As good as Jamaica’s 100-metre men have been in the World Championships, their female counterparts have, in some ways, been even better. They have three gold medals just like the men do, but have sprinted to more medals more often. Leading the line at this week’s World Championships in Beijing is Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who is returning to the scene of her first international triumph. The women have 10 medals overall, compared to eight for the men. That margin is built on a four-medal foundation established by Merlene Ottey. However, while Ottey has two silver and two bronze medals each, gold has come to Jamaica courtesy of Veronica Campbell-Brown in 2007 and Fraser-Pryce in 2009 and 2013. The little rocket made history on her first big-meet visit to Beijing in 2008, by winning Jamaica’s first-ever Olympic gold medal in the women’s 100 metres. If she wins again in Beijing, she will be the first woman to win the World 100m three times. On current form, a win for VCB would be a long shot, but if the redoubtable warrior were to cross the line first, she would join Fraser-Pryce and American Marion Jones as the only two-time winners of the 100m in World Championship history. Jamaica, with Fraser-Pryce and Kerron Stewart in 2009, the USA and East Germany are the only countries to produce one-two finishes in the World 100 metres. The East Germans did it twice, with Marlies Gohr and Marita Koch in 1983, and with Silke Gladisch and Heike Drechsler in 1987. Those two doubles are a sore point for Jamaica. The East Germans and 1983 bronze-medal winner, Dianne Williams of the USA, are all now known to be beneficiaries of illegal performance enhancers. Declassified secret service documents have outlined the state-organised steroid-boosting programme that powered the East Germans from the 1970s to 1990, and Williams later confessed to illegal drug use at the time of her 1983 bronze. Remove Gohr, Koch, Williams, Gladisch, and Drechsler from the results, and Ottey is left as the winner in both 1983 and 1987. If history ever makes amends, then Ottey will have two gold medals to match her pair from the 200m. It’s an adjustment the sprint queen’s great rÈsumÈ desperately needs. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at track side since 1980.
Brazilian travel agents competing at an annual golf tournament, at Sandals Ocho Rios, hinted last Friday that Jamaicans could be targeted for special travel offers to the Rio 2016 Olympics. The world’s greatest-ever sprinter, Jamaican Usain Bolt, will be chasing his ninth gold medal in three consecutive Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next year. It will also be his final Olympic Games as he has stated his intention to retire after the 2017 IAAF World Championships. Also chasing Olympic history will be Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, looking invincible and on target for a third-straight 100m gold. Maria Terresinha De Souza said Jamaica’s expected prowess in Rio 2016 will definitely have her thinking about special packages for Jamaicans desirous of travelling to Brazil for the Games. “This is an opportunity to think about it and find something special for Jamaica,” she said. Meanwhile, Daise Tanara De Souza of Magic Tour Viagens E Turismo, said Brazilians and Jamaicans have a lot in common. “There is a good connection between Brazil and Jamaica. Brazilians are similar to Jamaicans in their way of life,” she said, adding that she will also be seeking innovative ways of putting together attractive travel packages for Jamaicans. There is no visa requirement, up to 90 days, for Jamaicans travelling to Brazil. The countries have enjoyed a strong sporting relationship, particularly in football. Pele remains king of the sport for an older generation of football-loving Jamaicans. It was almost ordained that it was a Brazilian, Rene Simoes, who historically guided Jamaica to the 1998 World Cup finals in France. Brazil played a pivotal role in Jamaica’s Road To France campaign. Simoes had taken the Reggae Boyz to Samba Land to teach them the finer points of the game on better playing surfaces and against legendary club teams from that country. The Rio 2016 opening ceremony will be at the world famous Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 5, 2016.
SYDNEY, Australia (CMC):West Indies captain Jason Holder believes parity in earnings will motivate players to focus more on international cricket instead of solely on the lucrative Twenty20 format.Holder was responding to claims by England star Kevin Pietersen that the game’s biggest stars, especially those from West Indies, were being lost to international cricket because of the lure of T20s.Pietersen, a former Test star who now peddles his talents on the T20 circuit, said that the International Cricket Council needed to intervene to ensure that there were competitive financial incentives available to players in international cricket.”I think it’s possibly a way to keep [Test cricket] alive. Obviously, we’re in a situation where the money isn’t great for us at the moment, and we’ve been in numerous battles for that, but that’s beyond our control at this present time,” Holder told reporters yesterday.”At the end of the day, hopefully, somewhere along the line we can have an increase in pay and be paid a little bit better than at the moment.”Pietersen was echoing sentiments similar to those of West Indies’ chief selector Clive Lloyd, who said on Friday that the money on offer on the global T20 circuit had resulted in several Caribbean players opting out of Test cricket.West Indies players like Chris Gayle, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Sammy, Samuel Badree, and AndrÈ Russell are all campaigning in the Big Bash League, while an inexperienced Caribbean side has been locked in a three-Test series with Australia.Holder said priority needed to be placed on international cricket and believed players would take this option once there was some balance, financially, with T20s.”I think we need to strike a balance, and I’m not knocking T20 cricket because I love T20 cricket myself, but we just need to find a way where the country comes first and then we are flexible in terms of allowing people to make money outside of international cricket,” the 24-year-old said.”I don’t think we should be playing hardball and deny people from going and playing, but there has to be a situation where we make international cricket our first priority. I think once we get to that stage, the players will buy in.”
WIN DEM WHEELZ, in association with Caymanas Track Limited (CTL), will pay homage to racehorse grooms at Caymanas Park on Saturday, April 23, with the Grooms’ Association Day race meet comprising 11 races. Details for Grooms’ Association Day were outlined by Andrew Azar, managing director of Win Dem Wheelz, as well as Cedric Stewart, chief executive officer of CTL and racing secretary Denzil Miller Jr at yesterday’s launch in the Trainers’ Room at Caymanas Park. To begin with, five veteran grooms will be honoured on the afternoon in recognition of their long and dedicated contribution to racing for 50 years. They are Headley Scott, popularly called ‘Scott Brady’, who groomed the second horse (Cardigan) to win on the opening day of Caymanas Park on August 22, 1959, and was a top groom with the legendary trainer Aston Commock back then; as well as Lenford Walker, Everald White, Fitzroy Tulloch and Roy Hamilton. The card will also feature the running of the Win Dem Wheelz Trophy over a mile for $180,000 claimers, this offering a total purse of $550,000 inclusive of $50,000 from the sponsor; the Grooms’ Association Trophy claiming $250,000 – $210,000, with a purse of $530,000; and, above all, the grade one renewal of the Legal Light Trophy over 1820 metres, with a purse o $1.2 million. According to Azar, grooms are “very special people to our industry and the unsung heroes who dedicate their lives to the daily care of the magnificent thoroughbred. On this special occasion, it is only fitting to mention the names of the five grooms who will be honoured”. Azar further stated that the first five grooms in each of the 11 races on the card would receive valuable product prizes and ultimately, the names of all grooms, who have horses on the programme will be placed in a raffle, and at the end of the meet, a lucky groom would receive a Ramco 250 Tiger motorcycle valued at $300,000, courtesy of Win Dem Wheelz. Azar was hailed by Trainers’ Association president Vin Edwards, United Trainers’ Association president Dale Murphy, and Grooms’ Asso- ciation president Fabian White for his generosity, social conscience, and unwavering support for racing, not only in his capacity as an outgoing deputy chairman of CTL, but through the support of his company. Vin Edwards said over a decade ago, he made representations for grooms to be included in the Hall of Fame, and although this was resisted initially, his persistent efforts paved the way for Vincent Blackwood to be the first groom to be so honoured some years ago. Edwards contends that divestment has never been successful in Jamaica, and he is sceptical that the pending divestment of racing will be beneficial to all stakeholders in racing. And finally, Edwards called for an investigation into the $750 million spent in the construction of the Jamaica Racing Commission /Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission building at 78C Hagley Park Road, which has become dysfunctional for the most part. -O.C.
Olympic 4x400m relay silver medallist Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby, former sprint hurdler Trishana McGowan, and former sprinter-turned-bobsledder Carrie Russell were recently present at the Walker’s Place of Safety in Richmond Park, Kingston, to give Christmas gifts to children of the home. These gifts were all donations made by athletes of MVP, Akan and Sprintec Track clubs. A cake was also donated by MVP President Bruce James on behalf of his club. Books were also handed to the children, and organiser McGowan, a former MVP athlete, says that she giving them books is more important than toys because it is a more lasting gesture, as it allows them to develop a joy for learning. A JOY “A lot of the children here do go to school, so it’s needed,” McGowan says. “It’s always a joy just to watch children enjoy gifts. Even as adults, we enjoy gifts for birthdays or even Christmas.” Russell agrees with McGowan about the lasting effect of giving books as gifts. “I’m one of them who believes in education [being a trained teacher herself]. I normally get books. “I’ve been doing this for two years now. I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth, but my mom and dad ensured that every Christmas, I always had something to look forward to, and it’s a good feeling to let these kids look forward to something too. McLaughlin-Whilby says that she and McGowan have been visiting the Walker’s Place of Safety since they were university students in 2010. She says that she just wants to put smiles on the children’s faces. “Last year, when we were speaking to the owner, she said some of them (the children) aren’t visited by their parents or families, so I’m always happy to bring a little joy into their lives” Grace Allen has been managing the home for 30 years and says the gifts are much appreciated. She says they help to make watching over the children easier, as sometimes they can be quite a handful. The home, which was founded in 1972, currently has 35 children ages 3 to 17 enrolled. – R.P.
Boys’ Town FC Coach Andrew Price says that he expects yesterday’s 1-1 home draw with leaders Montego Bay United in the Red Stripe Premier League to spur the team on to better performances in 2017.In a game where first in the table met last placed, MoBay started the stronger team and created more chances in the first half, but Price’s side lifted their performance in the second half after a number of substitutions and changes to the team’s formation.The defending champions took the lead in the 43rd minute when Allan Ottey’s free kick deflected off the Boys’ Town wall and into the net, but Shamar Nicholson equalised in the 75th minute with a header, also off a free kick. The goal takes his total to nine for the season. It also takes him back to the top of the goal-scorers’ table.Price says he hopes the performance will lift the team’s spirit and help it out of the relegation zone.STRONG FIGHT”We came back in the second half and played with a lot of character and resilience and we really took the game to Montego Bay,” Price said. “We found that they were tiring in the last 15 minutes when we were getting stronger. That augers well for the future, and it’s good that we can close the year without a loss (in this game). Come January, when we begin again, we hope to come with a lot more gusto and more industry to see if we can progress up the table.”MoBay assistant Dillon Thelwell says his team did not take Boys’ Town seriously enough.”We never played up to standard,” he said. “We played good for about 65 minutes. After 65 minutes, it was all Boys’ Town. I think we took Boys’ Town a bit lightly today, based on the performance. But coming away here in Kingston and getting a point is always going to be a plus for us.”Price says he will also be looking to adding some new players to the team in the January transfer window.”We don’t want to say who they are at the moment, but we’re quietly optimistic that these players have the qualities that we need to help the team,” he says.Other results on the day saw Maverley-Hughenden and Harbour View drawing 1-1, Humble Lion outscoring Arnett Gardens 3-2, Portmore United beating Tivoli Gardens 2-0, and UWI also getting by Reno 2-0.Yesterday’s ResultsMaverley-Hughenden 1 Harbour View 1Waterhouse 2 Jamalco 0Boys’ Town 1 Montego Bay 1Humble Lion 3 Arnett Gardens 2Portmore 2 Tivoli Gardens 0UWI 2 Reno 0
DERBY COUNTY 2Tom Ince, son of former England midfielder Paul Ince, struck a fine winner to upset top-flight West Brom. The hosts led through a Matt Phillips long-range strike, but Derby hit back in the second half as Darren Bent levelled, and Ince curled home a superb free kick. LONDON (AP):Wayne Rooney stands one goal away from becoming Manchester United’s outright record goal-scorer after equalling club great Bobby Charlton’s mark of 249 yesterday.With the 79-year-old Charlton watching from the stands, Rooney guided in Juan Mata’s cross after seven minutes as the defending FA Cup champions swept aside second-tier Reading 4-0 in the third round.English Premier League teams Bournemouth, West Bromwich Albion, and Stoke City all bowed out to lower-league opponents while Arsenal needed second-half goals from Aaron Ramsey and Oliver Giroud, the Frenchman netting late on, to wipe out Preston North End’s halftime lead.Third-tier Millwall, Cup finalists in 2004, caused the biggest shock by thumping a much-changed Bournemouth 3-0; West Brom went down at home to Championship team Derby County 2-1; while Wolverhampton Wanderers, also from the second tier, ensured Stoke lost in the third round for the first time since 2009 by winning at Britannia Stadium 2-0.In all-Premier League matches, Ahmed Musa scored twice as Leicester fought back from a goal down to defeat Everton 2-1, while in the battle of the new managers, Marco Silva saw his Hull side get the better of Paul Clement’s Swansea 2-0.Silva, appointed on Tuesday in place of the fired Mike Phelan, would have noted the large number of empty seats at Hull’s KCOM Stadium with home fans staying away in protest against the club’s owners.MANCHESTER UNITED 4 READING 0Rooney’s latest milestone – he is the record scorer for England – came in front of Old Trafford fans who have adored him, on and off, since he joined as a teenage prodigy from Everton in 2004.”It is a really proud moment for me,” Rooney said. “It was not something I could have imagined. You don’t think that far ahead, but I have been at this club a long time, it is a huge part of my life, and it is an honour to be up there alongside Sir Bobby.”The game will be not be so fondly remembered by former United defender Jaap Stam, whose Reading side he coaches was outclassed.Rooney set up Anthony Martial for 2-0 not long after he scored the opener.United, winning for the eighth consecutive game in all competitions, added two more in quick succession after the break through Marcus Rashford got his second after a mistake from goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi.PRESTON NORTH END 1 ARSENAL 2Arsenal preserved manager Arsene Wenger’s feat of never having lost a third-round match, but the Gunners did it the hard way.After their dramatic comeback from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 at Bournemouth in midweek, Arsenal started slow again as second-tier Preston fully deserved their halftime lead.But whatever words Wenger barked during the break, they had an immediate effect, with Ramsey rifling in an equaliser 50 seconds after the restart.Arsenal, 11-times FA Cup winners, six of which have come under Wenger’s long reign, dominated after that but had to wait until two minutes from time to seal victory through Giroud.EVERTON 1 LEICESTER 2A turgid first half at Goodison Park was followed by an entertaining second as Leicester showed the mettle that made them English champions last season.They fell behind to Romelu Lukaku’s goal on 53 minutes, but Musa’s equaliser was a rebound after he struck the post, and his second goal five minutes later was a fine finish after he played a one-two with Danny Drinkwater.WEST BROM 1
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netDebuting for the first time in the national colors, Isaiah Austin will be front and center for Chooks-to-Go Gilas Pilipinas when it wages war against club teams in the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup.The 7-foot-1 center headlines the 12-man roster coach Chot Reyes will be banking on Chenzhou, China from September 22 to 30.ADVERTISEMENT Austin arrived in the country last week to join the PH team and is one of the prospective naturalization candidates for Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) moving forward.Also, fresh from winning his fourth gold medal in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Kiefer Ravena has been called up anew for national team duty.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogCarl Bryan Cruz will also be a part of the team after impressive showings in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup and the 2017 SEA Games, together with cadets Raymar Jose and Almond Vosotros.Gilas pool members LA Revilla and Norbert Torres were also tabbed to bolster the team. DAY6 is for everybody View comments Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene NBA players go on trial in 2015 Phoenix assault Big names like Calvin Abueva and Terrence Romeo were absent in the list as Reyes could not get a clearance from the players’ mother ballclubs despite Alaska and GlobalPort already being booted out in the playoff race of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.Chooks-To-Go PH is slotted in Group A and will play ONGC of India, Mono Vampire of Thailand, Petrochimi of Iran, and Sarreyet Ramallah of Palestine in the group stages.Advancing to the latter stages could also mean a collision course against Filipino naturalized player Andray Blatche, who is suiting up for his mother ballclub Xinjiang Flying Tigers of China.Gilas is set to leave for Chenzhou on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next How to help the Taal evacuees MOST READ Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Teaming up for the first time since their days in Xavier School, brothers Jeron and Jeric Teng will also be in the fold.Completing the squad are UP swingman Jett Manuel, TNT guard Alfrancis Tamsi, and Congolese big man Rod Ebondo of CEU, who will act as the team’s second import in lieu of UP’s Bright Akhuetie, who failed to secure a clearance from the UAAP.Flying V’s Gab Banal and AMA’s Andre Paras will also join the team in the tournament as the squad’s reserves.Sources close to the situation bared the roster. Gilas submitted the list on Monday.Reyes and Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. president Ronald Mascariñas will make the official announcement during the team’s sendoff on Tuesday at Discovery Suites Hotel in Mandaluyong.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide
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Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Alaska’s Calvin ABueva. photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlaska forward Calvin Abueva left the game between his team Alaska and Blackwater even before the opening buzzer sounded at Smart Araneta Coliseum Saturday.Abueva, who also ditched the Aces’ practice four days in a row, was said to be dealing with a “personal emergency” as people close to the situation described it.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Security staff inside Araneta said Abueva left the venue while the game was being played.When asked about Abueva, the Aces coaches declined to comment during the halftime break.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkApart from missing his club’s practices, Abueva was also absent from Gilas’ weekly practice for three consecutive Mondays. Chot Reyes has since dropped him from the pool.Alaska is currently sitting on a 3-2 record and is tied with TNT for the third spot. DeMarcus Cousins out for the season with Achilles tear Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments