Defending champions Windward Road Primary and Junior High lead the overall points standing after five finals on day one of the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Junior High School Athletics Championship at Stadium East yesterday.Windward Road also lead the girls’ section with 35 points, while John Mills are in front in the male category on 17.50 points.The Oral Whilby-coached Windward Road won two finals yesterday to accumulate 52.50 points and lead ahead of main rivals John Mills, who won one final and have amassed 47.50.Whilby described the day as a very good one, noting that his team exceeded expectations after winning two five finals.Michaelia Wilson took the girls’ Class One high jump with a leap of 1.54 metres, while Kishuana Smith took the girls’ shot put open with a throw of 9.63 metres. They also took silver in the Class Two girls’ high jump and Class Three boys’ long jump.Calabar’s Kevin Smith won the boys’ Class Two high jump with 1.69 metres and Braeton’s Mickel Wilson won the Class Three long jump with 5.05 metres.”We had some good results and some valuable points are on the board, so it was a fairly decent first day,” said Whilby. “Tomorrow (today), we anticipate another good day; there will be 21 finals, and we expect to be out front again tomorrow.”They (John Mills) are in many finals, and we are also in most finals with two athletes, so it’s going to be a straight shoot-out between us and John Mills and may the best man win,” he stated.John Mills’ only finals success on the day came from Shella Hamber (4.32m) in the Class Three girls long jumpHowever, coach Ransford Spalding was pleased with his team’s performance on the opening day.”All in all, I am satisfied with the performance of my team; we are just four points behind and they are giving a good account of themselves,” he said.Twenty-one finals are scheduled for today’s second day, with the first event set to begin at 9 a.m.
Exciting and never-say-die 400m runner Javon ‘Donkeyman’ Francis, who brought the curtains down on the 13th staging of the Jamaica International Invitational (JII) meet on Saturday night in emphatic fashion at the National Stadium, dedicated the victory “for my mother, tomorrow (yesterday) is Mother’s Day”. Twenty-one-year-old Francis completed a stout-hearted victory to much applause from the National Stadium crowd. “I just did a great job for her, and then tomorrow (yesterday) I’ll visit my mother and give her a big kiss,” the former Calabar High School standout said in a post-race interview. He added: “I feel good with the win and to come out here and put on a show.” Francis ran a fast backstretch from Lane Five and took over the race after being briefly consigned to second place by American Vernon Norwood for some distance before his power finishing saw him surge ahead and take the win in 44.85 seconds. Norwood was second in a flat 45.00, with Belgian Olympian Kevin Borlee (45.17) in third place. National record holder Rusheen McDonald had to settle for fifth in a time of 45.90 seconds. “It’s a good run for me and I am pleased with my time.” He added that in the “next couple years I just want to uplift myself, stay focused and just think about my career”. Francis is a 2013 World Championships relay silver medallist and says he is looking forward to an excellent National Trials in June. “My focus right now is on the Olympic team, and when I make the Olympic team, I focus on the final,” he commented, adding that he was doing what he loved, “running with the big guys”. “All the years I have always told myself I want to run with the big guys. The preparation is going quite fine and I want to just thank the Lord that I’ll stay injury-free,” he stressed, a clear reference to last year’s injury-plagued season. At last year’s IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, Francis was eliminated in the semi-finals despite running a fast 44.77 seconds, the 12th fastest time overall.
Native-bred three-year-old non-winners of two take the spotlight at Caymanas Park today in the annual renewal of the Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders Association of Jamaica (TOBA) Trophy race over 1200 metres.A large and competitive field of 16 will face the starter, including top contenders ROAD WI SEH, TARANIS, BONGO KING, TURBO MACHINE CAT and the free running ACTION MAN, all fit horses.Indications are that the winner will come from this group, especially with the likes of TARANIS, BINGO KING and ROAD WI SEH looking really sharp at exercise.ROAD WI SEH, a free-running sort who figured prominently for a long way in both the Lotto Classic (Governor’s Cup) and the derby earlier this season, has changed stables since his last race, moving from trainer Patrick Chang to Lorne Kirlew, who has a good strike rate.This being his easiest task for some time, ROAD WI SEH should come into his own and prove a tough opponent, with top apprentice O’Brien White riding this lightly raced 3-y-o colt by Adore The Gold out of Dream Watcher from the convenient mark of 54.5kg.This being only his sixth outing, ROAD WI SEH has lots of scope and with middle distances more to his liking, gets a golden opportunity to supplement his maiden win over the round five course on March 28.Tight race aheadWhile I really fancy his chances, ROAD WI SEH can ill-afford to skip a beat, with TARANIS and BONGO KING present.Both have been trained to the minute, the Richard Azan-conditioned TARANIS under leading jockey Shane Ellis extensively prepared by his trainer in preparation for this trophy. The Everal Francis-trained BONGO KING has also caught the eye in his preparation and along with the very fit TURBO MACHINE CAT (Omar Walker up) should take it down to the wire for the major share of the $868,000 purse.But ROAD WI SEH could just be that much classier than his opponents and now reverting to a more suitable middle distance trip, should rebound with a win at the expense of main rivals TARANIS and BONGO KING.Other firm fancies on the card are BARS OF GOLD, with leading jockey Shane Ellis to stave off old rival GEISHA’S GLORY in the third race for the Aston Commock Memorial Trophy over 1700 metres; DOOLAHIN to rebound in the fourth for maiden three-year-olds; COUNTRY TRAIN for in-form trainer Marlon Anderson in the fifth; THE BEST FLYER to go one better in the seventh; and SUPERIOR QUALITY in the ninth for overnight-allowance horses over 1100 metres.
“I am not 100 percent as I would like to be but I’m not worried by that, I just want to go out there and compete and give my best. I’m just focused on staying confident though and trying to go out there and have some fun,” said Parchment during a sit down interview yesterday. “I’m not sure what kind of shape I’m in to be honest because I have not done much testing but I believe that once I put my mind to it, I believe I have the qualities to race well. Once I focus and put my mind on the goals I need to achieve then I will achieve them,” Parchment continued. “Where injuries are concerned, I have probably made some bad decisions and I need to work on this going forward but I want to get more focused and be a bit more in tuned with what I’m doing to ensure that injuries are not my problem for me going forward,” he said. Parchment’s last race was a 13.08 second place effort at the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA)/Supreme Ventures Limited National Senior Championships in late June but despite admitting that he is not at 100 percent, Parchment told The Gleaner that he is still backing himself to do well here. The towering Jamaican ran a blistering 12.94 in Paris last year to set a new national mark but has been beset by injury setbacks since then. The athlete is not shying from his role in his slowdown, but with the 110m hurdles pack so tightly bunched together and with his 13.08 mark leaving him as the sixth fastest in the world, Parchment certainly seems to like his chances and with good reason. BEIJING, China: Its been almost two months since Olympic bronze medallist Hansle Parchment’s last race but the national 110m hurdles record holder remains positive about his chances heading into the IAAF World Championships in Beijing. “I’ve always had the confidence, I try to keep that and remember the instructions of the coach. I don’t worry about anything or anyone else when I am on the track, the focus is how best am I going to execute today and how far I can win by,” said Parchment. Nobody will argue against that. “The objective is to aim high, to aim for the top, thinking about the best execution possible and I think that if I can execute like my coach has asked me to then I believe I can come out the winner in this championships,” he added. – Andre Lowe
The absence of Eastern Championships from the 2016 high school athletics calendar is cause for concern. It comes at a time when teams from that end of the island are on the rise. For teams like Buff Bay High and St Mary High, Eastern Champs might have been a stepping stone to strong performances at the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships. St Mary High is the last eastern school to win a Champs title, if you discount the win by the boys of St Jago High in 1987, which came in a period when ISSA moved the Spanish Town school from Central Champs to Eastern Champs and back. With athletes of the calibre of schoolgirl Olympian Jackie Pusey and the speedy Doreen Small, St Mary High won Girls’ Champs in 1976 and 1977. Since then, the results of eastern schools at Champs make grim reading. Only Morant Bay High School had made the top ten since 2000, with a seventh-place finish for the boys and their female teammates reaching 10th in 2004. In fact, the alma mater of Olympic medal winners Juliet Cuthbert and Hansle Parchment has been the highest-placed eastern school at Champs more than any other from that region. Besides those top ten finishes, Morant Bay High has ten other top-15 placings in the 2000 – 2015 period. The closest any other eastern school has come to the Championships top ten is the 2013 12th place finish by former giants St Mary High. Concerted action seems to be needed to strengthen athletics in the region. Despite all that, Eastern Champs is well worth saving. Cuthbert and Parchment are only two of a long list of national senior representatives who competed for schools from the East. Rosie Allwood, Nikole Mitchell, Percival Spencer, Lelieth Hodges, Carrie Russell, Wilbert Walker, a 2004 triple Champs gold medallist for Morant Bay, and Javere Bell, all emerged there, with Bell’s 2011 Class One 400 triumph for Seaforth High garnering the last Boys’ Champs gold medal to be taken eastward. Fiona Richards of Buff Bay exemplified her school’s recent rise with a Class Two discus and shot put double at Champs last year. Before her, the last winner from the east was Orethia Powell of Morant Bay in the 2006 Class Four long jump. Fittingly, Buff Bay were the highest-placed eastern school on both sides of the gender fence at Champs in 20th (girls) and 16th (boys). The simultaneous disappearance of Eastern Champs and the long-running Howard Jackson Morant Bay Relays from the 2016 schedule may have been caused by the tight financial environment. Their absence removes opportunities for student athletes to put their talent on show and enjoy an extra-curricular activity with proven benefits of exposure, exercise and tertiary educational possibilities. The sooner Eastern Champs returns, the better. – Hubert Lawrence has attended Champs since 1980. GRIM READING
After losing Samuels in the seventh over, Gayle waited for the loose deliveries to punish England’s bowlers. Such was Gayle’s domination that AndrÈ Russell remained unbeaten on 16 in the unbroken fifth wicket stand of 70 runs with the opener. “We were quite happy at halfway, at no stage did England get away,” West Indies captain Darren Sammy said. “We have belief among ourselves in this format. We will go out and try to entertain.” Earlier, Joe Root top-scored with 48 off 36 balls – with three fours and a six – after England were put in to bat. Root featured in a productive 55-run second wicket stand with Alex Hales, who made 28, which featured three successive boundaries off leg-spinner Samuel Badree. Jos Buttler and captain Eoin Morgan took charge late in the innings after Root was caught at mid off in the 15th over, giving Russell his second wicket. Buttler smashed three sixes in a brief cameo of 30 runs before he holed out in the deep, but Morgan remained unbeaten on 27 off 14 balls as England scored 59 runs in the last five overs. Russell took 2-36, while Dwayne Bravo gave away 17 runs in the last over to finish with 2-41. “We never really took the game away from them,” Morgan said. “Gayle is a hard guy to stop and West Indies didn’t allow us to get going on what was a really good batting surface.” ENGLISH BOWLERS PUNISHED MUMBAI, India (AP): Chris Gayle hit the fastest century in World Twenty20 cricket as West Indies thumped England by six wickets in their Group One match yesterday. Gayle, who completed his century off 47 balls, remained unbeaten on 100 off 48 balls with five fours and 11 towering sixes to better his own record of a 50-ball hundred in the 2007 tournament in South Africa. Marlon Samuels set the tone by hitting eight fours in his 37, before Gayle’s brutal hitting took West Indies to 183-4 in 18.1 overs in reply to what earlier appeared to be a competitive England total of 182-6. England seamers found it difficult to control the wet ball because of dew at the Wankhede Stadium as Gayle completed his half century off 27 balls, smashing three fours and five sixes. “The dew played a part as well,” Gayle said. “After facing the first over, I took a while to get back on strike. But Marlon helped ease the pressure.” The left-hander required only another 20 deliveries to complete his century and smashed six more sixes and two boundaries that included three straight successive sixes off off-spinner Moeen Ali. “Before I went out, Sulieman Benn said ‘entertain me’,” Gayle said. “Pleased to finish the game and not leave it to anyone else. I was pumped today.” West Indies never stayed behind the asking run rate of over nine an over and England bowlers had no answer to the barrage of runs off Gayle’s bat.
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP):Upon their return from Canada, the Cavaliers had nothing to declare at US Customs.Their lead in the Eastern Conference finals had already been confiscated.Cleveland were stripped of their dominance and a 2-0 advantage during a long weekend in Toronto, where the growing-confident-by-the-shot Raptors – propelled by a crowd and city that believes they can make the NBA Finals – won two straight games.”They flipped the script on us,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said.After being throttled by a combined 50 points in Games One and Two, the Raptors turned a series that began with blowouts into a best-of-three, winner-take-all slugfest. There wasn’t supposed to be a Game Five and now there will be a Game Six as well.PREDICAMENTUnable to contain Toronto All-Star guards Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan from scoring or keep Raptors super sub Bismack Biyombo off the boards, the Cavs have put themselves in a predicament.For tonight’s Game Five, the pressure has swung back on superstar LeBron James and the Cavs, after Monday night’s 105-99 loss.No offence to rapper Drake and Toronto’s rowdy fans, but Lue was happy to escape ”We the North’.The Raptors have been daring the Cavs to launch from behind the arc. Without centre Jonas Valanciunas, who could return in Game Five from a sprained right ankle, Toronto gave up 106 inside points in the first two games before adjusting in Games Three and Four by packing the paint and forcing Cleveland to rely on their outside attack.It was a risky move by coach Dwane Casey and his staff, but the strategy paid off and helped the Raptors reverse the series.”It’s a feel,” Casey said. “It’s a rhythm. It’s confidence, but I will say this: It’s going to be a different animal back in Cleveland.”
MUNICH (AP):Bayern Munich have defended coach Carlo Ancelotti for raising his middle finger to Hertha Berlin fans after supposedly being spat at following a dramatic 1-1 draw in the Bundesliga.Bayern says “basically, we find the human reaction of Carlo Ancelotti with the gesture to be emotionally understandable after the nasty spitting attack”.Robert Lewandowski’s injury-time equaliser for Bayern on Saturday prompted altercations between Bayern and Hertha players in a heated atmosphere at the Olympic Stadium.The German federation ended its investigation into the matter after Ancelotti agreed to pay €5,000 to its foundation for social work.In 2014, Norbert Duewel, then-coach of second-division club Union Berlin, was fined €3,500 for raising his middle finger in a 4-1 loss at home against 1860 Munich.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Test pacer Kemar Roach sent a strong signal to regional selectors ahead of the Pakistan series as his four-wicket haul trumped Devon Smith’s 28th first class hundred on the opening day of their seventh round clash in the Regional four-day championship here yesterday.Choosing to bat first at Kensington Oval, Volcanoes were lifted to 283 all out by Smith’s enterprising 103, with Keddy Lesporis getting 59 and Tyrone Theophile, 44.The visitors had cruised to 116 without loss at lunch and then 200 for two in the second session but the innings fell away badly thereafter as they lost their last eight wickets for 93 runs.Roach, who has not played for West Indies in 14 months, led the rout with a brilliant spell of four for 22 from 15 overs, a performance unlikely to go unnoticed with Pakistan arriving in the Caribbean shortly.He was supported by Test left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican with four for 69 while off-spinner Ashley Nurse picked up two for 71.At the close, Pride were 22 without loss, still 271 runs behind their target.FULL CONTROLVolcanoes appeared in full control during the first session, thanks mainly to Smith who combined with Theophile to put on 121 for the first wicket.The left-handed Smith struck 16 fours in an innings spanning 196 balls and just under 4-1/2 hours while Theophile’s knock comprised eight fours off 108 deliveries in 2-1/2 hours.Roach stuck a double blow after lunch, trapping Theophile leg before wicket in the fourth over before removing Taryck Gabriel for a first ball ‘duck’ to a catch at the wicket off the very next delivery.The 35-year-old Smith repaired the innings, however, in a solid 78-run third wicket stand with Lesporis whose eighth first class half-century was an attacking one, including eight fours and two sixes and coming from a mere 62 deliveries.
Yeng Guiao admitted to having this weird feeling, but it was just the kind of feeling that validates how he has turned NLEX around.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Read Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend POC insists on hosting 2019 SEA Games, will appeal to Duterte ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans “This is a testament to the progress we have made,” Guiao said as the Road Warriors’ winning streak is now actually five games dating back to their final two games in the Commissioner’s Cup where the team made changes by trading for several players.Alas almost threw the game away by fouling Chris Tiu in a jump ball that resulted in two free throws for the Rain or Shine guard for a 110-108 lead with 6.3 seconds left.After Guiao called him out during the timeout for that “stupid” foul, Alas connected on a floating layup off Beau Belga to forge the second extension. He finished with a career-high 24 points and had 10 rebounds.In the second game, GlobalPort survived a strong challenge from Phoenix in the stretch to hammer out a 100-91 victory and barge into the win column.ADVERTISEMENT 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. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano The Road Warriors stayed unbeaten in the PBA Governors’ Cup after outlasting Guiao’s former team, Rain or Shine, 122-114, in double overtime as Kevin Alas redeemed himself from a “stupid mistake” that almost cost NLEX the game in the first extension at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday night.Alas hit the go-ahead layup with 2:51 left for 113-112, and then fed Larry Fonacier for the triple that wrapped it all up with 58.9 remaining as NLEX won a third straight game and grabbed the solo lead momentarily.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’“It’s an awkward feeling, beating that team,” Guiao said. “Sometimes, I still feel I’m the coach of that team. I haven’t gotten over that 100 percent. I still feel that’s my team and they’re my boys. But I have to get used to that,” Guiao said.Perhaps the feeling wouldn’t go away because Guiao left a winning program in Rain or Shine and is now beginning to develop a winning culture with NLEX. LATEST STORIES