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Published:Monday | July 21, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Ricketts

 Pan Am badminton champs

Following last year's fifth-place finish at the Pan Am Junior tournament, Jamaica will be seeking to improve their ranking and medal haul when they bow into action at the youth badminton championship being hosted in Guatemala, later today.

The team is placed in Group C and will face Peru and El Salvador. If they advance, they will play in the semi-final later, with a spot up for grabs in tomorrow's final.

Last year's winners, Canada, will not be taking part this year, thus leaving the number one spot up for grabs.

Given the likes of runners-up Brazil, the United States of America at number three and Mexico fourth in last year's competition, the team will have to stave off tough competition to emerge winners this year.

Samuel Ricketts and Sean Wilson will lead the charge in the Under-19 boys' singles. Both will then return for the doubles in that same age group and pair with Shane Wilson and Tremar Barham.

In the Under-19 mixed doubles, Ricketts and Kathrine Wynter are paired, along with Sean Wilson and Jade Clarke. Shane Wilson and Alana Bailey will also vie for a medal in the mixed doubles, while Zane Reid will go in search of a medal in the girls Under-13 singles.

South Africa win

GALLE, Sri Lanka (AP):

Scores yesterday after South Africa defeated Sri Lanka by 153 runs in the first cricket test at the Galle International Stadium.

South Africa 1st innings: 455-9 declared (Dean Elger 103, Jean Paul-Duminy 100 not out, Faf du Plessis 80, Quinton de Kock 51; Dilruwan Perera 4-162, Suranga Lakmal 3-75). Sri Lanka 1st innings 292 (Angelo Mathews 89, Upul Tharanga 83; Dale Steyn 5-54, Morne Morkel 3-49). South Africa 2nd innings: 206-6 declared (A.B. de Villiers 51; Dilruwan Perera 4-79). Sri Lanka 2nd innings: 216 (Kumar Sangakkara 76; Morne Morkel 4-29, Dale Steyn 4-45).