PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine made his highly anticipated return to competitive cricket in Trinidad Saturday, as he continued his comeback from a career-threatening international ban.Boasting a remodelled action, the 27-year-old captured two for 37 in a 10-over spell as his domestic club Queen’s Park beat Clarke Road by 32 runs at Wilson Road in the opening round of the 50-overs championship.He was watched by Trinidad and Tobago Red Force head coach, Gus Logie, along with national coach Kelvin Williams.”They were very happy with the fact that during his last few overs he got back his pace on the deliveries, so all in all it was a good day for him,” Queen’s Park coach David Furlonge told The Guardian newspaper here.Narine had not bowled competitively since being forced out of the Bangladesh Premier League last November, with the announcement of the International Cricket Council (ICC) ban.He was reported during West Indies’ series against Sri Lanka and subsequent tests showed that his action was exceeding the 15-degree level of tolerance permitted under ICC regulations.The Trinidadian has since undergone rehabilitation on his action and is scheduled to be tested at the Loughborough University in England next month, to determine if he is fit to return to international cricket.Narine was last week named in a West Indies 15-man squad for the Twenty20 World Cup starting in India in March.However, his place will only be confirmed once his action is deemed legal following the Loughborough test.- CMC
Track: Good Weather: FineRace 1 1200 M (Purse $660,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)RESTLESS GLEN (1991)*1. BERRANCA LSteadman3 53.52. SUPERTRONICS OWalker 56.0 5 5 1/2L3. RAISING THE BAR OBennett 52.5 3/4L4. WELL BLESSED AChatrie 52.5 3 1/2LWIN: $109.00PLACE: $56.00, $69.00, $171.00Final Time : 1:12.3 Splits : 23.0, 46.3, ,Winner : 4yo ch filly – ADORE THE GOLD out of CHARITY DANCE by GILDED TIMETrainer : NUNES,ANTHONY C Owner : STEPHAN A NARINESINGHBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Quinella : (5,8) $121.00 Exacta : (5-8) $140.00Superfecta : (5-8-7-4) $2,638.00Race 2 1300 M (Purse $660,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($350,0-$300,0)/NB5YO(NW3)CLASSIQUE (1992)*1. DOC HOLIDAY JInnis4 51.02. LEGAL ACCOUNT BebHarvey3 52.5 2 Neck3. PERSIAN BELLE DaneNelson 52.0 5 1/2L4. AUNT HILDA RMcNaughton 51.5 NeckLate scratch : #6 DIFERENTGENERATIONWIN: $95.00PLACE: $74.00, $76.00, $95.00Final Time : 1:21.3 Splits : 23.1, 47.0, 1:13.3,Winner : 6yo b horse – WIZARD OF GOLD out of SI MI TRIAL by CRUCIAL TRIALTrainer : PRINCE,TYRONE A Owner : RAHMOSSBred by EDISON CHAIQuinella : (2,4) $166.00 Exacta : (4-2) $360.00D/E : (5-4) $127.00 (5-6) $50.00Superfecta : (4-2-1-8) $1,821.00Race 3 1100 M (Purse $630,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)SWEETNESS (1997)1. WHO’S BOSSY JInnis4 48.52. ALL FOR THE GLORY OMullings 53.0 3/4L3. GRAND TRAIN LSteadman3 53.0 Neck*4. DR. DEAREST WHenry 52.0 1 1/2LLate scratch : #9 LA MADRINAWIN: $542.00PLACE: $171.00, $186.00, $94.00Final Time : 1:10.0 Splits : 23.4, 48.2, ,Winner : 5yo ch filly – WHO’S STAYIN ON out of TIFTAYVIA byTrainer : PARCHMENT,MARGARET A Owner : MARGARET A PARCHMENTBred by VINCENT LUMSDENQuinella : (2,3) $3,122.00 Exacta : (2-3) $3,574.00D/E : (4-2) $1,965.00 (4-9) $150.00Superfecta : (2-3-6-7) $21,211.00Rolling Triple : (5-4-2) $1,403.00Race 4 1100 M (Purse $600,000) 4-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)-NOT FINISHED 1st-2nd SINCE DECEMBER 9, 2015FATHER CHRISTMAS (1959)1. SINK THE BISMARCK BebHarvey3 54.02. VALLEY OF QUEENS RHalledeen 53.0 2 1/4L*3. SUB STRUCTURE LSteadman3 53.0 1/2L4. MANDEYA JJackson 55.0 1 1/4LWIN: $270.00PLACE: $75.00, $89.00, $61.00Final Time : 1:09.1 Splits : 23.3, 47.1, ,Winner : 6yo b horse – HE’STHEREALTHING out of JUST A FLUTTER byTrainer : WILLIAMS,VICTOR G Owner : ANDRE S ADAMSBred by ANTHEA E. GORE, BRUCE & NOEL LEVYQuinella : (2,9) $706.00 Exacta : (2-9) $1,540.00D/E : (2-2) $3,073.00Superfecta : (2-9-5-10) $2,465.00Rolling Triple : (4-2-2) $12,108.00Race 5 2000 M (Purse $918,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT*1. MR. DOITBETTA HPottinger4 51.02. WONDER GIRL RHalledeen 53.0 1 8L3. ACAPULCO JPatterson3 51.0 1 2 1/4L4. DUSSELDORF AChatrie 54.0 3LWIN: $101.00PLACE: $74.00, $97.00, $103.00Final Time : 2:12.4 Splits : 25.1, 52.1, 1:16.2, 1:44.3Winner : 3yo colt – VIBANK out of OLYMPIC ADVICE by OLYMPIOTrainer : ROBINSON,LORENZO B Owner : LORENZO B ROBINSONBred by LORENZO B. ROBINSONQuinella : (1,4) $348.00 Exacta : (1-4) $448.00D/E : (2-1) $576.00Superfecta : (1-4-7-8) $3,961.00Rolling Triple : (2-2-1) $5,890.00Race 6 1200 M (Purse $893,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN CONDITION RACE (DIV.I)ANY HORSE1. MISTER BONES DaneNelson 55.02. KING D WHenry 54.0 2 1/4L3. URBAN PRINCIPAL OFoster 56.0 2 1/2L4. KANALOA LSteadman3 53.0 Sh.Head5. #2 NEHEMIAH SEllis 54.0 3/4L6. #9 BAY COMMANDER RStewart 52.0 1 3/4LWIN: $411.00PLACE: 175.00, $329.00, $219.00Final Time : 1:14.3 Splits : 23.0, 46.4, ,Winner : 3yo b colt – REGION OF MERIT out of SECRET WEAPON byTrainer : LEWIS,GORDON A Owner : ANTHONY K HARTBred by TONY HARTQuinella : (5,8) $4,177.00 Exacta : (5-8) $7,415.00D/E : (1-5) $1,127.00Trifecta : (5-8-11) $12,408.00Hit-6 Carry-over : $84,981.00Rolling Triple : (2-1-5) $6,124.00Super-6 : (5-4-2-2-1-5) $35,992.70Race 7 1500 M (Purse $630,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)CESARIO (1982)1. #5 TASHIE BABY HPottinger4 50.52. #3 SNEAK PEEK SEllis 55.0 4 1/2L3. #1 MINY LEE DDawkins3 51.0 3 1/2L4. #6 BIG BUCK JInnis4 49.0 1/2LWIN: $239.00PLACE: $103.00, $129.00, $294.00Final Time : 1:36.1 Splits : 24.2, 48.1, 1:14.0,Winner : 4yo ch filly – TRACKING out of QUICKSTER by HAIL ORPHANTrainer : GRIFFITHS,GARY J Owner : GARY J GRIFFITHSBred by GARY GRIFFITHSQuinella : (3,5) $326.00 Exacta : (5-3) $845.00D/E : (5-5) $2,023.00Superfecta : (5-3-1-6) $10,697.00Rolling Triple : (1-5-5) $4,193.00Pick-4 : (2-1-5-5) $26,140.00Race 8 1200 M (Purse $893,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN CONDITION RACE (DIV.II)ANY SLOT1. MISS FIESTY OWalker 54.02. DILIGENT DaneNelson 55.0 2 3/4L3. *SEEKING THE DAWN WHenry 53.0 1L4. LUCKY NINE HPottinger4 51.0 1 1/2L5. AIR MARSHALL RHalledeen 53.0 1 1/4LLate scratch : #2 PRINCE SAMMO, #3 MIRACLE RIVERWIN: $306.00PLACE: $73.00, $65.00, $56.00Final Time : 1:15.1 Splits : 23.2, 47.0, ,Winner : 3yo b filly – TAQARUB out of PROUD AGAIN byTrainer : DACOSTA,WAYNE A Owner : NEW BLUE LTD.Bred by NEW BLUE LTD.Quinella : (9,11) $1,183.00 Exacta : (11-9) $3,022.00D/E : (5-11) $2,162.00Trifecta : (11-9-7) $938.00Hi-5 : (11-9-7-10-4) $10,034.00Rolling Triple : (5-5-11) $11,805.00JAMAICA 1000 GUINEASRace 9 1600 M (Purse $3,250,000) NB3-Y-O FUTURITY – FILLIESSPONSORED BY P2P BETTING & GAMING ENTERTAINMENT*1. NUCLEAR AFFAIR DaneNelson 57.02. A THOUSAND STARS RHalledeen 57.0 9 1/23. SORRENTINO’S STAR WGriffiths,OD 57.0 Neck4. BIRD CATCHER SEllis 57.0 Head5. GOLDEN GLORY WHenry 57.0 3WIN: $83.00PLACE: $60.00, $131.00, $83.00Final Time : 1:39.2 Splits : 24.1, 47.1, 1:13.3,Winner : 3yo filly – NUCLEAR WAYNE out of COMMANDRA AFFAIR byTrainer : SUBRATIE,GARY A Owner : MICHROSBred by MICHAEL BERNARDQuinella : (2,8) $775.00 Exacta : (2-8) $807.00D/E : (11-2) $464.00Trifecta : (2-8-13) $674.00Hi-5 : (2-8-13-14-4) $9,679.00Rolling Triple : (5-11-2) $2,195.00PlacePot 8 : (2,4-2,3-2,9-1,4-5,8-3,5-) $19,026.00Race 10 1820 M (Purse $880,000) 3-Y-O & UP OVERNIGHT ALLOWANCEDENNIS “UNCLE D” CHIN-YOU TROPHY1. MIRACLE STAR AChatrie 54.02. ROYAL VIBES OWalker 52.5 2L3. ORIGINAL TRAIN WHenry 53.0 3/4L*4. PUDDY POOH DaneNelson 54.0 1/2L5. MOM’S STUDENT OWhite 51.0 2 1/2LWIN: $224.00PLACE: $76.00, $156.00, $63.00Final Time : 1:56.3 Splits : 26.2, 50.1, 1:14.3, 1:42.1Winner : 7yo ch horse – MIRACLE MAN out of IRISH STAR by IRISH QUESTTrainer : PLUMMER,DONOVAN Owner : PINK ALAINABred by PETER – JOHN RHODENQuinella : (5,8) $2,883.00 Exacta : (5-8) $4,260.00D/E : (2-5) $484.00Trifecta : (5-8-10) $1,659.00Hi-5 : (5-8-10-1-2) $7,102.00Rolling Triple : (11-2-5) $3,792.00JAMAICA 2000 GUINEASRace 11 1600 M (Purse $3,250,000) NB3-Y-O FUTURITY – COLTS & GELDINGSSPONSORED BY P2P BETTING & GAMING ENTERTAINMENT*1. FUTURE KING RHalledeen 57.02. ORPHEUS SEllis 57.0 1 1/4L3. CHACE THE GREAT AChatrie 57.0 1/2L4. BIGDADDYKOOL LSteadman2 57.0 2 3/4L5. LORD EQUUS ISpence 57.0 3/4LWIN: $148.00PLACE: $85.00, $69.00, $88.00Final Time : 1:39.4 Splits : 23.3, 46.3, 1:11.3,Winner : 3yo b colt – NATURAL SELECTION out of MILLENIUM PRINCESS by MUTAKDDIMTrainer : DACOSTA,WAYNE A Owner : ALFRED A. LEE & JEFFREY S. MORDECAIBred by Y.S. (1955) LTD.Quinella : (6,10) $524.00 Exacta : (10-6) $822.00D/E : (5-10) $774.00Trifecta : (10-6-7) $460.00Hi-5 : (10-6-7-2-12) $3,090.00Rolling Triple : (2-5-10) $2,194.00Pick-4 : (11-2-5-10) $6,428.00Super-6 : (5-5-11-2-5-10) $55,067.10Pick-9 : (2-2-1-5-5-11-2-5-10) $35,354.50 (2-2-1-5-5-11-2-5-10) $589.00 Carry-over : $978,171.60
Experts in the fight against doping in sports have long discussed and recognised that governments and anti-doping organisations worldwide have very little incentive to discover and prove if any of its marquee names (in any sport) has used or is using drugs to impact their performance. The change in personnel at the top of anti-doping organisations have revealed (sometimes) that there were athletes whose performances brought fame and glory to an organisation or a country, but who had suspicious or positive tests that were stifled or ignored. A change in personnel at the United States Anti-Doping Association (USADA) revealed that there were positive/suspicious tests on eventual gold medal winners at World Games that were ignored or forgiven. The USADA is not by any means alone. Secrets revealed Disgraced multiple Tour de France winner, Lance Armstrong, has given evidence of complicity of workers in drug testing labs, doping control officers and cycling administrative officers who aided and abetted his effort in not ever testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. The public is now aware of leaks that suggest ‘unusual’ behaviour in anti-doping organisations of Russia and Kenya. Wholesale removal of personnel from those organisations, including whistleblowers, was thought to be the key to robust anti-doping in those countries. However, the independent review of blood tests of athletes who performed at the Olympics and World Championships over at least the last 10 years have revealed results that have cast a cloud on the effectiveness of anti-doping efforts at a higher level. The introduction of blood tests and the initiation of an athletic passport wherein blood tests taken during an athlete’s career would be recorded and analysed along with blood tests done during competition, to detect the use of performance-enhancing substances that are known to escape detection, due to the narrow window of opportunity available to anti-doping agencies who suspect drug use by a particular athlete was supposed to deter doping. Test refusal We now know that one of the above named anti-doping agencies refused point blank to do blood tests on their athletes. The allegations published in the Sunday Times of England on August 2 this year seem to suggest that the mantra of ‘protect the sport at all costs’ is not only practised by local anti-doping organisations, but now at the highest level of athletic administration, the IAAF! The oversight body of doping in sports, the World Anti-Doping Authority, has promised an immediate investigation, reminding all that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. As the investigation unfolds, what we need to recall is the strange verbal support from a very high official of the IAAF, when a global star recently tested positive for a substance known to the athletic fraternity as a masker of drug use. This recent revelation by the Sunday Times will be the subject of intensive investigation to determine its veracity. However, coming just before the World Championships in athletics, due to begin in less than three weeks, this information will remove some of the lustre associated with this event. Jamaicans can rest easy, as the same report in the Sunday Times, although not naming athletes whose blood tests were suspicious, stated categorically that British athletes Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah, as well as the world’s fastest human, Usain Bolt, had NO SUSPICIOUS TEST RESULTS in the samples analysed. It must be now obvious to everyone that Bolt IS the most important icon in a sport that is fast catching up with cycling as the most suspicious sport in the world, as far as drug use is concerned. Leaks and confessions are now the number-one weapon in this fight against doping that we must win. Let us continue to identify, not only the athletes who cheat, but let us also name and shame administrative officials of any stripe who facilitate cheating.
more acute It is 1947. Running for the University of Illinois, young Herb McKenley is in hot pursuit of a fast rival in the 4×440 yards at the Penn Relays. He accelerates early and makes up ground, but the surge is premature. Herb fades and the chase is lost. As related by Errol Townsend and the late Jimmy Carnegie in their classic book, Herb McKenley: Olympic Star, his coach, Leo Johnson, advises, “When you are behind, Herb, eat it up a little at a time.” Fast-forward to 1952 and the Olympic Games in Helsinki. In his last opportunity to get an Olympic gold medal, Herb is faced with a 15-metre gap on the third leg of the 4x400m final and Johnson’s words come back to him as an assurance. He spreads his speed across the entire journey this time and catches Olympic 400-metre hurdles champion, Charlie Moore, just before the exchange to 400 winner George Rhoden. The result is a sublime 44.6-second carry, history’s first sub-45, gold for Jamaica and a world record. It’s 2013. Schoolboy Javon Francis bravely scoots past four other anchormen and holds off a resurgent Russian team in front of a boisterous Moscow crowd to hang on to the silver medal for Jamaica. Remarkably, Francis has run his leg in 44 seconds flat. Last Sunday, in the last race of the 2015 World Championships, Francis was faced with a similar problem. The situation was even more acute. A win for Jamaica would secure the gold needed to top the medal table. With his teammates – as a group – running more slowly than the first three legs did in the heats, he chose the 2013 strategy and took off. The result was a circuit timed in 43.5 seconds, equal to the fastest 4x400m leg ever by a Jamaican. The brilliant effort left the team thousandths of a second short of the bronze. Recriminations began immediately, but Francis had given more than his all. He was a full half a second faster than in 2013. Should he have taken the advice Herb used to good effect in 1952? Or were things somehow different? So it seemed. Herb was chasing one man. On the other hand, Francis had World and Olympic champion Lashawn Merritt, World Junior champion Machel Cedenio, European champion Martyn Rooney, and Belgium’s unheralded Arnaud Ghislan between him and victory. With three really fast runners to overcome, traffic might have been a problem in the closing stages. Had he run 44.5, the recriminations might have more substance. A better-paced anchor leg might have collected the vital split-second difference between bronze and fourth, but the same can be said for each of the preceding legs. After all, the relay is a team event. In the heats, the Jamaica team covered the first three legs in two minutes, 14.1 seconds. The corresponding figure for the final is two minutes, 15.0 seconds. In the end, Peter Matthews, Ricardo Chambers, Rusheen McDonald, and Francis had run two minutes, 58.51 seconds. No team has ever run that fast to finish fourth. It’s 2015, and if Herb were here, he’d probably hug the team. After that, with a wipe of a motivational tear from his eye, he’s probably calling Francis over for a little chat. It’s a fair bet that that talk would be filled with stories of a glorious history and a little advice. Hubert Lawrence has just read Herb McKenley: Olympic Star for the umpteenth time.
St George’s College’s ace goal-getter Alex Marshall expects a tough match against defending champions Jamaica College in today’s Manning Cup final.Marshall, who had a hand in all four goals in St George’s dominant display in the recent FLOW Super Cup final, said JC will be tougher rivals today.”I know it’s not going to be the same. They are going to come bigger and stronger, so we just have to go out there and play our type of football. The team (St George’s) will put on a show, not Alex,” the forward who has scored 26 goals in all competitions said.Marshall believes his team is good enough to take the Manning Cup back to North Street for the first time since 2012.”All we have to do is just go out there and play our game, and hope for the best.”It’s a team effort, I can’t say I am the main man to get the goals,” he told The Gleaner.Marshall has had his way with schoolboy defence line-ups this season with his clever dribbling and comes into today’s match on the back of a hat-trick against Jonathan Grant in last weekend’s newspaper.”I just pick a spot and go for it,” he said of his relatively free scoring form.”I am happily looking forward to continue scoring in the final; 30 goals is my mark,” he stressed.- S.F.
Despite making his debut in one of the most challenging North American rally events, 17-year-old Fraser McConnell had an electrifying start to Canadian motorsport which saw him place a sensational 11th place in the national standings, at the North America Tall Pines recently.It was the teen’s second rally as a young driver.Co-driving for the Jamaican was the very experienced Nathalie Richard who helped the teen to third overall, first in class production in two-wheel drive, first in novice and 11th place in the national standings.Co-driver Richard remarked of McConnell’s exploits: “For his first rally he chose the most challenging event in North America (Canada), Tall Pines. He did a great job and impressed me right from shakedown, which was his first time sitting in a car.”I was almost as proud of him as his supportive (but freezing) family members! Good stuff, Fraser!” she added, describing Rally of the Tall Pines as one of the most challenging annual events of the Canadian Rally Championship series.A total of four classes of cars in the order of speed/power: four-wheel drive open, four- wheel drive production, two-wheel drive open, and two-wheel drive production.The registered competitors faced off for National and/or Regional points and drivers were classified as ‘Expert’ or ‘Novice’.McConnell, who is currently a high school student in Canada, remains upbeat as he eyes a great future in the sport.”It’s a new experience for me. Good learning experience with a new car and new navigator.”Throughout the day I got faster and faster. It was quite a challenge, but what was exciting for me is that I was beating turbo four-wheel drive and open class,” the teen recalled.He added: “It was like the biggest event in the world for me and I just wanted to make my name. I will be trying to compete more abroad next year and get more power in the car,” said the 17-year-old.”Meanwhile, father Peter McConnell said: “We were torn about this decision because it coincided with Rally Jamaica, but we felt that he had much more to gain by competing in one of North America’s premier rally events.”With Fraser now introduced to the North American Rally World in a big way, he will no doubt be able make an even positive impact next time and chart a way forward.
Mellisa Ward, who on November 28 became the first of the three female apprentices to ride a winner, FIFTYONESTORM, enjoyed her best day in the saddle at Caymanas Park yesterday, notching the first double of her short career.The 21-year-old Camperdown High graduate looked improved in booting hot 4-5 favourite CLASSIK MAKIT in the third race and 2-1 favourite POWEROFTHECAT in the seventh, just lasting home by a head from the fast-finishing TIMEFORACAT, with fellow apprentice Linton Steadman aboard.She just missed a triple when 3-1 chance CHANGE HIM NAME was beaten in a photo finish by INFANTRY OFFICER under Aaron Chatrie in the first race, but she could be deemed unlucky, having lost her whip when challenging on the rails midway the last furlong.Ward, who has now won four races, said: “I am happy with my progress, but I still have a lot to learn, and I’m taking it one day at a time.”Saturday-Sunday meetsFellow apprentice Dane Dawkins rode three winners at the back-to-back Saturday-Sunday meets, including 22-1 outsider LITTLEMISSEMMY (made all) for trainer Anthony Nunes and owner-breeder Karl Samuda in the Jamaica Racehorse Trainers’ Association Trophy race over 1200m on Saturday. Nunes, who was away in Trinidad, won three races on the card.
SEMIS Leaders Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, in the meantime, are two from two on 10 points and will play the Americas at Shaw Park. The group winners and runners-up will progress to the semi-finals. “They (Barbados) are a good team and always difficult to beat,” stated McCarthy. “However, we have a good team as well and just have to turn up with our ‘A’ game and work hard.” Jamaica Scorpions: John Campbell (captain), Sheldon Cottrell, Trevon Griffith, Nicholson Gordon, Jermaine Harrison, Damion Jacobs, Brandon King, Tamar Lambert, Andre McCarthy, Nikita Miller, Marquino Mindley, Aldaine Thomas, Devon Thomas, Shacaya Thomas. Barbados Pride: Kevin Stoute (captain), Sulieman Benn, Tino Best, Shamarh Brooks, Jonathan Carter, Roston Chasem Kyle Corbin, Miguel Cummins, Dane Currency, Justin Greaves, Ashley Nurse, Mario Rampersaud, Dwayne Smith, Hayden Walsh Jr, Kenroy Williams. Jamaica Scorpions’ top-order batsman, Andre McCarthy, has listed application as one of the primary reasons behind his maiden one-day century in the WICB/NAGICO Super50 Tournament in Trinidad and Tobago. Entering the fray with Jamaica in a delicate position of 61 for three against ICC Americas – after electing to bat – the 28-year-old McCarthy went on hit 118. His knock, which was the cornerstone of Jamaica’s 260 for eight, included four sixes and 11 fours. ICC Americas, a guest team in the three-week tournament, were then bowled out for 76. “I’ve always said I wanted a hundred and, thankfully, it came in the second game of the tournament,” said McCarthy. “It was a matter of application, adjusting to the team situation and playing within the team plan. “Jamaica was in a tight position as the Americas seamers were bowling well. I had to therefore try and fight out the seamers and, hopefully, when they came back capitalise, and that’s what I did,” he explained. The innings, which propelled McCarthy to the Player-of-the-Match award, was his second career hundred, after scoring 121 away to Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the WICB First-Class Tournament late last year. That game was also played in Trinidad, and although describing the pitches in the twin-island republic as difficult to play on, he says he hopes to continue scoring runs. “The wickets in Trinidad are very difficult to score fast and bat on,” he quipped. “But I like to consider myself as a fighting batsman, and the hope is that I will continue to do well.” Jamaica Scorpions, second in Group C on five points after also scoring a bonus point against the Americas, will today play third-place Barbados Pride (four points) at Queen’s Park Oval in their third of six first-round fixtures.
MANCHESTER, England (AP): In one of the most entertaining matches of the English Premier League, Manchester United squandered a two-goal lead, went back in front through an exquisite 79th-minute shot from Wayne Rooney and then conceded a 90th-minute goal to draw at Newcastle 3-3 yesterday. “It feels like a defeat,” said Louis Van Gaal, whose side slipped to sixth. “We have given it away.” A positive for United was the performance of Rooney, who scored twice, set up the other goal by Jesse Lingard, and put in an impressive all-round performance. Goals by Georginio Wijnal-dum and Aleksandar Mitrovic, also from a penalty, brought Newcastle level from 0-2 down. With seconds left of regulation time, United failed to clear, and Paul Dummett advanced from left back to fire in a fierce shot from the edge of the area that deflected into the top corner. “It is the best feeling in the world,” the Newcastle-born Dummett said. Last-place Aston Villa collected their first win since the opening day, beating Crystal Palace 1-0 courtesy of a goalkeeping error by Wayne Hennessey. Also, West Ham came from behind to beat Bournemouth 3-1, with Enner Valencia scoring twice, and fit-again playmaker Dimitri Payet scoring the other goal for the visitors. West Ham moved into fifth place, above Man United.
Former champions Arnett Gardens will be counting on home comforts to return them to winning ways when they host the impressive debutants, Jamalco, in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL).On Sunday last, the ‘Junglists’ came from behind twice to pull level with UWI FC, but conceded late to suffer their second defeat of the season, both away from home. Home has always been kind to them, and, according to Coach Jerome Waite, they are gunning for their record of two seasons ago when they did not lose a single match at home and went on to claim the title.”It is always good to play at your home venue. It is a positive in that you are looking forward to the 13th man – your fans – and the support they give. Our objective is to stay unbeaten at home for a whole year as we did two years ago,” said Waite.Despite being a new team, Jamalco have acquitted themselves well since the first day, winning three of their six matches, drawing once, and losing the other two for a total of 10 points. This place has seen them occupy third position on goal difference over defending champions Montego Bay United and Arnett Gardens. They have also scored the most goals, 10, and Waite is very aware of the threat they pose.”We expect a tough game based on how they have been performing all season. I know what they have to offer, so I am expecting a competitive game,” explained Waite as he highlighted the importance of home-crowd support.Jamalco’s coach, the young and talented Rayon Johnson, was respectful of his opponents, yet confident.”Well, going up against a team such as Arnett Gardens is going to be a tough game and, yes, we have had some setbacks because we were not scoring freely in our last two games, but we are confident that we will do well,” Johnson told the Sunday Gleaner.TRUST A PLUSOne of the things that defines his team, Johnson said, is the trust that they have in what they do.”I think the thing that defines us and makes us tick is the trust. They trust what we are doing and they are willing to go out there and do it,” he explained.Today, he expects the big three of the competition’s joint leading scorer Rohan Richards, Roshane Sharp, and the former Boys’ Town man, Andre Dawson, to be his key players, but he warned that others could surprise.Arnett Gardens, on the other hand, will be looking to national defender Dicoy Williams, team captain Oneil Thompson, Jabeur Johnson, Fabian Reid, as well as Marvin Morgan and Kemal Malcolm, who were introduced from the bench last week.Another big clash will be that of Boys’ Town and Tivoli Gardens where the teams appear to be going in different directions. Boys’ Town are climbing, while Tivoli Gardens are slipping and will be missing the influential Jermaine Johnson, while Boys’ Town will welcome the fit-again Shamar Nicholson.The Donovan Duckie-coached Humble Lion should be fancied to edge UWI FC in the top-of-the-table battle at Effortville, while Maverley-Hughenden could find it tough playing away to Reno FC, especially in this the rainy season.Football lovers should be entertained when Montego Bay United host the resuscitated Waterhouse at Wespow Park. Montego Bay United must be cursing themselves for failing to deliver a win last week against bottom-of-the-table Harbour View and the likes of Dino Williams, Allan Ottey and the veteran who recently earned his first national cap, Dwayne Ambusley, must be keen to make amends.Waterhouse coach Marvin Tate, a man who has a history with Montego Bay United, would want to get one over them, as would Jermain ‘Tuffy’ Anderson, a man who hails from Montego Bay. The exciting skills of the young Rodave Murray could also please the fans.Today’s Games:o 3 p.m: Boys’ Town vs Tivoli Gardens – Barbican Complexo 3:30 p.m: Reno vs Maverley-Hughenden – Frome Complexo 3:30 p.m: Arnett Gardens vs Jamalco – Anthony Spaulding Complexo 3:30 p.m: Montego Bay United vs Waterhouse – Wespow Parko 3:30 p.m: Humble Lion vs UWI FC – Effortville Community Centreo 7 p.m: Harbour View vs Portmore United – Harbour View Stadium