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first_imgSimmons fails again in Heat lossBRISBANE, Australia (CMC):West Indies opener Lendl Simmons failed to score for the third time in four outings as his Brisbane Heat slid to an eight-wicket defeat to Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash here yesterday.Sent in at the Gabba, Heat rallied to 175 for six from their 20 overs, with opener Jimmy Peirson top-scoring with 51 from 36 balls and Nathan Reardon hitting an unbeaten 40 from 32 deliveries.The right-handed Simmons faced two balls before perishing in the second over leg before wicket to seamer Michael Neser with seven runs on the board.English leg-spinner Adil Rashid was brilliant, taking two for 17 from his four overs.In reply, Strikers raced to their target in the penultimate over with opener Tim Ludeman getting 57 not out off 49 balls; Mahela Jayawardene stroking 53 of 30 balls; and Travis Head, 50 off 25 balls.Bonners shines before rain takes overBASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC):Jamaican Nkrumah Bonner stroked an entertaining half-century, but rain forced the abandonment of the Leeward Islands Hurricanes’ opening game of the Regional Super50 after only 38 overs at Warner Park here Thursday.Opting to bat first in the day/night encounter against Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners, Hurricanes had reached 187 for five when the adverse weather ended the game prematurely.Both teams were awarded two points.In the time available, Bonner hammered 65 off 69 deliveries with six fours, while opener Shane Jeffers hit 47 and left-handed partner Chesney Hughes, 28.Messi set to get5th FIFA best player prizeGENEVA (AP):Lionel Messi is favoured to win the FIFA Ballon d’Or on Monday, ending Cristiano Ronaldo’s two-year hold on football’s top individual prize.Messi already has a 4-3 lead in their career duel for the annual FIFA prize but has recently been eclipsed by his great rival.That changed in 2015 when Messi inspired Barcelona to regain the Champions League title among five major trophies to none for Real Madrid, despite Ronaldo’s relentless goalscoring pace.Barcelona’s dominance also helped Brazil star Neymar earn a place on the three-man shortlist for the first time.The Catalan club can sweep the men’s honours with Luis Enrique heading the coaches’ shortlist after becoming European champion and winning the Spanish league and cup, the European Super Cup, and the Club World Cup.Luis Su·rezsuspendedBARCELONA, Spain (AP):Barcelona striker Luis Su·rez was suspended yesterday for two Copa del Rey matches for insulting rival players.The referee’s report for the heated match at Camp Nou that ended 4-1 for Barcelona on Wednesday said Su·rez insulted Espanyol players in the tunnel after the match.Referee Juan Martinez Munuera’s report states that Su·rez told Espanyol’s players: “I am waiting for you. Come here. You are trash.”The ban will rule the Uruguay striker out of the return leg set for next week at Espanyol’s stadium and possibly the first leg of the quarter-finals.last_img read more

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Match-winner Morris looking to reignite career

first_imgSubstitute Ricardo Morris was the difference between title aspirants and former champions Harbour View when both teams met in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) Monday night highlight game at the Harbour View Mini-Stadium. The win improved Portmore United’s tally to 40 points, two more than Arnett Gardens and sole leadership on the league. Morris, gifted enough to be invited to the Reggae Boyz squad as a 17-year-old – but has found himself out of the Portmore starting team – rose from the bench in the 60th minute to add the quality that was sadly lacking but for the flashes shown by the now lighter-hued Paul Wilson. After a number of moves, which failed to get the desired result, it came off for Morris in the 72nd minute as he collected a lovely pass, and dribbling at pace, he cut open the defence, rounded the goalkeeper, and steered home from a narrowing angle to light up the previously dull Harbour View atmosphere. ELATED PLAYER “I feel very happy knowing that I am the one who went on and gave my team the winnings,” the elated player said after the game. While not happy with the amount of time he has spent on the bench so far this season, Morris said that he was happy for the opportunity. “No, no no! The bench is not where I should be, but I am happy that I am in the squad because I had to go home to keep my daughter’s birthday party on Saturday, and I am very happy that I got even a minute this evening. This goal is dedicated to my daughter for sure. She turned four on Saturday,” said the man who starred for St James High School in the daCosta Cup competition alongside Allan Ottey and Fabian McCarthy. Morris opened the season with a double strike in a win over Montego Bay United and scored his third goal of the season a few games after that in a win over Waterhouse but had to wait until the 20th game of the season to get his fourth. “This is my fourth goal of the season. I scored two in the opening game and one against Waterhouse, which was about the fourth or fifth match of the season, but I have not played consistently since then. “I see myself trying to leave the country again to go overseas – anywhere. My desire is to play professionally abroad. I am always putting in the work, but no offers have come as yet, but I am confident it will come,” added the 23-year-old, who had a brief stint with the Tampa Bay Rowdies in 2014. “I am so happy that we are leading the league now. We just have to keep working hard to stay up there. What you will see from now on is me commanding a place in the starting 11,” he promised.last_img read more

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UPDATE: Vere dominate Douglas Forrest 800m

first_imgVere Technical’s athletes were in dominant form earlier today in the 800 metres at the Douglas Forrest meet inside the National Stadium, showing their strength in winning in all three classes. Leading the way was Britney Dixon in Class II, who produced the fastest time on the day, stopping the clock at 2:18.37 to defeat, Shanique Masters of Hydel who was second in 2:21.19. Dixon’s team-mate, Monique Campbell was third in 2:22.88. Aleitha Fearon finished in the top spot in the Class I event with a time of 2:20.94, ahead of Hydel’s Sherona Stewart, 2:22.26 with Mico University’s Dawnalee Loney coming in third overall in 2:23.62. Alisha Skyer closed out the wins for Vere in Class III after stopping the clock at 2:25.14 to better her peers. St Jago’s Taletho Green continued from where he left off last year, as he had an easy win in the Boys 5000 metres, taking the event in 16:04.98 with his team-mate Kyle Morgan finishing second in 16:24.84 ahead of Mico University’s Romario Foote (16:48.85) in third.last_img read more

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Chelsea thrash Man City 5-1 in FA Cup

first_imgLONDON (AP):Chelsea reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with a 5-1 victory against an under-strength Manchester City side yesterday, while London rivals Crystal Palace and West Ham also advanced.Palace defeated Tottenham 1-0 and West Ham came from behind to thrash second-tier Blackburn 5-1.At Stamford Bridge, City manager Manuel Pellegrini showed that the focus was on his side’s Champions League last 16 first-leg match against Dynamo Kiev on Wednesday – handing five players their debut.”I have 13 (fit) players. I cannot take the risk to have one more player injured” Pellegrini said, when asked if he had devalued the FA Cup by fielding a weakened team. “I think we did the correct thing.”Defeat ended City’s chance of an unlikely quadruple, while Chelsea head for a quarter-final against Everton – the team they beat in the 2009 FA Cup final, during Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink’s first spell in charge.When Chelsea took the lead after 35 minutes, it was two of Pellegrini’s senior players – rather than the youngsters – who were at fault.Diego Costa was allowed space on the six-yard box between Aleksandar Kolarov and Martin Demichelis and, when Eden Hazard hooked the ball across goal, Costa had as much time as he liked to stoop and head powerfully past Willy Caballero.The lead only lasted two minutes. City forward Kelechi Iheanacho received a pass on the right and spread the ball into Chelsea’s six-yard area. Cesar Azpilicueta tried to clear, but David Faupala stretched out a leg in anticipation and scored a debut goal.COINS THROWNAs he celebrated with teammates in the corner of the pitch, coins were thrown at the City players from the stand where Chelsea fans sat.”There were coins thrown to the Man City players in their celebration,” Hiddink said. “We condemn it. I condemn it strongly. Those people, they should not come into stadiums.”Faupala’s goal marked an encouraging first half for City’s youngsters, but Chelsea’s experience proved too much after the break.Hazard, whose movement and passing resembled the player who propelled Chelsea to the Premier League title last season, threaded in Willian in the 48th and he finished ruthlessly, lashing the ball fiercely past Caballero and into the far corner.Five minutes later, Chelsea added a third when Fernandinho made a feeble attempt to clear Willian’s corner, and Gary Cahill fired in from the edge of the area.Hazard then marked his impressive display with a goal, whipping a free kick low past Caballero in the 67th, before substitute Bertrand Traore scored with a header in the 89th.It could have been a heavier defeat for City, but Caballero saved a 75th minute penalty from Oscar.”It is a boost in the confidence for the players. We are making steps (forward),” Hiddink said. “There is not much left in the league for Chelsea, to be honest, so we focus on the games in the FA Cup.”Elsewhere, Crystal Palace dumped London rival Tottenham out of the competition.Martin Kelly hit the decisive goal for Palace at White Hart Lane just before half-time, controlling a pass from Wilfried Zaha before firing past Michel Vorm.Tottenham came close to equalising in the second half, through Christian Eriksen, who was denied by a smart save from Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, and Alan Pardew’s side held on for a narrow victory.”It wasn’t our day,” Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli said. “There are a lot of disappointed lads in the dressing room, but we will move on.”West Ham avoided a fifth-round upset with a 5-1 comeback victory at Blackburn.Ben Marshall put the hosts ahead with a low, left-footed strike after 20 minutes, but Victor Moses equalised six minutes later.Dimitri Payet then put West Ham ahead with a free kick, and Emmanuel Emenike struck twice in the second half, before Payet got his second in stoppage time.Chris Taylor was sent off for Blackburn and Cheikhou Kouyate for West Ham, both in the second half.”After the first 20 minutes, we played fantastic,” West Ham manager Slaven Bilic said. “We played really great football and it looked easy.”Crystal Palace are away to Reading after yesterday’s quarter-final draw, while West Ham will play the winner of today’s tie between Manchester United and third-tier Shrewsbury.last_img read more

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Ambusley has high praises for MBU’s ‘Black Jesus’

first_imgMontego Bay United FC winning captain Dwayne Ambusley said he strongly believed that the team’s ‘Black Jesus’ would be the saviour in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) final a week ago.The man Ambusley referred to as ‘Jesus’, Dino Williams, came off the bench in the 69th minute, and with the game tied at 1-1, scored the winning goal at the 80th minute against Portmore United at the Montego Bay Complex in Catherine Hall.”I refer to him (Williams) as Jesus because he has been our saviour. He always saves us,” Ambusley told The Gleaner at the Professional Football Association of Jamaica (PFAJ)/RSPL presentation ceremony at the Courtleigh Auditorium last Thursday evening.Williams was in doubt for the final due to a leg injury. And, with the competition’s top marksman, Owayne Gordon, leaving on loan to the United States days leading up to the final, a saviour was needed.”He was touch and go for the final,” Ambusley disclosed. “I was the one who requested the change as I wanted him into the game from early,” the captain stated.After the game, Ambusley naturally was happy.IMMENSE JOY”The joy is like none other, better than the first time we won two years ago,” Ambusley pointed out. “We had not beaten Portmore in three previous games, so this one is sweeter.”Ambusley also said that the team was not distracted by the off-the-field issues raised by his chairman, Orville Powell, concerning the playing of the game.”The team was always focused on the game. We were not concerned about other things,” reasoned the 35-year-old midfielder, who joined Montego Bay United, then Seba United, some six years ago from Montpelier FC.”I’ve always dreamt of playing in the Premier League locally, so I went to Seba. And now, we have won two national titles to add to the other two won at Seba,” he said.Ambusley was a member of the Rusea’s High School team that won the Ben Francis knockout trophy in 1996.- M. S.last_img read more

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