Under the motto #NuestraMejorVictoria, the four national sports newspapers will offer exclusive interviews to Rafa Nadal and Pau Gasol, captains of the initiative, who will be joined by a spectacular cast of Spanish athletes, such as Marc Márquez and Álex Márquez, Sergio García, Carolina Marín, Alejandro Valverde, Carlos Sainz and Carlos Sainz Jr, Julen Lopetegui, María Vicente, Marcel Granollers, Teresa Perales, Sergi Bruguera and Feliciano López. #Our bestvictory is a campaign of the Red Cross with the aim of obtaining donations to help the health system and the neediest families during these days. Getting 11 million euros to serve more than 1,350,000 people is the objective of an initiative that Pau Gasol and Rafa Nadal have promoted.Once again, sport and sports media have demonstrated their ability to come together and work together at a critical moment for our society.Join this initiative for the Red Cross with your contribution to ES44 0049 0001 5321 1002 2225
Barbados Pride win The Jamaica Scorpions are staring at defeat against Guyana Jaguars heading into the final day of their top-of-the-table WICB First-Class Championship clash at Sabina Park. Set a challenging 326 to win heading into the final session yesterday, Jamaica were 83 for three when stumps were drawn, 244 runs shy of their target. At the crease are new number-three batsman Devon Thomas, not out on 20, and former captain Tamar Lambert, who is yet to get off the mark. Towering Guyana off-spinner Steven Jacobs has taken two for 13. Starting the day on 133 for three, an overall lead of 176, Guyana went on to press home their advantage by posting 282 in their second innings, with Tagenarine Chanderpaul leading the way with a well-compiled 82. The 19-year-old, who was not out on 39 overnight, went on to make his maiden first-class half-century before falling short of what would have been a deserved century, on the stroke of lunch. Chanderpaul hit three sixes and four fours in just over five hours, before he was the third man dismissed in the morning session. His overnight partner, Raymon Reifer, who started the day on 12, went on to score 24, while the innings was propped up with a plucky 35 off 75 balls from wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble. Leg-spinner Damion Jacobs, with four for 78, was the Scorpions’ best bowler, while there were two wickets apiece for his spin compatriot, Nikita Miller, and young fast bowler Marquino Mindley. Needing to make what would be their highest score of the season thus far, Jamaica started cautiously, with the opening pair of John Campbell and Paul Palmer Jr putting on 35 for the first wicket. However, playing leisurely at an outswinger from fast bowler Keon Joseph, Palmer was to depart for 13 off 62 balls; and 13 runs later, Campbell went for 26, leg before wicket to Jacobs. Thomas and AndrÈ McCarthy, with a 32-run third-wicket stand, then attempted to see out the rest of the day. However, with less than three overs remaining, McCarthy misread an arm ball from Jacobs and was stumped by Bramble. Play is scheduled for a 10 a.m. resumption. At Kensington Oval: Defiant half-centuries from Orlando Peters and Jacques Taylor were not enough as Leeward Islands Hurricanes plunged to their fifth straight loss of the Regional First Class Championship yesterday. Following on by 198 runs at the start of the penultimate day of the fifth-round match at Kensington Oval, Hurricanes were bundled out for 198, about 25 minutes after tea, to leave Barbados Pride with a single run for victory. Seamer Gavin Tonge’s no-ball was then enough to secure Pride the result, which gave them 19 points and left Hurricanes with three. Fast bowler Tino Best (2-17) knocked over both openers, Chesney Hughes (0) and Shane Jeffers (1), before left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn sliced through the middle order to finish with four for 50. Off-spinner Ashley Nurse chipped in with three for 67. Barbados Pride had scored 368, to which the Hurricanes had replied with 170 in their first innings. At Beausejour Cricket Stadium: Windward Islands Volcanoes, trailing Trinidad and Tobago Red Force by 76 on first innings, were two without loss at the close on the penultimate day of their fifth-round game yesterday. Scores: Volcanoes 306 (Shane Shillingford 64, Andre Fletcher 63, Mervyn Mathew 48 not out, Devon Smith 32, Liam Sebastien 30; Imran Khan 3-100, Narsingh Deonarine 2-29, Uthman Mohammed 2-51) & two without loss. RED FORCE 382 (Yannick Ottley 99 not out, Yannic Cariah 70, Narsingh Deonarine 60, Marlon Richards 60; Kevin McClean 4-66, Shane Shillingford (3-109). Volcanoes trail Red Force
Many-time national champion Gareth Henry will be expected to lead Jamaica’s charge for success against their international counterparts at next week’s Jamaica International Badminton Tournament. The stage has been set for some intense action inside the National Indoor Sports Centre from March 17-20 with competition in men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles, and mixed doubles categories. Jamaica’s 26- member contingent will be represented by a blend of youth and experience, headed by top male and female players Henry and Katherine Wynter, respectively. The 26-member team will have representation in all events. The country’s number one doubles pair of Gareth Henry and Garron Palmer will be looking to reign supreme, while the junior pair, Samuel Ricketts and Sean Wilson, will be a strong duo. Mixed doubles The Jamaicans will also see mixed doubles representation among the brother-and-sister pair of Gareth Henry and Geordine Henry as well as Garron Palmer and Mikaylia Haldane. Meanwhile, the women’s doubles is also expected to be fruitful for the Jamaicans, with leading pair Katherine Wynter and Ruth Williams tipped to go through to the finals. Next week’s tourney will reward successful competitors with Rio 2016 Olympics qualifying points and US$6,000 in prize money. Five top 100 ranked international players will also be in action. Twenty-one countries will participate: Jamaica, Austria, Italy, Mexico, Slovakia, Belgium, India, Barbados, Nigeria, Canada, Cuba, Chineese Taipei, Greece, Czech Republic, Peru, Portugal, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, Lithuania, Australia, and Finland.
SA’s de Kock fined for shoulder chargeCHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (AP):South Africa wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock has been fined 75 per cent of his match fee for shoulder-barging Bangladesh batsman Tamim Iqbal.The incident happened on the second day of the first Test on Wednesday, and the fine announced yesterday.De Kock pleaded guilty to the charge laid by match referee Chris Broad, with no formal hearing required.Broad said de Kock confronted the Bangladesh opener and “deliberately brushed Tamim Iqbal’s shoulder and rib area. This resulted in a heated exchange between the two, initiated by the contact made by de Kock. This type of incident has no place on a cricket field.”South Africa’s Rilee Rossouw was fined 50 per cent of his match fee for an altercation with the same batsman in the one-day series.SA fighting backCHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (AP):South Africa reached 61 without loss on the third day of the first Test after Bangladesh racked up their highest score against them yesterday.The hosts finished on 326 in theirs first innings to move 78 runs clear, but the Proteas openers cut short the deficit in a steely resolve.Stiaan Van Zyl was batting on 33 with Dean Elgar on 27 before the rain forced a premature end to the day.Resuming the day, 179-4, the hosts earlier rode on three half-centuries to gain the first innings advantage.Scores: South Africa 248 and 61-0 (Stiaan Van Zyl – 33 not out, Dean Elgar – 28 not out) trail Bangladesh 326 (Mahmudullah – 67, Tamim Iqbal – 57, Liton Das – 50, Dale Styen – 3-78,Simon Harmer – 3-105) by 17 runs.US to face Brazil Sept 8CHICAGO (AP):The US football team will play an exhibition against Brazil on September 8 at Foxborough, Massachusetts.The game, announced Thursday, follows a September 4 match against Peru in Washington, DCAmerican goalkeeper Tim Howard hopes to return for the games from his one-year sabbatical from the national team after last year’s World Cup.The Americans will play Mexico or Jamaica on October 9 to determine which team represents CONCACAF in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. As the 2013 Gold Cup champions, the US will face the 2015 winners in the play-off.Jamaica beat the Americans in the Gold Cup semi-finals on Wednesday and will face Mexico on Sunday for the title.
HOUSTON (AP):Golden State’s Klay Thompson covered for the absence of star player Stephen Curry by scoring 38 points to lead the Warriors to a 114-110 win at Houston on Thursday.Having suffered only their second defeat of the season on Wednesday when Curry missed his first game due to a lower leg injury, the Warriors found just enough to compensate for the loss of the reigning league MVP and edged the Rockets.Among other results on New Year’s Eve, Oklahoma City hung on to send Phoenix to a seventh successive loss, and the Los Angeles Clippers capped a perfect five-game road trip by defeating New Orleans.Golden State’s Thompson made six 3-pointers, while Draymond Green had a triple-double of 16 assists a career high along with 10 points and 11 rebounds.James Harden had 30 points for Houston, which has dropped seven straight regular-season games to Golden State.Oklahoma City’s dynamic duo of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant steered the Thunder to a 110-106 win against Phoenix.Westbrook had 36 points and 12 assists, while Durant scored 23 points for Oklahoma City, which has won 12 of 14 games. Westbrook also had five steals and blocked a shot.STILL LOSTT.J. Warren had 29 points and nine rebounds for the Suns, who had six players score in double figures but still lost.Scores were tied with 1:34 left when Durant scored on a fade-away jumper and got free for a dunk that made it 106-102 with 31.7 seconds remaining.Los Angeles’ Chris Paul made up for a poor shooting performance by pulling off some pivotal plays in the closing minutes to seal a 95-89 win for the Clippers at New Orleans.Paul missed 15 of his first 17 shots, but hit a 19-foot step-back jumper with a minute to go to give Los Angeles a 90-87 lead. Before and after that score, Paul assisted on baskets by Jamal Crawford. Paul, who finished with 12 assists, then added three free throws in the final 21 seconds.J.J. Redick scored 26 points for the Clippers for a second straight night.Anthony Davis had 14 points and 15 rebounds for New Orleans.Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton scored 33 points as the Bucks stopped a three-game losing streak and edged Indiana 120-116.Detroit also arrested a three-game skid and swept past Minnesota 115-90, with Andre Drummond contributing 23 points and 18 rebounds.Utah broke clear in the second quarter to beat Portland 109-96 as Trey Burke scored a season-high 27 points.
Simon Oliveira, the managing director of leading entertainment and sporting agency Doyen Global, says its partnership with local football academy Phoenix will help it make the next step in transforming the academy into a world-class institution.Oliveira, who spoke via Skype at the press launch to announce plans by Phoenix to build a state-of-the-art football academy – based on the model of French club Lille – on 14 acres of land in Trelawny at the Spanish Court Hotel yesterday, told the gathering that they were very excited about the partnership.incredibly fortunate”We are all very excited about the new partnership. We have a great partner in Craig (Butler). Now we are looking forward to the academy and growing into something good. This is incredibly fortunate, not just for the community. It’s a standard-bearer, which will shine a light on how things should be done and taught anywhere in the world, so we are very excited at Doyen about going the distance,” he stated.”Craig has partnered with Doyen Global for years, and we have stayed with the process until it became a reality. What we have done to professional sport in Europe is bring superior guidance to players and managers in the right way, and our partnership with Craig and the academy is a next stage, and we are proud of this,” he added.Butler is confident that the internationally renown agency, which has managed the affairs of Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Alvaro Morata, David Beckham, and Novak Djokovic, among others, will help them make that next step.”Doyen has the experience, and at this time, to be able to partner with Doyen and its partners is helping us make the next step. We have a minimum of 20 elite players, and I myself cannot give them all that they need in terms of management, so we have Doyen,” he added.
LONDON (AP): The first Premier League game staged at the centrepiece stadium of the London Olympics in 2012 served up some late drama yesterday with new tenants West Ham scoring in the 85th minute to earn a 1-0 win over 10-man Bournemouth. Track-and-field stars like Usain Bolt and David Rudisha produced some amazing memories at the Olympic Stadium – now known simply as London Stadium – four years ago, but this match was forgettable until a flurry of incidents in the latter stages. Bournemouth were left a man short by Harry Arter’s sending-off in the 77th and West Ham took advantage when winger Michail Antonio met an inviting left-wing cross by Gokhan Tore with a header at the far post. “I did say to him two minutes before the goal, ‘Go and be a hero’,” West Ham captain Mark Noble said about Antonio. “He went, and was one.” West Ham then needed a reaction save from goalkeeper Adrian, followed by a clearance from near the goal-line to preserve their first league win at the team’s new home. Having waved an emotional goodbye to Upton Park last season after 112 years there, West Ham are in the first year of the club’s tenancy at the London Stadium and will take time to get used to the new surroundings. INJURED PLAYERS Decimated by injuries to many of their key players, including Dimitri Payet, Andy Carroll, Manuel Lanzini and new record-signing Andre Ayew. West Ham also had to cope with a tough week that saw them play Chelsea on Monday – losing 2-1 to a late goal – and then travel to Romania for a Europa League qualifier on Thursday. The threadbare squad returned to London in the early hours of Friday. “It wasn’t a great game of football,” West Ham manager Slaven Bilic said. “We didn’t expect to play like Brazil.” Bournemouth have lost both of their games in the league so far, having opened with a 3-1 home defeat to Manchester United. Sunderland, and their new manager, David Moyes, are also looking for their first point after a 2-1 loss to north-east rival Middlesbrough in the other game yesterday. Uruguay striker Cristhian Stuani scored both of Middlesbrough’s first-half goals, the first a 25-metre screamer into the top corner in the 13th, before finishing off a flowing team move in the 45th. Patrick van Aanholt pulled a goal back in the 71st for Sunderland.
Kingston College (KC) coach Ludlow Bernard says that despite a 1-1 draw against St Andrew Technical High (STATHS) in the Manning Cup competition last Wednesday, the focus remains on a sweep of schoolboy titles this season. The North Street-based KC are favoured to win their first Manning Cup title in three decades. They last won the title in 1986 and expectations are very high for this year’s team. KC are in line for another Walker Cup title as they are in the ISSA/FLOW knockout competition final against Jamaica College scheduled for November 26. KC’s last hold on that title was in 2000. The KC team is also on course for a first hold on the prestigious FLOW Super Cup, which is in its third year. KC will face Wolmer’s in a quarter-final match today at Sabina Park in Kingston, starting at 7 p.m. With KC being the only Manning Cup team that can win all four titles at stake, coach Ludlow Bernard admitted that the pressure is mounting. “The pressure is always going to be there. We have risen to the moment and are unbeaten in 14 games in all competitions this season,” Bernard, who is a KC past student, told The Gleaner yesterday. “We have to be prepared as the team played 14 games in 42 days. We have to keep the players focused as it is down to the starting eleven and about three other players on the bench,” he shared about his squad of young players. Looking back at the game against STATHS three days ago at Constant Spring Sports Complex, Bernard said he tried some players and was not satisfied with their performances. “The result against STATHS was disappointing as we used some players who we put in for the first time. However, the regular players showed maturity and we came back and earned a point. I am reliant on some senior players to take us through,” he said. One of those players is midfielder Rashawn Mackison, who has scored 21 goals in all competitions. “Rashawn is stretched physically because he has played in all 14 games this season and substituted in six of them,” he pointed out about the midfielder who has done the bulk of the scoring for KC. Looking to the Super Cup game tonight against Wolmer’s, who they eliminated during the Walker Cup quarter-final, Bernard said: “We expect Wolmer’s to be coming for revenge.” “The vibe in our camp is high but one of tremendous anxiety among the supporters. They are hungry for success,” he pointed out. DISAPPOINTED
STRONG BONDS The Wolmer’s Boys’ School Junior Football Programme has again benefited from a major donation from the Age Quod Agis Sports Alumni Association (SAA) – an association that represents former football players from the school. On November 11, Andre Gray, banking executive and the organisation’s founder and president Lissant Mitchell, CEO of Scotia Investments Ltd; and the body’s local representative, presented a cheque for just over $250,000 to the school, which brings to $1million the amount donated since 2012 by the ‘old boys’ body. Gray, now based in Florida, commented on the effort saying, “Each year, we try to raise funds to support the junior programme because it is our view that funding at this level is often insufficient to support the numerous expenses associated with grooming the young players. It is also because of the special role that the junior programme played in our overall development while we were at Wolmer’s that we feel compelled to offer our support .” The group of over 60 members graduated from the institution between 1985 and 1989 and represents a large group of loyal Wolmerians living in Jamaica, the USA, England and Canada. Thirty years ago, several of its members also won the Under-16 Colts and all-island football competitions and have maintained strong bonds since then. “The association has also noted the need for additional equipment in the Sports Department and we are now actively exploring opportunities to contribute critical items that will benefit participants in other sporting disciplines as well,” Gray added. Since 2012, the Age Quod Agis SAA has staged an annual reunion and fundraiser match on the second weekend in September that helps to fund the nutrition programme for the under-14 and under-16 football teams.
Oshane Campbell, who was a teammate and close friend of Forth, said more could have been done to save him. “Okeem got an elbow from the Molynes player and was substituted. I was on the field and saw him on the ground, I called to the referee then ran over to where he was and checked his pulse. Felt none, he was cold,” Campbell recounted. “I signalled to the bench for assistance. The medical team was poor as there was an ambulance but no oxygen. He needed better medical care and he would be here with us,” he said during a visit to his late friend’s home yesterday. Another friend, Kimani Morgan, said that the medical team should have been better equipped. “The medical team should have been alert. I am a person who knows about CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and he needed oxygen. There was none,” Morgan said. The funeral for Forth is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, May 28. MORE COULD HAVE BEEN DONE Sandra Seymour, the mother of Okeem Forth, is still finding his passing after a recent football game as a shock. Forth was elbowed in the neck by an opposing player during the Magnum/KSAFA Major League quarter-final game on April 28 between Olympic Gardens and Molynes United, and died after leaving the Constant Spring Complex in an ambulance. “I have to put the best on the outside. It is painful to lose a son that was so loving to his mother,” Seymour told The Gleaner. “He is so special to me. I have three sons, and Okeem is the second one. He is always saying that football will make him able to make a better life for me,” she said while attempting to fight back tears. Seymour recounted that she got news about her 18-year-old son’s death from a neighbour who had received a phone call at about 10 p.m. on the night of the match. “When I was told the news by my friend, who live across the road, I could not believe it,” she recalled. “He had manners, did not drink, smoke or party a lot. He loved football and started playing from very young,” she said of her son who was a star player on Tivoli High’s Manning Cup team last year. “I did not know how much he was loved by others until the nine night that was last Saturday night. Everybody love him,” she said.