It was as if all the drivers saved the best for last.A total of 148 turned up to entertain a bumper crowd with blistering action, superb execution and blinding speed at the final drag racing meet for 2015 at Vernamfield on Sunday.Executive member of the National Drag Racing Circuit (NDRC) Stephen Gunter says the turnout of drivers was testament to the level of confidence they are now showing in the drag racing product. He notes that there has been big year-on-year growth.”In 2014, we were seeing average fields of 122 for that series. This year, we saw average fields of 148, which happens to be the number that participated in the final challenge for the year,” Gunter said.He also pointed to the increased number of foreign entries. In 2014, there was a lone Caymanian representative in Michael Williams driving a Mitsubishi Evolution, who managed to win the Pro Racer 9 Second Challenge. This year, there were all of four representatives from Cayman piloting serious machines and laying down good times.Highlights of meet five included the record run of Xavia Murray – in his Honda Civic – who broke the NDRC Front Wheel Drive record three times. The new record is 10.048 seconds.The record run of Orville Williams in his Nissan Pulsar also excited the crowd. He set a new NDRC Four Wheel Drive record of 8.944 seconds down the quarter-mile track.Caymanian Jody Jervis was not to be outdone. He piloted his Nissan Skyline to set new NDRC Rear Wheel Drive 4, 6 and Rotary records twice. The new record is 8.903 seconds.Gunter says the larger fields also contain better prepped cars, as evidenced by the faster times and a resulting greater level of competition.”There is no denying that the drivers are better prepared; the times that they are recording are phenomenal,” Gunter said.Plans are already in place for the 2016 Drag Challenge. Gunter would not be drawn on the sponsorship line-up since ‘things are at a delicate stage”, he said. The NDRC executive was not shy in saying, however, that 2016 will be bigger and firstname.lastname@example.org
The annual Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC) raceday is on at Caymanas Park, a 12-race programme featuring the BGLC Trophy, open allowance race, 1100 metres, to be contested by 11 starters.Offering a total purse of $1 million, it promises to be a hotly contested sprint, featuring fleet-footed horses such as TALENTED TONY K, FORTUNONEHUNDRED, TOOTING CAT, RIO COBRE and TRADITIONAL PRINCE.TALENTED TONY K disappointed, as the 3-5 favourite, over the straight, July 4, finishing eight lengths fourth to TRADITIONAL PRINCE and RIO COBRE.Despite the strong support that day, ‘TONY K’ was hampered by a poor draw on the far side and was asked to carry topweight 57.0k as well.TONYKSHOULDPROVEFASTEST OFALLNow eased 3.kg in the scales and trainer Lorne Kirlew securing the services of former champion jockey Wesley ‘Callaloo’ Henry, TALENTED TONY K should prove the fastest of all.The four-year-old colt, who won the 2000 Guineas and Lotto Classic in 2014, reports in good nick. Kirlew has confirmed that all is right with the bay colt by Traditional out of Ocean Liner. He should display superior speed into the straight with FORTUNEONEHUNDRED, TOOTING KAT and RIO COBRE giving chase.TRADITIONAL PRINCE AND FORTUNEONEHURDRED both carry topweight of 57.0kg, effectively making it tough for both.TALENTED TONY K should have most to fear from RIO COBRE, by virtue of his short head second to TRADITIONAL PRINCE on July 4. He carries a mere 49.0kg and, at these weights, looks the principal danger to TALENTED TONY K.RUNNER RUUNER is fancied in the second race, UNBREAKABLE to repeat in the third, MEET JUSTIN in the sixth, TECHNOCAT in the eighth and RUM PUNCH in the Emancipation Day Trophy over 1300 metres (race seven).
NORWICH CITYAt this stage of last season Chelsea had won 10 of their opening 12 games, scoring 30 goals and conceding 11. Fast forward 12 months and the Blues have three victories while netting just 16 and conceding 23. Norwich last beat Chelsea in the Premier League in December 1994 at home while they have not won at Stamford Bridge since October 1993.EVERTON VS ASTON VILLAAston Villa’s trip to Everton could produce goals. They are the third highest scorers at home with 12, but they have also conceded 11 at Goodison Park (only West Bromwich Albion (12) have let in more at home. This fixture, though, has a habit of producing draws; of their 23 visits, Villa have drawn nine, including five of the last eight. Of the other 14 clashes Everton have won eight and lost six.SOUTHAMPTON VS STOKE CITYSouthampton should be confident; in 33 home clashes with Stoke they have won 21 and drawn five, while losing seven. They are unbeaten in their last 10 at home against Stoke, winning seven and drawing three. Stoke last won at Southampton in October 1980, their only win there in 19 visits. And Saints have scored 12 goals at St Mary’s; only Manchester City (19) and Leicester (13) have more.SWANSEA CITY VS AFC BOURNEMOUTHSwansea have lost their last two and a third loss, against Bournemouth, would represent their longest run of defeats since January 2014. These teams last met in the 2007-08 campaign, in the third tier, and overall, the Swans have the upper hand with 15 wins and five draws from 25 meetings in Wales. Bournemouth have won just five.TOTTENHAM VS WEST HAM UNITEDTottenham held local rivals Arsenal to a 1-1 draw at the Emirates last time out, extending their unbeaten run to 11 games – the best in the Barclays Premier League and their longest unbeaten sequence since December 2012 to March 2013, when they went 12 without loss. West Ham are unbeaten in their last two visits to White Hart Lane in the league but in a total of 19 Premier League visits the Hammers have won only four, while drawing five and losing 10.CRYSTAL PALACE VS SUNDERLANDCrystal Palace’s record at Selhurst Park is not as good as their return on the road. At home Palace have won two and drawn one, taking seven points from a possible 18 and scoring just six goals there. But away they have taken 12 from 18 thanks to four wins. Sunderland have conceded 18 away goals, an average of three per game and the most in the Premier League. They have scored six away, while failing to score in three. CHELSEA VS
Veteran jockey Vassell ‘Jollyman’ Najair, at age 62, became one of the oldest jockeys to win at Caymans Park, this aboard the Oneil Markland-trained STIR IT UP in the ninth race over 1100 metres for the Titania Trophy yesterday. STIR IT UP stormed though approaching the distance, disposing of the leaders FIRE ALARM and SWEET DIMENSION for an 11-1 upset, winning by four lengths. It was the second time in eight days that Markland, who is popularly called ‘Sweety Man’, was providing Najair with a winner, following the 35-1 outsider FIX IT UP over the round five course on December 15, Najair’s first winner in over three years. Najair, who started riding as an apprentice to the legendary female trainer, Eileen Cliggott, at Caymanas Park in 1967, joins David ‘Scorcher’ McKenzie as the oldest jockeys to win at the park. McKenzie, who is still active in the saddle at 66, recalled that he rode his last winner four years ago at age 62 as well. And McKenzie was on hand in the vicinity of the Jockeys’ Room to congratulate Najair on his return. Trainer Markland, who also ran FIX IT UP in the race with an apprentice rider replacing Najair, said he was always confident that ‘jolly’ would get the job done. “Despite his age, he’s one of the fittest jockeys at the track. It’s all about self-belief and Najair is convinced that he has some good years left in the saddle,” said Markland. Smiling from ear to ear en route to the Jockeys’ Room – accompanied by the trainer – Najair, a father of three, said despite a rocky career, which included a number of suspensions mainly for anger management related issues, he still enjoys the thrill of victory. “They will have to carry me off the track … in another 10 years,” he jokingly remarked. Meanwhile, in the two other trophy races on the card, the Gary Subratie-trained BLUE DIXIE turned the tables on recent conqueror BUBBLING KITTEN by a head in the Sweet Ruckus Trophy. First past the post LORD EQUUS, in the Stewards’ Cup, was disqualified and placed second following a stewards’ inquiry and the race awarded to first-time runner SIR RAJA BABA, with whom he had interfered a furlong out.
MUNICH (AP):Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer will miss today’s friendly international against Italy because of a stomach bug.The German football federation says Neuer has been sent home after consultations with team doctors.The federation did not say who will replace Neuer, who turned 30 on Sunday. But coach Joachim Lˆw has three more goalkeepers in the squad – rookies Bernd Leno and Kevin Trapp, plus Marc-AndrÈ ter Stegen of Barcelona, who has four caps.Stand-in captain Sami Khedira, who plays for Juventus, also missed yesterday’s training and underwent a recovery session in the team’s hotel.
Manager of Jamaica College’s Manning Cup team, Ian Forbes, has warned rivals that the school intends to continue winning even more. Forbes made his comments yesterday as the Hope Road-based school celebrated a fourth straight title and 28th overall.It’s the first time in 64 years that the Manning Cup has won by the same school for four consecutive years. Kingston College last did it from 1949 to 1952.The self-styled ‘True Blue’ institution, located at 189 Old Hope Road celebrated inside the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium, three days after they had beaten Wolmer’s Boys 2-1 in a hard-fought National Stadium final.A yesterday’s function members of the school’s board, management, academic staff, parents and students gave thanks for what was dubbed “a blessing.”Speaking in an interview with The Gleaner, team manager and old boy Forbes said members of the champion team were all passionate about the game.”It is pretty easy to motivate these young men; they are very passionate about what they do, they work very hard, and they prepare very well,” Forbes said.”Once a boy comes through the gates of Jamaica College, he is transformed [by], it’s fighting spirit, never-say-die attitude, and the quest to be a champion,” Forbes added.MILLIONS OF DOLLARSHe credited the tremendous resources – financial and human – “persons giving of their time and energy to make everything work'”for JC’s success.He admitted that JC Manning Cup budget is a ‘huge’. He did not give a precise figure but he estimated that “it is in the region of millions of dollars”.One of the men at the centre of the winning project, coach Miguel Coley, has won the Cup in all his four years at the school.”Our school has gone through a lot this year, and winning the Manning Cup is just a message that we will always rise above the adversity. We are an institution of champions on the football field, and off it, we want to use the football team as an example that you can be great,” he charged the students.The emotional Coley, revealed: “This great school has changed my life.”Principal Wayne Robinson led the cheers at the function shouting: “JC, JC, a big side !! Coley a big coach! to rapturous applause.”We have had a very challenging time over the last couple of months. We’ve had three deaths and I heard Mr Forbes dedicate this win to me, and I dedicate this win to the three boys we lost … and dedicating this Manning Cup to their families,” principal Robinson said.Meanwhile, captain Oquin Robinson who played in the competition for three years, called it a “tremendous privilege to captain this great institution.””I helped to win three Manning Cups, the Walker Cup, the FLOW Super Cup and Olivier Shield and I feel good,” he said.JC are already eyeing their next title this season. After Saturday’s win the team returned to training at noon on Monday to prepare for the Walker Cup knockout final against Kingston College tomorrow.
ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC): Guyana Jaguars are now the heavy favourites to win a hat-trick of titles in the Regional four-day championship, after maintaining their lead at the top of the standings despite sitting out the ninth round of matches. The two-time defending champions have remained four points ahead of closest challenger Barbados Pride, who suffered a stunning 130-run defeat to perennial arch-rivals Trinidad and Tobago Red Force inside three days at Kensington Oval last weekend. Jaguars are 109.8 points with Pride still second on 105.2. Jaguars’ ninth round fixture against Leeward Islands Hurricanes had to be rescheduled from last weekend, to accommodate the three-match one-day series between West Indies and Pakistan in Georgetown. The game will now be played from April 21-24 at the Guyana National Stadium, following the completion of the final round of games next weekend. UP TO FOURTH PLACE In that final round, Jaguars clash with a rejuvenated Windward Islands Volcanoes, who have now won their last two games on the trot to move up to fourth on 92.8 points. Jamaica Scorpions, meanwhile, saw their title chances slip in the last round when they produced a limp performance against Volcanoes to lose by eight wickets in Kingstown. They lie third on 98.6 points with a difficult assignment against Pride in the final round. Red Force, who started the last round last in the standings, revived themselves with a resounding victory over Pride are now fifth on 82 points. They clash with Hurricanes at Warner Park, with their opponents now last on 66.4 points.
IAN LINKS yesterday made light work of five overmatched rivals to win the 2000-metre Reynold ‘Ren’ Gonzalves Memorial by 16 lengths, a distance exceeding the length of the tote board at Caymanas Park.Partnered by two-kilo claiming apprentice Jerome Innis, the Wayne DaCosta-trained four-year-old colt sat off the pace, fifth down the backstretch, while BALLON D’OR fended off RAGING PROSPECT and MIRACLE STAR on the lead.Asked to pick up the pace five furlongs out, IAN LINKS eased into third and literally cruised down on BALLON D’OR approaching the three-furlong marker.Still running on the bridle, IAN LINKS effortlessly swept to the lead and turned for home with his rivals all running for second.Ridden out by Innis in the straight, IAN LINKS flew away and won unaccompanied at odds of 1-5, leaving BALLON D’OR to beat SCAR in a private battle for second.DaCosta closed a quick double with A THOUSAND STARS in the following event, the last race of the day.Returning off a six-month lay-up with Omar Walker astride, the four-year-old filly tracked stablemate GOLD MINER and EXECUTIVE CHARM before taking over approaching the home turn.Though well clear a half-furlong out, A THOUSAND STAR almost came to a halt, breaking down with Walker, who frantically kept the filly on her legs to safely get past the post.LEADING RIDERWalker was the day’s leading rider with two wins, landing the sixth event with much-improved DRAGLINE.He was, however, denied a three-timer by the narrowest of margins, a nose, aboard 6-1 chance RED PARROT, pipped on the line by Robert Halledeen aboard BIGBROWNGREYHOPE at odds of 2-1 in the fourth race.Walker leads the standings with 39 winners, more than doubling Halledeen on 19, his nearest active rival in the jockeys’ colony.Racing continues at Caymanas Park on Saturday and Labour Day, next Tuesday, May 23.
Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Things looked grim for Kimura by the sixth round when Zou’s slashing left hook tore a gash next to the Japanese fighter’s right eye, forcing a temporary stoppage as the ring doctor examined the bloody cut.Zou continued over the next few rounds to batter Kimura, who has said he works part-time delivering beer for a restaurant and was quoted this week saying he was fighting in honour of his late mother.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’But Kimura (now 15-1-2) kept piling forward and he sent Zou crumpling to the canvas in the 11th round after unleashing a barrage of punches.The shock defeat was a bitter letdown for Zou, who was promoting the fight himself and chose his homeland for his first title defence as part of his aim to raise boxing’s profile in China. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets 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 Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans This photo taken on July 13, 2017 shows Chinese boxer Zou Shiming (L) training at a gym in Shanghai. AFP PHOTO / STR / TO GO WITH Box-CHN-fly-Zou,INTERVIEW by Peter STEBBINGS / Japan’s unheralded Sho Kimura stunned Chinese star Zou Shiming with an 11th-round knockout that saw the part-time restaurant worker snatch the WBO world flyweight title in Shanghai on Friday.Zou, making his first defence of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) crown he won last year, appeared well on his way to victory, using his experience to repeatedly make Kimura miss while peppering the challenger with counter-punches.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Zou, 36, a two-time Olympic gold medallist who only turned pro in 2013 after a long and brilliant amateur career, drops to 9-2 as a pro.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Gavina lashes out at Kia after poor showing in the 4th against TNT View comments
Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Tim Reed. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLAPU-LAPU CITY — Tim Reed was confident heading into the 2017 Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines on Sunday, the Australian admitted that there was a time he felt that his drive for a three-peat was in peril.That hit him hard midway through the race as he saw the much-talked about strength of the field first hand.ADVERTISEMENT 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Teen gunned down in Masbate OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Tim Reed reigns anew, completes Cebu Ironman 70.3 three-peat Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Just when Reed thought that he left everyone in the dust, the 21-year-old Mauricio Mendez made a huge leap forward, going from sixth to second in the run course to give the defending champion a run for his money.“I saw him in the first lap of the run. I was like, ‘I’d better start running, be quicker,’ He’s a beautiful runner, a really talented athlete so I was definitely concerned,” he 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’Fortunately for Reed, he built enough cushion and sustained his groove to cruise to the victory, his third straight in Cebu.Pulling off another triumph, the 32-year-old expressed was pleased to fulfill his goals and meet expectations. MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas “I knew I was very fit and I knew I’d have a good chance, but you’ll never know. You can’t control how other people race. If somebody else beat me, but I put in a really good performance, I’m okay with that. And today was just all about focusing on myself and racing as hard as I could,” he said.Though he cemented his status as one of the sport’s greats with his three-year dynasty in Cebu, Reed downplayed the feat.“I think every time you win somewhere, the pressure builds a little bit and the next year, there’s a little bit more pressure. For me, it’s really important to keep the pressure off and just keep it fun and enjoy myself,” he said.Luckily for Reed, he has his wife with him to share his recent first place finish to alleviate the rigors of his intense training.“I worked really hard for this. My wife came over to America with me and put up with me doing a lot of training. She was really supporting me so it makes a big difference. So this is a really a pleasing result for me and it’s special for my family,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite View comments