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Published:Friday | April 17, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Lions, Pelicans in volleyball finals

G.C. Foster Lions and UWI Pelicans (men's and women's teams) have advanced to the Jamaica Intercollegiate Sports Association volleyball hardcourt male and female finals.

In Wednesday evening's semi-finals last year's fourth place finishers G.C. Foster College Lions defeated The Mico University Crocs 25-21, 22-25, 25-18, 25-16 to advance to the final of the men's competition. Unbeaten G.C. Foster have won 14 consecutive games this season.

The Lions will face defending champions UWI Pelicans, who defeated the UTech Knights in the second semi-final. The Pelicans won 26-24, 27-25, 25-17. The Pelicans' only defeat this season has come at the hands of the G.C. Foster Lions.

In women's action G.C. Foster Lionesses defeated 2014 runners-up UTech Knights 29-27, 25-19, 25-15 to advance to the female final, where they will face the defending champions UWI Pelicans, who easily overcame the challenge of the Portmore Community College 25-8, 25-6, 25-9.

The finals and third-place play-offs will be played today at G.C. Foster College.

Portland Cooperative Credit Union U-20 football

Three matches will be played tomorrow in the Portland Football Association/ Portland Co-operative Credit Union Under-20 competition.

At Jones Park, Manchioneal Cricket Club will oppose Commodore Sports Club, while Norwich Cricket Club square off against Rio United Sports Club at Snow Hill.

The third match of the day will be played at Carder Park. Eagle Strikers Sports Club are down to face St George's Sports Club. All three matches kick off at 3:30 p.m.

Federer beaten in Monte Carlo Masters


Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka both exited the Monte Carlo Masters in the third round yesterday and Rafael Nadal continued his road to recovery by overcoming John Isner in three sets.

Federer, who played his first tournament in nearly four weeks, made too many mistakes in a 6-4, 7-6 (5) loss to Gael Monfils after Wawrinka - the defending champion - was routed 6-1, 6-2 by Grigor Dimitrov.

"It's the very beginning of the clay-court season. It's going to take me some time to feel 100 percent comfortable," the second-ranked Federer said.

"Not many guys are perfect this week."

Nadal might not be at his best yet, but his fighting spirit remains intact. The eight-time Monte Carlo champion, who arrived with a big question mark surrounding his form, came out on top of a tense match with the big-serving Isner to reach the quarter-finals with a 7-6 (6), 4-6, 6-3 win.

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic enjoyed another stroll and extended his winning streak to 14 matches, defeating Andreas Haider-Maurer 6-4, 6-0 to set up a quarter-final match against Marin Cilic.

IOC boss warns against

'political interference'


The president of the International Olympic Committee warned Wednesday against "political interference" in the universal rules of sport that can undermine the core principles of fair play, tolerance and non-discrimination.

Thomas Bach told the UN Security Council that the world needs the Olympic principles "of tolerance, solidarity and peace more than ever because we are living in a world full of crisis - political crisis, financial crisis, health crisis, terrorism, war ethnic and religious


Speaking at the UN commemoration of the second annual International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, Bach said, "Sport has to be politically neutral, but it is not apolitical."

He said the International Olympic Committee is engaging with governments, businesses, the academic community and many organisations, and it is supporting programmes to promote conflict resolution to bring hope to refugees and to promote gender equality and healthier lifestyles, he said.

Bach urged the 193 UN member states to consider mandatory "quality physical education in primary and secondary school", which will provide "a strong incentive for school attendance and contribute to a broad spectrum of life skills".