Remained unbeaten Jamaica also dominated the 1500m winning three out of four. Cemore Donald remained unbeaten this season after capturing the Under-18 girls’ event. The Edwin Allen High student won in 4:42.50 ahead of teammate Britnie Dixon. Ashani Robb won the girls’ Under-20 1500m in 4:39.20 while defending champion Shevon Parkes won the Under-20 boys’ event in 3:56.72. Earlier in the morning session, Hydel High’s Shian Salmon pocketed Jamaica’s first gold medal of the meet. Salmon, the defending champion in the Under-18 high jump, cleared a season’s best 1.82 metres to win the event. Teammate Lamara Distin picked up silver with a best of 1.77m. Bermuda’s Sakari Famous, also 1.77m, was third. Jamaica’s other medal in the morning session came from Akio Jones, who captured bronze after finishing third in the girls’ Under-18 shot put with a heave of 13.87m. Jamaica should also win several medals today as 19 finals, 10 on the track and nine in the field, will be contested. Track events include the 4×100 metres in both age groups. ST GEORGE’S, Grenada: DEFENDING 400 metres champions Christopher Taylor and Akeem Bloomfield retained their titles in fine style as Jamaica picked up 18 medals – eight gold, 7 silver, and three bronze – on yesterday’s opening day of the 45th Carifta Games in St George’s, Grenada. Taylor, the record holder in the Under-18 boys’ one-lap event, was not tested as he won in 47.36 seconds away from Antoni Hoya Small of Barbados, 48.23. Third went to Onal Mitchell of Trinidad and Tobago in 48.72. ” I just came out and did what I had to do to win the event,” said Taylor. Bloomfield ran a relaxed race throughout to take the Under-20 title, just doing enough to win in a season’s best 46.02. Jamal Walton of the Cayman Islands was second in 46.23, with bronze going to Kinard Rolle of The Bahamas in 46.88. “I just came out to win and defend my title as I want to finish competing here, so I can focus on the Penn Relays and World Junior Championships,” Bloomfield said after his victory. Stacey Williams had earlier captured gold in the Under-18 girls 400 m in 54.00, getting the better of Amanda Crawford of Grenada, 54.16, with Britni Fountain of The Bahamas taking third in 54.68. Jamaica’s Sanique Walker, the silver medallist a year ago, was fourth in 55.25. Sada Williams of Barbados prevented a Jamaican sweep of the 400m as she raced to a personal best 52.07 to capture the Under-20 girls’ event. Shaquina Dorset of The Bahamas was second in 52.59 while Jamaica’s Tiffany James took third in 52.70 ahead of her teammate Semoy Hemmings, fourth in 53.89.
On the field, Jamaica was better than the United States (US) during Gold Cup 2015. At the bank, however, US internationals are cashing in more than Reggae Boyz in North America’s top professional football competition.According to figures released recently by the union representing players in Major League Soccer (MLS), Jamaicans generally make far less than their American counterparts, which has left some Boyz claiming lack of respect.The disparity was glaring in the Gold Cup semi-final clash. According to MLS Players Union, the 2015 total guaranteed compensation for the five Americans who play in MLS, and who started against Jamaica, was US$12.3 million, averaging US$2.4 million per player. Captain Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey are guaranteed US$6.5 million and US$4.6 million, respectively. The lowest compensation will go to Gyasi Zardes, with US$223,000.Meanwhile, four Boyz who started against the US are guaranteed a combined US$787,658.33 in MLS compensation this year, an average of US$196,914.58 each.Darren Mattocks of Vancouver Whitecaps and Houston Dynamo’s Giles Barnes, goalscorers in the historic 2-1 win, are Jamaica’s projected top earners, with US$272,000 and US$275,658.33, respectively.Midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson of FC Dallas will get at least US$180,000, while fullback Kemar Lawrence of New York Red Bulls, arguably the tournament’s best defender, is guaranteed US$60,000, close to MLS minimum.Combined, 20 Jamaica representatives scattered across MLS will make some US$2.4 million in guaranteed compensation in 2015. Half will make less than US$100,000 and nine will earn below US$80,000.Current Jamaican players in MLS interviewed for this story requested anonymity, fearing backlash from their clubs. None suggested American players didn’t deserve their compensation, but some believe the Boyz are being overlooked.”(MLS clubs) do not respect Jamaicans at all,” declared one veteran. “They think Jamaicans are not used to money, so they can offer any kind of money and we’ll take it.”Boyz also claim MLS players from North America who make near-minimum are often inferior to Jamaicans making a similar amount.”Other players from Canada and US get low wages, but they are not the same quality as Jamaicans,” said a Reggae Boy.Jamaicans have a proven record of significant MLS contribution, with several being key members of championship-winning teams. Yet top salaries have not followed club success.”For the players coming from the smaller countries, like in the Caribbean, it’s gonna be difficult because … they’re not seen as being world-class players yet,” explained ex-Jamaica international, Tyrone Marshall, who won multiple MLS titles and is currently an assistant coach with Real Salt Lake.Meanwhile, MLS clubs spend heavily on big names, limiting what they can offer unheralded talent, including Jamaicans.”The MLS makes one mistake,” said Winfried Sch‰fer, head coach of Jamaica’s senior national team during the Gold Cup. “They take too many older players and pay them too much money. That is a problem for the development of the players. A big problem.”Brazilian Kaka is guaranteed most compensation in MLS this season – US$7.2 million. Ex-England internationals Steven Gerrard (US$6.3 million) and Frank Lampard (US$6 million), plus Spain’s David Villa (US$5.6 million), also rake in big bucks.Agents have been blamed for some disparity in compensation. Jamaican players believe they are occasionally caught in conflicts of interest.”Representation is a problem,” said a former Jamaican MLS All-Star. “… You’re never sure what’s going on behind closed doors.Jamaicans are, therefore, starting to take keener interest in their contract negotiations.”You have to put your foot down,” one player said.But Jamaican Damani Ralph, a former MLS player and current agent for several Boyz, doesn’t believe Jamaicans in MLS are unfairly targeted with lower compensation.Players’ value, he explained, is tied to several elements, including quality, experience, and exposure. Jamaicans, especially those coming directly out of US colleges or the local Premier League, are viewed as unknown quantities.”There is a structure,” explained Ralph last month. “… People don’t know what they will get out of (the players) at the beginning.”In national striker Deshorn Brown, however, MLS quickly found out. Brown scored 10 goals for Colorado Rapids in each of his first two MLS seasons after US college. This season, Brown plays in Europe after being guaranteed US$123,000 in 2014, according to the union. Ralph, Brown’s agent, denied money was the reason the player left MLS.”The aim was that Deshorn wanted to move to Europe,” he said.Colorado then signed Republic of Ireland striker Kevin Doyle, a former English Premier League (EPL) player. He is guaranteed US$1.2 million in 2015. Doyle had scored two goals in 12 appearances through August 16.Lawrence, sources said, was brought to New York as a backup to a player earning more than three times his compensation. He won the starting job, but ‘Taxi’s’ money metre is stuck on low.”He has outperformed his contract,” said Ralph, who represents Lawrence, “but it’s a contract and he has to honour it.”Former US international Cory Gibbs, an agent with Wasserman Media Group (WMG), which represents some of the biggest names in MLS, including Jamaicans Barnes and Mattocks, doesn’t believe Boyz are being deliberately underpaid either. Gibbs said players like Bradley and Dempsey earned big MLS paydays because of their accomplishments in top leagues and World Cup.”US players have proven themselves at the highest level,” said Gibbs. “… No disrespect, but they’ve built their names.”Slow development of professional football in Jamaica, some Boyz argue, has prevented them from doing the same, leaving little leverage to demand higher pay overseas, despite their talent.”(MLS clubs) like to say we need to establish ourselves,” said a player. “But still, they’d prefer to give big money to players who haven’t produced.”Meanwhile, Jamaican talent is being embraced by MLS. The current batch is possibly the largest ever listed on team rosters for a single season. Five Boyz were selected in the first round of the last two MLS SuperDrafts.But stigma remains. The decision by Alvas Powell (guaranteed US$68,700 in 2015 at Portland Timbers) to leave the national team during the Gold Cup is potentially one.”They (clubs) can say that they can’t invest heavily in players like Jamaicans because they don’t know when they will flip out and walk out,” a former MLS player said.Compensation fortunes for Jamaicans in MLS, however, could soon turn dramatically, following strong performances at Copa AmÈrica and Gold Cup.”The Jamaican player with athleticism, composure, discipline, there’s definitely an upside,” said Gibbs. “… Definitely there’s an upswing (in interest).”Options are opening outside MLS, too. Lawrence, for example, has attracted interest from clubs in top European leagues”If players have quality, they don’t have to play in MLS,” said Ralph, recalling his own decision to move to Russia years ago.Leagues like in Vietnam, for example, offer promising packages. Lower profiled Jamaican players in the “V League” have reportedly earned more than US$100,000 a season – after deductions. Ralph admitted Jamaicans’ MLS value could improve.”Market value of the Jamaican players is not what it needs to be,” he said.Barnes, whose club contract ends after this season, could be an early indicator if change is coming. Unconfirmed sources claim the striker is seeking more than $1 million next season.Barnes declined to discuss the issue during Gold Cup.Late last month, Gibbs didn’t confirm or deny that figure but declared the striker “put himself in a good situation” with recent international performances.So did other Boyz. If MLS doesn’t pay, someone else just may.”There are options out there; options that would surprise people,” said Jamaican agent, Baron ‘Mosiah’ Marshall, who has represented several Boyz in Vietnam and listed China, India, Thailand, and Malaysia among possibilities.”Everything,” Gibbs said, “is about supply and demand.”
Serbia played the final minutes with nine men as captain Aleksandar Kolarov was sent off with a second yellow card in the 80th, and Nemanja Matic received a straight red in the 81st. In Group D, Germany needed a penalty from Thomas Mueller (50th) and a late goal from substitute Max Kruse (79th) to overcome Georgia, whose captain, Jaba Kankava, had equalised at the 53rd minute, while Poland had captain Robert Lewandowski to thank for the winner against Ireland. Kruse scored three minutes after coming on as a substitute for Germany to finish top of the group, one point above Poland. Lewandowski’s goal was his 13th goal in qualifying for Poland. It tied the mark set by David Healy of Northern Ireland in Euro 2008 qualifying. Ireland finished three points behind Poland, but can still qualify for the Euros via a play-off. In Warsaw, Grzegorz Krychowiak fired Poland ahead in the 13th, only for Jon Walters to equalise three minutes later with a penalty. Lewandowski claimed the winner with a header to Krzysztof Maczynski’s cross in the 42nd. Scotland routed Gibraltar 6-0 in Faro, Portugal, in the other group game to finish three points behind Ireland in fourth. Georgia finished six points further back, with Gibraltar bottom on none. captain sent off LEIPZIG, Germany (AP): Albania joined World Cup-winners Germany, Poland and Romania in clinching a spot at next year’s European Championship yesterday after winning their final qualifying games. Germany beat Georgia 2-1 to top Group D ahead of Poland, which beat Ireland by the same score. Albania reached their first major tournament with a 3-0 away win over Armenia to finish second in Group I behind Portugal, which had already qualified. Romania’s 3-0 away win over the Faroe Islands was enough to clinch second place behind Northern Ireland in Group F. Here’s a round-up of action from yesterday’s Euro 2016 qualifying games: In Group I, Albania reached 14 points, two more than Denmark, which had already played their last qualifier and now face the play-offs. Group winners Portugal beat already-eliminated Serbia 2-1, winning their seventh consecutive qualifier after a shock 1-0 loss to Albania in the teams’ opener. Nani scored in the fifth minute, Zoran Tosic equalised in the 65th and substitute Joao Moutinho netted the winner in the 78th. Portugal finished with 21 points from eight matches. With qualification already secured in advance, the Portuguese played without Cristiano Ronaldo and a few other regular starters.
The stewards struck in the dark at Caymanas Park yesterday disqualifying last-race winner PRINCESS SHEMIKA after a very lengthy enquiry.Installed a 4-5 favourite with apprentice Odean Edwards aboard, PRINCESWS SHEKIKA came through on the rails early in the last furlong to beat 12-1 chance DUTCHROW and GENUINE FRIIEND (9-2) in the restricted allowance race over 1200 metres.With the light fading fast, the stewards conducted an enquiry into the running of the race and, following lengthy deliberations, disqualified PRINCESS SHEMIKA for having caused interference to GREAT BROWN (18-1) on the rails at the halfway stage.The race was awarded to DUTCHROW, who chased long-time leader JUSTLIKE EMMA (9-1) into the straight and held on well for second, with GENUINE FRIEND promoted to third.Indeed, it was a day when the stewards were kept busy in most of the races on the programme of nine.In the first race, apprentice Oneil Beckford (substituting for outgoing champion jockey Dane Nelson) was thrown by his mount, EAST SIDEGIRL, leaving the half mile and while the worst was feared, the young rider was given a green light by the doctor on duty to ride for the remainder of the day.As a result of this incident, the stewards disqualified the sixth horse, HE’S A DIAMOND, out of the race for causing the mishap.In the eighth race, won by 6-5 favourite ANGEL STAR, the stewards summoned jockey Shamaree Muir, who rode the runner-up LAZZA, this for hitting apprentice Javiel Patterson aboard the third horse, HAIL THE CAT, in his face with the whip (twice) a furlong out.There was a verbal spat between both jockeys in the tunnel en route to the Jockeys’ Room.Meanwhile, in the absence of the 4-5 favourite RAJJA SARANGI, turned back at the start on the advice of the vet, DANOS LA PAZ (3-1) seized the opportunity to win the feature race over 1500 metres in a driving finish from the late-closing SIR SOUTH. He was ridden by Robert Halledeen for trainer Neville Peralto.
Windies embrace fans in fun day MELBOURNE, Australia (CMC): West Indies players brought smiles to the faces of thousands of fans as they participated in the annual Family Day at the G event at the Melbourne Cricket Ground yesterday. The day of fun was geared toward young fans and over 4,000 turned up at the iconic venue to be part of the festivities. The Australian team also participated as players signed autographs and took photographs. “It was a fantastic event for the players and the fans,” West Indies team spokesman Philip Spooner said. “The players were all delighted to see so many cricket lovers, young and old, from all walks of life and from several parts of the world, who came out to see the training session, and then participate in the day’s activities. “It was a great day with excellent weather at the MCG, as we build up to the Test match this weekend.” Father blocks player’s transfer to Liverpool BELGRADE, Serbia (AP): Marko Grujic may not be signing a seven million euros ($7.6 million) contract with Liverpool after all. The reason: His father keeps his passport. Red Star Belgrade, the 19-year-old Serbian midfielder’s club, has reportedly agreed on a five-year deal and he was to travel to Liverpool for medical check-ups. Grujic’s father, however, says he should remain at Red Star until the end of the season when his price will be bigger. “His passport is with me and he is not going anywhere,” Goran Grujic told Belgrade media. He accused Red Star management of forcing his son to leave because of the club’s deep financial problems. Red Star says in a statement yesterday that if it doesn’t get the funds from Grujic’s transfer, the club will collapse financially. Smith lifts Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy SYDNEY, Australia (CMC): Australia Test captain, Steve Smith, has captured the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy after being honoured as the ICC Cricketer of the Year for 2015. Smith, 26, was the leading run-scorer in Tests during the period under consideration, compiling 1,734 runs from 13 Tests at an average of 82.57, with seven centuries and six half-centuries. He also gathered 1,249 runs at an average of just under 60, with four centuries and eight half-centuries from 26 one-day internationals. “Given that there are so many great players around the world, I’m incredibly honoured to receive these awards,” Smith said. “While team success is always my number-one motivation, awards like this are very special. I’m thrilled and very proud to receive them.” Meanwhile, South African AB de Villiers was voted ICC ODI Player of the Year, while fellow countryman Faf du Plessis won the Twenty20 International Performance of the Year for his 119 off 56 balls against West Indies in the second Twenty20 in Johannesburg last January.
SYDNEY, Australia (CMC):Not even a fine all-round effort from West Indies star Andre Russell was enough to save Sydney Thunder from crashing to a 30-run defeat to Perth Scorchers, in the Australian Big Bash here yesterday.Chasing 176 for victory at the Sydney Showground Stadium, Thunder slumped to 17 for two in the third over before crawling to 145 for nine off their 20 overs.The 27-year-old Russell unfurled a whirlwind 42 off 20 deliveries with five sixes but wickets continued to fall as Thunder slid to their third straight loss, leaving them fourth in the BBL standings.With their victory, Scorchers moved to the top of the standings on eight points along with Adelaide Strikers but with a superior net run rate.Sent in, Scorchers recovered from a position of one run for two wickets in the second over to rally to 175 for five off 20 overs.The revival came through Cameron Bancroft who struck 72 off 53 balls in anchoring two key stands. He first put on 63 for the third wicket with Shaun Marsh, who hit 28 from 22 balls and a further 105 for the third wicket with Ashton Agar, who blasted 68 off 34 deliveries.Pacer Russell, who knocked over Michael Klinger with the third ball of the game without a run on the board, returned to claim Bancroft in the penultimate over and end with two for 31 from four overs.In reply, Thunder lost South African Jacques Kallis (7) and Aiden Blizzard (7) cheaply to left-arm seamer Jason Behrendorff before Russell came to their rescue with his cameo.RUNRATEHis first nine deliveries yielded eight runs without a single boundary, but with the required run rate jumping to 13 at the end of the 11th over, Russell launched an all-out assault.He twice cleared the ropes with left-arm spinner Brad Hogg in the 12th over, which went for 16 runs, and then smashed leg-side sixes off English left-arm seamer David Willey in the next over, which also cost 16 runs.It took the return Behrendorff and a stunning catch from Joel Paris at fine leg to account for Russell in the 14th over with the score on 97 for five.Once he departed, the innings lost momentum, with four more wickets falling for the addition of just 40 runs.
National senior men’s football head coach, Winfried Schafer, says only the best players are good enough to play for him, and if local players are better than their overseas-based counterparts, then they will play. “The best players play in my team. (If) The local players are better than overseas players, yes, they play,” he noted. In line with his reasoning, Schafer asked: “How many local players go out in the last two years from Jamaica to play overseas? “Kemar Lawrence, Alvas Powell, Andre Clennon are local players; they go out and are not local players now, and it is good for the football in Jamaica when the players go out and bring money back. When they go out from here, money comes back to the clubs and the clubs have more money to grow better infrastructure,” he said. Schafer called up 24 local-based players to camp on Monday in preparation for their March 25 World Cup Qualifier against Costa Rica. However, camps of this type are not unusual ahead of World Cup qualifiers or international matches and tournaments. What is common is seeing local-based talent restricted to warming the bench, rarely getting the opportunity to get a taste of international competition. One domestic player who has been impressive this season is Arnett Gardens playmaker, Vishunul Harris, who is away with his team participating in the CFU Club Championship in the Dominica Republic. Asked to comment on the talent, Schafer said: “Harris, he is a good player, I have seen him. Probably, yes (will be in squad), but not only him. But I don’t know we have time. They (local players) have to learn,” observed Schafer. He added that having locals trained by the national coaches will lead to overall development. “We have many good talent in Jamaica, and we want the talent to be good players as we need good players. We want the local players, in training so we can make the local players better. The local players see the head coach of the national team and his interest, it is good for him, the country and development while training,” the German coach said. “Our training is good for local players, it helps build their confidence and helps to make them better,” he reasoned. SQUAD: Andre Vassell, Andrew Vanzie, Ronaldo Rodney, Allan Ottey, Jermaine Woozencroft, Andre Dyce, Ricardo Morris, Upston Edwards, Jamie Robinson, Omar Daley, Damano Solomon, Rohan Roye, Jason Moore, Mark Miller, Chevonne Marsh, Hughan Gray, Shaven Sean Paul (GK), Rosario Harriott, John-Ross Edwards, Vishunul Harris, Swayne Thomas, Amal Knight (GK), Ramone McGregor and Nicholas Campbell (GK). The training camp started Monday and ends today. – L. S.
GAME ON FRIDAY “So far, the George’s people want to play their game on Friday, so if they want to play, it is very unlikely we will postpone any games. But we have a sit-down meeting tomorrow (today), so whatever the final decision, it will come out of that,” he added. The STETHS principal said James’ death had a devastating impact on ISSA. “Apart from the shock, we (ISSA) would have been devastated. If you follow football, Dominic is a person you would know of, and if you met him, you could not have met a nicer young man, so, for us, it makes it even harder to take, as most ISSA executives would have known Dominic personally and would have interacted with him, so it hit very close to home.” As a mark of respect, all games leading up to the burial of the player will be marked by a minute’s silence. “We have advised that for all games leading up to his burial, there should be one minute of silence before each match, both Manning and daCosta Cup,” Wellington informed. “The next TV game should be STETHS-Munro, and if that is the case, then we are going to make some arrangements regarding that on Saturday.” Wellington also said the incident gives ISSA an opportunity to review their medical protocol. “In terms of how the young man was transported to the hospital and the response time, it could have been better,” he said. “So when something like this happens, you have to use the opportunity to review what you have in place and see if anything can improve, even if nothing is wrong with what you have. “If you can learn from the experience, learn from it, and improve on what you have,” said Wellington. There will be no postponement of tomorrow’s FLOW/ISSA schoolboy football matches. This was up for consideration because of the untimely passing of St George’s College’s Manning Cup captain, Dominic James, who collapsed on the field of play five minutes into their Group A game against Excelsior High at Stadium East on Tuesday. Keith Wellington, ISSA’s vice-president, told The Gleaner that the St George’s College fraternity was in favour of honouring their Friday fixture against Greater Portmore at Winchester Park, so they saw no reason for the postponement. However, he says there will be a meeting today to make a final decision. “There will be no postponement,” the St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) principal stated. “We were thinking that, at a very minimum, we would postpone the games in that zone until next week and go ahead with the other games. But we met with the principal (St George’s) and coach (Neville Bell), and Dr Small (Walton, ISSA president) spoke with the parents, and they were okay with that, so it (postponement) is unlikely,” he said.
Exactly a week ago, Jamaica’s sporting structure was struck a lethal blow to the most tender portion of its body its youth. A Manning Cup encounter played at the National Stadium East playing field between Excelsior and St George’s College ended midway when news filtered through that the Light Blues’ captain, Dominic James, had lost his life at the hospital. The 18-year-old, who previously represented Jamaica College, had been transported there by his father, who, along with his wife, the boy’s mother, was watching the game from the sidelines. It was less than five minutes into the game when the youngster, in an off-the-ball mishap, fell to the ground and lay there with minimal movement. That was scary to many who were looking on live or by television. What immediately followed were frantic scenes from the first responders as they gesticulated to the periphery for the support that would have been required in these circumstances. With no stretcher or similar device in place, the now-motionless player had to be taken off cradled in the arms of support personnel, including his coach, Neville ‘Bertis’ Bell. One can only imagine the thoughts caressing the mind of this consummate lover and protector of youth who traditionally extends his paternal-like caring to team member and opponent alike. Later, when the news of James’ unfortunate passing hit the gathering, the outflow of emotion came in torrents. There was falling to the ground by players on both sides; there were close embraces; there were oceans of tears. Schoolboy sport had suffered this type of tragedy before. Who can forget St Jago High School’s Cavahn McKenzie, who passed away after representing his school in a cross-country run in Trinidad? Then there was the 17-year-old, Rushane Ricketts, who suffered a similar fate at the STETHS Cup competition just prior to cementing the transfer from Tivoli Gardens High to Jamaica College. Ardenne’s swimmer, Matthew Hylton, adds to the statistics of similar sad and sorrowful incidents. Foster’s Fairplay will not contribute to the already voluminous calls for an adequate medical presence at sporting events. Suffice it to say that with all the will in the world, the logistical challenge aligned to the scarcity of resources is overpowering. Another thought in this area is, how much will it prevent? In asking that, the response of “even one is too many” is recognised and respected. The Government has prescribed a probe into the circumstances surrounding the mournful occurrence that robbed the nation of one of its brightest talents, blessed with, as highlighted by coach Bell and others associated with the lad, such an admirable work ethic and discipline. The outcome of the announced investigation will hopefully, alter the protocol to be observed before the referee blows that starting whistle or the umpire calls play. On the other hand, given a culture of nine-day wonder, it could be, sadly, business as usual. Whether it is one or the other, there is a legacy that ought never to leave all those who were spectators to the aftermath of this highly regrettable happening. Foster’s Fairplay wishes to commend Dominic’s parents, caught in the midst of unspeakable grief, for their resilience and spontaneous ability to rebound from the scenario that played out before their eyes last Tuesday evening. It was never going to be an easy call. It would have taken a show of fortitude in the face of a tragic loss and permanent separation in flesh from a loved one to come out in support of his teammates at their next game. That they did in the company of the former Minister of Youth and Culture, Lisa Hanna. The manner in which David and Denese James celebrated each and every one of the four goals registered by their departed son’s teammates spoke to a plethora of positives. Their presence portrayed a strength of character, a caring and courageous commitment to a cause in crisis and a resounding resolve to be part of the revival of spirit, even with the real prospect of having to summon a whole lot more when they come to the final tribute to their own boy and laying him to eternal rest. Well done, Mr and Mrs James. The nation can learn a lesson. • E-mail email@example.com PREVIOUS OCCURRENCE
RAJKOT, India (AP):Teenager Haseeb Hameed hit his maiden Test fifty yesterday as the first Test between India and England in Rajkot appeared to be heading for a draw.The 19-year-old Hameed smashed five fours and his first Test six to reach 62 not out with England at 114-0 in their second innings at stumps on day four. Alastair Cook was unbeaten on 46.England have a 163-run lead after earlier dismissing India for 488, offering the tourists a slim chance of victory if they try to score quickly today.Hameed is the third youngest English batsman to hit a Test fifty. It was the first half-century by an English teenager since Dennis Compton in 1937.”He has worked hard in the nets and is a great talent. He has a good head on his shoulders and he showed that today,” teammate Adil Rashid said. “Hopefully he can carry on tomorrow.”Ravindra Jadeja (0-33) shared the new ball with Mohammed Shami (0-12), but the ploy didn’t work. Ravichandran Ashwin (0-32) had a leg – before – wicket shout reviewed against Hameed.Earlier, helped by Rashid’s 4-114, England got a first-innings lead of 49 runs. After lunch, Moeen Ali (2-85) and Rashid took two wickets each to wrap up the Indian lower order.caught behindRashid dismissed Wriddhiman Saha, caught behind for 35 runs, and Ravindra Jadeja (12), who was caught at short leg. Saha put on 64 runs for the seventh wicket with Ashwin.This was the crucial partnership of the day, as it allowed India to eat up some time after they had saved the follow on.Ashwin completed his seventh Test half-century off 111 balls, and put on 29 runs for the 10th wicket with Shami, who was dropped by Cook off Stuart Broad (1-78).India wobbled in the morning after starting from its overnight 319-4. They lost Ajinkya Rahane (13) and Virat Kohli (40) in the space of 17 balls.Rahane was bowled off Zafar Ansari (2-77), while Kohli stepped on to his stumps pulling Rashid, and was out hit wicket.