San Antonio Spurs extend perfect home record

first_imgSAN ANTONIO (AP): San Antonio improved to 26-0 on home court this season by beating Orlando 107-92 on Monday night, led by a season-high 28 points from LaMarcus Aldridge. The Spurs edged within four games of Golden State Warriors in the fight over the top seed in the NBA Western Conference. They also stayed four games ahead of Oklahoma City, who beat Washington, thanks to a triple double from Russell Westbrook. Westbrook had his seventh triple-double of the season as the Thunder won 114-98. Westbrook had 17 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists, and got the best of his match-up with Washington point guard John Wall. Kevin Durant scored 28 points for the Thunder, who have won 11 of 12. Among other key results, Cleveland were forced to overtime at Indiana, but notched a fifth straight win, 111-106. Atlanta defeated Dallas 112-97 to move into a virtual tie with Miami for top spot in the Southeast Division. San Antonio’s Aldridge shot nine for 13 from the field to pace the Spurs. Australian Patty Mills matched a season-high with 22 points, going three for four on three-pointers. San Antonio found their defensive footing late in the third quarter to separate from Orlando. The Spurs outscored the Magic 24-8 to overcome a 70-69 deficit with 1 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter. Nikola Vucevic led Orlando with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving scored 25 points as the Cavaliers won in overtime at Indiana. LeBron James had 24 points – but only seven after half-time – with 12 rebounds, and the Cavaliers extended their lead in the Central Division to nine games and won in Indiana for the first time in six years.last_img read more

West Brom slows down Leicester

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP):Leicester’s unlikely Premier League title challenge faltered with a 2-2 home draw with West Bromwich Albion yesterday, offering Tottenham the chance to go top in another twist to the most unpredictable race for the championship in years.Sunderland grabbed a 90th-minute equaliser to draw 2-2 with Crystal Palace and provisionally climb out of the bottom three and Bournemouth beat south coast rivals Southampton 2-0 to further ease their relegation concerns.Moving three points clear of the world’s richest league was nothing to celebrate for Leicester’s despondent players, who wasted a slew of late chances to put a provisional five-point gap over Spurs.”Just sometimes you can do everything, but the ball doesn’t want to go in,” said Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri, who has turned a team that narrowly avoided relegation last season into a title contender.Tottenham are away to West Ham today, while the title hopes of fellow contenders Arsenal and Manchester City third and fourth, respectively were also boosted by Leicester dropping points.CHELSEA EIGHTHResurgent Chelsea moved into eighth place and within sight of the European places by beating Norwich 2-1, extending their unbeaten league run since Jose Mourinho was fired before Christmas to 12 games. Young Brazilian left back Kenedy scored after 39 seconds the quickest goal of the season so far to set Chelsea on their way to victory.At the bottom, Aston Villa’s fans staged a mass walkout after the last-place team sunk nearer relegation with a 3-1 home loss to Everton. Villa Park had already started to empty when thousands of fans departed in the 74th minute when Villa were 3-0 down to mark the year the club was founded, 1874.”The situation is difficult, but we have to fight until the end,” said Villa manager Remi Garde, whose team is eight points from safety with 10 games left.The fourth official for the Bournemouth-Southampton match, Kevin Friend, was taken to hospital after collapsing and hitting his head on a dugout near the end of the first half.last_img read more

16 Jcan netball teams to Florida Classics

first_imgSenior ‘A’ Business House netball winners and defending champion, Scotiabank ‘A’ along with Senior ‘B’ winners Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) will be among sixteen Jamaican teams participating in this year’s Florida Netball Classic International Tournament, to be held tomorrow and Sunday at Coral Spring Gymnasium in Fort Lauderdale.Intermediate ‘A’ league winners National Commercial Bank (NBC) will also be making the trip this year. The two-day event has hosted up to 50 teams from countries such as Jamaica, Australia, New Zealand, England, Canada, Antigua, The Bahamas, Trinidad & Tobago and Cayman Islands.Rollington Town All Stars, Caricom Netball Team Of Florida, JUTC and Appliance Traders Limited are expected to give defending champion Scotiabank a strong challenge this year.Rollington Town are the beaten 2014 finalist, consisting the Ffrench sisters – Nadine, Sade and Jodi-Ann Ffrench, who are all former Sunshine Girls plus Camille Henry. The Caricom team include ex-national players, Karla Williams Borrego and Measha Brown.Flow ( formerly Lime), the 2014 consolation winners, and ICD, the Mixed winners, will return to defend their respective titles. The star studded Scotiabank ‘A’ team will have former Sunshine girls, captain Naudia Brown, Marsha Murphy-Dawkins, Sateva Taylor-Barnes, Kameika Sherwood, Patricia McCalla and former captain Malysha Kelly in their line-up.last_img read more

CHELSEA VS SUNDERLAND

first_imgCHELSEA VSSUNDERLANDChelsea’s season in the Barclays Premier League goes from bad to worse. On Monday night they lost again, at league leaders Leicester City, leaving them just one point off the relegation zone following their ninth defeat of the season and fifth in seven games. Sunderland won at Stamford Bridge two seasons ago, but that is one of only three wins there in 14 Barclays Premier League visits. None have been drawn with Chelsea winning all the other 11 meetings.NEWCASTLE VS ASTON VILLAHaving beaten Liverpool 2-0 in their previous game, Newcastle have won back-to-back Barclays Premier League games for the first time in over a year, when they won five in a row, in October and November 2014. Villa lost 2-0 at home to Arsenal at home last Sunday and they are now without a win in 15 league games, the joint-longest current run in English football (along with League 2 side York City).STOKE CITY VSCRYSTAL PALACEStoke are 11th in the Barclays Premier League while Crystal Palace moved into sixth place in the Premier League thanks to their first ever top-flight win over Southampton in 14 attempts last Saturday. The Eagles have lost just one of their past six Premier League matches, winning three and losing just one, with Yohan Cabaye scoring the winner against Southampton.WEST BROM VS BOURNEMOUTHAfter winning at Chelsea and at home to Manchester United, AFC Bournemouth should be confident of boosting further their hopes of avoiding relegation. That extended their unbeaten run to four games (following two draws), after six league games without a win. They go to The Hawthorns where West Bromwich Albion have lost four of their eight games while winning just two. Only Aston Villa (six) have lost more PL games at home.WATFORD VSLIVERPOOLOdion Ighalo got Watford’s winner at Sunderland last weekend and has now the most goals by a Watford player in Premier League history (10). Liverpool, meanwhile, came back from behind to steal a point at home to West Bromwich Albion last Sunday, but they are two places and a point behind Watford.SWANSEA CITY VSWEST HAMSwansea City have lost their last three and five of six Barclays Premier League games and are now just one place off the relegation zone, only on goal difference, after winning just three games all season, two of which have come at the Liberty Stadium. And they have scored just eight league goals in Wales. West Ham have won four away from home but they have gone six league games without a win, drawing four including last weekend’s 0-0 stalemate at home to Stoke City.last_img read more

Digicel, MVP host clinic to develop young athletes

first_imgOne hundred promising young athletes in eastern Jamaica were among the first to get first-class training in several competitive events at the start of the Digicel/MVP Grassroots Clinic.Now in its fourth year, Digicel has again teamed up with the MVP Track and Field Club to host the series of track and field clinics across Jamaica.The first of the five clinics was held at the Morant Bay High School on Saturday, September 24, where the youngsters from schools in the Surrey county underwent a day of intense training with professionals from the internationally acclaimed athletics club.”Our outstanding success at the Olympics just last month is the reason we see it necessary to continue this programme. Unfortunately, a day will come when these amazing athletes will hang up their spikes. Therefore, development programmes such as the MVP Clinic will help to ensure that Jamaica always has a fresh crop of athletes ready to continue our successes on the world stage,” said Danielia Mclean, sponsorship manager at Digicel.During the day of training, students were taken through six disciplines in track and field, sprinting, hurdling, relays, throws, long distance, and jumps. These sessions were led by stalwart coaches such as Paul Francis, Linval Swaby, and Shanikie Osbourne.”The idea is that through this programme, students and their coaches are introduced to world-class training methods. Additionally, they are introduced to athletic disciplines that they may not have had much exposure to before. Take, for instance, Junelle Bromfield, who competed in hurdles, relays, sprints, and middle distances while at STETHS, she is now focused on the 400m sprint, where she won the IAAF World Under-20 bronze medal this July,” said Bruce James, president of the MVP.The clinic will – in the next two weeks – head to Vere and St Elizabeth Technical High schools after which a number of the top-performing students will be selected to participate in advanced training camps in St James and St Catherine. At the end of the advanced camps, one outstanding athlete will receive a scholarship valued at $1 million to attend the University of Technology and train with the MVP Track & Field Club.Sponsors of the Digicel MVP Grassroots Athletics Programme are Nike, Reggae Jammin, National Commercial Bank, and Gatorade.last_img read more

Cornwall pegs back hosts but WI face tough final day

first_imgDAMBULLA, Sri Lanka (CMC): Off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall made key strikes to limit Sri Lanka A after West Indies A’s batting collapsed, but the hosts held the edge heading into today’s final day of the third and final four-day Test here. Sri Lanka ended day three of the contest at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium yesterday on 211 for five in their second innings – already 286 runs ahead. Asela Gunaratne top-scored with 69, Sandun Weerakkody struck 48, while Roshen Silva was unbeaten on 29 at the close. Cornwall, the mainstay of the visitors’ attack during the series, claimed four for 62 to take his tally of wickets for the three-match series to 20. Earlier, West Indies A surrendered their last six wickets for 60 runs to be dismissed for 243 in their first innings and concede a lead of 75 runs. Resuming on 183 for four, they lost their captain Shamarh Brooks for 54 after he had added just 11 runs to his overnight 43, while Cornwall chimed in with 25. Seamer Kasun Madushanka (3-45) and left-arm spinner Lakshan Sandakan (3-54) both claimed three wickets apiece, while pacer Lahiru Gamage ended with two for 50. West Indies A were set back early when Brooks perished in the day’s fifth over with the score on 199, after facing 100 deliveries and striking seven fours. His demise triggered a slide from which the visitors never recovered as the last five wickets went down for the addition of just 32 runs. The only batsman to show resistance was Cornwall, who punched two fours and a six in a busy 30-ball knock. Batting a second time, Sri Lanka were handed a robust start by Weerakkody and Kusal Perera, who put on a brisk 67 off 62 deliveries. Weerakkody faced just 36 balls and struck seven fours, while Perera hit a single four in 31 balls at the crease before he departed to a catch at the wicket off Cornwall. In the bowler’s next over, with five runs added, Weerakkody followed via the leg before wicket, but top-scorer Gunaratne then led a recovery by anchoring two half-century partnerships. The 30-year-old right-hander put on 58 for the third wicket with captain Lahiru Thirimanne, who made 27 off 76 deliveries before adding a further 51 for the fifth wicket with Silva. Gunaratne faced 126 deliveries and struck ten boundaries before falling about 40 minutes before the close to a catch at the wicket off seamer Keon Joseph. ROBUST STARTlast_img read more

Scorpions in trouble as Jaguars apply pressure

first_imgGEORGETOWN, Guyana, (CMC):Jamaica Scorpions found themselves against the ropes here yesterday after half-centuries from Vishaul Singh and Leon Johnson led a dominant Guyana Jaguars effort, on the penultimate day of their opening-round game in the Regional Four-Day Championship.Set 329 for victory at the Guyana National Stadium, Scorpions were tottering on nine for two at the close, still requiring an improbable 320 on Monday’s final day to win the contest.They were virtually batted out of the game by Vishaul, who stroked a top score of 71, and captain Johnson, who made 69, as Jaguars, resuming their second innings on 26 without loss, declared on 238 for four.Shimron Hetmyer struck a breezy 47 and opening partner Rajendra Chandrika, 34.Part-time off-spinner Jermaine Blackwood was the best bowler on a difficult day for Scorpions with two for 12.With a lead of 90 on first innings, Hetmyer and Chandrika extended their side’s advantage by pushing their opening partnership to 73 before being separated.Hetymer, the successful West Indies Under-19 captain, faced 72 deliveries and counted seven fours while Test batsman Chandrika struck four fours in an 81-ball innings.Both perished before lunch to leave Jaguars on 109 for two at the break with Johnson on 17 and Vishaul on 11, and the pair dominated the second session to put Scorpions on the back foot.Both left-handers, Johnson faced 172 balls and hit six fours while Vishaul’s knock required 149 balls and included seven fours, as they added 133 for the third wicket.Blackwood accounted for both in the end as they searched for quick runs with the declaration approaching.Any hopes Scorpions had of making an assault on the target were dented when first innings top-scorer John Campbell was bowled by pacer Keon Joseph for one in the second over.And in the day’s penultimate over, Devon Thomas was lbw to left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul for three, to leave Scorpions with a battle to avoid defeat on the final day.ScoreboardJAGUARS 1st Innings 298SCORPIONS 1st Innings 208JAGUARS 2nd Innings(overnight 26 without loss)R Chandrika run out 3 4S Hetmyer c Miller b Jacobs 47*L Johnson c Dawes b Blackwood 69V Singh c Miller b Blackwood 71Extras (lb6, nb2) 8TOTAL (4 wkts decl., 81 overs) 238Fall of wickets: 1-73, 2-89, 3-222, 4-231.Bowling: Mindley 14-1-54-0, Dawes 12-0-35-0, Green 14-2-46-0, Miller 15.3-5-28-0, Jacobs 17-2-43-1, Campbell 6-0-14-0, Blackwood 3-0-12-2.SCORPIONS 2nd Innings (target: 329)J Campbell b Joseph 1T Griffith not out 4D Thomas lbw b Permaul 3J Dawes not out 0TOTAL (2 wkts, 9 overs) 9Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-8.Bowling: Hooper 6-1-6-0, Joseph 2-1-1-1, Permaul 2-1-2-1.Position: Scorpions require a further 320 runs for victory with eight wickets intact.last_img read more

Fowler-Reid powers Mico to big win over UWI

first_imgSUNSHINE Girl Jhaniele Fowler ,Reid warmed up for the England friendly series later this month with a brilliant performance at the University of West Indies, Mona, as defending senior intercollegiate netball champions Mico ‘A’ swept UWI 46-28 in their top-of-the-table clash on SaturdayWith both teams coming into the game unbeaten after three wins each, the repeat of last year’s final was expected to be a close and fiery affair.However, the Mico team, which boasts five national senior players in their line-up including Fowler-Reid at the goal-shooting position, Shantel Slater (goal defence), Nicole Dixon (goal attack), Trishana Hanson (centre) and Kadien Dehaney (goal defence), proved too strong for their opponents.With Fowler-Reid finding her range from the early exchanges, Mico raced to a quick 11-6 lead after the first quarter.UWI showed some more fight in the second quarter, particularly through goal shooter Shamara Nelson, goal attack Rebekkah Robinson and Thristina Harwood, who was played at wing attack.Mico, however, continued to dominate, with Dixon providing good support to Fowler-Reid inside the circle as Mico held their grip with a 20-12 half-time advantage.For the remainder of the game, it was all Mico, especially in the third quarter, where they outscored their opponent 17-1 to push their lead 37-13.With Mico resting most of their starters for the final quarter, UWI had their best showing in the game, outscoring the defending champions 15-9.Fowler-Reid top-scored for Mico with 30 goals from 34 attempts, while Dixon (12 from 14) and Slater, who changed position, later scoring 4 from 5 attempts. For UWI, Nelson top-scored with 22 from 28 attempts.The semi-finals are slated for this Saturday at the G.C. Foster College.Earlier in the day, playing at home, Mico ‘B’, which is also the defending intermediate champions scored a big 47-24 win over G.C. Foster College ‘B’. However G.C. Foster College ‘C’ turned the tables on the defending champions Mico ‘C’ in their junior encounter as the Spanish Town- based team won 29-22.last_img read more

Injuries stalling Shelton’s career

first_imgFormer Reggae Boyz striker and captain Luton Shelton is trying to get his career back on track, but is being stalled by a series of injuries.After spending a decade as a professional player overseas, Shelton returned to Harbour View FC in an effort to recover from injuries after his contract with Volga Nizhny Nougorod in Russia ended last year.Shelton is registered with local club Harbour View, where he started as a youth player, and made the transition to the senior team. He left Harbour View in 2006 and joined Helsingborg in Sweden on contract.Harbour View’s general manager Clyde Jureidini confirmed the move in a recent chat with The Gleaner.”He (Shelton) is registered to play for Harbour View, but is not playing due to injuries,” Jureidini said. “He is out of contract. That is why he is here to play in the Red Stripe Premier League.””Luton has been trying to recover from injuries. We are trying to get his career back on track,” Jureidini further stated.Shelton is Jamaica’s all-time record goalscorer, with 35 strikes in 75 games. He also played at international clubs such as Sheffield United, Valerenga and Karabukspor.last_img read more

I won’t give up – Paralysed and in pain, former tae kwon do star holds on to dreams

first_img MIRACLE There’s a lot that’s been said about the triumph of the human spirit over adversity, and Oshane Murray is living proof of what a person can overcome when the mind kicks into gear. The 23-year-old was on a clear path to achievement as a former Calabar High School student, attending the University of Technology (UTech) pursuing a degree in electrical engineering and representing Jamaica at international and local events in tae kwon do. His life changed on January 30, 2013, when, during a cheerleading routine at UTech, he slipped and fell. “It’s when I was trying to get up I realised that I couldn’t. I didn’t feel a thing. I was very calm and laughing. When I was trying to move, I couldn’t, and everyone was saying ‘Oshane, Oshane, get up now nuh’ and I said ‘I can’t move’ and they were like, ‘Oshane stop joking around’. Then the girls started screaming and there was chaos,” he recalled of that day. He was taken to the hospital, where he learned he had a broken vertebrae in his spine. “The doctors were saying I should be dead based on the X-Ray ;that it’s a miracle I’m a alive and conscious,” he told The Gleaner. After almost a year in hospital, Murray was released. He got an infection a few days before his release, but was deemed well enough to go home just before Christmas 2013. “When I first came home, it was problematic because nobody really knew how to react or how to address me being in this situation. Even though they were trying their best, sometimes them just trying just makes it worse,” Murray said. It was during this period Murray, who turns 24 in May, learned who his real friends were. They turned out to be his teammates, his classmates and some family members. He returned to classes at UTech in September 2015 through the assistance of his coach Jason McKay, who provided him with a driver as well as an assistant, who writes his notes during classes. Exams have proven a little challenging, but he is coping. “I do exams in a room by myself. I draw and I talk, but that’s a next headache in itself. Especially when I have to draw, it’s hard to describe how to draw stuff, especially when you’re doing a lot of calculation courses. Sometimes in the middle of the exams, I get dizzy spells (too).” The thing he said he misses most is the fact that he can no longer train as a martial artist. However, he has found a way to contribute and has returned to training, even if in a different capacity. “I just want to finish what I started … My goal is that I just want to be independent. I don’t know how long it will take, but I will. “I don’t know what’s pushing me but I just don’t want to give up. I don’t know what’s going to happen and that fear of not knowing is what’s pushing me forward,” he said.last_img read more