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LOS ANGELES---Some 6,500 athletes
from 165 countries---the most to converge
on Los Angeles since the 1984 Summer
Olympics---have poured into town this
week to hit tennis balls, kick soccer balls,
swim laps, ride horses, lift weights, even
run a triathlon in the 2015 Special
Olympics World Games which got under-
But first it s time to party!
The games kick off today at the Los Ange-
les Memorial Coliseum with a rousing open-
ing ceremony featuring music, inspirational
messages and lots of celebrity appearances.
First lady Michelle Obama is to deliver
the opening message, followed by musical
performances by Avril Lavigne, Stevie Won-
der, Colombian reggaeton artist J Balvin and
Emmy Award-winning choreographer
Debbie Allen is directing the three-hour
programme being broadcast live by ESPN.
The real stars of the show, however, are
expected to be the 6,500 athletes. They
have come from all parts of the world to
participate in 25 sports events over nine
"There s no greater global stage than Los
Angeles to create the awareness that leads
to acceptance and inclusion of people with
intellectual disabilities," said Patrick McCle-
nahan, president and CEO of LA2015, the
non-profit group that brought the Special
Olympics back to Los Angeles for the first
time since 1972.
McClenahan is a veteran broadcast exec-
utive and father of a daughter with autism.
Competition is open to athletes 8 years
or older with intellectual disabilities that
result in certain limitations in cognitive
function and other skills. To reach the world
stage, participants must take part in a sanc-
tioned regional competition.
This week, they are being welcomed to
Los Angeles by an all-star lineup of gold
medalists from the traditional Olympics,
including swimmer Michael Phelps, diver
Greg Louganis and decathlon champ Rafer
Johnson. The latter helped organise the first
Special Olympics World Games in Chicago
The games were the brainchild of Pres-
ident John Kennedy s sister Eunice Kennedy
Shriver, who held informal backyard com-
petitions at her home before deciding to
take the competition international in 1968.
She said she believed everybody should have
a chance to feel special. (AP)
Fresh from inspiring his native T&T
Soca Warriors to the brink of a Gold Cup
semifinal, the Chicago Fire s Joevin Jones
is keen to keep his own momentum going
and help turn around the Men in Red s
The 23-year-old returned from a six-
week absence to play a pivotal role in
Wednesday s exciting 3-1 US Open Cup
quarterfinal victory over Orlando City SC,
and he believes that win has changed the
mood in the locker room ahead of Saturday s
key clash with Eastern Conference rivals
New England Revolution (8:30 pm ET; MLS
"From winning 3-1 on Wednesday it gave
us more vibes," Jones told MLSsoccer.com
"You could see the vibes in the locker
room are different, and going into this game
everyone has a more positive mind on Sat-
urday and hopefully we come out with the
win and move on."
The versatile Jones has impressed at left
back and left midfield since joining the Fire
from W Connection in Trinidad & Tobago
ahead of the season, and he continued that
form into the Gold Cup, where the Soca
Warriors were eliminated on penalties by
Panama, 6-5, after a 1-1 draw in the quar-
terfinals last weekend.
"I think the Gold Cup was a learning
experience for me; I gained a lot of expe-
rience playing against tough opposition like
Mexico, Panama and Guatemala. It was a
good experience for me," Jones said.
"I think I had a pretty OK tournament.
I think I could have done better, but I did
what I had to do."
Jones excelled with his typical high-
tempo, attack-minded play from left back,
while he showed remarkable calm and focus
to set up the game-tying goal from a last-
minute corner kick in a thrilling 4-4 draw
with Mexico that gave Trinidad & Tobago
the top spot in Group C.
"When I was going to kick the corner
there was a lot of pressure," he said.
"But once I blanked out the crowd and
focused on getting the ball in the right area,
I was able to do that, and it was great to
gain a goal from it."
Jones will be looking to build on his for-
midable partnership with Ghanaian winger
David Accam, who is also returning to the
mix after an injury, for the second half of
the season. It s a partnership that excites
head coach Frank Yallop.
"He s if not (the best) pretty close to being
the best left back in the league," Yallop said.
"He had a good Gold Cup; he s pleased
to be back with us. I think he looked a little
bit tired the other night, but he s had a lot
of travel, a lot of games, a lot of emotion
that goes into a tournament, and I want to
give him some time next week to gather his
"But hopefully he can do a very good
game on the weekend, and I think with him
and David together they re pretty formidable
down that side."
For the second consecutive day the national Under-
15 cricket team did not take the field, as rain forced
its match against the Windward Islands to be aban-
doned without a ball being bowled in round two of
the West Indies Cricket Board Regional U-15 50-
over tournament in Guyana, yesterday.
T&T s match against Guyana in round one on Friday
was also abandoned without a ball being bowled at
the Albion Sports Complex.
At the Guyana National Stadium, home team Guyana
defeated Leeward Islands by seven wickets. Alphius
Bookie took 3/8 in four overs to help reduce Leeward
Islands to 90 all out in 46 overs. Qumar Torrington
(2/21) and Kelvin Umroa (2/23) both grabbed two
wickets for Guyana, while Paul Miller top scored with
20 for the Leewards. Sachin Singh led the chase for
Guyana, hitting an unbeaten 38 to guide the home
team to 94/3 in 25.2 overs. Singh s 57-ball knock
included three fours and one six, while Robin Williams
chipped in with 19.
In the other round two match, Barbados got past
Jamaica by seven wickets at the Albion Sports Complex
in a low-scoring encounter. Tomorrow in round three
T&T will face Jamaica, Barbados tackles Guyana and
the Windward Islands will battle the Leeward Islands.
All matches are carded to bowl off at 9.30 am.
SPECIAL OLYMPICS WORLD GAMES
LA host star-studded
Some members of the T&T contingent relax at the Olympic Village in Los Angeles, USA on
Midfield Jones looking to keep focus
GEORGETOWN, GUYANA---Half-centuries from cap-
tain Kimani Melius and Tijourn Pope steered Wind-
ward Islands to a comfortable 46-run victory over
Jamaica on the Duckworth/Lewis method, in the
rain-hit opening round of the Regional Under-15
Championship on Friday.
Opting to bat first at the National Stadium at Prov-
idence, the Windwards rattled up 204 for eight off
their allotted 45 overs, with Melius stroking 79 and
Pope getting 56. Roberto Simpson (2-30) and Romaine
Jacob (2-45) picked up two wickets apiece.
In reply, Jamaica were restricted to 161 for eight off
their 45 overs, with Geordae Seymour top-scoring
with 41 not out, Zavier Burton hitting 24 and Kirk
McKenzie, 21. Jahseon Alexander was the best bowler
with three for 29 while Simeon Gerson claimed two
At the National Stadium, Windwards flourished
early on, however, as Melius dominated a 51-run,
opening stand off 50 balls with Dhan-rah Cephal who
managed just four. Melius faced 63 balls and struck
11 fours and a six, but was one of three wickets to fall
for 30 runs, as the Windwards slipped to 114 for four.
However, Pope took responsibility for the remainder
of the innings, hitting six fours in a 92-ball knock.
Melius, Pope lift
Windwards to victory
At Enmore: T&T vs Windward Islands---Match
At Guyana National Stadium: Leeward Islands 90
(46 overs) (Paul Miller 20, Elroy Francis Jr 15, Alphius
Bookie 3/8, Qumar Torrington 2/21, Kelvin Umroa
2/23) vs Guyana 94/3 (25.2 overs) (Sachin Singh 38
not out, Robin Williams 19) Guyana won by seven
At Albion Sports Complex: Jamaica 82 (32.5 overs)
vs Barbados 83/3 (44.5 overs)---Barbados won by
Tomorrow's Round-3 fixtures
T&T vs Jamaica---Guyana National Stadium
Barbados vs Guyana---Everest
Windward Islands vs Leeward Islands---Wales
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