Grace gives more to Ben Francis Invit

first_img Principal Stewart says the meet is a reminder of the legacy of a former principal of the Clarendon-based institution. “We might not be the champions of Boys and Girls’ Championship in recent years, but we have won 22 times in the past, and continue to be in the top five in the girls’ category. We continue to make bold strides in sports and intellectually, as our young people are resources to be developed,” Dr Stewart said. Ben Francis thanked everyone involved in the staging of the meet that will be held for the first time outside the school compound. “On this occasion of the sixth staging of the Ben Francis meet, thanks to all who continue to make it possible. You have set the stage on which students continue to perform,” Francis said. Albert Lawrence, the first Vere Technical male Olympian and a member of Jamaica’s 4×100 metres silver-medal team in Los Angeles in 1984 is the patron of this year’s meet. Grace Foods Services and Western Union have increased their sponsorship for the sixth staging of the Vere Technical High School – Ben Francis Invitational track and field meet set for February 20 at the Jamalco Sports Complex in Clarendon. “We (Grace) have increased the sponsorship by $500,000 in sponsorship and execution of this meet as title sponsors. Last year, we budgeted $700,000, and this year it will be $1.2 million,” Angella Grandison-Reid, Grace Foods Services Company promotions and consumer services manager announced at the press launch yesterday at the Spanish Court Hotel. She pointed out that Grace has always assisted in the development of track and field meets. “We have been at development meets since 1975. This year, we are sponsoring 13 development meets, up from eight last year,” Grandison-Reid disclosed. The Vere Technical past student indicated that her company will continue to assist the meet. “Dr Henritta Stewart (principal of Vere), you don’t have to call us at Grace to find out if we are coming, as it is automatic,” Grandison-Reid asserted. Meanwhile, the coaches of the top medal-winning schools will walk away with cash incentives. “The top-three coaches will get $30,000, $15,000 and $10,000,” Olive Forrester, head of the physical education department at Vere revealed. There will also be prize monies worth $40,000 for each winner of the Championship events, such as high jump Class One (girls); 400 metres Class One (boys); 4×100 metres Class One (boys) and 4×400 metres (girls). Reminder of the legacylast_img read more

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Trainers strike averted, racing tomorrow

first_imgA strike by members of the United Racehorse Trainers’ Association was averted yesterday morning, ensuring there will be racing at Caymanas Park tomorrow.The trainers followed through on their threat to withhold nominations for Saturday’s meet on Wednes-day morning over the failure of Caymanas Track Limited (CTL) to grant them a 10 per cent increase in purses, but agreement was reached between the management of CTL and the trainers at a meeting yesterday morning at Caymanas Park.Details of the agreement were sketchy, but reports indicate that the revised offers made by CTL were favourably received.Tomorrow’s programme, according to CTL’s racing secretary Denzil Miller Jr, will feature 12 races, including the 11th running of the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Trophy open allowance race over 1100 metres with a purse of $1 million.The Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission has contributed $2 million to purses for the day, but the trainers say the $200,000 contribution to six trophy races sponsored by the BG&LC on the card have not increased the existing purses, but have seen the originally purses decrease and the sponsorship money added to the amount. This is an issue they plan to address.In addition to the principal feature for the BG&LC Trophy for which the regulatory body has contributed $500,000, other trophy races on the card are the Charles Randle Cup over 1200 metres with a purse of $765000 inclusive of $200,000 from the BG&LC; The Albert Rose Memorial Trophy over 1820 metres; the Josseth Grey Memorial Trophy over 1820 metres; the Carl Hill Memorial Trophy over 1200 metres; the Charles Hayles Memorial Trophy over1300 metres; and the Emancipation Day Trophy (high claiming) over 1300 metres for a purse of $570,000 inclusive of $100,000 from the BG&LC A Gimmick race; with a purse of $70,000 over 100 metres for humans will also be run.Top contenders for the BG&LC Trophy are the fleet-footed TALENTED TONY K, TRADITIONAL PRINCE, FORTUNEONEHUNDRED, PHINEAS, BORDER LINE, RIO COBRE, and the 3-y-o fillies PUDDY POOH and MOM’S STUDENT, respective winners of the 1000 Guineas and Oaks earlier this season.last_img read more

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Nelson lands doubleat Assiniboia Downs racetrack

first_imgWINNIPEG, Canada (CMC):Jamaican jockey Dane Nelson and Barbadian Chris Husbands both rode braces, but Chavion Chow, also Jamaican, made off with honours when he captured the feature CAN$25,000 Manitoba Mile Stakes at Assiniboia Downs here Sunday.Chow, the championship leader, paired with favourite Magic D’oro to dominate the three-year-olds and upward over a mile, to win by five lengths.Chow leads the standings with 39 wins, three clear of Husbands in second, with Nelson, Adolfo Morales and Guyanese Rohan Singh, in a three-way tie for third on 35 wins.Nelson, meanwhile, grabbed his share of the spotlight when he won race four aboard 4-1 chance Truly Ilean, beating the three-year-old and upward maiden fillies and mares by 11-3/4 lengths going a mile. He returned in race seven, the day’s final event, to steer Early Speed to a comfortable two-length win going five furlongs for the three-year-old fillies and mares who have never won two races.Husbands also pushed his way into the headlines, winning the day’s opener aboard 4-1 bet Lotus Lane going 7-1/2 furlongs before returning to win race two in a gate-to-wire effort with 7-1 outsider Denouement, in a mile and sixteenth trip for the three-year-olds yet to win a race this year.last_img read more

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Butt wants to return to Pakistan team

first_imgISLAMABAD (AP):Former Pakistan cricket captain Salman Butt hopes to play for his country again after the ICC lifted sanctions on him for his involvement in an infamous 2010 spot-fixing scandal.Butt was the captain when fast bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir delivered deliberate no-balls on behest of a bookmaker during the Lord’s Test against England.The trio was suspended for a minimum five years by an ICC anti-corruption tribunal and they even spent time in prison in England for cheating in an international match.The ICC said all three cricketers are eligible to play in both domestic and international cricket after their five-year ban ends on September 1.”I pray to God that nobody should go through such a phase in his life,” Butt told reporters in his hometown in Lahore on Thursday. “My request to children is that instead of committing a mistake, they should learn from our mistake and be a good human being and a good cricketer.”losing appealsAmir pleaded guilty and was allowed to compete in domestic cricket earlier this year.However, Butt and Asif both fought their cases before eventually losing their appeals in the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland.But both cricketers eventually acknowledged their involvement in spot-fixing and even appeared before the ICC anti-corruption unit before sanctions were lifted.Butt and Asif have to undergo PCB’s rehabilitation programme, after which both cricketers could compete in domestic cricket.”I have already given my availability to the PCB and whatever the requirement of the tribunal is, I am here to fulfil it,” Butt said.Amir and Asif were regarded as Pakistan’s spearheads in all the three formats before they were suspended, while Butt was a prolific batsman. Butt hoped he won’t be taking much time in returning to his previous best.”Over the last five years I have practised and trained regularly,” he said. “It’s true that if you don’t play competitive cricket for some time you get rusty but with few matches it will be fine.”last_img read more

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Foster’s Fairplay: A spine-tingling gold medal win

first_imgThe undiluted brilliance coming from the Beijing World Championships has put Foster’s Fairplay in a tailspin. Does the column give a ranking as to who were the top performers on a 1-2-3 basis? Absolutely not; so many others have taken on that mundane task. The controversy is stimulating and healthy. However, it basically informs on what is already accepted, give or take some minor adjustments. Try not to blame this column as a different analytical passage is taken. It has been standard practice to highlight excellence against odds, so the way forward is already set in concrete. At the Beijing showcase of the world’s best, 100-metre hurdles World champion – baby sister Jamaica’s Danielle Williams comes out of The Queen’s School in her home country and subsequently, the Johnson C. Smith University, located in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. Interestingly, her elder sibling, Shermaine Williams, was also in the final. Compared with the competition that encircled, the 22-year-old Danielle’s worksheet was modest – a 12.69 personal record and a 2015 best of 12.71, taking into account the plethora of global champion credentials, world leads, lifetime and season bests posted by some awesomely talented USA sprint hurdlers. There were four of them and a British lady, herself a former US athlete – all waiting and, from their status, ready to gobble up our pint-sized Danielle. Her only world-standard outing resulted in an agonising fourth place at the 2010 World Juniors in Moncton. However, as my colleague and friend Hubert Lawrence says, “That’s why they run the races”. lifetime record What was in her credit column, as she sought to do the unthinkable? Her high-school coach, Lloyd Clarke, and Lennox Graham, who leads her programme at college, were marked present, observing. Clarke was part of the staff of the elite Stephen Francis-guided MVP Track Club, while Graham was thrust into a national spot with overall responsibility for all Jamaica’s hurdlers at the big show. With 12.77 seconds to win her opening round, a lifetime record of 12.58 to repeat the feat in the semi-finals and later in the same day (the men were not subjected to this) another PB, 12.57, was all it took to mine a spine-tingling gold medal, surprising to all willing to tell the truth. Foster’s Fairplay engaged the new World champion a week after as to her sentiments, having been afforded time to reflect. She had made the trek from Kings Gate Prep to Beijing in fine style. “It is surreal. I was never a standout in this sport when I began, so I am still in disbelief that I was able to beat the best in the world for the gold medal and title,” said Danielle. What were the seeds sown back then that still continue to blossom and produce fruit? She continued: “If any seeds were sown, it was that hard work pays off and it’s not necessarily who’s the most favoured who comes out on top; it’s who’s the best on the day.” Big sister by a mere two-plus years, Shermaine, is highly lettered at the elite level for teenaged athletes. She boasts (just this columnist’s writing style as she is as humble as can be imagined) silver medals at both World Youths (2007) and World Juniors (2008), and was also a finalist at the 2005 version of the former event. How much did that influence count? “We have been competing all season long, so we have been able to push each other significantly,” explained Danielle. “We have made each other better by constantly forcing the other to always be on top of our game, as neither of us wants to lose to the other. “By competing with her at such high intensity, I feel that I was better able to handle the competition against the rest of the world. I train with one of the best hurdlers in the world. It can’t get any better than that.” She looked at Rio 2016. “I strive to make my first Olympic team, represent Jamaica to the best of my ability, and achieve whatever goals I will set for myself.” As Danielle readies herself for further glory, Foster’s Fairplay’s wishes are in keeping with her high school’s motto: Virtute et Sapientia Floreat (May she flourish in virtue and wisdom). – For feedback, email lauriefoster2012@gmail.com.last_img read more

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Golden State net NBA record 16 straight

first_imgOAKLAND, California (AP):The defending champions, Golden State Warriors, set the record for best start in NBA history at 16-0, as Stephen Curry had 24 points and nine assists in a 111-77 rout of the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.With their coach sidelined, the Warriors surpassed the 15-0 starts by the Washington Capitols of 1948-49 and 1993-94 Houston Rockets.Confetti streamed down when the final buzzer sounded, but Golden State’s players barely celebrated.”It’s a special accomplishment anytime you can do something that hasn’t been done before,” Curry said. “It’s not going to be total dominance for 82 games.”Draymond Green added 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists as the Warriors extended their team-record home-winning streak to 27 games, with coach Steve Kerr watching from behind the scenes while recovering from complications following two back surgeries.Kobe Bryant shot one of 14 for just four points, matching the worst-shooting performance of his career in a game where he had at least one basket. The Lakers dropped to 2-12 with the second-worst record in the NBA.Elsewhere, Indiana made a club record 19 3-pointers in a 123-106 win over Washington, the Los Angeles Clippers ended a three-game losing streak with a 111-94 victory over Denver and Atlanta routed Boston 121-97.In other games, Mike Conley scored 21 points and Jeff Green added 19 to lead seven Memphis players in double figures in the Grizzlies’ 110-96 win over Dallas. Marc Gasol had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Memphis, which won their fifth in the last six games.Chicago’s Jimmy Butler scored 22 points and Derrick Rose added 17 in his return to the line-up as the Bulls held off Portland 93-88. Rose had missed two games with a left ankle injury.last_img read more

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Ottey’s stunning strike halts UWI’s charge

first_img “Tactically, we were brilliant against this UWI team, who we knew would be coming at us. They wanted to stay atop the standings and we needed to get closer to the top. It was a hard game, but we are delighted with the win,” Thelwell reasoned. Marcel Gayle, UWI’s coach said his team was unfortunate to concede so late into the game, but warned they will be come back after a two-week break stronger. “We lost, but we are not down-hearted; we gave a go. We never looked like scoring and had the misfortune of conceding, but we will be stronger for this defeat,” he said. Ottey’s goal was on the cards as he flashed a header just over the crossbar in the 37th minute and before that had a powerful shot blocked by a defender. “I told myself that I needed to score. It was up to me to score and I am happy with the goal. It was beautiful,” said Ottey, who also has four assist, on the season. Western Bureau: Montego Bay United’s (MBU) enigmatic winger Alan Ottey notched his fifth goal of the season with a sumptuous second-half strike to give the defending Red Stripe Premier League champions a narrow 1-0 victory over the University of the West Indies (UWI) FC yesterday. Playing without their two preferred forwards – Dino Williams, who was serving a one match ban for card accumulation, and Corey Hylton, who is out injured – MBU wasted several chances to score, particularly in the first half. But in a battle of the champion team versus the league leaders coming into the match, it seemed they might have had to settle for a point, until Ottey’s magic shone through. He picked up a pass laid inside, swivelled and unleashed his shot, leaving the outstanding Amal Knight beaten in the UWI goal for the game’s only strike and three very important points for the champions. They were also without their technical director Slavisa Bozicic and wing back Zvezdan Doreilovic, who are both away on family matters. But MBU never needed them, as Ottey, Donovan Carey, Ronaldo Rodney and Jermaine Woozencroft were superb going forward. Rodney should have scored three goals in the 18th, 27th and 30th minutes, respectively, but either fired over or straight at the UWI goalkeeper. He was later substituted in the second half. The win was a good one for MBU, who had stumbled in the last two matches away, but playing at home in more familiar environs worked for them, with assistant coach Dillon Thelwell telling The Gleaner that he was pleased with the performance. “This was a very good performance. There were some nervous moments, but we did the job,” Thelwell said. HARD GAMElast_img read more

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Concerns around heart-screening snub

first_img FORCEFUL MEASURES Meanwhile, ISSA Competitions Director George Forbes, who noted that the organisation was expecting to meet with principals to reinforce the importance of screening, also underlined that they are working on more forceful measures. “All schools have been asked to do their medicals, before the start of the season,” Forbes outlined. On the matter of financing, Forbes made it clear that ISSA cannot help individual schools fund the screening exercise. Instead, they try to put on seminars and conferences to educate the athletes and coaches. “We (ISSA) don’t deal with poor schools or rich schools, schools are schools. It is instructed to all schools to do medicals,” he assured. While ISSA has no current mechanism to force schools to do screening, Forbes assured that they are working on a document for them to sign. “There is a form that is being developed for that, we have told the schools that this is the way to go, and they have to take the medicals important,” he continued. Less than a month into the current season, the competitions officer is crediting some meet directors for not having athletes “overwork” by doing more than one events. “I can’t speak for all track meets but all we are trying to do is to educate and sensitise so that everybody understand medical is most important, we lost two athletes last year and we can’t afford to lose any this year,” added Forbes. Local sports medicine specialist Dr Paul Wright is expressing concern that not enough student athletes have conducted heart-screening exercises. Approximately 100 student athletes have been screened by the Heart Foundation of Jamaica since last October. For athletes who compete in Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) competitions, the cost for a complete Heart Foundation of Jamaica medical is $2,500 and includes blood test, heart test, physical examination, and vision test. “We have screened about 100 athletes so far, and no it is not enough. There is a flurry when someone dies, and then it stops,” Wright told The Gleaner. He also strongly condemned arguments that screening student athletes costs too much, noting parents should place a priority on the procedure. “It’s falling down with the parents, they saw a footballer drop dead on television, but they are not paying enough attention to screening until somebody dies,” Wright lamented. Last year, St George’s College football captain Dominic James collapsed and died during a Manning Cup game. Spot Valley’s Saymar Ramsey collapsed and died after representing his school in a basketball game last year, while Cavahn McKenzie, a St Jago High distance runner also collapsed and passed away while competing at the NACAC Cross Country Championship in Trinidad and Tobago in 2014.last_img read more

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Moreno, PH Archers hope to put gold-less past behind them

first_imgEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend View comments 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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) LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ PH Archery team. Photo by Marc ReyesKUALA LUMPUR—For Youth Olympic Games champion archer Luis Gabriel Moreno, studies will take the back seat for the time being.The 2014 YOG champ—in tandem with Chinese Li JiaMan—said he took a sabbatical from his marketing course at La Salle to prepare for the Southeast Asian Games.ADVERTISEMENT “It will be just for one term,” said Moreno, who, along with 15 other members of the Philippine archery team, sees action starting Wednesday.He admitted feeling the pressure to perform after the country went home without a gold in Singapore two years ago.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’“For me personally I will just try to remember what I practice and hope for the best,” he said.The team had five international trips, including a week-long training camp in San Diego before competing in the World Cup in Salt Lake City in the United States. Also comprising the team are four-time champion Amaya Paz-Cojuangco, who delivered the lone silver two years ago, and two-time Olympian Mark Javier.Completing the lineup are Rogelio Miguel Tremedal, Joseph Benjamin Vicencio, Niron Brylle dela Cruz, Florante Matan and Earl Benjamin Yap in the men’s team.The women’s squad is also composed of Pia Elizabeth Angela Bidaure, Nicole Marie Tagle, Jennifer Chan, Kim Concepcion, Kareel Meer Hongitan, Mbigail Tindugan and Mary Queen Ybanez.Two gold medals will be at stake in compound events Wednesday at Synthetic Turf Field, KL Sports City. ADVERTISEMENT 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings MOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Sepak takraw targeting 2 golds Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Teen gunned down in Masbatelast_img read more

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