MIAMI (AP):Miami jumped a slow-starting and inaccurate Dallas to set up a 106-82 win against the Mavericks on Friday, moving within one game of the lead in the NBA Southeast Division.Hassan Whiteside had 25 points and 19 rebounds for the Heat, who were without an ill Dwyane Wade early but still dominated.Elsewhere, Toronto rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Charlotte, and Chicago blew a big lead before steadying and beating New York.Miami’s Gerald Green added 19 points off the bench for Miami, who were forced to adjust their starting lineup shortly before tip-off when Wade was stricken by flu-like symptoms. Wade got some intravenous fluids and checked in early in the second quarter, just his 10th time playing off the bench in his 13-year career.Whiteside made 12 of 16 shots, and the Heat enjoyed their biggest victory margin of the season.Dallas had only 10 points in the first quarter – their lowest for any period this season – and shot just 36 percent for the game, compared to 56 percent for Miami.Zaza Pachulia’s 14 points and 13 rebounds was best for the Mavericks, who had won their previous four games.Toronto came from seven points down after three quarters to defeat Charlotte 104-94.DeMar DeRozan had 23 points and Kyle Lowry added 18 points and 11 assists for the Raptors.Kemba Walker had 18 points for the Hornets.Chicago blew a 17-point lead before pulling away again in the final quarter to beat New York 108-81.Jimmy Butler scored 23 points, and Nikola Mirotic had 17 points and seven assists for the Bulls, who won comfortably despite Derrick Rose missing a second straight game with hamstring tendonitis.Carmelo Anthony scored 20 for New York, who have dropped five of six.Washington beat Orlando for the 11th straight time, with John Wall contributing 24 points with 13 assists toward a 103-91 victory.Los Angeles’ Lou Williams scored 12 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter against his former team to guide the Lakers to a 93-84 win against Philadelphia in a match of the league’s two worst teams.
LONDON (AP):With a 3-1 win at Manchester City, Leicester showed why they really could be lifting the Premier League trophy for the first time in May.From 5,000-1 outsiders for the title in August, Leicester became the 7-4 favourites with several British bookmakers yesterday after going five points clear at the top.”I don’t believe in the bookmakers,” Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri said. “The bookmakers at the beginning said Ranieri would be the first to be sacked. Then?”Then, Leicester went on to lose only two out of 25 league games and to close in on the most astonishing title challenge in the modern English game.City’s home loss to Leicester was compounded by Tottenham edging Watford 1-0 and replacing Manuel Pellegrini’s team in second place.Both games saw defenders scoring rare goals, with Kieran Trippier netting for the first time for Tottenham and Robert Huth claiming a double for Leicester.City conceded after only three minutes to Leicester, with Huth pouncing on the ball after Riyad Mahrez’s free kick bounced through the penalty area. Mahrez started the second half by powering a shot past goalkeeper Joe Hart before Huth netted again on the hour.City, whose Abu Dhabi investment fuelled 2012 and 2014 title triumphs, has now failed at six opportunities to beat any of the top six teams this season.”It was our chance at home to recover the lead in the table,” said Pellegrini, who is being replaced by Pep Guardiola at the end of the season. “We couldn’t do it and now we are six points behind Leicester.”Other results: Liverpool 2 Sunderland 2; Stoke 0 Everton 3; Aston Villa 2 Norwich 0; Newcastle 1 West Brom 0; Swansea 1 Crystal Palace 1; Southampton 1 West Ham 0.
Woodleigh Shooting Range, May Pen, Clarendon, fires off the 2016 pistol-shooting season with a challenging seven-stage 140-round match tomorrow, Woodleigh Winterfest. Top local shooters will be using the match as a warm-up for March’s highly anticipated Jamaica Invitational Pistol Tournament at the Jamaica Rifle Association, Mountain View, St Andrew, at which six-time world champion Eric Grauffel will be back to defend his crown. Woodleigh Winterfest match director Harry Chin Hing told The Gleaner Winterfest will be a stern test for even the top shooters. “This match will consist of many penalty targets and small steel plates, which will force many shooters to slow down and pick their shots carefully,” said Chin Hing. The seven stages comprise 59 paper targets, seven steel poppers and 17 eight-inch steel plates. Some targets will feature swingers, flip-up and falling mechanisms, making it that much more interesting. Shooters returning from the Florida Open in Frostproof will be in action at Winterfest, including Andrew (Andy) Yapp, who placed a credible ninth overall of 112 competitors in the limited division, securing third place in Master Class. Others to watch are Orville ‘Reds’ Henriques and Ron Brown Jnr, who were fifth and sixth, respectively. The popular production division will no doubt be contested heavily with consistent Tony ‘TJ’ Johnson and Ryan Bramwell gunning it out for top honours along with Chris Nunez, Darin Richards and Paul Shoucair in the mix. Open division has once again been affected by a shortage of ammo and will not see many of the usual competitors battling in the rapid-fire category.
BRIDGETOWN,Barbados (CMC):Marquee West Indies Women’s batsman Deandra Dottin has complained about the disparity in pay between men’s and women’s players and says she may be forced to take up alternative employment if the situation is not addressed.Citing the example of the respective payouts for the winners at the recent Twenty20 World Cup in India, the 24-year-old Dottin labelled the disparity as “ridiculous” and said it was “discouraging”.West Indies men’s side pocketed US$1.6 million for beating England in the final of the tournament, while their women counterparts won a mere US$100,000.”Barbados does not really give sports people – and from my point of view, women – the recognition and respect they need,” Dottin told Barbados Today online.”We were actually World champions and a lot of people feel we are getting all of this big money and the payment is equal to the men. That is not so.”She added: “In order for cricket to be better, you need to treat everybody as one. You can’t treat the men at a high level and the women at a much lower level. You (women) only have the fame and the name.more money”We women need to be treated way better than we are being treated – money-wise and respect. Regional male cricketers make more money than West Indies women in cricket.”Dottin is one of the most senior players on the women’s side, having played 90 one-day internationals and 88 Twenty20 Internationals.She became the first woman to score a T20 hundred as she scorched 112 off South Africa Women when the Caribbean hosted the T20 World Cup six years ago.Dottin is one of 11 West Indies women’s players with West Indies Cricket Board retainer contracts, which range from US$1,500 to $3,000 per month.In contrast, the men’s contracts are worth anywhere from US$100,000 up to nearly $150,000.The Barbadian Dottin said with the current of affairs, she may have to resort to playing cricket part-time.”This sort of treatment would discourage anybody from playing cricket. Right now, as a person who plays cricket full-time and loves cricket, I am looking for something else to do,” she said.”And if what I choose to do brings me more income and makes life better for me, I will play cricket part-time. They will not get my full dedication anymore.”
Usain Bolt is back on track, but is he really? We will get a good idea when he lines up in the men’s 100m at the London Diamond League. André: What time are our boys expecting him to run today and can anyone upset the ‘Big man’? KC: First off the bat, I don’t think anyone in this 100m field can beat Bolt. André: Well there are some decent athletes here, so don’t be so dismissive. Jimmy Vicaut has gone 9.86, and Mike Rodgers posted a 9.88 recently as well, plus we know Ryan Bailey not only talks a lot, but he can also provide a decent test on his day. KC: Listen, despite only running one 100m race so far, and in a slow 10.12 at that – well by his standards – none of these athletes will stop Bolt. His presence alone will intimidate them. André: Some like Rodgers, who has been talking up his chances here to his friends according to what I am hearing, will probably be motivated. But to be clear, I am not suggesting he or anyone else here will stop Bolt today. I’m just saying you can show the field a little more respect. Bolt has been a monster in training, I understand, and even though it’s just training and the conditions are expected to be wet and windy, he may make a strong statement here today. KC: The last time he competed in New York I heard the same story about him looking great in training, so I am not putting my hopes up for a fast time. André: New York was certainly a disappointment but we should not ignore that he had a pelvic issue that has since been corrected. My only concern is the weather forecast. KC: I understand what you are saying, but not competing at a high level often enough this season will have a negative effect, and I think Bolt is a bit rusty and needs more races before he really goes fast. It doesn’t matter who you are. It’s not good to not be competing at a high level regularly. André: I would have preferred to see him with at least a couple more races in his legs at this stage, but I won’t ignore the improvements that have been made in training. Some of the times he’s said to be clocking are staggering. It’s good also that he has two races today … . I say Bolt wins in 9.89, and though off the 9.74 world lead, in the expected conditions, it will tell us all we need to know about his shape. KC: I see Bolt winning in around 9.98 seconds. If he does not improve on his start he could be shocked by that same Mike Rodgers, who has been racing a lot and is in good form.
LONDON (AP):England striker Harry Kane scored twice as Tottenham brushed aside London rivals West Ham in a convincing 4-1 victory at White Hart Lane yesterday.Although Spurs remain fifth in the standings after the result, the north London team firmly reasserted its claim for a Champions League berth and equalled a club record by going 12 games unbeaten in the Premier League.Kane was sharp up front, the midfield axis of Dele Alli, Eric Dier, and Moussa Dembele dominated in midfield and the defence looked comfortable against a West Ham team that began the day equal on points with Spurs after its best start to a Premier League season.The result was never in doubt, though, once Kane opened the scoring in the 23rd minute, with the forward spinning past Carl Jenkinson to shoot from inside the box.Spurs defender Toby Alder-weireld was unmarked when he doubled the lead in the 33rd, nodding in a Christian Eriksen corner.Kane screwed the ball horribly wide, with only goalkeeper Adrian to beat before half-time, but made amends in the 50th minute, drilling home following some calamitous West Ham defending. It was his eighth goal in his last five games for the club.win sealedDefender Kyle Walker sealed the win with a shot in the 83rd minute, although Manuel Lanzini claimed a consolation goal for the visitors in the 87th.”It was one of the best performances of the season. We are very proud of the players, very pleased with many things. The best word to describe it is proud. I’m proud of them,” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said.”You can feel from the touchline the players believe in the way we play.”West Ham sorely missed the creativity and drive of midfielder Dmitry Payet, who has been sidelined by an ankle injury.Following away wins at Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City, and Crystal Palace this season, West Ham manager Slaven Bilic said yesterday’s defeat came as a shock.”We played really badly, but we have to admit they had a really good game of football. They were quicker than us; they were physically stronger than us; they scored goals, grew in confidence, and then they were really skillful,” Bilic said.Newly capped 19-year-old Spurs and England midfielder Alli impressed in particular with his non-stop running and vision, breaking down West Ham attacks in his own half, while carving out chances for his team in the opposition’s.However, the combative midfielder received his fifth yellow card of the season, and will be absent for next week’s match against Chelsea.The result leaves Tottenham with 24 points, two behind Arsenal and Manchester City, and West Ham in sixth with 21. Leicester City are the surprise league leaders with 28 points, one more than Manchester United.London police said yesterday that a 35-year-old man was in stable condition in hospital after being stabbed outside the ground before the game. West Ham said the man was one of the club’s supporters, but had no further details.
World records Dibaba and Wlodarczyk both set world records – three minutes 50.07 seconds for the 1500 and 81.08 metres for the hammer throw, respectively – before their wins at the World Championships. The Track and Field News panel could only separate them by three points, 312 to 309. In fact, 17 members of the panel felt that the Pole was number one compared to 16 who voted for Dibaba. Holland’s Dafne Schippers finished third with Jamaica’s 100-metre World champion, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, appearing at number six. Bolt and Fraser-Pryce were voted as the year’s top performers in the men’s 200 metres and the women’s 100m, respectively. American Justin Gatlin, and not Bolt, is the magazine’s number one in the 100 metres. Details aren’t available yet on the website, but in its 2014 Annual World Rankings issue, Track and Field said: “As important as major meets are, we should also note that no competition, not even the Olympic Games, is the be-all, end-all. We’re looking for people who maintain high standards over a whole year.” Restricted by injuries, Bolt did the 100 metres in only three 2015 athletics meetings, with clockings of 10.12, 9.87 and 9.79 seconds, respectively. The latter time pipped Gatlin in the World Championships. That was the American’s only loss of a seven-meet season that yielded times of 9.74, the fastest in 2015, 9.75 twice, 9.77, 9.78, 9.80 behind Bolt at the Worlds and 9.98 seconds. Gatlin isn’t the only athlete to top the rankings in an individual event despite losing at the World Championships. Others include Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar, who was fourth in the high jump at the Worlds, French pole vault star Renaud Lavillenie, Kenyan Eunice Sum in the 800 metres, Croatian discus thrower Sandra Perkovic and American Dawn Harper-Nelson, who fell in the semis of the 100-metre hurdles. The respected United States publication, Track and Field News, has named American Ashton Eaton and Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia as its Athletes of the Year for 2015. Despite contesting just one decathlon for the entire season, Eaton won the bulk of the votes from a 36-member international panel to emerge ahead of triple jumper Christian Taylor and Jamaican sprinter supreme Usain Bolt. It was far closer among the women, with Dibaba edging Poland’s Anita Wlodarczyk, the 2014 Athlete of the Year. According to a notification appearing on the magazine’s Internet site, Eaton’s world record performance – 9,045 points – at the World Championships tipped the voting his way. In fact, it was voted the Performance of the Year. The magazine’s website notes that two members of the panel objected to the season on the grounds that Eaton’s single decathlon did not ‘constitute a full season’.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC): West Indies opener Chris Gayle failed with a first ball ‘duck’ as his Lahore Qalanders lost their second straight game in the Pakistan Super League, with a heavy nine-wicket defeat to Peshawar Zalmi Saturday. The left-hander was bowled by left-arm seamer Junaid Khan off the first ball of the contest at Dubai International Stadium and his dismissal set the tone for the innings, which ambled to 117 for six off 20 overs. West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo came to his side’s rescue with a top score of 32 off 31 balls, while captain and opener Azhar Ali chimed in with 31 off 41 deliveries. Bravo struck two fours and a six and posted a crucial 44 for the sixth wicket with Hammad Azam who made 18 not out. Zalmi then cruised to their target with four overs left, with opener Tamim Iqbal stroking an unbeaten 55 off 47 deliveries. He put on 95 off 68 balls for the first wicket with Mohammed Hafeez, who struck 43 from 37 balls. In Saturday’s other game, West Indies opener Lendl Simmons failed as Karachi Kings slipped to an eight-wicket loss to Quetta Gladiators. The right-handed Simmons scored 11 in Kings’ 147 for seven off their 20 overs. Englishman Ravi Bopara top-scored with 40 from 29 balls.
MANCHESTER, England (AP):Bastian Schweinsteiger might still have a future at Manchester United.It seemed the former Germany captain would be on his way out of Old Trafford in January when he was told to train away from the first-team squad for the first few months of the season, and even written off as an asset in United’s published accounts in September.But the 32-year-old Schweinsteiger has impressed United manager Jose Mourinho with his attitude and determination. Having been asked to rejoin training with the senior team last month, the midfielder made his first appearance of the season as a substitute in United’s 4-1 win over West Ham in the English League Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday.Suddenly, Schweinsteiger is on Mourinho’s radar. Mourinho, famously dubbed the ‘Special One’ during his time at Chelsea, is calling Schweinsteiger the ‘Powerful One’.”In the summer, we try to make something happen for Bastian to have a different future,” Mourinho said yesterday. “He decided to stay, even in difficult circumstances. He worked for that, he deserved that little happiness of the last match.”In January, he will be the powerful one, probably with better feelings than before now he is working with the team. I think he understands our dynamic, our philosophy.”Schweinsteiger, who joined United in July 2015 and still has 18 months years left on his contract, has a fight on his hands to regain a regular first-team place with Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera, Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini seemingly ahead of him in the midfield pecking order.Given the strides he has made to earn Mourinho’s confidence in the past two months, Schweinsteiger can still hope. And the reaction he got at Old Trafford when he came on against West Ham suggested United fans would be happy to see more of the 2014 World Cup winner.”He is another one who can help us,” Mourinho said. “During the season, you have injuries, suspensions … . Of course, it was 3-1 and he played for 10 minutes (against West Ham), but he was ready. He is another one in the squad working to have more chances.”
Despite her excellent post-Olympic form to date, Jamaican swimmer Alia Atkinson had to settle for the silver medal in the 50m breaststroke at the FINA World Short Course Championship in Windsor, Canada, yesterday. Atkinson, who went into the final with the fastest time (29.09), was hoping to avenge her Olympic disappointment and beat the Olympic gold medallist, Lilly King. But she had to take second in a time of 29.11 as King posted a time of 28.92 to take the gold and become only the fourth woman to go under 29 seconds in that event. King was expected to present Atkinson with her toughest challenge along with teammate Molly Hannis, one of the other women to break the 29-second barrier. But the American, King, produced her best performance in the event and even went sub-29 seconds for the victory. Atkinson had a disappointing Olympic Games in Brazil, where she placed eighth in the 100m breaststroke final. The world champion and record holder was hoping to celebrate her return to top form with victory in Canada yesterday and put her below-par performance in Brazil behind her. Two weeks following her anti-climax in Rio, she dismantled a top field to again tie the world record on day one of the 2016 FINA World Cup in Chartres, France. Then in October at the World Cup Tour in Tokyo, Japan, she bettered the field and shaved a 16th of a second off the 50 short course world record to solely own the new mark of 28.64. But apart from holding two world records, Atkinson is only one of four women who have gone under the 29-second barrier in the 50 SCM breaststroke along with Russia’s Yulia Efimova and American Molly Hannis, and now they have been joined by King.