SPORTS in brief
Ja beat Leewards
SCARBOROUGH, Tobago (CMC):
Jamaica defeated the Leeward Islands by six wickets in their rescheduled first-round game in the Regional Under-17 Championship at Shaw Park yesterday.
SCORES: LEEWARD ISLANDS, 255 for seven off 50 overs (Kofi James, 79 not out; Dmitri Adams, 37; Ross Powell, 29; Michael Lewis, 28; Michael Frew, 2-33; Orane Pearson, 2-36). JAMAICA, 257 for four off 48.2 overs (Brad Barnes, 105 not out; Jordan Hill, 66; Javelle Glen, 27; Karima Gore, 2-46).
Maragh rides Bustin It to victory
ELMONT, New York (CMC):
Jamaican jockey Rajiv Maragh made all the running aboard 2-1 chance Bustin It, to win the feature US$125,000 Rockville Centre Stakes on the closing day of the spring/summer meet at Belmont Park on Sunday. The pair stormed from the gates to set the pace throughout the six-furlong trip and had no challengers as they reached the wire seven lengths clear in a time of one minute, 11.69 seconds. The victory for Bustin It came in only his second start, following a second-place finish here last month.
"He's a typical two-year-old, still learning the ropes, but it was a drastic improvement from his first race to today," said Maragh.
Blatter on racism
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP):
FIFA President Sepp Blatter has criticised the way discrimination incidents were dealt with at World Cup matches.
Blatter said: "I am not at all happy with the way we fought against racism."
The FIFA president says he spoke with Russia's President Vladimir Putin at Sunday's final about making the issue a priority at the 2018 World Cup there.
However, reported incidents of fans chanting gay slurs, displaying far-right banners and wearing black face make-up brought no disciplinary action. FIFA's own racism task force chairman, Jeffrey Webb, described a "disconnect" between his group and FIFA's disciplinary panel.
Germany printed stamps before final
Germany's Deutsche Post AG took a gamble on the outcome of the World Cup final - and it paid off. Before the match even began, the former state monopoly had printed five million stamps commemorating Germany's fourth World Cup title after 1954, 1974 and 1990.