He may be a few months away from his 30th birthday and is still bothered by a serious case of scoliosis, but six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt has no doubt that he still has a lot left in the tank – a point he hopes to prove this season.With the Rio Olympics just around the corner, Bolt will be looking to qualify for his fourth Olympic Games and successfully defend the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m relay gold medals he won almost four years ago in London.The double world record holder has been very clear about his objectives this season; protect his gold medals and lower his 19.19 world record in the 200m.But is that too much to ask?Bolt doesn’t seem to think so as he points to his poor run of injury-affected seasons and underlined that an uninterrupted 2016 campaign could truly bring out the best in him.”I personally think that I can get better. I haven’t had a good season since 2009, a season that I haven’t gone without injuries or problems, so if I can get through on a clear note, then anything is possible,” Bolt said.It’s perhaps no coincidence that 2009 was the year that the triple gold medal winner – from last year’s World Championships in Beijing – set new marks in the 100m (9.58) and 200m (19.19).He, says, however, that he is approaching the coming season with a positive outlook and noted that he had seen several areas in his technique with room for improvements.”It’s all about staying positive,” said Bolt.”I think I am more focused because over the years I have seen ways where I can improve, and that’s why I have always said that I am more likely to run faster over the 200m because I see where I can improve and I have talked to my coach, so it’s possible,” Bolt added.”It’s all about staying injury-free and staying on top of things and trying to get through the season and push myself towards my targets.”Since running 19.19 seconds over the 200m in 2009, Bolt’s fastest time in the event has been 19.32 seconds, which he did at the 2012 Olympic Games. He has since ended seasons with 19.66 (2013) and 19.55 (2015). He did not run any 200m races in 2014.
TITLE ROBBED The Shell Shield, the Red Stripe Cup, or the President’s Cup, whatever it was called, it served West Indies well, despite its many changes in scoring, which led to the result of the match between the Combined Islands and Trinidad and Tobago in 1975, according to the rules of the completion, ending as a draw instead of a tie, and robbed the Combined Islands of the title. There is also its latest change to a franchise system, with, for example, Jamaica, Barbados, and Trinidad and Tobago, now known as the Jamaica Scorpions, the Barbados Pride, and the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force. The late Allan Rae, a former president of the West Indies Board, said on the 21st birthday of the regional competition, “One only has to compare the performances of the West Indies team before Shell’s involvement with the performances since that involvement to appreciate the force for good that the Shell Shield has been on our cricket.” The regional competition started as the Shell Shield, it lasted until 1987 before it changed several times to include the Red Stripe Cup, the President’s Cup, the Busta Cup, and the Carib Beer Series to the present Professional Cricket League of the West Indies. It started with Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, and the Combined Islands before teams from faraway places like England and Kenya were invited to participate. The regional competition, which was won by Barbados on 12 occasions in its time as the Shell Shield, was rated by many as the best first-class cricket competition in the world because of the quality of its players and the level of its competition, especially in its early years. The first regional match, known as the Shell Shield, was played between the Combined Islands and Jamaica on January 27, 28, 29, and 31 at the Antigua Recreation Ground in St Johns, Antigua, and it was a draw. It was a match in which opening batsman Teddy Griffith, playing for Jamaica, made 150 runs, the first century in the competition, opening batsman Easton McMorris scored 134 in the second innings, the first of three successive centuries, including 127 not out, out of 236 all out against Trinidad and Tobago, and 190 versus Lance Gibbs and Edwin Mohammed of Guyana. Over the years, there have been huge scores, such as the Leeward Islands 718 for seven against Kenya in Antigua in 2004, Guyana’s 641 for five declared versus Barbados in 1967, and the Leeward Islands 613 for five declared against Trinidad and Tobago at the ARG n 1984, and low scores, such as Guyana’s 41 versus Jamaica at Sabina Park in 1986, the Combined Islands 53 against Barbados at Warner Park in 1974, and 54 by the Windward Islands at Arnos Vale in 1968. Fifty years ago, January 27, 1966, West Indies cricket came of age, fully of age. It was the first day of a regional competition, a competition that provided regular, though limited, competition of four matches per team on an annual basis, and a competition that undoubtedly lifted West Indies cricket into the company of cricket in England, Australia, South Africa, and India. Half a century ago, the Shell Shield was founded, and it signalled the start of the rise of West Indies cricket to the top. The West Indies started playing Test cricket in 1928, they made their presence felt for the first time in 1950 by beating England in England, in 1966, they had their first official and regular tournament, and by the 1980s, the West Indies were the undisputed champions of the world. Today, they are nowhere to be found, not anywhere near the top. In fact, near to the bottom of the ladder. Fifty years ago, following the illustrious careers of players like Frank Worrell, Everton Weekes, Clyde Walcott, Sonny Ramadhin, and Alfred Valentine, the Shell Shield arrived in time to complement those of great players like Garry Sobers, Rohan Kanhai, Seymour Nurse, Basil Butcher, Conrad Hunte, Wes Hall, Charlie Griffith, Lance Gibbs, Jackie Hendriks, and Deryck Murray. And it stayed around to herald the coming of champions such as Lawrence Rowe, Alvin Kallicharran, Viv Richards, Gordon Greenidge, Andy Roberts, Michael Holding, Bernard Julien, Keith Boyce, Richie Richardson, Malcolm Marshall, and Jeffrey Dujon, to name a few. SHELL SHIELD
Nicholas ‘The Axeman’ Walters, the Jamaican boxing star, is learning the hard way that although he can knock out opponents on a regular basis, (he has done so 21 times in 27 fights), it is much more difficult to win a negotiating battle with 84-year-old, Bob Arum.Arum is the head of Top Rank, one of the most successful boxing promoting companies in the world.For the past year, a fight between Walters, who until recently held the World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight super title and Vasyl Lomachenko, the World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight champion, has been one of the talking points in boxing circles.The plot one heard from time to time was for Walters and Lomachenko to meet different boxers on the same fight card, and presuming that both fighters won, they would then move into a mega clash with each other.Things took an unlikely turn, however, when Walters lost his title on the scales at the Madison Square Garden weigh-in on June 12, 2015, for a fight scheduled for the next day against Miguel Marriaga.He won that fight convincingly, but the all-important title was no longer his, and this weakened his bargaining power in the negotiations.December 19 drawOn December 19 last year in his next fight, this time as a super featherweight (130 pounds) against Jason Sosa, he ended up with a draw decision. The consensus was that he did win that fight, but the records speak loudly, and his bargaining power again dropped a notch.Promoter Arum decided to fast-forward the proposed Walters versus Lomachenko fight and negotiations started. There was, however, a difference with those negotiations. Instead of being carried out by his long-time manager, Jacques Deschamps, Walters himself took over.There has been some unease in his camp, because Walters was of the view that his purse for the Nonito Donaire title fight was not enough.Deschamps told The Gleaner that it was in fact lower than he would normally have gone for, but he took the strategic decision to accept what was offered, confident that Walters would win the title and boost his future bargaining and earning power.The mission was accomplished when Walters stopped Donaire in six rounds and became a super champion, but Walters was still unhappy and decided that he wanted to do his own negotiations.Information is that Walters did not do a good job with those subsequent negotiations. When the offer to fight Lomachenko came about, however, Walters decided to go for broke.Arum has stated publicly that the Walters demand to fight Lomachenko is for US$1million, a price he is not willing to pay. The Gleaner understands that Arum offered him US$550,000 instead, but Walters has refused that offer. They have been unable to come to any agreement, and last word is that Arum has moved on and is negotiating with WBO Super featherweight champion Roman Martinez to fight Lomachenko instead on June 11.The Gleaner has been unable to contact Walters for a comment as his telephone goes to voice mail and he has not responded to requests for a return call.His father, Job, told The Gleaner yesterday that he knows of the negotiations and he, too, believes that Walters is worth more than is being offered by Arum.He is, however, hopeful that regardless of what happens now, the fight will eventually take place.
Ahead of Thursday’s opening clash with Tivoli Gardens High School at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex, St George’s College (STGC) assistant coach Marcel ‘Fuzzy’ Gayle is pointing to a more “physical game” and killer instinct to STGC’s play this year, which could make the difference and help them win their 20th Manning Cup title in the ISSA-FLOW competition.The North Street-based school won the FLOW Super Cup last year, but were beaten Manning Cup finalists, going down 0-1 to arch-rivals Jamaica College.Gayle says he is not mindful about who the favourites are this season, but notes his team is expected to not just compete, “but play their natural game, entertain and win”.”I think, last year, if we were more stronger physically, the outcome would have been different; and we spent a little bit more time on the physical aspect of the game, passing the ball around, and we want to be a little bit more stronger and win more physical encounters so we can endure the duration of the competition,” Gayle highlighted.DISAPPOINTMENTS BEHIND THEMThe light blues, who were heavily touted as title favourites last season by virtue of outscoring all teams, also fell in the Walker Cup final on penalties to Wolmer’s Boys’. This year, Gayle says those disappointments are behind them.”We are fully motivated because St George’s College always goes out there and just play. We have retained 60 per cent of the squad from last year, with the inclusion of two outside players. It’s a good set up. The guys are carrying a little bit more stability to the squad, so we are ready now,” Gayle told The Gleaner.He tipped last season’s leading goalscorer, Alex Marshall, to get the goals again this year.”Every game is going to be a tough one. When our opponents hear the name of St George’s College, they always try to go out and play their best game against us, so we are looking forward to a tough match against Tivoli Gardens at Tivoli,” he reasoned.”For the last four or five years, we have been scoring over 40 goals, and this year, we will see if we can repeat the same,” he stressed.
WESTERN BUREAU: Defending champions St Elizabeth Technical numbered among the list of victors in yesterday’s matches in the second round of the ISSA-FLOW daCosta Cup, edging a spirited Holmwood Technical 1-0 at Manchester High School, while Cornwall College impressed with victory over Cedric Titus. The three points gave them joint lead of Zone Three, on points, as Lennon High stamped their class all over Mile Gully in a 4-0 win. There were fine victories for Rusea’s, Cornwall College, Dinthill, Clarendon College and Petersfield, as the seeded teams begun their quest for a place in the last 16, from which the winners of each zone will contest the FLOW Super Cup against Manning Cup opposition. In the first game of the Jarrett Park double-header, St James High were lucky to escape with a 0-0 draw against Spot Valley in their Zone Two opening match. The draw gave them a share of the points with former winners Rusea’s, courtesy of their 1-0 win over Godfrey Stewart at Frome. Rusea’s lead the zone standings with three points. Spot Valley and St James are next with a point each. Godfrey Stewart, the 2005 champions, are languishing at the foot of the standings. However, it was all about Cornwall College in the day’s second fixture at Jarrett Park. Striker Peter-Lee Vassell fired a brace to carry the Dr Dean Weatherley-coached team to a resounding 3-0 win over Cedric Titus. The Cedric Titus team never looked like taking the game to Cornwall and suffered, as the ploy to soak up pressure backfired and Vassell in particular was severe in his execution. Playing in his first game of the season, Vassell netted the opener in the seventh minute and got his second goal of the match in the 77th minute. His strike partner, Jourdaine Fletcher, found the target in the 47th minute. HAPPY WITH OUTCOME Weatherley said he was happy with the outcome of the game, adding that his players were now settled into the belief that they can be special this season. “It was a very hard fought match. This is the difference from the preliminary round; it’s where teams start to shine and today I think we did that,” Weatherley said. “We have some brilliant players, but Peter-Lee is a special talent and his two goals today opened his appetite I think, so now we look forward to our next game Saturday against Petersfield.” Elsewhere, Dinthill rallied from a goal and a man down to edge Port Antonio 1-0 in Zone Six. Yesterday’s results Holmwood 0 STETHS 1 Lennon 4 Mile Gully 0 Clarendon 4 Manchester 1 St James 0 Spot Valley 0 Dinthill 2 Port Antonio 1 Godfrey Stewart 0 Rusea’s 1 Today’s matches Glenmuir vs Bog Walk at Juice Beef Complex Garvey Maceo vs Little London at Juice Beef Complex Brimmervale vs Steer Town at Highgate Community Centre Lacovia vs STETHS at STETHS Fair Prospect vs Alston at Lynch Park St Mary Tech vs Ocho Rios
West Indies Women and England Women will square off at Sabina Park today in the third game of their five-match one-day international series.Set for a 9:30 a.m. start, West Indies will enter the contest on a high after winning the second game by 38 runs at the Trelawny Stadium to level the series.England claimed the first encounter, also played in Trelawny, by a mere five runs.”Our aim remains to win the series,” stated West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor.”It was encouraging to see the way we fought back, and if we continue to show that form, I can only see us getting better results.”West Indies, in winning their encounter, had Taylor and batting all-rounder Deandra Dottin to thank and will be hoping the pair can lead the way once again.Taylor hit a top score of 56, while Dottin supported with 21 in their modest total of 148.Dottin, bowling medium pace, then claimed four for 19 off 6.4 overs, bowling at the death of the innings.England will be hoping that the form of left-armer Alex Hartley will continue, as well as opening pacer Katherine Brunt.Hartley, bowling mostly at the end of the innings, has taken seven wickets so far, while Brunt has picked up five.The visitors will also be hoping that captain Heather Knight and top batter Natalie Sciver will improve from their leading scores of 27 and 26 in the last fixture.”We will be looking to go at them very hard as we have been playing some good cricket on the tour so far,” Knight said.”We’ve got a few little things to tweak and, hopefully, we will do so in this game. We also would like to take the final three games, knowing that if we do, it would qualify us for the World Cup.”The West Indies would also qualify for the World Cup if they win the remaining three matches of the series.Australia, on 30 points, have already qualified, with West Indies, 20; England, 19; and New Zealand, 16, the next best teams.
KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC):West Indies all-rounder Roston Chase has revealed his love for Sabina Park following a face-saving half-century on the opening day of the 50th Test match at the historic venue here Friday.Chase struck 63, including seven boundaries and a huge straight six as West Indies closed on 244 for seven after rallying from a dire position of 71 for five in the first over after lunch.Last year, Chase wrote his name in the history books with a maiden Test century and five-wicket haul against India in his second Test at the same venue against India.GROWN TO LOVE SABINA”There was a time when I didn’t really enjoy playing here (at Sabina Park), but I have grown to love the ground a lot. I did well here against India last year, and knew I had to dig in today after we were in big trouble after lunch,” Chase said following the day’s play. “I think it’s the way the Jamaica crowd really gets behind you that I like the most.”Chase added a record 118 for the sixth wicket with keeper Shane Dowrich, who made 56 off 130 balls with nine fours. The pair came together after opener Kieran Powell perished after lunch. They kept the Pakistanis at bay until after tea, when Chase fell to a stupendous catch at long off by Wahab Riaz.
LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 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 Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ “They (the club) did not expect the negotiations with PSG and the player to go this far,” he said.At the same press conference, the Argentine defender Javier Mascherano said he had told Neymar to carefully weigh up the pros and cons.Mascherano added all the players, including Lionel Messi, had spoken the player to ask him to stay.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The position sent a shudder down the spine at Barcelona.“Pique retracts and feeds the uncertainty,” the newspaper Sport said.“The situation is eroding confidence at the club,” columnist Tomas Andreu wrote in Sport.“What really hurts here is the silence of the player himself, which in the end says a great deal.”Neymar departed the stadium without addressing reporters after starring in a 2-1 win over Juventus on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Barcelona’s Brazilian forward Neymar runs with the ball during the International Champions Cup (ICC) match between Juventus FC and FC Barcelona, at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on July 22, 2017.FC Barcelona defeated Juventus 2-1. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADGerard Pique has sparked panic at Barcelona after appearing to backtrack on his “he stays” tweet on teammate Neymar, target of a blockbuster transfer by Paris Saint Germain.“Doubts, doubts and more doubts,” ran the headline Wednesday on the front page of Catalan daily Sport above a photo of the striker lost deep in thought.ADVERTISEMENT PSG are trying to lure the 25-year-old Brazilian to France and are ready to pay off his 222 million euro ($256.8 million) release clause and make the player the best-paid footballer on the planet.Last week Pique took to social media to say “he’s staying” – but when pressed on the matter Tuesday ahead of a pre-season friendly in the United States against Manchester United he was less sure of himself.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’“It’s a personal opinion from the conversation that I had with him and my intuition,” Pique said.“But it’s not official,” he added. “And it’s not for me to say if he’s going to stay or not.” Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur View comments Teng shares credit for astounding numbers to entire Thunder
Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Greece responded three minutes later through Zeca, but only one more minute passed before Belgium retook the lead thanks to Lukaku’s header. It was the Manchester United forward’s 10th goal of the qualifying campaign.Victory leaves the Belgians top with an unassailable eight-point lead over second-place Bosnia-Herzegovina. That makes Belgium the first European team confirmed for the World Cup besides host nation Russia.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’Belgium is unbeaten in qualifying, with seven wins and a 1-1 draw at home to Greece in March.The Belgians have scored 35 goals and conceded just three in a group where they were considered the overwhelming favorites. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles 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 Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Two goals from Edin Dzeko helped the Bosnians beat Gibraltar 4-0 to leapfrog Greece into second place. Belgium has 22 points, Bosnia-Herzegovina 14, Greece 13 and Cyprus 10.Cyprus’s hopes of qualifying took another blow in a 1-0 loss away to Estonia, thanks to Mattias Kait’s winning goal in the dying seconds.Estonia is fifth with eight points while last-place Gilbraltar has lost all eight matches.ADVERTISEMENT Switzerland wins 8th straight game, Portugal stays close Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees MOST READ Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal LATEST STORIES Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku celebrates at the end of the World Cup Group H qualifying soccer match between Greece and Belgium at Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus port, near Athens, Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017. Belgium won 2-1. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)Romelu Lukaku was on target Sunday to give Belgium a 2-1 win over Greece and a place at next year’s World Cup.The Group H fixture was goalless until the 70th minute when Jan Vertonghen blasted the visitors into the lead with a fierce shot.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEmilio Aguinaldo College sent Mapua into a deeper pit after taking an 85-72 victory in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre. The Generals improved to 4-6 to stay in the Final Four hunt while the Cardinals remained at a league worst 1-11 card. ADVERTISEMENT A costly, catty dispute finally settled MOST READ Break new ground 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 A costly, catty dispute finally settled Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Winning start EAC, however, will be shorthanded as big man Hamadou Lamidou had his season cut short after an ACL tear and enforcer Juju Bautista got sidelined with an injured shoulder. “I hope we can still fight,” said Generals head coach Ariel Sison. “We’ll just play our usual game and try to win as many games as we can.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogJerome Garcia paced EAC with 27 points while Sydney Onwubere finished with 16 points and 15 boards. Laurenz Victoria put up 15 points to lead the Cardinals. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES 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 End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments Lee-Yamaguchi rematch, Askren last fight headline ONE card in Singapore