Triple jumper Shanieke Thomas gave Jamaica its first medal at the North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Track and Field Championships in Costa Rica yesterday.Thomas produced a personal best and championships record of 14.23 metres to win the women’s triple jump final. The previous record was 13.22m, set by American Tombe Hurd in 2007.Thomas, a University of West Indies student, could book a ticket for the IAAF World Championships later this month as her winning distance put her past the 14.20m qualifying mark for the championships.Several other Jamaicans qualified for finals today.Leading the way were Shel-don Mitchell and Jason Livermore in the men’s 100m. Mitchell is the third-fastest qua-lifier. He won his heat in 10.07 seconds. Livermore finished second in his heat in 10.12 to be the fourth-fastest qualifier. Kemar Hyman of the Cayman Islands is the fastest qualifier. He won his heat in 10.05.false startingIn the women’s 100m, Sam-antha Henry-Robinson booked her final after capturing her heat in a championships record 11.01. World University Games silver medallist, Shimarya Williams, was disqualified for false starting.In the men’s 400m, Ricardo Chambers is through to the final. He finished second in his heat in 44.93 behind Lalonde Gordon of Trinidad and Tobago, who won in 44.64. Javere Bell was fifth in his heat and failed to advance.Bobby-Gaye Wilkins-Goode will run in the women’s 400m final. She captured her heat in 51.79. Her teammate, Sonikqua Walker, failed to advance after placing fifth in her heat in 53.26. The fastest qualifier is American Courtney Okolo, who set a championship record 50.82 seconds in winning her heat. The previous mark, 52.23, was set by another American, Debbie Dunn, in 2007.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC): Stylish right-hander Shamarh Brooks was targeting his second century of the game as Barbados Pride increased their stranglehold over Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in their Regional First Class Championship contest in Barbados yesterday. At the close of the second day, Pride were 171 for three in their second innings – an overall lead of 225 runs heading into today’s final day at Kensington Oval. The 27-year-old Brooks, who carved out 111 in the first innings, was unbeaten on 51, while captain Kraigg Brathwaite struck 72 and West Indies counterpart Shai Hope, 25. Earlier, Red Force were dismissed for 246, half-hour after lunch, after resuming the day on 153 for five, as they added 93 runs for their last five wickets. Steven Katwaroo, unbeaten on 27 overnight, top-scored with 64 while Yannic Ottley, on 26 at the start, made 45. The pair extended their sixth wicket partnership to 92 before being separated when Ottley edged an out-swinger from seamer Kevin Stoute and was caught at the wicket. 95 BALLS IN 129 MINUTES He faced 95 balls in 129 minutes at the crease and counted three fours and two sixes. Katwaroo lost Imran Khan for eight and captain Rayad Emrit for 20 before he was ninth out after batting for 193 minutes, facing 166 balls and striking nine fours, bowled middle stump by the enterprising Stoute. Right-armer Stoute picked up four for 54; fast bowler Miguel Cummins, three for 65, while Kemar Roach finished with two for 38. In their second turn at the crease, Pride rammed home their advantage as Brathwaite put on 38 for the first wicket with Kyle Corbin (16) before adding a further 44 for the second wicket with Hope. Corbin was lbw to Imran Khan pushing forward tentatively, while Hope was caught at the wicket off left-arm spinner Kavesh Kantasingh. Brathwaite, who faced 151 balls in 169 minutes at the crease and hit six fours, also posted 84 for the third wicket with Brooks before perishing in the fourth over before the close, lbw after missing a sweep at off-spinner Narsingh Deonarine. Brooks has so far faced 77 balls and counted six fours.
Action at the Douglas Forest meet got off to a late start this morning inside the National Stadium with the competition starting a full hour after the scheduled 8:00am start. St Jago’s Andrenette Knight and Kingston College’s Orlando Smith, were among the early winners, as they came out on top in the respective girls and boys 400 metres hurdles events, which got things going at the meet. In the female event, Knight who was being strongly challenged by Vere Technical’s Sanique Walker in the opening heat, took advantage after Walker fell at the sixth hurdle to win the event in 1:00.56 for the overall top time. Shian Salmon of Hydel finished second overall in 1:01.21 with Vere Technical’s Jonelle Thompson coming third with 1:03.89. Kingston College athletes dominated the boys open 400 metres hurdles event with Smith leading the way after posting 53.91 seconds to win his heat and register the fastest time overall. Calabar’s Aykeem Francis clipped Kingston College’s Chadrick Brown on the line to win his heat in 54.34 seconds and finished second overall with Brown being time in 54.53 seconds for third overall. Sherwayne Campbell, also from Kingston College rounded out the top four after he won his heat in 54.89 seconds.
LEICESTER CITY 1 NORWICH CITY 0GOAL:-LEICESTER: ULLOA 89th.Leonardo Ulloa’s 89th-minute goal means Leicester remain two points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League and deny Norwich a deserved draw. Ulloa slid in at the far post to convert Marc Albrighton’s cross at the end of an otherwise poor Foxes display. Norwich had the better chances, Cameron Jerome heading wide and Nathan Redmond off target from distance.SOUTHAMPTON 1 CHELSEA 2GOALS:- LONG 42nd. CHELSEA: FABREGAS 75th; IVANOVIC 89th.Chelsea came from behind to beat Southampton with a late Branislav Ivanovic header. Shane Long pounced on a Baba Rahman error before clipping a shot over keeper Thibaut Courtois. Diego Costa volleyed wide for Chelsea, but the visitors equalised when a Cesc Fabregas cross crept in. Chelsea finished strongly and Ivanovic headed in from a Willian corner.STOKE CITY 2 ASTON VILLA 1GOALS:- STOKE: ARNAUTOVIC PEN 51st, 56th. VILLA: BACUNA 79th.Marko Arnautovic’s double gave Stoke a deserved victory as Aston Villa’s slim hopes of avoiding relegation suffered another blow. The Austrian opened the scoring with a penalty after Ashley Westwood brought down Phil Bardsley. He set up his second with a looping header, which he then chested in. Leandro Bacuna’s late goal gave Villa hope of an unlikely point, but the Barclays Premier League’s bottom club remain eight points from safety.WATFORD 0 AFC BOURNEMOUTH 0Watford and Bournemouth both missed good chances as their contest at Vicarage Road finished goalless. Hornets’ striker Odion Ighalo had the best of those opportunities when his header from eight yards sailed over the bar. He also fired over the bar from 12 yards from a quick free kick and forced Artur Boruc into an early save. The Cherries went close through Max Gradel, who made his first appearance since a ligament injury in August.WEST BROMWICH ALBION 3CRYSTAL PALACE 2GOALS:- WBA: GARDNER 12th; DAWSON 20th; BERAHINO 31st. PALACE: WICKHAM 48th, 80th.Saido Berahino scored his first Barclays Premier League goal since October as West Bromwich Albion held on to win against Crystal Palace. The Baggies forward scored a cushioned volley from Stephane Sessegnon’s pass. That put the hosts in charge after Craig Gardner tucked in a rebound and Craig Dawson’s header. Connor Wickham scored twice to make it a nervy ending, but Palace’s winless league run now stretches to 10 games.WEST HAM UNITED 1 SUNDERLAND 0GOAL:- ANTONIO 30th.Michail Antonio allowed West Ham to extend their unbeaten home run to 13 games with a win over Sunderland, who missed the opportunity to climb out of the relegation zone. Michail Antonio’s first-half goal, his fifth in 15 starts for the club, proved the difference. The forward wove into the box and struck low into the bottom corner of Vito Mannone’s goal.
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 says he wants his strikers to be ruthless in front of goal irrespective of the opponent. 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 impressively 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 offer us no distinct advantage because all the teams participating are professionals and will be coming to play hard football,” said Davis. MBU will first tackle Cayman’s Scholars International on Wednesday before taking on Trinidad’s Central FC on March 13. Before that, Scholars meet Central on March 11. MBU are in a rich vein of form, winning four of their last five matches in the domestic league with forward Owayne Gordon having the time of his life. Gordon, who has 13 goals so far this season, struck back-to-back braces recently in league play and will be hard to contain. Speedy winger Alan Ottey along with the engine of the team’s midfield, Jermaine Woozencroft, captain Dwane Ambusley and goalkeeper Jacomeno Barrett will all play key roles for MBU.. But the hosts may have to make do without two key defenders in John Barrett and Cordel Simpson, both of whom are nursing injuries. Davis, however, is cautiously optimistic on the defenders being ready in time for either of their 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.
MILAN (AP):Fiorentina coach Paulo Sousa got his tactics spot on as he steered his side to a 2-1 win over Juventus, which saw the Serie A leader’s advantage slashed to only one point yesterday.Juventus had been seven points clear of second-placed Roma after beating the Giallorossi 1-0 on Dec. 17 and were seemingly on an unstoppable march to a record sixth straight Serie A title.They have played a match less than most other teams due to the Italian Super Cup, which they lost on penalties to AC Milan.Juventus have conceded 16 goals in 19 league matches this campaign. It conceded just 20 in the whole of last season.Fiorentina dominated from the start, with the players winning all their individual battles and imposing themselves physically on their opponents.Juventus were given an early warning when Matias Vecino, who had already seen an effort saved by Gianluigi Buffon, hit the left post in the 10th minute.Buffon also had to make another fine stop to deny Federico Chiesa, before Fiorentina took the deserved lead in the 37th as Nikola Kalinic latched onto Federico Bernardeschi’s through ball and slotted into the far bottom corner from a tight angle.Fiorentina doubled their lead 10 minutes into the second half as a throw-in found Milan Badelj 30 yards out and he launched the ball toward Chiesa who attempted to meet it with an acrobatic effort as it bounced in. It was unclear whether Chiesa got a touch or not but his movement was enough to confuse Buffon.REDUCED GAPThe league’s official website, which had initially awarded the goal to Chiesa, later credited it to Badelj.Juventus reduced the gap three minutes later when Sami Khedira floated in a cross from the left and it came off opponents Stefano Sturaro and Maximiliano Olivera. Gonzalo Higuain was on hand to slot it home.Juventus almost leveled in the 80th but Higuain’s header was stopped by the legs of Fiorentina goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu and Giorgi Chiellini’s attempt from the rebound was blocked before the ball was finally cleared.Paulo Dybala also blazed over the bar from a good position minutes from time.It was only Fiorentina’s second home win over Juventus since 1998.
TRAINER Richard Azan yesterday said though MONEY MAGNET’s lineage points to speed, he is convinced that she will use her class to stay this afternoon’s Caribbean Choice Jamaica Oaks over 2000 metres. Though bred to sprint, Azan’s filly is a versatile winner of three races. She has competed at distances ranging from five furlongs to a mile – at which she placed third behind SHE’S A MANEATER and BILINGUAL in the 1000 Guineas three weeks ago. She is by Nuclear Wayne out of Jazzy Jet, whose sire is Al’s River Cat, is a renowned speed stallion. “Strange enough, Al’s River Cat is out of River Man, who comes from a line of stayers. However, everything Al’s River Cat has thrown in Jamaica are sprinters,” Azan pointed out. “However, when horses run among their peers, by virtue of class, they seem to do things they would not normally do in open company,” he added. “SAINT CECELIA, as a sprinter won the Oaks comfortably, she was running against her peers. I believe it will be a competitive race. “I would not be surprised if MONEY MAGNET runs a really good race, and I give her as good a chance as anybody.”
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 EAC takes command with rout of St. Benilde OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ “I just doubled my effort,” he said, understanding where Meneses’ frustrations are coming from.“The veterans were disappointing in our first game. We didn’t play like we were veterans, so today, from the first quarter, I made it a point to be aggressive.”Though Meneses was elated that Teodoro stepped up to his challenge, the mentor told his ace sniper that it would take more from him to help JRU contend this year.And that means for the 23-year-old to share the ball to his fellow Heavy Bombers as Meneses expects Teodoro to hike up his assists average from his 1.4 dimes last season.“Before, he doesn’t have any assists, but today, he got three. I told him that every time he involves his teammates, they also gain confidence. That’s what I’m seeing from him right now. He’s one of our veterans and he knows how to play the game,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “There’s no heart and there’s no pride. Credit should also go to Lyceum because they played hard. But it’s not the JRU I’m expecting for this season,” said Meneses.READ: NCAA: Teodoro heats up as JRU nabs first winFEATURED 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’But on Friday, Tey Teodoro proved his coach wrong, leading JRU to a huge 68-54 bounce back win over Perpetual.The senior sharp-shooter showed that he heard Meneses’ message loud and clear, posting a season-high 26 points, on a 6-of-13 shooting from three, to go with seven rebounds and three assists. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade LATEST STORIES IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJose Rizal University coach Vergel Meneses was frank with his players following what he felt was a lackluster effort in their humiliating 96-75 loss to Lyceum on Tuesday.The PBA legend chided the Heavy Bombers after they fired blanks and seemingly played out of sync against the Pirates, a complete 180-turn from their meeting in the pre-season.ADVERTISEMENT Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ View comments
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End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano View comments LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Russian law enforcement has sought to present McLaren’s key witness, former drug-test lab director Grigory Rodchenkov, as unreliable. The government continues to deny any role in doping cover-ups, frustrating the IAAF, which wants Russia to either accept or disprove McLaren’s findings.Still, Russia is gradually getting closer to readmission to international track and field, which would make neutral uniforms a quirk of history. An IAAF taskforce on Monday said Russia was giving drug testers better access but hadn’t done enough to investigate past offenses.“We’re coming out of those crises,” Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov told reporters last week. Russian officials have toned down once-vehement criticism of the IAAF as they try to build bridges.“It’ll be hard for the athletes to compete because they are all patriots of their country,” Kolobkov said when asked if he considered the absence of Russia’s flag insulting.Whether the Russian athletes are neutral or not, he said, “everyone understands who they represent.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Los Angeles gets Olympics with an 11-year wait—and risks MOST READ Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur LATEST STORIES ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube If the neutrals win, the IAAF’s anthem will play. Under the rules, an athlete who sings the Russian anthem faces a fine, though any legal tussles could prove embarrassing for the IAAF.The rules “seem tough and a bit ridiculous,” said Shubenkov, who jokingly suggested there might be a loophole for fur hats. “Bringing a bear on a leash, would that count?”The Russians will be in London when the IAAF holds a string of ceremonies re-awarding medals from past championships after doping cases.Some originally belonged to Russians, including Tatyana Chernova, who beat Britain’s Jessica Ennis-Hill to heptathlon gold at the 2011 championships but was later stripped of that medal and others.The Russians certainly looked like a team as they met Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev last week at their national titles.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Their world championship preparation is subsidized by the Russian state, while entry papers were submitted by the still-suspended national track federation, whose head coach Yuri Borzakovsky expects between five and seven podium finishes.Besides Shubenkov, another medal contender is reigning world high jump champion Maria Lasitskene, who won every round of the Diamond League this season. She just wants to block out the whole doping controversy. “I don’t want to waste my emotions on that. I need them for the competition,” she said.More than two years of investigations and bans have made the team stronger, says pole vaulter Anzhelika Sidorova. “Everyone who’s there will support the others,” she said. “We’re all friends like never before.”There’s a return for Russia’s only track and field Olympian of 2016, long jumper Darya Klishina, while some younger athletes could be medal threats too.Sergei Shirobokov, an 18-year-old racewalker, has promise but would be a controversial champion given his links to a training center where more than 25 athletes have been banned for doping.Still, it’s far from a full team.Among the absentees are 2012 Olympic high jump champion Ivan Ukhov and former world indoor triple jump champion Lyukman Adams. Russian media reported both were refused neutral status by the IAAF.Dozens more are serving bans, including former Olympic champions.The IAAF is retesting samples from previous championships after World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren alleged a conspiracy of drug use and cover-ups stretching back years. An apparent cover-up of suspicious drug tests on the Russian track team before the 2014 world indoor championships is of particular interest.While Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted in March the previous anti-doping system “did not work,” there’s been no rush to investigate what exactly went wrong, at least not publicly. Several officials resigned last year in unclear circumstances, but the then-Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko was promoted. 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 FILE – In this Thursday, July 28, 2016 file photo, world hurdles 110m champion Sergey Shubenkov competes during the Russian Stars 2016 track and field competitions in Moscow, Russia. Russia plans to send 19 athletes, including Sergei Shubenkov and Maria Lasitskene, to the track and field world championships in London in August 2017 despite its suspension from international competition over widespread doping. The 19, including three former world champions, have been given exemptions from Russia’s suspension after the International Association of Athletics Federations reviewed their history of drug testing. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, file)ZHUKOVSKY, Russia — They won’t hear their anthem if they win. Their national colors — even on nail varnish — are strictly forbidden. Regardless, a group of Russian athletes is back at the track and field world championships.WAlmost two years after a blanket suspension for widespread doping, and a year after just one Russian was allowed to compete on the Olympic track in Rio de Janeiro, 19 will compete at the world championships starting Friday.In London, they’ll officially be “neutral athletes,” individuals not representing any country.ADVERTISEMENT McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Sergei Shubenkov, who won the 110-meter hurdles at the 2015 world championships but had to sit out the Olympics last year because Russia was banned from international competition, said “I’ve got back almost all the rights I had.”Decked out in an electric blue Russia tracksuit at his national championships last Friday, he lamented he still can’t “take this beautiful, awesome uniform to the worlds and flaunt it.”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’Keen to head off any Russian celebrations, the International Association of Athletics Federations has issued its 19 neutrals with strict codes of conduct.The Russian flag and national colors are banned, so uniforms in neutral colors must be approved by IAAF officials. Red, white and blue are forbidden, even on hairbands or bandages or accessories.