Points standingP W D L GF GA GD Pts1. Arsenal 21 13 4 4 37 21 16 432. Leicester 21 12 7 2 38 25 13 433. Man City 21 12 4 5 39 21 18 404. Tottenham 21 9 9 3 34 17 17 365. West Ham 21 9 8 4 33 24 9 356. Man United 21 9 7 5 27 20 7 347. Stoke City 21 9 5 7 24 22 2 328. Crystal Palace 21 9 4 8 23 20 3 319. Liverpool 21 8 7 6 25 27 -2 3110. Watford 21 8 5 8 25 24 1 2911. Everton 21 6 10 5 36 29 7 2812. Southampton 21 7 6 8 28 24 4 2713. West Brom 21 7 6 8 22 27 -5 2714. Chelsea 21 6 6 9 28 31 -3 2415 Norwich City 21 6 5 10 24 35 -11 2316. Bournemouth 21 5 6 10 23 37 -14 2117. Swansea City 21 4 7 10 19 30 -11 1918. Sunderland 21 5 3 13 26 41 -15 1819. Newcastle 21 4 6 11 22 38 -16 1820. Aston Villa 21 2 5 14 17 37 -20 11
KINGSTON: Top high school athletes from across the island will do battle for $16 million in cash and prizes in the 2016 Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship, which gets under way this Saturday with the Western Championships at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay and the Youngster Goldsmith National Athletics Classics at the National Stadium in Kingston. Events to be contested in the seven-event Grand Prix Series are the 100 metres, 200m, 400m, 800m, long jump, high jump, discus, and 4x400m. The Grand Prix will continue with the Corporate Area Development Meet at the National Stadium on Thursday, February 11; Camperdown Classic at the National Stadium on Saturday, February 13; Central Championships at G. C. Foster College on Tuesday, February 16; and the Grand Prix final at the G. C. Foster Classics at G. C. Foster College on Saturday, February 20. The top two athletes from each event from the first five meets will earn the first six spots in the finals. There will be two wild card positions for the two next best athletes from any meet. POINT SYSTEM Athletes will get nine points for a win; seven for second place; six, five, four, three, two, and one point for individual events; and 12, 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, and 2 for the relay. Points will be accumulated from the regional meets and carried over to the Grand Prix Final to determine the overall school champions. Technical committee chairman Maurice Wilson is expecting stiff competition in the sprints at the Western Championships, while the field events should take the spotlight in Kingston. “The 100m and the 200m should bring a lot of attention because the athletes from that region are comparable to athletes from the central and other regions. With the Youngster Goldsmith, the long jump should be of interest because of athletes coming out of Calabar High and even as far as Oberlin High. With Kingston College and Calabar, we are expecting good competition in the throws and the discus,” he said. St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), the defending boys’ champions, should get a head start with defending 200m Grand Prix champion Nigel Ellis expected to perform well again this season. Wilson also challenged athletes to hunt for prizes that would add to their schools’ programmes. The champion schools will receive $1 million, runner-up $500,000, and third-place $200,000 worth of gym equipment. Should an athlete break a record at any of the six meets, he/she will be awarded a scholarship that will be made payable directly to the school that the athlete will be attending in September 2016. The coaches of the 2016 Digicel Grand Prix Athletic Championship-winning male school and female school will each receive $50,000. *Earlier this story had said that the Camperdown Classic would be held at the Usain Bolt Track on Saturday, February 13. That was incorrect. It will in fact be held at the National Stadium.
Wolmer’s Girls ‘B’ were seventh with three points and Excelsior High ‘B’ took eighth place on a tiebreaker over Green Island ‘B’, as both teams ended on two points. The Best Rural team award went to Green Island ‘A’. Individual category prizes were awarded to Campion’s Sheanel Gardner, Aulanni Kidd and Janique Lee, who were declared Best Board One, Best Board Two and Best Reserve, respectively. The Best Board Three prize went to Alliyah Yankana of Wolmer’s Girls ‘A’. Campion’s coach, National Master Ryan Blackwood, was adjudged best coach. In closing the championship, chair of the Jamaica Chess Federation’s (JCF) women’s chess committee, Listra Clemetson, said they want to use the championship as a springboard. “The JCF’s women’s chess committee is very pleased with the revival of schoolgirls chess, and we plan to use the foundation we have laid this year to build for the future,” said Clemetson. “We are thankful to the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica, who, over the last year and a half, has embraced the vision for the growth of the sport of chess in Jamaica at the junior level, through their support of the high schools chess championships, and we are encouraging other corporate bodies to throw their weight behind the sport,” she added. KINGSTON: Campion College are winners of the PCJ Group National Schoolgirls Chess Champion-ship, securing a 1.5-1.5 draw against Immaculate Conception High in the final round of the tournament at PCJ Auditorium, in St Andrew. Campion went into the fourth and final round on six points, needing only a draw against Immaculate to secure seven points and top honours. Despite being the superior team on paper, Campion’s Sheanel Gardner, Aulanni Kidd and Janique Lee decided not to take any chances, eventually offering draws to their less-fancied opponents on all three boards. Three teams ended on six points each, including Wolmer’s Girls ‘A’, Immaculate Conception and Excelsior High ‘A’. Wolmer’s Girls ‘A’ took home second place on a tiebreaker over Immaculate, adjudged third. Excelsior ‘A’ ended fourth. Green Island High ‘A’ and Holy Childhood High ended on four points each. However, when the tiebreaker system was employed, Green Island ‘A’ took fifth place over Holy Childhood, who had to settle for sixth position. TIEBREAKER
CASTRIES, St Lucia, (CMC):Caribbean Premier League organisers believe the upcoming season will be most successful yet, especially with the new move to host matches in the United States expected to reap dividends.For the first time in the three-year-old tournament, games have been scheduled outside of the Caribbean with six being played at Central Broward Stadium in Fort Lauderdale.And as tickets went on sale for the first time yesterday, CPL chief executive Damien O’Donohoe said organisers were expecting a strong response.”We are really excited about the forthcoming CPL season and look forward to welcoming even more supporters to our matches for the season ahead,” he said.”We at CPL are acutely aware of our responsibilities to promote West Indies cricket and the tickets are competitively priced for single tickets and families across the Caribbean and Fort Lauderdale.SUCCESSFUL SEASON AHEAD”As we now all know, the West Indies is the home of the ICC World T20 champions, and with a number of hugely talented emerging local players from the Under-19 squad and regionally, as well as our most talented roster to date of international talent, we’re shaping up for our most successful season yet.”The tournament will this year run from June 29 to August 7, and will again feature six franchises – Barbados Tridents, Trinbago Knight Riders, Guyana Amazon Warriors, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, Jamaica Tallawahs and St Lucia Zouks.Fixtures have only been released for two venues – Warner Park in St Kitts and Central Broward Stadium – with the remaining dates expected to be announced in coming days.Warner Park hosts four games starting June 30, while Central Broward will feature six games, starting July 28.O’Donohoe said he expected the Florida games to provide a major boost to the tournament.”This year we will also be playing six matches in Fort Lauderdale which is a new and exciting departure for CPL, and I would urge all supporters to book their tickets early because we’re expecting huge numbers to attend again this year.”
Michael Binns was easily Portmore United’s man of the match for his double strike and all-round classy performance in their 3-1 second-leg semi-final win, which gave them a 4-3 victory on aggregate and a place in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) final against Montego Bay United. Tramaine Stewart scored Portmore United’s third goal, while Kemeel Wolfe was responsible for Humble Lion’s sole strike at Arnett Gardens’ Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex on Monday night. Binns’ classiest performance of the night, though, came off the field and occurred when he dedicated the win to the deceased father of one of his opponents, Ricardo Cousins. “This victory means a lot to me, and I just want to dedicate it to my friend Ricardo Cousins’ dad, even though Ricardo was on the losing team tonight,” the midfielder said, as he soaked up all the adulation at the end of the game. He also went over to console Cousins and some of the other Humble Lion players. “Ricardo is a very good friend to me, and his dad was a member of Portmore United. He was a big fan of Portmore, so I want to dedicate this one to him,” added Binns, who was captained by Cousins to the schoolboy triple crown while playing for Glenmuir High in 2004; and who also played alongside him when Portmore United won the RSPL in 2008. Of the game itself, Binns said that things went better than they planned. “Our intention coming into the game was to keep our head and try to get an early goal and take control of the game, and we got two, so that was great,” added the 27-year-old, who confessed to being overwhelmed. While not being a prolific scorer, Binns, who returned to the club in October last year after a number of years living in Florida, said he was prepared for the opportunities to come. “I am the dead-ball kicker in the team, so I was not surprised when the opportunities came. I had been practising them all week, and whenever I get a chance, I am pretty confident that I am going to put them away. “I have scored six goals so far this season and these are my most important two,” continued the man who is dreaming of playing a part in taking Portmore United from promoted team to champions. While stating that he was looking forward to going back to the States to his wife and family, Binns said that will come after the finals. “It is great to be back. It is really wonderful, and while I have to go back to the wife and family, I am staying until after the final,” he said, with a broad smile.