POPPY’S PRIDE, to be ridden by Jevanne Erwin for 14-time champion trainer Philip Feanny, should give Super-6 players a perfect start in tomorrow’s opening race over 800 metres straight for maiden two-year-olds at Caymanas Park.The maiden special event has attracted only six youngsters, but POPPY’S PRIDE has looked more advanced than any of his five opponents, galloping three furlongs in 36.2 at exercise on Wednesday morning. The son of Adore The Gold – Bunns Of Steel can be used as a banker following that promising third to BUBBLING KITTEN on his May 23 debut over 600 metres straight. He should lead home the fairly advanced debutante KIMMY’S TRAIN from the stables of in-form trainer Harry Parsard.ROUGH PATRICK, a lightly-raced four-year-old colt who was a beaten favourite behind BLACK BOY over 1400 metres on July 8, will be a lot better for that pipeopener (fourth) and should recoup losses in the second race over a mile.Trained by Colin Ferguson, the bay colt by Legal Process out of Sincerity was returning from a seven-month absence on July 8, and although beaten into fourth place, was only caught and regulated in the last furlong. He has worked fairly well and with connections calling up in-form jockey Paul Francis, ROUGH PATRICK should win from GEORGIAMYLOVE (trip now ideal) and NO MONEY FRIEND in a field of nine.looked well at exerciseANOTHER BULLET, who has looked well at exercise, should make a winning debut for title-chasing jockey Shane Ellis in the third race for maiden three-year-olds again over a mile. Trained by Everal Francis, the bay colt by Nasheet – Wisely Noted looked sharp in a recent exercise spin over seven furlongs, stopping the clock at 1:30.0 to beat stable-companion SHEBIZ, although he can expect worthwhile opposition from the trio of DIAMOND, FIERY PATH and SHIP LODE, ANOTHER BULLET, by virtue of his preparation, should get off the mark immediately in a field of 10.The fourth race over 1500 metres on the Grooms’ Association Day programme looks tailored for ALL FOR THE GLORY, who has been knocking at the door lately..Trained by Andrew McDonald, the four-year-old son of Seeking The Glory has finished second in his last two races, going under in a driving to SEAL THE DEAL over 1400 metres in his previous race on July 8. He now has a glorious chance to release the maiden certificate especially with in-form claiming apprentice Sadiki Blake aboard.ORIGINAL TRAIN (Francis up), who was fourth to SEEKING MY DREAM in the Cal’s Jamaica Derby on June 13, looks the one to beat in the fifth race over 1820 metres, while it should be the down-in-class UNBREAKABLE in the sixth for $180,000 claimers over 1400 metres, following his good third on a $350,000 tag to FORCE DE JOUR over 1200 metres on June 28.FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES(1) POPPY’S PRIDE(2) ROUGH PATRICK/ GEORGIAMYLOVE(3) ANOTHER BULLET/ DIAMOND(4) ALL FOR THE GLORY(5) ORIGINAL TRAIN/ HOUDINI’S MAGIC(6) UNBREAKABLE/ EL PATRON
TURNING THINGS AROUND Having been upstaged by less-fancied 139th-ranked Central Americans Nicaragua inside the National Stadium last Friday night, Jamaica’s head coach, Winfried Schäfer, has issued a call for his charges to lift their game, show mettle and just why they were CONCACF Gold Cup finalists. The 52nd-ranked Reggae Boyz were humbled in a shock 3-2 loss to the visitors in their first-leg CONCACAF World Cup 2018 Qualifier. The result means they have to go into tomorrow’s return leg ruthless, and to win by at least two goals to progress in their World Cup Qualification bid for Russia 2018. “When you play against Nicaragua, you have to play with accuracy and you have to play well. When number one (Jamaica, who went in the game as favourites) play against the second-place team, we have to play with direct accuracy,” said Schäfer. “You can’t win unless you improve on our game; that was how we beat the USA in the Gold Cup semi-finals. We were the underdog and we won the match,” he recalled at Friday’s post-match press conference. While dismissing assertions that his team might have underestimated Nicaragua, or went in the game a bit complacent, Schäfer notes that the Reggae Boyz will be looking to turn things around. “For the second leg, we can’t start this way. We have to press for the ball, and we have to go to Nicaragua with the motivation to win,” Schäfer stressed. “We have to concentrate; we have to believe we can change the match. I believe it,”Schäfer assured, ahead of Tuesday’s do-or-die game in Nicaragua. The must-win encounter will take place at the Estadio Nacional in Managua. Match time is 8:30 p.m. The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) reminds the public that it has organised a charter leaving Jamaica at 1 p.m. on match day tomorrow, travelling to Managua, Nicaragua. Persons interested can call the offices of the JFF at any time at (876) 92-61182. The cost is US$650 and covers air fare, ground transportation, taxes and match fee. The flight returns on Wednesday, September 9, at 7 a.m.
WESTERN BUREAU:St James High defeated Irwin High 4-1 at Jarrett Park yesterday to join Cornwall College on three points in Group A of the 2015 ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup football competition, setting up a tantalising clash this Saturday between the teams.The two are highly fancied to advance from the group that also features Green Pond High.Irwin offered little by way of attacking thrust and fell behind in the 20th minute via a tap-in from Akeem Campbell at the far post for a 1-0 lead.Coached by Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore, St James – champions in 2008 – started brightly and should have doubled the lead two minutes later, but Oshane Powell missed the target with Irwin’s second-string goalkeeper out of position.With Cornwall College setting the standard early in this group, it was up to St James to stamp their class on this Irwin side, and they upped the tempo to double the lead in the 44th minute through Powell’s strike.They went up 3-0 at the 65th minute when substitute Roderick ‘Chicken’ Haughton scrambled the ball over the goal line.St James’ fourth was a beauty. Ronaldo McLeish danced his way past a defender then struck a low shot past the keeper at the near post in the 72nd minute.As in their match against Cornwall on Saturday, Irwin grabbed a consolation goal, when Sachin Wilmot scored from just inside the area.no clean execution”It is good to have started with a win, which puts us in a share of the lead in the group,” Whitmore said.”It wasn’t a clean execution from my players, but it’s our first game, and now we must shift focus to Saturday’s clash with Cornwall College. We will be preparing for that match with a purpose,” Whitmore added.In the lone Group I game yesterday, Daniel Green and Alain Black netted to give Marcus Garvey Technical a 2-0 win over Browns Town – their second victory in a row. They now lead the group on six points, following Saturday’s 1-0 win over Ocho Rios. Marcus Garvey next tackle York Castle on Saturday.
SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP): Anthony Martial scored twice on his first Premier League start as Manchester United came from behind to beat Southampton 3-2 in the Premier League yesterday. Graziano Pelle put Southampton ahead from close range after an outstanding David De Gea parried a point-blank volley from Sadio Mane in the 13th minute, but United equalised with its first notable attack. Maya Yoshida tackled Juan Mata as he controlled a high pass, but Martial was on hand to slot in the loose ball inside the penalty area. Martial got his second with a composed finish after Yoshida underhit a pass to his goalkeeper in the 50th. Mata secured the win when he slotted in the rebound after Memphis Depay hit the post. Pelle pulled a goal back with a header in the 86th, but De Gea made several late saves to help secure the win. Wayne Rooney’s return from a hamstring problem allowed Louis van Gaal to select his captain in a three-man attack alongside Memphis Depay and Martial for the first time this season and the 19-year-old Martial, who joined from Monaco for a fee which could cost United up to $90 million, shone for his new side. The victory moves United second in the Premier League on 13 points, only two behind fierce rival Manchester City. “I am very happy that with three matches, Martial has adapted to the system and he has three goals,” Van Gaal said. “That’s the most important thing of a striker, that he scores goals. He can improve, he has a high level of talent and he shows it under great pressure.” It was Southampton who began the game with the most attacking intent and Ronald Koeman’s side deservedly took the lead after 13 minutes. James Ward-Prowse whipped an inviting low cross into the penalty area and Mane guided the ball goalwards on the bounce, only for De Gea to beat it away. But Pelle was first to the rebound and Southampton went ahead. But United slowly recovered and hauled themselves level in the 34th. Juan Mata controlled a high ball over the top of the Southampton defence before Maya Yoshida tackled. The ball fell loose and Martial reacted quickest, rolling away from Virgil van Dijk and slotting low into the corner. Yoshida gifted United and Martial five minutes after the interval. Under no pressure, his concentration lapsed as he passed the ball back to Maarten Stekelenburg. The delivery was badly underhit and Martial raced to the ball and beat the goalkeeper again. United appeared to make the game safe on 68 minutes. Depay latched on to a neat pass in the penalty area from Bastian Schweinsteiger. He spun inside on his right, wrongfooting two Southampton defenders but blasted his shot against the post, before Mata converted the rebound. In two other matches played yesterday, Liverpool were held at Anfield by Norwich, despite striker Daniel Sturridge partnering Christian Benteke in attack for the first time this season. It was Danny Ings, who replaced the injured Benteke at half-time, who scored for Liverpool before Russel Martin levelled. Tottenham beat Palace as South Korea forward Son Heung-min scored his first Premier League goal.
MADRID (AP):Spain coach Vicente del Bosque yesterday left Diego Costa out of the squad for the team’s last two qualifying matches for next year’s European Championship.Costa has a one-match suspension for an accumulation of yellow cards and was not eligible for the first game against Luxembourg on October 9.Del Bosque said, “We have preferred not to include him” just for the second match against Ukraine.”He’s not playing badly,” Del Bosque said of Costa, adding that Spain would “count on him in the future, if everything goes normally”.Costa is also serving a three-match ban in England for violent conduct during Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Arsenal after putting his hands in the face of defender Laurent Koscielny.”I did not like what I saw,” Del Bosque said of that incident. “I did not like what he (Costa) did, of course not.”With AndrÈs Iniesta and Jorge “Koke” ResurrecciÛn out injured, Del Bosque included Thiago Alcantara, Bruno Soriano, Inigo MartÌnez, Manuel “Nolito” Agudo, and Alvaro Morata in the squad.Chelsea forward Pedro Rodriguez is included to bolster Spain’s attack.Goalkeeper Iker Casillas is also in the squad, alongside Manchester’s David De Gea and Sergio Rico of Sevilla.Spain top Group C and can clinch qualification with a win against Luxembourg.Spain:Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (FC Porto), David de Gea (Manchester United), Sergio Rico (Sevilla).Defenders: Marc Bartra (Barcelona), Juanfran Torres (AtlÈtico Madrid), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Inigo Martinez (Real Sociedad).Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Isco Alarcon (Real Madrid), Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea), Santi Cazorla (Arsenal), David Silva (Manchester City), Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich), Juan Mata (Manchester United), Bruno Soriano (Villarreal).Forwards: Pedro Rodriguez (Chelsea), Paco Alcacer (Valencia), Alvaro Morata (Juventus), Manuel “Nolito” Agudo (Celta Vigo).
Various party affiliates have, however, been making the rounds in vehicles in an effort to mobilise voters. One resident, who was offered a lift to the polling station told The Gleaner that she refused, as she has no reason to vote. Seventy – five year – old Mercelin Bennett says she will be willing to vote if she was provided with cooking gas. Bennett says she has voted in past elections, but will not yield unless her immediate needs are met, which at this time is gas to prepare her next meal. Voting in the community of Danvers Pen in the St Thomas West constituency is off to a slow start. Most of the persons at the Prospect Primary School polling station in the district are in fact election day workers, with actual voters few and far between.
Exceptional score stunning win Mandeville’s best-known pistol shooter, Orville Henriques, showed he was in good shape to compete at next weekend’s US Nationals as he blew away his clubmates in a tournament dubbed ‘US Nationals Send Off”. Henriques, who is looking to better his current fourth-place ranking among the best Jamaicans who compete internationally, tallied 606 points from seven stages, a whopping 195 more than second-place Sue Ann Henriques, who shot at 67 per cent. It was the highest margin of victory by percentage in a major match at the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club. Owen Campbell, who denied Henriques a clean sweep of the stages by winning Stage Seven – valued at 100 points – was third with 382. Ellsworth Dixon and Thomas Jones completed the top five. Desmond Prince, who finished sixth at 53 per cent, was the most striking lower-placed result. Prince, who took up shooting seriously only last year, was producing his best finish among more experienced shooters in a major match. The US Nationals will be staged from October 9-10 in Frostproof, Florida. Central Manchester netball finals loom 12 confirmed for Portmore Business House football Peter Bunting Football League round-up The Gleaner advanced to the second round of the Business House three-on-three Division One basketball league when they defeated former champions Grace Canning 27-24 at the Stadium Courts recently. The Gleaner qualified for the next round by virtue of having won seven matches as against losing five. After losing their top player, Omar Wolfe, at the start of the season, The Gleaner struggled in the early matches, but the players gradually improved and with their captain, Keneil Allen, coming up big with three pointers, in recent matches, the team was able to qualify. Allen scored a game-high 12 points against Grace, whose top player, Andrew Goulbourne, replied with 11. The Gleaner won the Division Two title in 2013 and have been campaigning in Division One since the 2014 season. Twelve teams, led by three-time defending champions Cable Pro, will compete for top honours in the Portmore Business House football competition, which kicks off next Wednesday, October 5, at the Sunshine playing field in Naggo Head, Portmore. Newcomers Digicel will have their hands full as they come up against defending champs Cable Pro at 8:30 p.m. in a game that officially kicks off the tournament. The sponsors are Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) and Charles Chocolates. Brixton FC, from Braeton Phase Three, won the inaugural Ray McIntosh six-a-side one-day football competition, with a 2-1 penalty kicks win over arch-rivals Braeton Blazers, also from Phase Three, after both teams played out a 0-0 scoreline in regulation and extra-time. Businessman Rayon McIntosh, a stalwart in the community of Braeton and sponsor of the competition, handed over the trophy and a cash award to Brixton FC at the competition’s awards ceremony. At that same function, held on Seal Avenue in Braeton Phase Three, five girls and five boys were awarded brand-new tablets for their achievements in the 2016 GSAT examinations. Before the function, there was a treat for children. Everything was sponsored by McIntosh, his wife, and his family. Henriques ready for US Nationals Exceptional pulled off a stunning 300-299 sudden-death win over Giants as action continued in the Jamaica Domino Council Association Premier League last Sunday. In other games, Caribbean Classic whipped Naggo Head 300-218; Spit Fyah defeated Memory Lane 300-282; Jade Strikers outlasted Mechanical Strikers 300-296; Soursop Tree beat International 300-290; Braeton All Stars cut down Small Axe 300-265; Bull Bay won 300-274 over Vintage Pub; and Right Stuff crushed Highlight Strikers 300-216. Brixton FC win Ray McIntosh six-a-side football title The Gleaner advance in Business House basketball McKenzie wins Munro 6.5km walk race The final of the Central Manchester Sports Development Committee netball leagues will be hosted at the May Day High School grounds next Sunday. The day’s activity begins with the third-place match in the Junior League between Porus and Broadleaf at 2:15 p.m. The Senior League third-place play-off between the Police team and Newleigh All Stars starts at 3 p.m. The Junior League finals featuring Albion and Pear Tree gets under way at 3:45 p.m. The grand Senior final between Williamsfield and Bombay is earmarked for 4:30 p.m. As an additional attraction, fans will be treated to the football final of the Knockpatrick Division. That match will kick off at 3:30 p.m. The finalists will be determined soon. Old England stayed on course to make the play-offs of the Knockpatrick Division in the Peter Bunting Central Manchester constituency football competition, by defeating Brokenhurst 2-1. Other victors were Albion, who were 2-1 winners over Beltiro, Pear Tree, who brushed off New Vision 3-0 and Inverness, who created a major upset in outscoring Knockpatrick 3-2. Porus remained leaders in their division, blanking Bombay 3-0, while Coffee Grove and Content ended 3-3, virtually killing each other’s chances. However, it was Blue Mountain thatmade the biggest statement in this division, slamming Hope Village 6-0. In the Mandeville Division, Georges Valley spanked defending champions Hanbury 2-0, while Cedar Grove won 1-0 over Bonito Strikers. Natasha McKenzie, a Holmwood Technical High School physical education teacher, enhanced her growing reputation as the top female walker in central Jamaica by easily taking the female category of the Munro Top Rock 6.5 km walk race last Sunday. The event, which is the initiative of the Munro College Old Boys’ Association, was being held for the first time. The route began on the north end of the over 200 acres school property, going downwards into the community before asking athletes to negotiate the famous Chelsea hill, which has an elevation of over 100 metres. McKenzie’s time of 52 minutes and 18 seconds was 15 minutes better than any other female participant but was fourth overall in the men’s category. The two first places in the men’s event were taken by Munro College schoolboys Rejeanne McClymont (48 mins) and Dean Witter (50:58.39 mins). Third place went to Richard Bryan, who finished in 50:59:31 and who took the overall over-40 category. McKenzie will now look to defend her Church Teachers College 5 km title. She is a distant relative of former top road racer Linton McKenzie.
LONDON (AP):Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko drew the kind of crowd for their final news conference that most fighters would be happy with once they got in the ring.Everything is supersized in their heavyweight title fight, including the fighters themselves. Both stand at 6 feet six inches.The two big – and big-punching – heavyweights meet tonight in England’s national stadium, where some 90,000 fans are expected to watch the most anticipated heavyweight fight in more than a decade. Most will be screaming for Joshua, but the loudest voice may be that of Klitschko’s brother, Vitali, in his corner.”My prediction is that Wladimir will knock him out,” said Vitali Klitschko, a former three-time heavyweight champion himself who is now the mayor of Kiev in his native Ukraine.Unfortunately for Klitschko, there will be no tag team match as he enters the ring an underdog for the first time in his career. He also enters it without a title belt for the first time in more than a decade after losing to Tyson Fury in his last fight in 2015.And, of course, he enters it seen as a villain by English fans who are hoping for Joshua to have the kind of heavyweight reign Klitschko has enjoyed – if not even better.”It’s his fans, I totally get it,” Klitschko said. “But it’s my night, my fight, my win.”POPULARITYJoshua’s popularity in his native country was evident on Thursday at the news conference in the Sky Sports building, where hundreds of employees left their desks to line the balconies and stairwells to get a glimpse of the two fighters. The fight quickly sold out Wembley Stadium when announced and will be on pay-per-view in England as well as both HBO and Showtime in the United States.It comes at a time when the heavyweight division is suddenly attractive again, with American Deontay Wilder holding part of the title and Joshua owning another piece.Joshua, who seemingly came from nowhere to win the gold medal at the 2012 Olympics, is a powerful puncher who has knocked out all 18 of his opponents but has yet to face anyone near the calibre of Klitschko.Klitschko will be fighting for the heavyweight title for the 29th time, a remarkable feat all by itself. With his brother, Vitali, he has dominated heavyweight boxing for the last decade, much to the displeasure of many avid boxing fans who don’t like his conservative style.But he has vowed to change his ways and be aggressive against Joshua, knowing that at age 41, this very well could be his last hurrah. The fact that Klitschko got the fight at all had a lot to do with his poor performance in losing the title by decision to Fury.”I think Father Time is a terrible person when he shows up,” said Joshua’s trainer, Rob McCracken. “And he’s already shown up.””It’s just me and another man coming to blows, and the best man will win,” the 27-year-old Joshua said. “April 29 is just another stepping stone to greatness.”Joshua is a former sparring partner for Klitschko, who used him in 2014 when Joshua had only seven pro fights. Klitschko said the two know each other well after working together for about 20 rounds.Until watching Joshua at a public training session on Wednesday, though, Klitschko saw something different.”I have never seen AJ as big as he is now,” he said. “He’s as big as Arnold Schwarzenegger.”
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Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, meanwhile, has been tagged for a record eight home runs in a single postseason. Gurriel got him in Game 4, and Houston has 13 overall against the Dodgers.Did anyone expect this many at this time in October? Surprising, right?“I guess a little bit, just because both teams are putting up incredible at-bats in the most important times,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Monday on a conference call.“I think we realize on the pitching side, both teams are at the very end of their rope,” he said. “Their mistakes are getting hit. But the volume is certainly record-setting, and certainly the intensity of the moments that are ending in home runs is hard to fathom.”Dodgers lefty Rich Hill opposes Verlander in a rematch from Game 2. That night, the teams wound up combining for a Series-record eight home runs, with Houston holding on to win 7-6 in 11 innings.Los Angeles reliever Ross Stripling was among 14 pitchers, seven on each side, who worked in the Game 5 slugfest.“If we can just hold them to less than 12 runs, we can get some wins,” Stripling said.There were 6,105 home runs during the regular season, an average of about 2.5 homers per game. There have been 4.4 per game in the Series.The ball has been flying out of the ballpark all year,” said Justin Turner, whose tiebreaking homer helped Los Angeles win the opener, when the gametime temperature was 103 degrees.“So, no, it’s not surprising. I will say that you might see a little bit different game here tomorrow night, a little bit different weather. It’s going to be a lot cooler here than it was for the first two games, and it might be a different ballgame than you’ve seen in the first five games.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Manila Throwdown 2017 set to hold team edition finals on Nov 4 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Houston Astros’ Brian McCann hits a home run during the eighth inning of Game 5 of baseball’s World Series -against the Los Angeles Dodgers Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)LOS ANGELES — At this rate, Justin Verlander might very well hit his first home run for real.A classically poor-hitting pitcher, the Houston ace knocked one over the wall last week at Dodger Stadium in batting practice. Maybe that bolstered his belief that this batch of baseballs is slick and juiced.ADVERTISEMENT On Tuesday night, Verlander aims to lead the Astros to their first championship when he faces the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 6 of a power-packed World Series that’s already set the mark for home runs.“We’re just making memories right now,” Astros catcher Brian McCann said, a day after he homered.A total of 22 homers so far, more than 1½ miles of dingers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThese nightly episodes of home run derby are connecting with fans, too — in much of the country, they stayed up well past midnight to watch Houston outlast the Dodgers 13-12 in 10 innings at Minute Maid Park, TV numbers showed.With each swing, perhaps this Series really is becoming more riveting. George Springer, Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, Yuli Gurriel and McCann launched longballs in the Astros’ back-and-forth thriller. Cody Bellinger and Yasiel Puig homered for the Dodgers — seven different players on each side have homered.“This is not going to be finished Tuesday. It’s going to be Game 7,” Puig said.Springer has hit three in the Series. His assessment of Game 5: “Bedlam.”“This is the craziest atmosphere I’ve ever played in, the craziest results, just big hit after big hit, big play after big play,” the Houston leadoff man said.Major League Baseball set a record this year for most home runs in a season and, fittingly, Minnesota leadoff man Brian Dozier began the playoffs with a homer.ADVERTISEMENT View comments