In the future, overseas coaches may be in Jamaica to lift 800-metre running in the island. That’s the renewed promise from Warren Blake, president of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA). The intention arose in an interview early this month.Though there were earlier hopes of learning from distance giant Kenya, Dr Blake said, “The programme of partnering with countries which are strong in the 800 is still in the mind of the JAAA.”Help may not come from Kenya, home of brilliant middle-distance runners like David Rudisha and Asbel Kiprop. Alluding to allegations of corruption and drug violations faced by Kenyan track and field currently, the JAAA president said, “The leadership of that federation is really in a spot of trouble, to put it mildly.”In the meantime, help may come from other nations.”We’re going to be looking at other countries to partner with,” he said.Since the days when Arthur Wint and George Kerr won Olympic medals, Jamaica has only produced one Olympic and/or World Championship finalist in the 800 metres – Kenia Sinclair.Her national record of one minute, 57.88 seconds was set in 2006. Sinclair has been hampered with injuries in recent seasons, but finished in sixth position in both the 2008 Olympic final and the 2011 World Championship final.On the men’s side, Clive Terrelonge won the gold medal at the 1995 World Indoor Championships.While Natoya Goule and Simoya Campbell broke two minutes for the distance last year, 1996 was the last time Jamaica had athletes beating the men’s threshold of one minute, 46 seconds. Both Mario Vernon-Watson and Alex Morgan did it in that Olympic year.The men’s national record has stood to Seymour Newman at one minute, 45.21 seconds since 1977. The national junior record is almost 52 years old and remains at one minute, 46.6 seconds. That was a World Junior record when it was set by Neville Myton in 1964.
ARSENAL (4-2-3-1)OSPINA, BELLERIN, MERTESACKER, KOSCIELNY, MONREAL,ELNENY, COQUELIN,SANCHEZ, OZIL, IWOBI, WELBECKMBOKANI, NAISMITH,BRADY, O’NEIL, HOWSON, JARVIS, OLSSON, MARTIN, BENNETT, WISDOM, RUDDYNORWICH (4-4-1-1)Arsenal return to the Emirates Stadium in fourth place in the Barclays Premier League after being held to a goalless draw by one of the relegation-threatened sides, Sunderland.That point enabled Sunderland to move out of the bottom three, leap-frogging Norwich City, who arrive in North London desperate for points to retain their top-flight status.Sunderland and Norwich are level on 31 points, but they have a game in hand on Newcastle United, who are on 30 points and currently 19th in the table.Having beaten West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle, Norwich were on a roll. But they have lost their last two, at Crystal Palace and at home to Sunderland and face the Gunners, having lost 11 of their last 13 away games.However, when they met Arsenal at Carrow Road last November, they earned a valuable draw with Lewis Grabban – now at Bournemouth – ruling out Mesut Ozil’s early goal.This fixture tends to produce goals. Six of the seven Premier League meetings at Arsenal have produced at least four goals and a total of 32. Norwich’s only Premier League win there was in August 1992 when they won 4-2 in the inaugural weekend of the competition. Since then, they have drawn two and lost four.Arsenal are unbeaten in seven league games but can no longer win the title and need to win to boost their chances of qualifying for the Champions League. Jack Wilshere made his first appearance of the season as a late substitute following a season out with a leg injury. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Tomas Rosicky are out while they test Santi Cazorla, Kieran Gibbs and Mathieu Flamini.Norwich, meanwhile, check on Russell Martin and Andre Wisdom while Timm Klose and Alexander Tettey are out.
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has commended Jamaica’s Senior National Football for a strong performance in the CONCACAF Gold Cup Final on Sunday, July 26, and in the tournament overall.”I congratulate all members of the team and coaching staff under the leadership of head coach Winfried Sch‰fer for the strong second-place finish and an overall solid and encouraging performance throughout the tournament,” the prime minister said.Meanwhile, Opposition Spokesperson on Sports, Information, Gender Affairs, Culture and Entertainment, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, also congratulated the Reggae Boyz.”I know a lot of Jamaicans are disappointed with the failure to win the cup, but we must be buoyed by the overall performance of the team during the tournament. We should be happy to have split the two so-called giants of CONCACAF football – Mexico and the United States – and showing that we are capable of competing with the best teams in the region and, by extension, therefore, the best teams in the world,” Grange said.
KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC):World sprint champ-ions Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce have copped the major titles in the second annual Caribbean Sports Awards, organised by the Caribbean Sports Journalists Association (CASJA).Bolt was unanimously chosen as the sportsman of the year, beating Paralympic athlete Akeem Stewart of T&T and O’Dayne Richards of Jamaica (athletics).The Jamaican sprinter success-fully defended his titles in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing in August.The judges chose Fraser-Pryce for the sportswoman of the year from a list of 11 nominees, including runners-up Yarisley Silva of Cuba (athletics) and Alia Atkinson (swimming) of Jamaica.Fraser-Pryce continued her sprint dominance to win gold medals in the 100m and 4x100m in Beijing, including anchoring Jamaica’s 4x100m relay team in a championship record time of 41.07.
NEWCASTLE, England (AP): Newcastle continued to show some late determination to avoid relegation from the top tier, drawing 1-1 with Manchester City yesterday after Sergio Agüero became the second-fastest player to score 100 English Premier League goals. With their title dream effectively over, City were seeking to strengthen their grip on third place and automatic Champions League qualification. They moved a point ahead of Arsenal and five ahead of Manchester United, with both teams having a game in hand. Leicester lead with 73 points, 12 more than City, with four games left. Newcastle will take the most encouragement from their rousing recovery at St James’ Park, despite remaining 19th and two points from safety. The Magpies rallied against Agüero’s 14th-minute disputed opener with Vurnon Anita equalising in the 31st to grab a point for Rafael Benítez’s men. “The reaction from the team was so positive,” Benítez told the BBC. It was Agüero’s 147th league match. Alan Shearer is the fastest player to score 100 EPL goals, managing that feat in 124 matches. With Vincent Kompany back at the heart of the City defence, the victory Benítez so desperately needed looked a tall order.
Former national Under-19 and Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) batsman Rasheed Outar has described the time it took him to score a century against Manchester CA in the second round of the Jamaica Cricket Association All-Island Limited Overs Championship at the weekend as “hard”.Outar, a former Jamaica senior team trials invitee, hit 115 to help pilot his team to a 27 runs win over Manchester at Up Park Camp.The soldiers, who were asked to take first strike, posted 293 for seven off their allotted 50 overs. Sean Bennett with 60 best supported Outar with 60 against Damian Bryce two for 50 off seven overs.Manchester, in reply, were then limited to 266 off 40.5 overs with Sherdon Allen getting 97 and sidelined national off-spinner Jamie Merchant 53.West Indies ‘A’ fast bowler Reynard Leveridge, who recently returned from Sri Lanka after picking up an injury, in returning to action, claimed four for 41 off nine overs, while Rayon Bennett finished with three for 46.”It is one of my hardest hundreds, as batting, it was not flowing,” stated Outar, who was dismissed in the 50th over while attempting to help his team set a bigger total.FINDING THE GAPS”I was not middling the ball with the bat most of the times, I was not finding the gaps that often, and it took a lot out of me.”As a matter fact, I had to run a lot of twos and threes, and scored only one boundary in the first fifty runs I made.”But I wanted the hundred, so I spent as much time at the crease as I could, and in the latter part of my innings, the runs started to flow.”The win was the second for the JDF in as many matches.Elsewhere, St Thomas got the better of defending champions St Catherine CC by 176 runs, Kensington defeated St Mary by seven wickets, Clarendon edged Melbourne by one wicket, St Catherine CA beat Lucas by two wickets, St Ann defeated Kingston and St Andrew by 81 runs, and St James overcame the challenge of Boys’ Town by five wickets.The Portland versus Trelawny encounter at Folly Oval was not played due to rain.
MANCHESTER, England (AP): Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s vision and Anthony Martial’s cool finishing helped Manchester United into the English League Cup semi-finals as two of the team’s out-of-favour forwards showed their worth yesterday. United’s 4-1 win over West Ham at Old Trafford was illuminated by Mkhitaryan’s touch and eye for a pass in only his third start for the club since his high-profile move from Borussia Dortmund in the offseason. The Armenia captain set up goals scored early in each half – by Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Martial – before getting a standing ovation from United fans when substituted in the final minutes. By then, Ibrahimovic and Martial had each grabbed their second goals of a comfortable win that set up a semi-final match against Hull. United manager Jose Mourinho has been holding back Mkhitaryan while he adapts to the English game. On this evidence, it’s time for the last season’s Bundesliga Player of the Year to be unleashed on a regular basis. “We were waiting for his adaptation,” Mourinho said, “and it looks like it’s coming.” In the other quarter-final match on Wednesday, Southampton beat a largely second-string Arsenal team 2-0 thanks to first-half goals by Jordy Clasie and Ryan Bertrand at Emirates Stadium. Southampton advanced to the semi-finals of England’s second-tier cup competition for the first time since the 1986-87 season, and will now face Liverpool.
The longer Brownlee stays in PH, the more he feels at home Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ “Of course there’s Alvin’s 49 points, I’m proud with the way he played because his true potential came out this season and I personally recruited him,” said Pumaren. But despite making noise, Pumaren said the Red Warriors could’ve done more after getting booted out of Final Four contention on Sunday.“I think we could’ve done more, we could’ve done better with the way we played,” said Pumaren Sunday after losing to Far Eastern University, 79-63.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“But I’m actually proud with how the boys played.”The Red Warriors walked out of Smart Araneta Coliseum with a 3-10 record, but they had their moments. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson UE beat UST, 96-91, to register its first victory in the tournament and won two more games in a span of three playing days to get to 3-7 and make itself a Final Four threat.The Red Warriors’ chances, though, went down the drain when the Tamaraws gave them third straight loss.“Despite the odds we’ve faced, we don’t have an import, my players gave it their all,” said Pumaren in Filipino. And as Pumaren and the Red Warriors prepare to bid adieu to their season, he can’t help but have a soft spot for his burly forward Pasaol.UE’s talisman produced the highest-scoring individual performance in recent memory when he dropped 49 points in their 106-100 loss to defending champion De La Salle. ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene UE head coach Derrick Pumaren. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the East has been one of the most surprising teams in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.From “Manong” Derrick Pumaren’s flashy outfits, to Alvin Pasaol’s scoring exploits and the Red Warriors’ late resurgence, UE has produced a lot of fireworks this year.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 Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ View comments
Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving elbows Chicago Bulls’ Kris Dunn on the face as he goes past Dunn to the basket during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game. APBOSTON — Kyrie Irving makes spinning baskets off the dribble and converts drives in the lane while leaning in all sorts of different directions.It’s the simple jump shot that earns praise from Boston coach Brad Stevens.ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Mayweather challenges Kobe: ‘I’m ready to play you one on one for $1M’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Boston shot 5 of 7 from beyond the arc in the third quarter and outscored the Bulls 38-18.“They just had more edge than us, specifically that stretch in the third quarter,” Lopez said. “They seemed pretty comfortable out there, especially on offense.”Brown nailed a pair of 3-pointers and scored seven points as the Celtics opened the third with a 13-2 run, pulling out to a 73-60 lead.After the teams alternated baskets for a couple of minutes, Boston took charge by scoring 15 of the next 19 points. Irving had a pair of 3s during the run and Tatum added one.Boston led 98-76 after three.Chicago missed 12 of 18 shots overall in the third and committed six turnovers.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense “He’s one of the best — a true point guard that comes out, makes the right plays, the right decisions,” Brown said. “He’s assertive. He makes it easier for us.”Jayson Tatum added 13 points, and Al Horford and Aron Baynes each had 10 for the Eastern Conference leaders as all five Celtics starters were in double figures. Reserve guard Marcus Smart scored 11 points and rookie Daniel Theis grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds to go with 10 points.Bobby Portis paced the Bulls (10-22) with 17 points. Robin Lopez and Lauri Markkanen both scored 10. Chicago lost its second straight after a seven-game winning streak.The Celtics avenged a lopsided defeat in Chicago on Dec. 11, when they lost by 23. Irving didn’t play in that game because he was rested.“We knew they were going to come out and try and be aggressive because of that,” said Bulls guard Kris Dunn, who went 1 of 12 from the floor.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Irving scored 25 points, Jaylen Brown had 20 and the Celtics coasted to a 117-92 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).Well known for his acrobatic moves, Irving shot 9 for 15 from the floor against Chicago — including 5 of 7 from beyond the 3-point line.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 folk“I think that’s the one thing that gets lost in all the handles and all the different moves, and the plays that end up on YouTube, is how skilled he is shooting the ball,” Stevens said. “He’s just a tremendous shooter. He doesn’t miss when you’re just shooting without defense. He’s an elite shooter.”Thanks to Irving’s sweet shooting, the Celtics (27-9) halted a two-game skid. They haven’t lost three straight all season. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Philadelphia was without its top two shooting guards. JJ Redick (cracked bone below his knee) is out at least a week and Jerryd Bayless (sore left wrist) didn’t dress.Luwawu-Cabarrot, a French guard in his second NBA season, stepped into the starting lineup and made 3 of 5 3-pointers. His 3 capped a 13-0 run early in the fourth as Philadelphia built a 97-82 lead.The Sixers showed good depth early. Nine players scored in the first quarter, and they built a 53-37 lead before halftime.After committing just three first-half turnovers, the Sixers threw it away 11 times in the third, and Middleton and Eric Bledsoe (14 points on 5-of-18 shooting) helped the Bucks rally to tie it.Embiid responded with a dunk and a block on Bledsoe and a three-point play to end the third and give the Sixers an 84-80 lead.ADVERTISEMENT PHILADELPHIA, PA -JANUARY 20: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers celebrates in front of John Henson #31 of the Milwaukee Bucks after scoring late in the fourth quarter at Wells Fargo Center on January 20, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFPPHILADELPHIA — Joel Embiid had 29 points and nine rebounds and the Philadelphia 76ers pulled away from the undermanned Milwaukee Bucks 116-94 on Saturday night for their seventh win in eight games.Ben Simmons added 16 points and nine assists, and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot added 16 points in a rare start as the Sixers (22-20) moved past Milwaukee (23-22) for sixth place in the Eastern Conference.ADVERTISEMENT Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak 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 Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Khris Middleton had 23 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists for the Bucks in their second straight loss. They were without top scorer Giannis Antetokounmpo, who was sitting out the first of two games to rest a sore right knee.Fellow starter Malcolm Brogdon (family matter) also wasn’t available. Tony Snell (15 points) and Sterling Brown (14 points) moved into the lineup, and the Bucks rallied from 16 points down to tie it before fading in the fourth quarter.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 folkAntetokounmpo practiced Friday, but the Bucks announced Saturday morning that the two-time All-Star would be out until Friday against Brooklyn to “manage” his ailment. Knee pain also kept Antetokounmpo sidelined on Nov. 22 and Dec. 23.“Hopefully, after missing these two games, he doesn’t have to miss any more,” Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. Back’s fine as Federer serves up warning to rivals TIP-INSBucks: Brogdon is expected back Monday. … Marshall Plumlee, signed to a two-way contact five days earlier, made an impact in his team debut. He had six points and six rebounds and started the fourth quarter … Milwaukee plays the Sixers three more times, including at Philadelphia on April 11 to end the regular season.76ers: Rookie G Markelle Fultz participated in shootaround as he tries to regain his shooting form following a right shoulder injury. The No. 1 overall pick has missed 38 straight games. … Simmons didn’t attempt a 3-pointer for the 12th time in 13 games. He’s 0 for 10 from long range. … With the game in hand, fans turned their attention to Sunday’s NFC championship game with several “Eagles” chants.UP NEXTBucks: Home vs. Phoenix on Monday night.76ers: At Memphis on Monday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View comments