Fowler-Reid leaves Sunday for fourth season in ANZ

first_imgSunshine Girls goal shooter, Jhaniele Fowler-Reid, will leave the island on Sunday for her fourth appearance in the ANZ Netball Championships. The 29 year-old Fowler-Reid will appear once again for the New Zealand-based team, Southern Steel. Fowler Reid is expecting another exciting season. “I am looking forward to an exciting year, as it will be a new coach and new management, so I know it is going to be a lot of fun, and I know I will do very well”, said Fowler-Reid. Some of the top netballers in the world, including Jamaica’s Romelda Aiken, who is a member of the Queensland Firebirds, are playing in the ANZ Championships. “It is good once again to team up with some of the top players in the world. It is very challenging but I do enjoy it,” said Fowler-Reid. Playing in the recent intercollegiate league for The Mico University College helped her to prepare for the tough ANZ Championships. “I had some good competition playing in the intercollegiate league. This has helped to get me in a proper frame of mind to go back on court and get into some rigorous training,” she said.last_img read more

Tough going for local players at Jamaica International Badminton Tournament

first_imgFor the large part, locals had a tough time in competition on Thursday’s action of the Jamaica International Badminton Championships, which is being staged at the National Indoor Sports Centre.With action set to begin at 5 p.m. today, the tournament will today move into its semi-final stage, following yesterday’s quarter-final clashes.In men’s singles, Gareth Henry and Shane Wilson advanced from their second-round encounters on Wednesday. Henry defeated fellow Jamaican, Shaquille Palmer, 21-5, 21-17, while Wilson beat the up-and-coming Mathew Lee, 21-15, 23-21.Henry was scheduled to meet Portugal’s Pedro Martins in last night’s quarter-final. Martins defeated the number four seeded, Luka Wraber (Austria), 23-25, 21-13, 21-19 in round two.Wilson, in the meantime, was down to battle Austria’s David Obernosterer in the quarters.In other matches on Wednesday night, No. 1-seeded Osleni Guerrero (Cuba) defeated Rosario Maddaloni (Italy). Guerrero lost the first game, but recovered to defeat the Italian 16-21, 21-18, 21-8. Number two seeded Howard Shu (USA) defeated Dennis Coke (Jamaica) 21-14, 21-11.Guerrero (Cuba) was slated to face Hsu Jui Ting (Chinese Taipei), while the American, Shu, took on the Czech Republic’s Milan Ludik in last night’s quarters.In women’s singles, last year’s singles runner-up, Zuzana Pavelkova (Czech Republic), was lined up for a tough battle against No. 1 seed, Jeanine Cicognini (Italy). Cicognini defeated Jamaica’s Esther Reynolds, while Pavelkova beat another local, Alana Bailey, 21-6, 21-10 to advance to the quarter-final round.In the bottom half of the draw, No. 2 seed Elizabeth Baldauf (Austria) was down to face Lithuania’s Akvile Stapuasaityte in the quarter-finals. Baldfauf defeated Mexico’s Haramara Gaitan 21-16, 21-15, while Stapusaityte moved pass Jamaica’s Geordine Henry 21-5, 21-6.GORDON WINSIn other women’s singles matches, fourth seed Telma Santos (Portugal) defeated Shezelle Mctyson (Jamaica), 21-7, 21-7; Iesha Gordon (Jamaica) defeated fellow Jamaican Taina Daley 18-21, 21-19, 21-11 to move the quarter-finals. Gordon was matched against Santos (Portugal), while Jamaica’s Mikaylia Haldane had booked a ticket to play Mariana Ugalde last night.In men’s doubles, the action started yesterday in the quarter-finals, with number one seed Castillo/Munoz (Mexico) against Jamaica’s Anglin/Barham, while No. 2-seeded Dierickx/Golinski (Belgium) face Jamaica’s top pair, Henry/Palmer.Jamaicans played better in mixed doubles, where the top Jamaican pair, siblings Geordine and Gareth defeated the Valentine/Daley combination to reach the quarter-final, while Katherine Wynter teamed up with Denis Coke to beat Sean Wilson and Christine Leyow.The finals will be played tomorrow, also beginning at 5 p.m.last_img read more

J’cans impress at CARIFTA Youth Chess tournament

first_imgJamaica won one gold, two silver and a bronze medal at the recently concluded Carifta Youth Chess Tournament held in St Croix, United States Virgin Islands, between March 24 and 29.In the fifth staging of the annual regional youth chess tournament, players from seven Caribbean countries competed over four days across seven rounds of intense competition.After the final round of play, Jamaica’s Kishan Clarke, who achieved a positive score in six of his seven games, won gold in the Under-10 (absolute) section ahead of players from Aruba and Trinidad and Tobago.Clarke, a former two-time Carifta Under-8 (absolute) gold medallist, just missed the bronze medal in the Under-12 (absolute) section, placing an encouraging fourth.MORE MEDALSWomen Candidate Master Adani Clarke, Jamaica’s national junior (female) Champion who twice before won Carifta gold in the Under-12 female section, copped two silver medals in the Under-14 (female) and Under-16 (female) sections and a bronze medal in the Under-14 (absolute) section.Adani rotated positions with Surinamese Women Candidate Master Catherine Kaslan, who took gold ahead in the Under-14 (female) and Under-16 (female) sections, having finished behind the Jamaican representative in the 2015 edition of the Under-12 (female) Carifta competition.Nishani Clarke, a previous Under-10 (female) Carifta gold medallist, won the silver medal in the Under-12 (female) section.The top four in this section went into the final round on the same points and were paired against each other for the final game that determined the podium standing.last_img read more

ON THIS WEEKEND

first_imgON THIS WEEKENDSPORTSMAX2Saturday9 a.m: Southampton vs Newcastle11:30 a.m: Man City vs West Brom6 p.m: Swansea vs ChelseaSunday12 a.m: Watford vs Everton2:30 a.m: Aston Villa vs Bournemouth4:30 a.m: Crystal Palace vs Norwich7:30 a.m: Sunderland vs Leicester10 a.m: Tottenham vs Man United6 p.m: Liverpool vs Stokelast_img

Jamai Raja fancied in the third

first_img Trained by Paul Smith, ELVIRA will report in good nick, and despite the obvious clams of CHANGE HIM NAME, with the improving female apprentice Mellisa Ward again in the saddle following his near miss to INFANTRY OFFICER over 1200 metres on Sunday, as well as ROCKETEER and FIFTYONESTORM, she gets the nod in a field of nine. The third race over 1300 metres for maiden three-year-olds looks tailored for JAMAI RAJA, who ran a fair race when finishing six lengths fifth to SORENTINO’S STAR over 1400 metres in the valuable Pick-3 Super Challenge Trophy on November 28. Prior to that, on November 14, the chestnut colt by Market Rally out of Angela’s Favourite chased home his highly thought of stable companion ZUGULU over this trip in the Caymanas Juvenile Sprint and with trainer Richard Azan calling up his promising 4.0kg claiming apprentice Bebeto Harvey for the ride, reducing the weight to 51.5kg, the hint should be taken. Best of his 12 opponents is THE PROMISE LAND (Wesley Henry up), a lightly raced colt who is steadily coming along. After winning easily over 1820 metres on a $350,000 claiming tag last Saturday, ABOVE THE RADAR, with Aaron Chatrie again in the saddle, steps down in class for the fourth race over a mile, and although he can expect stiff opposition from OUR CREATION (Bebeto Harvey up) and AUDRE’S BLESSING, in a 10-horse field, should bring fitness into play and win again. The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by down-in-class RAGING PROSPECT (Shamaree Muir up) and the fleet-footed YOGA, working well with Paul ‘Country’ Francis riding for trainer Solomon Sharpe. Their respective dangers are HOLOGRAM SHADOW under Shane Ellis and LEGAL ACCOUNT, with four-time champion Omar Walker riding for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta. The Pick-9 had no takers at Caymanas Park last Saturday and the carryover to tomorrow’s 12-race meet stands at $4.2 million. There is also a carryover in the second Super-6, this amounting to nearly $1 million. The Pick-9 will be conducted from race four to 12; the first Super-6 from race one to six; the late Super-6 from race seven to 12. We look at the first Super-6, which gets under way with a three-year-old maiden special over 1820 metres to be contested by seven starters, including top contenders CAPTAIN GRANVILLE and the free-running ABOGADO, to be ridden by champion jockey-designate Shane Ellis and Wesley Henry, respectively. The Andrew McDonald-trained ABOGADO has been knocking loudly at the door in sprints, failing by a head to stave off the outsider QUEENOFSAINTROSE over 1200 metres on December 5, a race in which CAPTAIN GRANVILLE finished a well-beaten ninth after being brought slowly into stride. Prior to that race, CAPTAIN GRANVILLE was second to MEET JUSTIN over a mile as the 4-5 favourite and returning over a more suitable trip, and the figure eight now fitted, should outfinish ABOGADO in the closing stages. ELVIRA, who beat all, barring the in-form FRANKENSTORM over the round-five course on November 28, is tipped to go one better now dropped-in-class ($350,00 claiming from $450,000) in the second race over 1100 metres. (1) CAPTAIN GRANVILLE/ ABOGADO (2) ELVIRA/CHANGE HIM NAME (3) JAMAI RAJA (4) ABOVE THE RADAR/ OUR CREATION (5) RAGING PROSPECT/ HOLOGRAM SHADOW (6) YOGA/LEGAL ACCOUNT Elvira gets the nod FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIESlast_img read more

Clennon earns three-year contract in Finland

first_imgReggae Boyz striker AndrÈ Clennon is set to depart the island this week to take up a three-year contract with Finnish club VPS.The 25-year-old former Waterhouse and Lam Dong (Vietnam) player recently agreed to the deal after impressing while on a two-month loan from defending Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) champions Arnett Gardens at the end of last season.”I should leave any time next week. I recently re-signed a three-year contract team with VPS,” the former Bridgeport High School star told The Gleaner.”It is a great feeling because it is a good opportunity for me to go over there and continue to do well because it is a gateway to other opportunities in Europe,” the powerfully built attacker added.Unlike the first time he went to VPS, this time, Clennon will head to the club alone.”Initially, when I was there the first time, it was both me and Hughan Gray who went, but now, I am going back alone. There will, however, be another Jamaican there as Steven Morrissey, who played for Portmore United, is with the club,” Clennon said.national squadThe striker, who earned a recall to the national squad after playing an integral role in Arnett Gardens winning last season’s RSPL title and who was part of Jamaica’s squad that competed in the country’s first ever Copa AmÈrica tournament and best-ever finish in the Gold Cup last summer, said the opportunity was a result of hard work.”I went on a two-month loan last season, and I think I did well playing six games, scoring four goals and helping my team to avoid relegation. We finished ninth in the 12-club league, and this is in the top league in Finland,” the Portmore resident said.Clennon said the type of football played in Finland is tailor-made for his style of play.”The type of football there is very competitive. It has good-quality players, some of whom would have played in the German Bundesliga and came back to play there, so it is a good place to be and to play football. It is typical European football played with a lot of speed and very physical and it suits me.”It is pretty cold there, but you have to get used to it because in international football today, you cannot get rid of that, and once you are going to that side of the world, you just have to prepare yourself and mind to just go out there and work,” the six-footer said.While happy with the opportunity and the compensation he will get, Clennon said this would be just the start for him in Europe and European football.”I am looking to make the best of this, and even though I have signed a three-year contract, I am looking to use this as an opportunity to move to Norway or Sweden after about a year, depending on how well I do,” the confident player said.last_img read more

‘I told him to keep his composure’

first_imgWest Indies batsman Marlon Samuels said explaining to emerging Barbados all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite the importance of keeping his composure was key to the latter pulling off his last-over heroics against England during the final of the ICC World Twenty20 earlier this week.Brathwaite hit four sixes off the first four deliveries of the 20th over to surpass the total of 155 for nine set by the English, sending West Indies fans into wild celebrations.”I told him to keep his composure,” stated Samuels when asked to relive the moments leading up to the final over.”(Ben) Stokes is not a good bowler at the death, as he tends to bowl a lot of full tosses,” Samuels said.He added: : “I was, in the meantime, at the other end, pressuring Stokes and telling him a lot of stuff so that I could get into his head and try to break his concentration.”The 27-year-old Brathwaite, who had represented the Caribbean side in two Tests, seven one-dayers, and eight Twenty20s before the tournament, ended unbeaten on 34 off just 10 balls during the dramatic end.Jamaican Samuels finished unbeaten on 85 off 66 balls to claim the Player of the Match award returned home on Tuesday.”It was overwhelming and wonderful to be in the situation where I could remind him (Brathwaite) that if he wanted to make a name for himself this is the over,” continued Samuels.Brathwaite, who made his one day and Twenty20 debut at age 22, scored a quick-fire 59 on Test debut away to Australia in Melbourne late last year.He then followed up that with a near run-a-ball 69 in the second Test in Sydney.Recognising his pugnacious talent, he was earlier this year picked up for a surprising US$620,000 by Dehli Daredevils, 14 times his original base price, during the Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 player auction.The IPL is scheduled to start this weekend.last_img read more

Taylor: Players need to take more responsibility

first_img While Taylor shone with three half-centuries, the home side’s batting proved brittle throughout, and the 25-year-old Jamaican said this was an area that required attention. “I definitely think our batting is one of the weakest points. If you look back at Trelawny, we fell down a few times down there, and even coming here, we batted first and just one time got over 200 runs,” she pointed out. “So when you look at it, I think it’s kind of poor, seeing that you are playing at home. You actually want to dominate when you’re at home, and I don’t think we do so.” Other than Taylor, no other player managed to pass 50. Leading players like Deandra Dottin finished with 102 runs from her five outings, while the seasoned former captain Merissa Aguilleira could only muster 43 runs from her four trips to the crease. Twenty20 World Cup star teenager Hayley Matthews also failed to get among the runs, with 76 from five innings. “From the World Cup, the expectations for Matthews were quite high. I know that she believes she’s not giving [what is] expected, but I think she’s still young and has a lot to learn,” Taylor said. “I do think, for Merissa, you need more consistency. She’s one of those players that has been doing well for us.” Wednesday’s final game highlighted the Windies Women’s batting problems. Opting to take first knock, they were dismissed for 155 in the 48th over, leaving England Women with an uncomplicated target. Taylor said the defeat had been a failure of application. “I do think if we had aimed for 190-plus, we could have changed the game,” she noted. “I don’t think the intention was actually there, but I don’t think the surface made much of a difference. I think it was quite similar [to the others], a good batting pitch. It was just for us to apply ourselves.” BATTING BRITTLE KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC): West Indies Women’s captain Stafanie Taylor says her side lacked intent during the recently concluded five-match one-day series against England Women and called on more players to contribute towards the team success. The Caribbean side went down by five wickets in the final game at Sabina Park on Wednesday to concede the series 3-2. “I don’t think we fought the fight we would’ve actually wanted. We knew these points [in the ICC Women’s Championship] were actually crucial and I don’t think we had the intention,” Taylor said in a frank assessment of her side’s performance. “England performed like they are the ones playing at home, so I didn’t think we made our presence felt, and we kind of fell down there.” She added: “As players, we need to take a lot more responsibility for our actions and not leave it up to one or two people.” West Indies Women twice came back, after trailing in the series, to level at 2-2, heading into the final game. They suffered a narrow five-run defeat in the opener in Trelawny, but won the second game at the same venue when they clinched a dramatic 38-run victory. When the series moved to Sabina Park for the three all-important ICC Women’s Championship games, England Women drew first blood with a convincing 112-run win before West Indies squared the series with a 42-run verdict in the fourth ODI.last_img read more

PROFILES: Gilas Pilipinas Final 12 for Fiba Asia Cup 2017

first_imgView comments 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bolts beat Painters, spoil Yap’s historic night Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ But it’s a tall order for the Filipinos, who are slotted in a tough group that features powerhouse China.Nonetheless, these players vow to give it all to keep the Philippines among the best in Asia.Artwork by Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer SportsFEATURED 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’ 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 This time, a youth-laden Gilas Pilipinas will stake its claim as the continent’s best in the upcoming Fiba Asia Cup 2017 in Lebanon.Familiar faces, who have brought pride to the country in the last two editions of the Asian meet, return to guide promising young guns in the hopes of ending the Philippines’ string of bridesmaid finishes.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’last_img read more

PBA: Star ends Kia’s misery with 47-point beating

first_imgThe second quarter was essentially one big scoring run for the Hotshots, who overpowered the Picanto 33-12 to take a 65-36 lead in the second half.Despite handing Kia its worst loss in franchise history, Star head coach Chito Victolero downplayed their dominance said the game just went into their favor.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“Actually those kinds of things just happens,” said Victolero. “We have a good mindset and we play together as a team. Both the offense and defense were rolling tonight.”“We needed this game very badly in order for us to have a slim chance for the top four and we know that Kia won’t give this game that easily.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next How to help the Taal evacuees LATEST STORIES Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends PLAY LIST 08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends05:05SEA Games 2019: Rubilen Amit finally beats Chezka Centeno for 9-ball gold (HIGHLIGHTS)02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Camp time! Warriors, Wolves prepare to open training camp Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/PBA IMAGESStar capped off Kia’s horrendous showing in the PBA Governors’ Cup with a 128-81 drubbing Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Hotshots, who are on their way to the quarterfinals, improved to 6-4 while the Picanto failed to win a single game in the conference and signed off with a 0-11 card.ADVERTISEMENT Star put Kia on a vice grip, holding down the Picanto on a paltry 32 percent shooting, 30-of-95, while shooting on a better 60 percent clip, 48-of-80.The Hotshots also outrebounded the Picanto 62-41.Kristoffer Acox led the Hotshots with 19 points and 15 rebounds while Jio Jalalon and PJ Simon had 15 and 13 points, respectively.Marc Pingris added 12 points and nine rebounds and upped his career total points to 5,001 on a fast break dunk with 7.7 seconds left in the game in what became as the match’s final field goal.Gerron Johnson had 29 points on 9-of-28 shooting to lead Kia.ADVERTISEMENT DAY6 is for everybody It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more