ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC): No room has been found for all-rounders Shaquana Quintyne and Shemaine Campbelle in a 13-member West Indies Women’s squad announced on Saturday for the one-day international (ODI) series against Pakistan starting later this month. The 19-year-old Quintyne, who captained Barbados to the regional 50-overs tournament in August, is one of five players failing to make the final cut, along with Campbelle, Chedean Nation, Karishma Ramharack and Vanessa Watts. Selectors had called up 18 players to the ongoing camp in St Lucia, which began last month. A leg-spinner and a capable right-handed batter, Quintyne has taken 26 wickets in 29 ODIs and 31 wickets from 33 Twenty20s, but has not suited up for West Indies in nearly a year. During the regional tournament, however, she was good enough to average 46, while taking four wickets. The 22-year-old Campbelle, meanwhile, is a seasoned campaigner, having played 61 ODIs and 68 T20s, since making her debut six years ago. She has a century – 105 against Sri Lanka two years ago – and has taken 21 wickets with her medium pace. The squad, which is led by new captain Stafanie Taylor, includes former skipper Merissa Aguilleira along with twins, Kycia and Kyshona Knight. The players will remain in camp, which started earlier this month in St Lucia, before facing Pakistan in the first of four day/night ODIs next Friday at the Beausejour Cricket Stadium. West Indies will also take on the Pakistanis in three T20s in Grenada, starting October 29. SQUAD: Stafanie Taylor (captain), Shakera Selman (vice-captain), Merissa Aguilleira, Shamilia Connell, Britney Cooper, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Stacy-Ann King, Kycia Knight, Kyshona Knight, Hayley Matthews, Anisa Mohammed, Tremayne Smartt.
Defending FLOW Super Cup champions Jamaica College (JC) will get their title defence under way against Vere Technical in a jam-packed opening weekend, spanning three venues and eight games.JC, which earlier this week suffered a penalty shoot-out loss to Wolmer’s Boys in the ISSA-FLOW Walker Cup competition, will be looking to ensure that they take better care of one of the three titles that they won last season along with the Manning Cup and Olivier Shield competitions, and will face a motivated Vere Technical at the National Stadium tomorrow at 6 p.m.That game will be preceded by Walker Cup semi-finalists St Jago’s showdown with St Elizabeth’s Lacovia High.DaCosta Cup champions Clarendon College were eliminated on penalties by last year’s beaten FLOW Super Cup finalists Holy Trinity in the first round of the competition and they will be desperate to have a bigger impact in the competition this year, when they play Hydel in the first of three games at Sabina Park at 2 p.m.Also at Sabina Park, Walker Cup finalists Wolmer’s Boys – semi-finalists last year – will play Port Antonio High at 4 p.m. with St George’s College, who also booked their spot in the Walker Cup final, will take their first stride in the tournament when they play Petersfield in the curtain-closer at 6 p.m.At Catherine Hall in Montego Bay, Glenmuir High will play Kingston College in the first of three games with a 2 p.m. kick-off, with St Elizabeth Technical facing Charlie Smith at 4 p.m. and local team St James High welcoming Excelsior High at 6 p.m.contested by 16 teamsThe second instalment of the FLOW Super Cup is being contested by 16 teams – eight each from the Manning and daCosta Cup competitions, with a $1-million jackpot and a new Italian-crafted trophy awaiting the eventual winners.Each team will get $25,000 for contesting the first round, and an additional $50,000 for advancing to the quarter-finals, with the four semi-finalists each set to receive another $100,000.Each finalist will be paid $200,000, with the winners pocketing a further $625,000 for a total cash prize of $1 million.The draw for this year’s FLOW Super Cup took place at the Creative Production and Training Centre yesterday.
Jamaica’s Under-20 female footballers missed out on qualifying for the semi-finals of the CONCACAF Under-20 women championships despite slamming regional rivals, Trinidad and Tobago 6-1 in their final Group A game yesterday.The young Reggae Girlz needed group winners Canada to beat hosts Honduras by at least four clear goals to go through as second place qualifiers, as only the top two teams from the two groups advance to the last four.However, that game between Canada and Honduras ended 2-0 win for the Canadians and as a result the Hondurans secured second place from the group with four points, the same as Jamaica, but with a better goal difference than the Reggae Girlz.Oshay Nelson-Lawes netted a tournament equalling record for the most goals scored in a single match after finding the net four times in the Reggae Girlz’s victory. Khadija Shaw and Chanel Hudson-Marks got the other goals for Jamaica. Tsaianne Leander scored Trinidad’s lone goal.Canada ended the group with maximum nine points, while Trinidad and Tobago finished at the bottom without a point. The top three teams from the CONCACAF championship will qualify for the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup.- L.S.
Paul Palmer Jr will lead the Jamaica Scorpions four-day team for the final two matches of the WICB Professional League.The 24-year-old opener was dropped during the Scorpions? last two matches against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force and Barbados Pride at Sabina Park following a poor run of form with the bat.No official reason has been given for Palmer?s return. In his absence, the team was led by John Campbell, who is now the vice-captain. In 12 outings this season, Palmer has only passed 50 on one occasion.The recalled skipper is one of three new faces to the Scorpions 13-man squad for matches away to the Windward Islands Volcanoes and title-contenders Guyana Jaguars.The others are Jermaine Blackwood, who missed the last fixture against Barbados due to a minor shoulder injury, and uncapped wicketkeeper Aldaine Thomas.REPLACEMENTSThe trio has replaced young batsmen Brandon King; Trevon Griffith, who was 12th man in the last match; and wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton.Jamaica, boasting a record of five losses and three wins, are fourth in the six-team tournament on 63 points.Guyana, 125, lead the standings, with Barbados, 106, and Trinidad, 74, rounding off the top three.Jamaica Scorpions squad: Paul Palmer Jr (captain), John Campbell (vice-captain), Shacaya Thomas, Kirk Edwards, André McCarthy, Devon Thomas, Jermaine Blackwood, Aldaine Thomas, Nikita Miller, Damion Jacobs, Jason Dawes, Nicholson Gordon, Gavon Brown.
The 2016 renewal of the Jamaica National Building Society (JN) Foundation Heroes in Action Run/Walk will take place on Sunday in Falmouth, Trelawny.Usain Bolt, who, through the Usain Bolt Foundation, was a partner of the inaugural staging of the event in 2015, has again thrown his weight behind the event.”I am a solid supporter of initiatives that benefit and empower the people of my hometown, and I am particularly pleased that this event has at its heart causes that support organisations that work to protect our children and provide needed services in Trelawny,” Bolt said recently.This year, the event, which has been divided into a 4K Fun Run/Walk and an 8K Run, hopes to raise funds for the Victim Services Division of Trelawny and provide additional funds to last year’s refurbishment project at the Granville Place of Safety for Girls, which is also based in the parish.HELPING WITH INTERVENTIONFunds raised will enable the Victim Services Division to acquire materials to support play therapy and art therapy, as well as the design and delivery of group-therapy interventions, benefitting young people in the parish. The completion of a multipurpose resource centre for wards at the Granville Place of Safety for Girls will also be supported.The run is being organised with technical support from the team at Running Events Limited and will take runners on a course through the streets of the historic town of Falmouth.The 8K is designed to target sprint enthusiasts with a strong desire for competition, while the 4K Fun Run will be geared at engaging families and individuals, with various challenge stations, along with a historical aspect to educate participants about Falmouth while en route.
Jamaica’s first-ever male Olympic diver, Yona Knight-Wisdom, feels that winning the People’s Choice Performance of the Year award at next month’s RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the year award ceremony would bring a perfect end to what he calls one of the best years of his life. The 21-year-old, who became Jamaica’s first male diver to compete in the Olympic Games, came close to making it all the way to the 3m springboard final in Rio, finishing two places outside of the qualifying spots after a strong preliminary-round showing that sent him splashing into the semi-finals. “It was an amazing experience in Rio, and to be a part of the most successful Jamaican team that ever went to the Olympics is something I can look back on very very proudly. I will always have that as part of my life. (It is the) best year of my life, and to be recognised for that category this year is really fantastic,” he said of the People’s Choice award nomination. The prestigious annual awards ceremony is slated for January 13 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. Knight-Wisdom’s series of dives will be going against stellar Olympic and international performers like Alia Atkinson and Elaine Thompson in the popular category. Other performers include Calabar High’s 400m star Christopher Taylor and local footballer Michael Binns. “I was looking through some of the other competitors, and Elaine Thompson, who is up there, did fantastically to win gold in Rio. Her performance and Alia’s are truly phenomenal,” said the diver. Knight-Wisdom is the second Jamaican diver to the Olympics. Retired Olympian Betsy Sullivan made it to the 1972 Munich Games, placing 29th in the first round. “I would have it no other way, and I am so happy I made it through, representing Jamaica, and I thank everyone for their support, and I would love to do it over again in four years,” he told The Gleaner. Knight-Wisdom finished his semi-final with 381.40 points after scoring 75, 48, 45.90, 63, 72, and 77.50 on his six attempts. STELLAR PERFORMERS
Juventus lift Italian Cup ROME (AP): Juventus secured the first title of a possible treble by winning the Italian Cup with an authoritative 2-0 victory over Lazio in the final yesterday. Dani Alves gave Juventus an early lead in the first half with a volley, following a long cross from Alex Sandro. Then Leonardo Bonucci was left unmarked to tap in following a corner in the 25th minute. Juventus can clinch the title this weekend, before facing Real Madrid in the Champions League final on June 3. The Bianconeri became the first club to win three straight Italian Cups and brought their record title collection to 12 in the competition. Huddersfield one win away from EPL SHEFFIELD, England (AP): Huddersfield are one victory away from a place in England’s top division for the first time in 45 years after advancing to the second-tier League Championship play-off final yesterday. The team, managed by Germany-born American coach David Wagner, beat Sheffield Wednesday 4-3 in a penalty shoot-out, after the two-legged semi-final match finished 1-1 on aggregate. Huddersfield will play Reading in the play-off final at Wembley Stadium on May 29. Huddersfield, the English champions each year from 1924-26, were last in the top flight in 1972. Reading were demoted from the Premier League after the 2012-13 season. Man United draw again SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP): Sergio Romero showed Manchester United will be in safe hands in the Europa League final by saving an early penalty and producing many other great stops in a 0-0 draw at Southampton in the Premier League yesterday. Filling in for the rested David de Gea, the Argentina goalkeeper tipped aside Manolo Gabbiadini’s sixth-minute spot kick that was awarded for a handball against Eric Bailly, even though video replays the contact was outside the area. Romero was busy early in the second half as he preserved his clean sheet for United, which fielded a slew of fringe players. Monaco win French league title PARIS (AP): Monaco sealed their first French title since 2000 and eighth overall yesterday after goals from teenage striker Kylian Mbappe and Valere Germain secured a 2-0 win over Saint-Etienne. With one match left to play this weekend, Monaco have an unassailable six-point lead over second-place Paris Saint-Germain, the defending champions. Despite losing to Juventus in the Champions League semi-finals, Monaco have thrilled Europe with their attacking football, scoring 155 goals in all competitions and reaching 104 in the league, two more than PSG’s league tally last year. Led by the strike duo of Radamel Falcao and rising star Mbappe, Monaco averaged nearly three goals per game this season to end PSG’s four-year dominance. Unbeaten in the league in 2017, Monaco have also scored in their last 31 league games, a new record during a single season.
787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Biado, runner up in the 2015 WPA 10-Ball World Championship, pocketed his biggest achievement yet after giving the country something to be proud of in the prestigious global competition of non-Olympic sports.He overshadowed the feat of Dennis Orcollo, who brought home the first medal from the Games by ending up with the bronze in men’s 9-ball during the 2014 edition in Cali, Columbia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’In the semifinals, Biado downed Japan’s Oi Naoyuki, 11-7, to arrange the finale with Shaw, an 11-6 winner over Taipei’s Ko Pin-Yi in the other semis pairing.While Orcollo celebrated the achievement, Chezka Centeno tumbled out of the medal podium following a 9-3 defeat at the hands of China’s Han Yu during their playoff for the bronze. LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur LATEST STORIES Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View comments Cue artist Carlo Biado struck the first gold medal for the Philippines in the history of the World Games.The 33-year-old ruled the 9-ball men’s pool finals Saturday at the expense of Great Britain’s Jayson Shaw, 11-7, in the ongoing quadrennial World Games in Wroclaw, Poland.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The 18-year-old from Zamboanga City who won the women’s 9-ball gold in the 2015 World Games held in Shanghai, China dropped a 6-9 decision to China’s Chen Siming earlier in the semifinals.Biado, who briefly ranked No.1 in the world two years ago, and the seventh-ranked Centeno formed part of the eight players from Asia who made it to the world games based on their world rankings.Both of them are the hot favorites to retain their 9-ball pool titles as the 11-man national billiard squad competes in the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur on Aug. 19-30.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t compare me to Spitz and Phelps, says history man Dressel
McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans A PSG fan holds a PSG yellow away jersey, marked with the number 10 and the name of Brazilian star Neymar, after he purchased it from the Paris-Saint-Germain (PSG) football club store on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris on August 4, 2017.Brazilian superstar Neymar was expected in the French capital early Friday, promising to bring glory to Paris Saint-Germain after signing a world record transfer deal with the ambitious Qatari-owned club. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE LOPEZBrazilian superstar Neymar was expected in the French capital early Friday, promising to bring glory to Paris Saint-Germain after signing a world record transfer deal with the ambitious Qatari-owned club.The 25-year-old forward doubled the previous record fee with his 222 million euro ($264 million) move from Barcelona and will earn a reported 30 million euros ($35.5 million) a year under the new deal.ADVERTISEMENT Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES Neymar’s Brazilian international teammate Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele have both been linked.There is also scepticism at the role played by PSG’s owners Oryx Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) at a time of political crisis for the energy-rich state which has been boycotted by its Gulf neighbours in recent months and will play host to the World Cup in 2022.Spanish newspaper El Mundo described the move as a “state signing.”Spain’s La Liga initially refused to accept payment for Neymar’s buyout clause in a bid to stall the move over allegations of transfer irregularities, but Neymar’s ex-teammates wished him well.“My friend I wish you the best in everything that comes!!!” Luis Suarez posted on Instagram alongside a picture of the two hugging.“Also thank you for your support, for everything that I learned with you and for the unique moments that we spent together!!!! Keep like this and never change love you little bro.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The transfer is more than double the previous world record set by Manchester United’s capture of Paul Pogba from Juventus last year for 105 million euros, leaving many commentators aghast at the rampant inflation in football transfer fees.Leading coaches such as Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger and Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho lamented that the move could cause even greater inflation in transfer fees and player wages.“It also looks like the inflation is accelerating,” said Wenger, whose 21 years at Arsenal have been characterized by prudent spending.“It’s beyond calculation and beyond rationality.”‘A state signing’However, in the French capital there is huge excitement at PSG having landed a star name to finally make them feared among European football’s elite with even French president Emmanuel Macron enthused.“It adds attractiveness. Yes, it’s good news,” said Macron.“Paris at his feet”, splashed Le Parisien as Neymar dominated the French front pages Friday.“A king comes to Paris,” crowed L’Equipe newspaper.The mood is understandably more sombre in Barcelona where attention has turned to who the Catalans can sign to replace Neymar in the month before the transfer window closes. LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube “I am extremely happy to join Paris Saint-Germain,” Neymar said late Thursday.“Since I arrived in Europe, the club has always been one of the most competitive and most ambitious. And the biggest challenge, what most motivated me to join my new teammates is to help the club to conquer the titles that their fans want. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“Paris Saint-Germain’s ambition attracted me to the club, along with the passion and the energy this brings. I played four seasons in Europe and I feel ready to take the challenge. “From today, I will do everything I can to help my new teammates, to open up new horizons for my club and to bring happiness to its millions of supporters around the world.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ NBA MVP Curry fires respectable 74 in pro golf debut PSG said that Neymar will appear at a press conference at the club’s Parc des Princes at 1130GMT on Friday.He will then be presented to fans at the same ground at 1345GMT on Saturday before the season-opening Ligue 1 fixture against promoted Amiens.PSG wasted no time in pressing Neymar’s commercial value by announcing that shirts bearing his name will be on sale Friday at the club’s megastore on the city’s iconic Champs Elysees.Football legend Pele congratulated Neymar on his move, telling his successor in the famed Brazilian number 10 shirt: “Good luck for your new challenge”.“Paris is a beautiful city and one of my favorites in the world,” three-time World Cup winner Pele wrote on Twitter.ADVERTISEMENT View comments