DUBAI, UAE (CMC):AndrÈ Russell’s cameo was not enough to save Islamabad United as they plunged to a comprehensive eight-wicket defeat to Quetta Gladiators in the opening game of the inaugural Pakistan Super League yesterday.Sent in at the Dubai International Stadium, Gladiators finished on 128 for seven off their 20 overs with West Indies all-rounder Russell blasting a quick-fire unbeaten 35.They were slumping at 63 for six in the 15th over when Russell joined captain Misbah-ul-Haq to post a frenzied 57 from 27 balls in an entertaining seventh-wicket stand.The right-handed Russell faced 20 balls and struck four fours and a six while Misbah top-scored with 41 from 28 deliveries, with four fours and a six.Left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz finished with four for 13 from his four overs.In reply, Gladiators raced to their target with four overs to spare, thanks to English opener Luke Wright’s terrific 86 not out off 53 deliveries.He counted 11 fours and four sixes and put on 53 for the first wicket with Pakistani Ahmed Shehzad (11) and a further 59 in an unbroken third-wicket partnership with Nawaz, who stroked a run-a-ball 22 not out.Medium pacer Russell was expensive in his two-over spell, conceding 31 runs, while West Indies leg-spinner Samuel Badree also went wicket-less from three overs, which cost 25 runs.
The victory by the young West Indians in last week’s Under-19 World Cup is brilliant news. It offers hope that the West Indies has the gumption to organise to win important tournaments in world cricket. It could be a launching pad to a new era of success. However you view the stumping controversy that arose early in the tournament, it must have loaded pressure on the West Indies team and its management. It’s even more reason to tap them all on the back. With Shivnarine Chanderpaul gone and the likelihood of other veterans going in the next few years, the young West Indies could be playing senior international cricket in the near future. Their watchwords must be patience and practise. Both will be needed to hurdle the challenges ahead. The sobering truth is that some young prospects never blossom. In 1995, Obea Moore ran 45.14 seconds for 400 metres to win the Pan-Am Junior title. His form then, at age 16, boosted his Muir High School team to a Penn Relays 4x400m record and vaulted him into the imagination of American track fans. A decade earlier, Richard Bucknor of Calabar held off another US sensation, William Reed of Central High, to secure 4x400m honours at the 1986 Penn Relays. Reed had already run the 400 metres in 45.17 seconds though just 15. Bucknor went on to a noteworthy career as a 110-metre hurdler for Texas A&M University and reached the semi-finals at the 1988 Olympics. By contrast, Reed and Moore faded as they grew older. Neither ever qualified for the US Olympic team. The young West Indians need to work diligently to avoid a similar fate. More than that, those who helped to mastermind their wonderful victory must keep working to groom them. With the cricket classroom of English county cricket long gone, the development of alternative methods of nurturing the region’s young crickets must continue. In this age when the Internet has brought copious knowledge to our fingertips, while also shortening attention spans, this effort must be extended. With a smaller talent pool than Australia, England, India and South Africa, success depends on keeping the champion team and other young West Indies prospects in the game. Late bloomers can jump into the pool of possible selection when the time is right. When the celebrations end, and no one should begrudge the team if it carries them on a bit, we can look to the future with optimism. All stakeholders will have to rally around the West Indies with the needed goodwill, ingenuity, and resources to make Test cricket success a reality again. If the story of these world champion West Indians is to have a happy ending, it’s the only way. – Hubert Lawrence has watched Champs, international cricket, and schoolboy football at Sabina Park.
President of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association Dr Warren Blake would like to see sport being given its own ministry, as well as the development of more regional sporting facilities, when the new government unfolds. Blake told The Gleaner that a separate ministry for sport would aid in the long-term planning and development of sports locally. “The importance of sports to Jamaica has really grown, especially over the last four years, it has grown tremendously and there are really lots of things that sports can do for this country,” Blake told The Gleaner at the G.C. Foster Classics at the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport on Saturday. “Having a separate ministry for sports would help make this happen and it would help not only track and field, but all sports, so you could start to plan long-term for the development of the country,” he added. Dr Blake added that he would like to see more synthetic track and field surfaces being built across the island. The only all-weather tracks which exist currently in Jamaica are at the G.C. Foster College, the National Stadium, Stadium East, Calabar High School and the Montego Bay Sports Complex. “I would like to see the development of a number of mini-stadia across the island so that synthetic surfaces could be not only in Kingston and Montego Bay. There is none in the centre or the eastern end of the island, so we would like to see more synthetic surfaces placed across the island,” Blake said.
RICH FORM MoBay United are in a rich vein of form, winning four of their last five matches in the Red Stripe Premier League, with forward Owayne Gordon having the time of his life. Gordon, who has 13 goals this season, struck back-to-back braces recently in League play and will be hard-pressed to contain. “This is something they have done before, these kinds of competition. The players know what is required and as a club we look forward to moving beyond this round,” Davis added. The host may have to do without two key defenders in John Barrett and Cordel Simpson, both of whom are nursing injuries. Davis, however, is cautiously optimistic that they will be ready in time for either of the two assignments. “John and Cordel are two of our better defenders, and we will need them to be fit and ready, but if that’s not possible we will have to win without them. I am very confident in the abilities of my players,” he said. WESTERN BUREAU: As Montego Bay United prepare to host teams in Group Three of the 2016 Caribbean Club Championship at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, the club’s head coach, Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis, is warning his team not to take anything for granted as none of the teams will be at a disadvantage. Davis, who has been putting the players through a rigorous training regimen since last week, told The Gleaner that if his players perform anywhere as impressive as they currently do in the Red Stripe Premier League they should finish on top and advance to the next round. “Playing these games at home offers us no distinct advantage because all the teams participating are professionals and will be coming to play hard football,” said Davis. MoBay United will first tackle Cayman’s Scholars International on Wednesday, before taking on Trinidad and Tobago’s Central FC on Sunday, March 13. Before that, Scholars meet Central on Friday, March 11.
LONDON (AP):Russia’s track and field federation was provisionally suspended yesterday by the sport’s governing body, keeping the country out of international competition for an indefinite period – possibly including next year’s Olympics in Brazil.The suspension was approved by a 22-1 vote during a teleconference of the 27-member council of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).The IAAFs president, Sebastian Coe, convened the meeting after Russia was accused of widespread, systematic doping in a report released Monday by a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) commission.Coe was under heavy pressure to take tough action, despite efforts by Russian officials to avoid a blanket ban by agreeing to cooperate and make reforms in their anti-doping system.The suspension will take effect immediately, barring Russian athletes from all international track and field events until the country can prove it has put its house in order. It’s the first time the IAAF has ever banned a country over its doping record.The Russian federation is likely to be given a month or so before appearing at a disciplinary hearing where the IAAF could then elevate the sanction to a full suspension.The IAAF and WADA will need to set out the terms for what the Russians need to do to get a suspension lifted, including complying fully with the global anti-doping code.OLYMPICS questionableWith the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro nine months away, the big question is whether Russia’s track team will be allowed to compete in the Games.Some Olympic officials have said Russia should have enough time to take the necessary steps to make it to the Olympics, which run from August 5-21.Russian sports minister, Vitaly Mutko, said yesterday he is “completely sure” that Russia will be able to compete at the Olympics. Speaking before the IAAF meeting, he said he thought any suspension would be short.”We may miss one or two competitions, but for athletes with clean consciences to miss the Olympics or a World Championships would be real stupidity,” he said in Moscow.In the short term, the suspension will keep Russia out of a dozen or so international events, the rest of this year, including the European cross-country championships in France on December 13. The athletes could then miss the indoor season, including the World Indoor Championships in Portland, Oregon, from March 17-20.Other big events that Russian runners could be ineligible for include the Boston and London Marathons in April.Russia also face being stripped of the hosting rights of three IAAF events – the Moscow indoor meet on February 14, the world race walking championships in Cheboksary from May 7-15 and the World Junior Championships in Kazan from July 19-24. Russia has been the dominant force in world race walking.Russian athletes would be eligible to compete in their own national events during a ban, which only covers international competition.Some officials, including IAAF vice-president, Sergei Bubka, the pole vault great from Ukraine, had argued against a blanket ban, saying it would penalise “innocent” athletes who haven’t been found guilty or implicated in doping.However, the report by the WADA panel outlined a deep-rooted, systematic doping system that cast doubt on the entire Russian athletics programme, making it difficult to judge which athletes are clean or not.
Usain Bolt’s 100 metres final win over American Justin Gatlin, Danielle Williams’ women’s 100m hurdles victory , the women’s 4×400 team’s gold medal performance, Elaine Thompson and Hansle Parchment’s silver medal efforts in the 200m women and 110m hurdles respectively and Rusheen McDonald’s national 400m record run in the heats at the World Championships are the outstanding performances nominated for a new and exciting award that will be on offer at this year’s Scotiabank/JAAA Golden Cleats Awards ceremony. The awards will be handed out on Saturday at the Chinese Benevolent Association Auditorium starting at 6:30 p.m. The announcement of this and other awards available to top athletes for their performances during 2015 was made at Scotia Centre in Kingston yesterday. President of the Jamaica Administrative Athletics Association (JAAA), Dr Warren Blake, said the nominations for the new award will be criticised by some but argued that there were many great performances over the course of the year and they chose four of the best. “At this time of the year like any good administrator you have to recognise the excellence of your support staff, and in this case our athletes have done us very proud at the junior and senior level,” he said while listing the nation’s athletic achievements for 2015. “At the end of the day a lot of people are not going to be satisfied, as what they consider to be the performance of the year was not included,” Dr Blake said while pointing the performance of Christopher Taylor who won 400 metres gold in record time at the World Youth Championships. “There were so many great performances that some had to be left out,’ he insisted.. Meanwhile, sprint queen Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will face tough competition to reclaim the prestigious female athlete of the year award she last won in 2013. Fraser-Pryce faces a strong challenge from Williams the world 100m hurdles champion, Thompson the world 200m silver medalist and Shericka Jackson the world 400m bronze medalist. Bolts, who also last won the award in 2013, has a very good chance of retaking it, with Parchment and O’Dayne Richards, the world shot put bronze medalist will be his rivals for the award.. Stephen Francis, Glen Mills and hurdles coach Lennox Graham are the coach of the year nominees. The top youth athletes, male and female, will also be recognised. The female nominees are St Andrew Technical’s Ayesha Champaigne, Junelle Bloomfield of St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS) and Excelsior High’s Shanice Love. Edwin Allen High’s Demar Gayle, Marvin Williams and Juvaney James of STETHS, Calabar’s Christopher Taylor and Clayton Brown and O’brian Waysome of Jamaica College will make up the male selections. Also, two to young athletes will be in line to receive the Howard Aris/Scotia scholarship, which will assist a male and female athlete in post secondary studies. The Howard Aris award will go to a junior athlete who has excelled in a non- traditional event.
1 p.m.: Triple jump – men 2 p.m: 3000m steeplechase – women 3:30 p.m: Long jump – women 4 p.m: 400m hurdles – women 4:15 p.m: 400m hurdles – men 5:15 p.m: 800m – women 5:20 p.m: 800m – men 6:30 p.m: 100m – women 6:35 p.m: 100m – men The University of Technology (UTech), the defending male and female champions, will be hoping for more success when the two-day NCB Intercollegiate Track and Field Championships begins today at the National Stadium. Start time is 1 p.m. The meet is being sponsored for the second year by National Commercial Bank (NCB). At Wednesday’s launch, NCB announced $3 million in sponsorship for the meet. Associate sponsors are Lucozade and new sponsors Island Grill. Global apparel maker Nike will be a clothing sponsor. Belinda Williams, NCB’s group corporate communications manager, said at Wednesday’s launch: “Sports is something I am passionate about. Our intention is to make it better every time.” She added: “We are cognisant of the ever-increasing importance of sports in defining the heart and soul of Jamaica. This is why we did not hesitate when asked to come on board with sponsorship assistance.” The meet director is MVP president Bruce James, who described it as a “good transition for athletes from the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships.” UTech should be strongly challenged by former champions GC Foster College in both categories, while the likes of the University of West Indies and a new-look Mico University College team should make the championships intense and exciting. Fourteen finals – eight on the track and six in the field – will be contested on today’s opening day. Several former high school stars will be competing in their first intercollegiate championships. These include World Junior 400 m hurdles champion Jaheel Hyde, who is expected to compete in his pet event along with Michael O’Hara in the 100m and Martin Manley in the 400m. All three are teammates at the University of the West Indies. Dawnalee Loney and Tiffany James will compete for Mico University in the 400m. James is fresh off her 400m bronze at the Carifta Games in Grenada last weekend. Entrance fees are $200 for students with IDs on today’s first day and $500 without. Tomorrow, it will be $400 with IDs and $1,000 without. Selected finals
In 2016, the boys’ Class One 100 metres was the most anticipated event at Boys and Girls Championships. Nigel Ellis of St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS), Raheem Chambers of St Jago High and Jhevaughn Matherson of Kingston College all had possible claims to the most sought after gold medal in the greatest secondary level championships in the world. Everybody was watching. Ellis won in 10.18 seconds and became the first STETHS boy to win the Class One 100m, ahead of Chambers and Matherson. A year later, with Ellis and Chambers both gone, Matherson is the early favourite in the same event despite the arrival of the last two Class Two champions – the Calabar High School pair of De’Jour Russell and Michael Stevens – in his age category. With that pair being brought along slowly by the Calabar coaching staff headed by Michael Clarke, there’s no buzz about ‘the 100m’ just yet. Instead current consensus on the best event at Champs this points elsewhere. If Champs started on February 18 and not March 28, the best event would be the Class Two 100 metres hurdles for girls. Four fine athletes have presented themselves as candidates for the three medals on offer. Brittany Anderson of Vere, last year’s Class Three 80 metres winner and record breaker, has already run faster than the Class Two record of 13.38 seconds. Shanette Allison, Holmwood’s former Class Three and Four gold medallist, and Ray-Donna Lee of Hydel are going so fast that some experts worry that reigning champion Dazsay Freeman of Manchester High will be pushed off the podium this time. Freeman hasn’t done too many hurdle races so far this season. While she’s been away, Anderson, Allison and Lee have been super. The compact Allison zipped 13.46 seconds at the Central Hurdles and Relays last month on the same day that Lee beat Anderson at the Wint/McKenley Classic at Calabar. That time by Allison broke the Central Hurdles and Relays record which was set by Peta-Gaye Williams who set the Champs record in 2013. Allison and Anderson ran 13.40 and 13.48 in different races at the Queens/Grace Jackson meet and when they met at the Youngster Goldsmith Classic, Anderson unleashed her run of 13.18 seconds with Lee at 13.51. Yet, when Lee met Freeman at the Western Relays last Saturday, they ran neck and neck to the finish with Lee getting the edge in 13.5 seconds. Freeman ran 13.69 seconds into a heavy headwind to take the gold medal at Boys and Girls’ Champions last year. Her close race with Lee will make the others know that she will be ready when it counts. In the meantime, the high quality in this year’s Class Two 100 metres hurdles makes the event the best event this time around. Allison, Anderson, Freeman and Lee, listed here alphabetically, present hope for the future as current World Champion Danielle Williams also won in Class Two, in her last year at the Queen’s School. Anderson and Freeman even have Williams’ long legged frame. Allison and Lee are smaller and fizz with speed. Perhaps, for one of them, the old Champs adage will prove true by giving fans a chance to see an Olympic champion in the making. – HUBERT LAWRENCE has attended Champs since 1980. UNLEASHED
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Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGerald Dizon nailed the title-clinching halfcourt shot to give Perpetual the Shooting Stars crown in the 2017 NCAA All-Star Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Only a year removed from his playing year with the Altas, Dizon, who is now an assistant for the juniors team, capped off the victory for his team which includes GJ Ylagan, and Jielo Razon as they finished with a time of 24.8 seconds.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu LATEST STORIES Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees “When I shot it, it was straight. I thought it would go board. I’m just thankful it fell in,” the alumnus said in Filipino.Dizon even had a fun bet with Razon and Ylagan before the contest.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 really do this. Whoever loses will buy us a meal,” said Dizon. “It really feels good. Even before the competition, we all talked and said that we wanted to win this. But we didn’t put any pressure to anyone. We just told each other to keep on shooting,” said Ylagan. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Altas edged Arellano which was comprised of Zach Nicholls, Kobe Camacho, and Donald Gumaru, who had a time of 41.7 in the Final round.Perpetual also led the preliminaries as Razon punctured the halfcourt shot to end the time at 20.7 seconds.Other participants were the Lyceum unit of Spencer Pretta, Mac Guadaña, and Chico Lanete; the San Beda team of Clint Doliguez, Evan Nelle, and Dan Sara; the JRU squad of MJ Dela Virgen, Toby Agustin, and Dave Sanchez; the Mapua team of Cedric Pelayo, Clint Escamis, and Randy Alcantara; the San Sebastian group of Michael Are, Rustin Rodriguez, and Paul Riguera; the Letran crew of Daryl Pascual, Neil Guarino, and Robert Guevarra; the EAC team of Jervin Guzman, Maui Cruz, and Bong Melocoton; and the St. Benilde squad of Edward Dixon, Joshua David, and Karl Santos.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Kyrie Irving breaks silence on trade request 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments MOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’