National 400m hurdles champion Annsert Whyte may have booked his spot to today’s semi-finals of the men’s 400m hurdles at the IAAF World Championships inside the Bird’s Nest in Beijing, China, but he was far from happy with his performance. Whyte, clipped the second hurdle but managed to hold it together to post 49.10 seconds to finish fourth as one of the automatic qualifiers for the semi-finals, which take place at 5:40 a.m. and will no doubt be keeping an eye on Tuesday’s final. Disappointment aside, Whyte who came into this championship after back-to-back sub-49 seconds clockings, says he is excited and proud about advancing to the next round and is willing to back himself, once he gets there. Whyte was solid out of the blocks but had some issues on the backstretch before he was able to gather himself and come across the line with what was a decent run in the end. He does, however, know that he will make a much improved performance in the next round if he is to achieve his objective to make the medal round. “I’m not really pleased with the execution, but I am pleased with the time. I am glad that I am through to the semi-finals, and I just want to come here tomorrow and see how it goes,” Whyte said. Whyte explained his points of concerns but was clear in his ambitions here in Beijing. “The second hurdle; when I went out, I started well but when I got to the second flight I hit it and it kind of threw me off my rhythm. But, I was able to keep my composure and maintain it through to the end,” Whyte said. “I need to run the backstretch a little smoother and faster as well but to tell the honest truth, I want to come here and get a PR and make it to the final and then see what happens,” added Whyte. The 400m hurdler has a personal-best time of 48.58 done in Kingston in 2014. – Andre Lowe
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP):Ben Stokes unleashed one of cricket’s most destructive innings for his 258 as England racked up 629-6 declared in a morale-crushing day for South Africa in the second Test yesterday.Stokes powered to the second-fastest double century in Tests in an astonishing display of dominance over the struggling but still top-ranked Proteas, propelling England from 317-5 overnight to its huge first-innings total in less than 40 overs of power hitting on the second day at Newlands.”I’m probably not going to play like this ever again in my life,” the 24-year-old Stokes said.Stokes and Jonny Bairstow, who was 150 not out, had a record partnership of 399, with Stokes claiming the fastest 250 in Test cricket, before he was run out. Their partnership was the best for the sixth wicket in Tests and England’s second best for any wicket.South Africa, staring at a big defeat and a 2-0 series deficit, was fighting at 141-2 at stumps, still 488 behind. England had removed both openers – Stiaan van Zyl to a run out and Dean Elgar for 44 – to give Stokes a wicket to go with his brilliant contribution with the bat. Captain Hashim Amla was 64 not out and AB de Villiers 25 not out, desperately trying to hold England at bay.Earlier, when England declared two balls after Stokes’ dismissal, the tourists had scored 312 runs in a session and a half at a scintillating rate of nearly seven per over. On a day of landmarks under Table Mountain, the bigger picture was that England amassed its second-highest total in more than 120 years of Test cricket in South Africa, only behind its 654-5 in the timeless Test in Durban in 1939.That was almost entirely down to the stunning Stokes-Bairstow partnership, a boundary-filled stand that left South Africa utterly dejected and way behind in the series, having already lost the first Test by 241 runs.”It was just a very intense session and a half by Ben Stokes, which was quite amazing to watch from where I was standing,” South Africa’s Elgar said. “I was standing at the boundary a lot, fetching the ball.”Stokes’ catalog of big blows brought a series of stats. He bludgeoned 30 fours and 11 sixes, the most sixes for England in a Test innings. The 130 he scored in the firstsession was the most by any player before lunch in a Test. The double hundred came off 163 balls, only behind Nathan Astle’s double ton off 153 deliveries for New Zealand against England in 2001-02.Having made just his third Test century, he went to 200 with a pull through midwicket for four, and leaped in the air with his fist pumping. His 250 off 196 balls was quicker than anyone else. The style of his innings was clear: 186 runs came from crunching blows to the boundary – or over it.On any other day, Bairstow’s 150 off 191 balls with 18 fours and two sixes would have drawn the attention.England scored 196 in 25 overs before lunch and 116 in 13.5 overs in the afternoon, before Alastair Cook put the South Africans out of their misery with the declaration.The end result was that England, already 1-0 ahead in the series, was in complete command at one of South Africa’s favourite grounds, and where England hasn’t won since 1957.But the ground’s reputation as a bastion for South Africa came crumbling down with Stokes’ assault. He finally fell to a bizarre dismissal when he hit a swirling catch to short mid-on, where AB de Villiers dropped the chance but managed to run out Stokes at the non-striker’s end with a direct hit.
CLEVELAND (AP):The Golden State Warriors returned to the floor where they won the NBA championship last season and embarrassed the Cleveland Cavaliers 132-98 on Monday night.Stephen Curry scored 35 points in three quarters for the Warriors, who built a huge early lead and cruised to their fifth straight victory over the Cavaliers, who appear at this stage to be the best team the Eastern Conference can put up against the several title contenders in the West.Golden State retained a 10-1/2 game lead in the Pacific Division ahead of the Los Angeles Clippers, who hit a franchise-record 22 three-pointers in an overtime win against Houston.Chicago closed within 4-1/2 games of Cleveland for the Central Division lead by winning at Detroit, while Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas to an overtime victory against Boston.Golden State’s Curry made seven three-pointers – his last put the Warriors ahead by 40 points late in the third quarter – and the reigning league MVP seemed right at home in Quicken Loans Arena, where the Warriors clinched their first title since 1975 last June.Andre Iguodala added 20 as the Warriors bounced back from a surprise loss to Detroit over the weekend.LeBron James scored 16 for Cleveland, which needed a late flurry of points to avoid the heaviest home loss in franchise history.Los Angeles’ sharpshooting J.J. Redick scored a career-high 40 points as the Clippers beat Houston 140-132. Redick connected on his first five attempts behind the arc and finished nine for 12 on three-pointers, tying Caron Butler’s club record for threes.Chris Paul had 28 points and 12 assists for the Clippers. He, Redick and Jamal Crawford each made three-pointers while the Clippers opened overtime on a 9-2 run.Houston’s Dwight Howard had 36 points and tied a career high with 26 rebounds en route to his 10th straight double-double, the league’s longest active streak. He secured it before half-time with 13 points and 15 boards.Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki scored 31 points to lead the Mavericks past Boston 118-113 after overtime.Nowitzki scored 21 of those points across the fourth quarter and overtime, while Deron Williams had 10 of his 20 points in OT for the Mavericks, who led by 17 points in the second quarter, but trailed by six in the fourth before rallying.Isaiah Thomas and Marcus Smart led Boston with 20 points apiece.Chicago’s Pau Gasol had 31 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Bulls to a 111-101 victory at Detroit.- AP
Clarke has won a combined 15 Boys’ Champs titles with three different schools. He won his first championship with St Jago in 1988; then moved to Jamaica College where he won seven titles. He won his first double in 1991-92 with the Old Hope Road-based school and his first triple with the ‘Dark Blues’ from 1998-2000. He joined his alma mater, Calabar, in 2003 and saw them to back-to-back titles in 2007 and 2008. Last year he claimed his first four-peat and now he has won five straight titles for the first time. “I am humbled by the success and I give God thanks for it as well,” he told The Gleaner. Calabar finished with 287.50 points, well clear of KC, 250, and JC, 227.50. 15 TITLES Last year Calabar High matched their best ever winning streak at the annual Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championships, when they won their fourth successive crown. On Saturday, the Red Hills Road-based school lifted the Mortimer Geddes Trophy for the fifth time on the bounce, when they beat away the challenge of perennial rivals Kingston College (KC) to gain their 26th hold. For head coach, Clarke, last year was his first time winning four straight and after extending it to five-in-a-row on Saturday, the tactician described the victory as ‘memorable’ and says plans are in place for the school to go on and claim a sixth straight championship. “This is a memorable one, very historic. The school in its history has never done five straight before. KC is a talented team, very well coached, but today (Saturday) was our day. But that’s championships for you,” Clarke commented amid the team’s celebrations on the running track. “But it’s not so much for me, it’s for the school. They have never gone five straight, so that’s historic. For me it’s also quite an achievement and I am quite pleased by the success. “We are always planning ahead, like three years ahead so it’s quite a possibility,” he said about winning next year.
THE JAMAICA National General Insurance (JNGI) sponsored JNGI 100 Sporting Clays is on today at the Jamaica Skeet Club in Portmore, St Catherine. The best local A to E Class shooters, ladies, juniors and hunters classes are expected to turn out and compete for top honours at today’s tournament. The registration process will commence at 9 a.m. and run through to 10.30, when the shotgun start will commence. The entry fee for shooters is $1,000, which will include lunch from Scotchies. There will be no entry fee for ladies and juniors, however. CLASS CHAMPIONS All eyes will, no doubt, be on Bruce DuQuesnay, who reigned supreme last year. Other defending class champions will be Damian Chung in the A class, while Nick Hudson was B class winner. The C class winner was Ray McMaster, with Diallo Richardson topping D class. In the E class, Simon Khourie was victorious, while outstanding junior shooter Nicholai Clarke won his category, and Delano Vickers, the hunter class. Taylor Ziadie took the ladies, honours, and Roman Tavares-Finson won the sub juniors category. JNGI are returning as sponsors for a second year. Jamaica Skeet Club president Khaleel Azan says it is all systems go for today’s tournament. He hailed JNGI for “going all out with providing gifts and lunches by Scotchies for all shooters at no cost”.
“It was all about spending time in the middle and waiting to launch in the end. All in all it was a tremendous effort, the guys really fought through the entire Test match,” said Bravo. “If you look back at the first two days in the entire Test match we were totally out played. The way Bishoo bowled put us in good stead to come out on top.” Bravo’s century followed up his first innings of 87, which was made in 398 minutes off 258 balls with nine fours and a six. “Some days, you may score faster. Some days you have to stick it out. It is not always glorious shots. Sometimes you have to show that sort of determination and discipline to get the job done,” said Bravo. “I tried that in this game. It worked, who knows the next game can be probably fluent. You never know, but at the end of the day I am putting in a lot of work in the nets and I am really happy to reap the rewards, especially in this game.” West Indies will now move on to Abu Dhabi for the second match of the series, starting on Friday. Tremendous effort DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC): Stylish middle-order batsman, Darren Bravo, says his marathon innings was designed to frustrate Pakistan and set up victory for West Indies in the opening Test which ended here on Monday. Pakistan pulled off a 56-run win at Dubai International Cricket Stadium to upstage Bravo’s magnificent 116 on the final day under lights, as the West Indies chased a come-from-behind victory. Bravo’s knock lasted nearly seven hours, off 249 balls and included 10 boundaries and a six. “It was a situation where I actually wanted to bat out the entire day. I know as long as I batted and spent a lot of time in the middle, definitely it was going to frustrate the Pakistanis and set up the game for us,” said the elegant left-hander. “I just wanted to bat there and have couple partnerships and that would have made it much easier.” West Indies trailed Pakistan for three days until leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo claimed career-best figures of eight for 49 on the fourth day to send Pakistan tumbling to a paltry 123 in their second innings to set up a dramatic finish. Bravo’s century carried West Indies into the final hour on the fifth and final day and gave the regional side hope of an opening win. But Jason Holder’s men were dismissed for 289 in their second innings with 12 overs left in the contest.
OAKLAND, California (AP) Golden State’s Kevin Durant thoroughly embarrassed his old Oklahoma City teammates by sinking seven 3-pointers and scoring 39 points as the Warriors strolled to a 122-96 win against the Thunder on Thursday. Defeat for the Thunder left Cleveland as the NBA’s last unbeaten team, as LeBron James led the Cavaliers past Boston. The highly-anticipated clash of last year’s Western Conference Finals revolved around Durant, who had made the big-money move to the Warriors, and he rose to the occasion, with his seven 3-pointers matching a career high. Russell Westbrook was eager to show he could lead Oklahoma City without Durant, but was held to just 20 points; 17.8 points below his season average. Golden State’s Stephen Curry added 21 points while Klay Thompson rediscovered his 3-point radar and hit four long shots as the Warriors notched a fourth straight win. Reigning league champions Cleveland emerged as the new-season pacesetters by defeating Boston 128-122. The Cavaliers have won their opening five games for the first time in 40 years. LeBron James scored a season-high 30 points, edging within two points of passing Hakeem Olajuwon for 10th place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Olajuwon had 26,946 points, a total James will likely surpass today in Philadelphia. Kevin Love scored 26 points, also a season high, while Kyrie Irving added 23 for the Cavaliers, while Tristan Thompson recorded a double-double in the first half, finishing with 15 points and 14 rebounds. Isaiah Thomas scored 30 points and Avery Bradley had 26 for the Celtics, who played without two starters: center Al Horford (concussion) and forward Jae Crowder (sprained left ankle). Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker each had 27 points to lead the Bucks past Indiana 125-106. Indiana had a brief surge in the fourth quarter, closing within nine points, but could get no closer and fell to 0-3 in road games. Paul George scored 23 points for the Pacers. Orlando won back-to-back games for the first time this season, as Evan Fournier scored 29 points in a 102-94 win against Sacramento. An attempted 3-pointer by Nemanja Bjelica on the buzzer went in then out, allowing Denver to hang on for a 102-99 victory at Minnesota.
DHAKA, Bangladesh, CMC:Former West Indies T20 captain Darren Sammy raced to an unbeaten half century that spurred Rajshahi Kings to a three-wicket victory over Chittagong Vikings in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) yesterday.Sammy hit a 27-ball 55, while his West Indian counterpart, fast bowler Kesrick Williams, grabbed four wickets to propel Kings to the second qualifier at Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.West Indies opener Chris Gayle scored a typically aggressive 44 from 30 balls to help the Chittagong top order set a strong foundation to reach 142 for eight in 20 overs.Barbados opener Dwayne Smith, who opened for Chittagong, went without scoring, Williams’s first victim in the second ball of the third over.Gayle, who batted at number three, put on 74 runs for the second wicket with Tamim Iqbal who scored 51.Only six of Gayle’s runs were not scored from boundaries as the flamboyant Jamaican launched five sixes, four over straight boundary and two fours.Williams, a fast bowler from St Vincent and the Grenadines, also removed Abdur Razzak and Taskin Ahmed in the same over to complete his second four-wicket haul in T20s.During the chase, Sammy put on 37 and 49 with Mehedi Hasan and Farhad Reza, respectively, to lead Rajshahi’s recovery from 57 for six to surpass 143 in 18.3 overs and knock Chittagong out of the competition.Sammy, who reached his second fifty of the tournament with a straight six, hit seven fours and two sixes.
NEW YORK (AP) : Carmelo Anthony had 23 points, nine rebounds and six assists, Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah delivered big games against their former team, and the New York Knicks beat the short-handed Chicago Bulls 104-89 on Thursday night. Rose scored 17 points in his return to Madison Square Garden after skipping the last game here, and Noah finished with 12 points and 15 rebounds as the Knicks snapped a three-game losing streak. Rookie forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas had a season-high 19 points. The Knicks bounced back from a loss at the buzzer in Philadelphia on Wednesday to win for the first time this season on the second night of back-to-back games. Dwyane Wade scored 22 for the Bulls, who were missing star swingman Jimmy Butler, Nikola Mirotic and Denzel Valentine, all because of illness. They dropped their third straight. Playing without starting forward Kristaps Porzingis, New York won for just the second time in 11 games. Other results: Mavericks 113, Suns 108; Nuggets 140 Pacers 112; Spurs 134 Lakers 94; Pelicans 104, Nets 95.
DESPITE a lot of emphasis on high school action at today’s Gibson McCook Relays, competition among senior athletes in events for clubs and institutions should share the spotlight with the World Relays and World Championship on the calendar this year. Several of these athletes will definitely looking to make an impression ahead of the World Relays considering there will be no trials for that event. The likes of Elaine Thompson, Christania Williams, Megan Simmonds, Shericka Jackson, Stephenie-Ann McPherson, Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby, Ristananan Tracey are all expected to feature on the female side. Yohan Blake, Kemar Bailey-Cole, Annsert Whyte, Jhevaughn Minzie, Peter Matthews, Javon Francis and Jaheel Hyde will look to get off to strong starts in what is expected to be fast and furious action all day. After an epic Men’s 4x100m relays clash at the Milo Western Relays, where Sprintec, UTech, GC Foster College and MVP were involved in a thrilling finish, add Yohan Blake’s Racers Lions outfit to the mix and today’s face-off is sure to bring even more excitement with the 2010 record of 38.08 seconds set by the Racers Lions under threat. UTech, winners with 39.42 seconds in MoBay, edged out the Nesta Carter-anchored MVP (39.43) with GC Foster not far behind in third in 39.47 seconds. Last year the Javon Francis-led Akan Track Club scored a very close win in the Men’s 4x400m relay over Cameron Blazers and these two will be at it once again with the likes of Sprintec, GC Foster, University of the West Indies, Racers Track Club and Mico University College joining the party. Akan with Francis along with Josef Robertson, Peter Matthews and surprise Camperdown Classics winner Kavon Nelson look hard to beat here and should easily defend their title. CONVINCING WIN Another institution, which is expected to make their presence felt today is Knox Community College in the men’s 4x800m as they look to derail GC Foster College’s dominance in the event at this meet. At the Milo Western Relays they lowered the Spanish Town-based team’s colours with a convincing win where they took the event in a record 7:32.80, beating their opponents easily. Following a blistering start to her 2017 campaign, double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson, fresh off her Birmingham 60m sub-7 seconds clocking, along with her MVP teammates will be eyeing the 4x100m record of 43.13 seconds set in 2015 by the University of Technology. Without Fraser-Pryce at the Milo Western Relays, MVP won easily in 43.61 seconds, ahead of Sprintec 44.73 seconds and with Fraser-Pryce expected to be in their line-up they should go much faster. However, Sprintec will now have the service of the in-form Gayon Evans, who was away on duties competing in the 60m indoors and should replace Ristananna Tracey in their line-up, which will give them considerable more speed. With two members of Jamaica’s Olympic silver medal 4x400m team, in Jackson and McPherson in their line-up, MVP look a sure winner in the women’s Open 4x400m. However, it should not be that easy for them as UTech with the likes of youngsters, Shannon Kallawan and Junelle Bromfield and Mico University College with the likes of IAAF World Under 20 champion, Tiffany James, Samantha James and Dawnalee Loney should push them to the limit and any of the two could surprise the defending champions.