LIME Foundation provides support for Sunshine Girls

first_imgThe LIME Foundation has provided support to the tune of $500,000 for the Sunshine Girls as they prepare to compete at next month’s Netball World Cup in Sydney, Australia.Speaking at the handover which took place at the LIME corporate office yesterday, Marva Bernard, president of Netball Jamaica, expressed gratitude to the company saying: “We are deeply humbled that after all these years LIME still has a line to the Sunshine Girls and has found it fit to continue this relationship and support these young people (the team) on their quest.”It takes a lot to send 22 persons to Sydney and we are happy that LIME has not only answered our call for support, but also has provided an avenue for the average Jamaican to get on board,” Bernard continued. Currently, donations are being accepted via text line (444-GIVE) hosted by LIME.Courtney Bell, community programmes manager, who made the presentation on behalf of the LIME Foundation, said the company was glad to contribute.”We are happy to be able to cheer on the Sunshine Girls on their quest for ‘gold’ and our donation is a signal of our ongoing commitment to Jamaica’s youth.” Bell also encouraged members of the public to contribute through the text line.LIME’s involvement with the Sunshine Girls began in 1999 with the donation of the national team bus. The company was also the lead sponsor of the World Netball Championships, hosted in Jamaica in 2003.last_img read more

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Past the finishing post

first_imgWeather: Fine Track: Good Race 1 1000 M (R) (Purse $768,000) IMP3YO&UP(NW3&MDN)/NB4YO&UP(NW3O/T)&NB3YO-REST.STAKES THE DOCTOR BIRD *1. * BUZZ NIGHTMARE PFrancis 2. ROYAL ASSAULT SEllis 53.0 3 1/2L 3. WINGS OF HOPE WHenry 50.5 2 1/2L 4. SHINING LIGHT SMuir 54.0 1 1/2L Final Time: 1:00.0 Splits : 23.2, 46.2 WIN: $58.00 PLACE: $51.00, $58.00, $61.00 Qu: $102.00 Ex: $119.00 Trifecta: $68.00 Winner: 3yo colt – INTO MISCHIEF out of QUEEN OF BATTLE by Trainer: PHILIP FEANNY Owner : 2 PENYU Bred by HAM STABLES LTD. INDEPENDENCE DAY STAKES TROPHY Race 2 1600 M (Purse $500,000) 4-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP-NW3 1. MISS DOROTHY SBlake3 52.0 2. GO TO HELL SMuir 55.0 1 3/4L 3. * DOC HOLIDAY RHalledeen 57.0 5 1/2L 4. YES WE WILL RWilson 57.0 3 1/2L DNF #6 EL PATRON JErwin 57.0 Final Time : 1:44.0 Splits : 24.0, 47.0, 1:13.0 WIN: $895.00 PLACE: $142.00, $176.00, $58.00 Winner: 5yo b mare – HE’STHEREALTHING – PEACE OFFERING Trainer: PAUL SMITH Owner: DELETA BREWSTER Bred by GRAEME DULAL-WHITEWAY Qu: $6,313.00 Ex: $8,768.00 D/E: $1,406.00 Superfecta: $200,164.00 Race 3 1820 M (Purse $530,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTD ALLOWANCE V(NW2) 1. SUPER HERITAGE ARobles 54.0 2. *MARIA’S GLORY SMuir 54.0 2 3/4L 3. COURT CALL JErwin 53.5 5/2 Neck 4. ROMAN SPY RChatrie4 50.0 10L Final Time : 2:03.3 Splits : 29.2, 54.3, 1:19.2, 1:47.0 WIN: $219.00 PLACE: $95.00, $57.00, $59.00 Winner : 4yo b colt – WAR MARSHALL – AKIODA Trainer : JOHNNY WILMOT Owner : ZELMUNA Bred by DION JACKSON Qu: $376.00 Ex: $907.00 D/E: $7,083.00 Trifecta: $440.00 Rolling Triple: $7,383.00 Race 4 1400 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN CONDITION RACE THE ACKEE 1. ELDORADO WHenry 54.0 2. * STERRI’S CHOICE OWalker 53.0 5 1/2L 3. TASHIE BABY SBlake3 49.5 3 1/4L 4. DEMOLITION BOY ARobles 55.0 10L Late scratch : #8 ARTHUR Final Time : 1:30.2 Splits : 23.3, 48.0 WIN: $150.00 PLACE: $62.00, $58.00, $76.00 Qu: $193.00 Ex: $440.00 D/E: $897.00 SD: $111.00 Superfecta: $861.00 Rolling Triple: $17,103.00 Winner : 3yo b colt – ADORE THE GOLD – RACEE Trainer : FITZGERALD J RICHARDS Owner : FITZGERALD J RICHARDS Bred by HAM STABLES LTD. Race 5 1820 M (Purse $780,000) 3-Y-O & UP OVERNIGHT ALLOWANCE THE COAT OF ARMS 1. LOCKED AND LOADED SMuir 52.0 2. *ROYAL VIBES RHalledeen 53.5 *4/5 1 1/2L 3. PRINCE ANDREW WGriffiths,OD 54.0 14L 4. BIGBROWNGREYHOPE WHenry 53.0 Neck Final Time : 1:55.4 Splits : 27.2, 51.4, 1:15.3, 1:41.2 WIN: $639.00 PLACE: $85.00, $54.00, $58.00 Qu: $921.00 Ex: $1,827.00 D/E: $3,270.00 Trifecta: $1,445.00 Rolling Triple: $34,312.00 Winner : 4yo ch colt – ADORE THE GOLD – RUNIN ON EMPTY Trainer : ANTHONY C NUNES Owner : ELIAS HALOUTE & STEPHAN A. NARINESINGH & MARK A. ROBERTS Bred by DAVID WILLERS Race 6 1400 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT -FILLIES THE BLUE MAHOE 1. KIRI WHenry 53.0 7/2 2. *PROLIFIC PRINCESS SEllis 53.5 1L 3. BROWN GIRL CBudhai 53.0 6L 4. STIR IT UP RLahoe 55.0 2 1/4L 5. DIAMOND SBlake3 50.0 1 3/4L 6. FLASHY MAMA MIA MGriffiths3 48.0 8L Final Time : 1:28.1 Splits : 24.1, 47.2, 1:13.1 WIN: $241.00 PLACE: $80.00, $73.00, $136.00 Winner : 3yo b filly – BIRDSTONE – BOOTLESS Trainer : HARRY PARSARD Owner: CURRAGH JAMAICA AGENCY Bred by IAN PARSARD Qu: $211.00 Ex: $595.00 D/E: $13,303.00 Trifecta: $933.00 Hit-6 carry-over : $90,714.00 Rolling Triple: $26,691.00 Race 7 1300 M (Purse $560,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($350,0-$300,0)/NB5YO-NW3 THE LIGNUM VITAE *1. *HOLOGRAM SHADOW SEllis 54.0 2. ST. BERNARD RHalledeen 54.0 3 1/2L 3. GREATER GLORY AChatrie 52.5 5L 4. EASTWOOD OWalker 54.0 3/4L 5. WARRIOR PRINCESS WHenry 52.0 2L DNF AQUILO JErwin 55.0 5/1 Final Time : 1:20.2 Splits : 23.0, 46.2, 1:12.3 WIN: $81.00 PLACE: $67.00, $133.00, $130.00 Qu: $417.00 Ex: $648.00 D/E: $549.00 Trifecta: $1,828.00 Hi-5: $11,745.00 Rolling Triple: $12,229.00 Super-6: $6,130.30 Carry-over : $974,722.12 Winner : 6yo b horse – DISTORTED – UNREAL FANTASY Trainer : NEIVE GRAHAM Owner : O’SHAUN CONNECTION Bred by HAM STABLES LTD. PRIME MINISTER’S STAKES Race 8 2000 M (Purse $1,150,000) 3-Y-O & UP GRADED STAKES *1. * PERFECT NEIGHBOUR RHalledeen 57.0 2. ALL CORRECT PFrancis 52.0 5L 3. MILITARY MOVE WHenry 50.0 1 1/2L 4. HOVER CRAFT AChatrie 51.0 3L Final Time : 2:06.3 Splits : 25.0, 50.4, 1:14.2, 1:38.4 WIN: $111.00 Qu: $122.00 Ex: $340.00 D/E: $170.00 Trifecta: $529.00 Rolling Triple: $1,132.00 Winner : 5yo b horse – NATURAL SELECTION – DESPERATEHOUSEWIFE Trainer: WAYNE DACOSTA Owner: ALFRED A. LEE & JEFFREY S. MORDECAI Bred by Y.S. (1955) LTD. Race 9 1000 M (S) (Purse $500,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP-NW3 THE JAMAICA NATIONAL FLAG *1. *LORD STORM SEllis 57.0 *6/5 2. SPEEDY PROCESS CBudhai 55.0 3 1/2L 3. WINESHA KRobinson 55.0 3/1 Head 4. LASHING FORCE SMuir 55.0 Head 5. HERECOMESTROUBLE VNajair 52.0 3 1/2L Late scratch : #13 GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY Final Time : 1:00.3 Splits : 23.0, 46.3, , WIN: $112.00 PLACE: $68.00, $87.00, $78.00 Winner : 4yo gr colt – STORM CRAFT out of LAW LADY by Trainer: ANTHONY NUNES Owner : ALEXANDER V HAMILTON Bred by ALEXANDER V. HAMILTON Qu: $339.00 Ex: $492.00 D/E: $294.00 SD: $123.00 Trifecta: $243.00 Hi-5: ) $2,448.50 Rolling Triple: $567.00 Pick-4: $2,932.00 Super-6: $152,178.60 (6 OF 6) Pick-9: $11,979.00 (8 OF 9); $261.50 (7 OF 9). Carry-over : $2,500,146.60last_img read more

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US Open returns to Sunday men’s final

first_imgNEW YORK (AP):For the first time since 2007, the US Open men’s final could be played on a Sunday.That is the traditional final day of a Grand Slam tennis tournament – including in New York – until five straight years of rain, followed by a two-year schedule change partly prompted by that wet weather, pushed the last match to Monday. Now, under the US Tennis Association’s new TV contract with ESPN, the sport’s fourth major of the season will look like the first three.Gone for good is “Super Saturday”, the old format pairing the men’s semis and women’s final. The men get their desired day off between the last two rounds, while the women’s semis are now in Thursday prime time.”‘Super Saturday’ was great, but the intensity of the game and the physicality of the game really made that inappropriate,” said Gordon Smith, the USTA’s executive director, adding it became clear in the last 5-7 years that it wasn’t viable for the top men to play hugely important five-set matches on back-to-back days.”It wasn’t fair to the players, and it wasn’t fair to the fans,” Smith said.After rain postponed the men’s final to Monday from 2008-12, the USTA decided before the 2013 edition to plan for a 15-day tournament from the start – a temporary fix under CBS’s contract at the time to air the late rounds. That meant no “Super Saturday” and the day off for the men they had long been lobbying for.”The problem was, before, it was ‘Super Saturday’ and Sunday, and I know it was very popular with the fans … but you could have 12 days of beautiful sunshine, and then one rain and everything would be all over the place,” said five-time US Open champ Roger Federer, who’s thrilled one day of rain will no longer be a problem next year once the roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium is completed.last_img read more

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Spotlight on Vardy again

first_imgLONDON (AP):Record already in hand, Leicester striker Jamie Vardy is ready to make the most of every chance he gets in his pursuit of more goals.Vardy can extend his scoring streak to 12 straight English Premier League games tomorrow when Leicester play at Swansea.”You have to realise that there are not a lot of chances coming your way,” Vardy said. “Once you get them, you need to be taking them. Otherwise, you’re going to get punished yourselves.”With his goal in the 1-1 draw with Manchester United last weekend, Vardy eclipsed the Premier League record previously held by Ruud van Nistelrooy, who scored in 10 straight games in 2003.Another goal by Vardy this weekend would equal the all-time record for goals in consecutive matches in the English topflight, set by Jimmy Dunne in 1931-32 for Sheffield United. Stan Mortensen scored in 15 consecutive games for Blackpool in 1950-51 but missed matches because of injury.Leicester are in surprising second place in the Premier League after 14 games, trailing Manchester City on goal difference and leading United by one point. Leicester escaped relegation only last season by winning nine of their last 11 games.Much of this season’s success can be credited to Vardy, who signed for Leicester in 2012 from non-league soccer.”He’s very, very smart,” Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri said, “very clever, and very cool”.City, who beat Hull 4-1 in the League Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday, face Stoke tomorrow with playmaker David Silva back. Silva played for 80 minutes against Hull.”The most important thing was to qualify,” City manager Manuel Pellegrini said, “but it was important for him to have 80 minutes after a long injury.”Also, United will host West Ham, and Arsenal will welcome Sunderland. Also, it’s Chelsea vs Bournemouth; West Bromwich Albion vs Tottenham; Watford vs Norwich; and Southampton vs Aston Villa.On Sunday, Liverpool will visit Newcastle, while Everton will host Crystal Palace on Monday.INJURY-HIT ARSENALWith Santi Cazorla, Laurent Koscielny, and Alexis Sanchez all getting injured in Arsenal’s 1-1 draw at Norwich last week, the team is hurting.Sanchez has scored six in the Premier League and nine overall, and it’s unclear how long he will be out.”He says it is a kick on his hamstring,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. “I fear the reality is worse than that.”REJUVENATED SUNDERLANDThose Arsenal injuries, combined with a rejuvenated Sunderland squad under recently hired manager Sam Allardyce, should be a boost for the Black Cats.”We will go into the big games as the underdogs and tell the lads to enjoy themselves because nobody expects you to get a result,” Allardyce said. “Hopefully, we can shock one or two because the lads have enough confidence in their ability to play any team at any time.”SAKHO’S FITNESSWest Ham, still missing the injured Dimitri Payet and Enner Valencia, also will be without Diafra Sakho against United at Old Trafford after the Senegal striker was ruled out with a thigh injury for up to two months by coach Slaven Bilic yesterday.Sakho was hurt in a 1-1 draw with West Brom last week.”It will be four to eight weeks, maybe more,” Bilic said. “He has a bit of history with his thigh. Three injuries to our key players, especially in the offensive side of our game, it’s a blow.”last_img read more

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English Premier League Standings

first_imgPoint STANDINGSPOS LP CLUB P W D L GF GA GD PTS1 (3) Arsenal 16 10 3 3 29 13 16 332 (1) Man City 16 10 2 4 32 17 15 323 (2) Leicester 15 9 5 1 32 21 11 324 (4) Man U 16 8 5 3 21 12 9 295 (5) Tottenham 16 6 8 2 26 14 12 266 (6) Crystal P 16 8 2 6 21 15 6 267 (7) Watford 16 7 4 5 18 16 2 258 (8) West Ham 16 6 6 4 25 21 4 249 (10) Liverpool 16 6 6 4 20 19 1 2410 (9) Everton 16 5 8 3 29 21 8 2311 (11) Stoke City 16 6 5 5 13 14 -1 2312 (12) S.hampton 16 5 6 5 21 19 2 2113 (13) West Brom 16 5 5 6 16 21 -5 2014 (14) Bournem 16 4 4 8 20 31 -11 1615 (18) Newcastle 16 4 4 8 18 31 -13 1616 (15) Chelsea 15 4 3 8 17 24 -7 1517 (16) Swansea 16 3 5 8 15 24 -9 1418 (17) Norwich 16 3 5 8 18 28 -10 1419 (19) Sunderland 16 3 3 10 17 30 -13 1220 (20) Aston Villa 16 1 3 12 13 30 -17 6last_img read more

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Caymanas tips

first_imgBONGO KING DWAYNE STAR #DWAYNE STAR DWAYNE STARREGGAE GOLD SUPERTRONICS SUPERTRONICS SUPERTRONICSMIRACLE STAR MIRACLE STAR BOLD AVIATOR #MIRACLE STAR#FOREST FLAME COMMANDING AVIATOR COMMANDING AVIATOR BIMINI#LEGAL ARENA #BRIDLED PRINCESS LAZZA LAZZAHEY CHAMP #MR. DOITBETTA WILL IN CHARGE GOLDEN GLORYHAWKEYE NUH VEX HAWKEYE HAWKEYEEDISON RED FLAG RED FLAG #EDISONCHEERS CHANGE HIM NAME #CHANGE HIM NAME CHANGE HIM NAMEBONGO KING BONGO KING ACTION MAN LEGAL ACCOUNTSUPERTRONICS #SUPERTRONICS SUPERTRONICS #TWILIGHT CITIZEN#FLYING MIRACLE #MIRACLE STAR #MIRACLE STAR MIRACLE STARCOMMANDING AVIATOR COMMANDING AVIATOR #COMMANDING AVIATOR FIRE ALARMYOUR EXCELLENCE LAZZA LAZZA LAZZAPIANO MAN WILL IN CHARGE GOLDEN GLORY MR. DOITBETTA#NUH VEX HAWKEYE NUH VEX #HAWKEYEEDISON EDISON RED FLAG EDISONCHANGE HIM NAME CHANGE HIM NAME CHANGE HIM NAME CHEERSLEGAL ACCOUNT DWAYNE STAR #PIZARRO LEGAL ACCOUNTSUPERTRONICS BONGO KING DWAYNE STAR #DWAYNE STAR DWAYNE STARREGGAE GOLD SUPERTRONICS SUPERTRONIC SSUPERTRONICSMIRACLE STAR MIRACLE STAR BOLD AVIATOR #MIRACLE STAR#FOREST FLAME COMMANDING AVIATOR COMMANDING AVIATOR BIMINI#LEGAL ARENA #BRIDLED PRINCESS LAZZA LAZZAHEY CHAMP #MR. DOITBETTA WILL IN CHARGE GOLDEN GLORYHAWKEYE NUH VEX HAWKEYE HAWKEYEEDISON RED FLAG RED FLAG #EDISONCHEERS CHANGE HIM NAME #CHANGE HIM NAME CHANGE HIM NAMEBONGO KING BONGO KING ACTION MAN LEGAL ACCOUNTSUPERTRONICS #SUPERTRONICS SUPERTRONICS #TWILIGHT CITIZEN#FLYING MIRACLE #MIRACLE STAR #MIRACLE STAR MIRACLE STARCOMMANDING AVIATOR COMMANDING AVIATOR #COMMANDING AVIATOR FIRE ALARMYOUR EXCELLENCE LAZZAL LAZZA LAZZAPIANO MAN WILL IN CHARGE GOLDEN GLORY MR. DOITBETTA#NUH VEX HAWKEYE NUH VEX #HAWKEYEEDISON EDISON RED FLAG EDISONCHANGE HIM NAME CHANGE HIM NAME CHANGE HIM NAME CHEERS1. LEGAL ACCOUNT DWAYNE STAR #PIZARRO LEGAL ACCOUNT2. SUPERTRONICS REGGAE GOLD UPERTRONICS SUPERTRONICS3. GOLDEN BULLET MIRACLE STAR #MIRACLE STAR #MIRACLE STAR4. FOREST FLAME BIMINI FOREST FLAME COMMANDING AVIATOR5. LEGAL ARENA LAZZA CAPTAIN GRANVILLE LAZZA6. PIANO MAN WILL IN CHARGE WILL IN CHARGE PIANO MAN7. NUH VEX #HAWKEYE HAWKEYE GOLD CHARM8. #RED FLAG EDISON EDISON EDISON9. #CHANGE HIM NAME #CHANGE HIM NAME CHANGE HIM NAME #PRINCESS SHEMIKA1. DWAYNE STAR DWAYNE STAR2. SUPERTRONICS SUPERTRONICS3. MIRACLE STAR #MIRACLE STAR4. COMMANDING AVIATOR COMMANDING AVIATOR5. #LAZZA CAPTAIN GRANVILLE6. #HEY CHAMP WILL IN CHARGE7. NUH VEX RULES OF THE CAT8. FORCE DE JOUR EDISON9. CHANGE HIM NAME #CHANGE HIM NAME REGGAE GOLD SUPERTRONICS SUPERTRONICS3. GOLDEN BULLET MIRACLE STAR #MIRACLE STAR #MIRACLE STAR4. FOREST FLAME BIMINI FOREST FLAME COMMANDING AVIATOR5. LEGAL ARENA LAZZA CAPTAIN GRANVILLE LAZZA6. PIANO MAN WILL IN CHARGE WILL IN CHARGE PIANO MAN7. NUH VEX #HAWKEYE HAWKEYE GOLD CHARM8. #RED FLAG EDISON EDISON EDISON9. #CHANGE HIM NAME #CHANGE HIM NAME CHANGE HIM NAME #PRINCESS SHEMIKA1. DWAYNE STAR DWAYNE STAR2. SUPERTRONICS SUPERTRONICS3. MIRACLE STAR #MIRACLE STAR4. COMMANDING AVIATOR COMMANDING AVIATOR5. #LAZZA CAPTAIN GRANVILLE6. #HEY CHAMP WILL IN CHARGE7. NUH VEX RULES OF THE CAT8. FORCE DE JOUR EDISON9. CHANGE HIM NAME #CHANGE HIM NAMElast_img read more

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‘Now it’s official!’ – Aston Villa relegated from Premier League after 28 years

first_imgLONDON (AP):Aston Villa’s 28-year stay in the English top flight ended yesterday with a 1-0 loss at Manchester United, while Newcastle and Sunderland gave themselves hope of escaping the Premier League relegation zone by both winning 3-0.The threat of relegation ended some time ago for Chelsea, but an 11th loss of a feeble title defences was inflicted by Manchester City. Sergio Aguero’s hat-trick secured a 3-0 win that bolstered City’s position in the Champions League places.Relegation to the second-tier League Championship was confirmed for former European champions Villa in a season of turmoil that has seen the bottom-placed club collect only 16 points from 34 games. Marcus Rashford’s goal sealed Villa’s fate, while keeping United in touch with the top four.”It’s never nice to see it confirmed, but it’s been on the cards for a while,” Aston Villa defender Joleon Lescott told the BBC. “Now (that) it’s official, it’s a weight off people’s shoulders and we can go into the last four games with a bit of freedom and something to prove … and show the fans we still have a fight in us.”Villa have been in the Premier League since their inaugural season in 1992-93 and had been in the top flight in their previous guise for four years before that. Villa won the top tier in 1981 and followed it up by lifting the European Cup the following season, but were relegated in 1987.Villa, now owned by American businessman Randy Lerner, are likely to find it harder to make an instant return to the top division like they did in 1988.There has never been a worse time to be relegated from the Premier League. New television contracts kick in from next season, worth more than £8.3 billion ($12 billion) over three years. Teams are set to earn at least £100 million per season in TV and prize money.SLIDINGSCALEVilla are in line to receive around £65 million for finishing bottom in a sliding scale that sees the champions earn around £100 million.Newcastle and Sunderland are both scrapping to avoid missing out on the larger windfall from next season.Sunderland moved one point from safety by winning at Norwich and they have a game in hand over the eastern England club, who are immediately outside of the relegation zone in 17th. Fabio Borini put Sunderland ahead from the penalty spot in the first half, while Jermaine Defoe and Duncan Watmore netted after the break.Newcastle are two points behind Sunderland after beating Swansea, and Rafa Benitez’s team also has a game in hand over Norwich. Jamaal Lascelles headed Newcastle ahead at the end of the first half and there were late goals from Moussa Sissoko and Andros Townsend.Yesterday’s focus at the top of the standings was on the scrap for the fourth Champions League spot.City followed up their midweek victory over Paris Saint-Germain, who secured a Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid, by completing a hat-trick of Premier League wins for the first time this season.Aguero’s first two goals completed counterattacks launched by Kevin De Bruyne. The third came from an 80th-minute penalty after Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was dismissed for clipping Fernandinho.City provisionally climbed above Arsenal into third place. United are three points behind Arsenal in fifth place and could have to settle for a place in the second-tier Europa League.The focus returns to the title race in the coming days. Today, Leicester host West Ham and third-placed Arsenal take on Crystal Palace. Tottenham, who are seven points behind Leicester in second, are at Stoke tomorrow.Elsewhere yesterday, seventh-placed Southampton remained in contention for Europa League qualification after drawing 1-1 at Everton. Watford climbed to 12th place by winning 1-0 at West Bromwich Albion, thanks to goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes saving two penalties after Ben Watson’s goal.last_img read more

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Foster’s Fairplay | Bolt, the best man for AOY award

first_imgThe International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), leading the voices of the main stakeholders, has added to the legendary status that Jamaica’s mega star, Usain Bolt, has taken unto himself. Just when the triple-treble Olympic gold medal winner is pointing his face towards the exit door, he has been decorated with a record-breaking sixth title as the male Athlete of the Year (AOY). The 2017 World Championships in London, as he has said on a few occasions, will be his final outing. His last hurrah locally will be the Racers Grand Prix in the same year. Also coming from the big man is a foray into what could be an even more starry showcase of his talent-filled portfolio, topping his already established world acclaimed performances on the track. This is in reference to his suggestion that a career in the world of cinema entertainment is in his future. As is the case when selections of this nature are concerned, the usual controversy has surfaced. It has been mooted that the prestigious title should have gone to the Rio Olympics 400 metres champion, the South African, Wayde van Niekerk. This has come from knowledgeable individuals in the sport. With this in mind, their opinion bears a look see. Jamaicans will well recall a blistering 300m race at the Racers Grand Prix this year. It was specifically requested by none other than many-time global gold medallist, USA’s LaShawn Merritt, who saw it as a useful addition to his preparation, as he looked to Rio. The Beijing 2015 world champion humbled the American, to post an African record of 31.03 seconds. Boasting 100m speed with 9.98 at altitude and 20.02 over the half lap distance, his 43.03-second world record this August should have been no surprise. It is this world best ever, beating 43.18 set by USA juggernaut Michael Johnson at the 1999 Seville champs, that the new Olympic champion’s supporters are citing to strengthen their claim for the top IAAF award spot for their boy. Also, in an attempt to further embellish that near-42-point clocking, they do not fail to remind the Bolt supporters that the previous mark was touted to be unbeatable for the foreseeable future. Foster’s Fairplay has time for the van Niekerk argument but stops short of championing his cause to receive the award ahead of the Trelawny-born sprinting phenomenon. This columnist urges them to stage a memory jog. Was not Johnson’s 200m mark of 19.32, set at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, similarly accepted as unattainable for several years to come? But it was Bolt who shattered it at the 2008 Beijing Olympics breakout of Jamaica’s latest cavalcade of sprinting stars. It was further lowered to 19.19 at the Berlin Champs the following year. This point is made to discount the position that the 43.18 and, so, too, the 19.32 fall into the esteemed category that the South African’s campaign team would want them to be. In support of Bolt’s award, which is viewed here as deserving, given the quality of his fellow nominees, van Niekerk being just one, Foster’s Fairplay obviously takes into account the three Rio gold medals. There is no intention, however, in adducing arguments to qualify him, to limit the world’s fastest human being to that. There is a school of thought that completing the third leg of the triple golden achievement should not count for much, since it is an accumulation of performances over an eight-year stretch. Nothing more should be said on this false premise other than that the unprecedented feat which cemented his legendary label would not have been confirmed without the Rio input. It took discipline and dedication to go through the rigours of preparation to come to that point, no less than that which van Niekerk would have endured to get to his admittedly sensational performance. That said, it would not be feasible to rank the Jamaican below the South African in an exercise in which the award-worthy credentials are being counted. The IAAF, in the view of this columnist, is spot on. Email feedback to lauriefoster2012@gmail.com. Sprinting phenomenonlast_img read more

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Taylor Makes Duck While Thunder Lose

first_img BATTING FIRST HOBART, Australia, (CMC): West Indies Women’s captain, Stafanie Taylor, suffered the shame of a first-ball duck, as her Sydney Thunder crashed to a six-wicket defeat to Hayley Matthews’ Hobart Hurricanes, in the Women’s Big Bash yesterday. In a contest at Bellerive Oval, Thunder were held to 115 for nine off their 20 overs, and Hurricanes eased to their target in the penultimate over, despite a failure from Matthews. The defeat left the reigning champions third from bottom on 10 points, while Hurricanes jumped to third in the standings on 13, as they continued their push for a playoff spot. Opting to bat first, Thunder suffered a huge blow off the fifth delivery of the game’s first over, when Taylor was caught at the wicket off seamer Julie Hunter. However, captain Alex Blackwell struck 49 from 50 balls in a 53-run, second-wicket stand with opener Rachael Haynes, whose 36 came from 32 balls. They were the only two to pass 20, and two of three in double figures, as Thunder crumbled from 80 for two in the 14th over, losing seven wickets for 35 runs. Right-armer Amy Satterthwaite destroyed the innings with five for 17 from her four overs, and though off-spinner Matthews finished wicket-less, her four overs cost just 22 runs. In reply, the hosts got a top score of 38 from opener Erin Burns, and an unbeaten 34 from captain Heather Knight, as they comfortably overhauled their target with 10 balls remaining. The teenaged Matthews, batting at number five, made just two before she was bowled by Indian medium pacer Harmanpreet Kaur in the 15th over at 89 for four.last_img read more

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Bayern rout Hamburg 8-0

first_imgBERLIN (AP):Bayern Munich gave Hamburger SV another thrashing at home in the Bundesliga yesterday with Robert Lewandowski scoring a hat-trick in an 8-0 rout before coach Carlo Ancelotti took pity on the visitors.Lewandowski was replaced with the score at 5-0 and more than half an hour to play.Bayern lead Hamburg 45-3 on aggregate over eight straight defeats for the northern team in Munich.After several lacklustre performances in the league, Bayern stepped up a level against Hamburg, playing at pace with determination and commitment, dominating possession and forcing the game.”It was a perfect day, a perfect game,” Ancelotti said of his 1,000th competitive game as a coach. “I told my players before the game to play a good game for my jubilee, but I didn’t expect this.”It was only a matter of time before the first goal came. David Alaba ran at the Hamburg defence, found Thomas Mueller in the centre, and the Germany forward laid it back for Arturo Vidal to rifle in the ball despite Rene Adler’s hand in the 17th.STRUCK THE CROSSBARLewandowski struck the crossbar from close range a minute later, but he claimed his 17th of the season from the penalty spot minutes later, after Mergim Mavraj brought down Mueller, who has endured a difficult season.Lewandowski’s league-leading 18th came before the break, when Mueller chased down a hopeless-looking ball, pulled it back for Douglas Costa, who was blocked, only for Lewandowski to cleverly send the rebound in under the crossbar.The Poland striker completed his hat-trick in the 54th, set up with a back-heel from Arjen Robben, and he was involved in Bayern’s fifth goal, too, sending Mueller through to set up Alaba two minutes later.Other results: Leizig 3 Cologne 1; Freiburg 0 Dortmund 3; Bayer Leverkusen 0 Mainz 2; Darmstadt 1 Augsburg 2.last_img read more

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