Dr Donovan Bennett, first vice-president of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA), would like to see the new Government invest more in sports at the early-childhood, primary- and secondary-school levels.This, he said, is a result of the emergence of sports as a bludgeoning industry and one rich with numerous opportunities.”Whoever forms the new Government, I would like to see them take up the responsibility of investing more in sports, primarily at the school level,” said Dr Bennett, who is a medical doctor by professional.”They need to understand that sport has now become an important industry, even as important as academics right now.”It, therefore, needs to be a part of syllabus in schools and be encouraged as a proper career choice and not just an after-school activity,” he added.Dr Bennett, a former coach, manager and now adviser of high-school cricket powerhouse St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), said neglect at that level was prominent and has been affecting the growth and development of the game.LIMITED FUNDING”Neither the WICB nor the JCA can really afford to fund cricket at the high school level,” he said.”What happens at this level is that cricket is sponsored by a few companies and sometimes individuals.”He expressed that, for example, current national coach, Junior Bennett, and himself used to shoulder the burden for STETHS in the late 1970s and 1980s, and today, the results are there for all to see.For the past two decades, they have been all-island champions and in the process produced West Indies players such as Jerome Taylor, Darren Powell and Nikita Miller.”It is hard to replicate this across the island,” he said of STETHS’ success model.”Most schools can’t afford to employ proper coaches, improve cricket facilities, or attend to good player development.”Meanwhile, Bennett, who is also a director of the West Indies Cricket Board and head of the regional governing body’s medical panel, also pointed to the financial benefits of sports.This, he said, includes occupations such as athletes, coaches and managers, as well as organisers, marketers and sports law executives.”We need to start teaching students about the total value of sports,” noted Bennett.”This includes not only the physical and mental health value, but also its economic value.”He said there is also the role of sports in national and regional development, as evidenced by the success over the years of West Indies cricket.”Cricket has over the years been used to help to shape societal values, norms and practices, and I would like to see that still happen.”For example, while there is a lot of money to be made now from playing cricket, I would like to see players demonstrating more pride, honour and privilege to represent their country and region.These cricket virtues, Bennett expressed, is more than likely to have a greater impact on players if they are taught in schools as part of the curriculum.
MADRID (AP):Diego Costa has been left out of the Spain squad because of an injury, coach Vicente del Bosque said yesterday. Del Bosque announced his squad for upcoming friendlies against Italy and Romania.”Diego came off from a match with an injury in his quadriceps muscle, but four days later, because Chelsea had much at stake, he was made to play again and finished in some pain,” del Bosque said. “Although the doctors said he was getting better, we have opted not to include him.”Last Saturday, Costa was sent off in Chelsea’s FA Cup loss to Everton for “improper conduct”. He was given a second yellow card after thrusting his head towards Gareth Barry before appearing to make a biting motion on the side of the midfielder’s neck. Both players later said there was no bite.Del Bosque said Costa’s behaviour was not a cause of concern.”There are two months to go before I choose my final squad for the European Championship and absolutely no one – not even Diego Costa – is currently excluded,” Del Bosque said.Costa’s place in attack was taken by Aritz Aduriz, who scored a hat-trick in Athletic Bilbao’s 4-1 win over Deportivo La Coruna and then clinched his team’s Europa League win with an away goal against Valencia.De Bosque said playmaker Andres Iniesta had also been left out because of a muscle problem.”He had discomfort and we considered it appropriate not to include him,” Del Bosque said.
VICE-PRESIDENTS Harris, a business executive and educator, has former West Indies player Nehemiah Perry as his first vice-president nominee and Dr Joyce Graham-Royal, principal of G.C. Foster College, as second vice-president. The other executive committee nominees are: Team Heaven – Diahann Campbell, honorary secretary; Clinton Clarke, assistant secretary; Hopeton Morrison, treasurer and Kerry Scott, assistant treasurer. Team Harris – Randy Nelson, honorary secretary; Dennis Gordon, assistant secretary; Loren Edwards, treasurer; Errol Moodie, assistant treasurer. “We came into office with the promise that we would work to improve the quality of life for all our stakeholders in the Jamaican cricket family. We have kept our promise,” Heaven said. “There is still, however, much to be done to widen and deepen the scope of that improvement.” Harris, in the meanwhile, in his pre-election document, which was titled “Team Cricket”, said his mission was to rebuild the sport. “I am challenging because there is a cry for help,” he told The Gleaner. “Cricket is really struggling and the kind of will that is required was not shown by the president over the past two years.” Incumbent president Wilford “Billy” Heaven will be challenged by incumbent secretary Fritz Harris at the annual general meeting of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) at the Jamaica Conference Centre. The contenders, who will enter the elections with a slate of six other executive committee nominees, will be vying for votes from a delegate list of 101 members. Topping the list other executive committee nominees are by Dr Donovan Bennett and former West Indies ‘A’ representative, Mark Neita, running as first and second vice-president, respectively, along with Heaven, the chief executive officer of the state-run Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund.
With more than $27 million at stake on tomorrow’s mammoth 14-race programme, the inaugural Diamond Mile race meet at Caymanas Park marks the biggest and most prestigious meet ever staged in the English-speaking Caribbean.It will feature the $13.5 million Diamond Mile for three-year-olds and up to be contested by a star-studded field of 16, including such big names as PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, TYPEWRITER, SEEKING MY DREAM, UPPA TUNE, FRANFIELD, POTCHEEN, and COMMANDING CHIEF.With SIR BUDGET having scored a 52-1 upset in the ninth race last Saturday, both the Pick-9 and late Super-6 proved elusive. The Pick-9 carryover offers a $2.3 million carryover, while the late Super-6 has $43.5 million in the kitty.We look at the first Super-6 which gets under way in the first race, a two-year-old maiden condition race in which 11 starters have been declared. This will more than likely come down to a straight fight between WILD GLADIATOR and OCEAN SEEKER, to be ridden by outgoing champion jockey Dane Nelson and champion jockey-designate Shane Ellis, respectively.Both finished second in recent races, the Harry Jaghai-trained WILD GLADIATOR chasing home CHACE THE GREAT over the round five course behind a fast time on November 21 and is not only better for the experience, but has been administered Lasix this time around.With Nelson replacing the inexperienced apprentice Kemoy Parchment aboard WILD GLADIATOR – the son of Sorrentino – Priceless Beauty gets the nod over OCEAN SEEKER, second to ANOTHER FURY over 1300 metres on November 21, and FRANCIA PRIDE, who showed promise on her debut behind GIRLY GIRLY LINKS some weeks ago.claiming raceNext on the programme is a $450,000-$400,000 claiming race over 1400 metres for the ICool Trophy, to be contested by 10 starters, including leading lights FORCE DE JOUR (Paul Francs up) and ITALIANO, with Ellis aboard.FORCE DE JOUR, now back with trainer Winston Morris, has won six of his last seven races, including a runaway win over this trip on September 19 on a $550,000 claiming tag. He was outclassed by PHINEAS and SEEKING MY DREAM in the recent Coca Cola Invitational Mile, but now aimed this low, should lead home ITALIANO and MERU.MESSITHEGREAT, a lightly raced three-year-old gelding by Traditional out of Princess Terri, ran well from a bad draw over the straight on November 21 when finishing a close third to GANJA MAN, and with in-form jockey Jevanne Erwin replacing the sparingly used David ‘Scorcher’ McKenzie, the hint should be taken. Trained by 14-time champion Philip Feanny, MESSITHEGREAT has worked fairly well and should turn the tables on LAGUNA POINT, who beat him by a short head for second on November 21.FREE RANGE, who finished strongly for fifth behind GANJA MAN (beaten two lengths) recently, should get off the mark in the fourth race over 1200 metres for maiden three-year-olds. He runs from the convenient mark of 50.0kg by virtue of apprentice’s Odean Edwards’ 4.0 claim and despite the good claims of WELL BLESSED and the lightly raced KACI, both of whom ran creditably behind GANJA MAN, FREE RANGE, who is well drawn on the outside, looks the pick of the weights.The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by the Robert Pearso-trained two-year-old colt WILL IN CHARGE (Ellis up), ABBEY ROAD (apprentice Bebeto Harvey), both of whom finished second last time out. Their respective dangers are LORD EQUUS in the fifth and CAMOUFLAGE in the sixth.FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES(1) WILD GLADIATOR/OCEAN SEEKER(2) FORCE DE JOUR/ITALIANO(3) MESSITHEGREAT(4) FREE RANGE/KACI(5) WILL IN CHARGE/LORD EQUUS(6) ABBEY ROAD/CAMOUFLAGE
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Organisers of the HERO Caribbean Premier League (CPL) are reporting that a record number of local and international stars have registered for the Player Draft scheduled for next Thursday in Barbados.Players from 14 nations have entered the draft for the fourth instalment of the CPL, which takes place from the end of June until the beginning of August.Among the assembled overseas stars is a 34-strong South African contingent headed by prolific top-order batsman Hashim Amla, leg-spinner Imran Tahir, and fast bowler Morne Morkel.Sri Lanka will have 20 representatives in the frame, including legends Tillakaratne Dilshan and Lasith Malinga, who will be looking to join their compatriot Kumar Sangakkara.There will be 23 players from Australia in the draft, including the experience of Brad Haddin, Brad Hodge, and Michael Hussey, and a further 11 New Zealanders, including the likes of Nathan McCullum.A seven-member Bangladesh contingent features Shakib Al Hasan, one of the world’s finest all-rounders, while seven players from Afghanistan are in the mix.”Some of the leading names in world cricket have signalled their intentions to join the biggest party in sport at the CPL, so this year’s competition is sure to be our most exciting to date,” declared Director of International Cricket for the CPL Tom Moody.”Outside of our ‘marquee’ players, there are international players of the highest standard, including a host of World champions and a myriad players who continue to entertain and enrich the global game.”The list of West Indies talent in the frame for the six franchises this year includes stars Chris Gayle, West Indies World T20 captain Darren Sammy, and Lendl Simmons.COMPETITIVE ROSTERDarren and Dwayne Bravo are set to join the number-one-ranked T20 international bowler Samuel Badree, as well as Sunil Narine and Kieron Pollard.”It is, without doubt, our most competitive roster, and it is exciting to see such a high standard across the established and emerging nations around the world,” said Moody.”That players from 14 nations have entered the Draft illustrates the global reach of the CPL, and with a sizeable increase in the West Indies contingent, which is up by over one-fifth this year, it is clear that the T20 game is growing from strength to strength.”A statement released by the CPL on Tuesday said it is also expecting interest from North America as players from Canada and the USA, who recently competed in the Nagico Super 50 competition, aim to book one of the six coveted places.Two players each from England, Ireland, and Scotland, and one from The Netherlands will be the European representatives vying to secure a place in the CPL.Sixteen of the 157 West Indies players to register have already been retained ahead of the Draft, leaving 141 eligible for selection on Draft day.”This is 25 more than the 116 who vied for spots at last year’s Draft and represents a 22 per cent increase,” said the CPL statement.”Coupled with an 18 per cent increase in international player registration, this is further illustration of the CPL’s growing stature as one of the foremost tournaments in T20 cricket.”
JOHANNESBURG (CMC):Captain Stafanie Taylor struck an invaluable half-century as part of a solid all-roundperformance to power West Indies Women to a convincing series-levelling 45-run victory over South Africa Women in the second Twenty20 International here yesterday.Sent in at the New Wanderers Stadium, the Windies Women marched to 143 for six off their 20 overs with Taylor top-scoring with an attractive 63.The Jamaican then captured two for 17 from four overs of off-spin as the Proteas Women crashed to a paltry 98 all out in the 19th over.The third and final game is set for Newlands in Cape Town on Wednesday.West Indies Women had a poor start, losing openers Kycia Knight (4) and Hayley Matthews (1) cheaply to seamer Shabnim Ismail (3-25) to slip to 17 for two in the third over.Knight top-edged a pull to point off the fourth delivery of the opening over while Matthews was taken at mid-off off a leading edge.Taylor and Deandra Dottin, who scored 19, then put on 68 for the third wicket to put the innings back on course.The right-handed Taylor faced 53 balls and struck seven fours and one six, while Dottin once again looked in good touch in gathering two fours off 27 deliveries.In reply, the Proteas Women struggled from the outset, fell further and further behind the run rate and failed to find a way back.No player reached 20 as Marizanne Kapp top-scored with 17 to be one of only four players in double figures.Taylor was supported by off-spinner Anisa Mohammed (2-16) and Matthews (2-17), who finished with two wickets apiece.
Former England football captain David Beckham has praised multiple Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt after watching his documentary I Am Bolt. Beckham, the former Manchester United and Real Madrid star, posted on his Instagram page yesterday stating that he believes everyone, including aspiring athletes, can learn from Bolt’s journey. He also describes the film as a must-see. “I have just watched I Am Bolt and I know I posted before about the fastest man in the world and friend but if you haven’t seen this please you must,” Beckham said. “Yes, as we know, Usain is fast, really fast. We know Usain is Jamaican, but what we all learn and what all the aspiring athletes can learn is to work hard, be dedicated, and be honest. “This is a man that has his friends close, he has his family close. Usain is humble, humble to the point he brings me to tears when speaking and when winning races. There is no doubt he is the greatest and there is no doubt this man is the most humble athlete genius you will meet.” I Am Bolt premiered in the United Kingdom on November 28 at the Odeon Leicester Square cinemas and in Jamaica last Tuesday night at the National Indoor Sports Complex. The film showcases the life of the world’s fastest man and his journey to becoming a nine-time Olympic champion. Bolt recently said the purpose of the documentary is to impact lives and inspire others by the way he achieved his success.
LEADING BATSMAN The 23-year-old Ambris was one of the leading batsmen in the just-concluded Regional Super50, gathering 423 runs at an average of 70 with six half-centuries. He was one of only four players to score in excess of 400 runs, with Kieran Powell (513), Kraigg Brathwaite (484), and Shai Hope (482) the others. Inexplicably, Dowrich gained the favour of selectors for the England ODI despite mustering 116 runs at an average of 19 during the recent 50-overs tournament. With Hope the first-choice gloveman for Barbados Pride and West Indies in the one-day format, it meant that Dowrich was chosen as a specialist batsman, making his selection ahead of Ambris all the more baffling. But Browne pointed to Dowrich’s lack of real opportunities in the Super50 and argued that he deserved the chance to prove himself. Barbadian Dowrich toured Zimbabwe for the Tri-Nation Series last November as a late replacement for Marlon Samuels but failed to make his ODI debut. BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC): Chief selector Courtney Browne has sought to defend the controversial non-selection of Windward Islands Volcanoes stroke-maker Sunil Ambris, who was overlooked for the upcoming three-match one-day international series against England starting next month. In response to swirling criticism over the decision to omit the prolific Ambris in favour of Test wicketkeeper batsman Shane Dowrich, Browne noted that while Ambris’ form was indeed welcome, it did not merit him “walking into the international team”. Browne argued that with West Indies having a packed one-day schedule throughout the year, he expected Ambris to gain selection at some time in the future. “I think one of the things we want to do as a panel, and we’ve said this time and time again, that we want to see people backing up their seasons,” Browne said. “When you look at last season, Sunil would have averaged around just above 35, 36 – around that number last year in about seven matches. But this year now, he tops that and it’s well received by the selection panel, but we do not think at this time that he merits walking into the international team.” He continued: “It’s a developing team; it’s a young team. We have players with just a few ODI matches. If we are developing players, we have to give players time to develop. We have loads of cricket to play this year, and Ambris could find himself in an ODI squad later in the year. “There’re opportunities in the President’s XI [match]; there’s opportunities in the PCL (Professional Cricket League). We have an A-team tour in the Caribbean. So there are loads of opportunities for people to keep pressing their case.”
KINGSTON: T The 44th staging of the annual Police National Athletics Championship powered by Mayberry Investments and the Police Co-op Credit Union is scheduled for June 2 and 3. This year, the event will be held at the Nation al Stadium East Field. Speaking at the media launch on Tuesday, Area 8 representative Superintendent Terrence Sanko, was confident they would again top the meet. “We have been dominating the championships for the past seven years and we have every intention of keeping the Mayberry Investment/ Jamaica Police Co-Op trophy in our division so you can hand it to me now, victory is already ours,” Sanko said. Mayberry Investments’ Anika Jengelley said her company was delighted to be associated with the championships once again. “We are pleased to be involved again this year. This partnership with the Police Sports Council and the Police Co-operative Credit Union is one that we value greatly, and always intended to be long-term. We are currently in the middle of a multi-year contract, which will see us continuing to support this initiative for at least another year,” Jengelley, Mayberry’s assistant vice-president for marketing, said. “Our social development efforts are deeply rooted in building strong communities, and we see this event as one that contributes to that. We envision a fun-filled family day for the members of the police force, their families, the members of the community. It’s an opportunity for these groups to connect in a positive fashion.” she added. Each of the eight police divisions will be hosting sports days to select the team that will be representing the division at the National Championships. The first area elimination is Area 7 which is scheduled for today at the Kingston Technical High School field. Other area eliminations are as follows: – Wednesday, April 26, Area 2 – Kaiser Bauxite, Discovery Bay, St Ann – Thursday, April 27, Area 1 – Catherine Hall, Montego Bay, St James – Friday, April 28, Area 8 – No 8 Field, Up Park Camp Mobile Reserve – Saturday, April 29, Area 4 – National Stadium East Field – Thursday, May 4, Areas 3 – Kirkvine Williamsfield, Manchester – Friday, May 5, Area 6 – NPCJ, Twickenham Park, St Catherine – Saturday, May 6, Area 5 – Paul Bogle High School, Morant Bay
It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson TNT head coach Nash Racela liked that his team was able to play through calls that didn’t go their way.“We’ve been going through ups and downs but I think the more important thing is us finding ways to win and that’s exactly the same message I had for Glen (Rice Jr.) during one of our timeouts because he was complaining about the non-calls,” said Racela.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“I just reminded them the refs won’t adjust for sure and the only we can do is find ways to win.”Rice had three quick fouls in a span of 10 seconds early in the fourth quarter. View comments A costly, catty dispute finally settled PBA IMAGESTNT chalked up its third straight win in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the expense of Star, 104-99, Sunday at Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo.The KaTropa improved to 7-3 to overtake defending champion San Miguel, which has a 6-3 card, for the fourth spot while the Hotshots stayed in sixth place. ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson How to help the Taal evacuees DAY6 is for everybody Consistent Ravena a steady force for Ateneo so far in Season 80 In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up MOST READ Then, Racela was called for a technical foul allowing Paul Lee to cut the deficit to six, 91-85, from as high as 16.Star was called for its first foul after Jio Jalalon hit Jayson Castro with 4:07 to go.Despite the foul situation, TNT managed to hold on to win with Rice hitting a dagger of a jumper with 26 seconds remaining that gave the KaTropa a 102-96 lead.Rice finished with a game-high 43 points to go along with 19 rebounds, and nine assists while Castro, Troy Rosario, and Roger Pogoy each had 12 points.Kristofer Acox led the Hotshots with 18 points and 18 boards.ADVERTISEMENT