HOBART, Tasmania (CMC):West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor suffered a rare double failure with the bat, but her Sydney Thunder did enough to win twice in the inaugural Women’s Big Bash League here yesterday.In the first game of a doubleheader at the Kingston Twin Ovals, Thunder beat Brisbane Heat by five wickets in the first game and returned to defeat Hobart Hurricanes by eight runs in a night encounter.Both Thunder and Hurricanes sit top of the standings on 14 points with identical 7-2 records, but Thunder hold the edge courtesy of net run rate. Chasing an uncomplicated 95 for victory against Heat, Taylor was dismissed for a first-ball ‘duck’ as the visitors stumbled to 20 for three in the fifth over.However, Naomi Stalenburg stroked 42 and captain Alex Blackwell an unbeaten 32 in a 60-run fourth-wicket partnership which rescued the innings.Heat had earlier fallen for 94 all out off their 20 overs, with 19-year-old left-arm spinner Maisy Gibson taking three for 14.Taylor claimed one wicket for six runs from two overs of off-spin.In the second game at Bellerive Oval, Taylor managed just eight as Thunder reached 135 for seven off their 20 overs after opting to bat first.Stalenburg was again among the runs with a cavalier 37 off 16 deliveries, including five fours and two sixes.In reply, Hurricanes were restricted to 127 for eight off their 20 overs, with Taylor’s West Indies teammate Hayley Matthews scoring 11.Captain Heather Knight top-scored with 26.Taylor produced a crucial spell, picking up two for 27 from four overs, to help cripple the Hurricanes run chase.
Two hard-hitting Jamaican boxers, Ramel ‘Sub Zero’ Lewis and Michael Gardener, will clash tonight in the first quarter-final bout of the Wray and Nephew 2016 Contender series at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium. The tournament that started on March 10 with 16 boxers, has now been whittled down to eight and the winners in this segment will all be guaranteed one of the top financial prizes. These are $2 million to the champion, $500,000 to the runner-up, $250,000 for third place and $200,000 for fourth. Lewis is a veteran of the Contender series and reached the finals as a welterweight in 2012, where he lost to Donovan ‘Police’ Campbell. In his first appearance this year against Fard Muhammad, he showed touches of brilliance, but also the ill effects of a nearly two-year absence from the ring. He won that fight by technical knockout, when Muhammad, a veteran in Mixed Martial Arts, made his debut as a professional boxer. He caught Muhammad with some good punches, but took some himself and was wild at times. He has to improve a lot tonight if he is to win. He acknowledged his weaknesses after that fight and vowed to do better next time around. That next time is tonight and he will be going up against a formidable opponent. In his first fight in the competition, Gardener, who was making his professional debut, was composed going up against American Jose Guzman and his punishing body attacks allowed him to win by knockout in the second round. He is very confident for tonight’s fight and has promised more of what he produced against Guzman. Punching power and stamina will undoubtedly be the two main ingredients tonight and it is obvious that both men are coming into the fight in an attacking mode. It will only be over five rounds, but that will be plenty of time for both men to put their boxing skills and punching power on display. Spectators should therefore have a lot to cheer about, for as long as the fight lasts. The programme starts at 8:30 p.m. and the main bout, which will be broadcast live on TVJ, is scheduled for 9:30.
Local full-service communications company Flow announced in a release yesterday that it is a designated international broadcaster for the 2016 National Football League (NFL) Super Bowl. Flow Sports network will give local fans a special access to reports and updates from Super Bowl Week, including coverage of all the exciting events surrounding one of the biggest sporting events in the world. The Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers will compete in this year’s Super Bowl, which is set to take place in Santa Clara, California, on Sunday and will mark the 50th anniversary of the professional American football championship. “It is a great privilege to have an opportunity to participate in the biggest annual American sporting event,” said John Reid, president of Cable and Wireless’ consumer group. Our production team is thrilled to be on location, and it’s going to be a fun week for our customers, who will enjoy an in-depth and behind-the-scene Super Bowl experience,” said Reid. Cable and Wireless is the parent company for Flow. Presenter Syreeta Stracey and the Flow Sports team have been spending the entire week covering the build-up events, including Super Bowl opening media night; Super Bowl City; NFL Experience; and Party with A Purpose/Taste of The NFL. Viewers will also have access to interviews, insights, predictions, analysis, breaking news, plus a front-row seat to some of the host city’s most sizzling events leading up to the epic kick off.
MOHALI, India (CMC): West Indies Women will seek to banish the disappointment of their defeat to England Women last week when they take on hosts India Women in a virtual must-win game in the Women’s Twenty20 World Cup here today. After starting the tournament with two straight wins to top Group B, they stumbled in a heart-wrenching last ball defeat on Thursday, to tumble into second spot alongside Pakistan Women on four points. West Indies Women must now ensure they beat India Women and hope England also defeat the Pakistanis in order to clinch a semi-final spot outright. nerve-racking scenario Even if they win but England lose, the Caribbean side will finish in a three-way tie with England and Pakistan Women on six points, with net run rate deciding the two semi-finalists. This nerve-racking scenario is one captain Stafanie Taylor is desperately hoping to avoid. “I think we are very much confident. We know what we need to improve on. We worked really hard at training today and I think the girls are ready,” she said yesterday. “We just have to try and outsmart the Indians because we know they are going to come with spinners, so we just have to be ready.” West Indies Women have been let down by their batting in the tournament. In the last game against England in Dharamsala, they could only muster 108 for four off their 20 overs, but they bowled and fielded magnificently to almost successfully defend the total. Taylor, her side’s most dependable batsman, said a bigger effort was needed from the batsmen today. “We need to see some positives in the batting. The bowlers have been doing so well and I think we need to help out the bowlers. We need to put some runs on the board so the bowlers can have something to bowl at,” she urged. Taylor admitted that the narrow defeat to England Women had hurt. She said that after reducing England from 59 without loss in the ninth over to come within a wicket and one delivery of victory, missing out had been difficult to absorb.
MOHALI, India (CMC):All-rounder Dwayne Bravo produced a four-wicket haul to become the first bowler to take 300 Twenty20 career wickets as new side Gujarat Lions trounced Kings XI Punjab by five wickets in the Indian Premier League here yesterday.The right-arm seamer finished with four for 22 from his four overs to restrict Kings XI to 161 for six off their 20 overs, after they were sent in at the PCA Stadium.Kings XI then cruised to their target with 14 balls remaining in the innings, thanks to a top score of 74 off 47 deliveries from Australian opener Aaron Finch. Dinesh Karthik struck an unbeaten 41 from 26 balls.The hosts got away to a great start, thanks to openers Murali Vijay, who stroked 42 and Manan Vohra, who scored 38, in a 78-run stand.Left-arm spinner Ravi Jadeja (2-30) claimed both before Bravo went to work on the remainder of the innings.Bravo, who was vital to West Indies’ capture of the Twenty20 World Cup last week, bowled Australian Glenn Maxwell for two with a yorker at 101 for three in the 12th over to move to 299 wickets and two balls later, also shattered South African David Miller’s stumps for 15 with a slow yorker that dipped.In reaching 300 wickets, the 32-year-old Bravo surpassed Sri Lankan speedster Lasith Malinga, who sits on 299 wickets.Narine returns to IPLMeanwhile, champion off-spinner Sunil Narine is set to return to India today and could make a highly anticipated appearance for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in tomorrow’s mega clash against Mumbai Indians.KKR team officials confirmed yesterday that the 27-year-old off-spinner was scheduled to arrive this morning from Trinidad and Tobago, after returning home over a week ago following the death of his father.While in Trinidad, Narine was cleared by cricket’s world governing body, the ICC, to resume bowling in international cricket, a development that provided a huge boost to KKR ahead of the current IPL season.Narine had been banned by the ICC last November, after tests showed his action on all deliveries, exceeded the 15 degree level of tolerance permitted under regulations.He was forced to remodel his action and late last month successfully underwent a retest at the Sri Ramachandra University in Chennai.
Vardy got Leicester off to a perfect start by contributing his 22nd goal of the season in the 18th minute. A counterattack launched by goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel’s long throw saw Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante carry the ball forward before setting up Vardy to strike across the face of goal into the net. But Vardy received the first of two bookings 10 minutes later for a late sliding challenge on Cheikhou Kouyate. The second came 11 minutes into the second half for being adjudged to have dived after being held back by Angelo Ogbonna and then tangling with the defender. Vardy was furious at being dismissed and he will now miss next Sunday’s game against Swansea through suspension. Leicester clung on, preserving their lead for almost 30 minutes before conceding twice late on. Andy Carroll netted from the spot in the 84th after Leicester captain Wes Morgan shoved Winston Reid over and Aaron Creswell put West Ham in front two minutes later. But four minutes into stoppage time, Carroll shoved Jeffrey Schlupp off the ball and this time Leicester were awarded a penalty by referee Jon Moss and Ulloa claimed a valuable leveler. Ranieri’s team LEICESTER, England (AP): Leicester are drawing on the fighting spirit it required to survive in the Premier League a year ago to win the title for the first time. Down to 10 men after being shaken by the dismissal of top scorer Jamie Vardy in the 56th minute, the leaders conceded twice to trail West Ham 2-1. On a day of drama and divisive refereeing at the King Power Stadium, there was one final twist in the fifth minute of stoppage time when Leicester’s substitute striker Leonardo Ulloa displayed coolness from the penalty spot to equalise. Despite dropping points with the 2-2 draw, Leicester extended their lead to eight points over Tottenham, which are at Stoke tonight. “We play every match with blood, heart and soul,” Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri said. “I said thank you to my players, my fans. We must believe every time. It’s very important psychologically.” perfect start As it stands, Ranieri’s team only requires eight points from its final four matches to be sure of completing one of the most astonishing title wins in the history of English football. What’s more surprising is that the title race isn’t more open, given the collapse of defending champion Chelsea and Manchester rivals City and United struggling for consistency throughout the season. The platform to end a 12-year title drought has also been squandered by Arsenal, which have dropped to fourth this weekend after being held 1-1 by Crystal Palace yesterday. Yannick Bolasie’s late goal canceled out Alexis Sanchez’s first-half opener for Arsenal. Liverpool hasn’t challenged for the title since 2014 and the focus in this season of transition, that has seen Juergen Klopp replace Brendan Rodgers as manager, is now on winning the Europa League. Liverpool, which are eighth in the Premier League, followed up their midweek quarter-final win over Borussia Dortmund by beating Bournemouth 2-1. Daniel Sturridge scored after setting up Roberto Firmino’s opener as Liverpool moved to within two points of sixth-place West Ham with a game in hand to boost their bid for Europa League qualification. Liverpool could still land a spot in the Champions League by winning the Europa League. Leicester have already secured their place in European football’s elite competition for the first time and there’s already a party atmosphere at the King Power as the team edges closer to Premier League glory.
Many former national representatives and celebrities will be in action at the 30th staging of the Bell-Ziadie Memorial football matches today at Winchester Park, St George’s College. Clive ‘Busy’ Campbell, chief organiser of the Masters and Celebrities Inc-promoted event, said all is in place for the matches. “Everything is in place for the matches, which are set to kick-off at 2 p.m., which will honour the memory of two great football stalwarts,” Campbell told The Gleaner. “It is a hype thing as we are playing for the Bell-Ziadie Trophy and bragging rights,” Campbell said about the banter leading up to the yearly showdowns. Four persons will be honoured: former FIFA referee Peter Prendergast and former national player Kenneth ‘Bop’ Campbell;and two posthumously, former Jamaica and St George’s College player, Leighton Hugh and former Santos and Jamaica outstanding goalkeeper, Orville Edwards. MASTER CELEBRITIES Also, the RJR Communications Group will be honoured by the Master and Celebrities Inc, which has been supporting the event for all its 30 years. Three teams will participate in the football competition, and the top team will receive the Bell-Ziadie trophy. David James, father of Dominic, the former St George’s College football captain who died on September 20 after he collapsed, will play in the matches. The event is in honour of Winthorpe ‘Jackie’ Bell and Dennis Ziadie, who passed away in an accident during the 1986 FIFA World Cup finals in Mexico City, Mexico. The St George’s College Invitational comprise Dennis’ son, Nick Ziadie, Shavar Thomas, Orlando Walters, Ken Ellis, Ali Rose, David James, Sean Polack, Ryan Dawes, Marcel Gayle, Mark Miller, Denton Manning, Peter Johnson, Lawrence Passley, Gregory Messam Snr., David Laylor, David Williams, Richard McCallum, and Wayne Marshall. Chris Martin Invitational – Christopher Martin, Usain Bolt, Jermaine Gonzales, Ricardo Gardner, Ian Goodison, Walter Boyd, Marvin Chin, Simba Harris, Richard Currie, Kwame Falconer, Peter Gordon, Sadiki Bolt, Adrian Pitter, Rupert Hines, Shamar Glanville, and Sayco Gordon. Masters and Celebrities – Ian Wilkinson, Michael Williams, Jaheel Hyde, Kasai Hines, Rudolph Speid, Ian McNaughton, Alicia James, Sherona Forrester, Stephen Miller, Kirk Williams, Cornel Chin-sue, Kevin Wilson, Denton Sheddon, Durrent Brown, Hector Wright, Hugh Blair, Eldorado Mullings, and Robert Scott. The sponsors include RJR Communications Group, WATA, Power 106, Burger King, Pure National Ice, B Riley Signs, Chess Foundation, DATZmy DJ, Cuddy’s Restaurant and Grill, and Masters and Celebrities.
32 teams “There will be 32 participating KSAFA teams, plus guest team Portmore United. However, Portmore will not earn any point during their participation. The teams are in four groups based on geographical locations. At the completion of the group stage, the top two teams from each zone will advance to the quarter-final knockout stage,” Williams explained. Alliance MoneyGram is the main sponsor of the competition having pumped $1.2 million into the tournament with McKay Security contributing an additional $700,000. Partner Locker Room Sports will present 32 sets of gear, including jerseys and shorts, to the participating clubs valued at $1.6 million. Each club will receive 20 gear. New KSAFA President Wayne Shaw praised the sponsors for continuing their support of the competition. “The renewal of sponsorship by Alliance MoneyGram and McKay Security of the Under-20 competition forms part of our development programme. We also thank Locker Room Sports for their contribution of gear,” Shaw said. Alliance MoneyGram’s Marketing Officer Brandon Chin highlighted the value of youth development, which he pointed to as a major factor in their continued support of the competition. “We are pleased to be back as sponsors, as the development of young people is very important. We hope young people can turn their dreams into reality. Now, we look forward to a competitive and discipline season from the clubs,” Chin said. Meanwhile, the teams in Zone A reads: Allman-Woodford, Barbican, Cavalier SC, Santos, Mountain View, Real Mona, Swallowfield and UWI FC; Zone B Brown’s Town, Bull Bay, Central Kingston, Harbour View, New Kingston, Rae Town, Rockfort and Tivoli Gardens; Zone C – Arnett Gardens, Boys’ Town, Greenwich, Maxfield Park, Molynes United, Olympic Gardens, Seaview Gardens and Whitfield Town; and Zone D Constant Spring, Cooreville Gardens, Duhaney Park, Meadforest, Pembroke Hall, Stony Hill, Maverley-Hughenden, Waterhouse and Portmore United. The Kingston and St Andrew Football Association-Alliance MoneyGram-McKay Security Under-20 competition is set to begin next Tuesday. With defending champions Boys’ Town set to face off against Olympic Gardens in the lone game set for Collie Smith Drive, starting at 4 p.m. KSAFA’s competitions committee Chairman Marc Williams yesterday outlined the format of the annual Under-20 competition during the launch at Scotiabank Sports Club in Liguanea.
LONDON, England (AP):Jermain Defoe was struggling to contain his emotions even before scoring on his return from England exile in a 2-0 World Cup-qualifying win over Lithuania.Although Joe Hart wore the captain’s armband, Defoe was allowed to lead England out onto the Wembley Stadium field yesterday with a terminally ill five-year-old mascot.The Sunderland striker has formed a bond with cancer-stricken Bradley Lowery in the northeast and he wanted to give his “best mate” the chance to see him score for England. It hadn’t happened for four years, but 34-year-old Defoe delivered 21 minutes into his 56th appearance. Raheem Sterling glided through the defence and provided a sweet cross for Defoe to net his 20th international goal.”I had to keep my emotions in the beginning with little Brad with me,” Defoe said after his first England appearance since November 2013. “It was special just to be back, and playing with the lads is a great feeling.”Injuries to strikers Harry Kane and Daniel Sturridge, allied with his strong scoring form for Sunderland, gave the 34-year-old Defoe a route back into the international fold. During his time away from the England set-up, Defoe has left the Premier League for FC Toronto in Canada and returned with bottom-placed Sunderland, but he hasn’t lost his scoring instinct.”I’d put my house on him scoring at some stage,” said manager Gareth Southgate, who was playing for England when Defoe made his debut in 2003. “He’s had a really positive impact on everyone … he was thrilled to be back involved in the squad.”Injuries to younger strikers seem to be the best chance of Defoe making the squad for Russia, assuming the Group F leaders complete the job in the second half of qualifying.
Calabar High School and St Jago had two qualifiers each entering the final of the Boys’ High Jump Class One at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championships at the National Stadium on Friday afternoon. Ricardo Clarke and Andrew Betton from defending champions Calabar and Lushane Wilson and Tony Haughton all cleared the bar at 1.95 metres. The other qualifiers were Brian-neil Robinson of St Elizabeth Technical; Peter Clarke of Camperdown; Alexander Thompson of St George’s College; Horatio Humphrey of Buff Bay; Malik Cunningham of Jamaica College, and Jon-Michael Davis from Kingston College. The final takes place at 5:33 p.m. on Saturday.