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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, May 3, 2014
Caledonia Clippers will attempt
to book its first ever appearance in
a championship series when they
take on Petro Jazz in the opening
match of the Mackeson Super 10
Basketball League Big-Four semi-
final play-offs beginning today, at
the Southern Indoor Sports Arena,
Pleasantville, San Fernando.
Jump-ball time is 8 pm, proceed-
ing the women s semi-final opener
between Quarters United and
Colours, from 6 pm.
National centres Wilt Vincent and
Miguel Williams are both expected
to line up for Clippers in the feature
match of the weekend, against a Jazz
team which is yet to lose at its home
venue. Petro Jazz is also expected to
feature skillful point-guard Adrian
Joseph, prolific forward Ako Pascall,
centre Dextroy Manswell and Steve
Clippers recently tasted success
against the same opponent it comes
up against today, taking a comfort-
able 77-65 win at the Jean Pierre
Complex, Mucurapo, two weeks ago.
Instrumental in the win for Clippers
were talented former national junior
forward Kerry McMillan, Wesley
Vincent, Shorn Lawrence and point-
guard Dwayne Moses, all of whom
are likely to return to challenge for
a play-off lead.
Tomorrow, the two other team s
in the men s play-offs, defending
champion Defence Force and Valen-
cia Heat will clash at the Jean Pierre
Complex, Wrightson Road, from 7
At stake for the army-coastguard
combination is a historic sixth SBL
Fans will enjoy a triple treat as
Caledonia Clippers and Sangre
Under-15 boys team will clash in a
crucial match for a in the division s
Big-Four semi-finals from 4 pm.
One-and-a-half hours later, reigning
women s champon team Brian Chase
Academy will entertain the talented
Police outfit led by Rhonda John-
Today - Southern Indoor Sports
Women's division- Quarters
United v Colours, 6 pm
Men's division- Petro Jazz v
Caledonia Clippers, 8 pm
Tomorrow - Jean Pierre
Under-15 boys division-
Caledonia Clippers v Sangre
Grande, 4 pm
Women's Division- Police v Brian
Chase Academy, 5.30 pm
Men's Division- Defence Force v
Valencia Heat, 7 pm
Outgoing T&T Olympic Commit-
tee (TTOC) executive committee
members have had their automatic
right to vote during elections taken
away. This change came about at
the 67th annual national Olympic
committee general meeting (AGM),
held at Olympic House. Abercromby
St, Port-of-Spain, on Tuesday.
The motion for the required
change to the TTOC Constitution
received the unanimously support
of the national sport organisations
and TTOC executive committee
members in attendance.
To be eligible to vote outgoing
elected executive committee mem-
bers must now be a duly accredited
delegate representing a financial and
voting member affiliate. The election
of officers of the committee is held
every year following the Olympic
The latest election of officers took
place last year and the next election
will be held in 2017.
The change removing the auto-
matic right to vote is a significant
one with respect to sport governance
and the notion of free and fair elec-
tion of sport leaders.
Member national sport organisa-
tions also received, considered and
approved the 2013 annual report and
the audited financial statements.
T&T s Marc-Anthony Honore
and SL Benfica was forced into a
third and deciding match in the
Portugal Volleyball Federation
men s Premier Division after a
four-sets loss in the second match
of the best-of-three final on
Wednesday against AJF Bastardo.
Winners of the first match at
home 25-18, 25-19, 25-19, 13-time
champions SL Benfica had high
hopes of clinching the title on
Wednesday, however, AJF Bastardo
had other ideas and came away
with a 25-20, 21-25, 25-15, 25-18
to force a third and deciding clash
Following the match, Honore is
expected to return home to join up
the senior national men s team for
the four-team Group Q NORCECA
Third Round Men s Qualifiers in
Toronto, Canada from May 13 -- 19
to the FIVB World Championship
carded for Poland.
In addition to Honore, France-
based Ryan Stewart who will conl-
cude his first professional stint with
Amiens Longueau Metropole in the
Men s Elite Division Relegation
playoffs this weekend is the other
overseas player in the 12-man squad
to be coached by Gideon Dickson.
Dickson led the national team to
its first ever Caribbean Zonal Vol-
leyball Association title time three
years ago in Suriname and was
second in 2012 led by veteran Nolan
The T&T team also features
experienced Sean Morrison, Saleem
Ali, Ryan Mahadeo, and Kevin
Nimrod along with the emerging
talented trio of Simon Blake, Daneil
Williams and Akim Bushe.
Canada and T&T qualified to the
Third round automatically based
on their NORCECA rankings while
Costa Rica won Group L of the Sec-
ond Round qualifiers at home over
Aruba, Curacao and Antigua/Bar-
buda while Panama was runner-
up to Dominican Republic in Group
K which also involved St Vincent
and The Grenadines and British
The other three groups to be
contested are Group P (Cuba,
Dominican Republic, Barbados,
Suriname) from May 19 to 25 in
Cuba; Group O (USA, Guatemala,
St Lucia, Haiti) from May 13 to 19
in USA and Group R (Mexico, Puer-
to Rico, Honduras, Bahamas) from
May 20-26 at the end of which the
winners of each will automatically
qualify to the World Championship.
The second placed teams will
have their playoff in June for the
final spot and will take place in
Mexico/Puerto Rico between July
14 to 20.
T&T's men's volleyball team:
Nolan Tash (captain), Mark-
Anthony Honore, Saleem Ali, Sean
Morrison, Akim Bushe, Kevin
Nimrod, Ryan Stewart, Simon
Blake, Daneil Williams, Ryan
Mahadeo, Darnel David, Russell
Central Football Association in collaboration
with the Chaguanas Borough Corporation will
host a one-day invitational Under-16 football
tournament, today, in recognition of Crown
Trace FC and its founder and coach Nicholas
It will be staged at Crown Trace Recration
Ground, Enterprise, from 10am-5pm.
Griffith recently won the Fifa Power of Football
contest, and is now aiming to raise funds to carry
his Under-16 players to an invitational football
tournament in Canada.
The participating teams are Crown Trace FC,
Cap Off Youths FC, Central FC, Edinburgh 500
FC and Las Lomas United.
Medals and trophies will be award to the first,
second and third-placed teams and are sponsored
by the Chaguanas Borough Corporation
lose right to
vote in TTOC
Central FA recognises Crown Trace FC
Honore's Benfica extended to third match
Clippers meets Jazz in play-off opener
Brian Lewis...TOC president.
KENTUCKY---The owners of California Chrome
are putting all their hopes into the chestnut colt
to win the Kentucky Derby.
After all, he s the only horse they own.
California Chrome, based at lesser-known Los
Alamitos racetrack in suburban Los Angeles, is
the early 5--2 favourite for Saturday s 140th Derby
with good reason. He has won four straight races
by a combined 24 ¼ lengths under Victor
Espinoza, who won the Derby in 2002 with War
"He s so light on his feet," Espinoza said. "He
just does things so easy and makes my job easy."
California Chrome s owners, Steve Coburn and
Perry Martin, are no Kentucky blue bloods. They re
a couple of working stiffs who live near Reno,
A trainer called them "dumb a---s" for getting
into the racing game, inspiring the duo to put the
letters DAP on their silks, which stands for Dumb
"We re going to go down in history," Coburn
California Chrome is the product of an
US$8,000 mare and a US$2,500 stallion. He s
earned more than US$1 million already, making
it somewhat easier for Coburn and Martin to turn
down a pre-Derby offer of $6 million for a 51 per-
cent stake in the horse.
"We ve been blessed with this colt," Coburn
said. "The first time we saw him, we knew it was
going to be something special."
If their tale seems improbable, well, it s happened
before at Churchill Downs. Mine That Bird, a
50--1 shot owned and trained by two guys from
New Mexico mocked as cowboys, pulled off the
stunning upset in the 2009 Derby.
At 77, Art Sherman, who oversees California
Chrome, would be the oldest trainer to win. His
colt would be the first California-bred to wear
the garland of red roses in 52 years.
"He s feeling good and he s doing good," Sher-
man said. "He s coming up to this race right."
Rosie Napravnik wants to grab history, too.
No female jockey has won the Derby, although
she came closest---fifth last year. Napravnik will
ride 20--1 shot Vicar s In Trouble. Her husband,
Joe Sharp, works closely with the Louisiana-bred
colt as assistant to trainer Mike Maker.
"The story would almost be too good if we
won it," she said. (AP)
California Chrome sets gold standard
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