Reigning Olympic champion Elaine Thompson was in imperious form as she completed the sprint double by claiming the women’s 200m title at the Jamaica National Championships on Sunday.

Thompson, who just edged out training partner and rival Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in the women’s 100m on the previous, did so in much more convincing fashion over double the distance.  On this occasion, Thompson pulled away from Fraser-Pryce down the stretch to stop the clock at 22.00.  Fraser-Pryce, who was also well clear of the field, finished second in 22.22, with Schillonie Calvert-Powell third in 22.92.

Fraser-Pryce was out of the block quickly to close ground on Thompson in the first 100m and held a slight lead coming off the turn.  Her MVP teammate, however, had plenty in reserve and pull clear of the rest of the field with relative ease.

In the men’s equivalent, Yohan Blake was denied the satisfaction of claiming a sprint double when he was passed on the line by Rasheed Dwyer.  Blake controlled the race for most of the way but it was a late charging Dwyer who claimed first place in 20.23.  Blake was second in 20.27 with Andre Ewers third in 20.48.  

Olympic bronze medallist Shericka Jackson looked a cut above the rest as she coasted to a big personal best to claim the women’s 400m title at the Jamaica National Championships on Sunday.

The 24-year-old crossed the line in 49.78, her best time in the event since she clocked 49.83 at the Rio Olympics.  Jackson finished well clear of second place Anastasia Le-Roy who caught and passed Stephenie-Ann McPherson on the line to take second place in 50.94.  McPherson was just behind in 51.01.

Jackson seemed to stay well within herself for the first 200m before beginning to blast away from the field at the midway point.  A struggling McPherson who tried to keep pace with Jackson faded toward the end and was caught on the line by Le-Roy.

“My main aim today was to have a little fun and get the best execution possible.  I think I did that and I got a personal best so I am happy,” Jackson said following the event.

“I was a bit surprised because at the Rome Diamond League I got a little cramped up so I was a little worried.  So I was really trying to keep calm and I delivered big so I am really happy,” she added.  

 In the men’s equivalent, Demish Gaye was also in full control as he clocked 44.83 to finish ahead of Terry Thomas, who was second in 45.47 and Javon Francis who was third in 45.60.

Sporting Kansas City returned to winning ways in MLS, overcoming Columbus Crew 1-0 in Ohio on Sunday.

Felipe Gutierrez's second-half header was the difference between the two struggling teams at MAPFRE Stadium.

Sporting's win was just their fourth in 16 MLS games this season as they climbed into ninth in the Western Conference, while Columbus – who finished with 10 men – are 10th in the east.

After a poor first half, Peter Vermes' Sporting took the lead early in the second through Gutierrez.

Gerso Fernandes did brilliantly on the right side of the area before crossing for an unmarked Gutierrez to head in from close range.

Columbus' chances of a comeback were dealt a huge blow in the 74th minute, Harrison Afful sent off for bringing down Gerso and denying the attacker an obvious goalscoring opportunity as Sporting ended their four-game winless run in all competitions.

Jamaica Reggae Boyz goalkeeper Andre Blake insists the team must learn to adapt to all different types of conditions if they are to succeed in the ongoing CONCACAF Gold Cup.

With one game remaining in Group C, the Jamaicans, who have appeared in the last two finals, find themselves on 4 points following a lacklustre 0-0 draw against El Salvador in the team’s latest fixture. 

The Jamaicans, who top the group on goals scored, will consider themselves favourites to advance with a match against Curacao in their final match.  Despite finding themselves in such a strong position, the team has, however, been criticized in some quarters for their play so far, particularly against a defensive El Salvador in sweltering conditions on Friday.

“Obviously we would have wanted three points to secure our spot in the next round, but it's football and they came out to sit back and play on the counter and sometimes it's tough to play in games like those when they are getting everybody behind the ball, and it's hard to break them down in situations like those,” Blake told the Jamaica Observer.  The player, however, insisted the conditions were not an excuse.

“It was hot, it was humid, Jamaica was hot just the same, but both teams were playing in the same conditions, so I'm not going to say that's the reason for anything. Obviously, we wished it would have been a little cooler, but that was not the case and we have to learn to deal with different weather conditions and I don't think we looked as tired as we did in the game in Jamaica, so we dealt with it.”

LA Galaxy returned to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over lowly FC Cincinnati, while Portland Timbers star Brian Fernandez equalled an MLS record.

The Galaxy lost 2-1 to New England Revolution prior to the international break, which also saw Guillermo Barros Schelotto's side beaten by Timbers 4-0 in the U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday.

However, the Galaxy bounced back in Cincinnati, where quick-fire goals from Emmanuel Boateng and Fabio Alvarez ensured victory on Saturday.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was kept quiet by bottom side Cincinnati but Boateng and Alvarez scored in the 12th and 15th minute respectively to see the second-placed Galaxy within six points of Western Conference and Supporters' Shield leaders Los Angeles FC.

Fernandez scored in his fourth successive game to start his MLS career, tying the record, as the Timbers routed visiting Houston Dynamo 4-0.

The 24-year-old forward – who arrived from Mexican side Necaxa for the 2019 season – equalled the feat set by Charlie Davies (2011), Alex Pineda Chacon (2001) and Carlos Ruiz (2002) with his goal in the 63rd minute.

Meanwhile, Dallas eased past Toronto 3-0 in a match which saw 16-year-old forward Pepi debut after signing his MLS contract on Friday.

Pepi started in both U.S. Open Cup fixtures over the last fortnight and just six months after becoming North Texas' first-ever player as a 15-year-old, he came off the bench for Dallas against Toronto.

Elsewhere, Vancouver Whitecaps overcame a two-goal deficit to draw 2-2 against Colorado Rapids and Chicago Fire played out a 1-1 draw with Real Salt Lake.

Defending champions the United States advanced to the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarter-finals after routing Trinidad and Tobago 6-0 in Group D on Saturday.

USA infamously lost to Trinidad and Tobago in 2017 as they failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup but Gregg Berhalter's men exacted some revenge against the Soca Warriors in Cleveland.

Aaron Long headed home a 41st-minute opener before a five-goal second half, with Gyasi Zardes' quick-fire brace, and Christian Pulisic, Paul Arriola and the former leading to the USA to back-to-back wins following their 4-0 demolition of Guyana.

USA started the match with pace and purpose, but they were unable to create any real clear-cut chances in the first 30 minutes.

But after Khaleem Hyland's warning shot for Trinidad and Tobago on the counter, Zardes' header across the six-yard box almost picked out Arriola.

In control for much of an end-to-end opening half, New York Red Bulls defender Long did break the deadlock four minutes prior to the interval after being picked out by Pulisic's teasing cross.

USA pushed forward and peppered the Trinidad and Tobago goal without success, while their opponents managed to keep Zack Steffen relatively busy in a high-octane second half.

After Marvin Phillip produced a stunning save to thwart Arriola from point-blank range, Zardes popped up to all but extinguish Trinidad and Tobago's hopes in the 66th minute when he finished a simple tap in from Nick Lima's cushioned header.

Zardes was at it again three minutes later after curling home his second thanks to Pulisic, who drifted past two defenders and slid in his team-mates, and the Columbus Crew forward nearly had his hat-trick but was denied by the woodwork and Philipp.

Trinidad and Tobago capitulated during the closing stages as Morris teed up Pulisic and Arriola to put an exclamation mark on the result, while Long added a sixth at the death.

 

What does it mean? USA into quarters

The United States' title defence is firmly on track. With 10 goals in two games and back-to-back clean sheets, a second successive Gold Cup trophy does not look out of reach.

Chelsea-bound Pulisic dazzles

Pulisic showed by Chelsea splashed the cash to prise him away from Borussia Dortmund. The 20-year-old attacker was lively throughout, scoring a goal and setting up two others.

Soca Warriors lose their way

Trinidad and Tobago went toe-to-toe with USA up until the hour mark. After that point, they were put to the sword by a merciless opponent, who could have won by more.

What's next?

USA close out their group-stage campaign against Panama in Kansas City on Wednesday, while Trinidad and Tobago face Guyana on the same day.

Both new national discus champion Traves Smikle and national record holder and world leader, Federick Dacres, are disappointed with their showing at the national trials in Kingston, Jamaica on Saturday. 

Traves Smikle beat his training partner and world number-one Federick Dacres to Jamaica’s National Discus title on Saturday night inside the National Stadium in Kingston. 

Danniel Thomas-Dodd is, not surprisingly, Jamaica’s national champion in the discus, claiming the title at the country’s trials for the World Championships on Saturday. 

Panama became the first team from Group D of the CONCACAF Gold Cup to make it to the quarterfinals after two goals in each half gave them a 4-2 win over Guyana at the FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland. 

England Women have continued to show dominance over the touring West Indies, claiming the second T20 international between the teams by 42 runs on Friday in Northampton. 

Jubilant jockey James Doyle hailed Blue Point as an "unbelievable" horse after the five-year-old won the Diamond Jubilee Stakes to complete a Royal Ascot double.

After landing the King's Stand Stakes on Tuesday, winning that race for a second year, the Godolphin-owned horse triumphed in Saturday's showpiece race by a head from the fast-finishing Dream Of Dreams.

Kachy, who finished third, had set a rapid early pace, but Blue Point, trained by Charlie Appleby, took over at the front and the 6-4 favourite held on as Dream Of Dreams came barrelling up behind.

Doyle said: "That was pretty special. He gave me an unbelievable feeling.

"I said to Charlie after his last piece of work before the King's Stand that he's probably one of the quickest horses I've ever ridden and he certainly is that.

"It got a little bit hairy late on. The other day I was able to do things all by myself without any pressure but Kachy went off at a hell of a pace, and this fella is just so genuine, all he wanted to do was chase him down."

Choisir in 2003 was the last horse to win both Group 1 races at the meeting, and Doyle said the achievement by Blue Point "earmarks him as a real champion".

Defoe, the 11-4 favourite, fended off Nagano Gold to take victory in the Hardwicke Stakes, where last year's Derby winner Masar finished fifth.

Cape Byron landed the Wokingham Stakes to justify his 7-2 favourite status, while Daniel Tudhope - later aboard Dream Of Dreams - rode 25-1 shot Space Traveller to victory in the Jersey Stakes.

Pinatubo, another Appleby-trained horse, edged out favourite Lope Y Fernandez in the Chesham Stakes, while Cleonte was the 7-2 winner of the final race of the festival, the Queen Alexandra Stakes.

Curacao picked up its first Concacaf Gold Cup win with a 1-0 result against Honduras on Friday night at BBVA Stadium in Houston, Texas.

Honduras led the way in attack in the first half with five players getting a pair of shots.

One of the closest opportunities for Honduras came in the 10th minute after a corner found Antony Lozano, but the forward would hit the woodwork.

Maynor Figueroa then had an opportunity of his own but was denied by Curacao GK Eloy Room.

Curacao’s first ever Gold Cup goal came from Leandro Bacuna in the 40th minute after finding Gevaro Nepomuceno’s filtered pass near the penalty marker to put the Caribbean nation in the lead.

Halftime substitute Rubilio Castillo looked to pay immediate dividends but his header hit the woodwork in the 47th minute.

Honduras had appeared to find the back of the net in the 59th minute but Rubilio Castillo was called offside.

Michael Maria looked to extend Curacao’s lead but Henry Figueroa made a goal-saving tackle to keep the game within reach.

Room finished the match with 13 saves, as Curacao would go on to celebrate its first win in the Gold Cup.

The result means, the Reggae Boyz, who played out a 0-0 draw with El Salvador earlier on Friday, need just a draw in their final game against Curacao to make the quarterfinal.

El Salvador, who play Honduras in their final game, will need to win or they will be forced to depend on the Curacao-Jamaica fixture for their survival.

Curacao are also in with as good a chance as any of qualifying.

Following her record-breaking performance in the 100m at Jamaica’s national championships on Friday night, Briana Williams has decided to withdraw from the remainder of the championships because of illness.

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