A DAY of exciting doubles culminated last evening with the Guyanese pair of Jody-Ann Blake and Trenace Lowe battling to a second-place finish in the final of the Women’s doubles, a part of the 61st Senior Caribbean Table Tennis Championships, which is currently being played at Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.Along with silver from Lowe and Blake, the host nation recorded two more medals yesterday. Lowe and Christopher Franklin finished with a Mixed doubles bronze after making it to the semi-final of that competition. Joel Alleyne and Nigel Bryan finished with a bronze in the Men’s doubles.Both bronze medal games were close battles. The two Guyanese captains, Lowe and Franklin, had the best chance of advancing to another final.The pair were actually ahead at 10-8 in the fifth set, but the Dominicans, Esmerlyn Castro and Isaac Vila, rallied back to close the game at 12-10. Incidentally, the same pair won the finals of the competition later in the night against Cubans Livan Martinez and Carrazana Fonseca.Jody-Ann Blake (right) goes for the kill during the women’s final last night.In the quarter-final, Franklin and Lowe had defeated the Barbados pair of Mark Dowell and Anthonette Riley (11-5, 11-6, 11-6).Guyana’s other strong teams in the competition were knocked out in the quarterfinals. Dominicans Santos Emil and Eva Brito defeated Bryan and Blake 3-1, while Joel Alleyne and Nathalie Cummings lost to Martinez and Fonseca by a similar margin.Meanwhile the pair of Bryan and Alleyne lost to Emil Santos and Samuel Galvez 3-1 in the Men’s semi-finals last night.The visitors stormed to an 11-6 win in the opener, but then the Guyanese pair, led by a pumped-up Alleyne rallied back to score six unanswered points.They closed that game at 11-6 after leading 9-3. In the third game, the home team led briefly before the Dominicans stormed back to an 11-7 win. The visitors looked set to finish the match with the score at 10-6 in the fourth game, but the local pair rallied back and scored three unanswered points before an unforced serving error by Bryan ended the battle.In the final, Dominicans Brito and Castro (who had just finished the Mixed doubles final) were able to muscle past Lowe and Blake 3-0 (11-6, 11-7, 11-8).Today the competition continues with the U-21 and Masters competitions.
A man was found shot to death inside a car early Monday in Miami near Booker T. Washington Senior High School.Miami police were called to a shooting shortly before 4 a.m. near Northwest Seventh Avenue and Northwest 14th StreetOfficers arrived and found the man shot dead in the car.The victim, identified as Darryl Smith, 31, was sitting in the driver’s seat when he was shot.A motive for the shooting was not immediately known.Detectives are now working to find the shooter.Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.
Liverpool may have lost the title race to Manchester City but the Reds are top of the table when it comes to earnings over the 2013-14 season. Brendan Rodgers’ side finished two points behind Manchester City, who lifted the Premier League trophy, but their projected earnings are £1m more.Liverpool had the most games on television in the season with 28, while City had 25, the same as Manchester United (who finished seventh in the league), Chelsea (third in the league) and Arsenal (fourth in the league).The TV earnings are proportional to the number of matches each team had televised during the season. And the value of TV revenue and being in the top flight can be seen by bottom club Cardiff, who received just £1.2m as a merit payment, picking up £64m when television and Premier League share is factored in. Manchester United have had a hugely disappointing campaign on the pitch but their appeal to broadcasters is clear, as only the top four earned more over the season. Each side received £54m for just being in the Premier League, then their performances and TV lure is factored in. There was potential for teams such as Hull to earn up to £4m from the last round of matches but the positions stayed largely the same. Alan Pardew might not be popular with Newcastle fans but Mike Ashley will be pleased that his manager has brought in nearly £79m.