The heavyweights will be busy today. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Yohan Blake, Elaine Thompson and Warren Weir will all get their season going at today’s Camperdown Classics inside the National Stadium and the Milo Western Relays set for Catherine Hall in Montego Bay.In Kingston, the majority of athletes from the Racers Track Club are expected to be on show with the notable exception being the world’s fastest man Usain Bolt.In addition to Blake and Weir, the likes of Edino Steele, Zharnel Hughes and Kemar Bailey-Cole are expected to open up in the 400m, which get under way at 4:30pm.The newest member of the club, Michael O’Hara will also compete for the first time for his new club as he is down to participate in the 200m.Today’s event will be the final leg of the Digicel Grand Prix series for high school athletes in the Corporate Area to qualify for next Saturday’s finale at G.C. Foster College.Athletes from Calabar High, who were absent from the Corporate Area meet in midweek are expected to be at today’s Classics in large numbers and in addition to the Grand Prix, there will also be cash incentives for the top male and female high school teams in the Class One 4x100m relays.In the west, fierce competition is expected as the high-powered MVP Track Club arsenal will be on show with Sprintech and G.C. Foster College providing the challenge.RELAY TEAMSMVP will be relying on world and Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Elaine Thompson and Stephenie-Ann McPherson in the female relays, while the likes of Julian Forte and Nesta Carter will provide leadership among the males.Sprintech has a formidable squad themselves with Sherone Simpson, Anneisha McLaughlin, Jura Levy and Gayon Evans carrying the flag for the Maurice Wilson-coached unit.We should also see fireworks in the high school category as Edwin Allen, Holmwood Technical and Hydel will lock horns. Among the males, all eyes will be on St. Elizabeth Technical following their fine performances at Western Championships last Saturday with the red hot Nigel Ellis and Jauvaney James leading the way.Action gets under way at the Camperdown Classics at 8:30 a.m. with the Western Relay starting at noon.
SATURDAY, MARCH 5 WATFORD VS LEICESTER CITY, VICARAGE ROAD WATFORD (4-4-2) GOMES, NYOM, BRITOS, CATHCART, ANYA, ABDI, WATSON, CAPOUE, JURADO, IGHALO, DEENEY OKAZAKI, VARDY, ALBRIGHTON, DRINKWATER, KING, MAHREZ, FUCHS, HUTH, MORGAN, SIMPSON, SCHMEICHEL LEICESTER (4-4-2) After this week’s midweek games Leicester City are three points clear of their closest rivals with 10 games to go. Though Leicester drew 2-2 with West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday, defeats for Spurs, Arsenal and Manchester City leaves Claudio Ranieri’s team in charge in the Barclays Premier League. On Wednesday Watford lost 1-0 at Manchester United, leaving them in 12th place in the Premier League. The Hornets have now failed to score in six of their last eight Premier League matches. And Watford have scored just 13 goals in 14 home league games and when they went to the King Power Stadium in November they lost 2-1. Only once before have these teams met at Vicarage Road in the Premier League in February 2000 and it ended in a 1-1 draw. Leicester were unbeaten in their first nine away games, winning six and drawing three. But their most recent away fixtures have seen then win just twice while losing twice and drawing the other. The Foxes still boast the most victories (16), fewest defeats (3) and most goals scored (51); their goals for is already five more than they netted over the whole of last season and just four short of their highest number of Premier League goals, in the 1999-00 campaign. Watford, meanwhile, have won just once in their last five league games at Vicarage Road. The home side are still without Jurado and Tommy Hoban while Leicester suffered a blow when N’Golo Kante was ruled out for two weeks with a hamstring problem.
KINGSTON:Some fresh faces were in the winner’s circle as the Jamaica Squash Association staged its first junior tournament of 2016 at the Liguanea Club in Kingston, recently.In the girls’ Under-13 age group, newcomer Alia Haddad emerged the winner after beating Madeline Jones 11-3, 11-6. Similarly, in the boys’ Under 13 B category, debutant Luke Hussey beat Josh Shirley 11-8, 11-6 and Mathew Sewell 11-1, 11-3 to take the top position. Shirley and Sewell were second and third, respectively.Asher breakthroughAnother breakthrough winner was John Paul Asher, who came out on top in the boys’ Under 15 age group. Firing on all cylinders, Asher beat second place finisher, Kyle Haddad, 11-1, 11-5 and dished out an 11-5, 11-0 defeat to Alex Desnoes, who was third.However, while some of the newcomers had an impact, some of the seasoned campaigners also made their presence felt. All Jamaica Under 15 girls champion, Mia Mahfood, took care of business, beating long-time rival Mia Lake 11-5, 11-9 to win her age category.In the same vein, All Jamaica Under 11 boys’ champion, Tobias Levy, topped the Under 13 boys’ competition after posting an 11-6, 11-4 win over Aman Dhiman, who finished second; and an 11-5, 11-2 beating to Brady Holmes, who finished third.”It was exciting to see new faces taking top positions in some age groups, while some of our stronger players are continuing to shine,” said Junior Squash Programme manager, Gill Binnie.”It’s early days yet, but we’re seeing positive signs from our juniors as we start the preparation for the Caribbean Championships this summer.”
CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC):The Australian duo of Mike Hussey and Shane Watson have congratulated St Lucia Zouks teammate Darren Sammy, following the St Lucia government’s decision to rename the Beausejour Cricket Ground in his honour.Watson, who retired from international cricket following the recent Twenty20 World Cup in India, hailed Sammy as a “great leader” and said he was looking forward to playing alongside him at the Zouks’ home ground in Gros Islet.”I knew when I first signed up for CPL how passionate the West Indies public are, but to receive this news about the St Lucia government’s decision to rename the national stadium in honour of one of their favourite sporting sons is a huge thing, especially for someone so young, who has so much top-level cricket ahead of him,” Watson said.”Darren is a great leader and a true champion in all regards, and I know how passionate he is about the Zouks. He deserves this accolade for the manner he has led the West Indies team, and this is an honour for all time.”It really excites me about being a part of CPL 2016, and I can’t wait to step out on the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium this summer.”Hussey, meanwhile, affectionately known as ‘Mr Cricket’, called the honour for Sammy an “incredible accolade”, and heaped praises on West Indies for winning the T20 World Cup.”To win a world title for your country is the ultimate accolade and I would like to offer my congratulations to fellow Zouks man Darren Sammy, coach Phil Simmons, and the West Indies team on their win last weekend in the ICC World T20,” said Hussey, who averaged 51 in 79 Tests and 48 from 185 one-dayers.Sammy led West Indies to the second T20 World Cup title when the Caribbean side beat England by four wickets in the final of the tournament in India last Sunday.