LONDON (AP): Jockey Tony McCoy, former Manchester United striker Denis Law, two-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome, and five-time world snooker champion Ronnie O’Sullivan are among United Kingdom sporting figures honoured by Queen Elizabeth in her New Year list. McCoy, who retired this year after winning 20 straight British champion jockey titles and a record 4,358 races in a 23-year career, was knighted in recognition of his services to horse racing. He is only the second jockey to be made a Sir, after Gordon Richards in 1953. The 75-year-old Law, who played for United from 1962-73 and was part of the club’s so-called ‘Holy Trinity’ with George Best and Bobby Charlton, was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to football and charity. Froome was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) after becoming the first Briton to win a second Tour de France in July. O’Sullivan also was awarded an OBE in recognition for his services to snooker, having won the world championship five times most recently in 2013 and become the sport’s box-office name. The success of the England women’s football team in finishing third at the World Cup in Canada this year was recognised as captain Steph Houghton and teammate Fara Williams were both made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE). John Surtees, the only man to win world championships on two and four wheels, was made a CBE. The 81-year-old Surtees won seven world motorcycling championships before switching to four wheels and winning the 1964 Formula One title. Heather Rabbatts, a director at England’s Football Association who became the organisation’s first female board member in 2012, was awarded a damehood for services to football and equality. As a campaigner on behalf of women in sport, she recently spoke out in support of former Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro in her dispute with the club. Former Manchester City striker and chairman Francis Lee received a CBE, while ex-England rugby winger Mark Cueto and IBF super-bantamweight boxing champion Carl Frampton were awarded MBEs.
WESTERN BUREAU: Eight records tumbled as St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) returned as double champions at Saturday’s County of Cornwall Athletics Association (COCAA) Western Championships – part of the Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship – at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, but the undoubted star of the show was the champions’ super athlete, Junelle Bromfield. Bromfield used her scintillating form to send a message to all-comers at March’s Girls Champs and the remainder of the Digicel Grand Prix Championship by blitzing two records. The STETHS athlete shattered the old mark of 54.49 to easily win the girls’ Class One 400m in a time of 52.43. Kimisha Chambers of STETHS and Segale Brown of Petersfield High took silver and bronze, respectively. Bromfield returned later to obliterate the Class One 800m field in 2:07.37, destroying the old meet record of 3:13.53. Shaniq Summerville of The Manning’s School was second and Shaneice Buchanan of Rusea’s High placed third. It marks a triple gold run at these championships for Bromfield, who had already secured the 1,500m title at last Tuesday’s girls’ eliminations at Rusea’s High School. “The feeling is great, but I think I may have disappointed my coach a little because he wanted me to take it a little easier on the first lap. But I pushed myself harder without anyone giving a serious challenge,” Bromfield said. “I was never challenged by the other athletes today. I thought it was an easy victory, and to get not one, but two records in one day, is fantastic,” the usually shy athlete told The Gleaner. NEW FRONTIERS With Western Champs out of the way and having no clear challenge in either the 400m, 800m or the 1,500m, Broomfield is setting her sights on conquering new frontiers. “ISSA Girls Champs is my aim right now; I plan on getting three gold medals there, also in the 800m, where I am gunning for a fourth straight win in that event. Also, I hope to win gold in the 400m flat, as well as the 400m hurdles,” declared Bromfield. Bromfield wasn’t alone in the books as multiple record holder, as Cornwall College’s triple jumper Alrick Ottey twice extended the top mark. His first mark came after leaping 15.56 metres to win the boys’ Class One title, eclipsing the previous meet record of 15.37m held by Odaine Lewis. Ottey later extended the record, this time jumping 15.69m. There were other impressive performances, including STETHS’s Winsome Harris’ record run to win the girls’ Class Three 80m hurdles. Harris clocked 11.64 seconds for gold, beating the old mark of 12.07. Nigel Ellis, another star from the STETHS factory, commanded attention as he made light work of the field in landing the boys’ Class One 100m with a new record. Ellis clocked 10.20 seconds, erasing the old standard of 10.32 seconds. Mathew Brown of Cornwall College and Marquis Jones of STETHS grabbed silver and bronze, respectively. Vanessia Pusey won the girls’ Class One equivalent in 11.28. Aberdeen High School, based in St Elizabeth, broke new ground by winning their first ever medal at Western Champs through 12- year-old Jadau Burke, who won the boys’ Open 3000m. Petersfield High’s Antonio Watson ran into the record books, posting 50.82 to win the boys’ Class Three 400m. His time bettered the old record of 50.87. Munro College’s Devante Heywood was equally impressive in the boys’ Class Four 400m, setting a new record of 52.81 seconds. The Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship events include the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 4x400m, long jump, high jump and discus.
BEIJING, China:Gold medal hopeful Elaine Thompson says she is excited and focused on doing well at what is her first appearance at the World Championships, noting ahead of the 200m final that she is growing in confidence after each round.Thompson added that she has made a special effort not to let the occasion get to her, and though she has impressed in her two races to date, the sprinter isn’t ready to count her eggs before they hatch as she prepares for the biggest race of her young career and focuses on properly executing her races.”I am excited! It’s, of course, my first World Championships individual 200m appearance. It’s been a good experience, and all I’ve been doing is following my coach’s instructions to advance to the final,” she said.Thompson was again impressive in her semi-final win, shutting off the engine with 50 or so metres to go, stopping the clock at 22.13 seconds making her the second-fastest qualifier going into today’s final. She got the better of American Candyce McGrone, 22.26, and Bulgaria’s Ivet Lalova-Collio, 22.32.”It was okay, a comfortable run. I didn’t want to blow out so fast, just wanted to get to the final,” said Thompson, who seems primed to dip below the 22-second barrier when she gets going in the final.”I’m excited, but let the day speak for itself. It would mean a lot to me to get on the podium, I have been watching these guys since I was small, so it would mean a whole lot,” said Thompson. “It’s a big day, so let’s see what happens.”Two other Jamaicans contesting the final are Veronica Campbell-Brown and Sherone Simpson.The women’s 200m final takes place at 8 a.m. today.- A.L.
ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC):Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell has bristled at the suggestion by West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) President Dave Cameron that his board was too busy to have an urgent meeting with CARICOM leaders to discuss the recommendations of the Governance Review Panel report.Speaking on the opening day of the OECS Summit here, Mitchell reiterated that CARICOM heads were serious about ensuring there were fundamental changes in West Indies cricket and urged Cameron to focus on the interests of Caribbean people and not those of himself and his board members.”We (CARICOM heads) said we’re prepared, in the interest of our people, to meet immediately to look at how we’re going forward,” said Mitchell, who is also chairman of CARICOM’s Cricket Governance Committee.”I can’t believe this … I saw a (news) report the president of the West Indies Cricket Board say his people are very busy – they are professional people with a lot of responsibilities – so the heads are not professional people. So we can meet, we can give up everything else.”All I ask the president (is to) accept the responsibility and think less of yourself and your board members and more of the people of the entire Caribbean.”Earlier this month, Mitchell had asked Cameron for an “urgent meeting” to discuss the Governance Review Panel report, which, among other things, recommended the “immediate dissolution” of the WICB.However, Cameron suggested at the time, and reiterated last weekend, that there was unlikely to be any talks with CARICOM before the already scheduled December 12 directors’ meeting in St Lucia.Delivering the feature address at Cayman Cricket’s Annual Awards Dinner in George Town last Saturday, Cameron said the board comprised a “number of professionals” and therefore simply calling a meeting was “not that easy”.Mitchell said he found it hard to accept the WICB’s reluctance to meet urgently with CARICOM heads, especially since it was the board who had agreed to the establishment of the panel and had helped to recommend its members.”Let me state the facts. Our leaders recognised that they had a responsibility to the people not to just a particular issue, but to the people, so what affects the people must affect the leaders. If not, we’re not leaders,” explained Mitchell, who, along with several other Caribbean prime ministers, met with the WICB in a crucial meeting last April in Grenada.”We agreed to meet with all stakeholders. We gave of our time – the prime minister of The Bahamas (Perry Christie) his country plays little or no cricket, but he left his country and came to Grenada, engaged with the West Indies Cricket Board and all stakeholders.Board decisions”We agreed to set up an independent body with distinguished Caribbean citizens and we agreed to give serious effort to implementing the decision of that group. It was not a Keith Mitchell recommendation, it was not a (Roosevelt) Skerritt recommendation, the leaders proceeded to give effect to that.”The board had on its team the head of (their) Governance of Cricket – the distinguished president of the Caribbean Court of Justice (Sir) Dennis Byron. They recommended him to be on the committee. They recommended the Caribbean Development Bank president (Dr Warren Smith). It was not my recommendation …”Mitchell said Cameron and the WICB needed to take a cue from Caribbean leaders who were also busy but were willing to make time to discuss the recommendations.”Now,, the recommendation comes out, I cannot understand. Heads of Government are busy people, they have so much to do, I don’t need extra work,” the Grenada leader stressed.”Sometimes, I can’t find a minute to midday in Grenada to do some of the things I have to do, so I don’t need this and I know all leaders don’t need it.”He made it clear that the move to establish the panel was purely out of a desire to rescue Caribbean cricket.”We have our problems. Like everything else, we’re up today and down tomorrow, but we are down far too long and we can only see one thing going down and down.”
CHELSEA 0 MANCHESTER CITY 3Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick as Manchester City moved closer to securing Champions League football next season against 10-man Chelsea. Kevin De Bruyne fed Aguero, who fired in for the first. Samir Nasri put Aguero clear to finish smartly for the second before Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois was sent off for fouling Fernandinho, allowing Aguero to slam home his third from the spot.GOALS: CITY: AGUERO 33, 54, PEN 80.EVERTON 1 SOUTHAMPTON 1Southampton’s hopes of a European spot suffered a setback as they were held to a draw at Everton. The visitors went close when a Shane Long header and a Dusan Tadic left-foot shot came off the woodwork. However, centre-back Ramiro Funes Mori gave the home side the lead against the run of play with a deflected shot off Ryan Bertrand. Southampton equalised through Sadio Mane.GOALS: EVERTON: FUNES MORI 68. SUNDERLAND: MANE 76.MANCHESTER UNITED 1 ASTON VILLA 0Aston Villa were relegated to English football’s second tier for the first time since 1987 after this defeat at Manchester United. Marcus Rashford scored the only goal, sweeping Antonio Valencia’s pass. Villa were second best for much of the game, although Rudy Gestede’s volley did hit a post late on. It was a ninth straight loss for the visitors and left them 15 points from safety.GOAL: UNITED: RASHFORD 32.NEWCASTLE UNITED 3 SWANSEA CITY 0Newcastle claimed a first win under Rafael Benitez as they overcame Swansea to bolster their chances of Barclays Premier League survival. Jamaal Lascelles headed to put Newcastle ahead. Ashley Williams and Jefferson Montero missed chances as the Swans dominated after the break, but Moussa Sissoko and Andros Townsend struck late goals.GOALS: NEWCASTLE: LASCELLES 40; SISSOKO 82; TOWNSEND 89.NORWICH CITY 0 SUNDERLAND 3Sunderland climbed to within a point of safety by beating relegation rivals Norwich. Fabio Borini converted a penalty following Andre Wisdom’s challenge. Jermain Defoe turned in a second after the break before Duncan Watmore scored a third in injury time. Nathan Redmond hit a post and Norwich had penalty appeals turned down.GOALS: SUNDERLAND: BORINI PEN 41; DEFOE 53; WATMORE 90.WEST BROMWICH ALBION 0 WATFORD 1Saido Berahino missed two second-half penalties as Watford hung on for a narrow win at The Hawthorns. Heurelho Gomes saved both penalties from Berahino, in the 67th and 87th minutes. Ben Watson got the FA Cup semi-finalists’ winner, volleying home a near-post corner in the first half. The result moves Watford above West Brom into 12th on 41 points, 11 points clear of the relegation zone.GOAL: WATFORD: WATSON 27.SUNDAY, 17 APRILARSENAL 1 CRYSTAL PALACE 1Yannick Bolasie struck late for Crystal Palace to secure a draw. Arsenal should have won comfortably but are now fourth in the Barclays Premier League. Alexis Sanchez headed in Danny Welbeck’s chip to give the Gunners the lead but they lacked a killer instinct to put the result beyond doubt. Bolasie then struck from distance, beating Petr Cech at his near post.GOALS: ARSENAL: SANCHEZ 45. PALACE: BOLASIE 81.LEICESTER CITY 2 WEST HAM UNITED 2Leonardo Ulloa’s injury-time penalty rescued a point for Leicester in a controversial encounter with West Ham as the Foxes went eight points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League. Jamie Vardy gave Leicester the lead but was sent off for a second yellow card. Andy Carroll levelled rom the penalty spot and Aaron Cresswell netted two minutes later. But Leicester won a penalty in added time and Ulloa stole a point in the fifth minute of added time.GOALS: LEICESTER: VARDY 18; ULLOA PEN 90. WEST HAM: CARROLL PEN 84; CRESSWELL 86.AFC BOURNEMOUTH 1 LIVERPOOL 2Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge earned Liverpool a win at Bournemouth. The result lifts Liverpool up to eighth place in the Barclays Premier League table, while the Cherries remain 13th. Top scorer Firmino opened the scoring from a rebound after Artur Boruc had saved Sturridge’s backheel, before the England striker headed in Ibe’s free-kick just before half-time. Josh King replied in added time.GOALS: BOURNEMOUTH: KING 90; LIVERPOOL: FIRMINO 41; STURRIDGE 45.
After all the hullabaloo about how the USA advanced to the women’s 4x100m final, long jump winner Tianna Bartoletta, 400-metre World champion Allyson Felix, English Gardner and 100/200m top-three finisher Tori Bowie scooted away with the gold medal. Running in lane one, the Americans walloped a hesitant Jamaican team in 41.01 seconds. That time is inferior only to the world record of 40.82. Already the only woman to launch the hammer over 80 metres, Anita Wlodarcyzk was at her best in Rio. Remarkably, the Polish star extended her own world record by 1.10 metres to 82.29. The two-time World champion had two other 80 metres throws in the final and overall had four throws longer than anyone else seeking the gold medal. Wayde Van Niekerk – 43.03 WR Ruth Jebet – 8:59.75 (two all-time) It came in the morning of the first day of track and field competition in Rio de Janeiro in a race where one of the giants of the sports, Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba, then the world record-holder, was chasing history. Had she won the 10,000 metres, she would secure an unprecedented third victory in a row. Instead, Dibaba was burnt by the searing pace of her younger compatriot, Almaz Ayana. Not only did she win ahead of Kenyan Vivian Cheriyout and Dibaba, she also broke the world record of her illustrious teammate, with a brilliant time of 29 minutes 17.45 seconds. The first 14 finishers, including Dibaba, set personal bests. Almaz Ayana – 29:17.45 WR It wasn’t a world record, but that was the only stone left unturned by Ruth Jebet of Bahrain. While onlookers griped about athletes switching national allegiance, the Kenyan-born standout broke away from her rivals to win the steeplechase with the second best clocking ever recorded. It seemed that American Lashawn Merritt had sharpened his sprint speed enough to neutralise the quickness of South Africa’s 2015 World 400m champion, Wayde van Nierkerk. In Rio, van Niekerk escorted the theorists to the garbage can with a 0.15 demolition of Michael Johnson’s 400-metre world record of 43.18 seconds. Incredibly, the smooth running South African ran energetically all the way in lane eight to a phenomenal winning time of 43.03 seconds. The 2012 Olympic champion, Kirani James, held off Merritt in the battle for the silver medal. USA women’s 4x100m – 41.01 (second best all-time, from lane one) Anita Wlodarczyk – 82.29 WR
As it seemed likely, the highly respected orthopaedic surgeon, Dr Warren Blake, will be the president of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) for the next four-year cycle. Despite whispers of opposition to a repeat term, there was no showing at the time of asking to topple the Kingston College old boy. The near-miss politician had assumed the office in 2010 on the sudden passing of the then incumbent, Howard Aris, another product of the North Street institution, from which sterling contribution to the sport has become a brand. Two years later, Dr Blake faced the electorate and secured his own mandate. Foster’s Fairplay will be silent as far as judgement is concerned on the gains or losses accruing to the sport during Dr Blake’s tenure. What mostly concerns this columnist are the animated actions, albeit in words only, that spoke to the need for him to be replaced. They came from persons, some close to the seat of power, who felt that the image to carry track and field forward was absent. As to what happened to these dissenting voices, as it drew closer to election time, remains a mystery. They seemed to have disappeared as if they saw no future in making their mark and having it counted. How will that refusal to be a part of a new paradigm affect the nation’s most successful sport? BEIJING OLYMPICS Great strides in track and field had been made before the advent of Dr Blake in the steering role. It all came to fruition at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, adding the Usain Bolt, Veronica Campbell, Shelly-Ann Fraser and Melaine Walker golden glory to the exploits of the McKenleys, Wints, Rhodens, Quarries and Otteys of previous years. The groundwork that brought all this honour to the fore was laid by a combination of Aris and his predecessor at the helm, the late Teddy McCook. One is sure that Dr Blake will credit a substantial portion of his readiness to take over to the mentorship and grooming provided by those two stalwarts. However, there can be little doubt he will agree that more needs to be done. The country cannot hope to rest comfortably on the achievements of those named and not put programmes in place to maintain the global impact that has been made. One has only got to look at the continuing demise of the once all-powerful West Indies cricket team for an illustration of the result of neglect. Track and field, while enjoying the image with which it is now blessed, should be steered clear of that downward and depressing slide. There is one major and almost all-encompassing project that Blake and his new executive is urged to undertake. The performance of Jamaica’s junior athletes on the world scene is extremely disappointing. The world renowned Champs is gaining more popularity as it continues to produce athletes of supreme quality at a rate that is satisfying. What is not, is the sustenance of the performances going into the international competition three months after the March/April showcase. This shortfall on what was promised from the early showing needs to be addressed. The new JAAA regime, hopefully refreshed in certain areas that have come up wanting, has got to create a junior programme to take care of the athletes during the post-Champs period. Funds must be identified and earmarked to meet the attendant cost. No longer can it be left to the schools to meet these expenses, as they are already strapped for funds to carry out other core functions. The old boys and old girls of the schools tend to carry the programmes up to the Penn Relays with little focus on what comes up after. The approach that is being asked of the JAAA is nothing new and it should include a sector for personal development, as previously existed. Athletes need self-confidence and self-belief, which can only enhance their performances on the track. All that said, the new Dr Blake team is what the sport has to take it through another four years. It now has to come to the party and dance to the ultimate benefit of the image the country needs to maintain. The band has started playing. Email: email@example.com
“Nothing official has been said. Nothing is going on right now,” Whitmore told The Gleaner when pressed. “Recently, I had a meeting to discuss the Gold Cup, in terms of practice games and such because I am trying to put a programme in place in the event I am appointed. “I also had to put some things in place in terms of training sessions because we want to call in local players for at least two weeks out of every month, keep them sharp and give them international practice games to keep them going, so when we have these games, we know where we are and who we have,” Whitmore added. “But you have to ask them (JFF) what is happening because I still have not heard anything, and every minute we waste is a problem because with our footballers, you have to keep them going (active),” Whitmore said. “But I am a positive person, so I am thinking positively.” JFF general-secretary Raymond Grant, who was reluctant to confirm the FIFA-listed fixture, reiterated that JFF president Captain Horace Burrell would speak to upcoming games. “The president will call a press conference and speak to all those issues. I can’t give a definitive date now, but the president is tending to other matters and as soon as he is available, he will advise on issues pertaining to the (Honduras) game and other matters,” Grant continued. NO WORD AS YET More than a month after their last international outing, Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz are set to face Honduras in a friendly match in Houston, Texas, at the BBVA Stadium in February. However, the team is still without a head coach as the last man in charge, Theodore Whitmore, who replaced German Winfried Sch‰fer for their two Caribbean Cup play-off games in October and November, says he has not received any significant information from the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) regarding him continuing in the job. Honduran football officials yesterday announced that they would take on the Caribbean champions on February 16 and, although the JFF were coy in admitting the fixture, a Gleaner source inside the secretariat confirmed the game, but pointed out that the federation was waiting to settle on the kick-off time before making a release to the public. “The Jamaica Football Federation wishes to advise that the Federation is currently in negotiations with a number of countries regarding international friendly matches for our senior men’s team for before and after the Caribbean Cup semi-finals and the CONCACAF Gold Cup to be held in June and July 2017, respectively,” read a JFF press release yesterday. “This is part of the federation’s commitment to keeping our senior team prepared and active to defend its Caribbean Cup title, perform well at the Gold Cup, and further strengthen the Reggae Boyz brand. “President of the JFF, Captain Horace Burrell, will make the appropriate announcements once the JFF has finalised these arrangements and other matters having to do with the national programme.” Meanwhile, the Boyz have been without a coach since their last match against Suriname on November 13. Following the team’s qualification to the Caribbean Cup semi-final, Whitmore said he was hopeful of remaining in the job, but up to yesterday, had not been given any clear indication of whether or not he would remain as the national senior coach.
LIVERPOOL, England (AP):Emre Can completed Liverpool’s comeback against Burnley yesterday, clinching a 2-1 victory to consolidate fourth place in the English Premier League.Liverpool are a point behind Tottenham and Manchester City, and 11 adrift of leader Chelsea, having played a game more than the top three.Ashley Barnes had opened the scoring in the seventh minute with Burnley’s first goal at Anfield since 1975, sliding in at the far post to meet a pass from right back Matthew Lowton.Liverpool were looking short of ideas in the absence of injured forward Roberto Firmino, but Georginio Wijnaldum equalised with the last kick of the first half after meeting Divock Origi’s cross.LOW EFFORTCan secured the victory in the 61st minute with his first goal in three months – a sumptuous low effort from distance.There was still half an hour to see out and Ragnar Klavan had to intervene to block a shot from Barnes’ shot. Lowton also hooked over from close range in stoppage time, but Liverpool held on to move five points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal, although the London club has two matches in hand.
KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC): A groin injury has put Pakistan seamer Hasan Ali in doubt for the opening Test of the three-match series against West Indies bowling which starts tomorrow. The 23-year-old, who is yet to make his Test debut, picked up the injury during last weekend’s three-day four game against the WICB President’s XI and is yet to recover. The Pakistan Cricket Board said the player would undergo rehabilitation in an attempt to return to full fitness quickly. “On clinical assessment, there is strain to one of his abductor muscles. He will undergo progressive rehabilitation to regain strength in the groin,” the PCB statement said. Ali was expected to be a shoo-in for the first Test after impressive performances in the preceding limited overs series. He was especially outstanding in the opening one-dayer with a five-wicket haul. The right-armer sent down 27 overs in the first innings of the tour game but did not bowl in the President’s XI second innings. He has taken 29 wickets in 16 one-dayers and 10 wickets in seven Twenty20 Internationals.