first_imgThe incomparable Usain Bolt always challenges himself. Even though he is by far the best sprinter who has walked the earth, he has picked out a new target, smashing the 19-second barrier in the 200 metres.As monumental as that seems, the tall man from Trelawny is just the one to do it.He might have done it in 2010. After all, he had run world records of 19.30 and 19.19 seconds in the 2008 Olympic Games and the 2009 World Championships, respectively, and looked unstoppable. A 19.56-run solo at the Jamaica Invitational that year confirmed for me that the barrier was within reach.The numbers all seemed to add up. He stormed through a 44.2-second 4x400m relay anchor leg at the Gibson Relays and, on a rainy night in the Czech city of Ostrava, he stepped the second fastest time ever for 300 metres – 30.97 seconds.Injury and the desire to take it easy after three tough championship seasons intervened. He and guru Glen Mills wanted him healthy and fresh to defend his World and Olympic titles in 2011 and 2012. You know the rest. His victories in those seasons and this year at the World Championships have increased his lead over the rest of history’s best.For anyone to take his place, a new sprint king will need five world records, four of which need to be set in major finals, four individual Olympic gold medals and seven individual World Championship gold medals. That’s a tall order.Still at itHe could have chosen to rest on his laurels. You’ve seen football teams head for the corner flag to preserve a result. Not Bolt. He’s still on the attack.His choice to chase the 200 world mark is interesting. It seems almost to be an admission that the 100-metre record – his stupendous 9.58 from the 2009 World Championships – is safe. On top of that, the 200 is his favourite event.Perhaps he will run more early-season 400-metre races to build the endurance required to fight the fatigue in the last part of the 200. In the process, his longstanding 400m personal best of 45.28 seconds may fall. In fact, any serious effort would certainly put him under 45.I’ve always thought he is the only the athlete who could break Michael Johnson’s world record of 43.18 seconds. The wonderful American set that mark at age 31 in the 1999 World Championship final. Interestingly, though Bolt has always disavowed any interest in the 400m, he will be 31 in 2017, the year he has pinpointed as his last as an active athlete. That’s a flight of fancy.In the meantime, his 200 performances are so good that you almost see him breaking the record already. He has the only sub-20 by a junior – his 2004 Carifta time of 19.93 seconds and every major title on offer since 2008.Brilliant on the curve, his long strides carry him clear of every sprinter who has ever graced the track.Are you going to tell him that sub-19 is a barrier too far? I won’t.n Hubert Lawrence has made notes at track side since 1980.last_img read more

first_img Haile Selassie will look for their second win against Jonathan Grant. In the first contest, Haile Selassie scored a close 3-2 win at Barbican. Now, playing away, Haile Selassie will hunt maximum points to maintain the lead in Group D. Haile Selassie are on top with 18 points from seven games, closely followed by St Catherine (17) and Jonathan Grant (16) as the main contenders for places in the next stage. In Group E, Holy Trinity face Charlie Smith in another crucial game with both teams locked at the top on 15 points apiece. Waterford, who are in third position in the group on nine points, must win against Clan Carthy in order to stay in contention for a second-stage spot. High-flying Wolmer’s will top the group with another win against Camperdown, who they blanked 3-0 in the reverse. Wolmer’s lead Group F on maximum 21 points from seven games ahead of Camperdown on 13 points. The Vassell Reynolds-coached Wolmer’s have scored 26 goals and are yet to concede. St Jago High will look to move closer to a spot in the second round with a victory against Hydel at Spanish Town Prison Oval playing field. The Monk Street-based school lead in Group G on 16 points, ahead of Bridgeport (14) and Hydel (12) as the main contenders. – Greater Portmore vs Tarrant – St George’s College vs Tivoli Gardens – STATHS vs Vauxhall – Jamaica College vs Eltham – Norman Manley vs St Mary’s College – Denham Town vs Ascot – Kingston College vs Papine – Ardenne vs St Catherine – Jonathan Grant vs Haile Selassie – Meadowbrook vs Pembroke Hall – Clan Carthy vs Waterford – Charlie Smith vs Holy Trinity – Kingston Technical vs Edith Dalton James – Dunoon vs Jose Marti – Wolmer’s vs Camperdown – St Jago vs Hydel – Campion College vs Calabar – Cumberland vs Bridgeport Home teams are named first and all games start at 3:30 p.m. The ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup football competition is set to resume today, following a break because of threat from Hurricane Matthew. Confirmation arrived from ISSA’s Competitions Assistant Stephanie Baker. “The games that were originally scheduled for Monday and Tuesday will be played tomorrow (Wednesday),” Baker told The Gleaner yesterday. With the battles for spots in the next stage in high gear, there are some interesting match-ups on the card. A total of 16 teams will advance to the second stage, including the seven group winners and runners-up, as well as the two best third-place teams. St George’s College will look to continue their impressive run when they face lowly Tivoli Gardens at Winchester Park. The Neville Bell-coached ‘Georgians’ are highly fancied to score a big win against Tivoli. In the reverse fixture, St George’s won 2-0 at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex on September 15. A win for reigning Manning Cup champions Jamaica College against Eltham will cement, for the Old Hope Road school, an automatic spot from Group B. Kingston College (KC) will seek to maintain the lead when they tackle Papine High in Group C at the National Stadium. KC are on 19 points, just three ahead of Denham Town. KC who have scored 35 goals while conceding just once in seven games, are highly fancied for another win. Their attacking players include the competition’s top scorer Rashawn Mackison on 14 goals and Trayvon Reid, who has scored six times. Today’s games: Maximum pointslast_img read more

first_imgBuoyed by what he described as Harbour View’s rich history, newly appointed manager Oneal Johnson intends to hit the track running, and help move the former champions from their recent mid-table status and back on top of the league. The East Kingston-based club is one of the winningest teams in local top-flight football, with four Premier League titles – 2013, 2010, 2007 and 2000. They also have two Caribbean Football Union (CFU) titles (2007 and 2005), along with a host of other local knockout titles. However, Harbour View have not won a national title since 2013, and given that fact, Johnson comes in with one goal in mind. “[We are] concentrating on winning this Premier League,” he noted. “We are only focusing on winning the league, nothing else. Short term, it’s to see the team win. Harbour View has a rich history, and we are trying to bring back the club to where it used to be, on top of the league,” he outlined at last week’s Red Stripe Premier League press conference. He will work alongside General Manager Clyde Jureidini, head coach Ludlow Bernard, and assistants Ricardo ‘Bibi’ Gardner, Donald Stewart and Fabian Taylor. “Well; my role was created because the club thinks it needs to focus more on the Premier League, and Mr Jureidini is a very busy guy, so certain attention to detail and taking the pressure off him is my role,” Johnson explained. In an attempt to change/ improve the mid-table status of Harbour View, Johnson said the team signed two overseas players that will be available to the coaches soon, while putting together a strong young squad. “It’s a talented bunch. I’ve watched them in training, and they are working very hard. I’ve seen them putting in double shifts, and we motivate them and tell them they have the ability and talent, so they just need to go out there and execute,” he noted. When asked by The Gleaner, if Harbour View, known as one of the Premier League outfits to rotate coaches within the club’s walls, will stick with that model, Johnson said that’s a management decision. “I don’t think I can comment on that,” he stressed, while backing player-turned-assistant coach Gardner to come big in the future. “Well, he is developing as a coach day by day, and building a good rapport with the squad, and Coach Ludlow is there to help him.”last_img read more

first_imgTiger Woods returning to Riviera LOS ANGELES (AP): Tiger Woods is returning to Riviera Country Club for the first time since 2006 to play the Genesis Open in February. He announced yesterday that he will play in the event from Feb. 13-19 that benefits his foundation. Riviera was the site of Woods’ PGA Tour debut in 1992 at age 16. The Tiger Woods Foundation, the PGA Tour and Genesis announced a partnership under which Woods’ TGR Live will manage the tournament at Riviera. Woods returned to competitive golf earlier this month for the first time since August 2015 at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. Man City, Chelsea fined for melee LONDON (AP): Manchester City and Chelsea have been fined a combined US $170,000 by the English Football Association after their players were involved in a melee in the closing stages of a Premier League match. The FA said yesterday that both clubs accepted they failed to “ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative behaviour.” City were fined US $44,000 and Chelsea US $126,000. The melee happened deep in injury time of Chelsea’s 3-1 win at Etihad Stadium on December 3. It was sparked by a studs-first lunge by City striker Sergio Aguero on David Luiz, which earned Aguero a red card. Both sets of players clashed and City midfielder Fernandinho was also sent off for grabbing Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas by the neck and pushing him over an advertising hoarding. It was the fifth time in 19 months that Chelsea were charged by the FA for failing to control their players.last_img read more


first_imgThe plea for a ‘children’s summit’, made by Betty Ann Blaine of Hear the Children’s Cry, resonates with me not only because of the consistent and persistent abuse of our children mentally, sexually, physically (‘no ally’), but because I do believe that we are in danger of institutionalising this abuse by believing that children are small adults. In sports, talented (gifted) children are required to perform for medals, points, school, club, or country, regardless of the inherent dangers, ‘to maximise revenue’. The branding of children who are gifted in a particular sport is ‘okay’, because the stipend paid (a) to the child, (b) to the parents, (c) to the school or club, supposedly will benefit other poor and struggling children, and help the selected child to ‘make choices’ that would not be possible without cash. Thus, the child is professionalised, with little or no concern to the long-term holistic needs of a child in transition to adulthood. In school sports, this column has long complained of the unhealthy practice of forcing children (boys) to play three, sometimes more, football games in seven days, not because of scheduling, but because of postponements, etc, to justify the fact that the competition must be completed before the end of the school term. RANKING SCHOOLS Any attempt to tinker with the present format of the Manning and DaCosta Cup competitions by ranking schools based on historical results in the competition, so that schools with a poor record of performance would play against each other in Zone B, for example, would have the ‘better schools’ competing against each other. The top schools from Zone B would be promoted to Zone A, while the worst-performing schools in Zone A would be demoted to Zone B the following year. This would minimise the possibility of multiple games in a week. This idea, however, is pooh poohed by school principals and past student networks as minimising income potential for a school that can barely afford the cost of competition! So play on my child, play on, regardless of the mental and physical strain on your developing mind and body. Is that not a form of abuse? In the past few weeks, stung by the premature deaths of children in their care, the governing body of high-school sports in this country, ISSA, have initiated bold steps to try and minimise “the physical and mental abuse of children in schools” by proposing changes to how school sports are managed. ISSA has demanded that schools under their control mandate a pre-participation evaluation for every child who participates in one of their competitions BEFORE being selected to play. This bold move will not eliminate the possibility of sudden cardiac arrest (death) in children, but would identify those children at risk of this and initiate treatment or rehabilitation. Further, ISSA has recommended changes to the rules of the Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championships (Champs) regarding the number and types of events that our children can participate in during an intensive, and exciting, five days of competition. This bold attempt at minimising the potential physical and mental abuse of children in their care has not met with universal acclamation. Already, we are hearing protests from very influential groups who see the potential for reduction in points, medals and income. Let us all, with one accord, support ISSA and mark this effort as the start of a long and necessary journey in protecting our children from abuse.last_img read more

first_imgAs one of the 17 young golfers to enter this year’s Jamaica Golf Association Juniors Series winners’ enclosure, Tajay Lobban is looking to transition to the national junior team, while continuing his development in the sport.In this, his third year of playing competitive golf, Lobban was recently crowned White Tees category winner with 345 points, while Luke Chin copped second with a score of 275, and Elric Li scored 150 for third.”I haven’t represented Jamaica in any age group as yet, but I am hoping to play for Jamaica this year,” he told The Gleaner in a recent interview.”Long term, I want to be a professional player. I am happy for the Sandals Foundation in Ocho Rios and coach Bill Williams for helping my development as a player so far,” he said.Playing in the boys’ under-14-15 category, Lobban played all five of the recent Jamaica Golf Association (JGA) series with three first-place finishes, one second, and a third.The 14-year-old also finished third in the fifth and final game of White Tees behind Luke Chin (77) and Kei Harris (81), scoring 87.Buoyed by those performances, the Ocho-Rios-based teen wants to make his mark when the national team is selected in March.”I am happy to put in the hard work and try to improve. I train once a week, and attend the Ocho Rios High School, but I need to work harder and get more improvement and better performances in,” he added.The teen, who has been playing the sport for three years, and who might be one of few golfers at his school, works alongside national men’s representative Wesley Brown and talented junior Romaine Evans with coach Bill Williams at the Sandals Foundation.Lobban said that he started the sport when his father asked him if he wanted to try it on a Saturday and said that he is really liking it now.last_img read more

first_imgReed seals 70.3 3-peat 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Jeanetta Panaga and Myla Pablo delivered in the clutch, combining for the last six points of the Lady Warriors who stayed on track for a fourth straight championship.Panaga finished off the Lady Jet Spikers with a check ball off a quick attack that leveled their best-of-three Final Four series.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 former St. Benilde ace earlier scored on back-to-back hits to shatter the 9-all count then added another off a poor Air Force receive while Pablo scored on a drop shot and on a kill block off Iari Yongco that made it 14-10.But Air Force, which surprised the three-time champion, 25-20, 25-19, 25-21, in the opener Saturday, refused to give up and pulled to within 12-14. “We were really determined to play another game,” said Pocari coach Rico de Guzman.Pablo, a strong candidate to win this conference’s Most Valuable Player award, said team effort saw them through.“We just kept the faith and showed teamwork,” said Pablo.BaliPure also forced a do-or-die after a 25-19, 19-25, 25-16, 18-25, 15-13 victory over Creamline in the other semifinal duel.It was Creamline’s first loss this conference after sweeping the elimination round and winning Game 1, 25-19, 13-25, 28-26, 18-25, 15-7.ADVERTISEMENT Pocari Sweat poured it all in the fifth set to even things up with Hair Fairy Air Force, 25-22, 16-25, 23-25, 25-21, 15-12, and forge a sudden-death for a finals berth in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan on Sunday.The Lady Warriors nearly squandered a 9-5 lead in the decider but leaned on their championship experience to outlast the Lady Jet Spikers.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Teen gunned down in Masbate Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her 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 Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas MOST READ They slug it out anew at 4 p.m. on Wednesday with Pocari Sweat and Air Force disputing the other finals slot at 6:30 p.m.Pablo finished with 22 hits, including 20 attack points, while Panaga wound up with 18.Earlier, Cignal TV and Mega Builders arranged a duel for the men’s title. —CEDELF P. TUPASSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson FEU held a minute 49-48 at the end of the third before staging a crippling 18-3 run to take a 67-51 lead that left UST looking startled.The Tamaraws improved to a 2-2 record while the Growling Tigers remained at the bottom of the eight-team ladder with a miserable 0-4 card.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogFEU head coach Olsen Racela commended his team a better second half performance after allowing UST to go tit-for-tat with the Tamaraws for the first 20 minutes.“I told the players that we have to grind it out since there’s no sure win in this league,” said Racela in Filipino. “We have to put in the effort, and it showed in the second half that we really have to grind it out.” The Tamaraws put a clamp on UST’s offense, limiting the Tigers to a 33 percent shooting. Their 29 fourth quarter points also matched the whole second half output of the Tigers.Ball movement was also crucial for FEU as it registered 20 assists compared to UST eight, and those passes led to seven uncontested field goals.Arvin Tolentino put up a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double to lead FEU on both ends while Ron Dennison had 15 points of his own.Jeepy Faundo led UST with 16 points and 11 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments 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 MOST READ DAY6 is for everybody Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collidecenter_img Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours FEU vs UST. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University frustrated University of Santo Tomas with a 78-65 drubbing in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Tamaraws flipped the switch in the fourth quarter to turn the game around after trailing the Tigers early in the game.ADVERTISEMENT UAAP: UP can field in Ricafort, but face risks if TRO ‘invalid’ How to help the Taal evacuees Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

first_imgCoco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Alaska coach Alex Compton. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAlaska coach Alex Compton knows that with his team picking fifth in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, he has no choice but to wait for the proceedings to pan out.“This draft already has its top five players and I don’t think there’s a lot of surprises for us. I think there’s some good talent in the draft, so we’ll just have to wait,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “The biggest position in need is someone to match up with June Mar and Greg. It’s really a challenge, like you look at Ginebra in the Finals right now, look at their length,” he said.That’s why Compton is desperately wishing for a miracle that against all odds, the four teams ahead of Alaska will surprisingly shy away from tabbing Standhardinger in this draft which will let the Aces swoop the Fil-German forward in.“If he drops to five, I’m hoping. If people are gonna pass up on him and he drops to five, yes, we will be open to taking him,” the affable bench tactician said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 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 Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Christian Standhardinger and Kiefer Ravena are the consensus 1-2 picks in the annual rookie selection, which leaves bluechip recruits Jeron Teng, Raymar Jose, and Jason Perkins for picks three to five, the last of those expectedly being the Aces’ man.Compton knows that he can’t go wrong with any of those five as he maintains the mentality of picking the best talent available at their spot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogHowever, with Alaska desperate to get back to contending for titles, the American mentor said that getting a frontcourt player that can compete with the likes of June Mar Fajardo and Greg Slaughter should be of high priority for teams who want to win a championship.“Most places where basketball is played, it’s the hardest to find a dominant big man. I heard there’s a pretty good one in the PBA who has won four straight MVPs,” said Compton, displaying his signature wit to the media once again. “Those guys don’t grow on trees. It would be nice if I could go to that tree and pick a June Mar, but that’s not what happens. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Danny Kingad: student by day, fighter by night Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View commentslast_img read more