Calabar High’s Christopher Taylor continued his build-up for next month’s ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships with another fine display at the Digicel Youngster Goldsmith Classic at the National Stadium yesterday.Competing in the first leg of the Grand Prix series, Taylor took the lead in the Class Two 400 metres after clocking 47.18 seconds, the fastest overall time of the day in the event.Taylor, the World Youth champion for the one-lap race, was very pleased with his run.”Today, I just came out to run a cautious race and ensure I qualify for the Grand Prix finals later this month. I just followed my coach’s instructions to take things easy,” said Taylor.St Jago High’s Sean Bailey and Kingston College’s (KC) Shantamoi Brown also picked up good wins in the Class One 400m. Bailey crossed the line in 47.40 seconds to win overall ahead of teammate Leon Clarke, 48.54 seconds.Brown captured Class Three in 52.64 seconds, with Ronaldo Mighty of St Jago second overall in 53.81.Shannon Kallawan of Edwin Allen High clocked a very good season-best 59.15 seconds in the 400 metres hurdles open for girls, finishing ahead of Nicolee Foster of Holmwood Technical, 59.29, and Vere Technical’s Sanique Walker, 1.01.60.Rayon Holness, also of Edwin Allen, won his heat of the boys’ 400m hurdles in 53.11 seconds. Calabar High’s Aykeeme Francis was second in 54.01, while KC’s Orlando Smith was third overall in 54.10.SPRINT HURDLESCalabar ruled the boys’ Class One and Class Two sprint hurdles. In Class One, Pan Am representative Seanie Selvin looked a cut above his rivals clocking 13.80 seconds in a negative wind reading of 0.7 metres per second. His teammate, Lafranz Campbell, 14.16; and KC’s Orlando Smith, 14.31; were second and third, respectively.Dejour Russell topped the Class Two 110m hurdles in 14.11 ahead of teammates Michael Stevens (14.25) and Orlando Bennett, 14.28.KC’s Davion Williams had a big win in the Class Three 100m hurdles as he hit the line in 13.70 seconds. Calabar’s Schavan Carr was second in 14.05 with third going to Cardo Bailey of Jamaica College in 14.18.Holmwood Technical’s Gabrielle McDonald won the Class One girls’ 100m hurdles in 13.94 seconds beating teammate Nicolee Foster (14.01) and Camperdown’s Rushelle Burton, 14.05.Vere Technical took the first two places in Class Two as Amoi Brown captured the event in 14.30 with Roxan Foster second in 14.45.Hydel High’s Donna Ray Lee topped Class Three 80m hurdles in 11.53 ahead Lisandra Brown of Edwin Allen, 11.5, and Vere’s Codesha Lewis, 11.64.Edwin Allen’s Saleel Myles won the Class Four 70m hurdles in 10.97 seconds. St Jago’s Dayshanae Hall (11.11) was second and Patreece Clarke, also of Edwin Allen, third in 11.50.
AUBURN HILLS, Michigan:Toronto pulled away early in the fourth quarter to set up a 103-89 victory at Detroit on Monday night, making it 14 wins from 15 games and extending the Raptors lead in the NBA Atlantic Division to five games.The Raptors have the second-best record in the Eastern Conference behind Cleveland, which beat Sacramento 120-100, thanks to LeBron James’ 40th career triple double.Among other results, Portland won 112-106 in overtime at Memphis and Orlando surged back from a big deficit to also win 117-110 in overtime on the road, at Atlanta.Toronto’s Kyle Lowry scored 25 points and Terrence Ross added 18 points for the Raptors, who recovered quickly after Detroit’s Andre Drummond made a shot from about 80 feet to end the third quarter.Toronto led 70-65 at the start of the fourth and went on an 11-2 run to quickly take control of the contest.Cleveland won with James contributing 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. It was the 40th triple double of his career, but the first this season for the four-time league MVP.Kyrie Irving matched his season high with 32 points for Cleveland.Portland’s Damian Lillard scored 33 points to help the Trail Blazers defeat Memphis 112-106. C.J. McCollum scored the first three baskets of overtime and finished with 21 points for Portland. Mike Conley’s 27 points led the Grizzlies, who lost in overtime for the second straight night.Atlanta came from 18 points down in the third quarter to force overtime and then beat Atlanta 117-110. Nikola Vucevic was a key to the comeback, scoring 25 points after halftime after only three in the first half.Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant scored 25 of his 32 points in the second half to help the Thunder win 122-106 against Phoenix, which has lost eight straight.- AP