Dacres on top of the world | Sports

JAMAICA’S Fedrick Dacres rebounded in fantastic style at yesterday ‘s Stockholm Diamond League after winning the men’ s discus in an impressive new personal best and national record 69.67 metres. The distance was also a meet record and world leading mark for the Commonwealth Games champion. Dacres who started his Diamond League season in winning form with 68.51 metres in Rome two weeks ago had a big setback last Thursday at the Oslo meet when he finished eighth with a disappointing 63.85 metres. However, yesterday he was back to his…

Dunbeholden’s Gayle has strong faith in team | Sports

Craig Gayle believes that his Dunbeholden team is strong enough to advance to the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) next season after an impressive first round in the Magnum/Charley’s JB/JFF promotion play-off series. Dunbeholden whipped Wadadah 4-0 yesterday and Gayle came off the bench late in the game to put his team 3-0 up in the 89th minute. His well taken goal added to strikes from Orrett Richards in the 24th and Dwayne Smith (51st). Another substitute, Kevaughn White completed the rout in time added. The former Portmore United striker…

Fans give Egypt’s Pharaohs a warm send-off | Sports

CAIRO (AP): About 2,000 fans gathered at Cairo’s main stadium last Saturday to watch Egypt’s last home practice before the Pharaohs fly to their World Cup base in Grozny, Chechnya. Egypt also unveiled its mascot – a green ‘Nile Crocodile’ in a red Egypt jersey, white shorts and a yellow-and-black pharaonic head cover. Qualifying for the World Cup for the first time since 1990, Egypt open their campaign against Uruguay on Friday. Host team Russia and Saudi Arabia are also in the group. Star striker Mohamed Salah, still recovering from…

Black River rule at Western Primary Champs | Sports

Western Bureau Black River Primary produced a dominant performance to sweep both the boys’ and the girls’ titles at the 10th staging of the Western Primary School Championships at the Montego Bay Sports Complex in Catherine Hall last Saturday. Black River got 190 points to successfully defend their girls’ title as they finished ahead of Hague (90), Corinaldi (77), Brompton and Catherine Hall Primary (61 each). In the boys’ contest Black River tallied 136. Howard Cooke (103.5), Barracks Road 93.5, Corinaldi (88) and Wakefield (76.5) completed the top five. Coach…

Neymar shines for Brazil | Sports

VIENNA (AP): Neymar scored a superb second-half goal as Brazil defeated Austria 3-0 in their final warm-up game ahead of the World Cup yesterday. Set up by Willian in the 63th minute, Neymar wrong-footed Austria defender Aleksandar Dragovic with a quick move and converted through the legs of goalkeeper Heinz Lindner for Brazil’s second goal. Neymar started for the first time since recovering from a foot injury that kept him out for three months. He also scored as a second-half substitute against Croatia a week ago. Gabriel Jesus gave Brazil…

Mike Smith, 52, oldest jockey to win US Triple Crown | Sports

NEW YORK (AP): There’s a reason Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith is in demand when owners and trainers pick riders for the elite in thoroughbred racing. The 52-year-old Smith just knows what to do aboard a horse. When to move it. When to take back. When to let the colt or filly have its way on the track. When to go to the whip. Smith has seen it all, and he knows how to handle the pressure. Take Saturday, for example. Smith faced the pressure of helping Justify take…

Messi misses BBC Champions League All-Star team | Sports

Argentine genius Lionel Messi is one of several big name footballers not selected to an All-Star 2018 European Champions League team. Picked by readers of the BBC Sport online page, the selectees include five members of the victorious Real Madrid team including Portuguese World Cup captain Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool’s Egyptian striker Mo Salah. Salah was picked by 93 per cent of the voters who were invited online to pick from a comprehensive list of players who played in the Champions League. Real Madrid colleagues Ronaldo and Sergio Ramps were…

Warm World Cup send off for Egypt | Sports

CAIRO (AP): About 2,000 fans gathered at Cairo’s main stadium on Saturday to watch Egypt’s last home practice before the Pharaohs fly to their World Cup base in Grozny, Chechnya. Egypt also unveiled its mascot, a green “Nile Crocodile” in a red Egypt jersey, white shorts and a yellow-and-black pharaonic head cover. Qualifying for the World Cup for the first time since 1990, Egypt opens its campaign against Uruguay on Friday. Host team Russia and Saudi Arabia are also in the group. Star striker Mohamed Salah, still recovering from a…

Sadio Mane: The ‘quiet kid’ with the superstar talent | Sports

DAKAR, Senegal (AP): One fan thumped his chest with his fist. Another raised a Senegalese flag high in the air. Around them, hundreds of others shouted, jumped and darted about in wild celebration. Sadio Mane had scored. It did not matter that Mane’s goal was for Liverpool, not Senegal. Nor that his club would lose to Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League final. “He’s our leader,” said Samba Ndiaye, 27, who wore a US$5 (about J$635) knockoff “Mane” Liverpool jersey to the Champions League final viewing party at Cheikh…