GraceKennedy gives life to schoolboy cricket | Sports

Chairman of rural cricket for ISSA George Henry believes that with the injection of $10 million into the sport by First Global Bank, a member of the GraceKennedy Group, the sport could rise again locally. “We know GraceKennedy is an international company who has always supported ISSA,” he said. “As we know, cricket, to some people, is a dying game. However, we are trying to ensure that cricket takes off again.” Henry pointed out that despite St Elizabeth Technical High School winning both the Headley Cup and the all-island Spalding…

Return to form for Sotomayor | Sports

SOTOMAYOR got the cobwebs out of his system, on his third try off a seven-month lay-up, scoring a comfortable victory at a mile on 1000 Guineas Day, a week-and-a-half ago, beating non-winners-of-three like an out-of-class horse. Having hardly broken a sweat, virtually making all to post 1:40.1, the grey gelding should have no issue with a swift return, nor should a step-up in weight, nine pounds, stop the four-year-old, last year’s Derby runner-up to SHE’S A MANEATER. A top-level claiming race, $850,000-$750,000, also open to four-year-olds, non-winners-of-four, the event allows…

No complacency – Reggae Youths and Faulkland look to cement final place | Sports

Trelawny Reggae Youths FC and Faulkland FC both secured wins in their respective games in the double-header semi-finals of the JFF Western Confederation/Charley’s JB Rum Super League at the Elleston Wakeland Centre in Falmouth. But the coaches of both teams are focused on managing the second-leg matches set for May 6 at Jarrett Park in order to book their spots in the final. In the first match, Dshane Russell’s 67th-minute goal saw Reggae Youths getting the better of parish rivals Wadadah FC 1-0. Coach of Reggae Youths Oscar Ervin believes…

Henry and Anderson are a perfect combination – Daley-Morris | Sports

Appointing Sasher-Gaye Henry and Marvette Anderson as co-coaches for the senior netball team raised some question about the capability of the double appointment to work. But Netball Jamaica (NJ) president, Paula Daley-Morris, said in assessing the duo for the co-coach role, they knew Anderson and Henry would be the ‘perfect combination’ for this scenario. “We saw it work in an international setting, and we saw enough to know it was a viable option. When you have inexperienced coaches and they are trying to find their footing, as in any organisation…

Safe haven – Denham Town coach praises ZOSO | Sports

Omar Edwards, resident of Denham Town and head coach of the Denham Town High School football team and Tivoli Gardens FC, said the return of the security forces to the community has been a blessing for student athletes and young sportsmen and sportswomen from the community. Last October, Prime Minister Andrew Holness declared Denham Town the island’s second zone of special operations (ZOSO). But with the ending of the curfew and the implementation of the third and final building phase of the operation, members of the security forces withdrew from…

Portmore hold nerves to win RSPL on penalties | Sports

Third time was the charm for Portmore United, who defeated Waterhouse FC 4-3 on penalties to claim the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) title at the National Stadium last night.The game ended 0-0 after regulation and extra-time, and it was a victory head coach Shavar Thomas thought they “deserve”. “I am happy. We were confident all season. But we knew the game would be tight. They got chances and we got ours, but in the end we deserve it,” he said. The game had a cagey first half, offering little…

Chelsea to meet Man Utd in FA Cup final | Sports

LONDON (AP): Chelsea will play Manchester United in the FA Cup final after beating Southampton 2-0 in the second semi-final at Wembley Stadium yesterday, with goals from Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata. Giroud, who had been selected ahead of Morata to spearhead Chelsea’s attack, scored the first goal within 30 seconds of the second half after a mesmerising piece of dribbling inside the Southampton penalty area. Having been found by Eden Hazard, the Frenchman picked his way past Southampton defenders, like a slalom skier, to leave himself a simple tap-in…

Gatlin, Bowie impress in Grenada | Sports

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada, (CMC): Reigning World champion American Justin Gatlin opened his 100 metres season with a victory at the Grenada Invitational on Saturday, making up for his absence last year because of injury. The 36-year-old was timed at 10.05 seconds in winning the marquee event at the Kirani James Stadium, with fellow Americans Isiah Young (10.11) and Mike Rodgers (11.16) taking the lesser positions. Running out of lane three, he was unable to separate himself from the field over the first 50 metres, but once he was into the…

Moving on – Blake putting Commonwealth Games disappointment behind him | Sports

Yohan Blake said that he is ready to put the disappointment of the recently-concluded Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, behind him. After coming into the Games as the clear favourite to win the gold medal, Blake finished third in the 100m behind the South African duo of Akani Simbine and Henricho Bruintjies. “It was a good Commonwealth. I’m a bit disappointed knowing that I was the favourite and I didn’t do what was expected; some little technical difficulties can cause you problems. I was feeling good and I am…