Interestingly, after such a comfortable run, the youngster, who many considered a dark horse in the event, might have shown that it will take a lot more than more popular names to beat her. “I’m feeling good. I’m a person who hates the 400 metres, but at this point my coach, Stephen Francis, thinks it’s the best event for me. I’m really happy I made it to the final,” said Jackson, who arrived in Beijing having never competed in a 400m as a senior athlete at any international event. “I followed my coach’s instruction, which was to get out and get a good place in the race, and even if I finish second, that I should ensure it’s a close one. I went out there just to make the final and then take it from there,” she explained. “My plan was to run a hard 50 metres and then relax, but I think I went out a bit too slowly so I had a lot of ground to make up.” Jackson, added that she wasn’t affected by the presence of Felix in her semi-final and that she is eager to take on the challenge and experience the final. “I trust my coach and I trust my body to know what type of shape I am in. Watching my teammates compete motivates me a lot, too, because it helps with the nervousness,” Jackson said. “I have learnt to run my own race and take it each step at a time. Medals aren’t handed out in the semi-finals or the heats, so you have to save a little for the final.” She may be looking towards the final, but she isn’t any closer to embracing the event just yet. Either way, Jackson’s performances have so far certainly made it hard to argue against her coach’s decision. “No, I still don’t like it (400m), the workload is pretty hard, but you have to put in the work if you want to be the champion,” smiled Jackson. The women’s 400m final is set for tomorrow morning at 7:40. BEIJING, China: Twenty-one-year-old Jamaican quarter-miler, Shericka Jackson, has been having a love-hate relationship with the 400 metres ever since her coach, Stephen Francis, tried to convince her it’s the best event for her to run. Jackson, who had success at the regional and international stage as a youth and junior athlete in the 200m, felt, and still feels, that she is more of a 200-metre type of girl and not even a place in the 400m final at the IAAF World Championships and a new personal best in the event seemed to change her mind. The fast-rising University of Technology-MVP Track Club athlete sent a warning shot to the semi-finals inside the Bird’s Nest, dropping back and easing to a 50.03-second clocking for second place behind Allyson Felix in their heat yesterday. That was the fastest time by a Jamaican this year and is, in fact, the best time registered by a Jamaican woman since 2013. Only four women have gone faster than Jackson this year, and only seven Jamaicans have ever gone faster. Dark horse
BEIJING (AP):Ashton Eaton is in good shape, maybe even his best shape in quite a while. Mentally, he’s as strong as ever, too.Watch out world record.The Olympic decathlon champion believes his best-ever mark could be in jeopardy at the world championships. His quest begins today with the 100-meter run, the first of 10 events over the two-day competition.Eaton’s record stands at 9,039 points, a total he reached at the US Olympic trials for the 2012 London Games. He went on to win a gold medal.Last season, Eaton didn’t compete in any decathlon events. Instead, he dabbled in the 400-metre hurdles, which isn’t part of the decathlon programme, just to keep his workouts fresh.”Physically, I can say I’m very capable of (the record) right now,” said Eaton, who will wear a cooling hood designed by his sponsor in between events. “If it comes down to the last event, the 1,500 metres, I’m going for it. There’s no question.”For a week, Eaton has been a spectator. He watched his wife, Brianne Theisen-Eaton, struggle early in the heptathlon, only to rebound to earn silver. He watched his American teammates stumble to a slow start in the medal count.He’s sick of watching.Eaton had a suggestion for the meet organisers: Put the decathlon first again, like in Moscow when he won gold. That way, he could kick back and enjoy the action.”When I’m later in the competition, I get antsy,” the 27-year-old Eaton said. “I’m seeing everybody else go and achieve things. It’s like I’m just twiddling my thumbs.”He will certainly have his hands full against Trey Hardee, the 2011 world champion. These two have a robust but friendly rivalry, conversing all the time through Twitter.
“He lives with his family out in Seven Miles, Bull Bay, so he is within the region and is well familiar with the club and location. He’s coming back from injuries … and wants to get his career on track. So he was looking at Harbour View as a fit and we were looking locally and internationally for players who could fit,” Jureidini explained. Matheson is still recovering from a hamstring injury that is keeping him out, and Jureidini says they are no rush. “We want to make sure his injury is recovered and repaired properly … . He has played a few practice games, so he can play, but we think it’s best to repair the injury fully and put him on a good footing and see how well he does throughout the Premier League and going forward, so we are being cautious to make sure his injuries have passed and then take it step by step,” he said. However, Jureidini thinks the player can improve the team and get his professional career back on track. “He is a talent, powerful player and a finisher; he could make a solid impact if fit, if ready and in the right frame of mind, so we are trying to get him there. “He participated heavily in preseason and specific training … and we want him in good health and build a solid season, which hopefully will be the platform to return to the international stage,” he said. Meanwhile, Arnett’s coach, Jerome Waite, said Morgan will be missed, but it’s an opportunity for the player to improve himself. “Last season was one of his best, if not his best since leaving schoolboy football. But if the opportunity arises where he can have a stint in the US, then we will give him the opportunity,” said Waite. “The team will propel without him. If he was here he would play his part, but during his absence other players will have to rise above expectations. “The sky’s the limit (for Morgan), as it’s not only to play in the USL, it’s to try and get into higher leagues … and he has the capability,” Waite highlighted. One Canadian international player, Allando Matheson, has moved to the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL), while two players, Arnett Gardens’ Marvin Morgan Jr and Boys’ Town’s Asrick Samuels, will move overseas for the new season. Former Toronto FC and Canada Under-17 and Under-20 player, Matheson, agreed terms with Harbour View FC, while Morgan signed with Cosmopolitan Soccer League (CSL) club Lansdowne Bhoys and Samuels will turn out for Grenades FC in the Antigua & Barbuda League. Harbour View General Man-ager Clyde Jureidini says the Canada-born Matheson has had limited playing time over the last two seasons because of injuries, and while recovering with family in Bull Bay, both parties saw how they could mutually benefit each other. back on track
Armstrong did not reveal how much he paid SCA. Company officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The SCA dispute was just one of several to hit Armstrong since his admission to doping. He previously settled a similar bonus payments dispute with Acceptance Insurance, which had sought US$3 million. Armstrong still faces a federal whistle-blower lawsuit in which the federal government is seeking repayment of more than US$30 million the US Postal Service paid to sponsor his teams from 1998-2004. Penalties in that case could reach the US$100-million range. The federal case was initially filed by former Armstrong teammate Floyd Landis in 2010. The government joined the case in 2013. Landis, who was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France victory because of doping, is scheduled to be deposed today. The case is not set for trial until 2016. EXACT FIGURE UNKNOWN AUSTIN, Texas (AP): With a payment and an apology, Lance Armstrong has settled a decade-long dispute with a promotions company that sought repayment of more than US$10 million in bonuses it paid the former cyclist during a career that was later exposed to be fuelled by performance-enhancing drugs. Dallas-based SCA Promotions first pursued evidence of doping against Armstrong in 2005. Although the company paid Armstrong in 2006, the testimony in its lawsuit and arbitration case helped lay the foundation for later doping charges that ultimately got Armstrong banned from the sport and stripped of his record seven Tour de France victories. SCA demanded repayment in 2013 after Armstrong publicly admitted using steroids and other doping methods. Although Armstrong’s lawyers had insisted there was no legal ground for a “redo” on the previous voluntary settlement, an arbitration panel ordered Armstrong to pay a US$10 million penalty for lying under oath in the original case. “I am pleased to have this matter behind me and I look forward to moving on. I do wish to apologise to SCA and its (chief executive), Bob Hamman, for any misconduct on my part in connection with our dispute and the resulting arbitration,” Armstrong said in a statement yesterday to The Associated Press.
England beat Pakistan in T20 DUBAI, UAE (AP): England beat Pakistan by 14 runs yesterday in the first Twenty20 match at Dubai International Stadium: Scores: England 160-5 (Sam Billings 53, Eoin Morgan 45 not out, James Vince 41; Sohail Tanvir 2-31) defeated Pakistan 146 all out (Sohail Tanvir 25 not out, Sohaib Maqsood 24; Reece Topley 3-24). Pakistan vs India in Sri Lanka ISLAMABAD (AP): Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has given the green light for the country’s cricket team to play a limited-overs series against India in Sri Lanka next month, Pakistan media reported yesterday. Private television channel Geo News says Sharif told the Pakistan Cricket Board that it could send a team to play against India at a neutral venue. The cricket boards of Pakistan and India have been in a stalemate for months over a venue for the series. India had refused to play in the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan’s home away from home, and Pakistan rejected the prospect of playing the series in India. Giles Clarke, who heads International Cricket Council’s Pakistan Task Force, organised a meeting between PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan and BCCI president Shashank Manohar last week in Dubai, where Sri Lanka was chosen as the possible venue. Both cricket boards signed a memorandum of understanding last year to play at least six series from 2015 to 2023, with Pakistan hosting the first one in December. India in control NAGPUR, India (AP): Spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja were among the wickets yesterday as India pressed for victory in the third Test after dismissing South Africa for a meagre 79. South Africa was 32-2 in their second innings chasing 310 for victory after India’s second innings folded in the interim for 173 in under two sessions. The cushion of a 136-run first-innings lead gave the home side a lot of leeway since the highest team total in this low-scoring series, being played on spin-friendly pitches, was 215, scored by India in the first innings in Nagpur. Ashwin had figures of 5-32 and Jadeja took 4-33 as the visiting side was dealt a serious blow in its quest to level the four-match series at 1-1. Top-ranked South Africa, resuming on an overnight total of 11-2 in reply to India’s first innings of 215, put up a disappointing show in their first innings.
First-time Red Stripe Premier League campaigners UWI FC will continue their march towards a top four position and a place in the semi-final round when they host last year’s beaten finalists and current leaders, Montego Bay United, in one of four matches today.Last week, the university boys improved their chances with a handsome 5-1 win over Boys’ Town, but will find Montego Bay United – a team which has been in the final for the past two years – tough nuts to crack. Not only are the opponents historically strong, but are in good form with Owayne Gordon and Allan Ottey handling the goalscoring responsibility since the departure of Dino Williams.Ronaldo Rodney has also been in good form as has been Jermaine Woozencroft. The issue with Woozencroft is that the opposition has been using rough play to stop him and he has been biting the bait.UWI’S MAIN MANGirvon Brown has been the main man on the offensive front for UWI FC, with good support from Anthony Greenland and Anthony Grant, and goalkeeper Amal Knight leading the defensive line. Montego Bay United are nothing like Boys’ Town and will be a much tougher unit to break down.In addition to the win that UWI FC will need, they will also need Humble Lion FC, the team currently occupying the fourth spot, to lose. The form book would suggest that a loss for Humble Lion is wishful thinking as their opponents, Reno FC, are well below their best and will be expected to drop points even though they are playing at home.At Stadium East, seventh-placed Cavalier FC will be hoping to capitalise on a slip-up by UWI FC and close the gap on them with a positive result over the slumping Boys’ Town.Tivoli Gardens still cannot consider themselves safe from the drop despite being six points clear of the battling Rivoli FC, who play away to Harbour View on Monday. With that being the situation, a positive result for Tivoli Gardens would be a fantastic result for Glendon ‘Admiral’ Bailey and his charges. Their opponents, Portmore United, are not in danger of falling out of the top four, but would be eager to regain the form which saw them top the table. Anything but the best from Portmore United could see them falter in the semi-final round and make the job easier for their opponents.Today’s Games• 5 p.m.: Cavalier vs Boys’ Town – Stadium East• 3 p.m.: FC Reno vs Humble Lion – Frome Complex• 3 p.m.: Tivoli Gardens FC vs Portmore United FC – Edward Seaga Complex• 3 p.m.: UWI FC vs Montego Bay United – UWI Bowl, MonaTomorrow’s game• 8:40 p.m.: Harbour View FC vs Rivoli United FC Harbour View StadiumPOINTS STANDING P W D L GF GA GD PtsMoBay United 27 15 9 3 45 15 30 54Arnett 26 15 5 6 42 20 22 50Portmore 26 14 5 7 31 24 7 47Humble Lion FC 26 10 9 7 24 22 2 39UWI FC 26 10 7 9 30 35 -5 37H. View 26 8 10 8 30 26 4 34Cavalier SC 26 8 7 11 21 25 -4 31Reno 26 7 9 10 25 38 -13 30Boys’ Town 26 8 6 12 29 43 -14 30Tivoli 27 8 5 14 30 37 -7 29Rivoli 26 5 8 12 25 34 -9 23Waterhouse 26 4 10 12 22 32 -10 22
MUMBAI, India (AP):Chris Gayle hopes to smash another century when West Indies returns at the Wankhede Stadium tomorrow for their World Twenty20 semi-final against India.Gayle’s 47-ball century against England gave West Indies a winning momentum in the tournament before Afghanistan broke the three-match winning sequence of the 2012 champions on a turning wicket at Nagpur.”This is a perfect opportunity to actually start the tournament and try and pick up where I left off, get a big one for the team and put them in a winning position,” Gayle said yesterday.A niggling hamstring injury denied Gayle a chance to bat against Sri Lanka. He returned against South Africa but lasted only two deliveries – flicking the first one for four before getting clean bowled off the next ball.He was then rested against Afghanistan in their last last group match.POWER HITTINGBut the batting-friendly wickets in Mumbai with short square boundaries ideally suits the power hitting of Gayle as West Indies raced to 183-4 against England with 11 balls to spare.South Africa also twice scored over 200 runs at the Wankhede Stadium. However, first England denied the Proteas with the second highest ever successful chase of 230-8 and then Afghanistan put up a brisk start before losing by 37 runs in pursuit of South Africa’s 209-5.In the absence of at least two key players leg-spinner Sunil Narine and all-rounder Kieron Pollard, West Indies have ousted South Africa and defending champions Sri Lanka from the tournament.”That goes to show the strength of West Indies cricket back home,” Gayle said. “The guys who actually replaced the first picks, someone like Carlos Brathwaite, he won us the game against South Africa … and the bench is still strong enough.”Gayle said that six-run defeat against Afghanistan has only increased the motivation of West Indies to do well in the semi-final.”The only positive you can look from the Afghanistan game is the motive,” Gayle said.”We saw India bounce back from losing games as well, so it can put us in a strong position as well to actually lift our game and do better on Thursday.”Virat Kohli has been key in guiding the host into the semi-finals with his two masterful half centuries against arch-rivals Pakistan and an unbeaten 82 off 51 balls in the do-or-die last group match against Australia.Gayle was not surprised by the sublime form of India’s master middle-order batsman, who has scored 184 runs at an impressive average of 92.00.”No surprise there. I have said it over the years he is going to be the world beater he is today,” he said.”He has been fantastic right through the year. He has been in great form. He can still get runs but in a losing cause. We’ll be happy with that as well.”- AP
SATURDAY, APRIL 9ASTON VILLA 1 AFC BOURNEMOUTH 2Aston Villa are as good as down after a defeat by Bournemouth, their eighth in a row in the Barclays Premier League, left them 15 points from safety with five games remaining. Steve Cook’s close-range finish set the Cherries up before Joshua King took advantage of defensive mix-up. Jordan Ayew replied late on.GOALS:- VILLA: AYEW 85. BOURNEMOUTH: COOK 45; KING 74.CRYSTAL PALACE 1NORWICH CITY 0Norwich City remain in a relegation battle after losing to fellow strugglers Crystal Palace. Jason Puncheon scored his first goal of the season to hand Palace their first league win of 2016 – and six successive home defeats – while Norwich felt they deserved a penalty when Matt Jarvis was barged over.GOAL:-PUNCHEON 68.MANCHESTER CITY 2WEST BROM 1Samir Nasri returned from injury to score the winner for Manchester City against West Brom. City came from behind after Stephane Sessegnon beat Joe Hart early on. Sessegnon then brought down Aleksandar Kolarov in the area to allow Sergio Aguero to equalise from the spot. Nasri tapped into an empty net with 25 minutes remaining.GOALS:-CITY:AGUERO PEN 19; NASRI 66. WBA: SESSEGNON 6.SOUTHAMPTON 3NEWCASTLE UNITED 1Newcastle stumbled closer to relegation from the Barclays Premier League after being outplayed by Southampton. The Magpies fell behind after just four minutes when Shane Long scored. Graziano Pelle claimed home the second and then Victor Wanyama made it 3-0 after Pelle’s shot was blocked. Andros Townsend claimed a late consolation goal.GOALS:-SOUTHAMPTON: LONG 4; PELLE 38; WANYAMA 55.NEWCASTLE: TOWNSEND 64.SWANSEA CITY 1 CHELSEA 0Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink suffered his first defeat in 15 Barclays Premier League games as Swansea moved closer to safety. At the end of a week when it was announced that Italy manager Antonio Conte is to take over at Chelsea in the summer, the Swans seized on a poor Chelsea display to dominate the first half and lead through Gylfi Sigurdsson’s volley.GOAL:-SWANSEA: SIGURDSSON 25.WATFORD 1 EVERTON 1Two goals in first-half added time saw Watford and Everton share the points at Vicarage Road. Both teams are in the FA Cup semi-finals and it is to be hoped that if they meet in the final they can produce a better spectacle. James McCarthy gave Everton the lead, but within a minute Jose Holebas headed home at the far post from a corner.GOALS:-WATFORD: HOLEBAS 45. EVERTON: McCARTHY: 45.WEST HAM UNITED 3 ARSENAL 3Arsenal’s slim hopes of winning the Barclays Premier League were effectively ended by Andy Carroll’s first-ever West Ham hat-trick. Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez gave the Gunners the lead, but two late first-half headers brought the Hammers back into the game. Carroll got his third, again a header, soon after the restart but Arsenal skipper Laurent Koscielny made it 3-3.GOALS:-WEST HAM: CARROLL 44, 45, 52. ARSENAL: OZIL 18; SANCHEZ 35; KOSCIELNY 70.SUNDAY, APRIL 10LIVERPOOL 4STOKE CITY 1Divock Origi came off the bench to score twice as Liverpool moved up to eighth in the Barclays Premier League. Alberto Moreno put the home side ahead before Bojan headed Stoke’s equaliser. But Daniel Sturridge converted Sheyi Ojo’s cross to regain the lead before Origi headed in and later saw an attempted cross drift in after the break.GOALS:-LIVERPOOL: MORENO 8; STURRIDGE 32; ORIGI 50, 65. STOKE: BOJAN 22.SUNDERLAND 0LEICESTER CITY 2Jamie Vardy scored twice as leaders Leicester won at Sunderland to move within three victories of their first Barclays Premier League title. Vardy converted the first after an hour, before outpacing the opposition defence and tucking home a second deep into added time. The hosts’ best chance fell to substitute Jack Rodwell, who shot over from just eight yards out.GOALS:-LEICESTER: VARDY 66, 90.TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 3 MANCHESTER UNITED 0Tottenham kept alive their hopes of winning the Barclays Premier League, thanks to three goals in seven late second-half minutes, from Deli Alli, Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela. With Leicester winning earlier in the day, Spurs reduced the deficit from 10 points to seven. After an even first half, Alli broke the deadlock and two more keep Spurs in the hunt.GOALS:-TOTTENHAM: ALLI 70; ALDERWEIRELD 74; LAMELA 76.
Greater Portmore Strikers top INSPORTS Community League Greater Portmore Strikers copped the Portmore leg of the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Community Football League with an impressive 3-1 win over Christian Gardens in the final at Dunbeholden playing field last Sunday. Kareem Harvey (fifth), Ruel Gabbidon (57th) and Rushane Webber (61st) scored for Greater Portmore, while Andre Miller (31st) scored for Christian Gardens. The winners will receive prize money of $50,000 and a full set of gear to play in the next round of the all-island championship. Jamalco Open round-up PFM International bow out Tomorrow’s matches At 2:15 p.m.: May Day vs Denbigh B, Team R vs Fogo High At 3 p.m.: Holmwood vs Ridgemount, Glenmuir A vs Portland Cottage At 3:45 p.m.: Hayes A vs Holmwood, Water Lane vs Glenmuir B At 4:30 p.m.: Denbigh A vs Girls United, Jamalco vs Portland Cottage B At 5:15 p.m.: Bell Plane vs Hayes B, Hayes C vs Scott Pass Portmore United turned the heat on Westchester, as they hit six past their Sunshine City rivals in a lopsided game in the St Catherine Football Association Under-13 Football League at Lime Tree Oval last Sunday. In other games, Wanderers whipped Daytona 4-0 through a double strike from Kammani Maxwell and a goal apiece via Mario Smith and Gary Wilson; East Portmore Portals defeated Royal Lakes 3-1 courtesy two goals by Qwane Walcott and another goal by Keneil Kelly from the penalty spot; Village Linx defeated De La Vega City 2-0; Windsor Lion thumped Rivoli United 4-0; and Angels whipped Tredegar Park 5-0. The biggest clash, on schedule, pits Edgewater against a free scoring Portmore United team this afternoon at 2:00 at the Lime Tree Oval. Two other matches are scheduled for that venue. At 3:30 p.m., Daytona tackle Portals, while at 4:45 p.m. Royal Lakes and Westchester meet in a clash of winless teams. The St Catherine pair of Dunbeholden and Tru-Juice hold the respective pole positions in the JB Rum/South Central Confederation Super League football competition. Dunbeholden lead Group Two with nine points over St Bess FC (six) of St Elizabeth, while Tru-Juice lead Group One with seven points over Jamalco of Clarendon, who have six points. Earlier this week, Black Stars FC were able to eke out a win over Jamalco via a goal from Davian Ash’s penalty. Ricam Academy of Manchester suffered their third consecutive defeat, losing 1-2 to Tru-Juice FC at Brooks Park and are out of contention. Dunbeholden FC also suffered their first loss in this competition, going down 1-2 to St Bess. Shaneil James scored for St Bess FC in the second minute, followed quickly by Fredrick Thompson in the 11th minute. Nico Christian found the net in the 57th minute to reduce the deficit. In the final midweek games, New Bowens FC shared the points with Downs FC in a 2-2 finish. The competition continues tomorrow. Games are Jamalco FC vs Ricam Academy at Wembley Centre of Excellence, Black Stars FC vs Tru-Juice at Black River Community Centre, Dunbeholden FC vs New Bowens FC at Dunbeholden, Downs FC vs St Bess FC at Downs Community Centre. Fiercely competitive games highlighted the opening round of the North Street Cup, the latest edition of high school lacrosse in Jamaica recently. Taino Cup champions St George’s College battled to a 4-3 win over North Street rivals Kingston College (KC), while Holy Trinity staved off a strong challenge to triumph 4-3 over Wolmer’s Boys. Despite the losses, it looks like KC and Wolmer’s are much improved from February’s Taino Cup competition, where they were humbled by their rivals. The game of lacrosse is on the rise since its inception in the island in 2013. St Catherine teams dominate Confed league Portmore United hit Westchester for six North Street Cups starts with fierce battles Porus predictably waltzed into the semi-finals of the 2015-16 Moorland Development/Pat Anderson/Manchester FA U17 football competition with a 4-0 whipping of Christiana Academy last weekend. Their comprehensive win was set up by two strikes from Javel Coley, one of the standouts of the competition so far. Porus are unbeaten so far and have only conceded one goal. Also making it to the semi-finals are Ricam, 360 Degrees and Hillstars. Nakia Stone’s second half goal pivoted Ricam to a 1-0 win over Alligator Pond, 360 Degrees outscored Villa United 4-3 and Hillstars qualified with a 2-0 shutout of Cross Keys. The first semi-final will be contested on tomorrow between Porus FC and 360 Degree at Brooks Park in Mandeville, starting at 3:30 p.m. Six-time champions Power of Faith International (PFM Int’l) bow out of the Power of Faith Ministries Twenty20 Cricket League in the elimination stages, as their brother team, Power of Faith Ministries Development (PFM Dev) humbled them by nine wickets at Bridgeport Cricket ground last Saturday. Scores: PFM Dev won the toss and asked PFM Int’l to take first strike and were bowled out for 77 in 16. 4 overs. Marlon Hoilette top-scored with 24, while Demar Johnson was the most successful bowler for PFM Dev, claiming 2-20 from three overs. In response, PFM Dev. made 80-1 in seven overs. Leading scorers were Gladstone Anderson, 31 not out and Demar Johnson, 18 not out. Bowling for PFM Int’l, captain Leon Edwards took 1-14 from two overs. The competition continues today with the Eliminator Two matchup between Faith Temple New Testament and PFM Dev. at 11:30 a.m. A full slate of matches will take place in the third round of the Clarendon Netball Association Jamalco Open, at the Mineral Heights Sports Centre tomorrow, starting at 2:15 p.m. In last weekend’s second round at the same venue, Cable Pro scored the largest margin of victory, shutting out Glenmuir A 41-10. Team R of Mandeville were just as ruthless on the youthful Glenmuir B team, outscoring them 37-4. Other big winners were Hayes A, which hammered Richmond 31-5 and newcomers Girls United, which had a powerful 24-8 win over Fogo High. Porus lead Pat Anderson U17 semi-final charge Spring Village take lead Spring Village are the surprise leaders in the City of Kingston Credit Union-sponsored Portmore Domino League, after they eased past Highlight Strikers 300-285 in Sunday’s 13th round of matches, which were hampered by the islandwide power cut. Spring Village are currently on 48 points, two ahead of Exceptional International (44), which stopped Right Stuff 248-213 in an unfinished game. Third place Spit Fyah (45), the former leaders, defeated Chedwin Strikers 300-281. The League continues tomorrow with a full slate of matches. The games are (home teams named first): Spring Village vs Exceptional International, Ken’s Wildflower vs Soursop Tree, Passagefort United vs Naggo Head, Correctional Services vs Memory Lane, Waterhouse United vs Chedwin Strikers, Highlight Strikers vs Felluchie Strikers, Right Stuff vs Masterpiece, Garveymeade vs Unity Strikers and Eradication vs Unity Strikers.
Registration is now open, costing $1,000 per adult. Students will be asked to pay $500 to compete. Teams, inclusive of corporate groups, schools, clubs and church groups, can also register before Friday. Participants can register online via debit/credit card payment at www.RunningEventsJa.com, or pay at the school or any Paymaster outlet islandwide. Meanwhile, event patron Professor Stephen Vasciannie, a distinguished KC old boy, who also serves as their current Schools’ Challenge Quiz head coach, was described as someone who the school population admires, not just for his contributions, but intellect, by head boy, Everton Rattray, who chaired yesterday’s launch. Vasciannie, himself a former head boy, said, “I am always happy to be back at KC,” adding that he was honoured to be the patron and looking to help the event meet its objectives. Founder Ricardo Case will also be honoured for his contribution. The event started in 2007 and attracted a modest 1,000 participants. This year, stakeholders are hoping to attract more than 5,000 from the school community and wider Jamaica. FLOW’s sponsorship cheque of $850,000 was presented by Donovan White, a KC old boy and vice-president C&W Business Jamaica. White said his organisation was happy to continue being a “major stakeholder in local athletics” and called on supporters to help make the event a success. REGISTRATION OPEN Kingston College’s fourth annual road race, the FLOW/PUMA Fortis 5K, slated for Sunday May 22, is being staged to raise much- needed funds to benefit students as well as provide worthwhile contributions to society, including another donation to the Alpha Boys’ School. The event was launched yesterday at the school’s North Street campus. “KC needs support and the FLOW/PUMA Fortis 5K is one of the avenues to raise much ‘needed funds’for our school,” said Parent-Teacher Association president Stewart Jacobs, who noted that more than 50 parents will form the nucleus of event marshalls and volunteers. While the 5K run/walk race will get under way 6:30 a.m., Dave Myrie, principal, described KC as a school that “loves sports, not a sports school”, and which seeks to enable access to social mobility and provide opportunities for students through sports.