With more prize money up for grabs and the best local tennis stars looking to close out the year in fine style, this year’s sixth annual JN Open Tennis Championship is expected to be an exciting and action-packed affair.The championship will start on Saturday and end next Thursday at the Liguanea Cub in New Kingston.Jamaica National has raised the bar with increased prize money for the men’s event from $150,000 to $200,000, while women’s prize money has moved from $50,000 to $60,000.Tournament director Llockett McGregor has described this year’s event as “bigger and better”.The tournament which will start with a kiddie’s camp with 50 juniors on Saturday morning, will feature men’s open singles, ladies open singles, men’s amateur class two and class three as well as doubles event.”Once again, we want to say thanks to Toyota Jamaica, thanks to Singer but most of all we want to say thanks to JN for their continued support and we want to invite the general public to come out and support this wonderful event,” said McGregor at the event’s press launch at the Liguanea Club yesterday.Entries close today for the event which has total prize money of more than $600,000.Gavin Beckford, marketing executive at Jamaica National said his company views the JN Open Tennis Championship as an opportunity “to showcase the talents of Jamaica’s tennis players”.
The outstanding season of Jamaica Scorpions left-arm spinner Nikita Miller continues.The left-armer, the leading wicket-taker in the WICB First-Class Championship this season, increased his tally to 48 victims after claiming seven for 69 against the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in seventh round action at Sabina Park yesterday.The 21st five-wicket collection of his 78-match first-class career, the haul was also instrumental in limiting Trinidad to 206 in their first innings on day two, 19 runs short of the Scorpions’ 225.Jamaica, batting a second time, closed on 13 without loss with new captain John Campbell not out on eight, and first innings standout Shacaya Thomas on five.”I had to come up trumps in this innings, as we did not put as many (first innings) runs on the board as we should have,” stated Miller after his display.”I didn’t start that well, as I got hit for consecutive boundaries early by Lewis, but I settled down afterwards and got the job. It is now for us to put on a good second-innings total,” he added.Resuming on 196 for six, Jamaica’s tail failed to wag as only wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton, 16, made any impression before he was last man out.Leg-spinner Imran Khan ended with four for 73 and off-spinner, Jon-Russ Jagessar, three for 53.ATTRACTIVE 87Trinidad opener Evin Lewis led the way for his team with an attractive 87, which included three sixes and five fours.The 33-year-old Miller, who last represented the West Indies at the one-day level in 2011, expressed satisfaction with his effort so far this season.”I know that I am someone that the team depends on to do a dual job of keeping things tight and getting wickets,” he outlined. “I have been doing both this season and I am happy.”IN ST THOMAS, US VIRGIN ISLANDS: Windward Islands Volcanoes, replying to Leeward Islands Hurricanes’ 327 all out, were 21 without loss at the close on the second day of their seventh round match.AT KENSINGTON OVAL: BRIDGETOWN: Barbados Pride, leading Guyana Jaguars by 84 runs on first innings, were 71 for one in their second innings at the close of the second day.Scores: Pride 274 and 71 for one; Jaguars 190.SCOREBOARDSCORPIONS 1st Innings(overnight 197 for six)+C. Walton c Lewis b Khan 16N. Miller lbw b Richards 2D. Jacobs c Cariah b Khan 4S. Cottrell c Ottley b Emrit 7M. Mindley not out 0Extras (lb3, w2) 5Total (all out, 101.3 overs) 225Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-111, 3-127, 4-129, 5-195, 6-196, 7-207, 8-212, 9-225, 10-225.Bowling: Emrit 17.3-5-39-1, Richards 20-7-31-2, Khan 36-11-73-4, Jagessar 21-3-53-3, Ottley 4-0-17-0, Mohammed 3-0-9-0.RED FORCE 1st InningsE. Lewis c Thomas b Jacobs 87J. Solozano c wkp Walton b Cottrell 16K. Hope b Thomas 0Y. Cariah c McCarthy b Miller 28*J. Mohammed c wkp Walton b Miller 8Y. Ottley c and b Miller 29+S. Katwaroo lbw b Miller 0R. Emrit c McCarthy b MillerImran Khan not out 22M. Richards lbw b Miller 6J. Jagessar c McCarthy b Miller 0Extras (b3, lb2, w1, nb3) 9Total (all out, 70 overs) 206Fall of wickets: 1-27, 2-28, 3-117, 4-131, 5-154, 6-155, 7-159, 8-192, 9-206, 10-206.Bowling: Cottrell 7-1-18-1, Mindley 9-0-28-0, Thomas 5-0-27-1 (w2, nb1), Miller 26-3-69-7, Campbell 8-1-27-0, Jacobs 15-5-32-1.
What is known, though, is that Brown has not played a first-class cricket match since the March 16, 2015, when he played for Jamaica against the Leeward Islands. Was Brown suspended from playing cricket, or did he voluntarily give up the sport? Were other international athletes who missed three drug tests suspended until their case was heard? The embattled West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has announced most definitely that Russell WILL play in the T20 World Cup. That seems to be on the basis that JADCO has not set a date for the hearing, and the WICB is certain that a hearing will not be scheduled to coincide with the dates of the tournament. I find this to be completely unacceptable. The public of Jamaica (and indeed the world) has a right to be given information when ANY of our citizens run afoul of the rules and regulations of sports. There cannot be one rule for Odean Brown and another rule for AndrÈ Russell. Every West Indian cricket fan, thirsty for the pleasure of watching a strong West Indies team competing in the World Cup, would like to see AndrÈ Russell play. But the question is: Should his appearance in the competition be in defiance of the WADA code as regards missed tests? With the present board of JADCO and its executive director refusing to even explain the Whereabouts Rule to the media and the public, speculation as to why an international star and icon would miss three scheduled drug tests in 12 months will continue. This, I do believe, will be to the detriment of the cricketer. “The strongest human instinct is to impart information. The second strongest is to resist it.” COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE An American writer, Kenneth Graham, once said: “The strongest human instinct is to impart information. The second strongest is to resist it.” I am reminded of that quote as I try to make sense of the news that came out on March 2 this year, when chairman of the disciplinary tribunal of the Jamaican Anti-Doping Commis-sion (JADCO), Kent Pantry, said he had received notification two weeks prior that Jamaica and West Indies T20 cricketer, Andre Russell, had missed three drug tests in 12 months. Pantry told the media that he had appointed a disciplinary tribunal to hear the case. This has serious repercussions for the athlete, and indeed Jamaica and the West Indies cricket team, now in the Far East preparing for the T20 World Cup. Since then, I have not heard an ‘official word’ from JADCO re this very serious case, other than the fact that he has not been suspended, so he is free to continue playing until his case is heard. When the present chairman of JADCO was appointed (Danny Williams) two years ago, I distinctly remember him stating that transparency would be the order of the day and that a liaison officer would be appointed to keep the media informed regarding the important work of his association. His remarks were necessary because the previous chairman, Dr Herb Elliott, was criticised by many (including this newspaper) about his penchant for coy and unhelpful statements. I was sure that the ‘new’ JADCO would be not only new, but different. Missed tests in sports are considered a serious offence and are usually associated with severe sanctions. When Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogu missed three drug tests in a 12-month period, her excuse was that she had moved house and “messed up”. This excuse was apparently not accepted and she was banned. The same WADA rule apparently applies to athletes in other countries except Jamaica. On August 15, 2015, Jamaican cricketer Odean Brown was reported in the press as having missed three tests and was to appear before a disciplinary tribunal headed by Pantry and included Professor Archie McDonald, head of the Department of Surgery, University Hospital of the West Indies, and cricketer Maurice Foster. The next news via the media was that the case was postponed until September 4 as a result of a request from the lawyers involved. To date (March 15, 2016) there is absolutely no word as to what the outcome of that hearing is.
COMMONWEALTH Games shot put champion, O’Dayne Richards, struck gold at the Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada yesterday.Richards won the event in a meet record and season best 21.69 metres. His mark beat the 21.30m set by Canada’s Dylan Armstrong four years ago in Mexico. Timothy Nedow of Canada was second yesterday with 20.53m as German Lauro of Argentina threw 20.24m for bronze. Raymond Brown of Jamaica was ninth with 18.39m.Earlier sprinters Sherone Simpson and Schillonie Calvert advanced to the 100m semi-finals. Calvert finished third in heat one in 11.27 seconds while Simpson was fifth in heat two in 11.18. American Barbara Pierre who won heat two in a personal best and meet record 10.92 is the fastest qualifier. Trinidad and Tobago’s Kellyann Baptiste won heat one in 11.07 while Claudia Silva of Brazil won heat two in 10.96.Both Jason Livermore and Sheldon Mitchell are also through to today’s men’s semi-finals after finishing second and fourth in their heats of the men’s 100m. Livermore clocked 10.09 behind the Canadian, AndrÈ Glass who won in 10.06. Mitchell was timed in 10.14 behind winner, Beejay Lee of the United States in 9.99.failed to advanceRistananna Tracy and Samatha Elliot both failed to advance to tomorrow’s final of the 400m hurdles. Tracy was fifth in her heat in 58.62 while Elliot was sixth in her heat in 58.30.Demar Forbes is in today’s long jump final. Forbes finished third in Group B of the qualifying round with 7.67m.Kimora McDonald will also run in today’s final of the women’s 800m. She was fourth in her heat in 2:07.72.
Jamaican swimmer Alia Atkinson bounced back from a disappointing Rio 2016 Olympic Games, tying the world record in the short-course 100m breaststroke on the opening day of the 2016 FINA World Cup in Chartres, France, yesterday. Atkinson, who finished eighth in the final in Rio, swam 1:02.36, matching the time done by both her and Ruta Meilutyte. The Jamaican registered that time at the 2014 Doha World Cup a year after Meilutyte did so. As a result of yesterday’s win, Atkinson earned for herself US$1,500 and 10 bonus points towards her overall FINA World Cup tally. She has, however, missed out on the US$10,000 prize offered for world records as this is only given if the record is broken as opposed to being tied.
LITTLE ATTACK WESTERN BUREAU: Munro College fell just short in their quest for one of the automatic qualifying spots for the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)-FLOW daCosta Cup inter-zone round, as Demar James’ 63rd minute goal gave champions STETHS a 1-0 victory in Malvern yesterday. It was the forward’s sixth goal of the season and it accounted for STETHS’ 24th point in topping the competitive Zone E. Lacovia High’s 16 points were good enough for the second automatic spot, while Munro once again disappointed with 15 points and third. Coming into the do-or-die derby game, Munro showed little intent in attack, primarily in the first half, allowing their nemesis too much time to settle into their rhythm. But a less-than-perfect surface made it difficult for the Omar Wedderburn-coached team to get into more threatening positions in and around the opposition’s 18-yard area. However, it was a more competitive affair in the second half, with Munro showing plenty more urgency in attack. They came close to scoring in the 69th minute when Timor Lewis’ effort was saved at the near post by STETHS goalkeeper Kenroy Wallace. They again threatened after James scored, this time defender Deanjelo Brown was forced to clear off the line for STETHS, as Munro upped the tempo in search of the equaliser, knowing a draw would have taken them into second place in the zone on goal difference over Lacovia. That scenario would have been good enough to make the homesters advance, but the STETHS defenders were resolute. Wendell Downswell, STETHS’ technical director, said that his team can now refocus for the important inter-zone round from which the winners in each group will make the cash-rich FLOW Super Cup. “Now it’s serious business; this is where we usually pick up or game. The players are looking forward to this,” said Downswell.
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP): Jo-Wilfried Tsonga clinched his 13th career title yesterday, rallying from a set down to beat David Goffin of Belgium 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the final of the World Tennis Tournament. The sixth-seeded Frenchman hit 10 aces and, although he dropped his serve twice, he broke the third-seeded Goffin’s serve four times. Tsonga, ranked 14, lost the final here in Rotterdam six years ago. His previous title also came on indoor hard courts in Metz, France, two years ago. “I’m really happy. The last couple of months, I put in a lot of effort to come back to this level,” Tsonga said. “It’s a huge reward for me and it gives me new expectations for the rest of the year.” The powerful Tsonga changed his approach to play more to his strengths and dictate points more. “I changed my serve and worked a lot on my backhand and my returns. I also changed my strings. There were many things to improve my game,” he said. “In the second set, I showed a different mentality on court. I was more aggressive and it made the difference.” He improved to 4-2 overall in career meetings against the 11th-ranked Goffin, who won both of his career titles in 2014. The 31-year-old Tsonga reached the milestone of 400 career wins this week, and victory in the final was his 401st. Goffin, meanwhile, will become the first Belgian man to break into the top 10 when the rankings are published on Monday. “I was a bit tired. I started the final really well, but in the end Jo played better than me,” the 26-year-old Goffin said. “Of course I’m disappointed, but I played some good tennis.”
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787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Blackwater import Henry Walker against three Phoenix defenders. PBA IMAGESReturning import Henry Walker and Mike DiGregorio teamed up to lead Blackwater to its first win at the expense of Phoenix, 92-86, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Walker, who is in his third tour of duty in the league after playing for Alaska in 2014 and NLEX last year, battled through cramps in the fourth quarter to post 32 points and 15 rebounds while DiGregorio came up big with a career-high 28 points.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ “Finally, we’re able to get the win. Special thanks to our new import Henry Walker,” said Blackwater head coach Leo Isaac, whose squad improved to 1-3.“Going into the ninth minute of the fourth quarter he was complaining of cramps and he was challenging his teammates to be on the top of the situation. But still, he was able to hit shots and grabbed rebounds and we’re very happy that we have an import like Walker,” Isaac said.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’The two combined for 24 of their team’s 26 points in the final frame with Walker scoring the Elite’s last eight points in the final two minutes and 24 seconds.Blackwater put the clamps down on Phoenix’s explosive import Eugene Phelps, who scored just 13 points on 5-of-13 shooting from the field, in 40 minutes. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Thistleton finishes 2nd in elite female despite bike crash Teen gunned down in Masbate Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas RJ Jazul also had 13 points on top of seven rebounds and three steals for the Fuel Masters, who turned the ball over 23 times, slipped to 2-3.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend View comments 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 LATEST STORIES
Teen gunned down in Masbate Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Gilas Pilipinas national team sing the national anthem. Photo from Fiba.comGilas Pilipinas may be a long way from home, but Filipinos in Lebanon have not failed to make the national team feel it was still playing on its home floor.READ: Philippines stuns China to open 2017 Fiba Asia Cup bid ADVERTISEMENT 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 LATEST STORIES 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings McGregor holds strong on prediction of a knockout Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ It’s no surprise that the undermanned Gilas Pilipinas has been playing with full of heart of in the continental championships, already taking out powerhouse China and a taller Iraq side to clinch the top seed in Group B.Photographers from Fiba.com were able to capture the heartwarming sight of Gilas Pilipinas’ cheering squad in action.Cheering hard for Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from Fiba.comFilipinos in Lebanon let our cheers in support of Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from Fiba.comTerrence Romeo gets some love from Filipino fans after the game vs Iran. Photo from Fiba.comRomeo, who has been starring for Gilas Pilipinas, take photos with fans. Photo from Fiba.comJapeth Aguilar mingles with Filipino fans.Gilas Pilipinas wave to Filipino fans in the gallery. Photo from Fiba.comFilipino fans react after a play. Photo from Fiba.comMatthew Wright nails a triple—and Filipino fans explode in cheers. Photo from Fiba.comWith game all but decided against Iraq, Filipino fans take photos with Gabe Norwood and Jayson Castro. Photo from Fiba.comThe Filipino gallery at Nouhad Nawfal Sports Complex. Photo from Fiba.comRising star Christian Standhardinger takes fun photos with Filipino fans. Photo from Fiba.comGilas Pilipinas bids the crowd goodbye after the big win over China. Photo from Fiba.comMore FIlipino fans in the gallery. Photo from Fiba.comArmed with banners and flags, Filipino fans in Beirut cheer for Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from Fiba.comSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano The support for Gilas Pilipinas from overseas Filipinos has been overwhelming so far in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup. For the past two games, we’ve seen and heard them cheer their hearts out—something you can’t miss when you’re watching on your television here in the Philippines—and shower the players with love.READ: Players, coaches turn into fans after Gilas’ big win over ChinaFEATURED 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’With games scheduled on weekdays, most of them must’ve taken a day off work just to watch at Nouhad Nawfal Sports Complex in Beirut. They may have not been able to fill the entire stadium, but they were loud enough to make it feel like they did.READ: Gilas sews up QF berth View comments Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend