CRYSTAL PALACE VS SOUTHAMPTONSouthampton have every reason to be confident having beaten Crystal Palace in their last SEVEN league clashes; Palace last won against Southampton in December 2008 at Selhurst Park, in the Championship. But in 12 previous clashes between the Eagles and the Saints in the Premier League at home and away, Palace have never won, losing eight and drawing the other four.NORWICH CITY VS EVERTONIn their last six league games Norwich have scored three goals, while they have conceded 27, the most in the Barclays Premier League. Norwich have kept just one clean sheet all season; only bottom-placed Aston Villa have the same number of clean sheets. And away Everton have scored 11 goals; only Leicester (18), Arsenal (16) and West Ham (13) have scored more away from home.SUNDERLAND VSWATFORDSunderland have won their last four home league games against Watford, whose last victory there came more than 21 years ago, in November 1994. They have scored only nine home goals but they have conceded only eight. This is only the third time these teams will have met in the Premier League; on the last occasions, in the 1999-2000 season Sunderland won both at home and away.WEST HAM VSSTOKE CITYWest Ham have won just two home games in what is their last season at the Boleyn Ground before next season’s move to the Olympic Stadium. Stoke arrive having won three of their last four league games, including last Saturday’s impressive 2-0 win over Manchester City that knocked them off the top of the table. The Potters have managed just six away goals this season – only West Bromwich Albion (4) and Newcastle (3) have found the net fewer times on their travels.LIVERPOOL VSWEST BROMLiverpool return to Anfield where they have scored just eight goals. Only Watford (6), Stoke (7) and Aston Villa (5) have fewer home goals in the Premier League. However, the Reds have conceded only nine at home. In 10 league visits to Anfield, Albion have lost eight and won two, most recently in February 2013 – their last win over Liverpool home or away.TOTTENHAM VSNEWCASTLETottenham are now unbeaten in 14 successive Barclays Premier League, winning six and drawing eight to record their best run in the top flight since March 1985 (when they were also unbeaten in 14 First Division matches). Spurs have 14 home goals; only Manchester City (23) and Everton (16) have more.
Unbeaten NORTH SOUND, Antigua, (CMC): Embattled Leeward Islands Hurricanes pivoted on Montcin Hodge’s maiden first- class century to flourish against leaders Guyana Jaguars on the second day of their ninth- round game in the Regional four-day championship yesterday. Unbeaten on 74 overnight, the right-handed Hodge ended on a superb unbeaten 149 as Hurricanes, resuming the day on 237 for three, were eventually dismissed for 430 on the stroke of tea at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium. Hurricanes were rocking on 298 for seven before lunch, but Hodge anchored two great stands to see the hosts to their eventual total. He put on 40 for the eighth wicket with Jeremiah Louis (18) before adding a superb 91 for the ninth wicket with Gavin Tonge, whose entertaining 59 required a mere 63 deliveries, and contained six fours and three sixes. Jaguars then slumped to 61 for three at the close, still 369 runs behind heading into day three of the contest. Left-hander Vishaul Singh was unbeaten on 20 at the close and was partnered by nightwatchman Devendra Bishoo on two. Hurricanes made early inroads into the Jaguars innings when fast bowler Alzarri Joseph, the Under-19 World Cup star, had Test opener Rajindra Chandrika caught at the wicket in the second over for four with the score on six for one. AT THE NATIONAL CRICKET CENTRE, TRINIDAD: Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, replying to Barbados Pride’s 396 all out, were 111 for three in their first innings at the close on the second day. Scores: PRIDE 396 (Kraigg Brathwaite 123, Kevin Stoute 66, Roston Chase 59, Shai Hope 52, Omar Phillips 49; Yannick Ottley 2-10, Rayad Emrit 2-66). RED FORCE 111 for three (Kyle Hope 61 not out).
Wray & Nephew brands Charley’s JB and Magnum, along with returning sponsor Jamaica National (JN), have teamed up with a $7.137-million sponsorship package of this year’s 2015-16 Charley’s JB Rum-KSAFA Super and Major League competitions. New title and main sponsor – Charley’s JB Rum/Magnum – has contributed $5 million of the overall budget as part of a three-year deal, while JN, whose partnership with KSAFA goes way back to 1996, contributed $2 million as associate sponsor. The announcement was made at a press conference at Wray & Nephew offices, Dominica Drive, New Kingston, yesterday. Charley’s JB Rum will now brand the chest of team jerseys, while the Magnum insignia will be over the left breasts and JN’s will go down the sleeves. The Super League, which comprises 12 clubs, will officially kick off with two matches this Sunday. UWI FC won last year and gained automatic promotion to the National Premier League. “We look forward to a wonderful season this year, and with good football. Football is serious business … . The corporate way is the way we run football in the Corporate Area, so consequently I need to just apologise to our many clubs for a delay of four weeks in our competitions,” said Stewart Stephenson, KSAFA president. “These competitions should have started at the beginning of November and because of our negotiations with a new sponsor, we have had the delay for four weeks,” he stressed. Meanwhile, the Major League, which was won by Seaview Gardens FC last season, will feature 15 clubs. In both competitions, a total of 27 clubs will be vying for combined prize monies of $1.455 million. KSAFA, meanwhile, has pledged $30,000 per club to each of the 27 teams to facilitate player nutrition and welfare. They will also be fitted with a set of Nike gear at a subsidised cost from Locker Room Sports. “J. Wray & Nephew Limited, through its brands Charley’s JB Rum and Magnum Tonic Wine, has found it critical to play its role in the development of Jamaica’s most popular sport, that’s football,” said Omar Palmer, trade and marketing manager, Wray and Nephew. “The Charley’s JB Rum-KSAFA Super and Major Leagues provide an opportunity for Kingston and St Andrew’s most talented footballers to compete in a professional environment with hopes of being later promoted to the Premier League,” he added. Jamaica National’s promotions and events manager, Carlene Edwards, said: “We have long recognised the importance and power of football as a tool to motivate players, build partnerships and foster community spirit.”
Kidneys and homestasis If you exercise on a hot day, you are likely to lose a lot of water in sweat. Then, for the next several hours, you may notice that you do not pass urine as often as normal and that your urine is darker than usual. This happens because your body is low on water and trying to reduce the amount of water lost in urine. The amount of water the body loses in urine is controlled by the kidneys, the main organs of the excretory system. Excretion is the process of removing waste and excess water from the body. It is one of the major ways the body maintains homeostasis (the process of maintaining a stable internal environment). Although the kidneys are the main organs of excretion, several other organs also excrete waste. They include the large intestine, liver, skin and lungs. All of these organs of excretion, along with the kidneys, make up the excretory system. The focus will be on the role of the kidneys in excretion. The roles of the other excretory organs are summarised below: – The large intestine eliminates solid waste that remains after the digestion of food. – The liver breaks down excess amino acids and toxins in the blood. – The skin eliminates excess water and salts in sweat. – The lungs exhale water vapour and carbon dioxide. The kidneys are part of the urinary system, which is shown above. The main function of the urinary system is to filter waste products and excess water from the blood and excrete them from the body. The kidneys are a pair of bean-shaped organs just above the waist. A cross section of a kidney is shown in the diagram above. The function of the kidney is to filter blood and form urine. Urine is the liquid waste product of the body that is excreted by the urinary system. Nephrons are the structural and functional units of the kidneys. A single kidney may have more than a million nephrons. Each kidney is supplied by a renal artery and a renal vein. As shown in figure above, each nephron is like a tiny filtering plant. It filters blood and forms urine in the following steps: 1. Blood enters the kidney through the renal artery, which branches into capillaries. When blood passes through capillaries of a nephron, blood pressure forces some of the water and dissolved substances in the blood to cross the capillary walls into the Bowman’s capsule. 2. The filtered substances pass to the renal tubule of the nephron. In the renal tubule, some of the filtered substances are reabsorbed and returned to the bloodstream. Other substances are secreted into the fluid. 3. The fluid passes to a collecting duct, which reabsorbs some of the water and returns it to the bloodstream. The fluid that remains in the collecting duct is urine. From the collecting ducts of the kidneys, urine enters the ureters, two muscular tubes that move the urine by peristalsis to the bladder. The bladder is a hollow, sac-like organ that stores urine. When the bladder is about half full, it sends a nerve impulse to a sphincter to relax and let urine flow out of the bladder and into the urethra. The urethra is a muscular tube that carries urine out of the body. Urine leaves the body through another sphincter in the process of urination. This sphincter and the process of urination are normally under conscious control. The kidneys play many vital roles in homeostasis. They filter all the blood in the body many times each day and produce a total of about 1.5 litres of urine. The kidneys control the amount of water, ions and other substances in the blood by excreting more or less of them in urine. The kidneys also secrete hormones that help maintain homeostasis. The kidneys themselves are also regulated by hormones. For example, antidiuretic hormone from the hypothalamus stimulates the kidneys to produce more concentrated urine when the body is low on water. This process is known as osmoregulation.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP):Novak Djokovic recalled his own brush with match fixing, as the start of the year’s first Grand Slam tournament was overshadowed by corruption allegations.Djokovic started his bid for a sixth Australian Open title with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 win over Chung Hyeon of South Korea yesterday, hours after the BBC and Buzzfeed News published reports alleging match fixing had gone unchecked in tennis.No players were identified in the reports, which alleged 16 players had been flagged repeatedly with tennis authorities but not sanctioned on suspicion of match fixing. Half of those are entered in the Australian Open, the reports said.The governing bodies for the sport and the Tennis Integrity Unit issued a joint statement, read by ATP chairman Chris Kermode, at a hastily convened news conference at Melbourne Park.Kermode said tennis authorities “absolutely reject any suggestion that evidence of match fixing has been suppressed for any reason, or isn’t being investigated”.Djokovic later responded to a question about an approach ahead of a tournament in St Petersburg, Russia, in 2007.”I was approached through people that were working with me at that time, that were with my team,” he said. “Of course, we threw it (the approach) away right away. It didn’t even get to me. The guy that was trying to talk to me, he didn’t even get to me directly. There was nothing out of it.PREVIOUSRUMOURS”Unfortunately, there were some, in those times, those days, rumours, some talks, some people were going around. They were dealt with. In the last six, seven years, I haven’t heard anything similar.”Djokovic was an up-and-coming player at the time, not winning the first of his 10 major titles until the 2008 Australian Open.”It made me feel terrible because I don’t want to be anyhow linked to this kind of you know, somebody may call it an opportunity,” he said. “For me, that’s an act of unsportsmanship, a crime in sport, honestly. I think there is no room for it in any sport, especially in tennis.”Djokovic said he thought the allegations related to matches from almost 10 years ago, and didn’t involve active players.Roger Federer, a 17-time major winner and former leader of the player council, agreed the allegations likely weren’t new but remained “super serious”.”I would love to hear names,” Federer said. “Then at least it’s concrete stuff, and you can actually debate about it. Was it the player? Was it the support team? Who was it? Was it before? Was it a doubles player, a singles player? Which slam?”It’s super serious, and it’s super important to maintain the integrity of our sport. So how high up does it go? The higher it goes, the more surprised I would be, no doubt about it.”Serena Williams was on court preparing for her opening 6-4, 7-5 win over No 34-ranked Camila Giorgi when Kermode was holding a news conference to respond to the fixing allegations.The 21-time major winner said there was no hint of match fixing on the women’s tour.”I play very hard, and every player I play seems to play hard,” she said. “As an athlete, I do everything I can to be not only great, but, you know, historic.”
St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) are on course for a third consecutive hold on the all-island ISSA/GraceKennedy Spalding Cup after ending day two of the three-day encounter in pole position against Excelsior at STETHS yesterday.Resuming on 64 for one in chase of Excelsior’s modest first-innings score of 121, STETHS went on to claim first-innings honours after making 219 in reply.Batting a second time and facing a 98-run deficit, Excelsior closed on 99 for five, a one-run lead.National Under-17 representative, Raewin Senior, with 43 not out, and wicketkeeper Shamarae Lindo, four, are the not-out batsmen for Excelsior.Earlier, STETHS were led to their total, courtesy of Jordan Hill (46) and national youth batsman AndrÈ McCarthy (27).Left-arm spinner Rushaun Riley led the bowling with four for 42, while off-spinners Orande Pearson, three for 75, and Orlando Rowe, two for 17, were the other successful Excelsior bowlers.”We are behind the eight ball, but we still have some good batters left in the hut,” said an optimistic Kirkland Bailey, coach of Excelsior High.”The aim from here, therefore, is to try and see if we can consolidate and get a lead of, say, between 150 and 180 and see what we can do from there.”STETHS’ captain Michael Frew said their aim is to remain in front.”We are in a good position. It is just for us to come tomorrow and get them out for as low a total as possible and go for the win,” said Frew.
CONTINUING THE WORK FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida (CMC): Newly appointed captain Carlos Brathwaite leads a powerful West Indies team against India in two T20 Internationals in South Florida this weekend. “I am very excited. It is a very big honour to captain the West Indies,” said Brathwaite during a news conference yesterday. “I am just excited to get on the park, start and lead a great bunch of guys into what we hope would be a series win.” The groundbreaking encounters between the two top-rated T20 rivals have been planned as an annual affair in an attempt to take cricket to America. The matches signal the end of the Darren Sammy era following his controversial sacking from the West Indies team after leading the side to two World Cup titles. “I think his (Brathwaite’s) main mindset is that we have to continue where Sammy left us and the good work that Sammy did in this position,” said West Indies head coach Phil Simmons. “I think that’s the mindset of all players – that we have to continue the work we did in the [T20] World Cup and before that.” Sammy has been replaced by the big-hitting Trinidad and Tobago all-rounder Kieron Pollard, who is looking to return to form after a less than outstanding Indian Premier League (IPL) and Caribbean Premier League (CPL). Brathwaite’s outfit includes the likes of flamboyant opener Chris Gayle, allrounder AndrÈ Russell, and spinner Sunil Narine. Russell scored a 44-ball 100 with 11 sixes to lead Jamaica Tallawahs to their second CPL title while Narine took 14 wickets in the CPL and also finished as the second-highest wicket-taker in the tri-series against South Africa and Australia in June. “I don’t think there’s much to be said about AndrÈ. Once he is on the pitch, he just gives everything and he’s always going to be a main player for us. Once he starts, with either bat or ball, we are in a position of winning,” said Simmons. The Windies squad also features Johnson Charles, the second-highest run-scorer in the CPL; AndrÈ Fletcher; Lendl Simmons and legspinner Samuel Badree, the No. 1 ranked bowler in T20Is. “West Indies is an extraordinary team in the limited-overs format,” said Indian T20 captain MS Dhoni. “Sometimes, having one allrounder can give you balance. They have two or three. Power-hitters become crucial in the smaller formats, and they have so many of them. They also play an entertaining brand of cricket, so it will be a challenge for us.” Their most recent meeting was in the semi-final of the T20 World Cup when West Indies chased down 193 to win in the final over. “Let’s just find a way to win both these games and make the people of the Caribbean proud. We just won the World Cup in India and we played India and beat India en route to that,” said Brathwaite, who has played only eight T20Is so far and played only the first of the four Tests against India, scoring 0 and an unbeaten 51. The Caribbean side, currently in third position, can move to second spot in the International Cricket Council’s official Twenty20 rankings once they can make a clean sweep of their two-match series against India. “West Indies have always been a tough side. They are the T20 world champions. They are quality cricketers and have shown consistently how good they are,” said India coach Anil Kumble. The matches are being played on Saturday and Sunday at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium, which recently hosted matches in the fourth edition of the CPL.
ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):The front runners will jostle for the advantage heading into the Christmas break when the curtain rises on the fifth round of the Digicel Regional 4-Day Tournament this weekend.A potentially intriguing contest between hosts Leeward Islands Hurricanes and current leaders Jamaica Scorpions starts today at Warner Park in St Kitts.Also, two-time defending champions Guyana Jaguars face Trinidad & Tobago Red Force at the Guyana National Stadium, starting tomorrow, the same day that Windward Islands Volcanoes meet Barbados Pride at Windsor Park in Dominica.In Basseterre, momentum will be the key word for both the Hurricanes and Scorpions following contrasting results in the previous round of matches.The Hurricanes will be keen on regaining the energy they had from early in the season, after the weather in Port-of-Spain and defeat to the Volcanoes derailed them in the last two rounds of matches.In Guyana, The Jaguars will be looking to finish the first half of the season in pole position by exploiting a Red Force side low on confidence.This match could well be another absorbing contest, considering the results of matches between the two sides at this venue.Of the five matches, they have each won once, and it would be interesting to note that the Red Force has held the aces in the other three which have all been drawn.FIERCE RIVALRYIn Dominica, a compelling contest is expected between the Volcanoes and Pride in what is typically one of the fiercest rivalries in the R4Day.The Volcanoes will be pumped up to face a team against whom they typically rise to the challenge to confront, following their stunning, come-from-behind victory over the Hurricanes in the previous round.At the same time, the Pride – boosted by a number of returning West Indies players – were engaged in an engrossing battle with the Jaguars in between the showers, but had to settle for a draw.Scorpions top of the table on 46.8 points, while defending champions Guyana Jaguars sit in second position on 44 points with Barbados Pride on 43.2 points.Leewards Hurricanes are on 36.6 points, Windwards Volcanoes 35.2 and Red Force 32.4.The fifth round of the Digicel Regional 4-Day Tournament will be followed by a long break for the Christmas/New Year’s holidays before the Regional Super50 Tournament sets in.
HIGHLIGHTING TALENT “The unique meet further seeks to highlight athletic talent from various independent schools located in western and central Jamaica,” he added. The event will have three classes for both prep and high schools and feature all the standard relays, high jump, long jump, ball throw, shot put, and more. There will, however, be a few special events for the physically and mentally challenged student athletes. “We believe that sports can be used as a powerful tool to pass on values, principles, and character development. This belief is the core operating principle behind the concept of this invitational meet, and what CPJ and associate sponsors are investing in,” Boynes outlined. The meet will also be used as a platform for charity, with all participating student athletes being asked to bring in gifts (including cash) that will be donated to an aid organisation. Rajah Thomas of CPJ noted that the company has been proud to be part of the event since day one and hopes to continue future sponsorship. More than 30 schools are set to compete in the highly anticipated 2017 staging of the Jamaica Independent Schools Association-Caribbean Producers Jamaica Limited (JISA-CPJ) Invitational Friendship meet to be held in Montego Bay, St James, next week. The one-day meet, which is in its fifth year, is slated to be staged at the Montego Bay Sports Complex in Catherine Hall on Wednesday, April 12. The number of schools participating this year is up by six when compared to last year’s event, where institutions such as St John’s Prep and Victor Dixon High were in the top rankings at the primary level and secondary level, respectively. Both institutions will make a return this year, which will feature 24 schools such as St James Preparatory School, New Horizon Preparatory School, Hemmingay Prep, and Hosanna Prep School in the Preparatory School Division. Achievers Multi-Resource Centre, Genesis Academy, Northgate High, Victor Dixon High, Victory Academy, Jamaica Christian School for the Deaf, and St John’s High will make up the high school category. “The meet is aimed at strategically contributing to the nation-building process by using sporting activities to promote value-based education,” explained Pastor Wesley Boynes, president of the Jamaica Independent Schools Association (JISA), at Tuesday’s launch in the Second City.
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