BEIJING, China:Competing at his fifth World Championships, Jamaican 400m hurdler Leford Green is hoping to turn what has been a tough year on the personal and professional level into a positive closeGreen, a two-time World Championships finalist, returned to Jamaica to pair his Lennox Graham-led hurdling programme with the 400m expertise of Bertland Cameron, but it wasn’t always an easy transition.The hurdler had to make personal sacrifices and had to learn entirely new approaches but now looks back at his decision in a positive light, considering that the main objective, qualifying for the World Championships, had been met.However, the Olympic finalist is now looking to reap more successes. Though his 49.22 season’s best leaves him a full second behind the top contenders in his event, Green is confident his best performance is yet to come.”I’m pleased to have been selected to compete at another World Championships, I’m feeling good and I’m happy to be here to represent Jamaica and myself,” he said.Tough year”It’s really been a tough and trying year for me and I think I have been resilient in my efforts to keep it together. I also have a lot of people in my corner to help me stay focused and motivated so I am owe a lot to the folks who have been there for me supporting me. My family has always been there, good friends, Jason Morgan, Dane Hyatt, Jermaine Gonzales and even coaches like Bertland Cameron and Lennox Graham, who were always there. I think I have accomplished a lot just by being here at the World Championships, which is a goal of every athlete,” Green continued.Well aware of the deficit that he will need to erase if he is to make the final, moreso contend for a medal, Green remained unfazed, underlining his focus on executing his coach’s instructions, which he expects will bring positive results for him.”Anything can happen and I’m just here, really excited to see what’s going to happen tomorrow (today),” he said.”I’m just trying to focus on my execution because, as I have said, it’s been a tough year and I have been trying different stuff to see what works or what can get me into a better shape and state, so its all about execution and that’s my focus going into these championships and, hopefully, the time will come. I’m looking forward to it, hopefully the crowd in the Bird’s Nest can also bring me alive and I can get some success,” he added.The men’s 400m hurdles heats will get unde way at 6:10am today. He will be joined by fellow Jamaicans Annsert White, the national champion, and Roxroy Cato.- A.L.
Having saddled five of the six winners of the major trophy races in the last quarter of last year, 15-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta is likely to continue where he left off in 2015 by winning the CTL Fan Appreciation Day Trophy overnight allowance feature with down-in-class ALL CORRECT at Caymanas Park today.DaCosta will mount a two-pronged challenge in the 1820 metres event as in addition to ALL CORRECT, he will saddle last year’s winner ROYAL VIBES in a nine-horse field. A year ago, ROYAL VIBES got up in the nick of time to deny hot favourite ALL CORRECT by a head.Since then, ALL CORRECT has rubbed shoulders with the best in grade one company, while ROYAL VIBES has declined in ability.better run expectedWith DaCosta calling up four-time champion Omar Walker, ALL CORRECT having finished eight lengths, sixth to stable-companion SEEKING MY DREAM in the recent Diamond Mile, clocking a personal time of 1:38.0 in that fast-run race, will report even better today. As such, he is likely to stave off the vastly improved HOUDINI’S MAGIC, who won the Royal Dad Trophy over this trip on November 21, and will again be ridden by newly crowned champion jockey Shane Ellis for trainer Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes.DaCosta capped a record-breaking season on Boxing Day by winning the co-feature races, the $4 million Supreme Ventures Jamaica 2-Y-O Stakes with FUTURE KING and the Harry Jackson Memorial Cup with top distance horse PERFECT NEIGHBOUR for an 11 straight trainers’ title and an unprecedented 15 overall, surpassing Hall of Famer Philip Feanny with 14.DaCosta not only won the Boxing Day co-features, but saddled PERFECT NEIGHBOUR to win the Burger King Gold Cup on October 17, DREAMLINER to win the Cash Pot ‘Only One For Me’ Trophy for two-year-olds on October 19, and SEEKING MY DREAM who won the inaugural running of the $13.5 million Diamond Mile on December 5.Also on the 10-race programme are the New Year’s Day Trophy over 1300 metres, here the DaCosta-trained DRIPPING IN GOLD (Robert Halledeen up) starts favourite; and the $180,000 claiming race over 1820 metres for the McKay Security Trophy to be run in two divisions, both attracting 11 starters.In division one, OH MY GRANDPA has a strong chance based on his close third to GO GO TRAIN in a blanket finish over this trip on a $210,000 claiming tag on October 24.Division two looks tailored for GOFORTHEGLORY, who not only has appealing form, but steps down two classes to vie for this trophy.He can win from PERFECT FLYER and CAUSE FOR CONCERN, who won this race in 2014 when owned by Carlton Watson.
These include non-contracted West Indies players Chris Gayle, Darren Bravo, AndrÈ Russell, Darren Sammy, Lendl Simmons, and Samuel Badree. Meanwhile, the West Indies, in a response to a query by The Gleaner as to the official reason behind the non-issuance of a NOC to Holder, said it was based on an organisational policy. “The WICB has created the window for its retained players to participate in the Indian Premier League, and the Caribbean Premier League,” said WICB marketing and communications manager Carole Beckford. “The captain is among the retained players and has an obligation to participate in the domestic competitions.” The PSL, on behalf of Quetta, one of five teams down to participate in the tournament, also issued a statement on the matter. “Holder was an important part of our plans, but what can we do now,” a PSL official told The Express Tribune. “We wish him good luck for his assignment, while we’re delighted to sign such a brilliant replacement in the form of (Sri Lankan all-rounder Thisara) Perera, who is a clever bowler and a big hitter.” The PSL is the latest among a flurry of national Twenty20 tournaments that has emerged worldwide since the early 2000s. Among these are the Indian Premier League, Australia Big Bash, Caribbean Premier League, South Africa Ram Slam, and England NatWest T20 Blast. NON-CONTRACTED PLAYERS Captain of the West Indies cricket team, Jason Holder, despite being drafted, will not participate in the upcoming inaugural Pakistan Super League (PSL) Twenty20 tournament as he has been denied a No Objection Certificate (NOC) by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). In a comment posted on Twitter recently, Holder thanked franchise team Quetta Gladiators for selecting him, but expressed that he has not been granted permission to take up the offer. “Thanks @TeamQuetta for the opportunity,” stated Holder. “I was not granted a NOC by @westindies and won’t be able to join. Best wishes #maybeoneday.” Holder, one of 15 players with central-retained WICB contracts, would have joined several of the world’s leading players for the February 4-23 championship in the United Arab Emirates.
The Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) will have to dip deeper into its pockets to stage this year’s ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships inside the National Stadium, with the 2016 budget climbing by over $13 million when compared to last year.Speaking at yesterday’s launch at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston, ISSA President, Dr Walton Small, told The Gleaner that it will cost the organisers well over $80 million to stage this year’s showpiece event, an increase on the approximately $67 million that it cost to execute last year’s ‘Champs’.Title sponsors GraceKennedy has certainly thrown their support behind the event, pumping $54 million directly into this year’s event as a part of a wider $100-million investment, with FLOW strengthening their partnership as exclusive telecoms sponsors with an $81-million injection, which covers the next three years.Small underlined security, which has increased from approximately $8 million to over $10 million this year, along with venue rental, food and electrical/information systems as the major expenses being undertaken.COSTS ARE UP”Last year, it was about $67 million in terms of cost to stage Champs, and it has increased to over $80 million,” Small noted. “Just in terms of the appreciation of the whole business of security, we have put in some serious money towards security; rental of the stadium has gone up, the expense of the food has also increased.”The electronic aspect of Champs has really stepped up in terms of cost. We wanted the improvements, for instance, around Stadium East, we are putting in additional systems over there so that the coaches and students can be comfortable,” said Small.Still, Small said he is comfortable with the level of readiness heading into the March 15-19 championships.”We are extremely pleased. Last year with the patrons not being able to come in really had a damper on the entire ISSA organisation, and we have gone all out to change that,” he said.Don Wehby, CEO of GraceKennedy, spoke to the company’s efforts to improve the event and outlined several initiatives.The title sponsors will be awarding $25,000 for each new record to team or individual. The funds will go towards an approved school project to be identified by the record-breaking team or individual.GraceKennedy will also be rolling out a high-school affinity credit card programme through its subsidiary, First Global Bank, which will not only give cardholders special school-branded cards, but will also provide them with an opportunity to give back to their alma mater as well, through its reward set-up. This programme will be launched on March 15.DREAM FUND PROMOTIONHe also spoke on the company’s Dream Fund promotion, which will see $5 million raised to assist three schools – one from each county, with the purchasing of equipment.FLOW’s sponsorship manager, Stephen Miller, noted his company’s wide-ranging sponsorship of sport and its commitment to these championships over the years.”We have provided total commitment for the past 12 years of more than $200 million,” he stated. “I also want to bring to your attention the ongoing efforts to assist some of our top schools to prepare for competing by offsetting some of the cost that they face.”Through our Journey to Champs programme, we have committed an additional $1 million this year in direct donation to the top-performing schools which will be participating in this year’s competition,” added Miller.Chairman of the organising committee, Colleen Montaque, announced that tickets will go on sale on March 12.Entry will be free for the bleachers and grandstand on the opening day of the championships.On Wednesday and Thursday, tickets will cost $100 (children) and $500 adults (for both sections). The price increases to $500 and $350 for students in uniform for bleachers tickets for Friday, with grandstand tickets going for 3,500.Saturday’s marquee day will cost patrons $1,500 for bleachers tickets and $4,500 for a seat in the grandstand. Season tickets will cost $9,000 for Category One and $8,000 for Category Two.
CRICKET:CHENNAI, India (CMC):West Indies Women will begin their Twenty20 World Cup campaign later this week with question marks over their batting, after another brittle performance left them with a 43-run defeat to Australia Women in their official warm-up game here yesterday.Chasing 140 for victory at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, the Caribbean collapsed to 96 all out off 19 overs without a single player passing 20.The total was their third low score in four T20 contests in recent weeks, following on from their 2-1 defeat in their three-match series against South Africa Women.Stacy-Ann King top-scored with 19 not out to lead five players in double figures, but the next best was captain Stafanie Taylor with 14.West Indies Women lost teenage opener Hayley Matthews for four to the third ball of the innings to be four for one, before crawling to 38 for two in the 10th over. However, Taylor’s dismissal triggered the final side as the Windies Women lost their last eight wickets for 58 runs.Leg-spinner Kristen Beams picked up three for nine, while seamer Rene Farrell finished with three for 18.Earlier, Australia Women eased to 139 for three off their 20 overs after they were sent in. Opener Elyse Villani stroked 51 from 42 deliveries, while captain Meg Lanning hit an unbeaten 49 from 39 deliveries.The right-handed Villani struck eight fours as she helped add 70 for the first wicket with wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy, who made 18 off 24 balls before she was caught and bowled by off-spinner Taylor in the 11th over.Villani fell soon afterwards in the 14th over but Lanning, who counted two fours and three sixes in her knock, combined with Alex Blackwell (14) to put on 47 and ensure Australia Women finished strongly.West Indies bowl off their group campaign tomorrow against Pakistan at the same venue here. They are in Group B also alongside India Women, Bangladesh Women and England Women.
Arnett Gardens FC registered a come-from-behind 2-1 victory against Montego Bay United (MBU) in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) top of the table football match at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex in Trench Town yesterday. Montego Bay took the lead when the RSPL’s leading marksman, Owayne Gordon, fired home his season high 16th goal past Arnett’s custodian, Peter Harrison, in the 21st minute. However, the home side fought back and scored twice inside two minutes. Kenniel Hyde swerved a kick from 25 yards past Romaine Bowers in goal for MBU in the 43rd minute. Then veteran striker Leon Strickland headed home in the 45th minute. MoBay United started well with some beautiful build-ups from Gordon, Dino Williams and Cory Hylton and took the lead when Williams threaded a perfect pass to Gordon, who finished off the play beautifully. However, Arnett gradually took over and scored two goals in the closing minutes of the first half for a good win that pushed them into second position on 57 points, three off leaders Portmore United (60) and ahead of MBU, on 54 points, in the race for the $1 million incentive awarded to the team that completes the preliminary stage of the league on most points. Two rounds remain. “I’m proud of the team coming from behind today (yesterday) to beat MoBay United. We also had some players out but the other players stepped up,” Jerome Waite, head coach of defending champions Arnett, told The Gleaner. The veteran coach was also confident that his team would retain the title. “We are here to retain the title,” he declared. On the other hand, MBU’s head coach, Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis who was also head coach at Arnett – had high praises for his team’s effort. “It was a pretty good game as we had seven players out. We went ahead and the players put out their best and now we will win the Premier League,” Davis, who is also a former national striker disclosed. Yesterday’s Results Arnett Gardens 2 MoBay United 1 Boys’ Town 0 Humble Lion 1 Harbour View 1 FC Reno 1 Portmore United 1 Waterhouse 0 Rivoli United 0 Tivoli Gardens 1 UWI FC 1 Cavalier SC 0
J Wray and Nephew will sponsor the 2016-2017 KSAFA Super and Major League competitions under the Magnum brand. Last season, the competitions were sponsored under the Charley’s JB Rum label, but at Tuesday’s official launch of the new season at the Wray and Nephew corporate office in New Kingston, it was announced that Magnum will headline the sponsorship of this season’s competitions. The leagues are being sponsored to the tune of $5,500,000, with associate sponsors Charles Chocolate pumping in $1 million, Avis Rent a Car $400,000 and Soccer Xpress $100,000. Wray and Nephew are in the second year of the three-year sponsorship deal, and the Super League winners will take home $1 million while the Major League champions will walk away with $500,000. A contribution of $30,000 will be made to each of the 28 clubs in both competitions, 12 in the Super League and 16 in the Major League, to offset expenses. All clubs will receive gears with the Velle brand, with the Magnum logo on the front and sister brand, Charley’s JB Rum, on the shoulders. The Super League will be divided into two zones of six each, with the top two from each group advancing to the semi-finals. The Major League will also be divided into two groups, but of nine teams each, with the top two also moving on to the last four. However, only the Super League will contest a mid-season final. The Super League kicks off tomorrow with a double-header at Constant Spring. In the opening game, Shortwood play Central Kingston at 1 p.m. while Barbican take on Brown’s Town at 3 p.m. KSAFA president, Ambassador Stewart Stephenson, said Wray Nephew’s sponsorship has enhanced the image of the association. he called on the clubs to maintain the high level of discipline set last season. “Last season, there were no significant incidents of indiscipline. (this season), the emphasis is on quality football and the importance of impeccable discipline and respect,” he said.
Montego Bay United’s conduct during a recent match has emerged as one of the main reasons title sponsor Red Stripe has decided to discontinue broadcast coverage of the island’s Premier League.A release sent to the media by Red Stripe two days ago stated that the company has decided to cease broadcast coverage of the Premier League until further notice.”Red Stripe wishes to advise that, due to ongoing issues within the Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA), the company has decided to discontinue broadcast coverage of Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) matches until further notice.”We will resume regular broadcast coverage as soon as the PLCA has provided assurances that they have come to a complete resolution. Red Stripe remains committed to the league and will continue to support and promote local football,” the release said.Pressed for a comment yesterday, Stacy-Ann Smith, Red Stripe’s communication manager, told The Gleaner that her company has no further statement on the matter.A close source to the issue disclosed that a meeting was held between the sponsor and the PLCA, where Red Stripe spoke about ongoing issues with Montego Bay United.”They were upset about the behaviour of Montego Bay United during the first leg quarter-final against Arnett Gardens last Monday night. First, Montego Bay did not play in their branded jersey, then they kicked the sign board provided by Red Stripe,” the source who requested anonymity told The Gleaner yesterday.report sentWhen contacted, PLCA vice-chairman Carvel Stewart said his association has sent a report to the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) with regard to the sponsor’s statement.”We are awaiting a response from the JFF,” Stewart said yesterday afternoon. ‘”There is no change in the schedule of the games for Sunday and Monday,” he added. The matches scheduled are Portmore United versus Tivoli Gardens on Sunday afternoon and Montego Bay United versus Arnett Gardens on Monday night.Montego Bay’s chairman, Orville Powell, said yesterday that money owed to his club is yet to be paid.”The league and sponsor have not responded to us about money owed since last year. It seems we don’t have any value,” Powell said.He is aware that his team breached the rules by not wearing the sponsor’s logo.”I know that there was a breach, but the PLCA and Red Stripe are also breaching our rights. I also understand that I was blamed for kicking a sign board but I was not even in Kingston on that night. The thing is we want the money owed,” Powell said.
Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu View comments Golden run ends as athletics team salvages 4 bronzes 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 Curiously, La Salle and FEU will open their respective UAAP Season 80 campaigns on September 10 at Mall of Asia Arena.This wasn’t the first time these two teams got into each other’s nerves during a pre-season outing.Last year, a tune-up game between La Salle and FEU at San Juan Arena was also halted when tempers flared between then-coach Nash Racela and Ayo. Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 1st Commotion !!!!😡😡😡 pic.twitter.com/V3Stroc7WE— Animo Davao (@animodavao) August 25, 2017La Salle and Far Eastern U got into a bench-clearing brawl in their duel in the Kadayawan Festival pocket tournament at Almendras Gym in Davao.In a video posted by Animo Davao, Kib Montalbo and Ken Tuffin got into a shoving match which seemed to have triggered the melee late in the third quarter.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’Based on on the clip, players from the bench also got into scuffle as Tamaraw guard Axel Iñigo, who seemed to be pacifying the situation, got elbowed by Green Archer guard Brent Paraiso before FEU’s Ron Dennison, who was earlier ejected from the game, came out of the dugout and attempted to throw punches.ADVERTISEMENT Commotion cause by Eboña. SMH FEU! pic.twitter.com/BGSOKq9LxW— Animo Davao (@animodavao) August 25, 2017Organizers forfeited the game as both teams were sent back to their team hotels.INQUIRER.net has reached out to FEU head coach Olsen Racela and La Salle mentor Aldin Ayo but both have yet to respond.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES FEU was leading, 73-59, with 20.0 seconds left in the third quarter when the commotion ensued. National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal What’s in store for your animal sign this year MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles
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