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MAN CITY (4-2-3-1)HART,SAGNA, DEMICHELIS, OTAMENDI, KOLAROV,FERNANDINHO,FERNANDO,DE BRUYNE, SILVA, STERLING,BONYSWANSEA (4-2-3-1)GOMIS,ROUTLEDGE, SIGURDSSON, AYEW,BRITTON, KI,TAYLOR, BARTLEY, WILLIAMS, NAUGHTON,FABIANSKIOn Tuesday, Manchester City beat Borussia Moenchengladbach 4-2, thanks to three goals in the final 11 minutes, enabling them to finish top of their Champions League group.City, though, were knocked off the top of the Barclays Premier League last weekend when they were beaten 2-0 by Stoke City, enabling Leicester City to take the leadership.Interestingly, City have failed to come back and win after being two goals or more behind in their last 59 attempts in the Premier League.That loss at Stoke means that City have won only once in their last four league games, dropping eight points from a possible 12.City have won six of their eight home games and scored 23 goals – the most in the Premier League.Swansea arrive on the back of a poor run, having taken just one point from their last five games and a possible 15. That sequence of four defeats from five league games has ended with the sacking of manager Garry Monk, with former boss Brendan Rodgers, recently sacked by Liverpool, being tipped with a shock return to the Liberty Stadium.
FRANKENSTORM, dropping down to classes for today’s Millard Ziadie Memorial Cup feature (claiming $350,000-$300,000 over 1100 metres), is tipped to resume winning ways in a competitive field of 11.Trained by Wilfred Chin, the six-year-old bay gelding, by Outrigger out of Seeking Lil, went out of his league on February 13 (claiming $500,000). He could only manage fifth to DWAYNE STAR in a fast-run round-five race.Although finishing 15 lengths fifth, FRANKENSTORM – having missed the break – recovered to straighten third on the heels of the leaders, RUNJOHNNY RUN and FORTUNENEHUNDRED, before gradually weakening.A fortnight before that, FRANKENSTORM chased home subsequent winner UNBREAKABLE over the straight, a race in which he galloped past the furlong pole just the leader before the winner came on the scene.That performance was on a $400,000 claiming tag. Considering he won back-to-back races last November and also won three consecutive races from August to October last year, speaks volumes for his insatiable appetite to win.Running on a $325,000 tag, FRANKENSTORM looks a good thing from his convenient mark of 53.0kg, thanks to smart apprentice Bebeto Harvey’s 3.0kg claim.FRANKENSTORM has good speed and, under these favourable conditions, should stave off hat-trick seeker DI COBRE and UNGLE G, who is up in class following a runaway win over the distance on February 13.Other firm fancies on the 10-race programme are LEGENDARY PLEASURE in the second race, 1500 metres; LEGAL ACCOUNT (working well) to rebound in the fifth over the straight; the lightly raced but promising three-year-old MEGATRON to stave off MACALLAN in the sixth; and MAN IN BLUE to get it right in the nightcap.
LONDON: Rain has disrupted two of the three opening matches on the West Indies Cricket Board Invitational Under-15s tour of Britain. Not a ball was bowled in a highly-anticipated contest with the Chris Gayle Academy at Woodford Green in the British capital. Then, only 27 overs were possible against the Kent Emerging Player Programme at Redbourn Cricket Club, where opener Nico Reifer finished with an undefeated 68 from 77 balls that included half-dozen fours and a pair of sixes, after the WICB Under-15s were put in to bat. In the only completed match, the visitors suffered a 64-run defeat against the London & East Region squad last Sunday at the Bushy Metropolitan Police Cricket Ground. The WICB Under-15s failed to successfully chase 168, with their captain, Kirstan Kallicharran, leading the way with 33. The Under-15s are due to play three more matches on the tour. TOUR INVITATION The tour was organised following an invitation from the England Barmy Army Colts. It has the potential to become an annual event, depending on its success this year. It will provide the players with the opportunity to showcase their skills against their peers from another country, and serve as a great tool for talent identification and development. Summarised scores: At Bushy Metropolitan Police Cricket Ground on Sunday, August 23: London & East Region won by 64 runs. LONDON & EAST REGION, 167 off 39.2 overs (J. Smith 69, C. Scott 50, Raewin Senior 3-28, Dane Edwards 3-28, Joshua Bishop 2-25). WICB INVITATIONAL UNDER-15s, 103 off 26.4 overs (Kirstan Kallicharran 33, A. Nazir 7.4-0-30-5, K. Peters 3-25). At Woodford Green on Monday, August 24: No-result (not a ball bowled due to rain). WICB INVITATIONAL UNDER-15s vs CHRIS GAYLE ACADEMY. At Redbourn Cricket Club on Tuesday, August 25: No-result (due to rain interruption). WICB INVITATIONAL UNDER-15s, 116 for three off 27 overs (Nico Reifer 68 not out, Kirstan Kallicharran 21) vs KENT EMERGING PLAYER PROGRAMME.
As can be expected, the incomparable Usain Bolt is looking forward to the Olympic Games next year in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The picture isn’t so clear when it comes to the 2017 World Championships in London. According to a report carried in the November issue of Track and Field News, Bolt will make his mind up about competing in 2017 after Rio. According to Track and Field News, Bolt is contemplating advice from coach Glen Mills. “After Rio, as I said, my sponsors want me to go one more year,” he recounted, “but my coach said: “Listen to me, ‘if you’re not going to be serious about going to the World Championships in London, then I shouldn’t go’.” Bolt, who has won two Olympic sprint doubles and seven individual World Championship gold medals, explained: “So it’s all about how I feel after Rio, if I can really put my body through one more season.” This year, he suffered through a restrictive back injury. Treatment in Germany helped him to recover just in time to defend his World titles in Beijing, China. Olympics outlook bright His outlook on the Rio Olympics was much brighter. “As long as I don’t get injured next season, it’s going to be great,” he said just after winning the 200 metres in a world-leading time of 19.55 seconds in Beijing. The interview appeared in the ‘Last Lap’ section of November’s issue of Track and Field News. Sprinting is a young man’s game, but there are instances of high performance at a relatively advanced age. Thirty-year-old American Carl Lewis won his third World 100 metres title in 1991 in world record time. Linford Christie of Britain took the Olympic gold medal a year later at 32 years old and confirmed his superiority with a World Championship win in 1993 at 33. Bolt will celebrate his 31st birthday just after the 2017 World Championships. A win there in the 100 metres would break his tie for the most wins in that event with Lewis, who won in 1983, 1987 and 1991 when the Worlds were staged every four years. The Jamaican already has the most wins in the 200m with success in 2009, 2011, 2013, and 2015. By comparison, Calvin Smith and Michael Johnson of the United States both won the event on two occasions each, with no one else taking gold in the curved sprint more than once.
Supreme Ventures Limited, through the brand ‘JustBet’, has been making strides in becoming the preferred brand for sports-betting for both regular punters and novices alike. Wagering on international sports such as football, basketball, cricket, and American football has become a habit for many sports fans as the fixtures of the various leagues run throughout the year. These fixed-odds betting options benefit from the sportsman who is trying his hand at wagering and the seasoned bettor who sees a new more predictable game for his valued betting dollar. Live international sporting events have only a few games scheduled on particular days and only during the respective seasons. This restricts the content available for sports-betting fans and does not provide many options and continuity. On January 14, 2016, Supreme Ventures launched its virtual sports betting product branded ‘Quick Sports’ in 10 pilot locations. The product is now available to existing and potential customers at 50 JustBet locations islandwide. Quick Sports virtual football matches and horse races allow for five minutes of betting time per event followed by two to three minutes of actual game time. There are nine betting types offered on football and seven betting options on horse racing. The minimum bet on each betting type is $20. The events run on a daily schedule starting at 7 a.m. up to 2 a.m. Matches, races, and odds are displayed using computer-animated 3D graphics on two dedicated TV monitors inside select agent locations. Winnings are available for payment to customers at the end of each event. Currently, horse racing and football are the two virtual games in play for now, however, the game portfolio will be expanded with more sports in the latter part of the 2016 calendar. Quick Sports will be officially launched at Supreme Ventures flagship store, State Mall, Cross Roads, St Andrew, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. today.
The 50th renewal of the annual Roper Cup football extravaganza between North Street rivals St George’s College (the 2015 Flow Cup champions) and Kingston College (Roper Cup defending champions) will be held today at Emmet Park, St George’s College. Action will begin early. The first match starts at 10 a.m. with the Under-14 teams, followed by the Under-16 teams. These teams will play for the George Thompson Trophy, which will be decided by the aggregate score. The Roper Cup is played between the Under-35 and the current Manning Cup teams (again decided by the aggregate score line). In between the Under-35 and Manning Cup match will be the Over-35 match for players from both institutions. The Over-35s will play for the Pancho Rankine Cup. The day’s matches will showcase the football skills of many former Manning Cup greats from both schools, including this year’s honourees Maurice Rhoden and Derrick “Sastri” Denniser. This year’s event will feature a family oriented entertainment package. There will also be spot prizes and giveaways throughout the day from the event’s sponsors. Sponsors include Supreme Ventures, Vitamalt, CB Group (through CB Chicken & Bad Dawg Sausages), SportsMax TV, Barco Caribbean Limited, Hi-Lyte Sport Drink, Crimson Dawn, Spanish Court Hotel, and Marksman Limited.
Two-time Olympians Mike Fray and Isa Phillips and 1983 World Championship sprinter Everald Samuels are part of the rich track and field history nurtured at St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS). If a new ambitious thrust hits the target, STATHS will make more history by winning one or both of the team titles at Boys and Girls’ Championships six years from now. That goal is entrenched in a ‘2-4-6’ plan that is now guiding track and field at the school. “It’s a plan to win Champs step by step and we’ll try to win it in the sixth year,” said STATHS Champs hero, Donald ‘Cherry’ Davis. According to the school’s past students association, the first step has been successfully taken and has seen the STATHS’ track and field team increase in size to 130 student-athletes. They train under the guidance of International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) level five instructor, Roy Thomas, who has replaced Ransford Spaulding as head coach. Launched earlier this year, the STATHS 2-4-6 plan aims to build the teams from the lower age groups and to work towards finishing in the Champs top 10 in 2018, which is year two, in the top five in 2020, year four, and to challenge for the team titles in 2022, the sixth year of the new programme. Centrally, STATHS expects to create opportunities for their graduating athletes to obtain a free college education via athletic scholarships. Davis, a STATHS Boys’ Championship high jump winner in 1980, is part of a group that is helping to steer the school to glory. “When you see people making an effort, you have to join them,” he smiled. “And they’re real making some effort and I’m proud of them.” Davis, a long time supporter of his old school, is encouraging fellow past students, corporate sponsors and friends of STATHS to help. “We just need to get the financial backing,” he said. Donations can be made via the GoFundMe website at www.gofundme.com/2na4tebh?r=95143. Coach Thomas is being assisted by a team of four assistant coaches Kenneth Darby, Vanissa Brown, Collin King and Nigel Brown. Darby and Brown returned to the island last summer, after studying athletics for the past six years in Cuba at the Universidad de Pinar del Rio. Together, Thomas and his team of coaches are targeting success at both Boys Championships and Girls Championships. So far, Excelsior High and St Jago High schools are the only Co-Ed teams to win at both Boys and Girls Championships. STATHS placed 10th and 11th at Girls Championships in 2013 and 2015, respectively. The boys’ team didn’t score any points this year, but reached a four-year high of 21st in 2014. During this period, the school’s top athlete was Ayesha Champagnie, who took three gold medals at Boys and Girls’ Championships in 2015. Work has already begun to improve facilities at STATHS, with the opening of a gym there and Davis predicts that past students will help as the programme progresses. He said: “I think what will turn it around is when we get to Penn Relays.” He believes that will spur US-based STATHS alumni to come on board.
Table-toppers Pride have been strengthened for their clash with the back-to-back champions with five West Indies players returning to the 13-man squad. Opener Kraigg Brathwaite, who has taken over from all-rounder Kevin Stoute as captain, will be joined by left-hander Jonathan Carter, wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich, batsman Shai Hope and off-spinning all-rounder Ashley Nurse. “Obviously, the game is very important for us taking into consideration we are just .2 points ahead,” Crandon was quoted by the Guyana Chronicle as saying. Despite a below par performance so far, Jaguars are leading the points table on 33.6 points, 0.2 more than second place Pride. “It is important that we press home any advantage we have. We know that Barbados are very fierce opponents over the years, but obviously we know the conditions better than they,” said head coach Esaun Crandon, a former Guyana fast bowler who took 90 wickets from 38 First-Class games. “We had the opportunity to play a day/night game in St Lucia, so we know what to expect during the day and what to expect during the night, but overall we need to play better cricket than Barbados.” Strengthened for clash GEORGETOWN, Guyana, (CMC): Front-runners Guyana Jaguars are hoping to exploit home advantage against rivals Barbados Pride in a top of the table clash when the Regional Four-Day Competition enters its fourth round here this weekend. Jaguars, the reigning champions, are facing a reinforced Pride in a day/night encounter at the Guyana National stadium from Friday, following a short break in the tournament.
LONDON ( AP): Manchester City and Liverpool were expected to be slugging it out for the English Premier League (EPL) title on the home stretch. Instead, they meet at Anfield on Sunday in a tussle just to be among the four Champions League qualifiers. City, who are reeling from their Champions League exit at Monaco, are only a point ahead of Liverpool in third place. Despite the swirling storm around Arsene Wenger, fifth-place Arsenal are only five points behind Liverpool with two games in hand. But Arsenal travel to West Bromwich Albion tomorrow having only won twice in the last month both times against fifth-tier teams in the FA Cup. Leicester are on a roll again since Claudio Ranieri was replaced by Craig Shakespeare. The ailing champions have moved three points clear of the relegation zone with two Premier League wins under Shakespeare, who has also steered the Champions League newcomers into the quarterfinals. Middlesbrough will be hoping the end of Aitor Karanka’s reign yesterday produces a similar uplift as they sit next-to-last in the standings going into Sunday’s game at sixth-place Manchester United. In Spain, Sevilla can’t dwell on their Champions League elimination if they want to guarantee a return to the competition. Five points ahead At the start of the month, third-place Sevilla were nine points in front of Atletico Madrid. Now the gap is down to five points ahead of their meeting in Madrid on Sunday. Finishing fourth requires teams to contest a play-off to reach the group stage of the Champions League. Besides the 2-0 loss at Leicester on Tuesday, Sevilla are coming off two league draws. It will be a clash of Serie A’s top scorers when Inter Milan visit Torino tomorrow. Torino forward Andrea Belotti is at the top of the scoring chart with 22 goals. Mauro Icardi scored a nine-minute hat-trick in Inter’s 7-1 rout of Atalanta last weekend to take his tally to 20. Inter’s victory kept their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League alive. Inter are fifth, six points behind third-place Napoli and the final Champions League spot. Napoli visit Empoli on Sunday, when it will be a case of the league’s best attack against the weakest. Napoli have scored 65 goals, while Empoli have found the back of the net only 15 times. Lazio, who are four points below Napoli, visit Cagliari, while second-place Roma host Sassuolo. Also, Juventus visit Sampdoria as they go for a record sixth straight Serie A title.
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