September 18

Mexico win Gold Cup after Dos Santos strike

first_imgMEXICO extended their record number of CONCACAF Gold Cup wins as Jonathan dos Santos’ strike gave them a narrow victory over the United States.LA Galaxy midfielder Dos Santos latched on to a smart Raul Jimenez back heel to fire in off the bar in front of 62,493 fans at Chicago’s Soldier Field.Christian Pulisic had a good early chance but US boss Gregg Berhalter said Mexico were the “better team”.“I think we lacked some calmness and composure,” said Berhalter.“When you talk about a step the team needs to take, we’re close but we weren’t there tonight.”The Gold Cup, referred to as the CONCACAF Championship before 1991, crowns the continental champions of North America, Central America and the Caribbean.Mexico now have 11 wins in the tournament’s history, five more than the US, who claimed the biennial tournament in 2017.“This was what we came here for,” said Mexico’s Andres Guardado.“We did it and in an unforgettable setting. We’re very happy. The whole team was spectacular.”Moments after new Chelsea signing Pulisic was denied in a frenetic opening, US striker Jozy Altidore fired wide when one-on-one with the goalkeeper.Guardado headed a Jordan Morris effort off the line after half-time before Dos Santos produced the game’s decisive moment with a clinical left-foot finish.The goal delivered Mexico their eighth success since the tournament was re-branded in 1991.Wolves striker Jimenez finished as the tournament’s joint-second leading scorer on five goals alongside Canada striker Lucas Cavallini – with the 28-year-old’s team-mate Jonathan David on six.(BBC Sport)last_img read more

August 16

Simona Halep dominates Serena Williams to win 2019 Wimbledon final

first_imgThis was just Halep’s second time ever beating Williams, bringing her all-time record in the series to 9-2. This marks the first time Williams has ever lost three major finals in succession since she made her first final in 1999. The 37-year-old also lost last year’s WImbledon final to Angelique Kerber.MORE: Follow live scores from every match at Wimbledon 2019″She literally played out of her mind,” WIlliams said on the telecast after the match. “So congratulations, Simona.”With the win, Halep is now 2-3 in Grand Slam finals, including her 2018 French Open title. This was her first Wimbledon championship, and her first appearance.Sporting News tracked the match from start to finish. How Halep scored a dominant upset for her first Wimbledon title:Serena Williams vs. Simona Halep live score, resultsBelow are live scores and results from the 2019 Wimbledon women’s singles final.WimbledonFinalSaturday 13 JulyEndSerena Williams (11)22-Simona Halep (7)66-All start times are estimatesClick here or refresh the page if you don’t see a live scoreboard.Match updates, highlights from 2019 Wimbledon women’s finalSet 2: Halep 6, Williams 210:08 a.m.: And there it is. Halep holds Williams to love for the championship point. A completely dominant, masterful performance for the Romanian.The moment @Simona_Halep became Romania’s first ever #Wimbledon singles champion 🇷🇴 pic.twitter.com/bny53dP8AL— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 13, 201910:08 a.m.: It’s 40-love Halep with a chance at Wimbledon right here.10:07 a.m.: It’s 30-love Halep.10:06 a.m.: It’s 15-love Halep.10:06 a.m.: And another break point for Halep. She’ll serve for the championship.Within touching distance…@Simona_Halep gets the break in the second set and is just three games away from a first #Wimbledon title pic.twitter.com/aPjExdjbBr— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 13, 201910:04 a.m.: Advantage Halep with a chance at a break point (again). 10:02 a.m.: Advantage Williams with a chance to get a desperately needed game.10:01 a.m.: Advantage Halep with a chance at a break point. 9:59 a.m.: Double fault by Williams. She’s completely out of her game right now.9:59 a.m.: Another error by Williams results in another game for Halep, who’s up 4-2.9:55 a.m.: A horrendous unforced error by Williams at the net gives Halep a double break point to go up 3-2.9:52 a.m.: Halep is completely in her game. Her court coverage has been incredible. She’s up 30-love. 9:51 a.m.: Halep returns the favor, holding Williams to love to tie it at 2-2.9:48 a.m.: Williams holds Halep to love to make it 2-1.9:45 a.m.: Halep ties it at 1-1 in the second set.9:42 a.m.: Williams up 1-0 in the second set. A very loud, intense game right there.9:39 a.m.: Williams screams after tying it 15-15 in the first game of the second match. Venting some frustrations, seems like.Set 1: Halep 6, Williams 29:36 a.m.: Halep gets the set point, winning 6-2. A masterful start for her, and her first set against Williams in four tries.Lift-off for @Simona_Halep 💨The Romanian takes the opening set 6-2 against Serena Williams, breaking twice and making just two unforced errors #Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/g8Qn851x4a— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 13, 20199:32 a.m.: Williams holds Halep to love to make it 5-2 in the first set.9:31 a.m.: And Halep counters, winning the sixth game to go up 5-1.9:30 a.m.: Advantage Halep.9:29 a.m.: Advantage Williams with a chance at a break point.9:26 a.m.: Williams wins the longest rally of the match so far, at 12, to make it 15-love.9:23 a.m.: Williams’ finally on the board, holding Halep to love to make it 4-1 in the first set.9:22 a.m.: Wow. Halep goes up 4-0 in the first set with an ace for the final point.9:20 a.m.: Halep is placing her shots beautifully while Williams is making a lot of unforced errors. Halep is up 30-love in the fourth game.9:18 a.m.: Halep with the double break point — her second of the match. She’s up 3-0 in the first set.9:17 a.m.: It’s 30-30 after traded points, and Williams’ starting to show some emotion. Misfiring early a little.9:16 a.m.: Williams had Halep sprinting the entire court and still came away with the point. It’s 15-15 in the game three.9:15 a.m.: Halep held Williams to love in the second game. She’s up 2-0 in the first set.9:14 a.m.: Halep up 45-love in the second game. Looks like Williams’ a little tight to begin this match.9:13 a.m.: First game to Halep.9:13 a.m.: Halep rallies and has an opportunity at a break point.9:12 a.m.: Traded points make it 30-30.9:11 a.m.: Halep gets her first break on the next point. 15-15. Serena Williams’ quest to match Margaret Court’s all-time Grand Slam singles record has been delayed yet again — in emphatic fashion.Seventh-seeded Simona Halep beat Williams in 56 minutes, winning 6-2, 6-2 in the 2019 Wimbledon final on Saturday. It’s unlikely she could have played a better match, blanketing the court, placing her shots beautifully and committing just three errors. 9:10 a.m.: And Williams goes up 15-love.9:03 a.m.: Halep loses the coin toss, and Williams elects to serve without hesitation. Here we go.9:01 a.m.: The players are making their long walk toward the court.last_img read more

January 20

All set for INSPORTS All-Age and Junior High Champs

first_imgThe 39th staging of the INSPORTS All-Age and Junior High Athletics Championships was launched at the National Stadium’s hospitality room on April 20, 2017 with several noted highlights.Sixteen schools are registered to compete in the three-day event, which starts April 26 at the National Stadium East. This is a reduction from the 24 schools that took part last year, won by Windward Road Primary and Junior High.The event this year will be free to the public, with action beginning 9 a.m. each day. However, spectators are being urged to abide by the strict guidelines of the organisers and Independence Park Limited (IPL) – operators of the National Stadium complex.Over the years, the number of participating schools has been dwindling due to the fact that all-age and junior high schools are being phased out by the Government under a policy initiative.Still, there are over 80 such institutions across the island, noted Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, who announced a $500,000 allocation to be shared among the competing teams.In her presentation as the guest speaker, the minister urged the Institute of Sports to do more to attract more schools to the championships.SCHOOL PARTICIPATION”My understanding is there are some 84 all-age/junior high institutions across the island, and INSPORTS must do everything in its powers, getting as many of these schools participating. So, next year, we must see the majority of these schools competing,” said the minister.Meantime, administrative director (ad interim), Mr Renardo Smith, says the agency is undergoing a transformation and will improve its outlook going forward.Speaking publicly for the first time as the administrative director, Smith said: “Though the challenge may be difficult, it is not insurmountable, but will require the full cooperation from all stakeholders involve in the transformation process, which has started.”Fourth vice-president of the Jamaica Administrative Athletics Association (JAAA), Vilma Charlton, cautioned coaches against overworking athletes.”We applaud the schools that now employ qualified coaches and physical education teachers, as only they understand the level of training that children at this age ought to be undergoing. Therefore, teachers and coaches, please be reminded that the children are still growing and that you can inflict unnecessary damage or injury, which, most times, they never get over,” said Charlton, who is an Olympian.Education officer for physical education, Elton Johnson, highlighted the importance of physical education and human development in creating well-rounded student athletes.last_img read more