Track and field megastars Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce are the favourites to emerge the top athletes at tonight’s JAAA/Scotiabank Golden Cleats Awards at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium on Old Hope Road.Bolt won the men’s sprint double at this year’s IAAF World Championships in Beijing in addition to leading the men to sprint relay gold.Fraser-Pryce won the women’s 100m in Beijing, and was also a member of the women’s sprint relay team which took gold in a championship record 41.07 seconds.The awards ceremony is set to begin at 6:30 p.m.
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LATTER WIN This latter win came in spite of an unofficial 400-metre split time of 44.5 from Class One 400-metre champion, Akeem Bloomfield of Kingston College. Taylor ran an unofficial split (hand-timed) of 45.3 seconds, as he bided his time for his devastating final kick in the last 100 metres. Taylor has run faster times than the world’s greatest sprinter, Usain Bolt, at a similar stage of his career. Let us handle him with care. Finally, congratulations to Asafa Powell on his silver medal in the World Indoor 60-metre final on Saturday. Unfortunately, once again, the rounds took their toll. So far, changing coaches has not made much of a difference. An Olympic gold medal would silence those who remember the words of the great Stephen Francis: “No athlete who leaves my camp improves his/her times.” We (Jamaicans) are blessed with athletic talent. Champs 2017 cannot come too soon. The greatest show on earth (for children) is over. The Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championships (Champs) lived up to its billing and pre-Championships hype. I estimate that more than the reported maximum capacity of 30,000 people were in the National Stadium for the final day on Saturday, April 19, 2016. The talent on show over the previous five days proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Jamaica is indeed the ‘Sprint Capital of the World’. However, the female standout of the Championships, Junelle Bromfield of St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), cannot be described as a “sprinter”. The remarkable Jamaican child ran in the preliminaries and finals for the girls 400 metres, 800 metres and 1500 metres, before anchoring her team to victory in the 4×400-metre relay final on Saturday night. For those who came in late, Miss Bromfield ran (and won) the 1500-metre race on Friday, then the 400-metre final on Saturday afternoon, completing the distance in 51.74 seconds, the fastest time for a Junior in the world this year. She returned to the track two hours later to win the 800-metre finals, capping the day with anchoring her team to victory in the 4×400-metre relay finals! This 18-year-old from STETHS is not only an athletic phenom, but impressively, she is also a medical marvel. Having exhausted the source of energy (carbohydrate stores) day after day, she obviously replenished those stores enough to complete the demolition of all her rivals in winning race after race and earning four gold medals. The only problem now is what next? What will happen to this young Jamaican star when she transitions to racing against adults? Unfortunately, previous middle-distance stars from Champs have not gone on to victory (and glory) at the world (adult) level. Burnout kills performance The reasons for this lack of success in the adult middle distance world varies from genetics to burnout. Genetics because of the preponderance of fast-twitch fibres in muscle biopsies of Jamaican athletes and burnout because of poor handling of these teenage stars on transition to adult competition. Maybe, just maybe, a ‘Junelle Bromfield National Project’ can correct this glaring anomaly. That project would entail the burying of egos as the nation unites spiritually and financially in managing and preparing this rare talent for world supremacy. I suggest that the start would be allowing her to concentrate on the 800 metres alone, as that is where her best chance for international glory lies. Then what about the Class Two phenom, Christopher Taylor? This remarkable young man ran a jaw dropping 20.8 seconds in the 200-metre preliminaries (a record), 46.33 seconds in the 400-metre preliminaries, another record, going on to win gold in both finals. He then ran a leg in Calabar High’s victorious Class Two 4×100-metre relay, before capping off the night with a relay leg for the ages, anchoring his team to victory in the Open 4×400-metre relay finals.
Jamaica has twice won the 4×100-metre relay for boys at the World Junior Championships. According to veteran coach, Raymond Graham, a third win is possible this year.Graham, hurdles and relays coach at Kingston College (KC), said Jamaica’s likely 2016 sprint relay team has the potential to break 39 seconds.After a high-school season where Nigel Ellis, Raheem Chambers and Jhevaughn Matherson have all run 100 metres faster than 10.30 seconds, and with Akeem Bloomfield zooming on sprint-relay duty at Boys and Girls’ Championships and at the Penn Relays, Graham is optimistic Jamaica can win gold at the event, which has been renamed the World Under-20 Championships.BEST CHANCE”This is Jamaica’s best chance of winning the 4×100 again,” he said.Gold has already come to Jamaica from the boys’ 4×100 in 1998 and 2006.”I hope I could work with a team like this, it’s a super team,” he gleamed.”To be honest with you,” he predicted. “I see a 38.9 team here.”His reference was no accident, as the national junior record is 38.97 seconds, set by the 2012 World Junior runner-up team of Tyquendo Tracey, Odean Skeen, Jevaughn Minzie and Jazheel Murphy.Graham hopes the team will get a chance to prepare optimally.”I think once they get in camp,” he projected, “and I hope the JAAA will get them out early, get the baton change, because that is very important.”This is a super-super team and I hope Jamaica will do its best to ensure that this team goes all the way,” he said.The world junior 4×100 record of 38.66 seconds was set by a USA team including champion 400-metre runner LaShawn Merritt at the 2004 World Junior Championships.
“He definitely could one day be in goal at the national youth and senior levels, certainly if he progresses as we suspect he will,” said Davis. “What we saw of him in Cayman – his athleticism, skill and composure in goal – was phenomenal! He was a calming influence for Academy SC. And remember, he was really headhunted to replace their injured goalie,” added Davis. Indications are that he is in line to be issued another invite for a youth tournament scheduled for next month in the Cayman Islands. This Under-14 invitational tournament will include English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur and local clubs Cavalier SC and Harbour View FC. Western Bureau: If Amal Bell continues along the path he is currently on, he could one day become Jamaica’s top goalkeeper, at least that is the view of scouts at the recently held Cayman Island Youth Football Tournament. The 14-year-old St James High School youth player turned out for the Academy SC Club of Cayman, standing in between the posts for their injured regular goaltender and by all accounts looked a quality prospect. “His performances must be viewed in context because while he did let in a soft goal in his first match, it is instrumental to know that he had little time to prepare for the game as he was a late call-up for the tournament,” said youth coach Tony Davis. Bell was watched by scouts from several English clubs, including from the acclaimed Manchester City Youth Academy and Swindon Town FC, two of the participating clubs. The Cuban Under-15 team and Jamaica’s Cavalier FC also took part. Bell was the starting goalkeeper in all of his team’s three matches and by all accounts acquitted himself well. According to Davis, Bell could one day be in line to represent Jamaica, joining the country’s long list of brilliant goalkeepers such as Warren Barrett, Clive ‘Spider’ Wedderburn, Aaron Lawrence, Andre Blake, and Donovan Ricketts. CALMING INFLUENCE
LONDON (AP):Southampton forward Charlie Austin exacted sweet revenge on a club which once questioned his fitness as West Ham lost their fourth straight English Premier League game yesterday.Austin’s goal and assist at the Olympic Stadium gave Southampton a 3-0 victory over a team whose top official had said he wouldn’t sign the player due to the state of his knee.In August 2015, West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan told an unofficial club podcast: “They say he (Austin) has no ligaments in his knee, who knows?”But Austin proved his worth for Southampton, scoring his fifth goal in four games in all competitions to dispel any doubts about his physical condition or ability.Having seen his side score more than one goal for the first time in the Premier League this season, Southampton manager Claude Puel praised Austin’s clinical play.”He can score very nice goals and I think he scored with his first chance,” said Puel. “This shows a striker’s confidence.”The win means mid-table Southampton have eight points from six matches, while West Ham are struggling in the relegation zone with three points from six games.West Ham conceded three or more goals for the fourth consecutive league game. Coach Slaven Bilic said the players were low on confidence but hinted that he wanted players to be harder on each other.”Heavy defeats against Watford and West Brom started the situation with the confidence,” said the former Croatia manager. “The players are good with each other – they are maybe too good with each other.”There were pre-match fears over crowd trouble following violence during the league match against Watford. Off the pitch at least, the game passed more peacefully for the hosts this time. While a significant minority of West Ham fans again chose to ignore pre-match warnings over persistent standing at the club’s new stadium, the stewards appeared to take a more lenient approach.
Having said that, the boiling over of enthusiasm spilled into giving the Test centurion’s qualifications and future role. “Robert just concluded the WICB/ECB level three coaching course in Barbados and he will be playing a role in further assessing the other candidates for submission to the WICB. Robert is perfectly positioned to transform our cricketers locally to internationally. He will influence the transition of a player from our local competition to the franchise, and from the franchise to the WICB. He is fully aware of his role and takes his job seriously.” If CEO Francis is to be taken seriously, the current ascent with Jamaica’s cricketers is no fluke. It is the result of well-thought-out plans and structures, and appears destined to bear the fruit that has been absent for some time. Good luck to them as they pursue a progressive path with the requisite diligence, determination and desire. – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org NEW APPROACH FUTURE ROLE In this regard, Foster’s Fairplay contacted the chief executive officer of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA), Courtney Francis. The former St Jago High School and St Catherine batsman explained, “The franchise (Jamaica Scorpions) is taking a new approach to preparing our cricketers for winning tournaments and to make the transition to the WI A team and the WI Senior team … . Note that during the period of Jamaica dominating the regional tournament – winning five straight four-day titles – not many of our players make that transition to the West Indies team. The new thrust is to form a combination of that transition and winning the PCL (four-day competition) many times over, again.” Francis continued, “Now that the PCL is on a break, all our contracted players, plus additional invitees, will be engaged in the 50-over preparation that will include the regular training sessions per day.” From what the top administrator was suggesting, these drills are expected to be quite hectic and intensive, leading into the resumption in March. They will include “fitness maintenance, specific skill enhancement, fielding drills, analytical assessment, video reviewing, trial matches – both four-day and 50 overs games – participation in the JCA All-Island Limited Overs Competition and a strategic plan.” Foster’s Fairplay had taken specific note of the top-order batsmen who, having reached scores of over 50, did not go on to the three-figure mark. Even if it means bringing in outside assistance, are there any designated plans to address this by proven expertise? Francis acknowledged the problem and responded. “I do not know of any proven expertise available to assist our players in their ability to convert 50s into 100s. What I am aware of, though, is that our franchise players are fitter with the gym facilities at Sabina Park; that have aided that area of their game significantly. You will note that the batting improves as the season progresses, signalling an improvement with concentration. Noticeable, too, is the little-to-no report of any major injury.” The locally based Scorpions team is coached by former Test player and Jamaica captain Robert Samuels, and this columnist was interested in knowing how much was that a factor in the development of the batsmen. Francis, in response, was both excited and enthusiastic. It was as though he was anxiously awaiting to expound on that subject. “I do believe that Robert Samuels influences the team positively. He has brought his own style of play in sync with the Franchise’s desire to transition each player.” There is a remarkable renaissance in Jamaica’s cricket, causing this columnist to focus extra attention to the sport. Given the norm in recent times, devoting two consecutive columns in this area was unthinkable. The real stimulant to this renewed interest; is not only Jamaica’s performances in the WICB Digicel four-day competition, where the team is at the halfway stage, topping the competition with three wins, a loss and a draw. The trigger is that there are emerging batsmen in John Campbell and Brandon King, who are threatening a breakthrough at the international level. However, there is a major concern. The next encounter in the current series is against close runners-up the Guyana Jaguars in March of next year. Is there an opportunity for the players to be in a cricketing atmosphere and be physically and mentally ready for the second stanza of first-class cricket?
Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer But assistant team captain Aby Maraño wanted to add just one more: Develop chemistry.“I’d like to leave all the issues behind us in the Philippines, start anew in Japan,” she said. “Let’s not waste the opportunity to learn and train.”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 want to go out there with fresh minds and fresh legs,” added national team member Denden Lazaro. IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation MOST READ PH Women’s National Volleyball team. Photo by Bong LozadaOfficials of the star-studded national women’s volleyball team have a checklist of things to improve on when the squad troops to Japan for a two-week camp from July 17 to Aug. 2.That includes speed, floor defense, blocking, killer instinct and mental toughness.ADVERTISEMENT Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission LATEST STORIES Barguil triumphs for France on Bastille Day at Tour 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. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade View comments
Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Neither of the mistakes led to points for Tampa Bay (2-2), which was unable to do much offensively until the fourth quarter.Brady threw a 5-yard TD pass to Chris Hogan in the second quarter, and Stephen Gostkowski kicked field goals of 27, 23, 45 and 48 yards for the Patriots (3-2).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogJameis Winston rallied Tampa Bay late with an 18-yard TD pass to Cameron Brate that trimmed New England’s lead to 16-14 with 2:09 remaining. He marched the Bucs from his 25 to the Patriots 19 before throwing an incompletion on the final play.It might not have come down to a last-second drive if not for another poor performance by Bucs kicker Nick Folk. San Beda racks up 14th straight win, eliminates EAC Folk missed two field goals and an extra-point before beating the New York Giants on a last-second kick last week. He missed three more field goals Thursday, including a 31-yarder that would have cut a nine-point deficit to six in the closing minutes.With his 186th career regular-season win as a starter, Brady tied Brett Favre and Peyton Manning for the most by a quarterback in NFL history. He also has 25 postseason victories, including five Super Bowls.Defensively, the Patriots entered the night on pace to yield more than yards than any team in league history.And, Winston and a young Tampa Bay offense that’s progressively gotten better since he was selected first overall in the 2015 draft was hoping to be the latest beneficiary of New England’s struggles.Running back Doug Martin provided a lift in his return from a suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancers with 74 yards rushing and one TD.But one week after throwing for 332 yards and three touchdowns without an interception and overcoming a pair of fourth-quarter deficits to beat the Giants, Winston was unable to move the ball consistently until the fourth quarter.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES DAY6 is for everybody 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 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Winston finished 26 of 45 with 334 yards and no interceptions. DeSean Jackson had five receptions for 106 yards.Playing without injured tight end Rob Gronkowski (thigh), Brady finished 30 of 40 with one interception.STREAK ENDSBrady opened the game with four straight completions before throwing his first interception of the season, overthrowing a wide-open Hogan in the middle of the field to end a streak of 264 pass attempts without an interception.BOUNCING BACKSince 2003, New England is 44-6 in regular-season games following a loss. The Patriots have dropped back-to-back games only six times during that time span — in 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012 and twice in 2015. As a starter, Brady is 44-10 in games following a loss.RING OF HONORThe Buccaneers honored Malcolm Glazer at halftime, inducting the late owner into the Ring of Honor at Raymond James Stadium.Glazer, whose family still runs the team, died in 2014 at the age of 85. He purchased the franchise in 1995 for a then-record $192 million.INJURIESPatriots: Gronkowski was added the injury report after Wednesday’s practice, listed as questionable. … The Patriots did not report any injuries during the game.Buccaneers: Played with three defensive starters — LBs Lavonte David (ankle) and Kwon Alexander (hamstring), and S Keith Tandy (hip). Tandy’s backup T.J. Ward (hip) was inactive, too. … DB Josh Robinson left the game in the first half with a concussion. … DE Ryan Russell injured his shoulder in the second quarter and did not return. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Quarterback Tom Brady of the New England Patriots makes his way off the field following the Patriots’ 19-14 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at an NFL football game on October 5, 2017 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Brian Blanco/Getty Images/AFPTAMPA, Florida — Tom Brady threw for 303 yards and one touchdown, and New England’s porous defense showed signs of improvement Thursday in a 19-14 NFL victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.The Super Bowl champions rebounded from a last-second loss to Carolina, despite Brady turning the ball over twice — on his first interception in eight regular-season games and a fumble on one of Tampa Bay’s three sacks.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next How to help the Taal evacuees
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The other top finishers were Alfred Kang of SJCBA with 1755, and Daboy Mendoza of Sletba and Jack Interia of ATBA-Gruppo, both with 1730.The top five finishers received cash prizes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe finals for Group 2 will be held Saturday afternoon, while the finals for Group 1, or Masters category, rolls off on Sunday.The Masters division is paced by Kevin Cu, seeded since he is the defending champion, Krizziah Tabora of TBAM-Prima and a member of the national pool, Dennis Gallardo of Sletba-GMTBC, and Jason Ko of Sletba./asu LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Ed Santos of Pasig Bowling Association bagged the Senior Masters championship of the 21st Sletba Open during the finals held Friday night at the Sta. Lucia Mall Bowling Center in Cainta, Rizal.Santos scored 1,790 pinfalls in the 8-game series to thwart the valiant bid of Samuel Matias, a member of the Philippine paralympic team, who finished with 1759 to place second.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Olympics: US interested in Winter Games bid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments
Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Catalan looking for blazing start in 2018 Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson 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 LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “I don’t know what happened. I can’t explain it I have to review tape, watch the third quarter and see what happened, but from my recollection we played according to plan in the first two quarters only to play, suddenly, differently in the third,” said Dandan.It was a tale of two halves for Kia, which got outscored 77-28 in the last two quarters, before getting blown out, 124-77.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkDandan made his head coaching debut after replacing Chris Gavina, who stepped down just before the new year, but it seems that the job has already taken its toll.“I feel that I have been coaching here forever. It’s tiring. I feel very tired. I tried to encourage our guys to make a comeback, tried to use the lineup, obviously, to no avail. But we have to move on, shrug this off and prepare for Alaska on Sunday,” Dandan said. “One should not rely on external motivation. You’re situation playing in the PBA is motivation enough. What you do here is putting the food on the table for your family, that is motivation enough. if you cannot motivate yourself, nobody else can motivate you.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View comments The Picanto dropped to 0-3 this conference and suffered their 15th consecutive loss dating back to last season and to make matters worse, they’ve lost a combined 70 points in their last two games and the 47-point margin equaled the franchise’s worst loss.“We just have to move forward and get better. There will be a lot of adjustments of course but we have to make do, we need to maximize the roster that we have, regardless of who we play and regardless of the situation,” he said.“I’ll say it again, we just have to suck it up and move forward and try to find way to make the score closer to give us a chance in the end.”Kia has a lot of concerns to address but Dandan said motivation shouldn’t be one.“When you’re in the PBA especially with a team like Kia, the situation is self-motivating enough and I believe that if you’re a coach or even a player and you can’t motivate yourself, nobody else can motivate you so I believe firmly on that,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Ricky Dandan. PBA IMAGESEven new Kia coach Ricky Dandan couldn’t exactly tell how the Picanto quickly lost control of their game against the Magnolia Hotshots on Wednesday.Kia led 49-47 at the end of the first half but it was all Magnolia after as the Hotshots, led by Paul Lee, left the Picanto in the dust thanks to a blistering 34-11 run.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson