third win MASON, Ohio (AP): Roger Federer jutted his right index finger toward the summer-blue sky to celebrate his latest Cincinnati title. He would have needed both hands to count all of them. Might as well just rename it the Federer Open. Or maybe subtitle it the Djokovic Heartbreak. Federer remained perfect in Cincinnati finals, winning an unprecedented seventh championship yesterday, while denying Novak Djokovic the one title that always eludes him. Federer never faced a break point during a 7-6 (1), 6-3 victory at the Western and Southern Open. Serena Williams got her name on the Rookwood trophy for the second time, beating third-seeded Simona Halep 6-3, 7-6 (5) for back-to-back Cincinnati titles. She heads off to the US Open trying to become the first player since Steffi Graf in 1988 to pull off a calendar Grand Slam sweep. “I’m ready,” Williams said. “I don’t care if I win or lose or break-even. I’m ready to start it, get it over with and be done, and go on to the next event, but I’m so ready for New York. Let’s go, right?” It took Williams six tries before she got her first Cincinnati title. Federer has never failed. The Swiss star is 7-0 in the finals, which always brings out the best in him. He loves the fast-playing courts and the small-town atmosphere in suburban Cincinnati heading into the big-city pressure of the US Open. “I don’t know how many years I can come back, but I’ll try my best to be here many more years to come,” Federer said. No surprise there. Federer is the undisputed king of this court. “He’s very good on this centre court,” Djokovic said. “He’s more confident each year.” By contrast, the world’s top-ranked player is 0-5 in Cincinnati championship matches, never winning so much as one set. Djokovic covets the title – the only one he needs to become the first to win all nine of the current ATP Masters events. “The fifth time I’ve been in the title (match) and never won this title, so I guess I have to wait for Roger to retire,” Djokovic said. “I’ve been coming back each year wanting it more.”
Entries close Friday Entries opened on Monday and close at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, December 18. Interested persons may visit the Digicel Jamaica Facebook page for entry forms and more information. For their efforts, the first-place winner will receive $300,000, while the second-and third-place winners will receive $150,000 and $50,000, respectively. “We are calling on all creative minds to invent a character that is imaginary and original. It could be an animal, a person, or object. It should reflect the youth and vibrancy of the Jamaican student-athlete and the Digicel brand. Each design should also include a name for the mascot. We want participants to let their imagination run wild,” Lloyd explained. Submissions for the Digicel Grand Prix Mascot competition must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, attn: ‘Digicel Grand Prix Mascot Competition’. The Digicel Grand Prix Athletic Championship will be hosted for the second time in February 2016. The track-and-field series will include six development meets that will be held over a four-week period. These meets are the Western Championships, Central Championship, Camperdown Classics, Youngster Goldsmith Development Meet, Corporate Area Development Meet and the grand finale, the GC Foster Classics. This year, the company is expected to increase cash prizes, academic scholarships and other incentives. KINGSTON: Digicel is challenging Jamaicans to put their creativity to work and win up to $300,000 for designing an official mascot for the 2016 Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championships. Following a successful inaugural staging of the high-school athletics series earlier this year, the full-service communications firm is adding a mascot that will become an important identifying feature of the event. Dubbed by fans as the ‘Diamond League’ of youth athletics, the Digicel Grand Prix will launch early January. “Mascots help play a meaningful role in engaging and captivating young audiences and inspiring them to participate in activity. Our mascot will help to support the growth of the Grand Prix amongst youth supporters and spectators at-large,” noted Peter Lloyd, marketing director at Digicel Jamaica.
TOTTENHAM VS NORWICH CITYTOTTENHAM (4-2-3-1)LLORIS, WALKER, ALDERWIRELED, VERTONGHEN, DAVIES, DIER, DEMBELE, LAMELA, ALLI, ERIKSEN, KANENORWICH (4-2-3-1)JEROME, BRADY, HOOLAHAN, REDMOND, TETTEY, O’NEIL, OLSSON, BASSONG, BENNETT, MARTIN, RUDDTottenham are thriving after winning 2-0 at Southampton last Saturday. The three points elevated Spurs to fourth place, nine points behind Barclays Premier League leaders Leicester City.They owe their good run to a sequence of just two defeats in 17 games; only Leicester have suffered fewer losses (just one, against Arsenal).Away from home, Tottenham are unbeaten since the opening day of the season, but they lost their last home game, against Newcastle, and will be determined to keep the pressure on the leaders, with two away games to follow this, at Watford and Everton.Norwich got a much-needed boost last weekend with a memorable 2-1 win at Manchester United, where the Canaries became the first newly promoted side to win at Old Trafford since Bolton in October 2001.It was only Norwich’s second win away this season and fourth of the season, and it allowed the Canaries to move out of the relegation zone.Tottenham have not lost a Boxing Day game since 2003, at Portsmouth. Since then they have played 11 games, winning eight and drawing three.Last season they won 2-1 at Leicester where Harry Kane scored the opener in the first minute.At Southampton, Kane scored his 11th goal of the season in what was his 100th game for Spurs.Norwich have a reasonable record at White Hart Lane, winning two and drawing two of seven visits in the Premier League.Tottenham miss Clinton N’Jie and test Ryan Mason and Danny Rose. Norwich, meanwhile, are wait on Andre Wisdom and Matt Jarvis.
4x400m RELAY It’s a battle that will most likely take us into the curtain-closing 4x400m relay Open event, with early projections tipping Calabar to ultimately lift the Mortimer Geddes Trophy, with a 20-odd points victory over KC. So there’s hardly any margin for error. Kingston College – winless since 2009 – have a few Titans of their own, with the likes of quarter-mile record holder Akeem Bloomfield and Class One double sprint gold medal hopeful Jhevaughn Matherson expected to carry major points for the Fortis clan. Jamaica College, who last tasted title success in 2011, have been steady, if not spectacular, throughout the season quietly going about their business at the various development meets. They should make much of the early noise at these championships, with the jumping standout O’Brien Wasome expected to fire a few warning shots in the long jump pit. Whether they have enough to upset the Calabar-KC duopoly will depend a lot on their execution in the events that they are expected to dominate and their ability to steal points from their rivals on a regular basis. Either way, the stage has been set for the 106th staging of what is widely viewed as the best event of its kind, a showpiece of excellence where age group athletics performance is concerned. The first strides will be taken today, and we are bound to get to a glorious end for some and anguish for others, but there are sure to be many memorable stops along the way. EVENTS Among today’s events, the Class One Boys’ long jump, the Girls’ Class Two shot put, the sprint hurdles, Girls’ Class One discus, as well as the 400m preliminaries, will all take focus. Edwin Allen enter this year’s championships at the top end of what appears to be a growing dynasty, having won back-to-back Girls’ titles and three of the last four. Tuned by Michael Dyke and led by captain and top sprinter Shellece Clarke, the girls from Frankfield, Clarendon, boast a well-rounded unit, which threatens to increase the gap between themselves and their rivals beyond the 100 points gulf that underlined their dominance in 2015. That’s bad news for the chasing pack, which, this year, is being headed by the girls from St Jago High, with the ever-improving Hydel High and old warriors Holmwood Technical all showing promise this season. They will, however, have to wait a while longer as based on their form this year, there is little to suggest that anyone will have enough to unseat a well-oiled Edwin Allen machine. Things are expected to be a lot closer among the boys, where four-time defending champions Calabar will be looking to add to their 25 titles. With the excellent Christopher Taylor leading their talented crop of sprinters, and Warren Barrett again taking charge of the throws corps, the Red Hills Road-based Calabar unit seems more than capable of holding off what is expected to be a fierce challenge from old foes Kingston College (KC) and Jamaica College (JC). Calabar High and Edwin Allen High schools will certainly retain their respective titles at the 2016 Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships. Well, at least that’s what the experts believe. However, it isn’t that simple. The challengers are plenty, and determination and ambition run deep in the rival ranks, meaning that the defending champions will have to sharpen their swords and lift their shields over the next five days as we brace for another exciting race to the top of high-school athletics. Twenty-one preliminary events are scheduled for today’s opening day of action at the National Stadium, with a number of top athletes getting the chance to make an early impression.
WEather: Fine; Track: GoodRace 1 1300 M (Purse $500,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT*1. LEGAL ARENA SEllis 55.02. BRAVE HEART HPottinger3 51.0 10L3. MR. GRAND NATIONAL JAnderson 55.0 Neck4. CONNOR JPatterson3 52.0 1LWIN: $77.00PLACE: $72.00, $134.00, $142.00Final Time : 1:22.4 Splits : 24.3, 49.1, 1:15.1,Winner : 4yo b colt – LEGAL PROCESS out of LADY BANGALORE by JOESLEWTrainer : TODD,STEVEN M Owner : WINSTON A RUSSELLBred by JAGHAI O.D., J.P., HENRY WILLIAMQuinella : (7,9) $362.00 Exacta : (9-7) $411.00Superfecta : (9-7-3-8) $3,087.00Race 2 1500 M (Purse $560,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($350,0-$300,0)/NB5YO(NW3)1. STAR NEW VISTA AndrePowell42. FLYING MIRACLE DaneNelson 57.0 31/4L*3. UNBREAKABLE LSteadman2 55.0 21/4L4. JESSIE JAMES BebHarvey3 53.0 31/2LDNF #7 MISS BOSS LADY JAnderson 53.0WIN: $315.00PLACE: $70.00, $68.00, $57.00Final Time : 1:35.0 Splits : 23.1, 46.3, 1:12.4,Winner : 5yo colt – FLOWER ALLEY out of CAN’T CATCH MY CAT byTrainer : ANDERSON,CARL D Owner : CARL D ANDERSONBred by LIBERATION FARM & BRANDYWINE FARMQuinella : (3,8) $741.00 Exacta : (3-8) $2,077.00D/E : (9-3) $870.00Superfecta : (3-8-2-4) $5,885.00Race 3 1000 M (S) (Purse $780,000) 3-Y-O & UP OVERNIGHT ALLOWANCE -(NW OF AN OVERNIGHT LIFETIME)*1. DWAYNE STAR DaneNelson 56.02. ACTION MAN AChatrie 55.0 31/2L3. DREAMCOMETRUE OEdwards3 50.0 Sh.Head4. MERITONE JInnis3 48.0 2LWIN: $82.00PLACE: $58.00, $67.00, $86.00Final Time : 0:58.2 Splits : 22.3, 45.0, ,Winner : 4yo b colt – STORM CRAFT out of AKIODA by LIVER STANDTrainer : LYNCH,PATRICK T Owner : RISING STARBred by DION JACKSONQuinella : (2,7) $125.00 Exacta : (2-7) $211.00D/E : (3-2) $1,150.00Superfecta : (2-7-8-6) $1,986.00Rolling Triple : (9-3-2) $1,157.00Race 4 1400 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN CONDITION RACE -FILLIES*1. WARTIME JInnis3 49.02. AUNTIE RHONDA WHenry 51.0 3/4L3. FRANCIA’S PRIDE JPatterson3 53.5 1L4. RUBY ROSE DDawkins3 49.0 Sh.Head5. RACKAM’S MISTRESS LSteadman2 54.5 3/4LWIN: $129.00PLACE: $70.00, $72.00, $97.00Final Time : 1:29.1 Splits : 24.0, 47.0, 1:13.3,Winner : 3yo ch filly – WAR MARSHALL out of TIME CRISIS by MARQUETRYTrainer : PARCHMENT,WAYNE D Owner : V.M.W.Bred by DR. PAUL R. WRIGHTQuinella : (5,13) $363.00 Exacta : (13-5) $699.00Race 5 1200 M (Purse $500,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN CONDITION RACE -FILLIES & MARES*1. PRINCESS STATISTIC LSteadman2 54.02. ROSY PARKS AChatrie 52.5 13/4L3. SONADOR EXPRESS AndrePowell4 51.0 1/2L4. LEILANI JInnis3 50.0 Sh.HeadLate scratch : #9 IMAGE EMPRESSWIN: $143.00PLACE: $75.00, $151.00, $100.00Final Time : 1:16.4 Splits : 23.2, 48.1, ,Winner : 4yo b filly – REGION OF MERIT out of PRINCESS LUE by PAT N JACTrainer : PRINCE,TYRONE A Owner : BARRINGTON G. CAMPBELL & ELVIN J. DUNCANBred by ELVIN DUNCAN & EDGAR LLEWELLYNQuinella : (2,4) $951.00 Exacta : (4-2) $1,489.00D/E : (13-4) $486.00 (13-9) $177.00Superfecta : (4-2-10-8) $4,047.00Rolling Triple : (2-13-4) $652.00D/E : (2-13) $282.00Trifecta : (13-5-1) $714.00Hi-5 : (13-5-1-3-11) $566,674.00Rolling Triple : (3-2-13) $1,233.00Race 6 1500 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN CONDITION RACE1. DYSFUNCTIONAL OWalker 55.02. BAY COMMANDER RHalledeen 53.0 5 1/2L3. DUSSELDORF SEllis 56.0 4 1/2L4. NEHEMIAH OEdwards3 50.5 2 1/4L5. SEEKING THE DAWN DDawkins3 52.0 3LWIN: $85.00PLACE: $65.00, $105.00, $77.00Final Time : 1:33.3 Splits : 24.1, 47.1, 1:12.2,Winner : 3yo b colt – HE’STHEREALTHING out of LUSCIOUS by STORM CRAFTTrainer : DACOSTA,WAYNE A Owner : BITTER SWEETBred by JEFFREY MORDECAIQuinella : (3,9) $292.00 Exacta : (3-9) $345.00D/E : (4-3) $213.00Trifecta : (3-9-12) $700.00Hi-5 : (3-9-12-11-8) $1,529.50Rolling Triple : (13-4-3) $762.00Race 7 1000 M (S) (Purse $530,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)*1. MEDICAL INSTINCT JPatterson3 51.02. GENUINE ARTICLE WHenry 52.0 2L3. GRAND TRAIN DaneNelson 55.0 8 1/2L4. DR. DEAREST DDawkins3 49.0 Neck5. COOL U BOOTS RMcNaughton 53.0 1 1/4L6. TO THE WORLD JInnis3 51.0 1 1/4LWIN: $122.00PLACE: $66.00, $59.00, $59.00Final Time : 1:00.1 Splits : 23.1, 46.3, ,Winner : 5yo ch filly – HOMING INSTINCT out of MEDICAL SOCA by THE MEDICTrainer : HYLTON,PAUL A Owner : OOH-LA-LAABred by DAVID DIXONQuinella : (9,14) $252.00 Exacta : (14-9) $544.00D/E : (3-14) $380.00Trifecta : (14-9-7) $251.00Hit-6 : (14-9-7-12-10-3) $11,126.50Rolling Triple : (4-3-14-14) $988.00Super-6 : (3-2-12-4,9-3-14) $11,758.60Race 8 1000 M (R) (Purse $768,000) NB3YO(NW2)/IMP3YO&UP(MDN)-REST.ALL.II1. NOLAN HILL DaneNelson 53.02. AFRICA DDawkins3 48.5 4L3. ANOTHER FURY OWhite 50.0 1 1/4L4. MESMERIZE SEllis 53.0 1L5. BUCK CALL JPatterson3 51.5 1 1/2LDNF #4 MISS MYRTLE NBerger4 46.0 5/1DNF #11 DANCING QUEEN OMullings 50.0 16/1Late scratch : #3 POISON GAS, #12 GARY GLITTERWIN: $705.00PLACE: $216.00, $314.00, $134.00Final Time : 1:00.2 Splits : 23.3, 47.2, ,Winner : 3yo b colt – DEPUTY GLITTERS out of NO MONEY NO HONEY by PAT N JACTrainer : SUBRATIE,GARY A Owner : TRUE FRIENDSBred by EDISON CHAIQuinella : (2,9) $9,609.00 Exacta : (2-9) $21,981.00D/E : (14-2) $5,274.00Trifecta : (2-9-1) $13,044.00Hi-5 carry-over : $106,699.45Rolling Triple : (3-14-2) $10,177.00PlacePot 8 : (7,9-3,8-3,7-5,13-2,4,9-3) $57,594.00 Carry-over : $9.00Race 9 1000 M (S) (Purse $500,000) 4YO&UP CLM($180,0)-NOT EARNED $120,0 SINCE DEC.16*1. MANDEYA AChatrie 52.52. MAGIC CITY OEdwards3 52.0 4L3. GREAT BROWN RMcNaughton 52.5 1/2L4. HAWKEYE SEllis 53.0 Neck5. GRANDE MARQUE AndreePowell4 48.0 NeckDNF #3 SIR D DaneNelson 53.0DNF #14 PALACE DANCER KPowell 50.5WIN: $114.00PLACE: $96.00, $280.00, $316.00Final Time : 1:00.0 Splits : 22.4, 46.0, ,Winner : 5yo ch colt – HOMING INSTINCT out of PASSION by KAMMTARRATrainer : TODD,STEVEN M Owner : GARTH A SAMUELSBred by LAKELAND FARMS LTD.Quinella : (11,16) $815.00 Exacta : (16-11) $1,099.00D/E : (2-16) $1,941.00Trifecta : (16-11-15) $4,561.00Hi-5 : (16-11-15-5-2) $69,111.50Rolling Triple : (14-2-16) $24,920.00Pick-4 : (3-14-2-16) $48,616.00Super-6 : (13-4,9-3-14-2-16) $102,874.70Pick-9 : (9-3-2-13-4,9-3-14-2-16) $3,045.50
Waterhouse FC’s new manager, Doreen Thompson, has disclosed that it is not an easy task to be the manager of a community-based club because of the passion of their supporters. However, Thompson hopes that having recorded their first win, they will be able to generate more positive results going forward. She was appointed manager of the Drewsland-based outfit recently and had a rough start as the former two-time national league champions suffered defeats in their first four games. Thompson, who has been associated with the club for many years, said they are looking to kick on from that victory and build on the positive energy fuelled by one of their driving forces, striker Jermain “Tuffy” Anderson. “It’s not easy to be manager of a team like Waterhouse as the supporters are very passionate,” Thompson disclosed during the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) weekly press conference at Red Stripe last Thursday morning. Waterhouse, popularly called ‘Firehouse’, earned their first points with a 2-0 win against Harbour View last Sunday at the Harbour View Stadium. ‘Firehouse’ favourite Tuffy, who was released by the club in preseason, returned and started against Harbour View. However, Anderson suffered a fractured nose during the first half and was replaced by 18-year-old striker Rodave Murray. The latter scored both goals in the 54th and 67th minutes. “Jermain (Tuffy) brings something positive to the team. They are now working together as a unit and will get better as the season progresses,” Thompson claimed. “Everybody is happy that the missing link is now a fit in the team,” she said about Tuffy being back at Waterhouse. “He (Tuffy) has a fractured nose but will be able to play in the next game (against Tivoli Gardens) on Sunday. We’re trying to get a mask for him, so it is not that bad,” Thompson disclosed. “This is a fairly new team with a lot of youngsters and they are growing. We will continue to work as a team. We have put certain things behind and are now moving forward in a positive way,” the female manager further said.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness has indicated that the Government intends to develop a concept to represent the lasting legacy of Jamaica’s sporting heroes. He was speaking while saluting the Rio 2016 Olympians and Paralympians during Saturday night’s symbolic function in in their honour. The event, which was held at the National Indoor Sports Centre on Saturday night, was part of a three-day Heroes’ weekend celebration organised by the Ministry of Culture, Gender Affairs, Entertainment and Sport. The colourful and entertaining evening saw a modest, but very vocal crowd in attendance. “Tonight belongs to the athletes. They made us gather as one people, with one mission in Half-Way Tree, as one people. They kept you on the edge of your couch, willing them on, thousands of miles away through your television, for them to win,” the prime minister said in his remarks. “You shared in the thrill of their victory. And yes, we were sad when they didn’t win, but we willed them on anyway because their victory is our victory,” added Holness to loud applause. “So don’t ask what we are giving to our athletes, which should never be questioned, because my answer is we haven’t done enough. SYMBOLIC “What we are doing here is just symbolic to show that we care about you, our athletes, because you bring pride to our nation. You make Jamaica’s name fly high in the world, and we could never pay you for what you have done in building Brand Jamaica,” the Prime Minister stressed. “So on behalf of a grateful nation, on behalf of all Jamaican people here and in the diaspora I stand here on this stage to say ‘thank you’.” He added: “I have directed the minister of sport, minister of tourism to develop a concept and come to the nation because the nation has to have participation in anything that we do to represent the legacy of our athletes.” There was a sizeable delegation of athletes in attendance, from sprint legend Usain Bolt, to Racers clubmate Yohan Blake, then Asafa Powell, who received the biggest cheers on the men side. On the female side, sprint superstars Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Elaine Thompson, and Veronica Campbell-Brown were given voracious cheers of approval. Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, whose ministry hosted the show, gave tributes to the Olympians, Paralympians, and national chess team, which also competed in Europe during the summer at the World Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan. FORERUNNERS Drawing on the popular Jamaican phrase ‘wi likkle but wi tallawah,’ Grange said, “Your success over the years continues to excite and astound the world. I must take this opportunity to once more acknowledge the forerunners who set the stage and built the foundation for those of you who are with us today. “The achievement of our athletes at the Rio Olympics and Paralympic Games is no small feat, and this in spite of our size and our population and limited financial resources,” Grange observed. Over 11,000 athletes competed at the Rio Games, with Jamaica’s 57 athletes finishing 16th of 209 countries and third in track and field behind the United States and Kenya. There were 36 first-time athletes on the team, which won six gold, three silver, and two bronze medals. Most of the nation’s representatives were given special awards. On behalf of Jamaica Olympic Association, Vishwanath Tolan, who served as chef de mission, commended “the performance of all the athletes who have sacrificed their time, money and efforts”, while thanking their coaches and officials. Shot putter Odayne Richards, who was co-captain of the Rio team, delivered the vote of thanks. “On behalf of the Olympic team, Olympians, I would like to say thank you. We really appreciate it and we look to 2017 for more exploits,” said Richards.
OUTSTANDING horizontal and vertical coach at Jamaica College Ruel James will be the honouree at this year’s 24th staging of the Purewater/JC track and field development meet, which takes place on Saturday on the school’s grounds at 189 Od Hope Road, starting at 8:30 a.m.. James, who was an athlete in his time at what is also his alma mater, has contributed significantly to the development of track and field at Jamaica College. Additionally, the Jamaica College Sports Development Committee will also be paying homage to Dr R. Danny Williams for his pivotal role in the transformation of the institution as a former chairman of the board and foundation. As a result, the meet will now be known as Purewater/JC Danny Williams Track and Field Development Meet. The competition, as usual, will serve as an opportunity for early qualification to the Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, which will have its 107th staging this year. Beside high schools, invitations have also been extended to athletes from clubs and institutions to compete in open events. For high-school athletes, the first competitive category will be for schools of all types with participation in classes I to III for boys, and classes I to IV for girls. Events down to be contested will be 100m, 800m, 3000m (female) and 5000m (male). There will also be the 70m, 80m, 100m, and 110m hurdles events, as well as long jump, discus, high jump, shot put, and pole vault action in the field. Athletes will again be offered several prizes and incentives for outstanding performances at the meet. Ten individual trophies will be awarded to the athletes selected by the judges in each class and category. These will be presented to the most outstanding performers. It is to be noted that the quality of performance by an athlete will not necessarily be judged in terms of points scored.
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NCAA records from 2010-15 show the America East earned a total of eight units and $2,086,514 in basketball revenue.Over that same period of time, the Missouri Valley earned 21 units and $5,477,099. The Mountain West earned 33 and $8,606,870.All that money helps explain why the American Athletic Conference lured tournament-regular Wichita State from the MVC last year, despite the Shockers not having a football team, and why the Mountain West is trying to strike a similar deal to pull Gonzaga out of the West Coast Conference.The Shockers went out in the first round, upset by Marshall, Conference USA’s only tournament team. But Gonzaga is back in the Sweet 16 after padding the WCC coffers with a Final Four appearance last year. 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The NCAA Tournament generates more than $700 million in revenue for the association and its schools, the vast majority from its media rights deal with CBS and Turner.Units for this year’s tournament are worth approximately $273,000, according to the NCAA, but their value ends up being greater than that.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe units are paid out annually each of the next six years, increasing in value each year by about 2-3 percent. The payout system means that one upset by UMBC should be worth more than $1.7 million. Units are earned every game a team appears in, with the exception of the first game played by an automatic qualifier and the NCAA championship game.The money goes to the conferences, unless the school is an independent in basketball. The NCAA encourages equal distribution by conferences among its members, but it is not required. Most do. Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil The Missouri Valley has in the past received multiple bids, but only champion Loyola-Chicago got in as an automatic qualifier this year. The MVC distributes the units revenue equally among 10 members — though the NCAA Tournament participants receive an additional half-share to cover travel expenses, MVC spokesman Ryan Davis said Sunday.The Atlantic Coast Conference has been rolling in units in recent years, with a total of 64 from 2015-17, worth more than $100 million . This season, the ACC got nine teams into the field, more than any other conference, and placed four teams in Sweet 16. Two of them — Duke and Syracuse — play in the regional semifinals, limiting the conference’s earning potential.The Big 12 also placed four teams in the round of 16. The Southeastern Conference and Big Ten each have two.For the ACC — and other Power Five conferences — NCAA units account for less than 10 percent of conference revenue. The ACC reported $373.4 million in revenue for fiscal year 2016 — most of which comes from a television rights deals with ESPN — and paid out about $25 million to each of its members.For low-major Division I schools such as UMBC and the eight other members of the America East, those units are real money.ADVERTISEMENT Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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