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INCREASING PORTION If you’re planning to attend ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships at the National Stadium from March 15 to 19, you’ll need a ticket. Colleen Montague, the head of ISSA’s Champs planning committee, told Champs Watch this week how to purchase the most sought-after tickets in local sport. Regarding tickets to the Stadium grandstand, Mrs Montague said the first step is to place an order. That is done via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. “Once that is placed, we try to facilitate as many persons as we can,” she outlined. “Depending on the availability of tickets and if you order, say five, we will proceed to inform you if we can supply you with the five tickets, based on your request and what we have available.” General ticket sales start at 8 a.m. on March 12, the Saturday before Champs at the stadium’s ticket office. As in previous years, sales will continue at the Stadium throughout the days of Champs from March 15 to 19. Asked how many grandstand tickets are available, she said, “It varies, and there’s no definitive number as to what is available for spectators because it is dependent on the requests that have been already filled by the email order, and it’s dependent on the number of complimentary tickets that we have available to the pool.” She dispelled the notion that sponsors are getting an ever increasing portion of the tickets to the grandstand. “We don’t give the sponsors any more tickets than we have in our contractual arrangements which are set over a period of time, so the sponsors are not the main takers of tickets in no way, form or fashion,” she continued. Especially because income from Champs and schoolboy football funds 13 other high-school sports which are not sponsored, Mrs Montague is hoping Champs will be well attended. She recounted that in 2015, on the final day of the event, tickets to the National Stadium bleachers were sold out. “It certainly promises to be a full Stadium. Certainly, on the Saturday. We hope it will spread across the other days,” she added. She pinpointed the popular Friday-evening session of finals, which include the 400 metres hurdles and the 100 metres. – Hubert Lawrence has attended Champs since 1980.
With the tour of Sri Lanka beginning next month, he said he was already working on improving his batting with the aim of getting among the runs. “I have been doing some technical work in the nets,” he noted. “I know Sri Lanka is going to be a tough place to score runs with a lot of balls spinning and turning, and hopefully I can get a good start and cash in once I get a start.” Ramdin led the side for just over a year, during which time he faced tough series against the likes of England and Australia. West Indies managed to draw the three-match series against England after falling behind 1-0, but lost both Tests of a similar home series to Australia. Ramdin said despite the disappointment of losing the captaincy, he was in “a good place” in his life. “I was a little disappointed, but I looked back at it and I am really happy at this point in my life and I am not going to let anything stress me out,” he said. “I have a fantastic young boy coming up and everything is for him and my wife, so I think I am in a good place right now.” He added: “He (Holder) has handled himself quite nicely in the one-day series and in the World Cup, so hopefully he can take that over to the Test team. He is a very good guy to work with. “He will just have to learn from his experience and the senior guys around him will have to guide him.” IMPROVING HIS BATTING PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): Denesh Ramdin has admitted to being a “little disappointed” after being sacked as Test captain on Friday, but said he now plans to focus on his family, improving his batting, and providing as much support as he can to his replacement Jason Holder. The 30-year-old Ramdin assumed the captaincy 15 months ago after taking over from Darren Sammy, winning four Tests, losing seven and drawing two. In explaining the decision to replace Ramdin, chief selector Clive Lloyd said they wanted him to produce more with the bat. “When I look back at it, in addition to being captain, there were a lot of times I went in to bat with not a lot of runs on the board and a lot of wickets falling, and plus sometimes after keeping for a day and a half and then having to come in and bat after an hour,” the Trinidad Express newspaper quoted Ramdin as saying. “It is really tough, but I guess I will have a lot more time to relax more and to focus more on my side of things.” Ramdin experienced a poor run with the bat during his tenure as captain, managing just 472 runs at an average of 22, with two half-centuries.
Western Bureau:With the monkey finally off their backs, St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS) go in search of another victory in the ISSA/Flow daCosta Cup this afternoon against BB Coke in one of 17 scheduled matches.STETHS, who defeated Group E rivals Munro College 1-0 on Saturday, appear now to be hitting their strides, with a first win in three matches. They, however, still trail Lacovia High in the race for group honours. Lacovia lead with seven points after three matches.Surprise team of the group, Maggotty, and STETHS, have five points each, but Maggotty have a better goal difference. BB Coke have four points, with Newell and Munro on a single point each.A win for BB Coke today would leave a group which many pundits had earmarked for STETHS and Lacovia wide open.Other ties in the group pit Maggotty against Lacovia at the Appleton Sports Complex, while Munro host Newell in what could be the pivotal game for them if they are to entertain any hope of moving beyond the first round.Omar Wedderburn, the STETHS coach, said it comes as no surprise to him that other teams are showing real quality in group play.”Maggotty and BB Coke are proving very tough and Lacovia for the past three years or so have been very competitive. So for this game, it’s very important that we get three points,” said Wedderburn.”We are feeling good about our chances because we need to get back to the top of the group where we feel we really belong, and we will get there, but it’s a game at a time,” he added.
MELBOURNE, Australia (CMC):Under-fire Chris Gayle has apologised for comments made to a female reporter during a live television interview in Australia.Gayle has described his comments to Network Ten’s Mel McLaughlin as “a simple joke”, saying his intention was not to disrespect her.The flamboyant West Indies cricketer, who plays for Melbourne Renegades in Australia’s Big Bash League (BBL), has been fined AUS$10,000 (US$7,200) by the franchise.”If she felt that way, I’m really sorry for that. There wasn’t any harm meant in that particular way, to harm any particular person in any particular way like that,” Gayle told reporters at Melbourne Airport after touching down with his teammates.”It was a simple joke … . I don’t know how it reached this far, to be honest. It is one of those things.”During the interview with McLaughlin after his explosive 41, Gayle said: “Hopefully, we can win and go for a drink after. Don’t blush, baby.”His comments have been heavily criticised, with the BBL blasting them as “disrespectful and simply inappropriate”.Gayle said he has been unsuccessful in his efforts to contact McLaughlin to apologise to her.”It seemed to be blown out of proportion. There wasn’t anything at all meant to be disrespectful to Mel. It was a simple comment, a simple joke,” he insisted.”No, I didn’t get a chance to. I tried to reach out to her last night, but it didn’t happen.”
2-0 LEAD HIGH PRAISES Swaby entered the match in the 69th minute for Kemeel Wolfe and scored two minutes later to put his team 2-0 ahead. However, Portmore got a vital goal when Ricketts slotted home 15 minutes from the end. Humble Lion’s head coach, Vessel Reynolds, was elated for the win heading into the second-leg semi-final next Monday at the Anthony Spaulding Complex in Trench Town, starting at 6 p.m. “It was a good performance as Portmore are technically a very good team. We have been improving in our finishing and got two goals today,” Reynolds told The Gleaner. Looking ahead to the next game, the head coach said: “I am very confident as the team is peaking at the right time.” Swaby, who returned from injury and started on the bench, was full of praise for his team. “It feels good to come off the bench, and to score the second goal, but it was a team effort. We will focus on the next game against Portmore,” Swaby said. Jeffrey Hewitt, Portmore’s head coach, said the tie is far from over. “Humble Lion did well and gained the advantage, but we have everything to play for in the next game,” Hewitt said. The winners on aggregate will advance to the final. Montego Bay United will host defending champions Arnett Gardens at the Montego Bay Sports Complex tonight, starting at 8:40 o’clock in the second semi-final. At the Red Stripe Premier League press briefing last Thursday, Arnett’s coach Jerome Waite said his team was “fully recovered (from the recent Caribbean Club Championships) and ready for the semi-finals”. Montego Bay United director Lincoln White said: “We are ready to regain the title from Arnett Gardens. Coach Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis will field the strongest team.” Humble Lion made home advantage count yesterday when they edged Portmore United 2-1 at the Effortville Community Centre in their first-leg Red Stripe Premier League semi-final. Ricardo Cousins scored in the 59th minute and substitute Francois Swaby the 71, to put Portmore 2-0 up before Osani Ricketts pulled a goal back for Portmore in the 75th minute. Humble Lion started well and looked more purposeful as a result of good link-up play from captain Wolry Wolfe, Cousins and Andrew Vanzie in midfield. Portmore countered with captain Omar Daley, Ewan Grandison, and Ricardo Morris. The half ended 0-0. In the second half, Cousins sent the home crowd into wild celebrations when he sent a shot from inside the 18-yard box past Portmore’s goalkeeper Shaven-Sean Paul.
Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls went down 63-50 to hosts England in game two of their three test series in Manchester, England, yesterday.The series is now tied at 1-1 after the Sunshine Girls’ 66-49 victory in the opening match on Tuesday.Captain and Player of the Match Ama Agbeze led the way in defence for England while Joanne Harten and Kadeen Corbin were relentless in their shooting accuracy with 91 per cent .Harten and Corbin were ruthless under the posts as the Roses forged a 10-goal advantage to lead 27-17 at the end of the first quarter.Sunshine Girls shooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid could not repeat the dominance she showed in the opening match, with Agbeze giving her a tougher test inside the circle as England extended their lead to 32-20 at half time.The deciding game is set for Sunday.
Sancho: TTFA chief has questions to answer PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): Former Sports Minister Brent Sancho says the dramatic resignation of men’s head coach Tom Saintfiet has left Football Association president, David John-Williams, with plenty explaining to do. The 43-year-old Belgian quit the post on Tuesday after a mere five weeks in charge, citing a lack of support from the FA and also claiming that John-Williams had “double-guessed” his appointment from the very first day. “I think that is where he has some very strong questioning to face. I think the statements made by Mr Saintfiet contains some very serious allegations as it relates to staff selection and player selection,” Sancho contended. Outlaws keeping tabs on Russell LONDON (CMC): Nottinghamshire are weighing up another move for West Indies Twenty20 star Andre Russell, as they seek to strengthen for next summer’s T20 Blast. The 29-year-old impressed in three outings for the Outlaws last season and new head coach Peter Moores said the English County side was monitoring his availability with the hope of once again securing his services. “I would think Andre Russell is at the top of most people’s lists to sign. He’s very much someone who bowls with pace and he hits the ball as cleanly as anyone in the game,” said the former England head coach. Narine fails to stop record run chase MELBOURNE, Australia (CMC): A disruptive spell from West Indies Twenty20 star spinner Sunil Narine for Melbourne Renegades was upstaged by a maiden Twenty20 hundred from Ben McDermott that set up a thrilling, record two-wicket victory for the Hobart Hurricanes in a high-scoring Big Bash League match yesterday. Narine was the most successful bowler for the Renegades, grabbing three for 27 from four overs, but the 22-year-old McDermott smashed eight fours and nine sixes in 114 from 52 balls to put the Hurricanes firmly on course for a target of 223 at the Docklands Stadium and the highest successful run chase in the tournament’s history. Before Narine trapped him leg before wicket in the 16th over, McDermott shared 151 for the third wicket with Australia international George Bailey. Earlier, Australia international Aaron Finch hit the top score of 63 from 40 balls and Netherlands international Tom Cooper supported with an unbeaten 53 from 24 balls, as the Renegades posted 222 for four from their allocation of 20 overs.
Flyweight Ian Clark Bautista, light heavyweight John Marvin and light-flyweight Carlo Paalam are also expected to vie for the golds after Abap president Ricky Vargas had told the team that losing would definitely be unacceptable.“Our president said there’s no excuse for failure. We gave all the things that the boxers needed plus the sufficient exposure,’’ said Picson during the Philippine Sportswriters Association forum at the Golden Phoenix Hotel.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Bautista and Fernandez captured gold medals in the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore.“We’re hoping that since everything is being done properly, our boxers and coaches will deliver,’’ said Picson. Some senators dismayed by WBO review of Pacquiao-Horn match Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade “Our counterparts are putting a lot of emphasis on this age-group because this is where it all begins as the boxers get to the youth championships (17-18 years) and then to the elite level,’’ said Picson.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Philippines’ Eumir Felix Marcial, right, celebrates winning the fight against Singapore’s Tay Jia Wei. Singapore SEA Games Organizing Committee /The Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines is sending a full deck of boxers built to sweep the gold medals in the 29th Southeast Asian Games.There are only six weight categories in the Kuala Lumpur SEAG next month and Abap executive director Ed Picson said they’re fielding in a complete lineup headed by lightwelter weight Charly Suarez, middleweight Eumir Felix Marcial and bantamweight Mario Fernandez.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) View comments MOST READ Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES He also explained in the weekly forum backed by Accel, Pagcor and San Miguel Corporation that the tight schedule of the SEA Games and the forthcoming Aiba World Championships in Hamburg, Germany forced them to make a tough choice among the boxers.Rio De Janeiro Olympian Rogen Ladon (light flyweight) and flyweight Daniel Maamo were chosen to compete in the world championships. Picson said Marcial also made it to the world championships but they felt Marcial would be better off in the SEAG.“It seems that the public is more aware and concerned with the SEA Games rather than the world championships,’’ said Picson. “We had to consider public perception.’’Prior to the KL Games (Aug. 19-30) and the world championships (Aug. 25-Sept.2), Filipino boxers will also figure in the Asian Junior Boxing Championships in Puerto Princesa, Palawan on Aug. 1-8.Around 20 to 30 Asian nations are expected to attend the junior continental meet reserved for boxers aged 15 to 16 years old.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano
“Once we get fully healthy, we’ll be a different team and right now, we’re still finding our way, but I’m proud of the team that we gave our full effort. We just need to focus on certain areas that we want and don’t fall on the same stuff in the next one.”But for the Fil-Am sniper, he doesn’t want San Miguel to fall on the trap of playing the waiting game, saying that his team must find a way to rectify its miscues this early than feel sorry in the future.“We just got to get better at the things that we make mistakes on and learn from them,” he said, highlighting the poor start that saw the Beermen trail by 15 early, 25-10.“Of course, you want to play the full 48 minutes and that’s the key. If we could play the full 48 minutes, we could set the tone and play our style of brand. We can’t play two quarters, two-and-a-half, three-and-a-half, we got to play four quarters. That’s the key of beating any team. We can’t to come out and be down. We got to play the full four quarters.”And it starts in practice as San Miguel eyes to bounce back against Alaska on Saturday in Angeles City in Pampanga.ADVERTISEMENT Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Hamilton wins Belgian GP to trim Vettel’s lead to 7 points Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SMB coach Leo Austria continued to thread the needle with prized big man June Mar Fajardo as the veteran mentor keeping the three-time PBA Most Valuable Player on minutes restriction to give him time to recover from his calf injury while also keeping him fresh for the bigger wars ahead.But with Fajardo out, San Miguel suffered another close shave, this time losing to surprise contender NLEX, 103-100, on Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Lassiter, though, remains upbeat knowing that the Beermen have enough talent to win.“We got enough talent to beat teams, and every one from the bench can compete with anybody. We know we can compete at a high level so we just got to continue playing San Miguel ball and make sure that whoever’s out there, we’ll come out and play hard,” he said. Marcio Lassiter. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netMarcio Lassiter will be the first to admit that right now, San Miguel is not the same team that won the first two championships this season.“It’s just different for us right now. We’re not used to playing this type of lineup all the time,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite MOST READ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments “I can’t think about the last five games we played. I’m thinking about the sixth game that’s coming up. That’s all I can think about. One game at a time. This loss hurts, but it is what it is and we got to bounce back,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next