HOBART, Australia, CMC:Neither Darren Sammy nor Andre Russell were in top form but Hobart Hurricanes proved stronger, dealing Sydney Thunder their first loss of the Australian Big Bash here New Year’s Day.Sent in at the Bellerive Oval, Hurricanes rattled up 163 for six and then restricted Thunder to 152 for nine, to win by 11 runs.Both teams now have similar 3-1 records heading into the last two weeks of the preliminary round.For Hurricanes, George Bailey top scored with 56 not out while Sammy chipped in at the end with 18 off 10 deliveries, including one six.Russell was uncharacteristically expensive, sending down four overs of pace for 40 runs without taking a wicket.When Thunder batted, Russell also failed to shine, scoring just eight from five balls with a six, to be part of a lower order slump.Captain Mike Hussey lashed 71 from 58 balls to power his side, but was one of only three players in double figures as Thunder lost five wickets for 13 runs at the end to lose their way.Sammy’s three overs of medium pace went for 27 runs.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP):Cristiano Ronaldo scored a goal, but missed a penalty as Real Madrid were held 1-1 at Malaga yesterday to drop nine points behind leaders Barcelona.Ronaldo put the visitors in front with a header in the 33rd minute, but missed a chance to increase the lead a couple of minutes later when his spot kick was saved by Malaga goalkeeper Carlos Kameni. The hosts equalised through defender Raul Albentosa in the 66th.Madrid needed a victory to stay nearer the lead after Barcelona won 2-1 at Las Palmas on Saturday.Real Madrid have 13 games left to try to stop Barcelona from successfully defending their title for a second consecutive year.”We are not done yet, we only lost two points,” Real Madrid; coach Zinedine Zidane said. “There are a lot of games left. The other teams can also lose points.”It will be difficult, though, as Barcelona haven’t lost in 32 games and have won eight in a row in the league. Real Madrid have been dominant at home since Zidane took over the squad, but they drew two of their three away league games. The only victory came with a late winner against Granada.NO GIVING UP”We never give up,” Real Madrid left back Marcelo said. “It’s a big difference, but we will fight until the end.”Some of Spain’s top sports newspapers ran headlines saying Madrid’s title run was over.”Real Madrid says goodbye to league title,” both Marca and AS said on their websites after the game.Madrid struggled from the start at La Rosaleda Stadium in Malaga, allowing the hosts to create several scoring chances. Goalkeeper Keylor Navas did well in keeping Malaga from scoring more goals.Replays showed Ronaldo was offside when he opened the scoring with a header after a cross by Toni Kroos. The ball appeared to bounce off Ronaldo’s back or shoulder before going in. It was Ronaldo’s 22nd league goal in 25 rounds. Luis Suarez, who scored on Saturday, leads the league with 25 goals.Both teams had opportunities to score towards the end of the match, but it was Malaga who got on the board with a close-range shot by Albentosa after a cross by Brazilian defender Weligton.The home draw left Malaga 11th in the 20-team standings with 31 points.
WESTERN BUREAU:Brazilian Leonardo Neiva will assume duties as head coach of at Montego Bay United (MBU) Football Club.However, his association with the club will be short and hopefully successful, said club owner Orville Powell.Neiva, who was in attendance at the club’s Wespow Park home game in the Red Stripe Premier League on Sunday against the University of the West Indies (UWI FC), will take charge in the team’s match this Sunday.His appointment marks the fifth foreign coach and the second Brazilian to hold down the top coaching position at MBU, which recently parted ways with American Timothy Hankinson.”He is here for the remainder of the season, but the goal is the same, and that is to win us back the Premier League title,” Powell said.”This was never meant to be permanent, as from the beginning, it was understood that he would be in charge of the team until the season ends,” Powell added.EXPERIENCE AN ASSETPowell told The Gleaner that he was in negotiations with another candidate on a permanent basis, but feels that Neiva’s extensive coaching experience will be an asset.Neiva has coached in his native Brazil after calling it quits on his playing career to concentrate on coaching. He has also coached in Bahrain, Zimbabwe and Asia.”Irrespective of who is our coach, we have one aim, and that is to become champions and to dominate the sport, so I believe Neiva will do a good job given the time he has to work here with us,” Powell stated.MBU are currently second in the League standings on 25 points, trailing leaders Portmore United (27 points) after 13 matches.
The $11.5 million Supreme Ventures Two-Year-Old Triple Crown Series will conclude at Caymanas Park today with a maximum field of 16 native breds down to contest the 104th running of the Jamaica 2-Y-O Stakes over a mile, and what a race it promises to be. At stake is a whopping purse of $4 million and a chance to be crowned Champion 2-Y-O. The race has attracted the cream of the crop, including the Wayne DaCosta-trained DREAMLINER, who won the first race in the series, the $2.95 million Cash Pot ‘Only One For Me’ Trophy over 1200 metres on October 19, and Philip Feanny’s SORRENTINO’S STAR, winner of the $3.6 million Pick-3 Super Challenge Trophy over 1400 metres on November 28, a race in which DREAMLINER finished three lengths fourth. Other top contenders are FUTURE KING, who was a fast-finishing second to SORRENTINO’S STAR in the Pick-3 Super Challenge, ZUGULU from the Richard Azan stables, as well as DREAMING THE CODE, who made an auspicious fast-time debut over 1100 metres in maiden company on October 31, the Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes-trained BIGDADDY KOOL, who romped the recent Andrew H.B. Aguilar Memorial Cup over the distance and not least, Gary Subratie’s NUCLEAR AFFAIR, who was a strong second to DREAMLINER in the Cash Pot Trophy. Although soon to be crowned 15-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta holds a good hand with FUTURE KING (Robert Halledeen) and DREAMLINER (Omar Walker), a more interesting entry is the Carl Anderson owned and trained DREAMING THE CODE, who made all to win in the smart time of 1:06.0 in early November. Anderson, who is also the breeder of this promising filly by Coded Warning out of Sea of Dreams, took the decision to bypass the Pick-3 Challenge, saying she needed a bit more working on physically, but he’s upbeat about her chances even in this tough field. “I really have high hopes for her … . She’s looking better and better at exercise as the race approaches, galloping six furlongs in 1:14.0, easily, the other morning. More importantly, she is bred to stay a mile, and all that is left for her to do is execute on the day,” said Anderson, owner and breeder of the 2001 derby, 1000 Guineas and Oaks winner AWESOME POWER. Subratie, who watched his filly NUCLEAR AFFAIR finished a good second in the Cash Pot Trophy, but missed the Pick-3 Super Challenge six weeks later, is beaming with confidence ahead of the race. “She was injured in a fall after the Cash Pot and I decided not to run her in the Pick-3 Super Challenge”, explains the second-generation trainer. But he was quick to add that she has impressed with her preparation. “She looked real sharp when blazing six furlongs in 1:13.1 at exercise a week ago, and with a mile just perfect, can definitely go one better,” Subratie added. She had subsequent Pick-3 winner SORRENTINO’S STAR just behind in the Cash Pot Trophy when administered Lasix for the first time, and now a better filly since that race in mid-October, she is coming to run a big race with Aaron Chatrie aboard. While it could be said that the race has an open look about it and will be closely contested, the one I like best is SORRENTINO’S STAR, who had no luck in running (hindered furlong out) when finishing a close fourth in the Cash Pot Trophy, but easily made amends in the Pick-3 Challenge, with Dane Nelson aboard, to release her maiden certificate. There was a lot to like about the manner in which she disposed of the leader and 6-5 favourite ZUGULU approaching the distance to win, going away in the good time of 1:26.3. With the outgoing champion jockey sticking with the ride and 14-time champion Philip Feanny having her in good nick, I fancy her chances over the additional 200 metres of this race. The bay filly by Sorrentino out of Santa Baby packs a good turn of foot and this should serve her well in this quality field. FUTURE KING and NUCLEAR AFFAIR are twin dangers. The traditional Boxing Day co-feature for the Harry Jackson Memorial over 2400 metres will be contested by a small field of six, among arch rivals TRYPEWRITER and PEREFECT NEIGHBOUR, the top-two distance horses in the country. The Wayne DaCosta-trained PERFECT NEIGHBOUR humbled the then favourite TYPEWRITER to win this race by a wide margin last year, and although the Spencer Chung-trained TYPEWRITER finished second to SEEKING MY DREAM in the recent Diamond Mile having PERFECT NEIGHBOUR behind in third, the latter has been the more consistent and thus gets the vote.
The cap on grandstand ticket sales is caused by the number of available seats. Said Montague: “Limited space is our greatest problem, and expansion is impossible at this point.” Opened in 1962 to host the Central American and Caribbean Games, the National Stadium has a grandstand that seats 5,000 patrons. ISSA’s Champs chairperson said that improvements in gate management are afoot. “On the Saturday afternoon (last year), we unfortunately had a breakdown because we had ticket holders and non-ticket holders in the same place, so that is something we will avoid this year,” she said. The big event is set for the National Stadium from March 15 to 19. The Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA), governing body of high school sports, is reporting increased demand for National Stadium grandstand tickets from fans of the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships. Colleen Montague, chairperson of the ISSA committee that organises the five-day high school athletics meet, says that orders for grandstand tickets are up by as much as 300 per cent. Montague is also reporting that gate management will improve at this year’s renewal of the meet known widely as ‘Champs’. In response to a query on ticket sales for the upcoming event, Montague said, “Orders are up by about 300 per cent.” Much of the increase is apparently coming from persons who successfully ordered tickets in previous years. “They ordered one last year and they’re ordering 5-10 this year, which we’ll be unable to meet that demand,” she related, “so those requests will not be filled because we will simply be going by the numbers we had last year.” EXPANSION IMPOSSIBLE
Champs WI now third in T20s DUBAI, UAE, CMC – West Indies have slumped to third spot in the International Cricket Council’s Twenty20 rankings, just a month after emphatically winning the Twenty20 World Cup in India. They have been bizarrely overtaken by New Zealand who bowed out to losing finalists England at the semi-final stage of the recent tournament. The Black Caps are now 10 points clear of West Indies at the top of the standings on 132 points, after leaping from third place and overtaking both India and the Caribbean side. Following their four-wicket victory over England in the T20 World Cup final at Eden Gardens on April 3, West Indies had vaulted into second spot, just one point behind India who topped the rankings with 126 points. New Zealand were third on 120 points. Since then, however, New Zealand have gained 12 points without playing a single game, while the second placed India have gained three and West Indies, in contrast, have lost three points. According to the ICC, the West Indies suffered from the fact the points from the 2012-13 season, which included those from their maiden T20 World Cup triumph in Sri Lanka, have now been dropped. Lara: Return of Bravo, Pollard vital for Tri-Nations PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC Batting legend Brian Lara wants to see the return of the likes of Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo, for next month’s Tri-Nations Series involving Australia and South Africa. Both players have been overlooked by selectors for One-Day Internationals since the controversial abandoned limited overs tour of India two years ago but Lara said having them involved in Twenty20 Internationals alone, was a backward step. “In terms of the Tri-Nations, I think it’s going to be a pretty exciting Tri-Nations series,” the former West Indies captain said. “And hopefully we can have the likes of Pollard and Bravo some guys who have not played that form of the game [recently] back in the team because they are integral of any West Indies team. “Just to have them for the T20 version I think is doing a disservice to West Indies cricket.” Renegades open to Gayle’s return MELBOURNE, Australia, CMC Melbourne Renegades have hinted they are not opposed to re-signing superstar West Indies opener Chris Gayle for the new Big Bash season, despite his now infamous “don’t blush baby” controversy. The development follows the announcement from Cricket Australia’s chief executive, James Sutherland, who said recently cricket authorities here would not prohibit Gayle from a return to the glitzy Twenty20 showpiece. Gayle sparked a firestorm of controversy earlier this year when he appeared to openly flirt with Channel TEN report Mel McLaughlin during a live television interview, during a game against Hobart Hurricanes. However, despite a US$10,000 fine from Renegades, a verbal censure from Cricket Australia and widespread calls for a Big Bash ban, Renegades head coach David Saker said he was unaware of any move to prevent Gayle’s return.
PERTH, Australia (CMC):There was disappointment for West Indies all-rounder Deandra Dottin as her Brisbane Heat missed out on the final of the Women’s Big Bash, after going down by nine wickets to Perth Scorchers in yesterday’s semi-final.Playing at the WACA, Heat could only muster 124 for five and Scorchers cruised to their target with more than four overs remaining.They will now meet the winner of today’s semi-final between Sydney Sixers Women and Hayley Matthews’ Hobart Hurricanes in Brisbane.Sent in, Brisbane got a top score of 39 from captain Kirby Short, while Delissa Kimmince chipped in late on with a 15-ball unbeaten 25.Dottin, batting at number five, scored 18 from 15 balls with two fours, in a crucial 34-run, fifth-wicket stand with Kimmince.She was eventually run out off the last ball of the innings, chasing a second run with Kimmince but finding herself short of her ground.In reply, Scorchers made light work of their run chase with opener Elyse Villani striking 52 and her partner Nicole Bolton, 32.Villani faced 48 balls and counted eight fours, putting on 67 for the first wicket with Bolton and another 58 in an unbroken second-wicket stand with captain Suzie Bates, who made 27 not out.Dottin sent down two overs of medium pacer which went for 11 runs.
CLOSE RANGE Lawson, who won the Inter-national Boxing Federation’s, International welterweight title in 2013, and trains in Chicago, showed good boxing skills and was also resourceful at close range. Mullings had his periods of ascendancy, but Lawson managed the fight very well, and cheered on by the hometown crowd, he kept the Jamaican under constant pressure. The fight meant a lot to him he said afterwards, because it was a part of Ghana’s 60th anniversary celebrations. At the end of the fight, he dedicated the victory to his country. Jamaica’s leading welterweight boxer Sakima Mullings, failed in his bid to win the vacant World Boxing Council International Silver Welterweight title on Saturday night, when he lost by majority decision to Ghanaian Fredrick Lawson, at the Bukom Boxing Arena in Accra, Ghana. The scores showed wide disparities. Judge Daniel Van de Wele scored the fight 114-114, judge Eddie Pappoe 116-113, while judge Lateef Muiss had Lawson winning by a wide margin 119-109, which meant that he scored only one round for Mullings. It was however, a close a fight, as shown by the other scorecards. Mullings entered the ring with a 19-2 record, with 14 victories, either by knockout or technical knockout. Lawson had a 24-1 record, with 20 victories inside the distance. With these records, there was an expectation that the fight could end early, but this was not to be. It turned out to be a close encounter, with both boxers seizing the initiative from time to time.
NEIL HARRISON (KC) “The boys have been doing well and we have learnt from our mistakes from the past two years and we have done the corrective measurement to ensure that we do not make the same mistakes again. We are not surprised as the guys are highly motivated and they have fed off their performances and I must commend the coaching and management staff who really have done a lot to ensure that everything goes well and have given maximum support and the team is ready to deliver and bring back the Mortimer Geddes to North Street.” MICHAEL CLARKE (CALABAR) “Yes Kingston College has a very good team and because of this the fans can expect great competitions from both teams. We have prepared well and we are ready for the occasion and as usual they boys are ready to give of their best as they have a title to defend and they will not be under any pressure to deliver. Calabar will be giving their best and we will be hoping for the best results.” MICHAEL DYKE (Edwin Allen) “The girls are pretty much ready to go and we are all anticipating another victory. At this moment all the girls are healthy and injury-free and are ready to deliver. We are very strong in all classes in the jumps, throws, sprints along with middle and long distances all around and this team has all the mixture for a great result. It will be a cardinal sin if any true fan is to miss the expected performances of these girls.” COREY BENNETT (Hydel) “Once again we expect another good results but unlike former years the team is under some pressure this time around as we are tipped to finish among the top three something which has never happened in the past but I do not allow the girls to dwell much with the media hype as I do not want it to get to them. I think a team like Holmwood Technical has a great chance of challenging Edwin Allen as they are former champions and they know how to win and they have been performing well all season.”
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