Harmeling holds firm at BMW Jamaica Classic

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 Evan Harmeling plays a shot at the PGA Latinoamerica BMW Jamaica Classic at the Cinnamon Hill Golf Course in Montego Bay.
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Evan Harmeling plays a shot at the PGA Latinoamerica BMW Jamaica Classic at the Cinnamon Hill Golf Course in Montego Bay.

American Evan Harmeling continued to put up a good showing following Round 3 action at the PGA Latinoamerica BMW Jamaica Classic at the Cinnamon Hill Golf Course in Montego Bay.

Despite an hour and a half delay due to lightning, Harmeling looked set to hold on to the overall lead at 19 under par heading into the fourth and final day today.

The Boston native, who began the day with a one-shot lead over Guatemala’s José Toledo, quickly gained the ascendency with birdies on holes two, three, and five. The former Princeton University graduate then chalked up back-to-back birdies on holes eight and nine to close out the front at five under par.

At 2:45 p.m. when the organisers blew the horn for a lightning delay, Harmeling did not let his good play wane as he came out positive on the resumption on the back nine with back-to-back birdies on holes 10 and 11.

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Harmeling, who had the best finish of T29th at the United Leasing Finance Championship in 2018, is poised to end his trip in Jamaica on a good note on today’s final day of action.

Meanwhile, Argentina’s Augusto Nunez will be looking to make the BMW Jamaica Championship interesting as he sits close to Harmeling heading into the final round.

The 26-year-old from Tucuman, Argentina, racked up seven birdies in the first 13 holes to be three shots back.

Chile’s Mito Periera jumped up five places on the leaderboard to third following his excellent six birdies in the third round.

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Nadal gets revenge over Tsitsipas – Books spot in Italian Open final

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ROME (AP):

After losing in the semi-finals of three straight clay-court tournaments, Rafael Nadal looked more like his old, dominant self when he beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-4 yesterday to reach the Italian Open final.

It was a measure of revenge for Nadal after losing to Tsitsipas in three sets at this stage in Madrid last week. The victory should also restore Nadal’s confidence as he seeks a record-extending 12th title at the French Open starting next weekend.

“I’m playing better every match, every weekend,” Nadal said. Nadal is in the middle of his longest title drought to begin a season since he came on to the scene in 2004. His last trophy came in Toronto last August.

The crowd attempted to encourage Tsitsipas with chants of “Tsi-Tsi-Tsi; Pas-Pas-Pas” but the 20-year-old Greek player couldn’t keep up with Nadal on the long rallies – even though he didn’t play a day earlier after Roger Federer withdrew from the quarter-finals.

Conditions were much slower than on the high-altitude court in Madrid, which favoured Nadal and made it tougher for Tsitsipas to execute his attacking game.

Midway through the first set, Nadal produced an awesome forehand winner up the line on the run, drawing a loud roar from the packed Campo Centrale crowd. Nadal broke Tsitsipas’ serve early in both sets.

In the women’s tournament, Johanna Konta rallied past sixth-seeded Kiki Bertens 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 in nearly three hours to reach the biggest clay-court final of her career. Konta’s only previous final on clay came recently in Rabat, Morocco, where she lost the title match to Maria Sakkari.

Konta could get a rematch with Sakkari if the Greek qualifier beats fourth-seeded Karolina Pliskova in the other semi-final.

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Through the pain – McLeod takes Diamond League win after aunt’s passing, while Gayle impresses in long jump

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(From left) Jamaica’s Omar McLeod, Xie Wenjun (China), and Antonio Alkana of South Africa compete in the men’s 110m hurdles during the Diamond League Track and Field meet in Shanghai, China. McLeod won in 13.12 seconds.

Jamaica’s Olympic and World Championships 110m hurdles gold medal winner Omar McLeod was a picture of emotions after enduring the pain of his aunt’s death a day earlier to win the event at the Shanghai Diamond League meet yesterday.

McLeod, who dedicated his 13.12 seconds win to his aunt, shared his struggles dealing with her passing, pointing out that he knew he had to run despite her death because that is what she would have wanted.

“It was difficult for me mentally to compete today. My auntie Tracey died yesterday, but then I asked myself what would she want, and she would want me to race. It was hard today. I just wanted to finish, win, and get the job done. When I crossed the line, I started crying. I dedicate my win tonight in her memory,” McLeod said.

Homeboy Wenjun Xie, who was wearing a kit that was gifted to him by legendary Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang, clocked a personal best time of 13.17 seconds for second place with Sergey Shubenkov, 13.28, taking third place.

Ever-improving long jumper Tajay Gayle, who finished fourth in the finale last season, secured his second win in his last four Diamond League appearances with a solid 8.24m effort.

Gayle was thrilled with the result and believes he is primed to deliver much more as the season progresses.

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“I am excited by the performance, especially to win a Diamond League and so early in the season. I was not expecting to jump as far as my PB today because I have been lifting some heavy weights. I am talented, and I work hard and I think I have more to come,” said Gayle after his event.

Gayle’s PB stands at 8.30m.

Second place went to Jianan Wang, 8.16m, in front of his own fans, while South Africa’s Ruswahl Samaii, 8.14m, took third place. Damar Forbes failed to register a mark.

Olympic double sprint champion Elaine Thompson ran third in the women’s 100m with a time of 11.14 seconds in her first outing in the event this season, finishing behind young American Aleia Hobbs, 11.03, and Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare, 11.07.

The Jamaican admitted that she was expecting more from herself and noted that she would be looking for improvements in her next assignment.

“I was expecting to perform better,” said Thompson. “I liked the audience and atmosphere inside the stadium, and in the following races of the season, I will be seeking better performances.”

There were fourth-place finishes for Stephenie-Ann McPherson, 51.39, and Nathon Allen, 45.73, in their respective 400m events.

McPherson finished behind Bahrain’s Salwa Eid Naser, 50.65; American Sydney McLaughlin, 50.78; and Christine Botlogetswe (Botswana), 51.29.

Fred Kerley continues to show his class, taking the male equivalent in 44.81, to lead home a USA top-three sweep, with Michael Cherry, 45.48, and Nathan Strother, 45.52, running second and third.

Danniel Thomas-Dodd could only manage 18.54m on a rough day in the women’s shot put, which was won by world leader Chase Ealey, 19.58m, while Tyquendo Tracey’s 10.18 seconds gave him ninth place in the 100m.

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Holder: Windies have work to do

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DUBLIN, Ireland (CMC):

Captain Jason Holder has turned his attention to West Indies’ one-week camp in Southampton, as the Caribbean side looked to correct the flaws exposed in their defeat to Bangladesh in the Tri-Nation Series.

West Indies lost both group games to Bangladesh and then suffered a five-wicket defeat to the Asian side in Friday’s final at The Village, after failing to defend 210 in a match reduced to 24 overs per side. Their two wins in the tournament came against hosts Ireland.

They travelled to the Rose Bowl yesterday to start their final preparation for the World Cup, and will be joined by members of the squad who missed the Tri-Nation Series due to Indian Premier League commitments.

“We’ve got some time in Southampton before we prepare for those two official warm-up games of the World Cup,” Holder said following his side’s loss.

“So there’s more than enough time to put things right and for those guys to come in and get acclimatised to the conditions and, hopefully, we can hit the ground running come our first warm-up game.”

Sent in, West Indies finished on 152 for one with Man of the Series Shai Hope top-scoring with 74 and opening partner Sunil Ambris getting an unbeaten 69, the pair posting 144 for the first wicket.

Rain caused a five-hour break in the innings with West Indies well poised on 131 without loss in the 21st over, and they managed only another 21 runs from the 23 balls available.

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Opener Soumya Sarkar then lashed a sparkling 66 off 41 deliveries in a 59-run opening stand with Tamim Iqbal (18), before adding a further 49 for the third wicket with Mushfiqur Rahim (36).

When Bangladesh lost three wickets for 34 runs in the space of 25 balls to slump to 143 for five in the 16th over, Mosaddek Hossain (52 not out) struck the fastest ODI half-century by a Bangladeshi in a 70-run, unbroken partnership with Mahmudullah (19 not out) to stun West Indies.

Holder conceded his side had been outplayed by Bangladesh and that the Windies had not been quite up to scratch.

“They played well. I think their openers got them off to a really good start and they laid the foundation for them,” Holder said.

“We were probably a little flat in the field at the beginning. We dropped a chance, had a few fumbles in the field which didn’t help. Overall, it was not the performance we were looking for.”

Following the camp, West Indies travel to Bristol where they face New Zealand on May 26 in their first official warm-up before taking on South Africa two days later at the same venue.

They clash with Pakistan in their World Cup opener on May 31 at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.

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Supreme Ventures connects Reggae Girlz with next generation

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Reggae Girl Trudy Carter signs an official Reggae Girlz jersey for the Greenwich All-Age football team during a social outreach event organised by Supreme Ventures on May 17 – Child’s Day. The event was the final send-off for the Reggae Girlz from Supreme Ventures before their departure for France and the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Gold sponsor of the national senior women’s football team, the Reggae Girlz, Supreme Ventures Limited (SVL), invited the team and members of the Greenwich All-Age football team to a last hurrah lunch and dribble social on Child’s Day, Friday, May 17.

In a much needed change of pace, the Reggae Girlz were given an opportunity to relax and rap with the younger footballers. Coach Hue Menzies, who was also invited, encouraged the young ballers to seek the guidance of the Reggae Girlz and ask all the questions they might have about a career in sport.

He commended #TeamSupreme for the activation that allowed the Reggae Girlz to participate in social outreach and connect with the next generation.

Supreme Ventures President and CEO Ann-Dawn Young Sang said that the entire nation is proud of the achievements of the Girlz.

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“We are proud of the achievements of our Girlz, and we stand behind them in every way we can. But I see this as more of a partnership than just a sponsorship. We celebrated you earlier this week at the French Embassy, but today, we want you to work with us in this outreach effort,” she said.

Friday’s event was intended to connect and impact the future of Jamaica’s female footballers with the history-making Reggae Girlz. The Greenwich All-Age girls got the opportunity to ask the Reggae Girlz questions about their journey as international footballers and their training habits and life in the spotlight, which the Girlz were quick to answer. The SVL team, which came out in their numbers, were encouraged by the showing of the Reggae Girlz and the Greenwich All-Age footballers as the interaction was very impactful for all.

In addition to the rap session, both teams took to the lawns of The Jamaica Pegasus, where they played a scrimmage game.

State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information Alando Terrelonge commended SVL for the initiative and reiterated the Government’s support for the Reggae Girlz on their journey to France while wishing them success at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

On May 14, Supreme Ventures hosted the entire squad and technical team along with the top brass of the Jamaica Football Federation at the French Embassy under the patronage of Ambassador Denys Wibeaux.

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McLeod, Gayle secure wins in Shanghai

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Jamaican sprint hurdler Omar McLeod and long jumper Tajay Gayle secured solid wins at the Shanghai Diamond League on Saturday morning. 

McLeod, the Olympic and World champion in the 110m hurdles, clocked 13.12 seconds to take the victory ahead of local, Wenjun Xie, 13.17 and 2017 World Championships silver medal winner Sergey Shubenkov, 13.28 seconds. 

Gayle, meanwhile, continued his impressive development, taking the long jump event with a best effort of 8.24m to finish ahead of China’s Jianan Wang, 8.16m and South Africa’s Ruswahl Samaii, 8.14m.

Double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson had to settle for third in the 100m with a time of 11.14 seconds, in her first competitive 100m of the season. The event was won by American Aleia Hobbs, 11.03, with Blessing Okagbare, 11.07 finishing second.

Stephenie-Ann McPherson, 51.39 seconds, ran fourth in the 400m, which was won by Salwa Eid Naser, 50.65. American Sydney McLaughlin, 50.78 took second place with Botswana’s Christine Botlogetswe, 51.29 running third. 

Nathon Allen, 45.73, also finished fourth in the male equivalent behind speedy American Fred Kerley, who clocked 44.81 ahead of Michael Cherry, 45.48 and Nathan Strother, 45.52.

Danniel Thomas-Dodd didn’t have the best of series in the shot put event, finishing fifth with a mark of 18.54m. The event was won by world leader Chase Easly with 19.58m.

Tyquendo Tracey struggled in the men’s 100m, clocking 10.18 for ninth place in the event, which was won by American Noah Lyles in a world leading 9.86 seconds.

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Windies lose to Bangladesh yet again

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The Windies went down to Bangladesh by five wickets in the final of the Ireland Tri-Nation Series here yesterday. The Windies were asked to bat first in the rain-shortened contest and reached on 131-0 off 21.1 overs when the showers came. They resumed and posted 152-1 off 24 overs.

Bangladesh were set a target of 213 off 24 overs for victory, under the Duckworth Lewis Stern Method, and they secured the title with seven balls left.

Shai Hope top-scored with 74 off 64 balls, which included six boundaries and three sixes. He was named Player-of-the-Series for his overall aggregate of 470 runs (average 94). His opening partner, Sunil Ambris, made 69 off 78 balls with eight fours. He ended the tournament with an impressive 278 runs (average 92.66).

Hope was the first to get his half-century off 50 balls when he struck seamer Mustafizur Rahman for a straight six in the 18th over, which yielded 13 runs. Ambris, who had earlier smashed three boundaries in the 12th over, reached his second half-century in One-Day Internationals with a smoothly timed stroke to wide long off off leg-spinner Sabbir Rahman in the 19th over.

In the second half of the match, Shannon Gabriel took two wickets in one over to halt the runs after Bangladesh got off to a flying start. He ended as the leading wicket-taker, with eight wickets (average 22.37), to mark a successful return to the white-ball format.

Bangladesh were led to victory by opener Soumya Sarkar, who made 66 off 41 balls while all-rounder Mosaddek Hossain smashed 52 not out off just 24 balls to earn the Man-of-the-Match award.

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Jamaican diamonds look to shine in Shanghai

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Several of the island’s flag-bearers will be looking to kick-start their seasons at the Shanghai Diamond League, today, the second stop in the cash-rich global athletics series.

Sprint star Elaine Thompson, medal-magnet Omar McLeod, and the promising quarter-mile pair of Nathon Allen and Akeem Bloomfield will make their season debuts in their respective events at the meet, which will see nine Jamaican athletes competing.

Thompson, whose one assignment as part of the women’s 4x200m quartet at the recent IAAF World Relays (IWR) in neighbouring Japan didn’t quite go to plan after a fortunate third-place finish, which followed some horrific baton exchanges, will look to start her 100m campaign on the right footing.

The Olympic champion faces a stern test with the likes of Blessing Okagbare (Nigeria), American Jenna Prandini, and her improving countrywomen Ashley Henderson and Aleia Hobbs in the mix. However, if her form from the World Relays and word out of her MVP training camp are anything to go by, she’s already well-tuned and should have little trouble getting the better of this field.

McLeod, the World and Olympic champion in the 110m hurdles, is still finding his feet under the guidance of his new coach, Gary Evans, with a recent 13.29 seconds run, suggesting that there’s still some work to be done, given his class. He’ll have to be up to speed here, with London 2017 silver medal winner Sergey Shubenkov and Spain’s Orlando Ortega expected to join him at the line.

Bloomfield and Allen are seen as leaders of Jamaica’s new cohort of quarter-milers. Both will be featuring in their first competitive 400m races of the season, and with four athletes in the line-up boasting sub-44 seconds personal best times – Fred Kerley (43.70), Isaac Makwala (43.72), Steven Gardiner (43.87), and Bloomfield (43.94), this one is certain to excite and will provide a strong early season litmus test for the Jamaican pair.

Shot put titan Danniel Thomas-Dodd has already thrown 19.48m this season and will be excited to go up against world leader Chase Ealy from the US, who has so far thrown 19.67m, while Damar Forbes and the impressive Tajay Gayle will look to make a mark in the long jump event against South African trio Ruswahl Samaai, Luvo Manyonga, and Zarck Visser.

Stephenie-Ann McPherson, another member of the IWR 4x200m quartet, got a good speed run in her legs from that assignment and will be looking to now improve on her 51.94 clocking this season when she faces American prodigy Sydney McLaughlin along with Jessica Beard, who will be opening their season here, as well as Bahrain’s Salwa Eid Naser, the 2017 World Championships silver medallist.

Tyquendo Tracey has shown that he has sub-10 speed in his legs with his 9.96 PB, and he might need something similar if he’s to have a say in the men’s 100m event here. The field includes Christian Coleman, who has gone 9.79, Noah Lyles, who has a 9.88 clocking to his credit, and 9.89 man Akani Simbine. Local pair Bingtian Su (9.91) and Zhenye Xie (9.97), who have both gone sub-10, will look to give their fans something to cheer for in this one.

 

Schedule Jamaicans:

5:27 a.m. Women’s Shot Put

Danniel Thomas-Dodd

– 6:25 a.m. Men’s Long Jump

Tajay Gayle, Damar Forbes

– 6:36 a.m. Women’s 400m

Stephenie-Ann McPherson

– 7:06 a.m. Women’s 100m

Elaine Thompson

7:15 a.m. Men’s 400m

Nathon Allen, Akeem Bloomfield

7:26 a.m. Men’s 110m Hurdles

Omar McLeod

7:53 a.m. Men’s 100m

Tyquendo Tracey

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Burrowes enjoying life among pros

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Jamaican golf champion Justin Burrowes in action at the PGA Latinoamerica BMW Jamaica Golf Championship at the Cinnamon Hill golf course in Montego Bay yesterday.

Jamaica’s National junior golf champion Justin Burrowes exited the PGA Latinoamerica BMW Jamaica Golf Championship following an even-par second round of 72 yesterday at the Cinnamon Hill golf course in Montego Bay.

The score was a marked improvement from his opening round of 77 for a two-day total of 149, and the 18-year old amateur has made it clear that despite not making the cut, the tournament was a great experience altogether.

“These two days have really been an eye-opener for me, playing along with all these pros from all over the world. The precision with which they execute their game is something that I will take from them as I look to one day make it to that level.”

Burrowes, who will be attending the Florida Atlantic University in August to take up a golf scholarship, says he is encouraged, following his three birdies in his final round.

“Playing in this event has shown me that I am not far off from making it into the professional ranks. After I complete my four years at college, I want to become the first home-grown Jamaican player to play on the PGA tour and also win a Major.”

The former Hillel academy student credits local coach Jason Lopez for teaching him everything he knows on the golf course.

“Coach Lopez has really helped me to where I am at today, and he is my coach for life, I have been playing since I was six years old, and he has taught me everything I know to this point. Hopefully, one day, I can make him and my family proud on the professional circuit.”

Burrowes, who is the current Caribbean junior champion, recently won the Jamaica Pro Series event to qualify for the PGA Latinoamerica BMW Jamaica Classic.

Meanwhile, Jamaica’s Ian Facey ended Round 2 of the championship following a 6 over par 78. Facey’s total of 153 was good enough for 137th place.

In the meantime, American Evan Harmeling took over the lead late yesterday heading into Saturday’s third round. The Boston native racked up six birdies to be 12 under par.

Guatemala’s José Toledo had a stellar round, amassing seven birdies and an eagle in his 8 under par round of 64 to lie second with a total of 133.

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No grudges – Panama to take Girlz friendly seriously but claim no bitterness felt

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Panama’s senior women’s football team on arrival at the Norman Manley International Airport yesterday ahead of tomorrow’s international friendly against Jamaica at the National Stadium tomorrow.

Panama coach Victor Suárez says his team will not be taking their friendly international against the Reggae Girlz as a grudge match.

The game at the National Stadium tomorrow also serves as a farewell match before the departure for the FIFA Women’s World Cup finals in France.

Jamaica defeated the Central Americans 4-2 on penalties after playing to a 2-2 draw in the Concacaf Women’s Championship third-place playoff game last October to historically book their place in next month’s tournament. But despite the devastation the Panamanians suffered from that defeat, Suárez says that they will play their hardest but that the defeat at the hands of the Reggae Girlz in the qualifiers is not lingering in the back of their minds.

“Jamaica are difficult rivals,” he said. “We came to have a friendly match with them, and we are going to play our hardest and enjoy the game,” he told The Gleaner after the team arrived at the Norman Manley International Airport yesterday.

Suárez said that the game in October was an intense affair, however, their focus for this game would be very different as they are trying to build a squad that can qualify for the 2020 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup.

But Suárez pointed out that the Reggae Girlz would be playing at home in front of adoring fans and would be quite a difficult task to handle, but he anticipated a very good match from both teams.

The Panamanian squad will include stand-out players from last October qualifiers such as Erika Hernández, Natalia Mills, Lineth Cedeno, Kenia Rangel, Karia Riley, Marta Cox, and Yomira Pinzon. They have also included youngsters Sheyla Diaz, Hilary Jaen, Anuvis Angulo, Maria Montenegro, and Aldrith Quintero.

Jamaica coach Hue Menzies said that they felt the urge to play Panama again before the World Cup finals as he felt that they would provide the competitive edge the Girlz need going into the biggest tournament of their lives.

“Panama is a team we beat to get to the World Cup, and we thought Jamaica needed to see them again,” he said. “The game was on television, but we felt the need to bring them to the Jamaican public so they can understand what we have accomplished,” he said.

“We felt that they would create that grudge and competitive spirit that we will face on a regular basis when you are in the World Cup because that’s what gets you through. We will simulate some non-tangible things we know the players have, and we are going to do what we feel the game is going to reciprocate for us,” he said.

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