Gasparyan wins Baku Cup BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP): Margarita Gasparyan of Russia won her first WTA title yesterday by beating Patricia Maria Tig of Romania 6-3, 5-7, 6-0 in the Baku Cup final. Gasparyan served for the match when up 5-4 in the second set but was broken back at love. However, she dominated the final set to wrap up the win in 21/2 hours. Gasparyan had never won a main-draw match at the WTA level before this tournament, while Tig – a qualifier – was also playing in her first tour final. The 112th-ranked Gasparyan said “it’s been an amazing tournament for me.” South Sudan gains Olympic status KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP): With an Olympic flag draped around his neck, the official from South Sudan couldn’t contain his emotion. Moments after his war-torn country was officially recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) yesterday, Tong Chor Malke Deran wiped tears from his eyes and later broke down when talking about the plight of his nation’s athletes. The decision means the world’s newest nation will be able to have its competitors enter the stadium in Rio de Janeiro next year behind their own flag. More importantly, the country’s near non-existent sporting infrastructure and athletes will receive funding assistance from the IOC. South Sudan, which split from Sudan and became independent in 2011, has been hit by civil war for the past two years. Three straight for Isner ATLANTA (AP): John Isner won the Atlanta Open for the third straight year, beating Marcos Baghdatis 6-3, 6-3 yesterday at Atlantic Station. The top-seeded former University of Georgia star has reached the finals in Atlanta in five of the past six years and is 20-3 in the event. He has 10 ATP Tour titles. Baghdatis, who appeared to suffer a right-leg injury late in the first set of his 12th ATP final and first since 2011, scored just two points against 18 Isner serves in the second set. The 6-foot-10 Isner ripped 13 aces to push his four-match total to 90. He won 27 of 28 points on his first serves and nine of 11 points on his second serves. Bob and Mike Bryan won the doubles final for their record 107th title, beating Gilles Muller and Colin Fleming 4-6, 7-6 (2), 10-3.
WESTERN BUREAU:Linnel McLean, President of the Trelawny Football Association, said he is anticipating a great season of football in his parish, following Sunday’s final of the President’s Cup, which Coopers Pen won in convincing fashion – 4-2 over Harmony FC – at the Elleston Wakeland Centre.”Of course the most important result we hope for at the end of this season of football in Trelawny is for our clubs to feature significantly in the Confederation’s Super League and of course stake a claim for a spot in the Premier League,” McLean said.”That would be the greatest of all coming out of this pending season,” he reiterated.The parish has not produced a Premier League club since the high-flying act of Village United, which ended in relegation at the end of the 2011-12 season.With the likes of Clarks Town (Trelawny Major League champions) gaining promotion to the Western Confederation Super League and with Coopers Pen, Duanvale and Baca Star also in the mix, McLean is hopeful.”These clubs are on an upward trend over the last couple of seasons and all indications are that this will continue. It can only augur well for the football in this parish as we try to improve all aspects of the game here,” noted McLean, “that they get all available support to grow and become better.”Two of the most critical areas for such development are in the areas of quality of playing surfaces and the number of young players coming through the ranks.The long-serving president believes that once these areas are addressed, it would make it easier for clubs to begin challenging the other dominant parishes for spots in the bigger, more lucrative leagues.Part of the plan, according to McLean, is to drive derbies and rivalries to its maximum, in order to stimulate interest and garner much needed sponsorship.”It’s on these platforms that we must build. Trelawny football is not the worst of the western parishes, neither do we boast of being the best, because we have some ways to go on that note. But I think we can get there,” reasoned McLean.On Sunday, McLean presented the winning team, Coopers Pen, with the President’s Cup, the symbol of the opening of the football season in Trelawny.The win was made possible thanks to a double strike from Christopher Noble in the 22nd and 31st minutes, plus goals from Shaunavan McKenzie, who netted the opener in the sixth and Andre Palmer, who scored in the 79th minute.Shaquelle Reid and Ricardo Reid (no relations) scored for Harmony, which ended with 10 players after O’Shane Stewart was shown a red card.
Looking to the immediate future, DaCosta is hoping his luck will change in this Saturday’s rich and prestigious Burger King Superstakes, over 2000 metres, the only major race that has eluded him in a long and distinguished career. “I will run three horses in the Superstakes – PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, HOVER CRAFT, and ROYAL VIBES,” he disclosed. “I think I have a really good chance of finally breaking the ice with the 2013 derby and St Leger winner, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, who has done everything asked of him coming into the race,” he added. Halledeen again has the ride aboard the recent Gold Cup hero. The grey colt SILVER CLOUD, running at odds of 7-2 with title-chasing jockey Robert Halledeen riding for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, upstaged the front-running 6-5 favourite ROYAL ASSAULT to win the inaugural running of the Ronron Trophy over 1200 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday. The race was run in honour of the crack imported filly RONRON, who won a string of grade one races for owner Kenval Wallace and trainer Gary Subratie five or so years ago. RONRON won 10 races from 16 starts for Subratie in 2010 and 2011. This, however, was a fitting win for DaCosta as RONRON ended her career with the 14-time champion after a brief stint with him. SILVER cloud, who was notching his second consecutive win with Halledeen in the saddle, bided his time in third, passing the half mile as ROYAL ASSAULT, with star apprentice Linton Steadman, led under pressure from the well-backed ROAD WI SEH (9-5) until disposing of him on entering the straight. But SILVER CLOUD, who was always in touch, soon found his best strides and closed smoothly on the rails to overhaul ROYAL ASSAULT midway the last furlong, going on to beat him by 2 1/2 lengths in the good time of 1:12.0 behind splits of 22.3, 45.4 for the first half-mile. The 34-1 outsider, DREAMCOMETRUE, closed rapidly for third in a field of 12 native-bred three-year-olds. Owned by the trainer’s wife, Elizabeth DaCosta, SILVER CLOUD is by He’stherealthing out of the Royal Minister mare Preach Preacher and bred by the trainer. DaCosta said he was pleased by his progress and is looking forward to further successes in the months ahead. superstakes
Montego Bay United FC (MBU) will face sanctions for their absence from yesterday’s Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) weekly press conference at Red Stripe Hospitality Lounge, Spanish Town Road. The finalists, Portmore United FC and MBU, were invited, but only Portmore’s representatives turned up. Chairman of MBU Orville Powell is holding firm that his club will not contest Sunday’s final if the Professional Football Association of Jamaica (PFAJ) continues to insist that the game will kick-off at 4 p.m. “We continue to protest. We are protesting. They (the PFAJ) continue to disrespect people. We are also stakeholders as clubs. I will not take the field on Sunday at 4 p.m. If they don’t compromise, we won’t compromise,” Powell told The Gleaner when contacted yesterday morning. General manager of the Premier League Clubs’ Association (PLCA) Andrew Price said yesterday that MBU would be sanctioned for not attending the weekly press conference. “This is a part of the rules and regulations of the body … so if a club is not here, they will be sanctioned,” Price said during the press conference. The PFAJ is responsible for taking decisions on match dates and kick-off times. The RSPL final will be aired live on TVJ and SportsMax. It will also be on CNTV in America and Canada.
Maybe when Afghanistan and Ireland are ranked above us fans will realise what their prime ministers and cricket legends were saying for years, that the present West Indies Cricket Board and their surrogates are only interested in selecting yes-men to represent us and have consistently suppressed individualism, the very trait that made us unbeatable world champions for years! When the history of West Indies cricket and its demise comes to be written, these men will never be forgotten. The passage of Category 4 hurricane Matthew through the Caribbean en route to the islands of the Greater Antilles has caused several local sporting competitions to be postponed. That meant that sport fans could spend more time watching live television of different sports from around the world. Cricket was being played in South Africa, India and in Sharja. To watch the approach of world-class cricketers in ODI’s and Tests made us, quickly realise that cricket greats not only have natural talent, but they are able to think while playing, making critical adjustments during matches in an effort to win. The captaincy on display in these matches reveal that experience is the only attribute that can make a captain assess a pitch before deciding to bat or field when the toss is won, and experience is the only attribute when deciding what bowling change to make when pitches or bowler technique is unhelpful when facing prolonged batting partnerships. The West Indian Way of placing young, inexperienced captains (who have trouble commanding a place on the team based on merit) cannot work, will not work, and will instead embarrass the youngster and the group of nations that he represents. When will the West Indian cricket fan get a chance to celebrate a good cricket again? It doesn’t look like that will happen in the lifetime of this generation, unless we the fans insist on change in the structure of the group managing West Indian cricket. It is not too late! The Courtney Brown-selected group of West Indians now playing against Pakistan in the middle East, have so far lost the T20 series a 3-0 margin and are in the process of losing the One Day Internationals (ODI) by a similar scoreline. That loss will effectively rule us out of automatic qualification for the Champions League next year where the eight top teams in the world vie for supremacy. This is a tough call for West Indian fans who were quite recently celebrating the (temporary) resurgence of West Indian cricket after the teams from this region were crowned world champions in three different competitions. To move seamlessly from first to last, in any world sport is not an easy achievement. The uncertainty around the Champions League has been achieved by a series of events that were easily predicted to result in disaster. And yet we the West Indian cricket fans made only muted token protests and did not support the Caricom Committee on cricket while a group of “administrators” systematically removed from the team, any player of note who dared to question tactics, remuneration or selection criteria. Teams in the lower half of the world ranking in Tests, ODIs and T20s cannot wait to compete against us as it is obvious that they have a very good chance of moving up the rankings by defeating us. Where will it end? Selecting yes-men
Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes’ three year-old colt, BIGDADDYKOOL, announced his arrival on the big stage earlier this year, when he captured the Lotto Classics for the Governor’s Cup in May. A month later the young horse was second in the Jamaican derby after an exciting battle to the wire with FUTURE KING for Jamaica’s most prized race, although both horses ended up being disqualified. However, despite taking on some of the best thoroughbreds on the local circuit, in the Lotto Classics, such as ORPHEUS and JAMAI RAJA, and horses like FUTURE KING in the derby, the three year-old colt will face his toughest test to date when he lines up for the Superstakes, against defending champion FRANFIELD, reigning horse of the year SEEKING MY DREAM, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, PHINEAS, A THOUSAND STARS, JAMAI RAJA among others, this weekend at Caymanas Park. Veteran trainer, Nunes, is confident the young horse has what it takes to win the $1 million purse on Saturday. “It is the first time he (BIGDADDYKOOL) is going to run against the top A class older horses like SEEKING MY DREAM and PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, and so it’s left to be seen if he can manage them. But I am pretty confident in him, he’s a really nice colt and he certainly stays the trip and he has mature extremely nicely since the St Leger. We have high hopes for him,” Nunes told The Gleaner. Nunes’ biggest concern is that his main contender has not raced in over two months and he thinks this could have an effect on the outcome, but nevertheless remains very optimistic of his chances. “He has trained well, I can’t be happier. I would have preferred if he had gotten a prep race but he had ‘stone’ squeeze about four weeks ago so we ended up missing the Governor Cup, which would have been our prep race. So it has been ten weeks, two and a half months between races. “But he has trained nicely and I thing he can overcome it (A class, older horses). In my mind you are always going to have question marks until the race runs. But ideally I would love to have a race four weeks before but it didn’t happen and that is how it is in horse racing sometimes, things don’t work out the way you plan. But as far as me preparing him for this race with that in mind I have no complaints,” he said. Nunes has won the event on three occasions and would love a fourth, he also wants to give Trinidadian owner Stephen Narinesingh his first Superstakes win. – L.S.
EARLIER STAGE Respected female junior track and field coach Michael Kerr is calling on ISSA to introduce 100m hurdles much earlier for girls in high schools, noting that this would help the development of female sprint hurdlers at the senior international level. Kerr, who is in his 30th year as head track and field coach of Wolmer’s Girls School and who has also been involved in the national junior programme for over 20 years as a coach to the CARIFTA Games, the World Youth Championships, and the World Junior Championships, believes that Jamaica can dominate the event on the world stage for a long period if athletes are introduced to the event earlier. At present, local female high school athletes start competing in the 100 metres hurdles in Class II, with the 70m hurdles in Class IV and 80m hurdles in Class III presenting their introduction to the sprint hurdles. “Based on my observation, most of the times, it is our male sprint hurdlers who tend to do much better on the international scene as they start running 100m and 110m hurdles much earlier than our girls,” said Kerr. Kerr stated that the Europeans and the Americans are ahead of the Jamaicans because they start running 100m hurdles at a much earlier stage. “In the United States, for example, once you are in high school the females compete over 100m hurdles and also at the Olympic height of 83.8 centimetres, and here, they have a big advantage over us, and that is the reason why they have so many athletes ranked in the top 10 on the world list,” continues Kerr. “I believe they should cut out the 70m hurdles in Class IV and let them do 80m hurdles, but once they reach Class III, they must introduce 100m hurdles. Because of our present system, the athletes have to deal with three forms of changes in high school in terms of distance,” said Kerr, who also stated that the height of the 100m hurdles should also be moved up from 76.2 centimetres to the regular 83.8 centimetres in Class II as once this is done earlier, it will prepare them for the bigger picture. After seeing Yanique Thompson win gold in the 100m hurdles at the World Youth Championships in 2013 and Rushelle Burton win silver at the World Junior Championships this past summer in Bydgoszcz, Poland, Kerr stated that the gap was too far and it was just a one-off scenario. “These hurdle heights were done by the Game Mistress Association (GMA), which then was in charge of Girls Championships, but now with ISSA in charge, they must implement the changes and change with the times as Champs is the measuring stick for our success, and we need to look into this area,” said Kerr.
Three players could make their debut when Jamaica takes on the USA in their opening CONCACAF Under-17 championship game tomorrow in Panama. The final 20-man squad, which left the island for the championship yesterday, included six newcomers in Richard Thompson, Akeem Mullings, Caseam Priestly, Shane Ricketts, Jermaine Lyons and Ricardo McIntosh. Coach Andrew Edwards told The Gleaner that three of those players are likely to be on the starting roster. “Fifteen of the 20 players selected played the first two rounds of the qualification campaign and three of those playing for the first time had been a part of the group that was together from Under-15. “But among the first-timers, we expect that at least two to three of them will make the starting line-up come Sunday (tomorrow),” he said. Edwards admitted that some players showed great promise, but underlined that it was the players who worked well together, showing consistency and application, who got the nod. PLAYERS SELECT THEMSELVES “When you look back at the players in the programme, there are a number of names that jump out at you that you wanted to develop. But coaches don’t select teams. Players select themselves based on what they do on a consistent basis. “We don’t have any players left out because of injury, so we are pretty comfortable as these players have put up their hands and said they are prepared to do the job. They demonstrated more consistently that they can perform at the level required,” Edwards stated. The young Reggae Boyz face USA, Mexico and El Salvador in Group C at the championship, with group winners and runners-up to advance to the second stage, and Edwards believes they have put together the best group possible. “We have every confidence that we have the best combination of players to give us the best chance of qualifying for the World Cup,” said Edwards. “We have named a team that compliments each other. We have dynamic combinations for different situations, offensively and defensively. We just have to trust our judgement and put the boys out there with faith and give them the confidence to go out and execute as best as they can,” he said. The rest of the team reads Nickque Daley, Raewin Senior, Kaheem Parris, Renato Campbell, Nickache Murray, Jamoi Topey, Kimanni Gibbons, Tajay Griffiths, Calwayne Allen. The squad is completed by overseas-based players Kendall Edwards, Blake White, Cobi Atkinson, Jeremy Verley and Damani Osei.
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