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
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):West Indies may have already conceded the three-match one-day series to England but bowling coach Roddy Estwick has warned that there is still much at stake in tomorrow’s final encounter at Kensington Oval.We’re still playing for points,” Estwick emphasised.”We’re still trying to qualify for the World Cup, so every game is very, very important, so we still have to go out there and look to win the game.”Even though the series is gone, it doesn’t matter. We need points, and we need them badly, so we have to come out on Thursday and put a good performance in.”West Indies currently languish at number nine in the international ODI rankings, one spot outside the automatic qualifying places for the 2019 World Cup in England.If they will fail to make the top eight by the cut-off point of September 30, they will be forced to go through a qualifying tournament involving ICC associate and affiliate teams.Last weekend in Antigua, the Caribbean side suffered two setbacks in the attempt to boost their ranking, losing the opening ODI to England by 45 runs and the second by four wickets.BIG MOMENTSBut despite the defeats, Estwick believes there is no gulf between the quality of the two teams.”We’re not that far away from England,” the former Barbados pacer said.”If you look at the two games, we didn’t play the big moments very well but once we can get those critical moments right, I’m sure we can come up with a win.”With most of their experienced stars missing, West Indies have fielded an inexperienced line-up, with rookies like Jason Mohammed, Shai Hope, Jonathan Carter and Kraigg Brathwaite carrying the burden of the batting.Combined, the quartet has managed just 38 ODIs, with captain Jason Holder the most experienced player in the current side with 51 matches.
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It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “I went to the States because of San Beda, and I’m an American and that was my first time going to the US. I love everyone, from the security guards, to the janitors, to the teachers, everyone.” San Beda head coach Boyet Fernandez welcomed Bolick’s plan of staying.“The only advice I gave him is look at the future because it will always be better if he graduates,” said Boyet of the Marketing major. “I really appreciated that Robert took the other way and stayed with San Beda. I cannot ask for more, having Robert in my lineup next year will be good for us.”READ: WATCH: Get to know San Beda’s Robert Bolick in 7 questionsBolick is averaging 12.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 5.3 assists for the Red Lions, who are Final four bound for yet another year.He also posted similar numbers in the PBA D-League for Cignal with 12.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 3.3 assists.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRobert Bolick postponed a potential career in the PBA as he chose to stay at San Beda for one more season.And the thing that made him choose school over professional hoops? That is the love for San Beda itself.ADVERTISEMENT Finals MVP Durant keeps launching shots, eager to be better Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set “I love the school,” said Bolick in Filipino after leading the Red Lions to a 73-68 win over rival Letran Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament.READ: NCAA: San Beda sends Letran to 3-way tie for 4th seed FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“I’ll just repeat what I’ve been saying all along, I was just a bench player when I started for San Beda and they’ve accepted with a full heart.”Bolick had planned on submitting his draft papers but ultimately decided against it. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next