Bolt to run at London Diamond League LONDON (AP): Usain Bolt said he will run at the London Diamond League meeting in July, weeks before he defends his Olympic titles in Rio de Janeiro. Bolt will run on July 22-23 at the Olympic Stadium, the venue where he won 100, 200 and 4×100-metre gold at the London Games. The Rio Olympics run from August 5-21, with track and field scheduled for August 12-19. Bolt said he is competing in London because “there are a lot of Jamaicans living in the UK and I always get great support. It is like my home away from home.” Bolt took part in the event this year, winning the 100m. He then won another sprint triple at the World Championships in Beijing in August. Gayle plans Test return in 2016 MELBOURNE, Australia (AP): Former West Indies captain Chris Gayle hopes to return to Test cricket next year after a two-year absence. The 36-year-old Gayle told reporters yesterday in Australia, where he is playing in the Twenty20 Big Bash League, that he hopes to be injury-free and able to bolster a struggling West Indies line-up in 2016. He said a back injury had prevented him playing for the West Indies who were mauled by Australia in a Test in Hobart last week, though he continues to play in lucrative Twenty 20 competitions. Gayle said “there’s no way I could have actually been part of that Test team, I’m just coming back from injury. Next year, hopefully, Test cricket is on the agenda.” Australia to add first-class day-night matches MELBOURNE, Australia (AP): Cricket Australia is continuing its push for more day-night Test cricket, scheduling first-class matches under lights at three venues early next year. Australia beat New Zealand last month in the first ever Test match played under lights and with a pink ball, at the Adelaide Oval. Sheffield Shield matches at Adelaide, the Gabba in Brisbane and the WACA ground in Perth will be played under lights in the round starting February 14 to continue refining the equipment.
ST JOHN’S, Antigua:In a press release after yesterday’s final, West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president Dave Cameron had high praises for the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the BCCI (host organisation) for a most memorable 2016 ICC World Twenty20 tournament.Cameron said he thought that the “tournament was of the highest quality and the Indian fans and others from around the world came out in full support of cricket”.Obviously overjoyed that the West Indies teams took the double, Cameron noted that the tournament was “an all-round success”.INAPPROPRIATE COMMENTSThe release further stated: “The President would like to, however, apologise for what could be deemed inappropriate, comments made by the West Indies’ male captain, Darren Sammy, in a post-match interview and would like to apologise on behalf of the WICB to the millions of fans who witnessed.”The president has pledged to enquire the reason and will have the matter addressed.”The release added: “Coming up in May this year, the board will host its annual review (retreat) with the players, WIPA, selectors and the technical team to review player, management and technical plans. This will be done after the Indian Premier League.The president said further: “There are players who are currently committed to playing in the T20 cricket leagues around the world and we are aware of that schedule, hence the plan to meet at that time.”We want to see how we can find common ground in ensuring that the best players in the region are available for selection for West Indies teams. We are fully aware of the financial rewards on offer in the lucrative international T20 leagues, but we believe deeply in the importance of cricket to the people of the region and of West Indies cricket’s place in world cricket. It is, therefore, a priority to have all of our players competing and available for selection.”We will also engage the ICC on this so that we protect not only the rich heritage and legacy of West Indies cricket, but also its future.”
Jamaica’s top-ranked squash player, Chris Binnie is on his way to joining the global elite of the sport. The Jamaica and Caribbean men’s squash champion for the last seven years, Binnie, 27, has also improved his Professional Squash Association (PSA) ranking to number 89 among the world’s best players as of this month, from 93 in March. This improvement came after he signed a one-year sponsorship agreement with JN Fund Managers Limited at the firm’s New Kingston office recently. “My goal is to be ranked as one of the top 50 players by December,” he said. “I believe I can do it.” The top 50 players form an elite of the sport, travelling the world to compete in the main events. Having a better ranking means the players get better placed in competitions and also have more options in choosing the competitions they find more attractive. Binnie has come a long way since April of 2012 when he had PSA ranking of 389. He progressed to a ranking of 131 by October 2013 joined the top 100 in November last year. Binnie’s optimism is also based on the success he is having with his new coach, Australian Rodney Martin, a former winner of the World Open Squash Championship who once ranked second in the world. Along with three other teammates, he has been going through a tough training programme to improve his overall match preparedness level, with his new coach. He said the sponsorship by JN Fund Managers would also help him achieve his goal. Based in Connecticut in the United States of America, he coaches at Trinity College in Hartford, and had been limited to playing matches mainly in North America. “This sponsorship allows me to go to more tournaments and select ones in Europe and Asia,” he said. “I need to take on the best players in the most competitive tournaments globally if I am to improve. And it requires funding to get to the matches and maintain myself while competing.” Brando Hayden, general manager of JN Fund Managers, said: “We admire what Chris Binnie has done for himself and for Jamaica. He has invested his time and talents, making him one of the top 100 squash players in the world. “We want to help him fulfil his dreams because his success will also pave the way for others,” Hayden said. Binnie himself launched the Jamaica Squash Association’s Grassroots Clinic to students of Papine High School and New Providence Primary School on March 20. And the programme at the University of Technology is noteworthy for the players who have emerged from that facility.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP): The racing world wondered if there was a worthy successor to last year’s Triple Crown champion American Pharoah. Enter Nyquist. The bay colt who lacks any distinctive markings won the Kentucky Derby by 11/4 lengths yesterday improving to 8-0 in his career as the fourth consecutive favourite to win the race. Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Nyquist ran 2000 metres in 2:01.31. The three-year-old colt became the eighth unbeaten winner in the race’s 142-year history, and the first since Big Brown in 2008. He the 2-1 favourite in the full field of 20 horses. “We got a beautiful trip from the start to the end,” Gutierrez said. Nyquist delivered a second Derby win for Gutierrez, trainer Doug O’Neill and owner J. Paul Reddam. The southern California-based team was behind 2012 Derby and Preakness winner I’ll Have Another. “This is such a special horse,” O’Neill said. “You can see it in his eye on a daily basis and he’s such a professional.” The bay colt is from the first crop of sire Uncle Mo, who never got the chance to run in the Derby after being the early favourite for the 2011 race. He was scratched the day before with a stomach illness.
There will be no Red Stripe Premier League match today. The operations committee of the Professional Football Association of Jamaica decided yesterday to postpone all matches because of the threat to the island from the powerful Hurricane Matthew. The scheduled matches were: Waterhouse FC vs Maverley-Hughenden FC, Portmore United FC vs FC Reno, UWI FC vs Boys’ Town FC, Jamalco FC vs Tivoli Gardens FC, Montego Bay United FC vs Arnett Gardens FC, and Harbour View FC vs Humble Lion FC.
WITH late afternoon rains affecting the playing of most of the senior games in the second round of the ISSA Urban Schoolgirl Netball Competition, action will continue today at the Leila Robinson Courts with five rescheduled games starting at 1:30 p.m.Among the games today will be the top-of-the-table Group 2 encounter between defending champions Camperdown and Gaynstead High in a clash of unbeaten teams.While both teams have virtually booked their spots in the semi-finals, today’s encounter will be very crucial as the winner will meet the second-placed team in Group 1.VERY IMPRESSIVEBoth have been very impressive so far this season, getting by their opponents with ease. Camperdown got the better of Tivoli 53-17 in their first game in the second round before stopping St Catherine High 38-16 and former champion St Hugh’s 32-18.Gaynstead, who are having their best results ever in the senior competition, easily got the better of St Hugh’s 42-24 in their first game. It was the sane in their next two encounters as they put away Tarrant 37-14 then stopped St Catherine High 50-34.The other matches on today will see Excelsior meeting Norman Manley, The Queen’s School going up against Wolmer’s, St Catherine facing Tivoli Gardens, Penwood battling Immaculate and St Hugh’s and Tarrant squaring off.One rescheduled junior match will also be played today as defending champions Gaynstead, who have already topped Group 2 with four wins in a row, will meet Camperdown.
Reggae Boyz’s starting team was: Ryan Thompson (GK), Je-Vaughn Watson (captain), Jourdaine Fletcher, Shamar Nicholson, Rosario Harriott, Michael Binns, Oneil Fisher, Damion Lowe, Ladale Richie, Owayne Gordon, Kevon Lambert. Defender Damion Lowe scored in the 72nd minute to hand Jamaica a 1-0 win over Honduras in tonight’s friendly match in Houston, Texas.
(FILES) This file photo taken on September 22, 2016 showsBarcelona’s Brazilian forward Neymar gestures after missing a goal opportunity during the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona vs Atletico de Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on September 21, 2016.Neymar will leave prematurely the Catalan club the player announced on arrival to a training session at the Sports Center FC Barcelona Joan Gamper in Sant Joan Despi, near Barcelona on August 2, 2017 following a rumour that he is considering a move to French club PSG. / AFP PHOTO / PAU BARRENASAO PAULO — Neymar’s journey to a record-breaking transfer fee of $262 million started in a poor district of southern Brazil, a few blocks from the local dump.A spectacular move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain is expected to be completed this week after the 25-year-old striker and his father met with officials of the Catalan club Wednesday, telling them that Neymar wanted to leave.ADVERTISEMENT The son of a journeyman soccer player for Brazil’s smallest teams, Neymar was born in the industrial city of Mogi das Cruzes, some 60 kilometers north of Sao Paulo, the country’s biggest metropolis.He never settled there, as his father’s career as a striker and family breadwinner meant they were always moving on.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’When Neymar was 6, the family moved in with his grandmother in Sao Vicente, a beach town 50 kilometers south of Sao Paulo. And when his sister Rafaella was born, the family moved again, this time to a bigger house in Jardim Gloria, a district in the poorer city of Praia Grande. Both homes were within reach of Santos, the Brazilian club made world famous by Pele and where the youngster first known as Juninho would start his own soccer career.While his family was anything but wealthy, Juninho was the richest kid around at Jardim Gloria. 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His street was properly paved and allowed him to play barefoot all day long, though he didn’t have to walk far to find dirt roads surrounded by wild vegetation. While other kids were lucky to have many toys, he had 50 footballs in his home collection at age 14. He even had a video game, which was a dream for most of his neighbors.Neymar put down some solid roots during his nine years at Jardim Gloria, and today his charity – the Neymar Jr. Institute – is based in the area. The local dump, where some of the local people used to earn a living from recycling, has been closed and the district has improved dramatically since Neymar’s family first moved there more than a decade ago.As for the interest in soccer, that started when Neymar was just 2, according to his father.In 1998, at the age of 6, he was spotted by Betinho dos Santos, a talent scout for the club Santos and who had also discovered another Brazil star, Robinho.“Neymar’s father was playing on the beach in Sao Vicente, his mother was with the kid in the stands,” Betinho said in a recent interview for the player’s institute. “I saw that kid running around and he caught my attention. He already had agility and coordination. Of course he was very, very thin too. Then he started doing some tricks with the ball, tricks that a normal kid would never do. I was shocked.”ADVERTISEMENT McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Betinho said Neymar had the Brazilian football swagger even at that age, and began taking him to play futsal – Brazil’s brand of indoor soccer that puts a premium on technical skills. His amazing dribbling and shooting abilities were soon noticed, with the late Santos and Brazil star Zito bringing the youngster into the club.Juninho became Neymar Jr. after signing his first contract at 12, a move that made Barcelona and Real Madrid start to take a very close interest in the youngster.On the field, Neymar quickly adapted from the indoor game, often playing against much older opponents, and he fully embraced being a Santos player despite growing up as a fan of rival club Palmeiras.He made his professional debut at 17, in a match against Oeste in the 2009 Sao Paulo state championship, the start of a career that is set to make history in the sport.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano End of his agony? 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PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO—Rain or Shine put a damper on a couple of retirements after thrashing Alaska, 112-82, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday at Ynares Sports Center here.The Elasto Painters improved to 6-4 to strengthened their bid for the fourth spot in the standings while the Aces, who saw Dondon Hontiveros and Tony Dela Cruz play their final games, ended their season with a 3-8 card.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene 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 View comments Rain or Shine broke the game wide open with a big second quarter run and a definitive 15-0 run to start the fourth capped by a jumper by Ronnie Matias for a 98-61 lead made sure Alaska stayed down for the count. “I just told the players that we will go up against Alaska and that they should play that they want to win,” said ROS head coach Caloy Garcia.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“We’re lucky that (Sonny) Thoss, Calvin (Abueva), and (Chris) Banchero didn’t play today but I still told my team to play at a hundred percent.”J’Nathan Bullock topscored for the Elasto Painters with 14 points while Chris Tiu filled up the stat sheets with nine points, eight rebounds, five assists, and two steals. LaDontae Henton put up a game-high 20 points to lead Alaska.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide How to help the Taal evacuees Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson DAY6 is for everybody Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Michael Jordan’s advice to newly-acquired Dwight Howard: ‘Play determined’ MOST READ