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As the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) prepares its under-19 outfit for the Cricket West Indies (CWI) regional under-19 tournament in St Vincent and the Grenadines, it is celebrating the input of Sandals Resorts International (SRI) – the three-year sponsor of the JCA’s U-19 championships and academy.This tournament is used to select the national team for regional competitions, and the academy fine-tunes the preparation with off-field personal development sessions.“We have taken time to address our dip in form in regional competition for this age group. A calculated and concerted effort has gone into preparing these young men to be regionally competitive as well as sharp enough to contend for places in the national senior set-up. This approach would not have been possible without Sandals responding to us in a moment of need three years ago,” said JCA CEO Courtney Francis.The Sandals U-19 Championships ended last week with the Southern Sparks defeating the Eastern Flames in the final at the Trelawny Multipurpose Stadium. In a game reduced to 44 overs, the Sparks were put into bat first and made 235 for 5. Ricardo McIntosh top-scored with 76 runs, earning him Man-of-the-Match honours; he was ably supported by Romario Moxam with 61 not out. In response, the Flames were extinguished for 99 with 10 overs to spare. Four Sparks bowlers picked up two wickets apiece, with the best of the lot being Andre Morgan (2 for 12 from 6 overs) and Odane Thompson (2 for 6 from 2 overs).Francis noted, “The preparation also includes a personal development component. The players are now benefiting from sessions with sports psychologist Olivia Rose; it doesn’t end there, because they are also trained in media management, social media etiquette and interpersonal skills, among other things. We are developing complete cricketers.”Meanwhile, Crissano Dalley, PR manager – sponsoprships at Sandals, added, “We are involved at the regional senior level and the best way to secure the future competitiveness and longevity of the Windies is to get involved at the youth level in various territories. It creates moments of tremendous pride for the brand and our people when we can look at a Windies team and see talent that we have watched mature from age-group cricketers into senior cricketers.”The JCA will announce the national under-19 team and management at a press conference at Sabina Park on Tuesday, July 23, at 2:30 p.m.
Week 5 in college football is going to be a soggy one along most of the eastern seaboard. But nothing can dampen our enthusiasm for a slew of huge contests as the quest for the College Football Playoff enters its second month. Here are the top five impact games this weekend:1. No. 13 Alabama at No. 6 Georgia3:30 p.m. ET, CBS | 5Dimes line: Georgia by 2½As we saw in year one of the Playoff era, one early loss can be overcome. It’s unlikely that a second one can be, and the Crimson Tide would rather not test that theory. The Bulldogs still have a clean slate but would love to shed the dreaded ‘can’t win the big one’ label that some, fair or not, have attached to them. Alabama’s blanking of UL-Monroe a week ago did little to alleviate concerns on offense, where Derrick Henry is a home-run threat out of the backfield but needs dependable air cover. Georgia also entered the campaign with QB uncertainty. Bulldogs’ fans probably feel better now about Greyson Lambert, though the Alabama defense represents an uptick from that of South Carolina.2. No. 7 Notre Dame at No. 11 Clemson8 p.m. ET, ABC | 5Dimes line: Clemson by 1½This is one of those games whose value could fluctuate wildly by season’s end. For now, it looms as the most important résumé builder to date for both contenders. Clemson QB Deshaun Watson has clearly missed WR Mike Williams, who went out with a neck injury in Week 1. But any Tigers follower who brings up injuries to a Notre Dame fan isn’t going to have a sympathetic audience. WR Will Fuller and RB C.J. Prosise have kept the Irish ship moving. They might need oars Saturday night.3. No. 5 Mississippi at No. 23 Florida7 p.m. ET, ESPN | 5Dimes line: Mississippi by 6½By vanquishing Alabama in Tuscaloosa, the Rebels have assumed the mantle of SEC West favorites. The burden looked heavy against Vanderbilt, but the hangover effect is now out of the way. The Florida defense might be another matter, though QB Chad Kelly doesn’t appear to be troubled by hostile environs. As for the Gators, they go from dark-horse curiosities to SEC East co-favorites in the blink of an eye if they have more points at the final whistle. The offense belongs to Will Grier, but he might have to use his throwing arm more against the Ole Miss front that generally doesn’t let mobile QBs roam free.4. No. 21 West Virginia at No. 14 OklahomaNoon ET, Fox Sports 1 | 5Dimes line: Oklahoma by 9Most preseason forecasts had the Big 12 as a two-horse race between 2014 co-champs TCU and Baylor. A few dissenting opinions are being offered from other campuses around the league. In short, the winner of this clash emerges as a serious challenger. That shouldn’t be surprising where the Sooners and Coach Stoops are concerned, but it’s been a few seasons since ‘Big-Game Bob’ earned his moniker. This will be a step, but the game is just as important for the Mountaineers in their first serious test of the season. WVU enters with the nation’s stingiest scoring defense, while Oklahoma is generating 553 yards of total offense a game with QB Baker Mayfield at the controls.5. No. 22 Mississippi State at No. 15 Texas A&M7:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network | 5Dimes line: Texas A&M by 6½That above comment about the need to avoid a second loss applies equally to the Bulldogs, who still have a plethora of scary games on their slate. The Aggies’ place in the picture is unclear in terms of how their wins to date are stacking up, but they’ll have plenty of chances to prove their mettle. A&M’s receiving corps has been stellar, with Christian Cook and Josh Reynolds both averaging over 18 yards per catch. The MSU attack hasn’t shown the same explosiveness, but on the plus side QB Dak Prescott has yet to throw a pick in 2015.AMWAY COACHES POLL TOP 25