The speedy American gelding FORTUNEONEHUNDRED made it all convincingly to win the eighth running of the $1 million Seek Exercise Book Back to School Trophy open allowance feature over 1300 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday, turning the tables on recent conqueror TRADITIONAL PRINCE. Installed a 3-2 favourite with title-chasing jockey Robert Halledeen riding for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, FORTUNEONEHUNDRED coming off a narrow loss to TRADITIONAL PRINCE in the August 1 Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission Trophy over 1100 metres, beat his old rival by 1-1/2 lengths in a field of eight, covering the distance in the smart time of 1:17.3. With less speed to contend with on this occasion, FORTUNEONEHUNDRED broke winging and led comfortably from PETE’SWILDONE (Omar Walker up), RIO COBRE and TRADITIONAL PRINCE. He turned for home some three lengths clear of PETE’SWILD ONE and when TRADITIONAL PRINCE loomed large on the rails leaving the furlong pole, FOIRTUNEONEHUNDRED responded to a torrid right hand stick from Halledeen to hold him at bay. A 5-y-o chestnut gelding by Keyed Entry out of My Bridlewood, FORTUNEONEHUNDRED has now won eight races from 28 starts and $4.6 million in stakes. Walker highlighted the Seek raceday programme, sponsored by Book Empire Limited, with three winners – the 2-y-o debutante NUCLEAR AFFAIR, CLASSY PROSPECT and DREAMCOMETRUE in the final race to move to 49 winners, just one adrift of joint leaders Shane Ellis and Halledeen in the intriguing jockeys’ championship. The Seek Back to School Gimmick race over 1000 metres was won in post to post fashion by noted 5K runner Kirk Brown (7-5 favourite) ahead of Tevin Smith, who chased him relentlessly, with Andrew Gutzmore third. 8 WINS FROM 28 STARTS
LONDON (AP): Chelsea and Manchester United bounced back from disappointing losses with impressive wins in the English Premier League yesterday. Diego Costa, returning from a three-match suspension for violent conduct, put the Premier League champions ahead against Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge before defender Alan Hutton scored an own goal in Chelsea’s 2-0 win. A victory was welcomed by Jose Mourinho, who is under pressure due to his side’s faltering start to the season. Chelsea lost their last match 3-1 at home to Southampton and Mourinho feels his team still has work to do to return to top form. “Confidence comes with results, and results bring all the good quality that the players have to the fore,” Mourinho said. “At the moment, some of my players have lost confidence, but this was a great team performance.” United won 3-0 against Everton at Goodison Park, with Morgan Schneiderlin, Ander Herrera and Wayne Rooney scoring in an emphatic response to the 3-0 defeat against Arsenal two weeks ago. “The defeat against Arsenal, two weeks and I cannot approach them (during the international break), then this performance? Fantastic,” United manager Louis van Gaal said. United are third on 19 points, two behind Manchester City, which routed Bournemouth 5-1. Raheem Sterling scored a hat-trick in the first half and Wilfried Bony netted twice, meaning injured striker Sergio Aguero was not missed. The two Manchester clubs play each other at Old Trafford next weekend. “I think it was important for Raheem to score three goals,” City manager Manuel Pellegrini said. “He must improve his finishing – he did that today. I don’t think he’s a striker like Kun (Aguero) or Bony, but this year, and I said it when he arrived, I am sure he will score more goals.” Earlier yesterday, Juergen Klopp’s first Liverpool match ended 0-0 against Tottenham. Klopp was without striker Daniel Sturridge, who picked up a knock in training on Friday, which gave a first Premier League start to Divock Origi, who hit the post with a header after 10 minutes. It was the closest Liverpool came to scoring, while Tottenham’s Clinton N’Jie was later denied by a brilliant one-handed save from Simon Mignolet. “We had our moments. From a very good corner, we hit the post and there were some other situations where we could have been a little bit better, but for today, it’s OK,” Klopp said, while also explaining that Sturridge could return for Liverpool’s game against Rubin Kazan in the Europa League on Thursday. In the late game yesterday, Arsenal netted three times in 12 second-half minutes to win 3-0 against Watford at Vicarage Road. Alexis Sanchez begun the scoring in the 62nd after Mesut Ozil was tackled in the penalty area, only for the ball to roll free. Giroud then lashed in Ozil’s cutback six minutes later, before Aaron Ramsey netted his first club goal of the season, receiving a pass from Hector Bellerin before his effort was deflected by Ikechi Anya. The result means Arsenal stayed second above United on goal difference. Elsewhere, Southampton surrendered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at home to Leicester, Sunderland lost 1-0 at West Brom in Sam Allardyce’s first game in charge of the Black Cats, and Crystal Palace were beaten 3-1 by West Ham.
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CMC):Legendary all-rounder Sir Garry Sobers believes West Indies’ downward spiral will continue unless players begin to pledge their allegiance to the Caribbean side over the lucrative Twenty20 leagues across the globe.The 79-year-old said that many of West Indies’ best players were often unavailable due to their T20 commitments and unlike other cricketing nations, this was having a significant impact on the team’s development.”I think the Twenty20 is taking a toll. It seems to be more so on West Indies cricket than any other nation because we seem to be finding it more difficult to put good teams together,” said Sir Garry, who arrived here earlier this week as a guest of the Sri Lanka Cricket Board.”England had limited their players from going to play in the IPL (Indian Premier League). If you look at the West Indies, a lot of players are there.”West Indies players have become fixtures in the IPL in recent years, with the likes of opener Chris Gayle, all-rounders Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo and AndrÈ Russell, along with mystery off-spinner Sunil Narine, all attached to franchises.In their absence from the longest format of the game, West Indies have continued to slide down the rankings, and are now ranked number eight – only above minnows Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.Once the number-one side in the world during their heyday, Sir Garry now fears for the Windies’ future, especially if some of their best players continue to opt for the T20 format.”Until we can get people who are willing to play for the West Indies in the right way, I think we are going to be struggling for a long time,” the former West Indies captain said.”Other countries are going to come and surpass us.”Sir Garry has long been regarded as the finest all-rounder to play the game. He scored 8,032 runs, snared 235 wickets and 109 catches in a 93-Test career that spanned 1954 to 1974.He perhaps became best known for his World record 365 not out against Pakistan in 1958, a mark eventually overtaken by batting prodigy Brian Lara in 1994.Referring to his time in the game, Sir Garry pointed out that his only commitment then was to West Indies cricket.”My whole obligation was to the West Indies cricket. I have never made a run for me … records meant nothing, the team was always important,” he stressed.
WICKET TAKERS Bowling: Taylor 4-0-27-0, Holder 4-1-15-0, Roach 4-0-29-0, Warrican 15-1-62-2, C Brathwaite 7-0-23-0, K Brathwaite 4-0-20-0. Result: Match drawn. Series: Australia win three-match series 2-0. Man-of-the-Match: David Warner. Man-of-the-Series: Adam Voges. Toss: West Indies. Umpires: C Gaffaney, I Gould; TV – M Erasmus. SYDNEY, Australia (CMC): Opener David Warner stroked the fastest ever Test hundred at the Sydney Cricket Ground as the rain-ravaged third and final Test against West Indies predictably ended in a draw yesterday. With the adverse weather having allowed just 68 deliveries on the second day and then forced the abandonment of the third and fourth days, the result of the game was never really in doubt, but Warner nonetheless put on a spectacle for the nearly 7,000 spectators who turned up. The left-hander blasted his way to three figures off a mere 82 balls en route to an unbeaten 122 as Australia raced to 176 for two off just 38 overs in their first innings. Fellow Australian Matthew Hayden previously held the record with an 84-ball hundred against Zimbabwe, 13 years ago. Warner put on a hundred for the first wicket with Joe Burns who scored 26, and a further 54 for the second wicket with Mitchell Marsh who got 21, while left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican picked up both wickets to fall for 62 runs. Denesh Ramdin had earlier converted his overnight 30 into 62 as West Indies, resuming on 248 for seven, were dismissed for 330. Warrican finished on 21 not out as West Indies passed 300 for the first time in the series. Fall of wickets: 1-13 (Hope), 2-104 (Bravo), 3-115 (Samuels), 4-131 (Blackwood), 5-158 (K Brathwaite), 6-159 (Holder), 7-246 (C Brathwaite), 8-296 (Ramdin), 9-300 (Roach), 10-330 (Taylor) Left-arm spinner Steve O’Keefe (3-63) and off-spinner Nathan Lyon (3-120) picked up three wickets apiece while pacer James Pattinson ended with two for 76. The Aussies had offered West Indies the chance to make a game of it. They proposed declaring their first innings without a run on the board in response to West Indies’ overnight score of 248, allowing the visitors seven overs to make 121, and then attempting to chase down 370 off 70 overs for victory. However, captain Jason Holder rejected the offer, allowing the game to peter out into a tame affair. Adam Voges was adjudged Man of the Series for his 375 runs in two innings without being dismissed, while Warner copped the Man of the Match award for his record hundred. SCOREBOARD WEST INDIES 1st innings (overnight 248 for seven) +D. Ramdin c Smith b O’Keefe 62 *J. Holder c Burns b O’Keefe 1 K. Roach c Burns b Lyon 15 J. Taylor c Lyon b O’Keefe 13 J. Warrican not out 21 Extras (b5, lb2, nb1) 8 TOTAL (all out, 112.1 overs) 330 Bowling: Hazlewood 18-5-49-1, Pattinson 18-3-76-2 (nb1), Lyon 46-12-120-3, Marsh 4-1-15-0, O’Keefe 26.1-7-63-3, AUSTRALIA 1st innings D. Warner not out 122 J. Burns c Roach b Warrican 26 M. Marsh c Blackwood b Warrican 21 +P. Nevill not out 7 TOTAL (2 wkts decl, 38 overs) 176 Did not bat: U Khawaja, *S Smith, A Voges, S O’Keefe, J Pattinson, J Hazlewood, N Lyon. Fall of wickets: 1-100 (Burns), 2-154 (Marsh)
KINGSTON, Jamaica:As if having all their favourite football action on one exciting app was not enough, telecommunications firm FLOW will be giving Jamaican fans an opportunity to see a UK Premiere League match of their choice.Any subscriber who downloads the FLOW Football App is eligible to win a complete prize package, which includes two tickets to a Premier League match of choice, return airline tickets to the UK, three-night hotel accommodation, as well as US$500 spending money. The competition runs from now through to February 29, 2016.In announcing the competition, John Reid, president of C&W’s consumer group, who has been leading the brand transformation across the Caribbean, had this to say, “I can’t think of a more opportune time to be a FLOW consumer as we continuously roll out innovative products and services all focused on providing a unique and unparalleled experience for our customers.”Over the past year, the company has unveiled an exciting and unrivaled suite of customer-centric products catering to sports enthusiasts, the binge-watching TV viewers, ‘app-loving techies’, and even special education apps. As such, customers now have access to an array of applications, including the FLOW Football App; FLOW To Go, where customers can access content to smart devices and phones; the Wikipedia app, which gives access to the popular search engine free of cost, and the Start Screen App to help mobile users make the most of their hand-held devices.Reid explained that the latest move is designed to reward loyal customers, while recognising that in a digital age, customers are increasingly accessing content on multiple devices.He added, “In 2015, when we were awarded the exclusive audio distribution rights for the Barclays Premier League across the Caribbean, we were able to give our customers access to the latest sports news, transfer activity and live streaming of every BPL match. Based on the number of downloads to date, it is obvious that customers love this service and we want to recognise that passion with an unforgettable experience for the lucky winner.”For this latest move, customers have to simply download the FLOW Football App, click on the advertising banner promoting the competition, enter name and contact details as requested, and then confirmation will be provided.Announcement of the winners will take place on March 1, 2016. The prize must be claimed before April 1, 2016. The prizes are non-transferable and cannot be redeemed for cash. Winners must have valid travel documents, i.e., passport, visa (where applicable) for entry to the UK.The competition is open to Flow mobile customers only.
WESTERN BUREAU: Former national football star, Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore, was one of nine prominent St James residents to have roads renamed in their honour at a ceremony hosted by the St James Parish Council at the Montego Bay Sports Complex on Tuesday. “I am deeply honoured and extremely privileged to be among the list of persons to be recognised by the St James Parish Council in such a significant way,” said Whitmore, who represented Jamaica with distinction in the 1998 World Cup Finals in France. “To have a road named after me is truly humbling. “I have spent most of my adult life dedicated to something I love, which is football. Not many people have the awesome blessing of getting up each day and working in an environment that fills their heart with such satisfaction,” continued Whitmore. “Therefore, it is my fervent desire to continue to serve my country and community by contributing in all ways I can to uplift those with whom I come in contact with, but more important, the less fortunate.” Whitmore also took the opportunity to make an impassioned plea for greater investment in the youth, citing the recent successes of two of St James football clubs. “On Saturday, the Granville Football Club won the Western Confederation Super League and Montego Bay United won the Red Stripe Premier League on Sunday,” said Whitmore. “These two championship successes have brought great pride to the west and are sterling examples of how community programmes can provide a positive alternative to our youths. “That is why I am convinced we can turn things around for our young men and women and (help them) regain their self-esteem through dignified work and community interaction.” He continued: “As I accept this gesture by the parish council, I do not only do so with a grateful heart, but also with a call for renewal in community development and greater investment in our young people.” Whitmore was one of nine honourees at the ceremony, which named 10 roadways in Montego Bay after prominent Montegonians – living and deceased – who offered exemplary service to the city through business, politics and sports. The two roadways named after Whitmore are: Theodore Whitmore Crescent, the section of roadway from the Howard Cooke Boulevard turning on to the Montego Bay Road and then right at the first roundabout in the southerly direction, passing the Catherine Hall Shopping Complex (MegaMart) to the second roundabout; and Theodore Whitmore Close, the section of roadway from Theodore Whitmore Crescent to the Montego Bay Sports Complex Bleachers’ Car Park. The other eight newly named roadways in Montego Bay are: – A.G.S. Coombs Road, named after the late former Minister of Communication and Works A.G.S. Coombs. – Arthur Gilchrist Boulevard, after the late former Mayor of Montego Bay Councillor Arthur Gilchrist. – Charles E. Sinclair Road, after the late former Mayor of Montego Bay Councillor Charles E. Sinclair. – Clarence Nelson Drive, after the late former Custos Rotulorum of St James Clarence Nelson. – Francis Tulloch Road, after businessman and former Minister of Tourism Francis Tulloch. – Glaister Dehaney Close, after businessman Glaister Dehaney. – Maffessanti Drive, after developer and builder Guiseppe Maffessanti. – Dr Marco Brown Road, after retired medical practitioner Dr Marco Brown.
PARIS (AP): When Shelby Rogers finished last season at No. 146, she set a rather modest goal for 2016 – boosting her ranking enough to gain direct entry into Grand Slam tournaments so she wouldn’t need to go through qualifying rounds. She managed to accomplish that for the French Open but barely. At No. 108, the 23-year-old American was the last player admitted to the field at the time of the rankings cut-off last month. Maybe it’s time to aim higher because just look at her now. By beating a seeded player at Roland Garros for the third time in a week, Rogers reached the first major quarter-final of her nascent career with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over No. 25 Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania yesterday. In the last 30 years, only five women ranked lower than Rogers have made it to the quarter-finals at the French Open. “I keep reminding myself to play one point at a time and that this is just another tennis match. But that’s getting a little bit harder to do as the rounds get farther,” said the 23-year-old Rogers, who is from South Carolina. “I have nothing to lose. I have no pressure. It’s just been a great experience here, and I want to keep enjoying it and keep pushing myself,” Rogers said. “I’m definitely outside of my comfort zone already, and I keep telling myself you belong here, you belong here.” When it ended, Rogers dropped her racket and covered her face with both hands. Soon enough, she was crying, so much so that Rogers was handed a tissue by 2013 Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli, who conducted the on-court interview afterwards; not that the emotional display was anything new for Rogers. “One-hundred per cent, tears all the time. Sad, happy, hungry, reading a book, watching a movie. They flow very easily,” she said through a wide smile at her news conference. “Those little puppy commercials: ‘Adopt a puppy’. No, change the channel. Can’t do it.” Only once before had Rogers even been as far as the third round at a major tournament, losing at that stage at last year’s US Open as a qualifier. Otherwise, of her nine previous Grand Slam appearances, six ended in the first round, the others in the second. Rogers’ next test comes against No. 4 Garbine Muguruza, the 2015 Wimbledon runner-up, who will be playing in her third consecutive quarter-final at Roland Garros after overwhelming 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-4. Two other fourth-round matches were suspended because of rain – No. 2 Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Tsvetana Pironkova, and No. 6 Simona Halep vs. 2011 US. Open champion Sam Stosur. Thanks to Rogers, the United States could have multiple French Open quarter-finalists for the first time since 2004. Three other American women play in the fourth round today – No. 1 Serena Williams, No. 9 Venus Williams and No. 15 Madison Keys. The last US, man in the draw, No. 15 John Isner, bowed out with a 7-6 (9), 6-4, 6-3 loss to No. 2 Andy Murray. Murray next faces No. 9 Richard Gasquet of France. Gasquet advanced to his first French Open quarter-final with a rain-interrupted 6-4, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 victory over No. 5 Kei Nishikori. Another quarter final will be defending champion Stan Wawrinka against 55th-ranked Albert Ramos-Vinolas. Wawrinka beat No. 22 Viktor Troicki 7-6 (5), 6-7 (7), 6-3, 6-2, and Ramos-Vinolas surprised No. 8 Milos Raonic 6-2, 6-4, 6-4.
BEIJING (AP): Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray advanced to the second round of the China Open with straight-set wins in back-to-back matches on centre court yesterday. Nadal needed little more than an hour to beat Paolo Lorenzi 6-1, 6-1, fending off two break points as he took time to get his serve under control in the first set. The 2005 China Open champion, seeded second in Beijing, improved his first-service percentage from 42 to 85 in the second set. Murray defeated Andreas Seppi 6-2, 7-5 in the next match, dropping serve once in the second set. Murray, who took over the No. 1 seeding when Novak Djokovic withdrew from the tournament, is playing at the China Open for the third time. He reached the quarter-finals in his debut and then the semi-finals. “I thought I did OK considering I hadn’t played much the past couple of weeks,” said Murray, who has been struggling with a shoulder injury. “But there was some good stuff in there. With each match, I’ll play better, hopefully. No injuries. Felt fine. Just need matches now.” Also, Alexander Zverev eliminated fourth-seeded Dominic Thiem 4-6, 6-1, 6-1, and Jack Sock beat Chinese wild-card entry Zhang Ze 6-3, 7-5 in other men’s matches. On the women’s side, Petra Kvitova beat Chinese qualifier Wang Yafan 6-4, 6-1 to reach the third round. The Czech, who last week won the Wuhan Open, will next face defending China Open champion Garbine Muguruza.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC): Chances given to triple-century maker Azhar Ali and extras conceded were key factors in West Indies’ loss to Pakistan in the first Test in Dubai, captain Jason Holder has said. West Indies lost to Pakistan by 56-runs despite Darren Bravo leading the fight with his eighth Test century that took the game into the final hour on the fifth day. Ali, who scored 302 not out, was dropped twice – first by Leon Johnson when on 17 and then by Jermaine Blackwood when on 190. “Obviously, credit must go to Azhar Ali, I thought he played really well. We put him down; at that stage, if we would have held him, we would have had a new batsman in,” Holder said. “But that’s cricket. If you look at it critically, it’s those one or two chances that we missed. In the second innings, Babar Azam getting out with a no-ball. Things like this, if we negate them then we have less problems going forward.” Holder says the bowlers need to improve their approach to the wicket to end the rate of front-foot-no-balls, especially pacer Shannon Gabriel. The Trinidadian fast bowler delivered 11 no-balls in the entire match, including 10 in the first innings. “It’s definitely an area we need to improve on, but if you look at the scorecard, there were a few no-balls from both sides. It’s something we have to pay attention to, Shannon was probably our head culprit,” Holder declared. “But again, he’s that kind of bowler; he runs in and gives it his all. Having said that the amount of no-balls he bowled was unacceptable and hopefully he can correct it going forward in the next Test match.”
ZURICH, Switzerland (AP): Three Leicester players will try to end the eight-year grip of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo on the FIFA Player of the Year award. Riyad Mahrez, Jamie Vardy and N’Golo Kante were named yesterday alongside Messi and Ronaldo in the 23-man list of contenders. Kante has moved to Chelsea since Leicester won the Premier League title in May. Messi won his fifth FIFA award last season and Ronaldo has won it three times. Ronaldo is the likely favourite for 2016 as a double European champion: Portugal won their first European Championship and Real Madrid won a record 11th European Cup title in last season’s Champions League. All 23 nominees play for clubs in Europe. Voting will be held by national team captains and coaches, selected media members and an online fan poll. Each section will count for 25 per cent of the final tally. FIFA will announce the three-man shortlist on December 2. The rebranded Best FIFA Awards ceremony will be held on January 9 in Zurich. Candidates: Sergio Aguero (Argentina, Manchester City), Gareth Bale (Wales, Real Madrid), Gianluigi Buffon (Italy, Juventus), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Real Madrid), Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium, Manchester City), Antoine Griezmann (France, Atletico Madrid), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden, Paris Saint-Germain/Manchester United), Andres Iniesta (Spain, Barcelona), N’Golo Kante (France, Leicester/Chelsea), Toni Kroos (Germany, Real Madrid), Robert Lewandowski (Poland, Bayern Munich), Riyad Mahrez (Algeria, Leicester), Lionel Messi (Argentina, Barcelona), Luka Modric (Croatia, Real Madrid), Manuel Neuer (Germany, Bayern Munich), Neymar (Brazil, Barcelona), Mesut Ozil (Germany, Arsenal), Dimitri Payet (France, West Ham), Paul Pogba (France, Juventus/Manchester United), Sergio Ramos (Spain, Real Madrid), Alexis Sanchez (Chile, Arsenal), Luis Suarez (Uruguay, Barcelona), Jamie Vardy (England, Leicester).