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  • “When I was young I was very wayward”

    first_imgThe actual Barcelona coach, Quique Setién (Santander, 61 years old), acknowledged this Sunday that until he saw Johan Cruyff’s Barça for the first time, he “never” worried “about tactics”, being a professional player.In a relaxed talk by videoconference with the Galician Ramiro Amarelle, Barca former player of the beach soccer section, both recalled old times when they coincided in the Spanish team of this modality.Through the channel ‘Beach Soccer Worldwide’ both shared a conversation that Barcelona has posted on its website, in which the current Barça coach He recognized that as a young man he was “very wayward”, that he left school early and started working “at the age of 13 or 14”. Already a professional, and in his last stage, both in Logroñés and in Racing, Setién recognized that Until he saw Cruyff’s Barça “he never” worried about “the tactic”. “I went out to the field and played”, added.“When you saw the Cruyff team, to play and to play, and you were on the field and you were saying … what I have been doing until now, was this. What I like is this, because this is having the ball “, stressed.“And then you played against them and you were 80 minutes behind the ball and you didn’t see it. That’s where I started to see tactical aspects and I started to analyze things and see them, and why this happens, and you start to realize what you like and fix an idea in your head. And it is the one I have followed, “he stressed.last_img read more

  • City, Leicester highlight ‘Prem’ weekend

    first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP):It sums up the erratic nature of this season’s Premier League that a match between Chelsea and Manchester United has been relegated to a mere sideshow just as the title race is getting interesting.Instead, this weekend is all about whether Leicester can pull off their biggest shock yet and finally be recognised as genuine title contenders.Leicester, which battled relegation all of last season, take a three-point lead to Manchester City today in a match between the top-two sides in the league. A victory would guarantee Leicester at least a five-point lead with 13 matches remaining.Surely that would make the team favourites for the title, and set up one of the most unlikely storyline in English football history.”It’s not a coincidence we’re top of the table,” Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater said. “This is team spirit at its highest. We won’t stop believing.”We’re staying on the ground, but if we carry on the way we are, then why not have the belief (to win the league)? It would go down in history surely.”Even a draw would be fine for Leicester, which visit another title challenger in Arsenal the following weekend before a benign run of games.City, though, will want to send a message to Leicester’s upstarts and collect a fourth straight win in all competitions to take over in first place on goal difference.Seeking a third league title in five years, City have extra motivation for the run-in – giving departing coach Manuel Pellegrini a successful send-off after it was announced this week that Pep Guardiola would the club’s manager from next season.”Manchester (City) are built to win the title, to win the Champions League,” Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri said Thursday as he continued to downplay his team’s chances of winning the league.Asked who will win the title, Ranieri chuckled and said with a smile: “The others.”City said Thursday that captain Vincent Kompany is back in training after a six-week lay-off with a calf injury.Chelsea – the defending champions – and Manchester United – a record 20-time champion – already are also-rans in the title race, although United will boost their ambitions of qualifying for the Champions League with a win at Stamford Bridge tomorrow. United are in fifth place, five points off the Champions League qualification spots and 10 points behind Leicester.Chelsea are 13th and can probably forget about making up ground to the European positions in the top five.Arsenal are winless in their last four league games and have dropped to fourth, behind Tottenham on goal difference, ahead of a visit to Bournemouth tomorrow.Also today, it’s: Liverpool vs. Sunderland; Aston Villa vs Norwich; Newcastle vs West Bromwich Albion; Swansea vs Crystal Palace; and Southampton vs West Ham.last_img read more

  • Gayle hopes for another big knock against India at World T20

    first_imgMUMBAI, India (AP):Chris Gayle hopes to smash another century when West Indies returns at the Wankhede Stadium tomorrow for their World Twenty20 semi-final against India.Gayle’s 47-ball century against England gave West Indies a winning momentum in the tournament before Afghanistan broke the three-match winning sequence of the 2012 champions on a turning wicket at Nagpur.”This is a perfect opportunity to actually start the tournament and try and pick up where I left off, get a big one for the team and put them in a winning position,” Gayle said yesterday.A niggling hamstring injury denied Gayle a chance to bat against Sri Lanka. He returned against South Africa but lasted only two deliveries – flicking the first one for four before getting clean bowled off the next ball.He was then rested against Afghanistan in their last last group match.POWER HITTINGBut the batting-friendly wickets in Mumbai with short square boundaries ideally suits the power hitting of Gayle as West Indies raced to 183-4 against England with 11 balls to spare.South Africa also twice scored over 200 runs at the Wankhede Stadium. However, first England denied the Proteas with the second highest ever successful chase of 230-8 and then Afghanistan put up a brisk start before losing by 37 runs in pursuit of South Africa’s 209-5.In the absence of at least two key players leg-spinner Sunil Narine and all-rounder Kieron Pollard, West Indies have ousted South Africa and defending champions Sri Lanka from the tournament.”That goes to show the strength of West Indies cricket back home,” Gayle said. “The guys who actually replaced the first picks, someone like Carlos Brathwaite, he won us the game against South Africa … and the bench is still strong enough.”Gayle said that six-run defeat against Afghanistan has only increased the motivation of West Indies to do well in the semi-final.”The only positive you can look from the Afghanistan game is the motive,” Gayle said.”We saw India bounce back from losing games as well, so it can put us in a strong position as well to actually lift our game and do better on Thursday.”Virat Kohli has been key in guiding the host into the semi-finals with his two masterful half centuries against arch-rivals Pakistan and an unbeaten 82 off 51 balls in the do-or-die last group match against Australia.Gayle was not surprised by the sublime form of India’s master middle-order batsman, who has scored 184 runs at an impressive average of 92.00.”No surprise there. I have said it over the years he is going to be the world beater he is today,” he said.”He has been fantastic right through the year. He has been in great form. He can still get runs but in a losing cause. We’ll be happy with that as well.”- APlast_img read more

  • 16 more FIFA bigwigs in US net

    first_img Ricardo Teixeira, a former Brazilian federation head, also was indicted. He is the former son-in-law of Joao Havelange, who was FIFA’s president from 1974-98. In addition, former CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb and former executive committee member Luis Bedoya were among those whose guilty pleas were unsealed. Eleven current and former members of FIFA’s executive committee have now been charged in the investigation, which alleges hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks. The last three presidents of the regional bodies CONCACAF and CONMEBOL have all been indicted. “The message from this announcement should be clear to every culpable individual who remains in the shadows, hoping to evade our investigation: You will not wait us out. You will not escape our focus,” Lynch said. WASHINGTON (AP): Five current and former members of FIFA’s ruling executive committee were among 16 additional men indicted on corruption charges yesterday as part of United States (US) prosecutors’ widening investigation into football corruption. “The betrayal of trust set forth here is outrageous!” US Attorney General Loretta Lynch said. “The scale of corruption alleged herein is unconscionable!” Led away by Swiss federal police in a pre-dawn raid at a Zurich hotel were Juan Angel Napout of Paraguay, president of the South American confederation, and Alfredo Hawit of Honduras, head of the North and Central American and Caribbean governing body. The arrests came just before FIFA’s executive committee met to approve reform measures. MORE INDICTMENTS Fourteen men were charged in May when four additional guilty pleas were unsealed. FIFA President Sepp Blatter, elected that week to a fifth term, said on June that 2 he would leave office when a successor is chosen. Blatter has been suspended by FIFA as part of a separate investigation into a $2 million payment to European soccer head Michel Platini, who hoped to succeed him when FIFA’s 209 member nations vote on February 26. Blatter is also under Swiss criminal proceedings. The indictments list a who’s who of football executives. Among those charged were Marco Polo del Nero, a Brazilian who served on the executive committee from 2012 until last week; Rafael Salguero, a Guatemalan who left the executive committee in May; former South American confederation secretary general Eduardo Deluca; former Peru soccer federation president Manuel Burga; and current Bolivian football president Carlos Chaves, already jailed in his own country. 14 chargedlast_img read more

  • New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by nine wickets

    first_imgAUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP):Martin Guptill hit the fastest half-century by a New Zealand batsman, only for Colin Munro to better it moments later, as the hosts needed just 10 overs to rout Sri Lanka by nine wickets in their Twenty20 match yesterday, winning both matches of the series.Grant Elliott took 4-22 as New Zealand restricted Sri Lanka to 142-8 batting first.Guptill then reached his 50 off 19 balls, and Munro needed just 14 deliveries, hitting a six on the last ball of the 10th over to end the lopsided contest, with New Zealand finishing on 147-1.Munro’s half-century, which included seven sixes, was the second fastest in all T20 internationals, behind only a 12-ball 50 by India’s Yuvraj Singh.New Zealand had previously won the two-match Test series against Sri Lanka 2-0 and the five-match one-day series 3-1, with one match abandoned.In losing this series, Sri Lanka likely surrendered their top ranking in Twenty20 cricket to the West Indies ahead of the World Cup in India in March.Munro missed both the Test and one-day series but returned as a Twenty20 specialist, and his barnstorming innings should be enough to seal his place at No. 3 in the New Zealand order for the World Cup.He had a hard act to follow when he came to the wicket, with Guptill just out for 63 after an 89-run opening partnership with Kane Williamson. Guptill had already taken the long-handle to the Sri Lanka bowlers, hitting six fours and five sixes.”Guppy’s had a very good record this summer, and to beat that record was very pleasing for myself,” said Munro, who was named Man of the Match.New Zealand captain Williamson had the best seat in the house to watch the power hitting as he shared the swift opening stand with Guptill, then another of 58 with Munro. He finished with a comparatively sedate 32 not out from 21 balls.Sri Lanka leg-spinner Jeffrey Vandersay conceded 41 runs from two overs and Dushmantha Chameera 46 from three.Angelo Mathews held together the Sri Lanka innings with an outstanding unbeaten 81 from 49 balls, while his teammates too often threw away their wickets with rash shots. Tillakaratne Dilshan, who made 28, was the only batsman other than Mathews to bat responsibly.”I’m really disappointed with the way we played,” Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal said. “Thanks to Angelo, we were able to put a competitive total on the board, but I’m really disappointed with the way we bowled.”last_img read more

  • In Your Neighbourhood

    first_imgHigh Mountain road 2016 with a bangDefending Clarendon knockout champions Jamalco opened up their campaign for the 2015-2016 Noel Arscott Knockout competition with a resounding 6-1 win over Treadlight.Dwayne Dunk opened the scoring in the 21st minute with a well-taken shot and was again on target in the 36th minute. Andrew ‘Joysie’ Isaacs scored on the stroke of half-time to give Jamalco a 3-0 lead at the interval. Joysie secured his brace in the 49th minute to send Jamalco further ahead.Treadlight reduced the margin in the 57th minute, but Renoir ‘Woody’ Elliott scored in the 73rd minute and Erron ‘Sir B’ Brown in the 79th minute (directly from a corner kick) to extend the margin of victory.Henriques starts Mega Angels finalWestchester netball team and Mega Angels earned the right to meet each other in the final of the inaugural South East St Catherine Netball League after impressive semi-final wins last weekend.In semi-final one, Westchester defeated Passagefort Strikers 30-16, while in the other semi, Mega Angels blew away Pro Santos B 74-12 in a history-making performance. Passagefort strikers and Pro-Santos B will do battle in the third-place play-off before Mega Angels play Westchester in the championship game on a date to be decided.Portmore hit New Year on highOrville Henriques threw down the gauntlet in a ruthless performance to win the year’s first competitive title at the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club’s January match at the Lincoln range in Mandeville.Henriques, who had to settle for the No. 3 rating in Jamaica owing to consistent losses to new No. 1 Junior Brown and No. 2 Andy Yapp in 2015, seemed bent on stretching the gap between himself and others in the central belt.Henriques won seven of the eight stages, with no competitor gaining more than 88 per cent. In fact, on Stage Three – which valued 125 points – he pushed down second-placed competitor on this stage Evon Grant to 68 per cent. His only stage loss came on Stage Five, where he logged 99 per cent to its winner, Sue Ann Henriques.In total, Orville logged 649 points to beat overall second-place finisher Sue Ann at 483 at 74 per cent. Owen Campbell grabbed his best podium finish in months, finishing third at 72 per cent, with Ellsworth Dixon, Thomas Jones, and Grant rounding out the top six.The upcoming Florida International tournament, which normally features the highest number of Jamaican competitors, will be the acid test of Henriques’ local performance.Edwin Allen impress at PUMA/JAAA Development meetIf last weekend’s PUMA/JAAA Development track event at Kirkvine is anything to go by, the primary battle in female long-distance running – at least in the central Jamaica region – seem centred around Edwin Allen High, Spaldings High, and G.C. Foster College.The Open female 3,000 metres revealed this battle after the three dominated the first 20 places, with most competitors running hard to the finish line and the big crowd, which was applauding.Edwin Allen were undoubtedly the best, claiming three of the top-five finishers as well as seven overall in the top 10 and a further three in the top 20. Edwin Allen’s Teresha Jacobs won in a time of 11:04.31, with Spalding High’s 13-year-old Kimara Austin putting in an amazing performance to gain second in 11:21.81.G.C. Foster’s Danielle James, who featured strongly in a number of local events last year, could only manage sixth place.Braeton lift race in high gearBased on the traffic of athletes on central Manchester roads in the morning as well as after noon, training appears in high gear for the High Mountain 10K, Jamaica’s longest-running road race, which is held each year on the last Sunday of January. This year’s event will take place on Sunday, January 31.Last weekend’s Puma/JAAA Development meet held at Kirkvine, which is close to the traditional route of the road race, also featured its highest number of competitors in the 3,000m and 5,000m events.In addition to the most popular event, the 10K, there will be competition in the 5K run and 5K walk.The Mandeville Regional Hospital will be the main beneficiary of proceeds from the race, which is chiefly organised by the High Mountain Coffee brand and its chairman, Jackie Minott.The race is held in Williamsfield each year, with its main route taking participants up the Winston Jones Highway, then through Kendal, around Kirkvine, before ending at the Williamsfield community park. The race also features specially invited international competitors.Wint gains four-year term limit as MFA presidentManchester FA President Dalton Wint had much to be happy about after he was installed for another four years. A special resolution by the majority of clubs in Manchester saw Wint and his executive voted in en bloc.A Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) mandate, which came out of their election last December, declared that all associations must conduct a new election for a four-year term of office within a 90-day period.Last summer, Wint won a fourth two-year term as Manchester FA president over challenger Damion James. An extraordinary general meeting was held at the SDC office in Mandeville; however, the clubs indicated they would prefer ratifying the results of the earlier election than conduct a fresh one.Joining Wint for the four-year stint will be first vice-president, Baron Watson; second vice-president, Douglas Powell; long-serving treasurer Janice Grant; and general secretary, Clarence Jackson. The five additional committee members are Brian Sterling, Cranston Kelly, Donovan Senior, Omar Robinson, and Derick Reid.St Catherine has announced. It will hold new elections on Saturday, February 6. Word has yet to emerge from Clarendon and St Elizabeth, the other members of the South Central Confederation.Black Star unbeaten in St Elizabeth Major LeagueAfter five rounds, the Black River-based Black Star remains the only unbeaten team in the Magnum/Charley JB St Elizabeth Major League with maximum 15 points. Black Star’s latest win came in the top-of-the-table clash against the surprise team of the competition, Real Treasure Beach, which was previously unbeaten.It is remarkable that Black Star travelled for the encounter and won 3-1. The loss for Treasure Beach pushed them back to third place on 10 points as Super Action gained higher ground after recording the biggest win of the round, a 7-2 rout of Newell.The round was also remarkable for Appleton Estate, outscored Vineyard 3-2 to end a disappointing spell where they had lost 2-1 to Super Action before the embarrassment of giving up three points to Black Stars after failing to field enough players for a home encounter.In other notable results, newcomers St Bess United defeated Tafari Lions 2-0 in a Lacovia derby, while in the only drawn result of the round, Haughton and Holland Police Youth Club ended 2-2.Jamalco start set for February 6The Power of Faith Ministries (PFM) sports department will host a netball rally on Saturday, February 6, at the PFM Sports Complex, 10C Dawkins Drive, Portmore Town Centre. The rally this year will not be open to church teams only, but also to teams from the surrounding communities.Mark Williamson, the chief organiser of the rally, said that his committee would cater to 16-20 teams. There will be prizes and cash incentives for the champions, as well as the second- and third-place teams.Former Holmwood track star Le-Roy honouredMultiple 4x400m national relay medallist Anastasia Le-Roy was among the special honorees at last weekend’s PUMA/JAAA Development meet at Kirkvine. Patron and chairman of the meet Patrick Anderson said that the committee honoured Le-Roy for her consistent hard work and interest in making herself available to represent Jamaica’s athletic teams, even if she did not make it to run individual events.Her accolades include being part of gold and repeated silver-medal teams in major games like the World Championships and the Olympics. A graduate of the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport, Le-Roy was also a track star at Holmwood Technical High School and part of several teams that helped establish that school’s dominance under coach Maurice Wilson between 2003 and 2011.She has also trained at and performed in track meets held on the Kirkvine grass track.Jamaica Badminton Association club leagueThe opening ceremony of the Jamaica Badminton Association (JBA) club league 2016 is set for today at the Constant Spring Golf Club, beginning at 10 a.m.The league will serve off with matches in the D division between defending champions Ingleside Pandaz and the young Shuttle Smashers, while in the C division, the Ingleside Pandaz will face off against the resurgent University of Technology (UTech).Other clubs in the JBA club league include Racketeers, Tastee, and newcomers Western Sports, competing in the D division. In the C division, Racketeers, UTech, Shuttle Smashers, and Ingleside Pandaz will be competing for the title, while in B Division, defending champions Racketeers will try to stave off competition from Falcons and Ingleside Pandaz.With an absent Mandeville Rangers from the A division, YMCA, Ingleside Pandaz, and Racketeers will all be striving to take the top place and the winning trophy.Horizon Park netball mid-season crownBraeton United scored two first-half goals and held on to defeat Cedar Grove 2-1 in the York Pharmacy-sponsored mid-season final at Cedar Grove Sports Complex in Portmore, St Catherine, recently.Caven Genius and Jermaine Morgan scored for Braeton United, while Ronnae-Kaye Brown scored Cedar Grove’s consolation goal in the second half. Following the Christmas break, the teams will now turn their attention to the League, which resumes tomorrow.Westchester, Cedar for fivePortmore United, the guest team in the York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two football league, continued their assault when they hit five goals past title contenders Cedar Grove Estate FC last Sunday.In other games, Cumberland defeated Southborough 2-1, Braeton United clipped Waterford 1-0, and Racing United drew 2-2 with Edgewater.The competition continues this weekend, with Southborough tackling Portmore United today. Tomorrow, it’s Braeton United vs Racing, Cedar Grove vs Waterford, and Daytona vs Edgewater. Portmore United have been using this league to keep their under-21 and reserve players active. They are currently the leaders in the Jamaica Football Federation Red Stripe Premier League.Spit Fyah outlast Waterhouse UnitedTitle favourites Spit Fyah Domino Club had to draw on all their experiences to stave off a strong challenge from a spirited Waterhouse United to scratch out a close 300-290 victory in the third round of games in the Jamaica Domino Federation Portmore Domino League last Sunday.In other games, Highlight Strikers beat Memory Lane 300-274; Fort International eased past Correctional Services 300-283; Right Stuff downed Garveymeade 300-282; Ken’s Wildflower rushed past Felluchi Strikers 300-285; Masterpiece stunned Unity Strikers 300-282; Spring Village overcame Passagefort United 300-290; and Naggo Head cut down Soursop Tree 300-265. The competition continues tomorrow.PFM netball rally rally next monthHorizon Park Primary School will make a second attempt to host its netball rally, which is scheduled for next month on the school grounds, starting at 8 a.m. The organisers said that they had to postpone the initial staging because of matters beyond their control. They also promised that the event would be “unique, thanks to the special arrangements and efforts of their sponsors”.There will also be special awards for the most disciplined team and leading goalscorer.last_img read more

  • Racetrack security chief warns thugs

    first_imgJASON McKay, chief executive officer of McKay Security Limited, security contractor at Caymanas Park, on Thursday warned persons allegedly issuing threats against grooms at the Portmore racetrack that they could face serious jail time if found guilty. Horsemen on Monday reported that they were being threatened by persons from the informal ‘Train Line’ community of Gregory Park, who were affected by Sunday’s disconnection of illegal electricity wiring to the racetrack’s power grid. COURT CASE “It is so ironic that it was only this morning I was reading an online news item in which a man who threatened a complainant in an assault matter, right here in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court, was given a direct four-month sentence for the threat, but was fined $15,000 or 60 days on the assault charge,” McKay pointed out yesterday. “He could not believe he was given a direct four-month sentence for the threat, so I am warning anybody who had illegal connections cut from the Caymanas compound, who are now threatening workers, to immediately desist,” warned the security chief, who is also a district constable with the St Catherine South Police Division. McKay described the alleged acts as “cowardly”. “The decision to disconnect illegal, electricity at the track was mine. I am tasked to provide security at the racetrack, plus I am a police officer. It has nothing to do with CTL or the soon-to-be new owners, Supreme Ventures Limited. “Abstracting electricity is illegal and I am an officer of the law. I am in your community every day. If you have an issue, take it up with me. Attacking persons who can’t defend themselves is cowardly,” he added. ainsley.walters@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

  • Nelson sitting pretty on a triple

    first_img FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES (1) SHE’S A MANEATER (2) FEDORA/ LIKE A LADY (3) SURE MAN/ XQUISITE CHOICE (4) SILVER SURF/ IDON”TKNOW (5) ORIGINAL TRAIN/ MIND SET (6) JON MARSHALL/ SMASH AMUSEMENT Any of the abovementioned horses could win, but the one best equipped must be FEDORA, who signalled her return to form when finishing less than a length third to SIMPLY THE BEST and KING D in the fast-run War Zone Sprint on December 24. The daughter of Nuclear Wayne – Patty Girl was running on strongly at the finish and should score an overdue win with Nelson having secured the ride. Nelson should also win the third race (claiming $250,000 – $210,000) over 1400 metres aboard SURE MAN, who finished a close third to SHE’S PLUMMY and XQUISITE CHOICE over 1700 metres on January 14. Installed a form even money favourite then, SURE MAN looked all over the winner when 2-1/2 lengths clear a furlong out, only to be gobbled up by the first two in the closing stages. Given the shorter distance and Nelson sticking with the ride, SURE MAN gets the vote over old rival XQUISITE CHOICE, CHEERS and STAN BOY in a field of 10. The fourth race, again over 1400 metres but for maiden five-year-olds and up, should provide the Conroy Tulloch-trained SILVER SURF with his maiden victory. The 5-y-o grey horse beat several of the present opposition when finishing a clear second to GOODOL’UNCLELINKS on December 17 and gets the nod over IDON’TKNOW and CONNOR in a 13-horse field. The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by ORIGINAL TRAIN (Nelson up) and the steadily improving JON MARSHALL with in-form Jevanne Erwin riding for Wayne DaCosta. The Pick-9 had no takers at Caymanas Park on Wednesday resulting in a carryover of $$3.8 million into tomorrow’s meet. Both Super-6s were caught despite a 31-1 upset by LAZZA in the closing race over the straight, the late Super-6 cornered by a lucky punter, who walked away with a cool million. The Pick-9 will embrace races three to 11 on the card, the first Super-6 from race one to six, the twilight Super-6 from race six to 11. We look at the first Super-6 which provides punters with a “free” winner in the opening race over 1400 metres for native bred three-year-olds, this in the form of SHE’S A MANEATER, to be ridden by newly crowned champion Omar Walker for 16-time champion Wayne DaCosta and owner Winston Kong. The speedy bay filly won her first three races as a two-year-old, slamming SOTOMAYOR by 5-3/4 lengths over this trip in the $3.6 million Pick-3 Super Challenge Trophy on November 26. Although narrowly beaten by the grey SOTOMAYOR in the $4.25 million Supreme Ventures Jamaica 2-Y-O Stakes over a mile last Boxing Day, SHES A MANEATER has looked her old self at exercise, turning in bullet works after bullet works and now reverting to this shorter trip, cannot be opposed in a seven-horse field. Next on the programme is a competitive looking restricted allowance race over 1100 metres in which most of the eight horses declared (all four-year-olds) are coming to run, so to speak. They include top contenders FEDORA to be ridden by three-time champion Dane Nelson for trainer Richard Azan, the recent course winner LIKE A LADY, as well as SUNDANCE, GOLD MINER and MR. BONES, who will be closing rapidly from off the pace. OVERDUE WINlast_img read more

  • Go with Calabar Dream Team

    first_imgHad Akeem Bloomfield stayed for his last year of high-school eligibility and if Jhevaughn Matherson had been fit, Kingston College might have had a good chance to defend the high school boys’ 4×100 metre relay title at the Penn Relays next week. However, with Bloomfield off at Auburn University and Matherson not 100 per cent, Calabar High School will be in pole position at the 123rd staging of the Relays in Philadelphia. The green-and-blacks could have their Dream Team of Tyreke Wilson, Christopher Taylor, Michael Stephens and DeJour Russell on duty. KC clocked 39.90 seconds to win the Gibson-McCook Relays at the end of February, but Calabar zipped 39.63 and 39.44 at the Boys and Girls’ Championships with 400-metre runner Anthony Carpenter replacing Russell on anchor. With or without Russell, Calabar head to Penn as the top Jamaican team. Excelsior High were well clear of Kingston College at Champs … until final runner Damion Davidson took a tumble. That scotched a sub-40 time for the Excelsior Eagles as can be seen from the KC runner-up time of 40.07 seconds. An unlikely Penn 4×100 victory would be the first for Excelsior since 1967. Those banking on upsets might look to Jamaica College. The Old Hope Roaders placed third in the Champs Class One race with a time of 40.20 seconds, thanks in part to the school’s pair of 100 metres finalists Delano Dunkley and Chislon Gordon. In Class Two, Jamaica College stepped to a an impressive winning time of 40.60 seconds with 100 metre runner-up Michali Everett hustling. If Russell is fit to sprint, a run on the Penn Relays record of 39.63 seconds, set by Calabar in 2015 and equalled by KC last year, is possible. An injury niggle restricted Russell to the 110 metres hurdles at Champs and the Carifta Games, where he won handily. If he is available for the 4x100m, the Dream Team will be at full speed. In their last major outing together, Wilson, Taylor, Stephens and Russell became the first Under-18 team to break 40 seconds with a run of 39.81 at the 2016 Cayman Invitational. Matherson, the fastest Jamaican high school student-athlete over the 100 metres this year at 10.25 seconds, suffered a leg injury at Champs. However, it isn’t all doom and gloom for KC as he has returned to training. His participation at Penn is yet to be decided. UNFORTUNATE TUMBLElast_img read more

  • Kiefer Ravena joins 2017 PBA Draft

    first_imgPhoto from Fiba.comKiefer Ravena has finally made the jump to the pros.The two-time UAAP Most Valuable Player has decided to face a new challenge as he declared himself eligible for the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Confusion looms as Owens survives Hell in a Cell Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? In a post on his Twitter account, Ravena made the announcement short and sweet.“#PBADraft. Here we go,” he wrote.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READcenter_img Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ The former Ateneo star last saw action for Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas in the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions cup where he averaged a team-best 20.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.3 steals in close to 30 minutes of play.He also had a memorable collegiate and amateur career going back to his days in the UAAP, where he netted 16.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 3.9 assists in five seasons.Ravena has had vast playing experience elsewhere. He even tested his luck in the NBA and was signed to contract in the NBA Developmental League with the Texas Legends, while also seeing action in numerous leagues with Mighty Sports and Alab Pilipinas.He has also won a record of four Southeast Asian Games gold medals while also representing the country in the 2017 Fiba 3×3 World Cup in Nantes, France.ADVERTISEMENT #PBADraft2017 Here we go. 🙏🏽— Kiefer Ravena (@kieferravena) October 9, 2017 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The 23-year-old’s inclusion further bolsters the depth of this year’s pool where Ravena is expected to be a sure-fire top two selection.He joins an already loaded cast which features Fil-German big man Christian Standhardinger, La Salle swingman Jeron Teng, and FEU bruiser Raymar Jose.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View commentslast_img read more