Windies embrace fans in fun day MELBOURNE, Australia (CMC): West Indies players brought smiles to the faces of thousands of fans as they participated in the annual Family Day at the G event at the Melbourne Cricket Ground yesterday. The day of fun was geared toward young fans and over 4,000 turned up at the iconic venue to be part of the festivities. The Australian team also participated as players signed autographs and took photographs. “It was a fantastic event for the players and the fans,” West Indies team spokesman Philip Spooner said. “The players were all delighted to see so many cricket lovers, young and old, from all walks of life and from several parts of the world, who came out to see the training session, and then participate in the day’s activities. “It was a great day with excellent weather at the MCG, as we build up to the Test match this weekend.” Father blocks player’s transfer to Liverpool BELGRADE, Serbia (AP): Marko Grujic may not be signing a seven million euros ($7.6 million) contract with Liverpool after all. The reason: His father keeps his passport. Red Star Belgrade, the 19-year-old Serbian midfielder’s club, has reportedly agreed on a five-year deal and he was to travel to Liverpool for medical check-ups. Grujic’s father, however, says he should remain at Red Star until the end of the season when his price will be bigger. “His passport is with me and he is not going anywhere,” Goran Grujic told Belgrade media. He accused Red Star management of forcing his son to leave because of the club’s deep financial problems. Red Star says in a statement yesterday that if it doesn’t get the funds from Grujic’s transfer, the club will collapse financially. Smith lifts Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy SYDNEY, Australia (CMC): Australia Test captain, Steve Smith, has captured the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy after being honoured as the ICC Cricketer of the Year for 2015. Smith, 26, was the leading run-scorer in Tests during the period under consideration, compiling 1,734 runs from 13 Tests at an average of 82.57, with seven centuries and six half-centuries. He also gathered 1,249 runs at an average of just under 60, with four centuries and eight half-centuries from 26 one-day internationals. “Given that there are so many great players around the world, I’m incredibly honoured to receive these awards,” Smith said. “While team success is always my number-one motivation, awards like this are very special. I’m thrilled and very proud to receive them.” Meanwhile, South African AB de Villiers was voted ICC ODI Player of the Year, while fellow countryman Faf du Plessis won the Twenty20 International Performance of the Year for his 119 off 56 balls against West Indies in the second Twenty20 in Johannesburg last January.
It was an emotional night for Calabar High School’s coach, Ludlow Barker, after watching his team hold off Ardenne High to win back-to-back Under-19 ISSA National Basketball Championship titles, following a 62-52 overtime win at the G.C. Foster College auditorium on Tuesday evening.Led by a game-high 28 points from MVP Maliek McCarthy and 13 points from Jevaun Faulder, Calabar High shrugged off a fourth-quarter surge from the Basil Barrett-coached Ardenne before going on to dominate overtime 12-4.Justin Rhoden was Ardenne’s top scorer with 15 points.However, in his post-match interview, Calabar High’s coach, Barker, could not restrain the tears as emotions overwhelmed him while he piled praises on his players for their sacrifice on the road to winning back-to-back Southern Conference and national championship honours.”I know these players,” said a tearful Barker. “When they commit to do the work, they come up trumps. I believe in them; they believe in me. I just love these players. I love coaching the school because they have heart and soul.TOP COACH, PLAYERS”They (players) say they have a top coach, but I say I have top players – the greatest players in the world – and I’d never exchange them for anything,” he stated.”Winning back-to-back South Conference titles was going to be tough, but winning back-to-back all-island was going to be harder. We had to have a lot of self-discipline and play good defence.”After an evenly contested first quarter (12-12), Calabar High captured the second period 11-7 to lead 23-19 at half-time. They continued to hold the ascendancy after taking the third quarter 17-14, but in the final quarter, Ardenne upped their game a couple of notches and Calabar High could find no answer as the Basil Barrett-coached team were hitting shots from all angles and range. In the final analysis, Ardenne High won the period 15-8 to be tied 48-48 at the final whistle.However, in overtime, Ardenne did not know what hit them as Calabar High came out firing and easily captured the period 12-4 for a convincing win.”My team held its nerve when it went to overtime. They were still feeling good about themselves even though they gave up the lead,” Barker admitted. “We didn’t lose concentration. We stuck to the game plan and we supported each other, and defensively, we did an excellent job. So to repeat at this level is quite a joy.”In the junior final, St George’s College avenged their Southern Conference final defeat to St Catherine High with a 54-47 win.Jordon Gilles with 17 points and Nathan Reid (10 points) were the top scorers for St George’s. Shevran Williams was St Catherine’s top scorer with 13 points.
Countrywoman Jamaica’s Shannon Kallawan broke a 13-year-old mark, while Shian Salmon and the boys’ Under-18 4×100 metres relay team of Michael Stephens, Christopher Taylor, Jhevaughn Matherson, and Dejour Russell were in record-breaking form at the 45th Carifta Games in St George’s, Grenada, yesterday. Jamaica ended at the national Athletics Stadium on the penultimate day with 52 medals – 24 gold, 17 silver, and 11 bronze. Kallawan took the girls’ Under-20 400 metres hurdles in 56.21 seconds, erasing the 56.61 done by Jamaica’s Camille Robinson in 2003. Lakeisha Warner of the British Virgin Island (BVI) finished second in 58.14, while Jamaica’s Nicolee Foster took bronze in 58.34. Jamaica swept the sprint relays, garnished with a record run of 40.40 seconds in the Under-18 boys’ event. Salmon won her second gold medal with a record run in the girls 400m hurdles. Secured a quinella After winning the Under-18 high jump on Saturday, Salmon got the better of teammate Sanique Walker, winning in 59.50 seconds to break the one- year record of 59.55 seconds done by countrywoman Junelle Bromfield in St Kitts. Walker, who finished second a year ago, again copped silver in 59.60 seconds. Gabrielle Gibson of Bahamas finished third in 1:01.16. The quartet of Dazgay Freeman, Shaniel English, Michae Harriott, and Kimone Shaw won the girls’ Under-18 4×100 metres in 45.87 seconds ahead of Bahamas, 46.37, and Trinidad and Tobago, 47.27. The star-studded boys’ team erased the 40.52-second record set by Jamaica last year. The Under-20 girls’ quartet of Kimone Hinds, Patrice Moody, Shanice Reid, and Rushelle Burton won in 44.36, while the boys – Rohan Cole, Nigel Ellis, Raheem Chambers, and Akeem Bloomfield – clocked 39.74 seconds. Bahamas were second in 40.27 seconds, with Barbados third in 40.97. It was three out of four for Jamaica in the Intermediate hurdle events. Timor Barrett, 51.79, stole the spotlight from teammate Jauvaney James, 52.07, in the Under-20 boys event. Barbados Rivaldo Leacock was third in 53.56. Barbados, however, took gold and silver in the Under-18 boys’ event through Rasheema Griffiths (52.22) and Nathan Ferguson (53.36). Jamaica’s Dashinelle Dyer was third in 54.05 seconds. In the girl’s Open 3000 metres, Jamaica’s Britnie dixon (10:57.05) and Monifa Green secured a quinella. Elizabeth Williams of Barbados won bronze. Jamaica also picked up gold in the final individual track event of the day, the boys’ Under-18 3000 metres as defending champion Keenan Lawrence outwitted Dominic Dyer out of The Cayman Islands to win in 9:05.71. Dyer was second in 9:06.33, with third going to Kallique St Jean of Antigua and Barbuda in 9:11.49. In the field events, Zico Campbell took the boys’ Under-18 shot put gold with 17.75 metres, erasing the old mark of 17.56m set in 2015 by Isaiah Taylor of Trinidad and Tobago. Campbell’s teammate, Rasheda Downer, captured silver with 17.57m, as Barbados’ Triston Gibbons took bronze with 16.64m. In the morning session, Jamaica’s Aiko Jones won the Under-18 girls’ discus gold medal with a throw of 46.49m to go along with the bronze in the shot put on Saturday’s opening day. Jamaica won gold and bronze in the girls’ Under-18 long jump as Vere Technical’s Britany Anderson (6.02m) won and Annia Ashley finished third with 5.91m. Guyana’s Chantoba Bright (5.94m) won silver. In the girls’ Open heptathlon, Junelle Fullerton won gold for Jamaica after amassing 4,597 points. Her teammate, Zinadine Russell (4,524), won silver. In the Under-20 200m preliminaries, Jamaica’s Ellis and Reid were disqualified from the boys’ and girls’ events for false-starting.
Arnett Gardens FC will face Trinidad and Tobago’s W Connection FC in a Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championship semi-final stage match at the Stade Sylvio Cator in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, today, starting at 4:30 p.m. Having won Group Four with a maximum nine points last month, the Jerome Waite-coached Arnett will face a stern test against W Connection. Michaelous Martin scored four times in the group stage in the Dominican Republic while Kemal Malcolm found the back of the net three times. When the teams last met in the CFU tournament in 2002, W Connection defeated Arnett in the final. Today’s second semi-final will be between Haiti’s Don Bosco FC and Trinidad and Tobago’s Central FC. The final will be played on Sunday, with the winners advancing to the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League.
Good attacking play was the formula used by Jeremy Miller and Ffion Fletcher to win the Class One Open singles titles in the Supreme Ventures Open Amateur Tennis Championship at the Liguanea Club, New Kingston. Competition was in three male categories – Classes One, Two and Three – and in one female category.Miller, who has a good all-round game, had a hard-fought semi-final against promising young Daniel Hill and prevailed 5-7, 7-5, 10-7. He then beat Adam Vaz – who had a fairly comfortable semi-final victory over Matthew Rodriguez – 6-2, 6-4 – in the finals.This match was a thriller that saw both players challenging each other for nearly two hours. After a fairly easy first set, which he won 6-3, Miller had to dig deep to defeat Vaz 7-6 in the second setFletcher, who has won a couple of titles recently, used her experience to defeat Emma Dibbs 7-6, 6-1 in the semi-finals, while Jenna Harrison had an easy passage to the finals as Selena Blythe was unable to play.In the finals, Fletcher won the first set 6-0 but had to work hard to take the second 6-4.Leighton Burton won the men’s Class Two title by defeating Barry Hazel 7-6, 6-3, while Jermaine Case had a walkover over Scott Jones in the men’s Class Three final.
LONDON (AP):There were goals galore in the Champions League yester-day as Barcelona and Bayern Munich advanced to the knockout stage and also secured top spot in their groups.Barcelona had already qualified following BATE Borisov draw with Bayer Leverkusen earlier, but they clinched top spot in Group E in style, hammering Roma 6-1 as Lionel Messi marked his return from injury with two goals.”It’s tough to get back up to full speed,” said Messi. “I prepared well and trained, but it’s not the same as going out on the pitch and lasting 90 minutes. I will take it with calm and get my pace back.”Victory moved the Spanish club on to 13 points at the top of Group E with a game to spare. Roma were left with five points along with Leverkusen, while BATE have four.Bayern routed second-placed Olympiakos 4-0, despite playing almost 40 minutes with 10 men, to ensure they will finish top of Group F, while Chelsea won by the same scoreline at 10-man Maccabi Tel Aviv in Group G. Chelsea’s win and Porto’s 0-2 loss to Dynamo Kiev tied the first two teams on 10 points, two more than Kiev.GROUP WINNERBayern top Group F with 12 points and cannot be dislodged with one match remaining.Arsenal beat Dinamo Zagreb 3-0 to keep alive their chances of progressing. Arsene Wegner’s side must beat Olympiakos 2-0 or by a one-goal margin of at least 3-2 due to the head-to-head formula used by UEFA to separate teams. Alexis Sanchez scored twice and set up Mesut Ozil for Arsenal’s first goal. Arsenal are third, three points behind Olympiakos with nine.Zenit St Petersburg secured top spot in Group H with a 2-0 win over Valencia, while Gent maintained their chances of qualifying after winning 2-1 at Lyon. Gent have seven points, one more than Valencia.
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Head coach of Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, Gus Logie, has blasted as “disappointing, frustrating and embarrassing” his players’ performance against Windward Islands Volcanoes in their final match of the regional four-day tournament.Red Force suffered a seven-wicket defeat to Volcanoes at the National Cricket Centre in Couva on Monday, leaving the hosts in fourth spot after finishing second-to-last in the previous edition of the tournament.Chasing a victory target of 166, Windwards, resuming from their overnight score of eight without loss, coasted to 169 for three by midafternoon to end a long four-day season on a high.”I think disappointing is a nice word to use. This is as frustrating as it can get. We’ve tried everything possible to make sure that players are comfortable so they can perform,” said Logie.”We came into this game knowing that a win would have (got) us to third spot. It’s frustrating to see the lack of pride, the lack of fight from some of our players, especially the last two games.”Red Force finished the season in fourth position after accumulating 81 points in the tournament.Their inconsistency showed-up within the space of a month, when they hammered Leeward Islands Hurricanes by nine wickets, but followed up with successive seven-wicket losses to the Barbados Pride and Volcanoes, respectively.”Two weeks ago, we talked about seeing maturity in some of the players and (now), if you look at the way we got out in the middle, it was just embarrassing,” said Logie, a former West Indies batsman.”Our bowling seemed to lack some bite, and at the end of the day, it was just poor cricket.”RUNS TALLYOnly four Red Force batsmen tallied over 400 runs.Kyle Hope from Barbados totalled 553, ex-Guyana and West Indies all-rounder Narsingh Deonarine 494, Evin Lewis with 442, and current captain Yannick Ottley 404.Lewis and fellow left-handed opener Jeremy Solozano were the only Red Force batsmen to score centuries in the 10 rounds of matches.In the bowling department, only leg-spinner Imran Khan (43) and off-spinner Jon-Russ Jagessar (22) collected over 20 wickets.”We’ve seen growth in some individuals, but that’s just not enough. When we give (the players) opportunities, they have to grab it,” said Logie, the former West Indies vice-captain.”With all the support that (they) have, there is no excuse for not going out there and performing. There will come a day when they will have to answer and we will have to find players who will want to play, it’s as simple as that.”
KINGSTON: There was a riveting end to the Jamaica Cycling Federation’s Kingston Criterium on Sunday at the Kingston waterfront as national and regional champion Marloe Rodman dominated a strong field to win the feature event and finish as the top rider. Visiting Michel Smith from the Cayman Islands and Cleveland Sharpe of Fresh Vibez Cycling Club were second and third, respectively. In the 15-lap feature race, Rodman – who jumped out to an early lead – delivered something special. Approaching lap 12, the 2014 Commonwealth Games athlete had already lapped five cyclists and by the time they finished, he did what several spectators thought impossible – lapping the entire field of riders. “I was pushing all the way as I really wanted to put on a show for all those who came out to support the event,” said Rodman. “I could hear them cheering me on to go after the pack of riders and it helped to motivate me to keep going and finish the race strong. “… I think it was a great thing for cycling in Jamaica. We need more events like this to showcase and find new talent,” added Rodman. “This was an important race for me also as it is crucial to my preparation ahead of joining the Bike Haus team in the UK, as well as the upcoming Cycling World Championship, for which I have qualified.” Rodman also finished the day as the Category One champion ahead of the Clarendon Cycling Club pair of Oneil Sinclair and Dean Martin, in second and third, respectively. Team Breakaway Cycling’s Dean Robertson topped Category Two, with Robert Barnes in second and Mario Brooks, also of Team Breakaway, third. In Category Three, Fitzroy Walters took the top spot ahead of Jermar Brissett of Breakaway Cycling and Barrington Bailey of Clarendon Cycling. Category Four was won by Jerome Forrest of Clarendon Cycling, with Endurance Cycling’s Recardo Blackwood second and Daniel Palmer of Team Blissett third. Roger Allen took Category Five ahead of Ishmael White and Tevan Richards, in second and third, respectively, while in the Juniors category, Andrew Ramsay was the top performer, with Aduella Ottey second and Ashani Beckford third. The Juvenile category was won by Tadre Watt, with Sheldon Virgo and Jesse McClure second and third, respectively. The female race was won by Judy Chin, who finished just ahead of Deonne Caines, with Sanesha James taking third. The Masters event saw Richard Smith winning ahead of Raydeem Lawson and Cleveland Sharpe, respectively. Donald Davis was the best in the Super Masters category, finishing ahead of Donald Hall and Devon Beckford, respectively. The All Comers ‘Rambo Race’ was won by Anthony Bagalue, with Rayon Whyte second and Omar Dwyer third. Team Breakaway won the award for best team participation, while Clarendon Cycling took the award for best team performance. CATEGORY FOUR FORREST CLAIMS
DAMBULLA, Sri Lanka (CMC): A dramatic batting collapse ensured a series defeat for West Indies ‘A’ as they plunged to a 138-run loss on the last day of the third and final four-day “Test” against Sri Lanka ‘A’ here yesterday. Set a target of 333 for victory, the Caribbean side were cruising at 108 for two before losing their last eight wickets for just 86 runs to crumble for 194 all out at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium. Captain Shamarh Brooks top-scored with 46, Kieran Powell got 44, while his opening partner, Rajendra Chandrika, stroked 30. However, it was leg-spinner Jeffrey Vandersay who had the final say, claiming six for 47 to wreck the innings. Sri Lanka A had earlier declared their second innings on 257 for six, after resuming from their overnight 211 for five. Roshen Silva, unbeaten at the start on 29, made 44 off 97 balls, while Dasun Shanaka converted his overnight seven into 33 not out off 76 deliveries with five fours. They stretched their sixth-wicket stand to 65 before being separated when fast bowler Keon Joseph prised out Silva to finish with two for 30. Off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall claimed four for 87. Powell and Chandrika then gave the visitors a bright start by posting 63 for the first wicket. The left-handed Powell faced just 41 balls and struck seven fours and a six in a cameo knock, while Chandrika was more patient, consuming 93 deliveries and counting a single four. When Powell was lbw to left-arm spinner Lakshan Sandakan, Shimron Hetmyer helped add another 25 for the second wicket with Chandrika. He had made a breezy 18 off 16 balls, with four fours, when he perished at 88 for two, and his dismissal triggered a slide, where three wickets fell for 36 runs as Chandrika and left-hander Vishaul Singh (6) also fell in quick succession. Stumbling on 124 for four, West Indies ‘A’ were pulled around by a 47-run, fifth-wicket partnership between Brooks and wicketkeeper Jahmar Hamilton, who made 25. The right-handed Brooks faced 75 deliveries and struck five fours, while Hamilton spent 61 balls at the crease and hit a single boundary. The decline started when Brooks and Rahkeem Cornwall (0) fell off successive deliveries to Vandersay to leave Windies ‘A’ on 171 for six, and the end came swiftly as the last four wickets tumbled for 10 runs. West Indies ‘A’ will turn their attention to the three-match one-day series, which bowls off on Monday.
The Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)-FLOW Manning Cup second-round kicks off today with a double-header at the Constant Spring Complex.In the first game, Excelsior High face-off against Jonathan Grant High at 1 p.m., to be followed by Holy Trinity High against Camperdown High at 3 p.m.The four teams are drawn in Group H and the battle for the semi-finals begin, so they will look to get off to a winning start.Excelsior High wear the favourites tag in the group as they have been impressive in all competitions this year.Coming off a big 5-0 win against Ocho Rios High in the ISSA-FLOW Super Cup last Friday at Sabina Park, the Mountain View Avenue-based institution must be on a high for this game.Excelsior also won their preliminary-round group ahead of many-time champions St George’s College. With that kind of form, Jonathan Grant could be in for a torrid time.WINNING STARTExcelsior’s coach Shavar Thomas has been guiding the team since summer and will look to players such as captain Christopher Thorpe, Cadine Graham, Thorne Buchanan, Ryan Spence and Raewin Senior for a winning start in the group today.However, Jonathan Grant, after finishing second behind Haile Selassie High in Group D in the first round, will certainly come to stop Excelsior.The Jonathan Grant team, which is coached by Oneil Thomas, who was a key striker for Excelsior when they won the Manning Cup in 1980, will look to key players Tahj Beckford, Jermaine Shorter, Delroy Grant and Issac Scott to create an upset.In the feature game, Holy Trinity are favoured to get the better of Camperdown. Holy Trinity were eliminated from the FLOW Super Cup by St Elizabeth Technical High School last Saturday and will be looking to rebound.Camperdown have not been impressive, despite finishing second in their preliminary-round group behind Wolmer’s Boys’, so they will have to work hard to get a positive result.Today’s gamesGroup HConstant Spring Complex1 p.m. – Excelsior High vs Jonathan Grant High3 p.m. – Holy Trinity High vs Camperdown High