Dafne Schippers of The Netherlands was some way behind in second place in a national record 10.81, with Torie Bowie, 10.86, of the USA, closing fast to snatch what seemed like a bronze medal from another Jamaican, Veronica Campbell-Brown, who had to settle instead for fourth in 10.99. Natasha Morrison was seventh in 11.02. “She’s awesome; I’m proud of her, and she has been having a great career,” said Campbell-Brown in reference to Fraser-Pryce. “I’m blessed to be here, and I’m just grateful to God for whatever comes this year. I tend not to dwell in the past, so I’m already thinking about the next thing, which is the 200m,” Campbell-Brown added. For Fraser-Pryce, the win didn’t come with the time that she was expecting, but she was grateful for the result. “Last year wasn’t a good year for me, but I was able to trust the process. It’s easy to have down times, but it’s what we do with the downtime, and for me, I was even hungrier for this one,” Fraser-Pryce said. “Sometimes things are a blessing in disguise for us, and I just wanted to come out here where it all started in 2008 – a lot more experienced – and I wanted to come and enjoy the moment.” It’s the most recent in a long list of ‘moments’ for the 28-year-old, who announced herself to the world in this very city and in this very stadium during the 2008 Olympic Games, where she surprised the field to win gold in the 100m. Beside Fraser-Price’s outstanding achievement, it was pretty much a mixed bag yesterday for the Jamaicans in Beijing, with Aisha Praught getting disqualified in the 3000m Steeplechase for a lane infringement; Damar Forbes failing to advance from men’s long jump qualifying after a 7.62-metre effort; while the campaigns of all three competitors in the men’s 400m semi-finals came to an end. Kimberly Williams finished fifth in the women’s triple jump with a 14.45m mark, while her teammate, Shaneika Thomas, was 11th with 14.08m. That event was won, as expected, by Colombian Caterine Ibarguen, with 14.90m, finishing ahead of Hanna Knyazyeva-Minenko (Israel), 14.78m, and Olga Rypakova, 14.77m. New national record holder Rusheen McDonald seemed to still be feeling the effects of his 43.69 run in the heats, finishing sixth in the semis in 44.86. Javon Francis was fourth in his semi-final in 44.77, while Peter Matthews finished eighth in 45.42. There was good news for the female quarter-milers, as all four moved into the semi-final round, with Christine Day, 50.58, and Stephenie-Ann McPherson, 50.34, winning their respective heats; and Novlene Williams-Mills, 51.07, and Shericka Jackson, 50.41, all advancing to the next round, which takes place at 6:05 a.m. In the women’s 400m hurdles, medal hopeful Kaliese Spencer, who was second in her semi in 54.45, and her young training partner, Janeive Russell, 54.78, also for second in her semi, were both comfortable and should like their chances for a medal when the final runs off tomorrow at 7:10 a.m. BEIJING, China: There is something about Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce that seems to click when a gold medal is on the line. The diminutive Fraser-Pryce stood tallest here last night, becoming the first woman to win three 100 metres World titles, and only the second to successfully defend, mining gold inside the Bird’s Nest at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China. It’s a result that lifted Jamaica’s medal count to three (two gold, one bronze) after three days of competition, while Fraser-Pryce – a beast at championships – added her seventh individual title (sixth gold) and 12th overall to her personal bounty, as she tried to explain what exactly that drives her fierce competitiveness. “I’m very competitive; I relish competition; I love when persons tell me I can’t do things; I love when persons doubt me. I love all of that because, for me, where it matters, I’m silently confident. I don’t have to say anything, but my work and the work that I’ve put in, that’s where my trust is,” said a beaming Fraser-Pryce, shortly after her win, which came in 10.76 seconds – hers and the second-fastest time in the World this year. snatch bronze
With many punters finishing among the winners on Wednesday, the Pick-9 and Super-6s start anew at Caymanas Park tomorrow with guaranteed minimums of $1 million and $750,000, respectively. THE Pick-9 will be conducted from race two to 10, the first Super-6 from race one to six, the late Super-6 from race five to 10. We look at the first Super-6, which commences with a $450,000-$400,000 claiming race over 1100 metres to be contested by seven starters, including down-in-class FORCE DE JOUR under leading jockey Shane Ellis, the consistent COUNTRY TRAIN, and recent winner SHADE OF BEAUTY. All three have won races in recent months, but in so far as class is concerned, victory should go to the Anthony Nunes-trained FORCE DE JOUR, who finished second to CLASSY PROSPECT over 1300 metres on a $550,000 claiming tag in the recent Emancipation Day Trophy. TOUGH OPPONENT The American 4-y-o colt, who last won over 1200 metres on June 28, faces a tough opponent in the Marlon Anderson-trained COUNTRY TRAIN, who was narrowly beaten by SHADE OF BEAUTY over the straight recently, but is so genuine that she will only go down fighting with former champion jockey Wesley ‘Callaloo’ Henry riding her from the handy mark of 51.0kg. SWEET DIMENSION, who has been knocking loudly at the door in recent races, should appreciate the easier pace of a mile in the second race for maiden three-year-olds and should stave off STIR IT WUP with Ellis aboard, SIR BIGGS with Henry aboard, and STERRI’S CHOICE under four-time champion Omar Walker. The Patrick Lynch-trained SWEET DIMENSION came a trifle late when beaten a driving finish by MARKOFAPRINCE over the straight last Saturday, and with Shamaree Muir retaining the ride, the hint should be taken. DREAMLINER, who strolled home by 11 lengths on his recent debut, represents a five-star banker in the third race for two-year-olds over the round five course, this for the Terremoto Trophy. From the stables of 14-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, the bay colt by Porto Santo out of Golden Olympio has looked even sharper at exercise, galloping 1100 metres in a brisk 1:07.1, and with in-form Robert Halledeen again the saddle, DREAMLINER should lead home another unbeaten runner FEDORA in a field of six. MARISHA STAR, the mount of Wesley Henry, has flattered to deceive in recent races, but now taking orders from returning trainer Collin Blair for the first time and better prepared, should win at the expense of ROMAN SPY and EMPRESS TRUCK in a 10-strong field of five-year-olds and up. The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by BRAWN, who was not disgraced in finishing a fifth to BUZZ NIGHTMARE over 1300 metres in the O & S Tack Room Trophy last Saturday, and DOC HOLIDAY, who was an easy winner over 1500 metres at the same meet. Their respective dangers are SOUTHERN CRUISE and LEGENDARY PLEASURE. FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES (1) FORCE DE JOUR/COUNTRY TRAIN (2) SWEET DIMENSION/STIR IT UP (3) DREAMLINER (4) MARISHA STAR/ROMAN SPY (5) BRAWN/SOUTHERN CRUISE (6) DOC HOLIDAY/LEGENDARY PLEASURE
Switzerland to extradite former FIFA VP BERN, Switzerland (AP) – Swiss authorities yesterday approved a US request to extradite former FIFA vice-president Eugenio Figueredo, who is accused of bribery and fraudulently obtaining American citizenship. Figueredo, an 83-year-old Uruguay native, has 30 days to appeal the decision, Switzerland’s justice ministry said. He was among seven football officials arrested May 27 in early-morning hotel raids in Zurich, two days before the FIFA presidential election. Figueredo, who has been detained in a Zurich-area prison, faces a 20-year sentence on racketeering charges. Oscar heads Brazil squad RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Brazil coach Dunga, who will have to do without suspended Barcelona star Neymar as South American World Cup qualifying opens next month, named a squad yesterday headed by Chelsea midfielder Oscar. Neymar is serving a four-match ban after being sent off in the Copa America. He will miss both matches as Brazil opens on October 8 in Santiago, Chile, and then faces Venezuela on October 13 in the northeastern Brazilian city of Fortaleza. Squad: Goalkeepers: Jefferson (Botafogo), Marcelo Grohe (Gremio), Alisson (Internacional). Defenders: Fabinho (Monaco), Rafinha (Bayern Munich), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Marcelo (Real Madrid), David Luiz (Paris Saint-Germain), Miranda (Inter Milan), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain), Gil (Corinthians). Midfielders: Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Elias (Corinthians), Renato Augusto (Corinthians), Lucas Lima (Santos), Oscar (Chelsea), Willian (Chelsea), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool). Forwards: Firmino (Liverpool), Hulk (Zenit St. Petersburg), Lucas (Paris Saint-Germain), Douglas Costa (Bayern Munich). Szczesny out with injury ROME (AP) – Roma goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny will be out for up to six weeks after injuring his finger in Wednesday’s Champions League match against Barcelona. Szczesny had to be replaced early in the second half of the 1-1 draw following a clash with Luis Suarez. Roma said yesterday tests have confirmed Szczesny “did not sustain a fracture to the fourth finger of his left hand” but that the Poland international has a ligament strain. The club adds that he is expected to be back in “four to six weeks”.
Starting XI Andre Blake Alvas Powell Michael Hector Wes Morgan Kemar Lawrence Adrian Mariappa Lee Williamson Je-Vaughn Watson Joel McAnuff Demar Phillips Clayton Donaldson Three changes have been made to Jamaica’s starting line-up as they get ready to face Haiti in a crucial CONCACAF semi-final round FIFA World Cup qualifier at the Stade Sylvio Cator in Port-Au-Prince starting at 7:00pm today. Blackburn Rovers midfielder Lee Williamson will make his second appearance for the Reggae Boyz, replacing captain Rudolph Austin, who along with striker Giles Barnes, opted to sit out the game, which is being played on an artificial surface due to the possible effects on their problematic knees. Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City), who came on as a second half substitute in Jamaica’s 0 – 2 defeat to Panama at the National Stadium last Friday, will start as the team’s main reference point up front, with wide man Demar Phillips also coming into the starting 11. Adrian Mariappa will wear the captain’s armband in Austin’s absence. Haiti lost their opening group fixture 0 – 1 playing away to Costa Rica on Friday.
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NEW YORK (AP):The Carolina Panthers no longer appear apprehensive about playing the two-time defending NFC champion Seattle Seahawks.In fact, they’re pretty confident.”We are the better team,” Panthers safety Roman Harper says matter-of-factly.Harper and his teammates want to prove it again tomorrow when the teams meet in Charlotte in the NFL divisional play-offs. The winner advances to play the Arizona-Green Bay winner for the NFC Championship.The Panthers took a big step forward when they went to Seattle and defeated the Seahawks 27-23 in Week 6, a victory that served as a springboard to their 14-0 start.But it was more than just that.That victory was about clearing a major obstacle for the Panthers. Before that, they had lost four times in three seasons to the Seahawks, including 31-17 in the divisional play-offs last January in Seattle.Harper says the Panthers are better prepared for the Seahawks in these play-offs than they were last January, when they reached the postseason with a 7-1-8 record. That team was just happy to make the playoffs. This one wants to win it all.Their defense forced an NFL-leading 39 turnovers and placed sixth overall in both yards and points allowed. They strutted to a 15-1 record, ruffling some feelings by their opponents along the way while scoring a league-most 500 points. Cam Newton made a strong case for the league MVP award, totalling 45 touchdowns and adding some flamboyant end zone dances.The Panthers have not lost at home since November 2014, a string of 11 straight games, but the Seahawks are the least likely team to be intimidated on the road, with the swagger built by consecutive Super Bowl appearances, a wealth of Pro Bowl players discovered later in the draft, and the momentum this season they rode to an 8-2 finish.Then there’s that last-minute loss to New England in the Super Bowl last season they’ve been determined to move past.The last divisional play-off of the weekend, the Denver Broncos hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers, would be a lot more intriguing if all their stars were fit.The Steelers’ injury report was getting way too crowded. Wide receiver Antonio Brown (concussion) and running back DeAngelo Williams (foot) were ruled out yesterday, while quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, dealing with a sprain to his right throwing shoulder, practised. Whether he plays will have a major impact on their chances.The Broncos, however, know passer Peyton Manning isn’t at 100 percent efficiency either. Manning has endured various injuries in the worst regular season of his 18-year career to make his first start in two months.Still, the Broncos are counting on his experience and the balanced attack they displayed when he returned to action in a victorious relief appearance of Brock Osweiler in Week 17. But if the Broncos are to advance, they may need to rely more on a defense that allowed the fewest yards in the league and had the most sacks (52).The winner advances to the AFC Championship game against either New England or Kansas City.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP):The Brazilians closed out the Rio Games in style yesterday. So did the US men’s basketball team.Kevin Durant scored 30 points and helped the Americans rout Serbia 96-66 for their third straight gold medal. That capped an Olympics in which the US dominated the medal tables, both the gold (46) and overall totals (121).Their 51-medal margin over second-place China is the largest in a non-boycotted Olympics in nearly a century.”This experience has been the dream of a lifetime for me,” said US gymnast and closing ceremony flag-bearer Simone Biles who won five medals, four of them gold, in her first Olympics.After a few close calls in Rio de Janeiro, including a 94-91 win over Serbia in pool play, the US sent Mike Krzyzewski out with a third gold medal. Carmelo Anthony’s third gold made him the most decorated male in Olympic basketball history.Brazil also rallied at the end.The country’s determined men’s volleyball team won another sensational gold right next door to where Neymar and Company did it less than 24 hours earlier in a thrilling penalty shoot-out against 2014 World Cup champions Germany.Brazil beat mighty Italy 25-22, 28-26, 26-24 for the home team’s first Olympic men’s volleyball title since Athens in 2004.In other highlights of Day 16, American wrestler Kyle Snyder won gold, becoming, at 20, the youngest Olympic wrestling champion in US history.And middleweight Claressa Shields became the first American boxer of either gender to win two Olympic boxing gold medals.Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya sloshed his way to the gold medal in the men’s Olympic marathon, as Rio de Janeiro began its grand goodbye to the 2016 Games in clammy conditions that did nothing to dampen Brazil’s frenzied mood.Feyisa Lelisa of Ethiopia finished second for the silver, and American Galen Rupp took bronze in his second marathon and Olympic debut.UNFORGETTABLE NEYMARThe race began in an early morning drizzle while the host nation was still basking in Neymar’s kiss and impossible-to-forget penalty kick that secured the gold medal in soccer.The nation desperately needed something to celebrate after demoralising World Cup and Copa America failures and a host of economic, political and health woes that dominated the lead-up to South America’s first Olympics.A blustery storm swept in before the start of the closing ceremonies, where Rio de Janeiro was to hand the torch to Tokyo, host of the 2020 Games.Other highlights as the Rio Games came to a close:DOUBLE GOLD: French fighter Tony Yoka joined fiancÈe Estelle Mossely as gold medal winners, defeating Britain’s Joe Joyce in a super heavyweight bout yesterday.Mossely won lightweight gold on her 24th birthday on Friday and was in the stands shouting encouragement for Yoka. Mossely took off and made a golden leap into Yoka’s massive arms, just as she did after her victory.GASOL’S GOODBYE?: Pau Gasol scored 31 points in what might have been his final Olympic Game and Spain added a bronze to their collection yesterday with an 89-88 win over Australia, again denied their first medal inside the rings. Sergio Rodriguez made two free throws with 5.4 seconds left and the Spaniards, who captured silver in 2008 at Beijing and the London Games, got the defensive stop they needed.MIXED BAG: Brazil managed to pull off South America’s first Olympics under difficult economic and political conditions, with the competitions, venues, athletes, friendly hosts, TV images and Rio’s scenic backdrops all rising to the occasion. But there were also empty seats, ticket fiascos, spread-out venues, green water, street crime, traffic chaos and lack of a clear Olympic feel in the parks.
Ref’s home burned, Greek leagues suspended ATHENS, Greece (AP) Greece is enlisting anti-terrorism police to investigate a suspected arson attack on a top referee’s home, which prompted the suspension of all league games. Sports Minister Giorgos Vassiliadis says the left-led government is also prepared to pull domestic clubs out of European competitions unless “normality” is restored. Greek football has been plagued for years by persistent fan violence and allegations of corruption and match-fixing. The government briefly delayed the start of the top division in September, arguing that a festering squabble involving the federation, league organisers, and clubs posed serious security concerns. League matches were indefinitely suspended after Wednesday’s blaze, in which nobody was hurt. Former Venezuelan football boss pleads guilty in NY NEW YORK (AP) Former Venezuela football federation president Rafael Esquivel has pleaded guilty to federal charges in New York. The case is part of a U.S. investigation into corruption among senior figures in the sport and its top governing body, FIFA. Esquivel pleaded guilty yesterday to racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy. Prosecutors say he participated in bribery schemes related to the awarding of contracts for the media and marketing rights. He faces up to 20 years in prison on each count. Esquivel was president of the Venezuelan football federation from 1988 to 2015. Rangers terminate Barton’s contract GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) Joey Barton’s ill-fated stint in Scottish football is over after less than six months. The hot-headed and outspoken English midfielder had his contract terminated by Rangers yesterday, seven weeks after being suspended by the Glasgow club over a training-ground row with his manager and a teammate. Rangers announced Barton’s departure in a two-sentence statement. Barton left Burnley in the offseason after helping get the team promoted to the English Premier League, and arrived at Ibrox saying he would prove himself to be the best player in Scotland. He made only eight appearances for Rangers. In his last week at the club, he was off work suffering from stress.
UNOPPOSED The Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) is set to increase its focus on younger athletes. That’s the word from Dr Warren Blake, the newly returned president of the local track and field body. Blake believes this is the way to keep Jamaica at the pinnacle of the sport after the impending retirement of super sprinter Usain Bolt. Blake’s vision for the future will lead the association to restructure its work committees. Amidst the new groupings will be a strategic planning and international relations committee and one focused on helping good youth athletes to excel at the senior level. “Our main superstar, Dr The Honourable Usain Bolt is going to be retiring next year, and we have to put strategies in place that would keep us at the pinnacle after Usain has gone,” the JAAA president said. With regard to the committee that will target those who will follow in the footsteps of the likes of Bolt, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Asafa Powell and others who have been campaigning for Jamaica since the 2004 Olympics, he explained, “We’ve brought in some people who are skilled at looking after youngsters and we’re going to be really focusing on the youngsters, to give them whatever support they need to make the transition, and we’re going to be staying closer to them than we have done in the past.” Asked to explain why he has been returned to office unopposed, Blake said: “It’s really a testament to the work that has been put in by this administration.” He praised the hard work of the athletes and cited the last four years as “the most successful four years in the history of track and field in Jamaica”. During his time in office, Jamaica has twice won 12 medals – an all-time high – in athletics and last year, placed second on the medal table at the World Championships. “We know”, he asserted, “the athletes work hard and they put in their bit but the support staff that goes with a good programme, the officials, the coaches, they have to be trained to a high level where they can spot talent and hone talent and the officials have to know the rules of the game and be able to enforce it.” According to Blake, training for both coaches and officials will continue. “This is something that we intend to continue and to see that it is stepped up,” he predicted. The JAAA’s annual general meeting was held last night at the Medallion Hall hotel in Kingston.
Double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson made a smashing start to her 2017 campaign after running a personal best (PB) 7.02 seconds to win the women’s 60 metres at the Queen’s-Grace Jackson meet inside the National Stadium yesterday. Thompson held off teammate and Olympian Christania Williams, who finished a close second in 7.05, as Sprintec’s Audra Segree took third in 7.27. “I didn’t know that I ran that fast and I am extremely pleased. I can’t wait for the Birmingham Indoor meet next month,” Thompson said. Julian Forte topped the men’s event in 6.55.