TOP AWARDS Eurotrend, with a goal from Kemar Bygrave in the 12th minute, defeated Miles to win the third annual Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce six-a-side football competition, which is held at 451 Spanish Town Road in her native Waterhouse community. Earlier, Varma Rangers defeated defending champions Darkside 9-8 on penalties to claim third place, after playing to a 0-0 scoreline in regulation time. Bygrave, showing good dribbling skills, picked up a clearance from defence, then went by one Miles defender in their half before powering a low, hard shot to beat the other Miles defender at his far left post. For their effort, Eurotrend earned the winners’ prize of $180,000, while second-place Miles earned $80,000. Varma Rangers earned $50,000, while Darkside got $30,000 for fourth place. Choppas earned $10,000 for being the Most Disciplined team and Angola Strikers were presented 15,000 for winning the dress parade at the start of the competition. Bygrave won the leading goalscorer award with four goals, while his teammate Fernando Hunt was voted the competition’s Most Valuable Player. Both players were awarded phones courtesy of Digicel. “It brings me so much joy to see these young men relating to each other on and off the field, especially when former schoolmates talk about the old days, parents and kids sharing family time as the atmosphere fosters friendship,” said Fraser-Pryce, the Olympic and World 100m champion. “The response from the players and the community has been great and I will continue to help them.” Digicel, for whom Fraser-Pryce is an ambassador, is the competition’s title sponsor, while GraceKennedy; Wisynco, through their product Wata; Tank-Weld Metals; Sagicor Bank; and the National Commercial Bank Foundation were the other sponsors.
He added: “The next step will be CPL. I’m looking forward to that.” Pooran has played just three first-class games but has already shown sparks of promise with a half-century against Jamaica Scorpions and 47 against Guyana Jagaurs, which came in his last innings. The former West Indies Under-19 player said his return to cricket was a gradual one, but after initial struggles, he now felt back to his old self. “I started back playing some wind ball cricket, with some T20, T10, minor league cricket,” he noted. “It was good for me. I still had my batting intact. Nothing had changed. It’s just the wicket-keeping was a bit difficult at the start, but now I’m back to keeping as normal.” Pooran said that his time away from the game was a trying experience but pointed out that he had come to appreciate cricket even more as a result. “I have to thank God for life because it was a difficult period for me. Every day I looked at cricket, I kept missing it more and more, and when I started back playing, I was really eager to start back playing,” he said. “At a point in time, I wanted to rush to play, but that wasn’t good for me. Every time I saw cricket, I missed it a lot. I would be sitting down and watching other players batting, bowling, keeping or whatever, and I would say, ‘I know I can do better than that. I can do this and I can do that.” Pooran came to the fore when he lashed a superb 100 for West Indies at the Under-19 World Cup two years ago against Australia. PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): Attacking batsman Nicholas Pooran is anxious to resume his first-class career after making a full recovery from injuries sustained in a vehicular accident last year. The 20-year-old was preparing to turn out for Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the 2015 Regional Super50 when he was involved in a car crash when returning home from training in January. He sustained leg and knee injuries, which kept him out of action for a protracted period, but has worked his way back steadily, and he played his first competitive match last Sunday for Queen’s Park Club in the domestic 50-overs competition. “I really thought I could have played in the [Regional Super50] but I didn’t get the chance to prove myself,” he told TV6 Sports here. “I didn’t have many trial games, and that was a bit unfortunate, so now I guess it’s back to club cricket, and when I make runs, hopefully, everything goes good and I get picked in one of the four-day games.” NEXT STEP
ASTON VILLA VSNORWICH CITYAston Villa have won only one of their past 23 Barclays Premier League games and will be aware that no team with 13 points – Villa’s total – or fewer from 24 games (based on three points for a win) have avoided relegation. However, Norwich last won at Villa Park in the inaugural season of the Premier League, in November 1992. Since that 3-2 victory, Norwich have drawn three and lost three at Villa.LIVERPOOL VSSUNDERLANDLiverpool are unbeaten in their last seven league games against Sunderland, who have gone 284 minutes since scoring against the Reds. The Black Cats have lost five and drawn two since they last won against Liverpool, at the Stadium of Light, in March 2012. Sunderland, are still without Younes Kaboul but Sebastian Larsson undergoes a test after a month out.NEWCASTLE VSWEST BROMNewcastle have lost just once at home to Albion, in December 2011. Overall, the Magpies have won six and drawn two of their nine home Premier League games against the Baggies. Albion have lost only one of their last six league games but three of those were draws. Their goal in the 1-1 draw with Swansea on Tuesday night was their first in three league games.SOUTHAMPTONVS WEST HAMSouthampton held Arsenal to a goalless draw at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday, their four successive clean sheet, their best sequence since November 2014. Saints have now gone 388 minutes without conceding. West Ham have lost only one of their last 11 Premier League games, a run extended by the 2-0 midweek win over Aston Villa. However, six of those games were draws.STOKE CITY VSEVERTONStoke City are going through a difficult time. In the space of a week they have gone out of the Capital One Cup – at the semi-final stage – and the FA Cup and, on Tuesday they lost 3-0 at Manchester United, their third game without a win and third without a goal. Everton have a poor Premier League record at Stoke; they last won there in September 2008, while drawing four and losing two of their other six games at the Britannia Stadium.SWANSEA CITY VS CRYSTAL PALACESwansea are unbeaten in their last three games in the Barclays Premier League, winning seven points from a possible nine. Crystal Palace, meanwhile, lost 2-1 at home to Bournemouth on Tuesday, the club’s fifth defeat in a row and seventh game in the league without a win. It is Palace’s worst sequence of defeats since they lost seven in a row between September and November 2013.
Western Bureau:Montego Bay United’s (MBU) speed merchant Alan Ottey returned to form, after scoring the opener in his team’s 2-1 win over western rivals FC Reno on Wednesday night, a victory that lifted the club back to the summit of the Red Stripe Premier League.Ottey, who has been out of action since late last year because of injuries, was back in his familiar marauding role up front for MBU, and looked at his dazzling best all night against a Reno defence line that had trouble keeping the speedy forward in check.MBU’s win, their 13th in 25 matches, also snapped Reno’s modest win streak at two, inside the Montego Bay Sports Complex.With 48 points, MBU overtook defending champions Arnett Gardens (46), for leadership of a rather tight Premier League contest so far this season, while Reno remain stuck in eighth place on 30 points, the same as seventh place team Boys’ Town.Ottey, meanwhile, wasted little time to score against an old foe on Wednesday, when he fired home in the eighth minute against a scrambling Reno defence.own goalMercurial midfielder Jermaine Woozencroft scored MBU’s second on the stroke of half-time to make the score 2-0 at the break, but an own goal from John Barrett in injury time gifted Reno a consolation.Reno had little going for them up front, and looked a shadow of the team that had put together a two-match win streak.Rushane Sharpe was clearly not at his best, neither was Afiba Chambers, and that played into MBU’s hands.It was a welcome return to form for Ottey, and the tricky forward’s fifth goal of the season should help improve his confidence.Ottey, who has seen his form for the club dip primarily because of niggling leg injuries recently, has only played a few games this season, but is always a dangerous player when fully fit, as his blistering pace on and off the ball is a constant problem for defenders.
The Manchester police recorded its first incident today after a man clad in green stabbed another in the cheek, after a feud developed in Huntley in the constituency of North East Manchester. According to police, the feud allegedly developed after the two met in a minor vehicular accident. The police do not believe it was politically motivated. With no charges yet laid against the accused, the police are awaiting a report from the victim, who had to seek medical attention at the hospital, to ascertain the true cause of the incident.
Western Bureau:Jonathan Newham had to overcome strong winds on Day Two of the Caribbean Golf Championship, Hoerman Cup, to fire a safe 71 at the Cinnamon Hill Golf Course, Montego Bay yesterday to pull team Jamaica into the lead.Newham and teammate for the round, Owen Samuda (72), managed the course expertly as the Jamaicans took over the lead from Puerto Rico, who held a 154-pt lead from the opening round.Jamaica claimed the lead with 602, 26 over par as a team, and are followed by the Dominican Republic 32 over. Puerto Rico are next 36 over par. Barbados had a 42 over par, Trinidad and Tobago 46, Cayman Islands 48, Bahamas 63, and the US Virgin Islands 110 over par, round out the team standings in the Hoerman Cup.Newham bettered his opening round 73, and is at Even for the championship, while Samuda who had a bad opening round with 78, managed the windy conditions expertly to fire a second round 72, but is in sixth place on six over par through two rounds.Good luck on windy day”It was a tough day; very windy, so to shoot a 72 today, I am pleased,” Samuda said.”This Jamaica team is a pretty strong one and if it remains windy for the rest of the championship, I think Jamaica will be in a better position to win outright,” Samuda added.The Cayman Islands’ Brian Ross is second on the leader board, having stroked 73 on the day, one higher than his 72 on Monday’s first round.Meanwhile, there is a tie for third with James Johnson of Barbados and Devaughn Robinson (Bahamas) on four over. Puerto Rico’s Jeronimo Esteve is fifth on five over par through two rounds of golf.The other Jamaican, Ian Facey struggled to a plus 10 (14th). William Knibbs is tied for twentieth on 14 over par with Barbadian Mark Stollmeyer and Sean Morris is in 16th place and in a tie with Roger Bostic of Barbados.Puerto Rico continue to lead in the George Teale Trophy for women with a 155 second round score.The US Virgin Islands are next after firing a combined 151, 23 over par, while Trinidad and Tobago come next on 163 for the round. Jamaica is tied for fifth on 43 over par for a combined score of 170.Trinidad and Tobago lead the Francis/Steele-Perkins Cup with 3 under par. The Jamaican team of Keith Stein and Radcliff Knibbs struggled to end round two on 74, three of the 71 they hit on Monday.The championships continue today with tee of set for 8:00 a.m.
MANCHESTER, England (AP): Arsenal’s bid to capture a third straight FA Cup title ended with a 2-1 loss to Watford in the quarter-finals yesterday, while Anthony Martial’s late goal earned Manchester United a replay against West Ham. In the Premier League, Harry Kane scored twice as Tottenham beat last-place Aston Villa 2-0 to trim the gap to Leicester to two points ahead of the surprise leader’s match against Newcastle today. Odion Ighalo and Adlene Guedioura with a fiercely struck shot from the edge of the area scored second-half goals for Watford, which joined Crystal Palace and Everton in an unlikely line-up for the semi-finals at Wembley Stadium. It ended Arsenal’s best chance of silverware this season and was the worst possible start to a make-or-break week for Arsene Wenger’s team, which is likely to be eliminated from the Champions League by Barcelona on Wednesday before a crucial match against Everton next weekend in their fading Premier League title challenge. “Our fantastic run has come to an end on a day where we felt that our performance deserved a win,” Wenger said. United were held 1-1 by West Ham, which went ahead through Dimitri Payet’s sublime 30-metre free kick before Martial equalised in the 83rd at Old Trafford. Payet possibly shouldn’t have been on the field to score, having escaped a second yellow card for diving minutes earlier, while United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger could have been penalised for obstructing West Ham goalkeeper Darren Randolph for Martial’s goal. It means the Boleyn Ground will host one more FA Cup match before West Ham leaves for the Olympic Stadium next season. Kane moved level with Leicester striker Jamie Vardy as the league’s top scorer with 19 goals after scoring in the 45th and 48th minutes against Villa, which slipped even closer to relegation. Dele Alli, Kane’s England teammate, set up both goals at Villa Park. Given the struggles of Arsenal and Manchester City in third and fourth, it is looking increasingly like a two-team race for the title between Leicester and Spurs a highly unlikely scenario at the start of the season. Arsenal played a full-strength line-up an indication of Wenger’s priorities ahead of the second leg against Barcelona, who are 2-0 ahead. But an attack featuring Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud struggled to cause Watford’s defence many problems before a late flurry of chances, including Danny Welbeck’s 88th-minute goal and Alex Iwobi’s shot against the post. Arsenal have now won just one game in their last seven in a familiar early-spring collapse, with the pressure starting to grow on Wenger. Arsenal had been looking to become the first team in 130 years to win the FA Cup for three straight years. Ighalo opened the scoring in the 50th when he received a flick-on from strike partner Troy Deeney, evaded marker Gabriel and tucked a finish from eight metres into to the bottom corner. Guedioura made it 2-0 by smashing an angled drive into the roof of net, inside David Ospina’s near post, from Ighalo’s lay-off. Watford reached the semi-finals of the world’s oldest knockout competition for the sixth time in their history, in their first season under coach Quique Sanchez Flores. “I have memories on television of the old Wembley and watching in Spain and seeing the finals of this competition,” Flores said. “Now it is a new Wembley, I’ve just arrived in England and to get there is exciting.”
This cut is what Keane said cost Russell the bout as the cutman had not done an effective enough job of closing it and the boxer’s visibility was affected soon after. “These three fights are fights we would love to take – perfect opponents, the ones who would never say yes to fighting him,” Keane said. “But this cut he has may limit how he can train for another 30 days. So the dates of the fights which fall in May could pose a problem, and we may have to turn them down.” Russell will be returning to Jamaica shortly and will be linking up with his trainer, Carly Carew, to rebound from his first professional loss. “He will be training as planned. If Russell won the fight last week, we would not have allowed him to fight until June as the magnitude of the fight was huge. He would have had to rest and reset and then we step down a bit for his next two fights. “You see, we don’t just jump up and make decisions. It’s all calculated primarily to the benefit of the boxers involved.” Kemahl ‘The Hitman’ Russell’s camp says that he has been offered three fights since his loss to Sergiy Derevyanchenko but he may have to turn them down. Russell’s manager, Leiza-Mae Keane, said that the boxer is now recovering from a cut he received in his bout in Mississippi last week, and as a result, will be out of action for the next few months. Russell lost in the fifth round of his bout with Derevyanchenko and Keane said that despite losing, he gave what she describes as a good showing in front of promoters who felt keen on working with him after. “Sometimes you have to take a calculated risk like we did with Kemahl,” she said. “We thought ‘you can win this fight and you can lose this fight,’ but we took the risk because the opportunity for Kemahl to fight on television.” Keane said that one of the biggest challenges Russell had was inactivity. “Kemahl went to America (ranked) at 40 in the world but fell to 99 because of inactivity. So now No. 99 in the world takes on No. 5 in the world – do you know how that happened? Nobody wanted to fight Sergiy and nobody wanted to fight Kemahl. This is how that match was made. Kemahl dominated two out of the four rounds and Sergiy dominated two – it was an even fight until Kemahl got a cut at the end of Round Four.” HUGE FIGHT
Ilocos, Stallion draw, still winless View comments CONTRIBUTED PHOTOTAIPEI—Finding it hard to sustain the intensity after two straight emotional grinds, Gilas Pilipinas needed to dig deep in the endgame to dodge the upset ax, escaping Chinese Taipei B, 93-82, in the Jones Cup Invitational at Taipei Peace Basketball Hall here Monday afternoon.After going 1-1 against much tougher teams in their first two games that required nothing short of their best physically and emotionally, the Filipinos came out flat and yielded the momentum early.ADVERTISEMENT Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer LATEST STORIES Point guard Chun Chen-ying had 17 points, five rebounds and five assists to pace Taiwan B, which outrebounded Gilas, 40-37, despite the Filipinos, for a change, looking to be the bigger team.GILAS 93 – TAIPEI-WHITE 82GILAS 93—Wright 21, Pogoy 15, Myers 14, Jalalon 13, Ravena 10, Ferrer 8, Cruz 6, Standhardinger 6, Daquioag 0, Vosotros 0, Pessumal 0, Paras 0.TAIPEI-WHITE 82—Chen Y.C. 17, Barone 16, Huang T.H. 13, Chen G.Q. 9, Lee 8, Chien 5, Wen 5, Huang H.H. 4, Liu 3, Fan 2, Wu 0.Quarters: 18-20, 44-44, 69-62, 93-82Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade 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 But when push came to shove, Gilas separated itself from the boys as Matthew Wright, Jio Jalalon and RR Pogoy took turns in hurting the young hosts and keeping them winless in three games.“Every year that I come to the Jones Cup, my most feared game is (against Chinese Taipei’s) Team B,” coach Chot Reyes said after the rather close shave, which came less than 24 hours after Gilas bamboozled the regular Taiwanese national team, 88-72.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’“They play with a lot of energy and they have nothing to lose,” Reyes went on. “This is a game we always approach with a lot of caution and I told them to come out with maximum effort because they (Taiwanese) will play with maximum effort.”The win enabled the Filipinos to stay in the title hunt despite losing 77-90 to Canada 150 on opening day, but they cannot afford another loss and would have to get help from the other teams along the way. Next up for the Filipinos is Japan at 1 p.m. Tuesday afternoon even as the Canadians, who are getting better by the day here, shoot for a fourth straight win against Taiwan’s Team A in the 7 p.m. main game.One path that Gilas could take to winning the title is to sweep its remaining games and hope that Taiwan’s Team A defeats Canada.The 16-point win by the Filipinos on Sunday night would give Gilas the edge in case of a triple tie with Chinese Taipei A and the Canadians at the end of the elimination round, since Canada won by just 13.Wright fired 21 points and led all Filipino shooters for the second straight game. He hit five triples Monday and tallied nine in total against the two Taiwanese teams.“I’m just trying to do my job, and that is to make shots for this team,” Wright said.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation
Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny View comments Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Embiid had 32 points and seven rebounds in a Jan. 27 game against Houston and has not played or practiced since he was hurt.Embiid had adopted “The Process” as a nickname and was introduced as such as part of the pregame lineup festivities. Embiid waves his arms and exhorts fans to get louder as they chant “Trust the Process!”The Sixers are counting on Embiid and No. 1 overall picks Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz to carry the team from the bottom of the league into an Eastern Conference playoff team.The Sixers will surely be protected in the deal if Embiid continues to deal with injuries that have him more on track to become the next Greg Oden instead of the next Anthony Davis.But the flashes of brilliance have convinced team president Bryan Colangelo and ownership that Embiid wasworth the risk.“In the time that he has been on the floor, we have seen him change completely the gym,” Brown. “He does it with just his physical presence. He does it with a defensive mindset. And he does it with an offensive target that’s different than anything else we have.”He didn’t pick up a basketball until a few years ago, when a friend informed him that very few 7-footers succeed in soccer. A couple months later, Embiid was lured to a basketball camp in the capital of Yaounde run by NBA veteran Luc Mbah a Moute, one of just two players from Cameroon to have played in the NBA.Mbah a Moute persuaded Embiid’s parents to let him move 6,000 miles to Florida, and helped enroll him at Montverde Academy, one of the best high school programs in the country.He played just 28 games in his lone season at Kansas and 31 in three years with the Sixers — 59 games that matter in four years, worth $148 million and counting. MOST READ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Embiid and the Sixers have agreed on a $148 million, five-year extension and it could reach even more if the 7-foot center reaches certain incentives. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the contract has not been officially announced.Embiid’s career has been riddled with injuries dating to his college career at Kansas and all three seasons with the Sixers. Embiid, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 draft, played only 31 games last season and had minor surgery in March to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. He has yet to practice or play in the preseason and was not in Boston on Monday night for Philadelphia’s preseason game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogHe had more pressing matters to tend to back home.“He’s a difference maker,” coach Brett Brown said Monday. “He has a chance to be great. There’s still lots of work to be done. When you look at his body of work … he’s really only been playing basketball for six years, he’s just scratching the surface.” Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers poses for a portrait during the Philadelphia 76ers Media Day on September 25, 2017 at the Philadelphia 76ers Training Complex in Camden, New Jersey. Abbie Parr/Getty Images/AFPPHILADELPHIA — The 76ers have put their trust in Joel Embiid.Philadelphia bet its future on Embiid, signing one of the more talented, yet injury-prone, players in the game to a league maximum contract extension.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Argentina and Messi not getting any sympathy from Brazil The 23-year-old Embiid, a native of Cameroon, was only recently cleared to participate in 5-on-5 drills but the Sixers must feel confident enough in his health to offer him the max deal.Or worried enough to lose him down the line without striking a deal.With his social media savvy and dominant offensive game, Embiid has become an instant fan favorite in Philadelphia. He’s recently been spotted at Eagles games cheering on winning kicks and been caught on tape by fans running the city streets and playing late-night tennis.But his popularity hasn’t matched his production. The Sixers slapped him with minutes restrictions in his rookie season, even when he was healthy. The Sixers also held Embiid out for at least one game in back-to-back sets and his limited playing time was one reason he was not a strong enough candidate to win Rookie of the Year. He averaged 20.2 points and 7.8 rebounds last season.He helped the Sixers win eight of 10 games in one stretch in January, a stunning run for a team that won 10 games the previous season.ADVERTISEMENT
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