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first_imgOVER the years, the Stephen and Paul Francis-coached MVP Track Club and the University of Technology (UTech) have dominated action at the Milo Western Relays.However, at last Saturdays staging of the event, both teams had to play second fiddle to the Maurice Wilson-coached G.C. Foster College and Sprintec teams, which both accounted for the majority of wins in individual and relay events.”I was very pleased with the performances of both the college and club teams, and I think we are on target, especially among the college athletes, to do very well for the remainder of the season, although it is still early days. But we do have a very vibrant team that has been very supportive in the form of Dr Joyce Royal, Paul Beckford, Marvin Gayle, Alf Remekie, and other members who have been helping so far,” said Wilson, who is also a senior lecturer at G.C. Foster College and technical leader of Jamaica’s track and field team.In individual events, there were wins for G.C. Foster College’s Ronda Whyte, AndrÈ Clarke, Nascieve Powell, and Sprintec’s Oshane Bailey.RECORD BOOKSWhyte and Clarke, who were members of Jamaica’s team to the World University Games last summer in Gwangju, Korea, wrote their names in the record books.Whyte won the women’s 400 metres hurdles in 58.24 seconds to erase former Edwin Allen High athlete Sherone Pinnock’s 2006 record of 59.30.Clarke, who fractured his right shoulder in practice a few days before the start of his event in Korea and could not participate, won the men’s 400m hurdles in 51.25, erasing the 2014 record of former St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) standout Okeem Williams of 52.34.Bailey captured the men’s 100m in 10.32 seconds, finishing ahead of the G.C. Foster College duo of Colin King (10.33) and Chadic Thorpe (10.48). The other individual success for G.C. Foster College came in the men’s 400m Open as Powell won in 48.22 seconds.Sprintec won the women’s Open 4x400m relay, while G.C. Foster captured the men’s equivalent along with the men’s 4x200m and sprint medley.G.C. Foster College’s 4x400m quartet of Alvin Green, Demish Gayle, Marzell Miller, and Demar Murray won in a record of 3:07.17 to break MVP’s 2008 record of 3:08.01, with Sprintec second in a close 3:07.35 and UTech third in 3:09.71.It was a welcome return to the Milo Western Relays for Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby, whose last appearance was with the MVP Track Club. Now representing Sprintec, she teamed up with Verone Chambers, Anastasia LeRoy, and Ristananna Tracey to win the women’s 4x400m in 3:32.47. UTech, with Janieve Russell and Shericka Jackson, were second in 3:33.18, with MVP, led by Stephenie McPherson, third in 3:36.22.G.C. Foster’s other successes came in the women’s sprint medley, which they won in 3:32.31 and the 4x200m Open in 1:23.42.MVP captured both 4x100m relays. In the women’s event, with World 100 metres champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and World 200 metres silver medallist Elaine Thompson, MVP clocked a record 43.31 to beat G.C. Foster College, 43.94.In a very close men’s event, MVP, with Julian Forte and Andrew Fisher, clocked 38.89 and just got the better of Sprintec, which clocked 38.90 seconds.last_img read more

first_imgKINGSTON:Olympian and track superstar Veronica Campbell-Brown is lending her star power as an ambassador for the fourth staging of the annual Kingston City Run.The annual event has seen participation from thousands of locals, including out-of-towners from all over the island and international racers from the United Kingdom, South Africa, Trinidad, Cayman, Barbados, Canada, and the United States – from states such as New York and Florida.”We are truly overwhelmed by the all-round, positive support we have received from our participants, volunteers and sponsors,” said Christopher Jarrett, co-chair, Kingston City Run Organising Committee.”We are especially honoured for the support being given by Veronica to not only promote the event, but raise the awareness of the plight on many of our most vulnerable citizens,” he explains.The Kingston City Run focuses on supporting charitable organisations that focus on eliminating the plight of homelessness through skills training, development, offering temporary housing, meals, and general care.AT-RISKYOUTHOur charities also work with youth at risk of taking the wrong path that could one day lead to homelessness.”When asked to lend my support to this cause, I did not hesitate,” stated Veronica Campbell-Brown. “No matter how strong we are, how much we have accomplished, we must always remember to help the least of us in times of need.””I fully support the work of the Kingston City Run organisation team for taking the bold steps for such a worthy cause. Last, but by no means least, having ventured into the run/walk arena myself, I fully believe in the [Kingston City Run’s] cause of promoting health and well-being,” she added.In addition to positioning Kingston as an attractive tourist destination, KCR organisers are looking to continue to make a big impact at home.As it has in the past, the event has once again partnered with a number of local charities in a bid to help the country’s homeless population. As a result of its various fundraising initiatives, Kingston City Run will be making contributions to the Marie Atkins Night Shelter, Open Arms Drop In Centre, Food For The Poor, Missionaries of the Poor, and the Alpha Institute (formerly Alpha Boys’ Home).last_img read more

first_imgWestern Bureau:Omar Wedderburn, the St Elizabeth Technical head coach, may have found the missing element in their game, which has seen them log two consecutive wins in the 2015 ISSA-Flow daCosta Cup, after a series of inconsistent performances.The inconsistency, according to Wedderburn, was as a result of poor playing surfaces that made the STETHS passing game, which features off-the-ball movement from his front men, including striker Michael Kerr, almost redundant.But the two matches played at home on what is arguably the best school ground in the daCosta Cup competition, STETHS have won both convincingly, with Kerr coming to the fore with seven goals scored.getting up to speed”Our struggles was a result of the kind surfaces on which we played; our game is a passing game, with good off-the-ball movement, but we are slowly getting up to speed with all that,” Wedderburn said.”Kerr is certainly in fine mettle at the moment and is always going to be a dangerous player for us, but today you saw how well he played within the system, and the passes were also there,” added Wedderburn.Kerr, popularly called ‘Diddy’ by his teammates, struck a fine four-timer in his team’s 6-0 gutting of Newell last Thursday, and followed that up with a fine hat-trick Saturday at home against group rivals Lacovia.The burly striker netted in the 29th, 66th and 75th minutes, respectively, to underline his importance to the STETHS cause.Now that the goals are coming, Wedderburn hopes it continues as they seek to remain ahead of the pack in the hunt for Group E honours and a place in the Inter-Zone round of the competition.Meanwhile, only one match is scheduled in the daCosta Cup for today, a Group I showdown between York Castle and Steer Town Academy.Steer Town, who are third in the group standings on seven points, are in need of victory against second-place York Castle (10 points). Both trail leaders Marcus Garvey High (12 pts), with Browns Town, Ocho Rios High and Cedric Titus completing the group.last_img read more

first_imgCUTTACK, India (AP):Crowd trouble stretched the game, but South Africa finally prevailed by six wickets to take a winning 2-0 lead in the three-game Twenty20 series against India yesterday.Pace bowler Albie Morkel grabbed 3-12 to lead a disciplined bowling display as South Africa dismissed India for only 92 off 17.2 overs.”Look, it’s an easy job to be a captain when your bowlers perform like that,” South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis said. “I reckon it’s the best bowling performance we have had as a T20 team. It is Albie’s 50th game, and we are really proud of him for playing that many games. He was really clever with his lines.”India’s second-lowest score in T20s, after their 74 all out against Australia at Melbourne in 2008, led to the disappointed crowd throwing plastic bottles on to the ground.interruptionsIt led to two interruptions of 20 and 25 minutes during South Africa’s chase after the 11th and 13th overs of their innings.South Africa, which won the first game at Dharamsala by seven wickets, eventually coasted to 96-4 in 17.1 overs with Jean-Paul Duminy 30 not out.Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, expected to be India’s trump card across formats during South Africa’s 72-day tour, shone with 3-24. However, India’s total was too little to give the visiting side a tough time.Ashwin had the satisfaction of dismissing big names Hashim Amla, A.B. de Villiers and du Plessis, but last-match hero Duminy followed up his 34-ball 68 not out at Dharamsala with another important innings.”I don’t think we played good cricket,” India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said. “There were not enough runs on the board. One thing is for sure, our spinners are bowling well and that has been our strength.”Earlier, the Indian innings stuttered in the face of some spot-on bowling and a couple of run-outs up the order.The final match of the series will be played in Kolkata on Thursday. It will be followed by five one-day internationals and four Tests.- APlast_img read more

first_imgWith next month’s IAAF World Indoor Championships overlapping with the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships (Champs), general secretary of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), Garth Gayle, admits there are challenges, but is confident of putting together a strong team of athletes and officials in particular.The JAAA’s selection committee will meet shortly to select a team to represent Jamaica at the March 17-19 event, which takes place in Portland, USA, but with the interest-hogging ‘Champs’ taking place inside the National Stadium from March 15-19, filling the coaching and management positions on the delegation might provide some headaches for the administration.COACH AVAILABILITYGayle noted that most of the island’s top coaches and management representatives are deeply involved with high-school teams, which will be competing at Champs and are unlikely to be available for the World Indoor Championships.”Naturally, for sure, it (Jamaica’s World Indoor Championships selections) will be affected. Management personnel, for instance, is the first thing that comes to mind,” Gayle told The Gleaner yesterday.”Most of our renowned coaches are also very instrumental and involved with their alma mater, and you look at the press focus on Boys and Girls’ Champs, which is a major event on our calendar.”We have already started some work in looking at what could be a likely combination and try and get the best fit for the national team. Champs does come in at a crucial point, and I would use the world carefully, but it does clash with the World Indoors and provides some challenges,” Gayle admitted.He is, however, confident that the JAAA will be able to put together a strong support staff for the athletes travelling to represent the country in Portland.”We are confident that our discussions with local and international coaches will be positive, and we will be able to send a competent and experienced team of management to accompany the athletes,” said Gayle.Meanwhile, Gayle is expecting that the selection process will be completed well ahead of the February 29 deadline set by the IAAF, and shared that a number of athletes have already indicated their availability.DEADLINE”It seems close, given that the deadline is just a couple of weeks away, but it is not unusual for many of our elite athletes and their coaches to still be deciding whether or not they will be participating at the World Indoors at this point,” Gayle said. “What we know for sure is that we will have the best available team to go out and compete and represent Jamaica at the World Indoor Championships.”We have received indications from a number of athletes, but we can’t give any names at this moment; just to say that it’s not unusual that some of our most elite athletes and their coaches will be weighing the pros and cons, even at this point, especially in an Olympic year,” he added.Jamaica won five medals – one gold, two silver and two bronze – at the last IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot in 2014.last_img read more

first_img A similar situation was evident at Buff Bay primary and Windsor primary, where the process was delayed by lack of national identification cards. Vaz, who is seeking a third term, is expressing confidence that he will win by a wide margin. According to Vaz, indications are that there will be a national swing in favour of the JLP. But while Vaz is confident of victory, Hemmings is also expressing confidence of a victory- pointing out that the ground work done by his team should ensure a PNP victory. ` The electorate in West Portland are turning out to cast their ballots on election day 2016. Most polling stations across that constituency, where the incumbent Daryl Vaz is being challenged by Peoples National Party (PNP) candidate Vernon Hemmings, opened on time and voting is proceeding, but not without delays. At Orange Bay primary, the voting process was proceeding without much difficulty, although some of the electors including 70 year old Sherwood Forrester stated that it took them approximately 10 minutes to complete the voting process.last_img

first_imgMUMBAI, India (CMC):West Indies go toe to toe with hosts and title favourites India in the second semi-final of the Twenty20 World Cup today in a game captain Darren Sammy has labelled a ‘David and Goliath’ battle.India, with the advantage of familiar conditions, the partisan home crowd and a convincing win over the Windies in the official pre-tournament warm-ups, enter the 7 p.m. (9:30 a.m. Eastern Caribbean time) contest at the Wankhede Stadium as heavy favourites.But West Indies, the 2012 champions, remain a huge threat, and Sammy said they were backing themselves to upset India.”The guys who predict the results say (the chances of winning) are 80-20 (in India’s favour), so it feels like a David and Goliath (battle), but people tend to forget David won the fight,” Sammy told reporters here yesterday.INDIAN LOVE”It’s something similar to that. We enjoy playing against India. A number of our players play here and we have a lot of respect for them. The camaraderie in the group in both teams is really good, so we’re looking forward to that, and what better place to play than here in Mumbai – one of the best wickets in India.”He added: “Once we believe among ourselves, it doesn’t matter what other people think. As a group, we believe in each other’s ability. We believe in the talent, and at the end of the day, cricket is played on the pitch.”You could talk all you want. I could talk a good game, but it’s the action on the pitch that really matters.”West Indies opened their Group One campaign with a convincing six-wicket victory over England before following up with positive results over Sri Lanka by seven wickets and South Africa by three wickets.Their only blemish came in the final game last Sunday against minnows Afghanistan, when they were stunned by six runs in Nagpur.West Indies lifted the T20 World Cup for the first time four years ago when they beat Sri Lanka in a thrilling final in Colombo. Two years later in Bangladesh, they went out in the semi-finals as Sri Lanka rebounded to win the title.HOPES FOR CLEAN SWEEPEarlier this year, West Indies Under-19s also won the ICC Youth World Cup in Bangladesh, and with West Indies Women also contesting their T20 World Cup semi-final against New Zealand Women today, Sammy said he was hoping for a clean sweep of titles for the Caribbean.”The Under-19 team started it in Bangladesh and both the men and the women’s teams took that as inspiration. Come tomorrow, we have two West Indian teams vying for a spot in the final,” he noted.”I really wish both the teams could go to the finals and win it, so 2016 could be the year where West Indies take home everything.”The guys in the dressing room are aware what is at stake. We came into the tournament and nobody gave us a chance. I said six steps to the World Cup. We have taken four … we have two more steps and tomorrow’s (today) step is against India. We are looking forward to it.”last_img read more

first_img In the male category, boxers qualify from three streams. There is AIBA Open boxing (AOB) which was formerly called AIBA amateur boxing, there is the World Series of Boxing (WSB) which is semi-professional team boxing and AIBA Professional Boxing (APB) which is their professional arm of the sport. As a result of this expansion, there have been several rule changes in the sport over the past few years and another important change seems to be in the offing. AIBA has stated that it believes that like many other sports, their professionals should be allowed to participate in the Olympics, but although the Games are not far away, it is still not clear how this is going to be done. AIBA has, however, called an Extraordinary General meeting on June 1, to be held in Lausanne, Switzerland, to discuss and vote on a proposal that would allow this to happen. AIBA Statute 13 (J) at this time effectively prohibits boxers who have competed in non-AIBA professional boxing from going to the Olympics. The proposal to be voted on at the meeting, is to delete this statute, which will in turn allow for professional boxers to participate. RULE CHANGES VALID ARGUMENTS Next to track and field, boxing is one of the most popular sports in the Olympic Games and over the past year, boxers from all over the world have been trying to qualify for the Games in Rio. The boxing programme will run from August 6- 21, and will be held in Pavilion 6, of the Rio Centro Arena. Many years ago, National Federations could enter any boxer they thought to be good enough to attend the games, but this has changed, and the sport is now allotted 250 athletes, 204 men and 36 women, by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The men box in 10 weight divisions and women in three. At last count the International Boxing Association (AIBA) had 195 members, so it can be seen how keen the competition is to get on to the list for the Games. It is expected that the statute will be removed, after which AIBA will make a ruling on just what will happen. There are valid arguments for and against professional boxers being allowed to participate in the Games at this time, and no doubt the debate will get more intense after June 1. To date, 201 boxers from 58 countries have qualified for the Games. The other remaining places will be decided in three more tournaments. The final tournament for females, the Women’s World Championships, was held in Astania took place in Astana, Kazakhstan. Jamaica had an entrant, flyweight Sara-Joy Rae, who lives in Switzerland. She, however, lost in the first round to Yana Burym of Belarus. The men have two more tournaments, one AOB and the other APB. The AOB tournament will take place in Baku, Azerbaijan from June 16-26. The dates and venue for the APB tournament, which is for the professional boxers, is to be announced. This will quite likely happen shortly after the June 1 vote.last_img read more

first_imgDUBAI, UAE (CMC):Fast bowler Kesrick Williams from St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) has been called up as a replacement for Andre Russell in the West Indies team for the T20 International Series against Pakistan starting here next week.The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) announced yesterday that Russell, one of the game’s leading all-rounders and member of the West Indies World T20 championship-winning team, has asked to withdraw from the series to attend to a personal matter.Williams, 26, who is yet to play at the international level, was recently named on the West Indies A Team to tour Sri Lanka for the 50-over matches from October 24 to 30.INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCEHe has represented Windward Island Volcanoes and Combined Campuses & Colleges in the WICB Professional Cricket League and the Jamaica Tallawahs in the Caribbean Premier League.During the fourth edition of the CPL earlier this year, Williams emerged as one of the leading bowlers with 17 wickets to help the Tallawahs win the title for the second time.West Indies, the World T20 champions, will face Pakistan in three matches in the United Arab Emirates from September 23 to 27.T20 SQUAD: Carlos Brathwaite (captain), Samuel Badree, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Jason Holder, Evin Lewis, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor, Chadwick Walton, Kesrick Williams.last_img read more

first_img GOOD TIME MONEY MAGNET, who has now won twice from three starts, was ridden by the apprentice Odean Edwards for trainer Richard Azan and covered the distance (made most) in the good time of 1:06.2 for owners Nya. She is a chestnut filly by Nuclear Wayne out of Jazzy Jet. Also yesterday, the Gordon Lewis-trained MR. BONES (Ameth Robles up) ran on strongly to catch long-time leader SUNDANCE (8-5) and win by 1 1/4 lengths in the Knutsford Park Cup over 1200 metres, completing a weekend double for trainer Lewis and owner Tony Hart, who won with 16-1 outsider MONTEGONIAN over 1800 metres on Saturday. The progressive three-year-old gelding, CHACE THE GREAT, easily won the overnight allowance race at 1300 metres in a fast 1.18.2, to complete a hat-trick of wins. A 4-5 favourite, the Dwight Chen-trained CHACE THE GREAT was a chance ride for champion jockey Shane Ellis, replacing the injured Wesley Henry. The back-to-back race meets at Caymanas Park over the weekend, which ended yesterday, were highlighted by two impressive performances by the two-year-old fillies SHE’S A MANEATER and MONEY MAGNET in round two of the Front Runner Sprint and Keeling Memorial Cup, respectively, both over 1100 metres. On Saturday, 15-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta introduced yet another classy two-year-old in the million-dollar Front Runner Sprint, and the bay filly by Natural Selection out of the 2009 ‘Horse of the Year’, Ahwhofah, assumed an early lead under four-time champion Omar Walker and proceeded to win by all of 13 1/2 lengths from CHRISANLI, covering the distance in the smart time of 1:05.3, although eased by Walker in the last 100 metres. A half-sister to last year’s 2000 Guineas winner, ALI BABA, SHE’S A MANEATER is owned and bred by Winston Kong, who was not present at the track to witness the awesome display by his filly, who DaCosta feels has a bright future. “This one is for real,” declared the Hall of Fame trainer. “She had been working brilliantly and did what was expected of her. “She will run in the Supreme Ventures Triple Crown series starting next month along with ARMAGEDDON, who also impressed in his two-year-old debut recently,” added DaCosta. On Yesterday’s nine-race programme, MONEY MAGNET (4-1) rebounded from her recent loss to VERY CLASSIC to win the Keeling Memorial Cup by 8 1/2 lengths from 3-5 favourite MR. UNIVERSE and old rival VERY CLASSIC at 4-5 in a six-horse field.last_img read more