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first_imgSpurs extend home dominance SAN ANTONIO (AP): San Antonio immediately bounced back from a rare loss and beat Denver 101-86 on Saturday to extend their franchise record for consecutive home wins to 26. Kawhi Leonard had 20 points for the Spurs, who maintained their eight-game lead atop the NBA’s Southwest Division. San Antonio’s LaMarcus Aldridge had 12 points and nine rebounds, and Boris Diaw had 16 points for the Spurs, who have won all 17 home games this season to add to the final nine of the previous campaign. Denver’s Nikola Jokic scored 22 points on 10-for-19 shooting. Shah banned after failing doping test ISLAMABAD (AP): The International Cricket Council has provisionally suspended Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah for a positive drug test. The ICC says in a statement yesterday that a sample provided by Shah on Nov. 13, when Pakistan played an ODI against England in the United Arab Emirates, contained chlortalidone, which is on the World Anti-Doping Authority’s list of prohibited substances. Shah could challenge the suspension and apply for the test of his B sample within seven days. The 29-year-old Shah has taken 76 wickets in 12 Test matches and 18 wickets in 15 one-day internationals.last_img read more

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, the Impressive Empress!

first_img Leading from the front The 400m for women saw four Jamaicans, two Americans and one Bahamian against Great Britain’s defending champion, Christine Ohuruogu. While Allyson Felix was her silky smooth self in winning in a time of 49.26, it was Shericka Jackson who proved the best of the Jamaican quartet in the final. Jackson trimmed 0.04 from the personal best she set in the semi-final, to post 49.99 for the bronze. Christine Day also set a lifetime best of 50.14 in fourth, with 2014 Commonwealth champion, Stephenie-Ann McPherson, fifth in 50.42, followed by 2014 Diamond Race winner, Novlene Williams-Mills, sixth in a season’s best of 50.47. When it mattered most, Williams-Mills overtook Francena McCorory in the closing metres of the 4x400m relays to lead Jamaica to victory on the closing night of the IAAF World championships, Beijing 2015. Reversing the result at the IAAF World Relays in May, the 33-year-old Williams-Mills anchored Jamaica to a world leading time of 3:19.13. Thanks also to a brilliant second leg run by Jackson, which laid the foundation for Jamaica’s victory and announced an imposing outlook for the nation’s athletic future. Veronica Campbell-Brown, the former 100m World Champion of eight years ago, competing in her fifth IAAF World Championships, rolled back the hands of time to run an impressive 10.91 while leading the team from the front. She displayed the heart of a champion in the 200m event. She reached the final only by taking the second and last non-automatic qualifier’s place, running 22.47 then. In the final, she mustered the strength of character and limb to improve by a half-second, running the steepest of curves to register 21.97 in a bronze medal winning effort. Campbell-Brown’s performance, given age and form, is ranked as one of Jamaica’s best at the Championships. Elaine Thompson gave a silver medal winning exhibition of top-class sprinting in the 200m. The Championship rookie gained highest marks for her 21.66 return in only her third World Championship race. Schippers, in winning the 200m in 21.63, becomes the third-fastest woman of all time at the distance behind Florence Griffith Joyner and Marion Jones. She ran the fastest time in the world for 17 years. Thompson moved to fifth on the world all-time list, but missed Merlene Ottey’s Jamaican record by a mere two-hundredths of a second. Commendations cannot be too much for Natasha Morrison and Sherone Simpson, who were also finalists at 100m and 200m, respectively. In the 4x100m, VCB would join effort with Morrison, Thompson and Fraser-Pryce to defeat the US team that ran the same four and same order as the heat – Gardner, Felix, Jenna Prandini and Jasmine Todd. For a second time in two nights, VCB produced a fast start and an outstanding bend, but this time and by the time she handed over to Morrison for the second stage, Jamaica were in the ascendancy. By the time Thompson handed to Fraser-Pryce, eyes were on the clock. Jamaica came home in 41.07, breaking their own championship record and taking over the world lead from the United States. The time was more than two-tenths quicker than the championship record they had run in Moscow two years ago. Quality Quartet No matter how hard rivals come, it seems no one can depose the Empress of Speed from her perch atop world sprinting. With a record-breaking third consecutive World women’s 100m title to add to her successive Olympic 100m titles, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, not unlike Usain Bolt, was in super form at the World Championships. No woman in history can boast as many global 100-metre titles. She copped the title in her pet event and returned for two rounds of impressive sprinting with compatriots, gaining Jamaica a championship record-winning anchor in the 4x100m relays. Fraser-Pryce first revealed herself to the world at the Bird’s Nest Stadium seven years ago, striking 100m gold at the 2008 Olympic Games, and she has largely dominated her event since then. Twenty four hours prior to her World Championships 100m final in Beijing, it was Bolt who maintained his substantial status, and a day later, it was the turn of Fraser-Pryce, as she added to her growing legacy as possibly the greatest female sprinter in history. The 100m title in Beijing was also her sixth World Championship gold medal and Fraser-Pryce now sits as the woman with the second highest total of golds in the 32-year history of the Championships. She is one medal clear of five-time World champions Gail Devers, Sanya Richards-Ross and Tirunesh Dibaba, and two behind US sprinter Allyson Felix, who sits atop of the pile with eight gold medals in total. Sporting an unusual look of greenish hair with yellow sunflowers on the fringe of her forehead, Jamaica’s 28-year-old darling executed with uncanny perfection to reach top speed quicker than rivals out of the blocks, in spite of her reaction time being the sixth best on the day of the final. By the 30m mark, commentators were calling it. The ‘Pocket Rocket’ had already established a gap on her rivals with her team captain Veronica Campbell-Brown and teammate Natasha Morrison in the mix. Fraser-Pryce stopped the clock at 10.76, 0.06 shy of the championship record, the second-fastest time in the world this year and a mark only she has beaten in 2015. The inspired Dafne Schippers was second in an improved Dutch mark of 10.81. Behind the leading two were the USA’s Tori Bowie, edging Campbell-Brown for the bronze in 10.86. While the stats may not show it, the tale of the video tape bears evidence of Fraser-Pryce’s dominance in the main event for women. At 90 metres, she had a sufficient gap to strike up a celebratory raise of the right arm, which concretised an expected victory.last_img read more

City strike late, Chelsea slip up

first_imgLONDON (AP):Manchester City enjoyed the perfect ending yesterday in the English Premier League when nothing went right for title rivals Chelsea.City produced a 90th-minute winner to beat Crystal Palace 1-0 and secure a fifth consecutive victory from as many matches, while champions Chelsea slumped to a 3-1 defeat at Everton that sealed their worst start in the Premier League.City’s 18-year-old, Kelechi Iheanacho, came off the bench in the 89th and poked the ball into the Palace net a minute later. The Nigerian forward played competitively for City only once before, and that, too, was as an 89th-minute substitute, against Watford in August.To round off a miserable day for Chelsea manager JosÈ Mourinho, there were victories for two other title hopefuls.The most expensive teenager in soccer history, Anthony Martial, scored on his debut in Manchester United’s 3-1 win over Liverpool, and Arsenal comfortably beat Stoke 2-0. Martial’s fee from Monaco could rise to €80 million (US$90 million).After some mediocre early-season form, Arsenal dominated Stoke at Emirates Stadium, and could easily have won by a tennis score. Instead, just two goals from strikers Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud sealed the points.There was plenty for United fans to celebrate at Old Trafford, with David De Gea making his first appearance of the season in goal after signing a new contract and Martial signalling his arrival with a superb solo goal to make it 3-1.Daley Blind and Ander Herrera had United up 2-0, when Christian Benteke pulled one back with a stunning overhead kick in the 84th. Martial then weaved through the Liverpool defence to seal the result.Watford won their first league match of the season, 1-0 over Swansea, despite being reduced to 10 men. Striker Odion Ighalo scored in the 59th, but five minutes later, Valon Behrami was sent off for a violent tackle on Andre Ayew.Wes Hoolahan inspired Norwich to a comfortable 3-1 first home-league win, making one goal and scoring another against Bournemouth, while West Brom drew 0-0 at home to Southampton.Chelsea are 11 points behind City, who were also revelling in a five-point lead over United and Arsenal.last_img read more

Messi tears knee ligament, out for two months

first_imgLONDON (AP):Lionel Messi tore a ligament in his left knee near the start of Barcelona’s costly 2-1 win over Las Palmas on Saturday that provisionally lifted the defending champions to the top of the Spanish league.The club’s all-time leading scorer asked to be substituted in the eighth minute after he had tried to return to the match following a collision with a Las Palmas defender.Medical tests at a local hospital found that he had torn a ligament, and the club said Messi will be sidelined for seven to eight weeks.”This is a test and an extra motivation for this team,” Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said. “We have to accept the challenge and improve our performances because we are capable of it.”Luis Su·rez responded immediately to his coach’s call by scoring twice to help the hosts bounce back from their stinging 4-1 loss at Celta Vigo on Wednesday.In the capital, Malaga goalkeeper Carlos Kameni made a series of impressive saves as his side held Real Madrid to a goalless draw, but none was better than the one hand he managed to get in the patch of Cristiano Ronaldo’s blistering shot in the 48th.Villarreal moved past both powerhouses into first place and one point ahead of Barcelona and two ahead of Madrid after they edged Atletico Madrid 1-0 at their El Madrigal’s stadium.Baptistao’s 14th-minute goal kept Villarreal unbeaten and secured their fifth win in a row.Celta missed their opportunity to rise to the top of the standings after it drew 1-1 at Eibar. Iago Aspas cancelled out Borja Baston’s early goal in the 76th, but his Celta settled for a point that kept it level with Madrid in fourth place.Also, Sevilla substitute Yevhen Konoplyanka netted a free kick with four minutes to go to snatch a 3-2 win over visiting Rayo Vallecano that pulled the Andalusian side out of last place with their first victory of the season. Rayo had erased a two-goal deficit before Antonio Amaya was sent off with a second booking for the foul that set up Konoplyanka’s goal.last_img read more

Brown, James on top at BK Portmore 10K

first_imgIT was another Kirk Brown show yesterday in the Burger King Portmore 5K and 10K – a stop on the Burger King Grand Prix Road series – as the 27-year-old made it three wins in a row by capturing the Men’s 10K event in 31 minutes 41 seconds.G.C. Foster College’s Oshane Archibald, who was eighth last year, finished second this time around in 32:04, with third going to Dwayne Graham of Seek Books in 32:27.Undoubtedly the most consistent male athlete on the road for the past five years, Brown, who won the event in 2013 and 2014, had things much easier this time as he led from start to finish for his convincing win. Despite his easy outing, Brown is not certain of competing in the final leg of the Grand Prix at the Reggae Marathon in Negril next month.IMPROVEMENTAfter a second-place finish in the Mandeville 7K event a few weeks ago, G.C. Foster College’s Danielle James improved on her sixth-place finish a year ago by capturing the female race in 40 minutes 20 seconds.Edwin Allen’s Tereisha Jacobs finished second in 40:39, while Mandeville 7K winner Britnie Dixon of Vere Technical had to settle for third in 41:18.Vere Technical and St Jago ruled supreme in the 10K among the high-school teams. Vere Technical, led by Dixon and Kris Ann Plummer, topped the female section with an overall time of 3:35.27. Hydel was second in 3:37.18, and Edwin Allen third in 3:39.47.St Jago High’s male team, had an overall winning time of 2:54.26, with Holmwood Technical (3:00.47) second, and third going to Bellefield High in 3:01.43.last_img read more

Sergeant marshalling middle-distance troops

first_imgHaving swept the top three positions in the men’s one mile open run at the highly rated Gibson/McCook Relays at the National Stadium last Saturday, coach Milton Sergeant believes his Maximum Aerobic Club will be an exciting project in coming years. The Spalding-based athletes Chadoye Dawson was first in four minutes 20.15 seconds; followed by Kevin Campbell, 4:22.46′ and Ainsworth Daley 4:23.45. Kingston College’s Shane Buchanan (4:24.87) was fourth. Added to Saturday’s triumph, they were winning their fourth consecutive title. They won the 4x800m at the S.W. Isaac Henry Invitational, Central and Hurdles Relays and Western Relays, respectively. “I would like to see these athletes being able to compete with the elite athletes of Kenya and other parts of the world because it is believed we are only good in the sprints. But I believe that we can also do well in the middle distances, especially in the 800 and 1500 metres,” Sergeant shared. The club started last year and Sergeant, who has been coaching for about 12 years, has seven male athletes at the club where he works alongside assistant Jason Clowson. “This is my passion. I was an 800, 1500 and 5,000-metre athlete. I’ve always been producing middle distance athletes who have been producing well at Champs,” he told The Gleaner in an interview. Sergeant ran for Holmwood Technical during his early years and has since coached at his alma mater, as well as Foga Road and Spalding High schools. “At present I have seven men that I am working with. Most of them are under the age of 24. The bulk of them are athletes I have already coached in high school and have already gone like one minute, 51.55 seconds. We are really seeing if I can basically start an Olympic cycle program for them, so I am looking for them in the next four years to be running 3:36 and 800s in 1:43 or 1:44,” he pointed out. Presently, Sergeant admits he gets very’ good’ support from Ludlow Watts. Otherwise, he is funding his project by himself and calls for assistance. “I am doing it basically by myself. One Mr Ludlow Watts is giving me very good assistance. There are times when I would call them and they would give me track shoes and spikes and he believes in the program.” He added that Watts, a treasurer of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), has encouraged his dream and helped him out with two of his athletes getting about $30,000 per month from the JAAA.last_img read more

Windies Under-19 to tour South Africa

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC): Young West Indies will tour South Africa later this year as they prepare for their title defence of the International Cricket Council’s Under-19 World Cup. The Caribbean side will play five 50-overs games against the South Africa Under-19s and two warm-up matches against local opposition, in a tour set to run from June 30 to July 27. Rawl Lewis, the WICB’s project officer who oversees the Under-19 programme, said the series, which will be played in Durban, would be key preparation for next January’s showpiece in New Zealand. “We are pleased that our young players will have an opportunity to play in foreign conditions as they prepare to defend the World Cup. This will be a great tour for them,” the former West Indies leg-spinner said. “We are happy South Africa have agreed to host us. This will form the ideal kind of preparation we are looking for. Although the tournament is a year away and we have a comprehensive framework in place as we build up to the event in New Zealand.” The Under-19s’ preparation will begin in earnest later this month when they do battle in the Regional Super50, the Caribbean’s premier one-day championship which runs from January 24 to February 18 in Antigua and Barbados. They will play alongside reigning champions Trinidad & Tobago Red Force, Windward Islands Volcanoes, Leeward Islands Hurricanes, and English county side, Kent Spitfires.last_img read more

The Wright View | WADA Not Out To Get Us

first_imgThe news that the International Olympic Association (IOC) requested that Jamaica return the gold medal won in the men’s 4×100 metre relay at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 because our lead-off runner, Nesta Carter, was found guilty of having a banned substance in his urine on the eve of the competition, has caused Jamaicans to react in ways that have caused me to say”Huh!” Let me explain. First, in May of last year, the IOC reported that the urine sample taken from Nesta Carter in 2008 at the Olympics had been retested (one of over 400 samples) and that the stimulant methylhexanamine was found to be present in the A sample. In October, the results of the B sample confirmed the presence of the substance, and Nesta and his legal team were invited to make representations to an “independent” IOC tribunal. This month, its findings were released to the local parent body, the athlete, and the world. There are very few cases where the B sample result differs from the A sample result, so it would not be unreasonable to assume that sanctions would result. What was hoped was that the legal arguments of Nesta’s legal team would “soften” the blow. Secondly: I now hear well-respected voices claiming that in 2008, Methylhexanamine was not on the banned list. The 2008 World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) list of banned substances and methods contains a section named “Stimulants”. At the end of this section is written, “as well as other substances with a similar chemical structure or similar biological effect(s). The 26th substance listed is Tuaminoheptane. Tuaminoheptane, or tuamine, is a nasal decongestant, which is a stimulant. Its chemical formula is C7H17N. Its molecular mass is 115.217 g/mol. Modern methods Methylhexanamine is also known as forthan, forthane, floradine, or geranamine. geranamine is a psychoactive drug also used as a nasal decongestant. Its chemical formula is C7H17N and its molecular mass is 115.22 g/mol. Geranamine was intended for use by its inventor as a nasal decongestant, but Geranamine, (methylhexanamine) began to be marketed as a dietary supplement and became the active ingredient in “party pills” “herbal highs”, “dance pills”, or “natural power”. Previously, the main ingredient of these pills was benzylpiperazine (BZP), but because of its tendency to produce migraine headaches in users, the manufacturers switched to geranamine, which gave the same high as BZP but with no migraine. However, natural geranium comprises only 0.66 % of geranium oil, whereas synthetic geranium is quite different and more potent. Methylhexanamine (gerana-mine) then found its way into supplements, particularly one known as “Muscle Speed,” which was advertised as being guaranteed to improve speed! Thirdly, I hear well-respected voices claiming that methlyhexanamine could not possibly improve athletic speed. Well the users (athletes) obviously believe that it does. On the WADA website, there is information that 29 athletes have tested positive for methylhexanamine and have been sanctioned. Thirteen were listed as “sprinters”, four were hurdlers, one shot putter, one discus thrower, one long jumper, and one pole vaulter, disciplines that require speed to be successful. Four were listed as middle-distance runners (400 to 800 metres), three were long distance runners, and one was a steeple chaser. So while the nation grieves and supports the possibility of a successful appeal to the Court of Arbitration of Sport (already there are pledges to assist in the cost of such a venture), “experts” should be very careful in disseminating information to the public that may cause the feeling that “men in suits” with a “get Jamaica” agenda have at last found a way to tarnish the reputation of a nation that has consistently produced the fastest athletes in the world. Nothing could be further from the truth. The IAAF, the IOC, WADA, and clean athletes themselves are united in a determination to identify and sanction ANY athlete found to have used a banned substance. Psychoactive drug Banned substances previously undetected may now be detected using more modern methods and procedures, so none shall escape. The return of an Olympic gold medal garnered in a relay in 2008 can in no way tarnish the legacy of the greatest athlete of all time, the legendary Usain Bolt. So as a famous athlete once said: “Relax!” The vast majority of our athletic performers are clean and will continue to win medal after medal in international competition. They just need to be “encouraged” to attend and LEARN the frequent exhortations from JADCO regarding the inadvisability of taking supplements.last_img read more

Rusea’s revel in Western Champs success

first_imgRusea’s female title success at last week’s Western Championships came as a surprise for many, but coach Roderick Miles says it’s been in the making after a collaborative effort from the entire school community.The Lucea, Hanover-based school upstaged some of their more fancied rivals such as St Elizabeth Technical (272.50), tallying 344.50 points, to claim their first ever track and field title.Petersfield finished third with 182.50 points.Miles told The Gleaner that their success has been in the cards, pointing to the work of principal, Linvern Wright, and past student, Seymour Panton, towards the improvement of the school’s track programme.”It’s a number of things put together. It did not happen overnight,” Miles noted. “We were steadily building up last year, but lost some athletes who left on transfer. So last year should have been the big year for us, but many top athletes moved to so-called bigger name schools and we lost to STETHS by 18 points, so we were supposed to win last year, especially if Tara Bert didn’t leave for St Jago.”But we have been rising steadily over the years, and Mr Wright has been instrumental. He wants to do things different, he and Mr Panton, so it’s a plan. Three seasons ago, we sat down and outlined the plan and put it together, so it’s the vision of a number of people coming together,” he continued.MARKED IMPROVEMENTMiles was convinced to take over the programme in 2013 after good work at Frome Technical. In three years, both the boys and girls’ teams have seen marked improvements at the national and regional championships.The current aim of the programme, he says, is to enhance the school’s track and field reputation and give their students an opportunity to take advantage of the countless athletic scholarships granted to Jamaican athletes each year.”The goal for the girls was to finish top eight at Girls’ Champs, win Western Champs, and get some scholarships,” he said.Their success has created a stir in the small town, and Miles is hoping to create a similar impact at the national championships.”A lot of ‘Russian’ past students are excited, and everyone is congratulating us. Schools like Mount Alvernia [and] Maggotty have called me and told me I am an inspiration, that I give them hope and they believe they can do the same. And that is the biggest thing for me,” Miles added.last_img read more

WATCH: Simone Biles shares goofy video after wisdom teeth surgery

first_imguhm here it is, I honestly have no words! 😂 Enjoy!!!!! Hope it makes you laugh!!!! pic.twitter.com/DP5QsC7C7C— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) July 27, 2017ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Biles won four gold medals and a bronze at the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next A video shared by Simone Biles shows the Olympic gymnast was in no condition to compete while coming out of an anesthetic haze after surgery to have her wisdom teeth removed.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’Biles posted the video on Twitter on Thursday. She appears on a recovery room bed with gauze in her mouth yelling something incomprehensible and pretending to drive a car. Biles wrote that she hopes the 27-second clip makes people laugh.The 20-year-old Biles later added that the full video is 14 minutes long and “other parts are hilarious too!” ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcanocenter_img LATEST STORIES 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 Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Tall order for Gilas as it eyes top spot in ‘group of death’ View commentslast_img read more