Jamaica Observer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/ JamaicaObserver.com, the most concise and in-depth website for news coverage on Jamaica and the Caribbean. Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 Roses wither as Sunshine Girls cop series http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Roses-wither-as-Sunshine-Girls-cop-series_82630 The Jamaica Sunshine Girls beat the England Roses 64-57 in the final and deciding Test of the three-Test Vitality International Netball series to cap an impressive 2-1 series victory.<br /> <br /> In the third Test, Jamaica led at the half, 33-29. however, England, with the support of the home crowd, roared back to level the scores 46-46 at the end of the third quarter.<br /> <br /> After lively exchanges at the beginning of the fourth quarter, the England Roses crumbled under pressure towards the end of the quarter. The Sunshine Girls showed extreme composure and surged ahead emphatically to win 64-57.<br /> <br /> The Sunshine Girls won the first Test 66-49 in London, but went down in the second Test 63-50 in Manchester to set up the thrilling decider in Coventry at the Ricoh Arena.<br /> <br /> Jamaica&rsquo;s goal attack Shanice Beckford copped the Player of the Match honours in the third Test, while Jamaica&rsquo;s goal shooter Jhanelle Fowler-Reid was awarded the Player of the Series title. <br /> <br /> &mdash; Zaheer Clarke http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13480458/245168_71717_repro_w300.jpg Local Sports Monday, December 05, 2016 12:00 AM &lsquo;Teddy&rsquo; inspires TG to win over Arnett http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/-Teddy--inspires-TG-to-win-over-Arnett_82644 Two goals in four minutes propelled Tivoli Gardens to a come-from-behind 3-2 win over Arnett Gardens in their Red Stripe Premier League game at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex yesterday. <br /> <br /> Once again, former national player Jermaine &lsquo;Teddy&rsquo; Johnson was unstoppable, assisting in two goals before capping off a fine evening with a brilliant solo effort in the 59th minute that sealed the victory.<br /> <br /> The towering Newton Sterling gave the visiting Arnett Gardens a third-minute lead turning in a Steve Clarke cross. But Tivoli struck back with goals from Mitchily Waul and Barrington Pryce in the 27th and 31st minutes, respectively. <br /> <br /> With Arnett Gardens pressing for the equalising goal, Johnson collected a long clearance on the halfway line on his chest, and with two defenders on him, he went on a brilliant solo run, turned the diminutive Shawn McKoy inside out before firing across goalkeeper Damian Hyatt.<br /> <br /> Sterling then returned in the closing minutes, firing home in the 80th minute after his initial header rebounded kindly to him and setting the stage for a tense final few minutes.<br /> <br /> Arnett Gardens did come close on a few occasions, and when former Tivoli Gardens defender Ranike Anderson somehow headed wide from close range, the home team held on for a deserved victory.<br /> <br /> It was the fourth-consecutive win for Tivoli Gardens and their eighth overall as they jumped into third spot with 26 points.<br /> <br /> Head Coach Omar Edwards had high praises for Johnson and his relatively young guns. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;It was a spirited display. We went down early in the game by not marking properly and I considered that a gift to Newton Sterling. However, we managed to pick ourselves up, especially in the first half, and scored two goal,&rdquo; said Edwards, who is also the National Under-17 assistant coach.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, Arnett Gardens, who were losing for the third time in their last four games, remained in sixth position with 19 points. <br /> <br /> Head Coach Jerome Waite was clearly disappointed.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We started out with a little more urgency than the Tivoli team and scored, but after that we surrendered the midfield and gave the opponent the opportunity to come back in the game,&rdquo; said Waite, who is the assistant head coach of Jamaica senior team.<br /> <br /> In other games on Sunday, Boys&rsquo; Town clipped Waterhouse 2-1 at Drewsland, which saw Irvino English of Waterhouse and Wayne Ellis of Boys&rsquo; Town both red-carded in the 54th minute. <br /> <br /> Champions Montego Bay United edged Maverley Hughenden 1-0 and maintained their lead atop of the table with 31 points. There were 0-0 draws between Jamalco FC and Humble Lion, and Reno FC and Harbour View.<br /> <br /> Teams:<br /> <br /> Tivoli Gardens &mdash; Davin Watkins, Shavar Campbell, Barrington Pryce, Romaine Breakenridge, Nicholas Smith, Rohan Reid (Nickoy Christian 70th), Tevin Shaw, Ajuma Johnson, Jermaine Johnson (Miguel Ricketts 75th), Elton Thompson, Mitchily Waul (Marvin Stewart 56th).<br /> <br /> Subs not used: Nicholas Clarke, Junior McGregor, Rushane Facey, Kemar Seivwright.<br /> <br /> Booked: Johnson (52nd), Smith (82nd).<br /> <br /> Arnett Gardens &mdash; Damian Hyatt, O&rsquo;Neil Thompson, Jamar Martin, Ranike Anderson, Jason Moore, Marvin Morgan, Shawn McKoy, Fabian Reid (Leon Strickland 57th), Lennox Russell (Kemal Malcolm 68th), Steve Ckarke (Michaelos Martin 68th), Newton Sterling.<br /> <br /> Subs not used: Carlloyd Walters, Neicko Williams, Jabeur Johnson, Damari Deacon.<br /> <br /> Booked: McKoy (38th), Anderson (52nd).<br /> <br /> Referee: Oshane Nation<br /> <br /> Assistant Referees: Stacey-Ann Greyson,<br /> <br /> Princess Brown.<br /> <br /> Fourth Official: Odette Hamilton<br /> <br /> Match Commissary: Fitzroy Reid.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Howard Walker http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13480376/245178_71725_repro_w300.jpg Local Sports Monday, December 05, 2016 12:00 AM I am Jamaican! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/I-am-Jamaican-_82631 Something that I have constantly heard, or read, is that the Jamaica Football Federation has ignored home-grown players and has instead opted to use &ldquo;average and mediocre&rdquo; foreign-born players. <br /> <br /> When I say foreign players, more often than not, it is a direct reference to Jamaican footballers born and raised in England. <br /> <br /> As an English-based player, I would like to share my thoughts on the issue.<br /> <br /> To begin, Jamaican-born players Raheem Sterling and our latest prodigy, Leon Bailey, are very highly thought of in football circles, but have chosen not to represent their country of their birth. <br /> <br /> So it&rsquo;s funny that there are Jamaican-born players who have opted to play for another country, and while that is okay, the commitment of foreign-born Jamaican players is questioned, even though some us have underlined that commitment from an early age.<br /> <br /> In 1998, the Jamaica World Cup team consisted of seven English-based players, and the use of English-based players has been a consistent feature when it comes to team selection. <br /> <br /> Since 2014, this number has remained steady and includes players such as Wes Morgan, who carries the flag for the current Premier League champions, and we also have Michael Hector, currently at Chelsea. These two high-profile players increase the following of Jamaican football worldwide. I believe, as a country, we must support players that are committed, regardless of where they were born.<br /> <br /> Some of the best teams in the world use players with dual citizenship, but I agree, it is important to improve and help our own, local players to reach their potential. <br /> <br /> Why is it that our track and field team is so strong? The development of athletes starts at an early age. Jamaica has a lot of natural talent, which is something that is not often seen in England and causes managers to ask about local (Jamaican) players. These managers question the consistency of such players, but I believe all it takes is an opportunity.<br /> <br /> Ever since I was able to make decisions, I decided I was Jamaican. I wasn&rsquo;t born on the land, but my spirit was. As a young boy playing marbles with my cousins in the countryside, to growing up and partying at Asylum and Quad, I have always lived with Jamaican blood. <br /> <br /> My mother&rsquo;s birth country and current home will always be what I refer to as my adopted place of birth. <br /> <br /> I wanted to be the next Walter Boyd, before I saw Whitmore and Onandi Lowe play in the World Cup. <br /> <br /> During my many vacations back to Jamaica, I got to spend time with Bibi (Gardner), and being around him as one of the Jamaican players I looked up to was enough to convince me that Jamaica was the right place for me. <br /> <br /> At a young age, I had the chance to represent England, but why would I? In my mind, I am Jamaican. I represented Jamaica at Under-20 and Under-23 levels, and it still took me seven years to break into the senior team, which is one of my greatest achievements. <br /> <br /> I still dream of making it to a World Cup and will keep giving my best and praying for this to become a reality. It is fair to say that I am fully committed to everything Jamaica, which is why it disappoints me to see my love and commitment, and that of other England-born players, questioned. <br /> <br /> Myself and the majority of my teammates have made sacrifices so that we are able to represent our &lsquo;adopted country&rsquo;. Sometimes certain issues are not known or seen. For example, in my case, I left my home, England, less than 24 hours after the birth of my first child to head for the Copa America, a tournament that I did not feature in. Luckily for me, I have an understanding family who appreciates my commitment to the cause of Jamaica&rsquo;s football.<br /> <br /> Having been involved with the programme on and off for many years, I hope that going forward we get the balance right between local and overseas-born players, for as we say: Out of many, one people.<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> Note: Joel Grant, an England-born Reggae Boy midfielder/winger, plies his trade for League Two Exeter City in England.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13480303/245175_71720_repro_w300.jpg Local Sports Monday, December 05, 2016 12:00 AM UWI take Portmore to school, whipping them 4-1 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/UWI-take-Portmore-to-school--whipping-them-4-1_82643 The University of the West Indies (UWI) FC improved their impressive away record in the 2016 Red Stripe Premier League season after dishing out a harsh 4-1 beating on their hosts Portmore United at Spanish Town Prison Oval yesterday.<br /> <br /> After Ricardo Morris recklessly picked up a straight red card for serious foul play in the 27th minute, Portmore United were left to live with the consequences and the university team duly took advantage.<br /> <br /> Second-half goals from Davion Garrison (61st), substitutes Andrae Bernal (72nd) and Jerondy Henry (78th), and Dawyne Smith (83rd) pushed UWI FC up to 29 points, but they remain in second position behind champions Montego Bay United on 31.<br /> <br /> Portmore&rsquo;s consolation came from substitute Jovan East in the 84th minute.<br /> <br /> With the comfortable victory, UWI FC also made amends for a 0-1 loss when they hosted the same opponents on last, as they capitalised on moving their away record to five wins from seven games.<br /> <br /> Portmore United, who started the day in third position, remain on 24 points. <br /> <br /> Despite the coming together of both teams on the half-hour mark when tempers flared minutes after the ejection of Morris, there were very few talking points in the lukewarm opening 45 minutes, which ended goalless.<br /> <br /> Portmore started the better of the two teams and should have taken the lead in the third minute from a one-on-one situation, but Rodian Jennings eagerly went for power instead of placement when hitting a right-footed shot straight at custodian Amal Knight.<br /> <br /> The university team had their best chances at goal from two well-taken set plays by Smith, but Kemar Foster, diving full stretch to his left, proved equal to the task on both occasions.<br /> <br /> UWI FC, making the most of their numerical advantage, applied consistent pressure which resulted in two close shaves early into the resumption.<br /> <br /> Smith produced another well-weighted free kick from 20 yards, which forced Foster into a quick reaction save to tip the ball over the crossbar.<br /> <br /> The resulting corner kick from captain Rochane Smith picked out Ramoun Reid and his header on goal was picked off the line by a defender.<br /> <br /> UWI inevitably broke the deadlock a minute past the hour mark when Bernal&rsquo;s weighted right-sided cross was expertly headed home by Garrison.<br /> <br /> Anthony Greenland joined the action eight minutes later, but failed to get on the scoresheet after guiding his right-footed effort wide of the left upright.<br /> <br /> However, his despair was short-lived as Bernal turned in a delicate effort from the edge of the 18-yard area in the 72nd minute before being replaced in the attack by Henry a minute later.<br /> <br /> Henry made an impact on the scoreline five minutes upon his entry by finishing off a build-up orchestrated by Dawyne Smith from deep inside the area.<br /> <br /> Smith was later rewarded for all his hard work as he was assisted by another substitute, Kemar Cummings, in firing past the advancing Foster to put the icing on the cake.<br /> <br /> However, Portmore would not leave empty-handed and East pulled back a consolation with a close-range effort six minutes from time.<br /> <br /> &mdash;Sherdon Cowan http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13358710/234855_61962_repro_w300.jpg Local Sports Monday, December 05, 2016 12:00 AM Top seeds Johnson, Pagon bow into action http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Top-seeds-Johnson--Pagon-bow-into-action_82639 TOP seeds Damion Johnson and Dwayne Pagon will begin their quest for top honours as the second round of the 2016 Jamaica National (JN) Open Tennis Championships continues at the Liguanea Club in New Kingston this afternoon, starting at 5:00.<br /> <br /> Johnson, seeded at number one and four-time winner of the tournament, will face unseeded Anthony Burgess at 6:30.<br /> <br /> Johnson earlier stated he is looking forward to the challenge from all his opponents as he tries to regain the title he lost to Rowland &ldquo;Randy&rdquo; Phillips last year.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, his arch-rival Pagon has similar goals and aspirations, which could put both on an explosive collision course. Pagon will open today against unseeded Alex Gordon in his second-round encounter.<br /> <br /> Both have met in many finals, but Johnson has bragging rights.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, fifth seed Jacob Bicknell, who recently won the Supreme Ventures Open, will face unseeded Julius Biggs, while 13th seed Macoy Malcolm will go up against unseeded Stefan Wilson.<br /> <br /> In other men&rsquo;s open singles matches today, Gregory Spencer vs Gawayne Cox; Horatio Ludford vs Samuel Wilson; Peter Berry vs Andre Burrell; Kristopher Martin vs Dane Vernon.<br /> <br /> The tournament continues this afternoon at 5:00.<br /> <br /> Yesterday&rsquo;s results<br /> <br /> Men&rsquo;s Open Singles <br /> <br /> Seventh seed Orick Angus defeated Mario Campbell 7-5 , 7-6 <br /> <br /> Daneil Gayle beat Leighton Burton 6-1, 6-3<br /> <br /> Eighth seed David Goldsmith crushed Bruce Hart 6-0, 6-0<br /> <br /> Dauinne Miller brushed aside Cole McNair 6-1, 6-0<br /> <br /> Daniel Hill defeated Morris Edwards 6-3, 6-1<br /> <br /> Women&rsquo;s Open Singles<br /> <br /> Top seed Micheala Stephens dispatched Onika Shaw6-0, 6-1<br /> <br /> Shae-Ann Kameka cruised past Hayley McNair 6-2, 6-1<br /> <br /> Second seed Pauline Hylton gained a walkover against Beverly Muir<br /> <br /> Malaika Masson whipped Allison Watson-Jones 6-1, 6-1<br /> <br /> &mdash; Gerald Reid http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13374332/235372_w300.jpg Local Sports Monday, December 05, 2016 12:00 AM Smith record century leads Aussies to ODI win http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Smith-record-century-leads-Aussies-to-ODI-win_82629 SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) &mdash; Steve Smith hit a record-breaking century and took two superb catches as Australia beat New Zealand by 68 runs in the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy one-day series opener in Sydney yesterday.<br /> <br /> The Australia skipper smashed 164 off 157 balls, the highest One-Day International (ODI) score at the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground, to lead Australia to 324 for eight.<br /> <br /> Man of the match Smith struck 14 fours and four sixes in his seventh ODI century after winning the toss to give the BlackCaps a tough target to chase down.<br /> <br /> Smith then took two great catches and paceman Josh Hazlewood claimed three wickets to dismiss the Kiwis for 256 in 44.2 overs.<br /> <br /> Smith&rsquo;s knock, the seventh highest by an Australian, surpassed South Africa&rsquo;s AB de Villiers&rsquo; 162 at the same ground in last year&rsquo;s World Cup.<br /> <br /> It was also the joint-highest by an Australia captain. Ricky Ponting also made 164 against South Africa in Johannesburg in 2006.<br /> <br /> He then underlined his man-of-the-match qualities with two decisive catches in the Black Caps&rsquo; innings.<br /> <br /> It was his throat-high catch at slip that got a big breakthrough to dismiss skipper Kane Williamson for just nine. <br /> <br /> Smith, later latched onto a flying one-handed screamer to dismiss BJ Watling for six off Mitchell Marsh, hurling himself to his left in the gully for a stunning catch. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I got a bit of luck. I was probably out lbw at one point,&rdquo; Smith said.<br /> <br /> Opener Martin Guptill raised his 11th ODI century with a mighty six off Marsh over long-on off 93 balls, and was his side&rsquo;s major hope of reeling in Australia&rsquo;s huge target.<br /> <br /> But leg-spinner Adam Zampa coaxed Guptill into a false shot to find fielding substitute Glenn Maxwell at mid-wicket, and he was on his way for 114 off 102 balls in the 33rd over.<br /> <br /> Jimmy Neesham put on 92 runs for the third stand with Guptill before he holed out to Hazlewood off Mitchell Starc in the 22nd over.<br /> <br /> Smith&rsquo;s top-ranked team suffered a 5-0 ODI series drubbing in South Africa in October and earlier looked shaky again when reduced to 92 for four in the 21st over.<br /> <br /> But Smith, who could have been out three times, flailed the BlackCaps&rsquo; bowlers and put his side in the ascendancy.<br /> <br /> Smith was finally out three overs from the end when he skied Trent Boult to Colin Munro at midwicket.<br /> <br /> The second match in the series takes place at Canberra&rsquo;s Manuka Oval tomorrow. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13480302/245164_71721_repro_w300.jpg Local Sports Monday, December 05, 2016 12:00 AM Sydney Thunder sweat as Russell awaits fate http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Sydney-Thunder-sweat-as-Russell-awaits-fate_82609 SYDNEY, Australia (CMC) &mdash; Sydney Thunder have been left sweating regarding the availability of Andre Russell for this season&rsquo;s Big Bash campaign, as the explosive West Indies all-rounder awaits his fate from the Jamaica Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel.<br /> <br /> The Thunder training camp bowls off on Saturday but there is no indication yet whether Russell will be able to suit up or if he will be slapped with a two-year ban for committing an anti-doping whereabouts violation.<br /> <br /> He missed three drug tests in a 12-month period after failing to inform authorities about his whereabouts.<br /> <br /> The hearing to determine Russell&rsquo;s fate concluded recently and Thunder chief executive, Nick Cummins, said they were hopeful of a positive outcome.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Two of the alleged filing failures were while he was playing for West Indies at the World Cup, so he was hardly hiding in a cupboard,&rdquo; Cummins contended.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;He was on international television representing his country. But they&rsquo;re the rules.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Certainly, from what we&rsquo;ve followed, we think there&rsquo;s enough evidence to exonerate him but it&rsquo;s not my decision obviously and we&rsquo;ll just have to see how it goes.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Russell has emerged as one of the most sought after players in the T20 format, and is one of a plethora of West Indies players who ply their trade in multiple foreign leagues.<br /> <br /> A big-hitting, lower order batsman and a lively seamer who is also brilliant in the field, the 28-year-old has already played 225 T20s and made over 3400 runs, and taken 202 wickets.<br /> <br /> Cummins said the fact that Russell appeared in person before the anti-doping panel had been a good sign.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve spoken to him a couple of times over the journey. He feels like he&rsquo;s done everything he can,&rdquo; said Cummins noted.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;He attended the hearing in person, so he&rsquo;s taking it very seriously and wanted to make sure that was noted.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> A huge fan favourite, Russell was excellent for Thunder last season, grabbing a high 16 wickets and gathering nearly 200 runs, as the franchise won their maiden Big Bash title.<br /> <br /> Cummins said while they preferred to have Russell again this season, they had been understandably forced into contingency planning.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;While he&rsquo;s an important player, we believe that our contingency plan is enough to give us a good run to defend our title. We don&rsquo;t think it will be jeopardised,&rdquo; the official said.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We know what Andre can deliver and he&rsquo;s a well-loved member of the team, so we would much prefer he keeps playing with us.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The Big Bash League bowls off December 20. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13169535/218247__w300.jpg Local Sports Monday, December 05, 2016 12:00 AM Windies players return to strengthen Pride for Jaguars day/nighter http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Windies-players-return-to-strengthen-Pride-for-Jaguars-day-nighter_82614 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) &ndash; Barbados Pride has been significantly strengthened for next weekend&rsquo;s fourth round clash in the Regional Four-Day Championship against reigning champions Guyana Jaguars, with five West Indies players returning to the 13-man squad. <br /> <br /> Opener Kraigg Brathwaite, who has taken over from all-rounder Kevin Stoute as captain, will be joined by left-hander Jonathan Carter, wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich, batsman Shai Hope and off-spinning all-rounder Ashley Nurse for the day/night fixture at the National Stadium in Georgetown.<br /> <br /> All five players were members of the West Indies side which last week returned from the Tri-Nations Series in Zimbabwe.<br /> <br /> They replace the injured Kenroy Williams, wicketkeeper Mario Rampersaud, leg-spinner Nikolai Charles, batsman Aaron Jones and fast bowler Kevin McClean.<br /> <br /> West Indies captain Jason Holder, all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite, left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn and fast bowler Miguel Cummins &mdash; all Barbadians &mdash; were also in the Tri-Nations Series squad but are not a part of the contingent for the trip to Georgetown.<br /> <br /> This weekend&rsquo;s contest constitutes a top-of-the-table contest with Pride lying second on 33.4 points, narrowly behind leaders Jaguars on 33.6 points.<br /> <br /> Pride are one of just two unbeaten teams in the tournament along with Leeward Islands Hurricanes, who have shown good form so far to be third on 29.4 points.<br /> <br /> Jamaica Scorpions are third on 28.6, Trinidad and Tobago Red Force sit fifth on 27 while Windward Islands Volcanoes are bottom on 17.6. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13457938/243261_69663_repro_w300.jpg Local Sports Monday, December 05, 2016 12:00 AM Herbert Morrison seek to extend perfect season http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Herbert-Morrison-seek-to-extend-perfect-season_82608 MONTEGO BAY, St James &mdash; Defending champions Herbert Morrison Technical will be seeking to extend their perfect season into the final of the ISSA Western Conference Boys&rsquo; Under-16 basketball competition when they take on Rhodes Hall in one semi-final game at the Montego Bay Cricket Club, starting at 3:00 pm today.<br /> <br /> Herbert Morrison finished on 10 points after five wins, while Cornwall College and Muschett High, who will meet in the second semi-final at 5:00 pm, both had eight points and Rhodes Hall seven.<br /> <br /> Herbert Morrison and Cornwall will start favourites to advance to the best-of-three finals later this week.<br /> <br /> Herbert Morrison are coming off a big 90-15 win over Rhodes Hall last week, while Cornwall College had beaten Muschett 55-21 in their game in the regular season.<br /> <br /> The top-two teams will advance to the national play-offs.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, the finals will start on Wednesday along with the Under-19 finals between defending champions Herbert Morrison and Cornwall College, at the Montego Bay Cricket Club.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Paul Reid http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10740009/basketball_w300.jpg Local Sports Monday, December 05, 2016 12:00 AM Photo: &lsquo;Bigga&rsquo; trouble http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Photo---Bigga--trouble_82645 Jermaine &lsquo;Teddy&rsquo; Johnson (right) of Tivoli Gardens tries to get away from a charging Oneil &lsquo;Bigga&rsquo; Thompson of Arnett Gardens during their Red Stripe Premier League match at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex yesterday. Tivoli Gardens won 3-2. (Photo: Karl McLarty) http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13480311/245183_71724_repro_w300.jpg Local Sports Monday, December 05, 2016 12:00 AM Pollard cameo steals second win for Cobras http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Pollard-cameo-steals-second-win-for-Cobras_82620 DURBAN, South Africa (CMC) &ndash; Kieron Pollard&rsquo;s late cameo propelled Cape Cobras to only their second win of the South Africa T20 Challenge when they beat Dolphins by seven wickets here Friday.<br /> <br /> Chasing an imposing 179 for victory at Kingsmead, Cobras got home with eight balls to spare, with West Indies batsman Pollard smashing an unbeaten 31 off 21 balls.<br /> <br /> He put on 65 off 38 deliveries in an unbroken fourth wicket stand with Dane Vilas who struck an unbeaten 54 from 34 balls.<br /> <br /> Pollard struck one four and three sixes &mdash; the last of which came off part-timer Cameron Delport and took Dolphins over the line.<br /> <br /> Opener Richard Levi stroked 54 off 31 balls at the top of the order, adding 43 for the second wicket with Justin Ontong (16) and a further 50 for the third wicket with Vilas, who counted five fours and two sixes in his knock.<br /> <br /> Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen had earlier top-scored with 79 off 51 balls as Dolphins, opting to bat first, tallied 178 for five from their 20 overs.<br /> <br /> Opener Morne van Wyk weighed in with 44 while Khaya Zondo made 40 not out.<br /> <br /> Cobras currently lie one from bottom of the six-team table on 12 points while Dolphins sit one above them in fourth on 15 points. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12924075/20_w300.jpg Local Sports Monday, December 05, 2016 12:00 AM Bournemouth stun Liverpool, Everton hold Man U http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Bournemouth-stun-Liverpool--Everton-hold-Man-U_82623 LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) &mdash; Liverpool&rsquo;s title challenge suffered a stunning setback as they conceded three goals in the last 14 minutes of an astonishing 3-4 defeat against Bournemouth, while Everton&rsquo;s Leighton Baines scored a last-gasp penalty to earn a 1-1 draw against Manchester United yesterday.<br /> <br /> Jurgen Klopp&rsquo;s Liverpool missed out on a chance to go second in the Premier League and instead remain four points behind leaders Chelsea after their incredible meltdown at Dean Court.<br /> <br /> Goals from Sadio Mane and Divock Origi had Liverpool ahead at the break, and the points still seemed to be heading back to Anfield when Emre Can&rsquo;s strike restored their two-goal advantage following Callum Wilson&rsquo;s penalty.<br /> <br /> But Ryan Fraser, who had come off the bench to win the spot kick, then buried his maiden Premier League goal before crossing for Steve Cook to superbly equalise, with Nathan Ake bundling home a last-gasp winner as Loris Karius failed to hold another Cook effort.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;First of all, I have to say a deserved win for Bournemouth. A big fight from them. We gave the game away at a decisive point,&rdquo; Klopp said.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We opened the door and they ran through and scored some wonderful goals. So that&rsquo;s the deserved result.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Even when we are in the lead at 2-0, it&rsquo;s how we try to play football then we were static. We gave the game away because we didn&rsquo;t play football any more.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Bournemouth are in just their second season in the top flight, and this was arguably the tiny south coast club&rsquo;s finest hour.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It would have been easy for our players to give up and see out time, but our group knows not to give up,&rdquo; Cherries boss Eddie Howe said.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;In the second half we looked like scoring every time we attacked. For this club and everyone involved, it&rsquo;s made for a very special day. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;These days are huge for us. We&rsquo;d never been in the Premier League until last season, so we&rsquo;re making history for the club.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> At Goodison Park, United took the lead in the 42nd minute when Everton goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg made an ill-advised decision to come for Anthony Martial&rsquo;s cross and Zlatan Ibrahimovic lofted his shot into the net for his fourth goal in his last three games.<br /> <br /> But Jose Mourinho&rsquo;s side couldn&rsquo;t find a crucial second goal, and the United manager was punished for sending on Marouane Fellaini in the closing stages when the former Everton midfielder carelessly conceded an 89th-minute penalty with a clumsy challenge on Idrissa Gueye.<br /> <br /> Everton left back Baines stepped up to slot the spot kick past David de Gea to leave sixth-placed United 13 points behind Chelsea after a third-successive draw left them with only one win in their last eight league games.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We were the best team on the pitch by far and it is a result that doesn&rsquo;t reflect the difference of the performances of both teams,&rdquo; Mourinho said.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We have to work the way we are doing. To perform in five consecutive matches against difficult opposition, I am so happy with the individual performances.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> On Saturday, Chelsea had cemented pole position with a 3-1 victory at title rivals Manchester City, while Alexis Sanchez&rsquo;s hat-trick in a 5-1 thrashing of West Ham took Arsenal into second place.<br /> <br /> City&rsquo;s frustration boiled over in stoppage time with red cards for Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho &mdash; the former for an ugly lunge on David Luiz, the latter for pushing Cesc Fabregas over an advertising board.<br /> <br /> While City spluttered, Arsenal stepped up their title challenge with a ruthless performance that kept them within three points of Chelsea.<br /> <br /> Sunderland climbed off the bottom with a 2-1 win over spluttering champions Leicester.<br /> <br /> Harry Kane&rsquo;s double and a brilliant strike from Son Heung-Min inspired Tottenham as they got back on track with a 5-0 demolition of Swansea. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13480224/245160_71705_repro_w300.jpg Local Sports Monday, December 05, 2016 12:00 AM Toothless Tiger http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Toothless-Tiger-_82626 NASSAU, Bahamas (AFP) &mdash; Tiger Woods struggled through a roller coaster final round yesterday at the Hero World Challenge, firing a four-over par 76 to conclude his comeback event after a 16-month layoff following back surgery.<br /> <br /> Woods, who turns 41 later this month, made five birdies, three bogeys and three double bogeys on his way to finishing 72 holes on four-under 284 at the 18-man invitational event he hosts at Albany Golf Club, a 7,302-yard Bahamas layout designed by Ernie Els.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It was a great week to be back playing in front of people,&rdquo; Woods said. &ldquo;Unfortunately, I made a lot of mistakes this week. I made some poor decisions, caught it in the wrong spots.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Despite clear struggles, Woods showed flashes of the skills that made him a 14-time major champion, but lacked consistency and tournament fitness. He displayed no sign of back pain, a positive portent for those seeking signs he can recapture his once-dominating form.<br /> <br /> Woods, the oldest player in the field, made the most birdies for the week at 24. But his final round was also the worst anyone shot in the tournament.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I made the most birdies this week, which is nice, but also I made some bad mistakes,&rdquo; Woods said. &ldquo;It adds up to a pretty high number but I made some nice putts out there.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Until this week, Woods had not played competitively since August 2015, when he shared 10th place at the Wyndham Championship.<br /> <br /> Former world number one Woods, who fell to 898th in the rankings, shot 73 Thursday in ending his career-longest 466-day layoff, but recovered Friday with a bogey-free 65.<br /> <br /> That was his best round relative to par since a 61 at the 2013 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, the most recent of his 79 career victories.<br /> <br /> Woods, three shy of Sam Snead&rsquo;s all-time PGA Tour win mark, opened with birdies on four of the first five holes Saturday on the way to a 70, but struggled early Sunday.<br /> <br /> Wearing his trademark Sunday red shirt and black pants, Woods began the final round with four pars, leaving a 20-foot birdie putt on the edge of the cup at the first hole, then punching out of rough with the tip of his putter at two and sinking a three-foot putt.<br /> <br /> Woods found sand off the tee at the par-5 third and left a 30-foot birdie putt just short, then missed left from 15 feet for birdie at the fourth.<br /> <br /> Woods took a bogey at the fifth after finding the same bunker from which he holed a chip Saturday. This time he went 10 feet by the cup and missed left on his par putt.<br /> <br /> Another tee shot into the sand at the par-5 sixth led Woods to blasting over the green and chipping his fourth shot from off the 13th green, on his way to a double bogey.<br /> <br /> Woods found another bunker off the tee at seven but blasted out and rolled in the 20-foot putt his first birdie of the day.<br /> <br /> A 30-foot birdie putt at the par-3 eighth followed and Woods chipped his third shot at the par-5 ninth, just inches from the cup to set up his third-consecutive birdie and make the turn level for the round.<br /> <br /> But Woods faced more nightmares to begin the back nine. He missed a 10-foot par putt at the 10th and made double bogey at the par-5 11th by finding the native sand and rough beyond the green, then chipping down the far side of the green and missing an eight-foot bogey putt.<br /> <br /> Woods missed a three-foot par putt to bogey the par-3 12th before parring 13 to end the slide, then tapping in three-foot birdie putts at 14 and the par-5 15th.<br /> <br /> Woods closed with his third double bogey of the tournament at 18, second shot landing against a clump of grass in the natural sand area and his fourth missing the green. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13480247/245163_71709_repro_w300.jpg Local Sports Monday, December 05, 2016 12:00 AM Moore cops gold at International Karate Circuit Year End Nationals http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Moore-cops-gold-at-International-Karate-Circuit-Year-End-Nationals_82534 Jamaica combined martial arts team fighter Adrian Moore on Friday won gold at the December 2-3 International Karate Circuit Year End Nationals at Flat Rock Middle School and Score Indoor Sports in Georgia.<br /> <br /> Fighting in the adult black belt, 18-29, 170-189lb division, Moore scored easy wins over Jose Galindo in the semis and Quinn Randel in the final to take the title in his pet event, continuous sparring, breaking his gold drought for 2016.<br /> <br /> The International Karate Circuit Year End Nationals is an International Sports Karate Association (ISKA)-endorsed event.<br /> <br /> Moore started his ISKA quest this year by winning a points-sparring silver at May&rsquo;s ISKA World Championship in Stuttgart, Germany. He followed up with a bronze at July&rsquo;s United States Open in Orlando, Florida.<br /> <br /> Moore&rsquo;s gold in Georgia has made him a safe qualifier for the 2017 combined martial arts squad. He made the 2016 team as a third-place qualifier with 39 points.<br /> <br /> His international stocks were sent soaring last year after winning gold at the US Open in July and October&rsquo;s Original Taekwon-Do Federation of America (OTFA) 2015 Open at Longevity Sports Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.<br /> <br /> Jamaica were yesterday hunting another medal with veteran female fighter Sheckema Edwards to bow into action in the microweight division.<br /> <br /> Combined team manager Jason McKay travelled as team coach. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13478296/245068_71604_repro_w300.jpg Local Sports Sunday, December 04, 2016 12:00 AM Fletcher, McDonald on target as CC down STETHS to claim daCosta Cup http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Fletcher--McDonald-on-target-as-CC-down-STETHS-to-claim-daCosta-Cup_82554 CATHERINE HALL, St James &mdash; Cornwall College extended their record number of liens on the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/FLOW daCosta Cup to 12 after dethroning holders St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) 2-1 in the final played at the Montego Bay Sports Complex last night.<br /> <br /> Second-half goals from Jourdaine Fletcher, his 29th of the daCosta Cup season and 36th overall, and substitute Shavon McDonald helped the Dr Dean Weatherly-coached team snap their 15-year drought, since their last success in 2001, in front of a large crowd of predominantly red and gold clad Cornwall College fans.<br /> <br /> Demar James pulled one back for STETHS from a free kick deep into added time as they lost in their second final this season having lost to Lennon High in the Ben Francis knockout two weeks ago.<br /> <br /> After a slow start, Cornwall College dominated the second half as Fletcher, Peter-Lee Vassell and Howard Dent took the game to the STETHS defence, who were on their heels the entire time.<br /> <br /> The victory made up for Cornwall College&rsquo;s loss in the FLOW Super Cup final, their coach Dr Dean Weatherly told the<br /> <br /> Jamaica Observer afterwards.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a great feeling after a long, hard season, but it was worth it,&rdquo; said Dr Weatherly, who was winning his fourth daCosta Cup title, adding to the those won in 1995, 2000 and 2001.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I am feeling elated right now. The hard work has paid off, and there is not much more I can say,&rdquo; he added.<br /> <br /> He admitted that his team started tentatively but grew in confidence as the game went on. &ldquo;We got more comfortable as the game went on, and they played to the instructions we gave them,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;At half time we changed the formation and attacked the wing backs more, and that was what brought the goals.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Renorio Downswell, the STETHS assistant coach, said his team did not attack as they had hoped in the second half and allowed Cornwall College to take over.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;In the second half we did not play the attacking game; we sat back and allowed Cornwall to come at us and we suffered as a consequence,&rdquo; Downswell said.<br /> <br /> He said his team had played well in the first half and &ldquo;this was a good final; both teams played well, but Cornwall was given the space and they took advantage&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> In front of a jam-packed grand stand it was the more experienced STETHS team, with most players in their third-straight final, that took the initiative against a nervous-looking Cornwall College team, but goalkeeper Jamario Hines and the defence were equal to the task and kept the STETHS team at bay.<br /> <br /> Cornwall College got into their own late in the first half and came close to scoring, but Kenroy Wallace in the STETHS goal blocked one shot in the 37th minute from Vassell, and Fletcher kicked just wide a few minutes later.<br /> <br /> After a few good chances by STEHS early in the second half it was all Cornwall College, as they took over the game and it was only a matter of time before the goal came.<br /> <br /> They thought they had taken the lead in the 67th minute when Vassell powered home the ball from midway the 18-yard box, but the goal was disallowed for an infringement.<br /> <br /> Fletcher, who had endured three games without scoring, finally broke lose when Vassell skipped around two defenders and served it up to him on a platter just outside the six-yard box and he struck it past Wallace &mdash; the crowd erupted.<br /> <br /> Cornwall College missed the chance to put the game away in the 80th minute when Vassell again crossed the ball from the right side, but the ball eluded the onrushing Fletcher.<br /> <br /> McDonald, who replaced Emmanuel Campbell in the 75th minute, put the game out of the reach of STETHS in the 91st minute when he rifled home a loose ball from about 20 yards out and the Cornwall College players started their celebrations.<br /> <br /> STETHS got on the score sheet in the 95th minute when a STETHS player was fouled just on the edge of the box and James buried the free kick past a flat-footed Hines in the final play of the game. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13478430/245092_71650_repro_w300.jpg Dacosta Cup Sunday, December 04, 2016 12:00 AM Corruption-hit IAAF adopts Coe&rsquo;s reforms http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Corruption-hit-IAAF-adopts-Coe-s-reforms_82525 Monaco, Principality of Monaco (AFP) &mdash; The IAAF yesterday unanimously adopted a reform package drawn up by president Sebastian Coe in a bid to end &ldquo;grotesque&rdquo; corruption that has rocked track and field&rsquo;s governing body.<br /> <br /> In a Special Congress in Monaco, 182 member federations voted for the reforms, with 10 against and five invalid votes. Some 197 of the IAAF&rsquo;s 213 member federations were present for the vote, the result of which was a major boost for Coe.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Let me thank you for the confidence that you have shown the council today in the reform proposals that you have agreed to. This is a very important moment in the history of our sport,&rdquo; said Coe.<br /> <br /> Coe&rsquo;s reforms, with a nod to disgraced predecessor Lamine Diack&rsquo;s abuse of the presidency, include stripping himself of some powers, with the president and IAAF Council not allowed to serve more than 12 years and with more checks put in place.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Too much power rested in the hands of too few people,&rdquo; Coe said.<br /> <br /> The reforms also push for gender balance, handing athletes a greater voice, and crucially establishing an independent integrity unit that would manage all anti-doping matters and be responsible for greater intelligence gathering.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We&rsquo;re putting in place a framework that should have been there years ago,&rdquo; Coe said, telling members that they should all feel &ldquo;violated&rdquo; given the amount of money that had been siphoned off instead of having been &ldquo;used for the development of athletics&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s bad enough that any of this happened, but it cannot happen for a second time &mdash; not on our watch, not anyone else&rsquo;s watch.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Let&rsquo;s not beat around the bush, our sport, our family, is under threat. Sitting out the fight is not an option.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Since Coe took office in August 2015, the IAAF has been mired in the fallout from the presidency of Diack; at the centre of a corruption scandal in which several former senior IAAF officials were found to have bribed Russian athletes in return for keeping quiet over positive doping tests.<br /> <br /> Coe admitted that the reforms had not been to everyone&rsquo;s taste, all the while praising the &ldquo;civilised discourse&rdquo; and the &ldquo;clarity and honesty of dialogue&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The fundamental principles, I believe, have broad support,&rdquo; said the Briton, a two-time Olympic 1500m gold medallist.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;On gender balance, a number of areas told me they needed more time &mdash; you&rsquo;ve got it.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I want checks and balances in place... I don&rsquo;t want to be in an office choosing carpets and signing off expenses.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I would not ask for change if I didn&rsquo;t think we needed it.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Coe&rsquo;s bold stance on gender equality envisages the 26-member Council transitioning to half-men, half-women by 2023. At the 2019 council election, he wants a minimum of nine of each gender elected, including two vice-presidents of each gender.<br /> <br /> Indicative of the ground shift that will entail was that just three of the representatives of the 42 member federations who addressed the Congress before the vote were women, notably women&rsquo;s world marathon record holder Paula Radcliffe representing Britain and also including representatives from the Cook Islands and the Turks and Caicos.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We have to put these changes in,&rdquo; said Radcliffe. &ldquo;There is only one choice; there isn&rsquo;t time to delay and talk about this, we need to act now to save our sport.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Notably voting against the reforms was Saudi Arabia, while Qatar, the host of the 2019 World Athletics Championships and 2022 Football World Cup, voted for.<br /> <br /> Abstainers included Lamine Diack&rsquo;s Senegal, vice-president Sergey Bubka&rsquo;s Ukraine and track powerhouses Jamaica, despite Usain Bolt picking up a record sixth IAAF Athlete of the Year award on Friday and throwing his weight behind Coe.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I know that Seb Coe is trying to make track and field more transparent to everyone so they can see what shape it is in and to make sure there is not one person fully in control,&rdquo; said Bolt.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;That&rsquo;s a bold move from him as IAAF president.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;That&rsquo;s also helped the sport to make people more confident and to trust the sport more.&rdquo; http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13478238/245043_71603_repro_w300.jpg Local Sports Sunday, December 04, 2016 12:00 AM Over $1m in prizes for SANTA Charity Golf Tourney http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Over--1m-in-prizes-for-SANTA-Charity-Golf-Tourney_82543 In an effort to raise $5 million for charity, long-standing SANTA Charity Golf Tournament have &lsquo;upped&rsquo; their game this year with well over $1-million in prizes. <br /> <br /> In addition to the coveted Facey Cup, there are numerous prizes for participating golfers, not least of which are the two &ldquo;Hole-in-One&rdquo; prizes: a new VW Tiguan SUV (at the 15th hole), and a Travel and Vacation package, valued at over $1 million (at the 2nd hole).<br /> <br /> During the recent launch, Constant Spring Golf Club President Nigel Davy explained that SANTA, an acronym for &lsquo;Seeing A Need, Taking Action,&rsquo; is primarily the brainchild of golfer and club member Frank Jackson. <br /> <br /> In 2001, Jackson, with a few colleagues, conceived the idea of giving back to the less fortunate in the community. Since then, SANTA has helped over 40 different charities, contributing over $40 million in money, time, equipment and materials. <br /> <br /> The beneficiaries of this year&rsquo;s SANTA charity golf event are the Boys&rsquo; Town Infant and Primary School, the Wortley Home, the Constant Spring Police Station and the nearby Lalyce Gray Basic School. <br /> <br /> Speaking at the launch, Jamaica Golfers&rsquo; Association (JGA) President Peter Chin pointed out that the SANTA event is a significant part of a massive charitable contribution by golf to various causes, which he put at over $30 million annually.<br /> <br /> With the appearance overhead of a &lsquo;squadron&rsquo; of drones, the Friday evening launch event welcomed golfers, sponsors, media, and well-wishers to the clubhouse green, looking out at the newly built water- feature, the 18th hole and the St Andrew hills in the distance.<br /> <br /> Executive director of the CB Facey Foundation, Brittany Singh-WIlliams, said: &ldquo;The project, which the foundation has supported for four years running, embodies everything that we stand for.&rdquo; She added that, &ldquo;the organisation, which is also engaged in providing and sustaining art programmes in schools at the primary level, was keen to support SANTA with not just funds, but with time, energy and expertise.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The weekend is all about tournament play, with Juniors (whose numbers are steadily growing, according to JGA president Peter Chin) teeing off yesterday, and the adults playing today, culminating in the grand prize-giving ceremony and after-party. <br /> <br /> In addition to title sponsor CB Facey Foundation, Pan-Jamaican Investment Trust&rsquo;s charity arm, SANTA is supported by Jamaica Broilers Group, The Gleaner, RJR Group, Walkers Wood, Hot Off The Press, BCIC, First Venture Ltd, Couples Resorts Jamaica, Pepsi/Gatorade, and The Joan Duncan Foundation, JPSCo, Supreme Ventures, CN Industries, Microlabs, and many more corporate sponsors. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13478330/245085_71646_repro_w300.jpg Local Sports Sunday, December 04, 2016 12:00 AM Campbell, McNair are Hi-Lyte Davis Cup Round-Robin Tennis champs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Campbell--McNair-are-Hi-Lyte-Davis-Cup-Round-Robin-Tennis-champs_82474 MARIO Campbell of Wolmer&rsquo;s Boys&rsquo; and Haley McNair of Immaculate Conception High emerged singles champions of the 2016 Hi-Lyte Davis Cup Round-Robin Tennis Tournament for 18 and under held at the RTA Academy last Sunday.<br /> <br /> The 15-year-old Campbell defeated his older 18-year-old opponent, Daniel Chatani from Campion College, 10-7 to win the singles final. In the semi-finals, Campbell crushed Nicholas Richards 10-2, while Chatani got the better of Romeo Edwards 10-9.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, in the 18 and under girls singles final, 15-year-old McNair defeated 15-year-old Kailey Chin from Immaculate Conception 10-7 to capture the title. McNair had beaten Moesha Fox 10-3, while Chin had defeated D&rsquo;Agaene Clarke 10-5 in the semi-finals.<br /> <br /> The boys&rsquo; and girls&rsquo; competition was played in two groups with the winners and runners-up contesting the semi-finals. Chatani topped Group &lsquo;A&rsquo; by winning his four matches with Richards second with two wins and two loses, while Group &lsquo;B&rsquo; was won by Campbell with four wins with Edwards second with three wins, and a defeat.<br /> <br /> Group &lsquo;A&rsquo; of the girls as won by McNair with three wins with Clarke second with two wins and a loss, 7-10, to McNair. Chin on Group &lsquo;B&rsquo; with three wins with Fox finishing second with two wins and a defeat, 8-10, to Chin.<br /> <br /> In the 14 and under singles for boys, Dale Hewitt from Campion College defeated Russell Fairman from Ardenne High for the title, while the girls 14 and under singles title was won by Alicia Pairman from Campion College, who gained a walk over from Kathrine Dibbs.<br /> <br /> Lia Romero from Hillel Academy, with 35 points, won the 10 and under section from Xyena Miller from Immaculate Conception with 32 points.<br /> <br /> Mikale Williams of Hillel accummulated 56 points to capture the eight and under category ahead of Savannah Taylor from Sts Peter and Paul, who finished with 52 points.<br /> <br /> Matthew White from Porter Centre captured the six and under category with 30 points from James Rosen of Hillel Academy with 52 points.<br /> <br /> Rayne Russell, a director of Russell Tennis Academy, said the tournament was to showcase players from all ages, from 18 and under with prep school players competing in six and under categories for boys and girls.<br /> <br /> He said the tournament also featured seven events and was played on a round-robin format with a unique sudden-death tie-breaker game. This format allowed players to play everyone in the draw with the winner decided by overall points.<br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13478325/245082_71633_repro_w300.jpg Local Sports Sunday, December 04, 2016 12:00 AM Strugglers Waterhouse, Boys&rsquo; Town in key RSPL clash http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Strugglers-Waterhouse--Boys--Town-in-key-RSPL-clash_82516 Despite being this early in the season, the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) clash between cellar teams Waterhouse FC and Boys&rsquo; Town FC at Drewsland starting at 3:00 pm will be a mammoth one.<br /> <br /> Both teams are in the relegation zone with Waterhouse in 11th spot on 11 points, while Boys&rsquo; Town are rooted to the bottom with seven points from 13 games.<br /> <br /> The management of Waterhouse has acted swiftly, dismissing the ineffective Coach Marvin Tate and brought in a man who knows how to get the best out of tough inner-city teams in Glendon &ldquo;Admiral&rdquo; Bailey.<br /> <br /> Waterhouse, champions back in 1997 and 2006, and second-place finishers in 2012/13 and 2013/14, had a wretched season last year when they narrowly escaped relegation on the last day. That poor form continued this season. and after 13 games they are again in trouble in the relegation zone. <br /> <br /> Bailey, who quit coaching in 2014, returned last season and dragged a then struggling Tivoli Gardens to safety. And he has been asked to do the same at a Waterhouse team that has only won three times from 13 games with eight defeats already this season.<br /> <br /> Waterhouse will want to welcome Bailey to Drewsland with a victory and are fancied to get the better of a Boys&rsquo; Town team that are favourites to be relegated. Waterhouse won their first encounter 3-1. <br /> <br /> The &ldquo;Red Brigade&rdquo; are rooted to the bottom of the table with seven points and Head Coach Andrew Price, who seems to have one of the safest jobs in the league, will have to start working his magic or the former champions of the 1980s could be returning to Super League football. They are four points behind Waterhouse and six points away from safety behind the promoted pair Maverley/Hughenden and Jamalco. <br /> <br /> Meanwhile, champions Montego Bay United, who hold a two-point lead atop of the table with 28 points, host new boys Maverley/Hughenden, who are in 10th spot on 13 points, at the WesPow Park in St James. <br /> <br /> Revenge will certainly be on Montego Bay&rsquo;s mind, as in their very first game of the season Maverley/Hughenden created a massive upset, winning 2-1 in their first game back in the premier league after many years. <br /> <br /> The Montego Bay juggernaut are now full of running and should prove too hot for Maverley/Hughenden to handle. Joint top scorer Dino Williams, with seven goals, will again lead the charge along with Allan Ottey, Jermaine Woozencroft, Cory Hylton and Donovan Carey in pursuit of victory. <br /> <br /> However, the promoted Maverley/Hughenden are an experienced bunch, with veteran defender Kasai Hinds at the back holding things together. Phillip Peddie and Nicholas Scott, both on four goals, will again be charged with finding the goals along with Rodico Wellington, Andrew Peddlar, Wayne Williams, and Omari Edwards.<br /> <br /> Elsewhere, Jamalco FC and Humble Lion FC clash in what is expected to be a hot Clarendon derby at the Wembley Centre of Excellence at 3:00 pm. <br /> <br /> The promoted Jamalco are down in ninth on 13 points, while Humble Lion are fifth with 21 points. But despite both teams sitting off the pace, this rivalry is growing in Clarendon. The more seasoned Humble Lion won the first encounter 2-1 and are fancied to repeat at this same venue. <br /> <br /> The Donovan Duckie-coached Humble Lion will once again look towards four-goal top scorer, the veteran Wolry Wolfe, as well as Levaughn Williams and Fran&Atilde;&sect;ois Swaby with three goals each, Gary McIntosh, Ricardo Dennis, Hugh Howell, and Ricardo Campbell for victory.<br /> <br /> Jamalco started the season brightly but were quickly brought down to reality with a series of defeats, and they will be hoping the likes of top scorer Rohan Richards with four goals, Roshane Sharpe, Andrew Isaacs and Andre Dawson &mdash; two goals each &mdash; along with Sean Coleman can propel them to victory.<br /> <br /> In another key derby, fierce rivals Tivoli Gardens and Arnett Gardens clash at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex. Tivoli Gardens are riding on a high after winning their last three games and are up to fourth with 23 points. Arnett Gardens, on the other hand, are winless in their last three games and have dropped to sixth on 19 points. <br /> <br /> Regardless of their current status, whenever these teams meet it&rsquo;s a battle to the end, and the last time they played Tivoli Gardens, playing with nine men, held on for a draw and earned a good away point. Now playing at home, Tivoli Gardens will be bubbling with confidence and will make life extremely difficult for an Arnett Gardens team still struggling with internal issues.<br /> <br /> In the highest-ranking clash of the weekend, second-placed The University of the West Indies (UWI) on 26 points travel to third-placed Portmore United, sitting just two points behind on 24 points. UWI have a very good away record, winning four of their six games, and should be comfortable at the Prison Oval, the adopted home of Portmore United.<br /> <br /> Mid-table outfits FC Reno in seventh spot with 17 points welcome eighth-placed Harbour View on 15 points to Frome. FC Reno won their first-round meeting 1-0, but the &ldquo;Stars of the East&rdquo; have found another gear since and are fancied to score a crucial away win. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13478283/243824_71596_repro_w300.jpg Local Sports Sunday, December 04, 2016 12:00 AM Pontius Pilate lands Andrew HB Aguilar Memorial Cup http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Pontius-Pilate-lands-Andrew-HB-Aguilar-Memorial-Cup_82538 A better performance was expected from the well-bred Pontius Pilate (Forest Danger - Sea Treaty) after the chestnut colt&rsquo;s disappointing third place finish on debut, and that he did by landing the Andrew HB Aguilar Memorial Cup feature at Caymanas Park yesterday.<br /> <br /> The Trinidadian Shivam Maharaj-owned 3-5 favourite Pontius Pilate, under former champion jockey Panamanian Dick Cardenas, broke well but was patiently taken off the lead and held tightly into second position behind the Omar Walker-ridden<br /> <br /> Radical for the first half of the 1,600-metre race.<br /> <br /> As Cardenas let loose a notch, the Anthony Nunes-trained Pontius Pilate drew alongside Radical approaching the top of the straight before the far-striding colt opened up the lead in deep stretch.<br /> <br /> Although running green, swinging wide in the stretch and shortening in the final stages of the race, Pontius Pilate had done more than enough and held on by three parts of a length from the fast-finishing Proud Of Nuclear, the mount of Aaron Chatrie.<br /> <br /> The tiring Radical managed to hold on to third spot ahead of the 2-1 fancy Night Light (Jevvanne Erwin up). The final was a moderate 1:41.0 minutes after splits of 24.2, 47.3 and 1:12.3 minutes.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;When I asked him to go turning for home up the lane he responded and drew away from the field and had to hold on for the victory. There is more room for improvement and he will get better,&rdquo; Cardenas told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> It was the third winner on the 10-race card for Nunes, and the second for Cardenas who booted home Mesmerize for Nunes in the first race, while Linton Steadman got the other winner for Nunes aboard Hey Champ in the second event.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, Willington (S Richardson astride) and Grande Marque (Oshane Nugent up) won both sections of the Caymanas Track Limited Stable Riders&rsquo; Race over 800 metres.<br /> <br /> Racing continues next Saturday with the second staging of the ultra-rich Diamond Mile Race. Three-time defending champion jockey Dane Nelson, who is currently riding at the Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Canada, is expected to make the trip to partner Franfield in the 1,600-metre event. Cardenas is down to ride Bigdaddykool, while current champion jockey Shane Ellis will get the leg up on Gold Cup winner Buzz Nightmare. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13478271/245078_71611_repro_w300.jpg Local Sports Sunday, December 04, 2016 12:00 AM Sydney Thunder sweating as Russell awaits fate from disciplinary panel http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Sydney-Thunder-sweating-as-Russell-awaits-fate-from-disciplinary-panel SYDNEY, Australia (CMC) &ndash; Sydney Thunder have been left sweating on the availability of Andre Russell for this season&rsquo;s Big Bash campaign, as the explosive West Indies all-rounder awaits his fate from Jamaica&rsquo;s Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel.<br /> <br /> The Thunder training camp bowls off on Saturday but there is no indication yet whether Russell will be able to suit up or if he will be slapped with a two-year ban for committing an anti-doping whereabouts violation.<br /> <br /> He missed three drugs tests in a 12-month period after failing to inform authorities about his whereabouts.<br /> <br /> The hearing to determine Russell&rsquo;s fate concluded recently and Thunder chief executive, Nick Cummins, said they were hopeful of a positive outcome.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Two of the alleged filing failures were while he was playing for West Indies at the World Cup so he was hardly hiding in a cupboard,&rdquo; Cummins contended.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;He was on international television representing his country. But they&rsquo;re the rules.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Certainly from what we&rsquo;ve followed we think there&rsquo;s enough evidence to exonerate him but it&rsquo;s not my decision obviously and we&rsquo;ll just have to see how it goes.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Russell has emerged as one of the most sought-after players in the T20 format, and is one of a plethora of West Indies players who ply their trade in multiple foreign leagues.<br /> <br /> A big-hitting lower order batsman and a lively seamer who is also brilliant in the field, the 28-year-old has already played 225 T20s and made over 3,400 runs and taken 202 wickets.<br /> <br /> Cummins said the fact Russell appeared in person before the anti-doping disciplinary panel had been a good sign.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve spoken to him a couple of times over the journey. He feels like he&rsquo;s done everything he can,&rdquo; Cummins noted.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;He attended the hearing in person. So he&rsquo;s taking it very seriously and wanted to make sure that was noted.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> A huge fan favourite, Russell was excellent for Thunder last season, grabbing a high 16 wickets and gathering nearly 200 runs, as the franchise won their maiden Big Bash title.<br /> <br /> Cummins said while they preferred to have Russell again this season, they had been understandably forced into contingency planning.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;While he&rsquo;s an important player we believe that our contingency plan is enough to give us a good run to defend our title. We don&rsquo;t think it will be jeopardised,&rdquo; the official said.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We know what Andre can deliver, and he&rsquo;s a well-loved member of the team, so we would much prefer he keeps playing with us.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The Big Bash League bowls off December 20. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13480011/Andre-Russell-THUNDER-e1453395888412_w300.jpg Local Sports Sunday, December 04, 2016 2:57 PM Correction http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Correction_82548 In last Wednesday&rsquo;s edition of the Daily Observer under the headline &lsquo;Jamaica claim inaugural JamRockerz Classics&rsquo;, the article mentioned Restaurant Associates Limited as a sponsor of the tournament instead of Restaurants of Jamaica Limited, owners and operators of KFC, who were in fact the sponsors.<br /> <br /> We regret the error and any inconvenience caused. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10740009/basketball_w300.jpg Local Sports Sunday, December 04, 2016 12:00 AM FIFA to stage Women&rsquo;s football administration course http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/FIFA-to-stage-Women-s-football-administration-course_82063 FIFA will stage a women&rsquo;s football administrators course in Jamaica from December 5-9, 2016. <br /> <br /> The course will be held at the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Technical Centre, the University of the West Indies, Mona.<br /> <br /> The FIFA has appointed Yolanda Camacho from Costa Rica, who is more widely known as the organiser and managing director of the Women&rsquo;s Under-17 World Cup soccer tournament held in 2013.<br /> <br /> Camacho is a lifelong soccer fan and has spent many years volunteering at soccer events in Costa Rica. For the women&rsquo;s under-17 tournament, she spent three years meticulously planning the two-week event that would host teams from 32 nations. Costa Rica was the first Central American nation to host a World Cup tournament.<br /> <br /> Participants in this highly anticipated course will be drawn from parish associations targeting administrators at the level of the secretariat, as well as administrators in the youth development programme; team managers in the national programme and the clubs involved in the local women&rsquo;s league; and members of the administrative staff of the JFF Secretariat.<br /> <br /> Topics expected to be covered are: managing youth teams, male and female; match coordination; game day organisation; football office administration; support to technical staff; male/female dynamics in football; and administrative systems and procedures to benefit the sport.<br /> <br /> The course will be officially opened at 2:00 pm tomorrow. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11045157/fifa_w300.jpg International Football Sunday, December 04, 2016 12:00 AM Photo: CC reign again http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Photo--CC-reign-again_82550 Cornwall College&rsquo;s Captain Jamario Hines (centre) accepts the ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup trophy, symbol of rural area schoolboys football supremacy, after his team beat outgoing champions STETHS 2-1 in the final played at the Montego Bay Sports Complex last night. Assisting in the presentation are (from second left) Jermaine Brown of Wisynco, Carlo Redwood of FLOW, ISSA President Dr Walton Small, and Shawna-Kay Maragh, also of Wisynco. (Photo: Paul Reid) http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13478412/245095_71647_repro_w300.jpg Local Sports Sunday, December 04, 2016 12:00 AM Stephens through to second round of JN Open Tennis Championships http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Stephens-through-to-second-round-of-JN-Open-Tennis-Championships_82544 TOP seed Micheala Stephens defeated Katherine Dibbs in straight sets, 6-0, 6-4, to advance to the second round of the women&rsquo;s singles at the 2016 Jamaica National (JN) Open Tennis Championships at the Liguanea Club in New Kingston yesterday.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I had to dig deep and keep going and put a lot of spin on my shots to make certain I have control,&rdquo; Stephens said.<br /> <br /> After taking a 2-0 lead in the second set, Dibbs tied at 2-2 and took a 4-3 lead before Stephens broke her to make it 4-4, then held serve to take a 5-4 lead before breaking her opponent to clinch the set and the match.<br /> <br /> Stephens will meet the winner of the Onika Shaw versus Amanda Campbell match in second-round action. This game was in progress at press time last evenig.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, in the men&rsquo;s open singles first-round matches played yesterday, Dane Vernon eliminated Paul Kenny in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2; Cole McNair beat Steven Priestley, 4-6, 6-2, 10-4 (super tie-breaker); and Anthony Burgess cruised past Bradley Dixon 6-1, 6-0.<br /> <br /> Mario Campbell, who is playing in this tournament for the first time, gained a walkover from Christopher Barrett and will play seventh seed Orick Angus in the men&rsquo;s second round this morning.<br /> <br /> Campbell, ranked number two in the juniors, said he is very confident that he will beat Angus and will be looking past the round-of-sixteen. &ldquo;I know how he plays and will be going all out to win.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Other men&rsquo;s open matches scheduled this morning starting at 9:00 are fourth-seeded Duainne Miller vs Cole McNair; eighth seed David Goldsmith vs Bruce Hart; Daniel Gyles vs Leighton Burton, and Dwayne Lue Shing vs Roshane Henry.<br /> <br /> Third seed Shea-Ann Kameka crushed Simone Hudson in straight sets 6-0, 6-0.<br /> <br /> Matches scheduled today in the women&rsquo;s open are Allison Jones vs Malaika Mason, and Beverley Muir vs second seed Pauline Hylton. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10857896/tennis_w300.jpg Local Sports Sunday, December 04, 2016 12:00 AM