LONDON (AP):Australia set about regaining some dignity after relinquishing the Ashes by scoring 287 for three yesterday on the first day of the fifth Test against England, building a strong platform in their bid for a series-ending consolation victory.David Warner struck 85 and Steven Smith was unbeaten on 78 as normal service resumed after the chaos of the fourth Test, when England skittled Australia for 60 in the first morning to set up an Ashes-clinching win early on day three.Australia’s much-criticised batsmen showed sounder judgement after being put into bat under overcast skies and on a green-tinged pitch – reviving nightmares of Trent Bridge two weeks ago. Stuart Broad wreaked havoc on that occasion, returning figures of eight for 15 with his spell of a lifetime, but England’s bowling wasn’t quite as accurate at The Oval and the Australians prospered.Warner and Chris Rogers (43) put on 110 for the first wicket before Smith and Adam Voges (47) reached stumps on an unbroken 101-run partnership, further muting what had been a flat atmosphere from the start.”To come out and show what we are capable of is fantastic for the top order,” Warner said. “We are in a great position at the moment, but we have to capitalise tomorrow.”Between the two century stands, Michael Clarke – playing his last Test before retirement – was afforded a guard of honour by England’s players when he came out to bat. The Australia captain only scored 15 before edging behind off Ben Stokes, continuing his poor run of form this series.England have an insurmountable 3-1 lead in the series and are looking to win four Tests in a home Ashes series for the first time.For the first time in 23 Ashes Tests, the side batting first reached lunch without loss with Australia 82-0.Rogers didn’t last much longer.chase deliveryPlaying in his last Test before quitting international cricket, Rogers was circumspect in the first session but chased a delivery from Mark Wood that had surprising bounce. Rogers’ edge flew straight to first slip, with England captain Alastair Cook juggling the ball before catching at thesecond attempt.Warner passed his half-century for the fifth successive Test this series, and had struck 11 fours before he departed by nicking a ball from offspinner Moeen Ali to Adam Lyth at slip. Warner fell short of his 13th Test century.Smith, already confirmed as Australia’s next captain, arrived at the crease looking to avoid registering a fifth straight single-figure score – after innings of 7, 8, 6 and 5 – and he did just that.He brought up Australia’s 200 with a cut for four off Steven Finn and drove Stokes to the boundary to register his 13th 50 in 33 Tests.
Familiar with what it takes to reach the second round of the ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup football competition, 2005 champions Calabar High saw off the physical and tactical challenges of lowly Tivoli with a 3-1win at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex yesterday.Mickel Graham sent them ahead four minutes into the match with a powerful close-range finish, while Lenworth Reckford finished off what could go down as the goal of the match via a 19-yard free-kick, which sizzled and sailed into the back of the net in stoppage time of the first half (45 plus one minute).The half-time score was 2-1 in favour of Calabar, which scored their third goal inside 58 minutes, as Roman Rallyns capitalised on a bad giveaway by goalkeeper Romane McKenzie.Tivoli’s consolation was scored through a 42nd-minute penalty, after Renardo Burgher was adjudged to slap Rajeem Lothian inside the penalty box. Dwayne Coke subsequently fired in low and hard.The result means that Calabar pulled into second position in Group A on 10 points, the same as defending champions Jamaica College, who have a superior goaldifference.It took the Red Hills Road-based school six games to qualify for the second round, while Jamaica College have played four, with three wins and one draw.Yesterday’s game was a tense battle which saw both teams concede possession and give up numerous fouls, eight yellow cards in total and a red card to goalscorer Dwayne Coke for a rash tackle late in the game.Of Calabar’s three wins, two losses and one draw, coach Bradley Stewart said he is “not necessarily satisfied”.”(We’ve) what we think is probably enough to take us to the next round, and we hope that by virtue of having this little rest period, we will get back to a better situation,” he added.Stewart added that the break will give them a chance to recuperate and get the players back to their best.Meanwhile, Tivoli’s coach said his young team, though eliminated, will be “rebuilding for next season”.
Deadline extension To facilitate the growing number of participants, the deadline was extended and will close today. Interested persons may sign up for the Run online at www.runningeventsja.com for $1,200 or make a contribution to the cause through the Digicel Foundation. In addition to the traditional run, walk and wheelchair options, persons will also be able to sign up for the ‘Fun’ route, which is an obstacle course filled with challenges, including pillow fights, neon light, paint and other interesting diversions. “Our aim at Digicel Foundation is to not only improve the lives of our special needs friends, but to also educate more persons about special needs so that they can be better integrated into our society,” said executive director of the Digicel Foundation, Samantha Chantrelle. She added: “With increased awareness, we will eventually see Jamaicans making more effort to help these persons, whether it is through a simple act of helping a blind person to cross the road or to volunteer their time at one of the 12 beneficiary institutions of the run.” KINGSTON: Support for the Digicel 5K Imagine Run 2015 continues to increase since its launch over a month ago, with over 200 high-school students signed up to participate in the annual event on Saturday. This includes students from Campion College, Camperdown High School, Mavis Bank High, AISK and St George’s College. Digicel extended a special invitation to schools within the Corporate Area to drive further awareness of the special-needs community, while educating the students about the cause during their morning assemblies. Now in its fourth staging, the annual event has maintained its mandate of using the funds raised to develop special-needs institutions in Jamaica. “At St George’s College, we do a number of charities as we believe it is important for our students to give back to the community,” shared Colleen Yee Sing-Mitchell, guidance counsellor at the North Street-based institution. “Special needs is not necessarily one of the areas to which the gentlemen of the school have been exposed, so we think the Digicel 5K Run is an ideal opportunity for them to learn about Jamaica’s special-needs community and play a part in supporting them,” she added.
+C. Baugh Jr c wk. Hamilton b Joseph 73 N. Miller c wk. Hamilton b Cornwall 51 D. Jacobs lbw b Cornwall 6 M. Mindley not out 10 S. Cottrell c Liburd b Tonge 35 Extras (b5, lb4, nb2) 11 TOTAL (all out, 84.1 overs) 243 Fall of wickets: 1-39, 2-39, 3-44, 4-54, 5-56, 6-68, 7-194, 8-194, 9-243, 10-243. Bowling: Tonge 22.1-4-76-3, Joseph 19-4-46-3, Cornwall 32-11-76-4, Taylor 6-0-18-0, Peters 1-0-10-0, Liburd 3-0-6-0, Hughes 1-0-2-0. HURRICANES 2nd Innings C. Hughes lbw b Miller 27 S. Jeffers not out 55 D. Cruickshank c Bernard b Jacobs 14 N. Bonner b Mindley 10 Extras (b4, lb1, w1) 6 TOTAL (3 wkts, 32.3 overs) 112 Fall of wickets: 1-71, 2-94, 3-112. Bowling: Cottrell 2-0-17-0, Mindley 3.3-2-12-1, Miller 13-2-33-1, Campbell 4-0-15-0, Lambert 3-0-13-0, Jacobs 7-0-17-0. Position: Hurricanes lead by 33 runs overall. Toss: Hurricanes. Umpires: Verdayne Smith, Nigel Duguid. HURRICANES 1st Innings 164 SCORPIONS 1st Innings (overnight 69 for six) Defiant half-centuries from wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh Jr and spinner Nikita Miller has put Jamaica Scorpions in pole position heading into day three of their fourth round WICB First-Class Championship encounter against the Leeward Islands Hurricanes at Sabina Park. Resuming the day together with Jamaica reeling at 69 for six, in chase of the Hurricanes’ modest first innings total of 164, the duo went on to put on 126 for the seventh wicket to rally the Scorpions to 243. Facing a deficit of 79, the Leewards thereafter closed the day on an enterprising 112 for three, 33 runs ahead. Baugh Jr, recalled to squad after failing in the first two matches on the departure of Chadwick Walton due to study leave, hit a topscore with 73. His knock included seven fours in a near four-hour stay at the wicket. Miller, in the meantime, demonstrating ability with the bat once more, hit 51 in two hours and 26 minutes. He hit five fours. Also among the runs was Sheldon Cottrell who slammed 35 with two sixes and three fours. Cornwall ended with four for 76, the impressive Alzarri Joseph, three for 46, and experienced pacer Gavin Tonge, three for 76. The Hurricanes came out with a positive mind-set in their second innings. Their counter-attack effort is being led by opener Shane Jeffers, who is unbeaten on 55, after hitting a six and five fours. “It was a good innings by Baugh and Miller,” said Jamaica captain, Paul Palmer at the end of yesterday’s play. “The team was behind the eighth ball on day one, and thanks mainly to their perseverance, we are now ahead. “We just have to try as best as possible to restrict then to total of stay under 150, and after that, go for the runs,” he added. Play resumes at 10 a.m. today. SCOREBOARD
Both the Pick-9 and Super-6s start anew at Caymanas Park tomorrow, the Pick-9 offering a minimum payout of $1 million and the Super-6, $750,000 each.The Pick-9 will embrace races two to 10, the first Super-6 from race one to six, the second Super-6 from race five to 10.We look at the first Super-6 which commences with a 4-y-o and up restricted allowance race (non winners of three) over a mile, to be contested by eight starters.The field includes top contenders BALLON D’OR, to be ridden by champion jockey Shane Ellis for trainer Anthony Nunes and MIND SET, with top apprentice Linton Steadman riding for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta.Indications are that it will come down to these two. BALLON D’OR ran encouragingly behind stable-companion SOUTHERN CRUISE over a mile last Saturday, finishing just over two lengths third. However, three weeks prior to that, he could only manage sixth to DREAMCOMETRUE and MIND SET over 1,500 metres. Hence, MIND SET is given the edge at the revised weights.The speedy CLASSICAL TRAIN, who is coming off a recent course win, is tipped to repeat in the second race over the round five course with apprentice Jerome Innis riding him from the convenient mark of 50.0kg in race two. The Ryan Darby-trained 5-y-o mare looks the speediest in the 10-horse field and will prove hard to catch, despite the obvious claims of FABULOUSCONNECTION who finished a strong second at long odds to EL CLIENTE over 1200 metres last Saturday.The third race over the straight five course for three and four-year-olds should provide the speedy 3-y-o colt DREAMLINER with a decisive victory, following his failed attempt as the favourite behind SHINING LIGHT and BUBBLING KITTEN over 1100 metres on January 16.The small field of six has a competitive look about it with BUBBLING KITTEN returning and recent course winner DWAYNE STAR joining the fray as fit as hands can make him. But the Wayne DaCosta-trained DREAMLINER, who was numbered among the top two-year-olds of last season, should take some catching with four-time champion Omar Walker sticking with the ride.QUEEN OF THE TOWN, who has finished second in her last two races, gets the nod over HE’S A DIAMOND and DEPUTY HEADGIRL in the fourth race over 1200 metres for maiden five-year-olds and up. She has been knocking at the door and with Jevanne Erwin retaining the ride, the Donovan Plummer-trained QUEEN OF THE TOWN should make no mistake.The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by AGAKHAN (Dane Nelson up), who truly enjoys galloping over the straight, and the well-forward Wayne DaCosta-trained first time runner MY WAY (working brilliantly) in the sixth race over 1200 metres for native bred maiden three-year-olds.FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES(1) MIND SET/BALLON D’OR(2) CLASSICAL TRAIN(3) DREAMLINER/BUBBLING KITTEN(4) QUEEN OF THE TOWN(5) AGAKHAN(6) MY WAY/LORD EQUUS
ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC):The vice-president of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), Emmanuel Nanthan, yesterday launched a major broadside against Darren Sammy 48 hours after he led West Indies into the history books by becoming the first team to capture the T20 World Cup twice.Nanton has blasted as “irrelevant, demeaning, insulting, and unfortunate” comments made by Sammy minutes after West Indies pulled off a stunning four-wicket victory over England to seal the title.Sammy courted controversy when he hit out at the WICB for its lack of support and praised Prime Minister of Grenada Dr Keith Mitchell and CARICOM for messages of support, which inspired his team.”So to try to make it look like the board was inefficient in any way is rather unfortunate,” declared Nanton in a radio interview in Dominica.”To spoil what was a tremendous achievement for the Caribbean civilisation with comments that are totally irrelevant and demeaning and insulting to the Caribbean people I believe was rather unfortunate”.Contracts disputeSammy’s comments were also made against the backdrop of the players’ contracts dispute with the WICB before the start of the tournament back in February, which threatened the side’s participation.Sammy acted as the players’ representative during the brief impasse.The WICB vice-president also took issue with the players for complaining about a reduction in their fee structure for the World Cup while not disclosing increases in fees for the regional competition.”So the players complained that for the World Cup, their fees went down maybe by US$20,000 or thereabout. But they did not say that the week before they got the World Cup contract, all of them signed contracts for the regional competition, where their fees went up by US$80,000, $140,000, $145,000, and $75,000. They did not say that,” said Nanthan.”But they are saying that they had a loss of US$20,000 each on the World Cup. The World Cup is every other year. Our regional competition is every year. So really and truly, they weremaking noise for losing $20,000 on one side but gaining $150,000 or $280,000 in some instances on the other hand and never ever said that to anybody.”Praised new managerOn Sunday, Sammy also praised newly installed manager Rawl Lewis, who, he said, went to extraordinary lengths to solve a uniform problem during the pre-tournament camp in Dubai.But Nanthan has dismissed Sammy’s comments on this issue as misleading, blaming the impasse for the delay in printing numbers on the uniforms.”The date was coming. The players had not consented to go to play, so the company delivered the uniforms without the numbers in them because we were not sure which players we going to play,” he said.”So when the logistics officer left the Caribbean for Dubai, he had a ticket in his hands to go to pick up the uniforms in Calcutta, put the numbers on them, and carry them himself to the team well before the World Cup.”Earlier, the WICB, in a release, had described Sammy’s comments as “inappropriate” and promised an investigation with a view to taking necessary action.Nanthan’s comments are likely to fuel more tension between the champion West Indies side, which has garnered massive support in the region, and an embattled Dave Cameron-led WICB, which is coming under mounting public pressure to step down.
Front-line West Indies batsman, Marlon Samuels, said conditions relating to salary packages are driving senior players away from Test representation.The situation, he declared, is forcing him to retire from Tests.”The way how things are right now, it is forcing me to give it (Test cricket) up,” stated Samuels, who was Player of the Final in the just-concluded ICC WorldTwenty20 in India.”I would like to continue and play as long as possible, however, until things improve, I doubt it,” he offered, as this summer’s home series against India in the Caribbean loom large.He continued: “If you look at the system now, we have more young players playing when we should have more senior players and a couple of young players.”It means, therefore, that it could be said that we are not going in the right direction when it comes to the longer version.NO ENCOURAGEMENT”For example, a lot of players (are) playing only Twenty20 cricket, who I know have a lot of ability and could do well in the Test side. However, at the end of the day, they are not being encouraged, including financially, and as such, do what they have to do.”According to Samuels, one of the reasons for a lack of interest generally by senior players in Test cricket appears to be how they are treated by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) as it relates to financial matters.He said with a changing worldwide cricket landscape, their net worth is being recognised internationally, but regionally, there seems to be reluctance.This, he said, is evidenced by the new player payment scheme that was negotiated between the regional entity and the West Indies Players Association (WIPA).”Test cricket is the most important part of our West Indies heritage, but it is also a job for us,” commented Samuels.”I don’t think we are being paid particularly well at the moment, as we got a big pay cut recently with virtually little consent on our part.”Some of us as players agreed in principle for a pay cut with WIPA to help with the paying of first-class cricketers in the regional professional league, but none of us had signed off on the exact percentage.”WIPA then went literally behind our backs and signed off on close to a 75 per cent match-fee pay cut, and I can tell you none of the players are happy about it.”He added: “Situations like these do not motivate or encourage our senior players to want to play the longest version of the game.”Samuels, who made his Test debut in 2000, has an average of 33.53, including seven centuries and 22 half centuries.
Indiscipline reared it’s ugly head among spectators once again at Arnett Gardens Football Club’s Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex on Sunday night, after the team’s 2-2 draw and 4-3 aggregate defeat to Montego Bay United in their second-leg Red Stripe Premier League semi-final.The scene was reminiscent of Arnett Gardens’ loss to Waterhouse in the 2013-14 semi-final, when after battling to a 3-3 draw in the first-leg, Arnett Gardens lost the second-leg at home 1-0, following which supporters took out their frustration on the away team and match officials.Kashief Brown’s extra-time winner spurred some patrons into throwing bottles and other objects in the vicinity the MoBay United team and officials, as well as match officials.However, Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA) general manager, Andrew Price, says an investigation will to be carried out into the incident and the facts ascertained before any action, if any, will be taken against Arnett Gardens Football Club. He noted that this is a serious offence and if found guilty Arnett could face heavy sanctions.In the 2013-14 season, RSPL semi-final elimination did not go down well with the Arnett home fans, who took out their anger and disappointment on the match officials by throwing missiles and verbal threats. Officials and other important figures had to be escorted from the venue under heavy security. Gun shots were also heard during the melee.SIX-MATCH PROBATIONFor that incident, the Trench Town-based club was fined $200.000 and placed on a six-match probation.If found guilty again, Price warned Arnett could face great punishment, but insists that the facts will determine their next move.”We will have to get the report. The referee and the match coordinator will have to submit their reports. But like in any Premier League we will have to get the facts and deal with the situation after. Action (for missile throwing) would be taken against any club. But you are innocent until proven guilty and the facts will have to come to the committee and be proven. It wouldn’t be prudent of me to make any comment at this time,” he explained.”It’s a situation where you expect certain level of maturity. We will wait until we get documents from the match official, commissary and coordinator. Anything else we will deal with it as the facts are presented and it will be dealt with in the appropriate manner,” he said.
The Wray and Nephew Contender boxing series’ preliminary round was scheduled to end tonight with a fight that had all the ingredients for a classic battle between two experienced welterweights, Daniel Powell (11-0) and Miguel Antoine (17-4-1).However, a last-minute pullout by Antoine has changed the equation, as his replacement, Charwin Estwick, has a record of no wins and two losses.Powell and Estwick will fight for the final place in the quarter-finals tonight at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium, starting at 9:30.Powell, whose father is Jamaican and flaunts his Jamaican roots, is 31 years old and has been a professional boxer since February 4, 2012. He has won eight fights by technical knockout, one by knockout and two on decision, but has not really met a quality opponent.Tonight is not going to be much different. Estwick, who is 38, was on the Contender roster last year and clashed with Richard Holmes on April 22. That fight went the distance, with one judge giving all six rounds to Holmes and the other two giving Estwick two rounds.Guyanese Estwick, who lives in Barbados, has not had a fight since then, while Powell had his last fight in June last year, so both men have been inactive recently.DEFENSIVE SKILLSEstwick showed in his fight here last year that he has good defensive skills. Against Holmes, who was trying for a knockout from the first round, he managed to tie up his opponent, shortened his range and made it difficult for him to land a knockout punch.It could turn out to be an interesting fight, with Powell trying for a knockout and Estwick using his defensive skills to frustrate his opponent.The winner tonight will join previous winners Holmes, Demarcus Coley, Tsetsi Davis, Revlon Lake, Michael Gardener, Ramel Lewis and Rashid Stevens in the quarter-finals. Four boxers will be seeded and they will draw their opponents for the next round.The winner of the series will, in addition to the title and belt, take home $2 million, the runner-up $500,000, third $250,000 and fourth $200,000.The fight will be broadcast live on TVJ.
CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AP):About 24 hours after he was kidnapped, Mexican soccer star Alan Pulido found himself alone with one of his captors and saw his chance. He wrestled away the man’s pistol and his cellphone and dialled Mexico’s emergency number.Within minutes, he was free.An official summary report of three calls to an emergency operator obtained by the Associated Press shows that the 25-year-old forward for Olympiakos in the Greek league threatened and beat his captor while on the phone, demanding to be told where they were.The dramatic account of derring-do shows that Pulido listed at 5-foot-9 (176 centimetres) and about 150 pounds (68 kilograms), was the main actor in his own liberation a contrast with initial official accounts of his rescue by police.On a first call, with the kidnapper overpowered, Pulido peered out of a window and described the white two-story house with two cars, grey and red, parked in front.In the next call, Pulido told the operator that state police had arrived outside. The operator told him to fire the pistol so they would know they were in the right spot, but Pulido said he had no bullets. He said police themselves were starting to shoot and described his shorts and tank top so they wouldn’t confuse him with the now-unconscious captor.CARELESS ACTOnce police arrived, he made a third call to confirm with the operator that they were trustworthy.Tamaulipas state Attorney General, Ismael Quintanilla, told a news conference that emergency services had received the call after midnight Sunday due to “a careless act by his captors”.In a later interview with Imagen Radio, he confirmed that Pulido had forcibly seized the phone from his captor.”There was an exchange of punches between them,” Quintanilla said, though he did not mention the pistol.Quintanilla said Pulido cut his wrist when he broke a window trying to escape.Pulido was nabbed by four armed people on a highway while returning from a party at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday. His girlfriend, who was not taken, alerted others.”Everyone began to activate to look for him, especially when we knew who he was, because we knew it was going to make a big ruckus and was going to be affecting us a lot in the press,” Quintanilla said.Quintanilla said the army, federal and state police participated, including three helicopters.Pulido’s family received the first ransom call around 1:30 p.m. on Sunday and a second one a short time later, Quintanilla said.The suspect was 38-year-old from the Gulf coast state of Veracruz who Quintanilla said was a member of one of the criminal organisations operating in the city. He said three other suspects were identified and a search is under way.