4x100m final Jamaica had mixed fortune on last Saturday’s final night of competition at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada. The women picked up two relay silver medals, while the men failed in two bids to add to the tally. Jamaica finished fourth in track and field with eight medals – three gold, three silver and two bronze. Overall, the country picked up nine medals. Alia Atkinson won a silver in swimming. The women’s sprint relay team clocked 42.68 to finish behind the United States, who won in a Games record 42.58. The winners erased the 42.62 set by Jamaica in 1999. Canada were third in 43.01. The members of the Jamaican quartet were Samantha Henry-Robinson, Kerron Stewart, Schillonie Calvert, and Simone Facey. Jamaica also finished behind the United States in the women’s 4x400m. They clocked 3:27.27, with the winners crossing the line in 3:25.68. Canada took bronze in a season’s best 3:27.74. The Jamaican quartet was Anastasia Leroy, Verone Chambers, Chrisann Gordon, and Bobbgaye Wilkins. Jamaica failed to finish in the men’s 4x100m final. Anchor-leg runner Sheldon Mitchell and third-leg man Bernado Brady failed to exchange the baton. There was some drama here. After a brilliant second leg from sprint double champion AndrÈ DeGrasse, Canada crossed the line first but were later disqualified after an infringement by their lead-off runner. He stepped on the line just before handing over, and was penalised after Trinidad and Tobago protested. The United States were awarded the race in 38.27, with Brazil getting second in 38.60 and Trinidad promoted to third in 38.69. Jamaica had a poor start in the men’s 4x400m and were always playing catch up. They ended sixth in 3:01.97. Trinidad’s Machel Cedenio ran a blinder on the anchor leg for his team, bringing them from out of the medals to gold medal in a season’s best 2:59.60. It was also a season’s best for runners-up Cuba in 2:59.84, while the United States took third in 3:00.21.
A tough, yet successful season now behind him, sprinting supremo Usain Bolt will today take his first steps towards a dominant 2016 season, with the Rio Olympic Games and a new 200m world record topping his ‘to-do’ list.The 17-time Olympic and World champion and double sprint world-record holder said he is looking forward to again squaring off with all his rivals, including American Justin Gatlin, as well as returning training partner Yohan Blake.Bolt, who reported to the Racers Track Club training base at the University of the West Indies yesterday – in pouring rain to kick off his background sessions – shared the highlights of his vacation, the drive going forward and ambition to lower his 19.19 world record in the 200m, during a chat with The Gleaner.In high spirits after a series of promotional appearances featuring the popular syndicated US TV show, The Ellen Degeneres Show, Bolt and his clubmates were later given the day off by coach Glen Mills, due to the inclement weather. It is, however, clear that the sprinter’s head is in the right place – his job is not done.”I’m just happy to be back, I’ve been looking forward to it. I enjoyed my vacation, but it’s really good to be back in training,” said Bolt.”I am looking forward to the next season. It’s the Olympics, so I know that this will be one of the toughest seasons for me, and I am happy that I could finish the last season injury free – which is key – so I can go into the season fit and ready, and I can push myself to the limit,” Bolt added.”It’s going to be big, and it’s going to be exciting because I really want to do extremely well at this one and push the barrier. So I am looking forward to it,” added Bolt.The big Jamaican recovered from a suspect start to the season to successfully defend his sprint titles at the World Championships in Beijing this summer, winning the 200m in 19.55 seconds – his fifth-fastest time in the event.more left in the tankStill, he is convinced there’s a lot more left in the tank and confident that, given the right circumstances, he will break the 19-second barrier.”The 200m world record is one of my major goals, and one of my toughest. It’s going to be hard to find the right day and the perfect race to get this, but I really want to run under 19 seconds. I, personally, think I can do it, and so does my coach, so it’s just about putting in the work and finding the perfect time to do it,” Bolt said, noting his anticipation of an increasingly competitive season.”I live for competition. It’s one of the joys to go out there to compete against the best because when you beat the best, it shows that you are the greatest. I look forward to my teammate, Yohan Blake, coming back; I’m looking forward to the competition. It should be fun, and it makes the sport much more exciting,” said Bolt.Bolt is looking to win gold medals in the 100m and 200m at three straight Olympic Games.
THE Jamaican Jockey Agents Association, led by President Donovan Wilson, has joined the jockeys, grooms and Jamaica Racehorse Trainers associations in dismissing claims of affiliation to either of the two bidders involved in Government’s divestment of Caymanas Track Limited (CTL).The agents, who solicit rides on behalf of jockeys – liaising with trainers – are recognised and licensed by the Jamaica Racing Commission.In a press release signed by Wilson, the agents association said it “endorses the position taken by the racehorse trainers association, the grooms’ association and the Jamaica Jockeys’ Association, as specified in their press release, regarding the neutrality of all associations in relation to the current bid for divestment”.”We also stand with them in their declared stance not to endorse or support any action that involves the sale of any asset or land owned by CTL,” the agents’ release stated.Over a week ago, the trainers, jockeys and grooms issued a joint press release, declaring their neutrality in the process while stating they were “totally against” any proposed sale involving any of Caymanas Park’s 196 acres on which the horse-racing plant operates in Portmore, St Catherine.SAFEGUARDING LIVELIHOODThe jockeys’ agents, in their release, further stated that Government should include a clause to guard against any long-term closure of the racetrack.”We implore that a clause be placed within the divestment negotiations that guarantee that, in the event that local racing ceases to be held at the CTL racetrack for a period of more than three months, that the lease of the property would be voided and the property revert to the control of the Jamaican government,” the release added.This clause, Wilson said, would safeguard his members’ livelihood.”My membership is involved in a very specific profession and they can only earn their living if local racing is functioning. This is similar to the other membership of the other unions, i.e. jockeys, racehorse trainers and grooms.”The Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) is in receipt of bids from two entities expressing an interest in acquiring state-run horse-racing promoting company, CTL.The bids were received from Caymanas Racing and Entertainment Limited and Supreme Ventures Limited, following the bid opening exercise at DBJ, on Friday, September 18.Caymanas Racing and Entertainment Limited comprises a number of stakeholders at Caymanas Park, including noted horsemen and investors Michael Bernard, Richard Lake and trainer Richard Azan.The DBJ and Caymanas Track Limited Enterprise Team (CTLET) are overseeing the privatisation process on behalf of the Ministry of Finance and Planning.It is anticipated that the evaluation will be completed this month, after which the preferred bidder will be recommended by CTLET to the Ministry of Finance and Planning and to Cabinet for approval.
The 18th staging of the Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run will bring New Kingston alive this morning when more than 20,000 runners, walkers and wheelchair participants will turn out in support of the event’s 2016 charities: Jamaica Cancer Society, Black River Hospital’s Paediatric Unit and children with cancer across the island.The 5K road race has maintained its focus to unite Jamaicans to raise funds for one cause – charity. While numerous child and health-care facilities have benefited from over $160 million raised in its history, the 2016 charities have seen the largest monetary target yet – $50m.”We continue to welcome donations as we must ensure that the beneficiaries receive the necessary and life saving equipment and supplies,” Ingrid Card, vice-president of group marketing at Sagicor, said ahead of today’s event.Competitors will participate in a 6:45 a.m. warm-up session in Emancipation Park with Karelle Ashley of Jamfit, while comedian Elva Ruddock will take the reins on Knutsford Boulevard at the start line. A 7:27 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. start time has been set for wheelchair and run categories, respectively. The walk segment will commence approximately 15 minutes after.Participants have been urged to plan to arrive in New Kingston, well ahead of the 7:30 a.m. start time to avoid road closures as well as to park and warm up for what is now largest road race in the Caribbean.
Boxing in the Rio 2016 Olympics lasted throughout the 16 days of competition from August 5-21 and was marked by both exciting boxing and controversies.There were complaints about the judging, and two fights in particular – a bantamweight contest between Michael Conlan of Ireland and Vladimir Nikitin from Russia, and a heavyweight contest between Eveny Tishchenko from Russia and Vassiliy Levit from Kazakhstan – drew the ire of thousands of boxing fans.In the bantamweight contest, Nikitin was awarded the verdict, which took him into the finals, and this has been challenged far and wide as a bad call. The widespread opinion is that Conlan won, and this belief was heightened when Nikitin was unable to fight again because of injuries to his face and lost by walk-over in the semi-final bout.This was a particularly bad situation as Conlan gave the middle finger salute to the judges before leaving the ring, and after he left, he launched a broadside against the International Boxing Association (AIBA), the ruling body and the officials, calling them corrupt. He announced afterwards that he would be turning professional, but the last has certainly not been heard of this because it is quite likely be brought up on various charges for his behaviour.In the heavyweight contest, Tishchenko went on to win the gold medal, but public opinion was that it should have been Levit in the finals. In response, the head of AIBA, Dr Ching-Kuo Wu, pointed to the fact that in over 239 bouts at the time of the controversy, “only a handful of bouts” had been targeted for criticism.Action was, however, taken against some officials. Some referees/judges were excluded from the competition shortly afterwards and reports are that they were sent home. In addition, and this was a major development, the executive director of AIBA, Karim Bouzidi, was removed from his duties at the Olympics and as executive director. He is to be assigned to another position in AIBA, it was announced.BEST SHOWApart from these few particularly bad days, the boxing competition was keen and exciting and some of the best boxing at the Olympics was put on show. The new scoring system, which is based on the 10-point must scoring system, as in professional boxing, was used, and was very successful.Boxing fans were treated to very competitive bouts throughout the 16 days, and the boxing venue, Rio Centro Pavilion 6, was always packed with wildly cheering spectators. The addition of professionals was not a very successful move as only three made it to Rio, and they were all defeated early in competition.At the end of the day, the records will show that medals were won by 19 countries. Uzbekistan pulled off a surprise by topping the medals table with three gold, two silver, and two bronze. Cuba followed with three gold and three bronze. Russia, France, and Colombia were the other gold medal winners in the male section of competition.In the female section, Claressa Shields from the USA successfully defended her middleweight title, as did Nicola Adams from Britain, the flyweight champion. The new lightweight female champion is Estelle Mossely from France. Shields was again the only gold medal winner in boxing for the USA.Shields was named the Outstanding Female Boxer of the tournament, and light-flyweight Hasanboy Dusmatov from Uzbekistan was named the Outstanding Male Boxer. They were both awarded the respective Val Baker trophies.
1) The movie is directed by brothers Gabe and Benjamin Turner 2) The Brothers have directed a number of critically acclaimed sports movies such as Mo Farah and Freddie Flintoff’s biopic, Class of 92, which highlights the rise of Manchester United legends David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Gary and Phil Neville, and Paul Scholes, as well as In the Hands of Gods which sees British freestylers journeying across the Americas in hope of meeting their idol, Diego Maradona. 3) Several global sporting stars such as Neymar, Serena Williams, PelÈ, and Asafa Powell made an appearance. 4) The film’s length is one hour and 47 minutes. 5) The documentary will be released worldwide today. 6) US rapper Nas features in the opening scenes and has also contributed to the soundtrack. 7) The UK premiere will take place at the Odeon Leicester Square Cinema.
St Bess, Tru-Juice stay on semis course St Bess and Tru-Juice tightened their grip at the top of the preliminary stage standings of the South Central Super League following wins last weekend. Both have kept the joint lead on points for the past three rounds with St Bess clinging on by goal difference. Both are now on 23 points. St Bess added to Kemps Hill’s relegation woes by handing them a 3-1 defeat while Tru-Juice ended Black Star’s semi-final hopes with a 2-1 win. Another St Catherine team, Dunbeholden has now seriously entered the fray for a semi-final spot by defeating Manchester’s Hillstars 3-1. Holland PYC’s 3-2 win over Downs again exposed the weakness of Manchester-based teams at this level this season, The only Manchester team to avoid defeat in the past round was Ricam who managed a 1-1 effort against Clarendon’s New Bowens, who are in the bottom four. Royal Lakes win eight-goal thriller Royal Lakes and G.C. Foster shared eight goals as the former ran out 5-3 winners in last Sunday’s FLOW St Catherine Major League. The win saw Royal move up the table in Zone A to third on 20 points. Meanwhile, Old Harbour Bay (24 points) took over sole leadership of Zone A after a clinical 2-1 win over Frazsiers Whip. The victors got their goals through Tajay Baker and Devroy Gray. Gray is the competition’s leading goalscorer with 10 goals. In other games, Portsmouth surprised Zone B leaders, Christian Pen (19 points) 1-0; Zone A second place club, Federal United (23 points) were held goalless by De La Vega City and Newland defeated New Raiders 3-1. Big win for Spring Village Spring Village, a domino club based on the outskirts of Spanish Town, St Catherine, are showing early signs that they can keep up with the big guns, as they silenced Ken’s Wildflower 300-243 and notched their sixth straight win of the season and maximum 24 points in the seventh round of the City of Kingston Cooperative Union/Jamaica Domino Federation Portmore/St Catherine league. Three other teams also have 24 points and perfect records. They are defending champions Fort International, which had to fight for a 300-287 win over Chedwin Strikers; Waterhouse United who beat Masterpiece 300-281 and Eradication 300-250 winners over Memory Lane 300-250. The competition continues tomorrow. Southborough, Braeton square off in final Braeton United and Southborough FC will square off in the final of the York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division two Football League following semi-final wins last Sunday. Braeton avenged a 3-0 loss to Edgewater a couple of weeks ago with a shock 1-0 elimination of Edgewater the number one seed, while South Borough clipped Racing United 2-1. The final will be played tomorrow at the Cedar Grove Estate Sports Complex. Kick-off time is 3:30 p.m. Porus beaten in Manchester Major League Porus were displaced as the sole leaders of the Manchester Football Association Magnum/Captain’s Bakery Major League after they were clipped 1-0 by Comfort. Torchon Dwyer scored the only goal of the match. The huge movers of the sixth round were Alligator Pond who handed newcomers Star Zone a 4-0 baptism. Dane Seaton began the rout in the 20th minute for a 1-0 lead at half time. Three goals followed in the second half, with Romaine Samuda making it 2-0 in the 62nd minute then Oshane Nelson slammed in the third in the 65th and Kamarlo Dixon completing the scoring in the 72nd. This win has propelled Alligator Pond FC into the top position in the table on goal difference as the first half of the preliminary round ends, Villa United who are in striking distance with 10 points, continued the wretched run of former multiple Manchester champions Mile Gully by beating them 2-1. Ajani Laylor found the first goal for Villa United in the 12th minute with team mate Calvin Matthie finding the net in the 30th minute. Defender Ronald Taylor’s (75th minute) got the consolation strike for Mile Gully. Clandon take early lead in Division One Clandon Strikers have the early lead in the Jamalco-sponsored Manchester Division One after being the only team to score two wins from two matches played so far. Clandon beat Starz Academy 2-0, to add to their opening 1-0 win over New Green to move to six points. Seven other teams are on three points. In other results from the second round, New Green, with a goal from Owen Whyte’s (25th minute), rebounded with a 1-0 win over Silent Hill, and Old England tagged Trinity United 2-0.
Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) leaders, UWI FC, will look to inch closer to the $1 million bonus set aside for the team topping the preliminary stage when they welcome champions Montego Bay United (MBU) today, at UWI Bowl starting at 3:30 p.m.The game is one of six scheduled in the penultimate stage prior to the Championship title play-offs later this month.UWI are on top in the 12-team league with 58 points, followed by Humble Lion (57), Tivoli Gardens (52), Montego Bay (52), Portmore (49) and Arnett Gardens (45) as the teams in the top six.With that scenario, UWI FC only have to avoid defeat for the first time this season to their opponents in order to stay in pole position entering the final preliminary games next Sunday.Coach of UWI FC, Marcel ‘Fuzzy’ Gayle, says his team is hunting the $1-million bonus prize money and ultimately the championship title in their quest for the double this season.UPBEAT ABOUT WINNING”We are upbeat about winning the $1 million. The players are going for it. We have MoBay, a team that beat us twice already in Montego Bay, so they should be high on confidence,” Gayle told The Gleaner.UWI’s key players include captain Rochane Smith, goalkeeper Amal Knight, former Reggae Boy Keammar ‘Dada’ Daley, Kemar Flemmings and former national youth star Dawyne ‘Rick’ Smith.Meanwhile, although MoBay still have a mathematical chance of taking the bonus prize, chairman Orville Powell says the aim is to prepare for the bigger prize.”We are at that stage of the season, where we have to step up by winning against UWI. We are not going to UWI to win a $1 million. I figure we have lost that chance,” Powell said about his team’s slim chances of coming out on top in the race for the bonus prize.MBU will travel to town with top players such as national senior men’s team representatives, Dwayne Ambusley, Owayne Gordon, Jourdain Fletcher, Kevon Lambert, Dino Williams and Allan Ottey.In another game of high interest, Maverley-Hughenden who are battling for their Premier League life, will oppose Humble Lion.Humble Lion are in the running for the bonus prize while eleventh place Maverley-Hughenden need a positive result in the relegation battle.In two previous meetings, Humble Lion won 3-0 and 2-0 at their Effortville Community Centre home field.
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC):Trinidad and Tobago Red Force ended an otherwise disappointing Regional four-day campaign on a high when they crushed Leeward Islands Hurricanes by an innings and 17 runs here yesterday.Starting the final day of their 10th round game at Warner Park needing a huge effort to pull off victory, Red Force found their inspiration in leg-spinner Imran Khan who finished with match figures of 11 for 140.He failed to add to his overnight five-wicket haul as Hurricanes, resuming on 273 for six, were dismissed for 299. Seamer Roshon Primus took two of the four wickets to fall to finish with two for 62.Following on by 254 runs, Hurricanes were dismissed for 237 in their second innings with Khan proving T&T’s trump card again with six for 74.Off-spinner Bryan Charles picked up three for 110.Opener and captain Montcin Hodge resisted with an unbeaten 96 while Kacey Carty carved out his second half-century of the game with 54 and Akeem Saunders got 41.Hurricanes were 188 for three at one stage inside the first hour after tea but suffered a swift collapse to lose their last seven wickets for 49 runs, and slide to their fifth defeat of the season.
Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ The Rockets, who trailed for most of the game, won their eighth consecutive road game, running their season road record to 12-1. It is Houston’s best road start since the 1996-97 season.Harden hit 16 of 29 shots and grabbed eight rebounds, while Chris Paul scored 24 points and Trevor Ariza had 13 for Houston. The Rockets’ 20-4 record is the best by percentage in the NBA this season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense“We’re riding high right now. That’s great. We know we’ll have some bumps. We have a lot of things to figure out, but we just keep getting better and grinding it out,” Houston coach Mike D’Antoni said.Houston took a good punch from Portland, which was trying to end a three-game home court losing streak. Damian Lillard tied a franchise record with nine 3-pointers and scored 35 points, while C.J. McCollum had 28 for the Blazers (13-12). Read Next MOST READ Houston Rockets guard James Harden drives to the basket on Portland Trail Blazers guard Evan Turner during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)PORTLAND, Oregon—The NBA’s hottest team has found a home on the road.Houston won its ninth consecutive game after James Harden scored 48 points and the Rockets rallied from 14-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 124-117 on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? “It was disappointing to lose. . We had a lot of good efforts from a lot of different players. It was good to be in a game at the end against a really good team,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said.Houston hasn’t had a close game in a while, particularly with Paul returning to action from an early season knee injury. That changed Saturday as Portland built a 98-84 lead after three quarters, though Lillard started the fourth quarter with an ice bag on his right foot after limping to the bench.Houston went to a small lineup, and punished Portland’s defense with 1-on-1 offense. The Rockets hit 15 of 18 shots, and Harden and Paul combined to score 25 of the team’s 40 fourth-quarter points.“Me and James were talking about how cool it was. I went a few times and then he got to go a few times. It was fun that we got to play off of each other like that,” Paul said.Harden went 6 of 7 during the fourth quarter, including five layups.“We went small and they had to adjust to us . once they did that, we had shooters on the court and the lane was wide open. So it was layup, layup, layup, 3-ball,” Harden said.ADVERTISEMENT Donaire blasts Rigondeaux for quitting vs Lomachenko Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson With Lillard’s foot on ice, Houston launched a rally, pulling to 103-98 when Lillard returned with 7 minutes remaining. But the Rockets had momentum, and took a 110-109 lead on Ariza’s 3-pointer.The Rockets never trailed again, outscoring Portland 14-6 during the final 3 minutes.“It took everything we had to beat them,” D’Antoni said.The Blazers, eager not to finish a home stand 0-4, were aggressive early, as Lillard hit two 3-pointers but also drew two fouls during the first 3 minutes. Midway through the first quarter, Lillard stepped in front of Paul and earned a charging foul, touching off a battle of words that resulted in technicals to Portland’s Meyers Leonard and Paul.Lillard’s 3-pointer gave Portland its largest lead of the first half at 57-46, but Houston outscored the Blazers 16-5 during the final 5:37 to pull even at 62 at halftime.Houston piled up a big edge at the free throw line, making 34 of 42 shots, while Portland took only 12 free throws, making nine.“The disparity was ridiculous,” Stotts said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc