SYDNEY, Australia (CMC): West Indies captain Jason Holder says he rejected a proposal from his opposite number Steve Smith to open up the third and final Test with a dramatic last-day run chase, because he did not believe such a scenario was in the best interest of the team’s development. With rain allowing just 68 deliveries on day two and forcing the abandonment of the third and fourth days, the Test was predictably headed for a draw when play finally resumed on Thursday’s final day at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The proposal would have seen West Indies declaring at their overnight 248 for seven, Australia then forfeiting their first innings, allowing the visitors to rattle up 121 off seven overs and then attempting to chase down 370 off 70 overs for victory. “He came to us and made an offer. I just went back to the team and we thought at this stage of our development, it wasn’t the best thing for us,” Holder told a media conference following the drawn contest. “We had (Denesh) Ramdin, who was scoring well and looking well, so [we decided to] give him the encouragement to go out there and build an innings and build some confidence. “We set out at the beginning of the series to make sure to bat 90 overs each time we batted and get past the 300 mark. That was one of the things that we wanted to achieve today and we achieved that.” Holder said with the disappointing series the Windies had experienced Down Under, it was more important for them to achieve team goals. “It was a team vote and a team decision. We started in Hobart and we didn’t play well at all there. We showed improvement in Melbourne, and we just had to come here to improve as well.”I think we just need to take it step by step; it’s not a case where you can just jump from losing Test matches to winning in one transition, especially against good opposition like Australia.” Australia won the series 2-0 after victories in Hobart and Melbourne in the first two Tests.
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It’s a battle of the blues in today’s ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup final at Sabina Park.When the opening whistle blows at 5 p.m. dark blues Jamaica College (JC) will come face to face with the light blues of St George’s College.Before the grand final Jonathan Grant High and Denham Town High will meet in a third place play-off at 3 p.m.Defending champions JC will be seeking their 27th title today, while St George’s College, with 22 liens on the trophy, are hunting their 23rd crown.JC have lost in other competitions this season but are unbeaten in the Manning Cup. They do not have an outstanding scorer to match last year’s top man Junior Flemmings, but their attacking players have done enough to get them to the final.The Miguel Coley-coached JC only failed to score once in a 0-0 draw with Holy Trinity in the second round. Senior players Donovan Dawkins and Ronaldo Brown are among their leading scorers, with 15 goals between them. Dawkins has six and Brown nine.JC’s main strength lies in defence where versatile captain Allando Brown has been outstanding in both midfield, and at the back. Most of his impressive work has come while he playing in the heart of his team’s defence at centre half.Meanwhile, St George’s, who lost two preliminary round matches, have bounced back emphatically after every defeat, and are strong favourites to win today after an impressive 4-0 win over JC in the FLOW Super Cup final two weeks ago.Neville ‘Bertis’ Bell is aiming to win a sixth Manning Cup with the light blues.His attacking front three of Alex Marshall (26 goals), Shevon Stewart (14) and Gregory Messam (14) have been hard to contain all season.St George’s have also done well in defence as only JC have conceded fewer goals. They are also the only team to have scored in all their games.Today’s main battle should be between JC’s tough defender Allando Brown and St George’s wily forward Marshall. Marshall is difficult to contain and if he is allowed to roam freely in the JC half he could ensure another miserable evening for the dark blues.
Election day 2016 was off to a slow start at some polling stations visited by The Gleaner in East Portland. At Ken Wright Primary, voting was delayed despite the polling station opening on time. Election day workers along with the police were on location; however, the presiding officer was absent and ballot papers along with other documents had not yet arrived. Among those arriving early to vote was Lurline Dowie, who complained that she was unable to cast her ballot, as they were unable to accommodate her due to the absence of ballot papers, ink and other material. A similar situation also existed at a centre at Breast Works, where the voting process was delayed for more than 30 minutes. It was somewhat different at Boundbrook Primary, Port Antonio High, Hill Preparatory, Port Antonio Primary and Norwich Primary, where polling stations were opened on time and voting was progressing smoothly. Both candidates for the area, Linvale Bloomfield of the Peoples National Party (PNP) and Derron Wood of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) coasted their votes at Drapers All Age. Bloomfield is confident of victory and predicted that his margin of victory will be larger than in 2011 when he defeated Patrick Lee by 1246 votes. Wood on the other hand has indicated that he will create a major upset. EAST PORTLAND CONDADATES JLP: Derron Wood PNP: Linvale Bloomfield
FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES (1) BERRANCA/POLLY B (2) SONADOR EXPRESSS /IDON’TKNOW (3) AGAKHAN/PIZARRO (4) LEGAL ARENA /TWILIGHT CITIZEN (5) RAISING THE BAR /GOLD MEMBER (6) RUNAWAY GIRL/KING D Both Super-6s start anew on tomorrow’s Win Dem Wheelz Grooms’ Appreciation Day 11-race programme at Caymanas Park, the first of these commencing in the first race over 1300 metres, where the recent winner, BERRANCA, and POLLY B should have a battle royal for top honours in a field of eight. POLLY B, who has been knocking a the door in recent weeks, boasts superior speed and will, no doubt, set off in front with ZUGULU and RALLY BABY in hot pursuit. But the Anthony Nunes-trained filly BERRANCA won’t be far away and, coming off a recent fast-time win with top apprentice Linton Steadman again in the saddle, should catch and beat POLLY B from the convenient mark of 51.0kg. The second race over 1600 metres for maiden four-year-olds and up looks tailored for the lightly raced SANADOR EXPRESS, with the improving 4.0kg claiming apprentice Andre Powell aboard. Trained by Clifford Atkinson Jr, the 4-y-o filly by Camadon out of Fireontheocean caught the eye on her debut last Saturday, finishing two lengths third (staying on) to PRINCESS STATISTIC over 1200 metres, despite being slowly into stride. Now better for the experience and a mile more suitable, SONADOR EXPRESS should win from MR TOPPER TOP MAN and IDON’TKNOW in a field of 10. AGAKHAN, with smart apprentice Bebeto Harvey in the saddle, should be rewarded for his consistency in the third race for $450,000 – $400,000 claimers over 1100 metres. The trip is ideal in a small field of seven. PIZARRO and the speedy GAGA LADY are twin dangers. The improving LEGAL ARENA won by all of 10 lengths in maiden company last Saturday and is tipped to repeat in the fourth race over 1300 metres for non-winners of two. Champion jockey Shane Ellis has retained the ride aboard LEGAL ARENA, who should lead home stable-companions TRADITIONAL STORM and TWILIGHT CITIZEN. The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by the fleet-footed RAISING THE BAR (Halledeen up) and RUNAWAY GIRL under title chasing jockey Omar Walker. Their respective dangers are GOLD MEMBER in the fifth over the straight and KING D in the sixth.
MADRID (AP):Zinedine Zidane couldn’t have asked for much more after only five months as Real Madrid’s head coach. The former France great has a chance to end the season celebrating the Champions League title, just like he did 14 years ago as a player for the Spanish powerhouse.Victory tomorrow against Atletico Madrid would cap a superb start to Zidane’s head-coaching career, joining Miguel Munoz, Giovanni Trapattoni, Johan Cruyff, Carlo Ancelotti, Frank Rijkaard and Pep Guardiola as the only men to have won the European tournament both as a coach and a player.Zidane would also become one of the few coaches to win European football’s most important club competition in his first job as a head coach, along with seven other men, including Guus Hiddink, Vicente del Bosque and Guardiola.Zidane scored with a remarkable left-foot volley on the edge of the area to give Madrid their ninth title in the 2002 final against Bayer Leverkusen. He also won the tournament as an assistant coach to Ancelotti two years ago against Atletico.”I’m lucky to be here and share these moments with the players and fans. I’m very happy,” the 43-year-old Zidane said. “I’m thinking about how lucky I am to be in a final with this great club.”Zidane led Madrid to the final in Milan after taking over a club in crisis under coach Rafa Benitez. After an up-and-down start, he put the team back on track and it finished the season by winning 15 of its last 17 matches. The setbacks were a 2-0 loss to Wolfsburg in the first leg of the Champions League quarter finals and a 0-0 draw against Manchester City in the first leg of the tournament’s semi-finals.Madrid won their last 12 Spanish league matches to finish only one point behind champions Barcelona.”After he arrived, everybody could see that the team improved,” Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos said. “We didn’t have a good first half of the season but we improved a lot with him.”A loss tomorrow would leave Madrid without a title this season, although Zidane’s first spell as head coach would not likely be defined by that.”Failure would be if we didn’t give everything,” said Zidane, who was coaching Madrid’s “B” team in the third division before replacing Benitez in January. “We know that in a final the most important thing is to prepare well and anything can happen. We must prepare as always and see what happens on Saturday.”As a player, Zidane was used to the big stage after leading France to the World Cup title in 1998 and the European Championship title in 2000. He was named the world’s best player of the year three times.”There’s always pressure at Real Madrid,” he said. “It’s part of the job and I like it. I was a player and I also had pressure. I like it. I’ve got a lot to learn but the desire I’ve got to learn is tremendous. I’m going to improve, obviously, but there’s still a long way to go until I’m an important coach.”
Tivoli Gardens 2 Jamalco 0 Boys’ Town 0 UWI FC 0 Yesterday’s results LEG CRAMP “I had to leave the field because my leg was cramped up. I was just being cautious as I want to play in the next game,” Johnson told The Gleaner. “It is good to get a win for the team after the loss to UWI. The vibe in the camp is still up, so we will take it one game at a time. To be honest, I am getting older and want to leave on a high,” the 36-year-old said. When quizzed as to whether he still had the desire to play for the Reggae Boyz, he responded: “It is not on my mind as the focus is to win with Tivoli. However, if given a call, I will be there.” Coach of Tivoli Omar Edwards says it was good to rebound after the disappointing result against UWI – a 4-0 loss. “It was a good victory for us as we scored two beautiful goals. The team followed the game plan. Kudos to Teddy and Elton, who are both scoring goals for the team,” Edwards said. Jamalco’s Rayon Johnson was, of course, not pleased with the result. “The game was ugly, the field condition poor. Also the officiating was poor. We created chances, so the team just have to come again,” Johnson stated. Tivoli moved up to third position on 48 points, just three adrift of leaders UWI, who are on 51 points. Humble Lion are in second position on 49 points. However, Jamalco remained on 26 points in 10th position. Former Reggae Boy Jermaine ‘Teddy’ Johnson continues to lead the way for Tivoli Gardens, scoring the early goal in their win against Jamalco to move his tally in the Red Stripe Premier League to 13 goals. Johnson opened the scoring when he converted a penalty kick in the 10th minute. Elton ‘Juice’ Thompson sealed the deal with a strike in the 82nd minute as Tivoli won 2-0 at the Edward Seaga Complex yesterday. It was the west Kingston-based club’s first clean sheet since the end of January and just their second win in five games. Tivoli ended the game with 10 players as their captain, Romaine Brakenridge, was handed a second yellow card and was ejected in the 90th minute by referee Oshane Nation. Johnson, who is a former Bolton Wanderers player, limped off the field midway the second half due to a leg cramp. However, he said the substitution was precautionary as he did not want to take any chance of causing further damage.
While most of the attention was centred on high-school athletes in the Digicel Grand Prix events at last Saturday’s G.C. Foster Classics inside the National Stadium, several of the country’s senior athletes made their presence felt at the meet with good performances.Leading the way was Racers Track Club star Kemar Bailey-Cole, competing in his first 100m event of the season. Bailey-Cole looked quite relaxed in posting 10.06 seconds in winning the race ahead of Andrew Fisher, second in 10.26 seconds, as Emmanuel Callender, the Trinidadian competing for UWI Mona, finished third in 10.19 seconds.half-lap eventAfter good performances in the 400 metres last season, but disappointing at the National Senior Championships, G.C. Foster College’s Demish Gaye stepped down to the 200m and did so in style. Running very strongly in the latter stage of the event, he got the better of training partner Oshane Bailey to win the Men’s half-lap event in 20.48 seconds, as Bailey was timed in 20.55 seconds, while Chadic Hinds, also of G.C. Foster College, was third in 20.76 seconds.In field events, the good season for UWI’s, Fedrick Dacres continued. This time, competing in the Men’s shot put. Instead of his pet event, the discus, he still came out on top with 18.82m, beating Christopher Brown, also of UWI, into second with 16.70m with Demar Gayle of GC Foster getting third with 16.38M.National record holder, Orlando Thomas of UTech was first in the Men’s Javelin throw with 7.05m, beating Elvis Graham of G.C. Foster College into second place with 62.93m with third going to Zaavan Richards of UWI with 60.36m.After a disappointing season last year, Jura Levy had a good start to her new season, as the former Vere Technical athlete competing for Sprintec captured the Women’s 200m in 22.98 seconds, getting the better of her training partners, Anastasia Leroy second in 23.11 seconds and Gayon Evans third in 23.18 seconds.There was major concern here for two of the country’s athletes who participated at the Rio Olympics last year. Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby and Christine Day both failed to complete the event.Of the two, Day looked the more serious as she was stretchered off the track.Samantha James of the Mico University College continued her fine form in the 800m this season, winning the event in 2:08.99, easily getting the better of Sherona Stewart of G.C. Foster College, second in 2:16.81 and Nickeisha Grant of UWI, Mona third in 2:17.26.
NEW CONDITIONS The first-ever day-night first-class showdown at Sabina Park will be played starting today when second-place Jamaica Scorpions take on lowly-placed Leeward Islands Hurricanes in return-leg action of the Digicel WICB Four-day Tournament. Scheduled for a 3 p.m. start and a 10 p.m. end each day, the matchup will represent the first time a traditional regional encounter will be held under floodlights at the venue, following similar staging of the Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 over the past four years. A new feature as the West Indies Cricket Board seeks to improve the attractiveness of the sport and tournament, the match also represents the turn of Jamaica to host their one-off day-night contest. This is based on a new rule which mandates each of the six participating teams to host a day-night duel. ”It’s good to know that we will be playing our first first-class game under lights at home and the players are really looking forward it,” expressed Jamaica captain, Nikita Miller. “We don’t know what to expect as yet as it will be new conditions, but whatever it is, we are planning to approach things carefully, assess as best as we can, and execute.” The match ball will be pink instead of the customary white ball, as well as black sight-screens instead of white, and the encounter will see both teams looking to get their campaigns back on track following defeats last weekend. The Scorpions, who had hosted title-holders Guyana Jaguars, went down by seven wickets, while the Hurricanes, playing away to Barbados Pride, were beaten by an innings and 26 runs at Kensington Oval. Jamaica, who defeated the Hurricanes by an innings and 73 runs at Warner Park in first leg action, has made two changes to their mandatory 13-member squad. Pace all-rounder Rovman Powell, who missed the Guyana match due to West Indies duties, and left-arm spin all-rounder Fabian Allen have been included, while out-of-form batsman John Campbell and pace all-rounder, Derval Green have been dropped. Interestingly, Campbell is the Scorpions leading runs scorer, however, after a dismal regional Super50 campaign and an out-of-sorts-looking batting display against Guyana, the Junior Bennett-led selection panel acted. The Leewards, in the meantime, who are being captained by Kieran Powell, have named an unchanged squad. “The team vibes is still good despite us coming off a loss. It is just that we had a bad game,” said Hurricanes captain Kieran Powell. “We will attempt to correct that by trying to better execute our duties, and I am confident that we can.” The game will also be the final home match for the Scorpions. Three rounds of matches remain after this tie. Jamaica Scorpions (from): Nikita Miller (captain), Fabian Allen, Jermaine Blackwood, Derval Green, Damion Jacobs, Brandon King, Reynard Leveridge, AndrÈ McCarthy, Rovman Powell, Paul Palmer Jr, Jerome Taylor, Devon Thomas, Shacaya Thomas, Chadwick Walton Leeward Hurricanes (from): Kieran Powell (captain), Rahkeem Cornwall (vice-captain), Nkrumah Bonner, Jason Campbell, Kaecy Carty, Jahmar Hamilton, Montcin Hodge, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Jeremiah Louis, Jermaine Otto, Gavin Tonge, Hayden Walsh Jr.
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has accused a small leadership clique of “hijacking” West Indies cricket and argues that unless fundamental changes are made in the area of governance, the region will continue to languish behind the rest of the cricketing world. The outspoken regional leader, who in the past has been critical of the West Indies Cricket Board’s management of the sport, said the issue of ownership also remained a critical issue in the resolution of the crisis facing the game in the Caribbean. “Caribbean cricket has been hijacked by a small clique of people who are hell bent on destroying Caribbean cricket and my position [is], unless the question is answered as to who owns that asset, we’re spinning top in mud,” Rowley told morning television show in his home country. “In Pakistan and in Australia that question has been answered and new arrangements were put in place and they rebuilt their team under new arrangements. “We’re being told in the West Indies – and I was told to my face along with my colleague the Prime Minister of Grenada [Dr Keith Mitchell] that you (CARICOM) have no say in this. This is West Indies Cricket Inc. and it is their shareholders they have to please.” He added: “I don’t know who the shareholders are but what I do know, is that unless there are drastic changes to the current arrangements, West Indies cricket will never get back where we expect it to be.” West Indies cricket has been in the doldrums for nearly two decades now, plagued by poor results on the field and player tensions with the WICB, and occasionally player strikes. The Test team currently sits in the nether regions of the international rankings at number eight while the one-day team is ninth, behind sides like Bangladesh and Pakistan. That lowly rank caused them to miss out on qualification for this year’s Champions Trophy and unless they can creep into the top seven in the world by September 30, they will also miss out on automatic qualification for the 2019 World Cup. With the game immersed in conflict, a Governance Review Panel chaired by UWI Cave Hill principal, Professor Eudine Barriteau and commissioned by regional nation grouping, CARICOM, recommended the “immediate dissolution” of the WICB in a 2015 report, arguing the body’s governance structure was “obsolete” and “anachronistic”. The report called for the “appointment of an interim board whose structure and composition will be radically different from the now proven, obsolete governance framework.” However, the WICB was quick to reject the report, labelling the proposal as an “unnecessary and intrusive demand. Since then, CARICOM and the WICB have remained at odds over the way forward. Rowley pointed out that the decline of Caribbean cricket was underscored by the state of first class cricket, which has ceased to be attractive to the public.