SAT, NOV 7AFC BOURNEMOUTH 0NEWCASTLE UNITED 1GOAL: NEWCASTLE: PEREZ 27.Ayoze Perez secured Newcastle United’s first away win of the season to take the Magpies out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone. Perez scored from Newcastle’s only shot on target, with Adam Federici failing to stop his tame effort.The result was very harsh on adominant Bournemouth, who were denied by a string of brilliant saves from Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot.MANCHESTER UNITED 2WEST BROMWICH ALBION 0GOALS: UNITED: LINGARD 52; MATA PEN 90.Jesse Lingard scored his first goal for Manchester United to take the club into fourth place in the Barclays Premier League. Lingard curled home from the edge of the box early in thesecond half to give the hosts the lead.Juan Mata then made the win safe from the penalty spot late on after Anthony Martial was fouled by Gareth McAuley, who was sent off.NORWICH CITY 1SWANSEA CITY 0GOAL: NORWICH: HOWSON 70.Norwich City ended a run of four Barclays Premier League defeats as Jonny Howson’s goal earned a narrow victory over Swansea.The midfielder tapped in his first goal of the season after Dieumerci Mbokaniheaded a corner back across goal.Swansea hit the bar through Gylfi Sigurdsson’s clever scooped attempt from Wayne Routledge’s cross.STOKE CITY 1CHELSEA 0GOAL: STOKE: ARNAUTOVIC 53.Jose Mourinho’s troubles increased in his absence with Chelsea’s manager powerless as his Barclays Premier League champions slumped to another damaging defeat. Mourinho was forced to watch from Chelsea’s team hotel as he served a one-match stadium ban for his behaviour towards match officials in the 2-1 defeat at West Ham in October. And his team suffered a seventh defeat thanks to Marko Arnautovic’s acrobatic 53rd-minute finish.SUNDERLAND 0SOUTHAMPTON 1GOAL: TADIC PEN 69.Southampton extended their unbeaten run in the Premier League to six games as Dusan Tadic’s penalty left Sunderland in the relegation zone. Ronald Koeman’s side bettered exchanges at the Stadium of Light and both Jose Fonte and Steven Davis saw efforts cleared off the line after half-time.The pressure told when Yann M’Vila fouled Ryan Bertrand and Tadic struck a fourth league goal of the season.LEICESTER CITY 2WATFORD 1GOALS: LEICESTER: KANTE 52; VARDY PEN 65. WATFORD: DEENEY PEN 75.Jamie Vardy scored for a ninth successive Barclays Premier League game as Leicester beat Watford to go level on points with Manchester City and Arsenal at the top of the table.Vardy got Leicester’s second with a penalty after he was tripped by Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes. The Brazilian had already gifted Leicester the lead, somehow letting N’Golo KantÈ’s tame shot slip through but a Troy Deeney penalty gave Watford hope.WEST HAM UNITED 1EVERTON 1GOALS: WEST HAM: LANZINI 30. EVERTON: LUKAKU 43.West Ham moved up to fifth in the Premier League despite having to settle for a point at home to Everton. Manuel Lanzini put the Hammers ahead with a superb curling finish after Victor Moses’ shot was blocked.But Romelu Lukaku ran on to Gerard Deulofeu’s perfect pass to level and extend his run of scoring against West Ham to seven successive games. Winston Reid headed over for the Hammers and Lukaku went close late onbut neither side could force a winner.SUN, NOV 8ARSENAL 1TOTTENHAM 1GOALS: ARSENAL: GIBBS 77. SPURS: KANE 32.Arsenal wasted the chance to go two points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League after coming from behind to steal a draw in the North London derby. With Manchester City held by Aston Villa earlier in the day the Gunners could have gone top but after Harry Kane gave Spurs a 32nd minute lead to take his tally to six goals in four games. But substitute Kieran Gibbs levelled for the Gunners with 13 minutes remaining.ASTON VILLA 0MANCHESTER CITY 0GOALS: NONE.Bottom club Aston Villa held leaders Manchester City to a goalless draw in Remi Garde’s first game as manager. Displaying a new-found defensive solidity, the hosts restricted City well although Raheem Sterling should have scored with a close-range header. Fernando saw a late header hit the bar for the visitors, while substitute Fabian Delph’s low shot rolled just wide.LIVERPOOL 1CRYSTAL PALACE 2GOALS:- LIVERPOOL: COUTINHO 42. PALACE: BOLASIE 21, DANN 82Jurgen Klopp suffered his first defeat as Liverpool boss with Scott Dann handing Crystal Palace three valuable points. Dann nodded in the winner nine minutes from time after the ball bounced up to him in the area.The visitors had taken the lead through winger Yannick Bolasie, who shot home from inside the box after the Reds failed to clear the ball Philippe Coutinho curled in Liverpool’s goal three minutes before half time following Adam Lallana’s flicked pass.
Overtaking giants like Keith Gardner and Maurice Wignall wasn’t easy, but now Hansle Parchment is the best Jamaican 110-metre hurdler of all time. Gardner and Wignall were so accomplished that Parchment had to be especially good to get past them, but his recent World Championships silver medal has completed his ascent to the top. It is a fine achievement. Coached by Fitz Coleman, Parchment has done what those notables were unable to do by winning medals at the highest level. His 2011 World University Games gold medal probably matches the Commonwealth gold medals won by Gardner, Wignall and Andrew Riley; and the Pan-American Games by Andrew Parker in 1987. He became the first Jamaican to win an Olympic medal in the 110-metre hurdles in 2012 when he surged to third. Gardner set high standards by winning at the 1958 Commonwealth Games and with a fifth place finish at the 1960 Olympics. Wignall connected the dots from Gardner to the 21st century by reaching the Olympic final in 2004, placing a close fourth. Now retired, Wignall won a World Indoor bronze in 2004 and time-warped the national record to 13.17 seconds. Wonderfully consistent, he matched Gardner’s Commonwealth win in 2006 and returned to the Olympic final in 2008 and was a three-time finalist at the World Championships. In addition, he took Richard Phillips with him to the 2008 Olympic final. Dwight ‘Bigga’ Thomas, who would lower the national record to 13.15, joined Wignall in the 2009 World Championships final. That record is now 12.94 seconds. Parchment set that mark last year to be the first Jamaican to break the magical 13-second barrier. He doesn’t yet have the repeat World Championships appearances that Wignall has. Sadly, a freak accident in the prematurely dark confines of the National Stadium East field left him injured in 2013. That caught up to him in the World Championships semi-final. That’s behind him now. A fine run earned him a silver in Beijing in this summer’s World Championships behind slick Russian Sergey Shubenkov. His national record may not last long. Twenty-one-year-old Omar McLeod beat him this year at the Jamaican National Championships with a pluperfect run of 12.97 seconds. Astute observers believe the younger man can tackle the world record of 12.80 seconds held by reigning Olympic champion Aries Merritt of the United States. Parchment may move the Jamaica record himself because he has a knack of running his best when it counts the most. The records show he set a personal best – 13.24 seconds – to win his World University Games gold; a Jamaican all-time best of 13.12 for his Olympic bronze; and a seasonal best of 13.03, the third-fastest time by a Jamaican, to take second at the recent 2015 World Championships. That’s an indicator for the future. For now, Parchment’s medals make all the difference. Simply put, the tall man from Port Morant is the best 110 hurdler Jamaica has ever produced. – HUBERT LAWRENCE has made notes at track side since 1980.