View comments Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo showed great ability to defend third place from Hamilton, who almost passed the Australian driver on the last two laps but had to settle for fourth.Bottas clinched the second victory of his career – both have come since he joined Mercedes from Williams this season. His first career podium was on the same Spielberg track, when he finished third for Williams in 2014.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Hamilton started from eighth on the grid on Sunday.The British driver had the third fastest qualifying time behind Vettel and Bottas, but was demoted five places for an unauthorized gearbox change after the last race in Azerbaijan two weeks ago, which Ricciardo won. Not easy being green: Dog births unique puppy Pornography greets commuters at Sweden bus stop Jean-Paul Gaultier to retire as fashion designer End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend SEA Games: Agatha Wong wins 2nd gold medal in wushu PLAY LIST 02:30SEA Games: Agatha Wong wins 2nd gold medal in wushu00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Painting found in Italian museum wall is stolen Klimt McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return LATEST STORIES Imee Marcos slams driver-cap on motorcycle taxis MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Creamline grounds Air Force for 3-0 start Solar-powered barge a key ‘interceptor’ for plastic waste Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland (center) leads into the first curve at the start of the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria, Sunday, July 9, 2017. (Photo by DARKO BANDIC / AP)SPIELBERG, Austria — Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas made a great start from pole position to win the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday, while Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel finished just behind in second to extend his championship lead over main rival Lewis Hamilton.Bottas did just enough to hold off Vettel’s late charge, as the German driver crossed the line 0.6 seconds behind.ADVERTISEMENT
SUBRINA Richards on Friday confirmed her status as one of the best female middleweight martial artists in the world, winning a third consecutive International Sport Kick-boxing Association (ISKA) Amateur Members Association World Championships title in Athens, Greece.Coach Jason McKay said he had no doubt Richards would have completed the hat-trick after winning points-sparring titles in Portugal, 2015, and Stuttgart, Germany, last year.”She is at about 80 per cent fitness but, even at that, I knew she was way ahead of anyone else. There is no one in the European confederation who can seriously challenge her in points fighting. I am even surprised that the final was so close. Germany really pushed her to the line,” he said.Richards, who won Jamaica’s third gold at the event, following Akino Lindsay’s opening-day super heavyweight title win and Sheckema Cunningham’s microweight victory on Thursday, said she was elated after a tough fight.GREAT FEELING”It’s a great feeling knowing I was able to defend my title twice. This was the first ISKA title I won, back in 2015, and I was able to get it again, twice, last year in Germany as well.”It was a tough match, to be honest. I fought two Germans. It was a pretty close match. I am just super happy, super proud, very excited and looking forward to 2018 when we are hosting. I will have the opportunity to defend my title in front of my fellow Jamaicans,” she added.The Jamaicans hope to end the tournament with four gold medals, pinning their bets on Cunningham’s point-sparring bout, a late match, following her title win in continuous-sparring last week.”We are hosting this tournament in Montego Bay next year, and it would be great to have four titles resting with the host country,” McKay pointed out, adding that the 2018 ISKA Amateur Members Association World Championships, September 10-15, could surpass the success of the 2014 International Taekwondo Federation World Cup, which was also staged in Montego Bay.”We pulled off that one with few, if any, hitches and many praises, internationally and locally,” he said.
Jamaica Skeet Club president Evan Thwaites is expecting a competitive and exciting National Junior Championships at the Portmore Range today starting at 11 a.m.Thwaites said the island’s top young shooters have prepared relentlessly over the last few weeks and will be gunning to be crowned the top young shooter for 2017.”This is the sixth year of the championship and it is becoming a prestigious event. All of the youngsters are planning to fight very hard to come out on top … so I am expecting everyone to give their all,” he said.More than 60 competitors will be in the hunt for the title and they will be placed in three groups based on age. The first group, (sub juniors) consists of shooters age 11-14; the second group, (juniors) ages 15-17; and third group will have shooters age 17-20 (extended juniors).There will be two separate competitions. The sub juniors will go first and they will have an easier course. The juniors and extended juniors will have a more difficult course. The winner will come from the juniors and extended juniors competition.SUPER SIX SHOOT OFFAt the end of the main competition, the top six shooters will go into a super six shoot off, and the shooter with the highest overall score will be crowned champion.In the boys’ section, defending champion Brandon Reid will look to defend his crown against the likes of Nickolai Clarke, Roman Tavares-Finson and Danzel Knight. While for the girls – Annabel Chung, Taylor Phillips and Anna Issa will be the main challengers for that title.
Following on the National Senior Trials held early last month, the Alliance Flights Classic tees off this weekend at the Caymanas Golf and Country Club. The tournament will showcase some of Jamaica’s best golfing talent, including Jonathan Newnham who finished first in the Trials, Mark Newnham, renowned vascular surgeon and father of Jonathan, William Knibbs and O’Shae Haye. Among the seniors, noteworthy competitors include other national representatives Robert Chin, Wayne Chai Chong, Rory Jardine. Super Seniors who will be vying for category titles include JGA president Peter Chin, Opeton Marshall and Fred Sutherland. Junior golfers in contention are Luke Lindo, Jack Stein and Sebert Walker, all of whom are also national representatives. Lindo and Stein will be competing for a spot on the junior team in the boys’ Under-17 category. The Alliance Flights Classic will be used to determine which of these young golfers will travel with the junior team to the Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championships in Trinidad and Tobago next month. The first tee time is at 7:30 a.m. today.
Difficult match RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) : Lionel Messi is back for Argentina. And Luis Suarez is expected to return for Uruguay. The two Barcelona teammates should be the focus tomorrow in South America’s most high-profile World Cup qualifier. With four rounds of qualifying remaining, Brazil have already advanced to Russia and lead the group with 33 points. The five-time World Cup winners are followed by Colombia (24), Uruguay (23), Chile (23), Argentina (22) and Ecuador (20). Peru and Paraguay have 18 points, and little chance to advance. Bolivia and Venezuela have been eliminated. In addition to Brazil, three more teams will claim the remaining automatic berths, and one more South American team could also reach Russia in a play-off. Messi is back from a one-game ban for insulting a match official. It was originally four matches, but the Argentine football association appealed successfully. That’s good news for coach Jorge Sampaoli, who will be on the bench for his first official game in charge. Without Messi, Argentina lost to Bolivia 2-0 in their last qualifier in March. Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez also needs Suarez. He has a right-knee injury, which Tabarez said will be evaluated in the run-up to the match. With or without Suarez, Tabarez knows “it will be a very, very difficult match”. Sampaoli replaced Edgardo Bauza in early June and has coached friendly wins over Brazil and Singapore. Sampaoli has left Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain out of the side, going instead with Paulo Dybala, who is seen as Messi’s heir on the national team. Tabarez is remaking the Uruguay side, which has been about the same since finishing fourth in the 2010 World Cup and the 2011 Copa America. New faces include Federico Valverde, Mauricio Lemos and Gaston Pereiro. “It’s not just another game coming up,” Uruguay defender Diego Godin said. “It’s a classic, and we know who we’re playing.” Other scheduled matches: Venezuela vs Colombia; Brazil vs Ecuador; Chile vs Paraguay and Peru vs Bolivia.
Mathematical miracle PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC): Trinidad and Tobago drifted closer to elimination from the CONCACAF final round of 2018 World Cup qualifiers when they conceded two early first-half goals to plunge to a 2-1 defeat to Honduras here Friday night. Playing at the Ato Boldon Stadium, the hosts started poorly to concede twice in the first quarter of an hour through Alex Lopez and Alberth Elis, and never managed to find their way back despite Joevin Jones’s second half penalty. Both sides were reduced to 10 men in the second half after having a player each sent off. The result was T&T’s sixth loss in seven games and it left them bottom of the six-nation standing on three points, needing a mathematical miracle to finish in the top four and keep alive their World Cup qualification hopes. “In the first half we were poor – poor, poor in the first half. It’s not what I expected, it’s not what anyone expected,” T&T head coach Dennis Lawrence lamented afterwards. “I don’t understand exactly what happened to the boys. I don’t know if the occasion got to them, but it wasn’t the first half we expected. We gave ourselves a mountain to climb.” T&T, though, could have been on the scoresheet as early as the third minute but Cordell Cato’s firm drive was palmed away by goalkeeper Luis Lopez. Things fell apart for the hosts thereafter, as they conceded twice to be down 2-0 at half-time, leaving themselves with too much to do to get back into the contest.
Rescue job However, de Silva came to his side’s rescue, anchoring three successive partnerships to put the innings back on course. First, he put on 40 for the third wicket with Charith Asalanka (10), a further 35 for the fourth wicket with Shanaka before adding an invaluable 63 for the fifth wicket with Hasaranga. All told, the right-handed de Silva struck 10 fours and three sixes, in an innings lasting 143 balls and nearly four hours. They were well placed at 171 for four before Jacobs struck twice in successive deliveries to remove de Silva and Chamika Karunaratne (0) as three wickets tumbled for 10 runs in the space of 28 deliveries. FLORENCE HALL, Jamaica, CMC: Skipper Dhananjaya De Silva struck his 11th first class hundred but West Indies ‘A’ still managed to restrict Sri Lanka ‘A’ on the penultimate day of the first four-day “Test” here Friday. The 26-year-old, who boasts two Test hundreds in 10 matches, struck 104 as the visitors reached 210 for seven in their first innings before rain and then bad light ended play prematurely at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium. Wanindu Hasaranga chipped in with 24 and Dasun Shanaka, 20 but Sri Lanka ‘A’ failed to come to grips with the Windies A probing attack. Fast bowlers Keon Joseph (2-28) and Sheldon Cottrell (2-41), along with leg-spinner Damion Jacobs (2-33) all finished with two wickets each. After the Windies ‘A’ declared at their overnight 364 for eight, they quickly made inroads into the Sri Lankan innings, reducing it to 33 for two as Ron Chandragupta (11) and Sandun Weerakkody (0) perished cheaply.
Stephen Francis has stepped down as head coach of the very successful MVP Track and Field Club. In a release today, president Bruce James, said Stephen Francis, a co-founder of the club in 1999, will now focus on ‘providing private coaching services to select individual athletes.’ Francis has been replaced as head coach at MVP by his brother, Paul, who has attained Level IV IAAF coaching certification in sprints and hurdles. Both Stephen and Paul will continue as coaches at the University of Technology (UTech). The new structure has been in place since September 1, the release said. Under Stephen’s guidance the MVP Track Club which is based at UTech, earned 56 IAAF World Championships and 28 Olympic medals; 25 National records, three Olympic records and five world records. Stephen Francis recently received the Order Of Jamaica for his outstanding contribution to track and field.
Favourites BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC): Captain Carlos Brathwaite says West Indies need to be relaxed and play with freedom, as they prepare to face a dangerous Bangladesh side in the opening Twenty20/International of the three-match series here tonight. “We play best when we enjoy ourselves, when we’re having fun, when it’s a relaxed atmosphere, which it has been,” Brathwaite said yesterday ahead of the opening contest at Warner Park. “And once we take that relaxed atmosphere on to the pitch in expressing ourselves, I’m sure we’ll come out on top. Big respect to Bangladesh; they’re a formidable white-ball team as we saw in the just-concluded ODI series. “But we know that once we put our ‘A’ game out, not much teams can touch us on our day and that’s the plan for the course of the three-game series.” West Indies are reigning T20 World champions following their triumph in India two years ago, but have lost their last five outings in bilateral series against Pakistan and New Zealand. However, they will be favourites to get the better of Bangladesh, with the likes of AndrÈ Russell and Marlon Samuels available following injury, and white-ball specialists Rovman Powell and Kesrick Williams also in the line-up. And with much of the side coming off stints in the recent Global T20 Canada league, Brathwaite expects his troops to be on top of their game. West Indies will hope to draw first blood here in order to take an advantage into the double-header at the weekend, scheduled for the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, United States.
Coach of Harbour View Football Club Ricardo Gardner is unbothered by the criticism that sometimes comes his way for the struggles of his team. His largely youthful team, which lost key players Evan Taylor, Daniel Green, and Rafeik Thomas, who arrived in the second half of last season, have spent most of the first round in the bottom half of the table and currently sits in 11th position in the 12-team table. That for Gardner is only the short term, and there is a bigger picture. “My goal is to develop,” Gardner said of the job he is doing with the club. “Winning is important, but it is more than about winning games in the Premier League. It is important to learn the game – to grow and develop – and I think we are making some progress,” added Gardener, citing the progress of Peter Lee Vassell, Deshane Beckford, and Tyreek Magee, who is beginning to find his feet among the big boys. Vassell’s initial steps in the league were tentative. Now, he is a more confident player who has graduated to the national team. “I want to give people the opportunity to experience what I experienced. We do not have a talent problem in Jamaica. It is just the attitude that is the problem, and we have to work on that, and I want to play my part in addressing that,” said the man who was part of Jamaica’s historic qualification for and participation in the 1998 World Cup in France. Easily the most successful home-grown professional footballer so far, Gardner, a left-sided player who featured in attack, defence, and central midfield, ended his relationship with Bolton Wanders in 2012 after 14 years with the club. For the national team, he earned in excess of 100 caps and scored nine goals. – N.W.