Intercol to launch Semester One today
The Jamaica Intercollegiate Sports Association will have its opening ceremony for Semester One sports at the Church Teachers' College and Manchester High School today.
The activities will start at 9:30 a.m. with the opening ceremony at Church Teachers' College. The Semester One sports will begin with the Greg Garrell KO football competition, netball rally, male basketball, table tennis and badminton.
Jamalco the toast of Clarendon
Jamalco's football team were the toast of the 2013 Clarendon Football Association awards ceremony.
In addition to cash incentives from main sponsor Captain's Bakery & Grill for winning the Major League for the first time, Jamalco took the top sectional awards. Goalkeeper Erron Brown won the Most Valuable Player award while their teenage national youth programme striker Roshane Sharpe took home the top goalscorer award. Jamalco's Patrick 'Jackie' Walters secured the top coach award.
In the other categories, Treadlight, who won the Division One and will be promoted to the Major League next season, also had two significant sectional awards. Odaine Campbell was adjudged the Most Valuable Player while Marlon Green got top coach.
The Most Disciplined Team award went to Major League outfit Milk River. The top referee award went to Doyen Cummings while female Stacy Ann Greyson won the top assistant referee award
Brendon Murray of Sporting Central Academy was the recipient of the association's 2013 Lifetime award.
Nadal, Djokovic, Serena in China semis
BEIJING (AP):Rafael Nadal stayed on course to wrest the top ranking from Novak Djokovic by rallying for a 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 win over Fabio Fognini of Italy in the China Open quarter-finals yesterday.
Nadal, who needs to reach the final to have a chance of regaining No. 1 for the first time in two years, was down a set and a break but changed the tempo with a timely service break.
Defending champion Djokovic progressed with an impressive 6-1, 6-2 win over American Sam Querry in just 53 minutes.
Also, top-ranked Serena Williams brushed aside former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki 6-1, 6-4 to raise her record to 6-1 against the Dane and set up a next-round clash with No. 4-ranked Agnieszka Radwanska.
Del Potro in Japan semis
TOKYO (AP):Top-seeded Juan Martin del Potro overcame Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 to reach the Japan Open semi-finals yesterday.
Del Potro broke Dolgopolov twice in the second set and again to go up 3-1 in the third set at Ariake Colosseum. He closed out the match with another break when Dolgopolov's return was long.
The Argentine will face sixth-seeded Nicolas Almagro of Spain in today's semis.
Almagro beat local favourite and defending champion Kei Nishikori 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-3.
Third-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada hit 11 aces in a 6-3, 6-3 quarter-final win over Lukas Lacko of Slovakia, lining up a semi with Ivan Dodig of Croatia.
Ajmal apologises for comments
ISLAMABAD (AP):Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore says Saeed Ajmal has apologised for his remarks that the only differences between the Australian coach and his two Pakistani predecessors are the salary package and language barrier.
Ajmal told the TV sports channel Geo Super late Tuesday that former Pakistan internationals Waqar Younis and Mohsin Khan handled the players very well during their coaching stints, while Whatmore - a former Australia test batsman who has previously coached Sri Lanka and Bangladesh - "doesn't have the know-how of our language."