THIS YEAR’S staging of the Hi-Pro All-Jamaica Senior Tennis Championships will serve off next Monday at the newly refurbished Eric Bell Centre at the headquarters of Tennis Jamaica, Piccadilly Road.The championships will run from August 17-22. The men’s champion will pocket $100,000, while the runner-up will collect $50,000. The ladies champion will receive $40,000, and the second place will walk away with $20,000. A total of $260,000 has been budgeted by the organisers for prize money.Categories will include men’s singles, women’s singles, Class II men’s singles, men’s singles 45-year-old and over, men’s doubles and Class II men’s doubles.”The tournament is particularly special for us this year because it will be the first senior tournament to be played on our recently refurbished courts. The venue has a rich history with some of the island’s more memorable Davis Cup battles having been played there, as well as the early display of the talents of many outstanding players,” Aswad Morgan, first vice-president of Tennis Jamaica, said during the launch and official reopening of the Eric Bell Tennis Centre.He said the Hi-Pro All-Jamaica Tennis Championships serves as a critical component in the long term vision of Tennis Jamaica.”We continue to be grateful to Hi-Pro for their sponsorship of our tennis events over the past four years. We also want to thank the other sponsors on board with the tournament this year,” Morgan added.exciting, challenging championshipsDavid Sanguinetti, Tennis Jamaica’s tournament director, said he is expecting an exciting and challenging championships.”We are expecting an exciting championships with competition from some of Jamaica’s top players, so come Monday, at approximately 3 p.m., the competition will serve off,” Sanguinetti said.Hi-Pro’s business development manager, Dayne Patterson, said his company was delighted to be associated with the staging of the 2015 tournament. Hi-Pro, a division of the Jamaica Broilers Group, is the title sponsor for the second year running.”We once again look forward to another exciting year of great plays and spectator interactions as we partner to grow the tournament exponentially each staging,” Patterson pointed out.Other sponsors include Salada Limited, Hi-Lyte, Reggae Jammin’ and Jamaica Money Market Brokers.The draw for the tournament will take place tomorrow.
SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (CMC): World champion Lewis Hamilton equalled the legendary Ayrton Senna with 80 podium finishes, as he cruised to victory in yesterday’s Belgian Grand Prix. The Brit, who started on pole, took the chequered flag in one hour, 23.40 minutes, to beat Mercedes teammate and main title rival Nico Rosberg into second and record his sixth win of the Formula One season and the 39th of an already stellar career. Lotus’ Romain Grosjean finished third for the troubled outfit’s first podium in two years. “It’s been incredible. The whole circuit just packed out with all you fans. So thank you all for coming. And for me, just an amazing weekend again,” a thrilled Hamilton said afterwards. “Incredible job done by the team throughout the pit stops, throughout the whole weekend, the guys back at the factory … . You know, today was a dream. The whole weekend, the car was fantastic. So thank you guys.” Starting on pole, Hamilton got away well, while Rosberg, second on the grid, struggled and fell behind Force India’s Sergio Perez and Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull. By the time he reclaimed second spot, Hamilton was nearly nine seconds clear and controlled the race to the end. “Nico had obviously good pace, but I was able to answer most of the time. So I was fairly relaxed at the front,” said Hamilton, whose paternal grandparents hail from Grenada. “The car, was feeling great, and it was really about looking after the tyres, particularly at the end when I saw that one of the tyres had blown on another car. I was being very cautious. So in the last two laps, Nico was allowed to close the gap.” With the win, Hamilton moved to 227 points, 28 clear of Rosberg.
Djokovic wins again SHANGHAI (AP): Novak Djokovic has been winning with relative ease over the past week and a half in China. Djokovic defeated 15th-seeded Feliciano Lopez 6-2, 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals of the Shanghai Masters yesterday, extending his winning streak to 14 straight matches, dating back to his title run at the US Open. He has also captured 16 straight sets and hasn’t surrendered more than five games in a single match since the start of the China Open last week. On a day when 14 of the world’s top 17 players were playing, Andy Murray saved all seven break points he faced and held on to beat big-serving John Isner 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-4; Rafael Nadal defeated Canada’s Milos Raonic 6-3, 7-6 (3); and Stan Wawrinka topped Marin Cilic 7-5, 6-7 (7), 6-4. Sixth-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan, meanwhile, was upset by South Africa’s Kevin Anderson 7-6 (10), 7-6 (3). Venus Williams in last eight HONG KONG (AP): Venus Williams advanced to the quarter-finals of the Hong Kong Open by beating Wang Yafan of China 6-0, 6-2 yesterday. The 35-year-old Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam champion, won the Wuhan Open this month. Another win this week would bring her closer to qualifying for the season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore. Williams will next play eighth-seeded Alize Cornet of France, who defeated Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-4. Also, seventh-seeded Caroline Garcia of France beat Anastasiya Komardina of Russia 6-0, 6-2; and second-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany defeated Kurumi Nara of Japan 6-2, 6-2. UEFA members back suspended Platini NYON, Switzerland (AP): All 54 European football nations yesterday backed UEFA president Michel Platini’s fight to clear his name and overturn FIFA’s suspension. The support, which was announced through a UEFA statement, did not follow a vote in the meeting of UEFA members at its headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, and offered no view on the case itself. Platini and FIFA President Sepp Blatter were suspended for 90 days last week by the FIFA ethics committee following an investigation into a payment from football’s world-governing body. While Blatter has been replaced at FIFA by acting president Issa Hayatou, Platini retains the UEFA presidency and salary despite officially being banned.
Two of Jamaica’s top junior players, 15-year-old Selena Blythe and 13-year-old Damani Cain, took top honours in the 18 and Under sections of the Mayberry Investments Junior Tennis Tournament that was held at the Liguanea Club last Saturday and Sunday. They were also the outstanding players in the tournament.Playing standards were high and Anika Smith, vice-president, marketing, for sponsors Mayberry Investments, said she was so impressed, especially with the girls, that her company – which has sponsored the tournament for four years – would immediately pledge its commitment for 2016.Blythe had a stern challenge in the semi-finals from Michaela Stephens, but eventually prevailed 6-2, 1-6, 11-9. In the final, she had a fairly easy passage against Emma Dibbs and came out the winner 6-3, 6-3.competitive finalCain, who looked impressive throughout the tournament, defeated Gregory Spencer 6-4, 6-1 in the semi-finals. His finals opponent, Reuben Pinchas, defeated Myles Harrison 7-5, 6-3 in his semi-final.In a very competitive final, Cain got the better of Pinchas, because of his consistency. Cain played steadily throughout the match, but Pinchas, who showed touches of brilliance, did not play the difficult points well and went down 7-5, 7-6 (4).Other results were : (Girls 14 and Under) Jenna Harrison beat Kailey Chin 6-0, 6-1; (Girls 12 and Under) Savannah Thomson beat Cai Drummond 4-6, 6-4, 10-5 ; (Boys 14 and Under) Daniel Azar beat Jordan Parua 2-6, 6-3, 10-4; (Boys 10 and Under) Jordan Gibbs beat Kosel Gibbs 3-0, 2-1.
HAMILTON, New Zealand (AP):Angelo Mathews made an unbeaten half-century and shared a record 136-run fifth-wicket stand with Milinda Siriwardana to help Sri Lanka to 264 for seven yesterday before rain ended the first day of the second cricket Test against New Zealand.Only two run outs and a stumble when the partnership between Mathews (63 not out) and Siriwardana (62) was broken detracting from Sri Lanka’s best batting effort of the series, which overturned expectations that the team that bowled first would win the day.New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum won the toss and asked Sri Lanka to bat on a lush green pitch at Seddon Park, expecting his bowlers to dominate in conditions which supported both seam and swing.Apart from Mathews, who maintains a Test average in excess of 50, and Siriwardana, who reached his second Test half-century, Kusal Mendis made 31 and Dinesh Chandimal 47 as Sri Lanka kept up a lively run rate of four per over throughout the day.The partnership between Mathews and Siriwardana came in only 131 minutes and eclipsed the previous best fifth-wicket partnership for Sri Lanka against New Zealand. Trent Boult made the breakthrough when he produced an edge from Siriwardana, which Ross Taylor juggled before securing at first slip.
DOHA, Qatar:World Championships and Olympic Games 110 metres hurdles medallist Hansle Parchment strongly believes that Jamaica, with Omar McLeod and himself leading the way, can wrestle supremacy in the sprint hurdles away from the Americans and Russians.The 25-year-old Parchment won bronze in the event at the 2012 Olympics, with American Aries Merritt, the world record holder, taking gold. Parchment came even closer at last year’s World Championships when he copped silver behind Russia’s Sergey Shubenkov, with McLeod, in his first senior competition final, placing sixth.Parchment now believes that Jamaica has the ammunition to conquer the field at the Rio Olympics later this year.”I feel we have the potential. We are two strong athletes and we are working towards our goals,” Parchment said. “It would be great for us to start to dominate hurdling, which we have never done before.”McLeod, 22, is also keen on a Jamaican dominance of the event. He also envisions himself and Parchment making history.”He (Parchment) is my big bro (brother). We always give each other pep talks before races, we warm up together and we run together,” McLeod shared. “So it is always exciting running with him, and I just want both of us to continue to make Jamaica proud and create a lot of history.”The two gave a glimpse into the future when they finished first and second in the opening Diamond League meet of the season.McLeod won in a world leading and season’s best time of 13.05 seconds, while Parchment, who, like his compatriot, was competing in his first Diamond League, clocked a season-best 13.10.Spain’s Orlando Ortega (13.12) was third, while 2013 World Champion, American David Oliver (13.16) was fourth, and Merritt was sixth in 13.37.unpredictableParchment has, however, warned against complacency. He stressed that the event is very unpredictable and it is just a matter of who executes better on the day.”The hurdles are very unpredictable, so sometimes we can’t tell who will win,” Parchment said. “It is early and I believe everyone is still in the transition phase. This is my second race, so we are really just getting started. It is a very good start so far; probably the best ever for me, so I am giving thanks for that.”McLeod, on the other hand, already has his sights set on winning the Diamond trophy for the event and achieving Olympics glory.”That is my aim (to win everything); that is my goal; especially with the Olympics,” McLeod said. “So I am really just taking it one step at a time and not jumping the gun too much. One race at a time and I know if I do that and go out there and have fun, the sky is the limit.”[email protected]
Andre Lowe: They are building a nice little rivalry, and Saturday’s 200m clash between Elaine Thompson and Dafne Schippers should certainly be as exciting as their previous races against each other. KC Graham: I think this rivalry will be the best among female athletes for the next two years as both are kind of fresh on the scene and look likely to be the best over the event. Lowe: Well, their times certainly support that position. Those 21.66 and 21.63 runs by the two at last year’s World Championships are still fresh in the mind and certainly breathe fresh life into the event. Schippers has looked really good already this year – 7.00 in the 60m, 10.83 in the 100m and 22.02 after two 200m races. She has ran a lot this year, which is a discussion on its own. The point, though, is that this will be Thompson’s first 200m this season and maybe this will also come into play. KC Graham: Last year, Thompson was very inexperienced, plus she can also now commit some more time to her career after going pro. Now she will be more relaxed, and after her excellent debut on the world stage last year, I think she is ready to do some damage. Her coach, Stephen Francis, has worked on her start, and based on what I saw at the Jamaica International Invitational meet, she is going to do something special this year, and Eugene could be the start of this. Lowe: Her start has come a long way. It could hardly have been any worse, to be honest, and with this new weapon in her arsenal, she is now better equipped to beat the big Dutch sprinter. This one is going to be a hard call. I expect them to go very close to 22-flat here. I wouldn’t be surprised if they both scrape 21.9 highs. I’m inclined to give Dafne the edge for now, but I really can’t say that it’s a confident pick. KC Graham: Yes, Dafne has got the edge over Elaine the last two times they met, and with a season’s best of 22.02 seconds, which is a world-leading time in the event, the Dutch lady will start as favourite. Elaine is a monster and only lost because of inexperience in Beijing last year and is ready to avenge that defeat. I see both athletes going sub-22 seconds here. We cannot ignore Tori Bowie because, remember at this same track two years ago, she won the event running out of lane one in 22.18 seconds, and with a season’s best of 22.26 seconds in The Bahamas, she cannot be ignored. Lowe: Hmmm … Bowie could spoil the fun, for real. Since that run in Nassau, she has gone 10.80 and 10.91 in the 100m, so she is in good overall form. It’s her best start to a season in a while, and she’ll certainly complete the top three here. Where they each finish is the next question. I have my doubts, but I’ll go with Dafne, slightly over Elaine with Bowie pushing hard for third. KC Graham: I am going to make a bold prediction here, and people might say I am crazy. After her spectacular performance at the same track in 2014 and with her best start to a season, I am going with Bowie at home to surprise the big two here. Lowe: All things considered, it’s not that crazy. It’s a bolder prediction, but one that’s certainly possible. Either way, it’s not a race to be missed!
Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby, who in her first Olympics last year copped silver with Jamaica’s 4x400m women’s relay team, returned to training last week with her sights set on the 400m at next year’s IAAF World Championships in London next year. The former Holmwood Technical standout, now a 30-year-old wife, last summer, copped an all important medal which was, no doubt, the missing part of a very resplendent youth career. “I started training this week, so I am very excited. I would say I had a wonderful season last year; 2016 was good for me and a comeback year for me,” she outlined. “I made my first Olympic team and I got a silver medal in the women’s 4x400m,” the athlete continued, in company of her number-one fan and husband Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Captain Cortess Whilby. They were present at a ceremony for the country’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes at the National Indoor Sports Centre last Saturday night. “I definitely think my best is yet to come seeing as I changed to the 400m, so the room for improvement is great, and I am just looking forward to next season,” she continued. “Personally, I don’t really set short-term goals. I do it one step at a time as the season progresses. I don’t really have times that I would like to meet; I just look to go out there and compete to do my best and surpass my previous marks,” she told The Gleaner. In 2002, the talented athlete was awarded the Austin Sealy Trophy for the most outstanding athlete of the Carifta Games. However, she never made the expected transition onto the world stage. She finished fifth in the 200m final at the 2009 IAAF World Championships and reached the Commonwealth Games final also, then dropped the 200m to pursue the 400m at the National trials prior to the Rio Olympics. She is still working with high school coach Maurice Wilson. “I just hope to train hard and stay injury free and, hopefully, I will make the World Championships team,” added the athlete. She was backed by a husband who is also the JDF’s sports team captain. “It was a good feeling when she and her team picked up that medal. I’m hoping for the best for her. She did well this season and we are looking for better next season, hopefully God is on her side and she stays injury free and will pull through with gold,” Captain Whilby pointed out. He noted that he will be hoping to travel to London to support his wife. “Well, my boss is here. Hopefully, there is nothing in the country that requires me here, and, hopefully, I can go,” he remarked. “I do think she has her best to come.” HARD WORK AHEAD
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The race will begin on Acea Beach, before traversing the roads of Subic and the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), and finishing at the Subic Bay Convention Center.As daunting as the task is, lofty prizes await the winners, with a total of $25,000 professional prize purse up for grabs, but more importantly, 30 age-group qualifying slots for the 2018 Ironman World Championship set to be staged in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.Finishers will also have the opportunity to be a part of the rare club of full distance Ironman conquerors, a right only a hundredth of the population has accomplished.Czech triathletes Ruedi Wild and Radka Kahlefeldt ruled the 2017 Ironman 70.3 race in Subic, with August Benedicto topping all local bets and finishing 19th overall. JPVADVERTISEMENT LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite “The brand of Ironman is like having the holy grail for triathlon. We’ve been holding the Ironman 70.3 for the 10th year and it just continues to be fantastic,” said Uytengsu on Tuesday at the New World Hotel in Makati City.“It’s the process of triathlon, it gravitates to the people because you really have to prepare for these races. It takes time, physically, mentally, and socially for these people to prepare for these races. So, (what’s) really significant for us is to be able to bring that full Ironman race to the Philippines,” Uytengsu said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Banzon added: “Challenging yourself to push your physical and mental limits to the extreme will seem like a painful task. But you forget all of that once you cross the finish line and hear the announcer say that you’re an Ironman. It’s really indescribable.”From the usual 70.3-kilometer race over the past years, the 2018 edition will see the track double its distance, extending the legs to 3.86-kilometer swim, 180.2-kilometer bike, and 42.2-kilometer run to further put to the test the participating athletes’ endurance. Cramming Gilas out to ‘shock the world,’ says Reyes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES MOST READ McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return View comments Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Sunrise Events founder Wilfred Steven Uytengsu and Century Pacific Food Inc. vice president and general manager Greg Banzon. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonAs if the race isn’t grueling enough, the road is about to get tougher as Ironman—deemed as one of the most physically demanding sports in the world—brings its full distance race to the Philippines for the first time next year.Sunrise Events founder Wilfred Steven Uytengsu and Century Pacific Food Inc. vice president and general manager Greg Banzon announced the staging of the 2018 Century Tuna Ironman Philippines in Subic Bay on June 3, 2018, commemorating a decade of hosting Ironman races in the country.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’
SEA Games: Malaysia promises to iron out ‘glitches’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sithixay said strong athletic teams from Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia were ready to compete in more than 40 track and field events at the 29th games. The best hopes are female runners, Manivanh Chanthavong and Lodkeo Inthakoumman, both are certainties for the team given their past international experience. Lodkeo is currently a professional runner of Laos and she succeeded in the women’s 21km running event at Vientiane International Half Marathon in March. At the 17th Asean University Games in Indonesia in 2014, Lodkeo won a gold medal in the women’s 10,000 metres event, a silver medal in the women’s 5000 metres event and a bronze medal in the women’s 1500 metres event.Manivanh will no doubt compete in the women’s 100 metres hurdles along with shot-put, discus, javelin, long jump, 200 metres and high jump events at the 29th SEA Games, while Lodkeo’s favoured events are the women’s 1,500, 5,000 and 10,000 metre events.At the 18th Asean University Games in Singapore last July the National University of Laos athletics team won two gold medals in the men’s 110 metre hurdles and women’s 800 metres.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View comments The Lao athletic team will travel to Malaysia on Thursday and they will prepare to compete in the track and field events from August 20 to 31.There are 47 track and field events at the 29th games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Lao Amateur Athletics Federation Secretary General Sithixay Sackpraseuth said this year the Lao athletes were more skilled and developed and they were fit enough for 18 track and field events.At the 28th SEA Games in Singapore in 2015, the Lao athletic team competed in 16 track and field events. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Teen gunned down in Masbate At the 27th SEA Games in Myanmar in 2013 the Lao team won two bronze medals while at the 25th SEA Games in Vientiane back in 2009, the team won only a solitary bronze medal on home soil.Next year, the Lao Amateur Athletics Federation will support the staging of track and field events at the 11th National Games to be hosted by Xieng Khuang province.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Photo from Vientiane Times/ANNVIENTIANE – The Lao athletic team are hoping to bring home medals from the track and field events at the 29th SEA Games hosted by Malaysia from August 19 to 31.The Lao athletic team is comprised of eight men and four women, all ready to compete in 18 track and field events at the 29th games. ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her