After a short break for the holidays, the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) will resume today with five quality matches and another of equal importance tomorrow.Promoted team Portmore United, who trail leaders Montego Bay United on goal difference, will have the opportunity to overtake the St James-based team for, at least, 24 hours if they get the better of visitors Reno at Juici Park in Clarendon. Mid-table Boys’ Town will play away to the struggling Cavalier SC at Stadium East while relegation-threatened Rivoli United will host the improving Harbour View at the Prison Oval.Eighth-placed UWI FC have been steadily showing that they belong among the big boys, and a victory over fourth-placed Humble Lion will make believers of others besides their growing band of fans, but, perhaps, the most interest will be in the Arnett Gardens-Waterhouse match at Drewsland. The Drewsland-based team has experienced the greatest reversal of form of all the teams in the League and are now looking to their third coach for the season, Paul Young, to deliver them from their sorry position.No wins yetIn their two matches under Young’s guidance so far, Waterhouse have played to two draws, scored six goals while conceding six. The second was a 4-4 draw with Cavalier FC, where the score resembled an incomplete set of a tennis match. While it was good that Waterhouse scored goals, Kenroy Howell scoring three, it also showed that they are very porous as Cavalier have struggled all season to find the back of the net and had only scored seven from their previous seven games.The above situation could be very inviting to defending champions Arnett Gardens.”Despite their poor showing when Waterhouse play against Arnett Gardens, they usually come with their best effort,” said Arnett Gardens coach Jerome Waite, perhaps masking his excitement at the prospect of facing them.”They have a good coach in Paul Young and, under his charge, they have played two games and have drawn both. They also scored six goals and conceded six, so they have positives in terms of the goals that they have scored, but they have negatives in terms of the goals they have conceded, so we will see,” added the analytical Waite.Young is hoping he can move the team to safety and possibly a semi-final place.”The effort is there at training every day. The attitude is good and the team spirit is good, so I am looking to good things on Sunday,” Young told The Gleaner last Thursday at the Red Stripe Premier League’s weekly press briefing at Red Stripe.However, if they are able to get their act together on the field, they may have a good chance to surprise the defending champions as they will be without two of their key players in defensive rock, captain O’Neil ‘Bigga’ Thompson and midfielder Renae Lloyd. With Thompson out of the backline, Jermain Anderson, Howell, and company may have a greater chance of advancing on goal.At the other end, the home team will have to pay great attention to their former player, Kemal Malcolm, who is having his best Premier League season so far with nine goals to be third on the goal scoring table. With Rohan Amos looking way past his best and Nicholi Finlayson looking casual at best, that combination could be easing pickings for Malcolm and the rejuvenated Leon Strickland, also a former Waterhouse player. Both could be aiming to show Waterhouse what they are missing.Today’s Games:5 p.m.: Cavalier vs Boys’ Town – Stadium East3 p.m.: Portmore United vs Reno – Juici Park, Clarendon3 p.m.: Rivoli United vs Harbour View – Prison Oval3 p.m.: UWI FC vs Humble Lion – UWI Bowl, Mona6 p.m.: Waterhouse vs Arnett Gardens – Drewsland StadiumTomorrow’s game:8:40 p.m.: Montego Bay United vs Tivoli Gardens – Montego Bay Sports Complex Points standingTeam P W D L GF GA GD PtsMoBay United 18 9 7 2 29 11 18 34Portmore 18 10 4 4 19 14 5 34Arnett 18 10 2 6 27 15 12 32Humble Lion FC 18 7 7 4 14 12 2 28H.View 18 6 7 5 18 18 0 25Boys’ Town 18 7 4 7 21 23 -2 25Reno 18 5 8 5 17 19 -2 23UWI FC 18 6 4 8 17 25 -8 22Tivoli 18 5 4 9 23 26 -3 19Cavalier 18 4 6 8 11 18 -7 18Rivoli 18 4 5 9 19 25 -6 17Waterhouse 18 3 6 9 17 26 -9 15
For her achievement in taking the gold medal in the 100 metres hurdles at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China in a personal best 12.57 seconds. The 22-year-old also won gold in the sprint hurdles at the World University Games in South Korea, clocking 12.78 seconds.
SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates, (CMC):Not even a sensational beaver-trick by former Jamaica and West Indies left-arm seamer Krishmar Santokie could prevent Gemini Arabians from pulling off a 12-run victory over Sagittarius Strikers in the Masters Champions League here yesterday.The 31-year-old, who played the last of his 12 Twenty20 Internationals two years ago, grabbed four consecutive wickets off the first four balls of the final over to help restrict a rampant Arabians to 224 for seven off their 20 overs at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.Opting to bat first, Arabians were propelled by Indian opener Virender Sehwag who belted 134 off 63 balls, with ten fours and 11 sixes.He put on 86 for the first wicket with South African Jacques Rudolph who hit 27 and a further 135 for the second wicket with Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara who scored 51 from 33 deliveries.Recently retired West Indies left-hander Shiv Chanderpaul was unbeaten on one from two deliveries at the end.SUPERB OVERSSantokie, who had taken one wicket in an earlier spell, finished with five for 30 in a superb four-over spell to be the leading bowler for Strikers.He bowled Sangakkara with the first ball of the over and then proceeded to remove Brad Hodge, Justin Kemp and Naved-ul-Hasan all without scoring, while conceding just one run from the final over of the innings.In reply, Imran Farhat stroked 52 from 32 deliveries, Yasir Hameed, 41 from 22 balls with a four and four sixes and Yasir Arafat a 16-ball 32 with four sixes, but Strikers still slumped to 177 for nine in the 18th over.However, Santokie arrived to smash an unbeaten 23 from nine balls with three sixes in a 35-run, last wicket stand with Shane Bond who got 12 not out, as Strikers came up short in the end.
The accident took place along the 10 Miles Main Road, Bull Bay. The route 97 JUTC bus was headed to 11 Miles, Bull Bay, with the car heading in the opposite direction. According to Detective Inspector Neville Graham of the St Thomas police division, the driver and his lone passenger suffered what he deemed to be minor injuries. Blood, however, could be seen on the side of the roadway which onlookers said were that of the victims. The driver of the JUTC bus was unharmed. Two Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) supporters had to be rushed to the Kingston Public Hospital after the car they were travelling in collided with a Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) bus.
In Beijing, for example, there was additional pressure on Bolt to deliver, and the superstar delivered emphatically by destroying the myth of a Justin Gatlin challenge in that first big race of the championships. It is a victory that with all things considered, must have inspired every member of that Jamaica team to even greater excellence. I remember watching a video clip of members on the Jamaican team in a hotel room in the athletes’ village watching that 100m final, obviously shot with a cellular phone, with running commentary by some of the athletes. You could hear the near reverence with which the big man is held within the team coming out in the comments. When the big man, Bolt, beat Gatlin at the line to win gold, the phone was still running and it captured the ensuing pandemonium with the loud, jubilant, and colourful cheers by the Jamaicans, who stormed out of the room and into the hallways. The big man had delivered and Jamaica was the best. The bar was now officially set in the biggest event of them all. Confidence must have swept through the Jamaica team like wildfire as the proverbial domino effect followed. BOLT EFFECT EXPIRATION Twelve medals, inclusive of seven gold, two silver, and three bronze, saw Jamaica finish in an impressive second on the table at the 15th IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China. It is fair to say the dream run continues for Jamaica in international track and field. There has been one constant in recent years of Jamaican excellence in the sport in the form of Usain St Leo Bolt, the inspirational leader and standout performer whose influence directly and indirectly cannot be overstated during this period of pound-for-pound dominance by Jamaica. Bolt was at it again in Beijing, winning his now customary three gold to take his total to 11 World Championships gold medals. Amid the euphoria of celebrating the success of the Jamaican ambassadors, there is the clear and present danger, I think, of taking the ‘Bolt Effect’ on Jamaica’s on-the-track fortunes for granted. Bolt invariably leads from the front, with the stellar 10-metre event run off early in all the major championships, giving Bolt the perfect platform to set the platform. INSPIRATIONAL VICTORY The Jamaican governing body, Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association, must recognise and address the inevitable fall-off that will occur when the ‘Bolt Effect’ expires. The soundings are that Bolt could walk away from the sport in another two years. The void that will result from that eventuality obviously cannot be filled, but things need to be put into place to minimise the fallout from that imminent Bolt exit. We all need to understand and appreciate the fact that we are all living in the time of the greatest athlete to have ever walked the face of the Earth and that if and when he goes, the sport will not be the same, and Jamaica’s status will not be the same. It is going to take some major adjustments locally and internationally to appreciate life in track and field after Bolt. By all means, we must continue to enjoy the spectacular brilliance and genius of Bolt, but we need also to understand clearly that it cannot and will not last forever, and that sooner, rather than later, Jamaica especially, will have the arduous task of continuing our quest for excellence in the sport of track and field without the ‘Bolt Effect’.
Title holders St Catherine Cricket Club, on the back of a half-century from sidelined national batsman Tamar Lambert, overcame the challenge of St Ann Cricket Association by 12 runs in their Jamaica Cricket Association 50-Overs Championship clash at Naranda Bauxite Oval in St Ann on Sunday.Lambert, omitted from the Jamaica Scorpions 13-man squad for their opening four-day fixture away to Barbados, hit a topscore of 61 as St Catherine, batting first, posted a competitive 258 for eight.All-rounder Gavin Wallace, 53, Shacaya Thomas, 42, and Danza Hyatt, 36, also got among the runs with Barbadian Kirk Edwards, in the ‘Saints’ line-up for the first time, scoring zero.St Ann, in their reply, despite an impressive 124 from Xavier Marshall, were then bowled out for 242 with 14 balls to spare.Stefan Casey, four for 47, and pacer Brian Buchanan, two for 53, claimed the wickets for the victors.St Catherine will meet St James in the semi-finals after the latter surprised the previously unbeaten St Catherine Cricket Association aggregation by seven wickets at Ewarton Bauxite Oval.St Catherine CA, playing without inspirational captain Nkrumah Bonner, who left for the Leeward Islands last week, were dismissed for 161 off 37.2 overs.St James, in response, cruised to 166 for three off 26.2 overs.Jamaica Under-19 batsman Leonardo Friginette, 54, Vinroy Crooks, 53, made the most runs for St James.UWI VS KENSINGTONKensington will square off with University of the West Indies (UWI) in semi-final two after both recorded wins over St Elizabeth and Kingston, respectively.At Sabina Park, new national captain Paul Palmer Jr made 75 to pilot UWI to 283 for six.Kingston, in their turn at bat, were restricted to 230, despite 95 from opener Garth Garvey, and 44 from young Brandon King.All-rounder Rovman Powell claimed six wickets.Meanwhile, at Manley Horne Park, Kensington made 219 for eight before returning to limit St Elizabeth to 150 for eight, when bad light stopped play, to win under the Duckworth-Lewis method.David Bernard Jr, 47 not out, Cassius Burton, 46, and Horace Miller, 36, made the most runs for Kensington with left-arm spinner Denniel Griffiths leading their bowling with two for 14.
TWO-TIME World 400-metre hurdles champion, Zuzana Hejnova of the Czech Republic, has singled out Jamaica’s Kaliese Spencer as her greatest rival. Hejnova made the admission as part of an interview with the online IAAF publication Personal Bests. She said that she and the Jamaican were equally matched.”Kaliese Spencer of Jamaica is my greatest rival,” the 28-year-old Czech said. “We have a similar personal best and we seem to be equally matched each season,” she explained accurately. Spencer’s best time is just 0.04 faster than hers at 52.79 seconds.In 2010, when Hejnova and Spencer appeared in the top-10 world rankings published by the American publication Track and Field News for the first time together, they finished 1-2, with Spencer winning, in Gateshead, London, Zurich and Zagreb. They ended the year with Spencer ranked number two and Hejnova at number four.Hejnova ran in the 2011 London Diamond League race where the Jamaican set her personal best. Earlier in that season, they were first and second in Paris with the Czech in front.Spencer watched from the stands after a first round disqualification when Hejnova set her personal best of 52.83 seconds to win the 2013 World Championships.Together, they have dominated the number one ranking spot recently. Though just fourth at the London Olympics, Spencer was on top in 2012 with Olympic bronze medallist Hejnova at number three. Despite the loss in London, Spencer had victories over Hejnova in Rome, Lausanne, Birmingham and Brusselone.The Czech was number 1 at the end of a brilliant 2013 campaign, with Spencer regaining the spot in 2014.Hejnova, who struggled last year with injuries, is likely to be world number one this year. Despite losses to Spencer in Birmingham and Oslo, she defended her World title in Beijing with the injury troubled 28-year-old Jamaican eighth.
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The strong batting prowess of teachers from the parish of St Catherine will be on display against the defending champions Westmoreland in the Jamaica Teachers Association (JTA)/Errol Miller Twenty20 cricket final at the Ultimate Jerk Centre, Discovery Bay, St. Ann today at 1 p.m.Both teams emerged winners after the semi-finals played at the same venue on April 1.St Catherine defeated Portland by ten wickets in their semi-final. Batting first, Portland made 52 all out and St Catherine replied with 55 without loss.In the second semi-final, Westmoreland defeated St Andrew by five runs. Westmoreland made 132 for five before dismissing St Andrew for 127.The winners of this year’s competition will receive the Errol Miller trophy.Special prizes will be presented to the player who scores the most runs and the player who takes the most wickets in the final.
Jamaica senior men’s football team coach, Winfried Schaefer, said how his Reggae Boyz match up against the world number-three-ranked football team and defending Copa America champions Chile will be most important when the teams meet in a friendly encounter on May 27 at the Estadio Sausalito in Vina Del Mar, Chile. “This is a friendly match, a test match. I want to win all matches, and this is important. But the important thing is to see the players against the number-three team in the world, and the number-three team is Chile,” he told The Gleaner. However, he has no intention to select his best team for the upcoming friendly, as some players (local and overseas-based) have just completed their season and he intends to rest players he consider to be tired for this match. “I can tell you that this practice game is not a game we will play with our best players. It’s very short (close) after the season for many players, like Wes Morgan. He played 2014-2015 (EPL) season after he played Gold Cup and Copa America and he played through the 2015-2016 season. He had no rest and he needs rest, he cannot come direct to Chile to play. If he has no rest; maybe he is injured in the Copa America Centenario, and for us it’s very important, The Copa America Centenario, that is our priority,” he insisted. Continuing, Schaefer said: “We cannot play with 11 local-based players. We have 23 players. We have (Jermaine) Taylor coming, (Adrian) Mariappa can play and I want to see (Giles) Barnes in another position. But maybe ‘Messi’ (Chevonne Marsh) plays or (Allan) Ottey, I don’t know. The players played a very hard season; Chile is a test match, and I want to see the players, but it’s clear all cannot play,” he reasoned. He also noted that the Federation has already submitted a 40-man provisional squad to the organisers for the Copa America Centenario, which will be held in the US from June 3-26. A final squad of 23 will be selected. The deadline for submitting the final Copa America squad is May 20.