MONTREAL (AP): The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) yesterday suspended the accreditation of the drug-testing laboratory in South Africa, the only accredited facility in Africa and the latest lab to be stopped from working. The South African lab won’t be able to analyse any doping samples for five months until September 30 for failing to meet WADA standards. WADA will carry out inspection visits during the suspension to ensure that improvements are made. Many other African countries, including top distance-running nations Kenya and Ethiopia, send doping test samples to the lab in the central city of Bloemfontein. They will now have to use other facilities. The South African lab previously said it would be upgrading its facilities for six months from the beginning of April and would send some samples to Doha, Qatar, to be tested during that time. The lab, which is based at Bloemfontein’s University of the Free State, said it would send urine samples to Qatar, but would still be able to analyse blood samples. Yesterday, WADA suspended it from analysing any samples. The lab can apply for the suspension to be lifted before September 30, WADA said. Bloemfontein is the latest facility to lose its accreditation. Last month, WADA suspended the accreditations of doping labs in Beijing and Lisbon, Portugal and revoked the accreditation of the lab in Moscow following allegations of wide-ranging corruption in the Russian anti-doping programme. In March, Brazil just avoided losing the accreditation of its lab in Rio de Janeiro, which needs to test thousands of doping samples at the Olympics in August.
KOLKATA, India (CMC): Global trotting Twenty20 superstar Andre Russell says his ultimate goal is to create a rich legacy in cricket’s shortest format by setting the bar as high as he possibly can. The West Indies all-rounder was speaking in a post-match interview after a small but impressive cameo with the bat and brilliant death bowling that spurred Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to an exciting seven-run victory over Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Wednesday. Russell lashed 16 from 10 balls at the death as KKR rallied to 164 for three and crippled Kings XI run chase with a fiery opening spell that reduced them to 13 for three in the fourth over. “This is what I really work hard for. I am an all-rounder. I know my job is not very easy. My job is very hard,” said the Jamaican cricketer. “So I don’t have a problem batting until the end then coming and bowl the first over of the innings and bowl the last over. I don’t mind doing it.” Russell, who started his innings in the 17th over, belted a four and a six in a 27-run third wicket partnership and returned to capture four wickets for 20 runs from his four overs. With Kings XI needing 12 runs from the final over, Man-of-the- Match Russell conceded just four runs and also effected a run-out and grabbed his fourth wicket. “I think as a youngster part of my legacy I plan to leave behind, I want to set the bar as high as possible. So I love these challenges,” said Russell, a member of the West Indies team that defeated England in the finals to regain the T20 World Cup recently. “I enjoy bowling in this moment where you know it is either I can win the game for my team, or if it goes the other way, I learn from it and take a positive from it knowing next time what can I do different. So I enjoy the load and I just want to go from strength to strength.” With the victory, KKR joined new boys Gujarat Lions on 12 points but topped the standings courtesy of a superior net run rate.
The inaugural running of the Ronron Trophy, in honour of the crack imported filly who won a string of grade-one races for trainer Gary Subratie and owner Kenval Wallace some years ago, is the feature event at Caymanas Park today.The race, a restricted stakes at 1200 metres (non winners of three), will be contested by 12 starters and offers cash incentives to the winning trainer, jockey and groom, thanks to Wallace’s contribution.Top contenders are ROYAL ASSAULT, to be ridden by hot apprentice Linton Steadman for trainer Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes, ROAD WI SEH with O’Brien White, riding for trainer Lorne Kirlew, as well as Wayne DaCosta-trained SILVER CLOUD under title-chasing jockey Robert Halledeen,Richard Azan’s PIZARRO, with apprentice Odean Edwards, and WINGS OF HOPE, to be ridden by former champion, Wesley ‘Callaloo’ Henry, for trainer Harry Parsard.THREERACESFROMEIGHTSTARTSROYAL ASSAULT, who has good speed, has won three races from eight starts, most recent on September 9, staving off fast-finishing WINGS OF HOPE by half a length in a fast-run 1100-metre race.Since then, ROYAL ASSAULT finished a good second from a bad draw to LONG RUNNING TRAIN in a fast-run straight-five race. Returning the convenient mark of 51.0kg, by virtue of Steadman’s 3.0kg claiming allowance, he will not go down easily given these favourable conditions.He can expect stiff competition from the August 8 TOBA Trophy winner, ROAD WI SEH and WINGS OF HOPE. All three are in good nick and should give good account of themselves. ROYAL ASSAULT, however, should rebound and take home the trophy.Other firm fancies on the card are Wayne DaCosta-trained VISION OF GOLD to go one better in the Abbie Grannum Memorial Cup over 1400 metres for native bred two-year-olds; TWILIGHT ROCKET, to finally get it right with Ellis aboard in the opening race over 1300m for maiden four-year-olds and up; stretch-running COLD GROUND, to catch UNBREAKABLE in the fourth over 1820 metres; as well as BLACK BOY in the fifth; and down-in-class DI COBRE are also among the hopefuls to catch speedy WINESHA in the seventh over the straight-five course.
English Premier League StandingsStandingsPOS LP CLUB P W D L GF GA GD PTS1 (3) Arsenal 22 13 5 4 37 21 16 442 (1) Leicester City 22 12 8 2 39 26 13 443 (2) Manchester City 22 13 4 5 43 21 22 434 (4) Tottenham Hotspur 22 10 9 3 38 18 20 395 (6) Manchester United 22 10 7 5 28 20 8 376 (5) West Ham United 22 9 8 5 34 26 8 357 (7) Stoke City 22 9 6 7 24 22 2 338 (8) Crystal Palace 22 9 4 9 23 24 -1 319 (9) Liverpool 22 8 7 7 25 28 -3 3110 (10) Southampton 22 8 6 8 31 24 7 3011 (11) Everton 22 6 11 5 39 32 7 2912 (12) Watford 21 8 5 8 25 24 1 2913 (13) West Bromwich Albion 22 7 6 9 22 30 -8 2714 (14) Chelsea 22 6 7 9 31 34 -3 2515 (15) Bournemouth 22 6 6 10 26 37 -11 2416 (16) Norwich City 22 6 5 11 24 38 -14 2317 (17) Newcastle United 22 5 6 11 24 39 -15 2118 (18) Swansea City 21 4 7 10 19 30 -11 1919 (19) Sunderland 22 5 3 14 27 45 -18 1820 (20) Aston Villa 22 2 6 14 18 38 -20 12
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):West Indies suffered their second straight warm-up loss in preparation for next week’s start of the Tri-Nations Series when they went down to a Barbados Select XI by four wickets yesterday.Similar to Wednesday’s first game, their batting struggled again, and they could only muster 200 for nine from their 45 overs at 3Ws Oval of the UWI Cave Hill Campus.Several batsmen got starts, but failed to carry on as left-hander Jonathan Carter top-scored with 36, Marlon Samuels got 33 and opener Andre Fletcher, 31.New-ball bowler Kyle Mayers led the Select XI with four for 47 from eight overs.In reply, rookie Aaron Jones stroked an enterprising top score of 49 while Test batsman Shai Hope followed up his half century in the first game with 48, as the Select XI eased to victory in the 43rd over.The two warm-up games formed part of the preparation camp for the June 3-26 tournament which also involves World champions, Australia, and South Africa.And head coach Phil Simmons would have been disappointed to see his leading batsmen getting starts but failing to convert.Johnson Charles struck two boundaries in the opening over before he was bowled by Mayers off the final ball for ten, paving the way for a 49-run, second wicket stand between Fletcher and Darren Bravo (21).Both fell in the space of 28 balls with eight runs added at 68 for three before Carter anchored two key stands to steady the innings.He put on 50 for the fourth wicket with Samuels who struck a four and a six off 51 balls and a further 41 for the fifth wicket with Denesh Ramdin whose 27 required 22 balls.Sulieman Benn came at the end to belt three sixes in an unbeaten 18-ball 22.
KINGSTON: Rising star Julian Morrison served off as the favourite as the 2016 Liguanea Club Open squash tournament, which got under way on Monday night. The former Caribbean junior champion is among 38 players vying for top honours in the week-long competition. Although highly touted, Morrison can take nothing for granted as the tournament employs a handicap format which creates a level playing field regardless of the competitors’ experience and skill levels. In addition, male and female players are going head to head as the competition has a gender-neutral draw. Facing stiff odds due to the handicaps, Morrison beat Roger Grant 21-19, 21-19 to start his campaign on the right note. The senior national team player has come into the competition razor-sharp, having played two highly competitive overseas tournaments within the last two months. However, the wide open field of competitors includes senior national team member Nathlee Boreland, who beat Mark Haddad 21-19, 21-19 in first round action. Also in contention is the skilled and strategic Stewart Maxwell, who defeated Alan Johnston 21-19, 21-19. Other early winners include Dave Morrison, who beat Nicola Guy 9-21, 22-20, 21-18 and Andrew Shim, who stopped Stuart Reid 21-16, 21-13. Tournament director David Harrison said the handicap format will keep spectators guessing right up until the final match. “We’re talking about a situation where the most skilled and experienced players are on even footing with any other contender, so every match is unpredictable,” he explained. “The Liguanea Club Open is always one of the most exciting tournaments on the squash calendar, and we anticipate that the 2016 competition will continue this tradition,” Harrison added. The competition, which began on Monday night, will run until Saturday, October 1, at the Liguanea Club in New Kingston. The early rounds will be played up to today and then the quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals will be held tomorrow, Friday and Saturday, respectively. Matches start at 5:30 p.m. each evening. The 2016 Liguaea Club Open Squash Tournament is sponsored by Total, UHY Dawgen, Avis, Lifespan, KLAS ESPN Sports FM, Epic Technologies, Jamaica Biscuit Company and Cari-Med.
David James, the father of late St George’s College Manning Cup footballer and captain, Dominic James, says he is open to the idea of starting a foundation or scholarship fund in his son’s name. But although he has heard talks on the outside of putting together a charitable organisation to honour his son’s memory, James says he is yet to be approached by anyone. However, he revealed that he and his wife, Denise, had long-standing plans to launch an organisation like that prior to his passing, and his untimely death has only urged them to get such an organisation in his name established and off the ground. “We were looking ahead to when Dominic would have gone on to university. Denise and I thought about it and what we could do for young boys, who were just less fortunate. Having worked with him in situations (with less fortunate teammates) and him having represented so many clubs, we saw the need to assist with some of these young boys. “Sometimes you had boys coming to training not well prepared in their bellies, going home and not knowing what they will have, so we felt that if we could do something to help them, then it would be good, and this is a chance to do just that.” The senior James told The Gleaner that he has heard the matter mentioned unofficially in some quarters, but he has not been contacted about getting such a project off the ground, but it is something that he would greatly welcome from any interested party. “We have thought about it, and we hear talks about something being set up in his name, so anyone contemplating the idea, we hope that we can work together with them to get something set up in his name,” the grieving father commented. However, he would love get the project up and running before the year ends, when the schoolboy football competition is still in progress, as he thinks it’s significance will be greater served and its impact will be more far-reaching and more effective. Dominic James passed away on September 20 after he collapsed on field during a Manning Cup match between St George’s College and Excelsior at Stadium East, leaving the entire local football fraternity in mourning. However, with all the outpouring of love and affection for the prodigious midfielder, popularly called ‘Delly’, David James is hoping that with some assistance, he would establish something in lasting memory of the inspirational player. Meanwhile, the funeral service for James will be held next Saturday at the Holy Trinity Cathedral. HASN’T BEEN CONTACTED
Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny “It feels perfectly believable and unbelievable,” Vandeweghe said. “I’m ready for a vacation.”The Belarus pair led 5-2 in the second set and served to level at one-set apiece in the eighth, 10th and 12th games. The Americans dominated the tiebreaker, winning five of the last six points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogSasnovich had kept Belarus alive after beating U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens 4-6, 6-1, 8-6 to leave the final level at 2-2 on the indoor hard-court Chizhovka Arena.Vandeweghe earlier beat Sabalenka 7-6 (5), 6-1 to give the U.S. a 2-1 lead. Rodriguez key at both ends as Switzerland reaches World Cup 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 United States’ team celebrates during the awarding ceremony after winning the Fed Cup final match between Belarus and USA, in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, Nov.12, 2017. United States defeated Belarus 3-2 and gained the Fed Cup title. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)MINSK, Belarus — A 17-year championship drought came to an end Sunday for the United States when it beat Belarus 3-2 to take its 18th Fed Cup title.CoCo Vandeweghe and Shelby Rogers defeated Aryna Sabalenka and Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-3, 7-6 (3) in the deciding doubles of the 2017 final. It was the first Fed Cup title for the U.S. since 2000.ADVERTISEMENT Vandeweghe proved the difference between the two teams. She has won all eight Fed Cup matches she’s played this season — six singles and two doubles. Vandeweghe is the first player to win eight matches since the current eight-team World Group format was introduced in 2005.“I had a great time out there,” Vandeweghe said. “I really relished in that moment of having the crowd against me and firing myself up and believing in myself.”The 25-year-old Vandeweghe is also the first player to win the maximum six Fed Cup singles in a year since Petra Kvitova for the Czech Republic in 2011.Stephens has lost six matches since winning the U.S. Open in September. She lost both singles matches here in Minsk, including to Sabalenka on Saturday.Stephens served for the match against Sasnovich at 5-3 in the third set, but was unable to clinch the title for the United States. It took Sasnovich two attempts, at 6-5 and 7-6 in the third set, to serve out the match.Sabalenka had an opportunity to take an early lead against Vandeweghe when leading 5-4 but failed to take advantage of a set point on Vandeweghe’s serve in the 10th game.Sabalenka led 4-1 in the tiebreaker but surrendered her lead to a more measured Vandeweghe, who clinched the first set when the Belarussian blasted a forehand wide while going for a winner.Vandeweghe then jumped out to a 5-0 lead before Sabalenka won her only game of the second set.“I know she was going to keep swinging,” Vandeweghe said. “I know what I had to do and knew what I expected she would do. I just kept the pressure on.” Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? MOST READ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Kathy Rinaldi, in her inaugural season in charge of the Americans, became the first female captain in the tournament to lead a Fed Cup team to victory since Billie Jean King for the U.S. in 2000.“It’s been an incredible ride thanks to these ladies,” Rinaldi said. “We’re family and we’ve had each other’s backs. This was a very tough match.”The U.S. holds the most Fed Cup titles in the international team competition. This was its fourth Fed Cup final since last winning in 2000. It lost the 2003, 2009 and 2010 finals.Belarus was making its first appearance in a Fed Cup final.“We are really satisfied we gained this result,” Belarus captain Eduard Dubrou said. “Today’s match has showed we have a good team because last time we faced the team of USA it was 5-love and today we were really close to a good result for us.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
LATEST STORIES Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone 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 What compounded the Elasto Painters’ problems was their last field goal in the game was in the 1:51 mark of the fourth when Beau Belga’s layup cut the deficit to 87-83.“I guess it’s a poor defensive game and it was complimented by a bad offensive game, and that became a disaster,” said Tiu who had 14 points and four assists as Rain or Shine slipped to 1-1.“We didn’t execute very well, which led to a lot of easy points for them, and their confidence just grew. It’s hard to play against a team with that much confidence.”ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Belo explodes as Blackwater earns first win at expense of Rain or Shine Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Rain or Shine’s ending to the year 2017 wasn’t as colorful as it hoped it would be.The Elasto Painters suffered a disappointing 92-87 loss to Blackwater in a game they could’ve prevented from getting into the wayside.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Point guard Chris Tiu said what they put on the defensive end was a sorry excuse against a team that had already began building confidence in the early stages of the match.“Our defense was spotty today, we gave up a lot of open shots, and most of their shots were unchallenged,” said Tiu Friday at Cuneta Astrodome. “Blackwater was already feeling confident and they were shooting well especially in the first half.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBlackwater tallied 45.5 percent from the three-point range, going 5-of-11 in the first half alone, while scoring 11 points on the break to take a 47-44 lead heading into the break.Rain or Shine then saw the Elite close the game out with a 13-6 run with Mac Belo capping it off with an open three-pointer with 1:39 left in the game. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
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