Spit Fyah regain lead Church cricket final showdown today Favourites Spit Fyah regained their slim lead over Spring Village as they beat Felluchie Strikers 300-288 in the Jamaica Domino Federation Portmore/St Catherine City of Kingston Cooperative Credit Union League last Sunday. Spit Fyah amassed 53 points from 14 games, one point ahead of Spring Village (52 points), who were idle last week. In other games, seventh-place Eradication (33 points) went down 300-289 to Passagefort United; fifth-place Right Stuff defeated Fort International (46 points) 300-297 in a countdown; and Correctional Services beat Highlight Strikers 300-203. Games on tomorrow (home teams named first): Masterpiece vs Waterhouse United, Naggo Head vs Highlight Strikers, Correctional Services vs Felluchie Strikers, Soursop Tree vs Garveymeade, Eradication vs Chedwin Strikers, Spit Fyah vs Ken’s Wildflower, Spring Village vs Right Stuff, Fort International vs Passagefort United, and Unity Strikers vs Memory Lane. The Gleaner clip Carib Cement in BH domino Big one-day domino tournament on today at JC The Wulin Domino Kings one-day pairs tournament is on today at the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium, Jamaica College, starting at 9 a.m. The high-tech tourney offers a first prize of $350,000 and championship ring; $150,000 to the pair finishing second; and $75,000 for third. Entry fee is $4,000. It will run until 9 p.m. and many of the top players in town and the country are expected to participate. The Business House five-a-side one-day football rally takes place today at the National Water Commission playing field, Mona, starting at 8 a.m. There are 25 participating teams, including defending champions Carib Cement. The teams will vie for the Butterkist Trophy in the Seprod-sponsored rally. Defending champions Edgewater FC won their third game of the season in the St Catherine FA Under-13 football league last Sunday when they easily defeated Westchester 4-0. They now have 10 points from four games, the same as Portmore United, who outshot East Portmore Portals 3-2. The latter have a superior goal difference. In other games, Royal Lakes were held 0-0 by Daytona; Central Linx flexed their muscles as they hammered minnows Tredegar Park 6-0; Windsor Lion defeated Angels United 3-1; and De La Vega City beat Rivoli United 2-0. Action in the league continues today. St George’s College won their second lacrosse title of the season as they topped arch-rivals Holy Trinity 9-8 in a pulsating high school final for the North Street Cup at St George’s College recently. Kingston College turned the tables on Wolmer’s Boys in the North Street Cup third-place game, taking home the bronze medal. The game of lacrosse comes with a frenetic pace and the youngsters have accepted the sport as their own. Last year’s knockout champions, The Gleaner, made a winning start in Division One of the 2016 Wray & Nephew Business House domino league, clipping Carib Cement 94-92 in a closely contested match at The Gleaner Sports Club, 7 North Street, on Friday, April 29. It was a ding-dong affair between both teams in the first half, but The Gleaner pulled away towards the end to lead 51-45 at half-time. After the interval, The Gleaner maintained their lead for a while, but Cement Company fought back strongly to lead 76-75. Thereafter, it was anybody’s game, but The Gleaner players were more determined and squeezed home by two points in the closing stages. The top pair for the winners was Earl ‘Maro’ Morrison and Omar McCurdy. The Gleaner will next play defending league champions Kingston Wharves at The Gleaner Sports Club. Business House football rally today The curtains will come down on the 2016 season of the Power of Faith Ministries Twenty20 church cricket league with its final showdown between Power of Faith Development and Portmore Gospel Assembly (PGA) at the Bridgeport Sports ground in Portmore, St Catherine, today at 2 p.m. The teams are vying for the Dr Delford Davis Trophy. Meanwhile, today’s activities should pull a fair-sized crowd as there will also be an over-50 cricket match for veteran players. Meanwhile, PFM Development won the eliminator match two against Faith Temple New Testament at Bridgeport. PFM Development, which won the toss and batted first, made 207-5, with a top score of 105 from Demar Johnson, while Aaron Daley hit 28. The leading wicket-taker, Simon Clarke, took 2-14 from four overs. In reply, Faith Temple were blown away for 47 in 12.3 overs, with the top score being nine from Burford Sangster. Jerome Heroin ripped through the Faith Temple batting, claiming 5 -13 in four overs and Aaron Daley 3-8 in 3.3 overs, thus giving PFM Development victory by 160 runs. St George’s top Holy Trinity in exciting lacrosse final Edgewater win third game
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Livingston ScottSTAR WriterSt Jago High School climbed to the top of Zone E in the FLOW/ISSA Manning Cup football competition with a 6-0 hammering of Kingston High at Breezy Castle yesterday.Second-half substitute Shaqon Bryan (67th, 86th, 88th) registered a hat-trick for the Spanish Town-based school, while Matthew Fisher (3rd, 12th) and Ryan Smart (44th) were the other scorers.St Jago’s Hayden Street was red-carded in added time, after denying a Kingston High player a clear goalscoring opportunity.The result pushed the Glen Laing-coached team to 16 points, three clear of Wolmer’s Boys’, whose game against Bridgeport at the Dunbeholden playing field was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.St Jago had defeated Kingston High 8-1 in their first-round meeting, and from the opening whistle yesterday dominated and created chances almost at will, but Smart was especially wasteful.Fisher got St Jago off the mark with a sweetly struck free kick from 20 yards after just three minutes. He then added a second nine minutes later when he got free inside the area to score from close range.Smart finally got his name on the scoresheet a minute before the interval, after a series of missed scoring chances. He netted on the second attempt after the goalkeeper had denied his initial effort.powerful strikerLaing introduced Bryan after the break and the striker went to work in a business-like manner. The speedy and powerful striker made it 4-0 moments after coming on, latching on to a sweet through ball from Fisher and firing past the Kingston High keeper.Four minutes from time, he finished off a fine dribble by Smart, who passed for him to score from six yards. He completed his hat-trick two minutes later with a rasping shot from 12 yards.Bryan, who had a hat-trick against Kingston High in the first meeting, said he wanted more, but did not get to start.”The aim was to score more, but the coach decided to bench me today. But coach knows best and his decision always works out at the end,” he said.Meanwhile, Laing thought it was easy pickings for his side, but thought they were far from their best.”We didn’t play as good in the first half as we did in the second half. We are a better team than this, getting six goals is a formality. we should have scored more,” he said.
Nikita Miller, the slow left-arm bowler from Melbourne and Jamaica, is not one who normally holds a grudge, at least, not for long and not against a colleague, and, certainly, not against his fellow Melbourne and Jamaica bowler, right-arm leg-spinner Damion Jacobs. Sometime, however, be it today, or tomorrow, or even one day in the future, while sitting in his rocking chair and looking at the setting sun, the memories may flash by quickly and Miller may shake his head and quietly say to himself: ‘If only Jacobs had waited one more delivery’. Every bowler, fast or slow, dead or alive, has always dreamed of taking all 10 wickets in an innings, or maybe even 20 in a match, and Miller was on the verge of doing just that when Jacobs denied him, quite unintentionally, I believe. And Miller will never forget the day, or the place, or the occasion. It was Saturday, December 10, at Sabina Park, and it was a regional match between the Jamaica Scorpions and the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force. The Red Force batsmen were chasing a victory target of 338 runs on the third day of the four-day match and, at lunch, they had survived three catches off pace bowler Reynard Leveridge, who bowled as fast as the wind that day, and, after the interval, were going like a house on fire at 76 without loss off 15 overs. Suddenly, like in the olden days and a storm in the night, Miller, the captain, struck, and in a matter of three hours or so, the Red Force innings was history, flattened and blown away for an additional 129 runs with 10 wickets falling in 41 overs as Jamaica eased to victory by 132 runs. With such figures, Miller’s one regret, apart from last Saturday’s disappointment, may be his one, solitary Test appearance, and that in an under-strength West Indies team. That, however, was a situation caused possibly by the fact that the West Indies believe that he is not a big spinner of the ball, but one whose weapons are his use of the crease, his William Tell-like accuracy, his clever and deceptive change of pace, and his knowledge of the game – knowledge of how to get batsmen out. That, probably, with the quality, or lack of it, of today’s regional batsmen against consistently good bowling, probably also counted against him and made the West Indies selectors react negatively to his uncanny skill. As far as my memory goes, however, his nine wickets for 49 runs represent Jamaica’s best effort in any cricket, and it certainly is the best since 1966 and the coming of the Shell Shield. Bowlers like Nehemiah Perry (twice, eighth for 45, and eight for 64), O.C. ‘Tommy’ Scott (eight for 67), Richard Austin (eight for 71), Alfred Valentine (eight for 91 in his first Test match), and Courtney Walsh (eight for 92), Jerome Taylor (eight for 59), along with Jacobs himself, with eight for 47, have gone close after falling one short. Miller, like others such as Odelmo Peters, Cleveland Davidson, and Jacobs, who never played for the Jamaica youth team but went on to play on the national team, was virtually unplayable on Saturday last. And it was special, very special. As Jamaica’s captain, he led from the front, and in leading from the front, he led his team into the lead in the race for the regional honours. Meanwhile, over in India, the Board of Control for Cricket in India, or rather, the power of the BCCI, seems to be coming to an end, courtesy of the Indian Supreme Court. At a sitting last week, the court said that Anurag Thakur, president of the BCCI, and Ratnakar Shetty, general manager, were guilty of lying under oath and could face a charge of perjury. The possibility of the charge came after both men had denied, before the court, of writing to the ICC and asking that it writes to the court saying that the court’s decision to name a man to oversee the business of the BCCI was “government interference”. The court, after correspondences with Shankar Manohar, president of ICC, and Dave Richardson, CEO, proved that both men were lying. The court also reaffirmed its earlier decisions that the BCCI make changes as recommended by the Lotha Committee and that the BCCI must operate under some control. The court, which had earlier named former civil servant GK Pillai as the one man in control, changed its stance, and decided it should be three people in control, and asked the BCCI to recommend a few people with whom it could work by January 2. The court named its choice as one of three people. The court’s choice is Mohinder Amanath, a former Indian Test cricketer. DECEPTIVE OFFERINGS The Scorpions had stung them fatally with the deceptive offerings of Miller, who ended with figures of 22 overs, 49 runs, and nine wickets, one off what would have been a bowler’s dream, an unbelievable 10, or a magical clean sweep. And it was close, very close. Miller had picked off nine Trinidadian batsmen, one by one, from one to 10, all in a row, excepting one. One was left, either the number 11 or the number eight. Miller had got the ninth wicket in the 55th over, with the penultimate delivery, and Jacobs promptly picked up the 10th and last wicket, the number eight batsman in the order, Roshon Primus, leg before wicket off the last delivery of the 56th over as four wickets fell for the addition of no runs. That was as close as it was, and as it could have been. If only Jacobs had waited for even just one more delivery, Miller would have had a go at last man Sheldon Cottrell, and you never know what would have happened. Knowing Cottrell, the ball might have gone for six over long-on or mid-wicket, but with all of that day and the entire fourth day to come, with Trinidad still trailing by 132 runs, Miller would have had at least five more deliveries, and he would have had another chance at the Jamaican now playing for the Red Force. A wicket is a wicket, however, and it was one more to Jacob’s tally, even though he will spend many a day regretting, probably, that one delivery, the one that denied Miller, his friend, of his boyhood dream. Despite that, in spite of the one that got away, Miller must now be a happy man. At 34 years old, he has played in 84 first-class matches, one Test match, 46 ODIs, nine T20, appeared in two World Cup tournaments, and has hauled in 428 first-class wickets, including 29 five wickets in an innings and seven 10 wickets in a match at an impressive average of 16.64 and a mind-boggling economy rate of 1.97 runs per over. MILLER’S ONE REGRET
Jamaican Yona Knight-Wisdom has booked his spot in the Men’s 3M diving final at the FINA Canada Cup, in Gatineau, Canada this afternoon. Knight-Wisdom placed third in the Group A semi final with a dive scoring 398.10, finishing behind Canadian Francois Imbeau-Dulac , who had a score of 419.05, and New Zealander Liam Stone, who scored 400.05. The British based Olympian, who was disappointed with his previous dive which landed him a score of 382.85 in the first round, said although not quite there yet, he’s getting closer to his target of 400. “My new dive improved from preliminary to semi final so that’s positive,” Knight-Wisdom said. “Hopefully that will continue into the final. The rest of my dives were solid.” The final takes place on Sunday at 11:10am Jamaica time.
Past The Finishing PostTrack: Good Weather: FineRace 1 1820 M (Purse $620,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)LESLIE LAWRENCE1. #4 EL SALDADO ARobles 55.0 $141.00 $69.002. #3 ASKABOUTME AndreePowell3 49.0 2-3/4L $78.003. #2 LITTLE PRINCE DDawkins2 51.0 16-1/2L $184.004. #7 CHEXIMAKIT OEdwards2 50.0 3-1/2LDNF #6 MR. GRAND NATIONAL AndrePowell3 52.5Final Time : 2:03.3 Splits : 27.3, 53.0, 1:19.4, 1:48.3Winner : 5yo b colt – DEPUTY GLITTERS – MUCHACHA FAVORITATrainer: DENNIS PRYCE Owner: DENNIS PRYCEBred by WESSEL BURNETTQu: $383.00 Ex: $1,053.00Trifecta: $2,155.00Race 2 1600 M (Purse $600,000) 4YO&UP CLM($180,0)-NOT EARNED $120,0 SINCE DEC.15ALFRED BROWN*1. #7 TROPICALDEPRESSION WHenry 57.0 $119.00 $62.002. #8 POWERFUL RED AntThomas3 49.5 3-3/4L $145.003. #2 MR. ROMANTIC DDawkins2 52.0 Head $66.004. #1 STORMONTHESEA RHalledeen 55.0 2-1/4LFinal Time : 1:44.1 Splits : 24.3, 48.0, 1:13.2,Winner : 8yo b horse – DAYTON FLYER – TROPICAL WAVETrainer : RYAN DARBY Owner: CARL ANDERSONBred by STEPHEN & W.P. VALENTINE CHUNGQu: $1,091.00 Ex: $1,350.00D/E: $562.00Trifecta: $1,326.00Race 3 1500 M (Purse $1,000,000) 3-Y-O & UP OVERNIGHT ALLOWANCEDUDLEY WHITE & JUNIOR HOWARD1. #7 UPPA TUNE RHalledeen 53.0 $160.002. #5 ANOTHER FURY AntThomas3 49.5 2-1/4L*3. #6 IAN LINKS OWalker 53.0 3/4L4. #1 CLASSY AVIATOR AChatrie 52.0 1/2LLate scratch : #3 UNCLE TAFFinal Time : 1:32.2 Splits : 24.3, 47.0, 1:11.3Winner: 8yo horse – CONCORDE’S TUNE – UPPA HUGHIETrainer: IAN PARSARD Owner: P. J. K TEAMBred by KAY DENNIS & FLORIDA BLOODSTOCK LLCQu: $692.00 Ex: $785.00D/E: $323.00 (7-3) $83.00Trifecta: $304.00Rolling Triple: $1,773.00Race 4 1400 M (Purse $600,000) NB5-Y-O & UP MAIDEN CONDITION RACEJOSEPH HARRIS*1. #9 MR. COOKIE WHenry 54.0 $75.00 $55.002. #2 CONNOR SEllis 56.0 4-1/2L $63.003. #8 MOUNT ZION KING PFrancis 57.0 4-1/4L $69.004. #4 RAWALPINDI EXPRESS RoshJohnson4 53.0 2-1/2LLate scratch : #1 BLACK HAWKFinal Time : 1:16.1 Splits : 24.3, 49.1, ,Winner : 5yo ch colt – BURNING MARQUE – MOLTEN LAVATrainer : TERRENCE MCWHINNEY Owner: COOKIE AND SONSBred by FELIX HEATHQu: $204.00 Ex: $324.00D/E: $203.00Superfecta: $706.00Rolling Triple: $529.00Race 5 1000 M (R) (Purse $900,000) NB3YO(NW2)/IMP3YO&UP(MDN)-REST.ALL.IIBARRINGTON WRIGHT1. #6 FORT KNOX PWilliams 51.5 $132.00 $65.002. #8 PAPER CHASER JErwin 53.0 6L $123.003. #4 SILENCE RLahoe 52.0 1-1/4L $118.004. #5 DON’T BLUSH BABE AntThomas3 49.0 HeadLate scratch : #9 FOLLOW BACK A MEFinal Time : 0:59.3 Splits : 23.2, 46.3Winner : 3yo ch filly – ADORE THE GOLD – PUREJOYTrainer : PHILIP FEANNY Owner: BALKRISHEN SAGAN-MARAJBred by CLOVIS & HERMINE METCALFEQu: $1,202.00 Ex: $1,851.00D/E: $303.00Superfecta: $7,902.00Rolling Triple: $921.00Race 6 1000 M (R) (Purse $870,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN CONDITION RACEKEITH BOWEN1. #1 CAPTUREMYSHIP SEllis 56.0 $140.00 $76.002. #5 PEEPING TOM OWalker 56.0 8-1/2L $71.003. #4 NUCLEAR COMMANDER RHalledeen 53.0 1-3/4L $121.00*4. #10 FEAR DE BREEZE WHenry 54.0 Neck5. #3 STEEL SINGS OEdwards2 52.0 2LLate scratch : #8 UNCLE FRANKFinal Time : 1:00.1 Splits : 23.3, 47.1Winner : 3yo b colt – ADORE THE GOLD – MAYKEN JOYTrainer : RICHARD AZAN Owner : Y.S. (1955) LTD.Bred by Y.S. (1955) LTD.Qu: $379.00 Ex: $452.00D/E: $430.00 (6-8) $188.00Trifecta: $534.00Hi-5: $1,520.00Rolling Triple: $1,397.00Pick-4: $2,976.00Super-6: $7,388.80Race 7 1600 M (Purse $750,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($550,0-$500,0)/NB4YO(NW4)RUDOLPH DAVIS*1. #1 WILL IN CHARGE SEllis 56.0 $62.00 $53.002. #8 MARVELLOUS MARVA RHalledeen 54.0 4-1/4L $56.003. #9 STORMING OWhite 54.0 8-1/2L $65.004. #5 FRANCIA’S PRIDE AntThomas3 51.0 3LLate scratch : #7 MY COMPANIONFinal Time : 1:39.4 Splits : 25.0, 48.1, 1:12.4,Winner : 4yo ch colt – ADORE THE GOLD – GEM LEATrainer : ROBERT PEARSON Owner : W. B. RACINGBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $75.00 Ex: $121.00D/E: $93.00Superfecta: $249.00Rolling Triple: $462.00Race 8 1300 M (Purse $680,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE III(NW3 O/T)PATRICK PERRY1. #6 COMMANDING AVIATOR AChatrie 52.0 $235.00 $88.002. #7 BALLON D’OR RHalledeen 52.5 5-1/2L $79.003. #1 MARKOFAPRINCE OEdwards2 52.0 1/2L $107.004. #3 LAZZA OWalker 54.0 4-1/2L5. #8 UNRULY TEXAS JInnis2 48.0 1-3/4LLate scratch : #5 NOTHINGBUTTHEBESTFinal Time : 1:22.0 Splits : 24.2, 48.3, 1:14.4,Winner : 5yo b filly – SEEKING THE GLORY – CLASSY CHANELTrainer: NIGEL BURKE Owner : TEST PILOTSBred by EVERDEEN MAXWELL REEVESQu: $707.00 Ex: $1,510.00D/E: $327.00 (1-5) $50.00Trifecta: $1,050.00Hi-5: $10,228.50Rolling Triple: $1,292.00PlacePot 8: $4,725.00Race 9 1300 M (Purse $1,150,000) 3-Y-O & UP OPEN ALLOWANCELIONEL RODNEY*1. #9 GARY GLITTER RWilson 54.0 $96.00 $91.002. #7 CRUCIAL APPEAL JErwin 57.0 1-1/4L $221.003. #6 SOY EL SENOR DDawkins2 50.0 1-1/4L $130.004. #4 ROYAL VIBES JInnis2 48.5 1-3/4L5. #2 TIMEFORARMS AntThomas3 52.5 2LFinal Time : 1:12.1 Splits : 23.3, 47.1, 1:12.1,Winner : 4yo b gelding – DEPUTY GLITTERS – TRUE VIRTUETrainer : DALTON SIRJUE Owner : GORDON LEWISBred by GORDON LEWISQu: $320.00 Ex: $607.00D/E: $727.00Trifecta: $1,111.00Hi-5: $32,081.50Rolling Triple: $1,369.00GROOMS’ ASSOCIATION OF JAMAICA TROPHYRace 10 1000 M (S) (Purse $660,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($250,0-$210,0)/NB5YO(NW2)&6YO&UP(NW4)*1. #5 RUNJOHNNY RUN WHenry 53.0 $142.00 $96.002. #9 SIR LEYLAND HALL HPottinger2 52.0 2-1/2L $96.003. #8 ARGUMENT DONE OFoster 55.0 3-1/2L $187.004. #12 CREEDENCE AChatrie 53.0 23/1 Head5. #11 ELVIRA DBeharie 52.0 1/2LLate scratch : #3 SUNDANCE, #13 MIRACLE RECOVERY, #14 NINELIFECATFinal Time : 0:58.2 Splits : 22.4, 45.2Winner : 8yo ch horse – TRADITIONAL – RUM RIDGETrainer : ERROL WAUGH Owner: ROWAN JARRETTBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $1,418.00 Ex: $1,950.00D/E: $767.00 (9-3) $75.00Trifecta: $3,848.00Hi-5 Carry-over : $51,925.25Rolling Triple: $1,877.00Pick-4: $2,012.00 (4 OF 4)Super-6: $6,186.80 (6 OF 6)Pick-9: $62,251.00 (9 OF 9)
Tomorrow’s schedule WINDY 10.75 July 11, 2015 is the last time Elaine Thompson lost a 100 metres race. That was 22 months ago. It is also amazing. Since that loss – a second-place finish in Madrid – Thompson has literally had her way in the 100m, racking up 15 wins in the event, leading to Rio Olympics and Diamond Race triumph in 2016. Technically, she did fail to finish a race at the start of the 2016 season, but that doesn’t count – details, details. Thompson doesn’t seem to be in the mood to ease her vice-like grip on the event, and her rivals are in for another tough day against the dominating Jamaican, meaning her fans will be in for another treat at tomorrow’s Diamond League stop in Shanghai when she lines up in the short sprint. Another Jamaican Olympic gold medal winner Omar McLeod will also highlight tomorrow’s meet, with the sprint hurdling kingpin arriving in Shanghai looking just as ominous as he ended 2016, when he won nine of his 12 starts in the 110m hurdles. All in all, nine Jamaicans will be in action as the lucrative circuit goes further east following last week’s Doha fireworks. – 6:03 a.m: Men’s 400m Hurdles Annsert White – 6:34 a.m: Women’s 400m Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby Stephenie-Ann McPherson Novlene Williams-Mills – 7:11 a.m: Women’s 100m Elaine Thompson Christania Williams Veronica Campbell-Brown – 7:53 a.m: Men’s 110m Hurdles Omar McLeod Hansle Parchment Thompson’s only 100m time this season was an impressive but windy 10.75 clocked last month. She hasn’t slowed down since, and last week’s commanding 22.19 seconds 200m win in negative wind at the Doha meet tells everyone that she is tuned to run 10.6 seconds in the near future. That could, and I dare say, should, happen here, on a track that produced Carmelita Jeter’s 10.64 run in 2009. American Tori Bowie followed Thompson to the line in the Rio Olympics final, and she will want to score a psychological win over the Jamaican here in what will be her season-opening effort in the 100m. Jamaican veteran Veronica Campbell-Brown started her season with a quick 11.06 – her best time in 11 months and rising talent Christania Williams can make a statement here as well. Tiana Bartoletta (11.08) and Morolake Akinosun (11.10) are the other early season pace-setters expected at the start. As exciting as that women’s 100m is sure to be, in Shanghai – the hometown of former Chinese great Liu Xiang, the 110m hurdles is always the marquee event, and where sprint hurdling is concerned, McLeod is king. A 13.04 seconds clocking at a wet and cold Drake Relays is a good indicator of McLeod’s form heading into this one, but besides the hurdles themselves, there is potential trouble in every lane. Fellow Jamaican Hansle Parchment will be looking to test himself after his pre-Olympics injury; Rio silver medal winner Orlando Ortega should be hoping to improve on his 13.95 seconds season-opening clocking; Sergey Shubenkov is coming back from the cold of suspension and will be eager to make a point; while medal-miner David Oliver and world record holder Aries Merritt will bring power and class to a packed field. Three Jamaicans will feature in the women’s 400m, with Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby, Stephenie-Ann McPherson and veteran Novlene Williams-Mills all securing lanes, while Annsert White will line up in the 400m hurdles event.
LATEST STORIES National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal “I think this is going to give me a lot of confidence,” Federer said. “It’s important to go through all of these emotional roller coasters early. That pressure is not fun but it’s what you have to go through.”The match was Federer’s first since losing the Montreal final to Alexander Zverev nearly three weeks ago. He withdrew from Cincinnati with a sore back the following week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“I was worried in the beginning from my back issue from a couple weeks ago but I loosened up,” Federer said, calling his back “extremely well” and adding “it’s only going to get better from here.”“To get through a five-set match you’ve got to be healthy. I believe this is going to give me great confidence in my game and my body.” 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 Third seed Federer will next meet either Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny, who is 0-16 against him, or Slovenia’s Blaz Kavcic, 0-1 against Federer, as the Swiss chases a record sixth US Open crown.The 36-year-old Swiss, who won this year’s Wimbledon and Australian Open crowns, took the US Open titles from 2004-2008.The intense match came after limited preparation due to his back issues.“I always knew I was going to come in rusty or not great. I was hoping to start better,” Federer said. “I was being too cautious with my movement. In the second set it all started to come together.“I enjoyed myself even though I was maybe tired and nervous at the end. It was cool to be part of that match. I’m really excited I won.”ADVERTISEMENT Australia proves fertile talent pool for NBA Tiafoe was disappointed he could not stay atop Federer after breaking in the opening game.“He won by the skin of his teeth,” Tiafoe said. “I felt like when I was playing well, I was controlling most of the rallies. When I was hitting the ball big, he wasn’t really doing much except staying steady with me.”But that was enough. Federer has not made a first-round exit in a Grand Slam since the 2003 French Open and has never lost an opener on the New York hardcourts. But Tiafoe tested him.“It was more than a test,” Federer said. “It was exciting. It’s why I came to New York as well, to go through these emotions.”It also was Federer’s first match under the $150 million Arthur Ashe Stadium roof that became operational last year.“To see the new addition of the sliding roof, it’s wonderful,” Federer said. “I’m the lucky guy who got to play through the rain so I’m very happy about the roof.”Asked about the noise level with the roof closed, an issue that drew complaints from top-ranked rival Rafael Nadal, Federer said, “When you guys get going it’s even a better atmosphere than we used to have.”“I expected worse because I heard comments like this. I didn’t think it was that bad and when the crowd got into it, it was really cool… I felt like the energy was back in the building again. It was a lot of fun playing in that atmosphere.”Nadal and Federer have never faced each other at the US Open but could meet in this year’s semi-finals.And Federer is the only player who can dethrone Nadal as world number one at the US Open. NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 29: Frances Tiafoe congratulates Roger Federer of Switzerland after their match on Day Two of the 2017 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 29, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. 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Francisco Lindor tripled home three runs off rookie Myles Jaye (0-1) in the second inning, and the Indians, who haven’t lost since Aug. 23, added another blowout to their growing list of lopsided conquests.The defending AL champions aren’t just rolling, they’re steamrolling opponents, outscoring them 132-32 during a stretch that includes six shutouts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogCarlos Carrasco (15-6) struck out nine in six innings, Lindor had four RBIs and Jose Ramirez hit a two-run homer as the Indians lowered their magic number to clinch the Central to six.Cleveland is the sixth team in history to win at least 19 straight, and the streak is the longest since the 2002 Oakland Athletics won 20 in a row — a run that was celebrated in the film “Moneyball.” “No knock on the Dodgers or the Astros, they’re obviously both very good teams,” said Tigers manager Brad Ausmus. “I think this is the most balanced team and probably the biggest threat to anybody in baseball to win a World Series because they do kind of cover every facet of the game.”Cleveland’s streak has happened despite the team missing three of its best players: All-Star reliever Andrew Miller, All-Star left fielder Michael Brantley and second baseman Jason Kipnis. They’re all on the disabled list.“It’s just the next guy up,” Kipnis said. “It doesn’t matter who it is or what goes down. We like the depth that we have. We have the players that go out and compete each night and you’re going to win a lot of games when guys play with that attitude.”MILLER MOVINGMiller threw 30 pitches in a simulated game, a major step in his recovery from knee tendinitis. The team will see how Miller responds Tuesday before deciding the next move. Kipnis faced Miller during the workout and doubled off the left-hander.“After I fouled one off, I said, ‘I’ve already had a better at-bat than I have ever versus him in a game,’” Kipnis said. “He smiled at that one.”TRAINER’S ROOMTigers: RHP Jordan Zimmerman received an injection last week for the neck injury that’s bothered him since last season. He will begin a throwing program in the next few days, and Ausmus said Zimmerman will make a few more starts if there are no setbacks. Zimmerman is 8-12 with a 6.18 ERA in 27 starts. … OF Mikie Mahtook (sore left groin) was out of the lineup for the third straight day.Indians: Rookie CF Bradley Zimmer will undergo surgery on his broken left hand on Tuesday in New York. Zimmer got stepped on while diving into first base on Sunday. The Indians do not have a timetable on his return, but it’s safe to assume his season is over.UP NEXT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ The Indians can match those A’s on Tuesday, and their chances of getting No. 20 are strong with AL Cy Young Award contender Corey Kluber starting.At this point, it hardly matters who’s on the mound.Cleveland joined the 1906 Chicago White Sox (19), the 1947 New York Yankees (19), the 2002 A’s (20), the 1935 Chicago Cubs (21) and the 1916 New York Giants (26) as the only teams to reel off 19 consecutive wins. The Giants’ record run is in the books as the major league mark, although it did include a tie, which does not count as an official game in baseball, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.Even tying these Indians during a game has been nearly impossible.Cleveland has trailed in only four of 171 innings, scored first in 18 of 19 games and has hit 38 homers. In a season where other teams have displayed dominance, the Indians stand alone.ADVERTISEMENT Kluber is 7-1 with a 1.92 ERA in his last eight starts. The right-hander, who leads the AL in ERA (2.56) and opponent batting average (.192), will face Detroit’s Matt Boyd.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cleveland Indians’ Francisco Lindor scores on a sacrifice fly by Jose Ramirez against the Detroit Tigers during the second inning in a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in Cleveland. 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