Dyke pleased with Edwin Allen’s early showing

first_imgAFTER two years of success, defending Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association girls champions Edwin Allen High will be hoping to make it three in March, and following his team’s opening at Saturday’s Purewater JC Invitational Michael Dyke is predicting just that. “I am extremely pleased with the overall performance,” said an upbeat Dyke. Despite losing two of his top Class One throwers – Janelle Fullerton, who transferred to St Jago, and Paul Ann Gayle, who has gone overseas – Dyke is not deterred. “It would have been good to have them back in the team, but their departure will not affect the performance as other girls in their shadows over the years have stepped up,” he said. Saturday was an indicator of this as Bristol O’Connor threw 43.72 metres to finish behind Fullerton, who won with the Class One discus in 47.54m. The defending champions had a solid start in the middle and long distance events where they had top three finishes in all classes. Dyke singled out the performance of young Cemore Donald, who clocked the fastest time of all three classes (2:19.30), to win the Class Three 800m. “Cemore is the defending champion at Champs and what she did was awesome and I am confident that she is going to break the record at Champs,” said Dyke. Over the last three years Edwin Allen’s jumpers have been the most impressive at Champs. Dyke thinks his rivals are doomed again this year. “Our jumpers were of high standard on Saturday and nothing will change for the remainder of the season.” The only members of this team yet to taste success are in Class Four, but Dyke is unconcerned about the present crop. “Despite this going to be their first time competing I think the group is much stronger than last year,” he said. Dyke could be right as the Class Four girls dominated the 100 metres. Bethany Bridge led the way with 11.99 seconds. Patrece Clarke (12.51), Selieci Myles (12.66), and Jessica McLean (12.71) finished in the top eight overall.last_img read more

South Africa survive early scare to beat Afghanistan in World T20

first_imgMUMBAI, India (AP):South Africa avoided another bowling nightmare to revive their World Twenty20 campaign and beat inexperienced Afghanistan by 37 runs in the Group One match yesterday.Chasing South Africa’s daunting 209-5, opener Mohammad Shahzad smashed 44 off just 19 balls before medium-fast Chris Morris grabbed 4-27 to dismiss Afghanistan for 172 in 20 overs.”We need to be a lot better, it’s as simple as that,” said South Africa captain Faf du Plessis, who won the toss and chose to bat. “It’s a big challenge for the bowlers … I guess we are a bit soft in our execution which we need to improve on.”AB de Villiers had earlier capitalised on two dropped catches to hit 64 off 29 balls. Left-handed opener Quinton de Kock made 45 and du Plessis contributed 41.South Africa lost the first match against England, which chased down a WT20 record 230-8 at the same venue on Friday to win by two wickets. It was Afghanistan’s second loss in succession after they were beaten by defending champions Sri Lanka at Kolkata.Shahzad followed the England-style run rampage when he smashed five sixes and three fours in the first three overs from fast bowlers Kagiso Rabada and Kyle Abbott as South Africa rested their front-line fast bowler Dale Steyn and included David Wiese, who went for 0-47.Morris cut short the cricketing carnage and knocked back the middle stump of Shahzad, before following it up with the wicket of captain Asghar Stanikzai. He returned to clean- bowl Rashid Khan and Dawlat Zadran in his last over.The South African pace proved too much for Afghanistan’s middle-order batsmen as they kept losing wickets, with wicketkeeper de Kock holding on to four catches and also stumping Noor Ali Zadran.”This experience will be good for us,” Stanikzai said. “Shahzad started well but, unfortunately, we gave some quick wickets and that’s why we lost the match.”Earlier, de Kock and du Plessis set the pace of the South Africa innings by adding 65 off 42 balls after Hashim Amla was dismissed in the third over.Afghanistan came back briefly when du Plessis was run out in the 10th over and two overs later de Kock was caught behind.last_img read more

Health insurance for athletes

first_imgFifteen hundred sports ambassadors across all disciplines, who sweat, toil and push their bodies to the limit for the cause of national representation, are set to benefit from ‘a first of its kind’ Jamaica Athlete Insurance (JAI) plan, to be implemented in December this year.As such, Jamaica’s athletes will now be fitted with health insurance coverage tailored to each – their unique needs – for the first time ever.Appropriation funds in aid of $50 million will go towards providing this insurance coverage.”Following consultations with the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), an inter-ministerial committee established by the prime minister to include the Opposition and members of the athletes’ fraternity, it has been agreed that we will forego an elaborate celebration (Jamaica’s IAAF World Championships success in Beijing) to facilitate the provision of additional resources for athlete development and welfare fund,” Minister with responsibility of sports, Natalie Neita Headley, told a press briefing at Jamaica House yesterday.Having identified that funding from the 2013/2014 financial year, the Government said it intends to protect the country’s sports assets.Requests for proposals for the provision of health insurance were made on August 11 and the deadline for bidders’ responses is today.”Our efforts will continue as we seek to create the best environment possible for the health, well-being, security, safety, high-level performance and prosperity of our sportsmen and sportswomen who bring so much glory and fame to Jamaica,” she continued.Neita-Headley stressed: “The Government remains fully committed to assisting our athletes in every way we can.”Contract in DecemberThe next step will be to have those bids tabled, evaluated and have the process completed, following which actuaries will make recommendations to the Government, which will be expected to award a contract by or in December this year.The Government also outlined that it will be looking to support the JAAA, through the Sports Development Foundation (SDF).Looking to the future, it assured that a monthly stipend to a pool of approximately 70 athletes going through the developmental process – for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – in 2016 will be nurtured and financed.The Government’s partners are the Tourism Enhancement Fund, and Culture, Health, Arts, Sports, Education Fund, which joined forces with the hope of making sports investments and its returns a sustained reality.last_img read more

West Indies cricket, 50 years ago

first_imgFifty years ago, January 27, 1966, West Indies cricket came of age, fully of age. It was the first day of a regional competition, a competition that provided regular, though limited, competition of four matches per team on an annual basis, and a competition that undoubtedly lifted West Indies cricket into the company of cricket in England, Australia, South Africa, and India. Half a century ago, the Shell Shield was founded, and it signalled the start of the rise of West Indies cricket to the top. The West Indies started playing Test cricket in 1928, they made their presence felt for the first time in 1950 by beating England in England, in 1966, they had their first official and regular tournament, and by the 1980s, the West Indies were the undisputed champions of the world. Today, they are nowhere to be found, not anywhere near the top. In fact, near to the bottom of the ladder. Fifty years ago, following the illustrious careers of players like Frank Worrell, Everton Weekes, Clyde Walcott, Sonny Ramadhin, and Alfred Valentine, the Shell Shield arrived in time to complement those of great players like Garry Sobers, Rohan Kanhai, Seymour Nurse, Basil Butcher, Conrad Hunte, Wes Hall, Charlie Griffith, Lance Gibbs, Jackie Hendriks, and Deryck Murray. And it stayed around to herald the coming of champions such as Lawrence Rowe, Alvin Kallicharran, Viv Richards, Gordon Greenidge, Andy Roberts, Michael Holding, Bernard Julien, Keith Boyce, Richie Richardson, Malcolm Marshall, and Jeffrey Dujon, to name a few. The regional competition started as the Shell Shield, it lasted until 1987 before it changed several times to include the Red Stripe Cup, the President’s Cup, the Busta Cup, and the Carib Beer Series to the present Professional Cricket League of the West Indies. It started with Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, and the Combined Islands before teams from faraway places like England and Kenya were invited to participate. The regional competition, which was won by Barbados on 12 occasions in its time as the Shell Shield, was rated by many as the best first-class cricket competition in the world because of the quality of its players and the level of its competition, especially in its early years. The first regional match, known as the Shell Shield, was played between the Combined Islands and Jamaica on January 27, 28, 29, and 31 at the Antigua Recreation Ground in St Johns, Antigua, and it was a draw. It was a match in which opening batsman Teddy Griffith, playing for Jamaica, made 150 runs, the first century in the competition, opening batsman Easton McMorris scored 134 in the second innings, the first of three successive centuries, including 127 not out, out of 236 all out against Trinidad and Tobago, and 190 versus Lance Gibbs and Edwin Mohammed of Guyana. Over the years, there have been huge scores, such as the Leeward Islands 718 for seven against Kenya in Antigua in 2004, Guyana’s 641 for five declared versus Barbados in 1967, and the Leeward Islands 613 for five declared against Trinidad and Tobago at the ARG n 1984, and low scores, such as Guyana’s 41 versus Jamaica at Sabina Park in 1986, the Combined Islands 53 against Barbados at Warner Park in 1974, and 54 by the Windward Islands at Arnos Vale in 1968. SHELL SHIELD TITLE ROBBED The Shell Shield, the Red Stripe Cup, or the President’s Cup, whatever it was called, it served West Indies well, despite its many changes in scoring, which led to the result of the match between the Combined Islands and Trinidad and Tobago in 1975, according to the rules of the completion, ending as a draw instead of a tie, and robbed the Combined Islands of the title. There is also its latest change to a franchise system, with, for example, Jamaica, Barbados, and Trinidad and Tobago, now known as the Jamaica Scorpions, the Barbados Pride, and the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force. The late Allan Rae, a former president of the West Indies Board, said on the 21st birthday of the regional competition, “One only has to compare the performances of the West Indies team before Shell’s involvement with the performances since that involvement to appreciate the force for good that the Shell Shield has been on our cricket.”last_img read more

Elliott, Smith top national chess championships

first_imgFIDE Master (FM) Warren Elliott recovered from a poor start to win back-to-back titles and claim a historic eighth hold on the Digicel Absolute National Chess Championships. Elliott, who needed at least a draw against National Master Peter Myers to retain the most prestigious local championships title, he stayed on course to win in 27 moves and topped the 11th and final round a point ahead of the field. Elliott finished on 8.5 points, while second position went to fellow FIDE Master Damion Davy, who ended on 7.5 points. Third was National Master Andrew Mellace with seven points, while the fourth and fifth positions were secured by Candidate Master (CM) Brandon Wilson and CM Malaku Lorne, both with 6.5 points. Rounding off the championships was Shreyas Smith (5.5), Kevin Merritt (five), Deborah Richards-Porter (4.5), Paul Brooks (four), Peter Myers (four), Daren Wisdom (four) and Ian Wilkinson (2.5). Meanwhile, WCM Annesha Smith defeated Sheanel Gardner in the final round to finish on 5.5 points and secure her second hold on the Women’s Championship, which was played simultaneously with the men’s championship. In second position was WCM Melisha Smith on 4.5 points, with third going to Krishna Gray on four points, followed by WCM Ariel Barrett and Sheanel Gardner, respectively. The championships were sponsored by Digicel, the Jamaica Chess Federation, Chrystar Villas and the Jamaica Olympic Association. It selects the national champion and Jamaica’s representatives at the senior level.last_img read more

Fraser-Pryce’s MVP exit blocked

first_imgAndre Lowe, Special Projects Editor – Sports Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s plans to leave the Nike-sponsored MVP Track Club has reportedly been halted after the kit sponsor threatened to pull its support of the sprinter. News broke during the Olympic Games that the two-time Olympic gold medal winner was ending her relationship with MVP head coach Stephen Francis with the sprinter conducting her pre-season training with Reynaldo Walcott at his newly-formed St Elizabeth Technical High school-based club. Walcott has for several years been a member of MVP’s technical staff, working closely with Fraser-Pryce as well as Kaliese Spencer and Christine Day, who recently cut their ties with Bert Cameron and his Cameron Blazers to also join Walcott’s programme. The young coach is also credited for STETHS’ resurgence on the local scene and have guided some of the island’s best youngsters. According to our sources, Fraser-Pryce was fully committed to Walcott’s project and had also secured property in Santa Cruz, to ease the travelling. It is also believed that Nike had originally committed to support Fraser-Pryce even if she left their top regional club but this position is said to have changed with an apparent change of heart by Francis, who now seems determined to keep his most decorated athlete. President of the MVP Track and Field Club Bruce James, when contacted Friday afternoon, stated that he did not wish to speak on the sprinter’s training arrangements at this point. “I am not commenting on Shelly-Ann’s training arrangements at this time,” said James.last_img read more

Freeman, Coleman provide 1-2 punch

first_imgHOUSTON (AP): Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman are so interchangeable in the Atlanta Falcons backfield, Matt Ryan gets a little mixed up at times. “He doesn’t even know who’s in the game,” Coleman said, breaking into a huge smile. Quite a 1-2 punch, these two are. It really doesn’t matter who you put at “1” and who goes at “2.” Sure, Freeman is the starter, but there’s no drop-off or any reason to change things up when Coleman comes into the game, a back-and-forth arrangement that keeps both backs fresh and gives fits to opposing defences. But their relationship runs beyond the field. Far beyond it. “That’s my brother,” Freeman said in the lead-up to tomorrow’s Super Bowl against the New England Patriots . “When you see someone, you see that they want to be a part of something special, they’re working hard, they’re working their butts off, you have no reason but to love that person and have the utmost respect for that person.” They’ll savour it while they can, because chances are this won’t be a long-term partnership. They’ll be friends for life, that’s for sure, but the realities of the NFL with its salary cap and other devices that make it difficult to keep a team together will likely lead to a breakup in the not-too-distant future. Freeman, a fourth-round pick out of Florida State in 2014, already created a bit of a stir early in Super Bowl week by bringing up his desire for a new contract. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards and has been selected for the Pro Bowl each of the past two seasons. Not surprisingly, he wants to be paid like one of the league’s top backs. Then there’s Coleman, a third-round pick out of Indiana in 2015. Despite missing three games with an injury this season, he rushed for 520 yards and eight touchdowns. At some point, he’s going to deserve more money and probably a larger role in someone’s offence. “We’ve thought about this a lot,” Coleman said. “But that’s going to be my brother always, wherever we’re at.” In addition to combining for just short of 1,600 yards on the ground, they are nearly as dangerous in the passing game. Freeman had 54 catches for 462 yards and a couple of scores, while Coleman hauled in 31 passes for 421 yards and three TDs.last_img read more

Jamaica cricket in good hands, says Miller

first_img Miller also had high praises for the Scorpions’ coaching staff for their outstanding performance in helping to prepare players for the tournament. “I must credit the whole coaching staff home and away – the assistant coach and the head coach Robert (Samuels) – because they have been doing a fantastic good behind the scenes in helping the batters to get the best out of them,” he said. The Scorpions’ score of 434 in the semi-final against dethroned champions Trinidad and Tobago is the highest score in regional Super50 tournament. Miller noted that the Scorpions’ batting performance in the tournament was one of the best he has seen in many years. “We had some games when we really batted well and the semi final was the top of three and so well done to the team and I am super proud for everyone who did well and hopefully we can improve from here,” Miller said. HIGH PRAISES Jamaica Scorpions Captain Nikita Miller said despite their defeat to Barbados Pride in the final of the Regional Super50 tournament, he is proud of the team’s performance. The Scorpions, who had six players making their debuts in the competition, which was hosted jointly by Barbados and Antigua, went down by 52 runs to Pride in Saturday’s final. However, despite the defeat, Miller said he was delighted with the way the team fought throughout the tournament. “I am disappointed with the outcome of the game (final), but I am not disappointed with the way my team showed fight and the way they equipped themselves throughout the tournament,” said Miller. “With a team with six debutants, six players who just started playing for Jamaica, its a plus for us and I believe that credit should go to this team for the way they showed fight throughout the tournament after going down in the first game,” Miller said. He added that the future of the Jamaica’s cricket is in good hands and with right guidance and proper training, these players can become top players in the region. “We have some good young players who are coming into their own now and making the most of their abilities, and I believe that all goes well for us going forward, but we just need a little bit more work to get their talent to the next level,” Miller said.last_img read more

Marinerong Pilipino stays alive in D-League playoff hunt

first_imgDuterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer View comments LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Mark Isip. PBA IMAGESMark Isip ignited Marinerong Pilipino’s 119-74 blowout win over Zark’s Burgers to stay in the running in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The 36-year-old forward unleashed nine of his 12 points in the first quarter and got six rebounds to help the Skippers string their first back-to-back wins.ADVERTISEMENT Robby Celiz paced cellar-dweller Zark’s Burgers (1-8) with 16 points, five rebounds, and four assists, while James Mangahas got 12 markers and five boards in the defeat.Mac Cardona fired 11 points, three rebounds, and two assists in 23 minutes of play for the Jawbreakers in the first game of his comeback tour to revive his professional career.The Scores:MARINERONG PILIPINO 119 – Javelona 17, Lopez 15, Isip 12, Moralde 12, Salcedo 12, Gumaru 11, Publico 11, Alabanza 7, Subido 7, Iñigo 5, Sargent 4, Gavieres 4, Javillonar 2, Marata 0.ZARK’S BURGERS 74 – Celiz 16, Mangahas 12, De Leon 11, Cardona 11, Argamino 9, Nalos 6, Bautista 5, Cudal 4, Ferrer 0.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslationcenter_img Quarters: 27-15, 55-38, 87-57, 119-74. Teng shows he can do more than just score Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Isip triggered Marinerong Pilipino’s early 11-0 run to pullaway, 17-7, before extending the lead to its biggest at 45 late in the game.“We just want to break their spirit early on, pound them, and attack them. The players responded even if we found out that Mac (Cardona) was playing today,” said coach Koy Banal.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’Pao Javelona was all over the court as he led the Skippers with 17 markers, seven assists, four boards, and three steals, while John Lopez just missed out on a double-double with his 15 points and nine rebounds.The victory kept Marinerong Pilipino in the race to the top six with its 3-4 record, identical with Racal Motors, as it sits a game behind sixth placer Batangas (4-3) in the standings. MOST READ Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation 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 respitelast_img read more