Herunga believes training in Jamaica will help push her to her best. “I think they are people who can push me because, back home, I just train alone, and here, there’s Stephenie (McPherson) and a lot of them and competition-wise, Jamaica always has athletes who can push me to my limit,” she said. Life in Jamaica is different, but Herunga admits to loving the Jamaican cuisine. “The weather is different because we have summer, we have winter, we have spring, but the weather is not that bad. It’s humid. I like the food too. It is different. I love the ackee. That’s one thing that I would take back home, and the training facilities. We don’t have the best training facility, but what we have, it’s enough to take us to Rio.” JAMAICAN TRAINING A PLUS PORTLAND, USA: It isn’t only Jamaicans who train in Jamaica who have been participating at the International Association of Athletics Federations World Indoor Championships at the Oregon Convention Centre this weekend. On Thursday, Tjipekapora Herunga of Namibia competed in the women’s 400m heats. Herunga is a student in the Faculty of Science and Sport at the University of Technology (UTech) and trains with the UTech-based MVP Track and Field Club. The Namibian was hoping to improve on her 55.40-second indoor personal best, but was unfortunately disqualified. “I came out today to run the 400m. It’s kind of hard. It was my second 400m and I came here saying I’m going out there to give my best,” she told The Gleaner. Herunga explained how she ended up in Jamaica from Windhoek, Namibia. “We watch athletics and we see most of the best world-class athletes in Jamaica,” she said. “In Namibia, we have talented people, but I don’t think we have people who can help the athletes go forward, so then our government and UTech came together and decided to give people 50 per cent of our scholarship, and that’s how we end up there and with MVP.”
LONDON (AP):Leicester City completed one of the greatest-ever sporting achievements yesterday when the 5,000-1 underdogs won the English Premier League for the first time.Leicester players were crowded around a television inside top-scorer Jamie Vardy’s house as they were handed the title by closest challengers Tottenham being held to a 2-2 draw by deposed champions Chelsea.With an insurmountable seven-point lead over Tottenham with two games remaining, Leicester are champions of England for the first time in their 132-year history.”Championes! Championes! Ole! Ole! Ole!” the jubilant Leicester players sang as they jumped up and down with their arms on each other’s shoulders inside Vardy’s house.”Nobody believed we could do it, but here we are Premier League champions and deservedly so,” Leicester captain Wes Morgan said. “I’ve never known a spirit like the one between these boys, we’re like brothers.”FIRST JAMAICA TITLE-HOLDERMorgan is the first Jamaican international to win the English Premier League.Just two years ago, Vardy and many of his teammates were playing in the second tier and then came close to instantly dropping out of the Premier League. They started this season as among the favourites to be relegated again. But last night, fans – who never dreamed their modest club in a city with a population of 330,000 would conquer wealthier rivals – descended on Leicester’s King Power Stadium to party into the night.”People saw it last season when everyone expected us to be relegated, but we fought back to prove people wrong,” Morgan said. “This season’s been a continuation of that. We’ve built on the momentum, but I don’t think anyone believed it would come to this.”Leicester, who will collect the trophy on Saturday when they host Everton at home, had not even finished higher than second since 1929.English soccer have not had a first-time champion of the top flight since Nottingham Forest in 1978. And for the last 20 years, the Premier League trophy has never left London or Manchester, with Arsenal, Chelsea, United and City sharing the trophy among them.Unlike that title-winning quartet or 1995 champion Blackburn, Leicester have achieved their success without lavish spending on their squad.Chelsea’s draw also ensured Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri became a league title winner for the first time in his career, 12 years after the 64-year-old Italian was fired by the Blues.”Let’s do it for Ranieri,” read one Chelsea fan’s banner during yesterday’s game at Stamford Bridge, where the trophy was presented to Chelsea last May.”It’s the greatest achievement in the history of English football and it was led by an Italian,” Matteo Renzi, the Italian prime minister, tweeted.Leicester missed a chance to seal the title on Sunday when they were held to a draw by Manchester United, but Chelsea ensured that the party wasn’t delayed any longer.Tottenham had to win at Chelsea to keep their bid for a first title since 1961 alive and led 2-0 thanks to goals from striker Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, before Chelsea staged a second-half fight back to draw in a fiery London derby, where tempers frayed and tackles flew in from everywhere.”What a game,” Leicester defender Robert Huth tweeted. “Makes me look like an angel! CHAMPIONS!!!”Centre half Gary Cahill pulled a goal back for Chelsea early in the second half and with Tottenham clinging on, the equalising goal was scored by Eden Hazard.Ranieri called Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink to thank him for Chelsea’s part in delivering the title to Leicester, which is owned by Thai retail giant King Power.”(Ranieri said) five times ‘Thanks’, because of the emotion,” Hiddink said. “I didn’t see any tears because it was not a Facetime conversation, but his voice was trembling a bit.”One bookmaker, Sky Bet, said it paid out £4.6 million (US$6.8 million) to punters who backed Leicester to win the title, with 128 putting money on the team at 5,000-1.No sports team has defied such odds to triumph, and Leicester’s improbablesuccess has provided a feel-good story for a country divided as they prepare to vote on whether to remain in the European Union.”Many congratulations to Leicester,” British Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted. “An extraordinary, thoroughly deserved, Premier League title.”
– Rivoli 3-4 Boys’ Town – Tivoli Gardens 2-0 Harbour View – Montego Bay 1-1 Humble Lion – Portmore 1-0 Cavalier Today’s Game: Waterhouse registered their first win of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) season after scoring a convincing 3-0 win over the University of the West Indies (UWI) at the Drewsland mini-stadium yesterday. Jermaine ‘Tuffy’ Anderson (38th and 81st) led the way with a goal in each half, sandwich by another strike from captain Damarley Samuels (45+2). However, the game ended on a sour note for the hosts as midfielder Romario Campbell was shown the red card in time added. Although not satisfied with the performance, Waterhouse coach Calvert Fitzgerald said the players showed they wanted the ‘monkey off their back’. “I am feeling good (for win) … but I am not pleased with how the team performed. We were a bit lazy, and the coordination wasn’t what I want. “But I credit them for endeavour. They wanted to win, and they showed the ambition to get the monkey off their back, so I am happy for that but not totally happy with how the team performed,” he insisted. The home team took a while to control a spirited UWI team and get the game under their control. They almost took the lead on the half-hour, but Evan Taylor, who had a Man of the Match performance, saw his shot hit the post and roll across the face of the goal. Anderson also came close but Amal Knight was equal to his low strike moments later. They eventually broke the deadlock when Anderson’s header squeezed through Knight’s legs and over the line. The home team continued to dominate, and Samuels made it 2-0 in added time with a low, fierce drive from 20 yards. Waterhouse were again the better team after the break, and they sealed the win nine minutes from time when Anderson got on to the end of Kemar Seivwright’s cross and fired under Knight to make it 3-0. In added time, Campbell was shown the red card for a retaliatory tackle on a UWI player. UWI’s coach, Marcel Gayle, was making his first return as an opposing coach to the club where he coached for more than 15 years. Yesterday’s Results 8:30 p.m. – Arnett Gardens vs Reno at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Barbados Pride, sent in by Jamaica Scorpions, were 262 for two at the close on the opening day of their first-round match in the Regional First-Class Championship at Kensington Oval here yesterday.Scores: PRIDE 262 for two (Kraigg Brathwaite 111 not out, Shamarh Brooks 49 not out, Shai Hope 77; John Campbell 1-36).AT WARNER PARK: Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, sent in by Leeward Islands Hurricanes, were 155 for three at the close on an abbreviated opening day.Scores: RED FORCE 155 for three (Evin Lewis 66, Narsingh Deonarine 43 not out, Yannick Cariah 28 not out; Gavin Tonge 2-38).AT GUYANA NATIONAL STADIUM: Guyana Jaguars, opting to bat first against Windward Islands Volcanoes, reached 287 for four at the close.Scores: JAGUARS 287 for four (Rajindra Chandrika 140 not out, Vishaul Singh 48, Shiv Chanderpaul 34, Leon Johnson 29; Shane Shillingford 3-87).
A total of 158 lots will be offered in the annual Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association of Jamaica (TOBA) yearling sale to be held in the official car park at Caymanas Park on Sunday, November 15, starting at 10 a.m.Lots are available for inspection at 8 a.m., and the accepted opening bid for any lot shall not be less than J$100,000.Prompted by TOBA for the umpteenth year, the sale usually attracts a significant number of buyers from the Eastern Caribbean, notably Trinidad and Tobago.In the past decade, the Trinidadians have been responsible for a number of record-priced yearlings with a view to racing them in Trinidad. Some have become champions, notably two-time ‘T & T Horse of the Year’ BIGMAN IN TOWN, who raced here early in his three-year-old career before he was shipped off to Trinidad by his high-profile owner, Baskaran Basswah. The rest is history.Yearlings from some of the island’s leading stud farms and from private breeders will be on show. They include leading stud farms such as HAM Stables Limited, Everglades Farms Limited, Orange Valley Estates, Lakeland Farms, Spring Park Stud Farm, Y.S. (1955) Limited, New Blue, and Argyll Farms.record priceLast year, a chestnut colt by Performing Magic out of Sea Treaty, bred by Everglades and purchased by noted Trinidadian owner Vishan Ali, fetched the record price of $4 million, surpassing the previous record of $3.8 million paid for BALLON D’OR in 2013.Meanwhile, TOBA and the Breeders Association of Jamaica, in association with Driveline Enterprises, has joined hands to host the inaugural pre-yearling sale awards dinner tonight at Jade Gardens, Sovereign Centre, starting at 7 p.m. Contribution is $5,000.- O.C.
KINGSTON: Minister of Culture, Gender Affairs, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange has lauded the work being done by the Guardian Group through its Keep It Alive 5K Night Runs, which takes place in Kingston and Montego Bay on November 5 and 12, respectively. “I am very impressed with what you’ve been able to achieve with these races. Since 2014, you’ve raised 22 million dollars to assist health care in our country, particularly hospitals. I commend you for providing this opportunity for our people to participate in a fulfilling, enjoyable and healthy event,” said Grange at yesterday’s launch at Guardian Life’s headquarters in New Kingston. According to the minister, the races fit into the ministry’s programme to increase the number of Jamaicans participating in sports as part of efforts to encourage a culture of physical fitness. “We want to see more people, at every age, playing sports. The more active we are, the healthier we will be,” the minister added. According to Grange, the ministry and Guardian Group have been “working well together in the implementation of the Jamaica Athletes’ Insurance Plan”. More than 1,200 of the country’s athletes across various disciplines are covered under the plan.
WESTERN BUREAU:Jermaine Woozencroft scored one goal and assisted in the other as Red Stripe Premier League champions Montego Bay United (MBU) outlasted FC Reno 2-0 in their western derby at Frome Sports Ground yesterday afternoon.The midfielder entered play in the 79th minute and immediately looked the part as his calm presence on the ball and his eye for spectacular passes meant that MBU, who, up to that point, were lucky to be in the game, began to stamp their class.Allan Ottey benefited from a Woozencroft corner kick in the 81st minute to score with an easy tap in.Woozencroft then scored his team’s second. The FC Reno defenders again were slow to shut the MoBay attackers down and Woozencroft capitalised with a simple pass into the goal, with Dennis Taylor, the Reno goalkeeper, wrong-footed.The champions took a step up the standings on nine points, while Reno remain on seven points, following their first loss of the season.Dino Williams’ spectacular overhead effort in the 75th minute was the closest the striker got, while at the other end, Afiba Chambers watched his close-range header as it skipped off the crossbar for Reno’s best effort.Montego Bay United gave a start to Serbian defender Zvezdan Dordilovic, and he had a fine outing in tandem with Ronaldo Rodney and central defender Ladale Richie.TEAM COHESIONDillon Thelwell, MBU’s assistant coach, believes the team is beginning to gel at the right time.”The team is looking good right now. I think we are beginning to gel, and that’s bad news for the opposition and good news for us as we go about defending our title,” said Thelwell.”Woozencroft was not looking too good in training, so we decided not to start him today (yesterday). I think that was a wake-up call for him and he came out here when he got his chance and put on a show as usual,” noted Thelwell.Reno’s technical director, Wendell Downswell, said his team’s failure to get a point from the fixture was as a result of two lapses.”We will rebound, though. We never had much luck either way today, but we are looking for three points against Portmore in our next match,” said Downswell.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP): Barcelona forward Neymar signed a three-year contract extension yesterday, tying him to the Spanish champion until 2021. Barcelona announced Neymar’s agreement to the terms of a new deal in July. The new deal includes a buyout clause that increases from €200 million (US$217 million) in its first year, to €220 million in the second year and to €250 million in the third year. The 24-year-old Neymar joined Barcelona from Brazilian club Santos in 2013. He has scored 91 goals in 150 matches, including six goals in nine matches this season. Forming a dominant attacking trio with Lionel Messi and Luis Su·rez, he has helped Barcelona win the Champions League, two Spanish leagues, two Copa del Rey trophies, and the Club World Cup. “This is great news,” Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said. “Neymar has grown into one of the best players in the world.”
ADELAIDE, Australia (CMC):Chris Jordan outshone West Indies star Kieron Pollard as Adelaide Strikers won for only the second time in five outings with a five-wicket victory over Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League here yesterday.Sent in, Hobart managed 161 for eight off their 20 overs at Adelaide Oval, with number seven Beau Webster hammering an unbeaten 67 off 43 deliveries and Jonathan Wells getting 55 from 37 balls.The pair dug Hobart out of a hole at 30 for five in the sixth over, putting on an invaluable 89 for the sixth wicket.Jordan, the Barbados-born England all-rounder, bowled superbly to claim three for 24 from his four overs.In reply, Adelaide got home in the penultimate over with left-handed opener Ben Dunk top-scoring with an unbeaten 79 from 49 balls.He added 69 for the third wicket with Brad Hodge who made 30 and then partnered with Jordan in an unbroken 31-run, sixth wicket stand to see Adelaide to victory.Jordan struck 15 not out off 14 balls with a single six.However, Pollard’s struggles with the bat continued as he made just 15 off seven balls with three fours before falling lbw to seamer Daniel Christian in the 14th over.The 29-year-old has scored just 60 runs in five innings during the tournament.With the win, Strikers climbed into sixth spot in the eight-team standings on four points while Hobart remained fifth on four points.
Residents of the Sligoville community are demanding greater usage of the Sligoville Stadium. “It’s only when events are taking place you see things happening. They don’t really service it as how they are supposed to and we are not comfortable with it. It’s a sport facility and we expect more from it. We want it used on a frequent basis, every weekend there should be a sport event here,” said Sashawna Powell. Kenrick Thomas says the community is calling out for some development and the complex is just being wasted. “We would like more things taking place that can benefit us in the community. Just once a year we can benefit (Emancifest in July 31 and August 1), so we need more things,” he commented. Talmar Warren the player/coach of the Sligoville St Catherine Division Two team says it is being used more regularly but a lot more can be done to make the complex a springboard for sports development in the community. “As it is we want people to be able to use this to find a way into the sporting arena, which ever field; football, cricket, basketball, whatever field they can go in and make a life for themselves, family and friends, that is what we want for Sligoville,” he said. Marked improvements When The Gleaner visited the multi-sports complex earlier this week, it showed marked improvements since our last visit some three years ago and the brown and cream painting on the complex suggest GC Foster had a major hand in its revitalisation. The complex consists of a 600-seat basketball and netball court, with lighting and fencing, a 1,200-seat cricket oval, a 1,500-seat football field with a six-lane, 400-metre track circling the football field. The chain-link fence enclosing the stadium, which was almost gone has been replaced. The crystallised plastic seats in the stands, the majority of which were completely destroyed, have been changed to concrete and painted over. The old torn up football nets have been changed, with the field being in good playing condition, however, the running track in not visible. The dilapidated seating at the basketball/netball court has also changed to board seats, but the courts are cracked and stained by black spots, one of the basketball hoops have been rooted out from apparent rot and wear at its foundation, with the surrounding fencing all gone except for the rotting fence posts. Five of the 11 casings for floodlights are broken and obviously needs repair based on some loose wires. – LS