English Premier League StandingsStandingsPOS LP CLUB P W D L GF GA GD PTS1 (1) Leicester City 26 15 8 3 48 29 19 532 (2) Tottenham Hotspur 26 14 9 3 47 20 27 513 (3) Arsenal 26 15 6 5 41 23 18 514 (4) Manchester City 26 14 5 7 48 28 20 475 (5) Manchester United 26 11 8 7 33 24 9 416 (6) Southampton 26 11 7 8 34 24 10 407 (7) West Ham United 26 10 10 6 40 31 9 408 (11) Liverpool 26 10 8 8 38 36 2 389 (8) Watford 26 10 6 10 29 28 1 3610 (9) Stoke City 26 10 6 10 27 32 -5 3611 (10) Everton 26 8 11 7 46 35 11 3512 (12) Chelsea 26 8 9 9 38 36 2 3313 (13) Crystal Palace 26 9 5 12 27 32 -5 3214 (14) West Bromwich Albion 26 8 8 10 24 32 -8 3215 (15) Bournemouth 26 7 7 12 30 44 -14 2816 (16) Swansea City 26 6 9 11 24 34 -10 2717 (17) Norwich City 26 6 6 14 30 50 -20 2418 (18) Newcastle United 26 6 6 14 27 49 -22 2419 (19) Sunderland 26 6 5 15 32 50 -18 2320 (20) Aston Villa 26 3 7 16 20 46 -26 16
High Political drama unfolded early this morning in the vicinity of the old JAMINTEL Building on Duke Street in downtown Kingston, where Jamaica Labour Party supporters claim a motor vehicle full of Peoples National Party supporters “swung at them and crashed.” The four men were driving a brown Honda Odyssey van registered with a public passenger licence plate. One eyewitness, who refused to be named, said the motor vehicle passed up the road before and returned before swinging at a group of persons. “One of them, the man in the back get a serious injury. Them look bad and just look like them come on the road to show them bad. Him did a drive and smoke weed and look like him can’t drive,” she stated. “Officer, a want you put in your report that Portia bus crash,” one man clad in full green shouted to police which had gathered on the scene. The men have since been taken to the Kingston Public Hospital, where Sergeant Miller of the Motorised Patrol Unit said: “One of the injured men was admitted to the operating theatre, one suffered injury to his mouth and the most serious injury to his neck.” The driver wasn’t hurt and the injuries are not life threatening, but a female Inspector of Police for the Kingston Central Police division is imploring caution on the road. “I implore drivers to just adhere to the rules of the road,” she stressed.
Punters were stunned into silence at Caymanas Park yesterday following a huge upset by LARUSA at 95-1 in the seventh race over 1300 metres for five-year-olds and up, non winners of two.Ridden by 4.0kg claiming apprentice Jerome Innis for trainer Rudolph Hardial, the six-year-old mare, whose form over the past year had been dismal, to say the least, emerged from the doldrums to hold off 4-5 favourite OMEGA and 9-5second favourite GIRSHOMin a driving finish. This ensured there would be carryovers to Saturday in both the Pick-9 and late Super-6.Both the jockey and trainer werepleasantly surprised despite not being too optimistic about the chances of LARUSA based on her indifferent form.Hardial disclosed that the chestnut mare by Tracking out of Yourpointismade finished lame in her last race behind Awesome Marque over the straight ($180,000 claiming) on January 31, but got significantly close (91/2 lengths ninth) that day and he anticipated an improved performance.”I told the rider to put her in the pace from early and see where it takes her. When I saw her in front entering the straight, I knew then that she could hold on and just barely made it. That’s the nature of racing … a horse can throw the form out the window at any time and surprise everyone,” said Hardial, who had his fair share of challenges with his string of horses in recent times.FIFTH CAREER WINInnis, a past student of Eltham High in St Catherine, said he rode LARUSA to the trainer’s instructions and things just fell into place.”She turned for home full of running with Omega in chase and responded well to the right hand stick for the victory,” said the 27-year-old apprentice, who notched up his fifth career win since graduating from the Jockeys’ School last September.On a day when top jockeys Dane Nelson and Shane Ellis rode two winners each, the 2014 champion sprinter POTCHEEN, running on strongly at odds of 5-2 with Jevanne Erwin aboard, out-finished the highly-fancied PUDDY POOH by half a length over the straight to win the open allowance feature in the good time of 57.2.
CHELSEA 0 MANCHESTER CITY 3Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick as Manchester City moved closer to securing Champions League football next season against 10-man Chelsea. Kevin De Bruyne fed Aguero, who fired in for the first. Samir Nasri put Aguero clear to finish smartly for the second before Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois was sent off for fouling Fernandinho, allowing Aguero to slam home his third from the spot.GOALS: CITY: AGUERO 33, 54, PEN 80.EVERTON 1 SOUTHAMPTON 1Southampton’s hopes of a European spot suffered a setback as they were held to a draw at Everton. The visitors went close when a Shane Long header and a Dusan Tadic left-foot shot came off the woodwork. However, centre-back Ramiro Funes Mori gave the home side the lead against the run of play with a deflected shot off Ryan Bertrand. Southampton equalised through Sadio Mane.GOALS: EVERTON: FUNES MORI 68. SUNDERLAND: MANE 76.MANCHESTER UNITED 1 ASTON VILLA 0Aston Villa were relegated to English football’s second tier for the first time since 1987 after this defeat at Manchester United. Marcus Rashford scored the only goal, sweeping Antonio Valencia’s pass. Villa were second best for much of the game, although Rudy Gestede’s volley did hit a post late on. It was a ninth straight loss for the visitors and left them 15 points from safety.GOAL: UNITED: RASHFORD 32.NEWCASTLE UNITED 3 SWANSEA CITY 0Newcastle claimed a first win under Rafael Benitez as they overcame Swansea to bolster their chances of Barclays Premier League survival. Jamaal Lascelles headed to put Newcastle ahead. Ashley Williams and Jefferson Montero missed chances as the Swans dominated after the break, but Moussa Sissoko and Andros Townsend struck late goals.GOALS: NEWCASTLE: LASCELLES 40; SISSOKO 82; TOWNSEND 89.NORWICH CITY 0 SUNDERLAND 3Sunderland climbed to within a point of safety by beating relegation rivals Norwich. Fabio Borini converted a penalty following Andre Wisdom’s challenge. Jermain Defoe turned in a second after the break before Duncan Watmore scored a third in injury time. Nathan Redmond hit a post and Norwich had penalty appeals turned down.GOALS: SUNDERLAND: BORINI PEN 41; DEFOE 53; WATMORE 90.WEST BROMWICH ALBION 0 WATFORD 1Saido Berahino missed two second-half penalties as Watford hung on for a narrow win at The Hawthorns. Heurelho Gomes saved both penalties from Berahino, in the 67th and 87th minutes. Ben Watson got the FA Cup semi-finalists’ winner, volleying home a near-post corner in the first half. The result moves Watford above West Brom into 12th on 41 points, 11 points clear of the relegation zone.GOAL: WATFORD: WATSON 27.SUNDAY, 17 APRILARSENAL 1 CRYSTAL PALACE 1Yannick Bolasie struck late for Crystal Palace to secure a draw. Arsenal should have won comfortably but are now fourth in the Barclays Premier League. Alexis Sanchez headed in Danny Welbeck’s chip to give the Gunners the lead but they lacked a killer instinct to put the result beyond doubt. Bolasie then struck from distance, beating Petr Cech at his near post.GOALS: ARSENAL: SANCHEZ 45. PALACE: BOLASIE 81.LEICESTER CITY 2 WEST HAM UNITED 2Leonardo Ulloa’s injury-time penalty rescued a point for Leicester in a controversial encounter with West Ham as the Foxes went eight points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League. Jamie Vardy gave Leicester the lead but was sent off for a second yellow card. Andy Carroll levelled rom the penalty spot and Aaron Cresswell netted two minutes later. But Leicester won a penalty in added time and Ulloa stole a point in the fifth minute of added time.GOALS: LEICESTER: VARDY 18; ULLOA PEN 90. WEST HAM: CARROLL PEN 84; CRESSWELL 86.AFC BOURNEMOUTH 1 LIVERPOOL 2Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge earned Liverpool a win at Bournemouth. The result lifts Liverpool up to eighth place in the Barclays Premier League table, while the Cherries remain 13th. Top scorer Firmino opened the scoring from a rebound after Artur Boruc had saved Sturridge’s backheel, before the England striker headed in Ibe’s free-kick just before half-time. Josh King replied in added time.GOALS: BOURNEMOUTH: KING 90; LIVERPOOL: FIRMINO 41; STURRIDGE 45.