Svitolina suffers against Bouzkova to win in Monterrey

first_imgThus, Svitolina, who began as the primary seed, inherited the throne that the Spanish-Venezuelan Garbiñe Muguruza had occupied in the earlier two editions, absent on this event from the Mexican occasion.The Ukrainian added her first trophy of the season against a participant who performed the primary skilled closing of her profession. This title is the fourteenth of his sports activities profession, however the first since he gained the 2018 WTA Finals. The Ukrainian tennis participant Elina Svitolina was proclaimed champion of the match in Monterrey (Mexico) this Sunday, scoring for the WTA and which takes place on exhausting courtroom, after profitable the Czech in the ultimate Marie Bouzkova for 3 units (7-5, 4-6, 6-4) in a sport that lasted till three hours.last_img

Nottingham: Second to European champion in two years

first_imghis journey through Europe the following season could not have started in a better way. The Liverpool, champion of the two previous editions, was his first rival. As in local tournaments, the Forest was victorious and that served as a mood boost to go through phases. AEK, Grasshopper and Colonia were falling down and the Malmö waited in the final.The final of that 1978 European Cup, which obviously Nottingham won (1-0) may be the less prestigious of all that have been disputed. This is so much so that if Malmö had won that title, would be the swedish club the protagonist of this chapter of the serial Surprise Champions. But for win finals you have to play them And for this, you have to get there. And Nottingham did it. In two years the Robin Hood City Club had gone from fight for promotion First to win the most important title of the continent.The logical would be to think that after that, the clock would touch twelve and the story would end. But Clough had one last trick. The victory in the European Cup gave the Forest access to play the European Super Cup, in which they beat the Barcelona (2-1), and the automatic pass to the European Cup the following year as current champion. And the Forest did what seemed impossible: managed to revalidate the title, this time at the Santiago Bernabéu and against Hamburg, which had Kevin Keegan in their ranks, twice awarded the Ballon d’Or.With that consecutive European double, the Nottingham went down in history as the first team to have more European Cups than their country’s leagues and entered the select club of teams that have more than one Orejona, who now has eleven members: Madrid (13), Milan (7), Liverpool (6), Barça and Bayern (5) Ajax (4), Inter (3) and Juventus, Benfica and Porto (2), in addition to Forest.Clough remained at Nottingham front 18 seasons, in which the club also won two others League Cups. In season 92-93, the sale of Sheringham, the star of the team, and his problems with alcohol, they led the team to a decline that never came out. The Forest dropped and Clough left the club at the end of the season.. Today, Nottingham is the only champion in Europe, not counting the disappeared Steaua, than does not play in the First Division of his country, indeed, it came to be at the beginning of the century in the Third. And is that after the big party, Cinderella never found her shoe again. In its first season in Primera, Clough, with a team of veterans, promising youngsters and players ruled out by other teams, won the league. And with solvency, seven points from the then very powerful Liverpool. What’s more, it was 42 games unbeaten in the league, a record that was valid until 2004, when it was beaten by Arsene Wenger’s ‘The Invincibles’ Arsenal. In addition, that same season they won the League Cup. A historic double for a newly promoted. The comparisons with Leicester who won the Premier in 2016 are unavoidable. But unlike the foxes, Nottingham was not diluted, but quite the opposite: enlarged a legend in such a way that it can hardly be repeated, if not impossible. In football, Cinderella has a name: the Nottingham Forest. And also him Fairy Godmother: Brian Clough. This legendary English coach came to modest East Midlands club in january 1975, when he was a member of the English Second Division, after three seasons before would have led to Derby County to conquer the league. That was a decision that in its day was considered very surprising. In his third season at the helm of the Forest (1976-77), he promoted to FirstAnd that’s when the miracle happened. The pumpkin became a float, the rags, in a gala dress, and the humble maid, in a fairy tale princess.And it is that in late 70s Liverpool had proclaimed itself as the new king of europe. The club net lived the one that to this day continues to be his time of greatest glory, conquering in those years five leagues and two European Cups consecutively in 1977 and 1978 (he would achieve two more in the following six years). But Nottingham sneaked in his party and made all eyes turn to him.last_img read more

Dyke pleased with Edwin Allen’s early showing

first_imgAFTER two years of success, defending Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association girls champions Edwin Allen High will be hoping to make it three in March, and following his team’s opening at Saturday’s Purewater JC Invitational Michael Dyke is predicting just that. “I am extremely pleased with the overall performance,” said an upbeat Dyke. Despite losing two of his top Class One throwers – Janelle Fullerton, who transferred to St Jago, and Paul Ann Gayle, who has gone overseas – Dyke is not deterred. “It would have been good to have them back in the team, but their departure will not affect the performance as other girls in their shadows over the years have stepped up,” he said. Saturday was an indicator of this as Bristol O’Connor threw 43.72 metres to finish behind Fullerton, who won with the Class One discus in 47.54m. The defending champions had a solid start in the middle and long distance events where they had top three finishes in all classes. Dyke singled out the performance of young Cemore Donald, who clocked the fastest time of all three classes (2:19.30), to win the Class Three 800m. “Cemore is the defending champion at Champs and what she did was awesome and I am confident that she is going to break the record at Champs,” said Dyke. Over the last three years Edwin Allen’s jumpers have been the most impressive at Champs. Dyke thinks his rivals are doomed again this year. “Our jumpers were of high standard on Saturday and nothing will change for the remainder of the season.” The only members of this team yet to taste success are in Class Four, but Dyke is unconcerned about the present crop. “Despite this going to be their first time competing I think the group is much stronger than last year,” he said. Dyke could be right as the Class Four girls dominated the 100 metres. Bethany Bridge led the way with 11.99 seconds. Patrece Clarke (12.51), Selieci Myles (12.66), and Jessica McLean (12.71) finished in the top eight overall.last_img read more

South Africa survive early scare to beat Afghanistan in World T20

first_imgMUMBAI, India (AP):South Africa avoided another bowling nightmare to revive their World Twenty20 campaign and beat inexperienced Afghanistan by 37 runs in the Group One match yesterday.Chasing South Africa’s daunting 209-5, opener Mohammad Shahzad smashed 44 off just 19 balls before medium-fast Chris Morris grabbed 4-27 to dismiss Afghanistan for 172 in 20 overs.”We need to be a lot better, it’s as simple as that,” said South Africa captain Faf du Plessis, who won the toss and chose to bat. “It’s a big challenge for the bowlers … I guess we are a bit soft in our execution which we need to improve on.”AB de Villiers had earlier capitalised on two dropped catches to hit 64 off 29 balls. Left-handed opener Quinton de Kock made 45 and du Plessis contributed 41.South Africa lost the first match against England, which chased down a WT20 record 230-8 at the same venue on Friday to win by two wickets. It was Afghanistan’s second loss in succession after they were beaten by defending champions Sri Lanka at Kolkata.Shahzad followed the England-style run rampage when he smashed five sixes and three fours in the first three overs from fast bowlers Kagiso Rabada and Kyle Abbott as South Africa rested their front-line fast bowler Dale Steyn and included David Wiese, who went for 0-47.Morris cut short the cricketing carnage and knocked back the middle stump of Shahzad, before following it up with the wicket of captain Asghar Stanikzai. He returned to clean- bowl Rashid Khan and Dawlat Zadran in his last over.The South African pace proved too much for Afghanistan’s middle-order batsmen as they kept losing wickets, with wicketkeeper de Kock holding on to four catches and also stumping Noor Ali Zadran.”This experience will be good for us,” Stanikzai said. “Shahzad started well but, unfortunately, we gave some quick wickets and that’s why we lost the match.”Earlier, de Kock and du Plessis set the pace of the South Africa innings by adding 65 off 42 balls after Hashim Amla was dismissed in the third over.Afghanistan came back briefly when du Plessis was run out in the 10th over and two overs later de Kock was caught behind.last_img read more

Health insurance for athletes

first_imgFifteen hundred sports ambassadors across all disciplines, who sweat, toil and push their bodies to the limit for the cause of national representation, are set to benefit from ‘a first of its kind’ Jamaica Athlete Insurance (JAI) plan, to be implemented in December this year.As such, Jamaica’s athletes will now be fitted with health insurance coverage tailored to each – their unique needs – for the first time ever.Appropriation funds in aid of $50 million will go towards providing this insurance coverage.”Following consultations with the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), an inter-ministerial committee established by the prime minister to include the Opposition and members of the athletes’ fraternity, it has been agreed that we will forego an elaborate celebration (Jamaica’s IAAF World Championships success in Beijing) to facilitate the provision of additional resources for athlete development and welfare fund,” Minister with responsibility of sports, Natalie Neita Headley, told a press briefing at Jamaica House yesterday.Having identified that funding from the 2013/2014 financial year, the Government said it intends to protect the country’s sports assets.Requests for proposals for the provision of health insurance were made on August 11 and the deadline for bidders’ responses is today.”Our efforts will continue as we seek to create the best environment possible for the health, well-being, security, safety, high-level performance and prosperity of our sportsmen and sportswomen who bring so much glory and fame to Jamaica,” she continued.Neita-Headley stressed: “The Government remains fully committed to assisting our athletes in every way we can.”Contract in DecemberThe next step will be to have those bids tabled, evaluated and have the process completed, following which actuaries will make recommendations to the Government, which will be expected to award a contract by or in December this year.The Government also outlined that it will be looking to support the JAAA, through the Sports Development Foundation (SDF).Looking to the future, it assured that a monthly stipend to a pool of approximately 70 athletes going through the developmental process – for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – in 2016 will be nurtured and financed.The Government’s partners are the Tourism Enhancement Fund, and Culture, Health, Arts, Sports, Education Fund, which joined forces with the hope of making sports investments and its returns a sustained reality.last_img read more

West Indies cricket, 50 years ago

first_imgFifty years ago, January 27, 1966, West Indies cricket came of age, fully of age. It was the first day of a regional competition, a competition that provided regular, though limited, competition of four matches per team on an annual basis, and a competition that undoubtedly lifted West Indies cricket into the company of cricket in England, Australia, South Africa, and India. Half a century ago, the Shell Shield was founded, and it signalled the start of the rise of West Indies cricket to the top. The West Indies started playing Test cricket in 1928, they made their presence felt for the first time in 1950 by beating England in England, in 1966, they had their first official and regular tournament, and by the 1980s, the West Indies were the undisputed champions of the world. Today, they are nowhere to be found, not anywhere near the top. In fact, near to the bottom of the ladder. Fifty years ago, following the illustrious careers of players like Frank Worrell, Everton Weekes, Clyde Walcott, Sonny Ramadhin, and Alfred Valentine, the Shell Shield arrived in time to complement those of great players like Garry Sobers, Rohan Kanhai, Seymour Nurse, Basil Butcher, Conrad Hunte, Wes Hall, Charlie Griffith, Lance Gibbs, Jackie Hendriks, and Deryck Murray. And it stayed around to herald the coming of champions such as Lawrence Rowe, Alvin Kallicharran, Viv Richards, Gordon Greenidge, Andy Roberts, Michael Holding, Bernard Julien, Keith Boyce, Richie Richardson, Malcolm Marshall, and Jeffrey Dujon, to name a few. The regional competition started as the Shell Shield, it lasted until 1987 before it changed several times to include the Red Stripe Cup, the President’s Cup, the Busta Cup, and the Carib Beer Series to the present Professional Cricket League of the West Indies. It started with Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, and the Combined Islands before teams from faraway places like England and Kenya were invited to participate. The regional competition, which was won by Barbados on 12 occasions in its time as the Shell Shield, was rated by many as the best first-class cricket competition in the world because of the quality of its players and the level of its competition, especially in its early years. The first regional match, known as the Shell Shield, was played between the Combined Islands and Jamaica on January 27, 28, 29, and 31 at the Antigua Recreation Ground in St Johns, Antigua, and it was a draw. It was a match in which opening batsman Teddy Griffith, playing for Jamaica, made 150 runs, the first century in the competition, opening batsman Easton McMorris scored 134 in the second innings, the first of three successive centuries, including 127 not out, out of 236 all out against Trinidad and Tobago, and 190 versus Lance Gibbs and Edwin Mohammed of Guyana. Over the years, there have been huge scores, such as the Leeward Islands 718 for seven against Kenya in Antigua in 2004, Guyana’s 641 for five declared versus Barbados in 1967, and the Leeward Islands 613 for five declared against Trinidad and Tobago at the ARG n 1984, and low scores, such as Guyana’s 41 versus Jamaica at Sabina Park in 1986, the Combined Islands 53 against Barbados at Warner Park in 1974, and 54 by the Windward Islands at Arnos Vale in 1968. SHELL SHIELD TITLE ROBBED The Shell Shield, the Red Stripe Cup, or the President’s Cup, whatever it was called, it served West Indies well, despite its many changes in scoring, which led to the result of the match between the Combined Islands and Trinidad and Tobago in 1975, according to the rules of the completion, ending as a draw instead of a tie, and robbed the Combined Islands of the title. There is also its latest change to a franchise system, with, for example, Jamaica, Barbados, and Trinidad and Tobago, now known as the Jamaica Scorpions, the Barbados Pride, and the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force. The late Allan Rae, a former president of the West Indies Board, said on the 21st birthday of the regional competition, “One only has to compare the performances of the West Indies team before Shell’s involvement with the performances since that involvement to appreciate the force for good that the Shell Shield has been on our cricket.”last_img read more

Elliott, Smith top national chess championships

first_imgFIDE Master (FM) Warren Elliott recovered from a poor start to win back-to-back titles and claim a historic eighth hold on the Digicel Absolute National Chess Championships. Elliott, who needed at least a draw against National Master Peter Myers to retain the most prestigious local championships title, he stayed on course to win in 27 moves and topped the 11th and final round a point ahead of the field. Elliott finished on 8.5 points, while second position went to fellow FIDE Master Damion Davy, who ended on 7.5 points. Third was National Master Andrew Mellace with seven points, while the fourth and fifth positions were secured by Candidate Master (CM) Brandon Wilson and CM Malaku Lorne, both with 6.5 points. Rounding off the championships was Shreyas Smith (5.5), Kevin Merritt (five), Deborah Richards-Porter (4.5), Paul Brooks (four), Peter Myers (four), Daren Wisdom (four) and Ian Wilkinson (2.5). Meanwhile, WCM Annesha Smith defeated Sheanel Gardner in the final round to finish on 5.5 points and secure her second hold on the Women’s Championship, which was played simultaneously with the men’s championship. In second position was WCM Melisha Smith on 4.5 points, with third going to Krishna Gray on four points, followed by WCM Ariel Barrett and Sheanel Gardner, respectively. The championships were sponsored by Digicel, the Jamaica Chess Federation, Chrystar Villas and the Jamaica Olympic Association. It selects the national champion and Jamaica’s representatives at the senior level.last_img read more

Fraser-Pryce’s MVP exit blocked

first_imgAndre Lowe, Special Projects Editor – Sports Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s plans to leave the Nike-sponsored MVP Track Club has reportedly been halted after the kit sponsor threatened to pull its support of the sprinter. News broke during the Olympic Games that the two-time Olympic gold medal winner was ending her relationship with MVP head coach Stephen Francis with the sprinter conducting her pre-season training with Reynaldo Walcott at his newly-formed St Elizabeth Technical High school-based club. Walcott has for several years been a member of MVP’s technical staff, working closely with Fraser-Pryce as well as Kaliese Spencer and Christine Day, who recently cut their ties with Bert Cameron and his Cameron Blazers to also join Walcott’s programme. The young coach is also credited for STETHS’ resurgence on the local scene and have guided some of the island’s best youngsters. According to our sources, Fraser-Pryce was fully committed to Walcott’s project and had also secured property in Santa Cruz, to ease the travelling. It is also believed that Nike had originally committed to support Fraser-Pryce even if she left their top regional club but this position is said to have changed with an apparent change of heart by Francis, who now seems determined to keep his most decorated athlete. President of the MVP Track and Field Club Bruce James, when contacted Friday afternoon, stated that he did not wish to speak on the sprinter’s training arrangements at this point. “I am not commenting on Shelly-Ann’s training arrangements at this time,” said James.last_img read more

Freeman, Coleman provide 1-2 punch

first_imgHOUSTON (AP): Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman are so interchangeable in the Atlanta Falcons backfield, Matt Ryan gets a little mixed up at times. “He doesn’t even know who’s in the game,” Coleman said, breaking into a huge smile. Quite a 1-2 punch, these two are. It really doesn’t matter who you put at “1” and who goes at “2.” Sure, Freeman is the starter, but there’s no drop-off or any reason to change things up when Coleman comes into the game, a back-and-forth arrangement that keeps both backs fresh and gives fits to opposing defences. But their relationship runs beyond the field. Far beyond it. “That’s my brother,” Freeman said in the lead-up to tomorrow’s Super Bowl against the New England Patriots . “When you see someone, you see that they want to be a part of something special, they’re working hard, they’re working their butts off, you have no reason but to love that person and have the utmost respect for that person.” They’ll savour it while they can, because chances are this won’t be a long-term partnership. They’ll be friends for life, that’s for sure, but the realities of the NFL with its salary cap and other devices that make it difficult to keep a team together will likely lead to a breakup in the not-too-distant future. Freeman, a fourth-round pick out of Florida State in 2014, already created a bit of a stir early in Super Bowl week by bringing up his desire for a new contract. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards and has been selected for the Pro Bowl each of the past two seasons. Not surprisingly, he wants to be paid like one of the league’s top backs. Then there’s Coleman, a third-round pick out of Indiana in 2015. Despite missing three games with an injury this season, he rushed for 520 yards and eight touchdowns. At some point, he’s going to deserve more money and probably a larger role in someone’s offence. “We’ve thought about this a lot,” Coleman said. “But that’s going to be my brother always, wherever we’re at.” In addition to combining for just short of 1,600 yards on the ground, they are nearly as dangerous in the passing game. Freeman had 54 catches for 462 yards and a couple of scores, while Coleman hauled in 31 passes for 421 yards and three TDs.last_img read more