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first_imgLudlow Watts, manager of Jamaica’s team to the IAAF World Championships in Athletics, defended the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association’s (JAAA) selection of Rasheed Dwyer to the team, while explaining the exclusion of quarter-miler Ricardo Chambers.Watts explained that Dwyer, who finished fifth in the 200m final at the JAAA/Supreme Venture Limited National Senior Championships and out of the automatic qualifying spots for his pet event, was added as a member of the 4x100m pool as a replacement for Andrew Fisher, who effectively gave up his spot after defecting to Bahrain.Chambers, who had battled his way back from years of injuries and setbacks, crossed the line in third place in the men’s 400m final at the JAAA/Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships, which serves as the primary selection method for the World Championships.The athlete celebrated what seemed an automatic spot in the individual 400m, with the JAAA selection policy making provision for the top-three finishers with IAAF qualifying standards as representatives in individual events.However, Chambers was later disqualified for a lane violation, promoting Peter Matthews to the third and final automatic individual spot, with Edino Steele, Jonia McDonald and Dane Hyatt also promoted to the fourth – sixth positions.All three were, as a result, named as members of the 4x400m relay pool, with Chambers – who posted the third fastest time by a Jamaican this year (44.93) at the NACAC Championships recently – and a number of observers expressing surprise at his exclusion from the squad.Vacancy filled”In the case of (Rasheed) Dwyer, there was a clear vacancy because we had six places for the (4x100m) relay pool, but ended up with only five athletes because one person who had qualified in the top six at trials, (Andrew) Fisher, is looking to represent another country, so that left us with five athletes and a clear vacancy in the 4x100m,” Watts told Gleaner Athletics. “Based on the entry, you could not have gotten anyone else on the team unless it was someone for the relay pool.”He added: “In the case of (Ricardo) Chambers, there was no scope for him to get in because they already selected six athletes for the 4x400m pool, so he could only have been named to the squad if someone withdrew,” Watts explained.The JAAA selection policy states:”Athletes placing in the first four positions in the 100m and 400m will be named to the relay pool. The remaining members of the relay pool will be selected by the JAAA Selection Committee.”As mandated by the IAAF, athletes who are selected to run individual 100m/400m are automatic members of the relay pool.”Dwyer, who is coached by technical leader Maurice Wilson, also has wildcard considerations, having won the 200m at the just-concluded Area championships, the NACAC Open Champs in San JosÈ, Costa Rica.last_img read more

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first_imgWESTERN BUREAU:Clarendon College edged closer to gaining a berth in the inter-zone round of the 2015 ISSA-FLOW daCosta Cup as Group H winners, following a 1-1 draw at Lennon High yesterday.After seven matches, the defending champions are on 15 points and yet to lose a game. They are two points in front of a resurgent Edwin Allen High, while the faltering Lennon have 11 points from six matches.The Paul Davis-coached Clarendon College have racked up 30 goals and only four against to dominate the group, and with the return match against second-from-bottom Thompson Town to come on October 10, they are in pole position to be amongst the teams to participate in the cash-rich FLOW Super Cup, which will have its launch today in Montego Bay.Over in Group D, former winners Godfrey Stewart High defeated The Manning’s School 1-0 in the Savanna-la-Mar derby to jump into the lead on 11 points. Previous leaders Petersfield (10 pts) were idle and can retake the lead when they clash with Little London tomorrow.Manning’s remain third in the group with nine points and will have a tough time amassing enough points to keep either Godfrey Stewart or Petersfield from advancing.Knox College’s 1-0 win over Bellefield left Group G in a bind, as apart from leaders Holmwood, who tagged Alston 3-1 for their 14th point of the campaign, four of the remaining teams are locked on 11 points.Knox, Spalding, Alston, and Christiana are neck and neck in the race to advance – along with favourites Holmwood – from the group.last_img read more

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first_imgJamaica and West Indies batsman Nkrumah Bonner will be aiming to make an impact in the four-day West Indies Professional League this season with his new team, the Leeward Islands Hurricanes. Bonner, who was not re-signed as one of Jamaica’s 15 contracted players, was drafted by the Leewards during this season’s annual player draft. “I want to make an impact with the Leewards, and hopefully take my career to another level,” said Bonner, one of two mandatory overseas players picked by the Leewards. “For the past two years, I have not been performing well in four-dayers, and this I want to change. “I am now in good shape both physically and mentally, and plan to go there and do my best, which I hope will be enough to see the team challenge for the title.” The 26-year-old, who represented West Indies in two Twenty20 Internationals four years ago, but has failed to kick on, has had a checkered regional career. In 40 first-class matches, he averages 21.19, and has made one century and seven fifties. He, however, boasts a slightly better one-day record, averaging 34.17 in 34 appearances, and has scored three hundreds and five half-centuries. “I have been performing fairly well in one-day cricket. It is just for me to transfer that energy and aggression to the four-dayers,” he said. “Once I do that and demonstrate more concentration and discipline, I know I will do well.” Meanwhile, Bonner, who was initially drafted by Trinidad and Tobago Red Force and was later swapped with the Leewards’ final pick, Narsingh Deonarine, said he holds no ill feelings to the Jamaica selectors. “I was not surprised at being dropped by Jamaica,” he said. “It was a job, and like any 9-5, if you do not perform your services can be terminated. “I am, however, lucky enough to be contracted by another team. I can focus on my game, and don’t have to fight as a pay-for-play player .” Bonner will be based in St Kitts and Nevis.last_img read more

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first_img“StGC, StGC, StGC, StGC … a big side.”St George’s College’s student body and administrative members bellowed loud and clear as they celebrated their latest trophy acquisition, the ISSA-FLOW Super Cup, inside the institution’s auditorium at devotion yesterday morning.Their trophy cabinet houses 46 schoolboy football titles, and there was conviction at the latest celebration that they would add more, with the Walker Cup final still to play and also the Manning Cup semi-finals.FLOW Sponsorship Manager Stephen Miller presented the dazzling FLOW Super Cup and $1,000,000, while lauding their brand of football.”I am a football lover, and it’s not just the fact that George’s won the Super Cup, it’s how the man them win,” he said.”We consider the Super Cup the Champions’ League of schoolboy football, and you have a certain thing about championship teams like the Real Madrids, Barcelonas and the Man U’s. They don’t just win, they win and they entertain, and that is what St George’s did. They played the best football in the competition; they entertained the crowd,” Miller told the audience.St George’s emphatically defeated former champions Jamaica College 4-0 at a packed National Stadium last Saturday.The school won another major award as its striker, Alex Marshall, won the Golden Boot for his six goals, and will also receive a scholarship grant of $100,000 from FLOW.Marshall, clearly not the biggest talker, except with the ball at his feet, said: “On behalf of the Manning Cup team, we would like to thank you all for your support. We really appreciate it. Thank you. Love you very much.”He was accompanied by his proud mother.St George’s Old Boys’ Association representative Michael Chai said: “I firmly believe that we will be coming here another morning with a different trophy on the podium. I want to thank all those who helped to make this a reality.”The coaching staff, the sponsors who chipped in, whether with cash or kind, on behalf of the old boys, thanks again for making this a reality,” he underlined.Principal Margaret Campbell expressed gratitude.”We just want to say we are proud of you, and thank you so much for all that you continue to do for us,” she said.Inspirational captain Shevon Stewart stressed: “We will continue to work hard to make St George’s the best team in 2015 and beyond. Greater things are still left to come under the guidance of our coach, Neville Bell.”last_img read more

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first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (WICB):History will be created in the Caribbean when all 10 matches in the upcoming Tri-Nation one-day international series will be day/night matches. This is the first time all matches in a series will be contested under lights.The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) announced yesterday that the games, featuring West Indies, South Africa and Australia, will start at 1 p.m. The first innings will be played in daylight from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the second half will be played from 5:15 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.The Tri Series starts in at the Guyana National Stadium (June 3-7), then moves to Warner Park, St Kitts (June 11-15) and concludes at Kensington Oval, Barbados (June 19-26).Roland Holder, the WICB’s cricket operations manager, outlined: “This is a major series with three very attractive teams featuring some of the world’s best players. They are accustomed to playing under lights all over the world so we look forward to some very entertaining cricket.”We looked at ways to enhance the appeal and the spectator experience and it is accepted that fans like the day/night matches. I’m sure we will have a win-win situation for players and fans and everyone will enjoy the afternoon start and the finish under lights.”last_img read more

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first_imgPARIS (AP): Novak Djokovic will be celebrating his 29th birthday when the French Open starts today. If nothing else, it underlines just how frustrating it has become for the top-ranked Serb to win the only major to elude him. Djokovic, who has lost the past two finals here and three altogether, is playing his 12th tournament and would set a record for most appearances at Roland Garros before winning the title in the Open era. Four players – Stan Wawrinka, last year, Roger Federer, in 2009, Andre Agassi, in 1999, and Andres Gomez, in 1990 – all won on their 11th appearance. Goran Ivanisevic holds the Open era Grand Slam record of needing 14 attempts before winning Wimbledon in 2001. Although Djokovic insists he is not “obsessed” with winning the elusive title, he may never get a better chance because nine-time champion Rafael Nadal is still finding his best form on clay, Wawrinka has been erratic and the 17-time Grand Slam champion Federer is skipping the tournament to protect his troublesome back. Second-seed Andy Murray could pose a serious threat, having beaten Djokovic in the Italian Open final last weekend. Achievements “Of course, I anticipate myself, as everybody else (does), to try to get my hands on this title this year,” Djokovic said. “Even if my career was done tomorrow, I made some achievements that I must be proud of, so that’s how I approach things. I don’t try to approach them from a point of view of being obsessed with this tournament or with any other tournament, for that matter.” Since the start of 2015, he’s 119-9 overall, winning four majors and 16 titles – including a tour-leading five this year. He has won 11 majors and could yet equal Nadal’s haul of 14 by the end of the year.last_img read more

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first_imgLIVERPOOL, England (AP):The English Premier League’s battle of the Belgium strikers ended in a stalemate when Romelu Lukaku and Christian Benteke scored in Everton’s 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace yesterday.Benteke grabbed Palace’s equaliser in the 50th minute, rising above Seamus Coleman to connect with Joel Ward’s cross and guiding a header inside the far post.”We really fought hard,” Benteke said, “and came back in the game.”All three of Benteke’s goals have been headers since joining Palace from Liverpool for a club record £27 million last month, securing five points.But Lukaku is ahead of his Belgium teammate in the English scoring chart with a league-leading five goals after curling in a free kick over a static Palace wall in the 35th at Goodison Park.Everton had referee Jon Moss to thank for holding on for a point after Damien Delaney’s second-half header was ruled out.Replays showed Delaney was onside, and although James Tomkins was offside, the Palace defender was not interfering with play.Confusion reigned as Moss went over to his assistant to discuss the incident for a number of seconds before deciding the goal should not stand.”(Moss) said that James McArthur was down the line of the goalkeeper,” Delaney said.Palace was denied a fourth successive league win, leaving the London club three points behind third-place Everton.last_img read more

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first_img The dismissal also brought Guyana back into the game with the Leon Johnson-captained unit capturing the remaining six wickets for 74 runs. Others to get starts but failing to carry on were Jermaine Blackwood, 29, and Devon Thomas, 26. Joseph, bowling good lines and lengths, was the pick of the Jaguars bowlers with a career-best figures of seven for 53 off 15.3 overs was the pick of the Jaguars bowlers, while there were two wickets for his new-ball partner, Romario Joseph. “I think they are in a good position but I don’t think they have gone anywhere to far as if you add two or three wickets to the total it’s a different look,” highlighted Walton. “It is therefore for us to come tomorrow and put the ball in the right areas and get a hold of the game.” SCOREBOARD SCORPIONS 1st Innings J Campbell c Johnson b Joseph 9 +C Walton c Johnson b Motie 101 J Blackwood c Permaul b Shepherd 29 A McCarthy c wkp Bramble b Joseph 19 B King c Shepherd b Joseph 30 D Thomas c wkp Bramble b Joseph 26 D Green c wkp Bramble b Shepherd 7 D Jacobs c Johnson b Joseph 15 *N Miller c Reifer b Joseph 5 J Taylor not out 1 M Mindley lbw b Joseph 0 Extras (lb5, w4, nb4) 13 TOTAL (all out, 70.3 overs) 255 Fall of wickets: 1-15, 2-75, 3-103, 4-181, 5-212, 6-222, 7-245, 8-254, 9-255, 10-255. Bowling: Joseph 15.3-1-53-7 (nb2), Shepherd 16-1-59-2 (w2, nb3), Permaul 13-2-39-0, Reifer 13-1-57-0 (w1), Motie 13-3-42-1. JAGUARS 1st Innings T Chanderpaul not out 14 S Hetmyer not out 51 Extras (b4) 4 TOTAL ((without loss, 17 overs) 69 To bat: *L Johnson, Vishaul Singh, R Reifer, S Chanderpaul, +A Bramble, R Shepherd, V Permaul, G Motie, K Joseph. Bowling: Taylor 3-0-11-0, Mindley 3-0-8-0, Campbell 3-0-21-0, Green 3-0-10-0, Miller 3-1-8-0, Jacobs 2-0-7-0. Revival In-form wicketkeeper-batsman Chadwick Walton continued his good batting exploits with a stroke-filled century on yesterday’s first day of the sixth round WICB Four-day Tournament clash between leaders Jamaica Scorpions and second-place Guyana Jaguars at Sabina Park. One of the outstanding performers for Jamaica during the just-concluded WICB Regional Super50 tournament,Walton compiled a topscore of 101 as Jamaica, asked to bat first, posted a competitive 255 in their first innings. Guyana, who are eyeing a third straight hold on the crown with five rounds of matches to go, then closed the day in a comfortable position at 69 without loss. Recent West Indies Under-19 World Cup winning captain, Shimron Hetmyer with a well-played 51, and Tagnarine Chanderpaul, 14, are the not out batsmen, who are set to resume today when play gets underway at 10am. “I am a bit disappointed for not going on and making a bigger century, but nevertheless I will take it,” said Walton, who was notching his second first-class ton. “I would rate it as one of my better first-class innings as it was a challenging wicket and one had to buckle down and concentrate as long as possible.” Walton, who scored a century in the semi-finals of the Super50, and followed up with another for the WICB President’s XI against touring England, was best supported by young batsman Brandon King, who scored 30. The pair also shared the highest partnership of the innings, 78 for the fourth wicket, before King was dismissed caught off the bowling of impressive fast bowler, Keon Joseph, with the score on 181.last_img read more

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first_img “I want to focus on seeing where we can go with scholarships and the development, not only in shooting, but in making them better men and women, the discipline, and focus from this sport makes better people, and that is what I am gonna focus on,” he continued. Azan, who is a national coach and president of the Jamaica Skeet Club, says his future plans also include working to expand the sport internationally. “I am also going to see how I can help to expand the sport under sports tourism. That is my goal,” Azan said. He also credited a supportive management team and other stakeholders for their work in growing the sport. ” I selected the team four years ago because I wanted people that I could work with, people who would give us support, and we’ve worked extremely well as a group, and everybody played a big part,” Azan added. He was speaking to the media at last Sunday’s NCB Capital Markets Sporting Clay, at the Knolford Polo Ranch in St Catherine. It attracted a record participation of 170 shooters in terms of the number of girls, beginners and other categories of shooters. It is said to be Azan’s last event as Jamaica Skeet Club president. While signalling a choice to demit office soon, Khaleel Azan, Jamaica Skeet Club president, wants to continue working with upcoming shooters, while helping to market Jamaica as a sporting clays sports tourism destination. Azan is in what he calls a final phase of his four-year term as the association president. He is credited by some for aiding the growth of clay shooting, attracting much corporate sponsorship of local tournaments and strengthening the junior programme. “I am going to give up the presidency because after four years, you get tired and you get burnt out, but I am going to focu s on my juniors, number one,” Azan said. BETTER PEOPLElast_img read more

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first_imgFilipinos 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 “Her doctors are now preparing Yanyan for her bone marrow transplant. The procedure and other medical expenses is estimated from P1.6M to P3M,” it added.READ: Rio Olympian Ian Lariba diagnosed with leukemiaFEATURED 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’Lariba had been diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), La Salle announced in May.The La Salle star was the first Filipino table tennis player to represent the country in the Summer Olympics. MOST READ LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH Olympian Ian Lariba.Rio Olympian Ian Lariba is set to undergo a bone marrow transplant even as De La Salle continued to ask for support for the ailing athlete.“Yanyan Lariba’s recent laboratory results are encouraging and she is currently undergoing consolidation chemotherapy to sustain her improving health condition,” said DLSU Sports in a tweet.ADVERTISEMENT Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer View comments IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES The 22-year-old paddler dominated the UAAP table tennis field in her five-year stint for the Green Paddlers where she became a three-time Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year in Season 74, and the UAAP Athlete of the Year in Seasons 77 and 78.READ: Athletes unite for ailing LaribaDLSU called on their community to extend financial assistance to Lariba and her family to “defray the cost of the expenses.”Donations can be sent through Mrs. Imelda N. Lariba by making deposits to the following savings accounts: BDO 870-007-459 and UCPB 104120046272. –Rogelio Jr Nato, INQUIRER.net internADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Tatum, Celtics 3-0; Summer League set for tournament stagelast_img read more

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