JAMAICAN DOMINATION IN 2014, Jamaica College broke the high-school Boys’ 4×100 metres Championship of America relay record after posting a time of 39.72 seconds at the prestigious Penn Relays. However, that record only stood for a year as another Jamaican school, Calabar High, won in a new mark of 39.63 last year. At this year’s 122nd staging of the event, which starts on Thursday, the record could be broken for the third year in a row as defending champions Calabar and Kingston College have gone under the record this season, while Jamaica College are not far off as all three teams went under the 40 seconds barrier at the recent MVP Track and Field meet. Kingston College, who were second behind Racers Track Club, clocked a school record 39.52, with Calabar crossing the finish line in 39.60, while Jamaica College had a season-best 39.77. While T.C. Williams out of Alexandria, Virginia, are expected to be the strongest American challengers, indications are that Jamaican teams are expected to dominate this event once again and, if weather conditions are right – warm instead of the usual cool temperatures – a fast time is expected. With three sub-40 seconds so far this season, the Akeem Bloomfield-led Kingston College will be seeking their eighth win in the event and join Camperdown as the most successful school sprint team from Jamaica. On the other hand, Calabar will be hoping to join Kingston College on seven, while Jamaica College will be seeking their second title. With Shivnarine Smalling and Jhevaughn Matherson, who, incidentally, will be making his first appearance at the carnival, set to join Bloomfield, Kingston College will be hoping to make up for last year’s disappointment. In 2015, Bloomfield pulled up with a hamstring injury on the second leg, and Smalling, who looked on in anguish on the anchor leg, will be hoping that things will be different this time around. Calabar, who finished behind KC at the MVP meet without the talented Christopher Taylor, will be hoping that his presence will be enough to ensure a successful defence of their title. His leg could be crucial to Calabar’s victory as the likes of Dejour Russell, Michael Stephens and Xavior Angus are quality athletes. Despite going in as the third-ranked team, Jamaica College cannot be counted out as two members of their record-breaking team from 2014, Waseem Williams and Devaughn Baker, are back. At the MVP meet, Williams was not a part of the team and his inclusion this time around could lift Jamaica College. Baker, who was seen closing fast on the Kingston College and Calabar runners on the anchor leg at the MVP meet, will definitely add more depth to their team in a race which is expected to be lightning-fast.
Real Madrid Real Madrid team news: Bale returns to Real Madrid XI but Cristiano Ronaldo is rested Goal Last updated 1 year ago 03:23 1/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Getty Images Real Madrid Copa del Rey Gareth Bale Numancia v Real Madrid Numancia Primera División The Welshman was a second-half substitute during El Clasico last time out and has been handed a start in the Copa del Rey this evening Gareth Bale has returned to the Real Madrid starting XI for the club’s Copa del Rey clash against Numancia.The Welshman was named in Zinedine Zidane’s squad ahead of the fixture, having overcome calf and hamstring issues.Bale damaged his calf in a Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund on September 26 – a match in which he scored a stunning goal – and consequently missed two months of action. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Wales international also sustained a thigh issue but made his return in the previous round of the Copa del Rey against Fuenlabrada at the end of November, providing a glorious assist moments after his introduction.Another calf problem then consigned Bale to longer on the sidelines, although he featured in Madrid’s Club World Cup triumph in December, and he gets the chance to prove his fitness in Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence.Bale is one of the few senior stars on show for Zidane’s side at Numancia, with young talent including Theo Hernandez, Jesus Vallejo and Borja Mayoral included in the starting line-up.Ronaldo, along with Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Marcelo and Sergio Ramos, has been excluded from the squad to face the second-tier team in the first leg of the round of 16 at Nuevo Estadio Los Pajaritos this evening.Karim Benzema also misses the tie, having suffered a hamstring injury during Real’s 3-0 Clasico defeat at home to Barcelona in their last outing.Zidane is marking the second anniversary of his appointment as Madrid’s head coach, with the Frenchman under pressure because of the 14-point defecit between themselves in fourth and rivals Barca in first.Here’s tonight’s starting XI to face @cdnumancia!#RMMovistar #RMCopa pic.twitter.com/nFCGIXSgRa— Real Madrid C.F.🇬🇧 (@realmadriden) January 4, 2018ALINEACIÓN |Ya tenemos a los once guerreros que disputarán el #NumanciaRealMadrid#VamosNumancia#NosGustaLaCopa#LaCopaQueNosHizoGrandes pic.twitter.com/W5dshJOhQW— cdnumancia (@cdnumancia) January 4, 2018Real Madrid XI: Casilla, Carvajal, Nacho, Vallejo, Theo, Ceballos, Llorente, Bale, Vazquez, Asensio and MayoralReal Madrid subs: Navas, Varane, Casemiro, Acraf, Isco, Kovacic, TejeroNumanica XI: Munir; Carlos, Medina, Dani Calvo, Ripa; Dani Nieto, Sierra, Pere Milla, Diamanka; Larrea, Higinio.Numancia subs: Perez, Manu del Moral, Nacho, Fernandez, Valcarce, Etxeberria, Mateu