Sun | May 28, 2017

Sports Briefs

Published:Thursday | May 4, 2017 | 5:00 AM
Andrew Ramgeet

Ramgeet in sight of title

PHOENIX, Arizona(CMC):

Championship leader Andrew Ramgeet enhanced his odds of capturing the jockeys title at Turf Paradise when he posted a double at the southwestern United States racetrack on Monday.

The veteran rider landed his first winner in the day's opener with favourite Biltmore Boogie before returning to win race three with 5-1 chance Storm Quest.

With a week left in the campaign, Ramgeet leads by nine on 105 wins, with the second placed David Lopez on 96 and Jorge Bourdieu two back in third on 94.

Needing to give himself breathing room in the title race, Ramgeet wasted little time in opening his account when he steered seven-year-old bay gelding Biltmore Boogie to a two-length victory over the three-year-old and upwards.

His second win came in another five-furlong contest when he combined with the four-year-old gelding Storm Quest to trounce the three-year-old and upwards by 71/2 lengths.

Ajax beat Lyon 4-1 in Europa semis

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP):

Bertrand Traore scored two goals and created another as a rampant Ajax beat Lyon 4-1 in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final yesterday.

Burkina Faso forward Traore, who is on loan to Ajax from Chelsea, had been in doubt before kic-off with a groin injury. But the 21-year-old showed no ill effects as the four-time European Cup winner made the most of its first European semifinal since 1997.

In between his strikes, Traore lined up 19-year-old Denmark striker Kasper Dolberg to score Ajax's second in the 34th minute. Amin Younes added the hosts' fourth in the 49th minute, but Mathieu Valbuena's away goal for Lyon in the 66th will give his team at least a faint hope of advancing from next week's second leg in France.