BOXING: Contender SeriesKINGSTON:Described as ?a lean, mean, fighting machine?, Kemahl ?The Hitman? Russell, winner of the 2015 Wray & Nephew Contender Series, is the new Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum Brand Ambassador.?Kemahl Russell is an exceptional athlete. He has combined top performance in his sport with resilience and spirit. These are precisely the qualities that are embodied in our Wray and Nephew White Overproof Rum brand,? said Pietro Gramegna, marketing manager, White Spirits at J Wray & Nephew Limited, in explaining their choice.Russell is expected to be a role model to the contestants in the upcoming season of the Wray & Nephew Contender Series.?Kemahl is a reflection of hard work, discipline and determination to reach the highest heights of boxing. He displays a heart of gratitude to the Wray & Nephew brand which has created the number one platform for boxing. He wants to show Jamaica that the Wray & Nephew Contender Series is an opportunity given to Jamaican boxers, which if taken seriously can be the beginning of the best to come.?Most of all, he displays the ?spirit of a fighter?. This is the one thing Jamaica could never forget about ?The Hitman?,? Gramegna further stated.Since winning the Wray & Nephew Contender Series for 2015, Russell has been training at Gleason?s Gym in Brooklyn, New York, under the tutelage of world class trainer, Hector Roca.With the assistance of his management team, Russell will be strategically placed in fights and moved through the ranks towards the world title.Russell, who grew up in the tough Tower Hill neighbourhood, says he won?t stop until he fights his way to the top.?Being a brand ambassador for Wray & Nephew rum means a lot to me. I think it ties in so well with who I am, as I always am in high spirits even when the going gets toughHe remains inspired by other sporting athletes as he pursues career excellence and shared that his boxing role model is the Jamaican hero of the 1970s and 80s, Mike ?The Body Snatcher? McCallum and his favourite sportsman is the fastest man of all time, Usain Bolt.?I admire Usain Bolt,? he said respectfully, ?for making our little country so pronounced in the world through sports?My career goal was to become a world champion, but is now to be remembered as one of, if not the best boxer Jamaica has produced.?He believes the Wray & Nephew Contender Series has revived boxing and kept the sport relevant in Jamaica.?I admire the Wray & Nephew brand for attaching itself to a sport such as boxing and creating opportunity for Jamaican boxers like myself to showcase their talent and improve their record,? Russell said.When his manager was asked ?what?s next for Russell??, she said: ?Kemahl will continue the same training programme in New York. At this stage of his career we are also assessing the trainers to determine who is best to develop and polish Kemahl?s natural fighting ability. But for now he will remain at Gleason?s Gym under the training of Hector Roca. We are presently trying to determine what his next fight will be. However, it is slated to be in March.?Wray & Nephew is assisting Kemahl financially with his entire training programme, which involves living expenses, nutrition and all the training related expenses, which we are extremely grateful for.?
United look unlikely to be with them, given that cross-town rivals Manchester City are four points ahead in fourth place. As things are progressing, record 20-time English champions United could see Leicester guarantee the title by winning at Old Trafford in three games time. Leicester are in unfamiliar territory but not showing it. There are no nerves, no sign of anxiety from Claudio Ranieri’s team. Some observers suggested the manager was crying when he entered the field after yesterday’s fifth successive win. “It’s fantastic when you see before the match a lot of old ladies with Leicester shirts outside the stadium,” Ranieri said later. “I said, ‘Unbelievable, they came from Leicester to support us.’ That is emotional; that is fantastic; that is football. “I want, through you, to say thank you for the support. It’s unbelievable. They are amazing. They are dreaming and we want to continue to dream. But to do this, we must be concentrated.” It’s looking bleak for Sunderland, who are four points from safety but with a game in hand over Norwich. There was little at stake in yesterday’s third game apart from Liverpool gaining confidence ahead of their Europa League quarter-final second leg against Borussia Dortmund, which is locked at 1-1. Liverpool dislodged Stoke from eighth place by beating the Anfield visitors 4-1. Alberto Moreno’s fine Liverpool opener was cancelled out by Bojan Krkic in the 22nd minute. But Daniel Sturridge restored Liverpool’s lead before half-time and substitute Divock Origi netted twice after the break. POOR CHANCES FOR UNITED LONDON (AP): Leicester’s first target was exceeded long ago: Premier League survival. Another landmark was achieved yesterday: Champions League qualification for the first time. By the end of the month, Leicester should have secured the prize once simply unthinkable for such a team: the Premier League trophy itself. Jamie Vardy’s double at Sunderland sealed a 2-0 victory that guaranteed a coveted top-four finish. Leicester remain seven points clear at the top and are starting to resemble a Premier League thoroughbred with their effortless march to a first title. This isn’t what a title run-in should look like for a team yet to win the league title in its 132-year history and were in a relegation scrap this time last season. Tottenham are waiting to pounce on any slip-up by Leicester. The second-place London club responded to Leicester’s Sunderland success by ending a 15-year wait for a home win over Manchester United. A 3-0 victory was secured by Dele Alli, Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela scoring within five minutes, 46 seconds in the second half. It pushed Tottenham a step closer to joining Leicester in the Champions League next season, having only featured in Europe’s top competition once before.
MONTEGO BAY (JIS):Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Dr Horace Chang, has endorsed the third staging of the MoBay City Run, which is held annually to raise funds for needy tertiary students in western Jamaica.Speaking during the recent launch at the St James Parish Council’s chambers in Montego Bay, Chang said the event’s goal is consistent with the Government’s commitment to making tertiary education more accessible to students by providing them with financing options.In noting that the Government’s policy for training aims to ensure that young people are provided with a secondary education “without any significant cost”, Chang said efforts by many students to access tertiary education often incurred “a major expense”.Against this background, Chang, who is the Member of Parliament for North Western St James – where the event will be staged – lauded the MoBay City Run’s Organising Committee for its efforts over the past two years in assisting tertiary students experiencing financial challenges.He noted that Montego Bay has a significant number of talented and academically brilliant youngsters, many of whom struggle to maintain their enrolment in tertiary institutions in western Jamaica, and encouraged corporate entities and other stakeholders to support the fundraising event.ESSENTIAL INGREDIENT”Any effort to support the students is welcome and will be supported by me both at the local and national (level) as an educated population is the most essential ingredient to developing our society,” he stated.He also said the MoBay City Run has the potential to boost Jamaica’s foreign exchange earnings by broadening the range of tourism product offerings to international participants and fans of the event.”This kind of activity does engage a significant number of visitors, and these marathons and athletics events have become part of the travel industry just like entertainment and food,” the minister added.Organising committee chairperson Janet Silvera hopes to raise in excess of $6 million to fund bursaries and scholarships to assist students attending the University of the West Indies (UWI) and the University of Technology (UTech) western campuses; Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College; and Montego Bay Community College.She said since MoBay City Run’s first staging in 2014, approximately 100 students have benefited each year from the proceeds and added that the committee planned to double the number of beneficiaries this year.Some 3,000 racers are expected to participate in the 5K and 10K run and walk events, set for Sunday, May 1.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) – Real Madrid head to Manchester City for tomorrow’s first leg of their Champions League semi-final with dark clouds over Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema. Both star strikers, who have scored 74 goals between them this season, are nursing right-leg injuries. Ronaldo strained a muscle in a win over Villarreal on Wednesday, ruling him out of Saturday’s match at Rayo Vallecano — that Benzema exited before halftime with a leg injury of his own. Coach Zinedine Zidane said that Ronaldo, who trained on Sunday, will travel with the squad to England. Benzema is a bigger worry for the former France great. “We’re going to assess Benzema,” Zidane said after Saturday’s match. “All I can say is that it’s not a knock. I hope that it’s nothing serious and that he’ll be available for Tuesday.” The 10-time champions have already found their saviour in case Ronaldo and Benzema have not fully recovered to face City. Gareth Bale rose to the occasion when both his strike partners were out on Saturday, scoring two goals to lead a 3-2 comeback victory at Rayo that kept Madrid in the fight for the Spanish league title. For Bale, Madrid have the “psychological” advantage of playing the second leg back in Spain. “If we get a good result in the Etihad Stadium, back at the Bernabeu our fans are always going to help us,” Bale said. “As long as we don’t lose there, we’ll be very confident at the Bernabeu.” Under former Madrid manager Manuel Pellegrini, City are in fine form domestically in April. Besides a draw against lowly Newcastle, high-scoring wins — 3-0 over Chelsea and a 4-0 rout of Stoke on Saturday — are a reminder of City at their best. Kevin de Bruyne has been the inspiration behind the revival, as a dynamo in midfielder since returning after two months out. The Belgian was rested against Stoke in preparation for Madrid. “Now almost everybody is back and it gives us a different feeling,” De Bruyne said.