Share the experience Gary Saddler, senior vice-president, sales, worldwide, Sandals, implored the travel agents to keep selling Jamaica as a top golfing destination when they returned to the United States. “Go back home, sell this hotel and sell golfing. Share with your customers your experience of Jamaica,” he said at Saturday night’s awards ceremony. Young Jamaican golfing talent, 17-year-old Romaine Evans, wowed competitors with his driving prowess from the ladies’ tee at the 14th hole in a Sandals Foundation benefit. Competitors contributed a token US$10 to the foundation to have Edwards and Zandre Roye, two of 23 young players adopted by the programme, tee off from the par-five hole, on their behalf. The contribution will go towards the Sandals Foundation, which continues to nurture young Jamaican golfers such as Roye and Evans, who won the junior title at the Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships in St Croix, United States Virgin Islands, in July, which led to him being invited to participate in the prestigious Duke of York Young Champions Trophy, September 9-11, at Prince’s Golf Course in England. Other winners at the tournament included Roland Farrar, putting contest; Sharon Tonti, closest to pin, female; Junior Rodney, closest to pin, male; Paula Mullins Worster, longest drive, female; Nick Middaugh, longest drive, male; Team Four, Larry Field, Sr, Larry Field Jr, Dennis Field and Nick Middaugh, best-dressed team; Team 21, Rose and Jeff Stevenson, Catherine Byrne, and Sheila Golden, most honest score. TEAM 23, comprising Junior Rodney, Karen Scantlebury, Albertha Brown, and Jacqueline Bass, won the Travel Weekly US Travel Agents Golf Tournament at the Sandals Golf and Country Club in Ocho Rios at the weekend. Team Four, made up of Larry Field Sr, Larry Field Jr, Dennis Field, and Nick Middaugh, were runners-up in the two-day tournament. More than 120 travel agents from the United States competed in the event staged by Sandals Resorts, playing two days of golf over 36 holes. In its 13th year, the tournament is used to familiarise travel agents with the local resorts in the Sandals chain and highlights Sandals Golf and Country Club as a top Caribbean golfing destination.
MANCHESTER, England (AP): Swansea were humbled by fourth-tier Oxford for the first big shock of the FA Cup third round, while Tottenham needed an 89th-minute penalty from Harry Kane to salvage a 2-2 draw against Leicester yesterday. Chelsea endured third-round humiliation at the hands of lower-league opposition in Bradford last season, but had no problems 12 months on, with a full-strength team beating third-tier Scunthorpe 2-0 through goals by Diego Costa and Ruben Loftus-Cheek. The world’s oldest knockout competition was short of upsets on Saturday and an injury-hit Liverpool scrambled to secure a nervy draw at Exeter on Friday. But a surprise finally arrived at Kassam Stadium, where Oxford won 3-2 to leave Swansea to concentrate on their relegation fight in the Premier League. DIFFERENT CLASS EQUALISER Fifty-four places separated the teams in the English football pyramid and Ecuador winger Jefferson Montero gave an indication of the supposed difference in class by backheeling the visitors into the lead in the 23rd minute. However, Oxford scored three goals in 14 minutes either side of the half-time break and Bafetimbi Gomis’ 66th-minute reply proved only a consolation for Swansea. Swansea came unstuck after making 10 changes to their lineup – a move made by many Premier League managers this weekend to deal with fixture congestion and to give first-team action to fringe players. “All credit to Oxford, they were more energetic than us and passed the ball better,” Swansea manager Alan Curtis said. “We made changes, but we still had lots of experience, but Oxford thoroughly deserved to beat us.” Oxford won the League Cup in 1986 and was most recently in England’s top division in 1988, before dropping down the leagues and tumbling into theN on-league in 2006. “I’ve got to be delighted beating a Premier League side – but not just that, it’s the way we did it,” Oxford manager Michael Appleton said. Four Premier League teams were eliminated on Saturday, but only after losing to fellow top-flight sides. It looked like Spurs would be joining them, only to earn a reprieve when Leicester winger Nathen Dyer flicked out his hand to divert the ball away. Kane, on as a second-half substitute, converted the penalty to secure a replay and a third game in 10 days against Leicester. They meet in the League on Wednesday, too. Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri rested many of the key players who are helping the team make a surprise run at the Premier League title, but the stand-ins delivered, threatening to eliminate Spurs for the second straight season. After Christian Eriksen put Tottenham ahead, Poland defender Marcin Wasilewski equalised by heading in a corner before Japan striker Shinji Okazaki – a half-time substitute by Ranieri – dribbled his way into the area and scored at the second attempt in the 48th. “We definitely didn’t want to go out of this competition in the third round,” Kane said. “We’re still in there.” Chelsea remained unbeaten under Guus Hiddink, who took over until the end of the season after Jose Mourinho’s firing last month, but it wasn’t a convincing performance by the seven-time FA Cup winners. Under pressure from two defenders, Costa turned in Branislav Ivanovic’s right-wing cross for the 13th-minute opener and his fourth goal in three games. Loftus-Cheek, a substitute, ended Scunthorpe’s resistance in the 68th. Hiddink guided Chelsea to the FA Cup title in 2009, also as an interim manager. The draw for the fourth round takes place today.
The Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run, set for Sunday, February 21, is ready to raise $50 million to contribute to three worthy causes. Sagicor Group raised a record $26 million in 2015 and the aim for the 18th staging this year is to double the target of $25 million set last year. This year’s beneficiaries are Children with Cancer across the island, as well as the Jamaica Cancer Society and the Black River Hospital Paediatric Unit in St Elizabeth. President and CEO of the Sagicor Group, Richard Byles, challenged Jamaicans to donate and pledge funds towards Sigma Run 2016. “Over the years, we have raised $166 million mainly for children and institutions,” Byles disclosed at the media launch yesterday at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. “Last year, we raised the most money in one year of $26 million. This year, we hope to raise $50 million. We have some special contribution cards in order to reach the target,” Byles added. “This year, we are focusing on cancer. We could not want a more worthy cause,” he disclosed. “We plan to give most of the funds to the Jamaica Cancer Society. We also want to help the children with cancer and the Black River Hospital,” Byles said. This year’s patrons for the event are track and field stars Asafa Powell and Novlene Williams-Mills and actress Sheryl Lee Ralph. Cancer survivor Williams-Mills, a relay gold medallist at last year’s IAAF World Championships in Beijing, said she could not turn down the opportunity offered by Sagicor. “It’s an honour and pleasure to be a part of this year’s Sigma Run. I’m a proud breast cancer survivor going back to 2012 when cancer became a part of my life,” an emotional Williams-Mills stated. “I know what it is for a family with a breast cancer survivor. It is a burden. I have to look in the mirror and see the many scars on my body. It is hard to deal with this thing called cancer, it will rip you apart,” she said. “Cancer has been a part of my family, as my sister died from ovarian cancer and my mother is also a cancer survivor. I ask for support for other survivors as they need help,” Williams-Mills added. Sheryl Lee Ralph revealed that cancer took away her father. “In 2013, prostate cancer took my dad, he fought every minute of the disease. I’m very happy to be partnering with Sagicor to help educate others about the disease. Health really matters,” the actress said. DONATION TO HELP CHILDREN
St George’s College avenged their ISSA Southern Conference Under-16 basketball final defeat to St Catherine High in the All-Island final at G.C. Foster on Tuesday, and one of the most critical performances of the day was that of tournament MVP, Jadeja McCormack.Jordon Gilles might have led the North Street school with 17 points followed by Samora Williams with 13 and Nathan Reid with 10 points. However, it was the overall contribution of McCormack that really made the difference.The point guard only bagged eight points, but his rebounds, steals and ability to control the tempo of the game made the young player an invaluable asset for the defending under-16 champions, and he credits the hard work that he puts in as the reason for his success this season.”We wake up five o’ clock to train and finish at 9 a.m. to 10 (a.m.). Then I would play some pick up ball with (Arnett Rockers) D 1 players. I will be the first one in at training most of the time, and I work hard in the gym, run, and do what I have to do. The hard work has paid off,” he told The Gleaner after helping his team defeat St Catherine.HAPPY FOR WIN”I am pleased and happy, too, because to work so hard and not come out with anything would have been disappointing, so I am glad we won and I won (MVP),” he added.He admitted he had his difficulties through this season and credit his team for helping him through the tough times.”Some games, I lost focus, but my teammates and coaches helped me pick up, and I thank them for that,” he said.”I take this (sport) very seriously, and sometimes, my mother would tell me to stop playing, she says that I will damage myself, but I love basketball. I don’t love anything more than it, other than my family. I dream of playing in the NBL, and I am working hard to make that dream come true. Next I would like play college ball or for a (US) Division One league until I can work my way to the top,” he said.St George’s coach Clifford Brown thought McCormack’s all round contribution was indispensable and vital to their success this season.”His performance was stellar. His ball control, his ability to manage the game, he manages a lot of steals and converts on free throws. He plays good defence, he heeds instruction and he followed the mandate given to him. He is the point guard and he is supposed to run the team, and that’s what he did,” Brown commented.- L.S.
Janet Rowe did not fly to Jamaica just to vote. But when she realised her name was on the voters’ list, the US$197.50 fee she paid to change her ticket “was a small price to pay to support her party”, Rowe said. “The ticket was actually US$430 plus what I paid to change it.” But that cost couldn’t keep her from the polling station at the Content Gap Primary School in East Rural St. Andrew. “When my boss wished me a safe travel I didn’t tell her I wasn’t coming back just yet.” Instead, “I called one of my co-workers and asked her to work for me tomorrow and I will work back for her on Saturday,” she said with a satisfied grin, showing her ink-stained index finger. Her ticket was changed from February 23 to 26. The constituency is being contested by the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) Juliet Holness (wife of opposition leader Andrew Holness) and the People’s National Party’s (PNP) Imani Duncan Price. Holness went into the elections with a five percentage point lead over her rival.
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil: Elaine Thompson did it again! The Olympic 100m champion became the seventh woman to win an Olympic sprint double with a determined and powerful run in the 200m final, clocking 21.78 – the third-fastest winning time in an Olympic women’s 200m final. It was intense. So much so that the world’s fastest man himself, Usain Bolt, could hardly contain himself as he watched on a television set in the mixed zone after his 200m semi-final win a few minutes earlier. “Hold it, come on, hold it!” Bolt shouted in excitement. Hold it she did. “It’s amazing to come out and win another gold medal, I’m speechless right now,” said Thompson. The Jamaican left her blocks in a hurry and came off the curve with a clear advantage. As expected, she came under heavy assault from Dutch star, Dafne Schippers, as the pair, like they did at the World Championships last year, separated themselves from the chasing pack in a seat-edge dart to the finish line. This time, it was the Jamaican who was celebrating loudest – albeit belatedly, after waiting nervously for confirmation of another glittering gold. Schippers clocked 21.88 seconds, while American Torie Bowie was third in 22.15. “My coach has always told me that I can do it. He told me to keep my knees up and push to the line, and I think I did that and that’s why I came out with the win,” Thompson stated.
Adjustment Proposed changes to the structure of the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Championships will aid in the development of Jamaica’s track and field and safeguard student athletes. That’s the view of George Forbes, ISSA’s competitions director. Using a worst-case scenario to illustrate the need to regulate the number of events one athlete can do at the championships, Forbes asked: “If a boy were to do four events and on the final day of Champs he’s doing the 4x400m and something were to happen to him, who do they think they’re going to blame?” Asked if ISSA felt a duty of care in the aftermath of the death of footballer Dominic James and basketballer Saymar Ramsey in the Christmas term, he replied, “It’s true. We were mindful, and to put the thing in perspective, we have contemplated these changes from just after Champs.” According to Forbes, the changes presently incorporate feedback from high school track and field coaches. “As a matter of fact, almost every single thing that we proposed, we looked at their counter proposals and we made some adjustments.” The proposed changes include the following: – Class 2 boys will now compete separately in the 400m hurdles. – Field event athletes will now have the option of doing three events in this area or two field events and two relays. – Track athletes will be restricted to two individual events only, and in addition, they can do two relays. – Females will now only be allowed to contest the heptathlon and one other event. – Class 3 girls will no longer be able to compete in steeplechase and 3000m, which is now restricted to classes 1 and 2 only. – Classes 1 and 2 boys will be allowed to compete in steeplechase and 5000m. One such adjustment relaxed a proposal that athletes contest just one relay. As things stand now, two individual running events and two relays is acceptable. However, the changes have largely been opposed by the Jamaica Track and Field Coaches Association. “The only thing we have not changed and we’ve not tweaked is the 400m hurdles for Class 1 and Class 2 and we’re convinced that it is the right way to go.” He said a similar change made to the boys’ triple jump after the 2012 edition of Champs has increased the number of participants. “When we did the triple jump, it was triple jump open, just Class 1 boys. Basically, we changed it,” he asserted. “We have more people doing triple jump,” he declared.
NYON, Switzerland (AP):The road to a Champions League record for Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti will go through his old club – defending champions Real Madrid.When Ancelotti fulfilled Madrid’s quest for the “Decima” – a record-extending 10th European Cup title – in 2014, he joined a select group of five coaches to win the competition with two different clubs. He also coached AC Milan to two Champions League titles.Ancelotti’s new team will host his previous club in Munich in the first leg of the quarter-finals on April 12. The return match will be played in Madrid six days later.”Matches against Real are obviously special for me,” Ancelotti said. “It’ll be exciting for me to go back to Madrid.”Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane was Ancelotti’s assistant for the 2014 title, and won a Champions League of his own last May to cap his coaching debut season.”Our relationship is like that of a master and apprentice,” Zidane said.FINAL REMATCHAlso in yesterday’s draw, Barcelona will meet Juventus in another heavyweight clash – a rematch of the 2015 final, while Champions League newcomers Leicester will face Atletico Madrid, and Borussia Dortmund will take on Monaco.The first legs will be played on April 11-12, with the return matches on April 18-19.Madrid and Bayern have combined to win 16 European titles and both currently lead their national leagues. One club, however, will end its recent streak of reaching the Champions League semi-finals for five straight years.Former Madrid players now with Ancelotti include Xabi Alonso from the 2014 champions. One-time Bayern midfielder Toni Kroos now lines up alongside Madrid forwards Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.Barcelona won their fifth European title two years, beating Juventus 3-1 in Berlin, in coach Luis Enrique’s first season with the club. A Champions League final on June 3 in Cardiff, Wales, would be Luis Enrique’s final match before leaving the club.Juventus did oust Barcelona in the quarter-finals in 2003, en route to one of their competition-record six losing finals – against a Milan team coached by Ancelotti 14 years ago.Leicester are making their debut in the competition, and are the only team in the draw which have never played in a Champions League final. But Leicester and Atletico have played before. The Spanish club eliminated Leicester in the first round of the UEFA Cup in 1997.THE DRAWJuventus vs BarcelonaBayern Munich vs Real MadridDortmund vs MonacoAtletico Madrid vs Leicester City
The Jamaica National Visa-Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Jackie Bell semi-finals are on today at the Constant Spring Complex.In the first game of the double-header, Cavalier will face Waterhouse, starting at 6:30 p.m., to be followed by Tivoli Gardens against Barbican at 8:30 p.m.Super League outfit Cavalier enter their semi-final on a high after a big 5-1 quarter-final victory against Central Kingston on Thursday night. However, they will not find Red Stripe Premier League team, Waterhouse, that easy.Cavalier are, however, playing some good football with players such as St George’s College schoolboy star Alex Marshall, captain Ryan Miller, Oshane Jenkins, Nicholas Hamilton and Kieron Brock leading the way.TOUGH GAMECoach Rudolph Speid is expecting a tough game.”This Waterhouse team has improved in the Premier League season. I know that they have quality players, but we remain confident in our passing game. It could go either way,” Speid told the Sunday Gleaner.On the other hand, the Glendon ‘Admiral’ Bailey-coached Waterhouse will rely on Kemar ‘Bushy’ Beckford, veteran Irvino English, Andre McFarland, goalkeeper Romaine Bowers and Nicholy Finlayson to take them to the final.Tivoli Gardens are expected to get the better of Barbican in the second game. However, Barbican are being guided by the wily former national assistant coach Miguel Coley, and they could surprise the Red Stripe Premier League outfit.Barbican’s key players include Locksley Thompson, Keno Simpson, Akino Bailey and Greg Taylor.Tivoli will be hoping that top striker and talisman, Jermaine ‘Teddy’ Johnson recovers from an injury sustained in the quarter-final against Harbour View last Wednesday night.Johnson apart, Tivoli will look to Jermaine Parris, captain Romaine Breakenridge, Elton Thompson, Tevin Shaw and Junior McGregor for success.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Both captain Jason Holder and head coach Stuart Law have taken aim at the substandard quality of the Kensington Oval pitch for the just-concluded second Test against Pakistan.Following the West Indies’ stunning 106-run victory on Thursday’s final day here, Holder and Law criticised the surface for the swiftness with which it deteriorated, the invariable bounce and the little assistance it offered to the faster bowlers.In fact, Holder described some features of the pitch as “unacceptable” and urged more attention to be paid to the standard of pitch preparation across the region.”I don’t think it’s the best pitch for cricket, if I’m being honest. I just think it deteriorated a little too fast for Test match cricket,” the all-rounder told media following the match.”I felt as though it should have been able to hold together for a lot longer, and the invariable bounce is not really acceptable here at this level. I think things worked out nicely in our favour, but it could have been the other way around had we probably lost the toss and been inserted.”The pitch was brown, dry and devoid of grass, and after opting for first knock, the Windies managed to gather 312 all out in their first innings.Pakistan grafted hard to get up to 393 in reply before West Indies battled their way to 268 in their second innings – setting the visitors 188 for victory on the last day. On a wearing last-day pitch, Pakistan folded for a record venue-low 81.TWO CENTURIESAll told, the pitch produced two centuries – Roston Chase’s 131 and Azhar Ali’s 105 – and also served up a nine-wicket match haul for West Indies’ Shannon Gabriel, but Law argued that the nature of the pitch more suited Pakistan’s spinners than the hosts’ faster bowlers.”I wasn’t expecting what we turned up to see. All I ask for is a very good cricket surface, which means there is something in it for everybody – fast bowlers, spinners, batsmen – and if we can’t get a good coverage of grass in a tropical climate, there’s something wrong,” he lamented to reporters.Law said that with the Windies’ attack heavily based on seam bowling, it was important that pitches across the Caribbean provided some assistance to the quicks.”We’ve got boys who bowl 90 miles per hour and to see the ball do that (not reaching the wicket-keeper) is heartbreaking, particularly on day two,” he continued.