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Published:Saturday | November 15, 2014 | 11:00 AM
Popular dancehall entertainer Ninja Man wows the crowd while performing at Superstakes Race Day at Caymanas Park on Saturday, November 8, 2014.
Popular Jamaica boxer Tsetsi 'Lights Out' Davis, the Wray & Nephew Contender Series runner-up, shakes up Miguel 'Iron Dawg' Raye during their live boxing show on Superstakes Race Day at Caymanas Park last Saturday.-photos by Jermaine Barnaby/Photographer
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NCU teams in badminton finals

The Northern Caribbean University (NCU) combined badminton teams, which is coached by national junior coach, Howard Ranger, advanced to the finals of the inter-collegiate badminton competition. The NCU teams defeated G.C. Foster College 8-2 at NCU's gymnatorium.

In their final preliminary game of the season, NCU's women enjoyed a 5-0 sweep over G.C.Foster College of Physical Education (GCF), while the NCU men prevailed over the men from Angels, Spanish Town, 3-2. The victories placed NCU women at the helm of the points standing and the men's team in a safe second spot.

The NCU combined teams were beating the G.C. Foster College team for the second time in these preliminary rounds.

Jermaine Welsh easily brushed aside Kong Hong Qian in straight sets 21-4, 21-13. The G.C. Foster team rallied to level the match when the hard-hitting Nicolas Brown of NCU went down in a fierce three-setter to Maurice McLaren 19-21, 23-21 and 17-21.

Having both men's singles out of the way, the doubles match up for NCU added momentum for the home team. NCU's captain Garland Bowers teamed with Jermaine Welsh to brush aside Conway Mason and Romaine Campbell 21-3 and 21-8. This victory gave NCU a 2-1 lead on the night. The visitors were not about to give in and with NCU's Damani Turner and Javaughn McDonald facing off against the Asian pair of Kong Hong Qian and Hao Wong, the match was billed a humdinger. This game did live up to its expectations as the GC Foster pair edged the home team 8-21, 21-18, 14-21 to set up a grand finale. NCU's coaching staff combined the hard-hitting Brown with the sly Bowers to face off with McLaren and Mason. With the home support cheering on the NCU men, the visitors suffered their third loss when they were beaten 21-14 and 21-11.


Grace Canning, Accent BH basketball champions

Defending champions Grace Canning and Accent emerged division one and division two champions, respectively, in the 2014 Business House Basketball Association three and three competition which ended on Wednesday at the Stadium Courts.

On Monday last, Grace defeated Sagicor 'A' 33-28 to win their best-of-five finals 3-1, thanks to a game-high 16 points from Andrew Goldbourne.

Sagicor 'A' were hopeful of taking the match down to the wire after winning game three to make it 2-1. But Grace Canning rebounded from the loss to win game four by five points, lifting the trophy for the fourth time in the last five years.

Meanwhile, the division two final went down to the wire with Accent squeezing home 23-21 over Xerox in game five on Wednesday night. On Monday, Xerox drew level at 2-2 with a 26-22 victory, thanks to their MVP William Powell 's contribution of 14 points. Accent led 14-11 at half-time and kept up the pressure after the interval for a narrow win.

The presentation function will be held on December 6 at a venue to be announced.


Bank of Jamaica, Jam clear Inter-bank champions

Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) blanked Jamaica National 3-0 to win the Jamclear Cup Inter-bank football final at Emmet Park last Sunday. This competition is contested by the teams finishing second to fourth in the Western Sports Inter-bank league, which was recently won by Scotia for the seventh consecutive year.

Despite the margin of victory, BoJ were held goalless until the last 10 minutes when they opened the floodgates with three late goals from Mark Powell, Dasceen Meeks and Patrick Campbell. Bank of Jamaica will now meet league champions Scotiabank for the Champion of Champions Trophy tomorrow at Emmett Park, starting at 2:30 p.m.


Manchester's Street Gun Championship

The Lincoln range will be buzzing with activity tomorrow as it hosts the third and final leg of the National Street Gun Championship, which is run by the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club (MRPC).

The Street Gun championship caters for all firearm holders, as it employs stages that are designed to reflect typical danger scenarios faced by Jamaican shooters. Hence, stages include verandah, domino and car settings, as well as other outdoor activity points. No additional or fancy firearm riggs (accessories) are allowed.

There will be eight stages with a round count of 120 rounds. Following the stage contests, which begin at 11 a.m., there will be a man-to-steel contest featuring prize money, which usually generates the most excitement due to its knockout format.

Tomorrow's match provides the public the another opportunity to see Jamaica's top local based shooter, Orville Henriques, in action. Henriques competed at the World Practical Shooting Olympics in Florida last month and finished as the top Jamaican performer.


Manchester Brumalia House KO

The Brumalia House knockout, the Manchester Football Association's first competition of the 2014/15 football season, will continue tomorrow with two games.

At Porus Community Centre, it will be the hosts versus Gold Star while at Downs Sports Complex, it will be Alligator Pond vs Old England. Both games have a 3 p.m. kick-off, with provisions made for extra-time and penalties. They are the final preliminary games, which make way for some big clashes starting next week.

Last weekend, defending champions New Green knocked out Kendal 3-2 at Brooks Park in the only match-up that ended in regulation time.

Greenvale emerged 5-3 on penalties over Comfort, while Mile Gully, playing at home, advanced 5-4 on penalties over Downs. Ricam Academy won 2-1 on penalties over Georges Valley the previous week after the two had played to a 1-1 extra-time draw.


Howie Chin Memorial round-up

The quartet of Mt St Joseph's, Knox, Belair and Emmanuel qualified for the semi-finals of the Howie Chin Memorial football league following the completion of the preliminary round.

Mt St Joseph's finished on top with 16 points, edging the previous frontrunner, Knox, by a point. Mt St Joseph won their two final matches in style, slamming Emmanuel 6-0 and Yabnel 10-0. Their only loss had come earlier against Knox.

Knox, who won their first five matches, lost their last two, going down by 0-1 margins to Belair and Emmanuel. The semi-final pairings will see Knox taking on Belair and Emmanuel facing Mt St Joseph's.

Mt St Joseph's also finished as the top school after the preliminary round in the female section and will face Belair in the semi-finals. Knox and Emmanuel will meet in the second semi-final. In the final round of matches, Mt St Joseph defeated Belair 4-1, while Knox completed a rout of Sacred Heart 5-0.


NCU rebound in basketball

Following a 56-69 defeat to the University of the West Indies in their previous match, the Northern Caribbean University (NCU) basketball team, the NCU Lions, returned to winning ways earlier this week, roaring past Mico University College (Mico) 86-57 at the NCU courts in intercollegiate division one competition.

The home team, fielding a full strength line-up, seemed always in control of the game from the opening whistle, with comfortable leads in all quarters of the game.

Forced now to play each game as a must-win-encounter, the NCU Lions were aggressive as they took the first quarter 21-14. The second quarter was much the same as the home team outplayed and outscored the Mico team 17-14 to close the half at 38-28.

Following a stern half-time talk from player/coach Anthony Lugg, the Lions scored a massive 20 points in the third quarter to lead 58-43 entering the final quarter of the game. The final quarter was very much like the third as point guard Gibson Lacriox partnered with Shonari 'Fresh' Wynter and Lugg to amass a whopping 28 points to Mico's 14 to wrap up the game 86-57.


NCU female footballers advance

The Northern Caribbean University (NCU) female football team advanced to the semi-final round of the inter-collegiate Open League despite being held to a 1-1 away draw against Portmore Community College (PCC) at Portsmouth. The point placed NCU firmly in second place in the group on 10 points with two matches remaining in the round.

The NCU women, who had beaten the PCC team 5-1 earlier, were dropping points for the first time. By avoiding defeat, they would not be denied a final four spot.

It was the PCC which actually drew first blood, by scoring a penalty within the first five minutes of the game. However, NCU would rally in the ninth minute through the creative efforts of their vibes master, Shamara Cohen, who passed to Jodiann Wright, who lobbed the PCC custodian from 20 yards.

The NCU male footballers were not so lucky. Having beaten the visiting Sam Sharpe Teachers' College (SSTC) team 3-0 at NCU in their inter-collegiate division one match the previous week, NCU travelled to Excelsior Community College (EXED) earlier this week and were beaten 2-0. The setback has left the 2010 division two champions in third place on four points from three matches.


Central Manchester football quarter-finals

Quarter-final matches in the Peter Bunting Central Manchester Sports Development Football competition will be played at two venues tomorrow.

The Hanbury community field off Winston Jones Highway will host a double-header, starting with the Blue Mountain vs Land Settlement matchup at 1 p.m., while at 3 p.m., it will be the hosts against the Three Chains community team.

The Comfort Community Sports Complex will host one game - a 3 p.m. encounter between Georges Valley and Old England. A fourth quarter-final, between Porus and Knockpatrick, is scheduled for Wednesday, November 19.

Two divisional finals were held last weekend. Knockpatrick defeated Old England 3-2 on penalties after they played to a 2-2 regulation and extra-time result and Land Settlement defeated Three Chains 3-1. Divisional finals were only played in two preliminary zones because of the massive number of teams.


Messam light up SFP Community Football League

Andre Messam, son of former Jamaican football player, Gregory Messam, scored for SeaView Future in a 1-0 win over Monsterock in the Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (SFP) Six-A-Side football tournament last weekend.

In the opening game of the scheduled triple-header, Young Strikers went down 2-1 to Youths United. Carl Knight's goal was not enough for his team as Youth United, with goalscorers Joseph Walker and Akeem Peterson, snatched victory for their team.

In another game, Moshouse and Ashoka Road Strikers ended in a draw. Title sponsors include Digicel and affiliates WATA, GraceKennedy and Tank-weld Metals.


Portmore Tigers, Passagefort final

Favourites Portmore Tigers and Passagefort United earned the right to meet in the final of the Jamaica Domino Federation Portmore 'Mental' Domino League after semi-final victories last Sunday. Passagefort United ended Ken's Wildlflower's dream of making it to the title game, as they went down 250-222, while favourites Portmore Tigers roared past Waterford 250-211. The final is set for Sunday, November 23, at Ken's Wildflower Sports Bar and Lounge.


RumBar Football Sundayz

The RumBar Rum Football Sundayz competition continues tomorrow with a few interesting battles at Coal Ground, Spanish Town. The feature match is at 4:30 p.m. between favourites D & P Fabrication & Maintenance and the unbeaten Little Damage, who are led by the competition's leading goalscorer, Gawayne McDonald, with four goals.

In other games, Spanish play House-a-Roots at 11:30 a.m., Fire Brigade take on Out-a-Road at 12:30 p.m., Nevaland vs Sherria Lane United at 1:30 p.m., Nugent Street tackle Crystal Palace at 2:30 p.m. and Correctional Services clash with Sewell Squad at 3:30 p.m.

In last week games, Barcelona beat Police 1-0 through an Oneil McLeod strike; Young Gunners and Buck Town played to a 1-1 scoreline; Most Wanted and French United played to a 0-0 scoreline; and Swagg Thursdays and Clean Money All Stars ended 0-0.


Christian Pen, Tru-Juice score big wins

Christian Pen and Tru-Juice were the biggest winners as the 2014-15 St Catherine Football Association Happy Sutherland Knockout competition, which kicked off recently.

Christian Pen thumped Windsor Lion 5-0, while Tru-Juice thrashed Benbow United 4-0. In other games, McCook's Pen clipped Bodles 2-1; Naggo Head edge Spanish Town Police Youth Club 2-1; Travellers blanked Time & Patience 3-0; East Portmore Portals beat Portsmouth 1-0; New Raiders eliminated Cumberland 6-5 on penalties; Black Lion boot GC Foster 5-4 on penalties; and De La Vega eliminated Watson Grove 4-3 on penalties.

Portmore Domino League launch November 30

The Jamaica Domino Federation Portmore Domino League will be launched on Sunday, November 30, at a venue to be confirmed. At the launch, the sponsors will be named and an exhibition match will be played. All clubs desirous to compete should register between November 17-25. Entry fee is $6,000 per club and $350 per player.