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Published:Tuesday | July 15, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Ja beat Leewards


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


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.