Hubert Lawrence: Relay magic at Gibson-McCook Relays

first_img The day almost got off to a miserable start, but fans were rescued at the gate by organising committee chairman, Professor Rainford Wilks. It seemed that the main gate security team thought access should be granted at 9 a.m., the set time of the first race. Thanks to the professor’s intervention, all was well. The day that unfolded saw an injury-free return for Germany Gonzales, an early morning 4x400m jaunt for hurdles star Hansle Parchment and hot racing in the high school ranks. Thanks to a big anchor by James, STETHS edged St Jago in the boys’ 4x800m. Emerging Holmwood prospect, Williams outduelled the outstanding Bromfield after STETHS had already run three minutes 36.91 seconds in the morning heats. The second fastest time in qualifying was all of five seconds slower. Happily, the apparent injury to Calabar High’s Class Two sprint ace, Tyreke Wilson, has turned out to be nothing more serious than a cramp. Taylor, Michael Stephens and Dejour Russell retrieved the situation in the 4x100m final in spectacular fashion, but never appeared again for the day. With Champs just around the corner, caution was advisable. Those who thrive on records might have left disappointed. The rest of us went home invigorated by a great show and with Champs on the brain. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at trackside since 1980. PROFESSOR’S INTERVENTION From a super-fast 4x400m run from the St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) girls in the morning to Christopher Taylor’s zooming comeback for Calabar in Class Two, to the all-star run by Javauney James in the 4x800m, to the fascinating Ashley Williams-Junelle Bromfield duel in the 4x400m final, the 40th Gibson/McCook Relays was filled with baton magic. Despite the rain, the storied relay carnival delivered excitement as always. Curiously, the events inside the National Stadium have fans speaking of a new athletic power in the land, Sprintec Track Club. Based at the G.C. Foster College for Physical Education and led by noted coach Maurice Wilson, Sprintec took both 4x100m for Clubs and Institutions and put up real resistance in the men’s 4x400m final. It took a 44.8-second anchor by relay genius Javon Francis to reel in Sprintec. The 2015 Pan-Am 100m champion, Sherone Simpson, has rebuilt her career at Sprintec and Anastacia LeRoy may well be on the verge of moving up from her status as merely being a reliable member of the women’s 4x400m pool at major championships. Commonwealth 200m champion, Rasheed Dwyer, has been joined there by former Calabar High and Akan sprinter Oshane Bailey and the results are promising. To be fair, neither Racers nor MVP turned up at full strength. That meant no Usain Bolt, no Warren Weir, no Kemar Bailey-Cole and no Johan Blake from Racers; and no Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and no Elaine Thompson from the MVP. Two weeks earlier, MVP’s Carrie Russell, Thompson, Andrea Reid-Goodwin and Fraser-Pryce won the 4x100m at the Western Relays in 43.31 seconds. That’s 0.3 faster than the winning time last Saturday night. Still, the Sprintec efforts at Gibson/McCook were notable. The win in the men’s 4x100m was eye-catching at 38.59 seconds despite cool and wet conditions. It’s great to have another source of athletic excellence to join the established clubs. The hope is that others will rise up, too.last_img read more

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Misery for Brathwaite as Russell hurts Delhi

first_imgKOLKATA, India (CMC):West Indies all-rounder AndrÈ Russell hurt Delhi Daredevils with a three-wicket haul as Carlos Brathwaite tasted defeat on debut in a nine-wicket loss to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in their opening game of the Indian Premier League here.Seamer Russell grabbed three for 24 from three overs as KKR, opting to bowl first, bundled Delhi out for a paltry 98 off 17.4 overs at Eden Gardens.Left-arm spinner Brad Hogg claimed three for 19 while pacer John Hastings (two for six) and leg-spinner Piyush Chawla (two for 21) supported with two wickets apiece.Not a single Delhi batsman made it into the 20s and South African Quinton de Kock was their top-scorer with 17.In reply, KKR cruised to their target in the 15th over with captain and opener Gautam Gambhir stroking an unbeaten 38 and Robin Uthappa getting 35.The pair put on 69 for the first wicket.It was Russell who crippled the Delhi innings early on, removing de Kock to a catch mid-off in the third over and trapping Shreyas Iyer leg before wicket without scoring four balls later in the same over to leave Delhi on 25 for two.In his next over, Russell knocked over opener Mayank Agarwal for nine, caught at third man with the score on 31 for three.Brathwaite, batting at number seven, looked to be continuing from where he left off in the Twenty20 World Cup when he blasted Chawla for a massive six off the second ball he faced. But he perished two balls later when he missed a googly and was leg before wicket for six.last_img read more

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CARICOM, WICB sidestep dissolution talks at meeting

first_imgST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC):The controversial proposal to dissolve the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) was not discussed when CARICOM leaders and the WICB top brass met in St George’s last Friday.However, the CARICOM leaders and WICB ended the preliminary meeting with a decision to continue their dialogue after a WICB board meeting scheduled for next Saturday.The three-hour meeting at the Spice Island Beach Resort focused primarily on the issue of the governance of West Indies cricket.Officials from both parties told the media that the meeting provided “frank, open and healthy” dialogue.However, reports from inside the meeting say the Board remained adamant, while the CARICOM leaders continued to insist on changes.”All of us are very clear. The issue of the governance and structure of West Indies cricket, this is the fundamental issue,” declared Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell the chair of CARICOM’s Cricket Governance Sub Committee, after the meeting.”The leadership of the region will not be able to duck away from that fundamental issue. That has to be the front burner issue for us.”Friday’s meeting was called by Dr Mitchell following the release of the report by the Cricket Review Panel in October, which called for the immediate dissolution of WICB.The panel was appointed by CARICOM’s Cricket Governance Subcommittee earlier this year to assess the governance structure of West Indies cricket and to make recommendations for reform.”The board indicated that it needed to also consult with its stakeholders, and after this, there will be other meetings to discuss how we go forward as far as the governance of West Indies cricket,” Dr Mitchell explained.”So that’s the leadership’s clear position as far as the way forward is concern”.Awaiting feedbackMeantime, the WICB says it is expecting feedback from the territories on the way forward for the governance of West Indies cricket during Saturday’s board meeting.”Once it goes back to the territorial boards and we get that feedback, it will be funnelled through that channel. It is important that the stakeholders who are most important in this factor have an opportunity to decide on the future of West Indies cricket,” said Carole Beckford, WICB’s head of marketing.Embattled WICB president Dave Cameron led the Board’s delegation but did not speak to the media.CARICOM’s delegation also included Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, Barbados Sports Minister Stephen Lashley, Antigua and Barbuda’s Sports Minister Paul Greene and the foreign minister of the Bahamas Fred Mitchell.last_img read more

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Messi may play in Club World Cup final

first_imgYOKOHAMA, Japan (AP):Lionel Messi could still play for Barcelona in tomorrow’s Club World Cup final.The Argentina forward missed yesterday’s training, and was absent from the 3-0 semi-final win over Guangzhou Evergrande, sick with renal colic, a type of abdominal pain commonly attributed to kidney stones.”All the situations are open. What the manager (Luis Enrique) said is that we have to evaluate, hour after hour, how he is feeling,” Barcelona media officer Chemi Teres said. “I don’t know if it is renal colic or kidney stones, or something else in this area.”Neymar’s prospects of playing in the final against Argentine club River Plate appear to be improving.The Brazil striker sat out Barcelona’s training on Monday and Tuesday before doing some workouts at the start of Wednesday’s session.Neymar came on as a substitute in the semi-final match, but stepped up his training routine yesterday, running the perimeter of the field with a coach. He then did some dribbling drills and sprinting with the ball, isolated from the other players.Dani Alves missed yesterday’s practice with a bruised foot, but is expected to be fit for tomorrow’s match.Barcelona are bidding to win the tournament for a record third time after titles in 2009 and 2011.last_img read more

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Busy January for high-school track meets

first_imgWITH the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships set for March 15-19 and the World Junior Championships, one of several international meets for local high-school athletes on the 2016 calendar, it will be a shortened Christmas break for many under-20 athletes. Many high-school athletes are now in holiday camps at their various institutions and are on a break this weekend. The 2016 season starts in earnest on January 9 with meets at Jamaica College and Herbert Morrison High School. Both meets should be well supported as they will be used as qualifiers for Boys and Girls’ Championships. On January 16, three meets are scheduled. In Kingston, the Douglas Forrest Invitational is set for the National Stadium. Over in central Jamaica, Manchester High will host the Charlie Fuller field events meet, while at Kirkvine Oval, it will be the JAAA/Puma Development meet. January 23 will be the busiest track and field day for the month. As many as seven meets are scheduled. Most focus will be on Red Hills Road as Calabar High, the first high school in Jamaica to get a synthetic track, will be opening that track with the staging of the McKenley/Wint Invitational meet. Also in Kingston will be the Big Shot Invitational at the UWI/Usain Bolt Stadium. Following a year’s break due to the non availability of a track, the Central Hurdles and Relays meet will be hosted at the newly furbished G.C. Foster College track. On the North Coast, there will be the North Central Development meet in Discovery Bay, while in the east, Morant Bay High will stage the Howard Jackson Relays. In the west, Manning’s School will be the venue for the Field, Distance and Hurdles meet, while there will be the Treasure Beach Classics in St Elizabeth. On the last Saturday in January, the Queen’s/Grace Jackson meet will take the spotlight at the National Stadium, while in Discovery Bay at the Noranda Bauxite Sports Club, it will be the Deon Hemmings Classic. In St Elizabeth, the annual invitational meet will be held on the grounds of St Elizabeth Technical High in Santa Cruz.last_img read more

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Sports Briefs

first_imgSharapova on Russia’s provisional Olympic team for Rio MOSCOW (AP) Russia has included Maria Sharapova on a preliminary team for the Olympic tennis tournament in August despite her provisional suspension for failing a drug test. Sharapova has been suspended since March after testing positive for the banned substance meldonium at the Australian Open in January, but the Russian Tennis Federation hopes she could be cleared in time to play in Rio de Janeiro. Federation president Shamil Tarpishchev tells the Tass news agency that Sharapova was on a preliminary squad list, “but if she isn’t able to compete, then the next-highest player on the ranking list will go into the team.” Russia can send up to four players for the women’s singles tournament but currently has seven players in the world’s top 56, the cut-off point for qualifying for the Olympics. Man United mum on Mourinho reports MANCHESTER, England (AP): Manchester United is not commenting on a report that Jose Mourinho has signed a contract to become the club’s new manager. British broadcaster Sky Sports said yesterday that Mourinho has been appointed by United. The club hasn’t announced the deal. Former United defender Rio Ferdinand posted on Facebook his “congratulations to Jose on being announced manager of the biggest club in the world!” Louis van Gaal was fired as United manager on Monday, and Mourinho’s representative and United have held talks this week. Sturridge injured again, Rashford set for England debut GATESHEAD, England (AP): England striker Daniel Sturridge has picked up another injury, potentially affecting his chances of being selected for the European Championship. England manager Roy Hodgson said yesterday that Sturridge has a calf injury that has prevented him from training and is a doubt to play in the warm-up match against Australia today. Hodgson has until Tuesday to finalise his 23-man squad for the tournament in France. England’s first game at Euro 2016 is against Russia on June 11 in Group B. Sturridge has been beset by injury problems in recent years. His latest injury increases the possibility of 18-year-old Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford’s fairy-tale season being extended to include the Euros. Hodgson said yesterday that Rashford will make his debut against Australia in Sunderland as a starter if Sturridge isn’t fit. Rashford only made his United debut in February. Coyle out as coach of the Houston Dynamo HOUSTON (AP): Owen Coyle is out as coach of the Houston Dynamo. The Major League Soccer team said Wednesday that it parted ways with Owen Coyle by mutual agreement. Assistant coaches Wade Barrett, Paul Caffrey and Paul Rogers will oversee the team tomorrow in Houston’s game at Vancouver. Assistant coach Sandy Stewart also left the team. “It is unfortunate that we were unable to achieve the goals we set forth together and that we find ourselves mutually parting ways as a result of many professional and personal circumstances,” Dynamo President Chris Canetti said. “Without a doubt, Owen brought many great qualities to the club. Coyle, a former player and coach in his native Scotland and England, was in his second season. “I asked Chris if I could speak with him today and I explained to him the challenge of being away from my family and how we all want the best for Houston Dynamo,” Coyle said statement released by the team. “We have a brilliant club, and I have no doubt success is just around the corner.”last_img read more

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Charlie take early lead in Group E

first_imgCharlie Smith jumped into the early lead in Group E of the FLOW-ISSA Manning Cup competition after scoring a 4-0 win over Clan Carthy at the Tony Spaulding Sports Complex yesterday.Tyrick Reid led the way for the former champions with a goal in each half, while Zemario, Sinclair and Omario Fisher netted the other goals for the Jerome Waite-coached team.Reid, who scored with the last kick of the first half, scored again six minutes into the second half to take his tally to three for the season, following his opener in their 2-1 win over Mona High in their first match on Monday. The midfielder is hoping his goals can continue to push the Arnett Gardens based school all the way this season.”My goals were very important today, I scored right at half time and score the other just after the break. I feel very good about the performance.NOT IMPRESSED”It means a lot to me to know that my goals can push the team forward, and I look to do the same in upcoming games. We are going for the Manning Cup and the Super Cup and we will be trying our best,” he told The Gleaner.Although happy for the points, Charlie Smith’s coach, Waite, was still far from impressed with his team’s performance.”It was a little lacklustre, but in the end, we got four goals. It’s a young team and we are still struggling, but we are going to see how we can get them focused and see how far we can go. It’s a lot of room for improvement in all areas, but they are doing what they can manage. We now have to focus on the next game against Waterford,” he said.In the group’s other game, Holy Trinity stopped Mona 4-0 with double strikes from Jabari Lawrence and Shai Smith. Charlie Smith lead the group with six points, followed by Waterford and Mona with three and Mona on none.In other games, St George’s beat Tivoli 2-0, Greater Portmore outscored Tarrant 4-3, Kingston Technical beat Edith Dalton James 2-1, while St Andrew Technical and Eltham drew 0-0.last_img read more

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‘We want to play’

first_imgThough grieving the sudden loss of captain Dominic James, 20-time ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup champions, St George’s College, want to honour their fallen star by returning to not just play, but defeat Excelsior High School tomorrow. James, who died just shy of his 19th birthday – September 26 – was representing his school during a Manning Cup football game against Excelsior High School at Stadium East on Tuesday. He collapsed within five minutes after the game started and was later pronounced dead at the University Hospital of the West Indies. Speaking in a touching tribute at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kingston yesterday, St George’s Coach Neville ‘Bertis’ Bell said: “Don’t feel sorry for us, pray for us. We will make it, we will be strong.” The player was affectionately referred to as ‘Alessandro’, his middle name, by Bell. “I understand that there is a meeting today to decide not whether Manning Cup will go on. It will go on, but whether the game will be played this Friday,” Bell said. “We want to play, his father and mother is not here. Obviously, it was difficult for them. I spoke to them this morning and asked them what would Dominic want. They said, ‘We want you to play’,” Bell continued. BIG IMPACT The long-time coach said it was an easy choice promoting the deceased to captain of the team this year. James had only transferred to St George’s College last year from Jamaica College and had made a big impact on the Light Blues Manning Cup team. “Every single year at the start of training, I name about five captains, and I tell them we will see who the leader is. It was easy this year. Ian Forbes, the team manager of Jamaica College, thank you for sending him down to us. He was a blessing. St George’s turned around and beat you last season and Dominic scored,” Bell reflected. The coach said thanks to all the schools who came down to pay their respects – Kingston College, Holy Trinity, Wolmer’s Boys’, Excelsior High and Calabar High. “All the schools, good to see you. We want to beat you so badly, and we pray God will give us the strength to perform to the best of our ability, and whatever happens after that, we will see,” continued Bell. “I have to say thanks to Excelsior. They came to beat us, they were playing hard to beat us, but when it happened, they hugged us, they cried with us, they prayed with us. We thank you so very much,” Bell shared. “We want to play. It doesn’t matter if we win or lose. It is not just about winning the competition, but one of the reasons we want to play is because we are St George’s College, we are strong, and yes, we will cry,” noted Bell, while calling for support for the former captain’s parents. “Dominic is an only child. I cannot imagine what his mother and father are going through right now. Let us be strong for them as we grieve,” stressed Bell. – S.F.last_img read more

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Tony Becca | Those huge totals at Sabina

first_imgThe following is the second and final part of an article by columnist Tony Becca on great performances at Sabina Park. The venue will host its 50th Test this weekend. Because of all the run-getters, including Clyde Walcott, who scored 155 and 110 as part of his two “immortals” and his five centuries against Australia in 1955; and Collie Smith, who scored 104 in his debut Test against Australia, also in 1955, there have been some huge totals scored at Sabina, including the then world’s highest total of 849 by England in 1930 in the longest Test match, nine days, up to then. That was followed in 1958 by 790 for three declared against Pakistan; 758 for eight declared by Australia in 1955; and by 631 for eight declared by the West Indies against India in 1962. Due mainly to some impressive bowling, the lowest scores in Test matches at Sabina Park have been 47 by the West Indies against England in 2004; 51 by England in 2009; and 97 by India in 1976 when the turbanned Bishen Bedi surrendered, with a number of his players gone for medical attention. When it comes to drama and excitement, the most memorable Test match of all must be, and the one that has been so acclaimed, despite an amazing collapse in 2004, the West Indies versus India encounter in 1983. At tea on the final day, India were 164 runs ahead with four wickets in hand when Roberts, in his first over after the break, took three wickets in one maiden over, four wickets for one run in 20 deliveries, shot out India for a lead of 171, and as the shadows spread across the ground, the West Indies proceeded to knock off the runs in 25.2 overs with four wickets in hand and four deliveries remaining. Sabina Park is also known for exciting cricket in T20, ODI, and in first-class matches, and some of the innings that excited the crowds included Upal Tharanga’s ODI innings of 174 not out off 159 deliveries for Sri Lanka against India in 2013, and Chris Gayle’s swashbuckling first-class innings of 165 off 152 deliveries for Jamaica against the Windward Islands in 2012. That innings glittered with eight fours and 14 sixes, and after opening the innings, Gayle was dismissed at 228 for six. Some great fast bowlers – including Herman Griffith, Learie Constantine, E. A. Martindale, Roy Gilchrist; and Charlie Griffith, Fred Trueman, Brian Statham, Ray Lindwall; and Keith Miller, Michael Holding, Joel Garner, Malcolm Marshall, Curtley Ambrose, and Courtney Walsh-plied their trade at Sabina Park, but no one, probably, has ever bowled as fast as Patrick Patterson who, in the space of two weeks in 1986, cut down Guyana for 41 with figures of seven for 24 in 7.1 overs of frightening speed and assisted in the demolition of the Leeward Islands for 77 when he had Viv Richards and Richie Richardson and company batting as if they had ants in their pants. Either that, or they were batting on a pitch made of asphalt and sizzling in the heat of the day’s sunshine – or so it appeared. As we look forward to the 50th Test match at Sabina Park, the question is this: which is the greatest innings and the greatest bowling performance ever recorded there? You may go the rounds and would, probably, come back to Headley’s 270 not out, to Hutton’s 205, to Sobers’s 365 not out, to Rowe’s 214 and 100 not out, and to Lara’s 213, or even, as short as it was, to Seymour Nurse’s 70 when the West Indies were forced to follow on in 1968. And you may again go the rounds to Bailey’s seven for 34, to Snow’s seven for 49, and, probably, to Roberts’s four wickets for one run in one magical over. In the end, however, I believe that you will end up with Sobers’s 113 not out, if only because of the jigsaw-puzzle appearance of the pitch, the fact that the West Indies were forced to follow on, and the quality of England’s bowling. Or as you may finish with Harmison’s seven for 12 off 12.3 overs because of the presence of a batsman like Lara, another like Shivnarine Chanderpaul, the lovely weather on the day, and the good nature of the Sabina Park pitch. After 23 victories by the West Indies, 12 by others, and 14 drawn contests, I can still see, flashing across my mind’s eye, the loping figure of “Lennie” running in from the south, the end of fast bowler Wes Hall, mimicking the long, menacing run-up of the burley pacer during the luncheon intervals, or the tea breaks, turning around, and screaming towards the imaginary umpire in an appeal for leg before wicket, or was it for a catch behind the wicket. EXCITING BATTINGlast_img read more

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Next challenge for OKC is ‘getting on same page,’ says Adams

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Oklahoma City Thunder’s Steven Adams. Photo by Mark GiongcoAdding new pieces to improve the team is one thing, making them fit is different altogether.The Oklahoma City Thunder have been busy this offseason with several moves including the acquisition of four-time All-Star Paul George from the Indiana Pacers in exchange for guard Victor Oladipo and forward Domantas Sabonis.ADVERTISEMENT Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade LATEST STORIES Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Apart from George, the Thunder also signed Patrick Patterson to a three-year deal and Raymond Felton for a year at a veteran’s minimum.The inclusion of the three veterans most notably George was definitely an upgrade for OKC, which relied heavily on MVP Russell Westbrook last season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’But big man Steven Adams, who is a vital part of the team, said the important step is to make sure everyone on the team plays together with one goal in mind.“He should be able to help us,” Adams said of George during his media availability at NBA Store Glorietta in Makati City. “It all comes down to all of us being on the same page in order for us to get results.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite MOST READ “Once we do that and the new players feel comfortable then we should be good.”The 27-year-old George averaged a career-high 23.7 points per game on career-best 46.1% shooting from the field, including 39.1% from the 3-point line last year for the Pacers, a team he played for in his first seven seasons in the league. The 7-foot Adams, who was candid and gamely spoke with reporters, is in town for the NBA 3X Philippines which begins on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Salado repays team’s trust with clutch performance Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer View commentslast_img read more

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