When Rasheed Dwyer finished sixth in the 200 metres at last year’s National Senior Championships, that ended his chance to run an individual event at the World Champion-ships in Beijing, China. Despite that, Dwyer won’t be running the 100 metres at this year’s Nationals as insurance. That’s the word according to his Sprintec coach Maurice Wilson. Speaking at the recent PUMA/JAAA Jamalco meet, coach Wilson said: “No, he will not be doubling this year, but I can tell you he will be running a fast 200m somewhere along the line.” Dwyer, who turned 27 on January 29, sparkled at the Pan-Am Games in Toronto after his Nationals disaster. In the semi-finals, he reset his personal from 19.98 seconds to 19.80. That moved him past Nickel Ashmeade – 19.85, Donald Quarrie – 19.86 and Asafa Powell – 19.90 on the Jamaican all-time list. He was second in the final to fast Canadian newcomer AndrÈ DeGrasse with a silver medal run of 19.90 seconds. His form earned him a spot in Jamaica’s World 4x100m relay pool. He did a fine job running the third leg in the heats. In 2011, during his days as student-athlete at the G.C. Foster College for Physical Education, Dwyer won his pet event at the World University Games. At the 2014 Commonwealth Games, the former Camperdown High School sprinter led Warren Weir and Jason Livermore in a Jamaican medal sweep. Dwyer and superstar Usain Bolt were the only Jamaicans to go faster than 20 seconds last year, and his new personal best made him the third fastest man in the world in the 200m after Bolt and American Justin Gatlin. By contrast, his best run over 100 metres was 10.16 seconds. Five Jamaicans ran that distance in under 10 seconds flat.
MANCHESTER, England (AP):Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal cast doubt on his team’s chances of qualifying for next season’s Champions League after a 2-1 loss at relegation-threatened Sunderland in the Premier League, placing the Dutchman under fresh scrutiny yesterday.The latest embarrassing loss for United this season was sealed by a late own goal by David de Gea in the 82nd minute, with a goal-line clearance from Anthony Martial cannoning off the back of the goalkeeper and into the net.Martial had equalised for United in the 39th minute after recently signed Wahbi Khazri put Sunderland ahead in the third minute.The loss left United six points behind fourth-place Manchester City, having played one more game.great chanceWith the top four in action against each other today – leaders Leicester are at Arsenal, and Manchester City host Tottenham – United wasted a great chance to close the gap on the Champions League places.”It will be very difficult now,” van Gaal said about United finishing in the top four. “It’s too much at this time. I think after this match, winning the Europa League is the best route.”Chelsea have endured an even more miserable season, but the ailing champions did manage to produce their most emphatic win of the campaign yesterday by routing Newcastle 5-1 to climb to 12th place. Manager Guus Hiddink remains unbeaten since replacing fired JosÈ Mourinho in December, but Chelsea are 14 points from fourth place.Diego Costa, wearing a mask after breaking his nose, took just five minutes to put Chelsea in front, and Pedro Rodriguez intercepted sloppy Newcastle, passing to score in the 9th minute.Willian completed a counterattack after being set up by Costa in the 17th, Pedro netted again in the 59th and Bertrand Traore became the first player from Burkina Faso to score in the Premier League in the 83rd.relegation zoneMeanwhile, Norwich threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at home to West Ham and stay in the relegation zone, now only a point above Sunderland. Swansea lost 1-0 at home to Southampton and are only three points above the bottom three in 16th place.Stoke beat Bournemouth 3-1 and Watford won 2-1 at Crystal Palace, for whom Emmanuel Adebayor scored his first Premier League goal since October 2014. Troy Deeney scored both of Watford’s goals.West Bromwich produced a steely defensive display to beat Everton 1-0 away, courtesy of a goal by Salomon Rondon.
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.