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14 J’cans in Pan Am Juniors action today

first_imgNATIONAL Junior 100 metres hurdle record holder Deashon Gordon will lead 14 Jamaicans into action on today’s opening day of competition at the XVIII Pan American Junior Championships, which will be held at the Foote Field on the University of Alberta campus in Edmonton, Canada.The country’s athletes will be trying to better the performance of two years ago when two silver medals were mined.The three-day competition will start at 11:30 a.m. (Jamaican time), and there will be some 14 finals on today’s opening day.Gordon, who just completed her first year at the Louisiana State University (LSU), is expected to be one of the country’s main medal hopes when she competes in the Women’s 100 metres hurdles, with the preliminary round set for a 12:50 p.m. start. The final of the event will take place later on at 6:05 p.m. Gordon, who finished fifth in the women’s 100 metres hurdles at the National Senior Championship in a National Junior record of 12.97 seconds, is the number two-ranked athlete in the event, just behind the United States’ Dior Hall, who has a top time of 12.74 seconds.The Jamaican will be joined in the event by 2013 World Youth champion Yanique Thompson, who has failed to fire all season and will be hoping for a big performance here.There will also be preliminary action in the women’s and men’s 100 metres, along with the women’s and men’s 400 metres in the opening session.100 metresJoniel Smith and Sashalee Forbes will compete in the women’s 100 metres, while Xandre Blake and Shivnarine Smalling will do so in the men’s 100 metres. Dawnalee Loney and Candice Mcleod will be in action in the women’s 400 metres, while in the men’s event, it will be Ivan Henry and Bernardo Wilson. The finals of these events will be contested later in the day.Four other Jamaicans will be in action in the second session of competition. Obrien Wasome and Odaine Lewis will do battle in the men’s long jump final at 7:20 p.m., while Thaleeto Green and Shemar Salmon will contest the Men’s 5000 metres final at 8:25 p.m.last_img read more

Jamaican flag hoisted at Toronto Para Pan Games

first_imgTORONTO:The grandeur of the National Anthem reverberated around 65 Trinity Street where the 2015 Toronto CIBC Para Pan Athletes’ Village is located, as the Jamaican flag was hoisted on the country’s Independence Day, at the welcome ceremony on Thursday.Brand Jamaica was on show as officials and athletes, attired uniformly in the national colours, assembled with Jamaicans residing in Canada, who bonded with team Jamaica in an expression of national unity.Several hand-held flags were waved in a flurry of patriotism, while the contingent’s media outfit captured expressions of pride on camera. The occasion was celebratory, but reflections on the purpose of the journey and the business at hand introduced a solemnity which gave the ceremony greater meaning for Jamaica’s athletes.Chef de Mission, Randolph Jones, led team Jamaica into the international zone where flag-raising ceremonies at international and regional Games are customarily held, and after the flag was hoisted, he presented Jamaica’s gift of the globally acclaimed Blue Mountain Coffee and an assortment of Jamaican spices to a representative of the mayor, who in turn handed him a replica of the 2015 Toronto Para Pan American torch.Music, modern and cultural, and dances performed by youth to the sounds of generational hilts, characterised the ceremony in which Brazil and Bermuda were the other participants.”The ceremony was a celebration of sport, its camaraderie, friendship, and unifying influence, and team Jamaica embodied that expression,” said Christopher Samuda, president of the Jamaica Paralympic Association.Wayne and Heather Fullwood and Roger Shaw, Jamaicans residing in Canada, celebrated with the team, and after the ceremony, the festivities continued in the Chef de Mission’s office with the volunteers assigned to Jamaica, who have become, in their words, “totally Jamaicanised”.last_img read more

Boyz brace for chilly South Korea battle

first_imgSEOUL, South Korea (CMC):Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz went through the final practice session yesterday as they put the finishing touches on their preparation for their international friendly against South Korea here today.The contest is expected to be a tough one for the Caribbean side, with South Korea ranked 53rd in the latest FIFA rankings, and Jamaica ranked four spots below.Also, South Korea have been in imperious form in their World Cup Qualifying (WCQ) campaign and currently sit on top of the standings in the second round of the Asian zone, with four wins from as many games. They are preparing to face bottom-placed Myanmar in their next qualifier next month.troubled startJamaica, meanwhile, had a troubled start to their World Cup qualifying campaign in the CONCACAF zone, going down 3-2 to Nicaragua in the first leg before scrambling a 2-0 win in the away leg in Managua, in order to reach the fourth round.Since their arrival here last weekend, the Jamaicans have battled wintry weather in practice, and temperatures are forecast to plunge to around 158C around game time, slated for 8 p.m. (6 a.m. Jamaica time).Jamaica have been boosted by the inclusion of strikers Giles Barnes of the Houston Dynamo and Darren Mattocks of Vancouver Whitecaps, both of whom were part of the successful squad at the CONCACAF Gold Cup in July.Mattocks has been in superb form, scoring in Jamaica’s last four encounters – both WCQ games against Nicaragua last month, and against Mexico and the United States in the preceding CONCACAF Gold Cup final and semi-final.The Reggae Boyz, the highest-positioned Caribbean side in the FIFA rankings, will use the South Korea game as final preparation for their campaign in the World Cup qualifying fourth round.They have been installed in Group B alongside Costa Rica, Panama and Haiti, and begin their campaign on November 13 against Panama at home in Kingston.JAMAICA SQUAD: Rosario Harriott, Lee Williamson, Simon Dawkins, AndrÈ Clennon, Allan Ottey, Michael Seaton, Deshorn Brown, Shaun Cummings, Jermaine Woozencroft, Ryan Thompson, Adrian Mariappa, Hughan Gray, Joel Grant, AndrÈ Blake, Lance Laing, Giles Barnes, Darren Mattocks, Upston Edwards, Errol Stevens, Ricardo Morris.last_img read more

More sports in brief

first_imgBolt in running for Athlete of the YearMONACO, (CMC):Sprint superstar Usain Bolt is among three athletes on the shortlist for the 2015 IAAF World Male Athlete of the Year award. The Jamaican sprinter has been selected along with the American pair of Ashton Eaton, a decathlete, and Christian Taylor, a triple jumper.Bolt successfully defended his 100m, 200m, and 4x100m titles at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing in August and clocked a world-leading time of 19.55 when winning the 200m.Eaton won his second successive gold medal at the World Championships, setting a decathlon world record of 9,045 points.Taylor won the triple jump title in Beijing with a North American record of 18.21 metres, the second-best jump in history.Last month, the IAAF Family, which includes top athletes and agents, IAAF officials, and selected media representatives from around the world, was asked to select nine men and nine women from 10 categories.The top-voted athletes in each category formed the long list, from which an international panel of 10 experts selected the three finalists.Gabriel, Warrican fined for dissentST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):Trinidad and Tobago Red Force pacer Shannon Gabriel will part with 70 per cent of his match fee after being found guilty of dissent during the second-round game in the Regional First Class Championship against Barbados Pride last weekend.The 27-year-old shouted an obscenity after an appeal for lbw was turned down by the umpire during the Pride first innings. This was considered a show of dissent at the umpire’s decision. He was initially reported for a Level One breach of the Code of Conduct, but this was upgraded to Level Two because the player had committed the same offence within the last year.Meanwhile, Pride left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican was also fined, but only 10 per cent of his match fee, after also being charged with showing dissent. After being given out in the first innings, he remained at the crease and opened his arms, appearing to question the umpire’s decision.Paris determined to host2024 OlympicsPRAGUE, (AP):The deadly attacks in Paris won’t deter the French capital’s bid to host the 2024 Olympics. Tony Estanguet, co-president of the Paris candidacy, said at first after the attacks “you forget about your business and your work and for some days we were not concerned about the bid”.But Estanguet told The Associated Press that the team is now determined “more than ever” to secure the Games, offering Parisians a chance to “share good moments, positive moments”.Exactly a week after the attacks that killed 130, Estanguet was in Prague to attend the general assembly of European Olympic Committees.Russia says three athletes found breaking suspensionMOSCOW, (AP):Russia’s athletics federation says three athletes have been found in breach of its suspension from international track and field. World athletics governing body IAAF suspended Russia last week, and their athletes are only allowed to compete in domestic events.In a statement on the Russian athletics federation website, General Secretary Mikhail Butov said the IAAF notified the federation of three cases in which Russians have “taken part in marathons and races on November 14 and 15” in violation of thesuspension.One of the three is believed to be Viktor Ugarov, who won the Kanazawa marathon in Japan on Sunday, two days after the suspension was announced, and was later disqualified. The identities of the other two were not immediately clear.Nadal stays unbeaten at ATP finalsLONDON, (AP):Rafael Nadal outlasted David Ferrer 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-4 yesterday to finish the group stage unbeaten at the ATP World Tour Finals.Neither player had much at stake as Nadal had already clinched first place in the group and Ferrer had been eliminated, but the two baseline sluggers still went at it relentlessly for more than two and a half hours in a match full of heavy hitting and long rallies. Nadal earned the decisive break to go up 5-4 in the third set – having previously wasted five break points in a marathon first game of the decider – and sealed victory with a backhand volley winner.Nadal faces Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals today.last_img read more

Olympians association opposes blanket ban on all Russians

first_imgMONACO (AP):The global association of Olympic athletes says it’s unfair that all Russia’s track and field athletes have been banned from international competition because of allegations of state-sponsored doping.The World Olympians Association (WOA) calls for an “urgent solution” that allows athletes who have not been involved in doping to be able to compete.The WOA issued a statement yesterday saying clean athletes should “have their rights and their reputations protected and honoured”.Russia’s athletics federation was suspended by the IAAF following a report by a World Anti-Doping Agency panel that detailed widespread doping. The sanction could keep Russian track and field athletes out of next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.The WOA suggests that athletes from suspended countries who have clean doping records could undergo “extraordinary testing sessions” clearing them to compete.The WOA has ties to Russia through its patron, Prince Albert of Monaco, who has vacationed in the past with Russian President Vladimir Putin. WOA president Joel Bouzou is an adviser to Prince Albert and received a Russian state medal in 2012.last_img read more

Barclays Premier League Points Standing

first_imgBarclays Premier League Points Standing1. xxxxx xx xx xx xx xx xx xx xxxStandingsPOS P W D L GF GA GD PTS1 (1) Leicester City 26 15 8 3 48 29 19 532 (2) Tottenham Hotspur 26 14 9 3 47 20 27 513 (3) Arsenal 26 15 6 5 41 23 18 514 (4) Manchester City 26 14 5 7 48 28 20 475 (5) Manchester United 26 11 8 7 33 24 9 416 (6) Southampton 26 11 7 8 34 24 10 407 (7) West Ham United 26 10 10 6 40 31 9 408 (11) Liverpool 26 10 8 8 38 36 2 389 (8) Watford 26 10 6 10 29 28 1 3610 (9) Stoke City 26 10 6 10 27 32 -5 3611 (10) Everton 26 8 11 7 46 35 11 3512 (12) Chelsea 26 8 9 9 38 36 2 3313 (13) Crystal Palace 26 9 5 12 27 32 -5 3214 (14) West Bromwich Albion 26 8 8 10 24 32 -8 3215 (15) Bournemouth 26 7 7 12 30 44 -14 2816 (16) Swansea City 26 6 9 11 24 34 -10 2717 (17) Norwich City 26 6 6 14 30 50 -20 2418 (18) Newcastle United 26 6 6 14 27 49 -22 2419 (19) Sunderland 26 6 5 15 32 50 -18 2320 (20) Aston Villa 26 3 7 16 20 46 -26 16last_img read more

Former T&T football coach slams new appointment

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC:Well-known former national coach Alvin Corneal has slammed the appointment of Belgian Tom Saintfiet, calling it “a disrespect” to domestic coaches.The 43-year-old Saintfiet was unveiled as the new Soca Warriors head coach at a media conference on Wednesday, replacing Trinidad and Tobago-born Stephen Hart, who was sacked last month.Though Saintfiet has had multiple coaching roles in the past – mainly in Africa – none of them have been high-profile, and the outspoken Corneal believes he will be a burden to the side.”I am not in agreement with having a foreign coach at this time simply because it is an exercise in futility,” Corneal told the Express newspaper.”Foreign coaches can’t walk in here and pick up national players and get them to gel as a team, especially when you don’t have a lot of time.”Why are you burdening us with him and you don’t even know him [or] anything about [him]. It is unfair and a disrespect to our local coaches.That is my biggest problem because I feel it for the young coaches who are aspiring to the national level; you not even recognising them, but bringing somebody who has no track record of note.”Saintfiet takes over a national side lying one from bottom of the six-team CONCACAF World Cup-qualifying final round following losses in their two opening games.And Trinidad and Tobago FA chief, David John-Williams instantly placed Saintfiet under pressure by indicating that he needed to immediately revive the country’s World Cup dream in the next two qualifiers next March, or also face the sack.Corneal was critical of this approach, noting a more long-term view was needed.”If we are realistic, we would get one or two good local coaches and get the training going. If it (World Cup campaign) doesn’t succeed, at least we know we will have players mostly between the ages 23-27 trained properly,” the former national player argued.last_img read more

Taylor targets Windies recall

first_imgHOVE, England, CMC – Jerome Taylor said he welcomed the chance to play county matches in England and hoped his brief stint with Sussex can spur a recall to the West Indies team. The 32-year-old fast bowler last month reversed his decision to retire from Tests last year, admitting he made a mistake and was working hard to regain a place in the Caribbean side for future matches. “I think I might have jumped the gun retiring from international cricket.,” he told the Argus newspaper. “When I sit at home and watch, I just want to get back out on the park and play for the West Indies again. I want to give back to West Indies cricket. That is what I always wanted to do growing up and hopefully I can do it again.” Taylor has played 46 Tests, 85 One-day and 23 Twenty20 Internationals for West Indies between 2003 and his decision to step away from Tests last July. He played in the Regional Super50 Tournament earlier this year for the Jamaica Scorpions, showing he had lost little of his fire and collected 16 wickets at 18.81 apiece in eight of his side’s 10 matches, and he also turned out for the franchise in four Regional 4-Day matches in which he grabbed eight wickets at 28.62 each. The West Indies selection panel, headed by Courtney Browne, however, ignored his claims and a record that include 130 Test scalps at 34.46, 126 ODI wickets at 28.16 and 24 T20I wickets for the preceding England ODI and ongoing Pakistan home series. For now, Taylor is relishing the chance of replacing injured South Africa fast bowler Vernon Philander at the 1st Central County Ground. He is looking to play a more prominent role having been disappointed with his figures of 1-54 from eight overs, as the Sharks secured a much-needed win on his debut against Glamorgan last Tuesday, having only arrived from the Caribbean 24 hours earlier. It was only the county’s second win in the One-Day Cup since August 2014 and boosted their hopes of challenging for a place in the knockout stages. “It was great to get the win, but I was not satisfied with my performance,” he said. “I was still probably a bit jet-lagged, but I don’t want to blame it on that. It is a game of cricket and I have played enough cricket to know what is required. “There is a lot of room for improvement, and hopefully, I can give some very good performances for Sussex while I am here. It is only a couple of weeks, but I will try to adapt as quickly as possible.” He said: “I’m loving every minute of it so far and the lads in the dressing room have made it a lot easier for me to settle in. But my body needs to acclimatise to the different temperature over here and the pitches are different. “It was also a bit strange bowling down the hill, but after the first three or four overs, you know you have to pull yourself up a bit. This is home for the next two to three weeks so I need to get used to it. “I’ve been in England before, but a long while ago, so it is about learning all over again. I am willing to do that and I’m sure it won’t take me long to hit top form.”last_img read more

SEA Games: PH squash team brings in second bronze

first_imgNBA 2K18 promises to release Celtics version of Kyrie Irving cover Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal The Philippines earned another bronze medal in the squash tournament of the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur Thursday. Robert Andrew Garcia and Jemyca Aribado captured the third place for the Philippines, a finish they shared with Singapore. ADVERTISEMENT Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES MOST READ Aribado also won a bronze medal in the women’s doubles Wednesday together with Yvonne Alyssa Dalida. Host Malaysia finished 1-2 in the podium like in the women’s doubles. 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’center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees What’s in store for your animal sign this year Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)last_img read more

Messi nets 3, Dembele debuts as Barcelona routs Espanyol

first_imgCarpio 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 End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend He got his second by sliding to redirect Jordi Alba’s pass by goalkeeper Pau Lopez. Messi started the attack but lost the ball, only for it to take two deflections off defenders before falling to Alba in the area.After Espanyol forward Pablo Piatti hit the post, Messi made it a treble with a left-footed strike to slot in another pass from Alba.Dembele went on moments later to a round of applause from his new supporters. Barcelona paid a club-record sum to Borussia Dortmund for the 20-year-old France forward. With add-ons, his transfer could reach 147 million euros (about $173 million).Dembele showed his speed when he raced down the right side on a quick counterattack and crossed for Suarez to score.Suarez was making his league debut this season after missing the first two matches with a leg injury.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ A costly, catty dispute finally settled OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Espanyol at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)BARCELONA, Spain — Lionel Messi scored a hat trick and Ousmane Dembele set up a goal in his debut for Barcelona in a comfortable 5-0 win over crosstown rival Espanyol on Saturday.Messi struck twice in the first half, and leads the Spanish league with five goals. Gerard Pique headed in a fourth goal.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Winning start After going on as a second-half substitute, Dembele didn’t take long to help his team when he passed for Luis Suarez to round off the rout in the 90th.A third win in as many rounds left Barcelona atop of the standings, with two more points than second-place Sevilla and four more points than defending champion Real Madrid in sixth.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogMessi opened the scoring at Camp Nou when he received a pass from Ivan Rakitic in what appeared to be an offside position. With no call coming from the referee, Messi dribbled around a defender and fired home.“They told me that the first goal could be offside, (…) but we did a lot to create several chances,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said. Break new ground Stephens wins first Grand Slam, routs Keys for US Open title It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’last_img read more