Dunbeholden clobber Johnson Hill in INSPORTS Community LeagueRicardo Douglas (12th, 35th), Kavion Smickle (24th), Jeffery Wheeler (34th), Ricardo Boothe (47th) and Patrick King (57th) scored for Dunbeholden in the hefty win.Meanwhile, a double strike from Fabian Murray carried East West Strikers to a 2-1 win over Reid’s Pen. Murray scored in the 43rd and 60th minutes, while Reid’s Pen’s consolation goal was scored by Oneil Malcolm in the 78th.In another game, Greater Portmore Strikers drew 1-1 with Christian Gardens. Nicholas Steele scored for Greater Portmore Strikers in the 50th minute and Alrick Isaac equalised for Christian Gardens in the 55th minute.Fort cool Spit FyahVeteran club Fort International created a big upset as they inflicted a 300-294 defeat of previously undefeated Spit Fyah in the City of Kingston Credit Union-sponsored Portmore Domino League at Passagefort Drive last Sunday.Fort led 155-152 at half-time. However, Spit Fyah overhaul Fort and led by as much as 23 points, but Fort, playing on their home ground, rallied to win by six points in a sensational countdown.In another game, Right Stuff defeated Passagefort United 300-281. The competition continues tomorrow.Braeton, Racing in KO clashBraeton United are looking to qualify for their second final of the season, as they clash with Racing United in the feature match of a semi-final double-header of the Portmore Division Two Knockout football competition at the Cedar Grove Sports Complex, starting at 3 p.m. Braeton United are the midseason champions.In the other semi-final game, Cedar Grove Estate, who are searching for their first title in club history, face off against Edgewater.In first round action, Braeton United outshot Edgewater 4-3, Racing United eliminated Daytona 1-0, Cedar Grove had a similar 1-0 win over Waterford, while Cumberland booted out Southborough 7-6 on penalties, after the players were unable to break a 2-2 deadlock in extra-time.Cumberland secure final semi-final spotCumberland FC cut down Daytona 4-1 to snatch the fourth and final semi-final spot in the York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two Football league last week Sunday.With the win, Cumberland move1 p.m. 11 points and fourth place. Cedar Grove placed joint second with Edgewater (13 points), after the former played to a 0-0 draw with top seed Braeton United (17 points).The semi-final pairings pit Braeton against Cumberland at 1 pm andCedar Grove tackling Edgewater at 3 p.m. on Sunday, February 28, both games at the Cedar Grove Sports Complex.Jamalco maintain lead in ClarendonDefending Major League champions of Clarendon, Jamalco, continue to lead the way in the 2016 season of the Clarendon Football Association (CFA)/Captain’s Bakery & Grill Major League. They have been the most impressive of the three preliminary round group leaders, which includes former Premier League campaigners Sporting Central Academy and Kemps Hill.Jamalco sit pretty in Zone B with 16 points, compiled from five wins and a draw. Their latest win was a 2-0 home effort against New Bowens, the second time they have beaten this team.Even with four games to go in Group B, they could seal their second round berth with victory away to Lionel Town today. Nearest rivals New Bowens are on 10 points, while third-placed Lionel Town are on five.In the first game, they ran circles around Lionel Town 5-0. Ironically, Jamalco have only dropped points this season against Threadlight, the lowest-placed team in their zone.Sporting Central, with a record of three wins and two draws, lead Group C under way points, one point clear of the chasing pair of Moores United and Original Hazard. Their away clash againstKemps Hill are the leaders in Zone A with 12 points, two more than York Town. Comfort are next on nine points.Los Perfectos back in Manchester footballFollowing a near 15-year hiatus, multiple Manchester parish champions, Los Perfectos, are back competing in a Manchester Football Association (MFA)-run football competition.Los Perfectos have over the years fielded a team in the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Women’s league.However, they made a resounding start to a new campaign in the parish as a male outfit when they defeated Epping Forrest 6-0 earlier this week in the Jamalco-sponsored MFA Division One.The 2016 season of the Division One competition got underway last weekend at the Kirkvine Sports Club with a dress parade involving the 12 teams that will compete in two preliminary zones of six teams each.Awards were made to the three top teams. Hanbury FC captured the top spot, followed by Northern Caribbean University (NCU) President’s Xl, with Trinity United FC taking third spot.In the opening matches, NCU President’s Xl and Star Zone Academy drew 2-2, Plowden FC drew 1-1 with Mandeville United FC, 360deg Club won 2-0 against Starz Academy, while Technical Strikers outscored Clandon Strikers 3-1.Hillstars secure semis spot earlyDefending champions Hillstars became the first qualifier to the semi-final stages of the MFA Magnum/Captain’s Bakery Major League, when they defeated Georges Valley 2-0 earlier this week.With just four matches to go in the return phase of the preliminary round, Hillstars are the overall leaders with 29 points, one more than Zone Two leaders Downs. However, they are supreme in Zone One where they have a nine-point lead over Mile Gully. Georges Valley are a further four points adrift.Zone Two is far more competitive and far from being decided. Following their recent 7-1 demolition of Porus, Downs lead a tight pack with 28 points. Ricam are second on 24 points, one ahead of Alligator Pond (23). Only two teams from each zone will make the cut.In other Major League matches, Mile Gully and Comfort drew 0-0, Old England lost at home 1-2 to Greenvale and Alligator Pond had a 2-0 win over Villa United.Black Star win mid-season titleBlack Star FC were crowned mid-season champions of the St Elizabeth Magnum Major League after defeating Real Treasure Beach FC 5-4 on penalties.In the finals played at St Elizabeth Technical High School, the two teams had battled to 1-1 draw in full and extra time.In an earlier zonal match, Black Stars had easily defeated Real Treasure Beach 3-1. However, the champions were surprised when Jovaughn Williams scored for Real Treasure Beach FC in the 77th minute. The 1-0 lead lasted 10 minutes as Dwayne Brown minimised the scare to score for Black Star FC two minutes from time. No further goals were scored throughout extra-time.The chase for the league title resumes today with three games and two tomorrow.Today’s games:n Haughton United vs Real Treasure Beach FC at Elimn Holland PYC vs Vineyardn Tafari Lions vs Super ActionTomorrow:n Newell vs St Bess at Hounslown Black Stars vs Appletonn Rum Bar Rum National Darts LeagueWith a game against lowly Shooting STARS, leaders Central Strikers look set to maintain their position in the Rum-Bar Rum National Darts League, which will continue tomorrow with fourth round matches at the Upper Level Sports Bar in Mandeville.The matches are: Central Miners vs Shooting STARS at 11 am, Chelsea Precision vs Dynasty MoBay at 11 am, BOJ Gators vs MoBay Darters at 2 pm, Guy’s Darters vs Dynasty MoBay at 2 pm.Central Miners lead with six points, followed by Chelsea Precision (five), Dynasty MoBay (four), Guy’s Darters (three), BOJ Gators (two), Portmore Stimulus (two), Portmore Contenders (one), Shooting STARS (one) and MoBay Darters (0).
CRICKET: NAGPUR, India (CMC): Chris Gayle has described fellow opener Andre Fletcher as a ‘dangerous’ batsman capable of posting big scores, after he plundered an unbeaten half century to lead West Indies to a seven-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the T20 World Cup on Sunday. Fletcher filled the opening slot when Gayle was injured and scored a career-best 84 not out off 64 balls to seal a comfortable win over Sri Lanka, their second win after beating England in their opening fixture. Gayle is backing Fletcher to continue his prolific form in the tournament. “It was fantastic to see Fletcher. I have opened the batting with Fletcher many times and I know what sort of player he is,” said Gayle. “He is very dangerous and he is capable of getting big scores, so hopefully he can build on this and carry on and don’t leave it for anybody and get a few more Man of the Match.” The right-handed Fletcher dominated a 39-run first-wicket stand with Johnson Charles and added 55 in an unbroken fourth-wicket stand with Andre Russell to help West Indies overhaul a paltry 123 set by Sri Lanka. Gayle is encouraging Fletcher to play his natural aggressive game and to continue batting deep into the innings. “You have to pick and choose your bowlers who you want to target at particular times and what works for him as well. Continue being aggressive in the first six overs and try and capitalise on that new ball as a batter,” Gayle advised. “You just have to keep that aggression going … try and take it as deep as possible … still look to pick up the odd boundaries in between the middle overs as well and build on whatever start you get.” Gayle took the Man-of-the-Match award with a boundary-studded 100 not out off 48 balls as Windies beat England in their opening match in Mumbai. “Hopefully I can follow-up with more innings like this,” said Gayle. “But if it does not happen we have a lot of guys who are match winners themselves, who can actually do the same thing and destroy bowling attacks around the world.” The Windies arrived in Nagpur on Monday afternoon where they are preparing to face South Africa on Good Friday. First ball is 7:30 p.m. (10 a.m. Eastern Caribbean Time/9 a.m. Jamaica Time).
Shamsi in, Dale Steyn left out JOHANNESBURG (AP): South Africa called up uncapped left-arm wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi for next month’s triangular limited-overs series in the Caribbean and rested fast bowler Dale Steyn amid concerns over his workload. Shamsi was the only new player in the one-day international squad announced yesterday, although pace-bowling all-rounder Wayne Parnell was recalled for the first time in more than a year. Head selector Linda Zondi said Steyn was rested for the triangular series against West Indies and Australia to keep him fresh for the test season. South Africa, who lost their No. 1 ranking in Tests with a home loss to England in January, have series against New Zealand, Australia and Sri Lanka this year. Batsman Faf du Plessis was in the ODI squad for the Caribbean despite sustaining a broken finger in the IPL. Du Plessis had surgery on the broken left ring finger this week and should be ready for South Africa’s second game of the triangular series against Australia on June 7, team manager Mohammed Moosajee said. Pakistan pick Arthur ISLAMABAD (AP): Mickey Arthur replaced Waqar Younis as head coach of the Pakistan cricket team yesterday. The Pakistan Cricket Board said the 47-year-old Arthur, a South African who has previously coached his country’s national team and Australia, will take up his new assignment at the end of the month. Younis stepped down last month after Pakistan won only one of its four group matches at the World Twenty20 in India. Arthur was among four foreign coaches shortlisted by a panel including former captains Wasim Akram and Ramiz Raja. He will be the fourth foreigner to coach Pakistan after Richard Pybus, Goeff Lawson and the late Bob Woolmer. Arthur played 110 first-class matches for South Africa before coaching his national team in between 2005-10. Footballer dies after collapse at match BUCHAREST, Romania (AP): Dinamo Bucharest player Patrick Ekeng died after he collapsed during a match in the Romanian capital yesterday, doctors said. He was 26. Cristian Pandrea, a spokesman for the Floreasca Emeregency Hospital, said doctors tried for an hour to resuscitate the Cameroon midfielder but failed. He said the cause of death was not known. The home match between Dinamo and Viitorul Constanta was at 3-3 and being broadcast live when midfielder Ekeng fell to the ground in the 69th minute, seven minutes after he went on as a substitute. Local media said he had a heart attack. Ekeng was immediately taken to the hospital, where dozens of fans gathered outside. Players and staff could be seen crying as events unfolded. Some went with him to the hospital. He has played for Spanish club Cordoba CF, Swiss club Lausanne, and French club Le Mans. He moved to Dinamo in 2015. Ekeng is survived by a wife and daughter who are in Paris. Prosport.ro, an online sports publication reported he was due to fly to Paris after the Romanian Cup final on Tuesday between Dinamo and CFR Cluj.