After narrowly missing qualification for the 2015 FIFA Under-17 World Cup, Jamaica commenced early preparation for the 2017 edition with a training camp at the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Centre at the University of the West Indies, Mona. The camp continued yesterday, with the JFF naming 32 players for the second camp that will end on Thursday. “Well, we are basically in selection process. We started with 32 players last week and are now looking at 32 other players whom are currently in camp,” Under-17 head coach Andrew Edwards told The Gleaner after the early-morning session yesterday. “We want to rank the players in order to properly evaluate each player and have an idea of the best 20 players,” Edwards added. He said the players in camp, both local and overseas based, have responded well to the session so far. “We intend to improve the players by giving them bits of information,” he explained. PRELIMINARY STAGE The JFF is yet to be officially informed of when the Caribbean Football Union qualifiers will start, but Edwards said, “The preliminary stage usually starts in the summer, so we are looking at a 15-month period to qualify for the next Under-17 World Cup”. Jamaica will seek a third berth at the Under-17 World Cup football tournament after qualifying in 1999 and 2011. The nation missed the last staging after being eliminated on penalty kicks by the United States of America at the CONCACAF stage. The players in camp are: Kajeev White (Vauxhall High), Nickashe Murray (Wolmer’s Boys), Demale Sinclair (Jamaica College), Lloyd Reynolds (Holy Trinity High), Jeremy Verley (St George’s College), Romario McPherson (Bridgeport High), Shaquille Smith (Jonathan Grant High), Tyrone Small (Jonathan Grant), Akeem Davis (Munro College), Deandre Smalling (Munro), Tavin Small (Munro), Daniel Russell (Holmwood Technical), Marlando Maxwell (Manchester High), Dwayne Leven (Ptersfield High), Ricardo McIntosh (Clarendon College), Nickque Daley (Clarendon College), Calwayne Allen (St James High), Garnet Hudson (Cornwall College), Richard Thompson (Herbert Morrison High), Damani Osei (Cosby High, USA), Blake White (Home Schooled), Thriston Briscoe (North Babylon, USA), Chad Letts (YSC Academy), Rasheed Martin (Queens Gateway, USA), Jeadine White (St Andrew Technical High), Khalil Dabdoub (Hillel Academy), Jordan Peterkin (Kingston College), Renato Campbell (KC), Jabari Howell (Holy Trinity High), and Cleon Haynes (Wolmer’s Boys).
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania: THE high school boys sprint relay will be one of the highlights when the 122nd staging of the Penn Relays comes to an end today at the Franklin Field Stadium. Jamaica College led the qualifiers for today’s final, winning their heat in 40.87 seconds. They were followed by TC Williams out of Virginia with 40.91, Kingston College (41.05), St Jago (41.05), and Calabar (41.47). All the top qualifiers are expected to go below 40 seconds in the final, and Calabar’s one-year old mark of 39.63 could fall. Calabar and Kingston College looked quite easy in the heats, while TC Williams also looked smooth in posting the second-fastest time of the day. This final will get under way at 12 50 p.m. Jamaica time. Both St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS) and St Jago High easily qualified for today’s final of the 4×800 metres. STETHS clocked 7:49.14 to take the first heat with St Jago second in 7:48.21. Bellefield High, Kingston College, and Jamaica College also advanced to the final scheduled for 3 p.m. (Ja time). Competition will begin at 8 a.m. (Ja time) time with the 400m hurdles. Six Jamaicans, led by number-one seed Timor Barrett of St Jago High, are down for the event. Earlier yesterday, Munro College’s Kino Dunkley won the high school boys’ discus with a throw of 57.89 metres. – R.G.
HERZOGENAURACH, Germany: Having partnered with a number of new young athletes in recent months, PUMA has announced its “most exciting athlete endorsement of all” with the signing of Nigel Ellis. The junior sprinter joins a growing Jamaican line-up of PUMA track and field athletes that includes Natasha Morrison, Kaliese Spencer, Asafa Powell, Hansle Parchment, Jaheel Hyde and, of course, the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt. Ellis has a big future in track and field. Under the coaching of Reynaldo Walcott at St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), he lowered his personal bests to 10.16 and 20.40 at the age of 18, claiming both the 100m and 200m sprint titles at the ISSA Boys and Girls’ Championships in Kingston. He is also currently the fastest 100-metre junior athlete in the world. PUMA continues to invest in growing its stable of athletes and partner federations, maintaining its presence in a sport that has always been a rich part of its history. With the Olympics in Rio approaching, PUMA has made significant strides to enrich its athlete portfolio, continuing its focus on becoming the fastest sport brand in the world. Speaking about the new partnership with PUMA, Ellis said: “In Jamaica, PUMA is the number one brand in track and field. I’ve known PUMA all my life. “I’ve seen the athletes they work with, the high schools they support, the quality of the running shoes and training wear they make. Signing with PUMA is a big moment for any athlete and, for me, this is a big deal. “I’m proud of the potential they see in me and the opportunity to continue my education. I look forward to working with them for years ahead,” he added. Pascal Rolling, PUMA’s head of sports marketing for running, said: “We are very happy to have signed Nigel. He is improving so quickly and his commitment and desire to measure himself among the best is clear. “He embodies the spirit and values of PUMA, both on and off the track, by training and competing hard, while living well with a joy for what he does. He’s a young man with a huge future and we’re pleased to play a part of the success that will come.”
AT THE FINISHING POSTWeather: Fine; Track: GoodRace 1 1100 M (Purse $500,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT* 1. TEISHA’S DREAM SEllis 53.02. OBEDIENCE AGray4 51.0 9L3. IDON’TKNOW RMitchell 53.0 2L4. QUEEN OF THE TOWN LSteadman3 52.0 3 1/2LDNF #3 EAST SIDE GIRL DaneNelson 53.0WIN: $85.00PLACE: $53.00, $133.00, $59.00Final Time : 1:11.0 Splits : 24.3, 49.1, ,Winner : 4yo b filly – HOMING INSTINCT out of DARE TO DREAM by STAR OF MANILATrainer : GORDON DAVIS Owner : JUNIOR T GOLDINGBred by LAKELAND FARMS LTD.NOTE: HORSE #5 BOOK OF RULES CAME 6TH, BUT WAS DISQUALIFIED AND PLACED OUT OF THE RACEQuinella : (4,7) $439.00 Exacta : (7-4) $550.00Trifecta : (7-4-1) $280.00Race 2 1500 M (Purse $620,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($550,0-$500,0)/NB4YO(NW4)1. DANOS LA PAZ RHalledeen 56.02. SIR SOUTH RMitchell 53.5 1/2L3. STAR NEW VISTA SMuir 54.0 3 3/4L4. HOLIDAY WEEKEND LSteadman3 53.0 3/4LLate scratch : #1 RAJA SARANGIWIN: $211.00PLACE: $130.00, $133.00, $134.00Final Time : 1:34.3 Splits : 24.3, 48.1, 1:13.0,Winner : 4yo b colt – WAR MARSHALL out of LADY RAKWALAAY byTrainer : NEVILLE PERALTO Owner : NEW BLUE LTD.Bred by JAGHAI O.D., J.P., HENRY WILLIAMQuinella : (3,8) $947.00 Exacta : (3-8) $1,550.00D/E : (7-3) $279.00 (7-1) $69.00Superfecta : (3-8-2-9) $15,845.00Race 3 1000 M (S) (Purse $530,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($250,0-$210,0)/NB5YO(NW2) & 6YO&UP(NW4)* 1. ROCKETEER LSteadman3 53.02. DAGGA DAGGA LINKS WHenry 54.0 3/4L3. WAR CHIP JErwin 53.5 Sh.Head4. WINESHA RHalledeen 53.5 3/4LLate scratch : #9 NUH VEXWIN: $140.00PLACE: $78.00, $63.00, $115.00Final Time : 1:00.4 Splits : 22.4, 46.0, ,Winner : 6yo b mare – TRADITIONAL out of RACEE by FAST GOLDTrainer : TYRONE PRINCE Owner : DIMPLE R RUDDOCKMS.Bred by HAM STABLES LTD.NOTE: HORSE #1 CAME 2ND, BUT WAS DISQUALIFIED AND PLACE BEHIND HORSE #2Quinella : (1,3) $499.00 Exacta : (3-1) $1,224.00D/E : (3-3) $2,064.00 (3-9) $152.00Superfecta : (3-1-5-7) $21,419.00Rolling Triple : (7-3-3) $2,554.00Race 4 1000 M (S) (Purse $800,000) NB&IMP2-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT* 1. RALLY BABY PFrancis 50.52. BIRD CATCHER WHenry 50.5 5 1/2L3. BIGDADDYKOOL SEllis 53.0 2 1/2L4. MISS MYRTLE RMitchell 51.5 1L5. LIKE A LADY OEdwards4 50.5 3/4LWIN: $91.00PLACE: $56.00, $61.00, $141.00Final Time : 0:59.0 Splits : 22.3, 45.3, ,Winner : 2yo ch filly – MARKET RALLY out of GIVEITTOMEBABY byTrainer : RICHARD AZAN Owner : MILADE AZAN, RICHARD AZAN, LAURENCE HEFFES & EDISON CHAIBred by MILADE AZAN, EDISON CHAI, ROHAN CRICHTON, LAURENCE HEFFQuinella : (7,10) $108.00 Exacta : (7-10) $229.00D/E : (3-7) $437.00Trifecta : (7-10-1) $428.00Hi-5 : (7-10-1-5-11) $1,275.00Rolling Triple : (3-3-7) $1,358.00Race 5 1100 M (Purse $500,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP(NW3)1. EL NUMERO UNO SMuir 54.02. BATTLE SONG AChatrie 55.0 3 1/4L3. EUSEBIA RHalledeen 55.0 1L* 4. ST. BERNARD RMitchell 57.0 5L5. FLAGRANS AndreePowell4 49.0 6L6. YES WE WILL OnBeckford4 50.0 3/4LLate scratch : #3 PRINCE OSHAUN, #8 FABULOUSCONNECTION, #12 REAL VIBES MACHINEWIN: $186.00PLACE: $98.00, $109.00, $79.00Final Time : 1:09.0 Splits : 23.3, 47.4, ,Winner : 5yo ch horse – TRADITIONAL out of CODE STAR by LOST CODETrainer : TYRONE PRINCE Owner : MICHAEL L WRAYBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Quinella : (2,7) $753.00 Exacta : (2-7) $2,044.00D/E : (7-2) $498.00Trifecta : (2-7-5) $1,072.00Hit-6 : (2-7-5-10-11-) $5,847.00Rolling Triple : (3-7-2) $1,976.00Race 6 1100 M (Purse $555,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN CLAIMING($500,0-$450,0)* 1. ANGEL STAR OWalker 53.02. LAZZA SMuir 52.5 5 1/2L3. HAIL DE CAT JPatterson4 48.5 1 3/4L4. SLEW DI CLOCK MWard4 58.0 1 1/2L5. MINY LEE LSteadman3 52.5 NeckWIN: $119.00PLACE: $71.00, $103.00, $153.00Final Time : 1:09.3 Splits : 24.1, 48.3, ,Winner : 3yo b filly – DEPUTY GLITTERS out of MAKIN ME PROUD by MAKINTrainer : GARY SUBRATIE Owner : MICHROSBred by MICHAEL BERNARDQuinella : (4,11) $174.00 Exacta : (11-4) $291.00D/E : (2-11) $989.00Trifecta : (11-4-8) $492.00Hi-5 : (11-4-8-12-7) $88,514.00Rolling Triple : (7-2-11) $1,218.00Race 7 1200 M (Purse $530,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)* 1. AWESOME CAT AndrePowell4 52.02. DR. DEAREST OMullings 51.5 5L3. MISTY WHenry 54.0 3/4L4. SEAL THE DEAL RMitchell 53.0 1 1/4LWIN: $81.00PLACE: $57.00, $99.00, $57.00Final Time : 1:16.3 Splits : 23.2, 47.1, ,Winner : 4yo b colt – TWILIGHT TIME out of JOLIE’S TREASURE by MISTER JOLIETrainer : CARL ANDERSON Owner : CARL D ANDERSONBred by CARL D. ANDERSONQuinella : (3,10) $520.00 Exacta : (10-3) $640.00D/E : (11-10) $194.00Superfecta : (10-3-9-2) $2,559.00Rolling Triple : (2-11-10) $1,028.00Super-6 : (3-9-7-2-11-10) $8,284.40Race 8 2000 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O(NW2)/IMP3YO&UP(MDN)-REST.ALL.II1. BROWN GIRL HPottinger4 50.02. CAMOUFLAGE JErwin 53.5 Neck3. SIR BIGGS PFrancis 50.5 1 1/4* 4. GRINDING TO A HALT OWalker 54.0 5 1/25. STIR IT UP AChatrie 52.0 4 1/2WIN: $1973.00PLACE: $877.00, $187.00, $308.00Final Time : 2:13.0 Splits : 24.4, 51.1, 1:15.3, 1:42.1Winner : 3yo b filly – DEPUTY GLITTERS out of RAY OF HOPE by STAR ATTITUDETrainer : RYAN DARBY Owner : RAPHAEL E GORDONBred by FRANCIS BARNETT & EDISON CHAIQuinella : (4,12) $4,113.00 Exacta : (4-12) $13,858.00D/E : (10-4) $7,642.00Trifecta : (4-12-3) $6,643.00Hi-5 carry-over : $78,344.50Rolling Triple : (11-10-4) $19,250.00Race 9 1200 M (Purse $560,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)1. DUTCHROW ADancel 54.02. GENUINE FRIEND SMuir 54.0 1 1/4L3. KING NEBARUE HPottinger4 50.0 Neck4. JUST LIKE EMMA WHenry 53.0 1 3/4L5. SILENT STORM CBudhai 53.0 2 1/4LLate scratch : #1 PERFECT GOLDWIN: $666.00PLACE: $190.00, $126.00, $814.00Final Time : 1:16.2 Splits : 23.1, 47.3, ,Winner : 5yo b horse – NATURAL SELECTION out of HEDIA’S PROSPECT by FORTUNATE PROSPECTTrainer : DEON FACEY Owner : DEON FACEYBred by EVERGLADES FARMS LTD.NOTE: HORSE #5 PRINCESS SHEMIKA CAME 1ST BUT WAS DISQUALIFIED AND PLACED 9THQuinella : (9,13) $5,660.00 Exacta : (13-9) $9,902.00D/E : (4-13) $328,344.00Trifecta : (13-9-7) $148,717.00Hi-5 carry-over : $259,285.00Rolling Triple : (10-4-13) $78,115.00Pick-4 : (11-10-4-13) $94,448.00Super-6 : (7-2-11-10-4-13) $678,481.00Pick-9 : (7-3-3-7-2-11-10-4-13) $38,581.00 (7-3-3-7-2-11-10-4-13) $422.50 Carry-over : $1,397,466.42PlacePot 8 : Carry-over : $171,495.00
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REWARDING CAREER Chanderpaul enjoyed an illustrious 164-Test career, garnering 11,867 runs at an average of 51, with 30 centuries. His stellar record left him second on the all-time West Indies run-scorers list behind former batting star Brian Lara with 11,953 runs. He suffered a run of low scores, however, managing 91 runs in three Tests on the 2014-15 tour of South Africa and 92 runs in a similar three-Test series during England’s tour of the Caribbean last April. In the two series prior, he compiled 270 runs in two Tests against Bangladesh without being dismissed and averaged 48 in three Tests against touring New Zealand. Despite the dip in form, Chanderpaul believed he still had more Tests runs in him. “I thought I could have gone on for a while, given more series and retired properly,” the Guyanese explained. He added: “It’s been a great run throughout the two decades. I am thankful for all the opportunities I got. I enjoyed playing all the formats for that long.” Chanderpaul, who made his debut as a 19-year-old 22 years ago against England in his hometown Georgetown, said his career had been a rewarding one. “(It) probably could have been better in some areas, (but) my career has been great since I was a schoolkid. Then there were things you expect from certain people, but sometimes you have to put things behind and look ahead,” he noted. “I don’t know (if there are any regrets). I have always played the game with passion. I have enjoyed it. I don’t know if I have any regrets.” Chanderpaul is here to play in the inaugural MCL where he will turn out for Gemini Arabians. Lara is also participating in the tournament as captain of Leon Lions, with past stars such as Australian Adam Gilchrist, Muttiah Muralitharan and Jacques Kallis also involved. “It’s been great. All these guys from different parts of the world are here and most of them are legends, some really good players, and I am happy to play alongside them,” said Chanderpaul. DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC): Retired veteran left-hander Shiv Chanderpaul believes his recent shabby treatment at the hands of selectors is a worrying sign for the younger generation of West Indies cricketers. The prolific 41-year-old was sacked last May ahead of Australia’s two-Test tour of the Caribbean, with selectors contending he had suffered a “rapid” decline in form. Chanderpaul said having not been given the opportunity to “retire properly” following a long career for West Indies, sent a negative message to up-and-coming players. “I wanted one last opportunity to play against Australia before signing off, but (I) can’t do anything about it. (I) just want to put that behind (me),” Chanderpaul said here. “I got the NOC to play in Masters Champions League (MCL) after retiring from international cricket. Having played for so long, I feel I should have been treated well. If a player (like me) is treated like that, then think how the younger generation will be treated.” He added: “Being treated like ordinary schoolboys. Nobody would come and say that you like so and so. You are always treated that way. These things will happen.”
St George’s College plans to have an ambulance in place for their remaining four games in the ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup preliminary-round Group A games.The North Street-based school will host Greater Portmore High in group play at Winchester Park today, starting at 3:30 p.m.The plan to put in place an ambulance team came as a result of the death of St George’s College captain Dominic James on Tuesday.James collapsed during a game between St George’s College and Excelsior at Stadium East. He was rushed to the University Hospital of the West Indies in his father’s car and was pronounced dead shortly after.The game was called off after James’ death, with Excelsior leading 2-1 in first-half stoppage time.Now, three days later, the 20-time champions will be back in action.”We had always had doctors on hand at our games, whether home or away. We had a doctor there at the last game. We normally have a stretcher. Now, plans are in place to have an ambulance service in place,” Suzette Mullings-Graham, a vice-principal of St George’s College, told The Gleaner yesterday.”We normally do everything to ensure the safety of players and spectators at our games,” she added.Greater Portmore lead the group on seven points, closely followed by St George’s College (6) and Excelsior (4), while Tarrant and Tivoli are without a point.With the teams engaged in a top-of-the table clash, a highly competitive game is expected. The Neville ‘Bertis’ Bell-coached St George’s are favoured to win at home.
It’s new and exciting for Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber, entering a Grand Slam tournament with the No. 1 in front of their names.Both reached the top of the rankings for the first time near the end of 2016, ending long reigns by Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams.And so they’ll open their Australian Open campaigns on Rod Laver Arena on day one – both against Ukrainians.Murray, a five-time runner-up, opens his pursuit of a first Australian title against Illya Marchenko in the last-day match on the main show court. Kerber opens the night session against Lesia Tsurenko. She’ll be followed on court by Roger Federer, who is returning from six months on the sidelines.The ‘one-round-at-a-time’ clichÈ is well worn in tennis. For Kerber, though, it’s pertinent. Seeded seventh last year, the left-handed German had to save a match point in the first round against Misaki Doi. Spurred on by that, she went on to beat Serena Williams in the final and claim her first Grand Slam title. She added a second major at the US Open and ascended to the No. 1 ranking.”I think this point where I was match point down, that was the important point for my career,” Kerber said yesterday, speaking of her first-round escape against Doi. “You never know (if) I lost the match, what would have happened.”WITHOUT PRESSUREIt gave her the freedom to play without pressure, and that made all the difference.”When I’m looking back, I was feeling that I got a second chance to stay in the tournament,” she said. “I was playing since then without expectation … just enjoying everything.”Kerber can hang on to the top ranking by reaching to the final here, but she’s already feeling there’s more to defend than her title.”It’s a new challenge for me, for sure,” she said, but we are starting from zero here. I have to be ready from the first round again.”I will try to not put too much expectation and pressure on myself. I mean, I will try to do it like last year – that was the way I had my success.”Record-chasing, six-time champions Djokovic and Williams, seeded No. 2 and anchoring the bottom half of the men’s and women’s draws, won’t be in action until day two. Djokovic is aiming to be the first man to win seven Australian titles. Serena Williams is chasing an Open-era record 23rd major title.
WBO world welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan say they have agreed to terms for a fight on April 23. The boxers’ promoters are yet to announce any details. Golden Boy Promotions, Khan’s promoter, didn’t reply to a request from The Associated Press on Sunday for confirmation. Pacquiao, who came out of retirement to win the WBO belt by beating Jesse Vargas in November, says on his Twitter account that he is fighting Khan because “this is what the fans wanted.” Pacquiao’s followers on Twitter recently voted for Khan to be the 38-year-old Filipino’s next opponent, ahead of Jeff Horn of Australia, Terence Crawford of the United States or Kell Brook of Britain. Khan hasn’t fought since stepping up to middleweight and getting knocked out by WBC champion Canelo Alvarez in May. He described the bout against Pacquiao as a “super fight.” Khan and Pacquiao used to be sparring partners under trainer Freddie Roach. Khan left Roach in 2012. April 23 is a Sunday, which suggests the fight could take place outside the United States or Britain. Pacquiao has previously said he would next fight in the United Arab Emirates.
Jamaica was one of the top teams entering the meet. They won at the first meet in 2014 and were second in 2015 behind the United States. First-leg runner Clarke said the team was very disappointed. “We are disappointed because we came out with a lot of confidence and we really wanted to make it into the final,” Clarke said. “It is just of those things because in the relays, you have to carry the baton around and we failed to do so today.” Minzie labelled it a terrible mix-up. “I can’t blame anyone because it was just a terrible mix up on the third leg. We know that we would have won this race, but it wasn’t to be for us today.” Meanwhile, in the women’s 4×400 metres, Jamaica qualified for today’s final when they placed second to Poland in the third and final heat. Jamaica clocked a season’s best 3:29.93 with Poland winning in 3:29.42. The United States clocked the fastest time, 3:29.27, in winning heat one. The Jamaican team in running order was Christine Day, Janieve Russell, Dawnalee Loney and team captain Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby. NASSAU, Bahamas: Jamaica, one of the hot pre-meet favourites for the men’s 4×100 metres, suffered a shock exit from the event at the IAAF-BTC World Relays in the Bahamas last night. A terrible mix-up on the second leg between incoming runner Kemar Bailey-Coley and Jevaughn Minzie ended with the baton falling in heat one of the event. The Jamaican quartet got off to a brilliant start when Everton Clarke outsprinted his rivals to hand over to Bailey-Cole. However, Bailey-Cole failed to connect with third man Minzie and the baton fell to the blue track, stunning the many Jamaican fans in the stands. The event was won by the Netherlands in 38.71 ahead of the Republic of China (38.97) and Australia (39.09). TOP TEAM