English Premier League StandingsSTANDINGSPOS LP CLUB P W D L GF GA GD PTS1 (1) Leicester City 23 13 8 2 42 26 16 472 (2) Manchester City 23 13 5 5 45 23 22 443 (3) Arsenal 23 13 5 5 37 22 15 444 (4) Tottenham Hotspur 23 11 9 3 41 19 22 425 (5) Manchester United 23 10 7 6 28 21 7 376 (6) West Ham United 23 9 9 5 36 28 8 367 (7) Liverpool 23 9 7 7 30 32 -2 348 (8) Southampton 23 9 6 8 32 24 8 339 (9) Stoke City 23 9 6 8 24 25 -1 3310 (10) Watford 23 9 5 9 27 26 1 3211 (11) Crystal Palace 23 9 4 10 24 27 -3 3112 (12) Everton 23 6 11 6 40 34 6 2913 (14) Chelsea 23 7 7 9 32 34 -2 2814 (13) West Bromwich Albion 23 7 7 9 22 30 -8 2815 (17) Swansea City 23 6 7 10 22 31 -9 2516 (15) Bournemouth 23 6 7 10 27 38 -11 2517 (16) Norwich City 23 6 5 12 28 43 -15 2318 (18) Newcastle United 23 5 6 12 25 41 -16 2119 (19) Sunderland 23 5 4 14 28 46 -18 1920 (20) Aston Villa 23 2 7 14 18 38 -20 13
lacking ‘spread’ JAMAICA’S Kaliese Spencer, one of the most dominant female athletes in the 400-metre hurdles at Diamond League meets over the past three years, appears set to make that big step up to World Championships glory. While her Diamond League form has been very good the 2004 Commonwealth Games champion is yet to transfer that winning form to a major meet. Spencer has been unbeaten all season and she is one of two who will carry that tag to Beijing. The United States’ Shamier Little who is the world leader with 53.73 seconds is also unbeaten. A year ago, Spencer was the most dominant athlete in the event and posted eight of the top ten times last year with a 2014 best of 53.41. With a season best of 54.15 in winning in Oslo this season, Spencer who is at number seven on the IAAF’s world list will definitely need to go faster if she hopes to get her first medal in the event at the IAAF World Championships. She will also have fresh in her mind an incident two years ago when she was disqualified in Moscow after looking to be in the best shape of her career. Unlike previous years, the 2015 entries seem to lack the deep spread of past championships. Defending champion, Zuzana Hejnov· of the Czech Republic is just nearing her best form after recovering from injuries and after a slow start this season she has a season’s best of 53.76 – a time she did in winning at the Paris Diamond League. She will be hoping to make back to back victories and with her experience, she is dangerous. Little who won the World Junior title a year ago is improving rapidly. She appears to like to compete at the Eugene track in Oregon as she has won the World Junior, NCAA Division 1 and the United States National senior titles on the same track. She will need to show that she can run fast outside of Eugene. A few weeks ago, she won the Pan American Games title in Toronto, Canada. Beijing will definitely bring back good memories for Spencer who nine years ago became the first Jamaican to win the 400-metre hurdles title at the World Junior Championship and she will be hoping that it will be another title on Chinese territory for her and improved on her Berlin (2009) fourth place finish. In Berlin, Jamaica’s Melaine Walker won gold in a Championships record 52.42 while Spencer was fourth in 53.56. Hejnov· won two years ago in 52.83 but it is unlikely that sub-53 seconds will win at this year’s championships as no one is showing that type of form. That will give Spencer hope as anywhere in the 53.5 range will be in her zone. The defending champion and Little will be big threats along with the likes of Denmark’s Sara Slett Petersen who ran a season’s best 53.99 in placing second to Hejnov·. TOP THREE: 1. Zuzana Hejnov· (Czech Republic), 2. Kaliese Spencer (Jamaica) 3. Shamier Little (USA).
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Reggae Boyz hero in Nicaragua Simon Dawkins said he has scored some important club goals over the years but ranked his goal in Managua last month as the most important of his career. The Derby County attacker believes no goal he has scored to date can eclipse the one he scored in Central America to put his country through to the next stage of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers. “In my career, this is probably the most important (goal). I have scored quite a few important goals in terms of winning championships and winning leagues, but this is international football, and it is better than club football, it’s a lot harder, and I helped the country to make the next step,” Dawkins told The Gleaner. Ja-Panama match Jamaica will play Panama at 9 p.m. tonight in a semi-final stage FIFA World CUP qualifier at the National Stadium. “When you come on, you want to make an impact in whatever way, and I had a feeling that if I had one chance I would score and, thankfully, I put it away,” Dawkins said. “It was an important goal for the country and a step towards the World Cup. But it wasn’t just nice for me, but for the whole nation and my teammates. “So it’s definitely good to score and, hopefully, I can get a next one in this game as well. But I am taking it a step at a time as I just want to help the team however I can,” he continued. The goal was also a great source of renewed confidence for the England-born player, and he hopes it will lead to more playing time and eventually more international goals. “It was one of those things where I found myself not starting but if I can come on and make an impact like I did, I am happy to do that. Any goal or every time I play for Jamaica it’s an honour and it boost my confidence because it’s another cap I have, but if you score goals it is important and brilliant as well. “Hope I get some playing time (today) and I hope to score if I do get some playing time. I want to be a part of it (start) but hopefully the coach pick the best team and we are able get the result that we need, to make that next step, he stated.
Jimenez’s late goal keeps Benfica top in Portugal LISBON, Portugal (AP): Raul Jimenez scored a late goal to ensure that Benfica reclaimed the lead of Portuguese league with a 1-0 win at Rio Avenue on Sunday. Jimenez went on as a substitute in the 67th and the Mexican forward found the net in the 73rd when he headed in a ball that had been cleared onto the bar. The defending champions restored their two-point lead over Sporting Lisbon at the top of the table with three rounds left. Elsewhere, Joao Pica scored four minutes from time to give bottom side Tondela a 1-0 win at Setubal, boosting its hopes of avoiding relegation. On a good night for visiting sides, Arouca also won 2-1 at Maritimo, Moreirense won 1-0 at Nacional, and Estoril drew 1-1 at Guimaraes. Title within reach for Juventus ROME (AP): Gianluigi Buffon saved a late penalty and Juventus took a big step towards a fifth consecutive Serie A title with a 2-1 win at Fiorentina yesterday. If Napoli fail to win at Roma today, Juventus will have sealed the Italian league championship with three matches to spare. If Napoli win, Juventus need only one more point to seal it. Substitute Alvaro Morata scored the winner seconds after Nikola Kalinic had equalised for Fiorentina late in the second half. Buffon then stopped Kalinic’s spot kick in the 90th. “We’re not cheering for anyone,” Morata said of today’s game. “If we win (the league), it’s because we deserve to.” Last month, Buffon broke a 22-year-old Serie A record by not conceding a goal for 974 consecutive minutes. Levante, Getafe concede late goals BARCELONA, Spain (AP): Levante and Getafe both conceded late goals in disappointing draws at home on Sunday that hurt their chances of avoiding relegation from the Spanish league. Levante couldn’t stop Athletic Bilbao from scoring twice in the final minutes to finish 2-2 and remains at the bottom of the standings with only three rounds remaining. Getafe stayed immediately above Levante after seeing their fightback frustrated when Valencia scored for a 2-2 stalemate. Villarreal, Liverpool’s opponents in the Europa League semi-finals on Thursday, drew 0-0 with Real Sociedad in a lacklustre home match as it stayed in fourth place. Sevilla beat Real Betis 2-0 in a derby for their first win in six rounds to warm up for a Europa League semi-final against Shakhtar Donetsk, also on Thursday.
The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF)-Sports Development Foundation (SDF) Women’s knockout semi-finals are on today at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex in Trench Town. In the first of the double header, many-time champions Barbican FC will face a stern test from Los Perfectos FC, starting at 3 p.m. Then in the second game, last year’s beaten knockout finalist Waterhouse FC, meet G.C. Foster College at 5:30 p.m. Spectators could be in for a treat as the four top teams in women’s football will be in action. Barbican have won the knockout trophy for the last six years and will be looking for another hold. However, they will face a tough opponent in Los Perfectos. “This is going to be an interesting clash,” Barbican’s long-serving coach, Charles Edwards, told The Gleaner yesterday. “They (Los Pefectos) have some players who we have played against and beaten while they were at other clubs. And they will certainly be coming to beat us,” Edwards said. “We have a quality team and have prepared well for this game. We will go there to execute our game plan,” headded. Barbican will be looking to captain Alicia James, Latoya Panton, Tashana Vincent, and Rochelle Bryan to take them into the final. Duane James, head coach of Los Perfectos, is fully aware of the strength and history of his opponent. “We have played well against Barbican over the years. We have the players and the firepower to compete with them this time,” James disclosed. James is relying on former national players such as Shakira Duncan, Venecia Reid, and Sasha Campbell to upset the strong Barbican team. The other game between Waterhouse and G.C. Foster should also be a competitive and close affair. Both teams met in the Women’s league group stage last month and the game ended in a 0-0 stalemate. Now, a winner must come from the game. So it could be down to the team that is better prepared for some gruelling football. WELL PREPARED
Adrian Moore was recently named captain of the 2017 Jamaica combined martial arts team, becoming the first graduate of the McKay Security Jamaica Taekwondo Association High School Martial Arts League to skipper the unit. A former Jamaica College fighter, Moore takes over the reins from Nicholas Dusard, who is away studying in Trinidad. He is the third captain of the combined martial arts team, founded in 2001 by its first captain, now manager, Jason McKay. “It’s really a great honour, and I am grateful to be the first graduate of the high-school programme to be named captain. I have had great mentors such as Olympian Kenneth Edwards, Nicholas Dusard, and Mr McKay himself, who sponsors the high-school programme,” said 25-year-old Moore. “Coming out of that programme, it moulded me to be the person I am, being able to balance studies with training,” he added. The highly successful combined martial arts team selects the best fighters based on points gained internationally and on the local-tournament circuit in addition to adding promising fighters as invitees each year end. Moore has been a member of the squad for five years, senior only by former captain McKay, Dusard, and Edwards, who now resides overseas part time. SUCCESSFUL TENURE Dusard had an extremely successful tenure, leading the team to its greatest-ever achievement, winning the International Taekwondo Federation World Cup on home soil, Montego Bay 2014, despite being in the hot seat when Jamaica lost to New Zealand at Gold Cup 2016 in Orlando two years later. McKay described Dusard’s tenure as “incredibly successful”. “The Gold Cup is important and we have won it on numerous occasions, but he took Jamaica to a World Cup title, which we had never before achieved,” he pointed out. The former captain said that Moore’s appointment was fitting, based on seniority. “He is expected to do a fine job, though I would have liked to see Edwards as captain before he retires. It’s just that every time he is in line to be appointed, he is not available due to his international training schedule,” he said.
OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson D’Angelo Russell scored 30 points in his Nets debut but backcourt mate Jeremy Lin limped to the locker room with an injury midway through the fourth quarter. Trevor Booker finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Nets from losing a franchise-record fifth consecutive season opener.Despite having chances to take control, neither could.Brooklyn led 30-29 after one quarter, the Pacers took a 65-63 halftime lead and then used a 10-0 third-quarter run to build a 75-65 lead. Brooklyn never led again.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogBut the Nets charged back in the final minutes, trimming a 10-point deficit to 130-126 before the Pacers finally managed to close it out.TIP-INSNets: Have lost all six road openers since moving to Brooklyn. … The Nets are 3-3 all-time against Indiana in season openers, the opponent they have played most frequently on opening night. … Brooklyn put Timofey Mozgov and Lin in the starting lineup Wednesday, marking the first time in franchise history that more than one undrafted player started a season opener. … Brooklyn was 29 of 32 from the free-throw line. … Lin had 18 points, while Allen Crabbe and Caris LeVert each finished with 12. Pacers: Won their fourth straight game against Brooklyn. … Indiana has won six of its last seven season openers and seven of its last eight home openers. … Bojan Bogdanovic scored 14 points against his former team. … Lance Stephenson and Domantas Sabonis each scored 16 points off the bench. … Oladipo also had four steals. … It’s only the third time since 2000 that Indiana has scored 140 or more points.UP NEXTNets: Host Orlando in home opener on Saturday.Pacers: Host Portland on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES 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 Rockets’ Chris Paul still dealing with bruised left knee View comments MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Victor Oladipo #4 of the Indiana Pacers dribbles the ball against the Brooklyn Nets at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on October 18, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFPINDIANAPOLIS — Victor Oladipo scored 22 points in his Indiana debut, Darren Collison added 21 points and 11 assists in his return to Indianapolis, and the Pacers held off the Brooklyn Nets 140-131 on Wednesday night in their season opener.Eight players scored in double figures as the Pacers, in their first game since trading All-Star Paul George, produced their highest point total since a 144-point game against Denver on Nov. 9, 2010. Myles Turner had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and Thaddeus Young added 17 points and 11 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’
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