COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP):Shahid Afridi then Anwar Ali lifted Pakistan from nowhere to beat Sri Lanka by one wicket with four balls left and sweep their two-match Twenty20 series yesterday.After winning the toss, Sri Lanka put up a formidable 172-7, helped by a career-best 48 not out from Chamara Kapugedera. On debut, Shehan Jayasuriya scored 40.Pakistan succumbed to 40-5 in the eighth over and appeared to be as good as buried, but Afridi and Mohammad Rizwan fought back with a 61-run stand in 37 balls. Afridi made 45 off 22 balls, including four sixes and a boundary.Rizwan was out for 17, and six runs later, Afridi was bowled by Jayasuriya, as Sri Lanka were lifted back on top. But Ali and Imad Wasim combined for 58 runs off 27 deliveries for the eighth wicket to bring Pakistan in sight of victory.Ali weighed in with 46 off 17 deliveries, including four sixes and three boundaries. He was out at 165-8 with eight balls left. Sohail Tanvir was then run out in the same over going for a second run, leaving Pakistan needing six off the last over.
Cash-strapped local sporting associations have seized advantage of funding available through Jamaica Sport, accessing sponsorship valued at more than US$260,000 for 13 events since the initiative was launched in October 2014.Ten sporting bodies have accessed funds so far.Among the events staged were the recent Jamaica Volleyball Association Beach Olympic Qualifiers in Ocho Rios, as well as the Caribbean Volleyball Championships in 2015; the 2014 and 2015 Reggae Marathon; the Jamaica International Invitational; the UANA Pan American Youth Water Polo Championships; the West Indies Test series against England and Australia and Caribbean Premier League; the Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships; and the CONCACAF Under-20 World Cup Qualifiers.The Jamaica Taekwondo Association was the first body to access funds to host the International Taekwondo Federation (ITF) World Cup in August 2014.The Jamaica Badminton Association, Netball Jamaica, and the Jamaica Surfing Association also benefited from Jamaica Sport, which receives funding from the Tourism Enhancement Fund.MORE BOOKINGSDeputy Director of the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) Jason Hall told The Gleaner that 20,000 hotel-room nights, with an additional 4,000 tourists, have helped generate an economic impact of US$6 million to date.”Back in 2014, all the associations were contacted to notify them of the existence of Jamaica Sport, and our strategy, and what we were trying to achieve. We also held a number of information sessions that speak specifically to sport tourism economic-assessment model,” Hall said.The ITF World Cup, he said, had generated US$2.6 million from 15,000 guest nights.The figures were arrived at using the Sport Tourism Economic Assessment Model (STEAM).”A measurement tool, where you input the data from the event and even factors non-foreign visitors,” said Hall.He also noted that the International Tennis Federation Senior Championships, which featured French tennis star Marion Bartoli, was televised on four different networks, with 840 guest nights being used.”Staging a major event requires major sponsorship, and the sponsorship from Corporate Jamaica is limited. We are looking at a broader gamut,” he said.BETTER QUALITY EVENTS”We are looking to increase the quality and quantity of events with sporting potential. We are targeting specific events for development,” he added.Hall noted that for interested parties to access funds, their event must have tourism potential and must be sanctioned by the sport’s local governing body. Tourism potential would be evidenced by a marketing plan.Criteria for approval for funding would include giving Jamaica a competitive advantage through hosting, a high multiplier effect, and lower operating costs.Hall said that the events of interest include golf; masters’ events; beach events such as beach volleyball, beach tennis, beach rugby, and beach football; endurance events; high school and youth competitions; training camps; sports conferences; motocross; and surfing.He added that discussions were now in progress to stage a cycling tour of Jamaica in the vein of the Tour de France.Jamaica Sport is chaired by Chris Dehring and includes Howard McIntosh, Caribbean Premier League director of operations; Michael Hall, head of communications at the West Indies Cricket Board; Carole Beckford; and general manager of Independence Park Limited, Major Desmon Brown.
SCORPIONS 1st Innings 177 PRIDE 1st Innings 217 SCORPIONS 2nd Innings (overnight 22 for two) S Thomas c Brathwaite b Warrican 5 *J Campbell c wkp Dowrich b Chase 20 K Edwards c Chase b Warrican 2 A McCarthy c Cummins b Warrican 18 B King c Brathwaite b Walsh 25 +C Walton st Dowrich b Walsh 1 D Thomas not out 44 D Jacobs c Brooks b Walsh 0 J Dawes lbw b Cummins 29 N Miller c and b Cummins 3 N Gordon run out 0 Extras (b6, lb1, nb3) 10 TOTAL (all out, 49.2 overs) 157 Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-10, 3-38, 4-73, 5-75, 6-78, 7-80, 8-143, 9-149, 10-157. Bowling: Warrican 14-2-49-3, Cummins 8.2-2-20-2 (nb3), Chase 11-1-29-1, Greaves 3-1-11-0, Walsh 13-1-41-3. PRIDE 2nd Innings (target: 118 runs) *K Brathwaite c D. Thomas b Jacobs 36 O Phillips c McCarthy b Miller 8 J Carter c Campbell b Miller 32 S Brooks c S. Thomas b Jacobs 3 R Chase not out 35 +S Dowrich not out 1 Extras (nb3) 3 TOTAL (4 wkts, 31.2 overs) 118 Fall of wickets: 1-17, 2-77, 3-79, 4-116. Bowling: Miller 15.2-4-38-2, McCarthy 3-0-16-0, Campbell 3-0-19-0, Dawes 3-0-16-0, Jacobs 7-3-29-2. Result: Pride won by six wickets. Points: Pride 16, Scorpions 3. Man-of-the-Match: Roston Chase. Toss: Scorpions. Umpires: Christopher Wright, Nigel Duguid. Jamaica Scorpions are now officially out of the running for the WICB Regional Four-Day Championship title after going down to a six-wicket defeat to Barbados Pride at Sabina Park yesterday. The Junior Bennett-coached unit, who entered the eighth-round encounter with a mere mathematical chance of overtaking leaders Guyana Jaguars, succumbed to their fourth straight loss following another poor batting display. Resuming the day on 22 for two, 18 runs behind the Pride’s first innings total of 217, Jamaica were bowled out for 157 on the stroke of lunch on the third day. This set the Kraigg Brathwaite-led Pride a victory target of 118, which they achieved at 118 for four shortly before tea. The result kept Barbados in second place with two rounds of matches remaining. “It’s very disappointing. You get 10 wickets in a game and you can’t celebrate,” stated former Jamaica vice-captain Nikita Miller, who finished with figures of eight for 67 and two for 38. SCOREBOARD “We are just struggling in terms of getting runs. The pitch played well and was a good track to bat on. “We just needed to back ourselves some more and find a way, and that did not happen,” he added. Last champions four years ago, Jamaica went into the clash with three wins and four defeats. This was largely based on below par batting totals of under 200 per innings. The Wavell Hinds-chaired selection panel has since chopped and changed several players, including Tamar Lambert, David Bernard Jr, and Carlton Baugh Jr, in an attempt to arrest the situation. For the Barbados matchup, the panel left out the injured Jermaine Blackwood from the 13-man squad and brought in young Guyanese-born opener Trevon Griffith, who did not feature. This resulted in young batsman Brandon King, who was 12th man the previous game, being given the opportunity to prove his worth after misfiring in the opening two matches. King, however, could only manage 19 and 25. Captain and opener John Campbell, who, after scoring his maiden first-class ton last season, has failed to pass 50 this season and was dismissed for scores of four and 20, respectively, in this contest. His opening partner Shacaya Thomas, after making his seasonal debut with 62 and 19 in the previous match, made 50 and five. Sidelined West Indies batsman Kirk Edwards scored four and two in the respective innings. Andre McCarthy, the team’s top runs scorer this season, hit 52 and 18, while recalled wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton, batting at number six, made nine and one. Former Leewards wicketkeeper-batsman Devon Thomas, who now plays as a batting all-rounder while bowling medium pace, contributed 18 and 44 not out. “I can’t say what is the problem as we have tried everything in the practice nets, including batting a lot of balls,” continued Miller. “No matter the personnel we use, it is the same outcome. “The team environment,” he added, “is also pretty good, decent and normal, and that’s why it is a bit puzzling to me.” Meanwhile, Brathwaite, in commending the effort of his team, said an all-round effort made the difference. “We built pressure with a lot dot balls and I think that is how we got wickets,” he said “Our batsmen also did a fine job in the second innings to chase the winning runs as batting was not that easy with Nikita Miller opening the bowling.” STRUGGLING FOR RUNS
Dnipro among three clubs banned from EuropeNYON, Switzerland (AP):Last year’s Europa League finalists Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk of Ukraine has been named among three clubs banned from European competition by UEFA over financial issues.UEFA says that Dnipro, Azerbaijan’s Inter Baku and Romania’s Targu Mures would be excluded from the next European competition for which they qualify in the next three seasons.All three clubs had been ordered by UEFA to clear “overdue payables” and told they would be excluded from Europe unless they cleared those debts by January 31.Dnipro have struggled with financial problems against a backdrop of political instability in Ukraine, but managed to reach last season’s Europa League final, losing 3-2 to Sevilla.Footballer banned eight gamesfor biting opponentLONDON (AP):A French forward for English club Leeds has been banned for eight matches for biting an opponent during a game in the second-tier League Championship.The English Football Association said yesterday that Souleymane Doukara was given the long ban because of the “seriousness and both unusual and violent nature of the misconduct.” Doukara had denied a charge of violent conduct.The incident occurred during Leeds’ match against Fulham at Elland Road on February 23. Fulham defender Fernando Amorebieta was the victim of the bite and was booked for his reaction.The FA said Doukara was warned about his future conduct and fined US$7,200.Leeds, who have nine games left this season, said the club “is disappointed with the outcome and the length of the ban”.Germany’s euro bonusFRANKFURT, Germany (AP):Each German player will be 300,000 euros (US$339,720) richer if the team wins the European Championship.The German Football Federation says the agreement on bonus payments has been reached with senior players. The payments begin with reaching the quarterfinals of the 24-team tournament in France and are the same as four years ago.A place in the last eight will be worth €50,000 ($56,620), a semi-final appearance €100,000 ($113,240) and a fourth European title €300,000 ($339,720). A runners-up finish will be worth half that much.
Ten-year-old Zaneta Alvaranga, the toast of at last Saturday’s 18th annual Mayberry Investments Primary and Prep Schools Swimming Championships, says she will be looking to remain unbeaten for the rest of her Prep school career and continue her rich vein of form at the high school level. The decades-old meet serves as one of the traditional development events for upcoming local swimmers. The St Hugh’s Prep swim star has been unbeaten for the last three years, while emphatically smashing a record per event. On this occasion, she copped four individual meet records and anchored her school to a relay record at the National Aquatics Centre. Her meet records include the 50m backstroke (girls 9-10) in 35:19 seconds; the 50m freestyle in 29:23; the girls 12 and under 100m freestyle in 1:07.08; and the 50m butterfly for girls 9-10 in 31.97. She also anchored her school to a new 200m freestyle relay record of two minutes, 33:71 seconds, for girls 9-10. “I feel good leaving with four individual medals and helping my team win a relay medal in all records. I didn’t get to train as much as I would have wanted to because of GSAT, but I feel good that I could finish victorious,” she told The Gleaner. Alvaranga is hoping to move on to the high school of her choice, Immaculate Conception High and her father/coach, Rory Alvaranga, says Immaculate will be the best choice, not only based on its successful swimming program, but “excellent Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) grades”. “If you give Zaneta a choice of swimming or school, she is going to choose the water,” he added of what he believes will be a natural choice for her to pursue eventually as a career. St Hugh’s Prep finished in fifth place on 109 points, with young Alvaranga earning the high point trophy award for the girls 9-10 age group after amassing 36 points.
MUMBAI, India, CMC – West Indies Cricket Board president, Dave Cameron, has hailed the resumption of bilateral ties with the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI), as the region prepares to host India in a four-Test series starting in July. The BCCI announced yesterday it had resumed relations with the WICB after resolving “outstanding issues” pertaining to the controversial abandoned tour of India two years ago, when West Indies players quit the one-day tour over pay issues with their board. “We are extremely delighted that concerns which arose due to the incomplete tour have been addressed and would like to thank BCCI for reviving our ties,” Cameron said in a statement. “West Indies cricket appreciates the support of BCCI and the cricket loving fans of the islands keenly look forward to witness some exciting contests between the two teams.” Last December, the WICB announced an agreement to play the four-Test series in the Caribbean, following discussions with BCCI president, Shashank Manohar. The agreement was a crucial step in the thawing of relations between the two bodies and BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur yesterday underscored the importance of the upcoming series. “The BCCI is happy to resume their bilateral ties with WICB. We recognise that West Indies has a huge role to play in the development of cricket and we are happy to support their endeavours,” he said. “This tour will further strengthen the bond between the Indian and the West Indian fans, who have over the years patronised this glorious game of cricket.” The BCCI had moved swiftly to suspend relations with the WICB, following the abandoned tour which also led to the cancellation of the scheduled Test tour. An upset BCCI blamed the WICB for the abandonment and lodged a US$42 million claim for losses incurred due to the cancellation, and threatened legal action if the Caribbean board did not show how the amount would be settled. At the time, the BCCI labelled the Windies pullout a “monumental disaster” and said it had been faced with “huge revenue losses, a loss of reputation and is at risk of losing valuable commercial partners.” The BCCI has since waived the US$42 million claim.
Maverley/Hughenden and Jamalco will hunt their second consecutive victory when the teams face Brazil FC and Granville United, respectively, in the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF)/Charley’s JB Rum Premier League playoffs today. Maverley-Hughenden won 1-0 at Granville on Sunday Jamalco also scored a crucial away win, 2-1, at Drax Hall over Brazil. The number of goals scored has placed Jamalco atop the standings, despite also having three points as Maverley-Hughenden. Brazil and Granville are yet to get off the mark. Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Super League champions, Maverley/Hughenden, will host Eastern Confederation Super League winners, Brazil. South Central Confederation Super League champions, Jamalco, welcome Western Confederation Super League winners, Granville United, at Wembley Centre of Excellence. Both games start at 3:30 p.m. Maverley/Hughenden are high on confidence following a crucial away win against Granville three days ago and will look towards another victory playing at home. Coach of Maverley/Hughenden, Lijyasu Simms, said he is not expecting an easy game against Brazil. “Brazil won’t lie down and die. We are all Super League champions, so every game is like a final. We are coming hard as at home is where the heart is,” Simms told The Gleaner yesterday during his team’s training session. “That away win against Granville is very important. We are taking it step by step. We will be without Wayne Williams, who was red-carded on Sunday. He will be missed, but we have a squad of players, so he will be replaced,” Simms added. Maverley-Hughenden will look to players such as Phillip Peddie, who scored the lone goal in Sunday’s 1-0 win, captain Andrew Peddlar, plus veterans Kasai Hinds and Roberto Fletcher, for a crucial home win. Brazil suffered defeat to Jamalco at home and are fully aware that another setback would put them in danger of not making the step up to Premier League football next season. “We found out our downfall in the first game, so we just have to go down to Maverley and capitalise on our chances,” said Brazil’s head coach, David Galloway. Brazil will rely on Deandre Thomas, Carlos Campbell and Imani Beckford to get their campaign off the ground. In the other game, Jamalco will be highly motivated for another win. “After getting three points on the road, it was a big boost, but we don’t want to get complacent. The players are up and ready for the game tomorrow (today),” said Jamalco’s head coach, Rayon Johnson. Brazil’s main players include captain Erron Brown, Andrew Isaacs, Renoir Elliott and Creggton Charlton. After losing at home, Granville will travel to Clarendon in search of a positive results in order to stay close in the race for a spot in the Premier League. Tracey Reid-coached Granville will hunt victory through Lenardo Whyte and Mario Samuels mainly. The four teams are battling on a round robin, home-and-away basis for two spots in the Premier League. At the completion of their six-match schedule, the top two on points will qualify.
Not only did the Jamaican win the 100 metres and 200 metres gold medals at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the Diamond League Trophy for the 100m, Thompson has also emerged as one of the top 10 moneymakers of the 2016 IAAF Diamond League with earnings of US$100,000. Thompson capped a brilliant season with a 10.72-second victory in the 100m to win the Diamond Trophy at the Memorial van Damme in Brussels last Friday. The athlete, who is a member of the University of Technology-based MVP Track and Field Club, is in joint fifth place among the Diamond League moneymakers. The Jamaican is tied with 100m hurdles world record holder, Kendra Harrison of the United States; 3,000m steeplechase runner Conseslus Kipruto of Kenya; pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie of France; and Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya of South Africa. Only discus thrower Sandra Perkovic of Croatia and Olympic 200m silver medallist, Dafne Schippers of The Netherlands, with US$110,000 each; triple jumper Caterine Ibarguen of Colombia (US$106,000) and Olympic long jump bronze medallist Ivana Spanovic of Serbia (US$102,000) have earned more. The Diamond Trophy winners earn US$40,000, with race winners taking home $10,000 for a first-place finish; $6,000 for second; $4,000 for third; $3,000 for fourth; $2,500 for fifth; $2,000 for sixth; $1,500 for seventh and $1,000 for eighth. In addition to securing the Diamond Trophy, Thompson also won five races throughout the season – in Rabat, Rome, Lausanne, Zurich and Brussels, and finished second in Oslo and third in Eugene. A few other Jamaicans were also among the leading earners in the Diamond League. The 400m Diamond Trophy winner Stephenie-Ann McPherson, with US$75,000, was the 28th highest earner. Former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell was not far behind, having earned US$56,000 to be 32nd on the list. Olympic 110-metre hurdles champion Omar McLeod earned US$29,000 and was 53rd. Simone Facey and Julian Forte earned US$20,500 each at 88th and 89th, respectively; Veronica Campbell-Brown (94th), Damar Forbes (95th) and Janieve Russell (100th), all earning US$20,000. Other Jamaicans who earned above $10,000 in Diamond League winnings were 400m runner Novlene Williams-Mills (US$17,000), triple jumper Kimberley Williams (US$14,500); sprint hurdler Hansle Parchment (US$12,000) and 400m hurdler and former Diamond champion, Kaliese Spencer (US$11,500).
American sprint hurdler Dawn Harper-Nelson, is serving a three-month ban after taking a prescribed medication which contained the banned substance hydrochlorothiazide. Harper-Nelson, who has won gold and silver medals at the Olympic Games in the 100m hurdles, tested positive for the banned diuretic and related metabolites on December 1, according to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. “Harper-Nelson’s explanation that her positive test was caused by a blood pressure medication she was prescribed by a physician to treat hypertension. Harper-Nelson further explained that she made efforts to determine if the medication contained prohibited substances; however, due to using partial search terms, those efforts were unsuccessful. The American’ suspension will expire on March 1, 2017 well ahead of all the major outdoor meets and this Summer’s World Championships in London.
SCORING G FG FT Pts Avg Westbrook, OKC 81 824 710 2558 31.6 Harden, HOU 81 674 746 2356 29.1 Thomas, BOS 76 682 590 2199 28.9 Davis, NOR 75 770 519 2099 28.0 DeRozan, TOR 74 721 545 2020 27.3 Lillard, POR 75 661 488 2024 27.0 Cousins, NOR 72 647 517 1942 27.0 James, CLE 74 736 358 1954 26.4 Leonard, SAN 74 636 469 1888 25.5 Curry, GOL 79 675 325 1999 25.3 FG Percentage FG FGA PCT Jordan, LAC 412 577 .714 Gobert, UTA 413 625 .661 Capela, HOU 362 563 .643 Howard, ATL 388 613 .633 Gortat, WAS 390 674 .579 Jokic, DEN 494 854 .578 Adams, OKC 374 655 .571 Whiteside, MIA 542 973 .557 Valanciunas, TOR 391 702 .557 James, CLE 736 1344 .548 Rebounds G OFF DEF TOT AVG Whiteside, MIA 77 293 795 1088 14.1 Drummond, DET 81 345 770 1115 13.8 Jordan, LAC 81 298 816 1114 13.8 Gobert, UTA 81 314 721 1035 12.8 Howard, ATL 74 296 644 940 12.7 Towns, MIN 82 296 711 1007 12.3 Davis, NOR 75 172 712 884 11.8 Love, CLE 60 148 518 666 11.1 Cousins, NOR 72 152 642 794 11.0 Westbrook, OKC 81 137 727 864 10.7 Assists G AST AVG Harden, HOU 81 907 11.2 Wall, WAS 78 831 10.7 Westbrook, OKC 81 840 10.4 Paul, LAC 61 563 9.2 Rubio, MIN 75 682 9.1 James, CLE 74 646 8.7 Teague, IND 82 639 7.8 Holiday, NOR 67 488 7.3 Green, GOL 76 533 7.0 Lowry, TOR 60 417 7.0 (Up to April 13)