PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel crowned themselves the new champions of the Caribbean Premier League when they beat title-holders Barbados Tridents by 20 runs in the final here last night.Playing before a sold-out crowd at Queen’s Park Oval, Red Steel successfully defended their 178 for five to take their first ever CPL title.Opting to bat first, Red Steel were propelled by Kamran Akmal, who top-scored with 60 off 46 balls while opener Cameron Delport hit 50 from 38 deliveries. The pair put on 102 for the second wicket after opener Jacques Kallis fell cheaply for eight with the score on 18 in the third over.Captain Dwayne Bravo struck an unbeaten 29 off 15 deliveries.Seamers Rayad Emrit (2-25) and Kieron Pollard (2-28) picked up two wickets apiece.RUNSDRIEDUPIn reply, Tridents started well but then fell away as the runs dried up. Opener Dwayne Smith lashed a top score of 49 from 30 balls, putting on 47 off 25 balls for the first wicket with Steven Taylor, who hit 20 off 10 balls.Once Smith fell in the 10th over with the score on 85, Tridents stumbled badly and the run rate climbed steadily, leaving them needing 26 off the last over.Barbadian left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn performed the final rites, sending down a final over, which cost just six runs, to hand Red Steel the title.
MADRID (AP): Lionel Messi missed a penalty kick, but Luis Suarez scored in the second half to give Barcelona a 1-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao in their Spanish league opener yesterday. That gave the defending champions a small gap on archrivals Real Madrid right away, as Rafa Benitez started his stint in charge with a 0-0 draw at promoted side Sporting Gijon. Suarez netted the winner from close range after a left-flank cross by Jordi Alba in the 54th minute at Bilbao’s San Mames Stadium. Messi had a chance to open the scoring in the first half after a disputed foul on Suarez inside the area, but the Argentine playmaker had his low shot from the spot saved by goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz. “We won the game and that’s what’s important,” Suarez said. A disappointing result in the opener would have raised more questions about Barcelona after an unusually difficult start to the season. The club was stunned by Bilbao last week in the Spanish Super Cup final, losing the title 5-1 on aggregate. Bilbao presented the Super Cup trophy to the nearly 50,000 fans that packed the San Mames yesterday, but the team could not keep their momentum going against the Spanish powerhouse. Barcelona played just well enough to earn the victory and had most of the significant scoring opportunities. Sergi Roberto hit the crossbar with a right-footed shot in the 60th, and Messi made one of his traditional runs past several defenders near the end of the game, but his shot came out weak for an easy save by Iraizoz. Messi’s best chance was the 32nd-minute penalty kick, when his left-footed shot was deflected wide as Iraizoz dived to his right to tip the ball away. Luis Enrique’s team began their season with a depleted squad because of injuries and suspensions and it only got worse yesterday when right back Dani Alves had to be substituted in the first half and Sergio Busquets in the second because of apparent injuries. Star striker Neymar was recovering from the mumps and fellow Brazilian Adriano was injured, while Gerard Pique and Jeremy Mathieu were suspended. “It’s a difficult situation. They are very important players for our team,” Suarez said. “But we have a lot of quality players to replace them if needed.” Atletico Madrid began with a lacklustre 1-0 win over newcomers Las Palmas at their Vicente Calderon Stadium on Saturday, thanks to a 16th-minute free kick goal by Antoine Griezmann, while midfielder Salva Sevilla scored early in the first half to give Espanyol a 1-0 win over 10-man Getafe. The league struggled to produce goals on its first two days, with scoreless draws between Valencia-Rayo Vallecano, Real Sociedad-Deportivo La Coruna and Sevilla-Malaga.
FORTUNEONEHUNDRED, who beat a good field over 1300 metres in the Seek Exercise Book Trophy on August 15, is tipped to defy topweight of 57.0kg and capture the Saint Cecelia Cup open allowance feature over the same distance at Caymanas Park today.Trained by 14-time champion Wayne DaCosta, the American-bred five-year-old horse made amends for his near miss against TRADITIONAL PRINCE over 1100 metres on August 1 with a 1 1/4-length victory over his old rival in the Seek Trophy a fortnight later, covering the distance in the smart time of 1:17.3, behind splits of 23.2, 46.1 and 1;10.4 for the first six furlongs.Title-chasing jockey Robert Halledeen, who is making few mistakes in his bid for a first jockey’s title, again has the ride.Although facing stiff oppositionfrom the likes of the Patrick Lynch-trained TRADITIONAL PRINCE, TIMEFORARMS, PHINEAS and down-in-class PETE’SWILDONE, FORTUNEONEHUNDRED should use his speed to best advantage and make all from the number one post position.ready for actionHe has caught the eye at exercise in preparation for this trophy and, although 2.0kg worse off with main rival TRADITIONAL PRINCE, is ready for action once again and should hold TRADITIONAL PRINCE, TIMEFORARMS and PETE’SWILDONE at bay in deep stretch.The speedy three-year-old filly, MOM’S STUDENT, winner of the Jamaica Oaks in April, ran encouragingly behind TIMEFORARMS over 1200 metres on June 6 at this level, finishing a fair seventh after racing prominently into the straight.Reporting well refreshed from a three-month respite, MOM’S STUDENT has been taken to task at exercise by trainer Fitzroy Glispie and while expected to inject speed into the race with her light impost (50.0kg), should be outclassed by the more experienced FORTUNEONEHUNDRED approaching the distance, leaving TRADITIONAL PRINCE to carry the fight to my selection once again.Other firm fancies on the card are recent winner FRANKENSTORM, to repeat in the first race over 1000 metres (round); WHO’S BOSSY, in the second for maiden four-year-olds and up; EDISON in the fifth over the straight for overnight allowance horses, as well as CLEARLY OURS in the sixth and the well-prepared DINNER AT SEVEN in the eighth over the straight.
P W D L GF GA GD PtsMan United 7 5 1 1 12 5 7 16Man City 7 5 0 2 13 6 7 15West Ham 7 4 1 2 15 9 6 13Arsenal 7 4 1 2 10 7 3 13Tottenham 7 3 3 1 9 5 4 12Crystal Palace 7 4 0 3 9 7 2 12Leicester 7 3 3 1 15 14 1 12Liverpool 7 3 2 2 7 9 -2 11Everton 6 2 3 1 8 5 3 9Southampton 7 2 3 2 10 9 1 9 P W D L GF GA GD PtsSwansea 7 2 3 2 8 8 0 9Norwich 7 2 3 2 11 12 -1 9Watford 7 2 3 2 5 6 -1 9WestBrom 6 2 2 2 4 6 -2 8Chelsea 7 2 2 3 11 14 -3 8Bournemouth 7 2 1 4 9 11 -2 7Stoke City 7 1 3 3 7 10 -3 6Aston Villa 7 1 1 5 8 12 -4 4Newcastle United 7 0 3 4 5 11 -6 3Sunderland 7 0 2 5 6 16 -10 2
Defending junior and senior urban netball champions, Gaynstead High and Camperdown High, were off to impressive wins in the second round of the ISSA urban schoolgirls competition which got underway at the Leila Robinson Courts on Thursday.In Group I junior action the Dalton Hinds-coached Gaynstead whipped St Hugh’s 26-9 while in Group II among the Seniors the Wayne Stewart-coached Camperdown High were too strong for Tivoli High beating them 53-17.Coach Hinds was very impressed with his team’s start to their second round campaign.”Naturally, I am pleased with the result in our opening game as the expectation is to go all the way and defend our title and we are expecting to continue winning although I see all teams at this stage as big threats,” said Hinds.St Jago High and St. Andrew Technical were also victorious in Group I action among the Juniors. The Spanish Town-based St Jago had a 24-16 win over Papine while in a very close encounter, St. Andrew Technical got the better of Camperdown 24-22.In Group II there were wins for former champions the Queen’s School, Norman Manley High and St. Catherine High.Queen’s got the better of Holy Childhood 31-25, Norman Manley were too good for Wolmer’s winning 28-10 while St Catherine had a good 37-18 win over Campion College.Second round action will continue next Wednesday November 9 at the same venue.
Olympic 400 metres hurdles finalist Ristananna Tracey is hoping to run some 800-metre races in 2017. Tracey expressed the intention at a recent function to honour her, and Anniesha McLaughlin-Whilby and Sashalee Forbes at the G.C. Foster College for Physical Education. She believes that running the two-lap race will enhance her finish in the 400-metre hurdles.In a review of her 2016 training, the 24-year-old Sprintec athlete acknowledged, “As you all know, I didn’t run any 800s this season.”That’s where I think my strength is,” she said, “so I think we are going to be looking at that part of my race and improve in that area.”During her days at Edwin Allen, Tracey was a steadfast 800 metres runner. She did a marvellous 400/800/400 hurdles triple in her last year – 2011 – at Boys and Girls’ Championships, cutting Melaine Walker’s 400-metre hurdles record of 56.55 seconds to 55.81 along the way. She clocked an 800 metres personal best of 2 minutes 03.97 seconds after Champs and dazzled everyone by matching the fastest-ever 800 metres leg by an high school athlete at the Penn Relays with a time of 2.03.2.NEW RECORDThe strength seemed to help as she set a Jamaican junior 400 metres hurdles record of 54.58 seconds at the National Senior Championships. The old mark of 55.11 seconds had been set by Kaliese Spencer in an effort that secured the gold medal at the 2006 World Junior Championships. During her time at the Racers Track Club, Tracey improved to 54.52. She moved to G.C. Foster to join the Maurice Wilson-coached Sprintec outfit in time to prepare for the 2016 season, and the collaboration spurred her to fifth in the Olympic final with a time of 54.15 seconds.Now she is the seventh-fastest Jamaican of all-time in the 400 metre hurdles.Understandably, the athlete, known in track circles as ‘Rista’, is optimistic about the upcoming season.”I’m just gonna go back, look at where I can improve and work hard towards it and see where it takes me,” she resolved.
We watch sports to see who wins and loses, but also to be inspired – and 2016 offered plenty of examples of the latter, from a touching moment between two strangers on the Olympic track to a little boy from a war-torn land who met his favourite soccer player to a warm ovation fuelled by empathy for a visiting National Hockey League goalie.Moments and feelings that will be recalled more vividly than any numbers on a result sheet or etched in bright lights on a scoreboard.There were athletes and coaches whose stories touched us, as well as folks connected to the sports world who contributed their own uplifting vignettes.One example: When sideline reporter Craig Sager died from leukaemia this month, there were heartfelt tributes tinged with sadness, of course, but also remembrances that spread the positive message he offered as he continued to cover the NBA and college basketball despite his illness.”Man, life is too beautiful, too wonderful. There’s just too many things,” Sager said in August. “It’s not just you. It’s your family and kids and all. Fight. Fight until the end. Fight as hard as you can.”Some inspiring sports moments during the past year:LENDING A HANDDuring a qualifying heat for the 5,000 metres at the Rio Games, Abbey D’Agostino of the United States and Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand got their feet tangled, sending both sprawling. D’Agostino got up and, instead of trying to get herself back into the race, crouched down, helped Hamblin rise, and whispered: “Get up. We have to finish this.” It turned out that both were injured – D’Agostino could barely move by the race’s end and needed a wheelchair – but they crossed the line. Then they hugged. Longtime friends? Hardly. “That girl is the Olympic spirit, right there,” Hamblin said. “I’ve never met her before. Like, I never met this girl before. And isn’t that just so amazing? Such an amazing woman.” Even Olympic officials were moved by the episode, awarding both runners berths in the final.MEETING MESSIFirst, Murtaza Ahmadi, a 5-year-old from Afghanistan, was photographed wearing a plastic bag fashioned into a makeshift Lionel Messi uniform – blue and white stripes, like Argentina’s national team; Messi’s name and number written in black marker. The image became an Internet sensation. Later, Murtaza got to walk with Messi onto the field before an exhibition game. When it was time for the kickoff, Murtaza did not want to leave his new pal’s side.SALUTING AN OPPONENTIt takes something special for supporters of one team to salute a player for an opponent team that won a game, and that’s what happened early in the NHL season in Edmonton. The Oilers’ fans gave Senators goalie Craig Anderson a standing ovation after he made 37 saves for a shutout in Ottawa’s 2-0 victory over Edmonton – his first start since learning that his wife had been diagnosed with cancer.°SI SE PUEDE!Vibrant chants of “si se puede” resonated around Rio’s main tennis stadium as Puerto Rico’s unseeded Monica Puig beat Germany’s Angelique Kerber – who would win two Grand Slam titles in 2016 and take over the No. 1 ranking – to become her island’s first gold medalist in any Olympic sport. As the Puerto Rican anthem echoed around an Olympic arena and spectators belted out the lyrics, Puig was unable to join in for one simple reason: too many tears. “If I would’ve stopped crying,” Puig said, “I probably would have started singing.”GO, CUBS, GOThe Chicago Cubs’ first World Series championship in more than a century was a big deal to many long-suffering fans – and provided a way for some to reconnect spiritually with lost loved ones who never got to see Wrigleyville turn into Titletown. Wayne Williams kept a pledge he and his father made to each other and shared a moment they’d both been waiting for all their lives. Williams drove from North Carolina to his father’s gravesite in Indiana to listen on the radio “together” as the Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians in Game 7.BREAKING RECORDS AFTER CANCERUniversity of Pittsburgh running back James Conner was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in 2015, went through more than five months of draining treatment, then returned to college football this year and wound up breaking Atlantic Coast Conference records for career touchdowns and running TDs. Now he’s headed to the NFL.
Coach of Boys’ Town Andrew Price says that his team is highly motivated to stay in the Red Stripe despite their last place.The Red Brigades showed resilience as they edged Maverley-Hughenden 1-0 in a relegation battle at the Barbican Complex yesterday. Boys’ Town scored courtesy of top striker Shamar Nicholson in the 90th minute.The Boys’ Town team ended with ten players as central defender Wayne Ellis was issued a second yellow card and ejected by FIFA referee Valdin Legister in the 66th minute.The winners dominated play, for the most part, but were let down by faulty shooting. Maverley-Hughenden’s custodian, Jovell Plunkett, made some spectacular saves, but could not stop the header by an unmarked Nicholson.GRATEFUL FOR VICTORY”The team showed a lot of resilience. We got many chances and could have won by a wider margin. However, I am grateful for this victory. The Maverley team didn’t want to win,” Price told The Gleaner.”Shamar (Nicholson) rose for the first time in the match and scored. We made some tactical adjustment after going down to ten players in the second half. We have to keep the momentum because a team like Boys’ Town deserves to stay in the league. We will fight to the end,” Price concluded.Nicholson, who pushed his tally for the season to 12 goals, just two behind Jermaine ‘Teddy’ Johnson of Tivoli Gardens, was naturally elated for scoring the all-important goal.”It is a great feeling to score the goal that gave us three points. When you look at the table you see that we needed to win the game,” the national senior team striker said.”The coach was telling me to jump and I did that and scored, so I am very happy,” he added.Maverley’s coach Anthony Patrick was very upset that his team lost the game.The win pushed Boys’ Town to 26 points, the same as Jamalco, who went down 1-0 to Reno. However, Boys’ Town remains in the cellar position as Jamalco has a better goal difference.Maverley-Hughenden are in tenth position on 28 points.Yesterday’s gamesBoys’ Town 1 Maverley-Hughenden 0Reno 1 Jamalco 0Harbour View 1 Montego Bay United 0Today’s games• 5:30 p.m. – Tivoli Gardens vs Waterhouse at the National Stadium• 8 p.m. – Arnett Gardens vs UWI FC at the National Stadium
The Jamaica National Visa/Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Jackie Bell knockout competition continues today with a double-header at Constant Spring Complex in St Andrew.In the first game, the nation’s number one ranked team, UWI FC, will tackle Super League contenders Barbican in the opener, starting at 6:30 p.m. Then, two premier league clubs – Tivoli Gardens and Harbour View square off at 8:30 p.m.The UWI are leaders in the Red Stripe Premier League and favoured to get the better of Barbican. However, the winners will come from the teams that wants it more.Coach of UWI, Marcel ‘Fuzzy’ Gayle, admits that his team will be the favourites.AIM IS TO WIN”Our aim is to win every competition, so the attitude will be the same. UWI will turn up to play good football and win. We are favourites but it will be two teams on the pitch tomorrow,” Gayle told The Gleaner yesterday.The UWI team will rely on top players Patrick Brown, Girvon Brown, Keammar ‘Dada’ Daley, Kemar Flemmings and Andre Bernal.Barbican will look to goalkeeper Nicholas Campbell, Locksley Thompson, Akino Bailey and Ramone McGregor to upset the nation’s top team.In the other game, it will be a big clash between two Premier League outfits for a spot in the last four.Tivoli Gardens have a very good attacking unit, including the RSPL’s top goal scorer in former national and overseas attacker Jermaine ‘Teddy’ Johnson, Junior McGregor, Elton Thompson, Jermaine Parris and Rohan Reid.On the other hand, Harbour View key players will be Sean Fraser, Akeem Priestly, Kemar Bennett, Nicholas Beckett and Andre Messam.The winners will advance to last four of the competition named in honour of Winthorpe ‘Jackie’ Bell, who died during the FIFA World Cup in Mexico in [email protected]
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFor coach Boyet Fernandez, San Beda’s 96-91 defeat to Lyceum on Friday should be a huge eye-opener that the Red Lions’ title retention bid this NCAA Season 93 won’t be a cakewalk.“There are very strong teams ahead of us. We know that they’re looking at us, but as I’ve said, there are so many teams that has gotten stronger right now,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT View comments The veteran mentor, though, believes that the Red Lions can move on from the humbling loss as they learned the hard way that games will be won on the defensive end.“We know that Lyceum is a really good team. Giving up 96 points is not our defense, so if we want to beat LPU, we can’t play them offense-on-offense. We have to make stops. They really scored at will and I take the blame for that,” he said.San Beda will next brace for St. Benilde on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation PH volleyball team to avoid social media during Japan training camp End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano With CJ Perez leading the fight, the Pirates sent the Red Lions crashing back to earth as the former delivered on their hype to stun the defending champions.San Beda fell into Lyceum’s trap of letting Robert Bolick do everything for the squad and Fernandez said that supporting cast must do a better job of executing.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’“I know they wanted Bolick to attack the basket, so for us, we really have to rotate the ball,” said the mentor.“We had 20 assists, it’s just a matter of making the shots for the other guys. We have to take those open shots when Bolick gives up the ball.” Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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