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A late strike from Kennedy Hinkson
was enough for North East Stars to steal
a 1-0 win against San Juan Jabloteh,
while Police FC blanked St Ann s Rangers
2-0 as action continued in the Digicel
Pro League on Friday night with a dou-
ble-header at the Hasely Crawford Sta-
dium in Mucurapo.
In the second match, a 89th minute
item from Stars substitute Hinkson, broke
the deadlock when he knocked in Keithy
Simpson s deep cross, in a match that
seemed destined for a draw.
Jabloteh, with a very energetic and busi-
nesslike approach, had everything in their
favour, but simply couldn t find the back
of the Stars net, as goalkeeper Cleon
John was in fine form. John was called
into action as early as the lst minute of
play to produce a low save on Kerry
Daniel s strike from distance.
Jabloteh continued to press and in the
22nd minute was unfortunate not to win
a penalty after Simpson s pull on the
jersey of Shaquille Bertrand, took the
Jabloteh player to ground.
Referee Garfield Weekes and his assis-
tants, clearly missed the pulling, and goal-
keeper John had an easy task gathering
the weak effort.
Bertrand had sight of goal again in the
29th minute after dribbling past two
defenders, but miscued on a strike and
John was delighted again with another
Five minutes earlier (24th minute), Stars,
already without the services of a number
of players such as striker Anthony Wolfe,
currently on trial at Indian League club
Churchill Brothers, and absentees Micah
Lewis and Marcus Gomez, suffered a blow
when striker Trevin Caesar pulled up with
a hamstring problem that ended his time
on the pitch.
He was replaced by his former T&T
Under-23 teammate, midfielder Jeromie
Williams. Seconds later, Elijah Manners
shifting into a more central forward role,
saw his decent strike deflect over-bar for
a corner. Four minutes from the break
Manners featured in a counterattack when
he squared a pass to midfielder Kaashif
Thomas who struck wide of the upright
from above the area.
The Stars then lost its uncontrollable
equipment manager Selwyn Gabriel to
the stands, on the directive of referee
Weekes, who initially asked that Gabriel
took a seat. But Gabriel, who was among
other technical members of North East
Stars upset over a challenge on Simpson,
was persistent in letting out his frustra-
tions verbally and left Weekes no other
Following the break it was the goal-
keeper John show. John was brilliant in
the 58th minute when he kept out a Kerry
Baptiste strike after a slip by defender
Kareem Moses allowed an Alfie James
cross to meet the Jabloteh forward.
Baptiste then failed to put the hurt on
his former employers and former team-
mate John from the penalty spot in the
61st minute. Referee Weekes didn t hes-
itate pointing to the spot in this instance,
however Baptiste s solid strike from the
spot towards the inside of the right
upright was miraculously saved by John.
It clearly wasn t Baptiste s night, as
John glowed again in the 69th minute by
keeping out the ace forward s volley off
a Rennie Britto cross.
Britto himself had a couple tries, first
hitting a tame one into the gloves of John
in the 33rd minute, and in the 77th minute
he struck miserably high, in what was a
miserable night for Jabloteh.
In the earlier match, Joel Lewis showed
good skill to evade defender Tevin Gilkes
and goalkeeper Akel Clarke before blasting
into an exposed net to give Police a 1-0
lead over Rangers in the 27th minute.
Defender Karlon Murray then doubled
Police s advantage in the 35th minute,
when he struck a squared Christon
Thomas pass into the back of the net.
However, head coach Richard Hood
must be mindful of defensive leaks and
offensive flaws if his side wants to remain
in the top half of the table.
Stars, Police win in Digicel Pro League
The national boys Under-18 vol-
leyball team proved again on Friday
night that it is not how you start
but how you finish, as captain Mar-
lon Phillip led another remarkable
comeback against Jamaica in the
2013 Caribbean Zonal Volleyball
Association Boys Youth Champi-
onship at the Eastern Regional
Indoor Sports Arena, Tacarigua.
Earlier in the day, Phillip also led
from the front as T&T came from
two sets down against the US Virgin
Islands (USVI) to win in five sets.
Against the Jamaicans, T&T was
hoping to get off to a positive start,
but they found themselves down two
sets again, losing 21-25 and 29-31.
Phillip, who ended the match with
an impressive tally of 47 points, led
the fight back, as T&T won the third
set 25-22. The home team then con-
tinued that momentum in the fourth
set, winning comfortably 25-16 to
force a fifth and final set.
T&T completed the come back,
edging the Jamaicans 15-13 as the
two hour, 12 minute match finally
came to an end. Jamaican captain
Rojey Hutchinson also showed his
talent, scoring 25 points.
In an earlier encounter, the USVI
was no match for Barbados, losing
in straight sets (25-17, 25-7, 25-22).
Carlos Cyrus was the leading scorer
for Barbados with 12 points in a
match that lasted one hour and four
Yesterday, the Bajan boys defeated
T&T in straight sets (25-13, 25-18,
25-12), but both teams still advanced
to today s final at 3 pm.
Phillip rested for part of the match.
Jamaica was also in the winning col-
umn, beating USVI in three sets, 25-
13, 28-26 and 27-25.
In other matches today, Jamaica
and the US Virgin Islands will battle
at 11 am in the boys bronze medal
match, while T&T and Barbados will
square off in the girls final at 5 pm.
Phillip leads youth volleyballers to another win
Members of T&T Under-18 volleyball team on Friday night ahead of their match against Jamaica in the 2013 Caribbean
Zonal Volleyball Association Boys Youth Championship at the Eastern Regional Indoor Sports Arena, Tacarigua. T&T won 21-
25, 29-31, 25-22, 25-16, 15-13.
Police FC 2 (Joel Lewis 27th, Karlon
Murray 35th) v St Ann's Rangers 0
North East Stars 1 (Kennedy Hinkson
89th) v San Juan Jabloteh 0
RIO DE JANEIRO---Olympic sailors gathered at
Guanabara Bay to compete in a local event yesterday,
but primarily they came to check out the venue for
the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Many didn t like what they saw.
"I ve been sailing all over the world for 20 years
now, and this is the most polluted place I ve ever
been," said Allan Norregaard, a Danish bronze medalist
in the 2012 London Olympics. "It s really a shame
because it s a beautiful area and city, but the water
is so polluted, so dirty and full of garbage."
Rio s local Olympic organizing committee has
promised the pollution will be cleaned up when the
Olympics open in 2 1/2 years, and government officials
have pledged to reduce 80 percent of the pollution
flowing into the bay.
But sailors say they re doubtful the problem can
be fixed after being ignored for decades, and many
worry about their health.
Environmentalists call measures being taken "stop-
gap," likely to mask the problem and not cure it.
The Associated Press has documented over the
last several weeks that nearly 70 percent of Rio s
waste goes untreated into surrounding waters. Famous
beaches like Copacabana and Ipanema are dirty.
Untreated sewage pours into a lagoon bordering the
Olympic Park, the heart of the games.
Norregaard said that while sailing the last few days
he d seen entire trees floating in the bay, doors,
chunks of timber with nails protruding, swollen mat-
tresses and endless plastic bags.
Another sailor talked about a horse carcass in the
148-square-mile (383-square-kilometer) bay, which
opens into the Atlantic just above Rio s famed Copaca-
The Dane said the floating debris makes racing
unfair and dangerous. The other issue is the health
risk with high levels of fecal coliform bacteria in the
"I would definitely not swim in it," Norregaard
said. "We have had a couple of incidents where people
went in the water and came up with red dots on
their body. I don t know what s in the water, but it s
definitely not healthy." (AP)
upset with water
pollution in Rio
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