TODAY marks the final racemeet before Christmas, and with the 10-race programme offering a $5.4 million Pick-9 carryover, a payout in excess of $8 million looks a real possibility.Three trophy races will be run on the afternoon, including the annual renewal of the Sweet Ruckus Trophy over 1400 metres for native and imported two-year-olds, with a purse of $850,000.The other trophy races on the card are the round-five Stewards’ Cup for maiden two-year-old colts and geldings, and the Restricted Allowance II for the Titania Trophy over 1100 metres, which is confined to fillies and mares.The Philip Feanny-trained BUBBLING KITTEN, who impressed in the Dye Job Sprint, over 1200 metres, on December 12, renews rivalry with the runner-up and then-favourite, BLUE DIXIE, in a small field of six, and judging from the manner of her victory, she looks hard to oppose.Dye Job SprintBUBBLING KITTEN beat BLUE DIXIE by all of six and a half lengths in the Dye Job Sprint, covering the distance in the smart time of 1:13.1 under former champion jockey Wesley ‘Callaloo’ Henry, who again has the ride.With the tongue tie fitted for that race, the bay filly, by Blue Pepsi Lodge out of Shanna D, showed good speed to dispute the early lead with RALLY BABY and skittered away on entering the straight for a facile win, behind splits of 23.0 and 46.1.She is still extremely fit, and with the additional furlong no obstacle, should lead home Gary Subratie stable companions BLUE DIXIE and GOLDEN GLORY.Subratie indicated last Saturday that BLUE DIXIE had some minor issues for the Dye Job Sprint, but is expecting a better race today, and has called up outgoing champion jockey Dane Nelson to try and make a difference. BLUE DIXIE looks a safe exacta horse.I also like the well-advanced newcomer, SIR RAJA BABA (working well) to lead home EQUUS in the Stewards’ Cup, in which nine two-year-olds will run; fleet-footed FIRE ALARM ahead of COMMANDING AVIATOR in the Titania Trophy; MESSITHEGREAT to recoup losses in the sixth; CRUCIAL VALOR in the seventh; and PRINCESS SHEMIKA to stave off CHEERS in the eighth.
SYDNEY, Australia (CMC):West Indies’ hopes of using two spinners for the third Test match against Australia have been squashed after leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo was ruled out of the final game here starting today (last night Jamaica time).Captain Jason Holder announced that Bishoo had not fully recovered from a left shoulder injury and was not available for selection.The one specialist spinner left in the squad is left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican, who played in the first match in Hobart and the second match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.”We’re down to one spinner with the injury to Bishoo, so we just have to work with what we have. I’m sure Kraigg Brathwaite will come to the fore and bowl a bit more,” Holder told reporters on the eve of the match.”I’ve seen they’ve gone with two spinners. We’ve been accustomed to spin-bowling in the Caribbean and, hopefully, our batsmen can get into that a lot better than we have in this series.”Heavy defeatsWest Indies have already lost the series following heavy defeats in the first two Tests. They went down by an innings and 212 runs in the Hobart opener before losing by 177 runs in the second Test in Melbourne last week.Holder said the team was buoyant following their improved outing in the second match, when they showed more resistance than in the three-day defeat in Hobart.”We showed some improvement with the bat in Melbourne and we will look to take that into this match here. From the start of the tour, many people say the odds are against us, but we have belief and we will put up a good showing,” Holder contended.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP):Barcelona’s big three of Lionel Messi, Luis Su·rez and Neymar all scored to beat Arsenal 3-1 yesterday, sending the defending champions into the Champions League quarter-finals for a ninth consecutive season with a 5-1 victory on aggregate.Leading the tie after Messi scored both goals in a 2-0 first-leg win, Su·rez passed for Neymar to open the scoring in the 18th minute at Camp Nou.Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny struck in the 51st and the English side threatened to add another, before Su·rez answered with an acrobatic goal in the 65th.Messi chipped in Barcelona’s third with two minutes to play, following a pair of timely stops by goalkeeper Marc-AndrÈ ter Stegen to protect the lead.Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger, whose side was eliminated from the round of 16 for a sixth straight year, said Barcelona’s strike trio took the game to the level of “art”.”We played against the team with the best strikers I have seen,” Wenger said. “The three together are exceptional. Messi is incredible. They are two or three players who transform normal life into art.”BAYERN MUNICH ADVANCEAlso yesterday, Bayern Munich fought back to beat Juventus 4-2 in extra time to advance.Thomas Mueller equalised in the first minute of injury time, and Bayern Munich scored two more goals in extra time.Thiago Alcantara scored in the 108th minute to put Bayern ahead for good in the second-leg match of the last 16 and Kingsley Coman, on loan from Juventus, added the hosts’ fourth goal just two minutes later to seal a 6-4 victory on aggregate.Bayern trailed 2-0 at half-time after goals from Paul Pogba and Juan Cuadrado put Juventus firmly in charge. The home side looked to be on the way out until Robert Lewandowski scored in the 73rd and Mueller’s late header changed everything.”To score four goals against an Italian side, wow, compliments to my team,” Bayern coach Pep Guardiola said.
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania:Jamaica had to play second fiddle to the United States in the Nike USA versus The World events on yesterday’s final day of competition at the 2016 Penn Relays.Jamaica’s only success came in the men’s 4×100 metres, where they took advantage of a big mistake by a strong USA Red team to win the event in 39.70 seconds. Jermaine Hamilton, Julian Forte, Rasheed Dwyer and Oshane Bailey were the members of the winning Jamaica quartet. USA Blue placed second in 39.02, with third going to St Kitts in 39.49. The USA Red team included the likes of Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay and Mike Rodgers.Jamaica were second in three women’s relays the 4x100m in 42.90, 4x200m in 1:31.34, and 4×400 m in 3:29.00. The Americans won five of six relays contested.- R.G
Triumphant end Extras (lb3, w9) 12 TOTAL (8 wkts, 26 overs) 159 Did not bat: J Taylor, S Narine. Fall of wickets: 1-2 (Charles, 1.3 overs), 2-13 (Fletcher, 3.3), 3-24 (Samuels, 7.5), 4-42 (Carter, 15.1), 5-100 (Russell, 21.2), 6-113 (Bravo, 22.4), 7-130 (Brathwaite, 24.1), 8-159 (Holder, 26) Bowling: Malinga 6-1-20-0 (w1), Lakmal 5-0-15-3 (w2), Senanayake 5-0-25-0, Jayasuriya 3-0-15-1, Mendis 4-0-46-2 (w1), Mathews 3-0-35-1 (w1). SRI LANKA (target: 163 runs from 26 overs) +K Perera run out 14 T Dilshan c wkp Ramdin b Brathwaite 59 L Thirimanne c wkp Ramdin b Brathwaite 17 *A Mathews c Carter b Taylor 13 D Gunathilaka b Narine 12 M Siriwardana c Brathwaite b Narine 7 S Jayasuriya b Narine 0 S Senanayake b Carter 7 A Mendis not out 21 L Malinga lbw b Carter 0 S Lakmal not out 1 Extras (lb3, w8, nb2) 13 TOTAL (9 wkts, 24.5 overs) 164 Fall of wickets: 1-46 (Perera, 4.5 overs), 2-89 (Thirimanne, 10.2), 3-104 (Dilshan, 12.5), 4-120 (Mathews, 15.4), 5-132 (Siriwardana, 18.1), 6-132 (Jayasuriya, 18.3), 7- 133 (Gunathilaka, 19), 8-152 (Senanayake, 23.3), 9-152 (Malinga, 23.4). Result: Sri Lanka won by one wicket. Series: Sri Lanka lead three-match series 1-0. Man-of-the-Match: Tillakaratne Dilshan. Toss: Sri Lanka. Umpires: M Gough, R Palliyaguruge; TV – R Tucker. Off the resulting free hit, Mendis ended the game emphatically shortly before to midnight, lifting Charles over the ropes to spare Sri Lanka blushes and hand them a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Earlier, West Indies recovered from a dire position of 42 for four in the 16th over to rally to 159 for eight, after they were sent in. Russell starred with a shot-filled 41, left-hander Darren Bravo got 38, while Holder gave the innings momentum late on with a cameo 36 off just 13 balls. Following a delayed start because of rain, seamer Lakmal wrecked the Windies top order to give Sri Lanka the early advantage, removing Charles (1), Andre Fletcher (3) and Marlon Samuels (2) in quick succession. Charles was trapped lbw on the crease to the ninth ball of the game, Fletcher steered an innocuous delivery to Dilshan at point in the fourth over before the out-of-form Samuels was also lbw, deceived by one that came back in the eighth over. The rains returned, resulting in a lengthy delay, with West Indies rebuilding at 40 for three after 14.2 overs with Bravo unbeaten on 19 and Carter on eight. On resumption and with the game now reduced to 26 overs, the Windies stepped on the accelerator. Carter went early without adding, but Bravo and Russell added 58 off 37 balls in a frenetic fifth wicket partnership to breathe renewed life into the innings. As he did in Thursday’s warm-up game, Russell struck the ball cleanly to count three fours and three sixes off 24 balls, while Bravo faced 58 deliveries and hit three fours and a six. Both batsmen, along with Carlos Brathwaite (9) fell in the space of 17 balls as West Indies stumbled to 130 for seven in the 25th over. But Holder ended the innings with a flourish, blasting two fours and three sixes in a rollicking knock. SCOREBOARD WEST INDIES (26 overs) A Fletcher c Dilshan b Lakmal 3 J Charles lbw b Lakmal 1 DM Bravo b Mendis 38 M Samuels lbw b Lakmal 2 J Carter b Jayasuriya 8 A Russell c Gunathilaka b Mathews 41 C Brathwaite b Mendis 9 *J Holder run out 36 +D Ramdin not out 9 COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CMC): Tail-ender Ajantha Mendis swatted part-time medium pacer Johnson Charles over long on for six to break West Indies’ hearts and hand Sri Lanka a dramatic one-wicket victory with seven balls remaining, in the rain-shortened opening one-day international here yesterday. Chasing 163 in a contest reduced to 26 overs per side because of the adverse weather at the R. Premadasa Stadium, Sri Lanka were cruising at 132 for four in the 19th over and seemingly well on their way to an uncomplicated victory. However, off-spinner Sunil Narine turned the game on its head when he snatched three wickets in the 19th over and part-time seamer Jonathan Carter (2-14) followed suit, capturing two wickets in the 24th, as the hosts lost five wickets for 20 runs in the space of 33 balls. With Sri Lanka tottering on 152 for nine, West Indies seemed to have the upper hand, but with seamer Andre Russell earlier restricted to just five balls because of injury, captain Jason Holder was forced to turn to Charles’ unpractised medium pace for the penultimate over and the visitors paid the price. With Sri Lanka needing 11 runs from 12 deliveries, Charles started with a wide, conceded two singles off the next four deliveries before committing the cardinal sin of bowling a front-foot no-ball off the fifth ball, from which Mendis and Suranga Lakmal (one not out) sprinted a couple.
KINGSTON: The Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) extended its efforts to improve football in Jamaica through talent-development programmes among youth, with the commencement of a football coaching clinic in Kingston at the Dunrobin playing field on Red Hills Road. The ongoing football coaching clinic targets youngsters in two age groups 8-15 years and 15-20 years. This is one of the many centres being established islandwide by the state agency, which is targeting 5,500 youth participants with a projected 65 per cent increase within a five-month period. The all-island coaching programme focuses on training young talent in the fundamental techniques of the game. A holistic approach is taken with a combination of development in fundamental techniques, tactical skills, and providing players with the proper nutrition needed for the physical exertion associated with the sport. INCREASE PLAYERS’ SKILLS The programme focuses on teaching the game and correct techniques, to increase the level of skill among players while preparing them for advancement to the professional level. At the new clinic’s first training session, the young boys were instructed on how to control with their feet, kick, pass, shoot, and tackle. Team-building exercises were also a prominent feature of the seminar and included an introduction to game tactics. “This is really what is needed to develop football at the community level,” remarked Ian Andrews, INSPORTS’ administrative director. “Training in the fundamentals of the game is vital to developing players who will make an impact on the field. It’s not just about passion and raw talent, but taking an integrated approach to instilling discipline, teamwork, training for endurance, while providing instructions about the technical aspects to the game and from an early stage,” he added. “This is really what will lead to significant improvements in the calibre of Jamaican footballers produced at the professional level.” The state agency’s efforts are geared towards creating coaching clinics for all sporting disciplines, in tandem with Minister of Culture, Gender Affairs, Entertainment and Sport Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange’s stated philosophy of developing sports at the grass-roots level.
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC): Test star Marlon Samuels headlines a 14-man Leeward Islands Hurricanes squad announced yesterday for this month’s Regional Super50 in Antigua and Barbados. The veteran right-hander, who has not turned out in the tournament in three seasons, will be joined by the Trinidad and Tobago pair of Kevon Cooper and Akeal Hosein for the January 24 to February 18 campaign. Test fast bowler Alzarri Joseph has also been named in the unit, which will be led by out-of-favour Test left-hander Kieran Powell, with West Indies A all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall as his deputy. The 35-year-old Samuels, meanwhile, will be a huge boost or the Hurricanes, who have been installed in a tough Zone A alongside defending champions Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, Windward Islands Volcanoes, West Indies Under-19s and English county side, Kent Spitfires. Jamaican Samuels, a veteran of 71 Tests and 187 One-Day Internationals, is a regular member of the current Windies side in all three formats. Cooper, a steady seamer and effective lower order batsman, is also expected to add depth to the Hurricanes while Hosein’s left-arm spin and left-handed batting will be an asset. Batsman Jermaine Otto is the only debutant included in the squad. Hurricanes will hold their first training session as a unit on Monday at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium. SQUAD: Kieran Powell (captain), Rahkeem Cornwall, Marlon Samuels, Montcin Hodge, Chesney Hughes, Nkrumah Bonner, Jahmar Hamilton, Jermaine Otto, Orlando Peters, Alzarri Joseph, Akeal Hosein, Kevon Cooper.
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mapua and Emilio Aguinaldo College hope to get back on track when they square off in the noontime tip-off.Hailed for putting emphasis on his players’ academics, coach Topex Robinson hopes the Pirates’ early success “will inspire others and give them hope.”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’“Winning is the result of our vision, and we want to make sure we inspire others,” said Robinson.San Beda and Letran ruled the last two seasons of the league, but the Knights are the underdogs heading into the clash as the Red Lions kept their seasoned and talented core from last season. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “It will really be a tough matchup,” said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez. “Letran is a physical team, that’s their brand of game. We will just have to be ready for the physicality and hopefully the referees will call it right.”Following the 62-65 loss to Jose Rizal U on Friday, Letran coach Jeff Napa shifted his focus to their game with the Lions.“We’re going all out,” said Napa. “We’ll not allow them to just beat us. We will bounce back strong and execute.”Fernandez, whose team’s lone loss came against Lyceum, said starting strong would be the key against the Knights.“We started really flat against EAC and St. Benilde,” said Fernandez. “We will address that because we’re facing a formidable team in Letran.” —CEDELF P. TUPASADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Lyceum, a team that is turning heads for its heady play and the mentality instilled by its coach, shoots for a fourth straight victory, while San Beda rekindles its rivalry with Letran on Wednesday in NCAA Season 93 basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Pirates tangle with the dangerous Arellano Chiefs at 2 p.m. before the Red Lions and the Knights collide in their first meeting of the season.ADVERTISEMENT Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 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 McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return View comments LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Australia too much for Perlas Pilipinas
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View comments Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (4) steals the ball on Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker in the first half during an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)PHOENIX — There are some NBA games that are over shortly after they began.The Indiana Pacers’ 120-97 rout of the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night was one of them.ADVERTISEMENT “I thought we did a good job on some of their best players,” Collison said. “Booker is a talented player and we knew if he got it going we were in for a long night. I think we did a good job containing him the best that we can and we just played great team defense. When we play great team defense, we can do what we want at the offensive end.”In an otherwise bad night for Phoenix, 17-year NBA veteran Tyson Chandler grabbed 14 rebounds to become the 40th player in league history to top 10,000 for his career (10,003).“It means a lot,” he said, “because when you come into this league as a young player you’re just trying to survive. Now at the latter part of my career, to start to get some of these milestones, it just reminds you of all the hard work, the sacrifices, the journey you’ve got to make.”Interim coach Jay Triano called the Chandler milestone “’unbelievable.”“Anytime you do something that only 40 people have done in the history of the game,” Triano said, “I think that’s an incredible honor.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Darren Collison had 19 points to lead seven players in double figures and the Pacers jumped on the Suns early and never let up.Victor Oladipo scored 13 of his 17 points in the first half for the Pacers, who were coming off a home victory over Cleveland and have won four of five after a five-game losing streak. Cory Joseph added 16 points, and Bojan Bogdanovic had 14 for Indiana.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I thought it was really good. We wanted to start this road trip off right,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. “I thought defensively we were focused, making them earn everything they got. Offensively, we had good ball movement. We were pretty consistent with that for 48 minutes.”Rookie Josh Jackson scored a career-best 21 points for Phoenix, which has lost four of five. Devin Booker added 15, but on 5-of-16 shooting, 1 of 6 from 3-point range. 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Suns, playing without second-leading scorer T.J. Warren, led only briefly early. Indiana went on a 15-4 run to go up 23-11 and led 30-16 after one quarter.Phoenix never got it to single digits again, trailing by as many as 25 in the second quarter. In the third quarter, the lead reached 92-59 (33 points) on T.J. Leaf’s 3-pointer.Indiana opened the second half with a 16-8 run to lead 46-24 on Al Jefferson’s layup with 7:09 left in the half. Indiana led 64-44 at the break.“I just thought tonight we lacked juice, I don’t know why, at both ends,” Triano said. “Our cuts weren’t’ precise offensively and defensively we were a half-step behind them every time they made a move.”TIP INSPacers: Indiana committed a season-low six turnovers. … Opened a five-game trip through the West. … Indiana shot 54.5 percent to the Suns’ 41.2 percent. …. Indiana still is just 8-16 against Suns since 2005-06.Suns: Warren, averaging 19.7 points per game, was a late scratch with low back soreness. … Marquese Chriss missed his second straight game with a right hip strain. … Suns’ most one-sided loss of season was 142-116 at home against Houston on Nov. 16. … Jackson made 4 of 5 shots in the first quarter, the rest of the Suns 2 of 20. … Phoenix was 2 of 15 on 3s in the first quarter. …. Dragan Bender started and was 0-for-7 shooting, six of them errant 3s, and did not score in 30 minutes. … Phoenix plays the next four and six of the next seven on the road.UP NEXTPacers: at Utah on Monday night.Suns: at Portland on Tuesday night. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Bleak day for Americans in Melbourne: Venus, Stephens out