BOLT’S ONLY LOSS Jamaican sprinting superstar Usain Bolt is expected to arrive at Jamaica’s pre-World Championships camp in Tottori, Japan, today after spending the last few days relaxing, after a gruelling few weeks of training. The world’s fastest man was given some time off, as he took it slow in the luxe Monte Carlo playground, with the athlete and his handlers reportedly satisfied with the work he has done over the past few weeks after a disrupted start to his season. Bolt, who spent the last few weeks under heavy conditioning by his coach, Glen Mills, is said to be in prime condition as he gets set to defend his 100m and 200m titles at next week’s IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China. The big Jamaican has had an up and down season after being hampered by a pelvic issue, but twice ran 9.87 within an hour at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games in London a few weeks ago to pretty much confirm reports that he was nearing his best. Bolt is expected to be challenged for both sprint titles by in-form American Justin Gatlin, who has the fastest time this year in both events and has gone unbeaten in almost 30 races since 2013. Bolt’s only loss at a major championships since the 2008 Olympic Games came in the 100m final at the 2011 World Championships, where he was disqualified after a false start, with teammate Yohan Blake going on to win the gold medal. In his three 200m races so far this season, Bolt has posted times of 20.20, 20.13 and 20.29 while his only other 100m start beside his London double assignment was clocked at 10.12. He has, however, according to our sources, been laying down some impressive times in training, with those who should know expressing confidence that he will successfully defend his titles in Beijing. Bolt is expected to participate in 4x100m relay practice with other members of the pool – Nickel Ashmeade, Kemar Bailey-Cole, Nesta Carter, Asafa Powell and Tyquendo Tracey. He may also be present at a press conference and open day scheduled for Sunday.
St George’s College swamped Eltham High 4-0 to top the competitive Group C and advance to the next round in the ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup football competition yesterday.Gregory Messam Jr hit a brace for St George’s in the seventh and 13th minutes and Alex Marshall (22nd) and captain Shevon Stewart (24th) scored the other goals in the away fixture.Innswood started the day leading the group on 22 points ahead of St George’s and Denham Town High – both on 19 points apiece.However, Denham Town clipped Innswood 1-0 at Chedwin Park in St Catherine, which meant that all three teams closed the preliminary stage on 22 points each.St George’s topped the group with a superior goal difference ahead of Denham Town and Innswood. All three teams qualified for the next Manning Cup stage as St George’s and Denham Town made it as the top two teams from the group, while Innswood sneaked in as the second best third-place team from the seven groups in the preliminary stage.Super Cup spot for St George’sMany-time Manning Cup winners St George’s also earned a FLOW Super Cup spot as group winners, as well as a spot in the Walker Cup knockout competition, to be played among the top eight Manning Cup teams.At Chedwin Park, Denham Town scored early when Shevon Richards fired a free kick into the goal in the fourth minute.After that, Denham Town sat back and defended stoutly for the win.Coach of Denham Town, Omar Edwards, praised his team for their discipline and team spirit.”It was a very physical game. We got the early goal and defended well. We played and showed that we wanted it more,” Edwards said.On the other hand, coach of Innswood, Anthony Thompson, said his team was undisciplined.”Our goalkeeper gave up a soft goal. Our opponents wanted it more,” Thompson admitted.With the Manning Cup’s second round scheduled to start on October 26, the 16 qualifiers read: Defending champions Jamaica College, Calabar High, Hydel High, Denham Town, Innswood High, Charlie Smith High, Holy Trinity High, Wolmer’s Boys’, St Jago High, Excelsior High, Vauxhall High, Jonathan Grant High, Kingston College, St George’s College, Haile Selassie High, and Camperdown High.
LONDON (AP): It’s a sign of how dismal Chelsea’s English Premier League title defence has been that Jose Mourinho called a draw at Tottenham the best performance of the season. A draw for Arsenal yesterday at Norwich, though, left Arsene Wenger experiencing the same old frustrations. Yet it is Arsenal sitting fourth in the Premier League – only two points behind front-runners Manchester City and Leicester – and Chelsea are 12 points further back in 14th place. With Diego Costa dropped to the bench and Eden Hazard deployed as a false nine in the striker’s place, Chelsea left White Hart Lane with a 0-0 draw that at least gave the west London club three consecutive clean sheets in all competitions. “We were the most dangerous team and we had the best chances,” said Mourinho, the Chelsea manager. “When we play as a team and when, especially, we defend as a team, the team is much better. Playing the way we played, I wouldn’t be surprised if in the next 10 matches we don’t lose one.” Arsenal avoided defeat in drawing 1-1 at Norwich, but missed a chance to join City and Leicester at the top, having collected only two points from their last three games. Arsenal were in a good position on the half-hour after Alexis Sanchez sent Mesut Ozil through to clip the ball into the net. But Lewis Grabban levelled before half-time after easily brushing off Gabriel Paulista’s challenge in meeting Robbie Brady’s through ball. “It was a naÔve goal maybe,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. “(Norwich) wanted it and they fought from the first to the final minute.” And Arsenal’s injury list only lengthened. Defender Laurent Koscielny was replaced by Gabriel barely 10 minutes into the game. Forward Alexis Sanchez was forced off on the hour with a thigh injury. Midfielder Santi Cazorla has a knee injury and “played on one leg in the final part of the second half”, according to Wenger. “Overall, we are frustrated,” Wenger said. “I think we were a bit jaded physically. You could see the penetration in the final third was not sharp enough, not incisive.” Liverpool moved within four points of Arsenal as Juergen Klopp earned his first League win at Anfield since replacing Brendan Rodgers as manager in early October. James Milner’s second-half penalty secured the 1-0 victory over Swansea following Neil Taylor’s handball. In east London, former Liverpool striker, Rickie Lambert, came off the bench at West Ham and took only five minutes to score to give West Bromwich Albion a 1-1 draw. The shot, which deflected off defender Winston Reid, cancelled out a free kick from Mauro Zarate. West Ham is eighth and West Brom is 13th – three points ahead of Chelsea.
Kingston College’s Yashawn Hamilton was always confident he would be on the medal podium for the long jump Class Two event this year.Hamilton, a second year Class Two athlete, had to contest to 200 metres preliminaries at the same time he was competing in the long jump final. He will also be participate in the 100 metres.However, the youngster, who won the event with a leap of 7.01 metres ahead of Excelsior High’s Joel Morgan and Calabar High’s Kristoffe Clifford, said he has to be mentally strong to perform and deliver the points he is expected to contribute to his school, who are depending heavily on his points to reclaim the Champs trophy.”I wasn’t surprised I won. I know I was a finalist last year so I just came out, did my best and ensure that I was on the medal podium,” he said. “But I have to be mentally strong because I have a lot of events, so I didn’t get to do the rest of my jumps. I don’t know what would happen after those jumps because I had the 200 just after the third round (long jump).”I have the 100 metres too, so I carry a lot of points for my team and I have to ensure that we win the Champs. I was expected to come third (long jump), but I went out and did my best and got gold. I was looking at 7.3 the least, so the jump wasn’t my best, but I listened to my coach and did my best,” he added.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC): For the first time since the inception of the ICC Champions Trophy, the West Indies’ name was missing from the fixture list which organisers announced for the 2017 edition on Wednesday. The Caribbean side, who won the event in 2004 in England, failed to qualify for the tournament last year as they were not among the top eight one-day international teams at the September 30, 2015 cut-off date. Minnows Bangladesh and the embattled Pakistan, sneaked in to gain qualification ahead of West Indies. World champions, Australia, head Group A, while reigning Champions Trophy kings, India, headline Group B for the tournament set to run from June 1-18 next year. “The ICC Champions Trophy is a short and sharp event, which is followed and enjoyed by the spectators and players alike,” said ICC chief executive, Dave Richardson. “The ICC Champions Trophy 2017 is not just an ODI competition, it carries a great deal of value since it is being played just three months before the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 qualification cut-off date. As such, every point earned here could be crucial. “The announcement of the ICC Champions Trophy schedule 12 months before the start of the event will provide sufficient time to all eight sides to plan for the tournament and arrive in England and Wales fully prepared and geared up so that they can collect enough points to directly qualify for the 2019 extravaganza.” Hosts England will raise the curtain on the tournament with a clash against Bangladesh at the Oval in Group A, which also includes New Zealand. India, meanwhile, will start their campaign against perennial rivals Pakistan on June 4 at Edgbaston. Group B also includes Sri Lanka and South Africa.
OCHO RIOS:The two big semi-final showdowns in the Sandals St. Ann-St. Mary Business House Football competition are on today.Defending champions Couples Tower Isle will clash with Grand Bahai Principe at 4 p.m. while in the feature match at 6 p.m., Couples Sans Souci meet National Water Commission. Both matches will be played at the Drax Hall playing field.Couples Tower Isle are the howling favourites to march into the final at the expense of Gran Bahai, having racked up a string of impressive performances so far. The champions have scored 12 goals, conceding just three, and will be led by skipper Gregory Tape and the hard-kicking Shavar Thomas.confidentGran Bahai, however, are not to be underestimated. They include the likes of Shavar Brown, Segree Murray and goalkeeper Rauel Wilson. Their manager, Stacy Benjamin, is quietly confident that her side has the manpower to overcome all odds and create a big upset this eveningIn the feature match, former champions National Water Commission (NWC) will seek to prevent it from being an all-Couples finals. They have the likes of Dwayne Holmes and Ricardo Reid, two of the top strikers in the competition. Coach David Pryce and his charges enter the match brimming with confidence.Ian Spencer, regional public relations manager for the sponsors, Sandals Resorts International, says he is pleased with the level of play so far and expects a big crowd to be on hand for the match this evening.”We want everyone to come out in their numbers and support the competition, “Spencer noted. “We are expecting some top-class football and I know we will be in for a treat.”
Following the implementation of the 10-year retroactive drug testing, Jamaica’s sprint relay lead-off athlete from the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Nesta Carter, now finds his career at a crossroads. According to the dictates of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), in conjunction with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the positive result implicates all the members of the gold medal squad. Automatically, they have all been taken down in one wave of the agency’s wand. As such, to cement the verdict, the legendary Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell, Michael Frater, and alternate, Dwight Thomas have been requested, along with Carter, to surrender their medals and other paraphernalia that accompanied them. The move by the IOC is in keeping with its ongoing resolve that drug cheats must be caught and sanctioned. In a previous comment, Foster’s Fairplay supported the action by the authorities. Given the introduction of new technology, there was, and still is, no difficulty, in utilising same to protect not only the integrity of the sport, but also the clean athletes. These are the ones who strive to compete without the help of performance-enhancing substances. Those who trod illicit paths to success should always be fearful of detection somewhere down the road. It cannot be that having got through the first line of defence set up by the law enforcers that a clean getaway is assured. With that said, there is a slew of variables that needs to be considered. The main argument cited by persons opposed to the punishment is whether the offending drug, methylhexaneamine, a stimulant, was listed among the prohibited items at the time of first testing in 2008. That was easily answered by the response that on the prohibited list, mention is made that related substances with the same chemical structure and biological properties would also attract sanctions. The Carter advisory group has said that the matter will be taken to the final appellate body, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). This has to be done within 21 days of the order that he be disqualified. One of the main pillars of its argument is expected to be that the stipulation as to what should be included as punishable is not specific enough. In order to assist Carter to walk free, and although sticking to his decision to remain in retirement, former Prime Minister, The Most Honourable P.J. Patterson, an avid sports fan and critic, is promising to add his legal nous to the defence strategy. There is a lobby that questions the media of the entire world, zeroing in on the triple trebler, Usain Bolt, in its reporting on the withdrawal of medals. Every story on the occurrence is headlined by the legend’s loss of one of his nine gold medals. It is being said that the big man has done nothing to deserve this as he was unknowingly consumed by a situation in which he is not the miscreant. Well, that is the nature of media. Bolt is the name universally known, and no self-respecting news reporter would go for the actual perpetrator and risk the question, “Nesta who?” Obviously, there will be repercussions as the country faces the music of the verdict and the inevitable follow-up. The President of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), Dr Warren Blake, in his summation of the matter, does not think it will be injurious to the country’s image in the sport. This depicts his view: “This is something that happened from 2008, so I don’t think it will have an effect on Jamaica’s reputation going forward.” This assessment runs counter to this columnist’s view. The besmirching of a reputation has little to do with the truth or the passage of time. Let CAS rule on that. Blake’s comment seems unaligned to reality. This, as it has been stated from well-known sources that Jamaica is soft on drug-testing protocols and, by extension, ferreting out drug violators. The nation’s detractors are sure to be screaming out a series of “I told you so’s” or to speak more colloquially, “See it deh, dem ketch anedda one.” Think again, Dr Blake. There is some sanitisation to be done. For feedback: E-mail – email@example.com Legend’s loss
While some of the smaller high schools are budgeting approximately $2 million to compete at the 2017 Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships, it could cost up to $10 million to be crowned champions at this year’s meet.Preparations for the season began as early as last August for some schools, and before the real competition starts, thousands of dollars have been spent on nutrition, medical expenses, transportation, accommodation, gear, miscellaneous fees and participating in in various development meets across the island.The cost per meet depends on team sizes. It can be as low as $17,000 to as much as $70,000.Some of the top schools have very active past students’ associations which help to bankroll their programmes, however.Many are also spared what could be significant cost of track-and-field gear because of contracts with top sports apparel companies Puma, Nike or Adidas.Calabar High School’s head of sports, Sean Newell, describes the reigning Boys’ Championships budget as a ‘tidy sum of money’, while noting he was not in a position to disclose the exact figure.They fund transportation, medical bills, food and other miscellaneous fees for the over 100 boys who make up the team. Calabar has a contract with Puma, which outfits the team.Former champions Jamaica College, considered by some to be a well-funded school because of a vibrant old boys association, have their struggles, too.Head of Sports Ortis Wynter calls funding Boys’ Champs “a very expensive venture”.MULTIPLE FUNDING AVENUESWynter pointed out that funding comes from different quarters, including old boys, local sponsors and gear providers Puma.Naceive Brown, head of the sports department at Girls’ Champions Edwin Allen High, calls his schools funding of the track and field programme “a massive economic undertaking”.Last year, the school had to fork out in excess of $3.6 million for food, transport, accommodation and other costs for a team of 150 and officials.They expect a 15-20 per cent increase in the cost to compete at Champs and the various meets leading up to it this year. Edwin Allen’s co-ed team could, therefore, cost in excess of $10 million.They have a contract with sports apparel maker Nike.Brown underlined that his school chooses the meets they participate in to gain incentives to put back into the programme, while noting they will be going for their fourth consecutive title.The 2017 Boys and Girls’ Championships will be held from March 28 to April 1 at the National Stadium.
Wray and Nephew’s popular Contender series, will start on Wednesday, with the first of three road shows, which the promoters have stated will be an exciting build-up to the start of the regular series which kicks off on Wednesday April 5 at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium on Old Hope Road in Kingston.The first of the road shows will see veteran boxer Anthony Osbourne, who has appeared in the Contender series on a couple of occasions, going up against Patrick Miller, who himself is a Contender “graduate”, at Colonel’S Cove in Morant Bay. The second show will take place at Island Village in Ocho Rios, St Ann, on Friday, March 10, featuring Kevin ‘Bus Boy’ Hylton and Glenroy ‘Bumpy’ Beckford, and the third show on Friday March 17, at Breds Sport Park in Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth, will have a showdown between hometown boxer Jermaine Vassell and popular Miguel ‘Iron Dog’ Raye.HIGH ENERGYCommenting on the road shows to The Gleaner, Wray and Nephew’s Marketing Manager Pietro Gramegna said that he was “enthusiastic and excited about the new series which we are calling ‘the Best of the Best’, as several former champions will be back this year. We are starting with this high-energy series of road shows because we want our loyal and enthusiastic rural supporters to see some live action, and I am sure that they will enjoy themselves”.Boxing Board President Stephen “Bomber” Jones has praised the idea of taking the show on the road, and said that it showed that sponsors Wray and Nephew fully supported the Board’s idea of having live boxing shows outside of Kingston. “Taking the experience of the live boxing matches outside of Kingston is something that we suggested to the sponsors and we are very happy that they have made a start this year. We are sure that our fans outside of Kingston will support the move wholeheartedly.”Mark Kenny, who promotes the series, told The Gleaner that he wanted this year’s competition to be the best ever and was optimistic that the road shows would be a popular innovation. He said that former champions such as Devon Moncrieffe and Sakima Mullings are expected to participate and that the Jamaicans will this year be going up against boxers from Canada. “The competition this year should be very exciting”, he added.There will be delayed broadcasts of the three road shows on Television Jamaica and the weekly shows will be broadcast live each Wednesday night.
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade View comments Croatia’s Marin Cilic celebrates after beating Sam Querrey of the United States at the end of their Men’s Singles semifinal match on day eleven at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Friday, July 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)LONDON — The key, for both players, was to deal with the big serve. Marin Cilic did it better.The seventh-seeded Croat advanced to his second major final by beating Sam Querrey 6-7 (6), 6-4, 7-6 (3), 7-5 Friday on Centre Court. He next faces Roger Federer or Tomas Berdych in Sunday’s final at the All England Club.ADVERTISEMENT Cilic is the second Croat to reach the Wimbledon final, following Goran Ivanisevic’s victory in 2001.Federer is going for an eighth Wimbledon title and was playing Berdych next on Centre Court. Federer is 18-6 against Berdych, but the 11th-seeded Czech beat Federer in the quarterfinals during his run to the Wimbledon final in 2010. Despite the attention, Kobe Paras remains cool in first Gilas stint Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Cilic and Querrey, both 6-foot-6, used their powerful serves to dominate most of the match. Neither even had a break point in the first set.“Sam came out serving huge, hitting big,” Cilic said.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’Querrey took lead after a brief delay late in the opening tiebreaker. With the score 6-6, stewards entered the stands to attend to a woman who needed assistance. The break only lasted a couple of minutes, but Querrey won both points when play resumed, with Cilic missing a pair of backhands.Cilic finally managed the first break of serve in the second set, and then went up another break in the third. But Querrey broke back to force another tiebreaker. In the fourth set, it was Querrey who got an early break. But Cilic bounced back and then broke for the fourth time in the final game.“After that (first tiebreaker), I was just a little bit better on the return games,” Cilic said. “I was making him (play more) on his service games.”He finished with 25 aces and won 88 percent of the points on his first serve. Cilic also had 70 winners and only 21 unforced errors. Querrey had 46 winners and 26 unforced errors to go with 13 aces.“I kind of felt like he pushed me around a little bit today,” Querrey said. “I had that break in the fourth. When he broke me back, he just played a great game. You know, kind of deflated me a little bit.”Cilic is now 5-0 against Querrey and 3-0 against the American at Wimbledon. Their last match at the All England Club, in 2012, went five sets and Cilic won 17-15 in the fifth.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission 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 IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer LATEST STORIES