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Published:Wednesday | March 11, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Shikhar Dhawan

All set for PCJ

Chess finals

For the second year in a row, Ardenne High, Calabar High, Glenmuir High, and defending National Champions St Jago High will do battle in the regional finals of the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) Group National Schools Chess Championships.

The penultimate showdown of the championships is scheduled for today at the PCJ Auditorium in New Kingston. In a double repeat of the 2014 finals, Ardenne will again face-off with Calabar in the Corporate Area finals, and Glenmuir will have a rematch with St Jago High for the Rural Area title.

Winners of the regional finals will face off for the All-Island title on Thursday, March 19, at the PCJ Auditorium in New Kingston. The top school will win the PCJ Championship Trophy and $150,000 cash from PCJ and its subsidiary, Petrojam.

Ja-born athlete found dead in NY

NEW YORK (CMC):

Jamaica-born student athlete, Sabrina Cammock, was found dead in a Times Square hotel over the weekend, New York police have reported.

Police say there were no signs of criminality when Cammock, 21, was found at around 9:20 a.m. Saturday at the Hotel Edison.

Medical examiners' spokeswoman Julie Bolcer said an autopsy was conducted Sunday, but the results were awaiting further studies.

Cammock, a sprinter for Syracuse University, competed as recently as the previous weekend, when she was on the women's 4x400m team at the 2015 ACC Indoor Championships.

Cammock, who left Jamaica for the United States after completing grade six, hails from Watt Town in the parish of St Ann, located in the north coast of the island.

India CWC Pool B

HAMILTON, New Zealand (AP):

India beat Ireland by eight wickets at the Cricket World Cup yesterday, remaining unbeaten after five matches to clinch their place atop Pool B, while stalling Ireland's celebrated push for a place in the tournament quarter-finals.

Shikhar Dhawan scored 100, and Rohit Sharma hit 64 in a 174-run opening partnership - its best at a World Cup - as India chased down Ireland's 259 with 13.1 overs remaining.

India will stay at atop the pool regardless of the outcome of their last group match against Zimbabwe. Ireland must now take at least one point from the last match of the pool round against Pakistan at Adelaide on Sunday to have any chance of progressing to the knockout stages.

India achieved its win with the kind of efficiency which has marked its progress through the tournament. After William Porterfield made 67 and Niall O'Brien 75 from 75 balls to give Ireland hope of a competitive total, India took seven wickets for 53 runs.