Commonwealth Youth Games champion, Junelle Bromfield, will run her first 400-metre hurdles race of the 2016 season at this weekend’s Carifta trials.Bromfield has performed well in the 400 and 800 metres, but hasn’t yet contested a hurdles race. The St Elizabeth Technical High School standout is nevertheless optimistic.With ISSA Boys and Girls’ Championships just around the corner, the trials present a final opportunity for the World Youth Championship finalist to get some race preparation in time.”I’m planning to redeem myself from the disappointment in World Youth, so that’s the aim,” said Bromfield last week in reference to her seventh place finish at that meet in Cali, Colombia.”I’ve been working on my technique very much,” the Reynaldo Walcott-coached athlete offered. “I haven’t done any hurdles races this season, but you’ll see me in one very soon.”Asked whether this would be the trials, she answered, “Yes.”She has the fastest times by a Jamaican schoolgirl in the 400 52.43 seconds and the 800 metres two minutes 07.37 seconds. However, after stopping at the first hurdle in the heats at last year’s Boys and Girls’ Champs, she went on to great things.Bromfield set a personal best of 58.07 seconds at the National Junior Championships, with success at the Commonwealth Youth Games to follow.The fastest Jamaican junior in the event this year is Shannon Kalawan of Edwin Allen High. The diminutive Kalawan won the Central Championships title in 57.20 seconds.Bromfield, Kalawan and the rest of the nation’s best Under-20 athletes will compete for places on this year’s Carifta team at the National Stadium on March 5 and 6.
The 2015 Superstakes winner FRANFIELD produced a terrific stretch run to catch and beat the howling 2-5 favourite SEEKING MY DREAM in yesterday’s grade one feature for the Chairman’s Trophy over 1500 metres at Caymanas Park.FRANFIELD, running at odds of 4-1 with three-time champion jockey Dane Nelson, riding for trainer Richard Azan, won by 11/4 lengths from the Wayne DaCosta-trained SEEKING MY DREAM in a fast 1:31.0.It was FRANFIELD’S first race since December 5, when he finished fifth to SEEKING MY DREAM in the inaugural running of the $6.5 million Diamond Mile.UPPA TUNE (7-2) showed superior speed to lead comfortably from SEEKING MY DREAM and CAMPESINO, passing the half mile, at which stage FRANFIELD was taken off the pace to settle in fourth by Nelson.SEEKING MY DREAM, ridden by Omar Walker, disposed of the American-bred horse UPPA TUNE on entering the straight, but although looking the likely winner when two lengths clear of CAMPESINO a furlong out, proved no match for the fast-finishing FRANFIELD in the last 100 metres.Azan, who co-owns FRANFIELD with champion owners the Elite Bloodstock Limited, was elated to win in this quality field following a three-month layoff.”He had been working very well for the race and, racing from the convenient mark of 52.5kg, I thought his chances were as good as any.”As it turned out, Nelson rode a perfect race from off the pace, and with this victory, Franfield should impact on the big grade one races this season with a view of winning a second Superstakes in November,” he said.In-form jockey Aaron Chatrie highlighted the 10-race programme with three winners, while Wayne DaCosta and Gary Subratie shared the training honours with two each. Next Saturday’s programme will feature the Guineas trials – the Prince Consort Stakes for 3-y-o colts and the Thornbird Stakes for the fillies, both over 1400 metres.
MUMBAI, India (AP):England pulled off their greatest World Twenty20 victory yesterday, beating South Africa by two wickets in the highest-ever run chase in the tournament’s history.Joe Root smashed 83 off 44 balls as England survived a very late scare to march to 230-8 in 19.4 overs after South Africa had posted 229-4 on the back of half-centuries from Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, and Quinton de Kock.England openers Jason Roy and Alex Hales had provided a roller-coaster start of 48 runs off just 15 deliveries, and Root motored along the chase by hitting six fours and four sixes against wayward South African bowling.”It’s just nice to contribute to a game of cricket,” Root said. “Be sensible, play smart cricket … and the guys were so calm under pressure.”England’s remarkable performance in the Group One match puts them only second behind West Indies’ highest-ever successful run chase in all Twenty20 Internationals when they made 236-6 against South Africa at Johannesburg last year.South Africa seamers were guilty of giving away 20 extra runs from wide deliveries to help England’s cause.Root combined in a match-winning 75-run fifth wicket stand with Jos Buttler (21) off 36 balls as England rebounded in style after being thumped by the West Indies in the opening group match two days ago.Root was brilliantly caught in the deep off Kagiso Rabada’s full toss delivery in the 19th over, but by that time, England required only 11 off 10 deliveries.With the scores tied, England lost two wickets in the first two balls of the 20th over before Moeen Ali drove to mid-off to complete England’s first win in the tournament.UNCHASEABLESCORE”We’ve all played long enough to know that no score is unchaseable,” South Africa captain Faf du Plessis said. “We said we needed to start with intensity and didn’t do that … the execution of our extras, it makes it very tough because you are always under the pump.”Earlier, Amla blazed 58 off 31 deliveries and de Kock smashed 52 off 24 balls against the same England bowling attack, which was destroyed by West Indies’ Chris Gayle at the same Wankhede Stadium.Duminy joined in South Africa’s runfest with an unbeaten 54 off 28 balls with three fours and three sixes as none of the four England seamers could stem the flow of runs.England captain Eoin Morgan said his side had “to play out of our skin” to win the match. “But there’s a lot of talent in our team if we play with freedom.”
MONACO (AP):Standing in the way of a ninth Monte Carlo Masters title for Rafael Nadal is Frenchman GaÎl Monfils, an opponent the Spaniard has beaten every time they’ve met on clay and who has a dismal 5-18 record in finals.Nadal has waited two years to win a Masters title and four years to get his Monte Carlo crown back, so losing today would be a particularly bitter blow.Nadal beat Andy Murray 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 yesterday to earn a shot at a record-equalling 28th Masters title – with Novak Djokovic – and a 68th overall.”It’s been a very important week for me,” Nadal said. “I increased the speed of the ball and played a little bit more inside the court because Andy had control of the point too many times in the first set.”Monfils has lost the only two Masters finals he has played – both in Paris – the last of which was in 2010.”I expect an enormous match, a huge match. I need to try to have him play badly, or walk all over him,” said Monfils, who has lost 11 of 13 career matches against Nadal. “To beat him, I need to take many risks and I need to have some luck.”FRESHMONFILSAt least Monfils will be fresh, having eased past Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1, 6-3 in an all-French semi-final, breaking Tsonga’s serve six times in less than half the time Nadal spent turning the table on Murray.The last French player to win here was Cedric Pioline in 2000 – who was also the last French finalist – and Monfils is even more of an outsider considering he is 0-4 against Nadal on clay.The 29-year-olds first played each other 11 years ago and that was also at Monte Carlo – with Nadal beating Monfils in the second round – and their last meeting on clay was a quarter-final win for Nadal in Barcelona in 2011.For Murray, meanwhile, it was a missed opportunity to become the first British player in the final in 56 years and to beat Nadal for only the second time on clay – having routed him 6-3, 6-2 in the Madrid Masters final last year.”I missed some shots, but you have to take chances against the best players,” Murray said. “If you don’t do that, you’re going to lose anyway.”
Western Bureau:Clarendon College, held 0-0 by Edwin Allen High on Thursday, will face much tougher opposition in Lennon High in the ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup Group H top-of-the-table clash today.Knowing that a point will give them top honours in and qualification to the inter-zone round, the Paul Davis-coached team will be bent on returning to their free-scoring ways against rival who are also keen on qualifying.Lennon will be mindful of the four points gap that separates them from the reigning champions and will be hunting maximum points.Clarendon’s 14 points from six matches, including two draws, makes them favourites entering the fixture while Lennon have ten points from five matches having logged three wins, one loss and a draw so far.The race for qualification is much tighter in Group E, where last year’s beaten finalists, St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), are making life difficult for themselves with several sub-par performances including a 2-2 draw last time out against Maggotty.The Santa Cruz-based school (third in group with 12 points), trails both Lacovia and Munro (tied for first) on 13 points and cannot afford another slip up if they are to move into the second round.The clash between STETHS and Munro should be hot. When they last met, STETHS prevailed 1-0 at Alpart and now playing at home are expected to dominate.Overall, nine teams, depending on results could qualify for the inter-zone round after today’s matches.Today’s matchesSt James vs Cornwall CollegeMerlene Ottey vs Rusea’sHerbert Morrison vs Spot ValleyWilliam Knibb vs MuschettGodfrey Stewart vs Little LondonSTETHS vs MunroMaggotty vs NewellBB Coke vs LacoviaManchester vs Mile GullyWinston Jones vs DeCarteretCross Keys vs BelairSpalding vs BellefieldHolmwood vs KnoxAlston vs ChristianaLennon vs Clarendon CollegeKellits vs Edwin AllenMarcus Garvey vs York CastleBrowns Town vs Ocho RiosBrimmervale vs Annotto BayTacky vs St Mary TechIslington vs St. Mary HighCharlemont vs EwartonTacius Golding vs McGrathBog Walk vs DinthillTitchfield vs Port AntonioFair Prospect vs Buff BayGlenmuir vs Garvey MaceoDenbigh vs PorusOld Harbour vs Foga RoadKemps Hill vs Vere TechPaul Bogle vs SeaforthMorant Bay vs St. Thomas TechMatches kick off at 3:30 p.m.
Sunshine Girls goal shooter, Jhaniele Fowler-Reid, will leave the island on Sunday for her fourth appearance in the ANZ Netball Championships. The 29 year-old Fowler-Reid will appear once again for the New Zealand-based team, Southern Steel. Fowler Reid is expecting another exciting season. “I am looking forward to an exciting year, as it will be a new coach and new management, so I know it is going to be a lot of fun, and I know I will do very well”, said Fowler-Reid. Some of the top netballers in the world, including Jamaica’s Romelda Aiken, who is a member of the Queensland Firebirds, are playing in the ANZ Championships. “It is good once again to team up with some of the top players in the world. It is very challenging but I do enjoy it,” said Fowler-Reid. Playing in the recent intercollegiate league for The Mico University College helped her to prepare for the tough ANZ Championships. “I had some good competition playing in the intercollegiate league. This has helped to get me in a proper frame of mind to go back on court and get into some rigorous training,” she said.
Jamalco will represent the South Central Confederation in the Red Stripe Premier League play-offs for the second time in three seasons after scoring a 2-0 win over St Elizabeth’s St Bess in the South Central Confed final at Brooks Park yesterday.Dwayne Dunk headed the Clarendon side in front after 57 minutes, and Rohan Daley sealed the win with a fine team goal in the 71st minute.Jamalco coach Rayon Johnson could hardly contain his excitement after the final whistle, and expects his team to give a stronger showing in the play-offs this time.”We have been having ups and downs throughout the season, so this win is something to be happy about and we are really excited about it,” he said.St Bess were the better team in the first half, but only had themselves to blame for not scoring as they wasted at least three easy scoring chances.Jamalco came into their own towards the end of the first half and, after the break, they continued to look more dangerous. Twelve minutes into the second half, they went in front when Dunk stabbed home a header from six yards after a free-kick was awarded just outside the St Bess goal area.Jamalco continued to have the better of the game, and 14 minutes later, they added a second goal following a swift counter-attack, which was finished off by Daley, who fired a low shot under David Jamieson in the St Bess goal.DESPERATE ATTEMPTSt Bess made a desperate attempt to get themselves back in the game later on, but could not break down a well organised Jamalco defence, despite creating a few half chances.St Bess coach Oneil Thomas said that his players chose the wrong game not to show up.”Today, nobody showed up to play, and it’s the wrong time we chose to do that, but some of it is down to the discipline on the field … and the next team wanted it more than us,” he said.Meanwhile, Johnson is more hopeful of their chances in the play-offs this time.”Everybody will play for a spot in the Premier League. We are all on an even basis now,” he said. “So we just have to go and play our game. Those teams are prepared for us and we just have to do what we have to do and try and get the points.”
NEW DELHI, (AP):India fell short in the last over as New Zealand won the second one-day international yesterday by six runs to level the five-match series at 1-1.Chasing 243 to win, India were bowled out for 236 in 49.3 overs with Kedar Jadhav scoring 41, including two fours and two sixes. MS Dhoni struck 39.Earlier, Kane Williamson scored his eighth ODI century as New Zealand finished on 242 for nine. Williamson hit 118 off 128 balls, with 14 fours and a six, after the Black Caps had been put into bat.India made a sedate start in its run chase when Rohit Sharma (15) and Ajinkya Rahane (28) put on 21 runs off 7.1 overs for the first wicket. Sharma had tried to increase the scoring rate and perished in the process, caught behind off Trent Boult, who finished with 2-25.Virat Kohli had a rare failure as he too was caught behind for nine, while trying to play a leg glance off Mitchell Santner. Rahane was then deemed out, caught at square leg off Tim Southee. The decision appeared controversial as replays suggested that the ball might have bounced before Corey Anderson caught it. However, the third umpire didn’t have sufficient evidence to overturn the onfield decision. Southee ended on three for 52.LEFT STRUGGLINGIndia were left struggling at 72 for three and then Manish Pandey (19) was run out while going for a tight second run, leaving the hosts reeling further at 73-4.Dhoni and Jadhav came to the rescue by adding 66 runs for the fifth wicket.The partnership revived the Indian innings but Jadhav’s 37-ball stay ended when he was caught behind off Matt Henry just as the match seemed to be turning.Dhoni put on 33 runs with Axar Patel (17). The match turned decisively when Southee pulled off a stunning reflex return catch off Dhoni in the 40th over. Patel fell shortly after, caught in the deep off Guptill, who finished with two for six.Guptill struck twice in that 41st over as Amit Mishra holed out off a skier as India collapsed from 172-6.A surprising 49-run partnership off 48 balls for the ninth wicket between Hardik Pandya (36) and Umesh Yadav (18 not out) provided a thrilling twist.Pandya holed out off Boult with a miscued shot in the penultimate over. With 10 runs needed off the last six balls, Southee bowled Jasprit Bumrah to seal a tight win with three balls to spare.India won the first ODI by six wickets.The third ODI is in Mohali on Sunday.
OAKLAND, California (AP): San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard scored a career-high 35 points as the Spurs emphatically spoiled Kevin Durant’s long-awaited Golden State debut on Tuesday night with a 129-100 rout that sent Warriors fans for the exits early on the team’s opening night. Cleveland, who defeated the Warriors in last year’s NBA Finals, looked more assured in their opening game, sweeping past New York on a night the Cavaliers raised last season’s championship banner. Durant had 27 points and 10 rebounds, but little looked in sync for MVP Stephen Curry and the reigning Western Conference champions in a forgettable first game and quite a different one after the Warriors dominated at home and came out of the blocks last season with a record 24-0 start. Leonard scored 31 points by the end of the third, while LaMarcus Aldridge added 26 points and 14 rebounds for the Spurs. Curry, last season’s first unanimous MVP, scored 26 points, but was just three for 10 from three-point range. Cleveland’s LeBron James had his 43rd career triple-double to power the Cavaliers past New York 117-88. James scored 19 points and added 11 rebounds and 14 assists in front of a raucous home crowd that was on its feet from the pre-game ceremony until late in the game, celebrating the city’s first championship in 52 years. Kyrie Irving scored 29 points, including 19 in the third quarter when Cleveland went on a 20-4 run that rapidly ended the Knicks’ hopes of an upset. Carmelo Anthony led New York with 19 points. Portland extended their run of winning home openers to 16 straight seasons as Damian Lillard scored 39 points to lead the Trail Blazers to a 113-104 victory against Utah.
“I got caught up in the moment and could have handled it differently,” he said in a text message. “I apologize, and will do so to him (Black), personally.”End of the drama. Now back to the action on the floor.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next He also owned up to the task of failing to provide the finishing kick for the Kings in that wild ending to Game 3.“I feel that it was my responsibility, because I am the leader on the floor,” Tenorio said. “We expected them (Bolts) to come out and play desperate basketball, which is what happened.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe 5-foot-8 guard doesn’t want to see another Meralco victory in their 7 p.m. showdown because he has already experienced first hand what it feels blowing a 2-0 lead and eventually losing the championship.“That was in my rookie year, while playing for San Miguel,” Tenorio said. “I was very happy that we were already leading (2-0) before Ginebra won the last four games. I was devastated (then), and I don’t want that to happen again.” Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe drama was over even before it could gather ground and Barangay Ginebra’s LA Tenorio was quick to point out at what the task at hand is all about.“Like how we treated (the last game), this should be a do-or-die game for us,” the cat-quick, heady floor leader of the Gin Kings said, referring to Game 4 of their PBA Governors’ Cup Finals against Meralco slated Friday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Beast mode’ Maraño named league ambassador Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ “That’s why this (Game 4) should be do-or-die for us,” he went on. “Actually, I told (my teammates) that (the last game) was already do-or-die. We cannot afford to give them (Bolts) the confidence.”Meralco already has that now, especially after Allen Durham tore the Ginebra defense to shreds when it mattered in Game 3.The Bolts, though, will be without Ranidel de Ocampo, who tore a left calf muscle in the first quarter of Game 3.It was an endgame that upset Cone and he reacted quite unexpectedly to a timeout called by counterpart Norman Black with 38 seconds left and the outcome already beyond doubt.Cone refused to shake the hand of his fellow Grand Slam champion and did not talk to reporters later on. He issued an apology and said that “there is no one in the PBA I respect more than Norman Black.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments