JBBC Youth Boxing Tournament Caribbean Development featherweight boxing silver medallist Daniel Hilton will be the main attraction at the two-day Jamaica Boxing Board of Control (JBBC) Youth Boxing Tournament, which is set to begin this Saturday at the Stanley Couch Gym in Kingston at 7 p.m. The 15-year-old was a member of Jamaica’s five-man team that won two gold, two silver and a bronze at the regional tournament only a couple weeks ago and he will be the most recognised boxer attending the event, following his recent exploits. However, another boxer to watch will be St Thomas’ Brandon Gordon. Seven teams are down to participate in the tournament, including defending champions St Thomas Gym, Stanley Couch Gym, Bruisin’ Gym, Seaview Gym, Sugar Knockout Gym, Punching-Tech Gym and Dynamic Trench Town Gym. These gyms will feature junior boxers aged between 14 and 17 years, and youth boxers between 18 and 19 years, battling for the top honours.
FOOTBALL: CONCACAF World Cup Qualifier vs Costa Rica Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz will be aiming to make the National Stadium their fortress tonight as they seek to beat Costa Rica and lift their chances of advancing to the 2018 World Cup Finals in Russia. The Group Two CONCACAF fourth round battle will kick off at 7 o’clock at the venue which was called ‘The Office’ during the journey to France 98 campaign because the Boyz couldn’t lose there during the qualification campaign. In recent matches the venue has not been as impregnable as in the past. The Boyz lost 0-2 against Panama on November 13 and 2-3 on September 4 last year against Nicaragua in their last outings there. The Panama game was the opening match in this four-team semi-final round qualification. Both countries are now locked on three points after two matches. Jamaica rebounded and won their second game, on the road — 1-0 in Port-Au-Prince. Costa Rica have a perfect record in the group. They had a 1-0 home win over the Haitians and a 2-1 away success at Panama City, victories that have given them group leadership with maximum six points. Head coach, Winfried Schäfer, views the qualification as a step by step process. “Only focus is Costa Rica, Costa Rica, Costa Rica,” he said. As they’ve branded their campaign the ‘Road to Russia’, Schäfer said along the route “we’ve many stones”. Continuing, he theorised: “We can stop or build from the stone the bridge to Russia. Many, many stones are very, very heavy and for this we need the support. “… When we win then the next step (to the final round) is we’ve to work in Costa Rica too,” he said of next Tuesday’s return fixture. “It’s the same,” he said. “Before we talk about Russia we’ve to win on Friday. We’ve to win against Costa Rica and against Panama, it’s step by step, we’ve to build.” “It’s gonna be vital in terms of progressing through this group,” key midfielder Jobi McAnuff said about the Boyz transforming their play on home territory. “The home games are very, very important. “We’re still disappointed with the last two we’ve had and we need to make sure we transfer the away performances back here at The Office and make sure we win the game.” This is the third of six matches this round and only two will qualify to the final six, the CONCACAF Hexagonal, that ultimately decides the three or four World Cup qualifiers. “Every game is crucial, especially when it’s in a tight little group like this,” McAnuff pointed out. “There’s only four teams and it’s important not to lose, because then you lose too much ground. So if we win at home that would give us a good platform to go to the away leg and try and get another result over there.” McAnuff represents one of Schäfer’s key materials, given his leadership role on the pitch and the type of skill that saw him weave through the heart of the Costa Rica team with a dribble from half-line before scoring from inside the penalty box, when the teams last met. That was a 2-2 result at the CONCACAF Gold Cup last summer, when Jamaica were on a high and made a first-time appearance in the final. Before that, the teams also drew 1-1 at the National Stadium in World Cup qualification when Schäfer had just arrived and sprang crowd favourite Jermain “Tuffy” Anderson on to the pitch for a late equaliser. “Tuffy” is not part of this group, but practically everybody from the Gold Cup final appearance remains, with the exception of captain Rodolph Austin and striker Giles Barnes. Austin, just recovering from injury, may play the return match. In his absence Adrian Mariappa will captain the team, playing in defence alongside Wes Morgan, the captain of much-storied English Premiership leaders Leicester City, who has promised to “give his all” for the Boyz. Their presence, along with Je-Vaughn Watson, Garath McCleary, Michael Hector, Simon Dawkins and others has strengthened Schäfer’s belief that they can get a good result at home. “The last time we lost at home – the first match the players were not ready for Nicaragua and the last match the team was not ready for the situation, one day before,” he said of pay disputes ahead of the game. “But now I think the team is ready. “They (Costa Rica) are a very good team, they’ve very good players,” he pointed out. “We played two times — 1-1, 2-2 and we’ve to watch what we’re doing at home. All players want to be in Russia.” “Very positive,” is how McAnuff labelled their attitude. “We put up a very good performance the last time we played them in the Gold Cup and to be honest they were lucky to come away with a draw. We finished very strongly and they will be wary of what we’ve got to offer.”
For the first 10 minutes, both teams were perfect as Mico’s goal shooter Jhaniele Fowler, along with the UWI pair of goal shooter Thristina Harwood and goal attack Rebekah Robinson, were tied 10-10, before UWI had two turnovers late in the quarter and Mico took a 16-13 lead at the end of the quarter. The intensity continued in the second quarter, as Harwood and Robinson remained solid and with their teammates, former national senior captain Nadine Bryan at wing attack and the lanky goal defence, national player Shameera Sterling giving good support, UWI outscored Mico 12-9 to tie the game 25-25 at half-time. Excellent interceptions by Mico’s goal defence Vangelee Williams, a national player and goalkeeper Shanikka Johnson, coupled with Fowler’s craft, gave Mico a slight advantage with a 40-37 lead after three quarters. UWI battled hard but could not overcome the deficit and suffered a narrow loss eventually. Fowler led all scorers with 50 goals from 52 attempts, while Harwood led UWI with 28 from 30 tries. “I would consider this final as the best of the five we were in and this victory the best of the three as the competition was high quality and the girls came out and gave their best,” said Mico’s coach Annette Daley, who is also assistant coach of the national senior team. “Errors were made on both sides and we came out the best and I am not surprised about the closeness as UWI is a quality team as we played them earlier in the season and beat them by three.” Conrad Parkes, the coach of UWI, said: “Mico is a good team and so is UWI and we prepared well for the final, but in the game Mico kept their composure better than us and the turnovers in the last three minutes by my team cost us the game.” MICO University College ‘A’ topped the senior Intercollegiate netball competition after outlasting UWI ‘A’ 52-50 in an exciting and pulsating final at G.C. Foster College on Saturday, to regain the title they had won in 2013. Victory kept the Marescaux Road-based institution on course to sweep all titles in Intercollegiate netball, following their junior team’s one-sided 33-14 win in the final over G.C. Foster College ‘C’ earlier in the day. Mico had also won the Open rally earlier in the season. They can complete the sweep this afternoon, when Mico ‘B’ play UWI ‘B’ in the Intermediate final at 4:30 p.m., at the Leila Robinson Court. In a rescheduled semi-final on Saturday, UWI ‘B’ stopped EXED Community College 31-22. With both teams parading some of the country’s top national senior players, what was expected to be a thrilling senior final lived up to expectations and the large crowd was not disappointed, with clinical shooting a major highlight. Intense match-up
The Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) 2016 David Hunt Management Seminar has been hailed as a resounding success by the club representatives who attended, including Andrew Price, chairman of the KSAFA technical committee.The management team from 30 football clubs was in attendance to partake in a full day of insightful presentations from representatives in different industries. The panel explained to the audience how to improve their functions in detail and properly manage their clubs. The seminar that was held at the Melbourne Cricket Club in Kingston was also attended by the representatives of three clubs from St Mary.Miguel Williams, chairman, disciplinary committee, KSAFA, gave an informative presentation on the club constitution and Article of Association. Anika Smith, assistant vice-president for marketing at Mayberry Investments Limited, delivered an interactive presentation on how the clubs can market their activities on low budgets using social media promotion, guerrilla marketing, among other techniques.Match day preparationManager for the Jamaica national senior men’s team, Roy Simpson, explained the importance of match-day preparation and advised that it is vital that the coaches and managers pay attention to details and have pre, post and match day checklists to ensure things are going accordingly.Financial advice came from Gary Peart, CEO, Mayberry Investments, who encouraged the coaches and managers to seek professional assistance with their financial plans and showed them different ways to go about seeking sponsorship.”Mayberry is happy to be on board this initiative we encourage community development and we like giving back where we can. During my presentation, I didn’t use fancy big words or sugar-coated anything, I had one main objective and that was to explain to the coaches and managers that everyone everywhere has a sad story and nobody respect a sufferer. It’s important that they understand that no matter how bad the situation is perseverance is key,” said Peart.”In terms of managing their money it is also important that they have a financial plan outlining the basics, what do they have, what they need and determine how they will balance it. Getting a chartered accountant to review or advise on their financial plan could play a major role in the growing of the clubs,” he added.According to Price and other attendees, the information delivered by the various speakers was very insightful.”I think that all the clubs benefited from a management and administrative standpoint,” said Price. “They told us how to manage, how to market the clubs, how the clubs can get assistance in sponsorship, how we can manage our very meagre resources and how we can improve our club management on a year-on-year situation.”Coach of Central Kingston, Michael Howell, endorsed Price’s comments and said in many ways the information was extremely beneficial.”It was an eye-opener. It allowed you to pick up on things that you would have probably overlooked when it comes to managing and running the club,” he said.Price said the KSAFA club representatives also gained useful information from the referees about the laws of the game, by Garnett Page of the Jamaica Referees Association.”There were some interesting questions posed by the members of the clubs and it was a very interactive session and the clubs would have benefited from this experience,” he said. “I believe it was a resounding success and it will empower the members of KSAFA to continue building and developing good football players for the national programme.”Howell expressed the view that more seminars of a similar nature would be a big help to the clubs.
ROME (AP):Cristiano Ronaldo ended his away scoring drought with an impressive second-half goal as Real Madrid won 2-0 at Roma yesterday in the first leg of the Round of 16 in the Champions League.The victory also marked a successful debut for Zinedine Zidane as Madrid’s manager in the elite competition, with the 10-time champion taking a big step towards the quarter-finals.It was Ronaldo’s first goal on the road since November 29 when he scored a penalty against Eibar.”Everyone expects (Ronaldo) to score, and today, he was able to,” Zidane said. “I’m happy for these two away goals and that we didn’t concede any goals.”Shortly before the hour mark, Ronaldo collected a pass up the left flank from Marcelo, rapidly cut inside moving the ball with a deft flick of his legs and launched a powerful shot that deflected off Roma fullback Alessandro Florenzi.”He’s a player against whom you can’t concede anything. He can go right or left. It doesn’t matter which way,” Florenzi said. “I was also unlucky because I deflected the shot and the ball went in right under the crossbar.”After scoring, Ronaldo ran towards Zidane and hugged the French great, who replaced Rafa Benitez last month.Substitute Jese then sealed the victory with an angled shot four minutes from the end after Roma failed to take advantage of several opportunities for an equaliser.At the final whistle, Zidane congratulated each of his players one by one, including those who didn’t play.”I do it because the team is the most important thing,” said Zidane, who scored the winning goal for Madrid in the 2002 Champions League final against Bayer Leverkusen. “It’s the players who make the difference, and today it was Ronaldo – it’s often him – but everyone’s contribution is important, even those who don’t play much. We win all together.”The night’s other first-leg match saw Wolfsburg beat AA Ghent 3-2 in Belgium.
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.
Duminy tomiss WI gameNAGPUR, India (CMC):West Indies will not have to worry about the threat posed by J.P. Duminy after the left-hander was ruled out of tomorrow’s contest with a left hamstring injury. Duminy, South Africa’s highest run-getter in Twenty20 Internationals and a tidy left-arm spinner, picked up the injury during the 37-run victory over Afghanistan in Mumbai last Sunday.Duminy made an unbeaten 29 as South Africa rattled up 209 for five, but scans following the encounter at the Wankhede revealed the extent of the damage.”The scans, which were done yesterday, confirmed our clinical suspicion of a hamstring strain, which means that he will be ruled out of Friday’s game,” South Africa’s team manager, Dr Mohammed Moosajee, said.With Duminy ruled out, South Africa are mulling over the inclusion of Aaron Phangiso to provide the left-arm spin.Former T&T off-spinner Nanan diesPORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Former West Indies and Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) captain Rangy Nanan has died, media reports here have said. Nanan passed away at his home here following a period of poor health. He was 62.A virtual fixture in T&T’s side throughout the decade of the 1980s, off-spinner Nanan played 94 first-class matches for the national side, taking 366 wickets at an average of 23. Nanan, no mug with the bat either, gathered one first-class hundred – 125 – against Leeward Islands at Guaracara Park in 1983. He also finished with nine half-centuries.Despite his prowess, Nanan’s international career was limited to one Test, largely because of the West Indies’ heavy dependence on a four-pronged pace attack during the late 1970s and ’80s.Following his playing career, Nanan served as a police officer and was also a liaison officer for the West Indies team.
Veteran coach Winston Nevers says he has no interest in becoming the next head coach of Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls, but is publicly endorsing former local star Connie Francis for the post. The Sunshine Girls ended 2016 without a head coach, after Minneth Reynolds resigned in November, one month before her contract was set to expire. It’s understood that the Paula Daley-Morris-led Netball Jamaica administration was leaning to not renew Reynolds’ contract, which was signed by the Marva Bernard administration. Reynolds, who was in the job for just under two-years, guided the Sunshine Girls to a 2-1 series victory over rivals England in the United Kingdom in their last competitive series in November. In the past, Netball Jamaica had faced criticisms for overlooking the vastly experienced Nevers, but the national Under-16 coaching staff member told The Gleaner that this time around, he has no interest in the top post. “They have never called me for the senior team before, but if they call me now, I will tell them that I am not interested in the job,” said Nevers. “There are also three reasons why I am not interested in the job. One, right now I am not keeping a good health, and so I have to look at myself first. Secondly, I can’t take the plane ride and the travelling, and finally, I am not comfortable in the programme.” Francis, a former national coach, he argued, would be a good choice to replace Reynolds and continue the rebuilding of the national netball programme. “I think Netball Jamaica should look at Connie Francis because she is the best person now to handle the programme. I think she is ready for the job and she can also get the best out of these players.” MALE ASSISTANT He added that Netball Jamaica should appoint a male coach as Francis’ assistant in the national team. “I think they should appoint a male coach behind her because they must not make the mistake of not having a male coach in the programme. “These male coaches have been doing a lot of work in netball and they have been getting the results even more than the female coaches now.” Nevers, who is also affectionately called ‘Scrappy’ by his players and fellow coaches, has helped nurture the talent of some of the country’s most decorated netballers. Chief among them are world-renowned shooters Elaine Davis and Romelda Aiken, along with national captain Nadine Bryan, Nicole Aiken, sisters Tiffany and Mesha Wolfe, Tasha Morgan, Georgia Gordon, Anna-Marie Grant and Paula Pinnock. Nevers has guided Jamalco to 16 Netball Jamaica Berger Paints titles, as well as 17 Jamaica National Building Society Senior League trophies.
Andre Lowe, Special Projects Editor – Sports Two-time Olympic relay gold medal winner and 100m Commonwealth Games champion Kemar Bailey-Cole has signed a multi-year deal with sports goods manufacturer Puma, in the company’s latest show of support for Jamaican track and field. Puma are also said to be looking to deepen their roots with some of the island’s top youngsters – including an Olympic medallist, among those reportedly considering to put pen to paper with the German company in the coming days. Bailey-Cole, who trains with one of Puma’s most recognisable ambassadors Usain Bolt at the Racers Track Club, had been sponsored by adidas since he turned pro, but the sprinter, who celebrates his 24th birthday today, was in Herzogenaurach, Germany – home of Puma’s headquarters a couple of days ago, where the deal is believed to have been signed. The sprinter posted several pictures to his personal account on Instagram from Herzogenaurach, while wearing branded gear from the company, under the caption: “Two things define us. Our patience when we have nothing and our attitude when we have everything.” His post also included the hashtags #puma and #pumarunning as well as the company’s most recent marketing note #foreverfaster. Puma is shortly expected to officially announce their partnership with Bailey-Cole but the company, which also has the likes of Hansle Parchment and Ristananna Tracey among its rank of Jamaican athletes, seems far from done, with a number of other interesting deals being lined up. Puma is a long-time sponsor of the Jamaica Olympic Association as well as the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association and is a mainstay at a number of development and marquee meets across the island.
On past performances, however, UNBREAKABLE, with champion jockey Omar Walker aboard, and ZACKONTHEATTACK, the mount of back-to-form champion apprentice Bebeto Harvey, are the two most accomplished in the field. On current form, UNBREAKABLE, who won as many as eight races in 2016 and scored handily enough over a mile last time out on February 24, looks best equipped to win again for his new trainer, Roy Lambada Matthews. The second race over 1200 metres for four-year-olds and up (non-winners of three) has an open look about it as several of the 11 starters have been enjoying good recent form. They include RALLY BABY, who was a close second to VISION over the straight last Saturday, PRINCESS EMANUELLE, who just failed to catch LITTLE BIG HORN over the straight recently when ridden by female apprentice Natalie Berger, as well as proven campaigner ZEPHYR and MISTER BONES, not to mention the sparingly raced SORRENTINO’S STAR, who has the capacity to win it for 14-time champion trainer Philip Feanny. Definitely the type of race to use two or more horses, but for me, the Gordon Lewis-trained run on sprinter MISTER BONES (Chalrick Budhai up) gets a glorious opportunity to score an overdue win having failed by a head to stave off CLASSY AVIATOR over this trip on January 7. A reproduction of that performance would be good enough to beat RALLY BABY and PRINCESS EMANUELLE. MONEY MOVE, now dropping down two classes after finishing 33/4 lengths fifth to FIFTYONESTORM over the straight on March 18, should not be hard pressed to win the third race over 1100 metres for $180,000 claimers with top apprentice Linton Steadman aboard. The seven-year-old mare from the stables of in-form trainer Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes notched her last win over this trip in December of last year. She subsequently chased home the out-of-class LIGHT BRIGADE over the distance on February 18 and should rebound at the expense of CLEARLY OURS and recent winner TURBO CHARGE. Briefly, the Wayne DaCosta-trained 3-y-o colt ALEXANDRE REW, who showed promise on his recent debut behind SILENCE, has looked razor sharp at exercise since and with Walker aboard, should win the fourth race over 1100 metres for maiden three-year-olds. The last two races in the first Super-6 looks tailored for the Feanny-trained first-time runner HAPPY LEE (working very well) with Ian Spence aboard. And in the sixth for exercise riders, BORDER LINE only needs to remember where he’s coming from to dispose of rivals over 800 metres straight. (1) UNBREAKABLE/ PARTY CUP (2) MISTER BONES/ RALLY BABY (3) MONEY MOVE/ CLEARLY OURS (4) ALEXANDER REW (5) HAPPY LEE/KILLER BEE (6) BORDER LINE/AQUILO MOST ACCOMPLISHED The Pick-9 had no takers at Caymanas Park on Wednesday and the carry-over to tomorrow’s meet stands at $1.3 million. This should ensure a Pick-9 payout in excess of $2 million. Meanwhile, both Super-6s start anew with guaranteed minimums of $750,000. The Pick-9 on the annual Jamaica Jockeys’ Guild 10-race programme embraces races two to 10, the first Super-6 from race one to six, the late Super-6 from five to 10. We look at the first Super-6, which commences with a $450,000 – $400,000 claiming race over 1500 metres, to be contested by seven fit horses. Significantly, the field includes four horses who were winners last time out – UNBREAKABLE, MEET JUSTIN, NO MONEY FRIEND and the Joseph Thomas-trained PARTY CUP, who bids for his fourth consecutive win over what is an ideal trip for him. Although thrown in for a tag for the first time, the five-year-old gelding by Image Maker – Smarty Marty – has won his three races with a lot in hand, beating subsequent winner FIERY PATH quite easily in the fairly good time of 1:27.3 over 1400 metres some weeks ago. He will only go down fighting with the claiming apprentice Javaneil Patterson again in the saddle. FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES