LIVERPOOL, England (AP): Manchester United relied on brilliant goalkeeping by David de Gea and a late, opportunistic finish by Wayne Rooney to snatch a 1-0 win at great rival Liverpool yesterday, sparking talk of an unlikely run at the Premier League title. With Arsenal only drawing 0-0 at Stoke a few hours later to return to first place on goal difference above Leicester, United trimmed the gap to the leaders to seven points – with 16 matches still to play in one of the most erratic title races in years. Talk of United even challenging for the title would have been dismissed as fanciful at the end of 2015, when the team was on an eight-game winless run and manager Louis van Gaal’s future looked precarious. Things look very different now. “Our competitors (for the title) have lost points,” said Van Gaal, whose side climbed one place to fifth. “When the gap is like this, seven points, you can overcome that. We started 2016 very good, with a lot of wins and a draw and we didn’t lose. I think this will give a big boost to players, fans, everyone in the environment of Manchester United.” Finishing in the top four and qualifying for the Champions League is the minimum requirement for United and Tottenham are only two points away in fourth place. With Rooney back in the scoring groove, things look much brighter for the 20-time champions. The England captain took his tally for 2016 to five goals in four games by smashing home a volley from close range in the 78th minute after Marouane Fellaini’s header rebounded off the bar. It was United’s first shot on target, with the team indebted to De Gea for keeping the score at 0-0. De Gea produced two excellent saves to deny Emre Can, one with his feet and the other a diving, one-handed stop to his right. Liverpool started without a recognised striker – playing Roberto Firmino alone up front – and while that helped the team dominate midfield, it left them short of firepower. In 19 shots, only four were on target. Ninth-place Liverpool dropped eight points behind Spurs in a damaging blow to their Champions League aspirations. “A lot of the things we did today were good,” Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said. “Our finishing wasn’t good.” Goalkeepers were on top at Britannia Stadium, too, with Stoke’s Jack Butland and Arsenal’s Petr Cech getting most of the plaudits after a tight, tense game. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud had early chances in each half, but Butland reacted well to stop an angled shot and then a powerful header. Though chasing possession for much of the second half, Stoke could have taken all three points if not for a superb double save by Petr Cech midway through the second half. Aaron Ramsey also cleared a shot from near the goal-line as Stoke mounted late pressure. Arsenal, missing injured playmaker Mesut Ozil, failed to capitalise on Leicester’s 1-1 draw at Aston Villa on Saturday and dropped four points this week after also drawing at Liverpool on Wednesday. However, a draw at Stoke was welcome to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, whose team hasn’t won at the Britannia since 2010. “We needed to be strong physically and had a great spirit,” Wenger said. “We fought very hard but couldn’t take our chances. It is a hard-fought 0-0. We have done better than years before at this ground and showed we can fight even when we miss certain players.”
The Glendon ‘Admiral’ Bailey effect was felt right away on the Tivoli Gardens bench. Bailey, who previously won two titles with Tivoli Gardens, returned to lead the struggling team to a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Rivoli United in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex yesterday. It’s a return and a result that has left the Tivoli Gardens faithful a lot more confident in their belief that their team will avoid relegation after what has been a very disappointing season so far. The fixture was originally rescheduled after being abandoned due to a sewage-logged field. Things didn’t start too well for the hosts and it looked at, one point, to be heading towards another undesired result when Rivoli right back Kevin Graham slipped unmarked through the Tivoli Gardens defence to spank home the visitors’ opener with nine minutes on the clock. Rivoli enjoyed much of the early exchanges and certainly dominated the scoring chances from open play, while Tivoli Gardens were left to scrap off half chances and dead ball situations. The visitors almost doubled their lead, when from one of their many counter-attacks Nicholas Scott was dragged down in the penalty area by Tivoli’s Shavar Campbell as Rivoli continued to threaten. Campbell had to pay the price of a yellow card, but Jeremy Nelson’s ensuing penalty kick miss in what was the 39th minute spared both Campbell and his team any further setbacks. A few rolls of the die by the Tivoli Gardens bench saw Jamaica College standout Donovan Dawkins being replaced by the experienced Jermaine ‘Teddy’ Johnson, and the return was almost immediate as the hosts regained some attacking flair in the second half. Tivoli Gardens dominated the contest from this point and Andrew Christie brought them level in the 58th minute after heading home from point blank range. The winner also came from a header as captain Andre Morgan punched home the vital strike in the 88th minute to send the home crowd in a frenzy. In his first game back in charge, Bailey said: “In the second half, I think we showed guts and courage and the mentality that it takes in order to come out of relegation, so I am pleased with that aspect.” “There is a lot of work to be done. I am not promising anybody anything but I am just trying my best to ensure that the end of the season we will be in the league. I only can try,” Bailey told The Gleaner. Meanwhile, Rivoli United’s assistant Bradley Stewart blamed “poor officiating” for his team’s loss. Tivoli moved out of the relegation zone, to 10th place on 23 points, after leapfrogging Rivoli (22), and Waterhouse FC (21). SHOTS ON GOAL
PORTLAND, USA:Omar McLeod’s coach, Douglas Case, was beaming with delight following the athlete’s gold- medal win in the men’s 60m hurdles at the IAAF World Indoor Championships at the Oregon Convention Centre yesterday.”I knew the competition was very good, but then I watched him at practice every day and I knew how good he could be, and I hate to say I expected him to win, but I really did. He looked like he could do it in practice, and from everything I saw, he was the guy to beat in reality,” Case told The Gleaner.It was sweet redemption for McLeod after his disappointing sixth-place finish at the outdoor World Championships in Beijing, China, last August.”It’s been a great indoor season. We really tried to have a minimal indoor season. We under- trained and under-raced because it’s a big Olympic year for him and I think he’s got a lot more to come from him this year,” Case added.
Past the Finishing PostWeather: Fine; Track: GoodRace 1 1000 M (R) (Purse $780,000) 3-Y-O & UP OVERNIGHT ALLOWANCE* 1. BUZZ NIGHTMARE PFrancis 52.02. SMOKEY TOPAZ JErwin 53.0 2 1/4L3. BORDER LINE WHenry 54.0 1 1/4L4. RUM PUNCH RLahoe 52.0 2 1/2LWIN: $50.00PLACE: $50.00, $50.00, $50.00Final Time : 0:59.2 Splits : 23.0, 46.2, ,Winner : 3yo colt – INTO MISCHIEF out of QUEEN OF BATTLE byTrainer : PHILIP FEANNY Owner : 2 PENYUQuinella : (3,6) $192.00 Exacta : (6-3) $187.00Trifecta : (6-3-1) $69.00Race 2 1000 M (S) (Purse $500,000) NB5-Y-O & UP MAIDEN CONDITION RACE1. TIZ A CAT JErwin 56.02. DARLIN EMMA NBerger4 48.0 9 1/4L3. LOOKATMENOW SEllis 53.5 2L4. QUEEN OF THE TOWN AndreePowell4 51.0 8 1/2LWIN: $215.00PLACE: $121.00, $127.00, $85.00Final Time : 1:02.3 Splits : 23.2, 47.3, ,Winner : 6yo ch horse – BURNING MARQUE out of SAMANTHA’S SONG by WISE EMISSARYTrainer : TENSANG CHUNG Owner : TENSANG CHUNGQuinella : (3,4) $1,181.00 Exacta : (3-4) $1,923.00D/E : (6-3) $151.00Trifecta : (3-4-5) $1,322.00Race 3 1820 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN CONDITION RACE* 1. SIR BIGGS LSteadman3 56.02. MR. ROMANTIC JPatterson4 52.0 13 1/2L3. DEMOLITION BOY AndrePowell4 55.0 2 1/4L4. DREAM ADMIRAL WHenry 53.0 3LWIN: $93.00PLACE: $77.00, $241.00, $131.00Final Time : 2:00.3 Splits : 28.2, 53.3, 1:18.4, 1:45.2Winner : 3yo ch colt – REGION OF MERIT out of GOLDEN COMPASS byTrainer : DONOVAN PLUMMER Owner : SOMORA CLARKEQuinella : (1,5) $1,358.00 Exacta : (5-1) $1,121.00D/E : (3-5) $369.00Trifecta : (5-1-2) $441.00Rolling Triple : (6-3-5) $403.00Race 4 1100 M (Purse $560,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)1. BLUE EYE BOY OEdwards4 59.0* 2. CHEERS LSteadman3 56.0 1/2L3. EXPLOSIVE PRINCESS WHenry 55.0 1/2L4. TWO STEPS UP RLahoe 53.0 2 1/4LLate scratch : #5 YOUR EMINENCEWIN: $165.00PLACE: $57.00, $56.00, $67.00Final Time : 1:09.3 Splits : 23.1, 47.0, ,Winner : 4yo b colt – BLUE PEPSI LODGE out of REIGNING HEROINE byTrainer : STEVEN TODD Owner : WILBERT L. BAGWANDEEN, ELIAS HALOUTE & STEPHAN A. NARINESINGHQuinella : (2,9) $187.00 Exacta : (9-2) $470.00D/E : (5-9) $257.00Superfecta : (9-2-8-3) $1,817.00Rolling Triple : (3-5-9) $1,550.00Race 5 1200 M (Purse $800,000) NB2-Y-O MAIDEN CONDITION RACE1. BABY P OEdwards4 49.5* 2. WILL IN CHARGE AMartin 54.0 Neck3. RALLY BABY BebHarvey4 51.5 Head4. MR. DOITBETTA OWalker 52.0 7 1/2LLate scratch : #1 COPPERFIELD, #2 JASON’S GOLDWIN: $769.00PLACE: $105.00, $73.00, $66.00Final Time : 1:15.1 Splits : 23.0, 46.4, ,Winner : 2yo ch filly – MARKET RALLY out of PRINCESS TERRI byTrainer : RICHARD AZAN Owner : NYAQuinella : (3,7) $1,279.00 Exacta : (3-7) $2,751.00D/E : (9-3) $3,960.00Superfecta : (3-7-8-6) $4,509.00Rolling Triple : (5-9-3) $7,628.00Race 6 1600 M (Purse $500,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP-NW31. EXPRESS TRUCK LSteadman3 52.52. SINK THE BISMARCK BebHarvey4 52.0 2 1/2L3. JOHN D LINJAH DDawkins4 50.0 3 1/4L4. GO TO HELL RMitchell 52.5 1 1/4L5. YES WE WILL JErwin 54.0 2 1/2L6. THE REAL RHYTHM AndreePowell4 51.0 3 3/4LDNF #1 TECHNOCAT HPottinger4 52.0Late scratch : #3 ROVING STARWIN: $277.00PLACE: $120.00, $141.00, $98.00Final Time : 1:43.3 Splits : 24.3, 48.0, 1:14.0,Winner : 6yo ch horse – REGION OF MERIT out of PITTER PATTER by PAT N JACTrainer : STEVEN TODD Owner : STEVEN M TODDQuinella : (6,11) $1,145.00 Exacta : (11-6) $2,130.00D/E : (3-11) $8,193.00Trifecta : (11-6-5) $3,120.00Hit-6 carry-over : $130,461.50Rolling Triple : (9-3-11) $25,699.00Pick-4 : (5-9-3-11) $50,000.00Super-6 : (6-3-5-9-3-11) $90,632.60Race 7 1000 M (S) (Purse $560,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($350,0-$300,0)/NB5YO-NW31. FRANKENSTORM BebHarvey4 52.02. AQUILO AChatrie 54.0 2 1/4L3. UNCLE G RMitchell 54.0 1L4. GOLD SCREW AndrePowell4 50.0 1 1/2LLate scratch : #4 ARIZONA GOLDWIN: $120.00PLACE: $77.00, $126.00, $99.00Final Time : 0:59.1 Splits : 22.3, 45.3, ,Winner : 5yo b horse – OUTRIGGER out of SEEKING LIL by LIL’S LADTrainer : WILFRED CHIN Owner : RAM A TQuinella : (2,6) $872.00 Exacta : (2-6) $1,081.00D/E : (11-2) $704.00Superfecta : (2-6-5-3) $10,766.00Rolling Triple : (3-11-2) $20,984.00Race 8 1600 M (Purse $768,000) NB3YO(NW2)&IMP3YO&UP(MDN) REST.ALL.II* 1. BONGO KING SEllis 53.52. ABBEY ROAD OEdwards4 49.5 Nose3. TWILIGHT CITIZEN LSteadman3 52.5 6 1/2L4. GRINDING TO A HALT OWalker 54.0 4 1/2LWIN: $73.00PLACE: $53.00, $58.00, $75.00Final Time : 1:40.2 Splits : 23.4, 46.3, 1:10.4,Winner : 3yo ch colt – URBAN KING out of VALADY byTrainer : EVERAL FRANCIS Owner : EVERAL C FRANCISQuinella : (6,8) $155.00 Exacta : (6-8) $217.00D/E : (2-6) $251.00Superfecta : (6-8-3-7) $615.00Rolling Triple : (11-2-6) $1,557.00Race 9 1100 M (Purse $620,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($550,0-$500,0)/NB4YO-NW4* 1. FORCE DE JOUR BebHarvey4 53.02. BAD BOY JUSTIN HPottinger4 52.0 1 3/4L3. OFFICIAL REPORT JPatterson4 49.0 1/2L4. DINNER BY SEVEN LSteadman3 52.5 1L5. XQUISITE CHOICE OEdwards4 52.0 3 3/4LWIN: $92.00PLACE: $62.00, $152.00, $129.00Final Time : 1:06.4 Splits : 23.2, 46.3, ,Winner : 4yo colt – SHARP HUMOR out of SONG BIRD TOO byTrainer : ROBERT DARBY (SR) Owner : ROBERT A DARBY (SR)Quinella : (8,10) $957.00 Exacta : (10-8) $890.00D/E : (6-10) $154.00Trifecta : (10-8-4) $876.00Hi-5 : (10-8-4-2-6) $24,198.50Rolling Triple : (2-6-10) $344.00Race 10 1200 M (Purse $500,000) 4YO&UP CLM($180,0)-NW1 SINCE JULY 3,2015* 1. POCKET MONEY LSteadman3 54.0 111.00 74.002. CAUSE FOR CONCERN OnBeckford4 53.0 4L 240.003. ALDEBARAN JErwin 53.0 1 1/2L 88.004. I’M ALLWRIGHT DDawkins4 48.5 Neck5. GRAN CORAZON HPottinger4 51.0 1 1/2LWIN: $111.00PLACE: $74.00, $240.00, $88.00Final Time : 1:16.1 Splits : 23.4, 48.3, ,Winner : 8yo ch horse – TRADITIONAL out of TROPICAL WAVE by WITH APPROVALTrainer : RYAN DARBY Owner : RAPHAEL E GORDONQuinella : (2,11) $2,827.00 Exacta : (2-11) $3,235.00D/E : (10-2) $196.00Trifecta : (2-11-7) $5,159.00Hi-5 carry-over : $78,533.00Rolling Triple : (6-10-2) $427.00Pick-4 : (2-6-10-2) $1,324.00Super-6 : (3-11-2-6-10-2) $68,594.60Pick-9 : (3-5-9-3-11-2-6-10-2) $1,000,000.00PlacePot 8 : (1,5-2,9-3,7-6,11-2,6-6,8-8,10-2,11) $1,969.00
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DUBAI, UAE (CMC):West Indies Test captain Jason Holder says he is determined to avoid controversial off-the-field issues and focus on his main job of leading the Caribbean side.Responding to questions from media here on the decision by Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels and Carlos Brathwaite to decline central contracts, Holder reiterated that he was powerless over such administrative matters and was more preoccupied with galvanising West Indies’ performances on the field.All three players are members of the Test squad which finally won their first game in 19 months and first on foreign soil in four years when they beat Pakistan by five wickets in the third and final Test in Sharjah on Thursday.”As I’ve said about all the negative things around West Indies cricket, those things are basically beyond my control,” said Holder who celebrated his 25th birthday yesterday.”I can’t control who signs contracts, I can’t control who’s here with me. All I can control is my destiny on the cricket field when I step over that line, and that goes for everybody in the dressing room.”The West Indies Cricket Board disclosed this week that the trio of Bravo, Samuels and Brathwaite had opted against retainer contracts for the year-long period ending September next year.LEADER OF BATTING GROUPBravo is the leader of the Windies batting group, averaging 40 from 49 Tests, while Samuels is the side’s most senior player, with 71 Tests and 187 one-day internationals (ODI).Brathwaite, the newly appointed Twenty20 skipper, is also a member of both the Test and ODI set-ups.Their decision immediately raised question marks about their respectively futures, but Holder said, ultimately, it was up to each player to take responsibility for their performances and careers.”Us players we have to be responsible for our own individual actions [and] take our own personal pride on to the cricket field and control cricket,” he pointed out.
Western BureauDefender John Barrett scored his first goal of the season as defending champions Montego Bay United (MBU) widened the gap at the top of the Red Stripe Premier League with a 1-0 victory over University of the West Indies (UWI) yesterday at Wespow Park.Barrett was on target in the 35th minute when his stooping header beat UWI goalkeeper Amal Knight at his near post.The win took them to 34 points and got them back to winning ways, following their stumble last week to Humble Lion. It was UWI’s second-successive loss and kept them on 29 points, three less than second place Tivoli Gardens FC.”The result speaks for itself. We dominated the game, and sometimes we need only one goal for three points. We got that today from Barrett,” said assistant coach Dillon Thelwell.”It was a good game tactically for us. We played our passing game, and we feel that these kinds of performances can only help our confidence going deeper into the season,” added Thelwell.”We are beginning to look good with our passing game. I think we are on the right track,” stated Thelwell.UWI, who came into the match in joint second place on points alongside Tivoli Gardens, never looked comfortable.It was unlike them to go the entire half of a match without a shot on goal. In fact, their first real attempt came in the 92nd minute when Jamie Robinson forced a save out of Jacomeno Barrett in the MBU goal.TOP STRIKERCorey Hylton and top striker Dino Williams, while having good spells in attack never threatened Knight at the other end either, except in the 12th minute when Hylton was gifted an opportunity, which he spurned.UWI head coach Marcel Gayle said thatthe game went according to plan for a top-of-the-table clash but that Montego Bay wanted it more.”For a top-of-the-table clash, I think it went as was expected. We were cagey early on, and that allowed MBU to settle quickly, and we never got back into it,” he said.”But I am still proud of how we played, though, ideally, we would have liked to put some effort on target. We will be looking to rebound on Wednesday, and that in itself will not be an easy match for us either,” said Gayle.
Competition in the Berger Elite League returns tomorrow at the Leila Robinson Courts with a double-header starting with the Manchester Spurs taking on joint leader St. Catherine Racers at 6 p.m. The Spurs with four points have only played two matches compared to the Racers’ (9 points) four. The Spurs will go into the game with one win under their belt, while the Racers have won three matches to date. The other match will be played between the other team at the top of the standings, St. Ann Orchids and defending champions Clarendon Gaters. The Gaters are yet to win a match, having lost all four matches played so far. It will be a tough match for them as the Orchids are stacked with national players and they have been playing well, while losing their only match to St. James Sharpes, who are on seven points and lie in third place. Some of the players, who will be on court today include former national team caption Nicole Aiken-Pinnock for the Gaters; Khadijah Williams for the Racers; Nicole Dixon for the Spurs and Shanice Beckford, Staceyann Facey, Althea Byfield and Simone Forbes for the Orchids. The other teams in the eight-team competition are Kingston Humming Birds (2014 winners), St. James Sharpes, Under-21 Shiners and the Under-21 Suns.
ARCADIA, California (AP): Iliad won the $200,000 San Vicente Stakes by 31/2 lengths Sunday at Santa Anita. Ridden by Flavien Prat, Iliad ran seven furlongs in 1:21.62 in the Grade 2 event. The 3-year-old horse had been idle since winning his first career race on December 18. Prat was subbing for Rafael Bejarano, who was excused from riding after an accident in last Saturday’s final race. Iliad was trained by Bob Baffert in his first two starts before Doug O’Neill took over. The victory, worth $120,000, increased Iliad’s career earnings to $147,345, with two wins in three starts. “He’s a really nice horse, he has a lot of class,” said O’Neill, who began training for Shah in late December. Owner Kaleem Shah said Iliad would be pointed toward the San Felipe Stakes on March 11 and possibly the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 8.
Both St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS) and St Jago brought the Gibson-McCook Relays to an exciting end last year with their epic duel in the Boys Open 4x400m relay. The team from Santa Cruz eventually prevailed, and fans are again in for a treat as both teams, along with Corporate Area kingpins Calabar, Kingston College, and Jamaica College are all expected to report for the expected battle royale. At the recent Milo Western Relays in Montego Bay, Kingston College silenced the rural fans after defeating STETHS (13:16:13), winning in 3:14.74, and is the fastest team going to the Gibson-McCook Relays. Here, the Neil Harrison-coached KC team, which had an average lead-off leg from a cautious Nathaniel Bann, saw the likes of Tyrese Bryan, Jhevaughn Matherson, and Dashawn Morris running good legs to tame a Jauvaney James-led STETHS team. STETHS will be coming to avenge that defeat as they hope to retain their title and will definitely run much faster this time around. Pre-season favourite Calabar, with their strong core of quarter-milers, will be coming all out for a win here, but their line-up will not include the outstanding Christopher Taylor, who is yet to make his 2017 season debut. Despite his absence, Calabar still has some top-quality athletes, including Anthony Carpenter and Akeeyme Francis. At the Camperdown Classics, without Carpenter in the team, Calabar finished a decent second to Mico University College in 3:15.14 and are expected to give a good account of themselves. St Jago always perform well at the Gibson-McCook Relays and it should be no different this time around. They will want to improve on last year’s second-place finish and with quality athletes like Anthony Cox, Timor Barrett, Michael Bentley, and Leon Clarke, will definitely go faster than their 3:17.83 when finishing third at the Camperdown Classics. One team that cannot be written off is Jamaica College, which normally find its best form late in the season as it did last year at the Penn Relays by surprising big teams like Calabar and company to win the event, and they could be the dark horse here in an event, which really can go any way. However, with their very deep squad, Calabar is given the slight edge here to win the event. TOP 3 PREDICTION: 1. Calabar 2. Kingston College 3. St Elizabeth Technical AVENGING DEFEAT