Jamaica fight back
Garth Garvey completed a fine all-round day with a half-century to lead a fightback for Jamaica's Under-23s, after half-centuries from Shai Hope and Raymon Reifer gave the Sagicor West Indies High Performance Centre a healthy first innings lead in their four-day match yesterday.
Garvey was unbeaten on 64 and Oraine Williams scored 40, as the Jamaicans, trailing by 120 on first innings, reached 144 for three in their second innings at the close on the second at Sabina Park. Hope had stroked the top score of 53 and Reifer made 52, as the Sagicor WIHPC were bowled out for 272, replying to the home team's first-innings total of 152.
Mexicans thank US
MEXICO CITY (AP):
America's soccer team is getting some love from the most unlikely place: Mexican sports fans.
Mexican newspapers yesterday published banner headlines reading 'We Love You,' and 'Thank You, USA,' after the US kept Mexico's World Cup Qualifying hopes alive with a 3-2 victory over Panama. Mexico and the US are usually bitter rivals.
Mexico lost their Tuesday match 2-1 against Costa Rica. If Panama had held on to their lead and beaten the United States, Mexico would have been eliminated from the World Cup qualifying rounds. But the US scored two goals in the closing minutes of the game to pull ahead.
SA in trouble
ABU DHABI (AP):
South Africa were in a serious pinch after Pakistan routed the top order and left the Proteas reeling at 72-4, still trailing by 121 runs in the second innings on day three of an absorbing first Test yesterday.
Captain Misbah-ul-Haq's (100) first Test century in over two years helped the home team reach 442 and a formidable 193-run, first-innings lead. Khurram Manzoor stretched his maiden century by 15 runs in the morning before he was out for 146. South Africa were bowled out for 249 in their first innings.