BEIJING, China:Competing in her second World Championships, Jamaican sprint hurdler Danielle Williams looked smooth as she stopped the clock at 12.77 in the 100m heats at the World Championships in Beijing’s Birds Nest.Williams got the better of American hopeful Kendra Harrison 12.90 and Isabelle Petersen, 12.96 of Norway, in what was her third time in the 12.7 seconds range this season.However, the diminutive hurdler is not getting ahead of herself and is fully cognisant that she will most likely need to run much faster than 12.77 or than her personal best, 12.69, if she is to be a factor in what is one of the most competitive events at the championships.”I feel like I’ve been sitting around for way too long so I’m happy to have started,” said Williams, who said she was becoming restless with the wait for her competition to start.”I’m definitely not surprised with the time because I’ve been running 12.7s consistently all season, so I’m definitely expecting to go faster, hopefully, my legs hold up,” she added.”The aim is to run a personal best here and in any event, I think it’s what it will require to get to the finals anyway,” said Williams, who has finished in the top three in all 11 of her competitions this season.”Mentally, I am definitely more prepared than I was in 2013. Besides, back then, I hadn’t run with these world-class athletes, it was my first time coming up against them and I was a bit timid. Now I’ve been competing against them all season long so I feel on par,” Williams added.”I consider my changes as good as anybody else. It’s a hurdles race, so anything is possible. I’m a competitor at heart and I tell people that I don’t run track and field because I love it. It’s because I love the competition, so I am anxious to go out there and compete with the best of the best, toe to toe to the line,” Williams said.”I’m pretty satisfied with my execution. I’m sure my coach will probably find something that I probably didn’t do right, but I’ll watch the tape and come back and, hopefully, I can fix it going into the final,” she added.Williams, the national champion, said she is not focusing on any perceived pressure being the fastest Jamaican this year and the national champion, but is backing herself to do really well here.”I’m not really focusing on that I’m just focusing on executing, taking it round by round, race by race, and, hopefully, I run fast enough to make it into the finals,” said.-A.L.
WESTERN BUREAU:Reigning daCosta Cup champions Clarendon College moved further clear of the chasing pack in Group H of the ISSA/Flow daCosta Cup football competition, slamming Kellits High 6-0 yesterday.The win took them to maximum six points and ahead of Lennon and Thompson Town, with three points each. Lennon defeated Thompson Town 3-0, also in yesterday’s action. Clarendon had previously defeated Edwin Allen on Saturday.Last year’s beaten finalists, St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), again looked frail in a 2-2 draw with Lacovia in their Group E showdown. STETHS now lie third in the group behind leaders Maggotty and Lacovia High, both on four points.Their lack of form is a worrying sign for the school’s technical staff, headed by Wendell Downswell, who downplayed their preseason results, telling The Gleaner they will come good when it matters.Maggotty, though, have been the surprise package, as they took all three points in a 2-0 victory over Munro that put the Malvern-based school next to last in Group E with one point after two matches.Meanwhile, Green Pond High played a stubborn game to hold Group A leaders Cornwall College to a 1-1 draw at Jarrett Park. Cornwall weathered the storm to score on the 22nd-minute mark. Alrick Ottey, the brother of Montego Bay United forward Allan Ottey, rose above the Green Pond defenders to flash a header home to make the score 1-0.Odaine Lewis was issued a second yellow card and was ejected in the 70th minute. Two minutes later, Green Pond scored the equaliser when winger Ever ado Chambers curled a wonderfully taken free-kick over the wall, to beat Cornwall’s Jamario Hines in goal.Yesterday’s ResultsKemps Hill 1 Old Harbour 1Cornwall College 1 Green Pond 1Manchester 9 Belair 0Cedric Titus 2 York Castle 2McGrath 0 Dinthill 2Vere 1 Central High 0Green Island 0 Rusea’s 1Knox College 2 Bellefield 0Port Antonio 5 Buff Bay 0Robert Lightbourne 1 Morant Bay 1Lacovia 2 STETHS 2Kellits 0 Clarendon College 6Happy Grove 1 Fair Prospect 0Manning’s 4 Little London 0Maggotty 2 Munro 0Lennon 3 Thompson Town 0
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): Former West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA) president Dinanath Ramnarine has come under fire for criticising the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board’s (TTCB) position on the sacking of Denesh Ramdin as captain of the West Indies Cricket team. TTCB president Azim Bassarath and former Trinidad and Tobago Red Force manager Manohar Ramsaran have both blasted Ramnarine after he told the Daily Express that he was confused by TTCB’s stance on Ramdin’s removal. Ramdin was axed as Test captain after just 15 months in charge and replaced by one-day skipper Jason Holder ahead of their tour of Sri Lanka. “It is unethical and highly irresponsible to be a member of an organisation and run to the media and air your views when there are processes within the organisation to have your complaints and concerns properly addressed,” said Ramsaran who also suggested that Ramnarine should have tendered his resignation before going public with his baseless comments. “It was under his watch that regional cricket was made a laughing stock and while he advocated a militant approach to resolving players’ issues, the fortunes of the team hit rock bottom and are yet to recover”. Ramnarine is an ordinary board member of the TTCB. He was replaced last year as WIPA president by Jamaican Wavell Hinds.
SYDNEY (AP):Australia cricket coach Darren Lehmann has been hospitalised with deep vein thrombosis after falling ill during his team’s one-day international against India yesterday.Lehmann, who battled the illness as a player in 2008, complained of swelling in his calves prior to the match and was taken to a radiology clinic during the second innings at the Sydney Cricket Ground.Cricket Australia chief medical officer John Orchard said Lehmann would miss the upcoming Twenty20 series against India while receiving treatment, but indicated he was not seriously ill.Orchard said, “It’s a condition that’s got a very good outcome if you get it early, which we have. One of the factors associated with it is that it’s unwise to fly until you’ve stabilised the condition, so he will be absent from the Australian team camp for a short period.”
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) – Important titles secured, Barcelona and Sevilla aim to sweeten already successful seasons in the Copa del Rey final today. Barcelona are defending their domestic cup trophy at Vicente Calderon Stadium in Madrid, a week after winning a second straight Spanish league title. The Liga champions face a Sevilla side that is riding high after coming back in the second half to beat Liverpool 3-1 and clinch a third straight Europa League title last Wednesday. “It’s the last game of the season, everything has a beginning and an end, and we are heading into the match highly motivated to win another title,” Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said yesterday. Despite his team’s advantage of four more days of rest and preparation, Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta expects Sevilla to be a bigger threat after having retained the Europa League crown. “It makes them more dangerous,” Iniesta said. “They have already won a title and will be feeling great. This is a team that always plays us tough. It has great players and a coach that gives it a lot of character.” Sevilla have tested Barcelona three times this season. Barcelona needed extra time to edge Sevilla in a 5-4 shootout for the European Super Cup last August. Unai Emery’s side then dealt Barcelona a 2-1 loss in Seville before the Catalan club won 2-1 at its Camp Nou in their two league meetings. Barcelona will again look to its trio of star forwards to finish off the campaign with another trophy, adding the cup to the league, Club World Cup and European Super Cup titles. Striker Luis Suarez leads Barcelona with 59 total goals across all competitions, followed by Messi’s 41 and Neymar’s 30.
Usain Bolt, the first man in history to complete a historic ‘triple-triple’ of Olympic gold medals, has encouraged his legion of young fans that, like him, who had to “make sacrifices, work hard, and dedicate his life to being the best he can be at all times”, they, too, can achieve greatness in their respective fields.The legendary Jamaican sprinter was asked by a young fan, during his unveiling as telecommunications firm Digicel’s Chief Speed Officer on Tuesday, what his advice was for young persons who loved speed, Bolt, considered one of the more charismatic and influential athletes globally, responded: “On the street, I would say slow down. On the track, I would say, for me, speed is pretty much my life. For the young people, it’s pretty much hard work and dedication.BEING THE BESTHe pointed out, “I’ve dedicated my life to being the best I can be at all times, so if you want to be the best, you have to work hard and dedicate yourself and focus, sacrifice a lot and just stay above and, no doubt, just be strong.”The 30-year-old, who has signed a lifetime partnership with mobile phone network provider Digicel, is also a Puma brand ambassador, among other things, being a professional athlete all his life.Digicel, who provides communication services across 33 markets in the Caribbean, Central America, and Asia Pacific, began sponsoring the Jamaican icon in 2004 when he was just blazing a trail out of high school.Meanwhile, Peter Lloyd, Digicel’s group marketing director, said Bolt would work alongside Digicel to “pass on his passion for track and field through various philanthropic activities directed towards youth”.- S.F.
HARARE, Zimbabwe (CMC): Impressive rookie all-rounder Rovman Powell has urged West Indies not to relax on the heels of their convincing victory over Sri Lanka in the opening game of the Tri-Nations Series yesterday. The 23-year-old all-rounder played a starring role on debut as the Windies trounced the Sri Lankans by 62 runs at the Harare Sports Club, to make a winning start to the tournament which also includes hosts Zimbabwe. “I think it was a fantastic team effort to see a young team gel and beat a strong Sri Lanka team,” said Powell. “It’s been a while we haven’t beaten Sri Lanka in competitive cricket, but what we need to do now is not get complacent. We have a next game in three days time, so we need to go back to the drawing board and sharpen the areas that need sharpening.” Powell produced a master class in power hitting, smashing a 29-ball 44 with two fours and three sixes, to power West Indies to 227 all out off 49.2 overs after being sent in. WEST INDIES J Charles c Perera b Lakmal 2 K Brathwaite run out 14 E Lewis c wkp Dickwella b Pathirana 27 +S Hope b Gunaratne 47 J Carter c de Silva b Kulasekara 54 R Powell c wkp Dickwella b Pradeep 44 C Brathwaite c Lakmal b Pradeep 14 *J Holder run out 2 A Nurse not out 5 S Benn lbw b Kulasekara 7 S Gabriel lbw b Lakmal 0 Extras (lb6, w5) 11 TOTAL (all out; 49.2 overs) 227 Fall of wickets: 1-7 (Charles, 3.1 overs), 2-27 (K Brathwaite, 9.5), 3-76 (Lewis, 23.1), 4-129 (Hope, 35), 5-172 (Carter, 41.5), 6-209 (Powell, 45), 7-214 (CR Brathwaite, 46.1), 8-215 (Holder, 46.3), 9-226 (Benn, 48.5), 10-227 (Gabriel, 49.2) Bowling: Kulasekara 10-1-37-2 (w3), Lakmal 9.2-1-45-2, Pradeep 10-1-55-2 (w2), Jayasuriya 4-0-19-0, Pathirana 6-0-25-1, Gunaratne 10-1-40-1. SRI LANKA D de Silva c wkp Hope b Holder 3 K Perera run out 4 +N Dickwella c Benn b Gabriel 28 B Mendis c Nurse b Holder 4 *U Tharanga c & b Nurse 12 A Gunaratne lbw b Nurse 18 S Jayasuriya c Powell b C Brathwaite 31 S Pathirana c Lewis b Nurse 45 N Kulasekara c Lewis b Gabriel 16 S Lakmal b Gabriel 0 N Pradeep not out 0 Extras (w4) 4 TOTAL (all out; 43.1 overs) 165 Fall of wickets: 1-7 (de Silva, 3.2 overs), 2-8 (Perera, 4.3), 3-16 (Mendis, 6), 4-51 (Dickwella, 15.3), 5-64 (Tharanga, 21.5), 6-79 (Gunaratne, 25.3), 7-139 (Pathirana, 38), 8-151 (Jayasuriya, 41), 9-160 (Lakmal, 41.5), 10-165 (Kulasekara, 43.1) Bowling: Gabriel 8.1-0-31-3 (w2), Holder 8-0-16-2 (w1), C Brathwaite 9-0-34-1 (w1), Carter 1-0-4-0, Nurse 10-1-46-3, Benn 7-1-34-0. Result: West Indies won by 62 runs. Man-of-the-Match: Jason Holder. SCOREBOARD CARTER’S HALF-CENTURY Fellow debutant Shai Hope got 47, while left-hander Jonathan Carter celebrated his 29th birthday with a measured top score of 54. Powell, who impressed on the recent West Indies A tour of Sri Lanka, said he was pleased with the way he had gone about his innings. “I think it was smart cricket. You have to mix your aggression with a little bit of finesse, and I think I did that well today. After I got a boundary, I tried to come off the strike, I tried to get a single or a double just to calm back down and start to re-assess again.” Powell’s rise to the senior ranks has been meteoric. He has played just one first class game, but caught the eye during a practice game for West Indies last year and followed that up with a impressive outings in the Caribbean Premier League for champions Jamaica Tallawahs. Yesterday, he showed no signs of nervousness as he plundered the Sri Lankan bowling, and said he always trusted his ability at the crease regardless of the situation. “I try to back my preparation and try to believe in my work and and I’ve worked extremely hard so I try to stick by that,” he pointed out. “In doing that, I ensure I get the start and after I get the start, I know that I can make up in the end so no matter what it takes to get the start, as long as I get it I know I will catch up in the end.”
West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president Whycliffe “Dave” Cameron says Antigua and Barbuda will be the permanent home of cricket in the Caribbean. West Indies cricket teams, at all levels, will meet there for training ahead of competitions. The WICB says that this makes sense since the body is already headquartered on the island. WICB marketing & communications manager, Carole Beckford, says that the new arrangement was made possible because of the relationship between the board and the Antiguan government. “All of the developmental infrastructure, the high performance centre, the centre of training – all of that facility will be in Antigua,” she says. “It was brought about by the arrangement we have with Antigua with regards to the former Stanford Cricket Ground – also known as ‘Sticky Wicket’. The government of Antigua and the West Indies Cricket Board have a Memorandum of Understanding and a relationship to occupy that property.” Beckford told The Gleaner that the remodelling of the cricket field is currently under way and other facilities such as the restaurant and the athletic club, will be built up over the next three years. Cameron says that this will follow the work the board has done to increase its full time staff to 300. This includes players (both men and women), administrators and umpires on retainer contracts. He added that this means that Jamaica has a lot more to do in order to not fall behind Antigua and the rest of the region with regard to cricket. “The rest of the region has engaged cricket much more than Jamaica,” he says. He would add that this is also why Jamaica has not been granted many Test matches by the WICB recently. This is because Sabina Park, which he describes as the “major cricket stadium”, is in Kingston. “I was recently asked why we aren’t seeing more Test matches in the island [Jamaica],” the president said. “Maybe one of the reasons is that our major cricket stadium is in the city. Some of us don’t see the city as a tourist destination. The other islands are not that big so all the stadiums are on the sea, basically. When we go to the governments in the region, they’re all begging (for) West Indies cricket, except Jamaica and that is a reality.” Cameron says the WICB facilitates negotiations with whichever government contacts it, as it is running a business. This business, he says, will bring more people and jobs to each Caribbean territory as he said the WICB is running what he describes as a sports industry in cricket.
Barcelona 92′ double silver medallist Juliet Cuthbert is imploring track and field’s global authority, the IAAF to reject a proposal by the European athletics body, which calls for the removal of world records set prior to 2005. Supporters of the move are hoping this would lift the sport from a string of doping scandals and increase credibility. However, there has been strong opposition to the proposal, which if implemented, would affect almost half of the 146 men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor records — many of which have never been subject to suspicion. Cuthbert, who sprinted to silver medals in the 100m and 200m at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain, took to Twitter to voice her disapproval of the proposals. Some of the other big names which could be affected by a move to reset the record books would be the likes of Hicham El Guerrouj, Michael Johnson and Florence Griffith-Joyner, with world records in seven of the eight men’s field events as well as the women’s 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m marks also set to be removed. Under the proposal, athletes with world records prior to 2005 would have their names removed from the world record list on to an ‘all-time list’. The IAAF will make a decision on the proposals in August. “If the IAAF wipes world record how will they deal with those without WR but are ranked on the world list. # pleaseexplain,” Cuthbert enquired. “There are many who are suspects ranked ahead of me. Do those time stay too? @iaaforg . #rethink,” she added. “Are we then all under suspicion before 2005? @iaaforg” If ratified, Merlene Ottey would lose her 24 year-old 200m indoor world record of 21.87 seconds.
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