Sunshine Girls captain Nicole Aiken-Pinnock says despite going down to their second defeat at the Netball World Cup in Australia, to New Zealand in their Pool E qualification round opener yesterday, they walked away from the game knowing that the top teams are not unbeatable.The Sunshine Girls went down to World number two New Zealand 55-48 in Pool E, despite being ahead 27-24 at half-time.New Zealand led 14-11 after the first quarter and 40-37 at the end of the third.Jamaican goal shooter Romelda Aiken was outstanding, netting 41 of 44 tries, while Shanice Beckford supported with seven of nine attempts.Maria Tutaia led the Kiwis with 36 from 43 tries, while Bailey Mes sunk 19 of 25.The squadron leader acknowledged that they made mistakes in the game against New Zealand and England that cost them, but insists that those lessons will serve them well in the play-offs.”A lot of persons thought that New Zealand would have walked over us, but our performance goes to show that nothing is impossible. We walked away from those games knowing that these big teams are beatable, we just have to step up and work harder,” Aiken-Pinnock said.”The ladies really worked hard from the start of the game, but we made some mistakes at crucial parts of the game and lost the ball. But the ladies really hustled in trying to get back the ball,’ she reiterated.press home advantageIn games against the number three-ranked England and world number two, New Zealand, the Jamaicans surrendered first-half leads to lose. Aiken-Pinnock said they need to press home their advantage and stop letting their opponents back into the game.”In both games, we had good first halves, but we made too many mistakes in the second half, and it cost us. We have to make sure that once we are ahead, we take care of our centre pass and ensure that we score from it and keep ahead,” she stressed.Before the team can think about the semi-finals, they have Uganda on Thursday and Malawi (Friday) in their remaining Pool E games. Aiken-Pinnock says they remain just as motivated as ever for the gold medal.”We still have a chance to be in the semi-finals; we have two games to go and we have to make sure that we win these two games first and foremost. We are not demotivated going up against Uganda or Malawi. Our focus now is on playing the semi-finals, so we are taking it one game at a time.”We play next against Uganda and we will play them and try to get over one hurdle at a time before we get into the meat of the matter, which is the semis,” the Jamaica team leader said.”We are still very much motivated, and we just have to go out and stamp our place in the semi-finals and make sure that we are in the final. There is no doubt (in our minds). We are still very much motivated, we are still positive, we are focused on the gold medal, and losing two matches doesn’t mean we are out,” she insisted.In Pool G, T&T put away Zambia 66-39, while Barbados were edged 37-34 by Scotland.
KINGSTON: Jamaica and Caribbean men’s singles champion, Chris Binnie, recently won his second international Professional Squash Association (PSA) title, when he beat Jamaica?s number two ranked player, Lewis Walters, in an all-Jamaica final at the Securian Indian Summer Tournament in Minnesota, United States. Binnie, who defeated Walters in July to win his sixth All Jamaica title, knew his teammate would be looking for revenge when the two faced off again. The first game was a pitch battle, with Binnie managing to take the early lead 12-10. The Jamaican and Caribbean number one then consolidated his advantage by winning the second game 11-6. However, Walters regrouped to pull one back, when he won the third game 8-11. The rally sparked an all-out war in the fourth game, but Binnie prevailed 13-11 to take the title. “Both of us were pushing hard so it was a tough final and although it?s always hard to beat a teammate and friend I?m happy I was able to win it,” Binnie said. The victory gave the six-time Jamaica and Caribbean champion his second title since joining the squash pro tour in 2012. “I’ve done a great deal of training and this win shows that my game is coming along and I am making good strides. Now, I’m looking forward to my next tournaments and taking this momentum into future events,” he stated.
AFC BOURNEMOUTH 3 EVERTON 3GOALS:- BOURNEMOUTH: SMITH 80th; STANISLAS 87th, 90th. EVERTON: MORI 25th; LUKAKU 36th; BARKLEY 90th.Junior Stanislas scored an equaliser in the eight minute of added time as Bournemouth came from behind twice to earn a point in an astonishing game at Vitality Stadium. Everton looked set for victory when goals from Ramiro Funes Mori and Romelu Lukaku put them 2-0 up at half-time. Adam Smith rifled in a sizzling strike from 25 yards and Stanislas converted Joshua King’s cut-back to make it 2-2. Ross Barkley scored five minutes into added time, but Bournemouth responded through Stanislas’ header.ASTON VILLA 2 WATFORD 3GOALS:-VILLA: RUCHARDS 41; AYEW 89. WATFORD: IGHALO 17; HUTTON OG 69; DEENEY 85.Watford condemned bottom club Aston Villa to their 11th defeat in 14 Barclays Premier League games. Odion Ighalo poked home to give the visitors the lead, but Micah Richards’ header levelled it before half-time. The Hornets lost goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes to a head injury, but Alan Hutton’s own goal and Troy Deeney’s bullet header put them in control. Jordan Ayew’s shot found the corner to give Villa hope, but they could not equalise in 10 minutes of injury time.CRYSTAL PALACE 5 NEWCASTLE UNITED 1GOALS:- PALACE: McARTHUR 14th, 90th; BOLASIE 17th, 47th; ZAHA 41st. NEWCASTLE: CISSE 10th.Alan Pardew enjoyed victory against his old club as Crystal Palace came from a goal down to trounce Newcastle. Striker Papiss Cisse opened the scoring for the visitors with a glancing free header from close range on 10 minutes. But Palace hit back quickly with two goals in three minutes through James McArthur’s deflected effort and Yannick Bolasie’s lashed finish. Wilfried Zaha volleyed a third with further Bolasie and McArthur strikes leaving Newcastle in the bottom three.LEICESTER CITY 1 MANCHESTER UNITED 1GOALS:- LEICESTER: VARDY 24th. UNITED: SCHWEINSTEIGER 45th.Jamie Vardy wrote his name into Barclays Premier League history by scoring for the 11th successive game at King Power Stadium. Vardy went into this game hoping to eclipse former United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record, set across two seasons in 2003. And he savoured his moment in the 24th minute, running on to Christian Fuchs’ pass to send a low finish. Bastian Schweinsteiger headed United’s equaliser right on half-time.MANCHESTER CITY 3 SOUTHAMPTON 1GOALS:- CITY: DE BRUYNE 9th; DELPH 20th; KOLAROV 69th. SOUTHAMPTON: LONG 49th.Manchester City returned to the top of the Barclays Premier League. Kevin de Bruyne gave City the lead and Fabian Delph added the home side’s second with a deflected shot. But Shane Long nodded in to give Saints hope. Long had a penalty appeal turned down before Aleksandar Kolarov fired in City’s third with an angled strike. Fernandinho appeared to block Long’s shot with his arm after City keeper Willy Caballero had palmed away an effort from Dusan Tadic.SUNDERLAND 2 STOKE CITY 0GOALS:- SUNDERLAND: VAN ANHOLT 82nd; WATMORE 84th.Sunderland lifted themselves out of the relegation zone with just their third Barclays Premier League win of the season, as two late goals saw off 10-man Stoke. The Potters had held firm despite Ryan Shawcross being sent off, but Patrick van Aanholt and Duncan Watmore struck with two goals in the last 10 minutes. Shawcross was dismissed for a second yellow after a foul on Watmore, who replaced the injured Jermain Defoe.
Holmwood Technical High, the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association rural senior champions, will be seeking their eighth all-island title today when the 2015 season comes to an end today with the national finals at Clarendon Park in May Pen. Action starts at 1 p.m. with the junior final between Denbigh and Gaynstead. The senior final will follow between Holmwood and Camperdown, the urban champions. It should be an epic encounter between seven-time Holmwood and Camperdown. Holmwood will start favourites after they scored a one-sided win over Titchfield High in the rural finals. Camperdown, on the other hand, were pushed to extra-time by St Hugh’s. Both coaches are upbeat going into today’s encounter. “We do not expect anything less than a victory,” Holmwood’s coach, Carlene Graham-Powell, said. She added: “Our girls play hard every time they take the court, and I expect another good game from them, and I have no doubt that they will be victorious today.” Goal shooter Tracyann Francis of Holmwood was outstanding in the rural senior final and will be a key player for Holmwood today. A majority of the Camperdown players have been playing together for the past five years and four have represented the country at the junior level. Coach Wayne Stewart thinks this is a plus for his team. “We did not see Holmwood on Tuesday … but our girls are ready for the occasion. They have played together for a number of years and have gelled well, and we are confident that Camperdown will win their first all-island title,” Stewart said. Goal shooter Idara McCarthy and goal attack Ramona Lawrence will be key players for Camperdown. Denbigh will be appearing in the junior final for a third straight final, and after losing back to back to Queen’s, they will be hoping to win against first-time finalists Gaynstead. “Our team is a very young one … but I expect them to win and make up for their disappointment in the past two years where they lost to Queen’s,” said Janice Walker, coach of Denbigh. Sports coordinator Derrick Brown of Gaynstead is also looking forward to a victory for his girls. “The girls are very confident and I have no doubt in my mind that they will win. As long as they stay focused and follow instructions, they should go all the way,” said Brown.
NIKITA MILLER will be a new captain when Jamaica take the field for their first match of the new-look regional four-day Digicel SportsMax WICB Professional League, which bowls off in two weeks. The left-arm spinner, who has represented the West Indies at various levels, has been named as a replacement captain for young Paul Palmer Jr., who has once again been stripped of the post. Palmer Jr was relieved of the position midway last season due to poor batting form, but was reinstated for the final few matches of the season. That is not the only negative against Palmer Jr., as he has also failed to make the squad for the team’s opening match-up away to defending champions Guyana Jaguars. The 14-member squad, which was announced yesterday by the national selectors, has once again seen the omission of out-of-favour West Indies representatives, wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh Jr and all-rounder David Bernard Jr. The experienced duo, following a string of poor performances, missed several matches last season. Also missing from the squad is another discarded West Indies batsman, Barbadian Kirk Edwards, who after being drafted as a regional overseas player last season, was dropped for the final set of matches due to poor performances. Edwards has since returned to his homeland with the hope of making the Barbados team this season. UNCAPPED PLAYER The squad, which has Antiguan Devon Thomas and young Guyanese opener Trevon Griffith as its mandatory two regional overseas players, features one uncapped player in fast bowling all-rounder, Derval Green. A former national Under-19 captain, Green has represented Jamaica in four List-A regional Super50 matches, but is yet to make his four-day debut. Jamaica, who has for the past three seasons struggled, having finished fourth, fifth and third, respectively, will this year be coached by Robert Samuels. The former West Indies opener has replaced longstanding coach, Junior Bennett, who has now been appointed chairman of selectors. Jamaica will open against the Leon Johnson-led Guyana next Friday at the Providence Stadium. Jamaica Scorpions squad – Nikita Miller (captain), John Campbell, Trevon Griffith, Devon Thomas, Jermaine Blackwood, Brandon King, Shacaya Thomas, Andre McCarthy, Chadwick Walton, Damion Jacobs, Derval Green, Marquino Mindley and Jason Dawes. Fitness trainer David Bernard Sr, physiotherapist Matthew Parchment.
Steadfast on improving on their performances from the last three seasons, Jamaica Scorpions should now be settling into Guyana ahead of their opening fixture of the new-look first-class WICB Professional League. The Robert Samuels-coached unit, who opens on Friday against two-time defending champions Guyana Jaguars at Providence Stadium, last season finished third. This represented an improvement on their fifth place finish the previous season and fourth position placing in 2013-14. The team in 2011-2012 claimed an unprecedented fifth straight hold on the title, which is competed for by six regional territories. ”I would love to win the tournament yes, but just taking over the team … I am just looking for us to improve our standings over the previous two seasons,” stated Samuels, prior to the team’s departure yesterday. According the former West Indies opening batsman, who has taken over the team from the long-standing Junior Bennett, one of his priorities as well this season, will be to change what he deems as an emerging problematic team culture. He said over the past three seasons with senior players being replaced at a high rate with juniors there has been a lost in team chemistry, something he wishes to change. ”Because the transition that we have been going through we basically have a broken team,” he said. ”Success for me, therefore, is putting out a ‘team’ out there on the park, and, two, moving up the ladder and finishing in the top two.” Samuels, whose was last season the team’s assistant coach, and will see left-arm spinner, Nikita Miller, leading the team at the four-day level for the first time, is also optimistic about the team’s chances, particularly given their pre-season preparations. ”We started preparation from the first of September,” he said. ”We did some technical work out in the middle then some technical work in the nets, and then moved from the technical works to the net sessions. ”We thereafter moved into some two-day and three-day practice games whereby despite the some bad weather at times, we were able to get in some good cricket.” Jamaica Scorpions squad: Nikita Miller (captain), John Campbell, Trevon Griffith, Devon Thomas, Jermaine Blackwood, Brandon King, Shacaya Thomas, Andre McCarthy, Chadwick Walton, Damion Jacobs, Derval Green, Marquino Mindley and Jason Dawes.
Premier League may allow standing LONDON (AP): The Premier League will assess the safety and viability of allowing fans to stand at games. It would require a change to the law mandating all-seater stadiums that was introduced after the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, when 96 Liverpool fans were crushed to death in an overcrowded standing area of the stadium in Sheffield. So-called ‘safe-standing’ has been introduced in Scotland where seats can be flipped up and locked in place, providing space to stand behind a waist-high rail. The Premier League was asked by its clubs at a meeting yesterday to explore safety, technical and legal issues around safe-standing. West Ham co-owner David Gold says it’s a “difficult subject” and there’s “so much to be done”. But Gold added that “we probably took the first step” toward safe-standing. FA rebukes Rooney LONDON (AP): Wayne Rooney has faced a highly unusual public rebuke from the England leadership over his late-night revelry at the team hotel between matches. The English Football Association (FA) believes Rooney wasn’t living up to his responsibilities as captain of the national team after being pictured on Saturday night bleary-eyed at a wedding reception being staged at the hotel. Although the 31-year-old striker was off-duty at the time, the FA is unhappy with the conduct of the team’s figurehead. “Obviously, it’s disappointing,” FA Chief Executive Martin Glenn said Thursday outside a meeting of Premier League team executives in London. “I think it’s appropriate that he apologised because it doesn’t set a great tone for the England captain.” England, Scotland face FIFA probe ZURICH (AP): FIFA says it opened disciplinary cases against England and Scotland after players from both teams wore armbands with poppy emblems at a World Cup qualifying match. FIFA did not specify details of the cases, nor would it “speculate on any outcome or provide an estimated timeline”. The laws of football prohibit religious, political or personal statements at national team matches. The English and Scottish federations said before the November 11 match at Wembley Stadium, they were prepared to face the consequences of defying FIFA rules. Both federations face being fined.
MIAMI (AP): There was only one quarter in which Miami figured out how to slow down Detroit. That was enough for the Heat. Goran Dragic scored 23 points, Wayne Ellington added 19 and the Heat pushed the NBA’s longest current winning streak to seven games by topping the Pistons 116-103. The Heat outscored Detroit 26-12 in the fourth quarter, holding the Pistons to 30 per cent shooting. “Our toughest, most physical, most committed minutes were there at the end,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “That’s what’s good to see.” James Johnson scored 18 and Dion Waiters added 17 for the Heat, who tied a season high with 14 3-pointers. Ellington made three in a span of less than two minutes of the fourth quarter as Miami pulled away. Miami was 11-30 at the midway point of their season – and hasn’t lost since. Only Golden State, San Antonio and Houston have put together longer winning streaks this season than the Heat’s run of late. “We are clicking on all cylinders,” Waiters said. “We’re playing together, having fun, and guys are making plays. We’re just playing the right way. We’re healthy and it’s fun.” Reggie Jackson scored 24 for Detroit, which got 17 points and 20 rebounds from Andre Drummond. Tobias Harris added 16 points and Marcus Morris scored 14. TERRIBLE DOWN THE STRETCH “Down the stretch we were terrible. Terrible,” Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said. “We didn’t make plays. We’ve got to find better stuff down the stretch. … I don’t know if defences have us figured out or what, but we’re just not making plays.” Ellington’s first in that late trio of 3s came with 4:38 left, giving the Heat a nine-point lead. He struck again about a minute later, and the last of those with 2:55 remaining put Miami up 114-101. Miami won despite getting outscored 62-40 in the paint. The Heat more than made up for that by outscoring Detroit 42-12 from 3-point range, and somehow looker fresher down the stretch – even though Miami was on a back-to-back and Detroit had not played since last Monday. The Heat will host Brooklyn tonight, the Nets’ only trip to Miami this season. The Heat won in Brooklyn on Wednesday.
There’s much to admire about Nike football boots these days: the looks, the beauty of the colouring and design, all fuelling the desire of aspiring footballers.However, there’s more to the boot than meets the eye. Say, for instance, if you’re the regular-sized baller who dribbles a lot, Nike’s specifications will not be the same for a player whose game is more akin to passing, or the usually sturdy fellow that stands in the centre of defence and largely on the full sole of his feet, generally playing the ball with the side of the boot.It’s all part of the technological innovations for comfort and enhancing one’s game, as explained by Pedro Boyd, Nike’s head of sports marketing and player sponsorship regionally; and Simone Jackson, the woman in charge of marketing at Locker Room Sports, a local carrier of the Nike brand.Boyd, along with Michael Bookbinder and Eliado Mitre, are members of a Panamanian-based Nike team that conducted the coaching exercises at the two-day Red Stripe Player Development Workshop Programme – in conjunction with the Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA) and its league sponsors Red Stripe – at the Barbican playing field.”Each shoe has different characteristics and each player has different characteristics, so we have four shoes that fit those characteristics,” explained Boyd, who is responsible for signing a number of top Reggae Boyz to the brand, including new rave Leon Bailey, who recently signed with German Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen.The Nike official further explained the other type of recently crafted top-of-the-line football shoes.MODELS OF SHOE”One is the Majista, which is like Iniesta’s shoes. This one is made for mainly control on the ball.”Then you have speed, which is Cristiano Ronaldo’s Mercurial. That’s another test we did,” Boyd continued, while listing the branding with their world-class signings. “Then we have the Tiempo, which is for more long passing, more feeling of the ball, more accuracy; and last but not least, we have the Hyper. This is a trial for Wayne Rooney’s shoes that is more for accuracy when shooting towards the goal.”One pair of each boot was handed over by Boyd as a gift for four of the Red Stripe Premier League players who participated in the drills at four stations, all designed for play suited to the boot’s specifications.Jackson expounded qualities of the brand and Locker Room’s role in educating its customers.”As Locker Room Sports takes part in this Nike camp, we are carriers of Nike and what we do is we offer quality boots.”The players need to learn the right boot for the right position that they play. Many a times, there is talent, but the tool that is being used is causing the talent to not come out as effectively as it can.”
REST DAY Middle-distance prospects like Cemore Donald of Edwin Allen Comprehensive High School and Akeen Colley of Rusea’s High School may enjoy changes made to the schedule of Boys and Girls’ Championships. That’s because a revision for the 2017 staging of Champs makes the 800/1500 metre combination slightly easier. Colley, Donald and their rivals no longer have to run twice on Champs Thursday. The new schedule puts the middle-distance runners on track for the 800 metres heats on Tuesday at 3:25 p.m., for the 1500 heats on Wednesday at 8:35 a.m., with the 800 semi-final s on Thursday at 3:45 p.m. The 1500m finals remain in its traditional Friday 6:25 p.m. slot and, likewise, the 800m finals start at 4:20 p.m. on Champs Saturday. Previously, this group got going on Wednesday with the preliminaries of the short race and with the 1500m heats and the 800m semis on Thursday. Those contesting only the 800m also have it easier. In the past, they would have to run their heats, semis and finals on days two, three and five. Now, they trek to the track on days one, three and five. With Jamaica struggling to make progress in events longer than 400 metres, this small change may help. Athletes doing the 1500 and 5000 metres have had their busiest day moved from Champs Thursday to Wednesday, with heats in both events. The boon is that they now have Thursday to rest before their respective finals on Friday and Saturday. The schedule for sprinters isn’t very different. However, the usual run for the 400 metre record books in the heats by Christopher Taylor will move from Champs Tuesday to Wednesday. In the new schedule, the 400 metre heats begin at 1:35 p.m. on Wednesday, with the 200 metre heats going the other way to Champs Tuesday at 6:10 p.m. – Hubert Lawrence has attended Champs since 1980.