PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Captain of Barbados Tridents, Kieron Pollard, says his team lost the Caribbean Premier League title because of inconsistency at the back end of tournament.In the final at the Queen’s Park Oval on Sunday, Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel dethroned Barbados Tridents with a clinical all-round performance to win by 20 runs.”It was a good season,” declared Pollard.”It was a bit up and down in the back end, but it is T20 cricket and the Red Steel had momentum coming down to the back end of the tournament, and they ran with it.”Opting to bat first, Red Steel were propelled by Pakistani Kamran Akmal, who top-scored with 60, while South African opener Cameron Delport hit 50 – the pair putting on 102 for the second wicket.In reply, the Tridents fell from a good position of 82 for one as the run rate climbed leaving them needing 26 off the last over.”I just thought with our bowling effort, we wantedto restrict them to around150-160. Their final score of 178, I think, was 20 runs too much, but having said that, we had a brilliant start,” said the Tridents’ skipper.”We got 60-odd in the first ten overs, but I think we lost it in the back ten. One of the guys from the top order needed to bat all the way through to the end and we did not have that, and we paid the price in the end.”The Red Steel were almost unstoppable at home, winning six of seven at the Queen’s Park Oval and six of their last eight matches overall to clinch the CPL title for the first time.
LIVERPOOL (AP): Pedro Rodriguez was signed by Chelsea to inject some life into the English champions after their lacklustre start to the season. He took 30 minutes to do just that. The Spain forward scored one goal and set up another in his first half-hour of Premier League football, setting Chelsea on its way to a 3-2 win over West Bromwich Albion and a first victory of its title defence. “How many top players come to England and don’t perform immediately,” Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said of Pedro, who joined for $33 million from Barcelona. “People ask if he is the right player, can he adapt? … It’s very nice for him to perform the way he did.” Crisis averted for Chelsea, which had opened with one point from two games, but there’s still a way to go to catch first-place Manchester City. City earned its third straight win this season – and a club record-equalling ninth victory in a row – by beating Everton 2-0, thanks to second-half goals by Aleksandar Kolarov and Samir Nasri. With eight goals scored and none conceded, it is an ominous start by a team looking for a third title in five seasons. “You see a team that are at their very, very best,” Everton manager Roberto Mancini said of City, “when they only need half a chance to hurt you. They are really enjoying their moment.” Liverpool is the only other team with a 100 per cent start, ahead of its match at Arsenal on Monday that wraps up the third round of games. Watford drew 0-0 with Southampton in yesterday’s other game. Rodriguez’s bright display overshadowed another tough afternoon for his new captain, John Terry. A week after getting substituted – for the first time in 177 matches under Mourinho – during a 3-0 loss at Man City, Terry was sent off against West Brom for a professional foul in the 54th minute when his side was 3-1 ahead. Chelsea conceded almost straight away but held on comfortably at The Hawthorns, restoring some order after drawing 2-2 at home to Swansea and getting overwhelmed by City. Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois saved James Morrison’s 14th-minute penalty before Rodriguez scored the opener in the 20th, trading passes with Eden Hazard and sending in a shot that deflected inside the near post. Ten minutes later, Rodriguez turned provider by driving in a cross-shot that was bundled in by a sliding Diego Costa at the far post. West Brom reduced the deficit through Morrison, only for Cesar Azpilicueta to restore Chelsea’s two-goal cushion by racing onto Costa’s lay-off and slotting in a low finish for his first Premier League goal. Spain internationals scored all of the visitors’ goals. City finished last season with six straight wins, perhaps keeping coach Manuel Pellegrini in a job, and has carried that run into this campaign after spending more than $150 million this summer. Raheem Sterling – signed for £49 million (US$76 million) – has added an extra dimension to City’s attack and is providing a different problem for opposition defences, which is allowing others like David Silva and Yaya Toure to shine. Silva and Sterling were involved in the build-up to Kolarov’s 60th-minute opener, with the left back charging upfield and running onto Sterling pass to beat American goalkeeper Tim Howard at his near post. Nasri exchanged a one-two with Toure before chipping Howard from close range for the second in the 88th. “What other teams think about our team is not our problem,” Pellegrini said when asked if City was making a statement to its rivals. “The important thing is to be a consistent team until the end.” enjoying their moment
Standing in the way at the moment is Venus. This will be the 27th all-Williams match over their long and successful careers, and Serena leads 15-11, including 8-5 at majors. Each has beaten the other twice at the US Open, with Venus winning the 2001 final and Serena the 2002 final. “It’s about, of course, forgetting that she’s playing Venus,” said Serena’s coach, Patrick Mouratoglou. Venus, at 35, the oldest woman in the tournament, was on court even less time than her sibling yesterday, overwhelming 19-year-old qualifier Anett Kontaveit of Estonia 6-2, 6-1 in 50 minutes. Venus, of course, knows full well the challenge that awaits tomorrow. “What else can you do, except try to win the point and hope she doesn’t hit an ace?” said Venus, who lost in the third round or earlier at each of the past four US Opens. The sisters’ mother, Oracene Price, said she wouldn’t attend the quarter-final. As for whether Venus will be in a tough spot – hoping to win, yet also well aware of what her sibling is pursuing – Price said: “I know it’s going to be hard, because I know (Venus) wants (Serena) to get it.” Serena acknowledged having a bout with the jitters before her second-round match, when she double-faulted 10 times and made another two dozen unforced errors against a qualifier ranked 110th. Afterward, she took pointers from Mouratoglou and went to the practice court right away. In the third round, against someone ranked 101st, Serena dropped the first set and was two games from defeat in the second before turning things around. Again, she put in more work to fix things. “I was like, ‘Serena, it’s now or never. You’ve got to get that serve together,'” she said after winning 22 of 28 first-serve points and never facing a break point against Keys. And what about heading back out for a training session with Mouratoglou? “No, not today,” Serena said. “I’m going to take the rest of the day off and relax, and just enjoy it.” 27TH ALL-WILLIAMS MATCH BOUCHARD’S WITHDRAWAL NEW YORK (AP): No need for any extra practice after this performance by Serena Williams. Plus, it’s not as if she needs to study too hard to figure out how to deal with her next opponent. Playing the best she has in the US Open as she chases a calendar-year Grand Slam, Williams set up a quarter-final against older sister Venus by making only six unforced errors in a 6-3, 6-3 victory over 19th-seeded Madison Keys yesterday. Looking ahead, No. 1 Serena described No. 23 Venus this way: “It’s like playing a mirror.” Serena took only 68 minutes to dismiss Keys, a 20-year-old American with formidable serves and forehands, who simply was outplayed. Already a winner of the past four major tournaments, including last year’s US Open, Serena is trying to become the first tennis player to win all four in the same season since Steffi Graf in 1988. Asked why it’s been so long since anyone else pulled off a true Grand Slam, Serena paused for effect, smiled and answered: “I don’t know why it took me so long.” Another women’s fourth-round match scheduled for Sunday was scratched when 25th-seeded Eugenie Bouchard withdrew with a concussion, two days after slipping and falling in the locker room. That allowed Roberta Vinci of Italy to advance to the quarter-finals against the winner of last night’s match between No. 13 Ekaterina Makarova and Kristina Mladenovic. In men’s action, 32nd-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy – who stunned Rafael Nadal in the third round – had his back and neck adjusted by a trainer and also tried using an inhaler during a 6-3, 7-6 (5), 6-1 loss to 18th-seeded Feliciano Lopez of Spain. Lopez now meets No. 1 Novak Djokovic or No. 23 Roberto Bautista Agut, who were scheduled to play last night. Defending champion Marin Cilic overcame a tweaked right ankle thanks in large part to 23 aces, returning to the quarter-finals by eliminating 27th-ranked Jeremy Chardy of France 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (2), 6-1. Cilic now faces 19th-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. In the pivotal third-set tiebreaker, Cilic hit four serves: 120 mph ace, 131 mph ace, 123 mph ace, 112 mph ace.
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC): Trinidad and Tobago coach, Stephen Hart, has warned his Soca Warriors about the danger St Vincent and the Grenadines will pose, when the two teams meet in the fourth round of CONCACAF 2018 World Cup qualifiers later this month. The Warriors will travel to Kingstown for the first leg on March 25 at the Arnos Vale Stadium before hosting the Vincentians four days later at the Hasely Crawford Stadium here. Hart said SVG were a dangerous side and T&T would have to be at the top of their game in order to earn a positive result. “I was quite impressed actually. They have some adventure going forward,” Hart said of the SVG side. “They are organised and if you are not concentrating fully they can surprise you like they did to the US. They started the game brightly, they opened the scoring and when a team scores on you particularly if they are at home, you sort of create doubt in your mind.” Unbeaten T&T lie second in Group C on four points, behind the United States who are also on four points but ahead on goal difference.
As the island awaits the start of another Inter-Secondary School Sports Association (ISSA)-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championships, the question being posed is: what is the real cost of Champs? In January, the old boys’ associations of three of the biggest schools which participate in the annual event Calabar High, Jamaica College (JC), and Kingston College (KC) told The Gleaner that collectively they spend an average of $45 million each year preparing their respective athletes for the five-day championships. Manager of the JC team Ian Forbes, when asked how much his school spent on preparing a team for Championships responded: “To prepare a team properly, you would be talking in the range of $4 to 6 million.” When pressed further, he added that that amount would have been spent in only the final three to four months before the actual event. He added that the figure could go much higher. The all boys’ school has a team of 65 participating in Champs this week, down from a pool of more than 90. “If you look back to last July, last August, it’s not inconceivable. It could be in that neighbourhood ($15 million) actually. I was looking at the last three to four months,” Forbes said. “There are a number of things to be factored – nutrition, you have to pay coaches, there is medical, the feeding programme, transportation extra lessons for the boys because the boys spend such a lot of time practicing so you have to make it up somehow,” he added. Excelsior High School’s head coach David Riley, whose school runs a much smaller programme of approximately 80, split into boys’ and girls’ teams, said this week alone, his school will spend $1 million. Riley also noted that many of the facilities which other schools would have to pay for are already housed on Excelsior’s Mountain View Avenue campus, such as kitchen and boarding, which significantly reduces costs. “All costs of accommodations that other teams would incur, we have here, so we save ourselves that. And this year we are not buying new gear like, we did last year,” he added. Riley, a former head coach of Wolmer’s Boys’ School, said that while he was at the Heroes Circle-based school, the hotel bill for accommodation for Champs week alone was $600,000. “And that was for 40 people,” said Riley. This year, Champs’ title sponsors, GraceKennedy, invested $81 million into the event, a figure which represents less than one third of the amount JC spends in the course of a year to prepare its team. More than 200 boys’ and girls’ teams combined participate in championships. ISSA President Dr Walton Small said while some of the profits made from the Championships back to the schools, it is nowhere near the amount being spent. “Champs is not just about Champs. Champs is about ISSA,” he said, adding that the money ISSA makes from Champs helps to run the body’s other programmes. “To run the football programme is taking us well over $30 million or more than that, and that is just for the senior team. The Under-16 and Under-14, just the uniforms alone cost $19 million. The principals understand and the principals know that this is the main event we use to garner funds to run other sports. “Yes, we could give back more to the schools back more, but at what cost? Is it that we are going to ignore badminton, lawn tennis, table tennis, basketball, hockey, swimming? “We can’t do that. Plus we have a staff to pay and, therefore, a lot of the money from Champs goes back to those,” Small said. Meanwhile, Forbes said while the financial return to the school may not be immediately visible, there are other benefits which come from the investment. “There is the opportunity to provide for the athletes to get scholarships and professional contracts. It helps their whole programme from a marketing perspective. Everybody loves a winner, and when you win, good things flow. The stakeholders are happier, and when they are happier, they contribute more, so it’s a ripple effect,” he said.
The anti-doping whereabouts clause violation hearing for West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell will resume today at the Jamaica Conference Centre at 10:30 a.m. Yesterday’s scheduled sitting was postponed after independent panel member, Dr Majorie Vassell, failed to show. When the hearing resumes, Russell’s lawyers will continue their cross-examination of witness Nadia Vassell. The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission’s executive director, Carey Brown, will also be cross-examined. In explaining yesterday’s postponement, panel chairman Hugh Faulkner said the hearing could have continued under Rule 8.3.4, which states that a hearing can proceed if a member is ill or unable to continue. However, he noted, in this case, that Vassell was inexplicably absent and all effort to contact her proved futile, thus the need for a postponement.
Feeling ambivalent MONTE CARLO, Monaco: He’s all about action. In fact, track and field’s biggest showman sees a bit of Hollywood tough guy Jason Statham, in himself, and as he capped another all-conquering season with a record sixth IAAF Male Athlete of the Year (AOY) award, Usain Bolt showed whether the stage is a track or an actual stage, he is just as entertaining. Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana won the female Athlete of the Year award after a season that saw her winning Olympic gold in the 10,000m in a world record 29:17.45 to erase a 23-year-old mark, and bronze, plus the Diamond Race title in the 5000m. With next year’s farewell season looking more and more like one of Marvel’s after-credit scenes, Bolt’s triple gold-medal haul at the Olympic Games in Rio and last night’s AOY nod at the Salle des Etoiles could be considered the perfect ending to his last full season, his latest in what has been a medal and record-filled career. “I would definitely be a great action guy,” Bolt laughed when asked by the presenter if his new I am Bolt film meant a career in front of the lenses after he retires. “The next Jason Bourne. More like Jason Statham, I’m not a Bond type of guy. He is too slick.” It was a light tone in a rebranded and restyled IAAF Athletics Awards, which brought a departure from the heavy note of reform after a year of chaos, which have hung over the IAAF’s most important weekend in recent times. The exchange was one of the moments that exemplifies the sport’s biggest personality, one whose box office pull will no doubt, leave a void. Bolt, who told The Gleaner that he will be paying close attention to see who takes over the ‘poster boy’ tag once he exits stage left, also paid homage to fellow male AOY finalists Wayde van Niekerk, who won Olympic 400m in a blistering 43.03 world record, and Mo Farah, the Olympic 10,000m and 5,000m champion. “This award is very important to me. The fact it was voted on by the fans is very special. I have worked hard over the years to accomplish big things, so, for me, it’s a great feeling,” said Bolt, who was sporting a smart dark suit, burgundy tie and brown shoes. “You always have to respect all the nominees, they have proven that they are great in their own respect, in their own fields. “It’s a great feeling. I have proven to the world that I am one of my the best athletes in the world. It’s a great thing to accomplish and to end the season in a bang. I feel good about that,” Bolt added. Van Niekerk admitted to feeling ambivalent about the experience, accepting that it’s the beginning of the end for an athlete who he has looked up to while being motivated to push even harder in the future. “It’s sad seeing an amazing athlete like Bolt being on the verge of retiring, someone who I have found so much inspiration and motivation from, but, at the same time, it has given me so much confidence to go out there and put myself forward and be the future,” van Niekerk told The Gleaner. Bolt’s other AOY awards were presented in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Elaine Thompson, who was many person’s favourite going into the evening after her 100m and 200m double at the Olympics, was looking to become the third Jamaican to win the female AOY award after Merlene Ottey in 1990 and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (2013), but was nonetheless pleased to have been considered. Vowed to make a return to the ceremony. “I have to give God thanks for a wonderful season. To be nominated for the IAAF female Athlete of the Year award is a great honour and even though I didn’t win tonight, I am happy for the season. I am happy for Almaz, I congratulated her on her season and I hope she will continue to do great, and I will continue to work hard,” Thompson said. Thompson also helped Jamaica to its 4x100m silver in Rio, win bronze at the IAAF World Indoor Championships, and went unbeaten in the 100m. Poland’s Olympic champion and world record holder in the hammer throw, Anita Wlodarczyk, was the other finalist. Harry Marra, who coaches Olympic decathlon champion and world record holder Ashton Eaton and wife Brianne Theisen-Eaton – Olympic bronze medal winner in the heptathlon, was presented with the Coaching Achievement award. Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse, 200m silver and 100m bronze medallist from Rio, and Belgian heptathlete Nafissatou Thiam were the male and female Rising Star recipients. Tegla Loroupe won the inaugural President’s Award for her work in the creation of the first Refugee Olympic team, with Greece’s Polyxeni Argeitaki receiving the Women in Athletics award for her efforts towards developing and encouraging greater female participation in the sport.
49ers GM Trent Baalke confirms firing SANTA CLARA California (AP): San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke says he has been fired by the team. Baalke confirmed the news yesterday during his pregame interview with the team’s flagship radio station KNBR. The 49ers had no comment on Baalke’s announcement before the team’s season finale against Seattle. ESPN reported Saturday night that both Baalke and coach Chip Kelly are expected to be fired after the season. Lynn frontrunner to become Bills head coach BUFFALO, New York (AP): Buffalo Bills interim coach Anthony Lynn is the clear favourite to take over the job permanently, two people with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press yesterday. One person called Lynn’s succession to replace Rex Ryan as being “the working plan”. Another person said the final decision on general manager Doug Whaley’s recommendation rests solely with owners Terry and Kim Pegula. Both people spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity yesterday because the Bills have not revealed details of their coaching search. Lynn is the Bills offensive coordinator. He was promoted to be the team’s interim head coach after Ryan was fired on Tuesday. The plan to hire Lynn could still be derailed in Buffalo because he is still required to conduct a formal interview. There’s also the potential of other teams expressing interest to interview him for their respective openings. Pakistan’s former cricketer Ahmed dies ISLAMABAD (AP): Imtiaz Ahmed, Pakistan’s former test wicketkeeper-batsman who became a chief selector after his playing career, has died. He was 88. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said Ahmed, Pakistan’s oldest living test cricketer, died Saturday in Lahore following a chest infection. Ahmed played 41 tests from 1952-62, scoring 2,079 runs at an average of 29 and taking 77 catches. He hit three centuries, including a career-best 209 against New Zealand at Lahore in 1955, three years after touring India with Pakistan’s first official test side. “This is a sad day for Pakistan cricket,” PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan said in a statement. “Losing another legend after Hanif Mohammad in the same year is a great loss to Pakistan’s cricket. The entire cricketing fraternity in this country is in sorrow over the sad demise of Imtiaz Ahmed. He was a great gentleman and will be missed.” Ahmed notably took seven catches off the pace bowling of Fazal Mehmood’s bowling to help Pakistan beat England at the Oval in 1954. He served as chief selector from 1976-78 and was a consultant for the PCB’s women’s cricket activities from 2005-08.
Injury forces Djokovic out of Miami Open Six-time champion Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from the upcoming Miami Open because of a lingering right-elbow injury. In a statement yesterday, Djokovic said the injury has bothered him for months and worsened in the past week. He beat Kei Nishikori in last year’s final. Djokovic’s most recent match was a loss to Nick Kyrgios in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, on Wednesday. -AP GGG outlasts Jacobs in close unanimous decision Exhausted beyond anything he’d felt in the ring, Gennady Golovkin could barely lift his collection of title belts. Danny Jacobs thought they should have been in his possession. Golovkin outlasted Jacobs in a superb 12-round defence of his middleweight titles Saturday night. Both fighters are knockout artists, yet this one went the distance the first time GGG has not had a KO in 24 fights, and his first time going 12 rounds. The Kazakh won 115-112 on two judges’ cards and 114-113 on the other. – AP
‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIn the end, coach Chot Reyes picked Jio Jalalon as the Star representative for Gilas Pilipinas.The outspoken mentor decided to pick Jalalon over Allein Maliksi for the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup roster but was asked to leave the lanky shooter out of the Southeast Asian Games rosters.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) MOST READ This despite the PBA’s Board of Governors agreeing to lend veteran players to the national team.“We had to make a decision,” said Reyes after the team’s Thursday evening practice at Upper Deck Gym in Pasig.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’“We wanted to put (Maliksi) in the Sea Games lineup, but we were asked not to put him in there first,” he added, without going into details on who he was pertaining to.Without Maliksi in the roster, most of Gilas’ outside shooting will now be vested on guards Jayson Castro and Terrence Romeo, as well as gunners Matthew Wright and Roger Pogoy. LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES The return of Gabe Norwood, meanwhile, helped Reyes seal the decision to pick the young guard for the continental meet.“For Fiba Asia, we had to make a decision between him and Jio. And we felt we needed Jio more especially since we’re getting Gabe Norwood in anyway.”Gilas Pilipinas will play in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup in Beirut, Lebanon from August 8 to 20, while the 2017 Sea Games will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from August 19 to 30.With Maliksi out of the question, the former UST gunner will be focused on the Hotshots’ campaign in the ongoing 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup, with the team set to play three games for the duration of the tournaments.Star will play San Miguel on August 4, Phoenix on August 23, and Rain or Shine on August 27.ADVERTISEMENT Norwood excited to ‘have the flag back on my chest’ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments