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.
Heart of Lions beat Medeama 1-0 boost their chances of a second-place finish in the Premier League and qualification for Africa’s Champions League.The win on Sunday in Kpando leaves Lions in second place and extended their advantage over third-place Hearts of Oak to three points as they chase a first-ever appearance in continental football.A stoppage time winner by Prince Acquah made the difference as Lions will now head into the final weeks of the competition ahead of their rivals.Seven points separate Lions and leaders, Asante Kotoko with three games remaining, and this win could prove crucial to Yusif Abubakar’s sides mathematical hope of even finishing top in the event of a major slip by the Reds.Medeama, who were close to salvaging a point were undone when Acquah in the 89th minute struck the winner to send the Kpando Park into wild celebrations after a goalless opening half.The result will represent a poor return for Medeama, who could only pick three points from a possible 12 points in four outstanding matches as they remain 8th on the log and just two points above the relegation zone.
Ben Mee celebrates his goal against Chelsea Ex-Manchester City youngster Ben Mee handed his former side a huge boost in their race for the Premier League title as his goal saw Burnley hold leaders Chelsea to a 1-1 draw.It had looked like the Blues were on their way to a victory at Stamford Bridge when the in-from Branislav Ivanovic struck his fourth goal in six games from an Eden Hazard cut-back.But Jose Mourinho’s men lost their discipline as the game wore on and after watching the usually reliable Nemanja Matic receive a red card for throwing Ashley Barnes to the ground following a challenge from the Clarets striker.With Chelsea down to ten men, Sean Dyche’s side capitalised and Mee powered home a header from a Kieran Trippier corner to give Burnley a share of the spoils and leave Mourinho fuming about two dropped points and some turned down penalty appeals.Meanwhile, Manchester United’s seven game unbeaten run has come to an end after they were defeated 2-1 by Swansea City in the Premier League.The Jacks’ early pressure nearly got the opening goal but Ander Herrera, in a rare start, did well to stop Bafetimbi Gomis’ goal-bound effort from crossing the line.And the Spanish midfielder, who Louis van Gaal has been reluctant to start in recent weeks, proved his worth further as he gave the Red Devils the lead, sweeping Angel di Maria’s cute pass into the far corner.But Man United were undone by their hosts moments later as Ki Sung-Yueng forged his way into the box and flicked a header into the net from Jonjo Shelvey’s left-wing cross.And with 17 minutes to go Shelvey’s rifled long-range strike was deflected past a stranded David De Gea when Gomis, in trying to get out of the way of the shot, got his head on the ball.United’s defeat allowed Arsenal to move above them into third place as the Gunners dispatched London rivals Crystal Palace 2-1 at Selhurst Park.The visitors grabbed the lead with just eight minutes on the clock with Santi Cazorla converting a spot-kick after Danny Welbeck was felled by Eagles defender Papa Souare.And in first half stoppage time Arsene Wenger’s men doubled their lead as Olivier Giroud, whose form has been excellent since his return to fitness, scored his 50th goal for the club with a tap-in after Julian Speroni clawed away a Welbeck shot.Mesut Ozil hit the bar as they looked to extend their lead further but their first half double was all Arsenal needed to claim all three points, even when Glenn Murray tapped in a late consolation strike.Tim Sherwood’s first game in charge of Aston Villa ended in a defeat as Victor Moses hit injury time winner from the penalty spot for Stoke.Scott Sinclair, on loan from Manchester City, had put the Villans ahead before Mame Biram Diouf headed home a Steven Ireland cross to eqaulise for Mark Hughes’ Potters.And following a mistimed Ron Vlaar challenge, which earned the Dutchman a red card, Moses stepped up and converted from the spot to hand Stoke a 2-1 win.Queens Park Rangers’ bad away form continued as they lost 2-1 to Hull City.Nikica Jelavic’s volley from a Tom Huddlestone free-kick put the Tigers a goal to the good and QPR’s task got even harder when Joey Barton was given a straight red card after 32 minutes for a below the belt jab on Huddlestone.Chris Ramsey’s side showed their resolve though and Charlie Austin headed home the in-form Matt Phillips’ cross six minutes before the break.But January summer signing Dame N’Doye was the match-winner again for Steve Bruce as he headed in his second goal in two games.And at the Stadium of Light it ended 0-0 between Sunderland and West Brom.An early Sebastian Larsson free-kick crashed into the side netting as Gus Poyet’s men looked for an early goal and Adam Johnson saw a goal disallowed before the break too.But in the end neither side could grab a winner as they continue to glance over their shoulders at the relegation scrap below them. 1