Asked about the readiness of several top names in his group, Francis replied: “Everything was ready before we got to Japan. Before that, it was great, but I don’t know what will happen between then and now because they (MVP athletes) got here (Beijing) only last night (Tuesday night) at 9 p.m.,” said Francis. “I don’t know how, I can’t quite fathom what the arrangements were in Japan, or who it was for, but it couldn’t have been for the athletes who were preparing to compete this weekend,” he fumed, pointing to laboured travel arrangements and poor logistics planning around the team’s arrival in Beijing. “They missed a whole day due to travel and they are missing time now. They (JAAA) made arrangements where it took some athletes a day and half to get here from just across what was supposed to be a three-hour direct flight out of Japan,” Francis said. Several athletes had to wait for hours after arriving at the team hotel in Beijing, before they were assigned rooms by the management staff, headed by JAAA treasurer Ludlow Watts. “These people obviously can’t organise their way out of a garbage pan and they should leave it alone. Get some people who can do this properly, and I am sure there are people in Jamaica who can,” said Francis. ‘DISASTROUS’ BEIJING, China: MVP Track Club boss Stephen Francis has again questioned the necessity of pre-championship training camps as he bashed the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) for what he described as a poorly organised exercise in Tottori, Japan, ahead of this weekend’s start of the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China. Francis, who said that athletes belonging to his club, among others, had missed up to two days of training due to poor planning by the JAAA, was also forced to delay the start of his session yesterday, as his athletes had not been accredited and also had several logistical issues in the morning. The situation has left the outspoken coach in a bitter mood, as he expressed concerns around the disruption of his charges’ preparation so close to the championships, which get under way this Saturday (Friday night Jamaica time) inside the Bird’s Nest. WAS GOING WELL “It is disastrous! I am sick and tired of letting the JAAA know that they are not experts. The people who they are receiving advice from know nothing about what is required at this level. Nobody has ever come to me – I don’t know if they have gone to Mr (Glen) Mills, but I know no one has ever come to me and ask me the best way to get my athletes to prepare and perform well,” said Francis, whose MVP camp has close to 20 members on the Jamaican team here. “I say over and over again, you do not know what is best for the preparation of any athlete. The people who know are the coaches, and if you do not consult the coaches of the athletes on the team, then you are wasting time! “I don’t know if they (JAAA) are trying to (follow) the United States when it comes to camps and that sort of stuff, but the US camp is designed to allow the athletes to perform the best that they can; they have everything that they want,” added Francis, who has had several well-documented disputes with the JAAA over training camps. “These per diem camps that Jamaica organises is ridiculous, and I am most upset because the athletes were looking very good and then you had this disaster; flying up and down the place, missing two, three days of practice, for what reason, I don’t know. “There was no need to go to Japan, especially without even knowing how and when the people would get to China, and cause people to be missing days of practice just before the start of competition just so you can go to Japan,” continued a clearly irate Francis. “You have a youngster like (Omar) McLeod. What is he doing in camp without his coach? He is a medal prospect, he should be with his coach training, trying to win this thing, and it has been shown over and over again that the people who are in the camp without their coaches do not perform up to par. But there must be some other reason why we keep having these camps, which are vastly substandard,” added Francis, who made it clear that his athletes will not be attending any future camps. “I am now really worried about how my athletes will perform. I know that next time I am going to just ignore them (JAAA) because it gets worse and worse,” Francis declared. MVP athletes arrived in Tottori close to the end of the training camp after encountering visa issues in Italy, where they are based in the summer. firstname.lastname@example.org
‘I felt fatigue’ BRUSSELS, Belgium: After dominating the sport for much of the past two seasons, American sprinter Justin Gatlin was brought back to earth with two tough losses to Jamaican star Usain Bolt at the just-concluded IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China. Heading into Beijing, nobody had beaten Gatlin since his fourth-place finish in the 100m at the 2013 AG Memorial Van Damme Diamond League meet in Brussels, Belgium. It was a run that stretched 31 races (100m and 200m) before he was beaten by Bolt in the 100m final at the World Championships. Bolt would again beat the American a few days later in the longer sprint but Gatlin returns to Brussels having learnt a lesson that he hopes will serve him well as he looks forward to the next big assignment – next year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Speaking ahead of today’s final meet on the Diamond League circuit, Gatlin, who entered the World Championships as many persons’ favourite for the sprint double, says he has made an effort not to focus too much on the disappointments from Beijing, but is looking to learn from the hard lessons he left with. “‘After Beijing, I felt fatigue. Not emotionally but physically. I can’t dwell on my past performances and I try to look at the next race,” Gatlin told reporters here ahead of the competition. “After the championships, I was happy with my level of performance and that I came away without injuries. Of course, I did not race in Beijing the way that I used to. In the closing stages of my race, I was leaning forward too much. I have to think more about executing my own race instead of competing against other athletes. It was a hard lesson, but I have learned.” Gatlin, who posted the five fastest times this season said he wants to take his performances to the next level next year when he hopes to better his 9.74 personal best mark. “Age is not what determines your level of performance. It’s all about how focused and motivated you can be. To me, it feels like this year is just a prelude to Rio. I will have to step my game up. This year, I was consistent in running 9.7, next year I will need to do better,” Gatlin said. “What I want to do is to offer young and talented athletes an opportunity to knock me off the podium and to prove how good sprinters they can become,” added Gatlin, who also pointed to his fondness of the meet. “This a great meeting with a lot of history and a fantastic crowd. I love to compete here,” Gatlin said. Gatlin will face Jamaicans Asafa Powell and Nesta Carter in the 100m, which also includes the likes of Mike Rodgers and Jimmy Vicaut before competing in the 200m an hour against the Jamaican pair of Nickel Ashmeade and Rasheed Dwyer.
Come Wednesday, the eyes of the cricketing world will be on Galle, where a new-look West Indies will begin their two-match battle against a new-look Sri Lanka with a lot of hope but with a little sparkle in the eyes of both sets of players.It was never always like this, however, certainly not when the West Indies were in their pomp, when they boasted players like Viv Richards, Clive Lloyd, Lawrence Rowe, Alvin Kallicharran, Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes, and the fearsome four, Andy Roberts, Michael Holding, Joel Garner, and Colin Croft.Although they were never the world champions, despite winning the World Cup once, it was, for Sri Lanka, also not so in the days when they paraded batsmen of the class of Aravinda de Silva, Sanath Jayasuriya, Kumar Sangakkara, and Mahela Jayawardene, pacers like Chaminda Vaas, Nuwan Zoysa, and Lasith Malinga, and a spinner like Muttiah Muralitharan.The West Indies, as good as they may have been, or were, have a score to settle. In the vital statistics, they trail Sri Lanka.In nine Test matches, the West Indies have never won in Sri Lanka, and in a total of 15 Test matches, the West Indies have won only three to Sri Lanka’s six.The good ol’ daysIn the early days of the contest, and in spite of their slide after dominating the world, the West Indies were good enough, in short series, to win a Test match and to take the honours.In 2001, however, and in 2005, Sri Lanka, led by Vaas and Muralitharan, ambushed the West Indies in Sri Lanka and won every Test match, beating the West Indies 3-0 and 2-0 in fine style.In 2001, batting star Brian Lara fought gallantly, but his 688 runs in six innings, for an average of 114.66, and three centuries, including twin centuries of 221 and 130, were almost covered in the rubble of the West Indies disaster.The question today is simply this: Who will win? Will it be Sri Lanka or will it will be the West Indies?On Wednesday, the two teams come face to face with almost similar problems, one with a new captain in Jason Holder, one with an almost new captain in Angelo Mathews, both teams with some new players, and both captains will be hoping and praying that their young hopefuls will become their young guns.For Sri Lanka, the best of their batting is gone. Tillakaratne Dilshan, the attacking opening batsman with a thirst for runs, has called it quits, and so too have Sangakkara, the left-handed stylist who scores his runs with ease and grace, and Jayawardene, the man who sometimes looks as if he was born to bat.Those three were the body and soul of Sri Lanka’s batting and, without a doubt, they will be missed.With Dushmantha Chameera and Mathews in the line-up and batting well, however, with Kaushal Silva, Lahiru Thirimanne, Milinda Siriwardana, and Dimiuth Karunaratne fighting positions, with 20-year-old Kusal Mendis or Dinesh Chandimal likely to keep wicket, Sri Lanka’s batting may not be so short, especially playing at home.Sri Lanka’s strength, however, promises to be their bowling.With left-arm spinner Rangana Herath bowling well, a lot is expected of him, so too Tharindu Kaushal, a relatively inexperienced off-spinner who has been barred from bowling the doosra, but who is so good that he is expected play and also to do well.Sri Lanka will miss the arrow-like fast bowling of Malinga, but they also possess a good crop of swing bowlers who could make life difficult for the West Indies batsmen.Shaminda Eranga is injured and will be out, but any two of Dhammika Prasad, Nuwan Pradeep, and Suranga Lakmal, plus all-rounder Mathews and the pair of spinners, Herath and Kaushal, could be dangerous, especially at Galle.Heavy burdenFor the West Indies, a lot will depend on Marlon Samuels, Darren Bravo, Kraigg Brathwaite, and Jermaine Blackwood, plus wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin and all-rounder Holder to post good totals with the wicket-taking responsibilities resting on the shoulders of Jerome Taylor, Kemar Roach, Holder, and right-arm leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo.It takes 11 players to do battle, however, and the other two who could also join the action are batsmen Rajendra Chandrika or Shai Hope, and fast bowler Shannon Gabriel.Maybe, however, in an effort to add a little punch to the batting while assisting the main bowlers, and to make the fielding that much better, the hard-hitting all-rounder Carlos Braithwaite could replace Gabriel in a bid to field a team with enough batting and enough bowling to try and win a Test match.Recently, Sri Lanka lost 2-1 at home to Pakistan and to India, and the West Indies drew 1-1 with England and lost 2-0 to Australia, also at home. The prospects, therefore, are nicely balanced and even.The West Indies, however, have a good chance of winning for the first time in Sri Lanka, providing the players concentrate on the job at hand and do not allow the absence of coach Phil Simmons to affect them negatively, providing Braithwaite does not bat forever without scoring, providing Roach, Taylor, or Bishoo do not break down, and once captain Holder lives up to the great expectations.In spite of the slow reputation of the pitches, the pace of Taylor and Roach, and the bounce of Holder, could make the difference.
Native bred three-year-old fillies hold centrestage at Caymanas Park today in the annual renewal of the Flossie McNeil Memorial Cup over 1200 metres, this confined to non-winners of two.A large field of 15 has been declared, including the unbeaten FEARLESS FURY, who made a smashing debut in a fast-run 1100-metre race (1.06.3) as a two-year-old last December.Trained by Fitzroy Glispie, the chestnut filly by Fearless Vision out of Raging Fury is obviously of good ability and despite a 10-month absence from active competition, has been steadily prepared to meet this engagement and will only go down fighting. But she will have to put every foot right against some very fit rivals, notably JESSE’S FAVORITE, YOGA and LOVE TRAIN from the in-form stables of Harry Parsard.third outingThe lightly raced JESSE’S FAVORITE, in particular, impressed on her third outing on October 3 when winning over the straight in sub-minute time, However, a week later, the speedy filly by Adore The Gold out of Angela’s Favorite could only manage fifth to GOLD MEMBER and subsequent winner DINNER BY SEVEN in a fast-run (58.0) straight five race.She was not really disgraced in finishing 51/2 lengths fifth after leading for most of the way and having worked really well for this race, is preferred to FEARLESS FURY, under former champion Wesley Henry, and LOVE TRAIN, with four-time champion Omar Walker aboard.JESSE’S FAVORITE, who carries a mere 48.5kg, will be ridden by promising 4.0kg claiming apprentice ‘Dino’ Edwards for 14-time champion trainer Philip Feanny.Other firm fancies on the 10-race programme are down in class ITALIANO in the first race over 1300 metres, the Feanny-trained PIANO MAN to make a winning debut n the fifth for maiden and untried two-year-olds, ABOGADO in the sixth and MERU to stave off DOC HOLIDAY in the eighth race over 1500 metres.
The three-year-old campaign leading up to the season’s first classic continues at Caymanas Park today, with the Mercury Sprint for native bred maiden three-year-old colts and geldings over the straight taking the spotlight. The race, which has been divided into two sections, follows on the heels of the Eight Thirty Sprint for the fillies last Saturday, which saw the highly-fancied debutante DANCING QUEEN and odds on favourite POISON GAS winning their respective divisions in contrasting fashion. Division one of the Mercury Sprint has attracted 12 starters and indications are that first-time runners MEGATRON and BOLD SYMPHONY, to be ridden by champion jockey Shane Ellis and Orlando Foster, respectively, will fight out the finish. Both have looked well forward at exercise in preparation for the race, especially the Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes-trained MEGATRON. The roan colt by Seeking The Gold out of the Slick Trick mare Chikiney looked real sharp at exercise last Saturday morning, galloping from the gates in 1:00.0, the last three in 46.1, beating stable-companion LITTLEMISSEMMY, who is no slouch, quite easily. A week before that he clocked 1;00.1 and with his preparation complete, gets the nod over the Philip Feanny-trained BOLD SYMPHONY, a bay colt by Image Maker out of Tejano Symphony, who galloped from the gates in 1:00.4 last Saturday morning as well, the last three in 46.1. So it’s MEGATRON to win from BOLD SYMPHONY and the Wayne DaCosta-trained LITTLE BIG HORN, who has shown promise in two of his three starts to date. Division two looks tailored for the Feanny-trained newcomer DR BANNER, with Oneil Mullings aboard. The chestnut colt by Adore The Gold out of the Schism mare Deja Vu caught the eye at exercise recently when clocking 1:01.0 out of the straight. Having secured a favourable high number draw in another 12-horse field, DR BANNER should lead home Gary Subratie’s NOLAN HILL, who ran well on his recent debut over the round course when chasing home CRUISING MOTION, and returns with Lasix administered. Other firm fancies on the 10-race card are SOUTHERN CRUISE in the opening race over 1400 metres, NUCLEAR AFFAIR in the third, EL CLIENTE in the fourth, TURBO MACHINE CAT in the fifth and STORMING in the ninth.
CRICKET:GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC):With matches set to be played in the United States market for the first time, Caribbean Premier League communications director, Peter Breen, believes the high profile Twenty20 tournament is set for a major take-off this year.Since its inception in 2013, the tournament has been played across the six territories of the competing franchises, but organisers have slated fixtures for Florida during this year’s campaign.”It’s very clear with the talent on display, both local talent and international talent have been contracted and that’s a massive vote of confidence from the wider cricketing public that the Caribbean Premier League is unique, it’s the ‘biggest party in sport’ as we all know,” Breen told the Guyana Times.”It’s incredible vibe and an incredibly fun place, but with serious cricket on the field and people want to be part of that.”He continued: “It’s a very exciting tournament to be a part of. I think it’s a massive year for cricket full stop. It would have started with the Big Bash into the various little tournaments that have been happening and I think with the growth and movement to America that opens up a whole new avenue of possibilities for West Indies cricket and for CPL.”There’s a lot of work to be done to ensure we deliver an outstanding tournament because that’s the level we want to achieve. We want to achieve an outstanding tournament and we’re very confident in our abilities to do so and we know that it will be very, very competitive, particularly looking at the talent of the players who are going to be involved this year.The CPL has been a huge success, turning out capacity crowds in most venues and managing to attract some of the world’s finest Twenty20 players like Kevin Pietersen, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene.Last year alone, the tournament experienced massive growth in numerical terms in attendance — a development Breen said organisers were hoping to sustain.”It’s a tournament that’s definitely growing year on year and we know that in terms of social media, in terms of the global viewership as well,” he pointed out.”Last year 302,000 came through the turnstiles for CPL- that was a growth of 44 per cent. It is lovely to think we can sustain that crowd, but I’m not sure if we physically can, given the size of the stadia, but it is definitely a step in the right direction.”For this year’s edition, the likes of South African superstar AB de Villiers, New Zealander Brendon McCullum and Australia’s Shane Watson, are all expected to feature.The tournament is scheduled to bowl off in June, but organisers are yet to announce fixtures.
The trouble with the Usain Bolt comparisons that are flying around is that the tall man from Trelawny is a once-in-a-generation superstar. To confer comparable senior international success upon Akeem Bloomfield and Chris Taylor because they have exceeded Bolt’s high-school times is dangerous. It’s pressure that they don’t need. Both boys have given evidence that they are extra special and could go all the way. Bloomfield’s conversion from the shorter sprints to the 400m yielded a national junior record of 44.93 seconds at Boys and Girls’ Championships last year. Taylor is a marvel and has the World Youth gold medal to prove it. Though this little dynamo set his personal best of 45.27 seconds in the high altitude of Cali, Colombia, he is clearly capable of going faster. Theoretically, gold medals and world records aren’t out of the question in the future. Even so, the temptation to crown either one of them ‘the new Bolt’ must be resisted. It is borne of respect for the tall man and his 11 individual World/Olympics gold medals and five world records. Surely, it is too much to guarantee that anyone will fill Bolt’s shoes completely. Bad memory shrouds how good the tall man was in the 400 metres when he was 16 and in his last year at Champs for William Knibb Memorial High School in 2003. With insistent rain sprinkling down, he used his speed early on the very track where he had won the World Junior title the year before. He kept his foot on the gas until he realised that his prime rival, Jermaine Gonzales, had stopped. His time blasted the record from 46.22 to 45.35 seconds. A full effort might have broken the 45-second barrier. He hasn’t paid the 400m much attention since, and his personal best of 45.28 seconds shows it. Later in 2003, Bolt equalled Roy Martin’s world junior record of 20.13 seconds. He took sole ownership of that record at the 2004 Carifta Games by winning in 19.93 seconds at age 17. Even now, no other junior athlete has run the 200m faster than 20 seconds. More important than all that is the need for Kingston College and Calabar to continue to manage these two lads well. Neil Harrison, the KC coach, has strengthened Bloomfield and has avoided the 100 and 200 metres to avert the disasters of the past. Similarly, Michael Clarke, the Calabar guru, has kept Taylor clear of troubles. One thing is certain. Taylor must need some recovery time after his 10-race effort at Champs. Together with Jaheel Hyde and 2013 World Youth 400m champion, Bloomfield and Taylor give Jamaica bright hopes for this year’s World Junior Championships in the 400m, the 400-metre hurdles and the 4x400m. Some of them may even see action at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. – HUBERT LAWRENCE has made notes at track side since 1980.
Past The Finishing PostTrack: Dirt : GoodRace 1 1300 M (Purse $620,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($550,0-$500,0)/NB4YO – (NW4)*1. #3 ANOTHER FURY WHenry 54.02. #2 DR. BANNER JJackson 56.0 3-1/4L3. #6 STORMING OWhite 52.0 4-1/2L4. #7 HOLOGRAM SHADOW RMitchell 54.0 1/2LLate scratch : #5 ZACKONTHEATTACKWIN: $82.00Final Time : 1:19.3 Splits : 23.1, 46.1, 1:12.1,Winner : 4yo gr filly – HE’STHEREALTHING – RAGING FURYTrainer : FITZROY GLISPIE Owner : FITZROY GLISPIEBred by ORANGE VALLEY ESTATES LTD.Qu: $129.00 Ex: $219.00Trifecta: $1,780.00Race 2 1200 M (Purse $530,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)*1. #6 ICE PRINCESS OEdwards2 50.02. #5 QUEENOFSAINTROSE JErwin 53.0 10L3. #3 WICKED TUFF OWalker 56.0 2L4. #1 GOFORHOME HPottinger2 51.0 5-1/2LLate scratch : #4 HOLY LIGHTWIN: $81.00PLACE: $63.00, $67.00, $91.00Final Time : 1:15.1 Splits : 23.2, 47.0Winner : 5yo ch filly – BLUE PEPSI LODGE – PREMIER SOLUTIONTrainer : ERROL WAUGH Owner : INTEL DIPLOBred by JOAN BONNERQu: $136.00 Ex: $155.00D/E: $129.00Superfecta: $536.00Race 3 1820 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN CONDITION RACE1. #5 PROUD OF NUCLEAR RHalledeen 56.02. #3 SUBBIE BebHarvey2 53.5 2L3. #1 ROGAMMA OEdwards2 52.0 5-1/2L4. #2 GENERAL REPORT OWhite 52.0 NeckWIN: $165.00PLACE: $115.00, $230.00, $155.00Final Time : 1:58.3 Splits : 27.1, 51.4, 1:16.3, 1:43.3Winner : 3yo b colt – NUCLEAR WAYNE – MAKIN ME PROUDTrainer : GARY SUBRATIE Owner : MICHROSBred by MICHAEL BERNARDQu: $429.00 Ex: $524.00D/E: $227.00Superfecta: $2,832.00Rolling Triple: $469.00Race 4 1300 M (Purse $560,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)*1. #1 LORD EQUUS SEllis 54.02. #7 LITTLE BIG HORN OScott4 51.0 1-3/4L3. #8 ZEPHYR BebHarvey2 53.0 3/4L4. #9 MY COMPANION OWalker 56.0 Sh.HeadWIN: $115.00PLACE: $60.00, $86.00, $70.00Final Time : 1:19.0 Splits : 23.1, 46.3, 1:11.3,Winner : 4yo b colt – IMAGE MAKER – DANCINWITHTHESTARSTrainer : PATRICK FONG Owner : SUPERKIDS RACING STABLESBred by ARGYLL FARMS LTD.Qu: $990.00 Ex: $1,596.00D/E: $299.00Superfecta: $3,736.00Rolling Triple: $512.00Race 5 1000 M (S) (Purse $500,000) 3YO&UP CLM($180,0)-NOT FINISHED 1st-3rd SINCE OCT. 251. #7 BALA BAD GAL LINKS SBlake 52.02. #5 VALLEY OF QUEENS NBerger4 46.0 3L3. #4 WINIT JPatterson2 53.0 1-3/4L4. #3 ON THE DOUBLE KRobinson 55.0 4-1/2LDNF #6 SIR ROLAND OBennett 56.0WIN: $569.00PLACE: $179.00, $140.00, $120.00Final Time : 1:03.0 Splits : 23.2, 47.3Winner : 5yo ch filly – TRADITIONAL – VICTORIATrainer : CONROY TULLOCH Owner : EWART BROWNBred by NEWTON & TREVOR BARNESQu: $1,470.00 Ex: $3,814.00D/E: $2,155.00Trifecta: $59,180.00Rolling Triple: $8,214.00Race 6 1100 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT – FILLIES*1. #12 LIGHTNING LILY ISpence 53.02. #9 LAWS OF THE CODE OWhite 53.0 1/2L3. #10 TOOT THE BLUES DaneNelson 53.0 4-1/2L4. #8 BIG SHOW OMullings 53.0 3/4L5. #6 SIMPLY OUTRAGEOUS JErwin 55.0 3/4LLate scratch : #5 ADORING LADYWIN: $127.00PLACE: $90.00, $125.00, $126.00Final Time : 1:06.4 Splits : 23.1, 46.3Winner : 3yo b filly – STORM CRAFT – RHYTHM OF MY HEARTTrainer : PHILIP FEANNY Owner : LAKELAND FARMS LTD.Bred by LAKELAND FARMS LTD.Qu: $527.00 Ex: $700.00D/E: $1,498.00 (7-5) $425.00Trifecta: $931.00Hi-5: $5,416.50Rolling Triple: $4,684.00Super-6: $7,686.20KING’S PLATERace 7 1500 M (Purse $845,000) 3-Y-O & UP OPEN ALLOWANCE1. #2 PINELOPE JPatterson2 48.02. #1 AWESOME DESTINY DDawkins2 49.5 1-1/2L3. #5 BLUE DIXIE AChatrie 53.0 1-1/4L4. #8 PERFECT NEIGHBOUR JErwin 57.0 1-3/4LWIN: $240.00PLACE: $81.00, $88.00, $136.00Final Time : 1:31.0 Splits : 24.4, 47.2, 1:11.1,Winner : 4yo b filly – PORTO SANTO – BLACK THATCHTrainer : PATRICK FONG Owner : SUPERKIDS RACING STABLESBred by Y.S. (1955) LTD.Qu: $712.00 Ex: $1,219.00D/E: $989.00Superfecta: $6,517.00Rolling Triple: $5,302.00Pick-4: $31,808.00HOT LINE STAKESRace 8 1200 M (Purse $1,100,000) NB3-Y-O RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE II(NW2) – FILLIES(Sponsored by Front Runner)1. #3 RUNALLDAY LSteadman2 55.02. #4 LADY FAYE SEllis 57.0 4L*3. #9 FORT KNOX RHalledeen 57.0 Neck4. #8 THORNHILL MISS RLahoe 57.0 Sh.HeadWIN: $95.00PLACE: $57.00, $76.00, $79.00Final Time : 1:12.3 Splits : 22.4, 45.2Winner : 3yo b filly – BLUE PEPSI LODGE – RACEETrainer: ANTHONY NUNES Owner : STEPHAN NARINESINGHBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $665.00 Ex: $497.00D/E: $947.00Superfecta: $1,474.00Rolling Triple: $1,668.00Race 9 1200 M (Purse $560,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($350,0-$300,0)/NB5YO – (NW3)*1. #6 LUCKY NINE DaneNelson 55.02. #10 BIG MACHINE LINKS ARobles 55.0 Neck3. #3 FIFTYONESTORM AndreePowell3 55.0 Neck4. #9 ST. BERNARD JJackson 54.0 1-1/2L5. #2 MINNIFFIA JPatterson2 54.0 3/4LWIN: $129.00PLACE: $77.00, $90.00, $243.00Final Time : 1:14.3 Splits : 23.0, 46.0Winner : 4yo b colt – STORM CRAFT – SKIPPING SUETrainer : GARY GRIFFITHS Owner : ROBERT LEEBred by ROBERT LEEQu: $261.00 Ex: $535.00D/E: $212.00Trifecta: $1,371.00Hi-5: $18,897.00Rolling Triple: $3,883.00PlacePot 8: $15,947.00SIR HOWARD STAKESRace 10 1200 M (Purse $1,100,000) NB3-Y-O RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE II(NW2) – C&G(Sponsored by Front Runner)1. #4 DON CHASSIS SEllis 57.0*2. #2 LOOSE CANNON OWalker 57.0 2-1/2L3. #11 SUPERBOLT BebHarvey2 52.0 2-1/2L4. #5 SILENCE RMitchell 57.0 2-1/2L5. #7 ICTUS LSteadman2 55.0 3/4LWIN: $590.00PLACE: $215.00, $64.00, $201.00Final Time : 1:12.3 Splits : 23.2, 46.0Winner : 3yo ch colt – PERFORMING MAGIC – FEMME DOREETrainer : PHILIP FEANNY Owner : SUPERKIDS RACING STABLESBred by EVERGLADES FARMS LTD.Qu: $416.00 Ex: $1,431.00D/E: $2,116.00Trifecta: $42,690.00Hi-5: $152,578.00Rolling Triple: $4,868.00Race 11 1000 M (R) (Purse $530,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)1. #1 KANALOA LSteadman2 54.02. #2 BURNING EXIT JJackson 54.0 Neck*3. #3 FLYING MACHINE DaneNelson 54.0 Sh.Head4. #11 SEEKING THE DAWN ARobles 56.0 Neck5. #10 LADY CARMEN SBlake 51.0 3-3/4L6. #13 OCEAN SEEKER RHalledeen 54.0 1-1/4LWIN: $1,726.00PLACE: $482.00, $119.00, $93.00Final Time : 0:59.4 Splits : 22.4, 45.4, ,Winner : 4yo colt – BURNING MARQUE – VERITYTrainer : ANTHONY NUNES Owner : ALEXANDER HAMILTONBred by ALEXANDER HAMILTONQu: $2,799.00 Ex: $15,694.00D/E: $24,915.00Trifecta: $5,390.00Hi-5 carry-over : $127,265.45Rolling Triple: $53,725.00Pick-4 : $170,288.00 (4/4)Super-6: $2,218,870.80 (6/6)Pick-9: $3,257.00 (7/9) $78.50 (6/9)Carry-over : $1,319,747.10
Kingston College were second in 39.74. PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania Calabar High are the new record holders for the high school boys 4×100 metres at the Penn Relays. The experienced quartet of Tyreke Wilson, Christopher Taylor, Michael Stephens and DeJour Russell won the Championships of America high school event in 39.00 seconds this afternoon. The previous record of 39.63 was jointly held by Kingston College and Calabar.
A disappointing game burst into life in the 54th when Xhaka, afforded plenty of space in central midfield following a throw-in, advanced and sent in a 30-metre (yard) shot that struck the turned back of Ander Herrera and looped over goalkeeper David de Gea. Welbeck, who was sold to Arsenal in 2014 to end a 13-year association with United, has now scored in each of his last three appearances against his old club after powering a header in off the bar in the 57th from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s cross. Mourinho made eight changes to his starting team from the 1-0 win over Celta Vigo in the first leg of the Europa League semi- finals on Thursday. The second leg is at Old Trafford on Thursday and Mourinho has suggested the European competition, which offers a place in the Champions League for the winner, is his priority for the remainder of the season. “Of course, we knew we were not coming in our maximum power,” Mourinho said. “Thursday is the match of the season.” It meant the 19-year-old Axel Tuanzebe was handed his Premier League debut, at right back up against Alexis Sanchez, and he performed excellently. Scott McTominay, a 20-year-old midfielder, came on as a second-half substitute for his first-team debut, while Paul Pogba – the world’s most expensive player – did not even come off the bench. United has not scored away to a top-six rival all season. Arsenal will climb above United with a win at Southampton on Wednesday. LONDON, England (AP): Arsene Wenger got the better of managerial rival Jose Mourinho for the first time in a league game as Arsenal beat Manchester United 2-0 in the English Premier League yesterday to keep alive its Champions League qualification hopes. Granit Xhaka, with a deflected shot, and former United player Danny Welbeck, with a bullet header, scored goals in a four-minute span early in the second half to end United’s 25-match unbeaten in the league dating to October. This was the 16th competitive head to head between Wenger and Mourinho – and the 13th in league play – since 2004. It has been a one-sided rivalry but, Wenger finally got a victory over the man who once dubbed him a “specialist in failure,” for a result that might end United’s chances of a top-four finish and leaves Arsenal with some hope. “Finally, I leave this (Emirates) stadium with Arsenal fans happy,” Mourinho said. “It’s the first time I see them smile, enjoy.” Arsenal moved two points behind fifth-place United with a game in hand, and is seven points behind third-placed Liverpool having played two games fewer, and six behind fourth-placed Manchester City, having played one game fewer. Wenger’s team has four matches remaining to earn a 20th straight season in the Champions League. “We still have a mathematical chance, but we need some help,” Wenger said. “But the best help we can get is by winning our own games.” DISAPPOINTING GAME