BRUSSELS, Belgium: IAAF World Championships 200m silver medallist Elaine Thompson says she is eager to again test herself against gold-medal winner Dafne Schippers and Olympic champion Allyson Felix at today’s series – closing AG Memorial Van Damme Diamond League meet in Brussels, Belgium. Schippers, who became the third-fastest woman ever in the 200m says she is also looking forward to the double rematch – with Thompson and with Felix, who beat her into second place at this very meet last year. Thompson and Schippers produced the best 200m race in history, taking each other to the line in Beijing’s Bird’s Nest stadium with the towering Netherlands heptathlete-turned-sprinter stopping the clock in a championships record 21.63 (+0.2); the fourth-fastest time in history to pip Thompson, who posted 21.66 – the sixth-fastest time ever for silver. Those were the two fastest times recorded since 1998 with Veronica Campbell-Brown’s bronze medal winning 21.97 seconds clocking also meaning that the three fastest times of the year came in that race. “It’s my last 200m of the season, my first time running against (Allyson) Felix and, of course, my second time against (Dafne) Schippers, so I’m looking forward to going out there and doing my best and seeing what I have left in my last 200m and first after the championships,” Thompson told The Gleaner yesterday. “Yes, I am looking forward to the rivalry. Now I am considered a top competitor in the event and people are looking out for me at the meets,” added Thompson as she expressed her excitement. Schippers has become somewhat of a cult hero in these parts and, as she spoke about the difficulty in walking on the streets without being mobbed by fans since her big win in Beijing, she, too, is looking forward to the contest. “It’s very nice to compete with the top girls of the world. Of course, the most important competition was the Worlds but I am also looking forward to facing the top girls again here,” said Schippers, who also confirmed that she will no longer compete in the heptathlon and will now focus on the sprints and the long jump in 2016. Felix’s motivation will be her one-point lead in the Diamond Race – a trophy she has not held since 2010, but she is all too aware that fellow American Jeneba Tarmoh and Schippers are both within striking distance. World Championships finalist Sherone Simpson is also expected to compete in the event. Eleven other Jamaicans including World Championships shot put bronze medal winner O’Dayne Richards and national 400m record holder Rusheen McDonald are also in Belgium and ready to compete, as are 400m finalists and three-quarters of the gold medal winning 4x400m team – Novlene Williams-Mills, Stephenie-Ann McPherson, and Christine Day, triple jump finalist Kimberly Williams and 100m pair Asafa Powell and Nesta Carter. Those two will come up against double sprint silver medal winner in Beijing, Justin Gatlin, who will be looking to continue his unbeaten run on the circuit, which stretches back to the beginning of last season. The American is only in need of a top-three finish to claim the Diamond prize in the event. Gatlin, following Usain Bolt’s 11th hour withdrawal from the meet due to fatigue, will also contest the 200m where Jamaicans Nickel Ashmeade and Rasheed Dwyer will be among the competitors. World champion Christian Taylor (USA) will look to overturn Cuban rival Pedro Pablo Pichardo’s two-point lead in the triple jump, while Jasmin Stowers, Sharicka Nelvis and Dawn Harper-Nelson go into the 100m hurdles decider all on 10 points after equally sharing wins in the six rounds of competition in the event. Schedule for Jamaicans Men’s Shot Put – 11:25am O’Dayne Richards Women’s Triple Jump – 11:40am Kimberly Williams Men’s 400m – 12:50pm Rusheen McDonald Peter Matthews Men’s 100m – 1:14pm Asafa Powell Nesta Carter Women’s 200m – 1:32pm Elaine Thompson Sherone Simpson Men’s 200m – 2:16pm Nickel Ashmeade, Rasheed Dwyer Women’s 400m – 2:35pm Novlene Williams-Mills Stephenie-Ann McPherson Christine Day
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Prior to the start of the Red Stripe Premier League season, rumours surfaced that former Jamaica College star and Tivoli Gardens player Junior Flemmings would be turning out in the colours of beaten semi-finalists Waterhouse this season. The young forward has now admitted that he nearly made the move to Drewsland, but after serious consideration, he decided not to, and thought it better to spend his last days, before taking up a scholarship with New Mexico University in January, at his home-town club. “I am currently at Tivoli Gardens, where I will play from now until December, when I will take up a scholarship in the US. So I am just making sure I continue playing football, stay fit and try to stay injury free,” he said. “There’s nothing that feels greater than representing your home town. It was in my thoughts (going to Waterhouse), but I reflected on my future and remembered that this is where it all started for me, and how it would look very ungrateful on me if I turn my back on Tivoli Gardens now, especially with all that is happening with other players leaving and such. But I made a decision; I will stay at Tivoli until I am ready to leave the league,” he told The Gleaner. The Tivoli starlet only returned to the island last week, but is looking to play his first game against Humble Lion tomorrow. But Flemmings has had two seasons of top-flight football, and he feels, with all that experience, he can make a solid impact before his departure. “I was overseas doing some training and trying to get accustomed to the climate and the environment, so when I actually go there (university), it won’t be nothing new,”explained.. “But between now and December, I am trying to score at least eight goals, whether in the Premier League, the FLOW Cup or the Jackie Bell. That is my target. “It’s not easy, after just finishing playing schoolboy football and trying to transfer everything over into the Premier League, where you play against much older and more experienced guys. “I think we have a shot at the title, and we are going for it. On Sunday, I hope to play against Humble Lion for my first game, and I would love to score in my first game at home,” he added.
Western Bureau:Derailed in their last game out on Tuesday in a 1-0 loss to BB Coke, St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) will be seeking a return to winning ways in the ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup, when they host Newell High in Santa Cruz.STETHS are in an unfamiliar position, fourth in Group E and need a win to recover lost ground to leaders Lacovia High (10 points). BB Coke, with that stunning win over STETHS on Tuesday, are on seven points and second in Group E, with the former champions locked on four points with Maggotty High.Newell are languishing at the foot of the table and should be easy pickings, but a guarded Omar Wedderburn, the STETHS coach, knows full well that it’s a tough group and nothing can be taken for granted.”As I keep saying, it is a very competitive group and we will just have to raise our game and play a high level of football,” Wedderburn said.Lacovia, meanwhile, will host Munro with the hope of extending their lead. Munro are on four points, after picking up a first win of the campaign 2-1 over Newell in Tuesday’s round, and BB Coke’s new-found confidence will be tested when they tackle Maggotty.undefeated teamsPetersfield High are sailing away in Group D with nine points and are odds-on favourites to defeat Little London today. Godfrey Stewart, now second in the group, should also take full points at Maud McLeod’s expense.Manchester High remain one of a handful of undefeated teams and could easily make it five wins in five matches when they travel to Winston Jones High in Group F. They sit nicely on 12 points. Their opponents, Winston Jones, are in last place on a single point.Still in Group F, second place team Mile Gully (seven points) will have second-from-bottom Belair as guests, while fourth meets third in DeCarteret College and Cross Keys.Over in Group J, Islington High (10 points) put their unbeaten record on the line against Tacky High. Annotto Bay, in second, will be tested by St Mary Technical while Brimmervale take on third place St Mary High. Today’s matchesGroup DMaud McLeod vs Godfrey StewartPetersfield vs Little London HighGroup ESTETHS vs NewellLacovia vs MunroBB Coke vs MaggottyGroup FWinston Jones vs ManchesterDeCarteret vs Cross KeysMile Gully vs BelairGroup JAnnotto Bay vs St. Mary TechSt Mary High vs BrimmervaleIslington vs TackyGroup KTacius Golding vs Bog WalkMcGrath vs CharlemontGroup NKemps Hill vs Foga RoadOld Harbour vs CentralGroup OSeaforth vs Paul BogleSt. Thomas Tech vs Morant Bay
Minister of Tourism and Entertainment Wykeham McNeil has hailed the Reggae Marathon as a unique Jamaican sporting event which has contributed a lot to Brand Jamaica. through sports tourism.The tourism minister, who was speaking at yesterday’s official launch of the 15th annual Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K at the Altamont Court Hotel in New Kingston, believes this year’s event will be exemplary and memorable, as Jamaica seeks to capitalise on earnings from the sports tourism industry.The event will take place on Saturday, December 5 at 5:15 a.m. at Long Bay Beach Park in Negril, with a record number of participants from more than 35 countries set to participate. Competitors from Saudia Arabia and Suriname are set to compete for the first time.The tourism minister said the Reggae Marathon was a brilliant concept.”It brings together two of the strongest brands in Jamaica – sports and our music,” McNeil said. “This event shows the potential of sports tourism. As an IAAF-certified event, it is now attracting more than 2,500 runners from as far as Japan. It is an event that has developed a following and a name,” he added.RegistrationOnline registration closes on December 1, via www.reggaemarathon.com or by Reggae Marathon’s office located at 87-89 Tower Street.Race director, Reggae Marathon’s Alfred Francis, has invited local runners to step up to the plate and break the records. Only one record is held by a Jamaican – Shawn Pitter for the 10K event, which he set in 2012 at a time of 29 minutes: 55 seconds.Francis added that there has been an outpouring of support both locally and internationally for the 15th staging of the event.Meanwhile, Lee Issa, president of the Negril Chamber of Commerce, congratulated the event for “its effort to sustain a high level of professionalism and for its reach internationally”.
Coach of St Jago High Glen Laing said he had expected a bit more from St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS) after his team dismissed their daCosta Cup rivals 2-0 to advance to the semi-finals of the ISSA-FLOW Super Cup at the National Stadium yesterday.”I thought they would have put up a little more fight, but we can’t complain about who comes and how they play. We have to just score goals and win matches,” Laing stressed.”People have been saying that urban schools are ahead of the rural schools, and our performance proved that,” he told The Sunday Gleaner.He added that they knew where STETHS were weak and exploited that area throughout the match.DEFENSIVE PROBLEMS”We knew they had defensive problems and we decided to use three persons up front, and it paid off beautifully,” Laing said.Ace forward Ryan Smart led with a superb brace to bring his tally to nine goals in all competitions so far.He converted from the penalty spot in the 43rd minute, after Kirk Samuda was bundled over inside the box, and polished off his brace in the second half with a clever 56th minute strike.At the other end, most of the STETHS attacks failed to trouble a very organised St Jago defence. When the STETHS forwards found space for shots at goal, they were denied by goalkeeper Akeem Chambers of St Jago, who had a very good game.STETHS’ assistant coach Renorio Downswell said his midfielders just didn’t turn up yesterday.”The guys didn’t turn up to play. We came here and were a bit lethargic and that cost us. We just didn’t play our game,” he stressed.
Windies warm-upsST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):West Indies will use unofficial Twenty20 games against minnows Zimbabwe in Sharjah as part of their preparation for next month’s T20 World Cup in India, the West Indies Cricket Board announced yesterday. The Caribbean side will take on Zimbabwe on Saturday and then again next Monday, with both games slated for the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. West Indies are currently in Dubai for a preparation camp ahead of the March 8 to April 3 T20 World Cup.They will also play two T20s against English County team Warwickshire at the ICC Global Cricket Academy on March 4 and again two days later. Following the fixtures, West Indies will fly to Kolkata on March 7, where they play official warm-up games against India on March 10 and against Australia on March 13.West Indies have been drawn in Group One of the Super 10 preliminary round stage, where they will face England, South Africa and Sri Lanka.The group will be completed by either Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Scotland or Zimbabwe, who do battle in a pre-tournament round of qualifiers.WI Women winWest Indies Women defeated South Africa Women by 16 runs in the opening One-Day International of the three-match series at Buffalo Park here yesterday.Scores: WEST INDIES WOMEN 214 for seven off 50 overs (Hayley Matthews 56, Britney Cooper 55 not out, Deandra Dottin 28, Shemaine Campbelle 26; Dane van Niekerk 2-25, Shabnim Ismail 2-40, Sune Luus 2-50). SOUTH AFRICA WOMEN 198 all out off 48.5 overs (Marizanne Kapp 69 not out, Trisha Chetty 47, Shabnim Ismail 34; Deandra Dottin 5-34, Shaquana Quintyne 2-15, Anisa Mohammed 2-36).FIFA reduces bans for Blatter, PlatiniZURICH (AP):Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini had their bans from soccer reduced from eight years to six by FIFA’s appeal body yesterday, two days before the sport’s ruling body tries to turn the page on years of scandals by electing a new president. Blatter and Platini were initially found guilty of wrongdoing by FIFA’s independent ethics committee, which is led by a German judge, over a previously-secret 2011 financial transaction.Platini, the UEFA president, said not being cleared was an “insulting decision, shameful and a denial of rights” and announced he will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.Blatter, as FIFA president, authorised a payment of 2 million Swiss francs ($2 million) to Platini, which was found to be unethical and a conflict of interest. But following hearings last week, an in-house appeal committee comprising members of federations voting in tomorrow’s presidential election decided to relax the suspensions. The committee is headed by Larry Mussenden of Bermuda, who is currently campaigning to win a May vote to become president of CONCACAF and a FIFA vice president.Djokovic wins 700th career matchDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP):Novak Djokovic earned his 700th career match win at the expense of Tunisian wild card Malek Jaziri 6-1, 6-2 at the Dubai Championships yesterday. Djokovic, who joined the tour a decade ago, has a 700-146 career match record.He’s one of three active players to reach 700 wins, the others being Roger Federer with 1,067, and Rafael Nadal on 775.”Sounds like I played many matches in my career,” a smiling Djokovic told the crowd.
There is an active campaign going the rounds to vote out the president and vote in the secretary, and, as usual, this is causing a lot of ill-will among the board members and the association’s members. Those who love Jamaica’s cricket, those who profess to love cricket in general, and those who have a vote must display their “love” for the love of cricket, and their interest in Jamaica’s cricket, by voting for the man who can help cricket in Jamaica. Jamaica’s cricket right now needs a lot of things. Right now, however, it needs money, and it needs money to do many things. The clubs need money to stay alive, and cricket needs money to keep it going. Money is needed for players to travel to practise and to play games, to pay for gears, to pay for preparation of grounds, to pay the water rate and the light bill, to pay umpires, to pay for meals, and to provide prize-money, and attractive prize-money at that. Cricket, therefore, needs a man, and team members, who, among other things, is known across Jamaica, particularly in the business sector. It needs a man of impeccable reputation, a man who has a strong national image, a man who believes in the saying that work has never killed anyone, and a man who can get money for cricket. It does not need man who, if and whenever he calls a potential sponsor or financier, he hears, who is that? Cricket also needs a man as president who does not necessarily know everything about cricket. Cricket, however, especially at this time, needs a man who knows how to get those around him who knows the game and who knows how to lead the resurrection of cricket in this country. Cricket needs a man willing to look at it and one who is big enough to change cricket and to improve it. Cricket needs a general shake-up. Cricket, competitive cricket, needs to be smaller in order to be better. There should be two types of cricket – cricket for fun and competitive cricket Cricket for fun should be available to everybody, but Senior Cup cricket, for example, needs a change. It needs to go from its present 23 teams to maybe eight or 10 teams as proposed for next year. There is no doubt that would make the competition more manageable and easier to run. It would cost less money to organise, to pay for travelling and umpires, to prepare meals, and to buy balls and other things. Most important, it would lead to improvement. One could then, probably, afford to play more cricket, return matches instead of four group matches, with the best players playing with and against the best players regularly. Jamaica’s cricket is passing through parlous times. The standard of play is poor and it seems to be getting worse and worse despite the presence of a few promising young players. The only thing that can possibly solve the present situation, however, is good management, the kind of leadership at the top which can see what is happening and do something about it. It needs some good people at the top; people who love cricket and who are willing to work for cricket. The election of officers is only a few days away, but instead of trying to find those who know cricket and those who are willing to work for cricket, and hardly anything else, some members of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) are busy trying to find people who are willing to run on the “slate”. It matters not whether they really love cricket, attend cricket matches, or ever lift a hand to assist cricket If the truth be told, some of these people have nothing but a passing interest in cricket. That is the reason, except for a few places, except for some places like south St. Elizabeth, there are so few people at any cricket match in Jamaica, be it at club matches or regional matches. There is a move afoot by some people in Jamaica’s cricket to influence the voters at this week’s election of officers to again change the president and put in one who has served as the association’s secretary for quite some time. Love cricket It seems as if Billy Heaven, the man in office, is suffering a backlash from last year when the JCA’s executive had originally decided to oppose Dave Cameron as president of the West Indies Cricket Board before the association overruled them at a special general meeting. On top of that, although he got more than twice the money, some $109 million for cricket, he remained almost invisible as president. It would be good if he was more visible, but then he had a secretary. Even in a country like Jamaica, it is not necessary, not if the other members voted in are doing their work and the president is leading them. After receiving some 80 votes out of 103 last time, some have turned against Heaven, simply because he has put in place measures to enable the association’s business to run properly and for the association to operate much more cost effectively. One term is also not a long time, and Heaven deserves another term to try and do his thing, to change the people’s opinion of how Jamaica’s cricket is run. On top of that, after the quick removal of Paul Campbell and Linden Wright, and after Heaven’s big victory, following the problems re lack of money, re the use of money, re lack of sponsorship, and badly run competitions, and after the quarrels and infighting, it would be foolish to change again so quickly, especially when it is the secretary running against the president and his reasons given why he is running. Jamaica’s cricket needs support and it needs change. It does not need a change in the leadership of the association, however, at least not yet. It needs a strong man in charge, one who will continue to stand up for cricket and nothing else, especially if he is given some good men and women around him, men and women who know cricket and are willing to work for cricket, especially as volunteers. At this stage, the JCA needs volunteers, good volunteers at that. Backlash
When the second staging of the Veronica Campbell Brown Foundation 5K Run/Walk happens on January 29 in Hayes, Clarendon, the post-race activities will include fun games for corporate teams. This year’s staging intends to build on the 2016 inaugural event, which featured a strong turnout from the Vere Technical family with their athletes dominating the road race. “This year we are adding some exciting post-race elements that corporate teams will be excited about, such as a tug-a-war and a water war, so we are appealing to corporate teams to come out on the day to do some good while having a whole lot of fun,” said Allan Beckford the race director. Scheduled for a 7:30 a.m. start, the event will culminate at the eight-time Olympic medallist’s alma mater, Vere Technical High, with all the proceeds going to support the work of the VCB Foundation which provides financial support for girls at the secondary level, ensuring that they complete high school. “Preparations have been going well and we believe this is going to be a wonderful event building from what was done last year. I believe the team has been working hard to ensure that people have a good time. It’s the best combination of having fun while doing some good for those in need,” said Campbell-Brown. The Olympian has always displayed an immense support to empower young girls. For the last six years her foundation has been supporting girls at Irwin High, Troy High, Vere Technical High and St Andrew Technical High through mentorship and motivational activities and scholarship awards. “We at the VCB Foundation are passionate about the cause of helping young girls achieve their utmost and we are appealing to our fellow Jamaicans to come out and support us so we can keep doing what we’ve been doing for the past five years and do even more,” explained the double Olympic 200m champion who gives a portion of her fees from one of her competitive races every year to finance the work of the foundation. To sign up online for the VCB Foundation 5K Walk/Run, participants can visit www.vcbfoundation.com or www.ondirun.com.jm
Mega Builders force rubber match for PVL men’s crown 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View comments — Renzo_Gracie_BJJ (@RenzoGracieBJJ) August 9, 2017FEATURED 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’Athletes from different sports are known to play to the crowd from time to time, but one bodybuilder paid the ultimate price after trying to show off for the audience.Sifiso Lungelo Thabete passed away after suffering injuries from a botched backflip attempt during a body building tourney. 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 Teen gunned down in Masbate According to the New York Post, the South-Africa native tried to perform a back flip but failed to rotate enough mid-jump and landed on his head, breaking his neck in the process.The harrowing accident was caught on film, showing the muscle-clad athlete hyping the crowd and encouraging spectators to cheer him on.Instead of loud cheers, the arena fell into utter silence after Thabete failed and lay motionless on the canvas.Several officials came to his aid and rushed him to the hospital, where he passed away due to head trauma.Adding insult to injury, Thabete’s clip went viral and was mocked online, before the severity of his injury was announced to the public.ADVERTISEMENT Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Editor’s Note: This video contains graphic content. View at your own risk.A little reminder… Your Brain has no muscles to protect it.. Keep your head safe all the time. Avoid getting hit on your thinking machine pic.twitter.com/LT1BKXILMrADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ LATEST STORIES Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The South African bodybuilding magazine Muscle Evolution, meanwhile, extended its sympathies for the family of the deceased and said the bodybuilding community was “shocked and saddened” by his unfortunate passing. Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:WATCH: Enraged body builder slaps judge after losing contestSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
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