Four more rounds to go in the RSPL

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Thirteen goals were scored in round 29 of the Red Stripe Premier League which ended last Monday, with just four more rounds to go for the end of the regular season.

No home team won, as the round ended with three draws and three away wins.

One of those crucial wins went to fifth-placed Harbour View, whose 2-1 win over relegation-bound Reno put them three points shy of the Humble Lions, who are on 46 points in fourth place.

Unfortunately for Harbour View, the Lions are the form team of the moment, winning five and drawing two of their last eight matches.

Leaders, Arnett Gardens (57 points) have already qualified for the semi-finals and second-placed. Waterhouse (51 points) need just two more wins to cement their place in the group of four.

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Champs blasts off

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The five-day Champs 2015, endorsed to the tune of $68.5 million by title sponsor GraceKennedy, got under way today at the National Stadium. This was a substantial increase of the $36.75 million invested last year.

“All the money from our sponsors is invested in the execution of this product because we believe that the quality of the Championships cannot be in anyway diluted. We invest millions of dollars to keep it that way, because we believe that if we continue to invest, eventually, media houses like ESPN and Fox Sport will come,” said ISSA president Dr Walton Small.

“This will definitely be a memorable 105th staging, no doubt,” he stressed.

GraceKennedy’s Andrea Coy, senior general manager, Global Category Management Unit added, “Our sponsorship reflects our ongoing commitment to the d...

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Williams victorious in Kingston to Mandeville cycling race

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Oshane Williams rode for two hours and 45 minutes to clinch category one of the 60 mile Kingston to Mandeville Cycling Road Race last Sunday.

He eclipsed Bobby Barnes who was second and Portland’s Cycling’s Thrailer Hill.

Mario Brooks of Breakaway Cycling Club triumphed in category two, ahead of Mario Hall.Dean Robertson, also of Breakaway Cycling, captured category three, beating teammate Jemar Brissett. Jason Ferguson of Blissett Cycling Club crossed the finishing line third. Category four went to Barrington Bailey, outshining Obrian Madurie of Breakaway and Rashiek Bailey of Blissett.

For the Juniors, Merrick Williams of Endurance Cycling Club won in two hours and fifty five minutes. Second was Andrew Ramsey also of Endurance Cycling, while Aduella Ottey of Breakaway placed third.

In th...

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Cameron promises better Caribbean Pitches

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Re-elected President of the West Indies Cricket Board(WICB), Dave Cameron, says the West Indies’ upcoming Test series against England and Australia in the Caribbean will be played on better pitches.The matches, to be played in Antigua, Grenada, Barbados, Dominica and Jamaica, will bowl off in less than a month, starting with the Windies’ three-match series against England.

“We (WICB) are promising better-looking pitches for the next five games,” said Cameron.”Our regional curator, Ken Crafton, has been visiting some venues and pitches, which has been a point of constant discussion around the region.”He has gone to at least seven venues, and since then, we have been focusing on the five venues that will be hosting Test matches this year.”

The Sir Vivian Richards Stadiumin Antigua is schedul...

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Arnett cruise into RSPL semis

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Arnett Gardens secured their place in the semi-finals of the Red Stripe Premier League with five more five more matches to go for the end of the regular season.

Becoming the first team to advance, three-time winners Arnett Gardens defeated Reno 2-1 last Monday at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex.

Renae Lloyd and Kevin ‘Pele’ Wilson scored for Arnett while Alburn Facey replied for Reno.

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Heart Foundation screens third school for Champs

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Former Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships winners St Jago High have become the latest school to receive screening from the Heart Foundation of Jamaica.

Health administrator Nola Phillipots-Brown said over 150 of the Monk Street-based school’s athletes were to receive check-ups.

Screening included physical exams, administration of a pre-participation questionnaire, body mass index (BMI), waist circumference and blood pressure for a special rate of $1,000, with permission from parents.

St Jago High joined McGrath High and Frome Technical High as schools to have so far received screening.

Sports medicine specialist Dr Paul Wright has expressed disappointment that only three schools have so far signed up to the screening and that some evaluated student athletes were being examined by a do...

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Francis a BIGGA Ambassador

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BIGGA Soft Drink, flagship brand of The Wisynco Group Limited, has signed talented quarter-miler Javon Francis.

The ‘Donkey Man’ stole the limelight when he anchored Jamaica to a silver medal in the 4x400m at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow. Grabbing the baton in fifth place, Francis galloped a split 44.00 seconds to power Jamaica to second place.

Francis was delighted to become brand ambassador for BIGGA.”This partnership is a big moment for me, and I’m proud that they see such potential in me. BIGGA Soft Drink is a Jamaican brand and I am more than happy to be a part of any initiative to push brand Jamaica to the world.”

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GraceKennedy gifts O’Hara $1m scholarship

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Calabar High School sprinter Michael O’Hara will benefit from a $1 million scholarship from GraceKennedy, title sponsor of the annual Boys and Girls Championships, which will get under way on March 24-28 at the National Stadium in Kingston.

GraceKennedy’s CEO Don Wehby said, “Michael has demonstrated over the years that he is a quality athlete. His accomplishments so far have been extremely impressive, and we know his future is very bright. GraceKennedy has a track record of supporting our young people, especially in the areas of education and sports, and we decided that we wanted to work with Michael to help him realise his dreams in both these areas.”

The two-year scholarship for O’Hara, now in Lower Six, is dependent on the sprinter’s good standing and maintaining of his academic stan...

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Taylor smashes world age group best

Fifteen-year-old 400m phenomenon, Christopher Taylor, has confirmed his world-class pedigree in the one-lap event when he clocked a world-age group best of 45.69 seconds on the second and final day of the National Carifta Trials at the Natioinal Stadium on Sunday.

Taylor, running in lane seven, decimated the Under-18 400m field, erasing Grenadian Kirani James’ previous world age group best of 45.70 seconds.

The Calabar High speedster finished almost two seconds ahead of Petersfield High’s Devaughn Ellington, 47.34 seconds, and St Elizabeth Technical’s Leonardo Ledgister, 48.20 seconds.

He is promising faster times and is expected to demolish the Carifta Games Under-17 meet record of 47.33 seconds held by Usain Bolt in March 2002 in Nassau, Bahamas.

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Campion College wins Grace Shield

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Campion College defeated St George’s College by six wickets to claim their first urban schoolboy cricket title in 27 years.

In the three-day Grace Shield final played at Melbourne Oval, the final scores were St George’s 98 and 225, Campion 158 and 166 for four.

Campion will now play many-time winners and defending champions St Elizabeth Technical on April 14-16 at Melbourne Oval for the all-island title.

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