BOURNEMOUTH VS SWANSEA CITY

first_imgBOURNEMOUTH VS SWANSEA CITYSATURDAY, MARCH 12BOURNEMOUTH VS SWANSEA CITY, VITALITY STADIUMBournemouth are unbeaten away in the league in 2016, in five games, and return to the Vitality Stadium where they will hope to build on just four home wins. Swansea, meanwhile, have just three wins on the road and only 14 goals from 14 games. Swansea will hope midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson can maintain his good recent form; he has scored in six of his last 10 Premier League games.Villa reveal big lossesLONDON (AP) – Aston Villa’s new accounts have revealed losses of US$81 million as the club faces a costly relegation from the Premier League.In 2014-15, Aston Villa Football Club Limited generated US$160 million in revenue but saw administrative expenses soar by more than 56 percent to US$240 million.Villa reached the final of the FA Cup last season but finished 17th in the league, narrowly avoiding relegation last May.Now the former European champions are stranded at the bottom of the Premier League and facing relegation. American owner Randy Lerner is trying to sell the central England club.Timbers acquire Jack BarmbyPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The Portland Timbers have acquired midfielder Jack Barmby on loan from English Premier League club Leicester City.The 21-year-old Barmby spent the start of the 2015-16 season on loan with Rotherham United and Notts County. He was expected to arrive in Portland in the next several days.He was part of Manchester United’s development system and signed a professional contract with the team in 2013.Barmby also played on England’s youth national teams.last_img read more

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Unbeatable – St Hugh’s star extends golden streak at Prep/Primary Swim Champs

first_imgTen-year-old Zaneta Alvaranga, the toast of at last Saturday’s 18th annual Mayberry Investments Primary and Prep Schools Swimming Championships, says she will be looking to remain unbeaten for the rest of her Prep school career and continue her rich vein of form at the high school level. The decades-old meet serves as one of the traditional development events for upcoming local swimmers. The St Hugh’s Prep swim star has been unbeaten for the last three years, while emphatically smashing a record per event. On this occasion, she copped four individual meet records and anchored her school to a relay record at the National Aquatics Centre. Her meet records include the 50m backstroke (girls 9-10) in 35:19 seconds; the 50m freestyle in 29:23; the girls 12 and under 100m freestyle in 1:07.08; and the 50m butterfly for girls 9-10 in 31.97. She also anchored her school to a new 200m freestyle relay record of two minutes, 33:71 seconds, for girls 9-10. “I feel good leaving with four individual medals and helping my team win a relay medal in all records. I didn’t get to train as much as I would have wanted to because of GSAT, but I feel good that I could finish victorious,” she told The Gleaner. Alvaranga is hoping to move on to the high school of her choice, Immaculate Conception High and her father/coach, Rory Alvaranga, says Immaculate will be the best choice, not only based on its successful swimming program, but “excellent Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) grades”. “If you give Zaneta a choice of swimming or school, she is going to choose the water,” he added of what he believes will be a natural choice for her to pursue eventually as a career. St Hugh’s Prep finished in fifth place on 109 points, with young Alvaranga earning the high point trophy award for the girls 9-10 age group after amassing 36 points.last_img read more

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Windies U19 players lift STETHS

first_imgDefending champions St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) hold the upper hand after day one of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association Grace Headley Cup cricket final against Vere Technical at Jamalco Sports Club in Halse Hall, Clarendon, yesterday.Scores: STETHS 201 all out. Vere Technical 11 for two.Both coaches are oozing with confidence ahead of today’s crucial second day, which is set to bowl off at 10 a.m.”We have been champions for years, and we are very confident that we can win again as we have a very experienced set of boys and despite some way to go I think the boys will pull through,” said Clive Ledgister, head coach of STETHS, who are aiming at their 28th overall title and third in a row.After having no action on Tuesday’s opening day due to overnight showers, which affected the wicket, play started at 11 30 a.m. due to a damp area at the bowler’s run-up.Having been sent to bat, openers Okeemo Farquharson and Jordaine Hill batted cautiously, taking the score to 34 before Farquharson was dismissed for 21, caught off the bowling of spinner Ryan Burnett.STETHS lost two more wickets before lunch to be 72 for three at the break, with the experienced Shahid Crooks, on 22 and Michael Frew (yet to score) – both of whom represented the West Indies’ World champion team at the Under 19 World Cup in Bangladesh – at the crease.They added 73 runs for the fourth wicket before Crooks was dismissed for 59 (one four, two sixes), with the score at 145.The defending champions lost two more wickets before the tea break, including that of Frew on the stroke of tea for 49, as they went into the second break at 173 for six. Frew’s knock included four fours and two sixes.STETHS added 27 runs for their final four wickets, with number seven batsman, Rashjni Roye, hitting 21.Demus McPherson was the top bowler for Vere, claiming five for 35, while Andre Stubbs took two for 36 and Ryan Burnett two for 52.When Vere started their reply, pacers Andre McCarthy sent back Alrick Townsend for nought with the score on two, before Crooks dismissed Ronald Edwards, also leg before for two.Despite losing two early wickets, Vere’s head coach, Robert Turner, remains optimistic.”We have lost two early wickets, but the players who have made most of the runs for us this season are yet to go to the crease and we are still confident that we can still pull it off,” said Turner, who is in his first year at the helm as coach of the team.last_img read more

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Windward Road, John Mills in dead heat at Jr High Champs

first_img POOR TRACK CONDITIONS According to Spalding and Hanson, many athletes have been affected by the poor running track, so reinstating one and not the others showed favouritism. After the coaches refused the time final, the organisers wanted to push the race back to today, but Hanson and company would have none of it. As a result, the race was run as the last event of the day. One official explained that some coaches did not know the rules and didn’t protest when their athlete fell, but she noted that Windward Road appealed and got a reprieve. Windward Road’s Coach Whilby said that in the best interest of the meet, he chose to withdraw his athlete. “It is a simple situation that was blown out of proportion, so I withdrew my athlete. But that cannot prevent us from taking the championship,” he insisted. John Mills’ Nemy Cockett was the day’s top performer, winning the shot put open with a record throw of 13.54m and the class one long jump in 1.70m. Windward Road lead the female section with 104 points and John Mills, the male category, with 124.50 points. At the end of day, two of the INSPORTS Junior High school track and field championship, defending champions Windward Road and former winners and main challenger John Mills are deadlocked on 200.50 points after 26 finals, of which 21 were contested yesterday. However, the day was not without controversy, as the reinstatement of Windward Road’s 200m participant, Maliek Bromfield, in the boys’ class one final, after the athlete fell in the preliminary round as a result of poor track condition, presented a bone of contention between meets organisers and coaches. Strong protests from Constant Spring’s Nardia Hanson and John Mills’ Ransford Spalding to meet director Anthony Gibbs forced a meeting between the affected parties. After a brief discussion, Windward Road’s coach Oral Whilby decided to pull his athlete in the best interest of the event.last_img read more

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Harden hits late winner for Rockets over Warriors

first_imgHOUSTON (AP): Houston’s James Harden scored 35 points, including the game-winner with 2.7 seconds left, as the Rockets capitalised on Stephen Curry’s absence to beat Golden State 97-96 on Thursday, narrowing the deficit in their NBA first-round play-off series to 2-1. The other two series contested Thursday also stand at 2-1 as Oklahoma City comfortably beat Dallas, and Toronto won at Indiana. The game at Houston built to a late climax as Shaun Livingston stole a pass from Trevor Ariza to create Ian Clark’s lay-up, which put Golden State up by a point with 10.6 seconds left. Harden then took it to the other end and stepped back for the jump shot to win it. “The last shot was typical of what James does,” Houston coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. “The move, we’ve seen before. The finish, we’ve seen before. You do get spoiled by it at times, but in these biggest of moments, you can’t help but appreciate it.” Golden State had a chance to win it after that, but Draymond Green dribbled the inbounds pass off his foot and out of bounds. Marreese Speights came off the bench to lead the Warriors with 22 points and Klay Thompson had 17. Dwight Howard added 13 points, 13 rebounds, and had two blocks for Houston. Curry was feeling better on Thursday and wanted to play, but the Warriors decided the chance of him re-injuring his ankle before it was fully healed wasn’t worth the risk. Coach Steve Kerr said they would have a better feel for his availability for Game 4 tomorrow after they see how he responds to the next two days of practice. Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant bounced back from the worst shooting game of his play-off career with 34 points, which led the Thunder to a 131-102 victory over Dallas. Durant had seven field goals midway through the second quarter on nine shots, compared with the 33 attempts he needed to seven in a Game 2 loss. The 2014 MVP scored 20 points in the first half when the Thunder led by as many as 19 points. Game 4 is today in Dallas. Dirk Nowitzki played despite a right-knee bruise and scored 16 points for the Mavericks, who missed 10 of their first 12 shots from 3-point range. Russell Westbrook scored 20 of his 26 points in the second half and had 15 assists. Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan rebounded from his post-season shooting slump, and he and Kyle Lowry scored 21 points to lead the Raptors to a 101-85 win at Indiana.last_img read more

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Lara for Masters Champions League

first_imgDUBAI, UAE (CMC): Cricket legend Brian Lara is among several West Indians who have signed up to play in the inaugural Masters Champions League (MCL) next month in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Lara heads a list that includes discarded West Indies cricketers Tino Best, Shiv Chanderpaul, Fidel Edwards, as well as Krishmar Santokie. Best and Santokie will play for Sagittarius Soldiers, Edwards will join Leon Lions while Chanderpaul has signed with Gemini Arabians. The former Windies skipper was among six icon players listed for an auction held in Dubai Monday ahead of the tournament. Lara was picked up by Leo Lions for their base price of $100,000. Former South Africa allrounder Jacques Kallis attracted the highest bid of US $175,000. The inaugural MCL is run by former Australia batsman Dean Jones’ company, Major Events Group.last_img read more

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Warriors too strong for Mavericks

first_imgOAKLAND, California (AP):Klay Thompson hit his first seven shots and scored 18 of his 20 points in the opening period as the Golden State Warriors cruised past the undermanned Dallas Mavericks 116-95 in the NBA on Wednesday night.”I feel it’s coming every game, honestly,” Thompson said. “I won’t let missed shots dictate how hard I play. As long as I play hard, I know I’ll be successful. It’s that simple.”Kevin Durant led Golden State with 28 points, Stephen Curry added 24 and Draymond Green had 16 points and 10 rebounds as the Warriors used their outside shooting to build a 19-point lead in the first quarter and never looked back.Harrison Barnes scored 25 points to lead Dallas in his first game against the Warriors since leaving as a free agent last summer.DeMar DeRozan won a shoot-out with Russell Westbrook, scoring 37 points to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 112-102 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.DeRozan, the NBA’s leading scorer with a 34.1 average heading into the game, made 13 of 22 field goals and 11 of 15 free throws.”You know, sometimes you’ve got to tip your hat, and good offence can beat great defence,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “He had that happen several times where he made some very, very difficult shots.”Westbrook had 36 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, but he made just nine of 26 shots and committed eight turnovers.”I thought everybody that guarded him did a decent job, but it was a five-man job,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. “Not one guy is going to stop him, and I say that all the time. It’s on the team.”James Harden had a triple-double with 24 points, 15 assists and 12 rebounds as Houston made two late defensive stands to hold off San Antonio 101-99.”It was important for us,” Harden said. “The only way we’re going to get to where we want to go is on the defensive end. The game wasn’t pretty at all, but defensively we got stops.”REBOUNDSKawhi Leonard scored 34 points for the Spurs but missed his final two shots, either of which could have tied the game. After Leonard missed a layup in the final seconds, LaMarcus Aldridge missed a tip-in attempt at the buzzer.Blake Griffin had 22 points and 13 rebounds and Chris Paul added 19 points as the Los Angeles Clippers rolled past the Portland Trail Blazers 111-80.”When you play defence the way we have been, it’s a lot of fun,” Griffin said. “We enjoy getting stops and look forward to getting stops. Guys are just flying around, and even if someone makes a mistake, there’s another guy to cover up for them. When you are playing basketball like that, it’s a blast.”The Clippers stunned Portland from the opening tip, shooting 59 percent in the first quarter. They built a 32-point lead in the first half, when Griffin had 17 points. Los Angeles’ bench opened the second quarter on a 14-2 run to go up 50-18 before extending the lead to 61-32 at half-time.Paul George scored seven of Indiana’s 13 points in overtime as the Indiana Pacers beat the winless Philadelphia 76ers 122-115, while Carmelo Anthony scored 14 of his 22 points in the third quarter in New York’s 110-96 victory over the Brooklyn Nets.Eric Bledsoe had 21 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists to help the Phoenix Suns rally to beat the Detroit Pistons 107-100, while Otto Porter scored a career-high 34 points as the Washington Wizards defeated the Boston Celtics 118-93.The Atlanta Hawks beat the Chicago Bulls 115-107, the Minnesota Timberwolves defeated Orlando Magic 123-107 and the Charlotte Hornets overcame the Utah Jazz 104-98.last_img read more

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Sir Viv calls for return of Hawksbill

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC): West Indies legend Sir Vivian Richards said his homeland could benefit from a return of the Antigua & Barbuda Hawksbills to the Caribbean Premier League (CPL). The Hawksbills were replaced by the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots in the CPL last year following a lack of government support, as well as failure, to find a buyer for the franchise, which played its matches at the international venue that bears the name of the former West Indies captain. “The last couple of games we had here, I think we had something that was spectacular enough that, in my opinion, could be classified and classed with any that was held in the region, so yeah there is a purpose for that,” said Sir Viv. “With all the other huge tournaments around the world, our guys can be showcased where they are in a reasonable enough position for them to highlight their skills and maybe draw attention to other franchises around the world because that, I think, is a huge outlet.” At the time of its removal, Pete Russell, chief operating officer of the CPL, said the Hawksbills franchise had not been terminated, but was left out as the format and the tournament window could not accommodate seven teams.last_img read more

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Schneiderlin moves to Everton

first_img “Morgan is really hungry to show his qualities and to play because that is the best thing for a football player,” Koeman said. “You are born as a football player to play games, not to sit on the bench or not be part of the team. But this is a new step, it’s a new future.” The fee for Schneiderlin could rise to £24 million (US$29.3 million). Swansea signed Netherlands winger Luciano Narsingh from PSV Eindhoven for £4 million (US$4.9 million) as Paul Clement made his first move in the transfer market since taking over as manager from Bob Bradley. Narsingh penned a 2 1/2-year deal. Hungry LIVERPOOL, England (AP): France midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin ended an underwhelming 18-month spell at Manchester United by sealing a move to English Premier League rivals Everton for an initial fee of £20 million ($24.5 million) on Thursday. Schneiderlin has signed a 41/2-year contract with Everton, where he will be reunited with manager Ronald Koeman. They were together at Southampton for two years before Schneiderlin left for United in July 2015. “There is a manager in place here that I know,” the 27-year-old Schneiderlin said. “I know he can get the best out of me. I know his style and how he likes to play football.” Schneiderlin was told he could leave United after failing to establish himself in the team under Jose Mourinho this season, playing only 11 minutes in the Premier League. He was in and out of the team under Mourinho’s predecessor, Louis van Gaal.last_img read more

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Mullings books Ghana date

first_imgWray and Nephew 2014 Welterweight Contender champion, 34-year-old Sakima Mullings, is scheduled to fight Ghanian welterweight Fred Lawson at the Bukom Boxing Centre in Accra, Ghana, on Saturday, March 11, for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver International Welterweight title.This will be the first time that Mullings will be fighting for an international title. He did, however, fight Clive Atwell of Guyana for the WBC Caribbean Boxing Federation super lightweight title in 2015. He lost by split decision.Willie Yap, who is an adviser to Mullings, told The Gleaner yesterday that the WBC had been looking for a suitable opponent to go up against Lawson for the title, and he had recommended Mullings. After reviewing his 19-2 record, they approved the fight.FIRST DEFEATLawson, who is 27 years-old and lives in Chicago, has a 24-1 record with 20 knockouts. He has not, however, fought since November 7, 2015 when he suffered his first defeat at the hands of Keith Bizier in Miami.In that fight, he was knocked down in the fifth round and eventually retired in round 10 of a fight scheduled for 12 rounds. It is suspected he sustained a broken jaw. He had to take some time out after that fight to recuperate.Reports are that Lawson is a rugged fighter who likes to keep the action at close range. With 20 knockouts in his 24 victories, his record speaks for itself. Mullings also likes to keep the action close, and his 14 knockouts in 19 victories attest to his punching power.His last fight was here in Jamaica on November 5, 2016, against fringe opponent Courtney McCleave, with whom he toyed for a few rounds before stopping him with body blows in the fourth round of a fight scheduled for six rounds.last_img read more

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