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Published:Saturday | April 18, 2015 | 12:00 AM
AP Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney (left) and teammate Ashley Young.

Guardian Life/UWI 5K Night Run/Walk

The Guardian Life/UWI 5K Night Run/Walk is on this evening in New Kingston.

The event will start at 7 o'clock at the Guardian Life Head Office, Trafalgar Road, St Andrew.

Several roads in the New Kingston area will be closed to facilitate the race. Road closures, according to a release from the Constabulary Communication Network, will take effect between the hours of 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., with the exception of Lord's Road/St Lucia Avenue, which will close at 1:00 p.m., and Musgrave Avenue, vicinity of Guardian Life, which will be closed at 4:00 p.m. Major roads to be affected include Trafalgar Road, Hope Road, Old Hope Road, Oxford Road, Knutsford Boulevard, and Lady Musgrave Road.

St Elizabeth Major League

The second-leg final of the St Elizabeth Football Association Charles J.B. Overproof Rum Major League will be played today at St Elizabeth Technical in Santa Cruz.

Appleton Estates FC will take a 3-0 lead into their match against Black Star FC. Kick-off time is 3 p.m.

Results of recent matches in the St Elizabeth FA- St Elizabeth Co-operative Credit Union/Jacks Sprat Division One: New Holland FC defeated St Bess FC 3-0 with goals from Oshane Taylor, Demar James and Reneilo Brown in the 31st, 51st and 60th minutes, respectively.

In other matches, Newell High School drew 0-0 with Vineyard YC, while Parottee United and Middle Quarters PYC played to a 1-1 score line.

Rooney may play as holding midfielder

MANCHESTER, England (AP):

Wayne Rooney's successful stint as Manchester United's main striker is set to be cut short, with the England captain likely to drop back and play as a holding midfielder in today's Premier League game against Chelsea to solve an injury crisis.

Daley Blind (ankle) and Michael Carrick (calf), United's two options as holding midfielders, will both miss the game because of injury.

"I don't have many choices," United manager Louis van Gaal said, when asked if Rooney would be playing in defensive midfield.

Rooney played in midfield earlier this season as a stop-gap measure, but has been in superb form since returning to his usual position as striker in mid-February, scoring six goals in nine games.

Rooney's form has been a key factor behind United's run of six straight league wins that has lifted the team to third place, a point behind Arsenal and eight off Chelsea.

Djokovic vs Nadal in Monte Carlo

MONACO (AP):

Winning a game against Novak Djokovic these days is quite an achievement. Even when you're a US Open champion.

Djokovic won the first eight games of his Monte Carlo Masters quarter-final match yesterday, before Marin Cilic managed to hold his serve, raising a thumb in the air to celebrate.

The momentum change was short-lived, though, with the top-ranked Djokovic powering his way into the semi-finals with a 6-0, 6-3 victory.

Djokovic, who ended Rafael Nadal's reign in Monte Carlo when he won the clay-court Masters tournament in 2013, will next face the Spaniard in a match he sees as "probably the biggest clay-court challenge you can have."

Nadal, an eight-time champion at the Country Club, had to battle for nearly 3 hours, before securing a 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 victory over David Ferrer.