ADELAIDE, Australia (CMC):All-rounder Stacy-Ann King shone, albeit briefly, but her Adelaide Strikers were still strong enough to beat West Indies teammate Deandra Dottin’s Perth Scorchers by 35 runs in the Women’s Big Bash here on New Year’s Eve.Opting to bat first at Adelaide Oval, the hosts rattled up 135 for six off their 20 overs, with King stroking a run-a-ball 21 in a 50-run opening stand with Sarah Taylor who top-scored with 48 off 37 balls.King struck three fours before perishing in the seventh over, leg before wicket to left-arm seamer Katie-Jane Hartshorn who finished with two for 20.Sophie Devine chipped in with a run-a-ball 32, posting 41 for the third wicket with Taylor.In reply, the Scorchers were dismissed for 100 in the last over, to lose their third straight game in the inaugural tournament.Jenny Wallace struck 29 from 33 deliveries but no other batsman managed to make it past 15.Dottin looked to be getting into stride when she stroked three boundaries in reaching 13 off 11 balls but was third out in the fifth over with the score on 30.Fast bowler Megan Schutt (3-11) and 18-year-old seamer Amanda Wellington (3-13) both wrecked the innings with incisive spells as Strikers won their second straight.
People’s National Party (PNP) vice president Angela Brown Burke has claimed that PNP indoor agents at the Mountain View Primary School, in the constituency of St Andrew Eastern were chased away by gunmen. Brown Burke told The Gleaner that she had gone to the centre to oversee a change-over of indoor agents when they were accosted and intimidated by gunmen. She said she has reported the incident to the police and the Electoral Office of Jamaica. The superintendent of police in charge at the polling division said he had received no reports of intimidation.
final leg “Already the Diamond Mile is creating a lot of buzz and is the most anticipated race of the year,” said Miller. “The season will climax on Boxing Day with the third and final leg of the Supreme Ventures two-year-old series over a mile with a purse of $4.25 million and the grade one Harry Jackson Memorial Cup over 2400 metres on the same day,” he disclosed. Turning to the very popular Gold Cup for which Alex’s Imports has contributed $400,000 to the purse, Miller said a crack field is expected to face the starter, including last year’s winner, POTCHEEN, the 2013 winner, COMMANDING CHIEF as well as UPPA TUNE, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, reigning Horse of the Year TYPEWRITER, HOVER CRAFT, ALI BABA, PETE’SWILDONE and the banging-form American horse FORTUNEONEHUNDRED. “The Gold Cup is such a unique race that it brings together the best of the sprinters and stayers. Over the years, it has been won by such outstanding horses as KILOWATT, who won the inaugural running for trainer Valbert Marlowe in 1967, won again in 1968 and for a third time in 1970, MONTE’S STICH, who won in a blanket finish under the crushing impost of 140lb in 1972, as well as the legendary native bred sprinter EROS who won back to back in 1994 and 1995, HARLEQUIN, HOT LINE, I’M ATISFIED, A KING IS BORD, AHWHOFAH and of course, SAINT CECELIA, who win it in 2009, 2011 and again n 2012,” recalled Miller, who added that a number of races on the card will bear the names of Alex Import’s products such as Wassy CG Bike and Japanese Tank. Also speaking were Cedric Stewart, CEO of Caymanas Track Limited; Errol Barrett, operations manager of Alex’s Imports; and Kirk Nurse, marketing and social media manager. In a short address, Stewart said, “Over the years, the Gold Cup has provided tremendous excitement due to the fierce battles and nail-biting finishes that characterise these races. We at CTL are particularly pleased that Alex’s Imports Limited has agreed to once again be a part of this time-honoured event.” Caymanas Track Limited’s (CTL) racing secretary Denzil Miller Jr says the 44th running of the Alex’s Imports Gold Cup over 1400 metres on Saturday, October 17 will kick-start a fantastic last quarter of racing never before seen at Caymanas Park. Speaking at yesterday’s Alex’s Imports Gold Cup launch inside the Trainers’ Room at Caymanas Park, Miller said it was fitting that the popular grade one race, with a purse of $1.6 million, would spearhead the running of some truly prestigious races at the back-end of the season. “In addition to the Gold Cup, this period will facilitate the $10.8 million Supreme Ventures 2-y-o Triple Crown series, which commences in late October, the mile and quarter Superstakes on November 14, not to mention the inaugural running of the Diamond Mile on Saturday, December 5 with a record purse of $13.5 million.
Christopher Taylor is very fast. However, it turns out that he didn’t run as fast as was first reported at the Tyser-Mills development meet at the G.C. Foster College for Physical Education on December 12.Taylor, the World Youth 400-metre champion was credited with a 200-metre time of 21.33 seconds. However, official meet results now indicate that his actual time was 22.33 seconds.The extra-fast time was widely reported and seemed believable since Taylor, a 16-year-old Calabar High school student athlete, has twice run the 200 metres in under 21 seconds this year. However, that time has been set aside. When contacted, officials involved in recording the Tyser-Mills results said that the extra fast time didn’t come from them.Times at the meet were captured by handheld stop watches. While that method can be accurate, the commonly accepted difference between automatic times and hand times is 0.24 seconds for races up to 200 metres and 0.14 for longer races. In addition, as is common in Jamaica, the times at Tyser-Mills had the appearance of automatic times because they were rendered to two places of decimal. Had international track convention been observed, Taylor’s corrected time of 22.33 seconds would have been rounded up to 22.4.The second fastest Class Two 200-metre time at the Tyser-Mills meet was recorded by Taylor’s Calabar teammate Tyreke Wilson at 22.59 seconds. Taylor and Wilson, the ISSA Boys and Girls’ Championships Class Three record holder, competed in separate heats.
DHAKA, Bangladesh (CMC):West Indies Under-19s will bid for a place in the final of the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup today, but will face perhaps their sternest test of the competition.The Caribbean side takes on an accomplished Bangladesh Under-19s who whitewashed them in a three-match warm-up series before the tournament and have played unbeaten since.After making a slow start to the tour, West Indies have consistently improved, and manager Dwain Gill is hoping this progress can be reflected against the Bangladeshis.”We lost the three-game series, but we came into that series without playing any youth ODIs over the last year and they are a very well prepared team,” Gill told CMC Sports ahead of the semi-final, which bowled off at 9 a.m. here (12 a.m. today, Jamaica time).”We saw against Bangladesh … we were getting better and better all the time. It is going to be difficult because Bangladesh are always going to be difficult to beat at home, especially at Mirpur.”Following the whitewash, West Indies lost their opening game of the tournament to England by 61 runs, but then routed Fiji by 262 runs, before edging Zimbabwe by two runs, to qualify for the quarter-finals.Bangladesh had no such hiccups, trouncing South Africa by 43 runs, hammering Scotland by 114 runs and easily getting past Namibia by eight wickets.West Indies head coach, Graeme West, said: “Their top six are all well-organised batters and their spin attack is very broad, but very skilful in the conditions here in Bangladesh,” West pointed out.”They also have two good seam bowlers … but they (team) are not an unknown quantity to us. We’re very familiar with them, we know what to look out for and hopefully … we can establish a method not just to be competitive but ultimately to be successful.”HALF-CENTURYCaptain Shimron Hetmyer, a first-class player, suffered a poor run of form during the tournament, but found his touch in the quarter-final win over Pakistan on Monday with an aggressive half-century.Openers Gidron Pope and Tevin Imlach, all-rounders Shamar Springer and Keemo Paul, along with Jyd Goolie, have all had important knocks, while pacer Alzarri Joseph has been outstanding with the new ball.”The semi-final knockout stage is a pressure situation. We have seen that the team that handles the pressure better will win on the day,” Gill stressed.”Nothing counts now – nothing about preparation and how much matches you’ve had. We are aware they will have the home advantage, but we are not daunted, we believe the boys have what it takes to really come to the party and beat Bangladesh in the semi-finals.”The winner will progress to Sunday’s final to face India who defeated Sri Lanka by 97 runs in Tuesday’s first semi-final.
HERZOGENAURACH, Germany: Having partnered with a number of new young athletes in recent months, PUMA has announced its “most exciting athlete endorsement of all” with the signing of Nigel Ellis. The junior sprinter joins a growing Jamaican line-up of PUMA track and field athletes that includes Natasha Morrison, Kaliese Spencer, Asafa Powell, Hansle Parchment, Jaheel Hyde and, of course, the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt. Ellis has a big future in track and field. Under the coaching of Reynaldo Walcott at St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), he lowered his personal bests to 10.16 and 20.40 at the age of 18, claiming both the 100m and 200m sprint titles at the ISSA Boys and Girls’ Championships in Kingston. He is also currently the fastest 100-metre junior athlete in the world. PUMA continues to invest in growing its stable of athletes and partner federations, maintaining its presence in a sport that has always been a rich part of its history. With the Olympics in Rio approaching, PUMA has made significant strides to enrich its athlete portfolio, continuing its focus on becoming the fastest sport brand in the world. Speaking about the new partnership with PUMA, Ellis said: “In Jamaica, PUMA is the number one brand in track and field. I’ve known PUMA all my life. “I’ve seen the athletes they work with, the high schools they support, the quality of the running shoes and training wear they make. Signing with PUMA is a big moment for any athlete and, for me, this is a big deal. “I’m proud of the potential they see in me and the opportunity to continue my education. I look forward to working with them for years ahead,” he added. Pascal Rolling, PUMA’s head of sports marketing for running, said: “We are very happy to have signed Nigel. He is improving so quickly and his commitment and desire to measure himself among the best is clear. “He embodies the spirit and values of PUMA, both on and off the track, by training and competing hard, while living well with a joy for what he does. He’s a young man with a huge future and we’re pleased to play a part of the success that will come.”
Despite being one of just three middle- and over-distance events on the local calendar for the past 14 years, Desmond Shakespeare, committee chairman for the Wesley Powell Heart Institute of the Caribbean Track and Field Meet, is hoping for continued improvements to their Excelsior High School-hosted event.The meet, which began in 1998 to honour late founder Dr Aston Wesley Powell, will take place on Saturday, December 10, beginning at 8:30 a.m.It was launched inside Excelsior’s auditorium yesterday.Veteran track and field coach Maurice Wilson, who was a guest speaker at the event, lauded event organisers for sticking to the over-distance format, which in his view helps with development.While over 1,700 athletes have represented around 53 teams in the last two years, the meet chairman told The Gleaner that they are aiming to have more athletes and more spectators.”It’s been growing, and the participation has been excellent from the other schools. If we get 2,000 athletes this year, it would be good because we have the facilities to house them, our warm-up field is different from where the track is and the whole Excelsior has at least three fields which we utilise,” he outlined.The meet will feature 40 track events and 36 field events for males and females in classes one to four. The events include; the 150m, 300m, 600m, 1000m, 3000m, 500m and 4x300m open, respectively.There will also be long jump, high jump; discus and javelin open competition in the same classes.Clubs, colleges and institutions can also compete.MEASURING STICKMeet director, Olympian Grace Jackson, calls it an important measuring stick for coaches ahead of the new track and field season.Meanwhile, the call for athlete screening prior to participation in competitive sports is high on the agenda of title sponsors Heart Institute of the Caribbean.They will be hosting an important athlete workshop on Healthy Hearts and How to Know Your Heart Is Healthy on the preceding Friday at 11:00 a.m. at the school.Gates will be open to all student-athletes across the island, who will get a chance to interact with cardiologists from the Heart Institute of the Caribbean during the session.There will be three honourees at the meet this year – Allison Peart, from the Excelsior community; sprint coach Glen Mills; and administrator Ian Forbes.
“Based on the enthusiasm, we observed on the court at the Liguanea Club, we know that some of these participants have already fallen in love with the sport; and we may very well have some emerging tennis stars,.” the youth marketing officer declared. An elated Shaniqua, the older of the two sisters, related that their informal home-based family activity, gave them the confidence that was displayed on the court. “We are very excited to be here, as we are used to playing at home; but not on an actual tennis court. Therefore, this experience is extremely fun. We learned how to hold the racket properly; and how to hit the ball over the net with speed,” she outlined. Andrew Savage was present to witness his daughters’ triumph and could not contain his excitement. Following the announcement, he dashed onto the court to celebrate with them and the other top performers. “I am so happy that my daughters received this opportunity. I watch them play at home and sometimes we all play as a family. It is such a good feeling that they will now be exposed to the game in a more formal manner, and, hopefully, to go on to greater things.” It is a regular occurrence to see Jhordine and Shaniqua Savage playing tennis at their home with the zest and vitality which is normally seen on a tennis court in competitive matches. Consequently, when the sisters were given the chance to attend the JN Open Tennis Championship Kiddies Clinic, they grasped the opportunity that would enable them to refine their self-taught skills through formal coaching; and to hopefully, one day, take their game from their yard to a real tennis court. And this came true. Both Jordine and Shaniqua, age nine and 12, respectively, were placed among the top five of the 27 participants in the Kiddies Clinic. Each secured a one-year training scholarship at the Liguanea Club to develop their basic skills after being deemed promising. Rounding out the top five recipients of one-year scholarships were: Harbour View Primary’s Tristan Bethun, Armando Carter and Amelia Calvert. Michelle Webster Gauntlette, youth marketing officer at Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS), says the Kiddies Clinic was introduced two years ago, as a training initiative, associated with Jamaica National’s annual sponsorship of the JN Open Tennis Championship. “Our objective was to expose youngsters who had already declared their interest in the sport at an early age, to provide an opportunity for them to refine their skills in a formal setting and move to another level,” Mrs Webster Gauntlette stated. Enthusiasm aplenty
PRAGUE (AP):Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova was injured by a knife-wielding attacker at her home yesterday.The 2011 and 2014 Wimbledon champion said the injury to her left hand was “severe”.”In my attempt to defend myself, I was badly injured on my left hand. I am shaken, but fortunate to be alive,” Kvitova, who is left-handed, wrote on Twitter. “The injury is severe and I will need to see specialists, but if you know anything about me I am strong and I will fight this.”It was not immediately clear how the injury could affect Kvitova’s play.”What happened to me was certainly not pleasant, but it’s behind me,” Kvitova said in an earlier statement on the Facebook page of the Czech Republic’s Fed Cup team. “I have the best possible care and I’m in touch with my loved ones. The worst is behind me.”Kvitova’s spokesman, Karel Tejkal, said the incident, which he described as a burglary, occurred yesterday morning in the eastern Czech town of Prostejov.ATTACKER AT LARGEProstejov police spokesman Frantisek Korinek said the attacker, a man who is about 35 years old, escaped from the scene and was at large. He said police have launched a manhunt.Kvitova was scheduled to participate in a charity event in the city of Brno yesterday with another Czech player, Lucie Safarova.”It’s horrible,” Safarova told Czech public radio. “Things like that are shocking to all of us. It can happen to anyone of us. That’s really terrible.”In April 1993, Monica Seles was at the height of her success when she was stabbed in the back during a changeover at a tournament in Hamburg. A man reached over a courtside railing and knifed her, leaving an inch-deep slit between her shoulder blades.Seles returned to the game 27 months later and reached the 1995 US Open final.In an unrelated move earlier yesterday, Kvitova withdrew from the Czech Republic team at next month’s Hopman Cup mixed-team tennis tournament because of an earlier foot injury.
Craig Butler, the father and agent of fast-rising Jamaican football star, Leon Bailey, has claimed rumours that his son will represent Belgium over Jamaica in international football are false. Butler was referring to a recent report by espn.com, which made the suggestions about the Belgian League star’s intentions.Butler says Bailey did not give an interview, as none takes place without his consent, and that it was just what he describes as “sensationalist seeking journalists trying to create an impression”. Butler says Bailey and younger brother Kyle Butler, who is also a part of the KRC Genk set-up, both have “great aspirations” to play for their country.However, he says the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) has ignored his calls for a meeting to chart the way forward for sustained youth development, and this, he says, continues to be the main obstacle in the talented youngster turning out for his country of birth.YOUTH DEVELOPMENT”When the JFF is ready to talk to Craig Butler about football culture and a system of development for our country’s footballers that will sustain development and offer players like Leon Bailey, Kyle Butler, Kevaughn Atkinson, Kemo Jackson, Chevaughn McLaren, Alex Marshall and others a solution that gives them a chance to be able to compete internationally with some measure of success, then they will consider putting on the national colours,” he said.”However, to date, the JFF or its president has made no effort to sit and meet for a solution and these same players are being courted by Nice, Roma, Man U, Napoli and Bayer Leverkusen to name a few. We have opened doors in Croatia, Italy, Malta and Spain, so do not believe the world stops turning until the JFF says it must start,” he continued.Butler says the Belgian national team is monitoring the situation closely as they are very interested in tying the future of the young winger to their squad and Butler says if the JFF continues to ignore the situation, they could soon lose out on the player..”Leon might soon be gone because Jamaica has made no effort. The coach of the Belgian national team is calling him while the JFF president is ignoring you, so it’s not Leon’s fault if he does not play for Jamaica. He and Kyle wants to play for their country but if Jamaica does not want them, they have better options.”The two players will be moving in January to a Champions League club and they are guaranteed first team football. So by February any chance they have of playing for Jamaica might be gone,” he said.