 50Portmore 26 14 5 7 31 24 7 47Humble Lion FC 26 10 9 7 24 22 2 39UWI FC 26 10 7 9 30 35 -5 37H. View 26 8 10 8 30 26 4 34Cavalier SC 26 8 7 11 21 25 -4 31Reno 26 7 9 10 25 38 -13 30Boys’ Town 26 8 6 12 29 43 -14 30Tivoli 27 8 5 14 30 37 -7 29Rivoli 26 5 8 12 25 34 -9 23Waterhouse 26 4 10 12 22 32 -10 22
Revival process KOLKATA, India (CMC): Embattled West Indies Cricket Board president Dave Cameron believes the region’s recent success on the international stage shows that West Indies cricket is on the rise again. He has also given the assurance that the recent pay dispute with players has been “amicably settled”. He was speaking on Friday after West Indies beat tournament favourites India on Thursday to reach the final of the Twenty20 World Cup for the second time in three competitions. West Indies Women also advanced to the final of the T20 World Cup for the first time when they defeated New Zealand Women also on Thursday. And with the Under-19 Windies side having captured the ICC Youth World Cup earlier this year, Cameron said it was proof that West Indies cricket was “headed in the right direction.” “It is the beginning of the revival process,” Cameron told the Times of India newspaper. “We have put in place a robust system that will take some more time to churn out the results we want. The success of our U-19, ladies and men’s team proves that we are headed in the right direction”. Once World champions, West Indies have slipped to the bottom of international cricket in recent years, following poor results, especially in the Test and one-day formats. They are ranked number eight in Tests, the lowest of all major cricket nations and only above Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, and are ninth in ODIs, resulting in their non-qualification for next year’s Champions Trophy in England. However, Cameron said the WICB had made key structural changes which would see the continued rise of West Indies cricket. “Before 2005, we had an amateurish set-up in first-class cricket, where players only got to play just five four-day matches in a season. We have now replaced that with a professional set-up and players get to play at least 10 matches,” the Jamaican explained. He added: “We have 15 players who are currently contracted to the WICB. Besides this, we have 90 others who are contracted to the six regional franchises. The franchise teams currently compete in the four-day WICB Professional League as well as the one-day WICB Super 50 Tournament. “Currently, 11 women players are centrally contracted. They played some good cricket to get into the WT20 final for the first time and we hope they will go all the way.”
Things finally heated up in the Wray and Nephew Contender series on Wednesday night, as Guyana’s Revlon Lake secured a hard-fought majority decision over Anthony Woods, from the Bahamas, in their five-round, preliminary bout.It was all out action from the first minute, as both men threw caution to the wind and engaged each other in fast and furious action.After five bruising rounds, Jamaican judges Lindell Allen 49-46 and Peter Richards 48-47 voted for Lake, while American judge Eddie Cotton voted 48-47 for Woods. The large and enthusiastic crowd cheered wildly throughout the fight and most agreed with the decision.Two teams of eight boxers representing the Caribbean and the USA started the competition, on March 4, and the ultimate goal is to win the title Wray and Nephew Welterweight Contender 2016 and the first prize of $2-million.Lake went into the fight with eight wins 13 losses and two draws while Woods had nine, wins and 13 losses.Both men came in with aggression on their minds and it was action galore from the first bell, to the delight of the fans, who had been longing for such an approach since the start of the competition. Lake started throwing punches from all angles, some of which landed while others missed the mark. That did not deter him, however, as he kept in an attacking mode throughout.Woods decided to fight fire with fire, and it paid dividends as a hook to the head opened a small cut on the outside of Lake’s left eye. Blood flowed, but instead of being a hindrance, it spurred Lake into more furious action. Woods stayed cool, however, kept attacking, and won the round.Lake was even more aggressive in the second round, and one got the impression that because of the cut, he wanted to try to knock out his man. The elusive and equally aggressive Wood, did not flinch, and he responded with two-fisted counter punching. Lake won this round.Woods used his jabs and hooks effectively in the next round, and his attacking approach kept him in the fight, but Lake never flinched and seemed to have the edge once more. The next two rounds saw the pace remaining at fever pitch as both boxers gave it their all. At the end, both men seemed certain of victory but the judges gave the edge to Lake.He was thrilled to win this time after losing early when he first appeared in the Contender competition.”I am going for the big prize this year. I want it badly, and this is just the start. I am really excited and pleased with this victory,” he added.In the two amateur bouts that preceded the main bout, Shimon Gayle from Boys’ Town defeated Collel Hogg from Sugar Knockout gym on points, while his teammate, Orlando Dixon, also won on points from Samuel Grant from Sugar Knockout gym.
“He (Cameron) has a strong personal relationship with (Javere) Bell in particular, and I know that he wishes him all the best and would want to see the very best from him wherever he decides to go or whatever decision he takes,” added Anderson, who is also an official at the Cameron Blazers club. “The focus this year is to keep a small group and focus on individuals, especially in the quarter-mile events. The determination is to focus all the energy towards getting everyone in the group to a world-beater level,” Anderson said. “Mr Cameron is happy with the present make-up of the group. There is a nice mix of youth and experience, and the efforts will be geared towards ensuring that the excitement of the youth is guided by the knowledge of those who are more experienced.” In addition to Hyde and James, the group also consists of the likes of Kaliese Spencer and Christine Day. Noted coach Bert Cameron has offered best wishes to his long-time charge Javere Bell and Bobby-Gaye Wilkins-Gooden after the pair’s decision to part ways with his Cameron Blazers set-up ahead of the new season. Bell, who travelled to Rio de Janeiro as a member of Jamaica’s Olympic contingent, is believed to be headed to the Racers Track Club, with Wilkins-Gooden reportedly joining the Akan outfit. Marvin Anderson, one of Cameron’s close advisers, speaking on behalf of the veteran coach, confirmed the departures, while pointing out the club’s focus going forward. Founded in 2012 by Cameron, the 1983 world champion over 400m, the club has enjoyed moderate success, with last season bringing the latest high point at the World Under-20 Championships, where Jaheel Hyde retained his 400m hurdles title, with Tiffany James also claiming gold in the women’s 400m. Notwithstanding, there have been certain letdowns as well, a point that Anderson admitted is not lost on Cameron. “Along the way, there have been some disappointments, and when that happens, people will have to evaluate the situation, and in doing so, he (Cameron) was informed that Javere Bell will be moving on,” Anderson said. “Also, in July, Bobby-Gaye Wilkins-Gooden informed him that she would be moving on.” Wilkins-Gooden, a Pan American and NACAC medallist in the 400m and 4x400m, has been part of the Cameron Blazers Club for the better part of two years but has failed to make headway in her career. Cameron has been guiding Bell, who won the national 400m title in 2013 and qualified for the semi-finals at the World Championships in Moscow a few weeks later, for the last five seasons. STRONG RELATIONSHIP
The third staging of the Guardian Group Foundation ‘Keep It Alive’ 5K Night Runs, scheduled for Saturday, November 5 in Kingston and Saturday, November 12 in Montego Bay, promises to be more memorable than in years past.Though the foundation’s main objective of hosting the 5K events is to give back to the health sector by way of purchasing much-needed medical equipment for four of the island’s hospitals – University Hospital of the West Indies, Cornwall Regional Hospital, St Ann’s Bay Hospital and Mandeville Regional Hospital – the foundation also recognises that the overall participants’ experience is critical in ensuring they gain support in the years to come.This year, the featured after- race lyme, which is open only to registrants, will have international dancehall star Moses ‘Beenie Man’ Davis as the main entertainer at both events. So for only $1200 (individual registration), participants will not only be contributing to a worthwhile cause, but will also be thoroughly entertained.So, grab your friends, family, colleagues and team up, lace up and warm up as you get ready to run, walk or wheel in support of our hospitals.Visit the race website at www.keepitalive5k.com for more details.
That loss allowed second- placed Tivoli Gardens to open a clear gap of three points over UWI FC and caused fourth-placed Portmore United to pull level on points with the University team and being inferior to them by goal difference only. “That result was a wake-up call. “This week’s training and talking with the guys tells me that they are upbeat now and they know that if we do not carry our best game then we can be ambushed like last week. There will be no repeat of that,” Gayle declared. Like Gayle’s UWI FC. Harbour View have their eyes on victory as well and the taste of it on Sunday last against the more fancied Humble Lion have them craving for more. “Before the Humble Lion game, I could see that we were going to win. There was that appetite to win. Even if they were going to ‘ball us’, I saw that we were going to win,” Harbour View’s Ludlow Bernard said. For today’s game, the feeling is similar. “The same intensity and ambition that we demonstrated leading up to the Humble Lion game, we have been trying to repeat it. I think we have been going too hard, but we are hoping to recover in time for this game. “We have done quite a bit on the field, but it is our desire to win so that will count, and for today’s game, we are hopeful because some good work was put in,” Bernard explained. Today’s games: Commanding performance Clear gap What makes the UWI FC-Harbour View game interesting is to see how the former leaders and title aspirants recover from a near embarrassing loss to Arnett Gardens and the steadying Harbour View looking to make their climb away from the bottom of the table and into the top half of the table. “We want to put that performance behind us quickly and move on,” UWI FC’s coach Marcel Gayle said of his team’s intention following their 3-5 beating at the hands of Arnett Garden’s last Sunday. In last week’s win, the promising schoolboy Alphanso Gooden delivered for Harbour View, but goalkeeper Christian Kluvi could have easily been named Man of the Match for his commanding performance in goal, and Bernard will again be looking to him and others to lead the way. “Gooden is getting better. He has the size and physique to make an impact upfront. John-Ross Edwards normally pops up in these games, so we are looking to him, as well as Christian (Kluvi) between the sticks to keep us secure,” Bernard said when looking at his keys to victory, but he could have added the talented Kevaughn Frater. For UWI FC, Gayle said he is counting on ‘Keammar Daley, Rochane Smith (leading scorer), Akeem Thenstead, Davion Garrison, national invitee Jamie Robinson and the number-one goalkeeper Amal Knight. – 3 p.m: Portmore United FC vs Montego Bay United – Prison Oval – 3 p.m: UWI FC vs Harbour View – UWI Bowl, Mona – 3 p.m: Boys’ Town vs Arnett Gardens – Barbican Complex – 3 p.m: Jamalco vs Tivoli Gardens – Wembley Centre of Excellence – 3 p.m: Waterhouse vs Reno – Drewsland Stadium – 3 p.m: Humble Lion FC vs Maverley-Hughenden – Effortville Community Centre
TRAPPED BY LBW CAUGHT AT MID-OFF Mahmudullah and Rahman put on 51 for the sixth wicket. The latter was trapped lbw by Ishant Sharma (2-40), and his DRS review against the appeal was turned down. Mahmudullah, who survived a missed stumping and a dropped catch, was caught pulling at long leg off Sharma as well. Jadeja accounted for both Mehedi Hasan Miraz (23) and Taijul Islam (6) as India made short work of the tail. Ashwin trapped Taskin Ahmed (1) lbw to wrap up the win. Virat Kohli complimented the opposition for putting up a fight especially after the hosts had declared their first innings at a mammoth 687-6d. India’s next assignment is a four-Test series against Australia, starting in Pune on February 23. Things were looking settled for Bangladesh when Rahim played a drive off Ashwin in the 53rd over, only for the ball to loop up in the air and he was caught at mid-off. Mahmudullah and Sabbir Rahman (22) then played out the rest of the session, taking Bangladesh past 200. After lunch, Bangladesh seemed to be playing for time and the batsmen weren’t concerned with scoring runs. Only 42 runs came in this final session of the match as the visitors crashed to defeat. “It was quite tough in the second innings. India have a lot of options in bowling, spinners and fast bowlers both. I am really proud of my team. We batted more than 100 overs in each innings. Hopefully, we can capitalise on that. I think our fielding let us down,” said skipper Mushfiqur Rahim after the match. HYDERABAD, India (AP): India won the one-off Test against Bangladesh in Hyderabad by 208 runs yesterday. The visitors were bowled out for 250 runs in 100.3 overs in the second innings, shortly before tea on day five. With this victory, India has won their last six Test series stretching back to the tour of Sri Lanka in 2015. The number-one ranked side is also unbeaten in 19 consecutive Tests since then. Mahmudullah top-scored with 64 runs, while Ravichandran Ashwin (4-73) and Ravindra Jadeja (4-78) shared eight wickets between them. Starting from overnight 103-3, Bangladesh got off to a poor start. Shakib Al Hasan (22) was caught at short leg off Jadeja in the third over of the morning. First-innings’ centurion Mushfiqur Rahim (23) then added 56 runs with Mahmudullah for the fifth wicket. Mahmudullah then reached his 13th Test half-century off 84 balls, including six fours.
Calabar High School is still awaiting an explanation from the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) on the reasons for allowing Aryamana Rodgers of Uganda to represent Kingston College at the Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships set for March 28 to April 1 at the National Stadium.Representatives of the school handed over the Mortimer Geddes Trophy it won last year to ISSA’s competitions officer George Forbes at the association’s head office yesterday and repeated a call for a full explanation from the governing body of high-school sports.Rodgers, a Ugandan middle-distance runner, is regarded as one of the favourites for the boys’ Class Two 1500m and 800m events at Champs.Rodgers joined KC in October last year, missing ISSA’s registration deadline of September 30, 2016. ISSA has cleared him to compete, citing what is being described as “extenuating circumstances”.Calabar’s vice-principal, Calvin Rowe, who handed over the trophy, dismissed rumours that the earlier-than-usual handing over was a mark of protest.”We are not making a protest. We are returning the trophy. This is no protest; we saved ISSA the trip of coming to Calabar for the trophy,” Rowe said.After the trophy was handed over, Rowe read an official statement from the school on the matter.’ONGOING DISCOMFORT'”Following on our press release of March 14, 2017, in which we stated our intention to employ various modes of expression of our ongoing discomfort with the still unexplained ISSA decision to admit the ineligible Ugandan athlete (Rodgers), we are using this occasion, the public return of the trophy which we won at the 2016 Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, to make the following comments:”We call upon ISSA to pay us the courtesy of a response to, or at least an acknowledgement of, our letter requesting a copy of their written ruling or statement on the matter in question.”We again urge ISSA to reflect on the ways in which their decision may be interpreted as jeopardising the level playing field to which all participants in this championship are entitled, thereby calling into question the very integrity of the organisation of this proud showpiece of Jamaican junior athletics.”We believe that the issues of governance which have been highlighted as a result of the juxtaposition of this particular ISSA decision against former decisions to which we are privy, are serious issues which, if left unacknowledged and unaddressed, have implications for our participation in activities surrounding this year’s staging of the Boys and Girls’ Championships as well as other ISSA-organised competitions going forward.”As a consequence, we regret that Calabar High School will not be in attendance at the launch of the Boys and Girls Championships scheduled for later today,’ the statement concluded.
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