Hugs, kisses, thank yous and congratulatory messages were the order of the day for the three Jamaican members of the championship winning West Indies Under-19 cricket team who returned to the country yesterday.Led by several members of the cricketing fraternity, including Jamaica’s West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president, Dave Cameron and Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) president, Wilford ‘Billy’ Heaven, Michael Frew, Odean Smith and Shahid Crooks were met at Norman Manley International Airport.”What you did, you showed all of us what is possible when we get together as a people,” stated a beaming Cameron, who led a series of tributes at a welcome ceremony held at the airport.”It is a message that if we get together and believe in what we are doing and assisting each other, then the sky is the limit.”The regional cricket boss, who expressed apologies for Minister of Sports Natalie Neita Headley, also used the occasion to give assurance that the entire team will in due course be “properly” rewarded.”We have given you some tokens, but we believe we need to find meaningful ways of rewarding you for what you have done,” he said.Organised by WICB sponsor, Digicel, the ceremony also had in attendance several family members of the players, as well as their school coaches, principals and well wishers.”To beat India in Bangladesh is a big thing,” said Heaven.”I want to say to you congratulations and all the best in your future endeavours in the field of cricket.”SELF-BELIEFHeaven, who was also accompanied by Jamaica Under-19 chairman of selectors, Wayne Lewis, JCA secretary Fritz Harris and chief executive officer, Courtney Francis, also commended the team of their self belief.”During your send-off for the World Cup, we, the JCA, said to you at a ceremony that we believed in you and I think that you took that statement seriously,” Heaven remarked.”You believed in yourself as it is only a strong belief in yourself that could have led you to that victory.”Elon Parkinson, head of public relations at Digicel, also weighed in, expressing that Frew, Smith and Crooks had made Jamaicans and West Indians proud.”Michael, Odean, Shahid, big up,” said Parkinson.”You have made your schools St Elizabeth Technical and Maggoty High, your clubs, the Westmoreland and St Elizabeth Cricket Associations and by extension Jamaica and the West Indies, extremely proud.The West Indies last week defeated India by five wickets in the final of the ICC Under-19 World Cup, which was held in Bangladesh.
GENEVA (AP):The fastest goal in World Cup history capped a night of 6-0 routs and The Netherlands’ further fall in European qualifying yesterday.Seven seconds ticked by when Belgium forward Christian Benteke’s shot finished his surging run through the Gibraltar defence, which kicked off but coughed up the ball.Benteke beat the 8.3 seconds that FIFA timed Davide Gaultieri taking to score for San Marino against England in 1993 and set the tone for the visiting Belgians’ 6-0 win.Portugal also won 6-0, but needed only a single excellent goal from Cristiano Ronaldo to dominate the Faeroe Islands.Instead, 20-year-old Andre Silva stepped up with a first-half hat-trick in just his fourth international match perhaps finally pairing Ronaldo with a true penalty-area predator for the freshly crowned European champion.Dutch decline has been steep since it followed runner-up and third-place finishes at the last two World Cups with failure to qualify for an expanded Euro 2016.A 1-0 loss at home to France was the latest setback, sealed by Paul Pogba’s powerful shot from 30 yards in the first half.Belgium and France top their groups, though Portugal trail Switzerland, which won their third straight qualifier, 2-1 at lowly Andorra.Only the nine European group winners advance directly to play in Russia and four runners-up will qualify through a play-off round.
SUBJECT TO APPROVAL Ahead of Jamaica’s 55th Independence celebrations next year, Minister of Culture, Gender Affairs, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, has revealed that statues of decorated Olympians Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will be commissioned as part of the National Stadium Statue Park’s development plans. According to Grange, a total of four statues will be commissioned. The others are for former men’s 100m record holder Asafa Powell and multiple Olympic medallist, Veronica Campbell-Brown. “The ministry will commission four statues over the next two years for the following athletes – Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce, Veronica Campbell-Brown and Asafa Powell,” said Grange. “The first two statues of Usain and Shelly-Ann will be completed in time for the Jamaica 55 Independence celebrations next year and the other two statues of Veronica Cambell-Brown and Asafa Powell for the following year,” she continued. Grange was speaking during a programme of celebration for Rio Olympians and Paralympians, at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston, yesterday, adding the statues will be of the athletes’ liking. “Of course, the images will be subject to the approval of each athlete and the sculptor who is commissioned to do the work is the same sculptor who did the work for the Herb McKenley statue,” she pointed out of Basil Watson. The development plan for Independence Stadium Complex, which will include the national sports museum, according to Grange, will be done on a phased basis over a period of two years. “There are other plans that are in the works, but at this time I will hold those announcements for the future,” informed Grange. “I will emphasise that what we are doing is not just about celebrating the achievements of our athletes by having a big party, but we also will ensure that we have legacy projects that will be a lasting tribute to their achievements,” Grange stressed. She was speaking in reference to the Heroes weekend celebrations (October 14-16) for Olympians and Paralympians from the Rio Games, recently .
Bridgeport High advanced to the semi-finals of the ISSA-FLOW Walker Cup knockout competition with an easy commanding 2-0 win over Denham Town High at the Constant Spring Complex yesterday. Shane Moodie sealed the victory in the 90th minute with a brilliant goal after Javaughn Dunn had headed the Portmore-based school in the lead in the 40th minute. Moodie’s goal was one of the best seen in urban area schoolboy football this season. He made a good run down the left before controlling a peach of a cross from Ronaldo Banks on his chest. He then struck a ferocious volley which rocketed into the roof of the Denham Town net to end the game in style. It was the midfielder’s second goal of the season. “So far, I have scored two goals; this one is very special because I helped to send the team to the semi-finals in the Walker Cup, so this is a blessing to score on this day,” he said. Winning coach Garnett Lawrence was elated with the victory. “It wasn’t one of our best games of the season, but when you come to a knockout, it’s a knockout, so we give God thanks for the victory, and we will just press on for the next game,” he said. Meanwhile, Denham Town’s coach Andrew Edwards said his team “deviated from our game and paid the price”.
Five veteran media personalities will be honoured by Superstakes title sponsors Burger King at Caymanas Park tomorrow for their contribution to the sport over the years.They are The Gleaner’s racing writer Orville Clarke, Lindy Delapenha, a former director of sports at Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation; radio racing analyst and Gleaner columnist Dr. Paul Wright; racing commentator Brian ‘Spuddy” Rickman and Karl Angell of the Racing Observer.All will be guests of the sponsor and promoters Caymanas Track Limited (CTL) in the Director’s Room during the meet and in addition to receiving awards, each will have a race run in their honour on the well supported 12-race programme, featuring the 38th running of the Burger King Superstakes over 2000 metres.The programme kicks off at 11.000 a.m. with the Orville Clarke Trophy over 1700 metres to be contested by nine starters (four-year-olds and up non winners of two). Top contenders are MINY LEE (Shane Ellis), HOMECOMING ((Anthony Thomas) and VESPERS (Javaniel Patterson).The second race over 1100 metres for the Brian Rickman Trophy for maiden three-year-olds has attracted 11 starters, the eighth race for the Dr Paul Wright Trophy to be contested by 14 starters, while race number 10 for the Lindy Delapenha Trophy will see 13 facing the starter and the closing race for the Karl Angell Trophy to be contested by a maximum field of 16.
Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) president, Ambassador A.B. Stewart Stephenson, is expected to announce that he is stepping down from the role in a press conference today. Stephenson, who is a lawyer by profession, is said to be stepping down because of what he describes as “personal reasons”. He first came to power in 1996, served for 11 years and was then succeeded by Rudolph Speid. He then returned to replace Speid in 2014 for two terms and continued after the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) extended the term limit for confederation presidents to four years. Sources say that Speid will be nominated for a return to the role as he has publicly declared an interest, while the association’s general secretary Wayne Shaw, told The Gleaner that he would be contesting the election. No other names are expected to be put forward to challenge them. “We’re surprised and we weren’t expecting him to go,” Shaw said yesterday. “He was in the first year of his four-year term and we did not want him to go. We tried to convince him to stay, but he made his choice.” Shaw says that he does not expect much to change in the association as the rest of the executive body is expected to remain. “The team will still be there,” he says. “We will be OK. The only change is that I will be running for the presidency.” Some of Stephenson’s achievements in the last year of his tenure include brokering a television rights deal with Television Jamaica to broadcast quarter-final, semi-final, and final matches for its competitions for five years; ridding the confederation of debts; and relocating to larger headquarters. Also, during Stephenson’s stint last year, a television rights contract was signed between Television Jamaica and Television Jamaica Sports Network and KSAFA to provide televised coverage of the Jackie Bell Knockout competition. Stephenson had been previously tipped to challenge JFF President Captain Horace Burrell for the top job in local football, but he recently told The Gleaner that he would only consider the position if the money was right, as he has more important priorities. Nominations for the post will be presented to the public next week. KSAFA is a leading confederations in Jamaican football, with 39 clubs as members, across the Corporate Area. HIS ACHIEVEMENTS
Past The Finishing PostTrack: Good Weather: FineRace 1 1100 M (Purse $768,000) NB3YO(NW2)/IMP3Y&UP(MDN)-REST.ALL.II*1. #5 LOOSE CANNON OWalker 54.0 71.00 50.002. #1 LIGHTNING LILY OMullings 50.0 3L 50.003. #2 TWILIGHT DREAMS AndreePowell3 48.5 4L 50.004. #3 AKASH PFrancis 53.0 11/1 NeckFinal Time : 1:05.4 Splits : 22.3, 45.2Winner : 3yo ch colt – BLUE PEPSI LODGE – DEVIL WOMANTrainer: WAYNE DACOSTA Owner : CARLTON WATSONBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $204.00 Ex: $312.00Trifecta: $169.00Race 2 1700 M (Purse $560,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($350,0-$300,0)/NB5YO(NW3)1. #6 BARS OF GOLD JErwin 54.0 214.00 83.00*2. #2 NATASHADONTPLAY SMuir 53.0 1L 58.003. #5 MINNIFFIA AntThomas3 50.0 Head 109.004. #1 MONEYNEVERSLEEP AndreePowell3 47.0 3LLate scratch : #9 A VESSEL OF LOVEFinal Time : 1:48.3 Splits : 24.3, 47.3, 1:13.0, 1:40.4Winner : 6yo b colt – HE’STHEREALTHING – GEM LEATrainer : PAUL SMITH Owner : PAUL SMITHBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $269.00 Ex: $780.00D/E: $331.00Superfecta: $6,776.00Race 3 1500 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT1. #2 UNCLE VINNIE BebHarvey2 53.5 547.00 76.002. #9 MUSKETOON LSteadman2 55.0 3L 59.00*3. #5 TWILIGHT STORM DaneNelson 54.0 Neck 53.004. #3 BLOOD SONG SEllis 54.5 9/2 5Final Time : 1:34.1 Splits : 24.2, 47.3, 1:12.4,Winner : 3yo b colt – BRIDLED QUEST – KATHYTHETRAINATrainer : GARY SUBRATIE Owner: THE SUCCESS FARMBred by TREVOR R. JAMESQu: $598.00 Ex: $1,864.00D/E: $4,341.00Superfecta: $3,565.00Rolling Triple: $4,970.00Race 4 1000 M (S) (Purse $620,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($550,0-$500,0)/NB4YO(NW4)*1. #6 VISION JInnis2 54.0 87.00 67.002. #8 RALLY BABY AndreePowell3 50.0 1L 154.003. #4 MESMERIZE RHalledeen 54.0 Head 181.004. #9 ZUGULU OFoster 55.0Final Time : 1:00.1 Splits : 22.3, 45.3Winner : 4yo ch colt – HE’STHEREALTHING out of MONEY SPINNER byTrainer: WAYNE DACOSTA Owner : ELIZABETH DACOSTABred by ORANGE VALLEY ESTATES LTD.Qu: $574.00 Ex: $875.00D/E: $1,809.00Superfecta: $3,496.00Rolling Triple: $8,914.00Race 5 1000 M (R) (Purse $530,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($250,0-$210,0)/NB5YO(NW2)&6YO&UP(NW4)1. #1 FORTUNEONEHUNDRED RHalledeen 54.0 167.00 84.002. #10 PRINCE SAMMO JErwin 54.0 1L 232.00*3. #5 SUNDANCE DDawkins2 52.0 1L 72.004. #8 TOUGH COOKIE BebHarvey2 53.5 2LLate scratch : #3 ALEXANDER, #4 ROYAL GIRLFinal Time : 1:01.1 Splits : 23.1, 47.1, ,Winner : 7yo horse – KEYED ENTRY – M. Y. BRIDLEWOODTrainer : ROWAN MATHIE Owner : VINCENT MAINEBred by BRIDLEWOOD FARMQu: $1,904.00 Ex: $3,842.00D/E : (6-1) $406.00 (6-3) $135.00Superfecta: $9,455.00Rolling Triple: $8,451.00Race 6 1820 M (Purse $500,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP(NW3)1. #1 LATE N DRAFTY RHalledeen 55.0 307.00 147.00*2. #9 CHIEF PROSPECT LSteadman2 55.0 Head 76.003. #4 JAFETICA AntThomas3 52.0 Neck 188.004. #2 CAUSE FOR CONCERN AChatrie 57.0 1L5. #10 THE SALESMAN JJackson 56.0 4LFinal Time : 2:01.3 Splits : 27.4, 54.0, 1:19.1, 1:46.2Winner : 4yo b filly – SEEKING THE GLORY – OVER DRAFTTrainer : ANTHONY NUNES Owner : CUDSBred by COURTNEY WALSHQu: $445.00 Ex: $898.00D/E: $481.00Trifecta: $2,260.00Hi-5: $44,627.00Rolling Triple: $2,433.00Pick-4: $24,852.00Super-6: $102,920.70Race 7 1000 M (S) (Purse $530,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)1. #4 GOFORHOME DaneNelson 53.5 320.00 132.00*2. #11 BEAST JErwin 54.0 1L 66.003. #6 PLAY BACK RLahoe 52.0 16/1 2 182.004. #3 WICKED TUFF OWalker 56.0Final Time : 1:02.1 Splits : 23.4, 48.2Winner : 5yo ch filly – LEGAL PROCESS – SWEET JADETrainer : GARY GRIFFITHS Owner: GARY GRIFFITHSBred by PHILIP AZARQu: $524.00 Ex: $1,113.00D/E: $2,838.00Superfecta: $20,344.00Rolling Triple: $9,971.00Race 8 1200 M (Purse $500,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT*1. #4 PROFILE JPatterson2 51.0 108.00 66.002. #1 NEWTON’S FIRST LAW SEllis 54.5 2L 136.003. #10 LEEKOUT AndreePowell3 52.0 Sh.Head 92.004. #12 CAPTAIN CUDJOE JErwin 55.0 5L5. #15 JASON’S GOLD JJackson 55.0 NoseFinal Time : 1:14.3 Splits : 23.2, 47.3Winner : 4yo b filly – WAR MARSHALL – LADY AJIBANTrainer : PHILLIP ELLIOTT Owner : B. A. LBred by HENRY JAGHAI O.D., J.P.,Qu: $644.00 Ex: $889.00D/E: $901.00Trifecta: $637.00Hi-5: $154,148.00Rolling Triple: $8,668.00PlacePot 8: $6,369.00BONNIE BLUE FLAG TROPHYRace 9 1820 M (Purse $845,000) 3-Y-O & UP OPEN ALLOWANCE*1. #3 FRANFIELD BebHarvey2 55.0 61.002. #1 BLUE DIXIE DaneNelson 53.5 Sh.Head3. #7 HOVER CRAFT OWalker 57.0 4L4. #4 TIMEFORARMS AntThomas3 52.5 1LLate scratch : #5 ANOTHER BULLETFinal Time : 1:55.0 Splits : 28.0, 53.1, 1:17.0, 1:41.4Winner : 6yo ch colt – TRADITIONAL – SUPA LEITrainer : RICHARD AZAN Owner : ELITE BLOODSTOCK LIMITEDBred by HERMINE & LEISHA METCALFEQu: $116.00 Ex: $140.00D/E: $150.00Trifecta: $41.00Rolling Triple: $1,719.00Race 10 1400 M (Purse $560,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)1. #6 FIERY PATH BebHarvey2 53.5 590.00 119.00*2. #5 VICIOUS LOOK AntThomas3 53.0 1L 59.003. #7 TASHIE BABY HPottinger2 51.5 4L 135.004. #4 SAMORA AndrePowell3 53.0 1L5. #12 BIG BUCK OWhite 54.0 NeckFinal Time : 1:28.1 Splits : 24.1, 48.1, 1:14.1,Winner : 5yo b colt – WAR MARSHALL -MINERVATrainer : DONOVAN PLUMMER Owner : DONOVAN PLUMMERBred by HENRY JAGHAI O.D., J.P.,Qu: $740.00 Ex: $1,965.00D/E: $522.00Trifecta: $2,675.00Hi-5: $27,866.50Rolling Triple: $1,637.00Pick-4: $13,524.00Super-6: $55,597.70Pick-9: (8/9) $31,066.00; (7/9) $542.00.
TURIN, Italy (AP):Paulo Dybala outshone his more famous compatriot Lionel Messi by scoring two goals to help Juventus beat Barcelona 3-0 in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final yesterday.The result will give Juventus plenty of confidence heading into the second leg on April 19, but they will be wary of another fantastic comeback from Barcelona, who beat Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 in their last match to become the first team to overturn a 4-0 first-leg loss in the history of the competition.The other first-leg match between Borussia Dortmund and Monaco was called off and rescheduled for today after three explosions went off near the German team’s bus as it set off for the match, injuring defender Marc Bartra.INSTANT RECOVERYIn Turin, Juventus were aggressive from the start and almost scored in the third minute when Gonzalo Higuain’s header from a free kick taken by Miralem Pjanic was dropped by Marc-Andre ter Stegen, but the Barcelona goalkeeper recovered in time.However, the hosts did take the lead four minutes later when Juan Cuadrado pulled a cross back from the right flank for Dybala to curl the ball into the bottom left corner.Messi was largely kept quiet all night, but he provided a superb ball over the top for Andres Iniesta, whose effort was turned around the right post by Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.That save proved pivotal as Juventus doubled their lead moments later when Mario Mandzukic’s cross was deflected to Dybala, who drove a first-time shot into the left of the goal in the 22nd minute.Barcelona thought they had pulled a goal back on the half hour, but Messi’s strike was ruled out as Luis Suarez had strayed offside.Juventus had several chances to extend their lead and finally did so in the 55th minute when Giorgio Chiellini headed in a corner off the inside of the left post.Suarez almost got a crucial away goal for Barcelona in the 67th but his effort hit the outside of the left post.
Jack Hao and Rommel Mangalino still kept the Altas in the game, cutting the deficit to two, 59-57 with 9.4 ticks remaining, but Munsayac drained two more free throws to ice the game for good.“I’m relieved because I told them that we need to overcome close games like this. We can’t settle for moral victories now,” said Sison. “At least, we’ll come into the second round that we’re confident that we can win.”Prince Eze topped Perpetual (3-6) with 14 points, 20 rebounds, and four blocks, while Gab Dagangon had 11 markers and seven boards, but committed five of the Altas’ 19 turnovers.The Scores:EAC 61 – Onwubere 21, Munsayac 16, Garcia 8, Bugarin 4, Diego 3, Mendoza 3, Bautista 2, Pascua 2, Tampoc 2, Corilla 0, Guzman 0, Mendoza 0.ADVERTISEMENT Sidney Onwubere vs AJ Coronel. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netEmilio Aguinaldo College eked out a 61-57 victory over Perpetual to end the first round of NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament on a winning note Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Sidney Onwubere willed the Generals twith 21 points, 17 rebounds, and three assists as they stopped their three-game skid to rise to 4-5.ADVERTISEMENT Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies 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 PH slips past Singapore, returns to SEA Games basketball final For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Francis Munsayac also went for 16 markers, three assists, and two boards, while Jerome Garcia had eight points and six rebounds in the win.“To be honest, we gave our hearts in this game. Since this is the last game in the first round, I told the players that we cannot allow them to beat us so we really have to win this game,” said coach Ariel Sison.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’Garcia drilled a three at the 4:52 mark of the payoff period to put EAC up, 50-47, but that proved to be the last field goal for the Generals, who showing poise from the line with their 11-of-12 clip.Perpetual’s three costly turnovers in the final minute also helped EAC’s cause as Munsayac put his crew ahead, 59-52. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ PERPETUAL 57 – Eze 14, Dagangon 11, Coronel 9, Pido 6, Ylagan 4, Clemente 3, Hao 3, Sadiwa 3, Mangalino 2, Tamayo 2, Casas 0, Lucente 0, Yuhico 0.Quarters: 19-12, 33-27, 43-39, 61-57. What’s in store for your animal sign this year View comments National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay
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