WITH Jamaica collecting just one medal so far at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto – a silver from swimmer Alia Atkinson – things are expected to get better when competition in track and field will get under way this morning at the CIBC Athletics Stadium starting at 9:05 (all time listed are Jamaican).Some 42 athletes, 22 males and 20 females, will be hoping to bring more glory to the country and improve on the five-medal haul of four years ago at the 2011 Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.Originally, 47 athletes were selected to represent the country, but the Jamaica Olympic Association was forced to reduce the numbers by five due to the new qualification standard for the meet, as some of these who were originally selected did not meet the qualifying standards.Thirteen athletes are due for action on today’s opening day, where nine finals are slated to take place. Schillonie Calvert and Sherone Simpson will be the first two Jamaicans to take the track in the first round of the women’s 100 metres at 9:30 a.m.Sheldon Mitchell and Jason Livermore will be in action in the first round of the men’s 100m 40 minutes later.looking for first medalThree other Jamaicans are down to compete in the morning session. National long-jump champion Demar Forbes will be in action at 10:45 a.m. before Samantha Elliot and Ristananna Tracy compete in the semi-finals of the women’s 400m hurdles at 11:05 a.mTriple jumper Shanieke Thomas will be hoping to give Jamaica a first medal in track and field when she competes in the afternoon session in the women’s triple jump final at 5:05 p.m. Five minutes later, another Jamaican will be in a field event final, as Raymond Brown will compete in the men’s shot put, while Daina Levy will compete in the women’s hammer throw final at 6:35 p.m.Kimmara McDonald in the 800m and sprint hurdlers Monique Morgan and Kimberly Laing will close out competition for Jamaica on the opening day. McDonald will run in the preliminary round of the women’s 800 metres at 5:55 p.m., while both Morgan and Laing will compete in the heats of the 100 metres hurdles at 5:15 p.m., where they will be hoping to advance to the final, which is slated for 7:50 p.m.Schedule for Jamaicans9:30 a.m: Women’s 100m heats10:10 a.m: Men’s 100m heats10:45 a.m: Men’s long jump preliminary11:05 a.m: Women’s 400m hurdles semi-finals5:05 p.m: Women’s triple jump semi-finals5:10 p.m: Men’ shot put final5:15 p.m: Women’s 100m hurdles semi-final5:45 p.m: Women’s 800m semi-final7:50 p.m: Women’s 100m hurdles final
Robert Samuels, the coach of Jamaica Under-19, believes his team has more than what it takes to beat Canada, and bounce back after their 128-run loss to Windward Islands on Thursday.The Jamaicans who, after two games, are third in the seven-team standings, will face off with the ICC America’s Under-19 champions in the third round of the WICB Under-19 Championship at St Elizabeth Technical today.Canada who lost their opening encounter to the Windwards, are currently at the bottom of the standings.They are playing as a guest team in preparation for the ICC Youth World Cup in Bangladesh next year after winning the ICC Americas Under-19 Division 1 Championship, staged in Bermuda earlier this month.”There will not be much difference in terms of our plans for Canada,” said Samuels.”It’s about executing by bowling in the right areas, taking our chances, and showing the requisite application when we bat.”We did not do these basics well against the Windwards, and that is why we lost.”Competitive 227Winning the toss and electing to bat, the Windwards posted a competitive 227 with lower order batsman, Dornan Edwards, who was dropped twice, making a top score of 61.This was against Jamaica captain and off-spinner, Michael Frew, who played four for 30.Jamaica, the title favourites heading into the tournament, won their opening fixture against defending champions Guyana by five wickets on Wednesday.Elsewhere today, Windwards will seek to extend their lead when they play second from bottom Trinidad and Tobago at Chedwin Park.The Trinidadians have lost their two matches to date, and are coming off a three-wicket defeat to Guyana on Thursday.Meanwhile, at Manchester High, fourth place Guyana, and fifth place Leeward Islands will do battle.Guyana have a one win, one loss record, while the Leewards have one win from their lone contest thus far.Second-place Barbados with a win and a loss have drawn a bye and will sit out the round.The tournament is being played in two stages. A round-robin preliminary round followed by a final, which will be contested by the top two teams.
The Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) has received bids from two entities that have expressed an interest in acquiring the state-run horse racing promotions company, Caymanas Track Limited (CTL).In a release yesterday, DBJ said bids were received from Caymanas Racing and Entertainment Limited and Supreme Ventures Limited, following the bid opening exercise on Friday, September 18.Caymanas Racing and Entertainment Limited comprises a number of stakeholders at Caymanas Park, including noted horsemen and investors Michael Bernard, Richard Lake and trainer Richard Azan.Supreme Ventures is currently a major player in the country for lottery gaming. The company also competes actively in sports betting and casino-type gaming lounges.The DBJ and Caymanas Track Limited Enterprise Team (CTLET) are overseeing the privatisation process on behalf of the Ministry of Finance and Planning. It is expected that a preferred bidder will be identified and recommended by the CTLET to the Ministry of Finance and Planning and to Cabinet for approval. The release said it was anticipated that the evaluation will be completed by early November.The CTL privatisation opportunity was advertised by the DBJ from May 12 and the bid submission deadline was extended twice – from July 10 to August 28 and subsequently to September 18 – to accommodate prospective investors.CTL is Jamaica’s sole horse-racing promotions company, which operates the Caymanas Park Track, situated in Portmore, St Catherine.This marks the second time since 2004 that the Government has invited bids for the divestment of Caymanas Park. Back then, two bids were approved and one entity, Caymanas Entertainment Limited, was named the preferred bidder. However, final approval was subsequently denied by the Government following lengthy deliberations.
Simmons reinstated ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC): Phil Simmons has been reinstated as head coach of the West Indies cricket team weeks after his suspension, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) announced yesterday. In a statement, WICB said Simmons, a former West Indies all-rounder, has accepted a reprimand from the board and publicly apologised for making inappropriate comments regarding team selection. His reinstatement follows a recent meeting with the WICB Human Resource Committee after a public outburst in which he questioned the make-up of the one-day international squad. “The West Indies Cricket Board reinstated Phil Simmons today to his duties as head coach of the West Indies senior men’s team,” the statement from WICB read. “Simmons was suspended after inappropriately commenting on and disclosing the specific voting of individual selectors of the WICB’s Selection Panel when selecting the West Indies men’s senior squad to tour Sri Lanka in October and November 2015.” The former Trinidad and Tobago cricketer was upset that all-rounder Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard, whose services are in high demand in Twenty20 leagues around the world, failed to make the West Indies one-day international squad. The WICB also announced plans to launch an investigation into the allegations made by Simmons, and take “necessary and appropriate action”. IOC suspends Diack LONDON (AP): The International Olympic Committee (IOC) suspended Lamine Diack as an honorary member yesterday and said it was ready to strip medals from any Russian athletes found guilty of doping and consider retesting samples from the Sochi Olympics. The IOC convened an urgent meeting of its executive board by video conference to consider what action to take in response to the corruption and doping crisis engulfing track and field. The board agreed on the provisional suspension of Diack, the former IAAF president who was placed under investigation by French authorities last week on charges of corruption and money-laundering related to the cover-up of Russian doping cases. Diack served as a full IOC member for 15 years until 2014, when he reached the mandatory retirement age of 80 and became an honorary member. The Senegalese official stepped down in August as president of the IAAF after 16 years in charge of track’s governing body. The IOC also acted on the damning report released Monday by a World Anti-Doping Agency panel that alleged a widespread, state-sponsored doping programme in Russia, implicating the government and intelligence services as well as athletes, coaches and team officials. The WADA commission, headed by IOC member Dick Pound, recommended that Russia’s track and field federation be suspended until it cleans up its act on doping. The IAAF is scheduled to decide Friday whether to suspend Russia, a move which could keep Russian athletes out of next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
MANCHESTER, England (AP):Jamie Vardy’s stunning volley set Leicester on their way to a 2-0 victory over Liverpool yesterday, keeping the unlikely title challengers top of the Premier League on a night Manchester United rediscovered their scoring touch at Old Trafford.Manchester City and Tottenham also won to stay in touch with Leicester, but Arsenal were held 0-0 by Southampton and dropped to fourth place.Leicester preserved their three-point lead over City and their title charge shows no sign of slowing – nor does Vardy’s prolific form this season.The England striker volleyed in a looping shot from 25 metres before adding another goal in the second half to sink Liverpool at King Power Stadium and take his tally to 18 this campaign.”We are free of pressure,” Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri said. “The players have a good feeling.”United beat Stoke 3-0, scoring in the first half at home for the first time since September. Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial, and Wayne Rooney – with his seventh goal in his last seven games – scored for United, which trimmed the gap to the Champions League qualification places to five points.Criticised for much of the season for their risk-averse attacking approach, United have scored six goals in their last two games.Sergio Ag¸ero was the match winner for City in a 1-0 victory at Sunderland in the team’s first game since announcing the hiring of Pep Guardiola as coach starting next season. Ag¸ero looks back to his sharpest, having scored eight goals in as many games in 2016.DOUBLE FROM HARRY KANETottenham won 3-0 at Norwich thanks to a double from Harry Kane and another goal from young midfielder Dele Alli. The win lifted Spurs to third, above north London neighbour Arsenal on goal difference.Also, Aston Villa had forward Jordan Ayew sent off in the 17th minute for elbowing an opponent in a 2-0 loss at West Ham, which left the league’s last-place team 10 points adrift of safety. West Bromwich Albion scored two minutes into injury time to draw 1-1 against Swansea, and Bournemouth won 2-1 at Crystal Palace.With 14 games left this campaign, Leicester are closing in on a Champions League qualification place -the team is 10 points clear of United – and must now be seen as a definite title contender.
MANCHESTER, England (AP): There have been considerable knock-on effects for Leicester following the team’s giddy rise to the top of the English Premier League. A ramping-up of global interest and adulation? Definitely. Qualification to the Champions League for the first time? Almost certainly, especially if the surprise leaders beat Southampton at home on Sunday. Then there’s growing international recognition for their star players. On Tuesday, England started with two Leicester players in this case, Jamie Vardy and debutant Danny Drinkwater for the first time in 42 years in the 2-1 loss to the Netherlands. And on the same night, N’Golo Kante, Leicester’s enforcer in central midfield, made his full debut for France on his 25th birthday and marked it by scoring one of the goals in a 4-2 win over Russia. “Things are going fast,” said Kante, who was playing for Caen in France’s second tier only three years ago. “I wouldn’t have said it was possible four or five years ago,” said Vardy, a goalscorer against the Dutch and a striker who once worked in a carbon-fibre factory. Leicester’s fans will be saying the same kind of things. After narrowly escaping relegation last season because of an incredible run of results in the final nine games, Leicester are mounting the most unlikely of title challenges and are five points clear of second-place Tottenham with seven games left. The club has never won a top-flight English league title. Training would have been unusually quiet for Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri over the recent international break, given the increased number of national-team call-ups. Ranieri, therefore, must reignite the team’s momentum from before the two-week hiatus ahead of the biggest six weeks in the club’s 132-year history. Southampton could be one of the toughest remaining opponents for Leicester, with the visitors from the south coast having won their last two games to climb within four points of the Champions League places. But Leicester are showing remarkable resilience under pressure, winning its last three matches 1-0. “They’ve been the best team this season, without question,” Alex Ferguson, a managerial great in English soccer, has told Sky Sports, “and they deserve to win it.” Tottenham would pile the pressure on Leicester by beating Liverpool tomorrow, a day before Leicester play. Last-place Aston Villa are heading into their home match against Chelsea without a manager following the departure of Remi Garde on Tuesday. With seven games left, Villa are 12 points from safety and has only won three league games all season. MAN CITY’S REINFORCEMENTS MANAGERLESS VILLA In danger of dropping out of the top four, out-of-form Manchester City have been handed a much-needed boost on the injury front. Three midfielders Samir Nasri, Kevin De Bruyne and Fabian Delph were back in training this week after long injury layoffs and could be in line to play against Bournemouth tomorrow. De Bruyne’s return after two months out with damaged ankle and knee ligaments is especially important for City, who have not scored in their last three matches and have been short of creativity. City broke their transfer record last August to sign De Bruyne for more than US$77 million. City are in fourth place the final Champions League qualification position and only one point ahead of West Ham and Manchester United. West Ham host Crystal Palace tomorrow and Manchester United are at home to Everton on Sunday.
KINGSTON:Jamaican and Caribbean men’s champion Chris Binnie finished second at the TRAC North of Scotland Professional Squash Association tournament which wrapped up on Sunday in Aberdeen, Scotland.Although unseeded, Binnie fought his way to the final, beating Richie Fallows of England 11-9, 3-11, 11-2, 11-8 in the first round, and Fallows’ teammate Joe Green 6-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-4 in the quarter-finals.In the semi-finals Binnie rallied from a first game loss to beat Englishman Eddie Charlton, ranked 65 in the world, 4-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-7.However, the Jamaican’s winning streak ended in the final, as he went down 4-11, 4-11, 7-11 to Yousseff Soliman of Egypt.”Although I’m disappointed that I lost in the final I am very happy about my performance throughout the week as it will improve my ranking,” said Binnie.The national and regional champion is heading to Switzerland to compete in the Pilatus Cup, which starts tomorrow.”There were many positives to take away from doing well in Scotland and I’ll be working for an even better result in Switzerland,” said Binnie.
Michael Binns was easily Portmore United’s man of the match for his double strike and all-round classy performance in their 3-1 second-leg semi-final win, which gave them a 4-3 victory on aggregate and a place in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) final against Montego Bay United. Tramaine Stewart scored Portmore United’s third goal, while Kemeel Wolfe was responsible for Humble Lion’s sole strike at Arnett Gardens’ Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex on Monday night. Binns’ classiest performance of the night, though, came off the field and occurred when he dedicated the win to the deceased father of one of his opponents, Ricardo Cousins. “This victory means a lot to me, and I just want to dedicate it to my friend Ricardo Cousins’ dad, even though Ricardo was on the losing team tonight,” the midfielder said, as he soaked up all the adulation at the end of the game. He also went over to console Cousins and some of the other Humble Lion players. “Ricardo is a very good friend to me, and his dad was a member of Portmore United. He was a big fan of Portmore, so I want to dedicate this one to him,” added Binns, who was captained by Cousins to the schoolboy triple crown while playing for Glenmuir High in 2004; and who also played alongside him when Portmore United won the RSPL in 2008. Of the game itself, Binns said that things went better than they planned. “Our intention coming into the game was to keep our head and try to get an early goal and take control of the game, and we got two, so that was great,” added the 27-year-old, who confessed to being overwhelmed. While not being a prolific scorer, Binns, who returned to the club in October last year after a number of years living in Florida, said he was prepared for the opportunities to come. “I am the dead-ball kicker in the team, so I was not surprised when the opportunities came. I had been practising them all week, and whenever I get a chance, I am pretty confident that I am going to put them away. “I have scored six goals so far this season and these are my most important two,” continued the man who is dreaming of playing a part in taking Portmore United from promoted team to champions. While stating that he was looking forward to going back to the States to his wife and family, Binns said that will come after the finals. “It is great to be back. It is really wonderful, and while I have to go back to the wife and family, I am staying until after the final,” he said, with a broad smile.
CHELSEA (4-2-3-1)BEGOVIC, AZPILICUETA, MIAZGA, IVANOVIC, RAHMAN, MIKEL,FABREGAS, PEDRO, LOFTUS-CHEEK, OSCAR, PATOKANE, ERIKSEN, ALLI, LAMELA, DEMBELE, DIER, ROSE,VERTONGHEN,ALDERWEIRELD WALKERLLORISSPURS (4-2-3-1)Tottenham Hotspur could arrive at Chelsea having lost the Barclays Premier League title to rivals Leicester City. If the Foxes win at Manchester United on Sunday, they will have won the Barclays Premier League for the first time and ended the dwindling prospect of Tottenham.Defeat for Leicester will give Spurs hope, but, having been held to a 1-1 draw by West Bromwich Albion last Monday, they know that defeat at Chelsea – even if Leicester have lost a day earlier – will end their title aspirations.Spurs are unbeaten in five league games and will now target second spot and finishing above local neighbours and rivals Arsenal.Tottenham have scored 31 away goals; only Arsenal (32) have netted more goals on the road this season.Chelsea, meanwhile, have lost two of their last three league games and sit in ninth place. They last finished outside the top six in the 1995-96 season (when they were 11th).Spurs’ hopes of winning are slim; they last won there 26 years ago, in February 1990. Subsequently, Chelsea have won 17 and drawn eight games at home to Spurs in 25 meetings.Tottenham and Chelsea drew 0-0 at White Hart Lane in November but the Blues won 3-0 in this fixture last season.Chelsea are again without banned keeper Thibaut Courtois, along with striker Loic Remy and defender Kurt Zouma. And they must test two other centre-backs John Terry and Gary Cahill.Spurs, meanwhile, have doubts over Eric Dier while Nabil Bentaleb is still absent.
LEEDS, England (AP):Opener Alex Hales and wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow led a steady recovery as England reached 171 for five against Sri Lanka at stumps yesterday on a rain-shortened first day of the opening Test.Seamer Dasun Shanaka took three wickets in two overs on debut to put England in trouble at 83 for five, but Hales – 71 not out – and Bairstow – unbeaten with 54 – fought back.They combined for an unbeaten 88-run partnership before the entire final session at Headingley was washed out by rain.Shanaka removed captain Alastair Cook and No. 3 Nick Compton in four balls after Sri Lanka – buoyed by overcast conditions and a green pitch – asked England to bat. Shanaka also snared home favourite Joe Root, England’s form batsman, soon after for a duck. All three were caught behind the wicket as Shanaka made use of the seam-friendly conditions.Cook’s dismissal for 16 as he attempted an expansive cover drive left him 20 short of 10,000 Test runs.THREE FOURSNumber five batsman James Vince made nine on his test debut, while big-hitting all-rounder Ben Stokes blasted three fours, but lasted only nine balls for 12.England made slow progress in the morning, but were still 49 for no wicket before Shanaka’s three strikes, and one each for fellow quicks Sharminda Eranga and Nuwan Pradeep put the home team in deep trouble. At one stage, Shanaka had figures of three for six off three overs. He ended the day with three for 30.Hales played with great determination for his highest score in Test cricket, and just his second half-century. He battled through the tough early period then hit 12 fours to anchor England’s first innings of the summer season.Bairstow, another who plays his county cricket at Headingley, fared better than fellow Yorkshireman Root. His counterattacking innings was peppered with six fours and a six as he scored at a brisk rate to gain England some momentum in the afternoon before rain brought it to a halt.