Ashley to defend title in Mexico
KINGSTON (CMC):Jamaica's Alicia Ashley, the World Boxing Council (WBC) super bantamweight champion, will defend her title in Tijuana against Mexico's Zenny Sotomayer this coming Wednesday. The fight will be the third title defence for Ashley, following victories over Maria Elena Villalobos last year and Panama's Chanttal Martinez earlier this year.
Her reign began in July 2011 after she defeated Christina Ruiz in New York to take home the vacant title. Ashley's opponent Sotomayer has a 10-5-1 record and her last fight was an unsuccessful bid to win the International Boxing Federation super bantamweight title, losing to the champion Kitty Wilson Castillo.
"I am ready to go," said Ashley, known for being ring savvy and who has a 19-9-1 record. "I hope that my opponent is, too, as I would like it to be a good fight."
T&T move ahead of Boyz
ZURICH, Switzerland (CMC):Trinidad and Tobago have moved ahead of Caribbean rivals Jamaica in the latest official FIFA World rankings, released on Thursday. The T&T Soca Warriors are now in 81st position, with Jamaica slipping four spots to 82nd. T&T's jump is due largely to their performance at the OSN Cup in Saudi Arabia, which included a 3-3 regulation time draw with United Arab Emirates and a 3-1 win over Saudi Arabia.
Tuesday's 0-0 draw with New Zealand is likely to have a positive impact on T&T's November ranking. T&T are ranked ninth among CONCACAF nations, and fourth in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU). United States head the CONCACAF rankings, followed by Mexico and Costa Rica.
Dog that crashed half marathon dies
EVANSVILLE, Indiana (AP):A dog that became an Internet sensation after crashing a half marathon in the United States has died just a week after receiving a medal for completing the race. The 100-pound (45-kilogramme) chocolate Labrador retriever named Boogie ran most of the 13.1 miles (21.08 kilometres) in the October 5 event in Midwestern Indiana state after escaping his leash the night before. Owner Jerry Butts made an appointment for the dog to be neutered after the race to curb his wandering ways.
The Evansville Courier & Press reports (http://bit.ly/16kYycp ) that Boogie died Tuesday of an apparent heart attack. He was 10. Boogie finished the race in two hours, 15 minutes.
Sherwin Williams St Catherine T20 final
The final of the St Catherine Sherwin Williams T20 cricket competition will take place today at Spanish Town Prison Oval, beginning at 11 a.m., following a brief opening ceremony. This year's renewal will be a repeat of last year's final when defending champions Old Harbour Cricket Club play De La Vega Cricket Club.
Coming into the finals, Old Harbour defeated Basement CC by 65 runs. Scores: Old Harbour 153 - Andre Russell 64, Dempsey Salmon 27. Brian Wright took 4-35. Basement 88 all out - Richard Braddock 30. Christopher Halstead 3-24, Andre Brown 2-1.
De la Vega beat Angels by 23 runs. Scores: De la Vega 123 - Wayne Morgan 44, Junior McKenzie 32. Mark Gordon 3-19, Dwayne Guthrie 3-25. Angels 100 - Conrad Cranston - 22. Wayne Morgan 4-19.
Tsonga in semis
VIENNA (AP):Top-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga outlasted the 149th-ranked Dominic Thiem of Austria 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (3) Friday to reach the semi-finals of the Erste Bank Open. Tsonga will take on Robin Haase of the Netherlands for a place in the semis, while second-seeded Tommy Haas of Germany faces Lukas Rosol of Czech Republic in the other semi-final. The eighth-ranked Frenchman, who won the event in 2011, missed a match point at 5-4 in the final set, but converted his second chance in the tiebreaker after two hours, 15 minutes as Thiem hit a forehand long.
Mexico hires new coach
MEXICO CITY (AP):Miguel Herrera was hired as the new Mexico coach yesterday for two playoff games next month against New Zealand, with the winning team advancing to next year's World Cup in Brazil. Herrera replaces Victor Manuel Vucetich, who coached only two matches. The last was a 2-1 loss on Tuesday against Costa Rica.
Herrera, who is leaving as coach of Mexican club America, is Mexico's fourth coach in just under two months as the team struggles to reach its sixth straight World Cup.