WBA (4-3-2-1)MYHILL,DAWSON, McAULEY, OLSSON, EVANS,FLETCHER, SANDRO, GARDNER,SESSEGNON, McCLEAN,ANICHEBEMAN UTD (4-2-3-1)RASHFORD,DEPAY, MATA,LINGARD,HERRERA,SCHNEIDERLIN,ROJO, BLIND,CARRICK, VARELA,DE GEAWith none of their rivals winning in midweek and only Leicester City of the top four getting a point, Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Watford took them level on 47 points with rivals Manchester City, in fifth place and now with the chance to finish in the Champions League places.Juan Mata’s goal late on at Old Trafford gave United their fourth straight win in all competitions. After this game at The Hawthorns they face Premier League rivals Liverpool in the Europa League.They visit West Bromwich Albion who are unbeaten in their last three league games, taking seven points from a possible nine, with the draw at league leaders Leicester City on Tuesday taking them into 13th place, 12 points clear of the relegation zone.When the teams met at Old Trafford earlier this season, United won 2-0 with goals from Jesse Lingard and a Mata penalty after Albion’s Gareth McAuley was dismissed.United’s record at The Hawthorns is good; in nine Premier League visits they are unbeaten, winning seven and drawing two including Sir Alex Ferguson’s last ever game in charge, the 5-5 stalemate in May 2013. Albion last beat United at home in 1984 in the old First Division.Albion are without Claudio Yacob, who is banned after collecting a 10th yellow card of the season at Leicester. Chris Brunt remains on the sidelines while Jonny Evans is a doubt and there are tests for Callum McManaman and James Morrison.United, meanwhile, test Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Marouane Fellaini, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling while Wayne Rooney, Luke Shaw and Bastian Schweinsteiger are still absent.
SEEKING MY DREAM, the reigning ‘Hose of the Year’, heads a star-studded field of six in today’s grade one feature over 1500 metres for the Chairman’s Trophy, which promises to be a very competitive race.The Wayne Dacosta-trained SEEKING MY DREAM, with four-time champion Omar Walker again in the saddle, will be joined by last November’s Superstakes winner, FRANFIELD, under leading jockey Dane Nelson; the 2015 Gold Cup winner, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, with Robert Halledeen riding for DaCosta; and the versatile and consistent American horse, UPPA TUNE, with in-form claiming apprentice Bebeto Harvey aboard.While all are stars in their own right, SEEKING MY DREAM seems heading for superstar status. He beat all three convincingly in the inaugural running of the $6.5 million Diamond Mile on December 5 and despite being worse off at the weights with each, the 2015 derby winner was so impressive over this trip on his February 27 seasonal debut that he will not be easily denied over middledistances.After the recent win, DaCosta conceded that Derrick Smith’s (Member of Parliament) chestnut colt by Seeking The Glory out of the 2008 ‘Horse of the Year’ and Triple Crown winner, Alsafra, is “potentially the best horse in the country” and in light of that high opinion from the 15-time champion trainer, I believe SEEKING MY DREAM (57.0kg) can defy the handicaps today.He reports to the wicket well trained and despite the fearsome trio led by the stretch running PERFECT NEIGHBOUR and FRANFIELD, SEEKING MY DREAM coming from post position five ought to be followed.Also on the 12-race programme is the annual renewal of the $180,000 claiming race for the Roderick ‘Pilot’ Francis Memorial Trophy over 1200 metres, sponsored by B & D Trawling Limited.Of the 10 starters declared, victory will more than likely go to down in class EL CLIENTE, a January 30 course winner at this level. Top claiming apprentice Linton Steadman will ride EL CLIENTE for trainer Anthony Smith.Other firm fancies on the card are BATIDOR DE MUNDO in the third, CLASSY AVIATOR in the fifth, RIO COBRE to repeat in the seventh, HELLO LADY in the eighth and AGAKHAN in the closing straight five race.
BEIJING (AP):Racing in a lane next to one of the big-name Jamaicans sure was a laugh. They certainly brought a few smiles to the sprints yesterday at the World Championships. Usain Bolt was already chuckling with the runner next to him before he crossed the finish line in the 200 metres.Another of the country’s champions, Veronica-Campbell Brown, was up to a different sort of hijinks, veering out of her lane and into the one next to her after she rounded the turn in her 200m heat.No damage done in either race.Bolt won his heat easily in 19.95 seconds, beating South Africa’s Anaso Jobodwana, who has now run next to ‘The World’s Fastest Man’ in three straight major championship semi-finals.”Usain Bolt is a living legend,” Jobodwana said. “I was smiling to be so close to him.”And Campbell-Brown advanced to the next round, as well. She was not disqualified for veering from Lane 5 to Lane 6 because she didn’t impede the lane’s rightful owner, British runner Margaret Adeoye.”I was like, ‘Was that me or was that her?'” said Adeoye, who finished third in the heat to advance. “It helped me get to the finish line.”Campbell-Brown, the woman known simply as ‘VCB’ back on the island, grimaced as she realised she was changing lanes. It’s not like her, and it could have cost her dearly. She’s a two-time Olympic gold medallist in the event and this might be her last, best chance at a second World title. Two of the best runners at the distance – Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Allyson Felix – are sitting this one out.Asked to explain her meandering ways, Campbell-Brown only said she had a headache, before making a quick right turn to head to the practice track.She’ll return today, along with Bolt, where the running will get more serious.Semi-finals nextCampbell-Brown is in the semi-finals and Bolt will race in the final, in another sprint showdown with Justin Gatlin.While Gatlin ran 19.87 – the second-fastest semi-final in the history of World Championships – Bolt shut things down early and finished in 19.95.In the midst of decelerating, Bolt turned back to share a smile with Jobodwana, who ran hard to the finish and still couldn’t catch up.All three times he’s run next to Bolt, Jobodwana said he’s “been right next to him and kind of making him run, even though he really wasn’t running”.Chances are, Bolt won’t share any smiles with Gatlin until well after today’s race is over.”It’s all about focus now,” Bolt said. “Getting focused and showing the people that when it comes to the big time, I always show up and get things done.”
While they thirst for another daCosta Cup title, there is little doubt how much Weatherly and his talented squad of players will also want to cap the season by winning the Ben Francis KO crown, as well as the Olivier Shield and the (FLOW) Super Cup to underline their longstanding status as one of Jamaica’s best. DaCosta Cup wins (11): 1953, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1963, 1982, 1983, 1995, 2000, and 2001-02. Ben Francis KO wins (6): 1983, 1991, 1995, 2000, 2001, and 2003. Olivier Shield wins (11): 1929, 1930, 1931, 1940, 1953, 1955, 1958, 1959 (shared), 1963, 1983 and 2000. COMPETITIVE YEAR The bulk of the squad is built around their success at the Under-16 level, where they won the national title in 2012. “It will be competitive this year, and we have a good chance to go deep into the competition based on the fact these players have matured and are more experienced, plus we have seen the players become more mature, which bodes well for the season,” said Weatherly. “Cornwall should be in a position to break the drought this year,” reasoned the doctor, whose team has won 11 championships, one more than Rusea’s. “This season, we hope to put things right, having had to deal with a number of issues last season that derailed our plans. But we are back with the majority of our starting 11, minus two players, and are in a position to do really well,” said Weatherly. TITLES WESTERN BUREAU: Thirteen years. That is how long daCosta Cup’s most successful school, Cornwall College, have not lifted a title. All that could change if everything aligns as planned this year by head coach Dr Dean Weatherly. “Based on the experience of the team which is there now, I believe we can win the title this year,” he said confidently. Weatherly is right in that this Cornwall College squad is the strongest it has been in almost a decade, featuring 96 per cent of the players from last year. With the likes of the ultra-talented Peter-Lee Vassell and captain Jourdain Fletcher among the standout players from last year, Cornwall are featured as one of the schools with an outstanding chance to win their 12th lien.
Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt has come to the rescue of his alma mater, William Knibb Memorial High, after donating $1.3 million, plus sporting equipment, to aid the school’s ailing sports programme.Called upon for assistance after the institution’s struggles to sustain its sporting programmes because of financial constraints, Bolt returned to his old school to personally deliver the items, after his triple-gold-medal performance at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China.Bolt won gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m to successfully retain his titles won two years prior in Moscow and take his World Championships gold medal tally to 11.Through his long-time sponsor, PUMA, Bolt, who holds world records in the 100m and 200m, as well as a part of Jamaica’s 4x100m relay team, delivered 50 pairs of football shoes, shin guards, bibs and self-branded footballs to assist in the school’s ongoing participation in the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/FLOW daCosta Cup football competition.The sprinter also handed over equipment to the school’s cricket programme, with several bats, balls, gloves, pads and items of clothing given towards their Headley Cup campaign.Previous assistanceIt should be noted that the school’s track and field team already benefits from Bolt’s association with PUMA, which has been sponsoring the sprinter since 2002, and upon his request, has been providing a full range of gear to the Falmouth-based institution since then.Bolt, who also donated $1.3 million to offset some of the major expenses, said he is always willing to give back to the school, which he credits for playing a major role in his professional and personal development.”William Knibb played an integral role in the athlete and the man that I am today. So anytime they call or if there is anything I can do to give back, I’m more than willing,” Bolt said.Bolt, who first shot to prominence while representing the school at the ISSA Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, attended William Knibb Memorial High school from 1998 to 2003.
ACKEEM LAWRENCE and Richard Stone recently returned home with gold medals in sparring from the North American and Caribbean International Taekwon-Do Federation Championships, held at Richmond Olympic Oval, Greater Vancouver, Canada.The pair closed the Jamaica combined martial arts team’s 2015 season on a golden note while achieving personal goals ahead of the new year.Lawrence, normally a microweight fighter, moved up to lightweight – 63 kilos – and was impressive in seeing off Canadian Josh Dumoulin 4-0 in the final.Stone, fighting as a black belt in his first major international outside the US Open, also beat a Canadian, Jeff Stoffregen, 3-1, in the heavyweight division.Master Claude Chin said Lawrence performed as expected, whereas for Stone, it was a good experience as a new black belt.”Ackeem, I knew could have done it, based on his performance at the World Championships in Italy in May. He made the quarter-finals of successive World Championships and was really looking forward to this competition,” Chin pointed out.”Stone, because this was his first big international apart from the US Open, normally fights as a light heavyweight, – 78 kilos; however, I moved him up to 85 because of his speed. He is faster than the heavyweights.”He totally dominated his first fight. In the semis, it was a bit tougher. In the last fight, he had to pull out all the stops. He proved that with training, there is room for more improvement. He got his black belt last year,” Chin added.Lawrence had two bouts to the final, winning each 4-0 before getting past Canadian Jeff Turchyn in the semis. Fireworks were initially expected in the division as Lawrence had seemed destined to meet former world champion Julio Carlos, but the American moved up to middleweight and duly took that crown.Stone won his quarter-final bout 4-0 against Canada’s Victor Liu. He swept Jason Strandberg 4-0 in the semis before taking gold against Stoffregen.
SYDNEY, Australia (CMC):West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor’s drought with the bat continued, but Sydney Thunder edged Melbourne Stars by six runs to end the preliminary round on top in the Women’s Big Bash.Playing at University Oval, Thunder produced a meek batting effort and were held to 104 for nine off their 20 overs.Captain Alex Blackwell got 31 from 39 deliveries, while Nicola Carey struck 20 from 24 balls. The pair added 29 for the fourth wicket, after Thunder slipped to 37 for three in the ninth over.One of the three wickets to fall was that of Taylor, who failed to score for the third time since the start of the year. She has now scraped together just 27 runs from her last seven outings.Left-armer Mornal Nielson finished with three for 26.In reply, Stars were restricted to 98 for eight off their 20 overs, thanks to fast bowler Rene Farrell, who was superb in taking four for 18 from her four overs.Wicketkeeper Emma Inglis top-scored with 32 from 34 deliveries.At Hurstville Oval, teenaged West Indies batter Hayley Matthews stroked an unbeaten 17 from 12 balls, but her Hobart Hurricanes went down to Sydney Sixers by two wickets.Batting first, Hurricanes reached 126 for four off 20 overs, with Amy Satterthwaite hitting a top score of 35 from 29 balls and opener and captain Heather Knight chipping in with 33 from 34 deliveries.Entering the contest in the 17th over, Matthews struck a six in her small cameo to help Hurricanes end strongly.However, Sara McGlashan then unfurled a superb, unbeaten 79 off 58 balls, with three fours and four sixes to propel Sixers to their target off the last ball of the innings.Despite the loss, Hurricanes qualified for the semi-finals by finishing second in the standings on 16 points, two behind Thunder.
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Chicago Bulls guard Denzel Valentine celebrates his three-point play during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, in Chicago. The Bulls won 91-86. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO — The Chicago Bulls have exercised their fourth-year option on Bobby Portis after the forward was suspended for eight games for injuring teammate Nikola Mirotic during a fight at practice.The Bulls also picked up third-year options on guards Kris Dunn and Denzel Valentine and fourth-year options on guards Jerian Grant and Cameron Payne. The moves were announced on Friday, meaning the players are under contract for the 2018-19 season.ADVERTISEMENT Portis and Mirotic got into an altercation during practice on Oct. 17. Mirotic suffered broken bones in his face as well as a concussion. He likely will need surgery.Portis publicly apologized to Mirotic last Saturday. He said at the time that he had reached out to Mirotic, but had not received a response. It’s unclear if the two will be able to play together 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 smog“I feel like I let my fans, the Bulls organization and most importantly my teammates down,” Portis said last weekend. “This is not who Bobby Portis is.”Portis, Dunn, Valentine, Grant and Payne are former first-round picks. Portis and Valentine were selected by the Bulls, while Dunn, Grant and Payne were acquired via trade. Dunn came over in the draft-night deal that moved Jimmy Butler to Minnesota. He could make his Bulls debut Saturday against Oklahoma City after he missed the start of the season to rehab a dislocated left index finger.Valentine, who turns 24 on Nov. 16, is averaging 10 points through four games this season. He was the 14th pick in last year’s draft out of Michigan State.Portis, who went No. 22 overall out of Arkansas in 2015, is averaging 6.9 points and five rebounds over 126 games with the Bulls. He is allowed to practice with the team while he is suspended.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Tiger Woods pleads guilty to reckless driving, avoids jail Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny View comments
For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ But after all the criticisms, there’s no other way for the 6-foot-2 swingman but to bounce back.Fast forward to the Season 80 Finals. Ateneo-La Salle faced once again and Ravena was given a chance to redeem himself.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe 20-year-old made sure he made his mark this time for the Blue Eagles, posting 16.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 1.3 steals in the three grueling games in the championship series.Showing his maturity he lacked the year prior, the third-year forward was the anchor for Ateneo as it snapped its five year drought and delivered the school’s first title since Season 75. 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 MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Ateneo nabs UAAP title, gets back at La Salle Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWhat a difference a year makes.Thirdy Ravena was at his worst in the UAAP Season 79 Finals with the second-generation star folding under pressure as Ateneo settled for a runner-up finish.ADVERTISEMENT It also wasn’t much of a surprise that Ravena’s biggest play of the season didn’t even see him put the ball through the hoop, but rather, be the one to orchestrate the play as he found an open Isaac Go at the right wing for the game-sealing triple with 24.7 seconds left that put his side up, 85-80.“I’m determined to do whatever it takes to win this one,” said Ravena, who claimed his first title in the senior’s division.Ravena, who was adjudged as the Finals MVP, also finally got out of his brother Kiefer’s shadow and earned the adulation of the whole Ateneo community.“It’s just a surreal feeling, seeing the community support us through the season, its just a great feeling,” he said. “I know I’m tired, but seeing the community cheering us every single possession, every single minute of the game, it doesn’t matter how tired I am. I’m gonna give it all for them, all for God.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments