KINGSTON:St Jago High School scored an emphatic 3.5-0.5 win over Campion College in the final round of the PCJ Group National Schools Chess Championships, to secure the national title for the third consecutive year.After a draw in their round three match, both St Jago A and Calabar High went into the final round tied for the lead with five points each. As a result, both teams needed an outright win to stay on course for the title.With their feet to the fire, Calabar could only manage a 2-2 draw against St Jago B, which left the door wide open for St Jago A, who made no mistake in dispatching Campion College. This left St Jago A alone atop the standings with seven points.Decarteret College took second place on tiebreaker over Calabar, St Jago B and St Catherine A, as each school ended with six points.Individual category prizes were awarded to the zone champions, Mannings High, Glenmuir High, Wolmer’s Boys’, Ardenne High and St Jago High, while Excelsior High’s girls and Wolmer’s Girls were adjudged best female teams.National Master Shreyas Smith and Malik Curiah, both of Calabar, took home the awards for Best Boards one and two, respectively, Glenmuir’s Wayne March was the Best Board three, Best Board four went to St Jago’s Akeem Brown, and the Best Reserve was Tajae Morgan, also of St Jago. St Jago’s coach, National Master Mikhail Solomon, was adjudged the Best Coach.”The 2016 National Schools Chess Competition was efficiently run by the organisers and well contested by the competitors, and we commend the Jamaica Chess Federation for their efforts to engage students across the country in this beneficial sport,” said Camille Taylor, manager, information and corporate affairs of title sponsors Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica.
Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal, few would have bet only a year ago, would be the top contenders at the 2017 U.S. Open, yet the Swiss maestro and the Spanish juggernaut start their campaign with the favourites tag on Tuesday.Federer and world number one Nadal won the first three grand slam titles of the season as they came back to prominence with a bang, and nothing suggests their first-round opponents, American Frances Tiafoe and Serbian Dusan Lajovic, will bother them. (Also read: Alexander Zverev struggles past qualifier Darian King)Federer closes proceedings on centre court, which was equipped with a roof last year that could prove helpful as rain might disrupt the action at Flushing Meadows. (Also read: Why do they call you The Goat? Kid asks Roger Federer)Women’s world number one Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic will get things going on Arthur Ashe against Poland’s Magda Linette before defending champion Angelique Kerber takes on talented Japanese Naomi Osaka. (Also read: Maria Sharapova edges No. 2 Simona Halep at US Open in Grand Slam return)Canadian Eugenie Bouchard, who is suing the U.S. Tennis Association for negligence after she sustained a concussion in a fall on the locker room’s floor in New York last year, takes on Russian Evgeniya Rodina on Grandstand. (Also read: Venus Williams leads American challenge at US Open)Former champion Juan Martin Del Potro, the 24th seed, is also in action, against Swiss Henri Laaksonen.
Stoke City 0 Liverpool 3: Salah at the double for rotated Reds Matt Dorman Last updated 1 year ago 06:01 11/30/17 Getty Images Liverpool edged closer to the top four courtesy of goals from Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah away to Stoke City. Jurgen Klopp’s decision to rest several key men paid off as Liverpool climbed to fifth with a convincing 3-0 win over Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium on Wednesday.Mohamed Salah scored twice in a 23-minute cameo off the bench to add to Sadio Mane’s first-half opener and edge the visitors closer to the Premier League’s top four.Egypt international Salah was one of six players rotated out from the side that drew with Chelsea at the weekend, although the changes failed to prevent the Reds from registering a fourth consecutive away win in this fixture. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Mane, who had not scored in his previous five league appearances, earlier opened the scoring by punishing a sleepy Stoke defence in the 17th minute.And the Reds all but confirmed another important three points when Salah – who joined the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson on the bench – fired home from Mane’s cross in the 77th minute.The in-form attacker completed the rout with his 12th league goal late in proceedings as Klopp’s side leapfrogged Tottenham, while Stoke – who were aggrieved not to see Simon Mignolet sent off for bringing down Mame Biram Diouf in the first half – slipped to 16th in the table.14 – Mohamed Salah has had a hand in 14 goals in his 14 Premier League games for @LFC (12 goals, 2 assists). Electric. pic.twitter.com/svPn4HYALi— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 29, 2017Any concerns over the effectiveness of Liverpool’s attack without Salah were soon extinguished by Mane’s early opener.They were aided by a static Stoke defence, which paused to protest that Joe Gomez’s byline cut-back had run out of play. That enabled Dominic Solanke to turn the ball into the path of Mane, who dinked a clever close-range finish over Lee Grant.Solanke – in his first league start for the club – should have doubled the advantage when he was freed by Roberto Firmino’s back-heel but, with time to pick his spot, the young forward fired straight at Grant.He almost paid an immediate price as Diouf latched onto a long ball, only to be tripped just outside the area by the onrushing Mignolet.The goalkeeper escaped with a yellow card despite denying the attacker what would have been a certain goal, and the resulting free-kick came to nothing.Stoke then received a reprieve of their own on the stroke of half-time, Mane hitting the base of the left upright after being sent through one-on-one by Solanke’s pass.The run of chances continued after the restart as Joe Allen’s half-volley deflected narrowly wide off the fit-again Dejan Lovren.And with Peter Crouch coming more into the match on his first league start of the campaign, Mark Hughes’ men began to mount a greater aerial threat.Crouch’s knock-down from an Erik Pieters cross teed up Allen for another promising opening, but the fast-arriving midfielder blazed well over the crossbar.Klopp responded to the slight loss of control by introducing Salah and James Milner and the former quickly continued his hot run in front of goal, volleying home Mane’s cross to make it 2-0 with just over 15 minutes remaining.And he only needed a further six minutes to double his tally and complete a one-sided victory, outpacing Pieters and applying a cool finish past Grant.Key Opta stats:- Liverpool have lost just one of their last 10 Premier League games, winning five and drawing four.- Liverpool have now made 48 changes to their starting XI this season in the Premier League, 11 more than any other side (Everton next on 37).- Sadio Mané scored for the first time in six Premier League games for Liverpool, ending his longest top-flight goal-drought with the Reds (5 games).- Mohamed Salah has had a hand in 14 goals in his 14 games for Liverpool this season in the Premier League (12 goals, 2 assists).- Salah’s haul of 12 goals in his first 14 Premier League games for Liverpool is a club record. read more
Manchester City 4 Tottenham 1: Silva-less City continue to set the gold standard Rob Lancaster Last updated 1 year ago 03:31 12/17/17 Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Manchester City overcame the absence of David Silva to ease to victory over Tottenham at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday. Raheem Sterling scored twice as Manchester City extended their record run of victories in the Premier League to 16 games with an emphatic 4-1 triumph over Tottenham.Despite the talismanic David Silva, who had scored four goals in his past three outings, missing a league game for the first time this season, Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering juggernaut rolled on to move 14 points clear of nearest rivals Manchester United at the top of the table.Ilkay Gundogan’s free header from a corner gave City an early lead before Kevin de Bruyne doubled their advantage with a left-footed drive 20 minutes from time. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The home side could even afford to see substitute Gabriel Jesus miss a penalty before Sterling bagged a late brace, taking the England international’s tally for the season to 15.Christian Eriksen struck a late consolation but Tottenham, who will drop to seventh if Liverpool avoid defeat at Bournemouth on Sunday, were thoroughly outclassed on the road, meaning they have now claimed just one point from their last five away trips away from Wembley Stadium.The result sees Guardiola equal the best winning streak he oversaw while in charge of Barcelona, though his current crop are still three shy of matching the 19-game run his Bayern Munich squad managed in the 2013-14 Bundesliga campaign. On this form, however, it is hard to see when they will lose again.FT | :large_blue_circle: 4-1 #cityvspursMagnificent. pic.twitter.com/ZgIN0syycb— Manchester City (@ManCity) December 16, 2017Gundogan was the man chosen to fill Silva’s void and he took full advantage with a 14th-minute opener.Tottenham failed to pay any attention to the stand-in at Leroy Sane’s out-swinging corner from the left, allowing the Germany international to drift in unmarked and, stooping down, nod his team in front.That the gap remained at one through to half-time was largely down to two men – Hugo Lloris and Craig Pawson.Tottenham’s busy goalkeeper denied Sergio Aguero, Gundogan and Sane before the break, while the visitors were grateful when Pawson, the referee who awarded Everton a controversial penalty for a push by Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren during last Sunday’s Merseyside derby, failed to spot Danny Rose’s blatant two-handed shove on Eliaquim Mangala.Despite leaving both Harry Kane and Son Heung-min up front, the visitors failed to register a shot on target in an opening half that saw patchy fog descend over the ground.Their attacking vision appeared to be a little clearer despite the conditions after the break, with Kane finally forcing Ederson into a save with a long-range drive that required pushing around the goalkeeper’s right post.55 – Harry Kane’s shot in the 55th minute was Spurs’ first on target in this game; the latest they have attempted their opening shot on target in a Premier League game this season. Quiet.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 16, 2017City, though, demonstrated why their defence deserves as much praise as their high-powered attack this season. They weathered the storm and, as Tottenham were forced to throw bodies forward, capitalised on the counter-attack.Not long after receiving a heavy challenge from Dele Alli that only resulted in a yellow card, De Bruyne grabbed the all-important second goal when lashing the ball beyond Lloris with his left foot.The Belgian was fouled by compatriot Jan Vertonghen to earn City a penalty soon after, only for Gabriel Jesus to send the spot-kick against the woodwork.Sterling failed to convert the rebound too, but could not miss the two late chances that came his way.The England winger first tapped in from a free-flowing move involved Gundogan and Sane, before finishing another devastating City attack from close range.Eriksen had the last word, denying Ederson a clean sheet when his low drive that rather dribbled into the corner of the net, but Tottenham barely celebrated the Dane’s strike, well aware they had been outplayed by the league’s runaway leaders. read more