Jefferson, Stephens Earn Men’s Outdoor Weekly Honors

first_imgHonorable Mention: Micah Larkins, Northwestern State; Alex Hanson, Central Arkansas; 4x400m Relay, Abilene Christian. Men’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week – Ceaser Stephens, Northwestern State – Jr. – Opelika, Ala.Stephens won the LeJuan Simon triple jump at the LSU Alumni Gold with a mark of 52-00.50, registering the 13th-best distance in the nation and seventh in the East Region. His jump places him first in the Southland this season. The Bearkats are idle from competition until the 2018 Southland Outdoor Championships while the Demons close out their season hosting the Leon Johnson Invitational in Natchitoches on Saturday. Honorable Mention: Rodney Ruffin, Southeastern Louisiana; Zhafear Ray, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Kevin Steward, Stephen F. Austin; Kai Schmidt, Abilene Christian. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots. Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week – Chris Jefferson, Sam Houston State – Jr. – Jersey Village, TexasJefferson continued his incredible junior season with a big weekend on the west coast at both the Azusa Pacific Bryan Clay Invitational and the Beach Invitational at Long Beach State. His time of 20.66 in the 200m set a new meet record and set a new mark for the fastest time in the conference this season. That day, he also helped the Kats win the 4x100m relay in a meet-record time of 40.07. A day later, he helped his team lower its 4x100m time, dropping it to 39.99, the winning time for the day at Long Beach and the third-fastest time in Sam Houston history. He also ran in the 4x400m relay at the Beach Invitational, leading them to a second-place finish. FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State junior Chris Jefferson and Northwestern State junior Ceaser Stephens are the Southland Conference Men’s Outdoor Athletes of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com.last_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY, MARCH 31, 2019

first_imgKILROE PHOTO RESULTS IN A WIN FOR TEAM OHIO $1,451,594 John Sadler81 1st 32 16% TODAY’S RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT HITS $675,799 15 22 13 LONGEST PHOTO HAS HAPPY ENDING FOR FUENTESHollywood has “The Longest Yard.” Now Santa Anita has “The Longest Photo.”After an interminable amount of time–perhaps more than five minutes–as fans waited with the anticipation of an expectant father, results of a photo finish from Saturday’s Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile on turf were posted, showing 9-1 outsider Ohio the winner by the narrowest of noses over 4-5 favorite Catapult.While it was the toughest of beats for the connections of Catapult, it was a feel-good story for those of Ohio, trainer Michael McCarthy and owners Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Bruce Treitman, but most of all 21-year-old jockey Ruben Fuentes, who was riding in his first Grade I race.“My initial reaction was we got beat,” was the assessment Sunday morning from McCarthy, who gained international acclaim for his masterful preparation of City of Light in winning the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 26.“I was very pleased that Ohio showed up and ran like that. But after about two or three minutes of waiting for the photo, I felt they were taking an awfully long time to look at it–maybe it could be a dead-heat.“After about five minutes, I thought, ‘This is nice. I don’t think they’ll make anybody a loser here,’ and then when they eventually flashed his number (two), I was in total shock. I couldn’t believe it. Both horses ran too good to lose.“I’m very pleased for Ruben. He’s a nice young man, comes out here and tries his best every day, is very polite and seems dedicated to his craft, so it’s good to be able to team up with someone like him.”Ditto for Fuentes’ agent, 29-year-old Tijuana native Saul Marquez, who has been booking mounts for 12 years, the last two for the 21-year-old Fuentes, who hails from El Paso.“He’s the hardest worker,” Marquez said. “He never says no, always has a smile on his face and I think this is the start of a long and successful career. It runs in the family, because Ruben’s father, Miguel, also rides. He’s known as the Mike Smith of Mexico City.“Waiting for that photo yesterday was very nerve wracking, but very rewarding.”TO THE SAN CARLOS VICTOR BELONGS THE SPOILSTo hear Victor Espinoza tell it, “I was out of work for seven months. Now I’m back working again.”With every bit of humor there’s a touch of truth, but when the 46-year-old Hall of Fame member and Triple Crown winner rolled to a three-length victory on 15-1 outsider St. Joe Bay in Saturday’s Grade II San Carlos Stakes, it unleashed a wide range of emotions.Espinoza had been out of action since last July when he suffered serious injuries in a training mishap at Del Mar. On more than one occasion during his arduous recovery, he questioned whether he would return to riding.But when St. Joe Bay broke on top, opened a 4 ½-length lead into the stretch of the seven furlong race, and was never threatened to the wire, any doubts Victor had vanished.“It was all about confidence because the horse was doing it so nicely,” Espinoza said Sunday morning. “He was just cruising along at a comfortable pace and we got the job done. I wasn’t thinking about winning turning for home, but when I saw the wire 20 feet away, that’s when I started to get excited.“It was my first win since I came back and it’s always nice to get the first one out of the way. It was great to win for John (Sadler) and the Hronis brothers (owners of St. Joe Bay) because of all the support they have given me before and after my accident.“They’ve always looked out for me, always checked on me, so it was great for me to win on one of their horses.”It was the first stakes win for Espinoza since last May 28, when he won the Monrovia Stakes on Belvoir Bay for Peter Miller, and it should help business.“Hopefully, it’ll pick some people’s heads up,” said agent Brian Beach, who books mounts for Victor and his nephew, apprentice Assael Espinoza. “I think everybody’s been taking a wait and see approach and want to see him ride other people’s horses.“They’re reacting like they need to see him ride, like he has to prove himself all over again. But anybody who knows Victor knows how hard he’s worked in the gym and with physical therapy to get back to where he is.“You don’t have to worry about his fitness or whether he’s ready to go, because he wouldn’t be back riding without being ready to go.“He’s always told me he wouldn’t come back unless he’s 100 percent.”McKINZIE, GAME WINNER TO DRILL FOR SATURDAY GRADE I’SSanta Anita Handicap favorite McKinzie will have his final major workout tomorrow for the track’s marquee event for older horses. The Grade I fixture offers $600,000 in purse money and will be decided at a mile and a quarter.“McKinzie is doing extremely well,” said Bob Baffert, who also will breeze 2018 male two-year-old champion Game Winner Monday for Saturday’s $1 million Santa Anita Derby, which offers 100 Kentucky Derby qualifying points to the winner, 40 to the runner-up, 20 to the third-place finisher and 10 to the fourth.Baffert has won the Santa Anita Handicap five times, second only to Charlie Whittingham, who holds the record with nine.Another Santa Anita Derby contender trained by Baffert, Roadster, worked six furlongs this morning in a bullet 1:12.60, and “went nice.” It was the fastest of 19 drills at the distance.Fans will be treated to a stakes bonanza April 6, with seven added money events worth $2,750,000, topped by the $1 million Santa Anita Derby and the $600,000 Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Casino.In addition to the 1 ¼-mile Big ‘Cap and the 1 1/8-mile Santa Anita Derby, Santa Anita will showcase the Grade I, $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks for fillies at 1 1/16 miles; the $200,000 Echo Eddie Stakes for three-year-olds at 6 ½ furlongs; the $200,000 Evening Jewel Stakes for three-year-old fillies at 6 ½ furlongs; the Grade II, $200,000 Royal Heroine Stakes for older fillies and mares at one mile on turf; and the Grade III, $150,000 Providencia Stakes for three-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles on the grass.First post time for the biggest day in racing to date this year will be 12 noon.RAINBOW SIX AT $675,799, CHRB APPROVES MANDATORY PAYOUT ON SATURDAYSanta Anita’s 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot continued to swell on Saturday, as there again was no single ticket winner, resulting in a Jackpot carryover into Sunday of $675,799.With robust handle Saturday of $193,507 contributing to a total Jackpot pool of $825,003, there were 11 consolation tickets with six winners, each worth $9,397.45.Sunday’s Rainbow Pick Six starts with race four with approximate post time 2:35 p.m.In other Rainbow Jackpot news, the CHRB has approved a mandatory Jackpot payout Saturday if the popular 20 cent wager is not “hit” today, Thursday or Friday.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:Mother Mother (Outside) prep for Beaumont Stakes at Keeneland works 5 furlongs (Baffert)Roadster (Outside) SA Derby prep in company with  Explorer work 6 furlongs (Baffert)Extra Hope (Outside) SA Derby prep in company with  Springs Eternal work 4 furlongs (Mandella)Victor Espinoza on his return to the Winner’s Circle after injury.Big ‘Cap Memories:  Harris Auerbach takes us back to the 1978 Santa Anita HandicapSanta Anita Derby Memories:  Dan Hendricks Talks Brother Derek’s Win in the 2006 Santa Anita DerbySanta Anita Derby Memories:  Laffit Pincay III Talks About Justify’s win in the Santa Anita DerbyImprobable (Outside) in company with  Once On Whiskey work 6 furlongs (Baffert) 3-30-19Bellafina works 5 furlongs (Callaghan) 3-30-19Enaya Alrabb works 6 furlongs (O’Neill) 3-30-19Market Sentiment (Outside) and  Platinum Equity work 4 furlongs (Knapp) 3-30-19FINISH LINES: There were 233 recorded workouts at Santa Anita Sunday, 58 on the training track . . . Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and reopen for live action Thursday, April 4, at 1 p.m. There will be simulcast wagering Wednesday with free general admission and parking. Admission gates open 10 a.m. 23 ITM% 3rd 12 46 26% 36 48% 17 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS $1,415,079 Flavien Prat176 55% Richard Baltas116 60% 51 28 ITM% Geovanni Franco190 25 22 27% MANDATORY RAINBOW JACKPOT PAYOUT SATURDAY $1,137,939 21 26 2nd 2nd 34center_img Win% $2,545,756 18% Money Won Joel Rosario207 Money Won 58% 20 25% ESPINOZA’S STAKES VICTORY GOOD ALL AROUND McKINZIE AND GAME WINNER BREEZE TOMORROW 62% 18 10 17% 1st $1,345,986 48% 21 (Current Through Saturday, March 30) Win% 26 28 Jerry Hollendorfer93 Peter Miller105 Doug O’Neill167 13% 42% 20% 3rd $2,751,718 $1,178,591 17 49% 34 TrainerMts JockeyMts $1,485,250last_img read more

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Fekitoa signs with Toulon – report

first_imgFrench news outlet L’equipe has reported Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal announced the signing at a fan event on Monday night (NZT Tuesday), declaring the “imminent arrival of a world champion All Black centre”.The newspaper said the 25-year-old signed with the French club this month.Boudjellal said the signing was “the biggest coup of the summer in the transfer market”. But Toulon released a statement on Thursday morning hosing down speculation, saying until moves had been officially confirmed by the club they were only rumours.Fekitoa was originally left out of the All Blacks squad for the British and Irish Lions series, but was an injury replacement during the series,He is off contract at the end of the season, but told Stuff in April he was in no rush to make a decision on his future.​”I don’t have a timeframe,” Fekitoa said. “I let my management team do all the talking behind the scenes. For me, it’s about getting my game right and enjoying my rugby.”Fekitoa has played 24 tests since his 2014 debut.Toulon have former All Blacks midfielder Ma’a Nonu on their books and just announced the signing of South African outside back JP Pietersen Photo: PHOTOSPORT (Malakai Fekitoa has reportedly signed with French club Toulon).last_img read more

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Huge day of action kicks off Hong Kong

first_imgPablo Feijoo’s side clinched a memorable 17-12 win over Australia, when Ignacio Martin Goenaga’s scored off the last play of the game. It was his second try of the match after Inaki Villanueva had opened their account during the first minute.Scotland also ran in a last gasp score against England to take a narrow 22-19 victory, following over 70 seconds of phase play ending with Lee Jones going over the whitewash. Elsewhere Fiji kept their hopes of a fourth consecutive Hong Kong title on track with a convincing 31-12 victory over Samoa, while Kenya’s Willy Ambaka scored his 100th try on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series as they beat Canada 33-10. South Africa and New Zealand both showcased the strength of their squads with 36-5 and 45-0 victories respectively over Russia and South Korea. Day two commences with Argentina, runners-up in Las Vegas and Cape Town, taking on France at 11.14am local time (GMT+8).The men’s World Rugby Sevens Series qualifier is running parallel to the 16-team HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2018 main event. Twelve teams are battling it out with the winner taking the prestigious prize of core team status for 2019. After two rounds of pool matches Uruguay, Ireland, Uganda and Germany all are two from two.Ireland accumulated the most points of the quartet following a 41-5 result against the Cook Islands and a 26-0 victory over Jamaica. Germany, last season’s finalists in the tournament, were pushed by hosts Hong Kong before a securing a 20-point win over Zimbabwe. Jamaica and the Cook Islands will open proceedings on day two at 9.00am local time (GMT+8) with two unbeaten sides, Ireland and Uruguay, going head-to-head directly after in Pool G. The first six matches on Saturday will decide the complexion of the Cup quarter-finals and they will finish the day at 6.18pm local time.last_img read more

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Getafe is trading higher

first_imgWhile Sevilla has lost condition (down from third place to fifth), Getafe has risen like foam and has positioned itself almost at its height.Today, the team of Bordalás is the sixth favorite, beating classics like Rome, Leverkusen, Benfica, Celtic …The Spanish is lost at the bottom of the forecasts after 4-0 against the Wolverhampton and has the highest share of all (2,501 / 1), next to Apoel Nicosia and the Ludogorets.At the beginning of the round of 16 and knowing their match with Ajax, Getafe had a 34/1 share and Ajax was 8/1. After 2-0, the Dutch are now granted half the options to the Blues: 26/1 versus 13/1. The Basel, a Swiss team that won Getafe in both games of the group stage, trades well above: 67/1.These data support the growth of the Bordalás team and their recognition. The second leg is missing in Amsterdam but, for now, Getafe has won the hand of Ajax. And tomorrow, Getafe-Seville, third and fifth in the League and sixth and fifth among the favorites to win the Europa League. The bookmakers surrender to the blue phenomenon. No team of the 32 that remain in the round of 16 of the Europa League has experienced a rise in its price for a hypothetical final triumph like that of Getafe, that one day before facing the Ajax It was 34 to 1 and at the end of the game it went to 13/1. When more perspective is taken, the value increase is more appreciated, since in September its quota was around 100/1.When the competition began, Getafe did not appear among the best forecasts to lift the trophy in the final to be held on May 27 at the Gdansk Arena (Poland). So the favorites were the Manchester United (5/1), Arsenal (6/1) and Sevila (9/1), the club that has won the Europa League the most times: five. When the first day of the group stage was held on September 19, Getafe was far from them. To that forecast it was necessary to add that the 8 teams that arrived bounced from the Champions League they also entered ahead of Getafe in the prices of betting houses.last_img read more

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The fight for number one returns between Djokovic and Nadal

first_imgRafael Nadal9,3509,3959,4409,5309,6509,850 Rounds1st2nd1/4half ofLastChampion Djokovic, who doesn’t defend factors within the Obligation Free Tennis, will resume the exercise this afternoon (16:00, Movistar Deportes) towards Tunisian Malek Jaziri, his good good friend (1-0 for the Balkan). Nadal, who gained 45 in Acapulco final 12 months (fell within the spherical towards Kyrgios), will debut on Tuesday on the Mexican Open towards a compatriot, Pablo Andújar (3-Zero dominates Manacor). The accounts are clear: to regain the throne, The Balearic must carry his third trophy within the event and that his enemy doesn’t go the quarterfinals in Dubai (see desk).The fight for number one At 14,607 kilometers from one another, the space that separates Dubai from Acapulco, Djokovic and Nadal restart from this Monday the fight for world number one Serbian occupies since he took the place to the Spanish within the Australian Open. Neither has performed but since. Novak was champion and Rafa fell in quarters.center_img “One in every of my targets is to beat the number one week document,” Nole acknowledged within the Arab emirate. Now Federer has it with 310 and he accumulates 279. With the Swiss, present champion, out of play after his knee operation, Nadal is the one one who can now stop it. Novak Djokovic9,7209,7659,8109,90010,02010,220last_img read more

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“When you lose they don’t look you in the face; when you win you are God”

first_imgHave you ever been denied permission to leave?No, the answer is practically automatic and always positive. I know they give me the go-ahead because it comes in green. I don’t understand much more.He resigned a few weeks ago and is in a foreign country with no income. How do you carry it?I came to a termination agreement and they gave me all my due this season. The club was already having some delays and anticipated that later on it would be difficult to collect. I explained to them that I wanted to return to Spain with my family and they did not put any problem. I thought I could travel … Now I’m in a rented flat. The landlord is giving me a small discount.What was it like to go to Greece after so long in Second B?Hard. I spent nine seasons in Segunda B. I lived through great moments, like when I scored the goal that gave the league to Mirandés and we played against Mallorca for the ‘play-off’ promotion to Segunda. But lately he was already having a hard time finding equipment. With the Conquense I signed the last day of the market, then I went down with the Teruel … Mentally it was not right. I realized that my career was starting to get complicated. Then I signed up for AFE. They said to me: ‘What are you doing here?’ But there it was, without equipment. Through a friend, Pablo Gállego, I made contacts in Greece and the opportunity arose to go to Tríkala, which was in Tercera. The conditions surprised me for good and I left. It’s been messed up a bit by the coronavirus, but the season has been going pretty well for me.Greece is also a lottery … Did you find out about the club you were going to?In Greece you have to have a little luck and hit the place you are going to. I saw that Tríkala was a club that historically had been in Second. That I was in Third was pulling me back, but the third category is also professional. Ximo Navarro and Javier Balboa were here recently. They spoke well of the club and I was encouraged to live a new experience. Things went well for me again. I enjoyed soccer again and remembered what it is to feel important and valued. And that’s what we soccer players care about. When you are happy, money takes a back seat. I value the experience very positively. It has also helped me to learn English and improve in many other aspects of life. “In Spain I was already finding difficulties finding equipment” Diego Pelaez Coruxo, Compostela, Cultural, Ferrol, Marbella, Sabadell, Mirandés, Conquense, Teruel … After almost a decade in Segunda División B, Diego Pelaez (Santiago de Compostela, 1989) saw his options to continue playing soccer in Spain run out: “I realized that my career was starting to get complicated.” Disillusioned, he opted for foreign football and Greece, oddly enough, ended up rearranging his life: “I went to Tríkala and there I returned to enjoy soccer. I remembered what it is to feel important and valued”. Until COVID-19 appeared. He resigned weeks ago, but has not yet been able to return to Spain.How is everything going in Greece?Everything is much calmer here. There are fewer cases than in Spain and in Tríkala, where I live, there is no infected person. I tried to return home with a stopover in London, but the flights were canceled. I have other tickets for May 2, this time I am in Paris. The embassy has told me that you should have no problems, so I hope to return to Spain soon.Live alone?He lived with a Serbian partner, but he resigned before me and was able to drive to Serbia. Since then I am alone because most of my colleagues are Greek, but not from Tríkala. They have gone to their cities. The situation is frustrating. When you have a job it does not matter to be alone because you are doing what you like. Now I have no one to talk to during the day. It gets heavy, but I hope there won’t be much left to go home.How does time kill? What are they allowed to do in Greece?Here we can go for a walk and a little run. If you want to play sports, go to the pharmacy or to the supermarket you have to send a text message and they answer you with permission to leave. You have a limited time, although, to be honest, I don’t know what it says because it’s in Greek. It’s in case the police stop you. I also have to carry my passport with me. Diego Peláez, during a Tríkala match in the Greek Third Division.Trikala “They want you to take the ball, go seven and score a goal for the squad. That only Messi does” The season had to grind to a halt, but left the team one point away from mathematical promotion to Second.As it is. Before rescinding, the club told me that it was very difficult for them to play again. So I forced to fix the paperwork as soon as possible. But lately it comes to me that the same three games are missing in a week: Saturday, Wednesday and Sunday. It is not official. My presence is also not transcendental. Only one point is missing. It’s done.Do you value going back to Greece when everything returns to normal?Yes. I have done well and it is very likely that I will return to Greece. It is still early, because there is talk that they are going to reform the categories again and we will have to see how everything is. There are also two groups in Second. I want to wait and see if I have any opportunity to play even in First Division. I’ll try. What I do rule out is returning to Spain to play in Segunda B.Nor does he rule out returning to Tríkala?No, because already in December they offered me to renew and they have always told me that they would be delighted if I returned. We will talk when everything is decided. Now it’s silly because everything is in the air. They are one point away from promotion, but they still don’t know which category they will play next season.There will be other Greek teams behind his signing …In the January market, I already had a second proposal, but I have rushed other times in my career and, as things were going well, I felt important and the coach trusted me a lot, I decided to continue in Tríkala. Nor is there much difference between the Greek Second and Third Divisions. Not even between the Third and the low-profile First. In Spain, between a Second B and a First the difference is abysmal. Not here. The level, in some cases, is practically the same. Diego Pelaez So did you expect a lower level?I expected a lower level, but I have found spectacular players. I have a partner, Georgios Niklitsiotis, who played Champions with Ernesto Valverde at Olympiacos. The Third Division here is professional and there is only one group with 14 teams like Veria or Egaleo, with spectacular budgets. That raises the level. In Spain, for example, in the same category there are 80 teams …What is it like to play in Greece? The Greeks are extreme …Totally. They are very passionate people, for good and for bad. On top of that, the foreigner always has a higher contract and the demand is very high. They expect you to catch the ball, go seven and score a goal for the squad. We know that Messi does that and little else. And less here, that the field is dry. They seldom water, and this makes everything more difficult. In general they are very passionate. Defeat is a catastrophe, it seems that the world is going to end and they don’t even look at your face, and in victory you are God. They call you ‘peiktara’, which is how to say great player here. You have to know how to carry them and learn to deal with all that. I remember a game that I missed a penalty in 1990. That week was difficult. Then you play well and forget everything. We have been leaders all year and they have to be happy.How would you see that in Spain, as in Greece, there was also a single group in the third category?I think it would be positive if a more competent league were formed with fewer teams. League One and 3. German League are spectacular. In Spain we are light years away from that. It would give more value to the third category of Spanish football, although for many players it would be death. Those who do not have a place would go on to play in the fourth category, and if Segunda B is already a well … Tell any foreign sports director that the Fourth Division of Spain has good players. I remember doing great seasons, being on the verge of promotion and believing that I could get to play in the Second Division, but I couldn’t. You think: ‘What do I have to do to get half an hour and show that I can play in Second Division?’ It is a lottery.last_img read more

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More sports in brief

first_imgRain-ruined Test heads for drawSYDNEY, Australia (CMC):Cricket Australia announced that the last day of the third and final Test against West Indies will be free to spectators, as the rain-ruined affair appeared destined for draw following a second straight wash-out here yesterday.The adverse weather, which forced the abandonment of the third day, ensured the fourth’s day play was similarly abandoned without a ball bowled at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Only 11.2 overs were possible on the second day on Monday.Some showers have been forecast for the final day but once play is possible, CA is set to allow patrons in free to witness the final rites and Australia lifting the Sir Frank Worrell Trophy. Patrons will be refunded for the two abandoned days.West Indies ended day two on 248 for seven with opener Kraigg Brathwaite top-scoring with 85 and all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite getting 69. Denesh Ramdin is not out on 30.Australia lead the series 2-0 after winning the opener in Hobart by an innings and 212 runs and following up with a 177-run victory in Melbourne.Sammy’s Hurricanes lose againMELBOURNE, Australia (CMC):West Indies Twenty20 skipper Darren Sammy was powerless to stop his Hobart Hurricanes from sliding to a second straight defeat – an eight-wicket loss to Melbourne Stars here yesterday. Sent in at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Hurricanes were limited to 124 all out off their 20 overs, with George Bailey top-scoring with 55 from 40 deliveries.Sammy gathered 17 from 14 balls to be one of just four batsmen in double figures as leg-spinner Adam Zampa (2-18) and seamer Scott Boland (2-26) stifled the innings.In reply, Glenn Maxwell smashed an unbeaten 56 from 32 balls, while in-form Englishman Luke Wright gathered 51 not out from 41 deliveries, as Stars cantered to their target with five overs left to spare. Sammy’s one over of medium pacer went for six runs.10 radio stations to broadcast Super50ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):Radio stations across 10 Caribbean countries have agreed to carry live commentary of the NAGICO Super50 championship which begins today. The West Indies Cricket Board announced that the region’s premier one-day cricket tournament will be broadcast on radio stations in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago.GEM Radio Five Limited, part of the One Caribbean Media Group, is coordinating the broadcast, headed by noted commentator Andrew Mason.”We decided to make the commentary feeds available at no cost to the broadcasters in order to ensure that the matches are carried live in all the territories,” general manager, GEM Radio Five Limited, Richard Purcell, said.”By so doing, we are keeping alive the great West Indian tradition of listening to cricket on radio.”last_img read more

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McAnuff eyes good result in Costa Rica

first_imgAttack-minded midfielder Joel ‘Jobi’ McAnuff, who missed an easy scoring chance for the Reggae Boyz in their 1-1 draw with Costa Rica at the National Stadium on Friday night, says he wants to make amends in their return CONCACAF semi-final round World Cup Qualifier in San Jose on Tuesday.The England-based McAnuff, one of the most influential players for Jamaica, especially in the first 45 minutes of Friday’s game, collected a fine defence-splitting pass, but sent his shot high and failed to trouble the Costa Rica goalkeeper.little disappointed”Yeah, I just probably tried to put a little bit too much power into it rather than placing it and I am a little disappointed that I did not put that into the back of goal,” he told journalists after the game.McAnuff, however, stressed that everyone gave 100 per cent during the game and the Reggae Boyz had chances to win the game.”We played them (Costa Rica) in the Gold Cup and we should have won that as well. We need to turn the ‘should haves’ into wins, and we believe we can do that,” he said.Historically, Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz have it all to do in San Jose as they have never beaten Costa Rica at home, but McAnuff said they will fight to win on Tuesday.”The group is getting stronger and we responded well to the goal on Friday. Maybe, in years gone by, we would have gone under and lost the game, but we held on and really made sure we were playing up in their half towards the end.”We are going to be right there to the end and get the points we need,” he stressed.Jamaica are third in the four-team group with four points. Costa Rica lead with seven while Panama, also on four points, are ahead of Jamaica on goal difference. Haiti are at the bottom of the group on a point. Only the top two teams will advance to the final round.last_img read more

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Reno relieved to escape relegation

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU:It all looked good when Girvon Brown tapped home from close range to give UWI FC a 60th minute lead against FC Reno in yesterday’s Red Stripe Premier League match at the Frome Sports Complex.Although the university team went on to win 2-1, they failed in their objective to land a semi-final spot.The result was equally bittersweet for UWI and FC Reno, the latter, in particular, because of their struggle to avoid relegation, which neither Rivoli United nor Cavalier SC were able to accomplish.It was palpable relief for Michael Graham, the Reno coach, after news filtered through that Cavalier had lost 0-1 to Tivoli Gardens FC.”I can’t tell you how relieved we are to know we are still in the league. We started as planned in this game, but lost our way after not taking advantage of that missed penalty opportunity,” said Graham.”It was a good enough game for us to win, but we just never got that second goal we wanted so badly. I am still grateful because next season will see us in the league,” added Graham.PENALTY SAVEDReno should have opened the scoring when the usually reliable Rondel Morris had his penalty kicked easily saved by national invitee Amal Knight for UWI in the 40th minute.He would regret missing from the spot as Brown was on hand for a simple tap-in at the 60th minute.Reno were again awarded a penalty, but this time the responsibility fell to Afiba Chambers and he found the equaliser in the 62nd minute.Just as Reno were looking at scoring another to take the game away from UWI, the visitors pounced. Anthony Greenland found space at the top of the Reno penalty area and he struck a beautiful curling shot that left the Reno goalkeeper beaten in the 75th minute.Marcus Gayle, UWI’s head coach, was disappointed as 49 points was only good enough for fifth, while Reno’s 34 points was as lucky as it gets, keeping them in tenth place.”Although disappointed at not making the semis, I think it was a terrific, wonderful first season in the league for us. Now we can build on this and become a major force in years to come,” stated Gayle.last_img read more

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