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Team Bahamas named for CAC Games KAI JONES By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter THE Bahamas Olympic Committee announced its largest team, comprising of 60 athletes - 21 coaches and three team officials in a contingent of 84 from nine disciplines - for the 23rd Central American and Caribbean Games in Barranquilla, Colombia. In joining 37 countries, 5,654 athletes in 470 events, Team Bahamas will be represented in men’s basketball, men’s softball, track and field, swimming, sailing, tennis, judo, fencing and boxing when the games are held July 19 to August 3.

“I am very pleased with a good strategy and with the complement of game plan for the young the team and I expect ones. So we just want for Team Bahamas them to have fun, parto perform at its very ticipate and represent best,” said BOC presithe country to the best dent Rommel Knowles of their abilities. I guess in releasing the team that’s all we could ask selection. “It’s one of for.” the largest teams that Robert Butler, a vice we have assembled in president of the BOC, a very long time with a will serve as the chef de complement of men’s mission. KNOWLES softball and men’s basCora Hepburn, ketball and fencing another vice president, going for the first time. will be the deputy chef de mission. “So we feel that they will do Dr Rickey Davis is the team fairly well. We have some veteran doctor and Cordero Bonamy will and experienced coaches who will be the medical personnel. obviously direct and come out The team selection is as follows:

Men’s softball - managed by Perry Seymour and coached by Haziel McDonald and Richard ‘The Lion Heart’ Johnson. Players – Lyle Sawyer, Sherman Ferguson, Jeffrey Woodside, Richard Bain, Lamar Watkins, Martin Burrows, Thomas Davis, Garfield Bethel, Angelo Dillett, Winston Seymour, Alcott Forbes, Desmond Russell, Leon Cooper, Austin Hanna and Wayne Johnson. Men’s basketball – coached by Quentin Hall, assisted by Trevor Grant and Arthur Thompson. Players – Eugene Bain, Daejour Adderley, Jacob Joseph, Shavano Cooper, Robert Nortman, Nashad


THIRD-place finisher Kristal Awuah, left, of Great Britain, winner Briana Williams, centre, of Jamaica, and second-place finisher Twanisha Terry, of the United States, celebrate after the 100 metres at the IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Tampere, Finland, yesterday. (Kalle Parkkinen/Lehtikuva via AP)



eam Bahamas didn’t perform as well as expected on day three of the International Amateur Athletic Federation’s Under-20 Track and Field Championships in Tampere, Finland. Jaide Knowles, in her bid to advance to the final of the girls’ 100

metres, suffered a slight hamstring injury before the start of her semifinal race yesterday and didn’t run. American Twanisha Terry went on to post the fastest qualifying time in the final in 11.03 seconds for a new championship record. Jamaican Briana Williams, the star of the CARIFTA Games here over the Easter holiday weekend, posted the second best time of 11.25. But in the final later in the night, Williams turned the tables

to take the gold in 11.16, leaving Terry with the silver in 11.19. Kristal Awuah, of Great Britain, picked up the bronze in 11.37. The Bahamas also saw the two high jumpers in action in the qualifying round of the boys’ event, but Jyles Etienne and Kyle Alcine were 18th and 19th respectively as they both failed to advance to the final. On the schedule today is the 200m where Knowles is hoping to

be recovered and able to run with Kayvon Stubbs. Also expected in action today is Sasha Wells in the preliminaries of the girls’ 100m hurdles. In addition, the boys 4 x 100m relay team is scheduled to contest the preliminaries to get into the final. The only other competitor yet to see action is Charisma Taylor, who will contest the girls’ triple jump on Saturday.

SCORES 18 IN UNDER ARMOUR CHALLENGE By RENALDO DORSETT Tribune Sports Reporter ELITE NCAA Division I programmes continue to pursue Bahamian prep basketball player Kai Jones and his list of offers continues to grow with increased exposure. The Syracuse Orangemen were the latest school to offer Jones, following his performance on the Under Armour grassroots basketball circuit. Jones finished with 18 points and seven rebounds to help lead Team Breakdown to a win over Team Felton at the Under Armour Challenge in Atlanta, Georgia. The 6’11, 200 pound forward has received offers from Arizona, Georgetown, Ole Miss, Illinois, Louisville, Miami (Florida), Rhode Island, South Florida, Texas, Vanderbilt, Virginia Commonwealth and Florida Gulf Coast. A 4.0 student in the classroom, Jones will transfer to Brewster Academy in Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire, after spending the last season at Orlando Christian Prep in Orlando, Florida. In his lone season with the Warriors in Orlando, Florida, the team finished the season at 21-9 and claimed the Class 3A boys basketball state championship. Jones moved to the US following a summer of career milestones, including his junior national team debut and an invitation to the NBA Basketball Without Borders Americas Camp, hosted in the Bahamas. Jones continues his meteoric rise up the recruiting charts for the class of 2019. Earlier this summer, he was invited to the NBA’s Global Camp in Treviso, Italy, and made an impression on some of the most notable names in the industry. ESPN’s Fran Fraschilla took to Twitter to recognise Jones as one of the surprising overachievers at the camp. “6-11 Bahamian Kai Jones blew me away today at NBA Global Camp. Length and athleticism and energy. Great kid too. Not a one-and-done but NBA future,” he said. Fraschilla currently serves as a studio analyst for ESPN’s college basketball


Munroe ‘one of the few bright spots’ for the Mustangs By RENALDO DORSETT Tribune Sports Reporter RESHARD Munroe has been one of the few bright spots for the Billings Mustangs thus far this season despite the team’s struggle in the standings of the Rookie Ball Pioneer League.


BAHAMIAN LEADS BILLINGS IN HOME RUNS AND TRIPLES Munroe leads the team in home runs, triples and is among the team’s top three in nearly every statistical category. He went 1-4 with one RBI in Tuesday’s 7-2 loss to the Grand Junction Rockies. Through 22 games, the 22-yearold outfielder is hitting .329 with a .393 OBP, an OPS of .906, slugging .513 with 25 hits, five doubles, three home runs, 40 total bases, 11 RBI, four stolen bases. The Mustangs are 9-17 on the season, last place in the North division and seventh out of the league’s eight teams. Munroe, a Grand Bahama native, signed with the Cincinnati Reds organisation in 2014, played the following season in the Dominican Republic and spent the 2016-17 seasons in the

Arizona Rookie League. This season, Munroe was called up to Single A Ball in the Midwest League with the Dayton Flyers for just one game. In the 5-4 loss to the Western Michigan Whitecaps, Munroe went 1-2, scored one run and stole two bases. The Mustangs and Cincinnati Reds have agreed to extend their player development contract for two more years through the 2020 season. In addition to the 2018 season being the 66th year that the Mustangs franchise has called Billings home, it also marks the 45th consecutive season that the Mustangs have served as the Rookie affiliate of the Reds. The Pioneer League operates in the Rocky Mountain region and in the past, it also operated

in adjoining portions of Canada. It is classified as a rookie league, and is staffed with mostly first and second year players. The Pioneer League is a short-season league operating from June to early September. Kane County Cougars shortstop Jazz Chisholm also spent his rookie season in the Pioneer League, then with the Missoula Ospreys. He was named to the annual Pioneer League vs. Northwest League All Star Game and hit .281 with nine home runs, 37 RBI, and 13 stolen bases. He finished with an on base percentage of .333, slugging percentage of .446 and OPS of .779. Chisholm, the No. 3 prospect in the Arizona Diamondbacks organisation, hit his team leading

RESHARD MUNROE 13th home-run Tuesday night in a 9-2 win over the Bowling Green Hot Rods.

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CROATIA COACH DALIC TRAVELLED HARD PATH TO WORLD CUP FINAL By ROB HARRIS AP Global Soccer Writer MOSCOW (AP) — In a coaching journey across Croatia, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Zlatko Dalic’s belief in his own abilities never dimmed. “I used to say, ‘Give me a Barcelona or a Real Madrid and I will win titles,’” Dalic recalled yesterday. Such jobs no longer seem so far out of reach, especially if Dalic collects the biggest prize in soccer on Sunday. Croatia will win the World Cup for the first time if Dalic’s team can get the better of France and coach Didier Deschamps. Receiving trophies is nothing new for Deschamps. As a player, the midfielder won titles at clubs in France, Italy and England, as well as the 1998

World Cup and 2000 European Championship with France. As a coach, he led France to the Euro 2016 final, losing to Portugal. But the 51-year-old Dalic had a largely unremarkable playing career before switching to coaching in his native Croatia. “In my life I have always taken the harder path, had to fight for everything myself,” Dalic said through a translator at Luzhniki Stadium. “I started at the bottom of the ladder.” The climb required a leap into the unknown with a move to the Middle East in 2010. “I did not want to stay in Croatia and be a middling coach and to live off handouts,” Dalic said. “I went abroad whenever it was possible to find a job.” Dalic eventually landed at Al-Hilal, where he won

CROATIA head coach Zlatko Dalic celebrates with Sime Vrsaljko, left, during the semi-final match against England after his team advanced to the final at the World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein) the Saudi Crown Prince Cup, and then reached the

Asian Champions League final with Al-Ain.

“We cannot sneeze at that. These are major competitions,” Dalic said. “This brought me huge experience ... and I built a name for myself. This was a hard path but I believed in myself. When Croatia called, I never had any doubts.” The call that ended Dalic’s nomadic sevenyear journey came last year, when Croatia had a game remaining to salvage qualification. “He is very dedicated to football,” Croatian federation president Davor Suker said, “and we gave him the chance.” Dalic led Croatia into the World Cup playoffs, where it beat Ukraine over two matches. Now he has taken his country further than ever before in a major soccer competition, eclipsing Suker’s semifinalists in 1998.

Brand Dalic is growing after Croatia came from behind to beat England 2-1 in the semi-final in Moscow on Wednesday. “The coach has created a special atmosphere,” said Croatia defender Dejan Lovren, who plays for Liverpool. “He knows exactly how to interact with players and does it in a unique way.” Dalic also relished interacting with the media yesterday in the stadium where Croatia plays its biggest-ever game on Sunday. The highly ambitious coach used his moment in the spotlight to advertise his credentials. “Nothing was given to me on a plate, unlike some managers in Europe who can be given jobs to manage a big club because of their names as players,” Dalic said.

YOUNG AND UNITED, ENGLAND LOOKS GOOD AS A TITLE CONTENDER By GRAHAM DUNBAR AP Sports Writer MOSCOW (AP) — A famous song lyric neatly describes the upbeat feeling around England’s rejuvenated national soccer team. It’s not “football’s coming home.” Instead, try the old punk rock line: “If the kids are united, they will never be defeated.” The positive emotions of England’s young players are evident toward coach Gareth Southgate despite the 2-1 loss to Croatia in extra time in the World Cup semi-finals. “You’ve brought belief and the love of football back. Thank you boss from the whole nation,” 20-year-old forward Marcus Rashford wrote on his Twitter account yesterday. Over-achieving in a first major international test for Southgate and many of the squad has banished the anxiety that harmed too many England teams in recent years.

Rashford, a sharp and fast second-half substitute in Moscow on Wednesday, is not even the youngest of Southgate’s players in Russia. At 19, Trent Alexander-Arnold impressed in the Champions League final for Liverpool in May, and weeks later started his first World Cup game, against Belgium. “It has been an honour to be a part of this special team. We will be back stronger,” Alexander-Arnold wrote on Twitter early yesterday. Alexander-Arnold, a quick, right-sided defender, will need to force his way into the team past Kieran Trippier, perhaps the standout success of England’s tournament. Trippier delivered world-class corners, crosses and free kicks, including the fifth-minute goal against Croatia that raised hope of a first World Cup final berth since 1966. The Tottenham player gave an emotional endorsement of Southgate, who seems likely to guide England’s team to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

ENGLAND head coach Gareth Southgate walks the field at the end of the semi-final match against Croatia at the World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell) “It all comes from the manager, unbelievable manager for me personally, the way he handles the team,” Trippier said at the Luzhniki Stadium. “He sets the tone, he brought this team together.” A relatively late bloomer at 27, Trippier is a rare England player

who will turn 30 before kickoff in Qatar on November 21, 2022. The four attackers who started Wednesday, including 24-yearold captain Harry Kane, are between 22 and 25. The heart of the defence — John Stones, Harry Maguire, plus goalkeeper Jordan Pickford — are in the same age bracket. It’s a talent pool setting up England as a serious title contender in the coming years. There is still room for envy if England can bear watching the World Cup final on Sunday. In the midfield duels, France fields the elegance and power of Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante against Croatia’s precise pair of Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic. There isn’t likely to be a Modric-type player in England’s team ahead of the 2020 European Championship to help retain the ball, pace the play, and manage the toughest games. Those are the kinds of qualities England needed after halftime against Croatia. “If we’re in the position again, we’ll be better off because of the

experience of what we’ve just had,” said 28-year-old Jordan Henderson, who was Liverpool’s captain in that Champions League final loss to Modric and Real Madrid. The incentives are huge. Euro 2020 is being hosted across 12 countries, but England could qualify and be placed in a group based at Wembley Stadium, travel for two knockout rounds, then come home for the semi-finals and final at Wembley. “The aim if we’re at the Euros in two years’ time is to go again,” said Kane, who should be Southgate’s chosen captain for years to come. Before qualifying starts next March, England is in a fascinating group for the inaugural UEFA Nations League, which starts in September. Spain, under new coach Luis Enrique, visits Wembley on September 8. England then travels to face Croatia on October 12. The return games will be completed by November.


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Ayton has been a ‘man among boys’ in NBA Summer League WELCOME to the professional ranks Deandre Ayton. If you didn’t get a chance to see him in action for the Phoenix Suns during the National Basketball Association’s three Summer League games, Ayton has proven why he deserved to be the No.1 pick in the recent draft held in New York. He has been a “man among boys” as he held his own on court, posting his seven-foot, one-inch, 260-pound frame on the inside and he’s handled his centre position very well. There’s a saying that this is only the Summer League, so it will be interesting to see how well he makes the adjustment when he steps out on the court against the more seasoned players in the NBA. As the 19-year-old graduate of the University of Arizona had a chance to show off his offensive prowess as he lobbed around the rim, either on slam dunks created by himself or ally hoop passes from his team-mates, he hit fade away jump shots and got rebounds that he put back up for easy lay-ups. But, at the same time, Ayton’s defensive skills were on display and from the looks of things, that is one of the main areas that he will have to work on a little more this summer. I’m sure that once he masters that and becomes a complete player, he will definitely become a force to reckon with in the NBA, maybe not his rookie season, but as he continues to grow and develop in the future. But for his first three games in the Summer League, Ayton was certainly a beast in the paint and he demanded the respect of his peers as the No.1 draft pick by the Suns. What about Elisha Obed? Since there’s so much dispute over whether or not Sir Roland Symonette should be honoured posthumously, I think we can add some national recommendation to the argument for the late Everette Oswald ‘Elisha Obed’ Ferguson, who has been

conspicuously overlooked by both the Progressive Liberal Party and the Free National Movement. There’s been a lot of discussion about what he did and didn’t do outside of the boxing arena, but one thing that nobody can take away from him is his legacy as the first and only Bahamian to win a world boxing title - to be exact, the World Boxing Council’s Super Welterweight title. It happened back on November 13, 1975 when he knocked out Miguel de Oliveira in Paris, France, two years after the Bahamas gained Independence. History shows that Elisha Obed defended the title twice before he eventually lost it to Eckhard Dragge on August 18, 1976 in Germany. Up until March 8, 1988 when he avenged a previous loss to James ‘Killer’ Coakley, Elisha Obed completed his 21-year career with a 90-21-4 win-loss-drawn record. But up to the time of his death on June 28 at the age of 66, Elisha Obed was only named in the Queen’s Honours list by the PLP in 1988 as a recipient of the British Empire Medal. No highway, no national arena or no edifice has been named or erected in recognition of Elisha Obed for a feat that many felt came before its time. It’s a national shame and disgrace that a man whom we hold up in high esteem for his achievement could not be honoured with a more fitting tribute outside of the ring. Whenever there is a conversation over who is the greatest Bahamian athlete of all time, Elisha Obed’s accomplishment has placed him right in the mix. There have been others with less credentials that have something tangible to look at even before

Fencing – Coach Anthony Lewis Competitors – Ganaye Andrea (woman) and Antonio Lewis (men) Boxing – Coach Valentino Knowles Boxer – Carl Hield Tennis – women’s coach Larikah Russell and men’s coach Marvin Rolle. Players – Simone Pratt, Kerrie Cartwright and Danielle Thompson (women). Kevin Major Jr, Philip Major Jr, Spencer Newman and Baker Newman (men).

DALLAS Mavericks’ Johnathan Motley, left, shoots around Phoenix Suns’ Deandre Ayton during the first half of an NBA summer league game on July 6 in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) they died. But here is a man who worked and socialised with the Bahamian people before he passed away, but was considered an afterthought. Elisha Obed may be gone, but we can correct the mistakes made and keep his legacy alive by

YESTERDAY’S RESULTS 76ERS 88, SUNS 86 Isaiah Miles scored 20 points, making six 3-pointers, and Furkan Korkmaz added 18 for Philadelphia (1-3). Shaquille Harrison had 17 points and Davon Reed added 16 for the Suns (3-1). Ayton, the No. 1 pick, finished with 10 points and nine rebounds in 30 minutes. CELTICS 82, KNICKS 75 Semi Ojeleye scored 21 points and the No. 10 Celtics slowed down Knicks rookie Kevin Knox to advance. Knox finished with 15 points but the No. 9 pick from Kentucky shot just 5 for 20 from the field. Jabari Bird had 13 points and Guerschon Yabusele added 12 for the Celtics (3-1). Second-round pick Mitchell Robinson had 17 points, 12 rebounds and six blocked shots for the No. 23-seeded Knicks (1-3).

with a disciplined defensive effort. Belgium, featuring some exceptionally talented stars, did not look like the stronger overall team. The French, again showing their tremendous depth, seemed just enough better for almost the entire game. The result seemed fair. The English roared out to a very early lead against Croatia and held it handily throughout the first half. This young Three Lions squad has greatly impressed during the competition, and the fans back home could be forgiven for looking ahead to the title match. But something changed at the half. Croatia came out of the dressing room with a much greater sense of purpose, and the individual skill of some of their fine midfielders started to tell. Into the last 20 minutes of the match, the Croatians seemed to launch an endless series of assaults in the English half of the field, and were rewarded with an equaliser. Croatia kept its momentum in extra time and, by the end, the result was not surprising. Overall, fans of the English Premier League certainly could feel they were on familiar ground watching the World Cup. The grand total of 41 EPL players took

Mackey, Tavario Miller, Michael Bain Jr, Samuel Hunter, Kentwan Smith, Michael Cooper Jr and Mark Saint Ford. Swimming – Manager Jeff Slater and coach Rochelle Bastian. Swimmers – Izaak Bastian, N’Nyhn Fernander and Kohen Kerr (men). Joanna Evans, Laura Morley, Lillian Higgs and Margaret Albury Higgs (women).

Judo – Coach Oneysi Portorreal Pons. Competitor – Cynthia Rahming

honouring him posthumously in the way we should have. I’m sure his family and those who lobbied on his behalf while he was alive will appreciate that it’s “better late than never.” May his soul rest in peace.

GRIZZLIES 92, THUNDER 85 Second-round pick Jevon Carter of West Virginia had 19 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the No. 27 Grizzlies. Markel Crawford led Memphis (2-2) with 21 points and No. 4 overall pick Jaren Jackson Jr. finished with 16 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots. Rookie Hamidou Diallo scored 14 points for the sixth-seeded Thunder (2-2). HEAT 110, PELICANS 106 Jarrod Jones scored 31 points for the 26thseeded Heat (2-2). Derrick Walton Jr had 15 points and 11 assists, and Duncan Robinson and Daryl Macon each scored 11 points. Macon made the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:33 to play. Miami advanced to play No. 10 Boston. Cheick Diallo finished with 28 points and 13 rebounds for the No. 7 Pelicans.

FRANCE WORLD CUP TITLE FAVOURITE, ENGLAND CHOICE FOR 3RD PLACE THE World Cup final stage is set. France, probably the consensus favourite to win the tournament entering the semifinal games earlier this week, advanced to the final match with a 1-0 win over Belgium. In the other bracket, the English team took an early lead but could not hold it in the second half and extra time and lost 2-1 to Croatia on a Mario Mandzukic goal. The French, justifiably, will be heavy favourites on Sunday to take the World Cup trophy home to Paris. In the consolation game on Saturday, the Belgians and English will set some kind of record by playing each other for the second time in this tournament in a game that basically has no meaning. The two sides were matched in the same initial round robin group, but both won their first two matches and were guaranteed to advance to the knockout round. In a distinctly lacklustre contest, the Belgians prevailed 1-0, but neither side appeared to play to the fullest. Now they are matched again in a game with little apparent reason to strive for victory. The semi-final games were suspenseful and played with intense commitment by all four teams. France, as they have throughout the tournament, rose to the occasion against a formidable opponent, keeping Belgium’s powerful squad off the scoreboard

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Sailing – Manager Lori Lowe. Sailors – Jimmy Lowe, Paul de Souza, Spencer Cartwright and Michael McSweeney.

MIDSUMMER MADNESS: UPSETS CONTINUE ON THE HARDWOOD LAS VEGAS (AP) — Call it Midsummer Madness. The NBA Summer League tournament is shaping up to be the most unpredictable bet in Las Vegas. The 30th and final seed advanced yesterday along with a No. 26 and a No. 27, after a No. 24, 25 and 29 all won a day earlier. The 30 teams in the Summer League all played three preliminary round games and then were seeded for the tournament. It didn’t take long to determine those seedings were meaningless. That was especially the case when the 30thseeded Philadelphia 76ers won for the first time in Las Vegas by knocking off Deandre Ayton and Phoenix, who had won their first three games to earn the No. 3 seed. The Los Angeles Lakers were trying to avoid the chaos when they began tournament play last night as the No. 1 seed. The defending champions play the Staples Center-rival Clippers, seeded 17th, in their opener.


the field for their various national teams during the competition. The next highest total was 12. This fact does support the notion that the EPL is the best club league in the world. And the fact that the English national team acquitted itself so well further burnished the previously sagging reputation of England’s game on its home turf. But even as the reputations of the EPL and English football were raised, the German national team and the Bundesliga took a hit. Germany exited early in a completely unforeseen result, and Bayern Munich players didn’t fare especially well either. Particularly because the tournament was played on European soil, the South American titans Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay may not have felt particularly optimistic about their chances in any case. Many observers had not favoured them, instead backing European giants Spain, Germany and France. And the World Cup played out largely that way, with teams from Europe filling out all the semi-final brackets and six of the eight quarter-final brackets. The Seer’s win streak came to an end with Croatia’s win over

England, making the tally for this round 1-1, and 36-19 for the year so far. In Sunday’s final match, it is difficult to find reasons to support Croatia. They are a team with great fight and a clear willingness to play thorough fatigue, injury and discouragement to the end of each match. Several of their tournament wins were comeback efforts, with the victory over England perhaps the shining example. Their midfielders especially can match up with anyone, including France. But the Croatians are neither as talented nor as deep as is the French squad. And the French are playing to win. They have shown commendable resilience themselves, and their stars will doubtless benefit from the extra day of rest provided by their earlier match day this week. France is the choice in the title game. To keep things sporting and add a bit of spice to the clear choice on Sunday, the Seer will offer a prediction also for the meaningless consolation third place game to be played on Saturday. While the Belgians did prevail earlier in similar lacklustre circumstances, England should play with greater enthusiasm and interest. England is the choice for third place in this World Cup.

Track and field – head coach John Ingraham, assisted by Robert Ayton and Kennard Mackey. Dionne Britton is the chaperone. Athletes Devynne Charlton (women’s 100m hurdles); Katrina Seymour (women’s 400m hurdles), Alonzo Russell (men’s 400m), Donald Thomas (men’s high jump), Jamaal Wilson (men’s high jump), Kaiwan Culmer (men’s triple jump), Ken Mullings (men’s decathlon) Andre Colebrooke (men’s 400m hurdles). Men’s 4 x 400m relay pool – Alonzo Russell, Stephen Newbold, Michael Mathieu, Kendrick Thompson and Andre Colebrooke.


programming and also covers the NBA Draft, focusing mostly on international players. The event was a pre-Draft showcase at La Ghirada Sports Center for top Draft-eligible prospects from outside the US. The camp also featured a series of scrimmages among prospects from NBA Academies, the league’s network of elite basketball training centres around the world for top male and female prospects from outside the US, along with a team from Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence and top international prospects. ESPN’s Jonathan Givony offered his analysis of Jones’ performance at the event and listed him as an international select standout. “Jones, who grew up running track and field between seventh and 10th grade, has grown five inches in the past two years, and is still at a very early stage of development compared to most of his peers. Nevertheless, it is difficult not to be excited about the longterm potential he possesses considering his impressive frame, long arms, excellent athleticism and surprisingly versatile skill set. Jones can shoot the ball spotting up and off the dribble, has solid ballhandling skills and showed significant potential defensively with his combination of length, mobility and excellent instincts getting in the passing lanes and protecting the rim. He switches onto guards, sitting down in a stance and moving his feet with long rangy strides,” he said. “After skipping a grade in high school, Jones is on track to do a post-graduate year at the well-respected Brewster Academy in New Hampshire. Expect him to go from lightly recruited three-star prospect to a hot name in high school circles very soon.”

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Marquez homers as Rockies pound Diamondbacks 19-2 DENVER (AP) — Colorado right-hander German Marquez homered against Arizona infielder Daniel Descalso, helping the Rockies pound the Diamondbacks 19-2 on Wednesday night. Marquez (8-8) pitched six innings of two-run ball. He connected for his first career homer in the fifth. Marquez’s drive to center was the first homer by a pitcher off a position player since Mike LaCoss went deep for the Giants against San Diego’s Dane Iorg on June 23, 1986, according to STATS. Carlos Gonzalez homered twice for the Rockies and drove in six runs. Charlie Blackmon and Ian Desmond also went deep. Arizona right-hander Shelby Miller (0-4) allowed five runs in one inning before departing with right elbow tightness. MARLINS 5, BREWERS 4 (12 INNINGS) MIAMI (AP) — Milwaukee slugger Jesus Aguilar was added to the NL All-Star team and then validated the selection with three hits and three RBIs, but the Brewers went 3 for 16 with runners in scoring position. Starlin Castro singled home the winning run for Miami with one out in the 12th. Elieser Hernandez (1-5) pitched two scoreless innings for the victory. Aguilar learned he won the online vote for the final NL roster spot, and he’ll also compete in the Home Run Derby next week in Washington. Miami took two of three in the series from the NL Central leaders. Jorge Lopez (0-1) got the loss. PIRATES 2, NATIONALS 0 PITTSBURGH (AP) — Starling Marte hit a two-run homer for Pittsburgh, and Trevor Williams combined with four relievers on a five-hitter. Williams (7-7) won for just the second time in his past 10 starts, permitting four hits in five innings. Gio Gonzalez (6-6) remained winless since May

28 despite allowing just two runs in six innings. Washington lost for the 11th time in 16 games and fell back to .500. Richard Rodriguez, Edgar Santana, Kyle Crick and Felipe Vazquez followed Williams with one scoreless inning each. Vazquez earned his 20th save. GIANTS 5, CUBS 4 (13 INNINGS) SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Buster Posey singled off the right-field wall in the 13th inning for his fifth career game-ending hit, sending San Francisco past Chicago. Brandon Belt drew a two-out walk from James Norwood (0-1). Andrew McCutchen then singled to bring up Posey, who ended the 4-hour, 30-minute game with San Francisco’s first run since scoring four in the first. Dereck Rodriguez (4-1) pitched three scoreless innings for the win. He also had three of San Francisco’s 16 strikeouts. Cubs slugger Kris Bryant hit a two-run homer in his return from the disabled list, and All-Star Javier Baez tied the game with a solo homer to start the seventh. RED SOX 4, RANGERS 2 BOSTON (AP) — Chris Sale struck out 12 in seven innings of shutout ball in his final start before the All-Star Game, and major league batting leader Mookie Betts had two more hits to lead Boston to its ninth straight victory over Texas. Sale (10-4) allowed six hits and walked one to win his fifth straight decision and move the Red Sox 36 games above .500 for the first time since Bucky Dent homered into the net above the Green Monster in a one-game playoff to settle the 1978 AL East title. Elvis Andrus had three hits for the Rangers, who struck out 18 times to lose for the fifth time in six games. Bartolo Colon (5-7) allowed four runs. Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth for his

Lance Lynn (7-7) recovered from a three-run homer by Salvador Perez in the first inning to win his second straight start for the Twins, who used the bottom third of their lineup to launch rallies in the second and the fourth against Royals starter Burch Smith (0-1). Mike Moustakas homered twice for the Royals, who have the fewest home runs in MLB, but took the Twins deep five times over the last two games of this series. Kansas City has lost 23 of its past 27 games.

COLORADO Rockies starting pitcher German Marquez works against Arizona Diamondbacks’ Jake Lamb during the sixth inning of Wednesday’s game in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) 28th save, and his 19th in a row. METS 3, PHILLIES 0 (10 INNINGS) NEW YORK (AP) — Pinch-hitter Brandon Nimmo launched a threerun homer in the bottom of the 10th inning and New York got another dominant outing from All-Star Jacob deGrom in a 3-0 victory over Philadelphia Phillies. Amed Rosario, who had two of New York’s four hits, began the winning rally with a two-out double off Mark Leiter Jr. (0-1) — the first hit for the Mets since the fourth inning. Jose Reyes walked and Nimmo drove Leiter’s next pitch well over the wall in rightcenter for his first career walk-off RBIs. In his final scheduled start before heading to the All-Star Game next Tuesday in Washington, deGrom scattered five hits and matched his longest outing of the season. He struck out seven and lowered his major league-leading ERA to 1.68. Robert Gsellman (6-2) pitched a scoreless inning for the win. INDIANS 19, REDS 4 CLEVELAND (AP) — Jose Ramirez homered twice and drove in five runs as Cleveland took out some frustrations following a brutal loss with a thumping of Cincinnati. Ramirez hit a two-run homer in the first inning off Tyler Mahle (7-7) and connected for a three-run shot in Cleveland’s ninerun third. With the Indians up 17-0, the All-Star was replaced in the fifth inning by manager Terry Francona before he could inflict further damage. It was a much-needed rebound by the AL Central leaders, who squandered a 4-0 lead in the ninth on Tuesday night, when Francona’s miscommunication with pitching coach Carl Willis on a choice of relievers helped the Reds rally for seven runs and stun the Indians. Carlos Carrasco (10-5) reached 1,000 career strikeouts, and given the humongous lead, coasted through five innings for his second straight win since coming off the disabled list. Adam Plutko worked four innings for his first career save. ATHLETICS 8, ASTROS 3 HOUSTON (AP) — Chad Pinder hit a three-run homer and Khris Davis added three RBIs as Oakland jumped on Lance McCullers Jr. early and cruised to a win over Houston. Davis, who extended his career-best hitting streak to 13 games, put the A’s up 2-0 with a double in a threerun first. Pinder made it 6-0 when he connected off McCullers (10-4) for his ninth homer in the fourth.

Oakland starter Chris Bassitt (2-3) yielded five hits and three runs in five innings for his second straight win after losing his first three decisions. WHITE SOX 4, CARDINALS 0 CHICAGO (AP) — Carlos Rodon pitched three-hit, shutout ball into the eighth inning to outduel Luke Weaver and lead Chicago to a victory over St. Louis. Rodon (2-3) allowed only two singles and a double while walking two and striking out a season-high seven though 7 1/3 innings. The 25-year-old left-hander, who spent the first two months of 2018 on the disabled list rehabbing from shoulder surgery, sparkled in just his seventh start this season. Joakim Soria got the final four outs for his 13th save in 16 chances. Weaver (5-8) allowed one run on three hits and fanned seven his second straight impressive start. Francisco. BRAVES 9, BLUE JAYS 5 ATLANTA (AP) — Ozzie Albies snapped Atlanta’s power drought with two homers, and the Braves beat Toronto to move back into a tie for the NL East lead. Mike Foltynewicz (7-5) and the Braves led 7-0 before Toronto scored five runs in the seventh on Justin Smoak’s leadoff homer and a grand slam by Devon Travis. But Albies hit a two-run shot in the eighth to help Atlanta hold on for just its second win in eight games. Coupled with Philadelphia’s loss to the New York Mets, the Braves moved into a tie with the Phillies for the division lead. Toronto’s Sam Gaviglio (2-3) allowed six runs in 1 2/3 innings. MARINERS 3, ANGELS 0 ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Marco Gonzalez pitched seven sharp innings, David Freitas hit his first major league home run and Seattle defeated Los Angeles. Gonzalez (10-5) gave up just two hits and struck out four without issuing a walk. He not only earned his seventh victory since May 17, he became the 10th pitcher in Mariners history to reach 10 wins before the All-Star break. Freitas went deep against starter Jaime Barria (5-6), who allowed three runs in five-plus innings. The righthander has lost his last five decisions, including the past two to Seattle. Nelson Cruz had a tworun single for the Mariners, who have won 11 of 15. DODGERS 4, PADRES 2 SAN DIEGO (AP) — Kenta Maeda pitched effectively into the sixth inning and Matt Kemp, Logan Forsythe and Chris

Taylor each delivered an RBI single as Los Angeles topped San Diego. The surging Dodgers pulled within a half-game of NL West-leading Arizona with their 34th victory in 50 games. Maeda (6-5) won for the first since June 25 as the right-hander allowed a run and four hits over 5 2/3 innings. He had nine strikeouts and a walk to help the Dodgers defeat the Padres for the eighth time in 12 meetings this season. It was Maeda’s second start since coming off the paternity list. In his last nine starts, he has a 1.97 ERA with 61 strikeouts in 50 1/3 innings. Kenley Jansen closed for his 25th save. Christian Villanueva hit his 18th homer for the Padres, but fellow rookie Joey Lucchesi (4-5) didn’t last past the fourth. TWINS 8, ROYALS 5 MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Brian Dozier hit a tworun homer, going deep for the second straight game to give Minnesota a boost on its way to a win over Kansas City.

RAYS 4, TIGERS 2 ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — C.J. Cron’s threerun home run in the seventh inning carried Tampa Bay Rays to its fifth straight win, a victory over Detroit. Cron’s 18th homer came off Jordan Zimmermann after singles by Kevin Kiermaier and Matt Duffy. The Tigers, who struck out 14 times against five Tampa Bay pitchers, have lost four straight and 18 of 22. Rookie left-hander Ryan Yarbrough (8-4) got the win after giving up one hit in three innings of relief. Sergio Romo pitched the ninth for his 11th save in 16 opportunities. Tigers starter Jordan Zimmermann (4-1) gave up four runs and 11 hits in 6 2/3 innings. YANKEES 9, ORIOLES 0 BALTIMORE (AP) — Greg Bird hit his first career grand slam to back a dominating pitching performance by Sonny Gray, and New York beat the Baltimore for a split of the four-game series. Rookie Tyler Wade and Austin Romine also homered for the Yankees, and Giancarlo Stanton had four hits. Facing Dylan Bundy (6-9) in the third inning, Bird launched a drive off the right-field foul pole to put New York up 5-0. It was the second night in a row he homered and had four RBIs. Gray (6-7) allowed three hits, walked one and struck out eight over six innings.


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Serena nears 8th Wimbledon title, 24th Slam overall By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer LONDON (AP) — Yes, this will be Serena Williams’ 10th Wimbledon final. Yes, it’s her 30th title match at any major. And, well, sure, she’s widely regarded as not just the best of her era, but any era. Let others shrug at this latest accomplishment, as if all it signified were merely another chance at another in a long line of trophies. Williams is not shy about saying she, for one, is impressed by this. Rightly so. For it was only about 10 months ago she was having a baby and then dealing with a serious health scare that followed. Even after all of that, even after more than a year away from the game, even in only the fourth tournament of her comeback, Williams showed she’s still capable of dominance. Especially at the All England Club, where a relatively routine 6-2, 6-4 victory over 13th-seeded Julia Gorges of Germany yesterday put Williams one win away from an eighth championship. She’s also closing in on her 24th Grand Slam title, which would equal Margaret Court’s all-time record. “A lot of people were saying, ‘Oh, she should be in the final,’” the 36-yearold Williams said. “For me it’s such a pleasure and a joy because, you know, less than a year ago, I was going through so much stuff.” After hitting five aces with a serve that reached

SERENA WILLIAMS, of the US, returns the ball to Julia Gorges of Germany during their singles semi-finals match at Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London yesterday. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) 119 mph, delivering 16 winners to only seven unforced errors, and covering the court so well with speed and effort, Williams will face another German, 11thseeded Angelique Kerber, on Saturday. “Whatever happens, honestly,” Williams said, “it’s an incredible effort from me.” The left-handed Kerber, a former No. 1 and two-time major champion, beat 12thseeded Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-3 earlier yesterday. “Seeing her back, it’s great,” said Kerber, who has lost six of eight previous matches against Williams. “I know that she is always pushing you to the limits.” Kerber let 2017 French Open champion Ostapenko determine the outcome of nearly every point. By the end, Ostapenko had far more winners, 30-10, and

far more unforced errors, 36-7. Williams vs. Kerber will be a rematch of the 2016 final. Williams won that for a second consecutive Wimbledon title, then sat out the grass-court tournament last year while pregnant, part of a 16-month gap between majors. After giving birth to daughter Olympia last September, Williams was treated for blood clots. “I lost count after, like, four surgeries,” said Williams, who has been wearing compression leggings this fortnight as a precaution. Her first Grand Slam tournament back was the French Open, where she won three matches before withdrawing last month because of an injured chest muscle.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC, of Serbia, celebrates defeating Kei Nishikori of Japan Wednesday during their quarter-final match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

ANGELIQUE KERBER, of Germany, celebrates defeating Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko in their singles semi-finals match yesterday. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) All of the time away pushed someone who’s spent more than 300 weeks ranked No. 1 down the rankings — she began Wimbledon at 181st, but was seeded 25th on account of her past success — and no one could quite be sure how the American would fare over these two weeks. Not even Williams knew. “This is not inevitable for me. I had a really tough delivery ... and almost didn’t make it, to be honest,” Williams said. “I remember I couldn’t even walk to my mail box, so it’s definitely not ‘normal’ for me to be in a Wimbledon final.”

The victory over Gorges extended Williams’ winning streak at Wimbledon to 20 matches, dating to the start of the 2015 edition. She’s also won her past 15 Grand Slam matches since the start of the 2017 Australian Open, which she won while pregnant. That title pushed her past Steffi Graf’s record of 22 majors in the half-century professional era; Court won some of her Slams during the amateur era. Williams’ match against Gorges was even until 2-all, 30-all. Until then, Gorges, the first seeded player Williams faced these two

weeks, showed she was capable of trading power from the baseline and big serves with Williams. There were moments when watching Gorges made it easy to wonder how it could be possible she never had been past a major’s fourth round until now. Or, more to the point on this afternoon, how such a stinging serve and groundstrokes didn’t help her avoid first-round exits each of the past five years at Wimbledon. But she couldn’t keep up with Williams, who grabbed 18 of 22 points and five consecutive games to close the first set and begin the next. “She brings her ‘A game’ in a lot of important moments,” Gorges said. “We saw that she improved every single match she’s playing here.” There was one brief blip to come: Williams got broken for the only time while serving for the match at 5-3. Immediately, though, she broke back at love to end it, placing her left fist on her chest when Gorges’ last shot landed long. Later, Williams was asked whether this has been her most trying comeback in a career that’s had its share, including an earlier bout with blood clots in her lungs. “I don’t know if it’s been the toughest, because I have Olympia. For me, I only see joy out of it,” Williams said with a smile. “In a way, it’s by far the toughest, but in a way it’s by far the best.”

RAFAEL NADAL, of Spain, celebrates defeating Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina Wednesday in their quarter-final match. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

30-LOVE SEMI-FINALS: NADAL-DJOKOVIC, ISNER-ANDERSON By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer LONDON (AP) — After so much speculation about a possible Wimbledon final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, 10 years after their last, the tennis world instead will get a semi-final featuring another outstanding rivalry: Nadal vs Novak Djokovic. Today’s showdown will be their 52nd meeting overall — the most for any pair of men and 14 more installments than Federer vs Nadal — and first at the All England Club since 2011. That was also the last time Nadal made it past the fourth round at the grasscourt major; Djokovic, who holds a 26-25 head-to-head lead, beat him in that year’s final. “We always played in important stages, important places,” said Nadal, who had a far rougher go of things in the quarter-finals than Djokovic, needing more than 4½ hours to edge Juan Martin del Potro in a five-set thriller. “Friday is another important match against an opponent that is one of the most difficult ones that you can face. He’s playing well. Only way to try to win it is (to) play very well.” The first semi-final at Centre Court, between No.

8 seed Kevin Anderson of South Africa and No. 9 John Isner of the US, features two powerful servers with similar games who have a lot less star power and considerably fewer Grand Slam trophies, to say the least: The NadalDjokovic combined count is 29, including five at Wimbledon. There are zero major titles so far for either Isner, 33, or Anderson, 32, who shockingly ended Federer’s bid for a ninth championship at Wimbledon by erasing a match point and beating him 13-11 in the fifth set of their quarter-final Wednesday. At least Anderson can boast of one runner-up finish, and it was recent, against Nadal at last year’s US Open. “I’m trying to get to where he’s already been,” said Isner, who has won all 95 of his service games this fortnight, thanks in part to a tournament-leading 161 aces. “He wants to get back there, wants another crack at a championship.” Isner, who leads Anderson 8-3 in past meetings, is making his debut in the final four of a Grand Slam tournament in his 41st appearance at one. He’d only once before reached the quarter-finals at any major, back in 2011, and

KEVIN ANDERSON, of South Africa, celebrates winning his quarter-finals match against Switzerland’s Roger Federer at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

JOHN ISNER, of the US, celebrates winning the second set of his quarterfinals match against Canada’s Milos Raonic at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

never had been past the third round at the All England Club. Add in Nadal, 32, and Djokovic, 31, and it’s the first time in the half-century of professional tennis that all four male semifinalists at any Slam are in their 30s. That’s a reflection of a trend that’s been present in the men’s game for quite some time. With the increasingly physical nature of rallies, the advances in training and nutrition that help extend

one Slam final appearance in that span. A significant part of the problem was a painful right elbow that forced him off the tour for the second half of 2017 after he stopped playing during his Wimbledon quarterfinal. After more than a year of trouble, Djokovic finally had surgery in February, then took a while to find his groove. “If I have to compare the game that I’ve played, the level of tennis that I’ve had (all of) those

careers, and the dominance of a certain trio of all-time talents — Federer has 20 Grand Slam titles, Nadal 17, Djokovic 12 — it’s been hard for any youngsters to elbow their way to the top. Djokovic seems to once again be claiming his spot among the very elite. Since winning the 2016 French Open to complete a career Grand Slam and collect a fourth consecutive major trophy, he hasn’t added to his total. He has

years and today, I think it’s pretty close. ... I know, as everything in life, we are evolving. I’m a different person, different player today,” Djokovic said. “I like the level of tennis that I’m playing on right now. I really do. I think with the performances I’ve had, I deserve to be in the semifinals,” he continued. “I don’t want to stop here. I hope I can get a chance to fight for a trophy.” He’ll need to get past Nadal first.

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EX-KNICKS STAR OAKLEY ARRESTED AT LAS VEGAS CASINO By REGINA GARCIA CANO Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former New York Knicks star Charles Oakley is being accused of gambling fraud after a wager at a Las Vegas casino last weekend, casino regulators said yesterday. Oakley was arrested Sunday at the Cosmopolitan casino-resort on the Las Vegas Strip on suspicion of committing or attempting to commit a fraudulent act in a gaming establishment, the Nevada Gaming Control Board said in a statement. The agency said Oakley is suspected of “adding to or reducing his wager” on a game after the outcome was known. Oakley was booked and later released from jail. The regulatory agency would not release details of the circumstances surrounding the arrest. The Cosmopolitan said in a statement that it had “no details with regards to any alleged activity and will

not comment on our guests’ experience.” Oakley’s attorney, David Chesnoff, told The Associated Press on Thursday that he is “presently investigating the facts.” Court records show Oakley is scheduled to appear in court August 7. The felony count carries between one and six years in prison and a $10,000 fine. The 6-foot-8 Oakley was a rugged enforcer playing alongside Patrick Ewing and has kept his toughguy persona long after retirement, trading barbs with former rival Charles Barkley. Oakley played for the Knicks from 1988 to 1998, helping them become one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference. But they have been one of the worst franchises of the last 15 years, and Oakley’s criticisms of the team and management has led to a strained relationship with the organisation. Last year, he was escorted from his seats at Madison Square Garden and arrested after an altercation

NEW JERSEY BUSINESSES GET $16M IN SPORTS BETS IN 1ST 2 WEEKS By WAYNE PARRY Associated Press OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — Two casinos and a racetrack in New Jersey took in $16.4 million in sports bets during the first two weeks such wagers were legal in the state. Figures released yesterday by the state Division of Gaming Enforcement show the Borgata and Ocean Resort casinos, in Atlantic City, and the Monmouth Park racetrack, in Oceanport, saw gross sports betting revenue of nearly $3.5 million on those bets. But regulators caution that bets involving future outcomes, such as the winner of baseball’s World Series or football’s Super Bowl, won’t be paid out for months. Just over $1 million was wagered on such bets. The casinos and the track are the only places legally taking sports bets right now. Of completed events that were the subject of betting, they retained 7.8 per cent

FORMER New York Knicks star Charles Oakley talks to the press after an appearance in Manhattan Criminal Court in New York on April 11, 2017. (AP) near team owner James Dolan. He was cleared of the misdemeanor assault charges in February. Oakley filed a lawsuit against Dolan alleging that he was the one assaulted. Las Vegas-based attorney Adam Solinger, who is not involved in Oakley’s case, said very few people end up with a felony conviction when they commit a gambling violation, unless

“the cheating is more sophisticated.” He said cases are sometimes resolved as misdemeanor offences with fines. Solinger said a casino would be well within its rights to ban a cheating patron, and other casinos who hear about the patron’s actions may choose to watch that person more closely.


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High: 88° Low: 77°

High: 89° Low: 77°

High: 89° Low: 78°

AccuWeather RealFeel

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98° F

86° F

100°-85° F

100°-85° F

99°-85° F

99°-86° F

High: 92° F/33° C Low: 80° F/27° C

The exclusive AccuWeather RealFeel Temperature® is an index that combines the effects of temperature, wind, humidity, sunshine intensity, cloudiness, precipitation, pressure and elevation on the human body—everything that affects how warm or cold a person feels. Temperatures reflect the high and the low for the day.








High: 85° F/29° C Low: 78° F/26° C

4‑8 knots


WEST PALM BEACH High: 90° F/32° C Low: 73° F/23° C

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High: 91° F/33° C Low: 77° F/25° C





High: 88° F/31° C Low: 75° F/24° C


High: 90° F/32° C Low: 75° F/24° C

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Statistics are for Nassau through 2 p.m. yesterday Temperature High ................................................... 86° F/30° C Low .................................................... 76° F/24° C Normal high ....................................... 88° F/31° C Normal low ........................................ 75° F/24° C Last year’s high ................................. 92° F/33° C Last year’s low ................................... 78° F/25° C Precipitation As of 2 p.m. yesterday ................................. 3.11” Year to date ............................................... 27.76” Normal year to date ................................... 16.13”



High: 87° F/31° C Low: 76° F/24° C

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High: 85° F/29° C Low: 80° F/27° C



High: 91° F/33° C Low: 82° F/28° C

High: 85° F/29° C Low: 79° F/26° C





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6‑12 knots Shown is today’s weather. Temperatures are today’s highs and tonight’s lows.

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The higher the AccuWeather UV IndexTM number, the greater the need for eye and skin protection.

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8:28 a.m. 9:00 p.m.

3.0 3.8

2:36 a.m. ‑0.3 2:36 p.m. ‑0.6


9:23 a.m. 9:53 p.m.

3.0 3.8

3:29 a.m. ‑0.4 3:31 p.m. ‑0.6


10:18 a.m. 10:45 p.m.

3.1 3.7

4:21 a.m. ‑0.4 4:27 p.m. ‑0.4


11:15 a.m. 11:39 p.m.

3.1 3.5

5:13 a.m. ‑0.4 5:24 p.m. ‑0.2


12:12 p.m. ‑‑‑‑‑

3.1 ‑‑‑‑‑

6:06 a.m. ‑0.3 6:23 p.m. 0.0

Wednesday 12:33 a.m. 1:11 p.m.

3.2 3.0

7:00 a.m. ‑0.1 7:25 p.m. 0.3


3.0 3.0

7:54 a.m. 8:28 p.m.

1:29 a.m. 2:12 p.m.

0.0 0.5

sun anD moon Sunrise Sunset

6:28 a.m. 8:03 p.m.

Moonrise Moonset

6:57 a.m. 8:46 p.m.





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of the amount wagered, or about $1.2 million. The report covers only the period from when sports betting began on June 14 through the end of the month. Monmouth Park took the lion’s share of sports betting revenue, at nearly $2.3 million. The Borgata saw $986,831, and Ocean Resort, which opened on June 28 and had only two days of sports betting last month, saw $192,671. Regulators did not break down the total amounts bet at each outlet. The CEO of William Hill US, which runs the sports book at Monmouth Park, heralded legal sports betting in New Jersey and said he “can’t wait until football season.” “While it’s still early, we’re obviously off to a great start,” CEO Joe Asher said. “We always knew there was a big appetite for legal sports betting during the years of litigation, and now it is being proven.”




High: 84° F/29° C Low: 80° F/27° C

High: 85° F/29° C Low: 78° F/26° C


High: 88° F/31° C Low: 80° F/27° C




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High: 85° F/29° C Low: 78° F/26° C

6‑12 knots

MAYAGUANA High: 84° F/29° C Low: 79° F/26° C

Shown is today’s weather. Temperatures are today’s highs and tonight’s lows.


High: 84° F/29° C Low: 80° F/27° C

GREAT INAGUA High: 87° F/31° C Low: 80° F/27° C









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8‑16 knots


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WINDS SW at 3‑6 Knots WSW at 3‑6 Knots SE at 4‑8 Knots SE at 4‑8 Knots SE at 6‑12 Knots SE at 6‑12 Knots E at 7‑14 Knots ESE at 8‑16 Knots SSE at 4‑8 Knots SSE at 4‑8 Knots W at 3‑6 Knots ENE at 3‑6 Knots SE at 6‑12 Knots SE at 6‑12 Knots E at 8‑16 Knots E at 8‑16 Knots E at 7‑14 Knots ESE at 7‑14 Knots E at 7‑14 Knots ESE at 8‑16 Knots SSE at 3‑6 Knots SSE at 4‑8 Knots E at 8‑16 Knots E at 7‑14 Knots SE at 6‑12 Knots SE at 6‑12 Knots

WAVES 2‑4 Feet 2‑4 Feet 0‑1 Feet 0‑1 Feet 2‑4 Feet 1‑3 Feet 3‑5 Feet 2‑4 Feet 2‑4 Feet 2‑4 Feet 1‑2 Feet 1‑2 Feet 1‑2 Feet 1‑2 Feet 3‑5 Feet 2‑4 Feet 1‑3 Feet 1‑3 Feet 3‑6 Feet 3‑5 Feet 0‑1 Feet 0‑1 Feet 2‑4 Feet 1‑3 Feet 1‑2 Feet 1‑2 Feet

VISIBILITY 6 Miles 10 Miles 10 Miles 10 Miles 10 Miles 10 Miles 10 Miles 10 Miles 10 Miles 10 Miles 10 Miles 10 Miles 10 Miles 7 Miles 10 Miles 10 Miles 10 Miles 10 Miles 10 Miles 10 Miles 5 Miles 10 Miles 10 Miles 10 Miles 10 Miles 10 Miles

WATER TEMPS. 85° F 85° F 86° F 86° F 85° F 85° F 83° F 83° F 82° F 84° F 85° F 85° F 87° F 87° F 83° F 83° F 86° F 86° F 82° F 82° F 85° F 85° F 85° F 85° F 84° F 84° F

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