The Southern Basketball Conference (SBC) disciplinary committee has come down hard on Majesty Gardens for their spectators’ unruly beha-viour following game three of the Worldnet SBC best-of-three western division final against Upper Room Church at Majesty Gardens courts last Saturday.Opposing players and match officials were pelted with stones and other objects, one of which struck and injured an official.The SBC sanctions include barring the court from staging any SBC matches until 2017, forfeiting team and player awards and incentives, as well as their third-place play-off against Exed Heats. They also have to pay a $15,000 fine. In addition, no player will be eligible for transfer and the club cannot enter any JABA/SBC approved events until the fine is paid.Club secretary for Majesty Gardens, Chisena Campbell, says, although they take some blame, they are not totally at fault and that the sanctions are unfair to the players who had no role in inciting the incident or could have done very little to prevent what happened.”I am disappointed with all of it (sanctions),” Campbell told The Gleaner. “I can understand the part where the (playing) court is banned. But the sanctions on the players basically keeps them here and that is kind of hard.”I am not going to say that they are the most disciplined (players), but they have worked very hard to come this far. So even though it’s not their fault, the way the sanctions are placed, it makes it seems as if it is all their fault and it wasn’t.”softening sanctionsCampbell said they would lobby for a softening of the sanctions.”This team has tried really hard to get a little credit and I think they just took back everything with all these sanctions.”Sports is the main thing in the community, the guys were doing well … but this (incident) has put a damper on all of that and we have to start all over again,” she said.According to the SBC, they will be working to improve relations and community development and have also mandated the club to host at least two community sensitisation sessions. The Gleaner was unable to get to SBC president Calvin Martin, who is off the island with the Special Olympics team.
ANKARA Turkey (AP): Turkish 10,000-metre runner Elvan Abeylegesse could be stripped of silver medals from the world championships and Olympics after testing positive for steroids in a reanalysis of her doping samples. The Turkish Athletics Federation says Abeylegesse was among the 28 athletes whose doping samples came back positive in retroactive testing from the 2005 and 2007 World Championships. The federation said the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has asked the 32-year-old Ethiopian-born Abeylegesse to submit her defence concerning test samples from 2007, when she won silver in the 10,000 in Osaka, Japan. The IAAF announced Tuesday that 28 athletes had been caught in retests of their samples from the 2005 and 2007 worlds. The IAAF said it had provisionally suspended the athletes, who were not identified. Turkish newspaper Radikal said Abeylegesse’s sample tested positive for the steroid stanozolol. “I never used such a substance and never even thought about it,” Abeylegesse said. “I am experiencing deep disillusionment and sadness.” She said she was also asking the IAAF to retest samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where she won silver in the 5,000 and 10,000 metres. If doping violations are confirmed, medals will be reallocated as necessary, the IAAF said. If Abeylegesse is stripped of the 2007 silver, US runner Kara Goucher would stand to be bumped up from bronze to silver. If Abeylegesse loses the Beijing Olympic medals, Shalane Flanagan of the US could be promoted to silver in the 10,000, and Ethiopia’s Meseret Defat moved up to silver in the 5,000. Zaman newspaper said the Turkish federation dropped Abeylegesse from the national team. It said she can ask for her backup ‘B’ sample to be tested but would be banned for two years if it also comes back positive.
SYDNEY, Australia (CMC): Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls failed to overcome England yet again and were forced to settle for fourth spot on the final day of the World Cup yesterday. Hoping to erase the memory of their loss in the group stage, the Jamaicans blew a sizeable first-quarter lead to crash to a 66-44 defeat at the Allphones Arena. The result was a virtual repeat of the 2011 World Cup, when Jamaica also lost to England in the bronze-medal game to finish fourth. Reigning World champions, Australia, won their third-straight title, when they edged perennial rivals New Zealand, 58-55 in the gold-medal game. They used a strong first quarter to fuel their victory bid, and even though they lost the remaining quarters had enough momentum to get over the line. Goal shoot Caitlin Bassett shot 48 from 51 attempts, while goal attack Natalie Medhurst finished with 10 from 13. For the Silver Ferns, goal attack Maria Tutaia led with 38 goals from 53 attempts, while Bailey Mes scored 17 from 22. Jamaica, meanwhile, also opened with a strong first quarter run, but were then outplayed over the remaining 45 minutes. Goal attack Romelda Aiken led with 26 from 28 attempts and got support from goal shoot Jhaniele Fowler-Reid, who finished with 12 from 13. England were inspired by goal shoot Joanne Harten, with 52 from 59. Jamaica led 7-4 after 6:25 minutes through an Aiken goal, and maintained their lead to be 16-11 ahead at the end of the first period. However, England turned it around in the second quarter, outscoring the Jamaicans 17-7 to lead 28-23 at the half-time break. Behind excellent shooting from Harten, England sparked a 12-6 run to tie the scores at 23 after 11:17 minutes, before rattling off five unanswered goals to end the quarter. On the resumption, England kept their foot on the accelerator, with Harten and Pamela Cookey – who scored 14 from 18 – keeping Jamaica at bay. They led 45-33 at the start of the final quarter, leaving Jamaica needing a virtual miracle to take a come-from-behind victory. Predictably, though, there was no late drama. England kept the lead wide enough for the first 10 minutes, before closing out strongly with a 9-2 run to reiterate their dominance. In other results for Caribbean teams, Trinidad and Tobago beat Samoa 64-51 to claim ninth spot, while Barbados beat Zambia 53-38 to finish 13th.
PORTLAND: Stephenie Ann McPherson was clearly exasperated as she failed to give Jamaica a second medal late on day two of the International Association of Athletics Federations World Indoor Championships at the Oregon Convention Centre, here yesterday. McPherson having advanced to the final of the women’s 400m was in good form after one lap. However with three other athletes in a bunch up front she could not find space to pass and finished in fourth in 52.20 seconds, behind Bahrain’s Oluwakemi Odekoya who won in an Asian indoor record 51.45. United States’ Ashley Spencer and Quanera Hayes clocked 51.72 and 51.76 in second and third, respectively. “I was supposed to run the first 200m in 24 seconds and just use that same pace to 300m and then just run home but unfortunately I couldn’t do that I was locked in,” McPherson said. Asafa Powell had won Jamaica’s first silver on Friday after posting 6.50 seconds for second in the men’s 60m. Meanwhile, Shanieka Thomas finished eighth in the women’s triple jump with a season’s best distance of 13.95 metres. The event was won by Winner Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela with a best of 14.41m. Earlier Elaine Thompson advanced to the final of the women’s 60m with the fastest qualifying time of 7.04 seconds. Running in semi-final three alongside world 200m champion Dafne Schippers, Thompson bolted to victory and was full of confidence heading into last night’s final. It was the second time Thompson had improved on her personal best in the day as she posted 7.09 seconds to win heat one earlier. “I just came here to execute and that’s what I did. Once my start is good I know I can take it from there and that’s what I did,” she said. Simone Facey advanced to the semi-finals after finishing second in heat three in 7.20 but was down the track in the semi-final in 7.21. Natoya Goule started well and ran the first 300m in a competitive position in heat three of the women’s 800m, but faltered in the final lap and finished last in 2:08.23. Omar McLeod and the relay teams will try to add to Jamaica’s medal tally today. McLeod had easy run as he pulled away from the pack to win the second heat of the men’s 60m hurdles in 7.58 seconds ahead of Cuba’s Yordan O’Farrill in 7.69 to advance to the semi-finals later today.
MUMBAI, India (AP): India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni blamed dew, which he said affected spin bowling and two no-balls for his team’s seven-wicket loss against West Indies at the World Twenty20 semi-final yesterday. “When they started batting, the first few overs were fine, but after that, there was a considerable amount of dew, which meant the spinners couldn’t bowl how they would have liked to,” Dhoni said. Lendl Simmons’ blistering unbeaten 82 off 51 balls was well supported by Johnson Charles’ 52 off 36 deliveries before André Russell smashed 43 off just 20 balls to help guide West Indies to 196-3. India had scored 192-2 on the back of Virat Kohli’s unbeaten 92, the No. 3 batsman’s third unbeaten half-century in the tournament after his 55 against arch-rival Pakistan and 82 not out against Australia. India had their moments to come back into the match, which ultimately ended up in a one-sided victory for the 2012 champions, West Indies. Twice, India got rid of Simmons, first, when the right-hander was on 18, and then when he reached 50, only to see the bowlers overstepping the crease and bowling no-balls. “The only thing I’m disappointed about is the two no-balls,” Dhoni said. “I feel that the point at which the no-balls were bowled were quite crucial. “A no-ball is something that can be avoided, especially the front foot no-ball … the only thing is that if you don’t want to bowl a no-ball, you should never bowl a no-ball.”
THE 42nd running of the Post to Post 1000 and 2000 Guineas – the season’s first classics over a mile – went according to the script at Caymanas Park yesterday.Victory went to the favourites NUCLEAR AFFAIR and FUTURE KING in the 1000 and 2000 Guineas races, respectively, both closing from well off the pace to win in contrasting fashion.In the 1000 Guineas for native bred three-year-old fillies, the Gary Subratie-trained NUCLEAR AFFAIR, with three-time champion Dane Nelson riding for popular owner Michros, circled the leaders GOLD MINER (35-1) and BIRD CATCHER (6-1), entering the straight and streaking away in a flash to win by resounding margin of 91/2 lengths in the good time of 1:39.2.The improving A THOUSAND STARS (18-1), with Robert Halledeen riding for 15-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, stayed on well to pip Philip Feanny’s filly, SORRENTINO’S STAR (5-2), under leading all-time jockey Winston Griffiths by a neck for second in a field of 14.Unbeaten in three starts this season, NUCLEAR AFFAIR is now on course for the Jamaica Oaks over 2000 metres on April 30 as, according to Subratie, ‘this should be a mere formality as she is leagues ahead of the other fillies at this stage”.TERRIFIC TURN OF FOOTContinuing, the second-generation trainer proclaimed: “In fact, she is so talented that she is as good as the top colts or even better, and given her terrific turn of foot, the classics is hers for the taking so long as she remains healthy.”Bred by Michael Bernard (Michros), NUCLEAR AFFAIR is a chestnut filly by Nuclear Wayne out of Commandra Affair. She has now won four races from seven starts.Later in the afternoon, the DaCosta-trained FUTURE KING, running as the 9-5 favourite in the 2000 Guineas for colts and geldings, stormed through on the inside from a furlong out, going by long-time leader CHACE THE GREAT (3-1) to win by 11/4 lengths from ORPHEUS (3-1), who closed strongly for second, with champion jockey Shane Ellis aboard.CHACE THE GREAT, the recent Prince Consort Stakes (Guineas Trial) winner, was another half a length away in third ahead of highly fancied BIGBADYKOOL (3-1), closing late for fourth.FUTURE KING, who beat NUCLEAR AFFAIR by a head over a mile when they last met in the $4.25 million Supreme Ventures 2-Y-O Stakes last Boxing Day, recovered from a setback (hoof injury) over three weeks ago to provide jockey Halledeen and DaCosta with their second 2000 Guineas winner, following ALI BABA last year.DaCosta said: “It was a race against time to prepare him for the race due to the setback, but his class saw him through and I expect great things from him in the months ahead.”Owned by Alfred Lee and Jeffrey Mordecai and bred by Y.S. (1955) Limited, FUTURE KING is a dark bay colt by Natural Selection out of Millenium Princess.This was his third win from seven starts, but his time of 1:39.4 was slower than that of NUCLEAR AFFAIR, sparking a debate as to who is better.
Western BureauSt Elizabeth Technical High School central defender Clifton Woodbine had a spectacular game for the defending ISSA-FLOW daCosta Cup defending champions, however, his outstanding performance could not deny Lacovia High a fine victory in their Zone E clash yesterday.It took a deflected Devon Mullings’ shot from outside the area in the 90th minute to separate the teams.The win, their first against STETHS since 2008, was masterminded by their coach Fitzroy Ambersley, who told The Gleaner the victory was needed to shake things in a zone usually dominated by the champions and Munro College, who swamped Black River 6-1.They now join STETHS atop the zone with nine points from four matches, making tomorrow’s big derby between STETHS and Munro a lot more interesting. Munro are third with eight points. They remain the only team in the zone without a defeat.BETTER THAN BEFORE”In preseason, we took the players to Arnett Gardens to get a feel of what champions should look like. They soaked all that in and since then, they have played each game even better than the one before,” Ambersley said.”This win is a fine one. A very good filip for the players; they deserve it and I feel a statement has been made today,” Ambersley explained.Playing at the Lacovia Community Centre field, the hosts looked sharper than the usually confident STETHS team with their midfield breaking up several of STETHS’ forward moves.STETHS were without bustling forward Romeo Wright, but had Javoney Brown leading the attack alongside Demar James, but it was central defender Woodbine who looked the part.His rasping free-kick in the 78th minute struck the crossbar and Brown’s shot from an acute angle hit the upright as STETHS went in search of victory.It was not to be, as Mullings got in a shot that took a wicked deflection to loop over STETHS goalkeeper Kenroy Wallace sparking jubilation among the Lacovia crowd.Three matches will be played today: Black River vs Maggotty; Cross Keys vs Belair, and Bog Walk vs Charlemont.Yesterday’s resultsLacovia 1 STETHS 0Black River 1 Munro 6Maggotty 2 Newell 2Mile Gully 2 BB Coke 0Lennon 2 Edwin Allen 0Thompson Town 0 Clarendon College 1Godfrey Stewart 5 Maud McLoed 1Ocho Rios 2 York Castle 0Titchfield 3 Oracabessa 1Happy Grove 1 Port Antonio 2
PUSHING MYSELF The team’s head coach Vasbert Drakes says players have been working hard on reversing their poor form. “I felt pretty good. I had to build back some confidence from having not getting scores in the last games I felt I was pushing myself but I felt I have not been producing enough for my team in terms of the batting,” said Dottin whose 63 in the second ODI included six fours and a six. “I have been putting down my head and staying there and occupy the crease to help my team to get a decent total on the board to help to defend”. Windies women’s current ODI series against India follow closely on the heels of their last series against England in the Caribbean which they lost 3-2. Dottin says her side has had little time to adjust to the new conditions in India. “It has been pretty tough having come off a series from England and coming straight to India having little time to acclimatize in terms of the days and having to adjust quickly to the time difference and then the conditions as well ,” said Dottin, a key allrounder in the side. “It’s been a little tough but I think the girls have been fighting although we lost the first two ODIs”. A victory in today’s ODI – their final in the ICC Women’s Championship series – would give them automatic qualification for the ICC Women’s World Cup to be hosted by the England & Wales Cricket Board next year. VIJAYAWADA, India (CMC): The hero of West Indies Women’s losing effort against the Indian Women in the second One-Day International on Sunday, Deandra Dottin, says the team intends to “dig deep” in their must-win third and final encounter today. Dottin, who top scored with 63, despite West Indies five wicket loss to India, has expressed confidence her side can rebound to secure the two points needed to gain automatic qualification for next year’s 50-overs ICC World Cup in England. The Caribbean side has cast a shadow of doubt over their chances of qualifying after losing the first two matches against the Indians. “It is a definite must win last match to qualify for the world Cup. I think it is a lot of pressure but I think we play better under these kinds of situations,” said Dottin, whose 63 was the only score above 25 for West Indies in Sunday’s second ODI. “Whenever we get ourselves in these situations we always pull ourselves out. But it is a must win situation so we have to dig deep and I know the girls will come back and win this last ODI to qualify for world cup”. Poor batting has plagued the Windies Women during their series against India, including low scores from leading players who are yet to deliver.
o 3 p.m: UWI FC vs Waterhouse – UWI Bowl, Mona o 3 p.m: Maverley-Hughenden vs Jamalco – Constant Spring Complex o 3 p.m: Boys’ Town vs Tivoli Gardens – Barbican Stadium o 3 p.m: Humble Lion vs Portmore United – Effortville Community Centre o 3 p.m: Arnett Gardens vs Reno – Anthony Spaulding Complex o 7 p.m: Harbour View vs Montego Bay United – Harbour View Stadium While all the other Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) clubs are looking up at defending champions Montego Bay United at the top of the table, most eyes will be focused on the central parish of Clarendon, where the best of that parish, Humble Lion, and former champions Portmore United will meet in their second ‘derby’ for the season. Both the host team, Humble Lion, and the visitors, Portmore United, have had brief stints at the top, only to fall off, but a victory today for either team will enhance the chances of getting back there. Of the two, Portmore United had the most recent stay and only found themselves toppled last week when they suffered an unexpected 1-0 loss to Maverley-Hughenden. Another loss would be a most unwelcome result, according to assistant coach Lenworth Hyde. “We were at the top, lost a game and now we find ourselves in fourth. We cannot lose another game as we would fall off the pace,” said Hyde, the only man to have guided three separate teams to the Premier League title. The game itself, he said, is a really big one. “This is definitely a big, big game. Both of us are vying for the leadership of the league. The last time we played them, we drew, so we are pretty even now. We just have to go out there well concentrated and execute our plan,” Hyde added. While they have been having good results, bar the loss to Maverley-Hughenden, Portmore United have not been scoring freely and have only scored once in each of their last two victories. To address this problem, Hyde said they have changed things up a bit. Despite the changes, Tremaine Stewart and Ricardo Morris should still be their key men. For Humble Lion’s Donovan Duckie, this game will be just like any other but with a bit more underneath. “It is just another game for us, but the psychology says it is a derby game. The foundation of Portmore United is here in Clarendon, so they have some history here and this will play a part in making the matchup more attractive. Also, most of the players know each other very well and there is a lot of history between them,” Duckie explained. “This game will be one for the spectators as it will be two quality teams on the pitch. I have a lot of respect for the coaching staff of Portmore United,” added Duckie, who also had a stint at Portmore United. Wolry Wolfe and Andrew Vanzie, both former Portmore United stars, will be two of the key men for Humble Lion. They could, however, be affected by injuries to Levaughn Williams and Jermaine Christian. The two face fitness tests ahead of today’s game. At the Tony Spaulding Sports Complex, home team Arnett Gardens should get at least a point off visitors Reno while UWI FC should be fancied to get the better of Waterhouse when both teams meet at the UWI Bowl. Former champions Harbour View have been steadying themselves after a rocky start, but may find leaders Montego Bay United a bit too tough at this time, while bottom-placed Boys’ Town must be hoping that lightning strikes the same place twice as they go for a second win over Tivoli Gardens. Maverley-Hughenden are enjoying the greater form of the two promoted teams and should be favoured to beat the visiting Jamalco. Today’s Games ONE FOR THE SPECTATORS
TOMORROW’s race meet at Caymanas Park has a competitive look about it, the Pick 9 embracing all nine races on the card.The first Super-6 gets under way in race number two, the late Super-6 from race four to nine. We look at the first Super-6 which commences with a 4-y-o and up restricted allowance race over the straight to be contested by nine starters, including the recent winner PERFECT ASSET, FLYING MAGIC, OCEAN SEEKER, GLYDER and MISS MYRTLE, all effective over the straight.Three-time champion jockey Dane Nelson is down to ride the speedy 4-y-o filly MISS MYRTLE, who though disappointing behind the front running LUNAR ROCKET over 1200 metres when highly fancied on December 24, ran better than her final placing indicated (12th).She actually chased LUNAR ROCKET into the straight before weakening and with Nelson riding so well since returning from an eight-month stint in Canada, MISS MYRTLE from the Patrick Fong stables is worth another chance, especially over the straight.Race number three, a maiden special weight for four-year-olds and up over 1400 metres, will be contested by eight starters and from all indications it should come down to a straight fight between the lightly raced four-year-old colt JON MARSHALL, to be ridden by in-form Jevanne Erwin for 16-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta and the Gary Griffiths trained CONCLUSION, who failed by three-quarter length to catch KIMALI STAR over 1300 metres last Saturday.The promising 2.0kg claiming apprentice Hakeem Pottinger has retained the ride aboard CONCLUSION who, despite a tardy habit, could well go one better. Preference, however, is for JON MARSHALL, who finished eight lengths fourth to easy winner SEEKING THE DAWN over the straight on Monday and with less to do in present company, will now prove hard to beat.One of the more competitive races on the card is the fourth, a 4-y-o and up restricted allowance over 1200 metres in which 11 starters have been declared.Horses such as the DaCosta-trained LOTTERY TICKET (working well) under newly-crowned champion jockey Omar Walker, stable-companion GOLD MINER (Jermone Innis), the recent post to post course winner LUNAR ROCKET (Javaneil Patterson), the very fit BOLD SYMPHONY (Aaron Chatrie) and MISTER BONES, with Nelson aboard should make it close.LOTTERY TICKET ran on strongly over 1100 metres some weeks ago to beat subsequent winner LUNAR ROCKET in a fast 1:05.4 and is sure to fight it out. But if they go too fast, with much speed present, the Gordon Lewis-trained MISTER BONES will more than likely catch them in deep stretch, having finished two lengths fourth (closing fast) to SIMPLY THE BEST in the fast run War Zone Sprint recently.The fifth race for maiden three-year-olds over 1100 metres looks tailored for the Carl Anderson-trained TWILIGHT STORM, who caught the eye when finishing third last time out, while SERIOUS BUSINESS (Oneil Mullings up) could turn up at a good price in the sixth over 1300m for $180,000 claimers, and close the six with Walker’s mount FIERY PATH in the seventh over 1820 metres.FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES(2) MISSMYRTLE/GLYDER(3) JON MARSHALL/CONCLUSION(4) MISTER BONES/LOTTERY TICKET(5) TWILIGHT STORM(6) SERIOUS BUSINESS/LIGHT BRIGADE(7) FIERY PATH/STERRI’S CHOICE