KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC): President of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA), Wilford ‘Billy’ Heaven, will appear before an ethics committee to answer charges of a code violation, according to president of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), Dave Cameron. Despite media reports last month stating that Heaven was to be summoned to answer charges of leaking a confidential document pertaining to West Indies’ abandoned tour of India last year, the JCA boss denied any such matter is pending. “I have been asked that question before. When it was first asked, I had not been given all the pivotal information. Just to say yes, there is a matter against Mr Heaven, and the committee will meet shortly on the way forward,” Cameron told Television Jamaica. The release of the information without the consent of the WICB is a breach of clause six of the WICB’s Code of Ethics for the Board of Directors. Clause six of the WICB Code of Ethics for the Board of Directors refers to the way information should be treated by its members, including the dissemination of sensitive information and the only instances where it is permitted.
OCHO RIOS: The 21st annual Baxter Travel Golf Tournament teed off yesterday at the Sandals Golf and Country Club, with over 80 Canadian travel agents and tour operators taking part. The two-day tournament, the third major international staged at the venue in recent times, is expected to deliver a shot in the arm for Jamaica as a golfing destination and also the nation’s tourism industry, as the agents and tour operators are heavily promoting the island. The United States and Latin American travel agents completed their events last month. “Jamaica stands to benefit significantly from hosting these influential travel agents,” said Maureen Barnes-Smith, director of sales and marketing, Unique Vacations, Canada. “Not only will they be here as part of the Sandals tournament, but they will tour the island, experience what Jamaica has to offer and when they go back promote and sell Jamaica,” Barnes-Smith added. She pointed to the significance of the Canadian market which has experienced growth in the past several years and is of vital importance to the island. Organisers were pleased with the large number of entries to the Baxter Event and since its inception each year has always been well attended. Eighteen four-man teams teed off in the scramble format. Yesterday, the 18-hole event was spiced up with the ‘Longest Drive’ and ‘Closest to the Pin’ contests. Tee off is slated for 8:30 a.m. for today’s second and final day, while the awards ceremony at the Sandals Ochi Beach Resort will begin at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails, to be followed an hour later by dinner. “Traditionally we have always had some fun and also riveting action on the golf course and this year promises to be no less impressive,” noted Miguel Arthurs, general manager, Sandals Golf & Country Club.
The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) says Jamaica and West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell has not been provisionally suspended for violating anti-doping rules.Russell has committed an anti-doping whereabouts rule violation after missing three tests in the space of 12 months.JADCO said in a release this afternoon, that the case has been referred to the iindependent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel.The Commission says it is now awaiting a date for the hearing.The 27-year-old, who is named in the West Indies’ squad for the Twenty20 World Cup, which starts next week in India, has missed three doping tests within a 12-month period.According to anti-doping rules, athletes must tell their local anti-doping agency where they will be for at least one hour each day to facilitate drug tests.And if an athlete misses three drug checks within a 12-month period, that counts as a positive test.
In advancing a case on behalf of West Indies cricketer Andre Russell, Queen’s Counsel Patrick Foster said his client has an obligation to prove he was not negligent in violation of the whereabouts rule, contending that the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) will be forced to prove negligence from the evidence given. The cricketer’s anti-doping disciplinary hearing got under way at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston yesterday, following a preliminary hearing in July at The Courtleigh Hotel in New Kingston. The case against the Jamaican is further arguing that Russell was fully aware of all the violations and that the cricketer had received all correspondence and was in possession of all documents relating to his alleged filing failures. “The thrust of our case is that the doping authority, JADCO, must prove negligence that has to emerge in the context of the evidence as it is given, so that is, essentially, our position. The burden of proof is on JADCO,” Foster told The Gleaner. “I don’t want to comment too much on the details of the evidence in the midst of cross-examining the witness, but a good portion of the cross-examination relates to the July to September quarter, where JADCO recorded two filing failures, so in cross-examination, I am just questioning the basis which they arrived at two filing failures for the same quarter,” Foster continued. Foster has claimed that Russell only received correspondence for two periods – January to March 2015 and July to September 2015 – for allegedly missing the out-of-competition doping tests. However, JADCO’s lawyer, Lackston Robinson, contended yesterday the dates of Russell’s three whereabouts filing failures were committed between January 1, July 1 and July 25 last year. It was revealed by JADCO that director Carey Brown, who was also named as a witness, was absent because he was being involved in a motor vehicle accident last week and is currently recuperating. He is expected to take the stand in about three weeks. Foster said while Russell would prefer to be playing cricket right now, he will be looking to prove innocence. “Mr Russell prefers to be playing cricket right now, but he has an obligation to be here. I am just going to advance the case on behalf of my client and explore the evidence given by JADCO,” he added. The lawyer argued that the whearebouts rule does not permit the fixing of an immediate deadline and questioned the witness on what basis JADCO had arrived on its fixed deadline dates. The hearing will continue with cross-examination of Russell on September 28 at 10 a.m. at the same venue. Russell’s lawyer said his client will be giving a statement or take the stand “if it reaches that point”.
Late scare LONDON (AP): Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge and Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain both scored twice as the experienced players secured passage for their youthful teams into the quarter-finals of the League Cup yesterday. Sturridge, who has failed to score in seven Premier League matches this season, has only found joy in front of goal in England’s second-tier knockout competition when top-flight typically deploy weaker teams. Sturridge’s double eliminated Tottenham with a 2-1 victory at Anfield, his first Liverpool goals since also netting twice in the League Cup in August. After firing into the roof of the net from Marko Grujic’s cross in the ninth minute, the England striker tucked the ball under Tottenham goalkeeper Michel Vorm in the second half. Vincent Janssen pulled one back from the penalty spot but Tottenham couldn’t force extra time against its Premier League title rival.It was a smoother night for Arsenal against Reading, despite only beating the second-tier League Championship club 2-0. Oxlade-Chamberlain poked the ball through defender Tyler Blackett’s legs into the corner of the net to put Arsenal ahead in the 33rd minute. A deflected shot from the England international doubled Arsenal’s lead in the 78th. Premier League side Hull survived a late scare against Bristol City of the League Championship to win 2-1. Harry Maguire and Michael Dawson scored either side of half-time but City forward Lee Tomlin grabbed a goal in the third of seven minutes of stoppage time. The biggest win of the night saw second-tier leaders Newcastle, relegated from the Premier League last season, rout 10-man Preston 6-0. Leeds-Norwich went to extra-time after a 1-1 draw. The fourth round will be completed today with three all-Premier League matches, headlined by Manchester United hosting Manchester City in the season’s second Manchester derby clash between Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola. There’s also a London derby between West Ham and Chelsea, while Southampton take on Sunderland.
First-time ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup semi-finalist Holy Trinity may not be able to claim any of the 51 titles shared between the other final four teams, but if the words of their coach Devon Anderson are anything to go by, then they are certainly not approaching tomorrow’s semis with any concerns about their less celebrated history in the competition.Holy Trinity join Jamaica College (JC) – their opponents for today’s 4 p.m. kick-off at the National Stadium, as well as Super Cup champions Wolmer’s and Kingston College (KC), who go against each other for the third time this season at 6 p.m. at the same venue – each with one eye on the November 26 final.Both teams have a combined 24 titles to their credit, with KC 14, and Wolmer’s 10.Twenty-seven time champions JC haven’t broken much of a sweat in their title defence so far this season, with an unbeaten run to the semis. Their only loss was to Clarendon College in the FLOW Super Cup, but team manager Ian Forbes made it clear that they will not be underestimating the less-fancied Holy Trinity team.”JC are always motivated to win,” Forbes said. “It is a very serious mindset for our team, and we will be expecting a very tough game against a serious opposition.””We are certainly eyeing the final, but it’s one game at a time, and the game plan is to win,” Forbes underlined.Anderson led Holy Trinity to the Super Cup final in 2014 when they lost to today’s opponents. He knows JC are favourites, but is not phased by the challenge.”I don’t consider ourselves underdogs, we are the lesser-fancied team,” said Anderson said.”They are the defending champion, but we are going there to play a hard-nosed game,” he assured. “(There is) No pressure on us, the pressure is on them. We are not happy with being in the semi-finals, our aim is to win the Manning Cup.”NO TROPHY SINCE 1986While 10-time champions Wolmer’s have been to the Manning Cup finals as recently as 2013, KC have not seen a trophy match since their last triumph in 1986.Wolmer’s coach Vassell Reynold, who won his first major title in the FLOW Super Cup last weekend, is looking forward to the contest.”We will be at full strength, the confidence and motivation would have been lifted in winning the Flow Super Cup, but we recognise that we need to remain focused and committed for what would be a very difficult KC challenge,” said Reynolds.Meanwhile, manager for 14-time winner Kingston College, Derrick Banks said they are fully expecting to win today’s showdown.”We expect to win the game, as we are very confident through-out the season. We set a goal and a part of that is to win the Manning Cup,” he explained.
Night matches will be played at Waterhouse mini-stadium for the first time this season when the Drewsland-based club tackles high-riding Tivoli Gardens in a 6 p.m. game on Sunday. Late games at the Drewsland complex were suspended last season when the team struggled to find wins and support dwindled. The hosting of night games this season has been delayed by technical difficulties. light-pole. A problem light pole has now been changed, and it is all systems go for Sunday. Club chairman Bruce Bicknell believes that the return to night matches is a major boost for the team. “We haven’t done it (play) under the lights because of two reasons. We were changing one of the light-poles. We were changing it from a woodenpole to a steelpole. It has been out for three months because we had to fabricate huge steel pipes then take down the wooden poles and put on back the lights, so it was a tedious process. “The next thing is cost containment. The cost of running the lights is very high, but we decided to give it a try,” he told The Gleaner. Bicknell believes that the return of the lights and night matches is a positive move for the club, which is currently struggling at second from bottom. “We get a much larger turn out under the lights. The fact that you are bringing back the lights will be more reason for the crowd to come out and support the team and give them a lot more confidence to play better,” he said. He also believes that the return of the light has coincided perfectly with the hiring of new coach Glendon ‘Admiral’ Bailey. “I’ve known ‘Admiral’ for a long time as I worked with him at Olympic Football Club. He’s not only a good coach technically, but he is an incredible motivator, and he’s like a father figure for players,” Bicknell added.
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (AP):Minutes after turning what was touted as a big fight into a glorified sparring session, Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez invited his next opponent into the ring.About 90 minutes later, Alvarez had already changed into a suit and tie to pose for the first stare down with Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin.At long last, Alvarez is ready to give boxing fans what they want. The two will square off on September 16, Mexican Independence Day.”I’m very happy that this fight is finally here,” Alvarez said through an interpreter, “the one that a lot of you said would never be made.”Alvarez, who had been fighting at light middleweight, had been accused of ducking the heavier Golovkin for a year. But after pummelling countryman Julio Cesar Chavez Jr on Saturday night, Mexico’s top fighter is eager for the long overdue mega fight to determine the middleweight champion.”For us, this is the biggest fight in boxing,” Golovkin said.The Kazakhstan native owns the IBF, WBA and WBC middleweight titles. Alvarez had to relinquish his WBC belt to Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) last year when he declined a mandatory challenge.GOING TO HAPPEN”I’ve always stated that Triple G will happen in 2017,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Alvarez’s promoter. “Everybody was saying, ‘Why are you afraid of Triple G? Why is this not going to happen?’ I told everybody it’s going to happen in September, and we’re extremely proud and happy that this fight is going to take place.”Still to be determined is the venue, and De La Hoya insisted it could be “anywhere in the world.” One possibility is AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, which would allow for a crowd upwards of 100,000. The Dallas Cowboys play away from home that weekend, making it an option.
IAN LINKS has been presented with a sitter in this afternoon’s Reynold ‘Ren’ Gonzalves Memorial at 2000 metres, facing five rivals, three of whom he has consistently had behind him in his last four starts. The four-year-old colt not only has form to his advantage, he is the youngest in the line-up and the handicaps make him possibly the lightest in the field, coming in at approximately 49.0 kilos with two-claiming apprentice Jerome Innis. Racing against the trio of MIRACLE STAR, SCAR and RAGING PROSPECT in four consecutive races, IAN LINKS beat eight-year-old MIRACLE STAR three times in succession; finished ahead of SCAR in two of his last three and was way ahead of RAGING PROSPECT in three of the eight-year-old’s last four races. Forget IAN LINKS’ stablemate, ALSO CORRECT. The six-year-old mare returned from an unsuccessful stint at the breeding shed on March 4, a two-year lay-up, and has had the ambulance for company in four races since. Anthony Nunes’ BALLON D’OR might have won by 15 lengths on April 26 but could hardly have helped doing so in a seven-horse field of five-year-olds and upwards, non-winners of four races. Going up against IAN LINKS, who has not been worse than third in five consecutive overnight allowance races since February, should expose BALLON D’OR’s 15-length win for what it’s worth – a facile victory against lower-class horses. Since stepping up to overnight allowance in January, IANLINKS had two close calls in February. First he was beaten a length-and-a-quarter by out-of-class stablemate HOVER CRAFT at eight and a half furlongs before falling victim to another seasoned runner, TIME FOR ARMS, at a mile. In his last three races, he was third, outclassed by winners such as ANOTHER BULLET, UPPA TUNE and SUPERLUMINAL. In all three races, he was ridden by Omar Walker, carrying 117lb. Trainer Wayne DaCosta has asked the champion jockey to make way for Innis, a featherweight 49.0 kilos, making IAN LINKS the banker of the day.