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Published:Saturday | February 20, 2016 | 2:00 AMAnthony Minott and Richard Bryan
Collin Reid photo UWI Pelicans celebrate after winning the JN Sunshine Open League netball final at the National Indoor Sports Centre last week Saturday. The Pelicans beat Molynes United 'A' 30-19. Joining them in the presentation are Paulette Sterling (left) of sponsors Jamaica National and Dr Paula Daley Morris, President of Netball Jamaica.
Collin Reid photo JN Open League MVP, Caralee Tinglin, the wing attack for UWI Pelicans, displays her award after being presented after the final at the National Indoor Sports Centre last week Saturday. UWI Pelicans beat Molynes United 'A' 30-19.
Photo courtesy of Yannick Reid Mark Neita (second left), President of Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC), and Dr Carlton Davis, chairman of Special Olympics Jamaica (SOJ), sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between SOJ and MCC at the launch of Melbourne/Purewater 5K Run and signing of a MOU with SOJ at MCC on Thursday. Looking on are David Wong (left), managing danaging, Peak Bottling Company and Lorna Bell, executive director, SOJ.
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Dunbeholden clobber Johnson Hill in INSPORTS Community League

Ricardo Douglas (12th, 35th), Kavion Smickle (24th), Jeffery Wheeler (34th), Ricardo Boothe (47th) and Patrick King (57th) scored for Dunbeholden in the hefty win.

Meanwhile, a double strike from Fabian Murray carried East West Strikers to a 2-1 win over Reid's Pen. Murray scored in the 43rd and 60th minutes, while Reid's Pen's consolation goal was scored by Oneil Malcolm in the 78th.

In another game, Greater Portmore Strikers drew 1-1 with Christian Gardens. Nicholas Steele scored for Greater Portmore Strikers in the 50th minute and Alrick Isaac equalised for Christian Gardens in the 55th minute.

Fort cool Spit Fyah

Veteran club Fort International created a big upset as they inflicted a 300-294 defeat of previously undefeated Spit Fyah in the City of Kingston Credit Union-sponsored Portmore Domino League at Passagefort Drive last Sunday.

Fort led 155-152 at half-time. However, Spit Fyah overhaul Fort and led by as much as 23 points, but Fort, playing on their home ground, rallied to win by six points in a sensational countdown.

In another game, Right Stuff defeated Passagefort United 300-281. The competition continues tomorrow.

Braeton, Racing in KO clash

Braeton United are looking to qualify for their second final of the season, as they clash with Racing United in the feature match of a semi-final double-header of the Portmore Division Two Knockout football competition at the Cedar Grove Sports Complex, starting at 3 p.m. Braeton United are the midseason champions.

In the other semi-final game, Cedar Grove Estate, who are searching for their first title in club history, face off against Edgewater.

In first round action, Braeton United outshot Edgewater 4-3, Racing United eliminated Daytona 1-0, Cedar Grove had a similar 1-0 win over Waterford, while Cumberland booted out Southborough 7-6 on penalties, after the players were unable to break a 2-2 deadlock in extra-time.

Cumberland secure final semi-final spot

Cumberland FC cut down Daytona 4-1 to snatch the fourth and final semi-final spot in the York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two Football league last week Sunday.

With the win, Cumberland move1 p.m. 11 points and fourth place. Cedar Grove placed joint second with Edgewater (13 points), after the former played to a 0-0 draw with top seed Braeton United (17 points).

The semi-final pairings pit Braeton against Cumberland at 1 pm and

Cedar Grove tackling Edgewater at 3 p.m. on Sunday, February 28, both games at the Cedar Grove Sports Complex.

Jamalco maintain lead in Clarendon

Defending Major League champions of Clarendon, Jamalco, continue to lead the way in the 2016 season of the Clarendon Football Association (CFA)/Captain's Bakery & Grill Major League. They have been the most impressive of the three preliminary round group leaders, which includes former Premier League campaigners Sporting Central Academy and Kemps Hill.

Jamalco sit pretty in Zone B with 16 points, compiled from five wins and a draw. Their latest win was a 2-0 home effort against New Bowens, the second time they have beaten this team.

Even with four games to go in Group B, they could seal their second round berth with victory away to Lionel Town today. Nearest rivals New Bowens are on 10 points, while third-placed Lionel Town are on five.

In the first game, they ran circles around Lionel Town 5-0. Ironically, Jamalco have only dropped points this season against Threadlight, the lowest-placed team in their zone.

Sporting Central, with a record of three wins and two draws, lead Group C under way points, one point clear of the chasing pair of Moores United and Original Hazard. Their away clash against

Kemps Hill are the leaders in Zone A with 12 points, two more than York Town. Comfort are next on nine points.

Los Perfectos back in Manchester football

Following a near 15-year hiatus, multiple Manchester parish champions, Los Perfectos, are back competing in a Manchester Football Association (MFA)-run football competition.

Los Perfectos have over the years fielded a team in the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Women's league.

However, they made a resounding start to a new campaign in the parish as a male outfit when they defeated Epping Forrest 6-0 earlier this week in the Jamalco-sponsored MFA Division One.

The 2016 season of the Division One competition got underway last weekend at the Kirkvine Sports Club with a dress parade involving the 12 teams that will compete in two preliminary zones of six teams each.

Awards were made to the three top teams. Hanbury FC captured the top spot, followed by Northern Caribbean University (NCU) President's Xl, with Trinity United FC taking third spot.

In the opening matches, NCU President's Xl and Star Zone Academy drew 2-2, Plowden FC drew 1-1 with Mandeville United FC, 360deg Club won 2-0 against Starz Academy, while Technical Strikers outscored Clandon Strikers 3-1.

Hillstars secure semis spot early

Defending champions Hillstars became the first qualifier to the semi-final stages of the MFA Magnum/Captain's Bakery Major League, when they defeated Georges Valley 2-0 earlier this week.

With just four matches to go in the return phase of the preliminary round, Hillstars are the overall leaders with 29 points, one more than Zone Two leaders Downs. However, they are supreme in Zone One where they have a nine-point lead over Mile Gully. Georges Valley are a further four points adrift.

Zone Two is far more competitive and far from being decided. Following their recent 7-1 demolition of Porus, Downs lead a tight pack with 28 points. Ricam are second on 24 points, one ahead of Alligator Pond (23). Only two teams from each zone will make the cut.

In other Major League matches, Mile Gully and Comfort drew 0-0, Old England lost at home 1-2 to Greenvale and Alligator Pond had a 2-0 win over Villa United.

Black Star win mid-season title

Black Star FC were crowned mid-season champions of the St Elizabeth Magnum Major League after defeating Real Treasure Beach FC 5-4 on penalties.

In the finals played at St Elizabeth Technical High School, the two teams had battled to 1-1 draw in full and extra time.

In an earlier zonal match, Black Stars had easily defeated Real Treasure Beach 3-1. However, the champions were surprised when Jovaughn Williams scored for Real Treasure Beach FC in the 77th minute. The 1-0 lead lasted 10 minutes as Dwayne Brown minimised the scare to score for Black Star FC two minutes from time. No further goals were scored throughout extra-time.

The chase for the league title resumes today with three games and two tomorrow.

Today's games:

n Haughton United vs Real Treasure Beach FC at Elim

n Holland PYC vs Vineyard

n Tafari Lions vs Super Action

Tomorrow:

n Newell vs St Bess at Hounslow

n Black Stars vs Appleton

n Rum Bar Rum National Darts League

With a game against lowly Shooting STARS, leaders Central Strikers look set to maintain their position in the Rum-Bar Rum National Darts League, which will continue tomorrow with fourth round matches at the Upper Level Sports Bar in Mandeville.

The matches are: Central Miners vs Shooting STARS at 11 am, Chelsea Precision vs Dynasty MoBay at 11 am, BOJ Gators vs MoBay Darters at 2 pm, Guy's Darters vs Dynasty MoBay at 2 pm.

Central Miners lead with six points, followed by Chelsea Precision (five), Dynasty MoBay (four), Guy's Darters (three), BOJ Gators (two), Portmore Stimulus (two), Portmore Contenders (one), Shooting STARS (one) and MoBay Darters (0).