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Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 Incredible fightback http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Incredible-fightback_78135 CATHERINE HALL, St James &mdash; St Elizabeth Technical High (STETHS) staged an incredible fightback, scoring two times in two minutes late in the game to complete a brilliant comeback to beat 2014 finalists Holy Trinity 4-3 in their first-round Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association/Flow Super Cup game at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.<br /> <br /> Javoney Brown scored twice, including the winner in the 85th minute, as the daCosta Cup champions STETHS came from behind three times to deny the Manning Cup team and advance to the quarter-finals where they will face another Manning Cup team, Bridgeport High.<br /> <br /> Demar James and Rujay Robinson also scored for STETHS after Rojae Welch, Shai Smith and substitute Dante Green had given Holy Trinity the lead each time.<br /> <br /> Omar &ldquo;Rambo&rdquo; Wedderburn, the STETHS coach, said the result showed the &ldquo;character&rdquo; of his team and said it pointed to &ldquo;great things to come&rdquo;, and it shows &ldquo;we have what it takes&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> He said, however, their focus remains on the daCosta Cup, which he said &ldquo;is our main objective every season&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> Devon Anderson, the Holy Trinity coach, was stunned by the quick turnaround of fortunes and blamed goalkeeper Antonio Millington, for three of the goals they conceded.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;My players played very hard tonight, they worked hard,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> After coming close in the first minute of the game, Holy Trinity shocked the large group of STETHS supporters in the seventh minute when Welch rammed home his own rebound that came back off the left upright, reacting quicker than the STETHS defenders.<br /> <br /> Brown levelled the scores in the 11th minute with his first shot of the game, beating Millington from inside the six-yard box.<br /> <br /> Smith restored his team&rsquo;s lead in the 28th minute when he danced through the STETHS defence on the right side of the 18-yard box, then moved the ball to his left foot before powering it into the near corner of the goal.<br /> <br /> James restored parity in the 34th minute when he coolly lobbed Millington, who was stranded midway his area, as the teams went into the break tied at 2-2.<br /> <br /> STETHS appeared to be taking the initiative in the second half as a number of the Holy Trinity players suffered cramps, but it was the Manning Cup team that struck first when Green, who had replaced Karim Brown in the 59th minute, gave his team the lead again by beating the STETHS &lsquo;keeper Lenroy Wallace in the 68th minute.<br /> <br /> Danray Miller, who came on for STETHS, came close to drawing his team level in the 75th minute when he beat two defenders on the right wing, but his cross flew across the area before any of his teammates could connect.<br /> <br /> STETHS finally drew level in the 83rd minute when Robinson&rsquo;s corner beat everybody and flew into the far corner of the goal to restore hope to the 2014 semi-finalists.<br /> <br /> STETHS then took the lead for the first time and for good when Brown powered his way through the Holy Trinity defence and beat Millington with a shot into the far right corner. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13376335/236093_63160_repro_w300.jpg Dacosta Cup Sunday, October 23, 2016 12:00 AM JC blues http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/JC-blues_78125 Clarendon College pulled off the first upset win of the 2016 Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/FLOW Super Cup competition when they pipped former champions Jamaica College 1-0 in a thrilling encounter at Sabina Park yesterday.<br /> <br /> Captain Creggton Charlton got the all-important strike in the 50th minute to book a quarter-final date with Excelsior for the unseeded Chapleton-based team.<br /> <br /> Clarendon College should now feel a sense of accomplishment having turned the tables on Jamaica College, who they lost to by an identical score line in the 2014 Olivier Shield final.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, Kingston College were leading Vere Technical 1-0 in the feature contest of the double-header at press time with a goal from Omar Thompson in the 30th minute.<br /> <br /> Earlier in the curtain-raiser, it was an end-to-end, action-packed encounter from the first whistle with both teams giving as good as they got, but had nothing to show for it at the break. <br /> <br /> Jamaica College gradually grabbed the ascendancy in the early exchanges and thought they had broken the deadlock when Donovan Dawkins headed in Ronaldo Brown&rsquo;s free-kick from an offside position.<br /> <br /> Dawkins went close once more in the 20th minute, but his powerfully driven shot rocketed off the left upright. <br /> <br /> Clarendon College responded on the half-hour mark through Nickque Daley, who broke away down the left channel and should have scored, but was hesitant in pulling the trigger and was thwarted by a recovering defender. <br /> <br /> Daley again found himself alone at goal, but was denied by tidy glove work from goalkeeper Kajay Johnson.<br /> <br /> Clarendon College seemed to have found a liking to a steady downpour in the latter stages of the half as they applied consistent pressure in their probe for the opening goal, but lacked composure in the final third.<br /> <br /> Clarendon College inevitably broke the deadlock five minutes into the resumption when Charlton broke down the left channel and into the box before firing a firm left-footer past Johnson. <br /> <br /> Jamaica College pressed for the equaliser and went close on a number of occasions, but Benjamin Williams in goal for Clarendon College was not to be beaten in an imperious performance between the sticks.<br /> <br /> At the other end of the park, Daley exploited the space in Jamaica College&rsquo;s defence on four occasions, but was wasteful in the end. Fortunately, Clarendon College were not made to pay for his profligacy.<br /> <br /> Lenny Hyde, technical director of Clarendon College, was elated by the win.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It was a hard-fought victory. I thought we played very disciplined through the 90 minutes, because we were playing against a quality team who attacked well, so our defensive organisation was excellent today (yesterday). <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I also thought the goalkeeper stood up well for us, and when we got our chance to go forward, we did, and we created some chances where we should have scored more goals,&rdquo; Hyde told the Jamaica Observer in a post-game interview.<br /> <br /> Losing coach Miguel Coley believes that faulty shooting proved his team&rsquo;s undoing.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I think when we had the ascendancy in the first half we should have taken our chances... they came back and they scored early and took the ascendancy, so it was a good game by them,&rdquo; Coley said. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13376303/236084_63158_repro_w300.jpg Local Sports Sunday, October 23, 2016 12:00 AM Wolmer&rsquo;s swamp Little London 6-0 on back of Gooden&rsquo;s three-timer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Wolmer-s-swamp-Little-London-6-0-on-back-of-Gooden-s-three-timer_78097 Wolmer&rsquo;s Boys&rsquo; knocked the wind out of Little London High with a 6-0 beating as they steamrolled their way into the second round of the 2016 staging of the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/FLOW Super Cup competition at Sabina Park on Friday night.<br /> <br /> Alphanso Gooden netted a three-timer in minutes 39, 52 and 64, and was supported by Rivaldo English&rsquo;s brace in the 78th and 90th+3 minutes. Andrew Daley (10th) got the other in a comprehensive display in the feature contest of the double-header, after Excelsior High had earlier strolled past Ocho Rios High 5-0 in the curtain-raiser.<br /> <br /> Wolmer&rsquo;s Boys&rsquo; thus progressed to the second round which will see them meeting the winner of yesterday&rsquo;s Kingston College versus Vere Technical encounter in the quarter-final bracket.<br /> <br /> The Heroes&rsquo; Circle-based team justified its favouritism in the lopsided contest on the scoresheet, but they did not have it all their way, as the young Westmoreland-based team briefly held sway in the early exchanges.<br /> <br /> However, Wolmer&rsquo;s broke loose on the counter and a cheeky one-touch pass from Gooden released Daley in on goal, and the latter made no mistake by calmly placing his shot into the left-hand corner of the net.<br /> <br /> The goal seemingly dampened the spirits of Little London, which allowed Wolmer&rsquo;s to dictate the pace of the game and they went close to doubling the lead four minutes before the half-hour mark, but custodian Clifford Clarke proved equal to Gooden&rsquo;s firmly struck right-footed shot from the top of the box.<br /> <br /> Gooden eventually got on the scoresheet when he stepped up to convert from the 12-yard spot to put Wolmer&rsquo;s 2-0 up at the break, after English&rsquo;s shot from outside the box was handled inside the area by a retreating defender. <br /> <br /> Any plans of a comeback from Little London were put beyond doubt seven minutes on the resumption when Gooden notched his second from close range. And the towering striker completed the triple four minutes past the hour mark, with a sublime effort in taking down the ball on his chest before firing a firm shot on the volley, leaving Clarke no chance in goal. <br /> <br /> With Wolmer&rsquo;s up 4-0, slight drizzle from the night&rsquo;s sky ironically signalled the opening of the floodgates and English led the charge in the latter stages of the contest. <br /> <br /> Some tidy glovework from Clarke briefly denied Wolmer&rsquo;s a fifth, which inevitably came when English fired home a beautiful strike from an angle.<br /> <br /> He was at it again, slotting home from close range in time added after his sweetly struck free kick from 20 yards out was tipped over by Clarke, and the resulting corner saw the ball landing in his path.<br /> <br /> Winning coach, Vassel Reynolds applauded his team for what he described as a &ldquo;good overall performance&rdquo; in both attack and defence, while his counterpart Jeffery Reece believed a lack of experience proved the undoing of his young team. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13376126/236056_63112_repro_w300.jpg Local Sports Sunday, October 23, 2016 12:00 AM Crucial Appeal stakes claim for Caribbean Sprint Championship http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Crucial-Appeal-stakes-claim-for-Caribbean-Sprint-Championship_78126 Crucial Appeal staked his credentials for next month&rsquo;s Caribbean Sprint Championship after an impressive run to win the top-rated Open Allowance event on the 10-race programme at Caymanas Park yesterday.<br /> <br /> The six-year-old chestnut gelding was hustled up by champion jockey Shane Ellis to take the lead over Polly B, Chace The Great and Campesino in the eight-horse field going around the half-mile turn. <br /> <br /> When Ellis uged his mount entering the straight, Crucial Appeal did what he knows best &mdash; sprinting away from rivals to win quite easily over his improving, three-year-old stable companion Chace The Great, ridden by apprentice Dane Dawkins. <br /> <br /> Gary Glitter (Jerome Innis up) ran the best race of life so far to finish third, while the consistent Campesino, the mount of Ian Spence, could only manage fourth place in the 1,100-metre event for three-year-olds and upward. <br /> <br /> This year&rsquo;s 1,000 Guineas heroine Nuclear Affair (Paul Francis astride) was never a factor throughout the race and, surprisingly, finished in last place. <br /> <br /> Force De Four was declared a late non-starter after his rider, Renardo McNaughton was injured in the starting gates. &ldquo;It was a stroll in the park. It was quite a comfortable race as we had really nothing to do from the off,&rdquo; Ellis said. <br /> <br /> Meanwhile, apprentice Bebeto Harvey continued his good form when he rode a two-timer including Jamai Raja in the Royal Dad Trophy feature over 1,820 metres. Jamai Raja won ahead of Will In Charge (Shane Ellis up) and Awesome Destiny (Dane Dawkins astride) in a fast 1:54.1 minutes.<br /> <br /> Awesome Destiny passed the post second, but was disqualified for causing interference to Will In Charge in deep stretch. <br /> <br /> Harvey&rsquo;s other winner was Superbolt in the first race over 1,000 metres round, in 1:01.3 minutes. Both winners were trained by Richard Azan.<br /> <br /> Also saddling two winners were trainer Steven Todd and Patrick Fong. Todd was successful with Legal Arena (Anthony Thomas astride) in the fourth race and He&rsquo;s A Machine (Omar Walker up) in the sixth race.<br /> <br /> Fong&rsquo;s winners were Legendary Pleasure and Brave Prospect in the seventh and eighth races, respectively. Both horses were ridden by Linton Steadman. Racing continues next Saturday. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13376232/236085_63155_repro_w300.jpg Local Sports Sunday, October 23, 2016 12:00 AM RSPL leaders &lsquo;Lion&rsquo;, UWI square off http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/RSPL-leaders--Lion---UWI-square-off_78098 THE contest between front-runners Humble Lion FC and University of the West Indies (UWI) FC at Effortville Community Centre is arguably the pick of the games scheduled today as action continues in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL).<br /> <br /> Kick-off is scheduled for 3:30 pm.<br /> <br /> Thanks to home advantage, last season&rsquo;s semi-finalists Humble Lion enter the game with a slight edge. They are notoriously hard to beat at their base, nestled just outside of the centre of Clarendon&rsquo;s capital, May Pen.<br /> <br /> Humble Lion have 13 points from six outings to lead the 12-team table on goal difference. They have lost only once this season and are unbeaten in their last four outings.<br /> <br /> They were pushed hard by rivals Portmore United in a 1-1 away result in last week&rsquo;s slate of matches.<br /> <br /> UWI, in their second season of local top-flight football, have got out of the starting blocks quickly as if to prove that their fifth-place finish in last year&rsquo;s campaign was no fluke. They have 13 points and only trail Humble Lion due to an inferior goal difference.<br /> <br /> The university outfit has also lost only once this season, and is on a three-game winning streak. UWI&rsquo;s 3-2 victory at home over 2014-15 RSPL champions Arnett Gardens FC would have boosted their confidence even further.<br /> <br /> In another encounter that could produce fireworks, champions Montego Bay United host former winners Waterhouse FC at WesPow Park in St James, starting at 3:30 pm.<br /> <br /> Montego Bay are fifth with 10 points, while Waterhouse, who lost their first four games this season, are 10th with six points.<br /> <br /> Both teams have met at the business end of the season on a few occasions in recent times. In the 2013-14 campaign Montego Bay stunned Waterhouse in the final to lift the RSPL title. The following season, Montego Bay romped to victory over their rivals in a two-legged semi-final affair before losing to Arnett in the final.<br /> <br /> It is anyone&rsquo;s guess how this preliminary round game could turn out, but the comfort of home could provide Montego Bay with a narrow advantage.<br /> <br /> In another pair of 3:30 pm games, seventh-place Reno FC (eight points) welcome promoted Maverley-Hughenden FC, who are ninth with seven points, to Frome Sports Complex in Westmoreland, while fourth-place Arnett (10 points) entertain first-timers Jamalco FC, who are third, also with 10 points, to Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex.<br /> <br /> At 3 o&rsquo; clock, hosts Boys&rsquo; Town FC tackle Tivoli Gardens FC at Barbican Sports Complex. Boys&rsquo; Town are 11th with four points, while Tivoli are eighth with seven points.<br /> <br /> In a 7:00 pm encounter, the two former champions Harbour View FC and Portmore United are to battle at Harbour View Stadium.<br /> <br /> Harbour View surprisingly occupy last place with four points, while Portmore are in sixth with eight points.<br /> <br /> RSPL games today<br /> <br /> 3:00 pm &mdash; Boys&rsquo; Town vs Tivoli Gardens @ Barbican Complex<br /> <br /> 3:30 pm &mdash; Reno vs Maverley-Hughenden @ Frome Complex<br /> <br /> 3:30 pm &mdash; Arnett Gardens vs Jamalco @ Anthony Spaulding Complex<br /> <br /> 3:30 pm &mdash; Montego Bay vs Waterhouse @ Wespow Park<br /> <br /> 3:30 pm &mdash; Humble Lion vs University of the West Indies @ Effortville Centre<br /> <br /> 7:00 pm &mdash; Harbour View vs Portmore @ Harbour View Stadium http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13376034/234854_63109_repro_w300.jpg Local Sports Sunday, October 23, 2016 12:00 AM St Catherine FA honours stars at 78th annual awards ceremony http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/St-Catherine-FA-honours-stars-at-78th-annual-awards-ceremony_77345 The St Catherine Football Association (SCFA) held its 78th annual awards ceremony at the Arians restaurant in Twickenham Park, St Catherine, on Thursday, October 13, 2016. <br /> <br /> Peter Reid, president of SCFA, who last February repelled the challenge of veteran cop Harry &ldquo;Bundles&rdquo; Daley for leadership of the association, was elated with the competitions and the performance of the teams, as well as the belief the clubs had in his administration.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I lift my hat off to these clubs, as through thick and thin they trusted us and saw the hard work that we, the executives, were doing. Apart from the competitions, this has been the first major function held since the last annual general election in February to recognise the players and their efforts, despite not having a big sponsorship,&rdquo; Reid said.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;However, we thank FLOW to have stuck with us for the past five years, especially the last three years sponsoring the Major League and the Happy Sutherland Knockout Competition. We are also very grateful to Wisynco for contributing to the staging of this, the awards ceremony.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Congratulations to the various awardees for their efforts and hard work throughout the competitions, which has qualified them worthy to be singled out and awarded,&rdquo; Reid continued.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It is quite obvious that they appreciate the two Smartphones presented to the MVP of the Major League and the Division One League, courtesy of our sponsors FLOW, and will now be focusing on the new season set to begin on October 30.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> Dunbeholden won the Major League Trophy, with second place going to Tru- Juice FC; Frazsier&rsquo;s Whip FC were third, while fourth place went to Federal United FC. GC Foster received the Most Disciplined Team award. <br /> <br /> Best Goalkeeper award went to Horace Fairclough of Frazsier&rsquo;s Whip; Best Defender went to Odaine Edwards of Tru-Juice; Nickoy Christian of Dunbeholden got Best Midfielder. <br /> <br /> There was a tie for Leading Goalscorer between Alvin Morgan and Olanzo Brown of Dunbeholden and Federal United FC, respectively. Nickoy Christian got Most Valuable Player, while Reigel Smith was given the Winning Coach award. <br /> <br /> Both are from the Dunbeholden FC. In the Division One awards it was Bodles FC that took the champions trophy, with Watson Grove emerging as runners-up; Marcus Garvey were third and Albion fourth. <br /> <br /> Most Disciplined Team went to Bodles FC. Individual award of Best Goalkeeper went to Jeffrey Soares of Bodles United FC; Michael Prehaye from Albion United FC got Best Defender; Best Midfielder was Chevaughn Walcott of Watson Grove FC. <br /> <br /> Stephen Wellington of Marcus Garvey FC was the Leading Goalscorer, and Most Valuable Player was Andre Dice of Bodles FC, while Winning Coach was Devon Brown of Bodles.<br /> <br /> Portmore United FC were the FLOW Happy Sutherland KO champions, with Bodles the runners-up. Outstanding Achievement went to FIFA Referee Stefanie Dale-Yeesing. <br /> <br /> &mdash; Bev Melbourne http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13376224/236074_63137_repro_w300.jpg Local Sports Sunday, October 23, 2016 12:00 AM Big WAKO test for Stone http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Big-WAKO-test-for-Stone_77773 HEAVYWEIGHT Richard Stone thrives on the big occasions and is raring for his biggest test to date, the October 26-30 World Association of Kickboxing Organizations (WAKO) Pan American Championships at the Ibero Star Resort in Cancun, Mexico.<br /> <br /> Stone, along with two of Jamaica&rsquo;s leading martial artists, Nicholas Dusard and Subrina Richards, are set to participate at the ninth WAKO Pan American Champs, the official qualifying event for 18 spots to the 2017 World Games, organised by International World Games Association, October 2017, in Wroclaw, Poland.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I wouldn&rsquo;t say it scares me, but I am anxious to go and find out how good the other fighters are. I will be among the first three persons &mdash; myself, Subrina and Nicholas &mdash; to fight in a WAKO Pan American Champs, so a lot of pressure is on us. If we win, we qualify for the championships,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> WAKO Pan Am President Paulo Zorello said the event will be the biggest Pan American Championships ever held, so far attracting more than 700 athletes from 15 countries, &ldquo;and we are sure that this number will rise&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Brazil, USA, Argentina, Canada and, of course, our host, Mexico, are going to have their best fighters in the Pan American Championships. In addition to them, we have some new countries, like Costa Rica, which will attend the event with more than 100 participants,&rdquo; Zorello noted.<br /> <br /> Stone has had a meteoric rise in local martial arts circles within the last year. He qualifed for the 2016 combined martial arts team in December after winning gold at November&rsquo;s North American and Caribbean Taekwondo Champs in Vancouver, Canada.<br /> <br /> In May, he made a smashing debut at the International Sports Kickboxing Amateur Member Association World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany. The big Jamaican beat Ryan Durbridge from England in the final after getting past Germany&rsquo;s Lepear Luigi in their semi-final bout.<br /> <br /> Fighting alongside Dusard and Kenneth Edwards at the US Open in July, 24-year-old Stone anchored Jamaica to gold in the three-man continuous sparring division, as well as winning an individual silver medal at the event.<br /> <br /> Stone said the Jamaicans&rsquo; preparations for Mexico have been progressing well.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We have more rounds to fight; three two-minute rounds to move on, a real test of stamina. We&rsquo;ve been doing a lot of sparring, mainly focusing on fighting for six minutes without a break.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I think we are ready at this point in time. I believe we are in fine shape to go and do our best,&rdquo; he said. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12989949/205250_63126_repro_w300.jpg Local Sports Sunday, October 23, 2016 12:00 AM Carter now awaits findings at end of hearing http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Carter-now-awaits-findings-at-end-of-hearing_78113 The disciplinary panel of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will decide on the fate of Jamaica sprinter Nesta Carter after the hearing into the matter was concluded last Monday at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.<br /> <br /> An adverse analytical finding came from retesting of Carter&rsquo;s sample from 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. The athlete was a member of Jamaica&rsquo;s triumphant 4x100-metre relay team in Beijing.<br /> <br /> Carter, who won bronze in the 100m at the 2013 World Championships, was said to have tested positive for the stimulant methylhexanamine from a retest of samples eight years ago.<br /> <br /> A release from the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) said: &ldquo;Presentations were tendered on behalf of the IOC and counsel for Mr Carter, and several papers and documents were tendered in evidence by both parties. The hearing concluded at approximately 1:50 pm and the chairman advised that the panel would consider the matter, and the parties would be advised of their findings in due course.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> According to the JOA release, the disciplinary panel appointed by the IOC comprised Chairman Denis Oswald, Gunilla Lindberg and Urgur Erdner.<br /> <br /> Carter was represented by Queen&rsquo;s Counsel Kate Gallafint and Kendrah Potts.<br /> <br /> The IOC was represented by Jean-Pierre Morand.<br /> <br /> JOA President Michael Fennell was in attendance. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13109237/213096__w300.jpg Local Sports Sunday, October 23, 2016 12:00 AM 17th KCNK Charity Golf Tournament set for November 12 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/17th-KCNK-Charity-Golf-Tournament-set-for-November-12_78028 The Kiwanis Club of New Kingston (KCNK) is a group of professional and businesswomen who came together 27 years ago to give service through the first all-female club in the Kiwanis movement in Jamaica.<br /> <br /> KCNK will be hosting its 17th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at the prestigious Constant Spring Golf and Country Club. This year&rsquo;s tournament will be an 18-hole Stableford Tournament, with a shotgun start at 7:00 am. <br /> <br /> The annual charity golf tournament has become a major event on the Jamaica Golf Association&rsquo;s Calendar and will, once again, feature David Mais as the tournament director. The theme this year is &ldquo;Tee Off for Charity with KCNK &mdash; Follow Through For Kids with Sickle Cell&rdquo;, and part proceeds from this year&rsquo;s tournament will be used to support increased awareness and education of this ailment, as well as to improve the lives of those who currently suffer from its impact. <br /> <br /> Genetic diseases, especially hereditary blood disorders such as sickle cell disease (SCD) are a significant problem in Jamaica. Every 150 children born in Jamaica will have some form of sickle cell, one in every 300 births will have sickle cell anaemia, and one in 500 births will be a carrier for sickle cell. Furthermore, 15 per cent of the population is at risk for sickle cell disease. <br /> <br /> While the condition can be adequately managed and some persons affected by the condition are able to live to their full potential, there is a lack of knowledge about the disease and as a result, considerable stigma and discrimination associated with the condition. Most individuals are unaware that they are carriers for SCD and in turn can therefore pass this condition on to their children, particularly where their partners are also sickle cell carriers.<br /> <br /> Lack of adequate funding has prevented sickle cell organisations, such as the Sickle Cell Unit of the University of the West Indies and the Sickle Cell Support Foundation of Jamaica (SCSFJ), from rolling out an effective public education campaign in a more organised and structured way. SCSFJ is in dire need of financial support and manpower to effectively serve the approximate 260,000 persons in Jamaica who are carriers of the sickle cell trait, along with their families. They have had great difficulties raising funds to meet their day-to-day operating costs and maintain their outreach programme to the sickle cell community.<br /> <br /> One of the major thrusts of this project by the Kiwanis Club of New Kingston will therefore be to support an increase in the Public Education/Awareness Programme on Sickle Cell Anaemia. KCNK will be working with the Sickle Cell Unit and the SCSFJ to undertake a number of activities including the:<br /> <br /> Production and distribution of an illustrated story book for children titled Me Too... A Sickle Cell Story;<br /> <br /> Installation of billboards at high visibility points throughout Jamaica; <br /> <br /> Production of a public information broadcast programme for airing on television and radio aimed at getting individuals to ascertain their sickle cell status, the general impact and treatment of sickle cell; and hosting of seminars, forums and general presentations across the island, including our schools. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11964343/Golf_w300.jpg Local Sports Sunday, October 23, 2016 12:00 AM Late wickets cost Windies dearly http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Late-wickets-cost-Windies-dearly_78111 ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (CMC) &mdash; West Indies lost two wickets in the dying stages of the day to take the shine off an otherwise valiant effort and concede a clear advantage to Pakistan in the second Test of the three-match series here yesterday.<br /> <br /> Replying to Pakistan&rsquo;s first innings of 452, the Caribbean side were coasting at 106 for two late on the second day when they dramatically lost key batsmen Marlon Samuels and Kraigg Brathwaite in the last two overs of play, to end on 106 for four.<br /> <br /> Samuels had made a fluent 30 from 61 deliveries with six fours when he edged a loose drive at left-arm seamer Rahat Ali, and was caught low down at first slip by Sami Aslam, in the day&rsquo;s penultimate over.<br /> <br /> And in the very last over, Kraigg Brathwaite was run out for 21, sent back by nightwatchman Devendra Bishoo on a call for a quick single and failing to beat captain Misbah-ul-Haq&rsquo;s throw from cover to the wicketkeeper.<br /> <br /> The two dismissals put a damper on the outing, especially after left-hander Darren Bravo had stroked an attractive 43 to help put West Indies on course for a strong reply.<br /> <br /> Earlier, fast bowler Shannon Gabriel claimed his maiden five-wicket haul in Tests as Pakistan, resuming from 304 for four, added a further 148 runs before being bowled out an hour before tea.<br /> <br /> Misbah fell agonizingly short of his 11th Test hundred when he was dismissed for 96, while wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed extended his decent form with 56.<br /> <br /> West Indies were frustrated as Sohail Khan (26), Mohammad Nawaz (25) and Yasir Shah (23) all chipped in to see Pakistan past the 450-run mark.<br /> <br /> Gabriel picked up three of the wickets to fall to finish with a career-best five for 96, while captain and seamer Jason Holder claimed three for 47.<br /> <br /> Starting the day on 90, Misbah added just six runs before he was lbw to Gabriel in the morning&rsquo;s sixth over, and nightwatchman Yasir followed three overs later when he was caught at square leg by Bishoo, pulling at Holder.<br /> <br /> Sarfraz then anchored a 70-run, seventh-wicket partnership with Nawaz, which saw Pakistan past 400, and took them to lunch without further loss at 401 for six.<br /> <br /> Unbeaten on 45 then, the right-handed Sarfraz brought up his eighth Test half-century off a mere 55 deliveries in the second over after the break when he stroked Gabriel to the long on boundary.<br /> <br /> He followed up in the same over by steering one behind square for another boundary before going yorked off the fifth delivery after facing 59 balls and striking six fours.<br /> <br /> Gabriel and Holder then combined to send the last three wickets tumbling for 22 runs.<br /> <br /> With Brathwaite ruled ineligible to open the batting, having spent too long off the field towards the end of the Pakistan innings, Bravo stepped up to partner Leon Johnson and helped give West Indies a solid start.<br /> <br /> He faced 85 balls and counted six fours as he put on 27 for the first wicket with the left-handed Johnson, who made 12 before going lbw to a full-length delivery from Rahat, in the third over after tea without any runs added to the score.<br /> <br /> Bravo then added a further 38 with Brathwaite to see West Indies safely through the next hour.<br /> <br /> Coming off a century in the first Test in Dubai last week, Bravo once again looked in touch, stroking Rahat to the point boundary and following up with a delightful backfoot drive to the extra cover ropes off seamer Sohail Khan, to reach the tea interval on 15.<br /> <br /> Afterward, he picked up where he left off, stylishly punching Rahat to the cover boundary to move into the 20s and pulling the first ball of a new spell from Sohail through midwicket for four.<br /> <br /> He was looking at ease when he missed a pull at one from leg-spinner Yasir Shah in the second over after the final drinks break, and was adjudged lbw on review after initially gaining favour from the on-field umpire.<br /> <br /> With West Indies still on 65 for two, Samuels was given out lbw to Yasir off the very next delivery, but was reprieved on review and proceeded to post 41 for the third wicket with Brathwaite.<br /> <br /> Bogged down in the initial stages, the veteran Samuels burst to life with three fours in Yasir&rsquo;s seventh over which leaked 12 runs. He cut the first delivery to the point boundary, struck the third straight down the ground before belting the next delivery to the ropes at cover.<br /> <br /> Both batsmen appeared set to take Windies strongly to the close when they both perished, leaving an uphill task on today&rsquo;s pivotal third day. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13376175/236060_63122_repro_w300.jpg Local Sports Sunday, October 23, 2016 12:00 AM Messi penalty snatches thrilling Barca win http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Messi-penalty-snatches-thrilling-Barca-win_78114 Madrid, Spain (AFP) &mdash; Lionel Messi shrugged off his recent woes from the penalty spot with a decisive 94th-minute spot kick to move Barcelona top of La Liga with a pulsating 3-2 win at Valencia yesterday.<br /> <br /> However, the dramatic victory came at a cost for Barca as a tearful Andres Iniesta suffered ligament damage in his right knee that could keep him out for several months.<br /> <br /> Messi netted twice and his opener midway through the first half was allowed to stand, despite Luis Suarez straying into an offside position.<br /> <br /> Valencia hit back with two goals in six second-half minutes through on-loan Barca winger, Munir El Haddadi and Rodrigo.<br /> <br /> However, Suarez levelled and was then upended inside the area by Aymen Abdennour to allow Messi to hold his nerve and slot past penalty-stopping specialist Diego Alves for all three points.<br /> <br /> Victory moves the champions a point clear of Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid, who face Sevilla and Athletic Bilbao, respectively, today.<br /> <br /> He may be one of the finest footballers ever but Messi has struggled from the spot in recent seasons, most notably blazing over as Argentina lost the Copa America final to Chile in June.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Our best penalty-taker is Leo Messi without any doubt,&rdquo; Barca boss Luis Enrique said.<br /> <br /> Valencia stopper Alves had saved three penalties this season and from Messi in the past, but was beaten low to his right.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Messi took responsibility in the best moment and it is a glorious feeling for us,&rdquo; added Enrique.<br /> <br /> A bad-tempered encounter spilled over after Messi&rsquo;s strike though, as Suarez and Neymar were hit by a plastic bottle thrown by the Valencia fans as Barca celebrated.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We celebrated, as it is normal to celebrate a last-minute winner,&rdquo; said Enrique.<br /> <br /> The game was only 14 minutes old when Iniesta was carried from the field in tears, holding his right knee which buckled under a heavy challenge from Enzo Perez.<br /> <br /> Enrique was furious with Referee Alberto Undiano Mallenco as Perez avoided even a yellow card, whilst a series of other fouls on Barca players went unpunished.<br /> <br /> Barca confirmed Iniesta suffered lateral collateral ligament damage, but said further tests would be carried out to determine the exact extent of the injury.<br /> <br /> However, it was Valencia who were up in arms at the officials when Messi opened the scoring on 22 minutes.<br /> <br /> The Argentine&rsquo;s fifth goal in three games since returning from a groin injury sneaked in at Alves&rsquo;s near post, but the Brazilian goalkeeper had been distracted by the presence of the offside Suarez jumping over Messi&rsquo;s effort.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It is lamentable, absolutely lamentable that refereeing decisions prevented Valencia from taking a point or more from this match,&rdquo; Valencia Sporting Director Jesus Garcia Pitarch told BeIN Sports Spain.<br /> <br /> Valencia turned the game around early in the second half as Dani Parejo&rsquo;s cut-back was drilled into the bottom corner by El Haddadi against his parent club.<br /> <br /> The 21-year-old held his hands up apologetically after finding the net, but there were wild celebrations led by new Valencia boss Cesare Prandelli moments later when Rodrigo swept home Nani&rsquo;s through ball.<br /> <br /> Valencia&rsquo;s lead lasted just six minutes despite Alves&rsquo;s best efforts, as Suarez pounced to smash home a rebound after Ivan Rakitic&rsquo;s powerful header had been saved by the Valencia stopper.<br /> <br /> Barca swarmed forward in search of a winner but had to wait until deep into stoppage time when Messi played in Suarez, and he was clearly taken out from behind by Abdennour.<br /> <br /> Messi stroked home his 14th goal of the season to secure a vital three points in the title race.<br /> <br /> Earlier, Espanyol battled back from 3-0 down at half-time to salvage a point and possibly coach Quique Sanchez Flores&rsquo;s job in a 3-3 draw at home to Eibar.<br /> <br /> Granada and Sporting Gijon remain in the relegation zone .after a 0-0, whilst Real Sociedad moved into the top half with a comfortable 3-0 win over Alaves. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13376226/236078_63135_repro_w300.jpg Local Sports Sunday, October 23, 2016 12:00 AM Liverpool climb to second as Arsenal, Spurs misfire http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Liverpool-climb-to-second-as-Arsenal--Spurs-misfire_78112 London, United Kingdom (AFP) &mdash; An 81st-minute Gareth McAuley goal prevented Liverpool from provisionally going top in the Premier League as they defeated West Bromwich Albion 2-1 yesterday.<br /> <br /> Needing a two-goal win to move above leaders Arsenal, Liverpool took a 2-0 lead through Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho, but McAuley&rsquo;s strike left them in second place on goal difference.<br /> <br /> Arsenal had earlier been held to a 0-0 draw by Middlesbrough, while fourth-place Tottenham Hotspur played out a goalless stalemate at Bournemouth.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m really pleased with the performance,&rdquo; Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp told Sky Sports.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It was unbelievably difficult against West Brom. You have to always concentrate. They are so dangerous at set-pieces.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;But I think it would have been kind of a joke if we hadn&rsquo;t won today. It was unbelievable how we played.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Pep Guardiola&rsquo;s Manchester City can reclaim first place by avoiding defeat at home to Southampton today, when Jose Mourinho makes his return to Chelsea with Manchester United.<br /> <br /> Klopp made one change to the Liverpool team held 0-0 by United last Monday, with the fit-again Adam Lallana returning to the starting XI at the expense of Daniel Sturridge.<br /> <br /> Roberto Firmino took over from Sturridge up front and played a key role in Liverpool&rsquo;s neat, 20th-minute opener, crossing for Mane to volley home after Coutinho&rsquo;s dummy had freed Emre Can.<br /> <br /> Mane turned provider 15 minutes later after a sliced clearance by visiting goalkeeper Ben Foster, slipping in Coutinho, who cut inside two defenders and scored at the near post.<br /> <br /> West Brom centre-back McAuley halved the deficit late on, volleying in from close range at a corner.<br /> <br /> Arsenal, 6-0 winners over Ludogorets Razgrad in the Champions League in mid-week, were seeking an eighth-successive win in all competitions.<br /> <br /> But Middlesbrough came closest to breaking the deadlock in the first half at the Emirates Stadium when Gaston Ramirez curled a 21st-minute free-kick against the post.<br /> <br /> Arsenal dominated the second half, but had goalkeeper Petr Cech to thank for ensuring the visitors&rsquo; counter-attacks came to nought.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It is a game where you had a lot of possession, but there were tired legs and you are prone to counter-attacks,&rdquo; said Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger, who was celebrating his 67th birthday.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;You make it difficult for yourself. Seventy-five per cent possession, but you could have lost the game. That is modern football.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Tottenham extended their unbeaten start to the season to nine games &mdash; something they last achieved in 1990 &mdash; but squandered an opportunity to go top in a 0-0 draw at Bournemouth.<br /> <br /> Both teams hit the woodwork in the early stages, Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris diverting Charlie Daniels&rsquo; shot onto the bar and Erik Lamela clipping the post from distance.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We had control, but we didn&rsquo;t create enough chances to score,&rdquo; said Spurs Manager Mauricio Pochettino.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I think we need to be pleased in the end because it&rsquo;s one point more, one clean sheet, but it&rsquo;s true &mdash; for us to be contenders we should be winning the games like today.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Champions Leicester City did not need Jamie Vardy as they won 3-1 at home to Crystal Palace to climb to 12th place.<br /> <br /> With Vardy starting on the bench after a groin problem, strikers Ahmed Musa and Shinji Okazaki struck either side of half-time at the King Power Stadium.<br /> <br /> Christian Fuchs sealed victory in the 79th minute, the Austrian left back netting from distance with a sensational strike to register his first Leicester goal.<br /> <br /> Yohan Cabaye replied five minutes from time for Palace.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;That was our best performance so far this season,&rdquo; said Leicester Manager Claudio Ranieri. &ldquo;It was the shape and model of last season and we concentrated on doing our job.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Sixth-place Everton spurned a chance to make ground on the leading sides in a 2-1 defeat at Burnley, who took a 39th-minute lead when goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg&rsquo;s blunder gifted Sam Vokes a tap-in.<br /> <br /> Yannick Bolasie equalised just before the hour with his first Everton goal, but Scott Arfield struck at the death to condemn Ronald Koeman&rsquo;s men to a fourth league game without victory.<br /> <br /> Xherdan Shaqiri scored two stunning goals &mdash; the second a free kick &mdash; as Stoke City won 2-0 at Hull City to climb out of the relegation zone at their host&rsquo;s expense.<br /> <br /> Sunderland remain rock-bottom after Winston Reid&rsquo;s goal deep into stoppage time earned misfiring West Ham United a 1-0 win at their London Stadium.<br /> <br /> Swansea City stayed second from bottom after Bob Bradley&rsquo;s first home game as manager concluded in a 0-0 draw with Watford. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13376225/236077_63136_repro_w300.jpg Local Sports Sunday, October 23, 2016 12:00 AM Cameron defiant http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Cameron-defiant_78047 KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) &ndash; West Indies Cricket Board president Dave Cameron has defended the timing of the decision to sack head coach Phil Simmons, and says he expects the &ldquo;bold&rdquo; move by the board to be vindicated in the future.<br /> <br /> Simmons was controversially fired last month on the same day the West Indies squad left the Caribbean for the United Arab Emirates to take on Pakistan in a Twenty20, One-Day International and Test series.<br /> <br /> But with the board having come under heavy criticism from several quarters over the decision &ndash; especially in light of the wretched results on the current tour &ndash; a defiant Cameron argued there would never have been an ideal time to remove Simmons.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;There will always be criticisms, for example, the one about the coach &ndash; the timing [of the decision],&rdquo; Cameron told<br /> <br /> Line & Length Network.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I think there&rsquo;s never a good time to make a decision like that. If we waited three months, it would have been three months later to make a decision and really would not have been the right thing to do.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Trinidadian Simmons, who spent a turbulent 18 months in the post, was terminated over what the board labelled as &ldquo;differences in culture and strategic approach&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> Subsequently, the Pakistan tour has proven shambolic for West Indies, as they suffered whitewashes in the three-match T20 and One-Day International series, and currently trail 0-1 in the three-Test series.<br /> <br /> They were uncharacteristically out of sorts in the T20s &ndash; their strongest format &ndash; looking anything but the reigning World champions with lacklustre performances in all departments.<br /> <br /> Seasoned all-rounders Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard, who were members of the limited overs squad, recently blamed the sudden firing of Simmons for the string of poor results, telling media on their return to the Caribbean that the decision had demoralised the squad.<br /> <br /> However, Cameron, who in the past has come under fire for his handling of players issues, said leadership was about making bold decisions.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s what management, leadership is about and I think years later once all of this has died down and people have seen what we&rsquo;ve actually put in place in the last two years, this will all go away and people will realise we had to take some very bold decisions at this point in time,&rdquo; Cameron contended.<br /> <br /> During Simmons&rsquo; time in charge, he managed to pull off a rare Test win against England and force a 1-1 draw in the series in the Caribbean last year, and also oversaw the Windies&rsquo; capture of an unprecedented second T20 World Cup title in India last April.<br /> <br /> He had, however, previously fallen out with the board after he charged last year September that there had been &ldquo;outside interference&rdquo; in the selection of the West Indies one-day squad to tour Sri Lanka. He was subsequently suspended for the tour and only reinstated for the series away to Australia, after tendering a public apology.<br /> <br /> In a frank interview following the T20 World Cup triumph, Simmons hinted at a strained relationship with Cameron, noting that since his suspension &ldquo;there has been no communication, not verbal nor written&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> Ironically, Simmons had filled the post made vacant by Ottis Gibson, who was similarly axed on the eve of Bangladesh&rsquo;s tour of the Caribbean two years ago.<br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12636822/184642__w300.jpg Local Sports Saturday, October 22, 2016 2:00 AM Excelsior High spank Ocho Rios 5-0 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Excelsior-High-spank-Ocho-Rios-5-0---Wolmer---s-look-set-to-join-them-------_78063 Excelsior High comfortably progressed to the next round of the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/FLOW Super Cup following a 5-0 spanking of Ocho Rios High in a lopsided, first-round contest at Sabina Park yesterday.<br /> <br /> The in-form Mountain View Avenue-based team stamped their class with goals from Kimani DeCombre (fifth), Cadine Graham (12th), Ryan Spence (29th), Chad McKen (49th), and substitute Raewin Senior (87th).<br /> <br /> Excelsior, who have lost only once this season &mdash; on penalties &mdash; will meet the winner of the Wolmer&rsquo;s Boys&rsquo; versus Little London feature game of the double-header. Wolmer&rsquo;s Boys&rsquo; led that contest 2-0 at half-time.<br /> <br /> Xavier Gilbert, a member of Excelsior High coaching team, lauded his team for a stellar performance.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I think it was a good game; I thought we played well, we dominated the game and we wanted to get an early goal to set us up. Fortunately, we got two, and I think we just killed the game from there,&rdquo; he told the Jamaica Observer in a post-game interview.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We tried to keep possession, but they had their little period of dominance, and I think we were the better team. And getting five goals in this competition is a job well done; so I must commend the team,&rdquo; Gilbert added.<br /> <br /> His counterpart Calington Dodd felt his team paid too much respect to their opponents.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I think we gave them too much space in the first half, and they hurt us from it. But [in] the second half we changed that and asked the players to get in a little earlier; and I think they did a lot better on that,&rdquo; he noted.<br /> <br /> After a slightly tentative start, Excelsior settled briskly and grabbed the ascendancy through DeCombre, who slotted home from close range after custodian Khari Williams was hesitant in his approach to a cross from Alain Skerritt.<br /> <br /> Ocho Rios were barely allowed to settle before the lead was doubled seven minutes later. The diminutive Graham popped up between defenders to expertly head home after the initial cross from Christopher Thorpe was headed on by Alique Skerritt.<br /> <br /> They continued their dominance with a few colourful passes with Spence, who sported the number 13 jersey, proving a menace to his opponents. The tall, left-footed player made his presence felt in the 27th minute, but his spanking shot from the top of the box was parried by Williams. <br /> <br /> However, a more delicate and well-placed chip shot from basically the same spot two minutes later left Williams no chance.<br /> <br /> Spence was at it again seven minutes past the half-hour mark, this time with another well-struck shot from about 25 yards out, but Williams, diving full stretch to his right, did well to parry, as the score remained 3-0 at the break.<br /> <br /> Despite a more spirited display by Ocho Rios, Excelsior High extended their lead four minutes on the resumption on the counter-attack when McKen dazzled the lone defender before releasing a sweetly struck, curling, right-footed shot from 20 yards out that had Williams beaten at his near post.<br /> <br /> Ocho Rios would not give up and briefly enjoyed a period of dominance, where they should have registered on the scoresheet, but poor decision-making and faulting shooting denied them a goal. Dejayne Johnson had a grand opportunity to give Ocho Rios a consolation in the latter stages of the contest, but his shot sailed wide of the upright which summed up the night for the visiting team.<br /> <br /> This allowed Excelsior to seal the deal and Senior, who had earlier replaced McKen, calmly finished from close range after a one-two combination with Spence saw him through on goal three minutes from time. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13374728/235976_63032_repro_w300.jpg Local Sports Saturday, October 22, 2016 2:00 AM Former champs JC bow into Super Cup http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Former-champs-JC-bow-into-Super-Cup_78015 Former champions Jamaica College (JC) will launch their campaign in a bid to become the first double winner of the ISSA/FLOW Super Cup knockout competition when they square off against Clarendon College in one of four intriguing contests across two venues today.<br /> <br /> The third edition of the much-anticipated competition got under way yesterday with high levels of excitement and entertainment and today is expected to be no different at the Catherine Hall Sports Complex in St James and Sabina Park in Kingston.<br /> <br /> With the $1-million winning prize in addition to the newly unveiled trophy at stake in the lucrative four-week knockout competition dubbed the &ldquo;Champions League of Schoolboy Football&rdquo;, top teams from the Manning and daCosta Cup competitions will be aiming to make all against the unseeded teams of both competitions.<br /> <br /> JC, who were denied the double by St George&rsquo;s College in a fairly one-sided final last year, will be aiming to open positively against their unseeded opponents at Sabina Park curtain-raiser at 5:00 pm.<br /> <br /> The Miguel Coley-coached JC have so far brushed everything aside this season having already secured a spot in the Walker Cup final, and they will be brimming with confidence to cut their Chapelton-based opponents&rsquo; Super Cup campaign short. <br /> <br /> Though relatively quiet as it relates to their attacking ability, scoring just 20 goals in all competitions this season, the Old Hope Road-based team is gradually coming into their own and should cause some trouble.<br /> <br /> However, Clarendon College, like JC, are making a third appearance in the competition and will by no means be short on confidence getting by their more fancied opponents.<br /> <br /> Though their first round exit of 2014 at the same venue will be on their minds, the former daCosta Cup champions are rated as one of the form teams in the rural area this season and are expected to fight to the very end.<br /> <br /> Richard Palmer, manager of Clarendon College, has scuffed at the whispers of Jamaica College being a tough opponent.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Our approach is just to go out there and play good football; the coaches will have to determine that, but I am just expecting the team to go out there and give it their best shot. Jamaica College is just another team like us, they have 11 players and we have 11, so I don&rsquo;t see the big difference in whichever team we play,&rdquo; Palmer told the<br /> <br /> Jamaica Observer in a recent interview at the tournament&rsquo;s launch at the National Indoor Sports Centre recently.<br /> <br /> The Sabina Park feature contest will see the high-riding Manning Cup top seed Kingston College opposing the unseeded Vere Technical at 7:00 pm. The North Street-based team has been in top form this season, which resulted in them making the Walker Cup final, their first final in well over two years.<br /> <br /> Vere Technical are riding high and have only lost once all season. The Clarendon-based team topped their zone in the first round of the daCosta Cup competition, and on their current form, should prove a formidable opponent.<br /> <br /> With marksman Rashawn Mackinson and others in good form, KC are favoured to take top honours, but coach Ludlow Bernard believes his opponents deserve some amount of respect.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I know when we heard Glenmuir the players were very confident because we played them last year and we lost and I know they were looking forward to that. But Vere are whom we are going up against and it should be a good match up, because Vere have been coming forward quite recently in the football,&rdquo; said Bernard.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, daCosta Cup champions and 2014 Super Cup semi-finalist St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) will oppose 2014 finalists Holy Trinity in what should be a closely contested curtain-raiser at Catherine Hall at 5:00 pm.<br /> <br /> Omar Wedderburn, coach of STETHS, said his team will relish the challenge.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Well as always each team we play against is a quality team and that is how we look on our opponents, we never look down or look up too much on anyone of them. So you know this Holy Trinity team will want this first game to be a mark or a stepping stone for them just like us, so we are looking forward to this game coming Saturday (today),&rdquo; he declared.<br /> <br /> Unseeded Manning Cup debutants Haile Selassie and the seeded rural area Rusea&rsquo;s High will do battle in the Catherine Hall feature encounter at 7:00 pm.<br /> <br /> Telecommunications provider FLOW has reminded patrons that no tickets will be sold at the venues. Ticket outlets in high traffic destinations in Kingston, St Catherine and Montego Bay, plus ticket hubs in walking distance from each venue will provide greater access to tickets.<br /> <br /> Today&rsquo;s games <br /> <br /> 5:00 pm - Jamaica College vs Clarendon College @ Sabina Park<br /> <br /> 7:00 pm - Kingston College vs Vere Technical @ Sabina Park<br /> <br /> 5:00 pm - Holy Trinity vs St Elizabeth Technical @ Catherine Hall<br /> <br /> 7:00 pm - Haile Selassie vs Rusea&rsquo;s High @ Catherine Hall http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13374371/235922_w300.jpg Local Sports Saturday, October 22, 2016 2:00 AM Digicel 5K run for special Needs runs off tonight http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Digicel-5K-run-for-special-Needs-runs-off-tonight_78032 Thousands of persons will tonight converge on the waterfront in downtown Kingston, for the Digicel 5K Imagine Run set for a prompt 7:00 pm start. <br /> <br /> Now in its fifth staging, the event is aimed at raising awareness and financial support for people with special needs.<br /> <br /> Last year, over 10,600 participants came out in support of the cause and contributed a total sum of $8.4 million that was donated to 12 special needs institutions.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We are overwhelmed by the support that we get from Jamaica year after year and we are extremely thankful for it. It&rsquo;s not only about the money, it is about raising awareness for special needs. Our aim is for Jamaica to become a fully integrated society, with access made for both able-bodied and special needs persons,&rdquo; said Samantha Chantrelle, CEO of Digicel Foundation.<br /> <br /> She went on to emphasise the importance of sponsors to the event.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Of course, none of this would have been possible without the help of our very supportive sponsors. Corporate Jamaica continues to show that they take the social development of our island very seriously, and it is no different with this 5K,&rdquo; said Chantrelle.<br /> <br /> The Digicel Imagine Night Run is sponsored by Marksman, PayPak, Jamaica Producers Group, Urban Development Corporation, Express Fitness, Logo Stitch, Main Event, National Outdoor Advertising, Dairy Industries Jamaica Ltd, Honeybun, Innovative Signs, Jamaica Producers, ARRC Media, ProComm, The Lab, Courts Ready Cash, Courts Optical, Running Events, Urban Development Corporation, Pure National Ice, Logostitch, Gatorade, and KSAC. Media sponsors are Bess FM, Irie FM, Zip FM, Loop, Mello FM, Nationwide News Network, Love, Suncity, Sportsmax, and members of the RJR Group including Power 106, Hitz 92 and TVJ. <br /> <br /> Ahead of the race, participants are asked to take into consideration the traffic changes. All roads leading to the race route and staging area will be closed to vehicular traffic between 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm. Traffic travelling to or from the Norman Manley International Airport will be diverted by the police during this time.<br /> <br /> The northern lane of Ocean Boulevard between West and Princess Streets and the two southern lanes of Port Royal Street between West and Princess Streets will be closed to vehicular traffic between Friday, October 9 at 7:00 pm and Sunday, October 11 at 7:00 am.<br /> <br /> Parking is not permitted along the race route, and on the streets in and around the staging area. Instead, participants may park at the Bank of Jamaica parking lot, Scotiabank (East lot only), Grace Kennedy (Hanover Street, Geroge&rsquo;s Lane) Kingston Craft Market, Old Fisheries Complex and the Downtown Transport Centre. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13374333/235903_w300.jpg Local Sports Saturday, October 22, 2016 2:00 AM Fit-again Younis leads Pakistan charge against Windies http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Fit-again-Younis-leads-Pakistan-charge-against-Windies_78027 ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AFP) ­&mdash; Younis Khan showed no ill effects from dengue fever to score a brilliant century as Pakistan dominated the opening day of the second Test against the West Indies in Abu Dhabi yesterday.<br /> <br /> The 38-year-old, who missed the 56-run victory in the first Test in Dubai with the illness and was in hospital just last month, smashed 127 to carry Pakistan to 304-4 at the close at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.<br /> <br /> Younis finally holed out to deep midwicket off part-timer Kraigg Brathwaite after five hours at the crease, with fading light prompting the umpires to halt the day six overs before the scheduled close. <br /> <br /> With Pakistan opting to bat after winning the toss, skipper Misbah-ul-Haq was unbeaten on 90 &mdash; just 10 runs short of his 11th hundred &mdash; as Pakistan&rsquo;s batsmen dominated on a batting-friendly pitch. <br /> <br /> Younis, who hit 10 boundaries and a six, added 175 for the fourth wicket with Misbah and 87 for the third with Asad Shafiq, who made 68.<br /> <br /> It was again the two veteran batsmen &mdash; Younis and Misbah &mdash; who put Pakistan on track for another big total with their 15th hundred partnership in 49 innings. <br /> <br /> Misbah, who has now equalled Imran Khan&rsquo;s record of most Test matches as Pakistan captain with 48, hit two sixes and four boundaries as he worked in tandem with Younis to build an imposing total.<br /> <br /> The West Indies were guilty of sloppy fielding, with Younis dropped on 83 when Brathwaite failed to hold a return catch off his own bowling and wicketkeeper Shai Hope handing Misbah a lifeline on 54 off paceman Shannon Gabriel.<br /> <br /> Gabriel was the best of the bowlers with 2-43.<br /> <br /> It was Younis&rsquo;s 33rd Test hundred and 11th in the United Arab Emirates, where Pakistan have been hosting international fixtures because of security fears back home. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I was a bit worried how I will cope after recovery because you lose weight and strength after dengue,&rdquo; said Younis, who was admitted to hospital last month with the illness.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I had not played any cricket since the Oval Test (in August). But I played some club cricket and that helped here.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a nice feeling to score a hundred and with Misbah taking the team to a respectable total, and I hope the rest of the batsmen take us to big total.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> Younis and Shafiq led the early recovery after Pakistan lost openers Azhar Ali (nought) and Sami Aslam (six) in the first hour.<br /> <br /> Shafiq batted well in the extended two-and-a-half hour first session due to Friday prayers, hitting seven boundaries before playing on to Gabriel.<br /> <br /> Ali, who scored a career-best 302 not out in Dubai, played on to Gabriel in the fifth over before Aslam was bowled by leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo attempting an ambitious drive.<br /> <br /> Pakistan, who lead the three-match series 1-0, brought in Younis, Zulfiqar Babar and Rahat Ali as they made three changes to their line-up.<br /> <br /> Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir (both rested) and Babar Azam were the trio to make way.<br /> <br /> The West Indies were forced to leave out unfit wicketkeeper batsman Shane Dowrich, bringing in Hope.<br /> <br /> The third and final Test starts in Sharjah from October 30.<br /> <br /> Scoreboard <br /> <br /> Pakistan, first innings<br /> <br /> Sami Aslam b Bishoo 6<br /> <br /> Azhar Ali b Gabriel 0<br /> <br /> Asad Shafiq b Gabriel 68<br /> <br /> Younis Khan c Chase b Brathwaite 127 <br /> <br /> Misbah-ul-Haq not out 90<br /> <br /> Yasir Shah not out 0<br /> <br /> Extras: (lb6, nb7) 13 <br /> <br /> Total: (for four wkts; 84 overs) 304 <br /> <br /> To bat: Sarfraz Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Zulfiqar Babar, Rahat Ali, Sohail Khan<br /> <br /> Fall of wickets: 1-6 (Ali), 2-42 (Aslam), 3-129 (Shafiq), 4-304 (Younis)<br /> <br /> Bowling: Gabriel 14-1-43-2 (7nb), Cummins 15-1-43-0, Holder 14-4-31-0, Bishoo 20-0-92-1, Chase 12-0-53-0, Brathwaite 9-0-36-1 <br /> <br /> West Indies: K Brathwaite, L Johsnon, D Bravo, M Samuels, J Blackwood, R Chase, S Hope, J Holder, D Bishoo, M Cummins, S Gabriel<br /> <br /> Umpires: Michael Gough (ENG) and Richard Illingworth (ENG) <br /> <br /> TV Umpire: Paul Reiffel (AUS) <br /> <br /> Match Referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL) http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13374494/235908_w300.jpg Local Sports Saturday, October 22, 2016 2:00 AM Windies A concede Sri Lanka series with heavy defeat http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Windies-A-concede-Sri-Lanka-series-with-heavy-defeat_78039 DAMBULLA, Sri Lanka (CMC &mdash; A dramatic batting collapse ensured a series defeat for West Indies A as they plunged to 138-run loss on the last day of the third and final four-day &lsquo;Test&rsquo; against Sri Lanka A here yesterday.<br /> <br /> Set a target of 333 for victory, the Caribbean side were cruising at 108 for two before losing their last eight wickets for just 86 runs, to crumble for 194 all out, at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium.<br /> <br /> Captain Shamarh Brooks top-scored with 46, Kieran Powell got 44, while his opening partner Rajendra Chandrika stroked 30, but it was leg-spinner Jeffrey Vandersay who had the final say, claiming six for 47, to wreck the innings.<br /> <br /> Sri Lanka A had earlier declared their second innings on 257 for six after resuming from their overnight 211 for five.<br /> <br /> Roshen Silva, unbeaten at the start on 29, made 44 off 97 balls, while Dasun Shanaka converted his overnight seven into 33 not out off 76 deliveries with five fours.<br /> <br /> They stretched their sixth-wicket stand to 65 before being separated when fast bowler Keon Joseph prised out Silva to finish with two for 30.<br /> <br /> Off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall claimed four for 87.<br /> <br /> Powell and Chandrika then gave the visitors a bright start by posting 63 for the first wicket.<br /> <br /> The left-handed Powell faced just 41 balls and struck seven fours and a six in a cameo knock, while Chandrika was more patient, consuming 93 deliveries and counting a single four.<br /> <br /> When Powell was lbw to left-arm spinner Lakshan Sandakan, Shimron Hetmyer helped add another 25 for the second wicket with Chandrika.<br /> <br /> He had made a breezy 18 off 16 balls with four fours when he perished at 88 for two and his dismissal triggered a slide, where three wickets fell for 36 runs as Chandrika and left-hander Vishaul Singh (6) also fell in quick succession.<br /> <br /> Stumbling on 124 for four, West Indies A were pulled around by a 47-run, fifth-wicket partnership between Brooks and wicketkeeper Jahmar Hamilton who made 25.<br /> <br /> The right-handed Brooks faced 75 deliveries and struck five fours, while Hamilton spent 61 balls at the crease and hit a single boundary.<br /> <br /> The decline started when Brooks and Rahkeem Cornwall (0) fell off successive deliveries to Vandersay to leave Windies A on 171 for six, and the end came swiftly as the last four wickets tumbled for ten runs.<br /> <br /> West Indies A will turn their attention to the three-match One-Day series which bowls off on Monday.<br /> <br /> Scoreboard <br /> <br /> SRI LANKA A 1st innings 318<br /> <br /> WEST INDIES A 1st innings 243<br /> <br /> SRI LANKA A 2nd innings<br /> <br /> (overnight 211 for five)<br /> <br /> +K Perera c wkp Hamilton b Cornwall 20<br /> <br /> S Weerakkody lbw b Cornwall 48<br /> <br /> *L Thirimanne c Hetmyer b Corwall 27<br /> <br /> A Gunarathne c wkp Hamilton b Joseph 69<br /> <br /> C Asalanka c Johnson b Cornwall 4<br /> <br /> R Silva c Chandrika b Joseph 44<br /> <br /> D Shanaka not out 33<br /> <br /> Extras (b6, lb2, w3, nb1) 12<br /> <br /> TOTAL (6 wkts decl., 74.2 overs) 257<br /> <br /> Fall of wickets: 1-67, 2-72, 3-135, 4-141, 5-192, 6-257.<br /> <br /> Bowling: Roach 10-0-43-0 (w2), Johnson 18-4-57-0, Cornwall 26-8-87-4 (nb1), Jacobs 9-0-32-0, Joseph 11.2-3-30-2 (w1).<br /> <br /> WEST INDIES A 2nd innings (target: 333 runs)<br /> <br /> R Chandrika lbw b Sandakan 30<br /> <br /> K Powell lbw b Sandakan 44<br /> <br /> S Hetmyer c Sandakan b Asalanka 18<br /> <br /> *S Brooks c Thirimanne b Vandersay 46<br /> <br /> V Singh c Gunaratne b Vandersay 6<br /> <br /> +J Hamilton c Asalanka b Vandersay 25<br /> <br /> R Cornwall lbw b Vandersay 0<br /> <br /> K Roach b Sandakan 4<br /> <br /> D Johnson c Gunaratne b Vandersay 0<br /> <br /> D Jacobs c Asalanka b Vandersay 5<br /> <br /> K Joseph not out 4<br /> <br /> Extras (b6, lb1, nb5) 12<br /> <br /> TOTAL (all out; 67.2 overs) 194<br /> <br /> Fall of wickets: 1-63, 2-88, 3-108, 4-124, 5-171, 6-171, 7-184, 8-184, 9-186, 10-194.<br /> <br /> Bowling: Gamage 9-4-33-0, Madushanka 3-0-23-0, Asalanka 8-1-16-1, Sandakan 21-6-61-3 (nb5), Vandersay 21.2-5-47-6, Shanaka 5-1-7-0.<br /> <br /> Result: Sri Lanka A won by 138 runs.<br /> <br /> Series: Sri Lanka A won three-match series 2-1.<br /> <br /> Toss: Sri Lanka A.<br /> <br /> Umpires: L Hannibal, S Jayamahamudali. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13374463/232577_w300.jpg Local Sports Saturday, October 22, 2016 2:00 AM Max Brown donates tennis http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Max-Brown-donates-tennis_78036 NEGRIL, Westmoreland &mdash; Over two dozen children, most of them from the junior tennis programme run by former national champion Maureen Rankine, were beneficiaries of dozens of pairs of shoes donated by former national junior representative Max Brown last weekend during the BCIC Couples Swept Away Clay Court tournament in Negril.<br /> <br /> Brown, who is originally from Ocho Rios but now lives in Canada, has been quietly making contributions for the past 15 years and said on Monday, &ldquo;We are trying to support tennis in Jamaica, especially at the grassroots level.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> &ldquo;there is more to come&rdquo;, he promised as he says he will be trying to make his contribution as often as possible.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Every time we make a contribution we try to make it bigger and better than the last time,&rdquo; Brown said, explaining that some of the shoes were not brand new but were not badly worn, and would have been thrown out into the garbage by families who could afford to purchase new ones on a regular basis.<br /> <br /> Rankine, who has been operating an academy in Montego Bay for the past few years, welcomed the donation calling it &ldquo;unbelievable&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> She said, &ldquo;Max goes out of his way to help us and it is welcome and it makes it easy for some of the parents.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> &mdash; Paul Reid http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13374339/235915_w300.jpg Local Sports Saturday, October 22, 2016 2:00 AM Johnson cops Couples Swept Away tennis singles title http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Johnson-cops-Couples-Swept-Away-tennis-singles-title_77737 NEGRIL, Westmoreland &mdash; Number one seed Damion Johnson won the Men&rsquo;s Open singles event at last weekend&rsquo;s BCIC Couples Swept Away Heroes Weekend Clay Court tournament, beating 13th-ranked Jacob Bicknell 6-3, 3-6, 10-5 in the final on Monday night in an event that was ravaged by constant weekend rain.<br /> <br /> Johnson beat two Bicknells in back-to-back games as he had prevailed against teenager Blaise in the semi-finals a few hours before the finals, both matches decided by a 10-point tiebreaker.<br /> <br /> The final that was originally scheduled for 10:00am Monday was not played until nine hours later under lights, as rains caused long stoppages Saturday and Sunday, forcing the organisers to use the tiebreaker instead of playing a full third set to decide the matches.<br /> <br /> The players had to dig deep on the final day as some were forced to play three matches &mdash; quarter-final, semis and final in a 12-hour span.<br /> <br /> In the final, Johnson won the first set 6-3, but Bicknell, who had a relatively easier semi-final, levelled the match at set all winning 6-3, but the top seed dug deep to win the tie-breaker 10-5.<br /> <br /> Johnson had a tough semi-final against the teenaged Blaise Bicknell, who earlier that day won his quarter-final against 16th-ranked Julius Biggs 6-1, 7-6.<br /> <br /> Young Bicknell pushed Johnson all the way, winning the first set 6-2, but wilted a bit in the second to lose 6-3, only to lose the tie-breaker 11-9 after he pushed the more experienced player all the way, tying up the scores at 10-10.<br /> <br /> Jacob Bicknell had brushed aside second seed Dwayne Pagon 6-2, 6-1 in their semi-final.<br /> <br /> Pagon did not leave empty- handed as he won the Men&rsquo;s 35 Professionals category, beating Yussuf Migoko 6-1, 6-4 in the final.<br /> <br /> Annlisse Rose won the Women&rsquo;s Open Singles beating Shae-Ann Kameka in straight sets, 6-1, 6-0.<br /> <br /> In the semi-finals, Rose, who did not drop a set the entire weekend, beat Pauline Hylton 6-0, 6-2, while Kameka had got by Ffion Fletcher 2-6, 6-4, 10-8.<br /> <br /> Top seed Richard Deenah won the Men&rsquo;s Over 35 amateur crown by beating second seed Adrian Armstrong in straight sets 6-2, 6-1.<br /> <br /> Deenah was never extended as in the semi-finals he beat Errol Chatoo 6-0, 6-2 after Chatoo had gone three sets in beating Simon Casserly.<br /> <br /> Armstrong beat Keith Jackson 6-1, 6-2 in the semi-finals. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13374332/235372_w300.jpg Local Sports Saturday, October 22, 2016 2:00 AM All-round Stokes puts England in control vs Bangladesh http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/All-round-Stokes-puts-England-in-control-vs-Bangladesh CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (AFP) &mdash; Ben Stokes gave England a firm grip on the first Test with bat and ball before Shakib Al Hasan's 5-79 revived Bangladesh hopes in Chittagong on Saturday.<br /> <br /> Stokes hit 85 runs in the second innings to steer England to 228-8 at stumps on the third day after his three-wicket burst earlier in the morning helped them dismiss Bangladesh for 248 runs.<br /> <br /> The visitors now lead their hosts by 273 runs, which could be handy on a pitch that offered spinners plenty of turn, making life difficult for batsmen from both sides. <br /> <br /> Stokes appeared to have mastered the wicket with his feisty innings, which came off 151 balls with six fours and three sixes.<br /> <br /> Jonny Bairstow gave him a good company as the duo shared 127 for the sixth wicket to bail out England from a precarious 62-5 in the second innings.<br /> <br /> Bairstow missed out on a very deserving half-century, leaving the pitch for 47 after he was played on by Kamrul Islam, the bowler's maiden Test wicket and only wicket so far taken by a Bangladeshi seamer in the match.<br /> <br /> Shakib soon trapped Stokes in front to end an highly impressive innings before he completed his 15th five-wicket haul with the scalp of Adil Rashid.<br /> <br /> Chris Woakes (11 not out) and Stuart Broad (10 not out) remained at the crease overnight hoping to extend England's advantage before they set the fourth innings target for Bangladesh.<br /> <br /> "If we can get up to 320 it will be nice," Stokes said after the match.<br /> <br /> "(Stuart) Broad has got a Test hundred while Woakes had got nine to 10 first class centuries, so there is no reason why these two cannot get another 50 for us," he added.<br /> <br /> Bangladesh's pace bowling coach Courtney Walsh believes the game is still open.<br /> <br /> "Probably, England got about 20-30 runs more than what we would have liked, at this stage. I think the bowlers fought very well today."<br /> <br /> "For me the game is still in the balance. We have to bat well second time around," he said.<br /> <br /> Shakib led Bangladesh's fight back before the lunch break leaving England at 28-3 after the visitors took a 45-run lead in the first innings.<br /> <br /> England's hopes of building a sizeable advantage were dealt a blow when debutant spinner Mehedi Hasan induced an edge from captain Alastair Cook to send him back for 12.<br /> <br /> Shakib trapped Joe Root lbw for one in the next over to take his 150th Test wicket before he had Ben Duckett caught by Mominul Haque at forward short leg for 15.<br /> <br /> Gary Ballance fell to Taijul Islam for nine after the break before Shakib grabbed his third wicket by dismissing Moeen Ali for 14.<br /> <br /> It was a comeback for the Bangladesh all-rounder, who put his team in trouble by throwing his wicket off the second ball of the morning.<br /> <br /> Resuming on 221-5, Bangladesh were hoping Shakib, who was unbeaten on 31 overnight, would take them close to England's first innings total.<br /> <br /> But he went down the wicket before the dust had settled and paid the price as Bairstow completed a simple stumping.<br /> <br /> Rashid removed nightwatchman Shafiul Islam for two as Stuart Broad took the catch high on his head at midwicket.<br /> <br /> Stokes, who finished with 4-26, had Mehedi lbw for one in the next over before a low catch at slip by Cook ended Sabbir Rahman's effort at 19.<br /> <br /> He bowled third debutant Kamrul Islam in the same over to wrap up Bangladesh's innings as the hosts added just 27 runs to their overnight score for the loss of five wickets in 12 overs.<br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13375695/England-cricket_w300.jpg Local News Saturday, October 22, 2016 11:00 AM West Indies crumble after Misbah's near miss http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/West-Indies-crumble-after-Misbah-s-near-miss ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AFP) &mdash; West Indies lost two late wickets to hand the initiative to Pakistan on the second day of the second Test in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.<br /> <br /> West Indies had defied Pakistan's bowlers well until the 44th over with the score 106 for 2, but they then lost Marlon Samuels (30) and Kraigg Brathwaite (21) in the space of three balls without adding any further runs.<br /> <br /> Nightwatchman Devendra Bishoo and Jermaine Blackwood were yet to score as West Indies trail Pakistan's first innings total of 452 by 346 runs with six wickets intact.<br /> <br /> Darren Bravo, who made 87 and 116 in the first Test in Dubai, made an attractive 43 but his dismissal left Pakistan in a dominant position.<br /> <br /> A late collapse hit the West Indies hard as Samuels edged fast bowler Rahat Ali to slip before Brathwaite was run out by Misbah-ul-Haq's throw after setting off for a quick single.<br /> <br /> Bravo, who opened the innings after Brathwaite was off the field when Pakistan were batting and could not come in at the start, helped the tourists reach 27 without loss at the tea interval.<br /> <br /> But in the third over after tea Rahat gave Pakistan the breakthrough when he trapped Leon Johnson leg-before for 12.<br /> <br /> Bravo and Brathwaite took the score to 65 before drama unfolded involving English umpire Michael Gough as two of his decisions were overturned on referral.<br /> <br /> Leg-spinner Yasir Shah struck Bravo on his back pad as the left-hander tried to pull a short ball but Gough turned down a vociferous appeal from Pakistan players.<br /> <br /> Misbah reviewed the decision and television replays resulted in Bravo being sent on his way trapped leg-before for 43.<br /> <br /> The very next ball Shah trapped Samuels in front of his stumps and Gough raised his finger, only for a review to grant the batsman a reprieve as replays showed he had hit the ball.<br /> <br /> Earlier, Pakistan skipper Misbah missed out on his 11th Test century by just four runs, but Sarfraz Ahmed (56) and Mohammad Nawaz (25) added 70 for the seventh wicket to ensure Pakistan crossed the 450-mark.<br /> <br /> Shannon Gabriel, who took a career best five for 96, had dismissed Misbah in the first session before bowling Ahmed soon after lunch.<br /> <br /> He dismissed Zulfiqar Babar for nought to wrap up the innings.<br /> <br /> "There is not much for the bowlers in the pitch so it's great to get five wickets and I am very happy," said Gabriel, following his first Test five-wicket haul.<br /> <br /> Sohail Khan hit five boundaries before he became one of three victims for Jason Holder, who finished with 3-47.<br /> <br /> Pakistan had resumed the day on 304-4 in the hope that Misbah and nightwatchman Shah would survive the second new ball which the West Indies took at the start of play.<br /> <br /> Shah was fortunate to escape a leg-before review off Holder but Misbah was not so lucky as he was dismissed in the next over.<br /> <br /> Misbah missed an inswinging delivery, which hit him in front of the wicket, with umpire Gough raising his finger. The Pakistani skipper reluctantly reviewed the decision but without success.<br /> <br /> Shah was the next to go as he pulled Holder straight to square-leg fielder Bishoo after scoring 23.<br /> <br /> Ahmed paced his innings well, hitting six boundaries in his 59-ball knock, as Pakistan compiled an imposing first-innings score.<br /> <br /> Pakistan lead the three-match series 1-0 after winning the first Test &mdash; a day-night affair played with a pink ball &mdash; by 56 runs. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13375641/out_w300.jpg Local Sports Saturday, October 22, 2016 10:05 AM Shakoon Powell&rsquo;s penalty edges Bridgeport past Dinthill Technical http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Shakoon-Powell-s-penalty-edges-Bridgeport-past-Dinthill-Technical_78080 CATHERINE HALL, St James &mdash; A first half penalty conversion by Shakoon Powell was enough to give Bridgeport High a 1-0 win over Dinthill Technical in their first FLOW Super Cup knockout game played at the Montego Bay Sorts Complex yesterday.<br /> <br /> Despite a final 30 minutes when Dinthill Technical, who were unbeaten all season in the ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup competition, threw everything into attack seeking at least an equaliser to force extra time, Bridgeport High held on for the win that took them through to the second round.<br /> <br /> Bridgeport&rsquo;s assistant coach Jason Grant told the Jamaica Observer that they were &ldquo;elated&rdquo; with the victory and &ldquo;we stood up to the test and produced the result that we needed&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> He said they knew coming into the game that Dinthill were &ldquo;a quality team but we were prepared and we got what we wanted&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> Kevin Williams, the Dinthill coach who was losing for the first time since he took over the team this season, said they made the adjustment at half time to be more offensive. &ldquo;We put more people in attack and we created the chances we needed, but we just could not finish, we did not execute well.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Dinthill Technical, who made two early changes just before the half hour mark, dominated the second half and had no fewer than four chances to score from close range in the 20 minutes when they had six players in attack.<br /> <br /> Bridgeport took the lead in the 20th minute when Powell slotted home from the penalty spot after Dinthill&rsquo;s Richard Reeves had dragged down Javaughn Dunn just inside the 18-yard box area.<br /> <br /> Williams made a double change in the 28th minute and it almost paid immediate dividends, but Kaheem Parris lofted a ball just over the crossbar after he was picked out unmarked almost on the penalty spot.<br /> <br /> Alwayne Harvey then blasted a free kick from the edge of the 18-yard area just wide in the 44th minute before Parris&rsquo; low, hard shot from the left flank was stopped at the post by Bridgeport&rsquo;s goalkeeper Kashwayne Stanbury.<br /> <br /> Dinthill dictated the possession in the second half and should have won easily but for poor finishing, hitting the frame of the goal on no fewer than four occasions, twice in the space of two minutes late in the game.<br /> <br /> In time added on Antonio Roberts, a second half substitute, had two chances form close range on both sides of the six-yard box, but all his efforts came up short.<br /> <br /> At press time in the second game of the double header between Cornwall College and Denham Town, the Montego Bay-based Cornwall College led 3-0 after 65 minutes with ace player Jourdaine Fletcher netting all three goals. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13374727/236014_w300.jpg Local Sports Saturday, October 22, 2016 2:00 AM Peak Bottling, Seprod, Jamaica Broilers score wins in Business House 5-a-side football http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Peak-Bottling--Seprod--Jamaica-Broilers-score-wins-in-Business-House-5-a-side-football_78055 Seprod Limited and Jamaica Broilers were crowned champions of Division One and Division Two of the 2016 Business House Five-a-Side football competitions at NWC playing field, Mona, recently. <br /> <br /> In the Cablepro Data Services-sponsored knockout final, Peak Bottling Company defeated Kingston Bookshop 2-0 in a penalty shoot-out after both teams played to a 0-0 full and extra time draw. <br /> <br /> Andre Wheeler and Jermaine Savage scored their spot kicks. Troylan Williams of Peak Bottling was the kockout leading goal scorer with eight goals. Peak Bottling received $30,000, while Kingston Bookshop received $15,000 for second place. <br /> <br /> The MVP and leading goalscorer received $10,500 each and a pair of football boots valued at $12,000 from Cablepro Data Services.<br /> <br /> The Division Two final was contested by Seprod Limited, who were demoted from Division One in 2015, and Creative Building Finishes who were playing in their second season. The game was a competitive one and ended 0-0 in full time, and went to extra time. Seprod took the lead in 51st minute when Zantal Giscombe beat goalkeeper Emile Francis from close range. Andre Allen made it 2 -0 in the 59th minute when he turned and beat defenders Carey Powell and Carl Foster and shot powerfully past Francis to win their first five-a-side title. <br /> <br /> Deshawn Williams of Prime Sports was the Division Two leading goalscorer with 18 goals. Both MVP and leading goalscorer received $3,500 each and a pair of football boots valued at $12,000 from Western Sports. Seprod Limited also received $40,000 and Creative Building Finishes, $20,000.<br /> <br /> The Division One final saw knockout champions Peak Bottling going for their second Business House title against Jamaica Broilers. The game started at a fast pace, with Jamaica Broilers being very aggressive on the ball and not allowing Peak Bottling to settle. Troylan Williams was marked tightly and was continuously being fouled by Jamaica Broilers players. Andre Wheeler, David Smith and Jermaine Savage were also denied from scoring by brilliant goalkeeping from Oliver Grant. <br /> <br /> Jamaica Broilers took the lead in the 18th minute, as perfectly taken corner kick by Marvin Mills was headed into the goal by Leighton Matthews. The final was over in the 48th minute when a counter-attack by Jamaica Broilers saw Chauncey Delahaye&rsquo;s pass being tapped into an empty goal by Jevon Angel. This was Jamaica Broilers&rsquo; fourth Division One title, but their first since 2002.<br /> <br /> Troylan Williams won the Division One leading goalscorer award with 12 goals. Jamaica Broilers goalkeeper Oliver Grant was the Division One MVP. The MVP and leading goalscorer received $3,500 each and a pair of football boots valued at $12,000 from Western Sports. <br /> <br /> Jamaica Broilers received $60,000 and Peak Bottling Company, $30,000. Ralston Morgan and Dwight Angus of Jamaica Broilers were the manager and coach for the year, while disciplinary committee members Brian Rose and Davis Henry were recognised for their service by the Business House Football Association with gift certificates from Western Sports. <br /> <br /> Finals referees Wayne Brown and Alphonso Daley were also given awards. The Fair Play/Most Disciplined Team award was won by Prime Sports. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13374682/235990_w300.jpg Local Sports Saturday, October 22, 2016 2:00 AM Wolmer&rsquo;s, Montego Bay set to retain titles at Hi-Lyte tennis championships http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Wolmer-s--Montego-Bay-set-to-retain-titles-at-Hi-Lyte-tennis-championships_78072 DEFENDING champions Wolmer&rsquo;s Boys&rsquo; and Montego Bay High are fancied to retain their Under-19 boys&rsquo; and girls&rsquo; titles, respectively, at the 2016 Hi-Lyte High Schools Team Tennis Championships at the Eric Bell Tennis Centre, following semi-final victories yesterday.<br /> <br /> The finals of all the age groups will be played today, beginning at 9:00 am. However, there are three unfinished matches to be completed this morning in the team event.<br /> <br /> Girls&rsquo; and Boys&rsquo; Under-16 and Under-14 team finals are scheduled to start at 9:00 am, while the Under-19 finals are slated to begin an hour later.<br /> <br /> Wolmer&rsquo;s Boys&rsquo; defeated St George&rsquo;s College 4-0 in their semi-finals, while Hillel Academy scored a similar 4-0 win over Campion College in their semi-final played yesterday.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, Under-19 Girls&rsquo; defending champions Montego Bay High trounced Hillel Academy 4-0 and will face Campion College, who carved a 4-2 win over 15-time consecutive former champions Immaculate Conception High in their semi-finals.<br /> <br /> In the Under-14 Boys&rsquo; team event, Campion College beat St George&rsquo;s College 2-0 and will face the winner of the Hillel Academy versus Wolmer&rsquo;s, which was tied at 1-1.<br /> <br /> The Under-14 Girls saw St Andrew High School beating Mount Alvernia and will face the winner of the Immaculate Conception versus Campion College tie in today&rsquo;s final. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10857896/tennis_w300.jpg Local Sports Saturday, October 22, 2016 2:00 AM