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Jamaica won the recently concluded Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Youth Chess Festival held in Trinidad and Tobago between August 14 and August 19. In doing so, Jamaica became the first English-speaking country to win this prestigious annual chess tournament. The tournament featured more that 180 players, aged seven to 17, from 14 countries who share the Caribbean Sea, including Colombia and Venezuela. Jamaica accumulated the most points from the final positions of its players after nine gruelling and closely fought rounds. Top-five finishes in each of the nine sections contributed to the country’s cumulative points tally. In second place were Colombia followed by hosts Trinidad and Tobago. In the Under-8 female category Jamaica’s Jaya-Rene Richards finished third and in the Under-8 Absolute category, Anthony Lyn and Kishan Clarke of Jamaica were third and fourth respectively, behind Rayden Rampersad of Trinidad and Ashly Carolina of Venezuela who topped the section. In the Under-10 female category, Jamaica’s Johmoi Blake was fifth and in the Under- 10 Absolute category, David Thomas placed first ahead of Leigh Sandiford of Barbados, David Ramirez of Colombia and Mikhail Bond of Jamaica who were second, third and fourth, respectively. Jamaica’s Adani Clarke finished second, behind Luisa Diaz of Colombia and ahead of Daijah Johnson of the Bahamas in the Under-12 female category. Jamaica’s Leighton Barrett finished second, behind Pavas Avila of Colombia, and ahead of Angel Gonzalez of Venezuela in the Under-12 Absolute section. In the Under-16 category, Women’s Fide Master Rachel Miller finished first in the Female section and second in the Absolute section. Due to their top-three finishes, Anthony Lyn, David Thomas, Leighton Barrett, Adani Clarke and Rachel Miller are expected to be awarded with the Candidate Master title by FIDE, the world governing body of chess. This would represent the highest number of such titles to be awarded to Jamaican players from a single tournament. The Jamaica team also included Aidan Rampair, Kennedy Brown, Lontae Walker, Nicholas Lyn, Joshua Christie, Akeem Brown, Jhustice McDonald, Jaleel Thorpe, Jordan Mckoy, Nickaylah Curwin, Nathan Belinfante, Michael Christie and National Master Alistair Walker each of whom contributed to the team’s overall success. Head coach was National Master Mikhail Solomon. He was assisted by Fide Master and National Champion Warren Elliott and Odane Hall. Jamaica’s participation was made possible by the Kasparov Chess Foundation, the Jamaica Chess Federation, Glen Christian, contributions from parents of representatives and the Trinidad and Tobago Chess Federation. HIGHEST NUMBER OF TITLES
BEIJING, China:Her run in the heats at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China did not bring the desired result yesterday. But young Jamaican 800m athlete, Simoya Campbell, was pleased to have gained the experience and is looking forward to pushing the island’s 800-metre programme forward.Campbell finished her heat fifth in a time of 2:01.43 behind winner Sofia Ennaoui (Poland), 2:01.16, Rose Mary Almanza (Cuba), 2:01.33 and Lucia Klocova (Slovakia), 2:01.35.The University of Technology student said she was disappointed with her failure to advance to the next round and to follow the instructions given by her coach Stephen Francis. Campbell also believes that she will have to become more aggressive in her approach if she is to have success at this level.Giving thanks”Firstly, I want to give God thanks for all that he has done for me. This experience is great, I’m loving it; it’s the first time competing in the Bird’s Nest and it was a great experience for me,” said Campbell.”I got instructions from my coach to go through my first 400m in 58 seconds. I was looking at the clock and thought I was in the 58-second zone, but I wasn’t,” Campbell added. “But I’m pleased with my performance, considering it’s my first World Championships.”There is a lot that I need to take back home. The girls run really aggressive and I’m not used to that. I’m not too heavy and the least little bounce I get, I can fall, so perhaps, I need to be more aggressive,” she said.Campbell, who represented Jamaica over the past two years at the IAAF World Relays as a member of the country’s 4x800m relay team and was also a competitor at the World University Games, says she is pleased to be playing a role in the island’s increased presence in the 800m on the international stage as she now focuses on ensuring qualification for next Summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.”I feel really great, I know that God has blessed me with this talent. In Jamaica, of course, everyone is drawn to the sprints, but knowing that we have three girls who are running really well and I’m a part of that is pleasing. I am looking forward to next year, I am looking forward to keep on trying,” added Campbell, who twice lowered her personal best this year – first to 1:59.92 at the National Senior Championships, and then to 1:59.26 at the World University Games.
Warren Blake, the president of the Jamaica Athletic Administrative Association (JAAA), says he intends to offer himself for a second term. Speaking in an exclusive interview, Dr Blake told The Gleaner his time in office had been challenging and successful. He hopes to seek re-election at the JAAA annual general meeting later this year. Blake first took office in 2011, just after the untimely passing of sitting JAAA president, Howard Aris, and served the last year of Aris’ term in office. He was elected in 2012 to continue as president. “I still intend to go again, to offer myself for a second term,” he said quietly, “and the second term would be my final term. “It has been a very challenging four years, and I think the team that I have worked with is a very good team, he reflected.” We have had quite a lot of successes, I would say, and if you look at medal counts, except for that one major games that we spoke about, one medal at World Youth Championships, this has really been the most successful period in Jamaica’s track and field history.” In 2012, Jamaica took home 12 medals with four gold, four silver and four bronze from the London Olympics. That is one more than the previous Olympic high of 11 from the 2008 Games in Beijing. MORE SUCCESS That was followed by a six gold medal portion of a total nine at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow and seven gold from a haul of 12 at the 2015 Worlds. That’s just one short of Jamaica’s 13-medal collection at the 2009 World Championships. That team performance garnered seven gold medals. JAAA elections occur after each Olympic Games. One of Blake’s major objectives for the rest of his current term and any other time he might have in office is to take the JAAA into what he calls ‘a more professional approach to track and field’. One area under his stethoscope is the running of the JAAA office. “Right now, we survive in the office because we have a treasurer, Mr (Ludlow) Watts, who is really a full-time worker without any pay,” he remarked. “He comes to the office every day and puts in a full shift.” According to the president, general secretary Garth Gayle also does extensive work there. “If we didn’t have workers like this who really sacrifice tremendous time and effort to keep the day to day affairs of the organisation going we’d be in serious trouble,” he explained. “I think we do need to find a way, find a sponsor, or find out if our budget is able to pay someone full time to be in the office to do the day to day activities of the association. “I think that is something that must happen,” he asserted.
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC):West Indies Women batsman Britney Cooper says the Twenty20 World Cup champions are out to prove they can also be a force to be reckoned with in the 50-overs format.The 26-year-old, who played a key role in the women’s capture of the T20 title in India last month, said the Caribbean side had already turned their attention to next year’s 50-overs World Cup scheduled for England.”A lot of people feel the West Indies team only knows how to play T20 cricket but it is much more than that,” Cooper said.”I believe we have an opportunity to show all the world that we’re not only a World Cup T20 side but we can also play one-day [cricket]. We’re hoping when we go to England next year that we can bring home another championship back to the Caribbean.”The triumph in the T20 World Cup was their first ever in that format but the women have already strung together some impressive performances in past 50-overs World Cup.In fact, they were good enough to reach the final of the last tournament in India three years ago, when they lost to Australia Women by 114 runs.improving battingCooper, whose career-best unbeaten half-century against New Zealand Women in the semi-final put the Windies Women in the T20 World Cup final, says she was focused on improving her batting in order to strengthen the ODI unit.”I don’t see myself as a T20 player. I really want to find myself higher up the order in the one-day team,” she said.”I bat at five, six sometimes so one day I hope that I can be batting at number three for four, or even opening the batting for West Indies.”Cooper made her debut in 2009 and has since played 31 ODIs and 46 T20s.The Women’s Cricket World Cup is scheduled for June 26 to July 23 next year.
Authorities gave no further details about the kidnapping or its motive. Former teammates on Mexico’s national team went on social networks to offer their support for his welfare. “A shame what happened,” goalkeeper Jesus Corona said on Twitter. “My prayers are with him and his family at this difficult time.” Similar comments came in tweets by goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, defenders Diego Reyes and Miguel Layun and strikers Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez and Oribe Peralta, all of whom are in the United States for the Copa America competition. DIFFICULT TIME CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AP) : Federal and state forces mounted an operation yesterday to find kidnapped Mexican football star Alan Pulido, who was abducted in the crime-plagued northern border state of Tamaulipas. The 25-year-old Pulido is a forward for Olympiacos of Greece and was part of Mexico’s 2014 World Cup team, though he wasn’t called up for the Copa America tournament that starts this coming week. “We have information that he was intercepted by armed persons and since then his whereabouts is unknown,” said state Attorney General Ismael Quintanilla. The Tamaulipas Coordination Group that includes federal and state security agents said on its Twitter account that it was searching for the player. Reporters in the city saw an unusual deployment of troops and police in the streets, while at least two police or military-style helicopters flew overhead. A state official earlier said Pulido was kidnapped early Sunday after leaving a party near his hometown of Ciudad Victoria, the capital of Tamaulipas, a state that has suffered battles between major drug gangs. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to discuss a case under investigation.
“It is my position to take over, so I have to, and I am definitely confident I can do that,” confirmed the 27-year-old athlete. Blake is a training partner of eight-time-Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt. Blake, meanwhile, is already looking forward to represent Jamaica at the IAAF World Relays in The Bahamas in April. He notes that he is happy with changes to his technique, made by coach Glen Mills. “World Relays is definitely on. I love the Relays and I love the atmosphere … I love the relays and I am just looking to keep Jamaica on top,” he explained. “Give God thanks, the preparation has been coming on fine; coach Mills has changed up a lot in my training and I am feeling excellent,” continued Blake. While Blake refused to go into details about the things his coach changed in his technique, he says he is ready to run. “All I will say is that I am running more upright now and I am feeling good. I am feeling brand new,” he explained. Blake added that his leg feels rehabilitated after injuries: “I don’t even know I have legs; they are feeling fine, and as you can see, I am running well.” CONFIDENT IN SELF Yohan Blake, the 2011 World 100m champion, remains happy with his pre-season progress so far, noting confidence in his ability to successfully replace Usain Bolt as Jamaica’s leading male sprinter. The Racers Track Club athlete anchored his team to a comfortable world-leading 38.59 seconds to win the men’s 4x100m relay at last Saturdays’ 41st staging of the Puma Gibson McCook Relays, at the National Stadium. Following Saturday’s win, he told The Gleaner that he is ready to be Racers’ leading athlete after Bolt’s expected retirement from the sport at the London World Championships, this year. “Confidence? My confidence is back; I am running and feeling healthy, so it is great. Yes, definitely, I am the man to take over when Usain will leave,” he responded in an interview. According to Blake, he is comfortable and ready to run.
STRUGGLE WITH BOWLERS “We struggled with their slow bowlers and it’s a situation where we need to counteract their slow bowlers in the middle. Those were the guys who really put the strangle on us up front.” Holder ruled out the pitch being a factor in the poor batting display. The surface had been under a matting cover for the last three days during the playing of a Regional Four-Day match between Barbados Pride and Guyana Jaguars. “I felt that the pitch was slow and it was a little bit more difficult to hit on,” he said. “It broke up a little earlier than I thought it would, but bearing that in mind, we just needed to find ways to knock some balls back down the pitch. It was a good enough pitch for us to get 150, at least. Definitely think if we had 150 on the board it would’ve been a much better game. “It’s clear we didn’t bat well. We started off with a runout, which gave them momentum. It was a very good piece of fielding, but we never really recovered from there. It was a situation in the middle where we had to consolidate, build a partnership.” The remaining three T20Is in the series will be played Thursday, Saturday and next Sunday at Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad. BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC): Jason Holder said he expects West Indies to bounce back from defeat now that they have a better idea of the Pakistan side. The lanky all-rounder felt that unfamiliarity with a number of Pakistani players, especially debutant leg-spinner Shadab Khan, was principally the reason for the Windies’ six-wicket loss in the first Twenty20 international on Sunday at the Kensington Oval. Khan had a memorable spell of three wickets for seven runs from his allotted four overs, as the home team was restricted to 118 for eight before the visitors successfully chased down the target with 17 balls remaining. “We need to just sit down and work out our plans against all their bowlers,” said Holder. “Obviously, we are coming up against some guys who we have never played. In this situation, we need to find how best to play them given the conditions that we have.
Caymanas Park Results for April 17, 2017Track Condition : Dirt – GoodRace 1 1100 M (Purse $720,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($450,0-$400,0)/NB5YO(NW4)*1. #1 FRANKENSTORM SEllis 56.0$117.00 $59.002. #6 FIFTYONESTORM OMullings 52.02L $70.003. #7 COMPUTERIZE JInnis2 52.01/2L $99.004. #2 GAGA LADY JJackson 52.0NeckLate scratch: #5 CONCURFinal Time: 1:07.2 Splits : 23.1, 47.0, ,Winner: 7yo b horse – OUTRIGGER – SEEKING LILTrainer: JOHNNY WILMOT Owner : SOLDIER CAMPBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $147.00 Exacta : $189.00Trifecta: $883.00Race 2 1600 M (Purse $870,000)NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIALWEIGHT – FILLIES*1. #2 DEAL MARKER WHenry 53.0$76.00 $50.002. #9 ROSES IN BLOOM ARobles 53.51-1/2L $50.003. #8 VICE ROYALTY JPatterson2 51.02-1/4L $50.004. #1 DADA’S NALA JInnis2 51.03-1/4LFinal Time: 1:41.2 Splits : 23.3, 46.3, 1:12.0Winner: 3yo ch filly – WAR MARSHALL – RIGHT MARKERTrainer: FITZROY GLISPIEOwner: AINSWORTH CLARKEBred by DONALD WILLIAMSQu: $131.00 Exacta : $216.00D/E: $159.00Superfecta: $1,202.00Race 3 1500 M (Purse $660,000)3-Y-O & UP CLM($250,0-$210,0)/NB5YO(NW2)&6YO&UP(NW4)*1. #2 CHEERS SEllis 56.0$105.00 $54.002. #7 XQUISITE CHOICE AndrePowell3 53.0Nose $53.003. #5 LATE N DRAFTY DDawkins2 50.57L $65.004. #8 SHELLIAN GREY AChatrie 52.04-1/4LFinal Time: 1:35.1 Splits : 24.2, 47.3, 1:13.2,Winner: 6yo ch colt – YESBYJIMMINY – ANGELA’S FAVORITETrainer: ROBERT DARBY (SR)Owner: MASOUDBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: ($101.00 Ex: ) $286.00D/E: $208.00Trifecta: $322.00Rolling Triple: $385.00Race 4 1100 M (Purse $600,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP(NW3)1. #8 PERFECT ASSET JInnis2 53.0$64.00 $60.002. #6 THE SALESMAN JJackson 55.05L $98.003. #7 RED DREAD AndreePowell3 52.021/2 $98.004. #10 TURBO MACHINE JErwin 54.03/4DNF: #2 TEISHA’S DREAM AChatrie 53.0Late scratch: #11 TO THE WORLDFinal Time: 1:09.0 Splits : 23.2, 48.1, ,Winner: 4yo filly – SEEKING THE GLORY – FATTY BUM BUMTrainer: WAYNE DACOSTAOwner: ELIZABETH DACOSTA & JEFFREY MOREDECAIBred by ORANGE VALLEY ESTATES LTD.Qu: $249.00 Ex: $291.00D/E: $219.00Superfecta: $1,285.00Rolling Triple: $301.00Race 5 1820 M (Purse $690,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($350,0-$300,0)/NB5YO(NW3)1. #4 BARS OF GOLD JErwin 56.0$157.00 $86.002. #5 COLORS OF WAR JPatterson2 51.01-1/2L $121.003. #1 DEMOLITION BOY HPottinger2 53.0 4-1/2L $871.004. #6 BIGBROWNGREYHOPE RHalledeen 56.0 3-3/4LFinal Time: 2:11.0 Splits : 28.2, 53.3, 1:19.3, 1:46.0Winner: 6yo b colt – HE’STHEREALTHING – GEM LEATrainer: PAUL SMITH Owner : PAUL N SMITHBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $414.00 Ex: $636.00D/E: $260.00Superfecta: $19,986.00Rolling Triple: $695.00Race 6 1000 M (R) (Purse $600,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDENCONDITION RACE1. #6 LUNA EMMA AndreePowell3 51.0$116.00 $58.00*2. #9 PATCH HLewis 52.01-1/4L $54.003. #4 ASTRO ARobles 55.04L $110.004. #7 CATCH THE FLIGHT OMullings 55.0 2L5. #12 YOUR HEARTBEAT JPatterson2 49.0 NeckFinal Time: 1:02.1 Splits : 23.3, 48.3, ,Winner: 4yo b filly – WESTERN CLASSIC – MOONLIGHT DANCERTrainer: DENNIS PRYCE Owner : DENNIS PRYCEBred by DENNIS PRYCEQu: $151.00 Ex: $451.00D/E: $771.00Trifecta : $723.00Hi-5: $67,877.00Rolling Triple: $1,476.00Pick-4: $2,356.00Super-6: $3,228.70Race 7 1600 M (Purse $650,000)NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)1. #11 BIG BUCK OWhite 54.0$259.00 $80.002. #12 CAPTAIN GRANVILLE ZMeikle 55.0 11-1/2L $101.003. #10 VICIOUS LOOK RWilson 56.01/2L $57.004. #9 MY FAVORITE DANCER JInnis2 49.0 3/4L5. #6 BURLIN AChatrie 53.01-1/4LFinal Time: 1:42.1 Splits : 24.2, 48.0, 1:14.0,Winner: 5yo b colt – WHO’S STAYIN ON – BUCKS ORCHIDTrainer: WAYNE PARCHMENT Owner : V.M.W.Bred by VINCENT LUMSDENQu: $1,947.00 Exacta : $4,412.00D/E: $1,390.00Trifecta: $1,489.00Hi-5: $143,312.00Rolling Triple: $5,432.00Race 8 1300 M (Purse $620,000)NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)1. #11 FLYING MACHINE RHalledeen 53.0 $212.00 $135.002. #10 PROUD PRESIDENT AndrePowell3 52.5 Sh.Head $175.003. #14 BOUNCE AChatrie 55.03-3/4L $162.004. #8 DRAGLINE OWalker 55.0Neck5. #7 PIANO MAN LSteadman* 55.0NeckLate scratch: #5 A VESSEL OF LOVE, #15 RUNNING STARFinal Time: 1:21.1 Splits : 23.3, 47.1, 1:13.4,Winner: 4yo b filly – STORM CRAFT – MORNING GRACETrainer: GARY GRIFFITHS Owner : ROBERT LEEBred by ROBERT LEEQu: $773.00 Ex: $2,083.00D/E: $1,538.00 (11-5) $184.00 (11-15) $446.00Trifecta: $1,461.00Hi-5: $16,878.50Rolling Triple: $5,358.00PlacePot 8: $2,843.00EASTER SPRINT CUPRace 9 1100 M (Purse $1,000,000) 3-Y-O & UP OVERNIGHT ALLOWANCE*1. #8 CHACE THE GREAT JErwin 53.5$90.00 $66.002. #5 DANCING QUEEN PWilliams 52.01-3/4L $77.003. #9 LOTTERY TICKET OWalker 53.0Neck $74.004. #6 VISION OScott4 49.0 1-1/2LLate scratch: #10 DWAYNE STARFinal Time: 1:06.2 Splits : 23.3, 47.2, ,Winner: 4yo colt – GREATNESS – OUR MISS RUTHTrainer: DWIGHT CHEN Owner : VINCENT ATKINSONBred by VINCENT ATKINSONQu: $422.00 Ex : $543.00D/E: $309.00 (11-10) $111.00Trifecta: $277.00Hi-5: $13,175.00Rolling Triple: $3,808.00Race 10 1000 M (S) (Purse $600,000) 4YO&UP CLM$180,0)-NOT FINISHED 1st-3rd SINCE 16/12/20161. #8 DA JACKAL OWalker 56.0$93.00 $88.002. #9 MAKE MY DAY RLahoe 54.01/2L $295.003. #3 ZEUS AndrePowell3 53.03-3/4L $177.004. #11 SNEAK PEEK DDawkins2 49.0 1L5. #16 I’MNOTFINE HPottinger2 52.03-1/2LDNF: #12 KING PHARAOH RWilson 53.5DNF: #13 SEAL THE DEAL ZMeikle 52.0Late scratch: #5 WAR CHIP, #15 RULES OF THE CATFinal Time: 1:00.4 Splits : 23.1, 46.4, ,Winner: 6yo ch colt – LEGAL PROCESS – SUB ZEROTrainer: JOHNNY WILMOT Owner : SYDNEY ROMANBred by KELVIN JONES & MICHAEL MCINTOSHQu: $685.00 Ex: $961.00D/E: $188.00 (8-5) $69.00Trifecta: $1,924.00Hi-5: $9,143.00Rolling Triple: $697.00Pick-4: $7,560.00 (4 OF 4)Super-6: $41,293.50 (6 OF 6)Pick-9: $1,000,000.00 (9 OF 9)
Sharapova makes first US match appearance since drug ban LATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano A power forward who is taking the long route to make the men’s team proper, Hung scored just four points, had two assists and a block before fouling out after just 10 minutes and 22 seconds on the floor.And yet, just because of that little incident where he went nose-to-nose with Wright after a rough play, he got all the local media attention.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’“I was just asking him where we were going to have dinner,” Wright answered in jest when asked by Taiwanese media of the incident. “But seriously, this is basketball and things like that happen.“We’re competitors and after all is said and done, you shake the guy’s hand,” Wright went on. “There’s nothing personal about it.” TAIPEI – Han Huang-Hung got into a skirmish with Gilas Pilipinas gunslinger Matthew Wright early in the fourth quarter of a tight victory by the Filipinos over a young Chinese Taipei B crew in the Jones Cup here on Monday afternoon.That incident alone made an instant celebrity on the 22-year-old who just got out of college early this year.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet View comments Reporters here said that Hung is ready to declare for the coming pro draft here, and that, despite just having completed his college degree, is ready to make the sport a career.He’s already had his 15 minutes of fame in this game.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 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 MOST READ
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