Carlton Baugh Jr stroked an unbeaten 54 on yesterday’s second and final day of the Jamaica Scorpians fourth WICB Professional League trial match at Kensington Park.The diminutive wicketkeeper, who was dropped towards the latter part of last season after a series of poor scores, was the top scorer for Paul Palmer’s XI who played to a draw with Brandon King’s XI.Palmer’s XI ended on 183 for seven in their second innings after dismissing King’s XI for 238 in their first innings early yesterday.Palmer’s XI made 169 in their first innings.Other leading scorers for Palmer’s XI were Andre McCarthy, 37, pacer Sheldon Cottrell, 20, and leg-spinner Damion Jacobs, 17.Recent West Indies Under-19 captain, Ramaal Lewis, four for 35, led the way for King’s XI with fast bowlers Nicholson Gordon, Brian Buchanan and John Campbell claiming a wicket each.Earlier, Palmer’s XI, who resumed on 125 for three, were restricted by young pacer Rovman Powell, who finished with four for 40.Fast bowlers Marquino Mindley and Keno Wallace ended with two wickets apiece.The fifth and penultimate trial match, a three-day encounter, is set for Sabina Park starting next Wednesday.
It’s quarter-final day in the ISSA-FLOW Super Cup. The last eight are in action, five from the ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup and another three from the ISSA-FLOW daCosta Cup.The main battles will be at Sabina Park. St George’s College, located just a stone’s throw from the venue, should have massive support when they line up against Clarendon-based daCosta Cup team Glenmuir High at 4 p.m. Two hours later, Wolmer’s Boys will face rural kingpins Clarendon College at the same venue.Over at the National Stadium, high-riding St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS) will oppose surprise team St Jago at 4 p.m. before Jamaica College square off against Excelsior High in an all-Manning Cup affair at 6 p.m.Wolmer’s coach, Vassell Reynolds, who played in the rural competition himself, says his ‘town school’ will not take their ‘rural opponents’ for granted.”I expect the rural schools to push the urban-area schools all the way, but we (Wolmer’s) will win,” Reynolds warned.Full sweep in sight”We are aiming for three finals, and will not let Clarendon College spoil that,” he noted of his alma mater. In a preseason fixture, Wolmer’s edged Clarendon College 1-0.Meanwhile, Clarendon College will be looking to rebound quickly from a quarter-final daCosta Cup defeat earlier this week, and will arrive at Sabina Park with victory in mind.”As usual, we are confident and are looking forward to a good game. I know Wolmer’s are a very impressive team, but we also have what it takes to triumph and to move on,” Clarendon College’s coach, Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis, told The Gleaner.”It is a long season, four trophies are on offer, and we are still in the hunt for all of them, so it means we are on track.. Wolmer’s are in front of us and we need a victory; that is what we are focusing on right now,” the former Reggae Boy stressed.Last year, Manning Cup teams filled three of four semi-final spots and Clarendon, STETHS and Glenmuir will be looking to turn the tables and stake their claim for the FLOW Super Cup and $1 million prize.MORE ON FLOW SUPER CUP B4 and B5.
Jamaica win again at World TT champsJamaica’s men’s table tennis team made it two wins from two games at the Perfect 2016 World Team Table Tennis Championships at Malawati Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, after scoring another 3-0 win yesterday, this time over Laos.In the opening game, Michael Hyatt scored a narrow and nail-biting 3-2 win — 11-8, 9-11, 11-8, 11-13, 4-11 over Phathaphone Thavisack. Kane Watson then brushed aside Mosangsinh Sonpasith 3-0, winning 11-5, 11-4, 11-3 and Mark Phillips beat Oliyavong Phonepaseud 3-2 in five sets — 6-11, 12-10, 11-3, 6-11, 11-7.In their first game on Sunday, Jamaica defeated Morrocco, also 3-0.Hyatt dismissed his opponent 11-6, 11-4, 11-5, Watson won 13-11, 11-5, 11-7 and Phillips won 11-4, 1-10, 11-4 win in the final match.The Jamaicans are second in the group with maximum four points. They trail leaders Morroco (five points), who they defeated in their opening game and who has played a game more.The Jamaicans will face the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) today.The Caribbean team is competing in Group P in Division Four with the DRC, Ghana, Laos and Morrocco.Daley still St James FA bossWESTERN BUREAU:Incumbent Gregory Daley was returned for another term as President of the St James Football Association, following Monday night’s election of officers, sending challenger Orville Powell to a crushing 82-16 loss.Other members of the executive are: David Watt, first vice president; Hopeton Gilchrist, second vice president; Dennis Waite, general secretary; Tracey Reid, assistant general secretary and treasurer Gavin McNeil.It is the second time in near four months that the Montego Bay United (MBU FC) owner was losing a football-related election, after failing in his bid to challenge Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) President, Captain Horace Burrell, in November 2015.”The outcome here tonight speaks for itself. I believe that most of the things my challenger sought to address are all valid. However, it has to be about the approach. I choose to incorporate the clubs in my decision-making and that is why the affiliates have given me another term to lead,” said Daley.”We try to make them part of the process of change, we understand the culture they work under and help each club administratively to become a lot more professional in their set-up and their development and I believe that they appreciate how we deal with things,” Daley said.Powell’s impressive slate of candidates included former national goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts, Sandra Christie, Germaine Spencer, Edmund Sherriff and Kenneth Watson.
WARNER’S INDICTMENT FIFA says Gordon Derrick, the general secretary of the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association, has failed an integrity check and won’t be allowed to run for president of CONCACAF, the sport’s regional governing body for North and Central America and the Caribbean. Domenico Scala, chairman of FIFA’s audit and compliance committee, said in a statement yesterday that Derrick had been disqualified, but added that “for privacy reasons, we are not in a position to go into further details.” Derrick also is president of the Caribbean Football Union. In November 2011, FIFA’s ethics committee gave Derrick a reprimand and fined him 300 Swiss francs (then US$328) as part of sanctions announced for “apparent violations” of its ethics code that occurred at a CFU meeting on May 10-11 that year. Football officials were alleged to have been offered or to have received $40,000 cash payments there during Mohamed bin Hammam’s campaign for FIFA president. FIFA did not specify the violation Derrick committed. CONCACAF’s president is automatically a FIFA vice-president and member of FIFA’s ruling executive committee, which is being renamed the FIFA council. The disqualification leaves Canadian Soccer Association president Victor Montagliani and Bermuda Football Association president Larry Mussenden as the only candidates. Jack Warner of Trinidad and Tobago, CONCACAF’s president from 1983-2011, was indicted by a US grand jury in New York City last May on charges of racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy, wire fraud, money laundering conspiracy and money laundering. He is fighting extradition. He was succeeded by Jeffrey Webb, who headed CONCACAF from 2012 until he was indicted last May. He pleaded guilty November 23 to racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy, and money laundering conspiracy, and agreed to forfeit more than $6.7 million. Alfredo Hawit of Honduras replaced Webb and was indicted in November. He pleaded guilty on Monday to two counts of wire fraud conspiracy and one count each of racketeering conspiracy and conspiracy to obstruct justice. CONCACAF said Luis Hernandez of Cuba and John Krishnadath were running for FIFA council member from the Caribbean, and Pedro Chaluja of Panama was running unopposed for council member for the Caribbean. Sonia Bien-Aime of Turks and Caicos, elected as the Caribbean’s member of the FIFA executive committee last July, is running for CONCACAF’s female member of the new council against Joanne Salazar of Trinidad and Tobago.
LONDON (AP): Liverpool ended Chelsea’s unbeaten start in the English Premier League with a rousing 2-1 win yesterday. Keen to establish a high level of consistency, Liverpool backed up a 4-1 win over titleholders Leicester by outclassing Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, where the visitors posted consecutive wins for only the second time in 40 years. Liverpool, more energetic and inventive, was 2-0 up in about half an hour and controlled proceedings for an hour. Not until a leaping Diego Costa volleyed in a pass from Nemanja Matic to put Chelsea on the scoreboard did the match begin to feel competitive. But not for long, as Liverpool weathered Chelsea briefly coming out of their slumber, and returned to smothering the Blues. Only Manchester City and Everton remain unbeaten in the league. Chelsea dropped to third and Liverpool rose to provisional fourth to start the fifth round. Having already beaten last season’s league champions and runners-up, Liverpool’s third win in five games makes the second-round loss to promoted Burnley even more confounding. On Juergen Klopp’s watch, Liverpool have been strong against Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, and the Manchester clubs, remaining unbeaten in six away games against them, and losing only once in 11 matches.
“I know this is really going to take a toll. I have been touching base with some of the principals, and we are looking to get to St George’s tomorrow (today) to share, and I am trying to get the Ministry (of Education) to bring in a few of their counsellors because it’s going to be a very tough moment for everyone, therefore, we are going to make all efforts to ensure people are there to offer some support,” added Small. Still, the fact that James was taken to hospital in his father’s vehicle has again raised questions about the inadequate medical support at local schoolboy football games. “We are aware. For example, we know there are a lot of matches being played in this round, and even if you are to get all the ambulances in Jamaica at the venues, we would not have enough ambulances, therefore, what we encourage the schools to do is to make arrangements with the nearest hospital or medical facility,” said Small. “When we get to the second round when ISSA takes over (the running of each game), because these (first round) matches are in the ambit of the schools, we ensure that we have ambulances where possible,” Small said. “At this level, it is impossible to have each school having an ambulance at the field since we are playing so many matches.” The executive of the Inter Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) is expected to meet today to discuss the way forward, after yesterday’s sudden death of St George’s College student Dominic James during a Manning Cup football match. James, who was the team’s captain, collapsed approximately four minutes into yesterday’s game against Excelsior High at Stadium East and was later pronounced dead at the University Hospital of the West Indies. ISSA President Dr Walton Small, who expressed shock and sadness at the youngster’s passing, sought also to explain why there was no ambulance stationed at the venue and noted that the next set of Manning Cup fixtures might be suspended, while the executive looks to ensure sufficient support for those affected by the tragedy. “We want to express condolences to the family. I also want to express condolence to the St George’s family, it’s really a shock, and we are all in mourning at this moment,” Small told The Gleaner yesterday afternoon. “We (ISSA executive) were supposed to meet on Thursday, but I am looking to call an emergency meeting tomorrow (today). “I have not yet spoken to my peers, but there might be a moment of silence at the upcoming matches. We will look at postponing the next set of Manning Cup matches, but again, I have not yet spoken to the executive,” added Small. COUNSELLING FOR STUDENTS
Jamaica, with one of the smallest contingents to the recently concluded Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago Invitational Swimming Championships, mined a whopping 19 medals at the development meet.The event began last Thursday in Couva, and ended two days later, with Jamaica’s eight budding swimmers making their marks in the event, which featured over 35 teams.There were gold medals for; Jordane Payne in the boys’ 100m butterfly, 200m butterfly and 800m freestyle, respectively.Zaneta Alvaranga copped three gold medals in the girls’ 50m and 100m freestyle, as well as the 50m butterfly.Alvaranga returned three silver medals in the 100m and 200m butterfly and the 200m individual medley, while Sage Sinclair took silver in the 800m freestyle and Karci Gibson in the 200m backstroke.Kyle Sinclair took the 100m backstroke, 200m backstroke and 50m freestyle for boys.Bronze went to Karci Gibson in the girls’ 400m individual medley and 100m backstroke, while Alvaranga took the 50m back-stroke bronze.Payne added 100m freestyle and 50m butterfly bronze medals to his tally.The Jamaican teams, led by Y Speedos Swim Club with Kyle Sinclair, Jordane Payne, Zaneta Alvaranga and Samantha Selvon, finished eighth. Marlins Swim Club, represented by lone swimmer Karci Gibson, finished 20th.The Jamaican team manager Georgia Sinclair praised her charges’ brilliant performances, which, according to her, was a vast improvement over last year.”I am extremely elated about the performance of this small but ‘tallawah’ team. To have moved from winning six medals last year to a whopping 19 medals is absolutely fantastic,” she underlined.”The swimmers were focused and results- oriented. Every member of the team achieved personal-best times, and this augers well for Jamaica swimming as we enter the final stages of preparation for CARIFTA,” she added.Next year’s Carifta Swimming Championships will be held in The Bahamas, over the Easter weekend.
MADRID (AP):Sevilla grabbed two late goals to end Real Madrid’s 40-game unbeaten streak and move within one point of their rivals atop the Spanish league with the 2-1 win yesterday.Cristiano Ronaldo gave Madrid the lead by converting a penalty kick in the 67th minute, but Sevilla rallied with an own goal by Sergio Ramos in the 85th.Stevan Jovetic¥ scored the winner from outside the area two minutes into injury time at RamÛn S·nchez-Pizju·n Stadium in Seville.The result handed Madrid their first defeat since a 2-0 loss at Wolfsburg in April in the quarter-finals of the Champions League last season.Karim Benzema’s injury-time equaliser against Sevilla in the Copa del Rey match on Thursday had allowed Madrid to break the unbeaten Spanish record that they shared with Barcelona.Barcelona stayed third after beating Las Palmas 5-0 at Camp Nou on Saturday, while fourth-placed AtlÈtico edged Real Betis 1-0 at home for its third win in a row.Valencia finally won again by beating Espanyol 2-1 to end a three-month drought in the league and move further from the relegation zone.Martin Montoya scored from close range in the 17th minute and Santi Mina sealed the victory in the 73rd at Mestalla Stadium as Valencia snapped their eight-game winless streak to open a four-point gap to the relegation teams.David Lopez netted for Espanyol in the 85th, but Valencia held on to earn the elusive victory.”This result will give us a lot of confidence to keep on working,” Valencia coach Salvador ‘Voro’ Gonz·lez said: “To improve, we needed to win, and we are very happy.”BEST GAMEValencia hadn’t won in the league since a 2-1 result at Sporting Gijon in October, in what was the first match in charge for Cesare Prandelli, the former Italy coach who resigned during the winter break because of the team’s struggles.”I think it was our best game of the season,” Santi Mina said. “We have played well in some other games, but we didn’t pick up three points.”Serbian midfielder Nemanja Radoja scored an 89th-minute winner as Celta Vigo salvaged a 1-0 home win over 10-man Alaves.It was the second consecutive win for Celta, which moved to eighth place.Alaves, 12th in the table, played a man down from the first minute of the second half as Moroccan defender Zouhair Feddal was shown a second yellow card after a hard foul.
ST JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC : Big-hitting all-rounder Rovman Powell is hoping to avoid being pigeon-holed as a limited overs specialist, and make a successful transition to the game’s longest form.So far, the 23-year-old has managed only to showcase his skills in the game’s shortestformat, where he has proved a revelation but believes he possesses the skills to also play Tests.”I’m a lover of cricket and certainly always wanted to play Test cricket for West Indies growing up,” the Jamaican said.”So far, I’ve been selected in the limited overs formats, so I hope to use it as a stepping stone to eventually playing Tests and, of course, help the team achieve the World Cup qualification objective.”Powell is part of the 13-man squad selected to face touring England in three One-Day Internationals starting here today.He is one of the rookies in the squad, having made his international debut in the Tri-Nation Series in Zimbabwe last November, but was also part of the squad for the precedinglimited overs series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) .useful experiencePowell said though he did not break into the team in the UAE, the experience of being in the senior ranks had been useful one.”As a young player, experiencing what it’s like to be around the senior West Indies team was an eye-opener,” he explained.”We have a lot of talented youngsters, and if we can grow together, I believe we all have great futures ahead of us for the West Indies team.”Powell, a powerful lower order right-hander and a steady seamer, has played only four ODIs and is one of several young players in the squad along with the likes of Shai Hope, Jason Mohammed, Evin Lewis and Alzarri Joseph, all of whom have had limited tastes of internationalcompetition.But even without the presence of senior cricketers around, Powell believes he can still flourish and continue developing.
Santos FC booked their spot in the Magnum/KSAFA Super League final with a 6-5 penalty shootout win over Barbican FC at the Constant Spring Field on Saturday night.It was a close game throughout and ended 0-0 after regulation and extra time, as both teams missed many easy chances at goal.Jodaine Redwood missed in sudden death for Miguel Coley’s Barbican, before Clive Jarrett converted the winning kick for the Carlton Dennis coached Santos.Santos will now meet Cavalier SC in the final.