SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (CMC):Openers Johnson Charles and Andre Fletcher punished Zimbabwe with exhilarating unbeaten half-centuries to life West Indies to an emphatic 10-wicket victory in their second warm-up game here yesterday.Chasing 154 at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, West Indies romped to their target in the 13th over with Charles, belting 92 not out off 48 balls and Fletcher striking 56 not out off 33 deliveries.Zimbabwe had earlier tallied 152 for seven off their 20 overs, with the stylish Vusi Sibanda top-scoring with 64 and Sikandar Raza getting 23.The right-handed Sibanda, opening the batting, faced 56 balls and struck eight fours in adding 53 for the fifth wicket with Raza, who gathered a four and a six off 13 balls in his knock.Medium pacer Carlos Brathwaite was the best bowler with three for 23, while fellow seamers Dwayne Bravo (2-11) and Jerome Taylor (2-35) both finished with two wickets apiece.Charles and Fletcher then pummelled the Zimbabwe attack as West Indies cruised to their second win over the African side in three days.The right-handed Charles slammed 10 fours and six sixes while Fletcher, also a right-hander, counted five fours and three sixes.landmarkCharles reached his half-century in the eighth over off 27 balls with five fours and four sixes, while Fletcher raised his landmark off 31 deliveries in the 12th over.West Indies are preparing for the Twenty20 World Cup starting March 8 in India and will continue their preparation with another T20 warm-up against English County Warwickshire on Friday here.
playing superbly to upset the inform Kiwis.Their success has mirrored that of their men’s side who play England in the corresponding final, and Taylor underscored the importance of both sides winning on Sunday.”It would mean a lot. We’ve been talking about it, just hanging out with the guys. It’s been so good,” she said.”Words can’t really explain how much it would mean for both teams. Especially for us because we’ve never been to the final before. For us to get this one would be like a dream come true.”Taylor has been the inform batsman with nearly 200 runs in a side where the batting has not really clicked, and Britney Cooper’s career-best 61 in the semi-final was the Windies Women’s only half-century.However, their bowling has been penetrative with Taylor claiming eight wickets with her off-breaks and leg-spinner Afy Fletcher and medium pacer Deandra Dottin both taking seven wickets.Note: The match starts at 4 a.m. Jamaica time.
André: It’s Jamaica vs the USA in the men’s 4x100m relay final. This is gonna be fun – two strong teams going at each other for bragging rights in an exciting and dramatic event. KC: After losing to the United States at the World Relays in the Bahamas, I do not think the Jamaicans will be taking their opponents lightly this time around. André: Well, I’m not sure they took the Americans lightly in The Bahamas, but none of the Jamaicans were in good physical shape at the World Relays. That has changed. Usain Bolt is back to his best, Asafa Powell has been running well and there have been solid performances by the Jamaicans all around since then. KC: Yes, things will be much different this time around as with Bolt in such magnificent form, he only needs to get the baton on the anchor leg in a good position. I think anyone on his leg will be scared to death. André: As they should be. The Jamaicans will start with the reliable Carter as usual with the interesting tweak being Asafa Powell on the back straight. Powell has never had to handle the baton twice – receive and hand off. So, it will be interesting to see how he manages, but his speed on the back straight against Gatlin is key for the Jamaicans and will prevent the Americans from building a big lead if at all for the anchor man. KC: On paper, the Americans are the favourites here as Trayvon Bromell, Mike Rodgers and Tyson Gay are well rested. With Bromell on the lead off leg, Carter cannot allow him to get away too far from him as this could be danger for us. Also, as you know, Powell will be up against Gatlin on the second leg. André: It seems we will be running Nickel Ashmeade on the third leg against Gay. Ashmeade isn’t in good form, but he’s a better curve runner than Gay right now, I believe. The Jamaicans only need to get the stick around to restore order and continue their dominance at World Champs and Olympics. KC: It is Rodgers who will be anchoring for the United States as Bromell is expected to give them a good start. The key will be the third leg. Ashmeade cannot allow Gay to get away from him here and give the anchor man a big lead. André: I expect that all the legs will be close, Asafa’s execution is key but once whoever is on anchor is within a few steps of Bolt, it’s game over for the US. KC: I am a bit concerned with Asafa on the second leg as this is new territory for him as he is used to just getting the baton and not passing it. I have been in tremendous form in my selections over the past five days and I hope this will continue and I am giving the USA the slight edge here to win gold as Bolt will have too much to make up on the anchor leg.
Inzamam to coach AfghanistanISLAMABAD (AP):Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq said yesterday that he will coach Afghanistan during the upcoming limited-overs tour of Zimbabwe.Calling Afghanistan “a fast rising team in international cricket,” Inzamam told The Associated Press that he will fly to Harare tomorrow to take charge of the ICC associate member.”They have some good fighting cricketers and what I will be looking forward (to) is to better their batting technique in international matches,” said the 45-year-old Inzamam, who scored 8,830 runs in 120 Test matches and 11,739 runs in 378 ODIs.He retired from international cricket in 2007.Afghanistan will play five ODIs and two Twenty20s against Zimbabwe, starting October 16.Smith disappointed with postponed tourMELBOURNE, Australia (AP):Australia cricket captain Steve Smith said yesterday he was disappointed he won’t get to lead the Test side to Bangladesh and he felt it for cricket fans in the South Asian country.On Thursday, Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said the two-Test tour of Bangladesh, scheduled to start with a warm-up match today, would not go ahead after Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs identified a serious security risk.An Italian citizen was shot to death by a gunman on a motorcycle while walking in Dhaka’s diplomatic zone on Monday. The militant group Islamic State later claimed responsibility.Smith said he understood the disappointment of the cricket community in Bangladesh.”I really feel for them,” Smith said. “They were all looking forward to us coming over, to playing over there so hopefully we can get an opportunity to get over there at some time.”Klitschko vs Fury rescheduled for Nov 28BERLIN (AP):Wladimir Klitschko’s postponed heavyweight title defence against Tyson Fury has been rescheduled for November 28 at the same Duesseldorf venue.The Ukrainian had been scheduled to defend his IBF, WBO and WBA belts against the British fighter on October 24, but the bout was called off after Klitschko tore a tendon in his left calf in training.Klitschko says in a statement Friday that that “injury will heal quickly enough for me to enter the ring on November 28.”Fury, unbeaten with 18 knockouts in 24 wins, is bidding to become the first fighter to defeat Klitschko since Lamon Brewster on April 10, 2004.
Though the stars of athletics make nowhere near the money gained by their peers in football, boxing, golf, Formula One and the domestic American sports, it’s becoming more tempting for young prospects to make the big move. They’d best beware. It’s not for everyone. Young American high-school sprinters Kaylin Whitney and Candace Hill have recently parlayed their promise into the pros at age 16. Here at home, Jaheel Hyde and Michael O’Hara are both foregoing their last year of high school eligibility to take the pro road. From all reports, both Hyde and O’Hara have tertiary studies built into their plans. That’s smart because there’s no absolute guarantee of a lucrative career in the professional ranks. Injury or loss of form can turn things upside down. Ristananna Tracey left Edwin Allen High School as the second fastest junior 400-metre hurdler of all-time. Sadly, through a combination of circumstances, she has not made progress. Hopefully, her change of training camps to G.C. Foster College will bear fruit, for one whose potential for greatness is still undeniable. IGNORE EDUCATION In a world where proven champions like Norwegian javelin great Andreas Thorkildsen can lose their sponsorship if they lag behind top form, young prospects take a risk when they ignore education. On the other side of the coin is Danielle Williams. She left The Queen’s School as a fine prospect, but not a star. She took the traditional route to college in US scholarship and now she is World Champion. The recent ISSA ruling barring professionals from Boys and Girls Championships forces high school student athletes and their families to decide. Missing Champs is one thing, but missing college is another even more critical decision. If things don’t work out athletically, then the unsuccessful young professional could find himself or herself out on a limb without no income from the sport and no college qualification at 24 or 25. Luckily, today’s world has options. If they prefer, they can stay in Jamaica, where a growing number of tertiary institutions are offering scholarships to student athletes. They can do what Herb McKenley did 1942 and take a US sport scholarship. As Omar McLeod has done recently at the University of Arkansas, student athletes can turn pro early with their sponsors obliged to pay for the remainder of their college tuition. Both routes have produced success, academically and athletically. To be fair, some sportsmen can take the risk to forego college. Usain Bolt and Lebron James are examples of super successful athletes who went pro early and skipped college. However, since no one can be absolutely sure of their athletic future, the best option is to keep academics in the picture.
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Other than the fact that Jamaica’s only sports college was named after him, not much is known about Gerald Claude Eugene Foster. For many, Jamaica’s track and field history began in 1948 at the London Olympic Games, where Jamaicans like Arthur Wint, Herb McKinley, and George Rhoden began to write their own significant legacies, but in reality, it could easily be argued that G. C. Foster was actually the man who started it all, first as an athlete in the early 1900s; later, as a coach who played a key part in Jamaica’s schoolboy sports; and even later, as coach and physiotherapist at the British Empire Games in 1934 and the Olympic Games in 1948. In comparison to others, history has been unkind to Foster, whose work has gone relatively unrecognised. “In some ways, I don’t think he was valued enough at that time, and when we look back now at his role in coaching schoolboy athletes – whichever school he coached had a very good chance at winning Champs that year – maybe he wasn’t valued enough,” said Diane Shaw, Foster’s granddaughter, who, on Wednesday, launched a book on her grandfather’s life at the Football Factory on Olivier Road in Kingston. The book is called Remembering G. C. Foster and was edited by Arnold Bertram, who has written several books on Jamaica’s rich track and field history. Shaw is the last grandchild of Foster, who unsuccessfully bid to represent Jamaica at the 1908 Olympic Games because Jamaica was not yet a member of the Olympic charter. She began research for the book decades ago, interviewing persons like the late Barclay Ewart, who benefitted from Foster’s tutelage while he was a student at Jamaica College back in the 1950s. She also interviewed the late Keith Gardner, another of Foster’s early protegÈs, as well as Mauricio Ventura. Shaw also spent time discussing her grandfather’s contributions with coaches Glen Mills and Freddie Green, as well as modern stars like Yohan Blake. She said she did not get the opportunity to speak with Usain Bolt. She recalls that each of the persons she interviewed for the book had nothing but glowing recollections of Foster, who died in 1966 at the age of 80. “Most of the people that I interviewed just loved him because he was such a positive influence,” she said. Shaw admitted that while she knew her grandfather well while growing up, she discovered new things about him during her years of research. “He had a passion for excellence, and he was a very endearing man. He also had a great sense of humour. There was a lot of laughter. After the athletes had their sessions, there was a lot of laughter after. He never tired. He could go on into the night massaging people until sweat poured down his face,” she said. “He had endless energy for coaching, massaging, and prompting them to be the very best they could be.” All this work, he did for free. The book is available at the Football Factory as distribution deals are still being worked out.
CITY (4-2-3-1)HART,ZABALETA, OTAMENDI, MANGALA, KOLAROV,TOURE, FERNANDINHO, NAVAS,DE BRUYNE, NASRI,AGUEROBOJAN,ARNAUTOVIC, AFELLAY, SHAQIRI,IMBULA, WHELAN,MUNIESA, WOLLSCHEID, SHAWCROSS, BARDSLEY,HAUGAARDSTOKE (4-2-3-1)Manchester City’s Barclays Premier League challenge faltered at Newcastle on Tuesday. Sergio Aguero scored a controversial opener he appeared offside but conceded an equaliser, by Vurnon Anita, and are now 12 points behind leaders Leicester City with four games and 12 pointsavailable left to play.However, Stoke City arrive on the back of a poor run which has seen them lose their last two games while conceding eight goals, including last Monday’s 4-0 home thrashing by title-chasing Tottenham.And away from home they have scored just 18 goals. However, when they met City in December at the Britannia Stadium they won 2-0 with a brace from Marko Arnautovic, a win sufficient to topple Manuel Pellegrini’s men off the top of the Premier League.It was the first time Stoke had scored more than one goal in a Premier League game against City. However, last season, Stoke won 1-0 at the Etihad Stadium with a goal from Mame Diouf.That shock win ended a run of six Premier League visits without a win or a goal. In those previous six visits, Stoke had conceded 15 goals, including three on four occasions.City’s home record is not as impressive as in recent campaigns. They have lost five games, more than at any time since the 2008-09 campaign (six), with two to go there. But they have scored 41 home goals, the most in the Premier League.The home side recalled Vincent Kompany at Newcastle while Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna undergo tests for this game and ahead of next week’s Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid.Stoke, meanwhile, miss Jack Butland, Glen Johnson, Jonathan Walters and Marc Wilson through injury while Erik Pieters serves the second of a two-game ban for collecting 10 yellow cards.
They then turned on the skill, with Christopher Randall, Kwesi Watts and Morrison putting their respective skill set on open display, as the half ended in a 0-0 scoreline with little effort from the highly-rated Cornwall College unit. Then in the 61st, Watts won a penalty, after he was pulled down while on the attack for the referee to point to the spot. Up stepped the big defender Cummings to fire home for the lead, leaving the Cornwall team dejected. They would respond with a series of raids with only the goals being the missing component, as Lennon will meet a familiar foe in Friday’s title match, which is promising to be a real humdinger in waiting. “It is a very good feeling; I think we deserve the win. We came into the match not worried about our opponents, who are a quality bunch, but we played like how we planned and that’s all that matters in giving us this important victory. Now it’s onto meeting STETHS,” stated Gordon. Western Bureau Lennon’s head coach, Merron Gordon said his team showed class and a strong determination to reach the final of the 2016 ISSA/FLOW Ben Francis Cup Knockout competition, after tagging Cornwall College 1-0 in their semi-final clash in Santa Cruz yesterday. They will now meet the defending champions St. Elizabeth Technical in Friday’s final to be played at the Manchester High School field. Fitzroy Cummings, the Lennon captain fired home the lone goal of a rather dull contest from the penalty spot in the 61st minute, after he was brought down inside the area by Cornwall College’s Dwayne Harding. “I told my players to enjoy the match, and you saw that in this match. We were bouncing about with our passes, while keeping Cornwall’s danger players in check. Tactically, it was a great match for us to make the final from,” said Gordon. Cornwall College, it seemed, were still suffering from last Saturday’s loss in the final of the Flow Super Cup, and their coach Dr. Dean Weatherly put it all down to fatigue, as a result of the long travels in recent days. “We weren’t pouncing today. We lacked the punch you normally see from us,” said Dr. Weatherly, “I think it has to do with the travelling, which took a lot out of our players against a team like Lennon.” Fatigue, or not, Lennon never gave them any real look at goal, except late in the second half, when their goalkeeper Tyrone Mullings was twice forced into superb saves to keep his team in front, both off corner kicks from Jourdaine Fletcher. His strike partner Peter-Lee Vassell had little to no impact on the game and that in fact summed up their afternoon, as the two are arguably the best front two in schoolboy football. Ryan Morrison should have scored for Lennon in the 20th minute, when the Cornwall goalkeeper Jamario Hines let the ball slip from his grasp, but the follow-up effort slid wide of the goal. LITTLE EFFORT
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP):Russia will face any “necessary actions and sanctions” after investigators alleged that footballers had suspicious drug-test samples covered up as part of a wider doping scandal in the 2018 World Cup host nation, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said yesterday.Five suspicious samples in the Russian men’s under-17 and under-21 national teams in 2013 and 2014 were exposed in emails released earlier this month by the World Anti-Doping Agency, accompanying investigator, Richard McLaren’s, report into Russian doping.Then-sports minister Vitaly Mutko, who is also in charge of Russia’s World Cup preparations, has been accused of covering up a doping case in the Russian league. FIFA’s ethics committee has said it will examine McLaren’s report and the role of Mutko, who sits on FIFA’s ruling council.WORKING TOGETHERAsked whether he still trusts Mutko, Infantino said: “He is a council member and, of course, we are working together.””If anything has happened with regards to doping cases in football which were covered up and which now are unveiled, then both FIFA as well as UEFA, depending on what the competence is for these particular cases, will be dealing with them and we will take the necessary actions and sanctions,” Infantino told a sports conference in Dubai.”I don’t think we should mix up a doping issue, even if it is a big doping issue, with the organisation for the World Cup which is a completely different thing where it comes to anti-doping in the World Cup. This is a FIFA matter. It will be dealt with by FIFA officials in world accredited laboratories … very probably in Switzerland.”Russia was accused by McLaren of subverting doping procedures at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, with intelligence officers involved in tampering with samples of Russian medal winners.”We will guarantee that the World Cup in Russia will be completely safe when it comes to anti-doping matters or when it comes to doping cases,” Infantino said.