Jamaica-born American quarter-miler Sanya Richards-Ross told popular track and field outlet Athletics Weekly that she is looking to pace herself in training ahead of the 2016 season.The four-time Olympic and five-time World Championships gold medal winner had a disappointing season in 2015, after failing to qualify for an individual event for the World Championships in Beijing, China.She was a member of the USA’s silver-medal winning 4x400m relay team, but will no doubt be looking to get an opportunity to defend the 400m title she won almost four years ago at the London Olympic Games at the upcoming instalment in Rio de Janeiro.As a result, the veteran sprinter, going on advice from other experienced campaigners – Kim Collins and Felix Sanchez – is planning to take things a little easier in training, pointing to an overly intense approach in her preparations as a reason for her disappointments this year.”This year I think, I over-trained,” she admitted.”At the beginning of the year, I said, ‘Coach, I want to run faster than 48.7 this year. I want a PR.'”I was doing 1,000 sit-ups a day. I started running with the boys and pushed myself really hard and felt great in practice but flat in races. We couldn’t figure it out,” Richards-Ross looked back.”I don’t think anyone has won four successive relay gold (medals), so that’s what I’m going for in Rio as well as defending my individual title,” said Richards-Ross.
DHAKA (AP):OPENER Shikhar Dhawan hit a career-best 60 as India won the Asia Cup for the sixth time after beating Bangladesh by eight wickets yesterday.The home side was put into bat and posted 120-5 in a rain-hit game that was reduced from 20 to 15 overs after a two-hour delay.World T20 host India won with seven balls to spare, reaching 122-2 as skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni smashed a towering midwicket six.Dhawan and Virat Kohli combined for a 94-run partnership for the second wicket after India was reduced to 5-1.Kohli was unbeaten on 41, while Dhoni was on 20.”The top order played sensibly and made it easy for us,” Dhoni said.”It’s looking very good now, we are on track for the World T20. It’s the beauty of the side that everyone is taking responsibility to finishing the game.”Bangladesh’s fast-bowlers Taskin Ahmed (1-14) and Al-Amin Hossain (1-30) shared the wickets.To the delight of the home crowd, Al-Amin broke through in just the second over when he swung one nicely to get the edge of Rohit Sharma (1) who was caught by Soumya Sarkar at first slip.Dhawan and Kohli spent some uncomfortable moments at the crease against the pace of Al-Amin and Taskin. They took their frustration out on Abu Haider, who was playing his first match. Haider conceded 14 runs in his first over and the quick didn’t bowl further in the match.Both Dhawan and Kohli also found Shakib Al Hasan’s left-arm spin to their liking as they kept India in the hunt.Dhoni hurried the victory for India with 20 off six balls including one four and two sixes.”We are disappointed, no doubt. They played really well and we couldn’t keep the pressure,” Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza said.”We have exciting batsmen and bowlers, hopefully this team will carry on from here.”
GOALS:- CITY: FERNANDO 7th; DE BRUYNE 12th; AGUERO 19th; KOLAROV 90th.Kevin de Bruyne marked his return from injury to kick-start Manchester City’s title hopes. Three of City’s goals came in the opening 18 minutes, with Fernando converting Jesus Navas’ corner after seven minutes. de Bruyne added a second before Sergio Aguero headed a third. Aleksandar Kolarov claimed City’s fourth with the last kick of the game.ASTON VILLA 0 CHELSEA 4 GOALS:-STOKE: AFELLAY 13; BOJAN 53. SWANSEA: SIGURDSSON 68; PALOSCHI 79.Gylfi Sigurdsson and Alberto Paloschi struck as Swansea came from two goals down to damage Stoke’s European hopes. Ibrahim Afellay marked his 30th birthday by giving Mark Hughes’ side a half-time lead as he headed in Marko Arnautovic’s cross. Bojan Krkic doubled the lead early in the second half with a fine solo goal. But Sigurdsson pulled one back with a shot on the turn that wrong-footed keeper Jakob Haugaard, and Paloschi’s deflected strike earned a point.SUNDERLAND 0 WEST BROMWICH ALBION 0Sunderland remain in the relegation zone after they failed to turn their dominance into goals against West Brom. Despite a first clean sheet in 17 league games, the Black Cats took only a point, wasting two excellent chances to win the game in the closing minutes. First, Fabio Borini forced a sprawling save from Ben Foster, before the keeper denied Jermain Defoe from five yards. Then the hosts had a goal disallowed in injury time when Dame N’Doye netted, but was correctly adjudged offside.WEST HAM UNITED 2 CRYSTAL PALACE 2 GOALS:- CHELSEA: LOFTUS-CHEEK 26th; PATO PEN 45th; PEDRO 46th, 59th.Aston Villa could be relegated as early as next weekend after another embarrassing performance. Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s deflected shot and Alexandre Pato’s precise penalty had given the visitors a healthy half-time lead. Pedro scored twice, slotting in Oscar’s pass and hammering home a loose ball, before Alan Hutton was sent off to compound Villa’s misery.ARSENAL 4 WATFORD 0 GOALS:- LIVERPOOL: COUTINHO 51st. spurs: KANE 63rd.Tottenham dropped two valuable points at Anfield and with Leicester beating Southampton a day later they are a massive seven points adrift of the Barclays Premier League leaders with just six games to go. Liverpool took the lead through Philippe Coutinho soon after half-time, but a tremendous reply from Harry Kane earned Spurs a point.NORWICH CITY 3 NEWCASTLE UNITED 2 GOALS:-ARSENAL: SANCHEZ 4th; IWOBI 38th; BELLERIN 48th; WALCOTT 90th.Arsenal maintained their faint hopes of winning the Barclays Premier League title with an easy victory. Alexis Sanchez gave the Gunners a fourth-minute lead, then Alex Iwobi doubled their lead from 12 yards. Hector Bellerin’s shot deflected in for Arsenal’s third, while substitute Theo Walcott completed the rout in added time.LIVERPOOL 1 spurs 1 GOALS:- NORWICH: KLOSE 45th; MBOKANI 74th; OLSSON 90th. NEWCASTLE: MITROVIC 71st, PEN 86th.Norwich City moved a step closer to safety in the Barclays Premier League after Martin Olsson stole a late winner against increasingly troubled Newcastle United. Timm Klose gave Norwich the lead with a first-half header before Aleksandar Mitrovic replied. Mitrovic levelled again, from the spot, after Dieumerci Mbokani’s superb strike had made it 2-1. But Olsson drove the winner.STOKE CITY 2 SWANSEA CITY 2 AFC BOURNEMOUTH 0 MANCHESTER CITY 4 GOALS:- WEST HAM: LANZINI 18th; PAYET 41st. PALACE: DELANEY 15th; GAYLE 75th.West Ham’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League suffered with a draw against Crystal Palace. The Eagles went in front when Damien Delaney headed his side ahead. The Hammers equalised soon after through Manuel Lanzini before Dimitri Payet’s stunning 20-yard free kick put the hosts ahead. West Ham’s Cheikhou Kouyate was sent off for fouling Dwight Gayle, who then equalised.
KINGSTON:The West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA) has expressed sadness at the passing of former Jamaica and West Indies cricketer Basil ‘Shotgun’ Williams.Williams died on Sunday in Atlanta in the United States after suffering a heart attack. He was 65.In a release, WIPA said it “is saddened by the passing of former West Indies and Jamaican cricketer Basil ‘Shotgun’ Williams.”WIPA would like to extend our sincerest condolences to the family, friends and the greater cricketing community across the Caribbean.”It added: “Alvadon Basil Williams was one of the elite few players to score a century on debut. He had a healthy Test average of 39.08 and an average of 36.02 in the regional first-class game.”WIPA’s President and CEO Wavell Hinds, on learning of Williams’ passing, said: “I am deeply saddened by the passing of Mr Williams. I wish to send my sincerest condolences to his family and friends and to the Jamaican and West Indian cricket community.”
WESTERN BUREAU:Struggling FC Reno will have to find a way to avoid relegation, says the club’s head coach, Michael Graham, after watching his team give up a one-goal lead to title chasing Humble Lion in Sunday’s 1-1 draw in the Red Stripe Premier League.”I am a little disappointed because at 1-0 up and playing well in the first half, we came out flat in the second-half and allowed Humble Lion too much time on the ball and a goal we were dreading happened,” stated Graham.Reno are precariously perched just above the relegation zone with 31 points in 10th place, but have breathing room between themselves and red zone teams Rivoli United (23) and Waterhouse FC (22).That, however, is no comfort to the ambitious Graham, who believes winning a paltry seven matches out of 27 is not good enough for the three-time League winners.According to Graham, the club’s rich history and the passionate diehard supporters demand more from their players.”We know where we are letting down the fans. We have an all-round decent squad of players, but for some reason, we cannot get the ball into the net. We tend to create plenty chances in match situations and score few.”That is why we are not doing as well as we would like, and it’s hurting the club’s prospects going forward,” reasoned Graham.Roshane Sharpe has taken on the club’s goal-getter role, netting his sixth goal of the season in Sunday’s match against Humble Lion at Frome Sports Complex.biggest headacheHowever, it’s in defence that Graham has the biggest headache. Reno have conceded 40 goals in all this season, making them the league’s second-worst defensive team behind ninth-placed Boys’ Town FC (43).”We realised that we are not doing a good job in defence, even though we have who I consider good players in there. We are not scoring enough, and on the other hand, we are conceding too many,” Graham said.”That is a recipe for disaster, and the club can do without that at the moment. However, we still have some critical matches ahead of us, so we must give our all to put ourselves at least mid-pack at the end of season,” added Graham.
OAKLAND, California (AP):Stephen Curry scored 31 points, raising his arms in the early moments to awaken Golden State’s raucous crowd as the defending champion Warriors staved off elimination with a 120-111 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals.The MVP made a slick lay-up late and dished out six assists, while Klay Thompson added 27 points as Golden State sent the best the best-of-seven series back to Oklahoma City for Game 6 tonight. Golden State trail 3-2 and are trying to become just the 10th team to rally from a 3-1 deficit.”We ain’t going home! We’re not going home!” Curry yelled at the top of his lungs in the waning moments.For all the speculation about the current state of Curry’s beat-up body – that troublesome ankle, sore knee or tender elbow – he did it all.”I thought he looked like 91 per cent,” coach Steve Kerr cracked. “He came out and played a really good game. That’s all I can tell you. He’s going to compete every night. He had an excellent night and helped us get it done.”Led by Curry, the Warriors looked like their old winning selves again.Kevin Durant scored 40 points and Russell Westbrook added 31 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and five steals for the Thunder, trying for the fifth NBA Finals appearance in franchise history and first championship since moving from Seattle.The record-setting, 73-win Warriors, coming off their first back-to-back defeats all season, had been blown out in two losses at Oklahoma City by a combined 52 points.
CAGEY START CAUGHT AND BOWLED Winning the toss and electing to take first strike, the West Indies made a cagey start when they lost the wicket of out-of-form opener, Hayley Matthews, for eight with score on 12 in the fourth over. However, unlike the previous match, which was also played at the same venue, there was not to be a steady fall of wickets. This was due largely to Taylor, who shepherded three key partnerships, the first of which was between herself and opener Shaquana Quintyne. The two put on stroke-filled stand of 69 for the second wicket, before Quintyne was caught for 41 in the 24th over. This brought together Taylor and hard-hitting Deandra Dottin, who put on 36 for the third wicket before the latter was run out for 18. The third alliance, between Taylor and former captain, wicketkeeper Merissa Aguilleira, put on 45 for the fourth wicket, with Aguilleira going on to hit a series-high 32 off 33 deliveries. Set the highest total of the series to win, England got a brilliant start before falling away mid-way their innings. It is all square heading into the final game of the one-day international (ODI) series between West Indies Women and England Women. The five-match series is currently tied at 2-2 after the West Indies recorded a 42-run win over their opponents in game four at Sabina Park yesterday. The victory, which also provided two World Cup qualifying points for the hosts, was engineered by Player-of-the-Match and captain, Stafanie Taylor. The multiple-time West Indies Women’s Cricketer of the Year first put in a brilliant batting display of 85 to pilot the home team to 223 for six, before returning to claim three for 22 to help bowl out England Women for 181. ”After losing the third game there was a lot of introspection and we asked the girls to show a bit more fight going forward,” explained Taylor. ”It was therefore pleasing to see that happened today and we hope it will continue on Wednesday in the final game.” Their opening pair of Lauren Winfield and Tammy Beaumont put on 95 for the first wicket, before the latter was caught and bowled by Taylor in the 20thover for 51. This then brought to crease captain Heather Knight and together with Windfield they put on 38 for the second wicket, taking the score to a threatening 133 for one. However, after Winfield was run out for 51, the visitors collapsed and only Knight, 36, and last Laura Marsh, 13, who was the last player dismissed, passed double figures. Part-time off-spinner Matthews took two for 25. ”We did not take our chances when we were in the field and the West Indies capitalised,” declared England’s Knight. ”However, having said that, credit must go to the West Indies how they kept us out of the game and we now look forward to the final fixture,” she added.
THE Mico University College launched its first 5K Run/Walk last Friday at the college campus on Marescaux Road, Cross Roads.Set for Sunday, October 30, the event will start at 7 a.m. at the gates of the Mico campus on Marescaux Road. Funds from the event will go to the Pre-University Men’s Programme (PUMP).At Friday’s launch, President of the Mico University College Dr Asburn Pinnock spoke about the importance of the PUMP programme which started in 2008.”Recently, a University of the West Indies researcher revealed that more than 76 per cent of the teachers in the classrooms are females, and this has since rekindled the discussion regarding male marginalisation in our education system. We aim to balance this equation by providing opportunities for more men to be qualified as teachers”, said Pinnock. “While our PUMP programme is geared mainly to matriculate students to access teacher-education programmes here at Mico I believe we can also expand to include certification in music, physical education, art , animation , entrepreneurial and other professional development courses,” stated Pinnock.RACING ROUTEChairman of the organising committee for the event, Ian Forbes of Sherwin Williams, spoke about the route which will see the runners starting at the college gate on Marescaux Road then up on to Caledonia Avenue, left Tom Redcam Drive, straight across Oxford Road, right on to Knutsford Road, down Tom Redcam Drive, right on to Caledonia Avenue, then back to Marescaux Road, ending at the campus gate.There will be prizes for the top-three male and female finishers and several other categories including males and females ages 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60 and over. Entry fees will see students with IDs paying $500, and $800 for Groups of 20, while it will be $1,000 for other individuals.PUMA sportswear will be the major sponsors of the event. The company was represented by Juliet Campbell.
Character and fight Captain of the Jamaica Scorpions Nikita Miller is expressing satisfaction with the state of the team heading into their return-leg matches in the WICB Regional Super50 Tournament in Barbados. The Scorpions are second in Group B on nine points behind leaders Barbados Pride, who are on 19 points. This is after recording two wins and two defeats in their four matches so far. Tomorrow they will play Combined Campuses and Colleges, who they lost to in the first-leg at Kensington Oval. “I was very, very pleased with our returns in our last two games,” said Miller. “We lost against Barbados by one wicket, but I was pleased with the character and fight we showed,” said Miller. “We then took that momentum into the game against ICC Americas where post a good total, and defended it well.” The Scorpions against the Americas batted first and posted 251 for five with all-rounder Roman Powell hitting 56 not out and out-of-form opener John Campbell, who was demoted to the middle order, getting 66 not out. Middle-order batsman Andre McCarthy, who was left out the team in the opening two games, also chipped in with 63. ICC Americas were then held to 187 with leg-spinner Damion Jacobs claiming five for 24. “It’s always good when you win a game as it gives the team a lot of confidence,” Miller emphasised. “Coming against CCC we need to repeat such a performance including whatever overs we are allotted we have to use all, and, once we do that I believe we will be OK.” The group contains five teams, including the Guyana Jaguars, with the top two down to progress to the semi-finals.
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC): Close to 140,000 children from across the Caribbean will be recipients of cricket coaching aids and clinics as part of this year’s Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket programme. The year-round activity, now in its 18th season, is managed by the West Indies Cricket Board and administered by the various territorial boards across the region. It is now being played in more than 800 schools in 20 countries, with most of the participants coming from Trinidad, Jamaica, Barbados and Guyana. SKILLS DEMO This year’s activities started on Sunday in Guyana with an on-field skills demonstration by 100 local children during the second one-day international between West Indies and Pakistan at the National Stadium. According to K.J. Singh, the WICB’s senior project officer, the board was pleased with the outreach activities. “The Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket Programme continues to see significant growth,” he noted. “We have close to 140,000 young boys and girls from over 800 schools participating in the programme across the West Indies. This number will grow even more this year as we continue to promote the game both on and off the field.” He continued: “We are not just coaching future cricketers, but we are moulding lives for the future development in the region.” The programme has been responsible for feeding several players into the international squads, with the likes of Test and one-day captain Jason Holder and Test opener Kraigg Brathwaite having benefitted from the thrust.