MELBOURNE, Australia, (CMC): All-rounder Carlos Brathwaite has praised West Indies’ fightback but believes it will take a “monumental effort” in order to avoid defeat to Australia in the second Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The Windies ended the third day yesterday trailing by 459 runs after being dismissed for 271 in response to the Aussies’ mammoth first-innings total of 551 for three declared. Batting a second time, Australia reached 179 for three at the close to pile even more pressure on the Windies. “From a team point of view, I was happy with the fight that we showed,” said Brathwaite, who is playing in his debut Test. BOUNCING BACK “Ultimately, the game is still very, very far out of our hands, and it will take a monumental effort to bring ourselves back into the game, even in trying to draw it or win it, but that’s a challenge we’ll look at tomorrow.” Brathwaite played a key role in the Windies’ resistance on yesterday’s third day, stroking a positive 59 in a 90-run seventh-wicket stand with left-hander Darren Bravo, who top-scored with 81. The partnership hauled the Caribbean side around from a precarious position of 91 for six at the start. Bizarrely, Brathwaite was given two lives – on 13 and on 50 – after fast bowler James Pattinson dismissed him twice with front-foot no-balls. “Personally, I was a bit fortunate … and I am just happy I could contribute to a fighting day’s performance,” the 27-year-old told reporters. “And I hope that the fans in the West Indies can get to put a smile back on their faces so they can realise we’re not just here for being here sake, and we actually want to compete and do well.” West Indies produced a horror showing in the Hobart first Test to lose by an innings and 212 runs and also struggled on the first two days of the current encounter, allowing Australia to pile up in excess of 500 for the second straight game. HIGH SPIRITS However, Brathwaite said that despite the poor results on tour, the Windies team spirit remained high and players were continuing to work hard behind the scenes. “I think the team spirit is there. Fortunately for me, I see it day in day out, the way we train … the way we operate off the field,” the Barbadian pointed out. “When performances aren’t going well, it is difficult to see energy and how hard guys work, and I don’t think the wider public is seeing the effort we put in, which is unfortunate,” he said. SCOREBOARD AUSTRALIA 1st innings 551-3 decl WEST INDIES 1st Innings (overnight 91 for six) K Brathwaite c Burns b Lyon 17 R Chandrika lbw b Pattinson 25 DM Bravo c Smith b Pattinson 81 M Samuels lbw b Pattinson 0 J Blackwood c & b Lyon 28 +D Ramdin c Burns b Siddle 0 *J Holder b Siddle 0 C Brathwaite c and b Lyon 59 K Roach lbw b Pattinson 22 J Taylor c wkp Nevill b Lyon 15 JA Warrican not out 11 Extras: (b5, lb3, nb5) 13 Total: (all out; 100.3 overs) 271 Fall of wickets: 1-35 (K Brathwaite), 2-50 (Chandrika), 3-50 (Samuels), 4-82 (Blackwood,), 5-83 (Ramdin), 6-83 (Holder), 7-173 (C Brathwaite), 8-215 (Roach), 9-239 (Taylor), 10-271 (Bravo). Bowling: Hazlewood 21-6-49-0, Pattinson 22.3-1-72-4 (nb4), Lyon 29-8-66-4, Siddle 18-3-40-2 (nb1), Marsh 7-4-15-0, Smith 3-0-21-0. AUSTRALIA 2nd Innings J Burns c K Brathwaite b Holder 4 D Warner c Holder b C Brathwaite 17 U Khawaja c wkp Ramdin b Holder 56 *S Smith not out 70 M Marsh not out 18 Extras: (lb7, w2, nb5) 14 Total: (3 wkts, 32 overs) 179 Fall of wickets: 1-7 (Burns), 2-46 (Warner), 3-123 (Khawaja) Bowling: Taylor 3-0-24-0, Holder 11-1-49-2 (nb1), C Brathwaite 6-1-30-1 (w1), Roach 4-0-22-0, Warrican 8-0-47-0. Position: Australia lead by 459 runs. Toss: West Indies.
SHOT PUT AFTER missing out on quality competition for the past two seasons, Traves Smikle, who competed for Jamaica at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, had to watch from the sidelines after failing a doping test. However, his suspension was provisionally lifted by the Court of Arbitration for Sport last February. Since his comeback, the 23-year-old former Calabar High School throwing sensation has been taking it slowly. Last Saturday, he played second fiddle to his teammate at Calabar High and now UWI, Fedrick Dacres, in the men’s Open discus, where he threw 57.47 metres. “Today (Saturday) my performance didn’t go as planned as coming off a good training session I expected better. But I sustained an injury to my left hand, which was kind of sprained, but my coach told me to go out there and try to compete, and I will just have to go back and get treatment for the injury,” said Smikle, who has a personal best of 67.12m in the discus back in 2012. He also competes in the shot put, where he has a personal best 18.58m, done in 2011. “Overall, I am being patient and this is track and field, and with my event, it is not something you have to rush as you just have to be persistent and the breakthrough will come, so I am being patient and dealing with the problems I have,” he said. Smikle stated that he also enjoys the rivalry between him and his teammates. “It is good as we make each other better, and right now, we are finding ways to get further throws, and the rivalry is good, and we just hope for more progress and positive vibes,” he said. “Coming into this season I am more motivated and focused, and during the period, I had my issues. I was not doing enough training as I was sorting out personal things. But with regard to my athleticism I am getting it back, so I need to get back my fitness and certain things I normally had, and it is going to take some time, but I am being patient,” he said. Smikle believes overseas competition at the highest level will be key for improvements. “At this point in our career, we have to get more competition to get to a higher level as it is all about competing against the best, and in order to improve, you have to compete against the best in the world. As my coach always says, you have to be in the ‘fire’, and Fedrick is leaving soon to go to compete in Europe, and that is also my aim as I thrive off competition,” he said.
“I want to thank the Almighty because without Him nothing is possible. We have a pastor in the team in Andre Fletcher. He keeps on praying. We are a praying team. I’m really happy for this win and it’s something we are going to cherish for a long time,” an emotional captain Darren Sammy said afterwards. “I’ve said before the tournament we have 15 match-winners. Nobody gave us a chance, but every game somebody stepped up and took responsibility. To see Carlos play like that in his debut World Cup, it’s just tremendous. “It shows the depth we have in the Caribbean in T20 cricket and, hopefully, with the right structure and development, our cricket will continue to improve in one-day and Test cricket.” No such success seemed on the cards when Charles holed out to Stokes, running in from deep mid-on with one run on the board, and Gayle picked out the same fielder at long-off two balls later to leave England on top. Simmons shuffled across to left-armer David Willey and was lbw off the first ball of the next over, as West Indies’ chances of victory seemed to dim. But Samuels and Bravo came together to steady the innings in a stand that was more pragmatic than flamboyant and which guided West Indies to 54 without further loss at the halfway point of the innings. Bravo, dropped on 11 by substitute Sam Billings off Stokes in the 13th over, recovered to belt leg-spinner Adil Rashid over midwicket for six in the next over before top-edging the final ball to Root at point at 86 for four. Samuels, on 50 at the time, then blasted a four and two successive sixes off seamer Liam Plunkett in an over that gushed 18 runs, but England struck back to claim two wickets for just 21 runs in the space of nine balls and leave the Windies tottering on 107 for six in the 16th over. Andre Russell picked out Stokes on the wide midwicket boundary off the first ball of the 16th over from Willey, before Sammy lofted the third delivery to deep cover, where Alex Hales held the catch. Brathwaite joined Samuels and the pair sensibly navigating the final overs before taking eight runs from the penultimate one bowled by seamer Chris Jordan before launching the last-over assault. – CMC SCOREBOARD ENGLAND J Roy b Badree 0 A Hales c Badree b Russell 1 J Root c Benn b Brathwaite 54 *E Morgan c Gayle b Badree 5 +J Buttler c Bravo b Brathwaite 36 B Stokes c Simmons b Bravo 13 M Ali c wkp Ramdin b Bravo 0 C Jordan not out 12 D Willey c Charles b Brathwaite 21 L Plunkett c Badree b Bravo 4 A Rashid not out 4 Extras (lb4, w1) 5 TOTAL (9 wkts, 20 overs) 155 Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Roy, 0.2 overs), 2-8 (Hales, 1.5), 3-23 (Morgan, 4.4), 4-84 (Buttler, 11.2), 5-110 (Stokes, 13.4), 6-110 (Ali, 14), 7-111 (Root, 14.1), 8-136 (Willey, 17.3), 9-142 (Plunkett, 18.3) Bowling: Badree 4-1-16-2, Russell 4-0-21-1, Benn 3-0-40-0, DJ Bravo 4-0-37-3, Brathwaite 4-0-23-3 (w1), Sammy 1-0-14-0. WEST INDIES J Charles c Stokes b Root 1 C Gayle c Stokes b Root 4 M Samuels not out 85 L Simmons lbw b Willey 0 DJ Bravo c Root b Rashid 25 A Russell c Stokes b Willey 1 *D Sammy c Hales b Willey 2 C Brathwaite not out 34 Extras (lb3, w6) 9 TOTAL (6 wkts, 19.4 overs) 161 Did not bat: +D Ramdin, S Badree, S Benn Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Charles, 1.1 overs), 2-5 (Gayle, 1.3), 3-11 (Simmons, 2.3), 4-86 (Bravo, 14), 5-104 (Russell, 15.1), 6-107 (Sammy, 15.3) Bowling: Willey 4-0-20-3 (w2), Root 1-0-9-2, Jordan 4-0-36-0 (w1), Plunkett 4-0-29-0 (w1), Rashid 4-0-23-1, Stokes 2.4-0-41-0 (w2). Result: West Indies won by four wickets. Series: West Indies win Twenty20 World Cup. Man-of-the-Match: Marlon Samuels. Man-of-the-Series: Virat Kohli. Toss: West Indies. Umpires: K Dharmasena, R Tucker; TV M Erasmus Brathwaite finished on 34 not out from just 10 deliveries, but it was veteran right-hander Marlon Samuels who stroked an unbeaten 85 from 66 balls, who was the architect of the victory. The languid Jamaican, adjudged Man of the Match, smashed nine fours and two sixes, anchoring two crucial stands, first with Dwayne Bravo (24) and then with Brathwaite, to pull West Indies around from 11 for three in the third over. They lost both openers, Johnson Charles (1) and Chris Gayle (4), in the second over to off-spinner Joe Root, and when semi-final hero Lendl Simmons fell to a first ball ‘duck’ in the following over, the Windies were up against the ropes. But Samuels posted 75 for the fourth wicket with Bravo, who struck a four and a six off 27 deliveries and then 54 for the seventh wicket with the outstanding Brathwaite, who counted a four and four sixes. Earlier, Brathwaite and Bravo had also starred with the ball, taking three wickets apiece as England were restricted to 155 for nine off their 20 overs, after they were sent in. Joe Root top-scored with 54 and Jos Buttler got 36, but Brathwaite (3-23) and Bravo (3-37), along with leg-spinner Samuel Badree (2-16), grabbed wickets at key points to cripple the England innings. The victory ensured a sweep of both T20 World Cup titles after West Indies Women upset three-time defending champions Australia by eight wickets at the same venue earlier. With the triumph, the men’s side became the first nation to win the T20 World Cup twice, following on from their success in Sri Lanka four years ago. CHERISH FOR LONG TIME ARCHITECT OF THE VICTORY RECOVERED KOLKATA, India (CMC): Carlos Brathwaite belted four astonishing sixes off the first four deliveries of the final over to catapult West Indies to an extraordinary four-wicket victory over England as the Caribbean made history by sweeping both the men’s and women’s titles at the 2016 Twenty20 World Cup here yesterday. With West Indies requiring a difficult 19 from the final over in pursuit of 156 for victory at Eden Gardens, the right-handed Brathwaite cleared the ropes four times in succession from seamer Ben Stokes to hand West Indies a spectacular victory with two balls to spare.
ADMINISTRATIVE BUNGLING I submit the reason for our lack of upward mobility in world netball is due to administrative bungling when it comes to selecting a coach. The most successful coach ever in Jamaica’s netball is Winston Nevers. He has won more titles in all divisions of netball than all the coaches of the national team combined. Yet, he is constantly overlooked by what appears an unwritten policy of ‘no male netball coach until the national football team has a female coach’. That ‘policy’ has since been verbally withdrawn, but, as my granny used to say, “action speaks louder than words”. Football: The present leader and administration of football in Jamaica took over the reins of the sport and took the nation to the ultimate prize in football, playing in the World Cup finals. The formula was to use Jamaican players to qualify us through the early stages, only to jettison them in the latter stages. That formula has been repeated every year since 1998, yet we have never been close to qualifying again. That formula revealed the fact that the foreign Jamaican players had absolutely no interest in advancing Jamaica’s football, only on enhancing their career goals. Alicia Ashley was born in Jamaica on August, 23 1967. On Friday, at the age of 48 years and 81 days old she won the World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Bantamweight championship title. Ashley is a world-champion athlete with the genetic makeup and indomitable spirit that translates to excellence in the field of sports – Jhaniele Fowler-Reid in netball, Alia Atkinson in swimming, Usain Bolt in track and field, Chris Gayle in cricket, Raheem Sterling in football, and I could go on and on. All these Jamaica-born athletes are recognised as being among the best in the world. Yet, when it comes to using individuals with similar genetic make-up and indomitable spirit in team sports, Jamaica’s name disappears from the list of champions. What could be the reason? What could cause a nation of some of the greatest athletes in the world to fail so miserably in team sports? Let us start in the quest for the answer by looking at the different sports. Netball: The present leader and administration of netball in Jamaica took over the reins of the sport with the nation ranked fourth in the world. After many years, many coaches, different teams, we are still ranked fourth in the world. Yet our Sunshine Girls are recruited by teams in Australia, New Zealand and England to play in their elite Leagues. However, in world championships we are sometimes third, most times fourth. SAME OLD PROBLEMS Yet, year after year, it’s ‘same-old, same-old’. Never once thinking of (a) improving the playing surfaces of football fields in this country, thus improving the quality of our players; (b) giving local footballers a chance of playing with (obviously) more talented foreign players, thus improving themselves. Cricket: The present leader of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has carried West Indies cricket down a path that has seen international teams reduce considerably the number of matches that they play against us, and complain bitterly of financial losses when we do get a chance to play. The West Indies have alienated and dumped some of the region’s best players, while its leader disrespects cricket icons on social media and talks glibly about settling a “charge” by the Indian Cricket Board recompensation for an aborted tour by the players ‘by the end of June’ this year. We are now in November and there has been no word on any resolution to this crisis. This same administration suspended the head coach of the team, Phil Simmons, on September, 28, for controversial (and possibly truthful) public statements. The administration met with Simmons and he has been reinstated. I read recently a Chelsea player quoted as saying he would prefer to lose than win a match for the manager, Jose Mourinho. When I look at the results of the recent Test series against Sri Lanka and the first one day international, I get the feeling that there are similar sentiments within the West Indies squad. It is time we, the people, demand (a) term limits for sport administrators and (b) insist leaders of sporting organisations play the sport at a high level, thus showing they can relate to the intricacies of international competition. It is not too late. Important elections in different sporting organisations are due before December.
KANDY, Sri Lanka, (CMC): Captain Darren Sammy believes the two-match Twenty20 International series which gets underway today (8:30am Jamaica time) represents West Indies’ best chance of securing a result on what has been a hugely disappointing tour of Sri Lanka. The Caribbean side were swept by handy margins in the two-Test series and suffered a 3-0 clean sweep in the rain-affected One-Day International series that followed, leaving them without success on the tour. However, Sammy said T20 represented a format in which West Indies were most comfortable and therefore was expecting the side to be successful. “I think we’re now playing a format which we enjoy, in a place where we have played it the best, and the last time we were here we had good memories so we’re looking forward to the tournament,” said Sammy. “It is a different format and one we’re pretty good at so we’re looking forward to the contest.” The former Test and one-day captain, Sammy was one of three players joining the limited overs squad already here, with the pair of Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard also arriving. And with the likes of Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels and Sunil Narine already in the line-up, West Indies are expected to be a handful for the hosts. Under Sammy, West Indies won the Twenty20 World Cup back in 2012 when they beat Sri Lanka in the final, and still have fond memories of the triumph. This year, however, they have not played a competitive series for several months but Sammy does not expect this to be a hindrance especially with several key players involved in a Twenty20 leagues across the globe this year. “The last international T20 we played was back in January in South Africa but after that we’ve played a few tournaments [as players],” Sammy explained. “Some of our guys are playing all over the world but we have put in some practice yesterday and today (Sunday), so hopefully the rest of the squad that has been here they should be acclimatised to the conditions and will be looking to bring their experience and play a format we enjoy playing.” Sri Lanka have selected a youthful squad for the series, with the likes of Binura Fernando and Jeffrey Vandersay and all-rounder Shehan Jayasuriya, included to face the Windies. Sammy said, however, West Indies would not be taking anything for granted as T20 came down to execution on the day and not personnel. “Whichever opposition we play we will pay them the full respect that they deserve, especially in T20 that narrows the gap between the number one and number eight side,” he pointed out. “Whoever executes on the day, the team that sticks to the basics and absorbs pressure the most or apply the pressure the most, normally end up victorious. It’s going to be good contest between bat and ball especially with Sri Lanka coming from winning the one-day and the Test series. “They are a good side playing at home and I believe we have a good side as well. We just hope on the day cricket is the winner, and also West Indies.” SQUAD – Darren Sammy (captain), Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Jonathan Carter, Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Jason Holder, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor.
Francis said the presiding officer was in charge and added that even if their names were not on the list there was a supplemental list, which had their names. “From you sell your vote you will sell your soul,” another told The Gleaner. Liaison officers at the Phillippo Baptist Church in Spanish Town were bitter as they told The Gleaner that several persons, who had come to vote were being turned away with claims that their names were not on the voters list. The officers claimed that they escorted several persons and did find their names on the list after they had initially been turned away. “A eleven somebody we count say them name not on the list and when we come back and go up there with them we found their names,” Liaison officer, Joy Francis told The Gleaner.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is without question Jamaica’s most accomplished female athlete. Whether or not it is accepted or appreciated by those who are employed to structure and steer her career and, by natural extension, her life, she is a model of outwardly displayed decency, dignity and decorum. Breaking into the golden limelight of Olympic achievement at the 2008 Beijing event, amid thoughts of ‘too inexperienced’, she thrashed the critics who contributed to that limiting sentiment. Her remarkable feats in the ensuing years are etched in the pages of sporting history, indisputably and indelibly stamping her as the greatest of her gender in her time. At the Rio Olympics of 2016, the pint-sized warrior was faced with a task of world record-breaking proportions. Taking a third 100m win was going to be unprecedented for any gender. That so, as Usain Bolt’s similar crowning, would still be a day away. However, there existed a major hurdle. A lingering toe injury, which limited her to a single individual event, stood in her path to additional awe-inspiring achievement. The bronze medal she successfully engineered came with the burdensome baggage of excruciating pain as she traversed the agony of the preliminary rounds. The winner and new sprint queen was her MVP teammate, the new girl on the Jamaican frontier, Elaine Thompson. The manner in which the visibly hurting Wolmer’s Girls’ School graduate offered post-race support to her successor at the top revealed another character trait. It spoke to an inner confidence in circumstances where a less-than-worthy assessment of self would have been understandable. The ‘Shelly’ on show was down, but clearly, not out. It was tantamount to a shout of ‘I’ll be back!’ Then came what was described in a section of the press as the ‘Shelly Shocker’. Jamaica’s elite female sprinter was parting company with the MVP Track Club. It was the coaching and technical guidance venue that she had graced for her entire professional career, lasting in the vicinity of nine years. Toe injury Sifting the responses, inadequate and unacceptable handling of her toe injury by the club’s management team appeared as the most likely cause. Foster’s Fairplay has commented on the likelihood of a reverse move. Was it conceivable that the MVP could stomach what would be a body blow to its well-established mantra? After all, has there ever been a case where an athlete taking or being shown the exit door has been allowed a 180-degree turn? The stage for an amelioration of sorts was set in a television programme covering the Rio Olympics. The MVP President, Bruce James, who displays a particular interest in Fraser-Pryce, was invited by fellow panellists to address the then just-announced cleavage in the club’s ranks. With the actual recording of his response unavailable, inference can still be adduced or at least attempted. The highly respected track and field analyst was plunged into a mode which suggested ‘no separation can be confirmed without my input’. These are the words of Foster’s Fairplay and not the man himself. As a matter of fact, the interpretation of his manner included a ‘wait until I speak to her and I will put the matter in true perspective’. For this columnist to cite him as saying, in a summation of his expressed thoughts, ‘I exercise significant influence over her decisions’, which, to emphasise, he did not, it would merely be a misquote and not a misrepresentation of his perceived position. His overall attitude indicated surprise on hearing the news of the intended departure of the sprinting empress, followed by paternal concern, and to cap it all, ‘Don’t worry, I’ll fix it’. With all that ‘in charge of things’ display, it was not a shock when news filtered across the sporting landscape that the athlete had lit the proverbial candle and was singing her way home. Foster’s Fairplay has tried to confirm with James. What came back was a little more than nothing. The level of secrecy surrounding her present condition after surgery and a time frame to resume preparation for the upcoming season was alarming. It was certainly not what the lovers of the sport and Fraser-Pryce herself deserved for their career-long adoration and support. The MVP must do better. – Email: email@example.com
Portmore United’s stay at the top of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) was even more short-lived than that of previous leaders Humble Lion, who spent one week at the top. The St Catherine team’s lead lasted just four days after they went down 1-0 to Maverley-Hughenden in their opening game of the second round at the Prison Oval yesterday, with the University of West Indies (UWI) regaining control of the standings after coming out on the better end of a goal fest against Boys’ Town. The result saw the Lenworth Hyde-coached team slumping to fourth in the standings with 21 points, with UWI’s (23) 3-2 win over the Red Brigade at Barbican Complex ensuring another change at the top. At the Prison Oval, Nicholos Scott netted the game’s only goal five minutes after the interval to give promoted Maverley-Hughenden their second win of the campaign, and coach Lijyasu Simms, who has seen his team draw seven of 12 games, said the win was a result of proper planning after analysing their first-round performance. BEAR FRUIT Results Boys’ Town 2 UWI 3 Montego Bay 2 Arnett Gardens 0 Jamalco 1 Harbour View 2 Reno 1 Tivoli Gardens 2 Waterhouse 1 Humble Lion 1 Portmore 0 Maverley-Hughenden 1 “We sat down and looked where we went wrong in the first round and put things in place for the second round and it bore fruit today and we want it to bear fruit as we go along because the aim is to move from strength to strength,” he said. Portmore dominated the first half hour of play, but never created any real chances, while Maverley-Hughenden came to life in the last 15 minutes and came close to scoring from set pieces twice following faulty ball handling from goalkeeper Shaven-Sean Paul. But it was Portmore who came closest when Kareem Manning crashed a free kick against the post in the 36th minute, and in the 42nd, Suelae McCalla lifted Cleon Pryce’s cross over the bar from four yards. However, five minutes after the break, Maverley-Hughenden surprised the hosts when Scott was the only one to react to a wayward shot, which he redirected in the back of the net from the back post. Malique Foster should have equalised, but placed his effort straight at goalkeeper Damian Campbell. In the final minutes, Portmore thought they had an equaliser when Shawayne Nelson latched on to a loose ball on top of the box, but his goal-bound rocket cannoned off the post and out. “We were flat compared to the second half, but we created some chances, but we lost our focus and we weren’t on top of our game and it cost us today,” Portmore’s assistant coach Linval Dixon said. “It is not the best way to start the second round, but we have time to correct some mistakes we made today and we will get it right, but today wasn’t the case and we paid dearly,” added.
“We are extremely happy with the support given as more than 30 teams have entered the meet and we are also happy to be back at home as it is more of a family atmosphere here and we are having something special for the kids in the community with a kiddies section where they can enjoy themselves,” said Williams Gayle. Last year the meet lost some support as it was held the same day as the Digicel Grand Prix final at G.C. Foster College. This year’s meet will have four championship events with $40,000 each going to the winning team and a cash prize of $30,000 going to the top coach. The championship events are 100 metres Class One boys, 400m Class One boys, 4x100m Class One boys and 4x400m open girls. THE busy track and field season continues today with the third staging of the third S. W. ‘Isaac’ Henry Memorial meet inside the National Stadium and the Ben Francis Invitational at Vere Technical. Both meets begin at 8:30 a.m. Chairperson of the Isaac Henry meet, Juliet Parkes-Livermore, is very pleased with the support garnered so far for the meet. “We have received more than 60 entries from top high school teams and this includes 1700 athletes,” according to Parkes-Livermore. “We got great sponsorship for the meet and as once the name Isaac Henry was mentioned we got full support. I would like to thank all the sponsors including past students,” said Parkes-Livermore. The meet begins with the 1500m open for females and males. Other events on the track include 400m hurdles, 400m for all classes, all sprint hurdles, 200m all classes, 800m Invitational along with Open 4x400m for males and females. The top three teams in the relay event will walk away with cash incentives. The winners will collect $50,000, second $30,000 and $20,000 for third. The field events will include long jump, high jump, shot put, discus and javelin throw. After moving to a new venue last year due to renovation work on its playfield, the Ben Francis Invitational meet returns to Vere Technical in Hayes, Clarendon. Organising committee member, Tamar Williams -Gayle, the head of the physical education department at the school, is happy with the support for this year’s meet. FAMILY ATMOSPHERE
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Teen gunned down in Masbate View comments LATEST STORIES Jaycee Marcelino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLyceum weathered a furious rally from Emilio Aguinaldo College to score the 97-93 stunner Thursday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at EAC Gym in Ermita.Jaycee Marcelino uncorked 20 points, five rebounds, three assists, and four steals, none bigger than his swipe against Francis Munsayac with 7.0 seconds to spare as he cruised to the game-clinching fastbreak to preserve the Pirates’ 7-0 record.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bugarin also denied Perez’ drive in the ensuing possession, but EAC couldn’t make the most of its chances as Munsayac bobbled the rock and allowed Marcelino to snuff the ball out of his grips for the dagger layup.The loss spoiled an emotional day for EAC as the team dedicated the game to its Cameroonian big man Hamadou Laminou, who was ruled out of the season after tearing his ACL on his right knee.Munsayac also saw his career-best 26 points go down the drain, while also collecting four assists and two rebounds in the defeat.Jerome Garcia had 19 markers and five boards for the Generals, which saw their two-game winning streak snapped and fell down to an even 3-3 slate.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her LYCEUM 97 – Perez 20, Jc. Marcelino 20, Nzeusseu 17, Jv. Marcelino 9, Caduyac 8, Ayaay 6, Baltazar 5, Ibanez 5, Santos 3, Tansingco 2, Marata 2, Pretta 0.EAC 93 – Munsayac 26, Garcia 19, Bautista 11, Diego 11, Bugarin 10, Onwubere 6, Pascua 5, Neri 3, I. Mendoza 2, Corilla 0, J. Mendoza 0, Tampoc 0, Guzman 0.Quarters: 27-24, 52-49, 77-71, 97-93. 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings “We need games like this to sharpen us, for the players to know that even though we’re undefeated, we should remain grounded,” said assistant coach Jeff Perlas, who took charge of the team after coach Topex Robinson was ejected after incurring two technical fouls midway through the second period.CJ Perez also scattered 20 markers, three boards, and five assists, while Mike Nzeusseu registered a double-double in the tune of his 17 points, 19 rebounds, and a block.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’The Pirates shrugged off the distraction and controlled the tempo in the second half as they grabbed a 91-84 lead in the final four minutes. But the home team refused to roll that easily, with Juju Bautista keeping the Generals in the game before Rustan Bugarin knocked down the undergoal stab with 54.4 seconds to play. Flying V survives close call, draws first blood in D-League semis End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. 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