Jamaica’s team to the July 31 to August 2 Junior Pan American Championships in Edmonton, Canada, will leave the island today.Head coach, Michael Carr, the man who was at the helm when Jamaica topped the world at the World Youth Championships two years ago in Ukraine is very confident that the 36-man team, which includes 20 males and 16 females will deliver despite the earlier withdrawal of World Junior 400 metres hurdles champion, Jaheel Hyde.”This team is highly motivated to do well and we know that the United States who are doing well at this level now will be competing near to home and we want to spoil their party,” said Carr. “We had a training camp before our departure today and several of these athletes will be competing for the final time at this level and they want to go out in glory,” said Carr.The TEAMThe team has been bolstered by three overseas-based collegiate athletes led by male high jumper, Christoff Bryan, 100m hurdler Daeshon Gordon, and sprinter Jonielle Smith.Females: Sashalee Forbes, Yanique Thompson, Daeshon Gordon, Shanon Kallawan, Ashley Williams, Kimone Hines, Jonielle Smith, Candice McLeod, Dawnalee Loney, Roneisha McGregor, Jessica Noble, Shanice Lewis, Shanice Love, Safia Morgan, Tamara Moncrieffe and Ayesha Champaigne.Males: Shivnarine Smalling, Xandre Blake, Roje Jackson Chin, Seanie Selvin, Kevaun Rattray, Hujaye Cornwall, Renardo Wilson, Ivan Henry, Demar Walker, Devaughn Smith, Shemar Salmon, Thaleeto Green, Obrien Wasome, Odain Lewis, Clayton Brown, Demar Gayle, Warren Barrett, Rajindra Campbell, Christoff Bryan, Marvin WilliamsOfficials: Manager – Juliet Parkes, assistant manager – Langley Robinson, head coach – Michael Carr, coaches – Shanikie Osbourne, Ruel James and Michael McIntosh.
WESTERN BUREAU:Glenmuir High rallied from two goals down yesterday to stun Kingston College 3-2 in the opening game of an ISSA-FLOW Super Cup triple header at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.Chase Myrie netted the winning goal midway the second half after KC caught them flat-footed early into the contest with two quick strikes.In the evening’s second match, St. Elizabeth Technical (STETHS) showed poise in a superb 3-1 win over Charlie Smith High.KC were all over Glenmuir in the early stages of the opening fixture and took the lead in the seventh minute, when Aquem Campbell scored. Rashawn McKinson’s goal from the penalty spot made the score 2-0 in the 14th minute.Glenmuir slowly found their best form and Davis Givans chipped KC goalkeeper Akim Larmond in the 30th minute to cut the deficit in half.In the second half, Glenmuir were rampant. Two late goals from Leroy Bryant and Myrie sealed an excellent win.In the afternoon’s second game, STETHS were irresistible. Their outstanding attacking play was too much for Charlie Smith.The Trench Town-based school took an early lead when Alton Lewis fired them ahead in the fifth minute. Seven minutes later, Romario Wright equalised for STETHS with a rasping shot.The match turned in STETHS’ favour when midfielder Trevar McCulloch netted for the go-ahead goal in the 35th minute. Michael Kerr then completed the scoring for a fine victory.
Tivoli Gardens scored another massive victory to pull further away from the relegation zone, scoring a 1-0 win over Portmore United at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex yesterday.Rodico Wellington netted the game’s only goal from the penalty spot on 24 minutes to lift the West Kingston team to 32 points.Portmore ended the game with 10 players as Omar Daley was red-carded at the 41st minute.The goal was Wellington’s third of the season and the former Denham Town High School Manning Cup player, who is in his third Premier League season, says he is looking to fill the boots of Junior Flemmings, the club’s leading scorer this season, who left the island for an overseas contract recently.”I have taken over from Junior Flemmings because he has gone away on contract, so I told myself that I have to come out and do it for him. This is my third season and I feel I have found my footing (in league). My aim was 10 (goals) at the start of the season and right now I am at three, but I still think I can reach that amount,” he told The Gleaner.”Mr Bailey (coach Glendon) has given us more fitness and a mentality when we go into games to not lose. He has built my confidence a lot and that gives me the courage to go out and work hard and execute and we can make the top four. We just have to work hard and have the mindset to make the top four,” he said.FIRST-HALF PENALTYThe home team was better in the first half, and 24 minutes into the contest, Tivoli were awarded a penalty and Wellington fired past Shaven Sean Paul to give the hosts the lead.Portmore’s troubles were made worse four minutes before the break when captain Omar Daley received a second yellow card for insulting and verbally abusing the match referee.The defeat was the fourth in six games for Portmore, which is of some concern for assistant coach Jeffrey Hewitt, with the play-offs fast approaching.”This (defeat) will have a psychological impact. Our form is of some concern and we are trying to work on it. We thought the poor run was gone after four points from two games. But, today, we lost and we had to get the result and we didn’t get it,” he said.Tivoli’s assistant coach Damian Gordon said they are not out of the woods as yet.”We have to take it on a game-by-game situation. We have to look at the teams below us, so we have to keep on winning points,” he said.Yesterday’s ResultsTivoli 1 Portmore 0UWI FC 1 MoBay United 1Reno FC 1 Humble Lion 1Cavalier 0 Boys’ Town 0Today’s game9 p.m. Harbour View vs Rivoli United at Harbour View Mini Stadium
Jamaican shooters proved they can compete with the countries more favourably placed and funded for professional shooting as the week-long United States Nationals ended in Frostproof, Florida, on Thursday.Lesgar Murdock, who is now US-based, produced the best among a cadre of Jamaican shooters who performed creditably.He pulled off a stunning performance in landing a top place among a whopping 294 shooters who contested the stellar Limited division. The event, which was won by less than a percentage point by Jonassan Mills over Robert Vogel, saw Murdock finishing a very good ninth. He amassed 1892 points at 89 per cent. Of 22 stages, he achieved eight top-ten finishes and even won stage twelve, valued at 120 points.Ronald Brown Jr, who has now firmly taken on the mantle of best local-based shooter, finished 24th at 78 per cent. Andy Yapp, ended at 38th place at 74 per cent, and Orville Henriques, 48th with 72 per cent, rounded out the best performances by Jamaicans.The lone female shooter from Jamaica, Sue Ann Henriques, was caught among a tough group, but even at 176th position, her 51 per cent was fantastic among females. The best performance by a female was 63rd position by American Ashley Rheuark.
Fellaini was brought on by United manager Jose Mourinho in the 85th minute to provide the team height and extra defensive muscle as Everton poured forward in search of an equaliser at Goodison Park. His first contribution was to bring down Idrissa Gueye as the Everton midfielder ran across the face of the penalty box. Mourinho looked disgusted in his technical area, even more so when Baines converted the penalty. Zlatan Ibrahimovic put United in front in the 42nd by latching onto Anthony Martial’s ball over the top and producing an exquisite lob from the edge of the area with the outside of his right foot. The ball bounced up onto the crossbar, came down onto the post and landed on the goal line before spinning back over the line. United hit the post early in the second half through Ander Herrera and couldn’t hold on as Everton finished the stronger. United are in sixth place after their worst 14-game start to a Premier League season. Mourinho acknowledged before the game that the title might already be beyond his team, but a top-four finish – which brings Champions League qualification – is also looking a tough task, even at this early stage. Mourinho was characteristically defiant. “Another game with a very good performance,” Mourinho said, “but we’re not getting the results we deserve.” Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp couldn’t hide his frustration after his side threw away 2-0 and 3-1 leads to slump to only a second loss this season. “We aren’t ice skating,” Klopp said. “It’s not about how it looks.” Klopp said Liverpool simply stopped playing after going 3-1 ahead in the 64th through Emre Can, adding to first-half goals by Sadio ManÈ and Divock Origi. Bournemouth scored in the 76th and 78th minutes to draw level, before Ake pounced on the mistake by Karius to complete one of the greatest turnarounds in the Premier League’s 24-year history. Ake is on loan at Bournemouth from Chelsea. “We opened the door,” Klopp said, “and they ran through.” The meltdown reignited concerns about Liverpool’s defence, which was missing injured centre back Joel Matip, and the debate over whether Karius is an upgrade on the goalkeeper he recently replaced, Simon Mignolet. Liverpool are in third place. EVERTON 1 MAN UNITED 1 LIVERPOOL, England (AP): Individual errors proved costly yesterday for Liverpool and Manchester United on a day of late goals and incredible comebacks in English football. Liverpool conceded three goals in the final 20 minutes to lose 4-3 at Bournemouth in the Premier League. The collapse was sealed when Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius fumbled a shot in the third minute of injury time, gifting Nathan Ake the chance to grab the winner. Hours later, United were held 1-1 at Everton after Marouane Fellaini conceded an 88th-minute penalty with a clumsy foul, two minutes after coming on as a substitute. Leighton Baines scored from the spot to leave United with just two wins since August 27. While Liverpool dropped four points behind first-placed Chelsea, United are already 13 points adrift of the leaders after only 14 games. The late drama didn’t end there. In possibly the most stunning finish to a match in the FA Cup, AFC Wimbledon came from 3-0 down in the 80th minute to beat non-league Curzon Ashton 4-3 in the second round. BOURNEMOUTH 4 LIVERPOOL 3
Largely unseen in a meet with its fair share of big names, Trishauna Hemmings of Hydel High School put on a fine performance at last Saturday’s Western Relays in Montego Bay. First, she skimmed through the Class One 100 metres hurdles in her fastest time ever. Later, she bounded to her best long jump of the season. The display earmarked Hemmings for big things at Boys and Girls’ Championships.She was slick in her first competition inside the Montego Bay Sports Complex, with a speedy run of 13.66 seconds to arrive ahead of the outstanding Wolmerian Janeek Brown. Though there was no official information on the wind conditions, the time exceeds her old personal best of 13.82 and makes her the fourth-fastest Class One girl of the season.Only Gabrielle McDonald of Edwin Allen High School, Nicolee Foster of Holmwood Technical, and Amoi Brown of Vere Technical High School have gone faster in 2017. McDonald and Foster both were timed in 13.55 at the Youngster Goldsmith Classic on February 11. Brown of Vere won at the Queen’s-Grace Jackson meet in 13.75.EXCITED ABOUT RUNHemmings was very pleased with her run.”Well, I’m feeling very excited,” she said. “I had a PR this morning in the hurdles, a time of 13.66, and also a season’s best, in the long jump, of 5.80,” she summarised. That jump got her second place behind Suzan Francis of Holmwood, who cleared 5.95 metres.The tall Hydel student athlete was third last year at Champs in the heptathlon. However, even with the winner Janell Fullerton and runner-up Zinedine Russell now off on scholarship, she isn’t expected to return to the seven-in-one two-day combo.”Well, the heptathlon is not for me this year,” she revealed before closing her Western Relays endeavours with a strong run in the 4×200 metres.Her speciality has always been the long jump, where she was a finalist and eventually a 2015 Class Two runner-up for Glengoffe High School. Second then to Brown of Wolmer’s in the 100m hurdles, she moved to Hydel and reached the Class One final.McDonald, Foster and the two Browns are the top end of a fine Class One 100m hurdles field for Champs, which starts on March 28; but for now, Hemmings is concentrating on training.”Practice is going good so far,” she reported. “We haven’t completed all the phases, so I’m hoping to better my time at Boys and Girls’ Champs.”
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INSURANCE NOT ENOUGH National Rugby Sevens player Omar Dixon has remained in Hong Kong after last week’s Hong Kong Sevens Tournament as he awaits a crucial surgery to restore vision in his right eye. Dixon was injured during the Jamaica Crocs’ opening game against Germany last week when a high boot to the head not only left him concussed, but also detached his retina in his right eye and cracked its socket. He had already done an emergency surgery to reattach the retina but still has no visibility as blood is now building up behind the eye and doctors say they need to do another operation to correct this. Team manager Cherine Richards said the Jamaica Rugby Football Union (JRFU) has a tight deadline to come up with the funds for the surgery. “Right now, we have an issue of trying to raise the $5 million to pay for that surgery,” she said. “The surgery was done, he’s still in Hong Kong, he still can’t see (with that eye) and they’re (doctors) wondering what’s happening behind the eye. He has two weeks in Hong Kong to try to recover to see if the bleeding will stop.” Richards said that Dixon is insured, but this cannot cover the entire medical bill. “I’m very nervous about it because he’s left there alone,” she added. “We couldn’t afford to leave someone with him so I have someone on the ground there, the doctor is there with him and the organisers have stayed back, instead of moving on to the other series in Singapore this weekend. However, Richards said that she communicates with him regularly. “Every day, I have to be checking on him to keep his spirits up,” she said. “He’s from the United Kingdom and now we have to change his flight and we can’t pay for that either. His ticket is supposed to be changed in two weeks’ time and we can’t afford it.” Richards said that doctors did give them hope that Dixon could begin playing within three months of doing the surgery. She added that the JRFU will be actively trying to come up with some of the funds on its own and said that one way it will be doing this is with the hosting of a fish-fry, but persons looking to make donations can get in touch with the association in order to contribute to its Scotiabank account.
Raymond ‘KC’ Graham: What a start to the Diamond League season, especially in the men’s 100 metres, where the likes of Justin Gatlin, Andre De Grasse and Asafa Powell will clash in Doha today. Andre Lowe: This one should be really exciting. We know Doha will be nice and hot and some of the best will certainly be bringing the heat in the short sprint in what will be a good indicator of what awaits later this season in the sprints. Raymond ‘KC’ Graham: And how could I forget the South African, Akani Simbine, following his legit 9.93, 9.98, 9.92, 9.94 and 9.95 seconds times so far this season? The highlight of the World Relays came in the preliminary round of the 4x100m when De Grasse looked into Gatlin’s face while overtaking him on the anchor leg. Andre Lowe: Gatlin will want to send a message to the youngster and will also have fond memories of his last 100m race in Qatar, which came at this same meet two years ago when he ran a blistering 9.74 seconds in a big win. Raymond ‘KC’ Graham: Yes, but Gatlin ,at 35, does not have that same top end speed he showed in 2014 and 2015, and a younger De Grasse, at 22 , despite not having a history of blazing-wind legal times in the 100 metres, look set to be the man to take over in the event with the exit of Usain Bolt. Doha could be the start of this. Andre Lowe: Well Gatlin ran under 9.90 seconds three times last season, so he still has some speed for sure. I do think that given the schedule of the South African season, Simbine will arrive here in the best shape. He just won his national championships a couple of weeks ago and is responsible for three of the top-four and five of the top seven times so far this season. Raymond ‘KC’ Graham: Yes, he is the form man, but remember in Rio, he finished behind Gatlin and De Grasse and I don’t think that will change today as the pedigree of Gatlin and De Grasse, along with Powell, could be too much for him despite this being early in the season. Andre Lowe: Powell struggles against Gatlin, and De Grasse has shown an appetite for the big occasion. I spent a day with him at his training base last week and can say that he’s already in good shape and is eager to continue to raise his reputation in Doha. I’m going with De Grasse over Gatlin. It’s a toss up for third place between Powell and Simbine, who, let’s not forget, has already beaten Powell in his young career. Raymond ‘KC’ Graham: I like De Grasse to beat them all despite his previous best being 9.99 before his 9.91 in Rio. He will have to run faster, though, to win here and I think he will and I give him the win over Simbine and Gatlin with Powell in fourth.
SEASON BEST THROW Jamaica has an exciting future in the shot put. That’s the viewpoint of Jamaica’s finest shot putter, O’Dayne Richards. Speaking last Saturday, he cited Kevin Nedrick, Kyle Mitchell, and Warren Barrett as good prospects. Asked about Petersfield High School standout Nedrick at the JAAA All-Comers meet at the National Stadium on May 13, Richards said, “I’m excited for him, and he’s not the only one.” “That’s what makes it so interesting,” he said. Richards has high expectations for Kyle Mitchell of Calabar, who preceded Nedrick as Boys and Girls’ Championship Class 1 shot champion, and former Carifta champion Warren Barrett. “Mitchell is doing well,” he said of the Calabar boy. “Warren is coming back into shape,” he commented about Barrett who is recovering from a wrist injury. Richards, who is 29, and who was visibly animated, said that he expects good things from Jamaican putters. “It’s just set for an exciting future in throwing.” Nedrick has dominated the Class 1 shot this season. In his last campaign for Petersfield, the Machel Woolery-coached thrower achieved a Boys and Girls’ Champs and national junior record of 20.65m. He was already the holder of the national under-18 record. Nedrick and Mitchell took the top two spots at the Carifta Games in CuraÁao. Barrett was the champion in 2016, with Nedrick’s former Petersfield teammate, Sanjae Lawrence, second. Earlier this year, Lawrence triumphed at the US Junior College Championships for Barton County Community College. The runner-up was another former Petersfield thrower, Stevon Crooks. Richards held centre stage at Saturday’s meet with his best throw of the season, 21.15m. For him, it was a step towards his distance goal of 22m. A trim-looking Richards improved on his previous 2017 best of 20.74. When the shot put action was over, he spoke optimistically about the future. “Last year, I had a couple setbacks with injuries which, trust me, taught me how to fight,” he said of a 2016 season in which he had to recover from knee surgery. “It taught me how to fight,” the reigning Commonwealth and Pan-Am champion reflected, “and I’m still fighting but a little bit wiser now, and hopefully, this year will be better performances.” The holder of the national record at 21.69m has set his sights on longer throws. With that in mind, he wants to be consistent in the 21m range. “Twenty one is the new 20, so the target is 22,” he explained. Noting that the US pair of Olympic champion Ryan Crouser, World champion Joe Kovacs and New Zealand’s Tom Walsh are top class, he said, “It’s exciting to compete against them, but O’Dayne Richards needs 22. I need 22m as well, and I’m focusing on that.” Crouser has the longest throw in the world this year at 22.15m.