ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC):Jamaica remained winless in the CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship after twice squandering leads to plunge to a 3-2 defeat to Costa Rica.Playing at the Grenada National Stadium on Sunday, Jamaica led 1-0 on 22 minutes and 2-1 at the 34th, but could not hang on to their advantage. They did appear on course for a share of the points before Maria Paula Salas struck in stoppage time to crush their hopes.The points were Costa Rica’s first of the tournament and they now sit third, while Jamaica remain rooted at the bottom of Group B.In the other game, the United States edged Mexico 1-0 go on top with six points from their two outings.Looking to atone for their heavy 8-1 defeat to the US on Friday, Jamaica started positively when Ebony Clarke capitalised on a defensive error to put the Caribbean side ahead in the 22nd minute.Del Campo penaltyThe Central American unit drew level from the penalty spot in the 29th minute through Valeria Del Campo, after Erin Mikalsen brought down Gloriana Villalobos in the box.However, Jamaica once again restored their lead when Tarania Clarke scored with a firm right-footed volley in the 34th minute, after being teed up by Ebony Clarke.Up 2-1 at half-time, Jamaica suffered a major setback when Alyssa Julien was sent off in the 70th minute, but their hopes of a maiden win in the competition remained, when they still led with 14 minutes left.Things fell apart, though when Merilyn Alvarado headed in the equaliser in the 76th minute and Salas then found the nets at the death to hand Costa Rica a dramatic victory.
Red Force, Pride draw BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC): Trinidad and Tobago Red Force escaped with a draw as little fireworks materialised on the final day of their second-round game of the Regional First Class Championship against Barbados Pride here on Monday. Set 298 for victory, the visitors finished on 182 for four at Kensington Oval, to walk away with six points from an encounter in which they always trailed and at no point ever threatened the hosts. Left-handed opener Evin Lewis struck a top score of 41, Narsingh Deonarine got 38, while Yannic Cariah chipped in with 37 not out. England beat Pakistan SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (AP): England beat Pakistan by six wickets in the third one-day international at Sharjah Cricket Stadium to lead the series 2-1. England 210-4 in 41 overs (James Taylor 67 not out, Jos Buttler 49 not out), defeat Pakistan 208 in 49.5 overs (Mohammad Hafeez 45, Azhar Ali 36; Chris Woakes 4-40) by six wickets. Hurricanes lose again GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC): Leeward Islands Hurricanes crashed to their second straight innings defeat of the Regional First Class Championship, when they went down by an innings and 30 runs to defending champions Guyana Jaguars here on Monday. Starting the final day of the second-round encounter on 215 for three and with an uphill battle to save the game, Hurricanes were dismissed for 299 about 20 minutes before lunch to concede defeat at the National Stadium at Providence. Only last week in St Kitts, Hurricanes were hammered by an innings and 23 runs by Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, inside three days at Warner Park. INSPORTS/TTJ club league The University of the West Indies (UWI) stopped Pembroke Hall 3-1 in Division One, while Swallowfield Chapel Smashers blanked Excelsior High School 5-0 in a Division Two encounter on Saturday in the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS)/Table Tennis Jamaica (TTJ) National Club League. In the UWI/Pembroke Hall duel, Darrell Gordon turned back Brandon Phillips 3-1 and Ryan Peters outlasted Kevin Nelson 3-2 in singles wins for UWI. Mark Phillips and Gordon crushed Nelson and Phillips 3-0 in doubles for UWI’s third triumph, while Glen-Ross McDonald overcame Gordon 3-0 to pull one back for Pembroke Hall. In the Division Two encounter, Swallowfield Chapel’s Winston Johnson, Andre Girdod, Leon Lee and Patrick Donaldson all scored easy 3-0 victories over Christopher Lyn, Keelia Howell, Brianna Blake and Brandon Forbes, respectively, in singles. In doubles action, Johnson and Donaldson overpowered Excelsior’s Lyn and Blake 3-0 to complete the 5-0 triumph.
PREVIOUS COACHES Calvert Fitzgerald started the campaign on the club’s bench, but he was replaced by Patrick, who served for a month before committing his focus to Dinthill during their schoolboy season. Young was brought in at the end of the year with Patrick working alongside him for a period. Waterhouse fans will welcome Patrick’s appointment after the tactician led them to the final in the 2013/14 season and the semi-finals last year. “Anthony Patrick is a senior member of our coaching staff and we are happy that he was available. Kevin Lamey will be his assistant, as was the case before,” added Vidal. “We are optimistic that we can improve our results. We have a very good squad a very good team. Its surprising that this team is where it is in the table; if you see them in training, they are a delight, but we are not coming together on match day. But I remain confident, we have to take it on a game-by-game basis and fix things,” Vidal added. Waterhouse’s next game is away to Cavalier on Sunday. Just over two months after taking over as technical director and head coach of Waterhouse FC, coach Paul Young has been relieved of his duties, with the familiar face of Anthony Patrick now charged with rescuing the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) strugglers. Young, a former Jamaican international, was handed the reigns of the Drewsland-based club in December after returning from the United States with the team sitting at the foot of the RSPL points table with 13 points from 16 games. However, after picking up a mere eight points from his nine games in charge of the two-time national champions, the club felt it was necessary to make the change in an effort to lift the team from its current cellar-dwelling position. Club president Fitzroy Vidal credited Young for his effort, but believes the change will bring renewed energy to the team’s torrid campaign. Vidal noted that the decision was made mutually, while adding that Kevin Lamey will act as Patrick’s assistant for the remainder of the season. “Football is about wins,” said Vidal. “Of course, we have been in a precarious position and we felt it necessary to make some changes to see if we can bring some energy to the team.” “The coach (Young) has done a valiant job; discipline has improved, but we are still not scoring enough goals and winning as a habit,” said Vidal. “We have a few games to go in the season and we are giving ourselves a chance. We need to invigorate the team, psychology is a big part of the sport, and we are confident this change will have the desired effect.” This is the third coaching change at Waterhouse this season.
Jamaica’s national dart team is looking forward to a stronger performance at this year’s Caribbean Championship that will be held in Barbados.The local body, Jamaica Dart Association (JDA), named a 13-member squad for the regional tournament to run from July 12-17.National player/coach Colin Chandia expects the team to finish better than the seventh place in last year’s competition.”We participated last year after a long layoff, where we finished seventh out of 12 teams. We have been working hard for the past three months in order to be better prepared,” Chandia told The Gleaner.”The main focus is to finish in a higher position. We should give a significant performance this year,” he emphasised.He is looking towards the senior players to inspire the team, which was selected from players participating in the ongoing local league.The full team is: Men – Albert Bailey (Portmore Contenders), Colin Chandia (Chelsea Precision), David Green (BOJ Gators), Dwight Smith (Chelsea Precision), Evon Faulkner (BOJ Gators), Lynford Jonas (Dynasty MoBay), Mark Birthwright (Central Miners) and Winston Ferguson (Portmore Stimulus).Women – Carol Cheese (Shooting Stars), Catherine Stewart (BOJ Gators), Jennifer Reid (MoBay Darters), Lorraine Nembhard (Portmore Contenders) and Marvel Brown (MoBay Darters).
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC): All-rounder Mitchell Marsh says he has fully recovered from injury and is relishing his return to the Australian side for their tri-series campaign in the Caribbean starting this week. Marsh is part of the Australian squad arriving in the Caribbean after stopping in New York on Monday to reduce the impact of jet lag on their performances during the tournament, which also involves South Africa. Australia start their campaign in the tri-nation tournament against West Indies on June 5. “We’re obviously extremely lucky that Cricket Australia have allowed us to do that,” said Marsh, the son of former Australian cricketer Geoff Marsh. “We’ve had a chance to get out and about and see what the city has to offer, but we’re still focused on our task at hand over the next month and we’re looking forward to getting to Guyana first.” Marsh, 24, is a fast bowler who can hit 140kph and has shown promise as a lower middle-order batsman. A side strain forced him out of the Indian Premier League (IPL) this year, but now the budding all-rounder says he is ready to perform in Australia’s busy schedule in the coming months.
Local conditions DUBAI, UAE (CMC): West Indies Test and ODI skipper Jason Holder says the regional team remains a powerful force despite the absence of some top players heading into the series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates. West Indies are missing some of their big stars in the T20s and ODIs, including explosive opener Chris Gayle and all-rounder AndrÈ Russell. Trinidad and Tobago left- handed batsman Evin Lewis was called up to replace Gayle at the last minute, while Kesrick Williams, the fast bowler from St.Vincent and the Grenadines, has replaced Russell. “It’s obviously a big loss to lose certain players, but obviously, we have some very capable players in the dressing room to fill their boots,” said Holder. International circuit “Evin Lewis was called up at the last minute to replace Chris Gayle, and we saw what he did (100 against India at Lauderhill). I don’t think we are short on personnel. It’s just a matter of everyone getting in and getting used to international circuit. “We have played a very vibrant brand of cricket, especially in the limited overs, and I think whoever is coming in has the ability to do the same.” West Indies start their tour with a warm-up game against Emirates Cricket Board XI at the ICC Academy on Tuesday before the opening T20 match against Pakistan on Friday. “We are just looking to start the series well. It is important that we start well,” said Holder, after an intense net session at the ICC academy on Friday. “We are coming off a very good win against India in the T20 series. We are coming in with a bit of confidence and, hopefully, we can carry it in the heat here in Dubai.” One major factor the Caribbean side will have to contend with is the climate in Dubai. The 24-year-old Barbadian, who celebrates his next birthday in November, says his teammates would need to become familiar with local conditions quickly. “I just think it’s a situation where we understand these conditions as best as we can and as quickly as we can and get acclimatised to the conditions here. The heat is not something we are accustomed to,” said Holder. “We come from the Caribbean, which is quite hot – at times it can get hot – but the humidity in the Caribbean is not as it is here. It is just important to acclimatise ourselves to the conditions here as quickly as possible and play the cricket we are accustomed to.” West Indies and Pakistan will play three T20s, three ODIs, and three Test matches.
Leading Jamaica middleweight boxer Kemahl Russell will take on American Martez Jackson in a six-round warm-up fight tomorrow night at the Shrine Temple in Macon, Georgia.This is the first of two fights that are designed to get him ready for a World Boxing Association regional title fight, which is slated to take place in December.Russell, who was the Wray and Nephew Contender Middleweight champion in 2015, has been training in New York, USA, for the past two months, and his manager, Leiza-May Keane, told The Gleaner yesterday that he is in great shape and is primed for an exciting performance. He will enter the ring with a 9-0 record, with seven of those fights ending inside the distance.His opponent, Jackson, has a 3-1-2 record.Russell made his mark in the Contender series and earned himself a reputation of being a very aggressive fighter. In the series, he showed both good boxing skills and punching power and won most of his fights inside the distance. In the finals of that contest, he scored a fourth-round tko victory over Richard Holmes. In his last fight against Mexican Hector Nava in Mexico, he scored a first-round knockout.Reflecting on his fight tomorrow, he told The Gleaner that he was going into the fight to get some good work and come out victorious. “I am not thinking of a knockout, but if it comes, I will take it. What I need now is to fight regularly, and the plan is for me to be back in the ring next month. I have been promised a title fight, and that is my major goal now. I want to be a world champion, and these fights are stepping stones,” he said.
Disrespectful response He responded in a manner that was disrespectful to his president, “the owner fe de yard” who ultimately decides who gets paid and who does not. So in a true “Trump-like” manner Darren Bravo is instantly dismissed and sent home from the touring team. But, I am yet to see any attempt by our President to correct his erroneous statement or to apologise for his unfortunate and incorrect categorising of Mr. Bravo’s previous contract. So, another one bites the dust. One by one, the better players of cricket in the West Indies are sidelined for perceived ‘insubordination’ and the team is filled with untried and unproven players who are too scared to voice (or tweet) any opinion about conditions under which they are forced to play. The result, defeat after defeat and a relentless and continuous slide down the International rankings, with elimination from the really important ICC competitions. So it’s on to the Tri-Nation series in Zimbabwe, minus our best spinner, Sunil Narine, who has withdrawn from the tour ‘for personal reasons’. Where will it end? When will West Indian fans, whose hard- earned dollars support this WIBC Board and their sponsors, have the guts to say to our president No mas, No more, please, please, leave us and give West Indies cricket a chance to be relevant. With a lot of cricket being played around the world, it is usual to expect that the game would be prominent in global sport news. The English are locked in an interesting tussle with India, Australia is battling South Africa and the West Indies are due to play in a triangular series with Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka. As an added bonus, West Indian women’s team play against India, knowing that one win in three games would see the team automatically qualifying for a place in the ICC World Cup, scheduled for England next year. For the West Indian cricket fan, however, as usual, the only news is bad news. Our ladies suffered another batting meltdown to lose the second straight game to India, putting more pressure on themselves (and us fans) before game three tomorrow, desperately needing a win. The men of the West Indies cricket team, coming off a rare win in a Test match, albeit in a dead series against Pakistan, are looking (once again) to turn the corner in their quest to resume relevance in World cricket. But along comes another “controversy”. Having their overtures to Kraigg Braithwaite and Marlon Samuels rebuffed, the board was asked to explain the offering of a “C” contract to their second best player in the past year, Darren Bravo. Rushing into a television studio to answer this and other questions was the president of the WICB, Dave Cameron. That decision, to have the President attempting to explain the actions of a Board constantly under fire from the majority of the regional fans proved to be a costly mistake. The president of the WICB doesn’t have a good history of outing fires and soothing the ire of players. Ever since he was ignored at a cricket function in South Africa by players, who he apparently felt owed him a debt of gratitude for their improved earnings in world cricket, our President has consistently shown us how thin-skinned he really is. He has no problem in making disparaging tweets etc against West Indian players, but if anyone dares to respond in kind – sanction! In that interview last week, our president explained that Darren Bravo could not expect to keep his ‘A’ contract if his average keeps falling in the previous twelve month period, as there would be no incentive for an ‘A’-contract player to improve his on-field statistics. That sounded reasonable, but a quick fact check revealed that our president did not state the facts. Darren Bravo was (factually) the second best West Indian batsman in the twelve-month period under review by the Board. Second, Mr. Bravo NEVER had an A contract. Third, Darren Bravoa test team veteran was offered a ‘C’ contract similar in terms to one offered a newcomer to the team, and fourth, Marlon Samuels, a player with a demonstrable inferior average in the twelve month period used by the Board to calculate contract values was offered a ‘B’ contract. Darren Bravo, a West Indian career cricketer, who gave up playing the shorter form of the game to improve his statistics in the longer and purer form of cricket, felt hurt and insulted.
Letran shoots for a third victory but remains wary of an opponent that just suffered from a 43-point beating.ADVERTISEMENT The Knights—who hold a 2-3 record—hope to build on their Tuesday triumph, 82-75, over last year’s runner-up Arellano where Rey Nambatac took charge in the final quarter.“We hope this win could start something big for us,” said Napa.Aside from Nambatac, transferees Jeo Ambohot and Jeremiah Taladua also shone in the Knights’ triumph.The 6-foot-6 Ambohot, a former middle blocker in volleyball from Arellano, played his best game yet with 15 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks, while Taladua, a former Pirate, tallied 13 markers and 11 boards.The Blazers’ 43-point loss against the Pirates was the highest losing margin by any team this season. —CARLO ANOLINADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Cohesive national volleybelles return from Japan End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Aiming for their first back-to-back wins, the Knights take on the St. Benilde Blazers in the 93rd NCAA men’s basketball tournament Thursday.“They’re a resilient team and we expect them to bounce back from that loss,” Letran coach Jeff Napa said of the Blazers, who absorbed a 55-98 shellacking from unbeaten solo leader Lyceum.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’“We just have to be ready,” added Napa.Letran and St. Benilde clash at 4 p.m. at the Letran Gym in Intramuros, Manila. Their junior counterparts collide in the first game at 2 p.m.
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