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By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net GOLD Coast, Australia — The men’s 4 x 400 metre relay team of Ojay Ferguson, Teray Smith, Stephen Newbold and Alonzo Russell added another silver to make the Bahamas’ total medal tally of four as the athletic competition closed out in the Carrara Stadium at the XXI Commonwealth Games on Saturday night. Their season’s best time of three minutes and 01.92 seconds trailed Botswana, anchored by 400m champion Isaac Makwala in a split of 44.54, for the gold. Jamaica, anchored by Javon Francis in his split of 44.54, picked up the bronze. Out of the entire field of runners, Russell produced the fastest split of 44.52 as he almost went toe-to-toe with Makwala on the home stretch after he moved up from third spot on the exchange from Newbold, who split 45.31. Smith and Ferguson both split 46.0. In the end, the Bahamas finished with its best showing ever at the games with a gold from Shaunae Miller-Uibo in the women’s 200m and two more silver from Jamal Wilson and Jeffery Gibson respectively in the men’s high jump and 400m hurdles. That placed the Bahamas in 13th place on the athletic medal chart behind Trinidad & Tobago. Overall, the Bahamas was 21st in all of the sports combined at the games, which for the first time featured the para-Olympic athletes, who competed in seven disciplines. The games, on the whole, was considered one of the best and most competitive ever held with Australia taking advantage of their home court with a dominating performance. As anticipated, the Bahamas was expected to provide some of the fireworks on the final day in the relays and the men’s 4 x 400m team certainly lived up to its billing.

GIANTS, HIGH FLYERS Men’s 4x400 team on the medal podium TAKE TITLE By RENALDO DORSETT Tribune Sports Reporter rdorsett@tribunemedia.net THE New Providence Basketball Association concluded its 2017-18 season with champions crowned in both divisions over the weekend. Division I Commonwealth Bank Giants – 96 Rockets – 85 Giants win series 3-1

Ferguson, a late replacement for Steven Gardiner, who opted not to travel here to compete, opened up as he did in the heats the night before with the qualifying team of Russell, Michael Mathieu and Ramon Miller in 3:04.62, and put the Bahamas in 2nd place on the first exchange. “I feel good. I came a long way. I finally got to prove myself and got a medal so I’m really thankful that I got to run with these guys again,” Ferguson said. “I’m just happy and thank God.” Smith, coming off his individual appearance through the semi-final of the men’s 200m, said he felt good running with the team, considering that he has ran a number of 1,600m relays for the Tigers at Auburn University up until his final season last year. “This is my first major championship medal so I feel very good about it,” said Smith, now a professional athlete training in the same camp with Gardiner and Jeffery Gibson where they added Blake

THE BAHAMAS’ men’s 4x400m relay team embrace as they celebrate after winning the silver medal at Carrara Stadium during the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia, on Saturday, April 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein) Bartlett to win a 4 x 400m relay in Orlando last month. “I just went out there to hold my own and help these guys and try to keep it in a good position to give it to our anchor Alonzo. Newbold and Ferguson did a wonderful job so I’m excited that we came out with the silver medal. We have a lot to be thankful for.” Newbold, mourning the death of his uncle, Gordon Newbold, said it was just

an awesome race. “I’m just glad the father pulled us through the race,” he said. “I would like to thank him for the opportunity to come out here and support our country and support our families. We had an awesome team. New fresh legs and everything. It was great.” After running a sensational anchor leg that had the crowd on its feet roaring as the final event in the stadium took place, Russell

said he was too lost for words to describe the feeling that he felt. It was an improvement on the team’s performance the day before in the semi-final. The team of Ferguson (46.2), Russell (45.4), Mathieu (46.63) and Miller (46.34) was bumped up from fourth to third in the last of two heats after Australia was disqualified. It

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AFTER losing game three, the Giants recovered from the only blemish on an otherwise perfect season to close out the series in five games on Saturday night. D’Shon Taylor scored a game high 27 and shot 13 of which came from the free throw line on just 14 attempts. Michael Bain Jr had 21 points and six steals, Tehran Cox scored 12 and David Taylor scored 10. Tomeko Moxy led the Rockets in scoring for the first time this series with 24 points. Cordaro Pinder scored 18, Livingston Munnings had 16 points and 12 rebounds and Lyndrick Storr scored 10. The Rockets led by as much as seven in the opening quarter with Moxey’s three-pointer to go ahead 16-9. Bain brought the Giants within two late in the quarter, but the Rockets tacked on a pair of Munnings free throws and a Pinder three-pointer for a 27-22 lead. Storr’s layup early in the second half gave the Rockets a 35-29 lead, but a 7-1 run for the Giants capped by a Kevin Hinsey three pointer tied the game at 36. Tied again at 41, the Giants got scores from Ishmael Curtis and Tehrad Rahming. Storr would make a three and Curtis’ final field goal of the quarter gave the Giants a 47-44 lead at the half. The Giants broke the game open in the third quarter with a 14-0 run over the course of the first 2:30 of the period.

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MACKEY: ‘I HAD HIM, BUT I COULDN’T CONTROL MY BREATHING’ COLLIE 11TH By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net GOLD Coast, Australia — Rashji Mackey gave it a gallant effort, but he didn’t have the stamina at the end to pull off the win in his men’s freestyle 86kg match against the older and more

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experienced Kevin Wallen from Jamaica at the Carrara Sports Arena 1 at the XXI Commonwealth Games on Saturday. On the final day of competition in wrestling, 32-year-old Mackey suffered a 3-1 decision to 48-yearold Wallen in the round of eight. “I had him, but I couldn’t control my breathing,” said an exhausted Mackey following the match. “I was hoping to come here and fight in the finals to get the silver or the gold, but I just wanted to get through my first match. He was good, long arms. That was what stopped me.” Wallen, however, didn’t have the energy after that match and he subsequently lost his quarter-final match in a 4-0 shutout at the hands of Alexander Moore of Canada. “He was a lot tougher than I thought he would be,” said Wallen of his 11-10 technical decision over Mackey. “He’s a young guy and I’m an old guy. I could probably be

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Having started competing at the age of 15, Wallen has been a household name in the Caribbean and his “love for the sport and my

GOLD Coast, Australia — After taking a chance taking off on his left jumping foot in the preliminaries two days before, Latario Collie went back to the right foot in the final and although he improved on his performance, he finished 11th in the men’s triple on Saturday’s final day of competition at the XXI Commonwealth Games. The 24-year-old Collie popped a leap of 15.90 metres on his third jump,

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JAMAICAN Kevin Wallen and Rashji Mackey (right) at the XXI Commonwealth Games on Saturday. his dad and then some, but he was good. There were a few things that he needs to clean up, but I think he can be a force if he continues to wrestle. This is what we are looking for in the Caribbean.”


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Commonwealth Bank Giants win NPBA title

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS: Commonwealth Bank Giants celebrate their title win Saturday night.

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Taylor opened the third with back-to-back threepoint plays and Bain’s layup pushed the lead to double figures for the first time. Taylor would score 10 of the team’s 14 during the run and his free throws gave them a 61-44 lead. Munnings would finally end the run with his layup. The lead reached beyond 20 when Taylor made another pair at the line for a 67-46 lead with 3:31 left to play in the third. Another trip to the line gave the Giants a 72-56 lead headed into the fourth. The lead was as much as 18 in the final period and the Rockets never came within eight. Barry Carter split a pair at the line In game four Friday night, the Giants were powered by a double double from Gamaliel Rose with his best game of the series; 24 points and 11 rebounds in a 101-88 win. Bain scored 15, Taylor and Jervonne Atkins both finished with 12 and Karon Pratt scored 10. Munnings led the Rockets with 27 points and 14 rebounds while Eugene Bain scored 24. Division II Breezes High Flyers – 100 Aliv Bucket Team – 99 High Flyers win series 4-0 For the second consecutive year, the Breezes High Flyers claimed the division II title by a single point in a thrilling finish to a deciding game. It took overtime to decide it, but the High Flyers clinched the 201718 championship powered by a high scoring starting five that all reached double figures. Dave Davis finished with 25 points and 18 rebounds, both game highs. Shanton

Pratt nearly finished with a triple double, 14 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, Jeremy Neely and Enrico Bethel each scored 19 and Devontee Gibson scored 11. Delano Forbes added eight off the bench. Kieran

Mortimer led the Bucket Team with 22 points, Anwar Neilly scored 18, Rashad Ingraham had 16 points and 15 rebounds. James Rolle scored 16 and Dylan Musgrove added 12.

In last year’s championship series, the Flyers made a free throw with 12 seconds left to give them a 75-74 win over the Johnson’s Truckers in the deciding game of the series.

That momentum carried over to the Bahamas Basketball Federation Nationals. The High Flyers claimed the national title over the Marsh Harbour Hoppers, 61-60 on Neely’s go ahead free throw with 14

seconds remainingPratt was named MVP. He scored 20 points with three rebounds, two assists and as many steals. Dwight Moss and Forbes both had six points and six rebounds to help out.


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Oladipo scores 32 as Pacers stun LeBron and Cavaliers By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James figured he had experienced everything in 12 postseasons. Turns out, there was something new. Victor Oladipo scored 32 points and Indiana outplayed Cleveland from the start while pulling off a stunning 98-80 victory yesterday in the series opener, handing James and the Cavaliers’ their first loss in the opening round in eight years. It also was the first playoff-opening loss for James, who came in 12-0 in Game 1s and didn’t realize he had been perfect starting the postseason. “Is it?” James said. “I’ve never lost a game in the first round before in my career? But while he knows the narrative before Wednesday’s Game 2 will be on the struggles of Cleveland’s playoff newcomers, James isn’t worried. “I’m down 0-1 in the first round,” he said. “I was down 3-1 in the Finals. So, I’m the last guy to ask about how you’re going to feel the next couple days.” The Pacers are feeling confident after beating the Cavs for fourth time this season. Indiana took control from the outset, opening a 21-point lead in the first quarter and pushing it to 23 in the third. The Cavs got within seven in the fourth, but Oladipo, once a role player who has blossomed into an All-Star in his first season with Indiana, hit a big 3-pointer and Bojan Bogdanovic helped put Cleveland away with a 3 to make it 88-71. When the final horn sounded, the Pacers didn’t celebrate or run around the floor like they had accomplished anything special. They calmly walked off, business as usual. “We believe that we can win,” Oladipo said. “We came into this game with a mentality that we wanted to attack on both ends of

the floor and play the way we’ve been playing all year, and we did a great job of that. It’s only one game, it’s only Game 1.” The Pacers completely outplayed the three-time defending conference champions, whose turbulent regular season has carried over into the playoffs. James scored 24 with 12 assists and 10 rebounds for his 20th career tripledouble. But James got little help as Cleveland’s four other starters — Kevin Love, Jeff Green, Rodney Hood and George Hill — combined for 25 points. “They were more aggressive,” James said. “They just played inspired basketball and they just took advantage of everything we wanted to try and do. They were more physical than us at the point of attack, and they were most precise with what they wanted to do and we couldn’t score the ball.” Cleveland went just 8 of 34 on 3-pointers and missed eight of 20 free throws. The Cavs’ playoff theme is: “Whatever It Takes.” Well, it’s now going to take a first-round comeback. This is all new to James, who had won 21 consecutive first-round games and lost a postseason for the first time in his 13th playoffs. The 33-year-old is trying to get to his eighth straight Finals, and already the path is tougher than imagined. Cleveland had won 14 straight first-round games, last losing on April 22, 2010, the last season of James’ first stint with the Cavs. Indiana was swept by Cleveland in last year’s opening round. Those Pacers, though, didn’t have Oladipo or the balance of this Indy squad, which may lack experience but not confidence. Lance Stephenson, a longtime playoff nemesis for James, helped set the tone in the first quarter with a dunk he punctuated by throwing several punches into the padded basket

CELTICS SURVIVE WILD FINISH, HOLD OFF BUCKS 113-107 IN OVERTIME By KYLE HIGHTOWER AP Sports Writer

CAVALIERS’ LeBron James (23) drives to the basket against Indiana Pacers’ Victor Oladipo (4) in the first half of a first-round playoff series yesterday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) stanchion. The Pacers took the fight to the Cavs, and Indiana’s players are battling critics who say they can’t compete with Cleveland. “We were definitely mad,” Stephenson said. “They still don’t believe. We’re just going to keep proving everyone wrong and play together.” While some fans are getting their first look at Oladipo, the Pacers have seen this before. “On this team, we all know what Victor can do when he steps on the court,” Thaddeus Young said. “You’ve got to double-team

him because he makes good decisions with the basketball. When you don’t, you saw what he’s capable of.” UP NEXT Game 2 is Wednesday night. THUNDER 116, JAZZ 108 OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Paul George scored 36 points to help Oklahoma City beat Utah in Game 1 of the Western Conference series. George set an Oklahoma City playoff record with eight 3-pointers, blowing past the previous record of five. He made 8 of 11 shots

from long range, and 13 of 20 shots overall. It was his first playoff game with the Thunder since being acquired in a trade with Indiana in the offseason. Russell Westbrook had 29 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists, and Carmelo Anthony added 15 points for the Thunder. Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell had 27 points and 10 rebounds, but he left in the second half with left foot soreness. He returned in the fourth quarter but was noticeably hobbling. Game 2 is Wednesday night in Oklahoma City.

BOSTON (AP) — Boston coach Brad Stevens loves the postseason because it offers a chance to “bust narratives.” The Celtics took their first step toward shattering the belief they can’t win without their biggest stars. Al Horford had 24 points and 12 rebounds and Boston overcame Khris Middleton’s long 3 that beat the fourth-quarter buzzer, topping the Milwaukee Bucks 113-107 in overtime yesterday to open the playoffs. The Celtics led 99-96 with 0.5 seconds left in regulation when Middleton took an inbounds pass on the far right wing and hit a contested 35-footer. Boston outscored Milwaukee 14-8 in the extra period. Terry Rozier added 23 points, four rebounds and three assists for Boston in his first career playoff start. Jaylen Brown finished with 20 points. Rookie Jayson Tatum added 19 points and 10 rebounds. Rozier said he knows he’s under a spotlight this postseason with Kyrie Irving out for the season following his recent knee surgery. “I just know I gotta step up,” he said. “I know I gotta fill big shoes. I don’t feel no pressure. I’m glad to be in this position.” Game 2 in the best-ofseven series is Tuesday night in Boston. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 35 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists before fouling out in overtime. Middleton had 31 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Malcolm Brogdon scored all 16 of his points after halftime. After a muted start, things opened for Antetokounmpo. But he said he must do a better job the defensive end against Horford going forward.

WARRIORS BACK TO DOMINANT SELVES, TOP SPURS 113-92 IN GAME 1 OAKLAND, California (AP) — Kevin Durant helped the defending champions get defensive in a hurry, finishing with 24 points, eight rebounds and seven assists as the Golden State Warriors returned to their old dominant selves at playoff time to beat the cold-shooting San Antonio Spurs 113-92 on Saturday. Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson took charge in Game 1 of the first-round series to elevate the Warriors’ intensity at last playing without fellow AllStar and injured two-time MVP Stephen Curry, sidelined since March 23 with a sprained left knee. Thompson found his shot and scored 27 points, making 11 of 13 shots, while 7-footer JaVale McGee started in Steve Kerr’s centre-by-committee approach and contributed 15 points, four rebounds and two blocked shots in 16 minutes. Rudy Gay led the Spurs with 15 points off the bench as leading scorer LaMarcus Aldridge was limited to 14 points on 5-for12 shooting. Game 2 in the best-of-seven series is tonight at Oracle Arena. 76ERS 130, HEAT 103 PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ben Simmons had 17 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds in his playoff debut, and Philadelphia romped again without Joel Embiid, beating Miami for its 17th straight win. Embiid was a spectator in Game 1 of the first-round series because of a broken orbital bone around his left eye. The AllStar centre has been hopeful he can return early in the series. The Sixers could end this one early with Embiid back in the lineup. Simmons dished and dazzled in the paint and the Heat had no answer for Sixers reserves Marco Belinelli and Ersan Ilyasova. Belinelli and Ilyasova combined to hit four 3-pointers in the third quarter that helped shift the tone from physical and foul-filled to a long-distance game that allowed the Sixers to put away this one. They used a 15-0 run in the third in their first postseason game in five seasons under coach Brett Brown to get the rout rolling. JJ Redick scored 28 points to lead the Sixers, who host Game 2 on Monday. Belinelli had 25 and Ilyasova 17. RAPTORS 114, WIZARDS 106 TORONTO (AP) — Serge Ibaka had 23 points and 12 rebounds, Delon Wright

GOLDEN State Warriors’ JaVale McGee, right, celebrates a score as San Antonio Spurs’ LaMarcus Aldridge (12) watches during the second half in Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) scored 11 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, and Toronto snapped a 10-game losing streak in playoff series openers by beating Washington. DeMar DeRozan added 17 points, C.J. Miles and OG Anunoby each had 12, and Kyle Lowry had 11 points and nine assists for the Raptors, whose only previous victory in the opening game of a playoff series came in the second round against Philadelphia in 2001. Toronto entered having lost an NBAworst 10 consecutive Game 1s since, including six at home. The top-seeded team in the Eastern Conference, Toronto made 16 of 30 3-point attempts, with Miles making four, and Ibaka and Wright each hitting three. The Raptors host Game 2 on Tuesday. John Wall had 23 points and 15 assists for the Wizards, while Markieff Morris had 22 points and 11 rebounds.

PELICANS 97, TRAIL BLAZERS 95 PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) — Anthony Davis had 35 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks, and New Orleans beat Portland in Game 1 of their playoff series. Jrue Holiday added 21 points, outplaying both Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, and had a big blocked shot in the closing seconds as New Orleans held on after Portland erased almost all of a 19-point deficit. Rajon Rondo finished with 17 assists, eight rebounds and six points as New Orleans won the backcourt battle on top of Davis dominating the interior. Lillard finished with 18 points, seven rebounds and seven assists while McCollum had 19 points. The sixth-seeded Pelicans were the only road team to win on the opening day of the NBA playoffs.


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Sweet silver: Men’s 4x400m team back on medal podium FROM PAGE 1 turned out to be the third fastest qualifying time, which meant that with some adjustments, the Bahamas was poised to get back on the podium, matching the silver won in 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland, by the team of Latoy Williams, Mathieu, Russell, Chris ‘Fireman’ Brown and Miller. Head coach Rupert Gardiner commended Miller, who made the suggestion in the team member to “let the young guns” go for the medal. Gardiner called them the team of the future and noted that with Gardiner in the mix, they can be a formidable force heading into next year’s IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar, and the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Their performance capped off a great games for the athletic team that

saw Shaunae Miller-Uibo win the gold in the women’s 200m, breaking Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie’s previous games’ record, while Jamal Wilson secured a silver in the men’s high jump and Jeffery Gibson got another silver in the men’s 400m hurdles. The Bahamas was hoping to add another medal in the women’s 4 x 100m relay, held prior to the 4 x 400s. But head coach Rupert Gardiner said a decision was made to pull the team after Miller-Uibo had a slight disc discomfort following her exceptional 200m victory. “That’s our future and to put her out there and do more damage wouldn’t be fair on her,” he said. “We’re not at our best because we had some athletes in college, who could have given us a strong performance and not having Tynia

Gaither, we decided not to run the team.” Gardiner said the other members of the team, Anthonique Strachan, V’Alonee Robinson, Katrina Seymour and Tamara Myers all took it in stride when they held the meeting and explained their position. After going through a series of tests conducted by Dr Rickey Davis, the head of the Bahamas medical team and members of the medical staff at Griffith University, Miller-Uibo was back in the stadium, cheering on the Bahamas men’s team as they clinched the silver. She celebrated her 24th birthday on Sunday. With the Bahamas’ withdrawal, England raced to the gold in a national record time of 42.46 seconds with Jamaica getting the silver in 42.52 and Nigeria getting the bronze in 42.75.

MACKEY: ‘I HAD HIM, BUT I COULDN’T CONTROL MY BREATHING’ FROM PAGE 1 desire to showcase Jamaica” has been his trademark. Now he’s hoping that more youngsters like Mackey will take over the reign in the Caribbean. Clarence Rolle, the manager/coach of the wrestling team, said he couldn’t ask for a better showing, except for Mackey to win the match. “Rashji put together a really good performance. It just hurts to do so well and you don’t get the win that the Bahamian people are looking for, or we would like to give them,” he said. “We felt that he was very aggressive and he kept taking the fight to the Jamaican. “The referee didn’t see it as I did. The Jamaican was very passive and in this sport that calls for a penalty. I don’t believe that he attempted a single shot on my wrestler. My wrestler was pushing him about and I thought he should have been rewarded for that. In the end, we came up short and we will work on anything that went wrong. But I was very pleased for the most part with the effort that was given.” Mackey, who would have had some international exposure competing twice

at the Pan American Championships, was the second of two Bahamians to compete in wrestling at the games. Sean Wrinkle, with his parents Stephen and Gail Wrinkle in the stands cheering him on, lost 5-0 to Australia’s Connor Evans in the men’s freestyle 74kg in his international debut. Evans eventually lost in the semi-final to Kumar Sushil from India, who went on to win the gold medal over Johannes Botha from the Republic of South Africa. Rolle, a vice president of the Bahamas Olympic Committee, said both Mackey and 21-yearold Wrinkle gave a good account of themselves and he was happy that the BOC provided the opportunity for the Bahamas Wrestling Federation to participate in the games. “The Bahamas Olympic Committee deserves a lot of credit because they are giving the smaller federations like the Bahamas Wrestling Federation to be represented at a multisports games,” Rolle said. “Larger sporting organisations that have been around a lot longer amass much larger following and they get all of the attention and the bulk of sponsorship. “So it’s not always a level playing field to try and get resources that you need for a growing sport and

a developing sport in the Bahamas. But the Bahamas Olympic Committee has done well here in Australia because we have wrestling, table tennis, triathlon and never before has the Bahamas taken a varied team like this to the games. So we are very appreciative of their support.” Now that the games are over, Rolle said Wrinkle will return to complete his senior year at North Carolina State, while Mackey will travel to Peru in May to compete in the Pan American Games’ qualifying tournament. “We chose not to take part in the CAC Games this time around,” said Rolle of the next games on the BOC’s agenda in July in Colombia. “Rashji is the most eligible competitor we have so we decided to concentrate on the Pan Am Qualifier and then the Pan Am. “We have more coaches who can do more than one event at one time, so as we get more wrestlers who are up to the level where we feel we can bring them to those games to test their skills, then we will do a lot more in a short period of time. But we are very pleased that the wrestlers got this opportunity to perform here and they gave a good account of themselves.”

COLLIE 11TH OVERALL IN THE TRIPLE JUMP FROM PAGE 1 but it wasn’t enough to advance him to the final three rounds where the top eight competitors battled it out for the medals. Troy Doris of Guyana had a season’s best of 16.88m (55-4 3/4) for the gold. Yordanys Duranona Garcia of Dominica nailed the silver with 16.86 (55-3 3/4) on his first attempt and Marcel Mayack II of Cameroon bagged the bronze with a personal best of 16.80m (55-1 1/2) on his sixth attempt. Slightly disappointed in the outcome, Collie said he knew exactly what went wrong. “It wasn’t what I expected,” Collie said. “I think I just need to jump a lot more. This was just my first meet for the year. So I think I have a lot of work to do. But I’m glad that I got the opportunity to compete. Now I know what I have to work on. It’s still early, so if I can get in some meets, I will be okay.” The twin brother of long jumper Lathone Collie, who both reside in College Station, Texas where they train

each other, said he knew he could do a lot better, so he decided to switch back to his normal right leg to take off. The problem is, that was the leg that he suffered an injury and required surgery back in 2016. “I think if I hadn’t take that year off, I would have been much further than I am right now,” Collie said. “But I’m glad that I had the surgery. Now I get a chance to compete again. But if I can just get in some meets, I know that I will be right where I want to be competing against these guys.” Opening with a leap of 15.71m (51-6 1/2) on his first attempt, Collie ran through the latter phase of his second attempt. He indicated that he didn’t have any problems with his leg. He just came too close to one of the machines and wanted to avoid hitting it. He rebounded and landed his best mark on his final attempt. It just wasn’t enough to get him into the final. “I just have to go back work on my approach,” said Collie, who plans on working a little more with Peter Pratt, his long-time coach who assisted him on the sidelines here. “I know I

can get back to this level. I just need some more meets and I will be okay.” With the Central American and Caribbean Games in July in Colombia as the next major international meet this year, Collie said he hopes to be ready so that he can improve on his performance here. Collie, dubbed as the next great triple jumper to excel on the international scene, was coming off a disappointing showing at the Olympic Games in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where he failed to record a mark in his three attempts during the qualifying round. Prior to that, Collie was the IAAF World Youth Championships gold medallist in 2010 in Lille, France and the IAAF World Junior Championship’s bronze medallist in Barcelona, Spain in 2013. Although he went on to excel at Texas A&M University, he never surged to the senior level as anticipated. “I know a lot was expected of me, but I know I can get back to that level and become the competitor that everybody expected me to be,” Collie said. “I know I can do it.”


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Bahamas wins Boys Under-16 AAU Disney Easter Classic BASKETBALL season may be done, but International Basketball Academy began its summer recruitment session early with a successful tournament appearance in Florida International Basketball Academy (IBA). Team Bahamas won the Boys Under-16 AAU Disney Easter Classic, hosted at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida. They defeated Oviedo, Florida 75-54 for the tournament title. Jaythan Belle had a game high 22 points, Matthew Saunders scored 16, Janus Shepherd had 14, Tyeko Lowe had 11 and Michael Balfour chipped in with nine. Oviedo won the first matchup between the teams in the opening game

of the tournament, 59-50, but IBA went undefeated the remainder of the tournament, culminating in the rematch. IBA Bahamas has impacted the local basketball scene in its brief history led by its director Denycko Bowles, who also serves as the head coach of the Doris Johnson Mystic Marlins. It is the first international branch of the IBA programme. In addition to participating in international events on the AAU circuit, IBA Bahamas has also participated in the Summer of Thunder and hosted several editions of their Skills Combine and “Super 60/Hot 100 Showcase” in conjunction with Get Me Recruited out of Raleigh, North, Carolina.

TEAM BAHAMAS won the Boys’ U-16 AAU Disney Easter Classic at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida.

SAMUEL P HAVEN NATIONAL SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIPS BEGIN TODAY By RENALDO DORSETT Tribune Sports Reporter rdorsett@tribunemedia.net THE roster of qualifiers is complete and top programmes in the country are prepared to vie for the 2018 National Soccer Championships this week. The Bahamas Football Association, in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and the Ministry of Youth, Sports, and Culture will host the Samuel P Haven 2018 National Soccer Championships, presented by the IL Cares Foundation, April 16-21 at the Roscow A L Davies Soccer Field. Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools qualifiers the St Andrew’s Hurricanes, Lyford Cay Dragons, Queen’s College Comets and Aquinas Aces advanced weeks ago, but this past weekend produced

qualifiers from the Government Secondary School Sports Association, Grand Bahama Secondary School Athletic Association and the Abaco School Sports Association. GSSSA participants will include the CR Walker Knights, CV Bethel Stingrays, and Anatol Rodgers Timberwolves. Teams out of Grand Bahama will include the Bishop Michael Eldon School Warriors, Sir Jack Hayward Wildcats, Tabernacle Baptist Falcons and Lucayan International. Patrick J Bethel will be the lone competitor out of Abaco. In this year’s championships, teams will compete in a single elimination tournament to decide who will be 2018 National Champions. Match fixtures begin this afternoon in the senior boys’ division when the BAISS champions Hurricanes will host Patrick J Bethel at 4:430pm.

Four games are on the schedule for tomorrow, opening with a senior girls’ matchup between the Aces (BAISS runners-up) and Stingrays (GSSSA runnersup) at 4:30pm. Game two in the senior boys’ division will feature rematch of the GSSSA championship series with the Knights (champions) hosting the Timberwolves (runners-up) at 5:55pm. In the senior girls’ division, the GSSSA champions Knights will face Grand Bahama runners-up, the BMES Warriors at 7:25pm. After a successful hosting in the 2016 edition of the tournament, the 2017 event was postponed due to the BFA’s focusing its resources on the country’s hosting of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup. Adam Miller, assistant general secretary of the BFA, said the tournament’s format will provide maximum exposure for the

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participating teams. “Four games each day is a lot of games in a short period of time, but hopefully the teams are prepared for it. It was unfortunate we were unable to host in 2017 due to resources being focused on the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, but a lot of teams felt like they should have been in it are looking at opportunities to win this year,” Miller said. “It’s always good to see teams compete against ones they are not used to playing against so it should present some interesting matchups. The issue we have now is timing for the

leagues and league play not being in sync. Some teams have three weeks off, some teams have two days off, some teams have no rest at all. When we get to the point where everyone is on the same schedule we wouldn’t have to work on this issue.” Visiting teams will be lodged at the Courtyard Marriott Downtown. The Queen’s College Comets and St Augustine’s College Big Red Machine claimed the first national high school soccer championships in Bahamian high school sports history. The Comets won 2-1 over

their BAISS rival, the St Andrew’s Hurricanes. In a rematch of the BAISS championship, the Comets exacted revenge on the Hurricanes with goals from Jaime Thompson and Tadiwa Mushonga. Ethan Willie scored the lone goal for the Hurricanes. In the girls’ final, the Big Red Machine scored a 1-0 win over the visiting Lucaya International School Buccaneers out of Grand Bahama. Eden Cox scored the game-winning goal in the 77th minute to lift her team to the title.


THE TRIBUNE

Monday, April 16, 2018, PAGE 7

JUVENTUS BEATS SAMPDORIA 3-0 TO GO 6 POINTS CLEAR OF NAPOLI

Man City wins Premier League after United loses to West Brom By STEVE DOUGLAS AP Sports Writer MANCHESTER, England (AP) — They won it in the last remaining seconds in 2012, and in the final match in 2014. At last, Manchester City’s players can enjoy a serene Premier League title triumph. And they can thank fierce rival Manchester United for that. City clinched the title without even playing yesterday when United, its nearest challenger, surprisingly lost 1-0 at home to last-place West Bromwich Albion. It was City’s third title in seven seasons — and fifth in its history — and easily its most convincing, with Pep Guardiola’s team 16 points clear and still having five games to play this season. “Our Time. Our City. Premier League Champions 17/18,” City tweeted soon after the final whistle. Second-place United dragged the title race out for at least another week by winning 3-2 at City last weekend, only to gift the trophy to City by losing to a team that is destined for relegation and had just one league win since August. Guardiola might not have seen Jay Rodriguez’s 73rd-minute

winning goal at Old Trafford because he was playing golf with his son instead of watching the match. Vincent Kompany did, with images showing the City captain celebrating at his in-laws’ house where he was having dinner. “I had a feeling when I woke up this morning,” Kompany said. Goalkeeper Ederson Moraes was watching former club Benfica play Porto in the Portuguese league. The rest of the squad was spread out across Europe, and even beyond, on their day off after City’s 3-1 win at Tottenham on Saturday night had left the league title agonisingly close. Instead of City hoping to clinch the title at home to Swansea next weekend, that game at Etihad Stadium will now be a party and a celebration of one of the Premier League’s finest teams which could yet break a slew of records by the end of the season. City could yet finish the season with the most points, goals and wins from a single Premier League campaign. In sealing the league at this stage, City matched the record for the earliest title win — held by United since 2001. “Unbelievable season for us,” said midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, perhaps City’s standout player

the league,” sang West Brom’s jubilant fans near the end of the game. The 2012 title win had the infamous last-gasp goal by Sergio Aguero. Six years later, the finale was much more underwhelming, with Rodriguez nodding in from a corner to silence the majority of Old Trafford and set up one of the most surprising wins of the season. United manager Jose Mourinho had long given up hopes of winning the title, instead focusing on finishing second. This result left his team one point clear of thirdplace Liverpool, with a game in hand. “I don’t know if I was the first or second or third but I congratulated them face to face when I had the chance,” Mourinho said. “I knew that sooner or later that would be, and if I was in their position I would be very upset (if) someone said they won the league because Man United lost against West Bromwich Albion. “They won because they were the best team, they lost only a few points. “Probably because I won eight championships, I was not in the moon with the victory against them because that doesn’t make me feel super happy.”

MANCHESTER City manager Pep Guardiola applauds the fans as he walks from the pitch after the end of the English Premier League soccer match against Tottenham Hotspur at the Wembley stadium in London on Saturday. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein) over the past eight months. “Very happy to call us champions this year.” An 18-match winning run from late-August to late-December laid the platform for the runaway title victory, and it was only a matter of when it would be clinched. Few — including Guardiola — expected it to happen yesterday. “We’ve won you the league, Manchester City, we’ve won you

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Statistics are for Nassau through 2 p.m. yesterday Temperature High ................................................... 86° F/30° C Low .................................................... 77° F/25° C Normal high ....................................... 81° F/27° C Normal low ........................................ 69° F/21° C Last year’s high ................................. 82° F/28° C Last year’s low ................................... 68° F/20° C Precipitation As of 2 p.m. yesterday ................................. 0.00” Year to date ................................................. 6.79” Normal year to date ..................................... 5.40”

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MILAN (AP) — Juventus took a major step toward a seventh straight Serie A title on Sunday as it beat Sampdoria 3-0 after Napoli was held to a 0-0 draw at AC Milan. Douglas Costa changed the match when he came on for the injured Miralem Pjanic, providing three assists for Mario Mandzukic, Benedikt Hoewedes and Sami Khedira. Juventus moved six points clear of Napoli with six matches remaining — including the two sides playing each other. “We have to thank Pjanic for getting injured because maybe at that moment I wouldn’t have changed things,” Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri joked. “Douglas and (Gonzaolo) Higuain are two players who I wanted to use to change the match. I chose the Brazilian to stretch Samp.”

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