Record-breaking performance In a year where several of Jamaica’s male juniors performed with distinction, two athletes, Christopher Taylor of Calabar High and Akeem Bloomfield of Kingston College, stood tall in the 400 metres. Taylor, who gave early signals at development meets early in the year with excellent times in both the 200 and 400 metres, continued his good form at the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships, where, in his first year in Class Two, he easily won the one-lap event along with the 200m and ran a brilliant leg in the 4×400 metres as Calabar clocked a record 3:06.76 to wipe out St Jago High’s one-year-old mark of 3:08.31. On the world stage, Taylor produced outstanding times. At the IAAF World Youth Championships in July in Cali, Colombia, he was just brilliant. After posting 45.30 seconds in his semi-final, where many thought he had gone out too fast and would have paid the price in the final, he went even faster in the final as he stopped the clock at an astonishing 45.27 to win the event and become the second-fastest ever at this level. Only American Obi Moore with his 45.14 in Santiago, Chile, in 1995 has gone faster. The 16-year-old Taylor (born October 1, 1999), who went sub 46 seconds four times in the year, was ranked number one on the IAAF Word Youth list and was sixth on the World Junior list for 2015. While Taylor was the talk of the town, Kingston College’s Akeem Bloomfield was not far behind. Competing in his fourth individual 400 metres of his career at the ISSA-GraceKennedy Championships in March, he created history in the one-lap event. Bloomfield (born October 11, 1997) dipped under 45 seconds in winning the Class One 400m in 44.93. In doing so, he became the country’s first junior to go sub-45 and, in the process, he shattered Davian Clarke’s national junior record of 45.21. Bloomfield, with that record-breaking performance, ended the year at number two on the IAAF list. Only Abdelalelah Haroun of Qatar was faster. Haroun, who had the seven-fastest times in the event, topped the list with his 44.27. Following these impressive 400m runs from Taylor and Bloomfield, all attention will now be turned to next year’s IAAF World Junior Championships as Jamaica could do something special in the 4x400m. With the likes of Martin Manley and Jaheel Hyde set to join Taylor and Bloomfield, the world record of 3:01.09 set by the United States in Grossseto, Italy, in 2004 could be in danger.
MAN UNITED (4-2-3-1)DE GEA,DARMIAN, JONES, SMALLING, BLIND,SCHWEINSTEIGER, SCHNEIDERLIN,MATA, ROONEY, YOUNG,MARTIALSWANSEA (4-2-3-1)GOMIS,SIGURDSSON, EMNES, BRITTON,CORK, SHELVEY,TAYLOR, WILLIAMS, AMAT, NAUGHTON,FABIANSKIThe pressure is on Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal after six Barclays Premier League games without a win – and eight in all competitions. That is their worse run since January 1990.After losing 2-0 at Stoke on Boxing Day United drew 0-0 against Chelsea on Monday; van Gaal has overseen 11 goalless draws as United boss, six of those coming since 27 October. However, United have kept seven clean sheets and conceded just three goals in their nine Premier League home games in the 2015-16 campaign.And their 30 points from the first half of the season is their poorest return since the 1990-91 season, when they had 22.Swansea arrive still under caretaker Alan Curtis and are unbeaten in three games, drawing two and going 270 minutes without conceding. However, they have scored in two of their last six games and just three in their last nine.But when these teams met at the Liberty Stadium in late August, Swansea extended their unbeaten start to the season to four games with a 2-1 win with Andre Ayew cancelling out Juan Mata’s opener for United before Bafetembi Gomis struck the winner.That was the Welshmen’s third straight win over United; last season they beat them home and away including the 2-1 win at Old Trafford where Gylfi Sigurdsson claimed the winner.For the Chelsea game Van Gaal recalled Wayne Rooney, but they are still missing Marcos Rojo, Anders Lindegaard, Luke Shaw, Jesse Lingard and Antonio Valencia. Swansea test Eder, Federico Fernandez and Wayne Routledge.
GALLE, Sri Lanka (CMC): All-rounder Carlos Brathwaite says West Indies will need to make adjustments and be disciplined in all areas, in order to beat Sri Lanka in the two-Test series starting here tomorrow. The 27-year-old said the bowling department needed to be consistent with their lengths, while the batsmen needed to be prudent with their shot selection, the combination of which would place pressure on Sri Lanka. “The pacers need to find the right lengths to bowl, whether they are using it in an attacking sense or they are using it as a defensive cog to allow the spinners to exert some pressure and get some wickets from their end,” said Brathwaite, who led West Indies A here last year. “Batting wise, we need to be a lot more selective. What I found playing against Sri Lanka A is that the spinners play with their fields very well, so simple things like mid-on and mid-off hanging – normally in the Caribbean we have them really tight or back on the boundary – just little adjustments like that, knowing if to push and get a single or if to go over the top. “A couple of our guys were caught at a three-quarter mid-on.” Brathwaite is yet to play a Test, but pressed the case for a call-up when he lashed an attacking 54 against Sri Lanka Cricket President’s XI, in a drawn three-day tour match which finished on Sunday. probing seamer A probing seamer, he is part of a youthful West Indies squad attempting to win the first ever Test by a Caribbean side on Sri Lankan soil. “Once we get those two things – the adjustments to the field and skilfully playing spin, getting off strike, knowing when to attack and knowing when to defend and the bowlers getting their lengths right, even the spinners bringing the batsmen on the front foot a lot more and forcing them to make more decisions more often than not – I think we will be successful.” West Indies were hit by controversy even before leaving the Caribbean when head coach Phil Simmons was suspended by the West Indies Cricket Board, for being openly critical of the selection of the ODI team. With the team having arrived to stifling humidity in Colombo two weeks ago, the West Indies have seemed to be up against it, but Brathwaite said there was a great sense of togetherness in the unit. “Having been here last year with the A team, I kind of understood the conditions and how to settle in because we had a similar acclimatisation period with the A team last year, so I probably settled quicker than most of the guys,” he pointed out. “The main thing for me is how the guys are interacting off the field. Someone is always in someone else’s room or you see guys at dinner three or four in a bunch so it’s good camaraderie. I know over time that will transfer and translate to on the field and we can win some matches for West Indies.”
For the post of vice-president, six persons were nominated, but only four are eligible for election having secured at least four votes, the minimum required. Bruce Gaynor (St James), Michael Ricketts (Clarendon) and Raymond Anderson (St Mary) all received 11 nominations, while Garfield Sinclair (St Catherine) received four nominations. The other persons, Mark Bennett (KSAFA) and Danny Beckford (St Ann), received one nomination apiece. The JFF’s election of officers will take place at a special general meeting on Sunday, December 20, at the federation’s secretariat in New Kingston. SIX NOMINATED FOR VP Captain Horace Burrell is set to return unopposed as president of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), as the only man seeking to challenge him for the presidency at next month’s elections, Orville Powell, did not get the required nominations. According to a release issued by the JFF yesterday evening, all 13 parish associations participated in the nomination process for the election of officers to its executive body for the upcoming elections. Burrell was nominated by 11 of the parish associations for the post of president, while Powell only secured one nomination. The biggest confederation, the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA), according to the JFF release, “abstained from nominating a candidate for this position”. To become eligible for the challenge, Powell was required – under the JFF constitution – to be nominated by at least four parish associations. In the final analysis, he was nominated by only the St Ann Football Association. Powell is a former St James Football Association president and was also chairman of the western confederation, which includes the parishes of St James, Trelawny, Hanover and Westmoreland. He is the owner of Red Stripe Premier League outfit, Montego Bay United Football Club, which won the title in 2014-15 and ended runners-up last season.
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Defending champions Trinidad and Tobago Red Force are wary of a dangerous spin attack when they meet Guyana Jaguars in the first semi-final of the NAGICO Super50 Tournament at the Queen’s Park Oval here today, starting at 12:30 p.m. (Jamaica time).Captain Jason Mohammed has admitted that his batsmen will have to step up if they are to defeat the persistent Jaguars and remain on course to retain their title.”I think the batting department is going to be the most difficult part of it. We see that the pitch is spinning a lot, and they have some quality spinners, but in saying that we have some quality batters in our team as well,” said Mohammed.”So I think we have the ammunition to counteract the Guyana bowlers, and hopefully we will come out on top tomorrow in terms of the batting, and the bowling will take care of itself.”In the preliminary phase of the tournament, Guyana posted four wins and suffered two defeats, while Trinidad and Tobago registered four wins and one loss.”It’s going to be a tough game; at the end of the day, we have to enjoy it as cricketers. This is the moment we cherish, when we beat the best team and we come up good against the best team and the best bowlers.”The match will be a repeat of last year’s grand final when the Red Force – inspired by a hundred from current captain Jason Mohammed and spell-binding bowling from champion spinner Sunil Narine – completed a comprehensive 135-run victory to take the title.”I don’t think the guys will be thinking a lot about it (revenge),” declared Leon Johnson, the captain of the Guyana Jaguars.”I think it will be a negative … us losing last year in the finals to Red Force … but we will probably have it a little bit in the back of our minds.”We just have to go out and play the game hard,” he said. “They will have a lot of crowd support obviously, and we normally get good support here in Trinidad as well, so we are looking forward to a good game.”
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC): Left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican has been recalled for the West Indies three-Test series against Pakistan starting next month. The 24-year-old played the last of his four Tests against Australia Down Under last January, but was subsequently overlooked for India’s tour of the Caribbean over the summer. However, he will be part of the 15-man squad, which will be led by Jason Holder and comprises those players who featured in the four-Test series against the Indians. Warrican made his international debut on the tour of Sri Lanka last October and followed up by playing two more Tests on the tour of Australia. He has taken 11 wickets at an average of 46. Despite intense speculation over his future, the 24-year-old Holder will take charge of the side. There was widespread speculation the Barbadian would have been axed from the position after nine games in charge without a single win. Opener Kraigg Brathwaite will again serve as vice-captain, while 19-year-old speedster Alzarri Joseph, who made his debut against India, has been included once again. West Indies will play one three-day tour match against a Pakistan Cricket Board Patron XI starting October 7 in Sharjah before facing Pakistan in a historic opening day/night Test at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. The second Test is carded for the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi from October 21-25, with the third game set for Sharjah Cricket Stadium from October 30 to November 3. Squad members arrived here last weekend. SQUAD: Jason Holder (captain), Kraigg Brathwaite (vice-captain), Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shai Hope, Leon Johnson, Alzarri Joseph, Marlon Samuels, Jomel Warrican.
CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP):LeBron James made a big 3-pointer in the final minute of the second overtime and scored 41 points to offset 43 by Indiana’s Paul George, and the Cleveland Cavaliers opened their April schedule with a 135-130 win yesterday over the Indiana Pacers, who remain on the outside of the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference.James added 15 rebounds and 11 assists in 52 minutes for the defending NBA champions, who ended the game with some drama as Tristan Thompson and James angrily exchanged words during a timeout in the second OT.Kyrie Irving made four free throws in the final 16.5 seconds and Kevin Love had 20 points and 12 rebounds as Cleveland stayed within a half-game of Boston for the top spot in the East. The Cavs visit the Celtics on Wednesday night.George was magnificent in defeat, scoring 19 straight points for Indiana in the overtime sessions.Other scores on the night:Celtics 110 94 KnicksHornets 113 101 ThunderJazz 103 99 SpursGrizzlies 103 108 LakersMavericks 109 105 BucksNuggets 116 113 HeatBulls 117 110 PelicansHawks 82 91 Nets76ers 105 113 Rapters
Pumaren downplays heated commotion with Pringle That particular lineup caused major problems for GlobalPort as Ginebra went on to cruise to a 124-108 win.And it could also serve as bad news for the rest of the league that it may not be the last time the PBA will see that five-man combination.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’“We’re playing really good with that lineup out there,” said Slaughter. “We’re able to impose our presence, but we still need a lot of things to figure out.”The Cebuano giant flourished playing alongside his fellow bigs, but said that much of the praise should be on Tenorio, who ran the show for his other four teammates on the floor. LATEST STORIES 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 Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend “It’s going to be a conference of adjustments for us. We’re not there yet, and we got a lot of way to go. We got a lot of people going through some things, but we’re going to find our chemistry to make it work.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur “We got to give a lot of credit to our littlest guy, LA. He came out with an amazing game, made things easy for us, and we had a good game for everyone,” he said.Slaughter also deserves to have his fare share of the limelight, coming off the bench and racking up 19 points, eight rebounds, and two blocks as he sparked the blowout in just his second game back since returning from his ACL injury.“It’s always good to win,” he said after Meralco spoiled his return, 93-78, last week.Slaughter admitted he’s still getting his bearings back and said he’s embracing whatever role Cone gives him even if it means he has to come off the bench again.“Whatever coach Tim wants from me, I’ll do it. I’m gonna do whatever it takes to fill in with the team. Whatever role it might be, I’ll do it to the best of my abilities. Whether I start or come off the bench, I’m just going to be always ready every game,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBarangay Ginebra may have just found its killer five as coach Tim Cone experimented with his bigs on Sunday.With LA Tenorio being the lone true guard, the Gin Kings trotted out a towering lineup of import Justin Brownlee, Joe Devance, Japeth Aguilar, and Greg Slaughter for the better half of the third quarter.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments
Bradley is still in the boxing world as a commentator and was even in the television panel when Pacquiao lost his WBO world welterweight title to Jeff Horn last month in Australia. “I hope to continue to allow boxing in my world through teaching, commentating, and being a fan of a sport I love so dearly,” wrote BradleySports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I find my strength in them, my peace, and most importantly unconditional love. I wake up wanting to spend all time being a father, being a husband, and being free. Although that squared circle I lived to dance in everyday gave me so many smiles and blessings, it could never outweigh the smiles and blessings I receive from my wife and children.”The 33-year-old Bradley finished his career with a 33-2-1 record, his two losses at the hands of Manny Pacquiao, whom he had a trilogy of fights. 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’“The Desert Storm” won his first world title in 2008 when he escaped with a split decision victory over Junior Witter to take the WBC World super lightweight belt.He then unified the WBC and WBO World super lightweight titles in 2009 after a unanimous decision win over Kendall Holt in Canada. Bolts stay unbeaten, keep Picanto winless behind Durham’s triple-double End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:47PH’s Charly Suarez boxing lightweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – APRIL 09: Timothy Bradley Jr. stands in his corner before facing Manny Pacquiao in their welterweight championship fight on April 9, 2016 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPFormer two-division world champion Timothy Bradley has retired from boxing, penning a heartfelt letter on his Instagram account Sunday.“Turning the page for me is bittersweet,” wrote Bradley. “That once in a lifetime purpose to wake up everyday and give 100 percent is now fueled towards something else—my family.” ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Teen gunned down in Masbate Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her View comments
Winning start 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 Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Atlanta coach Dan Quinn has pushed his team to look forward, not backward.He keeps insisting there will be no hangover from the devastating loss.“When we came back, I knew there was going to be questions like, ‘OK, how much more work do we have to do to talk about last year?’” Quinn said. “I got my answer pretty early in training camp when I saw us go for it in the biggest way.”But he understands that plenty of Atlanta fans are a bit sensitive to all the barbs.“I love our fans,” Quinn said. “For them to get (ticked off) about it, that’s cool with me.”That means you, Peyton Manning, who got in on the act at the ESPY Awards.“I believe in the Falcons. I believe in (MVP quarterback) Matt Ryan and Dan Quinn, and I know in my heart the Falcons will be back,” the former NFL great said, setting up his zinger. “I wanted the Falcons to hear that from me now, at the beginning of the show, because they’re going to stop paying attention three-quarters of the way in.”Even two other NFC South rivals, teams the Falcons will face twice this season, couldn’t resist the chance to pile on.On March 28 — yep, 3-28 — the Carolina Panthers tweeted a picture of four players. But only two were tagged: No. 3 (Derek Anderson) and No. 28 (Johnathan Stewart). Clearly, that was no coincidence, which became apparent when the tweet was quietly deleted a few hours later.A couple of months later, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers sent out a seemingly innocuous tweet pitching their team-logo fidget spinners. When the Falcons’ account chimed in with a GIF of cornerback Desmond Trufant asking if the Bucs were “nervous about something,” the Bucs quickly responded by tweeting a picture of cornerback Vernon Hargreaves (No. 28) celebrating with quarterback Jameis Winston (No. 3). Tampa Bay coach Dirk Koetter, a former Falcons’ offensive coordinator, wound up apologizing for that little back-and-forth.No need, said Falcons safety Ricardo Allen.This team can take it.“It does nothing for us,” he said Wednesday. “This world is so lost in staying in the past… Yes, we lost that game. They won that game. That’s last year. This is a new year. This team, we have the mindset of next-play mentality.“If you have a bad play, OK, next play. They’re going to make plays. Bad game? Next game.”Ryan, in a way, addressed the issue head-on by taking part in a Gatorade television commercial that featured, among others, Michael Jordan and Serena Williams talking about their biggest disappointments. Titled “The Secret to Victory,” it ends with a recreation of the Falcons quarterback dejectedly leaving the field after the Super Bowl, a voiceover describing his “utter disbelief,” before he stares into the camera and says one word.Defeat.Then it shows Ryan getting back to work, throwing one pass after another on the practice field, ending with the mantra, “Make Defeat Your Fuel.”“It’s about moving forward,” Ryan said. “To me, that’s what made sense. You learn from all these things throughout your life. Different things happen to you along the way. You learn from them and try to use them as motivation.”And the jokes? Is he using those as motivation? End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Justin Hardy #16, and Matt Ryan #2 celebrate with Tevin Coleman #26 of the Atlanta Falcons after he scored a touchdown on a 82 yard interception against the New England Patriots during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. / AFP PHOTO / Timothy A. CLARYFLOWERY BRANCH, Georgia — Hey, did you hear the one about Choking Awareness Day?It’s held on 3-28.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Of course, that punch line references the score late in the third quarter of last season’s Super Bowl, when it looked as though the Atlanta Falcons would finally win their first championship.Then, as they remember all too painfully in these parts, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots scored 31 consecutive points to pull off the greatest comeback in the title game’s 51-year history, winning 34-28 in overtime.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendBrady collected his fifth ring.The Falcons became the butt of the joke. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Isaiah Thomas on trade to Cavaliers: ‘It still hurts’ Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ “No,” Ryan shot back, managing a weak smile. “I don’t pay much attention to it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lots and lots of jokes.Even now, as Atlanta prepares to open the season Sunday with a road game against the Chicago Bears, there’s no sign of the jabs letting up.Just last weekend, when Texas A&M squandered a 34-point lead in the second half and lost 45-44 to UCLA, a Lou Holtz parody account on Twitter claimed the Aggies were unveiling a new logo. Naturally, it was the Falcons’ distinctive emblem.In New Orleans, home of the Falcons’ biggest rival, the Dirty Coast shop on Magazine Street has been offering T-shirts with a scoreboard-like design “28-3, 3rd, 2:12” — when Atlanta was still up by 25. As if that wasn’t enough to bring a smile to Saints’ fans, the store also has been raising money to put up a billboard with the same design outside Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the Falcons’ new stadium.“I don’t pay attention to that,” Atlanta linebacker Deion Jones said with a shrug. “It happened. We can’t go back and change it. So, I mean, you lick your wounds a little bit, then you have to get on with your life.”ADVERTISEMENT A costly, catty dispute finally settled LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Break new ground MOST READ View comments