With 19 points from 10 matches, FC IfeanyiUbah are the new leaders of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL). The Nnewi-based team defeated visiting Plateau United 2-0 to overtake Enugu Rangers at the top of the log.Rangers could only draw 1-1 with MFM of Lagos at the Agege Stadium yesterday to arrive at 18 points.Yesterday’s win was masterminded by Cote d’Ivoire’s Pascal Seka and Tamen Medrano, a Camerounian, who came off the bench to consolidate IfeanyiUbah’s lead after Seka had given the home side an 18th minute lead from the spot whengoal-bound Bright Onyedikachi was brought down inside the box.At the Agege Stadium, Enugu Rangers threatened to inflict the first home loss on MFM when former Flying Eagles’ star, Obinna Nwobodo, put the Flying Antelopes ahead in the 36th minute. But the Godwin Enarkhena boys drew level in the 68th minute through Stephen Odey.In other games of the day, 3SC and Giwa FC defeated visiting Ikorodu United and Kano Pillars 2-0 respectively, while Lobi Stars were held to a 1-1 draw by Wikki Tourists and hosts Tornadoes forced Sunshine Stars to a 2-2 draw.Abia Warriors recorded their first away win in Uyo where they beat Akwa United 2-1, but Niger Tornadoes forced Sunshine Stars to a 2-2 draw.
BARRANQUILLA, Colombia (CMC) – Reigning Commonwealth Games champion Kyron McMaster added yet another trophy to his collection when he broke an eight-year games record en route to gold in the men’s 400 metres hurdles at the Central American and Caribbean Games here Tuesday night.The third fastest in the world this year, the British Virgin Islands athlete stopped the clock at 47.60 seconds – his second fastest time ever – to eclipse Jamaican Leford Green’s old mark of 48.47 set in Mayaguez back in 2010.Jamaican Annsert Whyte clocked a personal best 48.50 to clinch silver while the Dominican Republic’s Aquino Santos picked up bronze in 48.77, also a personal best.Another Jamaican Shawn Rowe missed out on the podium when he trailed in fourth in 49.30.The 21-year-old McMaster, who won Commonwealth gold in Gold Coast, Australia back in April, said the success was his way of honouring his small country.“Today was really more about the country. It is my contribution, but nothing to do with me personally,” he explained.“I just wanted to come out and run for the country. I am learning a lot with my new coach. We are just combining, mixing and playing with new things. The Games represents the area where we grew up, our beginnings, our heritage.”With the victory, McMaster became the fourth athlete from the BVI to win CAC gold.Jamaica captured the corresponding women’s final as Ronda Whyte stormed to the finish first in a time of 55.08 second, swith Mexico’s Zudikey Rodriguez finishing second in a personal best 55.11.Cuban Zurian Hechavarria also clocked a personal best 55.13 in capturing bronze but there was disappointment for Jamaican Rushell Clayton (55.30) and Trinidadian Sparkle McKnight (55.56) who finished fourth and fifth respectively.There was further success for the English-speaking Caribbean when Barbadian Shane Brathwaite produced a personal-best run to win the men’s sprint hurdles in 13.38 seconds.Trinidad and Tobago’s Ruebin Walters copped silver in 13.57 while Cuban Roger Valentin was a close third in 13.58.In the women’s equivalent, Haiti’s Vanessa Clerveaux stopped the clock at 13.07 to capture silver, following home winner Andrea Vargas of Costa Rica in a personal-best 12.90.Jamaican Jeanine Williams was forced to settle for silver in 13.11 but there was no such fortune for Guyanese Jenea McCammon (13.40) and Barbadian Kierre Beckles (13.48) who were seventh and eighth respectively.Jamaica meanwhile managed yet another gold courtesy of Ramone Bailey who left it late before coming up with his winning leap of 8.07 metres to take the men’s long jump.Bermuda’s Tyrone Smith was second with a personal-best 8.03 while Trinidadian Andwuelle Wright snatched bronze in 7.94.Guyana’s Emanuel Archibald barely missed out on a medal when he finished fourth with a jump of 7.83, a personal best.In the men’s 200 metres, Jamaican Rasheed Dwyer posted a personal-best 20.19 seconds to finish second in semi-final one and qualify for yesterday’s final.He was joined by countryman Jahnoy Thompson who clocked 20.23 to finish third in the second semi-final where impressive Trinidadian Kyle Greaux sped to a personal-best 19.97 in finishing second.Alonso Edward of Panama reset the games record for the third time on the day when he edged Greaux in 19.96.Colombian Navas Baloyes had earlier broken Churandy Martina’s eight-year-old record with a run of 20.04 in the heats only to reset his own record when he won the first semi-final in 20 seconds flat.In the women’s 200m, Jamaican Jodean Williams won the first semi-final in a personal-best 22.88 seconds, with Trinidadian Semoy Hackett (23.01) and French Guiana’s Gemima Joseph (23.74) also booking their spots in the final.Williams’ teammate Shashalee Forbes stormed to victory in semi-final two, clocking 23.02. Trinidadian Kayelle Clarke (23.57) finished second, Cuba Adriana Rodriquez (23.65) was third and Laverne Jones (23.93) of the US Virgin Islands, fourth – to all qualify.
IMCA Modifieds – 1. Chaz Baca, Mesa, Ariz., 757; 2. Alex Stanford, Chowchilla, Calif., 528; 3. Ricky Thornton Jr., Adel, Iowa, 472; 4. Zachary Madrid, Phoenix, Ariz., 436; 5. Jeff Taylor, Cave City, Ark., 387; 6. Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif., 382; 7. Kollin Hibdon, Pahrump, Nev., 377; 8. Spencer Wilson, Minot, N.D., 374; 9. Tim Ward, Chandler, Ariz., 348; 10. William Gould, Calera, Okla., 344; 11. Jake O’Neil, Tucson, Ariz., 336; 12. Casey Arneson, Fargo, N.D., 335; 13. Jon White Jr., Red Oak, Texas, 328; 14. Ryan Roath, Peoria, Ariz., 320; 15. Kelsie Foley, Tucson, Ariz., 298; 16. Braxton Yeager, Green River, Wy., 286; 17. Jason Noll, Peoria, Ariz., 256; 18. John Parmeley, Phoenix, Ariz., and Bill Miller, Yuma, Ariz., both 255; 20. Bricen James, Albany, Ore., 249. Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods – 1. Taylor Kuehl, Cave Creek, Ariz., 587; 2. Cody Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 511; 3. Clay Erickson, Glendale, Ariz., 494; 4. Mark Madrid, Laveen, Ariz., 474; 5. Shelby Frye, Casa Grande, Ariz., 448; 6. Justin Erickson, Glendale, Ariz., 408; 7. Ty Rogers, Somerton, Ariz., 380; 8. Chris Toth, Holtville, Calif., 340; 9. Bo Partain, Casa Grande, Ariz., 339; 10. Miles Morris, Yuma, Ariz., 326; 11. Darin Center, Mesa, Ariz., 321; 12. Michael Wells, Pahrump, Nev., 320; 13. Kyle Salo, Peoria, Ariz., 318; 14. Camron Spangler, Dove Creek, Colo., and David Pitt, Rock Springs, Wyoming, both 307; 16. Manny Baldiviez, Yuma, Ariz., 302; 17. Slade Pitt, Rock Springs, Wy., 261; 18. Jimmy Davy, Yuma, Ariz., and Steve Bitting, Phoenix, Ariz., both 258; 20. Bryan Miller, Phoenix, Ariz., 251. IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Colby Thornhill, Enumclaw, Wash., 89; 2. Danny Wood, Norman, Okla., 79; 3. Andy Shouse, Oklahoma City, Okla., and Steven Shebester, Mustang, Okla., both 74; 5. Chris Kelly, Oklahoma City, Okla., 60; 6. Zach Patterson, Yukon, Okla., 58; 7. Jason Martin, Lincoln, Neb., 54; 8. Tanner Conn, Oklahoma City, Okla., 51; 9. Cameron Hagin, Broken Arrow, Okla., 49; 10. Alison Slaton, Edmond, Okla., and Trey Burke, League City, Texas, both 44; 12. Casey Burkham, Combine, Texas, Brendan Warmerdam, Lemoore, Calif., and Brandon Jennings, Moore, Okla., each 40; 15. Logan Scherb, Decatur, Texas, Rob Solomon, Fresno, Calif., and Jesse “Chip” Graham, Lewisville, Texas, each 39; 18. John Ricketts, Burleson, Texas, Grant Champlin, Hanford, Calif., and Brandon Anderson, Glenpool, Okla., each 38. Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods – 1. Dean Abbey, Roanoke, Texas, 266; 2. Damon Hammond, Burleson, Texas, 232; 3. Gregory Muirhead, Mabank, Texas, 230; 4. Kevin Manning, Kaufman, Texas, 192; 5. Dan Day, Farmersville, Texas, 166; 6. Matthew Day, Farmersville, Texas, 157; 7. Kaden Honeycutt, Aledo, Texas, and Kevin Ward (114), Abilene, Texas, both 139; 9. Casey Brunson, Lott, Texas, 133; 10. James Skinner, Burleson, Texas, 127; 11. Gabe Tucker, Carbon, Texas, and Danny Cavanagh, Fort Worth, Texas, both 120; 13. Christopher Stewart, Tatum, N.M., and Mark Patterson, Merkel, Texas, both 119; 15. Jake Upchurch, Red Oak, Texas, 114; 16. Justin Nabors, Kemp, Texas, 111; 17. Brandon Blake, Odessa, Texas, 110; 18. John “Jay” Coone, Weatherford, Texas, 109; 19. Jason Cook, Grand Prairie, Texas, 103; 20. Jeff Reynolds, Godley, Texas, 99. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Chanse Hollatz, Clear Lake, Iowa, 562; 2. Cody Center, Mesa, Ariz., 497; 3. Raymond Doyle, Chandler, Ariz., 422; 4. Brendon LaBatte, Noonan, N.D., 409; 5. J.C. Parmeley, Peoria, Ariz., 392; 6. Andy Altenburg, Truman, Minn., 381; 7. George Fronsman, Surprise, Ariz., 372; 8. Dennis Losing, Apache Junction, Ariz., 360; 9. Westin Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 338; 10. Aaron Spangler, Dove Creek, Colo., 337; 11. Leslie Gill, Odessa, Texas, 324; 12. Irvin Kevin Roberts, Gresham, Ore., 307; 13. Steffan Carey, Bloomfield, N.M., 305; 14. Kenny Gill, Peoria, Ariz., 303; 15. Ricky Thornton Jr., Adel, Iowa, 276; 16. Lonnie Foss, Glendale, Ariz., 262; 17. Derek Green, Granada, Minn., 260; 18. Jeffrey Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 254; 19. Ty Warner, Glendale, Ariz., 251; 20. D.J. Werkmeister, Mesa, Ariz., 236. IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Brad King, New Town, N.D., 491; 2. Jason Duggins, Farmington, N.M., 356; 3. Joshua Cordova, Yuma, Ariz., 306; 4. Steve Bitting, Phoenix, Ariz., 296; 5. Scott Tenney, Yuma, Ariz., 294; 6. Paul O’Connor, Surprise, Ariz., 281; 7. Jason Beshears, Yuma, Ariz., 275; 8. Chandler Dodge, Casa Grande, Ariz., 273; 9. Jason Penny, Yuma, Ariz., 271; 10. James Robinson, Yuma, Ariz., 265; 11. Francisco Cordova, Yuma, Ariz., 247; 12. Tim Gonska, Brainerd, Minn., 237; 13. Reven Bitting, Phoenix, Ariz., 228; 14. Ron Roe, Phoenix, Ariz., 196; 15. Andrew Pearce, Meadow, Utah, 175; 16. Oscar Duarte, Yuma, Ariz., 174; 17. Rick Hibbard, Yuma, Ariz., 149; 18. David Callis, Yuma, Ariz., 139; 19. Kyle Williams, Glendale, Ariz., 138; 20. Charles McDaniel, Phoenix, Ariz., 128. Mach-1 Sport Compacts – 1. Steve Riojas, Waxahachie, Texas, 184; 2. Steven Bevills, Granbury, Texas, 159; 3. Frank Lackey, Joshua, Texas, 139; 4. Patrick Miller, Rhome, Texas, and Darren Sage, Yuma, Ariz., both 136; 6. Jacquelyn Parmeley, Phoenix, Ariz., and Billy Ayres, Glendale, Ariz., both 132; 8. Bondy Cannon, Mineral Wells, Texas, 99; 9. Kaleb Watson, Mineral Wells, Texas, 95; 10. Harold Clifton, Stephenville, Texas, 93; 11. Frank Cordova, Yuma, Ariz., 78; 12. Matthew Schlamann, Yuma, Ariz., 73; 13. Ryan McNaughton, Yuma, Ariz., 72; 14. Jesse James, Yuma, Ariz., and Derek Cates, Woodway, Texas, both 70; 16. Dylan Rivers, Irving, Texas, 69; 17. Jack Bransom, Burleson, Texas, 68; 18. Shelley Marnell, Kennedale, Texas, 66; 19. Dylan Cates, Axtell, Texas, 65; 20. Shawn Rico, Yuma, Ariz., 64. Junior National Championship – 1. Raymond Doyle, Chandler, Ariz., 422; 2. Justin Erickson, Glendale, Ariz., 408; 3. Kollin Hibdon, Pahrump, Nev., 377; 4. Chandler Dodge, Casa Grande, Ariz., 273; 5. Michael Thing, Campo, Calif., 233; 6. Reven Bitting, Phoenix, Ariz., 228; 7. Jerry Flippo, Bakersfield, Calif., 187; 8. Blake Clark, Joshua, Texas, 175; 9. Matthew Day, Farmersville, Texas, 157; 10. Brock Rogers, Yuma, Ariz., 156; 11. Jake Pike, Pahrump, Nev., 140; 12. Kaden Honeycutt, Aledo, Texas, 139; 13. Casey Brunson, Lott, Texas, 133; 14. Abby Meulebroeck, Gilbert, Ariz., 131; 15. Dann E. Perry III, Laughlin, Nev., 103; 16. T.J. Wyman, Laveen, Ariz., 94; 17. Dylan Thornton, Santa Maria, Calif., Colby Thornhill, Enumclaw, Wash., and Cameron Williams, Mohave Valley, Ariz., each 89; 20. Jerrett Bransom, Burleson, Texas, 83.