JNBS Open League uniform parade set for Saturday The opening ceremony and uniform parade of the Netball Jamaica/JNBS Sunshine Open League netball competition will take place on Saturday, January 9, 2016, at the Leila Robinson Courts, beginning at 1 p.m. sharp. Following the uniform parade, eight rounds of regular matches will be played. The defending champions of the Open League are Mico ‘B’, while the ‘B’ trophy was won by Molynes United ‘A’. Westchester were the Jo Wigman Rally winners, defeating Maxfield Park Community Club 8-5. This occasion marks the beginning of Netball Jamaica’s 2016 season and the 23rd year of sponsorship by Jamaica National Building Society. Italy, Poland awarded 2016 IAAF events MONACO (AP): Italy has been chosen to host the world race walking team championships, while Poland has been awarded the World Junior (Under-20) championships after Russia was stripped of both events which will be held this year. The International Association of Athletics Federations announced yesterday that Rome will host the team walking event in May after beating off competition from Mexico, Ukraine and Ecuador. Bydgoszcz in Poland was the only bidder for the Under-20 event which takes place in July. The reallocation of the two competitions follows the suspension of Russia in November for widespread doping.
Ramires leaves Chelsea for China; Pato arrivesLONDON (AP):Brazil midfielder Ramires left Chelsea yesterday as compatriot Alexandre Pato arrived in London to join with the Premier League champions.After more than five years at Chelsea, Ramires signed for Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning. The transfer fee, reported by China’s official Xinhua News Agency to be around £25 million ($36 million), is a record for Chinese football.Chelsea are set to add Pato to their squad until the end of the season. The forward flew in from Brazil to complete an expected loan move from Corinthians.Durant hits 44 points for ThunderNEW YORK (AP):Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant scored a season-high 44 points, including the basket that tied the game in regulation time, and the Thunder went on to win 128-122 in overtime at the New York Knicks on Tuesday.The Knicks put up a gallant showing without injured leading scorer Carmelo Anthony but the Thunder won to maintain a 13-game lead atop the NBA’s Northwest Division, ahead of Portland, which had a home win against Sacramento.Among other results, the Los Angeles Clippers held on to win narrowly at Indiana, and Toronto tied a franchise record with its ninth straight win, defeating Washington.Oklahoma City’s Durant hit the tying jumper with 16.2 seconds left in regulation, then scored seven points in overtime.
Humble Lion tagged Cavalier 2-0 at Effortville Community Centre in Clarendon yesterday and moved into fourth spot in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL). Kevon Reid netted a brace in the 37th and 56th minutes to lift Humble Lion to 47 points, just one ahead of new boys, the UWI FC, as the teams battle for the fourth and final play-off spot in the semi-finals. Portmore United and UWI FC battled to a 1-1 draw at Juici Park in Clarendon. The Portmore team secured the $1 million incentive for the team that ends the preliminary stage on most points. With one set of games remaining in the preliminary stage, Portmore have an unassailable 61 points, ahead of Arnett Gardens (57) and Montego Bay United (56). All three are already assured of play-off spots. At the other end of the table, Waterhouse stayed alive after a 3-2 win against Reno at Waterhouse Stadium. Waterhouse earned three valuable points courtesy of goals by Kemar ‘Bushy’ Beckford in the 26th minute, Deandre Brown (37th) and Kenroy Howell (66th). Renario Downswell scored both goals for the losers in the 40th and 82nd minutes. Waterhouse remained at the bottom of the 12-team league on 31 points, behind Cavalier (33), Rivoli United (33), and Reno (34). The two teams finishing in 11th and 12th positions will be relegated after next Sunday’s final round in the preliminary stage. – Harbour View 3 Arnett Gardens 0 – Boys’ Town 0 Tivoli Gardens 3 – Humble Lion 2 Cavalier 0 – Portmore United 1 UWI FC 1 – Waterhouse 3 FC Reno 2 – Rivoli United 4 Montego Bay United 2 Yesterday’s results