Fifth wicket NEW DELHI (AP): Jos Buttler struck an unbeaten 66 and Chris Jordan grabbed 4-28 yesterday to help England knockout defending champions Sri Lanka and advance to the World Twenty20 semi-finals with a 10-run victory. Buttler struck eight fours and two sixes in a blistering 37-ball innings that helped England reach 171-4 in their last Group 1 match, despite struggling at 99-3 off 15 overs after being put in to bat. Sri Lanka collapsed to 15-4 off three overs before captain Angelo Mathews led a spirited fightback with 73 not out before the innings ended on 161-8. The game had looked in England’s control for much of Sri Lanka’s innings before Mathews clobbered five sixes and three fours off 54 balls to take his team to within striking distance. England spinners Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid conceded 63 runs between them in four overs – each going for 21 in one over – as Sri Lanka got back on track. Mathews added 80 runs for the fifth wicket with Chamara Kapugedera (30) after Tillakaratne Dilshan (2) and Dinesh Chandimal (1) had failed. With 22 runs needed off the last two overs, Jordan conceded just seven runs and took two wickets in the 19th over and Ben Stokes – who hit six valuable runs off his one ball as a batsman – conceded only four in the final over as Mathews decided to keep the strike and go for boundaries. Mathews, who struggled to run towards the end with a hamstring injury, could only manage two sets of two runs in the over as Stokes fired in full-length deliveries. England will face New Zealand in the semi-finals on Wednesday if West Indies beat Afghanistan in their group match.
MOHALI, India (AP): Virat Kohli produced a sublime 82 not out off 51 balls yesterday to help India defeat Australia by six wickets in their World Twenty20 match and advance to the semi-finals. Kohli took charge at a crucial time in what was a virtual quarter-final, smashing nine fours and two sixes as India reached 161-4 off 19.1 overs in reply to Australia’s 160-6. The No. 3 batsman added 67 off only 31 deliveries with captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (18 not out) after a useful 45-run stand for the fourth wicket with Yuvraj Singh (21) as India scored 59 runs in the last 4.1 overs of the Group 2 game. Kohli, who had also guided India to a six-wicket win over Pakistan with 55 not out, remained calm during his 15th T20 half-century after Shikhar Dhawan (13), Rohit Sharma (12) and Suresh Raina (10) failed to get going with India struggling at 49-3 in the eighth over. The opening stand was worth 54 and ended in the fifth over when Nehra induced an edge to dismiss danger man Khawaja. David Warner (6) and Smith (2) fell to spinners Ashwin and Yuvraj Singh, respectively, with Dhoni having a hand in both dismissals. Ashwin’s single wicket yesterday made him the first Indian to take 50 wickets in T20 internationals, while wicketkeeper Dhoni’s three victims brought him level on 60 with Pakistan’s Kamran Akmal for dismissals in T20 internationals. Glenn Maxwell chipped in with a useful 31 that included a reverse-sweep six off Yuvraj Singh. Shane Watson made an impressive exit from international cricket as he followed up his unbeaten 18 with 2-23 in four overs and a brilliant diving catch at cover to dismiss Yuvraj off Faulkner. Kohli batted himself in with Yuvraj and then took the initiative, smashing 19 off the 18th over bowled by James Faulkner and 16 off the 19th from Nathan Coulter-Nile, to the delight of more than 25,000 fans. Dhoni hit Faulkner for a four down the ground to complete a memorable win that sets the 2007 champion against 2012 champion West Indies in the semi-finals in Mumbai on Thursday. “That was a pretty serious innings there, under pressure,” Australia captain Steven Smith said. “He hit it right out of the middle and he’s done it for a long time. Virat played an unbelievable knock … I think 160 was around par, it just took an unbelievable innings to get India over the line.” Earlier, Australia got off to a quick start as left-handed opener Usman Khawaja began the innings with a pulled four off Ashish Nehra and then took four fours off the following over from Jasprit Bumrah to finish with a 16-ball 26 comprising six fours. Australia raced to the 50-run mark in only 3.4 overs as Aaron Finch (43 off 34) smashed two consecutive sixes over long on off spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, but the scoring rate was checked as wickets fell at regular intervals. “It was a tough score, they got 60 runs in the first six overs,” Dhoni said. Australia reached the 100-run mark in 12.5 overs and 150 in 19.4. fifth over 25,000 fans
Veronica Campbell-Brown is the second most decorated Jamaican athlete at the IAAF World Championships with nine medals – two gold and seven silver.
QUEENS, New York: VERONICA Campbell-Brown believes the way she finished last season has provided the perfect launch pad for next year. The outstanding Jamaica female sprinter had low performances as she struggled with uncharacteristic poor form leading into the World Championships, in what she described as her ‘most challenging year’. However, cometh the hour, cometh the woman and at the World Championships in Beijing, China, Campbell-Brown – with personal best times of 10.76 for the 100 metres and 21.74 over 200m – ran herself into form and took bronze in the 200m final and gold on the Jamaican sprint relay team. Also, she narrowly missed out on a medal in the 100 metres by placing fourth. “2015 was my most challenging season, not in terms of lack of medals,” she told The Gleaner in an interview in New York on Friday. “My programme was on point. My programme was well designed, but my body … I experienced some weird stuff and it set me back couple months well. As a result, I was not able to run my races properly and I did not get a break in the way my body was feeling until about three weeks before the World Championships, and so I’m thankful for the results.” The 33-year-old flew up to the Big Apple where she was presented with the Children of Jamaica Outreach (COJO) Humanitarian Award at its yearly function on Saturday night at the JFK Hilton Hotel in Queen’s. Campbell-Brown, a battle-hard competitor, said her strong-willed personality played a major part in her bronze-medal success at the World Championships last summer. “It’s all about mental toughness; I stayed strong, I stayed positive and I went into that final with the mindset to win. I just ran like I was crazy from the gun. If I didn’t do that, I would not have got a medal,” the former Vere Technical standout said. “The 100 metres wasn’t bad either. I think it set me up for the 200 metres. I felt good. I felt like myself in the 100-metre semis, but in the final, I was a little off. But overall, it was a decent championship for me, not what I’m used to. It may seem like an underperformance, but I do understand there were factors that contributed to that, so, at the end of the day, I have to be pleased with what I achieved.” Asked how much mental toughness has enabled her success, the sprinter, popularly known as ‘VCB’, said: “I think it plays a very huge part. Training is hard, but you’ve to be mentally tough every day to get through the workouts; and then competition is tough. “Over the years, I’ve learnt that if I keep my mind clean and clear and just focus on me and not worry about what’s going on around me, don’t focus on the workload, don’t focus on the competition, as long as I can do that and keep positive and believe in God and my ability, those are the things that get me through. So, no matter how I go into a race, I don’t feel like I’m not able to win; I go into every race believing that I’m as good as everybody in the field and that is important,” the 17-time Olympic and World Championship medallist underlined. Next year will be the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and VCB says she’s in a good place. “I feel like 2015 set me up for 2016. I feel like I ended my season on a decent note and it has set me up quite well for 2016. And I know that my main thing is to ensure that I stay healthy. As long as I don’t miss a bulk of training sessions, I should be in a good place to be in Rio,” she said. “The competition is great because when I look at my 200m from Beijing, running 21.9 from lane two was quite impressive. I wonder what would I do if I was in a better lane. So it gives me hope for what I can do in 2016.” Competition will be tough for medals, with countrywomen Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Elaine Thompson, Natasha Morrison and Dutchwoman Dafne Schippers all displaying good form last season. The Americans who were off, are also expected to challenge as well. “I’m not focusing on my competitors. I’m focusing on what I have to do. I know that there are a lot of talented girls that I have to compete against and it helps me to make sure that I stay motivated and keep working hard, and if everything goes well I’m expecting great results in Rio, as long as I make the team; and I’m trusting God that I will make the team,” Campbell-Brown said. At this point, she is undecided about when she’ll start competing next year. “I’m still thinking about that,” she said. “I’m not sure if I’m going to do indoors. If not indoors, then it’d be in March.” MENTAL TOUGHNESS
‘US Nationals Send Off’ for shooters in Mandeville Astra Run on today Knockpatrick win Top Notch Summer League Chairman of the South Central Confederation, Michael Ricketts, has challenged his colleagues at the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) to make their voices clear on what should define the way forward for the Jamaica Football Federation in light of the country’s failure at the semi-final round of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers. Ricketts issued the call as he addressed youngsters at a special luncheon to fÍte participants in the annual South Central Confederation Under-13 and Under-15 competitions. The function was hosted last Saturday morning at The Verandah, a scenic getaway owned by Juici Patties at its headquarters at Clarendon Park. Ricketts, who is also a former second vice-president of the JFF, posited that a national competition featuring parish line-ups of the best Under-20 players was needed to create a better pool of talent, which the JFF could harness. The main goal of the function was to highlight Juici Patties 30th year of sponsoring the Confed’s Youth competitions. Earlier in August, Manchester took the Under-13 title, while St Catherine successfully defended their Under-15 title. Clarendon were runners-up in both competitions. Defending champions Petrojam retained the KSAFA/Western Sports Business House Division One football title last Saturday at Winchester Park, when they drubbed KO champions Carib Cement 4-0 in the final. Wisynco, meanwhile, clipped Xerox 1-0 in the Division Two final, which preceded the Division One final,, with a 10th-minute goal from Adrian Williams. Petrojam, who were winning their sixth Division One title since 2010, were led by a hat-trick from Arnett Gardens Premier League player Fabian Reid, who opened the scoring in the 22nd minute, while Cornelius Simms made it 2-0 in the 32nd minute. The Lennie Hyde-coached Petrojam continued to outplay Carib Cement in the second half, as Reid netted two more goals to give his team a resounding victory. Petrojam will next play for the Challenge Shield against Division Two champions Wisynco and KO champions Carib Cement, before contesting the all-island Champion of Champions one-off match against the St Ann Business House champions. Waterhouse United win big match Peter Bunting Football League round-up Knockpatrick are the 2016 champions of the Top Notch Summer Football League, after prevailing 5-4 on penalties over Sunset Strikers last weekend. For their efforts, Knockpatrick pocketed $80,000, while the losers got $40,000. Interestingly, these two teams had previously met in the same preliminary zone, with Knockpatrick as victors. However, against expectations, Adolph Powell scored in the 15th minute to give Sunset a 1-0 lead. It lasted 13 minutes before Sheldon Williams scored to pull Knockpatrick level at 1-1. There were to be no goals for the remainder of regulation time. However, Sunset were dealt a blow after one of their players, Kemar Williams, received a second yellow card in the 80th minute and was sent off. The five-minute-per-half extra time failed to produce any more goal, hence leaving the dreaded penalty kicks to decide the championship. Earlier, Albion, who also competed in the same preliminary zone as the two finalists, easily grabbed third place after shutting out Plowden 3-0. Despite losing, Sunset were rewarded with a number of cash prizes for individual awards. They took home the best defender award in Nicholas Bell, top goalkeeper in Shacore Forbes, and the most valuable player award in Adolph Powell. The Institute of Sports (INSPORTS), in a joint partnership with the Jamaica Football Referees Association and the Jamaica Netball Association, will be conducting a netball and football seminar for Portmore’s primary school coaches at Waterford Primary on September 30. Sylvester Campbell, who is an international netball umpire and coach of many-time champions Tivoli Gardens, will conduct the netball seminar, and Kevin Morrison, who is an INSPORTS sports officer and a FIFA referee, will be conducting the seminars. Among things to be highlighted are adjusted rules for both sports. Some 12 schools will be participating in the football competition, in which Waterford Primary are defending champions, and another nine for the netball competition set for Portsmouth Primary, who are the reigning champions. INSPORTS seminar for Portmore coaches Guns will literally blaze in Mandeville tomorrow, when the island’s growing litany of professional practical pistol shooters converge at the Lincoln range for ‘US Nationals Send Off’. The Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club is the chief organiser and hosts to shooters, who will mainly come from Kingston, Clarendon, Manchester, and Westmoreland. The match is internationally styled, as it is advertised as the last competitive practice for Jamaican shooters who will participate in at the US Nationals, which will be staged from October 9-10 in Frostproof, Florida. Tomorrow’s tournament features eight stages with 110 rounds. There will be trophies for first- and second-place finishers in each division. Refreshments and lunch will be on the house, but there is a small admission cost for fans and children to see the action. The tournament shoots off at 10 a.m., but the range will be open from 8:30 a.m. to accommodate practice. Ricketts nudges JFF colleagues on youth policy Petrojam, Wisynco are BH football champions Waterhouse United came up trumps after they defeated pre-tournament favourites, Spit Fyah, 300-298 in a nail-biting encounter in the Jamaica Domino Council Association Premier League last Sunday. With the victory, Waterhouse moved to 24 points from seven matches, while Spit Fyah remained on 20 points, after they suffered their second straight loss of the season. In other matches, Braeton All Stars continued their rich form as they ticked off their seventh consecutive win and are on maximum 28 points, with a 300-274 triumph over Mechanical Strikers. Veteran club Caribbean Classic whipped Exceptional 300-255 for their sixth win; Small Axe cut down Vintage Pub 300-260; Naggo Head walloped Memory Lane 300-236; Giants stepped on Soursop Tree 300-296; Bull Bay United thumped Highlight Strikers 300-217, and Right Stuff beat International 300-238. Action in the league continues tomorrow. The Pharmaceutical Society of Jamaica and the Kidney Support Foundation of Jamaica will host the Astra 5K Run this evening at the Police Officers’ Club, starting at 6:30. According to the organisers, they are seeking to attract thousands of participants of all ages, who through their numbers will help raise funds to increase education and funding for kidney-failure patients here in Jamaica, plus purchasing an ICU machine for the University Hospital of the West Indies and a ventilator for the Dialysis Unit at Kingston Public Hospital. Proceeds from last year’s event were used to assist the Kidney Support Foundation of Jamaica and the eradication of maternal neonatal tetanus, a Kiwanis International project. This year, the organisers will again partner with the Kidney Support Foundation of Jamaica (KSFJ). Funds raised will benefit the KSFJ projects, titled Kidney Help, a health-education programme, the purchase of a ventilator for the University Hospital of the West Indies, and support the purchase of a dialysis machine for Kingston Public Hospital. All divisions have now tasted action in the Peter Bunting Football League, which is organised under the banner of the Central Manchester Sports Development Committee. Last weekend, the Porus community team outscored Hope Village 5-2 to highlight action in the Porus Division, while Blue Mountain and Coffee Grove ended 1-1. In the Royal Flat Division, hosts Royal Flat were defeated 3-0 by Grey Ground. Most matches were, however, played in the Knockpatrick Division. Old England were 2-0 winners over Belitiro, Albion edged Brokenhurst 1-0, while Knockpatrick shut out Pear Tree 3-0. No matches will be played this weekend, owing to the People’s National Party’s conference in Kingston.
HAPPY WITH THE EFFORT Ali was happy with the collective efforts of the middle order, especially after the collapse in Dhaka when England lost to Bangladesh. “We have changed our mentality a bit and want to spend some time on the pitch. Batting at No.5 allows me to do that. I can work on the time needed to bat and play for singles. I enjoy such situations,” said Ali. He was also full of praise for teammate Stokes, whose attacking display helped England accelerate the scoring rate. It could have an impact on the game as a wearing pitch comes into focus. Ali reached his fourth Test hundred off 195 balls. He put on 62 runs for the fifth wicket with Stokes. Mohammed Shami (2-65) then bowled Ali as he inexplicably shouldered arms to an incoming delivery. Keeper Wriddhiman Saha dropped Stokes twice off Umesh Yadav (2-112), making it five drops in this innings for India in total. The all-rounder reached his fourth test hundred off 173 balls. His stay at the crease lasted 235 deliveries, including 13 fours and a six. RAJKOT, India (AP): India’s openers Gautam Gambhir and Murali Vijay made a solid start to India’s first innings on day two of the first Test, reaching 63-0 at stumps in reply to England’s 537. At stumps, Vijay was on 25, while Gambhir was 28 not out. The opening duo didn’t look in any discomfort negotiating the final session of play. Seamers Stuart Broad (0-20) and Chris Woakes (0-17) shared the new ball, but spin was introduced in the sixth over as Moeen Ali (0-6) came on to bowl. Zafar Ansari (0-3) and Adil Rashid (0-8) also bowled short spells as England sought a breakthrough. England’s innings featured three centuries from Joe Root (124), Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes. Ali (117) and Stokes (128) guided England to their third-highest total in Test cricket on Indian soil. It was the first time since 2012-13 that a visiting team had crossed the 500 barrier on Indian soil. England was also the last to do it when they scored 523 runs in Kolkata.
MIAMI (CMC): Four new venues have been added to the roster for next July’s CONCACAF Gold Cup, the confederation announced yesterday. The Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas; the FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio; Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California; and Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee will be among 14 venues which will play host to the July 7-26 continental championship staged exclusively in the United States. In 2015, preliminary-round matches were staged in Toronto. “We’re excited to bring the Gold Cup to new markets across the country. These cities have all proved ready and eager to host our region’s marquee soccer championship, and welcome world-class international soccer next summer,” said CONCACAF General Secretary Philippe Moggio. “With matches also set for some of our more popular venues over the years, such as Dallas, Los Angeles and New York, next year’s Gold Cup will highlight the top-tier sporting status of international soccer across the nation.” The Alamodome, the FirstEnergy Stadium and Nissan Stadium will also feature preliminary-round games, while Levi’s Stadium will be one of five venues to stage knockout games. Jamaica, the 2015 finalists, along with CuraÁao, French Guiana and Martinique are the Caribbean teams which have so far secured qualification for the Gold Cup. Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname and Haiti will contest a play-off next month for a chance to secure another berth at the showpiece. Canada, Mexico and the United States automatically qualify, with the four top finishers from next month’s UNCAF Central American Cup wrapping up the remaining places at the 12-nation championship.
Andre Lowe, Sports Editor David Rudisha, world record holder in the 800m and 400m world record holder Wayde van Niekerk will join 100m and 200m world record holder Usain Bolt as headliners for this year’s JN Racers Grand Prix. Kenyan star Rudisha, a two-time Olympic and world champion in the two-lap event holds the current mark after his 1:40.91 run on his way to winning gold at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Rudisha also won gold at the Rio 2016 Games as well as gold medals at the Beijing and Daegu World Championships in 2015 and 2011 respectively. World champion Van Niekerk produced what is regarded by many as the best athletics performance at last year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro after a record-breaking 43.03 run in the 400m final and will be making his second trip to the island for the meet as part of a South African group that also includes fast-rising sprinter Akani Simbine, a 100m finalist in Rio. Simbine has already gone sub-10 seconds and sub-20 seconds this season with efforts of 9.93 and 19.95in the 100m and 200m recently. In fact, both times were registered on the same day at a South African meet. Rudisha and Van Niekerk will join Bolt as the main draw for a meet that has already established itself as a leading event in the region. This year’s JN Racers Grand Prix, which is set for the National Stadium on June 10, will be used to celebrate the career of the retiring Bolt with several features, such as a farewell 100m set to be announced by organisers today. A number of other top named athletes are also expected to be confirmed but local stars such as Yohan Blake, Asafa Powell, Warren Weir and Kemar Bailey-Cole are said to be among those already booked. Meet organiser and president and head coach of the Racers Track Club Glen Mills a few weeks ago underlined plans to focus on a wider range of top level competitors at the meet. “We have a wider span of stars in events that were not previously, and we have the top stars in the world, record holders, world championship … those events, even (jumpers) coming to participate in the triple jump,” Mills outlined at a recent meeting.
National swimming coach Gillian Millwood is confident that members of the Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica (ASAJ) National Age Group team to the 2017 CARIFTA Swimming Championships will be strong medal contenders at the April 15-19 meet in Nassau, Bahamas.The Jamaicans will line up against 25 participating countries, with high hopes of equalling, or bettering, the eight gold, nine silver, and eight bronze (25 medals) they won in Martinique last year.More than a fifth of the contingent are overseas-based swimmers who live and train outside of Jamaica but compete for the team annually.PREPARATION MODEAccording to Millwood, the swimmers are in preparation mode and will test their sprinting skills in the pool in one last competition two weeks before they depart for Nassau.”It’s only up to them from here. We have a bigger team than last year and I anticipate that we will be able to pick up more medals than we got then,” she reasoned.The team is a mix of experienced swimmers and a few newcomers.Millwood is expecting everybody to go out and give of their best, even if they don’t medal.”I pick returnees to medal. Everybody understands that once they do their part, their best, the results will come,” she underlined.Jamaica’s squad includes:11-12 Boys: Joshua-Daniel Alleyne, Nikolos Gordon-Somers, Jaleel Samms and Nathaniel Thomas.13-14 Boys: Akeem Alleyne, Cameron Brown, Dominic Mullings and Kyle Sinclair.15-17 Boys: Joseph Black, Mattheau Bonner, Joseph Cardozo, Sean-Douglas Gooden, Adrian Grant, Jesse Marsh and Nicholas Vale.11-12 Girls: Zaneta Alvaranga, Paige Lewis, Sabrina Lyn and Isabella Sierra.13-14 Girls: Brianna Anderson, Gabrianna Banks, Emily MacDonald and Simone Vale.15-17 Girls: Anjuii Barrett, Annastazia Chin, Shaun Johnson, Laura Lim Sang, Annabella Lyn, Bryanna Renuart, Angara Sinclair and Britney Williams.The team will be managed by Tastey Blackman.
Sunshine Girls head coach, Jermaine Allison-McCracken, has described the fitness of the fourth-ranked Sunshine Girls as “average” and has warned that they will have to improve on and off the field to get to the level of their top international rivals. Allison-McCracken, the holder of a United Kingdom level two coaching certificate, said earlier this week that she is looking to toughen up the Sunshine Girls both physically and mentally. “At the moment, their fitness level is average, and they haven’t been training that hard. … . If we are going to compete with them (top rivals), then we will have to have that same sort of approach,” the coach said. The new coach is in the process of starting training regimes like gym work, running, teaching sessions and swimming to her squad over the next six months. Her plan is to have the team near the intensity levels of perennial top three teams; Australia, New Zealand and England. CAN BE NUMBER ONE “I am tough. I know where I want them to be. I think they can be at world number one, and I am gonna do my utmost to get them there, but I can’t do it without them. “They have to have the passion, they have to want it, and have to be able to see that they can get it,” she underlined. According to the head coach, the Sunshine Girls will need to be professional in all aspects. “I know where they are now, and I know where I want to get them to. Some of them may not like the end product, in which case they can choose to leave at anytime, but I am looking for committed athletes,” Allison-McCracken pointed out. She stressed it will be a lot of hard work to become world class athletes, adding that raw talent will not be enough. “Raw talent will get you so far, and it’s got them (Sunshine Girls) to number four. If they want to be competing with one, two, and three, then they have to put in the same amount of work as the Australians, New Zealanders and English, who are all professional athletes,” she told The Gleaner. The coach added that all netballers under her charge will have to begin taking their craft very seriously as athletes.