Jamalco clash todayFootball fans in Clarendon will finally get a chance to see the top two teams play each other in the Captain’s Bakery-sponsored Clarendon Major League, when Sporting Central Academy and Jamalco meet in a quarter-final group encounter today at the Wembley Sports and Excellence Centre. Match time is 3:30 p.m.These two teams avoided each other while dominating their respective preliminary zones. They have been paired in the same quarter-final zone and, having completed two wins so far, today’s matchup may well be a dress rehearsal for the finals. Both have already qualified for the semi-finals.In quarter-final play so far, Jamalco defeated Comfort 3-0 and edged Original Hazard 1-0. Sporting are marginally better, having defeated Comfort by the same margin, but won 2-0 against Original Hazard.New Bowens, which came second to Jamalco in the preliminaries, lead the other quarter-final zone with two wins.Starz Academy, programmeThe Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) is currently experimenting with a combination development clinics, where primary and prep school students are exposed to the rudiments of three sporting disciplines.The government agency will not stop there with the programme. It has gone a step further and will target special-needs schools, as well as schools with disciplinary issues.The intent, according to INSPORTS – whose officer, Calvin Martin, is the project leader – is to identify talent and nurture it.Basketball, rugby and boxing are the sporting disciplines being currently used at the development clinics.INSPORTS says other sports will be included as the project grows from experimental to a standard fixture. The next target parish will be Manchester.Venom sting LegendFirst-round winners Venom got their round two fixtures off with a convincing 150-129 victory over Legend in the Orville Higgins/Caribbean Classic team ‘Cross the Table’ domino competition at the Caribbean Classic’s home, Portmore Drive (formerly Portmore Lane), recently.However, Legend bounced back in their very next game as they beat Warriors 150-117 in a one-sided contest. In another result, Warriors got the better of Destroyers 150-145 in a pulsating countdown.Meanwhile, the second phase of the competition will see the four teams playing each other twice in a round-robin format, with the top two advancing to the final.Portmore teams Technical Strikers leadFollowing week four, Starz Academy and Technical Strikers maintained the lead in the Jamalco-sponsored Manchester Division One with 10 points each.However, the biggest movers this week were Los Perfectos, who cemented third place on eight points by scoring the biggest margin of victory – 9-1 over Mandeville United.Los P, who are making a return to Manchester football after a self-imposed absence of 15 years, were sent on a joyride with double strikes from Shavar Johnson and Christopher Campbell.In other notable results this week, Technical Strikers lost their perfect win record after they were held 1-1 by Hanbury. Ricardo Johnson and Akeal Mitchell scored twice to beat Clandon Strikers 5-1, while Trinity continued the misery run of last year’s beaten finalist Northern Caribbean Union President’s XI, by winning 2-1.One spot to grab in Clarendon playersPresident of Netball Jamaica (NJ)Dr Paula Daley-Morris has encouraged netballers in Clarendon, and by extension, the central region, to use the sport as a springboard to achieve a better life.A former netballer and basketballer who gained scholarships, as well as achieved a doctorate in Information Technology, Daley-Morris used her own experiences to motivate the gathering of 21 teams, during the opening ceremony of the Jamalco Netball Open at the Mineral Heights Sports Centre.Noticeably, there was good reception for her presence and comments. It appears also that fences have been mended between long-standing Clarendon netball organiser and coach, Winston Nevers and NJ.Daley-Morris pledged her return.As usual, the season opening featured the dress parade and a one-day rally. Hayes B won the award for the best dressed team and were awarded a cash prize. The rally was won by Jamalco, after they defeated Team R of Manchester 8-4 in a match which lasted 10 minutes. Cable Pro defeated Hayes A 6-4 in the third place play-off.The competition takes a break this weekend owing to the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, as a high number of teams have athletes who are participating.Sporting Central, on brother teamDefending champions Power of Faith International will open their campaign breaking bread with their brother team, Power of Faith Development, as the Power of Faith Ministries Twenty20 Church Cricket League bowls off with a double-header at Bridgeport Sports ground this morning at 10 a.m.Faith Temple New Testament oppose Portmore Gospel Assembly. The league will be in a round-robin format and the two top teams will advance to the final.”There is also a new development this year as an over-50 match is being planned to take place during the course of the competition,” said Mark Williamson, the coordinator of the competition.Eltham Park, DB Basovak advance to finalEltham Park and DB Basovak advanced to the final of the St Catherine Football Association Division Two Football League after contrasting results at Spanish Town Prison Oval last Wednesday.Eltham Park won 2-1 on aggregate over Beacon Hill, after they played to a 1-1 stalemate in the second leg. Eltham won the first leg 1-0. It was a much harder task for seasoned campaigners DB Basovak, who scored an 8-7 penalty-shoot win to eliminate Starlight, after they were deadlocked at 0-0 after regulation and extra-time.Henriques wins INSPORTS launches minor sports development battle in Spanish TownThe York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two Football League final will be played at the Spanish Town Prison Oval today at 3 p.m. This again brings together both competitors from this season’s midseason final. Braeton won the last meeting 2-1, through goals from Caven Genuis and Jermaine Morgan.In semi-final action recently, Cedar Grove defeated Edgewater 1-0, while Braeton United clipped Cumberland 2-1.INSPORTS Community Football League semis tomorrowThe semi-finals of the Portmore leg of the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Community Football League will be played tomorrow.At 1:30 p.m., Christian Gardens tackle Dunbeholden, while at 3:30 p.m., East West Strikers vs Greater Portmore Strikers. Both matches will be played at Dunbeholden.In matches played recently, East West Strikers outshot Greater Portmore Strikers 4-3, through Jeffery Bryce’s hat-trick (13th, 25th, 48th), while Nickardo Williams (2nd) also scored. Greater Portmore Strikers’ Rushan Webber scored all the goals for his team in the seventh, 19th and 54th minutes. Christian Gardens, through goals from Carlton Walsh (21st) and Jovani Munroe (23rd), defeated Dunbeholden 2-0.Power of Faith take Street Gun contestMandeville top shooter, Orville Henriques, won the first leg of the Jamaica Street Gun Championship at Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club at its Lincoln range last Sunday.Henriques, a distant winner after amassing 574 points, won ahead of female shooter Sue Ann Henriques, who totalled 454 points at 79 per cent.Ellsworth Dixon, who was second in the midweek practise shoot, finished third with 443 points. The club’s ‘Mr Consistent’ at these championships, Evan Grant, grabbed fourth at 73 per cent with 423 points.However, the biggest talk of the championship surrounded the surprise placing of fifth, which was achieved by Gary ‘Moslem’ Foster.Foster remarkably mined 415 points at an amazing 72 per cent, his highest haul in a major tournament at the Lincoln range. His performance beat previous outstanding shooters like Owen Campbell (ninth), Christopher Christie (sixth) and Thomas Jones (seventh).Mile Gully, George’s Valley chase semis spotWith just a couple of rescheduled matches to complete, only one spot remains to be decided for the semi-finals of the Manchester Football Association (MFA) Magnum/Captain’s Bakery MFA Major League competition.The trio of defending champions – Hillstars, Ricam and Alligator Pond – have already booked their places. Contending for the final spot are Mile Gully (23 points) and George’s Valley (21). A third team, Greenvale, has a mathematical chance of reaching 23 points if they win their two outstanding matches, but their position in Group Two is compounded by their negative goal difference at this stage.Earlier this week, both Ricam and Alligator Pond secured their berths after finishing their final preliminary round match with impressive scorelines. Four different players scored to give Ricam a 4-0 win over Villa United, which pivoted them to 36 points and the top qualifier from Zone Two.Led by Dane Seaton’s hat-trick, Alligator Pond joined Ricam after posting an 8-2 win over Porus.Netball Jamaica encourages St Elizabeth semisSt Bess FC created history by achieving a spot in the semi-finals of the St Elizabeth Magnum Major League in their first season. Their 2-1 win over Super Action took them to 35 points to join defending champions Black Star, who had already qualified two weeks earlier. With just one round to complete, the newcomers cannot be leapfrogged by two other challengers.Joining the semi-final party are Holland Police Youth Club, who inflicted a 1-0 victory over Black Star, who rested a few of their stars. They moved to 31 points.Tafari Lions, who won 3-0 over Newell as well as Real Treasure Beach FC, are battling for the final spot.
As the reptile relaxes in quarantine, Recchio and the other keepers will determine whether they can accommodate him. “With Reggie’s fame, I’d bet they’ll try to keep him,” said Jay Young, a wrestler and proprietor of Colorado Gators, an alligator rescue facility in Mosca, Colo., who briefly engaged in an earlier hunt. “They’d be silly not to – he’s the most famous alligator in the world, so they’ll probably try to find a way to set him up there. But if not, hey, we’d be happy to take him.” With Ruby the Elephant recently retired to a sanctuary in Northern California, the zoo could use another marquee name to attract interest. The only trouble is, that interest doesn’t necessarily mean more people come and buy tickets. At the San Diego Zoo, letters still come trickling in for Hua Mei, the rock star panda baby born in 1999 – and she moved to China in 2004. The black-and-white fuzzball won San Diego Person of the Year in a contest several years ago, but Public Relations Manager Christina Simmons said attendance didn’t increase as expected. “When they have a name, a history, a story, if they’ve been characterized with people attributes, it raises them to celebrity status,” she said. “Animals like that really have a following, but that doesn’t mean (the fans) come to the zoo.” While Reggie’s future remains murky, his turn in the spotlight has won him at least one high-profile supporter. Legendary television host Bob Barker, a noted animal lover who’s retiring from “The Price Is Right” next month, praised Reggie and declared him to be “quite a guy.” “I think the world of him,” Barker said. “Too bad we couldn’t have had him on the show, but I suppose he might have wanted to take a bite out of one of Barker’s Beauties.” firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3738160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Senior animal keeper Ian Recchio of the zoo’s reptile department recalled the dramatic Thursday scene where he and a crew of park workers pounced upon the struggling, hissing crocodilian. “I was thinking, `This is Reggie. We’ve got to get him. We can’t let this opportunity pass us by,”‘ Recchio recounted. “It’s like shooting a free throw to win the championship.” Recchio sank that proverbial free throw, a team transported the subdued submariner to the zoo and Reggie made the evening news and the headlines. On Friday, there was no greater gator. “Reg-gie, Reg-gie, Reg-gie!” chanted Michael Levine, an author and expert on all things Hollywood. “We’re living in wacky times, so that helps create diversions like this. … Reggie the Alligator, Paris Hilton’s Chihuahua, things like that create a wonderful antidote to a national panic disorder.” Famous and popular as he is, Reggie faces a problem with his new digs – eight roommates who aren’t up for another lodger in their home. Recchio determined that the zoo’s present complement of alligators – six Americans and two of the Chinese variety – would be unsuitable to bunk with the new kid. GRIFFITH PARK – Forget Paris. Lindsay Who? The hottest smile in town belongs to an elusive celebrity who loves the water and has a taste for chicken. A day after he was nabbed Thursday while sunbathing near Machado Lake, Reggie the Alligator found himself the talk of the town. The reptile recluse, 6-feet-6-inches, 140 pounds and blessed with an immense array of gleaming pearly whites, captivated the nation with his two years of exploits cruising the Harbor City lake. After he was carted in, shackled with duct tape and blindfolded, the scaly celeb was romping behind closed doors Friday at the Los Angeles Zoo’s quarantine area. He’ll live the lush life there, dining on chicken and fish between dips in the pool, for at least another 30 days as keepers figure out what to do with their prized catch.