High Mountain Coffee Road Race fever appears at high pitch 24 hours before the event hit its Williamsfield home in Manchester. There was a beehive of activity at the old Williamsfield round-a-bout, with stalls being erected on every possible land space in proximity. Organisers also anticipate a record amount of entries. Proceeds this year will go to the Mandeville Hospital. The event features the very popular 10K road race, but there will be strong interest around competition in the 5K run and 5K walk. The main route will be the same as previous years, taking participants from the new Williamsfield round-a-bout up the Winston Jones Highway, then through Kendal, around Kirkvine, before ending at the old Williamsfield community park. The current best of local long distance racing will be there, but additional spice will come from specially invited international competitors. Black Star on top in St Elizabeth Major League Following the ninth round of matches in the Manchester FA Magnum/Captain’s Bakery Major League, defending champions Hillstars are back on top of the standings. Hillstars’ 1-0 win over Land Settlement, which came courtesy of a 90th minute strike by Thorn Simpson, pushed them to 22 points, one more than Ricam Academy. Ricam, who were the previous leaders, were pegged back by a 2-2 draw. Another team, Downs, also profited from Ricam’s loss, jumping to 21 points with a 2-1 win over Greenvale. The league’s golden boot winner last year, Gary McDonald, scored both goals for Downs. Interestingly, all four goals in that game were scored in the first half. Alligator Pond stayed fourth with 18 points despite being held 0-0 by Georges Valley. Hillstars back on top in Manchester Treasure Beach night football heats up High Mountain 10K fever hit Williamsfield Despite being held to a 1-1 draw by last-placed Tafari Lions, the Black River-based Black Star hold a seven-point lead on nearest challengers Real Treasure Beach in the Magnum/Charley JB St Elizabeth Major League. Having completed seven league games, Black Star are on 19 points, with Real Treasure Beach (12) and the pair of St Bess FC and Super Action in hot pursuit on 10 points each. Black Star’s record includes six wins and they enjoy a plus-10 goal differential. In another remarkable result, Real Treasure Beach edged Super Action 1-0. At present, the goalscoring standings see three players with four goals each. They are Turnesta Stewart and Romario Smith of Super Action and Davian Ash of Black Star. Today’s matches: Newell United vs Tafari Lions FC at Hounslow, Holland PYC vs Black Star FC at Holland. Tomorrow’s matches: Real Treasure Beach FC vs Vineyard YC at Treasure Beach Sports Park, Haughton United vs Appleton Estate FC at Elim, Super Action YC vs St Bess FC at Holland. Eight teams have already advanced to the second round of the South St Elizabeth six-a-side night football competition now on at Treasure Beach Sports Park. They are Gunner FC, Eyes Burning, Wild Onion, Ghetto Youth, Great Bay, Untouchable, Tennant and Longwood. Earlier in the week, Untouchable eliminated Police National 2-1, Tennant crushed Middle East 4-0, while Longwood sent Seaview All Star packing with a 3-0 defeat. The competition continues tonight with the following games: Rio Striker vs Hopewell Masters, Round Hill vs Edusport and Jakes FC vs Boom 11.
You can’t script this stuff. Manchester City fires Manuel Pellegrini, effective the end of the season, and then his Blues beat Paris Saint-Germain to reach the European Champions League semi-finals for the first time in the club’s history.Pellegrini, a dignified Chilean, must have a sly smile on his face.In this age of big money, a football manager’s contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on. A blip in team performance can get wealthy club owners like those of Manchester City nervous enough to pull the plug even if it’s due to a rash of injuries.Pellegrini and the likes of Carlo Ancelotti and Jose Mourinho know this all too well.The latter two were both let go by Russian Roman Abramovic at Chelsea in the season following wins in the English Premier League. The same thing happened at the same club to Claudia Ranieri, the current Leicester City boss, after a 2004 season in which Chelsea placed second in the Premiership. Truly, he who pays the piper calls the tune.In those situations, only winning is enough.In this context, it seems hardly likely that Louis van Gaal will see out his three-year contract at Manchester United. The highly successful Dutchman hasn’t endeared himself to United with his possession-oriented departure from that club’s traditional winger-based attacking style.The besieged veteran came to United after carrying The Netherlands to within a penalty shoot-out of the 2014 World Cup final. He might rightly claim that he took United back to Champions League football.TOO LATE FOR VAN GAALHis inconsistent United, however, haven’t met the benchmark, set by Alex Ferguson. Fans want him out. From the moans of the United faithful, even a return to Champions League football won’t save the day for Van Gaal.He will have to hustle as his team is fifth, four points behind Manchester City.Six months after his arrival at Liverpool, the charming German Jurgen Klopp is still enjoying a honeymoon at the Anfield home of the five-time European champions. His Reds are currently eighth in the Premiership, two places behind last year’s sixth-spot finish.Yet, the accomplished Klopp is generally viewed as a better coach than the man he replaced, Brendan Rogers. Time will tell.Managerial musical chairs are present in Jamaica, too. For example, Waterhouse Football Club has had two managers already this year.If Raineri’s Leicester can emerge from last season’s battles against relegation to be a real challenger for domestic top honours, then Pellegrini can dream of a triumphant exit.Even though giants Real Madrid and Bayern Munich all remain in contention, scriptwriters in Manchester are probably penning their view of Champions League success.If that happens and if Manchester City meet and beat Bayern, who are currently coached by Pep Guardiola Pellegrini’s replacement as manager at City that would be irony indeed.n Hubert Lawrence has attended the Sydney, Athens, Beijing, and London Olympics.
Hamilton retires as Vettel wins SINGAPORE (CMC): Leader Lewis Hamilton retired for the first time this year as Sebastian Vettel sped to victory in the Singapore Grand Prix yesterday. He suffered a loss of power while running fourth, before dropping down the field and was told to retire. Hamilton’s championship lead was cut to 41 points by his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg who finished fourth. Hamilton, whose paternal grandparents hail from Grenada, and Rosberg ran fifth and sixth in the opening stint, unable to keep up with the Ferraris and Red Bulls ahead. Vettel took his third win of the year in dominant style, controlling the race from start to finish as two safety cars led to hectic action behind. ‘Too much too early for Holder’ PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): Former West Indies Test opener Philo Wallace has disagreed with the decision to appoint Jason Holder Test captain and believes the responsibility will prove too much of a burden for the young player. Wallace said Holder had displayed leadership potential but warned that the new responsibility was a premature move by selectors. “Jason has shown good leadership qualities so far but I think to put him as Test captain at the age of 23 is just not right,” the Trinidad Guardian quoted Wallace as saying on the CRICKET360 show here. “Jason has a tremendous amount to offer West Indies cricket but we must be careful that we don’t push him too soon, which I think is what is happening here.” Holder will lead the Test squad for the first time when they travel to face Sri Lanka in two Tests starting next month. Richards gives Holder thumbs up ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC): Iconic former West Indies captain Sir Vivian Richards has hailed Jason Holder’s elevation to the Test captaincy and says it will be crucially important the 23-year-old gets the respect of his squad. And the former master batsman also rejected the idea that Holder was too young and inexperienced to carry the responsibility of the position. “Well, I have heard maybe that some folks are suggesting that he is too young, but it is better to start at that particular age,” said Sir Viv, who never lost a series as Test captain. “And if he gets lucky enough and we are successful, you have a long successful period of your captain being in place rather than the chopping and changing on a regular basis.” He added: “I believe that this individual does have the ability. Certainly, he comes over very well and you hear about the respect factor you get from other members of the dressing room and that is of vital importance because when you have that respect, it is amazing.”
Usain Bolt could log his 50th sub-10 seconds 100-metre clocking in 2016. Bolt, the 2008 and 2012 Olympic 100 and 200 metres champion, has already run 45 such races in his career. With the Olympic Games in the offing, he could well reach the milestone next season. The tall man moved his total up by four in 2015 with twin times of 9.87 seconds in the London Diamond League meet and clockings of 9.95 and 9.79 at the World Championships. Hampered by a back injury in 2015, he chose not to race after the World Championships. If he is fit throughout next season, he might even surpass retired American Maurice Greene, who broke the 10-second barrier 53 times. Greene has the second highest total of sub-10 times, far behind Jamaica’s Asafa Powell, who has 93 of them. Greene might also be overtaken by fellow American Justin Gatlin. The 100-metre runner-up to Bolt in both the 2013 and 2015 World Championships, Gatlin has 46 sub-10 races under his belt. He, too, should reach his half-century in 2016 if he stays as fast as he has been recently. Gatlin fired off 10 sub-10-second marks in 2013, eight in 2014 and seven in 2015. In 2008 and 2009, when he set world records of 9.69 and 9.58 seconds, respectively, Bolt reeled off fast times almost at will. In 2008, he beat 10 seconds 10 times, with seven more in 2009. Next on the list of sub-10 mass producers are 2007 World champion Tyson Gay and his USA teammate Mike Rodgers. The latter has crossed the 10-second threshold 38 times, with Gay hitting the target on 36 occasions. Statistics for this article were drawn from www.alltime-athletics.com.
Tomorrow’s race meet at Caymanas Park offers a Super-6 carryover of $956,0000 into the first race on the 10-race programme.The first Super-6 will embrace race one to six, the late Super-6 from race five to 10, and the Pick-9 from race two to 10.We look at the first Super-6 which gets underway with a 1,100 metres race for $550,000 – $500,000 claimers in which six horses will run. The field includes JESSIE JAMES, a runaway winner over 1,500 metres on a $350,000 claiming tag on Wednesday. Although very fit, JESSIE JAMES will find the distance too sharp and victory will more than likely go to the speedy DRIPPING IN GOLD (Omar Walker up), who has beaten better in the not too distant past. SANTANA, who went down fighting to FORTUNEONEHUNDRED and ZACKONTHEATTACK over the straight last Saturday, looks the main danger.DASH BOARD, who scored easily over the straight on September 3 after a lengthy absence, looks all set to repeat in the second race over a mile in which the consistent SWEET DIMENSION, who finished fourth to ARIZONA GOLD over 1,500 metres on Wednesday, looks the principal danger to DASH BOARD, who will again have the services of inform apprentice Javaniel Patterson.EASY WINThe third race over 1,400 metres should see the recent winner UNBREAKABLE, now taking orders from champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, notching his third win from his last four starts.He won easily under topweight of 57.0kg when trained by Neive Graham recently and with Walker again in the saddle, should stave off the very fit ZACKONTHEATTACK and STAR NEW VISTA, who beat UNBREAKABLE over 1,820 metres some weeks ago.SEEKING THE DAWN, the mount of top apprentice Bebeto Harvey, gets the nod over the well drawn CORALANDO in the fourth race for maiden three-year-olds over the straight five course.Then, take the recent winner SUPERLUMINAL with Paul Francis again riding for in-for trainer Ian Parsard in the fifth for the Kenneth Mattis O.D. Trophy over 2000 metres, and DILIGENT (knocking at the door) well drawn on the stands’ side to finally open his account in the sixth race over the straight with Ameth Robles aboard.FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES(1) DRIPPING IN GOLD/SANTANA(2) DASH BOARD/SWEET DIMENSION(3) UNBREAKABLE/STAR NEW VISTA(4) SEEKING THE DAWN/CORALANDO(5) SUPERLUMINAL/TIMEFORARMS(6) DILIGENT
“The award means a lot for us as his parents … We (parents) think it is very significant, we are awed by it. We are humbled as we didn’t know his reach was so far. … the people he influenced and who love him. He was only a young man,” James told The Gleaner at yesterday’s function. Meanwhile, there will be some other new features to the tournament this year. The draw for the first round of games will take place at the National Indoor Sports Centre on October 19. Unlike last season when all the first-round matches were played on the same day, this season, the opening round of matches will be contested over two days (Friday and Saturday) at two venues, Sabina Park (Kingston) and Catherine Hall (Montego Bay), starting at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. There will also be a Super Cup anthem, which will be played prior to the start of every game. Each team qualifying for the Super Cup is guaranteed $25,000 for making the first round. The amount doubles after each round. The quarter-final teams will receive $50,000, semi-finalists $100,000, and the finalists $200,000 each. MVP and Golden Boot winners will receive trophies and $100,000 towards their personal development. The winning school is set to take home a prize purse of $1 million. firstname.lastname@example.org A new most valuable player (MVP) award will be handed out for this year’s FLOW Super Cup, which kicks off on October 21. The award will be called the Dominic James MVP Award in memory of the former St George’s College captain who collapsed during a Manning Cup match on September 20 and died after being rushed to hospital. FLOW’s vice-president for marketing and television Carlo Redwood described the St George’s captain as a “leader, very dependable, disciplined and humble” at yesterday’s launch of the 2016 Super Cup at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston. “We have decided to introduce a new award this year, and the award will pay recognition to young Dominic James in a special way. He is the only player to have won both Super Cup trophies, first with Jamaica College and St George’s College,” Redwood stated. A moment’s silence was also observed in memory of the player. Meanwhile, Dominic’s father, David, said the family was in ‘awe’, but he thought his son deserved to have the award named in his honour. HUMBLING EXPERIENCE
The first impression hitting Foster’s Fairplay was one of disgust. It just seemed a case of unnecessarily ‘going the extra mile’ to bring down one of our own. The fact that three instances within a 12-month period of not being able to find the player for drug testing at the locations pre-informed by him, amounted to a positive test, does not escape this journalist. However, is that rule not in conflict with the real intent of the Law – to trap and punish those who have been found guilty of taking performance-enhancing substances? There can be no quarrel with JADCO in pursuing their case against Russell. He knows and ought to respect the rules. Foster’s Fairplay cites him for being manifestly careless. However, he was brought before a tribunal, and both prosecution and defence had their say. He was found guilty and received the one-year ban. JADCO, after all that, is claiming that the weight of the evidence adduced during the hearing spoke to the maximum penalty of two years’ absence from the sport. Going the extra mile The breaking news came last week that Jamaica’s darling of the track, double Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, was on the cusp of the most important journey of her life. By her own statement on her social media pages, she was with child and expected to deliver to an extremely private audience, so different a forum from the public platform where her awesome athletic skills are usually on show. It is a reasonable assumption that this is a joyous occasion for the nation’s queen of the sprints, so highly respected and, indeed, loved by her country folk. They continue to be captivated, caressed and charmed by her career at the top of the world of female sprinting. Foster’s Fairplay has done its best to keep aglow the emotions of the nation, speaking about Shelly and her outstanding achievements ever since she stunned the world with her Beijing Olympics triumph in 2008. There is no need to go on with thoughts on all the accolades that she has brought to bear on the country of her birth. We simply wish her the very best in motherhood. On a note of somewhat less pleasure for sporting enthusiasts, was the preceding news item to Shelly’s announcement. It said that the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) had appealed the sentence of one year meted out to cricketer Andre Russell for violation of the whereabouts rule. In essence, what was being asked is that the maximum sanction of two years be imposed. Foster’s Fairplay seeks answers. Why is JADCO asking for a second chance to put forward a more convincing argument based on circumstances which are not new? Why did they not call attention to their thinking during the initial proceedings that culminated in the ban? This columnist boasts no legal training, so this is a humanitarian consideration. Russell’s ordeal in facing another trial based on the same facts is quite clear. Let the sentence stand as is, comes the call from this corner. It needs to be mentioned that there are strident voices emanating from other sections where commentary carries considerable weight. The action from JADCO pushing for additional ‘pounds of flesh’ has been described as nothing more than ‘bad mind’. There is enough regard in this columnist’s view for JADCO to reject that thought. This appeal to increase Russell’s penalty should be seen as an attempt to say to the world that in Jamaica, the enforcement of anti-doping laws is treated seriously and not in a carefree or flippant manner, as some would suggest. Lack of resolve to expose our athletes, if they are caught or any laxity in testing procedures, should no longer be seen as a consideration. The amount of drug violations unearthed by our own body against our own people gives the lie to any such suggestion. Let us, as a country that enjoys and preens itself alongside the brilliance of our athletes, continue to support them. The challenges they face in bringing glory to Jamaica deserve that, and more. Russell has suffered long enough and will continue to do so until he gets back to supporting his family through the most viable medium open to him. For Feedback: Email email@example.com A call answers
President of Netball Jamaica Paula Daley-Morris said the Sunshine Girls will be staging a number of closed-door training sessions in coming weeks as they prepare for their three-test series against Barbados later this month. Daley-Morris made the announcement after the media was locked out of the team’s training session at the National Arena last Friday afternoon. This after the sending home three players last Wednesday for what the association describes as inappropriate behaviour. However, Daley-Morris said the move was not unusual, and the team had a close-door training session. “They had a closed-door training. It was not locked out,” said Daley-Morris. “They have a series coming up and she (Coach Jermaine Allison-McCracken) was working on her system. She’s a new coach and she’s trying to put her system in place. If the media had told us before, we would have let them in. It’s a closed-door training. She doesn’t need any spectators at this minute,” Daley-Morris said. COACHES FREE TO DO AS THEY WISH She added that coaches are at liberty to have closed-door sessions whenever they want. “If they (the media) went and they said we are working on systems and we don’t want anyone in there right now, coaches can do that. The media just popped up like that. It’s mischief. It’s total mischief someone is making, and it needs to stop,” she added. However, Allison-McCracken said she was very surprised by the move. “I don’t know anything about it, and if that’s the decision, it’s not necessarily my decision. I am led by Mr (Wayne) Lewis, and if they made the decision that they don’t want the press there, then that is their prerogative,” said Allison-McCracken. “This is my not area; my area is preparing the girls for competition,” she said. Lewis, who is Netball Jamaica’s communications director, said he was also surprised when told of what transpired. “I will investigate it and I will speak to the powers that be and find out exactly what transpired why that decision was made,” said Lewis. “We have no intentions of doing this because it must be a one-off situation, and I will find out exactly what transpired and motivate them to make that decision,” he said.
The three-year-old gelding went into chase of speedy WESTERN WARRIOR from three furlongs out and outbattled him in the stretch run to win in 2:09.3 with stable jockey Omar Walker astride. ANOTHER BULLET was among a stinging trio of outsiders to rock punters at the back end of the 10-race card. TAZ, running for the second time, made all from postposition one at five furlongs straight in the eighth race, winning at odds of 16-1 with Oneil Mullings. After ANOTHER BULLET’s shocker in the ninth, ABOGADO stormed past 14-1 shot KACI a furlong out to win the 10th at 16-1 with apprentice Javaniel Patterson. The two-kilo claiming apprentice had a second winner, COLORS OF WAR in the sixth, joining Shane Ellis as the day’s leading riders. Ellis opened the programme with CONNOR and returned to make all aboard Richard Azan’s debutante, SWEET PEPPA, in the fourth, a maiden event for three-year-old fillies. Racing continues at Caymanas Park on Saturday. TRAINER Patrick Lynch’s ANOTHER BULLET yesterday scored a stunning 11-1 upset at Caymanas Park, convincingly beating eight open-allowance rivals at 1100 metres, including 2015 Sprint champion POKER STAR. Coming into the event on the back of two strong performances, both at a mile, the last being a stubborn defeat against 2000 Guineas winner FEARLESS SAMURAI on April 29, inform ANOTHER BULLET was overlooked at the shorter distance. However, the sprinter-stayer showed his rivals no respect, swooping down four wide on the battling trio of TALENTED TONY K, KING D and POLLY B at the top of the lane. Running super light at 49.0 kilos with two-kilo claiming apprentice Odeen Edwards, ANOTHER BULLET powered off the turn and kicked in his mid-race pace, leaving the short-speed sprinters running for second. The race was not without incident as a lengthy stewards’ enquiry resulted in the disqualification of third-past-the-post CRUCIAL APPEAL, who had broadsided 1-4 favourite POKER STAR shortly after leaving the gate. POKER STAR, who finished fourth, was promoted to third behind CHACE THE GREAT, who passed the post second, but was lucky to escape disqualification after crossing stablemate CRUCIAL APPEAL in mid-track near the end of the race. Though POKER STAR had a rough reintroduction, it wasn’t all doom and gloom for trainer Wayne DaCosta, who watched RADICAL score a fighting victory over WESTERN WARRIOR at 10 furlongs in the I’msatisfied Trophy. STRETCH RUN
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