Hamilton wins Mexican GP in chase to catch Rosberg

Hamilton wins Mexican GP in chase to catch Rosberg

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first_imgMEXICO CITY (AP):Lewis Hamilton survived a nervous start to win the Mexican Grand Prix yesterday, grabbing another victory as he chases Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg for the Formula One season championship.But with a 19-point deficit to Rosberg and just two races left, Hamilton is running out of time.Rosberg finished second.Hamilton started on pole position and held the front, despite locking his wheels and cutting through the grass on the first corner. He recovered to hold position and drove off to grab his 51st career victory, tying Alain Prost for second most in F1 history.The two-time defending champion is keeping what pressure he can on Rosberg in the title chase. Rosberg can still win his first career championship if he gets a second and third-place finish in the final two races in Brazil and Abu Dhabi.Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel finished third after Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was penalised five seconds after the race for leaving the track and gaining the advantage. The move came in a late-race duel between Vettel and Verstappen for third.As they crossed the finish line, Vettel pulled alongside Verstappen and waved his finger at him. The Dutch teenager responded by shaking his fist. The penalty pushed Verstappen back to fifth behind his Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo.Hamilton has been bedeviled by poor starts all season, but got a good bolt off the line into one of the longest straights in Formula One. A big wheel lockup approaching the first sent him through the turn and driving into the grass, but he held position before driving off for the victory.Rosberg battled with Verstappen all afternoon. They bumped tires on the first corner, sending the Mercedes driver into the grass. Rosberg held position and race stewards decided there would be no penalty, but without the bump, Verstappen likely would have emerged in second for the early laps.last_img

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first_img Faith Temple New Testament and Power of Faith Development will battle in the eliminator two match-up in the Power of Faith Ministries Twenty20 Church Cricket League, at 11:30 this morning at the Bridgeport Sports ground. The winner will face Portmore Gospel Assembly (PGA) in the final. Meanwhile, six-time champions Power of Faith International (PFM Int’l) bowed out of the competition in the eliminator stages, as their brother team, Power of Faith Development (PFM Dev) humbled them by nine wickets at the Bridgeport Cricket ground recently. Scores: PFM Int’l 77 all out in 16. 4 overs, with the top score coming from Marlon Hoilette (24), as Demar Johnson led the bowling with 2-20 from three overs. In response, PFM Dev made 80-1 in seven overs. Top scorers were Gladstone Anderson (31 not out) and Demar Johnson (18 not out). PFM Int’l captain, Leon Edwards, took 1-14 from two overs. South Central Super League semi-finalists Portmore, Wanderers draw 1-1 Defending champions Wanderers had to dig deep to keep their unbeaten record intact, as they drew 1-1 with arch-rivals Portmore United in the St Catherine FA U13 Football League last Saturday. In other games, Rivoli United beat Tredegar Park 2-0, Royal Lakes drew 1-1 with Daytona, East Portmore Portals clipped Westchester 1-0, Windsor Lion whipped De La Vega City 4-0, while Angels United and Central Linx ended 1-1. The four semi-finalists in the JB Rum/South Central Confederation Super League were determined following the last four matches in the preliminary round on Wednesday. The semi-final pairings are as follows: Dunbeholden FC vs Jamalco FC and Tru-Juice FC vs St Bess FC. Neither date nor venue has been decided. St Catherine teams Dunbeholden and Tru-Juice topped the respective preliminary zones with identical records of five wins and a loss for a total of 15 points each. Clarendon’s Jamalco and St Bess FC of St Elizabeth grabbed the two second spots after mining 10 points each. In the final preliminary round matches, Tru-Juice FC were able to come from behind to defeat Jamalco FC 2-1, St Bess FC played New Bowens FC at Lacovia Community Centre and came away 3-1 winners, Dunbeholden outscored out-of-contention Downs 4-3, and in a game of academic interest, Black Star FC were on fire at home, defeating Ricam Academy 3-1. Independence City Primary gets baseball equipment In a move to increase the number of children playing baseball in Jamaica, scouts from the Pittsburgh Pirates, who are currently conducting training drills with a specific set of children, handed over baseball equipment to Doreen Crawford, acting principal of Independence City Primary School, on Tuesday. Taylor, who is also the administrative assistant for the Jamaica Little League Association, said a coach will be coming from the United States to conduct a clinic to fine tune the youngsters’ skills. They are presently operating in four schools in Portmore. Porus and Hillstars will contest the 2016 finals of the Moorland Development/Pat Anderson/Manchester Football Association U17 competition. In the first semi-final contested at Brooks Park, Jarmarley Nichol’s fifth minute strike was enough to hand Hillstars a 1-0 win over Ricam Academy. The second semi-final, which was played on Tuesday between the unbeaten favourites Porus and 360 Degrees, was more anticipated and was played in inclement weather. It finished 1-1 after regulation time. Nicholai Gayle scored first for 360deg in the 14th minute, capitalising after goalkeeper Odaine Reid of Porus fumbled the ball. Javel Coley found the equaliser in the 27th minute of play. The game required a penalty shoot-out and goalkeeper Reid came up trumps for Porus, saving two of the 360deg players’ shots. Orville Henriques lived up to his billing as the top central Jamaica-based practical pistol shooter as he won the April Monthly match on the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club’s 2016 competitive shooting program. It was his fourth straight win. Henriques tallied a total of 557 points from eight stages to win by 120 points over female shooter Sue Ann Henriques. A resurgent Owen Campbell came third, posting a creditable 75 per cent at 421 points. Thomas Jones at 73 per cent and Evon Grant at 68 rounded off the top five performers on the day. Porus, Hillstars in Pat Anderson U17 finalcenter_img The Institute of Sports (INSPORTS)/Portmore Little League Football competition will kick off on Thursday, May 5, at the Ferdie Neita Sports Complex, featuring five games, opening ceremony and dress parade. Activities start at 9:30 a.m. Defending champions Waterford Infant will play the feature game against Greater Portmore Basic at noon. In other games, first-timers Naggo Head Infant will come up against 2014 champion Elim Basic, also at 9:30 a.m. Kensington Basic tackle Sabina at 10:30 a.m., 2015 runners-up Aintree will play Silverstone at noon, while Harvest Temple will take on 2015 third-place team Ascot Basic. A total of 15 teams are down to compete. They have been placed in two zones, with the top four set to advance to the quarter-finals and the final scheduled for Tuesday, June 28. All games will be played at the Ferdie Neita Sports Complex. A seminar will be held by INSPORTS on Tuesday, May 3, at the Greater Portmore Basic School, to enlightened/educate coaches for schools in this competition. INSPORTS Little League starts on Thursday PFM Development, Faith Temple in KO clash Fort battle Right Stuff in domino league Henriques wins Mandeville Monthly match Fort International will play Right Stuff in the feature game of four on schedule in the City of Kingston Cooperative Credit Union-sponsored Portmore Domino League tomorrow, starting at 11 a.m. In other games, Correctional Services host Highlight Strikers at Spanish Town Prison Oval, Eradication welcome Passagefort United at Gregory Park and Garveymeade entertain Masterpiece at the Garveymeade Sports Club.last_img

Romeo Parkes’ USL contract terminated – Reggae Boy stomps opponent after being shown red card

first_img “I want to apologise to the fans and the Red Bulls II Organisation, as well as Karl Ouimette, for what transpired at the game last night,” Shallenberger stated in an interview with the Washington Post. “Romeo’s actions are not representative of what our organisation and its academy stand for in regards to helping promote and grow this sport in not only the Greater Allegheny area, but also nationwide. “We understand the severity of this situation and made it a point to respond as quickly as possible within our power.” Pittsburgh’s head coach, Mark Steffens, reflected Shallenberger’s sentiments. “As I stated last night, this is an unfortunate situation and one that was embarrassing for not only myself, but also the staff and the organisation.” Steffens said. “The discipline being handed out is one that we, as a staff, consider to be fair and completely justified. The actions were not representative of what this team stands for as a whole.” Parkes tweeted an apology yesterday. “To the fans, my teams, the city of PGH, NY Red Bulls 2 and the USL, I recognised that my action was wrong and inappropriate and I sincerely apologise and regret my actions,” he said. “Despite the continuous altercation throughout the game, my further action after I was carded was unwarranted and I ask for my fans, the league and my teammates, as well as the New York Red Bulls to accept my sincere apology.” The 26-year-old Parkes scored five goals in six appearances for Pittsburgh Riverhounds since joining three months ago. He had spent the previous two years with A D Isidro Metap·n in El Salvador. In 2014, Parkes helped the team win the Apertura Championship and reach the 2015-16 CONCACAF Champion League. He also represented St George’s FC, Highgate United, Tivoli Gardens FC, and Boys’ Town FC locally. He was part of the Jamaica team at the Copa AmÈrica tournament in Chile last year and was named in a 40-man provisional squad for the historic Copa Centennial, which takes place in the United States from June 3-26. APOLOGIES TO ALL The Pittsburgh Riverhounds have terminated the contract of Romeo Parkes as he stomped an opponent after being shown the red card, in Saturday’s United Soccer League (USL) football match against the New York Red Bulls II. Parkes kicked Red Bulls defender Karl Ouimette in the back late in the second half as frustrations boiled over as the Hounds were poised for another loss at home, with the score 1-3. Parked had scored the lone goal for his team, while his Jamaican counterpart, Junior Flemmings, provided an assist for New York Red Bulls. The ugly reaction to a red card left Ouimette on a stretcher and Parkes facing a lengthy ban and possibly even more. Yesterday, the team decision was announced by owner Tuffy Shallenberger, who cited conduct detrimental to the team and the USL.last_img

Serena stunned by Vinci

first_imgNEW YORK (AP):For Serena Williams’ first 26 matches at major tournaments in 2015, no deficit was too daunting, no opponent too troublesome, no victory too far from reach.She was unbeaten and, seemingly, unbeatable, nearing the first Grand Slam in more than a quarter-century. All Williams needed was two more wins to pull off that rare feat. And yet, against an unseeded and unheralded opponent in the US Open semi-finals, she faltered. Her pursuit of history ended, oh so close.In one of the most significant upsets in the history of tennis, Williams finally found a hole too big to climb out of, losing 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 yesterday at Flushing Meadows to 43rd-ranked Roberta Vinci of Italy.”I don’t want to talk about how disappointing it is for me,” Williams said at the start of a briefer-than-usual news conference. “If you have any other questions, I’m open for that.”Vinci had never before played in a Grand Slam semi-final. She had never so much as taken a set off Williams in four previous match-ups.VICTORIOUS DAY”Today is my day,” Vinci told the crowd in an on-court interview. “Sorry, guys!”She said she told herself not to think about having Williams across the net. And Vinci’s unusual style, full of slices and net rushes, kept Williams off-balance enough to cause problems and prevent the 33-year-old American from becoming the first player since Steffi Graf in 1988 to win all four Grand Slam tournaments in a single season. Williams had been pushed to the limit before – this was her 12th three-setter in a major this season – but had managed to win titles at the Australian Open on hard courts in January, the French Open on clay courts in June, and Wimbledon on grass courts in July.This time, for once, the No. 1-ranked Williams could not pull it out, undone by 40 unforced errors, twice as many as Vinci. That negated the impact of Williams’ 16 aces, including one at 126 mph.”I thought she played the best tennis in her career,” Williams said about Vinci. “She played, literally, out of her mind.”Today, Vinci will face another Italian making her Grand Slam final debut: 26th-seeded Flavia Pennetta, who eliminated No. 2 Simona Halep 6-1, 6-3 earlier yesterday.Pennetta, 33, and Vinci, 32, have known each other since they were kids, having grown up in towns about 40 miles apart on opposite coasts of Puglia, a region in the south-eastern heel of Italy’s boot-shaped peninsula.Now they will face each other in a stadium in New York – with a Grand Slam trophy on the line. An intriguing story line, to be sure, but nothing compared to what Williams was chasing: a perfect Grand Slam season.After all, not only was she 26-0 at those tournaments this year, but her winning streak at majors was 33 matches entering yesterday, because she won last year’s US Open.If she had managed to win a fifth consecutive major title, Williams would have raised her total to 22, equalling Graf for the most in the Open era, which began in 1968, and second-most in history behind Margaret Court’s 24.last_img

Leading WI players urged to play in regional tournaments

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – The West Indies Cricket Board yesterday urged top regional players to make themselves available for upcoming domestic tournaments, even as several of them prepared to turn out in Australia’s Big Bash League which runs alongside next month’s NAGICO Super50.Chief executive Michael Muirhead said the Super50 – the region’s premier one-day tournament – had been scheduled during a period to allow for maximum participation for the Caribbean’s leading players, and said their presence would be a fillip especially for West Indian fans.”There is an opportunity to have the best players compete for regional supremacy in the upcoming events,” Muirhead said.”The Board has looked at its tournament schedule and has placed each tournament at a time that allows our international players to participate in other competitions overseas.”We, however, value our competitions and we think the fans would want to see our best players compete against each other.”The Super50 bowls off from January 7-24 in Trinidad and Tobago and St Kitts, and features eight teams spread across two groups doing battle in a preliminary phase before climaxing with semi-finals and a grand Final.However, the Big Bash which started on Thursday, runs through to the New Year and is set to also wind up on January 24.Several West Indies players will be campaigning in the Big Bash with the likes of marquee opener Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Darren Sammy, Dwayne Bravo, Samuel Badree and Lendl Simmons all signed to various franchises.Players who fail to make themselves available for the Super50, will be ineligible for the Tri-Nations Series involving Australia and South Africa from June 6-26.Muirhead said with the packed schedule ahead next year, all players would also have the opportunity to develop further.”In the upcoming year, there are a number of tours in and out of the region and with that amount of cricket added, along with the phased roll out of the high performance program, the players will have a chance at better preparing themselves for producing at the highest level.”Following the Super50, the Regional First Class Championship will resume with the remaining five rounds on February 11.last_img

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