Barclays Premier League Points Standing

first_imgLP CLUB P W D L GF GA GD PTS1 (1) Leicester City 29 17 9 3 52 3 1 21 602 (2) Tottenham Hotspur 30 16 10 4 53 24 29 583 (3) Arsenal 29 15 7 7 46 30 16 524 (4) Manchester City 29 15 6 8 52 31 21 515 (5) West Ham United 29 13 10 6 45 33 12 496 (6) Manchester United 29 13 8 8 37 27 10 477 (7) Southampton 30 12 8 10 38 30 8 448 (8) Liverpool 28 12 8 8 43 37 6 449 (9) Stoke City 30 12 7 11 32 36 -4 4310 (10) Chelsea 29 10 10 9 43 39 4 4011 (11) West Bromwich Albion 29 10 9 10 30 36 -6 3912 (12) Everton 28 9 11 8 51 39 12 3813 (13) Bournemouth 30 10 8 12 38 47 -9 3814 (14) Watford 29 10 7 12 29 30 -1 3715 (15) Crystal Palace 29 9 6 14 32 39 -7 3316 (16) Swansea City 30 8 9 13 30 40 -10 3317 (17) Sunderland 29 6 7 16 35 54 -19 2518 (18) Norwich City 30 6 7 17 31 54 -23 2519 (19) Newcastle United 28 6 6 16 28 53 -25 2420 (20) Aston Villa 30 3 7 20 22 57 -35 16last_img read more

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Senior puts Excelsior in charge of Grace Shield final

first_imgTitle-favourites Excelsior High are in command over many-time champions Eltham High heading into today’s second day of the three-day urban area ISSA-GraceKennedy Grace Shield cricket competition at Melbourne Oval.Winning the toss and electing to bat on a typically flat Melbourne wicket, the Kirkland Bailey-coached Excelsior first put up a competitive 228 in their first innings.This was on the back of 59 from Adrian Clarke, 32 from national U-17 batsman, Raewin Senior and 26 from national U-17 wicketkeeper, Shamarae Lindo.Bowling for Eltham High, another national Under-17 batsman, Ramone Francis, a part-time off-spinner, claimed five for 93 off 35 overs and Rahim Garnett took four for 72 off 31.2.Eltham, in their response, closed the day in a precarious 70 for five, 158 runs in arrears.QUICKFIRE25Eltham’s main batsman, Francis, made a quickfire 25 off 15 deliveries, inclusive of five fours.His dismissal, however, at 52, triggered somewhat of a mini-collapse.Senior, bowling left-arm spin, led the way with four for 13, with support coming from Kenneil Green, one for 20.”I am comfortable with the way we batted, but not entirely pleased,” said Bailey, coach of Excelsior.”Our senior batters showed a high level of irresponsibility and thus the first innings total was not what we wanted it to be.”However, we know we have the bowling capabilities to defend 228 and we are well on our way to doing so.”Eltham’s coach, Shawn Hedlam, who was a member of the victorious Eltham team in 2012, said his team may be down, but are surely not out of the game.”We are on the back-foot, but not out of it,” he said. “Come tomorrow (today) the aim is to apply ourselves and try to get the total and if not, as close to it as possible.”It’s a two innings match and if we miss out on first innings we will just have to go for an outright result.”last_img read more

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‘Excited’ Taylor looks to shine at first Penns

first_imgCalabar High School’s Christopher Taylor, who broke the 200m and 400m Class Two records at the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, said he is looking forward to his first Penn Relays, while helping his school to again triumph over their main rivals – Kingston College (KC), Jamaica College (JC), and St Jago.Penn Relays will be held at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, from April 28-30.”I feel very excited knowing that it’s my first Penns and I am going to go out there and do the very best for my school,” he said.”Well, I am confident and I am in pretty good form going into the Penn Relays, so we will see what happens there,” he continued in an interview following the FLOW Foundation’s presentation of $4,030,000 to 28 high school and tertiary institutions to offset costs associated with competing at the event at their head office on Half-Way Tree Road on Tuesday.RELAY CHAMPSLast year, Calabar High shone brightest on the final day of the relay carnival. They captured the 4×100 metre in record time and the 4×400 metres.With 16-year-old Taylor recently leading his Red Hills Road-based school to a sensational victory in the 4x400m in a time of 3:08.77 ahead of Kingston College, all eyes will, no doubt, be set on another battle between the long-time rivals.Taylor, the Class Two 400m record holder, received the baton about 20 metres ahead of the Class One record holder, KC’s Akeem Bloomfield, but saw the more experienced Bloomfield surge ahead coming into the straight.However, Taylor would not be denied, and despite the KC captain’s fast 44.5-split, the Calabar stand-out kept his composure and sprinted past the tiring Purples star with a 45.3-second split.”Well, we fear no one, but we have to look up to everyone also. So yes, I am confident. We are looking to retain the title,” Taylor told The Gleaner.last_img read more

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Walters finally gets shot at Lomachenko – Clash in Las Vegas on November 26

first_img NOW SET TO HAPPEN “It took some time to happen, but I will definitely be fighting Lomachenko in November,” former World Boxing Association (WBA) Featherweight Super Champion Nicholas ‘The Axe Man’ Walters told The Gleaner yesterday. Walters confirmed that he and Ukranian Vasyl ‘Hi-Tech’ Lomachenko, will clash on November 26 at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Super Featherweight title. The fight has been on the radar for some time, and Bob Arum, from promotion company Top Rank, made an effort to get both men to fight last June 11, for Lomachenko’s WBO featherweight title. It did not happen then because Walters was adamant that he wanted US$1 million as his purse for the fight. Arum refused, saying that based on the budget he had to work with from cable giants HBO, he could not afford to pay Walters that much and offered him US$550,000 instead, which Walters refused. Lomachenko went on to fight Roman MartÌnez on the June date for the WBO super featherweight title held by MartÌnez and scored a fifth-round knockout, to make himself the fastest two-division champion in boxing history. He accomplished the feat in seven fights to pip Naoya Inoue, who did it in eight fights. Boxing fans kept clamouring for Walters and Lomachenko to fight, however, and Arum stated earlier this week that based on the amount that HBO had agreed to put into the fight, it could now happen. Walters said yesterday that there were a few minor details to be worked out but declared that he was looking forward to the contest. “We have an agreement, and I am going to fight the boxer who I most want to fight. Lomachenko believes that he is the best at 130, and I know that I am the best, so let’s get it on and see who is right,” he declared. “I only want to fight the best opponent, and right now, he is that person. He is a two-time Olympic and World amateur champion as well as a two-division professional champion. When I beat him, then I will certainly be recognised as the best. That is what I want to make happen in November,” Walters added. Walters had his last fight on December 19 last year against Jason Sosa in Verona, New York, a fight that was judged to be a draw. He stated that he was very unhappy with that decision and believed that he clearly had won. “Not having had a fight since last year, I am hungry and ready. This could be the greatest fight of my career,” said Walters. Walters goes in with a 26-0-1 record, while Lomachenko is 6-1-0. Lomachenko, however, also has a 396-1 amateur record and a 6-0 semi-professional record. He won the WBO featherweight title in his third professional fight, and this was against American Gary Russell Jr. Beating Martinez in June, in his seventh pro fight, gave him the WBO Super Featherweight title and the record.last_img read more

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Hope leads run spree as Windies A win series

first_img GREAT OPENING STAND KARUNEGALA, Sri Lanka (CMC): Opener Kyle Hope stroked a sublime hundred, and Chadwick Walton, Assad Fudadin, and Rovman Powell all chimed in with half-centuries as West Indies A ran riot against Sri Lanka A to post a crushing 109-run victory in the second unofficial one-day international and clinch the three-match series here yesterday. Opting for first knock at the Welagedara Stadium, the Caribbean side savaged the Sri Lankan bowling to pile up 347 for nine off their allotted 50 overs. Hope carved out 109 off 110 deliveries, opening partner Walton smashed 70 from 57 balls, Fudadin chipped in with 57 from 70 balls while Powell produced a sensational late blitz with 52 off a mere 22 deliveries. Only off-spinner Shehan Jayasuriya survived the carnage to emerge with four for 54 from his nine overs. In reply, Sri Lanka A were powered by Jayasuriya’s better-than-run-a-ball 119 but never properly recovered from a shaky start and were dismissed for 238 in the 43rd over. Charith Asalanka struck 44 and Dasun Shanaka 32, as Powell completed a fine all-round performance when he picked up three for 44 to limit the visitors. Fellow seamers Ronsford Beaton (2-41) and Kyle Mayers (2-54) finished with two wickets apiece. Energised from their 165-run victory in the opening game on Tuesday, West Indies produced a magnificent start when Hope and Walton put on 111 off 109 deliveries for the first wicket. Both right-handers, Hope counted 10 fours and four sixes while Walton bludgeoned 11 fours and two sixes in a rapid innings. Walton belted three fours in the second over of the day bowled by seamer Keshan Wijerathne, and he and Hope then combined to take 18 from the next over from the right-armer, the fourth of the innings. Jamaican Walton raised his half-century off 47 deliveries before celebrating with three back-to-back boundaries off off-spinner Danushka Gunathilaka in the bowler’s second over, which leaked 12 runs. The third and final game starts on Sunday.last_img read more

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McKay mines hard-fought gold

first_imgHEAVYWEIGHT Jason McKay and US Open Night of Champions winner, Ackeem Lawrence, won gold and bronze, respectively, at Saturday’s Colorado Taekwondo Championships in Denver, United States.The Jamaicans had expected two medals from the lightweight division, envisioning a final between Lawrence and compatriot Delano Francis.However, Francis first bowed out as multiple rounds at high altitude in the Colorado mountains proved too tough for the youngster from sea-level Portmore, Jamaica.Lawrence used his superior conditioning and experience to reach the semis but fell out of favour with the judges due to excessive contact, ending his run with a bronze medal.This left McKay as Jamaica’s sole hope of winning what had become an unlikely gold medal after the masters division was cut and all heavyweights herded into one division.”It was hell out there. The altitude really had me suffering. I lost my legs midway the division and had to turn the rounds into boxing bouts. However, I think I was really lucky with the draw and that pulled me through,” he said.”It was a good tournament. I think the rounds and altitude took a toll on Delano. Ackeem was just unlucky with the contact rules,” McKay added.last_img read more

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Scorpions look to bounce back in Super50

first_img There were, however, notable disappointments from West Indies players, batsman Jermaine Blackwood, wicketkeepers Devon Thomas and Chadwick Walton, and all-rounder Rovman Powell, who fell for 19, 5, 15 and two, respectively. West Indies ‘A’ opener John Campbell, who made one, was the other specialist batsman, who failed, while another West Indies ‘A’ batsman, Andre McCarthy, was 12th man. “The batting was very, very, very poor, and unacceptable,” continued Miller, “and if we are to go forward we cannot afford to bat like that.” “We had an extended meeting yesterday where we spoke about where we gone wrong, and I believe the general consensus was that we are rushing too much. We need to formulate our innings better.” Miller, who is hoping to lead the team to their first regional Super50 title in six years in this his second season in charge, was also mindful of Guyana, who he says can be a sturdy opponent. Guyana will look to West Indies representatives, batsmen Leon Johnson, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Rajendra Chandrika and Assad Fudadin, as well as spin bowlers Davendra Bishoo and Veerasammy Permaul. Still smarting from a surprise 75-run defeat to Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners in their first game, the Jamaica Scorpions will attempt to get their WICB Regional Super50 campaign back on track when they take on Guyana Jaguars. The match, a day-and-night encounter slated for Kensington Oval in Barbados, is set to begin today at 12:30 p.m. Jamaica time, and is one of two Zone B fixtures on the day. The second encounter will see the Floyd Reifer-coached Marooners tackling guest team ICC Americas at Three W’s Oval. The zone’s other team, Barbados Pride, who overcame the challenge of the Jaguars by 145 runs at Kensington Oval, have drawn a bye. “I believe that tomorrow we will bounce back after a disappointing display,” said Nikita Miller, captain of the Scorpions, who entered the tournament as an outside favourite to Barbados Pride, Trinidad and Tobago Red Force and the Jaguars. “We were too relaxed and took the Marooners very lightly in the first game, and in the end we paid the price.” The Scorpions, conditioned by former West Indies opener Robert Samuels, were bowled out for a paltry 140 in chase of 215 for eight made by the Marooners. Leading the way for the Scorpions was young batsman Brandon King, who in hitting four fours and two sixes, was dismissed leg before wicket for 48. FALLEN WICKETSlast_img read more

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Formula One’s new owners plan US street race

first_imgLONDON (AP): Formula One’s new owners plan to add a street race in the United States in an attempt to improve a sport which they feel stagnated under Bernie Ecclestone’s control. Chase Carey, who ended Ecclestone’s four-decade reign as F1’s chief executive, told The Associated Press yesterday that the sport will no longer be run as a “one-man show.” Carey, though, will be as dogged as the 86-year-old Ecclestone in negotiations with circuits, insisting that less-lucrative races in heartlands like Britain will have to prove they can become more profitable , rather than being allowed to renegotiate hosting fees. International sports and entertainment firm Liberty Media, which is controlled by 75-year-old tycoon John Malone, completed its takeover of F1 on Monday from investment fund CVC Capital Partners. Driving growth in the United States is seen as a priority for Liberty, which also owns baseball’s Atlanta Braves and has investments in cable TV companies. F1 currently only makes one stop during the season in the United Sates – to Austin, Texas but adding a street race is high on Liberty’s agenda. “We would like to add a destination race in the US in a location like New York, LA, Miami, Las Vegas,” Carey said in a telephone interview. “We think we can create something that will be a really special event. Obviously, the US is all upsides for us. We haven’t invested in the way we need to build the US market.” The sport has remained stuck in the past, making “events feel a little tired,” while the modern media landscape was not grasped by Ecclestone, according to Carey. “Bernie really ran a one-man show,” Carey said. “I don’t plan to run a one-man show.” Although Ecclestone remains on board as an honorary chairman and will be an F1 adviser, power clearly now rests with Carey, who is a veteran Fox executive.last_img read more

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Heineken back for CANS

first_imgHeineken has confirmed that it will continue to support the Caribbean Association of Neurosurgeons (CANS) MedGolf Classic.The 2017 staging of the competition is scheduled for today in Montego Bay at the Cinnamon Hill Golf Course, Rose Hall.This year marks the premium beer brand’s fourth year as a sponsor of the event. The tournament has enabled CANS to hand over medical equipment to the University Hospital of the West, including Lead Jackets for use in intra-operative surgical X-rays, Radiolucent Wilson Table Frame (for intra-operative X-rays in spine surgery), and Lumbar Surgical Instrumentation (for back surgery).”From the proceeds of the CANS 2017 Charity Golf Tournament, we are aiming to purchase a neuroendoscopic device. This piece of equipment is expected to have a major impact on our ability to treat tumours,” said Dr Carl Bruce, consultant neurosurgeon at the University Hospital of the West Indies. euroendoscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure in which tumours are removed through small holes in the skull or through the mouth or nose.GIVING BACK”We are happy to support this initiative and see this as an excellent opportunity to give back. CANS is using golf as a medium to promote the need for world-class health care in the Caribbean and we endorse their efforts wholeheartedly,” said Suwannee Stewart, brand manager for Heineken.The golf tournament will be held in conjunction with the Department of Surgery, Radiology, Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at the University Hospital of the West Indies.last_img read more

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Halep in line for No. 1 after Cincinnati semifinal win

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Teen gunned down in Masbate Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Favorites to win, PH triathletes reminded not to be complacent 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 The final Sunday will be the first on American soil for Muguruza, who lost to Pliskova in last year’s W&S semifinals after losing to Serena Williams in the 2015 finals. The Spaniard had lost six straight matches against Pliskova since winning their first in 2013.“I was very precise with my shots,” said Muguruza, who is 2-1 in her career against Halep, though the two haven’t played since 2015. “I wanted to be more aggressive and take my shots. I felt pretty good out there – under control. Everything went my way.”Muguruza won when Pliskova sailed a forehand long on the fifth match point. Pliskova, who played part of one match and all of another Friday after rain forced postponements Thursday, had 28 unforced errors to Muguruza’s 13.Muguruza was coming off playing the tournament’s longest match, a 2-hour, 45-minute three-set win over Svetlana Kuznetsova on Friday. That followed a 2-hour, 18-minute win over Madison Keys on Thursday, when she fought off three match points.“I don’t think I played my best tennis today,” Pliskova said. “I think the energy was pretty low from my side. Obviously, a tough schedule for me the last two days – three matches in about not even 24 hours.ADVERTISEMENT “I think she played very solid, not missing much and obviously serving well. Everything started, I think, in the first game of the first set.”Muguruza took charge early, breaking Pliskova in the first and last games of the first set.She gained a second-set edge with a backhand winner on break point for a 4-2 lead before closing it out in 1 hour, 19 minutes.Stephens, playing her fourth tournament since returning from January foot surgery, also was playing a third match in a span of 24 hours.“That’s never easy,” she said. “I’m going to go with that. I didn’t play that badly. She was a little fresher. It was just not a great day.”The 11th-ranked Dimitrov, who lost in the last year’s semifinal to eventual champion Marin Cilic, had just one double fault and finished with nine unforced errors to No. 19 Isner’s 28 in the 2-hour, 3-minute match. The Bulgarian will play the winner of the semifinal between Nick Kyrgios, who knocked out second-ranked Rafael Nadal in straight sets in a Friday quarterfinal, and David Ferrer.“Today was, I think, one of those matches that I really had to just be patient,” Dimitrov said. “I think that that was the key. I knew I’m not going to have that many rallies against John. I knew that he’s going to serve big, bold serves. I just had to be very composed and use every opportunity that I had. I think in the end of the match, it was just a few points that made the biggest difference for me. I’m just happy obviously with the win, but I’m just happy with the way I kept myself together throughout the whole match. Just remained calm in those tough moments. I mean, I know it’s nerve-wracking from outside, but it’s even tougher when you’re in there and have to receive a serve that comes 141 mph.”Dimitrov’s composure was the key, according to Isner.“The difference was he was a lot more decisive at the big moments,” Isner said. “He was a little calmer as well — a little more free-flowing in big moments. I thought he played a high-level match. He certainly is in good form. I played well enough to beat a lot of players today — just not him.”Kyrgios and Ferrer displayed remarkably efficient serving in their nightcap. They combined for six break points, converting none. The fourth-ranked Muguruza reached her first W&S final with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over defending champion Pliskova.The men’s final will feature two first-timers. Grigor Dimitrov outlasted John Isner 7-6 (4), 7-6 (10) in the first men’s semifinal. Nick Kyrgios beat David Ferrer 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? 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National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal MASON, OH – AUGUST 19: Simona Halep of Romania returns a shot to Sloane Stephens during Day 8 of the Western and Southern Open at the Linder Family Tennis Center on August 19, 2017 in Mason, Ohio. Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFPMASON, Ohio — Simona Halep moved within a victory of the No. 1 ranking.The second-ranked Halep needed just 54 minutes to cruise past Sloane Stephens 6-2, 6-1 on Saturday in the Western & Southern Open semifinals, and can displace Karolina Pliskova as the top of the ranking with a victory over Garbine Muguruza on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings View commentslast_img read more

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