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Brianne making great strides for the Cougars By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter AFTER a rough transition in college life in her freshman year, Grand Bahamian Brianne Bethel is now making great strides as a member of the Cougars women’s track team at the University of Houston. And based on her progress, Bahamian assistant coach Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie said she could become one of the greatest sprinters that the country has ever seen, while they wait for the other half of the twin combo, Brittni, who is recuperating from surgery. That’s high marks coming from Ferguson-McKenzie, who has set

the bar as the most accomplished sprinter coming out of the University of Georgia and excelling on the international scene as an Olympian. “Based on what she did last year coming in as a freshman, not knowing how to run indoors, she was a little disappointed in her performance,” Ferguson-McKenzie said. “But I told her that she just needs to work on her technique and with time, she will be able to turn it around. This year, coming back, she made the transition and is now performing like we all knew she is capable of doing.” Now in her sophomore year, Bethel improved her personal bests of 11.40 seconds in the 100

BRIANNE Bethel with ‘Golden Girl’ Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie.

metres and 23.47 in the 200m from her freshman year to 11.20 and 22.74 over the weekend as she pulled off the sprint double at the American Athletic Conference Championships. In addition to helping the Cougars win both the women’s 4 x 100 and 4 x 400m relays, Bethel was named the most outstanding athlete at the meet in Cincinnati, Ohio. “In my opinion, I felt like I worked very hard for what I did,” Bethel said. “I’m very happy for my performance because I worked very hard. I worked very hard. “I’m blessed. I’m very blessed to be here and competing for Houston.”

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Working with someone she considers to be a perfectionist, Bethel said she can’t help but perform at her best. “It’s very tough because we are dealing with a perfectionist here. If it ain’t perfect, it’s wrong,” said Bethel of Ferguson-McKenzie. “But I enjoy working with my coach. She really brings out the best in me.” Considered to be a hard worker who loves the sport, listens and and deserves everything that she’s gotten so far, Ferguson-McKenzie admits that the sky is definitely the limit for Bethel. “We’re happy with her progress. She did some amazing stuff


GAMBLING HOUSES SPONSORING SPORTING EVENTS ‘DOES NOT SEND THE RIGHT MESSAGE TO OUR YOUTH’ GAMBLING houses sponsoring sporting events is not in our national interest. It does not send the right message to our youth, who need to be taught that developing the content of one’s character, hard work and discipline in life are ideals to strive for above pursuing getting something for nothing or by chance.       In the preamble of our constitution it explains clearly what we should be teaching and how we should be training our youth, which will preserve our freedoms and not enslave us to any vice like gambling. We should be teaching a commitment to self-discipline, industry, loyalty, unity and an abiding respect for Christian values and the rule of law. In these values we see nothing about luck or chance. If luck or chance is our standard, or the goal we want our youth to strive for, then we should tell our athletes to just show up to training when you feel like it and maybe you’ll get lucky and win your race. Is that how we want to train our youth? We send conflicting messages to our sporting youth when we want them to be disciplined in their training and work at doing your best and then have a gambling house sponsor a sporting event. Put the two messages together and you have an oxymoron. It is not right or good if we want to follow the teachings of our forefathers as spelled out in our constitution. Are there no other corporate sponsors that would be more in tune with the ideals that sports encourage and better ways that government can include ways to fund these events in the budget. Let’s send the right message to our youth and do not let gambling houses sponsor sporting events. Sincerely, Andy Knowles,  Bahamas Olympic swimmer and coach

By KYLE HIGHTOWER AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — Jaylen Brown scored 23 points and the Boston Celtics withstood a 42-point night by LeBron James to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 107-94 last night and take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals. Terry Rozier added 18 points, while Al Horford finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Boston improved to 8-0 this postseason at TD Garden. The Celtics have never blown a 2-0 series lead in the playoffs. James added 12 assists and 10 rebounds. He scored 21 of Cleveland’s 27 points in the first quarter, tying his playoff career high for points in a period. His 42 points marked his fifth 40-point game of this postseason. James had just 15 points and missed all five of his 3-point attempts in the Cavs’ Game 1 loss. CELTICS guard Terry Rozier (12) and forward Marcus Morris leap in celebration near the end of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers last night in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Former bodybuilders honoured at 45th annual championships By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter DURING the 45th Annual Novice and Bahamas Open

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Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships, the Bahamas Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation honoured two of its outstanding former bodybuilders turned coaches and executives. The honours for Leonardo ‘Nardo’ Dean and Wellington ‘Cat’ Sears was made during the championships held at the Melia resort on Saturday night. The federation, headed by Joel Stubbs, said it’s their goal to recognise the accomplishments of persons who would have made valuable contributions to the sport over the years. As this year’s recipients, both Dean and Sears said they were appreciative of the gesture by the federation. Dean, 50, said he puts God first in everything he does and lets everything else follow. “It was a privilege and an honour to be honoured this year,

BODYBUILDERS compete in the 45th annual Novice and Bahamas Open Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships. Photo: Terrel W Carey/Tribune Staff

2018,” Dean said. “I’ve had a very long line of successful athletic history in a lot of different sports, but mainly for this one, bodybuilding and fitness. “I’ve spent over 20 years contributing to this sport, ensuring that new athletes come into the sport, ensuring that new athletes come into the sport and that the sport continues to develop.” Having achieved so much in the sport, Dean said it’s only natural for him to be able to come back and make a contribution to the future growth and development. “I really, really appreciate it and I will look forward to doing what I can to continue to mold young men and young women into exemplary athletes, not just in bodybuilding, but in their mind, but more importantly the soul because my motto, the trilogy



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Former bodybuilders honoured at 45th annual championships FROM PAGE 1 of fitness, is we need to be wellbalanced as individuals and then excel as sportsmen. “Not only that, second best is not an option, so we are never perfect, but we can always strive for perfection.” Dean, 50, is a former national fitness and bodybuilding coach, former New Providence Bodybuilding and Fitness Association president, international fitness and calendar model for Flex Magazine, Rundu Style Calendars, Most Muscular Magazine, Essence Magazine, MuscleMag, Southern Muscle, Master Trainer Mag & Click. He is also an international and national men’s fitness and bodybuilding champion, an

accomplished singer, song writer and poet and the organiser of numerous sporting events, track meets, gymnastics, health fairs and workshops. As read by master of ceremonies Steven Robinson, Dean’s list of accomplishments were extensive and included the following: • Southern States Men’s Fitness Overall Champion, Best in agility and strength rounds and Obstacle Course winner 2005 (Ft. Laud., Fl). • Southern States Fitness Championships 1st place agility and strength Award 2003 (Mia, Fl). • Southern States Men’s Fitness Over 35 Division 1st place (Miami, Fl).

• Southern States Men’s Fitness 1st place 2003 (Miami, Fl). • FAME Fitness Model Finalist South Beach, Miami, Florida 2003 (Miami Beach, Fl). • Southern States Fitness Championships 1st place agility and strength Award 2002 (Mia, Fl). • Southern State Men’s Fitness 3rd place 2002 (Miami, Fl). • Grand Bahama Pep Fitness Champion 1997 (Freeport, Bah). • Mr. Gold’s Fitness Champion 1996 (Nassau, Bah). Dean, who sang the national anthem during the opening of the event, has won medals in just about every competition as a bodybuilder in Nassau, Grand Bahama, throughout the Caribbean, the US and South America.

As a versatile athlete, Dean has also enjoyed successful careers in track and field, tennis, swimming, soccer, cheerleading, ballet and bowling. He has also dabbled in horseback riding, racquet ball, squash, speed bike riding, ice & roller skating and football. Sears, the owner/proprietor of the Iron Man Gym and Personal Studio, is a national bodybuilding and powerlifting coach who served as president of the federation from 1998-2001. The graduate of Americus University with a degree in science and physical education is a fitness and nutrition consultant and personal trainer. Sears, who serves as the stage manager for the bodybuilding

shows, is also a certified level 1 track and field coach. He was the first Bahamian to compete on the male fitness show in Fort Lauderdale in August 1997, was featured in the male and fitness magazine (muscles and fitness) in 1998 and is an international and continental judge. He was also the first Bahamian to judge the Ben Weider Legacy Cup in Toronto, Canada, the Bogota, Colombia Pro Qualifier, the IFBB diamond Caribe in the Dominican Republic and the Arnold Classic in South America. Dean said he intends to work with the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture in trying to develop a health and fitness initiative to bring more awareness to the sport.


SWIFT masters (l-r) swimmers Lisa, Percy, Nancy and Andy Knowles.

SWIFT Swimming took four swimmers to the US National Masters Swimming Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana, over weekend. The meet was held at the world-class IU Natatorium located on the campus of IUPUI. This historic space has served as hosts to countless events, FINA World Masters Championships, and seven US Masters Swimming National Championships. The famed IU Natatorium has also set the stage for many American and world records. Swimming for Swift

was Percy Knowles, Andy Knowles, Nancy Knowles, and Lisa Snow. With some 2,300 plus swimmers at the meet, the top 10 swimmers in each age group won a medal. Swift brought back eight medals. Percy (competing in the 85-89 age group) won five medals with a 1st in the 100yd breaststroke in 2:18.20 and the 200yd breaststroke in 5:15.00; and in the 50yd breaststroke in 58.55 and the 200yd freestyle in 4:13.23 and a 5th in the 100yd freestyle in 1:55.04. Andy (competing in the 60-64 age group) won two medals

with a 8th in the 400yd IM in 5:26.51 and in the 200yd butterfly in 2:42.37.  Andy also competed in the 200yd and 500yd freestyle and the 200yd breaststroke.  Nancy (competing in the 60-64 age group) won a 10th in the 200yd butterfly in 4:14.33.  Nancy also competed in the 100yd butterfly and 50yd breaststroke. And Lisa (competing in the 50-54 age group) swam the 400yd IM, 500yd freestyle and the 200yd breaststroke.  This is the 10th National Championship that Swift has competed in since 2006.

Brianne making great strides for the Cougars FROM PAGE 1 in winning the MVP award at the meet,” Ferguson-McKenzie pointed out. “I’m very ecstatic, very ecstatic. “We’re taking it one meet at a time, but as far as the way forward, we’re hoping that she can go to regionals and then make NCAAs. And if she makes NCAAs, she will go there and do the best that she can.’” Bethel and the Cougars will be competing in the NCAA West Prelims, known as the regional, May 23-25 in Sacramento, California. The meet will serve as the qualifier for the NCAA Outdoor Championships, set for June 6-8 in Eugene, Oregon. “Everybody wants to win and why not? That should be her goal, but it

SPORTS NOTES TENNIS MAJOR JR ADVANCES Kevin Major Jr, now a graduate from Seminole State College, has started his professional career and is off to a great start. In his debut after just graduating, Major Jr advanced in the United States Tennis Association’s Tournament with an upsetting victory yesterday at the Jimmy Evert Tennis Club in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. “Things are going good. I’m starting to play a lot more tournaments now,” Major Jr told The Tribune. “This is my first tournament for the summer and hopefully I am able to win it. I’m playing okay right now. I haven’t played in a while, so I’m still finding my rhythm. But I’m enjoying the experience.” In the round of 16, Major Jr pulled off a 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 win over top seed Charlie Sullivan. In the round of 32, Major ousted No.9 seed Jesse Ross 6-2, 6-0. He won his second round match 6-3, 6-2 over Gabriel Keymer after he opened with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Jack Vance in the first round. FOOTBALL BFA INVITES PLAYERS TO TRIALS THE Bahamas Football Association would like to announce the list of players who have been invited to the Bahamas men’s national programme. From this programme, the Bahamas men’s national team will be selected to represent the Bahamas

may not come this year or it may come this year, but we want her to take it one year at a time,” FergusonMcKenzie stressed. “She’s a sophomore, but she’s never been to the NCAAs, so our goal right now is to get her to NCAAs so that she can go there and get a chance to see what it’s all about. So we just want her to have fun and continue to work hard.” Bethel, 19, said she has already accomplished the goal she set for herself for this year and that was to produce the times she did. Whatever happens the rest of the season will be icing on the cake. “I have to set new goals and try to better myself from here on,” Bethel said. “This is causing me to stay focused on what I came here for.”

Having set the pace for athletes like Bethel to follow, Ferguson-McKenzie said her aim is to make the next generation of athletes like Bethel to be better than she was. “My goal is to ensure that she gets better than I did,” said Ferguson-McKenzie, who has produced times of 10.91 in the century and a national record of 22.19 in the half-lap race in a career that spanned more than two decades with two many accolades to list from CARIFTA to the Olympic Games. “Even though as a coach now, I’ve been down that road and I know what it is like to have had rough days and good days. But it’s an amazing opportunity to be able to assist a talented young lady like Brianne and I trust God that I can

in matches against Belize (September), Antigua and Barbuda (October), Anguilla (November), and Dominica (March). These matches are part of the qualifying for the upcoming CONCACAF Nations League. The players invited to try out are: Julio Jemison (UB); Michael Bellot (Western Warriors); Michael Butler (UB); Valin Bodie (Cavalier); Davaughn Williamson (United); Donovan Williamson (United); Tre Barry (United); Tre Rolle (Dynamos); Christopher Godet (Bears); Cameron Kemp (Dynamos); Jonathan Miller (Dynamos); Marcel Joseph (Bears); Chris Rahming (Western Warriors); Terry Delancy (Cavalier); Ethan Willie (Western Warriors); Dylan Lightbourn (N/A); Avery Kemp (Dynamos); Isiah Collie (Cavalier); Troy Pinder (Western Warriors); Ivan Rolle (Western Warriors); Perry Brooks (N/A); Stuart Hanna (UB); Shawn Williams (N/A); Phieron Wilson (Dynamos); Rejohn Ene (Bears); Dwayne Taylor (Dynamos); Keegan Bischof (Dynamos); Ricardo McPhee (United); Kevin St Fort (UB); Duane Beneby (Bears); Lesly St Fleur (Bears); Chad Russell (Dynamos); Jaico Pennerman (Western Warriors); Holland Clarke (Western Warriors); Ambry Moss (N/A); Josh Duncombe (UB); Denzel Deveaux (UB); Jordan Farquharson (Western Warriors) and Irvin Brown (Dynamos). The BFA will announce the coaching staff and the date for the trials in short order.

NPOTSA SOFTBALL THE New Providence Oldtimers Softball Association has released its revised schedule, which is due to the fact that they had to postpone games because of Mother’s Day celebrations over the weekend, Carnival the week before and mother nature. Games on tap for this weekend are as follows: Saturday 11am - Lone Rebels vs Aliv Truckers 1pm - Masqueraders vs Sharks 3pm - Corner Boys vs BTC Vibes 5pm - Superior Waste Disposal vs Dozer Boys Sunday 1pm - Q Club Divers vs Carlo Rossi Stallions 3pm - KC Construction vs Masqueraders 5pm - Corner Boys vs Yelrom Home Boys Whit Monday 10am - Carlo Rossi Stallions vs KC Construction Noon - Superior Waste Disposal vs Lone Rebels 2pm - Corner Boys vs Masqueraders 4pm - Aliv Truckers vs Dozer Pros KILLARNEY BASKETBALL WEATHER permitting, the Killarney Constituency Association has announced that its inaugural Killarney Men & Women 3 ON 3 Basketball Tournament is all set to begin at 7:30pm May 18 at the Mother Louise Sweeting Park, opposite Nesbitt. The tourney continues at 5pm May 19 with the 3-on-3 tournament set to be held on Sunday, May 20.

continue to do all that I can to assist all my athletes.” While Brianne is coming into her own, FergusonMcKenzie said they’re still keeping their fingers crossed that her twin, Brittni, will recuperate from the knee surgery that has prevented her from joining Brianne in competition. “She hasn’t been in a position where she can train

to compete as yet,” Ferguson-McKenzie said. “Everything right now is geared towards her recovery. “We had some issues with her health, but at the same time, we don’t want to rush her back too quickly and then she’s not quite ready to go. “So we are taking it one day at a time and being patient with her.”

Bethel said her sister can’t wait to get back on the track. “She’s doing her school work, which is the most important part,” she said. “But she will be back on the track very soon. We ain’t finish yet. We will be back next year.” The 5-foot, 7-inch twins, who both run the sprints, are the daughters of Claudette and Brian Bethel.

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RESULTS: BAHAMAS SWIMMING FEDERATION’S LENO BARRACUDA SWIM MEET THE Bahamas Swimming Federation hosted its 2018 Leno Barracuda Swim Meet at the Betty Kelly Kenning Swim Complex over the weekend. Here’s a look at the results posted from the various events: Girls 10 & Under 50M Freestyle (Preliminaries) 1, Ward, Rayven, MAC, 34.73 qNATL. 2, Bowe, Taliyah, SWAT, 34.78  qNATL. 3, Fiaux, Elina, AAC, 35.53  qNATL. 4, Adderley, Tia, MAC, 35.85 qNATL. 5, Clarke, Alia, MAC, 37.10  qNATL. 6, Rolle, Jordyn, DSC, 37.87  qNATL. 7, Dean, Olivia, DSC, 39.57  qNATL. 8, Roberts, Cimiyah, ORCA, 40.10 qNATL. 9, Bain, Nia, AAC, 40.36  NATL. 10, Bridgewater, Lauren, BSC, 41.63  NATL. 11, George, Trinity, Blue Waves, 42.32  NATL. 12, Bostwick, Bailey, BSC, 42.97  NATL. 13, Rolle, Chloe, Blue Waves, 43.39  NATL. 14, Miller, Maya, AAC, 44.14. 15, Pratt, Trinity, BSC, 44.34. 16, George, Teryl, Blue Waves, 44.36. 17, Bain, Quiana, Blue Waves, 45.03. 18, Smith, Chelsea, Mantas, 46.16. 19, Ferguson, Alissa, BSC, 47.31. 20, Cooper, Aryanna, AAC, 48.43. 21, Major, Mathea, AAC, 48.51. 22, Johnson, Sydney, Blue Waves, 48.76. 23, McPhee, Arielle, BSC, 48.78. 24, Dillet, Morgan, BSC, 49.28. 25, Cooper, Makaela, BSC, 49.33. 26, Burrows, Allyssa, ORCA, 49.53. 27, Corneille, Kaitlyn, DSC, 49.73. 28, Turnquest, Emma, Mantas, 50.09. 29, Curry, Angel, Mantas, 50.11. 30, Newry, Kennedy, Blue Waves, 50.51. 31, Butler, Shani, Blue Waves, 50.72. 32, Zatarain, Alexia, LSC, 51.14. 33, Prince, Nia-Ishia, BSC, 51.55. 34, Rousseau-Cox, Sofia, LSC, 52.50. 35, Bournas, Issa, LSC, 53.16. 36, Pratt, Adriel, Blue Waves, 53.18. 37, Julien, Madyson, BSC, 53.60. 38, Brooks, Shianne, Blue Waves, 54.47. 39, Cambrige, Olivia, Blue Waves, 54.55. 40, Longley, Aryana, Blue Waves, 55.39. 41, Lynes, Bharti, Blue Waves, 55.98. 42, Stevenson, Kristen, Blue Waves, 56.76. 43, Albury, Gillian, MAC, 57.12. 44, Pickstock, Zahran, ORCA, 57.47. 45, Pickstock, Zahra, ORCA, 58.39. 46, Russel, Maliyah, Blue Waves, 58.44. 47, Deveaux, Haley, AAC, 59.06. 48, Russell, Kheri, AAC, 59.36. 49, Ingraham, Dayna, BSC, 1:00.89. 50, Mernard, Yrena, Blue Waves, 1:01.47. 51, Simmons, Tiara, Blue Waves, 1:02.55. 52, Turnquest, Savannah, DSC, 1:02.88. 52, Wood, Ranajah, Blue Waves, 1:02.88. 54, Donaldson, Samirah, Mantas, 1:02.98. 55, Gilbert, Madison, BSC, 1:03.21. 56, Russell, Jaidyn, AAC, 1:04.16. 57, Evans, Anneka, DSC, 1:05.15. 58, Burrows, Paityn, Mantas, 1:05.41. 59, Minnis, Aaliyah, Blue Waves, 1:08.00. 60, Rolle, Kamryn, DSC, 1:14.34. 61, Tiivas, Anna, LSC, 1:18.49. 62, Mackey, Jayda, Blue Waves, 1:23.97. 63, Daxon, Laurel, DSC, 1:24.49.  Girls 11-12 50M Freestyle (SemiFinals) 1, Cuffy-Bethel, Devin, BSC, 30.18  qNATL. 2, Moss, Keianna, MAC, 30.39  qNATL. 3, Farrington, Grace, BSC, 31.11  qNATL. 4, Sastre, Mia, MAC, 31.50  qNATL. 5, Singh, Sarah, BSC, 31.87  NATL. 6, Knowles, Leylah, AAC, 31.93  NATL. 7, Roy, Alyssa, AAC, 32.07  NATL. 8, Sands, Giann, Blue Waves, 35.01  NATL.  Girls 11-12 50M Freestyle (Preliminaries) 1, Cuffy-Bethel, Devin, BSC, 30.25  qNATL. 2, Farrington, Grace, BSC, 31.33  qNATL. 3, Singh, Sarah, BSC, 31.59  qNATL. 4, Sastre, Mia, MAC, 31.74  qNATL. 5, Knowles, Leylah, AAC, 31.78  qNATL. 6, Moss, Keianna, MAC, 32.13  qNATL. 7, Roy, Alyssa, AAC, 32.26  qNATL. 8, Sands, Giann, Blue Waves, 34.29  qNATL. 9, Williams, Kaitlyn, Mantas, 34.35  NATL. 10, Johnson, Bianca, Mantas, 34.41  NATL. 10, Culmer-Mackey, Sienna, DSC, 34.41  NATL. 12, Gibbs, Rhanishka, BSC, 36.02  NATL. 13, Fox, Maria, BSC, 36.44  NATL. 14, Higgs, Kyana, BSC, 36.86  NATL. 15, Blacquiere, Mikayla, AAC, 37.79  NATL. 16, Byer, Erynn, Blue Waves, 45.52. 17, Rahming, Dreanna, Blue Waves, 57.29.  Girls 13-14 50M Freestyle (Semi-Finals) 1, Lundy, Rachel, MAC, 30.74  qNATL. 2, Russell, Charlot, AAC, 31.72  qNATL. 3, Munnings, Teja, BSC, 31.99  qNATL. 4, Paul, Vanaj, DSC, 33.67 qNATL. 5, Styles, Philena, DSC, 34.20  NATL. 6, Evans, Aleesha, DSC, 52.40.  Girls 13-14 50M Freestyle (Preliminaries) 1, Lundy, Rachel, MAC, 30.99  qNATL. 2, Russell, Charlot, AAC, 31.61  qNATL. 3, Munnings, Teja, BSC, 32.24  qNATL. 4, Paul, Vanaj, DSC, 33.39 qNATL. 5, Styles, Philena, DSC, 33.48  qNATL. 6, Evans, Aleesha, DSC, 52.06  q.  Women 15 & Over 50M Freestyle (SemiFinals) 1, Thompson, Maya, AAC, 29.45  qNATL. 2, Trotman, Jazmine, AAC, 30.20  qNATL. 3, Newbold, Jolise, ORCA, 30.58  qNATL. 4, Taylor, Eliana, ORCA, 30.92  qNATL. 5, Albury, Kaliyah, MAC, 31.22  NATL. 6, Wood, Sara, BSC, 37.74.  Women 15 & Over 50M Freestyle (Preliminaries) 1, Newbold, Jolise, ORCA, 30.03  qNATL. 2, Thompson, Maya, AAC, 30.10  qNATL. 3, Albury, Kaliyah, MAC, 31.03  qNATL. 4, Taylor, Eliana, ORCA, 31.25  qNATL. 5, Trotman, Jazmine, AAC, 31.56  qNATL. 6, Wood, Sara, BSC, 38.53  q.  Boys 10 & Under 50M Freestyle (Semi-Finals) 1, Gibson, Zion, MAC, 34.02  qNATL. 2, Wells, Caden, MAC, 34.05  qNATL. 3, Albury, Kyle, BSC, 34.68  qNATL. 4, Roy, Anish, MAC, 35.12  qNATL. 5, Daniels, Maxwell, DSC, 35.27  NATL. 6, Adderley, Tyler, BSC, 38.39  NATL. 7, Bartlett, Mikhail, MAC, 39.28  NATL.  Boys 10 & Under 50M Freestyle (Preliminaries) 1, Gibson, Zion, MAC, 34.01  qNATL. 2, Wells, Caden, MAC, 34.56  qNATL. 3, Albury, Kyle, BSC, 34.61  qNATL. 4, Roy, Anish, MAC, 34.95  qNATL. 5, Roy, David, AAC, 35.63  qNATL. 6, Daniels, Maxwell, DSC, 35.64  qNATL. 7, Bartlett, Mikhail, MAC, 37.39  qNATL. 8, Adderley, Tyler, BSC, 37.71 qNATL. 9, Cheetham, Jordan, MAC, 38.44  NATL. 10, Butler, Daunte, MAC, 38.50 NATL. 11, Rollins, Aiden, Blue Waves, 39.15  NATL. 12, Moss, Orion, ORCA, 40.53  NATL. 13, Fox, Michael,

BSC, 41.65. 14, Johnson, Kevin, Blue Waves, 41.68. 15, Lewis, Micah, BSC, 41.98. 16, Rigby, Zayne, MAC, 42.50. 17,  Johnson, Taeden, Blue Waves, 43.43. 18, Seligman, Roy, LSC, 43.85. 19, Moss, Ayden, Mantas, 43.94. 20, Bethell, Daniel, MAC, 44.02. 21, Singh, David, BSC, 44.28. 22, Munro, Zane, MAC, 45.13. 23, Knowles, Shantero, Mantas, 45.35. 24, Morada, Neil, DSC, 45.36. 25, Russell, Trace, MAC, 45.63. 26, Burrows, Keron, BSC, 46.81. 27, Eneas, Atun, DSC, 47.26. 28, Johnson, Tahje, Blue Waves, 48.46. 29, Simmons, Dijon, Blue Waves, 48.95. 30, Dean, Aaron, LSC, 51.35. 31, Bonamy, Mason, Mantas, 53.81. 32, Deveaux, Dmitri, Mantas, 55.42. 33, Asuama, Alejandro, DSC, 55.52. 34, Turnquest, Elijah, Mantas, 56.42. 35, Hope, Luke, BSC, 58.00. 36, Anderson, Kahil, Blue Waves, 58.34. 37, Rolle, Gerard, Blue Waves, 58.62. 38, Gomez, Dylan, BSC, 1:04.60.  Boys 11-12 50M Freestyle (Semi-Finals) 1, Roach, Noah, MAC, 29.91  qNATL. 2, Ferguson, Tristin, MAC, 29.94  qNATL. 3, Bosland, Msanaa, BSC, 31.23  qNATL. 4, Williams, Rondon, DSC, 31.55  qNATL. 5, Carey, Christian, BSC, 31.78  NATL. 6, Kemp, Yohancy, DSC, 32.91  NATL.  Boys 11-12 50M Freestyle (Preliminaries) 1, Roach, Noah, MAC, 29.91  qNATL. 2, Ferguson, Tristin, MAC, 30.01  qNATL. 3, Bosland, Msanaa, BSC, 30.07  qNATL. 4, David, Damani, DSC, 31.26  qNATL. 5, Carey, Christian, BSC, 31.52  qNATL. 6, Williams, Rondon, DSC, 31.60  qNATL. 7, Kemp, Yohancy, DSC, 32.15  qNATL. 8, Feaste, William, MAC, 33.20  qNATL. 9, Mott, Koen, MAC, 34.84  NATL. 10, Johnson, Arrieon, Blue Waves, 35.72  NATL. 11, Barr, Jack, BSC, 36.76. 12, Sealy, Kieran, BSC, 36.94. 13, Major, Lawson, AAC, 37.11. 14, Simms, Matthais, BSC, 38.36. 15, St. Rose, Romin, BSC, 38.41. 16, Roberts,

Boys 13-14 100M Breaststroke Khalilah, BSC, 2:03.63. 7, Russel, Mali1, Thompson III, Erald, MAC, yah, Blue Waves, 2:15.84. 8, Baldwin, Zara, 1:11.64  CCAN. 2, Stubbs, Kierro, MAC, LSC, 2:20.84.  1:13.26  NATL. 3, Colebrook, Kailen, Girls 11-12 100M Backstroke 1, Farrington, Grace, BSC, 1:21.60  AAC, 1:29.20  NATL. 4, Knowles, Reis, NATL. 2, Knowles, Leylah, AAC, BSC, 1:30.26 NATL. 5, Thompson, Jake, 1:22.56  NATL. 3, Rahming, Dreanna, Blue AAC, 1:31.18  NATL. 6, Adderley, Brian, BSC, 1:32.86.  Waves, 2:51.36.  Men 15 & Over 100M Breaststroke Girls 13-14 100M Backstroke 1, Walcott, Andre, MAC, 1:12.06  NATL. 1, Roberts, Mandia, BSC, 1:24.43  NATL. 2, Paul, Vanaj, DSC, 1:25.07  NATL. 2, Jolly, Ricardo, DSC, 1:17.42  NATL. 3, 3, Taylor, Ebonie, ORCA, 1:29.42  NATL. Roach, Jacob, MAC, 1:24.00  NATL. 4, Huggins, Yanek, AAC, 1:27.18. 5, Evans, 4, Munnings, Teja, BSC, 1:31.56  NATL.  Rashad, DSC, 1:37.25.  Women 15 & Over 100M Backstroke Women 15 & Over 200M Butterfly 1, Taylor, Eliana, ORCA, 1:22.42  NATL. 1, Slatter, Katherine, BSC, 2:46.49  2, Wood, Sara, BSC, 1:32.33.  NATL.  Boys 8 & Under 100M Backstroke Boys 11-12 200M Butterfly  1, Knowles, Shantero, Mantas, 2:02.03. 2, 1, Prince, Hodari, BSC, 2:46.88  NATL. Rigby, Zayne, MAC, 2:05.94.  2, Bosland, Msanaa, BSC, 2:54.21  NATL.  Boys 9-10 100 LC Meter Backstroke Boys 13-14 200M Butterfly 1, Moncur III, Tre, MAC, 1:31.45  NATL. 1, Gray, Wellington, MAC, 2:46.88  2, Darville, Caellum, AAC, 1:32.80  NATL. 3, Charles, Jarrod, AAC, 1:33.27  NATL. NATL. 2, Bartlett III, Hugh, MAC, 3:16.65.  Men 15 & Over 200M Butterfly 4, Roy, Anish, MAC, 1:36.59 NATL. 5, 1, Thompson, Luke, AAC, 2:27.87  Albury, Kyle, BSC, 1:40.46  NATL. 6, NATL. 2, Kajokaya, Jeong-il, ORCA, Butler, Daunte, MAC, 1:55.77.  2:54.44. --, Gaitor, Tenajh, BSC, DQ.  Boys 11-12 100M Backstroke 1, Williams, Rondon, DSC, 1:20.71  Girls 11-12 1500M Freestyle  --, Farrington, Grace, BSC, DQ. --, NATL. 2, Ferguson, Tristin, MAC, 1:22.38  NATL. 3, Carey, Christian, BSC, Albury, Marissa, MAC, DQ.  Boys 11-12 1500M Freestyle 1:30.02  NATL. 4, Feaste, William, MAC,  1, Prince, Hodari, BSC, 19:44.38.  1:40.25. 5, Roberts, Seth, BSC, 1:53.78. 6, Boys 13-14 1500M Freestyle Simms, Matthais, BSC, 1:56.47. 7, Bonaby,  1, Longley, Sean, BSC, 19:45.21  NATL.  Winston, BSC, 2:05.60.  Men 15 & Over 1500M Freestyle Boys 13-14 100M Backstroke 1, Albury, Trent, MAC, 17:52.70  NATL. 1, Roy, Ishan, MAC, 1:08.15  NATL. 2, Reckley, Jared, MAC, 1:15.43  NATL. 2, Wood, Ralph III, BSC, 19:35.05 NATL. 3, Cooper, Elbert, AAC, 1:17.68  NATL. 3, Gaitor, Tenajh, BSC, 19:47.57  NATL.  Girls 8 & Under 200M Freestyle 4, Miller, Melvin, BSC, 1:20.92  NATL. 1, Pratt, Trinity, BSC, 3:51.84  NATL. 2, 5, Longley, Sean, BSC, 1:27.26. 6, Butler, Ferguson, Alissa, BSC, 4:10.42  NATL. 3, Asa, BSC, 1:37.84.  Cooper, Makaela, BSC, 4:15.79  NATL. 4, Men 15 & Over 100M Backstroke 1, Gaitor, Tenajh, BSC, 1:12.53  NATL. Prince, Nia-Ishia, BSC, 4:20.37. 5, Julien, 2, Thompson, Luke, AAC, 1:17.66. 3, Madyson, BSC, 4:33.24. 6, Gilbert, Madi-

SWIMMERS compete in the Bahamas Swimming Federation’s Leno Barracuda swim meet at Betty Kelly Kenning Swim Complex. Photo: Shawn Hanna/Tribune Staff Seth, BSC, 38.58. 17, Hinzey, Keiyanno, Blue Waves, 38.72. 18, Ferguson, Shawne, Blue Waves, 39.26. 19, Cordova, Ragh, DSC, 40.08. 20, Thompson, Matthew, BSC, 40.33. 21, Bonaby, Winston, BSC, 41.51. 22, Angelo, Farquharson, Blue Waves, 41.73. 23, Miller, Justin, AAC, 42.29. 24, Turnquest, Rome, DSC, 43.12. 25, Banister, Elijah, DSC, 43.70. 26, Watson, Czaire, BSC, 44.69. 27, Brooks, Latrell, Blue Waves, 49.98. 28, Ferreira, Sotario, BSC, 51.36. 29, Minnis, Sanchez, Blue Waves, 59.67.  Boys 13-14 50M Freestyle (Semi-Finals) 1, Thompson III, Erald, MAC, 27.38  qNATL. 2, Bodie, Lloyd, AAC, 29.88  qNATL. 3, Knowles, Reis, BSC, 30.67  qNATL. 4, Adderley, Brian, BSC, 31.11  qNATL. 5, Butler, Asa, BSC, 35.80.  Boys 13-14 50M Freestyle (Preliminaries) 1, Thompson III, Erald, MAC, 27.69  qNATL. 2, Sears, Taro, AAC, 27.73  qNATL. 3, Adderley, Brian, BSC, 29.75  qNATL. 4, Knowles, Reis, BSC, 30.41  qNATL. 5, Dean, Joshua, Blue Waves, 31.47  qNATL. 6, Bain, Christopher, MAC, 33.06  qNATL. 7, Tucker, Anwar, Blue Waves, 33.97  q. 8, Butler, Asa, BSC, 35.78  q. 9, Bodie, Lloyd, AAC, 37.15. 10, Theophilus, Akeil, Blue Waves, 38.79. 11, Knowles, Renato, MAC, 39.63. 12, Gardiner,  Joshua, MAC, 44.06.  Men 15 & Over 50M Freestyle (SemiFinals) 1, Walcott, Andre, MAC, 26.21  qNATL. 2, Gaitor, Tenajh, BSC, 26.80  qNATL. 3, Murray, Joshua, MAC, 27.64  qNATL. 4, Mott, Kadin, MAC, 28.57 qNATL. 5, Jolly, Ricardo, DSC, 28.89  NATL. 6, St Rose, Shamar, BSC, 29.09  NATL.  Men 15 & Over 50M Freestyle (Preliminaries) 1, Gaitor, Tenajh, BSC, 26.67  qNATL. 2, Walcott, Andre, MAC, 27.35  qNATL. 3, Murray, Joshua, MAC, 28.15  qNATL. 4, Jolly, Ricardo, DSC, 28.16  qNATL. 5, Mott, Kadin, MAC, 28.80  qNATL. 6, St Rose, Shamar, BSC, 28.94  qNATL. 7, Bowe, Philan, Blue Waves, 30.70  qNATL. 8, Farquharson, Kirkwood, Blue Waves, 36.63  q. 9, Evans, Rashad, DSC, 37.73. 10, Munroe, Joshua, Blue Waves, 46.32.  Girls 9-10 100M Backstroke 1, Knowles, Anjaleah, SWAT, 1:26.31  NATL. 2, Cowan, Teeann, ORCA, 1:48.38  NATL. 3, Hope, Lily, BSC, 1:57.51. 4, Turnquest, Emma, Mantas, 1:59.78. 5, Tiivas, Saskia, LSC, 2:01.09. 6, Barr,

St Rose, Shamar, BSC, 1:18.41. 4, Neely, son, BSC, 4:50.09.  Shawn, ORCA, 1:18.57.  Girls 9-10 200M Freestyle Girls 8 & Under 100M Breaststroke 1, Bowe, Taliyah, SWAT, 2:53.17  NATL. 1, Bournas, Issa, LSC, 2:05.30. 2, Knowles, Taylor, SWAT, 2:09.11. 3, Don- 2, Albert, Micah, LSC, 3:00.33  NATL. 3, aldson, Samirah, Mantas, 2:09.81. 4, Smith, Roberts, Cimiyah, ORCA, 3:35.43  NATL. Chelsea, Mantas, 2:10.53. 5, Zatarain, 4, Grant, Dasia, ORCA, 3:37.83  NATL. 5, Bostwick, Bailey, BSC, 3:40.26  NATL. Alexia, LSC, 2:12.73.  6, Proffitt, Poppy, LSC, 3:40.48  NATL. 7, Girls 9-10 100M Breaststroke 1, Adderley, Tia, MAC, 1:40.70  NATL. Paul, Gianna, AAC, 3:46.91. 8, Bridge2, Moss-Moultrie, Kaiden, SWAT, water, Lauren, BSC, 3:57.58. 9, Corneille, 1:57.53  NATL. 3, Sherman, Allisah, BSC, Kaitlyn, DSC, 4:42.53.  Girls 11-12 200M Freestyle 2:03.52  NATL. 4, Barnes, Sanaa, BSC, 1, Cuffy-Bethel, Devin, BSC, 2:06.56  NATL. 5, McPhee, Arielle, BSC, 2:07.36  NATL. 6, Dillet, Morgan, BSC, 2:33.29  NATL. 2, Singh, Sarah, BSC, 2:09.96. 7, Bain, Quiana, Blue Waves, 2:38.26  NATL. 3, Wells, Jayna, AAC, 2:12.71. 8, Pratt, Adriel, Blue Waves, 2:56.17  NATL. 4, Saidi, Layla, LSC, 2:16.36. 9, Hope, Lily, BSC, 2:17.70. 10, 3:00.33  NATL. 5, Roach, Kami, AAC, 3:02.07  NATL. 6, Higgs, Kyana, BSC, Brooks, Shianne, Blue Waves, 2:32.09.  3:02.30  NATL. 7, Fox, Maria, BSC, 3:04.53  Girls 11-12 100M Breaststroke 1, Cuffy-Bethel, Devin, BSC, NATL. 8, Gibbs, Rhanishka, BSC, 3:15.93.  Girls 13-14 200M Freestyle  1:28.35  NATL. 2, Singh, Sarah, BSC, 1, Eneas, GiGi, DSC, 2:29.81  NATL. 2, 1:29.21  NATL. 3, Williams, Kaitlyn, Mantas, 1:37.81  NATL. 4, Delson, Ari- Roberts, Mandia, BSC, 2:43.15  NATL. 3, anna, ORCA, 1:49.56  NATL. 5, Johnson, Moss, Tamia, AAC, 2:45.17  NATL.  Women 15 & Over 200M Freestyle Bianca, Mantas, 1:49.72  NATL. 6, Byer, 1, Wood, Sara, BSC, 3:02.21.  Erynn, Blue Waves, 1:53.93. 7, Sands, Boys 8 & Under 200M Freestyle Giann, Blue Waves, 1:56.33.  1, Farrington, Will, BSC, 3:09.98  NATL. Girls 13-14 100M Breaststroke  1, Styles, Philena, DSC, 1:33.33  2, Burrows, Keron, BSC, 3:55.87 NATL. 3, NATL. 2, Mortimer, Madison, ORCA, Chatlani-Pickstock, Jahan, MAC, 4:23.16. 4, Cartwright, Makhai, Blue Waves, 4:29.91. 1:39.98  NATL.  5, Hope, Luke, BSC, 4:38.95.  Women 15 & Over 100M Breaststroke Boys 9-10 200M Freestyle  1, Newbold, Jolise, ORCA, 1:47.49.  1, Ferguson, Caleb, AAC, 2:29.41  NATL. Boys 8 & Under 100M Breaststroke  1, Singh, David, BSC, 2:07.91. 2, Bonamy, 2, Roy, David, AAC, 2:47.94  NATL. 3, Miller, Matthew, BSC, 3:15.30  NATL. Mason, Mantas, 2:15.09.  4, Adderley, Tyler, BSC, 3:15.36  NATL. 5, Boys 9-10 100M Breaststroke 1, Moncur, Ayrton, MAC, 1:39.62  Mckenzie, Kayden, ORCA, 3:37.51. 6, NATL. 2, Wells, Caden, MAC, 1:41.36  Mendez, Francisco, LSC, 3:40.13. 7, Lewis, NATL. 3, Cheetham, Jordan, MAC, Micah, BSC, 4:07.36.  Boys 11-12 200M Freestyle 1:46.40  NATL. 4, Kemp, Aidan, DSC, 1, Carey, Christian, BSC, 2:50.17  NATL. 1:49.73  NATL. 5, Bartlett, Mikhail, MAC, 1:51.42. 6, Storr, Kaidin, BSC, 1:53.84. 2, Cordova, Ragh, DSC, 3:09.09. 3, Fer7, Laslop, Victor, AAC, 1:57.97. 8, Fox, reira, Sotario, BSC, 4:36.49.  Boys 13-14 200M Freestyle Michael, BSC, 2:02.28. 9, Moss, Orion, 1, Thompson, Jake, AAC, 2:20.42  NATL. ORCA, 2:03.43. 10, Duncombe, Tre, BSC, 2:06.54. 11, Seligman, Roy, LSC, 2:12.85. 2, Knowles, Reis, BSC, 2:31.06  NATL. 3, Adderley, Brian, BSC, 2:39.81. 4, Knowles, 12, Turnquest, Elijah, Mantas, 2:18.83.  Joshua, AAC, 2:52.86. 5, Butler, Asa, BSC, Boys 11-12 100M Breaststroke 1, Bonamy, Amauri, MAC, 1:32.26  2:53.80.  Men 15 & Over 200M Freestyle NATL. 2, Kemp, Yohancy, DSC, 1:35.24  1, Russell, Tristan, MAC, 2:09.60  NATL. NATL. 3, Thompson, Matthew, BSC, 1:43.10. 4, Scavella, Andrew, BSC, 1:47.90. 2, Thompson, Luke, AAC, 2:20.34  NATL. 5, Sealy, Kieran, BSC, 1:48.48. 6, Barr, 3, St Rose, Shamar, BSC, 2:25.23  NATL. 4, Jack, BSC, 1:49.01. 7, Watson, Czaire, BSC, Williams, Theo, ORCA, 3:01.20.  Girls 8 & Under 100M Backstroke 1:50.10. 8, St. Rose, Romin, BSC, 1:50.89. 9, 1, Smith, Chelsea, Mantas, 1:49.16.  Turnquest, Rome, DSC, 1:53.98. 


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Rockets have much to improve NEW PGA TOUR heading into Game 2 tonight SCHEDULE STILL HAS A By KRISTIE RIEKEN AP Sports Writer

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets have plenty of things to fix after squandering their coveted home-court advantage in the Western Conference finals. Tops on their list: limiting turnovers, eliminating open 3s and making things tougher on the Golden State Warriors — particularly Kevin Durant. “Kevin Durant and (Stephen) Curry, they’re good. So they’re going to make” shots, Houston coach Mike D’Antoni said. “Our head can’t explode that they go one-on-one and make shots ... you have to be able to absorb some of their greatness; at the same time, don’t make the mental errors that we did. That would accumulate for 15, 20 points, and that’s the difference in the game.” Some almost sounds like the Rockets will have to play almost perfect beat the Warriors. They wouldn’t go as far as to say that, but James Harden, who scored 41 in Game 1, did say that at this level the margin for error gets razor thin. “It’s the (conference) finals,” he said. “There’s four teams here for a reason. Obviously these four teams have done great things all year. You can’t make the same mental mistakes like you’re in a regular season.” There were plenty of Rockets miscues in Game 1. They coughed up the ball 13 times on Monday and the Warriors outscored the Rockets 18-3 on fast break points en route to a 119-106 victory. Klay Thompson scored 28 points and made 6 of 15 3-point attempts on a night Harden lamented that about 10 of those looks were wide-open. Thompson’s performance came on top of Durant scoring 37 points, mostly by knocking down long 2’s when he was matched up against smaller defenders. That said, what the Rockets won’t do in Game 2 tonight is change what

they’ve done all year and what led to them winning a franchise-record 65 games in the regular season to earn the top-seed. “We are who we are, and we’re pretty good at it,” D’Antoni said. “We can’t get off who we are. Embrace it. Just be a better (version) of who we are and don’t worry if somebody else solves the puzzle a different way ... we’ve got to play at our strengths.” For the defending champion Warriors, they masterfully answered the challenge of opening a playoff series on the road for the first time since 2014. After falling behind by nine points early in front of a raucous Houston crowd, they settled down and led for most of the second half en route to the victory. But playing in a franchise-record fourth straight conference finals, the Warriors know that they can’t let up after wrestling homecourt advantage away from the Rockets. “That was a big win. We’re not going to downplay it,” Thompson said. “But we’re not satisfied. We have a golden opportunity tomorrow to take a good lead. You have to have a short memory in the playoffs, because the next game will come at you fast, and it might feel good to win, but it’s a seven-game series for a reason.” Now they believe they’re up for an even bigger test in Game 2, with the Rockets desperate not to head to Oakland in a 0-2 hole. But they insist they won’t approach this game any differently than they did the opener. “I think the game really came down to staying solid and allowing our talent to shine through,” coach Steve Kerr said. “We have so many gifted players, that as long as we’re solid with the ball, we don’t make mistakes, defend with intensity, then our talent’s going to take over.” To counteract all of that talent, the Rockets must find a way to get more players involved offensively


GOLDEN State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) fouls Houston Rockets guard James Harden in the second half during Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference Finals Monday night in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith) to provide support for Harden. Chris Paul scored 23 points on Monday, but P.J. Tucker and Trevor Ariza, who combined to average almost 18 points in Houston’s first 10 postseason games, managed just nine points combined in Game 1. Part of the struggles came from Ariza getting into foul trouble early, picking up his fifth foul with about

10 minutes left in the third quarter. While the Rockets still expect Durant to get his points, they hope Ariza will be able to stay on the floor more on Wednesday to try and make him work harder for them. The Rockets insist that they aren’t going to let the disappointment of their loss in the opener bleed into Game 2. Harden took it upon himself to check in

with his teammates after Game 1, calling them up to see if they had their heads in the right place and remind them that there’s a lot more to play for. “I wanted to make sure that they’re good and they’re in a good place,” he said. “All the guys seem happy and motivated. So we watch film, we can correct some things, and (Wednesday) we should be better.”

Denis Shapovalov shoots up the rankings with win over Berdych ROME (AP) — Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov pulled off another big win, overcoming a slow start to beat 15th-seeded Tomas Berdych 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5) in the first round of the Italian Open yesterday. Also on the red clay of the Foro Italico, three-time Rome champion Maria Sharapova defeated 16thseeded Ashleigh Barty 7-5, 3-6, 6-2, defending champion Elina Svitolina routed Petra Martic 6-1, 6-2, and defending French Open winner Jelena Ostapenko eliminated Zhang Shuai 6-2, 7-5. The 19-year-old Shapovalov is coming off a semi-final appearance in last week’s Madrid Open, where he beat fellow Canadian Milos Raonic in the Round of 16. Already up to a careerhigh ranking of 29th this week, the victory over Berdych will move Shapovalov ahead of No. 22 Raonic when next week’s rankings come out — making him the top Canadian. “It’s something I’ve wanted to work towards for all my life,” Shapovalov said. “So, to be able to do that, it’s pretty crazy. Hopefully I could lead the country to a Davis Cup victory one day.” Shapovalov is already the youngest player in the top 30 since Richard Gasquest reached No. 17 in 2005 at the age of 19. Showing off his crafty game, Shapovalov made an audacious foray to the net

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida (AP) — Jay Monahan might have been overly ambitious when he said he hoped to have next year’s PGA Tour schedule ready to announce at The Players Championship. The commissioner is not in a big rush, and there remain a few moving parts. And it goes beyond finding a title sponsor for the Houston Open. The Houston Open currently is slotted for the week before the US Open next year, and tour officials remain confident it will be on the schedule. The final piece of the puzzle is the section between the US Open and the British Open. The John Deere Classic has been held the week before the British Open since 2004, except for in 2016 because of the Olympics. “Our hope is to keep our traditional date,” tournament director Clair Peterson said. The PGA Tour wants to wrap up the FedEx Cup playoffs before football season, and not just the start of the NFL. The plan is for the season to end before college football gets started, which means finishing a week before Labor Day. The FedEx St. Jude Invitational, which becomes a World Golf Championship next year, would be played the week after the British Open. Players would have to get from Northern Ireland (Royal Portrush hosts the Open in 2019) straight to Memphis, Tennessee. That would be followed by the Wyndham Championship, and then straight into three FedEx Cup playoff events with the Tour Championship ending on August 25. The Travelers Championship is likely to stay put the week after the US Open. The other three weeks would be filled with the RBC Canadian Open, the John Deere Classic and a new tournament in Detroit. Details are being finalised for Quicken Loans to be the title sponsor, though it would not involve the Tiger Woods Foundation. Two weeks before the British Open, the tournament dates next year would be July 4-7.


DENIS Shapovalov returns a ball to Tomas Berdych during the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome yesterday. (Ettore Ferrari/ANSA via AP)

RUSSIA’s Maria Sharapova returns a ball to Australia’s Ashleigh Barty yesterday during their match. (Claudio Onorati/ANSA via AP)

to conclude one point with an overhead smash as he ran out to a 4-0 lead in the decisive tiebreaker. Berdych came back to make it 5-5 but the lefthanded Shapovalov then drew his opponent into the net and unleashed a wicked one-handed backhand passing shot down the line. On his first match point, Shapovalov wrong-footed Berdych with another shot down the line that his

On a day in which the start of play was delayed and then interrupted by rain, ninth-seeded David Goffin struggled to beat Italian wild card Marco Cecchinato 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 before a partisan crowd. And 14th-seeded Diego Schwartzman eliminated Chilean qualifier Nicolas Jarry 6-4, 6-1. Sixteenth-seeded Lucas Pouille held off Italian wild card Andreas Seppi, 6-2,

opponent couldn’t get back. The risk-taking Shapovalov committed twice as many unforced errors as Berdych but also hit more than three times as many winners. “I just couldn’t find my footing the first set. The clay is so different here,” said Shapovalov, who is making his Rome debut. “But I just kept fighting, kept competing. And I’m really happy I got to turn the match around.”

3-6, 7-6 (3) Greek qualifier Stefanos Tsitsipas, who reached the final of the Barcelona Open last month, advanced when Borna Coric retired while trailing 4-1. In the women’s tournament, 11th-seeded Angelique Kerber defeated Kazakh qualifier Zarina Diyas 6-2, 7-6 (6), and 14thseeded Daria Kasatkina beat Australian qualifier Ajla Tomljanovic 6-0, 6-4.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans now have three of their four draft picks under contract with linebacker Rashaan Evans, the No. 22 pick overall out of Alabama, agreeing to terms. The Titans announced the deal yesterday. The 6-foot-3 Evans played in 53 games at Alabama, where he had 15 sacks and 152 tackles. He was a full-time starter as a senior, helping the Crimson Tide win the national championship. The Titans traded up three spots to select Evans. The Titans already have deals with their fifth-round pick, safety Dane Cruikshank, and sixth-round selection, quarterback Luke Falk. Linebacker Harold Landry of Boston College, the team’s pick in the second round, is the team’s last unsigned selection from the smallest draft class in franchise history.


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Who will referee billion-dollar sports betting industry? By WAYNE PARRY Associated Press ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Now that the US Supreme Court has cleared the way for states to legalise sports betting, the race is on to see who will referee the multibillion-dollar business of gambling on pro and college games. The NFL, NBA and others want Congress to set uniform, nationwide rules on sports gambling for all states, saying the integrity of athletics is at stake. And an influential Republican on Capitol Hill, Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, quickly announced plans to push for such legislation. But states are already moving quickly to enact their own laws, with some legislators wanting fans to be able to place wagers by the time football season starts this fall. And there are serious doubts Congress wants to get involved. “Sports are played on a national and sometimes international stage, crossing state borders and involving residents of numerous

municipalities,” said Rummy Pandit, a gambling analyst with New Jersey’s Stockton University. “From that standpoint, federal regulation of sports betting makes sense. But the federal government has not historically been involved in the day-to-day regulation and oversight of gaming.” For years the major sports leagues argued that gambling on games would lead to match-fixing and point-shaving. Now that they lost the court battle with Monday’s landmark ruling, many suspect that they are now pushing for federal legislation not for high-minded reasons, but because they see it as the easiest way to get a cut of the proceeds. Negotiating a piece of the action with Congress would be more efficient than trying to work out deals one by one with dozens of states. If it passed a nationwide bill, Congress could require casinos, tracks or state governments to share some of their revenue with the sports leagues — or

pay them what the leagues like to call “integrity fees,” designed to cover the costs of policing betting. The leagues have been making headway in negotiations on integrity fees with individual states, including Kansas, Connecticut, Indiana and New York, said Daniel Wallach, a sports law expert from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The leagues also have come down on their fee demands in several states, lowering them from one per cent to 0.25 per cent, he said. Wallach said the leagues, in seeking to be paid for sports betting, might also be able to make a compelling court case that they have intellectual property rights in the data that is used in wagering. On the other side of the negotiating table, the gambling industry might want to work out a grand compromise on giving a cut to the sports leagues, rather than “battle it out, state to

state to state, winning some, losing some,” Wallach said. But state opposition remains strong. Within hours after the ruling, New Jersey lawmakers introduced a new bill to regulate sports betting that would drop the integrity fee that was in an earlier version. In West Virginia, Republican Gov. Jim Justice allowed a sports betting bill to become law without his signature and later announced he had reached a deal for casinos to pay a fee to pro sports leagues. But casino operators denied there was a deal. On Monday, the high court struck down a federal law that limited sports betting to four states that met a 1991 deadline to legalise it: Nevada, Delaware, Montana and Oregon. It came on a court challenge from New Jersey. As a result of the ruling, states are now free to adopt laws regulating sports betting.

Hours after the ruling, the NFL called on Congress to “enact a core regulatory framework” for legalised betting, citing “the potential harms posed by sports betting to the integrity of sporting contests and the public confidence in these events.” The NFL reasoned, too, that it would be easier to comply with one nationwide set of regulations than with 20 or 30 individual ones. The NBA likewise called for national regulation of sports betting. Hatch, one of the authors of the federal law that was thrown out by the Supreme Court, sided with the leagues. “The rapid rise of the internet means that sports betting across state lines is now just a click away,” he said. “We cannot allow this practice to proliferate amid uneven enforcement and a patchwork race to the regulatory bottom. At stake here is the very integrity of sports.” It’s unclear how eager Hatch’s colleagues are to wade into this debate. Lawmakers are spending more


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time in their home states as election season heats up. The legislative calendar is winding down. And some lawmakers with libertarian views favour letting states deal with the issue. Also, Congress has been unable in recent years to pass federal laws regulating online poker, fantasy sports or internet gambling. David Schwartz, director of the Center for Gambling Studies at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, predicted states will be reluctant to give up control over a potentially lucrative new source of tax revenue. Sara Slane, a senior vice president at the American Gaming Association, said she believes Congress is going to have a hard time catching up with states that are moving quickly to legalise and regulate sports betting. She said that many federal lawmakers already view sports betting as a states’ rights issue and that it will be difficult for Congress to roll back those efforts once betting operations are up and running.




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GSSSA champions soak up the spotlight THE Government Secondary Schools Sports Association completed its one-game championships for the girls’ softball and boys’ baseball at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex on Monday. The LW Young Golden Eagles knocked off the AF Adderley Fighting Tigers 15-11 for the junior girls’ softball title as Nabia Hamilton was named the most valuable player. In the senior girls’ softball, the CV Bethel Stingrays nipped the CR Walker Knights 7-6 for their title as Philis Major was named the MVP. The HO Nash Lions routed the TA Thompson Scorpions 15-3 in the junior boys baseball as Sanchez Sands was named MVP.

The Lions won the title for the fourth year. And Tyneke Fowler was named the MVP as CR Walker blasted the Government High Magicmen 14-4 to clinch the senior boys’ baseball crown for the fifth time. The softball and baseball closed out the GSSSA 2017/18 season and president Varel Davis said it has been a very competitive one. “So far we had an excellent year, 2017/2018,” Davis said. “I’m hoping that next year will be bigger and better. We have some things planned for the next school year. But the season went very well, despite the inclement weather we had.” Davis, who was returned to office for her second

term at the beginning of the year, applauded the coaches for the manner in which they prepared their teams for the season. “It played a factor in the level of play that we saw this year,” she stated. “So hats off to the coaches and all the schools for their participation this year.” As the season concluded, Davis said the level of play improved, especially in baseball where more of the boys are participating in the Freedom Farm Baseball League. “The level of play has really improved from that aspect,” she stressed. “It’s a plus for us. We went out with a bang and we are looking forward to a bigger year in 2018/2019.”

GSSSA president Varel Davis and second vice president Shira Farrington present HO Nash’s coach Terrance King with their junior boys’ baseball trophies.

THE LW Young Golden Eagles, GSSSA girls softball champions.

THE HO Nash Lions, GSSSA junior boys’ baseball champions.

THE CR Walker Knights, GSSSA senior boys baseball chmpions.

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