While one part is in the gym, the other goes to the training ground to exercise on the grass. In this case they do it in pairs and with time intervals. The Bundesliga will be stopped, at least, until April 30, but the teams are slowly returning to activity in a controlled manner. Borussia distributed its players throughout the fields of the sports city and has established shifts so that they are staggered upon arrival at the facilities. Specific and personal training plans are behind us. The obsession is to feel the feeling of the grass and the ball as soon as possible, while at the same time the battle against the coronavirus is taking place. Germany has more than 63,000 infections, but has only registered 560 fatalities. Borussia Dortmund do not wait any longer. The Ruhr club has taken the step and today its players have traveled to the sports city to resume training. They have already left confinement behind to return to work, although Favre’s team does it in a very controlled way. Thus, a detailed plan has been designed so that the measures to avoid the spread of the coronavirus are respected. The staff has been divided into pairs and groups.
“Both sides signed with good feeling,” attacker Müller was quoted in the statement. “It was my absolute priority to renew with Bayern; the club saw it the same. I have a total of two thirds of my life at Bayern. Therefore, it cannot be said that I accompany the club or he me. Fight for each other. This club does not suppose any type of pattern for me, it is my passion. I am very happy to be here for two more years and I will give it my all, both on and off the pitch, “added Müller. Of course, his love for the rojiblancos also came to live its ups and downs. At the beginning of the season, Under the orders of Niko Kovac, Müller did not count and he was out of eleven more times than he expected. It was then that rumors began to emerge about a possible farewell to one of Bayern’s hallmarks, but the arrival of Hansi Flick on the Allianz Arena bench in November changed everything. Müller returned to be the protagonist, his ten goals and 19 assists were key in the reconquest of the leadership and the passion re-emerged. It was an open secret. Thomas muller he will continue to be part of the club of his life. As announced by Bayern Munich this Tuesday through his website, the 2014 world champion He has renewed his contract at the Allianz Arena for two more years until June 2023. After Hansi Flick, coach of the German champion, who also stamped his signature under a contract until 2023, Müller is the second protagonist of the Bavarian team whose renewal comes to fruition. The futures of Neuer, Thiago, Alaba, Javi Martínez and Boateng remain to be resolved., all with contracts until 2021. “I am happy that Thomas has renewed his contract for two more years until June 30, 2023,” were the words of Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, president of the board of directors of the club in this regard. “I want to thank Thomas and his representative Ludwig Kögl for conducting the talks so fairly and reliably. Oliver Kahn (new member of Bayern’s board of directors) and Hasan Salihamidzic (sports director of the club) also did a great job, “concluded Rummenigge.
This all happens when it is settled whether the crimson club will be part of the ACB next season after it led virtually all the competition until the league break and continued as first. If finally, as it seems, the Federation advances in the proposal for Valladolid and Guipuzcoa to ascend, the people of Valladolid would have to have resolved, above all, the issue of conversion into a Sports Public Limited Company. The Valladolid station says that the conversations, of which the City Council is duly informed, are on the right track so that basketball is integrated as one more section of Real Valladolid, assuming the colors and the emblem of the Ronaldo club and being part of the Sociedad Anónima Deportiva, indispensable step for the basketball team to play next season in ACB, in a league with 20 teams. Those interested look at the precedent of Basketball Sevilla and Betis, although the Sevillian basketball club had already played in ACB and was a Public Limited Company.If the union is done, but the promotion could not be done finally, the new section of the blanquivioleta club would go on to prepare a project to face the assault on the ACB in the next season, always keeping the budget balance, but now you don’t think about it. With Jorge Garbajosa, president of the Federation, ready to do anything so that the two stipulated promotions are fulfilled, and the mayor of Valladolid, Óscar Puente, pushing the option of union and promotion, the illusion of white-and-white basketball grows at times. Mike Hansen, president of the Valladolid Basketball Club, was already anticipating it at AS on Wednesday, as a possibility, as a way to explore, and it seems that reality is closer than intuited. As Cadena Ser told in Valladolid this morning, The conversations between the top leader of the CBC and Matt Fenaert, CEO of Real Valladolid, have already taken place and there is a good harmony on both sides for the union, waiting for the last word, that would have the Brazilian Ronaldo Nazario, maximum shareholder of the football club, who already at the time leaned to lend his support to the basketball team.
SCOREBOARD AUSTRALIA SATISFIED Australia declared their first innings on 583-4 led by Man of the Match Adam Voges’ unbeaten 269 and record 449-run fourth-wicket partnership with Shaun Marsh. The West Indies were forced to follow-on earlier yesterday when they scored just 223-9 in their first innings injured paceman Shannon Gabriel (left ankle) could not bat in either innings. The match ended before tea yesterday when the West Indies led by Darren Bravo’s 108 in the first innings, and Kraigg Brathwaite’s 94 in the second were bowled out for 148. The West Indies lost 14 wickets in a session and a half. The team announced yesterday that Gabriel would return home due to the injury and a tour replacement would be named in the coming days. Pattinson (5-27) took up where Hazlewood left off in a West Indies first innings dominated by Bravo’s seventh Test century. Pattinson’s haul included the second-innings wicket of Bravo for four, ensuring the West Indies batsman was dismissed twice in 37 minutes. The West Indies resumed on 207-6 yesterday morning in their first innings before Hazlewood (4-45) cleaned up the tail. Resuming on 94, Bravo hit two boundaries off Peter Siddle in the first over to reach the century mark. Brathwaite tried vainly to notch a late century in the second innings, hitting four boundaries in a row, before being bowled by Hazlewood to end the match. RECORDPARTNERSHIP HOBART, Australia (AP): The warning signs were evident when a mostly full-strength West Indies lost a tour match by 10 wickets to a Cricket Australia selection with six players making their first-class debuts. Against Australia’s Test team, ranked No. 3 in the world, the mostly young and inexperienced players from the Caribbean never stood a chance, losing by an innings and 212 runs yesterday inside three days at Bellerive Oval. Fast bowler James Pattinson took five wickets in the second innings to complement fellow paceman Josh Hazlewood’s four-wicket haul in the first. Off-spin bowler Nathan Lyon, playing in his 50th Test, took three vital first-innings wickets that placed the West Indies in early trouble. And then there was the Australian batting. “To win in three days was very satisfying,” Australia captain Steve Smith said. West Indies captain Jason Holder said the big loss wasn’t unfamiliar to him or a team hit by player strikes, pay disputes, coach suspensions and a decision by many of the top players to choose lucrative international Twenty20 league contracts over Test duty. “It’s a situation we’ve been in for the past few months, the past few years, really,” Holder said. “We need to be more disciplined… to spend more time in the middle. Hopefully, we can come back strong in the second Test.” AUSTRALIA 1st Innings 583-4 decl. WEST INDIES 1st Innings (overnight 207 for six) D.M. Bravo c Lyon b Siddle 108 K. Roach c wk Nevill b Hazlewood 31 J. Taylor b Hazlewood 0 J. Warrican not out 2 S Gabriel absent hurt Extras (b7, lb10, w1, nb5) 23 TOTAL (all out, 70 overs) 223 Fall of wickets: 1-17 (Brathwaite), 2-58 (Chandrika), 3-78 (Samuels), 4-78 (Blackwood), 5-89 (Ramdin), 6-116 (Holder), 7-215 (Roach), 8-215 (Taylor), 9-223 (Bravo) Bowling: Hazlewood 18-5-45-4, Pattinson 15-0-68-0 (w1, nb5), Siddle 15-5-36-2, Lyon 19-6-43-3, Marsh 3-1-14-0. WEST INDIES 2nd innings (following on) K. Brathwaite b Hazlewood 94 R. Chandrika c Smith b Pattinson 0 D.M. Bravo b Pattinson 4 M. Samuels c Warner b Pattinson 0 +D. Ramdin c Warner b MR Marsh 4 *J. Holder c wk Nevill b Pattinson 17 K. Roach c wkp Nevill b Hazlewood 3 J. Taylor c Pattinson b Hazlewood 12 J. Warrican not out 6 S. Gabriel absent hurt Extras (lb1, w1, nb3) 5 TOTAL (all out; 36.3 overs) 148 Fall of wickets: 1-2 (Chandrika), 2-20 (Bravo), 3-24 (Samuels), 4-24 (Blackwood), 5-30 (Ramdin), 6-60 (Holder), 7-91 (Roach), 8-117 (Taylor), 9-148 (Brathwaite). Bowling: Hazlewood 10.3-3-33-3, Pattinson 8-2-27-5 (w1, nb2), Siddle 7.-1-34-0, Marsh 7-0-36-1 (nb1), Lyon 4-0-17-0. Result: Australia won by an innings and 212 runs. Man-of-the-Match: Adam Voges. Toss: Australia. Umpires: M. Erasmus, I. Gould; TV – C Gaffaney.
FOOTBALL: UDINE, Italy (AP): Two-time defending champions Spain began their preparations for this summer’s European Championship with a 1-1 draw against Italy in a friendly yesterday. Substitute Lorenzo Insigne fired Italy in front in the 68th minute, sliding in to meet Emanuele Giaccherini’s cross. It was the first goal Spain had conceded in nearly 700 minutes. Italy’s lead lasted just two minutes before Aritz Aduriz levelled with his first international goal, tapping in the rebound after Gianluigi Buffon parried a header by Alvaro Morata — who appeared to be offside. Italy were the more dangerous side and Spain — who beat the Azzurri 4-0 in the Euro 2012 final to successfully defend their title — did not have a shot on goal in the first half. Spain goalkeeper David de Gea pulled off several saves, including two to deny Insigne, who was a real threat after coming on for Eder in the 51st minute. Buffon was rarely challenged. There was a minute’s silence before the match to honour the victims of the Brussels attacks as well as the 13 exchange students — seven of them Italian — killed in a bus crash in Spain. Wales also drew 1-1 against Northern Ireland, thanks to a last-minute penalty from Simon Church, while the Czech Republic began their preparations with a 1-0 home defeat to Scotland. Iceland also lost to a team which failed to qualify for the tournament as two goals in four minutes from Nicolai Jorgensen helped Denmark win 2-1. Cenk Tosun scored twice to help Turkey to a 2-1 victory over Sweden, which rested Zlatan Ibrahimovic, while Ukraine beat Cyprus 1-0. Elsewhere, Malta’s match against Moldova and Estonia’s against Norway ended goalless. Greece beat Montenegro 2-1.
netball final todayDefending champions Scotiabank ‘A’ and former champions General Accident, both unbeaten this season, will contest the final of the Business House Open League this evening at Leila Robinson Courts starting at 7:30 p.m.With both teams parading a number of former national players, the match promises to be an exciting and closely contested affair. General Accident, champions in 2013 but opted to take a break from the competition last year, easily disposed of Scotiabank ‘B’ in one semi-final, while Scotia ‘A’ brushed aside GraceKennedy in the other semi-final.Scotia ‘A’ will be banking on top players Nauda Brown (captain), Marsha Murphy-Dawkins, Kameika Sherwood and Sateva Taylor-Brown to carry the fight to their opponents. General Accident, on the other hand, will counter with Nadine Bryan (captain), Margaret Byfield-Lawrence, Samantha Mundle and Sasha-Gaye Lynch.Winston Nevers is the coach for Scotia ‘A’, while former national player and coach Oberon Pitterson-Nattie will guide the General Accident team.The Gleaner vs UWI in BH football actionTwo KSAFA/Western Sports Business House division one matches are scheduled for today.The Gleaner, who are currently in second place with 12 points from six matches, will oppose bottom of the tables UWI at Alpha starting at 4 p.m., while GraceKennedy are up against Norman Manley International Airport at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex, also at 4 p.m.Meanwhile, Scotiabank defeated Transport Authority 6-2 in the Business House KO Football Competition last Saturday at Winchester Park to join Petrojam, Carib Cement, Wisynco, ATL, NWC and Peaking Bottling in the quarter-final round.Kingston Wharves retain BH domino league trophyDefending champions Kingston Wharves retained the Wray & Nephew Trophy when they defeated Campari 108-86 in the Business House division one domino final at the NHT car park recently.The match was pretty close for most of the way with both teams locked at 60-60 early in the second half. However, Kingston Wharves soon asserted their authority to win convincingly.For Campari, it was a disappointing end to a good season. They also contested the KO final only to be beaten by The Gleaner.Kingston Wharves failed in their bid to take the double, having lost in the first round of the KO competition. However, they were unbeaten in the league.Senior, O’Gilvie smash centuries in Milo Cricket LeagueGreater Portmore’s Romaine Senior and Donale O’Gilvie smashed big centuries to highlight the opening round of the Portmore Cricket Association Milo Under-17 Cricket League at Waterford High School grounds last Sunday.Romaine Senior slammed an impressive 154 while O’Gilvie struck 149 not out to pilot their team to a mammoth 368-4 in 30 overs. In reply, Waterford were routed for 58. Daryl Williams took 4-8 and Kishawn Graham 2-9 as Greater Portmore won by a massive 310 runs. At Hamilton Gardens, Portsmouth defeated Hamilton Gardens by 59 runs. Scores: Portsmouth 212 all out. Shava Christie 88 and Sahim Simms 71 not out. Hamilton Gardens 153 all out; Jermone Hamilton 69; Kemani Wilson 23. Alex Hinds (3-18) and Shamar Davis (3-29).The competition was officially opened by member of parliament for East Central St Catherine, Ornaldo Brown, at the newly renovated field at Hamilton Gardens.MP launches domino leagueMember of parliament for South East St Catherine, Colin Fagan, launched the Colin Fagan South East St Catherine Domino League at the Edgewater Community Centre, located on George Lee Boulevard, Portmore, St Catherine last Sunday.Some eights teams are down to compete.In his presentation, MP Fagan commended the teams for their participation and urged them to play with their community in mind as a portion of the prize money will go to the community. The teams are playing for prizes that range from first place $60,000; second $30,000; third $15,000 and fourth $10,000. The competition runs for four months.Cumberland played an All Stars team in a exhibition match to signal the start of the league. Official games will start tomorrow at 1 p.m.Hope & Mercy log 2-0 winHope & Mercy Ministries blanked Lighthouse Assembly 2-0 in the latest round of the Power of Faith Ministries Church Football League at the Passagefort field last Saturday. Jason Williams (40th minute) and Doneque Francis (60th minute) were the scorers. In the second game defending champions, 65 Waltham Park New Testament defeated Faith Temple Pentecostal 3-0 with goals by Avon Wright (22 minute), Cordell Perkins (14th), and Shaquille Weir (50th). In the third game of the triple-header, Power of Faith clipped Greater Portmore Open Bible 2-1 with goals from Jason Gregory (16th), and Jerondy Henry (26th minute) while Shamir Rall (76th minute) scored for Greater Portmore. Today’s games: 1:30 p.m. Faith Temple Penetcostal vs Hope & Mercy Ministries and at 3:20 pm Light House Assembly vs 65 Waltham Road NT.PFM ‘B’ wins, gains semi-final spotPower of Faith ‘B’ clinched the final semi-final spot after a commanding 20-9 victory over Elim Open Bible in the final preliminary match at the PFM Sports Complex, 10c Dawkins Drive, in the PFM Church Netball League last Saturday.PFM ‘B’ will today take on their sister team PFM ‘A’ at 10 a.m.; while at 10:55 a.m. it’s Faith Temple New Testament vs Equator Faith Mission. Both games will be played at the venue above.St Catherine FA U-20 Football LeaguePortmore United, clipped Newland 2-1 to maintain their lead in Zone B of the St Catherine FA Under-20 Football League recently.Portmore United have 12 points from five games, two points ahead of second place Federal United. In other games Old Harbour Bay United blanked Albion 3-0; Royal Lakes outscored Naggo Head 3-2.In Zone A New Raiders surprised leaders Rivoli United (nine points) 2-1; Frazers Whip edged Portsmouth 1-0 and Christian Pen beat Police Youth Club 2-1.Clarendon, St Catherine win South Central Confed youth titlesClarendon and St Catherine have emerged winners of the South Central Confed Youth Leagues. The competitions have been sponsored by Juici Patties for the past 29 years.Clarendon won the Under-13 while the Under-15 title went to St Catherine. Clarendon completed their dominance of the Under-13 competition with a spanking 3-0 win over St Elizabeth. They were already confirmed champions from the previous round and their final tally of 14 points was six higher than second placed St Catherine.St Catherine’s win in the Under-15 competition was even more overwhelming as they ended the competition on 16 points. The nearest challengers were outgoing champions Manchester who mined seven points. St Catherine ended their campaign with a 1-0 win over Manchester at Kirkvine.Mandeville-based shooters for Jamaica CupAs many as ten pro shooters from the Mandeville-based Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club (MRPC) will journey this morning to the Jamaica Rifle Association (JRA) headquarters on Mountain View Avenue in Kingston to participate in the Jamaica Cup.The pistol tournament is considered an early qualifier to the next International World Shoot and will field international competitors as well as the best local shooters. The tournament will take the form of a two-day challenge comprising sixteen stages approved by the world body for International Practical Shooting. Eight stages will be hosted today at the JRA and another eight will be completed tomorrow at the Woodleigh Range in Clarendon.Heading Manchester’s charge will be Orville Henriques who was the top-ranked local based on performances at challenge and club matches at the JRA and the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club. Henriques, however, has since lost to compatriots Andy Yapp and Ronald Brown Jr in two international matches hosted in the United States. Hence, this weekend’s match should go a far in determining who is best.Other fancied Mandeville-based shooters should be Owen Campbell, Evon Grant, Ellsworth Dixon and Thomas Jones.Jamalco win Juici Patties Senior LeagueJamalco once again showcased their dominance of Central Jamaica and Clarendon Netball Association leagues brushing aside Hayes Contenders 54-36 in the Juici Patties Senior League final at Clarendon Park last Sunday.Hayes’ 45-43 win over Jamalco in the preliminaries had opened expectations of a tight battle. However, veteran shooter Elaine Davis settled Jamalco early with near 100 per cent accuracy and the contest never materialised. In the hour-long game, Jamalco led 16-10, 30-18 and by the third quarter when Davis rested to give younger shooters a go, the scoreline was an unassailable 45-26.Jamalco’s latest championship win at the parish level, was their 23rd in 26 seasons. It was also their ninth consecutive one since losing to Windalco ten years ago. Windalco has since been rebranded Cable Pro. The latter finished fourth after losing 36-13 to Nemac Transport.While Davis’s goal-shooting success laid the platform, the major kudos went to the performance of Kameka Sherwood as goalkeeper. Sherwood, a former St Hugh’s High star, was later voted MVP of the finals.Zones take shape in Jamalco Football LeagueAll four preliminary zones of the Clarendon-based Jamalco Football League are taking shape. Mocho who completed a 5-0 demolition of Juventus last week, have already qualified from Zone One with six points from two games. With just one game to be completed, the trio of Raymonds (three points), Juventus (two) and Railroad (two) will decide who emerges as the second qualifiers.Invincible and Wembley lead the charge in Zone Two with four points each after two games. Savannah are next with three points but only have one remaining encounter. Two other teams, Top Halse Hall and Harmons, have only one point each but they have two matches in hand.New Bowens are clear leaders in Zone Three and are unbeaten with six points from two games. Next are Top Hill with three points but they have only completed one of their three scheduled games. Napoli who won their midweek encounter 2-0 against Hunts Pen, are already sure of qualification from Zone Four having mined six points from two games. Port who are on four points, can still advance if they avoid defeat in their final game.Two matches will be hosted today at Wembley Excellence Centre. Savannah will be up against Invincible at 2 p.m. while Top Hill play Sunset at 4 p.m. Tomorrow’s two games will be hosted at Harmons. Top Halse Hall will play the Harmons at 2 p.m. while the final game sees South Manchester battling Hunts Pen.Knox to host Scotia ‘A’ General Accident in BH pre-daCosta Cup tournamentThe second staging of the Knox Football Tournament will be over two days starting Thursday, July 30 at Brook’s Park in Mandeville, Manchester.The tournament is the brainchild of Courtney Jackson, coach of the Knox College daCosta Cup team. Jackson has had success at the schoolboy level having coached Edwin Allen to the semi-finals and Spaldings High to the finals in 2007. The tournament caters for schools preparing for the upcoming daCosta and Manning Cups schoolboys football season. The six confirmed participating teams are Wolmer’s Boys, Holy Trinity, Glenmuir, St James High, Edwin Allen and hosts Knox. Glenmuir won the inaugural tournament last year.The teams will be competing for the Clifton “Dove” Williams trophy. Cash awards will be given to the top three teams while individual awards will be presented to the most valuable player, best midfielder, best defender, top goalscorer and most outstanding goalkeeper.
Two football kicks off tomorrowThe Portmore Football League (PFL) will kick off its 2015-16 football season with a uniform parade and opening matches in the York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two at Cedar Grove playing field, tomorrow, beginning at 12 noon.There will be a uniform parade of all eight teams and a meet-and-greet session with officials of the PFL and sponsors.At 1:00 p.m., Braeton FC tackle Cumberland. In the feature, at 3:00 p.m., Cedar Grove and Edgewater will lock horns in what is expected to be a keen battle.Last year’s champions, Hellshire United, have been promoted to the St Catherine Division One competition.GC Foster, Federal BH basketball titlesThe curtain came down on the Business House Basketball Association three-on-three competition with National Housing Trust (NHT) and Courts capturing the division one and two titles, respectively.On Wednesday, at the Stadium Courts, NHT dethroned defending champions Grace Canning, 3-2, in the best-of-five finals, winning the deciding game, 42-34, in what was a closely contested series.On Monday, Courts defeated Sagicor, 37-25, in game four to capture the division two title, 3-1.Lamey leads Scotia to Ninth Interbank titleTwo goals from former national player, Kevin Lamey, led defending champions ScotiaBank to a 3-2 win over National Commercial Bank (NCB) in the Western Sports/JNBS Norman Goodison Interbank football league final at Winchester Park last Sunday. Scotiabank were winning the title for the ninth consecutive year.Lamey opened the scoring in the 10th minute, but Sheldon Maragh found the equaliser for NCB in the 21st minute. Lamey then made it 2-1 on the stroke of half-time.Donovan Hibbert scored from 30 metres out to make it 3-1 midway the second half. Andre Messam pulled back a goal for NCB in the 79th minute.Scotia played tough defence to hold NCB at bay in the closing stages. Independence City United clashGC Foster and Federal United will look to secure their second win in as many matches as the teams go head-to-head at GC Foster College, in the St Catherine Major League football competition, this afternoon, at 3:00 p.m.In another game today, Portsmouth oppose Tru-Juice at Portsmouth Primary School.In matches played recently, Federal United blanked Frasziers Whip 3-0, GC Foster beat Newland 3-1, Dela Vega City tagged Portsmouth 2-0, Old Harbour Bay clipped Royal Lakes 2-1, Tru-Juice edged Dunbeholden 1-0, Christian Pen and New Raiders drew 0-0.NHT, Courts capture shock champs in INSPORTS/Chubby footballIndependence City Primary carved out a shock 1-0 win over defending champions Portsmouth in the feature match of a double-header on the opening day of the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS)/Chubby Portmore Primary Football League at Portsmouth Primary on Tuesday. Shevaughn Haynes scored the all-important goal for Independence City in the 52nd minute.In the opening game at the venue, Bridgeport came from behind to draw 2-2 against Waterford. Jevin Parkinson (ninth) and Rocede Rose (11th) gave Waterford an early 2-0 lead, but strikes by Omarie Thompson (48th) and Jaheim McLeod (52nd) gave Bridgeport a share of the points.More than $300,000 of combined investment from sponsor Jamaica Beverages and chief organiser the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS)has been pumped into this year’s competition.The competition is slated to culminate on December 4. Twelve teams, 240, players have been registered.Jermaine Bibbons, brand manager, Jamaica Beverage, said the programme is ideal for its brand but also encouraged the participants to make full use of opportunities the competition provides.”For Chubby, we are about fun, magic, and potential, and that’s what we want you to enjoy during this competition,” said Bibbons. “It is also very important to listen to your coaches, your teachers, and parents. You must fight hard to win but play fair. It’s not all about winning because if you lose, it’s not the end of the road.”Commending Jamaica Beverages for their support, Institute of Sports’ media-relations officer Andrew Hancel said it is also important that players take a balanced approach towards the sport and academics.”It is important to grab this opportunity because football can make you into millionaires, but academics is key,” said Hancel. “Too often I’ve seen players like you with immense potential get left behind because they didn’t see the importance of a good education.”With education, a player is able to connect the other important factors required to play at a higher level, and remember, there is always life after football,” he emphasised.The competition continues on Tuesday. Kensington Primary won the dress parade. Jamaica Beverages, through its Chubby drink, is the main sponsors of the league.Portsmouth make winning start in INSPORTS netballPortsmouth made an impressive start in defence of their title as they rushed past Waterford 14-3 in a lopsided game in the second match of a double-header, as the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Portmore Primary Netball League commenced with opening games and a dress parade at the Kensington Primary School on Thursday. Portsmouth Primary won the dress parade.Portsmouth jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead after the first quarter and consolidated at 8-2 by half-time, then cruised through the rest of the game. Trishana Gray (10 goals) and Shakera Baker (four goals) led the victors’ scoring. Jamalia Haynes scored all three goals for Waterford.In the opening match, home team Kensington Primary defeated Belmont Park 6-1. Hanna-K Hobbs (four goals) and Nachrista Spencer (two goals) scored for Kensington. The competition continues on Wednesday.Passagefort face Waterford in SE St Catherine dominoDefending champions and top-ranked Passagefort United will put their title on the line tomorrow in a do-or-die semi-final contest against arch-rivals Waterford in the South East St Catherine Constituency Domino League, sponsored by Member of Parliament, Colin Fagan, at Garveymeade Sports Club.In another semi-final clash, number two ranked Westmeade Rising Stars will square off against nemeses Ken’s Wildflower at Myrtle Way, Old Passagefort. Ken’s Wildflower were soundly beaten by Westmeade, 250-214, in the final preliminary round match, so the rematch is expected to be a real tussle. Both games will begin at 1 p.m.Spit Fyah, Giants in End-of-round domino finalSurprise team Giants will battle favourites Spit Fyah in the Jamaica Domino Council Association (JDCA) League at the association’s home, Melbourne Cricket Club, Courtney Walsh Drive, tomorrow, starting at noon.Both Spit Fyah, which won the mid-season final against veteran club Caribbean Classic, and Giants, ended the round on 32 points apiece.Meanwhile, Spit Fyah (57 points) once again defeated second-place Caribbean Classic (53 points), 300-295. Third-place Giants (50 points) cut down Small Axe, 300-228. The quarter-finals of the league will be played on Sunday, November 15.Portmore Division
PERTH, Australia (AP):Serena Williams withdrew from the Hopman Cup yesterday because of inflammation in her left knee, a setback in her preparations for the Australian Open.Williams has been replaced by Vicky Duval in the US team for the last Group A match against the Czech Republic today. Williams withdrew ahead of her season-opening match against Ukraine on Monday, with Duval filling in for her and retired in the second set against Australia’s Jarmila Wolfe on Tuesday.Hopman Cup organisers confirmed Williams’ withdrawal yesterday. The US team is 0-2 and cannot reach the final of the international mixed team competition at Perth Arena.Williams, who won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon and got within two victories of a season Grand Slam in 2015 before losing in the US Open semi-finals, had initially been confident of returning to action in Perth.”It’s not even a bump – just a really minor thing in the road and I’ll fly over it,” Williams said after retiring against Wolfe. “I just have some inflammation that’s been going away very slowly – it’s going away but it needs a little more time.”Mainly I was afraid to move and I need to get in the space where I’m not afraid to move. Maybe a day off or two will really make the world of difference.”Williams is expected to travel to Melbourne to continue preparations for the Australian Open, which begins on January 18.- AP
KNEE CANCER Having had his left leg amputated due to life-threatening bone cancer, former outstanding Holy Trinity High School footballer Jordan Foote is locked in a race for his life, with doctors working to prevent the cancer from taking over his body. Foote’s Manning Cup coach Devon Anderson has revealed that the youngster has had to put his request for a prosthetic leg on hold, to instead focus on surviving the cancer affecting his lungs. Foote is admitted to the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) Anderson, who admitted to sharing a fatherly relationship with the player, wants the public to keep him in their prayers as he seeks to recuperate. “They are seeing signs of improvement with the hole in his lungs healing back because of medications. “In terms of getting a prosthetic leg, it has to be on hold for now, after this last X-ray, we will know where we go from here,” said Anderson. “They are trying to patch the part of the lungs that is leaking liquid, and draining off the water from his chest. He is deteriorating due to the cancer,” Anderson continued. Foote helped his former school to the inaugural Flow Super Cup final, but was ruled out of last season’s Manning Cup competition due to cancer in his knee. He has since had his left leg amputated. He had to leave school prematurely after being sent home to recuperate with his family. Anderson, who has maintained a close relationship with Foote said the youngster remains upbeat despite the challenges. “Jordan is the type of person who is motivated, success driven and as an athlete, always wants to win and cries when he loses. He is a hardworking youth” Anderson said. Anderson, who works closely alongside Foote’s mother, Nadine Sutherland, added: “We just have to hope for the best but expect the worst, and know if the inevitable comes, it comes, but I hope it doesn’t come for now.”
AUGUSTA, Georgia (AP):Danny Willett in a green jacket was hard to believe, considering he wasn’t even sure he could play the Masters two weeks ago.No one was more stunned than Jordan Spieth.Nine holes away from another wire-to-wire victory, the defending Masters champion threw it away yesterday with a collapse that was shocking even by Augusta National standards. With a five-shot lead heading to the 10th tee, he dropped six shots in three holes and could never catch up.”It was a really tough 30 minutes for me that, hopefully, I never experience again,” Spieth said.Willett always had Sunday, April 10, circled on his calendar – the due date of his first child. He wasn’t planning to be at Augusta National until his wife gave birth to their son, Zachariah James, on March 30, and sent the 28-year-old Englishman on an improbable path to becoming a major champion.It was a comeback that ranks among the most surprising at the Masters.Five shots behind with six holes to play, Willett birdied three of his last six holes to polish off a round that might not get its due because of the unforgettable images of Spieth’s meltdown. Willett closed with a five-under 67, with no bogeys on his card, to match the best score of the weekend.He won by three shots at five-under 283, the highest winning score at the Masters in nine years.Top finishers: 1. Danny Willett (England) -5, 2. Lee Westwood (England) -2, 2. Jordan Spieth (US) -2, 4. Paul Casey (England) -1, 4. John Holmes (US) -1 and 4. Dustin Johnson (US)-1.